TRUMBULL—St Joseph High School, striving to be Southern Connecticut’s premier college preparatory school, announced today that two of their Senior students, Lavanya Sambaraju and Manjodh (Joe) Singh, have been selected as 2018 National Merit® Scholarship Semifinalists.
Officials of The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced on Wednesday the Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—You will want to read below the latest newsletter for the Serra Club of Bridgeport. You will find news of the club’s summer barbecue, information on prayer and support for priests, and other items.
The goal of the Serra Club is to promote vocations to the priesthood Read More ››
DANBURY—Over the summer many IHS students perform their community service hours by helping local organizations. One senior, Albert “AJ” Vitiello, went beyond his borders, both personal and physical, and travelled half way across the world to help another community with seemingly simple but important needs.
Mr. Vitiello Read More ››
NORWALK—A Fairfield County landmark giving hope to pregnant women for nearly two decades has entered a collaboration to expand and enhance its help for mothers and their babies.
Malta House, which opened in Norwalk in 1998 to feed and shelter homeless women from all backgrounds eager to Read More ››
STAMFORD—The Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of the Diocese of Providence Rhode Island, will be the keynote speaker at the 9th Annual Fundraising Banquet for the Family Institute of Connecticut on September 29, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Stamford Marriott.
Bishop Tobin, who has Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Recognized among the nation’s best universities and colleges, Fairfield University’s undergraduate teaching program places 3rd in the Northern Region, and the University was recognized among the best nationally for service learning. Additionally, Fairfield’s Dolan School of Business made the national list once again for “Best Undergraduate Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University was ranked one of the most innovative universities as well as one of the best universities in the North, according to U.S.News & World Report’s newly released guidebook, Best Colleges 2018. “As one of the fastest growing Catholic universities in the nation, we Read More ››
When asked what makes him most proud in his work as president of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Dr. John Petillo doesn’t mention the record growth in student enrollment or the impressive number of first class buildings and programs the university has unveiled in the last Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Describing teachers as the “spiritual mothers and fathers” of their students, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano told Catholic educators that in addition to building academic skills they are also forming young people in the faith and values that will guide them over a lifetime.
More than 700 Catholic Read More ››
STAMFORD—New Covenant Center in Stamford reports an increasing number of it guests were able find to part-time work this summer, and that it is set to launch an initiatives to help them build job skills.
“We were encouraged to see our lunch and dinner service numbers decrease Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Second collections to assist the many Texas families who are in dire need of food, water, clothing and shelter, especially in the cities of Houston and Rockport will be taken in parishes throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has asked pastors to hold voluntary Read More ››
NORWALK—Msgr. Walter, Pastor of St. Matthew Church is driving one of three supply trucks down to Texas next week. Msgr. Orlowski is asking parishioners to consider donating supplies and goods to help their brothers and sisters in need!
“St. Matthew is Texas-bound, bringing Prayers, Love & Supplies for Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Augustine, the Patron Saint of the Diocese of Bridgeport! Read Bishop Frank’s reflection on St. Augustine: “Saint Augustine came to faith after many years of struggling with a dissolute lifestyle. Afterwards he wrote his autobiography entitled “The Confessions”. It Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Catholic dioceses and charities are quickly organizing to help in the aftermath of a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall with heavy rains and winds of 130 miles per hour late August 25 into the Rockport, Texas area, northeast of Corpus Christi. The National Weather Service Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Caroline House has received a $15,000 grant from the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls. The grant will support English as a Second Language (ESL) and life skills education for low-income women.
The Caroline House ESL and life skills program provides free literacy education Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University’s (SHU) theatre arts program has been recognized by OnStage Blog as a leading college theater program, and one of the fastest-growing programs in the country. In its annual review entitled “Top-10 most underrated college theater programs for 2017,” Founder and Editor in Chief Read More ››
WILTON—More than 200 parishioners and members of the community turned out last night for an interfaith candlelight vigil outside of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Wilton in response to the torches that burned in Charlottesville.
“As we look back to the incidents that occurred in Charlottesville, Read More ››
I was blessed to be taught at a young age, that you can learn from anyone and any situation. As we look back to the incidents that occurred in Charlottesville, VA—there is much to be learned and many actions that need to happen in our lives Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Maureen Cardiello, coordinator of Project Rachael, the diocesan post-abortion healing ministry, has announced the Fall schedule of upcoming Project Rachael and Entering Canaan healing events including a new Sibling Retreat:
Afternoon of Prayerful Remembrance and Intercession – September 30, 2017
Men’s Day of Healing – October 7, 2017
Women’s Read More ››
HOPKINSVILLE, KY—A total solar eclipse is a rare event, something to appreciate and enjoy in the mind of Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory.
So as the first eclipse crossed the country from coast to coast in 99 years Aug. 21, Brother Consolmagno wasn’t Read More ››
DARIEN—St. Thomas More Church, Darien hosts Men En Masse in September. Join us on Saturday, September 16 at 7:30 pm for an evening of music with Men En Masse, the summer men’s chorus from Connecticut Chamber Choir, conducted by Galen Tate.
This free concert will feature a cappella Read More ››
TRUMBULL—Almost 200 young people throughout the Diocese are expected to attend Saturday’s “Fan the Fire” youth rally at St. Joseph High School in Trumbull.
Fan the Fire is a day of prayer, fun and inspiration for young people in grades 8 thru 12. It will run from Read More ››
NORWALK—For nine of the ten years Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council #14360 has been in existence they have assisted or sponsored various events for the Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) in Norwalk, which has included the Agency’s annual Foster Care picnic and outings to Bluefish Read More ››
STAMFORD—Come hear Krista Adams-Santilli with Frank Mastrone and Friends in Concert on September 16 at 6:30 pm at Sacred Heart Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford. Tickets are $50 per person. For Information and tickets call 203.968.1234
Catholics around the world will celebrate the feast day of St. Maximilian Kolbe on Monday. His story is one the church’s finest, though too few people—Christian or not—have heard it.
Kolbe was born to a German father and Polish mother in 1894. He entered the seminary at Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Holy Cross Church, at 750 Tahmore Drive, across from Lake Mohegan, Fairfield is having its annual picnic starting with a Polka Mass at 11 am on Sunday September 10. Live entertainment by the Polka Quads of Pennsylvania will start at Noon and run throughout the day.
Slovenian Read More ››
STRATFORD—All are invited to learn more about sharing our faith at Our Lady of Peace Parish Hall, Stratford. The speaker is Kevin Dowd on Wednesday, August 30 at 6:30 pm. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevin Dowd is a doctoral candidate in theology and education at Boston College, working Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In this video, Bishop Frank Caggiano reflects compares prayer to cooking and suggests a “recipe” to enrich our prayer life.
“Since I was a little boy, my mother always made it a point to teach my sister and I how to cook. Cooking as an art demands Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—After nearly two years of construction, Sacred Heart University’s new Center for Healthcare Education is ready to open. Staff and faculty from the College of Health Professions and College of Nursing have moved into the state-of-the-art building, and students will begin their studies with the latest Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Faith Formation teacher, writer and presenter Susan Kay of Sadlier Religious will deliver a keynote on “Friendship” at the DRE/CRE Kick-Off Gathering set for August 28, in Queen of Saints Hall of the Catholic Center.
The morning will began with a welcome and breakfast at 8:30. Programs Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Join us! Become a tutor at Mercy Learning Center. As a volunteer tutor, you will be paired with one or more of Mercy Learning Center’s adult female students. No experience is necessary! All volunteer tutors attend a one-day training and receive ongoing support and professional development Read More ››
KENTUCKY—From June 24-July 2, a group of 42 students and chaperones traveled to Neon, Kentucky for Notre Dame’s 26th annual Appalachia trip. While in Kentucky, the group worked with HOMES, Inc., a group committed to building residential housing and providing low-interest mortgages for residents of this Read More ››
DANBURY—A group of elementary school students at St. Joseph School in Danbury had a vision of writing and performing in their very own school production. In May of 2016, they set to work on writing an original play that they hoped would one day be performed Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In this brief video, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano invites people throughout the diocese to join him in a day of prayer on September 23 pilgrimage to The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
“The purpose of a pilgrimage is to break from the ordinary routine Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In celebration of its 55th Anniversary, the Cardinal Shehan Center recently hosted its first ever Reunion at the Shehan Center at 1494 Main Street in Bridgeport.
The event drew current board members, former board members, current and former staff, donors, former Shehan Center members and friends, said Read More ››
NEWTOWN—Fr. Fernando Suarez will be returning to celebrate a Healing Mass at St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown on Tuesday, September 5 at 6:30 pm. He was with us back in August of 2013 and we are so blessed to have him back to St. Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Father Ray Petrucci and Dorothy Riera, co-hosts of the radio program “Thoughts for the Week” recently sat down with Diocesan Safe Environments leader Erin Neil and sexual abuse survivors to discuss healing from clerical sexual abuse.
The program was recorded at Sacred Heart University radio studios and Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—No matter the position one takes on national migration policy, Pope Francis, Caritas Internationalis and national Catholic charities across the globe want Catholics to meet a migrant or refugee and listen to his or her story.
In late September, Pope Francis will launch the “Share the Read More ››
DANBURY—“You can take the boy out of Brooklyn, but you can’t take Brooklyn out of the boy,” says Father Angelo Arrando proudly, even though “the boy” has spent the last 27 years in the quiet green hills of Danbury as pastor of St. Gregory the Great Read More ››
NORWALK—Malta House, a residence in East Norwalk for homeless pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children, will hold a benefit concert featuring the acclaimed “The Midtown Men” on Saturday, September 30, at 8 pm at The Palace in Stamford. Tickets are on sale Read More ››
TRUMBULL—During the last week in June, St. Theresa Parish hosted its seventh annual Vacation Bible Camp, with about 140 campers attending. This year’s theme, “Our Lady of Fatima: the Blessed Mother Speaks to the Children,” was chosen in honor of the hundredth anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has announced plans for a one-day pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, September 23.
Buses will depart at 7 am from St. Jude Parish in Monroe, the Catholic Center in Bridgeport and Read More ››
TRUMBULL—The annual Fan the Fire youth rally will be moving to a new location this year at St. Joseph High School in Trumbull.
The event, scheduled for Saturday, August 19th, 9 am to 9 pm, is a day of prayer, fun and inspiration for young people.
“Building on Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Although I met my maternal grandfather only once, he left a deep impression upon me. The year was 1965 and I was 6 years old when my parents returned to Italy for the first time since their immigration to the United States. The occasion was my Read More ››
NORWALK-Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council No. 14360 became Norwalk’s third Knights of Columbus council on July 25, 2007. It was the first time in a century that a new council in Norwalk was founded. Persistence paid off when parishioner and first Grand Knight Gerry Grippe Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Sacred Heart University’s rating to A3 from Baa1, with a stable outlook. The upgrade acknowledges the University’s very strong financial performance, according to Moody’s. “This performance has been primarily driven by the University’s strong student demand, translating into robust enrollment and Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—You will want to view this inspiring video on vocations to the priesthood provided by the Serra Club of Bridgeport.
The goal of the Serra Club is to promote vocations to the priesthood and other forms of consecrated religious life in the Catholic Church.
Deacon David Flynn of Read More ››
STAMFORD—Sunday, July 23 was a very festive day at St. Camillus Center in Stamford. One of the residents, James Edward Nickerson was baptized and received his First Holy Communion.
Born in 1970, his family had ‘dedicated’ him to the Lord in a religious ceremony when he was Read More ››
NEW YORK—U.S. Catholic China Bureau (the Bureau)’s 27th Biennial National Conference will be held at St. John’s University in New York during August 11-13, 2017. As the important gathering about the Catholic Church in China, the conference,brings together clergy, religious brothers and sisters, and lay people of different Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In this video Bishop Caggiano reflects on the gift of the Eucharist in our lives and our needs to give thanks.
“The Lord is offering a meal to us,” he says, urging people to attend Sunday Mass, “where God brings us together like a family to celebrate.”
By Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—St. Vincent’s Farm Stand will host a cooking demo by a local chef Tuesday, July 18 from 12 noon-1 pm at the site of its farmers market, located immediately in front of its main entrance. The event is free and open to the public and is Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Twenty-four high school students from across the state were selected to attend the second annual SHU Journey residential mentoring program in late June. The Lilly Endowment Summer Theological Institute for High School Youth provided funding for the weeklong event.
“The grant is to educate youth in their Read More ››
ORLANDO, FLORIDA More than 100 Catholic leaders attending the Leadership Roundtable’s annual convening in Orlando said the church needs to go beyond “engaging laity” to “appointing, recruiting, promoting and empowering diverse lay leaders.”
“This requires laity and ordained being in right relationship as co-responsible for the mission” Read More ››
The Bridgeport, Connecticut, shepherd shares his thoughts on the Convocation for Catholic Leaders and the road ahead.
Bishop Frank Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, received an enthusiastic round of applause during the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America” July 1-4 Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Fairfield County’s Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education awarded $951,214 in grants to 52 local organizations throughout Fairfield County in the last year, they announced today. The local non-profit foundation supports educational and social programs that serve the neediest families and individuals of Fair-field county.
“We saw Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Blessed Sacrament Parish will gratefully, proudly, musically and prayerfully celebrate its 100th Anniversary years on the weekend of September 30-October 1.
All are invited to a celebratory dinner on September 30th at Vazzano’s Four Seasons Restaurant in Stratford (7-10 pm) featuring talent from the parish and a Read More ››
STRATFORD—A new Administrator was recently appointed at St. Mark School in Stratford. Mr. Scott Clough assumed the post of Principal, effective July 1, 2017. Clough replaces Mrs. Donna Wuhrer, who retired from the position after 3 years as school leader.
Clough, the unanimous first choice of the Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Fairfield County’s Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education has teamed up with Fairfield County Look magazine for a unique opportunity to benefit the neediest families of Fairfield County this summer.
A limited number of charity tickets for a special VIP experience on Sunday, July 9th at Greenwich Read More ››
HARTFORD—Award-winning journalist and best-selling author Raymond Arroyo of EWTN News will be the keynote speaker at the 10th annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference on October 21.
The day-long program, which will be held at St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol, will also include presentations by Bishop Read More ››
STAMFORD—Our Lady Star of the Sea is hosting a French Children’s Choir under the direction of Francis Bardot on Sunday, July 9, at 6.30, in the Church, 1200 Shippan Avenue, Stamford.
“This will be a wonderful experience!: said Ruth Rolander, leader of the Music Ministry at Our Read More ››
STAMFORD—A year ago last June, New Covenant Center (NCC) in Stamford launched the first “Social Night of Service”—a unique volunteer event targeted to young adults.
One night a month these 20 to 30-somethings rolled up their sleeves and cooked 150 meals for our Cafe guests while socializing Read More ››
WESTPORT—Composer and musician Marlane Tubridy, a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Weston, has released a new video of her composition, “The Voice Inside,”
“I chose to do the video now because of Pentecost and to bring awareness of the Holy Spirit being with us Read More ››
NORWALK—Father Joseph Koterski, S.J. will celebrate Mass for those with Down Syndrome along with their families and friends on Sunday, September 17, 9:30 am at St. Mary Church, 669 West Avenue in Norwalk.
St. Mary Parish also sponsors a Mom and Dad prayer and support group, Mother Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On Saturday, June 24, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will ordain three men as priests for the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Because two of the men are of Hispanic background, both born in Bogotá, Colombia, readings at the ordination will be in Spanish and English. Harry Prieto and José Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On June 27, 2017 at 3:30pm, community members from the Class of 28 from the Bridgeport Regional Business Council’s Leadership Greater Bridgeport Program, will unveil their completed project—a renovated movie room at the Cardinal Shehan Center, located at 1494 Main Street in Bridgeport.
This year long community Read More ››
Somehow a garden is not complete without a statue—and it’s interesting to note how many religious statues work their way into local gardens.
I have a statue of St. Francis of Assisi in my front yard. He stands surrounded by a ring of giant hosta beneath our Read More ››
STRATFORD—Holy Name of Jesus Church, 1950 Barnum Ave, Stratford, will celebrate a Memorial Mass in memory of our former pastor, Msgr. Peter Dora on Wednesday, July 5 at 7:00 pm.
A native of Stamford, Msgr. Dora was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Walter W. Curtis on Read More ››
BROOKFIELD—on June 16, Peter Brady, the “Boss Man” of Handy Dandy Handyman Ministry (HDHM) was honored by the first-grade class at St. Joseph School, Brookfield, with a check donation to the ministry’s many causes. The group began in 1999, when Brady got an inspiration while attending Read More ››
Stay tuned for more information on the Cardinal Shehan Center’s 12th Annual Dodge Ball Tournament which will be held on Tuesday, July 11 at InSports Centers, 29 Trefoil Drive, Trumbull! All proceeds benefit our After School and Saturday Program.
Please feel free to contact Lorraine Gibbons with Read More ››
When he celebrated his 60th anniversary this May, Father Mark Connolly was also celebrating as many years in radio and television production.
A native of Boston, Father Connolly was ordained to the priesthood on May 3, 1957. He specialized in the field of theology and psychology while Read More ››
WESTPORT—St. Luke Church in Westport will host the renowned author and theologian, Jesuit Father James Martin, will be speaking here at Saint Luke on Thursday, June 29 at 7:30 pm to discuss and sign copies of his new book on the Church’s relationship with the L-G-B-T Read More ››
DANBURY—Dr. Patrick D. Higgins, a Bethel resident, will assume the post of school Principal of Immaculate High School on July 1.
Dr. Higgins will take the seat of former Principal Joe Carmen, who resigned from the position during the summer of 2016 to take a position as Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On Thursday, June 15th, Deb Smith, Catholic Charities’ Director of Housing, was invited to attend the awards ceremony and dinner sponsored by the Partnership for Strong Communities where Ben Vereen was the keynote speaker.
Smith is a member of the Supportive Housing Works, Inc. and CT Coalition Read More ››
WILTON—Loretta Kelly McCarthy, of Wilton, passed away peacefully in the presence of her family on June 8, 2017 at the age of 86. Kelly gave the world 6 beloved children: Laurie, Maureen, Kathleen, Christeen, Patrick and Michael, 14 treasured grandchildren and 2 great–grandchildren. She leaves behind Read More ››
Knights of Columbus councils are known for serving the greater good of their parishes and local communities, and many times they work as individual councils. Two years ago, Councils 14360 at St. Matthew Norwalk and 11077 at Our Lady of the Assumption Fairfield discovered if they Read More ››