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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.


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.


NOTRE DAME High School Class of 1975 is planning a 41st reunion on June 3. Events will include a golf outing from 12 noon-4 pm at Fairchild Wheeler, followed by a reunion celebration at Vazzy's 19th Hole from 7-11:30 pm. More events for the class are planned for the month of June.  For more info, contact Mike Doyle: dmikedebs@aol.com.


PIE 33 EMMAUS RETREAT for young adults age 18 and up who have graduated high school, held Fri.-Sun. June 3-5  at the Seton Newman Center in Danbury. Deepen your relationship with God while you make friendships that will last a lifetime!It is a weekend of great Faith, great Food, new Friends, and lots of Fun! For more info, call Kristin Nauheimer: 203.512.5285 or visit www.danburyemmaus.org.


FUN FUNDRAISER FIESTA to benefit Caroline House will be held Sat., June 4, from 1-4 pm at Villa Notre Dame, 345 Belden Hill Rd., Wilton. Fun afternoon for the whole family! Food from many nations, soda, musical entertainment, raffle with prizes. Cost: $5 per person; $20 per family. For more info or to attend, contact Jean Fredricks 203.334.0640 or westportlady@aol.com.


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.


ST. PIUS X 60th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT On June 5th at 4 pm featuring soloist Krista Adams Santilli, the parish choir and cantors, and other instrumentalists in a celebration of the Sacred and the Sublime with a light reception to follow in the Faith Center. Suggested donations are $20 per person with proceeds to benefit the St. Pius X music program and ministry of the Little Sisters of the Poor.


CANCER WALK AND RUN to support Hope in Motion will have teams from Trinity Catholic High School and Middle School. Teachers, students, alumni, family and friends from both schools are welcome to join the team or to show their support by making a donation and/or signing up to walk with the team. This year's event will take place on Sun., June 5, at Columbus Park in downtown Stamford. The 5k and 10k runs start at 8 am; the walk starts at 10 am.To register or donate, go to www.hopeinmotion.org,  click on “Walk & Run” and search for team TRINITY CATHOLIC HS & MS. 100% of the funds raised go directly to the Bennett Cancer Center in Stamford.


BENEFIT CONCERT at St. Emery Parish, Fairfield, will be held on Sun., June 5, at 3 pm with “Phantom of the Opera” star Frank Mastrone, the St. Emery Festival Choir, and parish music director Anthony Procaccini. Music of Irving Berlin, from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma,” and by J.S. Bach, Zoltan Kodaly, Franz Liszt. Donation: $10; children under 12 are free. A reception follows the performance. For more info, contact the parish: 203.334.0312.


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.


TAG SALE sponsored by the Women of St. Stephen Parish, Trumbull, will be held Sat.-Sun., June 11-12. Hours: Sat., 9 am-4 pm; Sun., 9 am-1 pm. For more info., call 203.268.6217.


GOSPEL OF LIFE SOCIETY meets at St. Mary Parish, Norwalk, the second Sat. of the month (June 11) from 10 am-12 noon. Senator Toni Boucher will speak on opposition to medical marijuana. For more info, contact Eileen Bianchini: 203.847.5727 or stmarygols@aol.com.


SUMMER COOKOUT: Come and kick off the summer with the CYAGD Summer Cook Out on Sat., June 11, from 12 noon-6 pm! Open to all young adults, youth ministers, seniors in high school, and clergy. We will be attending the 5 pm vigil Mass at Sacred heart Parish, Danbury. Please RSVP by Wed., June 1. Suggested Donation: $10.  For more info and to RSVP, email catholic.ya.danbury@gmail.com. Join us on Facebook at “Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury.”


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.


MARTYRS OF LA FLORIDA MISSIONS will be the topic of a free presentation at the Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, on Sat. & Sun., June 11 & 12. Both sessions are at 2 pm. The talk, “Martyrs Under Her Mantle,” by Mary Soha M.D., will present the history of these martyrs from  the 16th to 18th centuries, predominantly indigenous Americans who embraced the Catholic faith, even at the cost of their lives. The presentation is part of the museum’s Mission of Faith Lecture Series. The Knights of Columbus Museum, 1 State Street, New Haven, is open 10 am-5 pm daily with free admission and parking. Its Mission of Faith exhibition examines Catholic evangelization in North America from the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the present. For more info, go to kofcmuseum.org.


“DAMIEN” ONE-MAN PLAY to come to St. Marguerite’s in Brookfield on Tues., June 14, at 7 pm. Our parish welcomes Casey Groves who will perform a one-man play about Fr. Damien of Molokai, a true apostle of mercy who worked among the lepers of Molokai, Hawaii in the 1800s. Canonized in 2009, Damien was an ordinary person who performed extraordinary works of mercy, attending to the patients’ physical as well as spiritual needs. A free will offering is asked of attendees. St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish is located at 138 Candlewood Lake Rd., Brookfield, CT. For more info, see the Damien Play flyer on our website: www.stmarguerite.org.


FAMILY FAIR at St. Mary Parish, Stamford, June 16-19. Rides, food, raffles and a silent auction. Times: Thurs.-Fri., 6-10 pm; Sat.-Sun., 5-10 pm. For more info, contact Sharon Macknight: smacknight@optimum.net or 203.327.1806.


S’MORES AND STARS: Join other young adults to watch the stars and to enjoy some Yummy S’mores over a fire pit!! June 17 (8-11 pm) St. Ann’s, 181 Clapboard Ridge Rd., Danbury.


A DAY OF SPIRITUAL RENEWAL: “Living in the Power of the Holy Spirit,” open to men and women will be held Sat., June 25, from 9 am-3 pm at St. Stephen Parish, Trumbull. Bring bag lunch, refreshments provided. Led by Fran Karpiej, OFS. Register by June 7; suggested donation $10. Checks made payable to Magnificat Bridgeport Diocese. Mail to:  Pat Paniccia, 25 Easton Rd. Monroe, CT  06468-1502 for more info, email: pat.pan@hotmail.com.


VENERATION OF THE IMAGE OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE will be sponsored by St. Lawrence Parish, Shelton, on two evenings: Mon.-Tues., June 27-28. Vivian Mestey, the guardian of the sacred pilgrim image, will speak on the image and its mission. 4-6 pm, veneration and individual prayer; 6 pm, talk; 6:30 pm, Rosary; 7 pm Mass; 8 pm Adoration, Benediction and closing. For more info, contact Deacon Frank Masso: 203.605.8321 or frank.masso@att.net.


GAME NIGHT: Come enjoy some fellowship and fun! Bring your favorite game or play the ones we have. Enjoy a night with friends both new and old and have fun! June 28 (6:30 pm-8:30 pm) Newman Center, 7 8th Ave., Danbury.


NIGHT OF PRAISE & WORSHIP: Join us for a Praise and Worship Holy Hour at Sacred Heart Parish in Danbury, followed by a social. This event is open to all ages. July 5 from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm, at Sacred Heart, 46 Stone St., Danbury.


FAITH ON TAP WITH FR. MICHAEL: Join us for some great food and an inspirational talk about the differences between the Eastern and Western Catholic churches. July 12 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Down The Hatch, 292 Candlewood Lake Rd., Brookfield.


ADULT DODGE BALL TOURNAMENT to benefit the Cardinal Shehan Center will take place Tues., July 12, from 5:30-8:30 pm at Insports Centers Trumbull, 29 Trefoil Dr., Trumbull. Treat your employees to a competitive and fun night out! T-shirts and pizza provided. First drink on the house. Up to 9 players per team, men and women welcome. Team entry fee:$650. For more info or to register, contact Lorraine Gibbons: 203.336.4468 or lgibbons@shehancenter.org.


CARNIVAL OF FUN at St. Catherine of Siena  Parish, Riverside held Tues.-Sat., July 12-16 on the parish grounds. Food, rides, games of chance and skill, raffles, live entertainment nightly. Bracelet nights Tues., Wed. & Thurs. For more info, go to www.stcath.org or call 203.637.3661.


SPEND AN EVENING WITH THE LAY CARMELITES. On Thurs., July 14, at 6:30 pm, at St. Lawrence Church, 505 Shelton Ave., Huntington, CT, the Lay Carmelite Community of Fairfield County will celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel with a procession, Holy Mass, and the opportunity to be vested with the Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. A reception will follow featuring a discussion about the spirit of Carmel and becoming a Lay Carmelite. Catholics over the age of 18 are invited. Contact Carmel Brown, Director, Mystical Rose Community, at 203.685.1908 or Kathleen Dechant, Formation Director, at 203.219.8832 for details.


DANCE PARTY (with Impromptu Dance Lesson): Have some fun and dance the night away at the CYAD Dance Party. At this event there will be an impromptu dance lesson with the dance TBA. July 19 from 6:30-8:30 pm at St. Joseph Church, 8 Robinson Ave., Danbury.


FAITH ON TAP WITH FR. JOSEPH GILL: Join us for some great food and an inspirational talk titled “How to Get More Out of the Mass” with Fr. Joseph Gill. July 25 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Down The Hatch, 292 Candlewood Lake Rd., Brookfield.


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.


S’MORES AND STARS: Have fun around the fire and enjoy some s’mores while watching the stars. Aug. 19 from 8-11 pm at St. Ann’s, 181 Clapboard Ridge Rd., Danbury.


BOWLING: Come Glow bowling with young adults of the area and enjoy a night of fun! Aug. 26 from 7:30 pm-9:30 pm at DolrBill’s Bowling 145 Danbury Rd., New Milford.



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


 

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