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THE FIRST GRADUATING CLASS of Cathedral Girls’ High School—The class of 1968 is planning a 50th reunion. We were a small group with the school literally being built around us in the fall of 1964. We would love to connect with everyone from the Cathedral '68 class, so for information, please contact Pauline Caron at cghs_class68@bell.net.


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.


OKLAHOMA, a performance by students at Immaculate High School, Danbury, will be held Thurs.-Fri., April 28-29, at 7 pm and Sat., April 30 at 2 pm & 7 pm. Admission: $20 adults; $15 student/senior; $10 matinee. For more info or for tickets, contact the Fine Arts Department: cstone@immaculatehs.org or 203.744.1510, ext. 132.


TRINITY CATHOLIC High School will host its Legacy Gala on Fri., April 29, at the Italian Center in Stamford. This year’s honorees are: Frank J. Mercede for Legacy of Service; Steve & Christine Green for Legacy of Encouragement; Msgr. William J. Scheyd, P.A., for Legacy of Purpose. To place an ad or make a reservation, contact Betsy Mercede: bmercede@trinitycatholic.org or 203.322.3401, ext. 303.


A DAY WITH MARY, a one-day retreat will be offered by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, Sat., April 30, at Sacred Heart Parish, Danbury. The day starts at 8:45 am and includes Mass, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Marian Procession, recitation of the Rosary, and more. The day ends at 3 pm. No pre-registration required. Bring a bag lunch and invite your friends! For more info and a video, go to www.daywithmarywest.org or visit Facebook at Day with Mary—West: Griswold.


ST. THERESA SCHOOL, Trumbull, 60th Anniversary Celebration will be held Sat., April 30, beginning at 6 pm at Tashua Knolls, Trumbull. Guest of honor is Msgr. Louis DeProfio, pastor of St. Theresa Parish from 1971-2003. Sponsorships and tickets are now available. For more info or to make reservations visit www.stesonline.org/celebrate60 or call 203.268.3236. To donate silent auction items, contact Sonya Jarvis: 203.261.3344.


KOLBE CATHEDRAL High School “Making a Difference” celebration held Sun., May 1, at St. Mary Parish, Greenwich. Mass: 5:15 pm, dinner follows at Gabriele’s Steakhouse. 2016 Honorees: Bill Mitchell & Dr. Gerald Kuroghlian. Proceeds benefit KCHS scholarship funds. For more info, contact Jo-Anne Jakab: 203.368.2648 or jjakab@kolbecaths.org.


AL’S ANGELS needs volunteers to help assist members of Temple Israel, Westport, in wrapping holiday gifts on Sun., May 1, at 10:30 am. This special day is devoted to provide Temple members the ability to perform good deeds in helping the human family. We will be providing the gifts, wrapping paper & tags. Assistance is needed in helping oversee this effort and bringing wrapped toys back to 342 Greens Farms Road at the end of the event. If you can help, contact Al DiGuido: adiguido@yahoo.com.


SYRIAN ARCHBISHOP to speak in New Haven on Christian Genocide: Melkite Catholic Archbishop Jean Clément Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria, will speak on the genocide being waged against his people and the future of Christianity in the Middle East at St. Mary Church, 5 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven, on Sun., May 1, at 6:30 pm. The event will be sponsored by St. Mary's and the Knights of Columbus. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. The Knights of Columbus began its Christian Refugee Relief Fund in 2014 to aid persecuted Christians and other religious minorities, especially in Iraq and Syria. To date, nearly $10 million has been raised to provide housing, food, medical aid, education and general relief. For more info, contact Andrew Walther: 203.824.5412 or andrew.walther@kofc.org, or Joseph Cullen: 203.800.4923 or joseph.cullen@kofc.org.


THE SHRINE OF LOURDES IN LITCHFIELD, 50 Montfort Rd., Rte. 118, Litchfield, begins its Pilgrimage Season on Sun., May 1. Mass is celebrated Tuesday through Sunday at 11:30 am outside in the Grotto. In the event of inclement weather, Mass is celebrated in the Grotto Chapel. The Gift Shop is open Mon.-Sat., 10:30 am-4:30 pm and Sun., from after Mass to 4:30 pm. The Grotto Café is open Wed.-Sun., 10 am-2 pm. For more info, call 860.567.1041, email lourdesshrinect@gmail.com or visit www.shrinect.org.


MASSES OF HEALING AND HOPE celebrated on Mon., Mon., May 2, at 7:30 pm at Christ the King Parish, Trumbull, with Fr. Larry Carew; and Mon., May 16, at 7:30 pm at St. Lawrence Parish, Shelton, with Fr. Bill Eagan. For more info, call the Charismatic Renewal Office: 203.268.8253.


“BEING CATHOLIC in Today’s World” will be the topic for Bishop Frank J. Caggiano on Tues., May 3, at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, 1177 King St., Greenwich. Morning begins with coffee at 8:30 am; bishop’s talk at 9, followed by a 10:30 Mass. For more info or to RSVP, contact Rachel Zurheide, 203.532.33540 or zurheider@cshct.org by Tues., April 26.


"ECOLOGY AND CHRISTIAN FAITH," the final First Friday Lecture of the series, will take place at St. Luke Parish, Westport, Fri., May 6, at 7:30 pm with Dr. Frederick Simmons, Assistant professor of ethics at Yale Divinity School. The lecture will be preceded by a wine and cheese reception at 7 pm. All are welcome. For more info, call 203.227.7245.


ST. THOMAS SEMINARY, Bloomfield, reunion of graduates and non-graduates of both the high-school and the college programs will be held on Fri., May 6, in the Alma Mater on 467 Bloomfield Ave. Doors open at 2 pm, Mass in the chapel, 4 pm with Archbishop Leonard Blair. Reception follows Mass; dinner at 6:30 pm. For more info and for tickets, go to www.stseminary.org or visit them on Facebook.


DRAMA CLUB at Notre Dame High School, Fairfield, presents Into the Woods on Fri., May 6 at 8 pm and Sat., May 7,  at 1 pm and 8 pm in the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart University. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Sacred Heart Box Office: 203.371.7908. For more info, contact Theresa Marzik: tmarzik@notredame.org or 203.372.6521, ext. 242.


100TH ANNIVERSARY celebration for Catholic Charities of Fairfield County (CCFC): Mass and reception will be held Sat., May 7, at 5:30 pm at St. Matthew Parish, Norwalk. Bishop Caggiano will celebrate the Mass. For reservations, call 203.416.1333 or go to www.100thanniversarymass.eventbright.com. For more info, go to www.ccfairfield.org.


FAIRFIELD PREP ANNOUNCES $25,000 Tuition Raffle. The prize can be used for any K-12 schools, colleges or universities, located and accredited in the U.S., or to pay back college loans. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold at $100 per ticket. (500 tickets must be sold, or buyers will receive a full refund.) Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the scholarship and student enrichment programs at Fairfield Prep. The drawing will be held at the Spring Auction on Sat., May 7, at 11 pm in the Student Life Center at Fairfield Prep. Winning ticket holder need not be present to win. To order a ticket, contact development@fairfieldprep.org or 203.254.4237. For more info, go to: www.fairfieldprep.org/raffle.


GOLF TOURNAMENT to benefit the Sacred Heart Academy Scholarship Fund will be held on Mon., May 9 at New Haven Country Club. Scramble format; prizes for team low gross & low net, putting contest and four hole-in-one prizes. Cost: $200 if registered by March 1 ($225 after March 1) and includes entry fee, greens fees, cart, lunch, cocktail reception, dinner, contests, golfer gifts and more. For event and sponsorship information or to register, contact Maryanne Pisani, at mpisani@sacredhearthamden.org or 203.287.8181, ext. 372.


WOMEN'S GROUP at Christ the King Parish, Trumbull, will meet Mon., May 9, at 10 am in the parish hall. Fr. Larry Carew will speak on "Prison Ministry." All are invited. For more info, call 203.261.8020.


PROJECT RACHEL HEALING MINISTRY—During this Jubilee Year of Mercy come begin your healing journey and experience God’s love and mercy! For those suffering from a past abortion. Offering opportunities for Entering Canaan Days of Prayer and Healing and ongoing support with Monthly Gatherings. Our next day of Prayer and Healing is scheduled for Sat., May 14. For more info call our confidential phone line at 203.416.1619 or email projectrachel@diobpt.org.


DENIM AND DIAMONDS, a cocktail party and auction supporting Assumption Catholic School, Fairfield, will be held Sat., May 14, starting at 7 pm in the parish hall. Wear your favorite jeans and your brightest bling! Cost: $25/ person. RSVP by Fri., May 6, to kguastelle@oloaffld.org or 203.334.6271.


THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN Holy Spirit Fraternity invites everyone to St. Emery Parish, Fairfield, on Sat., May 14, at 9:30 am. Fr. Milan Dimic will celebrate a Mass in church followed by a social in the church hall. “Come and See” if you are being called to a vocation in the Secular Franciscan Order. For more info, call Pat Heile, OFS: 203.255.8801 or pheile5713@aol.com.


GOSPEL OF LIFE SOCIETY meets at St. Mary Parish, Norwalk, the second Sat. of each month (May 14) from 10 am-12 noon, after the 9 am Pro-life Mass. This month’s speaker will be Tom Heckel, secretary of the executive committee and co-chair of the development committee of Malta House for women in crisis pregnancies. For more info, call Eileen Bianchini: 203.847.727 or stmarygols@aol.com.


TAG SALE will be held at Christ the King Parish, Trumbull, on Sat., May 14, from 9 am-4 pm and Sun., May 15, after all Masses. For more info, call 203.261.4378.


MASS MOB—Join us on Pentacost (May 15) to celebrate the birthday of the Church! We will converge upon Blessed Sacrament in Bridgeport for their 11:30 Gospel Choir Mass. As always, the mission of Mass Mob is to gather as many worshippers as possible together at one time to celebrate the Eucharist. Bring a friend! For more info, visit Facebook: Mass Mob Fairfield County.


THE LEGACY OF OUR AMERICAN HEROES, will be presented on Sun., May 15 at 1 pm at Sacred Heart Academy, 265 Benham Street, Hamden. A musical and visual tribute to the veterans who have served our country so bravely, it was written by senior Emily Russo and students from the choir, orchestra, drama club, and visual art classes collaborated in the production.The public is welcome; admission is complimentary. For more info, visit www.sacredhearthamden.org.


CATHOLIC YOUNG ADULTS of Greater Danbury (ages 18-35) meets at the Newman Center (off the campus of Western CT State University) #7 8th Ave., Danbury and other nearby locations. Wed., May 18, Theology on Tap at Down the Hatch, 292 Candlewood Lake Rd., Brookfield, from 6:30-8:30 pm. Fr. Peter Towsley, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Danbury, will speak on "Slaying the Dragons in our Lives. For more info, email catholic.ya.danbury@gmail.com or join us on Facebook at “Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury.”


TAG & BAKE SALE at St. Patrick Parish, Redding Ridge (Rt 58), Sat. May 21, from 8:30 am-4 pm. Two buildings bursting with treasures for all ages. Boutique items, Depression Glass, Studio 56, Star Wars, Betty Boop, home decor, designer jewelry, name brand NEW clothing, housewares, clothing, furniture, toys, sports, small electronics & more. Delicious baked goods from our fabulous parish bakers. Come early for best selection. For more info go to www.stpatredding.org or call 203.938.2253.


SACRED HEART ACADEMY ANNOUNCES open auditions for male actors for the upcoming fall production of Disney’s full length musical, The Little Mermaid. Auditions will be held at the Academy, 265 Benham St., Hamden, on Sat., May 21 from 12 noon-3 pm. Those auditioning are asked to prepare an upbeat song and be ready to learn a dance combination. You may sing something from the show. Plan on staying the entire time. This audition is open to male actors aged 13-18 enrolled in high school for the fall. This production will go up at New Haven’s historic Shubert Theatre in Nov. For more info, contact the musical director MaryLee Delaney: mldelaney@sacredhearthamden.org or 203.288.2309, ext. 205.


ENCOURAGE apostolate for friends and family of loved ones with same sex attractions or gender ID issues, meets the third Sat. of the month (May 21) at 10:30 am and is strictly confidential. For more info contact the Norwalk Chapter: EnCourageNorwalk@gmail.com.


CLERGY INVITED to join in the 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council #110yy at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Fairfield, on Sun., May 29 at 12 noon. Local veteran organizations will be participating along with CT state and local representatives, Knights of Columbus officials and community residents. For more info, contact Fr. Peter Cipriani, pastor: 203.333.9065 or Fred Coseglia, chairman.


ANGEL-ADE, a fundraiser for Al's Angels needs volunteers for its lemonade stands in Greenwich, New Canaan, Westport and Fairfield on Sat., June 4.  (Rain date June 5.) To volunteer or to add a stand location to the list, contact Al DiGuido: adiguido@yahoo.com. 100 % of all donations to Angel-ade go directly to Al's Angels to help children and families battling cancer, rare blood diseases & severe financial hardship.


THE ORIGINAL ST. ANTHONY FEAST AT ST. MARGARET SHRINE 2523 Park Avenue, Bridgeport on Fri., June 10, from 6 pm to 11 pm, Sat., June 11 from 2 pm to 11 pm and Sun., June 12 from 12 noon to 10 pm. Please join us for delicious Italian food and family friendly fun. There is daily entertainment, rides and a raffle. We will have our famous Pizza Fritta and many of our other tasty Italian dishes. On Sun., June 12, we will have our Special Outdoor Mass at 10 am, followed by a procession in honor of St. Anthony. Please come and support the only Shrine in the Diocese of Bridgeport. If you should have any question call Sherry at 203.333.9627.


ANNUAL SOCIAL JUSTICE Conference "Rooted in Faith: Caring for Our Common Home," hosted by the Archdiocese of Hartford's Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry will take place Sat., June 11, from 8 am-3 pm at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. Keynote speaker, Sr. Damien Marie Savino, FSE, Ph.D., will explore Pope Francis’ message in Laudato Si’. Join us for prayer, music, exhibits and workshops. For more info, call 860.242.5573 or visit CatholicSocialJustice.org/social-justice-conference.


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. Early bird registrations received by March 15 will receive a $100 discount. The SWIM helps individuals and families who are battling cancer. To register, visit: www.SwimAcrossTheSound.org/marathon2016.



PILGRIMAGE TO HOLY LAND WITH BISHOP FRANK J. CAGGIANO
Oct. 16-26, 2016Click here for details, costs and itinerary.


 

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