BROOKFIELD—Marde Dimon, a teacher at St. Joseph Catholic Academy, signed up for a community garden plot this summer in one of the Trumbull parks where she works as a part-time park ranger. She named her first ever garden the “Long Shot Plot,” and planned for it Read More ››
Monthly Newspaper • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT
BRIDGEPORT—Mrs. Sandler’s classroom allows seating with a choice. Students working by the board on the floor. On a couch by the door. A table shuffled by the bathroom. Lockers as direct chair backs. Every student in Mrs. Sandler’s class makes a choice during flexible seating time and Read More ››
STAMFORD—While every scholarship recipient appreciates the donor that helps make their academic experience possible, it is unlikely that they get to meet the people who fund their scholarships. On September 11, six students from Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford and their families had the unique Read More ››
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” —Audrey Hepburn
FAIRFIELD—St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Fairfield, CT has a vibrant and bountiful vegetable, herb and flower garden. Its “Giving Garden” opened in 2017, as a result of proceeds from its “Spring to Auction” fundraising event. Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— “The leadership of the Church has failed in many ways, it has been tarnished… Healing will take a long time,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said at the Clergy Mass of Reparation on the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows this morning in response to the Read More ››
It has been nearly 4 years since the Diocese of Bridgeport has taken to social media to spread the good news of Jesus Christ, build a digital community of faith, and build awareness for diocesan initiatives.
In that time, the diocese has seen tremendous growth across many Read More ››
TRUMBULL—St. Catherine of Siena Parish celebrated their second annual kickoff weekend on September 8 and 9, where old and new friends were welcomed back from summer vacations.
Parishioners were welcomed by greeters into the McClinch family center, where Mass is being celebrated while construction is being done Read More ››
Diaconate Discovery Evenings
Have you ever wondered if you were being “called” to discern the diaconate? Has someone, your pastor, a priest or a deacon ever mentioned to you that they can see you as a deacon someday? Do you feel that God calling you to Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano invited all recipients of the Saint John Paul II grants to a reception on Tuesday, September 4 from 4:30 –6:00 pm at the Catholic Center to celebrate their award. Around 60 clergy, staff, and laypeople who share in the parishes’ ministry faith Read More ››
FAIRFIELD— Dan Schutte, American composer of Catholic liturgical music and contemporary Christian songwriter, will present a special concert in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield. Some of his most celebrated songs are “Here I Am, Lord,” “City of God” and Read More ››
Brother Steven Joseph DeMaio, SDB, made his perpetual profession of religious vows on September 7, 2018, in the chapel of the Marian Shrine in Haverstraw, N.Y.
Also professing their final vows were Brother Travis Gunther, SDB, of Conway, Ark., and Brother John Langan, SDB, of Winsted, Conn.
Father Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— In response to national priest sexual abuse, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will lead a Holy Hour with Rosary and a Mass of Reparation and Purification on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, Saturday, September 15th, at the Cathedral of St. Augustine, 399 Washington Avenue Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Saint Catherine Academy students and staff were excited to see each other again and get the new academic year rolling, settling into familiar routines and adjusting to new ones. Almost two weeks later we’ve already had our first fire drill—receiving a thumbs-up from the Fairfield Fire Read More ››
DANBURY—Bagpipes played a reverent tune at the annual diocesan Blue Mass honoring fire, police and first responders who serve the diocese. The Mass was held on Sunday, September 9 at 10:30 am at St. Joseph Church in Danbury in solemn commemoration of the 17th anniversary of Read More ››
TRUMBULL—A group of women from the Diocese of Bridgeport commemorated the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children on Saturday by praying the Rosary for the unborn.
They gathered at 3 p.m. at the memorial site in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery on Daniels Farm Road Read More ››
NEWTOWN—St. Rose School showed tremendous spirit and marched in the annual Newtown Labor Day Parade. Leading up to this event a few industrious school families constructed a float that replicated the original school building and filled it with antique desks, a chalkboard and all things of Read More ››
STAMFORD—Last spring, a passionate group of men and women entered into Superintendent of Catholic Schools Steve Cheeseman’s office with a dream: opening up a new school dedicated to classical and affordable Catholic education.
They sought approval from Dr. Cheeseman, and then presented their idea to Bridgeport Bishop Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese of Bridgeport has launched “The Face of Prayer 2.0” an online video catechism based on the questions and concerns young people have about the Church and their faith.
The newly designed website and video catechism went live on September 8, 2018, the Nativity of the Read More ››
DANBURY—The Annual Diocesan Blue Mass honoring Fire, Police and First Responders will be held on Sunday, September 9, 10:30 am at St. Joseph Church, 370 Main Street in Danbury.
A reception immediately following Mass will be held in the school gym on the parish grounds.
The Mass will Read More ››
FAIRFIELD- The battle for the best chili was on, but the champion prevailed once again.
The competition was intense from many other fine cooks, but the three-time Chili for Charity “Chili Cook-Off” champion came through again.
On a beautiful sunny summer day, the Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council Read More ››
STAMFORD (Stamford Advocate)- Scott Smith’s afternoons as a boy in Ansonia were spent at church.
Smith was not raised very religious; his Catholic mother and Protestant father baptized him in the former’s church and let him decide for himself what religion to follow. But his mother would Read More ››
After two successful years, the St. Philip Family Fall Festival returns with more local vendors for fantastic shopping, children’s programs for lots of family fun and a hot grill for delicious food. The 2017 Festival attendees heard great music, shopped with many crafters and ate delicious Read More ››
Most Reverend Frank J. Dewane
Bishop of Venice
Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
September 3, 2018
The plight of our brothers and sisters who work hard but struggle to make ends meet calls us all to reflect in a Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Water is a gift of God that makes life possible and yet millions of people do not have access to safe drinking water, and rivers, seas and oceans continue to be polluted, Pope Francis said.
“Care for water sources and water basins is Read More ››
Every night before he goes to bed, Chad Chlebowski, 10, says his prayers. He prays for his mother and father, he prays for his twin brother and his sister, he prays for his grandparents and great-grandparents … and he asks the Blessed Mother for a very Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Caggiano met with the leaders of St. Charles Parish this afternoon to discuss circumstances surrounding the resignation of their former pastor, Fr. Frank Gomez, and ways the parish might move forward in the future.
In a candid and informal exchange that lasted an hour and a Read More ››
DALLAS (CNS) — Dallas Bishop Edward J. Burns has asked Pope Francis for an extraordinary synod to address issues in the latest Catholic clergy sex abuse crisis, including “abuse of power, clericalism, accountability and the understanding of transparency in the church.”
The letter, posted to the Diocese Read More ››
The following homily was delivered by Father Joseph Marcello, Pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull and Vicar for Clergy, at the Vigil Mass for his friend and mentor, Msgr. Louis DeProfio, on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull.
One time, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Excited voices filled the air, calling to friends, meeting new co-workers, sharing news of the summer and taking the inevitable group selfies (“us-ies”?) on the steps of Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport. Teachers, administrators and staff were gathering for the second annual Catholic School Convocation to Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—On Saturday, August 25th, the Athletic Association hosted its first Welcome Back event. The purpose of this event was to welcome new families to Notre Dame and welcome back athletes and coaches at the start of the fall sports season. The event was free to all Read More ››
TRUMBULL- This spring, the SCSS Girls Varsity Basketball team captured an unprecedented 3rd Diocesan and New England Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) championship. Coached by David Rudini and Steve Basso, the girls showed incredible sportsmanship, respect, and talent throughout their journey.
Coach Rudini summarized that this was truly Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In response to national priest sexual abuse, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will lead a Holy Hour with Rosary and a Mass of Reparation and Purification on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, Saturday, September 15th, at the Cathedral of St. Augustine, 399 Washington Avenue in Read More ››
TRUMBULL—“Most of us think that these things happen somewhere else…but it happened to my family, and it can happen to anyone,” a survivor shared her story of her experience with abuse at a young age.
The Office of Safe Environments held a VIRTUS training session on Thursday, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—One of the major challenges for victims of sexual abuse who have come forward in the past has been getting people to listen to them, to believe their stories and to respect the suffering and pain they’ve experienced.
A recent Catholic News Service story reported that sexual Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT- The Leadership Institute is currently holding an Effective Catechetical Leadership Series workshop that spans over three days, beginning on Tuesday, August 21 through Thursday, August 23rd. The workshop is being held at Queen of Saints Hall at the Catholic Center on 238 Jewett Avenue in Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement after a series of meetings with members of the USCCB’s Executive Committee and other bishops. The following statement includes three goals and three principles, along Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Sexual assault victims say they were hurt not only by individual priests, but by church officials and ordinary Catholics who treated them with intolerance and indifference.
Four survivors of sexual assaults by priests shared their stories with Catholic News Service. They are: Jim VanSickle and Mike McDonnell Read More ››
“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience Read More ››
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As the recent scandalous events regarding the crimes of sexual abuse against minors have come to light in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report and the earlier revelations regarding Archbishop McCarrick, I have been sick to my stomach. Read More ››
STAMFORD—Every first Saturday of the month at Saint Gabriel Parish in Stamford, 30-40 devotees gather to pray 2000 Hail Marys between 6:00 am and 4:00 pm in the St. Philip Neri Chapel to “honor and praise the Immaculate Heart of Mary,” says coordinator, Tess Senerador of Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Today, Catholics around the world mark the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, commemorating the end of her earthly life and assumption into Heaven. But while the feast day is a relatively new one, the history of the holiday—and the mystery behind it—has its roots in Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is hosting a series of meetings this week responding to the broader issue of safe environments within the Church. An update will be offered upon their conclusion.
In response to today’s Pennsylvania Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—On any particular day in the Adult Day Program at Saint Catherine Center, what you’ll notice is a sense of purposeful activity—and beneath that, a feeling of warmth and respect.
“Consistency and a calm atmosphere are key to having a ‘great day’,” notes Brenda DeMattio, Director. “A Read More ››
STRATFORD—Join St. James School for their third annual “Touch-a-Truck” event. One of the biggest fundraisers that the school hosts, “Touch-a-Truck,” is a “huge community event” that features “awesome, souped-up trucks that will blow your mind!” Over 60 trucks will be on display, including SWAT vehicles, bucket Read More ››
RIVERSIDE—On Sunday, October 7, 2018, the Parish Partners-Ministry of Hope at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Riverside, CT will be hosting celebration of the Eucharist at 12 noon welcoming, accompanying and accommodating persons of all ages with disabilities and special needs. The Parish Partners are fellow Read More ››
NEWTOWN—24 couples and 22 children gathered Friday evening at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Newtown for a Mass in celebration of up to ten years of marriage.
Father Andy Vill celebrated Mass for all gathered. Couples were then able to partake in a wine and Read More ››
WESTPORT—On Thursday evening, October 11th, Shepherds, a mentoring and scholarship non-profit based in Bridgeport, will celebrate 20 years of “changing students lives” with a gala at The Inn at Longshore in Westport. The evening will feature highly respected TV journalist and co-anchor of ABC News’ Nightline, Read More ››
TRUMBULL—St. Catherine of Siena School (SCSS), a private Catholic school for students in pre-K through 8th grade, will be conducting its inaugural Apple Run/Walk 5K / Candy Apple Kids Fun, on Saturday, September 15, at 200 Shelton Road in the historic Nichols area of Trumbull, Connecticut. Read More ››
WATERBURY—More than 1000 people gathered in the rain on top of Holy Land USA as Archbishop Leonard Blair celebrated Mass to honor Venerable Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus and native of Waterbury.
The faithful came from across the state for the Mountaintop Mass Read More ››
NEWTOWN—The theme of this year’s Fan the Fire Youth Rally, taking place at St. Rose of Lima Parish on August 11th, was “Be Courageous.”
“We live in a world that has very little time for God or Jesus,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said, addressing the teens during Read More ››
WESTON—The Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury (CYAGD) organized and hosted the 3rd Annual “Summer Splash” on Sunday, August 5, at St. Francis of Assisi parish in Weston. Father John Connaughton of St. Thomas More parish in Darien celebrated the Mass accompanied by very moving live Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Caggiano is calling youth and young adults ages 18 and older to join him from January 21-28, 2019 to travel on pilgrimage to Panama for World Youth Day 2019, extending Pope Francis’ invitation to all young people of the Church to attend.
World Youth Day provides Read More ››
IOWA CITY, Iowa (CNS)—Davenport Bishop Thomas R. Zinkula made a confession during the final “RAGBRAI Mass” at St. Mary Catholic Church in Iowa City: “I have a love-hate relationship with RAGBRAI.”
Many of the 250 at the evening Mass July 27 could relate. They had bicycled 360 Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS)—U.S. Catholic church leaders have been calling for an internal investigation into the handling of allegations of abuse and sexual misconduct against Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick and urging such an inquiry be spearheaded by laypeople.
“I think we have reached a point where bishops alone investigating Read More ››
STAMFORD—“He’ll do anything for the kids,” says Executive Director John Gutman, of Chef Michael Arditti. The New Covenant Center Chef has been preparing and cooking the weekday meals for two years for the kids and moms at Inspirica House (shelter) in Stamford.
This week Michael donned his Read More ››
10th Annual Fairfield County Pray-For-Peace Walk
Since 2008, Al has hosted numerous Pray-for-Peace Walks covering more than 4,000 miles. Hundreds have participated and thousands received the Pray-for-Peace Message.
Recently, on June 30th, 50 of Prayer Walkers wearing PRAY-4-PEACE shirts walked from Grand Central Station to Yankee Stadium for Read More ››
NORWALK—“Oh pray tell—what is this neume?” asked David Hughes jovially, melodically, as he held up a paper covered in rectangles and lines.
“A torculus!” cried a chorus of small voices gathered in the yard of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church.
And what is a neume, you may well Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Elizabeth Clyons of Trumbull has been named Communications Associate in the Office of Communications of the Diocese of Bridgeport.
She will work as a staff writer and editor for Fairfield County Catholic and the diocesan website, and also report for the various diocesan social media platforms including Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Fairfield University Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies was one of 16 nursing programs selected nationwide and named as a National League for Nursing (NLN) Center of Excellence. The Egan School will be formally inducted during the Honors Convocation at the 2018 NLN Read More ››
WATERBURY—Twelve years ago on October 29, Sister Veronica and Sister Rita both woke up in the middle of night with the premonition that somebody needed prayers … so they prayed. Sister Veronica didn’t realize that “somebody” was her brother.
Pictured: Brian Caulfield, vice postulator for the cause Read More ››
TRUMBULL—St Joseph High School, striving to be southern Connecticut’s premier college preparatory school, is proud to announce that Kevin Wielk ’95 has been hired to serve as the new varsity head coach for boys basketball.
Kevin is a graduate of St Joseph High School (Class of 1995) Read More ››
Trevor Kelly thought his destiny was to be a rock star.
His mother, his father, his grandparents, his aunts, his uncles and his cousins, said he was meant to be a priest.
They were right. He was wrong.
Trevor, who teaches theology at St. Joseph High School and played Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” and Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement noting the steps the U.S. Bishops Conference will take in addressing the failures of the Church in protecting the people of God.
Cardinal DiNardo’s full Read More ››
All couples married within the past 10 years are invited to our:
NEWLYWED MASS & SOCIAL
When: Friday, August 10, 2018 @ 6 PM
Where: Saint Rose of Lima Church (46 Church Hill Road, Newtown, CT 06470)
Please join us at 6 PM for the celebration of the Mass followed by a Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Dr. Steven Cheeseman, Superintendent of Catholic School in the Diocese of Bridgeport has announced the new principals for St. Aloysius School in New Canaan, and St. Rose of Lima School in Newtown.
Dr. Alfone Named Principal of St. Aloysius School
NEW CANAAN—Dr. John R. Alfone has been named Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—In describing the international sport of rugby, Pope Francis has said, “It makes us think of life, because our whole life we are heading for a goal. We need to run together, pass the ball from hand to hand, until we get to it. Playing rugby Read More ››
NEW HAVEN—The Knights of Columbus is urging its members and Catholics to join the U.S. bishops in a nationwide Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life on each Friday from August 3 to September 28.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has invited people of Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—He was a soldier who became a saint, creating a religious order that helped reform the Church and spread the Gospel to every corner of the world. As we celebrate today the feast of Saint Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), Read More ››
STAMFORD—“Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure.” These words of St. John Paul II have been the foundation for the creation of a new young adult group in the diocese. Catholic Adventures Stamford is a group for young adults in their 20s and 30s who have Read More ››