Monthly Newspaper • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT

Faith Formation Update

Faith Formation Announcement

Please click HERE to read an important memo from Deacon Patrick Toole regarding our office.

As always, if there are any questions, please contact us at 203-416-1670

Stop! Pray!


On the memorial of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, we pray for the grace to react to all human life with God’s love. Hail Mary…Text PRAY to 55778 to receive prayer intentions each day!

A note from Gail Mikolsky,

Director of Parish and Community Outreach
at St. Catherine Academy

The Office of Parish and Community Support is an outreach ministry of the Diocese of Bridgeport which supports individuals with disabilities and their families to be full participants in their parish community. Much of my work involves collaborating with DREs and schools to create environments, lessons, and experiences that are inclusive, respectful and accessible for all learners. I provide ideas, events (Special Needs Mass, dances), helpful hints and information as a resource for inclusive ministry and special needs in catechesis.  I love to hear from you. Please call or email your thoughts.

gmikolsky@stcatherineacademy.org
Phone: 203-540-5381  ext: 2014

St. Philip FoodFast 2019

 Join St. Philip Church in Norwalk for FoodFast 2019!WHOYOU
WHAT
: CRS FoodFast
WHERE: St. Philip Parish
(25 France St., Norwalk, CT 06851)
WHEN: Saturday, February 23, 2019
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
WHO: Grades 6-12
Registration Fee: $50.00

Questions? Email foodfast@stphilipnorwalk.org

Click the image to download the flyer.

Click HERE for Pre-Registration

CONVIVIO 2019

Do you have kids in high school or know someone who does, or do you know someone in high school? Tell them to come to Convivio CT!

Did you know? Convivio CT is an international event that happens in England, Australia, Chile, Peru, and many other countries? Our very own Diocese of Bridgeport has been fortunate enough to host the only Convivio in the United States for the last 8 years!

This year, Convivio CT will have internationally recognized speakers! Caroline Bortle from EWTN’s Church POP; Father Paul Check, Rector of Saint John Fisher Seminary; and not just one, but TWO Sisters of Life!! Their message will be about how we can find meaning in our suffering through Jesus Christ.

Convivio will be March 1, 2, & 3 at Sacred Heart University. All high school aged students are welcome, whether you’re actively involved in the faith, or looking for answers! Register now!!

Click HERE to download the flyer.

Register Now!

Spiritual Warfare & Discernment of Spirits

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
46 Stone Street | Danbury, CT 06810

Sunday, March 3, 2019
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of Adoration and reflection with Dan Burke, President of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. FREE event. Refreshments provided.

Click HERE to Register.

St. Rose Women’s Lenten Retreat

St. Rose Women’s Lenten Retreat will take place on Saturday, March 9, 2019.  We invite all women to join us for a day of reflection and renewal. Our theme this year is “Come Grow with Us – Grow in Grace”  The retreat begins with Continental breakfast at 8 a.m., continues with a hot lunch during the day, and concludes at 4 p.m. so we can join together in praise and worship at Mass.

Registration Fee is $25 (more if you can, less if you can’t).  Please contact Mrs. Cate Gosselin at (203) 426-2333 ext. 1 or email at dre@strosechurch.com for more details and to register.

Checks may be made payable and mailed to St. Rose Church, attn: Women’s Retreat, 38 Church Hill Road, Newtown, CT  06470.

Registration Form

40 Days for Life

MARCH 6 – APRIL 14, 2019
The next life-saving campaign is coming soon to locations around the world. Will you speak for those who cannot speak for themselves?

Bridgeport Location

Public right-of-way outside
Planned Parenthood
4697 Main St. | Bridgeport, CT
Contact: Lenore Opalak: snowdenopalak@icloud.com
Click HERE for more information and to sign up for vigil hours. 
En Enspañol

Danbury Location

Public right-of-way
Planned Parenthood
44 Main St. | Danbury, CT
Contact Peg Rozzi: mis_peg@outlook.com
Click HERE for more information and to sign up for vigil hours.
En Español

Unplanned Movie Sneak Preview Fundraiser

The St. Theresa Knights of Columbus Council #8013 in Trumbull is hosting a sneak preview event to promote the national release of “Unplanned”.  This movie’s pro-life message based on the true events of Abby Johnson’s life and her change of heart as a former director of a Planned Parenthood center is something not to be missed!

The Council is spearheading this fundraising event to go towards the purchase of tickets for premiere week to be distributed to parish and pro-life groups throughout Connecticut.  The goal is to create theater buyouts and increase awareness of the movie premiere on Friday, March 29, 2019.  If you would like help organizing a theater buyout, please see contact information below!

Where: The Klein Memorial Auditorium | 910 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, CT

When: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
6pm – Doors Open
7:00pm – Mini Pro-Life Rally with distinguished pro-life speakers
7:30pm – UNPLANNED movie show time

Price: $100.00 – Mezzanine | $50.00 – Orchestra
Purchase tickets directly from The Klein Memorial Auditorium at https://www.theklein.org/buy-tickets/

Donations: If you are unable to attend the preview showing but would like to donate towards fundraising, please see contact information below to make your donation.

For more information on this event or if you would like help organizing an “Unplanned” theater buyout in your area, please contact Dave Janny at 203-856-8496 or djdj00414@gmail.com or Maureen Ciardiello, Coordinator of Respect Life Ministry for the Diocese of Bridgeport at 203-416-1445 or mciardiello@diobpt.org.

Hope and Healing Weekend

March 29-31, 2019

For more information and to register
contact Maureen Ciardiello
Coordinator of Respect Life
and Project Rachel
mciardiello@diobpt.org
203-416-1445

Strong Catholic Families

Please CLICK HERE for more information.

Please contact our office at 203-416-1670 or at OfficeofFaithFormation@diobpt.org to register for this exciting opportunity to become a pilot parish and to receive important detailed information.

Saints Sticker Book!

Place an order for your Saints Sticker books today!
Click HERE to download an order form!
Sticker Book Publishing’s SAINTS Sticker Book (click here to see it!) was specifically developed for Religious Education and use in Catholic Schools, and in just the last 7 months or so, they have supplied about a third of the parishes in the Diocese with their books and corresponding materials.

Because feedback has been so positive and support so strong, after speaking with Rose they thought it best to partner directly with the Diocese to offer SAINTS and additional discounted pricing to all (about 15% less than what many of you paid last year, and roughly 50% off the retail price of the book).

Here’s how it works:

  1. Complete the Order Form. Fill it out with the number of copies you anticipate needing for your Religious Education and/or Catholic School classes from now through the end of the school year 2020 (if known).
  2. Send the form by Thursday, February 28th, 2019 to:
    1. Email: info@StickerBookPublishing.com
    2. Mail: Sticker Book Publishing, 2 Mountainview Terrace #1334, Danbury, CT 06810.
  3. By March 6 (Ash Wednesday), after all Order Forms are received and processed, we will then communicate the final Diocese price per book. The more orders we receive, the lower price we’re able to offer to you!  [Note: to help with budgeting, we anticipate the final price to be around $10 per book.]
  4. Sticker Book Publishing will print the order and ship/deliver by April 1st. We can also hold editions if not needed by April 1 (just request specific delivery dates right on the form).
  5. Sticker Book Publishing will invoice, answer any questions and provide training/support to each parish as needed!

*Sticker Book Publishing will finalize the price per book and total cost for each parish once all orders are received and the final Diocese-wide price is known.  Once known, we will complete the price/book and totals on this form and return it to the parish contact listed above.  Total above is then due in full by April 15, 2019.

Children’s Rosary

The Children’s Rosary is a lay prayer movement for children. It is an effort to begin in parishes Rosary prayer groups composed of children and led by children.
Learn more HERE! Available in English, Español, and Français

CRS Rice Bowl

Materials are available NOW in both English and Spanish and are free of charge.  Visit crsricebowl.org or crsplatodearroz.org to order materials.

When the season of Lent concludes, please mail a check made out to The Diocese of Bridgeport (write CRS Rice Bowl in the check memo) for the amount that was collected by your parish or school to:

The Diocese of Bridgeport
Office of Faith Formation
238 Jewett Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06605

Thank you so much for your participation in this program which helps those in need locally (25% of CRS Rice Bowl donations go to fund hunger and poverty programs in our Diocese!) and abroad.

Please let us know if you are participating so we can promote your efforts!

An invitation to all priests to meet the team, share ideas, collaborate, and be in fellowship.

We’ll bring the coffee & donuts!

To schedule an appointment, call or email Deirdra at 203-416-1670 or officeoffaithformation@diobpt.org

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Save the Date!

(More information on each event to follow)
April 6, 2019 | Healing and Anointing Mass – Click here to download the flyer
May 4, 2019 | Middle School Youth Rally – Click here to download the flyer
May 5, 2019 | Wedding Jubilee Mass – Click here to register
June 22, 2019 | Scouting Awards Night – Click here to download the flyer