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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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RELIGION CLASSES FOR CHILDREN Religion classes for children in primary grades, including children preparing for First Communion, will be starting soon! September 15 is Catechetical Sunday and primary level classes begin the following weekend. To register for classes and to learn more about the schedule, talk to one of our ministers of hospitality at Mass or contact the parish office at stjosephnorwich@yahoo.com. We are always glad for more teachers for our programs! If you are interested in becoming a catechist for children, please let us know!

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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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Please, familiarize yourself with our Annual 2018 Raport for Ss. Peter and Paul parish. Clicking with the link below will redirect you to the Raport. Ss. Peter and Paul 2018 Annual Raport

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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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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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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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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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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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Religious Education

Posted on August 26, 2017 in: St. Peter and Paul

 It is time to start thinking about religious education. Religious education classes begin in mid-September, but registration begins now! There will be formal registration on September 10, but you can register now by calling the parish office. Religious education classes for First Communion and Primary Grades are held on Sunday mornings after the 10 a.m. Mass. Confirmation classes this year will be on Sunday evenings. Stay tuned for details about our program. Parents of children who are 7 years or older and await baptism: give us a call to learn how we will be preparing your children for the Sacraments of Initia...

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The Parish Pastoral Council will be meeting on Wednesday December 6 at 7pm in the Church hall. Interested parishioners are invited to attend. 

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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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Please Join Us!

Posted on December 08, 2017 in: St. Peter and Paul

All parishioners are invited to the Saints Peter and Paul Church Knights of Columbus Annual Pot Luck Christmas Dinner On Sunday, December 10 at 5:30 p.m. flyers to sign up are in the vestibule if you have any questions please contact Dan service at (860)536-0581

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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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Giving Tree

Posted on December 08, 2017 in: St. Peter and Paul

We will be participating in the Jesse Tree, our gift giving tree, for the Martin House. If you would like to participate, please take a gift tag from and bring your gift by Sunday, December 17 and place it under the Jesse Tree. Thank you for your generosity. 

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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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It may seem like an odd time for this appeal, but there is a constant need for volunteers in our three parishes who are willing and able to help with the very important task of counting and processing our Sunday and holyday collections! If you have experience with the simple bookkeeping that is required and you have a couple of hours to donate once a month, we could use your help! This service requires competence and trust, so as you can understand, there’s a process of interviewing and preparing involved. Let us know if you are interested in helping!

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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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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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Pastoral Council

Posted on January 27, 2018 in: St. Peter and Paul

The Parish Pastoral Council will be meeting on Wednesday February 21 at 7pm in the Church hall. Interested parishioners are invited to attend. 

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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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  CCD Classes K-7 Sundays March-11th and 25th After 10 a.m. Mass . Confirmation Classes Sundays March- 4th and 18th

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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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Mark your calendars and reserve time to share in our patronal feast, as we celebrate, the life and mission of our parish.   6:00 p.m. Mass 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. An Appreciation Open House So many people contribute to the life of our parish in so many ways: council and committee members, liturgical and pastoral ministers, catechists, choir members, fundraisers, collection counters, food preparers, keepers of the church both inside and out, organizers of our food pantry, volunteers at the St. Vincent de Paul Place, and not least of all, faithful and steady givers. We have no adequate way to express our deep appr...

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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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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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A Thank you message

Posted on August 03, 2018 in: St. Peter and Paul

  Care Net is so blessed by your continued finan-cial support and prayer support, This year Saints Peter and Paul Church raised $508.39 Thank you for partnering with us again this year!

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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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Ministry of Welcoming

Posted on August 10, 2018 in: St. Peter and Paul

  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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  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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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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  Deacon Phil Hayes, a volunteer from the Haitian Health Foundation (HHF), will speak at all Masses and a second collection will be taken for the Annual Mission Cooperative Program. Dr. Jeremiah J. Lowney founded the Haitian Health Foundation in 1982. This outreach to rural Jeremie, Haiti and 105 mountain villages provides food, medical care, education, medicine and pre / post-natal treatment, as well as dental care for 250,000 of this hemisphere’s poorest people. Food, medicine and shelter continue to be desperately needed since Hurricane Matthew de-stroyed the entire Jeremie area in October of 2016. The sec...

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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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Pope Francis has long called for a compassionate poli- tics of immigration. Our own Bishop Cote has recently underlined the Catholic concern that enforcement of immigration rules respect the integrity of families. The Rodriguez family, strongly active in their Catholic par- ish, is now about to be broken apart as Julian, father and husband, has been given orders of deportation. He, his wife Diana, came to this country because they were threatened by violence in their home. They stayed be- cause their son, Santiago, born here, has a rare genetic disease that is life-threatening. Despite the strong pro- tests of Santiago&rsq...

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Missionary Coop Appeal

Posted on August 29, 2018 in: St. Peter and Paul

We welcome Deacon Phil Hayes, a volunteer who will speak at all Masses and a second collec- tion will be taken for the Annual Mission Cooperative Program. Dr. Jeremiah J. Lowney found- ed the Haitian Health Foundation in 1982. This outreach to rural Jeremie, Haiti and 105 moun- tain villages provides food, medical care, education, medicine and pre / post-natal treatment, as well as dental care for 250,000 of this hemisphere’s poorest people. Food, medicine and shelter continue to be desperately needed since Hurricane Matthew de-stroyed the entire Jeremie area in October of 2016. The second collection will be used to ...

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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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Attention: Divorced or Separated Catholics Are you separated or divorced and in need of support? The Church is here to help. The Catholic Family Services Office is sponsoring a monthly Support Group for Divorced and Separated Catholics the third Wednesday of each month from 7-8:30 P.M. beginning Sept. 19th at St. John the Evangelist Parish Hall, 22 Maple Ave., Uncasville, CT. To register, or for more information, call Catholic Family Services, 860-848-2237, ext. 306. Annulment Workshop ~ If you ar e a divorced Catholic who would like to know more about annulments or is considering beginning the annulment process but are...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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    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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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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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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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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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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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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  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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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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  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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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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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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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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Giving Tree

Posted on December 06, 2018 in: St. Peter and Paul

Be sure to take a gift card from the giving tree located in the lobby of our church. You will be helping our 9 Seminarians and the residents of Martin House to make their Christmas a little brighter.

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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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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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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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  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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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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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 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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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 repent-ance: 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 Fri-days in Lent.  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 Sun...

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This 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 Sunday of each month at St. Joseph and St. Mary Churches. Parishioners at Saints Peter 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, past...

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In 2018 was able to provide food assistance for: 503 Families 1079 individuals and it was possible thanks to your generous week-ly food donations. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Religious Education

Posted on March 14, 2019 in: St. Peter and Paul

  March 10th and 24th CCD Classes after 10am Mass  Confirmation Classes at 3pm Lifeteen at 5pm at the parish hall. 

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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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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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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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  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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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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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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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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Calling for Catechists! While we are able to begin catechism, our program would go so much better if we were able to split classes into smaller units according to grade level. For that we need a few more good believers who are willing and able to share their faith with children. Might that person be you? Give us a call at 860-887-9857 or e-mail us at ssppnorwich@yahoo.com.

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