On Monday, August 29, parish Directors and Coordinators of Faith Formation gathered to kick off the new school year. In addition to affording them time to reconnect and network, they heard from several diocesan department heads who updated them on new and updated programs to assist Read More ››
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Students at St. Joseph Elementary School in Shelton were busy volunteering their time this summer to collect food for those in need. Students handed out grocery bags to neighbors, family members, and friends and collected over 700 canned goods to deliver to the Spooner House.
“We are Read More ››
“Magnificat,” a Ministry to Catholic Women will host a prayer breakfast on Saturday, October 1, 9:30am – 12:30pm at Ethan Allen Inn, Danbury, CT. Susan Brinkmann, author of the “Women of Grace” Journal, and award winning journalist, will be the guest speaker.
Young adults throughout the diocese and all those involved in Faith Formation are invited to participate in a Basic Evangelization Training (BET) workshop on Saturday, October 1, 9:30am – 4:00pm and Sunday, October 2, 12:30pm to 5:00pm.
The two-day workshop, led by St. Paul Street Evangelization, will Read More ››
Catholic Center staff surprised Bishop Frank J. Caggiano on his 10th anniversary as a Bishop today when they presented him with signed photos of the World Series Championship N.Y. Mets from the 1969 and 1986 seasons.
The Bishop, who grew up in Brooklyn and is a lifelong Read More ››
Sylwester Kubisiak & Justyna Moczulski of Stamford carry the Wieniec (Harvest wreath) at the beginning of the 39th Annual Doźynki (Polish Harvest Festival) at Holy Name of Jesus in Stamford.
The event celebrates the Polish Culture and features live music, dancing, traditional Polish food and games for Read More ››
The New York Times reports that 120 people have died in the severe earthquake that hit central Italy early Wednesday morning, awakening residents in Rome, which is almost a hundred miles southwest.
The earthquake, which had a preliminary magnitude of 6.2, struck at 3:36 am, about 6.5 Read More ››
The Diocese of Bridgeport welcomed 47 school principals and presidents to the Catholic Center for the annual Back-to-School Administrators’ Meeting. Today’s gathering was the finale of a week-long series of meetings for new and returning school personnel.
The morning portion of the meeting consisted of introductions Read More ››
St. Matthew Knights of Columbus held a battle in the kitchen to raise money for Al’s Angels. The battle was waged on Reef Road in Fairfield, but the champion prevailed.
There was a lot of competition from many other fine cooks, but the 2015 Chili Knight Out Read More ››
Tara Gouldring never thought of herself as a missionary to others. But the 18-year-old from Birmingham, England, decided it’s not such a strange idea after hearing Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Bridgeport, CT, during a July 28 World Youth Day catechetical session.
“It’s inspiring to see God’s mercy in Read More ››
After more than ten days spent in Poland for World Youth Day, all 231 pilgrims from the Diocese of Bridgeport have returned. Young men and women arrived yesterday evening at the Catholic Center in Bridgeport after upwards of twelve hours of travel.
Pilgrims spent the last week Read More ››
Pilgrims from the Diocese of Bridgeport will return home this evening after an eventful World Youth Day gathering with one million others from nearly two hundred countries around the world.
Pope Francis celebrated World Youth Day’s Closing Mass yesterday, July 31, for an estimated 1.6 million pilgrims. Read More ››
Catholic clinical psychologist Tim Hogan will present “The Gift of Cultural Hurricanes: How to Build New Bridges that Transform Catholic Families,” on Saturday, August 6, from 10:00am – 1:00pm in the Queen of Saints Room at the Diocese of Bridgeport Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport.
This Read More ››
World Youth Day pilgrims from the Diocese of Bridgeport are keeping busy in the days leading up to the Holy Father’s July 27 arrival in Poland. The 231 pilgrims from the Bridgeport Diocese arrived in Poland last Friday, July 22.
They where they were met by guide Read More ››
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.
Leaving for Poland July 27 “to meet up with these young men and women and celebrate with them and for them Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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.
The delegation has never sent more than 30 travelers Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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,” Read More ››
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.
I have been here for almost 19 years and have many times raised a prayer of thanksgiving that violence and vandalism have not Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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.
The message, Read More ››
“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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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.
When: Every Tues at 6:30pm, rain date is on Wed. (June 21 through August 16)
Where: St. Ann Field (next Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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.
When Pope Francis speaks, he can delight fans and frustrate critics. Read More ››
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.”
In doing so, they put their energies into renewing music education on the Stamford campus, including curricular offerings and co-curricular activities ranging from Read More ››
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.
Congratulations 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.
The graduation ceremony began with the Pre-K students reciting Read More ››
“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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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.
“Once again the Lord has called faithful and generous men to serve Read More ››
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.
Recently, Councils 14360 at St. Read More ››
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 Read More ››
“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 Read More ››
Gamely sporting hair nets, potato peelers, oven mitts, and plastic aprons, over 30 young adults showed up at New Covenant Center (NCC) in Stamford to prepare 150 dinners that would be served the next day to hungry clients.
The inaugural event, dubbed “A Social Night of Service,” Read More ››
At its 98th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, the Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) will recognize Sherri Roller, RN, MSN, staff nurse in the Family Birthing Center at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, as a 2016 Healthcare Hero. She was nominated for this award by Christine Dressel.
Ms. Read More ››
Like all people of good will, Courage International condemns the atrocious violence perpetrated at Pulse Orlando in the early hours of June 12, 2016.
We make our own the words of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which insisted nearly 30 years ago:“It is deplorable Read More ››
Bishop Caggiano issues statement on Orlando shootings: “Sunday morning’s attack in Orlando has unmasked once again the evil face of hatred and bigotry in our society. It is an evil that must spur us to rededicate ourselves to fostering a true spirit of unity and reconciliation.
Yesterday’s news Read More ››
A Prayer Vigil to pray for and honor the memory of those killed and wounded in the shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando will be held at St. Pius X Parish in Fairfield on Wednesday, June 15 at 7pm. The Prayer Vigil is open to all Read More ››
The killings of at least 50 people at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., have left Pope Francis with “the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil before this new manifestation of homicidal folly and senseless hatred,” the Vatican said in a statement Sunday.
The Read More ››
Thousands of people are expected to turn out for the “Original” Feast of St. Anthony this weekend to enjoy a festival of of faith, fun, good food, live music and rides at St. Margaret Shrine, 2523 Park Avenue in Bridgeport.
The feast includes the largest variety of Read More ››
There is another aspect of life here that is striking. I had not realized before my arrival that during the summer months, the sun is visible in the sky for most of the night. In fact, the sun was still visible last night past 11:30 PM Read More ››
Bishop Frank Caggiano arrived in Alaska on Wednesday afternoon after a nearly nine hours of flight from home. He was invited by the Archdiocese of Anchorage to offer a talk and celebrate Mass for the Alaska Youth Conference being held in Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Read More ››
Enjoy this 60-second “Around the Diocese” report that introduces Catholic Center employees working on many projects of importance to the diocese.
Host John Grosso, diocesan social media leader, begins with a quick visit to the Fairfield County Catholic offices as the staff prepares the June “Graduation” issues, which features Read More ››
There’s good news for Catholic viewers and all those with an interest in history. The compelling documentary “Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism” will be broadcast on PBS stations throughout the month of June.
Produced by the Knights of Columbus, this is Read More ››
On one energetic day, May 7, volunteers from five parishes responded to the call, assisting in HomeFront’s intensive day of home repairs delivered at no cost to five local low-income families.
They, and other faith-based and civic groups, responded to the needs of seniors living on fixed Read More ››
During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Diocese of Bridgeport invites anyone who is suffering from a past abortion to experience God’s love and mercy by attending an Entering Canaan Day of Prayer and Healing.
The next Day of Prayer and Healing is set for Saturday, July Read More ››
More than 110 people from around the diocese gathered for cocktails and dinner on Sunday, May 22, at the home of Julie and Rowan Taylor, the 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal Chair Couple.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano was the honored guest at the event which provided an opportunity Read More ››
“Due to the generous support from so many wonderful people and local businesses the Cardinal Shehan Center is now only $500,000 away from reaching our goal to raise $2 million for our Capital Campaign,” said Shehan Center Executive Director Terry O’Connor in his spring newsletter.
“The goal Read More ››
The Sisters of Life celebrated the 25th anniversary of their founding on June 1 with a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Patrick’s Cathedral followed by a block party on 51st Street. Over 1,000 people, including laypeople, priests, and other religious men and women, gathered for the Read More ››
Parishioners of Our Lady of Peace Church and other local residents gathered on Saturday, May 21st for a bike blessing followed by a brief ride along the shore and a lunch special at Stanziale Restaurant on Main Street.
“God I know that you are real. Thank you Read More ››
Thanks to the hospitality of Father Feszek Szmasek, pastor, and the parish council of St. Paul Parish, Catholics of Indian heritage can celebrate Mass in the ancient Syro-Malabar Rite of India on the second Sunday of the month at 3 pm at St. Paul’s.
A scheduling exception Read More ››
The sixth-grade class at Assumption Catholic School, under the direction of teacher Maureen Travers, raised $1,025 for Operation Rice Bowl, an international organization that is committed to helping to create positive change around the world.
The class asked each student in the school to take home a Read More ››
On June 1, St. Joseph High School introduced Paul Dudzinski, Class of ‘82, as the school’s new head coach for Boys’ Basketball.
Coach Dudzinski played for his mentor, Coach Vito Montelli, from ‘78 through ’82, and is excited to take over the reins of the St. Joe’s Read More ››
The graduate commencement ceremony at Fairfield University on May 22 conferred an honorary degree on Sister Maureen Fleming, SSND, coordinator of Pastoral Outreach at St. Luke Parish in Westport, for her advocacy for the rights of women and children, and for those in poverty.
Valeria Martinez, assistant Read More ››
Damien, a one-man play written by Aldyth Morris and starring Casey Groves, will be performed Tuesday, June 14, 7:00 pm at. St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church in Brookfield.
The performance is open to all at no charge. A free will offering will be accepted at the door. “In this Read More ››
Catholic chaplains and veterans remember, honor and pray for the fallen. Memorial Day 2016 falls on May 30, the day it was celebrated for decades after it began as Decoration Day to honor the war dead after the Civil War.
Some veterans and Catholic military chaplains described Read More ››
“The Eucharist is not merely a symbol of Jesus. The Eucharist is not just a reminder of Jesus. The Eucharist is not blessed bread,” Father Joseph Marcello told his congregation at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull. “The Eucharist is Jesus Christ himself: body, blood, Read More ››
Social Media Leader John Grosso will take you “Around the Diocese” in just 60 seconds in this video.
From First Communions to diocesan and parish activities, the faithful of Fairfield County find great joy and fulfillment in the liturgies, activities and teachings of the Church. Please take Read More ››
A Corpus Christi procession should honor Christ’s gift of himself in the Eucharist, but also should be a pledge to share bread and faith with the people of the cities and towns where the processions take place, Pope Francis said.
Just as the “breaking of the bread” Read More ››
Breiana Campbell, Class of 2016 and daughter of Rodney and Charlene Campbell of Bridgeport, has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar.
Campbell is one of 1,000 recipients from across the nation selected to receive this full college and postgraduate scholarship out of over 50,000 applicants. Campbell has Read More ››
More than 150 men and women religious recently attended a Consecrated Life Mass and Listening Session with the Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano at St. Luke Church in Westport.
The meeting, coordinated by Sr. Nancy Strillacci, A.S.C.J. Program Director in the Office of Clergy and Religious and Read More ››
“Any time that we celebrate the goodness and intelligence of our young people is a day of blessing and hope,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano at the “Breakfast of Champions,” which honors Catholic school students who excel in academics, athletic achievement and above all strive to Read More ››
As the fraternal year is concluding, K of C #14360 in Norwalk is finishing one of its busiest years in the short history of the council. The state council has recognized their hard work and dedication.
Starting back in September with helping to run and organize not Read More ››