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New London Couple Recognized as State’s Longest Married Couple
New London Couple Recognized as State’s Longest Married Couple   In each of the 71 years that Russell and Pauline DeMarco have been married, their love for each other has grown stronger. How does such an enduring love last despite the challenges and differences that all married coup...

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A Lenten Prayer to Begin the Season

Posted on February 15, 2024 in: Lent

A Lenten Prayer to Begin the Season
Ash Wednesday is the first day of the 40 days of Lent dedicated to prayer, fasting, and reflection in preparation for the great celebration of Christ’s Paschal Mystery in the Easter Triduum. We pray that this day marks the beginning of your spiritual renewal. If we can help you with prayers or...

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Knights of Columbus Partner with Franciscan Friars, Print 'Born of Fire, A Lenten Daily Devotional for Men'
Knights of Columbus Announces Partnership With Franciscan Friars of the Renewal for a Special Printing of  Born of Fire, A Lenten Daily Devotional for Men Born of Fire, by Father Innocent Montgomery, Will Engage Catholic Men in Greater Lenten Prayer and Reflection New Haven, Conn. &mda...

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Resources to Help You on Your Lenten Journey
During Lent, we prepare for the celebration of Christ’s resurrection through prayer and reflection. We contemplate the promised Second Coming of Jesus as Savior. And amid the flurry of preparations, we look for practical ways to observe the holiness of the season in our everyday lives. ...

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Pope: During Lent, Leave Appearances Aside and Listen to God
Pope Francis began Lent by telling Christians to ensure their relationship with God "is not reduced to mere outward show."   ROME (CNS) -- In an age when even one's most intimate thoughts and feelings can become fodder for social media, Lent is a time to cast aside appearanc...

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Lent with the Lord: Let’s Fast!

Posted on February 14, 2024 in: Lent

Lent with the Lord: Let’s Fast!
From archdioceseofhartford.org: February 14th is a date that for many will bring to mind fancy meals or heart-shaped boxes filled with delicious chocolates. However, this year, Valentine’s Day coincides with Ash Wednesday, the beginning of our Lenten journey — a journey that is marked...

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'Male and female He created them'

Posted on February 12, 2024 in: School News

'Male and female He created them'
  You could hear a pin drop.     That is what I thought as I witnessed 185 teachers, administrators, priests and staff from the nine parochial elementary schools listen in rapt attention and deep concern as Theresa Farnan, PhD, described the confusion and sometimes the...

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Catholic Charities Celebrates Appointment of John Babbitt as COO, Building  on Interim Success
Excellence recognized and endorsed: John (Jack) Babbitt has assumed the position of chief operating officer at Catholic Charities following a successful interim period.   John (Jack) Babbitt has been appointed chief operations officer (COO) of Catholic Charities Diocese of Norwich, ...

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Archdiocesan Time Capsule: ‘Do Not Open Until … November 2093’
Have you ever wondered what happened to the time capsule from the Archdiocese of Hartford’s 175th Anniversary celebration? You may recall that at the 175th Anniversary Mass on Nov. 28, 2018, Catholic parishes, schools, and other organizations were asked to bring packets of memorabilia to be...

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'Holy, Holy, Holy' - Hope & Faith Video Series
This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Carol-Lynn Miller from Blessed Sacrament Catholic Parish in Rockville and Tolland speaks about her favorite part of Mass. View previous videos or more articles on Faith by visiting NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks    

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Calendar of Events

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

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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 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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