FAIRFIELD – Sacred Heart University Journey is a six-day residential summer experience of faith education, self-discovery and enjoyment for high school students who want to develop a better understanding of faith in their life, develop their ability to become a leader in their Church and school, Read More ››
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STAMFORD – On March 12th, Sr. Gaudia Skass, OLM will speak on “God’s Surprising Remedy To Our Sins” at Holy Spirit Parish in Stamford, at 7:30pm. The event is free of charge. All are welcome! Born and raised in Poland, Sr. Gaudia studied painting at The Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—St. Vincent’s Medical Center invites the community to join us for a Lenten Spirituality series sponsored by St. Vincent’s Spiritual Care Department.
Chaplain Fr. Al Forlano will incorporate insights on “Becoming Godlike: Growing in Godliness” into his homilies during the 12 Noon weekday Mass at the hospital Read More ››
FAIRFIELD– “Made for More” is the theme of this year’s CONVIVIO, the diocesan youth rally that has drawn almost 200 young people to the Edgerton Center of Sacred Heart University for a weekend of prayer and activities.
“We live in a world that offers us so many Read More ››
Tickets are available for Shrek The Musical, St. Catherine’s Players 37th production. Performance dates are March 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11, 2018 with curtain times of Fridays at 8, Saturdays at 7 and Sundays at 2 at St. Catherine of Siena Lucey Parish Hall, 4 Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The diocesan Leadership Institute has arranged a private screening of the much-praised new film Paul, Apostle of Christ at the Marquis 16 & Bowtie Cinema, 100 Quarry Road, Trumbull on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:00 pm.
“Paul, Apostle of Christ” is set to open March 23 on Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School will present the Nancy K. Dolan Leadership Award to Robert Van Houten ‘72 of New Fairfield and the Distinguished Service Award to Ross Rizzo of Danbury at the 2018 Immaculate Spring Gala on April 7 at the WCSU-O’Neill Center.
The Nancy K. Dolan Leadership Read More ››
An antiphon that we often hear in Lent says “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts” (Hebrews 3:15 and Psalm 95:8). This line teaches us a way to think about the journey of Lent: to allow our hearts to be more open and Read More ››
NEW CANAAN—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will celebrate the 25th Annual White Mass honoring health care professionals on Sunday, March 18, at 8:30 am in St. Aloysius Church in New Canaan. The Mass will be followed by brunch at Woodway Country Club in Darien.
Noted physician Joseph P. Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—The Diocese of Bridgeport is saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Fairfield Probate Judge Daniel Caruso 60, on Sunday at his home in Fairfield. “The passing of Judge Daniel Caruso is a loss not only for the people he served so well as Probate Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS)—Last September, as President Donald Trump pulled the plug on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, he also gave Congress a March 5 deadline to find a permanent legislative solution that would help some 800,000 young adults living the U.S. who were brought into Read More ››
BROOKFIELD—During Catholic Schools Week, students at St. Joseph School Brookfield wrote letters of appreciation for the local Police and Fire departments. Cate, Michael, and Clare Conlon delivered the letters to the police department the weekend of February 17 and were greeted with some big smiles!
BRIDGEPORT—The diocesan Leadership Institute continues to move forward with a wide range of programs and offerings to better engage people and help them forward in the journey of life-long faith formation. Patrick Donovan, Executive Director of the Leadership Institute, has posted this update of March offerings:
March Read More ››
Please participate in the Call-in Day to Congress on Monday, February 26, 2018! Your advocacy is critical to help the nearly 1.8 million Dreamers, young people who were brought into the United States by their parents as children. They may face deportation as soon as March Read More ››
The following Lenten reflection originally appeared on Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook page. Follow the Bishop for daily reflections and weekly videos throughout this sacred season!
In our very busy world, perhaps one of the greatest possessions we have is our time. Pressed by many demands, we often show Read More ››
In this brief reflection, Fr. John Baran, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Fairfield, writes that the Transfiguration is an opportunity to accept the challenges of the “newness” in our lives when the news is not always good:
The story of the Transfiguration is proclaimed Read More ››
BROOKFIELD – Taskforce and sub-committee members have begun reviewing specific details and plans for the new “multi-age” teaching model at St. Joseph School, said Dr. Steven Cheeseman, Superintendent of Catholic Schools.
Bishop Caggiano introduced the plan for the transition of St. Joseph School of Brookfield into the Read More ››
NORWALK—This year St. Philip Parish, in collaboration with Catholic Relief Services, will be hosting a FOODFAST fundraiser, Saturday, February 24 from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm. The theme for this year is “Be the Change” and our day will kick off with a peace march and Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Late last week, the Senate failed to achieve the 60 votes needed to move forward with debate on legislation to provide relief to Dreamers. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB President; Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, USCCB Vice President; and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Caggiano has designated Monday, March 26 as “Reconciliation Monday” throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport. Three parishes within each of the nine Deaneries will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm, so that the lay faithful may experience God’s mercy as Holy Read More ››
STAMFORD—Msgr. Thomas Powers, vicar general of the Diocese of Bridgeport, will be honored at the St. John Fisher Seminary First Annual Rector’s Dinner on Saturday, April 28, at 6 pm at Trinity Catholic High School, 926 Newfield Ave., Stamford.
Tickets for the evening are sold out. A Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Notre Dame High School recently received two grants from Foundations in Education. Foundations in Education is a non-profit initiative created to assist the Diocese of Bridgeport’s ongoing mission to support Catholic education in Fairfield County by supporting innovation in academic and extra-curriculum programs, fostering opportunities for the Read More ››
WHAT: The Curtis Center at Sacred Heart University presents “The Liberation Spirituality of Oscar Romeo” with Michael Lee.
WHO: Michael Lee is an associate professor of theology with affiliation in Fordham’s Latin America and Latino Studies Institute. Lee will explore the life, writing and preaching of the Read More ››
MONROE—In the mid 1950s, Steve Allen wrote his now-immortal song, “This Could Be the Start of Something Big.” It became his theme song for his television shows and, some would say, his entire life.
But the song was mentioned on Wednesday morning at St. Jude Parish in Read More ››
BRIDGPORT— “Bring the world to Jesus one person at a time,” Bishop Frank Caggiano told more than 250 children, teenagers and adults in the RCIA program, who recently celebrated the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion—a ceremony that began their final preparation toward full Read More ››
The following reflection originally appeared on Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook page. Follow the Bishop for daily reflections and weekly videos throughout this sacred season!
It was the word “as” that struck me deeply this morning while I prayed over the Gospel in advance of Mass. It is a Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Stations Of The Cross for Seniors will be offered at St. Emery Parish, Fairfield, Friday, March 2, starting at 12 noon. For more information, call the parish: 203.334.0312.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano is challenging all of us in the Diocese of Bridgeport to renew, rethink, reengage, and rejuvenate our personal faith and our institutions (parishes, schools, diocesan offices). Through the Fourth Diocesan Synod, more than 350 delegates from a broad cross-section of the diocese Read More ››
NEW HAVEN—The Knights of Columbus has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies.
The Knights of Columbus has won the distinction five consecutive years as among Read More ››
NORWALK—Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 is excited to announce plans for its 9th annual St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser dinner! The annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner is the council’s oldest tradition. Starting from just 81 people in 2010, the dinner has become an annual tradition Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Leadership Institute is excited to offer a Men’s Day of Reflection for Lent on Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8:30am – 2:30pm at The Catholic Center. (238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06606)
Take a break from your busy schedules this Lent, and come together with other Catholic men Read More ››
A few months after Pope Francis revived the expression “Missionary Discipleship” in his encyclical letter “The Joy of the Gospel,” a fresh wave of missionary initiatives came over the Church throughout the world. In our country, this wave is at the core of a remarkable missionary Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—When Terry O’Connor steps down later this year after 26 years of service as executive director of the Cardinal Shehan Center and six years at the McGivney Center, his retirement will mark the end of an era of growth and transformation at the downtown youth center Read More ››
MIAMI (CNS)—Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski urged community members to come together “to support one another in this time of grief” after a shooting rampage February 14 at a Broward County high school left at least 17 people dead and at least 14 injured.
“With God’s help, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and Foundations in Education recently hosted the Inaugural Leaders of Tomorrow Breakfast Reception at the Catholic Center in Bridgeport.
More than 160 turned out to honor the 49 young students who were selected as Leaders of Tomorrow.
Leaders of Tomorrow is a unique program Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—As Lent begins, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will welcome more than 235 men and women who are on the journey toward full communion with the Catholic Church. The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, the next formal step on that journey, will take place Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Thomas Awiapo, a spokesperson for Catholic Relief Services, will be touring the Diocese this weekend to share his inspiring story of survival and success in the face of poverty and malnutrition.
Growing up in a small African village in Ghana, Thomas was orphaned before the age of Read More ››
Reading 1. Genesis 9: 8-15
Reading II. 1 Peter 3: 18-22
Gospel. Mark 1: 12-15 (Temptation in the Desert)
The Temptation of Jesus in the Desert has traditionally been used as the gospel for the first Sunday in Lent. Nevertheless, it might seem odd that today’s first reading from Read More ››
ROME—Lent is a time for Christians to get their hearts in sync with the heart of Jesus, Pope Francis said.
“Let the Lord heal the wounds of sin and fulfill the prophecy made to our fathers: ‘A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit Read More ››
STAMFORD – Trinity Catholic High School is pleased to announce the opening of The Learning Academy at Trinity Catholic High School. Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2018 academic year. The concept for the program originated with the collaborative work and research done by Tony Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On February 11, Bishop Caggiano met with a group of 45 funeral directors at the Catholic Center for a wide-ranging discussion about Catholic funeral practices, including cremation, fees, eulogies, and the condition of the Diocese’s nine cemeteries.
Bishop Caggiano brought the funeral directors together to solicit their Read More ››
When Fernanda Moreira recalls how she began a worldwide apostolate for the dying in her Cincinnati home, she says it was all God’s doing because she never could have spread it across the country from California to Connecticut and to places as far away as the Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Thousands throughout the diocese are receiving ashes today in their parishes and in public spaces as they seek to begin the Lenten season in an atmosphere of humility, reverence and personal conversion.
“Ashes on the Bus,” the well received outreach of St. Matthew Parish in Norwalk, is Read More ››
February 13, 2018—TRUMBULL, CT—St Joseph High School, striving to be Southern Connecticut’s premier college preparatory school, hosted an athletic Signing Day Ceremony on the school’s campus on Tuesday, February 13.
Five senior students signed either National Letters of Intent or Commitment Letters for their prospective colleges, in Read More ››
This week, speaking of the miracle of life, I’d like to highlight and to offer our parish’s congratulations to Lucas Warren, an 18-month-old from Dalton, Georgia, who was selected last week as the “2018 Gerber Spokesbaby” from among more than 140,000 photos submitted by parents. Lucas Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Journey through Lent with the help of Lenten resources compiled by the diocesan Leadership Institute. According to Patrick Donovan, the Lenten resources include a checklist for Lenten practices, FAQs about Lent, Fasting resources, and other guidance to deepen your spiritual life and immerse yourself in the Read More ››
As a new teacher, I am struggling to make something I find so obviously important (ahem, theology) matter to my students.
The spring of 2016—my first semester teaching—I realized quickly it would be an uphill battle to make Read More ››
The following Lenten reflection originally appeared on Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook page. Follow the Bishop for daily reflections and weekly videos throughout this sacred season!
It is hard to believe that we are only two days away from the start of Lent. In many ways, it seems that Read More ››
STAMFORD — The St. Leo Parish celebrated a special Wedding Anniversary Mass this past Sunday where 13 couples exchanged their wedding vows celebrating a combined 536 years of marriage.
Rev. James D. Grosso, pastor of St. Leo, presided over the mass. This wonderful annual event included a Read More ››
GREENWICH — Of all the superlatives used to describe 16-year-old Domenica Echeverria, the CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich had one that best summed up the young woman who had just been named the Youth of the Year.
“Domenica, you are absolutely awesome,” CEO Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
She was born into a family of wealth and privilege in a castle near Perugia, Italy in 1287. She was born to parents who wanted a son to carry on their noble ancestry … but instead God gave them a daughter who was blind, lame and Read More ››
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 Read More ››
TRUMBULL—Good things come in small packages. Meet Julia Marino, X Games champion, and that gal who grabbed the sky at Fenway Park and hung on to it for gold at the World’s Grand Prix Big Air event in 2016. She wasn’t scheduled to appear that night. Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University students in Professor Tolga Kaya’s engineering explorations course have arranged a drone race to raise funds for Notre Dame High School’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) club.
The event will begin Tuesday, February 13, at 12:30 pm in the Art & Design Gallery, Read More ››
American Catholics view Pope Francis’ theology like partisan politics, through a liberal or conservative lens, and this oversimplification has “produced a polarized vision of what this pope is about,” according to a leading Catholic theologian.
“This pontificate is inherently allergic to any polarizing narrative,” said Dr. Massimo Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT– When Cindi Bigelow visited Caroline House in Bridgeport, she saw a group of volunteers changing the world in a small way … with monumental results.
She saw young people learning to read and she saw their mothers being taught English and given skills that Read More ››
In its historic first year of offering grants, Foundations in Education is pleased to announce 19 grant awards totaling $105,000 to benefit Catholic schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport. This competitive grant cycle is the first of its kind for Foundations in Education and Diocesan‐wide Catholic schools alike.
Grant Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Notre Dame High School recently concluded its fifth annual 26 Acts of Kindness Campaign. Started in the days following the tragedy in Sandy Hook, the school continues with the tradition as a way to remember the lives lost in Newtown.
Each year, a calendar is designed with Read More ››
WILTON—When Deacon Don Ross visited a group of residents at Middlebrook Farms in Trumbull, he was struck by the comment of one elderly woman during a faith conversation about death and dying. “I don’t want to be forgotten,” she said.
Of the many groups to whom the Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis told consecrated men and women Friday that they are called to have real encounters with their brothers and sisters, and that technology should never have a higher priority than time spent with God and others.
“Today’s frantic pace leads us to close many doors Read More ››
The following reflection originally appeared on Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook page. Follow the Bishop for daily reflections and weekly videos.
We all know people who live under the crushing burden of illness, fear or personal struggles. For some, their burdens can be almost unbearable, especially when there is Read More ››
BROOKFIELD – A Catholic school on the verge of closing is exploring something new in Fairfield County, reviving the fabled methods of the one-room schoolhouse. With an infusion of technology, of course.
But the clock is ticking. And if St. Joseph School is to launch a new Read More ››
Danbury, CT – Immaculate High School (IHS) received two grants from the Diocese of Bridgeport that will allow the school to advance and enhance its STEM programs to both its students and to students in local elementary schools.
The IHS Graphic Arts Program has expanded recently to Read More ››
Danbury, CT….Immaculate High School (IHS) is proud to announce that four students received Scholastic Arts Awards from the Connecticut Art Education Association.
Adriana Chamberlin ‘18 of Bethel, Joseph Crowley ‘18 of Ridgefield, Ilona Ludanyi ‘18 of Newtown and Feiyan Nancy Yue ‘18 of Danbury were honored Read More ››
Social Media Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have all recently changed what users see. Here’s how you can stay informed about all of the wonderful things happening in your Catholic community.
Facebook has recently altered what content can display in your “news feed,” prioritizing news Read More ››
Foundations in Education’s 2018 Spring Gala Committee brings great energy and a strong commitment to the cause. Committee members planned and strategized the elements of an extraordinary event at their recent meeting on January 10th at the Catholic Center. Co-chairs of this year’s Gala are the Read More ››
Do you know anyone in high school who loves to sing? Our Diocesan Youth Choir (C4Y) is holding auditions throughout the month of February!
“Do you love to sing? Can you carry a tune? Then be part of this special musical ministry,” shared Mary Higgins, the Director Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Fr. Frank Gomez was installed as the new Dean of the City of Bridgeport (Deanery A) by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano last Saturday in a Mass held at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Bridgeport, where he serves as pastor.
The installation featured Mass celebrated in four different Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Dozens of Sacred Heart University students returned a week before the spring semester began to help organize donations at the St. John’s Family Center in Bridgeport. They stocked canned goods and sorted through winter clothes for adults and children throughout the city.
This was just one of Read More ››
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)
Questions: Call St. Rose Faith Read More ››