THE BRIDGE: April 17, 2014

Office of the Bishop

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JOIN MOST REV. FRANK J. CAGGIANO ON 8-DAY PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA:  visiting, Fatima, Aljustrel, Valinhos, Alcobaca, Batalha, Nazare & Lisbon. Apr. 22-29, 2014.  For details and registration click here.  For additional information call Susan at Little Flower Tours & Travel, 888-843-7373 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Website:

SAVE THE DATES:  Blue Mass on Sept. 14, and Red Mass on Sept. 28. Details TBA.

PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES-ASSISI-ROME from Sept. 24-Oct. 3, 2014 sponsored by A & G Peace Tours, Inc.  Price from NY $3,699 pp/double occupancy.  For info call (718) 423-5077 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or

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Office of Clergy and Religious

THE BRIDGEPORT DEACON to view monthly newsletter click here.

Prayers for Priests March and April 2014 (click here)

RELIGIOUS FORMATION CONFERENCES celebrating their 60th Anniversary sponsoring gatherings around the country. The theme is From Center to Periphery: Locating the Prophetic Witness of Religious Life. The first location is the closet to our area, on May 2-3 at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in Latham (Albany) NY. Go to for additional information. The keynote presenters will be:

·         Richard Gaillardetz, PhD, Joseph Professor of Theology at Boston College: From Center to Periphery: Relocating the Prophetic Witness of Religious Life

·         Caroljean Willie, SC, PhD, NGO Representative at the United Nations for the Sisters of Charity Federation:  Called to Live on the Margins of Possibility

The RFC also is sponsoring webinar Fri., May 30 from 3:30-4:30 EDT: Legal Questions in Religious Life Today by Lynn M. McKenzie, OSB. The talk focuses on new legal questions religious congregations encounter today.

ST. VINCENT’S HONORS DAUGHTERS OF CHARITY - OPEN TO ALL with a two-day celebration called “Passing the Flame: A Homecoming and A Leavetaking.” All Daughters of Charity from all over the country who have served at St. Vincent’s, St. Ann’s School or within the Bridgeport ministry are invited to participate. In June of this year, the Daughters of Charity will conclude more than 110 years of service to St. Vincent’s, as they continue their mission of caring for the poor and vulnerable in locations where they are more desperately needed. To honor their work, a Mass open to the general public will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church in Bridgeport on May 18 at 12 Noon, with  a symbolic soup and bread reception to follow in the parish hall. On May 19, a series of events are planned at St. Vincent’s Medical Center for employees, physicians and volunteers, past and present. For info contact St. Vincent’s Pastoral Care at (203) 576-5110 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

NATIONAL CATHOLIC BIBLE CONFERENCE on June 27 & 28 at National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, 654 Ferry Dr Doylestown, PA.  Fuel the fire for God in your heart as you come to know Him more intimately through His word. Early registration by 4/25/14: $145; after 4/25/14: $170. Priests, Deacons and Religious Order:

Conference for Priests: The Thomistic Institute will offer its third annual conference for diocesan priests, “The Priest as Disciple of Christ & Alter Christus,” in Nashville, Tennessee, from July 8-10, 2014.  The program features Bishop David Choby, Fr. Allan White, Fr. Frederick Miller, Fr. Gabriel O'Donnell, Fr. Guy Mansini, and Fr. Thomas Joseph White. For more information see the website: or click here for brochure.

Opportunities for Priests at Pontifical North American College:
Fall 2014
Traditional Sabbatical from Sept. 9- Nov. 25 with five day guided retreat in Assisi and option of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. For more details see ICTE link at website or contact Msgr. Figueiredo, Director of ICTE.

Please pray for . . .

  • Jean Trankovich (wife of Deacon Rudy Trankovich)
  • Phyllis Myott (wife of Deacon Dan Myott)
  • Beth Chervenak (wife of Deacon Ray Chervenak, Assumption Parish, Fairfield)
  • Fr. Francis Posluszny, Missionary in Chiclayo, Peru
  • Fr. Seraphim Rohlman
  • Rev. Bernard Keefe
  • Deacon Roland Blier (retired)
  • Father Michael Bachman (St. Ladislaus, Norwalk)
  • Rev. Robert Hyl
  • Rev. Andrew Walter
  • Priscilla Blier (wife of Deacon Roland Blier)
  • Deacon Don Naiman (St. Joseph Parish, Danbury)



“No one chooses the place or the people to whom he is sent, and every time has its own challenges; but in every age God gives the right grace to face and overcome those challenges with love and realism.”  Pope Benedict XVI, Homily from Mass with Seminarians, World Youth Day, 20 August 2011.

Remember to pray for Seminarians and Vocations: To download the schedule click here or go to

Establish a Vocation Liaison Committee in your parish
The response to this initiative has been exceptionally positive! We invite you to join them by choosing a lay volunteer to contact and meet with Fr. Robert Kinnally to promote vocations in your parish. If you have any questions, please contact Father Kinnally: 203-416-1513 or e-mail


Pastoral Services

April 27, 2014 - Second Sunday of Easter—Divine Mercy Sunday
Today we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday which Pope John Paul II inaugurated in the year 2000 and today we celebrate his canonization.  These were his last written words that he prepared to be read on Divine Mercy Sunday, the day after his passing: “As a gift to humanity, which sometimes seems bewildered and overwhelmed by the power of evil, selfishness, and fear, the Risen Lord offers His love that pardons, reconciles, and reopens hearts to love. It is love that converts hearts and gives peace. How much the world needs to understand and accept Divine Mercy! Lord, who reveal the Father’s love by Your Death and Resurrection, we believe in You and confidently repeat to You… Jesus, I trust in You, have mercy upon us and upon the whole world. Amen.”

On Pentecost Sun., June 8 at 1:30pm, the Diocesan celebration of Confirmation for adults will be celebrated at Saint Augustine Cathedral, Bridgeport.  Classes to prepare adults 18 years of age and older for the Sacrament of Confirmation are offered on seven dates from April 22 to June 3 from 7-9pm at Saint Luke Parish, Westport.  A retreat will also be held.  Cost for the entire program is $50.  For further info contact Gina Donnarummo at the Diocesan Office for Pastoral Services at (203) 416-1446 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). These classes are also offered as refresher courses to anyone in the diocese. To register, click:

1-DAY RETREAT FOR LAY MINISTERS “Encountering the Word Made Flesh” on Sat., May 10 from 10am-4pm. Join Fr. Peter Lynch at St. Ann Church, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport for a one-day retreat designed to enrich your ministry and deepen your relationship with Jesus, the Word Made Flesh.  $45pp includes lunch, the opportunity for Confession and Mass. Visit for more info or call (203) 368-1607.

SPRING ENRICHMENT - ADULT FAITH FORMATION & MINISTRY TRAINING featuring Keynote Speaker Bishop Frank J. Caggiano at Diocese of Albany from May 12-15. For info or to register go to  For For all religious educators and youth ministry leaders.

LIFETEEN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE for Juniors and Seniors on June 23-27 at Benedictine College, Atchison, KS. A generation of teens rising up and taking their faith seriously, changing their parishes, schools, and families. Invest in the future of the Church, invite your top juniors and seniors to a life-changing week. click here for info. Discounts available.

NATIONAL CATHOLIC BIBLE CONFERENCE on June 27 & 28 at National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, 654 Ferry Dr Doylestown, PA.  Fuel the fire for God in your heart as you come to know Him more intimately through His word. Early registration by 4/25/14: $145; after 4/25/14: $170. Priests, Deacons and Religious Order:

POSITION OPENING: A Parish in Darien, CT is looking for a full charged bookkeeper, fully versed in Quickbooks and Excel. Good communication skills with attention to detail. Part-time 12-15 hours a week please call 655-3303 x 18 for details.

Holy Rosary Church, Ansonia - DRE Position Opening: The Director of Religious Education administrates (designs, develops and evaluates) a total parish catechetical program and provides leadership to assist a parish community in building a solid foundation for adult and youth spirituality, Christian living, ministry and outreach.  Requirements: DRE is expected to have capabilities in theology, program development, Catechist development, education, communication and relationships, and administration and management.  Ability to prioritize projects; be self motivated; excellent interpersonal communication skills; ability to present oneself professionally; have supervisory experience, good organizational and facilitation skills and ability to maintain confidentiality.  Hours: 28 hours per week; must be willing to work evenings and weekends. Hourly rate: $15-$20 depending on experience and background.  Send resume to:  Search Committee, Holy Rosary Church, 10 Father Salemi Dr., Ansonia, CT  06401.

St. Mary Parish, Ridgefield -  DRE Position Opening:  Saint Mary Parish is a vibrant community of approximately 3,000 registered families, located in Ridgefield, Connecticut.  We are looking for a Director of Religious Education to lead a program of 1200+ children, from grades K to 9.  This Individual should be a committed, practicing Catholic, faithful to Church teaching, with a firm knowledge of the faith acquired, preferably but not necessarily,  through a recognized degree  in Religious Education or Religious Studies.  Applicants, understanding the vision of the Parish faith formation program, will be responsible to implement all its aspects such as curriculum, staffing and catechist training.  In addition, applicants should possess proven leadership skills and the ability to work effectively with children, parents, clergy, and parish lay leadership.  Also expected is a good understanding of new developments in the field of religious education and of the integration of technology into the program when appropriate.  Applicants should have applicable experience in leading a program/organization of similar size.  All applicants can email their resume and cover letter to Ray Sturz, Business Manager at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

2014 SPRING SHARE Program (starts March 8) will be offering three courses this semester.  Please see the course offerings below and the attached flyer.  To register, mail a check made payable to “Office for Pastoral Services” attn: Gina Donnarummo, Office for Pastoral Services, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06606. 

Mary, the Perfect Disciple  This course considers Mary as the Mother of God and Mother of the Church as well as the model of discipleship.

Dates: Wednesdays, May 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Location: Notre Dame Catholic High School, 220 Jefferson Street, Fairfield
Instructor: Father Donald Guglielmi
Cost: $140

FIRST DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT WOMEN’S CONFERENCE Inviting all women in the Diocese and beyond to the first ever Catholic Women's Conference! Save the date: Sat., Oct. 25 at Trumbull Marriott. The day will include Mass with Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, talks, adoration, opportunity for Reconciliation, music, plated lunch, vendors, and more! Updates as they happen on Adult Formation page click here

ATTENTION ALL FACEBOOK USERS:  Please “Like” these new Facebook pages from the Diocesan Office for Pastoral Services.  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.

Bulletin Announcement - 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:  For more info contact Gina Donnarummo, Director of Adult Formation at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (203) 416-1446.

Bulletin Announcement - 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 also 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 Father Nicholas Pavia. He is available for home and hospital visits, to interpret at Mass, and offer religious education.  Father Pavia is also available for Confession.  Please contact Father Pavia at 924-8611 or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you would like more information.

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

New Resources for Marriage & Family Life on USCCB Website:  We want to share with you some good news about two website resources that can enhance and assist your marriage and family life ministries.

First, the successful and popular website "For Your Marriage" ( has just re-launched with an entirely new design and a lot of new content. What's new and improved about "for your marriage"? Go and take a look. Also, you can read the news release describing it at:

Second, the USCCB now offers a special marriage and family website completely in Spanish ( This is an original website, modeled on "For Your Marriage" but 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 ( 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:


Safe Environments

VIRTUS TRAINING: To download the list of dates, places, and times as of October 16, 2013 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.

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 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 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).


Development Office

The Development Office staff is available to support you during the Appeal.  Please see updates and information below for the 2014 Annual Bishop’s Appeal and check back weekly for updates.  Please contact us with any questions or for support at 203-416-1479.  Thank you for your assistance and we look forward to a successful year.

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Pulpit Announcements

April 19th & 20th - Easter Sunday
No Appeal Announcement


·         The 2014 Annual Bishop’s Appeal DVD will be mailed to parishes in the next few weeks.
·         The 2014 Annual Bishop’s Appeal, Building Bridges in Faith and Charity is off to a great
          start. We are receiving gifts in the mail and on-line daily. We are very encouraged
          by the response.     

Thank you again for your effort on behalf of the Annual Bishop’s Appeal.  Please contact us if you need assistance.

2014 Annual Bishop’s Appeal Prayer
"Father, you have blessed our minds and hands to do your work, and as we gather, we seek your guidance in planning for the 2014 Annual Bishop’s Appeal.  In it we want to faithfully serve you by building a bridge of hope to those in need, in our parishes, schools, communities, and with our clergy and religious.  We pray you will enlighten us in ways to secure the means to provide for others.  We pray that each ministry will fulfill and restore individuals.   For those who are away from the Church, we pray the Holy Spirit will draw them to you.  For those who lack, we pray they will be filled.  We ask for your blessings on our parishioners and donors who give freely from their hearts and respond to God’s call of caring for their neighbor. We thank you in Jesus’ name.  Amen."

2014 Pastors Leadership Guide: The Pastors Manual is available on-line by clicking here.  If you have any questions please call the Development Office at 203-416-1479.  We look forward to supporting and working with you.

2014 In Pew Processing Instructions click here

2014 Summary Report Sheet click here

Form A click here
Form B click here
Form C click here
Form D click here


Catholic Charities

CATHOLIC CHARITIES SANDY DISASTER RELIEF SERVICES is now collaborating with state and private agencies to assess remaining damage and help residents with unmet storm-related issue.  The goal is to provide Sandy survivors with unresolved storm damage to their homes access to a eneds assessment team who can itemize necessary repair costs and help them apply for assistance from newly available funding resources.  click here

10TH ANNUAL CELEBRITY BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER for Covenant House "Stamford's Only Soup Kitchen" on Tues., Apr. 22 from 7:30-9am featuring guest speaker Larry Kudlow of radio and television. Click here for flyer. Click here for registration form.  For more info call (203) 964-8228 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Donate to Covenant House  Register for event at

OPEN POSITION - OFFICE MANAGER - NUTRITION PROGRAM, Stamford Office - Non-profit agency is seeking a highly organized individual to work in our Stamford office. Responsibilities include office management, answering phones, maintaining client files and database management. Requirements include 2 to 4 years administrative or office management experience and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Access. Qualified candidates will demonstrate an attention to detail, effective problem-solving skills, flexibility and the ability to work in a fast paced, team environment. Competitive salary and benefits.

Send resume and cover letter:
Cindy Phelps, Director
Senior Nutrition Program, Catholic Charities
30 Myano Lane, Suite 14
Stamford, CT 06902
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Exciting leadership position at a recovery-based, consumer-driven, psychosocial rehabilitation program in Danbury. Program offers curriculum-based skills teaching, support and social activities for adults with mental illness. Ideal candidate has extensive program management experience and background implementing innovative and creative services. Exceptional supervisory skills with proven success encouraging and motivating clients and staff teams. Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services required; Masters preferred. Three years supervisory/management and direct experience working in mental health required. Program Director works as part of the management team in one of Fairfield County’s largest human service agencies. Competitive salary and excellent benefit package. EEO Qualified applicants only- Send resume to Charlie Coretto, 24 Grassy Plain Street, Bethel, CT 06801 Fax to 203-796-0046 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

OPEN POSITION - Morning Glory Kitchen Attendant
Currently Catholic Charities is looking to hire a Kitchen Attendant to assist with the running of Morning Glory.  The duties include:  Working at the kitchen five days a week, Preparing meals on site, Assisting with program set-up and clean-up. This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. The job's incumbent(s) are responsible for performing other business-related duties as assigned by management. The position is 15 hours a week spread out over five days (6:15AM to 9:15AM, Monday through Friday). 

ESSENTIAL EDUCATION, SKILLS, QUALIFICATIONS: The ability to lift 25lbs, Kitchen experience preferred, Food Service training and certification preferred. Those interested in applying should mail, email or fax a cover letter and resume to: Sierra Pepi, Catholic Charities, 15 Spring Street, Danbury, CT 06810, Fax (203) 796-0046, Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)Catholic Charities’ Morning Glory Breakfast Program serves breakfast five days a week, out of Dorothy Day Hospitality House, to the homeless and financially disadvantaged of the Danbury area.  Morning Glory serves, on average, 100 individuals a day and provides a warm safe environment for individuals to have a warm meal, meet with providers, and get other basic needs met. 

House of Hospitality in the Thomas Merton Center in need of volunteers (address below).  Their food pantry is in need of non-perishable items, especially pasta sauce. Thank you!

43 Madison Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604
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

To see a list of ALL services go to:



For list of Bible Studies at Catholic Parishes in Fairfield County click here.
For list of High School Youth Groups at Catholic Parishes in Fairfield County click here.
For list of Teen Masses and Adoration Hours click here.

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The Diocese Twitter and Facebook are open to all - especially our Youth.  Send info, events, announcements to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Questions call Jill Monroe, 203-416-1461.


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