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Francis: Priests should never refuse baptism to one who asks

April 27, 2015

ROME (NCRonline)--In words that may be interpreted to rebut Catholic priests who refuse to baptize children of same-sex couples, Pope Francis has said that priests should not refuse baptism to anyone who asks for the sacrament.

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Bridgeport mural dedicated to Pope John Paul II (article from CT Post)

April 27, 2015

BRIDGEPORT -- After naming a street corner after Pope John Paul II, the city's Polish community wanted to do a little more to celebrate their favorite saint. They did just that Sunday when church members and others dedicated a mural of the late pontiff on the wall of a towing company in a section of the city in need of a little sprucing up.
(PHOTO: Brian A. Pound)

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People of faith should live with Joy!

April 24, 2015

NORWALK—In the keynote talk of last week’s diocesan workshop, “Pope Francis and the Promise of the Family,” noted writer and speaker Dr. Scott Hahn encouraged people to share their joy about being a Catholic with family members, friends and co-workers.

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World Youth Day 2016

April 24, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano is calling all youth to World Youth Day in 2016. Lets take a Diocesan pilgrimage to World Youth Day Krakow in July 2016 with Bishop Caggiano to see Pope Francis. We already have a prime location with accommodations in Krakow reserved! Our very own youth hostel for the Diocese of Bridgeport for 300 persons!

Questions? Contact Julie Rodgers at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 203.416.1449.

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Working with God

April 23, 2015

NORWALK—On Wednesday evening, April 22, the chapel of the Convent of the Sisters of St. Thomas of Villanova on West Rocks Road in Norwalk was re-dedicated at a special Mass. Fifty people attended the 7:00 pm liturgy. Rev. Justin Raj, IMS, was the celebrant and homilist. After the Mass, all were invited to a reception meal catered by Stew Leonard’s.

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SERRA CLUB CHARTER MASS WITH BISHOP CAGGIANO
at 4pm on Apr. 28, at St. Pius X Church in Fairfield, Bishop Caggiano will celebrate a Mass to charter the Bridgeport Diocese¹s first Serra Club. Serra (International) is a worldwide organization of 18,000 lay Catholic men and women in over 40 countries who promote and affirm vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Their efforts in helping to identify, encourage and support individuals in their consideration of and commitment to vocations have provided strong support to the Church's ongoing needs around the world. Members look forward to being an active resource for our parishes, encouraging vocations, supporting our young men and women who are discerning their vocations, and affirming the vocations of our priests, deacons and religious in their commitments to Catholic service. For info email Serrabridge@gmail.com or go to: https://sites.google.com/site/serraclubofbridgeport or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/serrabridge



DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST at St. Joseph High School on Thurs., Apr. 30 at 7pm; Fri., May 1 at 7 and Sat., May 2 at 6:30pm. Tickets available by emailing SJHSTickets@gmail.com. Bring the family!  Great night out for all ages. www.sjcadets.org


"TRUTH, JUSTICE & THE COMMON GOOD" First Friday Lecture will take place on Fri., May 1 at 7:30 pm in the Community Room at St. Luke Parish in Westport. The speaker will be Dr. Christopher Kelly, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Sacred Heart University. "Truth, Justice and the Common Good: It's Place in Catholic Intellectual Thought". The lecture will be preceded by a wine and cheese reception at 7:00 pm.  All are welcome.



EMMAUS TEEN RETREAT
sponsored by St. Aloysius Youth Group for high school sophmores to seniors May 1-3 open to all. It is not a traditional retreat weekend. It is a journey in faith, a sharing in Christian love, an opportunity to learn more about one's self, to explore one's relationship with God, family, and the human community. St. Aloysius sponsors three Emmaus weekends per year, spring and fall for teens, and summer for adults. Go to www.staemmaus.org to register. For info email: saintaloysiusemmaus@gmail.com or call David & Christine Wagner at (203) 966-0020.



DANBURY EMMAUS “PIE 32” RETREAT for young adults 18 and up
who have completed high school, to be held May 1-3 at the Seton Newman Center in Danbury. It will be a weekend you will never forget!  Come deepen your relationship with God while you make friendships that will last a lifetime!  It is a weekend of great Faith, great Food, new Friends, and lots of Fun!  For info call Kristin Nauheimer at 203-512-5285 or visit us at www.danburyemmaus.org.  This is an opportunity to take time out of your busy schedule to focus on faith, and your relationship with God, perhaps discover faith for the very first time.



SHAKESPEARE'S "TAMING OF THE SHREW"
at St. James School in Stratford on May 2 at 7pm and May 3 at 3pm in the school gym.  Open to public.  Support our amazing students as they attempt this classic play.  Tickets $5pp at the door.  Great family night out! For more info go to www.stjamesstratford.org



CABARET NIGHT "A Night of Broadway Show Tunes"
at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 220 Shelton Rd., Trumbull on Sat., May 2 from 7-10pm. Professional musical theatre performers will be singing hit songs for famous Broadway Shows.  Bring your own food and drink; coffee and dessert provided. $35pp; tickets purchased after Mass or at Parish Office Mon-Fri between 9am-5pm, or email support@stcatherinetrumbull.com. 



CATHOLIC YOUNG ADULTS BIBLE STUDY (ages 18-35) at ST. Theresa Parish Center, lower level, 5301 Main St., Trumbull on May 2 at 10am. Open to all.  For info email raytar.theresa@gmail.com



HOMEFRONT PROJECT
open to all on May 2 from 9am-5pm. This marks St. Francis of Assisi Parish's 21st year of participation in HOMEFRONT, a community-based volunteer home repair program that provides quality of life repairs at no cost to the homeowners in need. HOMEFRONT selects the Bridgeport project to be worked on. We invite all adults and teens 14 years and older to volunteer, for all or part of the day as your schedule and talents permit. All kinds of helping hands are needed to do scraping and sanding, painting, carpentry, plumbing, moving furniture, and clean-up. Refreshments and lunch will be provided to workers throughout the day.  Come work those underused muscle groups for a worthwhile cause: at the end of the day, you'll be so glad you did! If you would like to join our team or need more information, contact Kay Byrnes at kaymbyrnes@optonline.net.


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A taste of Alpha!

April 24, 2015

DANBURY—What is Alpha? Find out April 25, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Danbury.  Alpha is a direct response to the New Evangelization and our call to be "Missionary Disciples."

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‘Songs from the Spirit’ debuts
at St. Maurice

April 23, 2015

WESTON—Guitar in hand, Vince DeFelice stood by the altar at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Weston.

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On Earth Day we celebrate the beauty and wonder of God’s creation!

April 22, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—Our Holy Father has reminded us that “Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude.”

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Diocese names director

April 22, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—Siobhan Lidington of Norwalk has been named executive director of the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund. The appointment was made by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.

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St Joseph School student presents bishop
with Brooklyn Bridge

April 21, 2015

SHELTON—When Bishop Caggiano visited St. Joseph School in Shelton at the beginning of April, he received an astonishing and totally unexpected gift.

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Auditions set for new Diocesan Youth Choir

April 20, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese of Bridgeport has announced audition times and places for its new Choir for Youth (C4Y) that will perform at diocesan liturgies with the Bishop and special events throughout the year.

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Pope Francis and the Promise of the Family coming to Norwalk

April 16, 2015


NORWALK—Dr. Scott Hahn, Kimberly Hahn and Dr. Alan Hunt will be at All Saint's School in Norwalk on Saturday, April 18 from 8:30 am-5 pm, to offer inspiration, encouragement and creative solutions to the challenges of married life and parenting as envisioned by Pope Francis. 

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Here I am Lord

April 15, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS—Watch this beautiful video written and narrated by Bishop Frank Caggiano. In his deeply insightful way, he talks about youth spirituality, their hunger for truth and their search for greatness of heart and spirit.

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Mass Mob IV comes to Bridgeport!

April 14, 2015

Join Mass Mob IV at St. Patrick Parish, Bridgeport, on Sunday, April 19, at 12:30 pm. What is Mass Mob? Mass Mobs are named after flash mobs—spontaneous gatherings of crowds in a public place to make an artistic statement.

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Encountering Jesus in Medical Technology

April 12, 2015

NEW CANAAN—The annual White Mass for healthcare professionals and for all who serve the sick was held at St. Aloysius Church in New Canaan on Sunday morning, April 12.

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Bishop says need for a more “welcoming” Church unites all parishes and communities

April 11, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—Speaking at the Hispanic Consultation for 2014 Synod this afternoon, Bishop Caggiano said that one of the most urgent challenges of the Synod is to make parishes more welcoming places where people feel affirmed in their faith and in their lives.

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Busy Weekend for Synod Delegates

April 09, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—2014 Synod gets back to work this weekend with two consultation sessions set for Saturday in the greater Bridgeport area and the Synod Retreat for all delegates to be held in Wilton.

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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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Scholarships available.
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Easter Vigil

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