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The Most Reverend

Michael R. Cote, D.D.

Bishop of Norwich

“Faith is Essential to Human Flourishing”

~ Pope Francis

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: Our late July anniversary celebration in the magnificently restored Cathedral of St. Patrick was for all of us an inspiring reminder of the history, faith and sense of family we continue to share as a diocese. We are all lifted by the way the Cathedral has returned to its original brilliance, and perhaps has even exceeded its original appearance in some ways. Once again, we are reconnected to the hearty parishioners who gathered on what was then cleared land in April of 1871 to dig the church foundation by hand. There is clearly a spiritual analogy here when we think of building and restoring our faith from generation to generation. A church as historic as the Cathedral dating back two centuries is a standing witness to the

living Church within – we the people of God. In these still early days of his papacy, Pope Francis has spoken of the true Church. “May the Church,” as has said the Holy Father, “be the place of God’s mercy and love, where everyone can feel themselves welcomed, loved, forgiven, and encouraged to live according to the good life of the Gospel….The Church must have open doors so that all may enter.” This is the essence of the living Church we feel when we are gathered together in His name in a place of reverence to reaffirm our faith. Pope Francis reminds us that the Church is wonderfully diverse. Great is the variety within the Church. The Holy Father speaks often of the harmony and unity of the church as an “intricate mosaic in which every small piece joins with others as part of God’s one great plan. Unity in our differences

is the Catholic way. This is the way of Jesus.” Here in the Diocese, we see every day how the Church is increasingly diverse and increasingly out among those in need in our communities. We share the Catholic mission of serving God by serving our brothers and sisters. Our ministries are reaching the shut-in and homeless, those imprisoned, many with critical behavioral health needs, the hungry, the poor, the abandoned, the person quietly in crisis next door, the family impoverished in Haiti or Chile. The doors to the living Church must be open to invite all to enter, and to also encourage us to go out of those doors and live and evangelize our faith. Recently, Pope Francis completed his first encyclical, Lumen Fidei (the Light of Faith), in which he teaches that faith is not strictly a private matter or a “completely

individualistic notion.” Faith as described in the encyclical “…does not simply brighten the interior of the Church.” It is practiced in fellowship. It is integral to the common good as it sheds light on the art of building human communities as they contribute to a future of hope. “It is an essential part of human flourishing.” The Holy Father further reminds us that we must remain united in our faith, recognizing the importance of prayer, the Commandments and especially the sacraments in the Church’s transmission of the faith. As believing and responsible Catholics, we honor the diversity and togetherness of being the living Church. We open our church doors and embrace all. We must go out into our communities and beyond to proclaim the good news of the Gospel and lift lives to a more hopeful state. We must speak

up in the public forum for the dignity of all life. We are builders. We may restore houses of worship; rebuild outreach facilities; strive to restore lives in His name. We don’t attend church; we are the Church. We have been blessed with a leader of the Church whose message is resonating across the world. As we conclude this Year of Faith and as we look back upon the anniversaries recently celebrated in such a gracefully restored Cathedral of St. Patrick, may we rejoice in our blessings, appreciate the fullness of the Church, exercise our responsibility to the common good and be strong in our faith at a time in history that calls for resolve in upholding our Christian principles. We are resolved. Sincerely yours in Christ’s love, Bishop Michael R. Cote

“La fe es Esencial Para la Prosperidad Humana”~ Papa Francisco Queridos Hermanos y Hermanas: Nuestra celebración de aniversario a finales de julio en la magníficamente restaurada Catedral de Saint Patrick fue para todos nosotros un recordatorio inspirador de la historia, la fe y el sentido de familia que seguimos compartiendo como diócesis. Estamos todos mejores de ánimo por la forma en que la Catedral ha vuelto a su esplendor original, quizás incluso ha superado su aspecto original en algunas formas. Una vez más, estamos reconectados a los sinceros feligreses quienes se reunieron para excavar los cimientos de la Iglesia a mano en lo que fueron terrenos despejados en abril de 1871. Aquí hay claramente una analogía espiritual cuando pensamos en la construc-

ción y restauración de la fe de generación en generación. Una iglesia tan histórica como la Catedral que data de dos siglos es un testimonio permanente de la Iglesia viva dentro-nosotros el pueblo de Dios. En estos aún primeros días de su pontificado, el Papa Francisco ha hablado de la verdadera Iglesia. “Que la Iglesia”, como ha dicho el Santo Padre, “sea el lugar de la misericordia y el amor de Dios, donde todo el mundo pueda sentirse acogido, amado, perdonado, y animados a vivir de acuerdo a la vida buena del Evangelio… La Iglesia debe tener las puertas abiertas para que todos puedan entrar.” Esta es la esencia que sentimos de la Iglesia viva cuando nos reunimos en Su nombre en un lugar de reverencia

para reafirmar nuestra fe. El Papa Francisco nos recuerda que la Iglesia es maravillosamente diversa. Gran es la variedad dentro de la Iglesia. El Santo Padre habla a menudo de la armonía y de la unidad de la Iglesia como un “mosaico intrincado en el que cada pequeña pieza se une a otros como parte de un gran plan de Dios. Unidad en nuestras diferencias es la forma Católica. Este es el camino de Jesús.” Aquí en la diócesis, vemos todos los días cómo la Iglesia es cada vez más diversa y cada vez más fuera en nuestras comunidades entre aquellos en necesidad. Compartimos la misión católica de servir a Dios sirviendo a nuestros hermanos y hermanas. Nuestros ministerios están lle-

gando a los aislados y sin hogar, los presos, muchos de ellos con necesidades críticas de salud mental, los hambrientos, los pobres, los abandonados, la persona de al lado silenciosamente en crisis, la familia empobrecida en Haití o en Chile. Las puertas de la Iglesia viva deben estar abiertas para invitar a todos a entrar y también a animarnos a salir de esas puertas y vivir y evangelizar nuestra fe. Recientemente, el Papa Francisco terminó su primera encíclica, Lumen Fidei (La Luz de Fe), en la que enseña que la fe no es un asunto estrictamente privado o de una “idea completamente individualista.” La fe, como se describe en la encíclica”…No se limita a iluminar el interior de la Iglesia.” Es

practicada en confraternidad. Es esencial para el bien común, ya que arroja luz sobre el arte de la construcción de comunidades humanas a medida que contribuyen a un futuro de esperanza.” Es una parte esencial de la prosperidad humana.” El Santo Padre además nos recuerda que en la difusión de la fe de la Iglesia debemos permanecer unidos en nuestra fe, reconociendo la importancia de la oración, los mandamientos y especialmente los sacramentos. Como creyentes y católicos responsables, honramos la diversidad y la unión de ser la Iglesia viva. Abrimos nuestras puertas de La fe es esencial para el florecimiento humano Continued on page 4


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La fe es esencial para el florecimiento humano la Iglesia y aceptamos a todos. Debemos salir a nuestras comunidades y a más allá a proclamar la buena nueva del Evangelio y a reanimar vidas a un estado más esperanzado. Debemos hablar alto en el foro público por la dignidad de toda vida. Somos constructores. Debemos restaurar lugares para el culto; reconstruir establecimientos de extensión que traten de arreglar vidas en Su nombre.

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No asistimos a la Iglesia, somos la Iglesia. Hemos sido bendecidos con un líder de la Iglesia, cuyo mensaje está resonando en todo el mundo. A medida que concluimos el Año de la Fe y miramos hacia atrás en los aniversarios recientemente celebrados en la elegantemente restaurada Catedral de St. Patrick, regocijemos en nuestras bendiciones, apreciemos la plenitud de

la Iglesia, practiquemos nuestra responsabilidad con el bien común y seamos fuertes en nuestra fe en un momento en la historia que pide resolver en defensa de nuestros principios Cristianos. Estamos decididos. Sinceramente, en el amor de Cristo,

Clergy Appointments Obispo Michael R. Cote Translated by Paulina Angulo

The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich, has made the following clergy and diocesan appointments in the Diocese of Norwich: Reverend Martin Jones, from Bishop’s Delegate for Evangelization, to Parochial Vicar, Saint Mary of the Visitation Parish, Clinton. Effective: June 25, 2013. Bishop Cote is grateful for Father Jones’ previous role as the Bishop’s Delegate for Evangelization in Hispanic Ministry. Father Jones’ appointment at St. Mary of the Visitation in Clinton is a full time assignment.

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Reverend Gregory Galvin

Make the Sacrifice ~ Make the Commitment ~Make it Happen As we enter into this final month of August, there is much going on in the Diocese, in the Church world-wide and with regard to vocations. The last weekend in July, we had a magnificent celebration for the 60th Anniversary of the Diocese and Bishop Cote’s 10th Anniversary as Bishop of Norwich along with celebrating the re-dedication of the Saint Patrick Cathedral in Norwich after a three-winter restoration project that is now the talk of Eastern Connecticut! The World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro were magnificent with crowds for each of the Masses celebrated numbering in the millions! All this in the midst of the final months of the Year of Faith which comes to an end later this Fall. This August, we will travel to Sacred Heart Church in Vernon for the Monthly Holy Hour which marks the end of the first three years of this diocesan-wide

effort. Thank you to my brother priests and religious who from the first 34 parishes and two religious houses we have visited, have hosted us for this most important hour of prayer every month for us as a diocesan family. Thank you also to the average of 70 – 100 people who have come out each month to join us for this beautiful Holy Hour. Thank you to all of you who pray with us even though your schedule may not allow you to join us at the monthly location. I would be remiss if I did not thank Father Kevin Reilly and his parishioners at Saint Patrick in Mystic who hosted the Holy Hour this past July. Father Reilly dedicated two different homilies prior to the scheduled Holy Hour and sent out emails to the different groups in his parish and the result was – a completely full church, standing room only and one of the most powerfully prayed Holy Hours in three years!!! I have no doubt it is because of

the monthly holy hours and the many other prayers and sacrifices being made daily and weekly by people all around the diocese that we have seen our numbers of seminarians steadily going up along with an increase of interest being actively shown by young men from many different parts of the diocese. Therefore I offer a challenge to my brother priests and my brothers and sisters in Christ around our Diocese: Make the sacrifice – make the commitment – to join us each month for

the monthly Holy Hour for Vocations. Wherever it is being held, whatever time of evening, come as a family, come on your way from work, come, because you believe it is important to have priests for the

future. If you come and join us in begging the Harvest Master – He will send us men who will make great and holy priests and women who will make great and holy religious. Help us make it happen!

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deford, Maine. Music Ministry from the Shrine of Divine Mercy, Stockbridge, Mass Fr. Ray Introvigne and Mrs. Judith Hughes. Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13-15 Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Weekend Healing, forgiveness and peace from post abortion grief can have a beginning with a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat. Retreat Septmber13-15 in Westerly, RI call 401-421-7833 ext.118. Inquiries are confidential. Saturday, September 14 Annual Gift of Grace Prison Ministry Volunteer Training Program The Office of Prison Ministry is now recruiting volunteers for the annual Gift of Grace Prison Ministry Volunteer Training Program. The dates are as follows: Saturdays, September 14, October 5 & 26, November 9, and Retreat Day Sunday, December 8. For more information, please contact Sheree Antoch at 860-848-2237 ext. 211. Tuesday September 17 Internet Safety Informational Session From 1:00-2:30pm –or- 7:008:30pm at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish- Storrs. Open to all clergy, parishioners, diocesan employees and volunteers. Sponsored by the Office for Safe Environments. For more information please contact Karen Case at 860-848-2237 ext. 212. Tuesday September 17 Internet Safety Informational Session St. Thomas Aquinas Parish- Storrs from 1:00-2:30pm or 7:00-8:30pm. Open to all clergy, parishioners, diocesan employees and volunteers.

Sponsored by the Office for Safe Environments. Tuesday, September 17 Annual Diocesan Mass of Remembrance A Mass in memory of our children who have died from stillbirths, miscarriages or abortions. A remembrance of children who have died recently or years ago. Held at 6:30pm at the Cathedral of St. Patrick, Norwich. Refreshments will follow the Mass. For more information call the Office of Family Life 860-889-8346 ext. 283. Tuesday, September. 17 Mass of Healing and Hope St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield. Fr. Ray Introvigne and Mrs. Judith Hughes. Wednesday, September 18 8th Annual Catholic Charities Golf Tournament At Fox Hopyard Golf Club, East Haddam from 9:00am-2:00pm. For more information please contact Catholic Charities at 860-8898346. Sunday, September 22 23rd Annual Blue Mass Celebrated in the Cathedral of St. Patrick at 10:15am. All law enforcement officers, federal, state and municipal, active and retired along with their families and all parishioners are invited to attend. Bishop Cote will celebrate this Mass and the homilist will be Monsignor Robert E. Weiss, Pastor of St. Rose of Lima parish in Newtown CT. For more information please call 860-887-9294. Wednesday, September 25 Mass of Healing and Hope St. Sebastian Church, Middletown at 7:00pm. To be prayed individually. The Sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing are offered.

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60th Annual Blessing of the Fleet Draws Flock of Faithful to Stonington STONINGTON — The biggest crowd in years turned out for the 60th AnBy Shelley Wolf Four County Catholic Contributor

nual Blessing of the Fleet in Stonington, packing St. Mary’s Church for the Fisherman’s Mass, lining the streets of the Borough for the procession to the Town Dock, and surrounding the fisherman’s memorial to hear a blessing given by the Most Rev. Michael R. Cote, D.D., the Bishop of Norwich. Rich in tradition, the annual event honors those fishermen who have died at sea, offers an opportunity to reflect and pray for the safety of the last commercial fishing fleet in Connecticut, and brings families, the local community, and civic and business groups together to celebrate the presence of the fleet in their village. The day began with a special Fisherman’s Mass held at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in the heart of Stonington Borough. Bishop Cote was the main celebrant. Concelebrants included Msgr. Richard P. LaRocque, Pastor of St. Mary, Rev. Brian J. Romanowski, also of St. Mary, Very Rev. Dennis M. Perkins, Pastor of St. Michael the Archangel in Pawcatuck, and Very Rev. Gregoire J. Fluet, also of St. Michael. The custom of the Blessing of the Fleet was instituted in the Diocese of Norwich in 1953 by Bishop Flanagan, Bishop Cote noted during his homily. It’s a tradition that is also carried out in port towns in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the Bishop said. “It’s a blessing for all people who work the seas. They come in faith knowing it’s not an easy life,

and yet they work hard to provide us with the bounty of the sea,” Bishop Cote told the crowd. “We come together to bless them as they ply their trade on the seas.” People often ask the inevitable question of “Why?” when life presents them with trials and challenges, the Bishop said. “We have only a small part of the picture. The Lord has the whole picture,” he explained. “Pray that, in his wisdom, he knows what is best for us. We are in the hands of a loving, heavenly father.”

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the rest of the faithful listened in respectful silence. After the Mass, Bishop Cote led a procession of local dignitaries and civic groups to the Town Dock. He was followed by the Westerly Band, grand marshals and selectmen, the Lady of Fatima Society, the Portuguese Holy Ghost “That’s why Christians have such hope and can be joyful” even during times of trial, the Bishop said. “The message is to always pray, to be persistent in our asking, but ask that in the end his will be done because His wisdom is far greater than ours.” As part of the intercessory prayer, a member of the clergy read the names of 37 fishermen who perished at sea, while fishing families sat in the front pews, and

Society and its Ladies Auxiliary, and a group of men in orange tshirts carrying the banner O.M.W.G. for Old Men’s Walking Group.


They were followed by members of New England Science and Sailing, parade organizers, and by a statue of St. Peter, the patron saint of fishermen, with fishing net in one hand and a lobster trap at his feet. Parade watchers followed alongside the parade participants as everyone made their way to the Town Dock. Standing on a deck overlooking the water, Bishop Cote prayed for the repose of the soul of Tracy L. Thayer, the last name inscribed on the nearby granite fishermen’s monument, which reads “In Memory of Fishermen Who Died at Sea.” Then Bishop Cote walked along the docks, forcefully sprinkling holy water and blessing the fishing boats — ships with names such as Tina Marie, Jenny Lynn II, Heritage, Lil-Bit, and Crustacean. Bishop Cote, the priests, and members of the crowd piled into the Neptune and two other fishing boats and headed out to sea. Meanwhile, the Neptune sailed out onto Long Island Sound, where Bishop Cote said a final blessing for the souls of the departed fishermen, and then tossed a floral wreath in the shape of a broken anchor into the blue sea.

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Catholic Foundation Awards Dinner The Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Norwich held its annual Awards Dinner on ThursBy MaryLou Gannotti Director of Planned Giving

day, June 27th at the Holiday Inn in Norwich. The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich, presented checks to award recipients. Angela V. Arnold, Executive Director of the Diocesan Development Office served as Master of Ceremonies. The Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Norwich is a nonprofit corporation, overseen by the Diocesan Development Office and governed by a volunteer board of directors, providing endowments for the Diocese of Norwich and its parishes, schools, agencies and organizations. The foundation encourages Catholics to be good stewards through gifts of assets, which are invested and distributed as a means to greater financial stability and growth for our Diocese and its entities. At the Awards Dinner, it is always the children present who seem to take center stage. With her missing front teeth and her adorable giggle, Crystal Nguyen of Norwich, age 7, a student at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick School, was one of the 164 children from 13 Diocesan elementary schools who received tuition assistance this year from the Catholic Foundation. Crystal’s older brother Tinh Nguyen, who attends St. Bernard School, was among the students who also benefitted with an award from the Catholic Foun-

dation. Tinh was the recipient of the Eric B. Evans Memorial Scholarship, established to remember a St. Bernard School 1987 alumnus, Eric Evans, who tragically died on 9/11 while working in Tower Two of the World Trade Center. Kerri Allard of Danielson, representing St. James School that evening, attended the dinner with her husband Robert, and sons Harrison, 7, and twins Hunter and Hayden, 5. Kerri has become very involved with the boys’ school, where she serves on the board and runs the bazaar. Kerri said she went to Catholic school and preferred a Catholic education for her children. “We love the school,” she said, “We wouldn’t be able to do this without the help of the Catholic Foundation.” Lorena Vega, entering sixth grade

at St. Joseph School in New London, attended the dinner with her parents and older sister Mariana, a St. Bernard student. When asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, Lorena responded “A teacher because I love school.” Overall, grants for elementary tuition assistance totaled $81,890, with the average grant for scholarship aid being $495. In addition, four Diocesan secondary schools were given a total of $44,500 for tuition aid. Shelby Patton and William Bartelli IV, parishioners at St. Paul Church in Waterford, were recipients of The Reverend Richard B. Roughan Scholarship. This special fund created by the former Pastor of St. Paul Church in Waterford, awards a current college student $5,000 towards college tuition, and an incoming college freshman

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$5,000 toward tuition assistance. Shelby currently attends Mitchell College in New London and William Bartelli IV will be attending UCONN Avery Point this fall. The William F. Jr. and Flora L. O’Neil Scholarship, which benefits students at St. Bernard School, were also among the awards distributed. That evening, a total of $251,023 was distributed among grant applicants who hail from ministries, schools, programs, missions and parishes throughout the four counties – Middlesex, New London, Tolland and Windham. $68,923 in grant money was presented to beneficiaries of the Foundation’s restricted endowments, with an additional $46,411 of unrestricted grant money distributed. Catholic Charities and Saint Vin-

cent De Paul Place are among ministries serving the poor locally who received grants. Jim Maffuid, Executive Director of Catholic Charities, noted “In these difficult economic times when we see struggling families each day, our organization has come to rely on the support of the Catholic Foundation. Thanks to these important grants, we can continue to implement critical social service programs in our region.” Responding to the call of stewardship through the Catholic Foundation were sisters Ellen English, Anne English, and Mary English. Thanks to their generosity, this year a newly created fund, The Mabel Enos English Endowment, was established to support seminarians in their studies. Reverend Gregory Galvin, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Norwich works directly with the Diocesan seminarians who will benefit from these funds. He has said, “As so many know, there are many people who need different forms of assistance, all for many different reasons. The Vocation office of the Diocese of Norwich is very grateful for the funds received through the Catholic Foundation each year because as we continue to sponsor more men in their studies for the Holy Priesthood, the cost of the education and formation of our future priests continues to go up. We are very grateful because every dollar really does make a difference in the future of the men responding to God’s call, and therefore the future of the Church here in the Norwich Diocese.”


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Saints Peter and Paul Church in Norwich Marks Its 75th Anniversary NORWICH — In the 30-acre field behind Saints Peter and Paul Church in Norwich, By Shelley Wolf Four County Catholic Contributor

a parishioner routinely hauls buckets of water out to the statue of Our Lady of Fatima to water the pink roses that surround it. Another parishioner donates the funds to plant new Japanese maples, weeping cherries, and hostas near the statue of Saint Anthony. Still others decorate the interior of the church with vases full of red carnations for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. Of course, this is mere preparation for the sacramental life. Each weekend, hundreds of families attend Mass at the cream-colored brick, Romanesque church on the hill on Elizabeth Street. And approximately 30 members attend daily Mass at St. Ann’s Chapel, located in the yellow brick rectory next door. All of these activities are woven into the tapestry of daily life at Saints Peter and Paul Church, which joyously marked its 75th Anniversary Celebration as a Roman Catholic Community on Saturday, June 29, 2013 — the Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul. The day included a special Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., the Bishop of Norwich; the return of several priests who once served at the church; and a buffet reception in the church hall. During the celebration, Bishop Cote gave his blessing saying, “We bless the many Masses, weddings, and Baptisms that were celebrated here, and all who have died here and gone to the Lord.” Located in the West End of Norwich, Saints Peter and Paul Church was founded as a parish community in 1936. According to the Bishop, the church was spun off from the burgeoning Cathedral of Saint Patrick through a donation of land and $15,000. “That was no small amount during the Depression,”

Bishop Cote added. Anne Marie Murphy was the first baby baptized into the new Catholic community on September 23, 1936, before the church structure was even built. “My father was the chief of police, so they wanted me to be the first baptized baby,” Anne (Murphy) McGrath said during the anniversary reception. Her family lived just down the hill on Avery Street. The cornerstone for the new church was laid in 1937, and the first Mass was celebrated on Easter Sunday in 1938. Over the years, the parish community was led by priests from the Society of Saint Columban and the Society of Jesus. “I really loved the Columban Fathers,” said Bill Marcavage, who has attended the church with his wife Françoise since 1965. More recently, the community has been shepherded by diocesan priests, including Reverend Leszek T. Janik, Diocesan Vicar General and SS Peter and Paul Pastor, and Reverend Christopher J. Zmuda, associate pastor. During the anniversary celebration and reception, male parishioners recalled the days in the 1950s and ‘60s when Monsignor William Baldwin organized interfaith youth baseball teams that played in the field behind the church. At a table of old photos and mementos in the parish hall, parishioner Bahria Hartman flipped through an album that revealed a black and white photo of her own wedding ceremony in the church in 1957 as well as color photos of Easter and Christmas celebrations in the parish in the 1990s. In 2007, at the requests of Bishop Hart and Bishop Cote, Saints Peter and Paul transferred seven acres of its extensive property to the nonprofit Center for Hospice Care Southeast Connecticut. The headquarters of the Hospice is now located on Dunham Street. In 2011, under the leadership of Father Janik, Saints Peter and Paul Church underwent extensive renovations, including interior paint,

Unfailing Prayer to St. Anthony O Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and Charity for His creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I implore of you to obtain for me (state request here). The answer to my prayer may require a miracle, even so, you are the Saint of Miracles. O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the Sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms; and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen. Promise publication and for nine consecutive days, pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory Be.

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gold leafing on the Corinthian column capitals, and the addition of iconic paintings of Saints Peter and Paul, a new crucifix from Italy, a new pulpit, and new LED lighting. At the conclusion of the anniversary Mass, Father Janik told his congregation, “We express our thanks to God for this space for our personal and collective collaboration with God. God comes to dwell in a building in such a way that we come to call this the house of God.” Today Saints Peter and Paul Church is yoked with Saint Joseph Church on Cliff Street, where Fathers Janik and Zmuda also serve and say Masses in Polish. In addition, Saints Peter and Paul partners with Saint Mary Church on Central Avenue by hosting religious education classes on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. and by inviting all visiting parents from the primarily His-

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panic congregation to stay on for its 11:00 a.m. Mass. Today the vast field behind Saints Peter and Paul offers the diocese’s only outdoor Stations of the Cross. All are welcome to come and pray at the Stations at any time, and at 3:00 p.m. on Good Friday. During Christmas, the church is well known in the area for its outdoor lighted crèche scene, which can be spotted from Route 82 below. Following the anniversary celebration, and the day’s final goodbyes, Father Janik paused to reflect on his congregation. He characterized his parishioners as a small but amazingly hardworking group. “They are so dedicated,” Father Janik stressed. “They love their parish and they put their hearts into it. This is like their personal house, and they are taking care of it.”

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Prayer for Canonization Archbishop Fulton. J. Sheen Heavenly Father, source of all holiness, You raise up within the Church in every age men and women who serve with heroic love and dedication. You have blessed Your Church through the life and ministry of Your faithful servant, Archbishop Fulton J Sheen. He has written and spoken well of Your Divine Son, Jesus Christ, and was a true instrument of the Holy Spirit in touching the hearts of countless people. If it be according to Your Will, for the honor and glory of the Most Holy Trinity and for the salvation of souls, we ask You to move the Church to proclaim him a saint. We ask this prayer through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Venerable Fulton Sheen The name of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen will be familiar to many Catholics. His unique By Sister Elissa Rinere, CP, JCD Office of Worship

talents and unique ministry in the Church were very popular some decades ago, and are now experiencing a renewed popularity. His talents, ministry, and his proven holiness have also put him on the path to canonization. Peter John Sheen (later known as Fulton) was born in Illinois 1895. His service to the Church began with being an altar server in his home parish in Peoria. From there, he went on to the seminary, and then to ordination in 1919. Always distinguished by his intellectual abilities, Father Sheen was sent to study, first at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and then, for doctoral studies in philosophy at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. He then pursued a second doctoral degree, this time in theology, in Rome. Once his studies were completed, Father Sheen spent some

Unfailing Prayer to St. Anthony O Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and Charity for His creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I implore of you to obtain for me (state request here). The answer to my prayer may require a miracle, even so, you are the Saint of Miracles. O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the Sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms; and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen. Promise publication and for nine consecutive days, pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory Be.

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years as a parish priest, and he began writing. The first of the seventy-three books he eventually authored was published in 1925. After spending only a short time in parish life, Father Sheen

returned to the academic life, and was a university professor until 1950. Around 1930, he had begun a weekly Sunday night local radio program, The Catholic Hour. The popularity of the program grew and eventually had a weekly audience of over four million listeners. A 1946 article in Time magazine referred to the then Monsignor Sheen as “golden-voiced.” Msgr. Sheen’s life path changed dramatically in June 1951, when he was appointed an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of New York, where he served in that capacity until 1965. When in New York, Bishop Sheen began a weekly program on the newly established Du Mont Television Network entitled Life is Worth Living. These shows were broadcast live, with no rehearsals and no script of any sort. The program ran for about six years, and, with a weekly audience of almost 30,000,000 viewers, provided stiff ratings competition to the likes of Milton Berle and Frank Sinatra. Bishop Sheen won an Emmy for this TV program, and both Life magazine and Time ran feature

stories on his life and work. One biographer noted that Bishop Sheen often gave full credit to his writers, “Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.” In addition to his writing and speaking activities, Bishop Sheen also served as the national director for the Propagation of the Faith from 1958 to 1966. In 1966, Bishop Sheen was named by Pope Paul VI to be Bishop of Rochester, New York. He resigned from this position in 1969, and was named archbishop of a titular see by Pope Paul VI. This position was honorary, and carried with it no administrative or pastoral duties. Archbishop Sheen was then free again to devote himself completely to his writing and speaking engagements, which he did without reserve. Very early in his life as a priest, then Father Sheen began a lifelong habit of spending one hour a day in prayer, usually before the Blessed Sacrament. No matter how busy his life or how pressing his responsibilities, he never departed from this practice. Consequently, his biographers note, his extraordinary gifts for writing and speaking were informed and enriched by deep spirituality. After almost sixty years as a priest, and after such an extraordinary public career, Archbishop Sheen died in December 1979, of heart disease. He is buried in the crypt of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, along with so many other bishops of that archdiocese. Archbishop Sheen’s cause for canonization was officially opened in 2002, in the Diocese of Peoria. On June 12, 2012 the Vatican announced that Archbishop Sheen’s life and works give evidence of heroic virtue, and he was officially given the title “Venerable Servant of God.” The remaining stages in the canonization process are that he be declared to be “Blessed” and then “Saint Fulton Sheen.” Anyone not familiar with the work Archbishop Sheen, whom some call the first TV evangelizer, will be happy to know that many of his books are still in print, and many recordings from his TV shows and retreats are available on the internet.


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A Thoughtful Way to Remember a Loved One “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Here in our Diocese, we consider By MaryLou Gannotti Director of Planned Giving

ourselves very lucky to have such generous support from the faithful. We are truly blessed by a legion of good stewards. Planned giving, or philanthropic gift planning, combines the elements that describe luck. In order to make a planned gift, preparation and opportunity must meet. In this case, the potential donor must have an idea of what he or she wishes to do; while the charity, in this case, the Church, is most fortunate to be the recipient of that gift. Hence, an opportunity for philanthropy is created. As a non-profit institution, the Church heavily relies on charitable support to exist. Our vital programs and ministries benefit greatly from Catholic stewardship. Gifts in memoriam provide wonderful opportunities to make a planned gift, while honoring the memory of a loved one through a charitable contribution. A gift in memoriam can take on many forms. Recently in the Diocese of Norwich, some have wished to honor the legacy of the Cathedral of Saint Patrick through memorial donations to the SPIRIT endeavor. Others wish to honor their parish by requesting gifts in memoriam, in lieu of flowers, upon a loved one’s passing. These donations are most heartfelt and a way for those who are also touched by the loss of someone

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Church is a part of our lives from birth to death. We receive the sacrament of Baptism as infants, and the Church sees us through our youth with our First Communion and Penance. As we enter into young adulthood, we are blessed with the Holy Spirit at Confirmation. We unite in marriage and mourn the dead through traditional funeral rites. As the Church has played such a vital role in our lives, some choose to honor their faith through stewardship. It is a fitting tribute to many to request gifts in memo-

riam when a loved one passes away. Once in presenting a seminar on philanthropic gift planning at a local parish, gifts in memoriam in lieu of flowers was mentioned to those in attendance. A woman in the group looked stunned when I suggested this and her jaw dropped. She raised her hand and said “I never thought of this. I wish I had done this when my mother passed.” Like this very sincere woman, some people wish to honor a charity when a loved one dies, but some innocently forget their parish in doing so. Gifts in memoriam can also be requested for Diocesan schools or one of our many ACA supported ministries and programs. People might wish to remember one of our soup kitchens or outreach programs. It is a thoughtful and endearing way to remember a loved one and to honor the work of the Church. If you would like to learn more about gifts in memoriam, please contact MaryLou Gannotti, Director of Planned Giving, at 860886-1928, or e-mail

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Catholic Charities Celebrates Summer Reading at “The Great Dig for Books” in Willimantic By Anna DeBiasi Development Coordinator, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich

Willimantic to kick off the Public Library’s summer reading program. At the event, the children listened to Professor Mamma, an African drummer and storyteller, tell traditional African stories and talk about what we can learn from the hidden message, or “moral” that each story holds. After finishing the classic Tor-

toise and The Hare story, Professor Mama asked the group of wideeyed children, “What did we learn from the rabbit and the turtle?” “Not to go to fast because you will get tired!” one girl offered. “Slow and steady wins the race!” exclaimed another. “Ahhh,” exclaimed Professor Mama, “You are both right.”

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the theme “The Great Dig for Books,” and each child was given a sheet of paper to track their summer reading. Children were invited back on Friday, July 26 for the second installment of the program, where news anchor Hena Daniels from WSFB attended the event and read stories to the children. “This is a day of bringing the community together around reading and learning.” Stated Rosa Almonte, Willimantic Site Supervisor for Catholic Charities. “We want to encourage families to read together and to enjoy the adventures reading can take you on. And it was wonderful to have Hena Daniels here to help us do that.” For more information about Catholic Charities Diocese of Norwich please visit, or like us on facebook www.facebook/ catholiccharitiesdioceseofnorwich.

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St. Colman Pilgrimage Choir Returns from Week of Performances in Rome The summer of 2013 has been a summer to remember for the St. Colman Pilgrimage By Shelley Wolf Four County Catholic Contributor

Choir, a 36-member choir from Connecticut who spent a week in Rome performing for international audiences at a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, at a formal concert at St. Ignatius Church, and for the crowds at a Papal General Audience in St. Peter’s Square. The St. Colman Pilgrimage Choir, made up of members from both St. Colman Church in Middlefield and Church of the Holy Family in Hebron, traveled to Italy from June 20-27 to perform, sightsee, and take in a side trip to Assisi. Choir members, who range in age from 11 to 82, were under the direction of Music Director Matthew Campisi and Associate Music Director Anthony Pandolfe. They were joined on their trip by the Rev. James Sucholet, pastor of St. Colman Church, as well as several family members. The choir’s first performance was a full formal concert on Saturday evening for 400 people from the City of Rome at St. Ignatius Church, a cavernous Baroque church that was built in Rome in 1650. “The acoustics were phenomenal,” said choir member Jean Terza, who attends Holy Family Church in Hebron and noted that this was her first trip overseas. Choir member Martha Luther, who attends St. Colman Church in Middlefield and who was last in Rome on her honeymoon 25 years ago, also saw this concert as the highlight of her trip. “My initial response to performing that evening was ‘Who would come out on a Saturday night to see us perform?’” Luther said. “But when we assembled on the altar and I looked out on the crowd and saw a sea of faces seated to hear us perform, I was astonished,” Luther admitted. “To see Italians singing with us on ‘Las Nostra Offerta’ was a moving experience,

trumped only by the standing ovation we received after performing ‘Come Thou Almighty King.’” The next day, the choir performed at the Sunday 5:15 p.m. Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. “It was an unforgettable thrill to actually sing at a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica,” said choir member Florence O’Sullivan, who attends Holy Family Church in Hebron. “It was just awesome. The Mass was said by a cardinal and concelebrated by at least nine priests, one of them Father Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place. I can feel His mighty power and His grace. I can hear the brush of angels’ wings. I see glory on each face. Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place. ~ Refrain from the song “Surely the Presence of the Lord” sung by the St. Colman Pilgrimage Choir in St. Peter’s Square

Jim from St. Colman Church.” “The Mass at St. Peter’s was an overwhelming experience,” said Music Director Matthew Campisi. “Not only was the building itself massive, but since we were not allowed a rehearsal, it was one of the highest pressures I’ve ever faced as a professional musician.” Before heading for Rome, the St. Colman Pilgrimage Choir practiced for one year, Campisi said, and performed full concerts at Holy Family Church in Hebron and at St. Colman Church in Middlefield for local audiences. All this practice time in Connecticut paid off, and the performance at St. Peter’s Basilica was a success. “It’s more about singing in the largest church in the world than it is about musical perfection,” Campisi said. “However, we did receive a compliment from the music director of the Vatican. He congratulated me on the arrangement I wrote for ‘La Nostra Offerta.’ He liked it so much that he asked for a copy of it. He then went on to praise our choir’s Italian. He was impressed that we were able to sound like na-

tive Italian speakers.” “Matt worked painstakingly with us on our Italian prior to performing,” Luther added. The following Wednesday morning, the choir arrived at St. Peter’s Square at 7:00 a.m. and gathered with approximately 100,000 other pilgrims for the weekly Papal General Audience. The square was overflowing with people and this would be the choir’s final performance. While waiting in St. Peter’s Square for Pope Francis to appear, the choir sang a capella “Surely the Presence of the Lord” and the spiritual “I’ve Just Come From the Fountain,” entertaining and inspiring the audience seated all around them. “The people around us took pictures and gave us a standing ovation,” Terza said. “The two choirs melded into one wonderful group brought together by our love of singing and the incredible adventures we shared in Rome,” O’Sullivan added. At 9:30 a.m. Pope Francis finally arrived. “He rode around in the ‘popemobile’ for quite a while, kissing babies and shaking hands,” Terza said. “He proceeded to the top of

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1145 Years of Service to the Community The Daughters of the Holy Spirit of the USA Province headquartered in Putnam since 1917 recently celebrated 19 of their members, Apostolic Religious, Consecrated Seculars and Associates, who represent 1145 years of dedicated service to the Church and civic communities,in the USA and abroad, where they have served as teachers, social workers, home visiting nurses, school administrators and supervisors. Photo (seated left to right): Sisters Alice Chicoine, Rita St. Onge, Carla Hopkins, Mary Roy, Doris Bérubé 2nd row: Marie Gabrielle Demars, Annette Farley, Irene Fortier, Saundra Porter, Mary Lou Smith, Marie Gertrude Laliberté. 3rd row: Fernande Laliberté, Rita Quintal, Lucille Carreau, Claudette Huot, Anita Lambert and Norma Bourdon, provincial. Absent from the photo are Associates Mary MacDonald and Dr. Diane Summa.

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Diocese Celebrates Historic Jubilee Mass in Magnificently Restored Cathedral An overflowing and joyous congregation witnessed the historic Mass of Thanksgiving and church By Michael R. Strammiello Communications Director, Diocese of Norwich

rededication ceremony celebrated Saturday, 27 July, 2013, by The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich and concelebrated by The Most Reverend Daniel P. Reilly, Bishop Emeritus, Worcester as well as the priests of

the Diocese of Norwich. This day further recognized the worldwide Year of Faith, the sixtieth anniversary of the Diocese of Norwich and the tenth anniversary of the installation of Bishop Cote as the Bishop of Norwich. At every opportunity during the ceremonies, Bishop Cote gave thanks to all who have sacrificed and labored to build the Diocese of Norwich into a vital and loving community of faith. This was a day to appreciate the journey

of so many years and to lift up hearts, thoughts and prayers to “Our Father in heaven, the source of holiness and true purpose.” Everyone present seemed understandably in awe from the first resounding cords of the original pipe organ and the Cathedral choir and cantor in full voice, to the first steps of the procession of seminarians, deacons, clergy, Knights and Bishops Cote and Reilly. For many in attendance, this would be their first

glimpse of the stunningly restored Cathedral with its freshly painted murals, shiny tile floor, ornamental symbols high in the now sky blue ceiling, refitted lights and repaired stained glass windows. It was visually and liturgically a deeply inspiring faith experience. Following Monsignor Anthony Rosaforte’s warm welcoming remarks, the opening ceremony included Bishops Cote and Reilly and Monsignor Tony sprinkling holy

water over the congregation and onto the walls of the Cathedral from the main aisles -- a reminder of the “saving waters of baptism, by which we become one in Christ.” In further homage to the rededication of the Cathedral dating back to 1873, Virginia Rodriquez read from the book of Genesis, “Esta piedra que he presto como pillar, sera casa de Dios....promesa de Jacob.” As stated, “The stone which I have set up as a memorial pillar


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stored Cathedral, Bishop Cote lighted a candle held by one of twelve deacons all with candles from which the other candles were lit as they then processed to a formation in the main aisle facing the altar. These candles represented the light of Christ called upon at this moment of rededication. As the candle ceremony unfolded, the choir’s refrain added an enlivened message, “Longing for light, we wait in darkness...longing for truth, we turn to You.” At a later moment, Father Les Janik, VG, Diocesan Vicar General,

shall be the house of God, vowed Jacob.” In his homily, Bishop Cote gave thanksgiving to all who have been part of the faithful history of the diocese, including the single donor who was nearly entirely responsible for providing the financial resources to restore the Cathedral to its original condition, and to all who helped complete the historic work. He referenced the learned Saint Augustine who understood the essence of a community of faith, and he shared a powerful message from Pope Francis, proclaiming that “Faith is essential to the flourishing

For today we come before You to rededicate to your lasting service this house of prayer, this temple of worship, this home in which we are nourished by Your Word and your Sacraments. Here is the mystery of the Church.

From the prayer of rededication

of humankind.” As a special gesture to formally bless the re-

nstalled and blessed on July 25, 2013 by Bishop Cote, the new Tabernacle was handcrafted in Madrid, Spain by Granda Liturgical Arts. It is a gift from Bishop Cote and the priests of the diocese and friends. A prominent pelican image is etched into the front door panel. The self-sacrificing pelican often symbolizes the Sacrament of the Eucharist, “I am like a pelican of the wilderness” Psalm 102:16.


a d dressed the congregation from the pulpit, recognizing Bishop Cote’s ten faithful and successful years of service as the shepherd of the Diocese. His kind words of recognition, confidence and appreciation were shared by all present as the congregation broke into spontaneous applause. A joyful noise reverberating in the full church.

Bishop Cote accepted the recognition with his own gracious message of thanksgiving. He then proceeded on behalf of Pope Francis to announce and present Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medals in recognition of their distinguised service to the Church and Pontiff, to eight lay persons and five religious. The award, dating back to Pope Leo XIII, 1888, translates “For the Church and the Pope”. Also known as the Cross of Honor, it is the highest medal that can be awarded to the laity by the Papacy.

The distinguished recipients, recognized by the applause of a grateful congregation, were: Sister Rita Johnson, S.S.N.D, Ministry to Sick, Chaplain,

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Cote; David Belval, Director of Art Department at SBS, parishioner Sacred Heart, Taftville; Michael E. Driscoll, Esq., Diocesan Attorney, Parishioner Cathedral, Norwich; Donald Macrino, Diocesan Review Board, Parishioner of St. Joseph, New London; Robert Miller, Ph.D., KHS, Parishioner of Our Lady of LaSalette, Brooklyn, and member of numerous diocesan boards; William J. Russell, C.P.A., KHS, Diocesan Finance Officer,

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Page 16, Left to right: Bishop Michael R. Cote (foreground) with Bishop Daniel P. Reilly; Official Thanksgiving Mass program; New Tabernacle; Vicar General, Father Les Janik; Doug Green, Music Director, with Cathedral Choir; Middle: Monsignor Robert L. Brown, Chancellor, with Father Gregory Galvin, co-Master of Ceremonies. Page 17, from the top: Bill and Diane Russell with Knights of Columbus pre-procession; Bishop Cote presenting Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medals to Sister Sally Tolles. Among other recipients shown are Jacqui Keller, Mother Mary Jude Lazarus, Bill Russell and Dr. Jack Shine; Church Rededication candle ceremony; Monsignor Anthony Rosaforte, Pastor, Cathedral of St. Patrick and Cantor Carol Mailhot. Photos by Donna Antonacci

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Sister Mary Paul DiMola March 13, 1921 - July 8, 2013 Sr. Mary Paul DiMola, ASCJ, of Hamden, died July 8, 2013. Sr. Mary Paul was born in New York, NY March 13, 1921 daughter of the late Paul and Inez Mangini DiMola. She entered the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus August 15, 1941 in New Haven, CT. Sr. Mary Paul began her ministry in education, teaching at St. Michael School in New Haven. Thereafter, Sr. Mary Paul taught at many schools in Connecticut. She also served as the CCD coordinator of St. Peter Parish, Higganum, Connecticut and worked with the RCIA program at St. Lawrence Parish, Killingworth, Connecticut. Sr. Mary Paul retired to Sacred Heart Manor in 2003 where she continued to minister by providing for the needs of our elderly and ill Apostles with her loving presence and care for them. Sr. Mary Paul earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Fordham University, New York and a Master’s of Arts degree in Education and English from Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut. Sr. Mary Paul was a true Apostle Adorer who treasured her hours in Chapel, confidently bringing before her Lord the needs and intentions of her Sisters, her family, her friends, and the ministries of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Manor, 261 Benham St., Hamden, CT 06514. Sister Patricia Barry August 17, 1934 - June 22, 2013

Award for Outstanding Service to Catholic Education. Sister Pat worked extensively in the area of school evaluation and accreditation, developing a process for peer evaluation of the elementary schools and establishing the Norwich Diocesan Accrediting Agency which was recognized by the Connecticut State Board of Education. Those wishing to make a donation in Sister Pat’s memory are asked to consider the Sisters of Mercy, 55 East Cedar St., Newington, 06111. Deacon James “Jim” J. Burgess May 5, 2023 - June 9, 2013 Deacon James “Jim” J. Burgess, 90, of the Somersville section of Somers, widower of Alvina (Cormier) Burgess to whom he was married for 52 years, entered into eternal rest Sunday, June 9, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born May 5, 1923 in Somersville, son of the late Frank and Rose (Gauthier) Burgess. He proudly served his country as a Corporal in the United States Army during World War II. Jim was employed in sales in the aerospace industry from 1950 until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of the musician’s union through the 1960’s and played drums with many local combos. He was a lifelong resident of the Somers community and a dedicated parishioner of All Saints Church, where he touched many lives through his ministry which included CCD instruction, marriage preparation, membership in the Holy Name Society and the Knights of Columbus. Jim was ordained Deacon in 1984. In lieu of flowers, Jim’s family requests that donations in Jim’s memory may be made to All Saints Church, PO Box M, Somersville, CT 06072.

WEST HARTFORD - Sister Patricia Barry of the Sisters of Mercy died Saturday, June 22, 2013. Born August 17, 1934 in Norwich, Sister was the daughter of the late William and Eugenie (Rouleau) Barry. Sister Pat was dedicated to Catholic education for more than 50 years, where her focus was always on fostering academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment. She was a classroom teacher, school principal, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Norwich, Regional Director of Elementary Schools for the Archdiocese of Boston, and for the past 16 years, Associate Director and Deputy Director of the Commission on Independent Schools of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Sister Pat received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics Education and a FUNERAL HOMES diploma of Advanced Graduate Studies in Administra12 Ocean Avenue 48 Grand Street tion and Supervision. She received the “Pro Ecclesia et New London, CT Niantic, CT Pontifice” papal award for service to the Church, the 443-1871 739-6112 Award for Distinguished Service to the Diocese of wich, and the National Catholic Education Association

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Candle Project for Religious Freedom Are you a Catholic who wants to do something to help save our religious freedom? The Candle ProjBy Linda Norton

ect for Religious Freedom is a grassroots movement which started in the Pawcatuck CT/Westerly RI area last December in a prayerful response to the work of our bishops who are calling us to stand up for our religious freedom. It asks people to keep at least one battery or electric candle in their homes or business windows until our religious freedom is once again secured in America; and to pass the word on to others to do the same. The movement has been slowly gaining momentum across the

country ever since then. It has been promoted through Relevant Radio (a national Catholic radio station), flyers, via “Candle cards”, church bulletins, word of mouth, e-mail, Facebook, the March for Life, the Diocese of Norwich’s Women’s Conference, and at a Legion of Mary conference in Boston, to name just some ways. The battery/electric candles are a peaceful and beautiful sign to our government leaders, communities, and everyone across the nation that we are standing together until our religious freedoms are fully protected once again. The goal is to see every community across the nation ablaze with gentle candlelight in every window, every night, silently shouting “Save our Reli-

gious Freedom!” to all who pass by. The great thing about the Candle Project is that anyone of any faith, or person of good will, can participate. It is simple, beautiful, and inexpensive. In America we’ve always had religious freedom but it is now being threatened and it will continue to erode if we keep our heads buried in the sand. If we don’t stand up for our religious freedom we may very well lose it. So if you want to help save our religious freedom, why not join this movement? Website:, or Facebook: If you’d like more information or Candle cards to hand out, contact

Defending Religious Liberty “By means of the Funeral Rites, it has been the practice of the Church, as a tender Mother,…to commend the dead to God…and to give witness to its own faith in the future resurrection of the Baptized with Christ.”

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Pope Francis’ First Encyclical Emphasizes Life-Changing Faith ‘Lumen Fidei’ says faith like a light illuminating all of human existence Faith lets us see like Jesus, pope says Faith not for the fainthearted, says Pope Francis WASHINGTON - “Lumen Fidei” (“The Light of Faith”), the first encyclical of Pope Francis, says By USCCB

that faith is like a light illuminating all of human existence. The encyclical, begun by Pope Benedict XVI, his successor Pope Francis said, was released by the Vatican July 5. Dated June 29, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, “Lumen Fidei,” considers the role of faith from the days of Abraham until modern times. “The light of faith is unique, since it is capable of illuminating every aspect of human existence,” the pope said. “A light this powerful cannot come from ourselves but from a more primordial source: in a word, it must come from God.” Faith heralds the transforming power of belief in Jesus, said Pope Francis.

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“Faith does not merely gaze at Jesus, but sees things as Jesus himself sees them, with his own eyes: it is a participation in his way of seeing,” the pope said. Pope Francis offered his signature down-to-earth comparison. “We trust the architect who builds our home, the pharmacist who gives us medicine for healing, the lawyer who defends us in court,” he said. “We also need somebody trustworthy and knowledgeable where God is concerned. Jesus, the Son of God, is the one who makes God known to us.” Pope Francis noted faith’s impact on the family, especially young people. “Faith is no refuge for the fainthearted, but something which enhances our lives,” Pope Francis said. “It makes us aware of a magnificent calling, the vocation of love. It assures us that this love is trustworthy and worth embracing, for it is based on God’s faithfulness which is stronger than our every weakness.” The pope also pointed out that faith provides perspective in the search for truth, so that believers do not fall prey to great totalitarian movements on one side and relativism on the other. He warned of “a massive amnesia in our contemporary world.” “The question of truth is really a question of memory, deep memory, for it deals with something prior to ourselves and can succeed in uniting us in a way that transcends our petty and limited individual conscious-

ness. It is a question about the origin of all that is, in whose light we can glimpse the goal and thus the meaning of our common path,” he said. Pope Francis addressed several contemporary concerns, including the environment and development of people. “Faith,” he said, “by revealing the love of God the Creator, enables us to respect nature all the more, and to discern in it a grammar written by the hand of God and a dwelling place entrusted to our protection and care. “Faith also helps us to devise models of development which are based not simply on utility and profit, but consider creation as a gift for which we are all indebted; it teaches us to create just forms of government, in the realization that authority comes from God and is meant for the service of the common good.” He cited faith as a way to unity among peoples. “Faith likewise offers the possibility of forgiveness, which so often demands time and effort, patience and commitment. Forgiveness is possible once we discover that goodness is always prior to and more powerful than evil, and that the word with which God affirms our life is deeper than our every denial. From a purely anthropological standpoint, unity is superior to conflict; rather than avoiding conflict, we need to confront it in an effort to resolve and move beyond it, to make it a link in a chain, as art of a progress toward unity.”


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I to judge them?” he said. Dolan said the pontiff’s comments didn’t surprise him, but everyone’s reaction did. “This is no way could be interpreted as a change in church doctrine or the church’s faith and morals. It is a change in tone,” he said. “It’s been a pretty clear teaching of the church based on the words of Jesus that we can’t judge people; we can judge actions,” he said. But he emphasized that those actions — specifically, sexual relation-

ships between gay people — are still considered immoral in the eyes of the Catholic church. “Homosexual people deserve love respect and dignity; while homosexual acts are immoral,” Dolan said. “The church’s teaching, which is based on the Bible and God’s revelation, is that sexual love is reserved only between a man and woman in the life-long, life-giving relationship of marriage and any relations outside of that, hetero or homo, would be less than God’s intention,” he said. “That hasn’t changed.”

in Fairfield County, has another father: the newly named Bishop, Frank J. Caggiano of Brooklyn. The pope announced Caggiano’s appointment at 6 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2013. “There are always challenges in ministry,” Caggiano said, “but I have every confidence that the Lord will always provide us with whatever we need to meet the challenges we face and through the struggles we have together, as we do with any family, to deepen our faith in the Lord and really the love that we should have for one another.”

Caggiano replaces William E. Lori, who left to become archbishop in Baltimore in May 2012. Monsignor Jerald A. Doyle will act as administrator of the diocese until the new Bishop’s Installation Mass Sept. 19. “My friends,” Caggiano said at his press conference, “I come to you today as a fellow pilgrim in the journey of faith ... and I stand here committed to collaborate with all who are in leadership in our parishes, in our schools, in our colleges, in our institutions that serve the poor, and in a very special way, to collaborate with my brother priests, deacons, women and men in consecrated life, and lay leaders throughout this great diocese.”

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Catherine Foley to Lead Outreach Development The Diocese of Norwich Outreach to Haiti is pleased to announce the appointment of By Kyn Tolson, Programs Administrator Diocese of Norwich Outreach to Haiti

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St. Mary’s of Portland Parishioner Becomes Inspired in Ecuador Catherine Kisiel, a member of St. Mary’s Parish, Portland, CT recently returned from a service From the FCC News Desk

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trip to South America, where she lived in community with the residents of Duran, Ecuador as part of the Rostro de Cristo (the face of Christ) immersion experience. The trip was organized and sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry at Loyola University Maryland, where Catherine will be a senior. At Loyola, Catherine is an active member of campus ministry, and in addition to volunteering as a student lector she has done service work at Beans and Bread in Baltimore. Prior to attending the trip, Catherine participated in six months of training and reflection in preparation for the cultural and religious experiences she would encounter through her ministry of presence. Rostro de Cristo is a program meant “to challenge young people to follow the example of Jesus by living and working among the poor, and by recognizing the face of Christ in them.” As part of the program, Catherine volunteered at two after-school programs and spent time with the residents of Damien House, a holistic health center where people with Hansen’s disease receive physical and spiri-

Catherine Kisiel, with one of her little friends, at Manos Abiertas, one of the two after school programs where she volunteered as part of the Rostro de Cristo program in Duran, Ecuador. tual care. Student participants were invited to answer God’s call to live their faith; and by serving the residents of Duran, to find the face of Christ in the people with whom they lived and prayed. When asked to describe her trip, Catherine remarks that she was called to Ecuador, and that “it

was a powerful, life-changing journey, that encouraged me to reflect within myself and truly experience what it means to see the face of Christ in others. My immersion experience furthered my goal to be an advocate for social justice both in the United States and abroad.”

St. Mary School Uniforms to Help Kids in Haiti, Liberia MIDDLETOWN - About 38 moving boxes — three feet tall — filled with polo shirts, oxford shirts, Reprint from Middletown Press

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help the needy. Suzanne LeBrun Berry, eighthgrade parent, knew of the Salesian Missions through her cousin, director Father Mark Hyde. She approached school principal Kathleen Peck. “I felt bad that all these uniforms would have to go to waste,” LeBrun Berry said Wednesday as the boxes were packed into a truck. “The kids who don’t have clothes [in those countries] can’t go to school.” Home Depot in Middletown and Lowe’s in Cromwell donated all the boxes to the cause. The merge between the two Catholic schools, which was announced in January, will mean that all students will go to the same school in the former St. Mary School Building on South Main Street. This new regional Catholic school will be for Pre-K through eighth grade. “Since we have a fresh name, we decided on a fresh new uniform that neither school ever had,” LeBrun Berry said. “If we didn’t have to change our name, we would have stayed with the uniforms. Some of the stuff is brand new because parents were anticipating the new school year.” The new uniforms will feature the colors red, white and blue with clothes coming from Land’s End, LeBrun Berry said. “We went into the 21st century with the clothing,” she said.

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Did You Know? August 6 Transfiguration of the Lord. Read how the face of Jesus shone and he spoke with Moses and Elijah on a mountain. It’s in Matthew 17:1-8. Find out what God the Father said.

August 15 Assumption of Mary, the mother of Jesus. This is a special day to remember Mary. Read her words of praise in Luke 1:45-55.

August 19 Potato Fun Day. Play Mr. Potato Head. Cook a favorite potato dish. Have potato sack races. Inca Indians grew potatoes as early as 500 BC; but people in other countries did not know about them until 1540 when explorers learned about them from the natives of Peru.

August 28

by Karen H Whiting

Martin Luther King made his famous speech “I have a dream” sixty years ago, in 1963. He dreamed people would live in peace and no one would care about a person’s skin color. Read Galatians 17:11 and talk about how we are all equally loved and equal in God’s eyes.

Friends A new school year will start soon. It’s also time to make new friends. Friends are bully insurance, friends stick up for one another, and friends make life happier. But it can take a while to make new friends. So be prepared with these ideas: Make Friendship Cards: On the computer print cards you can fold. Use one part for your name and contact information. Add a short list of favorites (color, game, sport, book, activity, and favorite foods). On the other half ask for information to be filled in. Include name, contact information, and list of favorites. The new friend can fill out the friend part. Tear it in half so you can each keep the info on the other. Contact the new friend and invite him or her to participate in one of the favorite activities listed, especially if there’s something listed you enjoy or want to learn. Be a Friend: Think about what kids seem to possess good friendship qualities. List qualities of a good friend, such as being a good listener, kindness, compassion, fun loving, and sharing values and interests. Pray for good friends with those qualities. Try to have those qualities, so someone will want to be your friend. Read about close friends in the Bible, Jonathon and David in 1 Samuel 18:1-4, 20, and 2 Samuel 9:1-8. Be available: After Mass or CCD, stop to chat and meet people, especially families with kids your age. Join activities where you can meet kids with similar interests. This could be a club, sport, or group. Be ready to talk: Talk about how to greet someone. The first time you see someone smile, exchange names, and ask a few polite questions. Pay a compliment or ask the other kid what he likes to do. The next few times say hello and chat a little more. Ask a few other questions. Tell a joke. Ask, “Would you like to come to my house or go to a park and play?”

Hall of Faith Matchup On August 11, the second reading is about God’s heroes from long ago. It’s from Hebrews chapter 11. Some people call this chapter the Hall of Faith because the people named lived lives that showed they had faith in God. Match the heroes/heroines with what they did:

A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J. K.

Offered a better sacrifice than his brother Pleased God and was assumed up to heaven Saved the animals and his family Served God with his whole heart & Israel’s king Had a baby in her old age Had 12 sons and blessed his sons as he was dying Foretold his people how they would be freed from Egypt Obeyed God, even being willing to sacrifice his son Freed God’s people and kept the Passover feast Helped the Israelite spies escape Defeated a large army with only 300 men Answer Key: 1B 2J 3K 4H 5I 6G 7D 8E 9C 10F 11A

1. Enoch 2. Rahab 3. Gideon 4. Abraham 5. Moses 6. Joseph 7. David 8. Sarah 9. Noah 10. Jacob 11. Abel

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Pope John Paul II Approved for Sainthood Pope Francis has cleared Pope John Paul II for sainthood, approving a miracle attributed to his By Associated Press

intercession and setting up a remarkable dual canonization along with another beloved Pope, John XXIII. In a major demonstration of his papal authority, Francis decided to make John XXIII a saint even though the Vatican hasn’t confirmed a second miracle attributed to his intercession. The Vatican said Francis had the power to “dispense” with the normal saint-making procedures to canonize him on his own merit, without a miracle. The ceremonies are expected

before the end of the year. The date of Dec. 8 has been floated as one possibility, given it’s the feast of the Immaculate Conception, a major feast day for the church. Polish media continued to report that October was likely, to mark the anniversary of John Paul’s election, but Vatican officials have said that’s too soon to organize such a massive event. The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, confirmed that the miracle that brought John Paul to the ranks of sainthood concerned a Costa Rican woman. The Spanish Catholic newspaper La Razon has identified her as Floribeth Mora, and said she suffered from a cerebral aneurism

that was inexplicably cured on May 1, 2011 — the day of John Paul’s beatification, when 1.5 million people filled St. Peter’s Square to honor the beloved Polish pontiff. In a series of reports late last month, La Razon reported that Mora awoke with debilitating head pain on April 8 and went to the hospital, where her condition worsened to the point that she was sent home with only a month to live. Her family prayed to John Paul, and the aneurism disappeared. La Razon quoted her doctor, Dr. Alejandro Vargas, who said: “It surprised me a lot that the aneurism disappeared, I can’t explain it based on science.”

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The Experience of WYD Must Not Stay “Locked Up” Vatican City, 29 July 2013 – At 10.00 a.m., Sunday, the Pope celebrated Holy Mass for the 28th By Vatican News Service

World Youth Day on the beach at Copacabana. Three million pilgrims participated; a further million joined the two million young people who had spent the night on the beach after Saturday’s prayer vigil. The event was attended by 1500 bishops and 15,000 priests, as well as the presidents of Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and Suriname. The Eucharistic liturgy began with the official hymn of World Youth Day, sung by a choir made up of priests from all over Brazil, including those who evangelise through the medium of religious music. The songs for the Holy Mass were selected by means of a national competition in which young Brazilians participated with their own original compositions. The Pope based his homily on the theme of the 28th World Youth Day: “Go and make disciples of all nations”, and after reflecting on the excitement of these days, of living faith with people from all four corners of the world, he said that the moment had come to transmit this experience to others. “Three simple ideas”, he said. “Go, do not be afraid, and serve”. To explain the meaning of the first, Pope Francis spoke to the young about the beauty of meeting Jesus in the company of others during these days, and sensing the joy of faith, but added, “the experience of this encounter must not remain locked up in your life or in the small group of your parish, your movement, or your community. That would be like withholding oxygen from a flame that was burning strongly. Faith is a flame that grows stronger the more it is shared... so that everyone may

know … Jesus Christ, the Lord of life and history”. “Sharing the experience of faith... proclaiming the Gospel: this is a command that the Lord entrusts to the whole Church, and that includes you”, he continued, “but it is a command that is born not from a desire for domination, from a desire for power, but from the force of love, from the fact that Jesus first came into our midst and gave us, not a part of Himself, but the whole of Himself, and He gave His life in order to save us and to show us the love and mercy of God. Jesus… accompanies us… in our mission of love”. “Where does Jesus send us? There are no borders, no limits: He sends us to everyone. The Gospel is for everyone, not just for some. It is not only for those who seem closer to us, more receptive, more welcoming... Do not be afraid to go and to bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, most indifferent. The Lord seeks all, He wants everyone to feel the warmth of His mercy and His love”. The Holy Father emphasised that he wished for Christ’s command, “Go”, to resonate in the young of the Church in Latin America, as “this continent has received the proclamation of the Gospel which has marked its history and borne much fruit. Now … the Church needs you, your enthusiasm, your creativity and the joy that is so characteristic of you”. “Some people might think: ‘I have no particular preparation, how can I go and proclaim the Gospel?’” he continued, turning to the second idea, “do not be afraid”. He explained that their fear is not very different from that of Jeremiah, who was also young when he was called by God to be

a prophet. He exclaims: ‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth’. God says the same thing to you as He said to Jeremiah: ‘Be not afraid... for I am with you to deliver you’. He is with us! Jesus … never leaves anyone alone. ... And then, Jesus did not say: “One of you go”, but “All of you go”: we are sent together. Dear young friends, be aware of the companionship of the whole Church and also the communion of the saints on this mission. When we face challenges together, then we are strong, we discover resources we did not know we had. Jesus did not call the Apostles to live in isolation. He called them to form a group, a community”. Finally, service, explained the Pope, means “allowing our life to be identified with that of Jesus, it is sharing His sentiments, His thoughts, His actions. And the life of Jesus is a life for others. It is a life of service … Evangelizing means bearing personal witness to the love of God, it is overcoming our selfishness, it is serving by

bending down to wash the feet of our brethren, as Jesus did”. “Go, do not be afraid, and serve”, he concluded. “If you follow these three ideas, you will experience that the one who evangelizes is evangelized, the one who transmits the joy of faith receives more joy. Dear young friends, as you return to your homes, do not be afraid to be gen-

erous with Christ, to bear witness to His Gospel. ... Bringing the Gospel is bringing God’s power to pluck up and break down evil and violence, to destroy and overthrow the barriers of selfishness, intolerance and hatred, so as to build a new world. Jesus Christ is counting on you! The Church is counting on you! The Pope is counting on you!”

Father Ralph DiOrio

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