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PRAYERS FOR PEACE - OPEN TO ALL:
BEREAVEMENT PROGRAM - A ten week program at Our Lady of Peace Parish, 10 Ivy St., Lordship/Stratford starts Wed., Sept. 17 from 7-8:30pm for those grieving the loss of a loved one. Registration required. Call parish office at 203-377-4863, ext.10 for questions or to register. Workbooks provided.
ADULT SCRIPTURE STUDY at St. Jude Parish in Monroe will begin Thurs., Sept. 18 at 7:30pm called "The Way of Justice and Peace." Open to all. For more info call Marie D'Ostilio at (203) 261-6404.
SOLEMN VESPER TO OPEN IV DIOCESAN SYNOD on Fri., Sept 19 at 7:30pm at St. Augustine Cathedral. OPEN TO ALL! www.2014synod.com
4TH ANNUAL ARTS & CRAFTS ON BEDFORD STREET, Stamford - an outreach event for the New Covenant House Soup Kitchen held on Sat., Sept. 20 from 11am-8pm and Sun., Sept. 21 from 10am-5pm. Raffles and over 100 boutiques on Bedford Street which will be closed to traffic. Come see who we are, and how we are feeding our neighbors in lower Fairfield County! Click here for flyer. www.covenanthouse.org
NEW MEN'S SCRIPTURE STUDY BEGINNING at St. Jude Parish, 707 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe on Sat., Sept. 20 at 7am. OPEN TO ALL! Join us as we study St. Paul’s Letters to the Romans. This is a 16-week Men’s Scripture study. They will follow with a study of Sirach. No material fee, bring a Bible. For more info call Manny Cambra at 203-261-6404
FIRST GENERAL SESSION OF THE SYNOD on Sat., Sept. 20 from 9:30am-2:30pm at St. Catherine, Trumbull www.2014synod.com
THE BRITISH ARE COMING! "Beatles, Stones and the British Invasion" Concert to support the Cardinal Sheehan Center After School & Saturday Program on Sat., Sept. 20 at the Bijou Theater in Bridgeport. 7pm complimentary wine bar; show starts at 8pm. Tickets $40pp. For info call (203) 336-4468 or www.shehancenter.org or www.bandtogether.com.
TEENS – BLESSING OF THE DRIVERS & CARS at Teen Mass, St. Aloysius, 21 Cherry St., New Canaan on Sun., Sept 21 beginning at 5pm. All welcome! Come join us and ask God for the courage and wisdom -- He is always by your side -- let this blessing be a reminder of that! http://www.starcc.com
NEWLY REVAMPED HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP - St. Mary's/St. Benedict's HS Youth Groups starts Sept. 21 and meets 2nd & 4th Sunday from 5:30-7:30pm. OPEN TO ALL! You do not need to be a member of the parishes to attend. We meet at the East Side Catholic Youth Center (21 St. Benedict's Circle). For info call (203) 324-7321.
SPECIAL NEEDS MASS - save the date - Sept. 21 at Holy Cross Parish, 750 Tahmore Dr., Fairfield from 1-3pm. Click here for flyer
OUTDOOR MASS, FOLLOWED BY LUNCH & CONCERT FEATURING SOPRANO KRISTA ADAMS celebrating feast day of St. Pio of Pietrelcina on Sun.,Sept. 21 beginning with outdoor Mass at 12:30pm at St. Margaret Shrine, 2523 Park Ave., Bridgeport, followed by a 2pm lunch at Testo’s Ristorante and Banquets, 1775 Madison Ave., Bridgeport. Luncheon 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.
YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE! If you want a better understanding of our faith, and a deeper relationship with God, then you should join us for The Bible Timeline Study at St. Stephen Parish, 6849 Main St., Trumbull beginning (two groups): Mon., Sept. 22 at 9:45am (morning group) OR Thurs., Sept. 25 at 7pm (evening group). The Bible Timeline takes you on a journey through the entire Bible and brings you deep into each period of salvation history, so that you can discover the amazing story woven throughout all of Scripture. For info or to register call Parish Office at (203) 268-6217 or talk to one of the priests after Mass. $20pp for materials.
MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE on Mon., Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m., Christ the King Church, Madison Ave. in Trumbull with Father Larry Carew.
PUB THEOLOGY with Fr. Lynch held at Walrus + Carpenter Smokehouse Pub, 2895 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport from 6:30-8:30pm on last Wednesday of each month. Next meeting is Sept. 24. Each gathering we will look at a different part of the Mass and explore the reason why, the meaning of prayers and their source. Come be surprised at what we discover. Age 21 & over. Contact St. Ann Church: 203-368-1607; or on Facebook page: St Ann Black Rock
40 DAYS FOR LIFE CAMPAIGN from Sept. 24-Nov. 2. In addition to 40 days of peaceful prayer and fasting for an end to abortion, please consider volunteering to pray outside of the Summit Women’s Center in Bridgeport for one or more hours during the 40 days, and help to spread the word to others about this important life-saving effort. Should you participate in the Summit Women’s Center prayer vigil, your parish Respect Life Coordinator or designate should contact Christine Murphy (203) 438-4866 to register and adopt a particular date for the prayer vigil.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP for those grieving the loss of a loved one - a series of ten weekly meetings begins Wed., Sept. 24 from 4-5:30pm at St. Stephen’s Church in Trumbull. For info and to register call the Parish Office (203) 268-6217
9-WEEK BEREAVEMENT JOURNEY WORKSHOP begins Wed., Sept. 24 from 7-9pm at St. Anthony's Book & Gift Shop, 142 Main St., Derby. Healing for grieving persons, both men and women. $10 per session includes workbook. For info or to register ASAP call (203) 888-3390. Space is limited.
PIECING TOGETHER AUTISM DIAGNOSIS - A Listen & Learn Lecture with Jennifer Lee, MD and Susan Dieterich, PhD at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Thurs., Sept. 25 from 6:30–7:30pm, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, Cancer Center/Hawley Conference Center 4th floor. Q & A session will follow and refreshments served. For more info or to register 877-255-7847 or register online at www.stvincents.org/listenandlearn.
NEW BIBLE STUDY BEGINNING at St. Jude Parish, 707 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe on Fri., Sept. 26 at 9:30am. All welcome as we study St. Paul’s Letters from Prison. This is an adult study. $20 for materials. For more info call Mary Beth Rauser at (203) 261-6404
YOUTH PILGRIMAGE WITH BISHOP CAGGIANO TO WORLD YOUTH DAY! Information meeting Sept. 27 from 4-5:30pm right after the YOUTH SYNOD SESSION at Immaculate High School, Danbury. Dube Travel company will present itinerary, costs and answer travel questions. This is the day you may register! ALL WELCOME: parents, priests, youth ministers, chaperones, donors and youth!
47TH ANNUAL KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL NO. 5987 AWARDS DINNER on Sept. 27 at the Stone Barn, 175 Shelton Rd. in Monroe. Mr. Ray Longo will be honored as this year’s Knight of the Year; also honored will be Mrs. Jean Paul, Dir. of Religious Ed at St. Jude Parish. Social hour with hors d’oeuvres begins at 6:30pm, dinner at 7:30pm. $45pp with cash bar. RSVP to Pete D’Ostilio (203) 261-0593 or Paul Seperack (203) 261-1890 by Sept. 19.
NATIONAL CATHOLIC SINGLES CONFERENCE to be held Sept. 27-29. 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.
NEWLY REVAMPED JUNIOR YOUTH GROUP (Grades 6-8)- St. Mary's/St. Benedict's starts Sept. 28 and meets 1st & 3rd Sunday from 5:30-7:30pm. All are invited to attend! You do not need to be a member of the parishes to attend. We meet at the East Side Catholic Youth Center (21 St. Benedict's Circle). For info call (203) 324-7321.
NEW BIBLE STUDIES STARTING - OPEN TO ALL - at St. James Parish in Stratford. A variety of courses being offered mornings and evenings beginning week of Sept. 29. Visit stjamesstratford.com or call (203) 375-5887 for complete list and to register.
NEW WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY “Walking with Purpose” at St. Rose of Lima, 46 Church Hill, Rd.,Newtown weekly starting Wed., Oct. 1 from 10-11:30am in the Holy Innocents Faith Formation Center (free babysitting available). We will explore crucial questions about our faith such as: Who is Jesus Christ, and why is He interested in my friendship? Why does a good God allow suffering and evil? What is grace and what difference does it make in my life? No previous experience is necessary! You are welcome as you are. www.strosechurch.com
DAY OR EVENING RETREAT “A CONVERSATION WITH POPE FRANCIS” on Oct. 1 either 10am-2pm or 6-9pm at Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford, CT. "Courageously share your faith in seeking out the poor and sinners." How can we, the average and sometimes limited members of the Body of Christ, bring the message of God's love to the poor and sinners? What resources do we have to make the Gospels come alive in our family and among our friends, but even more, in our broken world? Come to listen and dialogue with Fr. David Cinquegrani, C.P., about the "whys" and "hows" of these questions. $40pp, includes meal. Register and info at www.holyfamilyretreat.org/octde
2ND ANNUAL MEMORIAL MASS FOR OUR CHILDREN at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, 138 Candlewood Lake Rd., Brookfield held on the Feast of the Guardian Angels Thurs., Oct. 2 at 7pm. This Mass celebrates the lives of all of our children - both living and deceased. Parents, relatives, and friends who have suffered the loss of a child are invited to join us as we celebrate their lives before God at the Eucharist. Click here for flyer. Pastor Fr. George Sankoorikal will dedicate a new, permanent Memorial to our children. After Mass, all are invited to the narthex for light refreshments and gathering. If you have suffered the loss of a child and want to enter your child's name in our Memorial Book, contact Jill Kessler at (203) 740-8500 or Linda in the Parish Office at (203) 775-5117, ext #1 for a Information Form, or click here to view/print an info form, or go to www.stmarguerite.org. Mail completed form to St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, 138 Candlewood Lake Road, Brookfield, CT 06804 or dropped off at the Parish Office before Sun., Sept. 21.
NEW BIBLE STUDY STARTING - OPEN TO ALL - at Our Lady of Assumption Parish is Fairfield on Thurs., Oct. 9. Continuing with the second part of this 12-week course Pillar II: Sacraments. You will learn about the power and purpose of the sacraments, and discover how these fonts of inexhaustible grace can transform your life, providing strength, healing, and hope. Meets Thursday mornings at 9:15 AM and evenings at 7:00 PM. To register, call the rectory at (203) 333-9065. Bring a friend! No previous Bible study experience needed.
“COME & SEE” MASS by the Secular Franciscan Holy Spirit Fraternity at St. Emery’s Church, 838 Kings Hwy. East, Fairfield, on Sat., Oct. 11 at 9:30am. Fr. Eugene R. Szantyr will celebrate a Mass in church 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 more info call Patricia at (203) 255-8801.
AN EVENING WORKSHOP FOR PARISH CATECHISTS “Incorporating Prayer into the Classroom Setting” on Wed., Oct 15 from 6-9pm at Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford with Liza Peters and Lisa Orchen. Workshop will offer creative ways to incorporate prayer into the faith formation setting. Looking to the liturgical calendar and symbols of the Church for guidance, we will explore and exchange ideas that can be used throughout the year. Program includes dinner, presentation, discussion, and prayer. $40pp. 860-760-9712. www.holyfamilyretreat.org
WOMEN’S RETREAT “In Praise of an Awesome GOD!” Held Nov. 14-16 (register by Oct. 15) at St. Edmund’s, Enders Island, Mystic, CT starts Fri. 7pm to Sunday after lunch. As we reflect upon the WISDOM, POWER and LOVE of GOD, we will find that sometimes we Praise God with great joy; and other times, due to difficulties, we offer a silent sacrifice of praise. Daily Mass, inspirational presentations, time for personal reflection, a music workshop on praise & worship. To register call Janet Virmalo (860) 536-0565, ext. 110; or www.endersisland.com. Register before Oct. 15. Double rooms; very few single rooms (1st come 1st serve).
WINE TASTING & SILENT AUCTION "Cheers for Charity" on Sat., Oct. 18 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish Hall, 30 Northfield Rd., Weston, CT. Please join us for a great night of wine tasting and a silent auction to jointly benefit Al's Angels and the great works of the Knights of Columbus! Wine Stations with estate bottled wines from California, France & Italy will be tasted! Also feature a "beer table" with several new selections! Purchase tickets online at www.alsangels.org Click on "Donate", select Cheers for Charity Tickets. $30pp. Space is limited so order your tickets ASAP!
NEW BIBLE STUDY STARTING at St. Andrew Church, 435 Anton St., Bridgeport each evening Oct. 19-24 at 7pm, featuring Fr. Barron video series “Priest, Prophet, King.” Describes the Old Testament foreshadowing of each of Jesus' three offices and the descriptions of how Jesus is the fulfillment of each as seen in the New Testament.” For info and reservations contact Office of Faith Formation, Susan Baldwin at (203) 374-8118.
OPEN HOUSE AT SACRED HEART ACADEMY, 265 Benham St., Hamden, CT. An independent Catholic college preparatory school for young women in grades 9–12, SHA will open its doors to prospective students and their families on Sun., Oct. 19 from 1–3pm. Open House is designed to give prospective families a feel for the spirit and focus of the Academy and encourages visitors to spend the day as they choose. Student guided tours with time allowed for areas of particular interest. Administrators, faculty and staff, students, current parents, and alumnae will be on hand to meet and greet and answer questions. For complete details click here. All are welcome; seventh and eighth graders and their parents are particularly encouraged to attend if they are considering admission. For info on open house or the admissions process contact Elaine Lamboley, Dir. of Admission, (203) 288-2309, x307 or www.sacredhearthamden.org
ST. JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL FUN RUN & HOMECOMING WEEKEND - Oct. 24-25. All are invited to attend! Friday’s events include: Awards Reception, Fri., Oct. 24 from 7-10pm in SJ Gym. Saturday’s events include 5K Color Run with check-in beginning at 8am/Race 9am, Homecoming Football Game & Alumni Tent at 2pm. For more details on Fridays Reception visit www.sjcadets.org/homecoming or to register for the 5K Race visit www.sjcadets.org/colorrun or call (203) 378.9378x324
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. Click here to view/print conference poster. Click here for facebook audio message from speaker. 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.
HARVEST FAIR by St. Andrew Church Young Believers Youth Group on Sat., Oct. 25 from 10am-5:30pm in the Church Hall, 435 Anton St., Bridgeport. Vendors, pumpkins, face painting, and a harvest warming menu with baked goods. If you would like to be a vendor or need more info, call Susan Baldwin at (203) 374-8118.
BLACK ROCK FARMERS MARKET HOOTENANNY at St. Ann Field, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport on Sat., Oct. 25 from 1-5pm. Games, Food, Beer Tasting by CT Breweries and a Haunted House. Co-sponsored by Walrus & Carpenter Gastro Pub to benefit the Black Rock Farmer's Market, Black Rock Food Pantry, St. Ann Church and St. Ann Academy. For more info call (203) 368-1607 or www.stannblackrock.com
GINGER KATZ, CEO & FOUNDER OF COURAGE TO SPEAK FOUNDATION; AUTHOR OF “SONNY’S STORY” A DRUG PREVENTION BOOK is second in a series presented by St. Catherine of Siena Church, 4 Riverside Ave., Riverside, CT on Sun., Oct. 26 from 11:45am-1pm. For info contact: Janis Pataky, Director of Faith Formation, (203) 637-3661 x 329
MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE on Mon., Oct. 27 at 7:30pm at Christ the King Church, Madison Ave. in Trumbull with Father Larry Carew.
CELEBRITY BREAKFAST WITH GUEST SPEAKER ERNIE ANASTOS sponsored by Catholic Charities will be held Thurs., Oct. 30 from 7:30-9am at Amber Room Colonnade, 1 Stacey Rd Route 37, Danbury to benefit the behavioral health programs in Danbury, CT. For info go to www.ccfairfield.org.
WEEKEND RETREAT FOR MEN AND WOMEN “From Control to Compassion” from Fri., Oct 31 to Sun., Nov 2 at Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford with Fr. Michael Crosby. This weekend retreat for men and women will explore the causes and consequences of conflict and violence at the personal, relational, and social levels—while examining how life might be lived more caringly and non-violently in order to find compassion. Begins with dinner at 6pm on Friday and concludes with brunch on Sunday at noon. $325pp 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org
AL JARREAU IN CONCERT to Benefit Malta House on Sat., Nov. 1 at the Palace Theater in Stamford starting at 8pm. Grammy-award-winning recording artist Al Jarreau will donate a portion of proceeds from his one-night-only appearance to Malta House, a residence for homeless expectant mothers and their babies in Norwalk, CT founded as a work of mercy by the Catholic lay Order of Malta CT. Tickets: Orchestra seats $250ppincludes VIP reception at 6:30pm with champagne, wine, cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres, as well as presentation of the John Swanhaus Award to Sarita Hanley, a great supporter of Malta House, and Dr. Karen Shields Wright, its spiritual director. Tier 1/Tier 2 seats $150pp. Click here for flyer. Purchase Tickets at www.maltahouse.org.
"CATHOLIC MOM'S CAFE" TV SERIES BEGINS IN NOVEMBER! EWTN announces the new series debut first week of November. Hosted by author/speaker Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle geared to Catholic Moms, GrandMoms and caregivers, the 'cafe' full of inspiration, encouragement and Church teaching as it delves into the challenges and joys amid the miraculous and crazy vocation of motherhood. Click here for flyer with details.
BISHOP CAGGIANO SPECIAL GUEST AT FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY Center for Catholic Studies on Nov. 4 at 8pm at the Quick Center for the Arts as part of their series featuring theologians and award-winning writers sharing their prospectives on important topics of the day. Open to all. For info contact Michelle Towster, Administrative Coordinator, (203) 254-4000 ext. 3415.
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.
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
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
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.