THE BRIDGE: February 25, 2015



Office of the Bishop

BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT:



NEW DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT FREE PHONE APP
available now at the App Store (iPhone) or Play Store (Android)!


Each parish will update their own information: Mass and confession times, events, youth & young adult groups, Bible studies, stories, photos and more!

To train a representative from your parish, contact Deacon John DiTaranto in the Bishop's Office.

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HEALTH FAIR OPEN TO ALL DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT EMPLOYEES - March 19 from 11am-5pm.  Save the date and stay tuned for details!

2015 SPRING CONFIRMATION SCHEDULE

PILGRIMAGE WITH BISHOP CAGGIANO TO ITALY & SICILY
- July 13-23, 2015.  For info click here

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YOU ARE INVITED!

To: Priests and Communications Office of the Diocese of Bridgeport

From: Bishop Christie A. Macaluso, D.D., V.G., Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Hartford

You are invited to Saint Thomas Seminary Alumni Reunion to be held Friday, May 15 at Archdiocesan Center at Saint Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, Connecticut

Schedule:
2-4 p.m. Registration and Tours
4-5 p.m. Mass in the Chapel
5-6:30 p.m. Reception in Alumni Lounge
6:30 p.m. Program and Dinner

Enjoy an evening catching up with former classmates, professors, and friends. Share memories and re-visit the magnificent building and grounds. Learn more about the new Saint Thomas Seminary Alumni Association. Info and registration: http://stthomasseminarvreunion2015.eventbrite.com. Overnight accommodations available. To reserve a room, please call 860-242-5573 ext. 2602. For questions, email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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SYNOD - To all Pastors:
On Saturday, November 15, the Synod General Delegates unanimously approved the attached Declaration.  I would ask that you please publish the Declaration in your bulletins and make it available to all your parishioners as soon as possible.

It is also my intention that there be an summary update provided by the Synod Office after each of the General Sessions, and I would please ask that, when you receive that material, you provide the summary to your community in a timely manner.

If you need any additional information about the Synod process, or additional Synod materials, please contact Msgr. Dariusz or Patrick Turner in the Synod Office.

Frank J. Caggiano - DECLARATION
Following the First General Session of the Fourth Diocesan Synod, September 20, 2014

On Friday, September 19, 2014 Bishop Frank Caggiano signed the official decree opening the Fourth Diocesan Synod at the Vespers Service held at Saint Augustine Cathedral.  The next morning, starting at 8 AM, the First General Session of the Synod was opened.  The event took place at Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull, CT.

Close to 400 General Delegates, Observers, Theological Experts, Ecumenical Observers, the Synod Commission and various committee members participated in the session.  After the Morning Prayer, Deacon John DiTaranto presented a demographic overview of the Diocese, to help the Delegates understand the scope of Fairfield County and the Diocese of Bridgeport. 

Immediately after, he followed with the 1st Synod Theme presentation “Empower the Young Church”. The 2nd Theme “Build Up Communities of Faith” was presented by Mr. Bob Rooney and Ms. Marie Pascale.  Father Peter Towsley reported on the 3rd Theme: “Foster Evangelical Outreach”.  Finally, Mr. Michael Tintrup and Mrs. Barbara Ripp spoke of diocesan charitable outreach reporting on the 4th Theme: “Promote Works of Charity and Justice”.  Each of these presentations was data-driven to provide a solid understanding to all present on the scope and scale of the issues before us. After each of these report the General Delegates had 40 minutes to discuss the reports at their tables and then make public comments or submit thoughts by email that could be presented to all present.  At the close of each discussion, Bishop Caggiano gave “homework” to all Delegates and to all in the Diocese of Bridgeport in form of the questions presented below:

1.     Empower the Young Church.

a)     How do our programs, initiatives, and behavior exacerbate some of challenges identified in each presentation?

b)     Evidence indicates that many of our young people face a fundamental challenge – many do not believe they are lovable or loved.  We need to reflect on this further and ask: – Is that your experience? Our experience?

c)     Is technology just a tool, or has technology become a formational force?  Technology is no longer a “play thing”; evidence indicates that it is now forming human persons in significant ways, especially those who have been exposed to various forms of technology since birth.  For those of an older age, technology remains a tool.  For young people, who are growing up with technology and social media, some studies indicate that they are undergoing physiological changes, which means that they are thinking, communicating and socializing in new ways.  Technology may even be altering how their brain is formed. What do these changes mean for our ability to form and evangelize our people?

d)     Non-affiliated does not mean non-spiritual.  Some youth and young adults do not believe that a community is important in their search for God. Could it be that one of the root causes is that there is a need to reestablish the credibility of the community for our young people?  They see us as well meaning and nice, but their search does not require them to be with us. They do it on their own. Is this your experience? Our experience?

2.     Build Up Communities of Faith.

a)     Is community the right word to use?  What is common among the three categories?

b)     What makes a family a family?

c)     What makes a Catholic school Catholic?

d)     With regards to parish life, when does the strength of a former age become a weakness or liability in our current age?

e)     We are often tempted to choose between alternatives (i.e. just this OR that) in pastoral ministry, when the Catholic response is usually inclusive of many different approaches when serving people. Where is the “and” in all that we reflect upon?

3.     Foster Evangelical Outreach.

a)     What is the good news of the Gospel?  What is the good news of the Gospel for me?

b)     The means we use matter – At the heart of Evangelization is the recognition that we need to embrace the Truth (who is Jesus Christ) and the truths of our Catholic Faith (the things we profess and believe). How do you convey both?

c)     There was a time when people came to us; now we have to go to them. How can we do this, one person at a time?

d)     The question Jesus asked in the Gospel remains the single most important question each Christian must ask: “Who do people say that I am”?  What does the world (for example; Catholics who are no longer with us, social media, or mass media) say about Jesus Christ?  Who do YOU say that I am?

4.     Promote Works of Charity & Justice.

a)     What happens when it is not easy to fit charity and justice together?

All the faithful of the Diocese of Bridgeport were encouraged to comment on these questions through www.2014synod.org. The Synod will next meet in General Session on February 7, 2015.

The General Delegates of the Synod promulgated this summary of the First Session during the Second General Session of the Synod on November 15, 2014.


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Office of Clergy and Religious


CONTEST FOR THE YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE!

In celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life, we are sponsering a contest for students: K-Gr. 4, Gr. 5-8 and High School!  Prizes: $50-200 gift cards!
The contest begins February 13 - click here for details.


Please pray for . . .

  • Phyllis Myott (wife of Deacon Dan Myott)
  • Fr. Francis Posluszny, Missionary in Chiclayo, Peru
  • Fr. Seraphim Rohlman
  • Rev. Bernard Keefe
  • Deacon Roland Blier (retired)
  • Father Michael Bachman
  • Rev. Robert Hyl
  • Rev. Andrew Walter
  • Priscilla Blier (wife of Deacon Roland Blier)
  • Father Nick Calabro
  • Father Cliff Grise
  • Father Peter DeMarco


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Vocations

Office of Vocations
The Lord anointed us in Christ with the oil of gladness, and this anointing invites us to accept and appreciate this great gift: the gladness, the joy of being a priest. Priestly joy is a priceless treasure, not only for the priest himself but for the entire faithful people of God: that faithful people from which he is called to be anointed and which he, in turn, is sent to anoint.” – Pope Francis, Chrism Mass Homily 2014

Do you know a young man discerning priesthood?  Encourage him, pray for him, offer him your support!  Consider introducing him to Fr. Sam Kachuba, Director of Vocations. www.bridgeportvocations.org (203) 322-5331 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Bridgeport Vocations social media
www.facebook.com/bridgeportvocations
Twitter: @BPTVocations

Free discernment resourceshttp://www.gopriest.com

Consider printing this prayer (prayed daily by our seminarians) in your bulletin
Father, In your plan for our salvation, you provide shepherds for your people.  Fill you Church with the spirit of courage and charity. Raise up worthy priests for your altars and ardent, but gentle servants of the Gospel.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Visit our website for upcoming events and more information www.bridgeportvocations.org


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Faith Formation

CLICK HERE FOR FEBRUARY / MARCH 2015 BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS IN SPANISH

CLICK HERE FOR FEBRUARY / MARCH 2015 BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS IN ENGLISH

MEN’S DAY OF PRAYER & HEALING on Mar. 7 - Are you suffering or do you know a man who is suffering because of the loss of a child through abortion? Did you pressure someone or were you both pressured to abort? Were you against the abortion? Did you go along because you thought you had no say but want to support the woman? Did you find out she had aborted after the fact? Is your wife or girlfriend post abortive? Hope and healing is possible! For time and location on Entering Canaan Men's Day of Prayer and Healing, contact Lumina/Hope & Healing After Abortion at 877-586-4621 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

SIBLINGS HEALING WEEKEND held Mar. 13-15 - Are you suffering because your sibling was aborted? Are you struggling with questions? Do you feel alone? You are not alone! Entering Canaan Healing Weekend for Siblings of Aborted Babies will be held at St. Gabriel's Retreat House in Catonsville, MD. For time and location contact, Lumina/Hope and Healing After Abortion at 877-586-4621 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

DIOCESAN LENT RETREAT: You are invited to the Diocesan Lent retreat on Sat., Mar. 28 at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Stratford for 8am Mass to 12:30pm.  There will be a live performance by Glenn Smith on the life of Saint Paul.  After the performance there will be time for reflection, prayer, and conversation.  See the attached flyer for more information or contact Gina at 203-416-1446 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)Click here for flyer. To register, mail check for $15pp, made payable to: “Office of Faith Formation,” Attn: Gina Donnarummo, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06606.

Bulletin Announcement
Saint Catherine Center for Special Needs, located in Fairfield, will offer a religious formation program (RCIA) for adults and young adults with special needs, ages 18 and older, who wish to receive Sacraments of Initiation; Baptism, Eucharist, and/or  Confirmation.  We will meet Tuesday’s from 6:30-7:30pm at Saint Catherine’s Center for Special Needs, 760 Tahmore Dr., Fairfield. For info or to sign up contact Michelle O’Mara, Director of Pastoral Care and Outreach at email:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 203 -540-5381 ext. 2012.

SHARE WINTER/SPRING 2015 PROGRAM (a certificate program in Catholic Studies) intended to assist adult Catholics and help them understand their faith and empower them to put it into action.  Classes include four disciplines: Scripture, Church History, Theology, and Pastoral Theology.  For information contact: Gina at 203-416-1446 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). To register, mail check, made payable to: “Office of Faith Formation”, Attn: Gina Donnarummo, 238 Jewett Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06606

  • Introducción al Antiguo Testamento, Empezamos Febrero 24, 6 semanas de 7-9p.m.  St. Peter School, 98 Main Street, Danbury. Instructor. P. Bernardo Rodriguez. Coste: $120 ($20 por semana) . Para registrarse enviar cheque por correo a “Office of Faith Formation”. Attn: Gina Donnarummo, 238 Jewett Ave. Bridgeport, CT 06606. Para más información llamar a Gina Donnarummo: 203-416-1446. 
  • CHURCH HISTORY (Part II): From the Protestant Revolt (16th c.) through Vatican II and into the 21st century!  Dr. Joan Kelly will explore the cast of characters and events of this time period including Martin Luther and the splintering of Western Christianity, the Council of Trent, Ignatius of Loyola and the founding of the Jesuits, the French Revolution, the aftermath of Vatican II and so much more.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about these exciting centuries and their enduring influence on today’s church!  Part I is not a prerequisite to Part II. Dates: Mondays April 20, 27, May 4 and 11, Time: 7-9pm, Location: Trinity Catholic High School, 926 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, Instructor: Dr. Joan Kelly, Cost: $140
  • INTRODUCCIÓN DEL ANTIGUO TESTAMENTO: Toda la Biblia nos habla del Señor: "Vamos a descubrirlo"  Un Taller para profundizar en el Antiguo Testamento.  Seis semanas: 1. Introducción a la Biblia. Génesis 1-11 – Los orígenes y el período primero; 2. Los Patriarcas; 3. Éxodo y Números: Moisés, la Alianza y el Tabernáculo; 4. Conquista de la Tierra Prometida: Josué y Jueces; 5. El Reino Unido y el Reino dividido; 6. El exilio y el regreso, la revolución Macabea
    Fechas: martes febrero24, Marzo 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. Tiempo: 7pm to 9pm. Dirección:  Saint Peter School, 98 Main Street, Danbury, CT
    Instructor: Padre Bernardo Rodriguez. Costo: $120 ($20/semana)
  • WOMEN OF THE CHURCH:  Special attention will be given in this course to the lives of four holy women who contributed much to the life of the Catholic Church in its rich 2,000 year history.  They are: St. Hildegard of Bingen; St. Catherine of Siena; St. Teresa of Avila; Dorothy Day.  Dates: Tuesdays March 3, 10, 17, 24 (snow day 31), Time: 7-9pm, Location: Notre Dame Catholic High School, 220 Jefferson Street, Fairfield, CT, Instructor: Dr. June-Ann Greeley, Cost: $140
  • ACTS OF THE APOSTLES:  Acts is one of the most interesting, and probably one of the most neglected books in the New Testament. It is an account of what happened to the Church between Jesus’ ascension and Paul’s arrival in Rome, that is, roughly between 30 A.D. and 60 A.D. The book tells of the wonderful expansion of Christianity despite all obstacles. The word of God gets by every barrier. We are told how “the word of the Lord grew and prevailed mightily” (Acts 19:20). The Church grew from a small group of frightened disciples gathered in an upper room into a Message that spread to the “ends of the earth.” This took place under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Acts also shows the gradual transformation of Christianity from originally being a Jewish sect into a distinct religion. The Acts of Apostles qualifies as one of the great adventure stories of all time, and Luke, its author, shows considerable literary talent. The stories of Acts are interesting and exciting.
    Dates: Saturday April 11, 18, 25, and May 2, Time: 10am to 12noon, Location: Notre Dame Catholic High School, 220 Jefferson Street, Fairfield, CT. Instructor: Dr. Thomas Hicks - Cost: $140

“POPE FRANCIS AND THE PROMISE OF FAMILY” featuring Dr. Scott Hahn & Kimberly Hahn, and Dr. Allen Hunt – Open to all on Sat., Apr. 18 from 8:30am-5pm at All Saints School in Norwalk, concludes with Mass celebrated by Bishop Caggiano. Inspiration, encouragement and creative solutions to the challenges of married life and parenting in today's world as envisioned by Pope Francis. For reservations click here.  For Marriage Page click here.

WOMEN’S DAY OF PRAYER & HEALING held June 13 - Are you suffering from the loss of a child through the wounds of an abortion? Begin your journey towards healing with Entering Canaan Women's Day of Prayer and Healing. For confidential reservation, time and location contact Project Rachel at 203-416-1619 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2015 will be held in Philadelphia, Sept. 25-27 and with Pope Francis in attendance! The Diocese of Bridgeport will be organizing a group to attend this exciting event.  Details are still pending, but we want to know who will be joining us so that we may contact you once a package is confirmed.  Please contact Angela Mantero, Director of Marriage and Family, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 203-416-1627.

2014 SYNOD - YOUTH REPRESENTATIVES www.2014synod.org. If you are under 30, in high school or over and you would like to be a part of the Synod 2014, email Julie Rodgers, Director of Youth Ministry at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)! There will be 2 groups of young people present at the 2014 Synod: 1) 33 Youth Delegates will attend all Regular Sessions for the Synod and will have a leadership role in the Youth Sessions, 2) 400 Youth Co-Delegates will attend the Youth Sessions.

ATTENTION ALL FACEBOOK USERS:  Please “Like” these new Facebook pages from the Diocesan Office for Faith Formation. In this challenging time for youth and families, these pages will be a source of information and inspiration: Marriage and Family - Diocese of Bridgeport, Diocese of Bridgeport - Adult Formation and Youth Ministry – Diocese of Bridgeport.

Saint Cyril of Jerusalem Program- The new Saint Cyril of Jerusalem Program is now at every parish. This program will help catechize adults across the Diocese of Bridgeport and is a foundational program to learn more about the Catholic faith.  All pastors received a binder with the following material: 1) Seven (7) DVDs of the classes: Scripture, Creed, Sacraments, Prayer, Christian Living, Methodology, and Teaching People with Developmental Disabilities 2) Workbook for the participants, 3) Facilitator's Guide, 4) Guidelines for the pastor and parish facilitator, 6) Further resources, 7) Two posters to advertise. Classes and workbook are online too: www.scoj.org.  For info contact Gina Donnarummo, Dir. of Adult Formation at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (203) 416-1446.

Project Rachel - Free and confidential help for those seeking healing after abortion. Do you know someone who is carrying grief and sorrow over past abortions? Project Rachel is the post-abortion ministry of the Catholic Church seeking to assist those suffering from a past abortion come to healing in Christ.  “Do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope…the Father of Mercies is ready to give you His forgiveness and His peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.”  -Blessed John Paul II.  Contact Project Rachel (203) 416-1619 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Volunteers and Prayer Team Members needed! The Office for Pastoral Services is looking for individuals who are interested in volunteering for a group called St. Gabriel’s Helpers. Individuals in this group would be available to the Office for Pastoral Services [at the Catholic Center] to help with mailings, assist as ushers for Diocesan events, or make phone calls as needed from the office.  If you are interested in helping in this much needed ministry, contact Carmela Setti at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  or (203) 416-1623.

You are invited to join The Rose of Mary Prayer Team. The prayer team’s objective is to satiate the thirst of Christ by supporting the Office of Pastoral Services through prayer and sacrifice. We ask  for a daily commitment of prayer for the intentions of each of the Ministries, the office staff, and the people we serve.  More information is available below. If you are interested in joining The Rose of Mary Prayer Team, please contact June Vendetti: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Download the Rose of Mary Prayer Team information

Ministry to Deaf Parishioners Available - Deaf Parishioners in your parish can be ministered to by Fr. Nicholas Pavia. He is available for home and hospital visits, to interpret at Mass, offer religious education and available for Confession. Contact Fr. Pavia at 924-8611 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

SPANISH PRE-CANA available: Fr. Gustavo A. Falla, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Resources for Marriage & Family Life on USCCB Website: resources that can enhance and assist your marriage and family life ministries. First, the successful and popular website "For Your Marriage" (www.foryourmarriage.org) Read the news release describing it at: www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2010/10-069.shtml. Second, a special marriage and family website completely in Spanish (www.portumatrimonio.org). This is an original website, modeled on "For Your Marriage" not simply a translation of it. Here you will find advice, stories, testimonials, videos and other resources that are culturally-responsive to the needs of Spanish-speaking couples and parents.

La USCCB ha creado una nueva página web sobre Matrimonio y Familia completamente en español (www.portumatrimonio.org). Esta es una página muy original, modelada según “for your marriage”, pero no es una simple traducción de ésta. Aquí podrás encontrar consejos, historias, testimonios, videos y otros recursos que son respuesta a las necesidades de parejas y padres de habla hispana.You can read the news release describing "por tu matrimonio" at: http://www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2010/10-030.shtml


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Safe Environments

VIRTUS TRAINING: To download the list of dates, places, and times as of June 9, 2014 click here

To see the VIRTUS Protecting God's Children brochure translated in Portuguese click here.

Protecting God's Children for Adults: "Instagram: Photo and Video Posting Dangers for Young People" click here for article by Robert Hugh Farley, M.S. on geo-tagging/locating children's whereabouts.

IMPORTANT SAFE ENVIRONMENT REMINDER FOR ADULTS 18 and older:
All Priests, Seminarians, Religious Sisters and Brothers,  Deacons, Lay Employees, Volunteers and Independent Contractors (full time, part-time, per-diem and substitutes) - even if they are not working with children, must have the following safeguards in place.

  1. Register online to attend VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children for Adults by logging onto the website www.virtusonline.org. Select the word REGISTRATION & BRIDGEPORT DIOCESE
  2. Attend a live VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children for Adults class (Approximately 3 hours) and return a copy of your training certificate to the location where you work or volunteer.
  3. Complete a criminal background check. Additional information about background checks may be found at www.bridgeportdiocese.com under Human Resources.
  4. Read the Diocese of Bridgeport Code of Conduct and Sexual Misconduct Policy and return the signed acknowledgement of policy receipts to the location where you are working or volunteering.

If you have any questions or if you need to schedule VIRTUS training at your school or parish, please contact Erin Neil at (203) 416-1406 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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Development Office



2015 ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL





FEBRUARY 28 & MARCH 1

Supporting the Annual Catholic Appeal makes it possible to continue promoting the vocations to the priesthood that are so vital to the future of our local Church. The indispensable role that our 23 seminarians will perform in the life of the Church necessitates that they receive an unparalleled education in spiritual and academic disciplines at St. John Fisher Seminary. The formation and preparation our seminarians receive both at St. John Fisher and in major seminary spans five to eight years. This year Bishop Caggiano will be ordaining one seminarian to the priesthood. At an annual cost of more than $21,000, your Annual Catholic Appeal gift will help underwrite this worthwhile investment and help promote and foster vocations to the priesthood throughout our diocese.

COMMITMENT WEEKEND, March 14 and 15; March 21 and 22 - Pastors, please refer to page 18 in the Parish Leadership Guide.

CLICK HERE FOR 2015 PARISH LEADERSHIP GUIDE including weekly prayers, bulletin & pulpit announcements. Please refer to the guide for detailed information and tools on how to conduct a successful Appeal.  Please all the Development Office with any questions.  We are here to assist you in your effort.

Thank you for your leadership and assistance in reaching the 2014 Annual Bishop’s Appeal Building Bridges in Faith and Charity goal.  The Development Office  is grateful and looks forward to working with you this year on the 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal, Communities of Faith.




Fr. Michael Jones - (203) 416-1472
William McLean, Jr. - (203) 416-1473
Pam Rittman - (203) 416-1479
Med Camillo - (203) 416-1312
Joan Trombetta - (203) 416-1475
Janie Tucci  Baldino - (203) 416-1474


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Education

For Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport CT go to:  http://www.bridgeportdiocese.com/findaschool


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Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, Inc.
238 Jewett Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06606
(203) 416-1336
www.CCFAIRFIELD.org

For listing of job opportunities, go to:  www.ccfairfield.org/careers

Follow Catholic Charities on Twitter at @CCFairfieldDOB
Follow Catholic Charities on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/CCFAIRFIELD
Follow Family Directions on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FamilyDirections

THOMAS MERTON CENTER HOUSE OF HOSPITALITY in need of volunteers (address below). Their food pantry is in need of non-sugary cereals. Thank you!

Brian Jenkins, Program Director
43 Madison Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604
203-367-9036
Monday-Friday 8:30am-1:30pm;  Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm.
If not the Merton Center, consider giving to the pantry of your local parish or social concern center.

CAR DONATION PROGRAM "DONATION ANGEL" by Catholic Charities of Fairfield County will tow your vehicle away absolutely free!  Donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of your un-wanted car, van, truck, motorcycle, RV or boat directly to Catholic Charities of Fairfield County.  You will receive full fair market value for your donation as an IRS tax deduction.  Donation Angel is a nationwide service, so even if your vehicle is far away from Fairfield County it can still support Catholic Charities of Fairfield County. You will receive a receipt from Donation Angel for the fair value of your property. For info go to www.donationangel.org/ccfairfield.


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Diocese Webmail Access





IRISH NIGHT
at Lauralton Hall, 200 High St., Milford on Sat., Feb. 28 doors open at 6:45pm, entertainment begins 7:30pm.  Featuring Keltic Kick Band, Irish Dancers, raffles, prizes and more!  $25pp BYOB & snacks; proceeds benefit LH Scholarships.  Call (203) 877-2786, ext. 114 or email kdonahue@lauraltonhall.org.  Click here for flyer.  Click here for details.


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