BRIDGEPORT—Michelle Smith has been named coordinator of the new Catholic Service Corps (CSC), a synod initiative created in response to the call for service and the need to engage youth in faith and good works.
BRIDGEPORT—The Saint Augustine Medal of Service prayer service and awards ceremony will be held at St. Augustine Cathedral on Saturday, October 15, beginning at 1 pm. A reception will follow at Kolbe-Cathedral High School on the grounds of the cathedral campus.
PRAYER AND LIFE WORKSHOP: a new form of Evangelization, a more vibrant and vivid presentation of Jesus. Held at St. Ann Parish, Bridgeport, on Thurs. now thru Dec. 1, from 7-9 pm. For more info, call 203.368.1607 or visit www.tovpil.org.
TALLERES DE ORACION Y VIDA EN ESPANOL: Basado en la Biblia, con Cristo como centro,es una presentación más vibrante y activa de Jesús, que posee una mayor adaptación a las necesidades de la sociedad actual. Los sábados, hasta el 3 de diciembre, 4-6 pm en la Parroquia de St. Ann, Bridgeport. Para más información, llama 203.368.1607 y visita www.tovpil.org.
BIBLE STUDY: Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John, a 9-week course, starts Thurs., Sept. 22, at 7:15 pm, and is repeated Fri., Sept. 23, at 9:15 am, at St. Cecilia Parish, Stamford. Workbooks: $20.00. For more info or to register, contact Vicki Alton: 203.322.8526 or VickiA@optonline.net.
WOMEN'S HEALING RETREAT: "The Seasons of Our Life" with retreat director Fran Karpiej, OFS, will be held Fri.-Sun., Sept. 23-25, at St. Edmund's Retreat Center, Enders Island, Mystic. The weekend will include daily Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, presentations, reflective prayer and time for silent reflection. For more info or to register, contact Kathleen: 860.536.0565, ext. 110, or visit www.endersisland.com by Sept. 15.
THOSE WITH DOWN SYNDROME, their family and friends are invited to a Mass asking for the intercession of St. Robert Bellarmine with Bishop Frank Caggiano and Fr.Richard Cipolla, Sun., Sept. 25, at 11:30 am in St. Mary Church, Norwalk. Reception follows Mass. Please come and join the MOMs+DADs prayer/support group the third Thurs. of every month, at 7:30 pm at St. Mary’s Parish Center. Next prayer meeting will be Thurs., Sept. 15. For more info, contact email@example.com.
WERE YOU EDUCATED by the School Sisters of Notre Dame? We want to hear from you! We are planning future SSND reunions for New York and New England. Our next Reunion is in New York: Sun., Sept. 25, from 12 noon-4 pm at the Milleridge Cottage, 585 North Broadway Jericho, NY. Tickets are available online at amssnd.org. Cost: $85 per person. Please consider sponsoring a sister to the event, becoming a sponsor by purchasing program advertisement. For more info contact Joy Nazzaro: firstname.lastname@example.org or 203.762.4113.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP will meet at St. Stephen Parish, Trumbull, for a series of 10 weekly meetings starting Thurs., Sept. 29, from 4-5:30 pm. Advance registration necessary. For more info or to register, call the parish office: 203.268.6217.
SPIRITUAL TRIP—Join St. Stephen on a spiritual trip to the Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, MA., on Thurs., Sept. 29, bus leaves St. Stephen at 7:30 am and returns 7 pm. Cost: $39.00 per person (Includes bus, box lunch, driver's tip. Trip held rain or shine, seating is limited so please register early. Call rectory no later than Thurs., Aug. 25, at 203.268.6217.
VETERAN BRICK DEADLINE for donating a veteran's brick to the St. Margaret Shrine Veterans Memorial, is Fri., Sept. 30. Bricks can be donated honoring a veteran of the U.S. Military, or our Allies—living, deceased, wartime, peacetime, or currently serving. The Veterans Memorial is located at 2523 Park Ave., Bridgeport. Last year it was added to the National War Memorial Registry, a recording of our nation's war memorials: www.nationalwarmemorialregistry.org The names of the veterans, on newly donated bricks, will be published in our program book and read at our Sixth Annual Veterans Mass and Blessing on Sat., Nov. 5, at 12:15 pm. For more info, call 203.345.3244.
THE MONKS OF NORCIA will be sharing their life and spirituality on Fri., Sept, 30, at 5 pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Rd., Darien. Cost $100; includes hors d’oeuvres and Birra Nursia (Nursia beer). Norcia has become particularly well known in recent years because of the American Benedictine monks who re-founded the monastery there in 2000. Presenters will include Fr. Richard Cipolla, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Norwalk and Fr. Benedict Nivakoff from Nursia, who grew up in St. Aloysius Parish, New Canaan. For more info and for reservations, contact Robert Duncan: email@example.com or 877.271.7640.
HAMDEN—”God gave us a bountiful garden, but we have turned it into a polluted wasteland of debris, desolation, and filth," Pope Francis writes in Laudato Si, a papal document released to coincide with the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
WASHINGTON—In light of Pope Francis' call to pray for the victims of sexual abuse, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will support a Worldwide Day of Prayer for Sexual Abuse Survivors, highlighting the importance of healing and noting the progress the Church has made over the years.
BRIDGEPORT—“You’re at the frontline of suffering. You enter the rooms of those who are suffering and serve as ministers of Mercy,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano to 250 students and faculty of St. Vincent’s College.
BRIDGEPORT—The Office of the Superintendent of Schools recently took a sort of “school field trip.” The education department attended a Bridgeport Bluefish baseball day game to represent the 31 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
STAMFORD—Sixteen months after the Most Reverend Bishop Frank Caggiano presided over the ground breaking for the new Trinity Catholic High School multi-purpose athletic field, Interim Principal, Tony Pavia, welcomed donors, students, faculty, staff, parents, and dignitaries from the Diocese of Bridgeport to the christening of the new multi-purpose athletic field.
BRIDGEPORT—“Each of you are our community’s first responders. You’re there 24/7. We know you by name,” said Fr. Victor Martin in his homily for the 15th Annual Blue Mass held this morning at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Fairfield.
NORWALK—In a solemn outdoor ceremony held on Saturday morning, September 11 on the beautiful grounds of Notre Dame Convalescent Home in Norwalk, members of Council 14360 were joined by their families as well as residents and staff of Notre Dame at a special Mass in remembrance of those who lost their lives fifteen years ago on September 11, 2001.