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“IT” happens “everywhere-but-here”

July 16, 2016

Only, now… it HAS happened...HERE...in OUR town...in our little corner of Westport...here at Saint Luke...in the parish where I live and serve as pastor.

I have been here for almost 19 years and have many times raised a prayer of thanksgiving that violence and vandalism have not forced their way into the life and home of our faith communities as it has “elsewhere.”

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Reaching out to our Young People not in our Pews

June 24, 2016

FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK

Our Young Adult Open Gym night, held every Tuesday in St. Joseph School gym from 8-10 p.m., draws many college guys home for the summer, along with the senior high school students and young working guys in their twenties who turn out regularly for the pickup basketball games. Last Tuesday there were 15 young men there, largely ages 16 to 24, most of whom I knew from St. Joseph Parish or School.

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Around the Diocese in 60 Seconds | December 03, 2016

BRIDGEPORT— Social Media Leader John Grosso's "Week in Review" takes us around the Diocese for an eventful week including the 3rd Post-Synod session at St. Catherine of Siena Parish Center in Trumbull, the closing of the Holy Door at St. Augustine Cathedral to formally end the Extraordinary Year of Mercy, a prayer service for racial healing, and a series of youth concerts around the diocese performed by X-factor winner Fr. Rob Galea. It all adds up to a week of great faith, joy and engagement throughout the diocese!

Night in a Box | December 02, 2016

NORWALK—On November 19, 36 teens from St Jerome Parish in Norwalk gathered for the parish’s fourth annual NIGHT IN A BOX event. NIGHT IN A BOX is a homeless awareness project in which TOTAL, the St. Jerome youth group, raises money and collects toiletries for the Open Door Shelter in Norwalk.

International Festival of Foods | December 02, 2016

STRATFORD—In a delicious response to the Pastoral Plan, Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Stratford held its first ever International Festival of Foods this fall. Father Andrew Marus, Holy Name’s pastor, led parishioners in grace before the meal. 

Our Lady of Fatima welcomes new priest | December 02, 2016

By Caroline Wilson from wiltonbulletin.com

Faced with two possible career paths — journalism or the priesthood — Father Damian Pielesz chose faith. That path has led the Polish native to Wilton, where he is parochial vicar of Our Lady of Fatima, assisting Pastor Reggie Norman.

St Joseph High School Teachers Travel to El Salvador | December 01, 2016

December 1, 2016—TRUMBULL, CONNECTICUT— St Joseph High School located at 2320 Huntington Turnpike in Trumbull, Connecticut announced that two of the faculty members are currently on a U.S. Delegation trip in El Salvador located in Central America.

Advent ceremony lights the Catholic Center | November 30, 2016

BRIDGEPORT—“We all know what hunger is. We need nutrients to feed our bodies,” said Msgr. Thomas Powers, vicar general of the Diocese of Bridgeport, during a blessing of the Advent Wreath at the Catholic Center.  “Just as we need food for our bodies, we all need grace. We’re hungry for God’s grace.”

Trinity High’s food drive assists Food Bank | November 29, 2016

STAMFORD—Student Council moderators Katrina Egan and Rebecca Corso announced that Trinity Catholic High School continued their mission of serving others. Sponsored by the Student Council, the school’s long-standing community service project, the Thanksgiving Food Drive, donated a grand total of over 5,900 lbs of non-perishable food and turkeys to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. 



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Knights Continue Work for God and Country | November 28, 2016

NORWALK—Norwalk's Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 has many traditions including helping our Veterans and children in need. First Knights of Columbus Saint Matthew Council 14360 and students at Fox Run, Wolfpit and All Saints Catholic Schools sponsored a donation drive for the veterans at the Homes for The Brave in Bridgeport in honor of Veterans Day.

Mater Ecclesiae Mosaic in Danbury | November 28, 2016

DANBURY—“Jesus is the sun and Mary is the dawn announcing His rising.”  Pope Francis.

At Thanksgiving, Americans 'united in debt we owe to God,' say prelates | November 25, 2016

WASHINGTON—The president and vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said November 23 that Thanksgiving Day is a time for the nation to pause and "give God thanks for the abundant blessings he has bestowed upon us."

Racial healing requires working for justice | November 23, 2016

BRIDGEPORT—Prayer is empty if it is not accompanied by a conversion of heart and commitment to justice, religious leaders said at tonight’s interfaith prayer service for peace and racial healing held at St. Augustine Cathedral.

Women’s Catholic Bible Study Founder Speaks to 400 Women from 15 parishes in Diocese of Bridgeport | November 22, 2016

STAMFORD—Lisa Brenninkmeyer, founder, Walking with Purpose Women’s Catholic Bible Study, spoke to over 400 Catholic women and pastors from throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport on November 16th at the Italian Center in Stamford.