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The green encyclical has arrived!

June 23, 2015

Making a Difference
By Tony Magliano

It’s courageous, it’s prophetic, it’s challenging, it’s holistic, it’s wonderful: That’s what I think of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.”

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

Homily Prep: Deacon Dean Finch

| June 30, 2015

Deacon Dean Finch has been “extremely happily married” for 42 years to his wife Beverly. They have four children: Stephanie, Christie, Sarah, Brittany. He was ordained to the Order of Diaconate on June 27, 2000, so he just celebrated his 15th anniversary of ordination!

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St. Anthony Parishioners visit Bethel AME in Bridgeport, a Sister Church to Mother Emanuel AME in Charleston | July 05, 2015

Fr. John Baran and a group of 12 St. Anthony of Padua Parishioners in Fairfield demonstrated their prayer solidarity with the victims and families of the Charleston shootings when they attended a prayer service last week at Bethel AME in Bridgeport, sister Church to Charleston AME. Many faith communities came together at the service to express their sorrow and pray for unity. “We were there to show support, to offer comfort, to companion in grief, but what unfolded was an event that was beyond what we could have imagined,” writes Fr. Baran, pastor.

Click below to read Fr. John Baran’s moving account of the evening found in the St. Anthony Parish Bulletin.

Faith, Freedom and the Founding Fathers | July 04, 2015

Catholic Churches Have Witnessed to Religious Liberty

By Jay Copp, Register Correspondent

As the Fourth of July nears, crowds swell at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the nearby Liberty Bell. But just three blocks away is another powerful symbol of freedom — religious freedom. An active parish, small, modest-but-stately Old St. Joseph’s Church was a cradle of Catholicism in America.

Brookfield girl struck and killed by car “a wonderful, wonderful person” | July 04, 2015

By Rob Ryser from The News-Times

The Diocese of Bridgeport extends its deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Rebecca Draper Townsend who was struck and killed by an automobile in Danbury on Thursday evening.

Rebecca, 17, was a 2015 graduate of Immaculate High School. Principal Joe Carmen has described her as a "deeply caring and wonderful person."

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has asked Catholics throughout the Diocese to remember Rebecca and the Draper and Townsend families in their prayer.

National Shrine Pilgrimage rescheduled | July 01, 2015

Please read Bishop Caggiano’s statement:

BRIDGEPORT—“A few months ago, Pope Francis declared an extraordinary Holy Year entitled a ‘Jubilee of Mercy’. It will begin on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8, 2015) and conclude on the Feast of Christ the King (November 26, 2016). The Jubilee will ask all Catholics to accept and live Christ’s call of mercy for all those who are in need, lost or struggling in their lives.

Pope’s visits to Cuba, U.S. to highlight families, charity, tolerance | July 01, 2015

VATICAN CITY—In word and deed, Pope Francis will take his vision of a Catholic’s approach to family life, parish life, charity, economics, immigration and good governance to Cuba and the United States during a September 19-27 visit.

Alleluia! Catholic Center at Yale University promotes Catholic Music and Liturgy | June 30, 2015

NEW YORK—Anyone who has taken an art history course knows that the Renaissance was inspired by Catholicism. Beginning in the late 13th century, great artists began making religious paintings and sculptures that culminated in the works of Michelangelo and Leonardo.

Change in Civil Law does not reflect understanding of Sacramental Marriage | June 29, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—“Last week’s Supreme Court decision reflects rapidly shifting attitudes in our secular American society.

Knights deliver breakfast…and a message of family | June 29, 2015

NORWALK—On June 14, St. Matthew Council #14360 hosted its Second Annual Family Communion Breakfast at St. Matthew Parish for over 180 guests.

President of the UCCB statement on gay marriage | June 27, 2015

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex "marriage" "is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us," said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Father Carl Dennis McIntosh! | June 27, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—An overcast day could not keep Deacon Carl McIntosh from smiling.