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Beginning Our Lenten Journey

BRIDGEPORT—Journey through Lent with the help of Lenten resources compiled by the diocesan Leadership Institute. According to Patrick Donovan, the Lenten resources include a checklist for Lenten practices, FAQs about Lent, Fasting resources, and other guidance to deepen your spiritual life and immerse yourself in the Lenten season.

The prayers and videos and interactive calendar will enrich the journey of Lent for all those who are seeking to be in touch with the true meaning of the season.

Read the latest from the Leadership Institute below and click for additional Lenten Resources.


 

The Leadership Institute
January 2, 2018
LENTEN RESOURCES
Take a look at the Resources we have pulled together for ministry leaders, including a new poster – letter sized for distribution to families – and poster size for hanging in your vestibule, on refrigerators, and in hallways.
See the complete list of videos, posters, flyers, and resources at the link below.
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SAINT JOHN PAUL II FUND FOR FAITH FORMATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY
For the past several months, you have heard Bishop Caggiano talk about the possibility of grants for reimagining faith formation.
That goal has now been realized as we announce the application process for the Saint John Paul II Fund for Religious Education and Youth Ministry. You may apply for grants between $500 and $10,000. Those who are awarded grants will receive funding in August 2018.
These grants are designed to help you serve those populations you may not have been able to serve before and to fund significant changes in the very fabric of your outreach to the faithful in your parishes. For complete details, please download the grant application.
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WORKSHOPS BEGIN ON FEBRUARY 21ST
More than thirty parishes have accepted the Bishop’s Invitation to Lifelong Formation. Has yours?

There will be three (3) workshops between February and June 2018 to help parish leadership evaluate the current state of the parish formation opportunities and to create a plan for lifelong formation across the full range of parish life. The entire process is 18 months but parishes choosing this path will be ready to implement improvements almost immediately after the first workshop.

Even if your parish signed up for option two, you are welcome to join us for workshop #1 on February 21st. Contact Deirdra Kearney for more information or to register.

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MEN’S LENTEN DAY OF REFLECTION
The Leadership Institute is excited to offer a Men’s Day of Reflection for Lent on Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8:30 am-2:30 pm at The Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06606.

Take a break from your busy schedules this Lent, and come together with other Catholic men for great fellowship, prayer, and worship. During this brief day of reflection, you’ll have the opportunity to connect and renew spiritually through talks, music, and the Sacraments (Mass, Reconciliation).

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2018 WEDDING JUBILEE MASS AND CONCERT

On Sunday, April 29, 2018, at 3:00 pm at St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull (5301 Main St, Trumbull, CT 06611), Bishop Caggiano will be celebrating the 2018 Wedding Jubilee Mass. This Mass is for couples celebrating 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50+ year wedding anniversaries.

Photos with Bishop Caggiano will take place at 2:30 pm before Mass begins. Every couple that participates will receive a complimentary photo and certificate.

As a special gift to those celebrating anniversaries, the Mass will be immediately followed by a concert by the Diocesan Youth Choir. The concert is free and will be presented immediately following the final blessing at Mass. A reception will follow the concert for all couples, their families, and choir members. Space is limited, so please RSVP by April 18, 2018!

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SAVE THE DATE(S)
Save these dates for some great upcoming events.
Convivio – March 2-4, 2018
Enter The Journey Pilgrimage – March 24, 2018
Bishop’s Lecture Series – April 11, 2018
SHU Journey (Leadership formation for young people) – June 24-29, 2018
Leadership Summit for those who work with young people (June 2018)
Reimagine RCIA (August 2018)
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