For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday July 10, 2011

Pastor’s Corner. . . July 16th is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, an important day for Saint John’s, since Pope Benedict XVI raised our parish to the dignity of a minor basilica on July 16, 2009. The date is worth remembering because, as a minor basilica, Saint John’s has a special bond with the Holy Father, and unique spiritual privileges among the churches of the Diocese of Bridgeport, in that we can offer special plenary indulgences each year. Here are the dates when plenary indulgences may be obtained here at the Basilica:

—February 22nd: the day of the liturgical celebration of the title of minor basilica, and the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter;
—May 30th: The dedication date of the Church of Saint John in 1886;
—June 29th: Solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul;
—July 16th: Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the date of concession of the title of minor basilica granted Saint John’s in 2009;
—August 2nd: The Portiuncula, recalling Saint Francis of Assisi;
—November 2nd: All Soul’s Day;
—December 27th: The patronal feast day of Saint John the Evangelist;
—December 31st: The New Year: public recitation of the Te Deum;
—Unique to Saint John’s is that each parishioner may select one other personal day each year on which to receive the basilica’s plenary indulgence;
—The local bishop may determine another special day each year.
A plenary indulgence is a favor granted by the Church through the merits of Jesus, who removes, either partially or completely [plenary], the temporal punishment remaining for sins that have been forgiven in Confession. The Church, as the minister of Christ’s graces, grants these to faithful Catholics willing to perform a public act of devotion: in this case, by visiting the Basilica on the days noted above, reciting an Our Father and the Creed for the intention of the pope; receiving Holy Communion on the day of the indulgence, and having gone to Confession at least 20 days prior to or following the day the indulgence is sought. One must be free from all attachment to sin in order to receive an indulgence.
Please take advantage of the Basilica’s special bond with the Holy Father, by visiting on the above noted special days, beginning with July 16th, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and by piously working for these blessings, and praying for the Holy Father. By our actions of faith and charity, we show our desire to become more like Our Lord, whose graces we receive in the sacraments and by our charitable actions, transform us. —-Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Louise Morello, Vera Benna, Lily Ann O’Connell, Ed Nemcheck, Jo Darling, Thomas Mahala, Titina Tarantino, Richard Ridge, Mario Stano, Mark Ferris, Marie Maddox, Barbara Schueger, Terry Cooke, Stacey, Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Corrine Mattson, Billy Therriault, Kathleen Nichols, Millie Maida, Joseph Hlavaty, Rev. Carlos Antonio Mesa, Corrie Evans, Shirly Mailhot, Roledonne Samedi.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Mildred J. Fiore, Tana Sibilio, Dr. Bela Szele, Audrey Reda, Helen Pataky, William Kilcoyne, Jr., Matilda “Tillie” Sisca, Giuseppina Docimo, Adelaide Velanzano, Aura Piedra, Jeanne & Andy Robustelli, Mary Ferrara, Genoveffa Melchionno, Cynthia Callahan, Teresa Angelini, Natale Sposato, Joseph George Terenzio, Elizabeth Gross, Natalie Ryan, Soreida Mendez, Dr. Elaine Parliman, Jack Mahan, Pat Civitillo, Dr. Erlman, Robert Monahan, 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.

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

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light Memorial. . . Special Intentions Ann and Jo.

Repainting the Church. . . Currently we have $549,133.00 pledged. 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. Please lend us a hand.

Monday Evening Holy Hour . . . Monday nights 7-8:00 pm for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Rosary in the church. Next Hour: July 11th at 7 p.m.

Banns of Marriage: Banns III:
Martine Jean-Rene & Keith Britt
Dario Marras & Michelina Docimo
Joseph Martin & Helen Duffy
Halina Prerna Jones and Ashwin Jayaraman

Brides in 2012. . . The church interior will be covered in scaffolding beginning October 10th: the sanctuary to the aisle crossing until Christmas 2011; from the aisle crossing to the front door through mid-June, 2012. Please plan accordingly.

The Civil War, Reconstruction and Construction: St. John’s, 1861-1886:
This parish historic exhibit traces the contribution of Saint John’s parishioners during the Civil War, displaying Civil War artifacts from both the Stamford Historical Society and the parish archives; the development of Catholic life in Stamford following the War; and the work of one of our parishioners, John Ennis, Union Army veteran, architect and builder of the upper church dedicated on May 30, 1886. This exhibit will be offered in the Rectory through July 31st:
Mondays-Fridays, 9:00 am. until 4:30 pm: just ring the bell;
Saturdays and Sundays BY appointment:
Please call the rectory (324-1553, ext 11 or 21).
School groups, seniors’ groups and all are welcome. There is no charge.

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Please accept my thanks to all who made contributions to assist Bishop Lori and the Diocese by your generosity. We are now over the $85,000.00 parish goal: please consider making your pledge to the parish, now, so we can begin the church repainting project. God bless you all.

Sunday July 3, 2011 $ 11,607.21
Sunday July 4, 2010 $ 11,160.56

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

July 17th Sunday Readings: Wis 12:13, 16-19; Rom 8:26-27; Mt 13:24-33.

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, July 12th.

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.

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.

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).

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:

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: Monday July 25th.

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

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . Will not meet during the summer. See you in September.

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

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, July 9, 2011
4:00 +John and Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Sexton Young
Sunday, July 10, 2011
7:30 +Irene Medwed 7th Anniversary req. DeVivo & Munro Families
8:30 +Avelina Carpio req. Cecilia Carpio
10:00 +Joseph and Effie Ramos req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
12:00 +Marie Osterman req. Maria and Tony Marchetti
5:00 Souls in Purgatory req. John Marciano
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, July 11, 2011
8:00 People of the Parish
12:10 +James Henson req. John and Laura Pascale
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Anthony D’Ariano
12:10 +Anne Pezzini req. Laura and John Pascale
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
8:00 +Theron and Lena Carr req. Marie Carr
12:10 +Roseann D’Amico req. Erin and Dominic
Thursday, July 14, 2011
8:00 Special Intentions Rev. A. Pecaric req. Marion Morris
12:10 Special Intentions Rego Family req. The Latin Translation Group
Friday, July 15, 2011
8:00 St. John’s Priests req. St. John’s Home School Group
12:10 +Patrick Dandry req. Laura and John Pascale
Saturday, July 16, 2011
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. the Marchetti Family
12:10 Intentions of the Holy Father, 2nd Anniversary of Basilica

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 after the 5pm mass, 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. Ferry at 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies, 8th-12th grades. Beth 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 members’ homes. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Will not meet during the summer. See you in September.

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 Sunday 10 a.m. Mass is ended for the summer. Will start again in September.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
130 years ago, or so:
July 15, 1881: Lecture on the Irish Struggle.
“Rev. Father O’Connor, who has just crossed the Atlantic from Ireland, will deliver a lecture in the Town Hall, next Monday evening, July 16th, under the auspices of the Stamford branch of the Land League. In the course of the lecture the patriotic priest will give a description of the state of affairs at present in Ireland. Rev. Father Rogers will preside. The lecture will commence at 8 o’clock. All friends of liberty and justice for every nation and people the wide world over, are invited to hear the case of the struggling millions of Ireland plainly and truthfully stated. Admission 25 cents. Reserved seats 35 cents. Tickets can be secured from either John O’Mahoney, James Byrnes, Patrick Hanrahan, John Moore, John T. Gavin or Joseph Guider, Executive Committee.”

75 years ago, or so:
July 15, 1936: Boy Scout Camp Well and Happy. “Despite severe thunder storms and the subsequent close atmosphere, the campers at Camp Toquam, the official camp of the Stamford Council of Boy Scouts, at Goshen, Conn., are well and happy, it is reported by Dr. Douglas A. Milward, Scout Executive and acting camp director in the absence of A. Wilson Beeny, who is in Vermont. At a court of honor held on Sunday afternoon, several campers qualified for merit badges and James Glenn of Troop 3, Old Greenwich, and Craig Kellog, of Troop 22, St. John’s R.C. Church, Stamford, were promoted to Star and Life Scout, respectively. Robert Lee of Troop 22, Stamford, passed the second-class tests.”

100 years ago, or so:
July 14, 1911: Young Folks of St. John’s Catholic Church at North Beach. “The Sunday-school of St. John’s Catholic Church had a delightful excursion, yesterday, on the steamer Victor. The objective point of the party was North Beach. Leaving Waterside, at 9 in the morning, the party arrived at the Beach in due season and remained there until 2:40 p.m. At the amusement place, the voyagers had lunch, after which they went hither and yon to the different attractions, others disporting on the sands and in the briny. Then tired, but happy, they boarded the Victor and she started for home. Boys’ choir members, altar boys, and girls’ choir and Sisters were among those who comprised the party. The excursion was in charge of Rev. N. P. Coleman.”

The Patristics
The Writings of the Early Saints of the Church
“The Letter speaks of deeds; Allegory to faith; the Moral how to act; Anagogy our destiny.” – Medieval couplet (CCC 118)– Fr. Terry Walsh
My first introduction to the “Early Fathers of the Church” better known as “The Patristics” occurred as I was reading through Bible Commentary trying to better understand a particular passage. Suddenly, the meaning became clear, much easier to comprehend. I began to see that the Scriptures could be read in many different ways, or what the Church calls the “Spiritual Sense.” The Catechism explains the various ways of reading the Bible and helps us understand the differences between the Literal and the Spiritual Senses. In Part I of the Catechism, we read (numbers 115-118):
“According to an ancient tradition, one can distinguish between two senses of Scripture: the Literal and the Spiritual, the latter being subdivided into the Allegorical, Moral, and Anagogical Senses. The profound concordance of the four senses guarantees all its richness to the living reading of Scripture in the Church. The LITERAL SENSE is the meaning conveyed by the words of Scripture and discovered by exegesis, following the rules of sound interpretation: ‘All other senses of Sacred Scripture are based on the Literal(St. Thomas Aquinas)’. The SPIRITUAL SENSE: Thanks to the unity of God’s plan, not only the text of Scripture but also the realities and events about which it speaks can be signs. The ALLEGORICAL SENSE: We can acquire a more profound understanding of events by recognizing their significance in Christ; thus the crossing of the Red Sea is a sign or type of Christ’s victory and also of Christian Baptism(see also 1 Corinthians 10:2). The MORAL SENSE: The events reported in Scripture ought to lead us to act justly. As St. Paul says, they were written ‘for our instruction’(1 Corinthians 10:11 and also Hebrews 3-4:11). The ANAGOGICAL SENSE: (Greek: anagoge; ‘leading’): We can view realities and events in terms of their eternal significance, leading us toward our true homeland: thus the Church on earth is a sign of the heavenly Jerusalem(Revelation 21:1 – 22:5).”
The Patristics seem to soar in their spiritual insights of Sacred Scripture. What a truly rich history we enjoy in the Catholic Church. Each generation building upon the insights and reflections of the previous generations -one beautiful insight seems to spark another – like wildfire. We begin to see the amazing depth of the Scriptures and we’re able to apply them to our own lives – our work, our play, our joys and our sorrows, in a whole new way. There are many wonderful books available that unveil the meditations of these great Saints. For instance, there is a series of books called Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture published by Intervarsity Press. Each volume considers the various points of view from a select number of Patristics for each and every chapter of the Bible. Another Four Volume Set concerns itself only with the four Gospels: The Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers by Ignatius Press. The Sacra Pagina series (published by The Liturgical Press) offers still another glimpse into the meditations of the Patristics. In all cases, the faithful benefit from the prayerful reflections of such greats as St. Augustine, St. Leo the Great, St. John Chrysostom, St. Bernard, St. Gregory the Great, St. Gregory Nyssa, St. Basil the Great, and the list goes on and on. If perhaps you prefer a mix of Saints that span the centuries (rather than those of the fist few centuries), you might enjoy the Navarre Bible Commentary Series which offers commentary from both the Patristics as well as such greats as St. Teresa of Alvia, St. John of the Cross, St. Therese of Lisieux, Blessed Pope John Paul II and other recent Popes, as well as the Faculty of Theology from Navarre University (English version published by Four Courts Press, Dublin, Ireland). I would also recommend a daily reflection book comprised of the meditations of the Patristics on a wide variety of topics concerning the spiritual life entitled: A Year with the Church Fathers, edited by Mike Aquilina and published by St. Benedict Press. It is a wonderful prayer book. There are of course many very good Bible Commentaries available to us today, but the insights of the Early Saints of the Church hold a special place in helping to develop the Theology of our Faith. St. Augustine, for instance, is known as The Doctor of Grace and The Doctor of the Trinity because of the exceptional work he did concerning these aspects of our faith. These volumes are readily available at any Catholic Bookstore and certainly Online. What wonderful additions they would make to a family library to help develop a wonderful appreciation for the Scriptures and the joy of deepening the understanding of our faith. There is a real communion between the saints as well. In a very real way, it’s a bit like having a conversation with the Church Triumphant.