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The truth about climate change

September 10, 2014

“Can we remain indifferent before the problems associated with such realities as climate change …  loss of productivity in vast agricultural areas, the pollution of rivers and aquifers, the loss of biodiversity, the increase of natural catastrophes and the deforestation of equatorial and tropical regions?”

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

St. Margaret Shrine: An Oasis of Peace

| September 16, 2014

When we think of “pilgrimages,” we often think of going someplace far away. To our mind’s eye, pilgrimages involve travel, sometimes difficult travel, and the willingness to partake of a “spiritual camping trip.” By camping trip, I mean that pilgrimages require the need to forgo certain creature comforts, or to at least accept a degree of asceticism.

I am writing this blog to inform everyone – and to remind myself – that pilgrimages do not require any of the features that I have mentioned above. First, as Catholic Christians, we are all pilgrims. Regardless of how comfortable our earthly lives may be, earth is not our true homeland. While we are alive on earth, we are traveling, as pilgrims, toward a personal meeting with Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Creation is always in motion. As I type, the earth itself is hurtling through space at many thousands of miles per hour and the earth is spinning rapidly. Just because these movements are imperceptible to me does not mean that they are not occurring. It is similar with our daily pilgrimage. We may not experience it as actual movement, but there is a mechanism that monitors our progress, and that is time.

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“Religious Liberty after Hobby Lobby” is topic of Red Mass Breakfast | September 17, 2014

FAIRFIELD—The biennial diocesan Red Mass for members of the legal profession will be celebrated on September 28 at 9 am in the Egan Chapel of Fairfield University.

The Mass and the breakfast reception are being hosted by Father Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., president of Fairfield University.

Father Hribsek, former pastor of Holy Cross Parish | September 16, 2014

FAIRFIELD—Father Aloysius Hribsek, former pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Fairfield, died on the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross, September 14, in Stamford Hospital. He was 92 years old.

Father Hribsek, who lived at the Catherine Dennis Keefe Queen of Clergy Retired Priests’ Residence since 1996, served as pastor at Holy Cross Parish for twenty-three years. 

Bishop says service of First Responders is “victory of love” | September 14, 2014

DARIEN—At the 13th Annual Blue Mass, which was celebrated this morning on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, Bishop Caggiano reminded those in attendance that September 13 is the anniversary of the day a New York construction worker uncovered the cross that would become “a sign of hope and encouragement” to the country after the terrorist act of 9/11.

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“House of Hope” Food Drive to help Veterans and the underserved | September 12, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—St. Vincent’s Health Services and Aquarion Water Company are launching the 4th Annual “House of Hope” Food Drive, running from September 15 until November 14 to help reduce hunger throughout the Greater Bridgeport area.

Blue Mass on Sunday in Darien | September 12, 2014

DARIEN—The Annual Diocesan Blue Mass honoring fire, police and rescue workers will be held on Sunday September 14, 11:30 am at Saint John Church in Darien. A reception immediately following Mass will be held in the Blanchard Center on parish grounds.

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Retired NYC firefighter remembers 9/11 every day | September 11, 2014

DENVER—This week the world will remember the 13th anniversary of the events of 9/11, but for Steamboat Springs resident Kevin Nerney, 56, the attacks are “a daily memory.”

On September 11, 2001, Lieutenant Nerney was settling into a new life in Steamboat Springs, having just retired two weeks earlier from the New York City Fire Department. He watched as the Twin Towers crumbled, knowing that his crew would most likely be on the ground.

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Progress for Trinity Catholic football in 2014 | September 11, 2014

STAMFORD—Donny Panapada is proud to be a member of the FCIAC football head coaches fraternity.

Bishop announces reorganization of diocesan offices to prepare for change and renewal | September 09, 2014

NORWALK— Bishop Frank J Caggiano told a gathering of more than 500 lay leaders, pastors and synod delegates that it is important to “get the diocesan house in order” as the 350 delegates of Synod 2014 begins their work to help plan for the future of the Catholic Church in Fairfield County.

Ribbon cutting at St. Mark's | September 09, 2014

STRATFORD—St. Mark School began their 50th anniversary year with much to celebrate on September 4, the school held its playground ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Bishop to speak on ‘State of the Diocese’ | September 07, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will deliver a major “State of the Diocese” address on September 9 at 7:30 pm in the auditorium of All Saints School in Norwalk.