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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.

BLACK ROCK SUMMER CONCERTS have begun. They take place every Tues. at 6:30 pm on St. Ann Field (next to St. Ann Church), 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport. Rain date is on Weds. Bring your chairs, blankets, munchies, and kids. Admission: $5; children under 12, free. There's a new band and a new food truck every week! Check out for schedule and cancellations/postponements.

“CELEBRANT SINGERS”—All are welcome! Sat. & Sun., July 23 & 24 at St. Bridget’s of Ireland Church, Stamford. The Celebrants will sing at all of our Masses then perform a concert at 3 pm on Sun. Don’t miss the free concert of this internationally acclaimed Christian group of singers and musicians.

FAITH ON TAP WITH FR. JOSEPH GILL: Join us for some great food and an inspirational talk titled “How to Get More Out of the Mass” with Fr. Joseph Gill. July 25 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Down The Hatch, 292 Candlewood Lake Rd., Brookfield.

EARLY BIRD Registration Now Open for 2016 SWIM Across the Sound Marathon Swimmers. The SWIM Marathon will be held on Sat., July 30, at Captain's Cove in Bridgeport. The SWIM helps individuals and families who are battling cancer. To register, visit:

REMEMBERING LOVED ONES lost to cancer: St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound is sponsoring the 19th Annual Interfaith Memorial Service on Sun., July 31, at 8:30 am at Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport, rain or shine. Registration begins at 8 am. The event is free of charge, and open to all members of the community who have lost a loved one to cancer regardless of hospital affiliation. No registration is necessary. Reading of names of deceased loved ones submitted by participants, and symbolic scattering of sunflowers, representing each person onto Long Island Sound. The service will also include prayer, musical tributes, inspirational readings, honor guard from the Knights of Columbus and a symbolic candle-lighting ceremony. Refreshments served after the service. For more info, contact Lucinda Ames: 203.576.5550 or

TALENT SHOW held at the Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield, 50 Montfort Rd., Rte. 118 Litchfield, Sun., Aug. 7, from 2- 4 pm. Enjoy Forms are available after Sunday Mass (12:45) in the Grotto Café or email Requests should be received by Mon., Aug. 1.

ANNUAL RETREAT—Join our Sisters at one of their annual retreats. August 7-9 or 9-11 discern our way of life by praying with our Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. Fr. Niles Kauffman will direct conferences. Silence will be an important part of personal reflection. For more info visit Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity:

CRUISE—Join St. Stephen Church on Thurs., Aug. 11, for a cruise around the Thimble Islands off the coast of Branford. Depart St. Stephen at 12:45 pm for a 3 pm cruise. Dinner at Biagetti's Restaurant in West Haven. Cost $73.00 per person (includes bus, cruise and dinner), space is limited - call Maria LaVelle at 203.459.1021 for reservations.

DISCERNMENT of Spirits Retreat teaches the art of decision-making using St. Ignatius' rules of discernment. August 12-14 begins at 5:30 pm with evening meal and ends after Sunday noon meal at 12:30 pm. For more info visit Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity:

SUMMER CAMP: “Lives of our Catholic Saints,”  will be held at St. Mary Parish, Norwalk, Tues.-Fri., August 16-19 from 9:30-11 am.  Open to children entering fourth grade and older, through Confirmation. Free of charge (donations welcome).  For more info, contact Andrea Remlin: or 203.227.5477.

S’MORES AND STARS: Have fun around the fire and enjoy some s’mores while watching the stars. Aug. 19 from 8-11 pm at St. Ann’s, 181 Clapboard Ridge Rd., Danbury.

MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE will be celebrated Mon., Aug. 22, at 7:30 pm at Christ the King Parish, Trumbull with Fr. Larry Carew. For more info, call the Charismatic Renewal Office: 203.268.8253.

BOWLING: Come Glow bowling with young adults of the area and enjoy a night of fun! Aug. 26 from 7:30 pm-9:30 pm at DolrBill’s Bowling 145 Danbury Rd., New Milford.

“LOURDES IN A DAY PILGRIMAGE” will be held Sat., Sept. 10, from 9:30 am to 4 pm at St. Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, Conn. The Order of Malta invites those unable to make the trip to Lourdes, France to experience the joy, grace and healing promised by Our Lady of Lourdes. Register with Mark Sullivan at or 860.523.1405.

LANCER OPEN: Notre Dame High School, Fairfield, is currently taking reservations for their 16th Annual Lancer Open in memory of Bob Shea. This year's golf tournament will take place at Brownson Country Club in Huntington, on Mon., Sept. 12. Entry fee: $200 per player. This includes 18 holes of golf (scramble format) with cart, on-course cold beverages, tournament gifts and raffle prizes, BBQ lunch, silent auction, 2 hour open bar with hor d'oeuvres, buffet dinner and individual and team awards. For more information please log on to or contact Theresa Marzik: 203.372.6521 or

BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY: A 12-session program held at St. Jude Parish, Monroe, over nine months will on Wed., Sept 14, from 2:30- 4 pm. Sessions will be held twice a month from Sept. thru Nov., then once a month concluding in May. Registration required. For more info or to register, call the parish: 203.261.6404.

THOSE WITH DOWN SYNDROME, their family and friends are invited to a Mass asking for the intercession of St. Robert Bellarmine with Bishop Frank Caggiano and Fr.Richard Cipolla, Sun., Sept. 25, at 11:30 am in St. Mary Church, Norwalk. Reception follows Mass. Please come and join the MOMs+DADs prayer/support group the third Thurs. of every month, at 7:30 pm at St. Mary’s Parish Center. Next prayer meeting will be Thurs., Sept. 15. For more info, contact

WERE YOU EDUCATED by the School Sisters of Notre Dame? We want to hear from you! We are planning future SSND reunions for New York and New England. Our next Reunion is in New York: Sun., Sept. 25, from 12 noon-4 pm at the Milleridge Cottage, 585 North Broadway Jericho, NY. Tickets are available online at  Cost: $85 per person. Please consider sponsoring a sister to the event, becoming a sponsor by purchasing program advertisement. For more info contact Joy Nazzaro: or 203.762.4113.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP will meet at St. Stephen Parish, Trumbull, for a series of 10 weekly meetings starting Thurs., Sept. 29, from 4:30-6 pm. Advance registration necessary. For more info or to register, call the parish office: 203.268.6217.

SPIRITUAL TRIP—Join St. Stephen on a spiritual trip to the Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, MA., on Thurs., Sept. 29, bus leaves St. Stephen at 7:30 am and returns 7 pm. Cost: $39.00 per person (Includes bus, box lunch, driver's tip. Trip held rain or shine, seating is limited so please register early. Call rectory no later than Thurs., Aug. 25, at 203.268.6217.

VETERAN BRICK DEADLINE for donating a veteran's brick to the St. Margaret Shrine Veterans Memorial, is Fri., Sept. 30.  Bricks can be donated honoring a veteran of the U.S. Military, or our Allies—living, deceased, wartime, peacetime, or currently serving. The Veterans Memorial is located at 2523 Park Ave., Bridgeport. Last year it was added to the National War Memorial Registry, a recording of our nation's war memorials: The names of the veterans, on newly donated bricks, will be published in our program book and read at our Sixth Annual Veterans Mass and Blessing on Sat., Nov. 5, at 12:15 pm. For more info, call 203.345.3244.

“LOURDES IN A DAY PILGRIMAGE” The Westchester Area Order of Malta will also offer a “Lourdes in a Day Pilgrimage” on Sat., Oct. 8, at St. Joseph Seminary Dunwoodie in Yonkers, NY, from 9:30-4 pm. For more info, contact Bob Greason:

Oct. 16-26, 2016Click here for details, costs and itinerary.

VENDORS WANTED for the 24th Annual Holiday Craft Fair and Bazaar St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish, Brookfield. Fair will be held Sat., Nov. 12, from 10 am-4 pm. Vendor registration deadline: Fri., Oct. 28. To download a vendor application, visit or call Pat Spitzfaden: 203.775.9236. St. Marguerite Bourgeoys parish is located at 138 Candlewood Lake Road in Brookfield, Connecticut.


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