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Four County Catholic April 2011
You love because you have it in your heart. You don’t love people because they deserve it. You love because they are human beings, because they are creations of God.
- Immaculee Ilibigiza, survivor of the 1994 Rwanda genocide, sharing her wisdom of finding strength through love and forgiveness - at a recent Mercy High School Retreat Day.
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The Most Reverend
Michael R. Cote, D.D.
Bishop of Norwich
We Are Their Voice, Their Energy, Their Family My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: In my Lenten message this year, I spoke of how prayer, fasting, penance and almsgiving help us overcome selfishness and become more sensitive to the poor and vulnerable. Our sacrifices strengthen our respect for those less fortunate. In our awareness of their need, we are united with them as sisters and brothers in God’s family. The plight of the poor surrounds us. This is true locally and globally as we continue to face persistent unemployment, severe economic pressures, steady but slow recovery in Haiti, challenges here in the diocese to keep our charitable services and Catholic schools functioning at needed capacity, and worrisome news from Japan in the wake of their earthquake and nuclear disaster. At no time in recent memory have we had so many brothers and sisters in such urgent need. What can we do? How can we,
as caring Catholics, respond? How can we help? Our faith, our values, the teachings of the Church and the example of Christ’s love for us define our moral responsibility to help the poor. We can fulfill this responsibility through prayer, social awareness and by supporting organizations dedicated to bringing relief to those in need. From a social perspective, it is our responsibility to stay informed and participate in the democratic process to defend and promote Catholic principles, especially when involving local, state and federal legislation. Writing letters and making calls to government representatives can be helpful. So too can boarding a bus and heading for the State House to stand together as responsible citizens and Catholics in favor of social justice. And we can never underestimate the importance of voting for political candidates aligned with our principles as another participatory
means of helping to protect the rights of the poor and the disadvantaged. Recently, Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of the Albany Diocese and Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on International Justice and Peace, co-authored an open letter to the United States Senate, urging Congress to preserve poverty-focused development and humanitarian assistance. In an emotional appeal, Bishop Hubbard cited that “It is morally unacceptable for our nation to balance its budget on the backs of the poor at home and abroad.” Among a vital list of programs identified as needing to be preserved and not cut, were Migration and Refugee Assistance, Title II Food for Peace and the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education Program. Following Bishop Hubbard’s appeal, Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, Diocese of Stockton, and Chair-
man, USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, also wrote to the United States Senate to speak up for the poor, seniors, people with disabilities and other vulnerable persons. Identifying billions of dollars of proposed cuts that should be withdrawn, Bishop Blaire stated the Catholic position in eloquent terms, “Put poor and vulnerable people first as you consider how to spend limited federal resources.” This is the same message we can all deliver to our local communities at every opportunity. Sitting on the sidelines is not an option. Not when so many are hungry, displaced, discouraged and counting on us. We are their voice, their energy, their family. The Annual Catholic Appeal is a wonderful opportunity to express our thanksgiving for the blessings in our lives and to extend ourselves to help those in need survive and preserve their dignity. By lifting others, we are all lifted. Thank you
for all you do out of kindness, love for Christ and love for one another. May you never have need to call out in distress, as described in Proverbs 21:13, “He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor will himself also call and not be heard.” But if you should ever find yourself in those circumstances, it is the love and generous hand that you extend today that will ensure your call will be heard. We are walking this journey together, helping each other each step of the way. A generous spirit flows from compassion. At the heart of it, true compassion means to see others as God sees them. This we strive to understand and to practice. May the Holy Spirit help us grow in this way and live truly compassionate lives. Sincerely yours in Christ’s love, Bishop Michael R. Cote
Nosotros Somos Su Voz, Su Energía, Su Familia Queridos Hermanos y Hermanas en Cristo: En mi mensaje de Cuaresma este año, yo hablé de cómo la oración, el ayuno, y obras de caridad nos ayudan a vencer el egoísmo y hacernos más sensibles con el pobre y el vulnerable. Nuestros sacrificios fortalecen nuestro respeto para aquéllos menos afortunados. En nuestra concientización de sus necesidades, nosotros nos unimos con ellos como hermanos y hermanas en la familia de Dios. La difícil situación del pobre nos rodea a medida que seguimos enfrentando la crisis persistente del desempleo, la severa presión económica, la lenta pero segura recuperación en Haití, retos aquí en
la diócesis para mantener funcionando a la capacidad necesaria nuestros servicios caritativos y las escuelas católicas, y las noticias inquietantes desde Japón relevante al desastrozo terremoto. En ningún momento en la reciente memoria nosotros hemos tenido a tantos hermanos y hermanas en tan urgente necesidad. ¿Qué podemos hacer? ¿Cómo podemos nosotros como Católicos preocupados responder? ¿Cómo podemos ayudar? Nuestra fe, nuestros valores, las enseñanzas de la Iglesia y el ejemplo del amor de Cristo por nosotros definen nuestra responsabilidad moral para ayudar al necesitado. Nosotros podemos llevar a cabo
esta responsabilidad por medio de la oración, la interacción social y apoyando organizaciones dedicadas a brindar alivio a aquéllos en necesidad. Desde una perspectiva social, es nuestra responsabilidad mantenernos informados y participar en el proceso democrático para defender y promover los principios católicos, especialmente cuando se trata de la legislación al nivel local, estatal, y federal. Escribiendo cartas y haciendo llamadas a representantes gubernamentales pueden ser de mucha ayuda a veces. Así como también montándonos en un autobus y dirigiéndonos al capitolio para estar unidos como ciudadanos y catolicos responsables en favor de
la Justicia Social. Y nunca debemos disminuir la importacia de votar por candidatos políticos, alineados a nuestros principios, como otra manera de ayudar a proteger los derechos del pobre y de los maginalizados. Recientemente, el Obispo Howard J. Hubbard de la Diócesis de Albany, Encargado del Comité de la Justicia y la Paz Internacional de la Conferencia Episcopal Católico de Los Estados Unidos (USCCB), en conjunto con otro, escribió una carta abierta al Senado de Los Estados Unidos, urgiendo al Congreso a preservar el desarrollo en favor de los pobres y la asistencia humanitaria. En una petición emotiva, el Obispo Hubbard citó: “Es
moralmente inaceptable para nuestra nación el balancear su presupuesto en las espaldas de los pobres aquí y en las afueras”. Entre una lista meticulosa de programas identificados con la necesidad de preservar y no cortar, estuvieron la Asistencia a la Migración y Refugiados, el Titulo II Comida por la Paz y el Programa Internacional de McGovern-Dole Comida para la Educación. Siguiendo la apelación del Obispo Hubbard, el Obispo Stephen E. Blaire de la Diócesis de Stockton y Encargado del Comité Episcopal de la Justicia Doméstica y el Desarrollo Humano, le escribió también al Senado de Los Su Familia Continued on page 4
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Su Familia Continued from page 3
The Cathedral of Saint Patrick Norwich, CT
Special Mass Honoring Healthcare Workers of All Faiths Sunday, May 1, 2011 • 9:00 am All are welcome to join Bishop Michael R. Cote in a grateful celebration of the healers and caregivers in our lives.
Brunch to follow... Guest Speaker, Anthony Alessi, M.D. 860.887.9294
Estados Unidos para hablar en favor de los pobres los ancianos, los minusválidos y otras personas vulnerables. Identificando billones de dólares a cortes propuestos, el Obispo Blaire expresó la posición católica en términos elocuentes, “Pongan primero a las personas pobres y vulnerables mientras que consideren cómo utilizar los recursos federales limitados”. Este es el mismo mensaje que nosotros debemos llevar a nuestras comunidades locales en cada oportunidad. Mantenerse al margen no es una opción, no cuando hay muchos con hambre, desplazados, desalentados y contando con nosotros. Nosotros somos su voz, su energía, su familia. La Campaña Católica Anual es una maravillosa oportunidad para expresar nuestro agradecimiento por las bendiciones en nuestras vidas y extendernos para ayudar aquéllos en necesidad de sobrevivir y preservar su dignidad. Levantando a otros, nosotros nos levantamos. Gracias por todo lo que
hacen con bondad y amor para Cristo y el prójimo. Que nunca tengan la necesidad de clamar en angustia, como se describe en Proverbios 21,13: “El que pone oídos sordos al grito del afligido, cuando llame no le responderán.” Pero si Ud. se encontrará en aquellas circunstancias, el amor y la mano generosa que Ud. extiende hoy asegurará que cuando Ud. llame también será escuchado. Estamos caminando juntos esta jornada, ayudando a otros en cada paso del camino. Un espíritu generoso emana de compasión. El corazón de la verdadera compassion signifíca ver a otros como Dios los ve. Esto es lo que nos esforzamos de entender y practicar. Que el Espíritu Santo nos ayude a crecer de esa manera y vivir vidas verdaderamente compasivas. Sinceramente en el amor de Cristo, Obispo Michael R. Cote
Lenten Programs at
ST. EDMUND’S RETREAT Retreats Day’s of Recollection
St. Edmund’s at Enders Island
April 20 Bitter or Better? Our Choice for Forgiveness - Fr. Frank Sutman, OP May 11 Learning the Virtue of Mary through the Lenses of Her Heart - Sr. Eugenia Brady, SJC
Lenten Weekend Retreats
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April 15-17 Family Lenten Retreat “Prepare for the Joy of Easter!” - Deacon John & Peggy Scarfi April 21-24 A Retreat for the Tridium The Lamb of God “welcomes sinners and eats with them.” (Luke 15:2) - Fr. Frank Sutman, OP
Directed Retreats June 26 - July 2 “Come to the Feast!” Silent Directed Retreat - Sr. Eugenia Brady, SJC
Stations of the Cross and Fish Fry Fridays during Lent Stations of the Cross at 6:00pm Two Seatings for the Fish Fry ~ 5:00pm & 6:30pm Please call (860) 536-0565 for reservations.
St. Michael’s Institute of Sacred Art Join us while we explore the history, the sacred nature and the techniques of the Sacred Arts in a prayerful manner.
April 10-14 Illuminated Prayer on Vellum – “Come Holy One, Creator blessed, and in our hearts take up thy rest” Harvest Crittenden May 13-15 Gregorian Chant: Hymns, Psalmody and Chants for a Singing Church Dr. William Tortolano May 15-20 Old Masters Oil Painting Dr. Michael Sullo
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Reverend Gregory Galvin
Choose To Be A Disciple of Christ Discipleship means encountering Christ in such a way that you are most willing to allow Him, Christ, The Anointed One, Our Lord and Savior, The Word of God, The Son of Man, The King of Kings, Divine Mercy, to transform your life! That means making changes! Here we are in the middle of the Lenten season, heading towards Holy Week, the Holy Triduum and then the Easter Season. Have you become a disciple of Christ yet? Have you made the most important change you can make in your life? Who and what are you living for? Is it for yourself, your community, your work, the material possessions that society claims are the only things that bring us real happiness, sporting events, money, volunteering or politics? Or have you finally decided to live for what Christ is offering every single one of us, ETERNAL LIFE AND TRUE HAPPINESS, LIFE WITH GOD! That’s right, true disciples change what they live for, whom they live for and therefore change the way they live on a daily basis for however long God asks them to live in this world. Their focus and motivation must become living for the Kingdom! Why? Because that’s why He created us; that’s why He died for us; that’s why He is always willing to forgive our sins – any sins we may commit and then realize that we need to change. We need His assistance to make those changes and to be sustained in our efforts to become His disciple and to consistently live our daily life as His disciple. Once a soul truly encounters Christ, that soul either chooses to follow Christ or chooses not to follow Christ. Some struggle to
make that choice. Some choose to follow Christ but continue to struggle because the pull of the world continues to be strong in their lives. Therefore, ask yourself these questions – What is the purpose of the decisions I’ve made during this Lenten season? Have I taken the opportunity to really encounter Christ during this Lenten season? Am I ready to become a better disciple of Christ? Am I truly willing to walk with Christ in a new way? What are the big changes made in the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ? They would include a desire to actively overcome sin in our life, a desire to know and em-
brace God’s Will for one’s life, a willingness to hand ourselves over to Christ completely, and a desire to bring others to Christ that they too encounter Him and become his disciples. Everyone who has ever been baptized has been called by God to discipleship, to conversion, to holiness and perfection. Life in this world is for the purpose of living out our discipleship with His help, in preparation for what God has planned for us in the next world. Have you accepted that invitation? Have you decided to live as a TRUE DISCIPLE OF CHRIST? If your answer is yes – persevere. If you have not answered yes, now is the time!
The Most Reverend Michael R Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich, has made the following appointments:
Clergy Appointments Reverend Monsignor Henry N. Archambault, PA, Renewal of appointment as Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Taftville. Effective: March 11, 2011. Very Reverend John Gallagher, OFM Cap, New to the Diocese to Administrator of Saint Pius X Parish in Middletown. Effective: March 7, 2011. ~ Monsignor Robert L. Brown, Chancellor ~
Holy Hour for Vocations The Holy Hour for Vocations will now be held in a different deanery and parishes each month. Bishop Cote will lead the prayers of the Holy Hour each month. The schedule is as follows: April 14 May 27 June 23 July 21 Aug. 11 Sept. 15 Oct. 20 Nov. 17 Dec. 15
St. Pius X, Middletown St. Patrick Cathedral, Norwich Holy Family Motherhouse Chapel, Baltic St. Michael, Pawcatuck Christ the King, Old Lyme St. Matthew, Tolland St. Mary, Willimantic Mary Mother of the Redeemer, Groton Our Lady of the Lakes, Oakdale
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VACATION IN KENNEBUNK BEACH, MAINE! Franciscan Guest House & Retreat Facilities • Start your day with our full breakfast. Stroll the beach, Kennebunkport shops, and enjoy our pool. • Visit the beautiful Monastery, with daily Mass, gift shop, and shrines. • Choose from 65 rooms, with own AC, Bath, and Cable TV. • Auditorium for Groups. • On the Scenic Trolley route.
FREE Men’s Catholic Conference Rediscover the Spirit within you. Renew your Faith in Jesus Christ. Discover God’s dream for your life. Give the Lord ﬁtting Service & Adoration.
April 30th, 2011 8:30 ~ 3:30 St. Matthias Church East Lyme
Deacon Ralph Poyo founder of
New Evangelization Ministries PreRegistration Required For Registration Form go to the Oﬃce of Faith Events at www.norwichdiocese.org (under the Ministries tab)
or call 8608482237
There will be an opportunity for a freewill oﬀering.
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Friday-Sunday, April 8-10, 2011 Marriage Encounter Weekend Designed to give married couples a time to share their feelings and hopes. Focusing on one another you have the opportunity, without distractions, to examine your lives together and revitalize your marriage. Rediscover each other for an entire weekend with a heart-to-heart Marriage Encounter. To register for the next weekend in Groton, or for more information please call 860-644-7260. Website: www. wwme.org . Friday-Sunday, April 8-10, 2011 Reaching for a Lifeline for Your Troubled Marriage? Retrouvaille begins with a weekend in which husbands and wives are helped and given tools to heal, re-establish communication, work on their issues, and gain new insight into themselves as individuals and as a couple. A series of 6 post sessions follows the weekend phase. For information or to sign up for the next weekend in Hartford, call 203-8793842. All contacts are in strict confidence. Website: www.retrouvaille.org
Chrism Mass Tuesday, April 19, 2011 Bishop Michael R. Cote will celebrate The Mass of Chrism in the Cathedral of St. Patrick at 10:30am. During this special liturgy, the holy Chrism and other sacred oils are blessed. Come gather for this unique celebration.
Saturday, April 9, 2011 All-Day Reconciliation Celebration St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 219 Providence St, Putnam will be having an all day Confession from 8:00am till 4:00pm. There will be two priests available at all times for either face to face or screen confession. Written instructions provided and volunteers will be available to answer your questions. Sunday, April 10, 2011 Mass of Healing and Hope Will be held at St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer Church, 69 Groton Long Point Rd., Groton at 2:00pm. Monday- Tuesday, April 11-12, 2011 “Movin' With The Spirit” Sean Forrest of the “Movin' With The Spirit” ministry, will be leading the 2011 Lenten Mission at St. John Catholic Church, West Street, Cromwell, from 7:00-8:30pm each night. Sean will be speaking on two related themes, “Why Be Catholic” and “The Eucharist”. For additional information please call 860-635-5590 or 203-232-8316. Admission is free. Thursday, April 14, 2011 Aging and Nutrition Join us for another Thursdays at Ten on April 14, 2011, at the Chiara Center, 275 Finch Avenue on the campus of the Franciscan Life Center, Meriden, Connecticut. Marie Laffin, RN, Clinical Director, Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care, will present “Super Foods” and Healthy Eating. Marie’s presentation is informative and supportive. Bring a friend and questions. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information visit the web sites at www.franciscanhc.org or www.flcenter.org. Friday-Sunday, April 15-17, 2011 Engaged Encounter Weekend One of the most important parts of your wedding planning is your marriage preparation program. Engaged Encounter is a weekend-long program and meets all the aspects of marriage preparation required by the Diocese. Engaged Encounter weekend: April 15-17, 2011 at Immaculata Retreat House in Willimantic. Call 860-536-8665. Early registration is advised. Visit www.engagedencounter.org. Saturday, April 16, 2011 The Vernon Chorale and UConn Concert Choir St. Bernard's Church in Rockville is hosting The Vernon Chorale and UConn Concert Choir, along with a 20-piece orchestra, to perform Mozart's Requiem and Solemn Vespers on April 16, 2011 at 7:30pm. There is a suggested donation of $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. For more information please contact St. Bernard Church at 860-875-0753. Saturday, April 16, 2011 Be My Witness! The first annual Catholic Women’s Conference of the Diocese of Norwich for Women of all ages! On Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 8:30am –3:30pm at Saint Bernard School, Uncasville. This conference is about building up an army of strong, spirit-filled women of God, women committed to living out their baptismal call to be Christ’s witness in the
16th Annual Secretaries Mass Tuesday, April 26, 2011 Bishop Michael R. Cote will celebrate Mass for all Secretaries at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick, 213 Broadway, Norwich, at 12:10pm. Family, friends, and employers are also invited. A luncheon will follow in the lower Cathedral Auditorium. For information call 860-887-9294 ext. 232 or 234.
world. Keynote speaker: ValLimar Jansen. For more information please log onto: www.norwichdiocese.org under ministries, click on Office of Faith Events or call, Marge Vanner, Director of Faith Events at 860-848-2237, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t miss it! Register by April 1, 2011 and save! Friday, April 22, 2011 Way of the Cross Walk with Bishop Michael R. Cote and leaders of other Christian communities as we pray the Way of the Cross. A public procession of scripture and prayer held on Good Friday, starting at 5:00pm in Chelsea Parade. The walk will move from Chelsea Parade down Broadway and Union Street to Central Baptist Church, remembering the suffering of Christ. Fridays, April 29, 2011 & May 6, 20, 27, 2011 Marriage Preparation Class for Engaged Couples “God’s Plan for a Joy-filled Marriage” offered by the Office of Family Life. To register for the 4 session class, please call 860-889-8346 ext.283 The classes will be held on Fridays, April 29, 2011 & May 6, 20, 27, 2011 at 7:00–9:00pm, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Fox Parish Center, 10 Elm St., Middletown, CT 06457 The cost: $50 per couple for class materials. Saturday April 30, 2011 Men’s Conference St. Matthias Church, East Lime. Call 860-8482237 ext.312 for information and registration. (See page 5) Saturday, April 30, 2011 Father and Son Adventure Offered by the Franciscan Life Center, 271 Finch Avenue, Meriden, from 9:00am- 4:00pm. The day-long retreat, under the direction of Thomas Finn, Ph.D., is designed to strengthen the father/son relationship using interactive games and ropes course activities. The cost is $30 per person. For more information about the Father and Son Adventure and other family adventure programs, please visit www.flcenter.org. or call 203-237-8084 to register. Saturday, April 30, 2011 3rd Annual Comedy Night St. John School will be hosting the 3rd annual
Comedy Night on April 30, 2011 at the Middletown Elks Club. The show will feature Tommy Koenig, a national headliner as seen on A& E Comedy on the Road as well as MTV Half Hour Comedy and Comedy Central. Other comedians featured will be Richard Roberts and Ellen Karis, who has been seen on the Sopranos, and featured at Jokers Wild Comedy Club and Gotham Comedy Club in NY. Tickets for the comedy show, auction (live and silent), and catered dinner are $45 each (6:00pm): or you can purchase tickets to only the comedy show and auction for $25 each (doors open for non-dinner tickets at 7:30 pm). Tickets must be purchased in advance to ensure seating. Seating is general seating unless you reserve a table for 8 (must let us know when purchasing tickets). To order tickets please call Kathy at 860-543-3680 or SJS at 860-347-3202 Sunday, May 1, 2011 Beatification Mass of Pope John Paul, II The parish of St. Joseph in Norwich, will celebrate the beatification of Pope John Paul, II on Sunday May1, 2011 at the 8:45am Mass. The Very Rev. Leszek Janik, Vicar General will be the celebrant and homilist for the Mass. A coffee reception will be held in the school hall building immediately following. Saturday, May 14, 2011 Hospice Southeastern Connecticut Walk The 16th annual, Hospice Southeastern Connecticut Walk will take place on Saturday, May 14, 2011. The finds raised are crucial to support the care of terminally ill patients in New London County. Individuals and teams may register and create their own fundraising pages by visiting www.hospicesect.kintera.org/walk2011. The annual three-mile Walk takes place in Mohegan Park in Norwich, CT. Become a team leader and bring your team to walk in memory of a loved one and to support Hospice Southeastern Connecticut. Each walker who raises a minimum of $50 will receive a 2011 Walk t-shirt. Registration begins at 9:00am and the Walk begins at 10:00am. A raffle and plant sale will take place. If you cannot join us on that day, you can still raise funds for the event or support one of the walkers. For more information, email email@example.com or call (860) 848-5699.
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NORWICH 2011 ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL formerly the Annual Bishop’s Appeal
“Do This in Memory of Me”
Your participation in the 2011 Annual Catholic Appeal will directly affect the lives of people throughout Eastern Connecticut with programs and ministries that reach beyond the scope of any individual parish. Our collective gifts make these ministries possible. Please prayerfully consider how you can share your blessings in gratitude to God for all He has given you. PROGRAMS/SERVICES/MINISTRIES FUNDED BY YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL: Retired Priests Vocations Catholic Charities Pro-life Activities Office of Safe Environments Catholic Schools
Campus Ministry Youth Ministry Young Adult Ministry Family Life Pastoral Planning Communications Stewardship & Development
Four County Catholic Religious Education and Formation Hispanic Ministry Outreach to Haiti Spiritual Renewal Project Northeast Hospital Chaplains
Please be generous. Make your gift today!
Prison Ministry St. Joseph Living Center St. Vincent de Paul Place Soup Kitchen, Norwich St. Vincent de Paul Place Soup Kitchen, Middletown
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Jesus said “You shall Love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall…
Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Mass of Healing and Hope Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer Church, 69 Groton Long Point Rd., Groton, CT 06340 National Service Committee Retreat April 14 through 16, 2011 in Washington, DC One-Day Life In The Spirit Seminar Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. St. Mary of Czestochowa Church, 79 South Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457 (Pre-registration is appreciated by April 11, 2011) Parish Lenten Mission “Seek – And You Will Find!” Palm Sunday through Tuesday, April 17-19, 2011 at 7:00 P.M. SS Peter & Paul Church, 181 Elizabeth St., Norwich, CT 06360 New England Liaison Meeting April 27, 2011 in Auburn, MA Philip Weekend Seminar (an “Experience” of Pentecost) Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM St. Mary Church, 51 Freestone Avenue, Portland, CT 06480 (Pre-registration is required.) Prayer, Praise, Worship and Adoration Spiritual Renewal Services, 11 Bath Street, Norwich, CT 06360 Every Tuesday, 7:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
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My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Holy week calls each of us to enter into the Lord’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection. These days made holy by these sacred events are a special time of reflection and renewal. We reflect on the depth of the Father’s love and His boundless mercy. We are strengthened in the life that pours forth from Jesus’ side as His nearly lifeless Body hangs on the Cross. By His Resurrection from the dead, we share in Christ’s life. By embracing His love for us, we are forever changed in the outpouring of His grace and favor. For a moment, if we could frame these sacred days of the Lord’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection with one event, it would be the meal of the Lord’s Supper. Jesus sits at Table with His Apostles and breaks and shares Bread, His Body that is broken and given for us. He gives them to drink of the Chalice of His Blood, His Blood poured out for us so that sins will be forgiven. At that meal He ordains the Apostles in the priestly ministry of eternal love, sacrifice, and service. He teaches His Church that to share that Bread, His Body, and to drink from that Cup of His Blood require His followers to become servants – even to wash the feet of another. By sharing in Jesus’ Priesthood through the call of the Church, that priestly ministry of eternal love, sacrifice, and service lives in our priests. In celebrating Jesus’ Life, Death, and Resurrection in the liturgies of the Church, they deepen for us our understanding and appreciation of the gift of Jesus’ Priesthood and the holy men who, sharing in that priesthood, have brought Jesus to us and us to Jesus. During Holy Week, as we renew ourselves in the graces that flow from the events of these holy days, we gratefully remember our priests. In a special way, we pray for our priests, we remember with gratitude our retired priests, and we commend to the Lord our deceased priests and bishops. For the past twenty-eight (28) years, the Diocese has appealed to the faithful to remember in prayer the priests who serve them in the person of Jesus Christ... May God bless your generosity to this appeal and may you have a blessed observance of Holy Week and a holy and happy Easter. Sincerely yours in Christ, Most Reverend Michael R. Cote Bishop of Norwich
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The Ones Who Sing, Pray Twice The Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church Schola located in Baltic, CT will By Sister Mary Partick
be appearing on EWTN’s “Life on the Rock” on Thursday, April 28th, at 10:00 p.m. (E.T). These sisters have already produced a 14-track CD last May, selling over 1600 copies and are currently working on a Christmas album to be released in the fall of 2011. More information regarding the CD can be found at www.sistersofcharity.com. Mother Maria Alma LaFond, Foundress of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church, who often quoted St. Augustine, “The one who sings prays twice,” began the sisters’ choir in the 1970s. However, it was from this group that the Sisters’ Schola came into being when the Academy of the Holy Family presented The Sound of Music in the fall of 2009. Instead of having students play the part of the sisters’ choir in this musical, it was decided to have a core group of the Sisters of Charity choir take on this role. Seeing sisters on stage was rather innovative and a new experience for both the audience and the sisters. Because their performance was so successful and inspirational, the sisters were highly encouraged by their Superior General, Mother
M. Anthony, and many others to begin recording sacred music. This was especially encouraged by Dana Scallon, an international recording artist of Irish and contemporary Christian music, who had also heard the sisters sing. The Sisters of Charity Schola has performed locally, including St. Patrick Cathedral, as well as at Holy Family Church in Woonsocket R.I., and Catholic TV in Boston. It is their hope that their music will touch people’s lives bringing them to God and also promote their congregation. The Sisters of Charity serve in the Diocese of Norwich, the Archdiocese of Hartford, the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, and the Archdiocese of St. Paul, Minnesota in education, health care, Hispanic ministry, and providing services to the needy including a shelter for homeless families and a food pantry.
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Holy Week and Easter
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It has been said over and over that as we move closer to the implementation date for By Sister Elissa Rinere, CP, JCD Office of Worship
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Saturday, May 14, 2011 • 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM At Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Quaker Hill Presenters: Paul Covino and Paul Melly Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA The Revised Texts of the Missal, with Special Emphasis on Music and Musical Settings Cost $10 ______________________________________________ Saturday, June 18, 2011 • 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM St. Matthew Parish, Tolland ~ or ~ Saturday, September 17, 2011 • 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM St. Patrick Parish, East Hampton Presenter: Sister Elissa Rinere, C.P. Diocesan Office for Worship The Revised Texts of the Missal, with Special Emphasis on the History and Meaning of the Liturgy of the Eucharist Cost $10 ________________________________________________ To Register: email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 860-848-2237
the new translation of the Roman Missal, our focus is not the word changes alone, but the liturgy itself in all its aspects. Catholic liturgical life is a treasure, and this time of preparation is an opportunity for us to grow in our appreciation of that treasure. This year, Beginning on April 17, the greatest of our liturgical treasures, Holy Week and Easter, are celebrated. Difficult as it might be to believe, some people never attend these beautiful services because they are “too long,” or at inconvenient times, or “not required,” or the people are too busy for such things. This year, as we are trying to understand better the liturgical treasures of the Church, perhaps we can pay closer attention to Holy Week and Easter, and the resolve to attend these great liturgical ceremonies which celebrate and commemorate the core of our faith. Holy Week begins with the celebration of Palm Sunday. This feast has two major facets. The first, the triumph of Jesus as he entered Jerusalem, greeting by shouts of “Hosanna!” is commemorated
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in our own processions and singing, and the distribution of blessed palms. The second facet of the feast is the beginning of the solemn commemoration of Jesus’ death and resurrection. This is done
through proclamation of the Passion. Yes, the liturgy is a bit longer than ususal, but is there a better way to spend our time than to listen to the account of our salvation? On Thursday of Holy Week we begin the celebration of the Three Sacred Days - The Triduum - of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. On Holy Thursday just the ceremony of the Mandatum or the Washing of the Feet, should be enough to bring everyone to the church. The Latin word “mandatum” means mandate or directive. Before his death Jesus gave us a directive on how to live as his followers; to live in service to others. The ceremony of the Mandatum on Holy Thursday is a symbol of what Jesus lived and taught. On Good Friday, the most solemn feast of the liturgical year, no masses are celebrated. However, we gather as a community of believers to mourn over the death of Jesus. The prayers of the service, the reading of the Passion and the reception of Holy Communion are all intended to touch our
hearts, and take us from our busy lives into the life and death of Jesus. The Triduum concludes on Holy Saturday evening with the great Easter Vigil. Vigil is a time of watching and waiting. On this night we gather in darkness to await the arrival of the light of Christ. As family members gather around a table and tell and stories of their ancestors, so we gather around the altar to hear of our history as the family of God. The readings of the Vigil remind us of who we are, and of how God has led us in safety, even to the present day. The Easter Vigil is rich in symbols; light, darkness, the Easter Candle, the baptismal font, incense, music, processions. In many parishes the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation are celebrated, as well. For Catholics, given our history as a people steeped in liturgy and ritual, the Easter Vigil is the pinnacle of our efforts. In the Vigil we celebrate who we are and why we believe. As we approach the conclusion of Lent, whatever may have been our acts of penitence and prayer through the season, perhaps each one of us might consider attending the ceremonies of Holy Week with renewed interest and energy. Attentive attendance can be considered part of our year of preparation for the new translation of the Roman Missal. In November 2011, when we begin to use new words at Mass, there will be little impact if we do not pray those words with renewed understanding and renewed hearts. Holy Week well lived will help us accomplish this goal.
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Help Continue the Mission of Christ Planned Giving is a form of philanthropy that combines the desire to give, the ability to give, By MaryLou Gannotti Director of Planned Giving
and a well thought out plan of action. Yes, you must have a plan. Planned Giving has also been described to potential donors as a way that “you get to keep the tree, but give away some of the apples.” There are many ways you can make a gift to help continue the mission of Christ throughout the Diocese of Norw i c h . Your willingness to make a gift combined with your resources can be used effectively to help support the many parishes, ministries and schools within the Diocese. With careful consideration and thoughtful preparation, you can begin the process of exploring your options which might include a charitable bequest, a gift of life insurance, or a charitable gift annuity. Philanthropy can be a decision
reached by not only you and your spouse, but you and your children. For those of you who may have lost a loved one or remarried after a spouse has died, certainly there are further factors to consider. By actively engaging those closest to you in a dialogue regarding your charitable goals and decisions, you can explain your motivation and discuss the resources available that you may wish to share with your parish, your local parochial school, or one of the many ministries supported by the Diocese of Norwich. L i k e many of you, I was raised in a f a m i l y where we didn’t talk about financial matters openly. (Like many of you, I suspect a surplus of money was not really an issue.) As my mother often said, “the rich get richer and the poor get children.” She fell into the latter category. Not too long ago I did ask my mother if she had planned to leave a bequest in her will to her beloved parish. Her response was “that would mean there would be less for you.” The “you”
she referred to not only included me, but also my two brothers, and my sister. Frankly, I encouraged my mother to leave a gift to her church which continues to play a huge role in her life. After a lifetime of living within their means and working hard, my parents have been able to enjoy a well deserved retirement. My mother was under the impression that she should “give it all” to the kids upon her passing. Perhaps she thought anything less might offend us. On the contrary, I shared with her the importance of her and my father remembering the church. If you are interested in making a Planned Gift , please discuss your options with your spouse, your children, and those you love. You might be surprised to hear their views on philanthropy.
We All Have Love to Give... The Department of Children and Families needs foster families and adoptive families for children of all ages. We are looking for mature and experienced parents who are able to care for and work with children and adolescents who have experienced abuse and/or neglect and are in need of special care. Homes are especially needed for children over 10 years old. During our Open House, we will give descriptions of our foster care program in which parents are asked to provide temporary care to the special needs children in our care and of the special needs adoption program. Monday April 11 at 7:00 pm Ledyard Center Library 718 Colonel Ledyard Hwy Ledyard, CT
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Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women 56th Annual Convention The Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (NDCCW) will hold its Annual Convention on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at St. Bernard Parish, 25 St. Bernard Terrace, Rockville, CT. The Rockville District is hosting this year’s Convention. The day begins with registration and coffee at 9:00 a.m., followed by the General Session. At 10:45 a.m., Sister Elissa Rinere, Director of the Office of Worship for the Diocese of Norwich, will speak on the changes in the Roman Missal. The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich, will be the principle celebrant at the noontime Mass Lunch will immediately follow the Mass. The luncheon speaker is Susan Sedensky, J.D., Coordinator of the Adoption Program for Catholic Charities. The annual check for Catholic Charities will be given to Bishop Cote after the speaking program. All women in the diocese are invited to attend the convention. Registration is $25 per person which includes lunch and materials. Checks should be made out to: NDCCW and mailed to: Kathy Ouellette, PO Box 67, Tolland, CT 06084. Registration deadline is May 10, 2011.
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You are invited to explore what new horizons the Lord might be spreading out before you at this time. Fr. Roger Couture OMI offers this renewal day for seniors, both men and women. Join us as we explore how seniors can continue their spiritual growth in this later phase of their journey. Suggested offering: $10, includes lunch. Wednesday, May 4, 2011 9:00 AM to Lunch Presentation, Questions & Sharing, Mass Mid-Week Get-Away for Women:
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Human beings have always marveled when hearing God speaking to them. And, we have always struggled to listen to God. This retreat will explore what it means to listen to God. Where do we find God speaking to us? What attitudes and practices help us to listen? And what gets in the way? Tuesday, May 10: Registration at 7:00 PM to Thursday May 12: Retreat concludes with lunch. $180 per person includes overnight accommodations, all meals, and retreat materials. To register or for more information: Phone: 860-423-8484 or e-mail: email@example.com www.immaculataretreat.org
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Retreat Participants Spend Time “By the Well” with Jesus On March 19, 2011, St. Mary, Star of the Sea in New London was the setting for an enriching By Deirdre Malacrea
and inspiring spiritual experience. The Diocese offered a retreat day for Spanish speaking parishioners, part of the Why Catholic?/¿Por qué ser católico? process. The title of the retreat was “Jesús nos espera en el pozo,” which translates into “Jesus waits for us by the well,” based on the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan women and what this meeting teaches us about prayer. During this full day retreat, participants had several rich experiences of private and communal prayer from various spiritual traditions of the Catholic Church. Sr. Veronica Mendez, RCD, an experienced presenter and retreat leader from RENEW International, directed this retreat day for over 70 members of the Latino Catholic community in the Diocese of Norwich.
The day began in quiet reflection on the Scriptures, using the form of Lectio Divina. Lectio Divina, or “divine reading,” is a powerful method to explore Scripture promulgated by St. Benedict in his Rules. Individuals were led from a first reading of the selected passage into successive, deeper experiences of meditating, praying, and contemplating the text and its meaning. Retreat members spent 45 minutes in full, prayerful consideration of John 4:5-42, the Gospel reading for the third Sunday of Lent. This personal experience was followed by faith sharing in groups of four, discussing how the reading related to their life. The
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large group was then guided into contemplation in the style of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). The Ignatian approach advocates using
Sister Francisca Candelaria, RODA. To her left is Zoila Díaz and behind them is Beatrix Rivera. All are from Sagrado Corazón in Windham, CT. Photo provided by Deirdre Malacrea one’s five senses to help explore the setting and situation. Sr. Veronica asked attendees to get in touch with the scene by the well by asking themselves, “What do I see? Smell? Taste? Touch? And finally, hear?” After 15 minutes in silence, the groups once again had a chance to share.
After a delicious lunch, prepared by Sr. Mary Jude Lazarus, Director of Hispanic Ministry, participants had the opportunity to learn how to do the daily Examen of Conscience, also a key part of the Spiritual disciplines of St. Ignatius. This daily routine encourages prayerful and honest assessment of each day’s blessings and challenges in a way that leads to insights about ways to adhere even more closely to God’s desires for us in the coming day. The regimen contains five steps. First, be aware of God’s presence. Thank God for the benefits received. Review the day, asking for grace to know and correct any faults. Ask God's pardon. Resolve in hope to improve tomorrow. Then, retreatants once again visited the Samaritan women with Jesus at the well by listening, meditating, and imagining themselves back in the scene a second
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time, mentally watching what happens, but trying not to control the actions. According to Sr. Veronica, this prayer with imagination typically leads to wonderful insights. Sr. Francisca Candelaria, RODA, then led the group in song, and the day ended by doing a ritual with water. Everyone processed to the bowls of water, put their hands in symbolizing washing away all their burdens and then returned to their seats with their hands crossed over their chest symbolizing holding on to God´s graces and blessings. Participants appreciated the well-orchestrated event. A parishioner in attendance commented, “It was a great and profound experience to share time in prayer in such an intimate manner with the Lord and the Scriptures.” Another attendee remarked, “It was truly comforting to share faith with so many brothers and sisters.” Finally, the whole experience was summed up by the request, “I hope they continue to give us retreats like this one!” Parishes and parishioners can still join this multiyear effort at any point. For more information, please contact Father Joseph Whittel at (860) 443-1875, Marge Vanner at (860) 848-2237 x 312, or Sr. Mary Jude at (860) 456-3349. About RENEW International RENEW International fosters spiritual renewal in the Catholic tradition by empowering individuals and communities to encounter God in everyday life, deepen and share faith, and connect faith with action.
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7th Annual St. Andrew Church Passion Play St. Andrew Church in Colchester presented the 7th Annual Passion Play on March 25th and 26th, the By Andrea DePaola
third weekend of Lent. In what has become one of the most highly acclaimed Passion Play productions in the State of Connecticut, members of the audience took part in a unique prayerful experience as they watched the life of Jesus Christ unfold before their very eyes. Primarily a musical performance, the play chronicles the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, according to the Gospels. Dramatic lighting, a vivid set and authentic costumes served as the perfect backdrop to take the audience on a journey back in time to Galilee. Powerful songs, such as “Healing Rain”, originally written by Christian music artist Michael W. Smith, and “February Song”, by singer Josh Groban, clearly moved the audience… most to tears. Playwright Colleen Puscas, who also serves as the music director at St. Andrew Church, brought her vision to life with the help of a stellar cast numbering over a hundred, the beautiful voices of the Principal and Children’s Choirs, and a dedicated crew who worked tirelessly to ensure that the production was of a professional caliber. In her message to the audience, Puscas stated, “Nobody has changed the world the way Jesus has. Throughout history, the influence
He has had on the lives of people has never been surpassed. His life has been the inspiration for more books, songs, paintings and poems than any other person or event in history.” At its inception, the Passion Play began as a rather small production, having no money and making use of simple costumes and borrowed equipment. That first year, there were 500600 people in attendance over the course of two nights. Since that time, the production has grown, attracting 500-700 people per night, for both productions. The production has also become more ‘theatrical’ over the years. Puscas states, “We began using a large number of wireless microphones for the performers, adding some graceful, reverent choreography, purchasing some era-appropriate props, building new platforms for the dramatic action, and working in additional scenes from Jesus' life”. While the script sticks to the Holy Word, no script has ever been the same. “Each year, at least one third of the Passion Play is different from the previous year”, states Puscas. “Jesus
interacted with so many different types of people--- rich, poor, arrogant, humble, elderly, youthful, meek and mighty. It is fascinating to imagine, and then write, the dialogues that might have taken place between Jesus and an individual from the scripture.” The Passion Play, as told by Puscas and members of St. Andrew and St. Francis of Assissi in Lebanon (the two parishes are now yoked together), beautifully tells the story of our hope and our salvation. In looking at the life of Jesus and all those who were touched by His immense love, the play helps us to reinterpret our own lives, in the light of His. For the first time in its seven year history, the St. Andrew Passion Play will be offered on DVD. The cost of each copy is $20 (plus $5 S&H). If you wish to purchase a copy, please send a check payable to St. Andrew Choir, along with your name, address, telephone number and the number of copies you would like to purchase to: 59 Park Avenue, Colchester CT 06415. All orders must be in by April 30th. Proceeds will be used to defray the cost of produc-
Bishop Cote Receives McGivney Award Photo by Phil Twomey On Sunday March 27, 2011 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington, Connecticut, the Connecticut State Council, Knights of Columbus, recognized Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich, by presenting him with the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney Award. The presentation was made by Scott A. Flood, State Deputy, Knights of Columbus. The Invocation was provided by Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell, Archbishop of Hartford, Bishop William E. Lori of the Bridgeport Diocese sent his regrets and his congratulations to Bishop Cote. Archbishop Emeritus Daniel A. Cronin from the Archdiocese of Hartford said the Benediction. Attendees from the Diocese of Norwich included Dr. John Shine, Diocese Superintendent of Schools, and Sister Barbara Gould, our Assistant Superintendent of Schools.
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Saint Joseph Day Photo by Phil Twomey On Saturday, March 19th, The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of the Norwich, celebrated Mass in the Chapel at Saint Joseph Living Center, in recognition of Saint Joseph Day. Concelebrants included Fr. Laurence LaPointe, Fr. Roger Couture, and Br. Richard Cote. Residents Barbara McGrath, Anna Olsen, Marie Steiner, Rose Miller, and Dorothy Lee offered the readings during Mass, as well as Bob Ayers. Danny Mieczynski provided vocals, assisted by Rose Adamo and Peg Dugan. Lu Reynolds provided the organ music. Residents of the Center, along with staff and invited guests enjoyed a special celebration luncheon following Mass.
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ited the carvers, who weren’t experienced carvers but believed they could carve the stations because of their dedication to the church. On the back of each station there is a plaque noting the names of the artist, carvers and painters who worked on the stations. The new stations will be the highlighted during Lent for Saint Lawrence’s Friday night soup and stations. Parishioners bring homemade soups and breads for a light meal before saying the Stations of the Cross. Teens in Action, a combined ministry of Saint Lawrence and Saint Peter’s Church in Higganum, will also do live stations during Lent. For more information on soup and stations or the live stations, contact the church office at 860663-2576.
Costa, dedicated 14 new Stations of the Cross at the 10:30am mass on February 27, 2011. Parishioners designed and carved the stations in wood. Saint Lawrence began a wood carving class in 2002 under the direction of parishioner Ernie Hill. The modern main sanctuary did not have stations, so the Parish Council asked the Wednesday night wood carving class if they could carve stations. Parishioner Gloria Nilsson, a local artist, designed the artwork for the stations. Nine parishioners took two years to carve the stations in bass wood. Deacon Bob Ferraro, a cabinetmaker by profession, constructed the frames. The carvers and seven additional parishioners painted the Stations in bright colors, which contrast with the white walls of the sanctuary. The stations were finished in December 2010. Hill explained that the carvers added a 15th Station for the Resurrection and a 16th plaque for the carved prayers said with the Stations of the Cross. Carving the stations was the most ambitious and challenging project his woodcarving class ever tackled, Hill explained. Each sta- Reverend Father Joseph F. DeCosta and wood carving tion carving teacher Ernie Hill stand by one of the Stations of the measures 10X 12 Cross designed and carved in wood by parishioners of inches. Hill cred- Saint Lawrence in Killingworth.
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