FAIRFIELD—“Adore the Eucharist. Sit before it and don’t speak. Listen,” Bishop Caggiano implored deacon candidates at the Mass for Ministries of Reader and Acolyte in the Diaconate Formation Program.
More than 100 priests, deacons, religious, and families turned out for the Ministries Mass at St. Pius X Read More ››
Faced with an unusually severe and deadly flu outbreak this winter, Catholic church leaders in Connecticut are restricting peace handshakes and other rituals of the Mass that could potentially spread the disease.
Church leaders said they hope the restrictions announced this month will reduce the potential for Read More ››
TRUMBULL—During Catholic Schools Week we want to share the story of this remarkable school, St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, Connecticut. St. Joseph has had tremendous participation in our meal packaging program and have taken part in CRS Helping Hands events for the past four years. Read More ››
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 Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Catholic Schools offer us the opportunity to celebrate the many successes of our Catholic schools and the many options eat each of our communities can offer,” says Dr. Steven Cheeseman, Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
There are 29 Catholic schools educating almost 9,000 Read More ››
In January, one local man who shied away from credit brought about a decision that would ultimately encourage others throughout the country
The modest person who takes a stand and makes a great impact isn’t only the fiction of a movie or novel. One humble person’s belief Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“It’s about spreading the word,” says Elena Schlegel, lay co-chair with her husband, Steve, for the Annual Catholic Appeal 2018. “It’s educating people about what the appeal does. Steve and I are fortunate to be part of this.”
The Schlegels are assisted by vice-chair couples Carol and Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
NORWALK—The Exchange Club of Norwalk will host its second annual Pillars of the Community Recognition Dinner at 6 pm on Saturday, February 24 at the Norwalk Inn & Conference Center.
The Exchange Club will be honoring the achievements of everyday citizens and organizations that make a difference Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In the continued practice of full transparency, the Diocese of Bridgeport has released its Consolidated Financial Statements for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2017.
The consolidated audited report is posted online on the diocesan website. The development and implementation of the diocesan turn-around strategy over the past Read More ››
NORWALK- Students in All Saints Catholic School in Norwalk made their Facebook Live debut when Anna Zap, cohost of the Anna and Raven Show on Star 99.9 Radio, visited last week.
The purpose of the visit and ensuing live stream was to promote the upcoming Catholic Schools Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis said he told the bishops and priests of Chile to be uncompromising when it comes to protecting minors from sexual abuse and to trust that God will purify and renew his church during this time of trial.
Problems and conflicts must Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—More than 200 individuals and families from twelve Bridgeport parishes turned out for a reception to launch the 2018 ACA on Sunday, January 21 and celebrate their own parish communities. Joy in Christ, Our Gift to Share is the theme of this year’s campaign. The reception Read More ››
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 Read More ››
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Student representatives from Immaculate High School attended the 45th March for Life in Washington D.C. on January 19. The 2018 March for Life theme was “Love Saves Lives.”
“Choosing life is not always easy, but it is the loving, empowering and self-sacrificial option,” said Deacon Jeff Read More ››
WILTON—For the past 11 years, Our Lady of Fatima has hosted a basketball tournament in honor of alumnus and tournament namesake, Tyler Ugolyn, who died in the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. But this year its students are taking their charitable efforts a Read More ››
SHELTON—Holy Trinity Catholic Academy (HTCA) is excited to bring an stimulating STEM program to students in PreK-3 through eighth grade. The Generation Beyond program is a first of its kind, national education program designed to inspire the next generation of innovators, explorers, inventors and pioneers in Read More ››
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. Read More ››
Deacon Patrick Toole of Westport, a retired IBM executive, has been named Episcopal Delegate for Administration of the Diocese of Bridgeport.
The appointment, made by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and effective January 2, represents a new position similar to Chief Operating Officer in the business world. He Read More ››
WASHINGTON, D.C.— More than 300 people, most of them young, from the Diocese of Bridgeport participated in the 2018 March for Life, yesterday in Washington, D. C.
It is the largest pro-life rally in the world.
Tens of thousands turned out yesterday for the 45th March for Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS)—In remarks broadcast to the March for Life from the White House Rose Garden, President Donald Trump said that his administration “will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life.”
He invoked the theme of this Read More ››
Seeing the holy sites of Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Galilee were profoundly moving to each of the 22 pilgrims who journeyed to the Holy Land earlier this month. As part of their spiritual journey, pilgrims were asked to record short video reflections at holy sites that Read More ››
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 Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Catholic Charities received a much-needed gift in early January. On Wednesday, January 10, a shipment of 28 boxes arrived from Zumiez, a cutting edge clothing company known for snowboarding and skateboarding fashion apparel.
The mission of the Zumiez Foundation is to donate warm cold weather Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS) — New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan invoked the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during a homily at the Jan. 18 Mass that opened the National Prayer Vigil for Life.
Like “Pastor King,” as Cardinal Dolan referred to him throughout his homily, “our belief Read More ››
When: March 16 (7:30-8:30pm) and March 17 (7:45am-4:30pm)
Where: St. Jude Church, Monroe, CT
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Join the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy for an inspiring Mercy & Mary Retreat, featuring bestselling author of 33 Days to Morning Glory and acclaimed speaker Fr. Read More ››
BROOKFIELD– Bishop Caggiano introduced a plan for the transition of St. Joseph School of Brookfield from a traditional classroom approach to a new “blended learning” model at a meeting with parents tonight concerning the future of the school.
He said that the new model, which would be Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
STAMFORD—Msgr. Walter Orlowski, Pastor of St. Matthew Church and leader of Deanery G, joined ten other priests from the Diocese of Bridgeport’s Deanery G, Mary, Mother of Divine Grace, in service at New Covenant Center, Stamford.
They prepared and served a full meal to 67 guests, sorted Read More ››
The Knights of Columbus Council # 16347 of St. Pius X Parish in Fairfield has been presented with the prestig-ious Star Council Award. This is the highest recognition earned when a Knights of Columbus council qualifies for the Father McGivney, Columbian, and Founders’ Awards within Read More ››
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 Read More ››
NEW YORK (CNS) — Catholics have a responsibility to look past the noisy rhetoric of the current debate on immigration and answer the “cry of the poor” by engaging with individuals facing deportation.
That was the focus of a National Migration Week discussion Jan. 11 at Read More ››
JERUSALEM– Continuing in the footsteps of Jesus on the final day of their pilgrimage to the Holy Land, a delegation of 22 young adults from the Diocese of Bridgeport walked “The Way of the Cross.”
The night before they prayed at the Mount of Olives Read More ››
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 Read More ››
Sister Victoria Ann Nolan, DC died on January 7, 2018 at St. Louise House in Menands. Sister was 98 years of age and 80 years vocation as a Daughter of Charity.
Born in Albany, NY on April 22, 1919, Sister Victoria was one of three children born Read More ››
DANBURY—The Level 1 Confirmation students at St. Joseph Parish in Danbury choose a different charity to support each year. In November, following the National Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians, the students chose the Knights of Columbus Christian Refugee Relief Fund. Christians in the Middle East Read More ››
ISRAEL—In a remarkable two days young adult pilgrims from the Diocese of Bridgeport have stood on the short of the Sea of Galilee, visited Bethlehem and Bethany and climbed Mt. Tabor as part of their spiritual journey to the Holy Land.
The group of 22 young adults Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS)—Because everyone has a right to life, liberty and personal security, nations must find nonviolent solutions to conflict and difficulties, Pope Francis said.
A culture of peace “calls for unremitting efforts in favor of disarmament and the reduction of recourse to the use of armed Read More ››
TRUMBULL—Join us on Wednesday, January 10th or Thursday, January 18th at 7:00 PM at Parish Hall of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull for a free screening of the documentary film Speaking to Sparrows!
Speaking to Sparrows is a documentary film about women finding courage to Read More ››
ISRAEL—Day two for the 22 diocesan pilgrims visiting the Holy Land began with a stop at the Jordan River
The group of young adult men and women led by Bishop Caggiano also spent time in Jericho and at the Mountain of Temptations, where Jesus fasted for 40 Read More ››
JERUSALEM—A group of young adults led by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and a few diocesan ministry leaders braved yesterday’s cold weather and headed for Newark Airport and their journey to the Holy Land.
The diocesan delegation of 22 people began the day with Mass in the Read More ››
Msgr. David Quentin Liptak, 89, of Enfield, a columnist and editor for The Catholic Transcript newspaper for more than 60 years, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 1, 2018.
He was born on January 17, 1928, in Bridgeport, son of the late Stephen D. and Amelia M. Read More ››
LATROBE, PA – The Benedictine monks of Saint Vincent College are continuing the ancient Epiphany blessing tradition of “chalking the doors” in a contemporary way.
In order to invoke the prayer “May Christ bless the house” on campus residence hall and office doorways as well as off Read More ››
Please join us on for a special concert by Notre Dame’s official concert choir on Friday, January 12, 2018, at 7:30 PM at St. Joseph Church in Danbury.
Directed by Alexander Blachly, the Chorale is a mixed ensemble with a diverse repertoire, featuring music from the Renaissance Read More ››
A gathering on January 10 (12:30 pm – 2:00 pm) will be held at the Catholic Center for any person who has been sexually abused as a minor to meet with the victim assistance coordinators and fellow survivors of sexual abuse. We hope to hear Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— Here’s a first look at the new Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) video for 2018.
Joy in Christ, Our Gift to Share is the theme of the video and the campaign, which kicks off in February.
The 2018 video explains and showcases a broad Read More ››
“Devotion to Mary is not spiritual etiquette; it is a requirement of the Christian life. Looking to the Mother, we are asked to leave behind all sorts of useless baggage and to rediscover what really matters.”
Here below is Pope Francis’ homily at Mass this morning in Read More ››
STAMFORD—Trinity Catholic High School is pleased to announce the hiring of Jay Barston as the new Head Coach of Varsity Girls Tennis Program. “Jay comes to us highly recommended and we look forward to a long and successful relationship. He is an experienced coach at the high Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— 2017 was a remarkable year for the Diocese of Bridgeport. In this “Top Ten” countdown, social media leader John Grosso shares some of the top stories from a year that saw the diocese grow in faith and in opportunities to serve, to worship and to Read More ››
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Ever see a Nativity scene set in Louisiana bayou country? Or from a northern Peruvian village and carved from the calabash tree’s fruit? Or a tiny one in a miniature bottle and another painted on a large feather?
A number of unusual and Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In an increasingly complex world of unprecedented scientific and technological challenges, theologians must communicate what is essential about life and help Christians proclaim God’s merciful, saving grace, Pope Francis told a group of Italian theologians.
The theologians’ task requires being “faithful and anchored” Read More ››
FAIRFIELD— Students at Notre Dame Catholic High School in Fairfield swapped their usual Monday class schedules on December 11 for a full range of activities to honor the Patroness of their school, the Blessed Virgin Mary.
“Our Lady’s Day,” designed and coordinated by Notre Dame’s Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Ring in the New Year through adoration, prayer and fellowship on Sunday December 31, at St. Ann Church, 418 Brewster Street in Black Rock, Bridgeport!
Adorations begins at 11:00 p.m. with Benediction set for 12:15 a.m. Fellowship and light refreshments will follow.
Msgr. Thomas Powers, Vicar Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Those who recognize the Lord in the baby Jesus in the manger also should recognize his presence in children suffering today because of war, poverty and immigration, Pope Francis said.
“Jesus knows well the pain of not being welcomed and how hard it Read More ››
Earlier this month, as I was driving on the Merritt Parkway, I was comforted to see the large number of cars which had Christmas trees tied to their roof. It was comforting because it brought back many memories of when I was a little boy and Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christmas calls believers to see God’s presence where he is often perceived as absent, especially in the “unwelcomed visitor, often unrecognizable, who walks through our cities and our neighborhoods, who travels on our buses and knocks on our doors,” Pope Francis said.
“Christmas Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— In this joyous video, diocesan Social Media Leader John Grosso takes us for a one-minute trip around the diocese during the past week as the faithful prepared for Christmas.
You’ll hear the Diocesan Youth Choir sing, and share in the happiness and joy of Read More ››
Bishop Caggiano’s 12/22/2017 Reflection
“The last item that I remember being part of our family’s annual Christmas “preparations” was what mom called “house cleaning”. For my part, I did not think the house needed to be cleaned in any special way, since everything always seemed to me Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT–Santa was on hand, there was a mountain of toys, and children were hard at work “shopping” for those they love yesterday at the McGivney Center’s Annual Christmas Store.
“This is wonderful—one of the best yet,” said Terry O’Connor, Executive Director of the McGivney Center located on Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—“What a remarkable experience of faith!” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano at the end of this year’s St. Catherine Academy Christmas Pageant.
“Now I can say it’s really the beginning of the Christmas Season in our diocese!” said the bishop to the more than 200 people Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT — The Rev. Matthew Bernelli was like a kid with a train set as he showed off his famous Nativity scene, now set up at St. Andrew Church in the North End after numerous Christmases on the East Side.
“It came out good,” said the Catholic Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Catholic Charities of Fairfield County (CCFC) gave Santa an assist once again this year with its annual St. Nicholas Boutique, a pop-up store of sorts which is set up on the lower level of the Catholic Center a week before Christmas.
To make the Boutique a reality Read More ››
DARIEN—For over fifteen years, the Garden Club of Darien has put their creative floral talents to work by creating holiday arrangements for the recipients of Catholic Charities’ Meals on Wheels of Lower Fairfield County (MoW) program.
As part of an annual project dubbed “The Holiday Greens Workshop,” Read More ››
WILTON– Battling a deadly disease is a daunting task to face alone. So, it is truly special when children, parents, alumni and friends of Fatima join forces to show moral support for someone who has made a difference in their lives.
On Monday December 11th, Fatima Read More ››
DANBURY— The Immaculate High School track team ran a special marathon on December 14 to honor the 26 children and staff who lost their lives five years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The student-athletes started with a prayer circle, then ran a total of 26 miles, Read More ››
Joining C4Y just last year, I have grown to love it tremendously. Beginning with the first rehearsal, I have forever been filled with joy. Fairly quickly, I met several young men and women who share in the same love for Jesus as I do, developing strong Read More ››
TRUMBULL—The combined school and parish communities at St. Catherine of Siena rejoiced on Saturday afternoon, when the youngest students of St. Catherine of Siena School retold the story of the Nativity in a beautiful pageant, superbly accompanied by the school chorus.
All headed to the front lawn Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—It was a night of beautiful song, prayer and Christmas joy as the 100-member Diocesan Youth Choir performed its Arise and Shine Christmas Concert at the Quick Center of Fairfield University.
More than 550 people filled the theater for the third and most accomplished Christmas concert under Read More ››
ROME (CNS) — With so much suffering, poverty and exploitation in the world, missionary work must also include reaching out to people whose hearts are closed to receiving immigrants and refugees, Pope Francis told Jesuits in Myanmar.
“Unfortunately, in Europe there are countries that have chosen to Read More ››
STAMFORD—“I come here with a very simple message: our Church and its people stand by all who are here with us, whether documented or undocumented,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said to members of St. Mary Parish in Stamford this afternoon.
The bishop’s visit to the parish, founded Read More ››
RIDGEFIELD– Ridgefield High School senior Joe Fazio has been out selling baked goods for the past 2 months around the town with the goal of raising $500 for Meals on Wheels of Ridgefield.
Joe, a member of St. Mary Parish in Ridgefield, says his Catholic Read More ››
One of the most significant theologians of the 20th century, whose work profoundly affected the thought of Popes Benedict XVI and Francis, will soon be on the road to sainthood.
At a Mass Dec. 16, the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, Germany, will officially open the Read More ››
NEWTOWN— Kristen Roessler, a senior at Immaculate High School, was recently selected to the prestigious 2017 Fall High School Girls All-America Team by United Soccer Coaches. The Danbury resident is one of only 60 girls in the country to receive this honor.United Soccer Coaches is the Read More ››