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.
A culture of peace “calls for unremitting efforts in favor of disarmament and the reduction of recourse to the use of armed Read More ››
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!
Speaking to Sparrows is a documentary film about women finding courage to Read More ››
“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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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.
To make the Boutique a reality Read More ››
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.
As part of an annual project dubbed “The Holiday Greens Workshop,” Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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.
All headed to the front lawn Read More ››
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.
More than 550 people filled the theater for the third and most accomplished Christmas concert under Read More ››
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.
The Mass will mark the 5th anniversary Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
How to ready one’s heart to welcome the Christ Child. “Advent is a time of waiting, conversion and of hope,” the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments reminds us.
Furthermore, popular piety “can contribute Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Casinos do far more harm than good, said religious leaders, elected officials and other at the first Coalition Against Casino Expansion (CACE) meeting in Connecticut held at the Catholic Center today.
The Coalition, which includes the Connecticut Catholic Conference and the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Prepare for Christ’s birth with this treasury of Advent resources compiled by the diocesan Leadership Institute. According to Patrick Donovan, Advent resources include a checklist for Advent practices, 10 things you need to know about Advent and other guidance to deepen your spiritual life and immerse Read More ››
NORWALK—“There is not other purpose for tonight than for me to say, Thank You,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano last night at a reception to express his gratitude to donors who contributed between $2,500 and $10,000 to the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) last year.
“When I look out Read More ››
TRUMBULL—Dr. Salvatore M. Clarizio, PhD, 81, of Trumbull, passed away peacefully on December 1 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center.
Born in Bridgeport in May 1936, he was a son of the late Michele and Clementine Bocchino Clarizio. Dr. Clarizio worked as a clinical psychologist for the State Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—The St Pius X Council 16347 of Fairfield CT recently presented a check to Helen C. Burland, Executive Director of the St Catherine Academy; a Special School in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Since its opening in 1999, St. Catherine’s Academy has served students of all faiths who Read More ››
NEW YORK—Xavier Society for the Blind is pleased to announce that Daniel Morrison has joined its Board of Directors. Mr. Morrison is the founder of the Morrison Law Firm, P.C., which provides litigation services and counsel to clients in New York and Connecticut. He holds degrees Read More ››
WILTON—In honor of Veterans Day 2017, Our Lady of Fatima School-Wilton carried on its tradition of observance and appreciation to veterans by holding two special events.
On Saturday, November 11th, the Home School Association held its 3rd annual International Family Night. This highly anticipated event encouraged school Read More ››
REDDING—St. Patrick Parish in Redding will sponsor an important conversation on relationships and addiction on Saturday, December 2, 12:00pm, 169 Black Rock Turnpike in Redding.
The program will be led by John Hamilton, world-renowned expert on addiction, along with nationally known author and Catholic speaker Dom Quaglia Read More ››
STRATFORD—McGivney Center launched its first Celebrity Breakfast in a winning style with pitching great David Cone on the mound and more than 350 enthusiastic fans at Vazzano’s Four Winds restaurant in Stratford.
The event, sponsored by Aquarion Water Company, raised over $60,000 to benefit the diocesan sponsored Read More ››
STAMFORD—Over 60 people gathered last night at Murphy’s Townhouse Café in Stamford, CT, for the Faith on Tap, an evening of fellowship and faith for Catholic young adults.
This monthly event, hosted by the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, is often crowded with young professionals from Read More ››
STAMFORD—Bags of donated food lined the gym as the annual food drive run by the Trinity Catholic High School Student Council exceeded their goals again this year. Non-perishable goods were collected over the last two weeks and were combined with turkeys collected on November 21.
The entire Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—There’s still time to sign up for this weekend’s Women’s Advent Day of Reflection at the Catholic Center. The Leadership Institute and the Sisters of Life are excited to offer a Women’s Day of Reflection in preparation for Advent on Saturday, December 2, 2017, 8:30 am-2:30 pm Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—The annual Mass to celebrate people with disabilities held on November 5 was hosted by St. Catherine Center for Special Needs in Fairfield.
It has been customary at this Mass to offer the opportunity for individuals to receive one or more Sacraments of Initiation, with preparation that Read More ››
WASHINGTON—For the past several months, dioceses and Catholic organizations across the country consulted youth and young adults on their most pressing concerns and their relationship with the Church, as part of the preparation for the upcoming 2018 Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment in Read More ››
Our nation and the world grapple daily with prejudice, senseless brutality and violence As we struggle with divisive issues such as intolerance related to religion, race, ethnicity and gender identity, it’s easy to lose perspective, get caught up in political rhetoric or misguided advocacy, and question Read More ››
The seminarians of St. John Fisher Seminary cordially invite you to their service of Advent Lessons & Carols on Sunday, December 3, 3:00pm at Saint Mary Church, 669 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850.
Bring your family & friends to prepare in your hearts a home for Our Lord Read More ››
Advent Retreat with Fr. Bill Garrott, O. P. at Our Lady Star of the Sea on December 10, 11, 12 at 7:00 pm.
A special opportunity for anyone who seeks spiritual calm and refreshment in preparation for the beautiful busy season of Christmas ahead! Fr. Garrott will Read More ››
TRUMBULL—The Parish of St. Catherine of Siena is announcing its Advent events schedule including Advent Adoration, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a Woman’s Advent Day of Recollection and Pot Luck, and the annual Christmas Pageant and Tree Lighting.
“During one of the most hectic times of Read More ››
The Knights of Columbus and the Ancient Order of Hibernians are co-sponsoring a charity marathon run from Boston to New York to raise money for The American Wheelchair Mission; a non-profit organization with a goal to deliver brand new, free wheelchair and mobility aids to physically Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Watch this Special Report on the recent diocese mission trip to Ethiopia. Diocesan social media leader John Grosso offers an up-close and memorable recap of the journey, which began in Addis, a city of over six million people, and moved to the countryside where Catholic Relief Read More ››
DANBURY—Honoring veterans for their sacrifice and service has always been a tradition at Immaculate High School (IHS). This year the school held a special tribute and created a Hill of Honor to show its appreciation for its alumni, staff and family members, and members of the Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Bishop Frank Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport, and The National Catholic Youth Conference will take place on November 16-18, 2017.
It will be held at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana Convention Center. With over 22,000 projected attendees, NCYC is the largest biennial gathering of Catholic Read More ››
DANBURY—It’s been an amazing fall athletics season for Immaculate High School in Danbury, which has won two SWC championship titles and one State championship so far this year.
The girls soccer team (19-1) was named Patriot Division champs and then on November 2 won a close, breathtaking Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—A Catechist is first and foremost a witness to the faith, Bishop Caggiano said to more than 300 catechists who gathered at the Catholic Center yesterday evening.
Speaking for nearly an hour, the bishop shared the startling realities that young people and those who teach them face Read More ››
NORWALK—A gentle November sunlight and soft fall colors framed the All Souls Day Masses held outdoors in Trumbull and Norwalk as hundreds gathered to pray for their departed loved ones and remember the dead.
“Death is part of the life of faith but not the last chapter Read More ››
The month of November is sometimes called the month of the dead. As we look around we see the leaves falling from the trees, the sun riding lower in the sky and setting earlier and earlier. Animals are preparing for the long, cold winter.
The Church year Read More ››
In journalism, as in basically any other gig, sometimes you get to do what you want, and other times you do what you have to. For me, the opportunity to spend several months getting to know Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles, probably America’s premier Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—A special Mass for those who have been sexually abused as a minor and for family members, spouses and others who have been impacted by abuse will be held on Sunday, October 29, at 2 pm at St. Anthony of Padua Church, located at 149 South Read More ››
STAMFORD—It was with great excitement that parishioners of St. Mary of Stamford Parish welcomed Bishop Caggiano for the consecration of a new altar, on October 7, 2017.
The newly consecrated altar replaces one that had been built in January of 2008, in memory of the Casale Family. Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will share his vision for lifelong Faith Formation in a special Conversation with Catechists on Saturday, October 28, 8:30 to 11:00 at All Saints Catholic School, 139 W. Rocks Road, Norwalk.
The Bishop has invited all catechists throughout the diocese to attend one Read More ››
STRATFORD—St. Mark School in Stratford recently hosted their 8th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Cut-A-Thon. Students and faculty dressed in pink as they rallied together to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer.
Stratford’s Jade Salon transported their services to the school’s auditorium and donated their time and products as they Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Join the friends of Caroline House for a wine tasting sponsored by Black Bear Wine and Spirits and A Dash of Salt Catering. Presenting sponsors Santa Fuel and the Trimble Foundation. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, sample various wines, and tour the Fairfield Museum & History Center. Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University has established the John Moriarty Institute for Ecology and Spirituality. The Institute’s mission, as stated on its website, is to understand and consider the richness and wonder of the natural environment, and to promote a deeper reflection on human spirituality as an important Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has invited the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right, to establish an oratory and take over the pastoral care of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish in Bridgeport.
On Sunday, October 8, Bishop Caggiano installed Read More ››
TRUMBULL—When George Weigel went to dinner at Pope John Paul II’s residence at the Vatican in 1995, it was an event that would change his life and lead to his writing two volumes, 1600 pages, about one of the towering Christian figures of the 20th century, Read More ››
EASTON—A group from of Notre Dame of Easton parish visited three local Sacred Sites In Litchfield County on Thursday, October 12th.
The one-day pilgrimage took the men and women to Lourdes in Litchfield, the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, and the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Read More ››
STAMFORD—Trinity Catholic High School has partnered with Student Support Services at Stamford Public Schools Collaborative on a community service project. A private donor has given funds to Student Support Services to purchase 500 new coats.
The TCHS students from the National Honor Society and the Student Read More ››
RHODE ISLAND—In this morning’s Facebook entry, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano offers the following report on the talk by Deacon Greg Kandra at yesterday’s session of the Priest Convocation now underway in Newport, Rhode Island.
“As our priest convocation entered its second day, Deacon Greg Kandra, a former Read More ››
RHODE ISLAND—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano sent this dispatch back from the Fifth Convocation of Priests of the Diocese of Bridgeport now underway in Newport, Rhode Island. The convocation is held every three years and more than 200 diocesan priests are attending the three-day retreat.
“Of One Heart Read More ››
MONROE—The Rev. James McCarten Assembly 119 of the Knights of Columbus on October 15 assisted Connecticut District Master Allyn Temple in hosting the fall 2017 4th Degree Exemplification.
During the exemplification 63 third Degree Knights received the honor of the Order’s highest degree at St. Jude Parish Read More ››
REDDING RIDGE—St. Patrick Church enthusiastically announces its Second Annual Night on the Ridge, featuring wines from around the world, paired with delicious international cuisines as only the Spinning Wheel can do it. New to this event will be a micro-brewery offering, featuring a selection of small Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The first woman to serve as guest speaker in the Cardinal Shehan Center Celebrity breakfast series brought the house down with a mixture of humor, interesting stories, and perceptive comments about the Press and the “polarized nation.”
CBS 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl captivated almost 400 friends Read More ››
Good morning and thank you for coming. My name is Amaris Timmons. I am 10 years old and I am in the 6th grade at Cathedral Academy.
I have attended the Cardinal Shehan Center since I was 4 ½ years old. I participate in the After Read More ››
DANBURY—Pam Rittman, director of the Annual Catholic Appeal, is hard at work on this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal Video.
In this video, shot on location in Danbury, Pam is joined by Catholic Charities social workers and members of the Frontline Productions film crew as the outreach social Read More ››
NORWALK—Deacon William Owen Murphy, a retired deacon of St. Joseph Parish in South Norwalk, passed away peacefully at his home in Norwalk on October 6 at the age of 82.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on November 18, 1934, and attended Brooklyn Prep, College of the Read More ››
The prayer that Jesus taught us, “Our Father”, is one that most of us have known from our earliest years. Many pray it often, perhaps even several times daily. It is a prayer of adoration, thanksgiving, and supplication. We recognize God as our Father, not as Read More ››
LEBANON—In these dispatches Diocesan Social Media leader John Grosso offers a brief but stark look at the hardship suffered by Syrian refugees as he and others from the diocese wind up their mission trip to the region: “When you have your country, you have everything. When Read More ››
NORWALK—St. Mary’s Church and the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny are pleased to announce a conference and Mass commemorating the tenth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum on Thursday, October 19 at St. Mary’s Church, 669 West Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut. Those interested are cordially invited to attend. Read More ››
BROOKFIELD—St. Joseph’s Catholic Church has joined several other churches across the state in going green.
The 475 new solar panels on the roof of St. Joseph’s School went live Thursday, providing energy for the church, rectory and parish center.
“We’ll be just about completely green, which is amazing Read More ››
ETHIOPIA—Diocesan Social Media Leader John Grosso has been sending first-hand reports of his mission trips to Ethiopia with business and charitable leader Nick Troilo of Darien, Msgr. Thomas Powers and other diocesan priests.
“The joy and love of the people we’ve encountered in Ethiopia during our travels Read More ››
NORWALK—A procession through the streets of Norwalk, Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary form celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, and a food and music festival highlighted the recent Patronal Feast of St. Mary’s Parish in Norwalk.
“We thank God for this opportunity for the whole parish Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Sr. Miriam James, SOLT, a young missionary, former college Volleyball player, and Catholic speaker will kick off the new Bishop’s Lecture Series with a talk on “Encounter” on Wednesday, October 11, 7:00 pm at St. Catherine of Sienna parish in Trumbull.
The talk, sponsored by the diocesan Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Diocesan social media leader John Grosso has joined Vicar General Msgr. Thomas Powers and other priests on a mission trip to Ethiopia. The group is being led by Nick Troilo of Darien, founder of Turning Wine Into Water, which works to provide safe, clean fresh water Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Father Ralph Seraphim Rohlman, former director of the Propagation of the Faith, died on October 2 in Bridgeport. Father Seraphim was born on July 13, 1965, in Bridgeport, and attended area elementary schools and Central High School.
He was attending the University of Bridgeport on a Read More ››
WASHINGTON—The nation has experienced “yet another night filled with unspeakable terror” and “we need to pray and to take care of those who are suffering,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington.
In Las Vegas, a gunman now identified by law enforcement Read More ››
When Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, its 155-mph winds knocked out electricity to the entire island, leaving its 3.4 million people in the dark. The situation could last up to six months, officials said.
“This is an event without precedent,” Puerto Rico Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will share his vision for lifelong Faith Formation at the “People of Joy” Faith Formation Day this Saturday, 8:30 to 2:30 at the Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Avenue in Bridgeport.
All those who serve in ministry are invited and encouraged to join Read More ››
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Holy Father’s worldwide two-year campaign supporting the displaced kicks off September 27.
Today, several dozen bishops across the United States are joining Pope Francis as he launched the two-year “Share the Journey” campaign, holding events and reaching out to support migrants and refugees in their Read More ››
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Our Lady of Fatima’s message about prayer, conversion and peace that she imparted to three shepherd children in a field in Portugal “is as important now as it has ever been since” she appeared a century ago, a Connecticut bishop told Massgoers September 23 in Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—All are invited to “Welcoming the Stranger,” a Social Justice lecture exploring the ways the Church serves our immigrant brothers and sisters tonight (Tuesday September 26), 7 pm in the Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Avenue.
Featured speakers include Sister Mary Ellen Burns, ascj, Director of Apostle immigration Read More ››
NEW HAVEN—With gifts of aid to Puerto Rico and Mexico, the Knights of Columbus has expanded its outreach in the wake of recent natural disasters that have plagued the southern U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean.
The K of C has raised more than $2.8 million as part Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School is proud to announce that John Palladino ‘18 of Danbury was named a Semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition. He is one of 220 Connecticut students and one of 16,000 students nationwide to have an eligibility score for the 2018 competition Read More ››