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The Courage to Speak!

FAIRFIELD– The Courage to Speak Foundation Presentation Ginger and Larry Katz, Co-Founders of the Courage to Speak® Foundation will be speaking at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, 545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield on Thursday, October 19th at 6:30 PM in the Parish Hall.
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September Concert

DARIEN—St. Thomas More Church, Darien hosts Men En Masse in September. Join us on Saturday, September 16 at 7:30 pm for an evening of music with Men En Masse, the summer men’s chorus from Connecticut Chamber Choir, conducted by Galen Tate.

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Concert in Stamford

STAMFORD—Come hear Krista Adams-Santilli with Frank Mastrone and Friends in Concert on September 16 at 6:30 pm at Sacred Heart Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford. Tickets are $50 per person. For Information and tickets call 203.968.1234

Polka Mass

FAIRFIELD—Holy Cross Church, at 750 Tahmore Drive, across from Lake Mohegan, Fairfield is having its annual picnic starting with a Polka Mass at 11 am on Sunday September 10. Live entertainment by the Polka Quads of Pennsylvania will start at Noon and run throughout the day.

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Malta House in Norwalk to Hold Annual Benefit Concert: “The Midtown Men”

NORWALK—Malta House, a residence in East Norwalk for homeless pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children, will hold a benefit concert featuring the acclaimed “The Midtown Men” on Saturday, September 30, at 8 pm at The Palace in Stamford. Tickets are on sale now through The Palace website, https://palacestamford.org. A reception for VIP ticket holders starting at 6 pm will be held in the second-floor lounge, and includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Columbus Park Trattoria, as well as premium concert seating. VIP tickets are $150, and are on sale now at www.maltahouse.org/events/.

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Catholic Conference for Men to Feature Author Raymond Arroyo of EWTN News

HARTFORD—Award-winning journalist and best-selling author Raymond Arroyo of EWTN News will be the keynote speaker at the 10th annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference on October 21.

The day-long program, which will be held at St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol, will also include presentations by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Tim Staples, director of apologetics and evangelization at Catholic Answers, Fr. Glenn Sudano, CFR, one of the original eight founders of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, and James Wahlberg, executive director of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, which he founded with his brother, actor Mark Wahlberg. Musician and evangelist Marty Rotella will serve as master of ceremonies.

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A “Social Night of Service” to benefit New Covenant Center

STAMFORD—A year ago last June, New Covenant Center (NCC) in Stamford launched the first “Social Night of Service”—a unique volunteer event targeted to young adults.

One night a month these 20 to 30-somethings rolled up their sleeves and cooked 150 meals for our Cafe guests while socializing and getting to know each other. Even though they are chopping, slicing and dicing—they have fun in the process. If you’d like to know more about Social Night of Service, contact Ellen McGinness at emcginness@ccfc-ct.org.

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Dodgeball Anyone?

Stay tuned for more information on the Cardinal Shehan Center’s 12th Annual Dodge Ball Tournament which will be held on Tuesday, July 11 at InSports Centers, 29 Trefoil Drive, Trumbull! All proceeds benefit our After School and Saturday Program.
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Dinner with a Cause Features Building 1 Community

RIVERSIDE—Dinner with a Cause sponsored by the St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Riverside, Social Justice Committee features Building 1 Community (formerly Neighbor’s Link Stamford) on Thursday, May 18. Catalina Horak, executive director, will explain its mission to bring people together to help immigrants and their families succeed in the community. 6:30 pm light supper; 7:15–8:30 presentation. Free will offering. For more info or to RSVP, call 203.637.3661, ext 310, and your name, phone number and number in your party.

Spring Fling

DANBURY—What a better way to celebrate Spring joining Catholic Charities in celebrating 10 years of service to the hungry and homeless of Northern Fairfield County! Drinks, food, and dancing all in celebration of 300,000 meals served to those most in need. Join in the fun and the good work, or honor someone who has contributed. Click here for more info!

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s and St. Joseph’s Day!

STRATFORD—Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Stratford celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 with a traditional Irish buffet and also honored St. Joseph’s Day with a dessert of Zeppoli.

“A sing along, story telling, Irish and Italian music, decorations created by the Religious Education students and the parish raffle rounded out the evening. The event was organized by the Parish Task Force members.
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

BRIDGEPORT—Catholic schools students throughout the greater Bridgeport area participated in last Friday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Bridgeport. The students proudly paraded their school spirit as they marched through downtown Bridgeport. Hundreds turned out for the parade. The day for many area Catholics also began with Mass at St. Augustine Cathedral.

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A Journey Through Soul

STAMFORD—This year Trinity Catholic High School launched a Black History Month celebration with the theme, “A Journey Through Soul.” All month long teachers have been celebrating Black History through various lessons and activities.

February 28 was a special day, bringing the entire school community together to share in “A Journey Through Soul.”
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The Notre Dame Update (3/3/2017)

Notre Dame High School will be celebrating our 60th Anniversary (click this story to watch the video) on March 11 at Sacred Heart University. As the first Diocesan high school, this is a very exciting and special time for our school. The 60th Anniversary Celebration is a time for our school community – parents, faculty, alumni, and friends – to celebrate Notre Dame’s past and exciting future.

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Knights of Columbus Host Charity Talk

In 1817 the Sisters of Charity were sent by Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton to her native city of New York to care for orphans. The Sisters soon reached out to meet other needs in education, health care and social services, offering “every service in their power.” Their circle of care widened to include one immigrant group after another as New York expanded.

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I Phone Fast! Will u?

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The Archdiocese of Hartford is recording a “first” this year by inviting people to “fast” from using cell phones on Ash Wednesday, March 1st, and Good Friday, April 14th. The initiative in an initiative called: “I Phone Fast!” and it has the blessing of Archbishop Leonard Blair.

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Catholic Underground Tonight

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On Saturday, February 11, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will lead the participants of Catholic Underground in a Eucharistic Holy Hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, including praise and worship, prayerful silence, and the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

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ACA Comes to New Canaan

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More than 85 guests turned out for the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) kick off reception held at New Canaan Country Club. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and ACA chair couple Steve nod Elena Schlegel greeted the men and women who came by to celebrate the Appeal and learn more about the ministries it supports.

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Christmas Crèche on the Green

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Braving the rain members of St. John XXIII Council 5987 of the Knights of Columbus Monroe joined by St. Jude parishioners blessed the council’s Creche that was placed on the Monroe town green. Council Chaplain Msgr. Dariusz Zielonka, pastor of St. Jude, performed the blessing.

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We Have Mary’s Intercession to Help Us

Bishop Caggiano’s reflection on Our Lady
Today is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We remember the unique grace received by Mary at her birth- to be conceived without original sin- so as to become the new Eve through which the Savior of the world could enter into our world and become our Redeemer and Savior.

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Night in a Box

On November 19, 36 teens from St Jerome Parish in Norwalk gathered for the parish’s fourth annual Night in a Box event. Night in a Box is a homeless awareness project in which TOTAL, the St. Jerome youth group, raises money and collects toiletries for the Open Door Shelter in Norwalk.

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Closing of the Holy Door this Sunday

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The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy will conclude on Sunday, November 20, 9:30 am one the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, when Bishop Frank J. Caggiano celebrates Mass and presides over with the solemn closing of the Holy Door at St. Augustine Cathedral. All are welcome to attend.

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Harry Connick, Jr., to Perform at Inner-City Benefit

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Harry Connick, Jr., will perform at the 25th Annual Benefit Dinner for the Inner- City Foundation for Charity & Education on November 1 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich. The annual benefit provides critical funding for the charity’s support of programs serving the neediest adults and children in Fairfield County. This year marks the charity’s 25th annual benefit dinner.

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