Hayes: Nurturing Freedom of Expression

Over the last week, you may have heard that we at Sacred Heart Greenwich have been thinking a lot about stickers, banners and buttons. We’re not planning a political campaign. Rather, we’ve been debating — under the intense glare of press scrutiny and social media conversation — such important issues as freedom of expression, diversity of thought and mutual respect.

St. Mary’s Church Dedicates Shrine

NORWALK—Oysters, with their mottled shells, succulent flesh and hard-won pearls, encapsulate the spirit of Norwalk.

At least they do for Rev. Richard Cipolla, the pastor of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church—and given the city’s rich oystering tradition, it’s likely others agree. So when the time came to dedicate the shrine for Our Lady of Norwalk at the church on Wednesday evening, it was only fitting to celebrate with an oyster reception.


Statement on Sacred Heart Greenwich

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The Diocese of Bridgeport is aware of the issues at Sacred Heart Greenwich, and has urged all involved to work toward a resolution that conforms to Catholic teaching while being respectful of the diverse views within the school community.

A strong respect for the right to life is at the core of Catholic teaching and identity.

As such the diocese fully supports the commitment of Head of School Pamela Hayes to affirm the Church’s teaching, while also recognizing and respecting the right of students to question and challenge as they grow in the learning process and prepare to address the important moral and ethical issues they will face in their lives.


Bible Study: The Spirituality of St. Paul

RIVERSIDE—The Spirituality of Paul will be eight sessions, held Monday evenings 7:30-9 pm, January 29-March 19, 2018 or Tuesday mornings 10-11:30 am, at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 4 Riverside Avenue, in room 101-102 of the parish O’Connor Center. $30 materials fee payable at the first class, cash or check payable to St. Catherine of Siena Church. Additional info: or call: 203.637.3661.


Educators Excited About New Learning Model

BROOKFIELD—St. Joseph School, Brookfield will begin a personalized multi-age instructional model beginning in September, 2018. This model, proposed by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano involves individualized learning plans that engage each student at his/her knowledge and skill level based on how he/she learns best. This creative approach is something Saint Joseph School’s teachers are quite familiar with and are excited to employ on a larger scale.


Women’s One-Day Retreat

NEWTOWN—What Are You Looking For? Explore our journey of faith as women who seek to answer this question from Christ.
Where: Holy Innocents Faith Formation Center, St. Rose Parish, Newtown
When: Saturday, March 10th, 2018
Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (concludes with Mass at 4:00 pm)

Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age

FAIRFIELD—The Fairfield University Art Museum is presenting a major international loan exhibition “The Holy Name, Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age,” which will be on view in the museum’s Bellarmine Hall Galleries from February 1 through May 19, 2018. Its focus is the Church of the Gesù in Rome, the mother church of the Jesuits.


ACA Knits Diocesan Family Together

DARIEN— Bishop Caggiano said the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) helps to make the diocese one large family by investing in people through education, charity and other ministries.

Speaking to almost 200 invited guests and volunteers at a reception held at Giovanni’s Water’s Edge, the bishop thanked them for their generosity and leadership of the 2018 Annual Catholic appeal.

Bishops Consider Plans to Revitalize Appeal

WASHINGTON (CNS)—Catholic bishops are looking to “transform” Catholic schools in response to decades of declining enrollment that has forced hundreds of schools to close since 2005.

The effort, said the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Catholic Education, encompasses a wide-ranging look at issues facing Catholic schools and a renewed effort to help parents better understand that the spiritual development of a child goes hand in hand with academic achievement.

Entering the Desert: A Reflection from Bishop Frank

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During his time in the Holy Land, Bishop Frank and 30 Young Adults took a surprise detour to the desert before entering the holy city of Jerusalem. Read his reflection from that surprising moment here:

One of the most powerful moments during my recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land was an unexpected detour into the Judean desert. Our guide, Father Paul, called it his “surprise”. In fact, the Lord also had many surprises to offer me and my fellow pilgrims during the 30 minutes we spent in the desert.


$500,000 Donation to Foundations in Education

GREENWICH—Mary Alice and Thomas O’Malley, longtime Greenwich residents, have committed $500,000 to Foundations in Education over the next five years to establish the The Mary Alice and Thomas O’Malley Scholarship for children of current police officers, firefighters and nurses attending Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford. The O’Malley gift is the first of its kind for Foundations in Education.

Bishop Reflects on Annual March for Life

When I was a little boy, the highpoint of my family’s Christmas preparations was our annual visit to Radio City Music Hall to attend its Christmas show. In addition to the energy and excitement of the city itself, I was always deeply impressed with the live depiction of the Nativity that has traditionally closed the show for generations.

Pope marries couple on flight

CHILE (CNS)—Aboard the Papal flight to Iquique, Chile, love was literally in the air as Pope Francis performed an impromptu wedding ceremony at 36,000 feet aboard his flight.

During his flight to Iquique January 18, the pope was approached by LatAm flight steward Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriaga and asked for a blessing for him and his wife, stewardess Paula Podest Ruiz.

Poll: Americans Favor Abortion Limits

More Than 3 In 4 Americans Have Consistently Supported Substantial Restrictions For a Decade

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – More than three quarters of Americans would limit abortion to — at most — the first three months of pregnancy, according to a new Marist Poll. That number has consistently been about three quarters or more for the past decade.

National Prayer Vigil for Life

WASHINGTON—The National Prayer Vigil for Life will be held from Thursday afternoon, January 18 to Friday morning, January 19, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Over 20,000 pilgrims from around the nation will pray there for an end to abortion before the annual March for Life.

U.S. News & World Report Ranks SHU

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University’s online programs for bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing are the best in the state, according to a statement U.S. News & World Report released Jan. 9. Sacred Heart’s programs were ranked against those from hundreds of colleges and universities across the country in the 2018 U.S.News Best Online Programs rankings.