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Annual Clergy Retirement Celebration Mass

NORWALK–Bishop Frank J. Caggiano invites you to join him in honoring all recently retired priests and deacons in the first Annual Clergy Retirement Celebration Mass set for Wednesday, April 26, 7 pm at St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Avenue in Norwalk.

The Mass will honor all priests and deacons who have retired from active ministry since 2013, when the Bishop was installed as Bishop of Bridgeport.
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Carrying the Cross

BRIDGEPORT— Parishes throughout the Diocese will observe Good Friday today with processions, Stations of the Cross, and the Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion. Thousands are expect to join in processions in Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury and Stamford to commemorate the Lord’s Passion and prepare for Easter. In this brief reflection, Bishop Caggiano urges Christians to find strength by carrying the cross for others.
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Pope Washes Feet of 12 Prison Inmates at Holy Thursday Mass

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a gesture of service toward marginalized people, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 inmates, including three women and a man who is converting from Islam to Catholicism.

Although in Jesus’ time, washing the feet of one’s guests was performed by slaves, Jesus “reverses” this role, the pope said during the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper April 13 at a prison 45 miles from Rome.
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Church Can be Light in a Dark World, Bishop Tells Priests at Chrism Mass

BRIDGEPORT– Bishop Caggiano urged his brother priests to grow in “fraternity and unity” as they minister to an increasingly divided and polarized world, at the Chrism Mass held this afternoon at St. Augustine Cathedral.

Hundreds filled the Cathedral for the mid-afternoon liturgy, where the bishop directly addressed his priests during the homily and blessed the oils used throughout the year in parishes as priests administer the sacraments.
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End of Year Gathering for DRE/CRE

BRIDGEPORT—The Office of Faith Formation will sponsor and End of the Year Gathering for Directors and Coordinators of Religious on Thursday, May 18, 8:30 am to 1:45 pm at the Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport.

“Connecting this Generation with the Eucharist as Source and Summit” is the topic of the workshop, which will feature speaker Kevin Dowd and a presentation on the New Pflaum Gospel Weeklies.
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SHU and SVC Enter into Management Agreement

Sacred Heart University (SHU) and St. Vincent’s College (SVC) have agreed to enter into a management agreement that will merge valuable resources of two of the region’s longstanding venerable learning institutions. This agreement, mutually beneficial to both, will support the goal of increasing academic excellence and distinctiveness. It will also afford an opportunity for Sacred Heart’s College of Nursing, St. Vincent’s College and St. Vincent’s Medical Center to work together to create new models for student transfer and greater access to clinical education.
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Bishop Tells Students Catholic Social Teaching Helps Change the World

FAIRFIELD — Don’t stop trying to change the world, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano told Sacred Heart University Students tonight in the first Bergoglio Lecture in honor of Pope Francis.

But he quickly added that if they can’t take on the big structural issues, the best way to transform the world is through a commitment to love and justice, “one person at a time.”

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Erin Welch & Marisa Doyle Represent St. Joseph HS

Trumbull—Erin Welch was recently named Miss Shamrock 2017 for the Greater Bridgeport St Patrick’s Day Parade. Contestants were evaluated based on numerous essays on Irish history, culture and tradition and were interviewed by a panel of judges. Mr. and Miss Shamrock as well as their runner-ups will receive a college scholarship, perform a reading at the St Patrick’s Day Mass, participate in ceremonies throughout the day and ride on the float in the parade.
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Tom Burns of Danbury Receives Prestigious Award

Tom Burns, Director of Admissions for Immaculate High School in Danbury, CT, recently received the prestigious William A. MacNeill Award from the Association of Catholic Admissions and Advancement Professionals (ACAAP) of New England. The honor was presented to him at the 2017 ACAAP Recognition Awards ceremony at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA on March 16, 2017.
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Irish Archbishop: St. Patrick was an ‘Undocumented Migrant’

ARMAGH, Northern Ireland (CNS)—The leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland has urged Irish people and those of Irish descent celebrating St. Patrick’s Day to remember the plight of migrants.

Archbishop Eamon Martin—St. Patrick’s modern-day successor as archbishop of Armagh—used his message for the March 17 feast to recall that St. Patrick was first brought to Ireland as a slave by traffickers.
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Fairfield University Kicks Off 75th Anniversary Celebrations — March 17

Fairfield University will kick off its 75th Anniversary celebration on its official birthday, March 17, 2017.

On St. Patrick’s Day, 1942, with the backdrop of World War II, Rev. John J. McEleney, S.J. and six of his Jesuit brothers created the articles of association and by-laws for a Jesuit high school and college, originally named The Fairfield College of St. Robert Bellarmine—the beginning of both Fairfield College Preparatory School and Fairfield University.
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Jesuit Priest/Physician to Speak at White Mass Breakfast

BRIDGEPORT— Physician and priest Fr. Myles N. Sheehan, SJ, MD, will be the featured speaker at the 24nd annual White Mass breakfast set for Sunday, March 26, at 9:00am at St. Peter Church, 104 Main Street in Danbury.

“Pope Francis’ vision of the Church as a Field Hospital: What does it mean to health care providers?” will be his topic at the breakfast, which will immediately follow Mass.

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Sister Mary Grace Walsh Recognized at CAPP Breakfast

FAIRFIELD— Sister Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, former Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport, was presented the CAPP “Educator of the Year Award” at the 9th Annual CAPP Communion Breakfast held at Sacred Heart University this morning.

“No one exemplifies the leadership that Catholic educators bring to the Church more than Sister Mary Grace,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.
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The Notre Dame Update (3/3/2017)

Notre Dame High School will be celebrating our 60th Anniversary (click this story to watch the video) on March 11 at Sacred Heart University. As the first Diocesan high school, this is a very exciting and special time for our school. The 60th Anniversary Celebration is a time for our school community – parents, faculty, alumni, and friends – to celebrate Notre Dame’s past and exciting future.

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Don’t Close Doors to Refugees, Church Leaders Say

VATICAN CITY (CNS, Carol Glatz) — Given the ongoing crises in the Middle East, North American, European and other Western nations will need to be more generous in coming to the aid of refugees and displaced peoples, said two prominent church leaders.

The answer is continued assistance, “not to close the gates of the countries where people are knocking for survival,” said Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, former Vatican representative to U.N. agencies in Geneva.
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Catholic Service Corps Reaches Out to “Al’s Angels”

WESTPORT— Members of the newly formed Catholic Service Corps (CSC) were back in action yesterday to help out Al’s Angels with their Holiday Meal Assembly as part of their Christmas food basket preparations.

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano stopped by to thank members of the Fairfield Prep and Sacred Heart University CSC Chapters at they helped to fill 1,600 bins for families who will be served over the holidays by Al’s Angels. he young people for their service to others.
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Michelle Smith Named Coordinator of CSC

BRIDGEPORT (September 23, 2016)—Michelle Smith has been named coordinator of the new Catholic Service Corps (CSC), a synod initiative created in response to the call for service and the need to engage youth in faith and good works.

“Michelle’s experiences as a religious education teacher, events planner, fundraiser and media director will provide faithful leadership as we work to bring the Catholic Service Corps to full fruition,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano. “She understands that works of service are grounded in faith and part of the formation process for our young people.”
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Day of Service Begins and Ends in Prayer

BRIDGEPORT—“Today is an historic day in our Diocese with the inauguration of the Catholic Service Corps,” said Bishop Frank Caggiano in his Facebook entry last Saturday.

The bishop was excited by the launch of the first Diocesan Day of Service sponsored by the newly formed Catholic Service Corps.

The day began with prayer, followed by volunteer work, and Mass celebrated by the Bishop at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Sacred Heart University.
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Jubilee of Mercy observances

In addition to establishing the Centers of Mercy throughout the diocese, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has announced a list of dates on which he will lead the diocesan observances of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy:

Diocesan celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday April 3, at 2 pm St. Augustine Cathedral, Bridgeport
Bishop Caggiano will celebrate Mass and dedicate the new Divine Mercy Shrine on the Cathedral grounds. The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy will also be prayed. Special invitees include the diocesan WYD pilgrims and also those youth who are not going to WYD.

Jubilee for Religious Tuesday, May 17, 4:30 pm St. Luke Parish, Westport
The bishop will celebrate Mass with and for the women and men Religious throughout the diocese, particularly honoring jubilarians.

Jubilee for the Disabled Sunday, June 5, 2 pm, McClinch Family Center, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Trumbull
At this handicapped-accessible facility, Bishop Caggiano will especially welcome faithful from throughout the diocese who are developmentally or otherwise disabled.

Jubilee for Workers and Volunteers of Mercy Sunday, September 4, 12 noon Location TBD
In a bilingual Mass in conjunction with the feast day of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, the bishop will honor, thank and pray with the employees and volunteers of Catholic Charities, together with the volunteers in the Catholic Service Corps and other workers
and volunteers of mercy.

Diocesan Pilgrimage for the Year of Mercy to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. Saturday, November 5
At this Mass, to which the whole diocese is invited, Bishop Caggiano will consecrate the Diocese of Bridgeport to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Each parish will be asked to send a delegation. Organization has begun to prepare publicity and arrange for bus transportation. Cost for the day (not including meals) is estimated at $75. The day will also include a visit to the St. John Paul II National Shrine, across the street from the Basilica.

Jubilee for Prisoners Sunday, November 6, 7 pm
Bishop Caggiano will celebrate Mass at the Garner Correctional Institution. This event will not be open to the public.

Conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Saturday, November 19, 4 pm St. Augustine Cathedral, Bridgeport
At this Mass celebrated by Bishop Caggiano on the Vigil of the Solemnity of Christ the King, the last Sunday in the Church year, the bishop will close the Holy Door at the Cathedral.

As at the opening of the Holy Door at the beginning of the Jubilee of Mercy, special invitees will include the youth of the diocese together with members of the Neo-Catechumenal Way, with involvement from the Order of Malta.

Judge, Federal Prosecutor, Family Therapist Appointed to National Review Board

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has Named Judge Mary. K. Huffman of Centerville, Ohio; Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald J. Schmid of Granger, Indiana, and Marriage and Family Therapist Nelle Moriarty of Rochester, Minnesota to four-year terms on the U.S. bishops’ National Review Board. Their terms begin in June.
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