OSWIECIM, Poland (CNS) -- Sitting with head bowed and eyes closed, Pope Francis paid silent tribute to the victims of one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century.The pope arrived July 29 at the Auschwitz-BirkenauNazi death camp in Oswiecim, an area now blanketed by green fields and empty barracks lined by barbed wire fences, remnants of a horror that remains embedded in history.
TRUMBULL—Dozens welcomed His Eminence Chibly Cardinal Langlois, Haitian cardinal and president of Haiti’s Bishops’ Conference, to a July 23 Night of Solidarity with Retired Haitian Priests at St. Catherine in Trumbull.
KRAKOW, POLAND—On Monday, World Youth Day pilgrims from the Diocese of Bridgeport spent the evening celebrating Mass with Cardinal O'Malley from Boston and thousands of other pilgrims from the United States at the Basilica of Divine Mercy, the resting place of St. Faustina.
After Mass, pilgrims ate dinner at the Park Inn and explored Krakow’s city center in their groups.
BRIDGEPORT—Catholic clinical psychologist Tim Hogan will present “The Gift of Cultural Hurricanes: How to Build New Bridges that Transform Catholic Families,” on Saturday, August 6, from 10 am-1 pm in the Queen of Saints Room at the Diocese of Bridgeport Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport.
This event is free and lunch is included. Please register by Wednesday, August 3, so that proper arrangements can be made.
WARSAW, POLAND—World Youth Day pilgrims from the Diocese of Bridgeport are keeping busy in the days leading up to the Holy Father’s July 27 arrival in Poland.
The 231 pilgrims from the Bridgeport Diocese arrived in Poland last Friday, July 22 where they were met by guide and boarded private motor coaches for a brief city tour of Warsaw and a welcome dinner. Pilgrims stayed at the Mazurkas Hotel & Conference Center.
MASS CARDS are available from the diocesan Mission Office for all intentions. The donations support missionaries throughout the world. If you are interested in purchasing a Mass card, call Elaine Bissenden in the Mission Office: 203.416.1447.
BLACK ROCK SUMMER CONCERTS have begun. They take place every Tues. at 6:30 pm on St. Ann Field (next to St. Ann Church), 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport. Rain date is on Weds. Bring your chairs, blankets, munchies, and kids. Admission: $5; children under 12, free. There's a new band and a new food truck every week! Check out www.StAnnBlackRock.com for schedule and cancellations/postponements.
EARLY BIRD Registration Now Open for 2016 SWIM Across the Sound Marathon Swimmers. The SWIM Marathon will be held on Sat., July 30, at Captain's Cove in Bridgeport. The SWIM helps individuals and families who are battling cancer. To register, visit: www.SwimAcrossTheSound.org/
REMEMBERING LOVED ONES lost to cancer: St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound is sponsoring the 19th Annual Interfaith Memorial Service on Sun., July 31, at 8:30 am at Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport, rain or shine. Registration begins at 8 am. The event is free of charge, and open to all members of the community who have lost a loved one to cancer regardless of hospital affiliation. No registration is necessary. Reading of names of deceased loved ones submitted by participants, and symbolic scattering of sunflowers, representing each person onto Long Island Sound. The service will also include prayer, musical tributes, inspirational readings, honor guard from the Knights of Columbus and a symbolic candle-lighting ceremony. Refreshments served after the service. For more info, contact Lucinda Ames: 203.576.5550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TALENT SHOW held at the Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield, 50 Montfort Rd., Rte. 118 Litchfield, Sun., Aug. 7, from 2- 4 pm. Enjoy Forms are available after Sunday Mass (12:45) in the Grotto Café or email email@example.com. Requests should be received by Mon., Aug. 1.
ANNUAL RETREAT—Join our Sisters at one of their annual retreats. Aug. 7-9 or 9-11 discern our way of life by praying with our Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. Fr. Niles Kauffman will direct conferences. Silence will be an important part of personal reflection. For more info visit Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity: fscc-calledtobe.org.
CRUISE—Join St. Stephen Church on Thurs., Aug. 11, for a cruise around the Thimble Islands off the coast of Branford. Depart St. Stephen at 12:45 pm for a 3 pm cruise. Dinner at Biagetti's Restaurant in West Haven. Cost $73.00 per person (includes bus, cruise and dinner), space is limited - call Maria LaVelle at 203.459.1021 for reservations.
DISCERNMENT of Spirits Retreat teaches the art of decision-making using St. Ignatius' rules of discernment. Aug. 12-14 begins at 5:30 pm with evening meal and ends after Sunday noon meal at 12:30 pm. For more info visit Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity: fscc-calledtobe.org.
SUMMER CAMP: “Lives of our Catholic Saints,” will be held at St. Mary Parish, Norwalk, Tues.-Fri., Aug. 16-19 from 9:30-11 am. Open to children entering fourth grade and older, through Confirmation. Free of charge (donations welcome). For more info, contact Andrea Remlin: Lourdes_fatima@hotmail.com or 203.227.5477.
S’MORES AND STARS: Have fun around the fire and enjoy some s’mores while watching the stars. Aug. 19 from 8-11 pm at St. Ann’s, 181 Clapboard Ridge Rd., Danbury.
MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE will be celebrated Mon., Aug. 22, at 7:30 pm at Christ the King Parish, Trumbull with Fr. Larry Carew. For more info, call the Charismatic Renewal Office: 203.268.8253.
BRIDGEPORT—After more than a year of backbreaking planning, social media director John Grosso will lead 232 pilgrims aged 16 to 35 from the Bridgeport Diocese on the trip of lifetime across the Atlantic Ocean and onto Polish soil.
The delegation has never sent more than 30 travelers to World Youth Day, and anything over 200 representatives is no longer a far-fetched ambition, but a realized accomplishment.
WASHINGTON—The threat of being pulled over by police and arrested for something that even "hinted of going beyond the status quo," was very real to retired Bishop John H. Ricard of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, when he was growing up in segregated Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
BRIDGEPORT—On any given summer weekday, campers at the McGivney Community Center can be found creating rockets in science class, tie-dyeing T-shirts, brushing up on reading skills, and performing in a “McGivney’s Got Talent” showcase.
BRIDGEPORT—Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week will be held from July 24-30, 2016. In accordance with the Year of Mercy, this year’s theme is “Love, Mercy, Life: Opening the Heart of Marriage.
BRIDGEPORT—A contingent of 234 pilgrims from the Diocese of Bridgeport, including three transitional deacons and many seminarians, will travel to Krakow, Poland, for the World Youth Day (WYD) gathering in July.