FAIRFIELD—Special Masses for young people with disabilities are both a joyful celebration of what Jesus calls us to do and an important way to promote their inclusion in the life of the parish.
Saint Catherine Center will host its 2018 Mass Celebrating People with Special Needs on Sunday, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Saint Augustine Medal of Service prayer service and awards ceremony will be held at St. Augustine Cathedral this Saturday, November 17, beginning at 1 pm. A reception will follow at Kolbe-Cathedral High School on the grounds of the cathedral campus.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will lead Read More ››
BALTIMORE—Seasoned bishop watchers know that just about every fall meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has a surprise. Sometimes it’s an election result. Sometimes it is the debate you never expected. Sometimes it’s that there’s no debate.
But the first day of the 2018 fall Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—On Friday, November 9, over 550 volunteers – representing the student body, faculty, staff, administration and parents – from Notre Dame High School in Fairfield will be in the local community completing the school’s annual Service Day. The 2018 event marks the school’s 10th anniversary of the Read More ››
HAMDEN — From the time she was in first grade, Bridget Mary Smith knew she wanted to be a nun. But her younger sister Colleen Therese rejected the possibility outright … because it was her sister’s.
“I wasn’t going to be a sister. Maybe it was sibling Read More ››
STAMFORD—Last Sunday more than 200 youth, young adult and adult facilitators made the celebration of the Spirit that is Rain Down come alive with their enthusiasm, servant hearts, engaged worship and deep reverence! Ignited and inspired by keynote artist and speaker, Tony Melendez, we accepted the Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Join Sacred Heart University at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit on Wednesday, November 7 at 2 pm for its annual Kristallnacht Commemoration and listen to the story of Holocaust survivor Judith Altmann.
Holocaust survivor Judith Altmann was arrested and transported to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School students will perform Thornton Wilder’s American classic Our Town on November 15, 16 and 17 and the public is invited to see this beloved show.
This Pulitzer Prize-winning play takes the audience to the fictional town of Grover’s Corners of the early 1900s, Read More ››
DANBURY—The Division I Ice Hockey Team of Immaculate High School, in its final year as a co-op with New Fairfield High School, turned to the past to move into the future. Mike Bonelli, a USA Hockey Level 5 coach with high school and college coaching experience, Read More ››
SHELTON—Our priests and pastors are with us at life’s most memorable, inspiring and challenging moments and we keep them in our thoughts, prayers and hearts throughout the years. It was no exception on Saturday, September 15 to honor and celebrate Fr. Philip Brady’s 100th birthday.
An entourage of former Read More ››
STAMFORD—Students at Trinity Catholic High School’s AP World History course will be embarking on an exciting new opportunity this school year.
As part of their coursework, students will be participating in the annual National History Day competition in the Senior division. National History Day is an academic Read More ››
STAMFORD—The fourth annual “Night of Unity” brought to Trinity an ecumenical evening of “immeasurably more” on Tuesday, October 23. The evening was filled to overflowing with inspiring talks by local pastors, moving and powerful testimonies and great music! Fr. Joseph Gill, TCHS chaplain and master of ceremonies for Read More ››
RIVERSIDE—This Sunday, Catholic Relief Services joined forces with the Social Justice Committee from St. Catherine of Siena Church (SCSC) in Riverside for an enlightening presentation by CRS’s Kevin Hartigan. Hartigan, based out of Cairo, has been with CRS for 28 years and is the Regional Director Read More ››
WESTPORT—Byron Pitts, Emmy award-winning journalist and author, enthralled a sold-out audience on October 11th at The Inn at Longshore helping to drive a record-setting fund-raising evening for Bridgeport based non-profit, Shepherds.
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary of “Changing Lives… One Student at a Time”, Shepherds drew a lively Read More ››
CHICAGO—From the time she was in first grade, Jaime Mitchell thought she might have a religious vocation. It was always in the back of her head, but she tried to sidestep Jesus all along the way.
“I pretty much knew I had a vocation, but I was Read More ››
ROME—Virtually everyone taking part in the Oct. 3-28 Synod of Bishops on young people has said that the presence of more than 30 young delegates inside the hall has altered the chemistry – it’s looser, more informal, more pumped-up, and above all, more raucous.
The young people, Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—The point of the Synod of Bishops on young people is not primarily to produce a document, but instead is to learn from Christ how to “bring God’s mercy into the world,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut, said in a homily at the Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Words of gratitude and humility set the tone for the dedication of the newly renamed Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality on Thursday, September 27, as a wall plaque was blessed and a specially commissioned oil portrait was unveiled. The painting bears the likenesses of the parents Read More ››
REDDING—On October 12-14, hundreds of Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and their families from the Connecticut Yankee Council’s Pomperaug District converged on the John Sherman Hoyt Scout Reservation in Redding, CT for a weekend of fun and learning. Scouts camped & cooked in the woods, learned essential Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Those who read the four Gospels and understand the power of the messages each Gospel carries has the opportunity to grow more deeply in faith. There is, according to the late Benedictine monk, Fr. Bargil Pixner, a fifth Gospel. Whereas the first four record the life Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The norms, or rules, governing liturgical and sacramental practices in the Diocese of Bridgeport, will be revised over the next four years, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano announced.
“When we concluded the diocesan synod, one of the major initiatives which I confirmed was the need to revise the Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School’s Third Annual Scholarship Breakfast will be held on Thursday, November 15 at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury from 7:30-9 am. The event raises scholarship funds for deserving students whose parents choose to send their student to Immaculate High School but have difficulty Read More ››
TRUMBULL—St Joseph High School is thrilled to announce that Junior student, Cayden Porter, has been selected as a nominee for the 2018 Heart of a Giant Award, which recognizes and rewards Tri-State area high school football players who demonstrate an unparalleled work ethic and passion for the Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On a rainy day last May, I journeyed with seminarian Chris Ford on a bus trip to City Field to see the Mets take on the Toronto Blue Jays in an afternoon game. It rained all day and we watched the grounds crew every half inning Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Meet the seven people Pope Francis will officially recognize as saints of the Catholic Church on Sunday.
Below are brief biographies on each of their lives, as well as photos of each saint’s banner currently on display at the Vatican.
Blessed Pope Paul VI
Born Giovanni Battista Montini Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Carrying Pope Paul VI’s pastoral staff and wearing the blood-stained belt of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, Pope Francis formally recognized them, and five others, as saints of the Catholic Church.
Thousands of pilgrims from the new saints’ home countries — Italy, El Salvador, Spain Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On Saturday, October 27, Catholic Underground will be held at St Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport beginning with a Holy Hour at 6:30 pm, followed by a concert with internationally-known musician and performer Tony Melendez.
Catholic Underground is a cultural apostolate of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal Read More ››
TRUMBULL—St. Catherine of Siena School, in Trumbull, welcomed home a graduate from the class of 1990, Commander Matthew Fanning, Commanding Officer of the USS Hartford. He has been serving in the Navy for 19 years. During this time he lived in Italy, Hawaii, Georgia, Virginia as Read More ››
NEWTOWN—St. Rose School opened its doors on September 3, 1958, and was originally a first through fifth-grade school. Within three years it added a middle school. Many years later, in 1989, a kindergarten was added and eventually, in 2000, a preschool emerged and is housed in the Read More ››
Premiere recording of William Rasar’s Mass “Christe Jesu” is a beautiful and unique album perfectly themed for the Season of Christmas
NORWALK—St. Mary’s Church and the St. Cecilia Society are pleased to announce that Lux Fulgebit, the debut CD of the acclaimed St. Mary’s Schola Cantorum, based in Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—This year, the annual Mass for those with down syndrome, their families and friends was celebrated on September 16 at St. Pius X Church. The Mass can best be summed up with one word… “Joy”. For annual attendees, that “Joy” is daily but for many attending Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS)—Signaling his belief that the Catholic Church is facing a serious crisis, Pope Francis asked every Catholic in the world to pray for the protection of the church from attacks by the devil, but also that the church would be more aware of its Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—On Sunday, September 30, the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University will welcome the “Hallelujah Train” as it rolls onto campus, featuring Pastor Brady Blade Sr., Daniel Lanois, Brian Blade, and Brady Blade Jr., with the Zion Baptist Church Choir. The day will begin Read More ››
STAMFORD—Earlier this week, I made a visit to Our Lady Queen of the Clergy Retirement Home in Stamford, CT to interview Msgr. John Sanders, who played with Duke Ellington for five years and then became a Catholic priest.
Msgr. Sanders’s memory was not up to a full Read More ››
At a time he was struggling with his faith and looking for answers about God, Luca Badetti returned from an event at L’Arche Chicago, a multicultural community where people with intellectual disabilities can live ordinary lives.
He decided to share his questions with his friend Jennifer who Read More ››
STAMFORD—Rain Down is an incredible gathering of youth for prayer, fellowship, food, fun and Eucharistic Adoration. This event has been taking place annually at St. Cecilia Church in Stamford, and this year is open to youth in grades 8 through 12 throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport! This year Read More ››
Knights’ Carl Anderson Tells Hispanic Catholics they Can Shape Future of U.S. Church
Our Lady of Guadalupe is relevant as she appears today in those she inspires
NEW HAVEN—Our Lady of Guadalupe is at work today in the Church in the United States through the faith and action Read More ››
RIVERSIDE—St. Catherine of Siena Church in Riverside will present a free lecture and discussion, “Pope Francis and His Critics,” on Sunday, October 14 at 11:45 am in the Lucey Parish Hall immediately following the 10:30 am Mass.
St. Catherine in Riverside welcomes speaker Michael Sean Winters, a Read More ››
RIVERSIDE—On Sunday, October 7, 2018, the Parish Partners-Ministry of Hope at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Riverside, CT will be hosting celebration of the Eucharist at 12 noon welcoming, accompanying and accommodating persons of all ages with disabilities and special needs. The Parish Partners are fellow Read More ››
GRAPEVINE, Texas—A video message from Pope Francis and a procession of Encuentro crosses representing all of the participating episcopal regions were the highlights during the first day of the National Fifth Encuentro gathering taking place September 20-23 in Grapevine.
With hearts full of excitement and joy, about Read More ››
NEWTOWN—St. Rose School turns 60 this year!
A 60th-anniversary celebration is planned for October 6th with an 11 am Mass of Thanksgiving and an Oktoberfest themed celebration on the grounds immediately following, from noon-4 pm.
The St. Rose of Lima community expects alumni and current families to join in Read More ››
PROVIDENCE—The Catholic Church must implement consistent practices that result in concrete progress in the fight against racism, said participants from five New England dioceses and Providence College who gathered for an evening symposium on “Racism in the Catholic Church.”
“Catholic social teaching on race suffers from a Read More ››
BROOKFIELD—Marde Dimon, a teacher at St. Joseph Catholic Academy, signed up for a community garden plot this summer in one of the Trumbull parks where she works as a part-time park ranger. She named her first ever garden the “Long Shot Plot,” and planned for it Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Mrs. Sandler’s classroom allows seating with a choice. Students working by the board on the floor. On a couch by the door. A table shuffled by the bathroom. Lockers as direct chair backs. Every student in Mrs. Sandler’s class makes a choice during flexible seating time and Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, will confer Pontifical Honors granted by His Holiness Pope Francis on twenty lay faithful of the diocese during a Vespers Prayer Service set for Saturday, September 29th at 4 pm in St. Augustine Cathedral, 359 Washington Avenue, Read More ››
VATICAN CITY— In his homily at Mass Tuesday, Pope Francis spoke harshly about what he considers one of the great dangers of clericalism: that it alienates members of the Church by refusing to be close to them, and reinforces the belief that priests are above the Read More ››
STAMFORD—While every scholarship recipient appreciates the donor that helps make their academic experience possible, it is unlikely that they get to meet the people who fund their scholarships. On September 11, six students from Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford and their families had the unique Read More ››
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” —Audrey Hepburn
FAIRFIELD—St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Fairfield, CT has a vibrant and bountiful vegetable, herb and flower garden. Its “Giving Garden” opened in 2017, as a result of proceeds from its “Spring to Auction” fundraising event. Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“There is tremendous hope in a difficult climate,” said diocesan director of Safe Environments Erin Neil, at the Safe Environments Leadership Summit held this morning in Queen of Saints Hall at the Catholic Center.
“Christ is our true healer and he will help guide us through this Read More ››
Christopher Bell, Co-Founder of Network Caring for Moms and Babies, Can Tell of a “Best-Kept Secret”
NORWALK—Getting the news out about America’s approximately 400 pro-life maternity homes is one way to respond to the coarse rhetoric with which Netflix program host Michelle Wolf recently celebrated abortion Read More ››
TRUMBULL—St. Catherine of Siena Parish celebrated their second annual kickoff weekend on September 8 and 9, where old and new friends were welcomed back from summer vacations.
Parishioners were welcomed by greeters into the McClinch family center, where Mass is being celebrated while construction is being done Read More ››
Diaconate Discovery Evenings
Have you ever wondered if you were being “called” to discern the diaconate? Has someone, your pastor, a priest or a deacon ever mentioned to you that they can see you as a deacon someday? Do you feel that God calling you to Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano invited all recipients of the Saint John Paul II grants to a reception on Tuesday, September 4 from 4:30 –6:00 pm at the Catholic Center to celebrate their award. Around 60 clergy, staff, and laypeople who share in the parishes’ ministry faith Read More ››
FAIRFIELD— Dan Schutte, American composer of Catholic liturgical music and contemporary Christian songwriter, will present a special concert in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield. Some of his most celebrated songs are “Here I Am, Lord,” “City of God” and Read More ››
The Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel will be recited at the end of every Mass in the Diocese, beginning on the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15, as instructed by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano earlier this month.
Michael the Archangel appears multiple times in Read More ››
Brother Steven Joseph DeMaio, SDB, made his perpetual profession of religious vows on September 7, 2018, in the chapel of the Marian Shrine in Haverstraw, N.Y.
Also professing their final vows were Brother Travis Gunther, SDB, of Conway, Ark., and Brother John Langan, SDB, of Winsted, Conn.
Father Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— In response to national priest sexual abuse, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will lead a Holy Hour with Rosary and a Mass of Reparation and Purification on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, Saturday, September 15th, at the Cathedral of St. Augustine, 399 Washington Avenue Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Saint Catherine Academy students and staff were excited to see each other again and get the new academic year rolling, settling into familiar routines and adjusting to new ones. Almost two weeks later we’ve already had our first fire drill—receiving a thumbs-up from the Fairfield Fire Read More ››
DANBURY—Bagpipes played a reverent tune at the annual diocesan Blue Mass honoring fire, police and first responders who serve the diocese. The Mass was held on Sunday, September 9 at 10:30 am at St. Joseph Church in Danbury in solemn commemoration of the 17th anniversary of Read More ››
The Diocese of Bridgeport was deeply disappointed to learn that Kevin Wallin failed another drug test during his house confinement and probation period.
The diocese realizes the challenges faced by those struggling with addiction and has worked to guide and support Kevin Wallin in the recovery process Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Excited voices filled the air, calling to friends, meeting new co-workers, sharing news of the summer and taking the inevitable group selfies (“us-ies”?) on the steps of Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport. Teachers, administrators and staff were gathering for the second annual Catholic School Convocation to Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT- The Leadership Institute is currently holding an Effective Catechetical Leadership Series workshop that spans over three days, beginning on Tuesday, August 21 through Thursday, August 23rd. The workshop is being held at Queen of Saints Hall at the Catholic Center on 238 Jewett Avenue in Read More ››
NEWTOWN—24 couples and 22 children gathered Friday evening at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Newtown for a Mass in celebration of up to ten years of marriage.
Father Andy Vill celebrated Mass for all gathered. Couples were then able to partake in a wine and Read More ››
NEWTOWN—The theme of this year’s Fan the Fire Youth Rally, taking place at St. Rose of Lima Parish on August 11th, was “Be Courageous.”
“We live in a world that has very little time for God or Jesus,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said, addressing the teens during Read More ››
WILTON- Sister Sheila O’Brien, O.P., age 93, a member of the Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Springs of Bridgeport, went to the Lord on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Lourdes Health Care Center, Wilton. Born in Glen Cove, Long Island on March 11, 1925, Read More ››