Fire of Joy

Ferry Galbert, a seminarian at St. John Fisher Seminary, gave the following address at the Second Annual Rector’s Dinner on Saturday, May 18, which honored Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni, founding rector of the seminary and pastor of the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, along with Read More ››

“This person knows God.”

“Go to Father Check – tell him I sent you. St. John Fisher Seminary – in Stamford. You know St. John Fisher Seminary?”

I extend my arms, palms upward, mock-exasperated: “Father, I teach there.”

Father laughs warmly. “That’s not a problem, not a problem. They won’t reject you Read More ››

Remembering Fr. John Baran

Once when Winston Churchill was told that journalists were declaring that by the year 2100, women would be ruling the world, his reply was quick. With a twinkle in his eye, he simply asked, “Still?”

Humor aside, it is a woman – a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Read More ››

God’s Timing is Perfect

“I’m not leaving.”

I sat beside my brother’s hospital bed.

My husband frowned. “What?” he said. “Nobody said anything about leaving.”

True.  Moments earlier, however, I’d mentally decided to check-out. Maybe it was a defense mechanism. Maybe I couldn’t handle the truth.

My brother, 33, was battling kidney failure. Jim Read More ››

Food Fast Helps Fight Against Hunger

NORWALK—On Saturday, February 23, St. Philip Church, in collaboration with local parishes andCatholic Relief Services, held its annual hunger awareness event “FoodFast – Be the Change” to help raise awareness and funds to eradicate World Hunger. As the title indicates, everyone was fasting for the entire Read More ››

The Lord will provide

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The young adult bible study I am attending at St. John’s in Stamford has been eye-opening. We just finished Genesis and while I knew the story of Abraham, I always pictured him as a sort of superhuman figure – graced by God with an impenetrable faith. Read More ››

Waiting in Joyful Hope

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I have a particular devotion to St. Andrew, the Apostle. Being the brother of Peter, he often gets overlooked. This resonates with those who often humbly serve behind the scenes, seemingly unappreciated but crucial to spreading the Gospel message. That being said, St. Andrew was the Read More ››

Exchanging Gifts With The Lord

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Those of us who are focused on spending eternity with God in heaven realize the importance of a close personal relationship with Jesus.  However, our efforts to enhance our relationship with Him often stagnate and grow stale. We go to Mass, but our minds wander. We Read More ››

A Time and a Place for Remembrance

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“There’s a cemetery in my backyard!” was a typical anecdote I would tell my peers growing up.

Technically, this cemetery is not directly in my backyard, it’s over a stone wall and to the left…but to a fourth grader “in my backyard” sounded much cooler.

Growing up this

He Offers Us Healing

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As I read and reflected upon Bishop Caggiano’s homily at the Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, I was reminded of one of my favorite passages in Luke’s gospel.

Luke Chapter 13:10-17 tells the story of a woman who was burdened by a disabling Read More ››

Growing in Faith

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Thomas Aquinas 8th Grade Learns to Model Christ’s Love and Service in the Community

Throughout the St. Thomas Aquinas School 8th grade retreat, hosted by Father Sam Kachuba, there was one constant scripture passage reiterated throughout the day: “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and Read More ››

Eternity is Forever

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As I get older, I realize that struggles, however uncomfortable they may be, are truly a means to sanctification. Challenges teach us to let go of our desire for control, to surrender our will to God’s, and to trust that God’s plan for our lives is Read More ››

Called to Serve

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I remember hearing from my pastor, twenty-something years ago, after playing a round of golf, something that changed the ‘course’ of my life.  He said to my Dad, “Jim, in ten years Tim is going to be one of my deacons!”  Hearing what he said gave Read More ››

Flipping the Script

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During my first week on the streets with Christ in the City, I was very much getting used to everything: new surroundings, a new ministry, new people, a new team, and a very new dynamic.

On our second day, we met a new friend named Jeremy. As Read More ››

To Whom Shall We Go?

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I have been trying to make sense of this abuse crisis in the Church right now and I am finding there really aren’t words. What does a writer do when there really aren’t words? Working in communications, I have watched as my office has tried our best to Read More ››

God has a mission for us

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to know, love, and serve the poor, the homeless, the vulnerable.

It’s funny how God works sometimes. On my spring break this past year, I went out to Denver, Colorado to visit a friend of mine who was Read More ››

“Walk humbly with your God”

“Walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).

Somewhere along my journey as a Catholic, I learned about El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, also known as the Way of St. James.  El Camino is a walking pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, a city in where St. James is buried in Read More ››

Let Christ enter into your mess

“Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

In 2014, I chaperoned our youth group’s annual mission trip through Catholic Heart Workcamp, where the theme for our Read More ››

Sharing His Unwavering Love

“When God desires a work to be wholly from His hand, He reduces all to impotence and nothingness, and then He acts.”

–Jacques-Benigne Bossuet from Jean-Baptiste Chautard’s Soul of the Apostolate p.105

I serve as a Catholic missionary befriending the homeless with an organization called Christ in the City in Denver, Read More ››

Christ: Given Up

At Mass, Heaven and Earth meet as the Priest proclaims, “Take this, all of you, and eat of it, for this is my body, which will be given up for you”. On Good Friday, the Son of God was given upfor us on the Cross. As Read More ››

The Case for World Youth Day

When I was first becoming more active in my Catholic faith as a high school student, I remember hearing about the World Youth Day events held throughout the world, drawing thousands of young people from every country imaginable to gather in celebration and prayer with the Read More ››

Making Time for Prayer

“I don’t have time to pray. I’m too busy.” This is the usual excuse I use time and again to rationalize the lull periods in my prayer life. And then I continue to justify and rationalize this statement by listing all the things I have to Read More ››

Made for More: A Reflection

FAIRFIELD—Heavy winds and sideways hail is how Convivio began this year, much like the first which was held almost a decade ago in 2010. This year the annual high school retreat, with the theme “Made for More,” was kicked off with a nor’easter. One might describe Read More ››

No Greater Love Than This

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This year’s dual feast of St. Valentine and Ash Wednesday is more than a mere coincidence. Both feasts are rooted in love. In fact, all of reality is rooted in God, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.  St. Valentine, a priest who Read More ››

Saying “Yes” to God

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On January 5th a group of “strangers” and I embarked on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and our lives were forever changed. Each stop was more breathtaking and moving than the next.

When January 13th came along, and It was time for the trip to end, Read More ››

“What are you looking for?”

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“What are you looking for?”

This was the focal point of our pilgrimage. That throughout this journey, open our hearts, open our minds, and discover the answer to the question that tugs at the center of our lives.

In the grotto at the Church of Annunciation, the place Read More ››

Our Celebration is Just Beginning

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I’ve always loved tradition. Even when I was little, Christmas wasn’t complete without going to Mass with my family, lighting the Advent wreath, and driving around to see beautiful luminary displays.

As I’ve grown older, the traditions of the Advent and Christmas seasons are still important to Read More ››

“How Can This Be?”

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“How can this be?” These are the words we hear Mary respond to the Angel in Luke’s Gospel, when he informs her that she will conceive the Messiah. (Not big news or anything, right?) This is frequently my response to many moments in life that catch Read More ››

Hope Was Everywhere!

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30 of us began our pilgrimage to NCYC from the Bridgeport Diocese to Yonkers. What a beautiful surprise to worship at the St. Joseph’s Seminary with approximately 90 more pilgrims. We would embark together on two buses through the night.

Feeling God’s presence at the onset set

Living Our Faith

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As a member of the High School Apostles, I still picture my earliest days within the group. Like with any new experience, the most difficult action is to simply step through the door on that first meeting. I approached the Fraternas’ house, took a deep breath, Read More ››

It’s Still a Wonderful Life

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I was from Catholic family and attended Catholic elementary school.  My friends and I would dress “like nuns” when we played school. The sisters who taught us were mostly junior professed and fun. I joined their vocation club, but meetings just served to let us hang Read More ››

I Was A Stranger, And You Welcomed Me

|   The following account has been written by John Grosso, Social Media Leader of the Diocese of Bridgeport, after returning from his mission trip to Ethiopia.
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When I was asked to accompany our Diocesan trip to Ethiopia with Catholic Relief Services and Turning Wine into Water, I thought the theme of the trip was going to be “For I was thirsty, and you gave me drink.” In fairness to me, we were Read More ››

Fruits of World Youth Day

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In August 2016, I was fortunate enough to travel to Poland with my church. On that trip, I encountered people who truly changed my life. My roommate, and now best friend, taught me that you don’t need to always be with someone to know them fully. Read More ››

Going Into Senior Year

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Strong faith in high school is beautiful and sometimes rare.  Joining a parish youth group or an organization like High School Apostles has been a way to meet more teenagers who are involved in their faith. Having a group of active faith members inspires me to Read More ››

“I Love You”

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In 8th grade, I was preparing to make my confirmation, and as every other kid in the Diocese would, I had to complete service hours. To fulfill some of my service hours, I would go to Eucharistic Adoration in order to receive the hours I needed.  Read More ››

Evangelization Through Friendship

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This August I attended a retreat in Centerburg, Ohio, called School of the New Evangelization (SNE) hosted by Saint Paul’s Outreach (SPO). SPO is an organization that equips college students to build “evangelistic communities that provide a unique quality and depth of formation in the Catholic Read More ››