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Cargill Knights of Columbus Council 64 Celebrates 128 Years of Service
Although much has changed in northeastern Connecticut since 1892, Putnam’s Cargill Council 64, Knights of Columbus, remains a force for good in the community. That was recognized on Sunday morning, July 26, when council members celebrated a Roman Catholic Mass to commemorate the council’s 128th anniversary. Immediately after the Mass at St. Mary Church of the Visitation on Providence Street, more than a dozen Knights held the council’s annual memorial prayer service at the grave of Edward M. Mullan, the council’s first Grand Knight, at St. Mary&rsquo...

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Bishop Blesses Local Fishermen And Their Boats
The tradition of the annual Blessing of the Fleet in Stonington continued this year, albeit with a much smaller crowd and scaled-back ceremonies. The blessing remembers local fishermen who have died at sea and honors the vessels -- along with their captains, owners, crews and families -- that will go out to sea in the year ahead. The gathering took place July 26 after a Fishermen’s Mass in St. Mary Church in Stonington Borough. The Mass was streamed live on the internet for the many who could not attend because of COVID-19 restrictions on public assemblies. F...

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Pope's Homilies During Lockdown Are Published in a New Book
By Hannah Brockhaus Vatican City (CNA) - A print book which includes Pope Francis’ homilies during the coronavirus lockdown in Italy has been published by the Vatican. “Strong in the Face of Tribulation: The Church in Communion – A Sure Support in Time of Trial,” collects Pope Francis’ homilies, prayers, and other messages delivered from March 9 to May 18, 2020. The paperback book is available for purchase on Amazon.com for $22.90. It also includes resources for times when physical access to the sacraments is not possible and other ...

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Fishermen's Mass to be Streamed

Posted on July 23, 2020 in: News, Events

Fishermen's Mass to be Streamed
Although the traditional, large Blessing of the Fleet ceremony will not take place this year because of COVID-19, the Stonington fishing fleet will still receive a special blessing on Sunday. The Fishermen's Mass, offered to remember deceased fishermen and their familes and to pray for a bountiful harvest and the safety of current fishermen, will take place at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 26, at St. Mary Church in Stonington Borough. The large procession of the statue of St. Peter, the patron saint of fishermen, through the streets of Stonington Borough will not take p...

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Have an Anniversary? Plans for Annual Mass Have Changed
Because of uncertainties surrounding Covid-19, the Annual Silver and Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass will not take place this year. Bishop Cote will offer a private Mass for the intentions of all couples celebrating specific anniversaries this year. Each couple who registers will receive a signed certificate from the Bishop. The names of all registrants and their anniversary dates will also be listed on a special Anniversary Page on the Diocese of Norwich Website. If you are celebrating a significant anniversary this year and would like to be recognized by Bishop Cot...

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Restored Stained Glass Windows Return to St. Edward the Confessor Church
St. Edward the Confessor Church in Stafford Springs recently re-installed several restored stained glass windows that adorn its church building.   Bovard Stained Glass Studio performed the work, which included the full restoration of the stained glass windows on the front façade of the church, which had become bulged and the glass cracked from deterioration over 80 years. The stained glass was removed from the church back in February and returned to Bovard’s Studio for repair (stained glass cannot be worked on on-site due to lead ...

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2020 Annual Catholic Appeal Collection Scheduled July 25-26
It is with a great deal of thanks to God and a sigh of relief that many of us have resumed our attendance at Mass. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our regular in-pew collection was postponed and will now be taking place July 25-26, 2020. With the help of our “One Faith, One Family” 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal, our ministries work to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual support and guidance to those in need. With the current pandemic, your contributions are of critical importance to our ministries. For those of you who have already sent in the pledge envel...

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Gallery & Video: Father Michael Bovino Ordained to the Priesthood
A celebration of the ordination to the priesthood of Reverend Michael Bovino for service as a priest in the Diocese of Norwich took place June 27, 2020. The Ritual Mass for the Conferral of Holy Orders took place at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich, with the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich, as the ordaining celebrant. A gathering of invited congregants, fellow diocesan priests, and deacons were at the cathedral to witness the ordination, which was celebrated under new social distancing rules because of COVID-19. The Mass also was liv...

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Reimagining Faith Formation with John Roberto
We have all been witnesses to a world that has been dramatically changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. No aspect of life has been unaffected. We have been witnesses to and agents in the abrupt move of church life from the physical to the virtual.  How do we reinvent Faith Formation for this new reality? Watch the Replay of the webinar to learn more.

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Clergy Appointments

Posted on June 29, 2020 in: News, Vocations

Clergy Appointments
June 29, 2020 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 Michael Bovino, Newly Ordained, Parochial Vicar, Cathedral of Saint Patrick, Norwich. Effective:  July 16, 2020.   Reverend Michael Castiblanco from Parochial Vicar, Cathedral of Saint Patrick, Norwich, to Parochial Vicar, Corpus Christi Parish, Willimantic.  Effective:  July 16, 2020.   Reverend Juan Angel Aguirre Palacio from Parochial Vicar, Corpus Chr...

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