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Please Join Us: 2019 ACA Ministry Fair – Reservations Required
The 2019 Ministry Fair showcasing our Diocesan ministries and programs will be held this year in Cromwell on April 7, 2019 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. We will offer a continental breakfast throughout this open house style event. If you would like to attend this event to learn how donations to the 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal, ‘Hand in Hand with All God’s Children’, support our ministries and programs please RSVP by March 29th to Rosela Precopio at 860-886-1928 ext. 10 or dodadm@norwichdiocese.net. Reservations are required due to space limitations.

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Diocesan Lenten Videos-Week 3 Reconcilliation
Week 3 Week 2 Week 1   Get More Out of Your Lenten Season: Enrollment Now OPEN…   This Lent, grow in a deeper, more intimate relationship with God through our weekly Diocesan Lenten Videos.  Break open the scriptures, delve into our Lenten traditions, enhance your prayer life and change/grow spiritually.  Dedicate just two minutes weekly to a video that will help enliven your Lenten season.  All you have to do is send an initial text to enroll; you will then automatically receive...

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Lenten Reflection:  Week Three

Posted on March 20, 2019 in: Reflections

The 40 days of Lent are the perfect opportunity for us to do some…                                                              “Spiritual Spring Cleaning” For many of us, cleaning is the last thing we want to do.  We take care of lots of other tasks, leaving cleaning at the end of the chore list. We ...

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ACA Video Released

Posted on March 13, 2019 in: News, ACA

ACA Video Released
The Office of Development is excited to present the 2019 ACA Video, “Hand in Hand with All God’s Children”! Featuring three of our over twenty-five ministries and programs, the video will show you first-hand the ‘good works’ that are being performed by our Ministry to the Sick, Prison Ministry and FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). We hope after viewing this video, you will consider donating to the 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal.  Your support will allow you to walk hand in hand with your neighbors helping others in our Dioce...

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Workshops Offered at the 2019 Women's Conference
There is still 2 weeks to sign up for the Norwich Diocesan Women's Conference at Mercy High School on Saturday April 6. Some of the workshops offered this year include: Catholic Parenting:  Rights and Challenges: Faith, education and vigilance are needed so that you learn/know your rights regarding every aspects of your child’s life. Challenges include those presented by our toxic culture in the form of sex education programs, technology, the entertainment industry, etc.  Blessing of our Faith: Blessings = God’s favor and pr...

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2019, Women, Diocesan Conference, workshops
Hand in Hand with All God’s Children: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving
By Kathy Gaito Prayer, fasting and almsgiving (assisting the needy) are synonymous with the Lenten season which this year began on March 6, Ash Wednesday. While these Lenten practices are a way for us to reconnect with our spiritual relationship with God, they should also be viewed as a stepping stone for us to continue to grow in faith throughout the year. When we decide to continue on our Lenten journey even after our Easter celebrations have come to a close, we strengthen our connection to God and others. Make time in your day to pray a few minutes longer when poss...

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Answering the Call

Posted on March 09, 2019 in: Vocations

Answering the Call
by Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocations As we to prepare for Lent and Easter, it is very easy to forget who we truly are, and what we have committed ourselves to as followers of Christ. Are we ready to recommit ourselves to working more diligently to become who God has created us to be, and called us to become? Remember, He calls us to holiness and sainthood, He created us for greatness that we may share in the fullness of the gift of His Love, oneness with Him and His Son, resting in the fullness of their Spirit. He has called us to do so through a part...

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1,000 ultrasound machines encourage moms to keep their babies NEW HAVEN – The Knights of Columbus (K of C) demonstrated its commitment to the defense of life with a major milestone in its signature ultrasound donation program. Marking the donation of its 1,000th ultrasound machine in Manassas, Va., this week, the Knights estimate that the machines have contributed to saving hundreds of thousands of lives by helping mothers see their unborn child.   Knights-donated machines are at work in all 50 U.S. states as well as in Puerto Rico, Brazil, Canada, Jamaica, Peru, and Africa. The Knights calculate t...

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The Life Of A New Mom In Haiti
By Marie Farrell Five Americans follow two Haitians along a winding narrow concrete lined corridor in the Christ Roi neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. Descending the path from the main road we bypass people’s homes and curious onlookers until we reach our destination. It is a smallish home. There is no door. Only a curtain affords privacy to those inside. Telemaque Fequiere and Sheila Merzil, Outreach to Haiti Health Agents, announce their presence and ask if hey may enter the home. A young girl, maybe 8 years old, peaks out and covers her mouth in surprise upon seeing...

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How Do We Pass On The Faith?

Posted on February 26, 2019 in: News

By Andrea Hoisl How do we reach our youth today? How do we make faith “real” for them? How do we help our children develop a relationship with God in today’s world? These and so many other questions are ones the committee charged with creating a Diocesan Curriculum for parish catechetical programs grappled with for two years. This team of busy professionals from across the Diocese included: Youth and Young Adult Minister Liza Roach; Randy Bouley, consultant for the Diocesan Office of Safe Environments; Father Ted Tumicki, pastor of St. Mary, Jewett City, St. Catherine of Siena, Preston, and St. Thom...

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Congratulations to seniors Michael Wyeth Bonser and Terrence Tang whose artworks were chosen from among 3,500 student entries from all over Connecticut for the Regional Scholastic Art Awards. Michael received a Gold Key and Best in Portfolio for his portfolio titled “Complexities of Life” which features 8 pieces of his work. He also received the Hartford Art School Scholarship and the CT Women Artists Scholarship. Terrence received a Gold Key for his watercolor painting “Earth to Earth.” Their work, which was exhibited at the 2019 Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards Show at Slipe Gallery, Hartford ...

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By Edward Tessman, Excutive Director of Catholic Charities Catholic Charities with offices in Norwich, New London, Middletown and Willimantic continues to impact those in crisis and most in need. Over 6,750 residents of Eastern Connecticut were served by Catholic Charities, regardless of race, religion or national origin in 2018. Below is a summary of the 2018 annual activity: 68% of our clients were female  32% of our clients were male  10% of our clients were under the age of 18 74% of our clients were non-Catholic 80% of our clients had an annual income of less than $15,000 250 Thanksgiving ...

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2018 Annual Report
By: Mary-Jo McLaughlin A new Diocesan curriculum guide for parish religious education programs reflects a major shift in how we teach children about their Catholic faith.  “We want to move away from just teaching our children the content of our Catholic faith to helping them build a lifelong relationship with the Church and Jesus Christ,” said Andrea Hoisl, director of the Diocesan Office of Faith Events (OFE), which is overseeing the new curriculum development. “The new emphasis is on the formation of our youth in the faith. Formation is a lifelong process where one continues to grow and chang...

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March For Life -- Unique from Day One

Posted on February 26, 2019 in: Events

March For Life -- Unique from Day One
Article by Matt McDonald Pictures by Academy of the Holy Family March for Life participants For newcomers to the annual March for Life in  Washington D.C., the size of the crowd is surprising. While estimates vary, this year’s version took more than two hours to move about a mile and a half from the National Mall to the U.S. Supreme Court, which legalized abortion nationwide in 1973. In the crowd were 17 students from Academy of the Holy Family in Baltic run by the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church. The weather for th...

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March for Life 2019
 “Hand in Hand with All God’s Children” By Kathy Gaito We all know someone who occasionally needs a helping hand.  Whether it’s a neighbor who asks you to pick up the mail or a family member who needs a ride to an appointment, we all do our best to accommodate them. These tasks may seem simple to the person who is helping, but the person receiving the assistance is always very grateful! There are also many issues people face during their lives that require the assistance of others. People are hungry, ill, and homeless. Others are in need of counseling or guidance, perhaps deciding i...

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