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Parish Twinning and the Connection with Faith
By Father Frank Rouleau Parish Twinning is about building relationships and solidarity with Catholic parishes in other places. “We are members of a universal Church that transcends national boundaries and calls us to live in solidarity and justice with the peoples of the world” (US Council of Catholic Bishops, 1997). “Sacred Scripture continually speaks to us of an active commitment to our neighbors and demands of us a shared responsibility for all of humanity. This duty is not limited to one’s own family, nation or state, but extends progressi...

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Islands of Mercy In A Sea of Indifference: Migrant Caravans Forum
By Ryan Blessing A special forum that explored the causes and the human impact of the migrant caravans traveling to the southern U.S. border from Latin America featured presentations in both English and Spanish from two guest speakers. Sister Mary Jude, Director of Hispanic Ministry organized the March 24 forum, held in the church hall at St. Mary Star of the Sea in New London. The talk coincided with the 39th anniversary of the assassination of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador. Romero advocated against poverty, social injustice, assassinations and torture....

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Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocations It’s hard to believe that by the time Easter arrives this year we will only be ten days away from the month of May. God continues to answer the many prayers from all parts of the diocese regarding an increase of vocations. I am excited to announce that Bishop Cote happily accepted Mark Johnson into sponsorship to begin studies for the priesthood. Mark has been discerning a vocation to the priesthood actively since his sophomore year at UCONN and will hopefully be accepted into seminary later this summer. He will be graduating from UCONN in May, with two...

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Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill Thwarted in 2019
The Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference is pleased to report that the Connecticut General Assembly's Public Health Committee has decided not to vote on HB 5898 (the physician-assisted suicide bill) this 2019 legislative session, and that there is little hope it will return next year. Thanks to your helpful voices and the dedication of groups rallied together in opposition, we were able for the fifth year to convince Connecticut’s legislators to reject physician-assisted suicide as a healthcare option in our state. The Conference will proudly conti...

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One Heart Ministry wants you to join us in celebrating…
World Down Syndrome Day takes place on March 21st to symbolize a third copy of the 21st Chromosome in people with Down Syndrome. It celebrates the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome. God has given us all different abilities and disabilities that make us uniquely us! That’s worth celebrating!! Spread Awareness- Spread Support. To find out more about the One Heart Ministry Contact the Office of Faith Events  860-848-2237, ext. 312.

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ACA Video Released

Posted on March 13, 2019 in: News, ACA

ACA Video Released
The Office of Development is excited to present the 2019 ACA Video, “Hand in Hand with All God’s Children”! Featuring three of our over twenty-five ministries and programs, the video will show you first-hand the ‘good works’ that are being performed by our Ministry to the Sick, Prison Ministry and FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). We hope after viewing this video, you will consider donating to the 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal.  Your support will allow you to walk hand in hand with your neighbors helping others in our Dioce...

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1,000 ultrasound machines encourage moms to keep their babies NEW HAVEN – The Knights of Columbus (K of C) demonstrated its commitment to the defense of life with a major milestone in its signature ultrasound donation program. Marking the donation of its 1,000th ultrasound machine in Manassas, Va., this week, the Knights estimate that the machines have contributed to saving hundreds of thousands of lives by helping mothers see their unborn child.   Knights-donated machines are at work in all 50 U.S. states as well as in Puerto Rico, Brazil, Canada, Jamaica, Peru, and Africa. The Knights calculate t...

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The Life Of A New Mom In Haiti
By Marie Farrell Five Americans follow two Haitians along a winding narrow concrete lined corridor in the Christ Roi neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. Descending the path from the main road we bypass people’s homes and curious onlookers until we reach our destination. It is a smallish home. There is no door. Only a curtain affords privacy to those inside. Telemaque Fequiere and Sheila Merzil, Outreach to Haiti Health Agents, announce their presence and ask if hey may enter the home. A young girl, maybe 8 years old, peaks out and covers her mouth in surprise upon seeing...

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How Do We Pass On The Faith?

Posted on February 26, 2019 in: News

By Andrea Hoisl How do we reach our youth today? How do we make faith “real” for them? How do we help our children develop a relationship with God in today’s world? These and so many other questions are ones the committee charged with creating a Diocesan Curriculum for parish catechetical programs grappled with for two years. This team of busy professionals from across the Diocese included: Youth and Young Adult Minister Liza Roach; Randy Bouley, consultant for the Diocesan Office of Safe Environments; Father Ted Tumicki, pastor of St. Mary, Jewett City, St. Catherine of Siena, Preston, and St. Thom...

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By: Mary-Jo McLaughlin A new Diocesan curriculum guide for parish religious education programs reflects a major shift in how we teach children about their Catholic faith.  “We want to move away from just teaching our children the content of our Catholic faith to helping them build a lifelong relationship with the Church and Jesus Christ,” said Andrea Hoisl, director of the Diocesan Office of Faith Events (OFE), which is overseeing the new curriculum development. “The new emphasis is on the formation of our youth in the faith. Formation is a lifelong process where one continues to grow and chang...

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 “Hand in Hand with All God’s Children” By Kathy Gaito We all know someone who occasionally needs a helping hand.  Whether it’s a neighbor who asks you to pick up the mail or a family member who needs a ride to an appointment, we all do our best to accommodate them. These tasks may seem simple to the person who is helping, but the person receiving the assistance is always very grateful! There are also many issues people face during their lives that require the assistance of others. People are hungry, ill, and homeless. Others are in need of counseling or guidance, perhaps deciding i...

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Diocese Releases List of Clergy with Allegations of Substance of Sexual Abuse of a Minor
NORWICH, CT – This weekend a letter from the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D. Bishop of Norwich was shared with parishioners throughout the Diocese regarding the release of the list of names of accused clergy with allegations of substance of sexual abuse against minors. Click here for the List Here is the letter.      February 7, 2019   My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,        I shared with you in January what the Diocese of Norwich is doing to address the scourge of sexual abuse of minors by cl...

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 Application Available for Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Scholarships
The Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (NDCCW) is offering a $500 Scholarship to four (4) graduating eighth grade girls who will be attending a Catholic High School in the fall of 2019.  You can access the application below. Completed applications must be received by April 15, 2019.    Applications should be sent to : NDCCW Scholarship Committee, c/o Judith Pappagallo 79 Lafayette Street Norwich, CT 06360 or emailed to norwichdiocesanccw@gmail.com .    Deadline is April 15, 2019. Any questions, call Judy...

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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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