Visit the
Synod 2014 website

Delegates prepare for Synod 2014

August 19, 2014

TRUMBULL—More than 40 delegates to Synod 2014 gathered last weekend at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Trumbull for the third Formation Day in preparation for the first General Session to the Synod to be held on September 20.

The formation sessions provided an opportunity for learning, spiritual growth and discernment for the 350 delegates to Synod 2014.

Click here to view a slideshow

Read More »

Fan the Fire: Made for More

August 18, 2014

NEWTOWN—More than 400 teens attended this year’s Fan the Fire Youth Rally on the grounds of St. Rose of Lima Parish over the weekend.

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano joined with other inspirational speakers and youth ministers to encourage young people in their faith within a welcoming and prayerful environment.

Click here for a slideshow

Read More »

Pope tells Asians to witness to Christ in all aspects of life

August 18, 2014

SEOSAN, South Korea—Pope Francis told young Asian Catholic leaders to witness to Christ in everything they do.

During his homily on the muddy grounds of Haemi Fortress, Pope Francis urged more than 40,000 people—including young Catholic leaders from 22 Asian countries—to "reflect God's love." He reminded them it was their "right and duty to take part in the life of (their) societies."

Read More »

Bishop Caggiano celebrates Mass
to dedicate new Chapel of Mary,
Mother of God at St. Pius X Parish

August 15, 2014

FAIRFIELD—Bishop Frank Caggiano visited St. Pius X Parish today to celebrate a Pontifical Mass marking the dedication of The Chapel of Mary Mother of God in the parish’s new Faith Center.

The Bishop also served as the homilist for the Mass on the feast of The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Click to see a slideshow of the dedication

Read More »




  • Assumption Parish, 98 Riverside Ave., Westport invites all to stop in to pray for Peace in the Middle East on Mondays & Wednesdays from 8am-5pm and Thursdays at 7am (Weekly Adoration Time).  For info (203) 227-5161,
  • Prayer Service/Holy Hour at Our Lady of Assumption Parish, 545 Stratfield Rd., Fairfield on Aug. 25 beginning at 7pm

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT ST. ANN'S FIELD, 481 Brewster St., Bridgeport with country band the Bedlam Brothers on Tues., Aug. 19 from 6-8pm. Rain date Wed., Aug. 20 same time.  Bring a picnic, wine, lawn chair, Frisbee - family & friends! $5pp, children under 12 admission free.  

FREE BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR SUPPORT GROUP OFFERED AT ST. VINCENT’S MEDICAL CENTER meets on the first and third Tuesdays of every month from 5:30-70pm on Level 4 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, 2800  Main St., Bridgeport Aug. 19. Provides information and resource to women dealing with breast cancer at any stage of survivorship. No reservations required, free parking. For info call 203-576-6158.

ITALIAN FESTIVAL AT ST. JUDE in Monroe Aug. 20-23 (intersection of Rt. 111 and Rt. 110). Great Italian food, desserts from Luigi's Bakery and homemade gelato!  Carnival ride bracelets $22 per night, or individual tickets. Raffle is 8-Day Cruise to the Bahamas for two, as well as 50/50 raffles. Music, entertainment and tours of St. Jude prayer shrine open to all. Free parking and admission. Hours: Aug. 20 & 21 is 6-10pm; Aug. 22 is 6-10:30pm; Aug. 23 is 5-10pm.

FREE & LOW-COST MAMMOGRAPHY SCREENINGS offered by St. Vincent’s SWIM Women’s Imaging Center for women age 35 and older on Thurs., Aug. 21 at Carriage Green, 77 Plains Rd., Milford from 10am-2pm. Free for those who do not have health insurance, have financial limitations and qualify for assistance.  For those who do not have insurance but do not qualify for free services, mammograms are discounted.  Appointments are required for this exam or if you do not have a physician’s order - call (203) 576-5505.

MULTI-PARISH YOUNG ADULT GROUP open to all at St. Marguerite's in Brookfield will meet Aug. 22, from 7-9pm in the church hall. Join us for prayer, discussion, fun, fellowship and refreshments.  For info or to be included on the email list for activities apart from group meetings, call Maria M. (203) 798-6923, Maria V. (203) 775-2135, or Greg (203) 512-1875.

opens Aug. 22 starring Jim Caviezel of hit TV show “Person of Interest”. Film tells the story of legendary Catholic high-school football coach Bob Ladouceur who brought the De La Salle High School Spartans to a record-making 151 game winning streak. Great for the whole family! Click here for trailer

2ND ANNUAL YOGA FESTIVAL TO BENEFIT SANDY HOOK PROMISE on Aug. 23 from 9am-4pm at NYA Sports & Fitness, 4 Primrose St., Newtown. Donation $25pp. For info

THEOLOGY ON TAP "MASS APPEAL" by Fr. Peter Lynch on Aug. 27 at Walrus + Carpenter Smokehouse Pub, 2895 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport from 6:30-8:30pm (last Wed. of each month). After 15 years of celebrating the Mass nearly every day, it has never gotten boring, but continues to be new! Come find out why! Each gathering we will look at a different part of the Mass and explore the reason why, the meaning of prayers and their source. Come be surprised at what we discover. Age 21 & over. Contact St. Ann (203) 368-1607 or on Facebook at St Ann Black Rock or Diocese of Bridgeport Young Adults webpage

“FOOD FOR LIFE: KICK-START YOUR HEALTH” LIVE COOKING CLASS at St. Vincent’s Medical Center  on Thurs., Aug. 27 from 6-7:30pm in the Hawley Conference Center, 4th Floor. “Digestive Health” is designed to advance cancer prevention and survival through nutrition education, research and live cooking demonstration. Free parking; Registration required. Call (203) 576-6158.

9TH ANNUAL NEWTOWN ROAD RACE 5K sponsored by NIKE to benefit Newtown Youth and Family Services on Sat., Aug. 30 at Dickinson Park in Newtown race start time 8am. To register go to Awards for top female and male runners in each of the eight age brackets. For info call 203-270 4335

More Upcoming Events »

Fr. Chip rides in 9/11 motorcycle tribute

August 14, 2014

BROOKFIELD—Fr. George “Chip” O’Neill, pastor of St. Joseph Church in Brookfield, is among hundreds of riders participating in the Motorcycle Tribute for America’s 9/11 Foundation.

Click here to watch a video introducing purpose of ride and actual footage of what it looks like

Click here to view his Facebook page

Read More »

Bishop Caggiano urges prayers for peace

August 13, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Caggiano has urged all Catholics throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport to pray for peace during a time of humanitarian crisis and religious persecution in the Middle East and other sites across the globe.

Click to read Bishop Caggiano's letter to the faithful

Read More »

Emily Fedorko: Sudden Loss
and a Path to Healing

August 14, 2014

GREENWICH—Boats are a part of growing up in Greenwich. The Greenwich coastline stretches from the New York State border to Stamford.

Read More »

Vatican calls on Muslim leaders
to condemn Islamic State

August 12, 2014

VATICAN CITY—The Vatican called on Muslim leaders to condemn the "barbarity" and "unspeakable criminal acts" of Islamic State militants in Iraq, saying a failure to do so would jeopardize the future of interreligious dialogue.

Read More »

Knights of Columbus announces fund to help christians threatened with extinction in Iraq

August 12, 2014

NEW HAVEN—The Knights of Columbus announced today that is establishing a fund to assist those—particularly Christians as well as other religious minorities—facing a horrific and violent persecution and possible extinction in Iraq and the surrounding regions.

Read More »

Emily Fedorko: In Loving Memory

August 11, 2014

STAMFORD—Between her wake and her funeral Mass, approximately 1,000 people personally paid their respects to Emily Fedorko, 16, who tragically lost her life in a boating accident in Greenwich on August 6.

Read More »

Warmth and Welcome
First Fairfield County “Mob Mass”

August 12, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—The First Mass Mob has come and gone, and I am still riding high. 230 people filled St. Peter Church in Bridgeport. There are towns that size where I come from. Nice work and thanks for coming out!

Read More »

Iraq: CRS, Caritas Reach Displaced Families

August 11, 2014

IRAQ—Escalating violence in northern and central Iraq has caused devastation and mass displacement of 1.2 million people since January.

Read More »

A great day for the St. Roch Festival

August 11, 2014

GREENWICH—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano was among those in Greenwich yesterday to observe the traditional St. Roch procession, which ended with Mass and the traditional Italian Fest to celebrate the Church’s patron.

Read More »

Sisters of Life

August 06, 2014

STAMFORD—On a beautiful Wednesday morning, August 6, at St. John’s Basilica, seven Sisters of Life made their Profession of Vows before hundreds of family, friends, clergy, and sister religious.

Read More »

Desperation of people in Gaza spurs violence, say cardinal, patriarch

August 05, 2014

VATICAN CITY—The president of Caritas Internationalis suggested Israeli and Hamas leaders pick up a pair of binoculars so they could see that "most of your victims are innocent people."

Read More »

Msgr. Mcgrath to serve as chaplain
of Ave Maria Law School

August 04, 2014

DARIEN—Msgr. Frank C. McGrath, pastor of St. John Parish in Darien, has been named Chaplain of Ave Maria Law School in Naples, Florida. 

Read More »

Announcement of Themes
for Synod 2014

Click to read full transcript
of Bishop Caggiano's homily

Click here to watch
the entire Vesper Service

2014 Annual Bishop's Appeal
Building Bridges in Faith and Charity
Give today at

Click here to register!

Church Reform from Below:
An Interview with Bishop Frank Caggiano

by Sean Salai, S.J.
America: The National Catholic Review

"We’ll do our part. God will do the rest"

Watch this video celebrating the work of Msgr. Joseph Potter and the Diocese of Bridgeport at Remanso, Brazil.


Fairfield County Catholic
provides the latest news, features,
and other information
from around the Diocese.

Click to read current
and older issues of the FCC.

Or read the latest news, commentaries and blogs.

Click here for 2014 Holy Days

Click here for 2015 Holy Days

  Fr. Barron on the Persecution of Christians in the Middle East

Click to watch the video


Receive Diocesan Emails:
Enter your email address to stay informed from the Church's perspective on current events and topics in the news.