Dear Friends of Quest for Peace and Covenant House Casa Alianza in Nicaragua:
These weeks we have been witnessing with great anguish the violence and anarchy that has erupted in Nicaragua which has set the government and its paramilitaries against students, workers, the poor and the Catholic Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The St. Margaret Shrine in Bridgeport might be the only large-scale shrine in the United States dedicated to St. Margaret of Antioch, a late third-century/early fourth-century martyr whose feast was formerly July 20 (she was among some saints removed in 1969 from the liturgical calendar to Read More ››
MERIDEN—Saint Francis of Assisi said, “It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.” The Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist not only lived this instruction of Brother Francis, but helped the Seminarians of the Diocese understand Read More ››
WINNEBAGO—A few weeks ago, I went with my youth group from Saint Aloysius Parish in New Canaan on a mission trip to Nebraska. For an entire week, we did service work on the Native American Reservation of Winnebago.
Our time with the people of the Omaha and Read More ››
The late author Thomas Craughwell knew how to weave together exciting stories. His last book, Heroic Catholic Chaplains, released this May, a month before his unexpected death, is filled with them. The subtitle captures them this way: Stories of the Brave and Holy Men Who Dodged Read More ››
On the centenary of the late priest’s birth, those who knew him personally offer reflections about his transformational legacy of helping people who experience same-sex attraction.
PHILADELPHIA—When Father John Harvey presented the full truth of the Church’s teaching on homosexuality, Tina Nair never felt like she was Read More ››
When we find ourselves in the difficult position of being unable to spiritually help those whom we love, it is very easy to become disappointed. At times, such disappointment can even lead to resentment and anger. However, if we remember the spiritual fact that God loves Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—It’s summertime, and the fishing is easy! At least it was on the beautiful day recently for adults in the day program of St. Catherine Academy.
The adult students enjoyed a morning of recreation at the pond on Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens in Westport, followed by lunch on Read More ››
WESTON—As we continue to encourage parishes to accept Bishop Caggiano’s Invitation to Lifelong Faith Formation, we are pleased to announce a workshop designed specifically for those who lead the RCIA process.
Many parishes are doing wonderful work with the RCIA program. And yet, oftentimes the neophytes don’t Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Loyola Press is partnering with the Diocese of Bridgeport Office of Faith Formation and The Leadership Institute to bring several speakers to the area for all those who share the faith as catechists and youth ministers.
The first day will serve as a kick-off meeting for all Read More ››
KENT—Former Fairfield County Catholic photographer John Glover, 64, passed away suddenly last Friday in his home in Kent.
A full obituary including funeral arrangements will be released as it becomes available.
Glover joined Fairfield County Catholic in 1998 as staff photographer at the invitation of Dr. Joseph McAleer, Read More ››
Calling All Catholic Young Adults (CYAs)!
Join us for the 3rd Annual “Summer Splash” on Sunday, August 5, 2-5pm
Hosted by the Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury (CYAGB), we’ll gather at St. Francis of Assisi parish in Weston, CT, for Mass celebrated by Fr. John Connaughton of Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University has assumed operations of St. Vincent’s College, effective July 2, merging the valuable resources of two of the region’s longstanding, venerable learning institutions. “Sacred Heart University and St. Vincent’s College are two institutions with a strong Catholic identity and similar missions and core Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Fourteen nurses in Ghana are earning their master’s degrees and will be able to educate student nurses and improve patient outcomes, thanks to an innovative, tuition-free partnership with Sacred Heart University.
The partnership between SHU’s College of Nursing and Ghana’s Holy Family Nursing & Midwifery Training College Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—When the St. Thomas Aquinas School library needed an update, some people suggested to Librarian Adrienne Wilson that she appeal to the Knights of Columbus for help.
The Knights of Columbus, Father Coleman Council #2616, came to the rescue in big way recently by making a $10,000 Read More ››
BETHEL—St Mary’s Bethel students Francesca Friscia and Tyler Burns were recently presented Catholic Charities “Guardian Angel” awards for their work on behalf of the hungry and homeless in the Danbury area.
The hard working duo raised funds for the “Take a Walk in Their Shoes” Walkathon for Read More ››
As we continue to reflect upon the gift of miracles, I have my own miracle story to share.
When I was a seminarian living my pastoral year at Saint Sylvester’s Church in City Line, Brooklyn, one day in late October I had accepted an invitation attend a Read More ››
A lifetime ago, when Tom McInerney was a sophomore at St. Augustine High School in Brooklyn, his world history teacher, Mr. Hitti, took him aside for the kind of talk teenagers would rather avoid.
Mr. Hitti didn’t mince his words. He told Tom that he was “way Read More ››
IRONDALE, Alanta—EWTN Global Catholic Network will observe America’s Independence Day with airings of Called and Chosen: Father Vincent R. Capodanno.
The 90-minute documentary about the life and death of Fr. Capodanno will air on EWTN July 4 at 10 am and 4 pm Eastern time. Produced by Read More ››
DANBURY—In addition to providing a hot and healthy meal to the hungry and homeless in the Danbury area on a daily basis, the Morning Glory Breakfast Program of Catholic Charities also operates a Marketplace.
“The Morning Glory Marketplace is a unique non-food pantry program that provides items Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Catholics have no reason to fear death, because Christ the Lord has power over death; instead, they should fear sin, which hardens and kills the soul, Pope Francis said Sunday.
“Jesus is the Lord, and before Him physical death is like sleep: there is no reason Read More ››
MCALLEN, Texas—The bishops of the Catholic Church in the United States have for weeks expressed outrage and condemned the government’s recent practice of separating children from a parent or a family member if they’re caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border without legal documentation.
On July 1, led by Read More ››
WILTON—Our Lady of Fatima School-Wilton held its commencement exercises on Friday evening, June 15th for its graduating Eighth Grade Class. The event included a Mass offered by Our Lady of Fatima Pastor, Reverend Reginald Norman, followed by a reception. Featured commencement speakers were Fatima “graduating” parent, Read More ››
SHELTON—When Mina Lawrence was growing up in Hong Kong, her parents taught her the importance of reading sacred scripture, of fasting and of praying … to the gods.
She came from a religious family that regularly went to the Hindu temple, where they read the Vedas, burned Read More ››
BROOKFIELD – Family Fellowship Campfires will be held weekly after the 5pm Saturday Mass at St. Joseph Church, Brookfield.
We’ll have a campfire and a light dinner and s’mores will be provided. Families should bring chairs, blankets, bug spray and any additional snacks and beverages they may Read More ››
It is interesting to note that in almost every miracle story in the Gospels, the evangelists never say that everyone who witnessed the miracle believed in Jesus. Rather, we read that many came to believe in Him. The difference between “everyone” and “many” offers a significant Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—“SHU Journey has definitely changed me for the better. I have made so many wonderful friends and I have been able to experience God through all of them. It has been a place for me to deepen my faith and share my opinions with a community Read More ››
My mother hated the house on Speedwell Avenue. She may have had her reasons. The kitchen was small, the sink was too far from the stove, there was one bathroom for six people, and the whole place drooped slightly so the bedroom doors wouldn’t close. Then Read More ››
Never write up a diary on the Day itself.
It needs much longer than that to know what happened.
Christopher Morley, D-Day Plus X
Sooner or later, everyone wonders about what s/he has done in life. When we stand back and look at our lives certain questions arise: How Read More ››
My friend’s 5-year-old son came home from school and started to share the day’s events with his mother over a glass of milk and cookies. He told her about the show-and-tell that featured a daddy who worked in the hospital emergency department. He told her about Read More ››
SHELTON—Brad Smythe’s path to the Catholic Church took a few twists and turns and an occasional detour. But step by step, the Holy Spirit led him to where he was meant to be—an ordained deacon at 65 years old.
He and his two younger sisters were raised Read More ››
NEWTOWN—St. Rose of Lima School Fourth grader Ava Bauco, was recently invited to attend the National Invention Convention at the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan. Her journey began in the fall, when St. Rose fourth graders started brainstorming solutions to the everyday problems they had identified. Read More ››
NORWALK—This week marked the launch of Room to Grow Preschool’s Creative Adventures Camp. It is the first time that the Norwalk preschool has held a summer day camp program. During winter vacation, program director Nancy Owens piloted the camp to test the waters. Kids and parents Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Over one hundred supporters of Catholic Charities turned out for the agency’s annual Aetna Golf Classic on June 4 at the Patterson Club in Fairfield. Golf enthusiasts enjoyed a buffet breakfast before a round of golf at the historic club, which was followed by a delicious Read More ››
STAMFORD—Fifty years after Blessed Pope Paul VI issued what one historian has called the most reviled and misunderstood Catholic document in modern history, a group of experts gathered to reexamine the encyclical Humanae Vitae in light of the social upheaval that has occurred since the sexual Read More ››
BROOKFIELD—Peter Brady, the “Boss Man” of Handy Dandy Handy Man Ministry in the greater Danbury area was excited to receive a donation from the first grad students at St. Joseph School in Brookfield in recognition of all the work the volunteers of HDHM Ministries do for Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—On the second day of SHU Journey 2018, high school students are gathered in a Sacred Heart University classroom to discuss what it means to be servant leaders.
With notebooks and pens ready, they are attentive and ready to engage. Dr. June-Ann Greeley told students, “We are Read More ››
DANBURY—During the 2018 Mission Cooperative Program, the international charity Mary’s Meals will be visiting the Diocese of Bridgeport. Volunteer speakers from Mary’s Meals will be making a Mission Appeal at Sacred Heart Parish in Danbury on July 14-15.
Mary’s Meals sets up community-run school feeding projects in Read More ››
My friends, I have exciting news! As our community grows on Facebook, my hope is that we can continue to find new ways to use social media as a means by which we can engage the world and one another, so that we can become ever more Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT- St. Ann Church in Black Rock is once again hosting their annual Summer Concert Series, featuring a number of great bands! The concerts will take place in the field adjacent to St. Ann’s. Admission is $5 per person.
Please note that the rain date for these Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut – June 21, 2018 – St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound is hosting the 21st Annual Interfaith Memorial Service on Sunday, August 5 at 8:30 am at Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport. Registration begins at 8:00 am. The event is free of charge, open Read More ››
FAIRFIELD — Sacred Heart University paid tribute to a man who President John J. Petillo praised as an example of what it means “to pay it forward and not look for anything in return,” a man whose generosity and vision are the cornerstones of a new Read More ››
TRUMBULL — Before St. Joseph High School classes start for the day, four students are already on campus, preparing drinks at the only spot on campus that offers coffee.
They’re behind the counter at a makeshift cafe, taking orders, pouring lattes and making runs to the ice Read More ››
RIDGEFIELD—Last July, Steve Lee of Ridgefield was listening to a podcast of an EWTN show when a fellow came on during the break and said, “If you’re interested in bringing Catholic radio to your community, call me.”
Lee, who worked in finance on Wall Street, thought about Read More ››
STAMFORD—On June 15, The Catholic Academy of Stamford Upper School held their first Eighth Grade graduation. The graduates wore their caps and gowns proudly as they walked down the aisle of St. Cecilia Church. A beautiful Mass was celebrated with family, friends, faculty and staff, made Read More ››
Below is the information for those who want to advocate with the USCCB on family separation and other domestic migration issues or support CRS’ life-saving work in Central America.
Central America Migration Family Separation
BRIDGEPORT—“What does effective learning look like in a digitally connected world?” “How are we helping youth take information and transform it into knowledge and wisdom? and How are we engaging our communities in faith in a digital way?” asked Charlotte McCorquodale, president of Ministry Training Source.
Speaking Read More ››
“Compartmentalize” was the word George Bisacca employed most often when explaining how he was able to balance a dual career as an attorney and a college basketball coach with family life.
The principal celebrant at his May 21st memorial service, the Father Charles Allen, SJ, spoke of Read More ››
When Jim Fedak Jr. was 9 years old, he knew what he wanted to be.
Most boys imagine themselves as firemen, rock stars and professional athletes.
Jim, however, wanted to feed the hungry, his mother Marie says. And today he does.
It was an ambition that inspired him from Read More ››
A medida que nuestra nación sigue lidiando con la práctica de separar a los niños de sus familias en la frontera, debemos distinguir nuestros sentimientos políticos sobre este tema de las enseñanzas reales del Señor Jesús, quien Élmismo es la plenitud de la Verdad.
Como hijo de Read More ››
“There’s a joy in giving back if you have been blessed in terms of your own life,” says Msgr. Laurence Bronkiewicz, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Ridgefield and chair of the Priest Advisory Committee (PAC) for the Annual Catholic Appeal.
While parishioners in Ridgefield tend to Read More ››
As our nation continues to grapple with the practice of separating children from their families at the border, we must distinguish our political feelings on this issue from the actual teachings of the Lord Jesus, who is the fullness of Truth Himself.
As a son of immigrants, Read More ››
At our recently concluded USCCB meeting held in Fort Lauderdale, Cardinal DiNardo issued the following statement on behalf of all the bishops of the United States. I ask that you read it carefully, since the practice of separating children from their parents and denying women asylum Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS)—The theory that well-being will automatically flow down to everyone from the riches of the few is “a lie,” Pope Francis said.
The beatitudes show the way, he said, because they show that holiness doesn’t concern just the soul, “but also the feet—for going toward Read More ››
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. — The U.S. bishops began their annual spring assembly by condemning recent immigration policies from the Trump administration that have separated families at the U.S.-Mexico border and threatened to deny asylum for people fleeing violence. The morning session here began with a statement, Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—“New Policies and Life-Styles in the Digital Age” was the theme at the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) Foundation’s 25th Anniversary conference, held at the Vatican on May 24-26.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, assistant ecclesiastical counselor to CAPP in the United States, joined 30 CAPP-USA members Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“My dear friends in Christ. It has been five years since the Holy Father gave me the great privilege of being your shepherd and serving as Bishop of Bridgeport. These have been years of great blessings for me, as you and I have made progress in Read More ››
NEW HAVEN—2017 was a record-setting year for Knights of Columbus charitable work with an unprecedented $185.6 million in donations and 75.6 million hours of volunteer service provided worldwide.
The monetary value of K of C’s service hours is valued at $1.9 billion based on an estimate by Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Family, friends, and community gathered at St. Augustine Cathedral around Joseph Huong, Joseph Koletar, and David Rivera as they celebrated their Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate Saturday, June 9th at 11:00am. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano was the celebrant of the Mass, along with principal concelebrants Monsignor Read More ››
Danbury, CT – One of its largest graduating classes triumphantly tossed their caps into the air when Immaculate High School graduated 120 seniors at their Commencement Ceremony held on Wednesday, June 6 at Western Connecticut State University’s O’Neill Center in Danbury, CT.
Kevin McCoy of Danbury was Read More ››
TRUMBULL—St Joseph High School, striving to be southern Connecticut’s premier college preparatory school, is proud to announce that on Saturday, June 2, 2018, they graduated 178 students who have collectively earned more than 25 million dollars in scholarships and financial aid.
The 2018 Commencement was held at Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—This will be another busy summer for students in Sacred Heart University’s Theatre Arts Program.
After the success of last year’s first-ever summer theater season, the SHU Rep Company, an advanced group of University thespians and stage crew members, will be back on campus toward the end Read More ››
BRISTOL—Coach Bill Mazzucco gripped the alligator-shaped shoehorn tightly in his hand as he brought his Notre Dame-Fairfield players into a huddle in the middle of the Muzzy Field locker room. Over the past two years, the alligator shoehorn—a token given to Mazzucco by Austin Allen—has become Read More ››
TRUMBULL—Frances Jean “Fran” Kleitz, who is said to have been the first woman to hold the position of Lay Member of the Parish Corporation, or “Trustee” in any parish in the United States following the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, passed away on May 31, after a Read More ››
STAMFORD—On May 31st, The Catholic Academy of Stamford honored Mary, the Mother of God, and crowed her with a beautiful crown of roses. The celebrant was Bishop Frank Caggiano, and the co-celebrants were Father Bert Pinciaro, Pastor of St. Cecelia’s Church, and father Joseph Gill, Chaplain Read More ››
NEWTOWN—On Saturday, June 2, the 28 graduates of St. Rose of Lima School held their Mass and graduation ceremony in St. Rose Church. The graduates received a total of $362,000 in academic scholarships for high school. Nine students will attend Immaculate High School in Danbury; eight Read More ››
NORWALK—This past Sunday I had the privilege to participate in two Eucharistic processions to commemorate the Feast of Corpus Christi. The first was held at Saint John’s Church in Darien, following the 11:30 AM Mass. The other was a procession for the deanery of Norwalk, Darien Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Gathered after school, a select group of eighth graders at St. Augustine School, along with local artist Cleiton Ventura, picked up paintbrushes and pallets to brighten the hallway with their art.
The result is a striking mural that brightens the hallways of St. Augustine Academy on the Read More ››
When our parish’s Mothers’ Group asked me to be a guest speaker, I jumped at the chance. I love to share my faith. And I love being a mother. I was thrilled for the opportunity. But at the same time, I was scared.
I’m a perfectionist. For Read More ››
My younger sister, who has MD after her name, regularly sends family members and friends advice on how to live healthy and happy lives so our bodies make it to the average life expectancy of 78.6 years—if not Abraham’s 175 years or Noah’s 950.
It can get Read More ››
“What is truth?” (Pontius Pilate, John 18:38)
Truth is a serious matter. Truth is the pathway to happiness and freedom. The Book of Sirach tells us that all our human misery comes from mistaking where our true satisfaction lies (cf. Sirach 15:16-17), and there are Jesus’ words Read More ››
The thing about spring is you forget how great it’s going to be. Life can be a drag. Winters can overstay. But spring is about hope, and hope is the thing that pokes its way out of a robin’s egg.
We take family walks. By the pond Read More ››
DANBURY—“Always be obedient to the holy restlessness that has brought you to this day,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano before ordaining James K. Bates to the priesthood this morning at St. Joseph Church in Danbury.
The 11 am Mass was an occasion of joy as priests, friends Read More ››