For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday October 3, 2010

Pastor’s Corner. . . This weekend, we begin something new: music sheets. At the 4pm Saturday Mass, the 10am Family Mass and the 12 noon Solemn Choir Mass, the ushers will be handing out music sheets each week with the hymns for each Mass provided for you. It should make singing during these Masses much easier, since all the music you will need for the Masses will be provided and in your hands—no more looking for the hymn numbers on the hymn board and flipping through the hymnal to find them.
Singing during the Masses is not an exercise to provide entertainment: we sing in order to personally offer something to God. Mass is the unbloody sacrifice of Christ on the Cross: He is made present to us, truly, during the Mass; just as truly as if we were present on Calvary along with the Blessed Mother and Saint John, on the actual day Christ died. Our Lord instituted the Mass at the Last Supper so that His Apostles, the first priests, could begin a new form of worship. They shared the power Christ gave them with the first generation of bishops and priests, who shared that with subsequent generations of bishops and priests in an unbroken chain from Christ to His Church today: Christ is offered today at the altar in Saint John’s in Stamford, in an unbloody yet real fashion, and we are the beneficiaries of that sacrifice, even though we live nearly 2,000 years after the event occurred. But, as Saint Paul says, we must offer something to God along with Christ: our prayers and our song: the use of your God-given talent to praise God in song during the Mass. So, please join in the singing of the hymns at Mass.
This weekend, likewise, the parish choirs will return after their summer break: The Treble and Volunteer Choirs at the 10 am Family Mass, and the Schola at the 12noon Mass. We have had some parishioners join the choirs during the past two weeks, but we need more voices. If you would be interested in singing at the Masses, and eventually, we would like the choir to return to the 4pm Mass as well, please consider signing up with our new organist and choir master, Frederick Backhaus. The Volunteer Choir practices each Monday evening at 7pm in the parish hall; the Schola practices each Thursday evening at 7pm in the parish hall. We would be delighted if you would consider offering your talents to make our Masses more beautiful. Come and speak with Fred and talk about the choirs: you’ll be very satisfied to lend your voice to praise God in this way. Please lend a hand. God bless you. — Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Maurice Babe Ruggiero, Jean Simonelli, Marlene Stern, Megan Bobroske, Dermott McMahon, Isabella Baptiste, 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.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Alma Vota, Ben DeSalvo, Sue Richard, June Lambiase, Robert D’Aquila, Kevin Sutton, Catherine McVey Hanley Smith, Nichole Philips, Jane Lubin, Mary Moriarty, Katie Fontneau, Achille Lamontagne, Rosemarie Gaffney.

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light Memorial. . . In memory of Virginia and Eileen Carr req. Marie Carr.

Monday Evening Holy Hour . . .Monday nights 7-8:00 pm for Eucharistic Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Rosary in the church, Next Hour: October 4th at 7 pm.

Religious Education. . . Classes have begun, for those not yet registered, you may register On-Line at the St. John’s Website,, or call the rectory, and speak with Cindy, 203-324-1553 x21. Classes begin Sundays at 8:30 sharp. Please be on time.
Thank you for your cooperation.

Latin Mass. . . The Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be offered here at Saint John’s Tuesday’s at 9:30 a.m. by Fr. LaPastina of Saint Gabriel Parish. Please join us each Tuesday.

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . Meets Wednesdays at 7:30pm in the Rectory: Our October topic: Early Martyrs mentioned in the Roman Canon. All are welcome.

Latin Reading Group. . .Wednesdays at 6:15 pm in the Rectory.

Memorial Votive Lights. . .The Saint Peter votive lights, the one before the Marian icon, and the two above the side altars of Saint Joseph and Our Lady, 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, between 9AM—1:30PM.

Pro-Life. . . The Gospel of Life Society invites you and your family to participate in Stamford’s Life Chain, on Sunday, October 3rd, beginning at 1:30 pm in front of Saint John’s. Last year, over 1,200 Life Chains were linked across America and Canada, including scores of St. John’s parishioners. This is a non-confrontational witness for life: we simply stand along Atlantic Street in front of the church with signs encouraging greater respect for human life, and we pray. For more info, please call Frank Carpanzano: 203-975-0074.

Coffee Hour. . . in the parish hall after the 10:00 a.m. Mass. All are welcome. We are looking for volunteers to help out with the coffee hour. If interested, please contact Janet Lancaster at (203) 637-3301 or

Sunday September 26, 2010 $ 9,583.00
Sunday September 27, 2009 $ 11,810.78

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

October 10th Sunday Readings: 2 Kgs 5:14-17; 2 Tm 2:8-13; Lk 17:11-19.

Choir News:. . . We welcome back the Choirs today: the Treble and the Volunteer Choirs at our 10:00 am Mass, and the Schola at Noon. If you or your children are interested in one of the Choirs, please contact the Choir Master, Frederick Backhaus ( or 617-913-5571. We have only a few choir positions left. Schola audition: Volunteers interested in auditioning for the Sunday Noon Mass choir should contact Fred to arrange an audition. The requirements are the same as for the paid singers. Please join us.

Mozart & Schubert. . . Saturday, October 16th at 7pm in our parish hall to hear the Lumina String Quartet perform works by these great composers. Tickets: $10. per person, at the door.

Red Mass Oct. 17th. . .10 am Mass: Archbishop Dolan of New York, will be the celebrant for the annual Red Mass for judges and lawyers: all are welcome.

Home Schooling Families. . . A group for home schooling families meets one Tuesday each month. All ages are welcome. Please contact Julianne DeMarco at 203-966-3641, or Janet Lancaster 203-637-3301,

Foundation Grants. . . We are looking for volunteers to help write grant proposals to various foundations to help finance new programs at the Basilica. Anyone with experience writing grant proposals, and interested in volunteering their time and effort, please call Monsignor.

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. Now compatible with Apple “Mac OS” as well as Microsoft Windows PCs.

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:

Trinity Catholic High School. . . Will host its Open House October 14th at 7 PM, for any students interested in studying here in the near future and their parents.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, October 2
4:00 Sister Ellen Mary C.S.J. 72 yrs Religious Anniversary req. Marie Carr
Sunday, October 3
7:30 +William Joseph McCarthy req. Emilio & Astrid Funicello
10:00 +Vera & Patrick Dandry req. Laura Pascale
12:00 +Jocelyn, Oswald & Kilda Machado req. Lilian & Alvina Ramos
6:00 +Mr.Georges and Mrs. Luvia Domond req. Their Children
Monday, October 4
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory
Tuesday, October 5
8:00 +Margaret M. Timon req. Thomas A. Timon
12:10 +Peter Olwill req. Martin & Bernadette Curran
Wednesday, October 6
8:00 +Gerard Albert req. The Oser Family
12:10 +Guglielmo Labrosciano req. Pablo & Angela Labrosciano
Thursday, October 7
8:00 +Dorothy Carpenter req. Martin & Bernadette Curran
12:10 For the Group Light of the World in Haiti req. Ferry Galbert
Friday, October 8
8:00 +Maria Vu req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 +Francis Mukwaya req. Scholastica Nabwire
Saturday, October 9
8:00 John & Edward Dzioba req. James Bosilevas
12:10 +William Morris 1st Anniversary req. Millie & Steven Terenzio

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 . . .meets Saturdays in the rectory at 9:30a.m.

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

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 8th – 12th grades…will meet on Sunday October 10th in the rectory after the 12 P.M Mass. Questions, contact Ferry Galbert 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies, 8th-12th grades. Suzanna Bosthwick, 203-554-2004 for the girls.

Bible Study…Meets each Thursday at 7 p.m. in the rectory. This year’s study includes the Book of Revelation and Acts of the Apostles. See Parish Website for more details.

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 parish hall. 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: open only to those with a reading ability in Biblical Greek.

Coffee Hour. . . After the 10:00 a.m. Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall. All are welcome.

St. John’s in The Advocate:
80 years ago, or so:
Oct. 6, 1932: Bishop Rededicates St. John’s, Stamford: “On last Sunday, October 2, St. John’s Church, Stamford, newly decorated and refinished through the pastoral care of the Rev. Francis J. Lally, was rededicated by the Most Rev. John J. Nilan, D.D., Bishop of the diocese. At the solemn Mass celebrated at 11 a.m., the celebrant was Rev. James Murnihan, a Holy Ghost Father, from Ferndale. The deacon was the Rev. Dr. Dennis L. Gleason, pastor of St. Mary’s Church, Stamford, and the sub-deacon was Rev. Joseph Hanley, of Bridgeport. Special music was arranged for the service at 11 and the vespers at 7:30, with Mrs. Annette Kenna Tamburri, organist, in charge. Officiating at the solemn benediction in the evening was the Rev. Patrick Killeen, of South Manchester, at one time an altar boy at St. John’s.”

75 years ago, or so:
Oct. 6, 1936: Children of Mary Hold First Session. “The Children of Mary Sodality of St. John’s Church held its first meeting of the Winter, Friday. Rev. Charles Hagearty, chaplain of the Sodality, gave an instructive talk and introduced Father Hackett, who gave a resume of his recent trip to Germany and surrounding countries. A business meeting of the group followed prayer. The following committee was appointed to form a set of by-laws, to be voted upon at the next regular meeting, Nov. 1: Alice Hennessey, Alice O’Hara, Frances Matutis, Evelyn Riley, Marie Poutin, Helen Wynne, Muriel Smith, Betty Scott, Louise deBarberie, Mary Kotches and the officers, Marion McRedmond, Kathryn Leonard, Mary Duplex, Ann FitzGibbon and Marion Hogan.”

55 years ago, or so:
Oct. 4, 1956: St. John’s Church Holy Name Society Holds Annual Dinner. “More than 100 persons attended the fifth annual dinner of the St. John’s Church Holy Name Society Wednesday night at Hugo’s. A highlight of the program was the presentation on behalf of the society of a $500 check to the St. Joseph’s Hospital Building Fund. The contribution was handed to the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s Church and secretary-treasurer of the building fund, as further payment on a $2,400 pledge by the society. A total of $2,200 of the pledge has now been donated. Invocation was given by the Rev. James C. McGrath, while the Rev. Edward J. Scull offered Benediction. Toastmaster was John R. Boyd, vice president of the society. William E. Thomson is president of the society and Norman L. Raymond is secretary.”

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and the Sacred Heart of Jesus – Fr Terry Walsh
This month (Oct. 16 feast day) we celebrate the Memorial of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin (1647 – 1690). She was a Sister of the Visitation at a small town in France called Paray-le-Monial, where she experienced mystical revelations of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Margaret Mary had a great devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and through her private revelations was responsible for reviving and spreading this devotion. There is a magnificent Mosaic above one of the side altars in St. Peter’s Basilica depicting Jesus standing above an altar in a sanctuary revealing his Sacred Heart to Margaret Mary kneeling in adoration.
Certainly, when considering the outpouring of love from the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Crucifixion scene comes rushing to mind. In his Gospel, St. John reports that when the Roman soldier pierced the Body of Jesus as He hung dead upon the Cross, streams of blood and Water gushed forth. In these streams the Church sees the beginning of the Sacramental Life —Baptism and Eucharist — and every other grace. In speaking about the love of Christ pouring out from His Sacred Heart, St. Margaret Mary wrote:
“It seems to me that our Lord’s earnest desire to have his sacred heart honored in a special way is directed toward renewing the effects of redemption in our souls. For the Sacred Heart is an inexhaustible fountain and its sole desire is to pour itself out into the hearts of the humble so as to free them and prepare them to lead lives according to his good pleasure. From this divine heart three streams flow endlessly. The first is the stream of mercy for sinners; it pours into their heart sentiments of contrition and repentance. The second is the stream of charity which helps all in need and especially aids those seeking perfection to find the means of surmounting their difficulties. From the third stream flow love and light for the benefit of his friends who have attained perfection; these he wishes to unite to himself so that they may share his knowledge and commandments and, in their individual ways, devote themselves wholly to advancing his glory. This divine heart is an abyss of all blessings, and into it the poor should submerge all their needs. It is an abyss of joy in which all of us can immerse our sorrows. It is an abyss of lowliness to counteract our foolishness, an abyss of mercy for the wretched, an abyss of love to meet our every need.” Therefore, you must unite yourselves to the heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, both at the beginning of your conversion in order to obtain proper dispositions, and at its end in order to make reparation. Are you making no progress in prayer? Then you need only offer God the prayers which the Savior has poured out for us in the sacrament of the altar. Offer God his fervent love in reparation for your sluggishness. In the course of every activity pray as follows: ‘My God, I do this or I endure that in the heart of your Son and according to his holy counsels. I offer it to you in reparation for anything blameworthy or imperfect in my actions.’ Continue to do this in every circumstance of life. And every time that some punishment, affliction or injustice comes your way, say to yourself: ‘Accept this as sent to you by the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ in order to unite yourself to him.’ But above all preserve peace of heart. This is more valuable than any treasure. In order to preserve it there is nothing more useful than renouncing your own will and substituting for it the will of the divine heart. In this way his will can carry out for us whatever contributes to his glory, and we will be happy to be his subjects and to trust entirely in him.”
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have Mercy on us.