It is rare that I remember any of my dreams. Last night, however, was an exception. Towards 3:00 am, I woke up in the middle of a dream, vividly remembering one scene. It was an incident that happened last year when I visited a classmate’s summer Read More ››
Monthly Newspaper • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT
NEW YORK—Patrick Turner, Director of Strategic and Pastoral Planning for the Diocese of Bridgeport, recently spoke to a group of sixteen Armenian Church of America priests who were gathered in Armonk, NY, for a three-day Parish Management workshop.
The workshop was organized by Villanova University’s Center for Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—To involve young people in preparations for the Synod of Bishops on youth in 2018, the Vatican has released an online questionnaire to better understand the lives, attitudes and concerns of 16 – 29-year-olds around the world.
The questionnaire—available in English, Spanish, French and Italian—can be Read More ››
STAMFORD—Monsignor Thaddeus Malanowski, 95, retired Brigadier General in the United States Army, and native son of Stamford’s Holy Name of Jesus Parish, celebrated the 70th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on May 28th at Holy Name of Jesus Church. He was joined on the Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On June 5, 2017-June 9, 2017, the City of Bridgeport in collaboration with the Cardinal Shehan Center will host a free weeklong after school swim camp for 120 Bridgeport youth ages 5 through 11 years old. The program begins at 3:30 pm and ends at 5:30 Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School’s Spring Musical Fiddler on the Roof, produced and performed by IHS’ award-winning Fine Arts Department, won three Halo Awards, including the esteemed Best Classical Musical award. The Halo awards are presented by Seven Angels Theatre and are the most prestigious high school theater Read More ››
TRUMBULL—The major relic of St. Anthony of Padua will be coming to St. Theresa Church in Trumbull on Friday, June 9. The public is invited to the Masses and the hours of veneration for this popular saint.
Masses will be at 12 noon and 5:30 pm. Veneration Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank Caggiano will host a virtual Town Hall Meeting tomorrow on Wednesday, May 31st at 12:30 pm. The meeting will take place on the Bishop’s Facebook page (Bishop Frank J. Caggiano), airing on Facebook Live.
The Bishop’s Town Hall Meeting will be the second in a Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School junior and Newtown resident Albert “A.J.” Vitiello received a National Medal in Flash Fiction from the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, placing him in the top one percent of all submissions. Out of 330,000 submissions from students in grades 7-12, only 2,736 Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis met Wednesday morning with U.S. President Donald Trump, speaking privately in the apostolic palace with him for about 30 minutes and asking later that he work for peace in the world.
The atmosphere for the first encounter between the two world leaders, known to Read More ››
MARYKNOLL—Father Daniel Siwoo Kim of Cerritos, California, and the Diocese of Orange and Father Peter Latouf of Detroit, Michigan, and the Archdiocese of Detroit soon will travel to Hong Kong as they begin their service in mission following their ordinations into the Maryknoll Society.
Father Kim, 34, Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School student-athlete Rachel Meurer signed a National Letter of Intent to attend St. Lawrence University for Fall 2017 at a special signing ceremony recently.
The Danbury resident will continue her swimming career at St. Lawrence College in Canton, NY. Rachel was one of the founding Read More ››
MANCHESTER, England—Pope Francis decried the “barbaric attack” on concertgoers in Manchester, adding his voice to Catholic leaders dismayed at what British officials said was the deadliest case of terrorism since 2005.
In a telegram sent to English church officials on Pope Francis’ behalf, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Read More ››
DANBURY—On a dark, overcast Sunday afternoon, a choir of voices can be heard coming down State Street in Danbury, walking toward Elmwood Park, singing “Alleluia,” amid drums, tambourines, and guitars. The voices of children, youth and adults grow louder as they approach the park.
The group of Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Vicki Briggs, FACHE, has been appointed president and chief executive officer of St. Vincent’s Medical Center, effective July 1. St. Vincent’s Vince Caponi is part of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system. Briggs will succeed Vincent Read More ››
RIVERSIDE—Dinner with a Cause sponsored by the St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Riverside, Social Justice Committee features Building 1 Community (formerly Neighbor’s Link Stamford) on Thursday, May 18. Catalina Horak, executive director, will explain its mission to bring people together to help immigrants and their families Read More ››
WILTON—The U.S. Province of the Congregation of Notre Dame is blessed with wonderful friends. Among these friends is a family who came to know the CNDs through a Sister serving in their parish. This Sister introduced the family (they have requested anonymity) to CND spirituality and Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Leland Melvin, NASA astronaut, will be addressing 6th-8th graders from the Catholic Academy of Bridgeport school in Sacred Heart University’s Performing Arts Center on Monday, May 22nd at 9 am.
Following that, he will be visiting two of the campuses: St. Raphael’s to read to children grades Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Fairfield University celebrates its 67th Commencement on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Graduate and Undergraduate ceremonies will be held on the Bellarmine Lawn on the University campus, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield,
Undergraduate ceremony will start at 9:30 am. The graduate ceremony is scheduled, 3:00 pm.
The total number Read More ››
There have always been priests for every major moment in religious life, from baptisms to weddings to funerals. But that’s a luxury we soon won’t be able to take for granted, said Deacon David Flynn, who serves at St. Jude Parish in Monroe.
“We have to be Read More ››
WILTON—Alexandra Fordsman, 12, stood before a crowded room at Our Lady of Fatima Parish Saturday late afternoon.
She raised her arms with her elbows bent and held a rosary in her left hand, as three children knelt in front of her.
The scene re-enacted by the parish’s youth Read More ››
DARIEN—There was an excitement in the room at Woodway Country Club last night at the second Foundations in Education Spring Gala, which drew business and education leaders throughout Fairfield County.
The event lived up to its billing in an evening filled with high spirits, generous giving and Read More ››
DANBURY—Student-athletes from Immaculate High School (IHS) made their commitments to colleges for Fall 2017 at a special signing ceremony recently. Caroline Beal of Newtown and Christian Morris of Danbury signed National Letters of Intent.
Caroline Beal will attend Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where she Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued a response to President Donald J. Trump’s executive order signed this morning.
Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement follows:
“Today’s Executive Order begins the process of alleviating the serious burden Read More ››
PEORIA, Ill.—After riding bicycles a little more than 340 miles over five days, three young priests of the Diocese of Peoria sailed across the Indiana state line April 28, bringing Priests Pedaling for Prayers to a close.
“It does seem a little surreal,” Father Tom Otto said Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Jennings Beach Carnival at South Benson Road, Fairfield, sponsored by Holy Family Parish, will be held Friday-Sunday, May 19 – 21 with rides and games, food, a free concert by School of Rock, and a chance to win over $30,000 in prizes!
Friday, 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday, 1:00pm Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Foundations in Education, which benefits Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport, will honor business leader George F. Landegger, Sister Joan Magnetti, executive director of the Catholic Academy of Bridgeport, and Tony Pavia, Stamford educator and principal, at a gala on May 11 at Woodway Read More ››
STAMFORD—Matthew Buchkowski knows tuition won’t be his only expense when he goes to college in a few months.
College students usually also have to pay for university fees, room and board, transportation, books, supplies, food, cellphone bills and numerous other personal expenses, including haircuts, laundry—the list goes Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—On Monday, May 22, Fairfield University will host an information session about the Residential College Mentoring Program at 7:00pm in Alumni House.
The Residential Colleges at Fairfield University are a signature program integrating living and learning in the context of a Jesuit education. This established, award-winning program Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The journey for delegates of Synod 2014 will formally come to an end on Saturday, April 29, with a wrap-up session at Family Center of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull. It will be the fourth and final post-synod meeting to update delegates about the Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University students will have another guide to help their progress through college with the creation of a new staff position: executive director of student success. Sean Heffron, who will take on the position May 1, will play a critical role in the University’s efforts Read More ››
TRUMBULL—“Father Terrence Walsh is a man of great, generous and priestly heart,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano at the installation of Father Walsh as pastor of Christ the King Parish in Trumbull. “He is a man who fixes his eyes on the Word of God, a Read More ››
“La gente de fe siempre querrá ayudar a otros”, dice el Padre Gustavo Falla, párroco de Santa María y San Benedicto-Nuestra Señora de Montserrat en Stamford. “Cuando la fe entra en acción, las personas de fe ofrecen lo que tienen como testimonio personal. Es así como Read More ››
“People of faith want to reach out to other people,” says Father Gustavo Falla, pastor of St. Benedict-Our Lady of Montserrat Parish in Stamford and nearby St. Mary Parish.
“I have seen faith in action, people whose personal testimony of faith is touching hearts, touching lives. Faith Read More ››
NORWALK—The Rev. Michael Boccaccio doesn’t believe in reincarnation. He is Catholic after all.
But if, by some chance, he does come back in another life, he wants to be a seagull.
“I love flying, I love the sea, and I’d love to leave my signature on a few Read More ››
“For me it was really the kids,” says Jessica Carroll, explaining why she and her husband Brian agreed to become lay chairs at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull for the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal. “They are at the age, nine and ten years old, Read More ››
“It was a calling,” say Elena and Steve Schlegel, who have accepted the invitation to be lay co-chairs of the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA). “When we were vice chairs this past year we learned about so many wonderful ministries supported by the appeal and met Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The ACA got off to a spirited start in the Bridgeport area, where at 300 people filled the Queen of Saints Hall at the Catholic Center for the kickoff reception for 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal.
Parishioners from St. Margaret Shrine, St. George, St. Charles Borromeo, the Cathedral Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—From the first notes of “Here I am Lord” to the final “Lift High the Cross,” the Spring Concert of the Diocesan Youth Choir resounded with the voice and spirit of young people across the diocese.
It capped an uplifting afternoon at St. Augustine Cathedral, which began Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—On July 1st, 2017 Mark R. Nemec, PhD will become the 9th President of Fairfield University. Additionally, Dr. Nemec will join the politics department as a professor within the College of Arts and Sciences.
A graduate of Loyola High School, Jesuit College Preparatory in Los Angeles, Dr. Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—It’s probably safe to say that if you were in or around Bridgeport on Thursday, April 23, 1987, at 1:36 pm, you remember where and when you were when you first heard of the L’Ambiance Plaza collapse, the worst construction accident in Connecticut’s history, instantly claiming Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Lawrence W. Arszyla Sr. age 76 of Bridgeport, beloved husband of 53 years to Janice Fazekas Arszyla passed away suddenly at home on Friday April 21, 2017. Born in Bridgeport, Conn. on September 23, 1940 to the late Joseph and Margaret York Arszyla.
Larry served in the Read More ››
DANBURY—Tickets are now available for Fiddler on the Roof, the spring musical produced and performed by Immaculate High School’s award-winning Fine Arts Department. The musical will run from April 27-29 at Immaculate High School (IHS) and special reserved seating is available, as well as a special Read More ››
By PATRICK TURNER—I recently had the opportunity to attend the “Amazing Parish” conference in Atlanta with nearly 1,100 parish and diocesan leaders from across the country. Joining with Father Peter Towsley and the leadership team from Sacred Heart Parish in Danbury, we had the privilege to Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese of Bridgeport hosted a virtual Town Hall Meeting Thursday, April 20 begining at 9 am. Click to watch the meeting that took place on the diocesan Facebook page (Diocese of Bridgeport).
The Town Hall Meeting, a first for the diocese, will featured panelists Patrick Donovan, director of Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Diocesan Youth Choir will “Lift Every Voice” in its upcoming Spring Concert set for Divine Mercy Sunday, April 23, at 4:00 pm in St. Augustine Cathedral.
The concert, open free of charge to the public, will follow the annual Divine Mercy Mass celebrated by Bishop Frank Read More ››
DANBURY—What a better way to celebrate Spring joining Catholic Charities in celebrating 10 years of service to the hungry and homeless of Northern Fairfield County! Drinks, food, and dancing all in celebration of 300,000 meals served to those most in need. Join in the fun and Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will celebrate the Chrism Mass on Wednesday, April 12, 3:00 pm at St. Augustine Cathedral in Downtown 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 ››
The bishops of the United States are committed to their Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal to parishes. Through the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, dioceses have put in place effective policies for safeguarding the most vulnerable. Learn how Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—(The following is taken from Bishop’s Caggiano’s Facebook reflection on Palm Sunday) One of the striking characteristics of Holy Week is the participation of everyone in the reading of the Passion. One of the benefits of this pastoral practice is to allow us to reflect upon Read More ››
STRATFORD—Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Stratford celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 with a traditional Irish buffet and also honored St. Joseph’s Day with a dessert of Zeppoli.
“A sing along, story telling, Irish and Italian music, decorations created by the Religious Education students and Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis strongly condemned a shocking chemical attack in Syria that left some 70 people, including at least 10 children dead.
“We are horrified by the latest events in Syria. I strongly deplore the unacceptable massacre that took place yesterday in the Idlib province, where dozens Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese of Bridgeport will host a virtual Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, April 20 at 9 am. The meeting will take place on the diocesan Facebook page (Diocese of Bridgeport), airing on Facebook Live.
The Town Hall Meeting, a first for the diocese, will feature panelists Read More ››
Shepherds (www.shepherdsmentors.org) is looking for mentors, sponsors and donors in the greater Bridgeport and New Haven area.
Shepherds (www.shepherdsmentors.org) is looking for mentors, sponsors and donors for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year for students entering Kolbe Cathedral High School in Bridgeport and Notre Dame of West Haven High School. For Read More ››
Do you know a family member, friend or daily mass attendee who would like to attend a meeting and find out more about Serra? For information about our meetings or if your are interested in joining please email Susan Barr.
Dear Fellow Serrans and Followers,
This month we experience the solemnity Read More ››
By Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON—Now that lawmakers have withdrawn the American Health Care Act, Congress must “seize this moment to create a new spirit of bipartisanship” and make “necessary reforms” in existing health care law to address access, affordability, life and conscience, said three U.S. bishops’ committee Read More ››
DANBURY—Area youth are invited to a free, special Lenten Night of Worship for Youth on Friday, April 7 at 7 pm at Immaculate High School in Danbury. This free night of worship music features Catholic speaker and musician Chris Bray and is sponsored by the Dioceses Read More ››
GREENWICH—Father J. Clifford Grisé, first pastor of St. Agnes Parish in Greenwich, died on March 25 at the Jerome Home in New Britain. He was 97 years old.
He was born on October 14, 1919, in Southington, and attended local schools before entering St. Thomas Seminary in Read More ››
NEW HAVEN—An inspiring new documentary, World Youth Day Kraków: A Pilgrimage of Mercy, will enable American viewers to share in the experience of young Catholics from around the world who participated in Pope Francis’s international World Youth Day (WYD) in Kraków last year.
The 40-minute film is Read More ››
TRUMBULL—The Parish of Saint Catherine of Siena is hosting a paper shredding fundraising event on Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 9:00am – 12:00pm, rain or shine. All kinds of papers and documents will be shredded while you wait by a professional shredding truck. No need to Read More ››
FAIRFIELD— Among the many honorees at the recent Notre Dame High School 60th Anniversary Gala Celebration was Anne McCrory of Fairfield, Chief Legal and Real Estate Officer of the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Anne was presented the Sister Marion Rielly Leadership Award by N.D. principal Chris Cipriano in Read More ››
GREENWICH—Greenwich Catholic School is excited to announce that 7th grader Patrick McHugh won first place in the 7th Grade Physical Science Division of the CT State Science and Engineering Fair on March 19. His project, “Mass Maglev Manufacturing,” focused the use of magnets to increase efficiency Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Bishop Caggiano to give the inaugural talk in the new Bergolio Lecture Series at Sacred Heart University on Tuesday, March 28, 7:00pm in the Schine Auditorium.
Don’t miss Parents Matter: Drugs, Alcohol, your teen and you seminar on Tuesday, March 21!
BRIDGEPORT—Catholic schools students throughout the greater Bridgeport area participated in last Friday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Bridgeport. The students proudly paraded their school spirit as they marched through downtown Bridgeport. Hundreds turned out for the parade. The day for many area Catholics also began Read More ››
NORWALK—On Saturday March 11, Council 14360 held their 8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner to raise funds for their charitable causes. Over 180 packed the Masterpool Great Room at St. Matthew Church to enjoy some fine corned beef with all the trimmings, as well as a Read More ››
STAMFORD—This year Trinity Catholic High School launched a Black History Month celebration with the theme, “A Journey Through Soul.” All month long teachers have been celebrating Black History through various lessons and activities.
February 28 was a special day, bringing the entire school community together to share Read More ››
WASHINGTON, DC—The World Congress of Families (WCF) and the International Organization for the Family (IOF) are proud to announce that World Congress of Families XI will take place in Budapest, Hungary, May 25-28, 2017. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Hungary has a well-deserved Read More ››
TRUMBULL—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has announced a new governance model for St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, including a new nine member Board of Directors.
“The new governance model is a major step forward as we work to redesign our schools and plan for the future,” said Read More ››
STAMFORD—The Diocese has announced the principal and school leadership team for The Catholic Academy of Stamford, the newly formed school, which will open its doors in Fall 2017. The four schools that will become the new Catholic Academy of Stamford are Holy Spirit School, Our Lady Read More ››
You are invited to step away from the routine of the day and spend some time reflecting on that longing in your heart and explore how to enter into the mystery of becoming Paschal/Easter people.
Monday, March 27, 2017 9:00am – 1:00pm
Diocese of Bridgeport
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BRIDGEPORT—Dr. Gail Kingston has been named Principal of the new Catholic elementary school in Shelton that will incorporate students from St. Lawrence and St Joseph in Shelton and St. Jude in Monroe in the Fall of 2017. The announcement was made by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and Read More ››
DANBURY—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will lead the “In Defense of Life” prayer vigil in Danbury on Saturday, March 25 at 12:45pm. “Recalling God’s precious gift of Life and His forgiving mercy, we’re asking people to join us Bishop Frank Caggiano as he leads us in prayer this Read More ››
NEW HAVEN—Noting that 2017 may be “the decisive year in determining whether many Christian communities throughout the Middle East will continue to exist,” Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson has asked Catholics and others to join the Knights in praying a novena for those who are Read More ››