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February Pro-Life Mass

Posted on January 14, 2019 in: News, Events

February Pro-Life Mass
Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8:30 A.M The monthly Diocesan Pro-Life Mass will take place at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8:30 A.M. Please join our celebrant Rev. Walter Nagle at Mass as we pray to end abortion and for the healing for those who have had an abortion. Following the Mass, the Rosary will be prayed both at the Cathedral and Planned Parenthood.

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Communications Ministry Has Immediate Opening
 Part-time Senior Writer/Social Media Manager  The Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich Communications Ministry seeks a Part-time Senior Writer/Social Media Manager to promote the awareness of all diocesan ministries and initiatives. Summary of Position: The Senior Writer/Social Media Manager is responsible for serving as the Ministry’s lead writer for all diocesan events deemed newsworthy. The exercise of this responsibility involves attending and reporting on assigned diocesan events such as Pontifical Masses, public hearings, inter-diocesan progr...

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Bishop's Pastoral Letter on Safe Environments
January 7, 2019 My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,   Over the past several months trust in the leadership of the Catholic Church and a lack of transparency has been called into question.  For many, trust has been shattered in the wake of the revelations of the failures of bishops and Church officials to protect children and adults from sexual misconduct and abuse.    There have been questions about what the Church is doing now to address the scourge of sexual misconduct and sexual abuse of minors. The Diocese of Norwich takes the issu...

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Bishop's Pastoral Letter on the March for Life
January 4, 2019 My dear sisters and brothers in Christ,               January 22, 2019 marks the forty-sixth anniversary of the Roe V. Wade Supreme Court decision. This year, as has become a tradition, hundreds of thousands of the faithful will gather in Washington, DC for the annual March for Life. This year's march is on January 18 and the theme is: " Unique from Day One: Pro Life is Pro Science." It is always inspiring to see young and old gathered to witness to life. It is a sign of hope ...

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Teens Helping Teens

Posted on January 02, 2019 in: News, School News

Teens Helping Teens
By Marie Kalita-Leary The Mercy High School National Honor Society (NHS) Christmas Drive for the second year benefitted the Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center. As a facility of the Connecticut Department of Youth and Families, the Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center provides brief treatment, residential care and educational instruction for abused and neglected teens between the ages of 13 and 17. Youth come to the facility from all over the state. The Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center- South Campus, formerly known as the Riverview Hospital for Children ...

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Christmas Message 2018

Posted on December 24, 2018 in: News

Christmas Message 2018
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God is with us.” Matthew 1:23 My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, May the spirit of this holy season fill your hearts with joy and your homes with peace! Christmas celebrates the great truth sent by the Father, “the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” (John 1:14) From generation to generation, we remember the events of that holy night and we celebrate His Nativity.  Recounting Jesus’ Birth, we r...

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Over 700 People Venerate St. John Vianney Relic in Gales Ferry
"There is nothing so great as the Eucharist. If God had something more precious, he would have given it to us." -St. John Vianney Over 700 people flocked to Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Gales Ferry on December 13th to venerate the incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney. The major relic is in the early stages of a national tour organized by the Knights of Columbus, and at the request of Bishop Michael R. Cote, it was hosted as part of the diocese’s Monthly Holy Hour for Vocations. Housed in an ornate gold reliquary, the incorrupt heart was carried into th...

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St. John Vianney, Relic, Interrupt Heart
By Morningstar Stevenson RENTON, WA – After Noel Ramos returned from visiting a Catholic school in Haiti, he felt even more blessed by the resources he has teaching at St. Anthony School in Renton, Washington. “All they have are blackboards, but they are eager to learn,” said Ramos. “Education is so powerful, and the kids in Haiti understand that.” Ramos was part of a delegation of parishioners from St. Anthony Parish to visit their sister parish, Ste. Anne de Hyacynthe. The annual trip is a part of a twinning relationship, coordinated by the Diocese of Norwich Outreach to Haiti, that...

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Haiti, Catholic School, St. Anthony Parish, Outreach to Haiti
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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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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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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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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