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Traditional Latin Mass

When: The first Sunday of each month (July 2) at 4 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 (July 4) at 7 pm
How?
Before 7 pm, call 877.216.5269 and type in the pin number 96869


Basketball Camp 
For boys and girls in grades 1 thru 9.

When: The weeks of July 10-14 and 17-21 in conjunction with Dribble Drive Basketball
Where: Held on the campus of St. Lawrence Parish, Shelton
Contact: For more info, contact Dennis Kelly: (203) 668-9370 or dribbledrivebasketball@gmail.com.
For details, check out dribbledrivebasketball.net.


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 (July 7 and 21) 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


Taste and See 
Summer Book Club: The selection is “Oneing”, a collection of sixteen essays about ongoing conversion. Authors include Paula D’Arcy, Richard Rohr and Cynthia Bourgeault.

When: Offered for five Thursday, July 13 thru August 10, from 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where:
St. James Parish Center, Stratford
Contact:
For more info or to register, contact the parish: (203) 375-5887


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. There will be no meeting in August. Next meeting will be Saturday, September 16, same time and place.

When: Saturday, July 15, at 9:30 am, next meeting will be Saturday, September 16, same time and place
Where:
St. Anthony of Padua Church, Fairfield
Contact:
For more info, call Pat Heile, OFS: (203) 255-8801 or pheile5713@aol.com


S’mores and Stars 
Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury (ages 18-35), will gather and join other young adults to watch the stars and to enjoy some yummy S’mores over a fire pit!

When: Friday, July 21
Where:
St. Ann Parish, 181 Clapboard Ridge Rd., Danbury
Contact:
For more info, email catholic.ya.danbury@gmail.com


Week of Directed Prayer 
Make a retreat without leaving home or workplace! Meet for communal prayer at the beginning and end of retreat, with individual meetings scheduled with a spiritual director during the week according to your availability.

When: July 29-August 5
Where:
St. James Parish, Stratford
Contact:
For more info, call the parish: 203.375.5887


Chant Camp 2017
For students in grades 1 through 12.

When: The week of July 31- August 4; for a free camp t-shirt, register by Friday, July 14
Where:
St. Mary Parish, 669 West Avenue, Norwalk
Contact:
For more info, email Laurie Furey: laurie@chantwith.us
For chant camp details and a registration form go to: www.stmarynorwalk.net/music/student-schola/


Holy Hour 
Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury will gather for a Praise and Worship Holy Hour, followed by a social.

When: Tuesday, August 1, at 6:45 pm
Where:
Sacred Heart Parish, Danbury
Contact:
For more info, email catholic.ya.danbury@gmail.com


EWTN’s Free Family Celebration 
Be renewed in your faith with inspirational talks by your favorite EWTN hosts as well as opportunities for Holy Mass, Confession and Adoration.

When: The weekend of Sept. 9 & 10
Where:
DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusets
Contact:
For more info, go to www.ewtn.com/familycelebration


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

When: Beginning Wednesday, September 13, from 2:30-4 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


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 4-5:30 pm
Where:
St. Stephen Parish, Trumbull
Contact:
For more info or to register, call the parish: 203.268.6217


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

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


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


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


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


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 noon, 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.


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

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

When: Monday – Friday, from 11:30am – 12:00pm
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 7:15pm, repeated Friday’s at 9:15am 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 8:30am – 1:30pm, Saturday 9:00am – 12:00pm
Where: 43 Madison Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604
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.