Savings Institute Bank & Trust Caring & Giving Campaign, Helps Support Catholic Charities Programs

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich is extremely grateful for the generosity of the employees of the Savings Institute Bank & Trust.  On Thursday, May 26. 2017 through their annual  “Caring & Giving” Campaign, Barry Shead, Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager of the Savings Institute Bank & Trust, in Norwich presented Edward J. Tessman, Executive Director, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich with a generous check to help those in need in the communities where the Savings Institute Bank & Trust branches are located.

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich, is thankful for their partnership, community awareness and contribution.  Ed Tessman stated, “we are very pleased to have such a generous community partner that enables us to “Provide Help and Create Hope” to those most in need throughout Eastern Connecticut.”

Catholic Charities Fund Raiser
By: Christine Jackel, Development Coordinator


Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich, held a “Divine” afternoon of comedy, wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and a Silent Auction on Sunday, April 23rd at St. Sebastian.  The event was coordinated with help from the Middletown Advisory Board.  Special thanks to Fr. James Thaikoottathil, pastor of St. Sebastian, for use of the parish hall for our event.

The afternoon with Dave Kane, well known for his one-man show “Misgivings” featured the character of Father Patrick Aloysius Misgivings, an Irish Catholic priest.  Dave has traveled throughout our Diocese, sharing his views about the idiosyncrasies and insights of his life growing up Catholic.  His stories of “miracles, marriage counseling, birth control and bazaars” had everyone laughing, unable to escape the belly laughs, blessings and blarney of Fr. Misgivings.  The afternoon, which even included a raffle and bingo game, provided a great hour of entertainment.

In addition to the show, those in attendance enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, a wonderful variety of wines to taste and a “not-to-be-beaten” Sweets table!   The Silent Auction had 31 items on display, from tickets to shows at Foxwoods, Goodspeed and Ivoryton, lessons with a golf pro, river cruise, Lenovo Notebook, autographed Red Sox memorabilia, passes to Disney World and a large variety of theme baskets! 

It was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon and raise money for Catholic Charities!  Proceeds from the event help us to continue our mission of “Providing Help and Creating Hope” to those most in need throughout Eastern Connecticut.

Upcoming Events:  We are busy planning another fundraiser, so please mark your calendars for Friday, June 23 to see the Connecticut Tigers (Detroit) vs. Aberdeen Ironbirds (Orioles) at Dodd Stadium in Norwich.  Game time is 7:05 PM, with Executive Director Ed Tessman throwing out the first pitch.  The evening will end with fireworks.  Tickets are $10.00.  Even if you cannot attend the game on June 23rd, tickets may be redeemed at any other game throughout the season!  For more information, please contact Christine Jackel at 860-886-1928 x12 or via e-mail at To purchase tickets, contact Susan Connelly at 860-889-8346 x264.

Save-the-Date:  The 12th Annual Catholic Charities Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday, September 20 at Fox Hopyards in East Haddam Connecticut.   Golfers mark your calendars now, more information to follow!


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