Monthly Newspaper • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT
Bishop Caggiano has asked pastors to celebrate a local Mass of Reparation in their parishes no later than October 31, 2018. In the coming weeks, the bishop will announce additional spiritual initiatives and administrative measures to address the sexual abuse scandal in a spirit of transparency Read More ››
National speaker Jon Leonetti will be giving three inspiring talks throughout the diocese next week!
Jon Leonetti is a nationally known Catholic speaker, best-selling author and radio host who conveys a message of lasting fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Through Jon’s keynote presentations and parish missions, thousands Read More ››
GRAPEVINE, Texas (CNS)—A video message from Pope Francis and a procession of Encuentro crosses representing all of the participating episcopal regions were the highlights during the first day of the National Fifth Encuentro gathering taking place Sept. 20-23 in Grapevine.
With hearts full of excitement and joy, Read More ››
St. Rose School turns 60 this year!
A 60th-anniversary celebration is planned for October 6th with an 11 am Mass of Thanksgiving and an Oktoberfest themed celebration on the grounds immediately following, from noon-4 pm.
The St. Rose of Lima community expects alumni and current families to join in Read More ››
PROVIDENCE- The Catholic Church must implement consistent practices that result in concrete progress in the fight against racism, said participants from five New England dioceses and Providence College who gathered for an evening symposium on “Racism in the Catholic Church.”
“Catholic social teaching on race suffers from Read More ››
BROOKFIELD—Marde Dimon, a teacher at St. Joseph Catholic Academy, signed up for a community garden plot this summer in one of the Trumbull parks where she works as a part-time park ranger. She named her first ever garden the “Long Shot Plot,” and planned for it Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Mrs. Sandler’s classroom allows seating with a choice. Students working by the board on the floor. On a couch by the door. A table shuffled by the bathroom. Lockers as direct chair backs. Every student in Mrs. Sandler’s class makes a choice during flexible seating time and Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Judge Thomas Hardiman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit will be the featured speaker at the 2018 Red Mass and Breakfast that will take place on Sunday, October 14, 9 am at the Egan Chapel of Fairfield University, 1073 N. Benson Road, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, will confer Pontifical Honors granted by His Holiness Pope Francis on twenty lay faithful of the diocese during a Vespers Prayer Service set for Saturday, September 29th at 4 pm in St. Augustine Cathedral, 359 Washington Avenue, Read More ››
At times, it is inevitable that we will face sufferings and challenges that are not of our own making. These are the struggles that come from illness, unexpected events or the choices of those around us over which we may have no control. Such situations are Read More ››
VATICAN CITY— In his homily at Mass Tuesday, Pope Francis spoke harshly about what he considers one of the great dangers of clericalism: that it alienates members of the Church by refusing to be close to them, and reinforces the belief that priests are above the Read More ››
STAMFORD—While every scholarship recipient appreciates the donor that helps make their academic experience possible, it is unlikely that they get to meet the people who fund their scholarships. On September 11, six students from Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford and their families had the unique Read More ››
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” —Audrey Hepburn
FAIRFIELD—St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Fairfield, CT has a vibrant and bountiful vegetable, herb and flower garden. Its “Giving Garden” opened in 2017, as a result of proceeds from its “Spring to Auction” fundraising event. Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“There is tremendous hope in a difficult climate,” said diocesan director of Safe Environments Erin Neil, at the Safe Environments Leadership Summit held this morning in Queen of Saints Hall at the Catholic Center.
“Christ is our true healer and he will help guide us through this Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— “The leadership of the Church has failed in many ways, it has been tarnished… Healing will take a long time,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said at the Clergy Mass of Reparation on the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows this morning in response to the Read More ››
Christopher Bell, Co-Founder of Network Caring for Moms and Babies, Can Tell of a “Best-Kept Secret”
NORWALK—Getting the news out about America’s approximately 400 pro-life maternity homes is one way to respond to the coarse rhetoric with which Netflix program host Michelle Wolf recently celebrated abortion Read More ››
It has been nearly 4 years since the Diocese of Bridgeport has taken to social media to spread the good news of Jesus Christ, build a digital community of faith, and build awareness for diocesan initiatives.
In that time, the diocese has seen tremendous growth across many Read More ››
TRUMBULL—St. Catherine of Siena Parish celebrated their second annual kickoff weekend on September 8 and 9, where old and new friends were welcomed back from summer vacations.
Parishioners were welcomed by greeters into the McClinch family center, where Mass is being celebrated while construction is being done Read More ››
Diaconate Discovery Evenings
Have you ever wondered if you were being “called” to discern the diaconate? Has someone, your pastor, a priest or a deacon ever mentioned to you that they can see you as a deacon someday? Do you feel that God calling you to Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS)—Pope Francis is calling the presidents of every Catholic bishops’ conference in the world to Rome Feb. 21-24 to discuss the prevention of the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.
The Vatican made the announcement Sept. 12 after the pope and members of his international Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano invited all recipients of the Saint John Paul II grants to a reception on Tuesday, September 4 from 4:30 –6:00 pm at the Catholic Center to celebrate their award. Around 60 clergy, staff, and laypeople who share in the parishes’ ministry faith Read More ››
FAIRFIELD— Dan Schutte, American composer of Catholic liturgical music and contemporary Christian songwriter, will present a special concert in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield. Some of his most celebrated songs are “Here I Am, Lord,” “City of God” and Read More ››
The Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel will be recited at the end of every Mass in the Diocese, beginning on the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15, as instructed by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano earlier this month.
Michael the Archangel appears multiple times in Read More ››
Brother Steven Joseph DeMaio, SDB, made his perpetual profession of religious vows on September 7, 2018, in the chapel of the Marian Shrine in Haverstraw, N.Y.
Also professing their final vows were Brother Travis Gunther, SDB, of Conway, Ark., and Brother John Langan, SDB, of Winsted, Conn.
Father Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— In response to national priest sexual abuse, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will lead a Holy Hour with Rosary and a Mass of Reparation and Purification on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, Saturday, September 15th, at the Cathedral of St. Augustine, 399 Washington Avenue Read More ››
What would you do if you found yourself in a dark room and there was no light to be found? I remember facing such a situation during the big blackout that hit New York City when I was a boy. I remember being in my bedroom, Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Saint Catherine Academy students and staff were excited to see each other again and get the new academic year rolling, settling into familiar routines and adjusting to new ones. Almost two weeks later we’ve already had our first fire drill—receiving a thumbs-up from the Fairfield Fire Read More ››
Danbury, CT | Do you have what it takes to hit a hole in one and win a new car or $10,000? Try your skill, or your luck, a the 2018 IHS Golf Outing on Wednesday, September 19 at Richter Park in Danbury. As part Read More ››
DANBURY—Bagpipes played a reverent tune at the annual diocesan Blue Mass honoring fire, police and first responders who serve the diocese. The Mass was held on Sunday, September 9 at 10:30 am at St. Joseph Church in Danbury in solemn commemoration of the 17th anniversary of Read More ››
TRUMBULL—A group of women from the Diocese of Bridgeport commemorated the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children on Saturday by praying the Rosary for the unborn.
They gathered at 3 p.m. at the memorial site in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery on Daniels Farm Road Read More ››
NEWTOWN—St. Rose School showed tremendous spirit and marched in the annual Newtown Labor Day Parade. Leading up to this event a few industrious school families constructed a float that replicated the original school building and filled it with antique desks, a chalkboard and all things of Read More ››
STAMFORD—Last spring, a passionate group of men and women entered into Superintendent of Catholic Schools Steve Cheeseman’s office with a dream: opening up a new school dedicated to classical and affordable Catholic education.
They sought approval from Dr. Cheeseman, and then presented their idea to Bridgeport Bishop Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese of Bridgeport has launched “The Face of Prayer 2.0” an online video catechism based on the questions and concerns young people have about the Church and their faith.
The newly designed website and video catechism went live on September 8, 2018, the Nativity of the Read More ››
DANBURY—The Annual Diocesan Blue Mass honoring Fire, Police and First Responders will be held on Sunday, September 9, 10:30 am at St. Joseph Church, 370 Main Street in Danbury.
A reception immediately following Mass will be held in the school gym on the parish grounds.
The Mass will Read More ››
FAIRFIELD- The battle for the best chili was on, but the champion prevailed once again.
The competition was intense from many other fine cooks, but the three-time Chili for Charity “Chili Cook-Off” champion came through again.
On a beautiful sunny summer day, the Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council Read More ››
STAMFORD (Stamford Advocate)- Scott Smith’s afternoons as a boy in Ansonia were spent at church.
Smith was not raised very religious; his Catholic mother and Protestant father baptized him in the former’s church and let him decide for himself what religion to follow. But his mother would Read More ››
One of the most important lessons that we all need to learn (and perhaps relearn) in our lives is the simple fact that our decisions have consequences that cannot be undone. It may seem strange even to raise this point but unfortunately, many times we forget Read More ››
After two successful years, the St. Philip Family Fall Festival returns with more local vendors for fantastic shopping, children’s programs for lots of family fun and a hot grill for delicious food. The 2017 Festival attendees heard great music, shopped with many crafters and ate delicious Read More ››
Most Reverend Frank J. Dewane
Bishop of Venice
Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
September 3, 2018
The plight of our brothers and sisters who work hard but struggle to make ends meet calls us all to reflect in a Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Water is a gift of God that makes life possible and yet millions of people do not have access to safe drinking water, and rivers, seas and oceans continue to be polluted, Pope Francis said.
“Care for water sources and water basins is Read More ››
Every night before he goes to bed, Chad Chlebowski, 10, says his prayers. He prays for his mother and father, he prays for his twin brother and his sister, he prays for his grandparents and great-grandparents … and he asks the Blessed Mother for a very Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Caggiano met with the leaders of St. Charles Parish this afternoon to discuss circumstances surrounding the resignation of their former pastor, Fr. Frank Gomez, and ways the parish might move forward in the future.
In a candid and informal exchange that lasted an hour and a Read More ››
DALLAS (CNS) — Dallas Bishop Edward J. Burns has asked Pope Francis for an extraordinary synod to address issues in the latest Catholic clergy sex abuse crisis, including “abuse of power, clericalism, accountability and the understanding of transparency in the church.”
The letter, posted to the Diocese Read More ››
The following homily was delivered by Father Joseph Marcello, Pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull and Vicar for Clergy, at the Vigil Mass for his friend and mentor, Msgr. Louis DeProfio, on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull.
One time, Read More ››
Lack of patience is one of my greatest faults, precisely because it is a virtue that is absolutely indispensable to live discipleship with courage and perseverance.
Father Gabriel, in his book Divine Intimacy, speaks of the true nature of Christian patience, in contrast to what the world Read More ››
The Diocese of Bridgeport was deeply disappointed to learn that Kevin Wallin failed another drug test during his house confinement and probation period.
The diocese realizes the challenges faced by those struggling with addiction and has worked to guide and support Kevin Wallin in the recovery process Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Excited voices filled the air, calling to friends, meeting new co-workers, sharing news of the summer and taking the inevitable group selfies (“us-ies”?) on the steps of Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport. Teachers, administrators and staff were gathering for the second annual Catholic School Convocation to Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—On Saturday, August 25th, the Athletic Association hosted its first Welcome Back event. The purpose of this event was to welcome new families to Notre Dame and welcome back athletes and coaches at the start of the fall sports season. The event was free to all Read More ››
TRUMBULL- This spring, the SCSS Girls Varsity Basketball team captured an unprecedented 3rd Diocesan and New England Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) championship. Coached by David Rudini and Steve Basso, the girls showed incredible sportsmanship, respect, and talent throughout their journey.
Coach Rudini summarized that this was truly Read More ››
We all recognize that as followers of the Lord, we cannot expect to have an “easier” time in life than He did. The Lord himself warns us many times in the Gospels that we must be ready to carry our cross, to sacrifice all that we Read More ››
In light of the moment of this time of challenge and crisis we are facing as a Church, the one spiritual gift that I appreciate most deeply is the divine gift of hope. While it is a fragile gift, it is also the source of the Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In response to national priest sexual abuse, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will lead a Holy Hour with Rosary and a Mass of Reparation and Purification on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, Saturday, September 15th, at the Cathedral of St. Augustine, 399 Washington Avenue in Read More ››
TRUMBULL—“Most of us think that these things happen somewhere else…but it happened to my family, and it can happen to anyone,” a survivor shared her story of her experience with abuse at a young age.
The Office of Safe Environments held a VIRTUS training session on Thursday, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—One of the major challenges for victims of sexual abuse who have come forward in the past has been getting people to listen to them, to believe their stories and to respect the suffering and pain they’ve experienced.
A recent Catholic News Service story reported that sexual Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT- The Leadership Institute is currently holding an Effective Catechetical Leadership Series workshop that spans over three days, beginning on Tuesday, August 21 through Thursday, August 23rd. The workshop is being held at Queen of Saints Hall at the Catholic Center on 238 Jewett Avenue in Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement after a series of meetings with members of the USCCB’s Executive Committee and other bishops. The following statement includes three goals and three principles, along Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Sexual assault victims say they were hurt not only by individual priests, but by church officials and ordinary Catholics who treated them with intolerance and indifference.
Four survivors of sexual assaults by priests shared their stories with Catholic News Service. They are: Jim VanSickle and Mike McDonnell Read More ››
A central characteristic of true discipleship in Christ is to have a grateful heart. In his parables, Jesus often emphasized the need for us to be grateful for all the blessings we have been given and the obligation to express such thanks in words and actions. Read More ››
“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience Read More ››
STAMFORD—The Reverend Monsignor Louis A. DeProfio, P.A., passed away on August 15, 2018, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Stamford. He was 91 years of age.
Perhaps best remembered for his long and distinguished service as Pastor of St. Theresa Church in Read More ››
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As the recent scandalous events regarding the crimes of sexual abuse against minors have come to light in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report and the earlier revelations regarding Archbishop McCarrick, I have been sick to my stomach. Read More ››
STAMFORD—Every first Saturday of the month at Saint Gabriel Parish in Stamford, 30-40 devotees gather to pray 2000 Hail Marys between 6:00 am and 4:00 pm in the St. Philip Neri Chapel to “honor and praise the Immaculate Heart of Mary,” says coordinator, Tess Senerador of Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Today, Catholics around the world mark the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, commemorating the end of her earthly life and assumption into Heaven. But while the feast day is a relatively new one, the history of the holiday—and the mystery behind it—has its roots in Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is hosting a series of meetings this week responding to the broader issue of safe environments within the Church. An update will be offered upon their conclusion.
In response to today’s Pennsylvania Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—On any particular day in the Adult Day Program at Saint Catherine Center, what you’ll notice is a sense of purposeful activity—and beneath that, a feeling of warmth and respect.
“Consistency and a calm atmosphere are key to having a ‘great day’,” notes Brenda DeMattio, Director. “A Read More ››
STRATFORD—Join St. James School for their third annual “Touch-a-Truck” event. One of the biggest fundraisers that the school hosts, “Touch-a-Truck,” is a “huge community event” that features “awesome, souped-up trucks that will blow your mind!” Over 60 trucks will be on display, including SWAT vehicles, bucket Read More ››
RIVERSIDE—On Sunday, October 7, 2018, the Parish Partners-Ministry of Hope at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Riverside, CT will be hosting celebration of the Eucharist at 12 noon welcoming, accompanying and accommodating persons of all ages with disabilities and special needs. The Parish Partners are fellow Read More ››
NEWTOWN—24 couples and 22 children gathered Friday evening at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Newtown for a Mass in celebration of up to ten years of marriage.
Father Andy Vill celebrated Mass for all gathered. Couples were then able to partake in a wine and Read More ››
WESTPORT—On Thursday evening, October 11th, Shepherds, a mentoring and scholarship non-profit based in Bridgeport, will celebrate 20 years of “changing students lives” with a gala at The Inn at Longshore in Westport. The evening will feature highly respected TV journalist and co-anchor of ABC News’ Nightline, Read More ››