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Separating Families Against Catholic Social Teaching

At our recently concluded USCCB meeting held in Fort Lauderdale, Cardinal DiNardo issued the following statement on behalf of all the bishops of the United States. I ask that you read it carefully, since the practice of separating children from their parents and denying women asylum as they flee domestic violence in their home countries, even in the exercise of enforcing the law, is contrary to the moral values of Catholic social teaching:
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Most Fundamental Human Right is Hope, Pope Says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The theory that well-being will automatically flow down to everyone from the riches of the few is “a lie,” Pope Francis said.

The beatitudes show the way, he said, because they show that holiness doesn’t concern just the soul, “but also the feet — for going toward our brothers and sisters, and the hands — for sharing with them.”
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Bishop Condemns Separation of Families

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. — The U.S. bishops began their annual spring assembly by condemning recent immigration policies from the Trump administration that have separated families at the U.S.-Mexico border and threatened to deny asylum for people fleeing violence.

The morning session here began with a statement, but by its end escalated to numerous bishops endorsing the idea of sending a delegation to the border to inspect the detention facilities where children are being kept and even floating the possibility of “canonical penalties” for those involved in carrying out the policies.
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Bishop Caggiano meets Pope Francis at CAPP-USA conference in Vatican

VATICAN CITY—“New Policies and Life-Styles in the Digital Age” was the theme at the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) Foundation’s 25th Anniversary conference, held at the Vatican on May 24-26.

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, assistant ecclesiastical counselor to CAPP in the United States, joined Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, and 30 CAPP-USA members and guests to attend the conference.

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Bishop Caggiano: A Reflection of Gratitude

BRIDGEPORT—“My dear friends in Christ. It has been five years since the Holy Father gave me the great privilege of being your shepherd and serving as Bishop of Bridgeport. These have been years of great blessings for me, as you and I have made progress in working together and moving the diocese forward,” says Bishop Frank J. Caggiano at the beginning of this new video, “A Reflection of Gratitude.”

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Knights: Record-Setting Year for Donations

NEW HAVEN—2017 was a record-setting year for Knights of Columbus charitable work with an unprecedented $185.6 million in donations and 75.6 million hours of volunteer service provided worldwide.
The monetary value of K of C’s service hours is valued at $1.9 billion based on an estimate by Independent Sector, a network for nonprofit foundations that values a 2017 volunteer hour at $24.69.

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St Joseph’s 178 Graduating Seniors Earn $25 Million in College Awards and Scholarships

TRUMBULL—St Joseph High School, striving to be southern Connecticut’s premier college preparatory school, is proud to announce that on Saturday, June 2, 2018, they graduated 178 students who have collectively earned more than 25 million dollars in scholarships and financial aid.

The 2018 Commencement was held at Dalling Field on the school’s campus. Dr Steven F Cheeseman, Superintendent of Schools (Diocese of Bridgeport), Ms Vicki A Tesoro, First Selectman (Town of Trumbull), and Mr Christopher Wilson, Chairman of the Board (St Joseph High School) were in attendance and offered remarks and prayers to all in attendance.

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Sacred Heart U Theatre Arts Program Welcomes another busy Summer

FAIRFIELD—This will be another busy summer for students in Sacred Heart University’s Theatre Arts Program.

After the success of last year’s first-ever summer theater season, the SHU Rep Company, an advanced group of University thespians and stage crew members, will be back on campus toward the end of June to work on a number of performances, workshops and readings.

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Notre Dame upsets Class S champion Holy Cross

|   By Chris Elsberry I Published by CTpost
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BRISTOL—Coach Bill Mazzucco gripped the alligator-shaped shoehorn tightly in his hand as he brought his Notre Dame-Fairfield players into a huddle in the middle of the Muzzy Field locker room. Over the past two years, the alligator shoehorn—a token given to Mazzucco by Austin Allen—has become a good-luck charm of sorts, despite its broken front legs and banged-up body.

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Catholic Academy of Stamford honors Virgin Mary

STAMFORD—On May 31st, The Catholic Academy of Stamford honored Mary, the Mother of God, and crowed her with a beautiful crown of roses. The celebrant was Bishop Frank Caggiano, and the co-celebrants were Father Bert Pinciaro, Pastor of St. Cecelia’s Church, and father Joseph Gill, Chaplain of the Academy. The combination of Bishop Caggiano and The Catholic Academy of Stamford community made for a Mass that brought the community closer to God.
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St. Rose graduates proud of their achievements

NEWTOWN—On Saturday, June 2, the 28 graduates of St. Rose of Lima School held their Mass and graduation ceremony in St. Rose Church. The graduates received a total of $362,000 in academic scholarships for high school. Nine students will attend Immaculate High School in Danbury; eight will go to St. Joseph High School, Trumbull; five are heading to Newtown High School; one student to Masik High School in Monrow; and one student to each of the following private schools: Hopkins, Avon Old Farms, Canterbury and Fairfield Prep.
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Fan the Fire Registration Now Open

The 13th Annual Fan the Fire Youth Rally will take place on Saturday, August 11 from 9:30am to 10pm at St Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, CT. All young people in grades 8 through 12 are invited and encouraged to attend this incredible opportunity to grow in their Catholic faith and relationship with Jesus Christ, along with hundreds of other teens from throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport.

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Readying our hearts to receive the Lord

NORWALK—This past Sunday I had the privilege to participate in two Eucharistic processions to commemorate the Feast of Corpus Christi. The first was held at Saint John’s Church in Darien, following the 11:30 AM Mass. The other was a procession for the deanery of Norwalk, Darien and New Canaan that originated at St. Matthew Church and extended over two miles to Norwalk Community College. This procession was attended by over 400 people. Both processions were a beautiful public testimony of our Catholic faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
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Going deeper

|   Commentary by Thomas H. Hicks
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“What is truth?” (Pontius Pilate, John 18:38)

Truth is a serious matter. Truth is the pathway to happiness and freedom. The Book of Sirach tells us that all our human misery comes from mistaking where our true satisfaction lies (cf. Sirach 15:16-17), and there are Jesus’ words “you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

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Those Darling Buds Are Here Again

|   Commentary by Matt Hennessey
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The thing about spring is you forget how great it’s going to be. Life can be a drag. Winters can overstay. But spring is about hope, and hope is the thing that pokes its way out of a robin’s egg.

We take family walks. By the pond in the cemetery we happen upon a pair of turtles that are, um, trying to start their own family. I turn it into a teaching moment, but biology isn’t my best subject. The best I can do is sing.

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Bring other Restless Hearts to God

DANBURY—“Always be obedient to the holy restlessness that has brought you to this day,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano before ordaining James K. Bates to the priesthood this morning at St. Joseph Church in Danbury.

The 11 am Mass was an occasion of joy as priests, friends and family members gathered to celebrate the ordination of the 56-year convert to Catholicism who grew up in Brookfield.
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Immaculate Boys are Golf Champs

DANBURY—The Immaculate High Schools boy golf team has won the SWC Golf Championship. It was a great victory for the young men and for Coach Kevin Dunleavy who will be retiring in June after 43 years as a science teacher at IHS. Photo: L-R: Coach Kevin Dunleavy, Joseph Robinson ‘20, Liam Deakin ‘18, Daniel Leblanc ‘21, Jack Woods ‘19, Ryan Fanella ‘19, Asst. Coach Mark LaPorte. Congratulations to all!

Diocese honors Consecrated Life

WESTPORT—The annual Celebration of Consecrated Life was held at St. Luke Church, Westport, on May 15. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano was the main celebrant of the Mass , with ten other clergy concelebrating. Directly after Mass, a dinner was provided for 125 Religious, clergy and friends. During this time, Bishop Caggiano recognized Religious sisters and priests with special anniversaries. In total twenty-six women’s societies and congregations and thirteen men’s were represented.

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Kashulon Fondation supports Priests

BRIDGEPORT—On behalf of the John & Ethel Kashulon Foundation, Board of Director member T.R. Rowe recently presented two checks to Bishop Frank Caggiano. The first was in the amount of $10,000 and will be used to support a diocesan seminarian-in-need, and the second was in the amount of $7,500 for the Queen of Clergy Retirement Home, in appreciation for all that newly-retired Monsignor Joseph Pekar did for Ethel and her parish of Sts. Cyril & Methodius over the 47 years he served as Pastor.

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Humanae Vitae symposium set

STAMFORD—Fifty years ago, Pope Paul VI issued his seventh and last encyclical, Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life), which upheld the Church’s teaching against artificial birth control, reaffirmed the sanctity of life and marital love, and emphasized the importance of responsible parenthood. The encyclical incited an immediate controversy among theologians, the laity and the clergy.
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Making Room for God’s Love

A 2016 poll of 4,500 “practicing” Catholic adults by the Pew Research Center stated that just eight percent of respondents believed contraception is morally wrong, while a whopping 89 percent said it was either morally acceptable or not a moral issue at all.

Shocking? Absolutely. Misguided? Totally. Surprising? Sadly, no.

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Breakfast of Champions 2018

BRIDGEPORT—“This is what we are all about—creating students focused on excellence,” said Dr. Steven Cheeseman, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Bridgeport. Speaking on what he called “one of my favorite days of the year,” he welcomed students and parents to the annual Breakfast of Champions.
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Welcoming the Divine Guest

Could you ever imagine inviting a guest into your home and then ignoring his or her presence? Under normal circumstances, such behavior would demonstrate bad will or a total lack of regard for the person visiting. In the home that I grow us in, such behavior would be unimaginable.
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Assumption Boys win Basketball Championship

FAIRFIELD—The boys varsity basketball team at Assumption Catholic School, Fairfield, are the 2018 champions of the Catholic School League. Their overall record of 12-2 earned them a spot in the semi-finals and then on to the finals where they won two games back to back to become the 2018 champions. This is the first time in the school’s 63 year history that the title has become theirs.
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Deacon Joseph Melita, 96

BRIDGEPORT—Deacon Joseph M. Melita died Sunday, May 13, at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield. He was 96 years old.

Born in Bridgeport on April 22, 1923, Deacon Melita graduated from Warren Harding High School in 1941 and served as Technical Sergeant in the Air Corps from 1943-1945. He fought in the Battle of Normandy and flew 55 sorties in dangerous combat that took the lives of many of his fellow soldiers.
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Loving the Things that God Loves

Saint Thomas once taught his students that to love God means to love all the things that God loves. In light of this simple and profound truth, I am most grateful to all the mothers, living and deceased, who taught their spouses, children, grandchildren, neighbors and friends the things that God loves the most!
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2,000+ Graduate from Sacred Heart University

FAIRFIELD—More than 2,000 Sacred Heart University students embarked on a new phase in their lives this weekend after receiving diplomas and words of advice and encouragement from leaders, scholars and classmates. The SHU class of 2018 includes 1,217 undergraduates who will have earned bachelor’s degrees and 1,130 graduate students who will have earned master’s degrees, professional certificates and doctorates.
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The “Encuentro” Journey Continues

BLOOMFIELD-Delegates from the Archdiocese of Hartford and the Dioceses of Bridgeport, Norwich and Springfield gathered yesterday at the Archdiocesan Center at Saint Thomas Seminary, in Bloomfield, to further the V Encuentro (Fifth Encounter) journey that has been described as one of the most significant pastoral events of the past decades in the U.S. Catholic Church.
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Rain Down: Stamford Youth Rally

STAMFORD-RAIN DOWN! Is a celebration of the Holy Spirit who animates, guides, forms and transforms us! Started in 2015 by Fathers Bert Pinciaro and Joseph Gill, RAIN DOWN has grown from 60 youth from four Parishes to 140 youth from six parishes in 2017. This October, with the backing and support of the Diocesan Leadership Institute and Catholic Service Corps RAIN DOWN is expanding its offerings and inviting youth from across the Diocese.
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