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Red Mass Breakfast takes closer look at contraception mandate

September 28, 2014

FAIRFIELD—“The challenge is not only to practice law with integrity and resolutely, but I ask you to consider the gift of humility as a cornerstone of your ministry and your vocation in administering the law,” Bishop Frank CaggIiano said to more than 200 legal professionals who attended the Read Mass this morning in the Egan Chapel of Fairfield University.

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Pope: Greed, throwaway culture fuel 'hidden euthanasia' of elderly

September 29, 2014

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis warned against the abandonment and neglect of the elderly, calling it a "hidden euthanasia" rooted in today's "poisonous" culture of disposal and an economic system of greed.

In the presence of his predecessor, Pope Francis also thanked retired Pope Benedict XVI for staying to live at the Vatican and being like "a wise grandfather at home."

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Weather or not

September 26, 2014

SHELTON—News Channel 8 meteorologist Sam Kantrow visited St. Joseph School in Shelton, along with WTNH executive producer of weather Kevin Arnone. Kantrow explained what some of the instruments on top of the Mobile Weather Lab were for as well as their names, and asked questions of the students about what some of the other instruments might do and why they were important.

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Focus is on New Covenant House
of Hospitality

September 26, 2014

STAMFORD—New Covenant House of Hospitality, the Stamford soup kitchen and support center sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Bridgeport, was featured at the Social Justice Committee’s Dinner with a Cause held in Stamford on Thursday, September 18.

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CONNECTIONS! Ministry for Catholic Singles 40 and over is back! Our first event is Mon., Sept. 29 at Holy Family Parish, 700 Old Stratfield Rd., Fairfield from 7-9pm beginning  with Mass at 7pm followed by coffee and refreshments. Our theme “Developing a Friendship with Christ.”  Our mission is to provide Catholic singles 40 and over the opportunity to meet and share their faith, friendships, have fun together, giving and spiritual strengthening and healing. $10pp. RSVP via email to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

NEW BIBLE STUDIES STARTING - OPEN TO ALL - at St. James Parish in Stratford. A variety of courses being offered mornings and evenings beginning week of Sept. 29. Visit or call (203) 375-5887 for complete list and to register.

NEW WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY “Walking with Purpose” at St. Rose of Lima, 46 Church Hill, Rd.,Newtown weekly starting Wed., Oct. 1 from 10-11:30am in the Holy Innocents Faith Formation Center (free babysitting available).  We will explore questions about our faith such as: Who is Jesus Christ, and why is He interested in my friendship? Why does a good God allow suffering and evil? What is grace and what difference does it make in my life? No bible study experience necessary! Come as you are.

DAY OR EVENING RETREAT “A CONVERSATION WITH POPE FRANCIS” on Oct. 1 either 10am-2pm or 6-9pm at Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford, CT. "Courageously share your faith in seeking out the poor and sinners."  How can we, the average and sometimes limited members of the Body of Christ, bring the message of God's love to the poor and sinners? What resources do we have to make the Gospels come alive in our family and among our friends, but even more, in our broken world? Come to listen and dialogue with Fr. David Cinquegrani, C.P., about the "whys" and "hows" of these questions. $40pp, includes meal. Register and info at

2ND ANNUAL MEMORIAL MASS FOR OUR CHILDREN at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, 138 Candlewood Lake Rd., Brookfield held on the Feast of the Guardian Angels Thurs., Oct. 2 at 7pm. This Mass celebrates the lives of all of our children - both living and deceased. Parents, relatives, and friends who have suffered the loss of a child are invited to join us as we celebrate their lives before God at the Eucharist. Click here for flyer. Fr. George Sankoorikal will dedicate a new Memorial to our children.Refreshments served. If you have suffered the loss of a child and want to enter your child's name in our Memorial Book, contact Jill Kessler at (203) 740-8500 or Linda in the Parish Office at (203) 775-5117, ext #1, or click here to view/print a form, or go to

ONLINE "REBUILD OUR CHURCH" CONFERENCE presented by: National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM). Join hundreds of others from around the world on Oct. 2 for the Rebuild 7.0 Virtual Conference! Twice a year thousands of youth workers from around the globe gather for an online virtual conference that streams 8 practical presentations from some of the best voices in our field to inspire and train youth workers, small group leaders, and ministry professionals to rework, rethink, and rebuild the way they do ministry in their community. Register online for free at: and feel free to invite others! Open to all!

DISCIPLES 4 LIFE ADULT RETREAT sponsored by St. Mary Parish, Ridgefield from Oct. 3-5 at the Seton-Neumann Center, Danbury, CT.  This is a personal retreat open to all adult men and women and a great opportunity to spend time away from stresses and demands of everyday life to be with God and recharge your batteries!  Includes talks, reconciliation, Mass, Eucaristic Adoration and quiet time.  Make a decision to change your life today!  $150pp includes meals and lodging. Click here for info and registration form Click here to register online.  Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.  For questions contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or (203) 431-0832.

WALK IN THEIR SHOES MORNING GLORY WALKATHON on Sat., Oct. 4 at 10:00am at Meckauer Park in Bethel, CT.  A homeless person will walk 3-5 miles every day. Take a walk in their shoes by joining Morning Glory's second annual walkathon and help raise awareness and funding for this critical program. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for a pledge form or begin your own electronic pledge form at

"THE THIRSTING" a Catholic Rock Band will perform at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 4 Riverside Ave, Riverside, CT on Sun., Oct. 5 after the Mass. Daniel Oberreuter, the band's leader, will play a solo Acoustic Concert at approximately 11:45am in the Church. Audiences of all ages welcome to this free concert. For info contact: Janet Wrabel:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Check them out at:

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Sisters of Life Volunteer Day

September 24, 2014

STAMFORD—St. John's Flock (Catholic Young Adult Group at the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist) spent an energetic day at the Villa Maria Guadalupe in north Stamford.

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Synod First General Session:
A time for asking tough questions

September 20, 2014

TRUMBULL—The first General Session of Synod 2014 came to a close this afternoon after seven hours of tightly formatted presentations and discussions about the challenges and opportunities facing the Catholic church in Fairfield County.

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350 Synod delegates commissioned at prayer service

September 19, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano officially commissioned more than 350 delegates to Synod 2014 at a Vespers Service on Friday night at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport.

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Bishop Caggiano meets with his priests

NORWALK—Bishop Frank Caggiano believes that the best way to facilitate communication is to meet face-to-face.

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Preschool opened in Norwalk

September 18, 2014

NORWALK—Room to Grow Preschool of Catholic Charities has announced the opening of its second location in Norwalk at 139 West Rocks Road, behind All Saints School.

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Father Hribsek, former pastor
of Holy Cross Parish

September 16, 2014

FAIRFIELD—Father Aloysius Hribsek, former pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Fairfield, died on the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross, September 14, in Stamford Hospital. He was 92 years old.

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Bishop says service of First Responders is “victory of love”

September 13, 2014

DARIEN—At the 13th Annual Blue Mass, which was celebrated this morning on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, Bishop Caggiano reminded those in attendance that September 13 is the anniversary of the day a New York construction worker uncovered the cross that would become “a sign of hope and encouragement” to the country after the terrorist act of 9/11.

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“House of Hope” Food Drive to help Veterans and the underserved

September 12, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—St. Vincent’s Health Services and Aquarion Water Company are launching the 4th Annual “House of Hope” Food Drive, running from September 15 until November 14 to help reduce hunger throughout the Greater Bridgeport area.

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Progress for Trinity Catholic football in 2014

September 11, 2014

STAMFORD—Donny Panapada is proud to be a member of the FCIAC football head coaches fraternity.

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Bishop announces reorganization
of diocesan offices to prepare
for change and renewal

September 09, 2014

NORWALK— Bishop Frank J Caggiano told a gathering of more than 500 lay leaders, pastors and synod delegates that it is important to “get the diocesan house in order” as the 350 delegates of Synod 2014 begins their work to help plan for the future of the Catholic Church in Fairfield County.

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Ribbon cutting at St. Mark's

September 09, 2014

STRATFORD—St. Mark School began their 50th anniversary year with much to celebrate on September 4, the school held its playground ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Windows to the Soul: Fr. Giuliani’s icons
to be featured in Rome exhibit

September 04, 2014

ROME—Fr. John B. Giuliani, a major American artist and priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport, will be featured next week in an exhibit at the Gallery of Contemporary Sacred Art in the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome.

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