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Sidebar – C4Y

C4Y is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s Faith Formation
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St. Augustine Guild

Support the Choir for Youth by registering as a member in the St. Augustine Guild.
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C4Y Dates to Remember


Lift Every Voice Concert Spring Concert
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Saint Theresa Church, 5301 Main Street, Trumbull
Time: 4 pm, directly following the Wedding Jubilee Mass, reception to follow at Saint Theresa School

Sidebar – Faith Formation

Upcoming Events

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BRAVE Middle School Youth Rally

All Saints Catholic School, Norwalk
Saturday , May 4, 2019—9:30am – 2:30pm
Price: $25 per student

Nationally known speaker and musician, Steve Angrisanoi. Register online by April 23. Questions, call the Office of Faith Formation at 203.416.1670.

Strong Catholic Families: Strong Catholic Youth

Using contemporary research combined with engaging visuals and pertinent stories, this session will assist parents in coming to understand the critical role they possess in how faith is lived in their home and especially in their children’s lives.

St. Pius X Church
834 Brookside Drive
Fairfield, CT

Sunday, April 5, 2019 7pm – 9pm


Wedding Jubilee Mass & Concert

St. Theresa’s Church
5301 Main Street
Trumbull, CT 06611

Sunday, May 5, 2019 3pm
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Department Contacts

Rose Talbot-Babey
Parish Engagement/Coordinator of Religious Education

Emma Ryder
Coordinator, The Face of Prayer™

Maureen Ciardiello
Coordinator of Respect Life and Project Rachel

Deirdra Kearney
Office Administrator

Main line: 203.416.1670
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Sidebar – Marriage Prep (Spanish)

Marriage Preparation is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s Faith Formation.

Conocer a Nuestros Presentadores

Juan y Lucy Rodriquez llevan casados desde 1990 y tienen 2 hijos. Ellos disfrutan ir de viaje y hacer voluntariado en su parroquia. Han sido instructores de Planificación Natural de la Familia del Método Sintotérmico por mas de 15 años y han trabajado en la preparación matrimonial por varios años. También disfrutan escuchar música y recibir familiares y amigos en su hogar.

Sidebar – Marriage Prep

Marriage Preparation is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s Faith Formation.Sign up for our newsletter to be notified of upcoming events and the latest news.

Additional & Post-Marriage Prep Resources

Click here for additional resources including articles, media, and links for both in-progress and post-marriage preparation.

Getting Married Outside the Diocese?

If you reside in the Diocese of Bridgeport, but you are getting married outside the diocese, please make sure you check with the priest or deacon who will witness the wedding. Some diocese require a letter from your local pastor, as well as all the paperwork showing you have completed the appropriate formation. In most cases, the Judicial Vicar of the Diocese of Bridgeport must grant a Nihil Obstat (literally, “nothing hinders”) and send the required paperwork to the diocese where the marriage is taking place. Checking on these things ahead of time will save you time in the end.

Meet Our Marriage Preparation Presenters


Renzo & Monica Ortega have been married 6 years in November. They have two sons, a daughter, and are expecting a third son. Monica is a high school math teacher at Immaculate High School and enjoys coaching volleyball and softball. Renzo is a youth minister at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Newtown. They have been assisting the Diocese of Bridgeport in marriage prep for about 5 years.


John & Lucy Rodriguez have been married since 1990 and have 2 children. They enjoy traveling and volunteering at their parish. They have been NFP teachers of the Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) for many years and have also been helping in the Spanish Marriage Prep for several years. They also enjoy music and hosting gatherings for family and friends.


John & Elaine Iannarone from Monroe have been married for 37 years and have 3 children. They attended their own marriage preparation in 1981, and after realizing the importance and benefits that marriage prep provided to their own marriage have been involved as presenters in various programs since 1984. John and Elaine enjoy taking walks around the lake, spending time with their adult children, and going to dinner with friends.


Robby & Jess Nayden have been married for a year and a half and welcomed their first son in the spring of 2017. Jess works in youth ministry and Robby is a PhD student studying Classics at Fordham University. They live in the Black Rock neighborhood of Bridgeport and are parishioners at St Thomas Aquinas Church in Fairfield. The Naydens are excited to continue to help couples prepare for their upcoming marriages.