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St. Bernard School Welcomes Ukrainian Students
Saint Bernard School will open its doors to seven Ukrainian students for the 2022-23 school year, which begins Sept. 6. Apex International Partners (AIEP) partnered with the school in Uncasville to assist the high school students in continuing their studies in the United States as their home coun...

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Help! Baby Supplies Needed for Parenting Program
Can you help us help new parents who are struggling?        Requests for our services continue to be overwhelming and we are quickly running out of resources for our Pregnancy/Parenting program.  We are in need of diapers especially sizes 4, 5 &6, and wipes.  &...

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Catholic Charities Bids a Fond Farewell
Laura Malone Retires It is with both excitement and sadness that Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich, says goodbye to one of our most valued employees.  On August 12, Laura Malone, chief administration officer, retired. Laura has been a loyal and devoted employee of Catholic Charit...

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Coming Back to Church: There’s No Place Like Home
Interestingly, at a campground my husband and I stayed at recently there were two outdoor showers, something we hadn’t encountered before. While each shower stall was enclosed for privacy, it was refreshing to look up and see the open sky above us or the grass surrounding the shower floor.&nbs...

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St. Peter’s House Believed to Have Been Found on Shore of Sea of Galilee
A team of archaeologists uncovered evidence this month that may be the “smoking gun” confirming the location of the house of St. Peter. While excavating a fifth-sixth century Byzantine basilica at the el Araj archaeological site located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in Israel, t...

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To Walk in Their Footsteps: Honoring the 150th Anniversary of the Sisters of Mercy
As the final bell sounds at the end of a long school day, a committee of faculty, staff and administration gather to pray. They are dubbed the “Mercy Circle” in collective spirit of keeping the mission of the Sisters of Mercy thriving within their community. Several months later, after m...

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Vocations
Attention Men: Brothers in Christ is Coming to a Parish Near You
Brothers in Christ is a men’s group focusing on prayer, discussions about our faith and leading men in fellowship to build up the body of Christ.  The group was started last year by members Don Gould and Deacon Dan D’Amelio, of Saint John Paul II parish, and Michael Lopez, of Div...

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15th Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference is Time of Fellowship, Spiritual Renewal
Once again, the Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference is gearing up for another incredible day of profound teaching, Godly fellowship, and awesome worship. Be sure to save the date, Sept. 24, and reserve your seat now. Tickets are on sale now at www.ctcatholicmen.org. During the last two ye...

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Another Outstanding Diocesan School
My dear friends, this month we focus the spotlight on another one of the outstanding educational institutions in the diocese – Sacred Heart School in Groton. Our Sacred Heart School community exists for the purpose of guiding all of its students, recognizing their unique learning styles and...

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Diakonia: A Simple Cup of Coffee

Posted on August 13, 2022 in: Vocations

Diakonia: A Simple Cup of Coffee
Toward the end of our first year of actual formation in 2004 (the previous year was the year as an aspirant) we were encouraged to ask our pastors for a role in some active ministry in our parishes or elsewhere where we could actively participate. Our formation was to be directed primarily to &ld...

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  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.    December 6, 13, and 20 Virtual Diocesan Advent Mission Join Vicar General Msgr. Les Janik and Director of Catholic Family Services Mary- Jo McLaugh...

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Centennial Celebration of 'The Mother Church of Eastern Connecticut' - and a Plea to Save It
On Sunday, December 11, 2023 Saint Mary Parish, Est. 1845 “The Mother Church of Eastern Connecticut” Celebrates the Centennial of Its Building Although the dedication of St. Mary Church took place on December 10, 1922, parishioners past and present, members of the Catholic family, and all neighbors are invited to A Multicultural Centennial Mass Sunday, December 11 at 10:30, Followed by a Festive Shared Meal The languages, music, decor, and forms of celebration at the centennial Mass and reception will reflect the richness of St. Mary Pari...

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NEW: School of Spiritual Direction in Putnam, CT
The Immaculate Conception Center in Putnam, CT - in partnership with Franciscan University's School of Spiritual Direction - is offering a two-week intensive training program in spiritual direction, January 29- February 11, 2023. This is the first part of a three-year program for Certification in Spiritual Direction. There is a great hunger for spiritual direction and a need for qualified spiritual directors who are willing to serve the Church by leading others to a deeper intimacy with God. Those who are interested or feel that they can benefit from such a program c...

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A Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Posted on November 17, 2022 in: News, Reflections

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A Thanksgiving Day Prayer
God, all powerful, most holy, most high and supreme; Father: holy and righteous; Lord: king of heaven and earth; we thank you for yourself, because by your holy will and through your only Son and the Holy Spirit you created all things, spiritual and material. You made us in your image and likeness and placed us in paridise, and we, through our transgression fell away. We give you thanks because, as you created us through your Son, so by the holy love with which you loved us you willed your Son to be born true God and true man of the glorious and holy ...

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In Memoriam: Sr. Mary Alice Kline, RSM

Posted on November 07, 2022 in: News, Vocations

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In Memoriam: Sr. Mary Alice Kline, RSM
Sister Mary Alice Kline, RSM, died peacefully on Baggot Street, Saint Mary Home, West Hartford, on Wednesday, October 26th. Born in Washington, D.C. on March 26, 1934, she was a Sister of Mercy for 69 years, she served in ministries throughout CT. Sister Mary Alice earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education at the Diocesan Sisters’ College, Madison CT, (1956), a Masters’ Degree in French from Assumption College, Worcester, MA (1963), an Advanced Certificate in Elementary Education from Southern CT State University, New Britain, CT (1976), and a Masters&rsq...

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Save the Dates: Virtual Adult Confirmation Program
Classes take place Tuesday evenings in 2023 Are you an active member of your parish? Have you been baptized and have received communion? Would you like to complete your sacraments of initiation by receiving Confirmation? This six-week virtual course gives candidates the opportunity to grow in faith with other candidates who are on the same spiritual journey. Classes to be held 7 - 8:15 p.m. January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7 To register, see your parish priest

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