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TRUMBULL- St. Catherine of Siena Parish will present a concert on April 2 at 7 pm, featuring “Les sept paroles du Christ sur la croix” by Charles Gounod, sung by eight guest singers and conducted by St. Catherine’s Director of Sacred Music & Organist, Katrina Keat.

The concert will feature meditations on each of the seven last words of Christ throughout.

The concert will be held at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 220 Shelton Road, Trumbull on April 2 at 7 pm. It will also be livestreamed. The event is free and open to all. Please join the parish for this prayerful and meditative event as we head into Holy Week.

FAIRFIELD- Join Sacred Heart University in welcoming Father Dan Horan, OFM, for an installment of its continued Contemporary Catholic Conversation series.

The lecture is titled “Understanding the impacts of whiteness: Laying the foundation for an antiracist spirituality.”

Appetizers will be served. For more information, please contact Ami Neville (nevillea@sacredheart.edu).

STAMFORD—On Friday, March 3, the Irish-American Cultural Society of Stamford (IACSOS) will be hosting the Grand Marshal’s Dinner for the 2023 Stamford St. Patrick’s Day Parade. 

This year’s Grand Marshal will be Sergeant Patrick Loughran, a 30-plus year veteran of the Stamford Police Department, long-time Ancient Order of Hibernians member, and parishioner of Christ the King Parish in Trumbull.

Additionally, the Cingari family will be honored that evening for their generation-spanning impact on the Stamford community, including their generous contributions to the Food Bank through their Grade A ShopRite stores.

The Grand Marshal’s Dinner will be held at Serafina at the Italian Center, beginning at 6 pm. The Parade will be held the following day on Saturday, March 4 at 2 pm in downtown Stamford. Those interested in purchasing dinner tickets, or getting involved as a volunteer should contact Michael Feighan by email at StamfordSPDP@gmail.com.

With participation from more than 80 community marching units, pipe bands, dancers and school organizations, the parade is Stamford’s premier spring event and is the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in Fairfield County. The parade and its associated events are run by the IACSOS which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

BRIDGEPORT– Dove Award winning, singer-songwriter, and contemporary Christian musician Mark Schultz coming to Connecticut for a concert at Fairfield University’s Quick Center on May 5, 7 pm.

The contemporary Christian music artist has ten #1 hit singles and has sold more than 2 million records in a career that has spanned two decades.

The concert will benefit Malta House, of Norwalk, which provides a home for pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths, in Norwalk, and the Respect for Life and other ministries of St. Francis Parish in Weston.

The performance will include two 45 minutes sets with a 30-minute intermission.

“Mark Schulz has crafted a powerful music ministry. His music speaks of faith, family and home and his songs will uplift and inspire all those attend,” said Deacon Stephen Hodson, who is coordinating the concert. “Mark has a remarkable life story that he shares powerfully in song that resonates in so many lives.”

Schultz will be playing new music along with his many hits including He’s My Son, I Am, and Remember Me. For more on his songs, visit: https://markschultzmusic.com/

Adopted at the age of two weeks old, and raised by loving parents, singer/songwriter Mark Schultz grew up in Colby, KS. Although he enjoyed great success in high school sports such as track and football, Schultz’ musical talents outshone his athletic strengths. He soon moved to Nashville; however, instead of fulfilling his aspirations of a career in music, Schultz ended up in youth ministry. His position as a youth leader at First Presbyterian Church served to inspire the young songwriter, causing him to write songs about people in the congregation. Weekly concerts featuring Schultz drew crowds. After continued concerts, including a benefit concert he organized at the Ryman Auditorium, Schultz signed with Myrrh Records and released his self-titled debut album in 2000.

He has garnered accolades like Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Album of the Year and has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, Extreme Home Makeover, and CNN’s Morning Edition. In 2007 Mark partnered with Family Christian Stores and the James Fund to help raise awareness and support for orphans by riding his bicycle across the country from California to Maine, doing 14 concerts along the way and raising $250,000. “It was the single greatest thing that I’ve done in my career,” he says, “And it awoke a passion in me to share my story and be a champion for others.”

That summer tour has led to Schultz doing more than 200 benefit concerts for crisis pregnancy centers and adoption agencies across the country. Mark’s hit single, “Everything to Me,” a song about his life and gratitude to his birth mother, was the centerpiece for Bethany Christian Services ministry to expectant mothers. “I wanted to write a song for birth mothers, so that they could hear how grateful I am to my own birth mom and how she made the choice to give me life.”

Recently, Mark and his wife Kate, who have two boys, Ryan and Gus, adopted two daughters, Maia Mae and Ebby Lou. “It’s amazing for me to be on this side of adoption,” says Schultz. “This love that I have for my daughters is like nothing else I’ve ever experienced. We have a very special bond.”

About Malta House
Malta House is an independent 501c 3 non-profit organization in Norwalk, Conn. committed to promoting the dignity of God-given life by providing a nurturing home environment, support services and independent living skills to pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children. It is the only transitional living program in the state where a mom can stay with her baby for long-term support and a “hand-up” as she journeys to independence and hope. Since opening its doors in 1998, Malta House has welcomed over 700 mothers and babies to the home. For more info: https://www.maltahouse.org Anyone who would like to donate a ticket to a Malta House resident an contact: https://www.osvhub.com/stfrancisweston/giving/funds/mark-schultz-concert-benefit

About St. Francis Parish Ministries: https://www.stfrancisweston.org/ministry

There will be a pre-sale opportunity beginning on February 21st with regular ticket sales commencing on March 1st.

TICKETS: Tickets are $50 general seating & $60 premium https://quickcenter.fairfield.edu/Call 203-254-4010

WESTON—St. Francis of Assisi Parish will host the Vatican International Exhibit of Eucharistic Miracles created by Bl. Carlo Acutis from Wednesday, February 15 to Sunday, February 19, at 35 Norfield Road, Weston.

With an extensive assortment of photographs and historical description, the exhibition created by Bl. Carlo, who passed away at the age of 15,  presents some of the principal Eucharistic miracles that took place through the ages in various countries of the world.  By means of 187 panels, visitors can virtually visit the places where the miracles took place.

A full schedule of events has been planned for the parish exhibition and includes key miracle exhibits, Veneration of Blessed Carlo’s first class relic, and a talk on Bl. Carlo, set for Sunday February 19, at noon.

“Bl. Carlo Acutis did not strive to become famous,  but rather to cooperate with God’s graces as generously as possible,” said Deacon Steven Hodson of St. Francis Parish. “That journey brought him many experiences that were united by a burning desire to serve God and others.”

A first class relic is part of the person’s physical body . Miracles of healing and conversion are often association with veneration of relics.

Carlo Acutis, who was born in England and raised in Italy, was an ordinary teenager with a special love for Jesus. He played soccer, enjoyed computer games and doing practical jokes. He was declared blessed on October 10, 2020 after a miracle in Brazil was attributed to his intercession, and in a short time, he has earned the nicknames of “God’s influencer,” “Cyber- apostle of the Eucharist” and the “First Millennial Saint.”

As an amateur computer programmer, Acutis was able to catalog the miracles before he died, and they can be found on a website he designed—www. miracolieucaristici.org. The website has been translated into 17 languages, including Vietnamese and Swahili.

He died of leukemia in 2006 at 15, and his body was interred at Assisi. It was later exhumed and put in a tomb in the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore in Assisi, where he is dressed in jeans, a track suit jacket and sneakers. His heart, which is considered a relic after his beatification, is in a reliquary in the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

Pope Francis has called Acutis a model of holiness in the digital age and suggested that his use of the computer resembles the efforts of the first disciples who traveled on foot to bring the Good News of Christ to people.  He said Acutis is a role model for young people today, who are victims of “self-absorption, isolation and empty pleasure.”

“Carlo was well-aware that the whole apparatus of communications, advertising and social net- working can be used to lull us, to make us addicted to consumerism and buying the latest thing on the market, obsessed with our free time, caught up in negativity,” the pope wrote. “Yet he knew how to use the new communications technology to transmit the Gospel, to communicate values and beauty.”  (The above information on the life of Blessed Carlo was taken from a story written by Joe Pisani after interviewing Fran Bifulco of Monroe for the January 2022 Fairfield County Catholic.)

For more information on the Vatican International Exhibit of Eucharistic Miracles at St. Francis Parish,  contact Diana McHugh at 203-227-1341 or Deacon Steven Hodson at 203-260-1369.

Exhibition Times at St. Francis ParishWednesday, February 15 from 8-10 am and 6-8 amThursday, February 16 from 8-10 am and 6-8 pmFriday, February 17 from 8-10 am and 6-8 pmSaturday, February 18 from 10 am-noon and 6-8 pmSunday, February 19 from 9 am-1 pm

Presentation on Bl. Carlo and Key Exhibit Miracles: Sunday, February 19 at noon

Veneration of Bl. Carlo’s first class relicSaturday, February 18 from 10 am-noon and 6-8 pmSunday, February 19 from 9-9:20 am and 12:30-2 pm

Weekend Mass timesSaturday, February 18: 5 pmSunday: 8 am, 9:30 am and 11 am

In my early years, I loved school. At summer’s end, I anticipated the quest for perfect school supplies and the promise of new shoes, new books, and the smell of fresh paint in classrooms with uncommon enthusiasm. After school, I would often come home and play school with my siblings who, to their credit, humored me and played along.

Fortunately for them, I no longer corral them into this since I have been blessed with the opportunity to channel this enthusiasm more productively by spending my life as a teacher.

I remember my Catholic school years as a happy blur of school plays, field trips (Radio City Music Hall! The Bronx Zoo!), student council elections, student newspapers, class Masses for special occasions, glitter and felt art projects (it was the 70s and 80s), a May crowning, Christmas parties, poetry contests, the smell of mimeograph machine ink, birthday parties, prayers over the public address system, volleyball (much volleyball) in gym class, candy sales, library hour, spelling bees, science fairs—and lots of plaid.

Certainly, there were also misadventures, dramas, cliques and competition. School is, in all ways good and bad, the prelude to adult life.

As I look back on those days, I appreciate them more. While my memories swirl around the events of those years, it is the people my heart most cherishes with gratitude.

Thanks … to the sisters in the religious communities who served my school and so many others. When I was in school, I could already see that your ranks were shrinking in number. Yet, the legacy that you and your elder sisters built was a cherished bequest to Church and country. At a time when women in the United States could not vote, or hold most jobs, or, often, not even own property, you began to build and run a network of schools that, at its peak, educated well over five million students in 13,000 schools.

As a group, you built something far beyond what many of the most sophisticated entrepreneurs could ever imagine. As individuals, you gave your lives to serve God by serving us. I know now, looking back, that teaching was the vocation within your vocation. As the beneficiary of that, I am so grateful that my school was possible—and affordable to my parents—because teaching was your labor of love. Almost 40 years after I sat in my first grade class, the sister who taught me to read remembered the details of my very first science fair project—a sundial made of cardboard, a pencil and a spool of thread. That was the memory of someone for whom a lifetime teaching first graders is not a mere job. To her, it lay at the heart of life itself.

Thanks… to the lay teachers who joined in this labor. I know that your salaries were often lower than those of your peers. Without this sacrifice from both you and your families, so many schools could not have thrived as they did. You brought your enthusiasm, dedication, faithful witness, and love. My heart has ached for you in recent years when too many of your schools have closed and you have had to move on—sometimes more than once—from the places where you had served for decades or where you were just beginning to thrive.

Thanks … to pastors who supported their parish schools for so long, and who continue to support Catholic education in the new models of our time. I see the many ways in which a school enlivens and enriches the life of a parish and its mission of evangelization. Yet I know that a school also brings with it the woes of bulging budgets and broken boilers, expenses and exasperations, complaints and costs. So, many thanks for the hard work of passing on the legacy of faith and reason to your youngest parishioners in whatever ways you could, then and now.

Thanks… to parents like mine, and so many others, who saved what they could to pay for Catholic school when it was possible. For so many, this took funds that they could have used for good things they chose to forego. I remember each month in elementary school, the family tuition check was brought to school by the oldest sibling. As a middle child, I only had this responsibility for two years. But, even then, I knew that this—along with the hours they spent volunteering in the classroom, tracking down obscure ingredients for science projects and buying the candy I could not sell—was a gift from my hard working parents.

Thanks … to donors and benefactors who today quietly pass along that same gift to the children in their families or, with special generosity, to the children of strangers they will never meet. When challenges to Church, country, and world seem so great, the gift of an education in faith, wisdom and hope is truly one that keeps on giving.

The world of Catholic education has changed so much, so quickly. Parish schools have grown scarcer than they were when I was a child, and new models are springing up to pass along an ancient faith in ways ever new. I pray that generations who come after me will have their own happy memories of years in which the wonders of both faith and knowledge unfold for them. As for me, I am grateful for all who gave me my school days in ordinary times.

In Catholic Schools Week, may God bless all who share in this great enterprise of faith, hope and love!

By Lucia A. Silecchia
Lucia A. Silecchia is a Professor of Law and Associate Dean for faculty Research at the Catholic University of America. “On Ordinary Times” is a biweekly column reflecting on the ways to find the sacred in the simple. Email her at silecchia@cua.edu.

Originally published by Our Sunday Vistor News. To read the original story, click here.

WASHINGTON—Not in Washington for the 2023 March for Life? Have no fear. Pro-life advocates from around the country can mark the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision by virtually participating in events being held in the nation’s capital in conjunction with the national march.

The opening and closing Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life on January 19 and 20 in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will be livestreamed at www.nationalshrine.org/mass.

An all-new morning rally, Life Fest, sponsored by the Sisters of Life and the Knights of Columbus, takes place January 20 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. EST and can be followed at www.lifefest2023.com.

The National Prayer Vigil for Life is hosted by the National Shrine, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-life Activities and the Catholic University of America’s Office of Campus Ministry.

The vigil “is a time to praise God for the great gift of the recent Supreme Court Dobbs decision, overturning the tragic Roe v. Wade decision made almost a half-century ago,” said Kat Talalas, assistant director of pro-life communications at the USCCB.

In its June 24 ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the court reversed its prior jurisprudence in its Roe decision, which had declared abortion a constitutional right.

“State and federal legislators are now free to embrace policies that protect preborn children and their mothers,” Talalas said in a statement. “Yet, there is still a great need for prayer and advocacy from the faithful, as there will be intensified efforts to codify Roe in legislation and policies at the state and federal levels.”

Life Fest is a three-hour rally taking place ahead of the National March for Life at the 4,200-seat Entertainment & Sports Arena in Washington. The welcome begins at 7:30 a.m. (EST), and the event will feature speakers, music, Mass and Eucharistic adoration.

The speakers include Sister Bethany Madonna of the Sisters of Life; Sister Mary Casey, who also is a Sister of Life, and her twin, Casey, who has Down syndrome; David Scotton, who was placed for adoption after his birth mother left an Indiana abortion clinic in 1993; and Tricia and Pete DeMaios, who work to educate people about the suffering inflicted by abortion by sharing their own story about abortion and the toll it took.

Singer and guitarist Father Isaiah Hofmann, a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal, and worship leader and songwriter Sarah Kroger will perform for the crowd.

In a December 20 news release announcing the inaugural event, the Sisters of Life and the Knights of Columbus said their hope is Life Fest will “inspire and educate a new generation on the next steps for a new spirituality of love and life, one foundational to building a culture of life in the post-Dobbs era.”

“We see a profound opportunity to build the culture of life in a new way,” said Sister Maris Stella, a Sister of Life. “We want to serve the church in her most urgent need — that of the cause of human life, sharing the good news of God’s plan for life and love.”

Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly called the end of Roe “a crucial milestone, but we should not mistake the ruling as the end of abortion. The fight to protect life will now evolve at the state level but a united stand before national lawmakers is still essential.”

Kelly noted that 50 years ago the Knights helped launch the National March for Life, which has become “the largest annual human rights demonstration in the world.”

A March for Life Rally begins at noon on the National Mall, followed by the March for Life along Constitution Avenue to the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building. The March for Life organization will livestream the rally via Facebook and its YouTube channel.

Music for Youth presents “Sunday Studio Series” at St. Catherine of Siena on January 29, 2023 at 2:00pm.

Join us for an afternoon of informal and diverse performances presented by young artists sharing their joy of music! Admission is free and open to the public.

All musicians can register to perform by scanning the QR code found on this flyer below.

Contact Michelle Lin at musicforyouthct@gmail.com for more information. Learn more about Music for Youth by visiting their website at musicforyouth.net.

Music for Youth

From Steve Lee & the Veritas team:

With the passing of Pope Benedict XVI, we are airing some special programming this week. Other than the changes below, the rest of the schedule will air as usual.

Wednesday, January 4
12:00pm – in lieu of Let Me Be Frank, we will air EWTN’s Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Special live from Rome. (On next week’s Let Me Be Frank, Bishop Caggiano will reflect on the life of this incredible man.)

Thursday, January 5
3:00am – Funeral Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI live from Rome.
11:00am – The Front Line with Joe & Joe featuring Michael O’Neill will air in place of Women of Grace.
12:00pm – Memorial Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI live from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

We were so blessed to have Pope Benedict XVI. Please continue to pray for his soul. Requiescat in pace.

Visit Veritas Radio at https://www.veritascatholic.com/

Stratford, CT — Although people still decorate Christmas trees, hang holiday lights and exchange gifts, there’s one old December tradition that has almost vanished: Christmas caroling. However, there was a joyful song ringing throughout Stratford Sunday night as St. Mark carolers went door-to-door, singing Christmas songs, and bringing good cheer to residents.

Over 60 attendees, made up of students, parents, family and friends, gathered in the St. Mark School gymnasium to prepare for an inspiring and joyful song-filled evening. The group, wearing Santa hats and red scarves, visited residents of Oronoque Village and made their way through streets knocking on doors and singing to residents.
The carolers were thanked with warm glowing smiles and offers of cider, hot chocolate and cookies.

This year marks the second consecutive year the St. Mark School HSA Fathers Committee conducted its annual caroling event. Director of Religious Education, Patricia Nettleton, joined the group this year as guest Master of Ceremony. She guided the children through a fun-filled version of Frosty the Snowman and inspired everyone to praise the birth of our Savior with Oh Come All Ye Faithful.

“The days of promenading through a neighborhood, harmonizing as families open their doors in welcome, are mostly a memory,” shared Charlie Huda, a St. Mark dad and one of the organizers of the event. “As parents, it is a blessing to be able to share this tradition with our children.”

Co-organizer Mike Aloi added, “Music truly warms the soul and can put anyone in the holiday spirit and remind them of the true meaning of Christmas.”

RIVERSIDE—On the night of Christmas, the darkness in which the shepherds and people of Bethlehem lived was illuminated by the message of an angel: “Do not be afraid: behold, I announce to you a great joy…”

If we just pause for a moment and look at the reality we are living, we may realize how there is thirst and hunger to receive a message of joy. Come and take the journey like the shepherds of Bethlehem to discover the source of Joy that is missing in our lives.

The Parish of St. Catherine of Siena-St. Agnes will host “Joy Without Measure,” an evening for Advent reflection, at St. Catherine Church on December 20 at 7 pm.

The parish will host special guest Father Enzo Del Brocco, CP. Father Del Brocco is a Passionist priest and a well-known preacher who has given several retreats and workshops in English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Haitian Creole. During his time as Provincial Superior in Italy, he worked with the Community of Sant’Egidio in one of the peripheries of Naples with the disabled and marginalized.

In January 2014, he joined Father Rick Frechette, founder of the St. Luke Foundation, in Haiti and worked with the marginalized in the slums of Cite Soleil, serving as chaplain of the St. Luke Hospital and doing pastoral outreach towards the remote areas of the country. He was particularly involved in Haiti during the hurricane relief in 2016 and was also involved in the recent 2021 earthquake relief.

The parish will also offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the Joy Without Measure event. Come and join them for an evening of Advent reflection this week!

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