Lenten Soup Suppers

Lenten Soup SuppersOur Lenten Soup Suppers are held on Saturday evenings in the Parish Hall after the 6pm Mass. Donate at the door whatever you may have spent on dinner that evening and enjoy this simple meal of home-made soups, bread, and water. All proceeds will be given to the Thomas Merton Center. Each week, a different parish group makes and serves the soup. Hosting each week:

  • March 4: Adult Choir
  • March 11:  Special Ministers and Lectors
  • March 18: Religious Education Families
  • March 25: Women of the Parish
  • April 1: Men of the Parish

Please click here to sign up to make a soup. Whether as chef, server, or diner, we hope to see you there!

Lenten Pamphlet Available at Church

lentAll of our Lenten events and activities are listed in a pamphlet available at the entrances to the church. You are welcome to take one and consider the ways you might enter more fully into the richly spiritual season of Lent.

Morning of Reflection for Women

lentSt. Anthony’s will be offering Sacred Spaces: A Lenten Morning of Reflection for Women, led by Dr. Elaine Ramshaw, a Lutheran laywoman who has taught pastoral care in seminaries for many years and is now a Spiritual Director and Art Instructor at Yale Divinity School. Elaine will lead us in discovering ways we have, and continue to, encounter God in our lives, some of which are surprising! We are inviting women from other local churches through the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport, and we anticipate an interesting and inspirational experience. This time of reflection will take place on Saturday, March 4, the first Saturday of Lent, from 9 am until 1 pm, in the Parish Hall. There is no charge for this event, but we do need an RSVP in order to prepare for the lovely brunch that will be provided! And, in keeping with Pope Francis’ enjoinder to serve others, we ask that you bring a gift card in any denomination to benefit the women served by the Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport. (The most useful cards come from Target, Kohls, CVS, Walgreen’s or Stop & Shop.) To register or for more information, please call or email the parish office.

The Joy of Cooking!

operation hopeOur parish has made a commitment to Operation Hope to provide a monthly dinner meal for fifty people which will be served at the shelter on the fourth Thursday of the month by their staff. We are looking for people to help with this meal. We have menu ideas and shopping lists or you are welcome to create your own dinner. You can cook the dinner together here at the Parish Hall kitchen, or you can prepare items at home and bring them together for delivery. The parish picks up the tab for whatever expenses are incurred. For more information about this worthwhile project, please contact Diane Kaczegowicz at chloeameli@aol.com.

St. Anthony Music Ministry

MusicRehearsals for the adult choir take place on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm in the choir loft of the church. Consider becoming a part of this important and vital ministry in our parish. If you would like some more information, speak with Frank Macari, our music director.

Adult Discussion Group

Adult Discussion GroupThe Sunday Morning Discussion group meets on Sundays at 8:45am in the Community Room on the second floor of the Parish Hall. This hour-long, open discussion uses the Sunday Mass readings as a launching point for some “conversation and coffee” on matters relevant to Christian living.

March 16, 2017

Lenten Soup Suppers Continue

Lenten Soup SuppersOur Lenten Soup Suppers are held on Saturday evenings in the Parish Hall after the 6pm Mass. Donate at the door whatever you may have spent on dinner that evening and enjoy this simple meal of home-made soups, bread, and water. All proceeds will be given to the Thomas Merton Center. Each week, a different parish group makes and serves the soup. Last Saturday, soups from the Liturgical Ministers raised $1,476.00! Hosting in the weeks to come:

March 18 -Religious Education Families

March 25 -Women of the Parish

April 1 – Men of the Parish

Please check the parish website for more information or to sign up to make a soup. Whether as chef, server, or diner, we hope to see you there!

March 16, 2017

A Big, Long, Drink of “Home”

Dear Parishioners,

Drink of HomeLast weekend, it was fun to see so many kids home from college on their spring break. Many of them I remember from their First Communions or Confirmations or from being an Altar Server and now, here they are, well on their way into their adult lives. Some came to Mass, some to the soup supper, some stopped at the rectory to say hello (and to drop off the most delicious brownies I’ve ever had…).

There is a well of water in the Gospel this Sunday. Jewish, Samaritan, Christian, and Muslim traditions all associate the well with Jacob, who settled on the land in that area according to the Book of Genesis. It’s probably safe to presume that, for centuries, the well was place where people would naturally gather, first, out of the necessity to draw water for their homes, but also to share news and to socialize, the Facebook of the ancient Palestinian world.

I thought of how family homes and parishes serve much the same purpose to our kids who are in college. Whether for a week or just a long weekend, coming back to Fairfield gives them a chance to grab a big, long, drink of “home.” Mom’s cooking, a night to catch up with old high school friends, or just driving around neighborhoods that are old and familiar but now somehow “smaller,” can all have a restorative effect. Just as the Lord used the water of Jacob’s Well as a metaphor for the eternal life he offers to quench our thirst, so, too, these little “drinks of home” are building something more enduring in our young adults. They are learning everyday to more confident and self-sufficient (doing laundry! getting to class on time!), yet still need some time for TLC and chocolate chip cookies.

These visits to home are probably not without their skirmishes and inevitable conflicts as these adult-in-training are figuring out the new way they fit into their old family structures, but I guess that’s all part of growing up. In the meantime, perhaps we can all benefit from these visits to the “well,” energized by their bright and open futures, captivated by the latest campus dramas, and watching the wonder of life develop before our eyes. May the homes of our college kids be nurturing and their parish be a place of spiritual connection, not only for them, but especially for their parents who are praying them through…..

Father John

March 16, 2017

Palliative Care Conference

Palliative Care ConferenceExperiencing a chronic and serious illness requires support and education to navigate the journey of palliative care. Patients, their families and caregivers are invited to attend this conference and learn about the resources available from experts in the field of palliative care, including spiritual and holistic practices. Healthcare providers are encouraged to attend and learn about best practices in palliative care. This is a great networking opportunity. CEU’s are available. Living Well Through Illness; Navigating a Patient Centered Voyage will take place on Saturday April 1st, 8:30 – 3:00 at Sacred Heart University. Please sign up at www.sacredheart.edu/palliativecareconference.

March 16, 2017

A request from the Bishop

Bishop Frank J. CaggianoCalling all youth and young adults! Bishop Caggiano would like to know your thoughts on faith, your prayer life, and more. Visit tellbishopfrank.org and share your thoughts anytime between now and April 15th. The survey is open to anyone between the ages of 12 and 29.

March 16, 2017

Save the Dates

stuffed cabbageLend a hand making pierogies and stuffed cabbage for our parish picnic. April 21/22 is Pierogi weekend and April 28/29 is for Stuffed Cabbage. Join us and become part of a team that creates the Polish specialties that highlight the parish picnic. We work hard; we laugh hard; we enjoy a special time together! Lunch is also served. Please email Rose Corr at Rose1122@aol.com with any questions or to let us know that you’ll be there!

March 16, 2017

Lector and Special Minister Schedules

pleasenoteThe new schedules for Lectors and Special Ministers are on the parish website, including the schedule for Holy Week. Also, please check the 11:30am Mass for your name, as well as your regularly scheduled Mass time. There are also some hard copies in the sacristy. Thank you for serving in these important ministries

March 13, 2017

Cancellations Due to Weather

snowDue o the weather, we are canceling Mass on Tuesday, March 14 as well as the Communion Service on Wednesday, March 15.

March 3, 2017

A Lesson in Humility

Dear Parishioners,

Academy_Award_trophyI missed it and I can’t believe I missed it. For over thirty years, I have run the Academy Awards marathon and watched the show until the bitter end. This year, I gave up at eleven o’clock because I was bored and because I had a busy Monday morning. So I missed the moment when they announced the winner of the biggest award of the night, Best Picture, and they made a mistake! They announced the wrong movie. The whole group of producers and actors from La La Land came onstage and started the usual run of thank you speeches, when someone realized a mistake had been made and the actual winner was the film Moonlight. What happened next made not only for great television (or great You Tube in my case!) but for a great lesson with which to begin this season of Lent: a lesson in humility….
As the group of producers and actors from Moonlight started to take the stage and those from La La Land made their way off, one of the wrong produc-ers, Jordan Horowitz, still held the microphone for that awkward moment. He began to praise the movie that actually won and insisted on handing the Oscar himself to his “friends from Moonlight,” after which he walked over and handed his Oscar to the other director. It was gracious. It was authentic. It was humble.

In a later interview, he said, “I wanted to make sure that the right thing was done, because, you know, at that point it was not about me. It was about making sure that ‘Moonlight’ got the recognition it really deserves.”

Humility is a basic building block in the Chris-tian lifestyle. Modeling ourselves after Christ requires a constant “ego check” as we endeavor to think of the needs of others before our own. This preparatory sea-son of Lent—with its focus on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving—comes to our annual aid toward that end. Instead of having to do that on a stage before millions, we get to sand down our egos in the relative quiet of churches and soup kitchens and prayer chapels. Begin with the understanding that each one of us is in need (of more learning, of new patterns, of deeper prayer, of fresh solutions…), and more “light” can enter the mind and soul. Lent is about letting more of that light in.

If Hollywood, with its focus on star power and big box office, can demonstrate a lesson in humility, we ought to take that as an assurance that nothing is beyond the touch of God! So, join us for Taizé or make some soup or come listen to Charlie or read a good spiritual book….God just needs a little room to bring some new light into your life…

Father John

March 1, 2017

Fr. Charles Allen S.J.’s Evening of the Reflection

Rev. Charles Allen S.J.Fr. Charles Allen S.J. from Fairfield University will offer two evenings of reflection for our celebration of Lent this year, on March 13 and 14, at 7pm, in the church. Fr. Allen has had a long association with our parish and we are delighted to continue this Lenten tradition.