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 ››
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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 ››
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 ››