Monthly Newspaper • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT

Articles By: Dan Carney

With his visit to World Youth Day only a few days away, Pope Francis asked young pilgrims to accompany his visit to Krakow, Poland, with prayers.

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After nearly two years of planning, our diocesan pilgrimage to World Youth Day to Krakow Poland begins tomorrow! Over 200 young people will be traveling with me from every region of the Diocese to these special days of prayer and celebration, joined by 33 chaperones who will help guide and supervise our pilgrims during these days of travel, prayer and encounter with Pope Francis.

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Junior Ushers Brooke Valerie and Maximillian Fleming (both age 6), and Kaitlyn Vallerie (age 9) stand by the doors of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Wilton, eager to welcome Sunday Mass-goers.

Our Lady of Fatima is creating a new ministry for the youth of the parish who wish to serve God by welcoming people into his house.

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After more than a year of backbreaking planning, social media director John Grosso will lead 232 pilgrims aged 16 to 35 from the Bridgeport Diocese on the trip of lifetime across the Atlantic Ocean and onto Polish soil.

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The threat of being pulled over by police and arrested for something that even “hinted of going beyond the status quo,” was very real to retired Bishop John H. Ricard of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, when he was growing up in segregated Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The African-American bishop, president of the National Black Catholic Congress, said he and his friends “lived under constant threat of being arrested” during his teenage years.

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During a recent mission trip to the Dominican Republic, Brian Wallace had a daily ritual. First, he coated himself in sunscreen. Then, he covered himself in bug spray. Lots of bug spray.

“We had a couple of nurses traveling with us, vigorously telling us to do that,” said Wallace, creative arts director for the Diocese of Bridgeport.

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Only, now… it HAS happened…HERE…in OUR town…in our little corner of Westport…here at Saint Luke…in the parish where I live and serve as pastor.

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Fairfield County’s Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education announced their list of grant recipients for the year 2015-2016 today.

The non-profit foundation supports programs that serve the neediest adults and children of Fairfield County, and this year awarded close to $1 million in grants to 48 different organizations throughout the county.

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by Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service

Pope Francis condemned the attack on Bastille Day celebrations in France, calling it an act of “blind violence.”

The pope expressed his “deep sorrow” and “spiritual closeness” with the French people in a message to Bishop Andre Marceau of Nice.

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“Early this morning, as I was watering the small garden in front of my family’s house in Brooklyn, I was overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude for all the blessings of my life.

What flashed in my mind was the realization that I have watered that garden countless times, as far back as when I was a little boy.

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On any given summer weekday, campers at the McGivney Community Center can be found creating rockets in science class, tie-dyeing T-shirts, brushing up on reading skills, and performing in a “McGivney’s Got Talent” showcase.

Located on the East Side of Bridgeport, a neighborhood once riddled with violent crime, McGivney Center was founded in 1992 as a respite for the neighborhood’s children.

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Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week will be held from July 24-30, 2016. In accordance with the Year of Mercy, this year’s theme is “Love, Mercy, Life: Opening the Heart of Marriage.”

NFP Awareness Week is a national educational campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). It is held annually during the week of July 25 and 26, Read More ››

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.

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Religious and civic leaders called for peace after five Dallas law enforcement officers were killed July 7 when a sniper opened fire in downtown Dallas. “We have been swept up in the escalating cycle of violence that has now touched us intimately as it has others throughout our country and the world,” said Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, who has blogged in the past several months about the escalating gun violence across the country and world. “All lives matter: black, white, Muslim, Christian, Hindu. We are all children of God, and all human life is precious.

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