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 ››
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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
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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 ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has joined other Catholic bishops across the country in granting a dispensation from the requirement to abstain from eating meat on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17, 2017, for the faithful of the Diocese of Bridgeport.
The Bishop issued Read More ››
Knights of Columbus’ Bishop Fenwick Assembly #100 has been awarded the Supreme Council’s Civic Award. The Assembly is comprised of Fourth Degree Knights from various councils in Norwalk, Wilton and Westport.
The Assembly was presented with the award by Connecticut District Master Allyn Temple at the last Master’s Meeting Read More ››
Our Lady of Fatima School held its commencement exercises on Friday evening, June 10th.
The event included a Mass offered by Our Lady of Fatima Pastor, Rev. Reginald Norman, followed by a reception. Featured commencement speakers were OLF “graduating” parent Kathleen Rooney and Principal Martha Reitman.
Annual Scholarships Read More ››
Reading 1. Genesis 14: 18-20
Reading II. 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26
Gospel. Luke 9: 11b-17 (Loaves and Fishes).
The feast of the Body and Blood of Christ used to be called the feast of Corpus Christi, from the Latin words which literally mean the Body of Christ. The feast Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—With the synod underway, 2015 is a landmark year in the Diocese of Bridgeport. Contributing to the uniqueness of this year, Convivio, the annual Catholic youth conference, was held on one day this year, rather than the three days it has been in the past.
Convivio took Read More ››
DANBURY—The 22nd annual White Mass and breakfast honoring health care professionals will be held on Sunday, April 12, 8:30 am at St. Aloysius Church in New Canaan. The Mass, open to the general public, will be celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano. Breakfast will follow at Woodway Read More ››
Edward Cardinal Egan’s signature achievement for vocations to the priesthood is St. John Fisher Seminary. Since its founding in 1989, nearly 100 men have been ordained who spent some time at Fisher during their priestly formation. On June 20, 2014, Cardinal Egan was the homilist at the Read More ››
NEW YORK—Cardinal Edward Egan was God’s servant and worked tirelessly for parishes, charities, health care and education, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Tuesday at a funeral Mass for one of the most powerful prelates in the global Roman Catholic Church.
Dolan told the 2,500 people packing St. Patrick’s Read More ››
STAMFORD—On a cold winter evening at the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, a group of young adults gathered together for an evening of prayer and pizza. On this night, and every first Monday of the month, the members of St. John’s Flock meet for an hour Read More ››
“In the days to come, the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest mountain and raised above the hills,” writes the prophet Isaiah. “Many peoples shall come and say: Come, let us go up to the Lord’s mountain … that he may instruct Read More ››
If a Catholic priest is ordained between the ages of 25-30, he will be separated from priests aged 75-80 by approximately three generations of priestly formation; generations which are approximately 15-18 years in length. As time goes by, keen observers can determine the formative strengths and weaknesses Read More ››
STRATFORD—An ordinary day at St. Mark School was turned into an extraordinary day for principal, Donna Wuhrer. Through creative and heart-warming activities, the faculty and students at St. Mark School paid a special, surprise tribute to their principal. At morning assembly, the faculty presented her with a Read More ››
TRUMBULL—On the first Sunday of Lent, February 22, parishes across the world celebrate the Rite of Sending for those in the RCIA Process. This shows our universality of our Catholic Church. RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. At the parish, the desire for full Read More ››
NORWALK—Saturday morning’s 18 degree temperatures did little to cool the enthusiasm of 200 young people who took part in the 12th annual 30 Hour Famine.
The group stood on the steps of the First Congregational Church on the Green to kickoff 30 hours of not only raising Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—As Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament of penance. After a brief explanation of why people should go to confession—”because we are all Read More ››
NEW CANAAN—When she first became interested in the annual appeal of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Julie Taylor was most drawn to the diocesan Respect Life ministry. “As a mother, it was totally the support of life,” says Julie, this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal co-chair with her husband, Read More ››
STAMFORD—Students at Turn of the River Middle School understand that cold feet and hole-y socks are a problem for those struggling to feed their families. Last week, they collected and donated 500 pairs of new socks to New Covenant House.
Eighth-grader Mason Perkins, the driving force behind Read More ››
BETHEL—What a fun (and entertaining!) evening for mid-February at St. Mary School. The eighth-grade students and some recent grads took on the the “old folks:” faculty, parents—even a couple of priests!
In the end, the young ones had their victory, in spite of the clock-keeper’s attempts to “even-up” Read More ››
BROOKFIELD—Recently, first and second graders at St. Joseph School celebrated Presidents Day in a very real way. Instead of filling out piles of worksheets about the various U.S. Presidents and First Ladies, first and second graders at St. Joseph School each chose a President or First Lady Read More ››
It is the key to unleashing the New Evangelization. It is essential to carrying out the Gospel mission. What is the key? It is the confessional. You might have expected me to say the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith. That is Read More ››
STRATFORD—The first and fourth grade students at St. Mark School worked together to make “bags of love” for the elderly at Lord Chamberlain Nursing Home in Stratford. The students filled each bag with candy and sweets and included in each a Scripture reading about love. The bags Read More ››
One thing that indicated I may have a priestly vocation was my love of silence. I don’t recall when I first became aware of my comfort with the absence of “noise,” but my ability to enjoy silence in seminary was a sign to me that I may Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—The Notre Dame-Fairfield boys basketball team is at it again. The Lancers are riding a nine-game winning streak heading into their regular-season finale tonight at New Fairfield. That’s nothing new for Notre Dame (14-5): the Lancers won 13 straight regular-season games last season and in the 2011-12 Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—A bill in support of Physician Assisted Suicide has now been introduced in the Judiciary Committee of the General Assembly of the State Legislature. So I am joining with Archbishop Leonard Blair of Hartford and Bishop Michael Cote of the Diocese of Norwich to ask all of Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Don’t begin Lent without making a conscious choice toward conversion,” Bishop Frank Caggiano said to about 75 Catholic Center staff and guests who gathered for Ash Wednesday Mass in Queen of Saints Hall.
In his Ash Wednesday homily, the Bishop said the Church asks three things of Read More ››
“The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” With these two compelling sentences—as recorded in the Gospel of Mark—Jesus inaugurates his ministry and sums up what his mission is about: to break the shackles of sin that enslave humanity, to put us Read More ››
NORWALK—The Norwalk Catholic Club held its One Hundred and Eighteenth annual Lincoln Day Banquet on February 12, 2015 at the Continental Manor in Norwalk. The guest speakers were the Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, and renowned author and Abraham Lincoln scholar Mr. Harold Holzer.
The Read More ››
GREENWICH—“Baptism is not a spectator sport. The Church needs to find new ways to reach out, and I need your help doing that,” Bishop Frank Caggiano said last night at the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) reception held at Indian Harbor Yacht Club in Greenwich.
The gathering was Read More ››
RIVERSIDE—“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’s best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza that brings to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including The Cat in the Hat played by Bonnie Kelley-Young, Horton Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—St. Ann Black Rock’s Corner Store is now open for business! The Corner Store is packed with great Catholic treasures and gifts. A variety of crucifixes, books, cds, prayer aids, statues, jewelry, art, candles, medals and more fill every corner of our little store. Open for 30 Read More ››
NEW CANAAN—February 10, 1965, was a cold, rainy, snowy and sleeting day. Deacon Bill Scheyd was worried that he might not make it to his ordination Mass at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport. His car was slipping and sliding as he made his way to become a Read More ››
WASHINGTON—House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced February 5 that Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress September 24. The pontiff’s “historic visit” would make him the “first leader of the Holy See to address a joint meeting of Congress,” Boehner said in a statement, adding Read More ››
When I told a friend of mine what I was going to write about in this blog post, she thanked me for telling her ahead of time, because if she had read it without having talked to me first, she may have wondered if an impostor Read More ››
NORWALK—It may appear as though there is an epidemic of lost scarves locally as the colorful neckwear is springing up throughout many Norwalk locations, but instead the scarves, which are tied to trees and poles throughout the city, are a reminder from the St. Jerome Youth Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has placed Fr. Stephen DeLuca, a retired priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport, on administrative leave and has removed his faculties to exercise any and all forms of public ministry as a priest.
The decision was made after the Diocesan Sexual Misconduct Review Read More ››
When it comes to the harsh difficulties many Native Americans face every day, the saying “out of sight, out mind” hits home. Many people have only a vague sense of the serious past and present injustices suffered by Native Americans.
From the very beginning, starting with Christopher Read More ››
SHELTON—Brothers Peter and Garrett Gintoli of Shelton, both graduates of Notre Dame High School in Fairfield, will participate in the 18th Winter Deaflympics to be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia March 28-April 5. The competition will include teams from Canada, Finland, Russia, and USA.
Peter and Garrett were selected Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Amens” and applause greeted Bishop Caggiano’s reflection at last Sunday’s “Unity in Diversity” service at St. John Episcopal Church in downtown Bridgeport. The “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity,” celebrated this year from January 18-25, concluded in the Bridgeport area on Sunday afternoon, January 25, with Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Fairfield University will invite dozens of budding young poets to read from their award-winning poetry at the sixth annual Poetry for Peace Contest Winners’ Celebration on Friday, January 31.
The evening begins with a 5:30 pm reception before the awards ceremony and readings at 6:00 pm in Read More ››
Our unmarried daughter met us for dinner and announced that she was pregnant with her third child. I tossed and turned that night as I thought about this third grandson who would be born into my daughter’s single-parent family.
Less than twenty-four hours later, my son called Read More ››
“Building Communities of Faith,” the 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal video has been released throughout the diocese. This year’s video focuses on Catholic schools, charities and other programs that help to build faith communities. It features poignant personal testimony by those who benefit from the appeal in Read More ››
Assumption Catholic School in Fairfield is proud to offer congratulations to Jeanette Ahutal. A student in the fourth grade, Jeanette was selected as the first place winner by the Fairfield Fire Department for her drawing for the Fire Prevention Poster Contest. She is shown here with Read More ››
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano introduced plans for launching the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund that will substantially create a new financial model for diocesan assistance to schools before a gathering of almost 200 Catholic school principals, pastors and administrative staff at the Catholic Center on November 19.
“This is Read More ››