Monthly Newspaper • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT

STAMFORD—Over 250 people attended New Covenant Center’s 12th annual Harvest Table fundraiser on November 3. The event was hosted at the Italian Center and raised $260,000 to benefit the guests and clients of the center.

The event featured a silent auction of 40 items, a live auction package of tickets and accommodations to Wake Forest at Notre Dame football game next fall, live music and hors d’oeuvres from several Stamford restaurants.

The highlight of the evening was the heartfelt and deeply appreciative words of Lourdes Bonilla, who spoke about the importance of having New Covenant Center’s services to help move her along in life.

As New Covenant Center looks ahead, there is much work to be done. This month, they resumed their day shelter and shower program, and also hired a full-time case worker who will work one-on-one with New Covenant Center guests in helping them find better paths to sustainability. This includes the Family Loan Program, which provides financial and budgeting counseling to low-income families to be able to buy a used car, repair cars and make security deposits.

Located in Stamford, the New Covenant Center provides nutritious meals to all those who are hungry. They take steps toward empowering men, women and children to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient. The center is open 365 days a year and serves lunch and dinner. It also operated a food pantry three times a week. In total, New Covenant Center provides 550,000 meals per year to nearly 5,000 people.

Additionally, New Covenant Center also provides showers, haircuts and toiletries, as well as job training, immigration services, the Family Loan and Community Access programs and other social services.

To volunteer with New Covenant Center, please contact volunteer David Lovegreen at dlovegreen@ccfc-ct.org. To donate to New Covenant Center, visit ccfairfield.org/project/new-covenant-center. For general inquiries, contact executive director John Gutman at jgutman@ccfc-ct.org.

RIDGEFIELD—Invite your mom, sister in Christ, aunt, niece, daughter, (teen and above), and friend to A Morning of Mercy on Saturday, December 3—8:00 am-12:30 pm. All are Welcome!

EWTN TV Host, international speaker, award winning author Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle will present a Catholic Women’s Morning of Reflection, which will include a presentation, a workshop and book signing. Donna-Marie will discuss women’s God-given gifts and the necessity of discovering them within our own hearts and using them for the glory of God. She will unpack the important message of Divine Mercy, bringing in the Saints and compelling true stories, and will also discuss challenges in the spiritual life, spiritual warfare, the miraculous mercy of forgiveness, and much more.

Discovering DIVINE MERCY in the milestones of YOUR LIFE.

SCHEDULE

  • 8 am—Mass in St. Mary Church (attendance suggested)
  • 8:30-9 am—Check-in and Light Breakfast in St. Mary School Hall
  • 9 am-12:30 pm—Speaker, workshop, praise & worship, book signing, prayer and Confession available

Please register on-line or call the Parish Office by November 24th
$25 Registration Fee
St. Mary School Hall, 183 High Ridge Ave, Ridgefield, CT 06877
www.smcr.org
More info contact Kristin McSpedon: ksmcspedon@comcast.net or call 203.438.6538

STAMFORD – The end of summer Stamford tradition, the St. Leo Fair, will soon be back for our 41st year!  All of your favorite food, exciting rides, carnival games, Bingo and raffle will be back providing great fun for everyone in your family.  The fair will open Tuesday, August 30 through Saturday, September 3rd with free parking and free admission.

All of the classic St. Leo foods will return featuring our famous Pizza Fritta, clams, pasta, chicken fingers, Greek specialties, sausage and peppers, eggplant parm wedges, hot soups, hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, slushies, fresh baked cookies and cupcakes, coffee and desserts.

The church grounds will be filled with fun and thrilling rides once again this year provided by Stewart Amusement Company. A $30 unlimited ride bracelet is available Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday from 2 pm to 6 pm.  Credit cards are accepted for ticket sales only.  And you can try your luck in our air-conditioned Bingo Parlor beginning at 7pm nightly, or can buy a $10 raffle ticket for a chance to win the first prize of $30,000 in American Express gift cards, or the second prize of $2,500 in American Express gift cards.

The fair is easy to reach at 24 Roxbury Road in Stamford, only ¾ of a mile south of the Merritt Parkway’s exit 34 (Long Ridge Road).  Come on down and enjoy the fun from 6 pm to 11 pm on Tuesday, August 30 through Friday, September 2, and on Saturday, September 3 from 2 pm to 11 pm.

NORWALK—The St. Matthew Church Carnival is back with added attractions, August 3-6 with exciting rides, games, delicious food & fun for the whole family! Wednesday-Friday: 6-10 pm; Saturday: 2-10 pm; 216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk, CT.

Enter the $10,000 Cash Raffle for a chance to win! Buy raffle tickets online: www.osvhub.com/stmatthewnorwalk/forms/carnival-raffle.

Kids will love the rides, slides, and Bounce Zone! For adults, new Beer & Wine Garden and Cash Bingo! Burgers, Hot dogs, Fries, Pizza Fritte, Saugatuck Sweets Ice Cream and more! Free admission & free shuttle at Norwalk Community College. All-day Ride Bracelets, every day for just $30/day!

New Bounce Zone inside the state-of-the-art Rec Center with special hours: Wed-Fri: 2-8 pm; Sat: noon-8 pm. $30 Bracelets/day or 4-day Bounce Zone Bracelets: $100/person.

For more information, visit: StMatthewNorwalk.org

STAMFORD—Are you between the ages of 21-39? Are you interested in fellowship with other Catholic Young Adults in the Stamford area? Come join us on Wednesday evening (7/13) for our monthly Young Adult Mass and Social with our special celebrant Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.

What: Stamford Young Adult Mass with Bishop Caggiano

Where: Holy Name of Jesus Parish

Date & Time: Wednesday, July 13 from 7-8:30 pm

Afterward, please join us for refreshments and fellowship!

For information on other local Catholic Young Adult events, please email StamfordYoungAdultCatholics@gmail.com.

BRIDGEPORT—The community at St. Margaret Shrine is excited to announce the celebration of the St. Anthony Feast this weekend! The event will span three days and feature delicious Italian Food, rides and family-friendly fun.

When: Friday, June 17 – 6 to 10 pm,

Saturday, June 18 – 3 to 11 pm

Sunday, June 19 – Noon to 9 pm

The weekend will also feature a special outdoor Mass and procession. Mass will begin at 11 am and will be celebrated by Bishop Caggiano.

Where: St. Margaret Shrine, 2523 Park Avenue, Bridgeport

For questions, please contact the Shrine Office at: 203.333.9627.

FAIRFIELD COUNTY—As the 2022 Annual Catholic Scouting Awards approach, the diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting want to encourage scouts, families and unit leaders around the diocese to consider their progress toward earning Catholic Religious Emblem Awards.

A number of emblem awards are available to scouts, including Light of Christ (designed for Cub Scouts 6-7 years old), Parvuli Dei (designed for Cub Scouts 8-10 years old), Ad Alarte Sei (designed for any youth of the Roman Catholic Faith who is registered in a BSA troop or crew), and Pope Pius XII (designed for Venturing Crew Members and Boy Scouts 15 years old and older). Additionally, if a scout earns all four badges, they can receive a 5th award for their completion.

In order to earn an emblem award, scouts must work with their family or council through a workbook. This workbook is targeted for their age group and often parallels what scouts are learning in their faith formation or religious education classes.

Once they complete the workbook, a local pastor verifies their completion.

“Duty to God is a big part of the scout honor code,” said Stephen Prostor, chair of the diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting.

For Scouts that are nearing completion of an award, award applications are due into the diocese no later than Friday, May 13, 2022.  Please send applications to: The Catholic Center 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06606 Attn, Astrid Alvarez or via email, at: astrid.alvarez@diobpt.org

In addition, please save the date for the 2022 Catholic Scouting Awards, which are scheduled for June 3, 2022 at 7 pm at St. Aloysius Parish located at 21 Cherry St, New Canaan, CT 06840.

(For more information, visit: www.formationreimagined.org/family-scouting)

BRIDGEPORT—“Reconciliation Monday” will once again be held in the diocese on Monday, April 11, 2022.

A total of 25 parishes located throughout the diocese will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 3-9 pm, so that the lay faithful may experience God’s mercy as Holy Week begins.

Confessions will be heard both in the afternoon and evenings, so that everyone who wishes to receive the sacrament can do so before the Easter Triduum.

“I ask all the faithful to consider participating in this unique opportunity to receive the gift of forgiveness that only Christ can give. The Lord wishes to free each of us from the burden of our sins. Should we not then use this time to shed the baggage of our sins and accept His freedom with joy?” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.

According to Msgr. Thomas Powers, vicar general of the diocese, the bishop has asked pastors to ensure that penitents have the option of confessing anonymously or face-to-face. COVID-19 protocols will be left to the discretion of each pastor.

Last year, thousands across the diocese turned out for Reconciliation Monday. Many people also took to diocesan social media to encourage each other to attend confession, sharing their experiences from last year’s Reconciliation Monday.

“Many people have misconceptions about what Confession really is. It is not solely a spiritual exercise during which you tell the priest your sins. Rather, it is a profound encounter with the Lord Jesus, who through the words and actions of the priest, meets us in our sinfulness and forgives, liberates and empowers us with the Holy Spirit so that we can go forth and sin no more,” said the bishop after last year’s Reconciliation Monday.

“Reconciliation Monday” will be hosted from 3-9 pm at the following parishes:

Deanery A (Queen of Peace)
1. St. Andrew Parish: 435 Anton Street, Bridgeport
2. St. Ann Parish: 481 Brewster Street, Bridgeport
3. St. Augustine Cathedral: 359 Washington Avenue, Bridgeport 

Deanery B (Mystical Rose)
1. St. James Parish: 2070 Main Street, Stratford
2. St. Lawrence Parish: 505 Shelton Avenue, Shelton

3.St. Mark Parish: 500 Wigwam Lane, Stratford

Deanery C (Queen of Martyrs)
1. St. Catherine of Siena Parish: 200 Shelton Road, Trumbull
2. St. Rose of Lima Parish: 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown

 Deanery D (Our Lady, Queen of Confessors)
1. St. Peter Parish: 104 Main Street, Danbury
2. St. Edward the Confessor Parish: 21 Brush Hill Road, New Fairfield
3. St. Joseph Parish: 163 Whisconier Road, Brookfield

Deanery E (Seat of Wisdom)
1. St. Mary Parish, 55 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield

2.Our Lady of Fatima, 229 Danbury Road, Wilton

Deanery F (Queen Assumed into Heaven)
1. Our Lady of the Assumption Parish: 545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield

  1. St. Pius X Parish: 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield
  2. St. Thomas Aquinas, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield

 Deanery G (Mother of Divine Grace)
1. St. Aloysius Parish: 21 Cherry Street, New Canaan
2. St. Thomas More Parish: 374 Middlesex Road, Darien
3. St. Matthew Parish: 216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk 

Deanery H (Cause of Our Joy)
1. The Parish of St. Cecilia-St. Gabriel: 1184 Newfield Avenue, Stamford
2. Saint Mary of Stamford Parish, 566 Elm Street, Stamford
3. Sacred Heart Parish: 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford

Deanery I (Mary, Mother of the Church)
1. The Parish of St. Catherine of Siena and St. Agnes: 4 Riverside Avenue, Greenwich
2. St. Mary Parish: 178 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich
3. St. Michael the Archangel Parish: 469 North Street, Greenwich

MONROE—St. John Paul II in his Apostolic Letter “Tertio Millennio Adveniente” wrote, “At the end of the second millennium the Church had once again become a Church of Martyrs and this witness must not be forgotten.”

With this profound quote in mind, Parishioner Carol Pinard’s goal was to make known the stories of the martyrs and witnesses of the 20th century. Some are known to us, but many are not. The presentation is an account of the heroism, courage and steadfast faithfulness of ordinary men and women who were willing to pay an enormous price for Christ and His Church.

Carol will share the genesis of this presentation along with stories of these martyrs and witnesses at St. Jude’s Parish after all Masses on the weekend of April 2 and 3. St. Jude’s Mass schedule is Saturday at 4 pm and Sunday at 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 am. On display will be relics, letters, memorabilia collected from these martyrs from all over the world.

GEORGETOWN—The newly formed Guild of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, which promotes sacred arts in the Diocese of Bridgeport, will hold Choral Vespers on March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, at 7 pm at Sacred Heart Church on 30 Church Street in Georgetown. 

The public is invited to join Bishop Frank J. Caggiano at the event, which will launch the new diocesan initiative. Dr. William H. Atwood, recently appointed diocesan director of music, will direct the schola. Invitations have been sent to parishes in the diocese.

“The Annunciation is an oasis in the middle of Lent, when we can put aside our Lenten penance for a day and can have flowers and feasting to celebrate the incarnation of Christ,” said Father Michael Clark, rector of the newly formed Guild. “It is a beautiful day to start a beautiful project like this.”

Choral Vespers, the Guild’s inaugural liturgical event, is the evening prayer of the Church, and it is significant that it will be held at the same time that clergy and faithful throughout the diocese are also praying Vespers.

“It is the same text, the same words that everyone else will be praying,” Father Clark said. “We will have music of the highest quality, including one piece written in 1520, which I know will make an impact.”  

Pointing the way to God through beauty

GEORGETOWN—From the time he was seven, Father Michael Clark has been painting and singing—two lifelong pursuits that led him to an intimate personal relationship with the Creator through beauty.

The arts, particularly music, provided what he describes as “the golden thread in my life.” At seven, he was sent to the Anglican cathedral in Exeter, England to sing in the choir, and years later became the founding director of music at Buckfast Abbey, where he established a professional choir of men and women.

So, it is fitting that Father Clark, was recently appointed rector of the Guild of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, an initiative begun by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, pursuing a vision he articulated in his pastoral exhortation, “Let Us Enter the Upper Room with the Lord.”

The Guild, which is supported by the 2022 Bishop’s Appeal, will support programs centered on Christ in the arts and evangelization by focusing on artistic beauty in the Catholic tradition. It will seek to inspire the faithful through sacred music, painting, architecture, pilgrimages and literature, with particular attention to the needs of young people, the bishop said.

[The Guild will be launched with Choral Vespers on March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, at 7 pm at Sacred Heart Church, 30 Church Street in Redding. The public is invited to attend. Dr. William H. Atwood, newly appointed diocesan director of music, will direct the schola. See related story above.]

“The Guild’s role is to help Catholics focus on the arts and how important they are to evangelization,” Father Clark said. “Whenever you encounter God, you are going to encounter beauty. Beauty is my way of accessing who God really is, and it’s not just about taste because beauty has its own language, it has its own rules, it has its own objectivity. Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder…beauty is in the mind of the Creator. Beauty is how God expresses himself to us, and so it is essential to a proper understanding of who God is.”

In the Catholic tradition, one approach that can lead to God is that of “via pulchritudinous,” or the “way of beauty,” by which a work of art can open a person’s mind and heart, pushing us upward along the pathway to God, who is the supreme Beauty. 

The Guild is one of three projects Bishop Caggiano is launching this year, which relate to the transcendentals of truth, beauty and goodness, Father said.

“Our mission is to provide a resource to promote and prosper the arts in sacred liturgy and beyond,” he said. “The liturgy is a strong focus but not the only focus.”

Father described the work of the Guild as an important part of the personal ministry of Bishop Caggiano.

“His role as bishop is to ensure that every human soul in his care has the opportunity to find Christ, so the Guild will encourage beauty in artistic expression because artistic beauty is a reflection of human beings made in God’s image. God is the Creator, so when we express ourselves in the arts, we express ourselves as children of God. The Creator has given us that faculty to show himself to us by participating in the arts.”

The “four pillars” that the Guild will focus on are music, art, architecture and literature. 

“People don’t necessarily have to come for lectures or catechesis,” he said. “They will simply be able to see love on the altar. They will see the love Christ has for them in that beauty. What will be going on will speak in nonverbal language to people about the love of Christ for the Church.”

As part of the initiative, Sacred Heart Church has been designated as an “oratory,” which gives it a wider reach, in addition to its mission of serving the people of Sacred Heart and St. Patrick Parish, he said.

The parish will continue to function as before, with Father Terrence Walsh as pastor, and its regular Mass schedule. However, the Guild will provide an “add on” to what regularly occurs in the parish, said Father Clark, who will also serve as rector of the oratory.

“The people of that parish will still be able to use the oratory church as much as they have before,” he said. “There is no change in it for them, but the designation allows it to have a broader outreach and to invite people to come from different communities and different parts of the diocese.”

Parishioners are invited to the Guild Masses and other liturgical events and performances of sacred music. Father foresees two additional Sunday Masses, weekday evening Masses and processions, Eucharistic adoration, First Friday devotion and Sunday Choral Vespers.

He says the response from the parish has been very positive and that people are excited to enter into a partnership with the Guild. 

Among its projects will be the formation of a young adult schola cantorum, which will be a choir in the English choral tradition, emphasizing the highest standards of musical performance. It will be based at the Oratory and sing at Sunday Mass and Choral Vespers. Father plans to recruit an organist and choirmaster, who will be tasked with forming the schola. 

In addition to the focus on sacred music, the Guild will also sponsor pilgrimages for the faithful of the diocese.

“The bishop is really evangelical about the power of pilgrimages and how they change lives,” Father Clark said. “What ties it into everything else we’re doing is the idea of ‘encounter.’ You have to go somewhere. All the arts demand a physical response. You cannot hear something, you cannot see something, you cannot participate in something without using your body to do it. The same is true with pilgrimages. You have to go there and be there.”

The Guild is planning pilgrimages locally, nationally and internationally, some of which Bishop Caggiano will participate in. Among the destinations will be the Holy Land, Rome, Fatima, Lourdes and perhaps Oberammergau in Bavaria, Germany. National destinations may include the shrines of the North American Martyrs, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Wisconsin. 

“The local pilgrimages will be about getting to know ourselves,” Father said. “One of the ways to do that is to look at the beauty of the churches in our diocese. Many of us know we have historic churches, but we don’t know why they are important. Part of my work will be to write architectural guides to some of the more important churches, including the historic churches of Stamford.”

Catholic literature will also be a focus of the Guild. The oratory church has a direct link to one of the foremost Catholic writers of the 20th century, Flannery O’Connor, author of “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” and the novel “Wise Blood,” which was written during the years she lived in Redding and attended Mass at Sacred Heart Church.

“We will use that historical link as a springboard to promote Catholic themes in literature and develop an awareness of how Catholic culture has shaped the world,” he said.

Father Clark will be assisted by Liz Sweeney, who will serve as chief of staff for the Sacred Heart Guild. A graduate of Princeton, she wrote her senior thesis on the writings of Flannery O’Connor and currently teaches at Regina Pacis Academy in Norwalk. She has a master’s in education from the University of Bridgeport and served on several Catholic School boards, including Trinity Catholic High School, where she assisted the chaplains and was involved in youth ministry. She has also worked for the Leadership Institute and led a Bible study group in Greenwich.            

“This is an unbelievable blessing and a pleasure to work with Father Clark,” she said. “We are doing things differently and allowing the Holy Spirit to really lead in a very fresh and new way.”

Father said Bishop Caggiano’s strong devotion to Our Lady was fundamental to the formation of the Guild and that he sought her guidance from the beginning. 

In addition, Father’s own “spiritual friends”—the saints—have served as his guides in the undertaking, particularly St. John Henry Newman, “who wrote so eloquently about how to engage the culture and who understood the resistance to the Gospel and specifically the resistance to the Catholic faith.” Father also relies on his devotion to St. Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower, who, he says, “has been a friend of mine for a long time.”

Father Clark was born in Chichester, England, to Timothy and Lesley Clark, parishioners of St. Mary’s Abbey, Buckfast, Buckfastleigh. He attended Exeter Cathedral School and graduated in 1996. He then attended Devonport High School for Boys in Plymouth.

He studied at Cambridge University, graduating with a master’s in theology and law in 2005. He studied for and was called to the bar in 2008 and practiced law as a barrister for five years. At the same time, he was singing professionally at Exeter Cathedral and later moved to Buckfast Abbey as director of music, establishing a professional choir of men and women.

In 2012, he entered the seminary to study philosophy and theology. He received an S.T.B. from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 2016 and studied at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute.

In 2016, he visited the Diocese of Bridgeport as a guest but began to discern the possibility of a call to the priesthood. He was ordained on October 12, 2019, by Bishop Caggiano at St. Thomas More Church in Darien.

“I am really excited about this project because it is at the forefront of how we are engaging our contemporary society,” he said. “We have to be flexible and be really good at taking the pulse of the prevailing culture and how people are responding to the Gospel call…. The bishop recognizes that the call to Christ is so urgent that we need to try every possible way to get people’s hearts and minds.” 

The first-ever Connecticut March for Life will take place Wednesday, March 23, 2022 outside the State Capitol in Hartford. Originally planned for the spring of 2020, it was cancelled due to the start of the pandemic. “This is a really a re-effort,” said Dave Janny, a member of the St. Theresa Parish Knights of Columbus Council and one of the local organizers. “Good things are going on to encourage more people to go.”

A major announcement to promote participation came Monday evening. The Knights of Columbus Supreme Council will pay for members and their families and any others interested in going to the Connecticut March for Life free of charge with a special discount code.

“This will definitely boost registration on all of the locations that we have set up,” Janny said. “This is a major commitment by [the Knights’] leadership to support our pro-life efforts in Connecticut. It is a terrific opportunity that we need to take advantage of to make our pro-life voices heard in Hartford.”

To reserve a complimentary seat, visit the Rally Bus site (https://rally.co/ct-march-for-life/from/userevent), select an available city, and book a seat using promo code KOFC2022.

According to Janny, there is tremendous geographical coverage throughout the state with at least 17 pick-up locations available, making it very accessible for anyone planning to go. Once registered, participants can also send notifications to others, letting them know about the event.

Prior to the March, a Mass for Life will be celebrated by Archbishop Leonard Blair of the Archdiocese of Hartford at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven on Tuesday, March 22 at 5:00 pm. Archbishop Blair also plans to speak at the March, along with Archbishop LeRoy Bailey of the non-denominational First Cathedral Church and a representative from the National March for Life, among others.

march for life_2022 from CT Catholic Conference on Vimeo.

Maureen Ciardiello, Coordinator of Respect Life and Project Rachel Ministry for the Diocese of Bridgeport, said the opposition is lobbying for bills to change the state Constitution, and pro-life supporters should reach out to legislators. “Representatives need to know there is a large pro-life presence in Connecticut. These are important issues to us,” she added.

For more information, visit marchforlife.org.

 

STAMFORD—Are you between the ages of 21-39? Are you interested in fellowship with other Catholic Young Adults in the Stamford area? Come join us on Friday evening (2/11) for our monthly Young Adult Mass and Social with our special celebrant Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.

What: Stamford Young Adult Mass with Bishop Caggiano

Where: St. John’s Basilica (279 Atlantic Street, Stamford, CT 06901)

Date & Time: Friday, February 11 from 7-8 pm

Afterwards, please join us at Bobby V’s Restaurant (across the street from the Church) for refreshments and fellowship!

For information on other local Catholic Young Adult events, please email StamfordYoungAdultCatholics@gmail.com.

STAMFORD—The Irish-American Cultural Society of Stamford (IACSOS) today announced plans to move forward with the scheduled, annual Grand Marshal’s Dinner on Friday, March 4, 2022, and the 27th annual Stamford St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 5, 2022.

“The permits have been approved and plans are well underway to make this year’s event the very best ever,” said Parade Chairman Michael P. Feighan. “These past two years, dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, have been very challenging, but these events are beloved by the Stamford community and beyond. They are harbingers of spring and good things to come. They are a celebration of how people of Irish descent have positively impacted and continue impact this community. We are being optimistic, but if Omicron or some other variant presents a threat in late February, we will pivot to keep everyone safe. We have our fingers crossed,” he continued.

This year’s Grand Marshal will be Roger J. Fox who was born and raised in Stamford, has been a financial advisor Merrill Lynch for 47 years and has extensive community involvement as a volunteer leader, coach, and outstanding citizen. “At the Grand Marshal’s dinner, we will also posthumously honor past-parade chairman James P. Bartley,” said Feighan.

With participation from more than 80 community marching units, pipe bands, dancers, and school organizations, the Stamford St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the city’s and the area’s premier spring event, and it is the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in Fairfield County. Best Things Connecticut has ranked the parade among the top ten events in the state  for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and described it as “a truly authentic Irish experience.”

The Parade and its associated events are run by the IACSOS which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is completely funded by the private sector. The IACSOS receives no funding from the city of Stamford and relies heavily on sponsorships and the contributions of individuals and local businesses.

The Grand Marshal’s Dinner will take place Friday evening, March 4th (6:30 p.m. cocktails, 7:30 p.m. dinner) at Serafina at the IC, 1620 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. Grand Marshal’s Dinner tickets may be purchased for $130 through February 23rd. After that date, the ticket price will be $150.

The Stamford St. Patrick’s Day Parade will kick off at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2022 in downtown Stamford. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, making a donation, purchasing dinner tickets, having your organization march in the parade, participating as a volunteer or if you have a media request or have any other questions, please contact Michael Feighan at (203) 614-9448 or by e-mail at StamfordSPDP@gmail.com.  A parade map and more information is available at www.stamfordstpatricksdayparade.com.

RIVERSIDE—An SCSC Presentation Via Zoom

It’s Not All About You

Thursday, January 13, 2022, from 7- 8:15 pm

When we find ourselves at a career inflection point, our thoughts often turn inward first. What do I want? What do I need? What will make me more fulfilled in my work? While these introspective questions are very important and can help determine direction, they should not be featured prominently in conversations with our Career Champions, those who can hire, promote or enable our career growth. Jim Daly, Executive and Career Transition Coach, will recommend how to better engage our Career Champions in a way that’s more about them. During this interactive session, Jim will explore 3 critical actions for a more successful job search.

Assessing the challenges and opportunities – do your homework

Clarifying your value proposition – identify your assets

Delivering an aligned message – to the decision-makers or influencers

This will be a thought-provoking and inspiring interactive session with takeaways you can implement right away!

Join us and bring your questions! RSVP required: Please RSVP to meeting Chair Chris Brugo at cbrugo@gmail.com by Monday, January 10. You’ll receive an email response with the Zoom link prior to the meeting.

About our Presenter: Jim Daly founded Janus Coaching to bring the business leadership, coaching skills, and practical experience gained in his career to help others navigate career success. He’s served as Chief HR Officer for multiple companies and has held human resources leadership positions for several Fortune 500 corporations including Standard & Poor’s, Kraft General Foods and News Corporation. Jim is a Certified Executive Coach with Columbia University and co-founded and leads the Daly Group for HR leaders in transition.

The St. Catherine’s Support Circle was formed in 2009 to support people seeking jobs in a challenging economic environment. The group continues to encourage participation by both job seekers and those interested in providing their advice and support. To read about helpful information and recommended resources for job seekers, visit the parish website www.stcath.org, first link to Community Life, and then link to the SCSC page. The SCSC Steering Committee includes professionals who have experience in diverse areas including human resources, executive search, career coaching, clinical career counseling, general management, education, marketing, public relations, finance, accounting and IT. If you have similar experience and would be interested in joining fellow professionals on the committee, please contact SCSC Chairman Bob Sloane at rsloane@optonline.net.

NORWALK—St. Matthew Church will celebrate a Dedication Mass for the Msgr. Walter C. Orlowski Recreation Wellness Center on Sunday, December 12 at 12 noon. Following Mass, there will be a ribbon-cutting, blessing, reception and open house. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will celebrate the Mass and blessing, and will be joined by Norwalk Mayor Harry W. Rilling and State Senator Bob Duff.

The Center is named in honor of St. Matthew Church’s late pastor, Msgr. Walter C. Orlowski, who began the project in 2018, and whose vision was to create an intergenerational gathering place for wellness in body, mind and spirit.

“While the Rec Center building is nearly finished, it is just the beginning of the many, many lives it will touch,” wrote Father Jeff Couture, current pastor of St. Matthew’s. “Every time I walked in here, I imagined the echo of kids’ laughter, the bouncing of a ball, the swooshing of net, and how wonderful it will be to have kids filling this Rec Center.”

The 18,000 square-foot two-story Recreation Center houses a court/fieldhouse, indoor walking/running track, universal workout room, tumble room for toddlers and Newman Lounge, designed by the architectural firm, Doyle & Coffin Architecture and developed by Lecher Development.

“This building began as Msgr.’s dream, but it has become ours,” Father Couture wrote. “You and I have adopted it as our own dream, and it will be all of our legacy as a parish.”

(For more information, visit: www.stmatthewnorwalk.org/recreation-center)