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The Positive Impact of a Catholic Education
A Catholic Education has had such a positive impact on my life. Attending Catholic elementary, middle and high schools has provided me with a strong sense of community, the gift of life-long friendships and instilled the importance of volunteerism.  I can remember many teachers throughout my...

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Faithful Take to the Streets at  Eucharistic Procession
On June 19, while participating with hundreds of others in a Eucharistic procession through the streets of Lowell, Massachusetts, I was reminded of an experience I had as an 11-year-old altar boy.  My Parish, St. Joseph Patron in Brooklyn, N.Y. received news that Bishop Brian McEntegart was ...

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Catholic Foundation’s Contribution is Largest in its History
After being unable to hold its annual awards dinner for two years, the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Norwich was elated to host this event the evening of June 27, 2022 at the Holiday Inn, Norwich. In its 22nd year of giving, the Catholic Foundation made its largest distribution in its histor...

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Bishop's Column: Sowing Seeds
August 2022 Four County Catholic Sowing Seeds “So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me empty, but shall do what pleases me, achieving the end for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11   My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Many ...

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Knights of Columbus Open 2022 Convention in Nashville
How to be true pastors in the world. That was the message Bishop J. Mark Spalding shared with members of the Knights of Columbus from all over the world as they, along with their families, gathered for the Opening Mass of the 140th annual Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention Tuesday, Aug. 2, in...

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“It Was Like a Wedding” 

Posted on August 02, 2022 in: Vocations

“It Was Like a Wedding” 
Cade Buckheit is a rising Senior at the University of Connecticut. He is an active member of the UCONN Catholic Community. He serves the student Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel on Sundays and participates in campus ministry events and activities. I invited Cade to serve the Ordination Mass of Fr. ...

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Many Attend First Full Blessing of the Fleet in Three Years
A large crowd turned out in Stonington Borough on a warm and sunny Sunday, July 31, to continue the time-honored tradition of blessing those fishermen who set out to sea from here.     The Blessing of the Fleet also remembers local fishermen who have died at sea and honors the vess...

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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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The Spiritual Life: How the Eucharist Catechizes about the Meaning of Life
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is currently undertaking a Eucharistic Revival. The idea for it began in 2019 when the bishops decided that we needed to respond to the moment of crisis in belief in the Eucharist in which we find ourselves—not only the discouraging results of t...

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Rest in Peace, Sr. Rita Johnson, SSND
Sr. Rita K. Johnson, SSND, Diocesan Director of Ministry to the Sick died on Thursday, July 21, 2022, at W.W. Backus Hospital in Norwich.  Born in Roxbury, Massachusetts on May 10, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Rita K. (Craven) Johnson and John Johnson. Sister Rita was bo...

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Posted on October 02, 2022 in: Around the Diocese

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Calendar of Events
  Brothers in Christ   Brothers in Christ: A Men’s Virtual Faith Group Meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month. Join this gathering of men who will share faith, personal experiences, and discussion. If you are interested in developing fellowship and discipleship with other men devoted to Christ, register by emailing Liza Roach at lroach@norwichdiocese.net or call 860-848-2237 ext. 305.    Virtual Program Explores Mary’s Seven Sorrows  The Catholic Family Services office is offering a virtual seven-week program e...

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Sept. 19 is Deadline to Register for Anniversary Mass
The September 19 deadline for registering for the 2022 Silver and Golden Jubilee Anniversary Mass is fast approaching. This is a firm date, so please register soon if you plan to attend. The Mass, which will take place October 16 at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich, is open to all couples married 25 & 50 years or celebrating any significant anniversary year. Bishop Michael Cote will celebrate this annual Mass which honors the enduring love of married couples.  To register, send the following information:  husband and wife’s name, address, te...

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Let His Love Shine Through What You Do - Colleen Puscas
Music, especially Liturgical music, has always been a passion for Colleen Puscas. Some 30 years ago, she was the director of liturgy and music at Christ the Teacher Parish/Newman Center at Northern Illinois University. Then her husband, Michael, had a job opportunity in Connecticut, so she and her family moved to Colchester. One Sunday morning, after moving there, the family was running late preparing their four children for church, so they ended up attending a later Mass, 11 a.m. at St. Andrew Church. That was the first time Colleen heard the choir sing for Mass, and al...

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'Happy Hour for Couples' Will Enrich Relationships

Posted on September 22, 2022 in: Events

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'Happy Hour for Couples' Will Enrich Relationships
Couples, are you looking for a unique date night idea that will enrich both your relationship and your spiritual lives? Grab your favorite beverage and join other couples for an uplifting Couples’ Happy Hour that will inspire you and offer different perspectives about romance, relationships and family life.  The Diocesan Catholic Family Services Office is sponsoring a virtual Couples’ Happy Hour the second Friday every other month beginning September 9 from 7-8:30 p.m.. Each evening will include a presentation on topics relevant to today’s couples,...

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Marriage Encounter
The Celebration of the Eucharist Daily Television Mass - Streaming Video
The Office of Radio and Television (ORTV) streams the Celebration of the Eucharist (daily television Mass) Live Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. Other live stream liturgical celebrations will be announced on the ORTV home page. The LIVE stream broadcasts Monday thrpugh Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  On weekends, there is no LIVE stream of the Mass.  To view a weekend Mass, click the Vimeo link below. Vimeo Link In addition to streaming live on the ORTV website, the TV Mass is also live streamed on its Facebook page and its YouTube...

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Diakonia - Prison Ministry

Posted on September 08, 2022 in: Vocations

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Diakonia - Prison Ministry
Prison Ministry Having been a high school religion teacher for 18 years, I was in diaconal formation when my second high school was closed and I was jobless. At a retreat for deacon candidates and lay ministers on Ender’s Island, I was mulling over where I would do my six-week ministry rotation. I believed that deacons needed to go where no one else would go and where the need was great. One of the lay ministers I had met was a deputy warden at JB Gates. So I asked him about doing something at his institution. After teaching a class called, “How to M...

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