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In Rome's Colosseum, pope, thousands reflect on world's injustices

April 19, 2014

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

ROME (CNS) -- Seated atop a hillside overlooking Rome's Colosseum, Pope Francis presided over the nighttime Way of the Cross, joining thousands of people gathered in prayer.

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Bishop Leads Living Stations of the Cross

April 17, 2014

STAMFORD — A large gathering joined Bishop Caggiano on Good Friday as he led the Living Stations of the Cross in Stamford. The procession started at Cummings Park and the faithful processed to St. Mary Church on Elm Street.

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Ladies luncheon
honors Sister Magnetti

April 17, 2014

GREENWICH—Nearly 300 guests turned out at Greenwich Country Club for The Fourth Annual Ladies Luncheon to benefit the Catholic Academies of Bridgeport,

The event, which honored Sister Joan Magnetti, rscj, Executive Director of Cathedral Academies for her 50 years in education, raised
more than $220,000.

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Bishop celebrates first Chrism Mass in Bridgeport

April 16, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—The procession into St. Augustine Cathedral lasted almost ten minutes as more than 300 priests and deacons of the Diocese of Bridgeport attended the first Chrism Mass celebrated by their new bishop.

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CONNECTIONS! MINISTRY FOR CATHOLIC SINGLES 40 AND OVER Mon., Apr. 21 at The Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, 279 Atlantic St., Stamford. Guest Speaker Michelle O’Mara, Dir. of Religious Ed and Ministry for People with Disabilities presents "A Mercy Greater than our Sins in Msg. Nagle Hall from 7–9pm (use the side entrance adjacent to the rectory.)  Refreshments after presentation. Suggested donation $10pp. RSVP to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

10TH ANNUAL CELEBRITY BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER for Covenant House Tues., Apr. 22 from 7:30-9am featuring guest speaker Larry Kudlow of radio and television. Click here for flyer. Click here for registration form.  For more info call (203) 964-8228 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Donate to Covenant House Register at

1ST ANNUAL STROKE SYMPOSIUM & HEALTH ASSESSMENT SCREENING at St. Vincent’s Medical Center on Wed., Apr. 23: Symposium 10am-12Noon and Screenings from 12Noon-2pm in Hawley Conference room, Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care discusses Stroke Basics, Life after Stroke and Stroke Prevention. Lunch and refreshments provided. Professional program 5:30–7:30pm includes a buffet dinner. Parking free. Seating limited. For professional program call Department of Medicine at (203) 576-5440. For the public program call 1-877-255-7847.

LECTURE: SUDDEN CARDIAC DEATH IN THE YOUNG Thurs., Apr. 24 from 6:30-7:30pm in the St. Vincent’s Hawley Conference Center, Level 4 of the Cancer Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. SCD may be prevented with awareness and effective screening. Most recent research findings, effective risk detection, diagnosis and treatment discussed. For info or to register call 1-877-255-7847 or online Open to all.

CURSILLO ULTREYA held Apr. 24 at St. Mary Parish, Bethel at 7:30pm. For info contact Jeanette at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For info on Cursillo go to:

“LES MISERABLES” the Tony Award winning story of redemption and love presented by Immaculate High School, 73 Southern Blvd., Danbury on Apr 24, 25 and 26. Shows 7pm; Sat. matinee 1:30pm. Tickets:

CATHOLIC SINGLES (age 21 & over) SINGLES MINGLE CHARITY EVENT on Thurs., Apr. 24 at Iron Bar, 713 8th Ave at W45th St., NYC (few blocks off Times Square) from 6:30-10pm. The Catholic Fellowship & team up for this fundraiser to benefit Food for the Poor Charity. $20pp. For info email Toan at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Click here for flyer. To purchase tickets online use discount code "FELLOWSHIP" at

ST. MARY’S RECITAL featuring Judith Malafronte, mezzo-soprano, David Hughes, piano, BOULANGER & CO.:  Parisian music of the fin-de-siècle on Fri., Apr. 25 at 7:30pm at St. Mary Parish, 669 West Ave., Norwalk;

PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER for St. Joseph Youth Group, Brookfield on Apr. 27 at 8am or 9pm at Applebee's Restaurant in Danbury.  Tickets $8pp or $25 per family of four or more, available after Sunday Mass. Proceeds go to youth group retreats. or (203) 775-1035

OPEN HOUSE AT NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL , FAIRFIELD on Sun., Apr. 27 at 2:30pm for prospective students (sixth, seventh or eighth grade students or transfer students) and their families. Ask about their 50% tuition program with Sacred Heart University! Tours begin 2pm, program at 2:30pm. Students may “shadow” a ND freshman to get a full perspective of ND life. Shadow days arranged by calling Admissions (203) 372-6521 - no obligation.

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Renovated organ set for Holy Week liturgies

April 15, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—When Bishop Frank J. Caggiano celebrates the liturgies of Holy Week, the newly-restored organ at St. Augustine Cathedral will provide suitable accompaniment to these solemn and joyous occasions.

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Bishop Caggiano leads the Stations
of the Cross on Palm Sunday

April 14, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano led the Stations of the Cross, followed by Benediction at the statue of the Pieta, at St. Margaret's Shrine on Palm Sunday, April 13.

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Pope Francis ignores prepared Homily in Palm Sunday speech

April 13, 2014

VATICAN CITY (AP)—Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter's Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice.

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Pope praises police-church network to stop trafficking, meets victims

April 10, 2014

VATICAN CITY (CNS)—Meeting four victims of human trafficking, dozens of religious sisters and senior police chiefs from 20 countries, Pope Francis praised their coordinated efforts to fight against a "crime against humanity."

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St. Mary’s athletes break records

April 09, 2014

DANBURY—Five League records were broken at the April 6 Danbury Parochial League track meet, held at Immaculate High School, and four of them were from St. Mary School!

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Stations of the Cross and Benediction

April 07, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—On Palm Sunday, April 13, the Stations of the Cross, followed by Benediction at the statue of the Pieta, will be at St. Margaret’s Shrine.

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Danbury, Newtown Catholic school leaders promoted

April 05, 2014

DANBURY—Kathleen Casey, president of Immaculate High School, has been named assistant superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Bridgeport.

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Sacred Heart Senior Published in New Haven Magazine

April 03, 2014

MONROE—Senior Jessica Venable's essay "Manual Labor" is published in this month's New Haven Magazine in their "High School Confidential" issue.

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Pope says married couples called
to be icons of God's love

April 03, 2014

VATICAN CITY—Through the sacrament of matrimony, married couples are called to be living icons of God's love in the world, Pope Francis said; and when they fight—and all couples do—they don't have "to call the United Nations," but find simple words and gestures to say they are sorry.

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You’ve been ‘flocked!’

April 02, 2014

MONROE—The St. Jude flamingo FUNraiser kick off is officially underway!

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St Mark's JV team captures
New England title

April 02, 2014

STRATFORD—The Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Team from St. Mark Parish, representing the Diocese of Bridgeport, recently took first place in the New England CYO Basketball Tournament in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Trinity junior selected as Governor’s Scholar

March 31, 2014

STAMFORD—Trinity Catholic's Shannon Rubin was selected as one of thirty of Connecticut's top juniors designated as a Governor's Scholar.

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Jesus Walk to Calvary
(Contemporary Stations of the Cross)
by Marlane Tubridy

Canonization of Two Popes: A Blog Series

The canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II April 27 will mark a historic moment for the Catholic Church. Read posts from scholars and theologians that explore the meaning of their lives and contributions.

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