BRIDGEPORT—Students from Catholic schools in the Greater Bridgeport area marched and displayed their school banners in the 37th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade held on Friday in downtown Bridgeport.
The St. Patrick’s Day observance formally began when the Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, celebrated Read More ››
TRUMBULL—As Lent begins, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will welcome approximately 250 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, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Much of what the world considers to be glory will end up in ashes,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said in his Ash Wednesday homily today at St. Augustine Cathedral.
Hundreds filled the Cathedral for the noontime Mass and distribution of ashes, which mark the formal beginning of Read More ››
My Dear Friends in Christ,
“Sic transit Gloria mundi.” So passes the glory of the world. That simple Latin phrase was used for nearly 660 years, each time a bishop assumed the throne of Peter. And it was during that ceremony of coronation that as the bishop Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Declaring that the Catholic Church is unafraid of history, Pope Francis announced that documents in the Vatican Secret Archives relating to the wartime pontificate of Pope Pius XII will be open to scholars in 2020.
Researchers, particularly those interested in Catholic-Jewish relations, have pressed the Vatican Read More ››
WATERBURY—The Second Annual Mountaintop Mass at Holy Land USA, honoring the life and legacy of Venerable Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, will be held April 28, Divine Mercy Sunday.
Auxiliary Bishop Juan Miguel Betancourt will celebrate the Mass, which is cosponsored by the Read More ››
TRUMBULL—On a bus ride back from this year’s March for Life, Dave Janny and ten other members of St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull had the chance to view a movie trailer that made them wonder what they could do to insure that others might be able Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Every third Friday morning you’ll find a lively group of students and staff from Saint Catherine Academy and volunteers from the Order of Malta engaged in a signature project: the creation of 300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport.
“This is a Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Every third Saturday a community of volunteers from the Order of Malta prepares and serves a hot, hearty breakfast to guests at the Thomas Merton Center. A lay religious order of the Roman Catholic Church, the Order of Malta is dedicated to serving the sick and Read More ››
DENVER—When most people think about street preaching, they picture tent revivals, or the fiery Protestant minister with King James Bible in hand shouting about being saved, or the apocalyptic firebrand imploring repentance. Few likely think of the Catholic Church.
But there are a number of organizations that Read More ››
DANBURY—For over 50 years, Catholic Charities of Fairfield County (CCFC) has provided affordable and accessible mental health services to individuals and families from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The program, called Behavioral Health Services, is one of the only providers of subsidized mental health services in the region.
Since Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Fairfield will be presenting a teaching and exposition of Sacred Relics on Sunday March 3 at 2:30 pm, followed by a display in the parish hall until 5:30 pm.
Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross will be in Read More ››
STAMFORD—The Diocese of Bridgeport has announced plans for the St. Edmund Campion Program of Discernment at St. John Fisher Seminary in Stamford.
The new program will accompany men, 18 and older, in encountering Christ and in discerning whether they have a calling to enter full-time seminary formation.
“The Read More ››
TRUMBULL—The parish center of St. Catherine of Siena was filled to the brim with diapers, onesies, bibs and all types of items for both mom and baby on the weekend on February 9-10.
A table at the side of the parish center was decorated as it would Read More ››
The recent passage of disturbing new abortion laws in New York State and public comments from Virginia political leaders has properly raised the public debate on abortion and the rights of the unborn and now born.
The following is a statement in response to these events by Read More ››
I am sorry to inform you of the death of the Reverend William F. Sangiovanni yesterday, February 4, 2019. He was 77 years of age.
William Francis Sangiovanni was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 24, 1941, son of Francis and Margaret (Muldoon) Sangiovanni. He was Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Reverend William F. Sangiovanni passed away on Monday, February 4, at Bridges Memory Care Assisted Living in Trumbull. He was 77 years old. A full obituary with details on the Mass of Christian Burial and other funeral arrangements will be published as soon as it becomes Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Imagination is the mother of creativity and innovation and the foundation of true leadership,” remarked Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, addressing Catholic school educators recently awarded 2019 grants in innovation and leadership.
“A true leader dares to see within the hearts of students; to unlock what may be Read More ››
UAE—It’s certainly not the first time Pope Francis engages in dialogue with the Muslim world.
He has been welcomed by Jordan’s King in Amman and visited some of Islam’s most sacred sites, including the Al-Aqsa mosque in the Holy Land and the Blue Mosque in Turkey. He Read More ››
WILTON—“Work hard. Stay focused. And Do…Your…Best!”
The first and second graders at Our Lady of Fatima School in Wilton repeat this mantra every time they change stations in their Personalized Learning math class.
Although they are learning to master different math skills, the Personalized Learning Initiative allows these Read More ››
SHELTON—Soft voices enliven a table in the center of the first-grade classroom at Holy Trinity Catholic Academy in Shelton. While teacher Cindy Nizzardo observes from a distance, a small group of students are reading, and are helping each other with the more difficult words. Each one Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education announced their most recent grant awards today, awarding 10 grants totaling $106,000 to local Fairfield County programs and organizations.
Grant awardees include organizations and programs providing education and/or social services, including: Children in Placement, Homes with Hope, WorkPlace, Bridgeport Caribe Read More ››
STAMFORD—Is “also” part of the present tense participle of a verb? How about “not?” With the sixth grade Personalized Learning English Language Arts (ELA) class at the Catholic Academy of Stamford, teacher Kelly Whipple is leading an examination of verb phrases, a main verb and a Read More ››
STAMFORD—Trinity Catholic High School marked today as “The Day the Future Began” with an inspired ceremony attended by nearly five hundred students, administrators and invited guests. The entire ceremony was webcast live to alumni nationwide via Facebook Live.
Bishop Frank Caggiano presided over the one-hour ceremony which Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—“What is the distributive property of a multiplication statement?” fourth-grade teacher Lauren Korres asks her students at the beginning of a structured Personalized Learning math class at Assumption Catholic School.
“In the past, we taught as if every kid were the same,” says Principal Steve Santoli. “Kids Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In 2018, Catholic Charities provided 1,322,500 meals and it anticipates that this number will grow in 2019.
However, the recent government shutdown and the added demand put on food pantries has underscored the growing food insecurity of the poor, elderly and working families.
Al Barber, president of Catholic Read More ››
NEW YORK—It’s been a rough time for faithful Catholics recently in our state government’s frantic rush for “progressive” ideas.
I’m thinking first of the ghoulish radical abortion-expansion law, which allows for an abortion right up to the moment of birth; drops all charges against an abortionist who Read More ››
BROOKFIELD—“The most exciting thing about personalized and multi-age learning is that it encourages and empowers students to discover their strengths, challenges, interests and passion,” said Pam Fallon, director of education at St. Joseph Catholic Academy in Brookfield.
During a recent visit, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Cheeseman Read More ››
Aboard the papal plane, January 28, 2019 / 07:52 am (CNA).
Please read below for CNA’s full transcript of the Pope’s July 28 in-flight press conference from Panama City to Rome:
Alessandro Gisotti, interim director of the Holy See Press Office: Good evening! Holy Father, we can still Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Foundations in Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Diane Canevari as Assistant to the Executive Director.
“Diane comes to us with a good deal of experience working with a similar student demographic to those students we serve. Her skills are readily transferrable to work of Read More ››
WASHINGTON—National Catholic Schools Week 2019 (CSW) will be observed in dioceses around the country January 27–February 2. This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.,” focuses on the important spiritual, academic and societal contributions provided by a Catholic education firmly rooted in the Truth of Read More ››
STAMFORD—Fourth and fifth grade students at The Catholic Academy of Stamford participated in the National Geographic GeoBee. The students completed the written version of the preliminary competition. The results were scored and the top 10 students were invited to compete in the final competition on Friday, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—I will never forget the excitement I felt as a teacher and principal when a new school year started. As a teacher, I remember standing in my classroom and getting things ready, all the time thinking about the great things the year had in store for Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese of Bridgeport has been found compliant with all audited articles within the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People for the 2017/2018 audit period.
The announcement was made by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano after receiving notice from StoneBridge Business Partners of Rochester, New York, a Read More ››
PANAMA CITY—On Monday morning, 20 pilgrims arrived in Panama City with Bishop Frank J. Caggiano for World Youth Day. After taking a tour of the Panama Canal and the old city, pilgrims settled into their accommodations and prepared for the week.
Since their arrival, each morning has Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese has launched a video series to support the “We Stand with Christ” Capital Campaign that was publicly announced in January.
Beginning with the release of this week’s video, “We Stand with Children,” Catholics throughout the diocese will be seen on camera delivering both personal and Read More ››
DANBURY—Why is it easier to push a shopping cart than a car? Because a shopping cart has less mass (it’s not as heavy), and the less the mass, the easier it is to accelerate. Newton’s second law of motion spells it out: acceleration depends on force Read More ››
STAMFORD—In observance of the feast day of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, patron saint of immigrants, Sacred Heart Church celebrated Mass and held a panel discussion about the immigration services provided by Catholic Charities of Fairfield County.
In his homily, Msgr. Thomas Powers, vicar general of the diocese, Read More ››
PANAMA CITY, Panama—At last fall’s Vatican summit on young people, Bishop Frank Caggiano was the first participant to raise the issue of clerical sex abuse. On Wednesday, when he addresses English language pilgrims gathered in Panama for this week’s World Youth Day, he’ll once more weigh Read More ››
The Diocese of Bridgeport is pleased to announce that Foundations in Faith is growing both the board of directors and its staff. With the new year, Foundations in Faith has hired Kelly Weldon as the assistant to the chairperson. Foundations in Faith, the successor to Faith Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Reverend Monsignor Ernest T. Esposito died on January 15, 2019 after a brief illness. He was 83 years of age.
“Monsignor Esposito will be remembered as a man who truly enjoyed his life as a priest and shared that joy and good spirit with all whom he Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—God the Father will always be there for his beloved children, Pope Francis said Wednesday, with a reminder that the unconditional love of God is not limited by our own sense of guilt or unworthiness.
“God is looking for you, even if you do not seek Read More ››
NORWALK—On January 1, 2019 after all Masses, St. Matthew parishioners returned with their original framed Sacred Heart of Jesus (SHJ) pictures. They came to have them blessed and to renew the consecration of their families and themselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The first consecration to Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Lorraine Gibbons grew up in a poor family with six kids who slept in one bedroom. Her mother Beulah didn’t have a high school diploma, and her father Owen was a tailor, who learned the trade from his uncle. Many nights, long after the children had Read More ››
STAMFORD—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has announced a new governance model for Stamford’s Trinity Catholic High School, aligning its governance with that of the Catholic Academy of Stamford. The announcement was made on January 9 in front of an interested audience of nearly two hundred parents and Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Leadership Institute of the Diocese of Bridgeport has announced a series of 45 “Face-to-Face Formation” workshops, which will be held throughout the diocese in the coming months for all lay liturgical ministers readers, musicians, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion as part of the introduction Read More ››
Msgr. John Sanders died January 6, 2019 (Feast of the Epiphany).
John Sanders was always known as the priest who played with the Duke Ellington Band. His relationship with Duke Ellington went much deeper than that.
Here are some words Duke Ellington wrote about John Sanders: “John Sanders Read More ››
STAMFORD—Gov.-elect Ned Lamont traveled across Connecticut Sunday to bring attention to nonprofits that help those in need.
Lamont’s first stop was at the New Covenant Center in Stamford. Lamont and Lt. Gov.-Elect Susan Bysiewicz kicked off their morning learning about the center’s mission, services and needs.
Then they Read More ››
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Bishops have received a letter from Pope Francis as they gather in northern Illinois at Mundelein Seminary this week. The weeklong retreat is taking place at the invitation of Pope Francis who has asked all bishops in the United States to pause in prayer Read More ››
NEW CANAAN—St. Aloysius Knights of Columbus, Confirmation students, and teens from the youth group collected and delivered bags of groceries to the New Canaan Food Pantry.
St. Aloysius has a mission of engaging high school teens in service to their brothers and sisters in need.
St. Aloysius youth Read More ››
DANBURY—“We were glad that our neighboring families and their friends were able to join us in celebrating the wonderful joys of the Christmas season,” said president of Immaculate High School, Mary Maloney, of the “A Very Immaculate Christmas!” concert and tree lighting which took place on Sunday, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—It seems few things inspire the Christmas spirit more than the joyful music of the season, especially when it is performed by young people eager to share their faith through song. One such special group is the Diocesan Youth Choir (C4Y) which is preparing for their Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano today announced that Dr. Eleanor W. Sauers has been appointed Parish Life Coordinator of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fairfield and will oversee the daily administration of the parish while a team of priests will fulfill its sacramental needs.
Dr. Sauers, who Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Reverend Carducci D’Amico, born on November 1, 1935, returned to his Heavenly Father on Friday, November 23, 2018 in Cercemaggiore, in the province of Campobasso. Italy.
“Many in the Bridgeport area fondly remember Fr. D’Amico for his energy, vision and commitment to the renewal of St. Margaret Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—For 102 years, Catholic Charities of Fairfield County (CCFC) has provided services for expectant parents and adoptive families. Over the last century the program’s core focus has remained the same: to help those who choose to build their family through adoption, and to help the expectant Read More ››
CONNECTICUT—It should come as no surprise to any married or engaged couples reading this, but we’ll say it anyway: Preparing for marriage is hard work.
It’s exhilarating to imagine a new life with your best friend, but the milestones en route, such as planning a wedding, figuring Read More ››
NORWALK—The seminarians of St. John Fisher Seminary cordially invite you to their service of Advent Lessons & Carols on Sunday, December 2, 3 pm at Saint Mary Church, 669 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850.
Bring your family & friends to prepare in your hearts a home for Our Read More ››
My Brothers and Sisters in the Lord:
In my letter of September 7, 2018, I announced the urgent need for administrative action with regards to the current crisis in the Church. Several initiatives have already begun and additional initiatives are planned. I am pleased to take this Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Fairfield University’s Office of Alumni Relations and Student Alumni Association are once again hosting the Teddy Bears with Love Drive, and are accepting stuffed animal donations through Friday, December 7. Celebrating the program’s 20thyear, Fairfield University is inviting the community to make this year’s drive the most successful yet Read More ››
STAMFORD—All was quiet in St. Leo’s Church Wednesday afternoon, except in the kitchen, as the clamor of meals being prepared and the smell of roasting turkey wafted out into the halls.
Four glistening, brown turkeys sat in tin foil pans, covered in a healthy layer of seasoning. Read More ››
TRUMBULL—On November 27, St. Joseph High School will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide. #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to kick off the Read More ››
HARTFORD—In its eleventh annual State of Abortion in Connecticut report the Connecticut Catholic Conference, which is the public policy office of the Catholic Bishops in Connecticut, calls for adoption of a parental notification law similar to the laws passed in forty-three other states, including the bordering Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“How delighted we are to be celebrating these wonderful students,” said Holly Doherty-Lemoine, executive director of Foundations in Education.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and Foundations in Education hosted the annual “Leaders of Tomorrow” breakfast reception for students, their parents and donors on Thursday, November 8 at the Read More ››
STAMFORD—The 177 Project is coming to the Diocese of Bridgeport on Friday, November 9 to the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in Stamford.
“The Basilica Parish is excited to host the 177 Project in its effort to spread and promote devotion to the Blessed Sacrament through Read More ››
STRATFORD—The 31st Annual Cardinal Shehan Center Celebrity Breakfast turned out to be a memorable one as it was the last one celebrated by Terry O’Connor, the long-time executive director, and also included a lively Question and Answer session with talk radio sports icon Christopher “Mad Dog” Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—More than 1,000 people throughout the diocese attended the outdoor All Souls Day Masses held in six cemeteries today.
With a blustery autumn wind flapping the large white tents and maples trees lit by their fiery orange leaves, people joined in prayer for the repose of the Read More ››
NEWTOWN—St Rose of Lima Church hosted a film screening of Lessons from a School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane and a discussion, on October 22.
A description on the film’s website, lessonsfromaschoolshooting.com, explains, “Following the Peabody Award-winning Newtown documentary, Lessons from a School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane depicts Read More ››
My Brothers and Sisters in the Lord:
I write to you today to report the findings related to certain action items I communicated in my September 8, 2018 letter addressing the sexual abuse crisis as it has impacted our Diocese.
In my letter to the faithful, I announced Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On Saturday, October 27, more than 150 people gathered for prayer at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport for Catholic Underground. Catholic Underground is a ministry started by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal that invites people to a time of Eucharistic Adoration including sung Vespers, or Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Many words have been said regarding the crime of sexual abuse of minors and the scandals that these crimes have produced, words that are needed to express our grief, anger and confusion. However, words alone are insufficient. The time for further action has come,” said Bishop Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“We’re not watering down formation by using digital methods,” said Rose-Talbot Babey, director of parish engagement for the Diocese of Bridgeport. “The expectation is still high.”
The Office of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Bridgeport hosted a “Quick Wins for Faith Formation” session on October 26, Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—The Catholic Church and all its members must get better at listening to young people, taking their questions seriously, recognizing them as full members of the church, patiently walking with them and offering guidance as they discern the best way to live their faith, the Read More ››
DANBURY—Over 300 people came out to the Amber Room Colonnade on October 25 to support the programs and services of Catholic Charities of Northern Fairfield County, including Behavioral Health, Community Support Program, Family Loan Program, Homeless Outreach Team, Housing, Morning Glory Breakfast Program and New Heights. Read More ››
RIVERSIDE—The Social Justice Committee of St. Catherine of Siena Church and Catholic Relief Services are hosting Catholic Relief Services Regional Director for Europe and the Middle East, Kevin Hartigan on Sunday, October 28.
All are invited to his presentation after the 10:30 am Mass. The presentation will Read More ››