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First Sunday of Advent

Posted on November 30, 2018 in: Reflections

First Sunday of Advent
The First Sunday of Advent: Goal for the Week… Let’s gain some perspective! Ready or not Advent has begun! It is now December and we all find ourselves looking ahead to the Christmas Season remembering all the preparation and work that is involved in making it special for our family and friends. Planning ahead has become an obsession in our culture. Decorations, cards and gifts are available two or three months in advance so that consumers can be prepared for the holiday or celebration. We have been conditioned to believe that the more we do in advance th...

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2019 Women's Conference Save the Date

Posted on November 30, 2018 in: Events

2019 Women's Conference Save the Date
Please Save the Date for the 2019 Catholic Women's Conference. This year's conference will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 8:30- 3:00 p.m. at Mercy High School in Middletown. The keynote speaker joining us all the way form the west coast is author and EWTN contributor, Lisa M. Hendey, founder of Catholicmom.com Our day will consist of workshops, mass, and much, much more! NEW! This year we will be offering online payment and registration, check back here for more information in the end of January!   Sponsored...

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Catholic Women, Norwich Diocese, 2019
Visitation of Major Relic – St. Jean Vianney
At the behest of Bishop Cote we are very excited to announce that the Diocese of Norwich has been blessed with the opportunity, through the Knights of Columbus, to host the major relic of St. Jean Vianney on December 13, 2018 at the Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes in Gales Ferry. The evening begins at 5pm with a time of quiet visitation and prayer with the relic followed by our Monthly Holy Hour for Vocations and finally an opportunity to venerate/touch the reliquary holding the relic. The Shrine of Ars, France, has entrusted to the Knights of Columbus the major relic o...

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Let's Stand Together to Build the Future this #GivingTuesday
On #GivingTuesday, we thank our generous ACA donors. Unfortunately, our shelves still need stocking.   If you are able to share your resources #GivingTuesday (Nov 27th) is the day to do it!  Please consider making a gift today! Thank you for being a good steward and sharing your gifts with those less fortunate. May God bless you as you continue to "Stand Together" with those in need. The Annual Catholic Appeal offers several electronic giving options,  including GIVE BY TEXT!  to (860 ) 37...

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World Youth Day Panama-January 21-28

Posted on November 25, 2018 in: Events

World Youth Day Panama-January 21-28
JANUARY 21- 28, 2019 Join us at the next World Youth Day in Panama! Ages 21+ / Cost $2895 / Spaces available  Double Occupancy (with En-Suite) in beautiful Hotel in Panama City Contact Liza at the Office of Faith Events: lroach@norwichdiocese.net DIOCESE OF NORWICH YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY 

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USCCB President Issues Statement  Following Deadly Shooting at Mercy Hospital in Chicago
November 20, 2018 WASHINGTON—Following the tragic shooting yesterday in Chicago, Illinois, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement calling for prayers and steps to curb gun violence. The full statement of Cardinal DiNardo follows: "Yesterday, at a place which should be a center of healing, a police officer, a doctor and a pharmaceutical resident lost their lives in a senseless act of gun violence. The shooting was carried out at Mercy Hospital on the south side of Chicago. W...

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U.S. Bishops Approved “Open Wide Our Hearts:
The Enduring Call to Love, A Pastoral Letter Against Racism" November 14, 2018 BALTIMORE— The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved today, during its November General Assembly, the formal statement, “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, A Pastoral Letter Against Racism." The full body of bishops approved it by a two-thirds majority vote of 241 to 3 with 1 abstention. The USCCB Cultural Diversity in the Church Committee, chaired by Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, MSpS, of San Antonio, Texas, spearheaded the lett...

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Honoring Veterans’ Day

Posted on November 07, 2018 in: News

Honoring Veterans’ Day
The Return “The Return,” an emotional depiction of a World War I soldier kneeling before a crucifix inside the Church of the Holy Innocents on West 37th and Broadway in lower Manhattan built in 1866. Both the crucifix and the church are still in place today. God of peace, we pray for those who have served our nation and have laid down their lives to protect and defend our freedom. We pray for those who have fought, whose spirits and bodies are scarred by war, whose nights are haunted by memories too painful for the light of day. We pray for those who se...

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13th Annual Catholic Charities Golf Tournament
  Father Greg Galvin, Pastor of St. Patrick Church in East Hampton with parishioners Dennis Wall, Kevin Kielly and Chris Annelli   By Christine Jackel The 13th Annual Catholic Charities Golf Tournament was held at Fox Hopyard Golf Club on Wednesday, September 19th. Bishop Michael R. Cote welcomed the golfers and thanked sponsors for their support of Catholic Charities. Awards were presented to the following golfers:1st Gross: John Estelle, Mario Diloreto, Brian McNamara, Matt McBride; 1st Net: John Malia, Shawn Farbota, Ron Baude, Matt Greene; 2nd G...

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Standing Together to Build the Future: St. Joseph Living Center
By Kathy Gaito When we or someone we know needs assistance, we want to know that those who are helping us are committed, friendly and most important, qualified. This is especially true as we grow older and need to seek services for family members or even ourselves. The Diocese of Norwich is blessed to be affiliated with St. Joseph Living Center (SJLC) in Windham, Connecticut. Celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year, SJLC has a CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) 5 Star rating. Whether you are seeking shortterm rehabilitation, skilled nursing or end of l...

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Discerning the Joy of Priesthood

Posted on November 07, 2018 in: Vocations

By Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocations So much has transpired over the last several months, some of which we touched on in the past two issues of the Four County Catholic Vocation Corner. However, I, like all of you, was saddened by the deeply disturbing news out of Pennsylvania and Washington in August. The reprint in last month’s Four County Catholic of Bishop Cote’s pastoral letter that went out to parishioners throughout the diocese, strengthened me. I am thankful for the leadership, support and resolve of our shepherd, Bishop Cote, who pledges to continue to protect the vulnerable and ...

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A Letter from the Superintendent

Posted on November 07, 2018 in: School News

My Dear Friends, Our schools have been meeting great success so far this year. I am happy to report that our diocese has obtained licensing to implement the Cyber Awareness Safety Education Curriculum for Catholic Schools, which is a nationally known curriculum geared toward grade school and middle school students. The curriculum of this course is for students to develop a deeper understanding of the dangers of the Internet and inappropriate online behavior, therefore making a connection between actions and consequences. The students will engage in active learning techniques to personalize topics covered and take the ne...

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By Marianne Nicholas Father Brian Converse, Pastor Our Lady of Lourdes, Gales Ferry Ordination Date: May 25, 1991 Cathedral of St. Patrick, Norwich by Bishop Daniel P. Reilly   Where are you from? Woodstock, I have a wonderful, loving, and faithful family filled with old New England values.   Who was your biggest influence for entering the priesthood? Father Russell Boisvert and Father Paul Hebert what one word would describe your family? Hardworking. What do you enjoy most about being a priest? Celebration of the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist.   What do you enjoy doing in your ...

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National Council of Catholic Women Convention
By Judy Pappagallo Front row left to right: Nina Ramero-Caron, newly installed Hartford Province Director; Connie Gillies, President-Middletown district Anne King, NDCCW parliamentarian; Back row left to right Jo-Anne Shine, NDCCW Secretary; Janice Pikal, Board Member, Past NDCCW President, Judy Papagallo; NDCCW President, Pam Lynch; President, Our Lady of Lords Guild, Gales Ferry. Seven women from the Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women attended the 98th Annual Convention of the National Council of Catholic Women. They joined with more than 500 women and 42 pr...

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Month of the Holy Rosary

Posted on November 06, 2018 in: News

  By the power of the Rosary we beseech you, Blessed Mother, to embrace all the members of our family in the love of your Immaculate Heart. May you abide with us and we with you, praying to you while you pray for us. May you preside in our homes as once you did at Nazareth with Jesus and Joseph, filling them with the holiness of your presence and inspiration. Queen of Peace, it is you who have placed the Rosary in our hands. It is you who bid us to recite it daily. By the power of the Rosary we beseech you to obtain peace for us-peace within our hearts, our homes, our country, and throughout the world. Through the...

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