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Entries for January 2018

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on January 27, 2018

"The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes." Those gathered in the synagogue where Jesus taught had never heard anything like this before. They were used to the preaching of the well-educated scribes, but Jesus possessed something that those men lacked: authority. Instead of merely interpreting the laws of the prophets, Jesus presented a new vision, indeed, he shared the good news of the Gospel with his listeners. We do not have the opportunity to stand in the presence of Jesus in the same way that those first-century Jews did, but nonetheless...

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Dear Friends in Christ,        Catholic Schools Week, which is celebrated January 28 to February 3, 2018, is an annual celebration of Catholic education in our country. Our schools observe the week with open houses and other special activities for students, faculties, families, parishioners, and community members. It is a time to acknowledge the value of our Catholic schools in the Diocese of Norwich, and their contributions to the Church, local communities, and the nation.        This year’s theme is Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. In our diocese, student ...

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"A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group and association, from every family and from the heart of every believer." Pope Saint John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, no. 100*    The over 56 million abortions since the 1973 decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Boltonreflect with heartbreaking magnitude what Pope Francis means by a “throwaway culture.” However, w...

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Love Saves Lives....Always

Posted on January 20, 2018

My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, January 22, 2018, marks the forty-fifth anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. On January 19, 2018, the annual March for life will be held in Washington D.C. This year's theme is Love Saves Lives. Pope Francis wrote in Amoris Laetitia: The Joy of Love: "If the family is the sanctuary of life, the place where life is conceived and cared for, it is a horrendous contradiction when it becomes a place where life is rejected and destroyed. So great is the value of a human life and so inalienable the right to life of an innocent child growing ...

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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on January 20, 2018

"So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him." What did Zebedee think about all of this? His sons and his partners, James and John, suddenly left their post and followed Jesus. So there he stood in the boat with a crew of employees, but not one of his sons. We can't help but wonder whether Zebedee was in favor of this promise that his heirs would become "fishers of men." Most likely, this event was the cause of some familial tension. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus instructs us to love and serve others for the love of God. But the Lord also makes it clear th...

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Celebrate Marriage

Posted on January 19, 2018

Now that the holiday rush is through, it’s not too early to begin thinking of Valentine’s Day. Give your Valentine something special this year – the gift of your time. Come celebrate your marriage at a day-long enrichment that will renew your dreams, increase your passion and refresh and celebrate your marriage. This marriage enrichment aptly entitled, “Celebrate Marriage,” will take place on Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 9 A.M to 3 P.M. at Christ the King Parish, 1 McCurdy Rd., Old Lyme. The cost is $35 per couple, which includes workbook and lunch. Registration is required. To register, ...

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The distressing news of vulgar disrespect for many immigrants and their places of origin places the question of immigration to the front of our national consciousness. What does our Church teach about immigration, the fate of refugees and public policy? Pope Francis reminds us that we cannot remain indifferent to the plight of people who flee their homelands because of violence or poverty: “For us Christians, hospitality offered to the weary traveler is offered to Jesus Christ himself, through the newcomer: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Mt 25:35). The duty of solidarity is to counter the thro...

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The theme of this year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is "Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power." (Exodus 15:6). According to Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII). . . , "Throughout the Biblical narrative of salvation, an unmistakable motif is the unrelenting determination of the Lord to form a people whom He could call His own. The formation of such a people, united in a sacred covenant with God, is integral to the Lord's plan of salvation and to the glorification of His name. The prophets repeatedly remind Israel that their covenant demanded that relationsh...

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Invite others to meet Christ

Posted on January 14, 2018

  "He first found his own brother Simon and told him, 'We have found the Messiah.'" After spending the day in the company of Christ, Andrew took action. He shared the good news! Instead of keep-ing his newfound friendship with Jesus all to him-self, Andrew invited his brother into the fold. Andrew found Simon and "brought him to Jesus." This was no small matter because Simon would become Peter, the first pope! How important it is to bring others along with us to meet Christ! Yet, how often do we reach out with the kind of confidence that Andrew had? Are we ready and willing to share our ...

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“Chalking the door”

Posted on January 07, 2018

“Chalking the door” is a way to celebrate and literally mark the occasion of the Epiphany and God’s blessing of our lives and home. With time the chalk will fade. As it does we let the meaning of the symbols written sink into the depths of our heart and be manifest in our words and actions the Latin words, Christus mansionem benedictat, “May Christ bless the house.”   Instructions for Blessing the Home Using the blessed chalk mark the lintel of your front door (or front porch step) as follows:20 + C + M + B + 18 while saying: The three Wise Men, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar f...

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