At times, it is inevitable that we will face sufferings and challenges that are not of our own making. These are the struggles that come from illness, unexpected events or the choices of those around us over which we may have no control. Such situations are Read More ››
Monthly Newspaper • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT
It has been nearly 4 years since the Diocese of Bridgeport has taken to social media to spread the good news of Jesus Christ, build a digital community of faith, and build awareness for diocesan initiatives.
In that time, the diocese has seen tremendous growth across many Read More ››
What would you do if you found yourself in a dark room and there was no light to be found? I remember facing such a situation during the big blackout that hit New York City when I was a boy. I remember being in my bedroom, Read More ››
FAIRFIELD- The battle for the best chili was on, but the champion prevailed once again.
The competition was intense from many other fine cooks, but the three-time Chili for Charity “Chili Cook-Off” champion came through again.
On a beautiful sunny summer day, the Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council Read More ››
STAMFORD (Stamford Advocate)- Scott Smith’s afternoons as a boy in Ansonia were spent at church.
Smith was not raised very religious; his Catholic mother and Protestant father baptized him in the former’s church and let him decide for himself what religion to follow. But his mother would Read More ››
One of the most important lessons that we all need to learn (and perhaps relearn) in our lives is the simple fact that our decisions have consequences that cannot be undone. It may seem strange even to raise this point but unfortunately, many times we forget Read More ››
After two successful years, the St. Philip Family Fall Festival returns with more local vendors for fantastic shopping, children’s programs for lots of family fun and a hot grill for delicious food. The 2017 Festival attendees heard great music, shopped with many crafters and ate delicious Read More ››
Lack of patience is one of my greatest faults, precisely because it is a virtue that is absolutely indispensable to live discipleship with courage and perseverance.
Father Gabriel, in his book Divine Intimacy, speaks of the true nature of Christian patience, in contrast to what the world Read More ››
TRUMBULL- This spring, the SCSS Girls Varsity Basketball team captured an unprecedented 3rd Diocesan and New England Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) championship. Coached by David Rudini and Steve Basso, the girls showed incredible sportsmanship, respect, and talent throughout their journey.
Coach Rudini summarized that this was truly Read More ››
We all recognize that as followers of the Lord, we cannot expect to have an “easier” time in life than He did. The Lord himself warns us many times in the Gospels that we must be ready to carry our cross, to sacrifice all that we Read More ››
In light of the moment of this time of challenge and crisis we are facing as a Church, the one spiritual gift that I appreciate most deeply is the divine gift of hope. While it is a fragile gift, it is also the source of the Read More ››
A central characteristic of true discipleship in Christ is to have a grateful heart. In his parables, Jesus often emphasized the need for us to be grateful for all the blessings we have been given and the obligation to express such thanks in words and actions. Read More ››
As we prepare in a few days to celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lady’s Assumption into heaven, it seems to me that it is appropriate that we pause and reflect upon the role that Mary, the Mother of God, plays in our Catholic lives of faith. Read More ››
This workshop provides RCIA teams with a good grounding on why the rites are the central place of formation and conversion for catechumens Read More ››
Yesterday we celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration when the Lord Jesus brought Peter, James, and John up a high mountain and gave them a glimpse of His divine glory. It is an event that provides a key moment of transition for the apostles who accompanied Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Fairfield University Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies was one of 16 nursing programs selected nationwide and named as a National League for Nursing (NLN) Center of Excellence. The Egan School will be formally inducted during the Honors Convocation at the 2018 NLN Read More ››
All couples married within the past 10 years are invited to our:
NEWLYWED MASS & SOCIAL
When: Friday, August 10, 2018 @ 6 PM
Where: Saint Rose of Lima Church (46 Church Hill Road, Newtown, CT 06470)
Please join us at 6 PM for the celebration of the Mass followed by a Read More ››
A central theme that runs throughout the Gospels is the Lord’s proclamation of the Kingdom of God. More specifically, through His preaching, parables, and miracles, the Lord Jesus offers to His followers a beautiful and grace-filled vision of the inbreaking of God’s Kingdom into creation. It Read More ››
STAMFORD—“Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure.” These words of St. John Paul II have been the foundation for the creation of a new young adult group in the diocese. Catholic Adventures Stamford is a group for young adults in their 20s and 30s who have Read More ››
What does it mean to be a witness? The way we answer this question is important if we wish to live faithful discipleship in Christ.
To the modern world, a “witness” is commonly understood as someone who testifies on behalf of a person or to an event Read More ››
The 13th Annual Fan the Fire Youth Rally will take place on Saturday, August 11 from 9:30am to 10pm at St Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, CT. All young people in grades 8 through 12 are invited and encouraged to attend this incredible opportunity to grow Read More ››
The gift of rest is important to our life for at least two important reasons.
First, sufficient, quality rest is essential to the proper stewardship of the gifts of our physical and mental health. Proper sleep, time for recreation and opportunities to “unwind” are essential to mitigate Read More ››
When we find ourselves in the difficult position of being unable to spiritually help those whom we love, it is very easy to become disappointed. At times, such disappointment can even lead to resentment and anger. However, if we remember the spiritual fact that God loves Read More ››
Calling All Catholic Young Adults (CYAs)!
Join us for the 3rd Annual “Summer Splash” on Sunday, August 5, 2-5pm
Hosted by the Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury (CYAGB), we’ll gather at St. Francis of Assisi parish in Weston, CT, for Mass celebrated by Fr. John Connaughton of Read More ››
As we continue to reflect upon the gift of miracles, I have my own miracle story to share.
When I was a seminarian living my pastoral year at Saint Sylvester’s Church in City Line, Brooklyn, one day in late October I had accepted an invitation attend a Read More ››
BROOKFIELD – Family Fellowship Campfires will be held weekly after the 5pm Saturday Mass at St. Joseph Church, Brookfield.
We’ll have a campfire and a light dinner and s’mores will be provided. Families should bring chairs, blankets, bug spray and any additional snacks and beverages they may Read More ››
It is interesting to note that in almost every miracle story in the Gospels, the evangelists never say that everyone who witnessed the miracle believed in Jesus. Rather, we read that many came to believe in Him. The difference between “everyone” and “many” offers a significant Read More ››
My friends, I have exciting news! As our community grows on Facebook, my hope is that we can continue to find new ways to use social media as a means by which we can engage the world and one another, so that we can become ever more Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT- St. Ann Church in Black Rock is once again hosting their annual Summer Concert Series, featuring a number of great bands! The concerts will take place in the field adjacent to St. Ann’s. Admission is $5 per person.
Please note that the rain date for these Read More ››
STAMFORD—On June 15, The Catholic Academy of Stamford Upper School held their first Eighth Grade graduation. The graduates wore their caps and gowns proudly as they walked down the aisle of St. Cecilia Church. A beautiful Mass was celebrated with family, friends, faculty and staff, made Read More ››
A medida que nuestra nación sigue lidiando con la práctica de separar a los niños de sus familias en la frontera, debemos distinguir nuestros sentimientos políticos sobre este tema de las enseñanzas reales del Señor Jesús, quien Élmismo es la plenitud de la Verdad.
Como hijo de Read More ››
As our nation continues to grapple with the practice of separating children from their families at the border, we must distinguish our political feelings on this issue from the actual teachings of the Lord Jesus, who is the fullness of Truth Himself.
As a son of immigrants, Read More ››
NORWALK—This past Sunday I had the privilege to participate in two Eucharistic processions to commemorate the Feast of Corpus Christi. The first was held at Saint John’s Church in Darien, following the 11:30 AM Mass. The other was a procession for the deanery of Norwalk, Darien Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT- Bishop Caggiano is inviting young adults ages 18-35 to join him in Panama for World Youth Day in January of 2019! World Youth Day is an encounter of young people from all around the world with the Holy Father, the person of Jesus Christ, the Universal Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—It’s Friday morning and we all know what that means. It’s time for another segment of Faith Friday with Fr. Sam Kachuba!
Only this video, sponsored by the Communications Office of the Diocese of Bridgeport, will be special: it will commemorate the one-year anniversary of the beginning Read More ››
Each time I visit Rome, I am powerfully reminded of the universal character of the Church. As I walk the streets of this city, reminiscing of my time spent here as a student priest, I am always struck at the diversity of cultures, languages and races Read More ››
Could you ever imagine inviting a guest into your home and then ignoring his or her presence? Under normal circumstances, such behavior would demonstrate bad will or a total lack of regard for the person visiting. In the home that I grow us in, such behavior Read More ››
BLOOMFIELD—Unity in Christ and respect for everyone’s gifts, cultures and traditions lead Catholics to share the faith as a stronger community.
That was the message Hispanic leaders from episcopal Region I South heard when they met May 12 to discern challenges and opportunities in the church at Read More ››
STAMFORD—A casual conversation about what to do with a library full of books that needed to be cleaned out to make way for the school’s new media center turned into an opportunity to extend the lives of the books by donating them to students and teachers Read More ››
TRUMBULL—Faithful from around the Diocese of Bridgeport came together last Saturday to celebrate the Perpetual Profession of Maria del Pilar (Mapi) Cerdeña Perochena at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull.
The beautiful day began with the Mass of Profession, celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, in Read More ››
Saint Thomas once taught his students that to love God means to love all the things that God loves. In light of this simple and profound truth, I am most grateful to all the mothers, living and deceased, who taught their spouses, children, grandchildren, neighbors and Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Hundreds of faithful are expected to fill St. Augustine Cathedral this Saturday, 7:00 pm (May 19) for the Vigil of Pentecost Mass celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano. All are welcome to attend.
The evening will begin with Evening Vespers at Sunset followed by a procession into Read More ››
DARIEN- Parishioners of St. Thomas More in Darien are currently gathering for Sunday Mass in the Parish Hall while the 1973-built church undergoes extensive renovation. The Hall was restored in 2017 as part of the Next Generation project and now provides a beautiful multi-purpose space for Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Just in time for Mother’s Day, a handful of bishops shared memories of their moms on a recent podcast by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The bishops, interviewed on the “Made for Love” podcast, which is part of the USCCB’s Marriage Unique for Read More ››
STAMFORD-RAIN DOWN! Is a celebration of the Holy Spirit who animates, guides, forms and transforms us! Started in 2015 by Fathers Bert Pinciaro and Joseph Gill, RAIN DOWN has grown from 60 youth from four Parishes to 140 youth from six parishes in 2017. This October, Read More ››
There is an old saying: “man proposes and God disposes.” As I woke up this morning, I was reminded of how much God is in charge of everything we do.
Yesterday I left the pilgrimage at Lourdes to return home to the United States, in order to Read More ››
Barbara Oleynick had a vision—one forming within her mind and heart for the last 20 years: to bring the story of the miracle of Fatima to all those who wish to hear it. As a producer, director, writer and composer, Oleynick dreamed of a multi-media virtual Read More ››
“In such a difficult mission, one must be holy.” These are the words spoken by Saint Peter Chanel, whose feast day we celebrate today. Saint Peter, born in France, joined the Marists brothers and traveled to the Pacific Island of Futuna to serve as a missionary. Read More ››
Msgr. Thomas Green, professor of canon law, died on April 28 at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Chester, Penn., at the age of 79.
Born in Bridgeport on August 10, 1938, to Thomas J. and Beatrice Green, he graduated from the Fairfield Prep in 1956 and received Read More ››
TRUMBULL—The Diocesan Youth Choir performed a beautiful Spring Concert: “Lift Every Voice” in front of a full St. Theresa Parish on Sunday, April 29th.
From the first notes of “He is Exalted,” to the ending chords of “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” the crowd of Read More ››
GREENWICH, CT – April 25, 2018 – Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has appointed the new Board of Directors for Greenwich Catholic School, which announced its transition to a new governance structure, known as an Academy model, in March.
“These individuals bring extensive experience, talent, and energy to the Read More ››
HAMDEN- Claire Donelan ’18 (Fairfield) and Avishan Montazer ’18 (Hamden) were selected to represent Sacred Heart Academy at the Southern Connecticut Conference’s (SCC) 24thScholar Leader Banquet. At the event, 46scholar leaders, two from each member school, were recognized for outstanding scholarship and leadership in their respective schools Read More ››
Yesterday I began spring cleaning in the apartment in Brooklyn. In this way, I am continuing a tradition that my mother observed for all the years of her life. For mom, spring cleaning meant washing all the windows, draperies, cleaning out the closets, getting the backyard Read More ››
STAMFORD—Colin Lomnitzer, of Trumbull, a seminarian at John Fisher Seminary Residence, received his Candidacy from Bishop Frank J. Caggiano on Sunday April 22 during the noon time Mass at St. Piux X Church in Fairfield.
At the Candidacy ceremony, seminarians become official candidates for preparation for the sacrament Read More ››
DARIEN- “It’s a pilgrimage we’re all involved with…at every level: physically; spiritually; emotionally…but we’ll make it to the Promised Land.”
Typically a pilgrimage involves taking a journey to a different place, and being changed in the process. But the parishioners at St. Thomas More Church in Darien Read More ››
TRUMBULL- The Parish of Saint Catherine of Siena is hosting a paper shredding fundraising event on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from 9 a.m. – 12 noon, rain or shine. All kinds of papers and documents will be shredded while you wait by a professional shredding truck. No Read More ››
The following reflection on thankfulness originally appeared on Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook page. Follow the Bishop for daily reflections and weekly videos!
BRIDGEPORT—The Diocesan Youth Choir will “Lift Every Voice” in its upcoming Spring Concert set for this Sunday, April 29th, at 4:00 pm at St. Theresa Parish (5301 Main St, Trumbull, CT 06611) in Trumbull.
The concert, open free of charge to the public, will follow the annual Wedding Read More ››
TRUMBULL- This Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 3:00pm at St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull (5301 Main St, Trumbull, CT 06611), Bishop Caggiano will be celebrating the 2018 Wedding Jubilee Mass.
This Mass is for couples celebrating 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50+ year wedding anniversaries.
Photos with Bishop Read More ››
The following reflection on thankfulness originally appeared on Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook page. Follow the Bishop for daily reflections and weekly videos!
As I was driving back from the Diaconate Convocation held at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, I was struck with a deep sense of Read More ››
The following blog is a reflection from Bishop Frank Caggiano, originally written in January 2018, during our Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The reflection originally appeared on Bishop Frank’s Facebook page, and details his experience praying in the Basilica of the Annunciation.
It is said that “man Read More ››
The following reflection on Divine Mercy Sunday originally appeared on Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook page. Follow the Bishop for daily reflections and weekly videos as we journey through this Easter season together!
On Divine Mercy Sunday, we pray that the mercy of the Lord will help convert Read More ››
The following reflection on Reconciliation Monday originally appeared on Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook page. Follow the Bishop for daily reflections and weekly videos as we journey through this sacred season together!
Today our Diocese joins the Archdiocese of New York and the Dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville Centre Read More ››
Summary Collaboration was written by Reverend Fr. John Ringley, Mr. John Iannone, Holy Shroud of Turin Expert, Cindy Lucignano – Divine Mercy Advocate and Photographer
On Thursday, March 15, 2018 the Cathedral Parish in Bridgeport, Connecticut hosted an eye opening presentation on the Shroud of Turin, the Read More ››
The following is a reflection from Msgr. J. Peter Cullen on the recent “Lenten Evening of Recollection” at Holy Spirit Parish in Stamford.
Sister M. Gaudia Skass, OLM presented a special “Lenten Evening of Recollection” at Holy Spirit Parish in Stamford on Monday, March 12th. I was Read More ››
The following reflection on Holy Week originally appeared on Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook page. Follow the Bishop for daily reflections and weekly videos as we journey through this sacred season together!
As we approach Holy Week, many parishes follow the ancient custom of covering all sacred images, Read More ››
The Living Stations of the Cross will be held on Good Friday March 30, 2018 at 7 pm at St Jude Church in Monroe. Monsignor Dariusz Zielonka is the pastor.
This will be the 29th presentation of the Living Stations at the Church at the parish 707 Read More ››
The following reflection on St. Joseph originally appeared on Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook page. Follow the Bishop for daily reflections and weekly videos throughout this sacred season!
As we celebrate the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, today is also the fifth anniversary of the installation of Pope Francis Read More ››
Trumbull CT – March 12 The Parish of Saint Catherine of Siena invites you to two special events during Holy Week. Everyone is welcome!
The Parish will sponsor a Visit to the Seven Churches directly following the Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday, March 29. This Read More ››
St. Ann Third Grade – Students in St. Ann’s School in Black Rock were visited by Catholic Center employees who read them stories, worked on Math problems and and talked about writing. In the photo above, boys and girls inMrs. Baldwin’s Third Grade class enjoy hearing Read More ››
Every April, we commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month to highlight the importance of protecting minors from abuse. This year, the USCCB is offering the following activities and resources to dioceses/parishes.
STRATFORD—Students at St. Mark School in Stratford, grades kindergarten through sixth, have begun preparations for their entries into the New England Science and Sailing (NESS), 2018 Long Island Sound drawing contest. Winners of the contest will get their drawing published in the annual NESS “Long Island Read More ››