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OUTSIDE ROSARY RALLY in honor of Our Lady of Fatima will be held Sat., Oct. 10, at 12 noon at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish, Join us as we gather to say the Rosary at our Blessed Mother Statue in front of the church. For more info, call the parish: 203.775.5117.

- We are having a reunion for all students, nuns, priests, and lay teachers of St. Johns School in Stamford on Oct. 10 at the Basilica of St. John’s in Stamford, starting with 6pm Mass and Dinner & Reception beginning at 7 pm. Spread the word to family and friends, young and old, near and far, the more the merrier. If you, or someone you know is interested email with your first last (maiden) name, contact info (email and home address), and year you graduated. Or you may call Ann Cody at 203.325.3128. Let us know if you would like to join the committee. More details as date draws nearer. 

DIA DE LA RAZA, a Columbus Day celebration featuring an international festival of foods and cultures, will be held at St. Mary Parish, Bridgeport, on Sun., Oct. 11, at 12:30 in the parish hall. Food, music and samples of dozens of cultural specialties. For more info, call the parish: 203.334.8811.

“CONCERT AT THE VILLA” A fundraising event featuring the world renowned vocalist Stefano Algieri will be held at Villa Notre Dame in Wilton on Sun., Oct. 11. Mass beginning at 11 am. A Luncheon and Auction will take place following Mass, at noon, and the Concert will begin at 2 pm. All proceeds will benefit the School Sisters of Notre Dame educational ministries and the care of elderly and infirm sisters. Price for the luncheon and concert is $60 per person, in advance, $70 at the door. Special clergy price of $20 is available. For reservations, advertising or sponsorship opportunities, call Liz Ryan at 203.762.4114 or email: or website

ANNUAL HARVEST DINNER, Sun., Oct. 11 at 1 pm in Pilgrim Hall, 50 Montfort Rd., Rte. 118, Litchfield, CT. Tickets are available until Mon., Oct. 5. Adult $25; Family $45 (parents and children under 15 only). For more info or for dinner tickets call: 860.567.1041 or go to or

33 DAYS TO MORNING GLORY: A 6-week consecration to Mary, to be held Tues. mornings starting Oct. 13 at St. Cecilia Parish, Stamford. This user-friendly retreat by Fr. Michael Gaitley will bless even the busiest of people. Cost: workbook - $20;  '33 Days to Morning Glory' book - $5.00.  For more info or to register, contact
Vicki Alton: or 203.322.8526.

GIANT TAG SALE will be held at the Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield,  50 Montfort Rd., Rte. 118, Litchfield, Thurs., Oct. 15-Sat., Oct. 17 from 9 am-4:30 pm and Sun., Oct. 18 from 11:30 am-2 pm. For more info, call 860.567.1041 or email:

33 DAYS TO MORNING GLORY: A 6-week consecration to Mary, to be held Tues. mornings starting Oct. 13 at 9:15 am at St. Cecilia Parish, Stamford. This user-friendly retreat by Fr. Michael Gaitley will bless even the busiest of people. Cost: workbook - $20; ’33 Days to Morning Glory’ book - $5.00. For more info or to register, contact: Vicki Alton,, 203.322.8526.

“WALKING WITH PURPOSE”—Bible Study for Catholic Women at Saint Luke Parish, 49 Turkey Hill Road North, Westport, Thurs. mornings at 10 am (Evening session will be added starting Advent). for more info contact Maureen Fleming, SSND at or 203.222.0478

MAGNIFICAT a Ministry to Catholic Women will host a prayer breakfast on Sat., Oct. 17, 9:30-12:30 at Ethan Allen, Danbury, CT. Margaret Beutler will be the guest speaker. Cost $25 pre register by Sat., Oct. 10. No tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, call Fran Hood 203.744.1856 or email Click here for Invitation (also available on Bridgeport Diocese Website under Woman’s Ministry section).

ANNUAL RESPECT LIFE MASS Join us on Sun., Oct. 18 at 12 pm at St. Matthew Parish, 216 Scribner Ave., Norwalk, CT. For more info contact Maureen Ciardiello: or 203.416.1445.

MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE—Charismatic Renewal Services announces the following special Mass of Healing and Hope: Mon., Oct. 19, at 7:30 pm, Christ the King Church, with Father Larry Carew.

Oct. 18-27. When Pope Francis declares Blessed Serra a saint in Sept., our Oct. pilgrimage will be among the first to travel to the tomb, relics, and missions of this newly canonized saint. We will see the beautiful coast of California, taste some Sonoma wine, and tour San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and the beautiful modern cathedrals: St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco, Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, and Christ Cathedral (formerly Crystal Cathedral) in Orange County, and celebrate Mass each day. Click here for flyer with all details & itinerary. For info and testimonies: Email Stephen J. Binz at:

MASSES OF HEALING AND HOPE will be celebrated Mon., Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King Parish, Trumbull, with Fr. Larry Carew; Mon., Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m., at St. Lawrence Parish, Shelton, with Fr. Ed Nadolny; and Mon., Nov.16, at 7:30 p.m., at Christ the King with Fr. Carew. For more info, contact the Charismatic Renewal Office: 203.268.8253.

SPIRIT OF ST. FRANCIS SECOND ANNUAL AWARD DINNER Honoring Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame with the Spirit of St. Francis Award. The award is given to an individual or group that has made a significant impact on the mission of the Catholic Church in America through service or philanthropy. On Oct. 22, at 6 pm at the Metropolitan Club of New York. For more info 212.213.1166 or

FIRESWORD MINISTRIES CONCERT with the Vince Defelice Band will take place at Assumption Parish, Fairfield, on Sat., Oct. 24. Mass: 4 pm; pizza, 5 pm; concert 6 pm. Cost: pre-sale, $10 (online at or at Assumption parish office); $15 at the door. For more info, check out the website or call FireSword Ministries: 203.836.4405.

Sat., Oct. 24, from 8 am-4:45 pm at Goodwin College, 1 Riverside Dr, East Hartford, CT 06118. Keynote: Patrick Madrid, Speakers: Marty Rotella, Father Michael Gaitley, Father James Sullivan, Archbishop of Hartford Most Rev. Leonard Blair. Registration and tickets available at

NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE—Sun., Oct. 25, tours starting at 1:30 pm. for prospective students and their families. This open house will give students a comprehensive look at Notre Dame, its academic,athletic and extracurricular programs and ND’s partnership with Sacred Heart University. Prospective students can also meet the principal, faculty members and current students and tour the building. Eighth grade students interested in “shadowing” are invited to participate in our Experience Notre Dame Fairfield program. Parents should contact our Admissions Office to schedule a visit.

NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAM—Sat., Oct. 31 at 8 am. All eighth grade applicants must take an entrance exam at one of the five Diocesan high schools. All applicants must complete an on-line or a paper application. Complete information can be found on the school’s web site

GREENWICH CATHOLIC SCHOOL Imagine Campaign will sponsor a cocktail reception and dinner with Bishop Caggiano on Wed., Nov. 4, at Tamarak Country Club, 55 Locust Rd., Greenwich. 6-7 pm, cocktail reception, 7-9 pm dinner. RSVP by Wed., Oct. 21. For more info or for reservations, visit

THE SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS—presented by The Music Ministries of St. Joseph’s Church in Somers, NY, is an Advent-Christmas Concert featuring works of Handel, Charpentier, Deford, Mendelssohn, Willcocks and others, on Sat., Dec. 5, at 7 pm in the sanctuary of St. Joseph’s Church, 95 Plum Brook Road, Somers, New York 10589. Spectacular reception follows in the Parish Hall. Tickets are $20, available at the doors or in advance starting Nov. 1. For more info or tickets call the parish office at 914.232.2910, the music department at 914.318.3268, or visit the parish website at

FIRST FRIDAY LECTURE at St. Luke Parish, Westport, will take place Fri., Nov. 6, at 7:30 pm. The speaker will be Fr. Anthony J. Ciorra, professor of theology at Sacred Heart University. His topic will be : “Pope Francis: Mercy, Compassion and Tenderness.” The lecture will be preceded by a wine and cheese reception at 7 pm. All are welcome. For more info, call 203.255.6981 or

SPIRITS OF HOPE wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres tasting to benefit Kolbe Cathedral’s athletic program, held Sat., Nov. 7, from 6:30-9:30 at Kolbe, 33 Calhoun Place, Bridgeport. Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 at the door. For more info or for tickets, go to or call the school: 203.335.2554.

SECOND DIOCESAN WOMEN’S CONFERENCE— “Faith, Love and Mercy” Sat., Nov. 7, from 8:30 am-4:30 pm, at Hyatt Regency, 1800 east Putnam Avenue, Old Greenwich. This is a spiritual opportunity for women to gather together for a day of prayer. Registration will begin at 7:45 am with Mass celebrated by Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano at 8:30 am. Talks by Father Peter J. Cameron, O.P. and Author Sonja Corbitt, along with time for reflection, adoration and confession will round out the day with closing remarks at 4:00 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Cost is $55 per person. Click here to register and pay online. For more information contact Maureen Ciardiello 203.416.1445 or Marcy Haley 203.416.1627 or send an email to

Give your marriage a well deserved vacation. If you’d like to make your marriage even more special than it already is, consider this weekend which is a positive, simple, common sense private experience between husband and wife that revitalizes marriage. A weekend away renews the romance and excitement you experienced during your dating days. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend will help you enjoy life with a new closeness to each other and with God. Nov. 6-8 in Manchester, CT. For info or to register contact Paul and Kim Gilbert at 860.376.0440 or or visit

VENDORS ARE NEEDED for St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church’s 23rd Annual Holiday Craft Fair and Bazaar being held on Sat., Nov. 14, 10 am-4 pm, at 138 Candlewood Lake Road, Brookfield, CT. For a Vendor Application Form, please contact Pat at 203.775.9236 or visit

A TIME OF DIVINE MERCY: A POST ABORTION HEALING SYMPOSIUM—Sat., Nov. 14. Abortion has impacted each and every one of us and our world is wounded.  This is a day dedicated to educating everyone. For online registration and info go to, For questions contact Maureen Ciardiello, 203.416.1445, or Theresa Bonopartis at 718.881.7008.

RAKE n BAKE 16th annual community service project in the Brookfield/Danbury area is accepting registrations for the Nov. 14 event. Scout troops, sports teams, youth groups, Church groups, and neighborhood teams are welcome, along with individual volunteers. Registrations close at 12 midnight on Tues., Nov 3. To register go to For more info on the Handy Dandy Handyman Ministry, go to

- with our own Bishop Caggiano! Nov. 19-21, 2015 in Indianapolis. 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, Director of Youth Ministry at 203.416.1449 or email

WINE TASTING to benefit Caroline House, held Fri., Nov. 20, from 7-10 pm at the Fairfield Museum & History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield. Tickets: $40 are available at

PROJECT RACHEL MINISTRY—Come begin your healing journey and experience God’s hope and mercy. For women suffering from a past abortion experience, an Entering Canaan Day of Prayer and Healing will take place on Sat., Nov. 21. For further info or to register call our confidential phone line at 203.416.1619 or email us at

WORKSHOP: “Spirituality and the World’s Major Religions:” Sat., Nov. 21, from 9 am-5 pm at St. James Parish, Stratford. Presenters are Dr. Sr. Patty Cook, RSM and Dr. Maria Decsy. Cost:$50 prepaid; $60 day of event. Fee includes lunch. For more info or to register, call the parish: 203.375.5887.

HOLY SPIRIT FRATERNITY invites everyone to St. Emery Church, Fairfield, on Sat., Nov. 21, at 9:30 am. Msgr. Ernest Esposito will celebrate Mass, followed by a social. “Come and See” if you are being called to a vocation in the secular Franciscan order. For more info, call Pat Heile, OFS: 203.255.8801.

AUDITION CALLS for St. Catherine’s Players, Riverside, 2016 production of Peter Pan will be held Mon., Nov. 30 and Tues., Dec. 1 at 7:30 pm in the parish hall. Bring  a prepared song and sheet music in your key for the accompanist. A group dance audition will be held each evening. In addition, please bring a list of your rehearsal and production date conflicts (January through mid-March). Rehearsals begin on Mon., Jan. 4. For more info/ or to volunteer, visit: or email

CantiamoCHOIR CHRISTMAS CONCERT—directed by Marlane Tubridy will be held Fri., Dec. 4 at 7:30 pm at Westport Town Hall Auditorium. Traditional carols and Christmas Favorites and Carols from around the world. Donations benefit local charities. Suggested donation: $15. For more info or to reserve tickets, go to or call 203.454.9023.

ADVENT LECTURE: "Thomas Merton & the 'Advent' of Christ in Our Lives" with Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM, will take place Sat., Dec. 12, from 1-3 pm at the Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University.  Light refreshments provided. Free event sponsored by the Year of Consecrated Life Committee. RSVP requested by Thurs., Dec. 3. For more info or for reservations, contact Sr. Nancy Strillacci: 203.416.1511 or

PILGRIMAGE TO HOLY LAND—Fr. Arthur Mollenhauer is offering a pilgrimage to Holy Land during Winter Vacation. Nine days to visit the Holy Sites in Israel Feb. 11-21, 2016. The price is $3,285. It includes: Round-trip group flight from NY, 8 nights’ accommodation double occupancy (breakfast & dinner), Daily lunches (first day not included), One farewell dinner at a local restaurant, Tour guide as per program, Transportation as per program, All entrance fees, Porterage fees at hotels, Tips for guide, driver, restaurant and hotel staff, Audio guiding system. If interested, please call Ms. Sharon MacKnight: 203.327.1806 or email:

Oct. 16-26, 2016Click here for details, costs and itinerary.


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