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Area Youth Travel to Youngstown Ohio to Serve Inner City Children

July 28, 2014

A group from two East Coast dioceses made the trip to the Project Grow Inner City Art Camp

CHICAGO (July 18, 2014) – Youth from Darien, Conn., and Hicksville, N.Y., have just returned from a week long trip to Ohio where they helped serve disadvantaged children at the Project Grow Inner City Art Camp in Youngstown before moving on to a youth conference in Steubenville.

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St. Andrew Young Believers Youth Group July Mission Trip

July 28, 2014

BRIDGEPORT— Twenty teens and four adults from the St Andrew Young Believers Youth Group served at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission during July 13 – July 21st. Susan Baldwin, Director of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry at St. Andrew Parish, says the kids did an awesome job, and the experience was humbling and life chaining: "This experience was humbling. I don’t want to use that word as cliché. Truly the word has taken on new meaning. I thought I knew what it meant to be humble. I realized that I have just begun to learn the true meaning of humility. Read More »

Church Reform from Below: An Interview with Bishop Frank Caggiano

July 27, 2014

by Sean Salai, S.J.
from America: The National Catholic Review

The Most Rev. Frank Caggiano is bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport. A Brooklyn native, he graduated from Regis High School in 1977 and attended Yale University briefly before deciding to study for the priesthood. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Cathedral College and an M.Div in theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary.

Ordained for the Diocese of Brooklyn in 1987, Bishop Caggiano served as a pastor and director of permanent diaconate formation before being named monsignor in 2003 and auxiliary bishop for the diocese in 2006. On September 19, 2013, he was installed as bishop of Bridgeport, where he has convoked a local synod to formulate a new pastoral plan for the future of his diocese. The synod begins its formal work this September and will conclude in September 2015.

On July 24, I interviewed Bishop Caggiano by telephone about the Bridgeport synod and its implications for church reform. The following transcript has been edited for content and length.

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Archbishop Chaput says pope will visit Philadelphia in September 2015

July 25, 2014

By Nancy Wiechec
From the Catholic News Service

FARGO, N.D. (CNS) -- Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in the U.S. next year, even though the Philadelphia Archdiocese still has not received official confirmation from the Vatican.

Archbishop Chaput made the announcement July 24 before giving his homily during the opening Mass of the Tekakwitha Conference in Fargo.

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Church Response to Refugees Is Part of the Pro-Life Call, Bishop Says

July 24, 2014

By Katy Senour CNA/EWTN News
From The National Catholic Register

PITTSBURGH — Answering the needs of refugee migrants is one component of a truly pro-life view, said a U.S. bishop, announcing a new initiative to aid children who have fled Central America for the United States.

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Spirit moves Diocesan youth!

July 22, 2014

RHODE ISLAND—Over the weekend, more than 400 youth from 14 parishes across the Diocese attended Steubenville East, the summer youth conference sponsored by the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio.

In the photos below, young people from St. Joseph Parish of Brookfield,  Rose of Lima Parish in Newtown and St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Fairfield experience faith, fun and fellowship at the University of Rhode Island Campus, where Steubenville East was held.

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SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT ST. ANN'S FIELD, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport with local Jazz Ensemble 'Joe Kiernan Trio' on Tues., July 29 from 6-8pm. Rain date Wed., July 30 same time.  Bring a picnic, wine, lawn chair, Frisbee - family & friends! $5pp, children under 12 admission free.  

FREE CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM by St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound on Tues., July 29 from 6-7pm in the Medical Oncology Conf. Room, Level 3 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Open to all cancer patients and survivors and their caregivers, features an open discussion to share concerns, express emotions and talk about coping with the stress. No reservation required; parking free. Call (203) 576-6158 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

PUB THEOLOGY, CONVERSATION, FOOD & FUN - Join Fr. Lynch and other guests for discussions on Theology in an informal setting while enjoying the good food and drinks at Walrus & Carpenter, 2895 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport from 6-8pm on July 30. Held last Wednesday of each month. For more info call Parish Office at 203-368-1607. Age 21 and over

8TH ANNUAL CATHOLIC WOMEN OF GRACE RETREAT "Women: Bloom where you are" from Aug. 1-3 at the Malvern Retreat House, 315 S. Warren Ave., Malvern, PA 19355.  Guest speakers: Johnette Benkovic, Fr. Philip Scott and more. Come be restored, refilled and rejuvinated!  $250pp includes two nights accommodations and five meals. Register at (610) 644-0400 or

FAMILY RETREAT AT THE SEASHORE! A Star of the Sea Family Retreat aims to bring parents and kids closer to God and to one another, while having fun at the ocean. Aug. 3-8 at St. Edmund’s Retreat Center, Enders Island, Mystic, CT.  Contact Deacon John & Peggy Scarfi (845) 621-7000, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or www.

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT ST. ANN'S FIELD, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport with jazz piano local legend Wayne Heller and his band on Tues., Aug. 5 from 6-8pm. Rain date Wed., Aug. 6 same time.  Bring a picnic, wine, lawn chair, Frisbee - family & friends! $5pp, children under 12 admission free.  

YOUNG ADULT GROUP (age 18+) at St. Marguerite's in Brookfield will meet Aug. 8 from 7-9pm in the church hall.  Open to all.  Join us for prayer, discussion, fun, fellowship and refreshments.  For info or to be included on the email list for activities apart from group meetings, call Maria M. (203) 798-6923, Maria V. (203) 775-2135, or Greg (203) 512-1875.

NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING NIGHT - TRAINING FOR CLERGY at St. Rose of Lima in Newtown, Fri., Aug. 8 at 7pm in the Rectory Conference Room.  This will be an informal gathering to provide clergy with the tools and resources necessary to understand the biology of NFP, the theology behind it, how it plays out in marriage, and to answer questions regarding sexuality for married couples.  Please contact Al and Adrienne Keogler at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 203-994-6692 to register.

FIRST MASS MOB IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY! Mass Mob is essentially a flash mob for mass.  We announce a parish, date, and time and everyone meets us there to join in the greatest prayer of the Church - the Mass!  By doing this, we get to see other parishes and how they celebrate the liturgy, grow in our own faith, AND help other parishes out financially. The first Mass Mob in Fairfield County will be at St. Peter Church, 695 Colorado Ave., Bridgeport on Aug. 10 at 10:00am (new time!!).  Be a part of this amazing experience! For info email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or or or, Instagram: @MassMob_FairfieldCounty

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT ST. ANN'S FIELD, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport with rock cover band The Pocket Hotties on Tues., Aug. 12 from 6-8pm. Rain date Wed., Aug. 13 same time.  Bring a picnic, wine, lawn chair, Frisbee - family & friends! $5pp, children under 12 admission free.  For more concert listings go to facebook page St. Ann Black Rock.

CARNIVAL OF FUN & CAR RAFFLE at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 4 Riverside Ave., Riverside, CT from Aug. 12-16. Bring the family! Food, music and fun for all.  This year’s car raffle is a 2015 BMW XI SUV in Midnight Blue Metallic. Tickets $25 each; drawing is Sat., Aug. 16 at 11pm at the Carnival. No need to be present to win. Tickets purchased at the Rectory.  Call (203) 637-3661. Click here for flyer

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Catholic Charities Continues to Reach Out to Super Storm Sandy Victims

July 23, 2014

Watch this video of how Catholic Charities continues to spearhead the relief effort for those affected by Super Storm Sandy.

For more information about Catholic Charities' Sandy Disaster Relief Services, please click here.  

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Dribble Drive Basketball Camp inspires achievement

July 15, 2014

SHELTON—Energy and inspiration filled the gym at St. Lawrence Parish for two weeks in July.

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They’ll be missed

July 15, 2014

TRUMBULL—The following seniors attended the annual welcoming and send off ceremony for the High School Apostle's program.

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Pope urges Israeli, Palestinian leaders to end Holy Land hostilities

July 18, 2014

VATICAN CITY—Expressing his serious concerns over the escalating violence in the Holy Land, Pope Francis telephoned Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, urging all sides to end hostilities and build peace.

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St. A's teens help at Missionaries
of Charity Day Camp

July 18, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—Teens from St. Aloysius Parish youth group in New Canaan have found an awesome way to enrich their summer vacation. They worked and played with the youngsters in the Missionaries of Charity Day Camp, helping the children learn about the Ten Commandments and the two greatest commandments.

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Weird animals speak of God’s love

July 15, 2014

NORWALK—Like brilliant summer flowers, Vacation Bible Schools are springing up in parishes during the summer months. They carry a lively message of faith through song, skits, activities, laughter and friendship.

“Welcome to Weird Animals,” the VBS at St. Matthew Parish in Norwalk, helps kids see that “Jesus’ Love is one of a Kind.”

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Catholic Heart Work Camp 2014:
A Beautiful Mess

July 15, 2014

FAIRFIELD—The St. Pius X/St. Thomas Aquinas Youth Groups recently returned from an amazing week at Catholic Heart Work Camp!

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Kolbe entrepreneur chosen
for national competition

July 11, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—Kolbe Cathedral student Ambar Romero won the Fairfield County competition at a recent Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship event and will travel to Silicon Valley, CA, in the fall to compete nationally.

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St. Mark School Rallies for Recess

July 10, 2014

STRATFORD—St. Mark School was recently named one of the five winning schools in the 2013-2014 Dannon "Rally for Recess" contest.

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Pope says Mass with pedophilia victims

July 10, 2014

VATICAN CITY—Six adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of priests on Monday took part in a Mass said by Pope Francis in St. Martha's church.

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St. Rose students reach Gold Level
in math

July 08, 2014

NEWTOWN—St. Rose of Lima School’s Advanced Math Club was one of only two schools in Connecticut to achieve “Gold Level” status in a year-long challenge administered by MATHCOUNTS Association.

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Young writers hold poetry celebration

July 08, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—For six weeks this spring, Cathedral Academy Upper School and Fairfield University collaborated on a poetry project.

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Announcement of Themes
for Synod 2014

Click to read full transcript
of Bishop Caggiano's homily

2014 Annual Bishop's Appeal
Building Bridges in Faith and Charity
Give today at

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Click here to see photos from Notre Dame High School’s graduation.
Photos by Christian Abraham, CT Post

Click here to see photos from
St. Joseph’s High School graduation.

Photos by Autumn Driscoll, CT Post

Click here to see photos from Trinity Catholic High School’s graduation.
Photos by Lindsay Perry,
the Stamford Advocate.

Click here to see photos from Immaculate High School’s graduation.
Photos by Tyler Sizemore.

Click here to see photos from Kolbe Cathedral High School’s graduation. 

Photos by Christian Abraham, CT Post

Click here to see photos from Lauralton’s graduation.
Photos by Mike Ross
Click here to see a slideshow of photos from Lauralton’s graduation.

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