INDONESIA—A Catholic Relief Services (CRS) team from Indonesia is on the ground in Palu, where a deadly earthquake and tsunami killed at least 1,400 people and left tens of thousands homeless. The local CRS team is working closely with our Caritas partner and additional teams have Read More ››
Monthly Newspaper • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano today (October 3) announced that retired Connecticut Superior Court Judge Robert L. Holzberg, who is a partner in the law firm of Pullman & Comley LLC of Hartford and Bridgeport, will serve as counsel and lead investigator for the Clerical Sexual Abuse Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Caggiano has asked pastors to celebrate a local Mass of Reparation in their parishes no later than October 31, 2018. In the coming weeks, the bishop will announce additional spiritual initiatives and administrative measures to address the sexual abuse scandal in a spirit of transparency Read More ››
ROME—As the Synod of Bishops on youth and young adults prepares to open, one of the American delegate bishops said that for any efforts to minister to young people today to bear fruit, the church must first reclaim credibility by addressing the clergy sexual abuse scandal Read More ››
Premiere recording of William Rasar’s Mass “Christe Jesu” is a beautiful and unique album perfectly themed for the Season of Christmas
NORWALK—St. Mary’s Church and the St. Cecilia Society are pleased to announce that Lux Fulgebit, the debut CD of the acclaimed St. Mary’s Schola Cantorum, based in Read More ››
October 2 is the memorial of the Guardian Angels in the liturgy. Here are 8 things to know and share about the angels it celebrates . . .
1) What is a guardian angel?
A guardian angel is an angel (a created, non-human, non-corporeal being) that has been assigned Read More ››
ROME—The future of the Catholic Church is with the young, which is why Pope Francis has called bishops from all over the world to meet in Rome October 3-28 for a synod on young people. If the church cannot attract and keep young people, it has Read More ››
ROME- The previous reflection originally appeared on Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook page. Follow the Bishop for daily updates from the 2018 Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.
I arrived in Rome a few hours ago and went immediately to register for the Synod on Youth at Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—This year, the annual Mass for those with down syndrome, their families and friends was celebrated on September 16 at St. Pius X Church. The Mass can best be summed up with one word… “Joy”. For annual attendees, that “Joy” is daily but for many attending Read More ››
Later this afternoon I will be traveling to Rome to join the Synod on Youth and Vocational Discernment. While I still do not have the daily schedule for the Synod, the Synod Office has announced that the proceedings will last four weeks and involve over 300 Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS)—Signaling his belief that the Catholic Church is facing a serious crisis, Pope Francis asked every Catholic in the world to pray for the protection of the church from attacks by the devil, but also that the church would be more aware of its Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In a joyful and reverent Evening Vespers Service lifted by the music of the Diocesan Youth Choir and the Latin Schola of St. Augustine Cathedral, Bishop Frank Caggiano conferred Papal Honors on 20 men and women from the diocese.
“There are angels in our midst,” said the Read More ››
GREENWICH—Polpo Restaurant Greenwich hosted donors of the Catholic Academy of Bridgeport at a sparkling dinner held the evening of September 25. Over 50 donors to the Academy joined together for the event. The school serves more than 900 students in the City of Bridgeport and encompasses Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—On Sunday, September 30, the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University will welcome the “Hallelujah Train” as it rolls onto campus, featuring Pastor Brady Blade Sr., Daniel Lanois, Brian Blade, and Brady Blade Jr., with the Zion Baptist Church Choir. The day will begin Read More ››
DANBURY—The “40 Days for Life Vigil” will be observed within the Diocese of Bridgeport from September 26 to November 4.
“Our community will unite with many others from coast to coast—and internationally—for a major simultaneous pro-life mobilization—the 40 Days for Life campaign,” said Christine Murphy of Danbury Read More ››
STAMFORD—Earlier this week, I made a visit to Our Lady Queen of the Clergy Retirement Home in Stamford, CT to interview Msgr. John Sanders, who played with Duke Ellington for five years and then became a Catholic priest.
Msgr. Sanders’s memory was not up to a full Read More ››
After a very long day of travel, the pilgrims and I all arrived safely home yesterday. For me, it is always great to return home again. Many times during the pilgrimage, I longed for all the little comforts of home that I often take for granted Read More ››
At a time he was struggling with his faith and looking for answers about God, Luca Badetti returned from an event at L’Arche Chicago, a multicultural community where people with intellectual disabilities can live ordinary lives.
He decided to share his questions with his friend Jennifer who Read More ››
STAMFORD—Rain Down is an incredible gathering of youth for prayer, fellowship, food, fun and Eucharistic Adoration. This event has been taking place annually at St. Cecilia Church in Stamford, and this year is open to youth in grades 8 through 12 throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport! This year Read More ››
Knights’ Carl Anderson Tells Hispanic Catholics they Can Shape Future of U.S. Church
Our Lady of Guadalupe is relevant as she appears today in those she inspires
NEW HAVEN—Our Lady of Guadalupe is at work today in the Church in the United States through the faith and action Read More ››
I’m a student of pubs. Maybe it’s because my dad owned one. Maybe it’s because they smell so good, especially that front-door bouquet of stale beer, hamburger, air conditioning, and disinfectant. The flavor profile at my dad’s place included the unmistakable overlay of nicotine, but even Read More ››
RIVERSIDE—St. Catherine of Siena Church in Riverside will present a free lecture and discussion, “Pope Francis and His Critics,” on Sunday, October 14 at 11:45 am in the Lucey Parish Hall immediately following the 10:30 am Mass.
St. Catherine in Riverside welcomes speaker Michael Sean Winters, a Read More ››
RIVERSIDE—On Sunday, October 7, 2018, the Parish Partners-Ministry of Hope at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Riverside, CT will be hosting celebration of the Eucharist at 12 noon welcoming, accompanying and accommodating persons of all ages with disabilities and special needs. The Parish Partners are fellow Read More ››
National speaker Jon Leonetti will be giving two inspiring talks throughout the diocese next week!
Jon Leonetti is a nationally known Catholic speaker, best-selling author and radio host who conveys a message of lasting fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Through Jon’s keynote presentations and parish missions, thousands of Read More ››
GRAPEVINE, Texas—A video message from Pope Francis and a procession of Encuentro crosses representing all of the participating episcopal regions were the highlights during the first day of the National Fifth Encuentro gathering taking place September 20-23 in Grapevine.
With hearts full of excitement and joy, about Read More ››
NEWTOWN—St. Rose School turns 60 this year!
A 60th-anniversary celebration is planned for October 6th with an 11 am Mass of Thanksgiving and an Oktoberfest themed celebration on the grounds immediately following, from noon-4 pm.
The St. Rose of Lima community expects alumni and current families to join in Read More ››
PROVIDENCE—The Catholic Church must implement consistent practices that result in concrete progress in the fight against racism, said participants from five New England dioceses and Providence College who gathered for an evening symposium on “Racism in the Catholic Church.”
“Catholic social teaching on race suffers from a Read More ››
BROOKFIELD—Marde Dimon, a teacher at St. Joseph Catholic Academy, signed up for a community garden plot this summer in one of the Trumbull parks where she works as a part-time park ranger. She named her first ever garden the “Long Shot Plot,” and planned for it Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Mrs. Sandler’s classroom allows seating with a choice. Students working by the board on the floor. On a couch by the door. A table shuffled by the bathroom. Lockers as direct chair backs. Every student in Mrs. Sandler’s class makes a choice during flexible seating time and Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, will confer Pontifical Honors granted by His Holiness Pope Francis on twenty lay faithful of the diocese during a Vespers Prayer Service set for Saturday, September 29th at 4 pm in St. Augustine Cathedral, 359 Washington Avenue, Read More ››
At times, it is inevitable that we will face sufferings and challenges that are not of our own making. These are the struggles that come from illness, unexpected events or the choices of those around us over which we may have no control. Such situations are Read More ››
VATICAN CITY— In his homily at Mass Tuesday, Pope Francis spoke harshly about what he considers one of the great dangers of clericalism: that it alienates members of the Church by refusing to be close to them, and reinforces the belief that priests are above the Read More ››
STAMFORD—While every scholarship recipient appreciates the donor that helps make their academic experience possible, it is unlikely that they get to meet the people who fund their scholarships. On September 11, six students from Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford and their families had the unique Read More ››
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” —Audrey Hepburn
FAIRFIELD—St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Fairfield, CT has a vibrant and bountiful vegetable, herb and flower garden. Its “Giving Garden” opened in 2017, as a result of proceeds from its “Spring to Auction” fundraising event. Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Judge Thomas Hardiman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit will be the featured speaker at the 2018 Red Mass and Breakfast that will take place on Sunday, October 14, 9 am at the Egan Chapel of Fairfield University, 1073 N. Benson Road, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“There is tremendous hope in a difficult climate,” said diocesan director of Safe Environments Erin Neil, at the Safe Environments Leadership Summit held this morning in Queen of Saints Hall at the Catholic Center.
“Christ is our true healer and he will help guide us through this Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— “The leadership of the Church has failed in many ways, it has been tarnished… Healing will take a long time,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said at the Clergy Mass of Reparation on the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows this morning in response to the Read More ››
Christopher Bell, Co-Founder of Network Caring for Moms and Babies, Can Tell of a “Best-Kept Secret”
NORWALK—Getting the news out about America’s approximately 400 pro-life maternity homes is one way to respond to the coarse rhetoric with which Netflix program host Michelle Wolf recently celebrated abortion Read More ››
It has been nearly 4 years since the Diocese of Bridgeport has taken to social media to spread the good news of Jesus Christ, build a digital community of faith, and build awareness for diocesan initiatives.
In that time, the diocese has seen tremendous growth across many Read More ››
TRUMBULL—St. Catherine of Siena Parish celebrated their second annual kickoff weekend on September 8 and 9, where old and new friends were welcomed back from summer vacations.
Parishioners were welcomed by greeters into the McClinch family center, where Mass is being celebrated while construction is being done Read More ››
Diaconate Discovery Evenings
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 Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS)—Pope Francis is calling the presidents of every Catholic bishops’ conference in the world to Rome Feb. 21-24 to discuss the prevention of the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.
The Vatican made the announcement Sept. 12 after the pope and members of his international Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano invited all recipients of the Saint John Paul II grants to a reception on Tuesday, September 4 from 4:30 –6:00 pm at the Catholic Center to celebrate their award. Around 60 clergy, staff, and laypeople who share in the parishes’ ministry faith Read More ››
FAIRFIELD— Dan Schutte, American composer of Catholic liturgical music and contemporary Christian songwriter, will present a special concert in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield. Some of his most celebrated songs are “Here I Am, Lord,” “City of God” and Read More ››
The Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel will be recited at the end of every Mass in the Diocese, beginning on the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15, as instructed by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano earlier this month.
Michael the Archangel appears multiple times in Read More ››
Brother Steven Joseph DeMaio, SDB, made his perpetual profession of religious vows on September 7, 2018, in the chapel of the Marian Shrine in Haverstraw, N.Y.
Also professing their final vows were Brother Travis Gunther, SDB, of Conway, Ark., and Brother John Langan, SDB, of Winsted, Conn.
Father Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— In response to national priest sexual abuse, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will lead a Holy Hour with Rosary and a Mass of Reparation and Purification on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, Saturday, September 15th, at the Cathedral of St. Augustine, 399 Washington Avenue Read More ››
What would you do if you found yourself in a dark room and there was no light to be found? I remember facing such a situation during the big blackout that hit New York City when I was a boy. I remember being in my bedroom, Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Saint Catherine Academy students and staff were excited to see each other again and get the new academic year rolling, settling into familiar routines and adjusting to new ones. Almost two weeks later we’ve already had our first fire drill—receiving a thumbs-up from the Fairfield Fire Read More ››
Danbury, CT | Do you have what it takes to hit a hole in one and win a new car or $10,000? Try your skill, or your luck, a the 2018 IHS Golf Outing on Wednesday, September 19 at Richter Park in Danbury. As part Read More ››
DANBURY—Bagpipes played a reverent tune at the annual diocesan Blue Mass honoring fire, police and first responders who serve the diocese. The Mass was held on Sunday, September 9 at 10:30 am at St. Joseph Church in Danbury in solemn commemoration of the 17th anniversary of Read More ››
TRUMBULL—A group of women from the Diocese of Bridgeport commemorated the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children on Saturday by praying the Rosary for the unborn.
They gathered at 3 p.m. at the memorial site in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery on Daniels Farm Road Read More ››
NEWTOWN—St. Rose School showed tremendous spirit and marched in the annual Newtown Labor Day Parade. Leading up to this event a few industrious school families constructed a float that replicated the original school building and filled it with antique desks, a chalkboard and all things of Read More ››
STAMFORD—Last spring, a passionate group of men and women entered into Superintendent of Catholic Schools Steve Cheeseman’s office with a dream: opening up a new school dedicated to classical and affordable Catholic education.
They sought approval from Dr. Cheeseman, and then presented their idea to Bridgeport Bishop Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese of Bridgeport has launched “The Face of Prayer 2.0” an online video catechism based on the questions and concerns young people have about the Church and their faith.
The newly designed website and video catechism went live on September 8, 2018, the Nativity of the Read More ››
DANBURY—The Annual Diocesan Blue Mass honoring Fire, Police and First Responders will be held on Sunday, September 9, 10:30 am at St. Joseph Church, 370 Main Street in Danbury.
A reception immediately following Mass will be held in the school gym on the parish grounds.
The Mass will Read More ››
FAIRFIELD- The battle for the best chili was on, but the champion prevailed once again.
The competition was intense from many other fine cooks, but the three-time Chili for Charity “Chili Cook-Off” champion came through again.
On a beautiful sunny summer day, the Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council Read More ››
STAMFORD (Stamford Advocate)- Scott Smith’s afternoons as a boy in Ansonia were spent at church.
Smith was not raised very religious; his Catholic mother and Protestant father baptized him in the former’s church and let him decide for himself what religion to follow. But his mother would Read More ››
One of the most important lessons that we all need to learn (and perhaps relearn) in our lives is the simple fact that our decisions have consequences that cannot be undone. It may seem strange even to raise this point but unfortunately, many times we forget Read More ››
After two successful years, the St. Philip Family Fall Festival returns with more local vendors for fantastic shopping, children’s programs for lots of family fun and a hot grill for delicious food. The 2017 Festival attendees heard great music, shopped with many crafters and ate delicious Read More ››
Most Reverend Frank J. Dewane
Bishop of Venice
Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
September 3, 2018
The plight of our brothers and sisters who work hard but struggle to make ends meet calls us all to reflect in a Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Water is a gift of God that makes life possible and yet millions of people do not have access to safe drinking water, and rivers, seas and oceans continue to be polluted, Pope Francis said.
“Care for water sources and water basins is Read More ››
Every night before he goes to bed, Chad Chlebowski, 10, says his prayers. He prays for his mother and father, he prays for his twin brother and his sister, he prays for his grandparents and great-grandparents … and he asks the Blessed Mother for a very Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Caggiano met with the leaders of St. Charles Parish this afternoon to discuss circumstances surrounding the resignation of their former pastor, Fr. Frank Gomez, and ways the parish might move forward in the future.
In a candid and informal exchange that lasted an hour and a Read More ››
DALLAS (CNS) — Dallas Bishop Edward J. Burns has asked Pope Francis for an extraordinary synod to address issues in the latest Catholic clergy sex abuse crisis, including “abuse of power, clericalism, accountability and the understanding of transparency in the church.”
The letter, posted to the Diocese Read More ››
The following homily was delivered by Father Joseph Marcello, Pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull and Vicar for Clergy, at the Vigil Mass for his friend and mentor, Msgr. Louis DeProfio, on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull.
One time, Read More ››
Lack of patience is one of my greatest faults, precisely because it is a virtue that is absolutely indispensable to live discipleship with courage and perseverance.
Father Gabriel, in his book Divine Intimacy, speaks of the true nature of Christian patience, in contrast to what the world Read More ››
The Diocese of Bridgeport was deeply disappointed to learn that Kevin Wallin failed another drug test during his house confinement and probation period.
The diocese realizes the challenges faced by those struggling with addiction and has worked to guide and support Kevin Wallin in the recovery process Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Excited voices filled the air, calling to friends, meeting new co-workers, sharing news of the summer and taking the inevitable group selfies (“us-ies”?) on the steps of Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport. Teachers, administrators and staff were gathering for the second annual Catholic School Convocation to Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—On Saturday, August 25th, the Athletic Association hosted its first Welcome Back event. The purpose of this event was to welcome new families to Notre Dame and welcome back athletes and coaches at the start of the fall sports season. The event was free to all Read More ››