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An All Souls Prayer

Posted on October 28, 2021 in: Reflections

An All Souls Prayer
November 2 is the Commemoration of All of the Faithful Departed, or All Souls. On this day, we pray that all those who have died — our loved ones, and also those people around the world who we will never meet— through the mercy of God, will rest in peace.   Merciful Father, ...

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New Donors Help Annual Catholic AppealĀ 

Posted on October 27, 2021 in: ACA

New Donors Help Annual Catholic AppealĀ 
Many people have told me recently how quickly summer has flown by. I think it’s because with the rescheduling of so many 2020 events, our weekends were full of weddings, showers, bachelorette parties, along with the usual number of graduations, birthdays, and family parties. While so busy with...

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New Teachers Join Highly Regarded Mercy Faculty
A new school year is underway at Mercy High School in Middletown. The 400 students from nearly 50 towns across the state, were greeted by the addition of new faculty members.  “We’re thrilled to welcome outstanding educators to our faculty, who will help us build on a solid found...

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Confronting Climate Change - Hope and Faith Video Series
This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Fr. Robert Washabaugh speaks with Teresa Eikel, the Director of the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network about climate change.   View previous videos or more articles on Faith by visiting NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks   ...

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One Quick Kiss Leads to an Enduring Love Story
The chorus of a well-known 1960’s song goes, “If you want to know if he loves you so, it’s in his kiss.” After 74 years of marriage, those words are still ringing true for Anna Karrenberg of Colchester. On New Year’s Eve, 1925, when Anna was 15, she and a girlfriend ...

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A Day in the Life of an Outreach to Haiti Student
Jimmy Kervens Jean-Felix, a member of our staff in Christ the King neighborhood of Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince, was able to attend school and graduate from University thanks to the Education Sponsorship Program Outreach has had for many years. Jimmy recently shared the trials and t...

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St. Michael School is Vibrant Part of Community
My Dear Friends, This month we highlight another one of the outstanding educational institutions of the diocese.  St. Michael School at West Broad, in Pawcatuck, has been a vibrant part of the community for more than 145 years.  The school is summed up in our mission to engage studen...

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Sacraments 101: Elements of Marriage - 'Free, Total, Faithful, Fruitful'
Last month we introduced the Sacrament of Matrimony. In doing so, we also entered into the third and final category of the sacraments. First, we covered the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. Then, we looked at the second category, the Sacraments of Healing: Penance...

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SVdPP Ministry is Looking for a Grant Writer
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.  1Peter 4:10 Do you possess skills that can help those in need?  St. Vincent de Paul Place Norwich has an immediate opening for a part-time Grant W...

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CST Principles Address Needs of the Poor and Migrants
This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Sr. Mary Jude- Director of the Office for Hispanic Ministry, speaks about five principles of migration from Catholic Social teaching.   View previous videos or more articles on Faith by visiting NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks...

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A Prayer for 2022

Posted on December 30, 2021 in: Reflections

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A Prayer for 2022
Remember us, O God; from age to age be our comforter. You have given us the wonder of time, blessings in days and nights, seasons and years. Bless your children at the turning of the year and fill the months ahead with the bright hope that is ours in the coming of Christ. You are our God, living and reigning, forever and ever. Amen

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When Does Christmas Actually End?

Posted on January 05, 2022 in: News

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When Does Christmas Actually End?
By Catholic News Agency How many days is Christmas? When should you finally take those lights off the porch, or remove the tree? Read on for some of the arguments for and against commonly agreed-upon end dates for Christmas. Christmas is one day This, of course, is the simplest answer. Christmas is typically celebrated on Dec. 25 for most of the world, and on Jan. 7 for Churches using the Julian calendar, and on Jan. 6 for yet another, considerably smaller, part of the world. On this day, the liturgy celebrated is the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord. Pr...

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Register Today: Virtual Norwich Diocesan Women's Conference
Join us March 26, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. to noon for the Virtual Norwich Diocesan Women’s Conference   TO REGISTER: Click Here (Link: https://bit.ly/2Laol7Y) Registration is $10.   Hear a special message from Bishop Cote, witness the naming of the 2022 Our Lady Queen of Hope Award recipient, and much more all from the comfort of your own home! The conference will last from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Our keynote speaker will be author,professor, and spiritual director Liz Kelly. Liz will present ideas from her latest book, "Love Like A Sai...

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New Date: Young Adult Mass With Bishop Cote

Posted on January 10, 2022 in: Events

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New Date: Young Adult Mass With Bishop Cote
On Sunday, February 27, St. Thomas Aquinas in Storrs is delighted to host Bishop Michael Cote for the 4th Annual Diocesan Young Adult Mass & Reception. All young adults (ages 18-39, single and married) are invited and encouraged to attend. Young adults are welcome to invite friends to join us.  Mass with Bishop Cote will begin at 7 p.m. and following the liturgy there will be a social in the Catholic Center. For more information, please contact Liza Roach at lroach@norwichdiocese.net or call (860) 848-2237, ext. 305.  

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Register by Feb. 1: Marriage Enrichment Celebrates the Joy of Love
For Valentine’s Day this year, give your spouse the gift of your time and re-energize your marriage by attending a virtual marriage enrichment entitled The Joy of Love  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12. This enrichment will coincide with National Marriage Week, celebrated Feb. 7-14, and its theme “Marriage: Called to the Joy of Love.” Celebrate the joy of your love by focusing on the most important person in your life – your spouse. The enrichment is based on Chapter 4 of Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia: The Joy of Love and ...

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Spiritual Book Study: The Ladder of the Beatitudes
Wednesdays January 10 to February 23, 2022 from 10:00 to 11:30 Sacred Heart on the Lake Retreat Center, 194 Candlewood Hill Rd., Higganum, CT. 06441 Facilitator: Sr. Patricia Cigrand Want to take a thought provoking journey? We all know that we are all called to be saints, but how do we approach this daunting task? Jesus gave us the map to sainthood in the beatitudes. While they sound beautiful in print they are challenging to live. Author Jim Forest gives us background on the beatitudes and explores these beatitudes individually by using example...

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