BRIDGEPORT–When Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the decision to end the DACA program, Bishop Frank Caggiano responded, “The Lord Jesus was very explicit in his call for disciples to welcome any brother or sister in need: “Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name, welcomes Read More ››
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The following is a list of scheduled events for the St. Padre Pio Tridumm 2017.
Location: The Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, 279 Atlantic Street, Stamford, CT
Contact: 203-324-1553 ext 21
Thursday, September 21
Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Triduum of Prayers, Benediction in the Basilica
Homilist: Fr. Read More ››
Editor’s Note: This story was originally posted on Sept. 11, 2016. We pray for all victims, survivors, first responders and families impacted by 9/11. May they feel the comfort of God.
NEW YORK — “It started coming down on us.”
Fifteen years ago, Capt. Thomas Colucci led the Read More ››
In a solemn outdoor ceremony held on Saturday morning, September 9th on the beautiful grounds of Notre Dame Health & Rehabilitation Center in Norwalk, members of Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick 4th Degree Assembly were joined by their families as well as residents and staff of Read More ››
NORWALK— People in Houston and Florida and the Caribbean whose lives have been disrupted by hurricanes were very much on the mind of more than 400 people who filled St. Matthew Church for the 16th Annual Blue Mass today.
The Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Frank J. Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT–The Annual Diocesan Blue Mass honoring Fire, Police and First Responders will be held on Sunday, September 10, 12 Noon at St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk.
A reception immediately following Mass will be held in the Masterpool Great Room on the parish grounds. Read More ››
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Knights of Columbus has raised more than $1.3 million for victims of the disastrous flooding in Texas and in preparation to help those who may be in the path of Hurricane Irma.
The organization has taken a leadership role in assisting Read More ››
NORWALK– “Go Make a Difference,” an evening with Catholic songwriter and award-winning performer Steve Angrisano, will be held at St. Matthew Church in Norwalk on Sunday October 15, 7 pm. Admission is free to all throughout the diocese.
“Watching Steve share the Good News of Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—After nearly two years of construction, Sacred Heart University’s new Center for Healthcare Education is ready to open. Staff and faculty from the College of Health Professions and College of Nursing have moved into the state-of-the-art building, and students will begin their studies with the latest Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT – The Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport announced a donation of $15,000 by KeyBank Foundation, the nonprofit charitable foundation of KeyCorp, to the Foundations in Education, which provides scholarship assistance to students attending catholic schools in Fairfield County.
The Diocese of Bridgeport educates more than 9,000 students Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT– “I was profoundly saddened yesterday to learn of the decision rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, commonly known as DACA.
For the last few years, the DACA Program has protected over 800,000 young people from deportation, all of whom who were brought to the Read More ››
NEW YORK—The Sistine Chapel Choir in visiting NYC on September 16th and 17th.
There will be a concert in St. Patrick’s Cathedral on the evening of Sept 16th at 7pm, and the choir will sing at mass with Cardinal Dolan on Sunday at 10:30am Mass.
Fr. Mark Haydu, Read More ››
NEW YORK— In the audio link to SiriusXM’s Conversation with Cardinal Dolan, Cardinal Dolan weighs in on the president’s decision to end the DACA program, which protects immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. He gives some background on the program, how it’s benefited the Read More ››
WASHINGTON— The President and Vice President along with Chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have issued a statement denouncing the Administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after six months.
The following statement from USCCB President Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo Read More ››
NORWALK— A truck driven by St. Matthew pastor Msgr. Walter Orlowski is bound for Texas “loaded with prayer, love, support and supplies.”
Scores of St. Matthew parishioners volunteered over the weekend to help sort donations given from Catholic churches in the area to help out Hurricane Harvey Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS) — “Excessive inequality” threatens cooperation among all people in society “and the social pact it supports,” said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, in the U.S. bishops’ annual Labor Day statement. In the message, Bishop Dewane cited the words of Pope Francis, who told Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— In this “Face of Prayer” video, Bishop Caggiano issues a back to school challenge to young people: “Make time for prayer!”
With the unstructured time of Summer coming to an end, the Bishop tells them they should “Choose now” to make prayer a part of their Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Environmental destruction is a sign of a “morally decaying scenario” in which too many people ignore or deny that, from the beginning, “God intended humanity to cooperate in the preservation and protection of the natural environment,” said the leaders of the Catholic Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis offered his prayers for the people of Texas and Louisiana struggling to cope with the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey and he praised all those engaged in rescuing and caring for the thousands of people forced out of their homes.
In Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— Father Louis Pintye, O.F.M., Pastor of St. Emery Parish in Fairfield ’s for 13 years from 1998 to 2011 passed into eternal life on August 20, 2017 at Mount Alverna Friary-Shrine of Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted in Youngstown, Ohio, after a lengthy illness.
Dear Colleagues in Ministry,
As we begin this new school year I just want to take a moment to thank all of you for the work you do for the young people who attend our Catholic Schools. Each day, I am inspired by the work you do, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— In this video Bishop Caggiano reminds us that a final prayer before going to sleep is a good way to examine our consciences and be reminded of God’s forgiveness and love for us. The bishop reminds us that evening prayer is an opportunity for us Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—What do you get when you combine an engaging math and language arts program with live animals, an ice cream truck and an 80-foot, three-masted sharpie schooner? One memorable and meaningful summer enrichment program which at the Catholic Academy of Bridgeport is called “Jump Start.”
Thanks to Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—People throughout the diocese are responding to Bishop Frank Caggiano’s call to join him in a diocesan pilgrimage to Washington D. C. on September 23.
As of today, the diocese has reserved more than 15 buses for the special, one-day pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The bishop from the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Virginia called for peace following violence in Charlottesville late on Aug. 11 and subsequent events at the University of Virginia that left at least one person dead after a car plowed into a crowd on Read More ››
Of all of the headliners billed for last month’s World Youth Day Unite in Washington, D.C., I was guessing that the two musicians — Audrey Assad and Tony Melendez — were the biggest draw for the young pilgrims who traveled to the St. John Paul II Read More ››
NORWALK—Msgr. Joseph Kohut died on August 5 at Notre Dame Convalescent Home in Norwalk. He was 98 years old.
Joseph John Kohut was born on December 12, 1918 in Peekskill N.Y. After graduating high school he was employed as a stenographer at Standard Brands, Inc., and at Read More ››
NORWALK— Religious and government leaders urged comprehensive immigration reform this evening at St. Jerome Church, and said it was time for good people to speak out against policies that are needlessly dividing families.
More than 300 gathered for the early evening vigil in support of Jung Courville, Read More ››
Teens from Christ the King Parish in Trumbull spilled onto the grounds of Vikingsborg, the guest house of the Sisters of St. Birgitta in Darien. They were there for a June picnic to wrap up the year’s youth group activities.
“We could see the water right away,” Read More ››
Pope Francis’s prayer intention for the month of August is “That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.” This action from the pope is the latest in a long history of Catholic Church teaching on environmental protection, and Read More ››
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano addressed more than 1,300 young adults from across the country on July 22 for World Youth Day Unite. He and Bishop-designate Nelson Perez of the Diocese of Cleveland, were the keynote speakers at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Read More ››
Before I became the social media leader for the Diocese of Bridgeport, none of my friends were Roman Catholic.
When I share that with my co-workers in ministry, they are often upset, but not necessarily surprised. For years now, we’ve heard the narrative that people are leaving Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Diocesan youth groups gathered yesterday morning at St St. Pius X Church in Fairfield to depart for the regional high school conference, Steubenville NYC, hosted by Franciscan University of Steubenville and Life Teen.
Teens from St. Pius X, St. Jude Parish in Monroe, and St. Peter’s Parish Read More ››
PORTLAND, MAINE — Seventeen seminarians from the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT, are spending the week in Maine serving those in need.
“I’m really excited. Mission work is a great opportunity to put your faith into action,” said André Escaleira. “It’s an opportunity to be the hands and Read More ››
A multi-state project, including a research team from the Biology Department at Sacred Heart University (SHU), was selected for funding to monitor, evaluate and provide recommendations for the design and placement of living shorelines or nature-based infrastructure as part of a $1 million 2017 National Oceanic Read More ››
STRATFORD—From its inception, parish outreach has been one of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality’s primary goals. Bishop Frank Caggiano, welcomed and encouraged the idea of sharing Ignatian spirituality with the people of the Bridgeport diocese, and so the Ignatian Parish Pilgrimage was initiated.
The program consists of Read More ››
ORLANDO—The following is a video and transcript of Bishop Caggiano’s discussion on “How to Deal with Divisions in the Church.” (July 4, 2017 at the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America”)
“The truth is there is division that comes with the best Read More ››
ORLANDO, FL— Jesus took a few loaves and fishes and turned them into a feast for thousands, offering the church an example of faith in action, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said in sending 3,500 delegates home from the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy Read More ››
Today we join together as a nation to celebrate the gift of our freedom as enshrined by our Constitution. We commemorate the founding of our nation that is built upon the belief that all people have a God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of Read More ››
ORLANDO, FL—The U.S. Catholic Church’s increasing diversity presents Catholics with the opportunity to accompany each other on the journey of faith Pope Francis envisions, a Boston College professor told delegates to the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America” in Orlando.
Hosffman Ospino, Read More ››
ORLANDO, FL—Catholic leaders attending the opening Mass of the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of The Gospel in America” were urged to reflect joy—a sign of God’s presence—and not exclusively focus on the world’s problems.
“A big part of the reason behind this promising convocation, folks, Read More ››
ORLANDO, FL—Leaders from over 156 dioceses across the U.S. are meeting in Orlando Florida for an extraordinary convocation of Catholic leaders throughout the United States entitled, “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America”.
Twelve leaders from the Diocese of Bridgeport have joined Bishop Read More ››
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Young adults from the Diocese of Bridgeport have been invited to join other young people throughout the U.S. for the celebration of World Youth Day Unite in Washington D. C. on Saturday July 22, at the St. John Paul II National Shrine from 11:30 Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—”In yesterday’s Gospel, the Lord directed his disciples three times to cast out fear from their lives. He told them that they had nothing to fear in this life, except the evil one who could threaten their spiritual lives.
I find this command not always easy to Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“We come here with great joy and thanksgiving for the gift of these three men,” said Bishop Caggiano at the beginning of this morning’s ordination at St. Augustine Cathedral.
A day that began with torrential rain opened into clear skies and the transparent happiness of almost Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Silence is an essential ingredient in any vibrant prayer life,” says Bishop Frank Caggiano in this week’s Face of Prayer video.
He discusses how we can truly be present with the Lord when we pray, and invites everyone to join him at tomorrow’s ordination of three new Read More ››
Sister Rosemary Sheehan, a Religious of the Sacred Heart and a well known educator, passed away suddenly on June 20.
From 1953-1956 she worked at the former Convent of the Sacred Heart girls’ school in Noroton, where she taught, worked in the infirmary and served as dormitory Read More ››
Bishops focus on religious freedom issues both at home and abroad.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops have launched a website and video to mark the beginning of this year’s “Fortnight for Freedom,” focusing on religious freedom issues both at home and abroad.
The video, about 10 minutes long Read More ››
Desert landscapes, distant mountains, ancient rock formations—these are the sights that characterized the winter break of my senior year in high school. Thanks to a unique service opportunity offered by the campus ministry at my school, Lauralton Hall, I was able to discover a place unlike Read More ››
Each Sunday at Mass, when we proclaim our Catholic faith, we say the following, “I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth.” With these words, we acknowledge the fact that Jesus addressed His heavenly Father as “Abba”- a word that can Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On Saturday, June 17, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will ordain James K. Bates as a transitional deacon for the Diocese of Bridgeport. The Ordination Mass will be celebrated at 11 am in St. Augustine Cathedral. Traditionally, ordination as a transitional deacon is the last step before Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—For as long as I could remember, today was an important day in my home. For today is the Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of my parents’ home town in Italy and the saint for whom my sister was named (Antonia).
In fact, Read More ››
NEW CANAAN—Elena and Steve Schlegel, Chair Couple of the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal and Joy and Tom Cronin, both parishioners of St. Aloysius Parish in New Canaan, hosted a reception at the Cronin’s home Saturday, June 10.
More than 60 people gathered on a lovely June evening Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT — As summer approaches, the safety of children as they take to pools and beaches is paramount.
“I heard you guys took a pledge, can you tell me what the pledge was?” Bridgeport Director of Health Martiza Bond prompted a group of children ages 5 to Read More ››
BLACK ROCK, BRIDGEPORT– Black Rock Day weekend kicked off with the 4th Annual Black Rock Farmers Market on Saturday June 10, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at St. Ann Parish Field, 481 Brewster Street.
The Farmers Market is back for the 2017 season with some old favorites Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Summer is upon us! I hope this summer is everything you are planning it to be. But remember, summer does not mean we take a vacation from the Lord! I encourage you, wherever you may be this summer, to make time to come to Mass on Read More ››
PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — It is no accident that each year many films shown on television between Memorial Day and the June 6 anniversary of D-Day center on World War II.
After all, with more than 16 million men and women under arms, it was easily the largest Read More ››
Msgr. Peter P. Dora died on June 5 at Calvary Hospital, Bronx, NY.
A Stamford native, he was born on April 29, 1941, the son of Paul and Rose Kmetz Dora. He attended K.T. Murphy Grammar School, St. Mary School and Stamford High School, and was prepared Read More ››
NORWALK—Sunday ( June 4th) is shaping up to be a great day at St. Philip Parish in Norwalk with a special celebration to honor Fr. Michael Boccaccio after 29 years of service as Pastor of St. Philip.
The celebration will get underway with Mass at Noon followed Read More ››
FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University has renamed alumnus Brian Hamilton ’87 of Milford to its board of trustees, the University’s top governing body.
Hamilton is founder and chairman of Sageworks, a financial information company with offices in Raleigh, N.C., and New York City. Sageworks provides lending and risk Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—What do you do for leisure? When did you know that God was calling you to be a Priest? What is the hardest part of your ministry?” These questions and more were asked during Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook Live Town Hall Meeting, which occurred on May Read More ››
NEW HAVEN—With Christians facing increased pressure in the Middle East, the Knights of Columbus has launched a nationwide digital and television ad campaign to raise awareness and funds on their behalf.
A bus attack in Egypt last week resulted in almost 50 casualties. In Iraq, the situation Read More ››
NEWTOWN— The Newtown Knights of Columbus Council 185, along with the Newtown Knights of Columbus assembly 3230 performed a ceremony to honor our veterans on Saturday at St. Rose of Lima cemetery.
A prayer was performed by Monsignor Weiss and a wreath was presented in Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“May our schools always be vibrant places where faith and learning are the center of our lives,” Bishop Caggiano said in his blessing at annual “Breakfast of Champions” held in Our Lady Queen of Saints Hall at the Catholic Center.
More than 200 parents, principals and priests Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Submitting our mind, heart and will to God and responding to his presence in our lives is the most precious gift we have. But there are times in our life when we doubt,” Bishop Frank Caggiano says in this Ascension Thursday reflection.
In this video, which is Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT — When she was hired as a physical education teacher at Cathedral High School, Jo-Anne Jakab considered it a good “start up” job.
Forty-three years later, Jakab, principal and president of what is now Kolbe Cathedral High School, is ready to move on. Sort of.
At the Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT– “The Right Stuff is the Never Give Up Stuff” proclaimed the sign above Astronaut Leland Melvin as he stood before the middle school students of the Catholic Academy of Bridgeport on May 22.
“If you believe in yourself you can do anything,” Melvin told the middle Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Ruben and Grace Rodriguez are the recipients of the Horizons at Sacred Heart University program’s first-ever Horizons Leadership Award. The award was bestowed at the program’s second annual gala on April 22 at the Frank and Marisa Martire Business and Communications Center at SHU.
In accepting the Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano presided over the installation of nine new Deans at the Chrism Mass held during Holy Week.
The new Deanery model replaces the former Vicariate structure related to the territorial organization of the diocese. The deaneries are designed to assist the bishop and priests Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Like parish priests throughout Italy do during the Easter season, Pope Francis spent an afternoon May 19 going door to door and blessing homes.
Continuing the “Mercy Friday” visits he began during the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis chose a public housing complex in Ostia, a Read More ››
“To build up the person of Christ in each man who comes here is the mission of this house; to clarify in his mind and in the mind of the Church whether the Lord is calling him to be a priest,” says Father Paul Check, rector Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— Writer and youth minister Kevin Dowd said Millennials are “a generation of brokenness,” who also represent the “the highest population of devout Christians than in the past three generations.”
Speaking to more than 100 directors or religious education (DRE’s) at an end of Read More ››
STAMFORD — Rhodes College Singers will perform in concert at The Church of the Holy Spirit Stamford on Thursday May 25, 2017 at 7:00PM. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public.
“We are most blessed and privileged to have this elite group sing Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—More than 2,000 Sacred Heart University students embarked upon a new journey this weekend after receiving diplomas and words of advice and motivation from religious leaders, scholars and classmates.
President John J. Petillo addressed undergraduate students on Sunday. “Today is indeed your day. These past few years Read More ››