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Raleigh Seminarian with terminal brain cancer responds to Brittany Maynard

November 04, 2014

Philip Johnson, a 30-year-old Catholic seminarian from the Diocese of Raleigh who has terminal brain cancer, has written an article responding to Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman who has publicly stated her plan to commit suicide due to the fact that she has a terminal brain cancer. Johnson is vocal about his disagreement that suicide would preserve one’s dignity in the face of a debilitating illness. His article is below:

Dear Brittany: Our Lives Are Worth Living, Even With Brain Cancer

Last week I came across the heartbreaking story of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer one year after her wedding. When doctors suggested that she might only have six months to live, she and her family moved from California to Oregon in order to obtain the prescriptions necessary for doctor-assisted euthanasia. She is devoting her last days to fundraising and lobbying for an organization dedicated to expanding the legality of assisted suicide to other States.

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

Happy Eucharistein!

| November 24, 2014

I had to do some research for this blog. Although research can be tedious, it is usually rewarded with the gift of increased knowledge. Again, I have to give the Internet a big “thumbs up” for allowing me to do some significant research in a rapid manner. Despite the pitfalls of our online culture, in my opinion, the Internet is and can be a huge boon for all who are seeking to increase their knowledge about God and the Catholic faith.

First, our English word, Eucharist, is taken from the Greek verb, Eucharistein. At first, I thought that Eucharist was taken from the Greek word, Eucharistia, but Eucharistia is a noun. It took a little digging, but I finally found what I was looking for -- the verb form of Eucharist, which is Eucharistein.

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Bishop Caggiano celebrates Mass at Trinity Catholic High School for blessing of food donations | November 26, 2014

STAMFORD--Bishop Frank J. Caggiano joined the Trinity Catholic High School community for our annual Thanksgiving Mass on Nov. 25. Our students collected over 6000 lbs of food for those in need, showing the love of Christ to all. Thank you students! Click here for photos.

Students experience the power of prayer | November 25, 2014

DARIEN—On October 20, middle school students  at St. Thomas More Parish celebrated a Living Rosary. Each student recited a prayer of the Rosary aloud and lit a candle to symbolize the power of prayer. They participated in the Joyful and the Sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary. For information on St. Thomas More Parish go to:  www.stmdarienct.org

The Friendsgiving Potluck dinner at St. Theresa's was a success | November 24, 2014

The First Annual Young Adult Friendsgiving Potluck dinner took place Friday, November 21 at St. Theresa's Parish in Trumbull. Their Young Adult Group teamed up with St. John the Evangelist Parish from Stamford to host the event. Everyone shared in delicious homemade food and good conversation. By having this annual event, we are starting a presence in the Diocese of Bridgeport to share events and fellowship with other Young Adult Groups in Fairfield County. For info on Catholic Young Adult Groups (ages 21-35) news and events in Fairfield County www.dob-ya.com. Don't miss upcoming social at Two Roads Brewery in Stratford on Dec. 6 or DJ Ice Skate Dec. 5 in Danbury!

"We owe you a tremendous debt" - Bishop tells retired Priests | November 21, 2014

STAMFORD-- More than 50 retired priests, donors and invited guests gathered today for groundbreaking of the $3.5 million expansion of the Catherine Dennis Keefe Queen of Clergy Retired Priests’ Residence.

Describing the new project as an “exciting and historic moment,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said the groundbreaking was another step forward for the diocese. He thanked the staff for their dedicated service to the priests and donors for their generosity in making the expansion possible.

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Diocese to break ground for Queen of Clergy Expansion | November 21, 2014

STAMFORD— A groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of the Catherine Dennis Keefe, Queen of the Clergy Retired Priests’ Residence will be held on Friday, November 21, 4 pm at 274 Strawberry Hill Avenue in Stamford.

Deacon Domingo Reverón | November 21, 2014

Deacon Domingo Reverón, Sr., a deacon at St. Peter Parish in Bridgeport, died on November 9 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. He was 78 years old.

Trumbull OKs conversion of bishop’s residence into seminary | November 20, 2014

The Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport is asking the Trumbull P & Z for permission to convert the bishop's residence on Daniels Farm Road in Trumbull into a seminary in an effort to downsize.

Pope condemns attack on Jerusalem synagogue, urges end to violence | November 19, 2014

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis condemned the "unacceptable episodes of violence" in Jerusalem, episodes that "do not spare even places of worship," after an attack in a synagogue left four worshippers, a policeman and the two attackers dead.

Trinity Catholic girls soccer wins Sportsmanship Award | November 18, 2014

The Trinity Catholic High School Varsity Girls Soccer team was awarded the prestigious Brian Kelly Award for sportsmanship by the Southern Connecticut Soccer Officials Association. At a recent banquet the team was applauded for its conduct and character on the field of play.

St. Joseph High School Awarded State School Security Grant Funds | November 17, 2014

TRUMBULL— St. Joseph High School in Trumbull has been awarded a $92,857 School Security Grant by Gov. Daniel P. Malloy. The matching grant commits $185,750 for increased security measures at the school. Governor Malloy stated, "We want our schools—both private and public— to make their institutions as safe as possible."