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PRAYER AND LIFE WORKSHOP: a new form of Evangelization, a more vibrant and vivid presentation of Jesus. Held at St. Ann Parish, Bridgeport, on Thurs. now thru Dec. 1, from 7-9 pm. For more info, call 203.368.1607 or visit

TALLERES DE ORACION Y VIDA EN ESPANOL: Basado en la Biblia, con Cristo como centro,es una presentación más vibrante y activa de Jesús, que posee una mayor adaptación a las necesidades de la sociedad actual. Los sábados, hasta el 3 de diciembre, 4-6 pm en la Parroquia de St. Ann, Bridgeport. Para más información, llama 203.368.1607 y visita

BIBLE STUDY:  Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John, a 9-week course, starts Thurs., Sept. 22, at 7:15 pm, and is repeated Fri., Sept. 23,  at 9:15 am, at St. Cecilia Parish, Stamford. Workbooks: $20.00. For more info or to register, contact Vicki Alton: 203.322.8526 or

WOMEN'S HEALING RETREAT: "The Seasons of Our Life" with retreat director Fran Karpiej, OFS, will be held Fri.-Sun., Sept. 23-25, at St. Edmund's Retreat Center, Enders Island, Mystic. The weekend will include daily Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, presentations, reflective prayer and time for silent reflection. For more info or to register, contact Kathleen: 860.536.0565, ext. 110, or visit by Sept. 15.

THOSE WITH DOWN SYNDROME, their family and friends are invited to a Mass asking for the intercession of St. Robert Bellarmine with Bishop Frank Caggiano and Fr.Richard Cipolla, Sun., Sept. 25, at 11:30 am in St. Mary Church, Norwalk. Reception follows Mass. Please come and join the MOMs+DADs prayer/support group the third Thurs. of every month, at 7:30 pm at St. Mary’s Parish Center. Next prayer meeting will be Thurs., Sept. 15. For more info, contact

WERE YOU EDUCATED by the School Sisters of Notre Dame? We want to hear from you! We are planning future SSND reunions for New York and New England. Our next Reunion is in New York: Sun., Sept. 25, from 12 noon-4 pm at the Milleridge Cottage, 585 North Broadway Jericho, NY. Tickets are available online at  Cost: $85 per person. Please consider sponsoring a sister to the event, becoming a sponsor by purchasing program advertisement. For more info contact Joy Nazzaro: or 203.762.4113.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP will meet at St. Stephen Parish, Trumbull, for a series of 10 weekly meetings starting Thurs., Sept. 29, from 4-5:30 pm. Advance registration necessary. For more info or to register, call the parish office: 203.268.6217.

SPIRITUAL TRIP—Join St. Stephen on a spiritual trip to the Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, MA., on Thurs., Sept. 29, bus leaves St. Stephen at 7:30 am and returns 7 pm. Cost: $39.00 per person (Includes bus, box lunch, driver's tip. Trip held rain or shine, seating is limited so please register early. Call rectory no later than Thurs., Aug. 25, at 203.268.6217.

VETERAN BRICK DEADLINE for donating a veteran's brick to the St. Margaret Shrine Veterans Memorial, is Fri., Sept. 30. Bricks can be donated honoring a veteran of the U.S. Military, or our Allies—living, deceased, wartime, peacetime, or currently serving. The Veterans Memorial is located at 2523 Park Ave., Bridgeport. Last year it was added to the National War Memorial Registry, a recording of our nation's war memorials: The names of the veterans, on newly donated bricks, will be published in our program book and read at our Sixth Annual Veterans Mass and Blessing on Sat., Nov. 5, at 12:15 pm. For more info, call 203.345.3244.

THE MONKS OF NORCIA will be sharing their life and spirituality on Fri., Sept, 30, at 5 pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Rd., Darien. Cost $100; includes hors d’oeuvres and Birra Nursia (Nursia beer). Norcia has become particularly well known in recent years because of the American Benedictine monks who re-founded the monastery there in 2000. Presenters will include Fr. Richard Cipolla, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Norwalk and Fr. Benedict Nivakoff from Nursia, who grew up in St. Aloysius Parish, New Canaan.  For more info and for reservations, contact Robert Duncan: or 877.271.7640.

RAINBOWS, a program for children and teens grieving the loss of a parent or other loved one from death, divorce, or other trauma, will start a new session at Holy Spirit Parish, Stamford, at the end of Sept. Rainbows  helps teens and children grieve and grow after loss and develop coping skills for life. The program is confidential and free, and open to all. A Winter/Spring session will be held January-April, 2017. For more info or to register, email or call 203.322.3722.

MAGNIFICAT Ministry to Catholic Women will host a prayer breakfast on Sat., Oct.1,  from 9:30am-12:30 pm at Ethan Allen Inn, Danbury.  Susan Brinkman will be the guest speaker. Cost: $25;pre-register by Sat., Sept. 23.  No tickets sold at the door. For more info, call Fran Hood: 203.744.1856 or  

ANNUAL BLESSING OF ANIMALS—Sat., Oct. 1 at 4 pm in the Grotto Plaza. All pets, large and small are welcome, rain or shine. Lourdes in Litchfield, 50 Montfort Rd., Rte. 118, Litchfield, CT 06759, 860.567.1041.

CELEBRATE AND HELP THE HOMELESS FIND AN APARTMENT OF THEIR OWN—On Oct. 1, Off the Streets will hold its second annual Dinner Dance in Our Lady of the Assumption Church Hall in Fairfield. Off the Streets provides a security deposit and basic furniture and living needs for those homeless people who have no other means of providing these but do have a means of paying the monthly rent. Come celebrate with us and help others have a place of their own this winter. For reservations call Ellen 203.880.9814. Hot hors d’oeuvres, crudité, salad, hot buffet and carving station, dessert, beer, wine and soft drinks. Ticket price is $75 per person. We have housed 43 people through last December. We hope to house an additional 50 people for this year. If you cannot attend, your tax deductible donation would be most appreciated.

SAVE THE DATE—Diocese of Bridgeport's Annual Red Mass on Sun., Oct. 2. Liturgy for all attorneys, legislators, judges and legal professionals. 9 am Mass at Fairfield University Chapel, 1073 N. Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 followed by breakfast and speaker program at the Fairfield University Oak Room.

OPEN HOUSE—Fairfield Prep, a Jesuit, college preparatory school for boys in grades 9-12, invites all prospective students and families to attend the Open House on Sun., Oct. 2, from 2-4 pm. Meet students and faculty to learn about Prep’s excellent academic programs and extracurricular offerings. To create a Prep Admissions Account, visit and choose Admissions. Entrance exams will be held on Sat., Oct. 15 and Nov. 5, at 8:30 am.

LIVING ROSARY, Sun., Oct. 2, celebrating the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, hosted by the CT Knights of Columbus—2 pm in the Grotto Plaza. In the event of rain, the event will take place in Pilgrim Hall. Lourdes in Litchfield, 50 Montfort Rd., Rte. 118, Litchfield, CT 06759, 860.567.1041.

GOLF & TENNIS OUTING  at Greenwich Country Club on Mon., Oct. 3, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Summer Outreach Program of Convent of the Sacred Heart. The outing provides funding for this program. For more info or to register, visit

4th ANNUAL CHILDREN’S MEMORIAL MASS of the Guardian Angels will be Monday, Oct. 3 at 7 pm at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish in Brookfield. The speaker at the Mass will be Linda Weatherseed from the Family Center in Greenwich for Grieving Children. Visit for info about the Center. Everyone is invited to this special Mass as we celebrate the lives of our deceased children before God. Join us for refreshments after Mass. For more info, contact Jill Kessler at 203.740.8500.

BIBLE STUDY: at St. Francis of Assisi, Weston. We will be starting a bible study of Gospel of John on Oct. 3. For info contact

ADULT BIBLE STUDY—“Jesus: The Man, the Myth, the Messiah” will be a seven-week study of the Gospels, led by Fr. Joseph Gill. It will take place at Trinity Catholic High School, Stamford, every Thurs. in Oct. and Nov. from 6:30-8:30 pm, starting Thurs., Oct. 6. No cost; dinner will be served. For more info contact Fr. Gill:

“LOURDES IN A DAY PILGRIMAGE” The Westchester Area Order of Malta will also offer a “Lourdes in a Day Pilgrimage” on Sat., Oct. 8, at St. Joseph Seminary Dunwoodie in Yonkers, NY, from 9:30-4 pm. For more info, contact Bob Greason:

ST. STEPHEN’S PAROCHIAL SCHOOL, formerly in Bridgeport, will hold an all-school reunion on Sun., Oct. 9, at Testo’s Restaurant, 1775 Madison Ave, Bridgeport. Alumni and their families are invited to attend. Doors open at 12:30 pm; lunch will be served at 1. Cost is $35/person. Includes lunch. Cash bar. Please make reservations by Sept. 25. For more info call Barbara Chuga at 203.268.4535.

OCTOBERFEST FRUIT OF THE VINE TASTING—St. Marguerite’s is hosting an Octoberfest Fruit of the Vine Tasting on Sat., Oct. 15, 6-8 pm A selection of wines sponsored by Spirits 'N' Such located on South Street in Danbury will be presented and hors d’oeuvres by area restaurants will be served. Tickets are $30/each or $50/couple and are being sold after weekend Masses at the parish or may be reserved by calling Priscilla Garamella at 203.313.0819.

ROSARY RALLY—An Outside Rosary Rally, Now More Than Ever America Needs Fatima, will be held on Sat., Oct. 15 at 12 noon. All are welcome to join us in saying the Rosary at the Blessed Mother Statue in the circle in front of the church. St. Marguerite Bourgeoys parish is located at 138 Candlewood Lake Road in Brookfield.

WOMEN’S GROUP at Christ the King Parish, Trumbull, will meet Mon., Oct. 17, at 10 am. Rhonda Mercer, representative of the Aquarion Water Company, will speak on "Conservation and the Value of Water.” All are invited. For more info, call 203.261.8020.

PARISH RETREAT—You are invited to attend St. Mary’s Disciples 4 Life Parish Retreat, held on Oct. 21-23, at the Seton-Neumman Center in Danbury, CT! This is a personal retreat, open to all adult men and women. Make this Fall season the one where you not only recharge your spiritual battery but grow ever closer to our Lord and find strength and joy through him. The weekend schedule includes talks on spirituality, reconciliation, the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration and quiet time. Make a decision to change your life today! For more info contact Marilyn Kain at 203.431.0832 or

GOLF TOURNAMENT—The First Annual Holy Name of Jesus Golf Tournament on Sun., Oct. 23 at Sterling Farms Golf Course, 1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford. 4 Person Scramble Tournament, $600 a team or $150 for an individual. Dinner to follow at Holy Name of Jesus Church. For more info and registration call Parish office: 203.323.4967 or Boga Davidson at 203.803.7411. Click here for flyer.

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

VENDORS WANTED for the 24th Annual Holiday Craft Fair and Bazaar St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish, Brookfield. Fair will be held Sat., Nov. 12, from 10 am-4 pm. Vendor registration deadline: Fri., Oct. 28. To download a vendor application, visit or call Pat Spitzfaden: 203.775.9236. St. Marguerite Bourgeoys parish is located at 138 Candlewood Lake Road in Brookfield, Connecticut.

CHRISTMAS FAIR at Our Lady of Good Counsel Chapel, Bridgeport, will be held Sat., Nov. 12, from 9 am-4 pm. Vendor tables available for $25 each. For more info or to reserve a table, call Johanna: 203.372.3740.

RAKE n’ BAKE 2016 is accepting registrations for the Sat., Nov. 12, event. Individuals, families, scout troops, sports teams, youth groups, church groups and neighborhood teams—get it on the calendar now. Registrations will close at midnight on Fri., Nov. 4. Last year over 300 folks missed the deadline and had to be turned away. To register, go to To volunteer as a food server, email Randi Convertito: For more info or for large groups (12 or more), email your list of names to Sheila Kuhn: or 203.775.3368.


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