BROOKFIELD—St. Joseph Elementary School hosted their Second Annual St Baldrick’s Head Shaving Event on June 15. SJS wanted to find a way to give back to the community, which has been so supportive of them. The St Baldrick's Foundation Event seemed to fit the task.
Over 60 men woman and children, sponsored by family and friends, had their heads shaved to raise money to help find a cure for childhood cancer.
The event raised over $140,000 to further the educational and scholarship needs of 1,280 Bridgeport Catholic School children. The Ladies Luncheon also represented the launch of the new “Leaders of Tomorrow” program conceived by Alison Barr. The program gives donors the opportunity to sponsor a current kindergarten student for next year.
VATICAN CITY (CNS)—Ideologies and practices that destroy human life arise from false ideas of freedom without God, Pope Francis told a crowd in St. Peter's Square, including thousands of pro-life activists from around the world.
"A TASTE OF GOD'S GRACE" Catholic Women's Retreat will be held on Sat., June 22 from 9am-4pm at the Holiday Inn of Danbury/Bethel. Featuring guest speakers Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle and Allison Gingras. $35pp includes lunch. Group of 10 or more $30pp. Register online at www.tasteofgodsgrace.eventbrite.com. Click here for flyer.
FIRST ANNUAL GUEST ARTIST DAY at St. Emery's Parish, 838 Kings Highway East, Fairfield on June 23 at the 9am Mass. St. Emery Choir along with guest artist soprano Elizabeth Knauer. for info call (203) 334-0312 or www.stemerys.com.
CALLING ALL TEENS! SUMMER VOCATION DAYS (June 25-26) is a two-day event for high school students that helps them explore their vocations—either to marriage, priesthood, or the religious life. It’s a dynamic event that combines games and fun with a healthy Catholic spirituality. Participants get to meet seminarians, priests, religious sisters and brothers. There has been a great turnout the past few years so be sure to register early! Parents are invited to attend Mass on Wed.,June 26 at 5:30pm., followed by dinner. $25 registration fee. Details and registration www.bridgeportvocations.org.
June 25 – 9am to 4pm, Breakfast and lunch provided
June 26 – 9am to 7:30pm, Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided
CARNIVAL at Rose of Lima Parish in Newtown Tues.,June 25 - Sat., June 29, 6–10:30pm. Ride bracelets $25 per night. Food, kiddie tent with face painting and crafts. The St. Rose Home and School Association will offer Friday Night Bingo during the carnival Fri., June 28. Doors open at 5:45pm; games begin at 6:30pm. Admission $17pp, includes all regular and some special games, and carnival food will be available for purchase through student waiters. For info contact Parish Office at 203-426-2573, ext. 16.
TRUMBULL—Batten's ninth-inning double did more than serve as a pick-me-up—it won a Class M state championship for the St. Joseph High School Cadets, who knocked off top-seeded Northwestern 2-1 Saturday afternoon at Palmer Field for their first state title since 1985.
FAIRFIELD—Pride in their achievements, optimism about their future, and a concern for other characterized the Notre Dame of Fairfield Class of 2013 in talks at the commencement exercises held on Friday (June 3).
STAMFORD—Four seventh-grade students at Trinity Catholic Middle School in Stamford took first place in the Online Rube Goldberg Machine Contest with their "Might Rubber Duckies" invention involving 32-steps of fun, science and physics.
A better question: Why did the 16-year-old Immaculate High School junior exceed everyone’s expectations—her own included—by finishing an oh-so-close second in the mile at the 26th annual New England Interscholastic Indoor Track & Field Championships in Boston?
VATICAN CITY (CNS)—Pope Francis blamed widespread degradation of the natural environment and disregard for human life on an increasingly common "throwaway culture" that places no value on the needs of others.
WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops have called for a Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week period of prayer and action, to address many current challenges to religious liberty, including the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate; Supreme Court rulings that could redefine marriage in June, and religious liberty concerns in areas such as immigration and humanitarian services.