National Day of Prayer, May 1

Thursday - April 24, 2014

Please join us on Thursday, May 1 at 12:00 noon in front of Norwich City Hall for the National Day of Prayer Service.

This year's theme: One Voice United In Prayer "So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 15:6).

*Gathering 12:00 noon
*Opening prayer 12:00 noon
*Recognition of First Responders
*Pastor-led prayers
*Open season of prayer in small groups
*Closing prayer and hymn

The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked "to turn to God in prayer and meditation". Each year since its inception, the president has signed a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. The modern law formalizing its annual observance was enacted in 1952; however, days of prayer have been called for since 1775, when the Continental Congress designated a time for prayer in forming a new nation.

The National Day of Prayer is celebrated by Americans of many religions, including Christians of many denominations, including Protestants and Catholics, as well as Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus, and Jews, reflecting the demographics of the United States. On the National Day of Prayer, many Americans assemble in prayer in front of courthouses, as well as in houses of worship, such as churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples. Luncheons, picnics, and music performances revolving around praying for the nation are also popular observances. Traditionally, the President of the United States issues an official National Day of Prayer proclamation each year as well.

*from Wikipedia, National Day of Prayer

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2014 Eastern CT Walk Against Hunger is coming up!

Thursday - April 24, 2014

Please join us in historic Chelsea Parade (the NFA Green) in Norwich as we gather to raise funds to provide groceries, fresh produce, and hot meals to hungry children, families, individuals, and seniors.

Your support enables us to provide food to people who are served by Connecticut Food Bank's partner distribution organization, the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center in New London, as well as food-assistance programs located in Windham County.

Every step and every dollar raised makes a difference! A $7.00 contribution will provide someone in need with one week of meals and give hope for a better tomorrow.

Last year, hundreds of walkers helped us raise enough funds to distribute $1.2 million worth of food at wholesale value.

DONATE ONLINE TODAY! Get more details at:
Connecticut Food Bank Walk Against Hunger website

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2014 CROP Hunger Walk is CLOSE!!

Thursday - April 24, 2014

Please join our team on Sunday, May 4th at Lee Memorial Church on Washington Street in Norwich for the 2014 CROP Hunger Walk! The walk will begin at 1:00 p.m.

This year, 25% of the proceeds will go to St. Vincent de Paul Place!

If you'd like to sign up, you can call us at 860-889-7374 and speak to Shawn, or you can email

For more information, visit the CROP Hunger Walk website at

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A Modest Proposal

Thursday - April 24, 2014

Would you consider making a monthly commitment for a year?

Recruit your book club, soccer team, scout group, or church to bring a donation to your meeting, then designate someone to deliver it to St. Vincent de Paul Place Norwich. For example, we have
*an AARP group that brings in tuna fish every time they meet
*St. Matthias Parish in East Lyme brings us large soups monthly
St. John's Parish brings us coffee monthly.

We tend to receive lots of donations over the holidays then not so many during the remaining months. This monthly program would ease those difficult months. We are extremely grateful for everything we receive!!

We need groups help monthly with the following kitchen items:

Margarine -- we use at least a pound a day. Stores often sell it for about a dollar a pound. We would need at least 25 lbs a month.

Sugar -- we often run short of sugar. We use 5 lbs a day.

Oatmeal -- We offer this each morning. We need one of the large round 42-oz boxes every day. We need about 28 of these each month.

Orange Juice -- we need 2 large frozen cans of every day. We are open 6 days a week. That is approximately 50 cans of orange juice a month.

Toilet Paper -- We are always short of toilet paper. Our pantry families are often in desperate need of this basic item. We could use 12 rolls a day. We would love to give each of the 180 families that come each week one roll.

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2014 Annual Appeal

Saturday - March 15, 2014

Each year during the Holy Season of Lent, we are asked to join together in support of our neighbors in need through the Annual Catholic Appeal. Gifts to the ACA provide critical funding for over 25 Diocesan ministries, programs and services that help thousands of people across the four counties comprising the Diocese of Norwich. Thanks to your generosity, $2.95 million was raised through the Annual Catholic Appeal last year.

We have been called by our Holy Father Pope Francis to help “Shine the Light of HOPE” brightly on those among us who are burdened with poverty and hardship. It is through our generosity and kindness that a shaft of light can break through the heavy clouds that can create darkness and despair for individuals and families.

Ministries and programs funded by the Annual Catholic Appeal offer hope to so many –

HOPE to those who are alone in the world

HOPE to the child who goes to bed hungry

HOPE to the homeless

HOPE to the family desperate to make ends meet

HOPE to the young mother struggling through an unexpected pregnancy

HOPE to our youth for a better tomorrow

The Lord has allowed his light to shine in our hearts. With his love and his teachings, we have the opportunity to “Shine the Light of HOPE” upon others through our support of the ACA.

Please prayerfully consider making a gift to the 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal and help us to “Shine the Light of HOPE” in all its abundant glory. I thank you for your continued kindness, generosity and prayers.


Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D.

Bishop of Norwich

P.S. I hope that your support to the Annual Catholic Appeal will bind us all closer to one another and to Christ.

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