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PRAYERS FOR PEACE
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ITALIAN FESTIVAL AT ST. JUDE in Monroe Aug. 20-23 (intersection of Rt. 111 and Rt. 110). Great Italian food, desserts from Luigi's Bakery and homemade gelato! Carnival ride bracelets $22 per night, or individual tickets. Raffle is 8-Day Cruise to the Bahamas for two, as well as 50/50 raffles. Music, entertainment and tours of St. Jude prayer shrine. Free parking and admission. Hours: Aug. 20 & 21 is 6-10pm; Aug. 22 is 6-10:30pm; Aug. 23 is 5-10pm.
MULTI-PARISH YOUNG ADULT GROUP open to all at St. Marguerite's in Brookfield will meet Aug. 22, from 7-9pm in the church hall. Join us for prayer, discussion, fun, fellowship and refreshments. For info or to be included on the email list for activities apart from group meetings, call Maria M. (203) 798-6923, Maria V. (203) 775-2135, or Greg (203) 512-1875.
"WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL" movie opens Aug. 22 starring Jim Caviezel of hit TV show “Person of Interest”. Film tells the story of legendary Catholic high-school football coach Bob Ladouceur who brought the De La Salle High School Spartans to a record-making 151 game winning streak. Great for the whole family! Click here for trailer
2ND ANNUAL YOGA FESTIVAL TO BENEFIT SANDY HOOK PROMISE on Aug. 23 from 9am-4pm at NYA Sports & Fitness, 4 Primrose St., Newtown. Donation $25pp. For info www.newtownyogafestival.com
THEOLOGY ON TAP "MASS APPEAL" by Fr. Peter Lynch on Aug. 27 at Walrus + Carpenter Smokehouse Pub, 2895 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport from 6:30-8:30pm (last Wed. of each month). After 15 years of celebrating the Mass nearly every day, it has never gotten boring, but continues to be new! Come find out why! Each gathering we will look at a different part of the Mass and explore the reason why, the meaning of prayers and their source. Come be surprised at what we discover. Age 21 & over. Contact St. Ann (203) 368-1607 or on Facebook at St Ann Black Rock or Diocese of Bridgeport Young Adults webpage www.dob-ya.com
“FOOD FOR LIFE: KICK-START YOUR HEALTH” LIVE COOKING CLASS at St. Vincent’s Medical Center on Thurs., Aug. 27 from 6-7:30pm in the Hawley Conference Center, 4th Floor. “Digestive Health” is designed to advance cancer prevention and survival through nutrition education, research and live cooking demonstration. Free parking; Registration required. Call (203) 576-6158.
9TH ANNUAL NEWTOWN ROAD RACE 5K sponsored by NIKE to benefit Newtown Youth and Family Services on Sat., Aug. 30 at Dickinson Park in Newtown race start time 8am. To register go to www.newtownroadrace.com. Awards for top female and male runners in each of the eight age brackets. For info call 203-270 4335
BRIDGEPORT BLUEFISH “FAITH DAY” on Aug. 31 at 1:05pm at the ballpark at Harbor Yard. Bluefish player autographs on the field starting at 12:05pm. Contemporary Christian Artists Crossing Jordan will be performing a post game concert, along with a message from a Bluefish Player and the Bluefish Pastor. Use ticket code “Faith” to receive discounted $11 box seats for your family; or call (203) 416-1751 to speak with Marisa about processing a large congregational order.
FREE BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR SUPPORT GROUP OFFERED AT ST. VINCENT’S MEDICAL CENTER meets on the first and third Tuesdays of every monthfrom 5:30-70pm on Level 4 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Sept. 2. Group provides information and resource to women dealing with breast cancer at any stage of survivorship. Patients are given the opportunity to share their questions and concerns about the disease.No reservations required, free parking with validated ticket. For info call 203-576-6158.
NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL 40TH RENUNION on Sept. 6 at Mill River Country Club in Stratford. $60pp. For info or tickets call Michelle (203) 452-1222.
ATTENTION ALL PARISHES IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY! INTER-PARISH BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT at St. Philip Church, 25 France St., Norwalk on Sat., Sept. 6 from 10am-2pm open to men & women age 21 and over. Join us as we celebrate 50 years of Bringing All to Christ with this inter-parish tournament. Teams: Every parish may register a maximum of two teams. Registration $30 per team. Winning team awarded cash prize. Contact your home parish office or St. Philip Parish Office at (203) 847-4549.
EVENING OF PRAYER, ADORATION & FELLOWSHIP - Bishop Frank Caggiano would like to extend a personal invitation to all of the Lay Communities, Ecclesial Movements and Apostolic Societies within the Diocese of Bridgeport to an evening of prayer, adoration and fellowship on Sun., Sept. 7 from 4-5pm in the Cathedral of St. Augustine, Bridgeport followed by coffee, pastries and fellowship from 5-7pm at Kolbe Cathedral High School gym. Each of the Communities, Societies and Associations will have to appoint a representative to briefly explain what their group is doing, whether on a diocesan, national or global level.
ANNUAL PICNIC with rides, tag sale, Bingo, food, bake sale, 50/50 raffle and more at St. Pius X, 834 Brookside Dr., Fairfield on Sun., Sept. 7 open to all! Outdoor mass at 10:30am; Picnic starts immediately after. Fun for all ages. For info call (203) 255-6134.
ST. JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP GALA honoring the Most Reverend Bishop Frank Caggiano & The William H. Pitt Foundation, Sept. 12. Cocktails at 6pm; Dinner & Awards Presentation at 7pm at Race Brook Country Club, Orange. For sponsorship or ticket info call (203) 378.9378x325 or visit www.sjcadets.org/gala
ANNUAL SEPTEMBER FEST at Our Lady of Assumption Church, 545 Stratfield Rd., Fairfield from Sept. 12-14. Featuring rides, games & prizes, tag sale, 50/50 raffle, bingo and amazing food! Admission is free; wristbands for rides. Hours: Friday 6-10pm, Sat. & Sun. 1-10pm. For info call (203) 333-9065 or www. assumptionfairfield.org
AN EVENING WITH AMY GRANT on Fri., Sept. 12 at 8pm at the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Amy Grant, 6-time Grammy Award winner and best-selling Contemporary Christian artist of all time, has built a long, successful career on music that matters. Make a group, bring the family – don’t miss this rare opportunity! Tickets: $75, $55, $45, $35 (per-ticket fees apply). Call Palace Theatre Box Office at (203) 325-4466 or click here.
INTERNATIONAL POT LUCK DINNER at St. Philip Church, 1 Father Conlon Pl., Norwalk on Sept. 13 following the 5:30pm Mass. Click here to sign up. Feel free to wear traditional garments of your country or your favorite team's jersey! Contact Claudette if you would like to share a dance or other performance. We would also like music cds to play during supper. Join us -It will be a great party!
3RD CANDACE LEE WILLIAMS 5K RUN TO REMEMBER in honor of Immaculate High School graduate who lost her life on 9/11 held Sat., Sept. 13 starting at Tarrywile Park in Danbury, ending at Immaculate High School. Registration 8–9:30am; start of Race 10am; Post Race Party 10:30am–12:30pm with raffle prizes, music, food, and awards ceremony. Proceeds to the Candace Lee Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund at IHS, and Tuesday's Children First Responder Alliance Program. Info go to http://friendsofcandace.com/5k-run-info/
VOCATIONS MASS on Sat., Sept. 13 at 9:30am at St. Emery’s Church, 838 Kings Hwy. East, Fairfield. Father Norman Guilbert 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 further information, call (203)-255-8801.
“ADDICTION AND THE BRAIN: MYTH VS FACT” first in a series presented by St. Catherine of Siena Church, 4 Riverside Ave., Riverside, CT on Sun., Sept. 14 at 11:45am-1pm. An adults only round table discussion on the social and emotional implications of addiction on teens and young adults. Joined by a panel of experts from our community, topics include: effects of drugs on the developing adolescent, how to approach your children when discussing drug use, and learn about the myriad of support services available in our community. Q & A will follow. For info contact: Janis Pataky, Director of Faith Formation, (203) 637-3661 x 329
ANNUAL PICNIC WITH A POLKA MASS AND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT at Holy Cross Church, at 750 Tahmore Dr., across from Lake Mohegan in Fairfield on Sept. 14 starting at Noon. Slovenian & American foods prepared by parishioners. Pig & lamb roast (roasted on grounds of the church), stuffed cabbage, cabbage & noodles, Cevapcici (ethnic sausages), hot dogs, hamburgers, roast beef sandwiches, pulled pork, kielbasa, and liver, bacon & onions. Beer, wine, soda, homemade desserts, apple strudel, Palacinkas (filled crepes) and more. Children's games, crafts and raffles. Rain or Shine. Indoors and Outdoor seating. Parking, Handicap accessible. Admission: FREE. Call Parish Office (203) 372-4595
DIOCESAN BLUE MASS Commemorating the Thirteenth Anniversary of 9-11 to be held on Sept. 14 at 11:30am at St. John Church, 1986 Post Rd., Darien, CT. A Mass for Law Enforcement, Fire and Emergency Medical Service Personnel who serve in the Diocese of Bridgeport. Everyone welcome! Reception follows Mass at Blanchard Center on the parish grounds.
MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE on Mon., Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m., St. Lawrence Church, Shelton.
NEW BIBLE STUDY STARTING at Our Lady of Grace Parish, 497 Second Ave., Stratford on Sept. 16 from 7-8:30pm. Meets weekly in the Parish Center. We will be studying "Psalms - The School of Prayer" CD series by Jeff Cavins. Each class will begin with prayer, followed by discussion and the CD. A study binder may be purchased which coordinates with the program. For more info call Linda (203) 375-8992. All are welcome! No Bible study experience needed!
CIRCUS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS & CHRONIC DISEASES presented St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation on Tues., Sept. 16 and Wed., Sept. 17 from 11:30am-1pm under a large tent in Bridgeport’s Beardsley Park. The old-fashioned circus, put on by the Zerbini Family, is held by invitation-only for the children and their caretakers from area schools thanks to a generous gift from Elizabeth Pfriem of Southport, CT. The circus performance is expected to last one hour and 30 minutes. Children will receive a boxed lunch, cotton candy and a t-shirt. For info contact St. Vincent’s Foundation Office at (203) 576-5451.
BEREAVEMENT PROGRAM - A ten week program at Our Lady of Peace Parish, 10 Ivy St., Lordship/Stratford starts Wed., Sept. 17 from 7-8:30pm for those grieving the loss of a loved one. Registration required. Call the parish office at 203-377-4863, ext.10 for questions or to register. Workbooks provided.
SOLEMN VESPER TO OPEN IV DIOCESAN SYNOD on Fri., Sept 19 at 7:30pm at St. Augustine Cathedral. www.2014synod.com
FIRST GENERAL SESSION OF THE SYNOD on Sat., Sept. 20 from 9:30am-2:30pm at St. Catherine, Trumbull www.2014synod.com
THE BRITISH ARE COMING! "Beatles, Stones and the British Invasion" Concert to support the Cardinal Sheehan Center After School & Saturday Program on Sat., Sept. 20 at the Bijou Theater in Bridgeport. 7pm complimentary wine bar; show starts at 8pm. Tickets $40pp. For info call (203) 336-4468 or www.shehancenter.org or www.bandtogether.com.
SPECIAL NEEDS MASS - save the date - Sept. 21 at Holy Cross Parish, 750 Tahmore Dr., Fairfield from 1-3pm. Click here for flyer
OUTDOOR MASS, FOLLOWED BY LUNCH & CONCERT AT TESTO’S featuring renowned Soprano Krista Adams celebrating feast day of St. Pio of Pietrelcina on Sun.,Sept. 21 beginning with outdoor Mass at 12:30pm on the grounds of St. Margaret Shrine, 2523 Park Ave., Bridgeport, followed by a 2pm lunch of delicious Italian food (w/wine & soda, dessert & coffee) at Testo’s Ristorante and Banquets, 1775 Madison Ave., Bridgeport. Luncheon entertainment special Concert by internationally and regionally acclaimed Lyric Soprano, Krista Adams Santilli whose repertoire includes gospel, English/Italian opera, jazz, musical theater, movies, Broadway, classical, etc. $45pp/$10 for children under age 12. Reservations deadline Sept. 13. RSVP to Rose (203) 371-0098; Paola (203) 926-9862 or Emilio (203) 334-3863. All proceeds to ongoing maintenance and beautification of the St. Pio Shrine.
MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE on Mon., Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m., Christ the King Church, Madison Ave. in Trumbull with Father Larry Carew.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP for those grieving the loss of a loved one - a series of ten weekly meetings begins Wed., Sept. 24 from 4-5:30pm at St. Stephen’s Church in Trumbull. For info and to register call the Parish Office (203) 268-6217
NATIONAL CATHOLIC SINGLES CONFERENCE to be held Sept. 27-29. Join over 400 single Catholics at the 12th National Catholic Singles Conference 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. 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.
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE RED MASS on Sept. 28. Details TBA.
BILLY OCEAN IN CONCERT partial proceeds to benefit Malta House on Fri., Oct. 10 at 8pm at the Palace Theater, Stamford. Malta House is a residence for homeless expectant mothers and their babies in Norwalk founded by the Catholic lay Order of Malta CT. Orchestra seats $250 each includes VIP reception at 6:30pm with champagne, wine, cocktails and hors d'ouvres and presentation of the John Swanhaus Award to Sarita Hanley and Dr. Karen Shields Wright, followed by "Meet and Greet" with Billy Ocean w/ pictures and autographs. Tier 1 & 2 seats are $200 each. Tickets purchased at www.maltahouse.org. For more info contact Michael J. O’Rourke (203) 940-2418 or email Michael.O'Rourke@opco.com
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
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.
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
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.
CATHOLIC YOUNG ADULTS "ENCOUNTER" NATIONAL CONFERENCE is Nov. 8 in Milwaukee, WI. Registration opens July 14. The first 200 registrants will only have to pay $35! 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.
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.
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
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.