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Respecting life outside our comfort zone

October 14, 2014

Making a Difference
By Tony Magliano

True respect for life requires us to get out of our comfort zone.
Oh, we might say, “I respect life, I vote for ‘pro-life’ politicians who claim they will work to end abortion.” However, in a democracy voting is usually easy and comfortable.

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Brian A. Wallace Deserves a Medal

| October 28, 2014

The communications office in the Catholic Center houses the offices of the Fairfield County Catholic, which produces a monthly newspaper mailed directly to over 100,000 households in Fairfield County. On a daily basis, the communications office is also one of the livelier offices in the chancery because clergy and staff from other offices often stop by to ask for assistance with projects involving printed material and online efforts, including social media outreach.

The communications office staff consists of fewer than ten people, but two of them have the same name: Brian Wallace. This can lead to some confusion, but surprisingly, things run fairly smoothly, even when someone comes in and asks for “Brian.”

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Children teach about saints | October 31, 2014

NEW  CANAAN—Celebrating the Feast of All Saints, fourth graders from St. Aloysius Religious Education attended the 10 am Mass on October 26 dressed as the saints they had studied in class.  Pictured here with Msgr. Scheyd, St. Aloysius’ pastor, the students shared the information they learned during the homily.

For parents, the Catholic Parents Connect ministry will be offering a very special talk by Matthew Hennessey on November 20 at 7:30 pm.  Catholic Parents Connect invites parents and grandparents of children of all ages to come together to network and listen to speakers who help them nurture and strengthen our Catholic identity and faith in our families. For more info, contact Chris Otis, director of St. Aloysius Youth & Family Ministry: 203.652.1154 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Ernie Anastos: Positive on Faith and Community | October 30, 2014

DANBURY— “Whatever you enjoy doing every day will be the avenue to your success,” WNYW Fox 5 News Anchor Ernie Anastos said this morning at the Annual Catholic Charities of Danbury Celebrity Breakfast.

Noting that most people want “more, better or different,” Anastos said that a life in pursuit of success can leave people feeling empty if they live without a higher purpose. “Don’t just strive for success, strive for significance.”

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Pink for one of their own | October 29, 2014

STAMFORD—On Friday, October 24, Trinity Catholic High School held an especially meaningful Go Pink Day for breast cancer. The school held an assembly in the gym where speakers read statistics and facts about breast cancer. Then students listened with intent silence while Assistant Principal Diane Warzoha, who is currently undergoing treatment for the disease, spoke about her personal experience and expressed her gratitude for the school's support. At the end of the day Trinity’s students made a human angel in support of the cause. The day’s observance raised over $1,000 for the Bennett Cancer Center at Stamford Hospital.

Pope urges prayer, international action to fight Ebola virus | October 29, 2014

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis pleaded for the international community to take stronger, coordinated steps to "annihilate" the Ebola virus and help the millions of people impacted by the disease.

"As the Ebola virus epidemic worsens, I want to express my deep concern for this relentless illness that is spreading particularly on the African continent and especially among populations that are already disadvantaged," the pope said Oct. 29 at the end of his weekly general audience.

5K run, walk draws 250 in Newtown | October 28, 2014

NEWTOWN -- "The spirit of St. Rose" was everywhere Sunday as 250 participated in St. Rose of Lima School's 5K run and walkathon at the Fairfield Hills campus. The fifth annual event was sponsored by the Catholic school's parent-teacher organization. Rob and Amy Griffin have organized each 5K run and walkathon, attracting the Newtown community each year.

"We've had a fabulous response from the beginning," Amy Griffin said. "It brings the entire family of St. Rose together." The event reached its $20,000 fundraising goal as of Friday. Raffle prizes were donated by school families, while silent auction items were donated by Newtown and Bethel businesses.

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Recipients honored as “missionaries of hope” at St. Augustine Medal Service | October 25, 2014

BRIDGEPORT (Saturday Oct 25, 2014)-- After praising more than 130 St. Augustine Medal recipients for their “generous and loving service to the Church,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano also issued a challenge to them during today’s St. Augustine Medal of Service ceremony.

“I commission you to go out to be my missionaries of hope to the rest of our Church, and to invite them to follow in your footsteps,” the Bishop said in a brief homily. “And in this year of the Synod, let us pray that they rise to the challenge because we need every single one of them.”

2014 St. Augustine Medal Nominees (Download PDF)Click to view a slideshow of the ceremony

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Remembering the diocese after we are gone | October 28, 2014

The Big Day of Serving | October 24, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—What a great day! Teens from St. Aloysius Parish in New Canaan joined over 400 other volunteers from the tri-state area who spent the day in Bridgeport working to help in 24 service projects. The St. A teens were assigned to the Burroughs Community Garden. They weeded and weeded for hours and then mulched and prepped the soil for next spring, all so next summer those in need in Bridgeport can have fresh food on their table.

Amazing Parish Conference re-energizes parish life | October 24, 2014

DENVER—Five parishes from the Diocese of Bridgeport were among the 140 parishes from around the U.S.A. and Canada who gathered in Denver on August 27-28 for the Amazing Parish Conference.

Tap Dancing Priests Rising to Internet Fame | October 24, 2014

ROME—A pair of priests from the U.S. are captivating audiences at their seminary in Rome with a tap dance routine that is now garnering hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube.

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Click here to view a video from 2012.