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Raleigh Seminarian with terminal brain cancer responds to Brittany Maynard

November 04, 2014

Philip Johnson, a 30-year-old Catholic seminarian from the Diocese of Raleigh who has terminal brain cancer, has written an article responding to Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman who has publicly stated her plan to commit suicide due to the fact that she has a terminal brain cancer. Johnson is vocal about his disagreement that suicide would preserve one’s dignity in the face of a debilitating illness. His article is below:

Dear Brittany: Our Lives Are Worth Living, Even With Brain Cancer

Last week I came across the heartbreaking story of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer one year after her wedding. When doctors suggested that she might only have six months to live, she and her family moved from California to Oregon in order to obtain the prescriptions necessary for doctor-assisted euthanasia. She is devoting her last days to fundraising and lobbying for an organization dedicated to expanding the legality of assisted suicide to other States.

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A blog by Fr. Colin McKenna

“Nothing and no one is junk”

| November 18, 2014

Anne McCrory is the former chancellor of the Diocese of Bridgeport and is currently its chief legal and real estate officer (she is wearing the white jacket in accompanying photos).

Recently, she and her husband purchased a home, and a friend of theirs, Gina Barber, made them a housewarming gift. Gina is an artist, and she combined theology, spirituality and raw, physical materials to produce a work of art and devotion that will proudly hang in the McCrory home.

Each time Anne and her husband, and their family, friends and visitors look upon Gina’s gift, they will remember Gina’s kindness and thoughtfulness for creating such a powerful work of art, which is also a primary symbol of Jesus Christ. Gina’s gift is not only for house-warming, it is also a house-blessing!

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Trumbull OKs conversion of bishop’s residence into seminary | November 20, 2014

The Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport is asking the Trumbull P & Z for permission to convert the bishop's residence on Daniels Farm Road in Trumbull into a seminary in an effort to downsize.

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano could be getting some company at his Daniels Farm Road home.  The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport on Wednesday received approval for a text change to the town's zoning regulations that opens the door for the conversion of the bishop's residence into a seminary.

Pope condemns attack on Jerusalem synagogue, urges end to violence | November 19, 2014

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis condemned the "unacceptable episodes of violence" in Jerusalem, episodes that "do not spare even places of worship," after an attack in a synagogue left four worshippers, a policeman and the two attackers dead.

At the end of his general audience Nov. 19, the day after the attack on the synagogue, Pope Francis said he was following "with concern the alarming increase of tensions in Jerusalem and other areas of the Holy Land."

Trinity Catholic girls soccer wins Sportsmanship Award | November 18, 2014

The Trinity Catholic High School Varsity Girls Soccer team was awarded the prestigious Brian Kelly Award for sportsmanship by the Southern Connecticut Soccer Officials Association. At a recent banquet the team was applauded for its conduct and character on the field of play.

St. Joseph High School Awarded State School Security Grant Funds | November 17, 2014

TRUMBULL— St. Joseph High School in Trumbull has been awarded a $92,857 School Security Grant by Gov. Daniel P. Malloy. The matching grant commits $185,750 for increased security measures at the school. Governor Malloy stated, "We want our schools—both private and public— to make their institutions as safe as possible." William J Fitzgerald, PhD, President of St Joseph High School, said, "Safety is a top concern at St Joes. When students are comfortable and relaxed, academic achievement increases. When parents are less anxious, academic achievement increases. So safety is a priority. It’s great to know the Governor feels the same way. The grant not merely doubles our resources, it means we can make these enhancements immediately.”

A Toast to the Roast | November 16, 2014

Larry Cafero is the former minority leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives, and he currently practices law in Norwalk. In his college days, he tried his hand at stand-up comedy, and if he never made it as a politician or a lawyer, he very well may have been another Seinfeld.

A longtime parishioner of St. Matthew’s Parish in Norwalk, Cafero was given the honor, or the burden, to be the master of ceremonies at a roast of Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, held Sunday, November 16, at St. Catherine of Sienna Parish in Trumbull.

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Serving others is the heart of Catholic Social Teaching | November 16, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Bishop Caggiano set the tone for the Eighth Annual CAPP Communion in his homily at the Egan Chapel of Fairfield University Breakfast, when he told the gathering of business leaders that the Gospel is an “antidote” to the current fallacy “that my life is all about me.”

The breakfast was sponsored by Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) of Fairfield County and by the Center for Faith & Public Life of Fairfield University.

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Synod wrestles with challenges While moving toward consensus | November 15, 2014

TRUMBULL— Delegates largely reached consensus on a wide range of issues affecting the local Church during today’s Second General Session of Synod 2014, but wrestled with ways to approach youth and disaffected Catholics.

Almost 400 delegates, observers, and invited guests gathered at the Parish Center of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Nichols to review 60 challenges related to the four major themes of the Synod: empowering the young Church; building up communities of faith; promoting works of charity and justice; and fostering evangelical outreach.

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Second General Session set for Saturday in Trumbull | November 14, 2014

BRIDGEPORT-- The Second General Session of Synod 2014 is set to meet tomorrow, Saturday November 15, at St. Catherine Parish in Trumbull.

Almost 400 delegates and invited guests will meet to continue their efforts to discern the pastoral challenges of the Diocese of Bridgeport.

1st Diocesan-wide Catholic Young Adults (21-39) "Friendsgiving" Potluck | November 14, 2014

Our first ever "Friendsgiving" Potluck for Catholic Young Adults (couples & singles, ages 21-39) for the Diocese of Bridgeport will be held at  St. Theresa Church, Main St., Trumbull on Friday, November 21 from 6-8:30pm. Bring yourself, invite friends, relatives, co-workers - make a table! Open to all! Meet new people of same age in Fairfield County, and enjoy terrific, home-cooked food at the same time!  

St. Aloysius Teens Lead Conf Prep Students in Project 1,000 | November 13, 2014

NEW CANAAN--Thanks to St. Aloysius high school teens who came to help out last night in the Level 2 Confirmation Prep Project 1,000 project -- 1,000 stockings were filled with care by our 7th graders under the direction of our high school teens -- thanks for helping! The stockings were picked up this morning by our shipping donor, Kaster Moving and are on their way to 1,000 impoverished children in Appalachia! A special thanks to Hunter Ahrens, Ciara Cronin and Kimmie Hynes for sharing thoughts on their experience when they personally delivered stockings last year!  To view photos click here