Monthly Newspaper • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT

Ambassador Training Program in Spanish

BRIDGEPORT – Work has begun on offering the ambassador training program in Spanish. Father Gustavo Falla, Vicar for Hispanic Catholics, in collaboration with four other Spanish-speaking priests, is collaborating with Father Michael Novajosky to organize the program, with a proposed start at the beginning of May.

Registration materials will be distributed next Monday, April 19th. As was true for the English language track, pastors will be asked to nominate persons from his parish to attend the formation program. The registration process will be identical to that which was done in March.

The formation experience will begin with in-person orientation sessions, as was offered in English. For more information, contact your Pastor.

“Notas” acerca del Cuarto de Arriba #5

La Diócesis pronto inaugurará la sección en Español del programa de experiencia de formación para Embajadores. Se prevé que este programa se dará inicio a comienzos del mes de Mayo. Habrá más información disponible acerca de esto la próxima semana. Les solicitamos a todos aquellos interesados que contacten a su pastor para discutir su posible registro al programa.

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

Diocese launches the “Call to Renewal” Website

BRIDGEPORT—  The Diocese has launched the “Call to Renewal” website to serve as a guide to the Year of St. Joseph and overall renewal efforts.

The website is designed to provide information related to the spiritual and pastoral renewal of the diocese as called for in Bishop Caggiano’s Pastor Exhortation, “Let us Enter the Upper Room with the Lord.”

“I come to you now, when many may be wondering about the future direction of our Church, to invite you to begin this spiritual journey with me, seeking the Lord’s grace to transform this time of suffering into a springtime of renewal for the life of the Church,” he said in his introductory letter.

The website includes updates on the Year of St. Joseph, the Diocesan Ambassadors Program, opportunities for Reconciliation and Eucharistic Adoration, and more.

“I pray that you will find these resources helpful as we seek to renew our Church in Fairfield County,” said the bishop.

Materials on the website include an introduction from the bishop, a link to his  Pastoral Exhortation in its entirety, which is available in both English and Spanish.  A professionally recorded audio version is also available for those who prefer to listen to it as they drive or perform other tasks.

The website will also feature weekly “Notes from the Upper Room” by Bishop Caggiano along with a timeline explaining the Year of St. Joseph as well as liturgies and activities during the renewal period.

The bishop issued his Pastoral Exhortation on Ash Wednesday urging the people of the diocese to move forward in faith and evangelization. In the letter, he provides the framework that will make it possible by designating  Centers of Mercy and Centers of Eucharistic Adoration throughout the diocese.  He also calls for the commissioning of lay “Ambassadors” to go out into the community later in the year to share their faith and invite others back to the Church. The ambassador training is now underway in the diocese and the new website will feature many of their stories.

To visit the “Call to Renewal” website: https://www.bridgeportdiocese.org/call-to-renewal/welcome/, or click “A Call to Renewal” at the top of our Homepage.

 

St. Aloysius parishioner creates audio of Pastoral Exhortation

BRIDGEPORT—On Ash Wednesday Bishop Frank J. Caggiano published his first Pastoral Exhortation: “Let Us Enter the Upper Room with the Lord,” which is now available in audio form.

The 5,000 word letter is a call to renewal through a personal and communal journey of faith throughout the year, and it provides the framework that will make it possible. The Pastoral Exhortation was published in full in the February issue of Fairfield County Catholic and is available online through the diocesan website at: www.bridgeportdiocese.org/let-us-enter-the-upper-room-with-the-lord.

Thanks to the generosity of John Patrick Walsh, an accomplished actor, voice-over talent and parishioner of St. Aloysius Parish in New Canaan, the bishop’s pastoral exhortation is now available in audio form.

“In order to accommodate those who do not have time to read such a lengthy document, I have had the privilege to work with John Patrick Walsh, an accomplished voice actor who has generously given of his time and talent to record my Pastoral Exhortation so that it can reach more of our diocesan faithful,” said the bishop.

The bishop said he hopes that the faithful will be able to listen to it while driving, working or doing household chores—as they do with other podcasts during the day when they have time or are involved in an activity that permits them to listen.

“I was honored to have been trusted with this voiceover project as Bishop Caggiano’s words are so vital to our faith community.  I’ve recorded some Christian audiobooks over the years for Zondervan and Oasis Audio and have always enjoyed getting the opportunity to connect my own faith life with my voiceover work,” said John Walsh.

He added that Bishop Caggiano’s choice in placing emphasis on “The Upper Room” spoke to him in a personal way because he has spent a good part of the pandemic months gathering with friends on Tuesday evenings at St. Aloysius Parish in New Canaan as part of the parish’s weekly Men’s Ministry with Father David Roman.

“It’s important for men to have a regular gathering place to discuss their faith lives and gain wisdom and strength, especially now as we look forward to our post-pandemic lives. As Bishop Caggiano pointed out, why can’t we come out of this “twilight” period stronger in our faith by connecting more wholeheartedly to Jesus? We can certainly match the darkness with Light, and then some,” said Walsh.

The bishop’s exhortation is a call to personal and communal renewal of faith. His encouraging words come at the right time after a year of suffering and anxiety that has left people feeling dispirited and uncertain about their lives and perhaps about the future of the Church, after the prolonged pause from Mass and the sacraments experienced by so many of the faithful.

The bishop asks the faithful to reflect on the image of the Upper Room in the Gospel of Luke (22: 7-12) and reminds us that it was “where the Lord often gathered with His apostles in times of challenge or decision, to strengthen them for what lay ahead…. In the Upper Room on the night before he died, the Lord fed His apostles both His Word and His Sacred Body and Blood. The same gifts await you and me, if we are willing to receive them.”

While liturgies and other activities are planned for the year, the bishop makes it clear, 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 hopefully 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.

The diocese is also working on translating the Exhortation into Spanish and it hopes to have that available by the end of this week.

The audio file can be found and listened to in its entirety at: https://podfollow.com/bishopfrank/episode/05c39ce1cdfdc76468af56da7d217fbcdadb5d1f/view. You can also find it wherever you listen to podcasts.

 

Novena to St. Joseph set to help faithful to prepare for consecration

BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has announced a diocesan Novena to St. Joseph in preparation for the consecration of the Diocese of Bridgeport to St. Joseph on March 19.

“All are invited to participate in a special Novena to Saint Joseph that will seek his intercession upon our diocese during this celebratory year. I encourage all the faithful to participate in this diocesan-wide devotion to the Patron of the Universal Church during the Year to Saint Joseph,” said Bishop Caggiano.

The Novena will begin on Wednesday, March 10th and end on March 18th, and will take place at 7 pm every evening via Zoom and the Diocesan YouTube. People will be able to access the novena through the diocesan website and social media.

“I ask that all who are able join us in praying this Novena within the diocese as we ready ourselves to enter this period spiritual preparation to a much larger call to diocesan renewal,” the bishop said.

In order to help people to prepare for the consecration, the bishop said a special Novena to Saint Joseph has been crafted alongside that of the traditional Litany of Saint Joseph, which has been included among other prayers to St. Joseph enriched with a plenary indulgence.

The indulgence may be earned once a day subject to the usual conditions: sacramental confession, reception of Holy Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Pope, and a total detachment to all sin, including venial sin.

“The Novena has been written to engage various intercessory levels of Saint Joseph’s patronage upon our diocese, as we answer a call to the renewal of Christian life and prepare for a great evangelical outreach that will begin this Fall,” the bishop said.

The Novena begins with the Litany of St. Joseph and includes this prayer, “O God, who in your inexpressible providence were pleased to choose Saint Joseph as spouse of the most holy Mother of your Son, grant, we pray, that we, who revere him as our protector on earth, may be worthy of his heavenly intercession. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.”

In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis proclaimed a special “Year of Saint Joseph” with the release of his Apostolic Letter Patris Corde (“With a Father’s Heart”).

On March 19th, 7 pm, Bishop Caggiano will consecrate the Diocese of Bridgeport to the patronage of Saint Joseph, the Patron of the Universal Church, at a Pontifical Mass live-streamed from St. Augustine’s Cathedral in Bridgeport. Pastors throughout the diocese will also celebrate Mass at the same time to link the diocese together in prayer and purpose.

The Diocesan celebration of St. Joseph will launch a the call to renewal announced by Bishop Caggiano in February 17 his pastoral exhortation, “Let us Enter the Upper Room with the Lord.”

Texting prayers to help unite faithful during Lent

BRIDGEPORT— Bishop Frank J. Caggiano is putting the power of social media to work during the Lenten season by asking area Catholics to pray together each day at 4 pm.

Those who participate will receive a daily text message, offering a specific intention and asking that they pray one Hail Mary, in communion with everyone else who is receiving the same text.

The daily text is part of the Bishop’s “Upper Room” initiative, a call to renewal of the diocese that began with the issuing of his pastoral exhortation, “Let Us Enter the Upper Room with the Lord,” on Ash Wednesday, February 17.

The plan for renewal begins with a preparatory period of prayer and will move into a more active, public phase in the Fall. One of the major focuses of the initiative is to welcome people back as the pandemic subsides and also invites other who no longer practice the faith to come back to Church.

In a letter to priests, the bishop said a text message will be sent to all participants, inviting them to stop whatever they are doing and pray for a specific intention, followed by the recitation of one Hail Mary.

“This simple gesture unites thousands of people in prayer, while reminding us of the place that prayer should play in our ordinary lives.,” said Bishop Caggiano, who will issue spiritual challenges on a regular basis through the “Notes from the Upper Room” web page.

On Divine Mercy Sunday 2017, the Diocese first announced The Face of Prayer, an online prayer experience that brings together social media, text alerts, and the power of prayer. To date, over eight million prayer texts that have been shared by subscribers.

To join the “Face of Prayer” movement, simply text the word pray from your smartphone to 55778. You will automatically receive a response to confirm your subscription. Standard texting rates apply