Bishop and Pastors Meet to Discuss Pastoral Planning

December 01, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank Caggiano met with 71 pastors at the Catholic Center yesterday to discuss the Pastoral Planning process and other issues related to the renewal of the diocese.

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Diocese to begin Jubilee of Mercy observance

December 01, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese of Bridgeport will begin its observance of the Jubilee of Mercy with the opening Mass and blessing of a Jubilee Holy Door for use by diocesan pilgrims at St. Augustine Cathedral, on Tuesday, December 8, at 7:30 pm. The observance is the response to a declaration by Pope Francis for an extraordinary Holy Year called the Jubilee of Mercy, beginning on December 8, 2015, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and concluding on November 20, 2016, on the Feast of Christ the King.

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Diocesan Youth Choir to Perform
in Christmas Concert

November 30, 2015

NORWALK—“Arise and Shine,” a Christmas Concert featuring the new 82-member Diocesan Youth Choir (C4Y), on Friday, December 18, 7:30 pm, Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue.

Proceeds will benefit the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund and youth programs throughout Fairfield County.

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Advent begins today!

November 29, 2015

- Click here for a day-by-day guide to Advent from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
- Click to read Bishop Caggiano's reflection on Advent

BRIDGEPORT—Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.

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NEW TOY DONATIONS—Al’s Angels Toy Drive providing children battling cancer, rare blood diseases and severe financial hardship with holiday joy!! Click here for a list of drop off locations for toys. For more info please email Al's Angels at

AUDITION CALLS for St. Catherine’s Players, Riverside, 2016 production of Peter Pan will be held Mon., Nov. 30 and Tues., Dec. 1 at 7:30 pm in the parish hall. Bring  a prepared song and sheet music in your key for the accompanist. A group dance audition will be held each evening. In addition, please bring a list of your rehearsal and production date conflicts (January through mid-March). Rehearsals begin on Mon., Jan. 4. Click here for more info/ or to volunteer or email

O COME LET US ADORE HIM! Take a break from the holiday scurrying and come and rest for a while in silence with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament for Advent Adoration in St. Patrick Church, 169 Black Rock Turnpike, Redding Ridge, every Tues. night in Advent (Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 15, Dec. 22) anytime between 7-9 pm.

—Join Bishop Caggiano for the Annual Norwalk Celebrity Breakfast with Fr. Charles Allen, SJ, on Thurs., Dec. 3, at 8 am at St. Matthew Parish, Norwalk. Bring a toy to support the St. Nicholas Boutique! Toys benefit children in the Room to Grow Preschools and Behavioral Health services in Norwalk. Cost: $50; $300 for a table of 10. Click here for more info or for reservations, or call 203.273.9483. All proceeds benefit the Norwalk programs of Catholic Charities of Fairfield County.

—directed by Marlane Tubridy will be held Fri., Dec. 4 at 7:30 pm at Westport Town Hall Auditorium. Traditional carols and Christmas Favorites and Carols from around the world. Donations benefit local charities. Suggested donation: $15. For more info or to reserve tickets, go to or call 203.454.9023.

Danbury Emmaus is having a retreat for anyone from 8th-12th grade on Dec. 4-6 at the Seton Newman Center in Danbury, CT. It will be a weekend that you will never forget. Come and deepen your relationship with God while making friendships that will last a lifetime! Emmaus is Faith, Friends, Fun, and PLENTY of delicious Food. We promise you won’t be disappointed! If you are interested, please call Anne-Marie DeDomenico at 203.512.6367 or Tyler Moore at 203.826.4038, or visit us at

CHRISTMAS FAIR at St. Jude Parish, Monroe, will be held Sat., Dec. 5, from 10 am-4 pm. There will be crafters, religious items, the St. Jude Cookbook, raffles, prizes, and of course food and fun!! For more info, call the parish: 203.261.6404.

ADVENT RETREAT—St Mary’s in Bridgeport will be having an Advent Retreat on Sat., Dec. 5, from 8 am-5 pm. Contact Fr. Rolando Torres for details, 203.334.8811 or email

at Sacred Heart Parish, Stamford, held Sat., Dec. 5, at 6 pm. Traditional Christmas eve dinner ( pasta with bread crumbs and anchovies, fried zeppoli, strufoli, torrone , wine, soda DJ. Cost: $45/ person. For more info, call Rose or Jeff: 203.968.1234.

“CHRISTMAS MAGIC” benefit concert for Malta House, featuring the NY Tenors, will be held Wed., Dec. 9 at 7:30 pm at the Stamford Palace. To attend the 6 pm VIP reception, including special seating, call Malta House: 203.857.0088 or visit Regular seating tickets at $30, $50 and $80 are available at the Palace box office: 203.325.4466.

ADVENT LECTURE: "Thomas Merton & the 'Advent' of Christ in Our Lives" with Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM, will take place Sat., Dec. 12, from 1-3 pm at the Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University.  Light refreshments provided. Free event sponsored by the Year of Consecrated Life Committee. RSVP requested by Thurs., Dec. 3. For more info or for reservations, contact Sr. Nancy Strillacci: 203.416.1511 or

PARISH RETREAT to begin the Jubilee of Mercy held at St. Rose of Lima Parish, Newtown, on Sat., Dec. 12. Retreat starts at 8:45 am and ends with Mass at 4 pm. Presented by: Msgr. Robert Weiss, pastor; Fr. Alphonse Arokiam; and Fr. Krzysztof Kuczynski. Cost: $25 (more if you can; less if you can’t). Breakfast and lunch included, babysitting available upon request. RSVP by Wed., Nov. 25, to Mary Anders: 203.994.6167 or For more info, call Neveen Guirguis: 203.892.4727.

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Jesse Tree Ornaments Offer Opportunity for Advent Family Prayer

November 28, 2015

ROSEVILLE—When Jane Lagerquist came to Angie O’Connell’s home in West St. Paul, Minnesota, during Advent seven years ago, the friends looked at O’Connell’s paper-laminated Jesse Tree ornaments and talked about how hard it was to find quality materials to celebrate and teach children about the Church seasons.

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A time to be grateful for the “hidden blessings” in our lives

November 27, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—As we pause to count our blessings this Thanksgiving Day, many of the blessings in our lives are easy to name and do not require much thought to bring to mind.

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Connecticut Knights of Columbus to Distribute Coats for Kids on ‘Black Friday’

November 24, 2015

Children in six cities throughout state to be remembered with gift of warmth

NEW HAVEN—As many head out to shop on the day after Thanksgiving, hundreds of area children will receive a free and much-needed gift as the Knights of Columbus distribute new winter coats to children in need at six sites throughout Connecticut on Black Friday, November 27.

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Mass celebrates people with special needs

FAIRFIELD—The sun shone through the stain-glass windows of Holy Cross Church as Bishop Frank J. Caggiano welcomed all to the annual Mass hosted by St. Catherine Center for Special Needs.

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Families must forgive and not 'end the day in war,' pope says

November 23, 2015

VATICAN CITY—The secret to healing wounds among family members is to "not end the day in war" and to forgive one another, Pope Francis said.

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Fr. Hoffmann to honor 102-year old parishioner this Sunday

November 20, 2015

DARIEN—Fr. Frank Hoffmann, Pastor of St. John’s Parish, Darien will be presenting a Certificate of Commendation to 102 year old Knight, Dante Chicatell of Noroton in honor of his birthday on Sunday, November 22 at the end of the 7:30 Mass.

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To Coffee or not to Coffee…

November 20, 2015

NEW YORK—If you’ve paid any attention to the flare-up over the red Starbucks holiday coffee cups, you may want to watch this short video of Father Rob Ketcham, the chaplain of Saint John the Baptist Diocesan High School in New York.

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Pope Francis House brings "spirit of  Pope"  to Bridgeport

November 19, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—Work is progressing on  the Pope Francis house at 51 George Street in Bridgeport being built in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County, and leaders are asking for additional parish support to complete the project.

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Francis cries out for welcoming church: ‘House of God refuge,
not prison’

November 18, 2015

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis has again forcefully repeated his call that the Catholic church globally should open its doors to everyone, without exception, saying the church sometimes even keeps Jesus “prisoner” in its own institutions and does not let him out into the world.

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Bishop Joins Little Workers
at First Annual Stamford Benefit

November 18, 2015

STAMFORD—On Saturday, November 7, 2015, a fundraiser was held to benefit the work of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts, a congregation of religious Sisters who operate preschools within the Diocese of Bridgeport.

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Father Connaughton named director of vocations

November 17, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—Father John Connaughton, a native of Trumbull, has been named director of vocations of the Diocese of Bridgeport. His appointment, made by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, will be effective January 1, 2016.

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops gather for their annual Fall General Assembly

November 17, 2015

WASHINGTON—The 2015 Fall General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is taking place in Baltimore. CLICK HERE to watch the live stream of the public sessions. Live stream will run Tuesday, November 17, 9 am-5 pm Eastern.

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