St. Pius X Couple Serving as St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshals

BRIDGEPORT—David and Ann Marie Curtin, of Fairfield, the great-grandchildren of Irish immigrants, are serving as Grand Marshals for the 2018 Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Parade set for Friday, March 16, 12 pm in downtown Bridgeport.

St. Patrick’s Day observance will formally begin when the Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, celebrates Mass at 8 am at St. Augustine Cathedral.

Love for creation and spirit of simplicity draws men and women to Secular Franciscans

FAIRFIELD—Almost 800 years after Francis of Assisi followed the voice of Christ to rebuild his Church, men and women are still responding to the call and entering the Secular Franciscan Order.

Three new members were recently professed during a ceremony at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fairfield. There are also Franciscan fraternities in Darien and Danbury.


Curial Day of Service!

St. Ann Third Grade – Students in St. Ann’s School in Black Rock were visited by Catholic Center employees who read them stories, worked on Math problems and and talked about writing. In the photo above, boys and girls inMrs. Baldwin’s Third Grade class enjoy hearing about how Fairfield County Catholic is put together each month!

Students Raise Awareness for Long Island Sound

STRATFORD—Students at St. Mark School in Stratford, grades kindergarten through sixth, have begun preparations for their entries into the New England Science and Sailing (NESS), 2018 Long Island Sound drawing contest. Winners of the contest will get their drawing published in the annual NESS “Long Island Sound & Its Watershed” calendar sponsored by the Dominion Foundation.

Presidents respond to students’ letters

TRUMBULL—This year, the middle school and fourth grade students at St. Theresa School honored those who dedicated their lives to our nation on Veterans Day. This is the third year that the students had been involved in the project, which was initiated by middle school theology teacher John Agostino. The students dedicated a large portion of their day to learning about our nation’s veterans.

SHU Journey: Summer Youth Institute

FAIRFIELD – Sacred Heart University Journey is a six-day residential summer experience of faith education, self-discovery and enjoyment for high school students who want to develop a better understanding of faith in their life, develop their ability to become a leader in their Church and school, deepen their self-awareness and develop a greater sense of direction and purpose in their life, Read More ››

Join St. Vincent’s for a Lenten Homily Series “Becoming Godlike: Growing in Godliness”

BRIDGEPORT—St. Vincent’s Medical Center invites the community to join us for a Lenten Spirituality series sponsored by St. Vincent’s Spiritual Care Department.

Chaplain Fr. Al Forlano will incorporate insights on “Becoming Godlike: Growing in Godliness” into his homilies during the 12 Noon weekday Mass at the hospital on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from March 5-21.

Smiles for the thanks

BROOKFIELD—During Catholic Schools Week, students at St. Joseph School Brookfield wrote letters of appreciation for the local Police and Fire departments. Cate, Michael, and Clare Conlon delivered the letters to the police department the weekend of February 17 and were greeted with some big smiles!

Lenten Action: Congressional Call-In Campaign

Please participate in the Call-in Day to Congress on Monday, February 26, 2018! Your advocacy is critical to help the nearly 1.8 million Dreamers, young people who were brought into the United States by their parents as children. They may face deportation as soon as March 6, unless Congress reaches a bi-partisan deal to protect them. Please follow these easy steps to help:


Notre Dame Students Hold Memorial for Parkland Shooting Victims

FAIRFIELD—On Wednesday, February 21, Notre Dame High School in Fairfield observed the one week anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. During Advisory, students had the opportunity to reflect and share their thoughts about the tragedy and discuss ways in which Notre Dame could continue to make their community safer each day.



NORWALK—This year St. Philip Parish, in collaboration with Catholic Relief Services, will be hosting a FOODFAST fundraiser, Saturday, February 24 from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm. The theme for this year is “Be the Change” and our day will kick off with a peace march and reflections from Mayor Harry Rilling and Senator Bob Duff.

National Call-in Day for Dreamers

WASHINGTON—Late last week, the Senate failed to achieve the 60 votes needed to move forward with debate on legislation to provide relief to Dreamers. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB President; Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, USCCB Vice President; and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Read More ››

Spirituality of Oscar Romero

WHAT: The Curtis Center at Sacred Heart University presents “The Liberation Spirituality of Oscar Romeo” with Michael Lee.

WHO: Michael Lee is an associate professor of theology with affiliation in Fordham’s Latin America and Latino Studies Institute. Lee will explore the life, writing and preaching of the slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero.

Bringing the world to Jesus

BRIDGPORT— “Bring the world to Jesus one person at a time,” Bishop Frank Caggiano told more than 250 children, teenagers and adults in the RCIA program, who recently celebrated the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion—a ceremony that began their final preparation toward full communion with the Catholic Church.


Synod Update: Building a Bridge to the Future

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano is challenging all of us in the Diocese of Bridgeport to renew, rethink, reengage, and rejuvenate our personal faith and our institutions (parishes, schools, diocesan offices). Through the Fourth Diocesan Synod, more than 350 delegates from a broad cross-section of the diocese spent a year examining the landscape and challenges facing the diocese Read More ››

Fifth Encuentro Launched Yesterday at St. Mary’s

A few months after Pope Francis revived the expression “Missionary Discipleship” in his encyclical letter “The Joy of the Gospel,” a fresh wave of missionary initiatives came over the Church throughout the world. In our country, this wave is at the core of a remarkable missionary effort that is slowly being implemented through the Office of Cultural Diversity of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Read More ››

Pope: Lent is time to notice God’s work

ROME—Lent is a time for Christians to get their hearts in sync with the heart of Jesus, Pope Francis said.

“Let the Lord heal the wounds of sin and fulfill the prophecy made to our fathers: ‘A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh,'” Read More ››

Trinity Catholic High School Announces “The Learning Academy”

STAMFORD – Trinity Catholic High School is pleased to announce the opening of The Learning Academy at Trinity Catholic High School. Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2018 academic year. The concept for the program originated with the collaborative work and research done by Tony Pavia, former Principal at Stamford High School, New Canaan High School and Trinity Catholic, Robin Pavia, Read More ››

Beginning Our Lenten Journey

BRIDGEPORT—Journey through Lent with the help of Lenten resources compiled by the diocesan Leadership Institute. According to Patrick Donovan, the Lenten resources include a checklist for Lenten practices, FAQs about Lent, Fasting resources, and other guidance to deepen your spiritual life and immerse yourself in the Lenten season.

Hayes: Nurturing Freedom of Expression

Over the last week, you may have heard that we at Sacred Heart Greenwich have been thinking a lot about stickers, banners and buttons. We’re not planning a political campaign. Rather, we’ve been debating — under the intense glare of press scrutiny and social media conversation — such important issues as freedom of expression, diversity of thought and mutual respect.

St. Mary’s Church Dedicates Shrine

NORWALK—Oysters, with their mottled shells, succulent flesh and hard-won pearls, encapsulate the spirit of Norwalk.

At least they do for Rev. Richard Cipolla, the pastor of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church—and given the city’s rich oystering tradition, it’s likely others agree. So when the time came to dedicate the shrine for Our Lady of Norwalk at the church on Wednesday evening, it was only fitting to celebrate with an oyster reception.

Educators Excited About New Learning Model

BROOKFIELD—St. Joseph School, Brookfield will begin a personalized multi-age instructional model beginning in September, 2018. This model, proposed by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano involves individualized learning plans that engage each student at his/her knowledge and skill level based on how he/she learns best. This creative approach is something Saint Joseph School’s teachers are quite familiar with and are excited to employ on a larger scale.