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A Christmas gift for suffering South Sudan

December 10, 2014

The world’s newest nation is in big trouble.
    
After more than 20 years of civil war between the southern and northern areas of Sudan, the southern part of that country on July 9, 2011, became the independent nation of the Republic of South Sudan.

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

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| December 16, 2014

“This is a story ‘bout a man named Jed…”

Recently, someone told me an amusing anecdote about singing the “Beverly Hillbillies” theme song to a group of children, and how none of them joined along. They neither knew the words nor from whence the song came.

I have a little story to tell too, and like the children in the above example, some may not know what I am talking about, but the topic is still worthy of a blog entry.

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Celebrating Christmas | December 22, 2014

View photos from last night's "White Christmas" Concert at St. Augustine Cathedral.

The concert featured performances by Italian Tenor Luciano Lamonarca, pop singer Daniela Fiorentino, guitarist; The Cathedral Parish Chris Remediani, the duo of Balint/Mikhailoff, and an intermission by comedian Regina DeCicco.

Internationally-acclaimed singer, music producer, musician and actor Lee Curreri, star of the motion picture and television series ³Fame,² who had the part of Bruno Martelli, flew in from Los Angeles to make an appearance.

Guest of honor for the evening was Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, who is also a member of the Religious Advisory Board of the Saint Pio

White Christmas Concert hosted by St. Pio Foundation | December 20, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—The Saint Pio Foundation is proud to announce a “White Christmas” benefit concert, to be held in St. Augustine Cathedral, Saturday, December 20, at 7 pm.

The Saint Pio Foundation is a national charity which supports educational, social and cultural projects that enhance the awareness of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, one of the most venerated contemporary saints of the Church. The funds raised by the foundation are used to establish Catholic medical facilities in the U.S.; a percentage of its donations support the hospital “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza” in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, founded by St. Pio and currently owned by the Holy See.

A Tuneful, Off-Beat Christmas Music List | December 20, 2014

Published in catholicworldreport.com

“In spite of all that can be said against our age, what a moment to be alive in!” So said Australian poet and Catholic convert James McAuley in 1957. McAuley had primarily in mind magazine-publishing – his own periodical Quadrant, then a quarterly, had just been launched – but his sentence applies as much, if not more, to the bewildering range of music recordings (many gratis) which the Internet has made available for us, almost sixty years later.

Newtown remembered at Cathedral Academy | December 18, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—“Violence is overcome day by day, choice by choice, person by person,” declared the opening of the prayer service at the Cathedral Academy Upper School. The school community had gathered on December 16 to remember the 26 victims of Newtown Elementary School.

The prayer service was the centerpiece of 26 Acts of Kindness taking place at the school during December and early January. “We followed the lead of Notre Dame High School’s observance, modifying it for younger students,” explains Principal Larry DiPalma, who had been on the staff of Notre Dame at the time of the shootings.

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Forming Intentional Disciples | December 17, 2014

By PAT HENNESSY

“We can’t get to the Lord without the Church, but the Church and Sacred Scripture only makes sense if we have a relationship with Jesus Christ,” says Father Peter Towsley, vicar for evangelization of the Diocese of Bridgeport.

To enrich that personal relationship with Jesus Christ and empower parishes to be vibrant places of liturgical worship and fellowship, form missionary disciples, and enable schools to be places where administration, staff and students are living witnesses of Christ’s lay faithful, the Diocese of Bridgeport is sponsoring a “Forming Intentional Disciples!” workshop.

Night in a box | December 17, 2014

NORWALK—On November 22, 25 teens from St. Jerome Parish participated in a homelessness awareness project called Night in a Box. All fall the teens of TOTAL, St. Jerome’s Youth group, have been talking about the importance of community and the Christian message that we are to love God and our neighbor as ourselves.

New pope, new leadership changed tone of visitation of U.S. religious | December 16, 2014

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- During the process of the apostolic visitation of communities of U.S. religious women, a shift in tone took place.

The Vatican's final report on the visitation, released Dec. 16, made observations, not accusations. Instead of giving the women instructions, it made suggestions -- mostly encouraging them to continue discernment about their identity, vocations promotion and formation, fidelity to Christ and the church, community life and cooperation with the wider church, including local bishops.

Mariachis and flowers honor Our Lady of Guadalupe | December 16, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—In a tradition stretching back nearly 30 years, St. Mary Parish in Bridgeport honored the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with a Vigil Mass on December 11. One of the best mariachi bands in the tri-state area serenaded the congregation for a full hour before Mass began, and then led the colorful opening procession. Parishioners brought baskets and armfuls of flowers and placed them in profusion before the image of Our Lady to the right of the altar. Click here for photos

Prep helps bring Christmas to children in need | December 15, 2014

FAIRFIELD—Fairfield Prep sponsors an annual Christmas Toy Drive in support of the Diocese of Bridgeport Office of Social Concerns. Again this year, the school collected new, unwrapped toys for families in the Bridgeport area. Hundreds of toys plus packages of much-needed diapers filled Arrupe Hall. Members of the Prep Squires Club helped load the toys into vehicles for delivery. Shown from left: sophomores Sean Carroll, Alex Capozziello, Frank Fortunati, Matthew Denny and Charles Pollner.

Ignatian Center to train lay spiritual directors | December 15, 2014

By Brian D. Wallace

“We are co-workers in the vineyard,” said Father James Bowler, S.J., at the launch of the Ignatian Spirituality Center at Fairfield University on November 23. The new program aims to further invest lay men and women in the charism of the Jesuits. Father Bowler, director of Ignatian Spirituality programs at Fairfield University, said that the Jesuits have always formed partnerships to testify that "in Christ we have received greater internal freedom."