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 what he said and, as they say, 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 as they flee domestic violence in their 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 our brothers and 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, but by its end escalated to numerous 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 Thomas W. Powers, Vicar General; Monsignor Dariusz 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 Valedictorian and Nicole Palmieri of Sandy Hook 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 and family members gathered to celebrate the Read More ››
Notre Dame of Fairfield’s Class of 2018 Commencement Exercises in Fairfield took place on Friday, June 1, 2018.
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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 appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous in a 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 Bristol.
Braden, an 8th grade student at Tomlinson Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“This is what we are all about—creating students focused on excellence,” said Dr. Steven Cheeseman, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Bridgeport. Speaking on what he called “one of my favorite days of the year,” he welcomed students and parents to the annual Breakfast of Champions.
Joined by their administrators and pastors, Read More ››
HOUSTON (CNS) — In response to the May 18 school shooting at a Houston-area high school, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said the archdiocesan community would “unite to support and offer healing to those affected.”
“As a society, we must strive for a way to end such acts of senseless gun violence in Read More ››
NORWALK—Join Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Diocese of Bridgeport, as he leads us in processing out onto the road to witness our faith in the Eucharistic Lord on the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
The route will take us down Richards Avenue; prior Read More ››
In 1966, when Jim Sullivan was 6 years old, his father took him and his aunt, a missionary nun visiting from Australia, to the top of Pine Hill to see Holy Land USA for the first time.
The group walked up the hill in Waterbury, and from the 56-foot illuminated cross that came to Read More ››
DANBURY— The Mater Ecclesiae (Mother of the Church) mosaic will be blessed on the Solemnity of the Pentecost, Sunday, May 20th, following the 11:30 am Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Danbury. A reception will follow.
Fr. Peter Towsley, Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, said The Mosaic will be dedicated Read More ››
In years past, butterflies might be taught to everyone at once in Melinda Gremse’s first grade class at Assumption Catholic School in Fairfield.
Now her 14 students rotate in groups of three and four through stations. While one group builds symmetrical butterflies out of colorful wood chips, another draws them. A third group puts Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Deacon Joseph M. Melita died Sunday, May 13, at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield. He was 96 years old.
Born in Bridgeport on April 22, 1923, Deacon Melita graduated from Warren Harding High School in 1941 and served as Technical Sergeant in the Air Corps from 1943-1945. He fought in the Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—More than 2,000 Sacred Heart University students embarked on a new phase in their lives this weekend after receiving diplomas and words of advice and encouragement from leaders, scholars and classmates. The SHU class of 2018 includes 1,217 undergraduates who will have earned bachelor’s degrees and 1,130 graduate students who will have earned Read More ››
BLOOMFIELD-Delegates from the Archdiocese of Hartford and the Dioceses of Bridgeport, Norwich and Springfield gathered yesterday at the Archdiocesan Center at Saint Thomas Seminary, in Bloomfield, to further the V Encuentro (Fifth Encounter) journey that has been described as one of the most significant pastoral events of the past decades in the U.S. Read More ››
During a special pop-up performance at The Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center in New York City
NEW YORK, NY (09 May 2018) – The Pope’s Choir, Capella Musicale Pontificia Sistina, captivated a surprised audience at The Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center in New York City today with a prayerful song during a Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese of Bridgeport kicked off it its Personalized Learning Initiative on Friday when principals and teachers from six schools participating in the pilot program gathered at the Catholic Center to prepare for a Fall launch of the program.
During the meeting Dr. Steven Cheeseman, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, said the major technology and Read More ››
STAMFORD — More than 300 people came out to a honor a priest Bishop Frank Caggiano described as “a man of authentic humility” and to celebrate the future of the priesthood in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Msgr. Thomas Powers, Vicar General and honoree, received a standing ovation at the St. John Fisher Seminary First Read More ››
Almost 50 years ago, when Father Thomas Lynch began his life as a priest, his first assignment was to visit an elderly parishioner who was dying—a man who was angry with God, angry with life … and angry with the priest.
He had several days of stubble on his face when he hobbled to Read More ››
FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Students at Sacred Heart University don’t just play video games—they also build them.
Nearly two years ago, Robert McCloud, associate professor in the School of Computing, began providing his students hands-on game design experience.
“One of the most important things for students looking for jobs is to have a portfolio highlighting their skills. How Read More ››
Bill Mitchell still remembers the night he took his three sons to an Islanders’ game at Nassau Coliseum. He remembers bringing them to the suite. He remembers the hostess handing him his first double Scotch. But that’s all he remembers.
The next morning he woke with no recollection of the night. He jumped Read More ››
DARIEN—“We’re here to celebrate Catholic education and the young people who have been entrusted to our care,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano to a gathering of almost 300 at the Annual Spring Gala of Foundations in Education Thursday night at Woodway Country Club.
“Your support for Catholic schools helps young people to develop their Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—The diaconate is the fastest growing ministry in the United States with the number of ordained deacons up more than 41% in the last 14 years, said Deacon Greg Kandra at the Annual Convocation for Deacons of the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Speaking to more than 100 deacons and their wives who gathered for the Read More ››
Jessica Nayden, program coordinator for the diocesan Catholic Service Corps, still remembers the summer she led a group of young people on a mission to Everett, Massachusetts, to work on a home that had fallen into disrepair. The task seemed to be a simple one—scrape the deck, replace broken wood and apply generous Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The mercy of Christ must be found in our parish communities and in our relationships with others, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said during his homily at the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass held this afternoon at St. Augustine Cathedral.
“We who celebrate the gift of God’s Divine Mercy today are asked to give it back Read More ››
Vatican City, Apr 8, 2018 / 04:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the Second Sunday of Easter, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis said that our relationship with God is a personal one, filled with his love and mercy, where we proclaim like St. Thomas: “My Lord and my God!”
“To enter into Read More ››
As Christians celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection with joy, it is important to remember that we come to Christ’s empty tomb by way of His Cross.
Many churches began Holy Week by following the ancient custom of covering their sacred images, statues and crosses in purple cloth, in part to focus our attention on the Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Easter makes it clear that in the life of Jesus, but also in the lives of modern men and women, “death, solitude and fear” do not have the last word, Pope Francis said before giving his Easter blessing.
“The words heard by the women at the tomb are also addressed Read More ››
BROOKFIELD— This past month, first and seventh graders at St. Joseph School Brookfield, under the guidance of their teachers, Jeanne Vitetta (grade 1) and Kathleen Benzing (grade 7), donated items for and put together Easter goody bags to be distributed at Dorothy Day Hospitality House in Danbury after Easter dinner.
A card was attached Read More ››
STAMFORD—“We adore you O Christ and we praise you. Because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world,” chanted more than 1,000 faithful in the Good Friday Stations of the Cross as they processed through the Cove section of Stamford.
The procession began in the mid-morning mist shrouding Cummings Park as it looks Read More ››
ROME (CNS)—Before washing the feet of 12 prisoners, Pope Francis told them and hundreds of inmates to remember that Jesus constantly stands before them with love, ready to cleanse their sins and forgive them.
“Jesus takes a risk on each of us. Know this: Jesus is called Jesus, not Pontius Pilate. Jesus does not Read More ››
I’m a lucky guy…that is what John would often say about his life, certainly about his friends, but most particularly about this parish. He felt so blessed to have been given the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those people entrusted to his care. And make a difference he did. Read More ››
Bishop Frank invites you to walk with the Lord in these Three Holy Days, to discover what really matters in life, and to discover, in the empty tomb on Easter Sunday, the victory that will be ours, in Christ.
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BRIDGEPORT– “Offering the sacrifice of the Mass is the greatest gift we share as priests,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano told the more than 200 priests who processed into St. Augustine Cathedral for the Chrism Mass as the choir sang the hymn, “Christ is Made the Sure Foundation.”
The dramatic 12-minute procession including priests, deacons Read More ››
No one is really prepared for it, even when you know it is coming. The loss of a beloved priest and pastor is like the loss of a father, a brother, a friend. So with the passing this morning (March 24) of Fr. John Baran, pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Rev. John P. Baran, age 59, Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, died and entered eternal life on Saturday, March 24, 2018 in Bridgeport Hospital.
Father John was born in Derby, son of the late Andrew and Mary Bulbert Baran. Raised in Shelton, he is a graduate of St. Joseph High School, Trumbull, Read More ››
Father Rob Kinnally, pastor of St. Aloysius Parish in New Canaan, still remembers his first Confession almost 50 years ago. He was seven years old and went to Father Foley, who had been at Christ the King Church in Yonkers for “what seemed like forever.” The world was a different place. The Beatles Read More ››
TRUMBULL– Preparing for Palm Sunday—Young people from St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull help to prepare palms for their distribution on Palm Sunday.
The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem the week before his passion and crucifixion. The Gospels attest that as Jesus entered the city, crowds lay down palm branches Read More ››
NEWTOWN—Three 7th grade students at St. Rose of Lima School in Newtown were finalists at the recent CT State Science & Engineering Fair that took place at Quinnipiac University.
In addition, fourth grade students recently participated in the Annual Convention and four of the students have been selected to move on to the State Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT– Supporting the Diocese with a gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal or securing a legacy that lasts beyond your lifetime can be made through an IRA.said Pamela Rittman, Director of the Annual Catholic Appeal.
“This is creative way to make a gift to the Diocese of Bridgeport and support programs that reflect Read More ››
NORWALK—On February 24, St. Philip Parish hosted a Catholic Relief Services FoodFast, a hunger awareness experience for Catholic youth. The theme of the event was “Be the Change,” and young people fasted from food throughout the day while participating in activities including prayer, reflection, educational games and service projects before concluding the day Read More ››
GREENWICH, CT – March 19, 2018– Greenwich Catholic School is pleased to announce its transition to a new governance structure.
Known as an “academy” model, the new governance formation will foster greater engagement to ensure the vitality and viability of Greenwich Catholic School for generations to come.
This step forward is in alignment Read More ››
Jeff Jacobs: Emotional Watts, 27-0 Notre Dame-Fairfield leave no doubt they are best in state.
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The coach, oh, the coach knew he was going to cry.
Either way, win or lose, Chris Watts knew he would be a mess.
“I’m an Read More ››
FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Three new part-time chaplains at Sacred Heart University—Imam Gazmend Aga, Rabbi Marcelo Kormis and Mark Block, executive director of Congregation Rodeph Sholom—have joined the Campus Ministry team as part of the “Open Heart, Many Faiths” initiative.
The initiative began as a means of opening channels between faiths, encouraging open dialogue and Read More ››
DARIEN—“Never walk in a patient’s room and leave half of yourself at the door. They need the other half,” said Orthopedic Surgeon and author Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky, at the 25th Annual White Mass Breakfast at Woodway Country Club.
Dr. Dutkowsky, who has dedicated much of his practice to caring for patients with cerebral palsy Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— Students from diocesan Catholic schools “put on the green” yesterday and marched in the noontime parade through the streets of downtown Bridgeport.
The St. Patrick’s Day observance began when the Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, celebrated 8 a.m. Mass at St. Augustine Cathedral.
In his homily the bishop said that in Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—David and Ann Marie Curtin, of Fairfield, the great-grandchildren of Irish immigrants, are serving as Grand Marshals for the 2018 Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Parade set for Friday, March 16, 12:00 pm in downtown Bridgeport.
St. Patrick’s Day observance will formally begin when the Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, celebrates Read More ››
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (March 13, 2018) — Culminating an intense six weeks of preparation, teams of students in grades 9 through 12 from Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont will descend on Fairfield’s Alumni Hall for a regional FIRST Robotics Competition on Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18, 2018.
This is the first Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese of Bridgeport has announced the application process for the Saint John Paul II Fund for Religious Education and Youth Ministry.
Lay ministers, priests and religious in parishes throughout the diocese may apply for grants between $500 and $10,000. Those who are awarded grants will receive funding in August 2018.
“For Read More ››
STRATFORD—Reverend Martin J. Nikodem, age 78 of Trumbull passed away peacefully on March 8, at Lord Chamberlain after a courageous battle with cancer. (Please note re-scheduled funeral time below due to impending snow storm.)
He was born in Bridgeport to the late John and Mary Nikodem. He attended St. Ann’s School in Bridgeport and Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A good confessor is a good listener, Pope Francis said.
By truly listening to the penitent during confession, “we listen to Jesus himself, poor and humble; by listening to the Holy Spirit, we put ourselves in attentive obedience, becoming listeners of the Word” in order to know what God wants Read More ››
A gathering on Tuesday, June 19 (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm) will be held at The New Covenant Center, 174 Richmond Hill Ave Stamford, CT 06902 for any person who has been sexually abused as a minor and family members to meet with the victim assistance coordinators and fellow survivors of sexual abuse. Read More ››
BROOKFIELD—Diocesan Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Cheeseman and St. Joseph School Taskforce members unveiled plans for the new school model at a meeting attended by parents and educators last night at St. Joseph Church.
“The Bishop charged us with creating a school that is authentically Catholic, academically excellent, and financially viable,” Dr. Cheeseman said. “And Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians must let go of resentments and forgive those who have wronged them so that they may experience God’s forgiveness, Pope Francis.
This can be particularly difficult when “we carry with us a list of things that have been done to us,” the pope said in his homily March 6 Read More ››
NAPLES, FLORIDA—When you give to the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA), you are there for other people, even if you may never meet them, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said at a special Mass and reception for diocesan “snowbirds.”
More than 100 people from the Diocese of Bridgeport, who winter in the Naples and the surrounding Read More ››
FAIRFIELD– “Made for More” is the theme of this year’s CONVIVIO, the diocesan youth rally that has drawn almost 200 young people to the Edgerton Center of Sacred Heart University for a weekend of prayer and activities.
“We live in a world that offers us so many different paths and ways to find happiness Read More ››
Tickets are available for Shrek The Musical, St. Catherine’s Players 37th production. Performance dates are March 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11, 2018 with curtain times of Fridays at 8, Saturdays at 7 and Sundays at 2 at St. Catherine of Siena Lucey Parish Hall, 4 Riverside Avenue, Riverside, CT.
Tickets at $21 may Read More ››
In this brief reflection, Fr. John Baran, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Fairfield, writes that the Transfiguration is an opportunity to accept the challenges of the “newness” in our lives when the news is not always good:
The story of the Transfiguration is proclaimed every Lent and the usual message taken Read More ››
BROOKFIELD – Taskforce and sub-committee members have begun reviewing specific details and plans for the new “multi-age” teaching model at St. Joseph School, said Dr. Steven Cheeseman, Superintendent of Catholic Schools.
Bishop Caggiano introduced the plan for the transition of St. Joseph School of Brookfield into the new blended learning and “multi-age” model” at Read More ››
A few months after Pope Francis revived the expression “Missionary Discipleship” in his encyclical letter “The Joy of the Gospel,” a fresh wave of missionary initiatives came over the Church throughout the world. In our country, this wave is at the core of a remarkable missionary effort that is slowly being implemented through Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—When Terry O’Connor steps down later this year after 26 years of service as executive director of the Cardinal Shehan Center and six years at the McGivney Center, his retirement will mark the end of an era of growth and transformation at the downtown youth center sponsored by the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Generations of Read More ››
MIAMI (CNS)—Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski urged community members to come together “to support one another in this time of grief” after a shooting rampage February 14 at a Broward County high school left at least 17 people dead and at least 14 injured.
“With God’s help, we can remain strong and resolute to Read More ››
When Fernanda Moreira recalls how she began a worldwide apostolate for the dying in her Cincinnati home, she says it was all God’s doing because she never could have spread it across the country from California to Connecticut and to places as far away as the United Kingdom, Nigeria and the Philippines.
God thinks Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Thousands throughout the diocese are receiving ashes today in their parishes and in public spaces as they seek to begin the Lenten season in an atmosphere of humility, reverence and personal conversion.
“Ashes on the Bus,” the well received outreach of St. Matthew Parish in Norwalk, is once again on the road distributing ashes Read More ››
February 13, 2018—TRUMBULL, CT—St Joseph High School, striving to be Southern Connecticut’s premier college preparatory school, hosted an athletic Signing Day Ceremony on the school’s campus on Tuesday, February 13.
Five senior students signed either National Letters of Intent or Commitment Letters for their prospective colleges, in front of a group of St Joes Read More ››
STAMFORD — The St. Leo Parish celebrated a special Wedding Anniversary Mass this past Sunday where 13 couples exchanged their wedding vows celebrating a combined 536 years of marriage.
Rev. James D. Grosso, pastor of St. Leo, presided over the mass. This wonderful annual event included a special reception that included over 70 family Read More ››
GREENWICH — Of all the superlatives used to describe 16-year-old Domenica Echeverria, the CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich had one that best summed up the young woman who had just been named the Youth of the Year.
“Domenica, you are absolutely awesome,” CEO Bobby Walker Jr. said.
Echeverria was honored at Read More ››
Over the last week, you may have heard that we at Sacred Heart Greenwich have been thinking a lot about stickers, banners and buttons. We’re not planning a political campaign. Rather, we’ve been debating — under the intense glare of press scrutiny and social media conversation — such important issues as freedom of Read More ››
NORWALK—Oysters, with their mottled shells, succulent flesh and hard-won pearls, encapsulate the spirit of Norwalk.
At least they do for Rev. Richard Cipolla, the pastor of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church—and given the city’s rich oystering tradition, it’s likely others agree. So when the time came to dedicate the shrine for Our Lady of Read More ››
She was born into a family of wealth and privilege in a castle near Perugia, Italy in 1287. She was born to parents who wanted a son to carry on their noble ancestry … but instead God gave them a daughter who was blind, lame and deformed.
“Little Margaret,” as she was known, was Read More ››
American Catholics view Pope Francis’ theology like partisan politics, through a liberal or conservative lens, and this oversimplification has “produced a polarized vision of what this pope is about,” according to a leading Catholic theologian.
“This pontificate is inherently allergic to any polarizing narrative,” said Dr. Massimo Faggioli, Church historian and professor of theology Read More ››