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Students wear the Green!

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 ››

Street evangelization for modern times

|   By Paul Senz | OSV Newsweekly
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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 ››

Catholic Charities’ Behavioral Health provides options

|   By Ellen McGinness
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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

Heartwarming energy and fun in math

|   By Pat Hennessy
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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 ››

Blooming with enthusiasm

|   By Pat Hennessy
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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 ››

Inner-City Foundation Announces Grant Awards

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 ››

Personalized Learning in action

|   By Pat Hennessy
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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 ››

‘It’s great to see this come together’

|   By Pat Hennessy
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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 ››

National Catholic Schools Week Begins

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 ››

A strategy for learning

|   By Pat Hennessy
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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 ››

A Friend of God

|   By Thomas Hicks
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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 ››

Adoption builds families

|   By Ellen McGinness
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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 ››

St. Rose Hosts Documentary Screening

|   By Eliza Hallabeck | The Newtown Bee
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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,, explains, “Following the Peabody Award-winning Newtown documentary, Lessons from a School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane depicts Read More ››

Quick Wins in Faith Formation

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 ››