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The Big Day of Serving

October 24, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—What a great day! Teens from St. Aloysius Parish in New Canaan joined over 400 other volunteers from the tri-state area who spent the day in Bridgeport working to help in 24 service projects. The St. A teens were assigned to the Burroughs Community Garden. They weeded and weeded for hours and then mulched and prepped the soil for next spring, all so next summer those in need in Bridgeport can have fresh food on their table.

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Amazing Parish Conference
re-energizes parish life

October 24, 2014

DENVER—Five parishes from the Diocese of Bridgeport were among the 140 parishes from around the U.S.A. and Canada who gathered in Denver on August 27-28 for the Amazing Parish Conference.

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Tap Dancing Priests Rising to Internet Fame

October 24, 2014

ROME—A pair of priests from the U.S. are captivating audiences at their seminary in Rome with a tap dance routine that is now garnering hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube.

Click here to view a recent YouTube video.

Click here to view a video from 2012.

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at Lauralton Hall Fri., Oct. 24 at 7:30pm, Sat. Oct. 25 at 7pm and Sun., Oct. 26 at 2pm in Parsons Center Auditorium, 70 West River St., Milford. Tickets at door: $15 Adult & $10 seniors and students. For info call (203) 877-2786. Open to all!  Bring the family!

GREENWICH CATHOLIC SCHOOL WINE & FOOD TASTING, 471 North St., Greenwich on Sat. Oct. 25 at 7pm. A fun evening of wine, food, art, music and epicurean delights as we celebrate the beauty and lifestyle of California's Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Meet new friends, support our school and savor more than 25 wines from the region. To purchase tickets, go to or call (203) 869-4000 x139.

HAUNTED SCHOOL & COSTUME CONTEST FOR TEENS sponsored by St. Mary Parish Ridgefield - Life Teen / Youth Ministry on Sun., Oct. 26 from 6-8pm after 5pm Teen Mass.  OPEN TO ALL high school students!  $20 gift card prizes awarded. Bring friends! For info email

"YOU RAISE ME UP" CONCERT CELEBRATION OF THE SACRED AND SUBLIME at St. Pius X, 834 Brookside Ave., Fairfield on Sun., Oct. 26 at 4pm with special guests Krista Adams Santilli and Friends. Click here for flyer.  Tickets $20pp, children under age 12 admission free. Call (203) 255-6134 ext. 11 or email Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

OPEN HOUSE AT ST. MARY SCHOOL, BETHEL on Oct. 26 from 9am-1pm.  Students, parents and teachers will be on hand to discuss the excellent academic opportunities that a St. Mary education affords every student that walks through our doors. See our new science lab, hear about iPad digital curriculum, and meet our dedicated teachers and staff. Refreshments served.  For info contact Linda Garvey, Admissions Coordinator, email:  or call (203) 240-2860

GINGER KATZ, CEO & FOUNDER OF COURAGE TO SPEAK FOUNDATION; AUTHOR OF “SONNY’S STORY” A DRUG PREVENTION BOOK is second in a series presented by St. Catherine of Siena Church, 4 Riverside Ave., Riverside, CT on Sun., Oct. 26 from 11:45am-1pm. For info contact: Janis Pataky, Director of Faith Formation, (203) 637-3661 x 329 or go to

FAITH COMMUNITIES ACTING ON CLIMATE CHANGE - Join us for this inspiring afternoon on Sun., Oct. 26 from 2-4:30pm at St. Paul's Church, 661 Old Post Rd., Fairfield.  Keynote Speaker: Mary Evelyn Tucker, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University. Invited (not yet confirmed) speakers: U.S. Senator Chris Murphy and Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch. Refreshments served/Admission free. Click here to register.  Click here for flyer/details. For info email

CONNECTIONS! Ministry for Catholic Singles 40 and over next event is Mon., Oct. 27 at St. Mary Parish, 669 West Ave., Norwalk from 7-9pm, in the gym. Our speaker with be Carol Pinard, former Dir. of Religious Education for the Diocese of Bridgeport speaking on: "Martyrs and Witnesses of the 20th Century." Pope John Paul II in preparing the church for a new millennium said that the 20th century had produced more martyrs then in the previous 19 centuries. Come and hear their stories, see their pictures, relics and artifacts. The mission of Connections! is to provide Catholic singles 40 and over the opportunity to meet and share their faith with a host of God's wondergifts: the gift of friendship, the gift of having fun together, the gift of giving, and the gift of spiritual strengthening and healing.  $10pp.  Please RSVP to:

MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE on Mon., Oct. 27 at 7:30pm at Christ the King Church, Madison Ave. in Trumbull with Father Larry Carew.

with Fr. Lynch held at Walrus + Carpenter Smokehouse Pub, 2895 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport from 6:30-8:30pm on Oct. 29OPEN TO ALL age 21-30s. Bring friends, relax, and enjoy pub fare as we look at the Mass and explore the reason why, the meaning of prayers and their source. Come be surprised at what we discover. Contact St. Ann Church: (203) 368-1607 or on Face book page: St Ann Black Rock

SUPPORT GROUP FOR UNEMPLOYED & UNDEREMPLOYED - "Faith for the Future" will meet on Wed., Oct. 29 at 7:30pm at St. James Parish, 2110 Main St., Stratford. Come, be uplifted, share your story and bring a friend - we are a community, we travel our journey together.  For info call (203) 375-5887.

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St. Catherine of Siena women
help to feed the poor

October 21, 2014

RIVERSIDE—The Women's Guild of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Riverside had a "soup-making" day to raise money to support the work of the Greenwich World Hunger Association.

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Immaculate teens introduce youngsters to XC

October 21, 2014

DANBURY—A new and exciting sport was introduced to the parochial schools in the Danbury area this fall.

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Kindergartners test hypothesis

October 21, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—Predicting buoyancy, kindergarteners at St. Andrew Academy conducted a experiment under the guidance of S.T.E.M. teacher Marilyn Mlynek.

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Women of Faith: Conference will focus
on vocation of women

October 20, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—“We as women need to take time for ourselves,” says Gina Donnarummo, diocesan director of adult formation. 

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Pope beatifies Blessed Paul VI,
the 'great helmsman' of Vatican II

October 20, 2014

VATICAN CITY—Beatifying Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis praised the late pope as the "great helmsman" of the Second Vatican Council and founder of the synod, as well as a "humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his church."

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Convocation 2014: Study, Prayer
and Fraternity

October 18, 2014

NEWPORT—On Sunday afternoon, October 12, I-95 was filled with Catholic priests from the Diocese of Bridgeport as they made their way by bus and car to Rhode Island.

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Anglican, Lutheran delegates say synod's concerns are theirs, too

October 16, 2014

VATICAN CITY—Upholding the Christian ideal of marriage and family life while also reaching out to those whose lives do not reflect that ideal is a pastoral challenge faced by all Christian communities, said the Anglican representative to the Synod of Bishops.

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St. Rose student wins Parochial League Cross Country Championship

October 15, 2014

DANBURY—On Wednesday, October 8, the inaugural Parochial League Cross Country Championship meet was held at Tarrywile Park in Danbury.

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First Young Adults dance held in Trumbull

October 15, 2014

TRUMBULL—The first dance by the Catholic Young Adults Group out of St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull was held on Saturday, October 11.

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Eagle Scout Service Project concludes with Solemn Blessing Ceremony

October 14, 2014

NEW FAIRFIELD—On Sunday, October 12, a public blessing ceremony of urns was held during the 11 am Mass at St. Edward the Confessor Church as part of Lone Boy Scout Matthew A. Penza’s Eagle Scout Service Project.

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Construction Kickoff!

October 14, 2014

STAMFORD—Renovations started yesterday on the new home New Covenant House of Hospitality, the inner city soup kitchen that feeds the poor and hungry of the greater Stamford area.

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Respecting Life is Joyful

October 13, 2014

STRATFORD—Bishop Caggiano was the principal celebrant and homilist at the annual diocesan “Mass for Life,” held October 12 at St. Mark’s Parish.

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Join Bishop Caggiano on
the Diocese of Bridgeport Pilgrimage
to World Youth Day in Poland
July 22-August 1, 2016!

Bishop Frank Caggiano invites the youth
and young adults (ages 16-35)
of the Diocese of Bridgeport to join him
on a pilgrimage of a lifetime…
we have already reserved 300 spots! 
Don’t miss this amazing adventure
to meet Pope Francis
and millions of other young Catholics
from around the world.

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Pilgrimage to National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Washington, NJ
Saturday, November 8, 2014

Announcement of Themes
for Synod 2014

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of Bishop Caggiano's homily

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