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Making Lent a Season to Welcome and Not Dread
The Lenten season in the Catholic Church is a time when we focus on fasting, sacrifice and prayer. The truth is that most people don’t look forward to doing so for 40 days. Giving up candy, screen time or your favorite celebratory beverage is really not something we ever desire or feel motivat...

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Students Welcome Refugees and Immigrants
Recently the third through sixth grade faith formation students at St. Matthew Church completed a stewardship project benifitting refugees and immigrants that are being helped by Sr. Mary Jude from the parish of Sagrado Corazon de Jesus in Windham and the organization IRIS (Integrated Refugee &...

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Pope Francis Calls Us to Bear Witness to Jesus
  It has been said that one of the hallmarks of good writers is the ability to connect their audience to a story. If this is true, then one of the gifts of Pope Francis’ ministry is his ability to connect each of us with the story the Lord wants us to write with our lives. Last ...

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Faith Sparks: A New Year's Resolution With A Twist
By Andrea Hoisl Every year, as we wrap up our Christmas celebrations, our minds shift to thoughts of the New Year. We contemplate making a resolution we may or may not keep. The thought of a resolution sounds so positive and healthy that we cannot help but get drawn into the idea of changing and...

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Advent: A Time for Patient Waiting, Not Holiday Rushing
By Liza Roach Christmas is right around the corner. Do you feel like I do – behind already?  You have to make sure the house is decorated, the crèche is out for all to see, the Christmas tree is up in all its glory, the wreath on the door looks festive and inviting, and let’s not...

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Teaching Children the Art of Joyful Giving
By Mary-Jo McLaughlin Do you recall as a child viewing commercials of famine-stricken children in Africa while watching Saturday morning cartoons? Seeing those pictures, how many of us were compelled to break open the piggy bank and send money to charities hoping to ease the guilt of having more...

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Accompanying our Youth on Their Faith Journey
New Curriculum Involves Accompanying Our Youth by Andrea Hoisl  “Walking with our youth in faith is dependent upon our trust in the Holy Spirit – trusting that it will take us where we need to go – closer to Christ,” said Fr. Frank Donio, director of the Catholic A...

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Everyday Blessings Recognize God’s Gifts to Us
By Andrea Hoisl Blessings are words that express gratitude for something or show God’s favor. What does the word “bless” actually mean? In Hebrew, the root means “to increase” or “bring down Divine abundance.” So if I bless you, I am asking God to increas...

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Family Prayer Teaches Valuable Life Lessons
by Mary-Jo McLaughlin Is family prayer a part of your family’s life? I have vivid memories as a child kneeling beside my family as we prayed the Rosary. I would look out the window and see neighborhood children playing in their yards and I longed to be with them. Instead, I was cooped up...

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New Column Aims to Spark Faith Among Families
By Mary-Jo McLaughlin Faith Sparks…. Ignite Your Faith is a new column that the office of Faith Events (OFE) will premier in the August issue of the Four County Catholic to help engage parents, grandparents and families in their faith. “One of the focuses of our new Diocesan faith...

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Virtual Rosary Prayed Live Online Every Tuesday in October
October is the month of the Most Holy Rosary so the Office of Faith Events has put together a simple program to do a Group Rosary Virtually on Every Tuesday at 3pm.  It is a great opportunity for children and youth to learn the Rosary as a Community Online!  The first week will kick off on Tuesday, October 5th at 3pm.  We will do the first mystery of the Rosary and then the next mystery the following week.  By the end of the month, we will complete the 4 mysteries. In honor of 40 Days for Life, we will be offering a special Project Rachel Rosa...

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The Gospel of Mark 6 Week Virtual Scripture Seminar
Join the Office of Faith Events for a Virtual Scripture Seminar  Discipleship and the Gospel of Saint Mark A Bible Study with Dr. Lisa M. Gulino  Dr. Gulino will guide participants through the pages of the Gospel of St. Mark.  The Gospel of Mark unfolds, within the context of Jesus' journey to Jerusalem, key characteristics of living as a disciple of Jesus. You will learn key tools to reading the Gospel of Mark.  The study of the Word of God is not enough, how do we pray with God's Word as well?  Each session will pre...

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 Called to Remember to 'Work Like Christ' - Sept. 22 Hope and Faith Video
This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Kathy D'Amelio - Director of the Office for Safe Environments, speaks about getting back to work.   View previous videos or more articles on Faith by visiting NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks    

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Change Can Bring Both Challenge and Beauty

Posted on October 05, 2021 in: FaithSparks

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Change Can Bring Both Challenge and Beauty
Fall is here, and the beauty of the season is all around us. From the crisp chill that floats in the air to the vibrant colors of the leaves, we know that a new season is coming when these changes begin. Change is one of the most challenging things for humans to do. If you are like me, the first thing you do when you need to make a change is avoid doing it. I think avoiding what needs to be done will produce the results I want, so I just keep doing what I know is comfortable. Yet, as we have often heard, the definition of insanity is, “Doing the same thing over and...

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Welcome Back to Life - Sept. 29 Hope & Faith Video
This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Andrea Hoisl- Director of the Office of Faith Events, speaks about what it is like to get back to life in the midst of a pandemic.   View previous videos or more articles on Faith by visiting NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks    

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Replay of Trashed: The Unborn, The Migrant, The Poor, The Environment
The Kickoff to Respect Life Month featured Dr. Patrick Lee, Director of the Center for Bioethics at Franciscan University, Steubenville, and professor in the Philosophy Department. This conversation, hosted by Fr. Robert Washabaugh, took place on October 3rd, the eve of the Feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi. The discussion explored the interconnection between the sacredness of life and creation.    We will continue to explore this topic through weekly videos culminating in another live event on Sunday, November 21, from 7- 8 PM ...

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