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THE FIRST GRADUATING CLASS of Cathedral Girls’ High School—The class of 1968 is planning a 50th reunion. We were a small group with the school literally being built around us in the fall of 1964. We would love to connect with everyone from the Cathedral '68 class, so for information, please contact Pauline Caron at cghs_class68@bell.net.


MASS CARDS are available from the diocesan Mission Office for all intentions. The donations support missionaries throughout the world. If you are interested in purchasing a Mass card, call Elaine Bissenden in the Mission Office: 203.416.1447.


"ECOLOGY AND CHRISTIAN FAITH," the final First Friday Lecture of the series, will take place at St. Luke Parish, Westport, Fri., May 6, at 7:30 pm with Dr. Frederick Simmons, Assistant professor of ethics at Yale Divinity School. The lecture will be preceded by a wine and cheese reception at 7 pm. All are welcome. For more info, call 203.227.7245.


ST. THOMAS SEMINARY, Bloomfield, reunion of graduates and non-graduates of both the high-school and the college programs will be held on Fri., May 6, in the Alma Mater on 467 Bloomfield Ave. Doors open at 2 pm, Mass in the chapel, 4 pm with Archbishop Leonard Blair. Reception follows Mass; dinner at 6:30 pm. For more info and for tickets, go to www.stseminary.org or visit them on Facebook.


DRAMA CLUB at Notre Dame High School, Fairfield, presents Into the Woods on Fri., May 6 at 8 pm and Sat., May 7,  at 1 pm and 8 pm in the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart University. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Sacred Heart Box Office: 203.371.7908. For more info, contact Theresa Marzik: tmarzik@notredame.org or 203.372.6521, ext. 242.


100TH ANNIVERSARY celebration for Catholic Charities of Fairfield County (CCFC): Mass and reception will be held Sat., May 7, at 5:30 pm at St. Matthew Parish, Norwalk. Bishop Caggiano will celebrate the Mass. For reservations, call 203.416.1333 or go to www.100thanniversarymass.eventbright.com. For more info, go to www.ccfairfield.org.


FAIRFIELD PREP ANNOUNCES $25,000 Tuition Raffle. The prize can be used for any K-12 schools, colleges or universities, located and accredited in the U.S., or to pay back college loans. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold at $100 per ticket. (500 tickets must be sold, or buyers will receive a full refund.) Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the scholarship and student enrichment programs at Fairfield Prep. The drawing will be held at the Spring Auction on Sat., May 7, at 11 pm in the Student Life Center at Fairfield Prep. Winning ticket holder need not be present to win. To order a ticket, contact development@fairfieldprep.org or 203.254.4237. For more info, go to: www.fairfieldprep.org/raffle.


GOLF TOURNAMENT to benefit the Sacred Heart Academy Scholarship Fund will be held on Mon., May 9 at New Haven Country Club. Scramble format; prizes for team low gross & low net, putting contest and four hole-in-one prizes. Cost: $200 if registered by March 1 ($225 after March 1) and includes entry fee, greens fees, cart, lunch, cocktail reception, dinner, contests, golfer gifts and more. For event and sponsorship information or to register, contact Maryanne Pisani, at mpisani@sacredhearthamden.org or 203.287.8181, ext. 372.


WOMEN'S GROUP at Christ the King Parish, Trumbull, will meet Mon., May 9, at 10 am in the parish hall. Fr. Larry Carew will speak on "Prison Ministry." All are invited. For more info, call 203.261.8020.


PROJECT RACHEL HEALING MINISTRY—During this Jubilee Year of Mercy come begin your healing journey and experience God’s love and mercy! For those suffering from a past abortion. Offering opportunities for Entering Canaan Days of Prayer and Healing and ongoing support with Monthly Gatherings. Our next day of Prayer and Healing is scheduled for Sat., May 14. For more info call our confidential phone line at 203.416.1619 or email projectrachel@diobpt.org.


DENIM AND DIAMONDS, a cocktail party and auction supporting Assumption Catholic School, Fairfield, will be held Sat., May 14, starting at 7 pm in the parish hall. Wear your favorite jeans and your brightest bling! Cost: $25/ person. RSVP by Fri., May 6, to kguastelle@oloaffld.org or 203.334.6271.


THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN Holy Spirit Fraternity invites everyone to St. Emery Parish, Fairfield, on Sat., May 14, at 9:30 am. Fr. Milan Dimic will celebrate a Mass in church followed by a social in the church hall. “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 or pheile5713@aol.com.


GOSPEL OF LIFE SOCIETY meets at St. Mary Parish, Norwalk, the second Sat. of each month (May 14) from 10 am-12 noon, after the 9 am Pro-life Mass. This month’s speaker will be Tom Heckel, secretary of the executive committee and co-chair of the development committee of Malta House for women in crisis pregnancies. For more info, call Eileen Bianchini: 203.847.727 or stmarygols@aol.com.


TAG SALE will be held at Christ the King Parish, Trumbull, on Sat., May 14, from 9 am-4 pm and Sun., May 15, after all Masses. For more info, call 203.261.4378.


MASS MOB—Join us on Pentacost (May 15) to celebrate the birthday of the Church! We will converge upon Blessed Sacrament in Bridgeport for their 11:30 Gospel Choir Mass. As always, the mission of Mass Mob is to gather as many worshippers as possible together at one time to celebrate the Eucharist. Bring a friend! For more info, visit Facebook: Mass Mob Fairfield County.


THE LEGACY OF OUR AMERICAN HEROES, will be presented on Sun., May 15 at 1 pm at Sacred Heart Academy, 265 Benham Street, Hamden. A musical and visual tribute to the veterans who have served our country so bravely, it was written by senior Emily Russo and students from the choir, orchestra, drama club, and visual art classes collaborated in the production.The public is welcome; admission is complimentary. For more info, visit www.sacredhearthamden.org.



CATHOLIC YOUNG ADULTS of Greater Danbury (ages 18-35) meets at the Newman Center (off the campus of Western CT State University) #7 8th Ave., Danbury and other nearby locations. Wed., May 18, Theology on Tap at Down the Hatch, 292 Candlewood Lake Rd., Brookfield, from 6:30-8:30 pm. Fr. Peter Towsley, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Danbury, will speak on "Slaying the Dragons in our Lives. For more info, email catholic.ya.danbury@gmail.com or join us on Facebook at “Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury.”


TAG & BAKE SALE at St. Patrick Parish, Redding Ridge (Rt 58), Sat. May 21, from 8:30 am-4 pm. Two buildings bursting with treasures for all ages. Boutique items, Depression Glass, Studio 56, Star Wars, Betty Boop, home decor, designer jewelry, name brand NEW clothing, housewares, clothing, furniture, toys, sports, small electronics & more. Delicious baked goods from our fabulous parish bakers. Come early for best selection. For more info go to www.stpatredding.org or call 203.938.2253.


SACRED HEART ACADEMY ANNOUNCES open auditions for male actors for the upcoming fall production of Disney’s full length musical, The Little Mermaid. Auditions will be held at the Academy, 265 Benham St., Hamden, on Sat., May 21 from 12 noon-3 pm. Those auditioning are asked to prepare an upbeat song and be ready to learn a dance combination. You may sing something from the show. Plan on staying the entire time. This audition is open to male actors aged 13-18 enrolled in high school for the fall. This production will go up at New Haven’s historic Shubert Theatre in Nov. For more info, contact the musical director MaryLee Delaney: mldelaney@sacredhearthamden.org or 203.288.2309, ext. 205.


ENCOURAGE apostolate for friends and family of loved ones with same sex attractions or gender ID issues, meets the third Sat. of the month (May 21) at 10:30 am and is strictly confidential. For more info contact the Norwalk Chapter: EnCourageNorwalk@gmail.com.


CLERGY INVITED to join in the 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council #110yy at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Fairfield, on Sun., May 29 at 12 noon. Local veteran organizations will be participating along with CT state and local representatives, Knights of Columbus officials and community residents. For more info, contact Fr. Peter Cipriani, pastor: 203.333.9065 or Fred Coseglia, chairman.


ANGEL-ADE, a fundraiser for Al's Angels needs volunteers for its lemonade stands in Greenwich, New Canaan, Westport and Fairfield on Sat., June 4.  (Rain date June 5.) To volunteer or to add a stand location to the list, contact Al DiGuido: adiguido@yahoo.com. 100 % of all donations to Angel-ade go directly to Al's Angels to help children and families battling cancer, rare blood diseases & severe financial hardship.


THE ORIGINAL ST. ANTHONY FEAST AT ST. MARGARET SHRINE 2523 Park Avenue, Bridgeport on Fri., June 10, from 6 pm to 11 pm, Sat., June 11 from 2 pm to 11 pm and Sun., June 12 from 12 noon to 10 pm. Please join us for delicious Italian food and family friendly fun. There is daily entertainment, rides and a raffle. We will have our famous Pizza Fritta and many of our other tasty Italian dishes. On Sun., June 12, we will have our Special Outdoor Mass at 10 am, followed by a procession in honor of St. Anthony. Please come and support the only Shrine in the Diocese of Bridgeport. If you should have any question call Sherry at 203.333.9627.


ANNUAL SOCIAL JUSTICE Conference "Rooted in Faith: Caring for Our Common Home," hosted by the Archdiocese of Hartford's Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry will take place Sat., June 11, from 8 am-3 pm at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. Keynote speaker, Sr. Damien Marie Savino, FSE, Ph.D., will explore Pope Francis’ message in Laudato Si’. Join us for prayer, music, exhibits and workshops. For more info, call 860.242.5573 or visit CatholicSocialJustice.org/social-justice-conference.


EARLY BIRD Registration Now Open for 2016 SWIM Across the Sound Marathon Swimmers. The SWIM Marathon will be held on Sat., July 30, at Captain's Cove in Bridgeport. Early bird registrations received by March 15 will receive a $100 discount. The SWIM helps individuals and families who are battling cancer. To register, visit: www.SwimAcrossTheSound.org/marathon2016.



PILGRIMAGE TO HOLY LAND WITH BISHOP FRANK J. CAGGIANO
Oct. 16-26, 2016Click here for details, costs and itinerary.


 

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