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See Contributed Christmas Crèche Photos Online
FCC News Desk New Christmas crèche photos continue to come in to the Communications Office from readers and visitors to the website.  This Christmas season, Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter, Admirabile signum, on the meaning and importance of nativity scenes, calling for this “wonderful sign” to be more widely displayed in family homes and public places throughout the world. The photos are featured in a photo gallery on the NorwichDiocese.org/Advent webpage, along with other Advent resources. Please name your photo with your family n...

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Advent Video Series-Week 4-Love

Posted on December 19, 2019 in: Advent

Advent Video Series-Week 4-Love
Week 4 of the Advent Series! The Office of Faith Events invites everyone to experience the Advent season in a new impactful way. These powerful videos with inspirational information from Priests, from the Diocese of Norwich, demonstrate how God’s hope, peace, joy and love is still with us and can make a lasting impact on all our lives this Advent. This week, hear from Bishop Michael Cote, Bishop of the Diocese of Norwich, as he explains the Advent virtue of Love. For More Advent Resources Click Here  

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Fourth Sunday of Advent- Love

Posted on December 19, 2019 in: Reflections, Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent- Love
As we celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent our Advent journey comes to a close. The patient (or impatient) preparation and waiting now lies behind us and all that we did (or did not do) is history.  We move forward together into the Christmas Season overflowing with God’s love – an unconditional love that was freely given to all of us undeserving human beings. This gift was given to us so that, like all good gifts, we would share it with others. How are we going to share the amazing gift of God’s love for humankind this Christmas? Look for w...

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Pope Francis: Nativity Scenes Show a 'Domestic Gospel'
By Hannah Brockhaus Vatican City (CNA) - Pope Francis Wednesday called Christmas nativity scenes a “domestic Gospel,” which helps to make the Holy Family present in one’s home. He also encouraged every family to have one in their home at Christmas time. During his last general audience of 2019, Francis said Dec. 18 that gazing at the nativity, with the baby Jesus, Virgin Mary, and St. Joseph “we can imagine the thoughts they had while the Child was born in poverty: joy but also shock.” “And we can also invite the Hol...

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Advent Video Series- Week 3 - Joy!
The Office of Faith Events invites everyone to experience the Advent season in a new impactful way. These powerful videos with inspirational information from Priests, from the Diocese of Norwich, demonstrate how God’s hope, peace, joy and love is still with us and can make a lasting impact on all our lives this Advent. This week, hear from Fr. Peter Langiven, Chancellor of the Diocese of Norwich, as he explains the Advent virtue of Joy. For More Advent Resources Click Here  

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Third Sunday of Advent - Joy

Posted on December 12, 2019 in: Reflections, Advent

Third Sunday of Advent - Joy
This season of Advent is known as one of “Joyful expectation.” In the Church we name the third Sunday of Advent as Gaudete Sunday or “Joyful Sunday” as our waiting for the Savior is almost at an end.  The joy that we highlight this week is the joy that we experience in knowing God is near. Although we know this is a joyful season many people struggle to find joy at Christmas. This is because we, as individuals and as a culture, confuse joy with “feeling good”. As a culture we are inundated with ads that encourage us to fe...

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Cathedral Presents 40th Annual Festival of Lessons & Carols
December 15th at 7:30 PM  The Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Norwich will once again present Lessons and Carols. This festival is a way to recount our Savior's awaited arrival and birth through scripture, prayer, and song. The Norwich Diocesan Choir, Cathedral Choir, Young Choristers and Intergenerational Bells will be leading the music.  Bring your good cheer and voices to help us joyfully sing the hymns! Cathedral of Saint Patrick, Norwich  

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Attend an Exciting and Interactive Advent Experience
O Holy Night The Advent Season is a Time of Expectation! It is a time of hope! Come and join us at St. Joseph Church on Montauk Avenue in New London, CT on Monday, December 16 from 6-8 P.M.   We are honored to welcome Father John Gordon, Director of Evangelization and Vicar for Pastoral Life for the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ. Fr. Gordon will bring us an exciting and interactive Advent experience.  He will take us on a journey of the heart in preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas and for His second coming which we await.   There ...

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Send in Your Nativity Scene Photos to be Used in an Online Gallery
FCC News Desk This Christmas season, Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter, Admirabile signum, on the meaning and importance of nativity scenes, calling for this “wonderful sign” to be more widely displayed in family homes and public places throughout the world. In response, we are asking parishioners, ministries, offices, churches and schools to send us a picture of the nativity scene on display at their location. The photos will be featured in a photo gallery on the NorwichDiocese.org/Advent webpage, along with other Advent resources. Please...

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An Advent Family Blessing

Posted on December 09, 2019 in: Advent

An Advent Family Blessing
In the name of the father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit… Loving Father, We ask that you bless this family and all the families who are faithfully trying to build your Kingdom here on earth.  Help them know and experience your love through their interactions with one another.  In turn help them share that love with the people who come into their lives every day searching for hope and peace. Help them to exemplify the virtues of the Holy Family and never lose sight of their significance in our Church.  Like the Holy Family they w...

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