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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. Fr. George Sankoorikal will dedicate a new Memorial to our children.Refreshments served. 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, or click here to view/print a form, or go to www.stmarguerite.org.
ONLINE "REBUILD OUR CHURCH" CONFERENCE presented by: National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM). Join hundreds of others from around the world on Oct. 2 for the Rebuild 7.0 Virtual Conference! Twice a year thousands of youth workers from around the globe gather for an online virtual conference that streams 8 practical presentations from some of the best voices in our field to inspire and train youth workers, small group leaders, and ministry professionals to rework, rethink, and rebuild the way they do ministry in their community. Register online for free at: http://www.rebuildmychurch.org and feel free to invite others! Open to all!
OPEN HOUSE AT CAROLINE HOUSE, 574 Stillman St., Bridgeport on Sun., Oct. 5 from 11am-1pm. Looking for a new volunteer opportunity or service hours? Want a way to give back to your local community? Come meet our staff and take a tour of our facility! RSVP: www.thecarolinehouse.org or call Christine Matthews Paine (203) 605-2728. Caroline House is a nondenominational education center teaching literacy and life skills to economically disadvantaged immigrant women and children. All Programs and services are free of charge. Grants, foundations and individual donors provide the financial support for our center.
LIFE CHAIN – Come Be a Link in our Chain! Join us on Sun., Oct. 5 from 2:30-3:30pm at the corner of Main and West Streets (across from the Public Library) in Danbury. Life Chain is a peaceful, prayerful public witness of pro-life Americans standing in honor of 54 million lives lost to abortion, praying for our nation, for people in crisis situations and for an end to abortion. It is a visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children and that the Church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception to natural death. For info or questions, contact Deirdre Condon at (203) 438-6123.
FREE BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR SUPPORT GROUP sponsored by St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound, meets the first and third Tuesdays of every month from 5:30-7pm on Level 4 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Next meeting is Oct. 7. Provides information and resources to women at any stage of survivorship; share questions and concerns about the disease. No reservations required, free parking. For info call 203-576-6158.
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 9:15am and evenings at 7pm. To register, call the rectory at (203) 333-9065. Bring a friend! No previous Bible study experience needed.
“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. www.holyfamilyretreat.org
“WE CARE” PERINATAL GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP meets at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport in the Ambulatory Infusion Center waiting area on level 3 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care the third Wednesday of every month at 7 pm. The next meeting is Oct. 15; for those grieving the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillborn, or newborn death. The group is facilitated by a maternity nurse and a chaplain who are certified grief counselors. Admission is free; no registration required. For more info call Barbara Parisat (203) 576-5110 or Marilyn Faber at (203) 576-5716.
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 www.endersisland.com. Register before Oct. 15. Double rooms; very few single rooms (1st come 1st serve).
TEENS BIG DAY OF SERVICE sponsored by St. Aloysius Youth Group on Sat., Oct. 18 from 8am-4pm. . . its all day, but you won't regret dedicating the day to serve! We will go into a neighborhood in Bridgeport with other Christian teens and revitalize - refresh -- renew! This is going to be an awesome day -- we need teens and virtus trained adults -- sign up here.
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 www.alsangels.org Click on "Donate", select Cheers for Charity Tickets. $30pp. Space is limited so order your tickets ASAP!
“INTRODUCTORY CENTERING PRAYER PROGRAM” willbe taught at Holy Family Church, 70 Laurel St., Fairfield on Sat., Oct. 18 from 10am–1pm in the ADM Office. Centering Prayer is a form of meditation that guides us into a deeper relationship with God and helps us to listen to His quiet voice within. It adds depth and meaning to all other prayer practices. The basic steps of Centering Prayer will be taught and there will be timetoexperience the prayer. Coffee and tea will be served. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Call Carol Piscitelli (203) 912-7119 for more info and to register. Registrations may also be done at the door.
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.
OPEN HOUSE AT SACRED HEART ACADEMY, 265 Benham St., Hamden, CT Open to all! 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. Administrators, faculty and staff, students, current parents, and alumnae will be on hand to meet and greet and answer questions. For details click here. 7th and 8th graders and their parents are particularly encouraged to attend. For info contact Elaine Lamboley, Dir. of Admission, (203) 288-2309, x307 or www.sacredhearthamden.org
MASS FOR HEALING & HOPE on Mon., Oct. 20 at 7:30pm at St. Lawrence Church in Huntington with Fr. Bill Egan.
ANNUAL ST. JUDE NOVENA will be held Oct. 20-28 for the upcoming Feast Day of St. Jude at St. Jude Parish, 707 Monroe Tpke., Monroe. Each night of the Novena we will celebrate mass at 7:30pm (5:30pm on Saturday), say petitions to St. Jude, have a guest homilist and follow with fellowship. For info call the Parish office at (203) 261-6404. OPEN TO ALL!
FREE BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR SUPPORT GROUP sponsored by St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound, meets the first and third Tuesdays of every monthfrom 5:30-7pm on Level 4 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Next meeting is Oct. 21. Provides information and resources to women at any stage of survivorship; share questions and concerns about the disease. No reservations required, free parking. For info call 203-576-6158.
FALL OPEN HOUSE AT GREENWICH CATHOLIC SCHOOL, 471 North St., Greenwichon Tue., Oct. 21 at 9am. GCS offers programs to Little Angels (age 3), Pre-K (age 4) up to Grade 8. Families are invited to attend. For more info or to RSVP call (203) 869-4000. www.gcsct.org
presented by Lauralton Hall on Fri., Oct. 24 at 7:30pm, Sat. Oct. 25 at 7pm and Sun., Oct. 26 at 2pm in Parsons Center Auditorium, 70 West River St., Milford. Tickets at door: $15 Adult & $10 seniors and students. For more info call (203) 877-2786. Open to all! Bring the family!
ST. JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL FUN RUN & HOMECOMING WEEKEND - Oct. 24-25. 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 www.sjcadets.org/homecoming or to register for the 5K Race visit www.sjcadets.org/colorrun or call (203) 378.9378x324
GREENWICH CATHOLIC SCHOOL WINE & FOOD TASTING, 471 North St., Greenwich on Sat. Oct. 25 at 7pm. Please join us for a fun evening of wine, food, art, music and epicurean delights as we celebrate the beauty and lifestyle of California's Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Meet new friends, support our school and savor more than 25 wines from the region. To purchase tickets, go to www.gcsct.org or call (203) 869-4000 x139.
CT CATHOLIC MEN'S CONFERENCE 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 www.dob-ya.com. 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 www.stannblackrock.com
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 or go to www.couragetospeak.org.
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. Click here for flyer with details. $60pp. For reservations or info go to: www.danburycelebritybreakfast.eventbrite.com For info on Catholic Charities go to www.ccfairfield.org.
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. www.holyfamilyretreat.org
"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.
4TH ANNUAL HARVEST TABLE to benefit the New Covenant House will be held Sun., Nov. 2 from 11am-2pm at the Country Club of Darien, 300 Mansfield Ave., Darien. Wander around market, watch live food demonstrations, shop at the silent auction and enjoy lunch. Special Guest: Lulu Powers, "Entertainoligist to the Stars". Admission $50pp AND one non-perishable food item for NCH. For tickets call Betzy Lopez (203) 964-8228 ext 2 or www.nchstamford.org. (dress code: no sneakers or jeans)
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.
FREE BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR SUPPORT GROUP sponsored by St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound, meets the first and third Tuesdays of every monthfrom 5:30-7pm on Level 4 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Next meeting is Nov. 4. Provides information and resources to women at any stage of survivorship; share questions and concerns about the disease. No reservations required, free parking. For info call 203-576-6158.
TEENS RETREAT EMMAUS 68 - faith, fun and spirituality being held Nov 7-9 for High school teens grades 10-12, presented by St. Aloysius Church, New Canaan. Register at www.staemmaus.org or from the Emmaus page of the parish website, www.starcc.com. Adults and teens, who have previously been candidates are needed to work on the team. Online registration for team members is also on the website. OPEN TO ALL! Attend with a friend - you will be so glad you were a part of this amazing experience.
OUR NEXT MASS MOB SET for Sat., Nov. 8 at 5pm at Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 4 Pulaski Street in Stamford! Confessions start at 4pm and everyone is more than welcome to take advantage of the Sacrament! There's plenty of parking available & it's a block or two from the Stamford train station. What is "Mass Mob"? Our goals are to foster the Bishop’s call to cultivate a welcoming spirit, build bridges beyond the reach of our local parish family, strengthen the bonds that make us brothers and sisters, and assist our host parish financially during the collection. For more info and up-to-date news go to: www.massmobfc.webs.com or our Facebook: www.facebook.com/massmobfc. The Church website it: www.holynamestamford.com. Bring the family, friends and neighbors – all are welcome! Great places to eat in the neighborhood for dinner after Mass so you can make it a family night or 'date night'!
CATHOLIC YOUNG ADULTS "ENCOUNTER" NATIONAL CONFERENCE is Nov. 8 in Milwaukee, WI. 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 www.dob-ya.com. Contact their leaders to see if anyone would like to go as a group.
SYNOD HOLY HOUR SERVICE – open to all - on Tues., Nov. 11 at St. Ann Church, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport from 7-8pm in preparation for the General Session of the Synod (which will be held on Nov. 15 at St. Catherine of Siena, Trumbull). For info call (203) 368-1607
22ND ANNUAL HOLIDAY FAIR to be held at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, 138 Candlewood Lake Rd., Brookfield on Sat., Nov. 15 from 9am-4pm in church Hall. Vendors are asked to reserve their table before Nov. 7. Cost is $50 for one space; $75 for two. Applications available at www.stmarguerite.org. In addition, we are seeking gently used Christmas items, baked goods, knitted items, and raffle prizes for the Fair. Donations can be dropped off the week of Nov. 3 in the narthex. For more info call Parish Office at (203) 775-5117.
SECOND GENERAL SESSION OF THE SYNOD on Sat., Nov. 15 from 9:30am-2:30pm at St. Catherine, Trumbull. www.2014synod.com
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 www.sight-sound.com.
“WE CARE” PERINATAL GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP meets at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport in the Ambulatory Infusion Center waiting area located on level 3 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care on the third Wednesday of every month at 7 pm. The next meeting is Nov. 19; for those grieving the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillborn, or newborn death. The group is facilitated by a maternity nurse and a chaplain who are certified grief counselors. Admission is free; no registration required. For more info call Barbara Parisat (203) 576-5110 or Marilyn Faber at (203) 576-5716.
SHAKESPEARE’S “THE TEMPEST” presented by Immaculate High School on Thurs., Nov. 20, Fri., Nov. 21 and Sat., Nov. 22 at 7pm at 73 Southern Boulevard in Danbury, CT. Tickets $10 for adults; $5 for students and seniors. Bring the whole family! Invite your "Shakespeare" fan friends! For more info or to purchase tickets go to: www.immaculatehs.org. (203) 744-1510.
HOLLY BERRY FESTIVAL a juried arts & crafts fair benefitting the Retirement Fund for the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus will take place Fri., Nov. 21 from 3-8pm & Sat., Nov. 22 from 10am–3pm at Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden. Pasta Dinner on Friday from 5–7pm; $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Food Court and child-friendly activity on Saturday. There are still spots left for crafters. If you are interested in renting a space or for info call (203) 248-4225, ext. 406.
VENDORS NEEDED for the HOLIDAY CRAFTS FAIR for Sacred Heart Church, 37 Schuyler Ave, Stamford on Sat., Nov. 22 from 9:30am-5:30pm, Sun. Nov 23 from 9am-1pm. For more info contact Rose Coscarelli-Curtis at (203) 968-1234 after 5pm.
HOLLY FAIR at St. Margaret Mary Church, 50 Donovan La., Shelton on Sat., Dec. 6 in the church hall from 9am-4pm featuring crafts, vendors, bake sales, food and cookie walk. Get your Christmas shopping done early and enjoy terrific food! Great family day, or "just the girls" day out! For info call (203) 924-2327 or (203) 209-2441.
“WE CARE” PERINATAL GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP meets at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport in the Ambulatory Infusion Center waiting area located on level 3 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care on the third Wednesday of every month at 7 pm. The next meeting is Dec. 17; for those grieving the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillborn, or newborn death. The group is facilitated by a maternity nurse and a chaplain who are certified grief counselors. Admission is free; no registration required. For more info call Barbara Parisat (203) 576-5110 or Marilyn Faber at (203) 576-5716.
SEEK 2015 FOR ALL COLLEGE-AGE STUDENTS 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 www.seek2015.com. 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 www.dob-ya.com. 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. www.2014synod.com
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: www.holyfamilyretreat.org/collegeretreat
FOURTH GENERAL SESSION OF SYNOD on Sat., May 9, 2015 from 9:30am-2:30pm at St. Catherine, Trumbull. www.2014synod.com
"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! http://encounterstl.com/
FIFTH AND CLOSING GENERAL SESSION OF SYNOD on Sat., Sept. 19, 2015 at WEBSTER BANK ARENA, Bridgeport.