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BRIDGEPORT—On the week of May 3-7, Veritas Catholic Network is having their spring pledge drive.

“With St. Joseph as our patron, we are building a powerful means of evangelization for Jesus here in Connecticut and New York. What we are building will be here for generations and will touch thousands of souls,” wrote Steve Lee in the most recent newsletter.

Debbie Georgianni, who co-hosts EWTN’s Take 2 on Veritas most weekdays at noon, is the host for this spring’s pledge drive.

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St. Catherine of Siena Dedicates a New Stained Glass Window

Trumbull- The Parish of Saint Catherine of Siena (220 Shelton Road, Trumbull) announces the addition of a beautiful new stained-glass window in the church. The window, dedicated and blessed on March 19, also the Solemnity of St. Joseph, depicts five women and five men who have lived in more recent times, and have lived lives of heroic, exemplary faithfulness to God.

“Intentionally located just beside the baptismal font, the window serves to highlight the important truth that through the Sacrament of Baptism comes the vocation to holiness in all the various states of life in the Church: marriage, single life, priesthood, and consecrated life,” says Joseph A. Marcello, Pastor of St. Catherine of Siena.

Reflecting on the fact that St. Catherine’s Church includes many images of Bishops from the early Church and the founders of Religious orders, Father Marcello continues: “Seeing only images of people who lived so long ago and in states of life far removed from our own might give us the mistaken impression that becoming a saint – actually becoming a saint! – is not really meant for you or me.  In this window, we see people who look a little more like us.”

The 10 Saints and Blesseds featured in the window are:

Saints Louis (1823-1894) and Zélie (1831-1877) Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, are depicted in the center of the window.  They are the first married couple in history to be canonized together.  Their liturgical feast day is July 12, their wedding anniversary.

Also depicted is Blessed Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus and a Connecticut diocesan priest, whose two younger brothers were also priests, and pastors of the territory that contained what is now St. Catherine of Siena Parish.

Another is Mother – now Saint – Teresa of Calcutta.  People of every faith, and of none, instinctively recognized her thoroughgoing authenticity: hers was an intentional, lifelong response of heroic generosity to Jesus’ words: “Whatever you did to the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.”  Mother Teresa, who saw the worst of human suffering and who experienced extended periods of interior darkness herself, never tired of saying, with a big smile: “Never let anything so fill you with sorrow that you forget the joy of Christ risen.”

Additionally:

  • Saint Gianna Beretta Molla: wife, mother, doctor
  • Saint André Bessette: Religious Brother
  • Blessed Chiara Luce Badano: young lay woman
  • Saint John Henry Newman: priest and theologian
  • Saint Josephine Bakhita: Religious Sister
  • Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati: young lay man

The Parish of Saint Catherine of Siena warmly welcomes anyone who is new to our area, anyone who is searching for the truth, or anyone who is looking for a spiritual home. We are joyfully and faithfully Roman Catholic in belief and practice – a community of faith, worship, service, and formation – and with open hearts we invite all our brothers and sisters into a living and saving friendship with the Lord Jesus Christ, in the communion of His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.  We are conveniently located at 220 Shelton Road in the Nichols area of Trumbull. Information at www.StCathTrumbull.com.

Lights, Camera, Action! Immaculate High School’s We Will Rock You!

DANBURY – Annual spring musicals are part of the Immaculate High School tradition. Due to Covid-19, the 2020 musical was unfortunately unable to go on, but director Matthew Farina was determined to make the 2021 show a reality. The planning process for this year’s production has been different than most years, as a virtual show was inevitable. When exploring possibilities for shows, Farina wanted an option that would come across screens as well as it would on a stage. “I wanted to weave the virtual production into the storyline of the show,” he said. This goal of having the storyline of the show make sense virtually eliminated traditional options such as Oklahoma, which takes place in a time where Zoom and virtual watching would be foreign concepts. Thus, Immaculate’s rendering of WE WILL ROCK YOU was born.

WE WILL ROCK YOU is told through the songs of the British rock band Queen and is set in the distant future where live music and free thought have been banned. A group of rock rebels, called Bohemians, fight against the globally corporate world to restore freedom and the rebirth of rock and roll.

The next challenge to tackle was how to produce this show in a way that would be interesting to the audience watching through a screen. Due to Covid-19 restrictions and safety protocols, having the whole cast together and live streaming the show from the school auditorium was out of the question. That is where the movie musical idea came to be. By filming one scene at a time, students are able to work in smaller groups and maintain social distance to keep each other safe. Scouting and filming at different locations around Immaculate and the Danbury community keep the show fresh and interesting to watch.

Farina says the new way of producing the show has allowed not only himself and producer Kathleen Czel to think outside the box, but the students as well. “It may never be like this again,” Farina said in regards to the movie musical format, and explained that they are taking advantage of the opportunity to be “creatively brave” and use different technology and computer effects to enhance the viewing experience.

WE WILL ROCK YOU will be livestreamed Friday, May 21 at 7:00 pm, Saturday, May 22 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, May 23 at 2:00 pm. Information regarding accessing the livestream, a full cast list and more can be found at www.immaculatehs.org/rock.

St. Joseph High School Announces 2021 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

TRUMBULL, CT—St Joseph High School, southern Connecticut’s premier college preparatory school, is proud to announce that Joseph Harrington and Helen Mahoney are this year’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian respectively.

Joseph Harrington has attained the highest academic record among his class and will deliver the Valedictorian’s Farewell Address at the close of Commencement on Saturday, June 5th. Joseph resides in Fairfield, CT and currently serves as President of the Writing Center, a Captain of the Boys Varsity Tennis Team, and member of the National Honor Society, Jazz Band, Coding Club, and Student Ambassadors. Joseph is also a Harvard Book Award recipient, Commended National Merit Scholar, and a member of Math, English, Spanish, and Music Honor Societies. Additionally, he has represented St Joes multiple times as a Western Region and All-State Euphonium instrumentalist. Joseph is heavily involved in scouting, having served as the Senior Patrol Leader of his troop, and as a Chapter Chief in scouting’s national honor society, the Order of the Arrow. Joe is currently wrapping up his Eagle Scout project and application and, in the fall, plans on attending The University of Notre Dame to study economics and political science.

St Joe’s Salutatorian, Helen Mahoney resides in Stamford, CT. She is President of the National Honor Society, and has led the initiative to make and deliver over 10,000 sandwiches to the New Covenant Center. She is a member of the Math, English, and Spanish Honor Societies. Helen is also a Yale Book Award recipient, an AP Scholar with Distinction, and a Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award recipient. During her time at St Joes, as a Presidential Scholar, Helen has been an active member of the Drama and Debate clubs, as well as President of the Online Writing Resource Center and Vice President of Student Ambassadors. She was also a starting defender on the 2017 Varsity Girls Soccer State Championship team. In the fall, Helen will attend The University of Notre Dame as a Glynn Family Honors Program Scholar, majoring in Mathematics.

“We are so proud of these two very talented students who embody all that is St Joes,” said Principal, Nancy DiBuono. “James is a leader through example and his strength of character is noticed by all. Helen is a talented student with a strong work ethic. She sets high standards for herself and is a leader both in and out of the classroom. We know they are both destined for greatness.”

 About St Joseph High School

St Joseph High School (SJHS) strives to be the premier college preparatory school in Southern Connecticut. The school provides a learning environment that embraces the Gospel values of the Roman Catholic faith and promotes a commitment to family and community. SJHS prepares young women and men to realize their potential, helps them to excel in higher education, and provides a foundation to guide them throughout their lives. St Joseph High School is a member of NCEA, NAIS, NEAS&C.  www.sjcadets.org

 

Ambassador Training Program in Spanish

BRIDGEPORT – Work has begun on offering the ambassador training program in Spanish. Father Gustavo Falla, Vicar for Hispanic Catholics, in collaboration with four other Spanish-speaking priests, is collaborating with Father Michael Novajosky to organize the program, with a proposed start at the beginning of May.

Registration materials will be distributed next Monday, April 19th. As was true for the English language track, pastors will be asked to nominate persons from his parish to attend the formation program. The registration process will be identical to that which was done in March.

The formation experience will begin with in-person orientation sessions, as was offered in English. For more information, contact your Pastor.

“Notas” acerca del Cuarto de Arriba #5

La Diócesis pronto inaugurará la sección en Español del programa de experiencia de formación para Embajadores. Se prevé que este programa se dará inicio a comienzos del mes de Mayo. Habrá más información disponible acerca de esto la próxima semana. Les solicitamos a todos aquellos interesados que contacten a su pastor para discutir su posible registro al programa.

Relics Used to Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday at St. Jude Church

MONROE- St. John XXIII Council 5987 of the Knights of Columbus hosted a unique presentation in celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday on April 11th at St. Jude Parish in Monroe, CT.

In partnership with the Apostolate for Holy Relics, Reverend Henry Hoffman and Deacon John Tuccio participated in presenting a one-hour program highlighting a series of excerpts from The Diary of St. Faustina.  The readings provided the source material for meditations focused on the topics of the Passion of Our Lord and of the Holy Eucharist, complemented by the traditional recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and musical interludes.

While many consider the Feast of Divine Mercy a day that completes the devotional prayers given to us by St. Faustina, the messages from St. Faustina’s Diary provide us with a new perspective on the amazing gift of Divine Mercy brought forth from the Heart of Jesus from the Cross.  God’s Mercy is manifest as the fruit of the Life, Passion, Death and Resurrection of His Only Begotten Son, conveyed to us by the Holy Spirit.  We reap salvation through His Suffering and Death on the Cross from the very seat of love in the Heart of Jesus from the Cross.   In following St. Faustina’s example, we place all our trust in God’s Great Mercy, brought to us in the Passion of Christ and in His ongoing presence with us in the Holy Eucharist, that He might have pity on us and meet us with His Forgiveness, which is the true essence of salvation.

Veneration of the Holy Relics followed the presentation.  The faithful came forth to spend a few moments honoring Jesus and invoking the help of St. Faustina to recognize that gift of unfathomable Divine Mercy in our lives and in the lives of all those for whom prayers were offered. Included were the Relic of the True Cross, St. Faustina’s Religious Veil, St. Faustina’s Habit, and a bone relic of the saint.

The program can be viewed in its entirety at https://boxcast.tv/view/divine-mercy-sunday-with-relics-of-st-faustyna-tswjuei6zt8p3kqytkoo.  For more information on the Apostolate for Holy Relics visit www.relictour.org.

Register Here: Diocesan Mass to honor healthcare workers

BRIDGEPORT- Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will celebrate a special Mass this Spring for all healthcare workers throughout the Diocese.

The special celebration of Mass to honor workers will take place on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 11:00 AM in Saint Joseph Church, Brookfield.

Bishop Caggiano said he felt it was important that the diocese recognize healthcare workers and participants in the Ambassador program called for in his pastor exhortation, “Let us Enter the Upper Room with the Lord.”

“Over this past year, many of our healthcare workers offered heroic service on behalf of those who fell ill with the Coronavirus, often risking their own lives to care for those who were sick. While I am sure that we have kept them in our prayers each day, we also look forward to this opportunity to affirm their healthcare ministry,” he said.

Registration Healthcare Mass: Given the limited capacity in Church due to the pandemic, participants will be required to register online. Register here.

Patriotic 4th Degree Knights Making a Difference in Fairfield

On March 13, 2021, the Knights of Columbus Msgr. William J. Blake Assembly 118 4th Degree was awarded the Knights of Columbus Star Assembly Award and Civic Award.  Assembly 118 was one of only two Assemblies in Connecticut to be awarded the highest award given by the Knights of Columbus. The Star Assembly Award recognizes outstanding achievement in new membership, charitable faith-based patriotic programming and overall high operations. Assembly 118 was also one of only three Assemblies to be awarded the Knights of Columbus Civic Award. The Civic Award is given to Assemblies for their outstanding implementation of patriotic programming.

For Assembly 118 it is not about winning awards.  The goal is to follow the work that Blessed Father Michael McGivney started in 1882 when he founded the Knights of Columbus.  Father McGivney was a man ahead of his time.

Father McGivney’s work was dedicated to helping his poor Catholic parishioners in their lives and faith. At that time Catholic priests tended to stay on the Church property and focus their work there. But Father McGivney was surrounded by Catholics in great need at home and in society. The families of his parish at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn. were dealing with high poverty, deadly diseases and dangerous working conditions. Men were dying at an early age and leaving behind widows and orphans who were being tossed out on the street.

To combat these societal needs Father McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus. He was known for walking into the community to visit the sick and console grieving families. Father McGivney was happy to help the local children start up a baseball game or organize a St. Patrick’s Day theatre production. He had no problem going into court to help a widow keep her children from being forced into an orphanage or continuously visiting a man on death row up until his final moments.

The members of Assembly 118 continue to follow the lead of Father McGivney today through their volunteer work in the Fairfield community. Sir Knight of the Year 2020 Russell Edgett has helped homeless veterans at Homes for the Brave for many years. The Assembly also supports the American Wheelchair Mission through fundraisers which raise much-needed funds to purchase wheelchairs for children and adults who do not have wheelchairs. Over the years, Treasurer Tom Kelty Sr. has been known to run raffles to help raise money for these wheelchairs. Some of the charities Assembly 118 support are: Malta House, Merton House, Military Chaplains Scholarship Fund, American Legion, Homes for the Brave, American Wheelchair Mission and all the parishes of Fairfield Conn.

It is really a team effort. Officers Tom Langdon and Andrew Geisert help handle all the financial reporting and requirements while Trustee Jim Dobson helps with the coordination and publicity for all events.

Assembly 118 also dedicates itself to spreading patriotism throughout the community.  Sir Knight of the Year 2019 Terry Armstrong and the late Harry Ackley have helped collect and retire used and worn American Flags in a respectful manner. Some of the locations we have collected flags include: Holy Cross, Holy Family, and St. Emery Churches as well as the local Fairfield libraries.

On Flag Day and Veterans Day Ken Elwood, Bob Madar and Bob Elinskas hand out flags to families listening to patriotic music at the Fairfield town gazebo or to school children at St. Thomas Aquinas and Our Lady of Assumption Schools. Peter Mantilia, David Parise and Mark Drexel love to march in the Fairfield Memorial Day Parade. This past fall Patrick Colligan, Geo Crume and Tom Kelty Jr. also helped to remember those who lost their lives on September 11 by placing American Flags in front of Our Lady of Assumption, St. Pius X and St. Thomas Aquinas Churches over the 911 weekend.

Father McGivney started a fraternal organization open to all Catholic men regardless of their race, education, or economic status. The organization stands ready to help all people in need. Through the years the Knights of Columbus have helped publish the written works of Jewish and African Americans when no one else would publish their work. The Knights have helped families during destructive floods and hurricanes, pandemics and wars. The Knights help people here in America and around the world. All the members of Assembly 118 help volunteer in their own special way to help continue the work of Father McGivney.

(Interested in joining the team? Go to www.kofc.org and make a difference.)

By: Tom Kelty Jr. PFN

Pictued above Assembly 118 Color Corps members dressed in full regalia holding the Star Assembly Award and relic of Blessed Fr. Michael McGivney.

From Left to Right:  Jim Dobson, Andrew Geisert, Tom Kelty, Jr & Ken Elwood

Fighting malnutrition in Timor Leste

This is Lidio da Silva. He and his wife, Marie, have three children, including one-year-old twins. The da Silva family are farmers who grow maize and beans in Timor Leste, which has the highest rate of child malnutrition in Asia. The lack of dietary diversity is one of the causes of this. To fight malnutrition, Catholic Relief Services offers a nutrition program in the country. Like any parent, Lidio and Marie want their children to have a healthy start to life. After attending the program, they changed what they eat as a family. In addition to eating what they grow, they now buy meat and fish once a month. When they have a little extra money, they purchase carrots, eggs, cassava, and pumpkin leaf from the market.

The previous reflection originally appeared on Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook page. Follow the Bishop for daily reflections and weekly videos.

This Is Where We Are Supposed to Be

The clouds, gray and heavy, greeted us as we stepped onto the front porch Easter morning. I had hoped bright sunshine, the kind that would match the daffodils nodding in the lawn, would accompany us to Mass, but we found that brightness elsewhere. Christ had risen, bringing with Him a sense of hope and a promise of rebirth we seemed to need now more than ever.

A year ago, like so many others, we celebrated Mass in the family room, watching our priest consecrate the Eucharist on live-streamed TV instead of in person, sitting on the couch instead of in a pew, reciting prayers in isolation instead of in community. Though we told ourselves at the time it was better than nothing, a feeling of emptiness prevailed. Technology could never truly capture the essence of this holy day. This year would be different, we said as Easter approached again. It would. It had to be.

And it was. The white lilies and periwinkle hydrangeas on the altar, the lingering trace of incense in the air, and the sounds of the children’s choir created a feeling of welcome and, indeed, of peace that had been missing for over a year. Though we went to Mass outdoors in the car last summer and were grateful to attend the very socially-distanced vigil on Christmas Eve, this felt different. The symbolism of resurrection and renewal was not lost on any of us as we gathered together, but it was that gathering together that made it so different. We were all emerging from our own personal darkness and our own personal suffering of the past year, yearning to do just that – gather together – once again, with Easter as our backdrop.

“I love to see that the church is filled,” my daughter whispered. Filled? Not really, I thought. It couldn’t be – not yet. But it was. Not filled to capacity with parishioners, but filled with the hope and the joy of all that Christ’s resurrection means to us. The excited waves from across the pews, the bright smiles (even behind the masks), and the occasional embrace confirmed what our priest said during his homily: “We’re here, and this is where we are supposed to be.” As we bore witness to the suffering of the past year, we now see the promise in the rebirth of our lives, accompanied by the smiles of our friends reflected in our own gratitude. Such a blessing.

And as we exited the church, another blessing greeted us – bright sunshine, the kind that matched the daffodils nodding in the churchyard.

By Emily Clark

Knights of Columbus Council #5806 Easter Drive

Trumbull CT – Knights of Columbus Council #5806 at the Parish of St. Catherine of Siena (220 Shelton Road, Trumbull) is hosting an Easter Basket & Easter Food Drive on the weekend of March 20-21, to support families in Trumbull and inner-city Bridgeport.

Participants may pick up an empty Easter basket at any Mass on the weekend of March 6/7 or March 13/14, and fill it using the list provided with the basket. Or participants can sign up to support a family online; details are on our Parish Website, www.stcathtrumbull.com. Please return the donations in a sealed bag with the ‘Sponsor a Family’ number attached. The following items are requested for the Easter Baskets:  Easter basket ‘grass’, a chocolate/treat for each child, a small toy/activity for each child, such as: Chocolate Bunnies, Jelly Beans, Peeps, Chocolate Eggs, Stuffed Animal/Doll, Puzzles, Books. All donations should be in their original sealed container. Donors are encouraged to be creative, keeping an Easter theme in mind.

Food collected will benefit families at the Trumbull Food Bank, Blessed Sacrament Church, St. Charles Borromeo Church, St. Mary Church, and Convent of Mary Immaculate, who are experiencing increased need this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Financial donations are welcome. The Knights Council will buy food, which will be divided equally among the charities. Please make your check payable to St. Catherine of Siena. Write “Easter Drive” in the memo line. Parishioners and non-parishioners are welcome to participate!

The food banks’ greatest needs include: tuna fish, mac & cheese, canned pasta, pasta & sauce, peanut butter, canned fruit, canned soups, bread, granola bars, energy bars, pop tarts, apple sauce, small cereal boxes, Gatorade, bottled water, juice boxes. Plus toiletry items such as soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, etc. Additionally, the Convent of Mary Immaculate cares for very young children, and is in need of baby food, diapers, and formula.

Donations will be collected by a contact free drive through option from 10:00am – 12:00pm on Saturday, March 20 and from 11:00am – 12:00pm on Sunday, March 21, in the parking lot in front of the McClinch Family Center. Donations will also be collected in the lobby of the church at all Masses on Saturday, March 20 and Sunday, March 21. The Mass schedule is Saturday at 4:00pm and 7:15pm, and on Sunday at 7:30am, 9:00am and 11:00am. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, seat reservations are required for Mass. There is no charge for seat reservations to attend Mass. The reservation portal opens on Tuesdays at 10:00am. The link to register is on the Parish Website at www.StCathTrumbull.com.

St. Catherine’s Council #5806 was chartered in 1966 through the vision and foresight of Msgr. Edward D. Halloran. The Council is proud to have grown to over 100 members, dedicated to the exemplification of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. Council #5806 is an extremely motivated, visible and active Council. It works closely with Saint Catherine of Siena Parish and its community by providing funds and services for various projects and activities. It also supports many worthy charitable causes through donations and volunteer efforts.  The Council is guided by the Knights of Columbus “Faith in Action” program model by coordinating its programs and efforts towards Faith, Family, Community and Life.

Additionally, other initiatives of the Social Justice & Charitable Outreach Team include: school supplies drive, toiletry drive, hat, coat & sweater drive, other emergency food drives, annual Parish giving tree, pro-life baby shower, and many more. For more information on the Social Justice and Charitable Outreach ministry at St. Catherine of Siena in Trumbull, contact Salvatore Spadaccino, Coordinator of Social Justice and Charitable Outreach, at caritas@stcatherinetrumbull.com.

The Parish of Saint Catherine of Siena warmly welcomes anyone who is new to our area, anyone who is searching for the truth, or anyone who is looking for a spiritual home. We are joyfully and faithfully Roman Catholic in belief and practice – a community of faith, worship, service, and formation – and with open hearts we invite all our brothers and sisters into a living and saving friendship with the Lord Jesus Christ, in the communion of His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We are conveniently located at 220 Shelton Road in the Nichols area of Trumbull.

St. Catherine of Siena Parish hosts Lenten Mission

TRUMBULL—Father Steven Roth, a noted speaker and retreat director for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, MD, will lead a Lenten Mission at the Parish of St. Catherine of Siena (220 Shelton Road, Trumbull) from Monday, March 22 through Wednesday, March 24.  A Parish Mission takes place over the course of a few days, a time specially dedicated to growing in faith.

Each event of the Mission will begin at 7:00 pm in the church and will last about an hour. At each evening event, Father Roth’s homily will be the Mission conference.  The events will also be live-streamed on our Parish Website, YouTube channel, and Facebook Page.

Monday, March 22 – Holy Hour

This evening of the Mission will begin with a Liturgy of the Word, followed by a period of Eucharistic Adoration. It will conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Tuesday, March 23 – Penance Service

An essential part of living Lent well is experiencing God’s mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This evening of the Mission will begin with a Liturgy of the Word; several guest priests will be present to hear individual confessions.

Wednesday, March 24 – Mass for the Solemnity of the Anniversary of the Consecration of the Church

This day will mark two years since the Consecration of St. Catherine of Siena Church. There is an especially beautiful Mass which is celebrated in the consecrated church on the anniversary of its consecration.

Father Roth will also be preaching at all Masses on the weekend of Saturday, March 20 & Sunday, March 21.  The weekend Mass schedule is Saturday at 4:00pm and 7:15pm, and on Sunday at 7:30am, 9:00am and 11:00am. The 4:00pm Mass on Saturday will be livestreamed, and available on-demand thereafter on the Parish’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page.  Because of Covid-19 restrictions, seat reservations are required for in-person attendance at Mass. There is no charge for seat reservations. The reservation portal opens on Tuesdays at 10:00am. The link to register is on the Parish Website at www.StCathTrumbull.com. Everyone is Welcome. Call (203) 377-3133 for information.

Father Steven Roth is the Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and a noted speaker and homilist. Prior to this appointment, he served as chaplain of Baltimore’s Legatus Chapter and was pastor of St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Carney, Maryland. Prior to entering the seminary, Father Roth earned a Masters Degree in counseling and worked as a university professor in the counseling field.  Father Roth often draws on his counseling background to good effect in his priestly ministry.

The Parish of Saint Catherine of Siena warmly welcomes anyone who is new to our area, anyone who is searching for the truth, or anyone who is looking for a spiritual home. We are joyfully and faithfully Roman Catholic in belief and practice – a community of faith, worship, service, and formation – and with open hearts we invite all our brothers and sisters into a living and saving friendship with the Lord Jesus Christ, in the communion of His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.  We are conveniently located at 220 Shelton Road in the Nichols area of Trumbull.

Reconciliation Monday set for 3/29

BRIDGEPORT—“Reconciliation Monday” will be held again this year on Monday, March 29 in parishes throughout the diocese.

A total of 26 parishes will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 3-9 pm, so that the lay faithful may experience God’s mercy as Holy Week begins.

The invitation to participate in “Reconciliation Monday” was created in the joyful spirit of Pope Francis who said, “Now is the time to be reconciled with God. Staying on the path of evil is only a source of sadness.”

According to Msgr. Thomas Powers, vicar general of the diocese, because of the ongoing pandemic host parishes may offer Confessions in a variety of venues, which would include confessionals, church bodies, parish centers or outdoor parking lots.

Each will make the determination. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has asked that penitents have the option of confessing anonymously or face-to-face and that a distance of six feet (as recommended by the CDC) is maintained between the priest and penitent.

“Reconciliation Monday” will be hosted from 3-9 pm at the following parishes:

Deanery A (Queen of Peace)

  1. St. Andrew Parish: 435 Anton Street, Bridgeport
  2. St. Ann Parish: 481 Brewster Street, Bridgeport
  3. St. Augustine Cathedral: 359 Washington Avenue, Bridgeport

Deanery B (Mystical Rose)

  1. St. James Parish: 2070 Main Street, Stratford
  2. St. Lawrence Parish: 505 Shelton Avenue, Shelton
  3. St. Mark Parish: 500 Wigwam Lane, Stratford

Deanery C (Queen of Martyrs)

  1. St. Theresa Parish: 5301 Main Street, Trumbull
  2. St. Rose of Lima Parish: 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown

Deanery D (Our Lady, Queen of Confessors)

  1. St. Peter Parish: 104 Main Street, Danbury
  2. St. Edward the Confessor Parish: 21 Brush Hill Road, New Fairfield
  3. St. Joseph Parish: 163 Whisconier Road, Brookfield

Deanery E (Seat of Wisdom)

  1. St. Mary School Hall, 183 High Ridge Road, Ridgefield
  2. Our Lady of Fatima, 229 Danbury Road, Wilton

Deanery F (Queen Assumed into Heaven)

  1. Our Lady of the Assumption Parish: 545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield
  2. St. Pius X Parish: 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield

Deanery G (Mother of Divine Grace)

  1. St. Aloysius Parish: 21 Cherry Street, New Canaan
  2. St. Thomas More Parish: 374 Middlesex Road, Darien
  3. St. Matthew Parish: 216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk

Deanery H (Cause of Our Joy)

  1. The Parish of St. Cecilia-St. Gabriel: 1184 Newfield Avenue, Stamford
  2. Holy Spirit Parish, 403 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford
  3. Sacred Heart Parish: 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford

Deanery I (Mary, Mother of the Church)

  1. The Parish of St. Catherine of Siena and St. Agnes: 4 Riverside Avenue, Greenwich*
  2. St. Mary Parish: 178 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich
  3. St. Michael the Archangel Parish: 469 North Street, Greenwich

** Confessions heard from 5-7:30 pm

(To find a deanery near you, and for a full Confession and Eucharistic Adoration schedule from around the diocese visit: www.bridgeport.org/call-to-renewal.)

St. Catherine of Siena Celebrates St. Joseph

Trumbull CT.  The Parish of Saint Catherine of Siena (220 Shelton Road, Trumbull) will celebrate The Solemnity of St. Joseph on Friday, March 19, 2021.  St. Joseph is the spouse of Mary, the holy Mother of God, and the earthly step-father of Jesus Christ. Pope Francis has declared that this is the Year of Saint Joseph, which coincides with the 150th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church.

At this Mass, a new stained glass window will be blessed and dedicated in the church. The new window will depict ten Saints and Blesseds who lived in recent centuries, and who represent various states of life in the Church, as follows:

  • Saint Gianna Beretta Molla: wife, mother, doctor
  • Saint André Bessette: Religious Brother
  • Blessed Chiara Luce Badano: young lay woman
  • Saint John Henry Newman: priest and theologian
  • Saints Louis & Zélie Martin: married couple; parents of St Therese of Lisieux; the first married couple to be canonized together; their feast day is July 12, their wedding anniversary
  • Blessed Michael McGivney: diocesan priest and founder of the Knights of Columbus
  • Saint Josephine Bakhita: Religious Sister
  • Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati: young lay man
  • Saint Teresa of Calcutta: Religious Sister and foundress of the Missionaries of Charity

The window will be located just beside our baptismal font, and its location is intentional. The window will serve to highlight the important truth that through the Sacrament of Baptism comes the vocation to holiness in all the various states of life in the Church: marriage, single life, priesthood, and consecrated life. 

Mass will be held on Friday, March 19, at 7:00 pm.  Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration giving thanks to God for the life and example of St. Joseph, step-father of Jesus Christ, and Patron of the Universal Church.

Because of Covid-19 restrictions, seat reservations are required for Mass. There is no charge for seat reservations to attend Mass. The reservation portal will open on Tuesday, March 16 at 10:00am. The link to register is on the Parish Website at www.StCathTrumbull.com.  The Mass will also be live-streamed on our Parish Website, YouTube channel and Facebook page.  For information, please contact the Parish Office at (203) 377-3133.

The Parish of Saint Catherine of Siena warmly welcomes anyone who is new to our area, anyone who is searching for the truth, or anyone who is looking for a spiritual home. We are joyfully and faithfully Roman Catholic in belief and practice – a community of faith, worship, service, and formation – and with open hearts we invite all our brothers and sisters into a living and saving friendship with the Lord Jesus Christ, in the communion of His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.  We are conveniently located at 220 Shelton Road in the Nichols area of Trumbull.

Diocese launches the “Call to Renewal” Website

BRIDGEPORT—  The Diocese has launched the “Call to Renewal” website to serve as a guide to the Year of St. Joseph and overall renewal efforts.

The website is designed to provide information related to the spiritual and pastoral renewal of the diocese as called for in Bishop Caggiano’s Pastor Exhortation, “Let us Enter the Upper Room with the Lord.”

“I come to you now, when many may be wondering about the future direction of our Church, to invite you to begin this spiritual journey with me, seeking the Lord’s grace to transform this time of suffering into a springtime of renewal for the life of the Church,” he said in his introductory letter.

The website includes updates on the Year of St. Joseph, the Diocesan Ambassadors Program, opportunities for Reconciliation and Eucharistic Adoration, and more.

“I pray that you will find these resources helpful as we seek to renew our Church in Fairfield County,” said the bishop.

Materials on the website include an introduction from the bishop, a link to his  Pastoral Exhortation in its entirety, which is available in both English and Spanish.  A professionally recorded audio version is also available for those who prefer to listen to it as they drive or perform other tasks.

The website will also feature weekly “Notes from the Upper Room” by Bishop Caggiano along with a timeline explaining the Year of St. Joseph as well as liturgies and activities during the renewal period.

The bishop issued his Pastoral Exhortation on Ash Wednesday urging the people of the diocese to move forward in faith and evangelization. In the letter, he provides the framework that will make it possible by designating  Centers of Mercy and Centers of Eucharistic Adoration throughout the diocese.  He also calls for the commissioning of lay “Ambassadors” to go out into the community later in the year to share their faith and invite others back to the Church. The ambassador training is now underway in the diocese and the new website will feature many of their stories.

To visit the “Call to Renewal” website: https://www.bridgeportdiocese.org/call-to-renewal/welcome/, or click “A Call to Renewal” at the top of our Homepage.