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Erin Welch & Marisa Doyle Represent St. Joseph High School in St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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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GCS Students Win Top Awards at State Science and Engineering Fair

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.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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.

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A Journey Through Soul

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.”
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Building Family Friendly Nations

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.
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New Governance Model Announced

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.”
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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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Dr. Kingston to Lead New Catholic School

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.

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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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