WASHINGTON D.C.—The annual March for Life will take place on Friday, January 27, in Washington D.C. This year’s theme is “The Power of One.” The largest pro-life rally in the world, the March is held on or around the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion in the case of Roe v. Wade.
BRIDGEPORT—“It was a calling,” say Elena and Steve Schlegel, who have accepted the invitation to be lay co-chairs of the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA). “When we were vice chairs this past year we learned about so many wonderful ministries supported by the appeal and met so many dedicated people. We feel that we’ve been blessed to be invited—how could we ever say no?”
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.
NOTRE DAME High School (Boy's and Girls) Class of 1966 is planning a 50th Reunion for the spring of 2017. If you are interested in working on the Class of 1966 Reunion committee or would like to receive more information, contact the Alumni Office: firstname.lastname@example.org or 203.372.6521 ext. 242.
THE GROTTO GIFT SHOP, at the Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield, 50 Montfort Rd., Rte. 118, Litchfield will be open weekends only (Sat. & Sun.) from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm for the months of January and February (weather permitting). A 30% discount is being offered on selected Christmas items.
OPEN HOUSE at Villa Maria School, Stamford, for students with learning disabilities, will be held Sun., Jan. 22 from 2-4 pm and Mon., Jan. 23, from 6:30-8 pm. For more info or to RSVP, contact Stephen Bennhoff, assistant head of school: 203.322.5886, ext 104 or email@example.com.
DIVORCED AND SEPARATED Catholics are invited to join “Hearts Renewed,” a support group for divorced or separated men and women. Meetings are held in Fairfield on the first and third Fri. of every month (Feb. 3; Feb. 17) at 7:30. For more info and for directions, call Bette: 203.338.0503 or Peggy: 203.834.1287.
TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS is celebrated at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish, Brookfield, the first Sun. of each month (Feb. 5) at 4 p.m. For more info, call the parish: 203.775.5117.
JOIN IN PRAYING the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary for Persecuted Christians from your home/car/office the first Tues. of every month (Feb. 7) at 7 pm with a conference phone number. How? Before 7 pm, call 877.216.5269 and type in the pin number 96869.
GOSPEL OF LIFE SOCIETY meets at St. Mary Parish, Norwalk, the second Sat. of each month (Feb. 11) from 10 am-12 noon, after the 9 am pro-life Mass. For more info, contact Eileen Bianchini: 203.847.5727 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CATHOLIC UNDERGROUND will meet the second Sat. of every month (Feb. 11), from 7:30-10 pm at St. Ann Parish in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport. It’s an evening of Adoration, Reconciliation, prayer, music, and fellowship. This month will have a concert with Alec Chambers. For more info, go to CONNected Catholics: www.conncatholics.org.
MOMs+DADsprayer/support group for those with Down Syndrome, their family and friends meets the third Thurs. of every month (Feb. 16), at 7:30 pm at St. Mary Parish, Norwalk, parish center. For more info, contact email@example.com.
ENCOURAGE apostolate for friends and family of loved ones with same sex attractions or gender ID issues, meets the third Sat. of the month (Feb. 18) at 10:30 am and is strictly confidential. For more info contact the Norwalk Chapter: EnCourageNorwalk@gmail.com.
NEW CANAAN—More than 85 guests turned out for the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) kick off reception held at New Canaan Country Club. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and ACA chair couple Steve nod Elena Schlegel greeted the men and women who came by to celebrate the Appeal and learn more about the ministries it supports.
BRIDGEPORT—“Prophets of a Future Not Our Own will be the theme of a Ministry Formation Day set for Saturday January 28th, 8:30-2:30, Queen of Saint Hall at the Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT.
MINNEAPOLIS—With temperatures near zero on the evening of January 4, a baby boy spent one of his first hours in a laundry basket left in a cathedral vestibule, where an astonished custodian discovered him as he locked up the church.
WASHINGTON—The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, issued the following statement in relation to the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
NEW YORK—In this "First Things" blog entry, nationally syndicated columnist and Catholic theologian George Weigel reviews "Aggiornamento on the Hill of Janus," the new book by Msgr. Stephen DiGiovanni, pastor of the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in Stamford.
BRIDGEPORT—Walking with Purpose is not your grandmother’s Bible study group. Founded in Maryland in 2002 by a young mother and Catholic convert who was looking for material that was relevant to her situation, Walking with Purpose has evolved into a program that strives to reach out to all Christian women regardless of age, background or marital status. As its website notes, Walking with Purpose “understands how it feels when life is stuck on the spin cycle.”