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Pope John Paul II Grieved with America and the World on 9/11
FCC News Desk As three airliners smashed into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, and Flight 93 crashed into a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001, Joaquín Navarro-Valls, at the time the director of the Vatican press office, delivered the news to Pope John Paul II. "I remember that terrible afternoon as if it were yesterday. I called the Pope, who was at Castel Gandolfo, I gave him the news. He was shocked not only by the tragedy itself, but also because he could not explain how man could achieve this abyss of evil..." he recalled in a 2011 ...

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A New Learning Resource Opens at Saint Joseph School in North Grosvenordale
By Ryan Blessing Saint Joseph School in North Grosvenordale celebrated a "grand" day on Sunday, September 8, by commemorating National Grandparents Day and celebrating the dedication of its new Bishop Vincent Hines Learning Center. The school celebrated all "Grandparents and Grand Friends" at its breakfast fundraiser to start the 2019-20 school year. Putnam restaurant Jessica Tuesday's and the Chrzanowski family sponsored the breakfast in memory of Ronald Chrzanowski, who passed away last year and who was the grandfather of several st...

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Mass Honors Diocese's Educators

Posted on September 09, 2019 in: News, School News

Mass Honors Diocese's Educators
By Ryan Blessing Teachers both past and present within the diocese were honored Sunday, September 8, with a special Mass for Educators at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich. The 24th annual educators' Mass, celebrated by the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich, also marked an observance of the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. "Let us rededicate ourselves to our mission as parents, teachers, administrators and support staff in education, confirming and strengthening each other's efforts in o...

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Mass, Education, schools

Back to School Photo Gallery

Posted on September 04, 2019 in: School News

Back to School Photo Gallery
Students across the Diocese returned to school last week. Teachers and parents were there to document the first day with their cameras, and they shared their photos. The September issue of the Four County Catholic will have a section featuring photos of students from the Diocese schools on their first day back.   To see a gallery of Back to School photos, click here or on the photo to the right.   

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Pope Francis Prays for Hurricane Victims at Start of Week-long Trip to African Countries
FCC News Desk Pope Francis arrived in Maputo, Mozambique on Wednesday, kicking off a Sept. 4-10 trip to sub-Saharan Africa. The pope was greeted by government officials at a welcoming ceremony, with singing crowds lining the streets. On the nearly 11-hour flight to Africa, Pope Francis offered prayers for victims of Hurricane Dorian, which tore through the Bahamas this week, causing widespread devastation. He encouraged people to pray “for the victims of the hurricanes in the Bahamas, poor people who in one day lost their homes, lost everything and lost their...

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Diocese Honors Those Dedicated to Education
Mass Will Honor Educators and School Staff The 24th Annual Diocesan Mass for Those Dedicated to Education will be celebrated on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 8:45 a.m., in the Cathedral of St. Patrick. The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich, will celebrate the Mass for all teachers and support staff, public, parochial and private, active and retired, of all faiths. All are welcome.  

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Fr. Donio to Lead Retreat & Workshop to Explore Faith Journey of Youth
Accompanying Our Youth on Their Faith Journey, a day-long retreat for catechetical leaders, catechists, pastors, parents and parishioners, will take place Sept. 12 at the Church of the Holy Family in Hebron. The keynote speaker will be Father Frank Donio, S.A.C., director of the Catholic Apostolate Center in Washington, D.C. Fr. Frank is a consultant to the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He also collaborated with the Conference on the development of Living as Missionary Disciples: A Resource for Evangeli...

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Retreat, youth
Check Out What's New in the Four County Catholic
The latest issue of the Four County Catholic is available now, and is packed with news about the Diocese of Norwich. This issue features a story about Doug Green, the longtime music director at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich. Doug retired Aug. 15 after 40 years of harmonious service. There also are photos from this year's Blessing of the Fleet in Stonington Borough and photos and a story about the ordination of Father Michael Castiblanco, as well as columns and news from the ministries within the Diocese.    The issue is available in full,...

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Pope Francis, Latin American and US Bishops Express Concern About Amazon Forest Fires
FCC News Desk At the Angelus on Sunday, August 25, Pope Francis noted the universal concern for the “vast fires” that are raging throughout the Amazon region. The Holy Father prayed that, “with the commitment of all,” the fires “might be contained as soon as possible.” “That forest lung is vital for our planet,” the Pope said. In a statement released on August 22, the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAM) expressed their deep concern for destructive fires burning the world’s forests. Th...

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Blue Mass Steak Dinner Fundraiser to Take Place September 6
A steak dinner fundraiser for the Diocese of Norwich’s annual Blue Mass will be held on Friday, September 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the East Great Plain Fire Department, 488 New London Turnpike in Norwich. The fundraiser helps to defray expenses associated with the annual Blue Mass honoring law enforcement personnel.  The menu will consist of steak, baked potato, salad, bread and butter, soda and water. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under. The Blue Mass is celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Patrick on September 22, at 10:15 a....

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Vocations Corner

Posted on August 14, 2019 in: Vocations

Vocations Corner
  Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocations In memory and honor of Monsignor Thomas R. Bride, who went home to his heavenly reward on June 26, please offer one Hail Mary, one Our Father and one Glory Be, in thanksgiving for his dedication to the priesthood and especially for serving as former Director of Vocations for 34 years. Thank you. Monsignor Bride was instrumental in assisting many of the men who are serving as priests in our diocese. He was my vocation director as well as a very good friend. He loved the Church and he loved Christ in the Eu...

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Vocations, Norwich, Priests
Catholic Charities receives $123K from United Way of Southeastern Connecticut
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut last week awarded $123,382 to Catholic Charities for emergency financial assistance, intensive case management and the mental health clinic.   “We say that Allocations Volunteers are the eyes and ears of United Way donors,” said Virginia L. Mason, President and CEO of United Way of Southeastern Connecticut. “They ensure that your donation is truly making a difference every day at local nonprofit organizations, helping those in need, and improving community conditions.” United Way of Southeastern ...

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Norwich, Catholic Charities, Catholic, United Way
The Maria Assunta Society Celebrate the Feast of the Assumption with Mass and Procession
The Maria Assunta Society from Saint Michael’s Church, Pawcatuck invites all to join in its 99th celebration of the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Sunday, August 18. Celebration will begin with the rosary and candlelight procession at Saint Michael’s Church on Friday, August 16 at 7 p.m.  Refreshments will be served immediately following the procession. On Sunday, August 18, Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Mary's Church, Stonington. Following Mass there will be a traditional procession starting at 12:15 at Sain...

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stonington, Feast, Assumption, Mary, Pawcatuck
The Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference:  A Prayer For Inner Healing
At the 2018 Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference, the featured speaker was Bob Kroll of With All Your Heart Ministry (www.withallyourheart.org). Bob talked about the Father Wound and the struggle men have to overcome the hurts that our fathers leave in our lives. At the end of his presentation, he and the men prayed the Prayer for Inner Healing. That prayer led to deeper sharing among the men following the talk. This is the power and presence of the Holy Spirit that lives and moves among the men at the conference.   PRAYER FOR INNER HEALING Loving Fathe...

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2019, Catholic, Conference, Connecticut, Men's
Diocesan Youth Celebrate Their Faith at Steubenville NYC
By Andrea Hoisl More than 100 young people from throughout the diocese traveled to New York July 19-21 to pray, worship and celebrate the gift of faith during the annual Steubenville NYC Youth Conference. The theme for the weekend was “Belong,” and youth from the diocese donned special T-shirts celebrating the theme.  During the first day of the retreat, MC Chris Padgett told hilarious stories about each of us belonging to Christ, and rapper Righteous B- Bob Lesnefsky, shared a moving story about himself and his son that highlighted the trust of a ...

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Catholic, Youth, Steubenville, NYC
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