Items below are published as the 'Bits & Pieces' section in the Fairfield County Catholic Newspaper.

To view the 2015 issue dates and deadlines for the Fairfield County Catholic click here.

To submit an item for posting below, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or fax to 203-374-2044.

Note: publication is not guaranteed. Priority is given to Catholic activities and events within Fairfield County.




YOUNG ADULTS MEET (ages 18-35)
Fr. Peter Cipriani will come to St. Theresa Parish, 5301 Main St., Trumbull on May 22 at 7:30pm to discuss “Relationships: How an awareness of our Faith reveals to us the significance, beauty and holiness of life.” In the parish center lower level. Open to public. For info email dominick.angiolillo.3@hotmail.com or raytar.theresa@gmail.com



ST. JOSEPH CARNIVAL & FOOD FESTIVAL
, 430 Coram Ave., Shelton May 22-23 from 6-11pm. Ride tickets $1.50 ea; Wristbands $22. Food is available for eat-in or take out. Stop by and join in the fun. (203) 924-4669. www.sjcshelton.org



ST. ALOYSIUS TEENS
- looking for 5-6 teens on Sat., May 23 to help out at the Borroughs Community Center Garden -- we are replacing the rotted garden plot frames that we discovered needed replacing last fall when we worked in the garden. Need one virtus trained adult as well -- hopefully a guy who can operate a power tool!!! We are meeting in the youth room at 12:15 to head to Bridgeport and will be back no later than 5pm -- please find it in your hearts to come and help! Click here to sign up.



VIGIL OF PENTECOST MASS WITH BISHOP CAGGIANO
- All Ecclesial Movement, Apostolic Societies, Fratnerities & 3rd Orders. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano invites all members to a special Mass on the Vigil of Pentecost, on Sat., May 23 at 6:30pm at St. Augustine Cathedral, 359 Washington Ave., Bridgeport. Reception will follow. Click here for free ticket. Let's have many Cursillistas at this Mass! De colores!



MEMORIAL DAY MASS TO HONOR VETERANS
on Sun., May 24 at 11:30am, St. Andrews Church, 395 Anton St., Bridgeport sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Cabrini Council and Assembly. The mass is to honor those who have served our country and those who gave the greatest sacrifice for our freedom. There will be the colors of the Armed services and Honor Guard from the Knights of Columbus. A special presentation of awards to those who served during Desert Storm and during the Iraqi conflict will be given. After the mass, a brief special ceremony will be held on the churches front green and soon after there will be a coffee social in the churches lower hall. All are welcome to honor all of those who have served our country and thank them for their heroism.



MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE
& MASS at Our Lady of Assumption Parish, 545 Stratfield Rd., Fairfield sponsored by The Knight of Columbus, Assumption Council #11077 on Sun., May 24 with Memorial Mass at 12noon. In attendance will be Fairfield town officials, Knights of Columbus State and local representatives, Connecticut State representatives and veterans from the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Vets and the National Association of Naval Vets, Port 5.The Fairfield Police Department Honor Guard  & community scouts will participate. A military honors Service will take place following the Mass. The Knights proudly sponsor this Service to promote and preserve the true meaning of Memorial Day and invite the townspeople of Fairfield and surrounding towns to participate. For info contact Chairman, Fred Coseglia at (203) 371-8181.



TACO TUESDAY & GAME NIGHT FOR YOUNG ADULTS (ages 18-35)
by Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury on May 26 at St. Marguerite's in Brookfield from 6:30-8:30pm. Open to all! Bring a date, bring group of friends - great night out and meet other young adults in the area. For info email: catholic.ya.danbury@gmail.com or call Maria at 610-505-7272.



ST. ROSE OF LIMA 15TH ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC
held at Richter Park in Danbury on May 27. $250 per player includes greens fee, cart, skill prizes, breakfast, lunch at the turn and awards banquet featuring raffle prizes and auction.  Open to all! Come, have fun and support our terrific school! For info go to www.stroseschool.com or contact Marcy McDougall (203) 984-1912 or email: golf@stroseschool.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/



TUITION RAFFLE BASH DINNER DANCE
- Join us for good food, dancing, fun games and raffles at Our Lady of Fatima School, 225 Danbury Rd., Wilton on Sat., May 30 at 6pm in the gym. Adults only.  You won't want to miss getting your ticket and the drawing for our $30,000 Tuition Raffle!  $25pp, BYOB.  Dinner dress attire.  For info email: fatimainformation@gmail.com or go to www.olfcatholic.org.


AUDITIONS FOR MALE ROLES IN WEST SIDE STORY - Sacred Heart Academy announces open auditions for male roles for the upcoming production of West Side Story. Auditions will be held at the Academy—265 Benham Street in Hamden— on Sat., May 30 from noon until 4pm. Prepare 16 bars of a song from the show, be ready to learn a dance combination, and plan on staying the entire time. Open to male actors ages 13-18 and enrolled in high school for the fall. For info contact the Director, MaryLee Delaney at mldelaney@sacredhearthamden.org. The production will run November 6 and 7 at the historic Shubert Theatre in downtown New Haven.


TAG & BAKE SALE at St. Patrick Parish, Redding Ridge (Rt 58) on Sat., May 30 from 8:30am-4pm. Two buildings bursting with clean, gently used treasures for all ages. Boutique items, designer purses & jewelry, folk art and country decor, name brand NEW clothing, housewares, furniture, toys, sports equip.,small electronics  & much more. Delicious baked goods from our fabulous parish bakers. For info go to www.stpatredding.org or call 203-938-2253



WOMEN'S DAY OF REFLECTION
"The Rosary of our Lives” with Amy Ekeh on Sat., May 30 at Saint Margaret Shrine, 2523 Park Ave., Bridgeport.  Begin the day with morning Mass at 8:15am, breakfast, then talks, discussions, meditations, and lunch.  The day will conclude at 2:30pm.  Cost $25pp; bring a rosary or one will be provided if you do not have one. Click here for flyer. RSVP by Fri., May 22 to Gina Donnarummo at 203-416-1446 or womensconference@diobpt.org. To register, mail check, made payable to: “Office of Faith Formation,” Attn: Gina, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06606.



MASS & MUSICAL GUEST at Saint Emery’s Parish, 838 Kings Highway East, Fairfield on Sun., May 31 at 9am Mass - open to the public. The Saint Emery Festival Choir, led by Music Director Anthony Procaccini, welcomes guest artist baritone Frank Mastrone. Choral selections will include John Stainer’s “God So Loved the World” and Mr. Mastrone will sing “Ave Maria” composed by Michael Cooney, Music Director of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Fairfield. All are invited to a free "coffee and" reception in the hall after Mass.



YOUTH LEADERS MEET WITH BISHOP CAGGIANO - Bishop Caggiano calls "Leaders of the Youth" meeting at St. Luke Parish, June 2 from 7-9pm.  We had a great turnout last year and now we need a follow-up! What is going on? Where are we going? Don't miss the boat!  Food, fellowship with other youth leaders, guest speaker Sr. Clare Matthias CFR and updates from Bishop Caggiano on: Synod progress and opportunities for involvement of our youth at the September 19th Synod Closing Mass at Webster Bank Arena, including important info on special youth service initiative that will give witness to all gathered and those in the secular world that we are a church of mercy, love and action!  Click here to sign up.



CURSILLO ULTREYAS
to be held on June 2 at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Wilton at 7:30pm. For info email jkovacs@snet.net. Looking for a deeper relationship with God? Grow in faith? What is Cursillo? Find out at Cursillo of Fairfield County www.natl-cursillo.org/bridgeport/


CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS OF AMERICAS Court St. Cecelia #735 holding their monthly meeting Tues., June 2 at 6:30pm at Sterling House Community Center, 2283 Main St., Stratford. Please bring unwrapped items for a baby shower for a local charity. For info call call Regent Lorraine Faiella at 203-377-3295.



WOMEN & HEART DISEASE
a presentation by St. Vincent’s Healthy Hearts Club and Women at Heart with speaker Dr. Anja Wagner on Wed., June 3 at Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, Hawley Lane Conference Room 4th floor,  2800 Main St., Bridgeport at 7:30pm; free BP screening at 7pm. Free and open to the public. Q & A will follow the program. Light refreshments. Parking is free in the lot immediately in front of St. Vincent's or in the Hunting Street parking garage. No registration is necessary. For info call 1-877-255-7847.



ST. CECILIA GOLF CLASSIC
on Thurs., June 4 at Sterling Farms in Stamford.  Save the date!  For info call Pat Boyle (203) 605-1499 or email: patrick.boyle@rrd.com.  To volunteer go to: www.stceciliahsa.ivolunteer.com.



IMMIGRATION LECTURE
at St. Luke Parish, Westport. Sister Arlene Flaherty, O.P. will make the presentation on Fri., June 5 at 7:30pm in the Community Room.  This lecture concludes the First Friday Lecture Series. There will be a wine and cheese reception at 7:00 pm. All are welcome.



RELICS OF ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA VISIT CONNECTICUT!
The Franciscan Friars invite all in welcoming Saint Anthony of Padua on his feast day, June 13 at St. Charles of Borromeo, 391 Ogden St., Bridgeport beginning at 2:00pm.  Relics visiting from St. Anthony's Basilica in Padua, Italy. Click here for flyer/details.



GOLF CLASSIC & LOBSTER FEST FOR CATHOLIC CHARITIES
on June 8 checkin at 11am, lunch 11am-12noon, golf starts 12:30pm at the Patterson Club, 1118 Cross Highway, Fairfield.  For info or to register call Amy Zajac at (203) 416-1336 or email azajac@ccfc-ct.org



HOLY HOUR & SOCIAL FOR YOUNG ADULTS (ages 18-35)
by Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury on June 9 at St. Marguerite's in Brookfield from 6:30-8:30pm. Open to all! Bring a date, bring group of friends - great night out and to meet other young adults in our area. For info email: catholic.ya.danbury@gmail.com or call Maria at 610-505-7272.


MUSIC MINISTERS EVENING RETREAT - choice of: Tuesday and Wednesday, June 9 or 10, 6-9pm (same program each night) at Holy Family Retreat Center in, West Hartford. Music can can inspire an assembly that is “impoverished” by the stresses and hardships of their lives. Come to share in the healing power of liturgical and sacred music and to pray together in joyful song. $40. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org



INFORMATIONAL MEETING ON TRIP TO ITALY
– All are welcome at this informational meeting on June 12 at 7:30pm at St. John Parish, 1986 Post Rd., Darien.  Join our parish for Italy in the Holy Year leaving Aug. 22, 2016, returning Sept. 2, 2016.  The trip will include cities of Verona, Venice, Assisi and Rome.  For info call (203) 655-1145.



THE ORIGINAL ST. ANTHONY FEAST AT ST. MARGARET SHRINE,
2523 Park Ave., Bridgegport on Fri., June 12 from 6-1pm, Sat., June 13 from 2-11pm and Sun., June 14 from 12-10pm to support our beautiful Diocesan Shrine. Join us for delicious Italian food and family friendly fun with daily entertainment, rides and a raffle, Pizza Fritta and many of our other tasty Italian dishes. On Sun., June 14, we will have our Special Outdoor Mass at 10am celebrated by Bishop Frank Caggiano with a special Renewal of Marriage Vows sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, followed by a procession in honor of St. Anthony. 



"COME & SEE" MASS
see if you are being called to a vocation in the Secular Franciscan Holy Spirit Fraternity. St. Emery’s Church, 838 Kings Hwy. East, Fairfield, on Sat., June 13 at 9:30am. Msgr. Ernest Esposito will celebrate Mass followed with a social and meeting in the Church Hall. All are welcome! For info call (203) 255-8801.



TAG SALE
to benefit Home for the Brave Women's House in Bridgeport, to be held at St. Stephen's Parish, 6948 Main St., Trumbull on Sat., June 13 from 9am-4pm and Sun., June 14 after all Masses.  Stop by for great bargains and to help this worthy cause at the same time! 


WOMEN’S DAY OF PRAYER & HEALING held June 13 - Are you suffering from the loss of a child through the wounds of an abortion? Begin your journey towards healing with Entering Canaan Women's Day of Prayer and Healing. For confidential reservation and time/location contact Project Rachel at 203-416-1619 or projectrachel@diobpt.org.



PARISH FUNDRAISING CONCERT
open to the public on Sun., June 14 at 3pm at St. Emery Parish, 838 Kings Highway East, Fairfield. Tickets $10pp; children under 12 admitted free. The program will include organ music performed by our Music Director Anthony Procaccini, soprano solos, including arias from the Hungarian opera “Bánk bán,” by Rose Kovach, and choral music by the Saint Emery Festival Choir. A free reception follows, courtesy of our Parish Council. For info contact Tony Procaccini at (718) .873.7421 or email: aprocaccini@juno.com



CAREER MINISTRY SESSIONS BEGIN WITH A 3-WEEK SESSION
at St. Pius X, in Faith Center, 834 Brookside Ave., Fairfield from 7-8:30pm on June 15, 22 & 29. Come to share your talents, learn new skills and assist each other in pursing meaningful careers. Whether you are gainfully employed or presently looking, be a part of this discussion for all to benefit. This is a working session targeting useful strategies and networking skills with a focus on the ways to appear your best in a job search. First 3-week series centered on mastery of LinkedIn for personal/professional branding. Marc Halpert, LinkedIn Trainer and Evangelist will lead the group. RSVP to Paul O’Brien at email: obrien_p_j@yahoo.com. Our group on LinkedIn is starting to grow and I will invite you today: https://www.linkedin.com/…/St-Pius-X-Career-Ministry-…/about. Parish website: www.st-pius.org



ST. MARY CHURCH FAMILY FAIR
held June 18-21 at 566 Elm St.,Stamford from 5-10pm. Raffle tickets first prize $10,000! For info call (203) 324-7321or email stmarystamford@yahoo.com. Visit www.stmarystfd.org.



MASSES OF HEALING & HOPE
on June 22 at 7:30pm at Christ the King Church in Trumbull with Father Larry Carew.



3RD ANNUAL MARY’S FUND GOLF CLASSIC
on Mon., June 22 at Tashua Knolls Golf Course in Trumbull. Proceeds will go to Mary’s Fund at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation to help Fairfield County children and teens receive quality mental health care, particularly those lacking access or the ability to pay.  Mary’s Fund was established in memory of Mary Sherlach, the school psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary School who lost her life during the mass shooting on December 14, 2012. Mary and her family were members of St. Stephen's Parish. Tee off at 7am or 12noon with a cocktail reception and dinner, raffle, auction, contests for hole-in-one, longest drive and closest to the pin.  Auction items include a tour of the hit series NCIS studio in California with a meet and greet with actors, a Yankee’s suite package with choice of game, and a one-year membership to Hermitage Club, a private mountain ski and golf resort.  Entry fee $250 per player and $1,000 per foursome, and includes a round of golf (morning or afternoon), cart, lunch, food and an open bar upon completion of the round. A limited number of dinner-only tickets are also available for $100. Registration is open through June 1. To obtain entry and sponsorship forms call 203-319-5183 during business hours or e-mail William.sherlach@ms.com.



“KIDSHINE” PERFORMING ARTS DAY CAMP
at St. Catherine of Siena, 4 Riverside Ave., Riverside for Grades 3-8 (entering in Fall of 2015) from June 22-26, 9am-3pm with a performance on Friday the 26 at 7pm.  $175 (first 50 campers). For info call (203) 637-3661 x 330. To register: www.kidshineonline.org/day-camps.hml#register. Payment to church: www.stcath.org/KidshinePayPal.html



ANNUAL FAMILY DAY
by The Archdiocese of New York will hold it's annual Family Day on Sat., June 27 at the San Silverio Shrine in Dover Plains, NY. A fun-filled day for the Catholic community to come together for food, games and Mass, with Bishop Byrne and Cardinal Timothy Dolan as homilist, in celebration of faith and family values. Shrine is located at 694 Old Route 22, Dover Plains, NY 12522. 11:30am Registration/Check-in 12:00pm - Food & Games (No Outdoor Food Allowed). 4:00pm Holy Mass (Celebrant: The Most Reverend Peter Byrne,  Homilist: His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan). Rain or Shine, We hope to see you there! Click here to make reservation.



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. Classes include four disciplines: Scripture, Church History, Theology, and Pastoral Theology. 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 SHARE@diobpt.org or 203-416-1446. LITURGY OF THE CHURCH on Mondays July 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 10am-12noon -  Dr. Joan Kelly will lead us on a four-week celebration of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.  Promulgated by Pope Paul VI on December 4, 1963 the renewal of the liturgy was the first document written at the historic Second Vatican Council!  In this course you will be engaged in a thorough historical overview of the sacred signs and symbols that manifest the glory and pageantry of Catholic ritual! Held at Notre Dame Catholic High School, 220 Jefferson Street, Fairfield.  Cost $140pp



CARNIVAL
at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 4 Riverside Ave., Riverside, CT July 7-11.  Tues. & Wed. 6-10pm; Thurs., Fri. & Sat., 6-11pm. Lots of foods, rides, a dunk-tank, a 50/50 raffle and raffle for 2015 BMW 228i! Live entertainment nightly, bracelet nights Tues, Wed, and Thurs. Admission free. Come for a great family outing. Click here for flyer.  For info call (203) 637-3661 or www.stcath.org


SCRIPTURE STUDY OPEN TO ALL "Finding God in Fragile Places"  Saturdays, July 11- Aug. 22, 9:30-11:00am. Cost of $15 includes study materials. Held at St. James Parish in Stratford.  For info email Betsy Redgate at: bredgate.stjamesparish@gmail.com or call (203) 375-5887


WOMEN'S TASTE & SEE SUMMER BOOK CLUB “She Who Is Peace”, Wednesdays, July 15-Aug. 12, 10am at St. James Parish in Stratford. Megan McKenna explores the feminine face of God as revered in the major religions of the world. Cost is $15 which includes book. For info email Betsy Redgate at: bredgate.stjamesparish@gmail.com or call (203) 375-5887



STEUBENVILLE EAST YOUTH CONFERENCE FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEENS
July 17-19, 2015 in Rhode Island.  Click here for website/info.  Click here for video. For info contact Julie Rodgers, Director of Youth Ministry at (203) 416-1449 or email youthministry@diobpt.org


WEEK OF DIRECTED PRAYER OPEN TO ALL - July 18-25 sponsored by St. James Parish in Stratford. Find God in the ordinary events of your life by making a directed retreat with an experienced spiritual director without leaving home or workplace! Group gatherings on both Saturday mornings, 10am-12:30pm, and individual appointments from Monday through Friday arranged according to your schedule. For info email Betsy Redgate at: bredgate.stjamesparish@gmail.com or (203) 375-5887



STEUBENVILLE "DEFENDING THE FAITH" CONFERENCE - Equip yourself to properly defend the faith at a special apologetics conference on the campus of Franciscan University of Steubenville, taking place July 24-26. In a time when many Catholics have fallen away from their faith and our culture is dominated by relativism and atheism, as Catholics we need to be strong witnesses for the richness of our faith.  For info call 1-800-437-8368. Click here for web/video.



FICTION AUTHOR COMING TO TRUMBULL FOR BOOK SIGNING!
  Maura Weiler, author of "Contrition" will be making her only appearance in Trumbull on Aug. 6 at  for book signing.  Maura is a graduate of St. Catherine's Academy and St. Joseph High School; her home parish was St. Catherine's of Siena. Her book is available on Amazon.com.  For book info click here. “This fascinating fiction debut offers a view into the world of cloistered nuns that shows their dedication, humor and stern kindness.” Library Journal



MATT MAHER
recording artist with Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe, Matt Redman, Rend Collective, Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, Rueben Morgan at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York on Sat., Aug. 8 at 7pm.  Don’t miss this INCREDIBLE night of worship! Bring friends, go as a group, get a bus!  You won’t want to miss this!



NEXT MASS MOB OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY IS SET! 
Join us for our 1 year anniversary Mass Mob at St. Mary Church, 25 Sherman St., Bridgeport on Aug. 9 at 10:30am.  You won’t want to miss this special anniversary Mass Mob!  What is Mass Mob? It is a flash mob for Mass and much more. For info go to http://massmobfc.webs.com/ or email massmobfc@gmail.com



TRIP TO CIRQUE ELOIZE AT FOXWOODS RESORT
by St. Vincent’s Healthy Hearts Club on Wed., Aug. 12. The trip is open to the general public. Bus leaves at 8am sharp from the new garage in front of the Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, returning  6:30 pm. $65pp roundtrip motor coach transportation, lunch buffet, 2pm matinee show “Cirque Éloize,” $10 Kino, and includes driver’s gratuities. Cirque Eloize is an astonishing modern circus that transports audiences to a vibrant urban streetscape.  Make checks payable to “Healthy Hearts” and mail payment to: Healthy Hearts c/o Andy Gatto, 505 Hart St., Bridgeport, CT 06606. For reservations or more info call Andy Gatto at (203) 372-5097



10TH ANNUAL FAN THE FIRE YOUTH RALLY FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEENS
held Aug. 15 from 9am-9pm at St. Rose of Lima Parish, 46 Church Hill Rd., Newtown with special guest Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.  All teens grades 8-12 invited. Games, Music, Talks, Confession, Rosary, Adoration, Mass.  $40pp includes lunch and dinner. Featuring inspiring speakers and guest worship music.  For info call Julie Rodgers (203) 416-1449 or email youthministry@diobpt.org.  Or speak with your parish Youth Minister or Pastor.  Click here for flyer. For permission forms go to www.dob-youth.com



PERFORMING IN CONCERT KRISTA ADAMS SANTILLI at Sacred Heart Church, 37 Schuyler Ave., Stamford on Sun., Sept. 13 at 4pm. 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.



CELEBRATION MASS OF SYNOD 2014
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!  9am Praise & Worship before start of Mass; 10:15am Procession starts; Mass 11am.  For flyer click here.  For Frequently Asked Questions and details click here. For Ticket info go to www.2014synod.org/tickets or (203) 416-1644. You may also contact us at: synod@diobpt.org or (203) 416-1631.



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. Classes include four disciplines: Scripture, Church History, Theology, and Pastoral Theology. 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 SHARE@diobpt.org or 203-416-1446. CHRISTIAN ANTHROPOLOGY: THE SEARCH FOR COMMUNION WITH GOD will examine what it means to be a human being from the Christian perspective. Drawing on Biblical descriptions of human creation, we will consider the significance of our having both a body and a soul, and learn how to look at ourselves from God's perspective. We will also get a clearer understanding of our fallen nature, Christ's redeeming sacrifice, and the role that grace plays in transforming our lives and enabling us to fulfill God's desire that we be united to Him. Held Tuesdays Sept. 22, 29, October 6, 13 at Trinity Catholic High School, 926 Newfield Avenue, Stamford from 7-9pm. Instructor: Dr. Lois Gandt, Cost: $140pp


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, amantero@diobpt.org or 203-416-1627. For official prayer and image: http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=17535. For event info: www.worldmeeting2015.org



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. Classes include four disciplines: Scripture, Church History, Theology, and Pastoral Theology. 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 SHARE@diobpt.org 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. Wherever we are on the journey of human life, we can find ourselves somewhere in this book. Anyone who has lived will find the Psalms speaking to him/her. They give voice to the whole range of human emotions, to all the cries of the human heart.  So often the Psalms seem to be tailor made for our own individual situation. Some of the psalms go back 3000 years – think of all who recited them.  The course will use the resources necessary to interpret the psalms properly. Dates: Saturdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, & Nov. 14, 21 from 10am-12noon at Notre Dame Catholic High School, 220 Jefferson Street, Fairfield. Instructor: Dr. Thomas Hicks, Cost: $210pp



PILGRIMAGE "FOOTSTEPS OF SAINT JUNIPER SERRA" TO MISSIONS IN CALIFORNIA BY SERRA
- 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: http://bridge-b.com/. Email Stephen J. Binz at: SJBinz@aol.com



DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT PILGRIMAGE TO BASILICA OF NATIONAL SHRINE OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION IN WASHINGTON, DC
- Join Bishop Caggiano and 3,000 faithful on Sat., Oct. 24 for a memorable pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception where the Diocese of Bridgeport will be consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  The time at the largest church in North America includes a recital, prayer, adoration, reflection, and Mass.  Departure locations are across the diocese and more locations can be added as needed.  $70pp includes transportation and box dinner.  The shrine cafeteria will be open to purchase lunch.  Register at: rallybus.net/postsynodpilgrimage/ or call Rally Bus to register at 1-855-725-5928.  Contact Gina for more information at pilgrimage@diobpt.org or 203-416-1446. Click here for flyer.



CT CATHOLIC MEN'S CONFERENCE
- October 24, 2015 - save the date! Stay tuned for details.


NATIONAL CATHOLIC YOUTH CONFERENCE "Here I am Lord" - with our own Bishop Caggiano! Nov. 19-21, 2015 in Indianapolis.  PARISHES - start planning now!  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 Julie Rodgers, Director of Youth Ministry at (203) 416-1449 or email youthministry@diobpt.org. 
 


 

^ Back to Top of Page ^