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Bishop, Caritas Staffer Say Situation in Mexico Serious, Much Aid Needed

MEXICO CITY (CNS) — A Catholic bishop and a Caritas worker in Mexico said the situation was extremely serious after the Sept. 19 earthquake, and much aid would be needed.
“The situation is complicated, because the first earthquake (Sept. 7) had already affected thousands of people in Chiapas and Oaxaca,” Alberto Arciniega, head of communications for Caritas Mexico, told Catholic News Service Sept. 20. “The church is continuing to assist those dioceses, but with what happened yesterday, the emergency situation is being re-evaluated to get a more exact assessment of the aid that is needed.”

More than 1,500 Expected to Make Diocesan Pilgrimage to Washington, D. C. this Weekend

BRIDGEPORT—Thirty buses will leave from parishes and schools throughout Fairfield County this Saturday morning to take more than 1,500 faithful on the diocesan pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for a day of prayer and worship.

A Special Message from Msgr. Tom Powers, Vicar General

BRIDGEPORT— Members of the Diocese are headed to Ethiopia and Lebanon! In conjunction with Catholic Relief Services and Turning Wine Into H2O, we are sending a Diocesan delegation to Ethiopia to observe and witness clean water projects throughout the country. Msgr Powers, along with four priests from around the Diocese will join a contingent of people from the Diocese of Bridgeport, including Social Media Leader, John Grosso, on the trip to Ethiopia on October 1st.

The Courage to Speak!

FAIRFIELD– The Courage to Speak Foundation Presentation Ginger and Larry Katz, Co-Founders of the Courage to Speak® Foundation will be speaking at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, 545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield on Thursday, October 19th at 6:30 PM in the Parish Hall.

Fairfield U #3 in Northern Region by U.S. News & World Report

FAIRFIELD—Recognized among the nation’s best universities and colleges, Fairfield University’s undergraduate teaching program places 3rd in the Northern Region, and the University was recognized among the best nationally for service learning. Additionally, Fairfield’s Dolan School of Business made the national list once again for “Best Undergraduate Business Programs.”


SHU Ranked #4 Most Innovative School in the North, According to U.S. News & World Report

FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University was ranked one of the most innovative universities as well as one of the best universities in the North, according to U.S.News & World Report’s newly released guidebook, Best Colleges 2018.

“As one of the fastest growing Catholic universities in the nation, we are pleased to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review and many others for the educational excellence we provide,” said SHU President John J. Petillo.


Knights of Columbus Hold 3rd Annual 9-11 Memorial Mass

In a solemn outdoor ceremony held on Saturday morning, September 9th on the beautiful grounds of Notre Dame Health & Rehabilitation Center in Norwalk, members of Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick 4th Degree Assembly were joined by their families as well as residents and staff of Notre Dame at a special Mass in remembrance of those who lost their lives sixteen years ago on September 11, 2001.


KeyBank Foundation Donates $15,000 to Support Foundations in Education

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BRIDGEPORT – The Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport announced a donation of $15,000 by KeyBank Foundation, the nonprofit charitable foundation of KeyCorp, to the Foundations in Education, which provides scholarship assistance to students attending catholic schools in Fairfield County.

Bishop praises teachers for forming students in “mind and faith”

BRIDGEPORT—Describing teachers as the “spiritual mothers and fathers” of their students, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano told Catholic educators that in addition to building academic skills they are also forming young people in the faith and values that will guide them over a lifetime.

Bishops’ Annual Labor Day Statement Scores ‘Excessive Inequality’

WASHINGTON (CNS) — “Excessive inequality” threatens cooperation among all people in society “and the social pact it supports,” said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, in the U.S. bishops’ annual Labor Day statement. In the message, Bishop Dewane cited the words of Pope Francis, who told factory workers in Genoa, Italy, “The entire social pact is built around work.

‘Hear the Cry of the Earth,’ Pope and Patriarch Urge in Ecology Message

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Environmental destruction is a sign of a “morally decaying scenario” in which too many people ignore or deny that, from the beginning, “God intended humanity to cooperate in the preservation and protection of the natural environment,” said the leaders of the Catholic and Orthodox churches.

Diocese celebrates Patronal Feast

BRIDGEPORT—Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Augustine, the Patron Saint of the Diocese of Bridgeport! Read Bishop Frank’s reflection on St. Augustine:

“Saint Augustine came to faith after many years of struggling with a dissolute lifestyle. Afterwards he wrote his autobiography entitled “The Confessions”. It is a beautiful testimony of how the power of grace helped Augustine to find his way to Christ.


Catholic groups are mobilizing to help in Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath

WASHINGTON—Catholic dioceses and charities are quickly organizing to help in the aftermath of a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall with heavy rains and winds of 130 miles per hour late August 25 into the Rockport, Texas area, northeast of Corpus Christi. The National Weather Service said in a tweet August 27 that the rainfall expected after the hurricane and storm are over “are beyond anything experienced before.”


Fr. Louis Michael Pintye, 62

BRIDGEPORT— Father Louis Pintye, O.F.M., Pastor of St. Emery Parish in Fairfield ’s for 13 years from 1998 to 2011 passed into eternal life on August 20, 2017 at Mount Alverna Friary-Shrine of Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted in Youngstown, Ohio, after a lengthy illness.

A memorial mass was held Saturday, 11:00 AM, August 26th at St. Emery’s Church, 838 Kings Highway East, Fairfield.

Onstage Includes SHU Theater Program in Annual Top 10

FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University’s (SHU) theatre arts program has been recognized by OnStage Blog as a leading college theater program, and one of the fastest-growing programs in the country. In its annual review entitled “Top-10 most underrated college theater programs for 2017,” Founder and Editor in Chief Christopher Peterson highlights U.S. college theater programs that may not be getting a lot of attention outside their region, but are generating a buzz in the theater community. Sacred Heart University’s theater program appears in his top-10 listing for the Northeast.

Fr. Reggie’s reflection

I was blessed to be taught at a young age, that you can learn from anyone and any situation. As we look back to the incidents that occurred in Charlottesville, VA—there is much to be learned and many actions that need to happen in our lives as individuals as well as a community. I wonder in my mind, what the Founding Fathers of our country would think of what has gone on recently but more importantly—where are we as a country.


Superintendent Steve Cheeseman’s Letter to Teachers to Begin the School Year

Dear Colleagues in Ministry,

As we begin this new school year I just want to take a moment to thank all of you for the work you do for the young people who attend our Catholic Schools. Each day, I am inspired by the work you do, individually and collectively, to ensure that the children who have been placed in our care are educated in school communities that understand that God’s promise for the future rests in our hands as we shape the next generation of the faithful and that strive to recognize the dignity, uniqueness and beauty of every child.

Don’t Go to Sleep Without Thanking the Lord

BRIDGEPORT— In this video Bishop Caggiano reminds us that a final prayer before going to sleep is a good way to examine our consciences and be reminded of God’s forgiveness and love for us. The bishop reminds us that evening prayer is an opportunity for us “to ask the Lord if we have offended him or our neighbor,” and be rewarded in the “freshness and renewal” that prayer can bring.

September Concert

DARIEN—St. Thomas More Church, Darien hosts Men En Masse in September. Join us on Saturday, September 16 at 7:30 pm for an evening of music with Men En Masse, the summer men’s chorus from Connecticut Chamber Choir, conducted by Galen Tate.


Knights Summer Outing for the Kids!

NORWALK—For nine of the ten years Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council #14360 has been in existence they have assisted or sponsored various events for the Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) in Norwalk, which has included the Agency’s annual Foster Care picnic and outings to Bluefish games as well as a day of painting with teens and seniors.

Students Get a Jump Start on School Year

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BRIDGEPORT—What do you get when you combine an engaging math and language arts program with live animals, an ice cream truck and an 80-foot, three-masted sharpie schooner? One memorable and meaningful summer enrichment program which at the Catholic Academy of Bridgeport is called “Jump Start.”

Enthusiastic Response to Bishop’s Call to Pilgrimage in D.C.

BRIDGEPORT—People throughout the diocese are responding to Bishop Frank Caggiano’s call to join him in a diocesan pilgrimage to Washington D. C. on September 23.

As of today, the diocese has reserved more than 15 buses for the special, one-day pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for a day of prayer and worship.

Concert in Stamford

STAMFORD—Come hear Krista Adams-Santilli with Frank Mastrone and Friends in Concert on September 16 at 6:30 pm at Sacred Heart Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford. Tickets are $50 per person. For Information and tickets call 203.968.1234

Bishops Ask for Peace After White Nationalist Rally Turns Deadly

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The bishop from the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Virginia called for peace following violence in Charlottesville late on Aug. 11 and subsequent events at the University of Virginia that left at least one person dead after a car plowed into a crowd on the afternoon of Aug. 12 during a white nationalist rally.

Polka Mass

FAIRFIELD—Holy Cross Church, at 750 Tahmore Drive, across from Lake Mohegan, Fairfield is having its annual picnic starting with a Polka Mass at 11 am on Sunday September 10. Live entertainment by the Polka Quads of Pennsylvania will start at Noon and run throughout the day.


Sacred Heart University to celebrate opening of Center for Healthcare Education

FAIRFIELD—After nearly two years of construction, Sacred Heart University’s new Center for Healthcare Education is ready to open.

Staff and faculty from the College of Health Professions and College of Nursing have moved into the state-of-the-art building, and students will begin their studies with the latest technology and modern features there this fall. The official unveiling will be Friday, September 22, at 11 am, and health-care workshops and lectures will take place throughout the year to celebrate the new facility and inform the community about the importance of health care.


Appalachia 2017: 26th Annual Trip

KENTUCKY—From June 24-July 2, a group of 42 students and chaperones traveled to Neon, Kentucky for Notre Dame’s 26th annual Appalachia trip. While in Kentucky, the group worked with HOMES, Inc., a group committed to building residential housing and providing low-interest mortgages for residents of this coal-mining community. Notre Dame has worked with HOMES since 2000 (with the exception of two years spent in West Virginia).


Msgr. Kohut, 98, Former Pastor of St. Matthew

NORWALK—Msgr. Joseph Kohut died on August 5 at Notre Dame Convalescent Home in Norwalk. He was 98 years old.

Joseph John Kohut was born on December 12, 1918 in Peekskill N.Y. After graduating high school he was employed as a stenographer at Standard Brands, Inc., and at Texaco. This work was interrupted by his Army service in World War II in France, Germany and Austria, for which he won the Bronze Star., and by Air Force service in the Korean War.