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Mercy’s Robotic Team Wins Another FIRST Robotics Championship
By Marie Leary The Mercy TechTigers 3654 won their second FIRST® Robotics championship banner in March at the Waterbury District event. The TechTigers, an all-girl robotics team from Mercy High School Middletown, excelled at this year’s game Destination: DEEP SPACE and earned the win with two consecutive victories FIRST®, an acronym “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” was founded in 1989 to help design programs that help the building of science and technology and generate interest in the STEM field for young people. T...

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Hundreds attend Annual Chrism Mass
The annual Chrism Mass took place Tuesday morning at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich, where hundreds of faithful communicants continued the celebration of Holy Week leading up to Easter. The Most Rev. Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Norwich, blessed the sacramental oils that will be used by parishes throughout the diocese in the coming year for baptism, confirmation, anointing of the sick and the ordination of priests. Bishop Cote also acknowledged the terrible fire that almost completely destroyed the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Notre Dame in ...

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Encouraging Reactions to the New Faith Formation Curriculum
By Mary-Jo McLaughlin Based on encouraging feedback thus far for the new faith formation curriculum, Andrea Hoisl, director of the Diocesan Office of Faith Events, said she believes, “The Holy Spirit is moving the Diocese in the direction it needs to go regarding life-long faith formation.” “People seem to be energized by the shared vision that the new curriculum provides,” Hoisl said. It takes the way we have taught children for years, with a focus on prayers and traditions that lay the foundation for our faith and has added an experiential co...

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Mom Knows Best: The Christopher Dinner
 By Mary Ellen Mahoney Two hours before the Christopher Dinner was set to begin at the Water’s Edge Resort, in Westbrook, my staff and I were on location setting up for the event just as we had done for countless other Diocesan events. While the routine was familiar, the venue was new to us and it was my first Christopher Dinner as the Executive Director of the Office of Development. After the room was set, the microphone and video screen tested, I sat down and remembered my mother telling me on the very first day of nursery school, as I sat on the front steps of...

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President of U.S. Bishops’ Conference Issues Statement on Notre Dame Cathedral Fire
April 15, 2019 WASHINGTON—Amidst the devastating fire taking place at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Pairs, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement to the people of Paris. The full statement follows: “The horrific fire that is engulfing the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris is shocking and saddens us all, for this particular cathedral is not only a majestic Church, it is also a world treasure. Noble in architecture and art, it has long been a symbol of the tran...

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Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra brings Mozart's 'Requiem' to Cathedral
By Ryan Blessing The timeless music of Mozart’s “Requiem,” his final composition, filled the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich during a special Palm Sunday evening concert by the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra on April 14. The orchestra and chorus performed before an audience that almost filled the cathedral, and which included The Most Rev. Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich. “God has many titles. He is called omnipresent, He is everywhere. He is called omniscient, He knows everything,” the Bishop said. “But one ...

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Leadership Meeting Launches ACA Campaign
By Kathy Gaito The Holiday Inn in Norwich was the setting for the Diocese of Norwich Annual Catholic Appeal Leadership Meeting on March 7. Priests, parish secretaries and parishioners from all across the diocese who volunteer their time to assist with the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) came together to begin the vital work that will make a difference in the lives of God’s children and help make this year’s appeal a success! At the meeting, the ACA leadership teams were the first group to see this year’s ACA video, “Hand in Hand with All God&rsquo...

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Parish Twinning and the Connection with Faith
By Father Frank Rouleau Parish Twinning is about building relationships and solidarity with Catholic parishes in other places. “We are members of a universal Church that transcends national boundaries and calls us to live in solidarity and justice with the peoples of the world” (US Council of Catholic Bishops, 1997). “Sacred Scripture continually speaks to us of an active commitment to our neighbors and demands of us a shared responsibility for all of humanity. This duty is not limited to one’s own family, nation or state, but extends progressi...

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Islands of Mercy In A Sea of Indifference: Migrant Caravans Forum
By Ryan Blessing A special forum that explored the causes and the human impact of the migrant caravans traveling to the southern U.S. border from Latin America featured presentations in both English and Spanish from two guest speakers. Sister Mary Jude, Director of Hispanic Ministry organized the March 24 forum, held in the church hall at St. Mary Star of the Sea in New London. The talk coincided with the 39th anniversary of the assassination of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador. Romero advocated against poverty, social injustice, assassinations and torture....

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Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocations It’s hard to believe that by the time Easter arrives this year we will only be ten days away from the month of May. God continues to answer the many prayers from all parts of the diocese regarding an increase of vocations. I am excited to announce that Bishop Cote happily accepted Mark Johnson into sponsorship to begin studies for the priesthood. Mark has been discerning a vocation to the priesthood actively since his sophomore year at UCONN and will hopefully be accepted into seminary later this summer. He will be graduating from UCONN in May, with two...

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