THE BRIDGE: October 27, 2014

Office of the Bishop

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.

To view the July - August 2014 USCCB Newsletter click here

Facebook &
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
Young Adults
App/Mobile Website for iPhone, from iPhone go to:


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 AloysiusHribsek



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.

Visit our website for upcoming events and more information


Pastoral Services

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the second reading, Paul instructs the people of Thessalonica to look at their priests with eyes of faith.  We should receive homilies from our priests (and deacons) not only as human words, but as the word of God.  This week we could reflect upon the need we all have of growing in humility, so that we may be open to receive God’s Word through all His messengers.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2015 will be held in Philadelphia, Sept. 25-27, 2015 and we are hopeful that Pope Francis will be 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.

PILGRIMAGE TO NATIONAL BLUE ARMY SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA, Washington, NJ on Sat., Nov. 8.  This Catholic Shrine, located on over 150 acres near the scenic Musconetcong River, is dedicated to spreading the message of Our Lady of Fatima and provides a peaceful setting for prayer and meditation.  Depart Catholic Center at 7am (238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport); Depart Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish at 7:30am (203 East Avenue, Norwalk).  Return approximately 5:15pm to Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish; 5:45pm to Catholic Center.  Day includes:  Rosary at 11:30am; Mass at 12noon; lunch to follow of sandwich wrap, soda, and chips.  $45pp includes, bus, lunch, and donation to the Shrine.  For info about the Shrine, visit:  To register fill out the liability form and mail with check made payable to the “Office for Pastoral Services” to: Gina Donnarummo, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06606.  Contact Gina for more information at 203-416-1446  or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Space is limited!  Register by October 20, 2014.  No refunds. Click here for Liability Form.  Click here for flyer.

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.

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
Cost: $140

2014 SYNOD - YOUTH REPRESENTATIVES 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.

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 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" ( Read the news release describing it at: Second, a special marriage and family website completely in Spanish ( 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 ( 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.

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



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

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:   For info on Catholic Charities go to

THE THOMAS MERTON CENTER 40TH ANNIVERSARY GALA at The Patterson Club, 1118 Cross Highway, Fairfield on Sat., Nov. 22 at 6:30pm.  Join us as we celebrate 40 years of service to the Bridgeport community with Guest Speaker The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport. Cocktail attire; cocktails, dinner, dancing and auction. Click here for flyer with details or email Janet Barker .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (203) 367-9036 ext. 15. Web: Face book:

Executive Director
Catholic Charities of Fairfield County seeks an experienced and dynamic non-profit leader to serve as Executive Director of The New Covenant House of Hospitality, a vibrant and expanding Stamford-based social service program. Successful candidate will possess strong management skills and a minimum of five years administrative experience in a human service setting. Responsibilities include supervision of staff, oversight of ongoing capital campaign, budget development and monitoring, interface with Program Board and coordination of  program fundraising efforts.  Salary range $60K-$75K commensurate with experience. Please fax resume and cover letter to 203-372- 5045 or email to Patti Anderson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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

To see a list of ALL services go to:



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

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.


Diocese Webmail Access

FUNDRAISER AT RED MANGO FROZEN YOGURT for Assumption School Service Club on Thurs., Oct. 30 from 7am-10pm, at their Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield location. All of the proceeds the Service Club raises they will give back to organizations in the community such as Homes for the Brave, Binky Patrol and the Humane Society. We invite all to stop by for a morning coffee or smoothie, lunch or an afternoon or evening frozen yogurt. For info email Karen Guastelle at:

More Upcoming Events »

Ongoing Events »

FCC Featured Author

From the Pastor’s Desk

By Monsignor Chris Walsh

In this week’s bulletin you will find a report on the progress of our Fourth Diocesan Synod, convened by Bishop Caggiano, which held its first general session last month. Some parishioners have mentioned that between news reports about the upcoming Synod called by Pope Francis in Rome, petitions and prayers for our diocesan Synod meeting here in Bridgeport, and the continuing progress of our P.E.A.R.L. project of evangelization and renewal for St. Joseph Parish, the ordinary Catholics in the pews are finding it a little difficult to keep all these Church initiatives straight!

Read More »

FCC Featured Author

By Matthew Hennessey

Prayers of the (Mostly) Faithful

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 »

FCC Featured Author

By Joe Pisani

Good news for the ordinary people

Swimming Upstream
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 »

FCC Featured Author

By Thomas H. Hicks

The Pattern

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 »

FCC Featured Author

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.

Read More »

Receive Diocesan Emails:
Enter your email address to receive e-letters and to stay informed from the Church's perspective on current events and topics in the news.