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.

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and other diocesan leaders have begun to personally meet with parents to listen to feedback on working group recommendations. 

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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. Uncertain about the baby’s health, the rector of the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota, baptized the infant while waiting for 911 responders.

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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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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.

Full statement follows:

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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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Cardinal Tobin looks to bridge chasm between faith, life in anxious world

January 08, 2017

NEWARK—The chasm between faith and life is the greatest challenge facing the Catholic Church today, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin said at his installation Mass, and he urged the church to be salt for the earth so that the presence of Christ does not become "a comforting, nostalgic memory."

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Safe Environment Training for Parents

January 08, 2017

BRIDGEPORT— A Safe Environment Training for parents will be offered by the Diocese of Bridgeport on Thursday January 12th, 2017 at the Catholic Center.

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Diocese Set to Launch the Diocesan Leadership Institute

January 06, 2017

WESTPORT—The Diocese will formally launch its new Diocesan Leadership Institute with Evening Prayer and brief presentation on Encounter, Formation and Discipleship on Wednesday, January 11, 7 pm at Assumption Church in Westport.

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St. Theresa Students Honor
our Nation’s Veterans

January 06, 2017

TRUMBULL—The middle school students of St. Theresa School in Trumbull recently honored some of our nation’s Veterans by creating and sending them Veteran’s Day cards. On November 11th, the students wrote to several veterans from both World War II and the Korean War.

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New Covenant volunteer
is “Hometown Hero”

January 05, 2017

STAMFORD—This week’s “Hometown Hero,” profiled on the popular TV News12 Connecticut feature, is Sally Kelman of Stamford, a long-time volunteer at New Covenant Center and a member of Temple Sinai in Stamford.

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