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Shattered Dreams to Self-Forgiveness: A Journey of Pain, Prayers and Mercy
Years ago, when I was teaching here in our Academy, I had a student who often shared her dreams with me, the way that happens in a boarding school. After she graduated, she called me one evening at the end of her freshman year of college. She was sobbing. She told me she had become involved with a m...

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Help Stop State-Sponsored Suicide: Sign the Petition
Help Stop State-Sponsored Suicide    Politicians in Hartford are again considering assisted suicide legislation. The Public Health Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly is considering legalizing a form of suicide in our state commonly referred to as "aid-in-dying"...

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Ash Wednesday Message - Bishop Cote
The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich delivered his Ash Wednesday message during the Noon Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Norwich. Drawing on Pope Francis' Ash Wednesday message of last year - as the pandemic began to take hold in Italy and around the world - Bishop Cote...

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Storge Love - Hope & Faith Video Series
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 42 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Marianne Nicholas- Administrative Assistant in the Office of Faith Events, provides us with a wit...

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Lenten Message 2021

Posted on February 11, 2021 in: Lent

Lenten Message 2021
Lenten Message, 2021 “And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.” Matthew 6:18 Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,             In the Gospel reading offered for our reflection each Ash Wednesday, the Lord ins...

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The Humility of Dust - February Bishop's Column
February 2021 Four County Catholic The Humility of Dust   My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Lent is nearly upon us. It begins with a simple mark of ashes on our forehead and a reminder of our own mortality. “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.&rd...

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Beginning Experience: Coping With Life Alone
Have you lost a marriage through these trying times of COVID-19 and isolation?    There is a special heartache for those who are suffering from the loss of a spouse through death, divorce or a separation.  You are not alone.  All are welcome; women and men of al...

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What's New in the February 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.   Lent with a Different Look Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17. Changes to the distribution of ashes are being made this year to ensur...

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Members of One Family - Hope and Faith Series 2021
The Office of Faith Events weekly video series "Hope and Faith" features videos focused on Hope and Faith during the pandemic.  Week 41 This week on the Hope and Faith Series, Liza Roach, Youth and Young Adult Minister, explores Philia, love of friends, in the Bible. ...

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A Bond That Connects Us All

Posted on February 08, 2021 in: Outreach to Haiti

A Bond That Connects Us All
Many of us have had those days when you wonder if what you do makes a difference in this life. As St. John Henry Newman, for whom the Newman Centers, found on many college campuses, were named, believed, “God…has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my...

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Posted on July 07, 2024 in: Events, Around the Diocese

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Diocese Celebrates the Ordination of Three Men to the Priesthood
On June 29, 2024, the Diocese of Norwich celebrated the ordination of three young men to the priesthood, marking a joyous event for the community. “You bring with you many gifts granted to you by God in His goodness,” said The Most Rev. Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich, to deacons Eric Carl Hosmer, Julian Felipe Cuervo-Lozada, and Alexander James Pandolfe during his homily. “Put them to good use, always, for the glory of God and the good of His holy people.” Bishop Cote expressed deep appreciation to Mount Saint Mary’s seminary faculty ...

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Clergy Appointments

Posted on July 01, 2024 in: News, Vocations

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Clergy Appointments
July 1, 2024 The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D. D., Bishop of Norwich, has made the following clergy and diocesan appointments in the Diocese of Norwich   Reverend Henry Agudelo, from Parochial Vicar, Saint Brendan the Navigator Parish-Saint Joseph Church and Saint Mary Star of the Sea Church, New London, Saint Paul Church, Waterford, and Our Lady of Grace Church, Fishers Island, to Parochial Vicar, Saint Mary Parish, Clinton.                       ...

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Faith and Freedom: Reflections on Independence Day
As the night sky explodes with vibrant fireworks and the tantalizing scents of barbecues drift through the air, Americans from every corner of the nation unite in celebration of the Fourth of July. For us, as Catholics, this day isn't just about national pride; it's a profound moment to delve into the intricate connection between our unwavering faith and the precious freedoms that define our lives. Cast your mind back to 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was boldly signed, proclaiming the inalienable dignity and rights bestowed upon every individual b...

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Annual Blessing of the Fleet Returns to Stonington Borough
As Stonington has done for over 60 years, the St. Mary community will celebrate the annual Blessing of the Fleet. This is to honor present and past commercial fishermen, lobstermen and their families. The traditional celebration returns this year. THURSDAY, July 25 at 6 p.m.: The 2024 Blessing of the Fleet 5K Race is an in-person timed race through historic Stonington Borough. The certified course starts and ends at the Town Dock, 1 High Street, Stonington. You can also choose to register for a non-competitive 2-mile walk. Register today: www.runreg.com/blessingofthefle...

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Pope Francis Asks Sacred Heart of Jesus to Convert Hearts Who Want War
Pope Francis prayed for the intercession of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Sunday to convert “the hearts of those who want war” to projects of dialogue and peace. On the last day of June, a month that the Catholic Church dedicates to the Sacred Heart, the pope asked people to continue praying for Ukraine, Palestine, Israel, Myanmar, and other parts of the world where there is much suffering caused by war. Pope Francis also asked people to remember the suffering of persecuted Christians during his Angelus address on June 29.  “Tod...

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