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.
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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.
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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 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 ››
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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Jeff Jacobs: Emotional Watts, 27-0 Notre Dame-Fairfield leave no doubt they are best in state.
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Immaculate tops Amity to win Division-II boys basketball title
The coach, oh, the coach knew he was going to cry.
Either way, win or lose, Chris Watts 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 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 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 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. 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 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 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 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” 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 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, 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 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 Read More ››