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"When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple there whom He loved, He said to His mother, 'Woman, behold your son. Then He said to the disciple,'Behold, your mother.' And from that hour the disciple took her into his home."--John 19:26-27

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It’s become common to incorrectly use the term Alzheimer’s to describe all kinds of dementia. Dementia is the loss of memory and the ability to think, to solve problems, and to use reason. It affects memory, intelligence, judgment, language, and behavior. There are a number of subcategories under this broad term, including Alzheimer’s, multi-infarct dementia (which is stroke-r...

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Depression and Suicide

Posted on November 04, 2017 in: Caregiver Spirituality

If your loved one is suffering from depression—and is not just “down in the dumps” for a while—he or she can’t “will it” away. Your care-receiver can’t simply decide, “I’m not going to be depressed anymore.” Research shows that depression often has a physiological and emotional basis and is treatable. Then, too, with all your respon...

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Top Ten Spiritual Practices for Caregivers
Care giving can be a very rewarding experience, as we want to give our love and support to a family member or friend. It can also drain our energy when we are called to give a lot of our time, especially if also working or caring for children at home. It is important to find time and ways to be rene...

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A Caregiver's Prayer for an Aging Parent Heavenly Father, help me better understand and believe I can do what you ask me to do. Forgive me for the times, even now, when I question your judgment. As I go about the many daily tasks of caregiving, give me energy. As I watch my loved one oh-so-slowly walk across the room, give me strength. As I answer his/her repeated question just one...

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by Barry J. Jacobs, AARP, January 9, 2017 As a 24/7 caregiver for her mother, my 52-year-old patient — I'll call her Becca — gets little rest. At night, lying on the couch next to her mother's hospital bed, she is jolted awake by her mom's frequent cries of pain and confused conversation with people who aren't there. During the day, she catnaps fitfully in the chair ...

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Rest in Peace- Deacon Michael L. Puscas

Posted on November 10, 2021 in: News

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Rest in Peace- Deacon Michael L. Puscas
Deacon Michael L. Puscas, a Permanent Deacon of the Diocese of Norwich assigned to the Guardian Angels Parish in Colchester and Lebanon and the Director of Permanent Deacon Personnel for the Diocese of Norwich died on Sunday, November 7, 2021.   A wake will be held on Thursday, November 11, 2021, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Guardian Angels Parish-Saint Andrew Church, 128 Norwich Avenue, Colchester, Connecticut.  The Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Guardian Angels Parish-Saint Andrew Church, 128 Norwich Avenue, Colchester, Connecticut, on Friday, November 12,...

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Your Guide to Church Bazaars and Holiday Craft Fairs
Use the Handy List Below to See Where All the Best Church Bazaars and Craft Fairs are Being Held Throughout the Diocese. You Can Also Add Events to Your Google Calendar from Ours.        Friday, November 19, 5 PM –– 7 PM Saturday, November 20, 9 AM –– 3 PM St. Peter Church Fair  30 St. Peter Lane, Higganum Our Christmas Fair is Back!!!  Visa Card Raffle - top prize $2500 gift card. Basket Raffle with 22 baskets for men, women, and children.  Holiday Decorations include wreaths and ot...

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Send in Your Nativity Scene Photos

Posted on November 25, 2021 in: News, Advent

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Send in Your Nativity Scene Photos
FCC News Desk In 2019, Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter, Admirabile signum, on the meaning and importance of nativity scenes, calling for this “wonderful sign” to be more widely displayed in family homes and public places throughout the world. For the last two years, in response, we asked parishioners, ministries, offices, churches, and schools to send us a picture of the nativity scene on display at their location. The response to this request was tremendous. Once again, we are asking for pictures of your creche. The photos will ...

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Seeking Applicants for the Our Lady Queen of Hope Award
The Our Lady Queen of Hope Award: Honoring Dedicated Women in Our Diocese This coming Spring, during the 2022 Virtual Women’s Conference,  the Norwich Diocesan Women’s Conference Committee will vote on and name the recipient of the second annual Our Lady Queen of Hope Award.   The Our Lady Queen of Hope award was created to honor a woman in the diocese for her vision and leadership in the Catholic Church.  Candidates display strong faith, are committed to living out Catholic values, display leadership, display love, and service, have be...

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Bishop's Column: Lord of Love

Posted on November 24, 2021 in: Reflections

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Bishop's Column: Lord of Love
November 2021 Four County Catholic Lord of Love “They will fight with the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.” Revelation 17:14 My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, You can tell that it is Autumn in New England by the leaves on the ground, pumpkins on doorsteps, and the yard signs promoting candidates for the upcoming election. One sign in particular caught my eye –– “No matter who is elected, Christ is still King.” This i...

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Chapel Completed at New Saint Andrew Cemetery in Colchester
An old storage area has been transformed into a bright and inviting chapel at the New Saint Andrew Cemetery in Colchester. Guardian Angels Parish clergy, Pastor Fr. Marek Masnicki and Parochial Vicar Fr. Richard Breton, as well as a dozen other visitors, attended the short ceremony on Oct. 29. The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich, blessed the chapel with holy water.   "Let us ask the Lord, the all powerful Father, to continue to strengthen us and to thank Him earnestly for the completion of this holy project,"...

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