For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday November 22, 2009
Pastor’s Corner. . . Now that elections are over, let’s consider running for office.
By that, I mean that more Catholics—not Kennedy-type Catholics—but those who are pro-life Catholics, faithful to the Church, need to step up and consider becoming candidates for office. Too many Catholics in public service qualify their positions on essential issues. The most public of these is abortion: how often do we hear Catholic politicians tell us, “while I’m personally opposed to abortion, I cannot permit my personal beliefs to form public policy.” It would be like saying back in 1840, “while I’m personally opposed to slavery, I can’t allow my personal beliefs to form public policy.” In reality, every politician forms public policy actions on personal beliefs. But there’s an even more fundamental issue: making sure that policies and legislation do no harm to individuals: there are no throw away people in our society, since each is the image and likeness of God. Public policy, no matter what the issue, must be based on the common good, not on personal beliefs. Because an individual believes something to be true or good, doesn’t make it so. Pope Benedict XVI wrote that in his recent encyclical, Truth in Charity: “The greatest service to development, then, is a Christian humanism that enkindles charity and takes its lead from truth, accepting both as a lasting gift from God. Openness to God makes us open towards our brothers and sisters and towards an understanding of life as a joyful task to be accomplished in a spirit of solidarity. A humanism which excludes God is an inhuman humanism. Only a humanism open to the Absolute can guide us in the promotion and building of forms of social and civic life—structures, institutions, culture and ethos—without exposing us to the risk of becoming ensnared by the fashions and fads of the moment.. . God’s love calls us to move beyond the limited and the ephemeral, it gives us the courage to continue seeking and working for the benefit of all. . . to fight and suffer for love of the common good.” Catholics who run for public office need to be Catholic in that they accept the teachings of the Magisterium on all life issues, and work for the common good by working to protect the dignity of the individual as the image and likeness of God, born and unborn—in reality.
Right now, let’s not consider public offices that directly affect the abortion policies of the country: let’s consider local offices that affect local daily life, like the Board of Education, or the Board of Finance, or the Board of Representatives of our fair city. For very many decades, Catholic priests were on the Boards of Education in major Connecticut cities, including Stamford. With the prohibition by Pope John Paul II that priests not hold elected public office, that is no longer an option. But there is no prohibition against faithful Catholic lay men or women running for those offices. Many people I know are unhappy about aspects of life in Stamford, from taxes to the curriculum at public schools. So what are you going to do about it? Complaining is not enough: so I write to encourage parishioners of the Basilica of Saint John to seriously consider running for these offices, so that you may positively affect the life of people in this town. This is not a question of making everything in town “Catholic”, but rather to form public policy on the true common good, which means that all public policy, laws and actions are designed to respect the dignity of the human person. The Second Vatican Council taught the responsibility of the laity in public life in these words: “The laity need a full awareness of their role in building up society, an awareness which will keep them preoccupied with bringing Christian large-heartedness [magnanimity] to the fulfillment of their duties, whether family, social, or professional. . . In loyalty to their country and in faithful fulfillment of their civic obligations, Catholics should feel themselves obliged to promote the true common good. Thus, they should make the weight of their opinion felt, so that civil authority may act with justice, and laws may conform to moral precepts and the common good. Catholics skilled in public affairs and adequately enlightened in faith and Christian doctrine should not refuse to administer public affairs, since by performing this office in a worthy manner they can simultaneously advance the common good and prepare the way for the gospel” [Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, 19]. If you don’t like the way public schools operate, or are at odds with the curriculum your child faces each day, do something about it. If you don’t like the decisions of the Board of Reps, do something about it. If you think the financial decisions of the city need improvement, do something about it. If you think the state government needs some remedying, do something about it.
Those politicians who thrive on private interests do so because people who respect the common good won’t get involved. This is not easy. But it is essential: that is the basis for our nation’s greatness; it is the basis of our faith that we get involved in public affairs: forming our culture by our Faith, to make things better for everyone, because we are the image and likeness of God, and should be given the chance to live accordingly. Get moving!–Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick…Courtney Harry, Evelyn & Jack Mahan, Joseph Lasko, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, David Lloyd, John Castellano, Janet Rodgers, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans, Margaret Romaine.

Please pray for those who have recently died…Joseph Logsdail, Peggy Pikul, Monsignor John Horgan Kung, Theodore Pikul, Rosemary Hynes Finn, George T. Murphy, William Morris, Jesus Cala, Liliane Joelle Tsemo, Elizabeth A. Coughlin, Hector Jance, Paul Rittman, Gerard P. Albert, Louis Michael Ceretta, John DiNero, Paul Lorusso, Martinez Boursiquot, Karl Gandt, Tesse Kerelits, Jenny Danchaster, Leynor P. Iballa, Claire Gormley Collier, Michael William Greaney, Solange Exumer, Rose Leonowitz, Monika LoBaidi, Sheila Kilcoyne.

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

Parish Advent Retreat. . . December 11, 12 & 13th: PATRICK MADRID, world renowned author and speaker will deliver a variety of lectures on aspects of our Catholic faith and life. Check the parish website for full details and times. These lectures are without charge and open to everyone who would like to attend—parishioners and non-parishioners; Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

Basilica Inauguration. . . Mark your calendar: Bishop Lori will formally inaugurate the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist on Monday February 22nd at 7 pm with Solemn Evening Prayer and Benediction, followed by a light reception. This is the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter. All are invited.

Thanksgiving Day. . . ONLY one Mass at 10:00 am. NO 8 am or 12:10 pm. Please join us.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Group. . . Will NOT meet on Saturday Nov. 21st or 28th. We’ll resume meetings each Saturday at 9:30 am on December 5th.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Will NOT meet until January: date to be announced.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Will NOT meet on Nov. 25th. We’ll resume Dec. 2.

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Will NOT meet on Nov. 25th . We’ll resume Dec. 2.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Will NOT meet on Thanksgiving Day. We’ll resume Dec. 3.

Bible Study:. . .Will NOT meet on Thanksgiving Day. We’ll resume Dec. 3.

Religious Education: Call Fr. Walsh, ext. 14, for information. We meet each Sunday at 8:30 am. Classes will not resume until Dec. 3rd.

Convert class. . .Meets Tuesday evenings 7:30PM—8:30PM in the rectory, Oct 2009 – May 2010. Next meeting: December 1st.

Legion of Mary . . . Will NOT meet Nov 25th. We’ll resume on Dec. 2.

Coffee Hour. . . After the 10:00 a.m. Mass Outside on the Sidewalk. All are welcome. PLEASE NOTE: NO Coffee Hour Sunday Nov. 29th or Sunday, Dec. 6th due to the Thanksgiving weekend and the Christmas Fair respectively.

Sunday November 15, 2009 $ 11,020.76 “I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Sunday November 16, 2008 $ 12,054.51

November 29th Sunday Readings: Jer 33:14-16; 1 Thes 3:12-4:2; Lk 21:25-28, 34-36

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 141 (2) 142 [Tune: St. George’s Windsor]. The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.


Singers for the 10:00 AM Family Mass . . . are needed! We rehearse at 8:15 AM, on Sundays only, in the Choir Room. If you regularly attend the 10:00 AM Mass, would you consider lending your voice to our choir? Please call Scott Turkington for more information: 324-1553, ext. 18 or

St. John’s Children’s Choir . . . Please consider enrolling your child in the Children’s Choir which sings for the 10:00 Family Mass on Sundays, alongside the Adult Choir (see below). Rehearsals, at which children learn about singing and reading music, are held each Saturday from 1:00-1:45 pm. The choir is open to boys and girls, ages seven and above, who can match a pitch and who are willing to make a weekly commitment. Please call Scott Turkington for more information, 324-1553, ext. 18 or

Saint John’s Christmas Fair. . .The weekend of December 5th and 6th: Wreath’s, gifts, food, ornaments and more: Mark your calendar and come join us. Start your Christmas shopping with us: help your parish by purchasing beautiful Christmas gifts and decorative items in our own Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

Calling all our Super Bakers – Join The Saint John’s Christmas 2009 Bakers Guild and bake your special treats for the fair’s bake sale, please contact Tracy Banahan at 203-834-0284 or send her an email  at

Sign of Peace. . . Due to the Swine Flu, H1N1 virus, we will discontinue this practice at all Masses.

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 December 1st.

Holy Spirit School. . . Take a look Tuesday is December 1st from 9:30 a.m-11:30 a.m., for anyone interested in enrolling for this academic year or for that of 2010/2011, and would like to visit and see how the school operates, speak with students and teachers. For more information, please call Principal Patricia Torchen, at 203-329-1623 or visit the web: www.

Mass Intentions+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, November 21
4:00 Millie & George Terenzio Celebrating 59 years Wedding Anniversary req. Children
Sunday, November 22
7:30 +Sister Caroline Marie, SSJ req. Marie Carr
10:00 +May & Dave Marrucco req. Pinto family
12:00 NO NOON MASS (City Parade)
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, November 23
8:00 +Frank T. Cornacchiar req. Tom Kolenberg
12:10 +Evelyn J. Kerin req. Mary Churley
Tuesday, November 24
8:00 +Leon Wait req. Tom Kolenberg
12:10 Thanksgiving to St. Jude req. Dolores Freccia
Wednesday, November 25
8:00 +Roosevelt Patrick req. Sharon Gannon
12:10 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Thursday, November 26
8:00 NO 8 AM MASS
10:00 People of the Parish
12:10 NO 12:10 MASS
Friday, November 27
8:00 +William Borkowski req. wife & son
12:10  In honor of St. John Fisher & St. Thomas More, Martyrs req. Bosilevas family
Saturday, November 28
8:00 Special Intention Richard Paul Kim req. Joseph & Mary Kim
12:10 +John Janik req. Lucille Lester

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

Holy Name Society . . . For all men of the parish: In the rectory every Friday morning for coffee, Eucharistic adoration, benediction & prayer: 7:00 – 8:00a.m. All men of the parish are welcome. Just walk in!

Parish Ladies’ Group. . . The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Society meets each Saturday in the Rectory, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and conversation, it moves into prayer, adoration and a spiritual conference, and concludes by 11:00 a.m. All ladies of the parish are welcome. Just walk in.

Religious Education. . . Mass attendance is, of course, required of all our students and it is hoped that all parents will attend Sunday Mass with their children. Classes meet each Sunday morning at 8:30.

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

St. Dominic Savio Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12th grades. Questions, contact Ferry Galbert 324-1553 ext. 22.

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

The Legion of Mary. . . has begun here at St. John’s. All are welcome. Please call Fr. Walsh, ext.14., if interested. We meet on Wednesday Evenings at 7:30pm in the rectory.

St. John’s in The Advocate . . .

135 years ago, or so:
November 26, 1875: “The first religious services in the basement of the new Catholic Church are to be held today. The congregation will assemble at the old church and march in a body to the new edifice.”

130 years ago, or so:
November 23, 1877: “The children of St. John’s Roman Catholic School will give an exhibition in the Town Hall on Thanksgiving eve. As those which preceded it by the same school have been very good, it will be well worth attending.”

110 years ago, or so:November 28, 1898: ONLY TWO CHURCHES HELD SERVICES. “Three services were held yesterday in St. Andrews. Four persons attended the low celebration. There was a congregation of nineteen at the high celebration at 10:30. St. John’s Roman Catholic Church had the largest congregation of any church in town, about a hundred being present at the 10:30 morning Mass.”

75 years ago, or so:November 28, 1934: THANKSGIVING SPIRIT PREVAILS IN STAMFORD. “Special services will mark the observance of Thanksgiving in the churches here, tomorrow. In many homes throughout the community, friends from near and far will gather around the festive board to celebrate the day. At St. John’s R. C. Church, masses will be celebrated at 7 and 8.”

November 27, 1934: HOLY NAME SOCIETY OF ST. JOHN’S CHURCH PLANS REORGANIZATION. “Several hundred men, members of St. John’s R. C. Church, gathered in the basement of the church, last night, in the first meeting for reorganization of the Holy Name Society of the church. Another meeting will be held in the school auditorium, next Monday night, when officers will be elected and a program prepared. A social hour will follow the business meeting. One week from next Sunday, members of the Society will attend the 8 a. m. Mass in a body and receive Holy Communion. The Rev. James J. Wilson, spiritual head of the society, informed the men, last night, that a social program in connection with the spiritual work will be a definite part of the reorganization. A bowling league will be started as one of the first social and athletic projects.”

The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist
Patrick Madrid
Three Day Retreat:
December 11, 12, 13

Patrick Madrid is the publisher of Envoy magazine, a journal of contemporary Catholic thought, and he is director of the Envoy Institute of Belmont Abbey College. He is the author or editor of 14 books and booklets on Catholic themes, including Pope Fiction, Search and Rescue, Does the Bible Really Say That? and 150 Bible Verses Every Catholic Should Know. He edited and co-authored the acclaimed multi-volume Surprised by Truth series.

Friday, December 11
7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
“Search and Rescue: How You can help people come home to the Church”

Saturday, December 12
9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
“Answer me this: How to Respond to Common Questions About Catholicism.”

11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
“Is Everything up for grabs? A Catholic Critique of Moral Relativism”

2:15 to 4:00 p.m.
“Where is that in the Bible?”

7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
“Any Friend of God’s Is a Friend of Mine: Mary and the Communion of Saints”

Sunday, December 138:30 to 9:30 a.m.
“The Case for Christ”

2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
“Pope Fiction: Answers to Myths and Misconceptions About the Papacy”

6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
“Answers to Lies Society Tells You,” such as, “If it feels good, do it.”
(Saint Anne Society Adoration 5:00; Dinner at 5:30 p.m.: all are welcome)

All are invited to attend this FREE retreat! (Donations accepted)