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Chef performs healthy cooking demo at St. Vincent’s farmers’ market

BRIDGEPORT—St. Vincent’s Farm Stand will host a cooking demo by a local chef Tuesday, July 18 from 12 noon-1 pm at the site of its farmers market, located immediately in front of its main entrance. The event is free and open to the public and is one of four cooking demos to be held at St. Vincent’s Famers Market. The other three dates for cooking demos are August 8, September 12 and October 10. No registration is necessary.

St. Vincent’s Farmer Stand operates every Tuesday from 11:30 am-4 pm through October 31.


Parishes Take “Ignatian Parish Pilgrimage” Sponsored by Fairfield University Center for Ignatian Spirituality

|   Betsy Redgate, St. James Parish
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STRATFORD—From its inception, parish outreach has been one of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality’s primary goals. Bishop Frank Caggiano, welcomed and encouraged the idea of sharing Ignatian spirituality with the people of the Bridgeport diocese, and so the Ignatian Parish Pilgrimage was initiated.

Roundtable says church must ‘recruit, empower’ diverse lay leaders

ORLANDO, FLORIDA More than 100 Catholic leaders attending the Leadership Roundtable’s annual convening in Orlando said the church needs to go beyond “engaging laity” to “appointing, recruiting, promoting and empowering diverse lay leaders.”

“This requires laity and ordained being in right relationship as co-responsible for the mission” of the Catholic Church, said the group in a statement released after the close of its June 29-30 meeting.


Delegation attends National Black Catholic Congress

“The 12th National Black Catholic Congress was held in Orlando, Florida immediately following the USCCB Convocation of Leaders for Evangelization. It was amazing to watch over 2200 attendees from all over the country come together to worship and participate in a historical event that is crucial to the Catholic Church and the African American Community,” says Fr. Reginald Norman, Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Wilton and Episcopal Vicar for African American Catholics in the Diocese of Bridgeport.


Bishop Frank Caggiano and the ‘Power of the Table’

The Bridgeport, Connecticut, shepherd shares his thoughts on the Convocation for Catholic Leaders and the road ahead.

Bishop Frank Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, received an enthusiastic round of applause during the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America” July 1-4 when he unequivocally declared, “Nobody in this room is going to save the Church. We have a Savior, and his name is Jesus Christ!”


Blessed Sacrament prepares for its 100th

BRIDGEPORT—Blessed Sacrament Parish will gratefully, proudly, musically and prayerfully celebrate its 100th Anniversary years on the weekend of September 30-October 1.

All are invited to a celebratory dinner on September 30th at Vazzano’s Four Seasons Restaurant in Stratford (7-10 pm) featuring talent from the parish and a special celebratory bilingual mass (English & Spanish) at 10:30 am on October 1st.


VIP Polo experience on July 9th to benefit neediest families of Fairfield County

BRIDGEPORT—Fairfield County’s Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education has teamed up with Fairfield County Look magazine for a unique opportunity to benefit the neediest families of Fairfield County this summer.

A limited number of charity tickets for a special VIP experience on Sunday, July 9th at Greenwich Polo have been made available at the charity’s website (, and a significant portion of each ticket will benefit The Inner-City Foundation and the neediest families of Fairfield County.


Christ is the only savior of the Church, Bishop Caggiano says at USCCB Convocation

ORLANDO—The following is a video and transcript of Bishop Caggiano’s discussion on “How to Deal with Divisions in the Church.” (July 4, 2017 at the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America”)

“The truth is there is division that comes with the best of intentions and unbridled zeal. ‘I have all the answers. This is the way it’s going to work. This is going to save the Church’.

“Forgive me, no one in this room is saving the Church. We already have a savior. His name is Jesus Christ.

“So it seems to me humility is needed amongst all of us so that we can come together as a family and create a home.

“My mother used to save if you can invite somebody into your home, make sure it’s clean, has enough food, and when they come in the door, they’re family.

“And if we’re going to do that, I think division is something we need to work on.”

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Convocation Delegates sent home to imitate Jesus in reaching the margins

ORLANDO, FL— Jesus took a few loaves and fishes and turned them into a feast for thousands, offering the church an example of faith in action, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said in sending 3,500 delegates home from the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America.”

In the face of adversity and naysayers in today’s world—not unlike the apostles who wondered how they would feed the masses—the church is called to take what they have, as Jesus did and reap the rewards of achieving great things in the face of the impossible, Cardinal DiNardo said in his homily during the convocation’s closing Mass July 4.

Give thanks to God for our freedom

Today we join together as a nation to celebrate the gift of our freedom as enshrined by our Constitution. We commemorate the founding of our nation that is built upon the belief that all people have a God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

We pause to give thanks for all those who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedom, especially those who have died in the line of duty both abroad and here at home. We also salute all the men and women who are working today to guard and protect our nation during these times of turmoil, terrorism and division.

Changing landscape requires mutual accompaniment, Convocation hears

ORLANDO, FL—The U.S. Catholic Church’s increasing diversity presents Catholics with the opportunity to accompany each other on the journey of faith Pope Francis envisions, a Boston College professor told delegates to the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America” in Orlando.

Catholic Conference for Men to Feature Author Raymond Arroyo of EWTN News

HARTFORD—Award-winning journalist and best-selling author Raymond Arroyo of EWTN News will be the keynote speaker at the 10th annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference on October 21.

The day-long program, which will be held at St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol, will also include presentations by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Tim Staples, director of apologetics and evangelization at Catholic Answers, Fr. Glenn Sudano, CFR, one of the original eight founders of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, and James Wahlberg, executive director of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, which he founded with his brother, actor Mark Wahlberg. Musician and evangelist Marty Rotella will serve as master of ceremonies.


A “Social Night of Service” to benefit New Covenant Center

STAMFORD—A year ago last June, New Covenant Center (NCC) in Stamford launched the first “Social Night of Service”—a unique volunteer event targeted to young adults.

One night a month these 20 to 30-somethings rolled up their sleeves and cooked 150 meals for our Cafe guests while socializing and getting to know each other. Even though they are chopping, slicing and dicing—they have fun in the process. If you’d like to know more about Social Night of Service, contact Ellen McGinness at


Listen to “The Voice Inside”

WESTPORT—Composer and musician Marlane Tubridy, a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Weston, has released a new video of her composition, “The Voice Inside,”

“I chose to do the video now because of Pentecost and to bring awareness of the Holy Spirit being with us every day of the year, 365,” she said. “The Voice Inside” celebrates the presence of God’s Holy Spirit within us, to guide us and to teach us.


Bishop Caggiano to Speak at World Youth Day Unite!

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Young adults from the Diocese of Bridgeport have been invited to join other young people throughout the U.S. for the celebration of World Youth Day Unite in Washington D. C. on Saturday July 22, at the St. John Paul II National Shrine from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm.

World Youth Day UNITE is a national festival where thousands of young adults and young families gather in Washington, D.C. for amazing worship, inspiring talks, engaging break out groups, and more.

Place Your Fears at the Foot of the Cross

BRIDGEPORT—”In yesterday’s Gospel, the Lord directed his disciples three times to cast out fear from their lives. He told them that they had nothing to fear in this life, except the evil one who could threaten their spiritual lives.

I find this command not always easy to follow. Fears often creep into my heart and perhaps into yours as well. They are fears that threaten to paralyze our ability to respond as the Lord desires. There are personal fears (health fears that come with growing older, fears regarding a variety of issues that exist in my larger family and among my friends), fears that can arise from ministry (fear of failing in our efforts to bring greater renewal to the Church or evangelizing young adults, etc.) and the fears that we may all share as the world grows more divided and unpredictable. Individually, such fears can be managed on a daily basis. When taken together, they can have a chilling effect on our ability to move forward in faith.

Ordination: A Morning of Joy and Thanksgiving!

BRIDGEPORT—“We come here with great joy and thanksgiving for the gift of these three men,” said Bishop Caggiano at the beginning of this morning’s ordination at St. Augustine Cathedral.

A day that began with torrential rain opened into clear skies and the transparent happiness of almost 700 family, friends, and priests who celebrated the ordination of Harry Prieto, José Vasquez, and Timothy Iannacone.

Three new priests to be ordained

BRIDGEPORT—On Saturday, June 24, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will ordain three men as priests for the Diocese of Bridgeport.

Because two of the men are of Hispanic background, both born in Bogotá, Colombia, readings at the ordination will be in Spanish and English. Harry Prieto and José Vásquez came to this diocese from Colombia; Timothy Iannocone was born in Stamford.

Sister Rosemary Sheehan, rscj, passes away

Sister Rosemary Sheehan, a Religious of the Sacred Heart and a well known educator, passed away suddenly on June 20.

From 1953-1956 she worked at the former Convent of the Sacred Heart girls’ school in Noroton, where she taught, worked in the infirmary and served as dormitory mistress. In 1965 Sister Sheehan began her almost 50 years of ministry at Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, twenty-two years of which she served as head of the Upper School.

Breaking Free of TV Prison

​I feel pretty good about myself after reading that the average American wastes 13,471 hours a year fiddling with the remote control, trying to find something to watch on TV, which probably doesn’t include the time spent actually watching TV—more than four hours a day or an estimated 9 years for a person who is 65. Just thinking about it makes my brain throb.

Holy Name to celebrate life of Msgr. Dora

STRATFORD—Holy Name of Jesus Church, 1950 Barnum Ave, Stratford, will celebrate a Memorial Mass in memory of our former pastor, Msgr. Peter Dora on Wednesday, July 5 at 7:00 pm.

A native of Stamford, Msgr. Dora was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Walter W. Curtis on May 20, 1967, at St. Augustine Cathedral, Bridgeport. He passed away at the age of 76 on June 5, at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, New York.

Dodgeball Anyone?

Stay tuned for more information on the Cardinal Shehan Center’s 12th Annual Dodge Ball Tournament which will be held on Tuesday, July 11 at InSports Centers, 29 Trefoil Drive, Trumbull! All proceeds benefit our After School and Saturday Program.

Father Mark Connolly Celebrates 60th Anniversary

When he celebrated his 60th anniversary this May, Father Mark Connolly was also celebrating as many years in radio and television production.

A native of Boston, Father Connolly was ordained to the priesthood on May 3, 1957. He specialized in the field of theology and psychology while preparing for ordination, but from the very first years his priesthood he was involved in the field of communications in radio and television as a writer, producer and director.

Fr. James Martin to speak at St. Luke’s in Westport

WESTPORT—St. Luke Church in Westport will host the renowned author and theologian, Jesuit Father James Martin, will be speaking here at Saint Luke on Thursday, June 29 at 7:30 pm to discuss and sign copies of his new book on the Church’s relationship with the L-G-B-T community. A question and answer session will follow. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. All are welcome. St. Luke’s is located at 84 Long Lots Road in Westport.

For further information, contact Sharon Carpenter at Or register here.

Dr. Patrick Higgins Appointed Immaculate High School Principal

DANBURY—Dr. Patrick D. Higgins, a Bethel resident, will assume the post of school Principal of Immaculate High School on July 1.

Dr. Higgins will take the seat of former Principal Joe Carmen, who resigned from the position during the summer of 2016 to take a position as the Director of Leadership Development at Quinnipiac University. School President Mary R. Maloney assumed the role as Interim Principal this past year.

Loretta McCarthy, 86, Director of Religious Education

WILTON—Loretta Kelly McCarthy, of Wilton, passed away peacefully in the presence of her family on June 8, 2017 at the age of 86. Kelly gave the world 6 beloved children: Laurie, Maureen, Kathleen, Christeen, Patrick and Michael, 14 treasured grandchildren and 2 great–grandchildren. She leaves behind a devoted sister, Kathy O’Neil. She was welcomed into heaven by her husband, Edward Dean McCarthy, her son, Michael, her parents, Edward and Margaret O’Konski and her brother Edward O’Konski.

Local K of C Councils Hit the Links for Charity

Knights of Columbus councils are known for serving the greater good of their parishes and local communities, and many times they work as individual councils. Two years ago, Councils 14360 at St. Matthew Norwalk and 11077 at Our Lady of the Assumption Fairfield discovered if they joined together to work on a major project, they could do even more for both of their parishes and communities. This realization led to the two councils hooking up to host a charity golf tournament which started in 2016.

Rowing Towards God

|   Bishop’s reflection on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
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It is rare that I remember any of my dreams. Last night, however, was an exception. Towards 3:00 am, I woke up in the middle of a dream, vividly remembering one scene. It was an incident that happened last year when I visited a classmate’s summer home in New Jersey, along with other seminary classmates. We decided to go out onto the lake, since it was a beautiful afternoon. Soon enough, we found ourselves sitting in the boat (which seated six people), in the middle of a very large lake, with the engine overheated, stranded.

Celebrating Monsignor Thaddeus Malanowski

STAMFORD—Monsignor Thaddeus Malanowski, 95, retired Brigadier General in the United States Army, and native son of Stamford’s Holy Name of Jesus Parish, celebrated the 70th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on May 28th at Holy Name of Jesus Church. He was joined on the altar by Fr. Pawel Hrebenko, current Holy Name pastor, and Msgr. William Scheyd, who is now serving as a Diocesan Consultor.

Mayor Ganim and Bridgeport Partner with Cardinal Shehan Center For Free Water Safety Camp

BRIDGEPORT—On June 5, 2017-June 9, 2017, the City of Bridgeport in collaboration with the Cardinal Shehan Center will host a free weeklong after school swim camp for 120 Bridgeport youth ages 5 through 11 years old. The program begins at 3:30 pm and ends at 5:30 pm. Participants will be engaged in classroom education, in-pool swim lessons, and instruction from First Responders.

Sacred Heart University Welcomes Alumnus Back to Board of Trustees

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University has renamed alumnus Brian Hamilton ’87 of Milford to its board of trustees, the University’s top governing body.

Hamilton is founder and chairman of Sageworks, a financial information company with offices in Raleigh, N.C., and New York City. Sageworks provides lending and risk management solutions to financial institutions, as well as financial analysis and business valuation solutions to accounting firms and privately held companies.

Immaculate Student Receives Top Fiction Honor

DANBURY—Immaculate High School junior and Newtown resident Albert “A.J.” Vitiello received a National Medal in Flash Fiction from the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, placing him in the top one percent of all submissions. Out of 330,000 submissions from students in grades 7-12, only 2,736 received National Medals. He will be honored by Scholastic at a special ceremony in June at Carnegie Hall in New York City.


Pope, English Church Leaders Offer Prayers After Manchester Arena attack

MANCHESTER, England—Pope Francis decried the “barbaric attack” on concertgoers in Manchester, adding his voice to Catholic leaders dismayed at what British officials said was the deadliest case of terrorism since 2005.

In a telegram sent to English church officials on Pope Francis’ behalf, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said the pope “was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and tragic loss of life” after a suicide bomb killed at least 22 people and injured another 59 at Manchester Arena May 22. Many concertgoers at the Ariana Grande concert were teenagers, young adults and families.