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Guild schedules ‘Heart to Heart’ Nights of Adoration

The Guild of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, which promotes sacred arts in the Diocese of Bridgeport, will hold a series of Nights of Adoration as part of the National Eucharistic Revival proclaimed by the U.S. Catholic Bishops. Catholics are invited to attend the evenings, which will include praise and worship, intercessory prayer, confession, Read More ››

FIF grant to fund geothermal at the Cathedral

BRIDGEPORT – Foundations in Faith has awarded a $400,000 grant to the Cathedral Parish of Bridgeport to help fund the installation of a geothermal system that will heat and cool the historic St. Augustine Cathedral in downtown Bridgeport. St. Augustine Cathedral, which opened its doors in 1868, is the oldest church in the diocese, and Read More ››

Youth in Action Grant Program Update

Dear Friends of Foundations in Faith, As many of you are likely aware, Foundations in Faith provides grant support to youth and young adult ministries through the Youth in Action grant program, available through the St. John Paul II Fund for Religious Education and Faith Formation. Applications usually go live in early October and are Read More ››

Small but mighty: Mini grants inspire summer service

BRIDGEPORT – As the summer draws to a close, many parishes are gearing up for a productive school year where their youngest parishioners are concerned. But certain parishes didn’t slow down at all during the dog days of summer, thanks to Foundations in Faith’s mini grant program. The mini grant program provides grants between $500 Read More ››

Youth Pilgrimage to Israel: In Search of the Empty Tomb

The following is an article by Matthew Klein, catechist at St. Margaret’s Shrine in Bridgeport. St. Margaret’s Shrine, along with Sacred Heart Parish in Bridgeport, received grants from the St. John Paul II Fund for Religious Education and Faith Formation, which in part funded a youth pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Learn more about their Read More ››

Grant Spotlight: St. James Parish

Here at Foundations in Faith, we love hearing good news from our grantees. And recently, St. James Parish in Stratford had nothing but good news to share with us and with the Diocese of Bridgeport! St. James was one of three ministries selected to receive a Youth in Action grant last winter through the St. Read More ››

Bishop ordains six as transitional deacons

NEW CANAAN — Bishop Frank J. Caggiano ordained six men as transitional deacons on Saturday, urging them to preach the Truth fearlessly to “a world that has grown colder and darker, lacking compassion, lacking civility, lacking respect and lacking a place for Christ.” During his homily at the Pontifical Mass at St. Aloysius Church, he Read More ››

FIF plans for fellowship, faith and fun this summer

BRIDGEPORT — Summer is just around the corner. For most of us, that probably means vacation time, soaking up the sun and enjoying the warmer weather. But for Foundations in Faith, the arrival of summer also heralds the arrival of a new grant opportunity for parishes in the city of Bridgeport. The new program, known Read More ››

New Blessed McGivney Guild to support vocations

BRIDGEPORT — Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has announced the formation off the Blessed Michael McGivney Guild to provide support to men who are discerning vocations. The bishop said that guild members will help by providing financial support and accompaniment to programs that foster and sustain seminarians in discerning and forming vocations. “Praying without ceasing and Read More ››

Knowing they are loved: Faith in their lives

Every Friday during Prayer Service at Saint Catherine Academy, Philip offers a litany of intercessions, praying for his family, classmates, teachers, and individuals he knows who are sick or struggling. He even prays for Cobalt, his pet parakeet that passed away. It is not always easy to understand exactly what he is saying, but the Read More ››