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Vocations Corner: A Seminarian Reflection
This month, Larry Barile presents us with a brief look at his journey as he prepares to be called to ordination as a Transitional Deacon. Please keep Larry in your prayers, Larry was ordained a transitional deacon, April 15, 2020 at Pope John XXIII National Seminary where he is presently in h...

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Vocations, Norwich, Catholic

Masses Go Online for Holy Week

Posted on April 16, 2020 in: News

Masses Go Online for Holy Week
Services for Holy Week in the Diocese of Norwich this year were unlike any in memory, with hundreds attending Masses online or listening on radio and clergy celebrating Mass in empty churches. Churches in the diocese have been closed to parishioners because of social distancing orders put in plac...

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Norwich, Mass, Catholic
Faith Sparks: Celebrating Easter as a Season Not a One-day Holiday
The Lenten season is over and Jesus is out of the tomb. It is time to celebrate the joy of the Resurrection and Christ’s victory over sin and death for as St. Augustine tells us, “We are an Easter people.” But, what does that mean for most of us? As a child growing up in what I ...

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Norwich, Catholic, sparks
Christ is Risen; He is Truly Risen! Alleluia!!
Easter Message, 2020 "For they did not yet understand the Scripture that He had to rise from the dead." John 20:9   Dear brothers and sisters in the Risen Lord, The passage from the Gospel of John cited above is the last verse proclaimed in the Gospel for the Mass of Eas...

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Additional Resources to Enhance Your Good Friday and Beyond
Here are Two Additional Resources to Help You with Your Journey On Good Friday we are being asked by Archbishop Gomez, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops President to Pray Together at Noon on Good Friday.   Go to Facebook.com/usccb to view the Live stream ...

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What's New in the April Four County Catholic
The latest issue of the Four County Catholic is available now, and is filled cover to cover with news from within the Diocese of Norwich.   Bishop's Easter Message Bishop Michael R. Cote shares his Easter message for 2020, words of hope amidst the challenging times in which we...

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Norwich, Catholic
"Be Not Afraid" - Hope & Faith During the Pandemic- OFE Launches New Video Series
As the Lenten Series has ended, the Office of Faith Events has decided to continue weekly videos focused on Hope and Faith during the Pandemic.  This week, Liza Roach, Youth and Young Adult Minister for the Diocese of Norwich, kicks off the series during Holy Week speaking about the numerou...

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Coronavirus Stymies 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal “One Faith, One Family”
By Mary Ellen Mahoney When we decided on our 2020 ACA theme, “One Faith, One Family”, we did so in the summer of 2019, well in advance of any coronavirus concerns. While we selected this theme very purposefully because we felt that it was critical for everyone in the diocese to unders...

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CT Login For Life: April 15

Posted on April 08, 2020 in: News, ProLife

CT Login For Life: April 15
The Connecticut March for Life   is NOW     "CT-Login for Life"   This webinar event will feature:   State level presenters discussing current pro-life issues in Connecticut Information on lobbying your elected officials Time for questi...

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Pro-Life, Catholic
Bishop's Column: There is a Season
April 2020 Four County Catholic There Is A Season   My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,   There was a song that I recall from my youth called Turn, Turn, Turn. The lyric will be familiar to you —   To every thing, turn, turn, turn there is a seas...

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Calendar of Events

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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