THE BRIDGE: June 30, 2015

Office of the Bishop

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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.



Oct. 16-26, 2016Click here for details, costs and itinerary.


Open Enrollment Information Sessions for our 2016 Benefits Plan Year

Information Sessions

Online and Phone Call-in Sessions


Office of Clergy and Religious

2015 Deacon Ordination, St. Thomas Aquinas Church
Saturday, June 14, 2015


Opportunities for Clergy:

Special Retreats | Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center in West Palm Beach, Florida

The Passionist Fathers have posted a list of upcoming retreats, including retreats with Frs. Donald Senior and Thomas Rosica which might be of interest. Visit their website for details:


2015 Reference List of Area Retreat Houses and Spiritual Directors
(click here for downloadable PDF)
Meant to be a helpful reference, this list is subject to change and does not imply a recommendation of any particular centers or directors. Visit websites for current program information. Directors listed here are those known to be currently available in CT. Please note, Spiritual Directors International at lists Catholic spiritual directors by state and town. The websites and have retreat house listings as well.

Private, no-cost retreats for priests, seminarians and religious brothers
“Come away by yourselves and rest awhile” (Jesus in Mark 6:31). The Knights of the Holy Eucharist (, a community of consecrated brothers, invite priests, seminarians, and religious brothers to make a private retreat at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, located on 400 sprawling acres in the beautiful hills of northern Alabama (3222 CR 548, Hanceville, AL 35077). Each year over 200 priests, seminarians, and brothers enjoy private (non-directed) retreats on the grounds of the Shrine, where they spend time in personal prayer, walk through the rolling hills, and attend/celebrate/concelebrate Mass in the Knights’ private chapel or at the Shrine. There is no charge for these personal retreats. The Knights provide transportation if necessary, lodging, and meals. Visit our website, for information and reservations. To request informational brochures, please email us. We are happy to provide brochures and to answer any questions you have. The Knights of the Holy Eucharist is a community of consecrated brothers loyal to the Holy Father, consecrated to Jesus through Mary, and dedicated to adoring Our Eucharistic King and promoting reverent devotion to Him. They have members from around the country. Mother Angelica founded the community in 1998, and the Knights have the approval of their Ordinary, Bishop Robert J. Baker of the Diocese of Birmingham, AL.

Please pray for . . .

  • Isabelle Detje (wife of Deacon Tony Detje)
  • Father Stephen Balint
  • Phyllis Myott (wife of Deacon Dan Myott)
  • Fr. Seraphim Rohlman
  • Rev. Bernard Keefe
  • Deacon Roland Blier (retired)
  • Father Michael Bachman
  • Rev. Andrew Walter
  • Priscilla Blier (wife of Deacon Roland Blier)
  • Father Nick Calabro
  • Father Cliff Grise
  • Beverly Finch (wife of Deacon Dean Finch, surgery)
  • Deacon Dan Ianniello
  • Msgr. Peter Dora
  • Msgr. Joseph Kohut



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


Faith Formation

Women’s Conference
All women are invited to the Second Women’s Conference “Faith, Love & Mercy” in the Diocese of Bridgeport to be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency, 1800 East Putnam Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT. Check-in will begin at 7:45 am, Mass with Bishop Frank J. Caggiano at 8:30 am, followed by inspirational talks featuring Father Peter Cameron, OP: “Made for Love, Loved by God,” and Catholic author/speaker Sonja Corbitt.  Adoration, reconciliation, vendors, breakfast, and lunch are included. Cost is $55 per person. Click here to register and pay online. For more information contact Maureen Ciardello 203.416.1445 or Marcy Haley 203.416.1627 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Project Rachel Healing Ministry—Come begin your healing journey and experience God’s hope and mercy! For those suffering from a past abortion.  Offering opportunities for Entering Canaan Days of Prayer and Healing and ongoing support with Monthly Gatherings. For further information call our confidential phone line at 203.416.1619 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

NEW Facebook page for the Office of Faith Formation, encompassing many ministries, including Adult Formation, Youth Ministry, Religious Education, Respect Life, and Marriage and Family.  Please “like” the new page today: Office of Faith Formation 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 .(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).

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



Summary Report Sheet
Form A
Form B
Form C
Form D

CLICK HERE FOR 2015 PARISH LEADERSHIP GUIDE including weekly prayers, bulletin & pulpit announcements. Please refer to the guide for detailed information and tools on how to conduct a successful Appeal. Please all the Development Office with any questions. We are here to assist you in your effort.

Development is offering an optional increased offertory program. Please click here to review the program and contact Pam Rittman or Bill McLean for more information (203) 416-1479 or (203) 416-1473.

Fr. Michael Jones - (203) 416-1472
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:


Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, Inc.
238 Jewett Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06606
(203) 416-1336

For listing of job opportunities, go to:

Follow Catholic Charities on Twitter at @CCFairfieldDOB
Follow Catholic Charities on Facebook at
Follow Family Directions on Facebook at;"> CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY 3RD ANNUAL "TAKE A WALK IN THEIR SHOES" WALKATHON sponsors the Morning Glory Breakfast Program, feeding the hungry & homeless. It is estimated that people experiencing homelessness walk an average of 3 miles a day. We invite you to come join us on October 3, 2015 as we walk to eradicate hunger amongst this population in our community. Walk all of part of the 3 miles and encourage your friends & family to support your efforts. The walk will take place at Meckauer Park located at 16 Shelter Rock Road in Bethel, CT - rain or shine. Registration starts at 9:30 AM with the walk commencing at 10AM and going until 12 noon. The Green Grunion food truck will be on site to serve breakfast and lunch. There will be entertainment for all. Click here for details, to donate or be a part of a team.

THOMAS MERTON CENTER HOUSE OF HOSPITALITY in need of volunteers (address below).
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




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