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Collective Action Needed to Prevent the Evil of Human Trafficking, says U.S. Bishops’ Migration Chairman
WASHINGTON - We must unite to identify and address conditions that lead to human trafficking and promote efforts to prevent it, says Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso. The Catholic Church observes the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking on February 8, the feast day of S...

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What's Your Favorite Part of Mass - Hope and Faith Video Series
This week on the Hope and Faith Series, parishioner Glenn Miller from Blessed Sacrament Parish in Rockville and Tolland, speaks about his favorite part of Mass. View previous videos or more articles on Faith by visiting NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks    

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Saint of the Month: St. John Bosco

Posted on January 29, 2024 in: News

Saint of the Month: St. John Bosco
          His one-boy show: Giovanni was born to poor parents in a little cabin in Becchi, a hillside hamlet in Italy. His father died when he was only two years old, and his mother Margaret was left with three sons to raise on her own. As soon as Giovanni was old e...

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Roots of Reverence: Observing Lent as a Family
In the tapestry of Catholic traditions, Lent stands as a profound thread weaving through the fabric of faith, calling families to embark on a transformative journey. It is not merely a season marked by abstinence; rather, Lent is a pilgrimage of the heart, an opportunity for introspection and renewa...

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Young Adult Mass in Storrs is a time to Reflect, Reconnect with God and Each Other
Bishop Cote reminded young adults in our diocese of the promises of God as he preached to the young adults of the diocese gathered at Saint Thomas Aquinas Chapel in Storrs for the 6th Annual Young Adult Mass and the first Mass of UConn's spring semester. The Mass drew young adults from around...

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St. Francis de Sales is a Model for Us All
Every Jan. 24, the Catholic Church celebrates St. Francis de Sales, bishop of Geneva and doctor of the Church, known as “the saint of kindness” because he reportedly had a bad temper. He relied on divine grace and the maternal care of the Virgin Mary to temper that vice and become a man ...

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Pope Francis Announces Year of Prayer to Prepare for 2025 Jubilee
Vatican City- Pope Francis announced the start of a Year of Prayer on Sunday in preparation for the Catholic Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year. In his Angelus address, the pope said that a Year of Prayer starting on Jan. 21 will be “a year dedicated to rediscovering the great value and ...

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A Question of Faith- Does Satan Really Exist?
Have you ever questioned or wondered about some aspect of the Catholic faith? Well now is your chance to do just that! Four County Catholic Magazine is introducing a new column entitled A QUESTION OF FAITH. Every edition will offer our readers’ the opportunity to ask and have their questions a...

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Many Are Called, Few Are Chosen

Posted on January 22, 2024 in: FaithSparks

Many Are Called, Few Are Chosen
How does a lapsed Catholic who knew little about her faith have a 32-year career in faith formation and youth ministry? Anything is possible with God!   Carol Butler, coordinator of faith formation at St. Pius X Church in Middletown, began her vocation as a catechist and catechetical ...

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When God Sees Our Sin, He Sees Our Pain

Posted on January 21, 2024 in: Lent

When God Sees Our Sin, He Sees Our Pain
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39) &nbs...

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Posted on April 05, 2024 in: Events, Around the Diocese

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Calendar of Events   April 13 St Joseph Church Goods & Services Auction 5-8pm  St Joseph Church - Parish Hall, Rockville 5 00 PM to 8 00 PM $35K+ in Auction Value - 100+ Items - 50/50 CASH Raffle.  $20 In Person (includes / meal) or Virtual Bidding Available at https://onecau.se/st-joseph-2024-auction 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 U...

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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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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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The Shroud of Turin - The Most Holy Cloth

Posted on March 19, 2024 in: News

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The Shroud of Turin - The Most Holy Cloth
It is said to have been brought from the Mideast to Europe by the Knights Templar, and it is purportedly the most studied artifact in history. But the greatest claim made for this cloth is that it is the actual burial cloth of Christ, the Shroud of Turin. On the cloth can be seen a faint image of the corpse of a tortured man, with blood stains indicating wounds around the head, chest, arms, hands, and feet. The first photograph of the cloth was taken in 1898, and to everyone’s amazement, it revealed that the image was something akin to a photographic negative, whic...

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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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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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