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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:

CASINO NIGHT to benefit the Shehan Center’s After School & Saturday program for K-8 children will be held Fri., Feb. 25, 2017, at The Inn at Long Shore in Westport. For more info, call 203.336.4468.

THE GREAT SHEHAN TRIVIA CONTEST: Form a team! Join the fun on Tues., Feb 28, 2017, at the  Holiday Inn, 1070 Main St., Bridgeport. For more info and to register, call 203.336.4468.

NAT’L CONFERENCE OF GREGORIAN CHANT in Pastoral Ministry and Religious Education will be held Mar. 10-11 at St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie) in Yonkers, NY. Topics include Sacred Music in Spanish-Speaking Communities, Chant Camp for Parishes, Pastoral Care of Musicians, and Liturgical Formation in Catholic Schools. Featuring keynote addresses by Msgr. Robert Skeris, Fr. Christopher Smith, and Mark Langley. Register by Feb. 1 at


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