THE BRIDGE: August 28, 2014

Office of the Bishop

Bishop Frank Caggiano would like to extend a personal invitation to all of the Lay Communities, Ecclesial Movements and Apostolic Societies within the Diocese of Bridgeport to an EVENING OF PRAYER, ADORATION & FELLOWSHIP on Sun., Sept. 7 from 4-5pm in the Cathedral of St. Augustine, Bridgeport. Following we will gather at Kolbe Cathedral High School gymnasium for coffee, pastries and fellowship from 5-7pm. Each of the Communities, Societies and Associations will have to appoint a representative to briefly explain what their group is doing, whether on a diocesan, national or global level. For info contact Fr. Peter J. Towsley at email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (203) 209-5958.

PRAY FOR PEACE WALK - MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2014 - join anywhere along the routeClick here for route with dates.  Click here for address of starting points of routes with dates.  Click here for flyer.

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

A VOLUNTEER TRAINING PROGRAM FOR PRISON MINISTRY "Gift of Grace" being held Sat., Sept. 20 & 27, Oct. 4 & 18, Sun., Dec. 7 at Diocese of Norwich, Bishop Hines Conference Room, 201 Broadway, Norwich, CT.  Pre-registration required; Parish teams are encouraged.  For info call (860) 848-2237 ext211 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)Click here for flyer.

PILGRIMAGE WITH BISHOP CAGGIANO TO ITALY & SICILY - July 13-23, 2015.  For information, details, contacts, costs, click here

TEENS – SAVE THE DATE!  Day of Recollection with the Bishop for the Youth on Sat., March 28, 2015 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Weston from 11am-2pm. Stay tuned for details!  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

St. Vincent’s Medical Center has begun conversion of all patients to a unified electronic medical record in order to provide the highest level of safety, security and cost-effective care.  As a result, there will be a temporary interruption in its ability to provide pastors with a list of patients from their parishes for visitation purposes. The medical center is committed to working out a system that will provide pastors access to their parishionerswhile complying with government HIPPA privacy requirements.  In the meantime, St. Vincent’s asks that pastors encourage parishioners to inform them or parish staff if they would like a hospital visit. Likewise, pastors can visit any time and ask for the room number if they know the name of the parishioner.  St. Vincent’s apologizes for this temporary inconvenience and remains deeply committed to continuing its collaborative approach with pastors to meet the spiritual needs of patients. For further information, contact Bill Hoey, Vice President of Mission Services 203-576-5450, or Deacon Tim Bolton, 203-576-5117.

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Office of Clergy and Religious

THE BRIDGEPORT DEACON to view monthly newsletter click here.

PRAYER FOR PRIESTS - view/download Prayer Cards:
August 2014
September 2014
October 2014
November 2014
December 2014
January 2015

Opportunities for Priests at Pontifical North American College:
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)
  • Deacon David Sochacki (St.Margaret Mary Alacoque, Shelton)
  • Msgr. Richard Shea



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. (203) 322-5331 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Bridgeport Vocations social media
Twitter: @BPTVocations

Free discernment resources

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.

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Pastoral Services

August 31, 2014 - 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Do not conform yourselves to this age” are words from St. Paul in the second reading, urging us to be renewed to know and understand the will of God.  St. Paul has been describing God’s great love for humans by sending His Son Jesus Christ, but now St. Paul shifts and begins explaining Christian ethics as a response to that love.  When we trust in the will of the Father we can overcome obstacles from Satan as Jesus says in the Gospel, “Get behind me Satan!”  During this week, reflect and pray on how you can conform yourself more deeply to Christ.  The more we become conformed to Him, the more fruitful our evangelization efforts will become.

September 7, 2014 - 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fraternal correction is the theme in the readings for this Sunday.   In the first reading we hear the message, God’s word, which is that we must be willing to accept correction from those in charge of the community: parents, teachers, employers, and law enforcers.    Paul uses the words from the Old Testament and sees love as the unifying principle behind all laws and commandments.  The Gospel of Matthew also echoes these words when Jesus speaks of all the brethren, instead of the watchman, as in the first reading.  When correction is given with respect and inspired by love, it is a favor even if it hurts our pride.  We are told that the well-being of the community should prevail over the well-being of the individual. 

September 14, 2014 - 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Our theme for this weekend is that we should glory in the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ on the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross.  In the readings we hear God’s Word of “lifting up” as a symbol of salvation.  When Jews who were bitten by snakes looked to the bronze serpent they lived.  With this and their faith in God, they recovered.  In the second reading, Saint Paul tells the Philippians of Jesus’ humble obedience and therefore God highly exalted him.  As lifted up or exalted, our Lord grants salvation.  We kneel down in respect for Jesus Christ is Lord.  In the Gospel, Jesus tells Nicodemus the story of Moses lifting up the bronze serpent.  This “lifting up” has a double meaning.  The other is of Christ as lifted up in the resurrection and his ascension into heaven and salvation has been conferred on all of us.  When we, as sinners, turn to the “lifted up” Lord Jesus, our sins will be forgiven.

SPECIAL NEEDS MASS - Save the date - Sept. 21 at Holy Cross Parish, 750 Tahmmore Dr., Fairfield.

NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING CLASSES beginning at St. Rose of Lima parish in Newtown on Fri., Sept. 26, and continue Oct. 17 and Nov. 21 from 7-9:30pm. Classes held at the 38 Church Hill Rd., Newtown in the Religious Education building upper room.  It takes the full series of 3 classes to learn the method.  For more info contact Adrienne and Al Keogler at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  To register, or for more info about NFP visit the Couple to Couple League International at

FIRST DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT WOMEN’S CONFERENCE - Inviting all women to the first ever Catholic Women's Conference on Sat., Oct. 25 at Trumbull Marriott. The day will include Mass with Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, talks, adoration, opportunity for Reconciliation, music, vendors, and more! Speakers Dr. Dianne Traflet (speaking on the topic of Saint Edith Stein), Sister Clare Matthiass, CFR, (speaking on the topic of our dignity and vocation as women) and Genevieve Kineke (speaking on the topic of the Essence of Femininity). Includes breakfast & lunch. Register before Sept. 20: $45pp.  Between Sept. 21 and Oct. 20: $50. At the door: $55.  Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or click here to register or call Maureen (203) 416-1445 or Gina (203) 416-1446.  Facebook: Women's Conference Diocese of Bridgeport, CT

YOUNG ADULTS ONE-DAY RETREAT on the ocean! Held Sat., Nov. 22 at Mercy Center in Madison, CT sponsored by FAN (Franciscan Action Network). Theme: "The Pope Francis Effect and Franciscan Spirituality" by director Patrick Carolan.  Includes: lunch, Mass celebrated by Fr. Sam Fuller of St. Pius X in Middletown. Click here for flyer or click here for link. For more info email Janine Walsh at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For info on FAN go to  For retreat center info go to


If you are under 30 and high school or over and you would like to be a part of the Synod 2014, email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)! For questions of comments. Julie Rodgers, Director of Youth Ministry, Diocese of Bridgeport, .(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 (they apply individually either by mailing in the form below or by applying online here), 2) 400 Youth Co-Delegates will attend the Youth Sessions that will happen shortly after the regular sessions. In order to bring a group, please fill out the excel file below and send it to me.

Application for Youth Delegates
Youth Co-Delegates Requirements (includes details & dates)
Youth Delegates Requirements (includes details & dates)

Group Registration for Youth Sessions Co-Delegates
Liability form for Youth Co-Delegates Synod 2014
Liability form for Youth Delegates Synod 2014
Liability form for Adult Chaperones for Youth Sessions Synod 2014

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: Women's Conference Diocese of Bridgeport, CT, 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)

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 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.

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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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



St. Mary School Bethel, CT.  Open Positions for the 2014-15 academic year

Spanish Teacher: St. Mary School in Bethel, CT is seeking a part-time Spanish Teacher for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Please apply by electronically submitting a letter of interest along with your resume to Marianne Licare, Assistant Principal .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

ELA Middle School Teacher: St. Mary School in Bethel, CT is seeking a full-time middle school ELA Teacher for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Please apply by electronically submitting a letter of interest along with your resume to Marianne Licare, Assistant Principal .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

RELIGIOUS STUDIES TEACHER: St. Joseph High School is seeking a full-time Religious Studies Teacher for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Please apply by submitting a letter of interest, your resume, a copy of your transcript and three letters of reference electronically to Ken Mayo, Principal at email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Minimum qualifications:

  • must be a believing and practicing Catholic,
  • hold a minimum of a bachelor's deree in Religious Education or Theology,
  • must know and support the religious education policies of the Diocese of Bridgeport, and of St. Joseph High School, and particpate in faith-forming and religious education experiences in the school
  • Technological proficiency a must, particularly with the iPad


Catholic Charities

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. 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

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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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