THE BRIDGE: December 17, 2014



Office of the Bishop

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

Bulletins:
Facebook Pageswww.facebook.com/FairfieldCountyCatholics & www.facebook.com/BridgeportDiocese
Bible Studies at Parishes in Fairfield County click here.
Youth Groups in Fairfield County click here
High School Youth Webpagewww.dob-youth.com
Young Adults Webpagewww.dob-ya.com
Fairfield County Catholic Newspaper Smartphone FREE APP: go to App Store, search for Fairfield County Catholic
Mobile Website for iPhone: from iPhone go to http://www.bridgeportdiocese.com


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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

Please pray for . . .

  • 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)
  • Father James Balla
  • Father Aloysius Hribsek
  • Sister Francoise Golder, Hospitalized


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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

JANUARY 3 - DISCERNMENT ONE-DAY RETREAT WITH BISHOP CAGGIANO - Ever wonder what seminary is?  You may be surprised.  Our diocesan seminary is a place of joy, brotherhood, prayer and discernment.  Come be our guest for the day and spend some time praying about your vocation.  The best 12 hours you'll spend to know God's will for your life!  Held Jan. 3 from 9am-9pm at St. John Fisher Seminary Residence, 894 Newfield Ave., Stamford.  For questions or info email Allison McCarthy in the Vocation Office at (203) 322-5331 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)www.bridgeportvocations.org

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

December 21, 2014 - 4th Sunday of Advent
This Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Advent, brings much expectation to everyone.  Expectation keeps us young—we look to the future and instead of the past.  There are new possibilities in life when seen with the eyes of expectation.  Christmas is great every year, but only great for those who are expecting “Emmanuel—God with us” in faith and wonderment.  In the Gospel, Luke teaches us about the child to be born.  He wants our affirmation in faith that Jesus’ origin is that he is born from God.  Secondly, Luke brings out the role Baby Jesus will play in salvation history.  Taken from the first reading, God promised David that his dynasty (throne) would stand firm forever.  We know Mary was highly favored by God and blessed among all women.  It was her great faith that made her respond, “Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord.  May it be done according to your word.”  We are always invited to follow Mary’s faith that God prepared in her.

December 25, 2014 - Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ, Christmas Day
Christmas Prayer of Pope JohnXXIII
O sweet Child of Bethlehem, grant that we may share with all our hearts in this profound mystery of Christmas.  Put into the hearts of men and women this peace for which they sometimes seek so desperately and which you alone can give to them.  Help them to know one another better, and to live as brothers and sisters, children of the same Father.  Reveal to them also your beauty, holiness and purity.  Awaken in their hearts love and gratitude for your infinite goodness.  Join them all together in your love.  And give us your heavenly peace.  Amen.

December 28, 2014 - The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
Today as we celebrate Holy Family Sunday, our society can learn a several things from the Scripture readings and by following their model.  In the readings we hear of the faith of Abraham and Sarah for as in their old age conceived a son, Isaac.  Through this act, God shows his love and faithfulness.  The family is therefore the sign of faith of human beings and of love of God.  God is faithful to his promises; faith becomes the source of hope and happiness for his family.  We should always place our trust in God’s promises.  Abraham believed God’s promises and put his faith in him and lived that in every phase of his life.  This week we should remember the words of the Psalm “The Lord remembers His covenant forever.”


  OPEN TO ALL!  “FORMING INTENTIONAL DISCIPLES: The Path to Knowing & Following Jesus" with Sherry Weddell on Tues., Jan. 13 from 9am-5pm at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 200 Shelton Rd. in Trumbull.  How can we transmit a living, personal Catholic faith to future generations? By coming to know Jesus Christ, and following him as his disciples. We must make a conscious choice to know and follow Jesus before we can draw others to him. This work of discipleship lies at the heart of Forming Intentional Disciples, which was designed to help Church leaders, parish staff and all Catholics transform parish life from within. Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be served.  To register click here. For info contact Angela Mantero, Dir. of Marriage and Family at (203) 416-1627 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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

  • CHURCH HISTORY (Part I):  From Pentecost to the 1400s!  Dr. Joan Kelly will explore key people and events in the Church beginning with the zeal of Peter at Pentecost up through the turbulent times when the church has three popes in the early 1400s!  The course will also explore the life of St Augustine, the founding of monasticism, the Inquisition, and much more.  This course is a great opportunity to increase your knowledge of the Church’s peaks and valleys through the ages! Dates: Mondays January 26, February 2, 9, 23. Time: 7-9pm, Location: Trinity Catholic High School, 926 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, Instructor: Dr. Joan Kelly, Cost: $140
  • 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! 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, 15, 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, 2015 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.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2015 will be held in Philadelphia, Sept. 25-27, 2015 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 and 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 (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 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

2014 ANNUAL BISHOP'S APPEAL
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.



To download this jpeg file click here

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


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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

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.

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT - OPEN POSITION:
Reporting to the President of CCFC, the Development Director will spearhead development efforts which amplify and promote the diverse and expansive scope of Catholic Charities’ Programs. A new position in the organization, the Director will have the opportunity to address the initiatives needed to support the fund raising goals and efforts of the CCFC President, the CCFC Board of Directors, and several Program Advisory Boards. This includes the creation and implementation of successful marketing programs and management of grant initiatives.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
•    Developing and executing Catholic Charities’ short and long term measurable fundraising goals;
•    Securing financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations by implementing communication/marketing strategies and plans for outreach to donors and the community;
•    Executing a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors and maintaining ongoing relationships with same;
•    Serving as an ambassador for Catholic Charities, and participating in local and regional events – managing special events as necessary;
•    Proposing and ultimately implementing both Planned Giving programs and a CCFC Foundation.

EDUCATION/QUALIFICATIONS:
•    BA (required), MA (a plus)
•    3-5 years of significant and diversified fundraising experience in development
•    Demonstrated success and as proven track record of personally cultivating relationships and closing gifts
•    Ability to manage multiple projects and work collaboratively with various Program Staff, Board Members, and the Diocesan Development Operation
•    Demonstrated excellence in communication, managerial and organizational skills
•    Working knowledge of fundraising software/database and familiarity with social media applications
 
Qualified applicants submit resume and cover letter: Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, Inc.
Attention: Al Barber, President. 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06801. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

To see a list of ALL services go to:  http://www.bridgeportdiocese.com/index.php/catholiccharities


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FYI...

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.

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER:   @DOByouth or  @DOBevents
FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK:  http://www.facebook.com/fairfieldcountycatholics
and www.facebook.com/BridgeportDiocese

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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FROM BETHLEHEM TO DANBURY
! Join us for the Ceremony of the Peace Light on Fri., Dec. 19 at 6:30pm at St. Peter Church, Main St., Danbury.  Bring a candle to gain a share of the Light of Peace to bring to your family, friends, neighbors and commmunityClick here for flyer. St. Peter website: www.stpeterdanb.org


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As I was making my evening dash for the train, down the elevator and onto the escalator that takes you into Grand Central, I ran into a brigade of cleaning ladies dressed in light blue smocks, who were entering the building for their shift just as the rest of us were racing out.

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By Thomas H. Hicks

The Pattern

Potpourri
By Thomas H. Hicks

There are times when I recite Edna St. Vincent Millay’s words, “Oh, world, I cannot hold thee close enough.” I have a sense of the beauty and majesty of things, see life as a great gift, a great good, a joyous thing—the sun and rain, nesting birds, morning light, romance, taking naps, standing barefoot in the sand watching the waves roll in. The world is charged with goodness and love.

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By Denise Bossert

Not left behind

Catholic by Grace
By Denise Bossert

Mary was assumed into heaven.

It’s one of the more difficult teachings for converts to grasp. But there are ways to approach the Assumption so that non-Catholics may come to believe.

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