March for Life preview

January 23, 2017

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.

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ACA chair-couples: ‘we feel blessed’

January 23, 2017

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?”

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Catholic Church reacts to declining enrollment in elementary schools

January 23, 2017

DANBURY—The Bridgeport Diocese’s 16-month study of under-enrolled and financially struggling Catholic elementary schools is expected to bring changes in as little as two weeks.

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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: 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

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 

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:

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

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:

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Fairfield County students take top honors

January 21, 2017

Bethel, Norwalk, Danbury kids win State Knights of Columbus vocation poster contest

PUTNAM—It’s natural for children to think about what they’re going to do when they grow up, but they might not think about becoming a Catholic priest or a nun. 

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ACA comes to New Canaan

January 20, 2017

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.

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Bishop reviews schools viability

January 19, 2017

BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese of Bridgeport is nearing completion of a 16-month planning process for the future of its elementary schools in Stamford and the greater Danbury and Shelton area.

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Ministry Formation Day

January 19, 2017

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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.

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Baby Nathan John touches hearts
and shows the beauty of life

January 18, 2017

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.

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Spirited reception launches ACA
in Bridgeport

January 16, 2017

BRIDGEPORT—A gathering of almost 300 people filled the Queen of Saints Hall at the Catholic Center on Sunday for the kickoff reception for 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal.

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USCCB President urges encounters
of the heart in message
for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 16, 2017

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.

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Upcoming synod needs young people's voices, pope says

January 14, 2017

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis asked young people to tell him, their bishops and pastors about their hopes and struggles and even their criticisms.

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Immaculate High School Welcomes Accepted Students

January 14, 2017

DANBURY—Recently Immaculate High School (IHS) hosted a special Accepted Students Night for the more than 250 accepted students who are eligible to make up the class of 2021.

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Lessons from an Era of Confusion

January 12, 2017

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.

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Development Office Releases 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal Video

January 11, 2017

BRIDGEPORT—Here's the first look at "Sharing God's Gift, Transforming Lives," the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) video.

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Walking with Purpose

January 10, 2017

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.”

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