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Societal Impact of Catholic Educaton

March 11, 2016


As the current presidential election process is showing, these are unsettled, challenging times. One sign of this unrest is visible in the turmoil buffeting our most trusted and basic social institutions: doctors and hospitals, schools and universities, and quite frankly, churches and religious institutions. It used to be that the trusted family doctor, the admired and respected local schoolteacher, and the revered, consoling parish priest or minister were bedrock figures in every American community. 

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Why BSF is so important

March 11, 2016


A longtime parishioner said to me recently: “Monsignor, we understand all you have been doing recently to promote our parish school. But most of us are now past the point where we have children eligible to attend it!” I laughed with him. But then I explained more about the unique opportunity right now in Fairfield County Catholic schools that we need to publicize.

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Pope: Straying from Jesus turns Christians into ‘spiritual mummies’ | May 03, 2016

VATICAN CITY—Christians distracted from the path set out by Jesus can turn into decrepit “spiritual mummies,” Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.

Spiritual mummies stray from the path of Christian life by choosing to stand still “not doing evil, but not doing good” either, the pope said May 3 in his homily during Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

The peacemaking legacy of Daniel Berrigan, S.J. | May 02, 2016

BRONX—Daniel Berrigan, the Jesuit priest and acclaimed poet who for decades famously challenged U.S. Catholics to reject war and nuclear weapons, died on April 30 at the Murray-Weigel Jesuit Community in the Bronx, New York. He was 94. He was a Jesuit for 76 years and a priest for 63 years.

Religious Women pitch in at Habitat House | May 01, 2016

BRIDGEPORT—A group of Religious Women throughout the diocese spent a day working on the Pope Francis Habitat House on Saturday, helping to put the finishing touches as the house nears completion.

The home, at 51 George Street, is in the shadows of St. Augustine Cathedral and the new owners, the Zepeda family, are members of the Cathedral Parish.

Catholic bishop to speak at town’s Holocaust commemoration | May 01, 2016

FAIRFIELD—In contrast to the past 32 Holocaust commemorations organized by the town, this year’s keynote speaker has no direct connection to the Nazi campaign to exterminate Jews during the World War II era.

The speaker is not a survivor, or the child of a survivor. He’s not a historian. He’s not even, like one year’s keynoter, the child of an SS officer.

New “Week in Review” Video | April 29, 2016

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BRIDGEPORT—Diocesan Social Media Leader John Grosso has introduced a new “Around the Diocese” video to the diocesan Facebook and YouTube pages.

Bridgeport parish donating to Ecuador quake victims | April 28, 2016

BRIDGEPORT—The members of St. Mary's Parish in Bridgeport showed their support today for the victims of the earthquake in Ecuador.

St. Joseph Elementary School fifth grader wins State Spelling Bee Championship! | April 28, 2016

SHELTON—St. Joseph Elementary School fifth grader, Demi Adeniran, won the State Spelling Championship contest, held April 23 at St. Mary’s Parish center in New Haven.

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Honoring their patron saint | April 28, 2016

STRATFORD—Students in grades K-8 at St. Mark School assembled in the church to honor the feast day of their patron saint.

SHU students impact lives in Colombia | April 28, 2016

FAIRFIELD—During Spring Break, 11 students from Sacred Heart University traveled to Bogota Colombia with Rise and Walk Foundation.

St. Matthew Knights spring into action with garden clean up at Notre Dame Convalescent Home | April 28, 2016

NORWALK—The continuing relationship between Knights of Colombus St. Matthew Council #14360 and Notre Dame Convalescent Home was on display on Saturday, April 16, when the Knights helped out with some projects on the home’s grounds.

Melkite Catholic Archbishop Jeanbart to visit St. Mary's in New Haven | April 28, 2016

NEW HAVEN—Melkite Catholic Archbishop Jean Clément Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria, will speak on the genocide being waged against his people and the future of Christianity in the Middle East at St. Mary's Church, 5 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, on Sunday, May 1, at 6:30 pm

Boys and girls allstars! | April 28, 2016

WILTON—This year was the 9th annual Tyler Ugolyn tournament which ran from January 21st to February 5th at Our Lady of Fatima school in Wilton.