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St. Peter Church Says Farewell To The End Of An Era:
Reverend Monsignor Aniceto Villamide Retires As Pastor

July 27, 2015

Click to read in Spanish: Reverendo Monseñor Aniceto Villamide se Retira

Reverend Monsignor Aniceto Villamide ended his pastoral mission as Pastor of St. Peter Church on June 30, 2015, after 30 years of service in the Dioceses of Bridgeport.  On Sunday, June 28th St. Peter parish honored their pastor in a very special way.

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Franciscan Action Network's Patrick Carolan To Be Honored By White House

July 24, 2015

FAN Executive Director "Deeply Grateful" for the Recognition of His Work on Climate Change

Washington, D.C.--Today it was announced that Franciscan Action Network's Executive Director Patrick Carolan is being honored by the White House as a "Champion of Change" for his climate change advocacy work with FAN and with the Global Catholic Climate Movement.

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Call to Action - Rally to Defund Planned Parenthood - Tuesday July 28 - Stamford, CT

July 23, 2015

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STAMFORD--Join with us, Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Noon, for a rally at the Stamford CT Government Building

Following the release of the undercover video that went viral this past week (, showing horrific revelations regarding Planned Parenthood and the sale of aborted baby body parts, a desire within many has been stirred to do something. Already, several states have called for investigations, and some have even defunded Planned Parenthood from taxpayer dollars, but not Connecticut, and more than half a billion dollars are still going to Planned Parenthood every year.

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Father Peter DeMarco, 80, turned handicap into ministry

July 22, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—Father Peter DeMarco, widely loved for his deep spirituality and for his ministry to the hearing impaired, died on July 20 in Bridgeport Hospital. He was 80 years old.

Born with a cleft palate leading to speech problems, and experiencing progressive hearing loss during adulthood, Father DeMarco turned what could have been an impediment into a beautiful asset to his ministry.

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Volunteers collect items for Project Homeless Connect Day

July 17, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—Today nearly 20 volunteers made up of religious, seminarians and lay faithful under the direction of Sr. Eileen Boffa, R.S.M. gathered at the Black Rock Senior Center in Bridgeport to pack nearly 400 backpacks with toiletries for the homeless, to be distributed next month at the August 4th Project Homeless Connect Day. To learn more about this day long event visit:

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Diocese signs up 250 for pilgrimage
to Poland

July 16, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—More than 250 people have registered to take part in the Bridgeport Diocese’s pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day next July.

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano posted on his Facebook page that more than $200,000 in financial aid has also been awarded to help people make the trip to Poland next summer.

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WOMEN'S TASTE & SEE SUMMER BOOK CLUB “She Who Is Peace,” Wed., July 15-Aug. 12, 10 am at St. James Parish in Stratford. Megan McKenna explores the feminine face of God as revered in the major religions of the world. Cost is $15 which includes book. For info email Betsy Redgate at: or call 203.375.5887

WEEK OF DIRECTED PRAYER OPEN TO ALL—July 18-25 sponsored by St. James Parish in Stratford. Find God in the ordinary events of your life by making a directed retreat with an experienced spiritual director without leaving home or workplace! Group gatherings on both Sat. mornings, 10 am-12:30 pm, and individual appointments from Mon. through Fri. arranged according to your schedule. For info email Betsy Redgate at: or 203.375.5887

S’MORES AND STARS—Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury (ages 18-35) will meet July 24 for s’mores and stars from 9-11 pm at St. Marguerite’s, Brookfield. Join other Young Adults to watch the stars and enjoy some s’mores over a fire pit. Bring a friend. We’ll see you there! For more info: or call Maria 203.798.6923.

STEUBENVILLE "DEFENDING THE FAITH" CONFERENCE - Equip yourself to properly defend the faith at a special apologetics conference on the campus of Franciscan University of Steubenville, taking place July 24-26. In a time when many Catholics have fallen away from their faith and our culture is dominated by relativism and atheism, as Catholics we need to be strong witnesses for the richness of our faith.  For info call 1.800.437.8368. Click here for web/video.

Come join young adults in the area and enjoy a night filled with music and dance on July 28 from 6:30-8:30 pm at St. Marguerite Parish, 138 Candlewood Lake Rd., Brookfield. Open to all ages 18-35, come alone, bring a date or bring your friends. For info call Maria 203.798.6923 or email Facebook: Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury

Join other young adults in the area for worship, Holy Hour, and a social on Aug. 4 from 6:30-8:30 pm at St. Marguerite Parish, 138 Candlewood Lake Rd., Brookfield. Open to all, ages 18-35. For info call 203.798.6923 or email Facebook: Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury

 Maura Weiler, author of "Contrition" will be making her only appearance in Trumbull on Aug. 6 at for book signing. Maura is a graduate of St. Catherine's Academy and St. Joseph High School; her home parish was St. Catherine's of Siena. Her book is available on For book info click here.

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Bishop Caggiano reflects
on Immigration while on Pilgrimage
in Italy

July 15, 2015

ARGRIGENTO, ITALY—I am beginning the first full day of pilgrimage today here in Argrigento—a city located in the southern portion of Sicily, which includes the port city of Lampedusa where many immigrant refugees fleeing poverty and religious persecution in Africa make the dangerous crossing over the Mediterranean Sea to find hope and freedom in Italy.

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Food pantry moves to larger space

July 13, 2015

STAMFORD—Tania Nilla reached the vegetable aisle and began examining her options.

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Sutherland mourned as a man who cared about the have-nots

July 13, 2015

MONROE—About 225 people were in the St. Jude Roman Catholic Church Monday morning to bid farewell to Kevin Sutherland, 24, a former intern to U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4, who was the victim of a senseless knife attack on a Washington, D.C., subway platform on July 4.

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Considering WYD 2016 in Poland? Here's what one bishop wants you to know

July 10, 2015

WASHINGTON D.C.—For those pilgrims thinking about participating in World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland, Bishop Frank Caggiano has a message: It will be worth the sacrifice.

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Youth Choir Rehearsals

July 10, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—In addition to enjoying their summer vacations, some young people throughout the diocese are also busy at rehearsals for the Diocesan Youth Choir.

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Families need prayers, mercy, courage, including from synod,
pope says

July 07, 2015

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador—Even if a pastoral proposal for helping a Catholic family with problems seems scandalous at first, it is possible God could use that proposal to bring healing and holiness, Pope Francis said.

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St. Joseph High School to Induct Honorees into Athletics Hall of Fame

July 07, 2015

TRUMBULL—The St Joseph High School Athletic Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 6 pm, at St. Joseph High School in Trumbull.

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St. Anthony Parishioners visit Bethel AME in Bridgeport, a Sister Church to Mother Emanuel AME in Charleston

July 05, 2015

FAIRFIELD—Fr. John Baran and a group of 12 St. Anthony of Padua Parishioners in Fairfield demonstrated their prayer solidarity with the victims and families of the Charleston shootings when they attended a prayer service last week at Bethel AME in Bridgeport, sister Church to Charleston AME.

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Faith, Freedom and the Founding Fathers

July 04, 2015

Catholic Churches Have Witnessed to Religious Liberty

PHILADELPHIA—As the Fourth of July nears, crowds swell at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the nearby Liberty Bell.

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Brookfield girl struck and killed by car
“a wonderful, wonderful person”

July 04, 2015

DANBURY—The Diocese of Bridgeport extends its deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Rebecca Draper Townsend who was struck and killed by an automobile in Danbury on Thursday evening.

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National Shrine Pilgrimage rescheduled

July 01, 2015

Please read Bishop Caggiano’s statement:

BRIDGEPORT—“A few months ago, Pope Francis declared an extraordinary Holy Year entitled a ‘Jubilee of Mercy’.

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Pope’s visits to Cuba, U.S. to highlight families, charity, tolerance

July 01, 2015

VATICAN CITY—In word and deed, Pope Francis will take his vision of a Catholic’s approach to family life, parish life, charity, economics, immigration and good governance to Cuba and the United States during a September 19-27 visit.

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Project Rachel
Healing Ministry

Come begin your healing journey
and experience God’s hope and mercy! Entering Canaan Day of Prayer and Healing, Saturday, July 25, 2015 for women suffering from a past abortion. Spiritual Director, Fr. Sean Kulacz.
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World Youth Day
Krakow, Poland
July 22-August 1, 2016!

Bishop Frank Caggiano invites the youth
and young adults (ages 15 1/2-35)
of the Diocese of Bridgeport to join him
on a pilgrimage of a lifetime.

Click this link
for a message from Bishop Frank

Visit the website:

Scholarships available.
For info email Julie Rodgers at:
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
or call 203.416.1449

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