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Bishop Cote's Video Christmas Message for 2023
Bishop Michael R. Cote shares his Christmas Message with us, the men, women, and children of the Diocese of Norwich. Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas! May the light of Christ, shine brightly during this holy season and throughout the year. We hope you enjoy this video reflection...

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It’s a Wonderful Life: How a 76-year-old Movie is the Gospel Transposed onto Celluloid
If you are one of the few people who have never seen this classic movie, be warned, there are some spoilers to follow. Hopefully, by the time you finish this article, you will want to pop some corn or roast some chestnuts and find an airing of It’s a Wonderful Life. Be sure to share it with...

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Faithful Celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast
Mariachi music filled the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Norwich on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, faithful from across our Diocese gathered to celebrate The Annual Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Bishop Michael R. Cote celebrated the Mass.  Reverend Juan Aguirre delivered the Homily.&nbs...

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McGivney Center Celebrates 800 Years of the Crèche
For more than 20 years the Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center, formerly known as the Knights of Columbus Museum, has welcomed visitors from near and far to experience the wonders of Christmas from all around the world.  And the tradition continues! This year, the McGivney Center...

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Blessing of a Christmas Manger or Nativity Scene
    In its present form, the custom of displaying figures depicting the birth of Jesus Christ owes its origin to St. Francis of Assisi, who made the Christmas crèche or manger for Christmas Eve of 1223. The blessing of the Christmas manger or nativity scene may take place on the ...

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Hand-made Hats and Scarves Make Tree Warm and Toasty
A warm and toasty Christmas tree designed by the Diocesan Office of Faith Events (OFE) will not only bring joy to those who see it but warmth from winter’s cold for all those who benefit from it. Called ‘The Warm and Toasty Tree,’ it is filled with 150 knit and crocheted hats an...

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5 Things to Know and Share about St. Nicholas
St. Nicholas, whose feast day is celebrated on Dec. 6, is well known as possibly the real-life inspiration for the beloved Christmas character of Santa Claus. Not a lot is known about the historical Nicholas, who was bishop of Myra, a Greek city in modern-day Turkey, during the fourth century A.D. ...

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Emulating the Holy Family: A Path to a Meaningful Christmas
As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisper, the season of Advent beckons Catholic families to prepare their hearts and homes for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. In this busy world, where commercialism often overshadows the true meaning of Christmas, there is no better time to t...

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Preparing Heart and Home: Meaningful Advent Activities for Families
Beyond the glittering lights and festive decorations, the holy season of Advent is a time to prepare our hearts and homes to welcome the birth of Jesus Christ. In the midst of the hustle and bustle, there are numerous activities that families can engage in to make this season more meaningful and spi...

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Celebrate: The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec. 12
Celebrate with us! The Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe Tuesday, 12 December 2023 Cathedral of St. Patrick 213 Broadway, Norwich, CT 6:30pm Bilingual Rosary 7:00pm Eucharistic Celebration (Bilingual) The Most Rev. Michael R. Cote Bishop of Norwich Principal Celebrant Please jo...

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