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Educating Women Leads to Success in Business and Family Life
By Dennis Petruzzi At Outreach to Haiti we believe in the principle that education is the path to opportunity and the way out of poverty. For 30 years we have invested in educating school-age children and young adults. In the summer of 2016, aided by a grant from the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, we began to apply that same principle to adult women. Mothers in Haiti, and in most developing countries, are often looked upon as pillars of the family and the community. Yet their potential and development needs are sometimes overlooked. So, Outreach began a pi...

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Outreach, haiti, outreachtohaiti, education

Vocations Corner

Posted on August 14, 2019 in: Vocations

Vocations Corner
  Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocations In memory and honor of Monsignor Thomas R. Bride, who went home to his heavenly reward on June 26, please offer one Hail Mary, one Our Father and one Glory Be, in thanksgiving for his dedication to the priesthood and especially for serving as former Director of Vocations for 34 years. Thank you. Monsignor Bride was instrumental in assisting many of the men who are serving as priests in our diocese. He was my vocation director as well as a very good friend. He loved the Church and he loved Christ in the Eu...

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Vocations, Norwich, Priests
Catholic Charities receives $123K from United Way of Southeastern Connecticut
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut last week awarded $123,382 to Catholic Charities for emergency financial assistance, intensive case management and the mental health clinic.   “We say that Allocations Volunteers are the eyes and ears of United Way donors,” said Virginia L. Mason, President and CEO of United Way of Southeastern Connecticut. “They ensure that your donation is truly making a difference every day at local nonprofit organizations, helping those in need, and improving community conditions.” United Way of Southeastern ...

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Norwich, Catholic Charities, Catholic, United Way
Diocese to Celebrate Third Annual Partnership on Disability Mass
Join Bishop Michael R.Cote for a celebration of the Liturgy for people living with disabilities; for their family, friends, caregivers, co-workers, support staff and health care professionals. Sunday October 6, 2019 at 11am at St. Andrew Church, Colcherster. Presentation and light refreshments to follow in the church hall. For more information or to RSVP for the reception, please contact the Office of Faith Events 860-848-2237 x304 faithevents@norwichdiocese.net

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The Catholic Foundation Continues 19th Year of Giving
By Mary Ellen Mahoney The Catholic Foundation celebrated its 19th year of giving on June 20th during its Annual Awards Dinner held at the Holiday Inn, Norwich. The dinner was attended by the largest number of families, students and ministry representatives to date and tuition assistance, amounting to $117,890 was distributed to the largest number ever, a whopping 281 elementary students! In addition, another $15,805 was distributed among the four diocesan secondary schools. A total of $117,647 in grant money was distributed to beneficiaries of the foundation’s rest...

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Family Prayer Teaches Valuable Life Lessons
by Mary-Jo McLaughlin Is family prayer a part of your family’s life? I have vivid memories as a child kneeling beside my family as we prayed the Rosary. I would look out the window and see neighborhood children playing in their yards and I longed to be with them. Instead, I was cooped up inside participating in something that I saw as little more than a burdensome chore. When I was 11 years old, my mother died and family life as we knew it changed drastically. So many activities that we once did as a family were gone, the family rosary among them. It’s ...

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Iván Díaz, launches tour at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, in New London
Join Iván Díaz, a prominent figure in bilingual worship, and a nationally known musician, composer, dynamic speaker and teacher on his first ever New England tour. On Friday, August 23, 2019  Ivan will take the stage at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, in New London at 7pm. Enjoy an evening of awesome bilingual music and soul-stirring praise and worship witht the entire family! Admission is free with a good will offering. For more information please contact Sister Mary Jude at 860-456-3349 or via email at aposthispano@gmail.com for more information. This...

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Ivan Diaz, Hispanic, bilingual, performer
The Maria Assunta Society Celebrate the Feast of the Assumption with Mass and Procession
The Maria Assunta Society from Saint Michael’s Church, Pawcatuck invites all to join in its 99th celebration of the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Sunday, August 18. Celebration will begin with the rosary and candlelight procession at Saint Michael’s Church on Friday, August 16 at 7 p.m.  Refreshments will be served immediately following the procession. On Sunday, August 18, Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Mary's Church, Stonington. Following Mass there will be a traditional procession starting at 12:15 at Sain...

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stonington, Feast, Assumption, Mary, Pawcatuck
The Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference:  A Prayer For Inner Healing
At the 2018 Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference, the featured speaker was Bob Kroll of With All Your Heart Ministry (www.withallyourheart.org). Bob talked about the Father Wound and the struggle men have to overcome the hurts that our fathers leave in our lives. At the end of his presentation, he and the men prayed the Prayer for Inner Healing. That prayer led to deeper sharing among the men following the talk. This is the power and presence of the Holy Spirit that lives and moves among the men at the conference.   PRAYER FOR INNER HEALING Loving Fathe...

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2019, Catholic, Conference, Connecticut, Men's
Lay Carmelites Reflect on Silence, Prayer and the Psalms at Annual Retreat
By Suzanne Henderson The 2019 Annual Lay Carmelite Retreat was held at Enders Island in June. Forty-five retreatants from communities throughout Connecticut and New York enjoyed four conferences on the Psalms presented by Father Francis Amodio, Provincial Delegate for the Province of St. Elias in Middletown, New York.  “Jesus prayed the Psalms, and as a Church we pray the Psalms as we pray the Liturgy of the Hours. This is the prayer of the Church. The Psalms are written by and for the people of God,” stated Father Francis. As Carmelites, we are calle...

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Lay Carmelite Retreat
Schools Open Soon-Many Positions Available
Faithful Educators Welcomed If you are a fun-loving, hard worker, energetic, passionate about nurturing and making a difference in a child’s life and are looking to be a part of a fulfilling ministry of Catholic education in the Diocese of Norwich where faith and education meet, visit our website- NorwichDSO.org A number of new positions recently posted.  If you are interested or know someone that is, please apply soon. For the complete list of current job openings Click Here 

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Employment, Opportunities
Silver and Gold Jubilee Anniversary Mass
SAVE THE DATE – All couples married 25 & 50 years or celebrating any significant anniversary year are invited to attend a Silver and Gold Jubilee Anniversary Mass at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 2pm. Come and renew your commitment to live your marriage in holiness in a Pontifical Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael R. Cote. Family and friends are invited to share in this special testimony and witness to love and marriage. Dessert and beverages will be served following the Mass in the Cathedral Hall. Register through your ...

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Anniversary Mass
Diocesan Youth Celebrate Their Faith at Steubenville NYC
By Andrea Hoisl More than 100 young people from throughout the diocese traveled to New York July 19-21 to pray, worship and celebrate the gift of faith during the annual Steubenville NYC Youth Conference. The theme for the weekend was “Belong,” and youth from the diocese donned special T-shirts celebrating the theme.  During the first day of the retreat, MC Chris Padgett told hilarious stories about each of us belonging to Christ, and rapper Righteous B- Bob Lesnefsky, shared a moving story about himself and his son that highlighted the trust of a ...

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Catholic, Youth, Steubenville, NYC
Do You Have Time & Talents?
  Communications Ministry Volunteer Opportunities Do you like to take photos? Write? Or perhaps social media is your thing.  Then why not share your talents with us?. Perhaps God is calling you to put them to use by helping us spread the Gospel and the awareness of the good works performed by our ministries and parishes. The Communications Ministry is in the early stages of creating a volunteer group. Some initial tasks will be to report on upcoming parish events that would be of interest to the larger diocesan community, as well as contri...

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40 DAYS STRONG !

Posted on July 25, 2019 in: Events, 40DaysForLife

40 DAYS STRONG !
Are you fed up hearing in the news about radical politicians, state legislatures and governors, and new laws being proposed and implemented for late-term abortions and infanticide? Do you feel compelled to do something about it? The Norwich 40 Days For Life Team invites you to join us in standing up for life and praying on the sidewalk outside the Planned Parenthood facility at 12 Case St. in Norwich for an end to this abomination. Kickoff The Norwich 40 Days For Life Campaign will begin with a Vigil Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Tuesday, September 24, a...

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4oDaysforLife, ProLife, EndAbortion, Pray
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