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CHRISTMAS DAY TELEVISED MASS Dec. 25 with Fr. Edward L. Beck, C.P., Music Ministry Choir with Special Musical Guest, Vanessa Williams. Music Selections: “What Child is This”, “O Come, All Ye Faithful”, “A Christmas Gloria”, “The Innkeeper Song”, “Go Tell it on the Mountain”, “Star Bright”, “Silent Night”, “Joy to the World”. Lector: Wendell Laurent. WLNY, Channel 10/55 at 9am; WWOR Channel 9 at 8am; Salt and Light TV, Check your local listings.


FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY, Remembering the Holy Innocents at St. Ann Church, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport on Sun., Dec. 28 at 10:30am Mass. Open to all who have suffered the loss of a child.  Join with us to light a candle to commemorate your child who has gone before us in faith. For info or questions contact the Respect Life Ministry for the Diocese of Bridgeport at (203) 416-1445 or respectlife@diobpt.org.



DISCERNMENT ONE-DAY RETREAT WITH BISHOP CAGGIANO
- Ever wonder what seminary is?  You may be surprised.  Our diocesan seminary is a place of joy, brotherhood, prayer and discernment.  Come be our guest for the day and spend some time praying about your vocation.  The best 12 hours you'll spend to know God's will for your life!  Held Jan. 3 from 9am-9pm at St. John Fisher Seminary Residence, 894 Newfield Ave., Stamford.  For questions or info email Allison McCarthy in the Vocation Office at (203) 322-5331 or amccarthy@diobpt.org.  www.bridgeportvocations.org



1ST ANNUAL FREE THROW CHAMPIONSHIP
sponsored by St. Theresa and St. Catherine chapters of Knights of Columbus for ages 9-14 held Sun., Jan. 4 from 9am-Noon at St. Joseph High School, 2320 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull. Click here to register. For info call (203) 610-1131.


CURSILLO ULTREYA to be held Jan. 5 at St. James Parish in Stratford at 7pm.  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, Diocese of Bridgeport www.natl-cursillo.org/bridgeport/


TEENS & ADULTS!  American Sign Language Classes will be offered at Our Lady Of Peace Parish, Stratford. Sign up for Tuesday (Youth Sign Language) starting Jan. 6 from 7-830pm for 8 weeks. $150pp plus class book (purchased thru Amazon.com). Sign up for Thursday (Adult Sign Language) starting Jan. 9 from 7-9pm for 10 weeks. $200pp plus class book (purchased thru Amazon.com). Contact: Dawn (seawall96@optonline.net)



CATHOLIC SPEAKER & RETREAT LEADER BRYAN MERCIER
is coming to St. Theresa Church, Main St., Trumbull on Thurs., Jan. 8 at 6:15pm to discuss The Pathway to Love: How to find and keep Happily ever After. This talk will encompass dating, marriage, and sexuality in the Catholic Church. This event is open to all Young Adults single or married. Light refreshments served.  For info email raytar.theresa@gmail.com


BISHOP CAGGIANO WILL DELIVER LECTURE at St. Luke Church, 49 Turkey Hill Rd. North, Westport on Jan. 9 at 7:30pm in the Community Room. The Most Reverend Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will deliver the third of the First Friday Lecture Series “The Lord’s Prayer”.  The lecture will be preceded by wine and cheese reception at 7pm.  All are welcome. For info email marymadelyn1@att.net


"COME & SEE" VOCATIONS MASS - The Secular Franciscan Holy Spirit Fraternity invites everyone to St. Emery’s Church, 838 Kings Hwy. East, Fairfield, on Sat., Jan. 10 at 9:30am. Msgr. Ernest Esposito will celebrate a Mass followed with a social and meeting in the Church Hall.  “Come and See” if you are being called to a vocation in the Secular Franciscan Order.  All are welcome!  For info call (203)-255-8801.



2014 SYNOD YOUTH CONSULTATION SESSION
held on Jan. 10, 2015 from 2-4pm at Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford. All persons must have a ticket to enter at the door! All adult chaperones must be virtus trained and background checked and registered by January 1st. No adults will be accepted at the door who are not pre-cleared chaperones. This is a youth session, only adults who are chaperoning will have clearance. 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. More info email youthministry@diobpt.org or www.dob-youth.com


  “FORMING INTENTIONAL DISCIPLES: The Path to Knowing & Following Jesus" with Sherry Weddell - Open to all - on Tues., Jan. 13, 2015 from 9am-5pm at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 200 Shelton Rd. in Trumbull.  How can we transmit a living, personal Catholic faith to future generations? By coming to know Jesus Christ, and following him as his disciples. We must make a conscious choice to know and follow Jesus before we can draw others to him. This work of discipleship lies at the heart of Forming Intentional Disciples, which was designed to help Church leaders, parish staff and all Catholics transform parish life from within. Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be served. To register click here. Click here for flyer. For info contact Angela Mantero, Dir. of Marriage and Family at (203) 416-1627 or email amantero@diobpt.org.


CURSILLO ULTREYA to be held Jan. 15 at St. Mary Parish in 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, Diocese of Bridgeport www.natl-cursillo.org/bridgeport/


CURSILLO ULTREYA to be held Jan. 19 at St. Bridget of Ireland in 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, Diocese of Bridgeport www.natl-cursillo.org/bridgeport/


MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE on Mon., Jan. 19 at 7:30pm at St. Lawrence Church, Huntington, with Father Charles Allen.



MARCH FOR LIFE at National Mall, Washington DC on Thurs., Jan. 22
. Some exciting news is happening with March for Life transportation!  We have been approached by an independent service called Rally Bus, that will assist with bus transportation for those who would like to attend the March for Life 2015 event. It provides a way to self-organize and create trips to the March for Life!  Simply visit the site, select a stop near you, and reserve your seat on the bus.  Spread the link to other supporters in your area, and once you have enough reservations made, you’re on your way to DC!  If you don’t see a stop near you, add one and you can even set the location of where it picks up.  Payment is made directly to Rally Bus.  Buses are for ADULTS ONLY.  To register click here. For questions contact Respect Life Ministry at 203-416-1445 or respectlife@diobpt.org.  For general March for Life info go to http://marchforlife.org. For a schedule of the day and map click hereDisclaimer - The Rally Bus is an independent corporation and is in no way affiliated  with the Diocese of Bridgeport.  The Diocese of Bridgeport does not endorse and makes no representation regarding the quality of service provided by the Rally Bus.  Further, the Diocese of Bridgeport will not be liable for any action, claim or suit for damages brought by any party for acts or omissions, negligent or otherwise, caused in any way by the Rally Bus or its employees, agents or representatives in the course of providing services.


WOUNDED WARRIORS PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES, FRANCE - May 12-18, 2015 - All applications and payments (if applicable) are due in full by January 31, 2015. The Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage for Military Personnel as part of the International Military Pilgrimage (PMI) is a joint project of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, and the Knights of Columbus. Building on the commitment of both organizations to serve members of the military, the pilgrimage is designed to allow military personnel and their designated caregivers (if applicable) and/or companions to travel to the Marian shrine for a time of resting, praying, healing and connecting with other members of the military from across the world. For info http://www.warriorstolourdes.com/en/index.html



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


COLLEGE RETREAT WEEKEND held Feb. 13-15, 2015 at Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford. We understand that the hectic pace of college can often leave college students with the need to rest and reflect in a sacred space.  We invite college students to join us; we offer a variety of workshops to strengthen the faith of college students through learning and small-group discussion. Centered on the liturgy of the Church and enhancing the experience of community among college students. Begins Friday with a buffet dinner at 6pm and ends Noon on Sunday. Offering $75. To register: www.holyfamilyretreat.org/collegeretreat


LITHUANIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY MASS sponsored by Knights of Lithuania of St. George Church, 443 Park Ave., Bridgeport on Sun., Feb. 15 at noon and special program at 1pm. For info call (203) 878-0519.


RED RIBBON BALL by Cardinal Shehan Center a Black Tie event on Feb. 28, 2015 at Trumbull Marriott honoring Ernest & Agnes Kaulbach Foundation.  $150pp/$1,500 table of ten. $2,500 silver sponsor - $5,000 gold sponsor.  For info call (203) 336-4468.


CONVIVIO HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH EVENT set for Mar. 7, 2015 from 9am-9pm – location TBD. As you might have noticed, 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 and please stay tuned for: THE THEME, THE LOCATION, THE FORMATION DAY DATES etc.  For info email youthministry@diobpt.org


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.


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.


PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE INFORMATION SESSION (Newtown) - 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 21 at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Newtown from 1:30-3:30pm. 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.


SPECIAL EVENT “POPE FRANCIS AND THE PROMISE OF FAMILY” featuring Dr. Scott Hahn & Kimberly Hahn, and Dr. Allen Hunt – Open to all on Sat., Apr. 18, 2015 from 8:30am-5pm at All Saints School in Norwalk, concludes with Mass celebrated by Bishop Caggiano. Inspiration, encouragement and creative solutions to the challenges of married life and parenting in today's world as envisioned by Pope Francis. For reservations click here.  For flyer click here. For Marriage Page click here.


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/


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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