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Eucharistic Pilgrimage Brings Christ to the World
During Pentecost weekend I participated in an historic event in New Haven, Connecticut. I was not there to take part in another protest at Yale University, or even to attend any of the graduation ceremonies taking place there. Instead, I joined hundreds of other Catholics for the launch of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage. This four-pronged pilgrimage, which began simultaneously in New Haven, San Francisco, Brownsville, Texas and the Mississippi Headwaters in northern Minnesota, will cover 6,500 miles over the next two months. These four routes will converge in Ind...

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90 Years of Loving Service to Others
Up in The Quiet Corner of northeastern Connecticut, Albert “Pete” Marcoux’s 90th birthday was big news!   The local Putnam radio station, WINY, and radio personality Gary O. spoke with Pete Marcoux on the occasion of his birthday, walking down “memory lane” with him as he reflected on his lifelong devotion to his faith, family, and Church. Ninety years young, Pete Marcoux is still finding new ways to serve his country, community and Church.  A lifetime resident of Thompson, Pete was born amid the Great Depression and grew up ...

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The Giver of Rosary Beads

Posted on May 26, 2024 in: News

The Giver of Rosary Beads
'Diakonia - Instruments of God's Charity' As children of God, I’ve often wondered if Jesus has a special name or nickname for each of us. There was Peter “The Rock,” “Doubting Thomas” and John the “Beloved Disciple.” If Jesus has a special name for me, perhaps it would be “The Giver of Rosary Beads.” As each of us live out our faith journeys, we are shaped by events and our relationship with God can take on new directions. At the end of 1990, with increasing family and work stress, the new direction for...

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Catholic Church Responds to Mental Health Crisis Across the U.S. and Globally
The percentage of U.S. adults diagnosed with depression has risen almost 10% since 2015, reaching 29% according to a 2023 Gallup poll, and data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that almost half of U.S. teens report experiencing persistent sadness and hopelessness. The Catholic Church is responding. Following a 2023 U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops initiative, Catholics across the country have been working in their local communities to address the mental health crisis.  In the Archdiocese of Washington, Auxiliary Bishop E...

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Carlo Acutis to be First Millennial Saint: Pope Francis Recognizes Miracle for Canonization
Pope Francis has recognized a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Carlo Acutis, paving the way for him to become the first millennial saint. The Italian computer-coding teenager who died of cancer in 2006 is known for his great devotion to the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. The recognition of the second miracle attributed to Acutis’ intercession makes it possible that Acutis could be canonized during the Catholic Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year. In a decree on May 23, Pope Francis approved the miraculous healing of a 21-year-old girl ...

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Rest in Peace Sr. Diane Gillis, DHS
Sr. Diane Gillis, 81, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2024, at St. Joseph Living Center in Windham. Born in Washington DC on January 27, 1943, Diane Cecilia was the oldest of 13 children of Richard P. and Bernice (Kitzman) Gillis. She entered religious life in 1961 and made her religious profession on June 1, 1962. She was then known as Sr. Anne Cecilia. After receiving her B.A. in education from Diocesan Teachers College in Woodstock, Sr. Diane ministered in schools in Vermont, Bridgeport, Moosup, and Chicopee, M...

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 Catholic Charities Seeking Sponsors for Annual Golf Tournament
  Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich is looking for sponsors to support their 18th Annual Catholic Charities’ Golf Tournament on July 8th, 2024 at Great Neck Country Club in Waterford   What a great way to highlight your business while helping those in need in your community!   All proceeds of the tournament will go to support the Catholic Charities’ Case Management/Basic Needs Program, which provides compassionate human services to individuals and families, no matter their faith, race, ethnicity, age gende...

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Do This in Memory of Me

Posted on May 16, 2024 in: News

Do This in Memory of Me
As the sun rises on Memorial Day, casting its first light on graves adorned with flags and flowers, our thoughts turn to remembrance. It is a day steeped in solemnity and gratitude, as we honor the men and women who gave their lives for our country. The peace, prosperity and liberty we enjoy reflect the heavy cost they bore. Memorial Day inspires us towards the highest form of human expression enabled by Divine grace: selfless love. The selfless love and devotion can be found in the heroic story of Marine Corps Sgt. Rafael Peralta. A Catholic Mexican-American from San Di...

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Pentecost: A Time of Renewal

Posted on May 15, 2024 in: News

Pentecost: A Time of Renewal
  Pentecost, a radiant jewel in the liturgical crown of the Catholic Church, illuminates our faith with the fiery descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and disciples gathered in Jerusalem. Celebrated fifty days after Easter, Pentecost ignites our hearts with the timeless message of Divine empowerment, unity, and evangelization. The Acts of the Apostles transports us to that momentous day when the apostles, previously cloistered in fear, were filled with heavenly courage as tongues of fire settled upon them.  The Holy Spirit, in His boundless wisdom...

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Saint of the Month- The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
  The feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church is a significant celebration in the Catholic liturgical calendar. It occurs on the Monday following Pentecost Sunday, highlighting Mary’s role as the spiritual mother of all believers and the Church itself. This feast recognizes her unique position in Christian theology and underscores her importance in the life of the faithful. Mary holds a special place in Catholic devotion as the Mother of God (Theotokos). Her “yes” to the angel Gabriel’s announcement paved the way for the Inc...

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