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Follow the example of St. Joseph

BROOKFIELD—”Be a person of action and follow the example set by St. Joseph,” was the message shared with everyone at the Solemnity of St. Joseph Mass at his patron church in Brookfield.

“Nowhere in the Gospels do we ever hear Joseph say anything but he is a man of action,” said Pastor Father George O’Neill, referring to Joseph’s obedience to take Mary as his wife as the angel instructed him to do.

“Just like God had a plan for Joseph, God has a plan for each one of us,” Father O’Neill said. “He wants us to be upright and righteous. He wants us to follow the law and observe the commandments.”

St. Joseph parish and parishes throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport celebrated Mass concurrently to consecrate the diocese to the protection and intercession of St. Joseph, the Patron of the Universal Church.

“St. Joseph may have been a simple carpenter who did not amount to much during his life but today he is venerated as one of the greatest saints in the church,” Father O’Neill said, encouraging everyone to heed St. Joseph’s example.

“God gives us dreams and he speaks to us through those dreams,” Father O’Neill said, adding that although we may never see the fruits of our labor, it is important to do what is right. He implored the congregation to pray to St. Joseph for guidance.

“Let him guide us and help us open our hearts to God’s plan, God’s will for us in our lives. That we may be upright and righteous. That we may be women and men after God’s will,” O’Neill said.

Parishioner Suzanne Holko was one of the many people who came out to celebrate this special Mass to the parish’s patron saint.

“We can all learn so much about our faith and the only way to do it is to keep coming to church,” she said, adding that the message of the homily, to take action, resonated with her.

“We all need to do our part in reaching out to others and being the Christian God would hope us to be.”

“Let God speak to you in your dreams,” Father O’Neill said, adding and like Joseph, “let us get up and do.”

Deacon Vincent Heidenreich, 79

Deacon Vincent J. Heidenreich of Greenwich passed away on Monday, March 22 at the age of 79.

“It is with great sadness I must inform you of the death of Deacon Heidenreich. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon Vincent and for the consolation of his family,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.

Deacon Vince was ordained a deacon for the Diocese of Bridgeport in 1990 and since that time had been assigned to St. Catherine pastoral staff. He also served as the property manager for St. Catherine.

Vincent J. Heidenreich was born in Pittsburgh on June 15, 1943. His father was a general practitioner and his mother a nurse. He is the eldest of twelve, seven boys and five girls. He was educated in parochial schools, grade, high and at The Catholic University of America.

Deacon Vince spent 35 years in the pharmaceutical industry. One of his earlier promotions to pharmaceutical marketing management prompted the relocation of his family to Greenwich in July 1978, and first joined St. Catherine of Siena Parish.

In 1983, he joined the healthcare division of BBDO on Madison Ave., supervising the development of prescription-drug advertising. His last eleven years in the industry were as advertising head at Bayer Pharmaceutical. He retired from Bayer in November 2000.

Deacon Vince served as director of Religious Education at Notre Dame Parish in Easton from 2001-2011. He was very involved in marriage-preparation work for the diocese and for the parish. Among the joys of his diaconal service, Deacon Heidenreich identified the privilege of presiding at the weddings of his son, Vincent, Jr. and daughter, Beth, the baptizing of grandchildren and his many grandnieces and grandnephews in Pittsburgh.

On Friday, March 26, visitation will take place at St. Catherine of Siena Church located at 4 Riverside Avenue in Riverside from 9:30-10:30 am. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will be the Celebrant for the Funeral Mass at 11 am following visitation. The Funeral Mass will be live-streamed and that link will be available on the parish website.

Those interested in attending in-person, please register at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094EAFAE2AA4F58-funeral1  

Condolences may be sent to: The Heidenreich Family c/o  St. Catherine of Siena Parish4 Riverside Avenue Riverside, CT 06878.

Click here for Greenwich Time obituary.

Vaccinations lead to ‘busy and joyous day’ at St. Charles

BRIDGEPORT—Approximately 100 Bridgeport residents received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna) today through a joint effort between St. Vincent’s Medical Center and the Diocese of Bridgeport.

St. Vincent’s Medical set up a mobile a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for St. Charles Borromeo Church parishioners at the nearby McGivney Community Center, which share the East Side location with the parish.

Parishioners pre-registered for the event, which was held from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. St. Vincent’s will also provide virtual registrars who help additional parishioners to make an appointment online.

“Our mission as a Catholic Church is to save souls and lives,” said Father Abelardo Vasquez, administrator, St. Charles Borromeo Church. “Today, there was a great response from the community.”

Bill Hoey, vice president of Mission Integration at St. Vincent’s Medical Center/Hartford HealthCare Fairfield Region, said that since its founding in 1903, St. Vincent’s Medical Center has a history of bringing much needed medical services into the community.

“As part of the Bridgeport Diocese, we are eager to bring the vaccine to parishioners of Catholic Churches located in areas of Bridgeport that have disproportionately low rates of vaccination,” he said.

Hoey said the event, and others like it, is part of a concerted effort to eliminate barriers to access and achieve more equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Father Abelardo said the clinic made it possible “to help four different communities with these vaccines,” explained Father Abelardo, referring to the Haitian, Hispanic, Portuguese and African American communities who all attend St. Charles Borromeo Church.

Father Abelardo explained that there was originally some hesitation surrounding the vaccine, because it is so new, but that he was able to make personal phone calls and speak about the importance of getting vaccinated at Mass.

“Once we were working from the pulpit, parishioners were able to trust that the vaccine can be trusted,” Father Abelardo said.

“The response has been overwhelmingly positive, says Lorraine Gibbons, executive director of the Cardinal Shehan Center and McGivney Community Center, “from members of the church, the McGivney staff who were vaccinated, to the general public.”

“Individuals were excited and truly looking forward to being vaccinated, she said, explaining that she received text messages from individuals who saw the media coverage and wanted to learn how they could go about being vaccinated. “The vaccine clinic was a true community partnership with the church, the diocese, Hartford Healthcare-St. Vincent’s Medical Center and a local Community Center, to help provide access to an underrepresented community that is often overlooked- for this I’m truly grateful!”

“Working in community with St. Vincent’s and Hartford Health, we were able to distribute these vaccines to the parish community, and we are so grateful for that,” said Father Abelardo. “It was a very busy day, but it was a joyous one.”

Bishop promulgates new Parish Administrative Manual 

BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese of Bridgeport has released its new Parish Administrative Manual, a guide to the key processes and procedures required for use in the day-to-day and long-term operations of parishes.

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano formally promulgated the new Parish Administrative Manual in a decree issued on March 19, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary. The manual was issued ad experimentum, effective for one year.

“I am pleased to present the final Parish Administrative Manual which applies to all parishes and quasi parishes of the Diocese of Bridgeport,” said Bishop Caggiano. “I pray that it will help us become the loving family of God’s people who rejoice not only in our holy work but in the companionship of those who work with us.”

The bishop thanked pastors and administrators who provided valuable input, feedback and changes that have been incorporated within the manual.

In his decree, the bishop states that over the past year the curial offices of the Diocese of Bridgeport have spent much effort to revise the manual “in order to offer necessary enhancement and updates for the best practices need for proper and transparent administration of parish resources.”

The new manual replaces the original Parish Administration and Finance Manual promulgated by Bishop William E. Lori, Fourth Bishop of Bridgeport on February 15, 2008. Since that date, parish administrators have been served by the valuable provisions the manual offered, the bishop said in his decree.

Deacon Patrick Toole, episcopal vicar for administration, who coordinated the effort, said the manual serves as a baseline for administrative processes at the parish which are mandated by the diocese.

The 141-page manual provides parishes with direction and support on several topics including Safe Environments, Employment and Personnel, Sacramental Records, Parish Governance and Legal Administration, Communications, Technology and Development.

Deacon Toole said a general calendar follows the table of contents in section one and provides an overview of key dates. A checklist is also included at the beginning of each section to highlight salient points in the narrative that follows.

Click here to view the new Parish Administrative Manual.

ARISE video offers message of hope and challenge

BRIDGEPORT—The new “ARISE” video celebrating the 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) is now available online.

The four-minute video, captures the faces of the faithful in churches, schools, and social service settings throughout the diocese, and features an impassioned call to action by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano who thanks those who have already given and urges us all to participate.

After a difficult year for the people of the diocese, the bishop begins the video on a note of great hope:

“I come to you, my friends, with real joyful hope because as this pandemic begins to recede, you and I are given this wonderful opportunity, creatively and imaginatively, to set our Church on a path of growth by offering new initiatives and new opportunities to engage our young people,” the bishop says as he was filmed at St. Augustine Cathedral.

In his interview remarks for the video, the bishop said that the ACA is crucial this year, not only because it helps the diocese address the ongoing needs of those most affected by the pandemic, but also because this year’s ACA is providing seed money for many through the “Eucharistic Call to Renewal” initiatives outlined in the Bishop’s recent Pastoral Exhortation, “Let Us Enter the Upper Room with Our Lord.”

The Bishop challenges us all to “become Ambassadors of Christ,” and to join in the renewal underway by engaging in prayer and giving generously to the ACA.

The bishop asks for prayers and describes this year’s ACA, and urges the faithful “not to lose this unique moment to aid our sisters and brothers in need, and place our Church on the path of growth and renewal.”

The video was produced by Brian Russell of Fairfield, Director of Red Shoe Film. Pam Rittman, Director of the Annual Catholic Appeal, served as consultant and coordinated the filming with Red Shoe Film.

Please make your pledge online at www.2021ACABridgeport.com or call 203.416.1470. You may also donate by texting the word APPEAL to 475.241.7849 to make your pledge. Please visit the website to view the 2021 Appeal video and learn more.

Walking in the footsteps of Christ leads to Calvary

BRIDGEPORT—We are only 12 days away from that day we call ‘Good,’ for our sake, when you and I will gather and look upon the Cross of Jesus Christ,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano in his online homily for the Fifth Sunday in Lent.

Celebrating Mass from the Catholic Center chapel, the bishop urged all to use the remaining days of Lent to learn “what it means to offer our lives in imitation of our Master and Savior.”
After reading the gospel of John (12: 20-33) 25 “Whoever loves his life loses it…and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life,” the bishop offered a reflection on the need to die to ourselves and become closer to Christ.

“As we prepare ourselves for the coming Holy Days of the Lord’s death and resurrection, the savior speaks clearly to us of what it is we are to be about. He tells us who ever loses his life with gain it and whoever loves his life will lose it.”

“What does that mean for your life and mine?” How can we die to ourselves and be faithful to Christ?” the bishop asked.

If we choose to walk in the footsteps of Christ, we inevitably must take the journey to Calvary and stand before the Cross in wonder, fear and trembling,” because he is asking us to follow in his footsteps and die to ourselves,” the bishop said.

The bishop said that the act of gazing upon the Cross itself becomes a catechism that will teach us the answer to “how we can give ourselves and our lives over to him.”

If we had been on Calvary and stood at the foot of the cross on the day Jesus died, the bishop said we would have notice three things– the height of the cross, the fact that it is deeply rooted in the soil, and that the Lord’s crucified hands are outstretched.

The bishop said cross was planted high up on a hill so that friends or onlookers couldn’t possibly remove the sufferer. For that reason, we must sit with the dying and despairing and give our lives over to them so that they may glimpse in the glory of their baptism the promise of everlasting life.”

“We empty ourselves in sacrifice because we are on the road to heaven and can never forget that goal.”

The bishop said the soil that firmly holds the cross in is the “dust and dirt” of envy, hatred and resentment that accumulate in our lives and reminds us that we are all sinners.

Just as we empty ourselves for others, our lives also depend on others emptying themselves for our sake, and that requires humility because we are all unworthy of Christ’s love, he said.
The bishop said that out of spiritual pride we may decide that “They may be not worth it, but who decided that we were worth it!”

“We empty ourselves through the power of Christ. Humility is the power to lay our own lives down—the dying to the self.”

The bishop said the Lord’s outstretched arms accept every land and nation, sinner and saints alike and people from all walks of life.

The openness of Jesus on the cross challenges us not only to sacrifice for friends, family and neighbors we know, but for all people.

“Empty our lives for all, not just the few. That’s not easy, and that’s why the Lord granted us the gift of the Spirit. What we can’t do from human efforts, the Spirit will help us do in the end.”

The bishop said the parable teaches us that we must offer ourselves in humility and through our action invite all around us to the promise of eternal life

“If we allow those lesson to guide our lives, on Good Friday we will be among the few who will not run away,” he said.

After the Final Blessing the bishop announced that the online Mass for Palm Sunday will be celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Fairfield, and the remaining sacred liturgies of Holy Week will be live-streamed from St. Augustine Cathedral. Holy Thursday liturgies include the Chrism Mass at 10 a.m. and the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7 p.m.; the Good Friday Veneration of the Cross of Jesus, 3 p.m., and the Easter Vigil on Saturday at 8 p.m.

A life experience that inspired a reality documentary

GREENWICH — Ten years ago, Bill Baker’s uncle Tiny, who was in his 90s and lived alone in Arizona, asked him to be his guardian. His wife had recently died, and he had been like a second father to Baker.

This experience began a journey into the world of old age for Baker, who is director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Center for Media, Public Policy & Education at Fordham University and former president of WNET-Thirteen in New York.

“He was alone and wanted to stay in his house. Although he was an engineer, he did not have a lot of money, but he was quite healthy and totally together mentally,” Baker recalled. “It helped me realize there’s a lot you have to do to deal with aging. Most people don’t even have time to think about it, and then it’s too late.”

His uncle Tiny, and Baker’s personal experience of growing old, inspired him to begin a project on aging that evolved into a major production for PBS — “FAST-FORWARD: A Look Into Your Future,” which is a reality documentary where “families travel through time to meet their future selves.”

Produced by Twin Cities PBS and Next Avenue, the documentary, which premieres March 24 at 10 p.m., “accelerates the aging process for Millennials and Baby Boomers and encourages families to begin conversations about what it takes to age well together.”

Baker, a member of the Parish of St. Catherine of Siena and St. Agnes, is executive producer of FAST-FORWARD, which was produced and directed by Michael Eric Hurtig and his production company, FLX Entertainment.

FAST-FORWARD, which is narrated by actress Rosario Dawson, encourages viewers to engage in a dialogue about aging and life planning with their family members and loved ones, Baker said. The documentary “follows four families as they face the physical, social and economic realities of aging and learn what it takes to age with empathy, dignity and support.” For more information, visit: https://fastforwardmovie.com/

“We ‘age’ four families from around the country to let them experience some of this stuff while having experts watch what happens and comment on the experience,” Baker said. During the documentary, the participants learn first-hand what it feels like to age through the use of MIT’s AGNES suit, which accelerates the aging process up to 30 years.

“Eric, who works with me at Fordham, came up with the idea of doing a reality film, which is taking younger people and their parents and aging them and asking the question, ‘If you knew today in your early 40s what you’ll know when you’re 80, what would you do differently?’”

Next Avenue, which is public media’s national journalism service on aging issues, created resources that families can use to help guide their decisions when dealing with aging loved ones. For more information, visit https://www.nextavenue.org/fast-forward/.

“From what I’ve seen depicted in movies, aging has generally been seen as a lousy experience,” said Baker, who is in his 70s. “That’s why everybody abhors it or tries to hide or run away from it. But aging need not be that bad, and research shows that older people are generally happier than young people — and I can attest to that.”

Running the Center for Media, Public Policy and Education has been a special opportunity for him because, he said, “I am surrounded by younger people who really get it and are our future. They give me great pleasure.”

He finds himself in an unusual situation because he is still working, while most people his age are not employed full-time. However, he points out that he’s been working full-time for 60 years since he was 16.

“I know how hard work can be, and I know what life is because I’ve led a long life, and now I’m in old age,” he said. “I would have never guessed I’d have gotten as far as president of Westinghouse Television back when I was making coffee for people in the radio studios in Cleveland and trying to fight my way through the world of television.”

At this point, he wants to commit his life in the media to important projects that enrich and educate, while bringing along some of the creative people he has encountered.

“My professional goal is mentoring younger people whom I consider brilliant and have values and can be the leaders of the future,” he says. “There is tremendous pleasure in seeing somebody succeed who worked for me — like Eric, who came up with this idea and made an incredible film. I am happy to be associated with it as executive producer.”

Baker was also executive producer of the award-winning PBS film SACRED.

He and his wife Jeannemarie, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, have been married 52 years and have two daughters, Christiane and Angela. Jeannemarie, who is one of the founders of the Parish Partners Ministry at St. Catherine’s, was a professor at the Columbia University School of Nursing and for many years ran St. Paul’s Center for the homeless mentally ill.

She also helped Bill navigate the years he served as guardian for his uncle Tiny.

“I took him all the way to his death, and I was with him when he died at 96,” Bill recalls. “He couldn’t talk and we couldn’t communicate, but I knew about the end of life because Jeannemarie works with the elderly and my daughter Angela is a Hospice nurse. I knew that even though he couldn’t communicate, he could hear me, so I decided to pray the rosary out loud, and by the time I got to the fifth decade, he died. It was just such a touching, powerful way to go.”

Bishop launches diocesan renewal with consecration to St. Joseph

BRIDGEPORT — Bishop Frank J. Caggiano launched a diocesan-wide renewal Friday as he consecrated the Diocese of Bridgeport to the protection and intercession of St. Joseph, the Patron of the Universal Church, during this Year of St. Joseph proclaimed by Pope Francis.

The Bishop celebrated a Pontifical Mass on the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19, at St. Augustine’s Cathedral while pastors throughout the diocese simultaneously celebrated Mass, linking the diocese together in prayer and purpose.

Describing St. Joseph as a husband, father and saint who exemplified the saying, “Actions speak louder than words,” Bishop Caggiano said, “You and I come here, my friends, not simply to ask for his help, not simply to seek his protection, but to follow his example.”

Calling the faithful to action, during his homily, he said: “My friends, no more words. We have had enough of the words. They have filled libraries. It is time for action, isn’t it? In this singular moment in the life of the Church, in this singular moment in the life of our world, now is the time we turn to Joseph to ask him to protect us, to guide us, to defend us, to inspire us to a mission that no longer needs words but faithful, humble, obedient action, for it is in our deeds that the world will see what Joseph saw. It is in our actions that the Lord will glimpse he who Joseph is carrying with his arms outstretched as a child, ready to stretch out his arms on the cross so that the love that he bore for us will set us free.”

The Mass culminated a week-long Novena to St. Joseph, calling upon him to intercede for the diocese during this year of celebration, proclaimed by Pope Francis in observance of the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being named Patron of the Universal Church by Blessed Pius IX. The pope also issued an Apostolic Letter titled “Patris Corde,” (“With a Father’s Heart”) in order “to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal.”

The Mass launched a call to renewal that Bishop Caggiano announced in his pastoral exhortation, “Let Us Enter the Upper Room With the Lord,” issued on Ash Wednesday, which called for a personal and communal renewal of faith.

In his apostolic letter, Pope Francis describe Joseph as “a hidden presence” and “a man in the shadows.” Similarly, Bishop Caggiano observed, “Today we honor a man who has no directly recorded words in all of Sacred Scripture, and yet we come here to honor him as patron and guardian, defender and protector. Of all the members of the human race — second only to the Mother of God — to this man, this simple carpenter, was given a great mission: to protect and guard the Savior and Redeemer of all things and his Sacred Virgin Mother.”

Joseph accomplished the great mission he was given through the obedience that characterized his life and the humility that was the foundation of his spiritual relationship with God.

Photos by Amy Mortensen

“Joseph went about this great mission, going where he would not have chosen to go, in exile into Egypt, leaving family, occupation and language behind,” Bishop Caggiano said. “He did what the Lord asked — to take on his betrothed wife conceived of a child that was not his but he did it in obedience for he knew in his humility, it was not for him to understand God’s design. It was simply to say ‘yes.’”

Joseph was given the great gift of an intimate, personal and loving relationship with God, whom he was given to protect. This was the “wellspring of his power,” the bishop said.

The faithful of the diocese have also been given a great mission on the day of their Baptism, he said.

“Did you and I not also receive this great task to be the protector and defender of the Lord’s presence in the world?” he said. “That faith that binds us as a family, for each time you and I are out in the world, caring for the sick, the poor and the homeless, when you did it for the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it for me.”

The mission of renewal that the diocese embarks upon is a “grave one,” he said. “You and I follow in the footsteps of the carpenter. We are given the mission to be the guardians of the Truth, who is the person of Jesus alive in our midst, here in this Mystical Body.”

Echoing the theme of his pastoral exhortation, Bishop Caggiano said that just as Joseph found power in his intimate relationship with God, we must do the same.

“For that reason my friends, I have invited you into that Upper Room to sit with the Lord, his foster son and our God,” Bishop Caggiano said. “To come to look into his face and his eyes, to see his tears in the faces of those around us, to learn to hear his voice in our hearts and spirits, to recognize how God is with us in communion and to receive his Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity here as the foretaste of everlasting life. You and I will fail in our mission if we do not in equal way come to an intimate love and relationship with Christ.”

Even though there are no directly recorded words in Sacred Scripture attributed to St. Joseph, Bishop Caggiano said: “We know he spoke at least one, for in the passage we heard in the dream Joseph received, four verses later there is a simple sentence inspired by the Holy Spirit through St. Matthew, who writes, ‘He, Joseph, named him Jesus.’ For we know this man at least uttered one word. And that word is ‘Jesus.’ And that was enough for Joseph. Can we dare hope that it is enough for you and me?”

Following his homily, the bishop consecrated the Diocese of Bridgeport to St. Joseph, calling upon his intercession for the renewal.

While the pandemic has given new urgency to the bishop’s call, it is a theme he has sounded from day one: “When I first came to the diocese, in my installation homily, I spoke about my deep desire to build bridges to those who were seeking meaning and direction in
life. It seems to me that the time has come when we are all called to be bridge-builders to the people around us, leading them to Christ, for whom we serve as his ambassadors.”

The Synod discernment paved the way for renewal by building the foundation that will assist the diocese and its parishes in the work of recovery and revitalization.

While liturgies and other activities are planned for the year, the bishop made it clear that the call to the Upper Room is not a program, but an invitation to join him on “a spiritual journey, seeking the Lord’s grace to transform this time of suffering into a springtime of renewal for the life of the Church.”

Because of the uncertainty of the pandemic, he envisions the first part of the year as a time of prayer and intense spiritual preparation that will lead to more in-person missionary outreach in the fall—an active going out into the community by “ambassadors” to welcome all back and invite others in for the first time.

Bishop Caggiano believes there is a role for everyone because the renewal is based on personal prayer, reconciliation with Christ and reception of the Holy Eucharist—all within our grasp as members of his Church who believe faith can transform our lives and change the world.

By Joe Pisani

Knights of Columbus Council #5806 Easter Drive

Trumbull CT – Knights of Columbus Council #5806 at the Parish of St. Catherine of Siena (220 Shelton Road, Trumbull) is hosting an Easter Basket & Easter Food Drive on the weekend of March 20-21, to support families in Trumbull and inner-city Bridgeport.

Participants may pick up an empty Easter basket at any Mass on the weekend of March 6/7 or March 13/14, and fill it using the list provided with the basket. Or participants can sign up to support a family online; details are on our Parish Website, www.stcathtrumbull.com. Please return the donations in a sealed bag with the ‘Sponsor a Family’ number attached. The following items are requested for the Easter Baskets:  Easter basket ‘grass’, a chocolate/treat for each child, a small toy/activity for each child, such as: Chocolate Bunnies, Jelly Beans, Peeps, Chocolate Eggs, Stuffed Animal/Doll, Puzzles, Books. All donations should be in their original sealed container. Donors are encouraged to be creative, keeping an Easter theme in mind.

Food collected will benefit families at the Trumbull Food Bank, Blessed Sacrament Church, St. Charles Borromeo Church, St. Mary Church, and Convent of Mary Immaculate, who are experiencing increased need this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Financial donations are welcome. The Knights Council will buy food, which will be divided equally among the charities. Please make your check payable to St. Catherine of Siena. Write “Easter Drive” in the memo line. Parishioners and non-parishioners are welcome to participate!

The food banks’ greatest needs include: tuna fish, mac & cheese, canned pasta, pasta & sauce, peanut butter, canned fruit, canned soups, bread, granola bars, energy bars, pop tarts, apple sauce, small cereal boxes, Gatorade, bottled water, juice boxes. Plus toiletry items such as soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, etc. Additionally, the Convent of Mary Immaculate cares for very young children, and is in need of baby food, diapers, and formula.

Donations will be collected by a contact free drive through option from 10:00am – 12:00pm on Saturday, March 20 and from 11:00am – 12:00pm on Sunday, March 21, in the parking lot in front of the McClinch Family Center. Donations will also be collected in the lobby of the church at all Masses on Saturday, March 20 and Sunday, March 21. The Mass schedule is Saturday at 4:00pm and 7:15pm, and on Sunday at 7:30am, 9:00am and 11:00am. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, seat reservations are required for Mass. There is no charge for seat reservations to attend Mass. The reservation portal opens on Tuesdays at 10:00am. The link to register is on the Parish Website at www.StCathTrumbull.com.

St. Catherine’s Council #5806 was chartered in 1966 through the vision and foresight of Msgr. Edward D. Halloran. The Council is proud to have grown to over 100 members, dedicated to the exemplification of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. Council #5806 is an extremely motivated, visible and active Council. It works closely with Saint Catherine of Siena Parish and its community by providing funds and services for various projects and activities. It also supports many worthy charitable causes through donations and volunteer efforts.  The Council is guided by the Knights of Columbus “Faith in Action” program model by coordinating its programs and efforts towards Faith, Family, Community and Life.

Additionally, other initiatives of the Social Justice & Charitable Outreach Team include: school supplies drive, toiletry drive, hat, coat & sweater drive, other emergency food drives, annual Parish giving tree, pro-life baby shower, and many more. For more information on the Social Justice and Charitable Outreach ministry at St. Catherine of Siena in Trumbull, contact Salvatore Spadaccino, Coordinator of Social Justice and Charitable Outreach, at caritas@stcatherinetrumbull.com.

The Parish of Saint Catherine of Siena warmly welcomes anyone who is new to our area, anyone who is searching for the truth, or anyone who is looking for a spiritual home. We are joyfully and faithfully Roman Catholic in belief and practice – a community of faith, worship, service, and formation – and with open hearts we invite all our brothers and sisters into a living and saving friendship with the Lord Jesus Christ, in the communion of His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We are conveniently located at 220 Shelton Road in the Nichols area of Trumbull.

St. Catherine of Siena Parish hosts Lenten Mission

TRUMBULL—Father Steven Roth, a noted speaker and retreat director for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, MD, will lead a Lenten Mission at the Parish of St. Catherine of Siena (220 Shelton Road, Trumbull) from Monday, March 22 through Wednesday, March 24.  A Parish Mission takes place over the course of a few days, a time specially dedicated to growing in faith.

Each event of the Mission will begin at 7:00 pm in the church and will last about an hour. At each evening event, Father Roth’s homily will be the Mission conference.  The events will also be live-streamed on our Parish Website, YouTube channel, and Facebook Page.

Monday, March 22 – Holy Hour

This evening of the Mission will begin with a Liturgy of the Word, followed by a period of Eucharistic Adoration. It will conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Tuesday, March 23 – Penance Service

An essential part of living Lent well is experiencing God’s mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This evening of the Mission will begin with a Liturgy of the Word; several guest priests will be present to hear individual confessions.

Wednesday, March 24 – Mass for the Solemnity of the Anniversary of the Consecration of the Church

This day will mark two years since the Consecration of St. Catherine of Siena Church. There is an especially beautiful Mass which is celebrated in the consecrated church on the anniversary of its consecration.

Father Roth will also be preaching at all Masses on the weekend of Saturday, March 20 & Sunday, March 21.  The weekend Mass schedule is Saturday at 4:00pm and 7:15pm, and on Sunday at 7:30am, 9:00am and 11:00am. The 4:00pm Mass on Saturday will be livestreamed, and available on-demand thereafter on the Parish’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page.  Because of Covid-19 restrictions, seat reservations are required for in-person attendance at Mass. There is no charge for seat reservations. The reservation portal opens on Tuesdays at 10:00am. The link to register is on the Parish Website at www.StCathTrumbull.com. Everyone is Welcome. Call (203) 377-3133 for information.

Father Steven Roth is the Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and a noted speaker and homilist. Prior to this appointment, he served as chaplain of Baltimore’s Legatus Chapter and was pastor of St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Carney, Maryland. Prior to entering the seminary, Father Roth earned a Masters Degree in counseling and worked as a university professor in the counseling field.  Father Roth often draws on his counseling background to good effect in his priestly ministry.

The Parish of Saint Catherine of Siena warmly welcomes anyone who is new to our area, anyone who is searching for the truth, or anyone who is looking for a spiritual home. We are joyfully and faithfully Roman Catholic in belief and practice – a community of faith, worship, service, and formation – and with open hearts we invite all our brothers and sisters into a living and saving friendship with the Lord Jesus Christ, in the communion of His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.  We are conveniently located at 220 Shelton Road in the Nichols area of Trumbull.

St. Mark 8th-grader working FASTER to find a food allergy cure

STRATFORD—Shaelyn Averaimo, an eighth-grade student at St. Mark School in Stratford, recently met with Senator Chris Murphy and Senator Richard Blumenthal’s office about passing the Food Allergy Safety Treatment Education & Research (FASTER) Act.

According to Shaelyn, the FASTER Act would ensure food ingredients are listed in “plain” wording and allocate more money towards research and development for a food allergy cure.

Shaelyn has a life-threatening food allergy and is a strong advocate for herself and other young people like her. She is a Teen Advisory Group (TAG) member for Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the world’s largest private funder of food allergy research. Shaelyn works on youth projects, creates content for the company’s website, and serves as a leader at national events.

She recently attended Courage at Congress 2021, FARE’s second annual advocacy event on March 8-10. The three-day event was a virtual gathering this year, allowing more members of the community to have their voices heard by key members of Congress and work on passing H.R. 1202, the FASTER Act.

The bill would update allergen labeling laws to include sesame and would require the federal government to analyze the most promising research opportunities to help scientists develop more effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure for food allergies.

“More than 1.5 million people are allergic to sesame, yet it is not required to be included on any product labels,” shares Shaelyn. “We will not stop advocating for this critical piece of legislation until we get sesame labeled.”

Shaelyn adds, “Also, 32 million people suffer from food allergies, but there is only one FDA-approved treatment, and it only helps those with peanut allergy. We must collect national data on Americans’ exposure to food allergens and prevalence of food allergies to specific allergens.”

In 2020, the FASTER Act passed the United States House of Representatives on November 17 and the United States Senate on December 9. Due to some minor changes in the bill in the Senate, it needed to go back to the House for a final vote. Unfortunately, the legislative clock ran out.

In February 2021, the bill was reintroduced and on March 3, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the FASTER Act, moving the legislation one step closer to law.

Shaelyn suggests, “If you live with a food allergy or have a loved one with a food allergy, please contact your Representative, ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 1202 and pass it.  Also, please contact your Senator and let them know that more needs to be done by way of funding and research to protect over 32 million people from life-threatening food allergies.”

Next fall, Shaelyn will be attending Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden where she hopes to join the Track Team, the Drama Club and focus on Science, Mandarin, and making new friends.  She also hopes to continue to advocate for food allergy awareness when the opportunity presents itself.

For more information, please visit Shaelyn’s Instagram Account (shaeallergy07) and website (www.nowheyshae.com), both dedicated to food allergy awareness.

Reconciliation Monday set for 3/29

BRIDGEPORT—“Reconciliation Monday” will be held again this year on Monday, March 29 in parishes throughout the diocese.

A total of 26 parishes will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 3-9 pm, so that the lay faithful may experience God’s mercy as Holy Week begins.

The invitation to participate in “Reconciliation Monday” was created in the joyful spirit of Pope Francis who said, “Now is the time to be reconciled with God. Staying on the path of evil is only a source of sadness.”

According to Msgr. Thomas Powers, vicar general of the diocese, because of the ongoing pandemic host parishes may offer Confessions in a variety of venues, which would include confessionals, church bodies, parish centers or outdoor parking lots.

Each will make the determination. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has asked that penitents have the option of confessing anonymously or face-to-face and that a distance of six feet (as recommended by the CDC) is maintained between the priest and penitent.

“Reconciliation Monday” will be hosted from 3-9 pm at the following parishes:

Deanery A (Queen of Peace)

  1. St. Andrew Parish: 435 Anton Street, Bridgeport
  2. St. Ann Parish: 481 Brewster Street, Bridgeport
  3. St. Augustine Cathedral: 359 Washington Avenue, Bridgeport

Deanery B (Mystical Rose)

  1. St. James Parish: 2070 Main Street, Stratford
  2. St. Lawrence Parish: 505 Shelton Avenue, Shelton
  3. St. Mark Parish: 500 Wigwam Lane, Stratford

Deanery C (Queen of Martyrs)

  1. St. Theresa Parish: 5301 Main Street, Trumbull
  2. St. Rose of Lima Parish: 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown

Deanery D (Our Lady, Queen of Confessors)

  1. St. Peter Parish: 104 Main Street, Danbury
  2. St. Edward the Confessor Parish: 21 Brush Hill Road, New Fairfield
  3. St. Joseph Parish: 163 Whisconier Road, Brookfield

Deanery E (Seat of Wisdom)

  1. St. Mary School Hall, 183 High Ridge Road, Ridgefield
  2. Our Lady of Fatima, 229 Danbury Road, Wilton

Deanery F (Queen Assumed into Heaven)

  1. Our Lady of the Assumption Parish: 545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield
  2. St. Pius X Parish: 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield

Deanery G (Mother of Divine Grace)

  1. St. Aloysius Parish: 21 Cherry Street, New Canaan
  2. St. Thomas More Parish: 374 Middlesex Road, Darien
  3. St. Matthew Parish: 216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk

Deanery H (Cause of Our Joy)

  1. The Parish of St. Cecilia-St. Gabriel: 1184 Newfield Avenue, Stamford
  2. Holy Spirit Parish, 403 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford
  3. Sacred Heart Parish: 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford

Deanery I (Mary, Mother of the Church)

  1. The Parish of St. Catherine of Siena and St. Agnes: 4 Riverside Avenue, Greenwich*
  2. St. Mary Parish: 178 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich
  3. St. Michael the Archangel Parish: 469 North Street, Greenwich

** Confessions heard from 5-7:30 pm

(To find a deanery near you, and for a full Confession and Eucharistic Adoration schedule from around the diocese visit: www.bridgeport.org/call-to-renewal.)

Centers of Mercy open throughout the diocese

BRIDGEPORT—Parish Centers of Mercy are now open throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport to offer expanded and evening Confession times along with new Eucharistic Adoration opportunities.

The bishop called for the opening of Centers of Mercy as an important step in renewing the diocese and the welcoming people back to Church in his Pastoral Exhortation, “Let us Enter the Upper Room with the Lord.”

“An essential ingredient in the spiritual and pastoral revival of every community of faith is fostering ever greater availability to the Sacrament of Penance,” said Bishop Caggiano in making available the complete list of Confession and Adoration schedules.

“Before we invite others to experience the liberating word of God’s forgiveness, should we not take this privileged time to relearn how to examine our conscience, admit our sinfulness and seek the forgiveness of our sins through the Sacrament of Penance?” he said.

The bishop said he recognized that the pandemic has created obstacles for many who wish to approach the Sacrament of Penance and to participate in Eucharistic Adoration.

For that reason, he re-established and expanded the Centers of Mercy that were originally opened in the diocese during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy (2015).

The bishop thanked the nine priests who are serving as deans (representing the territorial and pastoral boundaries of the diocese) and to all priests who will be hearing Confessions.

“As we begin our efforts to overcome the debilitating effects of the pandemic and to seize this moment as a time for spiritual and pastoral renewal, I wish to express my thanks for your consideration of this opportunity to serve the faithful of your parish and deanery,” he said.

The designated Centers of Mercy, along with the parishes already offering the Sacrament of Penance throughout the diocese, will observe every protocol needed to maintain the safety of penitent and priest alike.

(For a complete list of parish Confession and Adoration schedules, visit the new Call to Renewal page on the diocesan website: www.bridgeportdiocese.org/call-to-renewal.)

Deanery A – Queen of Peace (Bridgeport)

Centers of Mercy
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Saint Augustine Cathedral
Confessions (English and Vietnamese): Monday through Thursday from 11:15 – 11:55 AM (English) • Wednesday from 6:15 – 7:00 PM (English) • Sunday before and following 2:30 PM mass (Vietnamese)
Eucharistic Adoration: Monday through Friday from 11:00 AM – 12:00PM

Saint Charles Borromeo
Confessions (English, French Creole, Portuguese & Spanish): Thursday from 7:30 – 9:00 PM • Saturday from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 3:00 – 4:00 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: Thursday after 7:00 PM Mass • First Saturday of the month after 8:00AM Mass until 1:00 PM

Other Parishes
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

The Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Bridgeport
Confessions (English and Spanish): Saturday from 3:00 – 4:00 PM • Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 – 6:30 PM (English) • Wednesday from 6:00 – 6:30 PM (Spanish)
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the month from 5:30 – 6:00 PM

Our Lady of Fatima, Bridgeport
Confessions (Portuguese): Saturday from 5:00 – 5:45 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the month from 5:00 – 5:45 PM • First & Third Wednesday from 12:00 – 1:00 PM (Portuguese)

Saint Andrew, Bridgeport
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 – 3:45 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: Following one mass, once a month, please call for schedule

Saint Ann, Bridgeport
Confessions (English and Spanish): Monday through Friday from 8:30 – 9:00 AM • Saturday from 3:00 – 3:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Monday through Friday from 8:30 – 9:00 AM

Saints Cyril and Methodius, Bridgeport
Confessions (English and French): Sunday, thirty minutes before every Mass • First Friday of the month from 5:15 – 5:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the month from 5:00 – 5:45 PM

Saint George, Bridgeport
Confessions (English and Spanish): Monday through Friday after 8:00 AM Mass • Saturday from 5:00 – 6:00 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday before 8:00 AM Mass • Thursday from 6:30 – 7:00 PM

Saint Margaret Shrine, Bridgeport
Confessions (English and Italian): Monday through Saturday following the 8:15 AM Mass • Saturday at 3:00 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Saint Mary, Bridgeport
Confessions (English and Spanish): Saturday from 3:00 – 3:30 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Adoration Chapel open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Saint Michael the Archangel, Bridgeport
Confessions (English and Polish): Monday through Friday from 7:30 -7:55 AM Sunday before every Mass • Wednesday evening from 8:30 – 8:55 PM • Saturday from 3:30 – 3:45 PM • First Friday of the month from 6:00 – 6:55 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30 – 6:55 AM • First Friday of the month from 6:00 – 7:00 PM • First Saturday of the month from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Deanery B – Mystical Rose (Shelton, Stratford)

Centers of Mercy
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Saint James, Stratford
Confessions (English): Saturday from 12:15 – 1:30 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Drive-up only, held 24/7

Saint Lawrence, Shelton (Huntington)
Confessions (English): Saturday from 4:00 – 4:45 PM • Sunday from 11:00 – 11:30 AM
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Saint Mark, Stratford
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Friday from 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Other Parishes
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Holy Name of Jesus, Stratford
Confessions (English): Wednesday from 12:10 – 1:00 PM • Saturday from 3:30 – 4:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Wednesday from 12:10 – 1:00 PM • Saturday from 3:30 – 4:45 PM

Our Lady of Grace, Stratford
Confessions (English): Saturday from 1:15 – 2:15 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Friday from 1:00 – 3:00 PM (during Lent)

Our Lady of Peace, Stratford
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:15 – 4:00 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesday from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM • Saturday from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Saint Joseph, Shelton
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesday from 1:00 – 7:00 PM • Friday from 1:00 – 7:00 PM

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, Shelton
Confessions (English): Tuesday from 6:00 – 7:00 PM • Friday from 4:40 – 5:15 PM • Saturday from 3:00 – 3:45 PM

Deanery C – Queen of Martyrs (Monroe, Newtown, Trumbull)

Centers of Mercy
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Saint Catherine of Siena, Trumbull
Confessions (English): Tuesday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM • Saturday from 3:30 – 4:30 PM (or by appointment)
During Lent: Tuesday from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM
During Lent: 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Saint Theresa, Trumbull
Confessions (English): Thursday from 7:00 – 8:30 PM • Friday from 7:30 – 8:00 AM & 4:30 – 5:30 PM • Saturday from 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

Other Parishes
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Christ the King, Trumbull
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 – 4:30 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: Monday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Saint Jude, Monroe
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 – 3:30 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the Month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Saint Rose of Lima, Newtown
Confessions (English): Thursday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM • Saturday from 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Thursday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM • First Friday from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Saint Stephen, Trumbull
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:30 – 4:30 (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: Friday from 9:30 – 10:30 AM (During Lent)

Deanery D – Our Lady, Queen of Confessors (Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, Sherman)

Centers of Mercy
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Saint Joseph, Brookfield
Confessions (English): Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM • Saturday from 4:00 – 4:45 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Other Parishes
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Holy Trinity, Sherman
Confessions (English): By appointment only

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Danbury
Confessions (English and Portuguese): Friday from 6:00 – 7:00 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: Friday from 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Our Lady of Aparecida, Danbury
Confessions (English and Portuguese): Saturday from 3:30 – 4:30 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: Friday from 5:00 – 6:30 PM

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Danbury
Confessions (Spanish): Saturday from 5:00 – 6:15 PM

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Danbury
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Monday to Friday from 8:00 – 8:30 AM • Friday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Saint Edward the Confessor, New Fairfield
Confessions (English): Thursday from 9:30 – 10:15 AM • Saturday from 3:15 – 3:45 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: Second Sunday of the month from 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Saint Gregory the Great, Danbury
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 – 3:45 PM • Sunday from 11:00 – 11:45 AM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: Friday from 8:30 – 9:15 AM

Saint Joseph, Danbury
Confessions (English): Friday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM • Saturday from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 3:00 – 3:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Friday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, Brookfield
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:30 – 4:15 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: None presently, Adoration Chapel suspended Due to Covid-19

Saint Mary, Bethel
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 – 4:00 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the month from 12:00 – 9:00 PM

Saint Peter, Danbury
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:30 – 4:30 PM (English) • Sunday from 4:00 – 4:45 PM (Spanish) (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the month from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Deanery E – Seat of Wisdom (Georgetown, Redding Ridge, Ridgefield, Weston, Wilton)

Centers of Mercy
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Saint Francis of Assisi, Weston
Confessions (English): Saturday from 4:00 – 4:45 PM • Sunday from 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Wednesday from 3:00 – 8:00 PM (in the main church)

Other Parishes
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Our Lady of Fatima, Wilton
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 PM

Sacred Heart/Saint Patrick, Redding Ridge
Confessions (English): Saturday from 4:30 – 5:00 PM

Saint Elizabeth Seton, Ridgefield
Confessions (English): Saturday from 4:30 – 5:00 PM

Saint Mary, Ridgefield
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 – 4:00 PM • Tuesday from 4:00 – 4:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Deanery F – Queen Assumed into Heaven (Easton, Fairfield, Westport)

Centers of Mercy
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Our Lady of the Assumption, Fairfield
Confessions (English): Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM • Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM • First Friday of the month from 8:00 AM Friday to 7:15 AM Saturday

St. Pius X, Fairfield
Confessions (English): Wednesday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM • Saturday from 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesday from 8:00 – 9:00 PM

Saint Thomas Aquinas, Fairfield
Confessions (English): Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:30 PM • Saturday from 4:00 – 4:45 PM

Other Parishes
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

The Church of the Assumption, Westport
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:30 – 4:15 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Holy Cross, Fairfield
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:45 – 4:15 PM

Holy Family and Saint Emery, Fairfield
Confessions (English): By appointment only
Eucharistic Adoration: Available before all weekday & weekend masses

Notre Dame, Easton
Confessions (English): Saturday from 4:15 – 4:45 PM

Saint Anthony of Padua, Fairfield
Confessions (English): by appointment only

Saint Luke, Westport
Confessions (English): Saturday from 4:30 – 5:15 PM

Deanery G – Mother of Divine Grace (Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk)

Centers of Mercy
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

St. Thomas More, Darien
Confession (English): Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM • Saturday from 3:45 – 4:15 PM • Sunday from 8:15 – 8:45 Am & 4:45 – 5:15 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM • First Friday of the Month from 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Other Parishes
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Saint Aloysius, New Canaan
Confessions (English): Saturday from 4:00 – 4:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Friday from 7:30 – 8:30 PM • Thursday from 12:00 – 5:15 PM (During Lent)

Saint Jerome, Norwalk
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 – 3:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Daily from 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Saint John, Darien
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 – 4:00 PM • Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:00 PM (During Advent and Lent)
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the Month from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM • Friday from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (During Advent and Lent)

Saint Joseph – Saint Ladislaus, Norwalk
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 – 3:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Thursday from 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Saint Mary, Norwalk
Confession (English): Monday through Friday from 11:00 – 11:55 AM • Saturday from 3:00 – 3:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Wednesday from 1:00 – 4:00 PM • Friday from 7:30 – 11:30 AM

Saint Matthew, Norwalk
Confession (English): Saturday from 2:45 – 3:30 PM • First Tuesday of the Month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: First Tuesday of the Month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM • First Friday of the Month from 1:00 – 7:00 PM

Saint Phillip, Norwalk
Confession (English): Saturday from 4:00 – 4:30 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the Month from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Saint Thomas the Apostle, Norwalk
Confessions (English): Saturday from 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Monday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM • First Friday of the Month from 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Deanery H – Cause of Our Joy (Stamford)

Centers of Mercy
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Holy Spirit, Stamford
Confessions (English): Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:30 PM • Tuesday from 7:00 – 9:00 PM (During Lent and Advent)

Other Parishes
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Holy Name of Jesus, Stamford
Confessions (English): Fridays from 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Our Lady, Star of the Sea
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:30 – 4:00 PM

Sacred Heart
Confessions (English): Saturday from 2:45 – 3:45 PM (or by appointment)

Saint Bridget of Ireland
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 – 3:30 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the month from 8:00 PM – Midnight

Saint Clement
Confessions (English): Saturday at 4:00 (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the month from 8:00 – 9:00 AM

Saint Cecilia, Stamford
Confessions (English): Wednesday from 7:30 – 9:00 PM

Saint John the Evangelist, Stamford
Confessions (English): Thursday from 7:00 -8:00 PM

Deanery I – Mary, Mother of the Church (Greenwich)

Centers of Mercy
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Saint Mary, Greenwich
Confessions (English): Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:30 PM • Saturday from 2:45 – 3:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the month from 12:30 – 5:00 PM

Other Parishes
Confession and Eucharistic Adoration Schedule

Sacred Heart
Confessions: By appointment only

Saint Catherine of Siena and Saint Agnes, Riverside
Confessions (English): First Saturday of the month from 3:00 – 4:00 PM at Saint Agnes (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

Saint Michael the Archangel
Confessions (English): Wednesday from 9:30 – 10:30 AM & 7:00 – 8:00 PM • Saturday from 3:15 – 3:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Wednesday from 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM

Saint Paul
Confessions (English): Saturday from 3:00 – 3:45 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the month following the 9:00 AM Mass

Saint Roch
Confessions (English): Saturday from 4:00 – 4:30 PM (or by appointment)
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of the month from 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Bishop will consecrate diocese to St. Joseph Tonight, 7 pm

BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will consecrate the Diocese of Bridgeport to the protection and intercession of St. Joseph, the Patron of the Universal Church, at a Pontifical Mass live-streamed from St. Augustine’s Cathedral in Bridgeport on Friday, March 19, 7 pm.

The consecration Mass will begin at 6:30 pm with a Rosary led by Bishop Caggiano. In addition to the thousands expected to view the live-streamed Mass, the cathedral will allow for limited in-person attendance consistent with social distancing and mask requirements.

The bishop has also invited pastors throughout the diocese to celebrate Mass at the same time in order to link the diocese together in prayer and purpose.

In his recent Pastoral Exhortation, “Let us Enter the Upper Room with the Lord,” the bishop said he chose the Solemnity of St. Joseph to launch the “Call to Renewal” because St. Joseph, the righteous one, is being honored this year throughout the Church.

“For he was a man well acquainted with unexpected change, having his life upended by visits from the Archangel Gabriel and flight into an unknown land. Yet, it was his courage, strength of faith and quiet perseverance that allowed him to overcome the challenges the Holy Family faced. He quietly and faithfully guided and protected the Lord Jesus and our Lady until his death.

The bishop said a plenary indulgence will be available for all those who participate in either the diocesan or parish celebrations. The spiritual requirements needed to receive this extraordinary grace will be published shortly. As we begin this journey of renewal.

“I can think of no better guide and protector to whom we can entrust our journey than St. Joseph. May he help us quietly and faithfully to fulfill the work that lies before us,” the bishop said.

Pope Francis proclaimed the special year in observance of the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being named Patron of the Universal Church by Blessed Pius IX. The pontiff also issued an Apostolic Letter titled Patris corde, (“With a Father’s Heart”) in order “to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal.”

The foster-father of the Son of God, Pope Francis says, was “a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father, a father who is creatively courageous, a working father…a father in the shadows.”

The year dedicated to St. Joseph, which runs until March 2022, will have a calendar of events centered on the different titles by which the saint is known, such as Hope of the Sick, Patron of Workers, Comforter of the Afflicted, Protector of the Church, Patron of the Dying, Head of the Holy Family and Protector of Families.

(This pontifical Mass will be live-streamed on our diocesan website homepage: www.bridgeportdiocese.org. The live-stream can also be accessed on our diocesan Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BridgeportDiocese and youtube channel: www.youtube.com/c/BridgeportDiocese.)

Trumbull Prayer Group prepares for Consecration to St. Joseph

TRUMBULL—As Catholics worldwide begin the observance of the Year of St. Joseph, a group of local parishioners gathered weekly in preparation for a special consecration to this Patron of the Universal Church.

Father Terrence Walsh, pastor of Christ the King Church in Trumbull, organized this prayer group around Father Donald H. Calloway’s text “Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father,” with the hope that his participants would grow in their love and devotion to this saint.

“Joseph is our spiritual father, a role model who intercedes for us,” said Father Walsh. “He has a real effect on our lives and helps to orient our spiritual well-being.”

When someone is “consecrated to St. Joseph,” Father Walsh said, they make a special commitment to him, entrusting themselves entirely to his care as he leads them to God. “You have to want that consecration. It’s an act of will. It’s like saying to him, ‘You’re the boss!’” Father Walsh added.

With the Solemnity of St. Joseph falling close to Easter, many participants, including JoAnn Zimmerman, said this prayer group was an ideal Lenten observance and would aid in centering them in their spiritual life. “I decided that this would be a wonderful way to spend this season of reflection and preparation before the celebration of Easter,” said Zimmerman, a parishioner at Christ the King.

To better understand the presence of St. Joseph’s paternal love, the 25 members of this group have followed the “33-Day Preparation” outlined in Father Calloway’s book. This includes short daily readings of commentary from the author, scripture passages, and inspirational words from other saints, ending with the Litany of St. Joseph. During the Monday evening meetings on Zoom, Father Walsh begins by sharing his observations and interpretations of the readings, interspersed with personal anecdotes, and then opens the conversation for participants to offer their own comments, some serious, some emotional but always unique, as every person seems to have their own reason for the saint’s importance in their lives.

“The book reads like a treasure trove of stories surrounding this most silent saint,” Gina Cosgrove, a member of the group, said of the text. “He is the perfect saint to befriend us, whatever our situation. I’m just beginning to appreciate what a marvelous spiritual father we have in St. Joseph.”

Father Walsh said he enjoys the “beautiful camaraderie” the participants have as they look to live out their faith and help one another. “Everyone is interested in growing in their knowledge and love. We could talk for hours!” he said, noting how quickly the 60-minute sessions fly by. “We all have the joy of the same mind and purpose. This group reminds me of coming together and breaking bread as a family.”

The perspective of a “family” emerges in all the readings and discussions as participants come to better see St. Joseph as the head of the Holy Family, the loving foster father of Jesus, and the dignified, virtuous husband of Mary, “a gentleman, a protector, and a man pure of heart,” writes Father Calloway. He tells readers that “now is the time of St. Joseph,” as the world greatly needs him and his role as defender of the family—the foundation of society—with marriage at the heart of creation and redemption.

According to Father Calloway, St. Joseph is also “the Increaser,” having the power to increase the presence of God in one’s life, which then encourages followers to spread the saint’s virtues to others. As a catechist at Christ the King, Zimmerman said she often shares readings from the text with her students. “This helps them better understand Jesus, Mary, and Joseph—the models of a beautiful, loving and humble family that we should all try to emulate,” she said.

“Devotion to St. Joseph has blossomed,” said Father Walsh, “and is now in full bloom. The world is in need, and he is the one to help us.”