TRUMBULL—The annual Fan the Fire youth rally will be moving to a new location this year at St. Joseph High School in Trumbull.
The event, scheduled for Saturday, August 19th, 9 am to 9 pm, is a day of prayer, fun and inspiration for young people.
“Building on Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Although I met my maternal grandfather only once, he left a deep impression upon me. The year was 1965 and I was 6 years old when my parents returned to Italy for the first time since their immigration to the United States. The occasion was my Read More ››
NORWALK-Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council No. 14360 became Norwalk’s third Knights of Columbus council on July 25, 2007. It was the first time in a century that a new council in Norwalk was founded. Persistence paid off when parishioner and first Grand Knight Gerry Grippe Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Sacred Heart University’s rating to A3 from Baa1, with a stable outlook. The upgrade acknowledges the University’s very strong financial performance, according to Moody’s. “This performance has been primarily driven by the University’s strong student demand, translating into robust enrollment and Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—You will want to view this inspiring video on vocations to the priesthood provided by the Serra Club of Bridgeport.
The goal of the Serra Club is to promote vocations to the priesthood and other forms of consecrated religious life in the Catholic Church.
Deacon David Flynn of Read More ››
STAMFORD—Sunday, July 23 was a very festive day at St. Camillus Center in Stamford. One of the residents, James Edward Nickerson was baptized and received his First Holy Communion.
Born in 1970, his family had ‘dedicated’ him to the Lord in a religious ceremony when he was Read More ››
NEW YORK—U.S. Catholic China Bureau (the Bureau)’s 27th Biennial National Conference will be held at St. John’s University in New York during August 11-13, 2017. As the important gathering about the Catholic Church in China, the conference,brings together clergy, religious brothers and sisters, and lay people of different Read More ››
Before I became the social media leader for the Diocese of Bridgeport, none of my friends were Roman Catholic.
When I share that with my co-workers in ministry, they are often upset, but not necessarily surprised. For years now, we’ve heard the narrative that people are leaving Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Diocesan youth groups gathered yesterday morning at St St. Pius X Church in Fairfield to depart for the regional high school conference, Steubenville NYC, hosted by Franciscan University of Steubenville and Life Teen.
Teens from St. Pius X, St. Jude Parish in Monroe, and St. Peter’s Parish Read More ››
PORTLAND, MAINE — Seventeen seminarians from the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT, are spending the week in Maine serving those in need.
“I’m really excited. Mission work is a great opportunity to put your faith into action,” said André Escaleira. “It’s an opportunity to be the hands and Read More ››
A multi-state project, including a research team from the Biology Department at Sacred Heart University (SHU), was selected for funding to monitor, evaluate and provide recommendations for the design and placement of living shorelines or nature-based infrastructure as part of a $1 million 2017 National Oceanic Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In this video Bishop Caggiano reflects on the gift of the Eucharist in our lives and our needs to give thanks.
“The Lord is offering a meal to us,” he says, urging people to attend Sunday Mass, “where God brings us together like a family to celebrate.”
By Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—St. Vincent’s Farm Stand will host a cooking demo by a local chef Tuesday, July 18 from 12 noon-1 pm at the site of its farmers market, located immediately in front of its main entrance. The event is free and open to the public and is Read More ››
STRATFORD—From its inception, parish outreach has been one of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality’s primary goals. Bishop Frank Caggiano, welcomed and encouraged the idea of sharing Ignatian spirituality with the people of the Bridgeport diocese, and so the Ignatian Parish Pilgrimage was initiated.
The program consists of Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Twenty-four high school students from across the state were selected to attend the second annual SHU Journey residential mentoring program in late June. The Lilly Endowment Summer Theological Institute for High School Youth provided funding for the weeklong event.
“The grant is to educate youth in their Read More ››
ORLANDO, FLORIDA More than 100 Catholic leaders attending the Leadership Roundtable’s annual convening in Orlando said the church needs to go beyond “engaging laity” to “appointing, recruiting, promoting and empowering diverse lay leaders.”
“This requires laity and ordained being in right relationship as co-responsible for the mission” Read More ››
“The 12th National Black Catholic Congress was held in Orlando, Florida immediately following the USCCB Convocation of Leaders for Evangelization. It was amazing to watch over 2200 attendees from all over the country come together to worship and participate in a historical event that is crucial Read More ››
The Bridgeport, Connecticut, shepherd shares his thoughts on the Convocation for Catholic Leaders and the road ahead.
Bishop Frank Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, received an enthusiastic round of applause during the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America” July 1-4 Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Fairfield County’s Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education awarded $951,214 in grants to 52 local organizations throughout Fairfield County in the last year, they announced today. The local non-profit foundation supports educational and social programs that serve the neediest families and individuals of Fair-field county.
“We saw Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Blessed Sacrament Parish will gratefully, proudly, musically and prayerfully celebrate its 100th Anniversary years on the weekend of September 30-October 1.
All are invited to a celebratory dinner on September 30th at Vazzano’s Four Seasons Restaurant in Stratford (7-10 pm) featuring talent from the parish and a Read More ››
STRATFORD—A new Administrator was recently appointed at St. Mark School in Stratford. Mr. Scott Clough assumed the post of Principal, effective July 1, 2017. Clough replaces Mrs. Donna Wuhrer, who retired from the position after 3 years as school leader.
Clough, the unanimous first choice of the Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Fairfield County’s Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education has teamed up with Fairfield County Look magazine for a unique opportunity to benefit the neediest families of Fairfield County this summer.
A limited number of charity tickets for a special VIP experience on Sunday, July 9th at Greenwich Read More ››
ORLANDO—The following is a video and transcript of Bishop Caggiano’s discussion on “How to Deal with Divisions in the Church.” (July 4, 2017 at the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America”)
“The truth is there is division that comes with the best Read More ››
ORLANDO, FL— Jesus took a few loaves and fishes and turned them into a feast for thousands, offering the church an example of faith in action, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said in sending 3,500 delegates home from the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy Read More ››
Today we join together as a nation to celebrate the gift of our freedom as enshrined by our Constitution. We commemorate the founding of our nation that is built upon the belief that all people have a God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of Read More ››
ORLANDO, FL—The U.S. Catholic Church’s increasing diversity presents Catholics with the opportunity to accompany each other on the journey of faith Pope Francis envisions, a Boston College professor told delegates to the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America” in Orlando.
Hosffman Ospino, Read More ››
ORLANDO, FL—Catholic leaders attending the opening Mass of the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of The Gospel in America” were urged to reflect joy—a sign of God’s presence—and not exclusively focus on the world’s problems.
“A big part of the reason behind this promising convocation, folks, Read More ››
ORLANDO, FL—Leaders from over 156 dioceses across the U.S. are meeting in Orlando Florida for an extraordinary convocation of Catholic leaders throughout the United States entitled, “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America”.
Twelve leaders from the Diocese of Bridgeport have joined Bishop Read More ››
HARTFORD—Award-winning journalist and best-selling author Raymond Arroyo of EWTN News will be the keynote speaker at the 10th annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference on October 21.
The day-long program, which will be held at St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol, will also include presentations by Bishop Read More ››
STAMFORD—Our Lady Star of the Sea is hosting a French Children’s Choir under the direction of Francis Bardot on Sunday, July 9, at 6.30, in the Church, 1200 Shippan Avenue, Stamford.
“This will be a wonderful experience!: said Ruth Rolander, leader of the Music Ministry at Our Read More ››
STAMFORD—A year ago last June, New Covenant Center (NCC) in Stamford launched the first “Social Night of Service”—a unique volunteer event targeted to young adults.
One night a month these 20 to 30-somethings rolled up their sleeves and cooked 150 meals for our Cafe guests while socializing Read More ››
WESTPORT—Composer and musician Marlane Tubridy, a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Weston, has released a new video of her composition, “The Voice Inside,”
“I chose to do the video now because of Pentecost and to bring awareness of the Holy Spirit being with us Read More ››
NORWALK—Father Joseph Koterski, S.J. will celebrate Mass for those with Down Syndrome along with their families and friends on Sunday, September 17, 9:30 am at St. Mary Church, 669 West Avenue in Norwalk.
St. Mary Parish also sponsors a Mom and Dad prayer and support group, Mother Read More ››
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Young adults from the Diocese of Bridgeport have been invited to join other young people throughout the U.S. for the celebration of World Youth Day Unite in Washington D. C. on Saturday July 22, at the St. John Paul II National Shrine from 11:30 Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—”In yesterday’s Gospel, the Lord directed his disciples three times to cast out fear from their lives. He told them that they had nothing to fear in this life, except the evil one who could threaten their spiritual lives.
I find this command not always easy to Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“We come here with great joy and thanksgiving for the gift of these three men,” said Bishop Caggiano at the beginning of this morning’s ordination at St. Augustine Cathedral.
A day that began with torrential rain opened into clear skies and the transparent happiness of almost Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On Saturday, June 24, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will ordain three men as priests for the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Because two of the men are of Hispanic background, both born in Bogotá, Colombia, readings at the ordination will be in Spanish and English. Harry Prieto and José Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Silence is an essential ingredient in any vibrant prayer life,” says Bishop Frank Caggiano in this week’s Face of Prayer video.
He discusses how we can truly be present with the Lord when we pray, and invites everyone to join him at tomorrow’s ordination of three new Read More ››
Sister Rosemary Sheehan, a Religious of the Sacred Heart and a well known educator, passed away suddenly on June 20.
From 1953-1956 she worked at the former Convent of the Sacred Heart girls’ school in Noroton, where she taught, worked in the infirmary and served as dormitory Read More ››
Bishops focus on religious freedom issues both at home and abroad.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops have launched a website and video to mark the beginning of this year’s “Fortnight for Freedom,” focusing on religious freedom issues both at home and abroad.
The video, about 10 minutes long Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On June 27, 2017 at 3:30pm, community members from the Class of 28 from the Bridgeport Regional Business Council’s Leadership Greater Bridgeport Program, will unveil their completed project—a renovated movie room at the Cardinal Shehan Center, located at 1494 Main Street in Bridgeport.
This year long community Read More ››
Somehow a garden is not complete without a statue—and it’s interesting to note how many religious statues work their way into local gardens.
I have a statue of St. Francis of Assisi in my front yard. He stands surrounded by a ring of giant hosta beneath our Read More ››
“They come! The merry months of beauty, song, and flowers. They come! The gladsome months.” (William Motherwell, “The Merry Summer Months”)
A new summer has begun. We have the gift of another summer, when life is at the apex.
For me, it is in summer when one really Read More ››
I feel pretty good about myself after reading that the average American wastes 13,471 hours a year fiddling with the remote control, trying to find something to watch on TV, which probably doesn’t include the time spent actually watching TV—more than four hours a day or Read More ››
STRATFORD—Holy Name of Jesus Church, 1950 Barnum Ave, Stratford, will celebrate a Memorial Mass in memory of our former pastor, Msgr. Peter Dora on Wednesday, July 5 at 7:00 pm.
A native of Stamford, Msgr. Dora was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Walter W. Curtis on Read More ››
BROOKFIELD—on June 16, Peter Brady, the “Boss Man” of Handy Dandy Handyman Ministry (HDHM) was honored by the first-grade class at St. Joseph School, Brookfield, with a check donation to the ministry’s many causes. The group began in 1999, when Brady got an inspiration while attending Read More ››
Desert landscapes, distant mountains, ancient rock formations—these are the sights that characterized the winter break of my senior year in high school. Thanks to a unique service opportunity offered by the campus ministry at my school, Lauralton Hall, I was able to discover a place unlike Read More ››
Stay tuned for more information on the Cardinal Shehan Center’s 12th Annual Dodge Ball Tournament which will be held on Tuesday, July 11 at InSports Centers, 29 Trefoil Drive, Trumbull! All proceeds benefit our After School and Saturday Program.
Please feel free to contact Lorraine Gibbons with Read More ››
When he celebrated his 60th anniversary this May, Father Mark Connolly was also celebrating as many years in radio and television production.
A native of Boston, Father Connolly was ordained to the priesthood on May 3, 1957. He specialized in the field of theology and psychology while Read More ››
WESTPORT—St. Luke Church in Westport will host the renowned author and theologian, Jesuit Father James Martin, will be speaking here at Saint Luke on Thursday, June 29 at 7:30 pm to discuss and sign copies of his new book on the Church’s relationship with the L-G-B-T Read More ››
DANBURY—Dr. Patrick D. Higgins, a Bethel resident, will assume the post of school Principal of Immaculate High School on July 1.
Dr. Higgins will take the seat of former Principal Joe Carmen, who resigned from the position during the summer of 2016 to take a position as Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On Thursday, June 15th, Deb Smith, Catholic Charities’ Director of Housing, was invited to attend the awards ceremony and dinner sponsored by the Partnership for Strong Communities where Ben Vereen was the keynote speaker.
Smith is a member of the Supportive Housing Works, Inc. and CT Coalition Read More ››
WILTON—Loretta Kelly McCarthy, of Wilton, passed away peacefully in the presence of her family on June 8, 2017 at the age of 86. Kelly gave the world 6 beloved children: Laurie, Maureen, Kathleen, Christeen, Patrick and Michael, 14 treasured grandchildren and 2 great–grandchildren. She leaves behind Read More ››
Each Sunday at Mass, when we proclaim our Catholic faith, we say the following, “I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth.” With these words, we acknowledge the fact that Jesus addressed His heavenly Father as “Abba”- a word that can Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On Saturday, June 17, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will ordain James K. Bates as a transitional deacon for the Diocese of Bridgeport. The Ordination Mass will be celebrated at 11 am in St. Augustine Cathedral. Traditionally, ordination as a transitional deacon is the last step before Read More ››
Knights of Columbus councils are known for serving the greater good of their parishes and local communities, and many times they work as individual councils. Two years ago, Councils 14360 at St. Matthew Norwalk and 11077 at Our Lady of the Assumption Fairfield discovered if they Read More ››
It is rare that I remember any of my dreams. Last night, however, was an exception. Towards 3:00 am, I woke up in the middle of a dream, vividly remembering one scene. It was an incident that happened last year when I visited a classmate’s summer Read More ››
NEW YORK—Patrick Turner, Director of Strategic and Pastoral Planning for the Diocese of Bridgeport, recently spoke to a group of sixteen Armenian Church of America priests who were gathered in Armonk, NY, for a three-day Parish Management workshop.
The workshop was organized by Villanova University’s Center for Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—To involve young people in preparations for the Synod of Bishops on youth in 2018, the Vatican has released an online questionnaire to better understand the lives, attitudes and concerns of 16 – 29-year-olds around the world.
The questionnaire—available in English, Spanish, French and Italian—can be Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—For as long as I could remember, today was an important day in my home. For today is the Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of my parents’ home town in Italy and the saint for whom my sister was named (Antonia).
In fact, Read More ››
NEW CANAAN—Elena and Steve Schlegel, Chair Couple of the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal and Joy and Tom Cronin, both parishioners of St. Aloysius Parish in New Canaan, hosted a reception at the Cronin’s home Saturday, June 10.
More than 60 people gathered on a lovely June evening Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT — As summer approaches, the safety of children as they take to pools and beaches is paramount.
“I heard you guys took a pledge, can you tell me what the pledge was?” Bridgeport Director of Health Martiza Bond prompted a group of children ages 5 to Read More ››
BLACK ROCK, BRIDGEPORT– Black Rock Day weekend kicked off with the 4th Annual Black Rock Farmers Market on Saturday June 10, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at St. Ann Parish Field, 481 Brewster Street.
The Farmers Market is back for the 2017 season with some old favorites Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Summer is upon us! I hope this summer is everything you are planning it to be. But remember, summer does not mean we take a vacation from the Lord! I encourage you, wherever you may be this summer, to make time to come to Mass on Read More ››
PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — It is no accident that each year many films shown on television between Memorial Day and the June 6 anniversary of D-Day center on World War II.
After all, with more than 16 million men and women under arms, it was easily the largest Read More ››
Msgr. Peter P. Dora died on June 5 at Calvary Hospital, Bronx, NY.
A Stamford native, he was born on April 29, 1941, the son of Paul and Rose Kmetz Dora. He attended K.T. Murphy Grammar School, St. Mary School and Stamford High School, and was prepared Read More ››
STAMFORD—Monsignor Thaddeus Malanowski, 95, retired Brigadier General in the United States Army, and native son of Stamford’s Holy Name of Jesus Parish, celebrated the 70th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on May 28th at Holy Name of Jesus Church. He was joined on the Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On June 5, 2017-June 9, 2017, the City of Bridgeport in collaboration with the Cardinal Shehan Center will host a free weeklong after school swim camp for 120 Bridgeport youth ages 5 through 11 years old. The program begins at 3:30 pm and ends at 5:30 Read More ››
NORWALK—Sunday ( June 4th) is shaping up to be a great day at St. Philip Parish in Norwalk with a special celebration to honor Fr. Michael Boccaccio after 29 years of service as Pastor of St. Philip.
The celebration will get underway with Mass at Noon followed Read More ››
In this week’s The Face of Prayer video, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano shares some thoughts on sin and prayer and how we can turn back to God’s love. “You and I are both sinners, and sin is an obstacle to prayer. But God never turns His Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School’s Spring Musical Fiddler on the Roof, produced and performed by IHS’ award-winning Fine Arts Department, won three Halo Awards, including the esteemed Best Classical Musical award. The Halo awards are presented by Seven Angels Theatre and are the most prestigious high school theater Read More ››
TRUMBULL—The major relic of St. Anthony of Padua will be coming to St. Theresa Church in Trumbull on Friday, June 9. The public is invited to the Masses and the hours of veneration for this popular saint.
Masses will be at 12 noon and 5:30 pm. Veneration Read More ››
FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University has renamed alumnus Brian Hamilton ’87 of Milford to its board of trustees, the University’s top governing body.
Hamilton is founder and chairman of Sageworks, a financial information company with offices in Raleigh, N.C., and New York City. Sageworks provides lending and risk Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—What do you do for leisure? When did you know that God was calling you to be a Priest? What is the hardest part of your ministry?” These questions and more were asked during Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook Live Town Hall Meeting, which occurred on May Read More ››
NEW HAVEN—With Christians facing increased pressure in the Middle East, the Knights of Columbus has launched a nationwide digital and television ad campaign to raise awareness and funds on their behalf.
A bus attack in Egypt last week resulted in almost 50 casualties. In Iraq, the situation Read More ››