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Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Spring was definitely in the air for our “Cinco de Mayo” dinner dance Friday, May 4, at St. Pius Church in Fairfield. Our guests came from all over the Diocese for the popular event, which offers adults with special needs a fun, free evening together “out on the town”—dinner, socializing, and dancing included.

“I get to be with my friends tonight and I love it,” said Patrick, a participant in the Center’s adult day program.

The lovely paper flower centerpieces, created by Saint Catherine Academy students, were enjoyed by all. Once again, we thank our gracious group of teen volunteers from St. Andrews in Bridgeport for being our servers, and our outstanding DJ, Herb Ramirez.

Hosted three times a year by the Center, the Dinner Dance attracts more than 100 guests and is a much-anticipated event. If you would like to volunteer or help underwrite costs, please contact us at 203-540-5381, or info@stcatherineacademy.org.


Special Needs Trusts or Able Account?

Saint Catherine Center for Special Needs will host a financial planning workshop on Wednesday, November 8 at 7:00 pm for parents and guardians of children and young adults with special needs. Stephen Ehrens, CPA and Wealth Advisor from Northwestern Mutual will present estate planning considerations, information of special needs trusts, and wills as well as a primer on Social Security benefits and Medicaid. For more information or to reserve a seat, please call 203-540-5381 or email: hburland@diobpt.org.

Program Flyer: Financial workshop Nov 2017

Gone Fishing

A group of participants in our Adult Service program spent the day at Gilbertie’s Farm in Easton. Armed with fishing poles and lures, Mr. Mike and Mr. Pat led the group on a fishing adventure. There is a pond located on the farm property that is stocked with fish.

It was a beautiful, sunny day.  The group was joined by John Murphy, a member of the Knights of Columbus Council from St. Rose of Lima in Newtown.  Everyone caught at least one fish and Ryan caught four!

The day was topped off by a picnic lunch under the shade of the trees on the edge of the farm. This is the second time our group has gone fishing. They can’t wait to try it again soon.


Saint Catherine Academy Hosts Parent Workshop on May 3rd

Dr. Eric Frazer will present a workshop, “Evidence-based Psychosocial Treatment for Children and Adolescents with ADHD”, on May 3rd at 6:30pm.  Dr. Frazer is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialization and academic concentration in Forensic Psychology.  In addition to his private practice, Dr. Frazer holds an academic appointment of Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University School of Medicine and teaches seminars on various topics related to psychological assessment.

The workshop will focus on the application of behavior therapy and behavior modification as a component of treatment for symptoms of ADHD as a primary diagnosis or secondary to developmental disorders such as intellectual disability or autism. There will be a brief presentation on assessment followed by a review of effective treatments that include parent training, school intervention and child intervention.

The workshop is open to the public.  To reserve a seat, please call 203-540-5381 or email bfarrell@diobpt.org.

for more information, please click on: Eric Frazer presentation

Special Needs Planning Seminar  

The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a seminar addressing estate and trust planning for families with special needs children and young adults.

James Funnell, Jr., Attorney-at-Law specializes in estate and trust planning, special needs planning and estate and trust administration will present along with Jon Starr, General Agent for the Knights of Columbus.

Seminars will be offered at three locations.

March 28th 7-8:30 pm
Our Queen Mary Church Hall
248 Savage Street
Plantsville, CT  06479
March 29th  7-8:30 pm
Knights of Columbus Hall
37 West Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT  06830
March 30th 7-8:30 pm
St. Pius X Church Community Room
834 Brookside Drive
Fairfield, CT  06824

All are invited. Please RSVP as seating is limited. Email: staffagency@kofc.org or call 475-489-7866
Special Needs Planning Seminar

Mass for People with Disabilities

Saint Catherine Center for Special Needs will host the annual Mass for People with Disabilities on Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 pm at Holy Cross Church, adjacent to the Center on Tahmore Drive. Bishop Frank Caggiano will be the principal celebrant. All are welcome to attend.

During Mass, Bishop will confer the Sacraments of Initiation to individuals from throughout the Diocese who are presented by their parish.

For more information, please contact the Religious Education Director at your parish or Gail Mikolsky, Director of Parish and Community Support at Saint Catherine Center at 203-540-5381.

mass flyer- 2017

Summertime with Friends

The Adult Day program continued to prosper and grow.  We have had a great summer – filled with fun activities! And we have welcomed some new friends to our program.

While we continued to work on some job skills at the Center and at some of our volunteer sites, we also were able to enjoy the beautiful weather with trips to miniature golf at Calf’s Pasture in Norwalk, the Discovery Museum, Silverman’s Farm and the Maritime Center.

Our days were filled with walks and picnics at Lake Mohegan, bowling at Nutmeg Bowl and music with Mr. Matt. Gus, Andy and Jesse joined our group and we are anxiously waiting for Angel and Patrick to join us in September.  Miss Tra’Nisha joined our staff in June and Miss Racquel will join us in late August.

Next week, Mr. Pat and Mr. Mike are taking a group to fish at Gilbertie’s Farm. Be sure to check in to see how that adventure plays out.

Spring Dinner Dance – A Big Hit!

Spring Dinner Dance – A Bit Hit!!!

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On May 20, 2016, Saint Catherine Center for Special Needs in Fairfield hosted its Spring Dinner Dance at Saint Pius X in Fairfield for over 100 guests with special needs and their families. Members of parish communities and area group homes are invited to gather for a night of good food, music and friendship.