Among the many programs and ministries it supports, the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal, “Joy in Christ, Our Gift to Share,” assists Catholic Charities, the largest non-government provider of social services in Fairfield County. Rooted in the Catholic philosophy of faith in action, Catholic Charities of Fairfield Read More ››
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The Catholic Charities/Aetna Golf Classic will take place Monday, June 4, at the Patterson Club in Fairfield. Last year, the event raised $100,000 for Catholic Charities of Fairfield County (CCFC), making it a principal fundraiser for the agency.
This year, the Aetna Golf Classic will honor the Read More ››
DARIEN—Please join us at Foundations in Education’s 2018 Annual Spring Gala to celebrate and support Catholic education in the Diocese of Bridgeport. The Gala will be held at Woodway Country Club in Darien, on Thursday, April 19, 2018, from 6-9:30 pm.
Together with The Most Reverend Frank Read More ››
STAMFORD—Recently eight St. Thomas More Parish Youth Group teens put their faith into action and shared life experiences by volunteering at DOMUS KIDS in Stamford.
Domus serves more than 1,100 of the most struggling youth in Stamford with a mix of educational, community and residential programs. The Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School (IHS) is committed to providing a modern college-preparatory, Catholic-based education to its students with the goal of them attending top-rated colleges with confidence about their future paths. One way Immaculate does so is by hosting an annual Career Day for all students so Read More ››
WESTPORT—SHU Journey, a six-day residential summer experience of faith education, self-discovery and enjoyment for high school students, is set to run from Sunday June 24 to Friday June 29 on the Sacred Heart University campus in Fairfield.
This conference is hosted each summer by Sacred Heart University Read More ››
WESTPORT—For most people, life is about three questions, said Bishop Robert Morneau last night in his talk at Assumption Church in Westport, “Who am I, Where am I going? How do I get there. ”
“But the real question is not who am I, but whose am Read More ››
NORWALK—The Most Reverend Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will be the special guest speaker at the Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360’s 5th Annual Family Communion Breakfast on Sunday, June 3, 2018 after the 9am Mass (around 10am) in the St. Matthew Masterpool Great Room, 216 Read More ››
SHELTON—Peter Thomas Farrelly, Jr., age 65, a parishioner of St. Lawrence Parish in Shelton, entered into rest on Friday, April 6. He is the beloved husband of 40 years of Mary Jo (Ertola) Farrelly.
Farrelly was born in the Bronx, NY on July 30, 1952. He grew Read More ››
DANBURY—The Immaculate High School CyberPatriots team placed first in the Connecticut Regional National Youth Cyber Defense Competition sponsored by the National Cyber Education Program. This is the third year in a row that the team won the State competition.
The IHS team came in first place in Read More ››
STAMFORD—On April 4, Trinity Catholic High School held it’s annual Fashion Show, featuring juniors and seniors—along with softball and Basketball Coach Rita Jagodzinski, Guidance Counselor Michael Surace and Assistant Principal Christine Wagner. The event took place at 7:30 pm in the auditorium of the school. Lord Read More ››
STAMFORD—John T. Grosso of Stamford has been named Director of Digital Media of the Diocese of Bridgeport. His appointment, effective immediately, was announced by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.
Grosso joined the diocese in 2015 and has led the successful social media initiatives since that time. His new Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Over the next two weeks, the Diocesan Leadership Institute is hosting two youth ministry focused webinars.
The first, on Monday, April 9th at 2-3 pm is entitled “The Start of Something Big—Preparing Youth for Confirmation,” and will feature Tom East, the Director of The Center for Ministry Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Foundations in Education, a non profit organization created to assist the Diocese of Bridgeport’s ongoing mission to support Catholic Education in Fairfield County, recently published their Spring 2018 newsletter, providing updates on a number of ongoing initiatives.
As you can see in the attachment below, much progress Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS)—God calls all Christians to be saints—not plastic statues of saints, but real people who make time for prayer and who show loving care for others in the simplest gestures, Pope Francis said in his new document on holiness.
“Do not be afraid of holiness. Read More ››
WHAT: The Sacred Heart University College of Nursing and the Center for Healthcare Education Inaugural Year Lecture Series presents “A Dialogue on Compassion: The Lived Experience.” Guest speakers will discuss compassion in healthcare.
WHO: Dominic Vachon, Ph.D., is the director of is the director of the Ruth Read More ››
DARIEN—“60 Minutes” has succeeded because it treats news as public service not simply as a business decision, said CBS News chairman and “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager at the New Covenant Center Celebrity Breakfast this morning in Darien.
More than 200 turned out at Woodway Country Read More ››
NEWTOWN—St. Rose of Lima School’s Fifth Grade Colonial Wax Museum project was staged for the school on March 27. Paula Davenport’s students each transformed in to a colonial figure—everyone from Betsy Ross, Abigail Adams and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton to Thomas Jefferson, Benedict Arnold and Paul Read More ››
On Sunday April 8th, join Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and your Diocese of Bridgeport family as we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday.
Mass will begin at 2 pm at the Cathedral of St. Augustine, 399 Washington Avenue, Bridgeport.
The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed at 3 pm, immediately Read More ››
WESTPORT—Bishop Robert Morneau, retired Auxiliary Bishop of Green Bay, will discuss the “Seven Habits on the Path to Holiness” on April 11, 7 pm at Assumption Parish in Westport.
Bishop Morneau’s talk is being sponsored by the diocesan Leadership Institute as part of its newly launched Bishop’s Read More ››
BALTIMORE—In a recent pastoral letter, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore said that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “principles of nonviolence” are the keys to “address and resist injustice” in the Baltimore area.
“The wisdom of Dr. King’s teaching is both timely and important for our family Read More ››
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.
BRIDGEPORT—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 ››