To view the November/December 2013 USCCB Newsletter click here
Facebook Pages: www.facebook.com/FairfieldCountyCatholics & www.facebook.com/BridgeportDiocese
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.bridgeportdiocese.com/youth
App/Mobile Website for iPhone, from iPhone go to: www.bridgeportdiocese.com
Social Media List Diocese of Bridgeport - to print & include in your bulletins. CLICK HERE
The Diocese of Norwich has informed us that Mt. Caritas in Ashford, CT, run by Dorothy Jordan (aka "Mother Peter") does not have the approval of Bishop Cote and is not a legitimate Catholic ministry. Catholics should not participate in any activities at Mt. Caritas nor respond to any fundraising appeals.
THE BRIDGEPORT DEACON to view monthly newsletter click here.
Apostolate of Prayer for Priests of Bridgeport - November 2013 (click here) December 2013 (click here)
The Aquinas Institute in St. Louis, MO offers a Doctor of Ministry degree. It is the only doctoral program in preaching offered by a Catholic institution. The program works with participants in full-time ministry, blending online and face-to-face learning. The registration deadline for the new 2014 cohort is November 15. More information is available at www.ai.edu/DMin or 314-256-8806.
Attention Priests and Deacons: The attached e-letter provides you with information about Clinical Pastoral Education at Greenwich Hospital Fall 2013. If you are interested in caring for the hospitalized, read the attached and then contact either Nancy King or Susan Liguori at Greenwich Hospital. Click here
Opportunities for Priests at Pontifical North American College:
Three week modules each comprised of a five day retreat and a ten day instructional course
1. The Art of Spiritual Direction in Priestly Ministry (Jan. 20-Feb. 8)
2. Scripture Study Tour to Rome and Turkey with Focus on the Blessed Virgin Mary
and the Writings of St. Paul and St. John (Feb. 10-Mar. 1)
3. Modern Moral Questions: How a Priest Answers (Mar. 3-Mar. 22)
4. Christian Art & Architecture- Rome and Assisi (Mar. 24-April 12)
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 www.pnac.org or contact Msgr. Figueiredo, Director of ICTE.
Please pray for . . .
“No one chooses the place or the people to whom he is sent, and every time has its own challenges; but in every age God gives the right grace to face and overcome those challenges with love and realism.” Pope Benedict XVI, Homily from Mass with Seminarians, World Youth Day, 20 August 2011.
Rome, Italy, Dec 2, 2013 (CNA/EWTN News).- Thanksgiving weekend at the North American College in Rome is full of traditions not normally found in Italy. Besides a classic turkey dinner and pumpkin pie, the seminarians at the college host their traditional “Spaghetti Bowl.”
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CATHOLIC WOMEN (AGES 18-30) DISCERNMENT RETREAT - Considering a Religious Vocation? Join the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for a Quiet Weekend of Discernment in Advent Dec. 13-15 on the lake in Higganum, CT. Begins Friday at 5pm; concludes Sunday at Noon. Enjoy time of quiet and reflection on the beautiful property, the opportunity to meet with a Sister for spiritual guidance, Mass, Eucharistic adoration, and Liturgy of the Hours. Click here for flyer. For info contact Sr. Colleen Therese Smith, ASCJ at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-988-4742 or www.ascjus.org.
Calendar of Prayer for Seminarians and Vocations - Remember to pray for our Seminarians and Vocations. To download the schedule in Microsoft Word, click here or go to www.bridgeportvocations.org.
Establish a Vocation Liaison Committee in your parish
The response to this initiative has been exceptionally positive! We invite you to join them by choosing a lay volunteer to contact and meet with Fr. Robert Kinnally to promote vocations in your parish. If you have any questions, please contact Father Kinnally: 203-416-1513 or e-mail www.bridgeportvocations.org.
December 8, 2013 - Second Sunday of Advent
Jesus is the answer to life’s questions. Jesus is the God-given leader and we need to accept Him as so. Christ established an ideal kingdom of peace and justice. Are you accepting Jesus Christ and what He teaches us to live a better life for ourselves and for society? Let us, as Christians, be the first examples of Christ and to share in the Spirit of the Lord. If we do show peace and justice to our brothers and sisters then we will be able to echo the words from the Prophet Isaiah, “the wolf is a guest of the lamb.” The answers, as St. Paul teaches us, are in Scripture since Scripture was written for our instruction.
SHARE FALL 2013
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: Marriage and Family - Diocese of Bridgeport, Diocese of Bridgeport - Adult Formation and Youth Ministry – Diocese of Bridgeport.
For information on the YEAR OF FAITH click here: http://www.bridgeportdiocese.com/yearoffaith
Bulletin Announcement - Saint Cyril of Jerusalem Program
Bulletin Announcement - Project Rachel
Volunteers and Prayer Team Members needed!
New 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" (http://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: http://www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2010/10-069.shtml
Second, the USCCB now offers a special marriage and family website completely in Spanish (http://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 (http://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 October 16, 2013 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.
2013 ANNUAL BISHOP'S APPEAL
The Development Office staff is available to support you during the Appeal. Please see updates and information below for the 2013 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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APPEAL PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT
(Read by Pastor or 2013 Appeal Parish Auxiliary Member)
As we launch the 2013 Annual Bishop’s Appeal, your generosity to the Diocese of Bridgeport is a beacon of hope to the people of Fairfield County and I am grateful for your support.
Your sacrificial gifts assist the working poor, elderly and homeless through Catholic Charities; they enable the existence of nationally-recognized Catholic schools; support ongoing religious education; nurture vocations; and care for our retired priests.
Your generosity to the Annual Bishop’s Appeal is essential to fund vital ministries across Fairfield County. These include:
· Serving 1.3 million meals through food programs in Bridgeport, Danbury and Stamford, food pantries and senior nutrition - all provided by Catholic Charities;
· More than 15,000 counseling sessions are provided through Catholic Charities to help with a variety of social issues, medication management, and marriage and family therapy;
· Providing 1,323 financial scholarships to families in inner-city Catholic elementary schools;
· Financing the formation of 37 men to become priests in our Diocese;
· Caring for 48 retired priests; and
· Giving pastoral care to 22,000 patients in hospitals and nursing homes.
Every ministry served by the 2013 Annual Bishop’s Appeal touches parishioners in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
2013 Annual Bishop’s Appeal Prayer
"Father, we come before You and pray for Your blessings on individuals, families and communities in our Diocese. We ask for your graces for the 2013 Annual Bishop's Appeal so that we can continue the good works of the Church and bring the kingdom to those who may be lost and in need, as a means to evangelize all people. We ask this and all things in your name. Amen."
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.
In-Pew Processing Materials: (Excel Format) Please contact Pam Rittman at 203-416-1479 if you have any questions or need assistance. Thank you.
Welcome back to the administrators, teachers, students and families in our Catholic elementary and secondary schools!
Twitter accounts: www.twitter.com/
@CSFC_Exceed (Catholic Schools Fairfield County)
@FairfieldPrep (Fairfield Prep)
@IHSmustangs (Immaculate High School)
@NDFFLD (Notre Dame High School)
@SJCadets (St. Joseph High School)
@TCHSStamford (Trinity High School)
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 non-sugary cereals. 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 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.
FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @DOByouth or @DOBevents
FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/fairfieldcountycatholics and www.facebook.com/BridgeportDiocese
TEEN MASSES & ADORATION
HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH TWITTER
List of Catholic Apps click here
Diocese of Bridgeport Mobile Website for smartphones: on your phone go to bridgeportdiocese
I usually write a column on global warming during the height of summer heat – it’s harder for people to deny global warming when they’re sweating.
But the highly authoritative United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) recent report, “Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis,” (http://www.ipcc.ch) has important warnings for us to seriously consider now.