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New Mass Schedule

Posted on May 21, 2019 in: General News

Starting Sunday, May 25, 26, our cluster parishes begin a new schedule for Sunday and weekday Masses * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 4 p.m. vigil St. Joseph Church 5:30 p.m. vigil Sts. Peter and Paul Church 8:30 a.m. Sts. Peter and Paul Church 8:30 a.m. St. Joseph Church (English/Polish) 10:30 a.m. St. Mary Church (Spanish) 12:30 p.m. St. Mary Church (Haitian Creole)

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Cenacle For Life @ St Joseph

Posted on July 05, 2019 in: General News

Come every week on Tuesdays, 5 to 6 p.m. We will gather before the Blessed Sacrament to profess our love and devotion to Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother. As we pray together, we intercede for deeper respect for every human life, for peace in the world, for our Church, and for the needs of our families and friends. We close with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Bring your rosaries. Prayer books will be provided.

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In a few short weeks, just after Labor Day, we will welcome Ms. Maria Junco as our first Cluster Faith Formation Director. Maria, who is young, eager, and ready, brings a wealth of talents and skills to a critical task in our parishes as we strive to become a missionary Church that evangelizes the society around us as it nourishes its own members. Maria, who is of Colombian descent, is bilingual and bicultural. She has had long and intense experience with young Catholics, particularly through LifeTeen, and has engaged in social work. Maria is ideally situated to help guide our parishes in areas of critical need: nurturing ...

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Finding intimacy with God Though prayer is one of the essentials of a thriving faith, we often feel as if we're talking to ourselves. Or, worse, we feel like we're talking to no one at all. How can something so vital to the faith be so elusive? Join us now, in exploring an ancient Church's tradition of lectio divina, to show you the simple steps to make prayer an effective effort of love and intimacy. Prayer: Finding Intimacy with God captures in six sessions the secret to opening our hearts and minds to Scripture as the means to hear God and respond in conversation, basking in his presence and resolving...

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What’s In a Name? As parish clusters mature, they are invited to choose a particular name or to identify a particular patron saint for their community of parishes. For example, the parishes in Montville, Quaker Hill and Oakdale are known collectively as “The Divine Mercy Community”. Can you think of a worth collective name for our cluster of St. Joseph, St. Mary and Sts. Peter and Paul? Please submit your suggestion during the month of November so that we can send them to Bishop Cote on Dec. 3rd, the First Sunday of Advent.

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New Missals With the arrival of Advent, Sunday, December 2, we will place new missals at Church entrances for our common use. However, you may want to have your own missal to take home with you. For the next two Sundays, missals will be available at the low, low cost of $2.oo /copy. Look for the basket of missals with payment envelopes. Simply place your payment in the collection basket at your convenience.

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Palm Sunday! Domingo de Ramos! Dimanch Dè Ramo!
Palm Sunday and Holy Week: Only Two Weeks Away! The Holiest Days of the Year are approaching, the time when we plunge into the Paschal Mystery of Our Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. Get ready for Holy Week. Renew your resolve to keep Lent: fast, pray, give alms. If you haven’t received the Sacrament of Penance, take time to do so. Remember to abstain from eating meat on Fridays in Lent, and come to the Stations of the Cross. Palm Sunday Masses are at the usual times. If weather permits, in each of our parishes, a solemn procession will begin outside the ...

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The Holy Triduum in our Parish Cluster All Triduum services will be multicultural. Prayers, readings and song will be in the languages of our cluster. Holy Thursday, March 29, Mass of the Lord’s Supper: At Saints Peter and Paul Church, 7 p.m. The Church will be open after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper for Adoration, watching and waiting with our Lord, until 11 p.m. Good Friday, March 30, Commemoration of Our Lord’s Passion: At St. Mary Church, 3 p.m. Please note: Good Friday is a day of fasting and abstinence. Bishop Cote will lead a public walking of the Stations of the Cross at 6:00 pm at...

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There will be a bake sale to benefit our LifeTeen program after all of the masses for Sunday April 29th, 2018 (including vigil masses) Please come out and show your support by purchasing a few treats!!

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Welcome, Mr. Larry Barile!
Bishop Cote has assigned Mr. Larry Barile to our parish cluster for his summer pastoral work, starting June 1st. Larry will be entering his second year of theology this coming fall at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston Massachusetts. Larry is a native son of the diocese, growing up in Coventry and having lived in South Windsor and worked in Wethersfield for over twenty years. This is an exciting and wonderful time as he continues learning and working towards receiving a call to Holy Orders. We encourage Larry and ask for remembrance of him and all our semina...

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September 7, 8 & 9  7, 8 y 9 de Septiembre  7, 8, 9 Septanm Now is the time for us to engage in prayers of inter-cession, for our souls, for our families, for our world, and for our Church. Now is a time when God will pour out His blessings upon us if we seek them and ask for them. As we take up our shared mission as missionary disciples, these 40 Hours Devotion is our time to beg for the Holy Spirit to renew us, to strengthen us, to guide us, and to lead many souls all around us to new life in Christ, our Savior. Set am-ple time aside to come to St. Joseph Church during this time of prayer to ador...

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Chrism Mass This Tuesday , April 16, Bishop Cote and the priests of the diocese gather at St. Patrick Cathedral for the blessing of sacramental oils for use in baptism, confirmation, annointing of the sick and ordinations. At this solemn and splendid Mass, the priests of the diocese renew their promises of priestly ministry. You are invited! Mass starts at 10:15 a.m. After Mass, drop by the Saints Peter and Paul Church Hall to share friendship and a bite to eat! *********************************************************** Misa del Crisma, martes 16 de abril, en la Catedral de San Patricio, 10:15 a.m. Todos están invit...

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Our annual cluster Easter Egg Hunt will take place Saturday, April 20th at 10:30 at Sts Peter and Paul Parish FOR ALL CHILDREN! We are in need of wrapped candy to fill our 2000 eggs. You may drop the wrapped candy off at your parish for the next three weeks. Thank you!

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Holy Week Schedule Palm Sunday, April 14 We follow the usual Sunday schedule. At the following Masses, worshippers are invited to gather in front of the church (weather permitting) for a solemn entrance: 8:15 a.m. Saint Joseph’s 9:45 a.m. Saint Mary’s (Spanish) and 12:30 p.m. (Creole) 10:00 a.m. Saints Peter and Paul’s Chrism Mass, Tuesday, April 16, Saint Patrick Cathedral, 10:15 a.m. All are invited to this solemn Mass in which sacramental oils are blessed and the priests of the diocese renew their promises. After Mass, come to a light lunch at Saints Peter and Paul’s. Conf...

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After a lifetime of teaching religion and many, many years of leading our parish religious ed-ucation program, Mrs. Betty Adams is going to slow down just a little and retire as our parish religious education director. We will be holding a reception for Betty after the 8:30 a.m. Sunday Mass on Sunday, June 2nd. Plan to be there so you can join the chorus of thanks to a wonderfully dedicated member of our parish!

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On this great feast of the coming of the Holy Spirit to enliven the community of believers, we celebrate the work of the Holy Spirit among us here and now. At Saints Peter and Paul Church, at the 8:30 a.m. Mass, we will celebrate the Rite of Acceptance into the order of catechumens with Christopher Brick. At the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary Church, we celebrate the confirmation of Daniel Barragan and the full Christian initiation (baptism, confirmation, and first communion) of several young people Kaycie Vivanco and Nick Vivanco * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * En esta gran fiesta de la veni...

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As you may know, Saint Anthony of Padua was a Franciscan friar of the 12th century who lived, worked and preached in Italy. St. Anthony wasn’t Italian. He was Portuguese, and so he is dearly beloved in Portugal and in every place where Portuguese is spoken. Like St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony belongs to us all. He loved to mediate on Jesus, Our Lord, the Incarnate God, as a little child, innocent, yet all-powerful. You may have seen St. Anthony pictured holding a child in his arms. Look carefully, and you see that the child is seated on a book, the Bible, that is also in the saint’s arms. We see what St. An...

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On Sunday, June 22, 23, Priests from the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary will be in our parish-es to tell us of their mission work in Tonga and India. Please be generous in a special collection to support their work. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * El domingo, 22 y 23 de junio, los sacer-dotes de la Congregación de los Sagra-dos Corazones de Jesús y María estarán en nuestras parroquias para contarnos su trabajo misionero en Tonga y en la In-dia. Por favor sea generoso en una co-lección especial para apoyar su trabajo. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Dimanc...

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Fr. Michael Castiblanco: Ordination and First Mass on Saturday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m. Bishop Cote will ordain Deacon Michael Castiblanco to priesthood at St. Patrick Cathedral. Our parishes where Michael lived and worked are blessed to be part of this great moment. All are welcome to attend and pray for our dear friend. Fr. Castiblanco will be celebrating two Masses the day after his ordination, Sunday, June 30th: one in English at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Church in Groton where he served as a deacon last summer and a second Mass, mostly in Spanish at 5 p.m. at our own Saints Peter and Paul Church. Please come! On the ...

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On July 15, 16, in Nairobi, Kenya, an international conference will be held on the 4th anniversary of the ecumenical letter, LADAUTO SI and the fifth anniversary of “The Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa”. The theme of the conference is “LAUDATO SI Generation: Young People Caring For Our Common Home”. Throughout the world, Catholics are awakening to this new and deep global challenge with local action. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *  El 15 y 16 de julio, en Nairobi, Kenia, se realizará una conferencia internacional en el cuarto aniversario de la carta ...

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This past Sunday I had the privilege of preaching the missionary coop appeal for our own Outreach to Haiti. The priests and people of Holy Redeemer Parish who welcomed me with exceptional hospitality, send to our three parishes greeting and prayers. They also gave very generously to our expanding efforts to link our communities of faith herewith parishes and agencies (clinics, orphanages, schools and hospitals) with extraordinary needs in Haiti. To learn more about outreach to Haiti, visit their web site at outreachtohaiti.com. America Magazine recently published a survey of the Catholic Church in our country which is simu...

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The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary August 15 Mark your calendars and plan to keep this holy feast. Recall that the Church teaches that a Holy Day of Obligation celebrates a mystery so important to our faith that we are obliged, as we are on Sundays, to gather at Mass in celebration. Vigil 5:30 PM St. Joseph, 8:30 AM Sts. Peter and Paul (multicultural), 5:30 PM St. Mary’s (multicultural) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *  La solemnidad de la asunción de María 15 de agosto Marque sus calendarios y planee guardar esta fiesta santa. Recordemos que la Ig...

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Our Mission as Catholics Begins with Adoration 40 Hours Devotion A Time of Renewal for Our Three Parishes September 6,7,8    Saint Joseph Church Reserve time for spiritual renewal as we gather in adoration and place in our Lord’s hands our families and our parishes - and their mission to our city and our world. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Nuestra misión como católicos comienza con la adoración 40 horas de devoción Un tiempo de renovación para nuestras tres parroquias 6,7,8 de septiembre Iglesia de san José Reserve tiempo para la renovación e...

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A Critical Need! We don’t have enough volunteers to count the Sunday collections. At present, on one or more Sundays each month we have to employ valuable staff time to get our collections ready for the bank. Can you help by taking a couple of hours one Sunday a month to help get our collections to the bank? Give a call to the parish office today!

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Greeters Needed!
A fundamental ministry for communities of welcome is that of greeter. In some cases, ushers who take up the Sunday collection also function as greeters. However, ushers do not always have the particular skills that are needed to stand at, or outside, the door to greet people warmly. So, we are inviting parishioners to take up this ministry. During these summer months our minister for evangelization, Albert Colon, will be preparing greeters to take up this all-important role. Here’s how you can find out more: Let us know that you are interested in learni...

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Recall that in order to protect your privacy (HIPAA rules), it is no longer a regular practice for healthcare facilities to notify your church or priest that you are in the hospital unless directly instructed to do so by you or your family. Yet we know how important it is for you to have spiritual and sacramental support while hospitalized. Here are some things you can do: Have someone, a family member or friend, to give us call beforehand, so we know when you will be in the hospital. During the admission process, be sure to provide both your religion and the name of your church. If the hospital fails to ask this q...

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All of us are looking to live the Catholic life as richly and joyfully as we can. There are plenty of us who need a little help, or maybe some “catchup” to come to Catholic practice or to receive the sacraments. We have a way to catch up called the R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). It is flexible and easy to take. What is required is an open heart and open mind, some of your time, and good will. If you want to talk about Catholic practice and the R.C.I.A., contact us at the parish office. We can get you started.  

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Are you grieving from an Abortion? Trust in the mercy of God’s love. Consider these words from St. John Paul II to those suffering be-cause of abortion: “The church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your de-cision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Cer-tainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope….The Father of mercies is ready to give you His forgiveness and His peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. You will com...

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Next Sunday, the Disciples of Mercy at the cluster churches of St. Joseph, St. Mary and Saints Peter and Paul will again collect non-perishable foods for the St. Peter and Paul Food Pantry. The collection will occur on the first Sun-day of each month at St. Joseph and St. Mary Churches. Parishioners at Saints Pe-ter and Paul Church can continue to bring food on any Sunday as they have in the past. Food can be left in the vestibule of the church. Suggested items are: canned pasta, canned vegetables, canned fruit, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, macaroni and cheese, soups, baked beans, pork and beans, tuna, spaghetti sauce, pa...

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KofC Golf Tournament

Posted on May 31, 2017 in: General News

 The Knights of Columbus are hosting a Charity Golf Tournament at Mohegan Sun Golf Club to benefit St Joseph's school in Baltic...It is not too late to sign up a foursome for the 2017 St. Joseph School Golf Tournament scheduled on Friday, June 30, 2017! If you know of someone who would enjoy a great day of golf or would like to just to come for dinner and auction activities, Please go to http://www.kofcbaltic.org to sign up ...or for more information

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DIOCESE OF NORWICH - SIX FLAGS CATHOLIC YOUTH AND FAMILY DAY Join the Diocese of Norwich at the Catholic Youth and Family Day at Six Flags New England on Tuesday, August 8th. The day includes free parking, Mass with Bishop Rozanski at 9:30am, Christian Music, buffet lunch, and admission to the park for a great price. The cost is $43.50 for Mass, lunch, and admission; $17.50 for season pass holders and includes lunch, $36.00 for admission only. Tickets can be purchased from Joanne McCormick at (413)786-9300 ex. 3524 or through Liza Roach at lroach@norwichdiocese.net or call (860)848-2337 ex. 305. All tickets must be paid...

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Marriage Encounter Weekend

Posted on May 19, 2017 in: General News

“I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly." Live your married lives “more abundantly” by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next WWME Weekends are Jul 7-9, 2017 in Manchester, CT and Nov 3-5, 2017 in Manchester, CT. For more information, call Dennis & Jane Lamondy at 860-376-0440 or visit us at   https://wwmectw.org/ .

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St. Joseph’s church is in need of kitchen volunteers for our Golabki dinner scheduled for Saturday, September 16 from 4 pm – 6:30 pm. Please call Kasia 860-608-3546 Volunteers are very much needed. If we don’t have at least 5 volunteers by July 21st we will have to reschedule this event 

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Job Openings

Posted on July 07, 2017 in: General News, St. Joseph

Please spread the word St. Joseph's Church is now accepting applications for a part time secretary position. Please contact Fr. Bob St. Joseph School, Baltic has two positions opened: a first/ second grade teacher and teacher aide. For further info. Call Sister Mary Patrick, Principal 860 -822-6141 or email sistermarypatrick@gmail.com 

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Come out to St Mary's on Central Ave in Norwich Sunday August 13th for a wonderful multicultural Mass at 10 a.m. After Mass we will come together to enjoy some delicious food as we have a breakfast social. Please feel free to bring a breakfast food to share! It's a great day to share in our love of God and neighbor!

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Come Young; Come Old An Invitation to Serve Christ and His Church at Mass Now that we’ve celebrated First Communions and Confirmations, we are calling young and old to consider serving the Church as altar servers, lectors, ministers of song and music, and Eucharistic Ministers. Younger children who have received their First Communion have an opportunity to serve at the altar as acolytes (altar servers). Serving at the altar need not be limited to young children, however. Parishioners of any age can accept the call to this ministry. If you have time to begin preparations now, we will get started right away. Th...

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Our Mission Cooperative Sunday

Posted on August 28, 2017 in: General News

On Sunday, September 2 and 3, we are glad to welcome members of  The Little Flower Provincial House in  Gorakhpur, India.  Missioners from the Little Flower Province will be speaking at all Masses, and a second collection will be taken up to support the important mission work of our The Little Flower Province.  This is the only Sunday in which our visitors can join us, so please take note: The National Combined Collection, originally scheduled for next Sunday will be postponed one week.  We will take up the National Combined Collection on Sunday, September 9 and 10.  

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40 Hours Devotion

Posted on August 26, 2017 in: General News, St. Joseph

Sunday, September 17 will be a very special day of prayer at our Parish of St. Joseph. While we will not be engaged in the full traditional 40 hours of watching and praying before the Blessed Sacrament, we as a parish, will keep the final day of this devotion with Sunday Mass, prayer before the Blessed Sacrament throughout the day, and the 4:00 solemn closing with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. We will invite our brothers and sisters from Saints Peter and Paul,. St. Mary's and our other neighboring parishes, as well as many priest from throughout the area to join us,. Please set this day aside in your calendar s...

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Golabki dinner is now scheduled for Saturday, September 23 from 4 pm – 6:30 pm at St. Joseph's on Cliff St!

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All law enforcement officers (federal, state, and municipal, active and retired) and their families are invited to the Twenty-seventh Annual Blue Mass and Reception, Sunday, September 24, 2017, in the Cathedral of Saint Patrick, 10:15 a.m. All parishioners are cordially invited to attend this Mass. Bishop Cote, the Bishop of Norwich, will celebrate the Mass and Deacon Christopher Deskus, Director of Prison Ministries, Diocese of Norwich, and Deacon at Saint Jude Church, Willington and Saint Philip Church, Ashford, will be the Homilist. Groton Town Police Chief Louis J. Fusaro, Jr. and Norwich Police Chief Patrick Daley are...

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LifeTeen is coming!

Posted on September 08, 2017 in: General News

Our cluster will be embarking on a great adventure early next year! We will be introducing LifeTeen Youth Ministy!  Teens and Parents: Save the date, Sunday September 24 for a first look at Lifeteen. An information session will be held at St. Mary Church from 5 to 6 p.m. Other information can be found at Lifeteen.com

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CT Catholic Men's Conference!

Posted on July 25, 2017 in: General News

10th. Anniversary CT. Catholic Men's Conference. Our Theme is “.. YOU will be my witnesses.. ” ACTS 1:8 Get ready for a relaxed day. Experience the camaraderie of your fellow Catholic men. We have Adoration and Confession ALL DAY, and a Catholic Priest as musician and Traditional Music. Guest speakers include: Bishop Frank Caggiano from the Diocese of Bridgeport, Fr. Glenn Sudano, CFR, Tim Staples, and our Keynote speaker Raymond Arroyo, News Director, Managing Editor and Lead Anchor for EWTN News. For more information or to purchase tickets, please log onto www.ctcatholicmen.org. Ticket cost is $45 p...

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This Saturday, Oct. 28, delegates from parishes in our diocese with Spanish-speaking communities will meet in Norwich for a day-long Encuentro of Hispano/Latino Catholics. Hopes and concerns, strategies and plans will be gathered together for a New England Encuentro in the Spring and eventually the National Encuentro next Fall in Dallas Texas. Please pray for the success of this consultation process that our Catholic faith may be strengthened among our brothers and sisters of Latin American origin.

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 On Saturday, November 4th, beginning at 9:30 am, with opening prayer in St. Mary Church, 70 West Main St, Baltic, CT, our parish will host a video conference featuring the work of Fr. Robert Spitzer. Presentations will be in St. Joseph School Hall from 9:45 am to 2:00 pm. Topics will include Evidence for God in Science, the Shroud of Turin and Scientific Evidence for the Soul. Our purpose is to illustrate how the study of “science brings us closer to God” (Louis Pasteur). Lunch will be provided. Admission is free. Suitable for ages junior high through adult. For more information email: Sancloutier@juno.co...

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 On Sunday, November 5, 2017, at 10:15 a.m., Bishop Cote will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick for all military personnel. The purpose of this celebration is to honor our service men and women as we recognize the many sacrifices made by the families and loved ones of our military. The theme for the 2017, Red, White and Blue Mass is United States Coast Guard. The Homilist will be Father Daniel L. Mode who is a Naval Chaplain. Father Mode is currently serving as commander of the Chaplain Corps U.S. Navy. He is a former Coast Guard Chaplain at the Academy in New London.

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40 Days for Life

Posted on October 19, 2017 in: General News

This year, The 40 Days for Life Campaign runs from Wednesday, Sept. 27th through Nov. 5th. It is hoped that you will join in prayer and fasting for life during these 40 days. Our Parish Cluster will take part in vigiling outside the Planned Parenthood facility (12 Case St., Norwich) on Tuesday, October 24. You can sign up to take part after Mass. 

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Wine Wisdom & Why Night!

Posted on November 17, 2017 in: General News

Wine, Wisdom and Why Night The Advent Edition Join us for an evening of questions and answers about our Faith! Ask questions about Advent Traditions as well as any other Faith Traditions you have always wondered about! A panel of experts ready to answer any questions include: · Bishop Michael Cote, Bishop of the Norwich Diocese · Sr. Elissa Rinere, CP, Diocesan director of Office of Worship/Pastoral Planning · Deacon Chris Deskus, Diocesan director of Prison Ministry · Brendan Bell, Scripture teacher, Xavier High School, Middletown Holy Family Church Hall, Hebron, CT, November 30, 7-9 P.M....

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Advent Reflection

Posted on November 17, 2017 in: General News

Saturday, December 2nd, Sister Patricia Cook, RSM will share a reflection on: “Advent : Opening the Door to God’s Presence” at Saints Peter and Paul church hall from 9:30 to 12:00. If you are interested in going please call the office at 860-887-9857

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Young Adult Mass with the Bishop!

Posted on November 17, 2017 in: General News

YOUNG ADULT MASS WITH BISHOP COTE On Sunday, December 3rd, St. Joseph’s in Willimantic is delighted to host Bishop Michael Cote for the 1st Annual Diocesan Mass & Reception for Young Adults. All Young Adults (ages 18 - 39, single and married) are invited and encouraged to attend! We encourage Young Adults to invite friends to join us! Mass with the Bishop will begin at 11:15am and following liturgy there will be a coffee social in the hall.

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Collection for Puerto Rico

Posted on November 17, 2017 in: General News

 Hurricanes, flooding, fires and earthquakes have affected many areas to our south and west, but nowhere has been devastated so dramatically and for so long a time as Puerto Rico. Most of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is still without electricity or running water. Commerce and employment has been disrupted, affecting countless families. On Sunday, December 2-3, our cluster of parishes will take up a voluntary second collection for Puerto Rico. Your contributions will go to Damnificados por Huracan Maria / Unidos Contra El Hambre, a fund sponsored by the Archdiocese of San Juan. Please give generously!

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Pray for our Priests!

Posted on November 17, 2017 in: General News

36th Annual Convocation For the Priests in the Diocese of Norwich The Annual Convocation for Priests will be held from December 4-6, 2017, at Gurney’s Newport Resort on Goat Island in Newport, RI. It will be a time for all priests to gather with their bishop for spiritual renewal, support, education and rest. There will be no morning or evening Masses scheduled for December 5/6. Please pray for your priests, as they will be praying for you. The theme of this year’s Convocation is “Paul as a Model for Pastoral Ministry.” The presenter will be Very Reverend Ronald Witherup, SS, Superior General of the...

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This Advent, We Honor Our Blessed Mother Friday, December 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary At Lourdes, young Bernadette asked the beautiful lady her name. She responded, “I am the Immaculate Conception”. At least, that is what St. Bernadette reported. She did not have the least idea what that title meant. We who know the identity of this beautiful lady pay her homage every year on December 8. In the United States it is a day of obligation as Mary is our national patroness under that title. 5:15 pm Vigil St. Peter and Paul 7:00 am St. Peter and Paul 8:30 am St. Mary 10:00 am S...

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Religious Education

Posted on December 08, 2017 in: General News

CCD CLASSES K-7 Sunday December 10th After 10am Mass. Next class Dec. 17th Play practice is from 12:00 to 1:00. 

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Our Cluster of Parishes will hold its Advent Penance Service on Monday, December 11 The Vigil of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Mary Church at 6 p.m. Confessors will be available for individual confessions following a communal service. Is there a better, brighter time to turn back to the Lord Jesus, Mary’s Son? 

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Tuesday, December 12 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe In Mexico, Mary did what Spanish preachers, soldiers, and overlords could not do. She taught the Mexican people that they were loved by God and His Son, Jesus Christ. At the same time, she taught the Spaniards that the native people were children of God, especially beloved. Come to an evening Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral on the evening of Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. All are invited to join Bishop Cote and the Latino people of the Diocese in our annual bilingual celebration of the Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Tuesday, December 12, ...

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CONFIRMATION CLASSES

Posted on December 08, 2017 in: General News

CONFIRMATION CLASSES Sunday from 6-8pm Class will be on December 17th 

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Advent this year takes on special meaning as we invite brothers and sisters in our neighborhood to consider making our Church their spiritual home. Large numbers of Catholics and former Catholics live in our neighborhoods. Maybe they are waiting to be invited in. Here’s what we hope to do this Advent and Christmas: Billboards In our parish territory billboards are now up inviting people to come home for Christmas. Of course, every one of us is a walking billboard! This Advent, don’t hesitate to ask people you know to be Catholic to drop by, to take a look, and maybe to find their spiritual home in our parish...

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This year, Christmas Day falls on a Monday, and its vigil, Christmas Eve, takes place on Sunday evening. The day before Christmas, the Fourth Sunday of Advent begins with its own vigil Mass on Saturday evening, but ends with the vigil Mass of Christmas at 4 p.m. on Dec. 24th. Be sure to come to Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent as well as Mass for Christmas. If you come to Mass on Christmas Eve, it is a good idea to come to the Sunday Vigil Mass on Saturday evening. Christmas Vigil, Sunday December 24th 4:00 pm St. Peter and Paul (come early for caroling and a Christmas Pageant) 4:00 pm St. Mary (multi...

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Because January 1st falls on a Monday this year, there is no canonical obligation to attend Mass. However, the Octave of Christmas remains a significant day of prayer. Come with devotion to our Blessed Mother! Join together to beg God for peace in a time when peace is increasingly in peril! Start the New Year right! If that isn’t enough, raise a prayer for our brothers and sisters in Haiti on the Haitian Independence Day. In the year 1804, The Republic of Haiti became the second republic in the Americas. Masses on January 1st: 8:30 At Saint Joseph Church, in English and Polish 10:00 At Saints Peter and Pau...

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Pro-Life Mass

Posted on December 28, 2017 in: General News

The monthly Diocesan Pro-Life Mass will take place at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich on Saturday, January 6 at 8:30 A.M. Please join our celebrant Rev. Walter Nagle 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. 

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Stewardship

Posted on December 28, 2017 in: General News

On Sunday, January 13, 14, Fr. Washabaugh and Fr. Albrecht will present the parish pastoral and financial reports for Fiscal Year 2016/2017. This is a great occasion to thank you for giving life to our communities of faith through your gifts of time, talent, and treasure. It is also a time to look ahead, not only looking at the New Year, 2018, but looking at how we might respond to Christ’s call to follow Him in such challenging times as ours.

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Retrouvaille

Posted on January 08, 2018 in: General News

Is your marriage tearing you apart? Is there little or no meaningful communication? Are you considering separation or divorce? For serious marriage building and repair: Retrouvaille is a lifeline. At a Retrouvaille weekend, couples are given tools to re-establish communication, work on their issues, gain new insights and heal. The weekend is presented by three married couples and a priest. A series of 6 post sessions follow the weekend phase. For more information or to sign up for the January 19-21, 2018 weekend in the Hartford area, call 413-525-1634, or 203-710-6207, or visit http://www.retrouvaille.org.

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How has our reality of family changed and how do we continue to make God a priority in our families? Topics to be addressed… blended families, social media, scheduling, sports, prayer, catechesis and so much more! Come join us for a night of discussion and reflection : January 24, 2018, 7:00 pm , Our Lady of Lourdes, Gales Ferry, CT

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The monthly Diocesan Pro-Life Mass will take place at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 8:30 A.M. Please join our celebrant Rev. Walter Nagle 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. 

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On Sunday, February 4, 2018, the 21st Annual Mass of Thanksgiving for the Gift of Consecrated Life will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., in the Cathedral of Saint Patrick, Norwich. All are invited to join Bishop Cote in thanking God for the gift of consecrated life and for the sisters, brothers, and religious priests who enrich the Church and build up God’s Kingdom with the witness of their religious commitment. The homilist will be Father Peter Grover, O.M.V., Rector of Saint Clement Eucharist Shrine in Boston.

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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” and 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, call the Diocesan Catholic Family Services Office at 860-848- 2237, Ext. 306. 

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On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, we plunge into the penitential season of Lent. By fasting, prayer, and works of charity, we prepare our hearts for victory: Christ’s death and resurrection. The night before Lent begins, however, is a time for festivity and revelry as we say “good-bye” to feasting for the 40 days of Lent. The word Carnival means “good-bye to meat”! Plan to join with family and friends throughout our three parishes for a shared Mardi Gras feast. Bring a dish to share or if you are not much of a cook, bring an appetite. There will be plenty for all! If you’d like to help in...

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  When you hear the word “Conversion,” what comes to mind? Catholicism defines “conversion” as a life-long process of turning one’s attention and energy toward an ever-deepening relationship with Christ. Join us as we begin the DVD-based program, Conversion: Following the Call of Christ, presented by Bishop Robert Barron. Using six stories from the Bible, Bishop Barron demonstrates how ordinary, sinful people like us are met by Jesus and called to a better life through him. On February 15, 6.30 PM in Ss. Peter and Paul parish hall, our cluster will begin eight weeks long the C...

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  This Sunday Night Catholic Youth Ministry For High School Students Mass at 5 p.m. Followed by a Pot Luck Dinner and Lifenight Our theme: We Are The Beggers! At Sts. Peter and Paul Church Facebook and Instagram @NorwichLifeTeen     Lifeteen: Este Domingo por la noche Ministerio de la juventud Católica Para estudiantes de secundaria Misa a las 5 p.m. Seguido por una Cena y compartir Nuestro tema: ¡Somos los mendigos! En la Iglesia de Sts. Peter and Paul Facebook e Instagram @NorwichLifeTeen  

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This Monday evening, join in a Lenten Celebration of the Communal Rite of Penance at Sts. Peter and Paul Church The service will be conducted in English, and it will include the individual confession of sins. Confessions will be heard in all the languages of our cluster parishes. The entire service will last approximately one hour. Remember that individual confessions are celebrated each Saturday afternoon before the Vigil Mass: 3:15 to 3:45 p.m.

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  Join us for an in-depth look at Pope Francis and the past five years of his papacy: Pope Francis: HOW HE CHALLENGES THE CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES   Our Presenter: Michael Sean Winters writes the column, “Distinctly Catholic” for the National Catholic Reporter. He is also the U.S. Corre-spondent for The Tablet, the London-based international Catholic weekly. He is the author of Left At the Altar: How Democrats Lost The Catholics And How Catholics Can Save The Democrats (Basic Books, 2008). His biography of the Rev. Jerry Falwell, God's Right Hand: How Jerry Falwell Made God a ...

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  Now that we have begun, the challenge is to keep our Lenten resolutions faithfully. Remember to avoid meat on Friday in Lent and on other days if you are able. Take time to pray and to lis-ten to Our Lord speak through Scripture or spiritual reading. Simplify your life by cutting back: on food, on entertainment, on drink, on being busy. Use your ricebowls to make a gift for the world’s hungry at Lent’s end. This week: We have daily Mass in English at 8 a.m. in our cluster parishes. Also, Mass in Spanish, Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary, And Mass in Haitian Creole, Friday at 10:30 a.m. at ...

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During Lent, we are called to conversion of heart in preparation for the great feast of Christ’s victory over sin and death at Easter. Our cluster churches are invited to come together for a communal service of the forgiveness of sins. The service will be conducted entirely in English, but it will include the individual confession of sins. Confessions will be heard in all the languages of our cluster parishes. The entire service will last approximately one hour. Turn back to Our Lord! Examine your consciences and plan to come to our service of reconciliation with our God! A second service, conducted in Spanish, but w...

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  Next Sunday Night, a family night  March 25 Catholic Youth Ministry For High School Students Mass at 5 p.m. Followed by pot - luck supper and Lifenight At Sts. Peter and Paul Church Facebook and Instagram @NorwichLifeTeen

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  Will be celebrated at Saint Patrick Cathedral on Tuesday March 27 at 10:30am. After Mass,come by Saints Peter and Paul Church hall for a bite to eat.

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Saint Joseph Church Lenten Fish & Chips Dinner FRIDAYS 4:30-6:30PM February 16th-March 30th   Full Meals ($10) , 1/2 Meals ($9) & Clam Chowder ($5) available Meals include fish, French fries, coleslaw, dessert and beverage! VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! Contact Dennis O’Brien at 860-949-4646 BAKED GOODS ARE NEEDED! In addition to volunteers, baked goods are needed each Friday of the Fish Fry All proceeds benefit St. Joseph Church . Thank you for your continued support! 

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Annual Easter Egg Hunt!
Saturday, March 31st at 10:30 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish. All children are invited to participate and meet everyone's favorite bunny. We are in need of candy for the egg hunt. Please drop off wrapped, small Easter candy at your parishes during the next four weeks. Thank you!   

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Sacred Story
Would you like to nurture a sacred space for Christ in your life? The Sacred Story prayer program translates St. Ignatius of Loyola's classic spiritual insights into contemporary terms that will help you grow in your Christian journey of prayer, discernment, and discipleship. No matter what your story in life has been, Sacred Story can help heal the wounds of the past and journey towards your “happily ever after” in Christ. Our 1st monthly meeting is in Saint Mary's Parish Hall on Saturday, March 3rd from 7-9. Book is available online (sacredsto...

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The Office of Faith Events and the Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women welcome women of all ages. Offering workshops on parenting, relationships, prayer, scripture and more. Keynote speaker ValLimar Jansen, and Mass with Bishop Cote…Saturday, April 14, 2018, 8:30-3:30, St. Bernard High School, Uncasville. Find the registration form at www.norwichdiocese.org under the Office of Faith Events- Upcoming Events. Or contact us at 860-848- 2237. Register today!

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Because w we are in the flu season, Bishop Cote has asked us to adapt temporary safety measures. At the Sign of Peace, please do not make hand to hand contact! A glance and a kind work can convey the meaning, but not the flu virus. Holy Communion will be distributed only under the species of the consecrated host. Communicants are encouraged to receive in their hands rather than on the tongue. We will restore normal liturgical practices once the risk of influenza has passed. Como estamos en la temporada de gripe, Bishop Cote nos ha pedido que adaptemos las medidas de seguridad temporales. ¡En el Signo de la Paz, po...

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  If your marriage has become troubled and stressed, unloving or uncaring, or, if you are divorced or separated but want to try again, the Retrouvaille program can help. Retrouvaille provides tools to communicate better, resolve conflicts fairly and re-discover why you fell in love. The next local Retrouvaille weekend is April 20-22, 2018. For information, call confidentially 1-800-470-2230, email cherylandsteve@cox.net, or go to the web-site http://www.helpourmarriage.com for information and registration.

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Next Sunday the church throughout the world prays for vocations. Will you make a special effort to ask the Lord for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life? Pray for the priests who have ministered to you throughout your life, both living and dead. Keep our parish priests in your prayers throughout the week. Encourage your children, grandchildren, or other young people to consider a vocation as a priest or religious brother or sister. Please, pray a rosary for more young men and women in our diocese to respond to God’s call.

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Join Bishop Cote Diocese of Norwich Outreach to Haiti annual Charity Gala, Saturday, April 28, atVilla Louisa in Bolton CT. RSVP online http://www. outreachtohaiti.org or call Outreach to Haiti 860 800 3601. Proceeds benefit the diocese’s longstanding mission in Haiti: nutrition & feeding programs, medical care, orphanages, and education program The evening features Dr. Jacquet, Outreach Clinic Director, a silent auction, cocktails and dinner. The price is $100. Thank you for your support!

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CCD Classes K-7 Sundays April-8th and 29thAfter 10 a.m. Mass .

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Confirmation Classes Sundays April-8th and 29thFrom 3 to 5 pm .

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On Monday morning of this past week, Pope Francis issued a major document, an apostolic exhortation titled: Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad!). In it Pope Francis “re-proposes the call to holiness in a practical way for our time”. Our Holy Father states: “Seeing and acting with mercy: that is holiness”. He forcefully recommends seeking out the lost as an essential part of today’s path of holiness. Is there any better recommendation for our cluster of parishes’ coming retreat: Going Forth In Joy: Forming Missionary Disciples?

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If you are widowed, separated or divorced and want help in resolving the pain and grief of losing the marriage relationship and create a more peace-filled future, consider attending a Beginning Experience weekend May 4-6 at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, CT. The fee for the weekend is $265, which covers food, lodging, materials and a follow-up event. For more information call Maureen at 860-285-8685 or Victoria at 860-993-2384

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Ascension Thursday A Holy Day of Obligation The Ascension embraces the mystery of the mo-ment when Jesus presented our human body in its most perfect state to the Father….Our faith and consolation are focused on this mystery that when Christ ascended, he took everything that is ours with him. In the icon of the Ascension, we con-template the disciples standing on the Mount of Olives, looking upwards, where the see a cloud separating them from heaven’s glory, and just barely poking out of the cloud are our Lord’s feet. In those feet, we contemplate ourselves and the task we have before us, to become t...

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  The Church celebrates the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua on June 13. Many ethnic groups have embraced St. An-thony as their patron saint, but no people love this saint more than the people of Cape Verde. After all, St. Anthony was Por-tuguese, a culture and language that belongs richly to Cape Verde. The large Cape Verdean community in Norwich invites you to join them in a special celebration in honor of St. Anthony. It will be held at St. Mary Church at the 4 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass on June 16. After Mass, will will rededicate the St. Anthony Chapel and share delightful Cape Verdean cuisine and a fine celebratio...

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Paint Night Fundraiser!!!
To Benefit LifeTeen Thursday May 17th at 6pm At The Drunken Palace in New London Tickets are $40 per person and include all of the supplies needed to create your own masterpiece! Contact Stephanie Gromko at s.gromko@yahoo.com 860-917-9776 Or The Drunken Palette directly (860)326-7646 (reference Norwich Lifeteen) BYOB optional, other raffles also available the night of the event.

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Attention, Parents and Grandparents: PASS THIS ON TO THE YOUTH IN YOUR LIFE! Young people ages 16 – 29, (Catholic and non-Catholics ) are invited to participate via social media. Pope Francis wants to hear ideas, feelings and recommendations from our youth on the topic: ”Y oung People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” Young people from all around the world can participate by responding to 15 Hashtags using their social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) which are listed online at: http://www.synod2018.va/content/synod2018/en/presynodal- meeting/15---hashtags-for-comments.html

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Many Thanks go out to all who helped make our bake sale to benefit Lifeteen a success ! Thanks to your generous giving, we raised over $800 !!! A special thanks to those that donat-ed baked goods! We greatly appreciate all of your support! Your Lifeteen Core Team

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Memorial Day. May 28th, 2018 Take a little time on this great national holiday to join in prayer for those who have given their lives for our country and for all of our departed loved ones. There will be an open-air Mass at St. Joseph Cemetery at 9 a.m. on Memorial Day. Msgr. Les Janick, the Vicar General of the diocese and pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Norwichtown, will preside. In case of inclement weather this Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral of St. Patrick Cathedral.

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  Applications for the $500 Annual Monsignor William J. Baldwin College Scholarship can be picked up at the Rectory Office or by calling (860) 887-9857 to request one. 1. This Scholarship is open to members of families who are registered and financially supportive parishioners of Saints Peter and Paul Church. Maximum scholarship amount is $500 per individual. Number of scholarships awarded in any year will be determined based on the earnings of the Scholarship Trust for the previous calendar year. 2. Scholarship candidates must be full-time college students entering their freshman or sophomore years. ...

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Congratulations and Welcome to John and Mariah Begazo who were joined to Christ and His Church at the Easter Vigil Mass through Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. Y ou have risen with Christ, now re- joice to walk with Christ all the way to His kingdom!

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Please come by the hall at Sts. Peter and Paul Church Saturday, June 2nd after the 5:30 Mass for a joyful celebration of Fr. Tomasz Albrecht’s 10th anniversary to ordination to priesthood! We will be having a potluck style supper. Please plan on helping us celebrate! Call the parish office (860-887-1565) to let us know if you are coming and will be bringing anything. All are welcome!

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If you are a divorced Catholic who would like to know more about annulments or is considering beginning the annulment process but aren’t quite sure what it is or how to go about doing so, consider attending this informational workshop Wednesday, June 6, 2018, from 7-9 P.M. at St. Mark’s Church Hall, 222 McVeagh Rd., Westbrook, CT. A panel of experts from the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal will be there to answer questions and explain the numerous aspects of the annulment process. For more information, contact the Catholic Family Services Office at 860-348-2237, Ext 306.

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Friday June 8th, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday June 9th, 10:00 – 3:00 p.m. St Mary’s Parish is once again hosting an early summer Bazaar. There will be a sale of new and quality second hand items, Basket Raffle, Pizza, Popcorn, Ice Cream, Baked Goods. Special activities will be available on Saturday for our children. This year, the Bazaar is dedicated to the funding of the LifeTeen movement, a Catholic resource for the youth of our Norwich Parishes. It’s a great cause that deserves our support.     Viernes 8 de junio, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. y sábado 9 de junio, 10:0...

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On Thursday May 24th, Michael Castiblanco was ordained a transitional deacon of the Diocese of Norwich at St. Mary Church of our cluster. Our heartiest congratulations and prayers go to him! This summer, Deacon Michael will serve in the Groton parishes of Sacred Heart and St. Mary before returning to Mount St. Mary Seminary in Maryland to complete his studies. Please pray for Deacon Michael and all of our seminarians!

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  You’re Invited! Next Sunday, the 10 o’clock Mass at St. Mary Church will be a multicultural Mass in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. Parishioners from the entire cluster are invited. The occasion is Fr. Washabaugh’s 40 th anniversary of ordination to priesthood. After Mass, there will be a reception in the parish hall at Sts. Peter and Paul Church. The fare will be light and easy on the budget (salad and sandwiches), but it would be nice to give a donation to cover our costs, and also to help realize a longstanding dream of his, a project that will give great comfort to his old priestly h...

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Confirmation for our three parishes of the Norwich Cluster will be held this year on Friday night, June 15 at 7 p.m., at Sts. Peter and Paul Church. Fr. Peter Langevin, the vice-chanceller of the Norwich Diocese will preside. Save the date!   Konfimasyon pou twa pawas nou yo nan Norwich la ap fèt ane sa a nan Vandredi swa, 15 jen a 7:00 p.m., nan Legliz Sen Pyè ak Sen Pòl. Pè Pyè Langevin, vis-chanselye nan dyosèz Norwich la ap prezide. Kenpe dat sa a!

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  The Church celebrates the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua on June 13. Many ethnic groups have embraced St. Anthony as their patron saint, but no people love this saint more than the people of Cape Verde. After all, St. Anthony was Portuguese, a culture and language that belongs richly to Cape Verde. The large Cape Verdean community in Norwich invites you to join them in a special celebration in honor of St. Anthony. It will be held at St. Mary Church at the 4 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass on June 16. After Mass, we will rededicate the St. Anthony Chapel and share delightful Cape Verdean cuisine and a fine celebration in...

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This year again we will be participating in the Care Net baby Bottle Campaign as usual it starts on Mother’s Day May 14 and ends on Father’s Day June 18. This really helps young mothers and single parents with food, diapers, formula and counseling. Thank you for your Support

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Many thanks to all who participated in the St. Mary Bazaar this Friday and Saturday, making it a great success. Thanks, also, to all who gave time, donations, and attention to the bazaar. The bazaar is helping to fund our Lifeteen efforts for Catholic High Schoolers and also helps our par-ishes grow in unity and common purpose.

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Led by missionaries of Maryknoll, June 22,23,24 Immaculate Conception Spiiritual Renewal Center, Putnam, CT. Cost: $150 / person (financial aid is available) In English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole Reserve your place now: We are asking for a $50 deposit (returnable up to June 17) Themes: God’s invitation to participate in the mission of love. The Overarching story of God’s love in human history The mission continues: Paths of spirituality and mission today Building communities of missionary disciples as Church together.     Un Retiro de la congregacion:...

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We gladly announce the coming marriage of Caroline Ramos and Hunter Kliphon. Should you know of any reason why these two should not be joined as one, please contact the parish office.

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If the weather cooperates, let’s get the entire cluster together for an outdoor summer celebration! The beautiful grounds at Ss. Peter and Paul Church beckon us to hold an outdoor Mass for everyone and then to share a picnic lunch. It is a celebration of our unity in diversity: our many sounds, rhythms, flavors, styles, and cultural charms, all united by the one faith we share. If the day proves to be extraordinarily hot or rainy, we’ll move indoors, but if the weather cooperates, bring a folding chair, a sun hat, maybe a little morsel of food to share, a Frisbee, a volleyball, a blanket, music, or anything els...

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  If the weather cooperates, let’s get the entire cluster together for an outdoor summer celebration! The beautiful grounds at Sts. Peter and Paul Church beckon us to hold an outdoor Mass for everyone and then to share a picnic lunch. It is a celebration of our unity in diversity: our many sounds, rhythms, flavors, styles, and cultural charms, all united by the one faith we share. If the day proves to be extraordinarily hot or rainy, we’ll move indoors, but if the weather cooperates, bring a folding chair, a sun hat, maybe a little morsel of food to share, a frisbee, a volleyball, a blanket, music, or a...

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On Monday evening, July 9 at 6 p.m., the Cluster Council will meet at 6 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul. This summer season calls us to less activity, but more planning. Council members (and all interested parishioners): mark this date for discussion of evangelization, shared religious education, 40 Hours Devotion, shared feast days, Christmas festivities, Lenten projects, and the on-going conversion of our parishes into communities of missionary disciples. 

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Ministry to the Deaf

Posted on June 28, 2018 in: General News

If you or anyone you know in our Diocese could benefit from deaf ministry outreach the Office of Faith Events has recently acquired numerous resources such as books, CDs, tapes, flashcards, and posters on teaching and learning sign language. If you are interested in any of these resources or in attending/ participating in a Diocesan Mass celebrated in American Sign Language please contact the Office of Faith Events at 860-848-2237, ext. 312 or ahoisl@norwichdiocese.net

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FREE MOVIE Night every 2nd Sat. of the month at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Quaker Hill Pizza, popcorn, juice and water are provided. Doors open at 5:30. Movies start at 6:30 This weekend, showing Woodlawn. An inspiring true story! For more info contact Brian Johnson at brian@journeyforlife.org or visit www.journeyforlife.org

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Please consider sponsoring-either partially or in full– a teen to attend Steubenville NYC , an exciting conference held at Saint John’s University July 20th-22nd. The cost to attend is $355 per teen. This three day event will be incredibly enriching for our youth,but as you can imagine the cost is a burden on our fami-lies. Donations can be made by clearly marking an envelope “lifeteen” and placing it in the col-lection baskets, or by contacting one of our parishes.

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Pray For Our Teens!
This coming weekend, July 20,21,22, young people from throughout the Northeast will gather at St. John's University for Steubenville NYC, a summer youth retreat and rally. Busloads of Catholic teens from our diocese, including 8 from our parish cluster, will be attending. What a great time to intercede for our Catholic youth. Please take time to offer prayer this week and especially the coming weekend for God’s grace to work deeply and richly through this experience in the lives of young Catholics, especially of teens from our parish cluster....

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Currently, the Planning Committee for this Mass is seeking additional members to assist in preparing this very meaningful tribute to educators and to become an active member of the planning committee. The next Mass Committee meeting will be held on and August 27, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. in the Bishop Hines Conference Room of the Chancery. Please join us in planning the 23rd Annual Mass for Those Dedicated to Education. Contact Mrs. Rebecca McDougal at 860-887-9294 or rebecca@norwichdiocese.net 

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Children from 5 years of age up to sixth grade are welcome to attend our Summer Bible School Children: our dearest friend, the Lord Jesus, invites you to come and share! When? Monday, July 23 through Friday, July 27 Where? St. Mary Church, 70 Central Ave., Norwich Hours? From 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. On Friday, July 27th, from 9:00 to 3:00 pm. Cost? $10/child; Maximum of $25 per family.     Las Iglesias Católicas Santa María, Saint Joseph y Saint Peter and Paul Invita a los niños y niñas desde los 5 años hasta sexto grado a participar en una Escuelita Bíblica ¡Amiguitos, su mejor ...

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  This Monday, August 6, the Cluster Council for our three parishes will meet at 6 p.m. in the parish hall of Saints Peter and Paul Church. The meeting is open to all parishion-ers. We will continue to explore ways that our three parishes can grow in our shared mission and in unity while embracing their remarkable diversity.

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In last week’s pastoral message, Bishop Cote used strong language: Our resolve to stand with immigrant families and to help encourage permanent solutions to a now further broken immigrant system has remained steadfast…If we continue to raise our voices against injustices such as the separation of families at the border, we can help improve the outcome for all immi-grant families. Please speak to your local representatives and those who represent us in Washington… In our parishes, we not only have parishion-ers who are concerned citizens, but many immigrants who live with anxiety for their children...

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LIFE TEEN- Ice Cream Social & Movie Night!
We hope to see our teens for an Ice Cream social and movie night on Sunday August 12th from 6:30 –9:00 pm. The movie will begin at 7:00 pm. More information on events at facebook.com/NorwichLifeTeen

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If you would like to know more about annulments or considering beginning the annulment process , consider attending this informational workshop Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, from 7-9 P.M. at St. Bernard Church Hall, 25 St. Bernard’s Terrace, Rockville, CT. A panel of experts from the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal will be here to answer questions. For information, contact the Catholic Family Services Office at 860-848-2237, Ext 306.

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  Wednesday, August 15, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation. The mystery we celebrate on a solemnity such as this is so important that the Church treats the day as it does Sunday, the Lord’s Day. We gather at the table of the Eucharist to let the mystery come into us. Is Mary’s Assumption only about Our Blessed Mother, or is it about us and our hope as well? Make sure you celebrate this feast and own this mystery! Mass Schedule as Follows: 5:15 pm vigil Sts Peter and Paul Church 7:00 am Sts Peter and Paul Church 8:30 am English St. Mary Church 10:00am C...

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  We bid farewell to a dear friend: Larry Barille, our "summer seminarian" has now finished his two-month stay with is in the Norwich Parish Cluster. All who have gotten to know Larry will agree that he has been a wonderfully happy addition to our parishes during his brief stay. We wish Larry a good rest dur-ing his few brief weeks of vacation in August and great success in his theo-logical studies this coming academic year at Pope St. John Seminary in Wes-ton, MA.

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A Great Gift

Posted on June 28, 2018 in: General News, St. Joseph

Sometimes great gifts appear when one least expects them. That was the case last week when I was told of a bequest left to St. Joseph Parish “to be used solely for the religious purposes of the Church, in liturgy or in programs that advance the message and spirit of the Church and its parishioners.” The bequest, amounting to a little over $1,404,000.00, was left to St. Joseph Church by Adele Sienkiewicz upon the death of her beloved sister, Evelyn. It is a remarkable gift, you will agree. Please pray for these very kind and faithful believers, Adele and Evelyn Sienkiewicz, who have gone to God and left all that...

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  It is time to improve our Sunday experience of welcoming! Our goal is to make sure that everyone who enters our church for Sunday Mass enters a festive environment where it is clearly communicated: “We’re waiting for you. We’re glad you’re here!” Here is a brand new ministry that is apart from the important business of taking up the collection. The Ministry of Welcoming is the front line of evangelization and the call to discipleship. The way we welcome all who pass through our doors tells everyone that our Sunday Mass is not a watering hole for insiders, but a life-changing experien...

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Outreach for Haiti

Posted on August 10, 2018 in: General News, St. Mary

  THIS Sunday, Aug. 11, 12 Deacon Phil Hayes will be preaching about Haiti at St. Mary Church. A second collection will be taken up for the Haitian Health Foundation, a medical outreach to Haiti, founded by Norwich’s own Dr. Jeremiah Lowney. This will be St. Mary’s summer “Mission Coop Collection". That same Sunday, Aug. 11, 12, Fr. Washabaugh will visit Sacred Heart Church in Salinas, CA. to preach a mission coop appeal for Outreach to Haiti, our dio-cese’s mission which connects parishes in the U.S. with needy parishes in Haiti. Let us pray for Haiti and its people and respond g...

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In the month of August, Haiti will be the focus of special concern for us all. Haiti’s severe economic situation and the crushing poverty of its population, seems to catch the world’s attention only when desperate people explode in anger. But that poverty is there all the time. Here is what is happening in August: Next Sunday, Aug. 11, 12 Deacon Phil Hayes will be preaching about Haiti at St. Mary Church. A second collection will be taken up for the Haitian Health Foundation, a medical outreach to Haiti, founded by Norwich’s own Dr. Jeremiah Lowney. This will be St. Mary’s summer “Mission Coop...

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“Going Forth in Joy”, the formation retreat in Putnam on June 22, 23, 24 was attended by 28 members of our parish cluster! This marks a new and accelerated phase in the transformation of our parish cluster into missionary parishes. It is time to change our orientation from being concerned principally about the maintenance of our small communities to becoming communities of missionary disciples. We discover our faith with fresh vigor when we make it our mission to share Christ’s life-giving Gospel with the large number of people outside our walls. Pope Francis’ great apostolic e...

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  Attention: Time Change for Mass in Spanish At St. Mary Church Starting on Sunday, September 9, Sunday morning Mass in Spanish will begin 15 minutes earlier, that is, at 9:45 a.m. in order to allow adequate time for reli-gious education classes that follow.

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The Twenty-Third Annual Diocesan Mass for Those Dedicated to Education will be celebrated on Sunday, September 9, 2018, in the Cathedral of St. Patrick, at 8:45 a.m. Bishop Cote will cele- brate this Mass for all teachers and support staff, public, pa-rochial, and private, active and retired, of all faiths. All are welcome. For information or if you wish to help, please call Father Lange-vin or Rebecca McDougal at 860-887-9294.

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On Saturday afternoon, Sept 8, a single multicultural vigil Mass will be held at 4 pm at St. Joseph Church, followed by a shared supper and Holy Rosary. No vigil Mass at St. Mary’s.

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To all parishioners in our Norwich cluster – It’s time to sing! We welcome new members to the various choirs in our parishes. In addition, we are looking to encourage musicians and singers to join in when we have multicultural cluster Masses. There are many ways we can make our Music Ministry stronger; If you appreciate worshipping our Lord through music, join us. If you appreciate music at church and know how to play a musical instrument, join us. If you like to sing to the Lord, join us. If you have a child/children with some music inside, and every one of God’s children’s got gifts, join us We wo...

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Our parishes in the Norwich cluster provide religious education for children from Kindergarten through High School, including preparation for Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation . Weekly classes for children in grades kindergarten through Jr. High begin on Sunday, September 16th following the 10 am Masses at St. Mary Church and Saints Peter and Paul Church. Confirmation classes for students in 8th grade and above will begin September 16th at 3 pm with a meeting for parents and students at Saints Peter and Paul Parish. 

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Our parishes in the Norwich cluster provide religious education for children from Kindergarten through High School, including preparation for Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation . Weekly classes for children in grades kindergarten through Jr. High begin on Sunday, September 16th following the 10 am Masses at St. Mary Church and Saints Peter and Paul Church. Confirmation classes for students in 8th grade and above will begin September 16th at 3 pm with a meeting for parents and students at Saints Peter and Paul Parish.

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This Sunday Night, 5 p.m. At Sts Peter and Paul’s High School students and young people, take heart! Lifeteen is starting up, a joyful, experience of faith, prayer, friendship and learning. Grow closer to Christ, His Mother and the Church. For more information, visit our website, http://www.jnccfaith.org. 

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The Mission of Lifeteen is guided by the Holy Spirit to help Teens build a community wherein they help each other grow closer to Christ ,His Mother, and the Church. Lifeteen will begin Sunday September 16th at 5 pm with Praise and Worship, dinner and then social night. It is open to all teenagers from 8th through senior year in high school. Now is the time to register, either after Sunday Masses, by calling the parish office at (860) 887-1565 or visiting our web site, http://www.jnccfaith.org/ 

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The Disciples of Mercy at our cluster churches of St. Joseph, St. Mary and Sts. Peter and Paul will be collecting non perishable foods for the Sts. Peter and Paul food pantry. Suggested items are juices, rice, pasta, pork and beans, peanut butter , jelly, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables. Your support of this act of mercy is appreciated. Thank you 

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Kindly remember in your prayers Robert E. Brulotte whose funeral was recently celebrated in our parish cluster. May the souls of the departed share in the fullness of life and peace with God. 

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ATTENTION ALL GOLFERS: SAVE-THE-DATE Catholic Charities 13th Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at the Fox Hopyard Golf Club in East Haddam CT. Entry fee of $175.00 includes: green fees, cart, lunch, dinner buffet and awards. Registration begins at 10:30 AM; Lunch at 11:30 AM; Shotgun Start at 1:00 PM and Dinner Buffet and Awards at 6:00 PM. Funds raised at the tournament help support those most in need throughout Eastern CT. Sponsorships are available! For more information, please contact Christine Jackel, Development Coordinator at 860-886-1928 x12 or via e-mail at cjackel@norwichd...

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  Our parishes in the Norwich cluster provide religious education for children from First Grade through High School, including First Communion and Confirmation preparation. Weekly classes for children in primary grades and Jr. High begin on Sunday, September 23rd after the midmorning Masses at St. Mary Church and Sts. Peter and Paul Church. Confirmation Class will begin on September 16, 2018 with a mandatory meeting for all students 8 grade and above with their parents at 3 pm at Saints Peter & Paul church hall. Now is the time to register, either after Sunday Masses, by calling the parish office, or visiting o...

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All law enforcement officers (federal, state, and municipal, active and retired) and their families are invited to the Twenty-seventh Annual Blue Mass and Reception, Sunday, September 23, 2018, in the Cathedral of Saint Patrick, 10:15 a.m. All parishioners are cordially invited to attend this Mass. Bishop Cote, the Bishop of Norwich, will celebrate the Mass and Father Michael J. Drury, Pastor of Saint Luke Parish, Long Valley, New Jersey and Police Chaplain will be the Homilist. Groton Town Police Chief Louis J. Fusaro, Jr. and Norwich Police Chief Patrick Daley are the Blue Mass Co-Chairs. For more information, please ...

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  Lisa Elliott from Liturgical Publications will be in our office the week of September 24, 2018; working on securing new ads for the advertise-ment section of our bulletin. We need your help! Please consider purchasing an ad. Your ad and participation makes our bulletin successful, and you attract customers! Advertisements can be purchased for a business, a family, a charity, In Memory of a Loved One or to support the church or a commu-nity service organization like emergency preg-nancy counseling, the March of Dimes, etc. We need and appreciate your help. If you would like to run an ad or would like more in...

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The Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (NDCCW) membership drive begins the weekend of September 28-29, 2018 and runs through the month of October. NDCCW invites all women in the diocese to become members of this organization. The annual dues are $5.00 per year. Please join by dropping your membership envelope into any offertory basket.

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A sincere thank you to all who helped make our 40 Hour Eucharistic Devotion on September 7th, 8th and 9th a prayerful and beautiful celebration. Thank you to the devoted volunteers and parishioners who coordinate and support our monthly coffee hour. Your generous donations purchased our beautiful altar flowers for this Holy celebration. Thank you to our parishioners Terry Wujcik, Albina Czapski and Steve Koziol for their donation of the beautiful fall wreaths on our church doors. A cheerful welcome from St. Joseph church to our parish and community. Thank you to those who cleaned our church in preparation. Elaine Kem...

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Next Sunday Night, 5 p.m. at Sts Peter and Paul’s High School students and young people, take heart! Lifeteen is starting up, a joyful, experience of faith, prayer, friendship and learning. Grow closer to Christ, His Mother and the Church For more information, visit our website, www.jnccfaith.org. 

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You are invited to join Catholics throughout the country for 40 days of prayer, penance, and vigils that God may move the heart of our nation towards attitudes that protect and promote the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death. 40 Days for Life in our diocese begins on September 25. October 1, The Feast of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus.   October 4, The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Sunday, October 7, Respect Life Sunday. Sunday, October 21, World Mission Sunday. November 1, All Saints Day.   Also, our parish cluster has a special day for public witness. On October 16,...

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Please come to pray in grateful memory for Deacon Tom Lewis, a dear friend and servant of St. Joseph Parish. Deacon Tom died last summer at age 85. He was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Parish and the first Permanent Deacon to serve there. Deacon Tom was revered for his gentleness, steadiness in ministry, and generous love. At Mass, a picture of Deacon Tom will be dedicated to be hung in the entranceway. All are invited after Mass to join members of the Lewis family at a Pot Luck Supper in his honor in the school building cafeteria. If you wish to bring a salad, dessert, or hot dish, the cafeteria will be open before Mass...

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This colorful and very beautiful feast has its origins in Peru. It celebrates the faith of people, often poor and oppressed, that they are never alone or abandoned, but that God constantly works miracles on their behalf. This faith found its expression in a picture of Christ’s crucifixion that remained standing on the ruin of a Church wall after an earthquake had devastated all other structures in the area. An event of the 18th century stayed with the Peruvian people and gave them courage to withstand all sorts of disasters in life with the conviction that God, the God of miracles, would not abandon them. Please c...

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Upon the death of Pope St. John XXIII, Pope St. Paul VI took up the work of guiding the work of the Church’s reform at the Second Vatican Council. St. Oscar Arnulfo Romero, bishop and martyr. In 1977, Mons. Oscar Romero was chosen to be the Archbishop of San Salvador. At the time, the Central American country of El Salvador was caught up in a bloody and seemingly endless civil war. Archbishop Romero prophetically denounced the injustic-es of the country’s rulers and the violence against the poor by both National Guard and guerrilla forces. He was killed by an assas-sin’s bullet as he celebrated Mass on...

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On Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., Bishop Cote will celebrate Mass for all Firefighters/EMS personnel, in the Cathedral of Saint Patrick. Each year, brothers and sisters of all faiths gather to thank God for their calling, to pray for their safety, and to remember their fallen colleagues. Assembly at Chelsea Parade for the line-up and the procession (to the Cathedral) of all personnel and apparatus will begin at 3:30 p.m. The Homilist will be Deacon Scott Brown, Deacon Assistant, Immaculate Conception Parish, Cranston, RI. Reception immediately following. All companies, departments, and personnel and their famili...

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On the weekend of June 22,23,24, twenty-four people from our parish cluster gathered at Immaculata Retreat House to participate in a training for missionary disciples sponsored by the Maryknoll Missioners. Now we are taking the next step by inviting everyone in our cluster of parishes to learn about our call to be missionary disciples and our plans to evangelize the people of Norwich. The Catholic Church is called to become again a missionary Church in a society that does not know Christ. Today’s missioners do not need to cross the sea; our mission is to people across the street from us. Participants in this impor...

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Along with the rest of our cluster during the weekend of October 14th, our Life Teen group will be learning about what it means to be a Missionary Disciple. Teenages from 8th grade through High School are invited to join us! We begin at 5:15 for a Holy Hour in the church (Sts Peter & Paul). Following the Holy Hour, we share a supper together before we dive into the topic of the Life Night. The meetings typical last until 8:30pm.  

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  Donations would be greatly appreciated to our “Food Pantry” as our supply is getting extremely low. Suggested items are: canned pasta, canned vegetables, canned fruit, pea-nut butter, jelly, cereal, macaroni and cheese, soups, baked beans, pork and beans, tuna, spaghetti sauce, rice, instant meals in a box, juices, ramen soup. Thank You!

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  You are invited to join Catholics throughout the country for 40 days of prayer, penance, and vigils that God may move the heart of our na-tion towards attitudes that protect and promote the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death. 40 Days for Life in our dio-cese began on September 25. Also, our parish cluster has a special day for public witness. On October 16, we hope to keep a commitment to keep constant prayer and witness in front of the Planned Parenthood facility, 12 Case St., in Norwich. Our commit-ment lasts from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can sign up for an hour (or more, if you wish) at ...

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If you are married for 25 years, 50 years, or any other significant length of time, you are invited to attend Mass with Bishop Cote at St. Patrick Cathedral and there to renew your marriage commitment, at 2.00 pm, October 21 this year . A reception will follow the Mass, during which Bishop Cote will present certificates to those celebrating significant anniversaries. The couples participating must be in good standing with the Church. Please register by Tuesday, October 9 through the parish office. The registration deadline is Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

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Global City Norwich presents : Polish Fest 2018 Sunday Oct.21st 2PM-6PM Franklin St. Norwich, CT Block party, Food Trucks, Food and Retail Vendors, Live Music All parishioners are invited to stop by and support our festival. St. Joseph will be a food vendor at the festival! For info contact Global City Norwich 860-304- 8505 or check out the flyer in St. Joseph.

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Calling all 1983 Graduates from Saint Bernard High School! Our 35th “Reunion To Remember!” is now set for Friday, November 23,2018, 6:00 pm at the Port ‘n Starboard Banquet Hall in the City of New London. Reserve a seat with a $40 per person (personal check or money order) with choice of dinner options indicated on memo of check( beef tenderloin, Stuffed Shrimp, or Chicken Teriyaki) Any questions, please call Reunion Chairperson Sean P. Kane/MSW at 860-442-6152.

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Are you interested in seeing what Haiti is like? Or seeing it again? Diocese of Norwich Outreach to Haiti is organizing an Immersion Trip for October 24-31. Visitors will experience many different aspects of Haiti. You will see some of the work our ministry is doing visit our clinic, a school, experience Mass at a twinned parish. You'll also get a chance to see the amazing spirit of the Haitian people, and get a sense of their culture and history through a neighborhood tour, and a visit to the National Museum. If interested, contact info@outreachtohaiti.org, or call 860-800-3601. See more on our website at outreachtoha...

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This month we are hosting Father Fanel Florestal, pastor of Ste. Madeleine Parish in LaGonave, near Port au Prince. While resting from a very challenging parish and enjoying autumn in Ct. for a couple of weeks, Fr. Fanel will give us news of both Haiti’s great spiritual wealth and terrible physical need.

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  Next Sunday October 28th CCD Classes after 10am Mass Confirmation Classes at 3pm Lifeteen at 5pm In the Parish hall.

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Sunday Oct. 28th 5 p.m @ Sts Peter and Paul’s Lifeteen is meeting  for another joyful, experience of faith, prayer, friendship and learning. Grow closer to Christ, His  Church. 

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All of us are looking to live the Catholic life as rich-ly and joyfully as we can. There are plenty of us who need a little help, or maybe some “catch-up” to come to Catholic practice or to receive the sac-raments. We have a way to catch up called the R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). It is flexible and easy to take. What is required is an open heart and open mind, some of your time, and good will. If you want to talk about Catholic prac-tice and the R.C.I.A., contact us at the parish office. We can get you started.

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Please take note of the time changes for Nov. 1st, All Saints Day. This year, we are combining the Church’s call to pray together at Mass (All Saints Day is a Day of Obligation) with the call to share a feast in anticipation of the great banquet to come.   Mass times: Vigil Masses, Oct. 31, All Saints Eve (Halloween) 5:15 p.m. St. Joseph (Polish/English) 7:00 p.m. St. Mary (Spanish)   Nov. 1st, All Saints Day   7:00 a.m. Saints Peter and Paul (English) 10.00 a.m. St. Mary (Haitian Creole)   5:15 p.m. Saints Peter and Paul (English)

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  “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a great feast”, the Lord tells us. Apparently, the Saints will be very enthusiastic party people. Let’s join in their merriment and anticipate heaven just a little by bringing food and good fellowship together at a table of sharing on the evening of All Saints Day. Bring a main course, a salad, a dessert, a garnish or appetizer. All are welcome ! Nov. 1st, All Saints Day, at 6:30 p.m. at Saints Peter and Paul Church.

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  The Kris Kringle Fair Committee will like to thank all the parishioners who donated items or baskets to the raffle. A special Thank You to Terry & Andy Zevetchin who donated Christmas items for over half the 70 baskets to be raffle and to Ann Marie Canova who donated many, many items for over 25 years, this has made our basket raffle a success. Tickets for the basket raffle will be on sale after all Masses the weekends of October 20-21 and 27-28 in the church hall, stop and view the baskets and buy a few tickets. If you would like to donate a few treats to the bake sale table you may bring them Fri...

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The monthly Diocesan Pro-Life Mass will take place at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich on Saturday, November 3 at 8:30 A.M. Bereavement Day of Prayer

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  Catholic Funerals: Rites, Cremation, Plan-ning, Cemetery Policies Saturday, November 3, 2018 St. Matthew Parish, Tolland Registration at 9:00AM. Program from 9:30 to noon Fee: $10 For more information go to www.norwichdiocese.org Or call 860-848-2237x203

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Saturday, November 3, 9-4:30 pm @ Spiritual RenewalCenter, 11 Bath St, Norwich, CT. Space limited. Call 860-887-0702, leave name and phonenumber. Suggested Donation $25. for covering the cost of Conference.

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On Sunday, November 4, 2018, at 10:15 a.m., Bishop Cote will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick for all military per-sonnel, those who are active, in the reserves and Veterans. The purpose of this celebration is to honor our service men and women as we recognize the many sacrifices made by the families and loved ones of our military. The Mass Committee Chairs are BG CT Edward J. Waitte, (Ret.) and Mr. David K. Harding, U.S. Merchant Marine. For more infor-mation call, Rebecca McDougal at 860-887-9294.

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As you are already aware, our diocese and many dioceses around the country are dealing with declining numbers of both priests and parishioners. Consequently, we must plan for the future as best we can, based on the projected number of priests available to minister, as well as the number of people in our parishes. The Diocese of Norwich began the process several years ago with the clustering of parishes, and then the yoking of parishes, and some mergers in which one parish closed. Now we are looking again at the merger of parishes, but without closing either church building. This option has been used in many dioceses. The r...

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A sincere thank you to all from St. Joseph who planned, set up, cooked and attended the Polish Festival. St. Joseph was a great addition to this event and the Hunters stew was delicious!

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The Diocesan Catholic Family Services Office is sponsoring two workshops for the bereaved entitled: Praying Your Goodbyes.  Both workshops will include time for private reflection, prayer and journaling, and will give participants suggestions on how to navigate the upcoming holidays, and discover ways to grow through the experience of their loss. It will be offered on two separate dates: Thursday, November 8, 9 A.M. to 12 P.M. at St. Sebastian Parish Hall, 155 Washington St., Middletown or Saturday, November 10, 9 A.M. to 12 P.M. at Cathedral of Saint Patrick Church Hall, 213 Broadway, Norwich. There is no cost ...

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  Last Friday, November 2nd was All Souls’ Day. Your offerings of the names of loved ones were included in Mass on that day and will be part of our Mass intentions throughout the month of November. The names of loved ones you’ve written onto All Souls’ envelopes are now written in our book of life which is enshrined near the altar throughout all of November.

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  In addition to being the 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, next Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended World War I. It is also the 100th anniversary of Polish Independence. On November 11th each year, we celebrate Veterans’ Day. We pray for all veterans of military service, especially those who sacrificed their very lives for the defense of their country. On November 11th, Poland celebrates the National Independence Day. The date commemorates events from 1918 when Poland regained its independence after 123 years of partitions. Since 1795, Poland was divided between Austria, Prussia a...

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For Greater Glory - The story of a ragtag band of rebels that become a heroic force for Christ.Sat. Nov. 10th @ 6:30PM at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 63 Old Norwich Rd. Quaker Hill CT Free Admission and snacks. Reserve your seats by emailing brian@journeyforlife.org or calling Brian Johnson @860-961-7609. The movie trailer can be watched at WWW.JOURNEYFORLIFE.ORG This movie has some violence and is not suited for younger audiences.

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Please join us this weekend for coffee hour after Mass. We look forward to seeing you there! In addition , there will be a special coffee hour on November 11th in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence.

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In Poland, this day is celebrated as the 100th anniversary of the restoration of Poland’s sovereignty as the Second Polish Republic, after 123 years of partition by the Russian Empire, the Kingdom of Prussia and the Habsburg Empire. A short service of prayer for Poland on this important anniversary will be held at St. Joseph Church after the 8:30 morning Mass. There will be a special coffee hour on Sunday, November 11th in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence.

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Last Friday, November 2nd was All Souls’ Day. Your offerings of the names of loved ones were included in Mass on that day and will be part of our Mass intentions throughout the month of November. The names of loved ones you’ve written onto All Souls’ envelopes are now written in our book of life which is enshrined near the altar throughout all of November.

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  Our thanks go out to the representatives of our diocesan mission project, Outreach to Haiti who spoke at Masses last Sunday. At our parish, we collected $1,042.75 to support their mission. Many thanks for your generous response. The principal goal of the Outreach to Haiti presentations, however, was not a collection. Much more important is the deepening of our awareness of Haiti and of our relationship to the Haitian people. At 3pm in the afternoon this Sunday, at Sts Peter and Paul Church hall, we will hold a followup conference about Haiti. Our conversation will be led by people from Haiti and people from he...

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  Thanks and congratulations to everyone who came to our All Saints Harvest Pot Luck Supper. The food was delicious; the company was delightful; we felt like family; and we are strengthened for our journey to God’s kingdom!

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    November 4th & 18th CCD Classes after 10am Mass Confirmation Classes at 3pm Lifeteen Nov 18th at 5pm in the Parish hall.

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Our local scout pack is distributing Thanksgiving food bags to neighborhood families. If you'd like to participate by filling a bag or two, pick them up this Sunday at Mass. The plan is to return them the following Sunday, Nov. 18 for distribution in time for Thanksgiving. Thanks!

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December 22, 10 a.m., Advent Penance Service, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church. Please note the day and time. because of year s past, many of our parishioners have been unable to receive the Sacrament of Penance because of their work schedules or difficulty in traveling at night. After a brief communal service of reconciliation, individual confessions will be held in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Polish. Please be sure to prepare for Christmas by receiving his sacrament of Christ’s forgiveness.

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Sèvis penitans

Posted on November 29, 2018 in: General News, St. Mary

22 Desanm: 10 AM: Sèvis penitans nan Legliz St Pyè ak Pòl. Sonje jou sa ap gen konfesyon pesonèl nan lang Anglè, Panwòl, kreyòl ak Po-lonè). Paske ane pase anpil pawasyen pat ka resevwa sakremsn penitans lan akoz travay yo ak difikilte nan voyaje nan mitan lannwit.  ... Tanpri, asire w ke ou prepare ou pou Nwèl la ou resevwa sakreman sa a, Kris la ap padone nou. 

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What better theme to end the liturgical year, anticipating the start of the Advent season the following Sunday? Jesus Christ is King; he reigns and will not be overcome. But take note: the throne of our King is a cross and his power is not that of fear, but of love and boundless forgiveness. Rightly, the Church uses this feast to focus on the transformative power of Christ’s Gospel as it confronts the false rulers who perpetuate the reign of violence, injustice, greed and separation.

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  Dimanch prochen nap rantre nan tan lavan. Se konmansnan ane litiji-c a. Pandan tout ane sa a nou pral li levanjil Lik la. Evanjelis sen Lik se pat yon Apòt, men se te asosye ak kolaboratè Pòl. Tankou anpil moun ki ekri nan Nouvo Testaman, kontrèman Lik pat Jwif, ni jantiy yo. Li pat ekri pou Jwif yo, men pou kominote kretyen yo.  Levanjil sen Lik la, se premye Levanjil kite ekri. Li genyen de gwo moso ladan l. Nan premye pati a yo rakonte lavi, ansènyeman, aksyon, lanmò ak leve vivan Jezi kri Granmèt nou an. Dezyèm pati a, Sen Lik rakonte tout sa Apòt yo te fè. Li pale tou sou leve vivan Jezi Kri a ak mon...

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Catholic Charities presents Parenting 101 Classes A fun, free 10 week class for parents of children ages birthteen Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.Oct. 24 – Dec. 5 Catholic Charities 28 Huntington St. New London For more information, Contact Tracy at tracymartone@ccfsn.org

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  The Annual Convocation for Priests will be held from December 3-5, 2018, at Gurney’s Newport Resort on Goat Island in Newport, RI. It will be a time for all priests to gather with their bishop for spiritual renewal, support, education and rest. No parish, school or institutional activities will be scheduled during these days. Please pray for your priests, as they will be praying for you.  The theme of this year’s Convocation is “The Joy and Challenges of Priesthood Today.” The key presenter will be Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, a priest of the Diocese of Syracuse, who is an expert on ...

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Konvokasyon anyèl pou prèt yo ap fèt soti nan 3 Desanm jis nan 5 Desanm 2018, nan Newport Resort Gurney nan Goat Island, New-port, RI. Li pral yon tan pou tout prèt yo ak Evèk la, pou yo pase tan sa ansanm pou renouvèlman espiri-tyèl yo, sipò, edikasyon ak repo. Pap gen Lekòl nan pawas yo, oswa aktivite enstitisyonèl pandan jou sa yo. Tanpri lapriyè pou prèt nou yo, menm jan yo pral lapriyè pou nou menm tou.Tèm konvokasyon ane sa a se "Kè kontan ak defi Prètriz Jodi a." Prezantatè se Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, yon prèt nan dyosèz Syracuse, ki se yon ekspè nan espirityalite ak pwoblèm byennèt.

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Please join us on Thursday evening, December 6, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrew Church, 128 Norwich Ave. in Colchester, CT, for an evening of praising and worshiping God with music, teaching, witnessing, and prayer. The topic of Deacon Michael Puscas' talk will be, "Joy."

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Fet Imakile Konsepsyon,

Posted on November 23, 2018 in: General News, St. Mary

  Fet Imakile Konsepsyon, samdi, 8 decem-bre. Se yon fet gwo inpotanz. San Mari Imakile Konsepsyon se sen pawon E.E.U.U. Mes Kre-yol: 10 a.m.. 

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Under this title, Our Blessed Mother is patroness of the United States. Because of this, December 8 remains a holy day of obligation, even though it is on a Saturday.   Mass Times: Friday, Dec. 7, 5:15 p.m. Vigil Mass (Engl./Polish)at St. Joseph 7:00 p.m. Vigil Mass (Spanish) at St. Mary   Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:00 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul 10:00a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul 10:00 a.m. (Haitian Creole) at St. Mary

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  Bajo este título, Nuestra Santísima Madre es patrona de los Estados Unidos. Debido a esto, el 8 de diciembre sigue siendo un día sagrado de obligación, aunque sea un sábado.  Horarios de Misa:  Viernes, 7 de diciembre,  5:15 p.m. Misa de vigilia (inglés / polaco) en la Iglesia de San José  7:00 pm. Misa de vigilia (español) en la Iglesia de Santa María  Sábado, 8 de diciembre,  7:00 a.m. en la Iglesia de Los Santos Pedro y Pablo  10:00 a.m. en la Iglesia de Los Santos Pedro y Pablo  10:00 a.m. (criollo haitiano) en la Iglesia de Santa María 

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Dimanch prochen nap rantre nan tan lavan. Se konmansnan ane litiji-c a. Pandan tout ane sa a nou pral li levanjil Lik la. Evanjelis sen Lik se pat yon Apòt, men se te asosye ak kolaboratè Pòl. Tankou anpil moun ki ekri nan Nouvo Testaman, kontrèman Lik pat Jwif, ni jantiy yo. Li pat ekri pou Jwif yo, men pou kominote kretyen yo. Levanjil sen Lik la, se premye Levanjil kite ekri. Li genyen de gwo moso ladan l. Nan premye pati a yo rakonte lavi, ansènyeman, aksyon, lanmò ak leve vivan Jezi kri Granmèt nou an. Dezyèm pati a, Sen Lik rakonte tout sa Apòt yo te fè. Li pale tou sou leve vivan Jezi Kri a ak monte li nan syèl la....

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  Dec. 2 through Dec. 10: Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe, 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary Church  Dec. 11, Mananitas: English and Spanish, at St. Mary’s, starting at 9:30 p.m. It is a long tradition in Mexico and elsewhere to begin the celebration of Mary’s feast on the night before with prayer, song, and the sharing of food / friendship. The Mananitas will begin with the rosary, offered this year for the many needs of God’s people here, in Latin America, and throughout the world, followed by a presentation of the story of Our Lady’s appearance at Tepeyac in Mexico. We will join in traditiona...

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Fèt Nòtredam Guadalupe

Posted on November 23, 2018 in: General News, St. Mary

Nòtredam Guadalupe se Patwòn nou nan Ame-rik la ak nan Mouvman Pro-Life.Mèkredi, 12 Desanm. 7 :00 PM Tout moun envite pou yo al patisipe nan gwo sele-brasyon kap fèt chak ane nan de lang jou fèt Nòtredam Guadalupe a kote nap kontan wè Evèk nou an ki pral preside bèl selebrasyon sa nan Katedral St Patrik la. Depis mes la, genyen fet musik ak manje mejican

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Tout moun envite pou yo al patisipe nan gwo sele-brasyon kap fèt chak ane nan de lang jou fèt Nòtre-dam Guadalupe a kote nap kontan wè Evèk nou an ki pral preside bèl selebrasyon sa nan Katedral St Patrik la. Depis mes la, genyen fet musik ak manje mejican 

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Dec. 11, Mananitas: English and Spanish, at St. Mary’s, starting at 9:30 p.m. It is a long tradition in Mexico and elsewhere to begin the celebration of Mary’s feast on the night before with prayer, song, and the sharing of food / friendship. The Mananitas will begin with the rosary, offered this year for the many needs of God’s people here, in Latin America, and throughout the world, followed by a presentation of the story of Our Lady’s appearance at Tepeyac in Mexico. We will join in traditional songs to Mary and share refreshments as well. 

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  Del 2 al 10 de diciembre: No-vena a Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, 6:30 p.m. en la igle-sia de Santa María.  11 de diciembre, Mañanitas: Inglés y español, en la Iglesia de Santa Maria, a partir de las 9:30 p.m. Es una larga tradición en Méxi-co y en otros lugares comenzar la celebración de la fiesta de María la noche anterior con la oración, el canto y el intercambio de comida / amistad. Los Mananitas comenzarán con el rosario, ofrecido este año pa-ra las muchas necesidades de la gen-te de Dios aquí, en América Latina y en todo el mundo, seguido de una presentación de la historia de la apa-rición de Nuestra...

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At the behest of Bishop Cote we are very excited to announce that the Diocese of Norwich has been blessed with the opportunity through the Knights of Co-lumbus, to host the major relic of St. Jean Vianney on December 13, 2018 at the Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes in Gales Ferry.  The evening begins at 5pm with a time of quiet visitation and prayer with the relic followed by our Monthly Holy Hour for Vocations and finally an opportunity to venerate/touch the reliquary holding the relic. 

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Volunteers needed!

Posted on December 06, 2018 in: General News, St. Joseph

Are you interested in helping to get St. Joseph Church clean for Christmas? Please join us Sat., December 15th at 9AM Thank you!

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  This Sunday Night, 5 p.m.  December 16 At Sts Peter and Paul’s  High School students and young people, take heart! Lifeteen is starting up, a joyful, experience of faith, prayer, friendship and learning. Grow closer to Christ, His Mother and the Church 

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Improvements!

Posted on December 06, 2018 in: General News, St. Joseph

Plans and preliminary work have begun for the opening up of a fully handicap accessible bathroom in our church building. The floor plan is in place; soon space near the Mass chapel will be opened up; and the necessary plumbing and décor changes will be in effect. We can’t promise this will be done before Christmas, but we will push to have this project done as soon as possible. We are eager to open the first floor of the convent building for coffee next Sunday, Dec. 16. We have contacted an architect, Ms. Johana Matthews to help us with the renovation. The first step, however, is for the Bethesaida Women’s S...

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22 Desanm: 10 AM: Sèvis penitans nan Legliz St Pyè ak Pòl. Sonje jou sa ap gen konfesyon pe-sonèl nan lang Anglè, Panwòl, kreyòl ak Po-lonè). Paske ane pase anpil pawasyen pat ka rese-vwa sakremsn penitans lan akoz travay yo ak difikilte nan voyaje nan mitan lannwit.  ... Tanpri, asire w ke ou prepare ou pou Nwèl la ou rese-vwa sakreman sa a, Kris la ap padone nou. 

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Servicio de Adviento de la Penitencia, en la iglesia de Sts. Peter and Paul. Tenga en cuenta el día y la hora, ya que en años pasados, muchos de nuestros feligreses no han podido recibir el Sacramento de la Penitencia debido a la dificultad de sus horarios de trabajo para viajar de noche. Después de un breve servicio comunitario de reconciliación, las confesiones individuales se llevarán a cabo en Inglés, Español, Criollo Haitiano y Polaco. Por favor, asegúrese de prepararse para la Navidad al recibir este sacramento del perdón de Cristo. 

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Servicio de Adviento de la Penitencia, en la iglesia de Sts. Peter and Paul. Tenga en cuenta el día y la hora, ya que en años pasados, muchos de nuestros feligreses no han podido recibir el Sacramento de la Penitencia debido a la dificultad de sus horarios de trabajo para viajar de noche. Después de un breve servicio comunitario de reconciliación, las confesiones individuales se llevarán a cabo en Inglés, Español, Criollo Haitiano y Polaco. Por favor, asegúrese de prepararse para la Navidad al recibir este sacramento del perdón de Cristo.

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December 22, 10 a.m., Advent Penance Service, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church. Please note the day and time. In or because of years past, many of our parishioners have been unable to receive the Sacrament of Penance because of their work schedules difficulty in traveling at night. After a brief communal service of reconciliation, individual con-fessions will be held in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Polish. Please be sure to prepare for Christmas by receiving this sacrament of Christ’s forgiveness.

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Sèvis penitans

Posted on December 13, 2018 in: General News, St. Mary

22 Desanm: 10 AM: Sèvis penitans nan Legliz St Pyè ak Pòl. Sonje jou sa ap gen konfesyon pesonèl nan lang Anglè, Panwòl, kreyòl ak Po-lonè). Paske ane pase anpil pawasyen pat ka resevwa sakremsn penitans lan akoz travay yo ak difikilte nan voyaje nan mitan lannwit. ... Tanpri, asire w ke ou prepare ou pou Nwèl la ou resevwa sakreman sa a, Kris la ap padone nou.

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Please take note of significant dates and events in our Advent Calendar:   Dec. 2 through Dec. 10: Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe, 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary Church  Saturday, December 8, Feast of The ImmaculateConception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Under this title, Our Blessed Mother is patroness of the United States. Because of this, December 8 remains a holy day of obligation, even though it is on a Saturday. Dec. 11, Mananitas: English and Spanish, at St. Mary’s, starting at 9:30 p.m. It is a long tradition in Mexico and elsewhere to begin the celebration of Mary’s feast on the night befo...

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Las Posadas,

Posted on December 13, 2018 in: General News, St. Mary

A medida que se acerca la Navidad, ponemos maestro interés en la celebración de Las Posadas, tan popular en México. Durante nueve días antes del 25 de Diciembre, las personas se reúnen para recrear el viaje de María y José viajando a Belén y buscando un lugar (una posada) donde pueda nacer su hijo. El diálogo de puertas cerradas y el rechazo eventualmente lleva a una puerta abierta y bienvenida.  Si desea participar en Las Posadas, esta semana se llevará a cabo en la Iglesia St.Mary todas las noches a las 6:30 p.m.  Aprovechemos esta época Santa para darnos la bienvenida y dar la bienvenida a todos los que ...

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  De el 16 al 24 de Diciembre Las Posadas, en la iglesia de Santa María: servicios de oración en prepa-ración para la Navidad, en español.  22 de diciembre, 10 a.m., Servicio de Penitencia de Adviento, en la Iglesia de los Santos Pedro y Pablo. Tenga en cuenta el día y la hora. En o debido a años pasados, muchos de nuestros feligreses no han podido recibir el sacramento de la ceremonia debido a la difi-cultad de sus horarios de trabajo para viajar de noche. Después de un breve servicio comunitario de reconci-liación, las confesiones individuales se llevarán a cabo en inglés, español, criollo haitiano y pola...

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As Christmas draws near, the celebration of Las Posadas, so popular in Mexico, calls our attention. For nine days before December 25th, people gather to re-enact the drama of Mary and Jo-seph journeying to Bethlehem and seeking a place (una posada) where their child could be born. The dialogue of closed doors and rejection eventually leads to an open door and to welcome.  If you would like to take part in Las Posadas, it is held at St.Mary Church this week each night at 6:30p.m.  May we use this holy season to welcome one another and to welcome all who come to the doors of our parishes seeking warmth, light...

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Christmas Eve 4:00 p.m. Saints Peter and Paul 4:00 p.m. Saint Mary (multicultural) 10:00 p.m. Saints Peter and Paul 12:00 a.m. Saint Joseph Christmas Day 8:30 a.m. Saint Joseph (Polish & English) 10:00 a.m. Saint Mary (multicultural) 10:00 a.m. Saints Peter and Paul

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Sunday, Dec. 30. The family is the domestic church, the basic building block of our larger community of faith. We celebrate the mystery of love in the home expressed in Jesus’ life in Nazareth with Mary and Joseph as we pray for our own families here and now. 

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As we are preparing ourselves for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ as a newborn baby on Christmas Eve, we try to not only embrace him in our hearts but also in our brothers and sisters of this parish community. In the spirit of the joyful waiting of Advent, we would like to invite people, who feel a strong call to help others, as Eucharistic ministers, visitors to the sick and collection counters. Thank you so very much for answering this call to ministry. Father Washabaugh and Father Albrecht

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This Christmas, con-sider giving a gift that will give life to a poor child in a terribly poor place. Fr. Fanel Florestal is the pastor of Ste. Marie Magdalene Church, Port de Bonheur on the island of LaGonav in Haiti. He oversees one of the poorest parishes in the poorest country in the Americas. Fr. Fanel’s parish school gives an education and a daily meal to 100 children. Poverty in LaGonav is so intense that for many children, that will be the only meal of the day. There are hundreds more children waiting for the chance to be nour-ished in mind, soul and body at Fr. Fanel’s school. However, the Parish of St...

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  Nwèl sa a, konsidere fè yon kado ki pral bay yon timoun pòv lavi nan yon kote ki pòv anpil. Pè Fanel Florestal se Kire nan Legliz Sent Marie Madeleine, Port de Bonheur nan zil LaGonav an Ayiti. Li responsab youn nan Pawas pi pòv yo nan peyi ki pi pòv nan Amerik yo. Lekòl pawas Pè Fanel la bay 100 timoun edikasyon ak repa chak jou. Povrete nan LaGonav si tèman gran ke pou anpil timoun, se sèl manje yo jwenn pou jounen an. Gen dè santèn lòt timoun kap tann pou yo nouri lespri yo, nanm ak kò yo nan Lekòl Pè Fanel la. Sepandan, Pawas Sent Marie Ma-deleine la pa gen finansman pou li sèvi plis timoun, pou li amelyore l...

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  The Octave of Christmas, January 1. This day is a “holy day of obligation”. This important day encompasses many celebrations: The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, New Year’s Day, World Day of Prayer for Peace, and Independence Day for Haiti.    Masses are as follows  Vigil Masses (Dec. 31)  4:00 p.m. St. Joseph  4:00 p.m. St. Mary Church  5:30 p.m. St. Peter and Paul Church  7:00 p.m. St. Mary Church (in Spanish)    Masses during the day, Jan. 1  8:30 a.m. St. Joseph Church (Polish and English)  10:00 a.m. S...

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It appears that our parishes are ready to take an important step towards unity. At the beginning of the coming year, our three separate parish pastoral councils will begin the important process of forming a single pastoral council for the cluster. Our parishes will maintain their own financ-es, and of course, their own finance councils. However, the pastoral concerns of each parish are increasingly the concerns of all our churches, and the key question is: how can we join forces and work together for the benefit of all? Increasingly, the strength of each parish is dependent on the success of our cluster. Let us pray and wo...

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La Octava de la Navidad,

Posted on December 20, 2018 in: General News, St. Mary

  La Octava de la Navidad, 1 de enero. Este día es un "día santo de obligación". Este importante día abarca muchas celebraciones: la solemnidad de María, Madre de Dios, el Día de Año Nuevo, el Día Mundial de Oración por la Paz y el Día de la Independencia de Haití. Las misas son las siguientes Misas de Vigilia (31 de diciembre)   4:00 p.m. Iglesia de San Jose 4:00 p.m. Iglesia de Santa María 5:30 pm. Iglesia de San Pedro y San Pablo 7:00 pm. Iglesia de Santa María (en español)   Misas durante el día, 1 de enero. 8:30 a.m. Iglesia de San José (polaco e inglés) 10:00 ...

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¡Unidad!

Posted on December 13, 2018 in: General News, St. Mary

Parece que nuestras parroquias están listas para dar un paso importante hacia la unidad. Al comienzo del próximo año, nuestros tres consejos pastorales parroquiales separados comenzarán el importante proceso de formar un solo con-sejo pastoral para el grupo parroquial. Nuestras parroquias mantendrán sus propias finanzas y, por supuesto, sus pro-pios consejos de finanzas. Sin embargo, las preocupaciones pastorales de cada parroquia serán cada vez más las preo-cupaciones de todas nuestras iglesias, y la pregunta clave es: ¿cómo podemos unir nuestras fuerzas y trabajar juntos para el beneficio de todos? Cada vez más, l...

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Oktav Nwèl

Posted on December 13, 2018 in: General News, St. Mary

  1 janvye. Jou sa a se yon "Fèt obliga-syon". Jou enpòtan sa a gen ladan anpil selebrasyon: Sola-nite Mari, Manman Bondye, Joudlan, Jounen Mondyal Lapriyè pou Lapè, ak Jou Endepandans Ayiti.  Orè Mès yo  31 desanm  4:00 p.m. Saint Joseph  4:00 p.m. Sent Mari  5:30 p.m. St Pyè ak Pòl  7:00 p.m. St Mari (nan lang Panyòl)  Mès pandan jounen an, 1 Janvye  8:30 a.m. St. Joseph (Polonè ak angle)  10:00 a.m. St Pyè ak Pòl  10:30 a.m. Sent Mari (kreyòl ayisyen)  Apre Mès Ayisyen an, nou envite tout moun vin patisipe nan yon s...

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!Navidad en Polonia!

Posted on December 20, 2018 in: General News, St. Mary

El Museo de los Caballeros de Colón, en 1 State Street en New Haven, tiene una nueva exhibición de Navidad, Navidad en Polonia. La muestra presenta más de 100 artículos, algunos de la colección del museo. Los aspectos más destacados incluyen: Szopki de Drakow, pesebres de madera talladas a mano y ropa tradicional Polaca. El museo también presenta su festival anual de árboles de Navidad. Abierto de 10-5 todos los días hasta el 3 de Febrero. Entrada gratuita estacionamiento.Más información en 203-865-0400 o kofcmuseum.org. 

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Patriotic Rosary

Posted on December 27, 2018 in: General News

As we begin the New Year, we pray that our elected officials will serve this country ethically and with wisdom. We place our country in God's hands as we pray the Patriotic Rosary. Please join us on Thursday evening, January 3rd, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrew Church, 128 Norwich Ave. in Colchester, CT for an evening of prayer and song.

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Sunday, January 6. This is the great 12th Day of Christmas when the Wise Men, following a star, found the king of kings in a manger bed. All Sunday Masses will be joyful celebrations, but the 10:00 multilingual Mass at St. Mary’s will be very special with sounds and flavors of many lands, pageantry, and a grand part for children and their families after Mass. All are invited, but let us know if you’re coming to the party. It helps with planning for food! 

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Domingo, 6 de Enero, La Epifanía (Fiesta de los Re-yes Magos) Este es el gran Día 12 de Navidad, cuan-do los Reyes Magos, siguiendo una estrella, encontra-ron al rey de reyes en un pesebre. Todas las Misas de los Domingos serán celebraciones alegres, pero la Mi-sa multilingüe de las 10:00 en St. Mary's será muy especial con sonidos y sabores de muchas tierras, ce-remonias y una gran fiesta para los niños y sus fami-lias después de la Misa. Todos están invitados, pero Avísanos si vienes a la fiesta. ¡Esto ayuda con la pla-nificación de la comida! 

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Wednesday, December 26: The Feast of St. Stephen. How odd to celebrate the feast of the first Christian martyr during such a happy season! On the other hand, what does the coming of Christ’s light to a world darkened by sin bring if not contradiction, challenge and a share in Christ’s cross? Thursday, December 27: The Feast of St. John the Apostle. John’s gospel begins “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was god….and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Friday, December 28, The Feast of the Holy Innocents. Christmas is a happy time, but the...

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Last year a party for children and their families was held at St. Mary Church in celebration of the Epiphany, the Feast of the Three Kings. Over 150 children participated with games, entertainment, lots of food, and a visit from the three kings themselves with small presents for everyone. This year, we invite families with children under 13 years of age to sign up now and join the fun. The party is held at St. Mary Church at 11:30 (after the 9:45 Mass) until 3 p.m. Admission is free. However, a free-will offering will be taken up to help the Parish of Sainte Madeleine, LaGonav, Haiti. We want to teach our children not o...

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“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 + 19 while saying: The three Wise Men, Caspar, Melch...

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Religious Education: Next classe Jan. 13, 2019 CCD CLASSES K-7 CONFIRMATION CLASSES

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  Sunday, January 13  5 p.m.  At Sts Peter and Paul’s  High School students and young people, take heart! Lifeteen is starting up, a joyful, experience of faith, pray-er, friendship and learning. Grow closer to Christ, His Mother and the Church  For more information, visit our website, www.jnccfaith.org 

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Holy Name of Jesus Retreat Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 All young women from ages 14-17 are invited to the Holy Family Motherhouse in Baltic, CT from 9AM to 6:30PM. Come spend time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, pray and share with Sisters, meet other young women like yourself and much more. No Charge. Contact 860-822-8241 or sisterjoanclare@gmail.com

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Good news! Our cluster now has 18 sponsors helping children at LaGonav. Thanks to the organizers and everyone who attended the Three Kings Children’s party at St. Mary Church last Sunday. An estimated 55 families attended, and $972.10 was raised for our project. Many thanks! 

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This is a wonderful day, not just for a midwinter break from school or work, but for reflection on the continuing need to build “the beloved community” in which all are treated as equal. 

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  Martes 22 de Enero:  Un día de Oración por la Protección Legal de los Niños No Nacidos  Los más de 56 millones de abortos desde las decisio-nes de 1973 de Roe v. Wade y Doe v. Bolton reflejan la desgarradora magnitud de lo que el Papa Francis-co quiere decir con una "cultura desechable". Incluso los niños en las primeras etapas de la vida se conside-ran prescindibles si no son convenientes. Estamos lla-mados a marcar el día de la decisión del Tribunal Su-premo, Roe V. Wade. Cada año, hay una Marcha Na-cional por la Vida en Washington DC. Mucho más importante, las personas de buena volunt...

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The over 56 million abortions since the 1973 decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton reflect the heartbreaking magnitude of what Pope Francis means by a “throwaway culture”. Even children at the earliest stages of life are seen as dispensable if they are not convenient. We are called to mark the day of the Supreme Court Decision, Roe V. Wade. Each year, there is a National March for Life in Washington D.C. Much more importantly, people of good will take time to fast, pray and deepen their own commitment to all human life. You are invited to make Tuesday, January 22 a day of fasting and prayer. Join in ...

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The Church Unity Octave, a forerunner of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was developed by Servant of God Father Paul Watson, SA at Graymoor in Garrison, N.Y and was first observed in 1908. Today, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity invites the whole Christian community throughout the world to pray in communion with the prayer of Jesus “that they all may be one” (Jn 17:21). 

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  Una invitación de Navidad: ¡Ayuda a un niño!  ¿Fue por casualidad que Cristo nació en la pobreza, pobre y sin hogar, y que Cristo se convirtió en un refugiado cuya familia huyó de la persecución del rey Herodes? Quizás no fue una mera casualidad. Quizás la humilde pobreza del Mesías fue un mensaje para siempre estampado en la historia: los pobres que siempre tienes contigo, y servirlos es servir a Cristo. Esta Navidad, considere dar un regalo que le dará vida a un niño pobre en un lugar terriblemente pobre. P. Fanel Florestal es el pastor de Ste. Iglesia de Marie Magdalene, Puerto de Bonheur ...

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The monthly Diocesan Pro-Life Mass will take place at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8:30 A.M. Please join our celebrant Rev. Walter Nagle 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. 

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This Sunday  Fr. Albrecht and Fr. Washabaugh will issue a pastoral and financial report on our parish and our parish cluster in the year 2018 and the fiscal year 7/1/17 - 6/30/18. This report will give us a good base for evaluating our spiritual and financial health and for taking a look at the initiatives that are needed for us to have a cluster and a parish that is faithful, vital, energetic and sustainable.  Next Sunday, February 3: The next step in our focus on our future as a faithful, vital, energetic and sustainable parish will wait. Fr. Washabaugh will be away at a family gathering. Enjoy the Superbowl...

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Since 1974 National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. The theme of this year’s celebration is: “Catholic Schools Learn, Serve, Lead, and Succeed”. 

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Lent begins this year on Wednesday, March 6. What better use of our 40 days this year than deepening our commitment to discipleship in our local parishes and our cluster? Our Lenten so-journ this year will take on deep meaning as we prepare for new life at Easter with our Risen Lord! 

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The Knights of Columbus Museum, at 1 State Street in New Haven, has a new Christmas exhibit, Christmas in Poland. The show features more than 100 items, some from the museum’s own collection. Highlights include: Szopki from Kraków, hand carved wooden creches and traditional Polish clothing. The museum is also featuring its annual Christmas Tree Festival. Open 10-5 daily through February 3. Free admission & parking. More at 203-865-0400 or kofcmuseum.org.

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On Sunday, February 3, 2019, the 22nd annual Mass of Thanksgiving for the Gift of Consecrated Life will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., in the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Norwich. All are invited to join Bishop Cote in thanking God for the gift of consecrated life and for the sisters, brothers, and religious priests who enrich the Church and build up God’s Kingdom with the witness of their religious commitment. The homilist will be Father Erik Lenhart, O.F.M. Cap., and the former Episcopal Vicar for Consecrated Life for the Diocese of Norwich and currently a chaplain for the Capuchin Youth and Family Ministries (CYFM)...

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Help for Saint Mary Magdalene School in LaGonav,Haiti. Thanks to everyone who was able to sponsor a child at Fr. Fanel's school in LaGonav! In our cluster, 9 people have agreed to sponsor children - and some folks have made separate donations (thanks!). We have put together a total of $2,475, a big help!

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Jan 20, 27, Feb. 3 We profess that the Gospel of Jesus Christ challenges us to our roots, but actually it doesn’t challenge us at all until it calls us to do something! The coming Stewardship Sundays in our parish cluster will present us all with such a call. How do we serve? How do we proclaim Christ to those around us? How do we live as faithful citizens in such a needy world? How do we keep the Church’s mission alive? Are you ready to let the Gospel of Jesus Christ take root in your soul in new ways?

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On Jan. 8, Fr. Fanel sent us a brief note:  Dear Fr. Bob:  I want to confirm that I received the money you sent by Western Union. God bless you and the people of your parishes. I pray for you all every day. I want to thank each per-son who has given a contribution for a spon-sorship. In the name of the children and of their parents and teachers, I greet you and thank you sincerely. With this money, I will be able to pay our teachers and buy food for the children.  I am preparing things as we had discussed. I will send you photos of each child who is be-ing sponsored so that they have a connection...

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On  Sunday, February 10, Fr. Albrecht and Fr. Washabaugh will talk about the steps they see as needed to make our cluster of parishes faithful, vital and sustainable. These steps have to do with our shared mission to God's people in Norwich, administration, sharing, service, and the celebration of our unity in diversity. The roadmap we present isn't the last word about our future, but a first word that will invite everyone to pray, think, and talk about our parishes together. 

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If you use Netflix, you have an opportunity to see the marvelous recent documentary by director Wim Wenders about Pope Francis, A Man of His Word. It was produced by Universal Pictures and given general re-lease in theaters last spring 

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Trust in the mercy of God’s love. Consider these words from St. John Paul II to those suffering because of abortion: “The church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope….The Father of mercies is ready to give you His forgiveness and His peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. You will come to un-derstand that nothing is defin...

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Fr. Albrecht and Fr . Washabaugh will issue an invitation to everyone in our parish cluster to commit to intentional missionary discipleship by: 1) committing to our own spiritual growth as disciples of our Lord Jesus, and 2)taking a specific role in the evangelizing mission of our church. Everyone will have plenty of time to think and pray about how he or she can be part of the church’s great mission in our time. As you can guess, we have plenty of suggestions!

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Now is the time to consider how to keep Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6. We start dramatically: in the morning, Catholics will gather to pray and to receive a sign of repentance: Ashes placed on our foreheads in the shape of a cross. Then there is the Ash Wednesday fast. We are meant to feel a little hungry on this day. Those who are able limit themselves to no more than one meal (no meat!) and two smaller meals. We also abstain from meat on Fridays in Lent.

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During Lent, we will be preparing, praying, and training in order to take on new roles and ministries in our parishes. As we will discuss on Sunday, February 17, we all are called to take active roles in the Church's mission. Once you discern your role, you will have time to enter it thoughtfully, prayerfully and confidently. A vital church document will be available for purchase at our book rack: Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel ), 2013. This is the " source document" of our "roadmap" for the future of our parish cluster. During Lent, we fast. Chu...

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If you are seeking to find hope, strength and comfort from a loss, burden or sorrow, join us this Lent for A Journey with Mary Through Her Seven Sorrows, a seven-week program that will explore each of the seven sorrows of Mary’s life and the message of strength and encouragement each one contains. The program will run Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30 P.M  March 12, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at the Cathedral of St. Patrick Hall, 213 Broadway, Norwich, CT Each week will include a reflection on one of Mary’s sorrows, guided prayer imagery and discussion. The program is free, but registration is required. To do s...

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Principals from Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (2013) A Church Which Goes Forth: Mere administration can no longer be enough. Throughout the world, let us be permanently in a state of mission (25) Evangelization is the task of the Church (111) An Essential Renewal Which Cannot be Deferred: I dream of a “missionary option”, that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today’s world rather than for h...

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A Universal Call to Missionary Discipleship. Dur ing Lent 2010, our attention will be given to identifying, developing and employing each person's share in our mission. This Lent: a time for training and coordination. Unity in mission while embracing our diversity. The time has come to replace our three separate Parish Pastoral Councils with a single Cluster Parish Council. We will maintain separate finances, and so, keep 3 individual parish finance councils. How to handle particular pastoral concerns of each parish? Periodic parish open meetings. Development of staffing and leadership. We have long been see...

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Ahora es el momento de considerar cómo nos vamos a preparar durante la Cuaresma que comienza el Miércoles de Ceniza, el 6 de Marzo. Comenzamos dramáticamente: por la mañana, los Católicos se reunirán para orar y recibir una señal de arrepentimiento: las cenizas se colocan en nuestras frentes en forma de cruz. Tambien tenemos el ayuno durante el Miércoles de Ceniza . Estamos destinados a sentir un poco de hambre en este día. Los que pueden limitarse a no más de una comida (¡sin carne!) y dos comidas más pequeñas. También nos abstenemos de comer carne los Viernes de Cuaresma. 

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Durante la Cuaresma

Posted on February 07, 2019 in: General News, St. Mary

  Durante la Cuaresma, nos estaremos preparando, orando y entrenando para asumir nuevos roles y ministerios en nuestras parroquias. Como lo discutiremos el Domingo 17 de Febrero, todos estamos llamados a asumir roles activos en la misión de la Iglesia. Una vez que distinga su rol, tendrá tiempo para participar de manera reflexiva, en oración y con confianza. Un documento vital de la iglesia estará disponible para su compra en nuestro estante para libros: la exhortación apostólica del Papa Francisco, Evangelii Gaudium (La Alegría del Evangelio), 2013. Este es el "documento fuente" de nuestra "hoja de ...

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En nuestro Grupo Parroquial, es hora de:  1. Un llamado Universal al Discipulado Mi-sionero. Durante la Cuaresma de 2019, se prestará atención a identificar, desarrollar y emplear la partici-pación de cada persona en nuestra misión. Esta Cua-resma será un tiempo para la formación y coordina-ción.  2. Unidad en la Misión al tiempo que abar-camos Nuestra Diversidad: Ha llegado el mo-mento de reemplazar nuestros tres Consejos Pastora-les Parroquiales por un solo Consejo Parroquial. Man-tendremos las finanzas separadas, y así, mantendre-mos 3 consejos de finanzas parroquiales individuales. ¿Cómo manejar ...

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Nan gwoup pawas nou an, li tan pou:  1. Yon Apèl Inivèsèl Pou Nou Vin Disip Misyonè. Pan-dan Karèm 2019 lan, nou pral pran tan pou nou idantifye, devlope ak itilize kontribisyon chak moun nan misyon nou an. Karèm sa a: se yon tan pou fòmasyon ak kowòdinasyon.  2. Inite nan misyon an pandan nap anbrase divèsite nou: Lè a rive pou nou ranplase twa Konsèy Pastoral nou yo ak yon sèl Konsèy Gwoup Pawas. Nap kontinye ak finans nan twa Pawas nou yo separe, e konsa, nap kontinye gen 3 konsèy finans separe. Ki jan nou ka pran swen pwoblèm pastoral patikilye nan chak pawas? Yon lè konsa nap gen reyinyon pou chak pawa...

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  Koulye a, li lè pou nou panse kouman nou pral viv Karèm ane sa a kap kòmanse Mèkredi Dèsann, 6 Mas. Nou kòmanse dra-matikman: nan maten, katolik yo rasanble pou yo lapriyè e resevwa yon siy ki montre nou kòmanse kase tèt tounen vin jwenn Bondye: sann Pè-a mete sou fwon nou nan fòm yon kwa. Epi gen jèn Mèkredi Dèsann. Fòk nou santi nou grangou yon ti kras jou sa a. Moun ki kapab limite tèt yo a pa plis pase yon repa (san vyann!) e de ti repa. Nou pap manje vyann nan van-dredi pandan Karèm lan.  Pandan Karèm lan, n ap prepare, lapriyè, ak fòmasyon pou nou ka pran nouvo wòl ak ministè nan pawas nou yo. Jan n...

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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, in-crease your passion and refresh and celebrate your marriage. This marriage enrichment aptly entitled, “Celebrate Marriage,” will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019, from 9 A.M to 3 P.M. at St. Jo-seph Parish Hall, 99 Jackson St.,Willimantic. The cost is $35 per couple, which includes workbooks and lunch. Registration is required. To register, call the Diocesan Catholic Family Services Office at 860-848-2237, Ext. 306. 

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On Sunday, February 17, Fr. Albrecht and Fr. Washabaugh will issue an invitation to everyone in our parish cluster to commit to intentional missionary discipleship by: 1) committing to our own spiritual growth as disciples of our Lord Jesus, and 2)taking a specific role in the evangelizing mission of our church. Everyone will have plenty of time to think and pray about how he or she can be part of the church’s great mission in our time. As you can guess, we have plenty of suggestions!  If winter storms interfere with normal Sunday attendance, the schedule of reports may be modi-fied so that everyon...

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Padre Albrecht y el Padre Washa-baugh invitarán a todos en nuestro grupo parroquial a comprometerse con el discipulado misionero intencional al 1) comprometerse con nuestro propio crecimiento espiri-tual como discípulos de nuestro Señor Jesús, y 2) asumir un papel específico en la misión evangelizadora de nuestra iglesia. Todos tendrán mucho tiempo para pensar y orar acerca de cómo él o ella puede ser parte de la gran misión de la iglesia en nuestro tiempo. Como puedes adivinar, ¡tenemos muchas sugerencias!  Si las tormentas de invierno interfieren con la asistencia normal de los Domingos, el calendario de in...

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On Thursday, February 21, 2019, come join in praying with Bishop Cote a Eucharistic Ho-ly Hour for Vocations. This month the holy hour will be at Sacred Heart, Norwichtown, from 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m.Come pray for those who are called to priestly or consecrated reli-gious life. Pray for our seminarians and those in the process of applying to the Diocese. Join our Diocesan Prayer Team for Vocations by emailing the vocation office for more infor-mation at vocations@norwichdiocese.net and checkout our website at god-calls.com! 

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Scout Promise: On my honor, I will do my best to do my Duty to God and my country….  12th Point of the Scout Law: A Scout Is Reverent. A Scout is reverent toward God. They are faithful in their religious duties. They respect the beliefs of others.  This year Mohegan District has a Scout Sunday patch that is dedicated to Irving Berlin who wrote the Song “God Bless America” 80 years ago. He did not feel right accepting royalties from a song that had grown to patriotic status so, in 1940 he  created the God Bless America Fund, through which all royalties have been donated to the Boy ...

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The Diocese of Norwich seeks a full-time Executive Director for the Diocese of Norwich Outreach to Haiti ministry. Responsibilities include supervision of staff in U.S. and Haiti, fundraising, financial management, oversight of operations in U.S., oversight of programs in Haiti, including clinic, education, twinning, and hospitality.  Qualifications: Respect and support for leadership and teachings of the Catholic Church, a bachelor’s degree, and work experience in a related field. Ad-ministration experience and budget management, community relations, and fundraising skills. For complete job description ...

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Fr. Albrecht and Fr. Washabaugh are announcing an invitation to everyone in our parish cluster to commit to intentional missionary discipleship by 1) committing to our own spiritual growth as disciples of our Lord Jesus, and 2) taking a specific role in the evangelizing mission of our church. Everyone will have plenty of time to think and pray about how he or she can be part of the church’s great mission in our time. While our priests have plenty of suggestions, you may have many that no one has yet identified. Please share your ideas!  A Roadmap for Our Three Parishes  To Become Missionary, United, a...

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Estasyon Lakwa

Posted on February 21, 2019 in: General News, St. Mary

Devosyon sa a se yon bèl lapriyè ke nou mete nou ansanm ak Kris la, Granmèt nou an, ki te kraze peche ak lanmò lè Li te soufri e mouri pou nou tout. Planifye w pou vinn lapriyè avèk nou tout vandredi yo pandan Karèm la:  10:00 a.m. Mès ak Estasyon Lakwa (Ayisyen) nan Legliz Sent Mari  6 p.m. Estasyon (anglè ak Polonè) nan Sen Jozèf  6 p.m. Estasyon nan Sen Pyè ak Pòl  7:30 p.m. Estasyon (Panyòl) nan Sent Mari 

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Pandan Karèm lan

Posted on February 21, 2019 in: General News, St. Mary

Pandan Karèm lan, nap jene. Lwa Legliz la mande nou pou nou jene e pou nou pa manje vyann Mèkredi Dèsann ak Vandredi Sen epi pou nou pa manje vyann nan vandredi pandan Karèm lan. Sepandan, tès reyèl la se jèn nou chwazi pou nou fè pandan tout 40 jou yo. Men yon sijesyon: gade nan ansiklik Pap Francois, Laudato, Si (Sou Swen Kreyasyon an), 2015. Li rele nou tout pou nou viv pi senpleman ak espirityèlman nan fason pratik, yon kalite jèn. Liv sa pral disponib pou nou achte l.  Pandan Karèm lan, nou lapriyè. Lamès chak jou, lapriyè chaplè, Estasyon Lakwa a se yon bon pratik pandan Karèm lan. Lekti espirityèl tou. Nou p...

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  Mirando Hacia la Cuaresma  El Domingo anterior al Miércoles de Ceniza, 2,3 de Marzo, estaremos distribuyendo “tazones de arroz” y calendarios de Cuaresma para ayudar a guiar su oración diaria, ayuno y limosna durante la Cuaresma. Ricebowls está patrocinado por Catholic Relief Services para que podamos poner nuestra fe en acción de manera muy concreta al encontrar y compartir las necesidades del mundo que nos rodea.  Visite crsricebowl.org para ver videos de las personas y comunidades a las que apoya a través de esta devoción de Cuaresma.  También el Domingo antes de que comienc...

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Recuerda que hay dos grandes signos por los cuales comenzamos la Cuaresma: cenizas y un día de ayuno. A todos los que pueden se les pide que ayunen, tal vez se limiten a una comida completa (¡sin carne!) Y, según sea necesario, dos comidas mucho más pequeñas para mantenerse saludables, ¡pero no llenas! La recepción de las cenizas se hace mejor temprano en el día. Aquí está el horario para la distribución de las cenizas en nuestro grupo parroquial:  7 a.m. Sts. Peter and Paul , un breve servicio de la Palabra y cenizas  7 a.m. St. Mary, (multicultural) un breve servicio de la Palabra y cenizas&nb...

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Estaciones de la Cruz

Posted on February 21, 2019 in: General News, St. Mary

Esta devoción es una oración maravillosa mediante la cual nos unimos a Cristo, nuestro Señor, que venció el pecado y la muerte al sufrir y morir por todos nosotros. Planea unirte a nosotros los Viernes de Cuaresma:  10:00 a.m. Misa y Estaciones (Haitiano) en St. Mary's  6 p.m. Estaciones (Inglés y Polaco) en San José  6 p.m. Estaciones en Sts. Peter and Paul  7:30 pm. Estaciones (Español) en St. Mary's 

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Nou pral distribye ricebowls ak kalandriye Karèm pou ede n gide lapriyè chak jou nou, jèn ak lacharite pandan Karèm la. Ricebowls yo patwone pa Sèvis Sekou Katolik pou nou ka mete lafwa nou an aksyon trè konkrè lè nou wè bezwen nan mond lan ki alantou nou, e lè nou pataje sa nou genyen ak moun ki nan bezwen yo.  Epitou nan dimanch anvan Karèm la kòmanse, nou pral boule Ramo nou te sèvi nan selebrasyon Dimanch dè Ramo pou fè sann nou pral sèvi kòm siy nou tounen vin jwenn Bondye. Dimanch dè Ramo, nou te pote branch ramo yo pou nou pwoklame Kris la kòm Wa nou e an menm tan deklare entansyon nou pou nou swiv Li nan Mi...

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Mèkredi Dèsann, 6 Mas.

Posted on February 28, 2019 in: General News, St. Mary

Nou kòmanse dramatikman: nan maten, katolik yo rasanble pou yo lapriyè e resevwa yon siy ki montre nou kòmanse kase tèt tounen vin jwenn Bondye: lesann Pè-a mete sou fwon nou nan fòm yon kwa. Epi gen jèn Mèkredi Dèsann. Fòk nou santi nou grangou yon ti kras jou sa a. Moun ki kapab limite tèt yo a pa plis pase yon repa (san vyann!) e de ti repa. Nou pap manje vyann nan vandredi pandan Karèm lan.  Li pi bon pou nou resevwa lèsann bonè nan jounen an. Isit la men orè a pou distribisyon lèsann nan gwoup pawas nou yo:  7 a.m. @Sen Pyè ak Pòl, yon sèvis kout Pawòl Bondye a ak lèsann  7 a.m. @ Sent Mari (mi...

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CRS RiceBowl is a Lenten faith-in-action program that goes perfectly with our parish call to missionary disci-pleship. It offers opportunities for your family to engage in daily with the spiritual pillars of Lent: prayer, fast-ing and almsgiving. It is an opportunity for us as a parish to reflect on what it means to live out our Gospel call to go out to those in need.  During the 40 days of lent, we will encounter the stories of people in Guatemala, Uganda, Gaza and other places around the world where CRS is at work. We’ll be invited to eat simple, meatless meals each Friday from these countries. Through the ...

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On the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, March 2,3, we will be distributing ricebowls and Lenten calendars to help guide your daily prayer, fasting and almsgiving during Lent. Rice-bowls are sponsored by Catholic Relief Services so that we can put our faith into action very con-cretely by encountering and sharing the needs of the world around us.  Visit crsricebowl.org to watch videos of the people and communities you support through this Lenten devotion.  Also on the Sunday before Lent begins, we will burn palms from last year’s Holy Week celebra-tion to make the ashes we will use as our sign of repentanc...

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Remember that there are two great signs by which we begin Lent: Ashes and a day of fasting. All who are able are asked to fast, perhaps limiting themselves to one full meal (no meat!) and as needed two much smaller meals to stay healthy, but not full! The receiving of ashes is best done early in the day. Here is the schedule for distribution of ashes in our parish cluster:  7 a.m. @ Saints Peter and Paul, a short service of the Word and ashes  @ St. Mary (multicultural), a short service of the Word and ashes.  8:15 a.m. @ St. Joseph, Holy Mass and distribution of ashes  10:00 a.m. @ St. Mary...

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Prior to Lent: Take time to discern your particular calling.  During Lent: Fast, pray, and prepare for service.  During the Easter Season: Engage in missionary discipleship; pray that the Holy Spirit make us authen-tic missionary disciples.  We Can All Engage in a Campaign of Prayer  For the Renewal of our Parishes  Come early to pray before Sunday Mass begins; par-ticipate in daily Mass especially during Lent; renew your commitment to frequent Confession.  Spend time with the Lord through Lectio Divina, daily reflective reading of Scripture. Pray the rosary.  Do spir...

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Take a look at the book and CD racks in the back of Church. They hold many spiritual treasures for your Lenten spiritual reading. In particular, we invite you to pray with Pope Francis’ Apos-tolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, a rich spiritual treasure and our guide to becoming mis-sionary disciples. It is available at the book rack for $8.00.  Also, we are providing to all parishioners free of cost another Lenten book, Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle 

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On Thursday, March 21, join in praying with Bishop Cote during a Eucharistic Holy Hour for Vocations. This month the holy hour will be at St. Mary Church, Baltic from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Come pray for those who are called to priestly or consecrated religious life. Pray for our semi-narians and those in the process of applying to the diocese. You can join our diocesan prayer for vocations team or receive more information by e-mailing the vocation office at voca-tions@norwichdiocese.net or going to our website, god-calls.com! 

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Take a look at the information and prayer packet that comes with your rice bowl.  In Guatemala, we encounter Norma, who as a young mother supports her family and shares her skills with her community. Reflect on the importance of family in your life. How can you con-tribute to support families in your community? Visit crsricebowl.org for more. 

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Join us for a bilingual forum in Honor of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador Sunday, March 24, 2019 3pm- 5pm Saint Mary Star of the Sea Church hall 10 Huntington Street New London CT Presentation in English Anne Gebelein, Ph.D. Presentation in Spanish Walter Mena, MA for more information, please call (860) 456-3349 email:aposthispano@gmail.com 

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CCD CLASSES K-7 Feb. 24th and March 10th CONFIRMATION CLASSES Feb .24th & March 10th

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How will you be a missionary disciple? Everyone has a calling. Renew yourself in ministry or begin your mission by returning this form in the Sunday collection, or email it back to us at : ssppnorwich@yahoo.com or stjosephnorwich@yahoo.com or secretary@stmarys1845.org A call to the Missionary Discipleship

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Take a look at the book and CD racks in the back of Church. They hold many spiritual treasures for your Lenten spiritual reading. In particular, we invite you to pray with Pope Francis’ Apos-tolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, a rich spiritual treasure and our guide to becoming mis-sionary disciples. It is available at the book rack for $8.00.  Also, we are providing to all parishioners free of cost another Lenten book, Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle. 

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On Thursday, March 21, join in praying with Bishop Cote during a Eucharistic Holy Hour for Vocations. This month the holy hour will be at St. Mary Church, Baltic from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Come pray for those who are called to priestly or consecrated religious life. Pray for our semi-narians and those in the process of applying to the diocese. You can join our diocesan prayer for vocations team or receive more information by e-mailing the vocation office at voca-tions@norwichdiocese.net or going to our website, god-calls.com! 

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Take a look at the information and prayer packet that comes with your rice bowl.  In Guatemala, we encounter Norma, who as a young mother supports her family and shares her skills with her community. Reflect on the importance of family in your life. How can you con-tribute to support families in your community? Visit crsricebowl.org for more. 

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The 2019 Ministry Fair showcasing our Diocesan ministries and programs will be held this year in Cromwell on April 7, 2019 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. We will offer a continental breakfast through-out this open house style event. If you would like to attend this event to learn how donations to the 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal, ‘Hand in Hand with All God’s Children’, support our ministries and programs please RSVP by March 29th to Rosela Precopio at 860-886-1928 ext. 10 or dodadm@norwichdiocese.net. Reservations are required due to space limitations. 

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Because our food pantry at Sts. Peter and Paul Church is very low, we are re-questing your help this coming Sunday, Please help us restock our shelves Suggested items are: canned pasta, canned vegetables, canned fruit, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, macaro-ni and cheese, soups, baked beans, pork and beans, tuna,. Thank You ! 

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This past week, Elaine Volmuth, the parish secretary at St. Mary Church, has let go of secretarial responsibilities there. Elaine will, however, continue as the bookkeeper for our three parishes. We will be looking to have our two remaining cluster secretaries serve our three parishes with some slight modifications of our office schedule. Shirley Bosque, our secretary at Saints Peter and Paul’s will be at St. Mary’s on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. With this arrangement, her schedule at Saints Peter and Paul’s will be as follows: Mondays, 9am to 1pm Tuesdays, 9am to 12 pm Thursdays, 9 am ...

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This Lent our focus is on our call to become an evangelizing Church. Essential to that process is our prayer for God to lead us and strengthen us. I invite you to join Fr. Tomasz and me in pray-ing at all Masses this Lent for the Holy Spirit to lead us powerfully. A prayer for the new evan-gelization will be found inside our song books and missals and cards will be available for pray-ing at home. 

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It saddens me to announce to you all that there won't be Friday evening Lenten Fish Fries this year. This doesn't mean that there will be no more fish fries in years to come, but it does indicate that there is important work of communication and reconciliation that needs to be done. It has been a significant and tumultuous year for relations between St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent de Paul Place. The agreement whereby the diocese would take legal ownership of the building and thereby fund its restoration, has taken painfully long. A smoldering anger on the part of both sides has been with us for a long time, but r...

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Please join in adoration and prayer for on opening of dialogue and reconciliation between our parish and the staff of the St. Vincent de Paul Place. We gather on the evening of the Feast or our Parish Patron, St. Joseph to ask his intercession: 7:00 p.m. Holy Mass Adoration until 9:00 p.m.

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Meet Dieufait Jean Pierre and his son, Kensley. Dieufait has come from Haiti to care for his wife, Jozelaine who is, in a sense trapped in Backus Hospital. You can see their full story on our parish web - page. Joselaine has suffered an infection that put her in a coma for two months and developed into a life-threatening sepsis. Against the odds, Jozelaine recovered, but the sepsis has forced doctors to amputate her fingers and her legs below the knee. It has also left her without kidney function. Jozelaine has been in the hospital for two years now, primarily because, as an immigrant seeking asylum, she does not qualify f...

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This Lent our focus is on our call to become an evangelizing Church. Essential to that process is our prayer for God to lead us and strengthen us. I invite you to join Fr. Tomasz and me in pray-ing at all Masses this Lent for the Holy Spirit to lead us powerfully. A prayer for the new evan-gelization will be found inside our song books and missals and cards will be available for pray-ing at home. 

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On Thursday, March 21, join in praying with Bishop Cote during a Eucharistic Holy Hour for Vocations. This month the holy hour will be at St. Mary Church, Baltic from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Come pray for those who are called to priestly or consecrated religious life. Pray for our semi-narians and those in the process of applying to the diocese. You can join our diocesan prayer for vocations team or receive more information by e-mailing the vocation office at voca-tions@norwichdiocese.net or going to our website, god-calls.com! 

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Take a look at the information and prayer packet that comes with your rice bowl.  In Uganda, we encounter Annet, a 16 year-old or-phan who fled her native South Sudan and now cares for her three younger siblings. Reflect on the terrible circumstances of millions of refugees throughout the world today. Visit crsricebowl.org for more. 

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The CCD Program is requesting donations of candy for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Individually wrapped candy is suggested .  Thank you !

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Please join us!  An International Food Festival: Help for the Jean Pierre Family Sunday Afternoon, between 11:30a.m. and 3 p.m.  St. Mary Church Hall. Free-will donations accepted for Jozelaine and her family  Many thanks to fine gourmet chefs from our three par-ishes who are preparing foods with the flavors of Haiti, Poland, Mexico, Italy, Puerto Rico, Peru, and more!  Dieufait Jean Pierre,Jozelaine and his son, Kensley. Dieufait has come from Haiti to care for his wife, Jozelaine who is, in a sense trapped in Backus Hospital. You can see their full story on our parish web – page...

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Join us for a bilingual forum in Honor of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador Sunday, March 24, 2019 3pm- 5pm Saint Mary Star of the Sea Church hall 10 Huntington Street New London CT Presentation in English Anne Gebelein, Ph.D. Presentation in Spanish Walter Mena, MA for more information, please call (860) 456-3349 email:aposthispano@gmail.com 

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March 10th and 24th CCD Classes after 10am Mass  March 10th and 24th Confirmation Classes at 3pm 

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This devotion is a wonderful prayer by which we join ourselves to Christ, Our Lord, who overcame sin and death by suffering and dying for us all. Plan to join us on the Fri-days of Lent:               10:00 a.m. Mass and Stations (Haitian) at St. Mary’s                      6 p.m. Stations (English and Polish) at St. Joseph’s                      6 p.m. Stations at Saints Peter and Paul                 7:30 ...

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  A reminder: if you have not turned in your commit-ment paper to the mission of our church do so as soon as possible!  Right now our parish has particular needs. Maybe you can help:     Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers  Acolytes (that is, altar servers, both young peo-ple and adults welcome)   Visitors of the sick   People who organize and bank our Sunday col-lections  Greeters / Ministers of Welcome  Catechists and Sponsors for adult learners  Intercessors in prayer groups and Rosary socie-ties.    We have sched...

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Because our food pantry at Sts. Peter and Paul Church is very low, we are requesting your help this coming Sunday, Please help us restock our shelves Suggested items are: canned pasta, canned vegetables, canned fruit, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, macaroni and cheese, soups, baked beans, pork and beans, tuna,. Thank You ! 

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The monthly Diocesan Pro-Life Mass will take place at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Nor-wich on Saturday, April 6 at 8:30 A.M. Please join our celebrant Rev. Walter Nagle 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. 

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  Candelight Concert & Compile (Night prayer)  Sunday,March 24,2019  7:30PM  Norwich Diocesan Choir  Denise Plaza-Martin, oboe  Free Admission  Saint Patrick Cathedral  213 Broadway  Norwich CT 06360 

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Join us on April 6 at Mercy High School in Middletown from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help us shine Light in a Darkened World. Our uplifting day offers enrichment workshops, mass with Bishop Cote, basket raffle, vendors, and much more! Lunch is included in $40 registration fee. Go to http://www.norwichdiocese.org to register.

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  APRIL 14 at 7:30 PM  CATHEDRAL OF SAINT PATRICK  EASTERN CONNECTICUT SYMPHONY OR-CHESTRA  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart-Requiem  Featuring members of the ECSO, Toshiyuki Shimada, Music Director and Conductor;  Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus, Wendy Moy, Director  Sarah Yanovitch, Soprano; Caroline Olsen, mezzo-soprano;  Ethan Depuy, tenor; Gregory Flower, baritone  Admission is Free.  Goodwill donations collected at the event will benefit the ECSO and the  St. Vincent de Paul Place in Norwich, CT. 

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Take a look at the book and CD racks in the back of Church. They hold many spiritual treasures for your Lenten spiritual read-ing. In particular, we invite you to pray with Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, a rich spiritual treasure and our guide to becoming missionary disciples. It is available at the book rack for $8.00. Also, we are providing to all parishioners free of cost another Lenten book, Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle. Spanish book: Un Nuevo Comienzo.

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  Lent: A Time for Confession!  The confession schedule in our parishes is: Ss. Peter and Paul,  Saturday’s from 6:30pm–7:00pm.  St. Joseph Saturday’s from 3:15pm - 4:00pm. St. Mary Saturday’s from 3:15pm - 4:00pm.   Also, there will be a special confession time in our area held here at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 24 Hours for the Lord. Priests from our district will be in the confessional from 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 29, through 9:00 p.m., and resuming at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, through 12:00 Noon. Plan to participate in this essential sacra...

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Please prayerfully contemplate how you can help others in need within our Diocesan communities by pledging generously to this year’s ACA campaign, “Hand in Hand with All God’s Children”. Please come prepared next weekend to make your pledge by either taking home a pledge envelope today or by completing the pledge card you received in the mail. Your generous donations will allow our Diocesan ministries to make their programs available to everyone. Our goal this year is to have as close to 100% parishioner participation as possible. Please remember every gift is important and appreciated, no matter it...

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Way of the Cross The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich, will join with clergy of other Christian Communities from the Norwich area in leading a communal celebration of the Way of the Cross on Good Friday, April 19, 2019, at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Norwich. This service will begin at 6:00 p.m. Please note: Due to comments received from participants in recent years, the decision has been made to hold this annual celebration inside the Cathedral, rather than processing down Broadway. It is our hope that this will enable and encourage more members of our communities to participate, especially those ...

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Polish Blessing of the Baskets – St. Joseph Church on Holy Saturday April 20th 10AM and Noon Swieconka (sh-vee-en-soon-kah) is one of the most enduring and beloved Polish traditions. Baskets containing a sampling of Easter foods are brought to church to be blessed on Holy Saturday. These baskets usually contain a loaf of bread to remind us of Jesus, the risen Lord, eggs which are a sign of hope and resurrection, horseradish to remind us of the bitterness of Jesus’ Passion, ham and sausage, joyful signs of God’s generosity, a symbolic Paschal Lamb in the form of cake or butter, and salt as a reminder to...

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Rice Bowls This Sunday is Palm Sunday. Thank you for bringing your rice bowls and placing them in the collection basket that is located in the sanctuary, and if you haven’t bring them today please continue to do so until Easter Sunday. Thank you for participating in the CRS ricebowl project of fasting, prayer and generosity to the poor! ****************************************************************** Cuencos de arroz Este domingo es el Domingo de Ramos. Gracias por traer sus cuencos de arroz y colocarlos en la canasta de recolección que se encuentra en el santuario, y si no los ha traído hoy, contin...

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24th Annual Secretaries Mass

Posted on April 11, 2019 in: General News

24th Annual Secretaries Mass in thanksgiving for secretaries of all faiths, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 12:00 p.m., Cathedral of St. Patrick, Norwich. Following the Mass a complimentary luncheon will be served. Celebrant: Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D. Homilist: Reverend Francis Gilbert. For res.call 860-887-9294, ext. 234

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All are welcome to a special Devine Mercy Service at 3.p.m at St Joseph's on Sunday April 28th. Following the service there will be a Coffee Hour for all who wish to attend. More information on Divine Mercy Sunday can be found here: https://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/feast.htm

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Thank you! To all who helped to organize, to all who contributed great food, and to all who participated in last Sunday’s International Food Festival to benefit Jozelaine Jean Pierre and her family, many, many thanks! The event was a great success. The support fund for the Jean Pierre Family is now over 14 thousand dollars. We are now well towards the $20,000 goal to secure a stable residence for the family. With the help of Rep. Courtney’s office, we are working to secure immigration permission for Jozelaine’s husband, Dieufait to stay to care for her. We are establishing a list of volunteers who w...

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Saturday Evening, May 4, 5:30 p.m. Saint Peter and Paul Church Please join together at Mass as we pray in thanksgiving for Fr. Tomasz Albrecht’s faithful service in our parish cluster and in prayer for the success of his new calling to the Order of St. Dominic in Poland. Come to a reception in Fr. Albrecht’s honor immediately after Mass

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Join us at the Twenty-Ninth Annual White Mass for HealthCare Workers and Caregivers of all Faiths, which will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. The White Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral of Saint Patrick, 213 Broadway, Norwich, Connecticut. Following the White Mass, a brunch will be held in the Cathedral Auditorium. The Chairperson for the 2019 White Mass is Dr. Robert J. Keltner, Jr. . The featured speaker at the brunch will be Frank Maletz, MD. Dr. Maletz is a noted orthopedic surgeon and who, over the course of his career, has shown great concern for those struggling with opioid addiction. The title o...

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Coming Up in the Easter Season: Saturday, April 27 At St. Mary Church, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Conferencia de Evangelizacion: Seguimiento al V Encuentro, con Martin Zavala Sunday, April 28 Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday. Sunday May 12, Fourth Sunday of Easter, First Communions at Saint Joseph Church and Saints Peter and Paul Church. Happy Mothers’ Day Sunday, May 19, Fifth Sunday of Easter, First Communion at Saint Mary Church Saturday, May 25, Wedding of Zachary Hunter Sears and Erin Mari Konicki, (first announcement of wedding banns) Monday, May 27, Memorial Day. 10 a.m. Mass to be...

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Thursday, May 30, Solemnity of Our Lord’s Ascension into Heaven (day of obligation) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 5:30 p.m. vigil St. Joseph Church (English/Polish) 8:30 a.m. Saints Peter and Paul Church (multicultural) 5:30 p.m. St. Mary Church (multicultural)

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  Sunday June 2nd, 5 p.m.  At Saints Peter and Paul Church  As we wind down and begin our summer break, all Jr High & Highschool-Aged kids are welcome to have fun and great food! We will be sharing a BBQ/Picnic style meal and playing games ( outside, as weather permits). Bring old friends and make new ones! 

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Dear Friends, The last four years I have spent in St. Joseph and Ss. Peter and Paul, as well as the three years of my work in St. Mary, have been a time of learning and enrichment. Through it, I was growing in appreciation of all of the cultures and nationalities of our cluster community. Thank you for this amazing, learning experience. May the 4th was the pinnacle of it. As I was saying my goodbyes to all of you, exchanging hugs, wishes, and smiles, I was realizing how much each one of you mean to me. Thank you for your presence in my life. A special word of thanks goes to all of the pe...

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Sister Eugenia has been a member of the Enders Island staff for more than 28 yrs. She is the Spiritual Director of the Sacred Arts Institute and leads Guided and Directed retreats as well as Days of Recollection. “The Garden is a sacred space of encountering the Divine. Let us open our hearts to the mystery God wishes to provide for us.” Register at www.enders.is/GardenWeekend

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