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.
LENT 2014 E-RELECTIONS:
For Lent events around the Diocese of Bridgeport and CT click here
BIBLE STUDIES at Parishes in Fairfield County click here. Answers to real life questions. Open to all.
YOUTH GROUPS in Fairfield County click here.
TEEN MASSES & ADORATION click here
HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH TWITTER: DOByouth
YOUTH GROUP SUMMER SERVICE PROJECT & STEUBENVILL YOUTH CONFERENCE with St. John Youth Group July 7-13 ($50 deposit by Mar. 9) All welcome - limited to 20 students. Click here for details
CABARET at Immaculate High School, 73 Southern Blvd., Danbury on Fri., Mar. 7 doors open 6:30pm (table seating). Come be entertained by chorus, concert choir, band, guitar ensemble, dancers, soloists and drama students. Bring your own apps, dinner and non-alcoholic beverages. $15 adults, $10 students and seniors. Reservaction online click here. (203) 744-1510.
ST. PATRICK DAY CELEBRATION & CONCERT on Sat., Mar. 8 at St. Jude Social Hall, 707 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe at 7:30pm featuring songs and humor of Keltick Kick Band. Food and drinks available for purchase. BYOB. $20pp. Sponsored by Monroe Knights of Columbus proceeds go to charitable organizations for the needy and handicapped throughout the area. Seating is reservation only. For info and tickets call Bill (203) 445-8857 or Dave (203) 268-4072.
PARISH LENTEN MISSION "Get Real: Religion with Two Feet On the Ground" at St. Mary Church, 26 Dodgingtown Road, Bethel Mar. 8 & 9 at all Masses and continuing daily through Mar. 12 (at the 9am Masses and in the evenings at 7pm Sun.-Wed.). Topics: Christian Joy, Dealing with Life's Fears, a Christian Sense of Humor, Coping with Anger, Poor in Spirit with Peace of Mind, A Sense of Belonging to the Church, and Mary-Tender and Tough. For info call (203) 744-5777 or go to www.stmarybethel.org
LENTEN DEVOTION "A Franciscan Way of the Cross" lead by Fr. Norman Guilbert on Sat., Mar. 8 at 9:30am at St. Emery Church, 838 Kings Highway, Fairfield. Social meeting and refreshments after service in Parish Hall. All welcome! For info call Patricia (203) 255-8801.
6TH ANNUAL EDUCATOR'S COMMUNION BREAKFAST on Sun., Mar. 9 at Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. Begins with 9am Mass celebrated by Bishop Caggiano; breakfast following. Seating limited; all are welcome. Call (203) 396-8097 or www.sacredheart.edu/CAPP2014 to register. Click here for flyer.
BINGO WITH CHRIST THE KING TRUMBULL WOMENS GROUP on Mon., Mar. 10 at 10am in parish hall. We will celebrate St. Patrick's Day by playing bingo! All are welcome. For more info call (203) 261-8020.
LENTEN SPIRITUALITY SERIES based on Fr. Richard Rohr's book "Falling Upward: Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life" Conducted by James R. Cook, LCSW at St. Luke Church, Westport on Mar. 11, 18, 25 & Apr. 1, 7:30-9pm. Participants should read the book ahead of time. For info contact office at (203) 227-7245
CATHOLIC MEN’S CONFERENCE on Sat., Mar. 15 at Seton Hall University, 400 South Orange Ave., South Orange, NJ. Keynote Speaker, His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan. Also features Spanish speaking speakers and talks to young adults. Our theme “Be Not Afraid!” No matter what our trials, troubles or tribulations, Jesus stands in the middle with us to touch us, to heal us, to raise us to new life in Him! Fear is useless….Be Not Afraid! www.rcanmenscommission.org.
ST. PATRICK DINNER, IRISH DANCERS & KARAOKE at St. Philip Church, 1 Father Conlon Place, Norwalk on Mar. 15 at 6:30pm. Come celebrate with traditional Irish fare, performance by Mulkerin School of Irish Dancing and Karaoke with DJ Anne Passarelli. $12pp or $30 per family of 4+. Seniors $10/kids under 6 free. Reservations are encouraged at (203) 847-4549.
TEENS DINNER & HOLY HOUR by St. Joseph Youth Group, 8 Robinson Ave., Danbury on Sun., Mar. 16 from 6-8pm. All welcome - bring a friend. For info go to Facebook: SaintJosephYG or St. Joseph Danbury Youth Group.
MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE on Mon., Mar. 17 at St. Lawrence Church, Huntington at 7:30pm with Fr. Ed Nadolny
ST. VINCENT’S “WE CARE” PERINATAL GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP Wed., Mar. 19 at 7pm in the Ambulatory Infusion Center waiting area on level 3 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, adjacent to the Medical Center. For those grieving the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillborn, or newborn death. Group meets the third Wednesday of each month. Admission free; no registration required. For more info call Barbara (203) 576-5110 or Marilyn (203) 576-5716, or www.stvincents.org/events
LENTEN EVENING FOR FAMILIES & CHILDREN at St. Catherine of Siena, 4 Riverside Ave., Riverside, CT on Thurs., Mar. 20 from 7-8pm led by Tom Kendzia. Tom will give a Lenten Evening of Recollection for families and children of all ages to pray, sing, and reflect on our lives. For info call (203) 637-3661 or www.stcath.org
LADIES LUNCHEON SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP on Sun., Mar. 23 at 11:30am at the Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield. Guest speaker Joanna Lenne; vendors, hors d'oeuvres, lunch and auction. Benefit St. Joseph High School Parent Association. To reserve your place go to www.sjcadets.org/luncheon or call Rebecca at (203) 378-9378 ext. 324
“THE QUEST FOR PERSONAL HOLINESS” a Lenten Mission given by Fr. Thomas Hoar on Mar. 24-26 beginning with Mass at 7pm at St. Bridget of Ireland Parish, 278 Strawberry Hill Ave., Stamford. Fr. Tom, of the Society of Saint Edmond, has preached over one hundred missions throughout the US. “This Parish Mission will give you an opportunity to set aside time to rediscover the season of Lent as a time of healing, repentance and prayer preparing individually and as a Community for the coming Easter celebration.” For info call (203) 324-2910 or www.stbridgetofireland.org
“HEARTS FULL OF SPRING” An Evening of Inspiration, Spring Fashion, and Gourmet Indulgence to Benefit St. Vincent’s Women at Heart Program featuring Heart Attack Survivor and Author Eliz Greene on Mar. 25 at Mitchells in Westport from 6-8:30pm with a spring fashion show for women and men by Mitchell’s of Westport, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction. Heart disease is the nation’s Number 1 killer of women.The Women at Heart program reaches underserved women who otherwise might not be able to afford or have access to cardiac preventative, educational, and screening services. Tickets $125pp and may be purchased online or through St. Vincent’s Foundation Office. For more info or registration visit https://give.stvincents.org/hearts2014 or call the St. Vincent’s Foundation office at (203) 576-5451.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one is forming at St. Stephen Parish in Trumbull. A series of ten weekly meetings will be held starting on Wed., Mar. 26, from 4-5:30pm. For more info and to register, call the parish office (203) 268-6217.
FOOD FOR LIFE LIVE COOKING CLASS OFFERED AT ST. VINCENT’S “Food for Life: Kickstart your Health” live cooking class is a cancer survivorship program designed to advance cancer prevention and survival through nutrition education, research and live cooking demonstration on Mar. 26 from 6-7:30pmin the Hawley Conference Center on the 4th floor of Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care adjacent to the main hospital. Free parking is available in garage. Registration required. Call (203) 576-6158.
A DAY OF REFLECTION FOR PARISH MINISTERS “From Surviving to Thriving” on Thurs.,Mar. 27 from 9am-2pm at Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford presented by Liza Peters and Janine Cote. Join us as we share the challenges and triumphs that come with parish ministry. Together we will discuss the best practices in parish religious education and sacramental preparation programs, as well as adult faith formation and RCIA. $40pp includes continental breakfast, Mass and lunch. For info call (860) 760-9712 or www.holyfamilyretreat.org
STARRY NIGHT 2014 GALA for Caroline House on Fri., Mar. 28 from 7-11pm at the Inn at Longshore, Westport. Cocktails, dinner, live & silent auctions, music and dancing. To register, donate or sponsor, go to www.thecarolinehouse.org or contact Christine Paine at (203) 605-2728. Caroline House is an Education Center for Women & Children.
SEMI-SILENT LENTEN RETREAT FOR WOMEN “My Beautiful Broken Shell” at St. Edmund’s, Enders Island, Mystic, CT from Fri., Mar. 28 at 7pm through Sun., Mar. 30 after lunch. An honest reflection on the weariness we often experience in our daily lives, the healing and hope held out to us through faith in Jesus Christ. Retreat offers daily Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and healing prayer service. To register contact Janet or Cheryl at (860) 536-0565, ext. 110 or www.endersisland.com
NATIONAL 1-DAY LENTEN RETREAT: "Faith, Women and Food" on Mar. 29 from 9am-5pm at Theological Institute for the New Evangelization, 149 Washington St., Boston. Guest speakers: Miriam Marston, Allison Gingras and Darcie Nielsen. $35pp includes water and boxed lunch. Mass and Sacrament of Reconciliation. For details and tickets click here
Middle Eastern Dinner "Food of the Holy Land, A Taste of the Middle East,” Sat., Mar. 29 at 5:30pm at St. Theresa School, Main St., Trumbull. Catering by Layla’s Falafel. All proceeds to benefit St. Theresa School. Tickets available at School or Rectory. For info call (203) 268-3236.
MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE on Mon., Mar. 31 at Christ the King Church in Trumbull at 7:30pm with Fr. Larry Carew.
FREE BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR SUPPORT GROUP sponsored by St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound, meets on Apr. 1 from 5:30-7pm on Level 4 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. The Group provides information and resources to women dealing with breast cancer at any stage of survivorship, and patients are given the opportunity to share their questions and concerns about the disease. No reservations required, free parking. For more info call (203) 576-6158 or www.stvincents.org/events.
PASTA NIGHT at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Bridgeport on Sat., Apr. 5 at 6 pm. Pasta, meatballs, sausage, garlic and Italian bread, salad and dessert. $10 adults, $5 for children ages six-12. Tickets available at the door. For more info call Marge (203) 372-2784.
EASTER EGG HUNT sponsored by St. Joseph High School Alumni on Sun., Apr. 6 from 2-4pm - hunt starts at 3pm sharp! $8 per child; under 2 years old free. Walkins $10 per child. Also, touch-a-truck, police car, glitter-toos and the Easter Bunny! 2320 Huntington Tpke, Trumbull. Mail payment before Mar. 28 click here for form. For information visit www.sjcadets.org/egghunt
PARISH LENTEN MISSION: “Why?” Lead by Fr. Peter Lynch at St. Ann Church, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport from Sun.-Tues., Apr. 6, 7, 8 from 7-8:30pm. Confessions available at the end of the last session. Visit www.stannblackrock.com for more info or call parish office at (203) 368-1607. All are welcome!
WOMEN'S GROUP GUEST SPEAKER "The Goodness of God along the path of our lives" at Christ the King Church on Madison Ave., Trumbull Apr. 7 at 10am. All invited. For info call Pat at (203) 261-8020.
PASSION PLAY at Christ the King Parish, Trumbull on Mon., Apr. 7 at 7pm presented by our 8th Grade Religious Education Class. All welcome to this wonderful and moving production. Refreshments following play. For info call Parish Office at (203) 268-8695
TENEBRAE SERVICE at St. Theresa Parish, Main St., Trumbull on Wed., Apr. 16 at 7:30pm. This service consists of chanted psalmody, readings and responsories. The St. Theresa Schola will be singing at this service. For info call rectory (203) 261-3676.
MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, Brookfield on Wed., Apr. 16 at 7pm with Fr. George Sankoorikal. For info call (203) 268-8253.
ST. VINCENT’S “WE CARE” PERINATAL GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP MEETS on Wed., Apr. 16 at 7 pm in the Ambulatory Infusion Center waiting area located on level 3 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, adjacent to the Medical Center. For those grieving the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillborn, or newborn death. The group is facilitated by a maternity nurse and a chaplain who are certified grief counselors. It meets the third Wednesday of each month. There is no charge for attendance; no registration required. For more info call Barbara Paris (203) 576-5110 or Marilyn Faber (203) 576-5716, or visit online at www.stvincents.org/events
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.
TRIP TO IRELAND sponsored by Msgr. Varga & Deacon Kelly of St. Luke Church, Wesport. May 5-13, 2014. Click here for link to information.
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 the Parish Office at (203) 368-1607.
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
SAVE THE DATE! 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.
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 from New England, sing Catholic Praise & Worship music, and take part in a truly life-changing retreat. For High School Teens (current 8th graders to Seniors) at the University of Massachusetts, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell, MA. Contact your Parish Youth Group or click here for conference info.
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. Conference includes 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 today at www.nationalcatholicsingles.com. The Double Tree Philadelphia at Valley Forge, 301 West DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA 19406
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