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NOTRE DAME High School (Boy's and Girls) Class of 1966 is planning a 50th Reunion for the spring of 2017. If you are interested in working on the Class of 1966 Reunion committee or would like to receive more information, contact the Alumni Office: or 203.372.6521 ext. 242.

AL’S ANGELS Holiday Toy Drive needs 10,000 toys this year. If you, your company, retail business, school etc would like to host a toy drive, contact Al Diguido at

THE GROTTO GIFT SHOP, located on the grounds of the Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield, 50 Montfort Rd., Rte. 118, Litchfield, will be open Mon.-Sat., 10:30 am to 4 pm, and Sun., 11:30 am to 4 pm. Advent wreaths, candles, & calendars are now in stock along with many new Christmas ornaments, cards & Fontanini Nativity sets. Come in and browse for unique gifts and books for all occasions, particularly baby & children's items. For further info, call 860.567.1041 or email:

JOIN IN PRAYING the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary for Persecuted Christians from your home/car/office the first Tues. of every month (Nov. 1) at 7 pm with a conference phone number. How? Before 7 pm, call 877.216.5269 type in the pin number 96869.

FIRST FRIDAY LECTURE at St. Luke Parish, Westport, will take place Fri., Nov. 4, at 7:30 pm in the community room. Sr. M. Peter Lilian DiMaria, will speak on “The Spirituality of Aging.” The lecture will be preceded by a wine and cheese reception at 7 pm. For more info, call 203.227.7245.

DIVORCED AND SEPARATED Catholics are invited to join “Hearts Renewed,” a support group for divorced or separated men and women. Meetings are held in Fairfield on the first and third Fri. (Nov 4; Nov. 18) at 7:30. For more info and for directions, call Bette: 203.338.0503 or Peggy: 203.834.1287.

ENTRANCE EXAM—Sacred Heart Academy of Hamden will offer its entrance exam on Sat., Nov. 5, from 8 am to noon. Students apply online at, and may spend a “Day at SHA” and plan an interview. To do this, please phone Mrs. Elaine Lamboley, Director of Admissions, at 203.288.2309.

THE LITTLE MERMAID will be presented by the students of Sacred Heart Academy on Fri.-Sat., Nov. 4 at 8 pm, Nov. 5, at 2 and 8 pm at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven. Tickets: $27.50 for orchestra; $22.50 mezzanine; and $12.50 balcony. For tickets and more info, call 203.562.5666, visit or purchase at Sacred Heart Academy, 265 Benham St., Hamden.

ENTRANCE EXAM for Sacred Heart Academy, 265 Benham St., Hamden, will take place Sat., Nov. 5, from 8 am-12 noon on the school’s campus. All students applying for grades 9 and 10 are required to take the exam. To register, candidates must submit the Application for Admission online at with the $60 fee by Tues., Nov. 1.  For more info or to arrange an interview or “shadow day,” contact director of admissions Elaine Lamboley: 203.288.2309, ext. 307.

OPEN HOUSE for Pre-K3, Pre-K4, and Kindergarten will be held at Assumption Catholic School, Fairfield, on Sat., Nov. 5, beginning at 10 am. All three programs are full-day. Principal Steven Santoli will give an overview of the school's mission, educational programs and extracurricular programs. Teachers will be available to discuss their programs, and current students will give tours. Children are welcome to attend!  RSVP to Karen Guastelle, director of enrollment: 203.334.6271 or

VENDORS WANTED for the 24th Annual Holiday Craft Fair and Bazaar St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish, 138 Candlewood Lake Road, Brookfield. Fair will be held Sat., Nov. 12, from 10 am-4 pm. Vendor registration deadline: Fri., Oct. 28. To download a vendor application, visit or call Pat Spitzfaden: 203.775.9236.

CHRISTMAS FAIR at Our Lady of Good Counsel Chapel, Bridgeport, will be held Sat., Nov. 12, from 9 am-4 pm. Vendor tables available for $25 each. For more info or to reserve a table, call Johanna: 203.372.3740.

AL'S ANGELS Thanksgiving Meal Assembly is scheduled for Sat., Nov. 12. Volunteer Registration is now OPEN. We need volunteers to aid in packing meal bins, loading trucks and delivering meals. Work shifts available are 6 am-9 am, 9 am-12 noon and 12 noon-2 pm at 315 Seaview Ave., Bridgeport.  For more info, contact Al DiGuido:

RAKE n’ BAKE 2016 is accepting registrations for the Sat., Nov. 12, event. Individuals, families, scout troops, sports teams, youth groups, church groups and neighborhood teams—get it on the calendar now. Registrations will close at midnight on Fri., Nov. 4. Last year over 300 folks missed the deadline and had to be turned away. To register, go to To volunteer as a food server, email Randi Convertito: For more info or for large groups (12 or more), email your list of names to Sheila Kuhn: or 203.775.3368.

TEARDROPS SERVICE, praying for Catholics, in particular adult children, who have fallen away from the faith, will take place Sun., Nov. 13, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Danbury, at the 11:30 am Mass. For more info, call Ruth Doran: 203.792.6635 or Fr. Peter Towsley: 203.748.9029.

WOMEN’S GROUP at Christ the King Parish, Trumbull, will meet on Mon., Nov. 14, at 10 am. Arthur Gottlieb will speak on "The Golden Age of Hollywood Stars."  All are invited. For more info, call 203.261.8020.

BRAVE AND BELOVED: Overcoming Fear, an inspirational talk by Lisa Brenninkmeyer, founder of Walking with Purpose, at a luncheon held on Wed., Nov. 16, from 11:30 am-2 pm at the Italian Center, 1620 Newfield Ave., Stamford. For more info, contact Walking with Purpose: or

GREENWICH WORLD HUNGER Association, celebrating 40 years of projects to alleviate hunger, will be honored at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Riverside, on Thurs., Nov. 17, at the annual Dinner with a Cause sponsored by the Social Justice Committee. Come for a  light supper and learn about the work of this organization. Supper at 6:30; presentation from 7:15-8:30 pm in the parish hall. For more info and for reservations, call 203.637.3661.

WINE TASTING to benefit Caroline House will take place Fri., Nov. 18, from 7-10 pm at the Fairfield Museum & History Center. Sponsored by Twisted Vine Fairfield and A Dash of Salt Catering. Tickets: $40; includes hors d’oeuvres, wines and a tour of the museum. To register, go to For more info on Caroline House, go to

MAROON AND GOLD GALA for St. Joseph High School will be held on Sat., Nov. 19 at The Waterview, 218 Roosevelt Drive, Monroe. Proceeds benefit the SJ scholarship endowment. For more info and for tickets, contact Dawn Handwerker, special events coordinator: or 203.378.9378, ext. 444.

ANNUAL HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE at Sacred Heart Church, Stamford, on Sat., Nov. 19, from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm and Sun., Nov. 20, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm in the lower church hall. Space is available for anyone interested in renting a space to sell handmade items, jewelry, crafts, knitted or crochet items, ornaments, chocolates etc. No used or tag sale items. Everything must be new. Also no food items. If you are interested or if you know anyone who might be interested in renting a space please contact Rose Coscarelli-Curtis at 203.968.1234 after 5 pm.

35TH REUNION for Notre Dame Catholic High School  Class of 1981 will be held Fri., Nov. 25, from 7-11 pm at Vazzano’s Four Seasons. Cost: $65/person includes appetizers, buffet dinner, dessert, open bar, DJ, tax/tip. An invitation is open to fellow ND alum from the classes of 1978 thru 1984 to join us. RSVP to: Fred Garrity:; Zoli Szabo:; Angelo Ciambriello,; Jolynn Catandella-Colon:

CAR RAFFLE: St. Mary Parish, Bethel, is raffling off a 2016 Buick Encore AND a 2016 GMC Canyon pickup truck! Both cars are from Ingersoll Auto of Danbury. Tickets are $100 each and one ticket wins both cars. Come and take a look on the front lawn of the Parish grounds. The drawing will take place Sat., Nov. 26, at 6:45 pm. Winner need not be present. Tickets can be purchased after Masses on selected Sundays or at the parish office during the week. For more info,, call the parish: 203.744.5777.

SPIRITUAL PILGRIMAGE to Our Lady of Guadalupe and Mexico: Join Fr. Marcel Saint Jean on a spiritual journey to Mexico and Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of America. In this holy place, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a humble Indian, Juan Diego. The trip begins Mon., Nov. 28 through Sat., Dec. 3 Cost: $1,695/person, includes round trip airline tickets, hotels, breakfast and dinner daily and sightseeing. For more info and for reservations, contact Fr. Marcel at Christ the King Parish, Trumbull: 203.434.7208, or

MONSTER MINI GOLF with Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury (CYAD), ages 18-35. Come play mini golf and enjoy a night of fun and friendship. Cost: $9 per person. Tues., Nov. 29, from 7:30-9 pm at 14 Starr Rd., Danbury. For more info, email or join us on Facebook at “Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury.”

EMMAUS 79 TEEN RETREAT: Danbury Emmaus is having a retreat for anyone from 8th-12th grade on Dec. 2-4, 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 Kristin Nauheimer 203.512.5285, or visit us at We look forward to meeting you on the weekend!

VENDORS/CRAFTERS wanted for the Holly Fair sponsored by the Women's Group of St. Margaret Mary Church, Shelton. The fair will be held on Sat., Dec. 3, from 9 am-4 pm. Table rental is $30. For more info, call Sharon: 203.305.6503 or email

HOLY DAY of obligation: Join the Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury (CYAD), ages 18-35, for Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and a social following. Thurs., Dec. 8, from 8-10 pm at WCSU Westside Campus, Room 218, 43 Lake Ave. Ext, Danbury. For more info, email or join us on Facebook at “Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury.”

CASINO NIGHT to benefit the Shehan Center’s After School & Saturday program for K-8 children will be held Fri., Feb. 25, 2017, at The Inn at Long Shore in Westport. For more info, call 203.336.4468.

THE GREAT SHEHAN TRIVIA CONTEST: Form a team! Join the fun on Tues., Feb 28, 2017, at the  Holiday Inn, 1070 Main St., Bridgeport. For more info and to register, call 203.336.4468.


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