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 ››
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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 ››
STAMFORD—I was deeply saddened this past month to watch the Reproductive Health Act go into effect in New York—an act that is extremely troubling for the future of our most innocent and vulnerable. While NYC celebrated with a pink-lit bridge and building, I was presenting on Read More ››
DANBURY—Less than 15 percent of U.S. college-bound high school seniors achieve perfect SAT scores. This year, six Immaculate High School seniors achieved perfect scores on their SAT math section, with two of those students achieving a perfect score on the Level II SAT math test and Read More ››
The recent passage of disturbing new abortion laws in New York State and public comments from Virginia political leaders has properly raised the public debate on abortion and the rights of the unborn and now born.
The following is a statement in response to these events by Read More ››
DANBURY—Four Immaculate High School student-athletes recently signed to play sports in the Fall of 2019 at Columbia University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Quinnipiac University and Mount Saint Mary’s University.
“This is a very exciting time for these young student-athletes. Years of hard work have led to this Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound will host its Annual Sports Gala and Auction benefiting Connecticut police, fire, and correction officers, EMS personnel, public safety dispatchers, and their families battling cancer. Retired NFL Star, Merril Hoge, will be the guest speaker at the event on March Read More ››
I am sorry to inform you of the death of the Reverend William F. Sangiovanni yesterday, February 4, 2019. He was 77 years of age.
William Francis Sangiovanni was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 24, 1941, son of Francis and Margaret (Muldoon) Sangiovanni. He was Read More ››
The Diocese of Bridgeport has been informed that individuals from various towns and parishes are receiving emails and/or phone calls that claim to be from pastors or other clergy members. Anyone whose phone number is listed on a church website may possibly be targeted. These scammers Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Reverend William F. Sangiovanni passed away on Monday, February 4, at Bridges Memory Care Assisted Living in Trumbull. He was 77 years old. A full obituary with details on the Mass of Christian Burial and other funeral arrangements will be published as soon as it becomes Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—”Liturgy as Source and Summit” will be the focus of Leadership Institute workshop set for Saturday, February 9, 8:30 am, at the Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport. Please note the location has changed (it was originally being held at Trinity Catholic).
The ministry enrichment gathering is Read More ››
DANBURY—A team of Immaculate High School (IHS) engineering students won the state-level 2019 Real World Design Challenge (RWDC), an annual competition run by public and private partnerships that work together to build a solid foundation for the future STEM workforce. This was the first time Immaculate Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted another Three-Year Accreditation to the cancer program at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated Read More ››
Much has been written about the spiritual needs of young people who face an ever-changing and challenging world. Technology alone presents unparalleled opportunities for improvements in education and social networking, (which I did not have when I was young), while at the same time tempting young Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Imagination is the mother of creativity and innovation and the foundation of true leadership,” remarked Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, addressing Catholic school educators recently awarded 2019 grants in innovation and leadership.
“A true leader dares to see within the hearts of students; to unlock what may be Read More ››
STAMFORD—On Tuesday, January 29 a group of students from the Catholic Academy of Stamford visited a seventh-grade class to teach a fun, interactive lesson to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. They had the opportunity to discuss and learn about their faith in a creative way. Thank you Read More ››
UAE—It’s certainly not the first time Pope Francis engages in dialogue with the Muslim world.
He has been welcomed by Jordan’s King in Amman and visited some of Islam’s most sacred sites, including the Al-Aqsa mosque in the Holy Land and the Blue Mosque in Turkey. He Read More ››
Record-setting Greg Zuerlein places heaven above the Super Bowl.
Last year in the playoffs, placekicker Greg Zuerlein was unable to help the Los Angeles Rams advance out of their wild card game due to injury. This year he has helped his team mightily, making three field goals Read More ››
WILTON—“Work hard. Stay focused. And Do…Your…Best!”
The first and second graders at Our Lady of Fatima School in Wilton repeat this mantra every time they change stations in their Personalized Learning math class.
Although they are learning to master different math skills, the Personalized Learning Initiative allows these Read More ››
SHELTON—Soft voices enliven a table in the center of the first-grade classroom at Holy Trinity Catholic Academy in Shelton. While teacher Cindy Nizzardo observes from a distance, a small group of students are reading, and are helping each other with the more difficult words. Each one Read More ››
BROOKFIELD—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 deacon someday? Do you feel that God calling you to live your faith differently, Read More ››
CATHOLIC ACADEMY OF BRIDGEPORT – A St. Raphael Academy first grade class was surprised with a visit by Mayor Joseph P. Ganim as a “guest reader” on Thursday, January 31, 2019. Mayor Ganim spoke with the students about his role as mayor of Bridgeport, and then Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—I have practiced law for nearly 50 years and served as a judge for 36 years. In that span of time, I have never seen a state legislature enact such a condemnable piece of legislation as New York’s so-called Reproductive Health Act, which Governor Cuomo deliberately Read More ››
STAMFORD—Is “also” part of the present tense participle of a verb? How about “not?” With the sixth grade Personalized Learning English Language Arts (ELA) class at the Catholic Academy of Stamford, teacher Kelly Whipple is leading an examination of verb phrases, a main verb and a Read More ››
STAMFORD—Trinity Catholic High School marked today as “The Day the Future Began” with an inspired ceremony attended by nearly five hundred students, administrators and invited guests. The entire ceremony was webcast live to alumni nationwide via Facebook Live.
Bishop Frank Caggiano presided over the one-hour ceremony which Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—“What is the distributive property of a multiplication statement?” fourth-grade teacher Lauren Korres asks her students at the beginning of a structured Personalized Learning math class at Assumption Catholic School.
“In the past, we taught as if every kid were the same,” says Principal Steve Santoli. “Kids Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In 2018, Catholic Charities provided 1,322,500 meals and it anticipates that this number will grow in 2019.
However, the recent government shutdown and the added demand put on food pantries has underscored the growing food insecurity of the poor, elderly and working families.
Al Barber, president of Catholic Read More ››
NEW YORK—It’s been a rough time for faithful Catholics recently in our state government’s frantic rush for “progressive” ideas.
I’m thinking first of the ghoulish radical abortion-expansion law, which allows for an abortion right up to the moment of birth; drops all charges against an abortionist who Read More ››
NEWTOWN—On the morning of Tuesday, January 29, St. Rose of Lima School invited their community leaders in for coffee and conversation to thank them for their dedication to St. Rose School and the Newtown Community. The school library looked lovely with red cloths and roses, as well Read More ››
BROOKFIELD—“The most exciting thing about personalized and multi-age learning is that it encourages and empowers students to discover their strengths, challenges, interests and passion,” said Pam Fallon, director of education at St. Joseph Catholic Academy in Brookfield.
During a recent visit, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Cheeseman Read More ››
DANBURY—The Most Rev. Frank Caggiano, together with a planning committee of Survivors of Sexual Abuse as Minors by Priests, will hold a very special Mass for anyone who has been sexually abused as a minor and for others who have been impacted.
The Mass will be held Read More ››
Aboard the papal plane, January 28, 2019 / 07:52 am (CNA).
Please read below for CNA’s full transcript of the Pope’s July 28 in-flight press conference from Panama City to Rome:
Alessandro Gisotti, interim director of the Holy See Press Office: Good evening! Holy Father, we can still Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Foundations in Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Diane Canevari as Assistant to the Executive Director.
“Diane comes to us with a good deal of experience working with a similar student demographic to those students we serve. Her skills are readily transferrable to work of Read More ››
PANAMA CITY—Just before leaving the physical and human warmth of Panama Jan. 27, Pope Francis stopped to thank the thousands of official volunteers, young and old, gathered at the capital city’s Rommel Fernandez Stadium to tell them that they had just participated in an event similar Read More ››
WASHINGTON—National Catholic Schools Week 2019 (CSW) will be observed in dioceses around the country January 27–February 2. This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.,” focuses on the important spiritual, academic and societal contributions provided by a Catholic education firmly rooted in the Truth of Read More ››
STAMFORD—Fourth and fifth grade students at The Catholic Academy of Stamford participated in the National Geographic GeoBee. The students completed the written version of the preliminary competition. The results were scored and the top 10 students were invited to compete in the final competition on Friday, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—I will never forget the excitement I felt as a teacher and principal when a new school year started. As a teacher, I remember standing in my classroom and getting things ready, all the time thinking about the great things the year had in store for Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese of Bridgeport has been found compliant with all audited articles within the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People for the 2017/2018 audit period.
The announcement was made by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano after receiving notice from StoneBridge Business Partners of Rochester, New York, a Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School celebrates Catholic Schools Week 2019 (January 27-February 2) by thanking all those who have helped it grow and thrive in the nearly six decades it has served students from the greater-Danbury area.
“There have been many wonderful people who have supported us in making Read More ››
PANAMA CITY—On Monday morning, 20 pilgrims arrived in Panama City with Bishop Frank J. Caggiano for World Youth Day. After taking a tour of the Panama Canal and the old city, pilgrims settled into their accommodations and prepared for the week.
Since their arrival, each morning has Read More ››
PANAMA CITY (CNS)—Young men and women in the church can bring the joy of the Gospel to the world by showing that God’s love extends to all people and excludes no one, Pope Francis said.
“By your actions and your approach, your way of looking at things, Read More ››
STAMFORD—On February 2, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano ordained Mr. Michael James Vian Clark as a deacon for the Diocese of Bridgeport at St. Gabriel Parish in Stamford, 11 am, on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.
Clark was born in Chichester, England on May 5, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese has launched a video series to support the “We Stand with Christ” Capital Campaign that was publicly announced in January.
Beginning with the release of this week’s video, “We Stand with Children,” Catholics throughout the diocese will be seen on camera delivering both personal and Read More ››
DANBURY—Why is it easier to push a shopping cart than a car? Because a shopping cart has less mass (it’s not as heavy), and the less the mass, the easier it is to accelerate. Newton’s second law of motion spells it out: acceleration depends on force Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Foundations in Education is pleased to announce that applications to the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund open February 1, 2019!
The mission of the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund is to help families afford a Catholic education at Diocesan elementary schools in Fairfield County.
In the 2018-2019 academic year, the Bishop’s Scholarship Read More ››