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 ››
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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 ››
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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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: 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 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 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 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 Read More ››