Monthly Newspaper • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Those who stand up for the dignity of life in all its stages and want to see this respect for all life enshrined once again in U.S. law have a friend in the Pence family and the Trump administration, Vice President Mike Pence Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS) — They came from near and far, and even from Down Under, united in prayer and in standing together for life at the Archdiocese of Washington’s annual Youth Rally and Mass for Life, held Jan. 18 at the Capital One Arena in Washington.
The estimated Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City called on the faithful “to pray for an end to the human rights abuse of abortion, and for a culture of life, where through God’s grace all will come to know they are made in His Divine Image.”
His statement Read More ››
Today, I would like to thank, encourage and send my spiritual support to those attending the March for Life in Washington DC. In a world that has strayed so far from the Gospel of life, I am inspired by their profound witness to the Truth. I Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“This is really what we’re all about—forming people,” said Principal Henry Rondon at Kolbe Cathedral High School in Bridgeport, reading with enthusiasm a recent email from a KCHS ’14 alum, Shyheim Snead.
Snead, who graduated magna cum laude from American University in Washington, D.C., this May, had Read More ››
STAMFORD—An interest in helping those in need has always been a principle which Catholics have followed, born of an innate desire to imitate Christ. Whether it is donating to the homeless, feeding the hungry, or ministering to the oppressed, parishioners from the Diocese of Bridgeport consistently Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Earlier this year, Bridgeport middle school-aged students were invited by Fairfield University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration Committee to write an essay of 500 words or less on the topic: “As we embrace the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., how would you act Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., during a reflection that will focus on his social justice legacy on Wednesday, January 23, at 2 pm at Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield.
Guest speakers Read More ››
The Diocese of Bridgeport is pleased to announce that Foundations in Faith is growing both the board of directors and its staff. With the new year, Foundations in Faith has hired Kelly Weldon as the assistant to the chairperson. Foundations in Faith, the successor to Faith Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Reverend Monsignor Ernest T. Esposito died on January 15, 2019 after a brief illness. He was 83 years of age.
“Monsignor Esposito will be remembered as a man who truly enjoyed his life as a priest and shared that joy and good spirit with all whom he Read More ››
STAMFORD—Every year, the Church takes a week to celebrate what makes Catholic education unique and Christ-centered. This “Catholic Schools Week” always takes place during the last week of January, to include the feast days of two great saints who contributed much to Catholic education: St. John Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—God the Father will always be there for his beloved children, Pope Francis said Wednesday, with a reminder that the unconditional love of God is not limited by our own sense of guilt or unworthiness.
“God is looking for you, even if you do not seek Read More ››
NORWALK—On January 1, 2019 after all Masses, St. Matthew parishioners returned with their original framed Sacred Heart of Jesus (SHJ) pictures. They came to have them blessed and to renew the consecration of their families and themselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The first consecration to Read More ››
In this morning’s Reading at Mass, taken from the Letter to the Hebrews, we hear that the Son of God is “as far superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.” We are reminded that angels are real and Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Lorraine Gibbons grew up in a poor family with six kids who slept in one bedroom. Her mother Beulah didn’t have a high school diploma, and her father Owen was a tailor, who learned the trade from his uncle. Many nights, long after the children had Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis left the Vatican Jan. 11 to visit a community of cloistered Poor Clare nuns in Umbria, the Vatican said.
The pope made the “private visit” to encourage the sisters and to share the Eucharist, prayer and a meal with them, said Alessandro Gisotti, interim Read More ››
About Catholic Schools
Diocese of Bridgeport Catholic Schools are led by highly skilled professionals. The Office of the Read More ››
STAMFORD—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has announced a new governance model for Stamford’s Trinity Catholic High School, aligning its governance with that of the Catholic Academy of Stamford. The announcement was made on January 9 in front of an interested audience of nearly two hundred parents and Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Join thousands of Catholics nationwide in prayer for the respect of human life!
9 Days for Life is a multi-faceted novena for the respect and protection of every human life. Each day, a different intention is accompanied by a short reflection, suggested actions, and related information.
Text 9DAYS to 55000 for Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Leadership Institute of the Diocese of Bridgeport has announced a series of 45 “Face-to-Face Formation” workshops, which will be held throughout the diocese in the coming months for all lay liturgical ministers readers, musicians, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion as part of the introduction Read More ››
Msgr. John Sanders died January 6, 2019 (Feast of the Epiphany).
John Sanders was always known as the priest who played with the Duke Ellington Band. His relationship with Duke Ellington went much deeper than that.
Here are some words Duke Ellington wrote about John Sanders: “John Sanders Read More ››
WASHINGTON—On Friday, January 18, 2019, many will gather at our nation’s capital to commemorate the 46th anniversary of the passing of Roe vs. Wade. Thousands from across the country will march, peacefully and in unity, to the steps of Capital to raise awareness of the many lives lost to Read More ››
STAMFORD—Gov.-elect Ned Lamont traveled across Connecticut Sunday to bring attention to nonprofits that help those in need.
Lamont’s first stop was at the New Covenant Center in Stamford. Lamont and Lt. Gov.-Elect Susan Bysiewicz kicked off their morning learning about the center’s mission, services and needs.
Then they Read More ››
As Father Cantalamessa continues his reflections with the bishops regarding the “new way of thinking” that the Lord wishes to impart upon us, he offered some interesting insights regarding the gift of preaching. One of those insights is so fundamental and important that it raises a Read More ››
STAMFORD—Reverend Monsignor John C. Sanders passed away today, January 6, 2019, the Epiphany of the Lord. He was 93 years of age.
“Known to jazz fans across the country as the priest who played in the Duke Ellington Band, Monsignor Sanders was also much loved in our Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese of Bridgeport has announced the launch of the $75 million “We Stand With Christ” campaign to continue the work of renewal and strengthen the Church for future generations.
The announcement comes after the successful silent phase of the campaign which has raised almost $50 million Read More ››
Statement from the Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano
As many of you know, on Friday morning, police officers on patrol discovered a swastika painted on the doors of the Cathedral of St. Augustine in Bridgeport. Though the police have yet to identify the perpetrator of this crime, Read More ››
In yesterday’s reflections, Father Cantalamessa focused upon a key ingredient that marks the “world’s thinking” that needs to be rooted out from the life of every Christian, especially every bishop. He called it “the love of money” that forms the centerpiece of what motivates much of Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—”Liturgy as Source and Summit” will be the focus of Leadership Institute workshop set for Saturday, February 9, 8:30 a.m. at Trinity High School, 926 Newfield Ave, Stamford.
The ministry enrichment gathering is designed for liturgy coordinators, liturgy committee members, ministry coordinators, liturgical ministers, priests, deacons, seminarians, Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School Coach Brian Hayes was recently named the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association’s Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year for Connecticut. The award is given annually by the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) to Read More ››
CHICAGO—To show support for the U.S. bishops as they gathered at the Mundelein Seminary at the University of St. Mary of the Lake near Chicago for a weeklong retreat in early January, members of lay ecclesial movements met at St. Mother Theodore Guerin Parish in Elmwood Read More ››
During yesterday’s talks, Father Cantalamessa introduced the overall theme for the (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) bishops’ retreat. It is a theme that can easily apply to anyone who wishes to follow the Lord as His disciple.
Father Raniero began his remarks by noting that Jesus Read More ››
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Bishops have received a letter from Pope Francis as they gather in northern Illinois at Mundelein Seminary this week. The weeklong retreat is taking place at the invitation of Pope Francis who has asked all bishops in the United States to pause in prayer Read More ››
The bishops’ retreat began last night here at Our Lady of the Lakes Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois with over 280 bishops in attendance. The first talk was given by Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the Papal Retreat Master, who will lead our retreat. His opening remarks were excellent, Read More ››
STAMFORD—In advance of Connecticut Governor-Elect Ned Lamont’s Inauguration on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, he will be visiting Catholic Charities of Fairfield County’s program, New Covenant Center, on Sunday, January 6.
The Governor-Elect chose the 40-year-old food insecurity program in Stamford in recognition of providing over 600,000 meals Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School announced that it will expand its pre-kindergarten program for the 2019-2020 school year. The new program will include children who turn three-years-old on or by August 31.
Jo Ann Mathieson, principal, said the development of a two-year pre-school program was by popular Read More ››
I’m sorry…I didn’t mean it
I take it back
Strike it from the record
What is as irreversible as murder, violates its victims more than theft, is as deadly as an epidemic? And is a lot closer to you than you want to think?
Gossip, slander, and thoughtless speech. Gossip Read More ››
NORWALK — A Ridgefield man is purchasing WNLK-AM 1350 radio and will begin broadcasting EWTN programming throughout Fairfield County, the north shore of Long Island and parts of Westchester after the application is approved by the FCC, a process that typically takes 45 days.
Steve Lee, Read More ››
Those who read the four Gospels and understand the power of the messages each Gospel carries has the opportunity to grow more deeply in faith. There is, according to the late Benedictine monk, Father Bargil Pixner, a fifth Gospel. Whereas the first four record the life Read More ››
Monsignor Stephen M. DiGiovanni, historian, author and pastor of The Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in Stamford, tells the compelling story of Father Capodanno’s life, his missionary work in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and his service as chaplain during the Vietnam War, in a new Read More ››
NORWALK, Conn. – Knights of Columbus’ Bishop Fenwick 4th Assembly #100 has been awarded the Supreme Council’s Civic Award. The Assembly is comprised of Fourth Degree Knights from various councils in Norwalk, Wilton and Westport.
The Assembly was presented with the award by Connecticut District Master Allyn Read More ››
Now that Christmas Day has arrived, we can look back on the last few weeks and appreciate how truly hectic they have been for many of us. We managed competing obligations that demanded our time and attention, often making it difficult to immerse ourselves in the Read More ››
Vatican City, Dec 25, 2018 / 05:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Christmas, Pope Francis prayed for peace and renewed brotherhood in Syria, Yemen, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and other parts of the world experiencing conflict.
“May all of us receive peace and consolation from the Read More ››
Denver, Colo., Dec 21, 2018 / 01:22 pm (CNA).- After communion at Mass this morning, our parish school choir began one of my favorite hymns.
The first line filled my heart.
“Let all mortal flesh keep silence, and with fear and trembling stand.”
It was darling to hear those Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—This Christmas will people go to adore and be amazed by Jesus, or will they let themselves be detoured by distractions? Pope Francis asked.
In fact, one sign of holiness is being able to “be astonished, to feel wonder before God’s gifts, his ‘surprises.’ And the Read More ››
Those who are not fans of Bruce Springsteen might be surprised to find that Catholic themes and imagery reside deeply in the music and the life story of a man who is a pop superstar.
His most riveting songs are haunted by a sense of sin, Read More ››
FAIRFIELD— Parents and friends of Saint Catherine Academy were treated to a spirited and joyful Christmas pageant this morning in the school auditorium in Fairfield.
Two hundred turned out for the annual “The Message of an Angel,” pageant performed by academy students who are impacted with autism, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and more than 800 people in attendance received an early Christmas present when the Diocesan Youth Choir delivered its most accomplished and vibrant performance yet at the “Arise and Shine” Christmas Concert at the Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport on Friday Read More ››
NORWALK- 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 live your faith differently, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Reverend Monsignor Thomas J. Driscoll, P.A., passed away today, December 20, 2018. He was 81 years of age.
“Monsignor Driscoll will be fondly remembered by many for his service in several leadership posts in the diocese and for his faithful witness over many decades as a priest Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— Tickets are still available online and at the door for the “Arise and Shrine” Christmas Concert set for Friday night, 7:30 pm at the Klein Memorial in Bridgeport.
Now in its fourth season, the Arise and Shine concert performed by the Diocesan Youth Choir has become an Read More ››
STRATFORD—Over 250 guests gathered on December 17 at Vazzano’s Four Seasons in Stratford, Conn. to celebrate Terry O’Connor’s 26 years of service as executive director of the Cardinal Shehan Center and six years of service to the McGivney Community Center.
O’Connor passes the torch to Lorraine Gibbons Read More ››
DANBURY—Kayla Mingachos, a senior and powerhouse soccer player at Immaculate High School, was recently selected to the prestigious 2018 Fall High School Girls All-America Team by United Soccer Coaches. The Danbury resident is one of only 58 girls in the country to receive this honor. United Read More ››
STAMFORD—Three years ago, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano decided to enkindle the missionary spirit in the Diocese of Bridgeport by opening a Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Stamford whose purpose is to prepare priests for missionary work anywhere in the world — from China to Europe and from Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Exactly 200 years ago this Christmas Eve—Dec. 24, 1818—in a little church in what is now Austria, the world heard for the first time a poem set to music that eventually would be hailed as one of the most popular and beloved Christmas carols of all Read More ››
TAMPA—Over the three-day National Conference for Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM) in Tampa, Fla., Emma Ryder, coordinator for The Face of Prayer, met with seven new catechists to answer questions posed by young people about the Church and their faith. The new faces coming to the site Read More ››
NEW CANAAN—St. Aloysius Knights of Columbus, Confirmation students, and teens from the youth group collected and delivered bags of groceries to the New Canaan Food Pantry.
St. Aloysius has a mission of engaging high school teens in service to their brothers and sisters in need.
St. Aloysius youth Read More ››
DANBURY—“We were glad that our neighboring families and their friends were able to join us in celebrating the wonderful joys of the Christmas season,” said president of Immaculate High School, Mary Maloney, of the “A Very Immaculate Christmas!” concert and tree lighting which took place on Sunday, Read More ››
Yesterday began a period of intense prayer and personal reflection for the coming feasts of the Christmas season. It is the traditional time when many cultures began their Christmas novena, ending with the celebration of Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Another sign that these days are Read More ››
WASHINGTON—On January 14, 2019, thousands of Catholics across the country will join in prayer for “9 Days for Life.” The prayer campaign, sponsored by the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, leads up to the annual Day of Prayer for Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— You will want to visit St. Margaret Shrine in Bridgeport after watching this short video on the “Presepio” or Nativity scene that is open to the public free of charge throughout the month of December.
St. Margaret Shrine is a beautiful place to pray and reflect Read More ››
Yesterday we celebrated the feast of Saint John of the Cross, who endured great sufferings in his lifetime to help reform the Carmelite Order of which he was a member. He was also a mystic who wrote a series of texts that speak of the need Read More ››
NEWTOWN — Newtown residents and the public crowded into church pews Friday night to seek solace in their shared grief and lift up victims of the Sandy Hook shootings in prayer and song.
The annual memorial Mass at St. Rose of Lima Church — and a sister Read More ››
NEWTOWN—Third graders at St. Rose School in Newtown have partnered with River Glen Health Care Center in Southbury to do various pen pal activities together. “It gives us a wonderful opportunity to practice writing friendly letters, which unfortunately is becoming a lost art in the digital Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—For more than 38 years, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa has preached to the pope and top officials of the Roman Curia. In early January, he will lead the weeklong retreat of the U.S. bishops.
As they continue to study and discuss ways to respond to the Read More ››
NEWTOWN—An ocean and 3,000 miles separated two Catholic priests in Newtown, Conn., and Dunblane, Scotland, but they were brought together in faith, friendship and suffering by the terrible tragedies they shared.
The bond that developed between Msgr. Robert Weiss, pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church in Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—It seems few things inspire the Christmas spirit more than the joyful music of the season, especially when it is performed by young people eager to share their faith through song. One such special group is the Diocesan Youth Choir (C4Y) which is preparing for their Read More ››
KENTUCKY—With temperatures rising into the 60’s and steady pouring rain, it certainly didn’t feel like Christmas late November in Corbin, Kentucky. Despite the lack of “festive” weather, the youth of St. Aloysius were unconcerned, traveling from house to house spreading Christmas cheer.
On November 30, 24 youth Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Last week the Diocese of Bridgeport announced the appointment of a lay “parish life coordinator” in the parish of St. Anthony of Padua.
Dr. Eleanor Sauers has been placed in charge of the day-to-day administration of the parish, following the untimely death of the parish’s former pastor, Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University will enter into an agreement with Verizon and Alley, for the creation, management and operation of an innovative coworking space at SHU’s West Campus, formerly corporate headquarters for General Electric, in Fairfield, Conn. This new partnership, called Alley powered by Verizon, will be Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—On Friday, December 7, Notre Dame High School in Fairfield celebrated their second annual “Our Lady Day.” This was an all-day event celebrating our Blessed Mother, after whom our school is named, and the ND mission of building character, faith and intellect. Coming a day before the Feast of Read More ››
TRUMBULL—St. Theresa Church in Trumbull recently launched its new youth group comprised of 13 high schoolers committed to serving God through charitable works in the community. Under the guidance of Karen Lannigan, director of youth ministry at St. Theresa, and Father Brian Gannon, pastor, the goal Read More ››
SHELTON—St. Joseph Church in Shelton welcomed in the Advent season with a Lessons and Carols concert on Saturday, December 8 at 7 pm.
The concert featured festive seasonal hymns accompanied by readings from the books of Isaiah, Matthew, Luke and John presented by members of the parish.
Carols Read More ››
SHELTON- Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, Fifth Bishop of Bridgeport, and Foundations in Education recently hosted the 2nd Annual Leaders of Tomorrow Breakfast Reception at the Catholic Center in Bridgeport.
More than 160 turned out to honor the 44 young Catholic school students who were selected as Leaders of Read More ››