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Promoting family means accompanying, not condemning, theologians say

August 01, 2015

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – In being a minister of God’s mercy and a guide on the path to holiness, the Catholic Church must develop better ways to “accompany” people in their family life and not simply condemn those who fail, said a diverse group of theologians, including the former theologian of the papal household.

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Notre Dame’s Lucy Grant glitters on diamond

July 31, 2015

By Don Harris

Is baseball an appropriate game for girls?

Lucy Grant, who just completed her freshman year at Notre Dame Catholic High School in Fairfield, answers with a resounding “Yes.” And her actions speak louder than words.

Lucy was a valuable member of the Lancers’ otherwise-all-male junior varsity baseball team this spring, batting .259 while dividing her playing time between first base and designated hitter.

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Planned Parenthood Foes Rally Against Abortion In Stamford

July 30, 2015

STAMFORD—Laila Bravo said that when she turned to Planned Parenthood for information after she became pregnant in 2014, the only thing she heard from them was how she could abort the fetus.

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$2 million in aid distributed
to diocesan families

July 28, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—The Bishop’s Scholarship Fund (BSF) has awarded over $2 million in scholarship aid to students in Catholic elementary schools throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport, according to Siobhan Lidington, executive director of the fund.

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New Haven area teens crush Marathon Record as they Swim Across the Sound for Cancer

July 28, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—Bright sunshine and calm waters greeted 140 swimmers as they took on the 15.5 miles between Long Island, New York and Bridgeport, Connecticut on Saturday for the 28th Annual SWIM Across the Sound Marathon. Motivated by personal experiences with survivorship and loss, the swimmers had one shared goal in mind: supporting 30,000 people annually who are battling cancer and their families.

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NIGHT OF WORSHIP & SOCIAL FOR YOUNG ADULTS
Join other young adults in the area for worship, Holy Hour, and a social on Aug. 4 from 7-9 pm at Sacred Heart Parish, 12 Cottage Street, Danbury. Open to all, ages 18-35. For info call 203.798.6923 or email catholic.ya.danbury@gmail.com. Facebook: Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury



FICTION AUTHOR COMING TO TRUMBULL FOR BOOK SIGNING!
 Maura Weiler, author of "Contrition" will be making her only appearance in Trumbull on Aug. 6 at for book signing. Maura is a graduate of St. Catherine's Academy and St. Joseph High School; her home parish was St. Catherine's of Siena. Her book is available on Amazon.com. For book info click here.



CURSILLO OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY—
open to all on Aug. 6 at St. James Parish, Stratford beginning 7 pm. For info email Anne Marie at amromano@att.net. Want to deepen your faith? We were not meant to walk our faith-life alone. What is Cursillo? Go to: www.cursillo.org/bridgeport



ST. STEPHEN SUNSET CRUISE
—Join us on Fri., Aug. 7 for a 2-hour cruise onboard the 45 foot C.J. Toth catamaran through Norwalk Harbor and Long Island Sound. We depart St. Stephen parking lot, Trumbull at 3 pm by Motorcoach for a complete dinner at Osteria Romana Restaurant in Norwalk, then on to the harbor for our 6 pm  cruise. $80pp includes bus, dinner and cruise, tax and gratuities. For reservations and info call Maria LaVelle at 203.459.1021.  Limited spaces available. First Come, First Serve Basis.



MATT MAHER
recording artist with Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe, Matt Redman, Rend Collective, Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, Rueben Morgan at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York on Sat., Aug. 8 at 7 pm.  Don’t miss this INCREDIBLE night of worship! Bring friends, go as a group, get a bus! You won’t want to miss this!


A TALENT SHOW—will be held at the Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield, 50 Montfort Rd., Rte. 118 Litchfield, CT 06759 on Sun., Aug. 9 from 2-4 pm. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the beautiful grounds of the Shrine. If interested in participating, forms are available after Sunday Mass (12:45) in the Grotto Café or email: talent-show@charter.net. Requests should be received by Aug. 1.



2ND ANNUAL SUMMER SPLASH FOR YOUNG ADULTS
All welcome at this diocesan annual event for young adults ages 18-35 on Aug. 9 beginning with Mass at 2:30 pm with Bishop Caggiano at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Stamford, followed by a social in downtown Stamford at Harbor Point! Email mthierryc@gmail.com to sign up or for more info.


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Televised Mass returns to Cablevision

July 28, 2015

HARTFORD—Viewers who have missed watching the Celebration of the Eucharist daily Television Mass for the past couple of years will be able to see it again every day of the week at 10 am on Cablevision’s Channel 84 serving Fairfield County.

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St. Peter Church says farewell to the end of an era: Reverend Monsignor Aniceto Villamide retires as Pastor

July 27, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—Reverend Monsignor Aniceto Villamide ended his pastoral mission as Pastor of St. Peter Church on June 30, 2015, after 30 years of service in the Dioceses of Bridgeport.

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Franciscan Action Network’s Patrick Carolan to be honored by White House

July 24, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC—Today it was announced that Franciscan Action Network’s Executive Director Patrick Carolan is being honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for his climate change advocacy work with FAN and with the Global Catholic Climate Movement.

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Call to Action—Rally to Defund Planned Parenthood—Tuesday July 28

July 23, 2015

See photos from Rally (taken by Michelle Babyak)

STAMFORD—Join with us, Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Noon, for a rally at the Stamford CT Government Building.

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Father Peter DeMarco, 80, turned handicap
into ministry

July 22, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—Father Peter DeMarco, widely loved for his deep spirituality and for his ministry to the hearing impaired, died on July 20 in Bridgeport Hospital. He was 80 years old.

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Volunteers collect items for Project Homeless Connect Day

July 17, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—Today nearly 20 volunteers made up of religious, seminarians and lay faithful under the direction of Sr. Eileen Boffa, R.S.M. gathered at the Black Rock Senior Center in Bridgeport to pack nearly 400 backpacks with toiletries for the homeless, to be distributed next month at the August 4th Project Homeless Connect Day.

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Diocese signs up 250 for pilgrimage
to Poland

July 16, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—More than 250 people have registered to take part in the Bridgeport Diocese’s pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day next July.

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Bishop Caggiano reflects on Immigration
while on Pilgrimage in Italy

July 15, 2015

ARGRIGENTO, ITALY—I am beginning the first full day of pilgrimage today here in Argrigento—a city located in the southern portion of Sicily, which includes the port city of Lampedusa where many immigrant refugees fleeing poverty and religious persecution in Africa make the dangerous crossing over the Mediterranean Sea to find hope and freedom in Italy.

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Food pantry moves to larger space

July 13, 2015

STAMFORD—Tania Nilla reached the vegetable aisle and began examining her options.

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Sutherland mourned as a man who cared about the have-nots

July 13, 2015

MONROE—About 225 people were in the St. Jude Roman Catholic Church Monday morning to bid farewell to Kevin Sutherland, 24, a former intern to U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4, who was the victim of a senseless knife attack on a Washington, D.C., subway platform on July 4.

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Considering WYD 2016 in Poland? Here's what one bishop wants you to know

July 10, 2015

WASHINGTON D.C.—For those pilgrims thinking about participating in World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland, Bishop Frank Caggiano has a message: It will be worth the sacrifice.

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Youth Choir Rehearsals

July 10, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—In addition to enjoying their summer vacations, some young people throughout the diocese are also busy at rehearsals for the Diocesan Youth Choir.

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World Youth Day
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July 22-August 1, 2016!

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