Due to inclement weather, the Catholic Center is closed today, Wednesday March 21, 2018
Monthly Newspaper • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT
St. Ann Third Grade – Students in St. Ann’s School in Black Rock were visited by Catholic Center employees who read them stories, worked on Math problems and and talked about writing. In the photo above, boys and girls inMrs. Baldwin’s Third Grade class enjoy hearing about how Fairfield County Catholic is put together each month!
STRATFORD—Students at St. Mark School in Stratford, grades kindergarten through sixth, have begun preparations for their entries into the New England Science and Sailing (NESS), 2018 Long Island Sound drawing contest. Winners of the contest will get their drawing published in the annual NESS “Long Island Sound & Its Watershed” calendar sponsored by the Dominion Foundation.
BROOKFIELD—Diocesan Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Cheeseman and St. Joseph School Taskforce members unveiled plans for the new school model at a meeting attended by parents and educators last night at St. Joseph Church.
TRUMBULL—This year, the middle school and fourth grade students at St. Theresa School honored those who dedicated their lives to our nation on Veterans Day. This is the third year that the students had been involved in the project, which was initiated by middle school theology teacher John Agostino. The students dedicated a large portion of their day to learning about our nation’s veterans.
CAMDEN—The night groups arrive in Camden, they watch a recent documentary, Pyne Point, which tells the story of Camden through the eyes of the North Camden Little League. This was the second time I had seen this film, but watching it again on Thursday evening, I was as captivated as last year, as I feel it tells the story of Camden’s many struggles so well, Read More
BROOKFIELD – Taskforce and sub-committee members have begun reviewing specific details and plans for the new “multi-age” teaching model at St. Joseph School, said Dr. Steven Cheeseman, Superintendent of Catholic Schools.
NORWALK—This year St. Philip Parish, in collaboration with Catholic Relief Services, will be hosting a FOODFAST fundraiser, Saturday, February 24 from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm. The theme for this year is “Be the Change” and our day will kick off with a peace march and reflections from Mayor Harry Rilling and Senator Bob Duff.
FAIRFIELD—Notre Dame High School recently received two grants from Foundations in Education. Foundations in Education is a non-profit initiative created to assist the Diocese of Bridgeport’s ongoing mission to support Catholic education in Fairfield County Read More
DANBURY—Honoring veterans for their sacrifice and service has always been a tradition at Immaculate High School (IHS). This year the school held a special tribute and created a Hill of Honor to show its appreciation for its alumni, staff and family members, and members of the general community, who have served to protect and defend us.
DANBURY—It’s been an amazing fall athletics season for Immaculate High School in Danbury, which has won two SWC championship titles and one State championship so far this year.
EASTON—A group from of Notre Dame of Easton parish visited three local Sacred Sites In Litchfield County on Thursday, October 12th.
STAMFORD—Trinity Catholic High School has partnered with Student Support Services at Stamford Public Schools Collaborative on a community service project. A private donor has given funds to Student Support Services to purchase 500 new coats.
NORWALK—St. Mary’s Church and the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny are pleased to announce a conference and Mass commemorating the tenth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum on Thursday, October 19 at St. Mary’s Church, 669 West Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut. Those interested are cordially invited to attend. The event is free of charge but goodwill offerings will be gratefully accepted.
DANBURY—Immaculate High School is proud to announce that John Palladino ‘18 of Danbury was named a Semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition. He is one of 220 Connecticut students and one of 16,000 students nationwide to have an eligibility score for the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards. Semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. High School students who took the PSATs during their junior year.
BRIDGEPORT—“Speed and familiarity” often get in the way of effective service and ministry, speaker and author Mike Patin said at the Catholic Center this morning.
RIDGEFIELD – On Saturday morning on September 16, 2017, American Heritage Girls Troop CT6877 from St. Mary Parish in Ridgefield, CT celebrated the AHG National Day of Service by serving the clients at the St. Thomas Merton Center Soup Kitchen in Bridgeport, CT.
BRIDGEPORT–When Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the decision to end the DACA program, Bishop Frank Caggiano responded, “The Lord Jesus was very explicit in his call for disciples to welcome any brother or sister in need: “Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name, welcomes me.” (Mark 9:37).”
TRUMBULL—During the last week in June, St. Theresa Parish hosted its seventh annual Vacation Bible Camp, with about 140 campers attending. This year’s theme, “Our Lady of Fatima: the Blessed Mother Speaks to the Children,” was chosen in honor of the hundredth anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917.
WILTON—Alexandra Fordsman, 12, stood before a crowded room at Our Lady of Fatima Parish Saturday late afternoon.
Trumbull CT – April 5, 2017. Living their faith through service to others is important to the students of Saint Catherine of Siena School, and they share their gifts and talents willingly.
NORWALK– In a long standing council tradition, Knights of Columbus Thomas J. Finn Council No. 46 honored Altar servers from 6 parishes in the Greater Norwalk area at the St. Ann Club Banquet facility on March 23rd.
STRATFORD—Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Stratford celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 with a traditional Irish buffet and also honored St. Joseph’s Day with a dessert of Zeppoli.
“A sing along, story telling, Irish and Italian music, decorations created by the Religious Education students and the parish raffle rounded out the evening. The event was organized by the Parish Task Force members.
NEW CANAAN—St. Aloysius School students Kaloyan Dimitrov and Andrew Tully of Norwalk and Alex Lanzillotti of Stamford won First Place for seventh-grade teams in the Physical Science Division at the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair, held at Quinnipiac University from March 14-18.
Trumbull—Erin Welch was recently named Miss Shamrock 2017 for the Greater Bridgeport St Patrick’s Day Parade. Contestants were evaluated based on numerous essays on Irish history, culture and tradition and were interviewed by a panel of judges. Mr. and Miss Shamrock as well as their runner-ups will receive a college scholarship, perform a reading at the St Patrick’s Day Mass, participate in ceremonies throughout the day and ride on the float in the parade.
GREENWICH—Greenwich Catholic School is excited to announce that 7th grader Patrick McHugh won first place in the 7th Grade Physical Science Division of the CT State Science and Engineering Fair on March 19. His project, “Mass Maglev Manufacturing,” focused the use of magnets to increase efficiency in powering wind turbines. In addition, Patrick was a finalist in the Energize CT/eesmarts Alternative/Renewable Energy Awards.
NORWALK—On Saturday March 11, Council 14360 held their 8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner to raise funds for their charitable causes. Over 180 packed the Masterpool Great Room at St. Matthew Church to enjoy some fine corned beef with all the trimmings, as well as a superb performance from the Mulkerin School of Irish Dance.
“For me it was really the kids,” says Jessica Carroll, explaining why she and her husband Brian agreed to become lay chairs at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull for the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal. “They are at the age, nine and ten years old, where we can have substantive conversations about showing charity through action.”
In the past two months, Immaculate High School (IHS) students have won prestigious awards in both art and technology competitions. IHS strives to allow students to attain both academic and extracurricular personal success, and these awards reflect that commitment.
The Immaculate High School boys indoor track and field team won the Class S state championship Tuesday night at the Floyd Little Athletic Center, and the Immaculate girls finished second to perennial powerhouse Bloomfield.
This week is our national celebration of Catholic Schools Week. It is a special time during which we reflect and celebrate the great gift and enduring mission that Catholic education offers to the children and families entrusted to our care.
The St. Ladislaus Youth Group raised funds raised funds to help “Together We Rise” and is donating 36 “Sweet Cases” for foster children in Norwalk area.
Immaculate High School (IHS) recently hosted a special Accepted Students Night for the more than 250 accepted students who are eligible to make up the class of 2021.
The middle school students of St. Theresa School in Trumbull recently honored some of our nation’s Veterans by creating and sending them Veteran’s Day cards. On November 11th, the students wrote to several veterans from both World War II and the Korean War.
This week’s “Hometown Hero,” profiled on the popular TV News12 Connecticut feature, is Sally Kelman of Stamford, a long-time volunteer at New Covenant Center and a member of Temple Sinai in Stamford.
St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Riverside will launch the first of four monthly talks on “Accompanying the Sick and Dying” (Strength for the Journey) on Sunday, January 8, 2017.
There was something missing from St. Mary’s on the city’s East Side, something that became more urgent as summer turned to fall and the subject of Christmas decorations came up. Until a few months ago, St. Mary’s was guided by the Rev. Matthew Bernelli who had been with the church about 12 years. During those years he set up an elaborate Nativity scene in front of the altar. But when he retired, that Nativity scene went with him.
While there are countless gestures of helping those less fortunate at the holidays, the young women who attend Lauralton Hall in Milford are dedicated to service throughout the year.
“This little light of mine, I’m going to make it shine,” sang the entire 14-member cast of the St. Catherine Academy Christmas Pageant as they held tiny candles in their hands. And that light shone in their faces and their voices as they sang in the yearly pageant before Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and an audience of 200 people at St. Catherine Special Needs Center.
Greenwich Catholic School hosted its yearly Christmas concert last night with special guests The Alternate Routes and emcee “Coach” Chris Rodriguez of 107.1 The Peak.
As part of Operation Christmas Child, St. Aloysius School students, parents and staff gathered together recently in the school gymnasium to fill over 130 Christmas gift boxes to be delivered to children around the world.
After many weeks of collecting donations, packaging presents, and volunteering at Mass, the parishioners of St. Leo Parish delivered over 800 Christmas gifts and hundreds of toiletries to eight different organizations throughout the Stamford area.
On November 19, 36 teens from St Jerome Parish in Norwalk gathered for the parish’s fourth annual Night in a Box event. Night in a Box is a homeless awareness project in which TOTAL, the St. Jerome youth group, raises money and collects toiletries for the Open Door Shelter in Norwalk.
St. Joseph High School located at 2320 Huntington Turnpike in Trumbull, Connecticut announced that two of the faculty members are currently on a U.S. Delegation trip in El Salvador located in Central America.
Faced with two possible career paths—journalism or the priesthood—Father Damian Pielesz chose faith. That path has led the Polish native to Wilton, where he is parochial vicar of Our Lady of Fatima, assisting Pastor Reggie Norman.
In a delicious response to the Pastoral Plan, Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Stratford held its first ever International Festival of Foods this fall. Father Andrew Marus, Holy Name’s pastor, led parishioners in grace before the meal.
Student Council moderators Katrina Egan and Rebecca Corso announced that Trinity Catholic High School continued their mission of serving others. Sponsored by the Student Council, the school’s long-standing community service project.
In honor of National Distance Learning Week, Greenwich Catholic School 3rd graders in Mrs. Lisa Barbieri’s class participated in a virtual lesson called “The Science of the Sun” courtesy of NASA’s Digital Learning Network.
By Ellen McGinness
Almost 200 goblins, ghouls, and ghosts marched in the St Aloysius School Halloween parade on Monday. Honoring the longstanding school tradition, upper school students paired up with their lower school “buddies” to march the little ones down Elm Street in New Canaan.
Every other week, students at St. Ann Academy in Bridgeport can be found engaging in team-bonding games and drills. This exercise is part of a new positive climate initiative that St. Ann has kicked off this year.
The Office of the Superintendent of Schools recently took a sort of “school field trip.” The education department attended a Bridgeport Bluefish baseball day game to represent the 31 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Trinity Catholic Middle School in Stamford welcomed 53 incoming 6th graders with a very special orientation on their first day of school. The Class of 2019 was treated to a bagel breakfast, compliments of the Home School Association, and a special “Blessing of the Backpacks” by Rev. William Quinlan, pastor of St. Gabriel Church in Stamford.
A Mass of Thanksgiving for the Canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and the Jubilee for Workers and Volunteers of Mercy Volunteers will be celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano this Sunday, September 4, 2:00 pm at St. Peter Church, 695 Colorado Avenue, Bridgeport. The Mass is open to all.
Students at St. Joseph Elementary School in Shelton were busy volunteering their time this summer to collect food for those in need. Students handed out grocery bags to neighbors, family members, and friends and collected over 700 canned goods to deliver to the Spooner House.
Sylwester Kubisiak & Justyna Moczulski of Stamford carry the Wieniec (Harvest wreath) at the beginning of the 39th Annual Doźynki (Polish Harvest Festival) at Holy Name of Jesus in Stamford.
Our Lady of Fatima School held its commencement exercises on Friday evening, June 10th.
The event included a Mass offered by Our Lady of Fatima Pastor, Rev. Reginald Norman, followed by a reception. Featured commencement speakers were OLF “graduating” parent Kathleen Rooney and Principal Martha Reitman.
Junior Ushers Brooke Valerie and Maximillian Fleming (both age 6), and Kaitlyn Vallerie (age 9) stand by the doors of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Wilton, eager to welcome Sunday Mass-goers.
Our Lady of Fatima is creating a new ministry for the youth of the parish who wish to serve God by welcoming people into his house.
St. James Food Pantry is filled due to the tremendous outpouring of generosity from their faith community. (Tom Rogers pictured)
St. James thanks everyone who went out of their way to share with those less fortunate. The “Stuff-A-Truck” initiative collected more than 300 bags of groceries.
Congratulations to the Pre-Kindergarten class of 2016! On June 8, the Pre-Kindergarten students of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School successfully completed the rigorous Kindergarten program and are well prepared as they look forward to starting Kindergarten in September.
A Prayer Vigil to pray for and honor the memory of those killed and wounded in the shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando will be held at St. Pius X Parish in Fairfield on Wednesday, June 15 at 7pm. The Prayer Vigil is open to all people throughout the diocese.
On one energetic day, May 7, volunteers from five parishes responded to the call, assisting in HomeFront’s intensive day of home repairs delivered at no cost to five local low-income families.
The sixth-grade class at Assumption Catholic School, under the direction of teacher Maureen Travers, raised $1,025 for Operation Rice Bowl, an international organization that is committed to helping to create positive change around the world.
On June 1, St. Joseph High School introduced Paul Dudzinski, Class of ‘82, as the school’s new head coach for Boys’ Basketball.
Damien, a one-man play written by Aldyth Morris and starring Casey Groves, will be performed Tuesday, June 14, 7:00 pm at. St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church in Brookfield.
he St. Lawrence Prayer Group, of St. Lawrence in Shelton will be sponsoring the Veneration of the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Monday, June 27 and Tuesday, June 28.
On Saturday, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano confirmed young people from St. Jude Parish in Monroe. Among the parents in the Church was JoMarie Branco who was deeply moved by the ceremony and the Bishop’s homily.
TRUMBULL—On March 25, the Fraternas (Marian Community of Reconciliation) will mark the 24th anniversary of their founding with a Thanksgiving Mass. All are invited to attend this special Mass, to be held at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull at 7 pm. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will be the principal celebrant.
STAMFORD—On a cold winter evening at the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, a group of young adults gathered together for an evening of prayer and pizza. On this night, and every first Monday of the month, the members of St. John’s Flock meet for an hour of contemplative prayer and Eucharistic adoration, followed by a delicious group dinner at a local restaurant. It’s this unique combination, a mix of faith and fellowship that attracts members to the group.
STRATFORD—An ordinary day at St. Mark School was turned into an extraordinary day for principal, Donna Wuhrer. Through creative and heart-warming activities, the faculty and students at St. Mark School paid a special, surprise tribute to their principal. At morning assembly, the faculty presented her with a tiara and declared the day as “We Love Mrs. Wuhrer Day.”
STAMFORD—Students at Turn of the River Middle School understand that cold feet and hole-y socks are a problem for those struggling to feed their families. Last week, they collected and donated 500 pairs of new socks to New Covenant House.
BETHEL—What a fun (and entertaining!) evening for mid-February at St. Mary School. The eighth-grade students and some recent grads took on the the “old folks:” faculty, parents—even a couple of priests!
BROOKFIELD—Recently, first and second graders at St. Joseph School celebrated Presidents Day in a very real way. Instead of filling out piles of worksheets about the various U.S. Presidents and First Ladies, first and second graders at St. Joseph School each chose a President or First Lady to research.
STRATFORD—The first and fourth grade students at St. Mark School worked together to make “bags of love” for the elderly at Lord Chamberlain Nursing Home in Stratford. The students filled each bag with candy and sweets and included in each a Scripture reading about love. The bags were distributed to nursing home residents in time for Valentine’s Day.
RIVERSIDE—“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’s best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza that brings to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including The Cat in the Hat played by Bonnie Kelley-Young, Horton the Elephant played by Tony Morello, JoJo, a child with a big imagination played by Alexis Killeen, Gertrude McFuzz played by Samantha Holomakoff, Mayzie LaBird played by Christina Kompar.
BRIDGEPORT—St. Ann Black Rock’s Corner Store is now open for business! The Corner Store is packed with great Catholic treasures and gifts. A variety of crucifixes, books, cds, prayer aids, statues, jewelry, art, candles, medals and more fill every corner of our little store. Open for 30 minutes after each of the weekend Masses (Vigil and Sunday), the store is located in its own designated room inside the church.