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SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT ST. ANN'S FIELD, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport with Country Folk Music from 'Dan Tressler and Friends' on Tues., July 22 from 6-8pm.  Rain date Wed., July 23 same time.  Bring a picnic, wine, lawn chair, Frisbee - family & friends! $5pp, children under 12 admission free.  For more concert listings go to facebook page St. Ann Black Rock.


“FOOD FOR LIFE: KICK-START YOUR HEALTH” LIVE COOKING CLASS at St. Vincent’s Medical Center  on Thurs., July 22 from 6-7:30pm in the Hawley Conference Center, 4th Floor. “Keys for Natural Appetite Control”  is designed to advance cancer prevention and survival through nutrition education, research and live cooking demonstration. Free parking; Registration required. Call (203) 576-6158.


YOUNG ADULT GROUP (age 18+) at St. Marguerite's in Brookfield will meet July 25 from 7-9pm in the church hall.  Open to all.  Join us for prayer, discussion, fun, fellowship and refreshments.  For info or to be included on the email list for activities apart from group meetings, call Maria M. (203) 798-6923, Maria V. (203) 775-2135, or Greg (203) 512-1875.


CHANT CAMP at St. Mary Parish, 669 West Ave., Norwalk on Mon., July 28 through Fri., Aug. 1 from 10am-3pm. For children to learn about singing and reading music, in particular Gregorian chant. No prior musical experience required, no age limit.  Prerequisite is the ability to read English fluently. Classes in ear training, sight singing and repertoire, with daily Mass and recreation. $100 for one child; $200 for two or more children. Free Chant Camp T-shirt for registration and payment by July 14! For info go to www.chantcampnorwalk.org or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT ST. ANN'S FIELD, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport with local Jazz Ensemble 'Joe Kiernan Trio' on Tues., July 29 from 6-8pm. Rain date Wed., July 30 same time.  Bring a picnic, wine, lawn chair, Frisbee - family & friends! $5pp, children under 12 admission free.  For more concert listings go to facebook page St. Ann Black Rock.


FREE CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM by St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound on Tues., July 29 from 6-7pm in the Medical Oncology Conf. Room, Level 3 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Open to all cancer patients and survivors and their caregivers including family and friends, features an open discussion to share concerns, express emotions and talk about coping with the stress. No reservation required; parking free. Call (203) 576-6158 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


THEOLOGY, CONVERSATION, FOOD & FUN - Please join Fr. Lynch and other guests for discussions on Theology in an informal setting while enjoying the good food and drinks at Walrus & Carpenter, 2895 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport from 6-8pm on July 30. Held last Wednesday of each month. For more info call Parish Office at 203-368-1607.


8TH ANNUAL CATHOLIC WOMEN OF GRACE RETREAT "Women: Bloom where you are" from Aug. 1-3 at the Malvern Retreat House, 315 S. Warren Ave., Malvern, PA 19355.  Guest speakers: Johnette Benkovic, Fr. Philip Scott and more. Come be restored, refilled and rejuvinated!  $250pp includes two nights accommodations and five meals. Register at (610) 644-0400 or www.womenofgrace.com.


FAMILY RETREAT AT THE SEASHORE! A Star of the Sea Family Retreat aims to bring parents and kids closer to God and to one another, while having fun at the ocean. Aug. 3-8 at St. Edmund’s Retreat Center, Enders Island, Mystic, CT.  Contact Deacon John & Peggy Scarfi (845) 621-7000, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or www. endersisland.com


SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT ST. ANN'S FIELD, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport with jazz piano local legend Wayne Heller and his band on Tues., Aug. 5 from 6-8pm. Rain date Wed., Aug. 6 same time.  Bring a picnic, wine, lawn chair, Frisbee - family & friends! $5pp, children under 12 admission free.  For more concert listings go to facebook page St. Ann Black Rock.


YOUNG ADULT GROUP (age 18+) at St. Marguerite's in Brookfield will meet Aug. 8 from 7-9pm in the church hall.  Open to all.  Join us for prayer, discussion, fun, fellowship and refreshments.  For info or to be included on the email list for activities apart from group meetings, call Maria M. (203) 798-6923, Maria V. (203) 775-2135, or Greg (203) 512-1875.


FIRST MASS MOB IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY! Mass Mob is essentially a flash mob for mass.  We announce a parish, date, and time and everyone meets us there to join in the greatest prayer of the Church - the Mass!  By doing this, we get to see other parishes and how they celebrate the liturgy, grow in our own faith, AND help other parishes out financially. The first Mass Mob in Fairfield County will be at St. Peter Church, 695 Colorado Ave., Bridgeport on Aug. 10 at 11:30am.  Be a part of this amazing experience! For info email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or www.massmobfc.webs.com or  www.facebook.com/massmobfc or www.twitter.com/MassMobFfldCo, Instagram: @MassMob_FairfieldCounty


SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT ST. ANN'S FIELD, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport with rock cover band The Pocket Hotties on Tues., Aug. 12 from 6-8pm. Rain date Wed., Aug. 13 same time.  Bring a picnic, wine, lawn chair, Frisbee - family & friends! $5pp, children under 12 admission free.  For more concert listings go to facebook page St. Ann Black Rock.


CARNIVAL OF FUN & CAR RAFFLE at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 4 Riverside Ave., Riverside, CT from Aug. 12-16. Bring the family! Food, music and fun for all.  This year’s car raffle is a 2015 BMW XI SUV in Midnight Blue Metallic. Tickets $25 each; drawing is Sat., Aug. 16 at 11pm at the Carnival. No need to be present to win. Tickets purchased at the Rectory.  Call (203) 637-3661. Click here for flyer


MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, Brookfield on Aug. 14 at 7pm with Fr. George Sankoorkal.  Open to all.


FAN THE FIRE YOUTH RALLY, "Made for More" Aug. 16 from 9am-9pm at St. Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Rd., Newtown. All Teens Grades 8-12 are Welcome! $40pp includes lunch & dinner. Flyer with details/speakers. Registration Form  Adult Participation Form  Youth Participation Form


DOZYNKI (POLISH HARVEST FESTIVAL) held Aug. 16-17 at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 325 Washington Blvd, in Stamford.  Saturday 6pm-2am, Sunday 11:30am-10pm. Live Music, Dancing, Games, Raffles, plus Delicious Polish Food and Beverages.  Call 203-323-4967 for more info.



YOUNG ADULTS BEACH PARTY & MEET THE BISHOP
"Summer Splash" on Sun., Aug. 17 from 2:30-5:30pm starting with Mass celebrated by Bishop Caggiano at Our Lady of the Sea Church, 1200 Shippan Ave., Stamford, then party and dancing on the beach.  Pizza, wine, beer, refreshments and DJ!  Open to young adults age 21-35.   Suggested donation $10pp.  To view/print flyer click here.  To RSVP click here.  For info on Catholic Young Adults in Fairfield County CT go to www.dob-ya.com


SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT ST. ANN'S FIELD, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport with country band the Bedlam Brothers on Tues., Aug. 19 from 6-8pm. Rain date Wed., Aug. 20 same time.  Bring a picnic, wine, lawn chair, Frisbee - family & friends! $5pp, children under 12 admission free.  For more concert listings go to facebook page St. Ann Black Rock.


ITALIAN FESTIVAL AT ST. JUDE in Monroe, CT from Aug. 20-23 (intersection of Rt. 111 and Rt. 110). Great Italian food, desserts from Luigi's Bakery and homemade gelato!  Carnival rides: bracelets $22 per night, or individual tickets. Raffle is 8-Day Cruise to the Bahamas for two, as well as 50/50 raffles. Music and entertainment nightly, and tours of St. Jude prayer shrine open to all. Free parking and admission. Hours:  Aug. 20 & 21 is 6-10pm; Aug. 22 is 6-10:30pm; Aug. 23 is 5-10pm.


YOUNG ADULT GROUP (age 18+) at St. Marguerite's in Brookfield will meet Aug. 22, from 7-9pm in the church hall.  Open to all.  Join us for prayer, discussion, fun, fellowship and refreshments.  For info or to be included on the email list for activities apart from group meetings, call Maria M. (203) 798-6923, Maria V. (203) 775-2135, or Greg (203) 512-1875.



"WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL" movie
opens Aug. 22 starring Jim Caviezel of hit TV show “Person of Interest”. Film tells the story of legendary Catholic high-school football coach Bob Ladouceur who brought the De La Salle High School Spartans to a record-making 151 game winning streak. Great for the whole family! Click here for trailer
 


“FOOD FOR LIFE: KICK-START YOUR HEALTH” LIVE COOKING CLASS at St. Vincent’s Medical Center  on Thurs., Aug. 27 from 6-7:30pm in the Hawley Conference Center, 4th Floor. “Digestive Health” is designed to advance cancer prevention and survival through nutrition education, research and live cooking demonstration. Free parking; Registration required. Call (203) 576-6158.


LEARN AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES starts Sept. 2 for 10 weeks.  $200pp plus a book required for the class may be purchased thru Amazon online.  Proceeds support the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community of the Valley.  Classes held at Our Lady at Peace, 651 Stratford Rd., Stratford.  Checks payable to Father Nick Pavia -Deaf Ministry, 651 Stratford Road, Lordship, Stratford, CT 06615. For info contact ASL Teacher - Dawn Sorrentino at email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  TEENS! This may be used for community service hours.


PILGRIMAGE TO IRELAND by St. James Parish, Stratford Sept. 10-19. Daily liturgies, prayer services as well as visits to the sacred shrines and landmarks of this beautiful country. For complete itinerary and pricing call (203) 375-5887 ext. 102 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)



AN EVENING WITH AMY GRANT
on Fri., Sept. 12 at 8pm at the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Amy Grant, 6-time Grammy Award winner and best-selling Contemporary Christian artist of all time, has built a long, successful career on music that matters. Make a group, bring the family – don’t miss this rare opportunity!  Tickets: $75, $55, $45, $35 (per-ticket fees apply).  Call Palace Theatre Box Office at (203) 325-4466 or click here.


INTERNATIONAL POT LUCK DINNER at St. Philip Church, 1 Father Conlon Pl., Norwalk on Sept. 13 following the 5:30pm Mass. Click here to sign up. Feel free to wear traditional garments of your country or your favorite team's jersey!  Contact Claudette if you would like to share a dance or other performance. We would also like music cds to play during supper. Join us -It will be a great party!


3RD CANDACE LEE WILLIAMS 5K RUN TO REMEMBER in honor of Immaculate High School graduate who lost her life on 9/11 held Sat., Sept. 13 starting at Tarrywile Park in Danbury, ending at Immaculate High School. Registration 8–9:30am; start of Race 10am; Post Race Party 10:30am–12:30pm with raffle prizes, music, food, and awards ceremony. Proceeds to the Candace Lee Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund at IHS, and Tuesday's Children First Responder Alliance Program. Info go to http://friendsofcandace.com/5k-run-info/


ANNUAL PICNIC WITH A POLKA MASS AND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT at Holy Cross Church, at 750 Tahmore Dr., across from Lake Mohegan in Fairfield on Sept. 14 starting at Noon.  Slovenian & American foods prepared by parishioners. Pig & lamb roast (roasted on grounds of the church), stuffed cabbage, cabbage & noodles, Cevapcici (ethnic sausages), hot dogs, hamburgers, roast beef sandwiches, pulled pork, kielbasa, and liver, bacon & onions.  Beer, wine, soda, homemade desserts, apple strudel, Palacinkas (filled crepes) and more.  Children's games, crafts and raffles. Rain or Shine. Indoors and Outdoor seating. Parking, Handicap accessible. Admission: FREE. Call Parish Office (203) 372-4595


SAVE THE DATE FOR THE BLUE MASS on Sept. 14. Details TBA.


BIBLE STUDY BASED ON FILM: "Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother" at St Mary Parish, 55 Catoonah St., Ridgefield week of Sept. 14 and continuing for 8 weeks. Session times: Sundays 9-10:25am; Mondays 9:30-11:30am, or Monday evenings 7-9pm. For info and to register call Kristin McSpedon at (203) 438-0495 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Cost $30pp, payable at first session. We appreciate your advance registration so that materials can be ordered. Filmed on location in the Holy Land, the film will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of Mary’s earthly life, taking you through her joys and her sorrows. You will learn how she works in our lives today, drawing us ever closer to her divine Son. Seeing Mary in this way will help you to become more like Christ. All welcome! You need not be a member of the parish to attend; no Bible study experience needed - come and be encouraged in your life!


SOLEMN VESPER TO OPEN IV DIOCESAN SYNOD on Fri., Sept 19 at 7:30pm at St. Augustine Cathedral. www.2014synod.com


FIRST GENERAL SESSION OF THE SYNOD on Sat., Sept. 20 from 9:30am-2:30pm at St. Catherine, Trumbull  www.2014synod.com


A VOLUNTEER TRAINING PROGRAM FOR PRISON MINISTRY "Gift of Grace" being held Sat., Sept. 20 & 27, Oct. 4 & 18, Sun., Dec. 7 at Diocese of Norwich, Bishop Hines Conference Room, 201 Broadway, Norwich, CT.  Pre-registration required; Parish teams are encouraged.  For info call (860) 848-2237 ext 211 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)Click here for flyer.


OUTDOOR MASS, FOLLOWED BY LUNCH & CONCERT AT TESTO’S featuring renowned Soprano Krista Adams celebrating feast day of St. Pio of Pietrelcina on Sun.,Sept. 21 beginning with outdoor Mass at 12:30pm on the grounds of St. Margaret Shrine, 2523 Park Ave., Bridgeport, followed by a 2pm lunch of delicious Italian food (w/wine & soda, dessert & coffee) at Testo’s Ristorante and Banquets, 1775 Madison Ave., Bridgeport. Luncheon entertainment special Concert by internationally and regionally acclaimed Lyric Soprano, Krista Adams Santilli whose repertoire includes gospel, English/Italian opera, jazz, musical theater, movies, Broadway, classical, etc. $45pp/$10 for children under age 12. Reservations deadline Sept. 13. RSVP to Rose (203) 371-0098; Paola (203) 926-9862 or Emilio (203) 334-3863. All proceeds to ongoing maintenance and beautification of the St. Pio Shrine.


NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL GOLF TOURNAMENT in Memory of Bob Shea Mon., Sept. 22 at Redding Country Club in Redding, CT.  For info on playing or sponsorship contact Theresa Marzik at (203) 372-6521 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Click here for more information. For sponsorship opportunities, click here.


PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES-ASSISI-ROME from Sept. 24-Oct. 3 sponsored by A & G Peace Tours, Inc.  Price from NY $3,699 pp/double occupancy.  For info call (718) 423-5077 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or www.agpeacetours.com


NATIONAL CATHOLIC SINGLES CONFERENCE to be held Sept. 27-29 with registration by Thurs., Aug. 15. Join over 400 single Catholics at the 12th National Catholic Singles Conference in King of Prussia, PA. Socials, Mass, time for prayer and a dance on Saturday night. Stay through Sunday night and socialize with fellow NCSC attendees during the post-conference events. Register at www.nationalcatholicsingles.com. The Double Tree Philadelphia at Valley Forge, 301 West DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA 19406.  Get a group of your friends and go to this amazing experience.  For list of Catholic Young Adult Groups in Fairfield County CT go: to www.dob-ya.com.  Contact their leaders to see if anyone would like to go as a group.


SAVE THE DATE FOR THE RED MASS on Sept. 28.  Details TBA.



FIRST DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
- Inviting all women to the first ever Catholic Women's Conference on Sat., Oct. 25 at Trumbull Marriott. The day will include Mass with Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, talks, adoration, opportunity for Reconciliation, music, vendors, and more! speakers Dr. Dianne Traflet, Sr. Claire Matthiass CFR, and Genevieve Kineke. Includes Breakfast & lunch. Register before Sept. 20: $45pp.  Between Sept. 21 and Oct. 20: $50. At the door: $55.  Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or click here to register or call (203) 416-1445 or (203) 416-1446.



CT CATHOLIC MEN'S CONFERENCE
on Oct. 25 from 8am-4:45pm at Goodwin College, One Riverside Dr., East Hartford.  Open to all.  Get a guys from your parish and go as a group!  For info go to facebook: ctcatholicmensconference. Get a group of your friends and go to this amazing experience.  For list of Catholic Young Adult Groups in Fairfield County CT go: to www.dob-ya.com.  Contact their leaders to see if anyone would like to go as a group.


CATHOLIC YOUNG ADULTS SEEKERS RETREAT Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at Sacred Heart Retreat Center, 226 Great Neck Rd., Wareham, MA 02571. Find out how other young adults answer these questions; learn how faith plays a role in their journeys; and take the time to reflect on your own path. Retreatants look at their lives to see where God has been, where God is present, and where God is calling them to be. $50pp begins Fri. Oct. 31 at 6pm ends Sun., Nov. 2 at 2pm. Payment Online, Mailed in Check, Pay at Door, Financial assistance available. Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or go to www.charisministries.org/Seekers_FallRiver_OctNov2014


CATHOLIC YOUNG ADULTS "ENCOUNTER" NATIONAL CONFERENCE is Nov. 8 in Milwaukee, WI. Registration opens July 14. The first 200 registrants will only have to pay $35! To learn more about Encounter Milwaukee click here.  To register click here.  Get a group of your friends and go to this amazing experience.  For list of Catholic Young Adult Groups in Fairfield County CT go: to www.dob-ya.com.  Contact their leaders to see if anyone would like to go as a group. 


SECOND GENERAL SESSION OF THE SYNOD on Sat., Nov. 15 from 9:30am-2:30pm at St. Catherine, Trumbull.  www.2014synod.com


DAY TRIP TO "SIGHT & SOUND" THEATRE IN AMISH COUNTRY TO SEE "MOSES" sponsored by St. Philip Church on Sat., Nov. 15, 2014.  $120pp includes: round trip luxury coach bus transportation, ticket to musical "Moses", day of shopping at Kitchen Kettle Village, Dinner at Plain & Fancy Farm Restaurant.  Departs St. Philip parking lot at 1 Father Colin Place in Norwalk at 7am sharp, returns around midnight. For info or to make reservation call Claudette at (203) 984-2005.  Limited space so reserve early!  To view/print flyer click here. For info on Sight and Sound go to www.sight-sound.com.


NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CATHOLIC YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY (NCCYM) in San Antonio, Texas Dec. 4-6. Our very own Bishop Caggiano is the Episcopal Liaison to the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministers! He has recently released a letter (click here) to all local pastors and Deacons to encourage our participation in the annual event this year. Anyone who is interested in going, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (203) 416-1449. For info www.nccym.info.  



SEEK 2015 FOR ALL COLLEGE-AGE STUDENTS
sponsored by The Fellowship of Catholic University Students on Jan. 1-5, 2015 in Nashville, TN.  A gathering to 'ask, seek and knock' to discover who we are, where we're going and what motivates us; with unexpected twists and turns, you will be challenged, inspired and left wanting more.  For info or to register go to www.seek2015.com. Get a group of your friends and go to this amazing experience.  For list of Catholic Young Adult Groups in Fairfield County CT go: to www.dob-ya.com.  Contact their leaders to see if anyone would like to go as a group.


THIRD GENERAL SESSION OF THE SYNOD on Sat., Feb. 7 from 9:30am-2:30pm at St. Catherine, Trumbull.  www.2014synod.com



TEENS – SAVE THE DATE! Day of Recollection with the Bishop for the Youth
 on Sat., March 28, 2015 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 35 Northfield Rd., Weston, CT from 11am-2pm. Stay tuned for details!  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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


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


 

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