Monthly Newspaper • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT

Articles By: Dan Carney

Knights of Columbus Host Charity Talk

In 1817 the Sisters of Charity were sent by Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton to her native city of New York to care for orphans. The Sisters soon reached out to meet other needs in education, health care and social services, offering “every service in their power.” Their circle of care widened to include one immigrant group after another as New York expanded.

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Recalibrating Lives During Lent

“Dust you are…” “Remember that you are dust and unto dust you shall return” are the words the priest intones as he imprints the cross in ashes on the foreheads of the faithful on Ash Wednesday. In an age of incessant self-promotion and unbridled self-expression, these words may seem strange or even counter-cultural, but we ignore their meaning at our own risk.

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Charity Through Action

“For me it was really the kids,” says Jessica Carroll, explaining why she and her husband Brian agreed to become lay chairs at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull for the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal. “They are at the age, nine and ten years old, where we can have substantive conversations about showing charity through action.”

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I Phone Fast! Will u?

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The Archdiocese of Hartford is recording a “first” this year by inviting people to “fast” from using cell phones on Ash Wednesday, March 1st, and Good Friday, April 14th. The initiative in an initiative called: “I Phone Fast!” and it has the blessing of Archbishop Leonard Blair.

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Promote Life by Protecting Clean Water

Access to clean drinking water is a basic human right and a key component in protecting human life, Pope Francis said. “The right to water is essential for the survival of persons and decisive for the future of humanity,” the pope said Feb. 24 during a meeting with 90 international experts participating in a “Dialogue on Water” at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

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Catholic Underground Tonight

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On Saturday, February 11, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will lead the participants of Catholic Underground in a Eucharistic Holy Hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, including praise and worship, prayerful silence, and the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

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March for Life Preview

The annual March for Life will take place on Friday, January 27, in Washington D.C. This year’s theme is “The Power of One.” The largest pro-life rally in the world, the March is held on or around the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion in the case of Roe v. Wade.

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ACA Comes to New Canaan

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More than 85 guests turned out for the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) kick off reception held at New Canaan Country Club. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and ACA chair couple Steve nod Elena Schlegel greeted the men and women who came by to celebrate the Appeal and learn more about the ministries it supports.

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Nathan John Touches Hearts, Shows Beauty of Life

With temperatures near zero on the evening of Jan. 4, a baby boy spent one of his first hours in a laundry basket left in a cathedral vestibule, where an astonished custodian discovered him as he locked up the church. Uncertain about the baby’s health, the rector of the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota, baptized the infant while waiting for 911 responders.

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Synod Needs Young People’s Voices, Pope Says

Pope Francis asked young people to tell him, their bishops and pastors about their hopes and struggles and even their criticisms. In preparation for a meeting of the Synod of Bishops focused on youth, the pope wrote a letter to young people, saying the church wants “to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith, even your doubts and your criticism.”

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St. Mary’s Congregation Recreates City of Bethlehem

There was something missing from St. Mary’s on the city’s East Side, something that became more urgent as summer turned to fall and the subject of Christmas decorations came up. Until a few months ago, St. Mary’s was guided by the Rev. Matthew Bernelli who had been with the church about 12 years. During those years he set up an elaborate Nativity scene in front of the altar. But when he retired, that Nativity scene went with him.

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This Little Light of Mine

“This little light of mine, I’m going to make it shine,” sang the entire 14-member cast of the St. Catherine Academy Christmas Pageant as they held tiny candles in their hands. And that light shone in their faces and their voices as they sang in the yearly pageant before Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and an audience of 200 people at St. Catherine Special Needs Center.

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Christmas Crèche on the Green

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Braving the rain members of St. John XXIII Council 5987 of the Knights of Columbus Monroe joined by St. Jude parishioners blessed the council’s Creche that was placed on the Monroe town green. Council Chaplain Msgr. Dariusz Zielonka, pastor of St. Jude, performed the blessing.

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Attorneys Bring Warmth for Youngsters

For their winter project, members of the St. Thomas More Society visited the Missionaries of Charity in Bridgeport on December 13. The St. Thomas More Society is an association of Catholic attorneys, judges, legislators and other legal professionals. Their goal is to strengthen the union of Catholics in the legal field and to encourage collaboration and service to the community.

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Our Lady of Fatima Parish

Wilton
Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 229 Danbury Rd.

Day Language Time Notes
Monday English 9:00 am
Tuesday English 7:45 am
Wednesday English 9:00 am
Thursday English 7:45 am
Friday English 9:00 am
Saturday English 8:00 am
Saturday English 5:30 pm
Sunday English 7:30 am
Sunday English 9:00 am
Sunday English 10:30 am
Sunday English 12:00 pm
Sunday English 4:30 pm

Saint Luke Church

Westport
Saint Luke Church, 49 Turkey Hill Rd. North

Day Language Time Notes
Monday English 8:00 am
Tuesday English 8:00 am
Tuesday English 12:15 pm During Lent
Wednesday English 8:00 am
Thursday English 8:00 am
Thursday English 12:15 pm During Lent
Friday English 8:00 am
Saturday English 5:30 pm
Sunday English 7:30 am
Sunday English 9:00 am
Sunday English 11:00 am
Sunday English 5:30 pm
Holy Day English 8:00 am
Holy Day English 12:15 pm
Holy Day English 7:30 pm

Church of the Assumption

Westport
Church of the Assumption, 98 Riverside Ave.

Day Language Time Notes
Monday English 7:30 am
Tuesday English 7:30 am
Wednesday English 7:30 am
Thursday English 7:30 am
Friday English 7:30 am
Saturday English 4:00 pm
Sunday English 7:30 am
Sunday English 9:00 am
Sunday English 10:30 am
Sunday English 12:00 pm

Saint Francis of Assisi Parish

Weston
Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, 35 Norfield Rd.

Day Language Time Notes
Monday English 7:30 am
Tuesday English 7:30 am
Wednesday English 7:30 am
Friday English 7:30 am
Saturday English 9:00 am
Saturday English 5:00 pm
Sunday English 8:00 am
Sunday English 9:30 am
Sunday English 11:00 am

Saint Theresa Church

Trumbull
Saint Theresa Church, 5301 Main St.

Day Language Time Notes
Monday English 8:00 am
Monday English 5:30 pm
Tuesday English 8:00 am
Tuesday English 5:30 pm
Wednesday English 8:00 am
Wednesday English 5:30 pm
Thursday English 8:00 am
Thursday English 5:30 pm
Friday English 8:00 am
Friday English 5:30 pm
Saturday English 8:00 am
Saturday English 4:30 pm
Sunday English 7:30 am
Sunday English 9:00 am
Sunday English 10:30 am
Sunday English 12:00 pm

Saint Stephen Church

Trumbull
Saint Stephen Church, 6948 Main St.

Day Language Time Notes
Monday English 9:00 am
Tuesday English 9:00 am
Wednesday English 9:00 am
Thursday English 9:00 am
Friday English 9:00 am
Saturday English 5:15 pm
Sunday English 7:30 am
Sunday English 9:30 am
Sunday English 11:30 am
Sunday English 5:15 pm
Holy Day English 9:00 am
Holy Day English 12:00 pm
Holy Day English 7:00 pm

Saint Catherine of Siena Parish

Trumbull
Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, 220 Shelton Rd.

Day Language Time Notes
Monday English 7:30 am
Tuesday English 7:30 am
Wednesday English 7:30 am
Thursday English 7:30 am
Friday English 7:30 am
Saturday English 8:00 am 1stSaturday
Saturday English 4:00 pm
Saturday English 7:15 pm
Sunday English 7:30 am
Sunday English 9:00 am Children’s Mass
Sunday English 10:30 am
Sunday English 12:00 pm
Holy Day English 7:30 am
Holy Day English 9:00 am
Holy Day English 5:30 pm
Holy Day English 7:15 pm

Christ the King Parish

Trumbull
Christ the King Parish, 4700 Madison Ave.

Day Language Time Notes
Monday English 8:00 am
Tuesday English 8:00 am
Wednesday English 8:00 am
Thursday English 8:00 am
Friday English 11:00 am
Saturday English 5:00 pm
Sunday English 8:00 am
Sunday English 9:30 am
Sunday English 11:00 am
Holy Day English 8:00 am
Holy Day English 12:00 pm
Holy Day English 5:30 pm
Holy Day English 4:30 pm During class sessions

Saint Mark Church

Stratford
Saint Mark Church, 500 Wigwam Ln.

Day Language Time Notes
Monday English 8:00 am
Tuesday English 8:00 am
Wednesday English 8:00 am
Thursday English 8:00 am
Friday English 8:00 am
Saturday English 8:00 am
Saturday English 5:00 pm
Sunday English 7:30 am
Sunday English 9:00 am
Sunday English 10:30 am
Sunday English 12:00 pm
Holy Day English 8:00 am
Holy Day English 12:00 pm
Holy Day English 5:30 pm
Holy Day English 7:00 pm