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Bishop says service of First Responders is “victory of love”

September 14, 2014

DARIEN (September 13)-- At the 13th Annual Blue Mass, which was celebrated this morning on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, Bishop Caggiano reminded those in attendance that September 13 is the anniversary of the day a New York construction worker uncovered the cross that would become “a sign of hope and encouragement” to the country after the terrorist act of 9/11.

With bagpipes playing “America the Beautiful,” more than 100 police, fire and emergency services personnel processed in to the tiny Church on the Post Road in Darien for the annual Mass that remembers those lost on 9/11 and honors the service of First Responders.

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Bishop announces reorganization
of diocesan offices to prepare
for change and renewal

September 09, 2014

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NORWALK— Bishop Frank J Caggiano told a gathering of more than 500 lay leaders, pastors and synod delegates that it is important to “get the diocesan house in order” as the 350 delegates of Synod 2014 begins their work to help plan for the future of the Catholic Church in Fairfield County.

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“House of Hope” Food Drive To Help Veterans and the Underserved

September 12, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—St. Vincent’s Health Services and Aquarion Water Company are launching the 4th Annual “House of Hope” Food Drive, running from September 15 until November 14 to help reduce hunger throughout the Greater Bridgeport area. A ribbon cutting will be held on Monday, September 15 at 11 am at the House of Hope at the entrance to St. Vincent’s Medical Center.

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OPEN TO ALL:

BIBLE STUDIES - NEW FALL STUDIES BEGINNING!
YOUTH GROUPS


PRAYERS FOR PEACE - OPEN TO ALL:

  • Assumption Parish, 98 Riverside Ave., Westport invites all to stop in to pray for Peace on Mondays & Wednesdays from 8am-5pm and Thursdays at 7:30am. For info (203) 227-5477
  • St. Vincent's Medical Center Chapel - Adoration Prayer for Peace from 7am-4pm on: Sept. 18 & 26. Open to all faiths. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed throughout these times.

NEW BIBLE STUDIES STARTING at St. Thomas More Parish, 374 Middlesex Rd., Darien. Bring a Bible and join the discussions as you learn from Scriptures, encouraging a deeper relationship with Jesus. OPEN TO ALL!  Beginners welcome! Call (203) 213- 4809 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Mondays 7-8:30pm in Darien. A 12-week study of the Acts of the Apostles begins Sept. 15
  • Tuesdays 9:30-11am in the Rectory Annex, 374 Middlesex Rd., Darien. Our study of the Gospel of Matthew resumes on Sept. 16

MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE on Mon., Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m., St. Lawrence Church, Shelton.


NEW BIBLE STUDIES STARTING at St. Joseph Manor, Mondays 1:30-3pm in Education Bldg, 2nd fl, 6448 Main St., Trumbull. OPEN TO ALL!  Bring a Bible and join the discussions as you learn from Scriptures, encouraging a deeper relationship with Jesus. A 12-week study of the Book of Revelation begins Sept. 15 led by Catholic Bible scholar, Maryann Knag, MAT MAR. Contact Maryann 203.213.4809 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).



"SONGS YOU LOVE FROM THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK"
performance by Trumbull's Cristina DiMuro with accompaniest Greg Horton on Tues., Sept. 16 at 6:30pm at the Trumbull Library Community Room.  Enjoy an evening of standards from the 20's to 40's including songs by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, The Gershwins and more!  Click here for flyer.  For info call (203) 452-5197 or www.trumbullct-library.org


NEW BIBLE STUDY STARTING at Our Lady of Grace Parish, 497 Second Ave., Stratford on Sept. 16 from 7-8:30pm. OPEN TO ALL!  No Bible study experience needed!  Meets in Parish Center. We will be studying "Psalms - The School of Prayer" CD series by Jeff Cavins. Class begins with prayer, followed by discussion and the CD.  A study binder may be purchased which coordinates with the program. For more info call Linda (203) 375-8992.


CIRCUS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS & CHRONIC DISEASES presented St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation on Tues., Sept. 16 and Wed., Sept. 17 from 11:30am-1pm under a large tent in Bridgeport’s Beardsley Park.  The old-fashioned circus, put on by the Zerbini Family, is held by invitation-only for children and their caretakers from area schools thanks to a generous gift from Elizabeth Pfriem of Southport, CT.  The performance lasts 1 1/2 hours. Children will receive a boxed lunch, cotton candy and a t-shirt. For info call St. Vincent’s Foundation Office (203) 576-5451.


ONE-DAY RETREAT FOR PARISH SECRETARIES (FREE) on Wed., Sept 17 from 10am-2pm at Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford with Fr. David Cinquegrani, C.P.  This retreat offers a one-day respite from the pace of parish life, allowing the spirit and the body to rest and reflect in an atmosphere of peace and quiet. Morning meditation will be followed by a discussion on the dynamic teachings of Pope Francis. Time for dialogue about the vital ministry of the parish support staff, personal reflection, lunch, and the celebration of the Eucharist are all included. Meal included. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org


BEREAVEMENT PROGRAM - A ten week program at Our Lady of Peace Parish, 10 Ivy St., Lordship/Stratford starts Wed., Sept. 17 from 7-8:30pm for those grieving the loss of a loved one. Registration required. Call parish office at 203-377-4863, ext.10 for questions or to register. Workbooks provided.


"DINNER WITH A CAUSE" presented by St. Catherine of Siena Social Justice Committee invites you to this event through which we introduce area organizations that are supporting the principles of social justice.  This dinner will highlight the work of The New Covenant House (The "Soup Kitchen") on Thurs., Sept. 18 at 6:30pm in Lucey Church Hall, 4 Riverside Ave., Riverside, CT.  $10pp at the door to benefit NCH.  RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or www.stcath.org


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Blue Mass on Sunday in Darien

September 12, 2014

DARIEN—The Annual Diocesan Blue Mass honoring fire, police and rescue workers will be held on Sunday September 14, 11:30 am at Saint John Church in Darien. A reception immediately following Mass will be held in the Blanchard Center on parish grounds.

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will be the main celebrant, along with diocesan priests who serve as police and fire chaplains in Fairfield County. Father Charles Allen, S.J., special assistant to the president of Fairfield University, is serving as chairman of the event.

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Progress for Trinity Catholic football in 2014

September 11, 2014

STAMFORD—Donny Panapada is proud to be a member of the FCIAC football head coaches fraternity.

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Ribbon cutting at St. Mark's

September 09, 2014

STRATFORD—St. Mark School began their 50th anniversary year with much to celebrate on September 4, the school held its playground ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Windows to the Soul:
Fr. Giuliani’s icons to be featured in Rome exhibit

September 04, 2014

ROME—Fr. John B. Giuliani, a major American artist and priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport, will be featured next week in an exhibit at the Gallery of Contemporary Sacred Art in the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome.

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Cathedral Academy Volunteer
is "Hometown Hero"

September 04, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—Stephen Mac McLaughlin is better known as Mr. Mac to the students at the St. Augustine upper school campus of Cathedral Academy in Bridgeport.

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Aiming to form amazing parishes

September 03, 2014

DENVER—Some 500 Catholic leaders and their pastors from across the United States met recently at the first-ever Amazing Parish conference in Denver to brainstorm and swap ideas about improving parish life.

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K of C Charity: Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts

September 02, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—This month's Knights of Columbus charity focuses on renewed efforts to help Connecticut residents recover from damages sustained during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

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VOTF Mass for Success of Synod

August 29, 2014

NORWALK—Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) has invited all delegates to the 2014 Synod and the general public to attend a special Mass for the success of the Synod on September 11 at 7:30 pm at Saint Philip Church in Norwalk.

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Life is a Picnic with the Bishop

August 27, 2014

TRUMBULL—Bishop Caggiano has publicly expressed that he thinks his Trumbull residence is too big, but sometimes it is good to have lots of room to entertain.

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Know worship and serve

August 26, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut is no stranger to addressing young people on faith and spirituality.

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Generosity starts the school year

August 26, 2014

REDDING—In August, students from the seventh and eighth grades in St. Patrick Parish religious education program held a school supplies drive.

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Msgr. Surwilo becomes Fisher’s spiritual director

August 21, 2014

STAMFORD—In a seminary, the role of spiritual director is critical and unique. He is given a special trust with respect to the seminarians in his care.

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WORLD YOUTH DAY
2016 Krakow Poland!

July 22-August 1st 2016
Bishop Caggiano invites the Diocese of Bridgeport to join him on a pilgrimage of a lifetime...

The Diocese of Bridgeport has already reserved 300 spots in Poland for WYD! To spiritually kickstart the pilgrimage, we will be having a retreat led by Bishop Caggiano in northern Poland! Scholarships will be available for those traveling with the Diocese.

Please register for more details! Information sessions soon to be announced.


Announcement of Themes
for Synod 2014

Click to read full transcript
of Bishop Caggiano's homily

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the entire Vesper Service


2014 Annual Bishop's Appeal
Building Bridges in Faith and Charity
Give today at www.2014ABA.com


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of Bishop Caggiano’s homily
at Fan the Fire.


Save the Date

Special Needs Mass
September 21, 2014
1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Holy Cross Parish
750 Tahmore Drive, Fairfield, CT

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Church Reform from Below:
An Interview
with Bishop Frank Caggiano


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



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