Items below are published as the 'Bits & Pieces' section in the Fairfield County Catholic Newspaper.
To view the 2014 issue dates and deadlines for the Fairfield County Catholic click here.
Note: publication is not guaranteed. Priority is given to Catholic activities and events within Fairfield County.
MUSICAL “GODSPELL” from Apr. 11-19 at The Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. Based on the Gospel of Matthew, Godspell is a groundbreaking reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love. Performances 8pm. $20 / $25pp purchased online at www.thebijoutheatre.com or (203) 332.3228. Doors open one hour before performance. Come early to enjoy a cocktail, concession, Two Boots pizza, salad, coffee or dessert.
“THE FOURTEEN STEPS” LIVE STATIONS OF THE CROSS by St. Jerome Youth Group on Fri., Apr. 18 at 8pm. A moving and wonderful evening for the whole family. Bring your hurts, pain, and hearts to God as He heals and comforts through this moving experience. All ages; all welcome. 23 Half Mile Rd., Norwalk. www.stjeromenorwalk.org
“THE WAY OF THE CROSS OVER THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE” with Cardinal Dolan and Bishop DiMarzio on Fri., Apr. 18 at 10am beginning at St. James Cathedral, 250 Cathedral Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11201 and concluding at St. Peter’s Church in Manhatten around 1:30pm. All welcome! For all ages! For info go to www.wocbrooklynbridge.org
CHILDREN'S EASTER EGG HUNT at St. Anthony Parish, 149 South Pine Creek Rd., Fairfield on Apr. 19 at 11:30am rain or shine. Open to all! www.stanthonyffld.org
1ST ANNUAL STROKE SYMPOSIUM & HEALTH ASSESSMENT SCREENING at St. Vincent’s Medical Center on Wed., Apr. 23: Symposium 10am-12Noon and Screenings from 12Noon-2pm in Hawley Conference room, Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care. Programs for both professionals and the public provide insights into Stroke Basics, Life after Stroke and Stroke Prevention. Lunch and refreshments provided. Professional program 5:30–7:30pm includes a buffet dinner. Q & A at both programs; parking free. Seating limited. For professional program call Department of Medicine at (203) 576-5440. For the public program call 1-877-255-7847.
“SUDDEN CARDIAC DEATH IN THE YOUNG” A Listen & Learn Lecture with Alon Ronen, MD on Thurs., Apr. 24 from 6:30-7:30pm in theSt. Vincent’s Hawley Conference Center, Level 4 of the Cancer Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. This lecture will inform and empower parents to take action and prevent their child or teen from becoming a statistic. Sudden cardiac death of a child is a tragic and unnecessary loss that may be prevented with awareness and effective screening. Dr. Ronen will review the most recent research findings, as well as most effective risk detection, diagnosis and treatment. Q & A session will follow presentation; light refreshments served. For info or to register call 1-877-255-7847or online www.stvincents.org/listenandlearn.
“LES MISERABLES” the Tony Award winning story of redemption and love presented by Immaculate High School, 73 Southern Blvd., Danbury on Apr 24, 25 and 26. Shows 7pm, with Saturday afternoon matinee at 1:30pm. Tickets go on sale Apr. 2 at www.immaculatehs.org.
ST. MARY’S RECITAL featuring Judith Malafronte, mezzo-soprano, David Hughes, piano, BOULANGER & CO.: Parisian music of the fin-de-siècle on Fri., Apr. 25 at 7:30pm at St. Mary Parish, 669 West Ave., Norwalk; www.stmarynorwalk.net/recitals.
TOWN-WIDE FOOD DRIVE in celebration of the Town of Fairfield’s 375th Anniversary at Ludlow High School weekend of Apr. 26 & 27. Stock the pantries of Fairfield’s Operation Hope, the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, the Thomas Merton House and A Project from the Heart which sends care packages to our troops overseas. For details, donate or volunteer go to www.ffldfooddrive375.org.
MUSIC AND PRAYER FOR THE EASTER SEASON on Sat., Apr. 26, 7:30pm at Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford. All of Holy Family’s choirs and instrumentalists will be featured in this musical celebration of the Resurrection. Reception follows. $35pp. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org
PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER for St. Joseph Youth Group, Brookfield on Apr. 27 at 8am or 9pm at Applebee's Restaurant in Danbury. Tickets $8pp or $25 per family of four or more, available after Sunday Mass. Proceeds go to youth group retreats. www.stjosephbrookfield.com or (203) 775-1035
OPEN HOUSE AT NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL , FAIRFIELD on Sun., Apr. 27 at 2:30pm for prospective students (sixth, seventh or eighth grade students or transfer students) and their families. Ask about their 50% tuition discount program with Sacred Heart University! Tours begin 2pm, program at 2:30pm. Students will look at Notre Dame’s academic, athletic and extracurricular programs, as well as meet the principal, faculty and current students. Current seventh grade students are invited to “shadow” a Notre Dame freshman to get a full perspective of N.D. life. Shadow days arranged by calling the N.D. Admissions Office (203) 372-6521 - no obligation.
MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE at Christ the King Church, Madison Ave., Trumbull on Mon., Apr. 28 at 7:30pm with Fr. Larry Carew. For info call (203) 268-8253.
MUSICAL "HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING" at St. Joseph High School, Trumbull from May 1-3. For tickets call (203) 378-9378 or go to www.sjcadets.org
PARISH NURSE HEALTH FAIR on Sat., May 3 from 11am-4pm in the Parish Center at St. Ann Church, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport. Topics: nutrition, car seat safety, fire safety, proper exercise technique, advanced directives and ethical religious directives, medication safety, and more. Refreshments provided by Collins Medical Equipment. Visit www.StAnnBlackRock.com or call (203) 368-1607.
FIRST SYNOD LISTENING SESSION is for Vicariate I on Mon., May 5 at 7:30pm at Trinity High School, Stamford. Submit FormLS prior to session. For forms and details go to www.2014synod.org.
Vicariate I Parishes:
Stamford: St. John Evangelist, Holy Name of Jesus, Holy Spirit, Out Lady Star of the Sea, Sacred Heart, St. Benedict, St. Bridget, St. Cecilia, St. Clement, St. Gabriel, St Leo, St. Mary, St. Maurice.
Greenwich: St. Agnes, St. Mary, St. Michael, St. Paul, St. Roch.
Darien: St. John, St. Thomas More.
Riverside: St. Catherine of Siena.
TRIP TO IRELAND sponsored by Msgr. Varga & Deacon Kelly of St. Luke Church, Wesport. May 5-13, 2014. Click here for link to information.
FREE BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR SUPPORT GROUP at St. Vincent’s on May 6 from 5:30-7pm on Level 4 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Information and resources for women dealing with breast cancer at any stage of survivorship; share questions and concerns about the disease. No reservations required, free parking. For more info call (203) 576-6158 or www.stvincents.org/events.
"CARAVAN OF THIEVES" PERFORMANCE to benefit Mercy Learning Center on Wed., May 7 at 7pm at Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford Ave., Fairfield. Enjoy music of gypsy jazz rhythms, guitars and vocals - with humor and exceptional musicianship this show will dazzle you. 100% of proceeds go to Mercy Learning Center. $45pp donation/ticket may be purchased online at www.fairfieldtheatrecompany.org.
MUSICAL "HAIRSPRAY" by Notre Dame HS Fairfield Players with performances at Edgerton Center, Sacred Heart University on May 8 at 8pm & May 9 at 2pm & 8pm. Don't miss this funny musical - bring the family. For tickets call (203) 372-6521.
ENTRANCE EXAM AT NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL, FAIRFIELD for current seventh grade students applying for grade nine admission. The pre-HSPT is designed as a practice test to allow students to become familiar with the HSPT and its format. Test held Sat., May 10 at 8am. Pre-registration required. $40 registration fee. For info call N.D. Admissions Office (203) 372-6521. To arrange a no obligation 'shadow day' for your student to follow a current N.D. student, call Admissions Office. Ask about their 50% tuition discount program with Sacred Heart University!
1-DAY RETREAT FOR LAY MINISTERS “Encountering the Word Made Flesh” on Sat., May 10 from 10am-4pm. Join Fr. Peter Lynch at St. Ann Church, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport for a one-day retreat designed to enrich your ministry and deepen your relationship with Jesus, the Word Made Flesh. $45pp includes lunch, the opportunity for Confession and Mass. Visit www.StAnnBlackRock.com for more info or call (203) 368-1607.
MASS OF PROFESSION INTO THE FRANCISCAN ORDER at St. Emery's Church, 838 Kings Hwy. East, Fairfield on Sat., May 10 at 10am. Brunch afterwards in Parish Hall. "Come and see" if you are being called to a vocation in the Secular Franciscan Order as a candidate makes profession. For info call (203) 255-8801.
SPRING ENRICHMENT TRAINING WITH GUEST SPEAKER BISHOP CAGGIANO from May 12-15 at Diocese of Albany, NY. Originally training for youth ministers, catechists and other religion teachers, Spring Enrichment has expanded to encompass ministries such as liturgy, pastoral care and parish leadership. A wide variety of sessions of interest to anyone seeking to learn more about their faith. 125 classes and workshops -something for everyone! Open to all! www.rcda.org/springenrichment
MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE on Mon., May 12 at 7:30pm at Christ the King Church, Madison Ave., Trumbull, with Father Larry Carew.
ST. MARY’S RECITAL featuring David Hughes, organist LE BANQUET CÉLESTE: music of Olivier Messiaen for Easter & eternity on Sun., May 18 at 4pm at St. Mary Parish, 669 West Ave., Norwalk; www.stmarynorwalk.net/recitals.
MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE on Mon., May 19 at 7:30pm at St. Lawrence Church, Huntington, with Father Mirek Stachurski.
FREE BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR SUPPORT GROUP at St. Vincent’s on May 20 from 5:30-7pm on Level 4 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Information and resources for women dealing with breast cancer at any stage of survivorship; share questions and concerns about the disease. No reservations required, free parking. For more info call (203) 576-6158 or www.stvincents.org/events.
MERTON CENTER CELEBRITY BREAKFAST on Thur., May 22 from 7:30-9am at the Holiday Inn, Main St., Bridgeport. Keynote speaker is Cindi Bigelow, President & CEO of family-owned Bigelow Tea. For more info call Merton Center (203) 367-9036 ext. 15.
MEMORIAL DAY MASS AND CEREMONY HONORING ALL VETS by Knights of Columbus Cabrini Assembly #136 on May 25 at 11:30am at St. Andrews Church, 395 Anton St, Bridgeport. Military color corps and the KofC Honor Guard. State and local dignitaries will attend along with Vietnam veterans we plan to honor with a special presentation. A ceremony will follow the mass on the church's green with a dedication to the veterans. A coffee social will follow the event. All are invited to celebrate our veterans past and present.
FANTASY GARDEN EVENT “Vines & Vignettes” at "The Chimneys" historic home in Black Rock section of Bridgeport at St Mary's by-the-Sea on May 31. Landscape architects, designers, nurseries and garden antique dealers will create over 25 vignettes on this property. Peruse the grounds, get gardening ideas, purchase garden ornaments or listen to gardening experts while enjoying lunch and refreshments. Benefit for St. Ann Academy, Bridgeport. For info and tickets visit www.vinesandvignettes.com
2ND ANNUAL ST. JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL GOLF TOURNAMENT at Mill River Country Club on Tues., June 3 to support the Stadium Light Project (will allow for night time games at St. Joseph HS). Invite colleagues, friends and family for a fun filled day, while supporting a great facility project. Limited to 128 golfers (32 foursomes). Send entry forms early as spots will fill-up fast! To register visit www.sjcadets.org/athletics.
CLAMBAKE AND AUCTION sponsored by St. Joseph School, 5 Obtuse Hill Rd., Brookfield on June 7. Great food, prizes, and auction items will be available, and a fun time is guaranteed! Funds raised will support Saint Joseph School. For info click here.
WINE & FOOD TASTING FESTIVAL onSun., June 8 from 6-8pm at St. Gregory the Great Parish, Danbury. Proceeds will stay in the community. There will be wines to taste as well as samples from local restaurants and shops. $20pp in advance; $25pp at the door. For info or tickets call Diana (203) 792-6750.
CRUISE AROUND BOSTON HARBER by St. Theresa Seniors on Thurs., June 12. Depart 7:30am from St. Theresa Church, 5301 Main St., Trumbull. Estimated return 7:30pm. $97pp due by May 15 includes 3-course meal and live music. There will be time to visit Quincy Market following the cruise. Call Kathy at (203) 268-8256 for reservations.
ST. JOHN FISHER SEMINARY 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION on June 20 with Mass celebrated by His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan at Church of the Assumption in Westport, with reception and dinner at The Inn at Longshore.
LIFETEEN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE for Juniors and Seniors on June 23-27 at Benedictine College, Atchison, KS. A generation of teens rising up and taking their faith seriously, changing their parishes, schools, and families. Invest in the future of the Church, invite your top juniors and seniors to a life-changing week. click here for info. Discounts available.
NATIONAL CATHOLIC BIBLE CONFERENCE on June 27 & 28 at National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, 654 Ferry Dr Doylestown, PA. Fuel the fire for God in your heart as you come to know Him more intimately through His word. Early registration by 4/25/14: $145; after 4/25/14: $170. Priests, Deacons and Religious Order: FREE. www.catholicbibleconference.com
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
HIGH SCHOOL TEENS STEUBENVILLE EAST 2014! on July 18-20 is a weekend for teens to experience Christ, hear dynamic speakers, meet thousands of other teens, sing Catholic Praise & Worship music, and take part in a truly life-changing retreat. For teens current 8th graders to Seniors, at the University of Rhode Island. Contact your Parish Youth Group or go to www.lifeteen.com or Steubenville Conferences
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE BLUE MASS on Sept. 14. Details TBA.
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. 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 at www.nationalcatholicsingles.com. The Double Tree Philadelphia at Valley Forge, 301 West DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA 19406
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE RED MASS on Sept. 28. Details TBA.
FIRST DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT WOMEN’S CONFERENCE Inviting all women in the Diocese and beyond to the first ever Catholic Women's Conference! Save the date: Sat., Oct. 25 at Trumbull Marriott. The day will include Mass with Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, talks, adoration, opportunity for Reconciliation, music, plated lunch, vendors, and more! Updates as they happen on Adult Formation page click here