Diocese pays out $3.55 million in abuse settlements

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport has agreed to pay $3.55 million to five men who claim in lawsuits they were sexually abused as children by priests. The claimed abuse occurred from the late 1980s to the early 2000s by three priests, Rev. Walter Coleman, Rev. Robert Morrissey and Rev. Larry Jensen, in Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury and Ridgefield. The settlements … read more

Ash Wednesday services: Ridgebury Congregational, St. Stephen’s ‘on the go’ service

On Ash Wednesday, March 6, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 351 Main St., will offer  “Ashes-to-Go” service. The church will have a Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The evening service will include choral music. The 20-minute “Ashes to Go” service will be repeated within two one-hour intervals: between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. and 4 and … read more

International volunteers: Nelson siblings serve others around the globe

For the past 19 months, Charlotte Nelson has served as a missionary in Kazakhstan and Russia for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “I loved helping and serving but I especially enjoyed getting to know people and teaching them about Jesus Christ,” Charlotte said. She was honorably released from her service as a missionary last week. Charlotte decided … read more

Tie a blanket: Girl Scout provides comfort to foster care children

Comfort is a moving target when being shuffled from house to house, without having anything tangible to hold onto and not knowing what the next place will bring. That’s why Ridgefield Girl Scout Bridget Kager has been making blankets and collecting backpacks for children in emergency foster care.  The Ridgefield High School senior and Saint Mary School alumni began thinking … read more

St. Mary’s Church additions win approval

After two public hearings and a revised set of plans for parking and stormwater runoff, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved a special permit to add a meeting room and small chapel to St. Mary’s Church on Jan. 22. The additions will add a 1,673-square-foot space for a meeting room, prep area for coffee, and two handicapped accessible bathrooms at … read more

Town waives taxes for lot at Jesse Lee used by the shuttle

Jesse Lee Church

In recognition of its help reducing car-commuting through support of the Ridgefield-Katonah Shuttle bus service, Jesse Lee Methodist Church had $2,043 in taxes abated by the town. While much church property is tax exempt, Jesse Lee rents out a 50-car parking lot used by commuters taking the shuttle bus to the Katonah train station, and as an income-producing rental property … read more

First-ever Hanukkah walk on Main Street draws big crowd

The first ever Hanukkah walk on Main Street took place last week. Children and adults made stops at all the participating Main Street shops, including Debra Ann’s, Squash’s, Neumann Real Estate, Toy Chest and KaFo, where they enjoyed special holiday-themed foods. The walk continued to the menorah, where live music got everyone in the Hanukkah spirit. Ridgefield Police Chief Jeff … read more

Jesse Lee to host four candlelight Christmas Eve services

Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church offers four opportunities to worship in candlelight services on Christmas Eve. Traditional services will be held in the sanctuary at 4 and 6 p.m. A contemporary service will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Carriage House, at the far end of the church parking lot. And all are welcome to a traditional service … read more

Called to the care of souls at Ridgebury’s little church

Being called to the care of souls — other people’s souls — comes from deep, with roots reaching far back. It’s not a job, it’s a way of life. “I knew that I was called to the ministry when I was 12 years old,” said the Rev. Deborah Rundlett, the new pastor of Ridgebury Congregational Church. The church had gone … read more

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