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Students at St. Michael School Enjoy a Visit from Bishop Cote
Last week, St. Michael School in Pawcatuck welcomed a special visit from Bishop Cote and Superintendent Dr. Gail Kingston, bringing an enriching experience to our school community. The visit was a delightful opportunity for our students to engage with these esteemed guests and showcase their talents...

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Did St. George Really Slay a Dragon?

Posted on April 23, 2024 in: News

Did St. George Really Slay a Dragon?
St. George may be among Christianity’s most famous and beloved saints, immortalized through the famous legend of St. George and the Dragon — a tale thoroughly medieval in character in which a brave and chivalrous knight charges in and saves a fair princess from being devoured by a dragon...

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‘Irena’s Vow’: The True Story of a Polish Catholic Nurse Who Hid Jews During the Holocaust
A new film depicting the incredible true story of Irena Gut Opdyke, a Polish Catholic nurse who risked her own life to hide Jews persecuted by Nazi Germany during World War II, made its debut in theaters across the country April 15-16.  “Irena’s Vow” is told through th...

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Spring Semester: 'School of Prayer' Now in Session for Holy Year Finals
Resources are becoming available for Catholics wanting to prepare for the Holy Year 2025, especially those eager to brush up their prayer lives. On May 9, the feast of the Ascension of the Lord, Pope Francis will officially proclaim the Jubilee of 2025 with the public reading and delivery of the &qu...

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Pope Francis: Sharing Our Encounter With Christ Makes Our Encounters ‘Even More Beautiful’
Pope Francis expressed his concern over escalating tensions in the Middle East following Iran’s missile attack April 13 against Israel, a concern he raised after imploring Christians to share their stories of encountering Christ, which he said would create a richer and more beautiful environme...

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Celebrating Our Lady Queen of Hope Award Winner
Bishop Michael R. Cote celebrated a special Mass to acknowledge Janet Larson as this year's recipient of the esteemed Our Lady Queen of Hope Award. The honor was bestowed upon her during a heartfelt ceremony held at Saint Columba Parish in Columbia where Bishop Cote officiated at the 1...

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New Survey of Men Being Ordained to the Priesthood Underscores the Significant Influence of Parents on Children’s Vocational Discernment
“Mothers and fathers, united in marriage, are the first witnesses to love for their children. It is within the family that children are taught the faith, learn the meaning of love, and grow in virtue. This year’s study of ordinands underscores the fundamental role that families, in parti...

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Ferrero Rocher: The Chocolate Inspired by Our Lady of Lourdes
Many know Ferrero Rocher for its popular hazelnut chocolates, but the company’s tie to Our Lady of Lourdes is lesser known. Michele Ferrero, the company’s founder and a devout Catholic, had a deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and wanted to honor her through his work. It is repo...

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9 Facts about Catholics in the U.S., According to Pew Research
The Pew Research Center released a new fact sheet Friday that contains nine demographic and statistical facts about the Catholic population in the United States, based on the center’s numerous surveys.  Here are Pew’s nine facts about Catholics in the United States...

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A Night of Blessings: Uplifting Moments From the Sixth Annual Young Adult Mass at UConn
Bishop Cote reminded young adults in our diocese of the promises of God as he preached to the young adults of the diocese gathered at St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel in Storrs for the sixth annual Young Adult Mass and the first Mass of UConn's spring semester. The Mass drew young adults from around...

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Diocese Celebrates the Ordination of Three Men to the Priesthood
On June 29, 2024, the Diocese of Norwich celebrated the ordination of three young men to the priesthood, marking a joyous event for the community. “You bring with you many gifts granted to you by God in His goodness,” said The Most Rev. Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich, to deacons Eric Carl Hosmer, Julian Felipe Cuervo-Lozada, and Alexander James Pandolfe during his homily. “Put them to good use, always, for the glory of God and the good of His holy people.” Bishop Cote expressed deep appreciation to Mount Saint Mary’s seminary faculty ...

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Clergy Appointments

Posted on July 01, 2024 in: News, Vocations

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Clergy Appointments
July 1, 2024 The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D. D., Bishop of Norwich, has made the following clergy and diocesan appointments in the Diocese of Norwich   Reverend Henry Agudelo, from Parochial Vicar, Saint Brendan the Navigator Parish-Saint Joseph Church and Saint Mary Star of the Sea Church, New London, Saint Paul Church, Waterford, and Our Lady of Grace Church, Fishers Island, to Parochial Vicar, Saint Mary Parish, Clinton.                       ...

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Pope Francis Asks Sacred Heart of Jesus to Convert Hearts Who Want War
Pope Francis prayed for the intercession of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Sunday to convert “the hearts of those who want war” to projects of dialogue and peace. On the last day of June, a month that the Catholic Church dedicates to the Sacred Heart, the pope asked people to continue praying for Ukraine, Palestine, Israel, Myanmar, and other parts of the world where there is much suffering caused by war. Pope Francis also asked people to remember the suffering of persecuted Christians during his Angelus address on June 29.  “Tod...

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Healing Masses -Suspended Until Further Notice
The monthly Healing Masses that take place every third Sunday of the month at Holy Family Church in Hebron/Amston, are suspended until further notice, due to circumstances beyond our control. We apologize for any inconvenience. -Office of Faith Events

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Pope Francis to Canonize ‘Martyrs of Damascus,’ Three Others on Oct. 20
Pope Francis will celebrate a Mass of canonization for 14 people, including the 11 “Martyrs of Damascus,” on Sunday, Oct. 20, the Vatican announced Monday. The pope declared the date of the canonization, which will take place during the 2024 assembly of the Synod on Synodality, after the College of Cardinals voted to approve the canonizations of 15 people in a consistory on the morning of July 1. The date of the much-anticipated canonization of Blessed Carlo Acutis will be set at a later time, according to the July 1 press release. The &l...

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What are Schism and Excommunication in the Catholic Church?
Recently a community of Poor Clare nuns in Spain announced their decision to leave the Catholic Church, thus committing the canonical crime of schism and incurring excommunication. Italian Archbishop Carlo María Viganò is also undergoing a Vatican extrajudicial process for schism.  Just what are schism and excommunication in the Catholic Church? An explanation follows. Schism According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, schism is “the rupture of ecclesiastical union and unity, i.e. either the act by which one of the faithful...

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