FAIRFIELD—Notre Dame High School in Fairfield has begun its annual 26 Acts of Kindness campaign. Begun in the days following the tragedy in Sandy Hook in 2012, the campaign designates one act of kindness each school day over a six week period while remembering the lives Read More ››
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FAIRFIELD—On Friday, November 9, over 550 volunteers – representing the student body, faculty, staff, administration and parents – from Notre Dame High School in Fairfield will be in the local community completing the school’s annual Service Day. The 2018 event marks the school’s 10th anniversary of the Read More ››
STAMFORD—Last Sunday more than 200 youth, young adult and adult facilitators made the celebration of the Spirit that is Rain Down come alive with their enthusiasm, servant hearts, engaged worship and deep reverence! Ignited and inspired by keynote artist and speaker, Tony Melendez, we accepted the Read More ››
STAMFORD—The 177 Project is coming to the Diocese of Bridgeport on Friday, November 9 to the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in Stamford.
“The Basilica Parish is excited to host the 177 Project in its effort to spread and promote devotion to the Blessed Sacrament through Read More ››
Each week, beginning in mid-October and continuing until the first Sunday of Advent, The Leadership Institute will publish a series of articles that will be distributed at all parishes in the Diocese of Bridgeport as we await Bishop Caggiano’s promulgation of the Revised Liturgical Norms.
An intro to each article and Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Join Sacred Heart University at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit on Wednesday, November 7 at 2 pm for its annual Kristallnacht Commemoration and listen to the story of Holocaust survivor Judith Altmann.
Holocaust survivor Judith Altmann was arrested and transported to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School students will perform Thornton Wilder’s American classic Our Town on November 15, 16 and 17 and the public is invited to see this beloved show.
This Pulitzer Prize-winning play takes the audience to the fictional town of Grover’s Corners of the early 1900s, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—More than 1,000 people throughout the diocese attended the outdoor All Souls Day Masses held in six cemeteries today.
With a blustery autumn wind flapping the large white tents and maples trees lit by their fiery orange leaves, people joined in prayer for the repose of the Read More ››
DANBURY—The Division I Ice Hockey Team of Immaculate High School, in its final year as a co-op with New Fairfield High School, turned to the past to move into the future. Mike Bonelli, a USA Hockey Level 5 coach with high school and college coaching experience, Read More ››
SHELTON—Our priests and pastors are with us at life’s most memorable, inspiring and challenging moments and we keep them in our thoughts, prayers and hearts throughout the years. It was no exception on Saturday, September 15 to honor and celebrate Fr. Philip Brady’s 100th birthday.
An entourage of former Read More ››
NEWTOWN—St Rose of Lima Church hosted a film screening of Lessons from a School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane and a discussion, on October 22.
A description on the film’s website, lessonsfromaschoolshooting.com, explains, “Following the Peabody Award-winning Newtown documentary, Lessons from a School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane depicts Read More ››
My Brothers and Sisters in the Lord:
I write to you today to report the findings related to certain action items I communicated in my September 8, 2018 letter addressing the sexual abuse crisis as it has impacted our Diocese.
In my letter to the faithful, I announced Read More ››
Each week, beginning last Sunday and continuing until the first Sunday of Advent, The Leadership Institute will publish a series of articles that will be distributed at all parishes in the Diocese of Bridgeport as we await Bishop Caggiano’s promulgation of the Revised Liturgical Norms.
An intro to each article Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On Saturday, October 27, more than 150 people gathered for prayer at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport for Catholic Underground. Catholic Underground is a ministry started by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal that invites people to a time of Eucharistic Adoration including sung Vespers, or Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Many words have been said regarding the crime of sexual abuse of minors and the scandals that these crimes have produced, words that are needed to express our grief, anger and confusion. However, words alone are insufficient. The time for further action has come,” said Bishop Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“We’re not watering down formation by using digital methods,” said Rose-Talbot Babey, director of parish engagement for the Diocese of Bridgeport. “The expectation is still high.”
The Office of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Bridgeport hosted a “Quick Wins for Faith Formation” session on October 26, Read More ››
STAMFORD—Students at Trinity Catholic High School’s AP World History course will be embarking on an exciting new opportunity this school year.
As part of their coursework, students will be participating in the annual National History Day competition in the Senior division. National History Day is an academic Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—The Catholic Church and all its members must get better at listening to young people, taking their questions seriously, recognizing them as full members of the church, patiently walking with them and offering guidance as they discern the best way to live their faith, the Read More ››
STAMFORD—The fourth annual “Night of Unity” brought to Trinity an ecumenical evening of “immeasurably more” on Tuesday, October 23. The evening was filled to overflowing with inspiring talks by local pastors, moving and powerful testimonies and great music! Fr. Joseph Gill, TCHS chaplain and master of ceremonies for Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Following the tragic shooting this morning at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement calling for prayer and action to put an end to violence.
RIVERSIDE—This Sunday, Catholic Relief Services joined forces with the Social Justice Committee from St. Catherine of Siena Church (SCSC) in Riverside for an enlightening presentation by CRS’s Kevin Hartigan. Hartigan, based out of Cairo, has been with CRS for 28 years and is the Regional Director Read More ››
Part of a series on the Vatican Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, this is the fifth of Griffin Oleynick’s dispatches from Rome. Catch up on his first, second, third, and fourth pieces here. Check back soon for the final installment.
It was late on Sunday afternoon and I still hadn’t Read More ››
Rain or Shine – Outdoor Tents at all Locations
BRIDGEPORT—All Souls Day Mass will be celebrated in six cemeteries throughout the diocese on Friday, November 2, 11 am, rain or shine. The Masses, which will be offered for the repose of the souls of all the faithful Read More ››
DANBURY—Over 300 people came out to the Amber Room Colonnade on October 25 to support the programs and services of Catholic Charities of Northern Fairfield County, including Behavioral Health, Community Support Program, Family Loan Program, Homeless Outreach Team, Housing, Morning Glory Breakfast Program and New Heights. Read More ››
WESTPORT—Byron Pitts, Emmy award-winning journalist and author, enthralled a sold-out audience on October 11th at The Inn at Longshore helping to drive a record-setting fund-raising evening for Bridgeport based non-profit, Shepherds.
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary of “Changing Lives… One Student at a Time”, Shepherds drew a lively Read More ››
Each week, beginning this Sunday and continuing until the first Sunday of Advent, The Leadership Institute will publish a series of articles that will be distributed at all parishes in the Diocese of Bridgeport as we await Bishop Caggiano’s promulgation of the Revised Liturgical Norms.
An intro Read More ››
RIVERSIDE—The Social Justice Committee of St. Catherine of Siena Church and Catholic Relief Services are hosting Catholic Relief Services Regional Director for Europe and the Middle East, Kevin Hartigan on Sunday, October 28.
All are invited to his presentation after the 10:30 am Mass. The presentation will Read More ››
CHICAGO—From the time she was in first grade, Jaime Mitchell thought she might have a religious vocation. It was always in the back of her head, but she tried to sidestep Jesus all along the way.
“I pretty much knew I had a vocation, but I was Read More ››
ROME—Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut, has become one of the most closely watched American prelates at a time when the Church in the United States is in full crisis mode, making it perhaps unsurprising that he was the first bishop to raise the issue of Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Notre Dame Fairfield Girls’ Soccer celebrated the accomplishments of their Senior players on Saturday, October 20th before their last regular season home game against Norwich Free Academy. Prior to the game, the five seniors and their families were announced during a pre-game ceremony. Speeches were read Read More ››
ROME—Virtually everyone taking part in the Oct. 3-28 Synod of Bishops on young people has said that the presence of more than 30 young delegates inside the hall has altered the chemistry – it’s looser, more informal, more pumped-up, and above all, more raucous.
The young people, Read More ››
BROOKFIELD—Teacher Sarah Beck sits at a table in her classroom at St. Joseph’s with a handful of fifth—and sixth-graders, discussing subjects and predicates.
But across the room, other students are focused on different tasks. Some draw plot diagrams on their Chromebooks, while other students write personal narratives, Read More ››
Dear Parishioners of Saint Peter Parish,
I am writing to you this weekend to share some information regarding Father José Rebaque, S.A.C., who has served at Saint Peter’s since 2008, first as Parochial Vicar and, since July 2015, as Parochial Administrator. As you know, Father José has Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—The point of the Synod of Bishops on young people is not primarily to produce a document, but instead is to learn from Christ how to “bring God’s mercy into the world,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut, said in a homily at the Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Words of gratitude and humility set the tone for the dedication of the newly renamed Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality on Thursday, September 27, as a wall plaque was blessed and a specially commissioned oil portrait was unveiled. The painting bears the likenesses of the parents Read More ››
ROME- Enclosed is the 5-minute homily given by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano at the Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment:
My sisters and brothers in the Lord, how can one heal a broken heart? It seems like a strange, academic question, to ask. Yet, at Read More ››
REDDING—On October 12-14, hundreds of Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and their families from the Connecticut Yankee Council’s Pomperaug District converged on the John Sherman Hoyt Scout Reservation in Redding, CT for a weekend of fun and learning. Scouts camped & cooked in the woods, learned essential Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Those who read the four Gospels and understand the power of the messages each Gospel carries has the opportunity to grow more deeply in faith. There is, according to the late Benedictine monk, Fr. Bargil Pixner, a fifth Gospel. Whereas the first four record the life Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The norms, or rules, governing liturgical and sacramental practices in the Diocese of Bridgeport, will be revised over the next four years, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano announced.
“When we concluded the diocesan synod, one of the major initiatives which I confirmed was the need to revise the Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—“Other than faith,” Bishop Frank Caggiano reminisced, “the gifts of how I was raised and who I was raised by are the greatest gifts I have ever received in my life.”
“The most inspiring people in my life were my two parents, without a doubt,” Caggiano Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School’s Third Annual Scholarship Breakfast will be held on Thursday, November 15 at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury from 7:30-9 am. The event raises scholarship funds for deserving students whose parents choose to send their student to Immaculate High School but have difficulty Read More ››
TRUMBULL—St Joseph High School is thrilled to announce that Junior student, Cayden Porter, has been selected as a nominee for the 2018 Heart of a Giant Award, which recognizes and rewards Tri-State area high school football players who demonstrate an unparalleled work ethic and passion for the Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On a rainy day last May, I journeyed with seminarian Chris Ford on a bus trip to City Field to see the Mets take on the Toronto Blue Jays in an afternoon game. It rained all day and we watched the grounds crew every half inning Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Meet the seven people Pope Francis will officially recognize as saints of the Catholic Church on Sunday.
Below are brief biographies on each of their lives, as well as photos of each saint’s banner currently on display at the Vatican.
Blessed Pope Paul VI
Born Giovanni Battista Montini Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Carrying Pope Paul VI’s pastoral staff and wearing the blood-stained belt of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, Pope Francis formally recognized them, and five others, as saints of the Catholic Church.
Thousands of pilgrims from the new saints’ home countries — Italy, El Salvador, Spain Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—U.S. Court of Appeals Judge for the 3rd Circuit Thomas Hardiman said he is much more concerned about the cultural crisis in the country than any danger to the constitution based on current divisions and polarization.
Speaking to more than 100 legal professionals and others at the Read More ››
NORWALK—The Blessing of Animals has become a much anticipated and favorite tradition at St. Matthew Parish in Norwalk to commemorate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi and commend our beloved pets to the protection of our heavenly Father.
Beginning at 3 pm last Sunday (October7) in Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On Saturday, October 27, Catholic Underground will be held at St Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport beginning with a Holy Hour at 6:30 pm, followed by a concert with internationally-known musician and performer Tony Melendez.
Catholic Underground is a cultural apostolate of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal Read More ››
TRUMBULL—St. Catherine of Siena School, in Trumbull, welcomed home a graduate from the class of 1990, Commander Matthew Fanning, Commanding Officer of the USS Hartford. He has been serving in the Navy for 19 years. During this time he lived in Italy, Hawaii, Georgia, Virginia as Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—These days, one is hard-pressed to find people who speak positively about social media. In fact, a quick Google search of the term “social media” brings about doom-and-gloom articles discussing how social media have brought about the ruin of our institutions, turned us into antisocial scrollers Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School has enjoyed impressive growth in enrollment over the last few years. With a strong academic reputation as well as a thriving athletics program, the influx of talented student-athletes has resulted in recent State championships in boys basketball and girls track, SWC Championships for Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Procuring an abortion is wrong, inhumane and like hiring a hit man “to fix a problem,” Pope Francis said.
It is a contradiction to allow for killing a human life in a mother’s womb “in the name of protecting other rights,” he said during his weekly Read More ››
NEWTOWN—St. Rose School opened its doors on September 3, 1958, and was originally a first through fifth-grade school. Within three years it added a middle school. Many years later, in 1989, a kindergarten was added and eventually, in 2000, a preschool emerged and is housed in the Read More ››
DANBURY—Yesterday was a day of prayer and pro-life witness in the diocese and across the country as women and men participated in Life Chain and saying the Rosary coast to coast.
Sunday October 7 was set aside as a day of synchronized prayer with 1,100 other locations Read More ››
STRATFORD—“Life changed when my mom signed me up for the McGivney Community Center” said Lehayla Cruz, a recent graduate of Mitchell College and McGivney Center alumna.
Over a hundred friends and supporters of the McGivney Center gathered at Vazzano’s Four Seasons Restaurant in Stratford on Thursday, October Read More ››
ROME- Enclosed is the 4-minute intervention given by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano at the Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment:
Holy Father, my brother bishops and my sisters and brother in the Lord, allow me to share two points that weigh on my heart as we Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport said Thursday that the Church must discuss its sexual abuse crisis if it is to gain the trust of young people.
During his October 4 speech at the 2018 Synod of Bishops, Caggiano said that the Church must “continue to directly Read More ››
DANBURY—Patrick Higgins of Immaculate High School announced that Ryan Fanella ‘19 of New Milford has been named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise by the National Merit Read More ››
INDONESIA—A Catholic Relief Services (CRS) team from Indonesia is on the ground in Palu, where a deadly earthquake and tsunami killed at least 1,400 people and left tens of thousands homeless. The local CRS team is working closely with our Caritas partner and additional teams have Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano today (October 3) announced that retired Connecticut Superior Court Judge Robert L. Holzberg, who is a partner in the law firm of Pullman & Comley LLC of Hartford and Bridgeport, will serve as counsel and lead investigator for the Clerical Sexual Abuse Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Caggiano has asked pastors to celebrate a local Mass of Reparation in their parishes no later than October 31, 2018. In the coming weeks, the bishop will announce additional spiritual initiatives and administrative measures to address the sexual abuse scandal in a spirit of transparency Read More ››
ROME—As the Synod of Bishops on youth and young adults prepares to open, one of the American delegate bishops said that for any efforts to minister to young people today to bear fruit, the church must first reclaim credibility by addressing the clergy sexual abuse scandal Read More ››
Premiere recording of William Rasar’s Mass “Christe Jesu” is a beautiful and unique album perfectly themed for the Season of Christmas
NORWALK—St. Mary’s Church and the St. Cecilia Society are pleased to announce that Lux Fulgebit, the debut CD of the acclaimed St. Mary’s Schola Cantorum, based in Read More ››
October 2 is the memorial of the Guardian Angels in the liturgy. Here are 8 things to know and share about the angels it celebrates . . .
1) What is a guardian angel?
A guardian angel is an angel (a created, non-human, non-corporeal being) that has been assigned Read More ››
ROME—The future of the Catholic Church is with the young, which is why Pope Francis has called bishops from all over the world to meet in Rome October 3-28 for a synod on young people. If the church cannot attract and keep young people, it has Read More ››
ROME- The previous reflection originally appeared on Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook page. Follow the Bishop for daily updates from the 2018 Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.
I arrived in Rome a few hours ago and went immediately to register for the Synod on Youth at Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—This year, the annual Mass for those with down syndrome, their families and friends was celebrated on September 16 at St. Pius X Church. The Mass can best be summed up with one word… “Joy”. For annual attendees, that “Joy” is daily but for many attending Read More ››
Later this afternoon I will be traveling to Rome to join the Synod on Youth and Vocational Discernment. While I still do not have the daily schedule for the Synod, the Synod Office has announced that the proceedings will last four weeks and involve over 300 Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS)—Signaling his belief that the Catholic Church is facing a serious crisis, Pope Francis asked every Catholic in the world to pray for the protection of the church from attacks by the devil, but also that the church would be more aware of its Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In a joyful and reverent Evening Vespers Service lifted by the music of the Diocesan Youth Choir and the Latin Schola of St. Augustine Cathedral, Bishop Frank Caggiano conferred Papal Honors on 20 men and women from the diocese.
“There are angels in our midst,” said the Read More ››
GREENWICH—Polpo Restaurant Greenwich hosted donors of the Catholic Academy of Bridgeport at a sparkling dinner held the evening of September 25. Over 50 donors to the Academy joined together for the event. The school serves more than 900 students in the City of Bridgeport and encompasses Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—On Sunday, September 30, the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University will welcome the “Hallelujah Train” as it rolls onto campus, featuring Pastor Brady Blade Sr., Daniel Lanois, Brian Blade, and Brady Blade Jr., with the Zion Baptist Church Choir. The day will begin Read More ››
DANBURY—The “40 Days for Life Vigil” will be observed within the Diocese of Bridgeport from September 26 to November 4.
“Our community will unite with many others from coast to coast—and internationally—for a major simultaneous pro-life mobilization—the 40 Days for Life campaign,” said Christine Murphy of Danbury Read More ››
STAMFORD—Earlier this week, I made a visit to Our Lady Queen of the Clergy Retirement Home in Stamford, CT to interview Msgr. John Sanders, who played with Duke Ellington for five years and then became a Catholic priest.
Msgr. Sanders’s memory was not up to a full Read More ››
At a time he was struggling with his faith and looking for answers about God, Luca Badetti returned from an event at L’Arche Chicago, a multicultural community where people with intellectual disabilities can live ordinary lives.
He decided to share his questions with his friend Jennifer who Read More ››