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 ››
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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 ››
BRIDGEPORT—Join the friends of Caroline House for a wine tasting sponsored by Black Bear Wine and Spirits and A Dash of Salt Catering. Presenting sponsors Santa Fuel and the Trimble Foundation. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, sample various wines, and tour the Fairfield Museum & History Center. Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University has established the John Moriarty Institute for Ecology and Spirituality. The Institute’s mission, as stated on its website, is to understand and consider the richness and wonder of the natural environment, and to promote a deeper reflection on human spirituality as an important Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has invited the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right, to establish an oratory and take over the pastoral care of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish in Bridgeport.
On Sunday, October 8, Bishop Caggiano installed Read More ››
TRUMBULL—When George Weigel went to dinner at Pope John Paul II’s residence at the Vatican in 1995, it was an event that would change his life and lead to his writing two volumes, 1600 pages, about one of the towering Christian figures of the 20th century, Read More ››
EASTON—A group from of Notre Dame of Easton parish visited three local Sacred Sites In Litchfield County on Thursday, October 12th.
The one-day pilgrimage took the men and women to Lourdes in Litchfield, the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, and the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Read More ››
STAMFORD—Trinity Catholic High School has partnered with Student Support Services at Stamford Public Schools Collaborative on a community service project. A private donor has given funds to Student Support Services to purchase 500 new coats.
The TCHS students from the National Honor Society and the Student Read More ››
RHODE ISLAND—In this morning’s Facebook entry, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano offers the following report on the talk by Deacon Greg Kandra at yesterday’s session of the Priest Convocation now underway in Newport, Rhode Island.
“As our priest convocation entered its second day, Deacon Greg Kandra, a former Read More ››
RHODE ISLAND—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano sent this dispatch back from the Fifth Convocation of Priests of the Diocese of Bridgeport now underway in Newport, Rhode Island. The convocation is held every three years and more than 200 diocesan priests are attending the three-day retreat.
“Of One Heart Read More ››
MONROE—The Rev. James McCarten Assembly 119 of the Knights of Columbus on October 15 assisted Connecticut District Master Allyn Temple in hosting the fall 2017 4th Degree Exemplification.
During the exemplification 63 third Degree Knights received the honor of the Order’s highest degree at St. Jude Parish Read More ››
REDDING RIDGE—St. Patrick Church enthusiastically announces its Second Annual Night on the Ridge, featuring wines from around the world, paired with delicious international cuisines as only the Spinning Wheel can do it. New to this event will be a micro-brewery offering, featuring a selection of small Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The first woman to serve as guest speaker in the Cardinal Shehan Center Celebrity breakfast series brought the house down with a mixture of humor, interesting stories, and perceptive comments about the Press and the “polarized nation.”
CBS 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl captivated almost 400 friends Read More ››
Good morning and thank you for coming. My name is Amaris Timmons. I am 10 years old and I am in the 6th grade at Cathedral Academy.
I have attended the Cardinal Shehan Center since I was 4 ½ years old. I participate in the After Read More ››
DANBURY—Pam Rittman, director of the Annual Catholic Appeal, is hard at work on this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal Video.
In this video, shot on location in Danbury, Pam is joined by Catholic Charities social workers and members of the Frontline Productions film crew as the outreach social Read More ››
NORWALK—Deacon William Owen Murphy, a retired deacon of St. Joseph Parish in South Norwalk, passed away peacefully at his home in Norwalk on October 6 at the age of 82.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on November 18, 1934, and attended Brooklyn Prep, College of the Read More ››
The prayer that Jesus taught us, “Our Father”, is one that most of us have known from our earliest years. Many pray it often, perhaps even several times daily. It is a prayer of adoration, thanksgiving, and supplication. We recognize God as our Father, not as Read More ››
LEBANON—In these dispatches Diocesan Social Media leader John Grosso offers a brief but stark look at the hardship suffered by Syrian refugees as he and others from the diocese wind up their mission trip to the region: “When you have your country, you have everything. When Read More ››
NORWALK—St. Mary’s Church and the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny are pleased to announce a conference and Mass commemorating the tenth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum on Thursday, October 19 at St. Mary’s Church, 669 West Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut. Those interested are cordially invited to attend. Read More ››
BROOKFIELD—St. Joseph’s Catholic Church has joined several other churches across the state in going green.
The 475 new solar panels on the roof of St. Joseph’s School went live Thursday, providing energy for the church, rectory and parish center.
“We’ll be just about completely green, which is amazing Read More ››
ETHIOPIA—Diocesan Social Media Leader John Grosso has been sending first-hand reports of his mission trips to Ethiopia with business and charitable leader Nick Troilo of Darien, Msgr. Thomas Powers and other diocesan priests.
“The joy and love of the people we’ve encountered in Ethiopia during our travels Read More ››
NORWALK—A procession through the streets of Norwalk, Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary form celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, and a food and music festival highlighted the recent Patronal Feast of St. Mary’s Parish in Norwalk.
“We thank God for this opportunity for the whole parish Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Sr. Miriam James, SOLT, a young missionary, former college Volleyball player, and Catholic speaker will kick off the new Bishop’s Lecture Series with a talk on “Encounter” on Wednesday, October 11, 7:00 pm at St. Catherine of Sienna parish in Trumbull.
The talk, sponsored by the diocesan Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Diocesan social media leader John Grosso has joined Vicar General Msgr. Thomas Powers and other priests on a mission trip to Ethiopia. The group is being led by Nick Troilo of Darien, founder of Turning Wine Into Water, which works to provide safe, clean fresh water Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Father Ralph Seraphim Rohlman, former director of the Propagation of the Faith, died on October 2 in Bridgeport. Father Seraphim was born on July 13, 1965, in Bridgeport, and attended area elementary schools and Central High School.
He was attending the University of Bridgeport on a Read More ››
WASHINGTON—The nation has experienced “yet another night filled with unspeakable terror” and “we need to pray and to take care of those who are suffering,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington.
In Las Vegas, a gunman now identified by law enforcement Read More ››
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 ››
BRIDGEPORT— Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will share his vision for lifelong Faith Formation at the “People of Joy” Faith Formation Day this Saturday, 8:30 to 2:30 at the Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Avenue in Bridgeport.
All those who serve in ministry are invited and encouraged to join Read More ››
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Holy Father’s worldwide two-year campaign supporting the displaced kicks off September 27.
Today, several dozen bishops across the United States are joining Pope Francis as he launched the two-year “Share the Journey” campaign, holding events and reaching out to support migrants and refugees in their Read More ››
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Our Lady of Fatima’s message about prayer, conversion and peace that she imparted to three shepherd children in a field in Portugal “is as important now as it has ever been since” she appeared a century ago, a Connecticut bishop told Massgoers September 23 in Read More ››
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 ››
NEW HAVEN—With gifts of aid to Puerto Rico and Mexico, the Knights of Columbus has expanded its outreach in the wake of recent natural disasters that have plagued the southern U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean.
The K of C has raised more than $2.8 million as part Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School is proud to announce that John Palladino ‘18 of Danbury was named a Semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition. He is one of 220 Connecticut students and one of 16,000 students nationwide to have an eligibility score for the 2018 competition Read More ››
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 ››