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Our Lady of Fatima procession takes place in Stonington Borough
By Ryan Blessing The streets of Stonington Borough welcomed walkers holding candles on the evening of Saturday, May 18, as parishioners and friends of St. Mary Church honored Our Lady of Fatima. A group of men dressed in white ceremonial capes carried the church’s statue of Our Lady of Fatima from its place on the altar out the front doors of the church, while parishioners lit candles. The image of Our Lady of Fatima, a life-sized statue, was positioned on a bed of white carnations atop a wooden platform, which the men held high while the parade took place. &...

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Rally May 21 at the State Capitol to Support Pro-Life Pregnancy Care Center
ACTION ALERT The Connecticut Pregnancy Care Coalition is sponsoring a pro-life rally to defend the work and reputation of the pro-life pregnancy resource centers in our state. The rally will take place at noon Tuesday, May 21, at the State Capitol. This past week, the House of Representatives passed H.B. 7070, which subjects the advertising of pro-life pregnancy care centers to the oversight and authority of the Attorney General of Connecticut. The Attorney General will have sole discretion in determining whether the advertising is appropriate or not. The bill p...

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St. Augustine’s Ladies Guild Baby Shower
The St. Augustine’s Ladies Guild met for tea and a baby shower for the pregnant mothers and clients with young children of Catholic Charities. The guild met at St. Augustine in the Church Hall where, Ed Tessman, Executive Director of Catholic Charities, thanked them for their help and support. Not only did the guild present Ed with a table full of basic needs and essentials for any new mother, they also presented Catholic Charities with a check for $500. These gifts will bring joy to those that seek Catholic Charities out for help and hope during their time of crisis....

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Annual White Mass Celebrates Health Care Workers
By Ryan Blessing Doctors, nurses, specialists and other health care workers and caregivers were honored during the celebration of the 29th annual Diocesan White Mass. “In this Mass for all health care workers, may the divine physician always be a model for their ministry of healing, mercy and compassion,” The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D. Bishop of Norwich, said in his greeting. The Reverend Ted Tumicki, homilist and pastor of St. Mary Parish in Jewett City, St. Catherine in Preston and Sts. Thomas and Anne in Voluntown, described how 700 religiou...

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 Diocesan Women’s Conference Speaker Challenges Women to Live by the Grace of ‘Yes’
By Mary-Jo McLaughlin “God is the one who makes our to-do list when we live by the grace of ‘yes,’” author, blogger and international speaker Lisa Hendey said during her keynote speech at the ninth annual Norwich Diocesan Women’s Conference at Mercy High School in Middletown. “God has a unique purpose for each of us and for the world. Our ‘yes’ to God is needed in today’s world and it has dignity and worth.” Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the author of several books, including The Gra...

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The Hope Lives Here Spring Walkathon & Music Festival will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. May 21 at Norwich Free Academy. Students from NFA Project Outreach, in an effort to raise awareness about homelessness, will hold a fundraiser, walkathon and music festival at Norwich Free Academy's Slater Building. Join them to see how many laps you can make while you collect stamps and earn tickets to enter for a free prize drawing. Bring a lawn chair to sit and enjoy live music. There will be a kids table with activities for them to do. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to seven local agencies, including ...

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Diocese Schools Shine at Connecticut Invention Convention
By Ryan Blessing Students from St. Patrick Cathedral School in Norwich and St. John Paul II School in Middletown were among the participants at the 36th annual Connecticut Invention Convention state finals. The day-long showcase of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) took place May 4 at the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs. Four Diocesan students learned Monday that they’ve been selected to compete at the National Invention Convention at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan taki...

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Memorial Day Cemetery Mass in Taftville, CT - May 27, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.
In Sacred Heart Cemetery, Harland Road, Taftville, Reverend Christopher Zmuda will celebrate this Mass at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 27, 2019.  260 Harland Rd, Norwich, CT 06360 Get Directions >> In case of inclement weather, the Mass will be celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, Taftville.  All priests are invited to concelebrate.  Please bring alb and white stole.

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Memorial Day Cemetery Mass in Norwich, CT - May 27, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.
In Saint Joseph Cemetery, Boswell Avenue, Norwich, the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich will celebrate Mass on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. In case of inclement weather this Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral of St. Patrick, 213 Broadway, Norwich. All priests are invited to concelebrate. Please bring alb and white stole.

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ACTION ALERT-on H.B. 7070

Posted on May 14, 2019 in: News

ACTION ALERT-on H.B. 7070
ACTION ALERT Dear Catholic Legislative Network Member, Please Urge Your State Senator and Representative to Vote "NO" on H.B. 7070 "An Act Concerning Deceptive Advertising Practices of Limited Services Pregnancy Centers". Click on the link below or at the end of this email to send them an email. You may edit the pre-written email. Once you enter your address the system will send the email directly to your legislators. Click here to send an email to your legislators. H.B. 7070 is based on completely inaccurate and misleading information abou...

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ACA Ministry Fair Welcomes Donors
By Mary Ellen Mahoney The Red Lion Hotel in Cromwell was the site of this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal Ministry Fair on Sunday, April 7. Twenty-two of the ministries of the Diocese of Norwich were represented by their directors and staff who manned booths showcasing the good works being done by each ministry within our communities. This year, the ministry fair was “open house” style with an expanded continental breakfast being served. It was hoped that by encouraging people to stop in any time between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., more people would attend the ...

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St. Vincent de Paul Place volunteers clean up Norwich streets
On April 27, an ambitious group of 25 volunteers with St. Vincent de Paul Place spent two hours cleaning the streets around Cliff, Oak, Park and Roath Streets in Norwich. Three large trucks and a trailer were filled to the brim with old mattresses, furniture and debris which topped our biggest weight collection last month (6,500 pounds) with a whopping 6,600 pounds this month. It is amazing to see what can be done in a two-hour period of time with a dedicated group of volunteers. Each month, new people join the efforts. Some volunteers have attended most if not a...

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May Crowning Reminds Us to Honor Our Heavenly Mother All Year
May Crowning May is the month of Mary.  It is also the month we celebrate Mother’s Day.  This year Mother's Day was extra special as the First Holy Communion class of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Baltic participated in the Crowning of the Virgin Mary statue prior to the 10:00a Mass.   The students, who received First Holy Communion on May 11th, processed down the aisle each carrying a red rose. The roses were placed in a vase which was then placed in front of a statue of the blessed Mother. Throughout the month of Ma...

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Pope Francis Issues Global Standards Addressing the Evil of Sexual Abuse
Pope Francis has issued new Vatican laws on how Catholic clergy around the world will handle reported cases of sexual abuse. The new rules, released May 9, are the result of a February summit on sex abuse, in which heads of bishops’ conferences from around the world met at the Vatican. The new papal document, called a "motu proprio," applies mandatory new procedures for all Catholic Church dioceses across the globe on the reporting of alleged sexual abuse. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the United States...

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