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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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   Frather Gregory Galvin  Pastor of St. Bridget of Kildare in Moodus and St. Patrick in East Hampton, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Norwich. Ordination Date: May 28, 1994, by Bishop Daniel P. Reilly at the Cathedral of St. Patrick Nowich     Where are you from? I was born at Chelsea Naval Hospital in Massachusetts and grew up in Dover, Massachusetts. Who was your biggest influence for entering the priesthood? Father Alfred Kunz, a priest of the Madison Diocese of Wisconsin, who ran a parish, a parochial school at the parish, was a canon lawyer and also worked ...

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17,000 Young Adults Transform Convention Center into a Worship Center
Katheryn Jean Lopez, a writer for the National Review, opened an article she wrote regarding SEEK2019 in Indianapolis with the following: Curtis Martin might as well have been Saint Paul here. On the third day of the new year, the Indianapolis Convention Center transformed into a place of worship. Seventeen thousand took over the space in the name of Jesus, on the Christmas season feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students’ biannual SEEK event, drawing in young people who are seeking something more out of life and even relig...

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Women's Conference Registration Special Offer
Thru March 8th- Buy One Ticket and get the second for Half Price! Register today for the 2019 Catholic Women’s Conference!  The conference will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 8:30- 3:00 p.m. at Mercy High School in Middletown. Lisa M. Hendey, author, EWTN contributor, and founder of Catholicmom.com, will be joining us as our keynote speaker. Our day will consist of workshops, Mass, and much, much more! This year we are offering online payment and registration. Click the button below to register for the conference!...

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Take Advantage of Early Bird Special
Register for the 2019 Catholic Women’s Conference!  The conference will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 8:30- 3:00 p.m. at Mercy High School in Middletown. Lisa M. Hendey, author, EWTN contributor, and founder of Catholicmom.com, will be joining us as our keynote speaker. Our day will consist of workshops, Mass, and much, much more! This year we are offering online payment and registration. Click the button below to register for the conference!  Or if you would rather Download a registration form - Click ...

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“Hand in Hand with All God’s Children”

Posted on February 15, 2019 in: ACA

“Hand in Hand with All God’s Children”
ACA Theme Announced By Kathy Gaito We all know someone who occasionally needs a helping hand. Whether it’s a neighbor who asks you to pick up their 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 which people face during their lives which require the assistance of others. Some people are hungry, ill or homeless. Others are in need of counseling, guidance, or p...

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Superintendent Letter

Posted on February 12, 2019 in: School News

My Dear Friends, This year, the month of February falls in the Season of Ordinary Time. Generally speaking, the month is dedicated to the Holy Family. In our Catholic schools, we try to teach our students more about the Holy Family. The Reverend John L. McKenzie, a professor of Theology, indicated that “Roman Catholic teaching identifies the family as the social and moral center of the community.” The family, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, is “the original cell of social life.” In this day and age people are communicating with electronics, it is important for us as parents ...

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Diocese Releases List of Clergy with Allegations of Substance of Sexual Abuse of a Minor
NORWICH, CT – This weekend a letter from the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D. Bishop of Norwich was shared with parishioners throughout the Diocese regarding the release of the list of names of accused clergy with allegations of substance of sexual abuse against minors. Click here for the List Here is the letter.      February 7, 2019   My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,        I shared with you in January what the Diocese of Norwich is doing to address the scourge of sexual abuse of minors by cl...

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