Monthly Newspaper • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT

Articles By: Dan Carney

We’re back for another great summer of concerts. Bring your chairs, blankets, munchies, and kids. There’s a new band and food truck every week! Check out www.StAnnBlackRock.com for schedule and cancellations/postponements.

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On July 7th, at 4:00pm, the newly renovated science room at the Cardinal Shehan Center will be unveiled with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

A group of six members from the Bridgeport Regional Business Council’s affiliate program Leadership Greater Bridgeport 2015-2016 class renovated the Cardinal Shehan Center’s science room.

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Tears and not words. Prayers and not greetings.

During his trip to Poland for World Youth Day, Pope Francis will go to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp. He said he wants to go alone and say nothing.

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During the 2015-16 academic year, members of the Trinity Catholic High School Music Department committed themselves to honoring one of its regular hashtags, “#MusicalRenaissance.”

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St. James Food Pantry is filled due to the tremendous outpouring of generosity from their faith community. (Tom Rogers pictured)

St. James thanks everyone who went out of their way to share with those less fortunate. The “Stuff-A-Truck” initiative collected more than 300 bags of groceries.

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st_thomas_pre_kCongratulations to the Pre-Kindergarten class of 2016! On June 8, the Pre-Kindergarten students of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School successfully completed the rigorous Kindergarten program and are well prepared as they look forward to starting Kindergarten in September.

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“The very reason you were created was to come to this moment to be one with Christ,” Bishop Caggiano said to the two men about to be ordained at St. Augustine Cathedral this morning.

More than 750 people filled the church, some sitting on fold-up chairs, to witness the ordination of Philip Lành Phan, a native of Vietnam, and Eric William Silva, a Trumbull resident, to the priesthood.

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Our Young Adult Open Gym night, held every Tuesday in St. Joseph School gym from 8-10 p.m., draws many college guys home for the summer, along with the senior high school students and young working guys in their twenties who turn out regularly for the pickup basketball games. Last Tuesday there were 15 young men there, largely ages 16 to 24, most of whom I knew from St. Joseph Parish or School.

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Father Hyginus Agu, parochial vicar at St. Andrew Parish in Bridgeport and a chaplain at Bridgeport Hospital, never expected a visit from his parents. Serving in this diocese for eight years now, Father Agu is originally from Nigeria and his father is over 90 years old.

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Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will ordain Philip Lành Phan, a native of Vietnam, and Eric William Silva, a Trumbull resident, to the priesthood for the Diocese of Bridgeport in St. Augustine Cathedral on June 25.

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K of C from St. Matthew Norwalk teams up with K of C Our Lady of the Assumption Fairfield.
Knights of Columbus councils are known for serving the greater good of their parishes and their communities, and many times they work as individual councils.

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RESIDENCE FOR RETIRED PRIESTS—Bishop Caggiano, Vickey Hickey, administrator of Queen of Clergy, Andrew Schulz, director of real estate for the diocese, and Msgr. William Scheyd, episcopal vicar for retired priests, look over drawings for the Queen of Clergy expansion on Strawberry Hill Avenue in Stamford. The new 16-suite wing is expected to be completed this Fall. There are 80 priests in the diocese over the age of 75.

RESIDENCE FOR RETIRED PRIESTS—Bishop Caggiano, Vickey Hickey, administrator of Queen of Clergy, Andrew Schulz, director of real estate for the diocese, and Msgr. William Scheyd, episcopal vicar for retired priests,look over drawings for the Queen of Clergy expansion on Strawberry Hill Avenue in Stamford. The new 16-suite wing is expected to be completed this Fall. There are 80 priests in the diocese over the age of 75.

The long-awaited new wing of the Catherine Dennis Keefe Queen of the Clergy Residence in Stamford is taking shape and is expected to be completed in September.

“This is a very exciting time for the diocese and for our retired priests who are looking forward to moving into their new home at Queen of the Clergy Residence,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.

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June has always been a key month for the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) as it pushes toward its yearly goal to support the major programs and ministries of the diocese.

“June is traditionally the end of the public phase of the Appeal,” said William McLean, chief development officer of the diocese. “While people are welcome to make pledges throughout the end of the year, the June tally is crucial in helping the diocese budget and plan for the new year.”

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“Receive the Gospel of Christ whose herald you have become,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said at St. Augustine Cathedral in downtown Bridgeport when he ordained three men as transitional deacons on Saturday.

Harry Alfredo Prieto, 29, and José Abelardo Vásquez, 32, both natives of Bogotá, Colombia, and Timothy A. Iannacone, 26, a native of Norwalk, Ct, took their final steps on their way to the priesthood in front of family, friends and priests throughout the diocese.

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Steve Bollman, founder of the national apostolate Paradisus Dei (ParadisusDei.org) and That Man Is You, vividly remembers the first time he saw his dad go to confession.

He was about 6 or 7 years old; his older brothers were 10 and 11. The family went to either an Advent or Lenten penance service.

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