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U.S. Bishops To Meet Nov. 12-14 in Baltimore
Will Address Abuse Crisis and Action Items; Assembly to be Live Streamed, Live Tweeted, Carried Via Satellite October 30, 2018 WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather for the 2018 Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, November 12-14.   The assembly will begin with an address by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the USCCB and also an address by the Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre. The body of bishops will then adjourn to an on-site chapel f...

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Sarah Engel, Saint Edmund Honor Scholarship Honoree
The St. Edmund’s Honor Scholarship, established in memory of the members of the Society of St. Edmund who served as faculty and staff members of St. Bernard School was awarded to Sara Engel, Friday October 12th at a Mass and Dinner held at Enders Island Retreat center in Mystic. Instituted in 2007, the endowed Saint Edmund’s Honor Scholarship is given annually to a first semester senior of St. Bernard School who has shown through academics and service the virtues that St. Edmund heroically manifested in his life. Sarah, the daughter of Stephen and Eileen E...

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President of U.S. Bishops' Conference Issues Statement Following Shooting in Pittsburgh
October 27, 2018 WASHINGTON—Following the tragic shooting this morning at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement calling for prayer and action to put an end to violence. The full statement is as follows: "This morning violence, once again, struck one of our communities, this time in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is apparent at least eight souls lost their lives in a shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue. To our brothers and si...

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40 Days for Life

Posted on October 12, 2018 in: News, Events

40 Days for Life began with a vigil Mass, Tuesday September 25th at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick. Here is a brief portion of Father Brian Maxwell’s homily. In it he talks about the miracles in support of the cause that led to the upcoming (October 14th) Canonization of Pope Paul VI. “Pope Paul VI, who ordained Bishop Cote in 1975, will be proclaimed a Saint in just 19 days. I love one of Pope Paul’s explanations about our spiritual life — teaching us that “Holiness is within everyone’s reach”, and that we only need two elements in order to become saints, “the grace of...

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“Just Like You” Raises Disability Awareness
 “Children with disabilities are just like all children and they should not be defined by their disability,” said Andrea Hoisl, director of the Diocesan Office of Faith Events (OFE) in discussing a disabilities awareness presentation her office is offering to students in diocesan elementary schools and parish catechetical programs. The presentation, called “Just Like You,” is part of the One Heart Ministry, a disability outreach program sponsored by the Office of Faith Events. “In our culture today, raising awareness about the different...

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October is Respect Life Month

Posted on October 02, 2018 in: News

October is Respect Life Month
As Catholics, we believe that every life is cherished and chosen, from the moment of conception until natural death. Every person is made in the image and likeness of God — the pre-born, those struggling with illness or a disability, those who are reaching the twilight of their life — and so each and every person has inherent dignity. We also believe that our baptism calls us to be the Light of Christ to others.  Resources Soon after the birth of my son Charlie*, who has Down syndrome, a visitor asked whether he was “mild, moderate, or ...

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USCCB Administrative Committee Releases Next Steps
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Administrative Committee Statement on Sex Abuse Scandals; Committee Releases Actions to be Taken Within Its Authority September 19, 2018 WASHINGTON--The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Administrative Committee has issued the following statement today in response to the recent sex abuse scandals. In the statement, the bishops say they pledge to “heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us.” Turning to the Lord “When each of us was ordained as a bisho...

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Register Now for NDCCW Convention

Posted on September 19, 2018 in: News, Events

Register Now for NDCCW Convention
Convention Details Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women 63rd Annual Convention                       The Joy of the Gospel Saturday, October 6, 2018 Saint Matthew Church, 111 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Registration Deadline is September 25, 2018 Click Here to Download a Registration Form        

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By Marie Farrell   The Golf Tournament was held at the Wintonbury Hills Golf Course, in Bloomfield on Saturday, September 15th. Wintonbury is ranked #6 Municipal Golf Course in the USA by Sports Illustrator’s Golf.com. This is the third year they have hosted the charity golf tournament. The day started with registration and lunch. Golfers teed off with a shotgun start to a scramble format tournament. The game was further spiced up with men’s and women’s longest drive competition, closest to the pin, and a 50/50 raffle for those hitting the green on the drive. Mulligans were available for purchas...

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NCDDW Delegation Attends National Convention

Posted on September 14, 2018 in: News

NCDDW Delegation Attends National Convention
National Council of Catholic Women Convention Six women from the Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women attended the 98th Annual Convention of the National Council of Catholic Women.  They joined with more than 500 women and 42 priests from throughout the United States in Pittsburgh, PA from August 29-September 1, 2018.  The theme for this year’s convention was NCCW Reflecting God’s Joy: Missionary Disciples – Mission Possible! The Keynote speaker was the Most Reverend Frank Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport.  Bishop Caggiano gave a p...

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Mass of Remembrance Nov. 7th
MASS OF REMEMBRANCE – The Annual Diocesan Mass of Remembrance to honor children who have died from stillbirths, miscarriages or abortions, whether recently or years ago, will take place Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Rd., Old Lyme, CT. The Mass of Remembrance is an opportunity for family members to memorialize and honor the dignity of the precious lives of pre-born children. Light refreshments will be served following the Mass. For more information, call the Catholic Family Services Office at 860-848-2237, Ext. 306.

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23rd Annual Educators Mass - September 9th
Diocese to Honor Educators Xavier Graduate Chosen as Homilist The 23rd  ANNUAL Diocesan Mass for Those Dedicated to Education will take place 8:45 am on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich.  Each year this special Mass is held to honor teachers, administrators and support staff from private, parochial and public schools of all faiths from across the Four Counties that comprise the Diocese of Norwich.  This year the homilist will be newly ordained Reverend Francis Gilbert, Parochial Vicar of Saint Patrick in East Ha...

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Bishop Addresses Recent Events in Pastoral Letter
Bishop Michael R. Cote, D.D. addressed parishioners throughout the Diocese in a pastoral letter read and/or distributed at all masses this weekend.  See letter below and links to the Office for Safe Environments Statement and webpage.   August 21, 2018   My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We are, as one family in Christ, heartsick over what we have learned in recent days and weeks from the Pennsylvania grand jury report and the accusations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick.  These revelations have reopened the pain and sorr...

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The U.S. bishops urge our participation each Friday in a nationwide Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life, August 3–September 28. Participants will receive weekly email or text reminders to pray and fast, along with little-known facts about Roe v. Wade to share with others. Sign up at www.usccb.org/pray!

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WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement noting the steps the U.S. Bishops Conference will take in addressing the failures of the Church in protecting the people of God. Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement: “The accusations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick reveal a grievous moral failure within the Church. They cause bishops anger, sadness, and shame; I know they do in me. They compel bishops to ask, as I do, what more could have been done to protect the People of Go...

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