Monthly Newspaper • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT
BROOKFIELD—This week, young scientists from 120 schools, both middle and high schools, across Connecticut and Fishers Island, New York competed in the 70th Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair (CSEF). About 150 students were selected as finalists, five of whom were from St. Joseph Catholic Academy, Brookfield.
Student, Shaun Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Students from Catholic schools in the Greater Bridgeport area marched and displayed their school banners in the 37th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade held on Friday in downtown Bridgeport.
The St. Patrick’s Day observance formally began when the Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, celebrated Read More ››
Dear members of the Sacred Heart University community,
Sadly, I am once again writing to you about a senseless mass shooting—this time one that killed 49 people in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is particularly horrifying to me because I know how deeply it has Read More ››
UNCASVILLE—Greatness came in a flash and handed the Trinity Catholic girls basketball team the ultimate prize.
Within a span of just several minutes in her team’s Class S final against Canton, Iyanna Lops showed just why she’s continuing her career at the highest possible level.
Lops stamped her Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Reverend Edward A. Colohan passed away at St. Vincent’s Medical Center on Thursday March 14, 2019, at the age of 86.
Father Colohan’s body will be received at Saint Stephen Church located at 6948 Main Street, Trumbull, at 9:30 AM on Friday, March 22, 2019 and will Read More ››
This past Tuesday at Mass we heard the famous passage in the Gospel of Matthew when the Lord taught his disciples the prayer we now call “The Our Father.” For many of us it is one of the first prayers that we learned as children and Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School was recently awarded $6,909 in grant money to create a music technology laboratory, which will enhance its popular music education programs. Immaculate received the monies from a grant from Foundations in Education, a non-profit initiative that assists the Diocese of Bridgeport’s ongoing mission Read More ››
AUCKLAND—New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have expressed horror and distress at a terrorist attack in two mosques in Christchurch that saw at least 49 people killed.
The shootings took place at or near the Al Noor Mosque, where 41 people were killed, and at the Linwood Mosque, where Read More ››
CONNECTICUT- The Public Health Committee will be holding a public hearing on H.B. 5898 “An Act Concerning Aid In Dying for Terminally Ill Patients”, which supports the legalization of physician-assisted suicide in Connecticut. The hearing is scheduled for Monday. March 18th, at 10:30 a.m.. in Room 1D of the Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—New Canaan High School Class of 1978 Honors Memory of Katherine Schlegel
When Elena (Peters) and Stephen Schlegel lost their 20-year-old daughter Katherine last fall, members of the New Canaan High School Class of 1978 quickly focused their upcoming 40th Reunion celebration to make the event a Read More ››
NORWALK—On Saturday, March 9, Knights of Council 14360 held their 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner to raise funds for their charitable causes. Around 225 attendees packed the Masterpool Great Room at St. Matthew Church to enjoy some tasty corned beef with all the trimmings, as well Read More ››
STRATFORD—At five-foot-three, he was one of the most fearsome men on the New York City police force. He was a master of disguise known as the Italian Sherlock Holmes. And he was dauntless in his singlehanded fight against organized crime.
Lt. Joseph Petrosino was the first Italian Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Enhancing a patient’s quality of life, providing patients and families with supportive and spiritual care, and incorporating an interdisciplinary healthcare approach towards pain and symptom management, are all essential criterion to be met in the field of palliative and end-of-life care.
In an effort to emphasize the Read More ››
TRUMBULL—The Parish of Saint Catherine of Siena (220 Shelton Road, Trumbull) joyfully announces the completion of its sanctuary beautification project, called Christ at the Center. A Mass of Dedication with Consecration of the Church will be celebrated on Sunday, March 24, at 2 pm. The Most Read More ››
TRUMBULL— “A loving and merciful God wants to lead us to greatness that has nothing to do with us,” Bishop Frank Caggiano told more than 250 men, women and young people who are preparing for full communion with the Church at Easter.
More than one thousand faithful Read More ››
TRUMBULL—As Lent begins, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will welcome approximately 250 men and women who are on the journey toward full communion with the Catholic Church. The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, the next formal step on that journey, will take place Sunday, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and Foundations in Education will host their 4th annual gala on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Woodway Country Club in Darien. They will be joined this year by professional auctioneer, Patrick Tully. Mr. Tully’s clients include LSA Family Health Service, Petra Nemcova’s Read More ››
During these difficult times for our good and faithful priests, who are often looked upon with suspicion by society because of the sins and crimes of other priests who have abused children, we need to pray each day for their strength, courage and perseverance. We must Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Much of what the world considers to be glory will end up in ashes,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said in his Ash Wednesday homily today at St. Augustine Cathedral.
Hundreds filled the Cathedral for the noontime Mass and distribution of ashes, which mark the formal beginning of Read More ››
My Dear Friends in Christ,
“Sic transit Gloria mundi.” So passes the glory of the world. That simple Latin phrase was used for nearly 660 years, each time a bishop assumed the throne of Peter. And it was during that ceremony of coronation that as the bishop Read More ››
NEWTOWN—The St. Rose Boys’ Varsity finished up a strong season on Tuesday night. The Rams went 13-5 on the season and made it to the Championship Game of the Parochial League Tournament. The team improved with each game and practice and it was nice to watch Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—In a school-wide assembly today, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School unveiled this year’s One School, One Book™ title, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by award-winning author-illustrator, Grace Lin. The reveal was accompanied by live goldfish, an elaborate hand-made dragon sculpture, posters and other decorations throughout Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—The Sacred Heart University wind ensemble will present “A Celebration of Women Composers” featuring the work of well-known and up-and-coming women composers, including Jennifer Higdon, Julie Giroux, Chen Yi and Kimberly Archer. The University’s choir will join the band to perform music from Ethel Smyth and Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Award-winning author-illustrator, Grace Lin, will visit St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School on Tuesday, March 26. All local preschoolers and their caretakers are invited to a special story time and book signing from 8:45 to 9:30 am in the Parish Center. Ms. Lin will present her 2019 Read More ››
GREENWICH—Back in the 1950s, when Alan Detscher was an altar boy at Sacred Heart Church in Byram, he missed two Masses…and the pastor “fired” him. It could have been an inauspicious start for a young man who was destined to the priesthood, but he took it Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Call: In February of 2018 the St. John Paul II Fund was launched to seek applications from parishes and diocesan organizations to find innovative approaches to invigorating religious education and youth ministry. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano emphasized the importance of “thinking outside the box,” as we Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Declaring that the Catholic Church is unafraid of history, Pope Francis announced that documents in the Vatican Secret Archives relating to the wartime pontificate of Pope Pius XII will be open to scholars in 2020.
Researchers, particularly those interested in Catholic-Jewish relations, have pressed the Vatican Read More ››
FAIRFIELD COUNTY- Begining on March 29th and continuing until March 31st, the Diocese of Bridgeport will sponsor Entering Canaan: A Hope and Healing Weekend for women suffering because of a past abortion.
The weekend is co-sponsored by Project Rachel, and Luminal Hope and Healing After Abortion, and Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT- The “40 Days for Life Vigil” will be observed within the Diocese of Bridgeport from March 6 to April 14, 2019.
The campaign will take place in Bridgeport and Danbury, outside of local Planned Parenthood clinics.
“From March 6 to April 14, our community will take part Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Saint John Paull II Fund has provided a grant award in 2018 to The Leadership Institute of the Diocese of Bridgeport to launch The Family Bible Challenge for Lent.
This innovative program is both an invitation and a challenge to young and old to spend time this Lent Read More ››
HAMDEN—Kelsey Shaver still remembers visiting her grandmother as a little girl and rubbing her back and shoulders to alleviate her chronic pain. It brought her relief, and on one occasion she held Kelsey’s hands and said, “God kissed these hands.” It was a childhood memory that Read More ››
EL PASO—Bishops from Texas and Mexico called for solidarity with migrants as a Catholic response to the national emergency declared at the U.S.-Mexico border.
They also questioned if the emergency—declared by U.S. President Donald Trump to free up funds for building a border wall—was as urgent as Read More ››
WATERBURY—The Second Annual Mountaintop Mass at Holy Land USA, honoring the life and legacy of Venerable Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, will be held April 28, Divine Mercy Sunday.
Auxiliary Bishop Juan Miguel Betancourt will celebrate the Mass, which is cosponsored by the Read More ››
WASHINGTON–Monday night, the Senate failed to advance the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act—legislation that prohibits infanticide by ensuring that a child born alive following an abortion would receive the same degree of care to preserve her life and health as would be given to any other Read More ››
WESTON—The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based religious formation program that was begun over 60 years ago in Rome, Italy by Sofia Cavalletti. It is rooted in the Bible, the Liturgy and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Read More ››
As I reflect upon the desire to find effective ways by which we can support our young adults in their Catholic faith, I am more and more convinced that young adults themselves must take the lead in bringing other young adults to faith. In fact, I Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Last week The Face of Prayer™ added eleven prestigious catechists to the online video catechism that launched on September 8, 2018. These scholars are faculty and staff members at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.
The McGrath Read More ››
NORWALK—St. Philip Church holds its annual hunger awareness event ‘FoodFast – Be the Change’ Saturday to help raise awareness and funds for Eradication of World Hunger. Over 50 teens from local area parishes and middle/high schools participated in the daylong event.
Saint Philip Parish, a welcoming Catholic community, Read More ››
STRATFORD—Stratford basketball coach Tim Swaller had a game plan for Kolbe Cathedral’s Quinton Sneed. Unfortunately for the Red Devils, Sneed was not to be denied.
Combining 17 points with 24 rebounds, Sneed led the sixth-seeded Cougars to a 61-54 victory over third-seeded Stratford in the South West Read More ››
TRUMBULL—On a bus ride back from this year’s March for Life, Dave Janny and ten other members of St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull had the chance to view a movie trailer that made them wonder what they could do to insure that others might be able Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—The time has come for an “all-out battle” against the abuse of minors, erasing this abominable crime from the face of the earth, Pope Francis said, closing a global four-day summit on child protection in the Catholic Church.
For quite some time, the world has been Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Every third Friday morning you’ll find a lively group of students and staff from Saint Catherine Academy and volunteers from the Order of Malta engaged in a signature project: the creation of 300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport.
“This is a Read More ››
STAMFORD—Trinity Catholic High School will cap off a month of celebrations and art contests in a day dedicated to Black History Month, Tuesday February 27. The day of celebrations will also feature a moving exhibit of actual slave artifacts along with a day of food and Read More ››
NEWTOWN—The fourth-grade class at St. Rose of Lima received the People’s Choice Award for Best Decorated Christmas Tree at the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, Conn.
Twenty-six fourth grade classes from around the state decorated trees reflecting this year’s theme “Christmas in Poland.” Under the guidance Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Sponsored by The Center for Catholic Studies, Anthony Domestico will present “Art, Sacrament and Poetry” at Fairfield University on Monday March 4 at 4:30 p.m. In his March 4 lecture, Anthony Domestico, PhD will consider how two contemporary Catholic poets — Lawrence Joseph and Fanny Howe — are rethinking the sacramental in Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Every third Saturday a community of volunteers from the Order of Malta prepares and serves a hot, hearty breakfast to guests at the Thomas Merton Center. A lay religious order of the Roman Catholic Church, the Order of Malta is dedicated to serving the sick and Read More ››
DANBURY—Tong Lilly Zeng ’19 of Danbury and Sophia Pilla ‘19 of Ridgefield recently won Scholastic Arts Awards for their original artwork produced in their art portfolio and graphics design classes at Immaculate High School.
Tong won a Silver Key Award for her painting “Redemption” and Sophia won Read More ››
We’re having some work done on the roof of the new house. The chimney is twisted and needs to be rebuilt. Friends gave us the number of a guy we could call to fix it.
McNulty is from Ireland. He told me he did “finishing work” for Read More ››
Over the course of my life, there were days I wanted to salvage from the rush of time. I wished I could preserve a certain day from sliding away into the flow of time. I can picture myself clinging to a lovely, fulfilling day, repeating to Read More ››
The student in each of us must always be ready to learn – in our homes, with our friends, and most certainly on our spiritual journey with God. As a mother and a teacher, I am made humble each time I step into a classroom or Read More ››
DENVER—When most people think about street preaching, they picture tent revivals, or the fiery Protestant minister with King James Bible in hand shouting about being saved, or the apocalyptic firebrand imploring repentance. Few likely think of the Catholic Church.
But there are a number of organizations that Read More ››
One of the earliest memories that I have from my first assignment as a newly ordained priest occurred during a conversation that I had one morning at breakfast with my first pastor. That morning he offered me valuable pastoral advice that came from his many years Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—(The following is the message that Dr. Eleanor Sauers read to the congregation of St. Anthony of Padua in Fairfield on Sunday, February 17, when Dr. Sauers was installed as Parish Life Coordinator of St. Anthony of Padua Parish by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.)
Bishop Caggiano, the parish Read More ››
DANBURY—For over 50 years, Catholic Charities of Fairfield County (CCFC) has provided affordable and accessible mental health services to individuals and families from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The program, called Behavioral Health Services, is one of the only providers of subsidized mental health services in the region.
Since Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—The fifth-grade of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School visited the television studio at Sacred Heart University’s Communications Center to broadcast their own news show. Fifth-grade teachers, Colleen Fallon and Paul Piorek, collaborated to create this exciting program for the students, incorporating several elements from the fifth-grade Read More ››
Pictured: Eleanor Sauers (right) is congratulated by a parishioner during a reception following the Mass.
FAIRFIELD— In a joyous and solemn moment on a beautiful winter morning, Dr. Eleanor Sauers was installed as Parish Life Coordinator of St. Anthony of Padua Parish by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.
The Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Vatican’s removal from the priesthood of Theodore E. McCarrick “is a clear signal that abuse will not be tolerated,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Feb. 16.
“No bishop, no matter how influential, is above the law of the Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Every year in the Diocese of Bridgeport, over two hundred high school students take part in CONVIVIO, an international conference for the youth, run by youth. CONVIVIO encourages students to grow in their relationship with the Lord by asking hard questions in order to find real Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Fairfield will be presenting a teaching and exposition of Sacred Relics on Sunday March 3 at 2:30 pm, followed by a display in the parish hall until 5:30 pm.
Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross will be in Read More ››
WASHINGTON—President of U.S. Bishops’ and Chairman of Bishop’s Committee on Migration Respond to President’s Order to Fund Construction of Border Wall
Today President Trump announced that he will issue an order stating his intention to make use of funds previously appropriated for other purposes to fund the Read More ››
To date, more than 1,100 people have attended the face-to-face workshops in more than a dozen parishes. There are 40 more meetings scheduled. If you have not scheduled a face-to-face session at your parish and would like to do so, please contact Patrick Donovan (firstname.lastname@example.org) as Read More ››
GREENWICH—The leaders of two Catholic churches in Greenwich, St. Catherine of Siena and St. Agnes, are discussing the possibility of becoming one parish with the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Neither of the churches nor the diocese know what the new arrangement would look like yet, but the much-smaller Read More ››
STAMFORD—The Diocese of Bridgeport has announced plans for the St. Edmund Campion Program of Discernment at St. John Fisher Seminary in Stamford.
The new program will accompany men, 18 and older, in encountering Christ and in discerning whether they have a calling to enter full-time seminary formation.
“The Read More ››
TRUMBULL—The parish center of St. Catherine of Siena was filled to the brim with diapers, onesies, bibs and all types of items for both mom and baby on the weekend on February 9-10.
A table at the side of the parish center was decorated as it would Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis Wednesday approved the canonization of Bl. John Henry Newman, a Roman Catholic cardinal, scholar, and founder of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in England.
Following a Feb. 12 meeting with Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Read More ››
NORWALK — The Malta House Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Carey Dougherty to the position of Executive Director.
Board Chair, Kim Petrone, states “Carey’s commitment to our mission and her love and care for the women and babies we serve is evident Read More ››
How do you heal a broken heart? This was the question that I posed during my homily to the Synod Fathers on the Feast of St. Luke in October, as we gathered to discern how best to serve the needs of youth in our modern world. Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—St. Augustine Dance team competed in the Middle School Hip Hop Division at Fairfield Warde’s Annual Dance Jam on the weekend of February 9-10. The team danced to Beastie Boys’ Intergalactic, dressed as aliens and astronauts.
After months of hard work and great leadership from St. A’s Read More ››
NEWTOWN—The seventh graders of St. Rose of Lima school participated in the Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair competition.
Students presented their boards to four outside judges who reviewed the experiments carefully based on criteria provided.
Winners were announced at the Home & School Association meeting on Thursday, February Read More ››
Foundations in Education is committed to strengthen and transform the mission of Catholic education in the Diocese of Bridgeport by supporting innovation in academic and extra-curriculum programs, fostering opportunities for the professional development of school leaders in Read More ››