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 ››
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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 ››
BRIDGEPORT–Santa was on hand, there was a mountain of toys, and children were hard at work “shopping” for those they love yesterday at the McGivney Center’s Annual Christmas Store.
“This is wonderful—one of the best yet,” said Terry O’Connor, Executive Director of the McGivney Center located on Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—“What a remarkable experience of faith!” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano at the end of this year’s St. Catherine Academy Christmas Pageant.
“Now I can say it’s really the beginning of the Christmas Season in our diocese!” said the bishop to the more than 200 people Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT — The Rev. Matthew Bernelli was like a kid with a train set as he showed off his famous Nativity scene, now set up at St. Andrew Church in the North End after numerous Christmases on the East Side.
“It came out good,” said the Catholic Read More ››
WILTON– Battling a deadly disease is a daunting task to face alone. So, it is truly special when children, parents, alumni and friends of Fatima join forces to show moral support for someone who has made a difference in their lives.
On Monday December 11th, Fatima Read More ››
DANBURY— The Immaculate High School track team ran a special marathon on December 14 to honor the 26 children and staff who lost their lives five years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The student-athletes started with a prayer circle, then ran a total of 26 miles, Read More ››
ROME (CNS) — With so much suffering, poverty and exploitation in the world, missionary work must also include reaching out to people whose hearts are closed to receiving immigrants and refugees, Pope Francis told Jesuits in Myanmar.
“Unfortunately, in Europe there are countries that have chosen to Read More ››
STAMFORD—“I come here with a very simple message: our Church and its people stand by all who are here with us, whether documented or undocumented,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said to members of St. Mary Parish in Stamford this afternoon.
The bishop’s visit to the parish, founded Read More ››
RIDGEFIELD– Ridgefield High School senior Joe Fazio has been out selling baked goods for the past 2 months around the town with the goal of raising $500 for Meals on Wheels of Ridgefield.
Joe, a member of St. Mary Parish in Ridgefield, says his Catholic Read More ››
One of the most significant theologians of the 20th century, whose work profoundly affected the thought of Popes Benedict XVI and Francis, will soon be on the road to sainthood.
At a Mass Dec. 16, the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, Germany, will officially open the Read More ››
NEWTOWN— Kristen Roessler, a senior at Immaculate High School, was recently selected to the prestigious 2017 Fall High School Girls All-America Team by United Soccer Coaches. The Danbury resident is one of only 60 girls in the country to receive this honor.United Soccer Coaches is the Read More ››
NEWTOWN – On the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, more than 800 people gathered at St. Rose of Lima Church for a Mass of Remembrance, in search of healing and hope.
They looked for healing from a tragedy that Bishop Frank Caggiano Read More ››
CONNECTICUT (FOX5NY.COM) – Bishop Frank Caggiano recently got some social media suggestions from Kolbe Cathedral High School students in Bridgeport, Connecticut. You might say he is a social media sensation—at least inside the Bridgeport Catholic Diocese. A YouTube video posted to the bishop’s Facebook page got Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In this brief video Bishop Frank J. Caggiano invites all around the diocese to attend the upcoming “Arise and Shine” Christmas Concert, which will be held at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts of Fairfield University on Sunday December 17, at 7 pm.
The 100-member Read More ››
To be dedicated today Friday December 8 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Trinity Dome Mosaic features 14 million pieces of Venetian glass.
Faith begins and ends in the mystery of the Holy Trinity. Christians are baptized “in the name of Read More ››
NORWALK—Two Advent concerts over the weekend celebrated the beginning of the Advent observance throughout the diocese.
The seminarians of Saint Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, NY, presented a beautiful program of Advent and Christmas music on Saturday at the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, while diocesan seminarians Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS) — During the weeks before Christmas, Catholic churches stand out for what they are missing. Unlike stores, malls, public buildings and homes that start gearing up for Christmas at least by Thanksgiving, churches appear almost stark save for Advent wreaths and maybe some greenery or Read More ››
DHAKA, Bangladesh (CNS) — Each human being is created in the image and likeness of God, yet so often people desecrate that image with violence as seen in the treatment of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority, Pope Francis said.
“Today, the presence of God is also called ‘Rohingya,'” the Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Diocesan Youth Choir Christmas Concert will be held at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts of Fairfield University on Sunday December 17, at 7 pm.
This will be the third Christmas Concert for the youth choir formed by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano. It has Read More ››
Norwalk’s Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 has many traditions but helping veterans and children in need is at the top of the list.
First Council 14360 and students at All Saints Catholic School sponsored a donation drive for the veterans at the Homes for The Read More ››
NEW HAVEN—After being out of work for a prolonged period due to an illness, Montreal Beckford has slowly been lifting herself back up with the helping hand of what she said is “God’s grace.”
During that time, it was a challenge to purchase coats for her three Read More ››
Are we as divided and troubled a nation as many commentators and polls seem to suggest?
Perhaps, though I certainly hope and pray not. When crisis or disaster strike, we as Americans seem to rapidly regain our common ground and overlook our differences. Our task is to Read More ››
NEWTOWN—Bishop Frank Caggiano celebrated Thanksgiving a few days early at St. Rose of Lima School.
His visit centered around the celebration of Mass, where he spoke to the children about the first Thanksgiving.
The bishop told the children that the historic moment of the first Thanksgiving teaches us Read More ››
WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), offers a Thanksgiving Day message to the nation with special gratitude for the gift of immigrants and refugees.
Full statement follows:
“As we do every year, we will pause Read More ››
STAMFORD – What a spectacular Harvest Table! The 7th annual Harvest Table fundraiser, held November 12 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, raised more than $110,000 for New Covenant Center, one of the largest soup kitchens in the state. “The event was a record-breaking financial success, and Read More ››
STAMFORD– Meet Jennifer, Anthony and Charo. They’ll change your understanding of people who rely on a soup kitchen for food and other services.
As families throughout the area prepare for their Thanksgiving gatherings, this powerful five-minute “Welcome to New Covenant Center” video gives insight into the struggles Read More ››
FAIRFIELD – Sacred Heart University will host a variety of events in November and December to celebrate the 2017 holiday season. The programs range from beautifully arranged instrumental and choral concerts to Broadway musical medleys. There is sure to be something for everyone during SHU’s holiday Read More ››
INDIANAPOLIS- Just over 24,000 Catholic youth from throughout the country gathered in Indianapolis for a three day conference and celebration of faith. Participants in last weekend’s National Catholic Youth Conference came from as far as Alaska and Hawaii, and as close as our very own Diocese Read More ››
St Joseph High’s girls soccer team has overcome some obstacles this fall, passing most tests with ease to earn a matchup with top-seeded RHAM of Hebron in Saturday Class L state championship game.
Holding true to form, the third-seeded Cadets again overcame on-paper odds and dominated against Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In these waning days of Autumn, many of us are taking the time for garden clean-up, and other household projects to put things away and get ready for winter. In this Facebook post, Bishop Frank Caggiano writes about “winterizing” his Brooklyn family home and discovering a Read More ››
DETROIT (CNS) — On Nov. 18, more than a few Hail Marys will be thrown around inside Ford Field. And unlike a football game, every single prayer will be answered.
That day jerseys and helmets will be replaced by chasubles and miters as thousands of bishops, clergy Read More ››
BALTIMORE (CNS) — A growing number of texts, not only in English and Spanish but in other languages, and the rise of digital technology are hampering the effectiveness of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee on the Catechism, said its chairman, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut.
The Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—When he was 15, Fr. Rolando Torres met a young woman who was in the same Catholic youth movement in Puerto Rico. Years later, in desperation, she emailed the now pastor of St. Mary Church in Bridgeport and asked for help. She and her husband and Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—The role of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other bishops’ conferences around the world is “catholic”—working together to promote the church’s mission, but also “to support peacebuilding and human development throughout the world,” said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.
Cardinal Parolin responded Read More ››
Christmas came early to Choir for Youth (C4Y) members this weekend! The Diocesan Youth Choir spent Friday and Saturday filming a TV Christmas Concert, which will air on Shalom World TV on Christmas Day.
“Filming with the Shalom TV crew has been a beautiful opportunity for the Read More ››
STAMFORD — In Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union address (often referred to as the Four Freedoms Speech), he proposed four fundamental freedoms that people “everywhere in the world” should enjoy. One of those was Freedom from Want, which Norman Rockwell depicted in Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS) – The U.S. Catholic Church stands “in unity” with the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and the larger community after a shooting during Sunday services took the lives of at least 26 people and injured at least 20 others.
Those who died ranged Read More ››
NORWALK—St. Mary’s Church and the St. Cecilia Society are delighted to announce a concert devoted to the music of Franz Schubert (1797–1828) on Sunday, November 5 at St. Mary’s Church, 669 West Avenue in Norwalk Playfully titled “A Schubertiade,”.
This event will feature the acclaimed St. Read More ››
STAMFORD—“Discerning a vocation for the priesthood is not something you can do alone,” says Colin Lomnizter, a seminarian at the St. John Fisher Residence in Stamford.
“You need the help and support of others who are in the same situation. That includes other seminarians and those who Read More ››
CROMWELL– The Saint John Paul II Bioethics Center is pleased to announce that Paul W. Hruz, MD, PhD will deliver the 2017 Saint John Paul II Bioethics Lecture at Holy Apostles on November 17, 2017 at 6:00pm, 33 Prospect Hill Road in Cromwell.
The lecture is free, Read More ››
TRUMBULL—All Souls Day Masses will be celebrated on November 2 at 11 am at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Trumbull and St. John-St. Mary Cemetery in Norwalk.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will celebrate the outdoor Mass at St. John-St. Mary Cemetery, 223 Richards Avenue in Norwalk.
At the Read More ››
NORWALK, Conn. – Good Counsel Malta House, a Norwalk organization that helps pregnant and parenting mothers, has a familiar work crew to help spruce the home!
Volunteers from St. Matthew’s Church Knights of Columbus Council No. 14360 painted and office and the dining room area on Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Perhaps it took a rainstorm and a powerful liturgy to wash away some of the deepest anguish over sexual abuse in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
It also took the authentic and soul-baring testimony of victims of sexual abuse and a direct and deeply truthful homily by Bishop Read More ››
Click here to view the 2017 St. Augustine Medal Recipients
Saint Mary School, Bethel: Mr. Bob & Mrs. Ann Stosser
Nominated by Mr. Greg Viceroy, Principal
Saint Mary Parish, Bethel: Ms. Rose Schlemmer
NORWALK— There is an urgent need to re-imagine the way the Church passes on the faith to young people and engages others in lifelong faith formation Bishop Frank Caggiano said to more than 200 catechists who gathered at All Saints School auditorium this morning.
In a remarkable Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT — The Saint Margaret Shrine, a peaceful outdoor retreat for the Roman Catholic faithful, will be celebrating its 75th anniversary during its Sunday Mass on October 29.
The Mass, which will begin at 11 am, will be celebrated by Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, bishop of Read More ››
BRISTOL—“I have come to give you a call to arms different from any other call in the world,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano told 550 men at the Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference on Saturday. “You must surrender to Jesus Christ and fearlessly give witness to him in Read More ››
Under a cloudless sky on Oct. 20, 2017, representatives from universities around the country joined Fairfield faculty and members of the community in celebrating the investiture ceremony
Calling on Fairfield to “remain relevant” to the demands of the modern world and to embrace the “opportunity to be Read More ››
August 15 marked two important events for New York-area Catholics this year. It was the feast of the Assumption of Mary. It was also the start of the Subway Series between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets. The Diocese of Bridgeport decided to Read More ››
TRUMBULL—Dr. William Fitzgerald, head of St. Joseph High School, tells the story about his daughter’s search to find the right career.
In the fifth grade, parents came to her class and talked about what they did for a living, so she decided to be a lawyer.
In high Read More ››
STRATFORD– More than 100 people attended a Public Rosary yesterday at the Gazebo at Paradise Green, Stratford, Ct in celebration of the 100th year of Fatima.
The noon-time gathering to pray the Rosary was in affiliation with America Needs Fatima Public Square Rosary Crusade.
There were about 21,500 Read More ››
TRUMBULL—George Weigel, New York Times bestselling author and St. John Paul II’s biographer and personal friend, will visit the parish of St. Catherine of Siena for a talk and book signing on Saturday, October 21.
The event will take place in the McClinch Family Center at St. Read More ››
The “Miracle of the Sun,” witnessed by thousands of Portuguese pilgrims Oct. 13, 1917, at Fatima, capped an amazing six months in which the Blessed Mother appeared to three simple shepherd children and imparted her wisdom that would draw the world closer to her Son and Read More ››
TRUMBULL— “Suffering that is not transformed is transmitted,” Sister Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, said several times last night in her reflection on “Decisive Encounter.”
In a powerful and deeply personal talk to inaugurate the new Bishop’s Lecture Series sponsored by the diocesan Leadership Institute, Sister Miriam said Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— On October 6, we celebrated the feast of Saint Bruno, the founder of the Carthusian religious order. Following Saint Bruno’s example, Carthusian monks and nuns live in a monastic setting, devoting their lives to contemplation, silence and solitude. Their ministry is one of prayer and Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese unveiled the new Strategic Plan for Catholic Schools today in a meeting attended by 100 school board members, pastors, principals and other educators.
“This is a gigantic leap forward and an historic afternoon in the life of our schools,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, adding Read More ››
GREENWICH—Greenwich Catholic School welcomed nationally acclaimed author Alan Gratz to campus on October 3 to speak with students in grades 5 through 8. Gratz has written numerous novels for young readers. His first published book, Samurai Shortstop, was chosen as one of the ALA’s Top Ten Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Caggiano issued a clarion call to Catholics to evangelize by living in joy and adopting new forms of catechesis and community that help people encounter Christ in the 21st century.
The bishop delivered the morning keynote at the “People of Joy” Formation Day held this morning Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT — Between 1860 and 1930, scores of Roman Catholic churches and cathedrals went up in the city, and many, like Saints Cyril and Methodius, St. Patrick’s, St. Augustine’s and St. Michael the Archangel, are strikingly beautiful.
The Church of the Blessed Sacrament, with its simple lines, Read More ››
Calling all Men!!! Bill Lavin to deliver a talk on Making a Difference as a Man of Faith at St. Rose Parish in Newtown on Sunday, October 15th at 6:15 (doors open at 5:45).
Bill is a retired firefighter and former President of the NJ Firefighters Mutual Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In support of the upcoming Healing Mass and the ongoing work of healing in the diocese, members of The Committee for Healing have participated in a video project produced at Sacred Heart University in association with the Safe Environments Office of the Diocese of Bridgeport.
The videos Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—A group of Catholic sisters, dressed in purple robes and holding sliver incense burners, slowly walked backward and wafted smoke toward a big, rectangular platform covered with revered icons and images of Christ.
A cadre of 30 or so bearers—also wearing purple robes—balanced the platform on their Read More ››
WASHINGTON, D.C.—“We come here 1,500 strong,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said to diocesan pilgrims who gathered around him for the dedication of the new Rosary Walk and Garden outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
The bishop’s final words capped another extraordinary moment Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Speed and familiarity” often get in the way of effective service and ministry, speaker and author Mike Patin said at the Catholic Center this morning.
Speaking to more than 100 parish and school administrative staff as part of a special Formation Day and workshop, Patin said it’s Read More ››
DANBURY—In its 52 years of existence, Immaculate High School (IHS) has seen thousands of students walk through its doors and, once alumni, they love to support the school they feel is family to them.
Last spring the alumni, several who now teach and work at Immaculate High Read More ››
DARIEN—The girls’ volleyball teams from Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford and Staples High School in Westport played each other on September 15 at Darien High School.
While the competition was fierce, cooperation was in the air in the week leading up to the game. The Read More ››