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“WOMEN AND HEART DISEASE”
presented by St. Vincent’s Healthy Hearts on Wed., Mar. 4 at 7pm with Dr. Anja Wagner in Hawley Conf. Room, level 4 of the Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, St. Vincent's Medical Ctr, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Presentations are free and open to the public. Q & A to follow talk. Light refreshments served. No registration is necessary. Call 1-800-255-7847.



FUNDRAISER DINNER & COLLECTION TO HELP SR. TREMBLAY & DAUGHTERS OF CHARITY
- Recently, the convent, pre-school and rescue mission have been burgularized. Let's help our sisters-in-Christ continue their important work! Join us for a fundraiser dinner, with raffles, entertainment and special guests on Thurs., Mar. 5 at Vazzano's Four Seasons, Kenyon St., Stratford from 6:30-9pm. Sponsered by Knights of Columbus, Bridgeport Police and Fire Unions. Dinner $40pp with cash bar.  We are also taking donations to present to Sr. Tremlay; make checks payable to: Daughters of Charity.  For info call Fred at (203) 257-2176, Vazzano's (203) 377-3067 or Jay (203) 650-8526. For flyer Click here


ENTRANCE EXAM AT SACRED HEART ACADEMY on Thurs., Mar. 5 from 9am-Noon for applicants to grades 9 and 10 at 265 Benham St., Hamden. Submit the Application for Admission online at www.sacredhearthamden.org, with the $60 fee, and contact Elaine Lamboley at (203) 288-2309, x307. SHA is an independent college preparatory school founded in 1946 by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, preparing young women grades 9–12 for learning, service, and achievement in a global society.



CURSILLO ULTREYAS
to be held on Mar. 5 at St. James Parish in Stratford 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/



SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL – bring the family!  Fun for all ages! Held at St. Catherine of Siena Lucey Parish Hall, 4 Riverside Ave., Riverside, CT on Fridays, Mar.  6 and 13 at 8 pm; Saturdays, Mar. 7 and 14 at 7:30 pm; Sundays, Mar. 8 and 15 at 2 pm. Tickets purchased online at www.stcatherinesplayers.com, or by calling (203) 637-3661. Advanced tickets $20pp; at the door $21pp. For info contact Cindy Busani at acbusani@optonline.net or (203) 637-3661 x327.


LENT FISH DINNER sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Cabrini Council 4096 on Fri., Mar. 6 from 4-8pm at St. Andrews Church Hall, 395 Anton St., Bridgeport including:  Baked fish, French fries, Cole slaw, and macaroni and cheese for the children as an alternative meal. Cost: a free will donation. Open to the public, all are welcome.



YOUNG ADULTS TALK: Discerning Life Choices, Relationships and Careers
given by Fr. Cipriani at St. Theresa Parish, Main St., Trumbull on Mar. 6 at 6:30pm in the new Parish Center Basement.  Refreshments served.  For Catholic young adults ages 20s & 30s.  For info email raytar.theresa@gmail.com



CATHOLIC YOUNG ADULTS OF GREATER DANBURY
(ages 18-35) meeting Mar. 6 at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, 138 Candlewood Lake Rd., Brookfield from 7-9pm in Parish Hall for game night and social.  OPEN TO ALL! Come, meet other young adults in our area; bring a friend. Refreshments served. For more info call Maria at (203) 798-6923.


WOMEN’S LENTEN REFLECTION by Genevieve Kineke, author of Set Free, The Authentic Catholic Woman's Guide to Forgiveness, at St. Mary Parish, Ridgefield for a Lenten Morning of Recollection on Sat., Mar. 7 beginning with Mass at 8am followed by Reconciliation. Ms. Kineke's talk on Forgiveness will begin at 9:15am in the Parish Hall.  Coffee and refreshments will be served.  Suggested offering: $20. RSVP by Feb. 28 to Izabela Ortonowski 203-438-8187 or iortonowski@comcast.net



20TH ANNIVERSARY ST. PATRICK DAY PARADE STAMFORD
starts at 12 noon on Sat., Mar. 7.  The parade, with 80 marching units including bagpipers and Irish step dancers, will start at Columbus Park and proceed north up Atlantic and Bedford Streets.  This year, the parade will offer a special children’s activity center at Veterans Park on Atlantic St.  Grand Marshals Bill and Evon Malloy will lead the parade to Latham Park.


MEN’S DAY OF PRAYER & HEALING on Mar. 7 - Are you suffering or do you know a man who is suffering because of the loss of a child through abortion? Did you pressure someone or were you both pressured to abort? Were you against the abortion? Did you go along because you thought you had no say but want to support the woman? Did you find out she had aborted after the fact? Is your wife or girlfriend post abortive? Hope and healing is possible! For time and location on this Entering Canaan Men's Day of Prayer and Healing, contact Lumina/Hope & Healing After Abortion at 877-586-4621 or lumina@postabortionhelp.org.


CONVIVIO HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH EVENT set for Mar. 7 from 9am-10pm at Sacred Heart University, Park Ave., Fairfield. This year’s CONVIVIO is 1-day and not the whole weekend. It is a very extraordinary year with the synod and all the dedication many youth are putting into it, so we have discerned that we are able to have 1 day.  In 2016 we will recharge it up to 3!  So let’s give the 7th all we got!  Bishop will be present during the day. For info email youthministry@diobpt.org



ST. PATRICK DAY CELEBRATION & CABERET
hosted by Knights of Columbus at Rev. Monsignor John Sabia Hall, 707 Main St., Monroe on Mar. 8 at 7:30pm. Caberet night with Keltic Kick Band, BYOB, with food and drinks available for purchase.  $20pp; seating by reservation only. For info and tickets call (203) 445-8857 or (203) 268-4072.


LADIES ST. PATRICK DAY BINGO by Christ the King Parish Women's Group, Madison Ave., Trumbull on Mon., Mar. 9 at 10:30am in the parish hall. We invite you to join us. For more info call (203) 261-8020.


PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE INFORMATION SESSION (Stamford) - The Diocese of Bridgeport Respect Life Ministry, Archdiocese of Hartford Pro-Life Ministry, the Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference and Family Institute of Connecticut are sponsoring a Physician Assisted Suicide Information Session to be held on March 12 at St. John the Evangelist in Stamford from 7-9pm.  The session will include speakers from across the diocese to discuss the Catholic understanding of physician assisted suicide, hospice care and current events at the state legislature.  Please join us and bring a friend!  For more info contact the Respect Life Ministry at the Diocese of Bridgeport at (203) 416-1445 or respectlife@diobpt.org.



SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL
– bring the family!  Fun for all ages! Held at St. Catherine of Siena Lucey Parish Hall, 4 Riverside Ave., Riverside, CT on Fri., Mar. 13 at 8 pm; Sat., Mar. 14 at 7:30 pm; Sun., Mar. 15 at 2 pm. Tickets purchased online at www.stcatherinesplayers.com, or by calling (203) 637-3661. Advanced tickets $20pp; at the door $21pp. Cash, check or credit cards are accepted. For info contact Cindy Busani at acbusani@optonline.net or (203) 637-3661 x327.


SIBLINGS HEALING WEEKEND held Mar. 13-15 - Are you suffering because your sibling was aborted? Are you struggling with questions? Do you feel alone? You are not alone! Entering Canaan Healing Weekend for Siblings of Aborted Babies will be held at St. Gabriel's Retreat House in Catonsville, MD. For time and location contact, Lumina/Hope and Healing After Abortion at 877-586-4621 or lumina@postabortionhelp.org.


MORNING OF REFLECTION at Sacred Heart Parish, 30 Church St., Georgetown on Sat., Mar. 14 from 8:45am-Noon in Pryor-Hubbard Hall.  Sr. Jane Silk, RSM, Ph.D., will be leading; the theme will be "Listening to the Spirit of God".  To register, call the Rectory Office at (203) 544-8345 Ext. 3 or email: sacredheartgtn@optonline.net


ENTRANCE EXAM FOR KOLBE CATHEDRAL HIGH SCHOOL, Bridgeport on Sat., Mar. 14 at 8am.  You may register for the entrance/placement exam by contacting the Main Office in person, or call (203) 335-2554, or email: cougars@kolbecaths.org. Please bring $50 exam fee. Exam results count for and shared between Diocesan high schools if desired.



ST. PATRICK’S DAY DINNER DANCE
fundraiser hosted by Knights of Columbus St. Lawrence Monsignor Joseph Fitzgerald Council #14014, will be held Sat., Mar. 14 at 7pm at the St. Lawrence School Gymnasium, Shelton. Enjoy a night of Irish and non-Irish food favorites catered by David Grant Caterers, desserts, drinks, and dancing for only $35pp. You must be 21 or older to attend. To reserve tickets contact Bill Farmer at 203-929-5603 or email Kelly_Farmer@sbcglobal.net. Proceeds support a local charity.



SKI & SNOWBOARD TRIP FOR YOUNG ADULTS (ages 21-35)
to Mount Snow, 39 Mount Snow Rd, West Dover, Vermont on Sat., Mar. 14 leaving from St. Theresa Parish, Main St., Trumbull at 5am.  Even if you don’t ski – come along – lots of fun things to do at the resort for non-skiers! For Ski Rentals: http://rotaryski.com/.  For Mount Snow & lift ticket information: http://www.mountsnow.com/. Don't Ski or Snowboard? Here is the link for other activities at the mountain: http://www.mountsnow.com/the-mountain/activities/. Bring a group of friends and enjoy this great time! For info contact Theresa Raytar at raytar.Theresa@gmail.com or Dominick Angiolilo at dominick.angiolillo.3@hotmail.comhttp://dominick.angiolillo.3@hotmail.com.



ZUMBA FUNDRAISER
for New Covenant House Soup Kitchen on Sat., Mar. 14 from 11am-12:30pm - Open to all - all levels! Come, laugh, dance, exercise - all for a great cause!  To be held at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1230 Newfield Ave., Stamford.  $20 minimum donation; optional bring non-perishable food items for NCH soup kitchen.  For flyer click here


"COME & SEE" MASS - The Secular Franciscan Holy Spirit Fraternity invites everyone to St. Emery’s Church, 838 Kings Hwy. East, Fairfield, on Sat., Mar. 14 at 9:30am. Father Norman Guilbert will celebrate a Mass in church followed with a social and meeting in the Parish Hall.  “Come and See” if you are being called to a vocation in the Secular Franciscan Order.  All are welcome!  For infor call (203)-255-8801.



"WALKING THE CROSS"
- Open to all! Parishioners of the 7 Catholic parishes in Norwalk will carry a large wooden cross from one church to another, linking all 7 churches in a special way during the season of Lent.  On Sun., Mar. 15, The Walk begins after 9am Mass at St. Matthew Parish, 216 Scribner Ave. in Norwalk and ends before 6pm Mass at St. Jerome's.  The walk will be performed in many ways: in silence, in prayer, saying the Rosary and in song.  For info call Kali DiMarco (203) 434-8407 or Mike Pappa (203) 858-2609. For all ages - families, teens, everyone!



LADIES LUNCHEON & SHOP TIL YOU DROP
by St. Joseph High School Women Alumni - Reserve your spot now for Past, Present & Future Ladies Luncheon to be held Mar. 15 at 11:30am at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield.  Vendor displays, complimentary “Cadet-Tini”, hours d’oeuvres, auction, lunch and program.  The women of St Joe's past, present and future will gather for delicious cuisine, spring shopping and hear from our guest speaker, Natalie Green Hammond. We are seeking donations to our raffle and auction ranging from vacation stays, restaurant gift certificates, summer fun items, electronics, spa packages and more! For info on sponsorship or auction donations contact Rebecca Santoli at rsantoli@sjcadets.org.  Space is limited.  This event sold out last year, so register online now at: www.sjcadets.org/luncheon.



MASS MOB III COMING TO DANBURY!
Join us on Mar. 15 at 10:30am at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Danbury for Mass Mob III! Mass Mob of Fairfield County encourages gathering together in the Church's greatest prayer - it is essentially a flash mob for Mass! Join us!  Click here for this video TV news segment about us! Our website: http://massmobfc.webs.com/


TAIZE PRAYER MEDITATION at St. Gregory the Great Parish, 85 Great Plain Rd., Danbury featuring music by Church choir on Sun., Mar. 15 at 2pm. For info email Maynard Robin at: maynardrob@aol.com


ST. CASIMIR CELEBRATION & MASS sponsored by Knights of Lithuania of St. George Church, 443 Park Ave., Bridgeport on Sun., Mar. 15 at noon and luncheon at 1pm. For info call (203) 878-0519.



CURSILLO ULTREYAS
to be held on Mar. 16 at St. Bridget of Ireland, Stamford 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/


MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE on Mon., Mar. 16 at 7:30pm, St. Lawrence Church, Huntington, with Father Bob Kwiatkowski. Open to all! For info call (203) 268-8253



GREATER BRIDGEPORT ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
held Tues., Mar. 17 beginning at 12 noon with 2015 Grand Marshal, Ted Lovely of Trumbull. The marchers will travel through downtown Bridgeport, beginning at Harbor Yard up Broad St. to Fairfield Ave. and return to Harbor Yard via Main St.  To see the entire day’s festivities go to: www.stpatricksdaybridgeport.com


ANNUAL ST. PATRICK DAY MASS will be celebrated at 11am on Mar. 17 at St. Peter's Parish, 104 Main St., Danbury. All welcome.  For info call (203) 743-2707 or email: mdanahermelody@aol.com.



WOMEN'S EVENING RETREAT: "What Would You Have Me Do For You?"
on Wed., Mar. 18, from 6-9pm at Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford with Sr. Eileen Dooling and Joan Linley. We so often fall out of touch with our own needs and deepest desires in the busyness of helping others. We so often strive for an elusive “perfection” and listen to our internal critic when we fall short of our unrealistic expectations. This evening of reflection will focus on the healing which is the gift of self-compassion, and our personal response to Jesus’ question to the blind man, “What would you have me do for you?” $40pp, includes dinner. Call 860-760-9705 or online www.holyfamilyretreat.org



CURSILLO ULTREYAS
to be held on Mar. 19 at St. Mary, Bethel 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/


MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE on Thurs., Mar. 19 at 7:30pm, at Sacred Heart Church, Greenwich, with Father Larry Carew. Open to all! For info call (203) 268-8253



ANNUAL STARRY NIGHT GALA
at The Inn at Longshore in Westport to support Caroline House will be held Fri., Mar. 20 from 6:30–11pm. Dance the night away to VOO DOO carnival and bid on an exciting auction. Liza Hesburgh of Greenwich and Lyndy Toole of Westport will be honored for their contributions to the mission of Caroline House. Tickets and contributions at www.thecarolinehouse.org or call Christine Matthews Paine at (203) 605-2728.  Click here to register online.



"GLOW BOWLING"
by Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury (ages 18-35) on Mar. 20 at Lore Lanes, 145D Danbury Rd., New Milford from 7-9pm, with DJ, food, music videos and requests!  OPEN TO ALL! Bring a date, bring group of friends - great night out and to meet other young adults in our area. $15pp. For more info call Maria at (203) 798-6923.


WEEKEND CONFERENCE "Spiritual Invitations of the Second Half of Life" by best-selling author, Paula D'Arcy starting Fri., Mar. 20 through Sun., Mar. 22 at Mercy by the Sea Retreat and Conference Center, 167 Neck Rd., Madison, CT.  Awaken to the journey of the second half of life; discover what you are invited to and who is inviting you. For info or to register call (203) 245-0401 or email info@mercycenterbythesea.org or online at www.mercybythesea.org



EASTER EGG HUNT
at St. Margaret Shrine, 2539 Park Avenue, Bridgeport on Sat., Mar. 21 from 2-4pm. Get your Easter basket and come for a free egg hunt! The fun includes a special area for little children, Bridgeport Fire Department Touch-A-Truck, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. There will also be a raffle, hot chocolate, and cookies for sale. Rain date is Mar. 28.  For info email shrinenews@gmail.com.


CORNED BEEF DINNER open to public, sponsored by St. Frances X Cabrini Knights of Columbus Council 4096 on Sat., Mar. 21 at 6:30pm at St. Andrew's Church Hall, 395 Anton St., Bridgeport including: corned beef and cabbage, carrots, and potatoes, coffee, tea, soda. Entertainment by Irish dancers and Jim Money the DJ playing Irish music. $28 per family or $12pp. Reservations only. For reservations call (203) 380-0808  or (203) 650-7927.



10TH ANNUAL DIVINE MERCY CONFERENCE
on Mar. 21 from 9am-5:30pm at Cardinal Spellman High School, Bronx, NY featuring Mass celebrated by Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, featuring speakers, sacred music, Adoration, Confession, Mass, and bookstore, this powerful event is co-sponsored by the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception and the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. For info www.thedivinemercy.org/bronx or (800) 462-7426.  To view flyer with details click here.  For registration form click here.


MUSIC FOR A SPRING EVENING CONCERT in memory of Fr. Vincent J. O’Connor by Fairfield University Glee Club, conducted by Carole Ann Maxwell at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 4 Riverside Ave., Riverside, on Sat., Mar. 21 at 8pm. Tickets at $10pp by calling the Rectory at 203-637-3661.



ST. PATRICK DAY PARADE DANBURY
on Mar. 22 will start at 2pm at St. Peter's Parish, 104 Main St., Danbury and go to the Irish Cultural Center on Lake Avenue.  For info call (203) 743-2707or email: mdanahermelody@aol.com



PRAISE & PIZZA II
hosted by St. Mary Youth Group, Bethel on Sun., Mar. 22 at 6:30pm.  All high school teens welcome!  The first 'edition' was a big success and now we are expanding!  Adoration, music, social time, pizza and more. For details email: stmarybethelyouth@gmail.com.


7TH ANNUAL EDUCATOR'S COMMUNION BREAKFAST at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield on Mar. 22 beginning with Mass in Chapel of the Holy Spirit at 8:30am, breakfast and talk in University Commons at 10am with guest speaker Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B., Abbey of Regina Laudis and book signing at 12noon.  Books available for purchase. For info email Ralph Burke at ralphburke@optonline.net. Seating limited so register early!  Click here to register.



"FULLNESS OF PURPOSE"
Lenten Mission Mar. 23-25 at 7pm each evening at St. Mary Parish, 26 Dodgington Rd., Bethel. Could there be more to your faith than you have experienced? Dynamic Catholic speaker and author Ken Yasinki will be leading our three day parish mission, to help answer life's most meaningful questions: 1) Why have I been created? 2) Where is Joy found? 3) Does my Catholic faith matter? This mission is Catholicism in everyday simple language that will make relevant the timeless truths of our faith. Come be inspired to live your full potential in life. Ken is a husband, father, author, founder of Face to Face Ministries, and a Lighthouse Catholic Media speaker.



WOMEN'S LENTEN RETREAT  "Mary, A Model for the Modern Woman"
held Mar. 27-29 at St. Edmund's Retreat Center, Enders Island, Mystic, with Retreat Dir. Fran Fraleigh Karpiej, OFS, of Sharing Christ Ministry.  This Retreat will center on images of Our Blessed Mother as revealed in song of praise known as “The Magnificat.”  We will reflect on the life of Mary from Nazareth to the Cross of Jesus in Jerusalem, and be encouraged by her strength, wisdom, humility and love. Single rooms limited. To register contact Janet Virmalo, or Cheryl at St. Edmund’s, 860-536-0565, ext. 110; or visit their website at: www.endersisland.com.


DIOCESAN LENT RETREAT: You are invited to the Diocesan Lent retreat on Sat., Mar. 28 at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Stratford for 8am Mass to 12:30pm. There will be a live performance by Glenn Smith on the life of Saint Paul.  After the performance there will be time for reflection, prayer, and conversation.  Contact Gina at 203-416-1446 or gdonnarummo@diobpt.org.  To register, mail check for $15pp, made payable to: “Office of Faith Formation,” Attn: Gina Donnarummo, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06606.


KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS GEOGRAPHY BEE will take place Sat., Mar. 28 at 1:15pm at St. Joseph School in Danbury. For info go to: http://tinyurl.com/KofC29GeoB.  For info email jandj.pitrelli@comcast.net


$10,000 RAFFLE AT SACRED HEART ACADEMY - tickets on sale now - Drawing Mar. 28 (winner need not be present). Take a chance by purchasing a $20 ticket. Visit www.sacredhearthamden.org/auction to download the ticket form or call (203) 288-2309. For info contact Maryanne Pisani at mpisani@sacredhearthamden.org or 203-287-8181, x372.



AL’S ANGELS EASTER & PASSOVER BASKET ASSEMBLY
- Open to all - will take place Sat., Mar. 28 from 7:30am-2pm at St. Matthew Parish, 216 Scribner Ave., Norwalk to assemble over 2000 Easter and Passover gift baskets for children and families battling cancer, rare blood diseases and severe financial hardship. We need volunteers to create these holiday gift baskets and who understand how important it is to create a quality effort for our children and families in need.  To sign up click here.  For info go to www.alsangels.org


2ND ANNUAL STATIONS OF THE CROSS hosted by CT State Council of the Knights of Columbus will be held Palm Sunday, Mar. 29 at Shrine of St. Margaret, 2523 Park Ave., Bridgeport. Following the Stations of the Cross a Benediction Service will be held at the Statue of the Pieta. Both services will be led by State Chaplain Msgr. J. Peter Cullen assisted by Rev. Giandomenico Flora, Rector and Deacon Donald Faust, Administer for the Shrine. Mass is held at 11am with The Stations beginning at 2pm.



MUSIC & DRAMA PRESENTATION “The Way of the Cross”
at St. Rose of Lima Parish, 46 Church Hill Rd., Newtown presented by the Mystery Players High School Students of Immaculate Heart Central High School of Watertown, NY on Wed., Apr. 1 at 7:30pm. The sanctuary is the stage for a powerful presentation with special lighting, music, pantomime, and para-liturgical readings. Meditation and contemplation on the death and resurrection of Jesus is the central mystery in the prayer life of the Catholic Church. Please be advised that small children may be frightened due to the nature of the play. Admission free. For info: www.ihcschools.org/spiritual-life/mystery-players.



“ATRIAL FIBRILLATION CONVERGENCE PROCEDURE”
presented by St. Vincent’s Healthy Hearts on Wed., Apr. 1 with Dr. Clive Robinson at 7pm in the Hawley Conf. Room, level 4 of the Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, St. Vincent's Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Presentations are free and open to the public. Q & A to follow talk. Light refreshments served. No registration is necessary. Call 1-800-255-7847.


BEAREVEMENT PROGRAM - A ten week program open to all starting Wed., Apr. 1 at Our Lady of Peace Parish, 10 Ivy St., Stratford for those grieving the loss of a loved one. The group will meet from 7-8:30pm on various Wednesdays. Register by calling the parish center office at (203) 377-4863, ext.10. Workbooks will be provided; there is no cost.


LENT FISH DINNER sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Cabrini Council 4096 on Fri., Apr. 3 from 4-8pm at St. Andrews Church Hall, 395 Anton St., Bridgeport including: Baked fish, French fries, Cole slaw, and macaroni and cheese for the children as an alternative meal. Cost: a free will donation. Open to the public, all are welcome. 



CURSILLO ULTREYAS
to be held on Apr. 9 at St. James, Stratford 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/


TAG SALE at St. Mary Parish, 566 Elm St., Stamford to be held Apr. 11 from 9am-4pm. VENDORS NEEDED - Register by Apr. 1 by emailing smacknight@optonline.net or call 203-327-1806



WOMEN’S BREAKFAST
by MAGNIFICAT a Ministry to Catholic Women on Sat., Apr. 11 from 9:30am-12:30pm at Tashua Knolls Golf Club, in Trumbull. Open to all.  Caroline Gambale-Dirkes from EWTN will be the guest speaker.  $25pp; Pre register by Sat., Mar. 28.  No tickets will be sold at the door.  View Caroline on EWTN Choices We Face on 5/19/2015 at 5:30pm and 5/22/2015 at 6:30am. Click here for flyer. For info call Fran Hood (203) 744-1856 or email s.m.hood@sbcglobal.net.



SYNOD YOUTH CONSULTATION SESSION
will be Apr. 11 at St. Joseph High School, Trumbull from 10am-12noon. This is a youth session for high school teens, only adults who are chaperoning will have clearance. All persons must have a ticket to enter at the door! All adult chaperones must be Virtus trained and background checked and registered. No adults will be accepted at the door who are not pre-cleared chaperones.  All youth and adults who have attended a previous session, do not need to fill out another liability form. We will have them on record at the door. For info email youthministry@diobpt.org



CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF DANBURY 53RD ANNUAL SPRING GALA
being held Apr. 11 at 6:30-11:30pm at the Ridgewood Country Club in Danbury.  Enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing with a live band, raffle and silent auction. For info call (203) 743-4412.  For info or to register click here.



MASS OF HEALING & HOPE
open to all at Christ the King Parish, Madison Ave., Trumbull on Mon., Apr. 13 at 7:30pm with Fr. Larry Carew. Come! Be renewed in mind, body and spirit by Our Lord and Saviour.



CURSILLO ULTREYAS
to be held on Apr. 16 at St. Mary, Bethel 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/


POPE FRANCIS AND THE PROMISE OF FAMILY: Dr. Scott Hahn, Kimberly Hahn and Dr. Alan Hunt are coming to the diocese on Sat., Apr. 18, at All Saint’s School in Norwalk from 8:30am-5pm, will offer inspiration, encouragement and creative solutions to the challenges of married life and parenting as envisioned by Pope Francis. It will include 5 talks, with one breakout session for men and women, and conclude with Mass by Bishop Caggiano at 4pm.Cost is $45/person, $75/couple; includes continental breakfast and full lunch. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com and search for “Pope Francis and the Promise of Family.”  For reservations click here.  For flyer click here. For Marriage Page click here.


"COME & SEE" MASS - The Secular Franciscan Holy Spirit Fraternity invites everyone to St. Emery’s Church, 838 Kings Hwy. East, Fairfield, on Sat., Apr. 18 at 9:30am. Father Eugene R. Szantyr will celebrate a Mass in church followed with a social and meeting in the Parish Hall.  “Come and See” if you are being called to a vocation in the Secular Franciscan Order.  All are welcome!  For infor call (203)-255-8801.



AMAZING PARISH 2015 CONFERENCE
"Helping Catholic Leaders Build Amazing Parishes" held Apr. 21-22 at Hyatt Regency in Denver. This conference is an opportunity to experience our movement of parishes who want to provide amazing ministry to those they serve. The Conference features national keynote speakers, amazing prayer experiences, and the opportunity to meet committed parish leaders from around the country. Each conference presents important and challenging ideas and guides a parish leadership team in the creation of the plan that they can take back to their parish and use to make it more amazing. Click here for flyer.  For info and registration go to: www.amazingparish.org



DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST at St. Joseph High School on Thurs., Apr. 30 at 7pm; Fri., May 1 at 7 and Sat., May 2 at 6:30pm. Tickets are available starting April 20 by emailing SJHSTickets@gmail.com. Bring the family!  Great night out for all ages. www.sjcadets.org


FOURTH GENERAL SESSION OF SYNOD on Sat., May 9, 2015 from 9:30am-2:30pm at St. Catherine, Trumbull.  www.2014synod.com



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


"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/



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.


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.


STEUBENVILLE EAST YOUTH CONFERENCE FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEENS - save the date - 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


FIFTH AND CLOSING GENERAL SESSION OF SYNOD on Sat., Sept. 19, 2015 at WEBSTER BANK ARENA, Bridgeport.


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


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. 
 


 

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