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.
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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.
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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.
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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 ››
One of the best things about being a staff writer for the Fairfield County Catholic, both in print and online, is that I go to many events that I otherwise may not attend. On Sunday afternoon, January 25, I went to an ecumenical prayer service at Bridgeport’s 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 ››
BRIDGEPORT—With the notable exception of Don Mattingly, Mark Teixeira has been the most productive New York Yankees first baseman since the legendary Lou Gehrig. As a fielder, he may have no peers.
Teixeira will bring his star power to Sacred Heart University’s Edgerton Center for the Arts Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Congratulations to Notre Dame High School’s Marisa Panuczak, class of ’18, who competed in the ISI Lake Placid Championships for figure skating in early January.
She won gold medals in each solo program she skated. Her artistic program earned her an entry into the final round competition Read More ››
Now that we are nearing the end of the first two weeks of the New Year, it is likely that most of our New Year’s resolutions have begun to fizzle. Then again, if you are still going strong, God bless you!
One year, I really made a Read More ››
“If we don’t serve them, we’re going to lose them,” said a catechist from St. Charles Borromeo Church in Bridgeport of the growing number of Spanish speaking Catholics in cities and towns throughout the Diocese. Almost 200 men and women turned out for the second consultation session Read More ››
Excitement and interest filled the Queen of Saints Hall at the Catholic Center today when almost 50 parish representatives turned out for training in the use of the new diocesan mobile App that will be launched in February.
“Apps” are computer software applications designed to make information, Read More ››
Two Synod consultation sessions, a training session for the new diocesan mobile app, and a reflection on the “Lord’s Prayer” are all on tap for this weekend.
Tonight, 7:30pm at St. Luke Parish in Westport, Bishop Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, will offer a reflection on the Lord’s Read More ››
WASHINGTON, D.C.—“Every Life is a Gift” will be the theme of the 2015 March for Life this January 22. The March for Life began as a small demonstration and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world.
The peaceful demonstration that has marked this somber Read More ››
Church goers are on the move, mobbing parishes all throughout the county and making quite a statement. “Mass Mob is sort of like a flash mob for Mass.”
Its trend spreading throughout the country. A service in a particular city gets posted online and the goal is to Read More ››
The New Covenant House of Hospitality Capital Campaign recently received a hefty boost when Board President Paul Harinstein was presented with a generous donation of $100,000 from Bruce and Linda Koe of Stamford, Connecticut.
The goal of the New Covenant House Capital Campaign is to raise $1.7 Read More ››
Catholic by Grace
I have dipped my toes in the chaos of the Christmas-before-Advent scene. I’ve been to the mall once. I’ve landed on radio stations that play Christmas music around the clock—and quickly popped in my Rosary CD to escape the noise. I’ve seen enough of Read More ››
According to the Ordo, it is still Christmas: “The Christmas season extends from Evening Prayer I of Christmas through the Baptism of the Lord, Sunday, 11 January 2015.”
A few years ago, I happened to visit a nearby mall just prior to Halloween, and I was quite Read More ››
Youth are not only the future—they are the vibrant present. “Now is the time to come together to discuss the future of the Church in Fairfield County and to plan accordingly,” said the Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, Fifth Bishop of Bridgeport, after formally convoking the 4th Synod Read More ››
The end of one calendar year and the beginning of another is the perfect occasion to reflect on how well people have used the time and gifts God has given them—especially how well people have helped the poor, Pope Francis said.
While God is eternal, time is Read More ››
Traditional Latin Mass
When: The first Sunday of each month (November 5) at 4:00 pm
Where:St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish, Brookfield
Contact:For more info, call the parish: (203) 775-5117
Join in Praying
Pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary for Persecuted Christians from your home/car/office.
When: The first Tuesday of every month (November Read More ››
The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano was installed as Fifth Bishop of Bridgeport on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull.
On February 22, 2014, he formally convoked the 4th Synod of the Diocese of Bridgeport, the first in 32 years, as Read More ››