BROOKFIELD—This week, young scientists from 120 schools, both middle and high schools, across Connecticut and Fishers Island, New York competed in the 70th Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair (CSEF). About 150 students were selected as finalists, five of whom were from St. Joseph Catholic Academy, Brookfield.
Student, Shaun Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School was recently awarded $6,909 in grant money to create a music technology laboratory, which will enhance its popular music education programs. Immaculate received the monies from a grant from Foundations in Education, a non-profit initiative that assists the Diocese of Bridgeport’s ongoing mission Read More ››
STRATFORD—At five-foot-three, he was one of the most fearsome men on the New York City police force. He was a master of disguise known as the Italian Sherlock Holmes. And he was dauntless in his singlehanded fight against organized crime.
Lt. Joseph Petrosino was the first Italian Read More ››
TRUMBULL—The Parish of Saint Catherine of Siena (220 Shelton Road, Trumbull) joyfully announces the completion of its sanctuary beautification project, called Christ at the Center. A Mass of Dedication with Consecration of the Church will be celebrated on Sunday, March 24, at 2 pm. The Most Read More ››
TRUMBULL— “A loving and merciful God wants to lead us to greatness that has nothing to do with us,” Bishop Frank Caggiano told more than 250 men, women and young people who are preparing for full communion with the Church at Easter.
More than one thousand faithful Read More ››
TRUMBULL—As Lent begins, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will welcome approximately 250 men and women who are on the journey toward full communion with the Catholic Church. The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, the next formal step on that journey, will take place Sunday, Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School announced its first semester Honor Roll students and celebrated the students and their academic achievements at a special Honors Mass recently. Students received either Distinguished Honors, High Honors or Honors.
Distinguished Honors are awarded to students who have a 4.3 minimum GPA with no Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Much of what the world considers to be glory will end up in ashes,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said in his Ash Wednesday homily today at St. Augustine Cathedral.
Hundreds filled the Cathedral for the noontime Mass and distribution of ashes, which mark the formal beginning of Read More ››
NEWTOWN—The St. Rose Boys’ Varsity finished up a strong season on Tuesday night. The Rams went 13-5 on the season and made it to the Championship Game of the Parochial League Tournament. The team improved with each game and practice and it was nice to watch Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—In a school-wide assembly today, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School unveiled this year’s One School, One Book™ title, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by award-winning author-illustrator, Grace Lin. The reveal was accompanied by live goldfish, an elaborate hand-made dragon sculpture, posters and other decorations throughout Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—The Sacred Heart University wind ensemble will present “A Celebration of Women Composers” featuring the work of well-known and up-and-coming women composers, including Jennifer Higdon, Julie Giroux, Chen Yi and Kimberly Archer. The University’s choir will join the band to perform music from Ethel Smyth and Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Award-winning author-illustrator, Grace Lin, will visit St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School on Tuesday, March 26. All local preschoolers and their caretakers are invited to a special story time and book signing from 8:45 to 9:30 am in the Parish Center. Ms. Lin will present her 2019 Read More ››
GREENWICH—Back in the 1950s, when Alan Detscher was an altar boy at Sacred Heart Church in Byram, he missed two Masses…and the pastor “fired” him. It could have been an inauspicious start for a young man who was destined to the priesthood, but he took it Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Declaring that the Catholic Church is unafraid of history, Pope Francis announced that documents in the Vatican Secret Archives relating to the wartime pontificate of Pope Pius XII will be open to scholars in 2020.
Researchers, particularly those interested in Catholic-Jewish relations, have pressed the Vatican Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT- The “40 Days for Life Vigil” will be observed within the Diocese of Bridgeport from March 6 to April 14, 2019.
The campaign will take place in Bridgeport and Danbury, outside of local Planned Parenthood clinics.
“From March 6 to April 14, our community will take part Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School will honor Denis Bouffard posthumously with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Carl ‘71 and Lauren Bailey of Brookfield with the Distinguished Service Award at its 14th Annual Spring Gala on March 23 at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury.
HAMDEN—Kelsey Shaver still remembers visiting her grandmother as a little girl and rubbing her back and shoulders to alleviate her chronic pain. It brought her relief, and on one occasion she held Kelsey’s hands and said, “God kissed these hands.” It was a childhood memory that Read More ››
EL PASO—Bishops from Texas and Mexico called for solidarity with migrants as a Catholic response to the national emergency declared at the U.S.-Mexico border.
They also questioned if the emergency—declared by U.S. President Donald Trump to free up funds for building a border wall—was as urgent as Read More ››
WATERBURY—The Second Annual Mountaintop Mass at Holy Land USA, honoring the life and legacy of Venerable Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, will be held April 28, Divine Mercy Sunday.
Auxiliary Bishop Juan Miguel Betancourt will celebrate the Mass, which is cosponsored by the Read More ››
WASHINGTON–Monday night, the Senate failed to advance the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act—legislation that prohibits infanticide by ensuring that a child born alive following an abortion would receive the same degree of care to preserve her life and health as would be given to any other Read More ››
WESTON—The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based religious formation program that was begun over 60 years ago in Rome, Italy by Sofia Cavalletti. It is rooted in the Bible, the Liturgy and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Last week The Face of Prayer™ added eleven prestigious catechists to the online video catechism that launched on September 8, 2018. These scholars are faculty and staff members at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.
The McGrath Read More ››
NORWALK—St. Philip Church holds its annual hunger awareness event ‘FoodFast – Be the Change’ Saturday to help raise awareness and funds for Eradication of World Hunger. Over 50 teens from local area parishes and middle/high schools participated in the daylong event.
Saint Philip Parish, a welcoming Catholic community, Read More ››
STRATFORD—Stratford basketball coach Tim Swaller had a game plan for Kolbe Cathedral’s Quinton Sneed. Unfortunately for the Red Devils, Sneed was not to be denied.
Combining 17 points with 24 rebounds, Sneed led the sixth-seeded Cougars to a 61-54 victory over third-seeded Stratford in the South West Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—The time has come for an “all-out battle” against the abuse of minors, erasing this abominable crime from the face of the earth, Pope Francis said, closing a global four-day summit on child protection in the Catholic Church.
For quite some time, the world has been Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Every third Friday morning you’ll find a lively group of students and staff from Saint Catherine Academy and volunteers from the Order of Malta engaged in a signature project: the creation of 300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport.
“This is a Read More ››
STAMFORD—Trinity Catholic High School will cap off a month of celebrations and art contests in a day dedicated to Black History Month, Tuesday February 27. The day of celebrations will also feature a moving exhibit of actual slave artifacts along with a day of food and Read More ››
NEWTOWN—The fourth-grade class at St. Rose of Lima received the People’s Choice Award for Best Decorated Christmas Tree at the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, Conn.
Twenty-six fourth grade classes from around the state decorated trees reflecting this year’s theme “Christmas in Poland.” Under the guidance Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Sponsored by The Center for Catholic Studies, Anthony Domestico will present “Art, Sacrament and Poetry” at Fairfield University on Monday March 4 at 4:30 p.m. In his March 4 lecture, Anthony Domestico, PhD will consider how two contemporary Catholic poets — Lawrence Joseph and Fanny Howe — are rethinking the sacramental in Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Every third Saturday a community of volunteers from the Order of Malta prepares and serves a hot, hearty breakfast to guests at the Thomas Merton Center. A lay religious order of the Roman Catholic Church, the Order of Malta is dedicated to serving the sick and Read More ››
DANBURY—Tong Lilly Zeng ’19 of Danbury and Sophia Pilla ‘19 of Ridgefield recently won Scholastic Arts Awards for their original artwork produced in their art portfolio and graphics design classes at Immaculate High School.
Tong won a Silver Key Award for her painting “Redemption” and Sophia won Read More ››
The student in each of us must always be ready to learn – in our homes, with our friends, and most certainly on our spiritual journey with God. As a mother and a teacher, I am made humble each time I step into a classroom or Read More ››
DENVER—When most people think about street preaching, they picture tent revivals, or the fiery Protestant minister with King James Bible in hand shouting about being saved, or the apocalyptic firebrand imploring repentance. Few likely think of the Catholic Church.
But there are a number of organizations that Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—(The following is the message that Dr. Eleanor Sauers read to the congregation of St. Anthony of Padua in Fairfield on Sunday, February 17, when Dr. Sauers was installed as Parish Life Coordinator of St. Anthony of Padua Parish by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.)
Bishop Caggiano, the parish Read More ››
DANBURY—For over 50 years, Catholic Charities of Fairfield County (CCFC) has provided affordable and accessible mental health services to individuals and families from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The program, called Behavioral Health Services, is one of the only providers of subsidized mental health services in the region.
Since Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—The fifth-grade of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School visited the television studio at Sacred Heart University’s Communications Center to broadcast their own news show. Fifth-grade teachers, Colleen Fallon and Paul Piorek, collaborated to create this exciting program for the students, incorporating several elements from the fifth-grade Read More ››
Pictured: Eleanor Sauers (right) is congratulated by a parishioner during a reception following the Mass.
FAIRFIELD— In a joyous and solemn moment on a beautiful winter morning, Dr. Eleanor Sauers was installed as Parish Life Coordinator of St. Anthony of Padua Parish by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.
The Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Vatican’s removal from the priesthood of Theodore E. McCarrick “is a clear signal that abuse will not be tolerated,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Feb. 16.
“No bishop, no matter how influential, is above the law of the Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Fairfield will be presenting a teaching and exposition of Sacred Relics on Sunday March 3 at 2:30 pm, followed by a display in the parish hall until 5:30 pm.
Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross will be in Read More ››
WASHINGTON—President of U.S. Bishops’ and Chairman of Bishop’s Committee on Migration Respond to President’s Order to Fund Construction of Border Wall
Today President Trump announced that he will issue an order stating his intention to make use of funds previously appropriated for other purposes to fund the Read More ››
To date, more than 1,100 people have attended the face-to-face workshops in more than a dozen parishes. There are 40 more meetings scheduled. If you have not scheduled a face-to-face session at your parish and would like to do so, please contact Patrick Donovan (firstname.lastname@example.org) as Read More ››
GREENWICH—The leaders of two Catholic churches in Greenwich, St. Catherine of Siena and St. Agnes, are discussing the possibility of becoming one parish with the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Neither of the churches nor the diocese know what the new arrangement would look like yet, but the much-smaller Read More ››
STAMFORD—The Diocese of Bridgeport has announced plans for the St. Edmund Campion Program of Discernment at St. John Fisher Seminary in Stamford.
The new program will accompany men, 18 and older, in encountering Christ and in discerning whether they have a calling to enter full-time seminary formation.
“The Read More ››
TRUMBULL—The parish center of St. Catherine of Siena was filled to the brim with diapers, onesies, bibs and all types of items for both mom and baby on the weekend on February 9-10.
A table at the side of the parish center was decorated as it would Read More ››
NORWALK — The Malta House Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Carey Dougherty to the position of Executive Director.
Board Chair, Kim Petrone, states “Carey’s commitment to our mission and her love and care for the women and babies we serve is evident Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—St. Augustine Dance team competed in the Middle School Hip Hop Division at Fairfield Warde’s Annual Dance Jam on the weekend of February 9-10. The team danced to Beastie Boys’ Intergalactic, dressed as aliens and astronauts.
After months of hard work and great leadership from St. A’s Read More ››
NEWTOWN—The seventh graders of St. Rose of Lima school participated in the Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair competition.
Students presented their boards to four outside judges who reviewed the experiments carefully based on criteria provided.
Winners were announced at the Home & School Association meeting on Thursday, February Read More ››
Click here to read Foundations in Education’s First Annual Report!
Foundations in Education is committed to strengthen and transform the mission of Catholic education in the Diocese of Bridgeport by supporting innovation in academic and extra-curriculum programs, fostering opportunities for the professional development of school leaders in Read More ››
STAMFORD—I was deeply saddened this past month to watch the Reproductive Health Act go into effect in New York—an act that is extremely troubling for the future of our most innocent and vulnerable. While NYC celebrated with a pink-lit bridge and building, I was presenting on Read More ››
DANBURY—Less than 15 percent of U.S. college-bound high school seniors achieve perfect SAT scores. This year, six Immaculate High School seniors achieved perfect scores on their SAT math section, with two of those students achieving a perfect score on the Level II SAT math test and Read More ››
The recent passage of disturbing new abortion laws in New York State and public comments from Virginia political leaders has properly raised the public debate on abortion and the rights of the unborn and now born.
The following is a statement in response to these events by Read More ››
DANBURY—Four Immaculate High School student-athletes recently signed to play sports in the Fall of 2019 at Columbia University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Quinnipiac University and Mount Saint Mary’s University.
“This is a very exciting time for these young student-athletes. Years of hard work have led to this Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound will host its Annual Sports Gala and Auction benefiting Connecticut police, fire, and correction officers, EMS personnel, public safety dispatchers, and their families battling cancer. Retired NFL Star, Merril Hoge, will be the guest speaker at the event on March Read More ››
I am sorry to inform you of the death of the Reverend William F. Sangiovanni yesterday, February 4, 2019. He was 77 years of age.
William Francis Sangiovanni was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 24, 1941, son of Francis and Margaret (Muldoon) Sangiovanni. He was Read More ››
The Diocese of Bridgeport has been informed that individuals from various towns and parishes are receiving emails and/or phone calls that claim to be from pastors or other clergy members. Anyone whose phone number is listed on a church website may possibly be targeted. These scammers Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—”Liturgy as Source and Summit” will be the focus of Leadership Institute workshop set for Saturday, February 9, 8:30 am, at the Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport. Please note the location has changed (it was originally being held at Trinity Catholic).
The ministry enrichment gathering is Read More ››
DANBURY—A team of Immaculate High School (IHS) engineering students won the state-level 2019 Real World Design Challenge (RWDC), an annual competition run by public and private partnerships that work together to build a solid foundation for the future STEM workforce. This was the first time Immaculate Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted another Three-Year Accreditation to the cancer program at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Imagination is the mother of creativity and innovation and the foundation of true leadership,” remarked Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, addressing Catholic school educators recently awarded 2019 grants in innovation and leadership.
“A true leader dares to see within the hearts of students; to unlock what may be Read More ››
STAMFORD—On Tuesday, January 29 a group of students from the Catholic Academy of Stamford visited a seventh-grade class to teach a fun, interactive lesson to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. They had the opportunity to discuss and learn about their faith in a creative way. Thank you Read More ››
UAE—It’s certainly not the first time Pope Francis engages in dialogue with the Muslim world.
He has been welcomed by Jordan’s King in Amman and visited some of Islam’s most sacred sites, including the Al-Aqsa mosque in the Holy Land and the Blue Mosque in Turkey. He Read More ››
Record-setting Greg Zuerlein places heaven above the Super Bowl.
Last year in the playoffs, placekicker Greg Zuerlein was unable to help the Los Angeles Rams advance out of their wild card game due to injury. This year he has helped his team mightily, making three field goals Read More ››
WILTON—“Work hard. Stay focused. And Do…Your…Best!”
The first and second graders at Our Lady of Fatima School in Wilton repeat this mantra every time they change stations in their Personalized Learning math class.
Although they are learning to master different math skills, the Personalized Learning Initiative allows these Read More ››
SHELTON—Soft voices enliven a table in the center of the first-grade classroom at Holy Trinity Catholic Academy in Shelton. While teacher Cindy Nizzardo observes from a distance, a small group of students are reading, and are helping each other with the more difficult words. Each one Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education announced their most recent grant awards today, awarding 10 grants totaling $106,000 to local Fairfield County programs and organizations.
Grant awardees include organizations and programs providing education and/or social services, including: Children in Placement, Homes with Hope, WorkPlace, Bridgeport Caribe Read More ››
BROOKFIELD—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 deacon someday? Do you feel that God calling you to live your faith differently, Read More ››
CATHOLIC ACADEMY OF BRIDGEPORT – A St. Raphael Academy first grade class was surprised with a visit by Mayor Joseph P. Ganim as a “guest reader” on Thursday, January 31, 2019. Mayor Ganim spoke with the students about his role as mayor of Bridgeport, and then Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—I have practiced law for nearly 50 years and served as a judge for 36 years. In that span of time, I have never seen a state legislature enact such a condemnable piece of legislation as New York’s so-called Reproductive Health Act, which Governor Cuomo deliberately Read More ››
STAMFORD—Is “also” part of the present tense participle of a verb? How about “not?” With the sixth grade Personalized Learning English Language Arts (ELA) class at the Catholic Academy of Stamford, teacher Kelly Whipple is leading an examination of verb phrases, a main verb and a Read More ››
STAMFORD—Trinity Catholic High School marked today as “The Day the Future Began” with an inspired ceremony attended by nearly five hundred students, administrators and invited guests. The entire ceremony was webcast live to alumni nationwide via Facebook Live.
Bishop Frank Caggiano presided over the one-hour ceremony which Read More ››