A time to be grateful for the “hidden blessings” in our lives

A Thanksgiving message from Bishop Caggiano
As we pause to count our blessings this Thanksgiving Day, many of the blessings in our lives are easy to name and do not require much thought to bring to mind. However, as I have matured over the years, I have also come to realize that we all have “hidden blessings” that are not as easy to recognize and for which we also need to be thankful.

What do I mean by “hidden blessings”? They are precisely those events or challenges in our lives that at first glance do not look like a blessing when they happen but from which, after the passage of time, great grace may flow. Such “blessings” only become evident from the fruits that they create in our lives.


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Connecticut Knights of Columbus to Distribute Coats for Kids on ‘Black Friday’

November 24, 2015

Children in six cities throughout state to be remembered with gift of warmth

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — As many head out to shop on the day after Thanksgiving, hundreds of area children will receive a free and much-needed gift as the Knights of Columbus distribute new winter coats to children in need at six sites throughout Connecticut on Black Friday, Nov. 27.

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Mass celebrates people with special needs

November 24, 2015

FAIRFIELD—The sun shone through the stain-glass windows of Holy Cross Church as Bishop Frank J. Caggiano welcomed all to the annual Mass hosted by St. Catherine Center for Special Needs.

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Families must forgive and not 'end the day in war,' pope says

November 23, 2015

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The secret to healing wounds among family members is to "not end the day in war" and to forgive one another, Pope Francis said.

"One cannot live without forgiving, or at least one cannot live well, especially in the family," the pope said Nov. 4 at his weekly general audience.

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Fr. Hoffmann to honor 102-year old parishioner this Sunday

November 20, 2015

DARIEN—Fr. Frank Hoffmann, Pastor of St. John’s Parish, Darien will be presenting a Certificate of Commendation to 102 year old Knight, Dante Chicatell of Noroton in honor of his birthday on Sunday November 22 at the end of the 7:30 Mass.

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To Coffee or not to Coffee…

November 20, 2015

NEW YORK—If you’ve paid any attention to the flare-up over the red Starbucks holiday coffee cups, you may want to watch this short video of Father Rob Ketcham, the chaplain of Saint John the Baptist Diocesan High School in New York.

In this engaging video Fr. Rob goes beyond the red cup controversy and leads us to think about almost everything we do, say, and live as Catholics. He tells us that ultimately, it’s not about what we are against, or what we condemn. The one question that we will be asked at the end of our lives by God is: "Did you love me?"

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Pope Francis House brings "spirit of  Pope"  to Bridgeport

November 19, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—Work is progressing on  the Pope Francis house at 51 George Street in Bridgeport being built in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County, and leaders are asking for additional parish support to complete the project.

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Francis cries out for welcoming church: ‘House of God refuge,
not prison’

November 18, 2015

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis has again forcefully repeated his call that the Catholic church globally should open its doors to everyone, without exception, saying the church sometimes even keeps Jesus “prisoner” in its own institutions and does not let him out into the world.

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Bishop Joins Little Workers
at First Annual Stamford Benefit

November 18, 2015

STAMFORD—On Saturday, November 7, 2015, a fundraiser was held to benefit the work of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts, a congregation of religious Sisters who operate preschools within the Diocese of Bridgeport.

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Father Connaughton named director of vocations

November 17, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—Father John Connaughton, a native of Trumbull, has been named director of vocations of the Diocese of Bridgeport. His appointment, made by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, will be effective January 1, 2016.

He succeeds Father Sam Kachuba, who has held the post since 2013. Father Kachuba is pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Fairfield.

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops gather for their annual Fall General Assembly

November 17, 2015

WASHINGTON—The 2015 Fall General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is taking place in Baltimore. CLICK HERE to watch the live stream of the public sessions. Live stream will run Tuesday, November 17, 9 am-5 pm Eastern.

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to benefit Caroline House, held Fri., Nov. 20, from 7-10 pm at the Fairfield Museum & History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield. Tickets: $40 are available at www.thecarolinehouse.org.

PROJECT RACHEL MINISTRY—Come begin your healing journey and experience God’s hope and mercy. For women suffering from a past abortion experience, an Entering Canaan Day of Prayer and Healing will take place on Sat., Nov. 21. For further info or to register call our confidential phone line at 203.416.1619 or email us at projectrachel@diobpt.org.

WORKSHOP: “Spirituality and the World’s Major Religions:” Sat., Nov. 21, from 9 am-5 pm at St. James Parish, Stratford. Presenters are Dr. Sr. Patty Cook, RSM and Dr. Maria Decsy. Cost:$50 prepaid; $60 day of event. Fee includes lunch. For more info or to register, call the parish: 203.375.5887.

will be held at Saint Bridget of Ireland Parish, Stamford, on Sat., Nov. 21, from 9 am-4 pm. Over 30 vendors and a bake sale. For more info, call the parish: 203.324.2910.

invites everyone to St. Emery Church, Fairfield, on Sat., Nov. 21, at 9:30 am. Msgr. Ernest Esposito will celebrate Mass, followed by a social. “Come and See” if you are being called to a vocation in the secular Franciscan order. For more info, call Pat Heile, OFS: 203.255.8801.

to be held at St. Stephen Parish, Trumbull, Sat., Nov, 21, from 9-4 pm and Sun. Nov. 22, after all morning Masses. For more info, call 203.268.6217.

for holiday boutique at Sacred Heart Parish, Stamford, to be held Sat.-Sun., Nov. 21-22. For more info, call Rose: 203.968.1234 after 6 pm.

held Sat., Nov. 28, at St. Andrew Parish, Bridgeport, from 11 am-5:30 pm. Arts, photography, seasonal market items including jams/jellies, candles, organic soaps, harvest soups, basket raffle, flowers. AJ's honey will be here with a demonstration on beekeeping. For more info, call 203.374.8118.

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Financial Summit lays out challenges and opportunities

November 16, 2015

TRUMBULL—Thirty parish and diocesan leaders convened at the Bishop’s Residence last weekend for the Financial and Real Estate Summit to begin work on an overall strategic plan for diocesan financial stability.

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Nothing can justify terrorist attacks, pope says

November 15, 2015

VATICAN CITY—"This is not human," Pope Francis said after a night of terror in Paris left more than 120 people dead and more than 200 people injured.

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St. Thomas students put themselves in “shoes” of the poor

November 13, 2015

FARIFIELD—St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Fairfield was recently named the "Kindest School in the USA” by Brian Williams, founder of the Think Kindness program.

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CHD Collection set for November

November 12, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC—The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), held the weekend before Thanksgiving, November 21-22 this year, is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by funding community programs that encourage independence. You are essential to its success.

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November 10, 2015

NEW YORK—The clergy abuse-themed drama “Spotlight” (Open Road) is a movie no Catholic will want to see. Whether it’s a film many mature Catholics ought to see is a different question entirely.

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Pope calls for end to economic exploitation, power-hungry church

November 10, 2015

FLORENCE, Italy—Meeting workers and addressing a major gathering of the Catholic Church in Italy, Pope Francis demanded an end to economic exploitation, to clerics “obsessed” with power, to apathy among youth and to a cold, fearful church that forgets Christ is always by its side.

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Emphasis on reform and transparency at CAPP breakfast

November 08, 2015

FAIRFIELD—“The reforms are working,” said Joseph F. X. Zahra, Vice Coordinator of the newly established Council for the Economy of The Holy See, said at the 9th Annual Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) Communion Breakfast held at Fairfield University.

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Time to Address Synod Challenges

November 07, 2015

NORWALK—More than 400 trustees, finance and parish council members and their pastors filled the great room of St. Matthew Parish for a day of training preparation and prayer to begin the implementation phase of the Fourth Diocesan Synod.

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St. Joseph High School principal elected to Yale Divinity School Alumni Board

November 06, 2015

TRUMBULL—James P. Keane, MDiv, MEd, PhD., Principal of St Joseph High School, was recently elected to the Yale Divinity School Alumni Board.

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CT’s largest volunteer day goes over the top

November 05, 2015

BROOKFIELD—“I am over the top pleased to report that when our last groups of volunteers signed up at 11:55 pm on November 3, they gave us a grand total of 1,062 rakers, not including the team working in the gym on the lunch program,” says Peter Brady, “Boss Man’ of the Handy Dandy Handy Man (HDHM) ministry.

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‘Saintly’ tradition

November 05, 2015

STRATFORD—It is a tradition at St. Mark School for students in the second grade to research a saint of their choosing.

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Catholic Hip Hop artist to appear
at next Catholic Underground

November 03, 2015

DANBURY—Sammy Blaze, a Hispanic rapper and Christian Hip Hop artist born in Texas, will perform at the next Catholic Underground on Saturday, November 14, 7:30 pm at Sacred Heart Church in Danbury.

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