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Superintendent's Letter: November is a Busy Month for Our Catholic Schools
My Dear Friends, November is a busy month in our Catholic Schools. We keep the Catholic tradition of teaching about the feast days, and during this month we celebrate many. I encourage all parents to speak to your children about these special days of rich heritage in our Catholic faith. It is important for the next generation to be aware of and familiar with why these special feasts, memorials, and solemnities are so important in our attempts to propagate our faith from generation to generation. On November 28, we celebrate a national holiday which also ties into our...

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Thanksgiving Prayer

Posted on November 20, 2019 in: News, Reflections

Thanksgiving Prayer
Heavenly Creator, In this season of gratitude and abundance, we give You thanks for our many blessings as we pray for all who struggle with hunger and want. Be with them in the dark of night, when all hope seems lost. Keep their faith strong as they await relief. Let Your goodness flow throughout our hearts and hands as we reach out to one another in the full, true joy of Thanksgiving in Christ. Amen

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Community Pride Prospered at Tenth Annual Seton Scholarship Dinner
By Gina Foster In addition to providing an excellent education, our Catholic schools instill strong community pride which was apparent at this year’s Tenth Annual Seton Scholarship Dinner held on November 3rd at St. Clements Castle & Marina in Portland. In its largest dinner to date, 230 people representing 30 Catholic schools and churches gathered together as one community to support three very special individuals being honored for their contributions to Catholic education within the Diocese of Norwich. Guests enjoyed St. Clements’ beautiful facilitie...

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Pope Calls on Catholics in Thailand to Follow in Footsteps of Early Missionaries
Bangkok, Thailand (CNA) - Thailand’s first Christian missionaries set out feeling the absence of the Thai people from their lives and wanted to share everything they knew about God’s love, Pope Francis told the country’s Catholics during Mass on Thursday. The missionaries ended up learning more fully the plan of God, and found the Thai people to be their unknown family, he reflected. “By hearing the Lord’s word and responding to its demands, they came to realize that they were part of a family much larger than any based on blood lines, cu...

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Vocations Corner

Posted on November 18, 2019 in: News, Vocations

Vocations Corner
Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocations Each year we celebrate the start of November with the feast of All Saints, followed by the feast of All Souls Day. This month also marks the celebration of Thanksgiving, while the end of the month closes the calendar year of the Church with the Feast of Christ the King. These occasions are opportunities for us to deepen our spiritual lives. November also gives us an opportunity to renew the gift of silence in our own lives, particularly in prayer and reflection. Silence assists in opening the soul to God. As we bec...

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Firefighters and EMS Personnel Form a Unique ‘Family’
By Ryan Blessing Photos by Jackson Morrison They respond to fires, accidents and medical emergencies and put their own lives on the line at times while doing so. That selfless dedication shown by firefighters and EMS personnel, at all hours of the day and in all kinds of conditions, received praise and thanks at the 27th annual Diocesan Mass in their honor, held Saturday, October 19 at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich. Firefighters and ambulance crews love a parade, and the procession before the Mass from Chelsea Parade to the Cathedral included trucks from...

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This Week at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
FCC News Desk Here's a recap of some of the developments that took place this week at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. To read more, click on the link under the text.   New USCCB President, Vice-president Elected Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) during the Fall General Assembly in Baltimore. Archbishop Gomez has served as vice president of the Conference since 2016. Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit was elected as USCCB vice president. Both th...

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St. Andrew Parish Packs 21,600 Meals to Send to the Philippines
FCC News Desk On November 3rd the St. Andrew Parish family worked together to pack 21,600 meals to send to the Philippines. It was a wonderful intergenerational service day with the pastor, Father Marek Masnicki, parochial vicar, Father Richard Breton, and Deacon, Michael Puscas, all working alongside parishioners from small children to the elderly.  Parishioners were also joined by Father Brian Maxwell. Under the direction of Harvest Pack, this took only about one hour from start to finish. There were parishioners from nearly all ministries and all grade...

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We Can Use Your Help

Posted on November 12, 2019 in: News

We Can Use Your Help
  Dear Faithful Readers . . .  Once a year we appeal to your generosity to help defray the production costs of our print, online, and email newsletter editions of the Four County Catholic.  Thank you in advance for responding to our annual appeal. We are grateful for your generous support, prayers, and encouragement. Your help makes it possible for us to continue bringing the good news from around the diocese to you. In the past year, we have expanded our online presence on the NorwichDiocese.org website with the addition of Photo and Video G...

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New England Bishops Describe Ad Limina Meeting with Pope
Bishop Cote, (on the right of the photo) along with other New England Bishops, met with Pope Francis in the papal library. The two-hour meeting took place on November 7th as part of the “ad limina” visits to the Vatican to pray at the tombs of the apostles and report on the status of their dioceses.  By Cindy Wooden Catholic Herald Bishops from New England have shared with Pope Francis some of the joys, challenges and sufferings of the church in the Northeast and, really, throughout the United States, bishops said. Nearing the end of their “...

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