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Synod First General Session: A time for asking tough questions

September 20, 2014

TRUMBULL (September 20)-- The first General Session of Synod 2014 came to a close this afternoon after seven hours of tightly formatted presentations and discussions about the challenges and opportunities facing the Catholic church in Fairfield County.

Almost 400 delegates, observers, and invited experts filled the St. Catherine of Siena Parish Hall in the Nichols section of Trumbull to absorb study committee reports built around the four major themes of the Synod: empower the young church, build up communities of faith foster evangelical outreach, promote works of charity and justice.

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350 Synod delegates commissioned at prayer service

September 19, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—-Bishop Frank J. Caggiano officially commissioned more than 350 delegates to Synod 2014 at a Vespers Service on Friday night at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport.

“Bless the members of the Synod and give them gifts of wisdom, understanding, knowledge and fear of the Lord. Commission them to go forth and be the new prophets of your divine plan for the Diocese of Bridgeport,” Bishop Caggiano said during the Prayer of Commissioning.

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Bishop Caggiano meets with his priests

September 18, 2014

NORWALK—Bishop Frank Caggiano believes that the best way to facilitate communication is to meet face-to-face. In his first year as Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, he has made communication with his priests a priority. To ensure that priests have the opportunity to present issues to him and ask him questions in an open forum, he has instituted semi-annual priests’ meetings wherein he and the presbyterate (the priests of the diocese) can spend several hours together discussing important issues.

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Preschool opened in Norwalk

September 18, 2014

NORWALK—Room to Grow Preschool of Catholic Charities has announced the opening of its second location in Norwalk at 139 West Rocks Road, behind All Saints School. The pre-school program for children from three to five years old officially opened its doors on September 8, 2014.

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“Religious Liberty after Hobby Lobby” is topic of Red Mass Breakfast

September 17, 2014

FAIRFIELD—The biennial diocesan Red Mass for members of the legal profession will be celebrated on September 28 at 9 am in the Egan Chapel of Fairfield University.

The Mass and the breakfast reception are being hosted by Father Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., president of Fairfield University.

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  • Assumption Parish, 98 Riverside Ave., Westport on Mondays & Wednesdays from 8am-5pm and Thursdays at 7:30am. (203) 227-5477
  • St. Vincent's Medical Center Chapel from 7am-4pm on Sept. 26. Open to all faiths. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed throughout these times.

NEW BIBLE STUDY STARTING at St. Michael Parish in Greenwichon Mon.,Sept. 22 at 7pm for 8 sessions. OPEN TO ALL! Filmed on location in the Holy Land, Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of Mary’s life, taking you through her joys and her sorrows. You will learn how she works in our lives today, drawing us ever closer to her divine Son. $28pp for study guide. For info or to register call Mary Ellen at 203-859-4000 x167 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE! If you want a better understanding of our faith, and a deeper relationship with God, join us for The Bible Timeline Study at St. Stephen Parish, 6849 Main St., Trumbull beginning (two groups): Mon., Sept. 22 at 9:45am (morning group) OR Thurs., Sept. 25 at 7pm (evening group). For info or to register call Parish Office at (203) 268-6217 or speak with one of our priests. $20pp for materials.

NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL GOLF TOURNAMENT in Memory of Bob Shea Mon., Sept. 22 at Redding Country Club in Redding, CT.  For info on playing or sponsorship contact Theresa Marzik at (203) 372-6521 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Click here for more information. For sponsorship opportunities, click here.

MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE on Mon., Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m., Christ the King Church, Madison Ave. in Trumbull with Father Larry Carew.

CARDINAL'S PINSTRIPE MASS FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS on Tues., Sept. 23 at 7am at St. Patrick's Cathedral, 14 East 51st St., NY, NY  10022. Join fellow business professionals for the Pinstripe Mass, celebrated by His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan.To sign up click here.  For info email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Open to all.

FAITH FORUM fall session starting at St. Luke Church, Parish Center, 49 Turkey Hill Rd., Westport on Sept. 23OPEN TO ALL!  Now in our 21st year, we will be reading a book on Mercy by Cardinal Walter Kasper. Share thoughts about the book we read and how it applies to current issues that the Catholic Church is facing. Meets Tuesday mornings at 10:30am. Come join the fun and the journey!  For info contact Deacon Brian Kellyat (203) 373-9753 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

PUB THEOLOGY with Fr. Lynch held at Walrus + Carpenter Smokehouse Pub, 2895 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport from 6:30-8:30pm on last Wednesday of each month. Next meeting Sept. 24. Each gathering we will look at a different part of the Mass and explore the reason why, the meaning of prayers and their source. Come be surprised at what we discover. Age 21 & over. Contact St. Ann Church: 203-368-1607; or on Facebook page: St Ann Black Rock

40 DAYS FOR LIFE CAMPAIGN from Sept. 24-Nov. 2.  In addition to 40 days of peaceful prayer and fasting for an end to abortion, please consider volunteering to pray outside of the Summit Women’s Center in Bridgeport for one or more hours during the 40 days, and help to spread the word to others about this important life-saving effort. To participate in the Summit Women’s Center prayer vigil, your parish Respect Life Coordinator or designate should contact Christine Murphy (203) 438-4866 to register and adopt a particular date for the prayer vigil.

NEW BIBLE STUDY STARTING on Sept. 24 at St. Edward the Confessor Parish - OPEN TO ALL - 21 Brush Hill Rd., New Fairfield, CT from 7-8:30pm for 8 sessions.  "Mary - A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother" 8-part DVD/book study by Dr. Edward Sri (  $35pp includes: binder with study questions, outlines and rosary. Refreshments served.  For info or to register contact Carol Zinser at (203) 746-4270 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)Click here for flyer.

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Father Hribsek, former pastor
of Holy Cross Parish

September 16, 2014

FAIRFIELD—Father Aloysius Hribsek, former pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Fairfield, died on the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross, September 14, in Stamford Hospital. He was 92 years old.

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Bishop says service of First Responders is “victory of love”

September 13, 2014

DARIEN—At the 13th Annual Blue Mass, which was celebrated this morning on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, Bishop Caggiano reminded those in attendance that September 13 is the anniversary of the day a New York construction worker uncovered the cross that would become “a sign of hope and encouragement” to the country after the terrorist act of 9/11.

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“House of Hope” Food Drive to help Veterans and the underserved

September 12, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—St. Vincent’s Health Services and Aquarion Water Company are launching the 4th Annual “House of Hope” Food Drive, running from September 15 until November 14 to help reduce hunger throughout the Greater Bridgeport area.

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Progress for Trinity Catholic football in 2014

September 11, 2014

STAMFORD—Donny Panapada is proud to be a member of the FCIAC football head coaches fraternity.

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Bishop announces reorganization
of diocesan offices to prepare
for change and renewal

September 09, 2014

NORWALK— Bishop Frank J Caggiano told a gathering of more than 500 lay leaders, pastors and synod delegates that it is important to “get the diocesan house in order” as the 350 delegates of Synod 2014 begins their work to help plan for the future of the Catholic Church in Fairfield County.

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Ribbon cutting at St. Mark's

September 09, 2014

STRATFORD—St. Mark School began their 50th anniversary year with much to celebrate on September 4, the school held its playground ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Windows to the Soul: Fr. Giuliani’s icons
to be featured in Rome exhibit

September 04, 2014

ROME—Fr. John B. Giuliani, a major American artist and priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport, will be featured next week in an exhibit at the Gallery of Contemporary Sacred Art in the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome.

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Cathedral Academy Volunteer
is "Hometown Hero"

September 04, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—Stephen Mac McLaughlin is better known as Mr. Mac to the students at the St. Augustine upper school campus of Cathedral Academy in Bridgeport.

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Aiming to form amazing parishes

September 03, 2014

DENVER—Some 500 Catholic leaders and their pastors from across the United States met recently at the first-ever Amazing Parish conference in Denver to brainstorm and swap ideas about improving parish life.

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K of C Charity: Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts

September 02, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—This month's Knights of Columbus charity focuses on renewed efforts to help Connecticut residents recover from damages sustained during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

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VOTF Mass for Success of Synod

August 29, 2014

NORWALK—Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) has invited all delegates to the 2014 Synod and the general public to attend a special Mass for the success of the Synod on September 11 at 7:30 pm at Saint Philip Church in Norwalk.

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Life is a Picnic with the Bishop

August 27, 2014

TRUMBULL—Bishop Caggiano has publicly expressed that he thinks his Trumbull residence is too big, but sometimes it is good to have lots of room to entertain.

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