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Bishops Show Commitment to “One Church One Mission” with Grants
WASHINGTON - The bishop members on subcommittees related to national collections coordinated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) acted on the call to be “One Church One Mission” at their meetings in June. In their respective subcommittees, they chose to distribute millions...

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Pope Francis Speaks to Young People Ahead of World Youth Day in ‘Popecast’
Ahead of next week’s World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal, Pope Francis responded to the prerecorded questions and struggles of young people in Vatican News’ newly produced podcast, dubbed the “Popecast.” The podcast, which is produced in Italian, released its sec...

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Preaching the Word of God

Posted on July 22, 2023 in: Reflections

Preaching the Word of God
Over the years sitting in the pews, I have heard some wonderful homilies — and, on occasion, some not so wonderful. Now that I have the honor of preaching as a deacon at Mass, I try my best to break open the Scriptures and let the Holy Spirit guide me in nourishing God’s people. I am ...

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The 70th Annual Blessing Of The Fleet Is Coming To Stonington Borough
As Stonington has done for over 60 years, the St. Mary community will celebrate the annual Blessing of the Fleet. This is to honor present and past commercial fishermen, lobstermen and their families. The traditional celebration returns this year. THURSDAY, July 27 at 6 p.m.: The 2023...

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Archbishop Blair to Join Local Catholics at African National Eucharistic Congress in Washington, D.C.
Editor's note: the following is from the Archdiocese of Hartford website. Archbishop Leonard P. Blair and a contingent of Black and African Catholics from parishes in the Archdiocese of Hartford are heading to Washington, D.C. This Friday, July 21, as many as 38 local Catholics will travel...

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Called To Help People Make New Friends and Walk
It was at Hammonasset State Park in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic when I first felt God’s calling placed upon my heart. My daily walks became windows into the lives of other walkers doing their best to navigate the health crisis and aloneness that piggybacked on the pandemic. Having lost...

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Ceremony Honors Catholic Scouts

Posted on July 17, 2023 in: News, Events

Ceremony Honors Catholic Scouts
The Most Reverend Bishop Michael Cote honored several boy and girl scouts throughout the Norwich Diocese for their achievements in completing the requirement for several Catholic scouting awards. The awards were presented during a Scouting Religious Award and Recognition Ceremony on Sunday, April 23...

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Light Up Your Summer Nights with Luminaria
Editor's note: the following is from the Archdiocese of Hartford website. In January, I attended a prayer service for Sanctity of Human Life Sunday at my church. The entire evening was quite beautiful. What really set the tone was what I saw driving up to the church before the service. In the...

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This Summer, Help Your Children Live the Fruits of the Spirit
Editor's note: the following is from the Archdiocese of Hartford website. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Gal 5:22-23) Summer arrives with some of God’s great gifts! He gives us longer...

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Date Nights Can Strengthen Relationships
Several years ago, I heard a wise Catholic priest tell a group of married couples, “Marriage is a Sacrament, parenting is not. Focus on the Sacrament first, and the children and the family will all fall into place.” That thought has stayed with me. Yes, there are times in the lives of...

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Calendar of Events

Posted on September 22, 2023 in: Around the Diocese


Calendar of Events
Brothers in Christ Virtual Meeting Brothers in Christ is a gathering of men who share faith, personal experiences, and discussion. BIC fellowship meetings are held the second Thursday of the month either virtually or on-site. Thursday-October 12th, Brothers in Christ will be Virtually from 7pm – 7:45pm.  Deacon Dennis Dolan will be speaking on “Children who don’t go to Mass”.  If you are interested in hearing great speakers as well as developing fellowship with other men devoted to Christ, please register by email Liza Roach at lroach@no...

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Awakening: How is the Holy Spirit at work in your life? 
Awakening: How is the Holy Spirit at work in your life?    Awakening: How is the Holy Spirit at work in your life?  Join us for a 4-part Mission designed to help deepen your faith!  Rediscover God’s Unconditional Love, Learn more about the Holy Spirit’s Gifts, develop a deep and meaningful prayer life, experience the mercy of God through a deeper understanding of reconciliation.  For two weeks, Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 3rd, 5th, 10th, and 12th  at 7:00-8:30 pm, Our Lady of Sorrows, 14 Prospect St, Essex. Register online...

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Clergy Appointments

Posted on September 20, 2023 in: News, Vocations


Clergy Appointments
September 20, 2023 The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D. D., Bishop of Norwich, has made the following clergy and diocesan appointment in the Diocese of Norwich   Reverend Marvin Bearis, OFM Cap., to Saint Pius X Parish, Middletown, Pastor. Effective:  September 1, 2023.      Reverend Peter J. Langevin, Chancellor    

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Bold Faith - The Power of Catholic Evangelization Through Storytelling
Do you remember the last time you heard a good story? It’s easy to become captivated by a compelling narrative or a fascinating myth. From novels or warm conversations over dinner to movies or even music, stories capture our imagination and shape the way we think about the world. As Catholics, we are confronted by a host of narratives that compete with, and often contradict, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We know, however, that God has revealed the true story of the whole world. The story of Christ is, as C.S. Lewis put it, “the true myth.” Jesus isn’t ...

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Remembering September 11th- Mercies in Disguise
Sometimes, the best stories come from unexpected moments of inspiration. Recently, I had a unique experience attending Mass at St. Columba in Columbia. Originally, I hadn't planned on going there; the church I regularly attend had canceled the early Mass for the summer. At the same time, I was struggling to find a topic for this month's Four County Catholic article. Writer's block had hit me hard, and the deadlines were looming. During the Communion meditation, something remarkable happened. My eyes caught sight of a large plaque on the wall listing the corporal...

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St. Michael Defend Us

Posted on September 28, 2023 in: News


St. Michael Defend Us
If you think angels are chubby cheeked, bare-bottomed tots with wings, or maybe golden-haired ladies in white nightgowns playing harps, it’s time to take a look at St. Michael the Archangel, commander of the heavenly army. Leader of Heavenly Forces: Michael, who shares his Sept. 29 feast day with fellow archangels Gabriel and Raphael, is the leader of the heavenly forces in the eternal fight against Satan and the other fallen angels. If you’ve ever seen a picture of an intense looking angel armed with a helmet, sword, and shield, piercing a dragon with a l...

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