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  • Assumption Parish, 98 Riverside Ave., Westport invites all to stop in to pray for Peace on Mondays & Wednesdays from 8am-5pm and Thursdays at 7:30am. For info (203) 227-5477
  • St. Vincent's Medical Center Chapel - Adoration Prayer for Peace from 7am-4pm on: Sept. 18 & 26. Open to all faiths. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed throughout these times.

"DINNER WITH A CAUSE" presented by St. Catherine of Siena Social Justice Committee invites you to this event through which we introduce area organizations that are supporting the principles of social justice.  This dinner will highlight the work of The New Covenant House (The "Soup Kitchen") on Thurs., Sept. 18 at 6:30pm in Lucey Church Hall, 4 Riverside Ave., Riverside, CT.  $10pp at the door to benefit NCH.  RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or

NEW BIBLE STUDIES STARTING at St. John Parish, 1986 Post Rd., Darien. Bring a Bible and join the discussions as you learn from Scriptures, encouraging a deeper relationship with Jesus. OPEN TO ALL! No Bible study experience necessary - beginners welcome. Contact Maryann (203) 213-4809 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). 10-week study of Book of Revelation.

  • Wednesdays 7-8:30pm in Room 108 of the Blanchard Center begins Sept. 17
  • Thursdays 9:40-11:10am in Room 108 of the Blanchard Center begins Sept. 18

ADULT SCRIPTURE STUDY at St. Jude Parish in Monroe will begin Thurs., Sept. 18 at 7:30pm called "The Way of Justice and Peace."  Open to all.  For more info call Marie D'Ostilio at (203) 261-6404.

CATHOLIC YOUNG ADULTS OF GREATER DANBURY at St. Marguerite's, Brookfield, will next meet on Sept 19 (game night and Fall Calendar planning) from 7-9pm in our church hall. We meet every first and third Friday for prayer, refreshments, and fellowship, and welcome YA's ages 18-35. In addition, join us for hikes, concerts, dances, and Holy Hours, etc., and for Diocesan YA Ministry events.  To receive email blasts on meeting reminders and event announcements, email Maria Mullen at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 203-798-6923.  Join us on Facebook by searching for our group by name after logging in."

: High School Edition by Brian Butler, and Jason & Crystalina Evert - 12 weekly sessions begins Sept. 19 at St. Joseph Parish, 50 Fairmont Place, Shelton starting at 6:30pm.  Open to all high school age teens. Theology of the Body for Teens: High School Edition is for Catholic teenagers based on John Paul II's Theology of the Body that helps them understand the meaning of their bodies, the significance of their sexuality, the purpose of their lives, and how they were uniquely created for greatness. Course starts with 1/2 hour of Adoration in the Chapel follow up with class 7-8:30pm. To register contact Linda Gorel at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  St. Joseph Senior High Youth Group

on Fri., Sept 19 at 7:30pm at St. Augustine Cathedral. OPEN TO ALL!

NEW BIBLE STUDY STARTING Fri., Sept. 19 from 9-10:45am at Christ the King Parish, 4700 Madison Ave., Trumbull.  OPEN TO ALL!  Jeff Cavins’ “The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation” Bible Study is a fascinating study that will take you on a journey through the entire Bible. For more info or to reserve study materials call Liz at (203) 268-8695 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

4TH ANNUAL ARTS & CRAFTS ON BEDFORD STREET, Stamford - an outreach event for the New Covenant House Soup Kitchen held on Sat., Sept. 20 from 11am-8pm and Sun., Sept. 21 from 10am-5pm.  Raffles and over 100 boutiques on Bedford Street which will be closed to traffic.  Come see who we are, and how we are feeding our neighbors in lower Fairfield County!  Click here for flyer.

NEW MEN'S SCRIPTURE STUDY BEGINNING at St. Jude Parish, 707 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe on Sat., Sept. 20 at 7am. OPEN TO ALL! Join us as we study St. Paul’s Letters to the Romans. This is a 16-week Men’s Scripture study. They will follow with a study of Sirach.  No material fee, bring a Bible. For more info call Manny Cambra at 203-261-6404

on Sat., Sept. 20 from 9:30am-2:30pm at St. Catherine, Trumbull

THE BRITISH ARE COMING! "Beatles, Stones and the British Invasion" Concert to support the Cardinal Sheehan Center After School & Saturday Program on Sat., Sept. 20 at the Bijou Theater in Bridgeport.  7pm complimentary wine bar; show starts at 8pm.  Tickets $40pp.  For info call (203) 336-4468 or or

A VOLUNTEER TRAINING PROGRAM FOR PRISON MINISTRY "Gift of Grace" being held Sat., Sept. 20 & 27, Oct. 4 & 18, Sun., Dec. 7 at Diocese of Norwich, Bishop Hines Conference Room, 201 Broadway, Norwich, CT.  Pre-registration required; Parish teams are encouraged.  For info call (860) 848-2237 ext 211 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)Click here for flyer.

TEENS – BLESSING OF THE DRIVERS & CARS at Teen Mass, St. Aloysius, 21 Cherry St., New Canaan on Sun., Sept 21 beginning at 5pm. All welcome! Come join us and ask God for the courage and wisdom -- He is always by your side -- let this blessing be a reminder of that!

NEWLY REVAMPED HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP - St. Mary's/St. Benedict's HS Youth Groups starts Sept. 21 and meets 2nd & 4th Sunday from 5:30-7:30pm. OPEN TO ALL! You do not need to be a member of the parishes to attend. We meet at the East Side Catholic Youth Center (21 St. Benedict's Circle). For info call (203) 324-7321.

SPECIAL NEEDS MASS - save the date - Sept. 21 at Holy Cross Parish, 750 Tahmore Dr., Fairfield from 1-3pm.  Click here for flyer

OUTDOOR MASS, FOLLOWED BY LUNCH & CONCERT FEATURING SOPRANO KRISTA ADAMS celebrating feast day of St. Pio of Pietrelcina on Sun.,Sept. 21 beginning with outdoor Mass at 12:30pm at St. Margaret Shrine, 2523 Park Ave., Bridgeport, followed by a 2pm lunch at Testo’s Ristorante and Banquets, 1775 Madison Ave., Bridgeport. Luncheon concert by internationally and regionally acclaimed Lyric Soprano, Krista Adams Santilli whose repertoire includes gospel, English/Italian opera, jazz, musical theater, movies, Broadway, classical, etc. $45pp/$10 for children under age 12. Reservations deadline Sept. 13. RSVP to Rose (203) 371-0098; Paola (203) 926-9862 or Emilio (203) 334-3863. All proceeds to ongoing maintenance and beautification of the St. Pio Shrine.

NEW BIBLE STUDY STARTING at St. Michael Parish in Greenwichon Mon.,Sept. 22 at 7pm for 8sessions. OPEN TO ALL! Filmed on location in the Holy Land, Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of Mary’s earthly life, taking you through her joys and her sorrows. You will learn how she works in our lives today, drawing us ever closer to her divine Son. $28pp for study guide. For info or to register call Mary Ellen at 203-859-4000 x167 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE! If you want a better understanding of our faith, and a deeper relationship with God, then you should join us for The Bible Timeline Study at St. Stephen Parish, 6849 Main St., Trumbull beginning (two groups): Mon., Sept. 22 at 9:45am (morning group) OR Thurs., Sept. 25 at 7pm (evening group). The Bible Timeline takes you on a journey through the entire Bible and brings you deep into each period of salvation history, so that you can discover the amazing story woven throughout all of Scripture. For info or to register call Parish Office at (203) 268-6217 or talk to one of the priests after Mass. $20pp for materials.

NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL GOLF TOURNAMENT in Memory of Bob Shea Mon., Sept. 22 at Redding Country Club in Redding, CT.  For info on playing or sponsorship contact Theresa Marzik at (203) 372-6521 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Click here for more information. For sponsorship opportunities, click here.

MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE on Mon., Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m., Christ the King Church, Madison Ave. in Trumbull with Father Larry Carew.

CARDINAL'S PINSTRIPE MASS FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS on Tues., Sept. 23 at 7am at St. Patrick's Cathedral, 14 East 51st St., NY, NY  10022. Breakfast to follow.  Join fellow business professionals for the Pinstripe Mass, celebrated by His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, co-sponsored by Catholic Finance Association, Legatus, Lumen Institute, Papal Foundation, New York Men's Leadership Forum, Order of Malta, Catholic Business Network NYC, Catholic Advertising Association, and others. To sign up click here.  For info email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Open to all.

FAITH FORUM fall session starting at St. Luke Church, Parish Center, 49 Turkey Hill Rd., Westport on Sept. 23 – OPEN TO ALL!  Now in our 21st year, we will be reading a book on Mercy by Cardinal Walter Kasper. Faith Forum group encourages attendees to share their thoughts about the book we read and how it applies to current issues that the Catholic Church is facing.  Faith Forum meets Tuesday mornings at 10:30am.  Come join the fun and the journey!  For info contact Deacon Brian Kellyat (203) 373-9753 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

PUB THEOLOGY with Fr. Lynch held at Walrus + Carpenter Smokehouse Pub, 2895 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport from 6:30-8:30pm on last Wednesday of each month. Next meeting is Sept. 24. Each gathering we will look at a different part of the Mass and explore the reason why, the meaning of prayers and their source. Come be surprised at what we discover. Age 21 & over. Contact St. Ann Church: 203-368-1607; or on Facebook page: St Ann Black Rock

40 DAYS FOR LIFE CAMPAIGN from Sept. 24-Nov. 2.  In addition to 40 days of peaceful prayer and fasting for an end to abortion, please consider volunteering to pray outside of the Summit Women’s Center in Bridgeport for one or more hours during the 40 days, and help to spread the word to others about this important life-saving effort. Should you participate in the Summit Women’s Center prayer vigil, your parish Respect Life Coordinator or designate should contact Christine Murphy (203) 438-4866 to register and adopt a particular date for the prayer vigil.

NEW BIBLE STUDY STARTING on Sept. 24 at St. Edward the Confessor Parish - OPEN TO ALL - 21 Brush Hill Rd., New Fairfield, CT from 7-8:30pm for 8 sessions.  "Mary - A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother" 8-part DVD/book study by Dr. Edward Sri (  $35pp includes: binder with study questions, outlines and rosary. Refreshments served.  For info or to register contact Carol Zinser at (203) 746-4270 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)Click here for flyer.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP for those grieving the loss of a loved one - a series of ten weekly meetings begins Wed., Sept. 24 from 4-5:30pm at St. Stephen’s Church in Trumbull. For info and to register call the Parish Office (203) 268-6217

9-WEEK BEREAVEMENT JOURNEY WORKSHOP begins Wed., Sept. 24 from 7-9pm at St. Anthony's Book & Gift Shop, 142 Main St., Derby.  Healing for grieving persons, both men and women. $10 per session includes workbook. For info or to register ASAP call (203) 888-3390. Space is limited.

PIECING TOGETHER AUTISM DIAGNOSIS - A Listen & Learn Lecture with Jennifer Lee, MD and Susan Dieterich, PhD at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Thurs., Sept. 25 from 6:30–7:30pm, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, Cancer Center/Hawley Conference Center 4th floor.  Q & A session will follow and refreshments served.  For more info or to register 877-255-7847 or register online at

NEW BIBLE STUDY BEGINNING at St. Jude Parish, 707 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe on Fri., Sept. 26 at 9:30am. All welcome as we study St. Paul’s Letters from Prison. This is an adult study. $20 for materials. For more info call Mary Beth Rauser at (203) 261-6404

with guest speaker His Eminence, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, Secretary of State, Holy See at Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, NYC on Fri., Sept. 26 from 12noon-6pm and dinner at 8pm at the Park at St. Bart’s and Sat., Sept. 27 starting with 8am Mass with conference from 9am-6pm. To register & schedule info go to Contact Robert Nalewajek, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); (888) 448-4788.

NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING CLASSES begin at St. Rose of Lima parish in Newtown on Fri., Sept. 26, and continue Oct. 17 and Nov. 21 from 7-9:30pm. Classes held at the 38 Church Hill Rd., Newtown in the Religious Education building upper room.  It takes the full series of 3 classes to learn the method.  For more info contact Adrienne and Al Keogler at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  To register, or for more info about NFP visit the Couple to Couple League International at

- Bishop Caggiano Invites YOU, the youth of the Diocese of Bridgeport, to continue the dialogue on Sat., Sept. 27 at Immaculate High School, Danbury from 2-4pm. Wondering how to get involved in this amazing process?  Go to or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). All persons must have a ticket to enter at the door! All adult chaperones must be Virtus trained and background checked and registered by September 13. No adults will be accepted at the door who are not pre-cleared chaperones.

from 4-5:30pm right after the YOUTH SYNOD SESSION at Immaculate High School, Danbury.  Dube Travel company will present itinerary, costs and answer travel questions. This is the day you may register!  ALL WELCOME: parents, priests, youth ministers, chaperones, donors and youth!

CATHOLIC YOUNG ADULT TRIP TO LOURDES OF LITCHFIELD, CT – OPEN TO ALL ages 18-39 - St. Theresa's Church, Main St., Trumbull is hosting a retreat/pilgrimage for the Young Adults at Lourdes in Litchfield, CT on Sat., Sept. 27 from 9am-1pm; Fr. Gannon will be joining us.  We will be going out to lunch afterwards, bring snack to hold you over.  RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  For info on the shrine click here.

YOUNG ADULT MASS & SOCIAL IN NYC - OPEN TO ALL - Catholic Fellowship of NYC invites you to a Young Professionals Mass for 20s, 30s & 40s on Sat., Sept. 27 at 5:30pm; social at 6:45pm.  Mass at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, 980 Park Ave & E 84th St, New York, NY 10028 or  After Mass we are meeting at the Gael Pub, 1465 Third Ave. (between 3rd Ave & 83rd St).  For info email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

47TH ANNUAL KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL NO. 5987 AWARDS DINNER on Sept. 27 at the Stone Barn, 175 Shelton Rd. in Monroe. Mr. Ray Longo will be honored as this year’s Knight of the Year; also honored will be Mrs. Jean Paul, Dir. of Religious Ed at St. Jude Parish. Social hour with hors d’oeuvres begins at 6:30pm, dinner at 7:30pm. $45pp with cash bar. RSVP to Pete D’Ostilio (203) 261-0593 or Paul Seperack (203) 261-1890 by Sept. 19.

NATIONAL CATHOLIC SINGLES CONFERENCE to be held Sept. 27-29. Join over 400 single Catholics at the 12th National Catholic Singles Conference 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 The Double Tree Philadelphia at Valley Forge, 301 West DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA 19406.  Get a group of your friends and go to this amazing experience.  For list of Catholic Young Adult Groups in Fairfield County CT go: to  Contact their leaders to see if anyone would like to go as a group.

NEWLY REVAMPED JUNIOR YOUTH GROUP (Grades 6-8)- St. Mary's/St. Benedict's starts Sept. 28 and meets 1st & 3rd Sunday from 5:30-7:30pm. All are invited to attend! You do not need to be a member of the parishes to attend. We meet at the East Side Catholic Youth Center (21 St. Benedict's Circle). For info call (203) 324-7321.

RED MASS for members of the LEGAL PROFESSION will be held Sept. 28 at 9am in the Egan Chapel of Fairfield University.  Mass and breakfast hosted by Fr. Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., President of Fairfield University.  Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will be celebrant and homilist.  Public is invited to attend, along with members of the legal profession. Guest speaker at breakfast will be Attorney Noel J. Francisco topic "Religious Liberty after the Hobby Lobby Decision."  $35pp. Click here to make reservation or call Debbie Tietjen at (203) 416-1385, email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

CONNECTIONS! Ministry for Catholic Singles 40 and over is back! Our first event is Mon., Sept. 29 at Holy Family Parish, 700 Old Stratfield Rd., Fairfield from 7-9pm beginning  with Mass at 7pm followed by coffee and refreshments in church hall. Our theme this year is “Developing a Friendship with Christ.” The mission of Connections! is to provide Catholic singles 40 and over the opportunity to meet and share their faith with a host of God's wonderful gifts of friendship, having fun together, giving and spiritual strengthening and healing.  $10pp. RSVP via email to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

NEW BIBLE STUDIES STARTING - OPEN TO ALL - at St. James Parish in Stratford. A variety of courses being offered mornings and evenings beginning week of Sept. 29. Visit or call (203) 375-5887 for complete list and to register.

NEW WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY “Walking with Purpose” at St. Rose of Lima, 46 Church Hill, Rd.,Newtown weekly starting Wed., Oct. 1 from 10-11:30am in the Holy Innocents Faith Formation Center (free babysitting available).  We will explore crucial questions about our faith such as: Who is Jesus Christ, and why is He interested in my friendship? Why does a good God allow suffering and evil? What is grace and what difference does it make in my life? No previous experience is necessary! You are welcome as you are.

DAY OR EVENING RETREAT “A CONVERSATION WITH POPE FRANCIS” on Oct. 1 either 10am-2pm or 6-9pm at Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford, CT. "Courageously share your faith in seeking out the poor and sinners."  How can we, the average and sometimes limited members of the Body of Christ, bring the message of God's love to the poor and sinners? What resources do we have to make the Gospels come alive in our family and among our friends, but even more, in our broken world? Come to listen and dialogue with Fr. David Cinquegrani, C.P., about the "whys" and "hows" of these questions. $40pp, includes meal. Register and info at

2ND ANNUAL MEMORIAL MASS FOR OUR CHILDREN at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, 138 Candlewood Lake Rd., Brookfield held on the Feast of the Guardian Angels Thurs., Oct. 2 at 7pm. This Mass celebrates the lives of all of our children - both living and deceased. Parents, relatives, and friends who have suffered the loss of a child are invited to join us as we celebrate their lives before God at the Eucharist.  Click here for flyer.  Pastor Fr. George Sankoorikal will dedicate a new, permanent Memorial to our children. After Mass, all are invited to the narthex for light refreshments and gathering. If you have suffered the loss of a child and want to enter your child's name in our Memorial Book, contact Jill Kessler at (203) 740-8500 or Linda in the Parish Office at (203) 775-5117, ext #1 for a Information Form, or click here to view/print an info form, or go to Mail completed form to St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, 138 Candlewood Lake Road, Brookfield, CT 06804 or dropped off at the Parish Office before Sun., Sept. 21.

DISCIPLES 4 LIFE ADULT RETREAT sponsored by St. Mary Parish, Ridgefield from Oct. 3-5 at the Seton-Neumann Center, Danbury, CT.  This is a personal retreat open to all adult men and women and a great opportunity to spend time away from stresses and demands of everyday life to be with God and recharge your batteries!  Includes talks, reconciliation, Mass, Eucaristic Adoration and quiet time.  Make a decision to change your life today!  $150pp includes meals and lodging. Click here for info and registration form Click here to register online.  Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.  For questions contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or (203) 431-0832.  Reservations first come, first serve basis.

WALK IN THEIR SHOES MORNING GLORY WALKATHON on Sat., Oct. 4 at 10:00am at Meckauer Park in Bethel, CT.  A homeless person will walk 3-5 miles every day. Take a walk in their shoes by joining Morning Glory's second annual walkathon and help raise awareness and funding for this critical program. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for a pledge form or begin your own electronic pledge form at

"THE THIRSTING" a Catholic Rock Band will perform at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 4 Riverside Ave, Riverside, CT on Sun., Oct. 5 after the Mass. Daniel Oberreuter, the band's leader, will play a solo Acoustic Concert at approximately 11:45 am in the Church. Audiences of all ages are welcome to this free concert. For info contact: Janet Wrabel:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Check them out at:

FALL OPEN HOUSE AT TRINITY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, 926 Newfield Ave., Stamford on Wed., Oct., 8 at 7pm. 7th and 8th graders are invited to attend with their families.  For more info go to: or contact the Admissions Office  at (203) 322-3401 ext. 13 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  We look forward to seeing you there!

NEW BIBLE STUDY STARTING - OPEN TO ALL - at Our Lady of Assumption Parish is Fairfield on Thurs., Oct. 9. Continuing with the second part of this 12-week course Pillar II: Sacraments. You will learn about the power and purpose of the sacraments, and discover how these fonts of inexhaustible grace can transform your life, providing strength, healing, and hope. Meets Thursday mornings at 9:15 AM and evenings at 7:00 PM. To register, call the rectory at (203) 333-9065. Bring a friend! No previous Bible study experience needed.

YOUNG ADULT SEMI-FORMAL at St. Theresa's Parish, Main St., Trumbull on Oct. 11 at 7pm in the Parish gym.  OPEN TO ALL ages 21-39, singles and married couples. Dress code is formal; BYOB and finger foods. Come and enjoy!  A great way to meet new friends in your community of Catholic young adults!  Tickets sold after all masses and at the rectory.  $12pp in advance; $20pp at the door. For info contact Katie Martin at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

HARVEST CRAFT FAIR - VENDORS NEEDED on Oct. 11 at St. Mary Church, 566 Elm St., Stamford.  Contact Sharon (203) 327-1606 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

“COME & SEE” MASS by the Secular Franciscan Holy Spirit Fraternity at St. Emery’s Church, 838 Kings Hwy. East, Fairfield, on Sat., Oct. 11 at 9:30am. Fr. Eugene R. Szantyr will celebrate a Mass in church followed with a social and meeting in the Church Hall. “Come and See” if you are being called to a vocation in the Secular Franciscan Order.  All are welcome!  For more info call Patricia at (203) 255-8801.

AN EVENING WORKSHOP FOR PARISH CATECHISTS “Incorporating Prayer into the Classroom Setting” on Wed., Oct 15 from 6-9pm at Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford with Liza Peters and Lisa Orchen. Workshop will offer creative ways to incorporate prayer into the faith formation setting. Looking to the liturgical calendar and symbols of the Church for guidance, we will explore and exchange ideas that can be used throughout the year. Program includes dinner, presentation, discussion, and prayer. $40pp. 860-760-9712.

WOMEN’S RETREAT “In Praise of an Awesome GOD!” Held Nov. 14-16 (register by Oct. 15) at St. Edmund’s, Enders Island, Mystic, CT starts Fri. 7pm to Sunday after lunch. As we reflect upon the WISDOM, POWER and LOVE of GOD, we will find that sometimes we Praise God with great joy; and other times, due to difficulties, we offer a silent sacrifice of praise. Daily Mass, inspirational presentations, time for personal reflection, a music workshop on praise & worship. To register call Janet Virmalo (860) 536-0565, ext. 110; or  Register before Oct. 15. Double rooms; very few single rooms (1st come 1st serve).

WINE TASTING & SILENT AUCTION "Cheers for Charity" on Sat., Oct. 18 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish Hall, 30 Northfield Rd., Weston, CT.  Please join us for a great night of wine tasting and a silent auction to jointly benefit Al's Angels and the great works of the Knights of Columbus! Wine Stations with estate bottled wines from California, France & Italy will be tasted!  Also feature a "beer table" with several new selections! Purchase tickets online at  Click on "Donate", select Cheers for Charity Tickets. $30pp. Space is limited so order your tickets ASAP!

AN MORNING OF PRAYERFUL REMEMBRANCE AND INTERCESSION on Sat., Oct. 18 from 10am-1pm at St. Mary Church, 55 Catoonah St., in Ridgefield.  The hidden wounds of abortion affect each of us. Whether a neighbor, co-worker, friend, relative, maybe oneself…as a community we have all been touched.  We will gather to pray and intercede on behalf of our entire nation, seeking forgiveness and healing in God’s merciful love. Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, personal testimonies from those affected by abortion (read by volunteers) and intercessory prayer.  Sponsored by the Diocese of Bridgeport and Lumina Hope & Healing After Abortion.  For more info call Respect Life Ministry at (203) 416-1445 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Lumina at (877) 586-4621 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

MAGNIFICAT a Ministry to Catholic Women will host a prayer breakfast on Sat., Oct. 18 from 9:30am-12:30pm at Ethan Allen Inn, Danbury.  Most Reverend Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will be the guest speaker. Cost $25pp. Seating is limited; Register by Sat., Sept. 27. No tickets will be sold at the door. For info call Fran Hood (203) 744-1856 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Click here to view/print flyer. Invitation available on Bridgeport Diocese Website under Woman’s Ministry section. A great pre-curser to the Diocese of Bridgeport First Women's Conference!

NEW BIBLE STUDY STARTING at St. Andrew Church, 435 Anton St., Bridgeport each evening Oct. 19-24 at 7pm, featuring Fr. Barron video series “Priest, Prophet, King.”  Describes the Old Testament foreshadowing of each of Jesus' three offices and the descriptions of how Jesus is the fulfillment of each as seen in the New Testament.” For info and reservations contact Office of Faith Formation, Susan Baldwin at (203) 374-8118.

ST. JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL FALL OPEN HOUSE, 2320 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull on Oct. 19 from 1-4pm.  Come, see our great school, meet faculty and students and see who we are here at St. Joe’s!  Open to all. For info contact Peggy Marino at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (203) 378-9378 ext. 308 or go to 2-Day Entrance Exam Prep Course: Fri., Oct 24 (6-9pm) and Sat., Oct. 25 (9am-1pm).

OPEN HOUSE AT SACRED HEART ACADEMY, 265 Benham St., Hamden, CT. An independent Catholic college preparatory school for young women in grades 9–12, SHA will open its doors to prospective students and their families on Sun., Oct. 19 from 1–3pm. Open House is designed to give prospective families a feel for the spirit and focus of the Academy and encourages visitors to spend the day as they choose. Student guided tours with time allowed for areas of particular interest. Administrators, faculty and staff, students, current parents, and alumnae will be on hand to meet and greet and answer questions. For complete details click here. All are welcome; seventh and eighth graders and their parents are particularly encouraged to attend if they are considering admission. For info on open house or the admissions process contact Elaine Lamboley, Dir. of Admission, (203) 288-2309, x307 or

. All are invited to attend! Friday’s events include: Awards Reception, Fri., Oct. 24 from 7-10pm in SJ Gym. Saturday’s events include 5K Color Run with check-in beginning at 8am/Race 9am, Homecoming Football Game & Alumni Tent at 2pm. For more details on Fridays Reception visit  or to register for the 5K Race visit  or call (203) 378.9378x324

- Inviting all women to the first ever Catholic Women's Conference on Sat., Oct. 25 at Trumbull Marriott. The day will include Mass with Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, talks, adoration, opportunity for Reconciliation, music, vendors, and more! speakers Dr. Dianne Traflet, Sr. Claire Matthiass CFR, and Genevieve Kineke. Includes Breakfast & lunch. Register before Sept. 20: $45pp.  Between Sept. 21 and Oct. 20: $50. At the door: $55.  Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or click here to register or call (203) 416-1445 or (203) 416-1446.

on Oct. 25 from 8am-4:45pm at Goodwin College, One Riverside Dr., East Hartford.  Open to all.  Get a guys from your parish and go as a group!  For info go to facebook: ctcatholicmensconference. Get a group of your friends and go to this amazing experience. Click here to view/print conference poster. Click here for facebook audio message from speaker.  For list of Catholic Young Adult Groups in Fairfield County CT go: to  Contact their leaders to see if anyone would like to go as a group.

HARVEST FAIR by St. Andrew Church Young Believers Youth Group on Sat., Oct. 25 from 10am-5:30pm in the Church Hall, 435 Anton St., Bridgeport. Vendors, pumpkins, face painting, and a harvest warming menu with baked goods. If you would like to be a vendor or need more info, call Susan Baldwin at (203) 374-8118.

BLACK ROCK FARMERS MARKET HOOTENANNY at St. Ann Field, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport on Sat., Oct. 25 from 1-5pm.  Games, Food, Beer Tasting by CT Breweries and a Haunted House. Co-sponsored by Walrus & Carpenter Gastro Pub to benefit the Black Rock Farmer's Market, Black Rock Food Pantry, St. Ann Church and St. Ann Academy. For more info call (203) 368-1607 or

GINGER KATZ, CEO & FOUNDER OF COURAGE TO SPEAK FOUNDATION; AUTHOR OF “SONNY’S STORY” A DRUG PREVENTION BOOK is second in a series presented by St. Catherine of Siena Church, 4 Riverside Ave., Riverside, CT on Sun., Oct. 26 from 11:45am-1pm. For info contact: Janis Pataky, Director of Faith Formation, (203) 637-3661 x 329

MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE on Mon., Oct. 27 at 7:30pm at Christ the King Church, Madison Ave. in Trumbull with Father Larry Carew.

CELEBRITY BREAKFAST WITH GUEST SPEAKER ERNIE ANASTOS sponsored by Catholic Charities will be held Thurs., Oct. 30 from 7:30-9am at Amber Room Colonnade, 1 Stacey Rd Route 37, Danbury to benefit the behavioral health programs in Danbury, CT. For info go to

CATHOLIC YOUNG ADULTS SEEKERS RETREAT Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at Sacred Heart Retreat Center, 226 Great Neck Rd., Wareham, MA 02571. Find out how other young adults answer these questions; learn how faith plays a role in their journeys; and take the time to reflect on your own path. Retreatants look at their lives to see where God has been, where God is present, and where God is calling them to be. $50pp begins Fri. Oct. 31 at 6pm ends Sun., Nov. 2 at 2pm. Payment Online, Mailed in Check, Pay at Door, Financial assistance available. Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or go to

WEEKEND RETREAT FOR MEN AND WOMEN “From Control to Compassion” from Fri., Oct 31 to Sun., Nov 2 at Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford with Fr. Michael Crosby. This weekend retreat for men and women will explore the causes and consequences of conflict and violence at the personal, relational, and social levels—while examining how life might be lived more caringly and non-violently in order to find compassion. Begins with dinner at 6pm on Friday and concludes with brunch on Sunday at noon. $325pp 860-760-9705.

to Benefit Malta House on Sat., Nov. 1 at the Palace Theater in Stamford starting at 8pm. Grammy-award-winning recording artist Al Jarreau will donate a portion of proceeds from his one-night-only appearance to Malta House, a residence for homeless expectant mothers and their babies in Norwalk, CT founded as a work of mercy by the Catholic lay Order of Malta CT.  Tickets: Orchestra seats $250ppincludes VIP reception at 6:30pm with champagne, wine, cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres, as well as presentation of the John Swanhaus Award to Sarita Hanley, a great supporter of Malta House, and Dr. Karen Shields Wright, its spiritual director. Tier 1/Tier 2 seats $150pp. Click here for flyer.  Purchase Tickets at

"CATHOLIC MOM'S CAFE" TV SERIES BEGINS IN NOVEMBER!  EWTN announces the new series debut first week of November.  Hosted by author/speaker Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle geared to Catholic Moms, GrandMoms and caregivers, the 'cafe' full of inspiration, encouragement and Church teaching as it delves into the challenges and joys amid the miraculous and crazy vocation of motherhood.  Click here for flyer with details.

BISHOP CAGGIANO SPECIAL GUEST AT FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY Center for Catholic Studies on Nov. 4 at 8pm at the Quick Center for the Arts as part of their series featuring theologians and award-winning writers sharing their prospectives on important topics of the day. Open to all. For info contact Michelle Towster, Administrative Coordinator, (203) 254-4000 ext. 3415.

CATHOLIC YOUNG ADULTS "ENCOUNTER" NATIONAL CONFERENCE is Nov. 8 in Milwaukee, WI. Registration opens July 14. The first 200 registrants will only have to pay $35! To learn more about Encounter Milwaukee click here.  To register click here.  Get a group of your friends and go to this amazing experience.  For list of Catholic Young Adult Groups in Fairfield County CT go: to  Contact their leaders to see if anyone would like to go as a group. 

SECOND GENERAL SESSION OF THE SYNOD on Sat., Nov. 15 from 9:30am-2:30pm at St. Catherine, Trumbull.

DAY TRIP TO "SIGHT & SOUND" THEATRE IN AMISH COUNTRY TO SEE "MOSES" sponsored by St. Philip Church on Sat., Nov. 15, 2014.  $120pp includes: round trip luxury coach bus transportation, ticket to musical "Moses", day of shopping at Kitchen Kettle Village, Dinner at Plain & Fancy Farm Restaurant.  Departs St. Philip parking lot at 1 Father Colin Place in Norwalk at 7am sharp, returns around midnight. For info or to make reservation call Claudette at (203) 984-2005.  Limited space so reserve early!  To view/print flyer click here. For info on Sight and Sound go to

ST. MARGARET SHRINE 2ND ANNUAL ROAST with featured Guest Bishop Caggiano at St. Catherine of Siena Hall in Trumbull on Sun., Nov. 16 at 2pm. Reserve your seat and support the revitalization effort of St. Margaret Shrine, the only Diocesan Shrine in the Diocese of Bridgeport! Fun, food, and raffle/auction. Tickets $100pp, $75 for clergy and religious, and must be purchased in advance. Represent your parish, gather your friends, and reserve a table of 10! Advertising and donation options available for you or your business. For info call the Shrine at (203) 333-9627 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

YOUNG ADULTS ONE-DAY RETREAT on the ocean! Held Sat., Nov. 22 at Mercy Center in Madison, CT sponsored by FAN (Franciscan Action Network). Theme: "The Pope Francis Effect and Franciscan Spirituality" by director Patrick Carolan.  Includes: lunch, Mass celebrated by Fr. Sam Fuller of St. Pius X in Middletown.  Bring a friend or find a local Young Adults group in Fairfield County ( to go with as a group. Click here for flyer or click here for link. For more info email Janine Walsh at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For info on FAN go to  For retreat center info go to

ST. JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL WINTER OPEN HOUSE, 2320 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull on Dec. 3 from 7-8:30pm.  Come, see our great school, meet faculty and students and see who we are here at St. Joe’s!  Open to all.  For info contact Jessica Morales,Director of Admissions, email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (203) 378-9378 ext. 452 or go to; or Dana Christos, Director of Communication, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CATHOLIC YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY (NCCYM) in San Antonio, Texas Dec. 4-6. Our very own Bishop Caggiano is the Episcopal Liaison to the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministers! He has recently released a letter (click here) to all local pastors and Deacons to encourage our participation in the annual event this year. Anyone who is interested in going, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (203) 416-1449. For info  

sponsored by The Fellowship of Catholic University Students on Jan. 1-5, 2015 in Nashville, TN.  A gathering to 'ask, seek and knock' to discover who we are, where we're going and what motivates us; with unexpected twists and turns, you will be challenged, inspired and left wanting more.  For info or to register go to Get a group of your friends and go to this amazing experience.  For list of Catholic Young Adult Groups in Fairfield County CT go: to  Contact their leaders to see if anyone would like to go as a group.

THIRD GENERAL SESSION OF THE SYNOD on Sat., Feb. 7 from 9:30am-2:30pm at St. Catherine, Trumbull.

COLLEGE RETREAT WEEKEND held Feb. 13-15, 2015 at Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford. We understand that the hectic pace of college can often leave college students with the need to rest and reflect in a sacred space.  We invite college students to join us; we offer a variety of workshops to strengthen the faith of college students through learning and small-group discussion. Centered on the liturgy of the Church and enhancing the experience of community among college students. Begins Friday with a buffet dinner at 6pm and ends Noon on Sunday. Offering $75. To register:

TEENS – SAVE THE DATE! Day of Recollection with the Bishop for the Youth
 on Sat., March 28, 2015 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 35 Northfield Rd., Weston, CT from 11am-2pm. Stay tuned for details!  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

FOURTH GENERAL SESSION OF SYNOD on Sat., May 9, 2015 from 9:30am-2:30pm at St. Catherine, Trumbull.

"ENCOUNTER" CATHOLIC YOUNG ADULTS CONFERENCE  May 29-31, 2015 with Chris Stefanick in St. Louis, MO.  We will have amazing speakers, interactive breakout sessions, late night entertainment, and time for Adoration & Reconciliation. Breakout sessions are focused on the different life stages of the young adult – whether a college student, young adult, married, or consecrated. It is not too early to begin to advertise to your young adults about next summer’s conference! We look forward to seeing you next year at the Encounter Conference!


WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2015 with Pope Francis!  Philadelphia, PA Sept. 22-27, 2015Save the date!  Created by Saint John Paul II in 1994 in Rome to explore the critical role the family plays in society and to give families opportunities to talk about the challenges and blessings that all families have.  2015 Theme: "Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive". The Diocese of Bridgeport will be organizing a group to attend this exciting event.  Details are still pending, but we want to know who will be joining us so that we may contact you once a package is confirmed.  Please contact Angela Mantero, Director of Marriage and Family, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 203-416-1627. For official prayer and image: For event info:


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