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Pastor’s Corner . . . Our annual fundraising dinner last Sunday, with 165 people in attendance, was a great success and lots of fun. The organizing and production of this annual dinner is an immense undertaking; unless you’ve worked on one of these, you can have no idea of the scores of hours, the dozens of sleepless nights, and the wheelbarrows-full of Tums consumed by the many parishioners who have labored during the past months to prepare a memorable evening for all. They’d all given me strict orders not to thank them, but I can’t do that. 

First & foremost: The Marchetti Family—All of them, esp. Antonio, Maria, and their son Michael, and the staff of Columbus Park Trattoria who prepared, donated and served the meal for our guests. Grazie mille.

Our fearless leader in this evening’s endeavors will go straight to Heaven: Marjan Falek. The poor girl made the mistake nearly ten years ago of wandering into our roadside chapel to find some peace and spiritual comfort.  Well she found the Catholic faith—and more work than she ever anticipated.  I believe this is her fifth fundraising dinner, and she’s done a superb job. God bless you, Marjan!

The other members of the committee who put in so many, many hours are: Mirella Badetti & Tracy Banahan ; Juanita Evans, & Landa Leute. This group has developed such a marvelous expertise in fundraising dinners that they should begin their own company. Thank you, ladies.

Another group of parish ladies spent weeks devising the evening’s dessert : they baked 347 cupcakes!  The Cupcake Battalion was lead by our own fearless Head Cup Cake herself, Tracy Banahan, with her baking staff:  Noreen De Soye, Landa Leute, Angela Marchetti, Maria Mossa, Jennifer Marchetti, Sue DePreta and her friend Anne. I think I ate at least 200 of those treats, and they were worth every calorie.

Rosa Marchetti, Lisa D’Acunto, Marisa Carpanzano and the young ladies of the parish Maria Goretti Society helped make all run smoothly by performing those small gracious actions of hospitality and the Maria Goretti ladies also helping with checkout, that rendered the evening especially fine.  I’d like to thank our parish young ladies for their generous efforts.

             I’m grateful to all those parishioners who donated goods and services: permit me to mention just a few—the Marchetti Family for the superb food, and the staff of Columbus Park for their generous work; Nick & Terri Troilo of Nicholas Roberts Fine Wines of Darien, for the evening’s wines; Frank Carpanzano of Advance Travel for our air line tickets, assistance and guidance in the tricky world of travel arrangements; Designs By Lee for lending us the colorful table centerpieces; Dr. Joseph McAleer, our head parish trustee, and his staff of the Fairfield County Catholic for their superb work on the invitations and program design and printing; Bill Skidd, of Collins Funeral Home, who turned his carpentry skills from coffins to cupcake displays Sunday evening.

            Fr. Audette and the incomparable Mike Guarnieri as auctioneers; Margarita & Roberto Ucero and John Mossa for using their abundant math skills and taking care of a speedy speedy bid tallying; Dr. Joseph McAleer, Millie Terenzio and William Leute for welcoming and checking people in; Donna Cycon, Mary Cycon, Jeff Spetland, and Tom Banahan  who helped at check out, Michael Cycon for mowing the lawns, Ferry Galbert, Tony Colon and Gary Belmonte, and Marion Morris of our parish staff; Mary Bozzuti Higgins and The Treblemakers who sang their hearts out in their brief entertainment program; to all the local businesses who donated goods and services for our auctions; and to all those who made financial donations for the success of the evening. We are very, very grateful to you all for your love for St. John’s. God bless you and your families for your goodness.   –Mons. DiGiovanni

  Please pray for the sick… Anthony & Mary Ellen Sansone, Mons. John Horgan-Kung, Mike McNamee, Paul Rittman, Sal Sciazza, Ed Koplos, Rosemarie Drexel, John Castellano, Lily Rice, Marion Giordano, Ray Flaharty, Philippe Renard, John Mellace, Christine Exantus, Evelyn Flaharty

 Please pray for those who have recently died  Sheila Kilcoyne, Mary Daly, Brazilia Walker, Joseph Barrone, Evelyn Bauman, Phil DeFelice Sr., Alice Banning, Paul Eldridge, Antoinetta Fiore, Marie Corcoran, Eugene Rizzi, Denis O’Neil.

Monthly Collection . . . The second collection today will be the monthly collection for the parish.  Your generosity is appreciated.






 St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … Will NOT meet during May. Our next study group will begin on June 3rd to begin studying the acts of the ancient Church martyrs.

 The Latin Reading Group… Is translating St. Augustine’s Confessions…And meets every Wednesday in the rectory at 6:15 p.m.   High School Latin is all that’s needed.  Just walk in.


Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Will NOT meet until May 21st for a general review at 7:30 p.m. in the rectory. 


Parish Women’s Society Meets every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the Rectory for prayer, refreshments and conversation.  All are welcome; please, join us:  just walk in the first front door. 


St. Anne Family Society presents “Celebration of the Sacraments” on Sunday, May 17th beginning with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Church at 5:00 pm and moving to the Church Hall at 5:30 p.m. for Pizza and Pasta and a celebration for those who have received 1st Penance, 1st Holy Communion, and Confirmation this Spring and for their families. Please call the Parish Secretary if you are planning on attending 324 1553 so we can plan accordingly. Thanks very much! See you on the 17th…


Moms & Tots … A group of moms and their children meet with Fr. Walsh each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. in church for Eucharistic adoration, followed by snacks in the rectory.  Please join us.   Our next meeting will be on Tuesday June 2nd.  


20’s & 30’s Group 20’s and 30’s annual picnic will be held on Monday, June 8th. We will have the Rosary in the Church from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. followed by the Picnic in the Backyard. Bring a friend…Give us a call so we can plan for food: 324-1553, ext. 21.

 Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin… Anyone interested in a summer study course of Latin, please let me know: It will be basic grammar—Dick and Jane—so, don’t be afraid. If you’re interested, please give Monsignor a call: (203) 324-1553, ext. 11.   There will be no charge.

 Solemn Vespers. . . Which is Evening Prayer for the Solemnity of Pentecost, and celebrating the May 30th, 1886 dedication of our church, will be offered on Saturday, May 30th at 5:30 p.m. in the church. Light refreshments to follow. All are welcome.


Pope Benedict XVI. . . Is on an apostolic visit to the Holy Land this weekend.  Please keep the Successor of Saint Peter in your prayers that his work may contribute to peace and justice in the region.

 Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . The parish goal this year is $85,000. Please consider making a donation to help our Bishop: next weekend we will have the In-Pew opportunity to  make a donation. Please be generous.




May 17th  Sunday Readings:  Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48; 1 Jn. 4:7-10; Jn. 15:9-17 (56)

 Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 83  (2) 146. The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.

 The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.

 Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass . . . Mass Ordinary: Missa brevis – Andrea Gabrieli, 1532-1585. Offertory motet: If Ye Be Risen Again with Christ – Orlando Gibbons, 1583-1625 (If ye be risen again with Christ, seek those things which are above where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on heavenly things and not on earthly tings, for ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Whensoever Christ, which is our life, shall show himself. Then shall we also appear with him in glory. Amen.). Communion motet: This joyful Eastertide – David’s Psalmen, 1685, arr. Chas. Wood (the text may be found in the hymnal at No. 84). The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Cantate Domino (Sing to the Lord a new song, alleluia; for the Lord has accomplished wondrous deeds, alleluia; he has revealed his justice in the sight of the Gentiles, alleluia, alleluia; His right hand and his holy arm have given him victory. [Ps. 98:1,2]); Alleluia Christus resurgens ex mortuis (Christ has been raised from the dead and will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. [Romans 6:9]); Offertory Jubilate Deo (Sing joyfully to God all the earth; let the entire earth cry out with joy to God; sing a psalm in honour of his name. Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what the Lord has done for my soul, alleluia. [Ps. 66:1,2,16]); Communion Ego sum vitis vera (I am the true vine, and you are the branches; he who abides in me and I in him, he it is who bears much fruit, alleluia, alleluia. [John 15:5]).

 Want to be a Lector at Mass? We are in need of lectors for the Saturday 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 noon Masses.  If interested, please contact Mary Bridget Gaine: (203) 978-0249 or


Sponsor Certificates for Baptism or ConfirmationAre happily given to parishioners of St. John’s, i.e. Those who are registered members; whose regular Mass attendance is known to the priests, or whose parish membership can be verified by the records of the weekly offertory (envelopes); who lead a virtuous life worthy of imitation by those whom they will sponsor.


Birthright needs volunteers to help with mothers. Volunteers provide pregnancy tests, listen to client concerns and connect women with needed resources. Schedules are flexible. Please call (203) 348-4355 or for more info.


Mass Intentions

Saturday, May 9

  4:00 +John & Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Young

Sunday, May 10

7:30    +Lina De Vivo 50th Anniversary req. De Vivo & Munro Families

10:00 +Agnes Joseph req. Anne Marie Samedi

12:00 +Victoria Santagata req. Angela Giannitti

6:00 +Mary Anne Vagnone req.  Mr.  & Mrs.  Anthony Mastroianni

Monday, May 11

8:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family

12:10 +Antonio D’Amico req. his son Frank

Tuesday, May 12

8:00 +Michel and Chenet Jean-Guillaume and Family req. brothers & sisters

12:10 +Birthday remembrance Virginia Carr req. Marie Carr

Wednesday, May 13

8:00 +Charles & Johnsie McKenna req. Pugliese Family

12:10 Special Intention James Cody

Thursday, May 14

8:00 +Eugene Dreksler req. Paul Murphy

12:10 +Phillip Rappa req. Millie & George

Friday, May 15

8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.

12:10+Albina Sette req. Pugliese Family

Saturday, May 16

8:00 +Betsy Woolf req. Fabiola C.

12:10+Helen Robinson req. Paul Murphy

 Eucharistic Adoration:  Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

 Holy Name Society For all men of the parish: The rectory every Friday morning for coffee, Eucharistic adoration benediction & prayer, from 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

 Pray for an end to abortion every Wed. 7:00 -10:30 a.m., Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St, Stamford.

 Are you a registered parishioner? If not, please visit the parish office Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or call the office for more information [ext 21 or 17] or Register On-Line at our Website:

 Credit Card Offertory…Make weekly or monthly donations by credit card. You can set up recurring credit card donations with the church secretary.  She can take your information over the telephone.  Call (203) 324-1553 x21.


St. John’s in The News . . .

   . . . 50 years ago, or so:


 May 14 1957:  St. John’s Holy Name Holds Dinner May 22. “St. John’s Catholic Church Holy Name Society will hold its annual dinner May 22 at Hugo’s Restaurant. Hugo Matsen, chairman, is assisted by Frank Hickey, Anthony Walsh, William E. Thompson, Norman Raymond, Jesse Seabrooks, John Hickey, Anthony Henry, A. J. Traska, Frank Finlay, Charles Schreifer and Charles Johnson. Mr. Walsh will serve as toastmaster.”


 May 17, 1960:  Plans Completed For Annual Dinner Of St. John’s HNS. “Plans have been completed for the ninth annual dinner of the Holy Name Society of St. John’s Church. William J. Clancy Sr., president of the Board of Education of New Haven, will be the principal speaker at the dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Half-Way House. Roland H. Trudel, president of the Stamford Chamber of Commerce, will be the toast-master. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, chaplain of the society and pastor of St. John’s Church, is honorary chairman. General co-chairmen are James C. Elsken and Anthony P. Henry.”


May 17, 1960:  St. John’s School Students Present Assembly On Mass.  “The May assembly at St. John’s parochial school was presented by children of the combined fifth grades, under the guidance of their teachers, Sister Mary Leonto and Mrs. Ethel Palermo. The assembly opened with the singing of the National Anthem. This was followed by a panel discussion by two groups of children. The first group discussed the Mass and the second group the various vestments worn by the priest while celebrating the Mass. The announcer for the first group, James Van Allen, presented to the audience the meaning of the Mass. Then the leader of the group, Jaculyn Hanrahan, opened the discussion supported by the following students, each of whom was responsible for a particular part of the Mass. Cathleen Sheehan, Cecilia Gillan, Patricia Lenz, John Howlett, Edward Leonard, Ann Marie Centonze, Johnnie May Gordan, Dolores Uva, John Conlon, Jo Ann Divasto, Frank Abbott, Dennis Feighery, Mary Quinn and George Tully. The discussion closed with the singing of the “Thanksgiving Hymn.” The announcer of the second group, Patrick Moriarity, explained the meaning of the vestments worn by the priest. Then the leader of the group, Jeannie Ritchie, opened the discussion and dramatization of the priest’s vestments. This discussion was supported by the following students: Janice Clary, Lynn Thompson, Anita Smith, Elizabeth Bruno, Patricia Costello, Floran Boland, Thomas Preli, Michael Farrell, Fred Lenz, Gregory Bobersky, James Gallagher, Sharon Wainwright, Clare Curry and Michael DeAngelo. This group closed with the singing of “Holy God We Praise Thy Name”.”


Mass Schedule

Saturday:          8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. (Vigil)

Sunday:            7:30 a.m.

                          10:00 a.m.  (Family Mass)

                          12 Noon  (Sung Mass)

                          6:00 p.m.  Haitian Mass

                          (French and Creole)

Monday through Friday:  8:00 a.m. & 12:10 p.m.

Holy Days of Obligation:

– Vigil Masses (evening before):  5:15 p.m.

– Holy Days:  8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. & 5:15 p.m.


Confessions: (English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano)

Monday – Friday, Sunday 30 minutes prior to each Mass

Saturday:  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Anytime by appointment



Parents must make arrangements for the date of Baptism, preferably before the birth of their child, by calling the office at 324-1553 ext 21.  Baptisms are usually performed Saturdays.


First Communion and Confirmation

Please call the Director of Religious Education at ext. 21 for details.  Confirmation is a two-year program.



Engaged couples who hoped to be married at St. John’s must contact one of the parish priests at least 6 months prior to their wedding.  Engaged couples who plan to have their wedding elsewhere, but would like to receive marriage preparation at St. John’s are likewise asked to contact one of the parish priests 6 months in advance.  Marriages are not performed on Sunday’s at St. John’s..  At least one member of the engaged couple will have been a regular and registered parishioner at St. John’s for at least six months, prior to requesting marriage preparation.


Sick Calls, First Friday Communion Calls, and the Anointing of the Sick

If you know someone who is seriously ill at home or in the hospital, or cannot come to Mass, please call the rectory (ext. 21).  One of the priests will be happy to bring Communion and administer the Sacrament of the Sick.



– Miraculous Medal Novena:  Monday at 8:20 a.m.

– Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Friday, following the 8:00 a.m. Mass until 12:00 p.m.


St John’s Bookstore Hours

Sunday:  10:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon  (Closed during Mass)

Thursday:  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  (Closed during Mass)


Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come

                                                               (Part IV Revisited)                                        -Fr. Terry Walsh


The Sacrament of Confirmation


  We are in the midst of such a Holy time of the year.  After having been lifted up on the Cross for the Life of the world, our Lord rose from the dead, as He said He would, and then lived among the Apostles and Disciples for 40 days. On the Glorious 40th day, He Ascended to the Father in Heaven out of love for us. It is from there that the Father and the Son send the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit, Who will lead and guide us to all Truth. Ten days after the Ascension of Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes at Pentecost to dwell in the hearts and souls of all who are baptized and live a faithful life in Christ. We receive the fullness, or the “completion” of the graces of Baptism through the Sacrament of Confirmation.

The Church teaches us that “by the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit…they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obligated to spread and defend the faith by word and deed”(ccc1285). Moreover, “this seal of the Holy Spirit marks our total belonging to Christ, our enrollment in His service for ever, as well as the promise of divine protection in the great eschatological trial” (see also Rev. 7:2-3; 9:4 and Ezek 9: 4-6)”(ccc1296).

What are the effects of the Sacrament of Confirmation? Well, clearly, there is an ‘outpouring of the Holy Spirit’ into the soul of the one confirmed. Our souls are indelibly marked with a special ‘character’ just as the Disciples souls were on the day of Pentecost. And we are all aware of the effect it had on them. Recall that in the Garden of Gethsemane they all ran away at the moment Jesus needed them most. But upon receiving the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, they were filled with the strength and love of the Holy Spirit and all became great witnesses to Jesus by the shedding of their own blood – martyrdom – save St. John, who was the only Apostle at the foot of the Cross during our Lord’s Crucifixion and death. Tradition holds that there was an attempt to put him to death too – he was actually thrown into a vat of boiling oil – but it had no effect. He was then exiled and suffered “White” Martyrdom through daily persecutions, all for the sake of the Name of Jesus.

We, likewise, receive the graces we need to be faithful witnesses to Christ. The Catechism beautifully describes the effects of Confirmation: “(It) brings and increase and deepening of baptismal grace: it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, ‘Abba! Father!’; it unites us more firmly to Christ; it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us; it renders our bond with the Church more perfect; it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross”(ccc 1302). And St. Ambrose adds: “Recall that you have received the spiritual seal….Guard what you have received. God the Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your hearts.” We guard what we have received by “seeking the things that are above” – by faithfully living the Gospel in all that we think and say and do – by praying faithfully – and by receiving the Sacraments worthily and with thanks and praise. Congratulations to all our Confirmation Candidates who will receive the Sacrament May 14th.




Sunday May 3, 2009   $ 13,117.93


Sunday May 4, 2008   $ 12,280.52


I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta