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Transforming Tragedy into Triumph: A Journey to Forgiveness
In the spring of 1994, I was thinking about all the typical teenage things any junior in high school is consumed with: my driver’s license, grades, girls, a new job at Burger King. I was vaguely aware of talk of a problem in a faraway land called Rwanda, but my young mind was too focused on my...

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Why Mary is Our 'Perfect Mother'
Mary is our heavenly mother and the month of May, dedicated to her, always provides us an opportunity to consider how much our Mama loves us and cares for us. Nowhere is her maternal protection over us more evident than in the numerous visits from heaven that she has made. Each apparition of Our ...

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A Question of Faith- What is Papal Infallibility?
Have you ever questioned or wondered about some aspect of the Catholic faith? Well now is your chance to do just that! Four County Catholic Magazine is introducing a new column entitled A QUESTION OF FAITH. Every edition will offer our readers’ the opportunity to ask and have their questions a...

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Sharing in Our Humanity

Posted on April 07, 2024 in: Reflections

Sharing in Our Humanity
At Mass, the deacon is the minister of the cup. He prepares the chalice of wine and elevates the cup of blessing with the priest in his elevation of the host.  It always humbles me when I pray the Prayer of Preparation for the chalice: “By the mystery of this water and wine, may we com...

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“Peace be with you!” - Bishop Cote's 2024 Easter Message
  Easter Message 2024   My dear sisters and brothers in the Lord, The peace of the risen Lord be with you and all whom you love. On this Easter Sunday, we rejoice in the Lord’s victory over sin and death. Assembled with their companions, the Eleven apostles first heard th...

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Oh Happy Day!

Posted on March 28, 2024 in: Reflections

Oh Happy Day!
Some years ago, a Gospel song made the top 10 charts, it was called “Oh Happy Day.” The refrain of the song is, “Oh happy day, oh happy day, when Jesus washed my sins away.” The “happy day” is Good Friday, because that is the day when Jesus brings salvation to hum...

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Answering the Divine Call 

Posted on March 27, 2024 in: Reflections, Lent

Answering the Divine Call 
The Risen Lord knows us so very intimately, calling each of us by name. In our sinfulness, imperfection and unworthiness, we are not abandoned.     In the Easter story, a meaningful and very vulnerable exchange occurs between Mary Magdalene and the Risen Lord, as depicted in t...

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Bishop Cote Discusses Faith and Redemption in Palm Sunday Homily
"We celebrate this Palm Sunday with the eyes of faith,"   On Sunday, March 24th, the Cathedral of Saint Patrick was filled with the faithful, gathered to commemorate Palm Sunday, marking the beginning of Holy Week. The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote presided over the Mass,...

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Novena for the Solemnity of Saint Joseph
The spouse of Mary and the legal father of Jesus according to Jewish law, Joseph is a model of humility and obedience to God’s will. Today, St. Joseph’s Day is observed all over the world on March 19th with a feast. Celebrated as early as the ninth century, St. Joseph’s Day b...

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Bishop's Column - Rend Your Hearts
January/February 2024 Four County Catholic Rend Your Hearts! My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,   In the grace-filled embrace of our Lord Jesus Christ, I extend heartfelt greetings to you as we anticipate the unfolding of a new year and the forthcoming sacred season of Len...

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Why Mary is Our 'Perfect Mother'

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Why Mary is Our 'Perfect Mother'
Mary is our heavenly mother and the month of May, dedicated to her, always provides us an opportunity to consider how much our Mama loves us and cares for us. Nowhere is her maternal protection over us more evident than in the numerous visits from heaven that she has made. Each apparition of Our Lady demonstrates that the Queen of the Universe loves us and will do all that she can to aid us and bring us to her Son. Many people know about the marvelous visit of Mary to Fatima, Portugal, in 1917, beginning in May and culminating in October with the great miracle of the ...

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Transforming Tragedy into Triumph: A Journey to Forgiveness
In the spring of 1994, I was thinking about all the typical teenage things any junior in high school is consumed with: my driver’s license, grades, girls, a new job at Burger King. I was vaguely aware of talk of a problem in a faraway land called Rwanda, but my young mind was too focused on my small concerns. Meanwhile, my contemporaries in Rwanda had real problems: a genocide unfolding around them. There had always been tensions between the two tribes that inhabited Rwanda: the Hutu and the Tutsi. But now, it was exploding into intense violence. Almost overnight, ...

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