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How to Revive the Celebration of Eastertide
Easter Sunday begins the Easter season. The 50-day Eastertide, running to Pentecost, is the longest season on the Church calendar (not counting Ordinary Time). Everything starts with the joyous celebrations of Easter Sunday and the Easter Octave to Divine Mercy Sunday. This week is the perfect time ...

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We Can Help. Promise to Protect-Pledge to Heal
We Can Help To report inappropriate conduct of any kind by a Diocesan Bishop please contact ReportBishopAbuse.org or call 1-800-276-1562 To report inappropriate contact of any kind by a representative of the Diocese of Norwich or for assistance for victims, please call The Dioce...

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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 C...

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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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Catholic Family Services to Offer a Day of Support for Bereaved Mothers
Bereavement Support for Mothers  The Diocesan Catholic Family Services Office is sponsoring a day of support, reflection, and loving remembrance of ‘A Child Who Was to Be,’ a time of prayer and support for mothers who have lost a child to an ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillb...

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Saint Catherine of Siena - An Unwavering Devotion to God
St. Catherine of Siena, born Caterina di Giacomo di Benincasa on March 25, 1347, in Siena, Italy, is renowned for her profound spirituality, unwavering devotion to God and significant influence during the 14th century. Canonized by Pope Pius II on June 29, 1461, she is celebrated annually on her fea...

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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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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., Bi...

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Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra & Chorus Give an Inspiring Palm Sunday Concert at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick
The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra again delivered an uplifting and moving performance for Palm Sunday at the Cathedral of St. Patrick, this time presenting Mozart's "Requiem" and "Lux Aeterna," composed by Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus Director Daniel McDavitt....

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Calendar of Events

Posted on April 05, 2024 in: Events, Around the Diocese

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Calendar of Events
Calendar of Events   April 13 St Joseph Church Goods & Services Auction 5-8pm  St Joseph Church - Parish Hall, Rockville 5 00 PM to 8 00 PM $35K+ in Auction Value - 100+ Items - 50/50 CASH Raffle.  $20 In Person (includes / meal) or Virtual Bidding Available at https://onecau.se/st-joseph-2024-auction 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 U...

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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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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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The Shroud of Turin - The Most Holy Cloth

Posted on March 19, 2024 in: News

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The Shroud of Turin - The Most Holy Cloth
It is said to have been brought from the Mideast to Europe by the Knights Templar, and it is purportedly the most studied artifact in history. But the greatest claim made for this cloth is that it is the actual burial cloth of Christ, the Shroud of Turin. On the cloth can be seen a faint image of the corpse of a tortured man, with blood stains indicating wounds around the head, chest, arms, hands, and feet. The first photograph of the cloth was taken in 1898, and to everyone’s amazement, it revealed that the image was something akin to a photographic negative, whic...

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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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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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