Items below are published as the 'Bits & Pieces' section in the Fairfield County Catholic Newspaper.
To view the 2014 issue dates and deadlines for the Fairfield County Catholic click here.
Note: publication is not guaranteed. Priority is given to Catholic activities and events within Fairfield County.
OUR JOURNEY TO PENTECOST held Thursday evenings Apr. 24-June 5 at St. Andrew Parish, 435 Anton St., Bridgeport. We are not lost sheep after Easter Sunday. Jesus says "I am the way, and the truth and the life". Jesus offers you peace. Join us as we study scriptures that lead to Pentecost Sunday. All welcome! Invite friends. For info call (203) 374-8118.
LECTURE: SUDDEN CARDIAC DEATH IN THE YOUNG Thurs., Apr. 24 from 6:30-7:30pm in the St. Vincent’s Hawley Conference Center, Level 4 of the Cancer Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. SCD may be prevented with awareness and effective screening. Most recent research findings, effective risk detection, diagnosis and treatment discussed. For info or to register call 1-877-255-7847 or online www.stvincents.org/listenandlearn. Open to all.
“LES MISERABLES” the Tony Award winning story of redemption and love presented by Immaculate High School, 73 Southern Blvd., Danbury on Apr 24, 25 and 26. Shows 7pm; Sat. matinee 1:30pm. Tickets: www.immaculatehs.org.
ST. MARY’S RECITAL featuring Judith Malafronte, mezzo-soprano, David Hughes, piano, BOULANGER & CO.: Parisian music of the fin-de-siècle on Fri., Apr. 25 at 7:30pm at St. Mary Parish, 669 West Ave., Norwalk; www.stmarynorwalk.net/recitals.
13TH ANNUAL SPRING AUCTION to benefit St. James School to be held Sat., Apr. 26 from 6pm-Midnight at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 200 Shelton Rd., Trumbull. Appetizers, silent auction, full buffet dinner by Vazzy’s of Bridgeport, coffee & dessert, BYOB and cash bar, DJ and dancing! Tickets $50pp click here for reservation form. Cash, check and credit cards accepted for Auction purchases.
FAIRFIELD 375th ANNIVERSARY FOOD DRIVE on Apr. 26 & 27. Bring non-perishable food items to Fairfield Ludlow High School, 785 Unquowa Rd., Fairfield on Sat. from 8am-4pm or Sun. from 8am-3pm. To benefit Thomas Merton House, Operation Hope, The Bridgeport Rescue Mission and A Project From The Heart. For info go to www.ffldfooddrive375.org or facebook at Fairfield 375th Food Drive. Great for all ages! Elementary through High School can collected food items to donate.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER for St. Joseph Youth Group, Brookfield on Apr. 27 at 8am or 9pm at Applebee's Restaurant in Danbury. Tickets $8pp or $25 per family of four or more, available after Sunday Mass. Proceeds go to youth group retreats. www.stjosephbrookfield.com or (203) 775-1035
OPEN HOUSE AT NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL , FAIRFIELD on Sun., Apr. 27 at 2:30pm for prospective students (sixth, seventh or eighth grade students or transfer students) and their families. Ask about their 50% tuition program with Sacred Heart University! Tours begin 2pm, program at 2:30pm. Students may “shadow” a ND freshman to get a full perspective of ND life. Shadow days arranged by calling Admissions (203) 372-6521 - no obligation.
MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE at Christ the King Church, Madison Ave., Trumbull on Mon., Apr. 28 at 7:30pm with Fr. Larry Carew. For info call (203) 268-8253.
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER GATHERING FAIRFIELD: Thurs., May 1 from 6-8pm at Sherman Town Green, 1451 Post Rd., Fairfield. An All-American meal for $3/adult and $2/child will be available from 6-7pm (hamburger or hotdog with chips, cookie and soda), followed by prayer for our nation, state, town and its leaders with contemporary worship. Bring blankets or lawn chairs, and join us for this important time to seek God’s face in prayer.
MUSICAL "HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING" at St. Joseph High School, Trumbull from May 1-3. For tickets call (203) 378-9378 or go to www.sjcadets.org
MEN’S RETREAT WEEKEND from May 2-4 at Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford. Experience a dynamic weekend retreat which explores the meaning and the potential of love to transform our lives. $295 - more if you can; less if you can’t. Open to all. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org
RETREAT WEEKEND “SPIRITUAL BUT NOT RELIGIOUS” from May 2-4 at Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford. Ignatian Spirituality: A Bridge Between Contemporary Culture and Christian Spirituality, based on the common self-description of “spiritual but not religious.” We’ll explore traditional themes from Ignatian spirituality, such as an experience of God and finding God in all things, as a means to bridge this cultural divide. $325 Open to all. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org
PARISH NURSE HEALTH FAIR on Sat., May 3 from 11am-4pm in the Parish Center at St. Ann Church, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport. Topics: nutrition, car seat safety, fire safety, proper exercise technique, advanced directives and ethical religious directives, medication safety, and more. Refreshments provided by Collins Medical Equipment. Visit www.StAnnBlackRock.com or call (203) 368-1607.
MEMORIAL MASS & COMMUNION BREAKFAST with celebrant and guest speaker Bishop Frank Caggiano on May 4 at 9am at St. Patrick Church, Bridgeport. Tickets for breakfast $15pp; for reservation call Steve at (203) 371-6346. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 4716.
FIRST SYNOD LISTENING SESSION is for Vicariate I on Mon., May 5 at 7:30pm at Trinity High School, Stamford. Submit FormLS prior to session. For forms and details go to www.2014synod.org.
Vicariate I Parishes:
Stamford: St. John Evangelist, Holy Name of Jesus, Holy Spirit, Out Lady Star of the Sea, Sacred Heart, St. Benedict, St. Bridget, St. Cecilia, St. Clement, St. Gabriel, St Leo, St. Mary, St. Maurice.
Greenwich: St. Agnes, St. Mary, St. Michael, St. Paul, St. Roch.
Darien: St. John, St. Thomas More.
Riverside: St. Catherine of Siena.
FREE BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR SUPPORT GROUP at St. Vincent’s on May 6 from 5:30-7pm on Level 4 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Information and resources for women dealing with breast cancer at any stage of survivorship; share questions and concerns about the disease. No reservations required, free parking. For more info call (203) 576-6158 or www.stvincents.org/events.
COUPLES EVENING RETREAT from May 7, 6-9p.m at Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford. “Cultivating the Power of Now in Your Relationship.” This workshop will help you learn to accept differences in your spouse more graciously, deal with conflict more openly and honestly, and celebrate the presence of God in your marriage. $75 per couple, includes dinner and a renewal of vows. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org
"CARAVAN OF THIEVES" PERFORMANCE to benefit Mercy Learning Center on Wed., May 7 at 7pm at Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford Ave., Fairfield. Enjoy music of gypsy jazz rhythms, guitars and vocals - with humor and exceptional musicianship this show will dazzle you. 100% of proceeds go to Mercy Learning Center. $45pp donation/ticket may be purchased online at www.fairfieldtheatrecompany.org.
MUSICAL "HAIRSPRAY" by Notre Dame HS Fairfield Players with performances at Edgerton Center, Sacred Heart University on May 8 at 8pm & May 9 at 2pm & 8pm. Don't miss this funny musical - bring the family. For tickets call (203) 372-6521.
“THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD” by Fairfield Prep Players on May 8-9 at Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University campus. A terrific “who done it”the giddy playfulness of this play-within-a-play draws the audience in and them to vote on the solution. $5 for students; $10 for adults. Call (203) 254-4010.
ENTRANCE EXAM AT NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL, FAIRFIELD for current seventh grade students applying for grade nine admission. The pre-HSPT is designed as a practice test to allow students to become familiar with the HSPT and its format. Test held Sat., May 10 at 8am. Pre-registration required. $40 registration fee. For info call N.D. Admissions Office (203) 372-6521. To arrange a no obligation 'shadow day' for your student to follow a current N.D. student, call Admissions Office. Ask about their 50% tuition discount program with Sacred Heart University!
1-DAY RETREAT FOR LAY MINISTERS “Encountering the Word Made Flesh” on Sat., May 10 from 10am-4pm. Join Fr. Peter Lynch at St. Ann Church, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport for a one-day retreat designed to enrich your ministry and deepen your relationship with Jesus, the Word Made Flesh. $45pp includes lunch, the opportunity for Confession and Mass. Visit www.StAnnBlackRock.com for more info or call (203) 368-1607.
MASS OF PROFESSION INTO THE FRANCISCAN ORDER at St. Emery's Church, 838 Kings Hwy. East, Fairfield on Sat., May 10 at 10am. Brunch afterwards in Parish Hall. "Come and see" if you are being called to a vocation in the Secular Franciscan Order as a candidate makes profession. For info call (203) 255-8801.
MOTHER’S DAY MASS & BRUNCH on Sun., May 11 at 10am at Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford. Celebrate Mother’s Day with a special Mass for mothers and families followed by a delicious brunch prepared by Holy Family’s talented chef, Joe Ethier. Adults $45; children over 4 $12; children under 4 free. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org
SPRING ENRICHMENT TRAINING WITH GUEST SPEAKER BISHOP CAGGIANO from May 12-15 at Diocese of Albany, NY. Originally training for youth ministers, catechists and other religion teachers, Spring Enrichment has expanded to encompass ministries such as liturgy, pastoral care and parish leadership. A wide variety of sessions of interest to anyone seeking to learn more about their faith. 125 classes and workshops -something for everyone! Open to all! www.rcda.org/springenrichment
MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE on Mon., May 12 at 7:30pm at Christ the King Church, Madison Ave., Trumbull, with Father Larry Carew.
MEN’S RECOVERY RETREAT from May 16-18 at Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford. Men in recovery are invited into a peaceful atmosphere where they can rest, renew their spiritual life, and deepen their sobriety. Open to all people from all backgrounds. $200. Generous scholarships available to those experiencing financial hardship. 860-347-0644. www.holyfamilyretreat.org
ST. MARY’S RECITAL featuring David Hughes, organist LE BANQUET CÉLESTE: music of Olivier Messiaen for Easter & eternity on Sun., May 18 at 4pm at St. Mary Parish, 669 West Ave., Norwalk; www.stmarynorwalk.net/recitals.
MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE on Mon., May 19 at 7:30pm at St. Lawrence Church, Huntington, with Father Mirek Stachurski.
FREE BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR SUPPORT GROUP at St. Vincent’s on May 20 from 5:30-7pm on Level 4 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Information and resources for women dealing with breast cancer at any stage of survivorship; share questions and concerns about the disease. No reservations required, free parking. For more info call (203) 576-6158 or www.stvincents.org/events.
MERTON CENTER CELEBRITY BREAKFAST on Thur., May 22 from 7:30-9am at the Holiday Inn, Main St., Bridgeport. Keynote speaker is Cindi Bigelow, President & CEO of family-owned Bigelow Tea. For more info call Merton Center (203) 367-9036 ext. 15.
MEMORIAL DAY MASS AND REMBRANCE SERVICE sponsored by Knights of Columbus #11077 at Our Lady of Assumption Church, 545 Stratfield Rd., Fairfield on Sun., May 25 at 12noon. Mass celebrated by Fr. Liam Quinlan, includes veterans from all local veteran organizations along with police, scouts, honor guards, First Selectman of Fairfield, police and fire chiefs, Town Clerk, Probate Judge and state and local officials. Open to the public; all welcome. For info call Fred at (203) 371-8181
MEMORIAL DAY MASS AND CEREMONY HONORING ALL VETS by Knights of Columbus Cabrini Assembly #136 on May 25 at 11:30am at St. Andrews Church, 395 Anton St, Bridgeport. Military color corps and the KofC Honor Guard. State and local dignitaries will attend along with Vietnam veterans we plan to honor with a special presentation. A ceremony will follow the mass on the church's green with a dedication to the veterans. A coffee social will follow the event. All are invited to celebrate our veterans past and present.
FANTASY GARDEN EVENT “Vines & Vignettes” at "The Chimneys" historic home in Black Rock section of Bridgeport at St Mary's by-the-Sea on May 31. Landscape architects, designers, nurseries and garden antique dealers will create over 25 vignettes on this property. Peruse the grounds, get gardening ideas, purchase garden ornaments or listen to gardening experts while enjoying lunch and refreshments. Benefit for St. Ann Academy, Bridgeport. For info and tickets visit www.vinesandvignettes.com
2ND ANNUAL ST. JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL GOLF TOURNAMENT at Mill River Country Club on Tues., June 3 to support the Stadium Light Project (will allow for night time games at St. Joseph HS). Invite colleagues, friends and family for a fun filled day, while supporting a great facility project. Limited to 128 golfers (32 foursomes). Send entry forms early as spots will fill-up fast! To register visit www.sjcadets.org/athletics.
CLAMBAKE AND AUCTION sponsored by St. Joseph School, 5 Obtuse Hill Rd., Brookfield on June 7. Great food, prizes, and auction items will be available, and a fun time is guaranteed! Funds raised will support Saint Joseph School. For info click here.
MEN’S RETREAT WEEKEND from June 6-8 at Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford. Experience a dynamic weekend retreat which explores the meaning and the potential of love to transform our lives. $295 - more if you can; less if you can’t. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org
WINE & FOOD TASTING FESTIVAL on Sun., June 8 from 6-8pm at St. Gregory the Great Parish, Danbury. Proceeds will stay in the community. There will be wines to taste as well as samples from local restaurants and shops. $20pp in advance; $25pp at the door. For info or tickets call Diana (203) 792-6750.
WOMEN’S GROUP YEAR END LUNCHEON - Christ the King Women's Group will hold their end of year meeting on June 9 at 12noon at Testo's Ristorante. Thank you for a great year! If you would like to attend or for more info call (203) 261-8020. Open to all.
MUSIC MINISTRY EVENING RETREAT on June 10 (repeats June 11) from 6-9pm at Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford. Helping Your Music Ministry to SING! Led by Holy Family’s Retreat Director, Fr. David Cinquegrani, this evening is for parish music ministers who would like their parish assemblies to participate more fully. $40. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org
CRUISE AROUND BOSTON HARBER by St. Theresa Seniors on Thurs., June 12. Depart 7:30am from St. Theresa Church, 5301 Main St., Trumbull. Estimated return 7:30pm. $97pp due by May 15 includes 3-course meal and live music. There will be time to visit Quincy Market following the cruise. Call Kathy at (203) 268-8256 for reservations.
RETREAT FOR MEN & WOMEN “How We Rise: Discovering Passion, Purpose, and Resilience” from June 13-15 at Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford. Learn the practice of becoming happier, the art of redefining purpose and meaning, and the path of strengthening resilience. $475 ($425 early bird registration until May 13). 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org
TEEN RETREAT WEEKEND from June 20-22 at Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford. To support high school-age teens in the understanding of their Catholic faith, encouraging them to share their gifts and talents with their parishes and to be leaders in sharing their faith with others. $175. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org
ST. JOHN FISHER SEMINARY 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION on June 20 with Mass celebrated by His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan at Church of the Assumption in Westport, with reception and dinner at The Inn at Longshore.
LIFETEEN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE for Juniors and Seniors on June 23-27 at Benedictine College, Atchison, KS. A generation of teens rising up and taking their faith seriously, changing their parishes, schools, and families. Invest in the future of the Church, invite your top juniors and seniors to a life-changing week. click here for info. Discounts available.
NATIONAL CATHOLIC BIBLE CONFERENCE on June 27 & 28 at National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, 654 Ferry Dr Doylestown, PA. Fuel the fire for God in your heart as you come to know Him more intimately through His word. Early registration by 4/25/14: $145; after 4/25/14: $170. Priests, Deacons and Religious Order: FREE. www.catholicbibleconference.com
CATHOLIC CHARITIES AETNA GOLF CLASSIC will be held June 30, 2014 at Shorehaven Golf Club, Norwalk. For info or tickets go to: www.ccfairfield.org
HIGH SCHOOL TEENS STEUBENVILLE EAST 2014! on July 18-20 is a weekend for teens to experience Christ, hear dynamic speakers, meet thousands of other teens, sing Catholic Praise & Worship music, and take part in a truly life-changing retreat. For teens current 8th graders to Seniors, at the University of Rhode Island. Contact your Parish Youth Group or go to www.lifeteen.com or Steubenville Conferences
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE BLUE MASS on Sept. 14. Details TBA.
NATIONAL CATHOLIC SINGLES CONFERENCE to be held Sept. 27-29, 2014 with registration by Thurs., Aug. 15, 2014. Join over 400 single Catholics at the 12th National Catholic Singles Conference at the Doubletree Hotel in King of Prussia, PA. Socials, Mass, time for prayer and a dance on Saturday night. Stay through Sunday night and socialize with fellow NCSC attendees during the post-conference events. Register at www.nationalcatholicsingles.com. The Double Tree Philadelphia at Valley Forge, 301 West DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA 19406
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE RED MASS on Sept. 28. Details TBA.
FIRST DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT WOMEN’S CONFERENCE Inviting all women in the Diocese and beyond to the first ever Catholic Women's Conference! Save the date: Sat., Oct. 25 at Trumbull Marriott. The day will include Mass with Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, talks, adoration, opportunity for Reconciliation, music, plated lunch, vendors, and more! Updates as they happen on Adult Formation page click here