Monthly Newspaper • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT

Bishops’ Annual Labor Day Statement Scores ‘Excessive Inequality’

WASHINGTON (CNS) — “Excessive inequality” threatens cooperation among all people in society “and the social pact it supports,” said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, in the U.S. bishops’ annual Labor Day statement. In the message, Bishop Dewane cited the words of Pope Francis, who told factory workers in Genoa, Italy, “The entire social pact is built around work.
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‘Hear the Cry of the Earth,’ Pope and Patriarch Urge in Ecology Message

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Environmental destruction is a sign of a “morally decaying scenario” in which too many people ignore or deny that, from the beginning, “God intended humanity to cooperate in the preservation and protection of the natural environment,” said the leaders of the Catholic and Orthodox churches.
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Diocese celebrates Patronal Feast

BRIDGEPORT—Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Augustine, the Patron Saint of the Diocese of Bridgeport! Read Bishop Frank’s reflection on St. Augustine: “Saint Augustine came to faith after many years of struggling with a dissolute lifestyle. Afterwards he wrote his autobiography entitled “The Confessions”. It is a beautiful testimony of how the power of grace helped Augustine to find his way to Christ.
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Catholic groups are mobilizing to help in Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath

WASHINGTON—Catholic dioceses and charities are quickly organizing to help in the aftermath of a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall with heavy rains and winds of 130 miles per hour late August 25 into the Rockport, Texas area, northeast of Corpus Christi. The National Weather Service said in a tweet August 27 that the rainfall expected after the hurricane and storm are over “are beyond anything experienced before.”
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Fr. Louis Michael Pintye, 62

BRIDGEPORT— Father Louis Pintye, O.F.M., Pastor of St. Emery Parish in Fairfield ’s for 13 years from 1998 to 2011 passed into eternal life on August 20, 2017 at Mount Alverna Friary-Shrine of Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted in Youngstown, Ohio, after a lengthy illness.

A memorial mass was held Saturday, 11:00 AM, August 26th at St. Emery’s Church, 838 Kings Highway East, Fairfield.
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Onstage Includes SHU Theater Program in Annual Top 10

FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University’s (SHU) theatre arts program has been recognized by OnStage Blog as a leading college theater program, and one of the fastest-growing programs in the country. In its annual review entitled “Top-10 most underrated college theater programs for 2017,” Founder and Editor in Chief Christopher Peterson highlights U.S. college theater programs that may not be getting a lot of attention outside their region, but are generating a buzz in the theater community. Sacred Heart University’s theater program appears in his top-10 listing for the Northeast.
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Fr. Reggie’s reflection

I was blessed to be taught at a young age, that you can learn from anyone and any situation. As we look back to the incidents that occurred in Charlottesville, VA—there is much to be learned and many actions that need to happen in our lives as individuals as well as a community. I wonder in my mind, what the Founding Fathers of our country would think of what has gone on recently but more importantly—where are we as a country.

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Superintendent Steve Cheeseman’s Letter to Teachers to Begin the School Year

Dear Colleagues in Ministry,

As we begin this new school year I just want to take a moment to thank all of you for the work you do for the young people who attend our Catholic Schools. Each day, I am inspired by the work you do, individually and collectively, to ensure that the children who have been placed in our care are educated in school communities that understand that God’s promise for the future rests in our hands as we shape the next generation of the faithful and that strive to recognize the dignity, uniqueness and beauty of every child.
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Don’t Go to Sleep Without Thanking the Lord

BRIDGEPORT— In this video Bishop Caggiano reminds us that a final prayer before going to sleep is a good way to examine our consciences and be reminded of God’s forgiveness and love for us. The bishop reminds us that evening prayer is an opportunity for us “to ask the Lord if we have offended him or our neighbor,” and be rewarded in the “freshness and renewal” that prayer can bring.
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September Concert

DARIEN—St. Thomas More Church, Darien hosts Men En Masse in September. Join us on Saturday, September 16 at 7:30 pm for an evening of music with Men En Masse, the summer men’s chorus from Connecticut Chamber Choir, conducted by Galen Tate.

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Knights Summer Outing for the Kids!

NORWALK—For nine of the ten years Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council #14360 has been in existence they have assisted or sponsored various events for the Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) in Norwalk, which has included the Agency’s annual Foster Care picnic and outings to Bluefish games as well as a day of painting with teens and seniors.
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Students Get a Jump Start on School Year

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BRIDGEPORT—What do you get when you combine an engaging math and language arts program with live animals, an ice cream truck and an 80-foot, three-masted sharpie schooner? One memorable and meaningful summer enrichment program which at the Catholic Academy of Bridgeport is called “Jump Start.”
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Enthusiastic Response to Bishop’s Call to Pilgrimage in D.C.

BRIDGEPORT—People throughout the diocese are responding to Bishop Frank Caggiano’s call to join him in a diocesan pilgrimage to Washington D. C. on September 23.

As of today, the diocese has reserved more than 15 buses for the special, one-day pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for a day of prayer and worship.
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Concert in Stamford

STAMFORD—Come hear Krista Adams-Santilli with Frank Mastrone and Friends in Concert on September 16 at 6:30 pm at Sacred Heart Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford. Tickets are $50 per person. For Information and tickets call 203.968.1234

Bishops Ask for Peace After White Nationalist Rally Turns Deadly

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The bishop from the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Virginia called for peace following violence in Charlottesville late on Aug. 11 and subsequent events at the University of Virginia that left at least one person dead after a car plowed into a crowd on the afternoon of Aug. 12 during a white nationalist rally.
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Polka Mass

FAIRFIELD—Holy Cross Church, at 750 Tahmore Drive, across from Lake Mohegan, Fairfield is having its annual picnic starting with a Polka Mass at 11 am on Sunday September 10. Live entertainment by the Polka Quads of Pennsylvania will start at Noon and run throughout the day.

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Sacred Heart University to celebrate opening of Center for Healthcare Education

FAIRFIELD—After nearly two years of construction, Sacred Heart University’s new Center for Healthcare Education is ready to open. Staff and faculty from the College of Health Professions and College of Nursing have moved into the state-of-the-art building, and students will begin their studies with the latest technology and modern features there this fall.
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Appalachia 2017: 26th Annual Trip

KENTUCKY—From June 24-July 2, a group of 42 students and chaperones traveled to Neon, Kentucky for Notre Dame’s 26th annual Appalachia trip. While in Kentucky, the group worked with HOMES, Inc., a group committed to building residential housing and providing low-interest mortgages for residents of this coal-mining community. Notre Dame has worked with HOMES since 2000 (with the exception of two years spent in West Virginia).

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Msgr. Kohut, 98, Former Pastor of St. Matthew

NORWALK—Msgr. Joseph Kohut died on August 5 at Notre Dame Convalescent Home in Norwalk. He was 98 years old.

Joseph John Kohut was born on December 12, 1918 in Peekskill N.Y. After graduating high school he was employed as a stenographer at Standard Brands, Inc., and at Texaco. This work was interrupted by his Army service in World War II in France, Germany and Austria, for which he won the Bronze Star., and by Air Force service in the Korean War.
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Pope Calls for Attention to Environment

|   Pope Francis asks that "everyone discover the beauty of creation"
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Pope Francis’s prayer intention for the month of August is “That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.” This action from the pope is the latest in a long history of Catholic Church teaching on environmental protection, and comes amid new concerns about the quickening pace of climate change.
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Cardinal Shehan Center Reunion celebrates history and future

BRIDGEPORT—In celebration of its 55th Anniversary, the Cardinal Shehan Center recently hosted its first ever Reunion at the Shehan Center at 1494 Main Street in Bridgeport.

The event drew current board members, former board members, current and former staff, donors, former Shehan Center members and friends, said Lorraine Gibbons, Shehan’s Director of Development.

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Malta House in Norwalk to Hold Annual Benefit Concert: “The Midtown Men”

NORWALK—Malta House, a residence in East Norwalk for homeless pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children, will hold a benefit concert featuring the acclaimed “The Midtown Men” on Saturday, September 30, at 8 pm at The Palace in Stamford. Tickets are on sale now through The Palace website, https://palacestamford.org. A reception for VIP ticket holders starting at 6 pm will be held in the second-floor lounge, and includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Columbus Park Trattoria, as well as premium concert seating. VIP tickets are $150, and are on sale now at www.maltahouse.org/events/.

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Fan the Fire

TRUMBULL—The annual Fan the Fire youth rally will be moving to a new location this year at St. Joseph High School in Trumbull.

The event, scheduled for Saturday, August 19th, 9 am to 9 pm, is a day of prayer, fun and inspiration for young people.

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Bishop reflects on the Feast of Ss. Joachim and Anne

BRIDGEPORT—Although I met my maternal grandfather only once, he left a deep impression upon me. The year was 1965 and I was 6 years old when my parents returned to Italy for the first time since their immigration to the United States. The occasion was my youngest uncle’s wedding which took place in the small village where my parents were raised in the south of Italy. My grandfather’s kindness and generosity left a lasting mark on my life.

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Knights celebrates 10 years of service to Parish and Greater Norwalk community

NORWALK-Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council No. 14360 became Norwalk’s third Knights of Columbus council on July 25, 2007. It was the first time in a century that a new council in Norwalk was founded. Persistence paid off when parishioner and first Grand Knight Gerry Grippe lobbied for many years to start a council at St. Matthew Church. Grippe wanted to start the council to assist Pastor, Msgr. Walter Orlowski with various parish projects as well as outreach in the local community. Msgr. Walter gave the green light to start the process of forming a new council with the CT State Knights of Columbus in March 2007.

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Moody’s Upgrades Sacred Heart University To A3 Rating

FAIRFIELD—Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Sacred Heart University’s rating to A3 from Baa1, with a stable outlook. The upgrade acknowledges the University’s very strong financial performance, according to Moody’s. “This performance has been primarily driven by the University’s strong student demand, translating into robust enrollment and tuition revenue growth,” as well as program diversity the report stated. The report also noted that “the University has undergone significant capital investment that has modernized the campus facilities and markedly improved campus appeal.”

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National Conference on the Church in China comes to East Coast

NEW YORK—U.S. Catholic China Bureau (the Bureau)’s 27th Biennial National Conference will be held at St. John’s University in New York during August 11-13, 2017. As the important gathering about the Catholic Church in China, the conference,brings together clergy, religious brothers and sisters, and lay people of different backgrounds to share the hope and sufferings of the tested faithful in this frontier of evangelization.

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John Grosso Op-Ed: Bringing Millennials to the Faith Through Social Media

Before I became the social media leader for the Diocese of Bridgeport, none of my friends were Roman Catholic.

When I share that with my co-workers in ministry, they are often upset, but not necessarily surprised. For years now, we’ve heard the narrative that people are leaving religious institutions in droves, particularly the Catholic Church. There have been a number of explanations presented by theologians and sociologists alike, but there is not “one” answer for why people are leaving.
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SHU’s Living Shoreline Project Selected for Funding by Federal Coastal Resilience Grant Program

A multi-state project, including a research team from the Biology Department at Sacred Heart University (SHU), was selected for funding to monitor, evaluate and provide recommendations for the design and placement of living shorelines or nature-based infrastructure as part of a $1 million 2017 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Resilience Grant.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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!”

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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.

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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 (innercityfoundation.org), and a significant portion of each ticket will benefit The Inner-City Foundation and the neediest families of Fairfield County.

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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’.
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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.
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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.
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