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Bulletin for Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pastor’s Corner. . . The John Canning Painting and Restoration Studios are the premier American church and interior restoration experts in the United States. To name only a few of their restoration projects: Ceiling Sky Mural and Grand Central Station, New York, NY; Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY; Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Newton, MA; St. John the Evangelist Church, Clinton MA; Christ Church, Riverdale, NY; Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY; Bartell Chapel and the Sterling Memorial Library in Yale University, New Haven, CT; Widener Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston, MA; Reading Room and the Puvis de Chavannes Gallery of the Boston Public Library, Boston, MA; House Chamber and Atrium of the Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford, CT; National Building Museum, and The Executive Office Building, both in Washington, DC; .
The John Canning Studio also completely restored the sanctuary murals last year here at Saint John’s. They are now poised to begin the restoration of our two side chapels, as can be seen by the scaffolding, erected during this past week. This is the final part of the first phase begun last year in the sanctuary, the cost of which is $37,000, and will be paid for from funds raised during last year’s Metropolitan Opera Night, and by the estate of the late William E. Thomson, a lifelong Saint John’s parishioner, who served as an usher, religious education teacher, parish council president and trustee for decades.
Using photographs from the 1920’s and ‘30’s, and removing some of the layers of paint on the back wall of Our Lady’s Chapel, John Canning uncovered the designs and colors used in the 1920’s when the pastor, Father James O’Brien, commissioned another parishioner, Thomas MaGee to design and execute the murals above the high altar. The decoration will be colorful and lively, matching some of the work in the sanctuary, while accentuating the hallowed space of the side chapels of Our Lady and Saint Joseph.
Work will begin Monday, October 25th, and be completed in time for Christmas. Since the same crew of artisans and artists who restored the sanctuary murals will be returning, we can be assured of the high quality of the workmanship, as well as great reverence and respect for our Basilica and the sacredness of all that is offered here during Mass, devotions and private prayer. While the side altars present an aspect of perpetual Good Friday bareness, they will be magnificent for Christmas.
My long term plan is to completely repaint the Basilica interior within another year. A sample of some of the proposed decoration can be seen taped to the pilaster near the Bell Street church door. Various greens, with gold crosses and decorations. We’ll need everyone’s help. Please pray.— Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Corrie Evans, Margie Joyce, Joseph J. Lasko, Shirly Mailhot, Roledonne Samedi, Maurice Babe Ruggiero, 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. . . Sheila Lockhart, James Andersen, Domineco Gentile, 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.

World Mission Sunday Collection . . . Please drop your special envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light Memorial. . . In memory of Liset Santos req. Betsy Allyn.

Protectress of Rome Votive Light Memorial . . .Special intentions for Vera Viola and family.

The Solemnity of All Saints. . .Monday, November 1st, Is Not a Holy Day of Obligation. There will be the regular daily Mass schedule.

All Souls Day. . .Tuesday, November 2nd, the commemoration of all the faithfully departed souls, will have the regular daily Mass schedule.

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 25th at 7 pm.

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.

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 are on 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. The next Latin Mass will be Tuesday, October 26th.

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.

Biblical Greek Study Group. . .Thursday at 6:30 pm in the Rectory: open only to those with a reading ability in Biblical Greek.

St. Anne’s Society . . . will meet next on Sunday, November 14th. We will begin with Adoration at 5pm and then move to the Church Hall for a Potluck dinner and a talk. All are welcome to attend.

Sunday October 17, 2010 $ 12,477.10
Sunday October 18, 2009 $ 10,624.81

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

October 31st Sunday Readings: Wis 11:22-12:2; 2 Thes 1:11-2:2; Lk 19:1-10.

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 at 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.

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

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’s company, Red Inc., please see:

Basilica Meetings: As we prepare to open our Basilica Office, there will be a few meetings:
Tour Guide Training: October 28th at 7:30 pm in the rectory;
Tea Hostesses: October 30th at 5pm in the rectory;
Grant Writers: November 1st at 7:30 pm in the rectory.

Trinity Catholic Middle School. . .is holding an Open House Saturday, October 30, 2010 from 10am to 12noon, at 948 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, on the same campus as Trinity Catholic High School. Parents and students interested in a challenging academic program in a faith based school are encouraged to attend.

Trinity Catholic Mass. . .The annual Memorial Mass for the deceased graduates, faculty, and staff of Stamford Catholic / Trinity Catholic High School will take place on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 7:30 pm in the school auditorium. All are welcomed to attend. Please call the school (203)322-3401 if you plan to attend.

Trinity Catholic High School. . .is holding their ENTRANCE EXAM on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30th AT 8:00 A.M. (Alternate test date is Saturday, November 20th at 8:00 A.M.) To register for the entrance exam, please call the TCHS Admissions Office: 203-322-3401, ext. 32 or email:

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, October 23
4:00 +Members of DeRosa, Kronk, Capobianco Families & Edwin Clark req. John & Joan Kronk
Sunday, October 24
7:30 Thanksgiving to God req. Fabiola C.
10:00 +William Morris req. Mary Wittmer
12:00 +Bryan Alva req. Mother
6:00 +Jean Phillipe, Jules & Franco Pericles req. Family
Monday, October 25
8:00 Peter Kopcha & Peter Stock Families req. James Bosilevas
12:10 In honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary req. Ferry G.
Tuesday, October 26
8:00 Theresa Piatt
12:10 +Jack Dazzo req. Pinto Family
Wednesday, October 27
8:00 Sister Mary Rose Gallagher C.S.J. req. Marie Carr
12:10 In honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary req. Fabiola C.
Thursday, October 28
8:00 Theresa Rovegno
12:10 +Victoria Santagata req. Giannitti Family
Friday, October 29
8:00 +John Maloney req. wife Mary
12:10 +Maureen Sieler req. Thomas Kolenberg
Saturday, October 30
8:00 In honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus req. Fabiola C.
12:10 +For the deceased members of the Kolenberg & Cole Families req. Thomas Kolenberg

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. Our next meeting will be Sunday, November 14th.

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. Questions, contact Ferry Galbert 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies, 8th-12th grades. Questions, contact Beth Carpanzano at 203-975-0074.

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:
140 years ago, or so:
Oct. 28, 1870: “Ground has been broken for the foundation of the new Catholic Church on Atlantic St.”

100 years ago, or so:
Oct. 29, 1904: CATHOLIC CONVERTS: “In St. John’s R.C. Church, this evening, 14 converts will be baptized into the Roman Catholic faith. This is one result of the mission which has been conducted for two weeks past by the Franciscan fathers, and which will be brought to a close tomorrow evening with a great religious rally, as one of the missioners announced it. The conversion of 14 non-Catholics is only an incident of the work that has been accomplished by the mission in arousing interest in religious work. The church has been crowded to the doors at every service, and the number of communicants is already numbered in the thousands, and will be further increased tomorrow. It was thought the attendance at the men’s mission, this week, would not be very large, owing to the excitement of the campaign, with two caucuses being held, and an important rally. The men, however, turned out in even larger numbers than the women. Last Monday night, when the Democratic primaries were held, there was about as large a congregation at the mission service as there was Sunday night. Aside from in the evening, the largest attendance has been at the service at 5 in the morning. Non-Catholics who would get up at that hour and come down to Atlantic Square would see something which would remove any idea they may have regarding the lack of religious devotion in these days. Getting up at 4 in the morning is a pretty good test of one’s religious interest and for a week past , upwards of 1,500 Stamford men have been doing it. The closing service of the mission tomorrow evening, promises to be very interesting.”

50 years ago, or so:
Oct. 31, 1960: Bishop Confirms Adult Class of 74: “The Most Rev. Lawrence J. Shehan, Bishop of Bridgeport, confirmed an adult class of 48 men and 26 women Sunday night at St. John’s Catholic Church. The Bishop was assisted by his secretary and assistant chancellor, the Rev. John. J. Toomey, D.D. The preacher was the Very Rev. Msgr. Patrick F. Donnelly, pastor of St. Clement’s Church. (EDITOR’S NOTE: The Rev. John Toomey and the Rev. Patrick Donnelly were both vocations from St. John’s Parish.)

The Holy Souls in Purgatory – Fr Terry Walsh
The Solemnity of All Saints on November 1st is followed by The Commemoration of All the Souls of the Faithful Departed, “All Souls.” Purgatory, of course, is a gift of Mercy. Souls who are not yet worthy to enter Heaven undergo the merciful grace of purification due to ‘temporal punishment’ so that they will indeed be made clean and then be worthy to stand in the Presence of God in the company of all the Angels and Saints. The Church teaches us: “All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven”(ccc). In other words, those who live holy lives here on earth, seeking to keep the Commandments and remain in the ‘state of grace’ through Confession and prayer, will be drawn into the beatitude of Heaven, but may undergo some final purification before entering that blessed feast unstained. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the greatest prayer of the Church and has of course the greatest efficacy for ‘speeding the journey’ of those undergoing purification. What a tremendous blessing to have a Mass offered for the Souls in Purgatory. On “All Souls” day, the Priest is allowed to celebrate 3 Masses. Christmas is the only other day of the year when the Priest is extended that privilege; however, for reasons of pastoral necessity, it often happens that the priest will offer more than one Mass on a given day because there are not enough priests to meet the needs of the people. We may offer intercession for the Holy Souls in other ways too, such as various devotions (Rosary, Seven Sorrows, Divine Mercy Chaplet) as well as other prayers and sacrifices.

We read in the Book of Job that Job sought to intercede for his sons by offering sacrifices for them with the hope that God would have mercy upon his family in this life and keep them on the path of holiness. We read in Job 1:5: “….Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all; for Job said, ‘It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts’.” Likewise, our prayers are just as efficacious for the ‘immortal souls’ of the dead. Our intercession helps speed their journey from purification to beatitude. Take into account the words of St. John Chrysostom, “Let us help and commemorate them. If Job’s sons were purified by their father’s sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.”

Consider, too, Judas Maccabees in the Old Testament who took up a collection to provide an offering on behalf of the dead: “For if he were not expecting that those who had fallen would rise again, it would have been superfluous and foolish to pray for the dead. But if he was looking to the splendid reward that is laid up for those who fall asleep in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought. Therefore he made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin”(2 Maccabees 12:44).

The Preface of the Liturgy of the Eucharist for The Commemoration of the Souls of All the Faithful Departed is an act of faith and love. It expresses our sure and certain hope that those who faithfully followed our Lord here on earth will one day be with Him in Heaven, forever.

In Him, who rose from the dead, our hope of resurrection dawned. The sadness of death gives way to the bright promise of immortality. Lord, for your faithful people life is changed, not ended. When the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death we gain an everlasting dwelling place in heaven.