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Reverend Brian Christopher Maxwell, Ordained to Priesthood on May 25, 2013, by the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich at the Cathedral of saint Patrick, Norwich
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The Most Reverend
Michael R. Cote, D.D.
Bishop of Norwich
A Legacy of Faith & Hope My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: This has been quite the year of recalling the history of the diocese dating back to its inauguration in 1953. It has been a time to reflect on who we are and how much we have grown in numbers, outreach and spiritual strength over these sixty years. Our jubilee anniversary and the Year of Faith remind us how everything we have experienced, overcome and celebrated has made us stronger and more appreciative of the Lord’s mercy and kindness. Looking back to the earliest moments, we began as a rural community of faith with 55 parishes serving 120,000 parishioners. Today, we are a diocesan family of 76 parishes with more than double the original number of parishioners, and a diocesan school system educating nearly 5,000 children a year. We live, of course, in challenging times. We must face the complexities and distractions of technology, the violence and disrespect for precious life in our culture, the erosion of family values in an increasingly secular society, a struggling economy and labor market, and encroachment on our religious liberty. Formidable challenges. Resilient and faith-centered as we are, however, we live in hope and are up to the challenges. We will let faith lead the way. It will sustain us.
There is much for us to cele- and many more acts of charity and a.m. in the newly restored Cathebrate and so much for which we love of neighbor across the diocese dral of St. Patrick. Please join me are grateful. Amid the social tur- reflect the loving Ministry of Jesus. and your pastors, religious, fellow moil, we the Diocese of Norwich Faith in action is a joy to behold. parishioners and invited guests in have steadily inthis special diocecreased our outsan Eucharistic reach to those Celebration. How most in need in fitting to have the our communities. opportunity to exCatholic Charities perience the magis now providing nificently restored assistance and Cathedral as we recomfort to over member the 7,000 households founding of the a year – helping Diocese. Together, Catholic and nonwe will pray that The Diocese of Norwich to celebrate Catholic families we will stay everwith basic needs, resolved to bring behavioral health, the Light of Christ adoption services, our Savior to housing assistance wherever shadows and The and expanded imand darkness need Rededication of the Newly Restored migration services. the illumination of Cathedral of Saint Patrick At the same time, compassion and we are continuing understanding. to reach out to our This we pray. twinned parishes We also celeCathedral of Saint Patrick, Norwich in Haiti to save brate the recent or10:30 a.m. lives and nourish dination to the spirits. Closer to Holy Priesthood The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote D.D., home in Middleof Father Brian Bishop of Norwich, Principal Celebrant and homilist. town and NorMaxwell. We welwich, the St. come Father Brian All parishioners and friends of the Diocese are welcome to Vincent de Paul into the presbyterattend and experience the unity of faith that has made the ministries are servate at this imporDiocese of Norwich a vital and loving community these 60 years. ing over 450 hot tant time in our meals a day to the continuing hishungry and jobless. Their food With joy and thanksgiving, our tory. We pray Father Brian will, pantries and Project Northeast are Diocese will celebrate a special through the years, manifest God’s providing food supplies daily to 60th Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiv- love for every person. hundreds more families. These ing, Saturday, July 27, at 10:30 We are further grateful for the
A 60th Anniversary Mass of Thanksgiving
Saturday, July 27, 2013
ordination this past weekend of Deacon Martin J. Noe to the Transitional Diaconate. Our prayers and congratulations are with Deacon Martin on this happy occasion. This is a new beginning for the diocese with respect to the replenishing of priests we so need. Another reason we remain filled with hope going forward, whatever the challenges of the day. One of the joys of honoring the past is knowing that the efforts of those who came before have created a legacy on which to build and derive hope for the future. So it has been with the determined and generous founding efforts of the laity, clergy, educators, those who serve in ministry and Bishops before me in the now 60-year old Diocese of Norwich. I am honored to have this significant tribute to the good people of the Diocese take place while I am the diocesan shepherd. I look forward to expressing my gratitude and that of the entire Diocese at the Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiving on July 27. I am further grateful to be with you on that day within the welcoming sanctuary of the restored Cathedral of St. Patrick, a standing tribute to love of God and the joy of being in service to Him. Sincerely yours in Christ’s love, Bishop Michael R. Cote
Un Legado Fundacional de fe y Esperanza Queridos Hermanos y Hermanas: Este ha sido verdaderamente el año para recordar la historia de la diócesis que se remonta a su inauguración en 1953. Ha sido un
tiempo para reflexionar sobre lo que somos y lo mucho que hemos crecido en números, extensión y fuerza espiritual sobre estos sesenta años. Nuestro aniversario
de conmemoración y el Año de la Fe nos recuerdan cómo todo lo que hemos experimentado, superado y celebrado nos han hecho más fuertes y más capaces de apre-
ciar la misericordia y la bondad del Señor. Mirando hacia atrás a los primeros momentos, empezamos como una comunidad de fe rural
con 55 parroquias sirviendo a 120.000 feligreses. Hoy en día, somos una familia diocesana de Fundacional de fe y Esperanza
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Fundacional de fe y Esperanza Continued from page 3 76 parroquias con más del doble del número original de feligreses, y con un sistema de escuelas diocesanas educando cerca de 5.000 niños al año. Por supuesto, vivimos, en tiempos difíciles. Debemos enfrentar las dificultades y las distracciones impuestas a nosotros por la tecnología, la violencia y la falta de respeto en nuestra cultura por la valiosa vida, el deterioro de los valores de la familia en una sociedad más secular, una constante lucha en la economía y en el mer-
cado de trabajo, y el abuso a nuestra libertad religiosa. No es exactamente 1953. Resistentes y centrados en la fe como somos, no obstante, vivimos en la esperanza y estamos a la altura de los desafíos. Dejaremos que la fe conduzca el camino. Nos sostendrá. Para nosotros hay mucho por celebrar y mucho por lo que estamos agradecidos. En medio del desorden social, nosotros la Diócesis de Norwich constantemente hemos aumentado nuestra extensión a los más necesitados en
nuestras comunidades. Caridades Católicas ahora están prestando asistencia y consuelo a más de 8.000 hogares al año-ayudando a familias católicas como no católicas con necesidades básicas, salud mental, servicios de adopción y ampliados servicios de inmigración. Al mismo tiempo, para salvar vidas y alimentar almas continuamos llegando a nuestras parroquias hermanadas en Haití. Más cerca de casa en Middletown y en Norwich, los ministerios de San Vicente De Paul están
Diocese of Norwich Pilgrimage to Greece and Rome With Bishop Michael R. Cote
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ost Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich, will lead a 10-day pilgrimage to Rome and the historic cities of Corinth and Thessaloniki, Greece, as well as the ancient city of Ephesus. When in Rome, enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of the Palazzo Venezia, the Circus Maximus, the Forum, the Arch of Constantine and the Colosseum. The group will attend the Closing Ceremonies for the Year of Faith in Vatican City. Price includes local bus to/from JFK Airport, airfare, four-star hotels, departure lunch, all tips; also, breakfast and dinner daily, and departure tax and fuel surcharge.
través de los años, Padre Brian manifestará el amor de Dios por cada persona. Este es un nuevo comienzo para la diócesis para iniciar la reposición de sacerdotes que tanto necesitamos. Otra razón por la que seguimos llenos de esperanza en el futuro, independientemente de los desafíos del día. Una de las alegrías de honrar el pasado es saber que los esfuerzos de aquellos que vinieron antes han creado un legado en el cual construir y obtener esperanza para el futuro. La Diócesis de Norwich de ahora 60 años así ha sido fundada con el decidido y generoso esfuerzo de los laicos, clero, educadores, profesionales del ministerio y obispos antes que yo. Me siento honrado de que este significativo homenaje a la buena gente de la diócesis tenga lugar mientras yo soy el pastor diocesano. Espero con ilusión expresar mi gratitud y la de toda la diócesis en la misa de aniversario de Acción de Gracias el 27 de julio. Además agradezco el estar con ustedes en ese día dentro del santuario de bienvenida de la majestuosa restaurada catedral de St. Patrick, un vigente homenaje al amor de Dios y a la alegría de estar al servicio de Él. Sinceramente, en el amor de Cristo, Obispo Michael R. Cote Translated by Paulina Angulo
Clergy Appointments The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich, has made the following clergy and diocesan appointments in the Diocese of Norwich:
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sirviendo más de 400 comidas calientes al día a los pobres y a los sin empleo. Sus despensas y Proyecto Noreste están proporcionando suministros de alimentos diarios a cientos más familias. Estos y muchos más actos de caridad y amor al prójimo a través de la diócesis reflejan el amoroso Ministerio de Jesús. Es una alegría contemplar la fe en acción. Con alegría y agradecimiento, nuestra Diócesis celebrará el sexagésimo aniversario con una Misa especial de Acción de Gracias el sábado, 27 de julio a las 10:30a.m. en la recién restaurada Catedral de St. Patrick. Por favor, únanse a mí y a sus sacerdotes, religiosos, feligreses e invitados en esta especial celebración eucarística diocesana. Que adecuado tener la oportunidad de experimentar la catedral magníficamente restaurada al recordar la fundación de la diócesis. Juntos, oraremos para que se nos de la gracia para continuar sosteniendo nuestra familia diocesana y permanecer por siempre resueltos a llevar la luz de Cristo nuestro Salvador, a donde las sombras y la oscuridad necesitan la iluminación de la compasión y la comprensión. Esto pedimos. También, celebramos la reciente ordenación del Padre Brian Maxwell al Santo Sacerdocio. En este importante momento en nuestra continua historia damos la bienvenida a Padre Brian al presbiterado. Oramos que, a
Reverend John Gallagher, OFM Cap, Administrator, Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, Middletown, while continuing as Pastor, Saint Pius X Parish, Middletown. Effective: June 3, 2013. 2012 ~ 2013
Reverend Brian Maxwell, Newly ordained, to Saint Bernard Parish, Rockville, Parochial Vicar. Effective: June 13, 2013. ~ Monsignor Robert L. Brown, Chancellor ~
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Reverend Gregory Galvin Praised be Jesus Christ the great High Priest! Praised be God our Father through whom in unity with the Holy Spirit our prayers have been heard and continue to be answered! On Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Norwich, the Diocese of Norwich celebrated the priestly ordination of Father Brian Maxwell. It was a glorious day for Father Maxwell and for his family and friends as well as for our diocesan family. In a nearly completely renovated Cathedral, awash with spectacular color and brightness, more than three hundred people gathered to celebrate the first of three ordinations for men who have been dedicating their time the last few years in preparing to answer God’s call to serve His Church and family as one of his priests. Following the Ordination Mass, Father Maxwell remained at the Cathedral giving his first priestly blessing until three in the afternoon.
On Sunday morning, May 26, at the 11:30 a.m. morning Mass at Saint Bernard Church in Rockville, Father Maxwell celebrated his first Mass as the main celebrant with seven priests concelebrating and several of the seminarians of the diocese serving. Father Maxwell commented to me that morning that all day Saturday he felt like he was in a cloud! He was so very happy and you could see it in his face and hear it in his voice. The excitement continued as on June 8, 2013, at the church of Saints Peter and Paul in Norwich, Mr. Martin Noe was ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bishop Cote. Martin has worked hard the last three years and now will take the first step of Holy Orders as he continues to prepare to ready himself for priestly ordination sometime in 2014. This coming October, Jonathan Ficara will hopefully also be ordained a transitional deacon and will, God willing, be called to priesthood along with Martin. Each of these men and each of
our other seminarians has opened his heart and mind to the Father’s Will. As a diocese we must continue to pray for the men God is calling to accept His invitation to share in His Son’s Holy Priesthood. Our Holy Father Pope Francis spoke early this month about the importance of completely trusting and being open to the Father’s Will when he said; “It is hard to abandon ourselves
to him with complete trust, allowing the Holy Spirit to be the soul and guide of our lives ... We fear that God may force us to strike out on new paths and leave behind our all too narrow, closed and selfish horizons in order to become open to his own.” This is why it is so important to pray for those who are being called by God and may hesitate to answer. It is also a good reminder for each
seminarian, priest, religious, bishop and lay person to work at always remaining open to the words we pray daily which our Lord taught us, “thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. May the Harvest Master continue to send us good men who trust in God’s Will for them and are willing to lay down their life for God and for His family the Church.
Holy Hour for Vocations The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich, leads the Holy Hour: June 20, 2013 • 5:00-6:00 p.m. Saint Joseph, Willimantic July 18, 2013 • 5:00-6:00 p.m. Saint Patrick, Mystic August 22, 2013 • 7:00-8:00 p.m. Sacred Heart, Vernon September 19, 2013 • 4:00-5:00 p.m. Saint Mary, Clinton October 17, 2013 • 7:00-8:00 p.m. Saint Mary, Baltic Father Greg Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocations firstname.lastname@example.org
November 21, 2013 • 7:00-8:00 p.m. Saint Joseph, New London December 19, 2013 • 6:00-7:00 p.m. Saint Edward, Stafford Springs
We pray for our Seminarians.... Pope Francis @Pontifex
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Let us ask the Lord, in this Year of Faith, that our communities, all the Church, be more truly families who live and bring the warmth of God
Kurt O Brien 2nd Year College Holy Apostles Seminary Cromwell, CT
Jeffrey Ellis 1st Year Theology Mt. St. Mary Seminary Emmitsburg, MD
Juan Palacio 1st Year English Studies Clark University Worcester, MA
Martin Noe 3rd Year Theology Holy Apostles Seminary Cromwell, CT
Jonathan Ficara 3rd Year Theology Pontifical North American College, Vatican City State
Ruben Sanchez 1st Year English Studies Clark University Worcester, MA
Brian Maxwell 4th Year Theology Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Weston, MA
Peter Langevin 1st Year Theology Mt. St. Mary Seminary Emmitsburg, MD
Thomas Griffin 1st Year Theology Blessed John XXIII National Seminary Weston, MA
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June is “Leave a Legacy” Month The Cathedral of Saint Patrick, the see Cathedral of the Norwich Diocese, has undergone an historic restoration and is now beautifully adorned with images from the life of Christ. If you would like to make a gift towards the enduring legacy of our Cathedral, you can learn more by visiting www.stpats norwich.org. A SPIRIT gift is a wonderful way to preserve your family legacy, or honor a loved one through a gift in memoriam. “Leave a Legacy” month also provides a wonderful opportunity to honor your own beloved parish or the Diocese. To learn more about legacy giving, contact MaryLou Gannotti, Director of Planned Giving in the Diocesan Development Office at 860-886-1928 ext. 15. Fridays, July 12, 19, 26 Marriage Preparation Class for Engaged Couples God’s Plan for a Joy-filled Marriage on July 12, 19, 26, from 6:30-9:00pm at Our Lady of Lourdes, RT.12, Gales Ferry. To register for the 3-session class please call Family Life Office at 860-889-8346 ext. 283. Thursd y Sund y August 8 10
mation please call 800-228-9290 or log onto www.necddre.org. 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 860848-2237 ext. 211. Tuesday September 17 Internet Safety Informational Session St. Thomas Aquinas ParishStorrs 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.
The Diocese of Norwich to celebrate
A 60th Anniversary Mass of Thanksgiving and The
Rededication of the Newly Restored Cathedral of Saint Patrick
Saturday, July 27, 2013 Cathedral of Saint Patrick, Norwich 10:30 a.m. The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote D.D., Bishop of Norwich, Principal Celebrant and homilist. All parishioners and friends of the Diocese are welcome to attend and experience the unity of faith that has made the Diocese of Norwich a vital and loving community these 60 years.
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‘There is No Happier Day’ NORWICH - In an ancient and sacred rite of great solemnity, divine power, and By Shelley Wolf Four County Catholic Contributor
brotherly love, the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., the Bishop of Norwich, called upon the Holy Spirit to ordain Brian Christopher Maxwell, welcoming him to the priesthood in the Diocese of Norwich on Saturday, May 25 at the Cathedral of St. Patrick. Friends and family from throughout New York and New England, parishioners from throughout the diocese, seven seminarians, and more than 50 priests and deacons from the diocese gathered in the newly restored cathedral for the
Celebration and Mass of Ordination to the Holy Priesthood. The lofty voices of the Norwich Diocesan Choir, dramatic music on the pipe organ, trumpets, and timpani drums added to the celebration and sent spirits soaring. Bishop Cote, the ordaining celebrant, welcomed the ordinant Brian Maxwell, his family and friends, and all attendees to the celebration. “We thank God for the gift of his vocation,” Bishop Cote said. “Let us look upon the image of the crucified High Priest,” he said, referring to Jesus Christ. During the Rite of Ordination, Reverend Gregory P. Galvin, Vocations Director for the Diocese of Norwich, presented Brian Maxwell to the Bishop. “Do you know him to be worthy?” Bishop Cote asked. Father Galvin responded by saying that the ordinant was worthy. The Bishop then agreed to elect the candidate, and the congregation stood and applauded to show their consent. “There is no happier day,” Bishop Cote told the crowd. “We rejoice over God’s latest manifes-
tation of mercy as we ordain a new priest.” The Bishop extended thanks to Reverend Thomas F. Schmitt, the Dean of Men at Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts, where Brian Maxwell received his education, and to all of his family and friends who supported him on his journey. Then the Bishop directed his comments to Brian Maxwell. “Remember that you are called to protect the spiritual sacrifices of the faithful by uniting them to the sacrifice of Christ through the Holy Mass,” Bishop Cote said. “You will walk in a new life of Christ, baptizing parishioners, forgiving sins, comforting the sick, and offering praise to God, all
through the sacred power of Jesus Christ,” the Bishop told the ordinant. “Attend to his concerns before your own. Assist the faithful in becoming a unified family and lead them to Christ,” the Bishop commanded. “Your call came late in life but your call was genuine and you responded graciously,” Bishop Cote said. During the Promise of the Elect, Brian Maxwell rose and promised to celebrate the mysteries of Christ, to pray without ceasing, and to respect the Bishop and his successors. Then, in one of the most movOrdination Continued on page 8
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NDCCW Women’s Conference 2013 On May 4, 2013 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Gales Ferry, the Norwich Submitted by Anne King
Diocese Council of Catholic Women held its 58th annual convention. The day began with registration and a coffee hour, followed by the annual meeting at which time Anne King, President of the Council, welcomed over 60 women from the seven districts of the Norwich Diocese. Following a short meeting, Reverend Ron Meyer, OMI, from the Immaculata Retreat House in Willimantic gave a talk entitled “Catholic Women: A Voice of Faith.” Father described women in their various roles and listed the steps of action that women can use to express the Roman Catholic faith today. 1. Pray, Pray, Pray and Pay attention (talk to God and Listen for God’s Reply) 2. LISTEN; Prepare Well (educate yourself in spiritual matters) 3. Do Something; show by example...let people know you
make the sign of the cross and say grace at meals, or that you attend Mass on Sundays, that you have pictures of Jesus or a crucifix in your homes. Small ways to be a VOICE..the total expression of the human being…. After the meeting concluded, the Eucharist was celebrated by the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich, along with the Reverend Brian Converse, Pastor of OurLady of Lourdes Church, the Very Reverend Charles LeBlanc, Spiritual Diocesan Moderator, and other guest moderators. A luncheon followed the Mass. Each year the Norwich Diocese holds its annual membership drive throughout the diocese. Sixty percent of the money collected is given in a check to the Bishop who, in turn, presents this check to Catholic Charities. This year the new director of Catholic Charities, James Maffuid, was present to accept a check in the amount of $18,216.26.
ing and symbolic moments of the rite, the ordinant laid face down on the sanctuary floor with arms outstretched, publically surrendering his whole being and laying down his life for his friends, just as Jesus commanded. In response, and to plead for God’s graces for the candidate, the entire congregation along with the 50 priests and deacons of the diocese fell to their knees and began to pray The Litany of Supplication, commonly known as The Litany of the Saints. The cantor chanted the names of dozens of saints one by one as the congregation responded with the chant “Pray for us.” In the most powerful moment of the sacred rite, Brian Maxwell knelt on the floor as Bishop Cote, acting as a direct successor of the Apostles, laid his hands on the ordinant’s head and silently prayed to God for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit and his gifts. Then, one by one, each of the 50 priests also laid their hands on the ordinant’s head. After the Laying on of Hands,
Father Schmitt of Blessed John XXIII National Seminary removed Brian Maxwell’s stole and vested him in a new cream and gold stole and chasuble, the vesture of the Office of Priesthood, publicly signifying his ministry in the Liturgy. The Bishop also anointed the hands of the ordinant with holy chrism oil, symbolizing his distinctive participation in Christ’s priesthood. Then Bishop Cote gave Brian Maxwell the fraternal kiss of peace, sealing his admittance into the ministry. All 50 priests also extended the fraternal kiss of peace to the ordinant. The newly ordained Reverend Brian Maxwell then joined in concelebrating the Eucharist side by side with the Bishop. Father Maxwell also gave his first blessing to Bishop Cote and, in a touching moment, extended his blessing to his siblings, nieces, and nephews as the Norwich Diocesan Choir sang acappella “The Lord Bless You.” At the conclusion of the service, Bishop Cote announced that Fa-
ther Maxwell will serve as a priest at St. Bernard Church in Rockville, where he last served as a transitional deacon. The audience, which included many members of the Rockville parish, burst into loud, spontaneous applause. Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the Cathedral hall, where Father Maxwell greeted guests in a long reception line, imparting his blessing on all who desired it. At age 54, Father Maxwell’s service to God and the Roman Catholic Church is just beginning. “It’s one of the happiest days of my life. It’s all grace,” a visibly tired but grateful Father Maxwell said after spending two hours imparting his blessing to the entire receiving line. “I was very blessed by all the wonderful people who supported me by their attendance and prayer today and over the last five years.” The next morning Father Maxwell concelebrated Mass at his new parish, St. Bernard Church in Rockville, where he was treated to another reception in his honor.
Congratulations! Father Brian C. Maxwell
Class of 2013 on your Ordination to Priesthood for the
Diocese of Norwich
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Reverend Mr. Martin John Noe Ordained to the Diaconate Let us pray that God the all-powerful Father will mercifully pour out the grace of His blessing on this, his servant, whom in his kindness He has raised to the sacred Order of the Diaconate. Bishop Michael R. Cote NORWICH - In a joyful ceremony at the magnificent Saints Peter and Paul Church in NorFrom the FCC News Desk
wich, Saturday, June 8, 2013, Reverend Mr. Martin John Noe was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate by The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich. On a day forecasted to have torrential rain and wind, the sun broke through as if to signify the blessings granted this day to Deacon Noe, family, friends and the diocesan faithful. As expressed to Deacon Noe by Bishop Cote, “May God, who has begun the
good work in you, bring it to fulfillment.” It was a day of significant beginnings, of anticipation, of great happiness. The prayer of ordination captures the essence of the sacred service to which Deacon Noe has been called: “May there abound in him every Gospel virtue: Unfeigned love, Concern for the sick and poor, Unassuming authority, The purity of innocence, And the observance of spiritual discipline.” A grateful diocese community congratulates Deacon Martin Noe.
(Above) In an intimate ceremony at S.S. Peter & Paul, Norwich on Saturday, June 8th, the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich gave holy orders for Reverend Mr. Martin John Noe to the Transitional Diaconate. (Right) Family and friends gathered from Holy Apostles Seminary. Bishop Cote recognized Holy Apostles and the important role they play in our community. Photos by Donna Antonacci
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Venerable Pierre Toussaint, 1766-1863 As the Year of Faith continues, we are presented with another virtuous person who, By Sister Elissa Rinere, CP, JCD Office of Worship
under extraordinarily difficult circumstances, never failed to put Faith into action. Pierre, of no known lineage or family, was born a slave in the French colony of SaintDomingue, which is now the country of Haiti. At the age of 21 he was brought to New York City by his owner, and apprenticed to a hairdresser in Manhattan. Evidently, in the late 18th century, wealthy women spent quite a bit of money for the creation of very complex coiffures. Pierre was quite adept at this trade, and eventually was earning a very comfortable living. After a few years, Pierre’s owner returned to Saint Domingue for business reasons, became ill and died there. Pierre’s income was used to support his owner’s widow, who at that point was destitute. When she died in 1807, Pierre was given his freedom. Having no family name of his own, Pierre adopted the surname “Toussaint” as a tribute to Toussaint Louverture, a leader in the revolution against colonial forces in San-Domingue which eventually led to the freeing of all slaves
and establishment of the country of Haiti in 1804. Now a free man with a steady and substantial income, Pierre Toussaint became a philanthropist. His funds went, first of
all, to buying the freedom of as many slaves as possible. He and his wife, Juliette, also supported orphanages, shelters and schools in New York. They took in foster children who would otherwise have lived on the streets, providing them with education and stability. Because Toussaint spoke both French and English, he was particularly helpful to refugees from Haiti who came to New York seeking a better life. He and his wife established a credit bureau, and employment agency and a shelter to assist them. As “Saint Toussaint,” as he was called, grew older and continued working, friends urged him to retire and rest. His reply was “I have enough for myself, but if I stop working I have not enough for others.” So, his charity and philanthropy continued. As a devout Catholic, Pierre at-
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June is “Leave a Legacy” Month 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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clients of Catholic Charities. “Charity is giving of yourself without expecting to receive anything tangible in return,” one staff member reflected. Another employee explained that she sees charity as, “Selflessly giving of yourself and of your heart.” “Charity starts with loving your neighbor unconditionally,” offered one individual being served by the agency. “Charity is offering hope to someone who has lost it- and that is exactly what Catholic Charities has done for me,” answered a client from the Willimantic office. This question was part of a Catholic Charities video project that was led by Tristan Case of Ledyard, Connecticut. Tristan recently graduated from a 3-year accelerated Digital Recording Arts Program at Rhode Island’s New England Institute of
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alumni. In presenting the distinguished award to Father LaPointe, President Higdon commended him for “cultivating a sense of community at every opportunity…in moments where we were pressed to find meaning, he always pointed us toward hope.” Congratulations to Father LaPointe for his outstanding tenure of service in so many campus ministry capacities. Photo by Meredith Morrison.
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Catholic Community of Windham Celebrates Feast of Corpus Christi On Saturday, June 1, at 5:30 p.m., the three parishes of Corpus Christi, the Catholic Community of By Anne Pappalardo
Windham, celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi together at an outdoor Mass at Jillson Square in Willimantic. The parishioners, pastors, seminarians and deacons of St. Joseph’s, St. Mary’s, and Sagrado Corazon de Jesus churches in Willimantic attended the Mass, which was celebrated by Rev. Roger J. Lamoureux, OMI, pastor of St. Mary’s Church. It was followed by a Eucharistic procession that was shared by Father Lamoureux, the Very Rev. Laurence LaPointe, pastor of both St. Joseph’s and Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, Rev. George Richards, and Rev. Henry Agudelo. As part of the procession, parishioners stopped for veneration of the Blessed Sacrament at three shrines, representative of each parish, at stops along Valley and Jackson Streets.
Parishioners celebrated a final benediction at St. Joseph’s Church before joining together for a community dinner at St. Joseph’s Church hall. According to Father Lamoureux, “The churches comprising Corpus Christi, have worked diligently toward our goal of finding meaningful ways to benefit our spiritual growth and welfare. We strive to create activities and events that promote and nourish our spiritual population. The Feast of Corpus Christi presented us with an occasion to present a spiritual celebration with the parishes that comprise all three communities and strengthen our bonds. This event assisted in nourishing our spiritual lives and building desired unity within our three parishes.” The Very Rev. Laurence LaPointe, pastor of both St. Joseph’s and Sagrado Corazon de Jesus Churches said, “This feast challenged us to think outside the walls of our respective churches. We may pray in French or Italian, in Spanish or English or Polish, but we share
one faith and we follow one Lord.” Corpus Christi was formed in spring 2010 in response to Bishop Cote’s request for churches to work together more closely. Priests and parishioners of all three churches hope to make this an annual event.
Mary Church in Coventry, CT. Father Ray was ordained in 1964 and served as an Associate Pastor at St. Bridget of Kildare Church in Moodus, St. Agnes Church in Niantic, St. Joseph Church in Chester and St. Sebastian Church in Middletown. In 1977 he was assigned by Bishop Reilly as the Director of Spiritual Renewal Service for the Diocese. After fourteen years at St. Mary Church in Coventry, he leaves to continue his work as a full-time Co-Director of Spiritual Renewal Services for the Diocese of Norwich, CT. He has relocated to Sacred Heart Rectory, Taftville, CT. Father Ray was honored Sunday, May 5, 2013 with
a surprise celebration and dinner reception that was attended by more than 400 friends, relatives and acquaintances. Father Ray has enjoyed the privilege of being able to minister to so many people in the Norwich Diocese throughout the years. Father Ray thanked God for the beautiful day. He thanked the Knights of Columbus, Frank Kupiec, parishioners throughout the Diocese, Attorney, Jim Percy, Bill Thurston and his outstanding team for the buying, cooking, preparing and serving, and to all those who worked so hard to make the day so special. Mike Witham was Master of Ceremonies. To everyone who touched his heart through prayer and love, he will continue to pray for you and asks for your prayers in return.
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St. Michael the Archangel Church Preparing to Rebuild STONINGTON - Meetings to reveal the conceptual design for a new St. Michael the By the Westerly Sun and the FCC News Desk
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Franciscan Guest House A little taste of Heaven on Earth 26 Beach Ave., Kennebunk, Maine telephone 207-967-4865 email email@example.com www.franciscanguesthouse.com
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