STAMFORD—Diocesan seminarians at St. John Fisher Seminary gathered recently with their families and friends of the seminary to host their Annual Christmas Concert, with the assistance of the Serra Club of the Diocese of Bridgeport.
BRIDGEPORT— This week's Around the Diocese begins in Stamford where young professionals met on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception for the Young Adult Group Mass at the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist as part of the Connected Catholics ministry.
STAMFORD- After many weeks of collecting donations, packaging presents, and volunteering at Mass, the parishioners of St. Leo Parish delivered over 800 Christmas gifts and hundreds of toiletries to eight different organizations throughout the Stamford area. The efforts were part of the parish’s annual Wish Tree initiative, and was a tremendous success this year.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Although she was just a humble young woman from a small town, Mary's total "yes" to God was "the most important 'yes' of history" and overturned Adam and Eve's prideful "no," which unleashed sin into the world, Pope Francis said.
BRIDGEPORT—Christmas came to St. Vincent’s on November 30 as the 18 foot Christmas tree received its crowning touch of the Snow White Angel during the 14th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting held in the lobby.
BRIDGEPORT— Social Media Leader John Grosso's "Week in Review" takes us around the Diocese for an eventful week including the 3rd Post-Synod session at St. Catherine of Siena Parish Center in Trumbull, the closing of the Holy Door at St. Augustine Cathedral to formally end the Extraordinary Year of Mercy, a prayer service for racial healing, and a series of youth concerts around the diocese performed by X-factor winner Fr. Rob Galea. It all adds up to a week of great faith, joy and engagement throughout the diocese!
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.
AL’S ANGELS Holiday Toy Drive needs 10,000 toys this year. If you, your company, retail business, school etc would like to host a toy drive, contact Al Diguido at email@example.com
THE GROTTO GIFT SHOP, located on the grounds of the Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield, 50 Montfort Rd., Rte. 118, Litchfield, will be open Mon.-Sat., 10:30 am to 4 pm, and Sun., 11:30 am to 4 pm. Advent wreaths, candles, & calendars are now in stock along with many new Christmas ornaments, cards & Fontanini Nativity sets. Come in and browse for unique gifts and books for all occasions, particularly baby & children's items. For further info, call 860.567.1041 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE MEDICARE COUNSELING will be offered by St. Vincent's Medical Center to help people select the best Medicare plan to meet their needs for 2017 and help them save money. The Medicare Open Enrollment Period runs through Dec. 7, 2016. For more info or to schedule an appointment, contact St. Vincent's Medical Center Volunteer Office: 475.210.5111 or email@example.com.
JOIN IN PRAYING the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary for Persecuted Christians from your home/car/office the first Tues. of every month (Dec. 6) at 7 pm with a conference phone number. How? Before 7 pm, call 877.216.5269 type in the pin number 96869.
HOLY DAY of obligation: Join the Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury (CYAD), ages 18-35, for Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and a social following. Thurs., Dec. 8, from 8-10 pm at WCSU Westside Campus, Room 218, 43 Lake Ave. Ext, Danbury. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or join us on Facebook at “Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury.”
CASINO NIGHT to benefit the Shehan Center’s After School & Saturday program for K-8 children will be held Fri., Feb. 25, 2017, at The Inn at Long Shore in Westport. For more info, call 203.336.4468.
THE GREAT SHEHAN TRIVIA CONTEST: Form a team! Join the fun on Tues., Feb 28, 2017, at the Holiday Inn, 1070 Main St., Bridgeport. For more info and to register, call 203.336.4468.
NORWALK—On November 19, 36 teens from St Jerome Parish in Norwalk gathered for the parish’s fourth annual NIGHT IN A BOX event. NIGHT IN A BOX is a homeless awareness project in which TOTAL, the St. Jerome youth group, raises money and collects toiletries for the Open Door Shelter in Norwalk.
STRATFORD—In a delicious response to the Pastoral Plan, Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Stratford held its first ever International Festival of Foods this fall. Father Andrew Marus, Holy Name’s pastor, led parishioners in grace before the meal.
WILTON—Faced with two possible career paths—journalism or the priesthood—Father Damian Pielesz chose faith. That path has led the Polish native to Wilton, where he is parochial vicar of Our Lady of Fatima, assisting Pastor Reggie Norman.
TRUMBULL—St Joseph High School located at 2320 Huntington Turnpike in Trumbull, Connecticut announced that two of the faculty members are currently on a U.S. Delegation trip in El Salvador located in Central America.
BRIDGEPORT—“We all know what hunger is. We need nutrients to feed our bodies,” said Msgr. Thomas Powers, vicar general of the Diocese of Bridgeport, during a blessing of the Advent Wreath at the Catholic Center. “Just as we need food for our bodies, we all need grace. We’re hungry for God’s grace.”
STAMFORD—Student Council moderators Katrina Egan and Rebecca Corso announced that Trinity Catholic High School continued their mission of serving others. Sponsored by the Student Council, the school’s long-standing community service project, the Thanksgiving Food Drive, donated a grand total of over 5,900 lbs of non-perishable food and turkeys to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.
NORWALK—Norwalk's Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 has many traditions including helping our Veterans and children in need. First Knights of Columbus Saint Matthew Council 14360 and students at Fox Run, Wolfpit and All Saints Catholic Schools sponsored a donation drive for the veterans at the Homes for The Brave in Bridgeport in honor of Veterans Day.
WASHINGTON—The president and vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said November 23 that Thanksgiving Day is a time for the nation to pause and "give God thanks for the abundant blessings he has bestowed upon us."
BRIDGEPORT—Prayer is empty if it is not accompanied by a conversion of heart and commitment to justice, religious leaders said at tonight’s interfaith prayer service for peace and racial healing held at St. Augustine Cathedral.
STAMFORD—Lisa Brenninkmeyer, founder, Walking with Purpose Women’s Catholic Bible Study, spoke to over 400 Catholic women and pastors from throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport on November 16th at the Italian Center in Stamford.