World Youth Day pilgrims officially welcome Pope Francis

July 28, 2016

KRAKOW, POLAND—Today, July 28, pilgrims from around the world officially welcomed Pope Francis to World Youth Day.

Although Pope Francis arrived in Warsaw July 27, today begins his official visit.

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Days Five and Six in Poland: World Youth Day officially begins

July 27, 2016

KRAKOW, POLAND—On Monday, World Youth Day pilgrims from the Diocese of Bridgeport spent the evening celebrating Mass with Cardinal O'Malley from Boston and thousands of other pilgrims from the United States at the Basilica of Divine Mercy, the resting place of St. Faustina. 

After Mass, pilgrims ate dinner at the Park Inn and explored Krakow’s city center in their groups.

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Dr. Tim Hogan to present
“The Gift of Cultural Hurricanes”

July 26, 2016

BRIDGEPORT—Catholic clinical psychologist Tim Hogan will present “The Gift of Cultural Hurricanes: How to Build New Bridges that Transform Catholic Families,” on Saturday, August 6, from 10 am-1 pm in the Queen of Saints Room at the Diocese of Bridgeport Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport.

This event is free and lunch is included. Please register by Wednesday, August 3, so that proper arrangements can be made.

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Day four in Poland: Diocesan Pilgrims

July 25, 2016

WARSAW, POLAND—World Youth Day pilgrims from the Diocese of Bridgeport are keeping busy in the days leading up to the Holy Father’s July 27 arrival in Poland.

The 231 pilgrims from the Bridgeport Diocese arrived in Poland last Friday, July 22 where they were met by guide and boarded private motor coaches for a brief city tour of Warsaw and a welcome dinner. Pilgrims stayed at the Mazurkas Hotel & Conference Center.

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MASS CARDS are available from the diocesan Mission Office for all intentions. The donations support missionaries throughout the world. If you are interested in purchasing a Mass card, call Elaine Bissenden in the Mission Office: 203.416.1447.


BLACK ROCK SUMMER CONCERTS have begun. They take place every Tues. at 6:30 pm on St. Ann Field (next to St. Ann Church), 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport. Rain date is on Weds. Bring your chairs, blankets, munchies, and kids. Admission: $5; children under 12, free. There's a new band and a new food truck every week! Check out www.StAnnBlackRock.com for schedule and cancellations/postponements.


EARLY BIRD Registration Now Open for 2016 SWIM Across the Sound Marathon Swimmers. The SWIM Marathon will be held on Sat., July 30, at Captain's Cove in Bridgeport. The SWIM helps individuals and families who are battling cancer. To register, visit: www.SwimAcrossTheSound.org/
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REMEMBERING LOVED ONES lost to cancer: St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound is sponsoring the 19th Annual Interfaith Memorial Service on Sun., July 31, at 8:30 am at Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport, rain or shine. Registration begins at 8 am. The event is free of charge, and open to all members of the community who have lost a loved one to cancer regardless of hospital affiliation. No registration is necessary. Reading of names of deceased loved ones submitted by participants, and symbolic scattering of sunflowers, representing each person onto Long Island Sound. The service will also include prayer, musical tributes, inspirational readings, honor guard from the Knights of Columbus and a symbolic candle-lighting ceremony. Refreshments served after the service. For more info, contact Lucinda Ames: 203.576.5550 or lames@stvincents.org.


TALENT SHOW held at the Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield, 50 Montfort Rd., Rte. 118 Litchfield, Sun., Aug. 7, from 2- 4 pm. Enjoy Forms are available after Sunday Mass (12:45) in the Grotto Café or email jbuchas@icloud.com. Requests should be received by Mon., Aug. 1.


ANNUAL RETREAT—Join our Sisters at one of their annual retreats. Aug. 7-9 or 9-11 discern our way of life by praying with our Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. Fr. Niles Kauffman will direct conferences. Silence will be an important part of personal reflection. For more info visit Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity: fscc-calledtobe.org.


CRUISE—Join St. Stephen Church on Thurs., Aug. 11, for a cruise around the Thimble Islands off the coast of Branford. Depart St. Stephen at 12:45 pm for a 3 pm cruise. Dinner at Biagetti's Restaurant in West Haven. Cost $73.00 per person (includes bus, cruise and dinner), space is limited - call Maria LaVelle at 203.459.1021 for reservations.


DISCERNMENT of Spirits Retreat teaches the art of decision-making using St. Ignatius' rules of discernment. Aug. 12-14 begins at 5:30 pm with evening meal and ends after Sunday noon meal at 12:30 pm. For more info visit Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity: fscc-calledtobe.org.


SUMMER CAMP: “Lives of our Catholic Saints,”  will be held at St. Mary Parish, Norwalk, Tues.-Fri., Aug. 16-19 from 9:30-11 am.  Open to children entering fourth grade and older, through Confirmation. Free of charge (donations welcome).  For more info, contact Andrea Remlin: Lourdes_fatima@hotmail.com or 203.227.5477.


S’MORES AND STARS: Have fun around the fire and enjoy some s’mores while watching the stars. Aug. 19 from 8-11 pm at St. Ann’s, 181 Clapboard Ridge Rd., Danbury.


MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE will be celebrated Mon., Aug. 22, at 7:30 pm at Christ the King Parish, Trumbull with Fr. Larry Carew. For more info, call the Charismatic Renewal Office: 203.268.8253.


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Diocesan Pilgrims leave
for World Youth Day

July 21, 2016

BRIDGEPORT—After more than a year of planning, preparation and prayer,  young people from the Diocese of Bridgeport are on their way to Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day.

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200 will travel to Poland
for World Youth Day

July 20, 2016

BRIDGEPORT—After more than a year of backbreaking planning, social media director John Grosso will lead 232 pilgrims aged 16 to 35 from the Bridgeport Diocese on the trip of lifetime across the Atlantic Ocean and onto Polish soil.

The delegation has never sent more than 30 travelers to World Youth Day, and anything over 200 representatives is no longer a far-fetched ambition, but a realized accomplishment.

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Junior Ushers welcome parishioners to Our Lady of Fatima

July 20, 2016

WILTON—Junior Ushers Brooke Valerie and Maximillian Fleming (both age 6), and Kaitlyn Vallerie (age 9) stand by the doors of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Wilton, eager to welcome Sunday Mass-goers.

Our Lady of Fatima is creating a new ministry for the youth of the parish who wish to serve God by welcoming people into his house.

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Healing racial divide starts with dialogue, black bishops say

July 19, 2016

WASHINGTON—The threat of being pulled over by police and arrested for something that even "hinted of going beyond the status quo," was very real to retired Bishop John H. Ricard of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, when he was growing up in segregated Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Dominican Republic biggest
source for state’s Zika cases

July 18, 2016

BRIDGEPORT—During a recent mission trip to the Dominican Republic, Brian Wallace had a daily ritual. First, he coated himself in sunscreen. Then, he covered himself in bug spray. Lots of bug spray.

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Pope calls attack on Nice
act of 'blind violence'

July 15, 2016

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis condemned the attack on Bastille Day celebrations in France, calling it an act of "blind violence."
 

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Close to $1 Million Awarded to Fairfield County Organizations

July 14, 2016

BRIDGEPORT—Fairfield County’s Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education announced their list of grant recipients for the year 2015-2016 today.

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Bishop Caggiano reflects on gardens and blessings

July 13, 2016

BROOKLYN—“Early this morning, as I was watering the small garden in front of my family’s house in Brooklyn, I was overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude for all the blessings of my life.

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Summer Camp is a ‘Safe Space’
at McGivney Center

July 13, 2016

BRIDGEPORT—On any given summer weekday, campers at the McGivney Community Center can be found creating rockets in science class, tie-dyeing T-shirts, brushing up on reading skills, and performing in a “McGivney’s Got Talent” showcase.

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NFP is an invitation to wholeness

July 12, 2016

BRIDGEPORT—Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week will be held from July 24-30, 2016. In accordance with the Year of Mercy, this year’s theme is “Love, Mercy, Life: Opening the Heart of Marriage.

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Diocese gears up for World Youth Day

July 11, 2016

BRIDGEPORT—A contingent of 234 pilgrims from the Diocese of Bridgeport, including three transitional deacons and many seminarians, will travel to Krakow, Poland, for the World Youth Day (WYD) gathering in July.

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Five Dallas officers killed in ambush; bishop calls for prayer and peace

July 08, 2016

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DALLAS—Religious and civic leaders called for peace after five Dallas law enforcement officers were killed July 7 when a sniper opened fire in downtown Dallas.

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