For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday July 4, 2010

Pastor’s Corner. . . The celebration of our nation’s independence on July 4th was always marked well in Stamford. This was particularly true following the American Civil War, when the sacrifice of so many tens of thousands of Northern and Southern young men on the battlefields was still fresh in the minds of all Americans—immigrants and Catholics included! For American newspapers, all Catholics were Irish, no matter if born in America or immigrants from elsewhere than the Emerald Isle. The Advocate’s July 2, 1869 number ran a long article about the unofficial yet first noticeable celebration, in which “. . . our Roman Catholic friends appear to be determined to do their part in making the Fourth what it ought to be—a day of popular enjoyment. The July 9th Advocate reported in greater detail: church bells were rung, fire works exploded, citizens went to Shippan Point and Mianus harbor to view the regatta. The paper observed, “The most exciting and interesting feature of the observances of the day is due to the public spirit and enterprise of our Irish-American citizens who celebrated the Fourth by a grand excursion and pic-nic in Woodside Park. Before proceeding to the park, a procession was formed which moved through the principal streets.” Parish priests, religious sisters, municipal dignitaries, along with the police and members of “the hook-and-ladder and hose company” joined with the throngs of Catholics marching through the city according to the various parish societies, accompanied by marching bands. “Last but not least, was a wagon drawn by four horses on which were grouped a number of young girls dressed in white, with red and blue favors, representing the several States in the Union.” Once arrived, refreshments, entertainments, games and dancing were provided until 7:00 p.m.
Those early Independence day celebrations, right after the Civil War, were of exceptional importance, as a means of paying tribute to both the fallen heroes and to those living veterans who had endured the unimaginable horrors of battlefield to preserve the Union. Liberty in America was deemed precious, and the rights of all, even of slaves, sufficient cause for war. Large numbers of Catholics, including newly arrived Irish Catholics, fought valiantly.
On our own 4th of July, when we are again at war, let us not forget that our liberties and freedom are still precious, and that they are still threatened. Even our earliest immigrant members of St. John’s parish, who endured anti-Catholic prejudice, knew that such suffering was worthwhile, both because it was the lot of the true Christian to suffer as did the Master for the faith, and because being in the United States was worth any suffering or hardship that might be required.
Pray for our country on the 4th, for our President, our Congress and, especially, for our troops. The U.S.A. is still the greatest nation on the planet; that’s why so many people still make their way to our shores– and many even make it to Saint John’s! Happy 4th! — Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Aileen Bainton, Jamie Chapin, Angela Bonneau, Emily Turturino, George Szele, Sr., Robert Lebeau, Connie Ward, Cheryl Carucci, Joan Bachman, Nicholas Czekanski, Wilfred Baretto, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Mary Moriarty, Carmella Micik, Julie Grant, Lois Porter, Joseph Lasko, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, Janet Rodgers, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . .Achille Lamontagne, Rosemarie Gaffney, Kushtrim Elezaj, William R. Plank, Paul Jankowitz, Matthew H. Kenealy Jr., Anthony P. D’Ariano, Salvatore Piro, Jerry Pellegrino, Andrew Caruso, James R. Clements, Irene Zelinsky, Margaret L. Rekos, Mary Catherine Sheehan, Paul K. Jankowicz, James Thomas, Marjorie L. O’Kane, Lawrence Schmidt Jr., Catherine B. Pullen, Wilhelmina-Belia Falek-Roerhost, Keith Segovia, Frank L. Infante, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Roshah E. DeJean, Paul Reda, Katherine Dziezyc, John Castellano, Eugene Lops, William Wolf, Alfred Gautrau, David Lloyd, Evelyn Mahan.

Air Conditioning Collection . . . The second collection today will be the Air Conditioning collection for the parish. Your generosity is appreciated.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. . . The last meeting is July 7th. We will resume on September 8th with the study of the Rule of Saint Benedict. All are welcome.

Latin Reading Group. . . Will not meet until mid-August.

Parish Finance Council. . . Will meet on Tuesday, July 6th at 7:30 pm in the rectory.

Mass On Line. . .Visit the parish website:, click the photo of the church up top, and you’ll see live all that’s going on in church, daily. (Note: Audio requires “ActiveX” which is specifically designed to work with Windows systems [i.e. Internet Explorer]. “ActiveX” by Microsoft is not supported on other operating systems such as Apple “Mac OS” or “GNU/Linux.”) 

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Our Parish has met it’s goal of $85,000. The people of Saint John’s have given $86,109. I am very, very grateful to you for your generosity. We can now turn our attention to the needs of the parish, once again.

Icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary. . . The oil painting of the most famous and ancient of Roman icons of the Blessed Mother—Salus Populi Romani, the Protectress of Rome—has now been completed and returned to the parish: she is enshrined in the northern side aisle in the top arch, above the statue of Saint Rita. Sometime this week, a spotlight will be installed, as will one to illuminate the bronze statue of Saint Peter. Our Lady is high up, at nearly the same height as the original 9th century icon in the Major Basilica of Saint Mary Major, in Rome. Vigil candles will be placed nearby, as will a votive hanging lamp, within the next weeks. There are kneelers facing Our Lady, which are part of the Baptistry, so parishioners might kneel while offering a prayer to Our Lady and her Divine Son. I am very grateful to a friend of the parish and his family who donated the funds commissioning Grace DeVito, a local portrait artist, to create the beautiful icon for us.

Memorial Votive Lights. . . The two votive lights next to the statue of Saint Peter, and the one which will soon hang before the icon of the Protectress of Rome above the statue of Saint Rita, may be memorialized each week for the intention of a loved one, or for the repose of a deceased loved one for a donation of $20.00 per candle, per week. The memorials will be published in the bulletin. Please call Cindy at ext. 21.

Sunday June 27, 2010 $ 11,731.12
Sunday June 28, 2009 $ 12,682.02
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

July 11th Sunday Readings: Dt 30:10-14; Col1:15-20; Lk 10:25-37.

Hymns for this Sunday . . . (1) 230, (2)183, (3)117, (4)218

Religious Education. . . Parents, even though the summer school vacation has not begun yet, please consider registering your children early for the upcoming religious education classes which begin in October. Just call the rectory, and speak with Cindy [ext 21] or with
Fr. Walsh [ext 14]. Thanks.

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. . . Sunday, August 15th, is one of the most beloved of holy days in the Church’s calendar: The Blessed Virgin Mary, the closest of Christ’s disciples, was the first to enjoy the benefits of her Son’s resurrection, being assumed body and soul to Heaven. Join us in our celebration at 4pm Solemn Sung Vespers, and the solemn blessing of our icon, Salus Populi Romani: Mary the Protectress of Rome. An ice cream social will follow in the rectory backyard. All welcome.

Holy Name Society Pig Roast. . . Will be on Saturday, July 24th following the 4 pm Mass, in the rectory’s backyard. Only for Holy Name members, altar servers and their dads: More details during upcoming weeks. If interested, please call Cindy [ext 21].

God Parents. . . If you are preparing to baptize your baby, you will be looking for Godparents for your child. The Church’s law is clear that, since the Godparents’ role is to provide an example of Catholic life, those chosen must be active and practicing Catholics: regular attendance at Sunday Mass, and regular reception of the sacraments are mandatory; they must be living lives of virtue and charity; if married, the Godparents must be in a valid marriage, meaning they have been married in the Catholic Church. If parents have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the parish priests to discuss them.

Job Seekers. . . Meets the 4th Monday of each month in the rectory at 7:30 pm: all are welcome. Topics include job interviewing, writing of resumes, networking and job seeking strategies. The group is led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs: for more info, see:

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, July 3
4:00 Special Intention Lynda Cole
Sunday, July 4
7:30 Special Intention Teresa Kung req. Joseph & Agnes Kung
10:00 Veterans of the Parish
12:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
6:00 +Anthony Ramos req. Lilian & Alvina Ramos
Monday, July 5
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 Gavin Samedi Birthday req. Anne Marie Samedi
Tuesday, July 6
8:00 +Isidore Santarelli req. Giannitti Family
12:10 +Luis Tellez req. The Logsdail Family
Wednesday, July 7
8:00 +Ralph Sette req. Pugliese Family
12:10 +Joseph Puhekker req. Raymond & Nicole Phelan
Thursday, July 8
8:00 +Joan O’Brien req. Bob & Marylee MacDougell
12:10 +Mrs. Margarone req. The Marchetti Family
Friday, July 9
8:00 +Joseph & Antanutz Siciliano req. Pugliese Family
12:10 +Jayson Jarrett req. Norma Jarrett
Saturday, July 10
8:00 +Hope & Joseph McAleer req. The McAleer Family
12:10 Special Intention the O’Brien Family req. Bob & Marylee MacDougell

Holy Name Society . . . For the men of the parish, meets Fridays in the Rectory, 7-7:50 a.m. for coffee, Eucharistic adoration & Benediction. All men of the parish are welcome. We finish in time for the 8am Mass.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Society . . .will meet May 22nd and will then resume in September.

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets each first Tuesday of every month at 10:00 a.m.

Religious Education. . . Students and Catholic parents are obliged to attend Sunday Mass. For information, please contact Fr. Walsh (203) 324-1553, ext. 14, or email at

St. Anne Society . . .A family society which meets four times a year on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. with prayer, supper, and a lecture in the church hall. For information, please contact Fr. Walsh (203) 324-1553, ext. 14, or

Pray to end legalized abortion . . . Weds, 7-10:30a.m., Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St.

St. Dominic Savio Society. . . . For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12th grades. Meets monthly. Questions, contact Ferry Galbert 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. Meets monthly. Questions, please contact Suzanna Bosthwick, 203-554-2004.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory.

The Legion of Mary. . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets Thursday Evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory.

Coffee Hour. . . Is finished for the summer. It will start again in September.

St. John’s in The News:

130 years ago, or so:
July 8, 1878: Stamford. “A grand concert and exhibition by the pupils of St. John’s School took place on the 26th ult., and was a complete and most satisfactory success. The Stamford Quadrille Band, composed of the Irish element, performed its part with ability, and “The Missing Generation,”, “The Martyrdom of St. Cecilia” as well as “It Never Rains But It Pours” were rendered in such a manner as to draw forth rounds of applause from a most critical and overcrowded audience. Such a crowd was never wedged before within the capacious walls of the Town Hall, as on this occasion. Too much praise cannot be given to both pupils and teachers. Where all was done so effectively, comparisons might seem invidious, so I will merely mention those who received prizes at the examinations conducted by Frs. Rogers and Gleason. 1st room boys-Latin, 1st prize, James Lawless; Algebra, James Lawless and James O’Brien 1st prize; Algebra, John Downey and John Fitzgerald 2nd prize; Reading, John Downey, James Lawless, John Fitzgerald and Maurice Downey 1st prize; spelling, James Lawless, 1st prize.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: James Lawless and John Downey would later go on to be ordained priests for the Diocese of Hartford.)

100 years ago, or so:
July 10, 1911: Excursion to North Beach. “The altar-boys, choir-boys, junior choir, eighth grade pupils and Sunday school teachers of St. John’s Catholic Church will have an excursion on the steamer Victor to North Beach, next Thursday. They will report at the Waterside dock at 8:45 a.m. In case of unpleasant weather, Thursday, the excursion will be postponed until the first fine day next week.”

July 5, 1910: TROLLEY ACCIDENT AT POQUONOCK. “Edward Crandall of Springfield was struck by a Rainbow car at Station 61, Poquonock, at midnight last night, and his left foot was cut off by the wheels of the car. The accident was near the residence of Rev. F. J. Lally of Poquonock, and Father Lally gave Crandall emergency treatment, applying a tourniquet before he was put on the car and brought back to the city.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: The Reverend Francis J. Lally was Pastor of St. John’s Church from 1928 to 1936).