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“IT” happens “everywhere-but-here”

July 16, 2016

Only, now… it HAS OUR our little corner of at Saint 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


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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Bishop reviews schools viability | January 19, 2017

BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese of Bridgeport is nearing completion of a 16-month planning process for the future of its elementary schools in Stamford and the greater Danbury and Shelton area.

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and other diocesan leaders have begun to personally meet with parents to listen to feedback on working group recommendations. 

Ministry Formation Day | January 19, 2017

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BRIDGEPORT—“Prophets of a Future Not Our Own will be the theme of a Ministry Formation Day set for Saturday January 28th, 8:30-2:30, Queen of Saint Hall at the Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT.

Baby Nathan John Touches Hearts and Shows the Beauty of Life | January 18, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS—With temperatures near zero on the evening of January 4, a baby boy spent one of his first hours in a laundry basket left in a cathedral vestibule, where an astonished custodian discovered him as he locked up the church. Uncertain about the baby’s health, the rector of the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota, baptized the infant while waiting for 911 responders.

Spirited reception launches ACA in Bridgeport | January 16, 2017

BRIDGEPORT—A gathering of almost 300 people filled the Queen of Saints Hall at the Catholic Center on Sunday for the kickoff reception for 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal.

USCCB President urges encounters of the heart in message for Martin Luther King Jr. Day | January 16, 2017

WASHINGTON—The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, issued the following statement in relation to the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Upcoming synod needs young people's voices, pope says | January 14, 2017

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis asked young people to tell him, their bishops and pastors about their hopes and struggles and even their criticisms.

Immaculate High School Welcomes Accepted Students | January 14, 2017

DANBURY—Recently Immaculate High School (IHS) hosted a special Accepted Students Night for the more than 250 accepted students who are eligible to make up the class of 2021.

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Lessons from an Era of Confusion | January 12, 2017

NEW YORK—In this "First Things" blog entry, nationally syndicated columnist and Catholic theologian George Weigel reviews "Aggiornamento on the Hill of Janus," the new book by Msgr. Stephen  DiGiovanni, pastor of the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in Stamford.

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Development Office Releases 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal Video | January 11, 2017

BRIDGEPORT—Here's the first look at "Sharing God's Gift, Transforming Lives," the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) video.

Walking with Purpose | January 10, 2017

BRIDGEPORT—Walking with Purpose is not your grandmother’s Bible study group. Founded in Maryland in 2002 by a young mother and Catholic convert who was looking for material that was relevant to her situation, Walking with Purpose has evolved into a program that strives to reach out to all Christian women regardless of age, background or marital status. As its website notes, Walking with Purpose “understands how it feels when life is stuck on the spin cycle.”

Cardinal Tobin looks to bridge chasm between faith, life in anxious world | January 08, 2017

NEWARK—The chasm between faith and life is the greatest challenge facing the Catholic Church today, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin said at his installation Mass, and he urged the church to be salt for the earth so that the presence of Christ does not become "a comforting, nostalgic memory."

Safe Environment Training for Parents | January 08, 2017

BRIDGEPORT— A Safe Environment Training for parents will be offered by the Diocese of Bridgeport on Thursday January 12th, 2017 at the Catholic Center.