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Catechist’s Energy Rooted in Faith
She is leader, catechist and mentor to more than 200 students in her faith formation programs and is the creative, artistic, musical, animated idea generator for the teachers/volunteers and parents who are also part of her programs. She has a room full of resources she created to enhance the live...

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Faith Sparks: Help Children Connect to Their Faith Through the Lives of the Saints
As a young man in his 20s, my father lost both of his legs in an industrial accident. As it was the early 1940s and medicine was not as advanced as today, his doctors told him it was unlikely he would ever walk again. But, my father had faith in St. Jude, the patron saint for hopeless causes, to who...

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Making Lent a Season to Welcome and Not Dread
The Lenten season in the Catholic Church is a time when we focus on fasting, sacrifice and prayer. The truth is that most people don’t look forward to doing so for 40 days. Giving up candy, screen time or your favorite celebratory beverage is really not something we ever desire or feel motivat...

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Students Welcome Refugees and Immigrants
Recently the third through sixth grade faith formation students at St. Matthew Church completed a stewardship project benifitting refugees and immigrants that are being helped by Sr. Mary Jude from the parish of Sagrado Corazon de Jesus in Windham and the organization IRIS (Integrated Refugee &...

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Pope Francis Calls Us to Bear Witness to Jesus
  It has been said that one of the hallmarks of good writers is the ability to connect their audience to a story. If this is true, then one of the gifts of Pope Francis’ ministry is his ability to connect each of us with the story the Lord wants us to write with our lives. Last ...

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Faith Sparks: A New Year's Resolution With A Twist
By Andrea Hoisl Every year, as we wrap up our Christmas celebrations, our minds shift to thoughts of the New Year. We contemplate making a resolution we may or may not keep. The thought of a resolution sounds so positive and healthy that we cannot help but get drawn into the idea of changing and...

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Norwich, Catholic, FaithSparks
Advent: A Time for Patient Waiting, Not Holiday Rushing
By Liza Roach Christmas is right around the corner. Do you feel like I do – behind already?  You have to make sure the house is decorated, the crèche is out for all to see, the Christmas tree is up in all its glory, the wreath on the door looks festive and inviting, and let’s not...

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Teaching Children the Art of Joyful Giving
By Mary-Jo McLaughlin Do you recall as a child viewing commercials of famine-stricken children in Africa while watching Saturday morning cartoons? Seeing those pictures, how many of us were compelled to break open the piggy bank and send money to charities hoping to ease the guilt of having more...

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Norwich, FaithSparks
Accompanying our Youth on Their Faith Journey
New Curriculum Involves Accompanying Our Youth by Andrea Hoisl  “Walking with our youth in faith is dependent upon our trust in the Holy Spirit – trusting that it will take us where we need to go – closer to Christ,” said Fr. Frank Donio, director of the Catholic A...

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Everyday Blessings Recognize God’s Gifts to Us
By Andrea Hoisl Blessings are words that express gratitude for something or show God’s favor. What does the word “bless” actually mean? In Hebrew, the root means “to increase” or “bring down Divine abundance.” So if I bless you, I am asking God to increas...

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