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The following Lenten reflection originally appeared on Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook page. Follow the Bishop for daily reflections and weekly videos throughout this sacred season!
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The following reflection originally appeared on Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook page. Follow the Bishop for daily reflections and weekly videos.
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BRIDGEPORT—More than 200 individuals and families from twelve Bridgeport parishes turned out for a reception to launch the 2018 ACA on Sunday, January 21 and celebrate their own parish communities. Joy in Christ, Our Gift to Share is the theme of this year’s campaign. The reception was held in the Queen of Saints Hall at the Catholic Center.

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During his time in the Holy Land, Bishop Frank and 30 Young Adults took a surprise detour to the desert before entering the holy city of Jerusalem. Read his reflection from that surprising moment here:

One of the most powerful moments during my recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land was an unexpected detour into the Judean desert. Our guide, Father Paul, called it his “surprise”. In fact, the Lord also had many surprises to offer me and my fellow pilgrims during the 30 minutes we spent in the desert.

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When I was a little boy, the highpoint of my family’s Christmas preparations was our annual visit to Radio City Music Hall to attend its Christmas show. In addition to the energy and excitement of the city itself, I was always deeply impressed with the live depiction of the Nativity that has traditionally closed the show for generations.
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BRIDGEPORT— Here’s a first look at the new Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) video for 2018.

Joy in Christ, Our Gift to Share is the theme of the video and the campaign, which kicks off in February.
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Earlier this month, as I was driving on the Merritt Parkway, I was comforted to see the large number of cars which had Christmas trees tied to their roof. It was comforting because it brought back many memories of when I was a little boy and the joy I felt when our family Christmas tree went up.
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Bishop Caggiano’s 12/22/2017 Reflection
“The last item that I remember being part of our family’s annual Christmas “preparations” was what mom called “house cleaning”. For my part, I did not think the house needed to be cleaned in any special way, since everything always seemed to me to be spotless.
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STAMFORD—“I come here with a very simple message: our Church and its people stand by all who are here with us, whether documented or undocumented,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said to members of St. Mary Parish in Stamford this afternoon.
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NEWTOWN – On the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, more than 800 people gathered at St. Rose of Lima Church for a Mass of Remembrance, in search of healing and hope.
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CONNECTICUT (FOX5NY.COM) – Bishop Frank Caggiano recently got some social media suggestions from Kolbe Cathedral High School students in Bridgeport, Connecticut. You might say he is a social media sensation—at least inside the Bridgeport Catholic Diocese. A YouTube video posted to the bishop’s Facebook page got 70,000 views.
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BRIDGEPORT—In this brief video Bishop Frank J. Caggiano invites all around the diocese to attend the upcoming “Arise and Shine” Christmas Concert, which will be held at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts of Fairfield University on Sunday December 17, at 7 pm.
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NORWALK—Two Advent concerts over the weekend celebrated the beginning of the Advent observance throughout the diocese.
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STAMFORD—Over 60 people gathered last night at Murphy’s Townhouse Café in Stamford, CT, for the Faith on Tap, an evening of fellowship and faith for Catholic young adults.
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Are we as divided and troubled a nation as many commentators and polls seem to suggest?

Perhaps, though I certainly hope and pray not. When crisis or disaster strike, we as Americans seem to rapidly regain our common ground and overlook our differences. Our task is to live such unity every day of our lives.
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