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Catholic Family Services Announces Natural Family Planning Week
Natural Family Planning Awareness Week July 21-27th The slogan for this year’s Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is: Love, Naturally! Cooperating with God’s design for married love.  Natural Family Planning is medically safe with no harmful side effects, is 99 percent effective at achieving or postponing pregnancy without the use of chemicals, is easy to learn and use, and is in keeping with God’s design for married love.  Read more about NFP at www.foryourmarriage.org or www.ccli.org. Or, for more information, call the Catholic Family Se...

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Marriage, NFP, Natural Family Planning
New Column Aims to Spark Faith Among Families
By Mary-Jo McLaughlin Faith Sparks…. Ignite Your Faith is a new column that the office of Faith Events (OFE) will premier in the August issue of the Four County Catholic to help engage parents, grandparents and families in their faith. “One of the focuses of our new Diocesan faith formation curriculum is to get adults involved in learning more about their faith along with their children,” said Andrea Hoisl, OFE director. “This new column will help people become more aware of the nuances of their faith so that they in turn may be a living witne...

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Norwich
Help Those in Need and the Environment
Catholic Charities, Providing Help & Creating Hope in New London, Middlesex, Windham & Tolland counties, has been selected as a beneficiary of the Stop & Shop Community Bag Program.  The Stop & Shop Community Bag Program, which launched in May 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work.  Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich was selected as a beneficiary of the program by store leadership.  Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich will rec...

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Progress Update: Helping Our Diocesan Ministries
By Kathy Gaito Think about the feeling you have when you set goals and each day you make strides to meet those goals. Sometimes the goals we set are easier to reach with the help of others. Often, when our goals are met, they have a domino effect helping others also achieve something positive in their own lives. The Annual Catholic Appeal has a goal, and yes, it is monetary, but this monetary goal has a domino effect leading to a positive secondary outcome. The money donated to the ACA is used to help our Diocesan ministries keep their vital works flowing throughou...

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Father Michael Castiblanco Ordained to the Priesthood
A celebration of the ordination to the priesthood of Reverend Michael Castiblanco for service as a priest in the Diocese of Norwich took place June 29, 2019. The Ritual Mass for the Conferral of Holy Orders took place at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich, with the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich, as the ordaining celebrant. Father Castiblanco is a native of Columbia, and his parents traveled from there to Norwich for the ordination.  For photos from the ordination, click the photo or this link to be taken to a gallery.

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Norwich, Castiblanco, Priest, Connecticut, Ordination, Columbia
Monsignor Thomas R. Bride -- February 23, 1940 – June 26, 2019
Reverend Monsignor Thomas R. Bride February 23, 1940 – June 26, 2019 Norwich – Reverend Monsignor Thomas R. Bride PA, KCHS, of the Diocese of Norwich, was called to eternal rest with the Lord on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Monsignor Bride faithfully served the parishioners of the Diocese in various capacities during his 52 years as a priest. Positions of note include: Director of Vocations for 34 years; Vicar General for 21 Years; Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Quaker Hill and Pastor of Christ the King Church, Old Lyme. Ordained May 4, 1...

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DHS Jubilarians Celebrate Faithful Service
By Ryan Blessing The Daughters of the Holy Spirit celebrated a combined total of 855 years of service by 16 Jubilarians at a special Mass on June 2 at the St. Joseph Church in Willimantic. Six of the Jubilarians marked anniversaries of 70 years with the DHS. Two Daughters celebrate 65 years, three marked 60 years and five Associates are in their 25th year. “All of you as Jubilarians, whether you are celebrating 70 years, 65 or 60 years of consecrated life, have demonstrated tremendous love for the Lord and His people,” the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote,...

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Answering the Call

Posted on March 09, 2019 in: Vocations

Answering the Call
by Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocations As we to prepare for Lent and Easter, it is very easy to forget who we truly are, and what we have committed ourselves to as followers of Christ. Are we ready to recommit ourselves to working more diligently to become who God has created us to be, and called us to become? Remember, He calls us to holiness and sainthood, He created us for greatness that we may share in the fullness of the gift of His Love, oneness with Him and His Son, resting in the fullness of their Spirit. He has called us to do so through a part...

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Celebrating Consecrated Life

Posted on February 05, 2019 in: Vocations

Celebrating Consecrated Life
by Ryan Blessing Those who have devoted their lives to God’s calling gathered to celebrate and renew that commitment at the Mass of Thanksgiving for the Gift of Consecrated Life on February 3rd at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich. Among them were five Diocese of Norwich Jubilarians with a combined 275 years of consecrated life. “Two of us have 60 years, and two have 65 years,” Sister M. Marian St. Marie said. Sisters Pauline Lucie Champagne and Irene G. Charpentier have lived 65 years in consecrated life, while Sister St. Marie and Sister M...

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Discerning the Joy of Priesthood

Posted on November 07, 2018 in: Vocations

By Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocations So much has transpired over the last several months, some of which we touched on in the past two issues of the Four County Catholic Vocation Corner. However, I, like all of you, was saddened by the deeply disturbing news out of Pennsylvania and Washington in August. The reprint in last month’s Four County Catholic of Bishop Cote’s pastoral letter that went out to parishioners throughout the diocese, strengthened me. I am thankful for the leadership, support and resolve of our shepherd, Bishop Cote, who pledges to continue to protect the vulnerable and ...

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