WASHINGTON (CNS) — Those who stand up for the dignity of life in all its stages and want to see this respect for all life enshrined once again in U.S. law have a friend in the Pence family and the Trump administration, Vice President Mike Pence Read More ››
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WASHINGTON (CNS) — They came from near and far, and even from Down Under, united in prayer and in standing together for life at the Archdiocese of Washington’s annual Youth Rally and Mass for Life, held Jan. 18 at the Capital One Arena in Washington.
The estimated Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis left the Vatican Jan. 11 to visit a community of cloistered Poor Clare nuns in Umbria, the Vatican said.
The pope made the “private visit” to encourage the sisters and to share the Eucharist, prayer and a meal with them, said Alessandro Gisotti, interim Read More ››
STAMFORD—Reverend Monsignor John C. Sanders passed away today, January 6, 2019, the Epiphany of the Lord. He was 93 years of age.
“Known to jazz fans across the country as the priest who played in the Duke Ellington Band, Monsignor Sanders was also much loved in our Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese of Bridgeport has announced the launch of the $75 million “We Stand With Christ” campaign to continue the work of renewal and strengthen the Church for future generations.
The announcement comes after the successful silent phase of the campaign which has raised almost $50 million Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—”Liturgy as Source and Summit” will be the focus of Leadership Institute workshop set for Saturday, February 9, 8:30 a.m. at Trinity High School, 926 Newfield Ave, Stamford.
The ministry enrichment gathering is designed for liturgy coordinators, liturgy committee members, ministry coordinators, liturgical ministers, priests, deacons, seminarians, Read More ››
I’m sorry…I didn’t mean it
I take it back
Strike it from the record
What is as irreversible as murder, violates its victims more than theft, is as deadly as an epidemic? And is a lot closer to you than you want to think?
Gossip, slander, and thoughtless speech. Gossip Read More ››
NORWALK — A Ridgefield man is purchasing WNLK-AM 1350 radio and will begin broadcasting EWTN programming throughout Fairfield County, the north shore of Long Island and parts of Westchester after the application is approved by the FCC, a process that typically takes 45 days.
Steve Lee, Read More ››
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, Father Bargil Pixner, a fifth Gospel. Whereas the first four record the life Read More ››
Monsignor Stephen M. DiGiovanni, historian, author and pastor of The Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in Stamford, tells the compelling story of Father Capodanno’s life, his missionary work in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and his service as chaplain during the Vietnam War, in a new Read More ››
NORWALK, Conn. – Knights of Columbus’ Bishop Fenwick 4th Assembly #100 has been awarded the Supreme Council’s Civic Award. The Assembly is comprised of Fourth Degree Knights from various councils in Norwalk, Wilton and Westport.
The Assembly was presented with the award by Connecticut District Master Allyn Read More ››
Now that Christmas Day has arrived, we can look back on the last few weeks and appreciate how truly hectic they have been for many of us. We managed competing obligations that demanded our time and attention, often making it difficult to immerse ourselves in the Read More ››
Vatican City, Dec 25, 2018 / 05:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Christmas, Pope Francis prayed for peace and renewed brotherhood in Syria, Yemen, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and other parts of the world experiencing conflict.
“May all of us receive peace and consolation from the Read More ››
Denver, Colo., Dec 21, 2018 / 01:22 pm (CNA).- After communion at Mass this morning, our parish school choir began one of my favorite hymns.
The first line filled my heart.
“Let all mortal flesh keep silence, and with fear and trembling stand.”
It was darling to hear those Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—This Christmas will people go to adore and be amazed by Jesus, or will they let themselves be detoured by distractions? Pope Francis asked.
In fact, one sign of holiness is being able to “be astonished, to feel wonder before God’s gifts, his ‘surprises.’ And the Read More ››
Those who are not fans of Bruce Springsteen might be surprised to find that Catholic themes and imagery reside deeply in the music and the life story of a man who is a pop superstar.
His most riveting songs are haunted by a sense of sin, Read More ››
FAIRFIELD— Parents and friends of Saint Catherine Academy were treated to a spirited and joyful Christmas pageant this morning in the school auditorium in Fairfield.
Two hundred turned out for the annual “The Message of an Angel,” pageant performed by academy students who are impacted with autism, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and more than 800 people in attendance received an early Christmas present when the Diocesan Youth Choir delivered its most accomplished and vibrant performance yet at the “Arise and Shine” Christmas Concert at the Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport on Friday Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— You will want to visit St. Margaret Shrine in Bridgeport after watching this short video on the “Presepio” or Nativity scene that is open to the public free of charge throughout the month of December.
St. Margaret Shrine is a beautiful place to pray and reflect Read More ››
Yesterday we celebrated the feast of Saint John of the Cross, who endured great sufferings in his lifetime to help reform the Carmelite Order of which he was a member. He was also a mystic who wrote a series of texts that speak of the need Read More ››
NEWTOWN — Newtown residents and the public crowded into church pews Friday night to seek solace in their shared grief and lift up victims of the Sandy Hook shootings in prayer and song.
The annual memorial Mass at St. Rose of Lima Church — and a sister Read More ››
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Dear Parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua:
It has been nearly nine months since the untimely death of Father John Baran, your beloved pastor. In the months that followed, I am grateful that the parish has continued to move forward because of the deeply Read More ››
COMMENTARY: Mary reveals true humanity. She is what human beings should have been like, but for sin.
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is often the subject of confusion. Some people seem to think that the “conception” referred to is Jesus. But the Church celebrates the conception Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a video message to young men and women around the world, Pope Francis called on them to provoke an uprising of change by serving others.
In helping those who are suffering, both young believers and nonbelievers can find “a strength that can Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Notre Dame High School in Fairfield has begun its annual 26 Acts of Kindness campaign. Begun in the days following the tragedy in Sandy Hook in 2012, the campaign designates one act of kindness each school day over a six week period while remembering the lives Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Jews worldwide will remember the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht.
In a direct German translation, it means “Crystal Night,” but it is more commonly thought of as “Night of Broken Glass,” as Nazis and their sympathizers rampaged through Nazi Germany — which by this time Read More ››
Rain or Shine – Outdoor Tents at all Locations
BRIDGEPORT—All Souls Day Mass will be celebrated in six cemeteries throughout the diocese on Friday, November 2, 11 am, rain or shine. The Masses, which will be offered for the repose of the souls of all the faithful Read More ››
Dear Parishioners of Saint Peter Parish,
I am writing to you this weekend to share some information regarding Father José Rebaque, S.A.C., who has served at Saint Peter’s since 2008, first as Parochial Vicar and, since July 2015, as Parochial Administrator. As you know, Father José has Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—U.S. Court of Appeals Judge for the 3rd Circuit Thomas Hardiman said he is much more concerned about the cultural crisis in the country than any danger to the constitution based on current divisions and polarization.
Speaking to more than 100 legal professionals and others at the Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Caggiano has asked pastors to celebrate a local mass of reparation in their parishes no later than October 21, 2018.
In the coming weeks, the bishop will announce additional spiritual initiatives and administrative measures to address the sexual abuse scandal in the spirit of transparency and Read More ››
The Most Rev. Frank Caggiano, together with a planning committee of Survivors of Sexual Abuse as minors by Priests, will hold a very special Mass for anyone who has been sexually abused as minor and for others who have been impacted.
The Mass will be held on Read More ››
DANBURY—Yesterday was a day of prayer and pro-life witness in the diocese and across the country as women and men participated in Life Chain and saying the Rosary coast to coast.
Sunday October 7 was set aside as a day of synchronized prayer with 1,100 other locations Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Caggiano has asked pastors to celebrate a local Mass of Reparation in their parishes no later than October 31, 2018. In the coming weeks, the bishop will announce additional spiritual initiatives and administrative measures to address the sexual abuse scandal in a spirit of transparency Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In a joyful and reverent Evening Vespers Service lifted by the music of the Diocesan Youth Choir and the Latin Schola of St. Augustine Cathedral, Bishop Frank Caggiano conferred Papal Honors on 20 men and women from the diocese.
“There are angels in our midst,” said the Read More ››
National speaker Jon Leonetti will be giving two inspiring talks throughout the diocese next week!
Jon Leonetti is a nationally known Catholic speaker, best-selling author and radio host who conveys a message of lasting fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Through Jon’s keynote presentations and parish missions, thousands of Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— “The leadership of the Church has failed in many ways, it has been tarnished… Healing will take a long time,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said at the Clergy Mass of Reparation on the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows this morning in response to the Read More ››
Danbury, CT | Do you have what it takes to hit a hole in one and win a new car or $10,000? Try your skill, or your luck, a the 2018 IHS Golf Outing on Wednesday, September 19 at Richter Park in Danbury. As part Read More ››
TRUMBULL—A group of women from the Diocese of Bridgeport commemorated the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children on Saturday by praying the Rosary for the unborn.
They gathered at 3 p.m. at the memorial site in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery on Daniels Farm Road Read More ››
Most Reverend Frank J. Dewane
Bishop of Venice
Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
September 3, 2018
The plight of our brothers and sisters who work hard but struggle to make ends meet calls us all to reflect in a Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Water is a gift of God that makes life possible and yet millions of people do not have access to safe drinking water, and rivers, seas and oceans continue to be polluted, Pope Francis said.
“Care for water sources and water basins is Read More ››
Every night before he goes to bed, Chad Chlebowski, 10, says his prayers. He prays for his mother and father, he prays for his twin brother and his sister, he prays for his grandparents and great-grandparents … and he asks the Blessed Mother for a very Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Caggiano met with the leaders of St. Charles Parish this afternoon to discuss circumstances surrounding the resignation of their former pastor, Fr. Frank Gomez, and ways the parish might move forward in the future.
In a candid and informal exchange that lasted an hour and a Read More ››
DALLAS (CNS) — Dallas Bishop Edward J. Burns has asked Pope Francis for an extraordinary synod to address issues in the latest Catholic clergy sex abuse crisis, including “abuse of power, clericalism, accountability and the understanding of transparency in the church.”
The letter, posted to the Diocese Read More ››
The following homily was delivered by Father Joseph Marcello, Pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull and Vicar for Clergy, at the Vigil Mass for his friend and mentor, Msgr. Louis DeProfio, on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull.
One time, Read More ››
STAMFORD—The Reverend Monsignor Louis A. DeProfio, P.A., passed away on August 15, 2018, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Stamford. He was 91 years of age.
Perhaps best remembered for his long and distinguished service as Pastor of St. Theresa Church in Read More ››
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As the recent scandalous events regarding the crimes of sexual abuse against minors have come to light in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report and the earlier revelations regarding Archbishop McCarrick, I have been sick to my stomach. Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Today, Catholics around the world mark the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, commemorating the end of her earthly life and assumption into Heaven. But while the feast day is a relatively new one, the history of the holiday—and the mystery behind it—has its roots in Read More ››
WATERBURY—More than 1000 people gathered in the rain on top of Holy Land USA as Archbishop Leonard Blair celebrated Mass to honor Venerable Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus and native of Waterbury.
The faithful came from across the state for the Mountaintop Mass Read More ››
WATERBURY—Twelve years ago on October 29, Sister Veronica and Sister Rita both woke up in the middle of night with the premonition that somebody needed prayers … so they prayed. Sister Veronica didn’t realize that “somebody” was her brother.
Pictured: Brian Caulfield, vice postulator for the cause Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS)—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation from the College of Cardinals of Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, and has ordered him to maintain “a life of prayer and penance” until a canonical trial examines accusations that he sexually abused minors.
The announcement Read More ››
WATERBURY—The organizers of the Holy Land Mountaintop Mass, honoring Venerable Fr. Michael J. McGivney, hope their event will cause a revitalization of faith and increased devotion to the founder of the Knights of Columbus, who grew up in Waterbury.
“We think this will be a significant religious Read More ››
STAMFORD—The Sisters of Life are pleased to announce that the following Sisters will profess their first vows as a Sister of Life on August 4, 2018 at Villa Maria Guadalupe in Stamford, CT. Bishop Frank Caggiano of the Bridgeport Diocese will celebrate the Mass of Profession.
The Read More ››
Fifty years after its publication, the encyclical “Humanae Vitae” of Paul VI presents itself in the eyes of the men of today in a completely different way. In 1968, it was a courageous document—and therefore controversial—that went against the climate of the time, that of the Read More ››
Cristo alegría del mundo, resplandor de la gloria del Padre. ¡Bendita la Mañana que anuncia tu esplendor al universo! (Del Himno de las Laudes Domingo XV del tiempo ordinario).
El pasado domingo 14 de julio de 2018 la parroquia Santa María en Bridgeport vivió una experiencia única Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Last Sunday, July 14, 2018, St. Mary’s Parish of Bridgeport, lived a unique experience that allowed us to unify with nature in prayer.
Amanecer y Atardecer con Cristo was a one-day pilgrimage that took us to Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in Litchfield.
It was an idea that Read More ››
WEST BEND, Iowa (CNS) — With apologies to Fats Domino, Father Lawrence Carney is “walkin’ and talkin’ about you and me,” and hoping that listeners will come back to — not “me” — but God.
Known as the “walking priest,” Father Carney brought his message of street Read More ››
The late author Thomas Craughwell knew how to weave together exciting stories. His last book, Heroic Catholic Chaplains, released this May, a month before his unexpected death, is filled with them. The subtitle captures them this way: Stories of the Brave and Holy Men Who Dodged Read More ››
On the centenary of the late priest’s birth, those who knew him personally offer reflections about his transformational legacy of helping people who experience same-sex attraction.
PHILADELPHIA—When Father John Harvey presented the full truth of the Church’s teaching on homosexuality, Tina Nair never felt like she was Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—When the St. Thomas Aquinas School library needed an update, some people suggested to Librarian Adrienne Wilson that she appeal to the Knights of Columbus for help.
The Knights of Columbus, Father Coleman Council #2616, came to the rescue in big way recently by making a $10,000 Read More ››
BETHEL—St Mary’s Bethel students Francesca Friscia and Tyler Burns were recently presented Catholic Charities “Guardian Angel” awards for their work on behalf of the hungry and homeless in the Danbury area.
The hard working duo raised funds for the “Take a Walk in Their Shoes” Walkathon for Read More ››
IRONDALE, Alanta—EWTN Global Catholic Network will observe America’s Independence Day with airings of Called and Chosen: Father Vincent R. Capodanno.
The 90-minute documentary about the life and death of Fr. Capodanno will air on EWTN July 4 at 10 am and 4 pm Eastern time. Produced by Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—“SHU Journey has definitely changed me for the better. I have made so many wonderful friends and I have been able to experience God through all of them. It has been a place for me to deepen my faith and share my opinions with a community Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut – June 21, 2018 – St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound is hosting the 21st Annual Interfaith Memorial Service on Sunday, August 5 at 8:30 am at Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport. Registration begins at 8:00 am. The event is free of charge, open Read More ››
FAIRFIELD — Sacred Heart University paid tribute to a man who President John J. Petillo praised as an example of what it means “to pay it forward and not look for anything in return,” a man whose generosity and vision are the cornerstones of a new Read More ››
TRUMBULL — Before St. Joseph High School classes start for the day, four students are already on campus, preparing drinks at the only spot on campus that offers coffee.
They’re behind the counter at a makeshift cafe, taking orders, pouring lattes and making runs to the ice Read More ››
RIDGEFIELD—Last July, Steve Lee of Ridgefield was listening to a podcast of an EWTN show when a fellow came on during the break and said, “If you’re interested in bringing Catholic radio to your community, call me.”
Lee, who worked in finance on Wall Street, thought about Read More ››
At our recently concluded USCCB meeting held in Fort Lauderdale, Cardinal DiNardo issued the following statement on behalf of all the bishops of the United States. I ask that you read it carefully, since the practice of separating children from their parents and denying women asylum Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS)—The theory that well-being will automatically flow down to everyone from the riches of the few is “a lie,” Pope Francis said.
The beatitudes show the way, he said, because they show that holiness doesn’t concern just the soul, “but also the feet—for going toward Read More ››
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. — The U.S. bishops began their annual spring assembly by condemning recent immigration policies from the Trump administration that have separated families at the U.S.-Mexico border and threatened to deny asylum for people fleeing violence. The morning session here began with a statement, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Family, friends, and community gathered at St. Augustine Cathedral around Joseph Huong, Joseph Koletar, and David Rivera as they celebrated their Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate Saturday, June 9th at 11:00am. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano was the celebrant of the Mass, along with principal concelebrants Monsignor Read More ››
Danbury, CT – One of its largest graduating classes triumphantly tossed their caps into the air when Immaculate High School graduated 120 seniors at their Commencement Ceremony held on Wednesday, June 6 at Western Connecticut State University’s O’Neill Center in Danbury, CT.
Kevin McCoy of Danbury was Read More ››
DANBURY—“Always be obedient to the holy restlessness that has brought you to this day,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano before ordaining James K. Bates to the priesthood this morning at St. Joseph Church in Danbury.
The 11 am Mass was an occasion of joy as priests, friends Read More ››
Notre Dame of Fairfield’s Class of 2018 Commencement Exercises in Fairfield took place on Friday, June 1, 2018.
Veterans taking part in the 2018 Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage to France said the journey has positively influenced their lives and benefited those around them.
Maj. Jeremy Haynes, a first-time spiritual pilgrim and Lourdes visitor, said he is a changed man since visiting the shrine, where Mary Read More ››
The St. Pius X Knights of Columbus Council #16347 of Fairfield is pleased to announce that Braden Moore, pictured above, has won the 14 year old division of the Knights of Columbus State Free Throw Competition, held on April 8th at St. Paul’s High School in Read More ››