Monthly Newspaper • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT

Articles By: Elizabeth Clyons

Vatican releases book commemorating pope’s prayer

VATICAN CITY—One year ago, Pope Francis stood in a rain-drenched, empty St. Peter’s Square praying for God’s comfort as the world began experiencing the growing severity of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Vatican is commemorating that event with a book of texts and images “encapsulating the meaning of that extraordinary moment of prayer,” the Dicastery for Communication said in a March 24 press release.

The English version of the book titled, “Why are You Afraid? Have You No Faith?” is jointly published by the Vatican publishing house and Our Sunday Visitor.

The book includes Pope Francis’ recent reflections about that evening and what was going through his mind.

He said he thought about “the empty square, people united at a distance,” and about the sculpture in the square of a boat carrying migrants, which made him think how “we are all on the boat.”

“The whole drama is in front of the boat: the plague, the loneliness, in silence,” and he thought about how “everything was united: the people, the boat and everyone’s suffering,” he said.

Even though the square was completely empty of people due to the nationwide shelter-in-place order, he said, Jesus and Mary were present, which he wanted symbolized by displaying the “Miraculous Crucifix” from Rome’s Church of St. Marcellus and the icon of “Salus Populi Romani” (health of the Roman people) from the Basilica of St. Mary Major.

And, he said, “I was in contact with the people. There was no moment I was alone.”

When asked what gave him strength and hope during the intense moments of the hourlong prayer and blessing, the pope said, “Kissing the feet of the crucified Christ always gives me hope.”

“He knows what it means to walk, and he knows all about quarantine because they put two nails there to keep him there,” he said.

“Jesus’ feet are a compass for people’s lives, when to walk and when to stand still. The Lord’s feet are very touching for me,” the pope said.

New FEMA Program offers relief for COVID-related Funeral Expenses

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program is providing financial assistance of up to $9,000 for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred between January 20, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

To be eligible for the assistance, you need to meet the following conditions:

  • The death must have occurred in the U.S., including the US territories and the District of Columbia.
  • The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, noncitizen national or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020. (There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a US citizen, noncitizen national or qualified alien.)

FEMA states they will reimburse families up to $9,000 for COVID-related funeral and burial costs. It isn’t yet clear what factors will determine who is able to receive the full amount, or a portion of the available funds.

Before applications open up in April, FEMA recommends those who may be eligible gather the following documentation:

  • An official death certificate that attributes the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the U.S., including the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. (You can get one by contacting the state or county vital records office. Sometimes a cemetery, funeral home, or a third-party provider can also request this for you.)
  • Funeral expenses documents (receipts, cemetery contract, funeral home contract, etc.) that include the applicant’s name, the deceased person’s name, the amount of funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses happened.
  • Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. FEMA is not able to duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government agencies or other sources.

Find out more information about this program directly at the FEMA website.

The Catholic Cemeteries Office of the Diocese of Bridgeport is available to assist with any burial information required to file for this assistance, as well as discuss and plan for your future needs.

(For more information visit: bridgeportdiocese.org/fema.)

Celebrating Social-Emotional Learning

BRIDGEPORT—World Social-Emotional Learning Day is March 26, and the Catholic Academy of Bridgeport is celebrating the event with specially planned activities.

This morning, March 25, Pre-K-3rd grade students had a special Zoom with award-winning children’s musician and yoga and mindfulness expert Kira Willey, who read from her books Breathe Like A Bear and Peaceful Like A Panda. She also taught students new mindfulness techniques and participated in a Q&A. Everyone who participated in the Zoom will receive one of Willey’s books.

On March 26, older students in grades 4-8 will Zoom with mindfulness expert Missy Brown, founder of “Deep Play for Kids,” who will teach SEL techniques and coping strategies. These students will receive the book All Because You Matter.

The Catholic Academy of Bridgeport is especially grateful to the Tauck Family Foundation for helping to make all of this possible!

The Catholic Academy of Bridgeport provides a Christ-centered, academically rigorous learning environment where cultural diversity is welcomed, Catholic values taught and all faiths celebrated. Students are nurtured, encouraged and challenged in preparation for a successful life of leadership and service.

(For more information visit: www.catholicacademybridgeport.org.)

Follow the example of St. Joseph

BROOKFIELD—”Be a person of action and follow the example set by St. Joseph,” was the message shared with everyone at the Solemnity of St. Joseph Mass at his patron church in Brookfield.

“Nowhere in the Gospels do we ever hear Joseph say anything but he is a man of action,” said Pastor Father George O’Neill, referring to Joseph’s obedience to take Mary as his wife as the angel instructed him to do.

“Just like God had a plan for Joseph, God has a plan for each one of us,” Father O’Neill said. “He wants us to be upright and righteous. He wants us to follow the law and observe the commandments.”

St. Joseph parish and parishes throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport celebrated Mass concurrently to consecrate the diocese to the protection and intercession of St. Joseph, the Patron of the Universal Church.

“St. Joseph may have been a simple carpenter who did not amount to much during his life but today he is venerated as one of the greatest saints in the church,” Father O’Neill said, encouraging everyone to heed St. Joseph’s example.

“God gives us dreams and he speaks to us through those dreams,” Father O’Neill said, adding that although we may never see the fruits of our labor, it is important to do what is right. He implored the congregation to pray to St. Joseph for guidance.

“Let him guide us and help us open our hearts to God’s plan, God’s will for us in our lives. That we may be upright and righteous. That we may be women and men after God’s will,” O’Neill said.

Parishioner Suzanne Holko was one of the many people who came out to celebrate this special Mass to the parish’s patron saint.

“We can all learn so much about our faith and the only way to do it is to keep coming to church,” she said, adding that the message of the homily, to take action, resonated with her.

“We all need to do our part in reaching out to others and being the Christian God would hope us to be.”

“Let God speak to you in your dreams,” Father O’Neill said, adding and like Joseph, “let us get up and do.”

Deacon Vincent Heidenreich, 79

Deacon Vincent J. Heidenreich of Greenwich passed away on Monday, March 22 at the age of 79.

“It is with great sadness I must inform you of the death of Deacon Heidenreich. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon Vincent and for the consolation of his family,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.

Deacon Vince was ordained a deacon for the Diocese of Bridgeport in 1990 and since that time had been assigned to St. Catherine pastoral staff. He also served as the property manager for St. Catherine.

Vincent J. Heidenreich was born in Pittsburgh on June 15, 1943. His father was a general practitioner and his mother a nurse. He is the eldest of twelve, seven boys and five girls. He was educated in parochial schools, grade, high and at The Catholic University of America.

Deacon Vince spent 35 years in the pharmaceutical industry. One of his earlier promotions to pharmaceutical marketing management prompted the relocation of his family to Greenwich in July 1978, and first joined St. Catherine of Siena Parish.

In 1983, he joined the healthcare division of BBDO on Madison Ave., supervising the development of prescription-drug advertising. His last eleven years in the industry were as advertising head at Bayer Pharmaceutical. He retired from Bayer in November 2000.

Deacon Vince served as director of Religious Education at Notre Dame Parish in Easton from 2001-2011. He was very involved in marriage-preparation work for the diocese and for the parish. Among the joys of his diaconal service, Deacon Heidenreich identified the privilege of presiding at the weddings of his son, Vincent, Jr. and daughter, Beth, the baptizing of grandchildren and his many grandnieces and grandnephews in Pittsburgh.

On Friday, March 26, visitation will take place at St. Catherine of Siena Church located at 4 Riverside Avenue in Riverside from 9:30-10:30 am. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will be the Celebrant for the Funeral Mass at 11 am following visitation. The Funeral Mass will be live-streamed and that link will be available on the parish website.

Those interested in attending in-person, please register at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094EAFAE2AA4F58-funeral1  

Condolences may be sent to: The Heidenreich Family c/o  St. Catherine of Siena Parish4 Riverside Avenue Riverside, CT 06878.

Click here for Greenwich Time obituary.

Vaccinations lead to ‘busy and joyous day’ at St. Charles

BRIDGEPORT—Approximately 100 Bridgeport residents received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna) today through a joint effort between St. Vincent’s Medical Center and the Diocese of Bridgeport.

St. Vincent’s Medical set up a mobile a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for St. Charles Borromeo Church parishioners at the nearby McGivney Community Center, which share the East Side location with the parish.

Parishioners pre-registered for the event, which was held from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. St. Vincent’s will also provide virtual registrars who help additional parishioners to make an appointment online.

“Our mission as a Catholic Church is to save souls and lives,” said Father Abelardo Vasquez, administrator, St. Charles Borromeo Church. “Today, there was a great response from the community.”

Bill Hoey, vice president of Mission Integration at St. Vincent’s Medical Center/Hartford HealthCare Fairfield Region, said that since its founding in 1903, St. Vincent’s Medical Center has a history of bringing much needed medical services into the community.

“As part of the Bridgeport Diocese, we are eager to bring the vaccine to parishioners of Catholic Churches located in areas of Bridgeport that have disproportionately low rates of vaccination,” he said.

Hoey said the event, and others like it, is part of a concerted effort to eliminate barriers to access and achieve more equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Father Abelardo said the clinic made it possible “to help four different communities with these vaccines,” explained Father Abelardo, referring to the Haitian, Hispanic, Portuguese and African American communities who all attend St. Charles Borromeo Church.

Father Abelardo explained that there was originally some hesitation surrounding the vaccine, because it is so new, but that he was able to make personal phone calls and speak about the importance of getting vaccinated at Mass.

“Once we were working from the pulpit, parishioners were able to trust that the vaccine can be trusted,” Father Abelardo said.

“The response has been overwhelmingly positive, says Lorraine Gibbons, executive director of the Cardinal Shehan Center and McGivney Community Center, “from members of the church, the McGivney staff who were vaccinated, to the general public.”

“Individuals were excited and truly looking forward to being vaccinated, she said, explaining that she received text messages from individuals who saw the media coverage and wanted to learn how they could go about being vaccinated. “The vaccine clinic was a true community partnership with the church, the diocese, Hartford Healthcare-St. Vincent’s Medical Center and a local Community Center, to help provide access to an underrepresented community that is often overlooked- for this I’m truly grateful!”

“Working in community with St. Vincent’s and Hartford Health, we were able to distribute these vaccines to the parish community, and we are so grateful for that,” said Father Abelardo. “It was a very busy day, but it was a joyous one.”

Bishop promulgates new Parish Administrative Manual 

BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese of Bridgeport has released its new Parish Administrative Manual, a guide to the key processes and procedures required for use in the day-to-day and long-term operations of parishes.

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano formally promulgated the new Parish Administrative Manual in a decree issued on March 19, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary. The manual was issued ad experimentum, effective for one year.

“I am pleased to present the final Parish Administrative Manual which applies to all parishes and quasi parishes of the Diocese of Bridgeport,” said Bishop Caggiano. “I pray that it will help us become the loving family of God’s people who rejoice not only in our holy work but in the companionship of those who work with us.”

The bishop thanked pastors and administrators who provided valuable input, feedback and changes that have been incorporated within the manual.

In his decree, the bishop states that over the past year the curial offices of the Diocese of Bridgeport have spent much effort to revise the manual “in order to offer necessary enhancement and updates for the best practices need for proper and transparent administration of parish resources.”

The new manual replaces the original Parish Administration and Finance Manual promulgated by Bishop William E. Lori, Fourth Bishop of Bridgeport on February 15, 2008. Since that date, parish administrators have been served by the valuable provisions the manual offered, the bishop said in his decree.

Deacon Patrick Toole, episcopal vicar for administration, who coordinated the effort, said the manual serves as a baseline for administrative processes at the parish which are mandated by the diocese.

The 141-page manual provides parishes with direction and support on several topics including Safe Environments, Employment and Personnel, Sacramental Records, Parish Governance and Legal Administration, Communications, Technology and Development.

Deacon Toole said a general calendar follows the table of contents in section one and provides an overview of key dates. A checklist is also included at the beginning of each section to highlight salient points in the narrative that follows.

Click here to view the new Parish Administrative Manual.

ARISE video offers message of hope and challenge

BRIDGEPORT—The new “ARISE” video celebrating the 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) is now available online.

The four-minute video, captures the faces of the faithful in churches, schools, and social service settings throughout the diocese, and features an impassioned call to action by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano who thanks those who have already given and urges us all to participate.

After a difficult year for the people of the diocese, the bishop begins the video on a note of great hope:

“I come to you, my friends, with real joyful hope because as this pandemic begins to recede, you and I are given this wonderful opportunity, creatively and imaginatively, to set our Church on a path of growth by offering new initiatives and new opportunities to engage our young people,” the bishop says as he was filmed at St. Augustine Cathedral.

In his interview remarks for the video, the bishop said that the ACA is crucial this year, not only because it helps the diocese address the ongoing needs of those most affected by the pandemic, but also because this year’s ACA is providing seed money for many through the “Eucharistic Call to Renewal” initiatives outlined in the Bishop’s recent Pastoral Exhortation, “Let Us Enter the Upper Room with Our Lord.”

The Bishop challenges us all to “become Ambassadors of Christ,” and to join in the renewal underway by engaging in prayer and giving generously to the ACA.

The bishop asks for prayers and describes this year’s ACA, and urges the faithful “not to lose this unique moment to aid our sisters and brothers in need, and place our Church on the path of growth and renewal.”

The video was produced by Brian Russell of Fairfield, Director of Red Shoe Film. Pam Rittman, Director of the Annual Catholic Appeal, served as consultant and coordinated the filming with Red Shoe Film.

Please make your pledge online at www.2021ACABridgeport.com or call 203.416.1470. You may also donate by texting the word APPEAL to 475.241.7849 to make your pledge. Please visit the website to view the 2021 Appeal video and learn more.

St. Mark 8th-grader working FASTER to find a food allergy cure

STRATFORD—Shaelyn Averaimo, an eighth-grade student at St. Mark School in Stratford, recently met with Senator Chris Murphy and Senator Richard Blumenthal’s office about passing the Food Allergy Safety Treatment Education & Research (FASTER) Act.

According to Shaelyn, the FASTER Act would ensure food ingredients are listed in “plain” wording and allocate more money towards research and development for a food allergy cure.

Shaelyn has a life-threatening food allergy and is a strong advocate for herself and other young people like her. She is a Teen Advisory Group (TAG) member for Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the world’s largest private funder of food allergy research. Shaelyn works on youth projects, creates content for the company’s website, and serves as a leader at national events.

She recently attended Courage at Congress 2021, FARE’s second annual advocacy event on March 8-10. The three-day event was a virtual gathering this year, allowing more members of the community to have their voices heard by key members of Congress and work on passing H.R. 1202, the FASTER Act.

The bill would update allergen labeling laws to include sesame and would require the federal government to analyze the most promising research opportunities to help scientists develop more effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure for food allergies.

“More than 1.5 million people are allergic to sesame, yet it is not required to be included on any product labels,” shares Shaelyn. “We will not stop advocating for this critical piece of legislation until we get sesame labeled.”

Shaelyn adds, “Also, 32 million people suffer from food allergies, but there is only one FDA-approved treatment, and it only helps those with peanut allergy. We must collect national data on Americans’ exposure to food allergens and prevalence of food allergies to specific allergens.”

In 2020, the FASTER Act passed the United States House of Representatives on November 17 and the United States Senate on December 9. Due to some minor changes in the bill in the Senate, it needed to go back to the House for a final vote. Unfortunately, the legislative clock ran out.

In February 2021, the bill was reintroduced and on March 3, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the FASTER Act, moving the legislation one step closer to law.

Shaelyn suggests, “If you live with a food allergy or have a loved one with a food allergy, please contact your Representative, ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 1202 and pass it.  Also, please contact your Senator and let them know that more needs to be done by way of funding and research to protect over 32 million people from life-threatening food allergies.”

Next fall, Shaelyn will be attending Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden where she hopes to join the Track Team, the Drama Club and focus on Science, Mandarin, and making new friends.  She also hopes to continue to advocate for food allergy awareness when the opportunity presents itself.

For more information, please visit Shaelyn’s Instagram Account (shaeallergy07) and website (www.nowheyshae.com), both dedicated to food allergy awareness.

Centers of Mercy open throughout the diocese

BRIDGEPORT—Parish Centers of Mercy are now open throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport to offer expanded and evening Confession times along with new Eucharistic Adoration opportunities.

The bishop called for the opening of Centers of Mercy as an important step in renewing the diocese and the welcoming people back to Church in his Pastoral Exhortation, “Let us Enter the Upper Room with the Lord.”

“An essential ingredient in the spiritual and pastoral revival of every community of faith is fostering ever greater availability to the Sacrament of Penance,” said Bishop Caggiano in making available the complete list of Confession and Adoration schedules.

“Before we invite others to experience the liberating word of God’s forgiveness, should we not take this privileged time to relearn how to examine our conscience, admit our sinfulness and seek the forgiveness of our sins through the Sacrament of Penance?” he said.

The bishop said he recognized that the pandemic has created obstacles for many who wish to approach the Sacrament of Penance and to participate in Eucharistic Adoration.

For that reason, he re-established and expanded the Centers of Mercy that were originally opened in the diocese during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy (2015).

The bishop thanked the nine priests who are serving as deans (representing the territorial and pastoral boundaries of the diocese) and to all priests who will be hearing Confessions.

“As we begin our efforts to overcome the debilitating effects of the pandemic and to seize this moment as a time for spiritual and pastoral renewal, I wish to express my thanks for your consideration of this opportunity to serve the faithful of your parish and deanery,” he said.

The designated Centers of Mercy, along with the parishes already offering the Sacrament of Penance throughout the diocese, will observe every protocol needed to maintain the safety of penitent and priest alike.

(For a complete list of parish Confession and Adoration schedules, visit the new Call to Renewal page on the diocesan website: www.bridgeportdiocese.org/call-to-renewal.)

Deanery A – Queen of Peace (Bridgeport)

Centers of Mercy
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Saint Augustine Cathedral
Confessions (English and Vietnamese): Monday through Thursday from 11:15 – 11:55 AM (English) • Wednesday from 6:15 – 7:00 PM (English) • Sunday before and following 2:30 PM mass (Vietnamese)
Eucharistic Adoration: Monday through Friday from 11:00 AM – 12:00PM

Saint Charles Borromeo
Confessions (English, French Creole, Portuguese & Spanish): Thursday from 7:30 – 9:00 PM • Saturday from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 3:00 – 4:00 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: Thursday after 7:00 PM Mass • First Saturday of the month after 8:00AM Mass until 1:00 PM

Other Parishes
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

The Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Bridgeport
Confessions (English and Spanish): Saturday from 3:00 – 4:00 PM • Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 – 6:30 PM (English) • Wednesday from 6:00 – 6:30 PM (Spanish)
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the month from 5:30 – 6:00 PM

Our Lady of Fatima, Bridgeport
Confessions (Portuguese): Saturday from 5:00 – 5:45 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the month from 5:00 – 5:45 PM • First & Third Wednesday from 12:00 – 1:00 PM (Portuguese)

Saint Andrew, Bridgeport
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 – 3:45 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: Following one mass, once a month, please call for schedule

Saint Ann, Bridgeport
Confessions (English and Spanish): Monday through Friday from 8:30 – 9:00 AM • Saturday from 3:00 – 3:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Monday through Friday from 8:30 – 9:00 AM

Saints Cyril and Methodius, Bridgeport
Confessions (English and French): Sunday, thirty minutes before every Mass • First Friday of the month from 5:15 – 5:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the month from 5:00 – 5:45 PM

Saint George, Bridgeport
Confessions (English and Spanish): Monday through Friday after 8:00 AM Mass • Saturday from 5:00 – 6:00 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday before 8:00 AM Mass • Thursday from 6:30 – 7:00 PM

Saint Margaret Shrine, Bridgeport
Confessions (English and Italian): Monday through Saturday following the 8:15 AM Mass • Saturday at 3:00 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Saint Mary, Bridgeport
Confessions (English and Spanish): Saturday from 3:00 – 3:30 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Adoration Chapel open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Saint Michael the Archangel, Bridgeport
Confessions (English and Polish): Monday through Friday from 7:30 -7:55 AM Sunday before every Mass • Wednesday evening from 8:30 – 8:55 PM • Saturday from 3:30 – 3:45 PM • First Friday of the month from 6:00 – 6:55 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30 – 6:55 AM • First Friday of the month from 6:00 – 7:00 PM • First Saturday of the month from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Deanery B – Mystical Rose (Shelton, Stratford)

Centers of Mercy
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Saint James, Stratford
Confessions (English): Saturday from 12:15 – 1:30 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Drive-up only, held 24/7

Saint Lawrence, Shelton (Huntington)
Confessions (English): Saturday from 4:00 – 4:45 PM • Sunday from 11:00 – 11:30 AM
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Saint Mark, Stratford
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Friday from 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Other Parishes
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Holy Name of Jesus, Stratford
Confessions (English): Wednesday from 12:10 – 1:00 PM • Saturday from 3:30 – 4:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Wednesday from 12:10 – 1:00 PM • Saturday from 3:30 – 4:45 PM

Our Lady of Grace, Stratford
Confessions (English): Saturday from 1:15 – 2:15 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Friday from 1:00 – 3:00 PM (during Lent)

Our Lady of Peace, Stratford
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:15 – 4:00 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesday from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM • Saturday from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Saint Joseph, Shelton
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesday from 1:00 – 7:00 PM • Friday from 1:00 – 7:00 PM

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, Shelton
Confessions (English): Tuesday from 6:00 – 7:00 PM • Friday from 4:40 – 5:15 PM • Saturday from 3:00 – 3:45 PM

Deanery C – Queen of Martyrs (Monroe, Newtown, Trumbull)

Centers of Mercy
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Saint Catherine of Siena, Trumbull
Confessions (English): Tuesday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM • Saturday from 3:30 – 4:30 PM (or by appointment)
During Lent: Tuesday from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM
During Lent: 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Saint Theresa, Trumbull
Confessions (English): Thursday from 7:00 – 8:30 PM • Friday from 7:30 – 8:00 AM & 4:30 – 5:30 PM • Saturday from 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

Other Parishes
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Christ the King, Trumbull
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 – 4:30 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: Monday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Saint Jude, Monroe
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 – 3:30 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the Month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Saint Rose of Lima, Newtown
Confessions (English): Thursday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM • Saturday from 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Thursday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM • First Friday from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Saint Stephen, Trumbull
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:30 – 4:30 (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: Friday from 9:30 – 10:30 AM (During Lent)

Deanery D – Our Lady, Queen of Confessors (Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, Sherman)

Centers of Mercy
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Saint Joseph, Brookfield
Confessions (English): Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM • Saturday from 4:00 – 4:45 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Other Parishes
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Holy Trinity, Sherman
Confessions (English): By appointment only

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Danbury
Confessions (English and Portuguese): Friday from 6:00 – 7:00 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: Friday from 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Our Lady of Aparecida, Danbury
Confessions (English and Portuguese): Saturday from 3:30 – 4:30 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: Friday from 5:00 – 6:30 PM

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Danbury
Confessions (Spanish): Saturday from 5:00 – 6:15 PM

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Danbury
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Monday to Friday from 8:00 – 8:30 AM • Friday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Saint Edward the Confessor, New Fairfield
Confessions (English): Thursday from 9:30 – 10:15 AM • Saturday from 3:15 – 3:45 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: Second Sunday of the month from 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Saint Gregory the Great, Danbury
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 – 3:45 PM • Sunday from 11:00 – 11:45 AM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: Friday from 8:30 – 9:15 AM

Saint Joseph, Danbury
Confessions (English): Friday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM • Saturday from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 3:00 – 3:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Friday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, Brookfield
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:30 – 4:15 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: None presently, Adoration Chapel suspended Due to Covid-19

Saint Mary, Bethel
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 – 4:00 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the month from 12:00 – 9:00 PM

Saint Peter, Danbury
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:30 – 4:30 PM (English) • Sunday from 4:00 – 4:45 PM (Spanish) (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the month from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Deanery E – Seat of Wisdom (Georgetown, Redding Ridge, Ridgefield, Weston, Wilton)

Centers of Mercy
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Saint Francis of Assisi, Weston
Confessions (English): Saturday from 4:00 – 4:45 PM • Sunday from 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Wednesday from 3:00 – 8:00 PM (in the main church)

Other Parishes
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Our Lady of Fatima, Wilton
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 PM

Sacred Heart/Saint Patrick, Redding Ridge
Confessions (English): Saturday from 4:30 – 5:00 PM

Saint Elizabeth Seton, Ridgefield
Confessions (English): Saturday from 4:30 – 5:00 PM

Saint Mary, Ridgefield
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 – 4:00 PM • Tuesday from 4:00 – 4:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Deanery F – Queen Assumed into Heaven (Easton, Fairfield, Westport)

Centers of Mercy
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Our Lady of the Assumption, Fairfield
Confessions (English): Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM • Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM • First Friday of the month from 8:00 AM Friday to 7:15 AM Saturday

St. Pius X, Fairfield
Confessions (English): Wednesday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM • Saturday from 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesday from 8:00 – 9:00 PM

Saint Thomas Aquinas, Fairfield
Confessions (English): Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:30 PM • Saturday from 4:00 – 4:45 PM

Other Parishes
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

The Church of the Assumption, Westport
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:30 – 4:15 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Holy Cross, Fairfield
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:45 – 4:15 PM

Holy Family and Saint Emery, Fairfield
Confessions (English): By appointment only
Eucharistic Adoration: Available before all weekday & weekend masses

Notre Dame, Easton
Confessions (English): Saturday from 4:15 – 4:45 PM

Saint Anthony of Padua, Fairfield
Confessions (English): by appointment only

Saint Luke, Westport
Confessions (English): Saturday from 4:30 – 5:15 PM

Deanery G – Mother of Divine Grace (Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk)

Centers of Mercy
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

St. Thomas More, Darien
Confession (English): Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM • Saturday from 3:45 – 4:15 PM • Sunday from 8:15 – 8:45 Am & 4:45 – 5:15 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM • First Friday of the Month from 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Other Parishes
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Saint Aloysius, New Canaan
Confessions (English): Saturday from 4:00 – 4:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Friday from 7:30 – 8:30 PM • Thursday from 12:00 – 5:15 PM (During Lent)

Saint Jerome, Norwalk
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 – 3:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Daily from 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Saint John, Darien
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 – 4:00 PM • Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM (During Advent and Lent)
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the Month from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM • Friday from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (During Advent and Lent)

Saint Joseph – Saint Ladislaus, Norwalk
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 – 3:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Thursday from 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Saint Mary, Norwalk
Confession (English): Monday through Friday from 11:00 – 11:55 AM • Saturday from 3:00 – 3:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Wednesday from 1:00 – 4:00 PM • Friday from 7:30 – 11:30 AM

Saint Matthew, Norwalk
Confession (English): Saturday from 2:45 – 3:30 PM • First Tuesday of the Month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: First Tuesday of the Month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM • First Friday of the Month from 1:00 – 7:00 PM

Saint Phillip, Norwalk
Confession (English): Saturday from 4:00 – 4:30 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the Month from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Saint Thomas the Apostle, Norwalk
Confessions (English): Saturday from 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Monday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM • First Friday of the Month from 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Deanery H – Cause of Our Joy (Stamford)

Centers of Mercy
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Holy Spirit, Stamford
Confessions (English): Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:30 PM • Tuesday from 7:00 – 9:00 PM (During Lent and Advent)

Other Parishes
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Holy Name of Jesus, Stamford
Confessions (English): Fridays from 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Our Lady, Star of the Sea
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:30 – 4:00 PM

Sacred Heart
Confessions (English): Saturday from 2:45 – 3:45 PM (or by appointment)

Saint Bridget of Ireland
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 – 3:30 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the month from 8:00 PM – Midnight

Saint Clement
Confessions (English): Saturday at 4:00 (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the month from 8:00 – 9:00 AM

Saint Cecilia, Stamford
Confessions (English): Wednesday from 7:30 – 9:00 PM

Saint John the Evangelist, Stamford
Confessions (English): Thursday from 7:00 -8:00 PM

Deanery I – Mary, Mother of the Church (Greenwich)

Centers of Mercy
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Saint Mary, Greenwich
Confessions (English): Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:30 PM • Saturday from 2:45 – 3:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the month from 12:30 – 5:00 PM

Other Parishes
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Sacred Heart
Confessions: By appointment only

Saint Catherine of Siena and Saint Agnes, Riverside
Confessions (English): First Saturday of the month from 3:00 – 4:00 PM at Saint Agnes (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

Saint Michael the Archangel
Confessions (English): Wednesday from 9:30 – 10:30 AM & 7:00 – 8:00 PM • Saturday from 3:15 – 3:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Wednesday from 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM

Saint Paul
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 – 3:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the month following the 9:00 AM Mass

Saint Roch
Confessions (English): Saturday from 4:00 – 4:30 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the month from 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Bishop will consecrate diocese to St. Joseph Tonight, 7 pm

BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will consecrate the Diocese of Bridgeport to the protection and intercession of St. Joseph, the Patron of the Universal Church, at a Pontifical Mass live-streamed from St. Augustine’s Cathedral in Bridgeport on Friday, March 19, 7 pm.

The consecration Mass will begin at 6:30 pm with a Rosary led by Bishop Caggiano. In addition to the thousands expected to view the live-streamed Mass, the cathedral will allow for limited in-person attendance consistent with social distancing and mask requirements.

The bishop has also invited pastors throughout the diocese to celebrate Mass at the same time in order to link the diocese together in prayer and purpose.

In his recent Pastoral Exhortation, “Let us Enter the Upper Room with the Lord,” the bishop said he chose the Solemnity of St. Joseph to launch the “Call to Renewal” because St. Joseph, the righteous one, is being honored this year throughout the Church.

“For he was a man well acquainted with unexpected change, having his life upended by visits from the Archangel Gabriel and flight into an unknown land. Yet, it was his courage, strength of faith and quiet perseverance that allowed him to overcome the challenges the Holy Family faced. He quietly and faithfully guided and protected the Lord Jesus and our Lady until his death.

The bishop said a plenary indulgence will be available for all those who participate in either the diocesan or parish celebrations. The spiritual requirements needed to receive this extraordinary grace will be published shortly. As we begin this journey of renewal.

“I can think of no better guide and protector to whom we can entrust our journey than St. Joseph. May he help us quietly and faithfully to fulfill the work that lies before us,” the bishop said.

Pope Francis proclaimed the special year in observance of the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being named Patron of the Universal Church by Blessed Pius IX. The pontiff also issued an Apostolic Letter titled Patris corde, (“With a Father’s Heart”) in order “to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal.”

The foster-father of the Son of God, Pope Francis says, was “a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father, a father who is creatively courageous, a working father…a father in the shadows.”

The year dedicated to St. Joseph, which runs until March 2022, will have a calendar of events centered on the different titles by which the saint is known, such as Hope of the Sick, Patron of Workers, Comforter of the Afflicted, Protector of the Church, Patron of the Dying, Head of the Holy Family and Protector of Families.

(This pontifical Mass will be live-streamed on our diocesan website homepage: www.bridgeportdiocese.org. The live-stream can also be accessed on our diocesan Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BridgeportDiocese and youtube channel: www.youtube.com/c/BridgeportDiocese.)

Trumbull Prayer Group prepares for Consecration to St. Joseph

TRUMBULL—As Catholics worldwide begin the observance of the Year of St. Joseph, a group of local parishioners gathered weekly in preparation for a special consecration to this Patron of the Universal Church.

Father Terrence Walsh, pastor of Christ the King Church in Trumbull, organized this prayer group around Father Donald H. Calloway’s text “Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father,” with the hope that his participants would grow in their love and devotion to this saint.

“Joseph is our spiritual father, a role model who intercedes for us,” said Father Walsh. “He has a real effect on our lives and helps to orient our spiritual well-being.”

When someone is “consecrated to St. Joseph,” Father Walsh said, they make a special commitment to him, entrusting themselves entirely to his care as he leads them to God. “You have to want that consecration. It’s an act of will. It’s like saying to him, ‘You’re the boss!’” Father Walsh added.

With the Solemnity of St. Joseph falling close to Easter, many participants, including JoAnn Zimmerman, said this prayer group was an ideal Lenten observance and would aid in centering them in their spiritual life. “I decided that this would be a wonderful way to spend this season of reflection and preparation before the celebration of Easter,” said Zimmerman, a parishioner at Christ the King.

To better understand the presence of St. Joseph’s paternal love, the 25 members of this group have followed the “33-Day Preparation” outlined in Father Calloway’s book. This includes short daily readings of commentary from the author, scripture passages, and inspirational words from other saints, ending with the Litany of St. Joseph. During the Monday evening meetings on Zoom, Father Walsh begins by sharing his observations and interpretations of the readings, interspersed with personal anecdotes, and then opens the conversation for participants to offer their own comments, some serious, some emotional but always unique, as every person seems to have their own reason for the saint’s importance in their lives.

“The book reads like a treasure trove of stories surrounding this most silent saint,” Gina Cosgrove, a member of the group, said of the text. “He is the perfect saint to befriend us, whatever our situation. I’m just beginning to appreciate what a marvelous spiritual father we have in St. Joseph.”

Father Walsh said he enjoys the “beautiful camaraderie” the participants have as they look to live out their faith and help one another. “Everyone is interested in growing in their knowledge and love. We could talk for hours!” he said, noting how quickly the 60-minute sessions fly by. “We all have the joy of the same mind and purpose. This group reminds me of coming together and breaking bread as a family.”

The perspective of a “family” emerges in all the readings and discussions as participants come to better see St. Joseph as the head of the Holy Family, the loving foster father of Jesus, and the dignified, virtuous husband of Mary, “a gentleman, a protector, and a man pure of heart,” writes Father Calloway. He tells readers that “now is the time of St. Joseph,” as the world greatly needs him and his role as defender of the family—the foundation of society—with marriage at the heart of creation and redemption.

According to Father Calloway, St. Joseph is also “the Increaser,” having the power to increase the presence of God in one’s life, which then encourages followers to spread the saint’s virtues to others. As a catechist at Christ the King, Zimmerman said she often shares readings from the text with her students. “This helps them better understand Jesus, Mary, and Joseph—the models of a beautiful, loving and humble family that we should all try to emulate,” she said.

“Devotion to St. Joseph has blossomed,” said Father Walsh, “and is now in full bloom. The world is in need, and he is the one to help us.”

Bishop challenges deacon candidates to be ‘authentic witnesses’ 

BRIDGEPORT—On Saturday, March 13 at St. Augustine Cathedral, Walter Avitabile of Westport, Edward R. Carrillo of Bridgeport and Frank Mantero of Shelton were admitted to candidacy for ordination as deacons by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.

“To you, I am deeply grateful. For despite the challenge we face in our world, you have come forward with generosity, with the love of your families. You have come here seeking true integrity of life and you have done well, you have done much,” he said to the three aspirants during Mass.

In addition to the family, friends and faithful who attended in-person, the Candidacy Mass was live-streamed on the Cathedral website

In his homily, Bishop Caggiano spoke about the parable of the Pharisee and tax collector, which teaches us “the need for humility to avoid the self-righteousness that can easily fall into the lives of anyone, most especially those who have authority, religious authority, and are called to leadership.”

He explained that ostensibly the Pharisees did everything correctly, and yet their intentions, their hearts, their deepest spirit was far from being righteous. The bishop explained that in the time of Jesus, the hypocritical nature of the scribes and the Pharisees was well-known. “People were searching for true guides and they were lost.”

The bishop posed the question, “How different is that from the world in which we live today?”

“We have lived through a terrible time in the life of the church, where the few have done great harm and many in our world question our authenticity. They speak of an authenticity gap, where Christians, especially those in leadership, will say one thing but live something else,” continued the bishop.

The bishop explained that this often deters people from entering a life of faith.

“While it is true that all of us are called to a life of authenticity and integrity before the Lord, it is especially of responsibility for those who are in leadership,” the bishop said. “For if we do not live what we preach, our preaching is empty and it will bring no one to faith.”

The bishop challenged all the faithful, including himself, to go deeper. “To avoid self-righteousness,” said the bishop, “is not only to do the good, but it is also to seek those occasions where we can do more of the good.”

The bishop encouraged those gathered to use these days of Lent remaining to ask themselves what is it that they can do more to be an authentic witness of God’s love in the world.

“If you and I rise to that occasion, my dear friends, there will be no sinner in any of our churches, no person in any place of our Christian life, that will be left alone, sitting in the back of a church, wondering if God forgives him or loves him. For he will know that message by our words and by our witness,” said the bishop.

Deacon Jerry Lambert, director of the diaconate, said that “This Admission to Candidacy for Ordination marked the end of the first year of study for Walter, Edward and Frank. In this past year of aspirancy, these men have participated in monthly formation weekends within our diocese, while also beginning four years of theological study at Saint Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, N.Y. In addition, their wives participate in the “wives formation,” program designed to support them in their spiritual growth as they accompany their husbands on their continued journeys of discernment.”

The three aspirants who were admitted to candidacy are Walter Avitabile, Edward R. Carrillo and Frank Mantero.

Walter Avitabile is a member of Church of the Assumption, Westport, along with his wife Gracemary and three daughters (28, 26 and 23). He has served as a catechist, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, reader and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Avitabile attended Salesian High School and works as a general construction superintendent in NYC on infrastructure projects. After high school, he started as an apprentice with Plumber’s Local Union #2, working up to become Master Plumber. “I have felt a calling to the diaconate for several years,” explains Avitabile. “The one question I kept asking myself and others was, why am ‘I’ being called to the diaconate? I continued to pray on this for months still resisting in some ways but could not stop feeling the call.”

Avitabile says that he decided to trust in God and complete the application. He reflected on receiving the book The Heart of the Diaconate on the first night of formation. “While reading the book, the following quote struck me; Christ asking, ‘Will you allow me to work my servant mysteries through you?’” Avitabile explains that he was so moved by this, because he recognized this to be God answering what had been his central question since he began discerning. “I began to meditate upon the meaning and enormity of what it truly means to have Christ living His servant mysteries through me. I am now thankful to have the proper focus in my continued discernment throughout my formation,” says Avitabile. “I do believe that with continuous prayer and the grace of God, he will help me grow into the servant that Christ needs in His Church. My discernment and prayer will continue, and I believe God will keep answering my questions as he has already done in this book.  He will lead me to where He wants me to be.”

Edward R. Carrillo and his wife, Glenda, have three married daughters (29, 26 and 23), one son (16), three grandchildren and one on the way! Carrillo is a member of St. George Parish in Bridgeport and has served as director of liturgical music , co-founder of the parish youth group, a catechist and co-founder of the St. George family prayer group. Carrillo earned a bachelor’s degree in computer programming in Guatemala, Central America. Carrillo has worked as a sub-contractor for the Department of Justice as well as an EOIR Interpreter. He is currently self-employed as a general contractor. “Since a very young age I suffered a lot from illness,” shares Carrillo. “These circumstances allowed me to get close in an extraordinary way to the Creator. Carrillo explains that he has always felt the call to serve others and to talk about what Jesus has spoken in the Gospels but he didn’t realize that those are two aspects of the life of a permanent deacon until he participated in his first Diaconate Discovery Evening. The rest, they say, is history.

Frank Mantero is a member of St. Catherine of Siena in Trumbull, along with his wife, Angela, and their four children Marisa, Francisco, Olivia and Antonio. He has served as deputy grand knight for the Knights of Columbus St. Catherine of Siena Council, is a trustee for the Knights of Columbus Msgr. Edward Halloran Assembly and a member of the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven. Mantero holds a master’s degree in internal relations from the University of Kentucky, and bachelor’s degrees in both political science and Spanish from the University of Georgia. He is currently the vice president of marketing at Knights of Columbus Supreme Council in New Haven. He was previously head of global communications for Bunge, Ltd, a $40B agribusiness firm. He has also held various roles in the healthcare industry in marketing, public relations and communications, including seven years at GE as director of corporate responsibility. “I want others to experience the joy that comes from growing in faith and how accepting control according to His plan enables peace,” says Mantero. “My entire life, I had always assumed that greater control allows for greater peace of mind. I have learned the opposite is true. This desire to surrender to the calling is more relevant than ever. Jesus is always there:  searching, inviting. We need to look up and accept the invitation, and that is when true revelation begins to happen.”

The Diaconate Formation Program supports the vocation and ministry of the deacon, beginning as inquirer through his journey to ordination and beyond. Through prayer, study and the grace of the Holy Spirit, the candidate undergoes a transformation of heart and mind as he prepares himself to be minister of the word, altar and charity.

Discussions with those interested in knowing more about the diaconate formation program are ongoing. For more information about the permanent diaconate and the formation program, please contact Deacon Jerry Lambert, director of the diaconate at dnlambert@diobpt.org or 203.416.1451.

St. Rose School celebrates Pi Day

NEWTOWN—On Friday, March 12, 5-8th graders at St. Rose School participated in activities to celebrate Pi Day.

Students in Mrs. Cicarelli’s 6th, 7th, and 8th grades created a “Pi-Line, Skyline” project. Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 around the world and the Greek letter “π” is the symbol used to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, approximately 3.14159. 

Students shared in a mini-lesson discussing pi and translated the famous number into their very own artwork. Students created a vertical bar graph, where each bar’s height corresponds to each digit of Pi. The completed graph gives the impression of a city skyline, which the students then colored in to enhance the buildings.

As a special treat, 7th-graders received individual-sized apple pies (donated by generous parents) to eat while they worked on their Pi-Line projects.

Students in Mrs. Bokuniewicz’s 5th-grade class were challenged to name as many digits in Pi as they could—winners named as many as 151! It was an innovative, engaging and memorable lesson.

Norwalk Knights receive Supreme Council’s Star Assembly Award

NORWALK—Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick 4th Assembly #100 has been awarded the Supreme Council’s Star Assembly Award for 2019-2020 fraternal year. The Assembly is comprised of Fourth Degree Knights from various councils in Norwalk, Wilton, New Canaan, Weston and Westport. The Assembly was presented with the award at the Connecticut District Masters meeting which was held at St Pius X Parish Fairfield on March 13.

“As the district master, it was my honor and privilege to award the Supreme Council’s Star Assembly Award to the Bishop Fenwick Assembly #100 from Norwalk. This award is validation of all the good works the Assembly has done in the past fraternal year especially in patriotic and civic programs,” said KofC CT District Master Kevin Donovan.

The Supreme Star Assembly Award is presented as a tribute to the spirit of patriotism and national pride exemplified in the patriotic activities conducted, by excelling in membership recruitment, reporting to the Supreme Council office and keeping their members and others informed of assembly activities.

“Our #1 goal as an Assembly is to promote patriotism, support our veterans and defend our Catholic faith,” said Faithful Navigator George Ribellino, Jr. He went on to say, “I am so proud of all our members for their hard work and support of Bishop Fenwick Assembly #100.”

Assembly #100 is regularly active in such events as Columbus Day festivities, raising money for Veterans’ organizations including Homes for the Brave, American Legion and Fisher House CT, and paying tribute to those men and women who have and still protect our freedoms in the United States. In addition, the Assembly has been assisting the local community during the pandemic by hosting food drives, sending food to the first responders and medical professionals and donating cribs to Malta House. Malta House is the only home for pregnant women above the age of 18 in Fairfield County, and one of a limited number of programs for young mothers experiencing homelessness and their babies. The Assembly assists the youth in the city of Norwalk by donating to the Norwalk Public Safety Cadets.

“The worthy Sir Knights of Bishop Fenwick Assembly #100 have been a remarkable presence at Homes for the Brave all year long. They are very deserving of this recognition as they have done everything from deliver meals to our Veterans on major holidays to donating food and toiletries to contributing to and participating in our fundraising events,” said Homes for the Brave CEO Vince Santilli.

(For more information, go to Assembly100.org.)