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– 12-session program over nine months will begin at St Jude’s Parish in Monroe on Sept. 9. Will meet Wednesdays from 2:30-4 pm in the Social Hall. Sessions will be held twice a month Sept thru November and then once a month the rest of the year concluding in May. Registration is required. For more info or to register, call the parish office at 203.268.8418.

sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) leaves from NY from Sept. 11-19. For info and reservations call Josephine Lifrieri 800.993.7763 or email:

A TAG SALE will be held at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church on Saturday, Sept. 12, 8 am-6 pm St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church is located at 138 Candlewood Lake Road in Brookfield. There will be many “treasures” to be found including household items, children's books, toys, games, handmade items, Christmas decorations, small furniture, working electronics, vases, and much more!

REGISTER NOW FOR THE 5TH ANNUAL ALUMNI AND FRIENDS 5K RUN—On Sept. 12 at 10:30 am. Kids Fun Run a 10 am. Please register by Sept. 2, 2015, a registration fee of $25 includes Alumni Run T-shirt, no fee for Kids Fun Run. To pay online visit or mail registration and check to: David Scrivines: Boys Cross Country Coach, St. Joseph High School, 2320 Huntington Tpke., Trumbull, CT 06611 (checks made payable to St. Joseph High School)

PERFORMING IN CONCERT KRISTA ADAMS SANTILLI at Sacred Heart Church, 37 Schuyler Ave., Stamford on Sun., Sept. 13 at 4 pm. Open to the public. Tickets $75pp with reception to folllow in Church Hall.  Proceeds benefit the church. Click here for flyer. For info or to purchase tickets call 203.968.1234.

POLKA MASS AND PARISH PICNIC at Holy Cross Parish, Fairfield, on Sun., Sept. 13 starts with Mass at 11 am. Live entertainment all day by the Polka Quads of PA starting at noon. Slovenian & American foods. Beverages include cold beer, wine & sodas. Specialty desserts made by the ladies of the parish. Children’s games & crafts, and raffles. Rain or shine. Indoor and outdoor seating. Free admission. For more info, call the parish office: 203.372.4595.

MASSES OF HEALING AND HOPE—Charismatic Renewal Services announces the following special Mass of Healing and Hope with Fr. Larry Carew, Mon., Sept. 14, at 7:30 pm, Christ the King Church, 4700 Madison Ave., Trumbull. For more info call 203.268.8253.

FALL BIBLE STUDY—Join us for Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother. This eight week study will be held on Tues. mornings (10-11:15) and Wed. evenings (7-8:15) beginning on Sept. 15 at St. Stephen Parish, 6948 Main St., Trumbull. There will be a $25.00 fee to cover materials. For more information or to register please call the Parish Office at 203.268.6217.

POPE FRANCIS’ CALL FOR STEWARDSHIP with Dan Esty, Hillhouse Professor at Yale University and former Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will be hosted at Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield, on Wed., Sept. 16, at 7 pm. Laudato Si’ is the first papal encyclical focused solely on the environment, in which Pope Francis makes a call to protect the planet on behalf of the poor and future generations. In a panel discussion with SHU faculty and clergy, Esty will discuss new leadership on the environment and Pope Francis’ global urge for stewardship. The event is free and open to the public. For more info, contact Deb Noack: 203.396.8483 or

on Sat., Sept. 19 at WEBSTER BANK ARENA, Harbor Yard, Bridgeport. Join 9,000 faithful of the Diocese of Bridgeport for Mass, music and thanksgiving! 9 am Praise & Worship before start of Mass; 10:15 am Procession; Mass  at 11 am. For frequently asked questions and details click here. For ticket info go to or 203.416.1644. You may also contact us at: or 203.416.1631.

MASSES OF HEALING AND HOPE—Charismatic Renewal Services announces the following special Mass of Healing and Hope with Fr. Ignacio Ortigas, Mon., Sept. 21, at 7:30 pm, St. Lawrence Church, 505 Shelton Ave., Huntington. For more info call 203.268.8253.

BIBLE STUDY— It’s that time again to think about our next study. This year we will be studying First Corinthians, with Tim Gray. Our lesson will begin Thurs., Sept. 24, at 7:15 pm and repeated on Fri. Sept. 25, at 9:15 am. This is an 11 week session that will end the 2nd week in Dec. Meetings are held in the St. Cecilia Parish Center. Study Guides are $25.00 each. For more info and registration, contact: Vicki Alton, 203.322.8526, or Kathy Mariska, 203.329.7747,

REUNION—Notre Dame Catholic HS of Bridgeport/Fairfield, Class of 1965 will celebrate their 50 year class Reunion with a wonderful weekend planned for  Sept. 25, 26 and 27,2015. Four separate events are planned for a great, fun filled weekend. Check out our website at or call Steve and Diane Parker Cavallo at 203.371.6346.

“COME AND SEE” if you are being called to a vocation in the Secular Franciscan Order. The Secular Franciscan Holy Spirit Fraternity invites everyone to St. Emery’s Church, 838 Kings Hwy. East, Fairfield, on Sat., Sept. 26, at 9:30 am. Father Norman Guilbert will celebrate a Mass in church followed with a social and meeting in the Parish Hall. All are welcome! For further information, call 203.255.8801.

ARE YOU CALLED to be a Franciscan? St. Mary of the Angels Secular Franciscan Fraternity invites you to join them on the fourth Sun. of each month (Sept. 27) for the 9 am Mass at Vikingsborg/St. Birgitta’s, 4  Rukenhage Road, Darien, followed by coffee and a Fraternity meeting For more info, call Anita Field: 203.938.0874 or

, held Sun., Sept. 27, 2015 at St. Margaret Shrine, 2523 Park Avenue, Bridgeport. Mass at 12:15 pm followed by procession and final blessing. Reception follows Mass at Roberto’s Restaurant, 505 Main Street, Monroe. Reception cost is $50. For flyer click here. For reservations, contact: Rosa Santangeli at 203.922.8079 or Paola Verrelli at 203.926.9862 by Fri., Sept. 18. For more info email:


BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP—Are you grieving the loss of a loved one? A series of ten consecutive weekly meetings will begin on Thurs., Oct. 1, at 4:30 pm till 6 pm at St. Stephen’s Church on Main Street in Trumbull. If you are interested in attending please call the St. Stephen’s Parish Office for further details at 203.268.6217.

SHARE (Sacred Heart Adult Religious Education)
is a certificate program in Catholic Studies is intended to assist adult Catholics and help them understand their faith and empower them to put it into action. To register, mail a check, made payable to "Office of Faith Formation" to: Office of Faith Formation, attn: Gina, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06606. For info contact Gina at or 203.416.1446. PSALMS One hundred and fifty poetic prayers make up the biblical book called the Psalter. These Psalms combine resplendent words with profound emotions. The course will use the resources necessary to interpret the psalms properly. Dates: Sat., Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, & Nov. 14, 21 from 10 am-12 noon at Notre Dame Catholic High School, 220 Jefferson Street, Fairfield. Instructor: Dr. Thomas Hicks, Cost: $210pp

- We are having a reunion for all students, nuns, priests, and lay teachers of St. Johns School in Stamford on Oct. 10 at the Basilica of St. John’s in Stamford, starting with 6pm Mass and Dinner & Reception beginning at 7 pm. Spread the word to family and friends, young and old, near and far, the more the merrier. If you, or someone you know is interested email with your first last (maiden) name, contact info (email and home address), and year you graduated. Or you may call Ann Cody at 203.325.3128. Let us know if you would like to join the committee. More details as date draws nearer. 

“CONCERT AT THE VILLA” A fundraising event featuring the world renowned vocalist Stefano Algieri, who is internationally recognized as one of the leading tenors of his generation, will be held at Villa Notre Dame in Wilton, CT on Sun., Oct. 11. Mass will open the event, beginning at 11 am. A Luncheon and Auction will take place following Mass, at noon, and the Concert will begin at 2 pm. All proceeds will benefit the School Sisters of Notre Dame educational ministries and the care of elderly and infirm sisters. Price for the luncheon and concert is $60 per person, in advance, $70 at the door. Special clergy price of $20 is available. For reservations, advertising or sponsorship opportunities, call Liz Ryan at 203.762.4114 or email: or website

MAGNIFICAT a Ministry to Catholic Women will host a prayer breakfast on Sat., Oct. 17, 9:30-12:30 at Ethan Allen, Danbury, CT. Margaret Beutler will be the guest speaker. Cost $25 pre register by Sat., Oct. 10. No tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, call Fran Hood 203.744.1856 or email Click here for Invitation (also available on Bridgeport Diocese Website under Woman’s Ministry section).

- Oct. 18-27. When Pope Francis declares Blessed Serra a saint in September, our October pilgrimage will be among the first to travel to the tomb, relics, and missions of this newly canonized saint. We will see the beautiful coast of California, taste some Sonoma wine, and tour San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and the beautiful modern cathedrals: St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco, Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, and Christ Cathedral (formerly Crystal Cathedral) in Orange County, and celebrate Mass each day. Click here for flyer with all details & itinerary. For info and testimonies: Email Stephen J. Binz at:

SPIRIT OF ST. FRANCIS SECOND ANNUAL AWARD DINNER Honoring Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame with the Spirit of St. Francis Award. The award is given to an individual or group that has made a significant impact on the mission of the Catholic Church in America through service or philanthropy. On Oct. 22, at 6 pm at the Metropolitan Club of New York. For more info 212.213.1166 or

- Oct. 24, 2015 - save the date! Stay tuned for details.

Give your marriage a well deserved vacation. Plan to go on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend and come back with a marriage that is refreshed and full of energy! If you’d like to make your marriage even more special than it already is, consider this weekend which is a positive, simple, common sense private experience between husband and wife that revitalizes marriage. A weekend away renews the romance and excitement you experienced during your dating days. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend will help you enjoy life with a new closeness to each other and with God. Nov. 6-8 in Manchester, CT. For info or to register contact Paul and Kim Gilbert at 860.376.0440 or or visit

VENDORS ARE NEEDED for St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church’s 23rd Annual Holiday Craft Fair and Bazaar being held on Sat., Nov. 14, 10 am-4 pm, at 138 Candlewood Lake Road, Brookfield, CT. For a Vendor Application Form, please contact Pat at 203.775.9236 or visit

- with our own Bishop Caggiano! Nov. 19-21, 2015 in Indianapolis. Click here for video from Bishop Caggiano. NCYC is an exciting, biennial three-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones. Keynote addresses, concurrent and workshop sessions addressing a wide variety of topics, as well as liturgy, reconciliation, prayer and worship, recreation and special activities such as concerts, exhibits, and the interactive thematic park. Open to high school age young people and their chaperones. Most participants are Catholic. Many youth participants are leaders in their local parishes, schools and/or diocese, though many are just beginning to connect to their faith. For info contact, Director of Youth Ministry at 203.416.1449 or email

PILGRIMAGE TO HOLY LAND—Fr. Arthur Mollenhauer is offering a pilgrimage to Holy Land during Winter Vacation. Nine days to visit the Holy Sites in Israel Feb. 11-21, 2016. The price is $3,285. It includes: Round-trip group flight from NY, 8 nights’ accommodation double occupancy (breakfast & dinner), Daily lunches (first day not included), One farewell dinner at a local restaurant, Tour guide as per program, Transportation as per program, All entrance fees, Porterage fees at hotels, Tips for guide, driver, restaurant and hotel staff, Audio guiding system. If interested, please call Ms. Sharon MacKnight: 203.327.1806 or email:

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


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