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St. Mary Student to compete
at U.S. Junior Olympics Track Finals

July 30, 2014

HOUSTON—The heat index was 105 degrees at Turner Stadium in Houston, TX as athletes warmed up for their events at the US Junior Olympic Track Finals on Sunday, July 27. Angela Saidman, an 8th grade student at St. Mary School, competed against the top runners in the country in the 13-14 year old 1500M race.

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Senior-Senior Prom shared dances
and memories

July 30, 2014

NORWALK—On June 27, Maplewood Senior Living at Strawberry Hill was alive with the sights and sounds of Prom Night. Music filled the atrium as the St. Philip Youth Group held a Senior-Senior Prom for the residents. The young men and women wore their prom dresses and suits, and pinned a corsage on each of the Seniors. The Seniors had looked forward to the event, having their hair and nails done during the week.

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St. Andrew young believers Youth Group July Mission Trip

July 28, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—Twenty teens and four adults from the St Andrew Young Believers Youth Group served at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission during July 13–July 21st. Susan Baldwin, Director of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry at St. Andrew Parish, says the kids did an awesome job, and the experience was humbling and life changing.

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SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT ST. ANN'S FIELD, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport with jazz piano local legend Wayne Heller and his band on Tues., Aug. 5 from 6-8pm. Rain date Wed., Aug. 6 same time.  Bring a picnic, wine, lawn chair, Frisbee - family & friends! $5pp, children under 12 admission free.  

FREE BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR SUPPORT GROUP OFFERED AT ST. VINCENT’S MEDICAL CENTER meets on the first and third Tuesdays of every monthfrom 5:30-70pm on Level 4 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, 2800  Main St., Bridgeport.   Upcoming dates are Aug. 5, Aug. 19 and Sept. 2.  Group provides information and resource to women dealing with breast cancer at any stage of survivorship.  Patients are given the opportunity to share their questions and concerns about the disease.No reservations required, free parking with validated ticket. For info call 203-576-6158.

MULTI-PARISH YOUNG ADULT GROUP open to all at St. Marguerite's in Brookfield will meet Aug. 8 from 7-9pm in the church hall.  Open to all.  Join us for prayer, discussion, fun, fellowship and refreshments.  For info or to be included on the email list for activities apart from group meetings, call Maria M. (203) 798-6923, Maria V. (203) 775-2135, or Greg (203) 512-1875.

NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING NIGHT - TRAINING FOR CLERGY at St. Rose of Lima in Newtown, Fri., Aug. 8 at 7pm in the Rectory Conference Room.  This will be an informal gathering to provide clergy with the tools and resources necessary to understand the biology of NFP, the theology behind it, how it plays out in marriage, and to answer questions regarding sexuality for married couples. Contact Al and Adrienne Keogler at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 203-994-6692 to register.

GOSPEL LIFE SOCIETY MONTHLY MEETING – Sat., Aug. 9 at 10am after 9am Mass, St. Mary Church, 669 West Ave., Norwalk. Featured speaker is Dr. Joel Brind, PhD, Professor of Human Biology and Endocrinology at Baruch College, City Univ. of NY.  Refreshments served.  For info call Eileen (203) 847-5727 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). See us at

FIRST MASS MOB IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY! Mass Mob is essentially a flash mob for mass.  We announce a parish, date, and time and everyone meets us there to join in the greatest prayer of the Church - the Mass!  We get to see other parishes and how they celebrate the liturgy, grow in our own faith, AND help other parishes financially. First Mass Mob in Fairfield County will be at St. Peter Church, 695 Colorado Ave., Bridgeport on Aug. 10 at 10:00am (new time!!).  For info email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or or or, Instagram: @MassMob_FairfieldCounty

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT ST. ANN'S FIELD, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport with rock cover band The Pocket Hotties on Tues., Aug. 12 from 6-8pm. Rain date Wed., Aug. 13 same time.  Bring a picnic, wine, lawn chair, Frisbee - family & friends! $5pp, children under 12 admission free.  

CARNIVAL & CAR RAFFLE at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 4 Riverside Ave., Riverside, CT from Aug. 12-16. Bring the family! Food, music and fun for all. This year’s car raffle is a 2015 BMW XI SUV in Midnight Blue Metallic. Tickets $25 each; drawing is Sat., Aug. 16 at 11pm at the Carnival. No need to be present to win. Tickets purchased at the Rectory.  Call (203) 637-3661. Click here for flyer

MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, Brookfield on Aug. 14 at 7pm with Fr. George Sankoorkal.  Open to all.

FAN THE FIRE YOUTH RALLY, "Made for More" Aug. 16 from 9am-9pm at St. Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Rd., Newtown. All Teens Grades 8-12 are Welcome! $40pp includes lunch & dinner. Flyer with details/speakers. Registration Form  Adult Participation Form  Youth Participation Form

DOZYNKI (POLISH HARVEST FESTIVAL) held Aug. 16-17 at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 325 Washington Blvd, in Stamford.  Saturday 6pm-2am, Sunday 11:30am-10pm. Live Music, Dancing, Games, Raffles, plus Delicious Polish Food and Beverages.  Call 203-323-4967 for more info.

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Happy Saint Baldrick’s Day!

July 30, 2014

BROOKFIELD—Everyone has heard of St. Patrick’s day, but St. Joseph Parish in Brookfield celebrates St. Baldrick’s day!

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Area youth travel to Youngstown Ohio to serve Inner City Children

A group from two East Coast dioceses made the trip to the Project Grow Inner City Art Camp

CHICAGO—Youth from Darien, Conn., and Hicksville, N.Y., have just returned from a week long trip to Ohio where they helped serve disadvantaged children at the Project Grow Inner City Art Camp in Youngstown before moving on to a youth conference in Steubenville.

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Archbishop Chaput says pope will visit Philadelphia in September 2015

July 25, 2014

FARGO—Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in the U.S. next year, even though the Philadelphia Archdiocese still has not received official confirmation from the Vatican.

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Church response to refugees
is part of the Pro-Life call, bishop says

July 24, 2014

PITTSBURGH—Answering the needs of refugee migrants is one component of a truly pro-life view, said a U.S. bishop, announcing a new initiative to aid children who have fled Central America for the United States.

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Catholic Charities continues to reach out to Super Storm Sandy Victims

July 23, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—Watch this video of how Catholic Charities continues to spearhead the relief effort for those affected by Super Storm Sandy.

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Spirit moves Diocesan youth!

July 22, 2014

RHODE ISLAND—Over the weekend, more than 400 youth from 14 parishes across the Diocese attended Steubenville East, the summer youth conference sponsored by the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio.

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Dribble Drive Basketball Camp inspires achievement

July 15, 2014

SHELTON—Energy and inspiration filled the gym at St. Lawrence Parish for two weeks in July.

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They’ll be missed

July 15, 2014

TRUMBULL—The following seniors attended the annual welcoming and send off ceremony for the High School Apostle's program.

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Pope urges Israeli, Palestinian leaders to end Holy Land hostilities

July 18, 2014

VATICAN CITY—Expressing his serious concerns over the escalating violence in the Holy Land, Pope Francis telephoned Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, urging all sides to end hostilities and build peace.

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St. A's teens help at Missionaries
of Charity Day Camp

July 18, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—Teens from St. Aloysius Parish youth group in New Canaan have found an awesome way to enrich their summer vacation.

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Weird animals speak of God’s love

July 15, 2014

NORWALK—Like brilliant summer flowers, Vacation Bible Schools are springing up in parishes during the summer months. They carry a lively message of faith through song, skits, activities, laughter and friendship.

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Catholic Heart Work Camp 2014:
A Beautiful Mess

July 15, 2014

FAIRFIELD—The St. Pius X/St. Thomas Aquinas Youth Groups recently returned from an amazing week at Catholic Heart Work Camp!

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