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Unaccompanied migrant children need our help

July 17, 2014

Making a Difference
By Tony Magliano

Tens of thousands of children fleeing desperate conditions have entered the United States asking for help. And many more are coming. What kind of welcome is being offered to them? The answer to that question is still largely undetermined.    

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Currabawn: Sound thinking and Spirituality
A blog by Fr. Colin McKenna

Saint Michael Prayer with pro-life addition:

| July 15, 2014

 

Dear St. Michael the Archangel
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against
the wickedness and snares
of the devil.
May God rebuke him,
we humbly pray,
and do thou, Oh Prince
of the heavenly host,
by the power of God,
cast into hell Satan
and his legion of devils
and demons, who prowl
throughout the world
seeking the ruin of souls
and the deaths of babies
in the womb.

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Area Youth Travel to Youngstown Ohio to Serve Inner City Children | July 28, 2014

A group from two East Coast dioceses made the trip to the Project Grow Inner City Art Camp

CHICAGO (July 18, 2014) – Youth from Darien, Conn., and Hicksville, N.Y., have just returned from a week long trip to Ohio where they helped serve disadvantaged children at the Project Grow Inner City Art Camp in Youngstown before moving on to a youth conference in Steubenville.

St. Andrew Young Believers Youth Group July Mission Trip | July 28, 2014

BRIDGEPORT— Twenty teens and four adults from the St Andrew Young Believers Youth Group served at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission during July 13 – July 21st. Susan Baldwin, Director of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry at St. Andrew Parish, says the kids did an awesome job, and the experience was humbling and life chaining: "This experience was humbling. I don’t want to use that word as cliché. Truly the word has taken on new meaning. I thought I knew what it meant to be humble. I realized that I have just begun to learn the true meaning of humility.
Church Reform from Below: An Interview with Bishop Frank Caggiano | July 27, 2014

by Sean Salai, S.J.
from America: The National Catholic Review

The Most Rev. Frank Caggiano is bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport. A Brooklyn native, he graduated from Regis High School in 1977 and attended Yale University briefly before deciding to study for the priesthood. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Cathedral College and an M.Div in theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary.

Ordained for the Diocese of Brooklyn in 1987, Bishop Caggiano served as a pastor and director of permanent diaconate formation before being named monsignor in 2003 and auxiliary bishop for the diocese in 2006. On September 19, 2013, he was installed as bishop of Bridgeport, where he has convoked a local synod to formulate a new pastoral plan for the future of his diocese. The synod begins its formal work this September and will conclude in September 2015.

On July 24, I interviewed Bishop Caggiano by telephone about the Bridgeport synod and its implications for church reform. The following transcript has been edited for content and length.
 

Archbishop Chaput says pope will visit Philadelphia in September 2015 | July 25, 2014

By Nancy Wiechec
From the Catholic News Service

FARGO, N.D. (CNS) -- Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in the U.S. next year, even though the Philadelphia Archdiocese still has not received official confirmation from the Vatican.

Archbishop Chaput made the announcement July 24 before giving his homily during the opening Mass of the Tekakwitha Conference in Fargo.

Church Response to Refugees Is Part of the Pro-Life Call, Bishop Says | July 24, 2014

By Katy Senour CNA/EWTN News
From The National Catholic Register

PITTSBURGH — Answering the needs of refugee migrants is one component of a truly pro-life view, said a U.S. bishop, announcing a new initiative to aid children who have fled Central America for the United States.

| July 23, 2014

Watch this video of how Catholic Charities continues to spearhead the relief effort for those affected by Super Storm Sandy.

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Spirit moves Diocesan youth! | July 22, 2014

RHODE ISLAND—Over the weekend, more than 400 youth from 14 parishes across the Diocese attended Steubenville East, the summer youth conference sponsored by the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio.

In the photos below, young people from St. Joseph Parish of Brookfield,  Rose of Lima Parish in Newtown and St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Fairfield experience faith, fun and fellowship at the University of Rhode Island Campus, where Steubenville East was held.

Dribble Drive Basketball Camp inspires achievement | July 18, 2014

SHELTON—Energy and inspiration filled the gym at St. Lawrence Parish for two weeks in July.

They’ll be missed | July 18, 2014

TRUMBULL—The following seniors attended the annual welcoming and send off ceremony for the High School Apostle's program.

Pope urges Israeli, Palestinian leaders to end Holy Land hostilities | July 18, 2014

VATICAN CITY—Expressing his serious concerns over the escalating violence in the Holy Land, Pope Francis telephoned Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, urging all sides to end hostilities and build peace.