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Blue Mass to Honor Law Enforcement Personnel
The Diocese of Norwich's 29th annual Blue Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Patrick on Sunday, September 22, at 10:15 a.m., for law enforcement personnel and their families. The Mass honors all federal, state and local law enforcement officers, such as police and state troopers, who are both active duty and retired.

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Ride to Rebuild 2019 is Under Way, will Visit Norwich Thursday
FCC News Desk A small team from Outreach to Haiti is taking part in a five-day, 337-mile bike ride, touching five of the six New England states and climbing more than 13,000 feet.  The ride started Monday, Sept. 16, and its purpose is to raise awareness and funds to support the mission in Haiti. The specific goal of this year's ride is again to raise money for the rebuilding effort in Haiti. Construction of the Outreach Center is well underway.   See pictures of the rebuilding effort   Outreach to Haiti has raised most of the money ...

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Women Of Influence, Doctors of the Church

Posted on September 13, 2019 in: Events

Women Of Influence, Doctors of the Church
Throughout history, only four women have been given the title “Doctor of the Church” St. Hildegard of Bingen St. Catherine of Siena St. Teresa of Avila St. Therese of Lisieux Women of Influence October 10, 2019 - 7:00-8:30 pm St. Andrew Church Hall, Colchester   Sr. Elissa Rinere,C.P.,J.C.D. will present the life and times of these four great women, what they wrote, prayed and preached, and how each was and is a woman of influence.   RSVP by OCTOBER 7TH Office of Faith Events 860-848-2237, ext. 304 or ma...

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Doctors, WomenofInfluence, Saints, Avila, Lisieux
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 increase your well-being, happiness, or circumstances – in essence, to give you more of Himself. In a world where there is so much going on, we often forget to take time to recognize and acknowledge the many blessings in our lives. Those can include the times when God has given...

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40 Days For Life - Why We Do It! - A Reflection
Here we are - peacefully praying and fasting for 40 Days - for Life! Started by some college students – young people – that knew ‘taking life’ was wrong. Young people – who started this prayer vigil –  to pray and fast for what is right – and stand up against – what is evil. Answering a call from God to defend the innocent unborn and build a better world. Here we are – in the greatest nation in the world – and we have so many thinking they know better than God. So many who justif...

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Executive Director of the Connecticut Catholic Conference, Takes Issue with Planned Parenthood of CT
Chris Healy, Executive Director of the Connecticut Catholic Conference, takes issue with Planned Parenthood of CT attempt to get taxpayers to pay for more abortions after it declined federal money. Listen Here     Connecticut Planned Parenthood Rejects Federal Title X Family Planning Funds The Trump administration’s new regulations concerning Title X funding has resulted in Planned Parenthood organizations nationwide, including in Connecticut, to refuse to accept any further Title X funds. Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (...

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Pope John Paul II Grieved with America and the World on 9/11
FCC News Desk As three airliners smashed into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, and Flight 93 crashed into a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001, Joaquín Navarro-Valls, at the time the director of the Vatican press office, delivered the news to Pope John Paul II. "I remember that terrible afternoon as if it were yesterday. I called the Pope, who was at Castel Gandolfo, I gave him the news. He was shocked not only by the tragedy itself, but also because he could not explain how man could achieve this abyss of evil..." he recalled in a 2011 ...

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Hope and Healing for the Divorced and Separated
Catholic Family Services Office is offering a day for those experiencing the pain and hurt of losing a marriage relationship. Hope and Healing: Surviving Divorce and Separation, Saturday, November 23, from 9-2pm. The Church of the Holy Family Parish Hall, 185 Church St., Hebron. This workshop will give you time for personal reflection, group sharing, prayer, ritual, journaling, and support with other Catholics seeking hope and healing as you gently move forward in your life. The cost for the day is $15, which includes materials and lunch. Registration is required...

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Monthly Holy Hour for Vocations

Posted on September 11, 2019 in: Events, Vocations

Monthly Holy Hour for Vocations
Join us at St. Francis Church in Lebanon at 6pm on September 19, 2019 as we pray for men to answer the call to be instruments of God’s grace as priests and for women to answer the call to consecrated life.  St. Francis Church 67 West Town Street Lebanon, 06249

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EWTN Host - Keynote Speaker at 64th Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Convention
All women in the diocese are invited to attend the Annual NDCCW Convention on Saturday, October 19, at St. John the Evangelist Parish, 22 Maple Avenue, Montville.  Sign-in and refreshments begin at 9am then a brief business meeting followed by the keynote speaker, Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle. She will speak about St. Faustina. Donna Marie is an award winning author and journalist, speaker and an EWTN TV host and creator of Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms, Catholic Mom’s Café and her newest series Feeding Your Family’s Soul. Mo...

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Women, CatholicWomen, Cooper-O'Boyle
A New Learning Resource Opens at Saint Joseph School in North Grosvenordale
By Ryan Blessing Saint Joseph School in North Grosvenordale celebrated a "grand" day on Sunday, September 8, by commemorating National Grandparents Day and celebrating the dedication of its new Bishop Vincent Hines Learning Center. The school celebrated all "Grandparents and Grand Friends" at its breakfast fundraiser to start the 2019-20 school year. Putnam restaurant Jessica Tuesday's and the Chrzanowski family sponsored the breakfast in memory of Ronald Chrzanowski, who passed away last year and who was the grandfather of several st...

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Mass Honors Diocese's Educators

Posted on September 09, 2019 in: News, School News

Mass Honors Diocese's Educators
By Ryan Blessing Teachers both past and present within the diocese were honored Sunday, September 8, with a special Mass for Educators at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich. The 24th annual educators' Mass, celebrated by the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich, also marked an observance of the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. "Let us rededicate ourselves to our mission as parents, teachers, administrators and support staff in education, confirming and strengthening each other's efforts in o...

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An Evening of Prayer

Posted on September 09, 2019 in: Events

An Evening of Prayer
Join us for an Evening of Prayer Learn different ways to pray Experience different types of prayer Share prayers and petitions with others Use scripture to direct your prayers October 9, 2019- 6:30-8:00 pm Our Lady of Lourdes Rectory Meeting Room, Gales Ferry RSVP by Oct. 3, 2019 860-848-2237, ext. 304 or manicholas@norwichdiocese.net

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Back to School Photo Gallery

Posted on September 04, 2019 in: School News

Back to School Photo Gallery
Students across the Diocese returned to school last week. Teachers and parents were there to document the first day with their cameras, and they shared their photos. The September issue of the Four County Catholic will have a section featuring photos of students from the Diocese schools on their first day back.   To see a gallery of Back to School photos, click here or on the photo to the right.   

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Pope Francis Prays for Hurricane Victims at Start of Week-long Trip to African Countries
FCC News Desk Pope Francis arrived in Maputo, Mozambique on Wednesday, kicking off a Sept. 4-10 trip to sub-Saharan Africa. The pope was greeted by government officials at a welcoming ceremony, with singing crowds lining the streets. On the nearly 11-hour flight to Africa, Pope Francis offered prayers for victims of Hurricane Dorian, which tore through the Bahamas this week, causing widespread devastation. He encouraged people to pray “for the victims of the hurricanes in the Bahamas, poor people who in one day lost their homes, lost everything and lost their...

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