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The Institute for Catholic Formation serves as the headquarters for formation for all those who serve in ministry in our families, parishes, and schools.

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Discover the many ways the Institute for Catholic Formation can help you learn, grow, and share your faith. Choose from one of our featured links or just browse the site to enter the journey from encounter to discipleship.

Becoming Catholic

Becoming a Catechist

Funeral Norms and Resources

Getting Married

Raising faith-filled children

Serving as a New Reader or EMHC

Upcoming Events

Serve as an Ambassador

Young Adult Events and Resources

 

A person is said to be fully initiated in the Catholic Church when s/he has received the three sacraments of Christian initiation, Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. This is achieved through a process of preparation called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.

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We are grateful to all our catechists and want to offer them support, resources, and formation. To make sure the young people and adults in our communities are served by those who are well-formed, all those who wish to serve their parishes as catechists are required to enter into ongoing formation.

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From the beginning of the Church, Christian funeral rites and burial have been an important spiritual and pastoral practice. These resources are designed to introduce you to the revised funeral norms for the Diocese of Bridgeport, help a family plan a funeral, and discover related resources.

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Because Christian marriage is a sacrament, the Catholic Church wants couples to be well-prepared. In the Diocese of Bridgeport, some parishes offer their own formation. Others depend on the diocese. The diocesan marriage formation program offers preparation to help couples develop a better understanding of the sacrament; to evaluate and deepen their readiness to live a married life, and to gain insights into themselves as individuals and as a couple.

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Updated resources for Natural Family Planning are now available online. Read about the recommended methods and where you can find more information.

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To help children to grow in their faith, we need to start earlier than ever – and since many millennials have drifted away from their own faith – it will take all of us to make a difference in the lives of young people today.

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Liturgical ministry is an excellent opportunity to fulfill your baptismal call of service to one another. An engaging liturgical celebration utilize the talents and gifts that God has given this community to the fullest extent. Whether participation is through “behind the scenes” preparation and planning or through a public role of service within the Mass, such as reader or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EMHC), your participation brings life to our celebrations.

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Find all the great events and learning opportunities offered by the Institute for parish leaders, clergy, parents, and liturgical ministers. Sort by category, save the events to your calendars, sign up for our newsletter, and view previous webinars - all in one convenient place.

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Bishop Frank Caggiano invites any practicing Catholic, age 18 or older, to prayerfully consider serving as an Ambassador for Christ in our Diocese.

If you feel called and wish to join the Ambassador Ministry, a new cohort will be forming in October 2022.

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Young adults are persons in their late teens, twenties, and thirties who represent diverse cultural, racial, ethnic, educational, vocational, social, political, and spiritual backgrounds. They are college students, workers, and professionals; they are persons in military service; they are single, married, divorced, or widowed; they are with or without children; they are newcomers in search of a better life.

On this page, we offer links to upcoming events, suggestions for your own formation, and more.

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Black Catholic History Month

The National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus (NBCCC) of the United States voted on Tuesday, July 24, 1990, while meeting in convention at Fordham University in New York, to establish November as Black Catholic History Month. The reason behind the selection of the month of November was the number of important dates to Catholics of African descent that fell within this month.

St. Athanasius
St. Athanasius, the great champion of the faith and Doctor of the Church, was born in Alexandria about the year 296, to Christian parents. Educated under the eye of Alexander,… Read More
St. Mary of Egypt
April 1 is the feast of a little-known saint whose story demonstrates the power of the Church as the home of forgiveness, redemption, and mercy. St. Mary of Egypt was… Read More
St. Moses, the Black
Saint Moses, the Black, was a desert monk, born around 330. He was an Ethiopian of great physical strength and unruly character. Moses was a big man and his enormous… Read More
The Ethiopian Eunuch
Did you know one of the first foreigners mentioned in the Bible to be baptized was an African? In the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 8:26-40, we read the account… Read More
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Origen
Did you know that one of the greatest Bible scholars, Origen, was from ancient Egypt? He was born in 185 AD. Early in his career, Origen became head of the… Read More
Toussaint L’Ouverture
Did you know that a black Haitian Catholic, Toussaint L’Ouverture played a key role in the first successful attempt by a slave population in the Americas and the world to… Read More
St. Anthony of Alexandria
Did you know that a black African Catholic, Saint Anthony of Alexandria, is known as the patriarch of monks? He was born at Aama, a village of Memphis, near Thebes.… Read More

The Institute Presents

Conversations on Race

Hosted in 2020, but still relevant today, take a look at these great webinars and the resources we keep updated as we work together to end the sin of racism.

How to use LEAD™

With LEAD™, the learning management system custom-built for the Church, the Diocese of Bridgeport and your parish offer on-demand enrichment courses, Zoom sessions, and in-person workshops to help you grow as a disciple of Christ.

Laudato Si

After five years, what has your family or parish done to implement the Holy Father's challenge to care for creation? Learn more at our Laudato Si page.

True Love That Lasts

What if you could grow the enjoyment and love between you and your spouse by asking one simple question each day? Join the True Love That Lasts Movement and enjoy its benefits - each and every day.

New General Directory

The new Directory for Catechesis presents fundamental theological-pastoral principles for the ministry of catechesis while responding to current social conditions and cultural forces that shape the church’s communication of the Faith. Check out some great resources and plan to join us for our webinar series.

Preparing for Mass

As you prepare for your own ministry, you must also prepare your heart and mind for the celebration of Mass each week. To help, we have collated some great resources, videos, and articles so you can grow in your own faith before sharing what you have with others.

Upcoming Events

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Nov 29
Parish Leader Check In #48
Every other week, parish faith formation leaders are invited to a half-hour online meeting to discuss upcoming events, learn more about what others are doing in their parishes, and brainstorm… Read More
Nov 30
Lunch and Learn: Celebrating Our Diversity with Leticia Ochoa Adams
The Diocese of Bridgeport presents the 2022-2023 Bishop's Speaker Series: Celebrating Our Diversity. Continuing our great conversations on race, held in July and August 2020, Bishop Caggiano invites you to… Read More
Dec 03
Clase de preparación para el matrimonio: 3 de Diciembre de 2022
Nuestra clase de un día de preparación al matrimonio es un día completo de formación, de diálogo entre la pareja y de reflexión. El contenido presentado en el programa revelado… Read More
Dec 03
Advent by Candlelight
Advent by Candlelight will be a Ladies' Evening of Reflection on Saturday, December 3 at 6 PM at the Georgetown Oratory.  Laura Phelps of Walking with Purpose - a speaker… Read More
Dec 05
Christmas Celebration Happy Hour
Join YCP Fairfield County for our last event of 2022! It's been an exciting year for YCP and we can't wait to celebrate the start of the Christmas season with… Read More
Dec 07
Clergy Check-In #16
Think of the Clergy Check In as open office hours at the Institute. Register for all sessions or for only the session you wish to attend. Our goal is to… Read More
Dec 09
What Matters Most: Aligning our Time to our Purpose… and God’s
Advent is a time to slow down, ponder, and practice hopeful waiting. But ironically that sometimes feels impossible for church ministers! Give yourself a moment of pause this season to… Read More
Dec 13
Parish Leader Check In #49
Every other week, parish faith formation leaders are invited to a half-hour online meeting to discuss upcoming events, learn more about what others are doing in their parishes, and brainstorm… Read More