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BIBLE STUDIES - NEW FALL STUDIES BEGINNING!
YOUTH GROUPS


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. Celebrate 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 before God at the Eucharist. Click here for flyer. Fr. George Sankoorikal will dedicate a new Memorial to our children. Refreshments served. If you have suffered the loss of a child and want to enter your child's name in our Memorial Book, call Jill Kessler at (203) 740-8500 or Linda in Parish Office at (203) 775-5117, ext #1, or click here to view/print a form, or go to www.stmarguerite.org.


DISCIPLES 4 LIFE ADULT RETREAT sponsored by St. Mary Parish, Ridgefield from Oct. 3-5 at the Seton-Neumann Center, Danbury - OPEN TO ALL adult men and women, is a great opportunity to spend time away from stresses and demands of everyday life to be with God and recharge your batteries! Talks, reconciliation, Mass, Eucaristic Adoration and quiet time. $150pp includes meals and lodging. Click here for info and registration form Click here to register online.  Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.  For questions contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or (203) 431-0832.


WALK IN THEIR SHOES MORNING GLORY WALKATHON on Sat., Oct. 4 at 10:00am at Meckauer Park in Bethel.  A homeless person will walk 3-5 miles every day. Take a walk in their shoes by joining Morning Glory's second annual walkathon and help raise awareness and funding for this critical program. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for a pledge form or begin your own electronic pledge form at www.razoo.com/story/Catholic-Charities-of-Fairfield-County


"THE THIRSTING" a Catholic Rock Band will perform at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 4 Riverside Ave, Riverside, CT on Sun., Oct. 5 after the Mass. Daniel Oberreuter, the band's leader, will play a solo Acoustic Concert at approximately 11:45am in the Church. Audiences of all ages welcome to this free concert. For info contact: Janet Wrabel:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Check them out at: www.thethirstingcatholic.com/home.html


OPEN HOUSE AT CAROLINE HOUSE, 574 Stillman St., Bridgeport on Sun., Oct. 5 from 11am-1pm.  Looking for a new volunteer opportunity or service hours?  Come meet our staff and take a tour of our facility!  RSVP: www.thecarolinehouse.org or call Christine Matthews Paine (203) 605-2728. Caroline House is a nondenominational education center teaching literacy and life skills to economically disadvantaged immigrant women and children. All programs and services are free of charge.


YOUNG ADULTS HOST LATIN MASS AND RECEPTION at St. Theresa Church, Main St., Trumbull on Sun., Oct. 5 at 2:30pm.  All are welcome - bring a friend.  For info on this Mass or the St. Theresa Young Adults Group email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  For info on Young Adult Groups and Events in Fairfield County CT go to:  www.dob-ya.com.


LIFE CHAIN – Come Be a Link in our Chain! Join us on Sun., Oct. 5 from 2:30-3:30pm at the corner of Main and West Streets (across from the Public Library) in Danbury. Life Chain is a peaceful, prayerful public witness of pro-life Americans standing in honor of 54 million lives lost to abortion, praying for our nation, for people in crisis situations and for an end to abortion. It is a visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children and that the Church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception to natural death.  For info call Deirdre Condon at (203) 438-6123.


HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP KICKOFF PIZZA PARTY - OPEN TO ALL at St. Anthony's of Padua Church, 149 South Pine Creek Rd., Fairfield on Mon., Oct. 6 from 7-8:30pm in church hall.  You need not be a member of the parish to attend. For info or to RSVP email Beth Paris: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Click here for Youth Group Calendar. Church website: www.stanthonyffld.org.


YOUNG ADULTS MONDAY NIGHT FELLOWSHIP & SOCIAL on Mon., Oct. 6 at St. John’s Basilica, 279 Atlantic St., Stamford. Holy Hour is from 7-7:50pm. Find us stage right, center aisle, near the front, or join us in the narthex at the end. Join us afterwards for a meal in downtown Stamford! Join our Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/321733548424/) for list of events and get updates or email Mary at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or Diocese of Bridgeport Young Adults page www.dob-ya.com.


CURSILLO ULTREYA GATHERING being held on Oct. 6, St. James in Stratford at 7pm.  For info email Jeanette at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


FREE BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR SUPPORT GROUP sponsored by St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound, meets the first and third Tuesdays of every month from 5:30-7pm on Level 4 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Next meeting Oct. 7. Provides information and resources to women at any stage of survivorship; share questions and concerns about the disease. No reservations required, free parking. For info call 203-576-6158.


ROSARY FOR PEACE - Join us at St. Cecilia Church, 1184 Newfield Ave., Stamford on Tues., Oct. 7 at 7:30pm to pray the rosary on "Our Lady of the Rosary" Day.  Open to all!  You do not need to be a member of the parish.  Sponsored by the Columbiettes. For info email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


FALL OPEN HOUSE AT TRINITY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, 926 Newfield Ave., Stamford on Wed., Oct., 8 at 7pm. 7th and 8th graders are invited to attend with their families.  For more info go to: www.trinitycatholic.org or contact the Admissions Office  at (203) 322-3401 ext. 13 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  We look forward to seeing you there!


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 9:15am and evenings at 7pm. To register, call the rectory at (203) 333-9065. Bring a friend! No previous Bible study experience needed.


YOUNG ADULT SEMI-FORMAL at St. Theresa's Parish, Main St., Trumbull on Oct. 11 at 7pm in the Parish gym.  OPEN TO ALL ages 21-39, singles and married couples. Dress code is formal; BYOB and finger foods. Come and enjoy!  A great way to meet new friends in your community of Catholic young adults!  Tickets sold after all masses and at the rectory.  $12pp in advance; $20pp at the door. For info contact Katie Martin at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


HARVEST CRAFT FAIR - VENDORS NEEDED on Oct. 11 at St. Mary Church, 566 Elm St., Stamford.  Contact Sharon (203) 327-1606 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


“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


“WE CARE” PERINATAL GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP meets at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport in the Ambulatory Infusion Center waiting area on level 3 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care the third Wednesday of every month at 7 pm. The next meeting is Oct. 15; for those grieving the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillborn, or newborn death. The group is facilitated by a maternity nurse and a chaplain who are certified grief counselors. Admission is free; no registration required. For more info call Barbara Parisat (203) 576-5110 or Marilyn Faber at (203) 576-5716.


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).


CURSILLO ULTREYA GATHERING being held on Oct. 16, St. Mary Parish in Bethel, CT at 7pm.  For info email Jeanette at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).



TEENS BIG DAY OF SERVICE
sponsored by St. Aloysius Youth Group on Sat., Oct. 18 from 8am-4pm. . . its all day, but you won't regret dedicating the day to serve! We will go into a neighborhood in Bridgeport with other Christian teens and revitalize - refresh -- renew! This is going to be an awesome day -- we need teens and virtus trained adults -- sign up here.



HOW FAR CAN A PUMPKIN FLY?  CROSSBOWS & CATAPULT LAUNCH
fundraiser for breast cancer research presented by Lauralton Hall, 200 High St., Milford on Sat., Oct. 18 beginning at 12:30pm.  Teams of all ages are invited to participate. Prizes and raffles awarded.  Teams (three divisions: High School, Middle School and Open) design and create an original apparatus according the specifications provided. Pumpkins and gourds to be launched are weighed and decorated, as each team sees fit, to achieve maximum distance. Registration $20 per team. Launching begins at 12:30. For a list of participants’ rules and specifications and to register, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Registration closes Oct. 10.


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!


A MORNING OF PRAYERFUL REMEMBRANCE AND INTERCESSION on Sat., Oct. 18 from 10am-1pm at St. Mary Church, 55 Catoonah St., in Ridgefield.  The hidden wounds of abortion affect each of us. Whether a neighbor, co-worker, friend, relative, maybe oneself…as a community we have all been touched.  We will gather to pray and intercede on behalf of our entire nation, seeking forgiveness and healing in God’s merciful love. Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, personal testimonies from those affected by abortion (read by volunteers) and intercessory prayer.  Sponsored by the Diocese of Bridgeport and Lumina Hope & Healing After Abortion.  For more info call Respect Life Ministry at (203) 416-1445 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Lumina at (877) 586-4621 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


MAGNIFICAT a Ministry to Catholic Women will host a prayer breakfast on Sat., Oct. 18 from 9:30am-12:30pm at Ethan Allen Inn, Danbury.  Most Reverend Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will be the guest speaker. Cost $25pp. Seating is limited; Register by Sat., Sept. 27. No tickets will be sold at the door. For info call Fran Hood (203) 744-1856 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Click here to view/print flyer. Invitation available on Bridgeport Diocese Website under Woman’s Ministry section. A great pre-curser to the Diocese of Bridgeport First Women's Conference!


“INTRODUCTORY CENTERING PRAYER PROGRAM” willbe taught at Holy Family Church, 70 Laurel St., Fairfield on Sat., Oct. 18 from 10am–1pm in the ADM Office.  Centering Prayer is a form of meditation that guides us into a deeper relationship with God and helps us to listen to His quiet voice within.  It adds depth and meaning to all other prayer practices.  The basic steps of Centering Prayer will be taught and there will be timetoexperience the prayer.  Coffee and tea will be served. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Call Carol Piscitelli (203) 912-7119 for more info and to register. Registrations may also be done at the door.


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.


ST. JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL FALL OPEN HOUSE, 2320 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull on Oct. 19 from 1-4pm. Come, see our great school, meet faculty and students and see who we are here at St. Joe’s!  Open to all. For info contact Jessica Morales, Director of Admissions or Peggy Marino, Associate Director of Admissions via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (203) 378-9378 ext. 455 or go to www.sjcadets.org/admissions2-Day Entrance Exam Prep Course: Fri., Oct 24 (6-9pm) and Sat., Oct. 25 (9am-1pm).


OPEN HOUSE AT SACRED HEART ACADEMY, 265 Benham St., Hamden, CT Open to all! 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. Administrators, faculty and staff, students, current parents, and alumnae will be on hand to meet and greet and answer questions. For details click here. 7th and 8th graders and their parents are particularly encouraged to attend. For info contact Elaine Lamboley, Dir. of Admission, (203) 288-2309, x307 or www.sacredhearthamden.org


MASS FOR HEALING & HOPE on Mon., Oct. 20 at 7:30pm at St. Lawrence Church in Huntington with Fr. Bill Egan.


CURSILLO ULTREYA GATHERING being held on Oct. 20, St. Bridget of Ireland Parish in Stamford at 7pm.  For info email Jeanette at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


ANNUAL ST. JUDE NOVENA will be held Oct. 20-28 for the upcoming Feast Day of St. Jude at St. Jude Parish, 707 Monroe Tpke., Monroe.  Each night of the Novena we will celebrate mass at 7:30pm (5:30pm on Saturday), say petitions to St. Jude, have a guest homilist and follow with fellowship.  For info call the Parish office at (203) 261-6404. OPEN TO ALL!


FREE BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR SUPPORT GROUP sponsored by St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound, meets the first and third Tuesdays of every monthfrom 5:30-7pm on Level 4 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Next meeting is Oct. 21. Provides information and resources to women at any stage of survivorship; share questions and concerns about the disease. No reservations required, free parking. For info call 203-576-6158.


FALL OPEN HOUSE AT GREENWICH CATHOLIC SCHOOL, 471 North St., Greenwichon Tue., Oct. 21 at 9am. GCS offers programs to Little Angels (age 3), Pre-K (age 4) up to Grade 8. Families are invited to attend.  For more info or to RSVP call (203) 869-4000. www.gcsct.org


presented by Lauralton Hall on Fri., Oct. 24 at 7:30pm, Sat. Oct. 25 at 7pm and Sun., Oct. 26 at 2pm in Parsons Center Auditorium, 70 West River St., Milford. Tickets at door: $15 Adult & $10 seniors and students. For more info call (203) 877-2786. Open to all!  Bring the family!



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


GREENWICH CATHOLIC SCHOOL WINE & FOOD TASTING, 471 North St., Greenwich on Sat. Oct. 25 at 7pm. Please join us for a fun evening of wine, food, art, music and epicurean delights as we celebrate the beauty and lifestyle of California's Napa and Sonoma Valleys.  Meet new friends, support our school and savor more than 25 wines from the region. To purchase tickets, go to www.gcsct.org or call (203) 869-4000 x139.



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. 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


"YOU RAISE ME UP" CONCERT CELEBRATION OF THE SACRED AND SUBLIME at St. Pius X, 834 Brookside Ave., Fairfield on Sun., Oct. 26 at 4pm with special guests Krista Adams Santilli and Friends. Click here for flyer.  Tickets $20pp, children under age 12 admission free. Call (203) 255-6134 ext. 11 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Tickets may also be purchased at the door.


OPEN HOUSE AT ST. MARY SCHOOL, BETHEL on Oct. 26 from 9am-1pm.  Students, parents and teachers will be on hand to discuss the excellent academic opportunities that a St. Mary education affords every student that walks through our doors. See our new science lab, hear about iPad digital curriculum, and meet our dedicated teachers and staff. Refreshments served.  For info contact Linda Garvey, Admissions Coordinator, email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  or call (203) 240-2860


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 or go to www.couragetospeak.org.


FAITH COMMUNITIES ACTING ON CLIMATE CHANGE - Join us for this inspiring afternoon on Sun., Oct. 26 from 2-4:30pm at St. Paul's Church, 661 Old Post Rd., Fairfield.  Keynote Speaker: Mary Evelyn Tucker, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University. Invited (not yet confirmed) speakers: U.S. Senator Chris Murphy and Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch. Refreshments served/Admission free. Click here to register.  Click here for flyer/details. For additional info email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


CONNECTIONS! Ministry for Catholic Singles 40 and over next event is Mon., Oct. 27 at St. Mary Parish, 669 West Ave., Norwalk from 7-9pm, in the gym. Our speaker with be Carol Pinard, former Dir. of Religious Education for the Diocese of Bridgeport speaking on: "Martyrs and Witnesses of the 20th Century." Pope John Paul II in preparing the church for a new millennium said that the 20th century had produced more martyrs then in the previous 19 centuries. Come and hear their stories, see their pictures, relics and artifacts. The mission of Connections! is to provide Catholic singles 40 and over the opportunity to meet and share their faith with a host of God's wondergifts: the gift of friendship, the gift of having fun together, the gift of giving, and the gift of spiritual strengthening and healing.  $10pp.  Please RSVP to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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. Click here for flyer with details. $60pp.  For reservations or info go to:  www.danburycelebritybreakfast.eventbrite.com   For info on Catholic Charities go to www.ccfairfield.org.


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


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


"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.


4TH ANNUAL HARVEST TABLE to benefit the New Covenant House will be held Sun., Nov. 2 from 11am-2pm at the Country Club of Darien, 300 Mansfield Ave., Darien.  Wander around market, watch live food demonstrations, shop at the silent auction and enjoy lunch.  Special Guest: Lulu Powers, "Entertainoligist to the Stars".  Admission $50pp AND one non-perishable food item for NCH.  For tickets call Betzy Lopez (203) 964-8228 ext 2 or www.nchstamford.org. (dress code: no sneakers or jeans)


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.


FREE BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR SUPPORT GROUP sponsored by St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound, meets the first and third Tuesdays of every monthfrom 5:30-7pm on Level 4 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Next meeting is Nov. 4. Provides information and resources to women at any stage of survivorship; share questions and concerns about the disease. No reservations required, free parking. For info call 203-576-6158.



TEENS RETREAT EMMAUS 68 -
faith, fun and spirituality being held Nov 7-9 for High school teens grades 10-12, presented by St. Aloysius Church, New Canaan. Register at www.staemmaus.org or from the Emmaus page of the parish website, www.starcc.com. Adults and teens, who have previously been candidates are needed to work on the team. Online registration for team members is also on the website. OPEN TO ALL!  Attend with a friend - you will be so glad you were a part of this amazing experience.


"COME AND SEE" VOCATIONS MASS - The Secular Franciscan Holy Spirit Fraternity invites everyone to St. Emery’s Church, 838 Kings Hwy. East, Fairfield, on Sat., Nov. 8 at 9:30am - “Come and See” if you are being called to a vocation in the Secular Franciscan Order. Msgr. Ernest Esposito will celebrate a Mass in remembrance of deceased Franciscans of the Fraternity in church followed with a social and meeting in the Church Hall. All are welcome!  For info call (203) 255-8801.


OUR NEXT MASS MOB SET for Sat., Nov. 8 at 5pm at Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 4 Pulaski Street in Stamford!  Confessions start at 4pm and everyone is more than welcome to take advantage of the Sacrament! There's plenty of parking available & it's a block or two from the Stamford train station.  What is "Mass Mob"? Our goals are to foster the Bishop’s call to cultivate a welcoming spirit, build bridges beyond the reach of our local parish family, strengthen the bonds that make us brothers and sisters, and assist our host parish financially during the collection. For more info and up-to-date news go to: www.massmobfc.webs.com or our Facebook: www.facebook.com/massmobfc. The Church website it: www.holynamestamford.com. Bring the family, friends and neighbors – all are welcome!  Great places to eat in the neighborhood for dinner after Mass so you can make it a family night or 'date night'!


WINE TASTING FUNDRAISER for Our Lady of the Assumption School First at Assumption Parish Hall, 605 Stratfield Rd., Fairfield on Sat., Nov. 8. Wine Tasting and appetizers 6-9, raffles, coffee and dessert from 9-10.  $35 in advance, $45 at the door. For tickets contact Theresa Testa at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


CATHOLIC YOUNG ADULTS "ENCOUNTER" NATIONAL CONFERENCE is Nov. 8 in Milwaukee, WI. 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. 


SYNOD HOLY HOUR SERVICE – open to all - on Tues., Nov. 11 at St. Ann Church, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport  from 7-8pm in preparation for the General Session of the Synod (which will be held on Nov. 15 at St. Catherine of Siena, Trumbull). For info call (203) 368-1607


22ND ANNUAL HOLIDAY FAIR to be held at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, 138 Candlewood Lake Rd., Brookfield on Sat., Nov. 15 from 9am-4pm in church Hall. Vendors are asked to reserve their table before Nov. 7. Cost is $50 for one space; $75 for two. Applications available at www.stmarguerite.org. In addition, we are seeking gently used Christmas items, baked goods, knitted items, and raffle prizes for the Fair. Donations can be dropped off the week of Nov. 3 in the narthex. For more info call Parish Office at (203) 775-5117.


AL’S ANGELS THANKSGIVING MEALS ASSEMBLY held Nov. 15 at 315 Seaview Ave., Bridgeport.  Want to help your community but not sure how?  Students need community service hours? This is your chance!  Volunteers needed for packing meal bins, loading trucks and delivering either in our trucks and/or in your own vehicle. Work shifts choices: 6am-9am, 9am-11am and 11am-2pm. To volunteer email Al DiGuido at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), specify the first and last name of ALL volunteers and your desired shift.  All volunteers must be registered prior to entering our facility as space is very limited. We are asking each volunteer to bring one or more non-perishable food items.


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.


ST. MARGARET SHRINE 2ND ANNUAL ROAST with featured Guest Bishop Caggiano at St. Catherine of Siena Hall in Trumbull on Sun., Nov. 16 at 2pm. Reserve your seat and support the revitalization effort of St. Margaret Shrine, the only Diocesan Shrine in the Diocese of Bridgeport! Fun, food, and raffle/auction. Tickets $100pp, $75 for clergy and religious, and must be purchased in advance. Represent your parish, gather your friends, and reserve a table of 10! Advertising and donation options available for you or your business. For info call the Shrine at (203) 333-9627 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


“WE CARE” PERINATAL GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP meets at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport in the Ambulatory Infusion Center waiting area located on level 3 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care on the third Wednesday of every month at 7 pm. The next meeting is Nov. 19; for those grieving the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillborn, or newborn death. The group is facilitated by a maternity nurse and a chaplain who are certified grief counselors. Admission is free; no registration required. For more info call Barbara Parisat (203) 576-5110 or Marilyn Faber at (203) 576-5716.


SHAKESPEARE’S “THE TEMPEST” presented by Immaculate High School on Thurs., Nov. 20, Fri., Nov. 21 and Sat., Nov. 22 at 7pm at 73 Southern Boulevard in Danbury, CT.  Tickets $10 for adults; $5 for students and seniors.  Bring the whole family! Invite your "Shakespeare" fan friends!  For more info or to purchase tickets go to: www.immaculatehs.org. (203) 744-1510.


HOLLY BERRY FESTIVAL a juried arts & crafts fair benefitting the Retirement Fund for the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus will take place Fri., Nov. 21 from 3-8pm & Sat., Nov. 22 from 10am–3pm at Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden. Pasta Dinner on Friday from 5–7pm; $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.  Food Court and child-friendly activity on Saturday. There are still spots left for crafters.  If you are interested in renting a space or for info call (203) 248-4225, ext. 406.


VENDORS NEEDED for the HOLIDAY CRAFTS FAIR for Sacred Heart Church, 37 Schuyler Ave, Stamford on Sat., Nov. 22 from 9:30am-5:30pm, Sun. Nov 23 from 9am-1pm. For more info contact Rose Coscarelli-Curtis at (203) 968-1234 after 5pm.


THE THOMAS MERTON CENTER 40TH ANNIVERSARY GALA at The Patterson Club, 1118 Cross Highway, Fairfield on Sat., Nov. 22 at 6:30pm.  Join us as we celebrate 40 years of service to the Bridgeport community with Guest Speaker The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport. Cocktail attire; cocktails, dinner, dancing and auction. Click here for flyer with details or email Janet Barker .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (203) 367-9036 ext. 15. Web: www.themertoncenter.org. Face book: www.facebook.com/TheThomasMertonCenter


YOUNG ADULTS ONE-DAY RETREAT on the ocean! Held Sat., Nov. 22 at Mercy Center in Madison, CT sponsored by FAN (Franciscan Action Network). Theme: "The Pope Francis Effect and Franciscan Spirituality" by director Patrick Carolan.  Includes: lunch, Mass celebrated by Fr. Sam Fuller of St. Pius X in Middletown.  Bring a friend or find a local Young Adults group in Fairfield County (www.dob-ya.com) to go with as a group. Click here for flyer or click here for link. For more info email Janine Walsh at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For info on FAN go to www.franciscanaction.org.  For retreat center info go to www.mercybythesea.org


ST. JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL WINTER OPEN HOUSE, 2320 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull on Dec. 3 from 7-8:30pm.  Come, see our great school, meet faculty and students and see who we are here at St. Joe’s!  Open to all.  For info contact Jessica Morales,Director of Admissions, email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (203) 378-9378 ext. 452 or go to www.sjcadets.org/admissions; or Dana Christos, Director of Communication, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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.  


HOLLY FAIR at St. Margaret Mary Church, 50 Donovan La., Shelton on Sat., Dec. 6 in the church hall from 9am-4pm featuring crafts, vendors, bake sales, food and cookie walk.  Get your Christmas shopping done early and enjoy terrific food!  Great family day, or "just the girls" day out!   For info call (203) 924-2327 or (203) 209-2441.


AL’S ANGELS CHRISTMAS/HANUKKAH MEAL ASSEMBLY & TOY DRIVE held on Sat., Dec. 13 at 315 Seaview Ave., Bridgeport. Want to help your community but not sure how?  Students need community service hours? This is your chance!  Work shifts available are: 6am-9am, 9am-11am, 11am-2pm. We are asking each volunteer bring one unwrapped toy for a child under 10 years old.  To volunteer please register by emailing Al DiGuido at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with first & last names of all volunteers.


“WE CARE” PERINATAL GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP meets at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport in the Ambulatory Infusion Center waiting area located on level 3 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care on the third Wednesday of every month at 7 pm. The next meeting is Dec. 17; for those grieving the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillborn, or newborn death. The group is facilitated by a maternity nurse and a chaplain who are certified grief counselors. Admission is free; no registration required. For more info call Barbara Parisat (203) 576-5110 or Marilyn Faber at (203) 576-5716.



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



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.


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, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 203-416-1627. For official prayer and image: http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=17535. For event info: www.worldmeeting2015.org


 

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