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.
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT ST. ANN'S FIELD, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport with local Jazz Ensemble 'Joe Kiernan Trio' on Tues., July 29 from 6-8pm. Rain date Wed., July 30 same time. Bring a picnic, wine, lawn chair, Frisbee - family & friends! $5pp, children under 12 admission free.
PUB THEOLOGY, CONVERSATION, FOOD & FUN - Join Fr. Lynch and other guests for discussions on Theology in an informal setting while enjoying the good food and drinks at Walrus & Carpenter, 2895 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport from 6-8pm on July 30. Held last Wednesday of each month. For more info call Parish Office at 203-368-1607. Age 21 and over
8TH ANNUAL CATHOLIC WOMEN OF GRACE RETREAT "Women: Bloom where you are" from Aug. 1-3 at the Malvern Retreat House, 315 S. Warren Ave., Malvern, PA 19355. Guest speakers: Johnette Benkovic, Fr. Philip Scott and more. Come be restored, refilled and rejuvinated! $250pp includes two nights accommodations and five meals. Register at (610) 644-0400 or www.womenofgrace.com.
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT ST. ANN'S FIELD, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport with jazz piano local legend Wayne Heller and his band on Tues., Aug. 5 from 6-8pm. Rain date Wed., Aug. 6 same time. Bring a picnic, wine, lawn chair, Frisbee - family & friends! $5pp, children under 12 admission free.
YOUNG ADULT GROUP (age 18+) at St. Marguerite's in Brookfield will meet Aug. 8 from 7-9pm in the church hall. Open to all. 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.
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT ST. ANN'S FIELD, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport with rock cover band The Pocket Hotties on Tues., Aug. 12 from 6-8pm. Rain date Wed., Aug. 13 same time. Bring a picnic, wine, lawn chair, Frisbee - family & friends! $5pp, children under 12 admission free. For more concert listings go to facebook page St. Ann Black Rock.
CARNIVAL OF FUN & CAR RAFFLE at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 4 Riverside Ave., Riverside, CT from Aug. 12-16. Bring the family! Food, music and fun for all. This year’s car raffle is a 2015 BMW XI SUV in Midnight Blue Metallic. Tickets $25 each; drawing is Sat., Aug. 16 at 11pm at the Carnival. No need to be present to win. Tickets purchased at the Rectory. Call (203) 637-3661. Click here for flyer
MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, Brookfield on Aug. 14 at 7pm with Fr. George Sankoorkal. Open to all.
FAN THE FIRE YOUTH RALLY, "Made for More" Aug. 16 from 9am-9pm at St. Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Rd., Newtown. All Teens Grades 8-12 are Welcome! $40pp includes lunch & dinner. Flyer with details/speakers. Registration Form Adult Participation Form Youth Participation Form
DOZYNKI (POLISH HARVEST FESTIVAL) held Aug. 16-17 at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 325 Washington Blvd, in Stamford. Saturday 6pm-2am, Sunday 11:30am-10pm. Live Music, Dancing, Games, Raffles, plus Delicious Polish Food and Beverages. Call 203-323-4967 for more info.
YOUNG ADULTS BEACH PARTY & MEET THE BISHOP "Summer Splash" on Sun., Aug. 17 from 2:30-5:30pm starting with Mass celebrated by Bishop Caggiano at Our Lady of the Sea Church, 1200 Shippan Ave., Stamford, then party and dancing on the beach. Pizza, wine, beer, refreshments and DJ! Open to young adults age 21-35. Suggested donation $10pp. To view/print flyer click here. To RSVP click here. For info on Catholic Young Adults in Fairfield County CT go to www.dob-ya.com
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT ST. ANN'S FIELD, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport with country band the Bedlam Brothers on Tues., Aug. 19 from 6-8pm. Rain date Wed., Aug. 20 same time. Bring a picnic, wine, lawn chair, Frisbee - family & friends! $5pp, children under 12 admission free. For more concert listings go to facebook page St. Ann Black Rock.
ITALIAN FESTIVAL AT ST. JUDE in Monroe, CT from Aug. 20-23 (intersection of Rt. 111 and Rt. 110). Great Italian food, desserts from Luigi's Bakery and homemade gelato! Carnival rides: bracelets $22 per night, or individual tickets. Raffle is 8-Day Cruise to the Bahamas for two, as well as 50/50 raffles. Music and entertainment nightly, and tours of St. Jude prayer shrine open to all. Free parking and admission. Hours: Aug. 20 & 21 is 6-10pm; Aug. 22 is 6-10:30pm; Aug. 23 is 5-10pm.
YOUNG ADULT GROUP (age 18+) at St. Marguerite's in Brookfield will meet Aug. 22, from 7-9pm in the church hall. Open to all. 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
“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.
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/
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
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE BLUE MASS on Sept. 14. Details TBA.
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
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.
NATIONAL CATHOLIC SINGLES CONFERENCE to be held Sept. 27-29 with registration by Thurs., Aug. 15. 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.
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. 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.
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
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.