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MASS CARDS are available from the diocesan Mission Office for all intentions. The donations support missionaries throughout the world. If you are interested in purchasing a Mass card, call Elaine Bissenden in the Mission Office: 203.416.1447.

BLACK ROCK SUMMER CONCERTS have begun. They take place every Tues. at 6:30 pm on St. Ann Field (next to St. Ann Church), 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport. Rain date is on Weds. Bring your chairs, blankets, munchies, and kids. Admission: $5; children under 12, free. There's a new band and a new food truck every week! Check out for schedule and cancellations/postponements.

A DAY OF SPIRITUAL RENEWAL: “Living in the Power of the Holy Spirit,” open to men and women will be held Sat., June 25, from 9 am-3 pm at St. Stephen Parish, Trumbull. Bring bag lunch, refreshments provided. Led by Fran Karpiej, OFS. Register by June 7; suggested donation $10. Checks made payable to Magnificat Bridgeport Diocese. Mail to:  Pat Paniccia, 25 Easton Rd. Monroe, CT  06468-1502 for more info, email:

VENERATION OF THE IMAGE OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE will be sponsored by St. Lawrence Parish, Shelton, on two evenings: Mon.-Tues., June 27-28. Vivian Mestey, the guardian of the sacred pilgrim image, will speak on the image and its mission. 4-6 pm, veneration and individual prayer; 6 pm, talk; 6:30 pm, Rosary; 7 pm Mass; 8 pm Adoration, Benediction and closing. For more info, contact Deacon Frank Masso: 203.605.8321 or

GAME NIGHT: Come enjoy some fellowship and fun! Bring your favorite game or play the ones we have. Enjoy a night with friends both new and old and have fun! June 28 (6:30 pm-8:30 pm) Newman Center, 7 8th Ave., Danbury.

NIGHT OF PRAISE & WORSHIP: Join us for a Praise and Worship Holy Hour at Sacred Heart Parish in Danbury, followed by a social. This event is open to all ages. July 5 from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm, at Sacred Heart, 46 Stone St., Danbury.

RETREAT—Franciscan Sisters Mini Camino Retreat—July 6-9, discern while walking in the footprints of our early foundresses. Experience begins with blessing at Evening Prayer. The next day walk 18 miles to significant places of community history. Close with a music concert celebrating one of our Sister's contribution to music education. For more info visit Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity:

PROJECT RACHEL HEALING MINISTRY—During this Jubilee Year of Mercy come begin your healing journey and experience God’s love and mercy! For those suffering from a past abortion. Offering opportunities for Entering Canaan Days of Prayer and Healing and ongoing support with Monthly Gatherings. Upcoming day of healing scheduled for Sat., July 9th. For further information call our confidential phone line at 203.416.1619 or email

MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE will be celebrated Mon., July 11, at 7:30 pm at Christ the King Parish, Trumbull with Fr. Larry Carew. For more info, call the Charismatic Renewal Office: 203.268.8253.

FAITH ON TAP WITH FR. MICHAEL: Join us for some great food and an inspirational talk about the differences between the Eastern and Western Catholic churches. July 12 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Down The Hatch, 292 Candlewood Lake Rd., Brookfield.

ADULT DODGE BALL TOURNAMENT to benefit the Cardinal Shehan Center will take place Tues., July 12, from 5:30-8:30 pm at Insports Centers Trumbull, 29 Trefoil Dr., Trumbull. Treat your employees to a competitive and fun night out! T-shirts and pizza provided. First drink on the house. Up to 9 players per team, men and women welcome. Team entry fee:$650. For more info or to register, contact Lorraine Gibbons: 203.336.4468 or

CARNIVAL OF FUN at St. Catherine of Siena  Parish, Riverside held Tues.-Sat., July 12-16 on the parish grounds. Food, rides, games of chance and skill, raffles, live entertainment nightly. Bracelet nights Tues., Wed. & Thurs. For more info, go to or call 203.637.3661.

SPEND AN EVENING WITH THE LAY CARMELITES. On Thurs., July 14, at 6:30 pm, at St. Lawrence Church, 505 Shelton Ave., Huntington, CT, the Lay Carmelite Community of Fairfield County will celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel with a procession, Holy Mass, and the opportunity to be vested with the Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. A reception will follow featuring a discussion about the spirit of Carmel and becoming a Lay Carmelite. Catholics over the age of 18 are invited. Contact Carmel Brown, Director, Mystical Rose Community, at 203.685.1908 or Kathleen Dechant, Formation Director, at 203.219.8832 for details.

DANCE PARTY (with Impromptu Dance Lesson): Have some fun and dance the night away at the CYAD Dance Party. At this event there will be an impromptu dance lesson with the dance TBA. July 19 from 6:30-8:30 pm at St. Joseph Church, 8 Robinson Ave., Danbury.

FAITH ON TAP WITH FR. JOSEPH GILL: Join us for some great food and an inspirational talk titled “How to Get More Out of the Mass” with Fr. Joseph Gill. July 25 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Down The Hatch, 292 Candlewood Lake Rd., Brookfield.

EARLY BIRD Registration Now Open for 2016 SWIM Across the Sound Marathon Swimmers. The SWIM Marathon will be held on Sat., July 30, at Captain's Cove in Bridgeport. Early bird registrations received by March 15 will receive a $100 discount. The SWIM helps individuals and families who are battling cancer. To register, visit:

ANNUAL RETREAT—Join our Sisters at one of their annual retreats. August 7-9 or 9-11 discern our way of life by praying with our Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. Fr. Niles Kauffman will direct conferences. Silence will be an important part of personal reflection. For more info visit Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity:

DISCERNMENT of Spirits Retreat teaches the art of decision-making using St. Ignatius' rules of discernment. August 12-14 begins at 5:30 pm with evening meal and ends after Sunday noon meal at 12:30 pm. For more info visit Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity:

SUMMER CAMP: “Lives of our Catholic Saints,”  will be held at St. Mary Parish, Norwalk, Tues.-Fri., August 16-19 from 9:30-11 am.  Open to children entering fourth grade and older, through Confirmation. Free of charge (donations welcome).  For more info, contact Andrea Remlin: or 203.227.5477.

S’MORES AND STARS: Have fun around the fire and enjoy some s’mores while watching the stars. Aug. 19 from 8-11 pm at St. Ann’s, 181 Clapboard Ridge Rd., Danbury.

BOWLING: Come Glow bowling with young adults of the area and enjoy a night of fun! Aug. 26 from 7:30 pm-9:30 pm at DolrBill’s Bowling 145 Danbury Rd., New Milford.

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.

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


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