Monthly Newspaper • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT
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.
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.
GREENWICH—Greenwich Catholic School is excited to announce that 7th grader Patrick McHugh won first place in the 7th Grade Physical Science Division of the CT State Science and Engineering Fair on March 19. His project, “Mass Maglev Manufacturing,” focused the use of magnets to increase efficiency in powering wind turbines. In addition, Patrick was a finalist in the Energize CT/eesmarts Alternative/Renewable Energy Awards.
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.
NORWALK—On Saturday March 11, Council 14360 held their 8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner to raise funds for their charitable causes. Over 180 packed the Masterpool Great Room at St. Matthew Church to enjoy some fine corned beef with all the trimmings, as well as a superb performance from the Mulkerin School of Irish Dance.
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.”
WASHINGTON, DC—The World Congress of Families (WCF) and the International Organization for the Family (IOF) are proud to announce that World Congress of Families XI will take place in Budapest, Hungary, May 25-28, 2017. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Hungary has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most family-friendly countries in Europe.
TRUMBULL—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has announced a new governance model for St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, including a new nine member Board of Directors.
“The new governance model is a major step forward as we work to redesign our schools and plan for the future,” said Bishop Caggiano. “The model will help to promote investment and innovation, and contribute to the overall transformation of Catholic education in our diocese.”
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.
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.
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.
DANBURY — Knights of Columbus McGivney Council #29 in Danbury held its Seventh Annual Regional Catholic Geography Bee on Saturday, March 11, with 28 students in grades 4 through 8 representing 11 Catholic schools in southwestern Connecticut.
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.
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.
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.
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.
STAMFORD—The Diocese has announced the principal and school leadership team for The Catholic Academy of Stamford, the newly formed school, which will open its doors in Fall 2017. The four schools that will become the new Catholic Academy of Stamford are Holy Spirit School, Our Lady Star of the Sea School, St. Cecilia School, and Trinity Catholic Middle School.
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.
BRIDGEPORT—Dr. Gail Kingston has been named Principal of the new Catholic elementary school in Shelton that will incorporate students from St. Lawrence and St Joseph in Shelton and St. Jude in Monroe in the Fall of 2017. The announcement was made by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and Dr. Steven Cheeseman, Superintendent of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Bridgeport.
DANBURY—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will lead the “In Defense of Life” prayer vigil in Danbury on Saturday, March 25 at 12:45pm. “Recalling God’s precious gift of Life and His forgiving mercy, we’re asking people to join us Bishop Frank Caggiano as he leads us in prayer this Lent,” said Sharon Boland, co-leader of 40 Days for Life Danbury.
NEW HAVEN—Noting that 2017 may be “the decisive year in determining whether many Christian communities throughout the Middle East will continue to exist,” Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson has asked Catholics and others to join the Knights in praying a novena for those who are being persecuted and killed for their faith.
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has joined other Catholic bishops across the country in granting a dispensation from the requirement to abstain from eating meat on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17, 2017, for the faithful of the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Knights of Columbus’ Bishop Fenwick Assembly #100 has been awarded the Supreme Council’s Civic Award. The Assembly is comprised of Fourth Degree Knights from various councils in Norwalk, Wilton and Westport.
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 true meaning of election is there is only one vote: you say ‘Yes’ to God,” Bishop Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said to the nearly 400 candidates and catechumens preparing to enter the Catholic Church at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion this afternoon. Click for a list of catechumens and candidates
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will lead the Celebration of the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion on Sunday March 5, 3:00pm at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Fairfield.
Sister Mary Grace Walsh, Provost for Education, Evangelization, and Catechesis of the Archdiocese of Hartford, and former Superintendent of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Bridgeport will be presented the Educator of the Year Award at Sacred Heart University’s Ninth Educators’ Communion Breakfast on Sunday, March 12.
If you think that soup kitchens are just about feeding the working poor and homeless, take a look at the latest New Covenant Center Email Newsletter. The Stamford-based center is a lively and generous community with people from all walks of life helping out!
Elise Fedele closed her eyes as one stripe and then a second formed a cross of ashes on her forehead. But instead of standing near the altar at church, Fedele was flanked by work stations with shears and swivel chairs on Ash Wednesday, the start of the Christian season of Lent.
ROME—Lent is a time to receive God’s breath of life, a breath that saves humanity from suffocating under the weight of selfishness, indifference and piety devoid of sincerity, Pope Francis said.
“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.
“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.”
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has announced plans for a new Deanery structure to assist the bishop and priests in regional planning and decision making, and improve collaboration between parishes.
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.
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.
Related to the Amber Alert for six-year old Aylin Sofia Hernandez, the Diocese of Bridgeport can confirm that she is a First Grade student at St. Raphael Academy in Bridgeport.
The vision of Pope Francis for the 21st Century Catholic Church is one of “openness, encounter, and engagement with the world,” Archbishop and Apostolic Nuncio Christophe Pierre said last night at Sacred Heart University, in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit.
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.
Rev. Thomas J. Regan, S.J., will present his lecture, “Fairfield University 1942-2017: Seventy-Five Years and Counting!” at the annual Fairfield University Bellarmine Lecture in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room on Wednesday, February 22 at 7:30 pm.
In the past two months, Immaculate High School (IHS) students have won prestigious awards in both art and technology competitions. IHS strives to allow students to attain both academic and extracurricular personal success, and these awards reflect that commitment.
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.
The Diocese of Bridgeport, in the continued practice of full transparency, has released its Consolidated Financial Statements as well as The Faith in the Future Fund, Inc. financial statements for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016.
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.
The Immaculate High School boys indoor track and field team won the Class S state championship Tuesday night at the Floyd Little Athletic Center, and the Immaculate girls finished second to perennial powerhouse Bloomfield.
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.
The Diocese of Bridgeport is moving into an era where “Synod initiatives are coming to fruition,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano in his State of the Diocese address for the year 2016.
As we enter 2017, parishes are moving to implement the goals and action steps articulated in the pastoral plans created over the last year.
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.
Bishop Caggiano’s reflection on the storm
As I sit here at my desk watching the snow storm intensify, I cannot help but be filled with so many different memories of past snow storms, particularly those that occurred when I was a little boy.
Innovation, investment, and transformation of Catholic education in the Diocese of Bridgeport were the focus of the formal launch of Foundations in Education this morning at Sacred Heart University.
This week is our national celebration of Catholic Schools Week. It is a special time during which we reflect and celebrate the great gift and enduring mission that Catholic education offers to the children and families entrusted to our care.
The St. Ladislaus Youth Group raised funds raised funds to help “Together We Rise” and is donating 36 “Sweet Cases” for foster children in Norwalk area.
Vice President Mike Pence told pro-life advocates from across the U.S. January 27 that “life is winning in America, and today is a celebration of that progress.”
The Bridgeport Diocese’s 16-month study of under-enrolled and financially struggling Catholic elementary schools is expected to bring changes in as little as two weeks.
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.
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.
The Diocese of Bridgeport is nearing completion of a 16-month planning process for the future of its elementary schools in Stamford and the greater Danbury and Shelton area.
“Prophets of a Future Not Our Own will be the theme of a Ministry Formation Day set for Saturday January 28th, 8:30-2:30, Queen of Saint Hall at the Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT.
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.
A gathering of almost 300 people filled the Queen of Saints Hall at the Catholic Center on Sunday for the kickoff reception for 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal.
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, issued the following statement in relation to the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Immaculate High School (IHS) recently hosted a special Accepted Students Night for the more than 250 accepted students who are eligible to make up the class of 2021.
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.”
In this “First Things” blog entry, nationally syndicated columnist and Catholic theologian George Weigel reviews “Aggiornamento on the Hill of Janus,” the new book by Msgr. Stephen DiGiovanni, pastor of the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in Stamford.
Here’s the first look at “Sharing God’s Gift, Transforming Lives,” the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) video. This year’s video includes an introduction and closing remarks from Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, and interviews with many faithful and fascinating people throughout the diocese.
Walking with Purpose is not your grandmother’s Bible study group. Founded in Maryland in 2002 by a young mother and Catholic convert who was looking for material that was relevant to her situation.
By Beth Griffin Catholic News Service
The chasm between faith and life is the greatest challenge facing the Catholic Church today, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin said at his installation Mass, and he urged the church to be salt for the earth so that the presence of Christ does not become “a comforting, nostalgic memory.”
A Safe Environment Training for parents will be offered by the Diocese of Bridgeport on Thursday January 12th, 2017 at the Catholic Center.