Annual Catholic Appeal ›› Ethnic Outreach The Catholic Church embraces its ethnic diversity. “As Christians, we experience that closeness as a sign of the love of Jesus Christ, the Good Samaritan, who draws near with compassion to every man and woman wounded by sin.”, Jesus’ commandment to love one another also applies to a Christian’s relationship with a person who is sick, the pope said. To all Catholic Dioceses in the United States May 9, 2020 May 9, 2020 Admin 2 Comments Announcement, CMC Day, Ken Santopietro. var AdButler = AdButler || {}; AdButler.ads = AdButler.ads || []; The Foundation also makes grants to teachers for innovative and leadership initiatives in our Catholic schools. Gala Co-chairs Barbara Ripp and Xandy Duffy met with Foundations in Education staff to begin planning this year’s unique event. var plc277042 = window.plc277042 || 0; var AdButler = AdButler || {}; AdButler.ads = AdButler.ads || []; Martin Luther King Jr. during a silent prayer walk near his memorial in Washington April 4, 2018. var abkw = window.abkw || ''; The event will be socially distant and all will be required to wear masks. Baltimore (Archdiocese), Maryland Baton Rouge (Diocese), Louisiana Beaumont (Diocese), Texas Belleville (Diocese), Illinois Biloxi (Diocese), Mississippi Birmingham (Diocese), Alabama Bismarck (Diocese), North Dakota Boise City (Diocese), Idaho Boston (Archdiocese), Massachusetts Bridgeport (Diocese), Connecticut Brooklyn (Diocese), New York var abkw = window.abkw || ''; BRIDGEPORT- The Diocese of Bridgeport has released the 2021-2024 Strategic Plan for Catholic Schools: “To Make All Things New.” This strategic plan focuses on four strategic priorities including ensuring a vibrant Catholic identity, fostering academic excellence, and strengthening the operational vitality and financial stability of schools. The following students were inducted into the National Honor Society during a virtual ceremony that can be viewed here. Some of them, following the example of St. Charles Borromeo, walked through their neighborhoods or flew above Fairfield County with the Blessed Sacrament, offering prayers and blessing to abate the COVID pandemic. “This,” she noted, “has been a year of extremes. Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich 201 Broadway Norwich, CT 06360-4328 Phone: 860-887-9294 By Cindy Wooden   I   Catholic News Service. “The priest takes the ashes and sprinkles them on the head of each one without saying anything.”. The Diocese is the largest private educator, with over 12,000 students in 38 Catholic schools: 32 elementary, 5 high schools, and the State of Connecticut’s only Catholic special education school. “It’s unfortunate that we can’t celebrate as we usually do, but these students should be proud to be members. Burials service will take place with immediate family only maximum. Diocese of Hartford, established by Gregory XVI, 18 Sept., 1843.When erected it embraced the States of Connecticut and Rhode Island.As Providence was the most considerable city, the Bishop of Hartford resided there until 1872, when a new see was erected (see DIOCESE OF PROVIDENCE).As now constituted, the Diocese of Hartford is coextensive with the State of Connecticut. That way it can be remedied,” he said. For information on Progressive Diagnostics test sites and appointments throughout Fairfield County, contact: https://progressive-diagnostics.com. Pictured: A woman holds a placard with an image of the Rev. Patrick Ryan, whose cause for sainthood is before the Vatican, showed heroic virtue in fighting the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878. During this period, the diocese of Hartford oversaw a Catholic population which grew in size and developed in status. A maximum of two family members will be allowed in our offices at one time in order to maintain appropriate social distancing. Dean Gestal, director of diocesan Catholic Cemeteries, said that…, Catholic Cemeteries respond to the crisis. “This is the result of political decisions, resource management and a greater or lesser commitment on the part of those holding positions of responsibility.”. Gregory J. Fairbanks, a church historian who is Dean of the School of Diaconal Formation at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Penn., says that during plagues and pandemics, heroism has been a common characteristic demonstrated by followers of Christ. “Thank you for your support, but let’s not forget all those who are suffering and remain in quarantine, and those in hospitals. The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and a member institution. From an ethical point of view, he said, “I think everyone must take the vaccine; it’s the ethical option because you are playing with your health, life, but you also are playing with the lives of others.”, Sometime in the week beginning January 11 the Vatican expects to begin vaccinating residents and employees who have asked to be vaccinated, “and I signed up; it must be done.”, Pope Francis recalled that when he was a child, polio was a real threat, “and many children were left paralyzed and people were desperate for a vaccine. “Their dedication, hard work and commitment both in the classroom and on the athletic fields is a huge achievement. loadTextAd(sparkCounter326875, id326875, setID326875); if (!window.AdButler){(function(){var s = document.createElement("script"); s.async = true; s.type = "text/javascript";s.src = 'https://servedbyadbutler.com/app.js';var n = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; n.parentNode.insertBefore(s, n);}());} Msgr. (Weather permitting). if(loadedTextAds326875 == null) StJohn-StMary-Norwalk@diobpt.org, Advance / Pre-Need PlanningFAQ’sFuneral NormsLocations, Dean Gestal, Director The previous reflection originally appeared on Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook page. Call: 203-416-1491 or send us a message with the form below. 2.2 Ecclesiastical Province of … document.write('<'+'div id="placement_325978_'+plc325978+'">'); Bridgeport / Stratford, CT | (203) 378-0404. The annual gala brings together business, political and charitable leaders throughout Fairfield County. Bridgeport, CT 06606, Tel: (203) 416-1400 They include volunteers working with their parishes and Catholic Charities, who responded to the increased demand by the needy who were homeless, jobless and without food. The Catholic Center else All In-ground Burials and Mausoleum Entombments (COVID-19 and non COVID-19), “At the Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Bridgeport, we are committed to providing cemetery property for the sacred religious function of burial. “But thank God this erupted and people could see it well. Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich 201 Broadway Norwich, CT 06360-4328 Phone: 860-887-9294 “With a concern that the true economic impact of the pandemic has not yet been fully revealed, we have to reexamine the financial health of our schools to reimagine how we share resources and services across schools, how we determine funding strategies given the financial strains of our families, and how we determine the number and location of schools needed in the system given demographic shift and community engagement,” Dr. Cheeseman said. var loadedTextAds326875; The Celebratory Letter (for Division III athletes) indicates that a student has been accepted to and plans to attend an institution. $1M judgment for one plaintiff. “The current educational, social, and economic realities represent the context within which this plan was written and require us to take bold action. He also asked the seminarians to dig graves in the cemeteries, and they all volunteered. “It makes us feel all the more clearly that we are creatures dependent on God.”, “When we are ill,” he continued, “fear and even bewilderment can grip our minds and hearts; we find ourselves powerless, since our health does not depend on our abilities.”, For many people, the pope said, “sickness raises the question of life’s meaning,” something Christians must “bring before God in faith. to host an NCAA signing/Commitment Day, Foundations in Education Gala Scheduled for May 6, World Sick Day, pope calls for health care for all, Vatican asks priests to ‘sprinkle’ ashes on heads, Pope says he was ‘astonished’ by violence at Capitol, Bishop resumes Public Ministry after quarantine, https://www.bridgeportdiocese.org/coronavirus/home/, Heroic Witness and Safeguarding lives during pandemics, Decree Establishes the Quasi-Parish Notre Dame Du Perpetuel Secours, Immaculate High School Inducts New Members to National Honor Society. There was public prayer and penance, and three times a week, the Archbishop walked through the city barefoot with a penitential cord draped around his neck. AdButler.ads.push({handler: function(opt){ AdButler.register(167591, 277044, [300,250], 'placement_277044_'+opt.place, opt); }, opt: { place: plc277044++, keywords: abkw, domain: 'servedbyadbutler.com', click:'CLICK_MACRO_PLACEHOLDER' }}); To place a Novena Prayer Request James Coyle, pastor of St. Paul’s Church in Birmingham, Alabama, saw the city’s churches shuttered after the governor ordered schools, houses of worship and theaters to close to prevent spreading the flu. The Spanish flu in some ways rivaled the medieval plague. A century later, during the COVID-19 pandemic, 16 seminarians from St. Charles continued the tradition by helping to feed the hungry in Philadelphia through the private organization Caring for Friends, while six others handed out food to the homeless at the Hub of Hope shelter. It also includes Fishers Island in New York. The bishop, who resumed saying his weekly online Mass from the Catholic Center chapel after nearly two weeks in quarantine following a positive Covid-19 test, said the Gospel of John (1: 35-42) leaves us all with a burning question in life, “What do you really want? Will we ever take these things for granted again? document.writeln("<\/scr" + "ipt>"); “As we look to our future, we must challenge some of the fundamental assumptions under which we operate in order to meet the changing dynamics of our world. It is useless to try to frighten him. “My friends, thank you for your prayers, for your concern, and your support these past few days. var abkw = window.abkw || ''; The Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport says Bishop Frank Caggiano is in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. 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This January, four seminarians from the Diocese of Bridgeport will begin studies at St. Charles and join 149 others from dioceses across the nation. Nor are our relatives and friends always able to help us in this demanding quest.”. In the interview, Pope Francis also spoke about the COVID-19 vaccine. All cemetery offices remain open at normal hours. Bridgeport, CT 06606 Catechism classes were conducted on street corners, and priests heard confessions in the doorways of homes and brought Communion to the faithful on Sundays. He also asks for prayers for all those who have lost a loved one and those who are currently afflicted with the virus. Margarita gives her lessons in an open space – usually outside on a patio, on rocks, or under shady trees. Martin Luther King, the slain civil rights leader who is honored with a federal holiday the third Monday of January, “relied upon faith and prayer” to combat the racism and prejudice he and other U.S. Foundations in Education supports the mission of Catholic education in the Diocese of Bridgeport. BRIDGEPORT—With the number of deaths in Fairfield County climbing as a result of Covid-19 pandemic, Catholic Cemetery workers are taking added precautions to protect themselves and mourners from spreading the virus. On top of those, King said, the United States conducted “the world’s most costly, contentious and challenging election of our times, which threatened to disenfranchise millions of voters,” And after that, a mob sought to “stop the democratic process, incited by this country’s leader,” she added. The bishop said that St. Augustine in the odyssey of his conversion to faith taught us that “the answer is much deeper, and that there is a ‘restlessness of heart’ that only finds peace in God.”, “What we’re truly looking for is God’s life in its fullness in your life and mine, leading us to the fullness of eternal life,” he said. Private Secretary to Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, Bishop Georg Gaenswein, had also confirmed that the Pope emeritus would be vaccinated. After being closed for months because of the pandemic, the Bridgeport Diocese is preparing to open Catholic schools in the diocese. When the pandemic made its way to her community, she decided to start visiting her students at home. The church architecture is notable as an example of the adaptive reuse of an early twentieth-century estate carriage house; it has been substantially renovated over the years for more serviceable ecclesiastical means. Madeline Fried – Soccer – Villanova University – Division I 2.1 Ecclesiastical Province of Anchorage–Juneau. In 1952, 927 priests served in 279 parishes, and 2400 women religious worked in 120 parochial schools. “This is a spiritual challenge for you and me alike. The bishop concluded his homily by recalling that when he was a little boy, he was fascinated by the story of the genie and the three wishes, and he often wondered what his should be. Foley If you wish to volunteer, sponsor, contribute or learn more about Foundations in Education or the Gala, please visit www.foundationsineducation.org or contact Megan Quinn at 203.416.1671 or mquinn@foundationsineducation.org. We wish them all the best next year in college and beyond.”. For more information, updates, and a complete listing of Diocesan public health and safety measures in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, visit https://www.bridgeportdiocese.org/coronavirus/home/. He gave last rites to the dying and baptized newborns. “We must understand it, so it is not repeated—learn from history, right?”. “My gratitude goes out to all who participated in the planning process and made this strategic plan possible. Coordinator of Diaconate Office and Formation, Phone: (203) 416-1451 As part of their NLI, prospective student-athletes agree to attend the institution full-time for one academic year and the institution agrees to provide athletes financial aid for one academic year. He says he cannot do otherwise — indeed, the city has no other help and consolation.”, Three centuries later, Servant of God Fr. “Let us strive to achieve this goal, so that no one will feel alone, excluded or abandoned,” he said, praying that “Mary, Mother of Mercy and Health of the Infirm,” would watch over the sick, health care workers and all those who help others. Before giving the final blessing the bishop offered his “personal and sincere thanks” for all of the prayers, emails and notes he received during his quarantine period. Diocesan COVID-19 Policy: The Diocese has consistently followed and often exceeded all state and local recommendations and has also added a registration feature to Mass attendance, so that congregations can be notified if any who attended a service later becomes aware of a positive test. When the vaccine came out, they gave it to you with a bit of sugar.”. var plc277045 = window.plc277045 || 0; Find Archdiocese of Hartford reviews and more on The Catholic Directory. There are 82 parishes in the diocese. Every day, he went to the leper house to administer the sacraments. Archdiocese of Seattle.jpg 401 × 307; 98 KB Working with Progressive Diagnostics, the Diocese has opened additional test sites at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Wilton and at Immaculate High School Retreat Center in Danbury. Student-athletes, alongside their parents, will celebrate their achievements at a signing/commitment event in St. Joseph High School’s newly renovated gymnasium on Thursday, January 21 at 9 am. I am especially grateful to our Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Cheeseman, and his team in the Office of the Superintendent, as well as the members of the Education Commission of the Diocese who spend countless hours supporting our schools with their expertise,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano. Above all else, schools must be “Catholic First”, Schools must provide academically superior educational programs, Schools must demonstrate the vitality and financial stability, Community stakeholders, including staff, parents, pastors, and board members must work collaboratively and engage the wider community in support of the school. Instead, like St. Charles, he stayed and ministered to the sick and dying in one of the poorest neighborhoods. 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