BRIDGEPORT— Social Media Leader John Grosso's "Week in Review" takes us around the Diocese for an eventful week including the 3rd Post-Synod session at St. Catherine of Siena Parish Center in Trumbull, the closing of the Holy Door at St. Augustine Cathedral to formally end the Extraordinary Year of Mercy, a prayer service for racial healing, and a series of youth concerts around the diocese performed by X-factor winner Fr. Rob Galea. It all adds up to a week of great faith, joy and engagement throughout the diocese!
NORWALK—On November 19, 36 teens from St Jerome Parish in Norwalk gathered for the parish’s fourth annual NIGHT IN A BOX event. NIGHT IN A BOX is a homeless awareness project in which TOTAL, the St. Jerome youth group, raises money and collects toiletries for the Open Door Shelter in Norwalk.
STRATFORD—In a delicious response to the Pastoral Plan, Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Stratford held its first ever International Festival of Foods this fall. Father Andrew Marus, Holy Name’s pastor, led parishioners in grace before the meal.
Faced with two possible career paths — journalism or the priesthood — Father Damian Pielesz chose faith. That path has led the Polish native to Wilton, where he is parochial vicar of Our Lady of Fatima, assisting Pastor Reggie Norman.
December 1, 2016—TRUMBULL, CONNECTICUT— St Joseph High School located at 2320 Huntington Turnpike in Trumbull, Connecticut announced that two of the faculty members are currently on a U.S. Delegation trip in El Salvador located in Central America.
BRIDGEPORT—“We all know what hunger is. We need nutrients to feed our bodies,” said Msgr. Thomas Powers, vicar general of the Diocese of Bridgeport, during a blessing of the Advent Wreath at the Catholic Center. “Just as we need food for our bodies, we all need grace. We’re hungry for God’s grace.”
STAMFORD—Student Council moderators Katrina Egan and Rebecca Corso announced that Trinity Catholic High School continued their mission of serving others. Sponsored by the Student Council, the school’s long-standing community service project, the Thanksgiving Food Drive, donated a grand total of over 5,900 lbs of non-perishable food and turkeys to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
GREENWICH WORLD HUNGER Association, celebrating 40 years of projects to alleviate hunger, will be honored at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Riverside, on Thurs., Nov. 17, at the annual Dinner with a Cause sponsored by the Social Justice Committee. Come for a light supper and learn about the work of this organization. Supper at 6:30; presentation from 7:15-8:30 pm in the parish hall. For more info and for reservations, call 203.637.3661.
WINE TASTING to benefit Caroline House will take place Fri., Nov. 18, from 7-10 pm at the Fairfield Museum & History Center. Sponsored by Twisted Vine Fairfield and A Dash of Salt Catering. Tickets: $40; includes hors d’oeuvres, wines and a tour of the museum. To register, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-tasting-to-benefit-caroline-house-tickets-27708196963. For more info on Caroline House, go to www.thecarolinehouse.org.
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. 18, Dec. 2) at 7:30. For more info and for directions, call Bette: 203.338.0503 or Peggy: 203.834.1287.
MAROON AND GOLD GALA for St. Joseph High School will be held on Sat., Nov. 19 at The Waterview, 218 Roosevelt Drive, Monroe. Proceeds benefit the SJ scholarship endowment. For more info and for tickets, contact Dawn Handwerker, special events coordinator: email@example.com or 203.378.9378, ext. 444.
ANNUAL HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE at Sacred Heart Church, Stamford, on Sat., Nov. 19, from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm and Sun., Nov. 20, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm in the lower church hall. Space is available for anyone interested in renting a space to sell handmade items, jewelry, crafts, knitted or crochet items, ornaments, chocolates etc. No used or tag sale items. Everything must be new. Also no food items. If you are interested or if you know anyone who might be interested in renting a space please contact Rose Coscarelli-Curtis at 203.968.1234 after 5 pm.
35TH REUNION for Notre Dame Catholic High School Class of 1981 will be held Fri., Nov. 25, from 7-11 pm at Vazzano’s Four Seasons. Cost: $65/person includes appetizers, buffet dinner, dessert, open bar, DJ, tax/tip. An invitation is open to fellow ND alum from the classes of 1978 thru 1984 to join us. RSVP to: Fred Garrity: firstname.lastname@example.org; Zoli Szabo: ZJS195L10@earthlink.net; Angelo Ciambriello, Agmmy3kids@aol.com; Jolynn Catandella-Colon: Della4746@aol.com.
CAR RAFFLE: St. Mary Parish, Bethel, is raffling off a 2016 Buick Encore AND a 2016 GMC Canyon pickup truck! Both cars are from Ingersoll Auto of Danbury. Tickets are $100 each and one ticket wins both cars. Come and take a look on the front lawn of the Parish grounds. The drawing will take place Sat., Nov. 26, at 6:45 pm. Winner need not be present. Tickets can be purchased after Masses on selected Sundays or at the parish office during the week. For more info,, call the parish: 203.744.5777.
NORWALK—Norwalk's Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 has many traditions including helping our Veterans and children in need. First Knights of Columbus Saint Matthew Council 14360 and students at Fox Run, Wolfpit and All Saints Catholic Schools sponsored a donation drive for the veterans at the Homes for The Brave in Bridgeport in honor of Veterans Day.
WASHINGTON—The president and vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said November 23 that Thanksgiving Day is a time for the nation to pause and "give God thanks for the abundant blessings he has bestowed upon us."
BRIDGEPORT—Prayer is empty if it is not accompanied by a conversion of heart and commitment to justice, religious leaders said at tonight’s interfaith prayer service for peace and racial healing held at St. Augustine Cathedral.
STAMFORD—Lisa Brenninkmeyer, founder, Walking with Purpose Women’s Catholic Bible Study, spoke to over 400 Catholic women and pastors from throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport on November 16th at the Italian Center in Stamford.
FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University has entered into an agreement with General Electric to purchase its 66-acre former global headquarters in Fairfield. “This is a transformational moment in the history of Sacred Heart University,” said SHU President John J. Petillo.
BRIDGEPORT—This morning as Bishop Frank J. Caggaino closed the Holy Door on the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, he urged all those present to become “living doors” to others by carrying mercy and love in their hearts for all those they encounter.
NEW HAVEN—“The Face of Mercy,” a new Knights of Columbus documentary that uses personal accounts to highlight the impact of God’s mercy on people’s lives, will air on many ABC-affiliated TV stations from October 16 to December 16.