PILGRIMAGE WITH BISHOP CAGGIANO TO ITALY & SICILY - July 13-23, 2015. For information, details, contacts, costs, click here
MESSAGE TO PASTORS RE: PASTORAL CARE VISITS TO ST. VINCENT’S MEDICAL CENTER
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.
To view the July - August 2014 USCCB Newsletter click here
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Bible Studies at Parishes in Fairfield County click here.
Youth Groups in Fairfield County click here
Teen Masses & Adorations click here
High School Youth Webpage www.dob-youth.com
Young Adults Page: www.dob-ya.com
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THE BRIDGEPORT DEACON to view monthly newsletter click here.
PRAYER FOR PRIESTS - view/download Prayer Cards:
Religious Sisters: The School Sisters of Notre Dame are sponsoring a workshop with Mary Johnson, SND de N, Patricia Wittberg, SC and Mary Gautier of special interest to Religious Sisters on Nov. 15 in Wilton, CT. Click here for details and contact information for registration (by Oct. 20).
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
October 5, 2014 - 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
This weekend, we celebrate Respect Life Sunday. Parents and teachers sacrifice their time for their children, and they have certain expectations for their children. God does too, for us, His children. According to Biblical understanding, God sees us as his coworkers and we have a sacred partnership with God. In the Gospel, Jesus shares a parable with his disciples which shows the conflict between the early Church and Judaism. In this parable, the vineyard is Israel and the tenant farmers are the Jewish religious leaders. Israel rejects Jesus as the Messiah and the Kingdom of God is handed over to the Gentiles. God is telling us that His grace is offered to everyone. How can you, in this coming week, graciously give to God? How do you respect and give appreciation to those in your life?
October 12, 2014 - 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Eating or “breaking bread” is a sign of intimate friendship in Biblical times. Isaiah speaks of the banquet of the end-time on Zion, the holy mountain of the Lord in Jerusalem. Both these readings and the Psalm talk of the bliss of God’s Kingdom, once it has been established on earth. Everyone is called by God into this sacred partnership called a covenant. The readings have a marital overtone, in which the banquet becomes a wedding feast and God is the husband and His people are the bride. The Gospel is clear—when one accepts the invitation to God’s banquet (the Holy Eucharist and God’s companionship in heaven) we are supposed to be clean. God invites you—appreciate the invitation and join in the banquet! Our prayer for this week can be Psalm 23. Read upon it meditatively and dwell upon your partnership with the Lord.
SHARE is a certificate program in Catholic Studies. It is 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.
READING THE OLD TESTAMENT: This course is an introduction to the Catholic approach to interpreting Sacred Scripture, including an overview of Divino Affante Spiritu, Dei Verbum, and Interpretation of the Bible in the Church by the Pontifical Biblical Commission. The course also will introduce students to the Old Testament, with a special focus on the Pentateuch.
Dates: Thursdays, October 16, 23, 30, November 13
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Location: Notre Dame Catholic High School, 220 Jefferson Street, Fairfield, CT
Instructor: Father Peter Lynch
CREED: The Nicene Creed was adopted in the city of Nicaea by the first ecumenical council, which met there in the year 325AD. It is the profession of faith most widely used in Christian liturgy. It is recited in the Catholic Mass directly after the homily on all Sundays and solemnities. It forms the mainstream definition of Christianity. The course hopes to offer a fuller understanding of some of the central truths of our faith, offer some fresh insights into teachings of the Creed that may help do what the Second Vatican Council in its document Gaudium Et Spes urged: “That the faithful can be brought to live the faith in a more thorough and mature way” (#62).
Dates: Saturdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22
Time: 10am to 12noon
Location: Notre Dame Catholic High School, 220 Jefferson Street, Fairfield, CT
Instructor: Dr. Thomas Hicks
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.
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" (www.foryourmarriage.org) 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: www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2010/10-069.shtml. Second, the USCCB now offers a special marriage and family website completely in Spanish (www.portumatrimonio.org). 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 (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.
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.
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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
CELEBRITY BREAKFAST WITH GUEST SPEAKER ERNIE ANASTOS sponsored by Catholic Charities will be held Thurs., Oct. 30 from 7:30-9am at Amber Room Colonnade, 1 Stacey Rd., Route 37, Danbury to benefit the behavioral health programs in Danbury, CT. Click here for flyer with details. $60pp. For reservations or info go to: www.danburycelebritybreakfast.eventbrite.com For info on Catholic Charities go to www.ccfairfield.org.
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.
To see a list of ALL services go to: http://www.bridgeportdiocese.com/index.php/catholiccharities
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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A Dad’s View
By Matthew Hennessey
I never prayed at bedtime when I was little. I’d see kids doing it in movies and on television, but it just wasn’t a part of our routine. Now I get to make the routine. So, in our house, we pray.Read More »
By Joe Pisani
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.