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"We owe you a tremendous debt" - Bishop tells retired Priests

November 21, 2014

STAMFORD-- More than 50 retired priests, donors and invited guests gathered today for groundbreaking of the $3.5 million expansion of the Catherine Dennis Keefe Queen of Clergy Retired Priests’ Residence.

Describing the new project as an “exciting and historic moment,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said the groundbreaking was another step forward for the diocese. He thanked the staff for their dedicated service to the priests and donors for their generosity in making the expansion possible.

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Deacon Domingo Reverón

November 21, 2014

Deacon Domingo Reverón, Sr., a deacon at St. Peter Parish in Bridgeport, died on November 9 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. He was 78 years old. Deacon Reverón was born in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, and had come Bridgeport as a young man. He had attended seminary for four years in Puerto Rico; after coming to this area he helped to introduce the Cursillo movement to the Diocese of Bridgeport, starting first at the former St. Anthony Parish in Bridgeport and then at St. Peter's. Cursillo is now widespread, holding monthly ultreya meetings throughout the diocese.

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Trumbull OKs conversion of bishop’s residence into seminary, by: CT Post

November 20, 2014

The Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport is asking the Trumbull P & Z for permission to convert the bishop's residence on Daniels Farm Road in Trumbull into a seminary in an effort to downsize.

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano could be getting some company at his Daniels Farm Road home.  The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport on Wednesday received approval for a text change to the town's zoning regulations that opens the door for the conversion of the bishop's residence into a seminary.

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1st Diocesan-wide Catholic Young Adults (21-39) "Friendsgiving" Potluck

November 14, 2014

Our first ever "Friendsgiving" Potluck for Catholic Young Adults (couples & singles, ages 21-39) for the Diocese of Bridgeport will be held at  St. Theresa Church, Main St., Trumbull on Friday, November 21 from 6-8:30pm. Bring yourself, invite friends, relatives, co-workers - make a table! Open to all! Meet new people of same age in Fairfield County, and enjoy terrific, home-cooked food at the same time!  

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"It's a wonderful life" at Trinity Catholic High School

November 21, 2014

"IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE" by Trinity Catholic High School Players held in the Trinity Catholic Auditorium, 926 Newfield Ave., Stamford Dec. 11, 12 and 13 at 7pm. It is Christmas eve, and George’s guardian angel, Clarence, descends to save him from despair, and to remind him (by showing him what the world would be like if he had never been born) that his has been a wonderful life. Terrific for all ages! Purchase tickets online at or call (203) 322-3401 (8:30am-3:30pm).  Advance ticket purchases will be held for pickup at the door prior to the performance. Click here for poster.

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Send joy around the world

November 20, 2014

BROOKFIELD--St. Joseph School first and seventh graders recently completed a service project as they participated in Operation Christmas Child; a program run by the international relief organization Samaritan’s Purse.

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Fairfield Prep’s Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive collects food for needy families

November 20, 2014

FAIRFIELD—Prep's annual Thanksgiving Food Drive successfully collected hundreds of bags of much-needed food for Bridgeport area families, filling Arrupe Hall! Students filled two large transport vans with bags of food for Action for Bridgeport Community Development, Inc., which works to provide Thanksgiving dinner for over 2,000 families.  The staff members from ABCD were grateful to receive the large amount of food.

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at St. Theresa Church, Main St., Trumbull on Fri., Nov. 21 from 6-8:30pm. Bring yourself, invite friends, relatives, co-workers – open to all! Make a table. Bring a Thanksgiving meal item or a dessert in a disposable container to share. Also, bring a non-perishable food item for food drive. For info email Theresa Raytar at: For a list of Catholic Young Adult groups and events in Fairfield County go to

2ND ANNUAL LADIES NIGHT OUT VENDOR FAIR at Our Lady of Grace Parish, 497 Second Hill Lane, Stratford on Fri., Nov. 21 from 7-10pm. Bring your girlfriends and enjoy this fun, festive, shopping night out featuring many popular Jewelry, Beauty, and Home Décor Vendors!  Admission $5pp can be purchased in advance by calling the Religious Ed office (203) 375-6133 or can be purchased at the door. All proceeds benefit OLG Religious Education/Youth Ministry.  No one under 21 Admitted.

"A NIGHT IN LAS VEGAS" fundraiser featuring Steve D'Agostino singing songs from Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Elvis, Johnny Cash and more at Gaetano's Italian Steakhouse, 1573 Boston Post Rd., Milford on Fri., Nov. 21 - two dinner seatings 6pm and 8:15pm. A percent of proceeds go to Notre Dame High School, Fairfield.  For reservations call (203) 783-1766.

SHAKESPEARE’S “THE TEMPEST” presented by Immaculate High School on Thurs., Nov. 20, Fri., Nov. 21 and Sat., Nov. 22 at 7pm at 73 Southern Boulevard in Danbury, CT.  Tickets $10 for adults; $5 for students and seniors.  Bring the whole family! Invite your "Shakespeare" fan friends!  For more info or to purchase tickets go to: (203) 744-1510.

CATHOLIC YOUNG ADULTS (ages 18-35) will meet at St. Marguerite's in Brookfield for a Pre-Thanksgiving Pot Luck, on Nov. 21 from 7-9pm. Enjoy a fun evening with other YAs from Fairfield County, and bring a dish to share. Call Maria Mullen at (203) 798-6923 or email

ANNUAL HARVEST FAIR at St. Luke Parish, 49 North Turkey Hill Rd., Westport on Sat., Nov. 22 and Sun., Nov. 23 from 10am-4pm.  Holiday gift items such as jewelry, gift baskets, holiday baked goods, a Shabby Chic boutique, as well as a Cafe.  Admission free; all proceeds to local charities. For info call (203) 222-0478 or visit

HOLLY BERRY FESTIVAL a juried arts & crafts fair benefitting the Retirement Fund for the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus will take place Fri., Nov. 21 from 3-8pm & Sat., Nov. 22 from 10am–3pm at Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden. Pasta Dinner on Friday from 5–7pm; $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.  Food Court and child-friendly activity on Saturday. To rent a space or for info call (203) 248-4225, ext. 406.

sponsored by Holy Name of Jesus Men’s Society on Sat., Nov. 22 from 6:30-11pm, College St., Stratford. $15pp; buy two tickets - get one Free. Bring a group of friends – open to all men age 21 and over. You do not need to be a member of the parish to attend. Featuring: Hot Appetizers, snacks, chicken, roast beef, Kielbasa, roasted potatoes, coffee, tea, soda, beer.  For info call Larry Wells (203) 375-2836 or email

VENDORS NEEDED for the HOLIDAY CRAFTS FAIR for Sacred Heart Church, 37 Schuyler Ave, Stamford on Sat., Nov. 22 from 9:30am-5:30pm, Sun. Nov 23 from 9am-1pm. For more info contact Rose Coscarelli-Curtis at (203) 968-1234 after 5pm.

THE THOMAS MERTON CENTER 40TH ANNIVERSARY GALA at The Patterson Club, 1118 Cross Highway, Fairfield on Sat., Nov. 22 at 6:30pm.  Join us as we celebrate 40 years of service to the Bridgeport community with Guest Speaker The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport. Cocktail attire; cocktails, dinner, dancing and auction. Click here for flyer or email Janet Barker or (203) 367-9036 ext. 15. Web: Face book:

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR & BAKE SALE at Sacred Heart Church, 37 Schuyler Ave., Stamford on Sat., Nov. 22 from 9am-1pm. In addition, Lunch ( Meatballs and sausage/peppers wedges as well as Zeppoli with Alici) will be sold. For info email

FREE ICE SKATING PARTY - TOY DRIVE FUNDRAISER - bring the family, group of friends to our Al's Angels skating party Fri., Nov. 28 at WPAL Rink at Longshore, 260 Compo Rd., Westport from 6-8pm. For a free lesson, bring an unwrapped toy for a child under 10 years old. For info or to donate go to  To make a monetary donation for toy drive, select "Angels on Ice" from donation category.

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Diocese to break ground for Queen of Clergy Expansion

STAMFORD— A groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of the Catherine Dennis Keefe, Queen of the Clergy Retired Priests’ Residence will be held on Friday, November 21, 4 pm at 274 Strawberry Hill Avenue in Stamford.

The Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, will lead the groundbreaking and prayer ceremony for donors and invited guests. A reception will immediately follow.

The diocese has launched a $3.5 million capital campaign to fund the construction of the new wing, which will include 16 suites for retired priests. The residence currently houses 19 men between the ages of 75 and over 90 years old.

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Pope condemns attack on Jerusalem synagogue, urges end to violence

November 19, 2014

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis condemned the "unacceptable episodes of violence" in Jerusalem, episodes that "do not spare even places of worship," after an attack in a synagogue left four worshippers, a policeman and the two attackers dead.

At the end of his general audience Nov. 19, the day after the attack on the synagogue, Pope Francis said he was following "with concern the alarming increase of tensions in Jerusalem and other areas of the Holy Land."

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Trinity Catholic girls soccer wins Sportsmanship Award

November 18, 2014

The Trinity Catholic High School Varsity Girls Soccer team was awarded the prestigious Brian Kelly Award for sportsmanship by the Southern Connecticut Soccer Officials Association. At a recent banquet the team was applauded for its conduct and character on the field of play.

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St. Joseph High School Awarded State School Security Grant Funds

November 17, 2014

TRUMBULL— St. Joseph High School in Trumbull has been awarded a $92,857 School Security Grant by Gov. Daniel P. Malloy. The matching grant commits $185,750 for increased security measures at the school. Governor Malloy stated, "We want our schools—both private and public— to make their institutions as safe as possible." William J Fitzgerald, PhD, President of St Joseph High School, said, "Safety is a top concern at St Joes. When students are comfortable and relaxed, academic achievement increases. When parents are less anxious, academic achievement increases. So safety is a priority. It’s great to know the Governor feels the same way. The grant not merely doubles our resources, it means we can make these enhancements immediately.”

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A Toast to the Roast

Larry Cafero is the former minority leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives, and he currently practices law in Norwalk. In his college days, he tried his hand at stand-up comedy, and if he never made it as a politician or a lawyer, he very well may have been another Seinfeld.

A longtime parishioner of St. Matthew’s Parish in Norwalk, Cafero was given the honor, or the burden, to be the master of ceremonies at a roast of Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, held Sunday, November 16, at St. Catherine of Sienna Parish in Trumbull.

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Serving others is the heart of Catholic Social Teaching

FAIRFIELD — Bishop Caggiano set the tone for the Eighth Annual CAPP Communion in his homily at the Egan Chapel of Fairfield University Breakfast, when he told the gathering of business leaders that the Gospel is an “antidote” to the current fallacy “that my life is all about me.”

The breakfast was sponsored by Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) of Fairfield County and by the Center for Faith & Public Life of Fairfield University.

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Synod wrestles with challenges while moving toward consensus

TRUMBULL— Delegates largely reached consensus on a wide range of issues affecting the local Church during today’s Second General Session of Synod 2014, but wrestled with ways to approach youth and disaffected Catholics.

Almost 400 delegates, observers, and invited guests gathered at the Parish Center of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Nichols to review 60 challenges related to the four major themes of the Synod: empowering the young Church; building up communities of faith; promoting works of charity and justice; and fostering evangelical outreach.

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Second General Session set for Saturday in Trumbull

BRIDGEPORT-- The Second General Session of Synod 2014 is set to meet tomorrow, Saturday November 15, at St. Catherine Parish in Trumbull.

Almost 400 delegates and invited guests will meet to continue their efforts to discern the pastoral challenges of the Diocese of Bridgeport.

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St. Aloysius Teens Lead Conf Prep Students in Project 1,000

November 13, 2014

NEW CANAAN--Thanks to St. Aloysius high school teens who came to help out last night in the Level 2 Confirmation Prep Project 1,000 project -- 1,000 stockings were filled with care by our 7th graders under the direction of our high school teens -- thanks for helping! The stockings were picked up this morning by our shipping donor, Kaster Moving and are on their way to 1,000 impoverished children in Appalachia! A special thanks to Hunter Ahrens, Ciara Cronin and Kimmie Hynes for sharing thoughts on their experience when they personally delivered stockings last year!  To view photos click here

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Vatican public restrooms to include showers for the homeless

November 13, 2014

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The archbishop who distributes charity on behalf of Pope Francis has announced that the public restrooms in St. Peter's Square will include showers where the homeless can wash. The service will require volunteers and donations of soap, towels and clean underwear, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, told Catholic News Service Nov. 13. "We have to be evangelical, but intelligent, too."

Pope Francis blesses a sculpture "Jesus the Homeless" at the Vatican last November. (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano)

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Assembly honors veterans

November 12, 2014

SHELTON—Close to 20 veterans who served in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Gulf War and Afghanistan were treated to a breakfast hosted by St. Joseph’s School Home School Association. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts started the assembly by carrying the flag and leading everyone into the Pledge of Allegiance. Msgr. Chris Walsh, St. Joseph’s pastor, said a blessing and the students, led by music teacher, Mrs. Salustri, on the piano sang patriotic songs.

The guests took time and visited the classrooms to talk about their experiences with the students.

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St. Thomas School remembers
our Veterans

November 10, 2014

FAIRFIELD—I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Our country’s Pledge of Allegiance.

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