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.
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
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
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
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.
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 . . .
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
Bridgeport Vocations social media
Free discernment resources: http://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
“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.
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.
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
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.
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
For Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport CT go to: http://www.bridgeportdiocese.com/findaschool
Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, Inc.
238 Jewett Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06606
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
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.
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 email@example.com. Click here for flyer. Click here for details.
Catholic by Grace
By Denise Bossert
It is the key to unleashing the New Evangelization. It is essential to carrying out the Gospel mission. What is the key? It is the confessional.
A Dad’s View
By Matthew Hennessey
Twelve year-old Billy Scheyd of St. Ann Parish in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport got polio. It was 1952, and the country was in the middle of the worst outbreak in its history. Nearly 58,000 people fell ill. More than 3,000 died.
By Joe Pisani
After decades of boozing, my father finally found Alcoholics Anonymous and spent the last 25 years of his life sober. And he would never let a day pass without sharing some of his AA wisdom with us, like “Let go and let God.” Easier said than done.
By Thomas H. Hicks
Isaiah prophesied during the eighth century B.C. He is said to be the prophet who brings out the eloquence in God (“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you” (Isa.54:10)).
In college I wrote a medical ethics paper on a play entitled Whose Life Is It Anyway? That old paper came to mind recently when I learned that the campaign for physician assisted suicide has been gaining momentum. The renewed push to legalize “aid in dying,” or “death with dignity,” as various groups euphemistically call it, is the result of positive media coverage in the wake of a young terminally ill woman’s decision to end her life on her own terms and at the precise moment of her choosing.Read More »