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Earth Day 2021:  Care for Our Common Home
Happy Earth Day: April 22, 2021 As we gather this Earth Day in praise and thanksgiving for Creation, offered to each of us by our Creator, let us call to mind how we depend on and care for our common home How do we return to the Earth the love, care and sustainment we receive fro...

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Being Present to the Moments of Our Life
April 21, 2021 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Mary-Jo McLaughlin - the Catholic Family Services Coordinator, speaks on being present in each moment when we experience new life during Easter. To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSpar...

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Assisted Suicide Bill Dies in Judiciary Committee
Assisted Suicide Bill Dies in Judiciary Committee    Today, the Judiciary Committee failed to take any action on House Bill 6425 "An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients",  resulting in the death of the bill for this legislative session. The b...

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'Just Mercy' Delivers Many Messages Amid a Range of Emotions
Catholic Social Teaching promotes the dignity of the human person. We are all created in God’s image. Our actions toward others must always be rooted in Christ’s love. With that in mind, Xavier High School students, faculty and staff viewed the film “Just Mercy” as part of...

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Speaker Tells Women Sharing Their ‘Thing’ Can Transform Lives
On a visit home to her native Ireland to be with her dying mother, Julianne Stanz discovered ‘the thing.’ She didn’t know what it was, what it was for, why she was drawn to it, or even why she bought it. She just knows that while she lingered in a trinket shop in Ireland for 22 min...

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Bishop  Confers Rite of Candidacy
On Sunday, April 18th, Bishop Michael R. Cote bestowed the Rite of Candidacy on five men who are currently in formation for the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Norwich. The new candidates are (from left to right) Ronald Krystofic, Christopher Hammond, Joseph Delaney, Mark Desrosiers, and Davi...

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Discipleship Begins with Accepting God’s Unconditional Love
“The most difficult part of being a disciple is accepting that we are loved, wholly, completely and tenderly by God,” Sr. Elissa Rinere, CP, told participants at the 11th Diocesan Women’s Conference that focused on the theme of Women as disciples. “God’s love is given t...

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Fed by Our Faith - Hope and Faith Video Series
April 14, 2021 This week on the Hope and Faith Series; Liza Roach, Youth and Young Adult Minister, speaks about the Easter blessing of being fed by the Catholic Faith. To see past videos or more articles on Faith, visit NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

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Confession Cleanses Us from Sin
Sacraments 101: Confession, Part I Life is often thought of as a kind of journey. Far from being something static or stagnant, our lives are constantly subject to change, growth, decay, and all other kinds of movement. For us as Catholics, one of the most common images used to describe life here ...

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We Are an Easter People and Alleluia is Our Song!
How exciting, it is Easter!  We return to the rituals at Mass that come with this season. One of my favorites is the singing of the “Alleluia.” Once again, we say out loud, “Alleluia, Christ has risen.”  Did you ever pause to wonder what the word alleluia means?&...

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  The Norwich 40 Days-For-Life Campaign will begin with a Vigil Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Tuesday, September 21, at 7 PM. Bishop Michael R. Cote will be the principal celebrant and Fr. Michael Bovino will be the homilist. This year, The 40 Days for Life Campaign runs from Wednesday, Sept. 22nd through Oct. 31st. Please join-in with your fellow parishioners by praying, fasting, and signing-up to participate in the peaceful prayer vigil held outside the planned parenthood facility at 12 Case St. in Norwich. For more information, go to https://www....

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Reflecting on Summer Assignments

Posted on September 07, 2021 in: Vocations

Reflecting on Summer Assignments
An integral part of a seminarian’s priestly formation is his summer assignment. Each summer, upon returning home from the seminary, our seminarians are assigned to different parishes in the Diocese for eight weeks of pastoral work and experience. This time in the parish is important for them. It serves to assist them in developing pastoral competency, it teaches them about pastoral leadership, and it provides them with opportunities for collaboration with others. Most of all, it helps them become true shepherds after the heart and example of Jesus Christ. Just befo...

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Faith Sparks: Welcome Back…Love, God
“Welcome back” is a common, familiar phrase we use in our daily lives all the time. We welcome people back from vacation, sick leave, summer break, holidays – the list goes on and on. It’s an innocent salutation that makes us feel like we were missed. However, in 2021, this simple phrase has taken on a whole new meaning for all of us. We are welcoming people back to work, to shopping, to restaurants, and to normal life activities after a year and a half of unprecedented sickness, death, quarantine and gathering restrictions. “Welcome back&rdquo...

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Take a Look at September Events Around the Diocese
Notre Dame Church Tag Sale Saturday, September 4, at 272 Main St., Durham from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.,rain or shine  OUTSIDE you will find furniture, records, tapes, cds, books, pictures and frames, baskets, stuffed animals, electronics, sporting equipment, religious items and a full range of miscellaneous tag sale items.  INSIDE our church hall we will have a huge assortment of clothing, toys, jewelry, china, a variety of linens, kitchen supplies, craft supplies, and more. A few minor changes:  We will not be having OUTSIDE vendors, MASKS are requ...

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