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CURSILLO OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY
—open to all on July 2 at St. James Parish, Stratford beginning 7 pm. For info email Anne Marie at amromano@att.net. Want to deepen your faith? We were not meant to walk our faith-life alone. What is Cursillo? Go to: www.cursillo.org/bridgeport



SHARE (Sacred Heart Adult Religious Education)
is a certificate program in Catholic Studies is intended to assist adult Catholics and help them understand their faith and empower them to put it into action. To register, mail a check, made payable to "Office of Faith Formation" to: Office of Faith Formation, attn: Gina, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06606.  For info contact Gina at SHARE@diobpt.org or 203.416.1446. LITURGY OF THE CHURCH on Mondays July 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 10 am-12 noon. Dr. Joan Kelly will lead us on a four-week celebration of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. Promulgated by Pope Paul VI on December 4, 1963 the renewal of the liturgy was the first document written at the historic Second Vatican Council!  In this course you will be engaged in a thorough historical overview of the sacred signs and symbols that manifest the glory and pageantry of Catholic ritual! Held at Notre Dame Catholic High School, 220 Jefferson Street, Fairfield. Cost $140pp



CARNIVAL
at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 4 Riverside Ave., Riverside, CT July 7-11.  Tues. & Wed. 6-10 pm; Thurs., Fri. & Sat., 6-11 pm. Lots of foods, rides, a dunk-tank, a 50/50 raffle and raffle for 2015 BMW 228i! Live entertainment nightly, bracelet nights Tues., Wed., and Thurs. Admission free. Come for a great family outing. Click here for flyer. For info call 203.637.3661 or www.stcath.org



WORLD-WIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER—
Give your marriage a well deserved vacation. Plan to go on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend and come back with a marriage that is refreshed and full of energy! 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. July 10-12 in Manchester, CT.  For info or to register contact Paul and Kim Gilbert at 860.376.0440 or meweekend@gmail.com or visit www.wwme.org.



SUMMER SCRIPTURE STUDY OPEN TO ALL
"Finding God in Fragile Places"  Saturdays, July 11- Aug. 22, 9:30-11:00 am. Cost of $15 includes study materials. Held at St. James Parish in Stratford; not far from beach! For info email Betsy Redgate at: bredgate.stjamesparish@gmail.com or call 203-375-5887



THEOLOGY ON TAP FOR YOUNG ADULTS—
Join other young adults in the area for a night of fun and inspiration. Fr. Shawn Cutler will give a talk at a local restaurant (location & time TBA) on July 15. Open to all, ages 21-35. For info call 203.798.6923 or email catholic.ya.danbury@gmail.com. Facebook: Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury



10TH ANNUAL DODGE BALL TOURNAMENT
by Cardinal Shehan Center on Wed., July 15 from 5:30-8:30 pm at Insports Center, 29 Trefoil Drive, Trumbull. Team entry fee $650 – up to 9 players – men and women. First drink on the house! This is a great organization and great cause for donation. For info contact Lorraine Gibbons at 203.336.4468 or email lgibbons@shehancenter.org


WOMEN'S TASTE & SEE SUMMER BOOK CLUB “She Who Is Peace”, Wednesdays, July 15-Aug. 12, 10 am at St. James Parish in Stratford. Megan McKenna explores the feminine face of God as revered in the major religions of the world. Cost is $15 which includes book. For info email Betsy Redgate at: bredgate.stjamesparish@gmail.com or call 203.375.5887



CURSILLO OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY
—open to all on July 16 at St. Mary Parish, Bethel beginning 7:30 pm. For info email Anne Marie at amromano@att.net. Want to deepen your faith? We were not meant to walk our faith-life alone. What is Cursillo? Go to: www.cursillo.org/bridgeport



STEUBENVILLE EAST YOUTH CONFERENCE FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEENS
July 17-19 in RI. Click here for website/info. Click here for video. For info call 203.416.1449 or email youthministry@diobpt.org



GIANT TAG SALE & CRAFTS at St. Paul Parish, 84 Sherwood Ave., Greenwich on Sat., July 18 from 9 am-2 pm. On corner of King St. & Sherwood Ave. Come join the fun—great items at low prices for a great cause! 



“COME & SEE” MASS
  The Secular Franciscan Holy Spirit Fraternity invites everyone to St. Emery’s Church, 838 Kings Hwy. East, Fairfield, on Sat., July 18 at 9:30 am.  Msgr. Ernest Esposito will celebrate Mass followed by 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 more info call 203-255-8801.


WEEK OF DIRECTED PRAYER OPEN TO ALL - July 18-25 sponsored by St. James Parish in Stratford. Find God in the ordinary events of your life by making a directed retreat with an experienced spiritual director without leaving home or workplace! Group gatherings on both Saturday mornings, 10 am-12:30 pm, and individual appointments from Monday through Friday arranged according to your schedule. For info email Betsy Redgate at: bredgate.stjamesparish@gmail.com or 203-375-5887



THE FEAST OF LA VIRGEN DEL CARMEN
, the patroness of Chile, will be celebrated on Sunday, July 19, at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Bridgeport with a 12:30 pm Mass, traditional music, folklore and food sponsored by the Chilean community. All are invited; the Mass will be celebrated Spanish. For more info, call the parish: 203.333.2147.



CURSILLO OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY
- open to all on July 20 at St. Bridget of Ireland Parish, Stamford beginning 7:30pm. For info email Anne Marie at amromano@att.net. Want to deepen your faith? We were not meant to walk our faith-life alone. What is Cursillo? Go to: www.cursillo.org/bridgeport



STEUBENVILLE "DEFENDING THE FAITH" CONFERENCE - Equip yourself to properly defend the faith at a special apologetics conference on the campus of Franciscan University of Steubenville, taking place July 24-26. In a time when many Catholics have fallen away from their faith and our culture is dominated by relativism and atheism, as Catholics we need to be strong witnesses for the richness of our faith.  For info call 1-800-437-8368. Click here for web/video.



DANCE PARTY FOR YOUNG ADULTS
Come join young adults in the area and enjoy a night filled with music and dance on July 28 from 6:30-8:30pm at St. Marguerite Parish, 138 Candlewood Lake Rd., Brookfield. Open to all ages 18-35, come alone, bring a date or bring your friends. For info call (203) 798-6923 or email catholic.ya.danbury@gmail.com. Facebook: Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury



NIGHT OF WORSHIP & SOCIAL FOR YOUNG ADULTS
Join other young adults in the area for worship, Holy Hour, and a social on Aug. 4 from 6:30-8:30pm at St. Marguerite Parish, 138 Candlewood Lake Rd., Brookfield. Open to all, ages 18-35. For info call (203) 798-6923 or email catholic.ya.danbury@gmail.com. Facebook: Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury



FICTION AUTHOR COMING TO TRUMBULL FOR BOOK SIGNING!
  Maura Weiler, author of "Contrition" will be making her only appearance in Trumbull on Aug. 6 at for book signing.  Maura is a graduate of St. Catherine's Academy and St. Joseph High School; her home parish was St. Catherine's of Siena. Her book is available on Amazon.com.  For book info click here. “This fascinating fiction debut offers a view into the world of cloistered nuns that shows their dedication, humor and stern kindness.” Library Journal



ST. STEPHEN SUNSET CRUISE
- Join us on Fri., Aug. 7 for a 2-hour cruise onboard the 45 foot C.J. Toth catamaran through Norwalk Harbor and Long Island Sound. We depart St. Stephen parking lot, Trumbull at 3pm by Motorcoach for a complete dinner at Osteria Romana Restaurant in Norwalk, then on to the harbor for our 6pm  cruise.  $80pp includes bus, dinner and cruise, tax and gratuities. For reservations and info call Maria LaVelle at (203) 459-1021.  Limited spaces available. First Come, First Serve Basis.



MATT MAHER
recording artist with Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe, Matt Redman, Rend Collective, Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, Rueben Morgan at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York on Sat., Aug. 8 at 7 pm.  Don’t miss this INCREDIBLE night of worship! Bring friends, go as a group, get a bus! You won’t want to miss this!



2ND ANNUAL SUMMER SPLASH FOR YOUNG ADULTS
All welcome at this diocesan annual event for young adults ages 18-35 on Aug. 9 beginning with Mass at 2:30pm with Bishop Caggiano at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Stamford, followed by a beach party with food, drinks, swimming and more at Cummings Beach in Stamford! Stay tuned for more details!



NEXT MASS MOB OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY IS SET! 
Join us for our 1 year anniversary Mass Mob at St. Mary Church, 25 Sherman St., Bridgeport on Aug. 9 at 10:30 am.  You won’t want to miss this special anniversary Mass Mob!  What is Mass Mob? It is a flash mob for Mass and much more. For info go to http://massmobfc.webs.com/ or email massmobfc@gmail.com



TRIP TO CIRQUE ELOIZE AT FOXWOODS RESORT
by St. Vincent’s Healthy Hearts Club on Wed., Aug. 12. The trip is open to the general public. Bus leaves at 8 am sharp from the new garage in front of the Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, returning  6:30 pm. $65pp roundtrip motor coach transportation, lunch buffet, 2pm matinee show “Cirque Éloize,” $10 Kino, and includes driver’s gratuities. Cirque Eloize is an astonishing modern circus that transports audiences to a vibrant urban streetscape.  Make checks payable to “Healthy Hearts” and mail payment to: Healthy Hearts c/o Andy Gatto, 505 Hart St., Bridgeport, CT 06606. For reservations or more info call Andy Gatto at 203-372-5097



S'MORES & STARS SOCIAL FOR YOUNG ADULTS
Join other young adults in the area for star gazing, fire pit and s'mores on Aug. 14 (time TBA) at St. Marguerite Parish, 138 Candlewood Lake Rd., Brookfield. Open to all, ages 18-35. For info call (203) 798-6923 or email catholic.ya.danbury@gmail.com. Facebook: Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury



10TH ANNUAL FAN THE FIRE YOUTH RALLY FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEENS
held Aug. 15 from 9 am-9 pm at St. Rose of Lima Parish, 46 Church Hill Rd., Newtown with special guest Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.  All teens grades 8-12 invited. Games, Music, Talks, Confession, Rosary, Adoration, Mass.  $40pp includes lunch and dinner. Featuring inspiring speakers and guest worship music. For info call Julie Rodgers 203-416-1449 or email youthministry@diobpt.org. Or speak with your parish Youth Minister or Pastor.  Click here for flyer. For permission forms go to www.dob-youth.com



BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY
– 12-session program over nine months will begin at St Jude’s Parish in Monroe on Sept 9. Will meet Wednesdays from 2:30-4 pm in the Social Hall. Sessions will be held twice a month Sept thru November and then once a month the rest of the year concluding in May. Registration is required. For more info or to register, call the parish office at 203-268-8418.



PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY
sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) leaves from NY from Sept. 11-19. For info and reservations call Josephine Lifrieri 800-993-7763 or email:  jlifrieri@amssnd.org.



PERFORMING IN CONCERT KRISTA ADAMS SANTILLI at Sacred Heart Church, 37 Schuyler Ave., Stamford on Sun., Sept. 13 at 4 pm. Open to the public. Tickets $75pp with reception to folllow in Church Hall.  Proceeds benefit the church.  Click here for flyer. For info or to purchase tickets call 203-968-1234.



SAVE THE DATE!
  Musician Curtis Stephen will perform at St. Cecilia's Church in Stamford on Sept. 18 at 7 pm.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Diocese of Bridgeport youth trip to World Youth Day in 2016!  Stay tuned for details!



CELEBRATION MASS OF SYNOD 2014
on Sat., Sept. 19 at WEBSTER BANK ARENA, Harbor Yard, Bridgeport. Join 9,000 faithful of the Diocese of Bridgeport for Mass, music and thanksgiving! 9 am Praise & Worship before start of Mass; 10:15 am Procession starts; Mass 11 am. For flyer click here. For Frequently Asked Questions and details click here. For Ticket info go to www.2014synod.org/tickets or 203-416-1644. You may also contact us at: synod@diobpt.org or 203-416-1631.



SHARE (Sacred Heart Adult Religious Education)
is a certificate program in Catholic Studies is intended to assist adult Catholics and help them understand their faith and empower them to put it into action. Classes include four disciplines: Scripture, Church History, Theology, and Pastoral Theology. To register, mail a check, made payable to "Office of Faith Formation" to: Office of Faith Formation, attn: Gina, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06606. For info contact Gina at SHARE@diobpt.org or 203-416-1446. CHRISTIAN ANTHROPOLOGY: THE SEARCH FOR COMMUNION WITH GOD will examine what it means to be a human being from the Christian perspective. Drawing on Biblical descriptions of human creation, we will consider the significance of our having both a body and a soul, and learn how to look at ourselves from God's perspective. We will also get a clearer understanding of our fallen nature, Christ's redeeming sacrifice, and the role that grace plays in transforming our lives and enabling us to fulfill God's desire that we be united to Him. Held Tuesdays Sept. 22, 29, October 6, 13 at Trinity Catholic High School, 926 Newfield Avenue, Stamford from 7-9 pm. Instructor: Dr. Lois Gandt, Cost: $140pp


WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2015 with Pope Francis!  Philadelphia, PA Sept. 22-27, 2015. 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, amantero@diobpt.org or 203-416-1627. For official prayer and image: http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=17535. For event info: www.worldmeeting2015.org



SHARE (Sacred Heart Adult Religious Education)
is a certificate program in Catholic Studies is intended to assist adult Catholics and help them understand their faith and empower them to put it into action. Classes include four disciplines: Scripture, Church History, Theology, and Pastoral Theology. To register, mail a check, made payable to "Office of Faith Formation" to: Office of Faith Formation, attn: Gina, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06606. For info contact Gina at SHARE@diobpt.org or 203-416-1446. PSALMS One hundred and fifty poetic prayers make up the biblical book called the Psalter. These Psalms combine resplendent words with profound emotions. Wherever we are on the journey of human life, we can find ourselves somewhere in this book. Anyone who has lived will find the Psalms speaking to him/her. They give voice to the whole range of human emotions, to all the cries of the human heart.  So often the Psalms seem to be tailor made for our own individual situation. Some of the psalms go back 3000 years – think of all who recited them.  The course will use the resources necessary to interpret the psalms properly. Dates: Saturdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, & Nov. 14, 21 from 10 am-12 noon at Notre Dame Catholic High School, 220 Jefferson Street, Fairfield. Instructor: Dr. Thomas Hicks, Cost: $210pp



ST. JOHN’S SCHOOL STAMFORD REUNION
- We are having a reunion for all students, nuns, priests, and lay teachers of St. Johns School in Stamford, CT 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 e-mail Erin.Cody@SunGard.com 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. 



“CONCERT AT THE VILLA” A fundraising event featuring world-renowned vocalist Stephano Algieri, one of the leading tenors of his generation, will be held at Villa Notre Dame in Wilton, on Sun., Oct. 11 at 1pm, preceded by Mass at 11am and a Luncheon at noon. Proceeds benefit the School Sisters of Notre Dame educational ministries and the care of elderly and infirm sisters. $60pp for luncheon & concert.  Clergy $20pp. For info and reservations call Liz Ryan at 203.762.4114 or email: lryan@amssnd.org or website www.amssnd.org



PILGRIMAGE "FOOTSTEPS OF SAINT JUNIPER SERRA" TO MISSIONS IN CALIFORNIA BY SERRA
- Oct. 18-27. When Pope Francis declares Blessed Serra a saint in September, our October 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: http://bridge-b.com/. Email Stephen J. Binz at: SJBinz@aol.com



CT CATHOLIC MEN'S CONFERENCE
- October 24, 2015 - save the date! Stay tuned for details.



WORLD-WIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER -
Give your marriage a well deserved vacation. Plan to go on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend and come back with a marriage that is refreshed and full of energy! 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. November 6-8 in Manchester, CT. For info or to register contact Paul and Kim Gilbert at 860-376-0440 or meweekend@gmail.com or visit www.wwme.org.



NATIONAL CATHOLIC YOUTH CONFERENCE "Here I am Lord"
- with our own Bishop Caggiano! Nov. 19-21 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 Julie Rodgers, Director of Youth Ministry at 203-416-1449 or email youthministry@diobpt.org. 
 



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


 

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