Articles By: Renee Stamatis

Puerto Rico relief

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 ››

Welcoming the Stranger

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 ››

St. Joseph HS Announces Two 2018 National Merit® Scholarship Semifinalists

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 ››

Bishop praises teachers for forming students in “mind and faith”

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

Diocese celebrates Patronal Feast

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 ››

Caroline House receives $15,000 Grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls

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 ››

Project Rachael announces Fall Schedule

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

September Concert

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

Concert in Stamford

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

Polka Mass

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

Front and Center

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

Kevin Dowd is a doctoral candidate in theology and education at Boston College, working Read More ››

The Art of Prayer

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 ››

I call you friends

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 ››

Prayer in Motion!

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 ››

Fan the Fire

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

Roundtable says church must ‘recruit, empower’ diverse lay leaders

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 ››