As I sit here at Seattle International Airport, I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to share faith with over 800 people last night on the critical topic of the “Gospel of Life.” I was deeply impressed by the spirit and enthusiasm of those Read More ››
Monthly Newspaper • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT
A Guide for Speakers at the Funeral Liturgy
You have been invited to offer words of remembrance at the Funeral Liturgy. This is a great honor and responsibility. Please note that this is taking place in the context of Divine Worship. It is a sacred time Read More ››
Bishop Caggiano has received the email from Msgr. Laurence Bronkiewicz questioning the validity of the Accountability Report by Judge Holzberg. He is aware that Msgr. Bronkiewicz’s letter has also been widely distributed to others throughout the diocese.
The Bishop regrets Msgr. Bronkiewicz’s words, which will further wound Read More ››
Numerous symbols are employed in Catholic funerals. Here is what each one stands for:
Holy water: A reminder of the deceased’s membership in the Body of Christ through baptism. Holy water is used to welcome the body or cremains into the church and at the time Read More ››
On Monday we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. We recall the gift of the rosary as a powerful means by which we can meditate on the mysteries of Christ’s life through the intercession of the Mother of God. It also provides us Read More ››
Many people who attend a Catholic funeral for the first time will often remark how beautiful it is. Steeped in centuries-old custom and ritual as Catholic funeral rites are, that’s understandable.
But the most important aspect about Catholic funerals is that they express the Christian hope in Read More ››
A few weeks ago, when I was visiting with my niece and her family, my grand-niece proudly announced that she had learned a prayer at school which she wanted to recite for us. The prayer was the Guardian Angel Prayer, which she prayed with great attention Read More ››
Among the many possessions that we have, it seems to me that one of the most precious possessions we have is our time. As I look at my own busy life, given the many competing issues that I need to address each day, I am constantly Read More ››
In Monday morning’s First Reading at Mass, we hear these words of Saint Paul addressed to Timothy, “This is good and pleasing to God our Savior, who wills everyone to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.” This sentence has often been misinterpreted Read More ››
When I read this morning’s selection in the Office of Readings for the feast of Saint Gregory the Great, his reflection upon the difficulties that he experienced in his ministry resonated deeply with me. As a religious who once enjoyed the quiet of the monastery for Read More ››
On Tuesday, I will have the privilege to celebrate the opening Mass for all the teachers of our Diocese. It is held at the Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport, in part because all who attend will remain for a day of professional development and reflection. As has Read More ››
STAMFORD- Trinity Catholic High School’s Walsh Court will be the site of the inaugural DUO service fair, on Tuesday, Sept. 3rd from 10:00am-noon. The initiative- Do Unto Others – debuts a year-long, accredited program that will help students form lifelong virtues such as charity and volunteerism.
Over Read More ››
TRUMBULL- Pope Francis says, “He [Jesus] does not threaten” but instead prompts his children with “kindness, gentleness, giving us confidence.” The act of going to confession is like God inviting you to coffee, he continued. “This is how the Lord calls us: ‘Come on, let’s have Read More ››
When I was a boy growing up in my Brooklyn neighborhood, the joke was that everyone who lived on my street was either Italian or Jewish and you could never tell the difference! In fact, I only learned that some of my neighbors were not Catholic Read More ››
Earlier this week, the Church observed the feast of two saints who died together in exile, after having been reconciled with one other following many years of theological and pastoral conflict. They are Saint Pontian and Saint Hippolytus. Their reconciliation provides a power example for us Read More ››