NEW HAVEN—As Holy Week begins, the Knights of Columbus is transferring more than $1 million in aid to persecuted Christians in the Middle East. The support includes $800,000 in new financial assistance and $250,000 as part of its ongoing commitment to rebuilding an Iraqi Christian town.
The Read More ››
STAMFORD—Trinity Catholic High School held a clothing drive last Saturday, March 24th, at the school. Over 100 boxes of clothing, donated by generous Stamford residents, were packed up by 30 Trinity Catholic students. The students loaded everything on to a O’Neil & Sons moving truck and Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will celebrate the Chrism Mass on Wednesday, March 28, at 3 pm at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport. All are invited to attend.
More than 300 priests and deacons will process into the cathedral for the yearly Chrism Mass, in which priests renew Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Thousands across the diocese and the greater New York City area turned out yesterday for Reconciliation Monday.
Bishop Caggiano called for participation in Reconciliation Monday to encourage people to experience the healing and blessing of Confession and “to be reconciled to the Lord in advance of Easter.”
This Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Father Andrew G. Marus, Pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Stratford, passed away on March 26, at New York Community Hospital in Brooklyn at the age of 72.
The body of Father Marus will be received at 9 am on Monday, April 2, at Holy Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Parishioners of St. Margaret Shrine gathered yesterday afternoon at 2 pm for the Stations of the Cross and Benediction.
Originally schedule as an outdoor Station on the grounds of the Shrine, the event was moved inside because of the cold and windy weather.
Msgr. J. Peter Cullen, retired Read More ››
Father John Baran, our pastor, and my dear friend died on Saturday. He was only 59.
As I mentioned back in December, when I asked for you to pray with me for Fr. John, this good priest was among the first of many I met here in Read More ››
GREENWICH—Six young scientists representing Greenwich Catholic School earned multiple awards at the 70th Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair (CSEF) held at Quinnipiac University last Saturday.
GCS 7th grader Sebastian Henao won second place in the 7th Grade Life Science division for his project, “Hydrogen Power,” which evaluated Read More ››
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano—HOLY WEEK, 2018
Contact: Brian Wallace 203.416.1464
Wednesday March 28, 3:00 pm
St. Augustine Cathedral, Bridgeport
CHRISM MASS—One of the most beautiful and solemn liturgies of the year, the Chrism Mass celebrates the anniversary of that day the when Christ bestowed the Priesthood on the Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Young people want trusted guides as they explore their faith and their vocation, said five young adults from the United States attending the Vatican’s pre-synod meeting.
The U.S. delegates to the Vatican meeting March 19-25 also said the 305 young adults from around the world want Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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.
The bishop Read More ››
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.
Mr. Iannone’s talk will explore Read More ››
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.
This week, though, we will take a bit of a musical break. We Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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.
This workshop, open to all those who work with young Read More ››
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.
College Factual collects and analyzes data and insights from students and faculty to rank Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 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 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, 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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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.
“Paul, Apostle of Christ” is set to open March 23 on Read More ››
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.
The Nancy K. Dolan Leadership Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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.
Noted physician Joseph P. Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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:
March Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 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 Read More ››
STAMFORD—Msgr. Thomas Powers, vicar general of the Diocese of Bridgeport, will be honored at the St. John Fisher Seminary First Annual Rector’s Dinner on Saturday, April 28, at 6 pm at Trinity Catholic High School, 926 Newfield Ave., Stamford.
Tickets for the evening are sold out. A Read More ››
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 by supporting innovation in academic and extra-curriculum programs, fostering opportunities for the 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 Read More ››
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.
But the song was mentioned on Wednesday morning at St. Jude Parish in Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 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.
The Knights of Columbus has won the distinction five consecutive years as among Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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.
Leaders of Tomorrow is a unique program Read More ››
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 Read More ››
Reading 1. Genesis 9: 8-15
Reading II. 1 Peter 3: 18-22
Gospel. Mark 1: 12-15 (Temptation in the Desert)
The Temptation of Jesus in the Desert has traditionally been used as the gospel for the first Sunday in Lent. Nevertheless, it might seem odd that today’s first reading from Read More ››
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. She wasn’t scheduled to appear that night. 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.
The event will begin Tuesday, February 13, at 12:30 pm in the Art & Design Gallery, Read More ››
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.
Grant Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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.
Each year, a calendar is designed with Read More ››
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.
Of the many groups to whom the Read More ››
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.
“Today’s frantic pace leads us to close many doors Read More ››
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.
The installation featured Mass celebrated in four different Read More ››
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.
This was just one of Read More ››
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)
Questions: Call St. Rose Faith Read More ››
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.
More than 100 priests, deacons, religious, and families turned out for the Ministries Mass at St. Pius X Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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.
There are 29 Catholic schools educating almost 9,000 Read More ››
In January, one local man who shied away from credit brought about a decision that would ultimately encourage others throughout the country
The modest person who takes a stand and makes a great impact isn’t only the fiction of a movie or novel. One humble person’s belief Read More ››
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.”
The Schlegels are assisted by vice-chair couples Carol and Read More ››
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.
The Exchange Club will be honoring the achievements of everyday citizens and organizations that make a difference Read More ››
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.
The consolidated audited report is posted online on the diocesan website. The development and implementation of the diocesan turn-around strategy over the past Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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.”
“Choosing life is not always easy, but it is the loving, empowering and self-sacrificial option,” said Deacon Jeff Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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.
Born in Albany, NY on April 22, 1919, Sister Victoria was one of three children born Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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.
The group of 22 young adults Read More ››