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Traditional Latin Mass

When: The first Sunday of each month (September 3) 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 (September 5) at 7:00 pm
How?
Before 7:00 pm, call (877) 216-5269 and type in the pin number 96869


Divorced and Separated Catholics 
Are invited to join “Hearts Renewed,” a support group for divorced or separated men and women.

When: The first and third Friday of every month (September 1 and 15) at 7:30 pm
Where:
Meetings are held in Fairfield
Contact:
For more info and for directions, call Bette: 203.338.0503 or Peggy: (203) 834-1287


Bereavement 
The Bereavement Support Group will offer a free-month session.

When: Beginning Wednesday, September 13, from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm; The group will meet twice a month on Wednesday from September to November, then once a month December through May, 2018
Where:
St. Jude Parish, Monroe
Contact:
For more info, call the parish: (203) 261-6404


Bible Study 
“Psalms: The School of Prayer, ” an 11-week study.

When: Friday, September 15, from 9:00 pm – 10:45 am
Where:
Christ the King Parish, Trumbull
Contact:
For more info. or to register, contact Liz in the parish office: 203.268.8695 or ctkparish@aol.com


Bereavement 
The Bereavement Support Group will meet for a series of 10 weekly meetings with experienced counselors. Registration needed.

When: Beginning Thursday, September 14, from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Where:
St. Stephen Parish, Trumbull
Contact:
For more info or to register, call the parish: (203) 268-6217


Krista Adams-Santilli with Frank Matron and Friends in Concert

When: September 16, 6:30 pm; $50 per person
Where:
Sacred Heart Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford
Contact:
For Information and tickets call 203.968.1234


Experience God’s Love and Healing 

Come and See 
Are you are being called to a vocation in the Secular Franciscan Order. The Secular Franciscan Holy Spirit Fraternity invites everyone to St. Anthony of Padua Church to celebrate Mass with Msgr. Ernest Esposito. There will be a social and meeting after Mass.

When: Saturday, September 16, at 9:30 am
Where:
St. Anthony of Padua Church, Fairfield
Contact:
For more info, call Pat Heile, OFS: 203.255.8801 or pheile5713@aol.com


Mass for those with Down Syndrome 
Along with their family and friends are invited to a special Mass asking the intercession of St. Robert Bellarmine. Celebrant: Fr. Joseph Koterski, SJ. Reception follows.

When: Sunday, September 17, 9:30 am
Where:
St. Mary Parish, Norwalk
Contact:
For more info, go to strapostolate@optimum.net


Knights of Lithuania 
Knights of Lithuania Council 141 will resume its monthly meetings with Mass and meeting following.

When: Sunday, September 17, 12:00 pm
Where:
St. George Parish in Bridgeport
Contact:
For more info, call 203.878.0519


Centering Prayer Workshop 
Will be offered in a two-session Introductory Workshop. Requested donation: $20. Coffee, tea, and cookies will be served. Centering Prayer is a form of meditation, silent prayer which prepares us to experience God’s presence within so that we are able to live in calm and peace despite the chaos around us.

When: Wednesday, September 20 and Wednesday, September 27, both from 7-9 pm
Where:
St. Paul Parish, Greenwich in the parish center
Contact:
For more info or to register, email Monica Lenci: mlenci@aol.com


MOMs+DADs prayer/support group
Prayer/support group for those with Down syndrome, their family and friends.

When: The group meets the third Thursday of every month starting Thursday, September 21, at 7:30 pm
Where:
St. Mary Parish, Norwalk
Contact:
For more info, contact strapostolate@optimum.net


Family Fall Festival 
Will have more children’s activities, vendors and food than ever. Rain or shine. Live music, Chinese raffle, classic cars, Touch A Truck for kids, face painting and games.

When: Saturday, September 23, Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where:
St. Philip Parish, Norwalk
Contact:
For more info, call the parish office: 203.847.4549 Fax: 203.847.4148 or go to www.stphilipnorwalk.org


Pilgrimage 
To the major shrines of Portugal, Spain and France, an 11-day journey. Price: $3,175/person includes airfare, taxes, hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, sightseeing, transportation to JFK, and gratuity.

When: Will depart from New York on Sunday, September 24, returning Wednesday, October 4
Contact: For more info, contact Fr. Marcel Saint Jean: (203) 434-7208 or (203) 268-8695, email marcelsaintjean@gmail.com


Deadline for Donating a Veteran’s Brick 
The Memorial, which is listed in the National War Memorial Registry (www.nationalwarmemorialregistry.org),is located at St. Margaret Shrine. The names of the veterans on the newly donated bricks will be read at the Annual Mass and Blessing on Saturday, November 11, at 12:15 pm.

When: Deadline for donating a brick is Monday, September 25
Where:
Located at St. Margaret Shrine, 2523 Park Ave, Bridgeport
Contact:
For more info, call (203) 345-3244


Mass of Healing and Hope 
Charismatic Renewal Services announces the following special Mass of Healing and Hope with Fr. Larry Carew.

When: Wednesday, September 27, at 7 pm
Where:
St. Marguerite Church, Brookfield
Contact:
For more info, call (203) 456-5610


Champagne Brunch 
School Sisters of Notre Dame are sponsoring a Champagne Brunch. Learn about SSND educational ministries while enjoying a festive brunch. Tickets: $125.

When: Sunday, October 8, from 1-3:30 pm
Where:
The Boathouse Restaurant at Saugatuck, 521 Riverside Avenue, Westport
Contact:
For more info, go to www.amssnd.org or contact Leslie Lopez: llopez@amssnd.org or 800.993.7763


Pilgrimage 
To Fatima, Lourdes and Barcelona. Price: $3,548/person double occupancy includes airfare, taxes, hotels, breakfasts, one lunch, and dinner.

When: Sunday, October 1-Tuesday, October 10
Contact: For more info, contact Fr. Cyrus Bartolome: (203) 652-1155


Car Raffle 
Raffle tickets for a 2017 Nissan Altima, along with two drawings for lottery tickets. Only 400 tickets were printed. Cost: $100 each.

When: Drawing will take place on Saturday, October 21, at 8 pm in the Church Hall
Where:
Our Lady of Peace Parish, Stratford
Contact:
For more info or for tickets, call the parish: 203.377.4863 or contact Mike Morin: mikef.morin@gmail.com or 203.520.7319.


Special Healing Mass 
For victims of sexual abuse as a minor and for family members, spouses others who have been impacted. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will celebrate the Mass. All are welcome. In addition, there are two upcoming gatherings at the Bridgeport Public Library at their North Branch, 3455 Madison Avenue, Bridgeport. This is an opportunity to meet with fellow adult survivors of abuse as a minor, together with a Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator. If you are an adult survivor of abuse as a minor, and you would like to learn more about this Mass, the upcoming gatherings, and resources that are available in our diocese, contact our Victim Assistance Coordinators, Erin Neil, L.C.S.W.: (203) 650-3265, or Michael Tintrup, L.C.S.W. : (203) 241-0987.

When: Sunday, October 29, at 2:00 pm
Where:
St. Anthony of Padua Church, 149 South Pine Creek Road, Fairfield
Contact:
For more info, Erin Neil, L.C.S.W.: (203) 650-3265, or Michael Tintrup, L.C.S.W. : (203) 241-0987


Craft Fair and Bazaar 
St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish, Brookfield, is now accepting vendor applications for the Saturday, November 11 fair.

When: Application deadline is Monday, October 16.
Where: St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish, Brookfield
Contact: Vendor applications are available at http://stmarguerite.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/CraftFair.NEWVendorLetter.2017.pdf


100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima 
St. Marguerite’s Parish invites you to join us for our Outdoor Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima. We will begin praying the Rosary promptly at 12:00 pm, so please arrive a few minutes prior to start time.

When: Saturday, October 14th
Where: St. Marguerite’s is located at 138 Candlewood Lake Road in Brookfield, Connecticut


Men’s Conference 
EWTN newscaster to speak at Men’s Conference Award-winning journalist and best-selling author Raymond Arroyo of EWTN News will be a featured speaker at the 10th annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference. The day-long program will also include a presentation by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano. Father James Sullivan, priest chaplain of the conference, said the event offers men valuable information and tools they can use to become better role models in their families and in society. Throughout the day, there will be a program of dynamic Catholic speakers, opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The conference will close with a vigil Mass at which Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will deliver the homily.

When: Saturday, October 21
Where: St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol
Contact: To contact the conference directly, email ctcatholicmensconference@gmail.com or call: (860) 484-7950


50th Reunion 
For Notre Dame High School Class of 1967 (Boys and Girls).

When: Held the weekend of October 27-29
Contact: For more info, contact Notre Dame’s Alumni Office: tmarzik@notredame.org


2017 Mass of Hope and Healing 
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, together with a planning committee of Survivors of Sexual Abuse as Minors by Priests, will hold a very special Mass for anyone who has been sexually abused as a minor and for others who have been impacted. Light refreshments will be served immediately following the Mass. If you are an adult survivor of abuse as a minor and would like to learn more about this Mass, upcoming gatherings, and resources that are available in our diocese.

When: October 29, at 2:00 pm
Where: St. Anthony of Padua Church, 149 South Pine Creek Rd, Fairfield
Contact: RSVP by Friday, May 26 to Sr. Nancy Strillacci: Strillacci@diobpt.org or 203.416.1511.


Magnificat 
Ministry to Catholic Women will hold their semi-annual breakfast at Ethan Allen Inn, Danbury, with guest speaker Claudia Barry. She will share how God has strengthened her faith during her son’s addiction.

When: Saturday, November 11, at 2:00 pm
Where: Ethan Allen Inn, Danbury
Contact: For more info, contact Fran Hood: s.m.hood@sbcglobal.net or 203.744.1856, or check the diocesan website under Women’s Ministry.


Centers of Mercy Sacrament of Reconciliation

When: Tuesdays, from 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: St. Catherine of Siena, Trumbull (with Eucharistic Adoration), St. Joseph, Brookfield, Our Lady of the Assumption, Fairfield (with Eucharistic Adoration)

When: Wednesdays, from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm 
Where: St. Pius X, Fairfield

When: Thursdays, from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: St. Theresa, Trumbull, Sacred Heart, Danbury, St. Charles Borromeo, Bridgeport

When: Monday – Friday, from 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Where: St. Augustine Cathedral, Bridgeport


Calling All Kolbe High School Men
Class of 1967! We are planning your 50th Reunion event and want to hear from you. We are looking for your updated contact information and ideas for this great celebration.
Please email rsantoli@kolbecaths.org to update your contact information and to learn more!


The Prophets
A Bible study course featuring Thomas Smith from Ascension Press, meets at St. Cecilia Parish, Stamford, Thursday’s at 7:15 pm, repeated Friday’s at 9:15 am in the Parish Center.

Contact: Vicki Alton: 203.322.8526 or VickiA@optonline.net


Thomas Merton Center House of Hospitality
We need volunteers. Also consider giving to the pantry of your local parish or social concern center.

When: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 1:30 pm, Saturday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: 43 Madison Avenue, Bridgeport
Contact: 203.367.9036


Encourage
Apostolate for friends and family of loved ones with same sex attractions or gender ID confusion holds confidential meetings monthly.

Contact: For more info email EnCourageNorwalk@gmail.com


Courage
Apostolate provides pastoral care and support for men and women who experience same-sex attractions and want to live chaste lives. Confidential meetings are held weekly.

Contact: For more info call 203.803.1564 or email Courage@diobpt.org


Mass Cards
Available from the diocesan Mission Office for all intentions. The donations support missionaries throughout the world.

Contact: If you are interested in purchasing a Mass card, call Elaine Bissenden in the Mission Office: 203.416.1447


Car Donation Program “Donation Angel”
Presented by Catholic Charities of Fairfield County. We will tow your vehicle away absolutely free! Donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of your un-wanted car, van, truck, motorcycle, RV or boat directly to Catholic Charities of Fairfield County. You will receive full fair market value for your donation as an IRS tax deduction. Donation Angel is a nationwide service, so even if your vehicle is far away from Fairfield County, it can still support Catholic Charities of Fairfield County. You will receive a receipt from Donation Angel for the fair value of your property. For info go to www.donationangel.org.