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FREE ICE SKATING PARTY - TOY DRIVE FUNDRAISER - bring the family, group of friends to our Al's Angels skating party Fri., Nov. 28 at WPAL Rink at Longshore, 260 Compo Rd., Westport from 6-8pm. For a free lesson, bring an unwrapped toy for a child under 10 years old. For info or to donate go to  To make a monetary donation for toy drive, select "Angels on Ice" from donation category.

at St. Ann's Church Hall, 181 Clapboard Ridge Rd., Danbury on Fri., Nov. 28 from 8am-12noon by St. Ann's Youth along with Adult Chaperones (many Youth are American Red Cross certified). Get your holiday shopping done or just a day out for yourself! Juice and snacks provided; recommend bring a bag lunch. Bring a toy to donate for our toy drive. $10 per hour for first child; $5 per hour for each additional sibling.  Space limited so call or email early (203) 798-7628 or

CELEBRATE 2015 YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE with Mass & Reception on Sun., Nov. 30 from 2:30-4:30pm at St. Cecelia Church, 1184 Newfield Ave., Stamford.  All relatives, friends and co-workers of Consecrated Men & Women in Diocese of Bridgeport are cordially invited.  For info call (203) 416-1511.

ARTISANS CRAFTS SALE to benefit Catholic Relief Services at St. Anthony of Padua, 149 South Pine Creek Rd., Fairfield after all Masses on Sun., Nov. 30. For info call (203) 259-0358 or

FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS CAROLS CONCERT at St. Augustine Cathedral, 399 Washington Ave., Bridgeport on Sun., Nov. 30 at 7pm. The concert  consists of readings from Genesis to the Incarnation from the Gospel of John; David McCaffrey, Diocesan Director of Music, will direct the St. Cecelia Society Choir (formerly know as The Bridgeport Diocesan Choir). Concert is free and open to the public.  For info call (203) 335-0106.

“RESTORING SIMPLICITY” inspirational talk by nationally recognized speaker & author Lisa Brenninkmeyer at St. Rose of Lima in Newtown on Wed., Dec. 3 from 10am-12noon. Open to the public. Are you stuck in a rut of trying harder and harder, yet you never feel you can get it all done? Do anxious thoughts grip your heart and rob you of peace? Do you try your best to please people in your life, but always feel like someone always ends up disappointed? Start experiencing the freedom of simplicity. Register at; follow the link to Walking with Purpose.  For info call Laura (203) 270-0012.

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: or (203) 378-9378 ext. 452 or go to; or Dana Christos, Director of Communication, 

2014 LADIES CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE presented by Trinity Catholic High School Association to be held on Thurs., Dec. 4 at The Italian Center, 1620 Newfield Ave., Stamford from 6-10pm. $50pp; buffet dinner with open wine, beer & soda bar.  No assigned tables. VIP seating: $100 for a table of 10. Tickets at Click here for flyer. For info email:

in San Antonio, Texas Dec. 4-6 with our very own Bishop Caggiano as the Episcopal Liaison to the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministers! Not too late to attend! 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 youthministry@diobpt.or or call (203) 416-1449. For info  

Join the fun on Dec. 5 from 8:30-10:30pm on the Ice at Danbury Arena! Bring your Friends and Meet us at the Arena. $8 for admission $4 for Rentals. Danbury Arena, 1 Independence Way, Danbury. Sponsored by Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury, CT. For info email Maria at

AT BURR MANSION to benefit Center for Family Justice (formerly Center for Women and Families) Dec. 5-7, 739 Old Post Rd., Fairfield. Hours: Fri., Dec. 5 10am-7pm; Sat., Dec. 6 & Sun., Dec. 7 10am-4pm.  Walk through each room of the Burr Mansion to see Trees, wreaths, holiday decorations, gifts, food, music, and more! Great for the entire family! For info and tickets to go: or click here for flyer.

CANTIAMO CHRISTMAS BENEFIT CONCERT "Christmas in Song" on Fri., Dec. 5 at 7:30pm in Westport Town Hall Auditorium, Myrtle Ave., Westport. $15pp For tickets go to:

– St. Theresa’s Young Adult Group (ages 21-35) social at Two Roads Brewery in Stratford at 1pm on Sat., Dec. 6. Must be over age 21 to attend. Please bring $5 for the tour and extra cash for food. There will be a menu that includes pizza delivery and a food truck is available on the premises. Come out for fellowship and libations! For info email

A WINTER PORTRAIT CONCERT at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 4 Riverside Ave., Riverside on Sat., Dec. 6 at 7:30pm. Chorus and orchestra featuring carols, selections from the Messiah and more! Tickets $25pp; $10 students. Call (203) 637-3661 or online at

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FAIR at The Church of the Assumption in Westport on Dec. 6 (10am-6pm) and Dec. 7 (8:30am-1:30pm). Crafts by local crafters: Soaps, Afghans, Teas, Jams, Knitted items, Skin Care Products, Wreaths, Teddy Bears, Pre Owned Jewelry.  Baked goods, Holiday Nook, Silent Auction theme gift baskets, “Pick A Gift”, a visit from Santa, ornaments, and more!  Admission free along with free coffee and goodies while you shop. For info call Cathy (203) 226-5448 or email

A CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE will be held at St. Cecilia Church, 1184 Newfield Ave.,tamford on Sat., Dec. 6 from 11am-7pm & Sun., Dec. 7 from 8am-3pm. All proceeds will benefit Buy-A-Smile in Bolivia. For info email:

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.

GINGERBREAD NATIVITY MAKING in Pilgrim Hall at the Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield, 50 Montfort Rd., Litchfield on Sat., Dec. 6 from 10am-12noon.  Bring your little ones and (older ones!) and enjoy this fun activity for the Christmas season. Materials provided, including gingerbread pre-cut forms, candy & frosting. Cost $30 per Nativity scene. Space is limited, so call early to reserve a table, starting mid-November to (860) 567-1041 or email:

CHRISTMAS FAIR at St. Jude Parish, Rt. 111 in Monroe on Sat., Dec. 6 from 10am-4pm in the Parish Center. Craft vendors, Religious articles, food, raffles and good family fun for people of all ages. And St. Jude Cookbooks! For info email

"COME & SEE" if you are being called to a vocation in the Secular Franciscan Order, at a Mass on Sat., Dec. 6 at 9:30am at St. Emery Parish, 838 Kings Highway East, Fairfield, followed by a Christmas social in church hall.  Celebrant will be Fr. Norman Guilbert. All welcome!  For info call (203) 255-8801.

CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA: CONVIVIO YOUTH SERVING CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS and THEIR FAMILIES on Sun., Dec. 7 beginning with Mass at 10am followed by Pizza, Pageant, Crafts and Recreation, to be held at Queen of Saint's Hall, Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Ave., Bridgeport. Principal Celebrant will be Bishop Caggiano. RSVP by November 19 to Michelle O’Mara at St. Catherine’s Center for Special Needs at or (203) 540-5381 ext. 2012. Please give a count of how many adults and children will be attending.  We would also like you to leave t-shirt sizes for the youth.  Click here for flyer

BUS DAY-TRIP TO RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR sponsored by St. Roch Church on Tues., Dec. 9 starring the world-famous Rockettes for the 11am performance. Come relax in your Orchestra seat for America's favorite holiday tradition! Following the show enjoy a delicious sit-down lunch at Brazil, popular restaurant in the Theatre District. Bus departs St. Roch, 10 St. Roch Ave., Greenwich at 8:30am; return 4:30pm.  $130pp including gratuities.  For info or reservations call (203) 869-4176

ENTRANCE EXAM AT SACRED HEART ACADEMY, 265 Benham St., Hamden on Thurs., Dec. 10 at 8:45am.  Registration required with $60 application fee.  Go to  For more info call Elaine Lamboley, Dir. of Admissions at (203) 288-2309, ext. 307. SHA is an independent college preparatory school for young women in grades 9-12.

ADVENT RETREAT “Whose coming do we await?” at Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford on Dec. 10. Choice of two sessions: 10am-2pm or 6-9pm.  The surprise of Advent is that while we wait for the coming of Christ, Christ also waits for us to come to him. $40pp includes either lunch or dinner.  For info or to register call 860-760-9705 or

“ONE LIFE, ONE ROSE” OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE PRO-LIFE PROGRAM at St. Jude Church, 707 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe on Wed., Dec. 10 at 7:30pm with service led by Msgr. Dariusz Zielonka, sponsored by Knights of Columbus. Since 1960, Knights of Columbus throughout North America have brought silver roses on annual pilgrimages, to celebrate the Culture of Life and to show respect and support for all people, from conception to natural death. Our Silver Rose started in New Brunswick and has been taken by the Knights of Columbus to ceremonies throughout the northeast. For info call Ted Pacanowski, Jr. at (203) 261-8501.

by Trinity Catholic High School Players held in the Trinity Catholic Auditorium, 926 Newfield Ave., Stamford Dec. 11, 12 and 13 at 7pm. It is Christmas eve, and George’s guardian angel, Clarence, descends to save him from despair, and to remind him (by showing him what the world would be like if he had never been born) that his has been a wonderful life. Terrific for all ages! Purchase tickets online at or call (203) 322-3401 (8:30am-3:30pm).  Advance ticket purchases will be held for pickup at the door prior to the performance. Click here for poster.

YOUTH MASS WITH BISHOP CAGGIANO and WORLD YOUTH DAY INFO SESSION on Dec. 12!  OPEN TO ALL!  World Youth Day 2016 information session presented by Dube Travel on travel details, scholarships and more will be held at Kolbe Cathedral High School in Bridgeport from 5-7pm, followed by a Youth Mass at 7pm at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport.  Food and music after Mass! Bring a friend. For info email

YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS: "Big Why's: Why Faith, Religion, Catholic" Nationally famous, bi-lingual Speaker and former Hollywood actor and model, Mario St. Francis will speak on the "why's" of our lives on Sat., Dec. 13 from 10am-12noon (ages 13-18) and 2-5pm (ages 19 and older) at the Connor Chapel of Our Lady, University of St. Joseph, 1678 Asylum Ave., West Hartford, CT.  Click here for flyer. For info go to:

GATHERING OF ECCLESIAL MOVEMENTS AND APOSTOLIC SOCIETIES with Bishop Caggiano on Sat., Dec. 13 from 1:30-3:30pm at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Center, 545 Stratfield Rd., Fairfield. We will begin with Midday Prayer followed by a 3-minute presentation by each group. For more info email Fr. Peter Towsley at Click here for invitation and details.

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 with first & last names of all volunteers.

FROZEN "LET IT GO" SING ALONG BENEFIT at St. Joseph High School, Trumbull on Sun., Dec. 14 from 1-3pm.  Great family day!  Tickets $12pp at

MASS OF HEALING & HOPE on Mon., Dec. 15 at 7:30pm at Christ the King Parish, Madison Ave., Trumbull with Fr. Larry Carew.

“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.

LESSONS & CAROLS at St. Theresa Church, Main St., Trumbull by the St. Theresa Choirs on Sun., Dec. 21 at 4pm, accompanied by Dr. Samuel Schmitt, organ, under the direction of Dr. Carolina Flores. Arrangements of favorite Christmas Carols and more!  A free will offering will be taken. For info call (203) 261-3676 or

CHRISTMAS EVE CELEBRATION sponsored by The Knights of Lithuania of St. George Church, 443 Park Ave., Bridgeport on Sun., Dec. 21 at 12 noon. For reservations call (203) 878-0519.

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 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  Contact their leaders to see if anyone would like to go as a group.

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 Sign up for Thursday (Adult Sign Language) starting Jan. 9 from 7-9pm for 10 weeks. $200pp plus class book (purchased thru Contact: Dawn (

held on Jan. 10, 2015 at Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford. More info email or

  “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. For info contact Angela Mantero, Dir. of Marriage and Family at (203) 416-1627 or email

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

on Sat., Feb. 7 from 9:30am-2:30pm at St. Catherine, Trumbull.

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:

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

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

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

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 Marriage Page click here.

FOURTH GENERAL SESSION OF SYNOD on Sat., May 9, 2015 from 9:30am-2:30pm at St. Catherine, Trumbull.

"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!

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


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, or 203-416-1627. For official prayer and image: For event info:

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 


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