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Married Couples Renew Vows at Anniversary Mass
By Ryan Blessing Loving husbands and wives married for 25, 50 and even 63 years joined hands with their spouse and renewed their commitment to each other before the Lord at the special Anniversary Mass on Sunday, October 27. John and Jane Sterry, married on June 30, 1956, stood with other couples in the Cathedral of St. Patrick and praised God for accompanying them during good times and bad. The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D said that “faithful marriage is a re-creation in time and space of Jesus’ love for His people, the Church. We believe that se...

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Mass to Honor Children Who Have Died from Stillbirths, Miscarriages or Abortions
MASS OF REMEMBRANCE The Annual Diocesan Mass of Remembrance to honor children who have died from stillbirths, miscarriages or abortions, whether recently or years ago, will take place Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at 7 P.M. at Sacred Heart Church, 52 West Town St., Norwichtown, CT. The Mass of Remembrance is an opportunity for family members to memorialize and honor the dignity of the precious lives of pre-born children.  For more information, call Mary-Jo McLaughlin at the Catholic Family Services Office, 860-848-2237, Ext. 312.    

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Busy Weekend for Pro-Life Activities
There are a number of Pro-Life activities going on throughout the state this weekend.   The monthly Diocesan Pro-Life Mass will take place at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich on Saturday, November 2 at 8:30 A.M. Please join our celebrant Fr. Ray Introvigne 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. A brunch in the Cathedral Hall will follow the Rosary this month.   This weekend concludes the 40 Day...

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The Hallowed Tradition of Cemetery Masses

Posted on October 28, 2019 in: News

The Hallowed Tradition of Cemetery Masses
By Christine Rousselle Mobile, Ala., Oct 31, 2019 (CNA) - The end of October and the first few days of November comprise of “Allhallowtide” in the Church--All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day. During the month of November, the Church takes special notice to remember, honor and pray for the dead. There are many different cultural traditions around this period, but one of the most consistently honored is the practice of visiting cemeteries.  Some dioceses mark this tradition in an especially solemn way, by celebrating a Mass on A...

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Turning 40 in Style

Posted on October 24, 2019 in: News

Turning 40 in Style
St. Vincent de Paul Place (SVdPP) hosted a celebration and open house Thursday, October 10th  to showcase its facility and many services. Volunteers, clients and friends were treated to tours, fellowship and food. The ministry, now housed on Cliff Street in the former St. Joseph School building, began 40 years ago in the Shannon Building in downtown Norwich. “We were delusional young people trying to change the world,” “We were delusional young people trying to change the world,” said Deacon Tom Casey, reflecting on the gene...

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Photo Gallery: Mass For Firefighters and EMS
Firefighters and EMS personnel from throughout the Diocese and beyond came to the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich Sunday, October 20, for the annual Mass for Firefighters and EMS.  Members of departments from Norwich, Danielson, Cromwell, Groton and elsewhere, including Rhode Island, attended. Click here to see a gallery of photos from the Mass. Also, be sure to check out the story and photos about the Mass in next month's Four County Catholic. 

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All Souls Prayer

Posted on October 24, 2019 in: Reflections

All Souls Prayer
November 2 is the Commemoration of All of the Faithful Departed, or All Souls. On this day, we pray that all those who have died— our loved ones, and also those people around the world who we will never meet— through the mercy of God, will rest in peace. Merciful Father, On this day, we are called to remember those who have died, Particularly those who have died in the past year, And pray for their joyful reunion with you, their loving creator. As your son taught us to call the stranger neighbor, our fallen are many— Names we will never know, Voices ...

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Meet the Catholic Chaplain to the Washington Nationals
By Matt Hadro Washington D.C., Oct 22, 2019 (CNA).- A professional baseball clubhouse might not be considered a particularly religious place today, but one chaplain says the Catholic priesthood is needed—and desired—as much as ever there. “When I walk in the [clubhouse], they kind of light up a little bit,” Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, a chaplain to the Washington Nationals professional baseball team, told CNA. “It’s not me,” he clarified, “it’s that they see a Catholic priest.” “I think that the prie...

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Treasures of the Church

Posted on October 17, 2019 in: News, ProLife

Treasures of the Church
Often times hidden, they can be found in the most unexpected places By Wayne Gignac Saint Lawrence, a deacon under Pope Sixtus II during the reign of the Emperor Valerian, was given three days by the Roman Prefect to bring to the imperial palace the treasures of the Church. Quickly Lawrence sold off all the vessels and distributed the money to the widows, the sick and the poor. After three days had elapsed, he returned but he did not return alone.  The imperial forces, greedily expecting to see gold, silver, and precious jewels, were enraged when the humble deac...

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Legal Assisted Suicide Puts People with Disabilities at Risk, Report Finds
Oct-16-2019  Washington D.C. (CNA) - Leaders in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops applauded the National Council on Disability for its recent research on the risks of assisted suicide for people with disabilities. “Every suicide is a human tragedy, regardless of the age, incapacity, or social/economic status of the individual,” said Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, and Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida. Naumann is chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Dewane heads the Committee on Dome...

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