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See Contributed Christmas Crèche Photos Online
FCC News Desk New Christmas crèche photos continue to come in to the Communications Office from readers and visitors to the website.  This Christmas season, Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter, Admirabile signum, on the meaning and importance of nativity scenes, calling for this “wonderful sign” to be more widely displayed in family homes and public places throughout the world. The photos are featured in a photo gallery on the NorwichDiocese.org/Advent webpage, along with other Advent resources. Please name your photo with your family n...

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A Video Christmas Message from Bishop Cote
Bishop Michael R. Cote shares a childhood memory to remind us that "Christ is the Light of the World". Wishing all of you a blessed Christmas Season. Wishing you and your family have a blessed Christmas! May the light of Christ, shine brightly during this holy season and throughout the year. We hope you enjoy this reflection from Bishop Cote. Click here to read Bishop Cote's Christmas Message as published in the Four County Catholic

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Bishop Cote's Christmas Message for 2019
December 2019 Four County Catholic Christmas Message 2019 “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” Luke 2:15b My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Each year as we commemorate the birth of the Lord Jesus at Christmas, it is important for us to encounter the mystery and importance of the Lord’s Incarnation with renewed wonder, gratitude and love. In calling to mind that first Christmas, so lovingly evoked by the manger scenes set up in our parishes and homes, it can be ea...

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Sacred Heart Students Win Second Place In Statewide Christmas Tree Festival
Exhibit at Knights of Columbus museum in New Haven to be on display until February FCC News Desk Fifth-graders from Sacred Heart School in Groton traveled to the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven on December 2 with their handmade ornaments. They were there to participate in the museum’s 19th annual Christmas Tree Festival. They had worked for weeks under the guidance of teacher Megan Scully-Rowe and Kristen Thornton, Sacred Heart’s art teacher, to create decorations that fit the festival’s theme of “Christmas in Europe.” The f...

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Save The Date: Steubenville NYC 2020 To Be Held in July
STEUBENVILLE NYC 2020 - HIGH SCHOOL Join 3,000 teens from throughout the U.S. for three days of fellowship, faith, the sacraments, and awesome music at Steubenville NYC on Friday July 24 – Sunday July 26, 2020.  Begin your faith journey with a sendoff Mass with Bishop Cote, put on your new Diocese of Norwich Steubenville NYC T-Shirt, and head out on the bus for an uplifting event of a lifetime!  The event is open to 8th – 12th grades and the cost is $375.  If you wish to attend, please speak with your catechetical leader, youth minister o...

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Vocations Corner

Posted on December 21, 2019 in: News, Vocations

Vocations Corner
Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocations Happy Advent to all. We are a few weeks away from the Christmas season and time to transition into 2020! It seems like just a few weeks ago our seminarians were all heading back to seminary for their continued formation and academic work. They will shortly be arriving home for the holidays; either down in Colombia or spread across Eastern Connecticut. Our annual Advent Gift Card drive for seminarians is going on across the diocese. An early thank you to all who have picked up a name of a seminarian from your parish...

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January 1, 2020 - Holy Day of Obligation: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
January 1, 2020 is One of Seven Holy Days of Obligation. The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God The title “Mother of God” goes back to the third or fourth century, but the Greek term Theotokos (“The God-bearer”) was officially consecrated as Catholic doctrine at the Council of Ephesus in 431, thus becoming the first Marian dogma. At the end of the Council of Ephesus, crowds of people marched through the streets shouting: “Praised be the Theotokos!” This Catholic doctrine is based on the doctrine of Incarnation, as ex...

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Advent Video Series-Week 4-Love

Posted on December 19, 2019 in: Advent

Advent Video Series-Week 4-Love
Week 4 of the Advent Series! The Office of Faith Events invites everyone to experience the Advent season in a new impactful way. These powerful videos with inspirational information from Priests, from the Diocese of Norwich, demonstrate how God’s hope, peace, joy and love is still with us and can make a lasting impact on all our lives this Advent. This week, hear from Bishop Michael Cote, Bishop of the Diocese of Norwich, as he explains the Advent virtue of Love. For More Advent Resources Click Here  

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Fourth Sunday of Advent- Love

Posted on December 19, 2019 in: Reflections, Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent- Love
As we celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent our Advent journey comes to a close. The patient (or impatient) preparation and waiting now lies behind us and all that we did (or did not do) is history.  We move forward together into the Christmas Season overflowing with God’s love – an unconditional love that was freely given to all of us undeserving human beings. This gift was given to us so that, like all good gifts, we would share it with others. How are we going to share the amazing gift of God’s love for humankind this Christmas? Look for w...

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Pope Francis: Nativity Scenes Show a 'Domestic Gospel'
By Hannah Brockhaus Vatican City (CNA) - Pope Francis Wednesday called Christmas nativity scenes a “domestic Gospel,” which helps to make the Holy Family present in one’s home. He also encouraged every family to have one in their home at Christmas time. During his last general audience of 2019, Francis said Dec. 18 that gazing at the nativity, with the baby Jesus, Virgin Mary, and St. Joseph “we can imagine the thoughts they had while the Child was born in poverty: joy but also shock.” “And we can also invite the Hol...

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