Author Archives: Rose Brennan

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 ››

Grant Spotlight: Our Lady of Aparecida Parish

Our Lady of Aparecida Parish in Danbury was a first-time Foundations in Faith grant recipient only last fall. But they’re already making headway when it comes to religious education and faith formation. Our Lady of Aparecida received a Youth in Action grant from the St. John Paul II Fund for Religious Education and Faith Formation. Read More ››

FIF awards over $1.1 million in general operating support grants

Every year, Foundations in Faith invites several organizations throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport to apply for general operating support grants. These grants, which are by invitation only, support the crucial work of pastoral ministries in the Diocese.At last month’s board meeting, Foundations in Faith’s board of trustees approved over $1.1 million to support these efforts Read More ››

JPII Fund to support faith formation, religious education

BRIDGEPORT — “The Church needs your energies, your enthusiasm, your youthful ideas in order to make the Gospel of Life penetrate the fabric of society.” It was St. John Paul II who first uttered this sentiment, not about seminarians, priests, or lay leadership, but about young people in the Church. Now, St. John Paul II Read More ››

St. Joseph Manor springs into 21st century

Last year, Foundations in Faith launched the Lourdes Fund for Pastoral Care at Catholic Nursing Homes, which would financially benefit three nursing homes previously owned by the Diocese: St. John Paul II Center in Danbury, St. Camillus Center in Stamford and St. Joseph Manor in Trumbull. When it came to pastoral care at St. Joseph Read More ››

PB&J Friday at St. Catherine Academy

FAIRFIELD– On “PB&J Fridays” each month, students from Saint Catherine Academy in Fairfield gather with volunteers to prepare 300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Thomas Merton House in Bridgeport. After the sandwiches are packaged, staff and students deliver them to Merton Center, a house of hospitality sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Read More ››

Small but mighty: FIF expands mini grant program

By Rose Brennan BRIDGEPORT—Sometimes ministries need a little bit of help to reach their full potential. Luckily, Foundations in Faith is ready and willing to provide that little boost. This helping hand comes in the form of the foundation’s “mini grant” program. Originally, the program was exclusively available through the St. John Paul II Fund Read More ››

St. George Children’s Choir debuts

By Rev. Andris Alexis Moronta, pastor of St. George Church in Bridgeport “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). Since arriving at St. George Catholic Church on July 1, 2020, my dream and prayer was to have a Read More ››