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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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What Makes an ‘Amazing Parish’?

By PATRICK TURNER—I recently had the opportunity to attend the “Amazing Parish” conference in Atlanta with nearly 1,100 parish and diocesan leaders from across the country. Joining with Father Peter Towsley and the leadership team from Sacred Heart Parish in Danbury, we had the privilege to pray together and to hear from a wide range of nationally recognized speakers offering ideas, insights, and best practices for strengthening parish life.

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Town Hall Meeting on Facebook Live

BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese of Bridgeport hosted a virtual Town Hall Meeting Thursday, April 20 begining at 9 am. Click to watch the meeting that took place on the diocesan Facebook page (Diocese of Bridgeport).

The Town Hall Meeting, a first for the diocese, will featured panelists Patrick Donovan, director of the Leadership Institute; Patrick Turner, director of Strategic and Pastoral Planning; and Pam Rittman, director of the Annual Catholic Appeal.

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A Dad’s View: They Call Me the Wanderer

I didn’t always have five children and a wife. It wasn’t that long ago that I had no children and zero wives. On TV, they make bachelorhood seem a paradise of freedom and adventure. Not for me it wasn’t.

The missus and me just blew past our fifteenth wedding anniversary—a mini-milestone. Not to be glib…oh, never mind, glib it is…I’d rather be in jail than be single again.
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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

|   By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service
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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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Spring Fling

DANBURY—What a better way to celebrate Spring joining Catholic Charities in celebrating 10 years of service to the hungry and homeless of Northern Fairfield County! Drinks, food, and dancing all in celebration of 300,000 meals served to those most in need. Join in the fun and the good work, or honor someone who has contributed. Click here for more info!

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Tickets Available for Fiddler on the Roof

DANBURY—Tickets are now available for Fiddler on the Roof, the spring musical produced and performed by Immaculate High School’s award-winning Fine Arts Department. The musical will run from April 27-29 at Immaculate High School (IHS) and special reserved seating is available, as well as a special group discount for religious youth groups of 10 or more, for all performances.
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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

The bishops of the United States are committed to their Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal to parishes. Through the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, dioceses have put in place effective policies for safeguarding the most vulnerable. Learn how you can take part in ensuring children and vulnerable adults are kept safe in your own communities and beyond with these three easy steps this April.
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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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Celebrating St. Patrick’s and St. Joseph’s Day!

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.
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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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A Lenten Night of Worship and Music

DANBURY—Area youth are invited to a free, special Lenten Night of Worship for Youth on Friday, April 7 at 7 pm at Immaculate High School in Danbury. This free night of worship music features Catholic speaker and musician Chris Bray and is sponsored by the Dioceses of Bridgeport. Admission is free. To RSVP or for more information, email Evan Psencik at epsencik@diobpt.org.

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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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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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