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My dear friends in Christ: Please accept my heartfelt appreciation for your support of the Living Our Faith Annual Bishop’s Appeal. Over the past 18 months, many of our families have been financially challenged in a most extraordinary way. Through your generosity to the Annual Bishop’s Appeal, the Diocese of Bridgeport remains able to assist those less fortunate around us; offer hope, comfort and counsel to those in crisis; provide for the formation of future priests and deacons in our Diocese;
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  My dear friends in Christ:Please accept my heartfelt appreciation for your support of the Living Our FaithAnnual Bishop’s Appeal. Over the past 18 months, many of our families have been nancially challenged in a most extraordinary way. Through your generosity to the Annual Bishop’sAppeal, the Diocese of Bridgeport remains able to assist those less fortunatearound us; offer hope, comfort and counsel to those in crisis; provide for theformation of future priests and deacons in our Diocese; maintain award-winningCatholic schools; and inspire our children and young adults to embrace ourCatholic faith.Thank you in advance for your gift to the 2010 Annual Bishop’s Appeal. Pleaseknow that my prayers are offered for you and your family.Faithfully in Christ,The Most Reverend William E. LoriBishop of Bridgeport  Catholic Charities In 2010, Catholic Charities is celebrating 100 years of service across the nation.Through your support, Catholic Charities is meeting the increased demand for shelter, counseling, and food across Faireld County. Catholic Charities food services include our 300,000 meals in our Senior NutritionProgram, Morning Glory breakfast outreach in Danbury, and the soup kitchens andfood pantries at the Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport and the New CovenantHouse of Hospitality in Stamford. We are as busy as ever with a signicant change in our client demographics. Transient workers have decreased due to lackof job opportunities. Their seats are being replaced in drovesby the newly unemployed and underemployed as well as morechildren than ever. We served more than 1.1 million mealsin the past year. AdoptionFamily Loan ProgramHispanic OutreachHomeless Outreach TeamHousing for Working PoorImmigration ServicesIntensive Family Preservation and ReunificationMedications Management ClinicMorning GloryNew Heights ClubhouseNew Covenant House of HospitalityNew Covenant House Food PantryParent Education ProgramPregnancy CounselingRoom to Grow Early Childhood CenterSt. Stephen’s Food PantrySchool Social WorkSenior Citizen OutreachSenior Neighborhood Support ServiceSenior Nutrition ProgramSupport GroupsSupportive HousingThomas Merton CenterThomas Merton HomesThomas Merton Family Support CenterYerwood Nutrition Support “I am very grateful for New Covenant House. Since I lost my job, the food pantry and lunch program have helped me to provide for my children while I’m getting back onmy feet. It’s a God-send.”  — Silvia Gonzalez Catholic Charities Programs  Parish Life and Ministries Parish Life and Ministries supports our 87 parishes by assisting with marriagepreparation programs, youth ministry, catechetical training, Rite of ChristianInitiation for Adults (RCIA), and services for children with special needs.Funding in this area also supports the Faireld County Catholic  newspaper; ensures the good stewardship of  parish nancial resources, and provides for the Marriage Tribunal. “The diocese works closely with directors of religiouseducation and catechists through workshops and retreatsto strengthen religious formation in our parishes. Morethan 38,000 children are served across our 87 parishes.” —Pat Postiglione, Director of Religious Education,Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish, Norwalk
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