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Children teach about saints

October 31, 2014

NEW  CANAAN—Celebrating the Feast of All Saints, fourth graders from St. Aloysius Religious Education attended the 10 am Mass on October 26 dressed as the saints they had studied in class.  Pictured here with Msgr. Scheyd, St. Aloysius’ pastor, the students shared the information they learned during the homily.

For parents, the Catholic Parents Connect ministry will be offering a very special talk by Matthew Hennessey on November 20 at 7:30 pm.  Catholic Parents Connect invites parents and grandparents of children of all ages to come together to network and listen to speakers who help them nurture and strengthen our Catholic identity and faith in our families. For more info, contact Chris Otis, director of St. Aloysius Youth & Family Ministry: 203.652.1154 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Ernie Anastos: Positive on Faith and Community

October 30, 2014

DANBURY— “Whatever you enjoy doing every day will be the avenue to your success,” WNYW Fox 5 News Anchor Ernie Anastos said this morning at the Annual Catholic Charities of Danbury Celebrity Breakfast.

Noting that most people want “more, better or different,” Anastos said that a life in pursuit of success can leave people feeling empty if they live without a higher purpose. “Don’t just strive for success, strive for significance.”

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Pink for one of their own

October 29, 2014

STAMFORD—On Friday, October 24, Trinity Catholic High School held an especially meaningful Go Pink Day for breast cancer. The school held an assembly in the gym where speakers read statistics and facts about breast cancer. Then students listened with intent silence while Assistant Principal Diane Warzoha, who is currently undergoing treatment for the disease, spoke about her personal experience and expressed her gratitude for the school's support. At the end of the day Trinity’s students made a human angel in support of the cause. The day’s observance raised over $1,000 for the Bennett Cancer Center at Stamford Hospital.

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St. Rose of Lima Catholic School 5K run, walk draws 250 in Newtown

October 28, 2014

NEWTOWN -- "The spirit of St. Rose" was everywhere Sunday as 250 participated in St. Rose of Lima School's 5K run and walkathon at the Fairfield Hills campus. The fifth annual event was sponsored by the Catholic school's parent-teacher organization. Rob and Amy Griffin have organized each 5K run and walkathon, attracting the Newtown community each year.

"We've had a fabulous response from the beginning," Amy Griffin said. "It brings the entire family of St. Rose together." The event reached its $20,000 fundraising goal as of Friday. Raffle prizes were donated by school families, while silent auction items were donated by Newtown and Bethel businesses.

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"CATHOLIC MOM'S CAFE" TV SERIES BEGINS IN NOVEMBER!  EWTN announces the new series debut first week of November.  Hosted by author/speaker Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle geared to Catholic Moms, GrandMoms and caregivers, the 'cafe' full of inspiration, encouragement and Church teaching as it delves into the challenges and joys amid the miraculous and crazy vocation of motherhood.  Click here for flyer with details.

HALLOWEEN FUNDRAISER PASTA DINNER by The Knights of Columbus Cabrini Council 4096 on Nov. 1 at 6pm at St Andrews Parish, 395 Anton St., Bridgeport. Pasta, meatballs, sausage, peppers, salad, bread, cake, coffee, tea, soda and wine; 50/50 and wine raffle, costume contest for children and adults with prizes awarded. $10pp (includes one 50/50 raffle ticket), $5 for children 12-5 years of age, kids 5 and under adminssion free. For reservations call Steve Bacon at (203) 380-0808. Tickets sold at the door.

at "Santa's Workshop" - Al's Angels has recieved a large shipment of toys at 1175 Boston Post Rd, Bridgeport (Opposite Crate & Barrel - Entrance from the parking lot in the rear of the building.) Volunteers needed to sort and wrap gifts on Sat., Nov. 1 and Sun., Nov. 2 from 9am-1pm. If you would like to join the fun, email Al DiGuido at: with your name and others in your group. We will provide scissors, tape, wrapping paper.

sponsored by AL'S ANGELS - if you would like to donate a toy to a child in need age 10 or under, drop off an unwrapped gift to Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Riverside Ave., Westport between Nov. 1 and Dec. 15. If you would like to make a financial contribution go to: and click Toy Drive, then Donate. Please, no violent toys or toy guns of any kind. Thank you to all you angels out there!

of music and dancing at Lauralton Hall, 200 High St., Milford on Sat., Nov. 1 at 7:30pm in Claven Auditorium featuring Damien Connolly (Master Accordian Player) and Seamus Connolly (Master Fiddler), along with Irish Dancers.  BYOB; Irish desserts, coffee and tea served. Tickets $25pp must be purchased in advance at: or contact Kathleen Donahue at (203) 877-2786, ext. 114. Click here for flyer.

"OKTOBERFEST" ACOUSTIC CONCERT BY KELTICK KICK BAND to benefit Knights of Columbus charible programs to be held Sat., Nov. 1 at 7:30pm at St. Jude Social Hall, 707 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe.  Songs and humor by Billy Donaldson and Band - event is sit-down and BYOB. Enjoy a 'date night' or get a group together for this fun evening full of laughs!  $20pp; all seating be reservation only.  Call Bill Davoren (203) 445-8857 or Dave Feola (203) 268-4072. 

4TH ANNUAL HARVEST TABLE to benefit the New Covenant House held Sun., Nov. 2 from 11am-2pm at the Country Club of Darien, 300 Mansfield Ave., Darien. Wander around market, watch live food demonstrations, shop at the silent auction and enjoy lunch. Special Guest: Lulu Powers, "Entertainoligist to the Stars".  Admission $50pp AND one non-perishable food item for NCH. For tickets call Betzy Lopez (203) 964-8228 ext 2 or (dress code: no sneakers or jeans)

PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE INFORMATION SESSION The Diocese of Bridgeport Respect Life Ministry, Archdiocese of Hartford Pro-Life Ministry, the Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference and Family Institute of Connecticut are sponsoring a Physician Assisted Suicide Fall Information Session to be held on Mon., Nov. 3 at St. Theresa Parish, 3501 Main St., Trumbull from 7-9pm. The session will include speakers from across the diocese to discuss the Catholic understanding of physician assisted suicide, hospice care and current events at the state legislature. For info contact Respect Life Ministry at Diocese of Bridgeport at (203) 416-1445 or

BISHOP CAGGIANO SPECIAL GUEST AT FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY Center for Catholic Studies on Nov. 4 at 8pm at the Quick Center for the Arts as part of their series featuring theologians and award-winning writers sharing their prospectives on important topics of the day. Open to all. For info contact Michelle Towster, Administrative Coordinator, (203) 254-4000 ext. 3415.

FREE BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR SUPPORT GROUP sponsored by St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound, meets the first and third Tuesdays of every monthfrom 5:30-7pm on Level 4 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Next meeting is Nov. 4. Provides information and resources to women at any stage of survivorship; share questions and concerns about the disease. No reservations required, free parking. For info call 203-576-6158.

MASS & RECEIVING RELICS OF SAINT RAFKA EL-RAYES on Nov. 4 & 5 at St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church, 17 Granville Ave., Danbury.  Procession receiving of relics, visit with relics, celebrate Mass, prayers.  For schedule and flyer click here.  For info contact Fr. Naji J. Kiwan at (401) 688-3700 or email:  Church website:

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Pope urges prayer, international action to fight Ebola virus

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis pleaded for the international community to take stronger, coordinated steps to "annihilate" the Ebola virus and help the millions of people impacted by the disease.

"As the Ebola virus epidemic worsens, I want to express my deep concern for this relentless illness that is spreading particularly on the African continent and especially among populations that are already disadvantaged," the pope said Oct. 29 at the end of his weekly general audience.

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Recipients honored as “missionaries of hope” at St. Augustine Medal Service

BRIDGEPORT (Saturday Oct 25, 2014)-- After praising more than 130 St. Augustine Medal recipients for their “generous and loving service to the Church,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano also issued a challenge to them during today’s St. Augustine Medal of Service ceremony.

“I commission you to go out to be my missionaries of hope to the rest of our Church, and to invite them to follow in your footsteps,” the Bishop said in a brief homily. “And in this year of the Synod, let us pray that they rise to the challenge because we need every single one of them.”

2014 St. Augustine Medal Nominees (Download PDF)Click to view a slideshow of the ceremony

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The Big Day of Serving

October 24, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—What a great day! Teens from St. Aloysius Parish in New Canaan joined over 400 other volunteers from the tri-state area who spent the day in Bridgeport working to help in 24 service projects. The St. A teens were assigned to the Burroughs Community Garden. They weeded and weeded for hours and then mulched and prepped the soil for next spring, all so next summer those in need in Bridgeport can have fresh food on their table.

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Amazing Parish Conference
re-energizes parish life

October 24, 2014

DENVER—Five parishes from the Diocese of Bridgeport were among the 140 parishes from around the U.S.A. and Canada who gathered in Denver on August 27-28 for the Amazing Parish Conference.

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Tap Dancing Priests Rising to Internet Fame

October 24, 2014

ROME—A pair of priests from the U.S. are captivating audiences at their seminary in Rome with a tap dance routine that is now garnering hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube.

Click here to view a recent YouTube video.

Click here to view a video from 2012.

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St. Catherine of Siena women
help to feed the poor

October 21, 2014

RIVERSIDE—The Women's Guild of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Riverside had a "soup-making" day to raise money to support the work of the Greenwich World Hunger Association.

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Immaculate teens introduce youngsters to XC

October 21, 2014

DANBURY—A new and exciting sport was introduced to the parochial schools in the Danbury area this fall.

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Kindergartners test hypothesis

October 21, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—Predicting buoyancy, kindergarteners at St. Andrew Academy conducted a experiment under the guidance of S.T.E.M. teacher Marilyn Mlynek.

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Women of Faith: Conference will focus
on vocation of women

October 20, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—“We as women need to take time for ourselves,” says Gina Donnarummo, diocesan director of adult formation. 

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Pope beatifies Blessed Paul VI,
the 'great helmsman' of Vatican II

October 20, 2014

VATICAN CITY—Beatifying Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis praised the late pope as the "great helmsman" of the Second Vatican Council and founder of the synod, as well as a "humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his church."

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Convocation 2014: Study, Prayer
and Fraternity

October 18, 2014

NEWPORT—On Sunday afternoon, October 12, I-95 was filled with Catholic priests from the Diocese of Bridgeport as they made their way by bus and car to Rhode Island.

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Anglican, Lutheran delegates say synod's concerns are theirs, too

October 16, 2014

VATICAN CITY—Upholding the Christian ideal of marriage and family life while also reaching out to those whose lives do not reflect that ideal is a pastoral challenge faced by all Christian communities, said the Anglican representative to the Synod of Bishops.

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2014 St. Augustine
Medal Recipients

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and full list of nominees.

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Join Bishop Caggiano on
the Diocese of Bridgeport Pilgrimage
to World Youth Day in 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…
we have already reserved 300 spots! 
Don’t miss this amazing adventure
to meet Pope Francis
and millions of other young Catholics
from around the world.

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or to register, click here.

Scholarships available.
For more info email Julie Rodgers at:
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Bone-Relic is visiting Saint Anthony Maronite Catholic Parish in Danbury, Connecticut On the occasion of the Pilgrimage visit of her Relics to some select parishes in the U.S.
Click here to download more information and a complete schedule
Press releaseCover letterThe Life of Saint Rafka el Shoboq El Rayes

Pilgrimage to National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Washington, NJ
Saturday, November 8, 2014

Announcement of Themes
for Synod 2014

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of Bishop Caggiano's homily

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