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STRATFORD—Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Stratford celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 with a traditional Irish buffet and also honored St. Joseph’s Day with a dessert of Zeppoli.
“A sing along, story telling, Irish and Italian music, decorations created by the Religious Education students and the parish raffle rounded out the evening. The event was organized by the Parish Task Force members.
TRUMBULL—The Parish of Saint Catherine of Siena is hosting a paper shredding fundraising event on Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 9:00am – 12:00pm, rain or shine. All kinds of papers and documents will be shredded while you wait by a professional shredding truck. No need to remove staples or paperclips. Individuals and businesses are most welcome.
TRUMBULL– On Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 2:30pm at St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull, Bishop Caggiano will be celebrating the 2017 Wedding Jubilee Mass. This Mass is for couples celebrating 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 plus year wedding anniversaries.
During Lent we take up many spiritual practices to renew us and help us to refocus. Lent also challenges us to enter more deeply into the mystery of God.
FAIRFIELD—Bishop Caggiano to give the inaugural talk in the new Bergolio Lecture Series at Sacred Heart University on Tuesday, March 28, 7:00pm in the Schine Auditorium.
Don’t miss Parents Matter: Drugs, Alcohol, your teen and you seminar on Tuesday, March 21!
BRIDGEPORT—Catholic schools students throughout the greater Bridgeport area participated in last Friday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Bridgeport. The students proudly paraded their school spirit as they marched through downtown Bridgeport. Hundreds turned out for the parade. The day for many area Catholics also began with Mass at St. Augustine Cathedral.
STAMFORD—This year Trinity Catholic High School launched a Black History Month celebration with the theme, “A Journey Through Soul.” All month long teachers have been celebrating Black History through various lessons and activities.
February 28 was a special day, bringing the entire school community together to share in “A Journey Through Soul.”
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.
You are invited to step away from the routine of the day and spend some time reflecting on that longing in your heart and explore how to enter into the mystery of becoming Paschal/Easter people.
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.
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.
Sarah Maynard of Fairfield, is already incorporating the principles of affecting change into her life at the tender age of 12 as evidenced by the project she came up with to help children who come to St. Vincent’s Emergency Room.
The St. Philip Youth Group is sponsoring its fourteenth annual 30 Hour Famine the weekend of February 25 and 26 for middle and high school students in Norwalk and the neighboring towns.
Archbishop and Apostolic Nuncio Christophe Pierre will receive an honorary degree during Sacred Heart University’s Special Academic Convocation Wednesday, February 22, at 2 pm, in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. A reception will follow the convocation.
Malta House, a residence for homeless pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children in Norwalk, will hold its Annual Gala on Saturday, April 29, at Woodway Country Club in Darien.
On February 13, Father John Connaughton, director of vocations for the Diocese of Bridgeport, conducted a Confirmation session for over 220 Confirmation candidates in the eighth and ninth grades at St. Thomas More Parish. Father Connaughton spoke with the confirmandis on the history & origin of the Gifts of the Spirit.
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.
Best Wishes to Emily Symeon as she celebrates her 101st Birthday with her friends at Holy Name Church Senior Circle in Stamford.
It’s natural for children to think about what they’re going to do when they grow up, but they might not think about becoming a Catholic priest or a nun.
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.
A Safe Environment Training for parents will be offered by the Diocese of Bridgeport on Thursday January 12th, 2017 at the Catholic Center.
The Diocese will formally launch its new Diocesan Leadership Institute with Evening Prayer and brief presentation on Encounter, Formation and Discipleship on Wednesday, January 11, 7:00pm at Assumption Church in Westport.
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.
At the end of a weekend that went from a snowstorm to dense fog, the 75-member Diocesan Youth Choir lit up the Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport with it second annual “Arise and Shine” Christmas Concert.
The McGivney Center’s Annual Christmas Store event will be held on Wednesday December 21 from 3:30 – 5:30 at the McGivney Center, 338 Stillman Street, Bridgeport, CT.
The third Sunday in Advent, known as Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday, was fully experienced by the congregation at the annual Mass to celebrate people with disabilities on December 11. This Mass is hosted at Holy Cross Church by St. Catherine Center for Special Needs in Fairfield.
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.
“Even on the darkest days in our life, there is hope,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said to almost 400 who gathered at St. Margaret Shrine this morning for Mass and the dedication of the Sandy Hook Memorial, just days before the 4th anniversary of the shootings.
Diocesan seminarians at St. John Fisher Seminary gathered recently with their families and friends of the seminary to host their Annual Christmas Concert, with the assistance of the Serra Club of the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Bishop Caggiano’s reflection on Our Lady
Today is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We remember the unique grace received by Mary at her birth- to be conceived without original sin- so as to become the new Eve through which the Savior of the world could enter into our world and become our Redeemer and Savior.
Christmas came to St. Vincent’s on November 30 as the 18 foot Christmas tree received its crowning touch of the Snow White Angel during the 14th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting held in the lobby.
Although she was just a humble young woman from a small town, Mary’s total “yes” to God was “the most important ‘yes’ of history” and overturned Adam and Eve’s prideful “no,” which unleashed sin into the world, Pope Francis said.
“Arise and Shine,” the annual Christmas Concert by the Diocesan Youth Choir is set for Sunday December 18, 6 pm at the Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport.
On November 19, 36 teens from St Jerome Parish in Norwalk gathered for the parish’s fourth annual Night in a Box event. Night in a Box is a homeless awareness project in which TOTAL, the St. Jerome youth group, raises money and collects toiletries for the Open Door Shelter in Norwalk.
Norwalk’s Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 has many traditions including helping our Veterans and children in need.
Lisa Brenninkmeyer, founder, Walking with Purpose Women’s Catholic Bible Study, spoke to over 400 Catholic women and pastors from throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport on November 16th at the Italian Center in Stamford.
The 3rd Post-Synod session will take place on Saturday, November 19, 8:15 am at St. Catherine of Siena Parish Center in Trumbull.
The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy will conclude on Sunday, November 20, 9:30 am one the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, when Bishop Frank J. Caggiano celebrates Mass and presides over with the solemn closing of the Holy Door at St. Augustine Cathedral. All are welcome to attend.
A major interfaith prayer service event, “Prayer for a Path to Peace and Racial Healing,” will be held on Tuesday, November 22, at 7 pm at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport.
“Often our idea of perfection is not to have struggles. But God’s idea is for us to trust in Him,” said Msgr. Thomas Powers in his homily at the Third Annual Women’s Conference today at the St. Catherine of Siena Family Center, 210 Shelton Rd, Trumbull, Conn.
“Pink Week” was sponsored by the National Honor Society at Trinity Catholic High School. All 34 members of the National Honor Society, both juniors and seniors, were involved in the many events during the week.
It was an evening of hope, quiet dignity and courage, even as three adult survivors of priest sexual abuse shared disturbing and unsettling accounts of its impact on their lives and families.
Over 150 people joined Bishop Frank J. Caggiano at Gate of Heaven Cemetery for the First Annual All Souls Day Mass this morning. Beginning this new Diocesan tradition, Bishop Caggiano thanked all who were in attendance, and shared a beautiful homily that moved many to tears.
A Service of peace, hope and healing for those who have been impacted by sexual abuse as minors by clergy, will be held at Fairfield University Egan Chapel at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 2nd.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will celebrate an outdoor Mass on All Souls Day, Wednesday, November 2, 11 am at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 1056, Daniels Farm Road in Trumbull.
St. Matthew Knights of Columbus host 5th Annual Columbus Day Macaroni Dinner
On Saturday, October 22 the Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 held its 5th Annual Columbus Day Macaroni Dinner in St. Matthew Parish’s Masterpool Great Room.
Sister Clare Fitzgerald, SSND was the keynote speaker at Immaculate High School’s first Annual Scholarship Breakfast. She shared her experiences of visiting and working with Catholic school students of all ages and locations, the need for kindness and justice more than ever in today’s world.
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Harry Connick, Jr., will perform at the 25th Annual Benefit Dinner for the Inner- City Foundation for Charity & Education on November 1 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich. The annual benefit provides critical funding for the charity’s support of programs serving the neediest adults and children in Fairfield County. This year marks the charity’s 25th annual benefit dinner.
Two Catholic musicians and composers who have written some of the most enduring and memorable songs for contemporary worship in the Church, will join forces for a rare concert together on Sunday, October 23, at 6:00pm at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fairfield.
St. Catherine of Siena Church, Riverside is presenting a musical series, Concerts in the Chapel, featuring different guest artists. On Sunday, September 25, Dr. Liya Petrides, Director of Music Ministries and organist, was accompanied by Dr. Elena Peres, violinist, in a concert featuring works by Vivaldi, Bach and Handel.
What a great week in the Diocese! The Catholic Service Corps performed the first diocesan Day of Service and celebrated a day of volunteering by attending Mass with Bishop Caggiano in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit of Sacred Heart University. Catholic Charities also had its own celebrations—100 years of service to the poor and vulnerable of Fairfield County.
In late spring, two Fairfield County Knights of Columbus Councils partnered to hold a Golf Tournament for Charity named the Sword & Shield Golf Classic.
”God gave us a bountiful garden, but we have turned it into a polluted wasteland of debris, desolation, and filth,” Pope Francis writes in Laudato Si, a papal document released to coincide with the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
The diocese will formally launch the new Catholic Service Corps (CSC) with a day of service and a Mass celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano on Saturday, September 24.
The Saint Augustine Medal of Service prayer service and awards ceremony will be held at St. Augustine Cathedral on Saturday, October 15, beginning at 1:00pm. A reception will follow at Kolbe-Cathedral High School on the grounds of the cathedral campus.
On Saturday, September 17, the American Heritage Girls organization celebrated its “Day of Service” encouraging all its members to serve their local communities.
On Saturday, November 5, 1:00pm – 6:00pm, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will consecrate the Diocese of Bridgeport to the Sacred Heart of Jesus at St. Augustine Cathedral.
The Office of the Superintendent of Schools recently took a sort of “school field trip.” The education department attended a Bridgeport Bluefish baseball day game to represent the 31 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Sixteen months after the Most Reverend Bishop Frank Caggiano presided over the ground breaking for the new Trinity Catholic High School multi-purpose athletic field, Interim Principal, Tony Pavia, welcomed donors, students, faculty, staff, parents, and dignitaries from the Diocese of Bridgeport to the christening of the new multi-purpose athletic field.
The Annual Diocesan Blue Mass honoring fire, police and rescue workers will be held on Sunday September 11, 9:00am at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Post Rd., Fairfield.
Trinity Catholic Middle School in Stamford welcomed 53 incoming 6th graders with a very special orientation on their first day of school. The Class of 2019 was treated to a bagel breakfast, compliments of the Home School Association, and a special “Blessing of the Backpacks” by Rev. William Quinlan, pastor of St. Gabriel Church in Stamford.
On Monday, August 29, parish Directors and Coordinators of Faith Formation gathered to kick off the new school year. In addition to affording them time to reconnect and network, they heard from several diocesan department heads who updated them on new and updated programs to assist them in their ministries on the parish level as well as assist their own continued formation as catechetical Leaders. Among them was Patrick Donavan (shown here), director of the Diocesan Leadership Institute, which was formed in response to synod initiatives.
Young adults throughout the diocese and all those involved in Faith Formation are invited to participate in a Basic Evangelization Training (BET) workshop on Saturday, October 1, 9:30am – 4:00pm and Sunday, October 2, 12:30pm to 5:00pm.
Catholic Center staff surprised Bishop Frank J. Caggiano on his 10th anniversary as a Bishop today when they presented him with signed photos of the World Series Championship N.Y. Mets from the 1969 and 1986 seasons.
Sylwester Kubisiak & Justyna Moczulski of Stamford carry the Wieniec (Harvest wreath) at the beginning of the 39th Annual Doźynki (Polish Harvest Festival) at Holy Name of Jesus in Stamford.
Teens in grades 8 through 12 are invited to the 11th annual Fan the Fire Eucharist-Centered Youth Rally on Saturday, August 13, from 9:00am – 9:00pm on the grounds of St. Rose of Lima Church, 38 Church Hill Rd, Newtown, Conn. This year’s theme is #witness.
St. Matthew Knights of Columbus held a battle in the kitchen to raise money for Al’s Angels. The battle was waged on Reef Road in Fairfield, but the champion prevailed.
Catholic clinical psychologist Tim Hogan will present “The Gift of Cultural Hurricanes: How to Build New Bridges that Transform Catholic Families,” on Saturday, August 6, from 10:00am – 1:00pm in the Queen of Saints Room at the Diocese of Bridgeport Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport.
The Diocese of Bridgeport invites all young adults ages 18-35 to attend Baseball with the Bishop, to be held Saturday, September 3, 2016.
Bishop Frank Caggiano, a longtime New York Mets fan, will travel to the Mets’ Citi Field with young adults to see the Mets take on the Washington Nationals.
Thousands of people are expected to turn out for the “Original” Feast of St. Anthony this weekend to enjoy a festival of of faith, fun, good food, live music and rides at St. Margaret Shrine, 2523 Park Avenue in Bridgeport.
During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Diocese of Bridgeport invites anyone who is suffering from a past abortion to experience God’s love and mercy by attending an Entering Canaan Day of Prayer and Healing.