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Celebrating Our Lady Queen of Hope Award Winner
Bishop Michael R. Cote celebrated a special Mass to acknowledge Janet Larson as this year's recipient of the esteemed Our Lady Queen of Hope Award. The honor was bestowed upon her during a heartfelt ceremony held at Saint Columba Parish in Columbia where Bishop Cote officiated at the 1...

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New Survey of Men Being Ordained to the Priesthood Underscores the Significant Influence of Parents on Children’s Vocational Discernment
“Mothers and fathers, united in marriage, are the first witnesses to love for their children. It is within the family that children are taught the faith, learn the meaning of love, and grow in virtue. This year’s study of ordinands underscores the fundamental role that families, in parti...

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Ferrero Rocher: The Chocolate Inspired by Our Lady of Lourdes
Many know Ferrero Rocher for its popular hazelnut chocolates, but the company’s tie to Our Lady of Lourdes is lesser known. Michele Ferrero, the company’s founder and a devout Catholic, had a deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and wanted to honor her through his work. It is repo...

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UConn Catholic Center Students host “Backpack for Life” Project to Help Homeless Veterans
The UConn Catholic Center Students, Storrs, CT hope to fill 50 military-grade backpacks for the homeless and at-risk veterans in CT at a Donation Drive to be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at the Catholic Center @ Storrs, 46 North Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT.  UConn So...

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9 Facts about Catholics in the U.S., According to Pew Research
The Pew Research Center released a new fact sheet Friday that contains nine demographic and statistical facts about the Catholic population in the United States, based on the center’s numerous surveys.  Here are Pew’s nine facts about Catholics in the United States...

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A Night of Blessings: Uplifting Moments From the Sixth Annual Young Adult Mass at UConn
Bishop Cote reminded young adults in our diocese of the promises of God as he preached to the young adults of the diocese gathered at St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel in Storrs for the sixth annual Young Adult Mass and the first Mass of UConn's spring semester. The Mass drew young adults from around...

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Calendar of Events
Calendar of Events   April 20 Awakening: How is the Holy Spirit at work in your life? Join us for a one day retreat designed to help deepen your faith! Saturday, April 20, 2024, 9-4 (lunch included) St. Mary Church Hall, Putnam *Rediscover God’s Unconditional Love *Come ...

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Jessica Hanna, Catholic Mother Who Chose Life Amid Cancer Battle, Dies
Jessica Hanna, a Catholic mother of four and pro-life advocate who chose to forgo cancer treatments for the sake of her unborn child, died on April 6, her family has announced. Her husband, Lamar, shared the news of her passing on her Instagram account, where she went by the handle @blessed_by_ca...

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Love for God - Our Lady Queen of Hope Award
Love for God spurs award recipient to serve others   Janet Larson sat in her Andover home looking out over the ice-covered lake abutting her property. With tear-filled eyes and fighting hard to hold back emotion, she said softly, “I am honored. I am humbled. It is hard for me to...

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'This is a Gift for You' - Hope & Faith Video Series
This week on the Hope and Faith series, Andrea Hoisl, Director of the Office of Faith Events, tells the story of a person amazed at a Mass at La Sallete Shrine. View previous videos or more articles on Faith by visiting NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks    

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Posted on April 13, 2024 in: Events, Around the Diocese

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Calendar of Events   April 20 Awakening: How is the Holy Spirit at work in your life? Join us for a one day retreat designed to help deepen your faith! Saturday, April 20, 2024, 9-4 (lunch included) St. Mary Church Hall, Putnam *Rediscover God’s Unconditional Love *Come to know the Holy Spirit intimately *Learn more about the Holy Spirit’s Gifts *Develop a deep and meaningful prayer life *Registration in advance is necessary for this event* Register online to or call Marianne at 860-848-2237, ext. 304. (Sponsored by the Office Faith E...

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Here’s When Easter Officially Ends

Posted on April 04, 2024 in: News

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Here’s When Easter Officially Ends
Catholics recognize Easter — when Jesus Christ rose from the dead after sacrificing his life for all of humanity — as the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the spring equinox. But, as it turns out, they can continue saying “Happy Easter” into May or, in some years, into June. Easter lasts for a total of 50 days, from Easter Sunday until the feast of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles, Mary, and the first followers of Christ.  This year, 2024, Easter was on March 31 and runs until Pentecost Sunday, ...

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Oh Happy Day!

Posted on March 28, 2024 in: Reflections

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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 humanity by His Passion and death on the cross. But for Christians, there is an even happier day, the day when He is risen: Easter Sunday. As Catholic Christians, we are, of course, a people of the Eucharist, and a people of the living Word of God. But primarily, we are an Easter...

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A Glowing Celebration of Faith- Candlelit Easter Vigil at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick
A sea of candlelight cast a comforting glow over those gathered in the darkened Cathedral of Saint Patrick for the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, March 30th. The Liturgy of Light (Lucernarium) commenced as Bishop Michael R. Cote and ministers proceeded in silence and darkness to the rear of the Cathedral. There, the Bishop spoke to the faithful about the significance of the vigil before bestowing a blessing upon the new fire, which would be used to light the Paschal candle. Father Brian Romanowski then carried the lit candle down the main aisle into the dimly lit Cath...

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Singing ‘Alleluia’ to Praise the Lord: Experience the Seasonal Difference
Have you ever noticed that the liturgical seasons affect the use of the word “Alleluia”? In the spring, it comes and goes and comes back again – from Ordinary Time, to Lent, to the Easter Season. This shift in language – coupled with music, instrumentation and mood – is expressed in all Catholic parishes. So take note. But perhaps it is most noticeable in those with extensive music programs and professional choirs, such as at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. LENT: ABSTAINING FROM ALLELUIA On the Sunday before Ash Wednesday &nda...

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Sacred Oils, Sacred Vows - Chrism Mass 2024
"May your holy oil, O Lord, be blessed by You, for our sake" The annual Chrism Mass took place Tuesday morning, March 26th, at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich, continuing 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.  In his homily, the Bishop remarked, "It is the c...

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