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May our Savior born in Bethlehem bless you and your families this Christmas and and may the Peace of Christ be with you all throughout the New Year!


On Christmas, pope urges people to hear the cry of suffering children

December 27, 2014

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The crying of Baby Jesus is not the only cry people should hear on Christmas; many children around the world are crying because of war, maltreatment and abuse, Pope Francis said.

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Christ our Savior is born!

December 23, 2014

A special message from Bishop Frank Caggiano

Since I was a little boy, I have always enjoyed singing Silent Night at Christmas. Each time I sing this venerable hymn, I am struck by the end of the second verse: “Christ our Savior is born”. These few words summarize the central mystery we celebrate every Christmas, namely, the saving birth of the Son of God into our world.
 

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LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH

December 23, 2014

FAIRFIELD—When the cast of this year’s Saint Catherine Academy Christmas pageant brought down the curtain with their rendition of “Let there be peace on earth,” they were treated to a standing ovation. Almost 200 filled the tiny St. Catherine Academy auditorium for the performance of “The First Christmas” by students of the academy, which serves young people impacted by autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Meaning of Christmas: A Loving God is here to stay!

December 23, 2014

BRIDGEPORT-- “Never tire in your witness. A loving God is here to stay,” Bishop Frank Caggiano said at the Annual Christmas Mass for employees at the Catholic Center on Tuesday.

“The miracle of Christ’s love is that he is with us everywhere, even in the poverty of the mange. He is present in the messiness of life and to the poorest of the poor.”

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Pope: May church be life-giving mother, not power-hungry 'business'

December 22, 2014

VATICAN CITY—A church concerned with power and self-interest ends up looking like a business rather than what it is called to be: a generous mother open to the surprise and life-giving miracle of the Holy Spirit. Pope Francis said.

"The church is mother and it becomes a mother only when she is open to the newness of God, to the power of the Spirit," he said Dec. 19 at his morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

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Catholic Speaker Bryan Mercier coming to St. Theresa

December 22, 2014

TRUMBULL—ATTENTION Young Adults Married & Single—Catholic Speaker and Retreat Leader Bryan Mercier is coming to St. Theresa Church, Main St., Trumbull on Thursday., January 8 at 6:15pm to discuss The Pathway to Love: How to find and keep Happily ever After. This talk will encompass dating, marriage, and sexuality in the Catholic Church. Open to all! Refreshments served. For info email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Celebrating Christmas

December 22, 2014

View photos from last night's "White Christmas" Concert at St. Augustine Cathedral.

BRIDGEPORT—The concert featured performances by Italian Tenor Luciano Lamonarca, pop singer Daniela Fiorentino, guitarist; The Cathedral Parish Chris Remediani, the duo of Balint/Mikhailoff, and an intermission by comedian Regina DeCicco.

Internationally-acclaimed singer, music producer, musician and actor Lee Curreri, star of the motion picture and television series "Fame," who had the part of Bruno Martelli, flew in from Los Angeles to make an appearance.

 

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OPEN TO ALL!
BIBLE STUDIES
YOUTH GROUPS



FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY, Remembering the Holy Innocents at St. Ann Church, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport on Sun., Dec. 28 at 10:30am Mass. Open to all who have suffered the loss of a child.  Join with us to light a candle to commemorate your child who has gone before us in faith. For info or questions contact the Respect Life Ministry for the Diocese of Bridgeport at (203) 416-1445 or respectlife@diobpt.org.



DISCERNMENT ONE-DAY RETREAT WITH BISHOP CAGGIANO
- Ever wonder what seminary is?  You may be surprised.  Our diocesan seminary is a place of joy, brotherhood, prayer and discernment.  Come be our guest for the day and spend some time praying about your vocation.  The best 12 hours you'll spend to know God's will for your life!  Held Jan. 3 from 9am-9pm at St. John Fisher Seminary Residence, 894 Newfield Ave., Stamford.  For questions or info email Allison McCarthy in the Vocation Office at (203) 322-5331 or amccarthy@diobpt.org.  www.bridgeportvocations.org



1ST ANNUAL FREE THROW CHAMPIONSHIP
sponsored by St. Theresa and St. Catherine chapters of Knights of Columbus for ages 9-14 held Sun., Jan. 4 from 9am-Noon at St. Joseph High School, 2320 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull. Click here to register. For info call (203) 610-1131.


CURSILLO ULTREYA to be held Jan. 5 at St. James Parish in Stratford at 7pm.  For info email jkovacs@snet.net. Looking for a deeper relationship with God? Grow in faith? What is Cursillo? Find out at Cursillo of Fairfield County, Diocese of Bridgeport www.natl-cursillo.org/bridgeport/


TEENS & ADULTS!  American Sign Language Classes will be offered at Our Lady Of Peace Parish, Stratford. Sign up for Tuesday (Youth Sign Language) starting Jan. 6 from 7-830pm for 8 weeks. $150pp plus class book (purchased thru Amazon.com). Sign up for Thursday (Adult Sign Language) starting Jan. 9 from 7-9pm for 10 weeks. $200pp plus class book (purchased thru Amazon.com). Contact: Dawn (seawall96@optonline.net)



CATHOLIC SPEAKER & RETREAT LEADER BRYAN MERCIER
is coming to St. Theresa Church, Main St., Trumbull on Thurs., Jan. 8 at 6:15pm to discuss The Pathway to Love: How to find and keep Happily ever After. This talk will encompass dating, marriage, and sexuality in the Catholic Church. This event is open to all Young Adults single or married. Light refreshments served.  For info email raytar.theresa@gmail.com


BISHOP CAGGIANO WILL DELIVER LECTURE at St. Luke Church, 49 Turkey Hill Rd. North, Westport on Jan. 9 at 7:30pm in the Community Room. The Most Reverend Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will deliver the third of the First Friday Lecture Series “The Lord’s Prayer”.  The lecture will be preceded by wine and cheese reception at 7pm.  All are welcome. For info email marymadelyn1@att.net


"COME & SEE" VOCATIONS MASS - The Secular Franciscan Holy Spirit Fraternity invites everyone to St. Emery’s Church, 838 Kings Hwy. East, Fairfield, on Sat., Jan. 10 at 9:30am. Msgr. Ernest Esposito will celebrate a Mass followed with a social and meeting in the Church Hall.  “Come and See” if you are being called to a vocation in the Secular Franciscan Order.  All are welcome!  For info call (203)-255-8801.



2014 SYNOD YOUTH CONSULTATION SESSION
held on Jan. 10, 2015 from 2-4pm at Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford. All persons must have a ticket to enter at the door! All adult chaperones must be virtus trained and background checked and registered by January 1st. No adults will be accepted at the door who are not pre-cleared chaperones. This is a youth session, only adults who are chaperoning will have clearance. All youth and adults who have attended a previous session, do not need to fill out another liability form. We will have them on record at the door. More info email youthministry@diobpt.org or www.dob-youth.com


  “FORMING INTENTIONAL DISCIPLES: The Path to Knowing & Following Jesus" with Sherry Weddell - Open to all - on Tues., Jan. 13, 2015 from 9am-5pm at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 200 Shelton Rd. in Trumbull.  How can we transmit a living, personal Catholic faith to future generations? By coming to know Jesus Christ, and following him as his disciples. We must make a conscious choice to know and follow Jesus before we can draw others to him. This work of discipleship lies at the heart of Forming Intentional Disciples, which was designed to help Church leaders, parish staff and all Catholics transform parish life from within. Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be served. To register click here. Click here for flyer. For info contact Angela Mantero, Dir. of Marriage and Family at (203) 416-1627 or email amantero@diobpt.org.


CURSILLO ULTREYA to be held Jan. 15 at St. Mary Parish in Bethel at 7:30pm.  For info email jkovacs@snet.net. Looking for a deeper relationship with God? Grow in faith? What is Cursillo? Find out at Cursillo of Fairfield County, Diocese of Bridgeport www.natl-cursillo.org/bridgeport/


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Order of Malta invests Bishop Caggiano as chaplain

December 22, 2014

NEW YORK, NY—On Friday, November 14, the Order of Malta held their annual investiture at St. Patrick Cathedral in New York. Bishop Frank Caggiano was invested as a Conventual Chaplain in the order, and Father Ian Jeremiah and Father Bill Platt were invested as deputy chaplains. The Order of Malta is a lay religious organization with a history reaching back more than 900 years. Its charism is service to the sick and the poor and defense of our Catholic Faith.

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A Tuneful, Off-Beat Christmas Music List

“In spite of all that can be said against our age, what a moment to be alive in!” So said Australian poet and Catholic convert James McAuley in 1957. McAuley had primarily in mind magazine-publishing – his own periodical Quadrant, then a quarterly, had just been launched – but his sentence applies as much, if not more, to the bewildering range of music recordings (many gratis) which the Internet has made available for us, almost sixty years later.

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Newtown remembered at Cathedral Academy

BRIDGEPORT—“Violence is overcome day by day, choice by choice, person by person,” declared the opening of the prayer service at the Cathedral Academy Upper School. 

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Forming Intentional Disciples

TRUMBULL—“We can’t get to the Lord without the Church, but the Church and Sacred Scripture only makes sense if we have a relationship with Jesus Christ,” says Father Peter Towsley, vicar for evangelization of the Diocese of Bridgeport.

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Night in a box

December 17, 2014

NORWALK—On November 22, 25 teens from St. Jerome Parish participated in a homelessness awareness project called Night in a Box.

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New pope, new leadership changed tone of visitation of U.S. religious

December 16, 2014

VATICAN CITY—During the process of the apostolic visitation of communities of U.S. religious women, a shift in tone took place.

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Mariachis and flowers honor Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 16, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—In a tradition stretching back nearly 30 years, St. Mary Parish in Bridgeport honored the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with a Vigil Mass on December 11. 

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Prep helps bring Christmas to children in need

December 15, 2014

FAIRFIELD—Fairfield Prep sponsors an annual Christmas Toy Drive in support of the Diocese of Bridgeport Office of Social Concerns.

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Ignatian Center to train lay spiritual directors

FAIRFIELD—“We are co-workers in the vineyard,” said Father James Bowler, S.J., at the launch of the Ignatian Spirituality Center at Fairfield University on November 23.

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Pope praises Our Lady of Guadalupe as great missionary of 'our America'

VATICAN CITY—Preceded by a procession of flags from the nations of the Americas and the recitation of the rosary in Spanish, Pope Francis and thousands of Catholics from across the Atlantic celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Vatican.

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St. Thomas Aquinas School and Caroline House Partner to Help Each Others Language Studies

BRIDGEPORT—On December 2nd, Caroline House students took a break from their regular studies to respond to their first set of letters from their young penpals at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Fairfield, CT.

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Knights build parish crèche

TRUMBULL—The members of the Knights of Columbus 2961 hand built a new crèche and donated it to Christ the King Parish in appreciation for the support parish has given their council.

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NEW DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT PHONE APP

February 2015!
Details will be announced here, and in the January 17 issue of the Fairfield County Catholic Newspaper. All things about our diocese will be available on your phone!


World Youth Day
Krakow, Poland
July 22-August 1, 2016!

Bishop Frank Caggiano invites the youth
and young adults (ages 16-35)
of the Diocese of Bridgeport to join him
on a pilgrimage of a lifetime.

WEBSITE:
wyd.bridgeportdiocese.com


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



Diocese of Bridgeport Reorganization
Click here for article; click here for chart




2014 St. Augustine
Medal Recipients


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and full list of nominees.


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