Students participate in food drives

October 28, 2016

By Pat Hennessy

“Our food bank is very low—we need your help.”  Janie Jennings, who heads the Deacons’ Wives Ministry in the Stamford area, received that plea from St. Joseph Parenting Center in Stamford. The email went on to list the food items desperately needed, from cereal and soup to baby food.

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Honors, Laughs, and Even Some Tears

October 27, 2016

St. Matthew Knights of Columbus host 5th Annual Columbus Day Macaroni Dinner

On Saturday, October 22 the Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 held its 5th Annual Columbus Day Macaroni Dinner in St. Matthew Parish’s Masterpool Great Room. Over 180 friends and family enjoyed a fine Italian meal to honor those recognized for their accomplishments during the past 2015-2016 fraternal year. 

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Frontier Communications and Sacred Heart University Celebrate Successful Launch of “Vantage Sports Network”

October 27, 2016

NEW HAVEN—Frontier Communications and Sacred Heart University (SHU) this week celebrated the successful launch of Vantage Sports Network (VSN-CT), a new all-local channel dedicated to bringing viewers year-round coverage of Connecticut’s high school, collegiate and youth sports.

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Regina Pacis Classical Catholic Academy thrives

October 26, 2016

NORWALK—On September 8, the feast of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, Regina Pacis Academy (RPA) opened its doors to welcome families to its 12th academic year. The academy provides a classical curriculum to K-8 boys and girls in a wholesome Catholic environment at a reasonable cost for all.

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St. Mark School goes pink!

October 25, 2016

STRATFORD—St. Mark School recently hosted their annual school-wide Breast Cancer Awareness Cut-A-Thon. The elementary school invited stylists from Jade Salon in Stratford to set up a mini hair salon in the school gym. The school community dressed in pink and rallied together in the fight against cancer.

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NOTRE DAME High School (Boy's and Girls) Class of 1966 is planning a 50th Reunion for the spring of 2017. If you are interested in working on the Class of 1966 Reunion committee or would like to receive more information, contact the Alumni Office: or 203.372.6521 ext. 242.

AL’S ANGELS Holiday Toy Drive needs 10,000 toys this year. If you, your company, retail business, school etc would like to host a toy drive, contact Al Diguido at

THE GROTTO GIFT SHOP, located on the grounds of the Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield, 50 Montfort Rd., Rte. 118, Litchfield, will be open Mon.-Sat., 10:30 am to 4 pm, and Sun., 11:30 am to 4 pm. Advent wreaths, candles, & calendars are now in stock along with many new Christmas ornaments, cards & Fontanini Nativity sets. Come in and browse for unique gifts and books for all occasions, particularly baby & children's items. For further info, call 860.567.1041 or email:

JOIN IN PRAYING the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary for Persecuted Christians from your home/car/office the first Tues. of every month (Nov. 1) at 7 pm with a conference phone number. How? Before 7 pm, call 877.216.5269 type in the pin number 96869.

FIRST FRIDAY LECTURE at St. Luke Parish, Westport, will take place Fri., Nov. 4, at 7:30 pm in the community room. Sr. M. Peter Lilian DiMaria, will speak on “The Spirituality of Aging.” The lecture will be preceded by a wine and cheese reception at 7 pm. For more info, call 203.227.7245.

DIVORCED AND SEPARATED Catholics are invited to join “Hearts Renewed,” a support group for divorced or separated men and women. Meetings are held in Fairfield on the first and third Fri. (Nov 4; Nov. 18) at 7:30. For more info and for directions, call Bette: 203.338.0503 or Peggy: 203.834.1287.

ENTRANCE EXAM—Sacred Heart Academy of Hamden will offer its entrance exam on Sat., Nov. 5, from 8 am to noon. Students apply online at, and may spend a “Day at SHA” and plan an interview. To do this, please phone Mrs. Elaine Lamboley, Director of Admissions, at 203.288.2309.

THE LITTLE MERMAID will be presented by the students of Sacred Heart Academy on Fri.-Sat., Nov. 4 at 8 pm, Nov. 5, at 2 and 8 pm at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven. Tickets: $27.50 for orchestra; $22.50 mezzanine; and $12.50 balcony. For tickets and more info, call 203.562.5666, visit or purchase at Sacred Heart Academy, 265 Benham St., Hamden.

ENTRANCE EXAM for Sacred Heart Academy, 265 Benham St., Hamden, will take place Sat., Nov. 5, from 8 am-12 noon on the school’s campus. All students applying for grades 9 and 10 are required to take the exam. To register, candidates must submit the Application for Admission online at with the $60 fee by Tues., Nov. 1.  For more info or to arrange an interview or “shadow day,” contact director of admissions Elaine Lamboley: 203.288.2309, ext. 307.

OPEN HOUSE for Pre-K3, Pre-K4, and Kindergarten will be held at Assumption Catholic School, Fairfield, on Sat., Nov. 5, beginning at 10 am. All three programs are full-day. Principal Steven Santoli will give an overview of the school's mission, educational programs and extracurricular programs. Teachers will be available to discuss their programs, and current students will give tours. Children are welcome to attend!  RSVP to Karen Guastelle, director of enrollment: 203.334.6271 or

VENDORS WANTED for the 24th Annual Holiday Craft Fair and Bazaar St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish, 138 Candlewood Lake Road, Brookfield. Fair will be held Sat., Nov. 12, from 10 am-4 pm. Vendor registration deadline: Fri., Oct. 28. To download a vendor application, visit or call Pat Spitzfaden: 203.775.9236.

CHRISTMAS FAIR at Our Lady of Good Counsel Chapel, Bridgeport, will be held Sat., Nov. 12, from 9 am-4 pm. Vendor tables available for $25 each. For more info or to reserve a table, call Johanna: 203.372.3740.

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Reverend Louis Dytkowski

October 25, 2016

BRIDGEPORT—Rev. Louis M. Dytkowski, son of the late Frank and Julia Dytkowski, retired priest and Chaplain, LTC, U.S. Army, passed away Saturday, October 22, at St Vincent's Hospital, after a long illness. Father Lou was born August 25, 1934 and raised in the Hazelton/McAdoo area of PA. He attended college and seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan and was ordained a Catholic Priest for the Diocese of Bridgeport in 1960.

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Bishop in the Holy Land

October 23, 2016

BRIDGEPORT—During the past week Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has joined nearly 80 others on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. They have been walking in the footsteps of Our Lord Jesus, from the place of His birth, to the sites where he preached and ministered, to the most sacred places of His Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven.

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A Joyous Week Around the Diocese

October 21, 2016

BRIDGEPORT—Last weekend was a time for good spirits and joy in the diocese. On Sunday Bishop Frank Caggiano cut the ribbon on the new addition to the Catherine Dennis Keefe, Queen of Clergy Residence in Stamford. You can see the joy on the faces of senior priests on the cover of this month's issue of Fairfield County Catholic.

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Are you a sports trivia expert?
Or do you just think you are?

BRIDGEPORT—Sports fans do you really know sports? Test out your knowledge on October 24 when you and your team compete against other teams of sports fanatics during the 8th Annual “Stump the Schwab” competition to benefit the Cardinal Shehan Center’s After School & Saturday Program.

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St. Catherine of Siena:
A Woman for Our Times

October 20, 2016

FAIRFIELD—Fairfield University’s Center for Catholic Studies presents Sister Nancy Murray, OP in a one-woman performance of St. Catherine of Siena: A Woman for Our Times, on Wednesday, November 9 at 7:30 pm. The performance will take place in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room. The 2016 Catholicism and the Arts “Lecture” is free and open to the public.

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Immaculate High School Scholarship Fundraiser Breakfast

October 19, 2016

DANBURY—Sister Clare Fitzgerald, SSND was the keynote speaker at Immaculate High School's first Annual Scholarship Breakfast.

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Reversing the mission

October 18, 2016

WATERFORD, Ireland—The Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus launched a new mission in Waterford, Ireland this August. In reflecting on the sacrifices religious priests, sisters and brothers made in coming to the United States as missionaries, the Apostles felt it only fitting to return this gesture in some small way.

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St. Mary Catholic Scouting Diaper Drive

October 18, 2016

RIDGEFIELD—The St. Mary Catholic Scouts of Ridgefield hosted a Diaper Drive outside of their local Stop & Shop on October 9. The response was amazing. Scouts handed out a small list of items and invited shoppers to add a much needed baby item on to their grocery list and then deposit it in the Pack n Play on their way out of the store.

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Painting for a Purpose

October 18, 2016

NORWALK—Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 in Norwalk continued their strong relationship with Malta House on October 8 when some Brother Knights did some more painting at the facility and plans are in the works to continue more work in January.

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Saluting' Mothers of the Parish

October 18, 2016

STAMFORD—The Stamford District Council of Catholic Women held their annual Mothers of the Parish presentation on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima on October 13 at Sacred Heart Parish.

Father Matthew Mauriello, diocesan CCW moderator and Chaplain at St. Camillus Nursing Home in Stamford, presided over the service.

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Bishop: Medal is an outside sign
of what’s already in their hearts

October 15, 2016

BRIDGEPORT—“Wear this medal with our gratitude and recognition as an outside sign of what is already in your heart and soul. The medal simply allows the world to know that what they see on the outside already exists on the inside,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano to the 160 St. Augustine Medal recipients this afternoon at St. Augustine Cathedral.

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Around the Diocese in 60 Seconds!

October 14, 2016

BRIDGEPORT—It was a week for gratitude, prayer and celebration! Sunday started on a joyful note when Bishop Frank J. Caggiano cut the ceremonial ribbon on the new 16-suite wing of the Catherine Dennis Keefe Queen of Clergy Residence in Stamford.

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2016 St. Augustine Medal Recipients

of the Diocese of Bridgeport
to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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at Kolbe Cathedral Auditorium

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