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God is calling each person and every nation to repent

February 17, 2015

Making a Difference
By Tony Magliano

“The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”    
With these two compelling sentences—as recorded in the Gospel of Mark—Jesus inaugurates his ministry and sums up what his mission is about: to break the shackles of sin that enslave humanity, to put us on the path of liberation from all oppression, and to teach us how to unconditionally love one another.

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Silence can be a Lenten offering

| February 24, 2015

One thing that indicated I may have a priestly vocation was my love of silence.

I don’t recall when I first became aware of my comfort with the absence of “noise,” but my ability to enjoy silence in seminary was a sign to me that I may perhaps have a calling to the priesthood.

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During Lent, pope offers handy tips for preparing for confession | March 01, 2015

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament of penance.

Appeal co-chairs live their faith | February 27, 2015

NEW CANAAN—When she first became interested in the annual appeal of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Julie Taylor was most drawn to the diocesan Respect Life ministry. “As a mother, it was totally the support of life,” says Julie, this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal co-chair with her husband, Rowan. The couple are the parents of four daughters, now ages 20, 16, 15 and 4 years old, and are members of St. Aloysius Parish.

Love is . . . new socks when it’s sub zero! | February 25, 2015

STAMFORD—Students at Turn of the River Middle School understand that cold feet and hole-y socks are a problem for those struggling to feed their families. Last week, they collected and donated 500 pairs of new socks to New Covenant House.

Student vs. faculty basketball | February 25, 2015

BETHEL—What a fun (and entertaining!) evening for mid-February at St. Mary School.

Presidents and First Ladies grace St. Joseph School with their presence | February 25, 2015

BROOKFIELD—Recently, first and second graders at St. Joseph School celebrated Presidents Day in a very real way.

Vietnamese New Year honors family | February 24, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—Children, parents, grandparents, extended family and friends filled St. Augustine Cathedral on February 15 as Bishop Frank J. Caggiano joined the Vietnamese community in welcoming the Vietnamese New Year.

“This is the most important holiday of the year for our culture,” says Father Augustine Nguyen, episcopal vicar for Vietnamese in the Diocese of Bridgeport.

Happy Valentine’s Day! With Love, St. Mark School | February 24, 2015

STRATFORD—The first and fourth grade students at St. Mark School worked together to make "bags of love" for the elderly at Lord Chamberlain Nursing Home in Stratford.

Lenten Fish Fry | February 24, 2015

SHELTON—On the first Friday in Lent, many braved the frigid temperatures to attend the first of the Annual Lenten Fish Fry Fridays at St. Joseph’s Parish in Shelton. Every Friday until March 27, all are invited to come  enjoy the delectable fresh fish between 5-8 pm. Guests are welcome to bring their own drinks, although soda, water, juice & coffee is available to purchase.

New governance model for Cathedral Academies | February 24, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has introduced a new governance model for Bridgeport Catholic schools that will lead to greater participation and involvement of the laity in the mission and planning for the four schools.

The Notre Dame-Fairfield boys basketball team is at it again | February 23, 2015

FAIRFIELD—The Notre Dame-Fairfield boys basketball team is at it again.