For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin For Sunday January 16, 2011

Pastor’s Corner. . . As the New Year begins, Fathers Walsh, Audette and I have been speaking about parish programs and schedules.
           The parish now has one of the most ambitious lists of educational, spiritual, musical and charitable programs of any parish in Fairfield County or in the State of Connecticut. I would be grateful for any suggestions parishioners might have for other parish initiatives.
During the past months, there have been some parishioners who suggested expanding the weekend Mass schedule. To that end, we are considering beginning a Sunday afternoon Mass at 5:00  p.m. There is no parish in Stamford offering a Sunday afternoon Mass. Because of this, our providing a Mass might attract more people to the parish, as well as supply for the needs of many who must work on the  weekends, or who are occasionally away on weekends, and who might not be able to attend the regular Sunday morning Masses.
The 5:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon Mass would be in English, but be without music or elaborate ceremony: it would be similar to the present 7:30 a.m. Sunday Mass: No Frills, just a basic Sunday Mass, complete with the usual brilliant [?] homily, lasting approximately 30-35 minutes. The time for the Mass would be limited because the Haitian Community has their Mass at 6:00 p.m. Since few people attend that Mass, there should be little parking difficulty.
The second change in the Mass schedule that we are considering is the addition of another Sunday Mass: an 8:30 a.m. Latin Mass. Over the years there have been a few parishioners who have expressed an interest in attending a Mass in the Extraordinary Form, as reinstituted a few years ago by Pope Benedict XVI. The 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning Latin Mass would be a low Mass without music: No Frills, just a basic Low Mass in Latin, complete with the usual brilliant [?] homily.  These Masses will be offered by Father Walsh and myself.
As you may recall, we offered a Sunday Latin Mass, with full choir, for three years soon after my arrival at Saint John’s 13 years ago. We began with a strong attendance—over 300  each week for the first months.  But, for some reason, that number steadily dropped until only a handful of people came. I am hoping that we can attract many of our parishioners, as well as people from around the Stamford area, to attend the Latin Mass regularly. Once we begin the Sunday Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form, the present Tuesday morning Latin Masses would be discontinued.
Confessions would not be heard prior to these two new Masses, especially since we hear Confessions each day of the week before each weekday Mass and each Sunday Mass, with Saturday Confessions offered from 3-4:00 p.m.
I think we would begin both Masses on the First Sunday of  Lent, which is March 13th. The continuance of these Masses would depend upon a goodly number of people in regular attendance. After a few months as a trial period, say by November 20, 2011, the Solemnity of Christ the King, we should be in a position to re-evaluate if these Masses should continue. If they supply a real need of our parishioners and others in Stamford, I will be delighted to offer them, as will Fathers Audette and Walsh.  If no one shows up, then, obviously, we won’t need them, and they will be discontinued. We’re willing to try new ideas.
Please feel free to contact me personally, or by phone or email, to give me your ideas and thoughts, especially about these proposed Masses. God bless you and your families.
—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Kyaiera Mistretta, Millie Maida, Joseph Hlavaty, Doreen & Courtney Harry, Dr. Elaine Parliman, Tom Timon, Bill Skidd, Rev. Carlos Antonio Mesa, Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Doreen Harry, Corrine Mattson, Billy Therriault, Adriana & Noelle Quinones, Corrie Evans, Joseph J. Lasko, Shirly Mailhot, Roledonne Samedi, Maurice Babe Ruggiero,  Marlene Stern, Isabella Baptiste, Aileen Bainton, Jamie Chapin, Angela Bonneau, Emily Turturino. 

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . James Bosilevas, Robert Lockhart, Luis Vericat, Fransoice Simon, Rose Pavia, Margaret Smegal, Bill Cody, John Donaher, Shirley Piacenza, Sheila Lockhart, James Andersen, Domineco Gentile, Alma Vota, Ben DeSalvo, Sue Richard, June Lambiase, Robert D’Aquila, Kevin Sutton, Catherine McVey Hanley Smith.

Monthly Collection . . . The second collection today will be the monthly collection for the parish.  Your generosity is appreciated.

Monday Evening Holy Hour . . . Monday nights 7-8:00 pm for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Rosary in the church. Next Hour: January 17th at 7 p.m.

Memorial Votive Lights . . . The two votive lights at the shrine of Saint Peter, and the one before the icon of Mary Protectress of the Roman People, may be memorialized each week for the intention or in memory of a loved onefor a donation of $20.00 per candle.  The memorials will be published in the bulletin. Please call Cindy at ext. 21, between 9AM-1:30PM.

Protectress of Rome Votive Light Memorial . . .Special intentions for Ann and Matthew Borkowski req. Michael Borkowski.

Saint Peter Votive Lights Memorial. . . The two votive lights are in memory of Dr. Gerard Sava req. The Sava Family.

R.C.I.A. classes. . . in the Rectory on Tuesday nights at 7:30pm.
Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . Will meet each Wednesday at 7:30PM in the rectory, and each Wednesday of the month to read the letters of Pope Saint Gregory the Great, led by Father Richard Futie, Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish. All are welcome to what should be fun!!

Latin Reading Group. . .Wednesdays at 6:15 pm in the Rectory.
Hebrew Grammar Class. . .Thursdays at 5:30 pm in the rectory. This is for beginners.

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

Bible Study. . . Meets each Thursday at 7 p.m. in the rectory to study the Book of Revelation and Acts of the Apostles.  See Schedule of Events on the Parish Website for dates.

Grant Writers. . . The next meeting of the Parish Grant Writers will be Monday, January 24th at 7:30 pm in the rectory. Please bring your notes and experimental work to the meeting.

Parish Tour Guides. . . I’ll be contacting you all this week to begin scheduling our training meetings through January and February: please study the Basilica Self-guide Brochure.

Sunday January 9, 2011 $ 14,144.00
Sunday January 10, 2010 $ 11,832.77

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

January 23rd Sunday Readings: Is 8:23-9:3-1; 1 Cor 1:10-13, 17; Mt 4:12-23.

Latin Mass. . .  Fr. Cyprian LaPastina will offer the Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. here at Saint John’s; the next Mass is  Tuesday, January  18th .

Basilica Self-guided Tours. . . Please pick up a Basilica self-guided tour booklet at the church entrances, give it a try, following the enclosed map of the Basilica, and let me know what you think. This is one of a number of efforts to prepare the Basilica for pilgrimage groups and visitors beginning this summer.

March for Life. . . Monday, January 24th: the Sisters of Life are sponsoring a bus for those who would like to join them on a day trip to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life, the national protest on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. The bus will leave Saint John’s parking lot at 5:30 a.m. PROMPTLY. If you are interested, please call Sr. Bernadette Therese at 203-416-1445 or  There is a cost of $55.00 per person, and this is for adults.

Foundation Grants. . . The parish has begun work to secure funding for various parish projects and programs. Before our committee begins contacting foundations, I ask all parishioners to lend a hand: if anyone  has personal contacts or involvement with any corporations, foundations, endowments or other grant providing institutions, I would be grateful if you would contact me. Personal relationships always are helpful, so if you know anyone on the board of a foundation or charity, or if you are involved in making such decisions for such charitable entities, please give me a call. Thanks very much.  Mons. DiGiovanni

Mark your calendar. . . Saturday, May 7th: Join us for the Kentucky Derby in the Monsignor Nagle Hall for an evening of fun, chance, good food, great music, and prizes.  We’ll watch the race on jumbo screens, the ladies in huge Derby hats and with mint julips to boot! This will be our major fundraising event of the year, the proceeds of which will be used to help repaint the rest of the church interior. Come join us for the fun, and bring friends: details to follow.

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,

Job Seekers . . . Meets the 4th Monday of each month in the rectory at 7:30 pm: all are welcome. Topics: job interviewing, writing of resumes, networking and job seeking strategies. There is no charge for these services. Next meeting: January 24th.

Mass Intentions
Denotes Deceased
Saturday, January 15
  4:00 +Pericles Jean Phillipe req. daughter

Sunday, January 16

  7:30 + Frances Delaney 3rd Anniversary req. Arthur J. Wargo

10:00 + Elvira Casillo req. Frank and Beth Carpanzano

12:00 + Maria Paeziosi 18th Anniversary req. her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren

  6:00    Special Intentions Shelley Wuellner req. English Family

Monday, January 17

  8:00   Thanksgiving req. Thang Nguyen

12:10 + Stella Bodan req. John and Laura Pascale

Tuesday, January 18

  8:00 + James Grady req. Ed Grady

12:10 + Victoria Santagata req. Angela Giannitti

Wednesday, January 19

  8:00 + Rosemary Matthews req. Michelle Koetke

12:10 + Delores Fox req. Catherine Longo

Thursday, January 20

  8:00 + Jean Stobbie req. Anthony & Carolyn Conte

12:10   Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.

Friday, January 21

  8:00 + Don Russell req. Thomas Walsh

12:10 + Marjorie O’Kane req. Ed Nemchek

Saturday, January 22

 8:00 + Karl & Louise Wilk req. Suzanne Kremheller 

12:10   For an end to legalized abortion req. Priests of the Parish 

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 9:30 a.m.

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

St. Anne’s 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.

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 next Sunday the 23rd in the rectory after the 12 PM Mass. Questions, please 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.  Book of Revelation and Acts of the Apostles.

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.

Introduction to Hebrew. . . Thursdays at 5:30 pm in the rectory, beginning January 13th.

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

St. John’s in The ADVOCATE:

115 years ago, or so:
Jan. 20, 1894:  BISHOP TIERNEY. Mgr. Satolli Receives the Bulls. He Officially Notifies Father Tierney.  “After many rumors and reports and counter reports, it is definitely settled that Rev. Father Tierney of New Britain has been chosen to succeed the late Bishop McMahon. We can imagine no choice that could have given greater satisfaction to the clergy and people of the diocese of Hartford. It is the first time, in several generations, that the bishop has been taken from among our own clergymen, but is has been well worth waiting for since the honor of the first selection was to come to one so well fitted, from every point of view, to wear the purple.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: The Reverend Michael Tierney was Pastor of St. John’s from 1874 to 1876.)

50 years ago, or so:
Jan. 19, 1960: Stamford Native To Be Received In Priesthood. Two To Be Candidates For Holy Orders In Rites At St. John’s.  “The Rev. Mr. Charles Francis Richter of 60 Grant Ave., son of the late Mrs. Regina Nurney Richter, will be ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood at St. John’s Church, Stamford, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 2. The ordination ceremonies, believed to be the first ever held in a Roman Catholic Church in Stamford, will be conducted by the Most Rev. Lawrence J. Shehan, D.D., Bishop of Bridgeport, who will administer the Sacrament of Holy Orders to the Rev. Mr. Richter and to the Rev. Mr. John B. Giuliani of Greenwich.”

45 years ago, or so:
Jan. 16, 1964:  Bishop Curtis Will Officiate At Scout Event.  “The 11th annual Ad Altare Dei award presentation, sponsored by the Catholic Youth Organization of the Diocese of Bridgeport, will be held Feb. 1, at the Holy Name Church. The awards will be presented by the Most Rev. Walter W. Curtis, Bishop of Bridgeport. The Alfred W. Dater Council is the host council for the affair, and it is under the direction of the Rev. Alfred J. Sienkiewicz, Catholic Scout chaplain and arranged by the Catholic Scout Committee. Scout candidates for the Ad Altare Dei award must be of first-class rank and must have prepared themselves through a series of religious instructions under the direction of their local troop chaplain, after which they must pass a board of review. Those scouts who successfully passed the board of review are Daniel J. Moriarity, Patrick J. Moriarity, and Daniel E. Shaub, Troop 22, St. John’s Church.”

Choose Life…
– Fr. Terry Walsh
“I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice, and cleaving to Him…” (Deuteronomy 30:19).
Choose life…
We must recognize that the path to eternal happiness within the Holy Trinity is a path we choose to take. Each of us is given the choice. We each have immortal souls and we are meant to live in God – but He does not force us to live in Him. Our decisions in this life determine where we live eternally. The Council Fathers of Vatican II put it this way: “Let all be convinced that human life and its transmission are realities whose meaning is not limited by the horizons of this life only: their time evaluation and full meaning can only be understood in reference to man’s eternal destiny.”
Sadly, our Culture rejects the gift of life – it rejects the Commandments – it has made itself ‘god’. And yet, consider what God has revealed to us: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you…”(Jeremaih 1:5); or again in the Gospel of Luke: “For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy”(Lk 1:44). The Psalmist, too, sings of the wonder and magnificence of the human person created in the image and likeness of its Creator: “For Thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mother’s womb…Thou knowest me right well; my frame was not hidden from thee, when I was being made in secret…”(Psalm 139!).
God created us in His Image when He breathed the breath of life into us – creating us body and soul – a life that begins at conception. He included freedom in His plan – that we might freely choose to love Him, that we would choose the blessing and receive life. But do we contemplate the wonder of His love and marvel at His infinite goodness?
We are tragically caught up in a “Culture of Death’ – a culture that proclaims its independence from God, following in the footsteps of Adam. He willfully separated Himself from God. He tumbled out of Paradise and the State of Grace and found himself crawling in the dust. Why? God gave him life and, of course, every other gift and blessing in the State of Grace. But Adam took his eye off the ball. His pride got the better of him. Pride has a terrible effect on a soul meant for love. Adam thought ‘he knew better.’ Fast forward to our world today. We live in a culture of moral relativism that celebrates the right to kill what God has brought to life, violating the very commandments that lead to life.
Abortion, Destruction of Embryos, Euthanasia, Eugenics – the list goes on – all done in the so-called name of scientific advancement for ‘the benefit’ of mankind.” Has the subtle snake desensitized our moral and spiritual radar? Have we willfully turned away from God and embraced instead the culture of man? Neither Science nor Public Opinion has any power of absolution, yet it presumes this power. It calls evil (abortion, etc) good and ignores the consequences. It is utterly incomprehensible. Have we lost our way? Has science and technology been commandeered? Have we lost our moral compass and bitten the apple?
Again, the Second Vatican Council beautifully encapsulates our true relationship with God: “The dignity of man rests above all on the fact that he is called to communion with God. The invitation to converse with God is addressed to man as soon as he comes into being. For if man exists it is because God created him through love, and through love continues to hold him in existence. He cannot love fully according to Truth unless he freely acknowledges that love and entrusts himself to his Creator.” Choose life….
Our Lord calls us to share in His Divine Life. We enter that door at Baptism and are nourished with the Eucharist. He heals us of our sins in Confession. He thirsts for our love.