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St. Anthony Parishioners visit Bethel AME in Bridgeport, a Sister Church to Mother Emanuel AME in Charleston

July 05, 2015

Fr. John Baran and a group of 12 St. Anthony of Padua Parishioners in Fairfield demonstrated their prayer solidarity with the victims and families of the Charleston shootings when they attended a prayer service last week at Bethel AME in Bridgeport, sister Church to Charleston AME. Many faith communities came together at the service to express their sorrow and pray for unity. “We were there to show support, to offer comfort, to companion in grief, but what unfolded was an event that was beyond what we could have imagined,” writes Fr. Baran, pastor.

Click below to read Fr. John Baran’s moving account of the evening found in the St. Anthony Parish Bulletin.

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Faith, Freedom and the Founding Fathers

July 04, 2015

Catholic Churches Have Witnessed to Religious Liberty

By Jay Copp, Register Correspondent

As the Fourth of July nears, crowds swell at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the nearby Liberty Bell. But just three blocks away is another powerful symbol of freedom — religious freedom. An active parish, small, modest-but-stately Old St. Joseph’s Church was a cradle of Catholicism in America.

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Brookfield girl struck and killed by car “a wonderful, wonderful person”

July 04, 2015

By Rob Ryser from The News-Times

The Diocese of Bridgeport extends its deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Rebecca Draper Townsend who was struck and killed by an automobile in Danbury on Thursday evening.

Rebecca, 17, was a 2015 graduate of Immaculate High School. Principal Joe Carmen has described her as a "deeply caring and wonderful person."

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has asked Catholics throughout the Diocese to remember Rebecca and the Draper and Townsend families in their prayer.

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National Shrine Pilgrimage rescheduled

July 01, 2015

Please read Bishop Caggiano’s statement:

BRIDGEPORT—“A few months ago, Pope Francis declared an extraordinary Holy Year entitled a ‘Jubilee of Mercy’. It will begin on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8, 2015) and conclude on the Feast of Christ the King (November 26, 2016). The Jubilee will ask all Catholics to accept and live Christ’s call of mercy for all those who are in need, lost or struggling in their lives.

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Pope’s visits to Cuba, U.S. to highlight families, charity, tolerance

July 01, 2015

VATICAN CITY—In word and deed, Pope Francis will take his vision of a Catholic’s approach to family life, parish life, charity, economics, immigration and good governance to Cuba and the United States during a September 19-27 visit.

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Alleluia! Catholic Center at Yale University
promotes Catholic Music and Liturgy

June 30, 2015

NEW YORK—Anyone who has taken an art history course knows that the Renaissance was inspired by Catholicism. Beginning in the late 13th century, great artists began making religious paintings and sculptures that culminated in the works of Michelangelo and Leonardo.

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—open to all on July 2 at St. James Parish, Stratford beginning 7 pm. For info email Anne Marie at Want to deepen your faith? We were not meant to walk our faith-life alone. What is Cursillo? Go to:

SHARE (Sacred Heart Adult Religious Education)
is a certificate program in Catholic Studies is intended to assist adult Catholics and help them understand their faith and empower them to put it into action. To register, mail a check, made payable to "Office of Faith Formation" to: Office of Faith Formation, attn: Gina, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06606.  For info contact Gina at or 203.416.1446. LITURGY OF THE CHURCH on Mondays July 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 10 am-12 noon. Dr. Joan Kelly will lead us on a four-week celebration of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. Promulgated by Pope Paul VI on December 4, 1963 the renewal of the liturgy was the first document written at the historic Second Vatican Council!  In this course you will be engaged in a thorough historical overview of the sacred signs and symbols that manifest the glory and pageantry of Catholic ritual! Held at Notre Dame Catholic High School, 220 Jefferson Street, Fairfield. Cost $140pp

at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 4 Riverside Ave., Riverside, CT July 7-11.  Tues. & Wed. 6-10 pm; Thurs., Fri. & Sat., 6-11 pm. Lots of foods, rides, a dunk-tank, a 50/50 raffle and raffle for 2015 BMW 228i! Live entertainment nightly, bracelet nights Tues., Wed., and Thurs. Admission free. Come for a great family outing. Click here for flyer. For info call 203.637.3661 or

Give your marriage a well deserved vacation. Plan to go on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend and come back with a marriage that is refreshed and full of energy! If you’d like to make your marriage even more special than it already is, consider this weekend which is a positive, simple, common sense private experience between husband and wife that revitalizes marriage. A weekend away renews the romance and excitement you experienced during your dating days. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend will help you enjoy life with a new closeness to each other and with God. July 10-12 in Manchester, CT.  For info or to register contact Paul and Kim Gilbert at 860.376.0440 or or visit

"Finding God in Fragile Places"  Saturdays, July 11- Aug. 22, 9:30-11:00 am. Cost of $15 includes study materials. Held at St. James Parish in Stratford; not far from beach! For info email Betsy Redgate at: or call 203-375-5887

, the patroness of Chile, will be celebrated on Sunday, July 19, at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Bridgeport with a 12:30 pm Mass, traditional music, folklore and food sponsored by the Chilean community. All are invited; the Mass will be celebrated Spanish. For more info, call the parish: 203.333.2147.

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Change in Civil Law does not reflect understanding of Sacramental Marriage

June 29, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—“Last week’s Supreme Court decision reflects rapidly shifting attitudes in our secular American society.

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Knights deliver breakfast…
and a message of family

June 29, 2015

NORWALK—On June 14, St. Matthew Council #14360 hosted its Second Annual Family Communion Breakfast at St. Matthew Parish for over 180 guests.

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President of the UCCB statement
on gay marriage

June 27, 2015

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex "marriage" "is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us," said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

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Father Carl Dennis McIntosh!

June 27, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—An overcast day could not keep Deacon Carl McIntosh from smiling.

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“A Priest’s Priest”

June 26, 2015

GREENWICH—Monsignor William A. Genuario was buried today from St. Catherine of Siena Church in Greenwich, where he had been pastor from 1987-2004.

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Carl McIntosh to be ordained
this weekend

June 25, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—On June 27, at 11 am in St. Augustine Cathedral, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will ordain Carl Dennis McIntosh to the priesthood for the Diocese of Bridgeport.

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Msgr. William Genuario, former pastor of St. Catherine of Siena, Riverside

June 24, 2015

STAMFORD—Msgr. William A. Genuario, former pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Riverside, died the morning of June 24 at the Catherine Dennis Keefe Queen of Clergy Residence in Stamford.

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Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry serving New Canaan moves into new home

June 24, 2015

STAMFORD—The "new" New Covenant House is now officially open in its new home at 174 Richmond Hill Avenue in Stamford, according to Executive Director John Gutman.

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First Grade!

June 24, 2015

SHELTON—If you want to know why Catholic Schools are special, take a look at this video of the First Grade Class of Miss Jaime Peterson at St. Lawrence School in Shelton.

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Bishop Caggiano reflects on “Forgiveness” after Charleston

June 23, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—One of the most powerful ways we can evangelize in the name of the Lord Jesus is to forgive those who have hurt or betrayed us.

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Catholic Young Adults groups
gather for a social in Stamford

June 22, 2015

STAMFORD—On June 19th, Catholic young adults gathered at Brother Jimmy's BBQ in downtown Stamford for an evening of fellowship and socializing.

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People express heartache,
outrage as they mourn shooting victims

June 22, 2015

WASHINGTON—The tragic taking of nine lives at a historically black church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, brought an outpouring of solidarity, compassion and sorrow from around the country.

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World Youth Day
Krakow, Poland
July 22-August 1, 2016!

Bishop Frank Caggiano invites the youth
and young adults (ages 15 1/2-35)
of the Diocese of Bridgeport to join him
on a pilgrimage of a lifetime.

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