NEW DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT FREE PHONE APP available early February 2015!
Details here, on Diocese of Bridgeport website and February 14 issue of the Fairfield County Catholic!
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.
Next TRAINING SESSION FOR PARISH REPRESENTATIVES IS JANUARY 31, 9-11am
at the Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Ave., Bridgeport.
2015 SPRING CONFIRMATION SCHEDULE
PILGRIMAGE WITH BISHOP CAGGIANO TO ITALY & SICILY - July 13-23, 2015. For info click here
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.
THE BRIDGEPORT DEACON to view monthly newsletter click here.
PRAYER FOR PRIESTS - view/download Prayer Cards:
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
CHOICE OF THREE DATES:
Feb. 4 at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Newtown at 7pm
Feb. 5 at St. Philips Parish in Norwalk at 7pm
Feb. 6 at Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Ave., Bridgeport at 10am.
“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.
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.
2015 ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL
CLICK HERE FOR 2015 PARISH LEADERSHIP GUIDE including weekly prayers, bulletin & pulpit announcements.
Please contact the Development Office with any questions.
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
MASS & SACRAMENT OF THE SICK - The Order of Malta invites the community, especially those struggling with health challenges, the elderly and the handicapped to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of Prayer for the Sick on Sat., Feb. 7 at 3pm at St. Aloysius Church, Cherry St., New Canaan. Refreshments will follow. For info call Karen at (203) 834-5029.
MASS & SACRAMENT OF THE SICK - The Order of Malta invites the community, especially those struggling with health challenges, the elderly and the handicapped to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of Prayer for the Sick on Sun., Feb. 8 at 3pm at Blessed Sacrament Church, 275 Union Ave., Bridgeport. Refreshments will follow. For info call Karen at (203) 834-5029
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.
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.
• 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.
• 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.
To see a list of ALL services go to: http://www.bridgeportdiocese.com/index.php/catholiccharities
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BRIDGEPORT CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE!
Mark your calendar today for Open Houses at our Catholic Schools!
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