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CHRISTIAN MUSIC ARTISTS CONCERT (hip hop, contemporary) featuring TobyMac will be held at Webster Bank Arena, 600 Main St., Bridgeport on Dec. 6 at 7pm. Includes Branden Heath, Mandisa, Colton Dixon and others. Click here for flyer. Tickets sell out fast! Click here for preview video!
HANDEL’S MESSIAH on Fri., Dec. 6 at 7:30pm at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 4 Riverside Ave., Riverside. As we celebrate our centennial year, we are presenting Handel's Messiah, featuring its Festival choir, members of the Greenwich Symphony, soloists sopranos Elisabeth Franklin and Hallie Silverston, mezzo soprano Abby Powell, tenors Joseph Demarest and Jonathan Brinson, and baritone Hernan Berisso. Conducted by Music & Arts Director Mark Kaczmarczyk. Tickets $25 general admission and $10 students. Order tickets online at www.stcath.org or charge by calling (203) 637-3661.
3RD ANNUAL LADIES SHOPPING NIGHT at St. Catherine of Siena, 200 Shelton Rd., Trumbull on Fri., Dec. 6 at 6pm. $20pp in advance; $25 at the door. Hors d'oeuvre buffet, dessert, beverages. Wine, beer & chocolate or cosmopolitan martini's available for purchase. Raffle prizes. For contact and reservation info click here
VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL on Fri., Dec. 6 from 5-9pm and Sat., Dec. 7 from 9am-8pm by St. Philip Church at St. Philip Church Mansion, 23 France St., Norwalk. Vendors, activities for kids, music and raffle. For info call (203) 847-4549 or www.stphilipnorwalk.org
CHRISTMAS GALA WITH SILENT & LIVE AUCTION at St. Luke Church, 49 Turkey Hill Rd. North, Westport on Sat., Dec. 7. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres 7pm, Buffet Dinner 8pm, Parish Raffle 9pm and Live & Silent Auction 9:30pm. $35pp. For reservations (203) 222-0478. Proceeds go to parish outreach endeavors. www.stlukewestport.com
CHRISTMAS FAIR at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave., Westport on Dec. 7 & 8 from 9am-6pm. Crafts, local vendors with handmade soap, fudge, wreaths, knitted items, baked goodies, ornaments, jewelry and more. Free admission, coffee and goodies. For info call (203) 227-5161 or www.assumption-westport.org
HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE at St. Bridget of Ireland Church, 278 Strawberry Hill Ave., Stamford on Sat. Dec. 7 from 9am-4:30pm. Over 25 vendors: jewelry, pottery, gift baskets, wood crafts, home decor, handknit clothing, bake sale - the list goes on! For info call (203) 324-2910 or www.stbridgetofireland.org
MARY OF NAZARETH MOVIE on Sat., Dec. 7 at 11:30am at Royale Theater, 542 Westport Ave., Norwalk. Sponsored by St. Mary RC Church of Norwalk. The film vividly captures the essence of Mary’s profound faith and trust in God amidst the great mysteries that she lived with as the Mother of the Messiah, her compassionate humanity and concern for others, and the deep love that she and Jesus shared for one another. Tickets $10 at Saint Mary's Rectory & St. Mary's Bookstore, 669 West Ave. Norwalk. Recommended for 11 and older.
PASTA DINNER AND BAKE SALE on Sat., Dec. 7 at 6:30pm Sponsored by Cabrini Council, Knights of Columbus #4096 at St. Andrews Church hall, 405 Anton St., Bridgeport. Menu includes: Pasta with Sauce and Meat, Salad Bread, Soda, Wine, and Coffee. St. Andrews PTO will provide desserts for sale. $9pp for adults; $6pp for children 14 and under. Children under age 5, admission is free. $25 Family plan for immediate family only (2 Adults & up to 2 Children). Reservations recommended, contact Fred (203) 650-7927 or Steve (203) 380-0808. Proceeds go to St. Andrews scholarship fund. All welcome!
HOLLY FAIR at St. Margaret Mary Church, 50 Donovan La, Shelton, Dec. 7 from 9am-4pm. Sponsered by The Ladies' Guild. Crafts, vendors, bake sale, food, cookie walk & more! Vendors wanted; $30 per table. For info call (203) 924-2327 or (203) 209-2441.
ADVENT PROGRAM "A COMING CHRIST IN ADVENT" on Sat., Dec. 7 at St. Stephen Church, Trumbull. Begins with 9am Mass, followed by a presentation by author Raymond Brown on his book "The Birth of the Messiah." Discussion and refreshments. Attendees please read first two chapters of Gospels of Luke and Matthew. For info call (203) 268-6217.
CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE & FUNDRAISER at Our Lady of Fatima School, 225 Danbury Rd., Wilton on Sat., Dec. 7 from 10am-5pm. Vendors click here to register. For info call Lisa at (203) 536-7865.
CHRISTMAS BASKET AUCTION by the Women of St. Stephen Church, 6948 Main St., Trumbull on Dec. 8 after all masses. For info call (203) 268-6217.
ANNUAL COOKIE SHOPPE at St. Luke Church, 49 Turkey Hill Rd. North, Westport on Sun., Dec. 8 from 8:30am-12Noon. Santa will be here as well! www.stlukewestport.com or (203) 227-7245.
THE LIVING NATIVITY on Sun., Dec. 8 at Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield at 3pm and 4pm. A re-enactment of the Nativity with live animals, little angels, shepherds, choristers and a real Baby Jesus. Great way to spend time with your family. A suggested $5 donation will be greatly appreciated. www.shrinect.org
LESSONS AND CAROLS sponsored by St. Gregory the Great Church Choir and Youth Group on Sun., Dec.8 at 3pm at St. Gregory the Great Church,85 Great Plain Rd, Danbury. Reflective and inspirational readings and music to prepare for Advent and Christmas. All welcome – bring the whole family!
MASS OF HEALING & HOPE on Mon., Dec. 9 at 7:30pm at Christ the King Church, Trumbull with Fr. Larry Carew.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES 22ND ANNUAL NORWALK CELEBRITY BREAKFAST held Fri., Dec. 13 at 8am at the Shorehaven Golf Club, 14 Canfield Ave., East Norwalk. Guest speaker Bishop Frank J. Caggiano. $50pp or $300 table of ten. Call (203) 750-9711 ext. 25 or register online at www.ccfairfield.org. Click here for flyer.
MATT TALBOT MEN’S RECOVERY RETREAT on Dec. 13-15, Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford. The Twelve Steps and the Journey Toward God, with Fr. Gerard O’Brien, S.J. Men in recovery are invited into a peaceful atmosphere where they can rest, renew their spiritual life, and deepen their sobriety. Hear an inspiring lecture, take an exercise class, catch up on some rest, and care for yourself. Open to all people from all backgrounds. $200, includes Matt Talbot dues. Scholarships available first come, first served, to those experiencing financial hardship. (860) 347-0644. www.holyfamilyretreat.org
"BEHOLD THE LIGHT OF CHRIST!" Advent / Christmas prayer service on Sat., Dec. 14 at 9:30am at St. Emery's Church, 838 Kings Highway East, Fairfield. Sponsored by the Secular Franciscan Holy Spirit Fraternity. Refreshments after service. All welcome. For info call Mrs. Patricia Heile, OFS, at (203) 255-8801.
LESSONS & CHRISTMAS CAROLS at St. Ann Church, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport on Sun., Dec. 15, 4pm followed by refreshments. Free will offering accepted. All are welcome. Christmas is coming! For info call (203) 368-1607 or www.stannblackrock.com
ADVENT EVENING CONCERT featuring recording artistsValLamar Jansen and Tom Kendzia at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave., Westport, on Dec. 15 from 6-7:30pm with a dessert reception following. ValLimar Jansen is a highly regarded singer, cantor and recording artist who has performed at liturgical and pastoral conferences throughout the United States Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium and Japan. Tom Kendzia is a well known composer, arranger, producer, teacher, clinician, author and performer. He has been a professional liturgical musician for more than 30 years. Admission Free Will Offering. For info call (203) 227-5161 or www.assumption-westport.org
LITHUANIAN KUCIOS (CHRISTMAS EVE) The Knights of Lithuania of St. George Church, 443 Park Ave., Bridgeport will celebrate a traditional Kucios (Christmas Eve) on Sun., Dec. 15 with a Mass at 12Noon and a dinner following at 1pm in the Pranckus Hall. For info and reservations call (203) 878-0519.
SPECIAL ADVENT SPEAKER Fr. Dennis M. Corrado, who New York Magazine called "One of the best preachers in New York City" in 2009, will present an Advent mission at St. Paul Church, 84 Sherwood Ave., Greenwich on Dec. 16, 17 & 28 at 7:30pm entitled "The Pope’s Blueprint: Living the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy,” which focuses on the different ways we can incorporate Pope Francis’ edict in our daily lives. “Advent is a period of preparation each year and the perfect time to rekindle one’s relationship with Christ,” said Rev. Frank Allen Winn, Pastor of St. Paul. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments served. For info call (203) 531-8741.
“WE CARE” PERINATAL GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP will meet on Wed., Dec. 18 from 7-8:15pm in the Ambulatory Infusion Center waiting area, level 3 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, adjacent to the Medical Center. For those grieving the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillborn, or newborn death. The group is facilitated by certified grief counselors. It meets the third Wednesday of each month. Free admission, no registration required. For info call Barbara Paris in the Pastoral Care Department at (203) 576-5110 or Marilyn Faber at (203) 576-5716
19TH ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE NATIVITY by Most Reverend Frank Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport on Sun., Dec. 22 at 1:30pm on the Trumbull Town Hall Green in celebration as we honor the birth of Our Savior Jesus Christ. ALL welcome. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council No. 2961. Refreshments served.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT featuring the 30 member adult, teen and children's choirs on Sun., Dec. 22 at 3pm at St. Luke Parish, 84 Long Lots Rd., Westport. The concert will include a pageant followed by a reception. Admission is free. For info call (203) 226-7245 or www.stlukewestport.com.
MUSIC FOR ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS on Sun.,Dec. 22, 2 and 7pm, Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford. Celebrate the joy and beauty of this sacred season with the joyful and beautiful music for which the Retreat Center has become known. Adult, chamber, children, and handbell choirs along with instrumentalists, soloists, and liturgical dance. Reception follows each concert. $35 (860) 760-9705 or www.holyfamilyretreat.org
ONE-DAY RETREAT FOR CATHOLICS AGE 21-39 on Jan. 4, 2014 at Cenacle Retreat House, 310 Cenacle Rd., Ronkonkoma, Long Island, NY. Whether you were raised Catholic or decided to become Catholic later in life, or if you’ve come back after drifting away or have been here all along. Join us for this weekend retreat to reflect on the commitment to being Catholic and how that looks in your day-to-day life. $40pp. For info call (516) 334-0021 ext. 142. Click here for website by Charis Ministries.
OPEN HOUSE AT ST. JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL in Trumbull on Sat., Jan. 11 starting at 8am. For more info call Peggy Marino (203) 378-9378, ext. 308. www.sjcadets.org
LIFE LINE HEALTH SCREENINGS at St. Ann Church, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport on Jan. 27, 2014. Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners.
ALL TEENS GR. 10-12 - EMMAUS WEEKEND Feb. 28-Mar. 2 at St. Aloysius Church, New Canaan. Sign up early as spots get taken fast! Go to St. Aloysius Youth Group page for info
IMMACULATE HIGH SCHOOL 9TH ANNUAL GALA DINNER DANCE on Sat., Mar. 22, 2014 from 6:30-11:30pm at the Amber Room Colonnade, 1 Stacey Rd., Danbury. Bishop Frank Caggiano will be honored with the Nancy K. Dolan Leadership Award at this year’s Gala. To register click here
TRIP TO IRELAND sponsored by Msgr. Varga & Deacon Kelly of St. Luke Church, Wesport. May 5-13, 2014. Click here for link to information.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES AETNA GOLF CLASSIC will be held June 30, 2014 at Shorehaven Golf Club, Norwalk. For info or tickets go to: www.ccfairfield.org
NATIONAL CATHOLIC SINGLES CONFERENCE to be held Sept. 27-29, 2014 with registration by Thurs., Aug. 15, 2014. Join over 400 single Catholics at the 12th National Catholic Singles Conference at the Doubletree Hotel in King of Prussia, PA. Conference includes 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 today at www.nationalcatholicsingles.com. The Double Tree Philadelphia at Valley Forge, 301 West DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA 19406