BRIDGEPORT—St. Vincent's Medical Center and Aquarion Water Company are launching the 6th Annual "House of Hope" Food Drive, running from September 19 until November 18, 2016 to help reduce hunger throughout the Greater Bridgeport area. In an effort to fight hunger with healthy foods, the organizers ask that only nutritious, non-perishable, non-expired items be donated.
STAMFORD—It was an evening of high energy, spirited music and celebration as Catholic Charities of Fairfield County celebrated its 100th Birthday in a gala at the Stamford Marriott. Over 400 men and women filled the main ballroom for dinner, dancing and award with an evening that included and awards ceremony and video offering a glimpse into the 100-year history of Catholic Charities, which was formed in response to the needs of the immigrants, orphans and working poor of industrial Bridgeport.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP will meet at St. Stephen Parish, Trumbull, for a series of 10 weekly meetings starting Thurs., Sept. 29, from 4-5:30 pm. Advance registration necessary. For more info or to register, call the parish office: 203.268.6217.
SPIRITUAL TRIP—Join St. Stephen on a spiritual trip to the Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, MA., on Thurs., Sept. 29, bus leaves St. Stephen at 7:30 am and returns 7 pm. Cost: $39.00 per person (Includes bus, box lunch, driver's tip. Trip held rain or shine, seating is limited so please register early. Call rectory no later than Thurs., Aug. 25, at 203.268.6217.
VETERAN BRICK DEADLINE for donating a veteran's brick to the St. Margaret Shrine Veterans Memorial, is Fri., Sept. 30. Bricks can be donated honoring a veteran of the U.S. Military, or our Allies—living, deceased, wartime, peacetime, or currently serving. The Veterans Memorial is located at 2523 Park Ave., Bridgeport. Last year it was added to the National War Memorial Registry, a recording of our nation's war memorials. The names of the veterans, on newly donated bricks, will be published in our program book and read at our Sixth Annual Veterans Mass and Blessing on Sat., Nov. 5, at 12:15 pm. For more info, call 203.345.3244.
THE MONKS OF NORCIA will be sharing their life and spirituality on Fri., Sept, 30, at 5 pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Rd., Darien. Cost $100; includes hors d’oeuvres and Birra Nursia (Nursia beer). Norcia has become particularly well known in recent years because of the American Benedictine monks who re-founded the monastery there in 2000. Presenters will include Fr. Richard Cipolla, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Norwalk and Fr. Benedict Nivakoff from Nursia, who grew up in St. Aloysius Parish, New Canaan. For more info and for reservations, contact Robert Duncan: firstname.lastname@example.org or 877.271.7640.
RAINBOWS, a program for children and teens grieving the loss of a parent or other loved one from death, divorce, or other trauma, will start a new session at Holy Spirit Parish, Stamford, at the end of Sept. Rainbows helps teens and children grieve and grow after loss and develop coping skills for life. The program is confidential and free, and open to all. A Winter/Spring session will be held January-April, 2017. For more info or to register, email email@example.com or call 203.322.3722.
MAGNIFICAT Ministry to Catholic Women will host a prayer breakfast on Sat., Oct.1, from 9:30am-12:30 pm at Ethan Allen Inn, Danbury. Susan Brinkman will be the guest speaker. Cost: $25;pre-register by Sat., Sept. 23. No tickets sold at the door. For more info, call Fran Hood: 203.744.1856 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANNUAL BLESSING OF ANIMALS—Sat., Oct. 1 at 4 pm in the Grotto Plaza. All pets, large and small are welcome, rain or shine. Lourdes in Litchfield, 50 Montfort Rd., Rte. 118, Litchfield, CT 06759, 860.567.1041.
CELEBRATE AND HELP THE HOMELESS FIND AN APARTMENT OF THEIR OWN—On Oct. 1, Off the Streets will hold its second annual Dinner Dance in Our Lady of the Assumption Church Hall in Fairfield. Off the Streets provides a security deposit and basic furniture and living needs for those homeless people. For reservations call Ellen 203.880.9814. Hot hors d’oeuvres, crudité, salad, hot buffet and carving station, dessert, beer, wine and soft drinks. Ticket price is $75 per person. If you cannot attend, your tax deductible donation would be most appreciated. Facebook.com/OffTheStreetsBFT
SAVE THE DATE—Diocese of Bridgeport's Annual Red Mass on Sun., Oct. 2. Liturgy for all attorneys, legislators, judges and legal professionals. 9 am Mass at Fairfield University Chapel, 1073 N. Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 followed by breakfast and speaker program at the Fairfield University Oak Room.
BRIDGEPORT—Michelle Smith has been named coordinator of the new Catholic Service Corps (CSC), a synod initiative created in response to the call for service and the need to engage youth in faith and good works.
HAMDEN—”God gave us a bountiful garden, but we have turned it into a polluted wasteland of debris, desolation, and filth," Pope Francis writes in Laudato Si, a papal document released to coincide with the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
WASHINGTON—In light of Pope Francis' call to pray for the victims of sexual abuse, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will support a Worldwide Day of Prayer for Sexual Abuse Survivors, highlighting the importance of healing and noting the progress the Church has made over the years.
BRIDGEPORT—“You’re at the frontline of suffering. You enter the rooms of those who are suffering and serve as ministers of Mercy,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano to 250 students and faculty of St. Vincent’s College.
BRIDGEPORT—The Office of the Superintendent of Schools recently took a sort of “school field trip.” The education department attended a Bridgeport Bluefish baseball day game to represent the 31 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
STAMFORD—Sixteen months after the Most Reverend Bishop Frank Caggiano presided over the ground breaking for the new Trinity Catholic High School multi-purpose athletic field, Interim Principal, Tony Pavia, welcomed donors, students, faculty, staff, parents, and dignitaries from the Diocese of Bridgeport to the christening of the new multi-purpose athletic field.