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Superintendent's Letter: A Very Special School Year Concludes
Dear Friends, As we enter the month of June, the end of a very special school year for our Catholic schools is upon us. Bishop Cote’s decision to have all schools open with in-person learning has proven to be a wonderful success story. While most public schools reverted to virtual learning,...

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Sacraments 101: Your Follow-up Questions, Answered
Volume 10: Follow-up Questions Here are two helpful questions that were sent to me that I think are worth answering publicly. Can you help clarify what constitutes a mortal sin and when confession is warranted without mortal sin? Should venial sins be confessed? If so, how? In Saint John&...

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Norwich, Catholic, sin, confession
Save the Date: Diocese to Recognize Anniversary Couples
Sunday, October 3 is the date set for the annual Silver and Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Norwich. Bishop Michael Cote will be the main celebrant for this year’s Mass, which will honor the enduring love of married couples. The Mass will begin at 2 p.m....

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Catholic Charities Celebrates 100 Years
A Beginning Rooted in Faith The First Decade The story of Catholic Charities begins with the first words of the Gospel of St. John. “The Word was made flesh and lived among us.” Each day, month, generation and century is marked by the reality of those words. All who serve the...

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Vocations Corner: Serving as Vocations Director Was an Honor
Back in July of 2007, Bishop Cote met with me in the Chancery and said he had given much thought to who he wanted to become the next Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Norwich. He looked me in the eye and said that throughout the process, he continued to come back to me. He offered me a cha...

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Norwich, Catholic
In Case You Missed It: Diocese of Norwich High School Graduation Videos
Watch the complete video of the Saint Bernard School Class of 2021 graduation below         Watch the complete video of the Mercy High School Class of 2021 graduation below     Watch the complete video of the Xavier High School Clas...

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The Blessings of Fatherhood-June 9-Hope & Faith Video Series
June 9, 2021 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Nicholas Beams from St. Therese of Lisieux parish in Putnam speaks about the blessings of Fatherhood. View previous videos or more articles on Faith by visiting NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks

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United in Hope - Bishop's June/July Column
June/July 2021 Four County Catholic United in Hope My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Recently I was thinking of my dear friend, Monsignor Brown, who only a few short years ago was suddenly called from us to eternal rest. He believed that through the strength of faith “we live in...

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Mercy's Italian Honor Society Makes Lasagna for SVDP Soup Kitchen
The Mercy chapter of the Italian National Honor Society, Società Onoraria Italica, Caterina di Siena, must complete a service project each year.  In the past, students have volunteered at the Saint Sebastian Church Feast as ticket vendors, in the fried dough booth, and helping with food sales.&...

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Building Hope In Haiti

Posted on June 05, 2021 in: Outreach to Haiti

Building Hope In Haiti
"For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."                                                ...

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Haiti
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More Employment Opportunities in Education
It's that time of year - back to school for teachers and support staff. There are a few positions that have not been filled - See the link below.     There are a number of schools in the diocese that are looking for teachers and administrators.    Openings are posted weekly. NorwichDiocese.org/Employment.   Bookmark the site and check back often.   Please share with educators that you know.

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Twenty Years on from 9/11, How a NYC Firefighter Became a Catholic Priest
It’s been 20 years since the attacks of September 11, the most devastating terrorist attack in recorded history. If you were old enough, it’s likely you remember exactly where you were when you first learned of the attacks. Maybe you watched them, in real time, on the news. Maybe you learned about them from your parents when they picked you up from school that day. Tom Colucci was a lieutenant in the NYC Fire Department, and one of the first responders that fateful day. This week on CNA Newsroom, Tom shares his memories of September 11th. He says the witness ...

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Catholic Men's Conference to Host Speakers, Activities for Spiritual Growth
  2021 CT Catholic Men's Conference  -  get your tickets today Calling all men of the diocese! It’s time to step up and join us for the 14th Annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference. This year is going to be our best year ever! We have lined up some great speakers and some great activities to help you grow spiritually as men. This is an opportunity to share your faith with Catholic men from all over Connecticut, experience powerful worship, go to Confession, and have an all-around great time! The ticket price is $45 and in...

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Reflecting on Summer Assignments

Posted on September 07, 2021 in: Vocations

Reflecting on Summer Assignments
An integral part of a seminarian’s priestly formation is his summer assignment. Each summer, upon returning home from the seminary, our seminarians are assigned to different parishes in the Diocese for eight weeks of pastoral work and experience. This time in the parish is important for them. It serves to assist them in developing pastoral competency, it teaches them about pastoral leadership, and it provides them with opportunities for collaboration with others. Most of all, it helps them become true shepherds after the heart and example of Jesus Christ. Just befo...

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Faith Sparks: Welcome Back…Love, God
“Welcome back” is a common, familiar phrase we use in our daily lives all the time. We welcome people back from vacation, sick leave, summer break, holidays – the list goes on and on. It’s an innocent salutation that makes us feel like we were missed. However, in 2021, this simple phrase has taken on a whole new meaning for all of us. We are welcoming people back to work, to shopping, to restaurants, and to normal life activities after a year and a half of unprecedented sickness, death, quarantine and gathering restrictions. “Welcome back&rdquo...

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Vigil Mass September 21 to Mark Start of 40 Days for Life Campaign
  The Norwich 40 Days-For-Life Campaign will begin with a Vigil Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Tuesday, September 21, at 7 PM. Bishop Michael R. Cote will be the principal celebrant and Fr. Michael Bovino will be the homilist. This year, The 40 Days for Life Campaign runs from Wednesday, Sept. 22nd through Oct. 31st. Please join-in with your fellow parishioners by praying, fasting, and signing-up to participate in the peaceful prayer vigil held outside the planned parenthood facility at 12 Case St. in Norwich. For more information, go to https://www....

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