Due to inclement weather, the Catholic Center is closed today, Wednesday March 21, 2018
Monthly Newspaper • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT
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.
BRIDEPORT—“St. Patrick knew his strengths, knew the talents that God had given him, knew he could preach fearlessly and do what the Lord had asked, and he achieved greatness,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano at St. Patrick Day Mass this morning at St. Augustine Cathedral.
BRIDGEPORT—Writer and Catholic scholar John Iannone, a Holy Shroud of Turin expert, will offer a presentation on the burial cloth of Jesus on Thursday, March 15, 6:30 pm at the Cathedral, 399 Washington Avenue. It is open to all free of charge.
For the last three weeks, we have considered the meaning and purpose of human suffering to the individual.
During the second half of our series, we reflect on how suffering calls for a response from the human community.
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.
NORWALK—On Saturday March 10 Council 14360 held their 9th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner to raise funds for their charitable causes. Two hundred ten packed the Masterpool Great Room at St. Matthew Church to enjoy some quality and tasty corned beef with all the trimmings, as well as a superb performance from the Mulkerin School of Irish Dance.
3/8 UPDATE: Tomorrow’s Leadership Summit 3/9) on sexual identity will go on as planned.
BRIDGEPORT—On Friday, March 9th, 9 am the Diocese of Bridgeport will begin an important conversation on ministering to young people with sexual identity issues.
FAIRFIELD—College Factual has ranked Sacred Heart University’s marketing program as one of the top programs nationwide. The program landed in the top 10 percent of marketing programs, improving its ranking since last year.
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.
CAMDEN—The night groups arrive in Camden, they watch a recent documentary, Pyne Point, which tells the story of Camden through the eyes of the North Camden Little League. This was the second time I had seen this film, but watching it again on Thursday evening, I was as captivated as last year, as I feel it tells the story of Camden’s many struggles so well, Read More
BRIDGEPORT – On Easter Sunday, 1984, Pope John Paul II presented a simple wooden cross to the youth of the world. On the cross is this inscription: “My dear young people; At the conclusion of the Holy Year, I entrust to you the very sign of this jubilee year: the ‘Cross of Christ!’ Read More
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
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.
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.
BRIDGEPORT—The diocesan Leadership Institute has arranged a private screening of the much-praised new film Paul, Apostle of Christ at the Marquis 16 & Bowtie Cinema, 100 Quarry Road, Trumbull on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:00 pm.
DANBURY—Immaculate High School will present the Nancy K. Dolan Leadership Award to Robert Van Houten ‘72 of New Fairfield and the Distinguished Service Award to Ross Rizzo of Danbury at the 2018 Immaculate Spring Gala on April 7 at the WCSU-O’Neill Center.
An antiphon that we often hear in Lent says “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts” (Hebrews 3:15 and Psalm 95:8). This line teaches us a way to think about the journey of Lent: to allow our hearts to be more open and responsive to whatever the Lord has to tell us, and the world.
NEW CANAAN—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will celebrate the 25th Annual White Mass honoring health care professionals on Sunday, March 18, at 8:30 am in St. Aloysius Church in New Canaan. The Mass will be followed by brunch at Woodway Country Club in Darien.
FAIRFIELD—The Diocese of Bridgeport is saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Fairfield Probate Judge Daniel Caruso 60, on Sunday at his home in Fairfield. “The passing of Judge Daniel Caruso is a loss not only for the people he served so well as Probate Judge but for the entire diocese,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.
WASHINGTON (CNS)—Last September, as President Donald Trump pulled the plug on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, he also gave Congress a March 5 deadline to find a permanent legislative solution that would help some 800,000 young adults living the U.S. who were brought into the country without legal permission as children.
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!
BRIDGEPORT—The diocesan Leadership Institute continues to move forward with a wide range of programs and offerings to better engage people and help them forward in the journey of life-long faith formation. Patrick Donovan, Executive Director of the Leadership Institute, has posted this update of March offerings:
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.
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
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Caggiano has designated Monday, March 26 as “Reconciliation Monday” throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport. Three parishes within each of the nine Deaneries will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm, so that the lay faithful may experience God’s mercy as Holy Week begins.
FAIRFIELD—Notre Dame High School recently received two grants from Foundations in Education. Foundations in Education is a non-profit initiative created to assist the Diocese of Bridgeport’s ongoing mission to support Catholic education in Fairfield County Read More
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.
MONROE—In the mid 1950s, Steve Allen wrote his now-immortal song, “This Could Be the Start of Something Big.” It became his theme song for his television shows and, some would say, his entire life.
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.
FAIRFIELD—Stations Of The Cross for Seniors will be offered at St. Emery Parish, Fairfield, Friday, March 2, starting at 12 noon. For more information, call the parish: 203.334.0312.
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
NEW HAVEN—The Knights of Columbus has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies.
NORWALK—Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 is excited to announce plans for its 9th annual St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser dinner! The annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner is the council’s oldest tradition. Starting from just 81 people in 2010, the dinner has become an annual tradition at St. Matthew Parish.
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and Foundations in Education recently hosted the Inaugural Leaders of Tomorrow Breakfast Reception at the Catholic Center in Bridgeport.
More than 160 turned out to honor the 49 young students who were selected as Leaders of Tomorrow.
FAIRFIELD—As Lent begins, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will welcome more than 235 men and women who are on the journey toward full communion with the Catholic Church. The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, the next formal step on that journey, will take place Sunday, February 18, 2:00pm at Saint Theresa Church in Trumbull.
TRUMBULL—Good things come in small packages. Meet Julia Marino, X Games champion, and that gal who grabbed the sky at Fenway Park and hung on to it for gold at the World’s Grand Prix Big Air event in 2016. Read More
FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University students in Professor Tolga Kaya’s engineering explorations course have arranged a drone race to raise funds for Notre Dame High School’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) club.
In its historic first year of offering grants, Foundations in Education is pleased to announce 19 grant awards totaling $105,000 to benefit Catholic schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport. This competitive grant cycle is the first of its kind for Foundations in Education and Diocesan‐wide Catholic schools alike.
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: www.stcath.org or call: 203.637.3661.
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.
FAIRFIELD—Notre Dame High School recently concluded its fifth annual 26 Acts of Kindness Campaign. Started in the days following the tragedy in Sandy Hook, the school continues with the tradition as a way to remember the lives lost in Newtown.
WILTON—When Deacon Don Ross visited a group of residents at Middlebrook Farms in Trumbull, he was struck by the comment of one elderly woman during a faith conversation about death and dying. “I don’t want to be forgotten,” she said.
VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis told consecrated men and women Friday that they are called to have real encounters with their brothers and sisters, and that technology should never have a higher priority than time spent with God and others.
BRIDGEPORT—Fr. Frank Gomez was installed as the new Dean of the City of Bridgeport (Deanery A) by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano last Saturday in a Mass held at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Bridgeport, where he serves as pastor.
FAIRFIELD—Dozens of Sacred Heart University students returned a week before the spring semester began to help organize donations at the St. John’s Family Center in Bridgeport. They stocked canned goods and sorted through winter clothes for adults and children throughout the city.
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)
FAIRFIELD—“Adore the Eucharist. Sit before it and don’t speak. Listen,” Bishop Caggiano implored deacon candidates at the Mass for Ministries of Reader and Acolyte in the Diaconate Formation Program.
TRUMBULL—During Catholic Schools Week we want to share the story of this remarkable school, St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, Connecticut. St. Joseph has had tremendous participation in our meal packaging program and have taken part in CRS Helping Hands events for the past four years. Read More
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.
BRIDGEPORT—Catholic Schools offer us the opportunity to celebrate the many successes of our Catholic schools and the many options eat each of our communities can offer,” says Dr. Steven Cheeseman, Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
In January, one local man who shied away from credit brought about a decision that would ultimately encourage others throughout the country
BRIDGEPORT—“It’s about spreading the word,” says Elena Schlegel, lay co-chair with her husband, Steve, for the Annual Catholic Appeal 2018. “It’s educating people about what the appeal does. Steve and I are fortunate to be part of this.”
NORWALK—The Exchange Club of Norwalk will host its second annual Pillars of the Community Recognition Dinner at 6 pm on Saturday, February 24 at the Norwalk Inn & Conference Center.
BRIDGEPORT—In the continued practice of full transparency, the Diocese of Bridgeport has released its Consolidated Financial Statements for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2017.
BRIDGEPORT—More than 200 individuals and families from twelve Bridgeport parishes turned out for a reception to launch the 2018 ACA on Sunday, January 21 and celebrate their own parish communities. Joy in Christ, Our Gift to Share is the theme of this year’s campaign. The reception was held in the Queen of Saints Hall at the Catholic Center.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Student representatives from Immaculate High School attended the 45th March for Life in Washington D.C. on January 19. The 2018 March for Life theme was “Love Saves Lives.”
WILTON—For the past 11 years, Our Lady of Fatima has hosted a basketball tournament in honor of alumnus and tournament namesake, Tyler Ugolyn, who died in the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. But this year its students are taking their charitable efforts a step further.
SHELTON—Holy Trinity Catholic Academy (HTCA) is excited to bring an stimulating STEM program to students in PreK-3 through eighth grade. The Generation Beyond program is a first of its kind, national education program designed to inspire the next generation of innovators, explorers, inventors and pioneers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.
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.
Sister Victoria Ann Nolan, DC died on January 7, 2018 at St. Louise House in Menands. Sister was 98 years of age and 80 years vocation as a Daughter of Charity.
DANBURY—The Level 1 Confirmation students at St. Joseph Parish in Danbury choose a different charity to support each year. In November, following the National Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians, the students chose the Knights of Columbus Christian Refugee Relief Fund. Christians in the Middle East face daily persecution and receive little support.
ISRAEL—In a remarkable two days young adult pilgrims from the Diocese of Bridgeport have stood on the short of the Sea of Galilee, visited Bethlehem and Bethany and climbed Mt. Tabor as part of their spiritual journey to the Holy Land.
VATICAN CITY (CNS)—Because everyone has a right to life, liberty and personal security, nations must find nonviolent solutions to conflict and difficulties, Pope Francis said.
TRUMBULL—Join us on Wednesday, January 10th or Thursday, January 18th at 7:00 PM at Parish Hall of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull for a free screening of the documentary film Speaking to Sparrows!
“Devotion to Mary is not spiritual etiquette; it is a requirement of the Christian life. Looking to the Mother, we are asked to leave behind all sorts of useless baggage and to rediscover what really matters.”
Here below is Pope Francis’ homily at Mass this morning in St. Peter’s basilica, New Year’s Day, the Solemnity of the Mother of God.
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.
BRIDGEPORT—Catholic Charities of Fairfield County (CCFC) gave Santa an assist once again this year with its annual St. Nicholas Boutique, a pop-up store of sorts which is set up on the lower level of the Catholic Center a week before Christmas.
DARIEN—For over fifteen years, the Garden Club of Darien has put their creative floral talents to work by creating holiday arrangements for the recipients of Catholic Charities’ Meals on Wheels of Lower Fairfield County (MoW) program.
Joining C4Y just last year, I have grown to love it tremendously. Beginning with the first rehearsal, I have forever been filled with joy. Fairly quickly, I met several young men and women who share in the same love for Jesus as I do, developing strong friendships.
TRUMBULL—The combined school and parish communities at St. Catherine of Siena rejoiced on Saturday afternoon, when the youngest students of St. Catherine of Siena School retold the story of the Nativity in a beautiful pageant, superbly accompanied by the school chorus.
FAIRFIELD—It was a night of beautiful song, prayer and Christmas joy as the 100-member Diocesan Youth Choir performed its Arise and Shine Christmas Concert at the Quick Center of Fairfield University.
NEWTOWN—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will be the celebrant and homilist at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Newtown this Thursday, December 14, 7:30 pm to remember those who lost their lives as a result of the Sandy Hook School shooting.
BRIDGEPORT—In early December, the Cardinal Shehan Center, a youth center in Bridgeport, CT, received a $10,000.00 grant from the Rotary Club of Bridgeport Foundation for its Fitness for Life program. The Shehan Center Fitness for Life program teaches kids about healthy eating and cooking as well as the importance of being physically active.
CHESHIRE—Seven years to the day his brother carved up the St. Joseph defense in the Class S final — albeit in a losing effort — Markell Dobbs drew Cadets coach Joe Della Vecchia and Co. crazy again with one highlight-reel run after another. Unfortunately for the Chargers, both games must feel all too similar.