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BILINGUAL ROSARY at St. Ann Parish, Bridgeport, is held every Friday at 7 pm.

GRUPO DE ORACION:acompañanos a rezar el Santo Rosario bilingüe todos los viernes a las 7 pm. 

ENCOURAGE apostolate for friends and family of loved ones with same sex attractions or gender ID issues, meets the third Saturday of the month (August 20, Sept. 17) at 10:30 am and is strictly confidential. For more info contact the Norwalk Chapter:

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.

HISPANIC FOOD FAIR at St. Ann Parish, Bridgeport, on Sun., Aug. 28, from 11 am-4 pm. Enjoy tamales, empanadas, roast pork and chicken, rice, pastries and much more! Music and raffles, too. Admission free; food is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Profits will assist in church maintenance. For more info, call the parish: 203.336.1607.

FIESTA DE COMIDA, a la Parroquia de St. Ann, Bridgepor, el domingo 28 de Agosto a las 11 am-4 pm. Disfrutar de tamales, empanadas, asado de cerdo y pollo, arroz, pasteles y mucho más! Música y rifas también. La entrada es gratuita, la comida es $5. Los beneficios contribuirán al mantenimiento de la iglesia. Para más información, llama 203.336.1607.

“LOURDES IN A DAY PILGRIMAGE” will be held Sat., Sept. 10, from 9:30 am to 4 pm at St. Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, Conn. The Order of Malta invites those unable to make the trip to Lourdes, France to experience the joy, grace and healing promised by Our Lady of Lourdes. Register by Aug. 15 with Mark Sullivan at or 860.523.1405.

PICNIC—Sun. Sept. 11, 12 Noon until 6 pm, Holy Cross Church, at 750 Tahmore Drive, across from Lake Mohegan, Fairfield CT is having their annual picnic starting with a Polka Mass at 11 am & Live entertainment All Day by the Polka Quads of PA starting at Noon.  Slovenian & American foods prepared by the parishioners. Pork & Lamb Roast Dinners, Stuffed Cabbage, Cabbage & Noodles Cevapcici (little ethnic sausages), Hot Dogs, Hamburgers Roast Beef Sandwiches, Pulled Pork, and Liver, Bacon & Onions. Beverages include Cold Beer, Wine & Sodas. Specialty Desserts, many  baked goods made by the ladies of the parish. Childrens's Games & Crafts, and Raffles. Come Eat, Drink, Dance, Play All Day! Rain or Shine. Indoors and Outdoor seating. Parking, Handicap accessible. Admission: FREE

WOMEN’S GROUP at Christ the King Parish, Trumbull, will resume its monthly meetings Mon., Sept.12, at 9:45 with guest Fr. Peter Cipriani speaking on be "The Spiritual Value of Service." All are invited. We welcome new members. For more info, call 203.261.8020.

LANCER OPEN: Notre Dame High School, Fairfield, is currently taking reservations for their 16th Annual Lancer Open in memory of Bob Shea. This year's golf tournament will take place at Brownson Country Club in Huntington, on Mon., Sept. 12. Entry fee: $200 per player. This includes 18 holes of golf (scramble format) with cart, on-course cold beverages, tournament gifts and raffle prizes, BBQ lunch, silent auction, 2 hour open bar with hor d'oeuvres, buffet dinner and individual and team awards. For more information please log on to or contact Theresa Marzik: 203.372.6521 or

WOMEN’S GROUP at Christ the King Parish, Trumbull, will resume its monthly meetings Mon., Sept. 12, at 9:45 with guest Fr. Peter Cipriani speaking on be "The Spiritual Value of Service." All are invited. We welcome new members. For more info, call 203.261.8020.

BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY: A 12-session program held at St. Jude Parish, Monroe, over nine months will on Wed., Sept 14, from 2:30- 4 pm. Sessions will be held twice a month from Sept. thru Nov., then once a month concluding in May. Registration required. For more info or to register, call the parish: 203.261.6404.

SECULAR FRANCISCAN Holy Spirit Fraternity invites everyone to St. Emery Church, Fairfield, on Sat., Sept.17, at 9:30 am. Msgr. Ernie Esposito will celebrate Mass, followed by a social and business meeting in the church hall. “Come and See” if you are being called to a vocation in the Secular Franciscan Order.  For more info, contact Pat Heile, OFS: 203.255.8801 or

BIBLE STUDY:  Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John, a 9-week course, starts Thurs., Sept. 22, at 7:15 pm, and is repeated Fri., Sept. 23,  at 9:15 am, at St. Cecilia Parish, Stamford. Workbooks: $20.00. For more info or to register, contact Vicki Alton: 203.322.8526 or

WOMEN'S HEALING RETREAT: "The Seasons of Our Life" with retreat director Fran Karpiej, OFS, will be held Fri.-Sun., Sept. 23-25, at St. Edmund's Retreat Center, Enders Island, Mystic. The weekend will include daily Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, presentations, reflective prayer and time for silent reflection. For more info or to register, contact Kathleen: 860.536.0565, ext. 110, or visit by Sept. 15.

THOSE WITH DOWN SYNDROME, their family and friends are invited to a Mass asking for the intercession of St. Robert Bellarmine with Bishop Frank Caggiano and Fr.Richard Cipolla, Sun., Sept. 25, at 11:30 am in St. Mary Church, Norwalk. Reception follows Mass. Please come and join the MOMs+DADs prayer/support group the third Thurs. of every month, at 7:30 pm at St. Mary’s Parish Center. Next prayer meeting will be Thurs., Sept. 15. For more info, contact

WERE YOU EDUCATED by the School Sisters of Notre Dame? We want to hear from you! We are planning future SSND reunions for New York and New England. Our next Reunion is in New York: Sun., Sept. 25, from 12 noon-4 pm at the Milleridge Cottage, 585 North Broadway Jericho, NY. Tickets are available online at  Cost: $85 per person. Please consider sponsoring a sister to the event, becoming a sponsor by purchasing program advertisement. For more info contact Joy Nazzaro: or 203.762.4113.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP will meet at St. Stephen Parish, Trumbull, for a series of 10 weekly meetings starting Thurs., Sept. 29, from 4-5:30 pm. Advance registration necessary. For more info or to register, call the parish office: 203.268.6217.

SPIRITUAL TRIP—Join St. Stephen on a spiritual trip to the Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, MA., on Thurs., Sept. 29, bus leaves St. Stephen at 7:30 am and returns 7 pm. Cost: $39.00 per person (Includes bus, box lunch, driver's tip. Trip held rain or shine, seating is limited so please register early. Call rectory no later than Thurs., Aug. 25, at 203.268.6217.

VETERAN BRICK DEADLINE for donating a veteran's brick to the St. Margaret Shrine Veterans Memorial, is Fri., Sept. 30. Bricks can be donated honoring a veteran of the U.S. Military, or our Allies—living, deceased, wartime, peacetime, or currently serving. The Veterans Memorial is located at 2523 Park Ave., Bridgeport. Last year it was added to the National War Memorial Registry, a recording of our nation's war memorials: The names of the veterans, on newly donated bricks, will be published in our program book and read at our Sixth Annual Veterans Mass and Blessing on Sat., Nov. 5, at 12:15 pm. For more info, call 203.345.3244.

THE MONKS OF NORCIA will be sharing their life and spirituality on Fri., Sept, 30, at 5 pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Rd., Darien. Cost $100; includes hors d’oeuvres and Birra Nursia (Nursia beer). Norcia has become particularly well known in recent years because of the American Benedictine monks who re-founded the monastery there in 2000. Presenters will include Fr. Richard Cipolla, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Norwalk and Fr. Benedict Nivakoff from Nursia, who grew up in St. Aloysius Parish, New Canaan.  For more info and for reservations, contact Robert Duncan: or 877.271.7640.

MAGNIFICAT Ministry to Catholic Women will host a prayer breakfast on Sat., Oct.1,  from 9:30am-12:30 pm at Ethan Allen Inn, Danbury.  Susan Brinkman will be the guest speaker. Cost: $25;pre-register by Sat., Sept. 23.  No tickets sold at the door. For more info, call Fran Hood: 203.744.1856 or  

SAVE THE DATE—Diocese of Bridgeport's Annual Red Mass on Sun., Oct. 2. Liturgy for all attorneys, legislators, judges and legal professionals. 9 am Mass at Fairfield University Chapel, 1073 N. Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 followed by breakfast and speaker program at the Fairfield University Oak Room.

“LOURDES IN A DAY PILGRIMAGE” The Westchester Area Order of Malta will also offer a “Lourdes in a Day Pilgrimage” on Sat., Oct. 8, at St. Joseph Seminary Dunwoodie in Yonkers, NY, from 9:30-4 pm. For more info, contact Bob Greason:

ST. STEPHEN’S PAROCHIAL SCHOOL, formerly in Bridgeport, will hold an all-school reunion on Sun., Oct. 9, at Testo’s Restaurant, 1775 Madison Ave, Bridgeport. Alumni and their families are invited to attend. Doors open at 12:30 pm; lunch will be served at 1. Cost is $35/person. Includes lunch. Cash bar. Please make reservations by Sept. 25. For more info call Barbara Chuga at 203.268.4535.

WOMEN’S GROUP at Christ the King Parish, Trumbull, will meet Mon., Oct. 17, at 10 am. Rhonda Mercer, representative of the Aquarion Water Company, will speak on "Conservation and the Value of Water.” All are invited. For more info, call 203.261.8020.

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VENDORS WANTED for the 24th Annual Holiday Craft Fair and Bazaar St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish, 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. St. Marguerite Bourgeoys parish is located at 138 Candlewood Lake Road in Brookfield, Connecticut.

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.

PRAYER AND LIFE WORKSHOP: a new form of Evangelization, a more vibrant and vivid presentation of Jesus. Held at St. Ann Parish, Bridgeport, on Thurs. now thru Dec. 1, from 7-9 pm. For more info, call 203.368.1607 or visit

TALLERES DE ORACION Y VIDA EN ESPANOL:Basado en la Biblia, con Cristo como centro,es una presentación más vibrante y activa de Jesús, que posee una mayor adaptación a las necesidades de la sociedad actual. Los sábados,  hasta el 3 de diciembre, 4-6 pm en la Parroquia de St. Ann, Bridgeport. Para más información, llama 203.368.1607 y visita


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