For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday May 8, 2011

Pastor’s Corner. . . These are reflections on Christ’s saving work on the Cross and in the Resurrection, which remain with His Church throughout the ages, and whose power is transmitted to us daily in the Sacraments:

“The Passover we now celebrate is the source of salvation for everyone, beginning with Adam, who is saved and brought to life. The great men and women and temporal events of the old covenant of Moses were images and prefigurations of eternal realities, and their purpose was to foreshadow the truth that has now come in Christ. Once the truth is present its images must yield their place; when the king is present, no one bows to his statue.
“It is clear how inferior the image is to the truth, the old Passover to the new one of Christ, for the old celebrated the short life given to the Hebrew first-born children, while the new celebrates eternal life given to every man and woman. It is no great thing to escape death for a brief season if one must shortly die nonetheless; but it is truly a great thing to escape death entirely. That is the good fortune of those for whom Christ has died as Passover Victim.
“The very name of the feast manifests its excellence, at least if we look at the realities to which the name points. For ‘Pasch’ means the ‘passing over’; the destroyer who was striking the first-born Egyptians passed over the Hebrew homes, while still more truly has he passed over us, for he left us untouched who have been raised by Christ to eternal life.
“What does it signify that the Passover and preservation of the first-born marked the beginning of the Hebrew year? It points to the fact that Christ’s true paschal sacrifice on the Cross is the beginning of eternal life. The year, after all, is the symbol of eternity, for it is a closed and ever-revolving circle, never coming to a halt. At the beginning of the year, then, Christ, Father of the world to come, was offered in sacrifice for us, and cancelling our former life, gave us a new and unending life through the bath of rebirth in Baptism, in which we were assimilated to his death and resurrection.
“Let each of us, then, strive truly to begin a new life and not return to the old one of sin, whose end has come. For ‘if we are dead to sin, how is it possible for us to live in it?’” [Easter Homily of the Early Church]

“The Son of God has taken human nature so closely to himself that one and the same Christ consists not only of that Man himself who is the First-born of every creature, but of all his saints as well. As the Head cannot be separated from the members of the Body [the Church], neither can the m embers be separated from the Head.
“Although it is said of eternal life and not of our earthly estate that God is all in all, yet he dwells even now in his temple, the Church, as he promised: ‘I am with you all days, even to the end of the world.’ All that God’s Son did and taught, therefore, to reconcile the world to the Father is not simply a fact of history, but a present and operative reality. Himself born of the Virgin by the Spirit’s power, He now makes His spotless Church fruitful through the same Spirit, and she bears countless children to God in the birth of Baptism. Of these children it is written: ‘They are born, not of flesh and blood or of human desire, but of God.’ He it is who, excluding none, forms all the nations of the earth into one holy flock and daily fulfills his promise to gather all his sheep. Though he said to Blessed Peter above all others, ‘Feed my sheep,’ the Lord Himself is everyone’s Shepherd. He so strengthens them with His love that, as He did not hesitate to die for them, they do not hesitate to die for Him.
“For, if we share the Body and Blood of Christ, we are assimilated to what we eat and drink. In all circumstances we will show forth in body and soul the images of Him in whom and with whom we died and were buried and rose to new life.” [Pope Saint Leo the Great, Sermon 12 on the Passion]

“The heavenly sacrifice of the Mass which Christ established is truly the inheritance-gift of the new covenant, left us as pledge of His presence. It is provision for our journeying through this world until we come face to face with God.
“He wanted His blessings to abide with us and desired that our souls, redeemed by His priceless blood, should become ever more holy and bear more fully the likeness of His Passion. Therefore, He bade His Apostles, the first priests of the Church, to celebrate unceasingly these mysteries of eternal life. They and all the faithful would thus, to the end of time, have daily before their eyes the symbol of Christ’s suffering; bearing it in their hands and taking it into their mouths and hearts, they would be unable to forget the redemption wrought for them.” [St. Gaudentius of Brescia, Treatise 2] —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Natalie Ryan, Mark Ferris, Marie Maddox, Barbara Schueger, Bernadette Jachimczyk, Terry Cooke, Christina Wright, Stacey, Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Corrine Mattson, Billy Therriault, Tana Sibilio, Kathleen Nichols, Millie Maida, Joseph Hlavaty, Rev. Carlos Antonio Mesa, Corrie Evans, Shirly Mailhot, Roledonne Samedi.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Soreida Mendez, Dr. Elaine Parliman, Jack Mahan, Dr. Elaine Parliman, Pat Civitillo, Dr. Erlman, Robert Monahan, Jeanne Dora Robustelli, Asst. Police Chief Francis Cronin, Babe Ruggiero, Mrs. Schuyler-Jones, Theodore Brutus, E. Gaynor Brennan, Jr., Mother Lillian Cairo, P.O.S.C., Dr. Raymond Gabriele, Harold John Frost, Dorothy Davis, William Loughlin, Courtney Harry, Beauvais Buissereth, Violette Leclerc, Jamie Chapin, Joseph J. Lasko, James Bosilevas, Robert Lockhart, Luis Vericat, Fransoice Simon, Rose Pavia, Margaret Smegal, Bill Cody, John Donaher, Shirley Piacenza, Sheila Lockhart.

Easter Duty. . . Each Catholic is obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once yearly, during the Easter Season (Easter, April 24—Pentecost, June12). One should also go to Confession at least once yearly, as well, in order to worthily receive the Body and Blood of Our Lord.

Monday Evening Holy Hour . . . Monday nights 7-8:00 pm for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Rosary in the church. Next Hour: May 9th 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 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 203-324-1553, ext. 21.

Parish Finance Council . . . Will meet on Thursday, May 19th at 7:30 pm in the rectory.

Repainting the Church. . . The cost will be $625,000. Currently we have $424,715 pledged. The work will be done by America’s premier John Canning Studio, whose artists restored Grand Central Station, Radio City Music Hall, scores of historic churches and government buildings throughout the country. I ask everyone’s help in this. The three parish priests are donating $1,000.00 each. If each individual or household would contribute $1,000, payable over 10 months, we’ll have it. Look at it this way: —that’s $100. per month, or $25. per week, or $3.57 per day, and we can do that. Please lend us a hand. All those who contribute at least $1,000. will have their family name publically recorded as a testimony to your generosity.

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Our parish goal to support the charitable and educational works of the diocese is $87,000. Currently we have $44,152.00 collected. Please help our Bishop.

Latin Reading Group. . .Wednesdays: 6:15 pm in the Rectory (reading ability required).

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . Will next meet each May Wednesday, at 7:30 pm in the Rectory, to read some of the works of Saint Augustine, offered by Lois Gandt, Ph.D.

Hebrew Beginners’ Grammar Class. . .Thursdays: 5:30 pm in the Rectory.

Biblical Greek Study Group. . .Thursdays: 6:30 pm in the Rectory (basic reading ability required).

Electronic Giving – Offertory Donations Made Easy…Consider using your credit card to make your weekly or monthly donation to St. John’s. Easier for you, and less costly for the parish than the printing and mailing of weekly envelopes, credit card giving automatically sends your weekly offering to the Basilica of St. John’s. Call the parish secretary (324-1553, ext. 21).

Stamford Catholic Schools. . . Are sponsoring a talk by Mary Ronan on: Helping Your Children Make Good Decisions. Tuesday, May 17th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm at St. Cecilia Church Hall. All are welcome. For more information, please call: 203-322-6505.

Sunday May 1, 2011 $ 15,621.79
Sunday May 2, 2010 $ 13,891.26
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

May 15th Sunday Readings: Acts 2:14a, 36-41; 1 Pt 2:20b-25; Jn 10:1-10.

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, May 10th.

Papal Blessings. . . The Basilica can now offer the service of providing papal blessings for parishioners. Please call the parish office for further information and speak with Cindy (203-324-1553, ext. 21).

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

St. John’s 20’s and 30’s “The Flock”….our new young adult group, offers social and community service activities. Meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the rectory. Doors open at 7:00 PM. (More info:

Malta House. . . The annual Malta House Gala on May 12, 2011 at the Stamford Yacht Club, honoring Albert J. Barber, KM, CEO of Catholic Charities. Congratulatory ads and messages are available in the souvenir journal. For reservations or journal ad pages, please contact Gwen Cotterell at Malta House at (203) 857-0088.

Greenwich Choral Society and the Westchester Choral Society . . . will present Dvorak’s Stabat Mater on Saturday, May 21st at 8 pm at Stamford’s Palace Theatre. For tickets: Stamford Center for the Arts: 203-325-4466 and mention the discount code (CHDIS), or, on their webpage click Use Discount and enter CHDIS. Info:

Vatican Choir. . . Is making its first USA tour, and will perform at the Palace Theater on Thursday, June 9th at 8:00 p.m. For tickets and information: 973-520-8951 or WWW.THECHOIR.IT

Handy Man. . . Need a truck for hire, clean-ups or dump runs, and someone to do the work? Call James Pipicelli, a member of the parish Holy Name Society: 203-550-4285.

Job Seekers . . . Meets the 4th Monday of each month in the rectory at 7:30pm: all are welcome. There is no charge for these services. The group is led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. For more info, see: or call her at 203-866-1606. Next meeting:May 23rd

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.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, May 7
4:00 +Rose Marie and Ubal Itri req. daughters
Sunday, May 8
7:30 For the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary req. Josephine Languedoc
8:30 +James Bosilevas req. Dorothy Keyes
10:00 Mothers of the Parish
12:00 +Lina DeVivo 52nd Anniversary req. DeVivo and Munro Families
5:00 +Melanie Tortora req. Francis Tortora
6:00 Special Intention Destin Pompee
Monday, May 9
8:00 +Teresa Nandera req. Scholastica Nabwire
12:10 +Phillip Rappa req. Terenzio family
Tuesday, May 10
8:00 +All Souls of Veterans req. The Bosilevas Family
12:10 +Frances A. Pouzar req. Ed Pouzar
Wednesday, May 11
8:00 +William Morris req. Mary Churley
12:10 Joseph Chiocchi req. Stamford RBC
Thursday, May 12
8:00 +Virginia and Eileen Carr Birthday Remembrance req. Marie Carr
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Friday, May 13
8:00 +Rose Howey req. Lisa and Darrell Ingram
12:10 Special Intentions James Cody
Saturday, May 14
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. The McAleer Family
12:10 +John and Rose Gaine req. Mary Bridget Gaine

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.

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets in the Church each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30a.m.

St. Anne’s Society . . .A family society which meets four times a year on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and prayer, supper, and a lecture in the church hall.

Pray to end Legalized Abortion . . . Wednesdays, 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. Info, contact Ferry Galbert 203-324-1553 ext. 22. Will next meet on Sunday, May 15th, in the rectory after the 12noon mass.

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

Bible Study…Has finished until September 2011; stay tuned for details.

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: all are welcome.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory: basic reading ability required.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory: basic reading ability required.

Introduction to Hebrew. . . Thursdays at 5:30 pm in the rectory: This is a true beginner’s class in grammar.

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

St. John’s in The NEWS:
100 years ago, or so:
May 15, 1911: Forty Hours’ Devotion. “Forty hours devotion began in St. John’s Catholic Church, yesterday. This devotion commemorates the period that intervened between the death of Christ on the cross and His resurrection. It began with celebration of the solemn mass and with a procession in which the Blessed Sacrament was carried, veiled, beneath a canopy, little girls in white going ahead strewing cut flowers and a choir of little boys chanting. The devotion will end with a solemn high mass, Tuesday evening.”

75 years ago, or so:
May 9, 1936: Mother’s Day to Be Noted Sunday In Churches Here. “At St. John’s R.C. Church, forty hours’ devotion will be observed in honor of the mothers of the parish, and the church will be decorated with flowers. Another Mothers Day observance will be the mother and daughter tea which will be held by the Children of Mary of St. John’s R.C. Church following a reception of new members into the Sodality at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the basement of the church. The tea will take place in the school hall.”

45 years ago, or so:
May 14, 1965: Bridgeport Sets May 22 Date. “Ten seminarians will be ordained for the Diocese of Bridgeport by Bishop Walter W. Curtis in ceremonies on Saturday, May 22, in St. Augustine Cathedral here at 10 a.m. Following are biographical sketches of those to be ordained: Rev. Stephen J. DeLuca: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph DeLuca, 40 Minivale Road, Springdale; born in Bronx, N.Y., June 30, 1939; educated at St. John’s School and St. Basil’s Preparatory School, Stamford; St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield; and Christ the King Seminary, St. Bonaventure, N.Y. Rev. John E. Hamernick: Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hamenick, 71 Strawberry Hill Avenue, Stamford; born in Stamford, March 8, 1939; educated at St. John’s School, Stamford; Fairfield College Preparatory School; St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield; and Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland.”

10 years ago, or so:
May 12, 2000 : Eight Metropolitan Opera singers will perform their favorite arias tomorrow night at St. John the Evangelist Church to benefit the six Catholic Regional schools of greater Stamford.”