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Pastor’s Corner . . .Monsignor Nagle will celebrate his 60th anniversary of priestly ordination on Sunday, and we are delighted and honored that he will offer Mass at 12 noon here at Saint John’s, in which he offered his first Mass six decades earlier.

                         This was not by accident, since his life was intimately joined with that of this Mother Church of Stamford from his earliest youth: he grew up in Stamford in his parents’ home on Randall Avenue, and Saint John’s was the family parish, the focus of an intense Catholic life in a deeply devout family.

                         After graduating from Saint Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Connecticut in 1943 as valedictorian of his class, Bill Nagle was awarded the prestigious Theodore Basselin Scholarship at Catholic University, which allowed him to complete his master’s degree in philosophy in 1945. After entering major seminary to complete his training for the priesthood, Bill was called by his bishop to serve as deacon Prefect of Discipline at Saint Thomas Seminary, and ordained a priest in 1949. Following various assignments, Father Nagle was assigned pastor of his home parish in 1973, a post he held until retirement in 1998.

                         The fact that Saint John’s exists at all is a tribute to the pastoral dedication of Monsignor Nagle to his home parish.  Monsignor’s years at Saint John’s coincided with those of urban redevelopment in downtown Stamford. With most of the parishioners moved away with the destruction of the surrounding neighborhoods, Saint John’s seemed doomed. For years Bishop Curtis had slated Saint John’s parish to be closed, the school, church and rectory demolished and the property sold. With the parish school demolished a few years prior to Monsignor’s arrival as pastor, the number of families in the parish was further eroded. Crime rose, people fled the downtown, the buildings continued to deteriorate, yet Monsignor remained at his post. One of his most forward looking actions was the assemblage and purchase of parcels of property which today constitute the parish parking lot. Knowing that the property was the last of the parish’s patrimony, he correctly insisted that it be obtained for the future of the parish he loved.

                         While the merest of sketches of his priestly ministry, permit me to state that this parish owes much to her native son, Monsignor Nagle, for his years of love and dedication to the parish he calls home. Congratulations, Monsignor, on 60 years of a wonderful priesthood! –Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… Millie Demillo, 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

 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.

 Catholic Communication Campaign Collection . . . Please drop your Catholic Communication Campaign Collection envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.  There will only be one collection today.

 Ascension Thursday…May 21st is a Holy Day of Obligation.  Masses:  at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20th and 8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m.; 5:15. p.m. on the 21st.

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 p.m. 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 pray the Rosary in  Church from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. followed by a cookout 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.

Fundraising Dinner: I forgot to mention two of ladies who baked furiously on the Cup Cake Patrol: Beth Carpanzano and Kathy Tafuro spent dozens of hours preparing dozens of cupcakes for last week’s dinner: thanks, very much!!




May 24th  Sunday Readings:  Acts: 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26; 1Jn. 4:11-16; Jn. 17:11b-19 (60) Ascension:  Acts: 1:1-11/Eph. 1:17-23 or 4: 1-7, 11-13/Mk. 16:15-20 (58)

 Banns of Marriage:  1st: Shawn Ricardo Denir Burroughs & Nichole Antoinette Allen


Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 73 (2) 161. 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 ‘Sacerdotes Domini’ – B.Andrew Mills, b. 1969. At the Entrance of the Ministers: Tu es Sacerdos – Aloys Desmet, 1867-1917. (Tu es Sacérdos in aeternum secundum ordinem Melchisedech. The Lord hath sworn, and he will not repent: Thou art a priest for ever according to the order of Melchisedech. [Ps. 110:4]). Offertory motet: Sacerdotes Domini – William Byrd, 1540-1623 (The priests of the Lord offer incense and loaves to God, and therefore they shall be holy to their God, and shall not defile His name, alleluia.). Communion motet: Panis angelicus – César Franck, 1822-1890 (The Bread of angels was made the bread of man; He confined the heavenly Bread to a thing of size and shape: O marvelous thing! That a poor man, a humble servant, should consume the Lord. We beseech Thee, O God, Three-in-One, visit us thus, even as we worship Thee. Lead us into Thy ways; and by them may we direct our course to the Light in which Thou dwellest. Amen. [St. Thomas Aquinas, trans. R. Divozzo]). The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Vocem iucundidatis (Spread the news with a voice of joy; let it be heard, alleluia; speak it out to the very ends of the earth; the Lord has liberated his people, alleluia, alleluia. Shout joyfully to God all the earth; sing a psalm to his name; praise him with magnificence. [Cf. Isaiah 48:20; Ps. 65]); Alleluia Ego vos elegi (I have chosen you from the world, in order that you might go, and bear fruit, and that your fruit should last. [John 15:16]); Offertory Benedicite gentes (O nations, bless the Lord our God, let the voice of his praises resound; he has restored my soul to life and he has not suffered my feet to stumble; blessed be the Lord who has neither rejected my prayer nor turned away from me, alleluia. [Ps. 67:8,9,20]); Communion Ego vos elegi (I have chosen you from the world, in order that you might go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should last. [John 15:16]).

Calling all Singers! . . . The 10:00 a.m. Family Mass Adult choir is in need of singers! We rehearse at 8:15 a.m. on Sundays only, in the Choir Room.  Please call Scott Turkington: 324-1553, ext. 18.

 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.

Sponsor Certificates for Baptism or ConfirmationAre happily given to parishioners of St. John’s, i.e.  Those who are registered members; who regularly attend Sunday Mass; who lead a virtuous life worthy of imitation by those whom they will sponsor in Baptism or Confirmation.

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.

Mass Intentions 

Saturday, May 16

 4:00   +Rose & Ubal Itri req. Daughters

Sunday, May 17

  7:30     Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.

10:00     Special Intention Agnes Kung req. Joseph Kung

12:00    Holy Father Intentions req. Our Lady of Loretto Altar Guild

  6:00     +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family

Monday, May 18

  8:00     +Joe & Josephine Larobina req. Pugliese Family

12:10   +Dorothea Maksymowicz req. Mary Churley

Tuesday, May 19

  8:00     +Carol McFadden

12:10     +Giuseppe & Maria Megale req. Pugliese Family

Wednesday, May 20

  8:00     Special Intention Dr. Walsh req. Koetke Family

12:10    Special Intention Olivia Rovegnor

  5:15    People of the Parish

Thursday, May 21

   8:00   Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.

 12:10   +Stephen Churley req. Mary Churley

   5:15   People of the Parish

Friday, May 22

  8:00     Special Intention

 12:10   Special Intention Fr. Terrance P. Walsh req. Millie Terenzio

Saturday, May 23

  8:00   Special Intention Fr. Terrance Walsh req. Greer & Ronald Lauture

12:10   Special Intention


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. Maria Goretti Society…For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. Questions, please contact Rosa Marchetti at 203-348-0232

St. John’s in The News . . .

   . . . 50 years ago, or so:

 The Stamford Advocate:

 May 6, 1949:  2 Area Residents To Be Ordained by Bishop O’Brien. “Two men from the Stamford area will be ordained in the Roman Catholic priesthood in ceremonies at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hartford, on May 26. They are the Rev. Mr. William A. Nagle, son of  Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Nagle, 9 Randall Ave., Stamford, and the Rev. Mr. James F. Tomney, son of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Tomney of Strickland Rd., Cos Cob.

“The Most Rev. Henry J. O’Brien, Bishop of Hartford, will administer the Sacrament of Holy Orders to  more than 30 in ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m.

“The Rev. Mr. Nagle will sing his first Solemn High Mass at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 29, in St. John’s Church. Archpriest will be the Rev. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor; Deacon will be the Rev. Joseph P. Donahue of St. Thomas’ Seminary, Bloomfield; and subdeacon, the Rev. William E. McGrath, also of St. Thomas’; Master of Ceremonies will be ;Joseph Hamernick and Thurifer, John O’Connor.

“The sermon will be delivered by the Rev. Harold F. Daly of St. Thomas’ Seminary, Bloomfield.

“Rev. Mr. Nagle is a graduate of the Immaculate Conception School in Hartford, and received his Minor Seminary training at St. Thomas’ Seminary. He completed his undergraduate and graduate philosophical studies as a Basselin Scholar in Catholic University, Washington, D.C. He also studied theology at the Theological College at Catholic University.

“During the current year he was a prefect at St. Thomas’ in Bloomfield, where he completed his studies.”


May 27, 1949: Two Ordained as Catholic Priests:”The Rev. William A.  Nagle of Stamford and the Rev. James F. Tomney of Cos Cob were among 33 young men who were ordained priests of the Roman Catholic Church yesterday by the Most Rev. Henry J. O’Brien, Bishop of Hartford, in the largest single ordination ceremony in the history of the diocese.”

“More than 3,000 persons witnessed the two-an-a-half hour ceremony at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hartford. Bishop Henry J. O’Brien instructed those to be ordained: ‘as you are now about to be consecrated to the office of the priesthood, endeavor to receive it worthily, and when you have received it, to fulfill its duties blamelessly.”

“Those ordained were prostrated before the altar as the choir of St. Thomas Seminary sang the Litany of the Saints. Each was vested with the stole and chasuble of the priestly office, and anointed with holy oil. They joined in the celebration of the Mass, received Holy Communion, and turned to the congregation to impart their blessing to the crowded cathedral.”

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

For information on Religious Education , please call the office at 324-1553 ext. 21.   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)




Credo, “I Believe….”

                                                                                        Fr Terry Walsh 

             As part of the “Church Militant” – that is – we the Church on Earth who are fighting against sin and temptation, our banner is the Cross and our “Fight Song” is the Creed: the Apostles Creed, which of course is our earliest declaration of Faith, as well as the Nicene Creed, which comes to us through the Church Magisterium. The Creed is our ‘Profession of Faith.’ We read in the letter to the Hebrews, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” It is a precious gift that grows through our cooperation with the Holy Spirit.


           Notice the Trinitarian nature of the Creed: we begin by professing our faith in God the Father, then declare our faith in God the Son, and finally we confess our faith in the Holy Spirit. The Catechism teaches us, “The first part speaks of the First divine Person and the wonderful work of creation; the next speaks of the Second divine Person and the mystery of his redemption of men; the final part speaks of the Third divine Person, the origin and source of our sanctification.”(ccc190). “Faith is first of all a personal adherence of man to God. At the same time, and inseparably, it is a free assent to the whole truth that God has revealed…For a Christian, believing in God cannot be separated from believing in the One he sent, his ‘beloved Son,’ in whom the Father is ‘well pleased.’…One cannot believe in Jesus Christ without sharing in His Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who reveals to man who Jesus is…we believe in the Holy Spirit because He is God”(ccc150ff).


Faith is a gift that God infuses into our souls at Baptism, that moment when we make our very 1st profession of Faith. At the same time, God infuses the virtues of hope and charity. These 3 “Theological Virtues” are nourished through our free cooperation with the Grace of God, which we receive ordinarily and most abundantly through the Sacraments. Then of course it is a matter of our “practicing” the faith – putting what we believe into action, or as St. Paul says, “faith working through love” – our acts of kindness and mercy, our prayer life, reading Sacred Scripture in order to come to know the Heart of God, and so on. Our declaration of our faith each Sunday during the Liturgy of the Holy Mass just after having been nourished by the Word and just before being nourished by the Eucharist is a great act of faith. We profess our faith in God as an act of Love. The more we practice our faith, the greater will be our understanding. “The same Holy Spirit constantly perfects faith by His gifts, so that Revelation may be more profoundly understood. In the words of St. Augustine, ‘I believe in order to understand; and I understand, the better to believe’”(ccc158).  In speaking about the Creed, St. Ambrose said: “This Creed is the Spiritual seal, our heart’s meditation and an ever-present guardian; it is, unquestionably, the treasure of our soul.” St. Jerome cautions us:  “Ignorance of the Scriptures is Ignorance of Christ!” In order to come to know the heart of God, to grow in faith and understanding of His love for us and the relationship we are called to share in, we need to open up the Scriptures and let the Word of God penetrate our hearts. “Just as the mustard seed contains a great number of branches in a tiny grain,” says St. Cyril of Jerusalem, “so too this summary of faith encompassed in a few words the whole knowledge of the true religion contained in the Old and New Testaments.”  As we grow in our faith, our “fight Song” will take on a greater meaning in our hearts and we will live it more profoundly in the circumstances of our daily lives. It’s a matter of habit…..

Sunday May 10, 2009   $ 10,075.23


Sunday May 11, 2008   $ 12,518.03


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