WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City called on the faithful “to pray for an end to the human rights abuse of abortion, and for a culture of life, where through God’s grace all will come to know they are made in His Divine Image.”
His statement Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“This is really what we’re all about—forming people,” said Principal Henry Rondon at Kolbe Cathedral High School in Bridgeport, reading with enthusiasm a recent email from a KCHS ’14 alum, Shyheim Snead.
Snead, who graduated magna cum laude from American University in Washington, D.C., this May, had Read More ››
STAMFORD—An interest in helping those in need has always been a principle which Catholics have followed, born of an innate desire to imitate Christ. Whether it is donating to the homeless, feeding the hungry, or ministering to the oppressed, parishioners from the Diocese of Bridgeport consistently Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Earlier this year, Bridgeport middle school-aged students were invited by Fairfield University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration Committee to write an essay of 500 words or less on the topic: “As we embrace the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., how would you act Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., during a reflection that will focus on his social justice legacy on Wednesday, January 23, at 2 pm at Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield.
Guest speakers Read More ››
STAMFORD—Every year, the Church takes a week to celebrate what makes Catholic education unique and Christ-centered. This “Catholic Schools Week” always takes place during the last week of January, to include the feast days of two great saints who contributed much to Catholic education: St. John Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Join thousands of Catholics nationwide in prayer for the respect of human life!
9 Days for Life is a multi-faceted novena for the respect and protection of every human life. Each day, a different intention is accompanied by a short reflection, suggested actions, and related information.
Text 9DAYS to 55000 for Read More ››
WASHINGTON—On Friday, January 18, 2019, many will gather at our nation’s capital to commemorate the 46th anniversary of the passing of Roe vs. Wade. Thousands from across the country will march, peacefully and in unity, to the steps of Capital to raise awareness of the many lives lost to Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School Coach Brian Hayes was recently named the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association’s Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year for Connecticut. The award is given annually by the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) to Read More ››
CHICAGO—To show support for the U.S. bishops as they gathered at the Mundelein Seminary at the University of St. Mary of the Lake near Chicago for a weeklong retreat in early January, members of lay ecclesial movements met at St. Mother Theodore Guerin Parish in Elmwood Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School announced that it will expand its pre-kindergarten program for the 2019-2020 school year. The new program will include children who turn three-years-old on or by August 31.
Jo Ann Mathieson, principal, said the development of a two-year pre-school program was by popular Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Reverend Monsignor Thomas J. Driscoll, P.A., passed away today, December 20, 2018. He was 81 years of age.
“Monsignor Driscoll will be fondly remembered by many for his service in several leadership posts in the diocese and for his faithful witness over many decades as a priest Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— Tickets are still available online and at the door for the “Arise and Shrine” Christmas Concert set for Friday night, 7:30 pm at the Klein Memorial in Bridgeport.
Now in its fourth season, the Arise and Shine concert performed by the Diocesan Youth Choir has become an Read More ››
STRATFORD—Over 250 guests gathered on December 17 at Vazzano’s Four Seasons in Stratford, Conn. to celebrate Terry O’Connor’s 26 years of service as executive director of the Cardinal Shehan Center and six years of service to the McGivney Community Center.
O’Connor passes the torch to Lorraine Gibbons Read More ››
DANBURY—Kayla Mingachos, a senior and powerhouse soccer player at Immaculate High School, was recently selected to the prestigious 2018 Fall High School Girls All-America Team by United Soccer Coaches. The Danbury resident is one of only 58 girls in the country to receive this honor. United Read More ››
STAMFORD—Three years ago, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano decided to enkindle the missionary spirit in the Diocese of Bridgeport by opening a Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Stamford whose purpose is to prepare priests for missionary work anywhere in the world — from China to Europe and from Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Exactly 200 years ago this Christmas Eve—Dec. 24, 1818—in a little church in what is now Austria, the world heard for the first time a poem set to music that eventually would be hailed as one of the most popular and beloved Christmas carols of all Read More ››
TAMPA—Over the three-day National Conference for Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM) in Tampa, Fla., Emma Ryder, coordinator for The Face of Prayer, met with seven new catechists to answer questions posed by young people about the Church and their faith. The new faces coming to the site Read More ››
WASHINGTON—On January 14, 2019, thousands of Catholics across the country will join in prayer for “9 Days for Life.” The prayer campaign, sponsored by the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, leads up to the annual Day of Prayer for Read More ››
NEWTOWN—Third graders at St. Rose School in Newtown have partnered with River Glen Health Care Center in Southbury to do various pen pal activities together. “It gives us a wonderful opportunity to practice writing friendly letters, which unfortunately is becoming a lost art in the digital Read More ››
NEWTOWN—An ocean and 3,000 miles separated two Catholic priests in Newtown, Conn., and Dunblane, Scotland, but they were brought together in faith, friendship and suffering by the terrible tragedies they shared.
The bond that developed between Msgr. Robert Weiss, pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church in Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Last week the Diocese of Bridgeport announced the appointment of a lay “parish life coordinator” in the parish of St. Anthony of Padua.
Dr. Eleanor Sauers has been placed in charge of the day-to-day administration of the parish, following the untimely death of the parish’s former pastor, Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University will enter into an agreement with Verizon and Alley, for the creation, management and operation of an innovative coworking space at SHU’s West Campus, formerly corporate headquarters for General Electric, in Fairfield, Conn. This new partnership, called Alley powered by Verizon, will be Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—On Friday, December 7, Notre Dame High School in Fairfield celebrated their second annual “Our Lady Day.” This was an all-day event celebrating our Blessed Mother, after whom our school is named, and the ND mission of building character, faith and intellect. Coming a day before the Feast of Read More ››
TRUMBULL—St. Theresa Church in Trumbull recently launched its new youth group comprised of 13 high schoolers committed to serving God through charitable works in the community. Under the guidance of Karen Lannigan, director of youth ministry at St. Theresa, and Father Brian Gannon, pastor, the goal Read More ››
KENTUCKY—The great Thomas Merton died 50 years ago today, and I can’t let this moment pass without sharing once again this reflection of his, which seems perfect for Advent and speaks to the times in which we live:
“Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is absolutely Read More ››
SHELTON—St. Joseph Church in Shelton welcomed in the Advent season with a Lessons and Carols concert on Saturday, December 8 at 7 pm.
The concert featured festive seasonal hymns accompanied by readings from the books of Isaiah, Matthew, Luke and John presented by members of the parish.
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WASHINGTON—Just last year, Catholics were required to attend separate Masses two days in a row for the Sunday obligation and Monday’s Christmas Mass. Now, they have a similar opportunity this year with the feast of the Immaculate Conception falling on a Saturday—Dec. 8.
The vigil Mass on Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—The annual unveiling of the Vatican’s Christmas tree and Nativity scene brought some much-needed warmth to people’s hearts as winter approached.
Hundreds of people in St. Peter’s Square Dec. 7 applauded as white curtains unfurled, revealing a 52-foot wide artistic representation of Jesus’ birth made entirely Read More ››
NORWALK—On November 14, the faithful joined Fr. John Connaughton and seminarians of the diocese to spend an hour in Adoration of Jesus, and to pray for vocations at St. Ladislaus Church in Norwalk.
“It was an amazing Holy Hour, a grace-filled night. The church was filled to Read More ››
FAIRFIELD – On Sunday, December 2, Holy Cross Church in Fairfield was full of family and friends who gathered for the annual Mass Celebrating People with Special Needs, hosted by Saint Catherine Center for Special Needs.
“Even though it is just the first Sunday of Advent… today Read More ››
DANBURY—Each year, a child from Upper Austria fetches a light from the grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The light is carried in two blast-proof miners’ lamps on an Austrian Airlines jet from Tel Aviv, Israel to Vienna, Austria from where it is distributed at a Read More ››
DANBURY—The Immaculate High School Mustangs had a tremendous Fall season, including winning the State titles for the Field Hockey and Girls and Boys Cross Country teams. Seven out of the eight Fall athletic teams qualified for State Tournaments, and the season produced three State championship wins, Read More ››
NEWTOWN—St. Rose School’s Advanced Math Club has been awarded the Silver Level Award for the 9th consecutive year by the National Math Club and the MATHCOUNTS. This level award is given for the submission of problem-solving work a club does over the first three months of Read More ››
NORWALK— Low notes of chanting reverberated through the beautifully ornate St. Mary’s Church in Norwalk for a Sunday evening “Lessons and Carols,” as a prayerful and reverent way to welcome in the Season of Advent.
On this First Sunday of Advent, December 2, over 100 people including Read More ››
WESTPORT—On Sunday, November 18, Emma Ryder, coordinator of The Face of Prayer, visited the sixth and seventh-grade religious education classes at the Church of the Assumption in Westport. The week’s lesson was focused on fear, anxiety and stress. Using resources from www.thefaceofprayer.com, Ryder developed a brief Read More ››
REDDING—Now in its fourth year, the St. Patrick’s Youth Group has completed 40 missions.
The group began in 2015 with 15 members and has grown to 36 “Youthies” that are in grades 9-12.
The focus of the group has been serving those in need around the community and Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—The most wonderful time of the year is here and Fairfield University will add to the merriment with its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 6 at 6:15 p.m. outside the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola. The event is free and open to the public.
Historically a Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University will host a collaborative regional conference on the Catholic intellectual tradition for universities in April 2020 through a grant from the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts.
The Lilly Fellows Program seeks to renew and enhance the connections between Christianity and the Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Fifty-five years ago on a lazy Saturday afternoon, Debbie Moye’s neighbor started her on a journey that changed her life forever and led her down a new spiritual path.
As journeys go, it was a short one — a simple stroll down the streets of Bridgeport, from Read More ››
NORWALK—Norwalk’s Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 has many traditions but helping veterans and children in need is at the top of the list.
The council began the Holiday on Thanksgiving Eve by leading the Rosary during the 24 hours of adoration then they celebrated Mass Read More ››
BRISTOL — More than 500 men, including a delegation from the Diocese of Bridgeport, recently attended the 11th annual Catholic Men’s Conference at St. Paul High School.
The conference, whose theme was “Go Into the Whole World,” featured the Rev. Bill Casey of the Congregation of the Read More ››
MONROE—More than 300 people turned out Saturday, November 17 to pay tribute to one of the most beloved graduates of St. Joseph High School, the late Father John Baran, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua, who was described as a gifted homilist and spiritual leader who Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—As the rich get richer, the increasing misery and cries of the poor are ignored every day, Pope Francis said.
“We Christians cannot stand with arms folded in indifference” or thrown up in the air in helpless resignation, the pope said in his homily Nov. 18, Read More ››
WESTON—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano delivered a somber message about the abuse of power within the Church at the Mass of Hope, Healing and Reconciliation at St. Francis of Assisi Church held on Sunday in Weston.
“There is one thing at the root of all the sins suffered by Read More ››
Saint Mary Parish, Bethel: Mr. Eric & Mrs. Kathleen Keener
Nominated by Reverend Corey Piccinino, Pastor
Saint Mary School, Bethel: Ms. MaryGert McCollam
Nominated by Mr. Greg Viceroy, Principal
Blessed Sacrament Parish, Bridgeport: Ms. Ina Mariano
Nominated by Reverend Joseph J. Karcsinski, Parochial Administrator
Blessed Sacrament Parish, Bridgeport: Ms. Balbina Ortiz
Nominated by Read More ››
STAMFORD—On the Monday after Thanksgiving, Trinity Catholic High School students will get an extra day at home. Not to be confused with a vacation, the high schoolers will work on their assignments remotely during what’s being called a “digital day.” Meanwhile, at school, classrooms will be Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“My friends, we have come here today because those of you who are being honored are being honored not simply because of all the good that you do, as important as that is, not simply because of the witness you give, as important as that is, Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—“I am tremendously proud of our entire school community for rallying around this event each year. Knowing that hundreds of lives will be touched in one way or another today is fantastic. Today’s a great example of ND fulfilling our mission to build character, faith and Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School invites the public to attend a special Christmas Concert and Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, December 2 at 4:00pm.
The free event, A Very Immaculate Christmas,will feature seasonal performances by Immaculate’s A Capella group, Mixed and Concert Choirs, Guitar Ensemble and Concert Band, as Read More ››
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 ››