Articles By: Renee Stamatis

Stamford Ancient Order of Hibernian honorees

STAMFORD—The Stamford Ancient Order of Hibernian recently selected its honorees for the city’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and has chosen Michael Patrick Feighan and Gerri Moore.

The two will be honored at the Irish flag-raising ceremony at the Government Center on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. Feighan was selected by the Hibernians, Moore by the Ladies’ Hibernains.


Love for creation and spirit of simplicity draws men and women to Secular Franciscans

FAIRFIELD—Almost 800 years after Francis of Assisi followed the voice of Christ to rebuild his Church, men and women are still responding to the call and entering the Secular Franciscan Order.

Three new members were recently professed during a ceremony at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fairfield. There are also Franciscan fraternities in Darien and Danbury.


Presidents respond to students’ letters

TRUMBULL—This year, the middle school and fourth grade students at St. Theresa School honored those who dedicated their lives to our nation on Veterans Day. This is the third year that the students had been involved in the project, which was initiated by middle school theology teacher John Agostino. The students dedicated a large portion of their day to learning about our nation’s veterans.

SHU Journey: Summer Youth Institute

FAIRFIELD – Sacred Heart University Journey is a six-day residential summer experience of faith education, self-discovery and enjoyment for high school students who want to develop a better understanding of faith in their life, develop their ability to become a leader in their Church and school, deepen their self-awareness and develop a greater sense of direction and purpose in their life, Read More ››

Lenten Evening of Reflection: Sr. M. Gaudia Skass, OLM

STAMFORD – On March 12th, Sr. Gaudia Skass, OLM will speak on “God’s Surprising Remedy To Our Sins” at Holy Spirit Parish in Stamford, at 7:30pm. The event is free of charge. All are welcome! Born and raised in Poland, Sr. Gaudia studied painting at The Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw before entering The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in 2005, making her perpetual profession of vows in 2014.

Join St. Vincent’s for a Lenten Homily Series “Becoming Godlike: Growing in Godliness”

BRIDGEPORT—St. Vincent’s Medical Center invites the community to join us for a Lenten Spirituality series sponsored by St. Vincent’s Spiritual Care Department.

Chaplain Fr. Al Forlano will incorporate insights on “Becoming Godlike: Growing in Godliness” into his homilies during the 12 Noon weekday Mass at the hospital on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from March 5-21.

Smiles for the thanks

BROOKFIELD—During Catholic Schools Week, students at St. Joseph School Brookfield wrote letters of appreciation for the local Police and Fire departments. Cate, Michael, and Clare Conlon delivered the letters to the police department the weekend of February 17 and were greeted with some big smiles!

Lenten Action: Congressional Call-In Campaign

Please participate in the Call-in Day to Congress on Monday, February 26, 2018! Your advocacy is critical to help the nearly 1.8 million Dreamers, young people who were brought into the United States by their parents as children. They may face deportation as soon as March 6, unless Congress reaches a bi-partisan deal to protect them. Please follow these easy steps to help:



NORWALK—This year St. Philip Parish, in collaboration with Catholic Relief Services, will be hosting a FOODFAST fundraiser, Saturday, February 24 from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm. The theme for this year is “Be the Change” and our day will kick off with a peace march and reflections from Mayor Harry Rilling and Senator Bob Duff.

National Call-in Day for Dreamers

WASHINGTON—Late last week, the Senate failed to achieve the 60 votes needed to move forward with debate on legislation to provide relief to Dreamers. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB President; Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, USCCB Vice President; and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Read More ››

Spirituality of Oscar Romero

WHAT: The Curtis Center at Sacred Heart University presents “The Liberation Spirituality of Oscar Romeo” with Michael Lee.

WHO: Michael Lee is an associate professor of theology with affiliation in Fordham’s Latin America and Latino Studies Institute. Lee will explore the life, writing and preaching of the slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero.

Bringing the world to Jesus

BRIDGPORT— “Bring the world to Jesus one person at a time,” Bishop Frank Caggiano told more than 250 children, teenagers and adults in the RCIA program, who recently celebrated the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion—a ceremony that began their final preparation toward full communion with the Catholic Church.


Synod Update: Building a Bridge to the Future

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano is challenging all of us in the Diocese of Bridgeport to renew, rethink, reengage, and rejuvenate our personal faith and our institutions (parishes, schools, diocesan offices). Through the Fourth Diocesan Synod, more than 350 delegates from a broad cross-section of the diocese spent a year examining the landscape and challenges facing the diocese Read More ››

Bible Study: The Spirituality of St. Paul

RIVERSIDE—The Spirituality of Paul will be eight sessions, held Monday evenings 7:30-9 pm, January 29-March 19, 2018 or Tuesday mornings 10-11:30 am, at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 4 Riverside Avenue, in room 101-102 of the parish O’Connor Center. $30 materials fee payable at the first class, cash or check payable to St. Catherine of Siena Church. Additional info: or call: 203.637.3661.


Educators Excited About New Learning Model

BROOKFIELD—St. Joseph School, Brookfield will begin a personalized multi-age instructional model beginning in September, 2018. This model, proposed by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano involves individualized learning plans that engage each student at his/her knowledge and skill level based on how he/she learns best. This creative approach is something Saint Joseph School’s teachers are quite familiar with and are excited to employ on a larger scale.


Women’s One-Day Retreat

NEWTOWN—What Are You Looking For? Explore our journey of faith as women who seek to answer this question from Christ.
Where: Holy Innocents Faith Formation Center, St. Rose Parish, Newtown
When: Saturday, March 10th, 2018
Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (concludes with Mass at 4:00 pm)

Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age

FAIRFIELD—The Fairfield University Art Museum is presenting a major international loan exhibition “The Holy Name, Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age,” which will be on view in the museum’s Bellarmine Hall Galleries from February 1 through May 19, 2018. Its focus is the Church of the Gesù in Rome, the mother church of the Jesuits.


Pope marries couple on flight

CHILE (CNS)—Aboard the Papal flight to Iquique, Chile, love was literally in the air as Pope Francis performed an impromptu wedding ceremony at 36,000 feet aboard his flight.

During his flight to Iquique January 18, the pope was approached by LatAm flight steward Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriaga and asked for a blessing for him and his wife, stewardess Paula Podest Ruiz.

Trinity Catholic High School announces tennis coach

STAMFORD—Trinity Catholic High School is pleased to announce the hiring of Jay Barston as the new Head Coach of Varsity Girls Tennis Program. “Jay comes to us highly recommended and we look forward to a long and successful relationship. He is an experienced coach at the high school and collegiate levels and we welcome him into the Trinity Catholic Family,” said Bob Robustelli, athletic director at the school.