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Francis J. Gilbert Ordained to the Priesthood
Laborer for the Vineyard Article by Edyta Wolk Photos by Wayne Gignac Family, friends, and Catholics from around the Diocese of Norwich joyfully celebrated as Bishop Michael R. Cote, D.D. ordained Francis John Gilbert to the holy priesthood on June 30 at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick. Many gathered for the momentous occasion, and the large cathedral was brimming as the elect, joined by fellow diocesan priests and deacons, processed into the church to the beautiful sound of the cathedral choir. The Rite of Ordination began with the presentation to the bishop of...

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Disabilities Awareness Presentation

Posted on June 13, 2018 in: Events

Disabilities Awareness Presentation
Sponsored and paid for by the One Heart Ministry, Diocese of Norwich. A fun and interactive presentation for Elementary School Children Speaker: Ian Coyne- college sophomore How to be aware of differences (disabilities) in others – whether visible or not and celebrating them! Now scheduling for Mondays and Wednesdays, Fall 0f 2018! Contact the Office of Faith Events to schedule a presentation at your school or parish. 860-848-2237, ext. 312

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Know Your Faith Game Show

Posted on June 13, 2018 in: Events

Know Your Faith Game Show
We are looking for two parishes, who will be attending Youth Explosion in November, to compete for the title of… Parish Youth Champions 2018 for the Diocese of Norwich. The teams will be made up of 5 youth (ages 12-18) who are prepared to answer random questions about the Catholic Church and faith. There will be an esteemed panel of judges (our diocesan priests) who will accept or reject the answers as “point worthy”! The questions asked throughout the competition will be ones submitted from youth throughout the diocese in advance. May t...

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Enhancing Ministry with Technology

Posted on June 13, 2018 in: Events

Enhancing Ministry with Technology
August 28 - Christ the King, Old Lyme September 6 - Holy Family, Hebron September 18 - Saint Pius X, Middletown 7:00 - 8:15pm Help your ministry to be the most innovative it can be! Increase your attendance, plan times people are able to attend meetings, learn online programs for virtual meetings or sending texts, find new sites for flyers, websites and videos - all for free. To register, contact Marianne Nicholas at manicholas@norwichdiocese.net or 860-848-2237 Ext. 305

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Graduation 2018

Posted on June 06, 2018 in: News

Graduation 2018
100% of the Mercy High School Class of 2018 accepted to go on to higher education “There is not a part of society where Mercy women don’t exert their influence and bring about change.”  Sister Mary A. McCarthy, RSM, President, Mercy High School “We have learned from each other how to fearlessly be ourselves and go where our hearts take us.”  Hanting “Heidy” Wang, Valedictorian Saint Bernard School Class of 2018 Celebrates Graduation of 59 Students “I speak for most everyone’s experience as a s...

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Memorial Day 2018

Posted on June 06, 2018 in: News

Memorial Day 2018
We Remember “In this sacred space we honor our military men and women with this Votive Mass for the Preservation and Protection of Peace and Justice. Those who defend our country and defend our freedoms do so not to be aggressive but to protect our freedoms and justice. May all who have fought for our freedoms know the rewards of everlasting life.” Bishop Michael R. Cote The overcast skies and the threat of rain didn’t discourage the over one hundred people who attended the Memorial Day Mass held at Saint Mary Cemetery on Jefferson Avenue. Bishop Mi...

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Bishop Ordains Michael Castiblanco - Deacon
Article by Wayne Gignac Photos by Marie Wynn “We congratulate you on your openness to God’s work in your life and we thank you for responding to His call with such generosity.” These are the words spoken by Bishop Michael R. Cote, May 24th in a beautiful bilingual ceremony at Saint Mary Church in Norwich, prior to ordaining Michael Castiblanco to the order of Deacon.  Bishop Cote also acknowledged Michael’s mother watching in Columbia via Facebook’s Live Streaming service. Deacon Michael will spend the summer in Groton assisting Father...

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Our Diocese Moves Ahead with the V Encuentro
Our Diocese with Area Dioceses Move Ahead with the V Encuentro Article by Sister Mary Jude, SCMC Photos by Wayne Gignac On May 12, some 300 delegates from the dioceses of Springfield, Hartford, Bridgeport and Norwich gathered at the Hartford Archdiocesan Ministry Center in Bloomfield to celebrate the regional gathering of the national process known as the V Encuentro.  It was more than a celebration; it was a working session as well, as delegates came together to identify strategies for pastoral care and engagement of Hispanic/Latino Catholics for implementation...

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Blessing of Sacred Heart’s Memorial Garden
By Lue Ann Watchus and Laura Malone Sunday, May 6,  Sacred Heart Church of Norwichtown was honored to have Bishop Michael R. Cote celebrate Holy Mass along with  Vicar General Monsignor Leszek Janik, and assisted by Deacon Jorge Escalona.  After Mass, a procession including Paris Porter carrying a crown of roses for our Blessed Mother, the Rosary Altar Society of Sacred Heart Church and St. John Mission, the Knights of Columbus White Cross Council #13 along with their Color Guards, and parishioners made their way to the newly arranged Memorial Gard...

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Fatima Feast Celebrated in the Borough
By Edyta Wolk Saint Mary Church in Stonington held it’s annual celebration in honor of Our Lady of Fatima on May 19th. The evening began with the Pentecost Vigil Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael R. Cote. The planned outdoor rosary procession, an annual highlight through Stonington borough, was moved indoors due to rain. Inside, Bishop Cote lead benediction and then a rosary. The evening was concluded with a festive social in the church hall.

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