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to benefit Caroline House, held Fri., Nov. 20, from 7-10 pm at the Fairfield Museum & History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield. Tickets: $40 are available at

PROJECT RACHEL MINISTRY—Come begin your healing journey and experience God’s hope and mercy. For women suffering from a past abortion experience, an Entering Canaan Day of Prayer and Healing will take place on Sat., Nov. 21. For further info or to register call our confidential phone line at 203.416.1619 or email us at

WORKSHOP: “Spirituality and the World’s Major Religions:” Sat., Nov. 21, from 9 am-5 pm at St. James Parish, Stratford. Presenters are Dr. Sr. Patty Cook, RSM and Dr. Maria Decsy. Cost:$50 prepaid; $60 day of event. Fee includes lunch. For more info or to register, call the parish: 203.375.5887.

will be held at Saint Bridget of Ireland Parish, Stamford, on Sat., Nov. 21, from 9 am-4 pm. Over 30 vendors and a bake sale. For more info, call the parish: 203.324.2910.

invites everyone to St. Emery Church, Fairfield, on Sat., Nov. 21, at 9:30 am. Msgr. Ernest Esposito will celebrate Mass, followed by a social. “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.

to be held at St. Stephen Parish, Trumbull, Sat., Nov, 21, from 9-4 pm and Sun. Nov. 22, after all morning Masses. For more info, call 203.268.6217.

for holiday boutique at Sacred Heart Parish, Stamford, to be held Sat.-Sun., Nov. 21-22. For more info, call Rose: 203.968.1234 after 6 pm.

held Sat., Nov. 28, at St. Andrew Parish, Bridgeport, from 11 am-5:30 pm. Arts, photography, seasonal market items including jams/jellies, candles, organic soaps, harvest soups, basket raffle, flowers. AJ's honey will be here with a demonstration on beekeeping. For more info, call 203.374.8118.

AUDITION CALLS for St. Catherine’s Players, Riverside, 2016 production of Peter Pan will be held Mon., Nov. 30 and Tues., Dec. 1 at 7:30 pm in the parish hall. Bring  a prepared song and sheet music in your key for the accompanist. A group dance audition will be held each evening. In addition, please bring a list of your rehearsal and production date conflicts (January through mid-March). Rehearsals begin on Mon., Jan. 4. For more info/ or to volunteer, visit: or email

—Join Bishop Caggiano for the Annual Norwalk Celebrity Breakfast with Fr. Charles Allen, SJ, on Thurs., Dec. 3, at 8 am at St. Matthew Parish, Norwalk. Bring a toy to support the St. Nicholas Boutique! Toys benefit children in the Room to Grow Preschools and Behavioral Health services in Norwalk. Cost: $50; $300 for a table of 10. For more info or for reservations, go to or call 203.273.9483. All proceeds benefit the Norwalk programs of Catholic Charities of Fairfield County.

—directed by Marlane Tubridy will be held Fri., Dec. 4 at 7:30 pm at Westport Town Hall Auditorium. Traditional carols and Christmas Favorites and Carols from around the world. Donations benefit local charities. Suggested donation: $15. For more info or to reserve tickets, go to or call 203.454.9023.

Danbury Emmaus is having a retreat for anyone from 8th-12th grade on Dec. 4-6 at the Seton Newman Center in Danbury, CT. It will be a weekend that you will never forget. Come and deepen your relationship with God while making friendships that will last a lifetime! Emmaus is Faith, Friends, Fun, and PLENTY of delicious Food. We promise you won’t be disappointed! If you are interested, please call Anne-Marie DeDomenico at 203.512.6367 or Tyler Moore at 203.826.4038, or visit us at

at Sacred Heart Parish, Stamford, held Sat., Dec. 5, at 6 pm. Traditional Christmas eve dinner ( pasta with bread crumbs and anchovies, fried zeppoli, strufoli, torrone , wine, soda DJ. Cost: $45/ person. For more info, call Rose or Jeff: 203.968.1234.

ADVENT LECTURE: "Thomas Merton & the 'Advent' of Christ in Our Lives" with Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM, will take place Sat., Dec. 12, from 1-3 pm at the Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University.  Light refreshments provided. Free event sponsored by the Year of Consecrated Life Committee. RSVP requested by Thurs., Dec. 3. For more info or for reservations, contact Sr. Nancy Strillacci: 203.416.1511 or

TRADITIONAL ITALIAN NATIVITY (call Presepio) will be the latest addition to St. Margaret’s Shrine, Bridgeport. Bishop Frank Caggiano will be at the Shrine for the Italian Mass on Sun., Dec. 13, at 9:30 am. The blessing of the Presepio will follow the Mass. The Presepio will be open for viewing for the Christmas Season: Mon.-Fri.: 12 noon-4 pm; Sat.: 3-6 pm; Sun.: 9 am-1 pm. For more info, call 203.333.9627.

—Fr. Arthur Mollenhauer is offering a pilgrimage to Holy Land during Winter Vacation. Nine days to visit the Holy Sites in Israel Feb. 11-21, 2016. The price is $3,285. It includes: Round-trip group flight from NY, 8 nights’ accommodation double occupancy (breakfast & dinner), Daily lunches (first day not included), One farewell dinner at a local restaurant, Tour guide as per program, Transportation as per program, All entrance fees, Porterage fees at hotels, Tips for guide, driver, restaurant and hotel staff, Audio guiding system. If interested, please call Ms. Sharon MacKnight: 203.327.1806 or email:

Oct. 16-26, 2016Click here for details, costs and itinerary.


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