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Entries for October 2018

  My Dear Brothers and Sisters, This week of National Vocation Awareness, I ask each of you to take some time to look at the new vocation posters that have been out in the parishes for just a few weeks now. Please notice the number of young men con-tinuing to respond to God’s Call. It is truly a blessing for our diocese yet at the same time, especially during what has been a very difficult time for the Church country wide and world-wide, we must continue to beg the Har-vest Master to send laborers to work in his vineyard here in Norwich, Connecticut. Thank you to so many who have supported voca-tions to...

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on October 25, 2018

"Son of David, have pity on me!" Has the cry of Bartimaeus ever escaped your lips? Today's Gos-pel tells the story of a blind man with a difficult lot in life. He made a living by begging coins off pass-ing travelers. When word reaches him that Jesus will be passing by, this is when he begins is shouts for mercy. Jesus hears Bartimaeus' cry and beck-ons him forward. "What do you want me to do for you?" Last week, Jesus asked a similar question to James and John. Their response was a clutch for fame. Bartimaeus' response is much humbler. "Lord, I want to see." How strange this inter...

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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on October 18, 2018

"What do you wish me to do for you?" Jesus asks a similar question in different Gospel passages, but the request of James and John is not repeated on any oth-er occasion. "Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left." They ask not for knowledge of God, not for crooked limbs to be straightened nor for the blind to see. They ask for power and authority. Jesus' response should trouble them. "You do not know what you are asking." "Can you drink the cup that I drink?" Jesus asks. "They said to him, 'We can.'" But what is Christ...

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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on October 04, 2018

  "Whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it." This verse is part of a beauti-ful reflection on childlike faith. We're reminded of the innocence of children, how eager they are to ex-perience life and how quick they are to trust. Rarely do we hear it with the story that immediately pro-ceeds it. The Pharisees question Jesus on the lawful-ness of divorce! Hardly the sort of thorny moral con-versation one typically has in front of children. Yet here we are. Jesus' response goes further back then the Mosaic law. "From the beginning, God made them male and female ....

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A message from Bishop Cote.

Posted on October 04, 2018

My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, "Every life cherished, chosen, sent" is the theme of this year's Respect Life Sunday. The theme echoes the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church which states: "The dignity of the human person is rooted in his creation in the image and likeness of God" (n.1700). The inviolable dignity and worth of every human being is what the church proclaims. To "cherish" every human life means we care for those who are the most vulnerable to what Pope Francis calls the "throwaway culture": the unborn child, the poor, the disenfranchised, the...

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