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 ››
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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.
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 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 ››
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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT– When Cindi Bigelow visited Caroline House in Bridgeport, she saw a group of volunteers changing the world in a small way … with monumental results.
She saw young people learning to read and she saw their mothers being taught English and given skills that Read More ››
BROOKFIELD – A Catholic school on the verge of closing is exploring something new in Fairfield County, reviving the fabled methods of the one-room schoolhouse. With an infusion of technology, of course.
But the clock is ticking. And if St. Joseph School is to launch a new Read More ››
Danbury, CT – Immaculate High School (IHS) received two grants from the Diocese of Bridgeport that will allow the school to advance and enhance its STEM programs to both its students and to students in local elementary schools.
The IHS Graphic Arts Program has expanded recently to Read More ››
Danbury, CT….Immaculate High School (IHS) is proud to announce that four students received Scholastic Arts Awards from the Connecticut Art Education Association.
Adriana Chamberlin ‘18 of Bethel, Joseph Crowley ‘18 of Ridgefield, Ilona Ludanyi ‘18 of Newtown and Feiyan Nancy Yue ‘18 of Danbury were honored Read More ››
Foundations in Education’s 2018 Spring Gala Committee brings great energy and a strong commitment to the cause. Committee members planned and strategized the elements of an extraordinary event at their recent meeting on January 10th at the Catholic Center. Co-chairs of this year’s Gala are the Read More ››
Faced with an unusually severe and deadly flu outbreak this winter, Catholic church leaders in Connecticut are restricting peace handshakes and other rituals of the Mass that could potentially spread the disease.
Church leaders said they hope the restrictions announced this month will reduce the potential for Read More ››
DARIEN— Bishop Caggiano said the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) helps to make the diocese one large family by investing in people through education, charity and other ministries.
Speaking to almost 200 invited guests and volunteers at a reception held at Giovanni’s Water’s Edge, the bishop thanked them Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS)—Catholic bishops are looking to “transform” Catholic schools in response to decades of declining enrollment that has forced hundreds of schools to close since 2005.
The effort, said the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Catholic Education, encompasses a wide-ranging look at Read More ››
NORWALK- Students in All Saints Catholic School in Norwalk made their Facebook Live debut when Anna Zap, cohost of the Anna and Raven Show on Star 99.9 Radio, visited last week.
The purpose of the visit and ensuing live stream was to promote the upcoming Catholic Schools Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis said he told the bishops and priests of Chile to be uncompromising when it comes to protecting minors from sexual abuse and to trust that God will purify and renew his church during this time of trial.
Problems and conflicts must Read More ››
GREENWICH—Mary Alice and Thomas O’Malley, longtime Greenwich residents, have committed $500,000 to Foundations in Education over the next five years to establish the The Mary Alice and Thomas O’Malley Scholarship for children of current police officers, firefighters and nurses attending Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford. Read More ››
Deacon Patrick Toole of Westport, a retired IBM executive, has been named Episcopal Delegate for Administration of the Diocese of Bridgeport.
The appointment, made by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and effective January 2, represents a new position similar to Chief Operating Officer in the business world. He Read More ››
WASHINGTON, D.C.— More than 300 people, most of them young, from the Diocese of Bridgeport participated in the 2018 March for Life, yesterday in Washington, D. C.
It is the largest pro-life rally in the world.
Tens of thousands turned out yesterday for the 45th March for Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS)—In remarks broadcast to the March for Life from the White House Rose Garden, President Donald Trump said that his administration “will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life.”
He invoked the theme of this Read More ››
When I was a little boy, the highpoint of my family’s Christmas preparations was our annual visit to Radio City Music Hall to attend its Christmas show. In addition to the energy and excitement of the city itself, I was always deeply impressed with the live Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Catholic Charities received a much-needed gift in early January. On Wednesday, January 10, a shipment of 28 boxes arrived from Zumiez, a cutting edge clothing company known for snowboarding and skateboarding fashion apparel.
The mission of the Zumiez Foundation is to donate warm cold weather Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS) — New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan invoked the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during a homily at the Jan. 18 Mass that opened the National Prayer Vigil for Life.
Like “Pastor King,” as Cardinal Dolan referred to him throughout his homily, “our belief Read More ››
When: March 16 (7:30-8:30pm) and March 17 (7:45am-4:30pm)
Where: St. Jude Church, Monroe, CT
Join the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy for an inspiring Mercy & Mary Retreat, featuring bestselling author of 33 Days to Morning Glory and acclaimed speaker Fr. Read More ››
BROOKFIELD– Bishop Caggiano introduced a plan for the transition of St. Joseph School of Brookfield from a traditional classroom approach to a new “blended learning” model at a meeting with parents tonight concerning the future of the school.
He said that the new model, which would be Read More ››
More Than 3 In 4 Americans Have Consistently Supported Substantial Restrictions For a Decade
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – More than three quarters of Americans would limit abortion to — at most — the first three months of pregnancy, according to a new Marist Poll. That number has Read More ››
STAMFORD—Msgr. Walter Orlowski, Pastor of St. Matthew Church and leader of Deanery G, joined ten other priests from the Diocese of Bridgeport’s Deanery G, Mary, Mother of Divine Grace, in service at New Covenant Center, Stamford.
They prepared and served a full meal to 67 guests, sorted Read More ››
The Knights of Columbus Council # 16347 of St. Pius X Parish in Fairfield has been presented with the prestig-ious Star Council Award. This is the highest recognition earned when a Knights of Columbus council qualifies for the Father McGivney, Columbian, and Founders’ Awards within Read More ››
WASHINGTON—The National Prayer Vigil for Life will be held from Thursday afternoon, January 18 to Friday morning, January 19, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Over 20,000 pilgrims from around the nation will pray there for an end to abortion before Read More ››
NEW YORK (CNS) — Catholics have a responsibility to look past the noisy rhetoric of the current debate on immigration and answer the “cry of the poor” by engaging with individuals facing deportation.
That was the focus of a National Migration Week discussion Jan. 11 at Read More ››
JERUSALEM– Continuing in the footsteps of Jesus on the final day of their pilgrimage to the Holy Land, a delegation of 22 young adults from the Diocese of Bridgeport walked “The Way of the Cross.”
The night before they prayed at the Mount of Olives Read More ››
FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University’s online programs for bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing are the best in the state, according to a statement U.S. News & World Report released Jan. 9. Sacred Heart’s programs were ranked against those from hundreds of colleges and universities across the Read More ››
ISRAEL—Day two for the 22 diocesan pilgrims visiting the Holy Land began with a stop at the Jordan River
The group of young adult men and women led by Bishop Caggiano also spent time in Jericho and at the Mountain of Temptations, where Jesus fasted for 40 Read More ››
JERUSALEM—A group of young adults led by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and a few diocesan ministry leaders braved yesterday’s cold weather and headed for Newark Airport and their journey to the Holy Land.
The diocesan delegation of 22 people began the day with Mass in the Read More ››
Msgr. David Quentin Liptak, 89, of Enfield, a columnist and editor for The Catholic Transcript newspaper for more than 60 years, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 1, 2018.
He was born on January 17, 1928, in Bridgeport, son of the late Stephen D. and Amelia M. Read More ››
LATROBE, PA – The Benedictine monks of Saint Vincent College are continuing the ancient Epiphany blessing tradition of “chalking the doors” in a contemporary way.
In order to invoke the prayer “May Christ bless the house” on campus residence hall and office doorways as well as off Read More ››
Please join us on for a special concert by Notre Dame’s official concert choir on Friday, January 12, 2018, at 7:30 PM at St. Joseph Church in Danbury.
Directed by Alexander Blachly, the Chorale is a mixed ensemble with a diverse repertoire, featuring music from the Renaissance Read More ››
A gathering on January 10 (12:30 pm – 2:00 pm) will be held at the Catholic Center for any person who has been sexually abused as a minor to meet with the victim assistance coordinators and fellow survivors of sexual abuse. We hope to hear Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— Here’s a first look at the new Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) video for 2018.
Joy in Christ, Our Gift to Share is the theme of the video and the campaign, which kicks off in February.
The 2018 video explains and showcases a broad Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— 2017 was a remarkable year for the Diocese of Bridgeport. In this “Top Ten” countdown, social media leader John Grosso shares some of the top stories from a year that saw the diocese grow in faith and in opportunities to serve, to worship and to Read More ››
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Ever see a Nativity scene set in Louisiana bayou country? Or from a northern Peruvian village and carved from the calabash tree’s fruit? Or a tiny one in a miniature bottle and another painted on a large feather?
A number of unusual and Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In an increasingly complex world of unprecedented scientific and technological challenges, theologians must communicate what is essential about life and help Christians proclaim God’s merciful, saving grace, Pope Francis told a group of Italian theologians.
The theologians’ task requires being “faithful and anchored” Read More ››
FAIRFIELD— Students at Notre Dame Catholic High School in Fairfield swapped their usual Monday class schedules on December 11 for a full range of activities to honor the Patroness of their school, the Blessed Virgin Mary.
“Our Lady’s Day,” designed and coordinated by Notre Dame’s Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Ring in the New Year through adoration, prayer and fellowship on Sunday December 31, at St. Ann Church, 418 Brewster Street in Black Rock, Bridgeport!
Adorations begins at 11:00 p.m. with Benediction set for 12:15 a.m. Fellowship and light refreshments will follow.
Msgr. Thomas Powers, Vicar Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Those who recognize the Lord in the baby Jesus in the manger also should recognize his presence in children suffering today because of war, poverty and immigration, Pope Francis said.
“Jesus knows well the pain of not being welcomed and how hard it Read More ››
Earlier this month, as I was driving on the Merritt Parkway, I was comforted to see the large number of cars which had Christmas trees tied to their roof. It was comforting because it brought back many memories of when I was a little boy and Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christmas calls believers to see God’s presence where he is often perceived as absent, especially in the “unwelcomed visitor, often unrecognizable, who walks through our cities and our neighborhoods, who travels on our buses and knocks on our doors,” Pope Francis said.
“Christmas Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— In this joyous video, diocesan Social Media Leader John Grosso takes us for a one-minute trip around the diocese during the past week as the faithful prepared for Christmas.
You’ll hear the Diocesan Youth Choir sing, and share in the happiness and joy of Read More ››
Bishop Caggiano’s 12/22/2017 Reflection
“The last item that I remember being part of our family’s annual Christmas “preparations” was what mom called “house cleaning”. For my part, I did not think the house needed to be cleaned in any special way, since everything always seemed to me Read More ››