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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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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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