For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday August 14, 2011

Pastor’s Corner. . . This week, please take a look at the last page of the bulletin for a synopsis of the parish financial report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011. Each parish in Fairfield County is audited once every two years, according to the financial regulations of the Diocese of Bridgeport. We have recently completed our parish audit, and are providing this report following this last successful audit.
The income has remained the same, more or less, while our expenses have been cut somewhat. The only real increase in the income is attributable to the generosity of the parishioners who have made cash donations for the repainting of the church interior. Those cash donations total approximately $300,000, which will not be spent until we begin the repainting of the church until October. That’s why it appears that we have so much money at the moment!
I am very grateful to all who have given to the church repainting project. We have nearly $565,000.00 pledged towards the cost of $629,000.00. I understand how much this is a sacrifice for so many, especially during these hard economic times, but I ask everyone to consider making a donation. As I’d mentioned last March when we began asking for your help for this project: if each household would contribute $1,000.00, payable by $100. for each of the next 10 months, then we would have the entire amount for the repainting job. Each of the priests has donated $1,000, and I hope everyone will join us to lend a hand.
While I had mentioned a few weeks ago that we were going to replace the entire walkway between the church and the rectory, that may have to wait, because we haven’t the entirety of those funds to begin the work right now. In September, we will have our parish Annual Collection: the money you donate to the church for that collection remains here at St. John’s—it is not taxed by the diocese. I would hope you would consider being generous so we can repair the church sidewalk soon, especially before the winter so that the walkway might not pose a problem for our parishioners, especially our seniors.
Please accept my thanks to you all for your continued generosity and support of our parish. God bless you all. — Monsignor DiGiovanni


I can’t believe the summer is nearly over! That being the case, this is an advertisement to give you some idea of a few of the upcoming programs and events to begin anew in the parish beginning September.

St. Monica Institute: This is a series of informal lectures based on readings (in English) of some of the most important theological works and saints of the early Church. The group meets Wednesday for one hour beginning at 7:30 pm in the rectory. If you are interested in learning more about your Catholic faith, this is the place for you. It costs nothing. Each month offers a new topic, and we simply read sections of the brief works and discuss them. The class may vary in number of those attending from 10 people to 40 people any given night. All are very welcome to join us. Our first lecture will begin on Wednesday, September 7th, and continue each Wednesday of the month: we will begin studying the biblical, patristic and archeological evidence about Saint Peter’s life and ministry in Rome. Trust me: it’s much more interesting than it sounds!!! So, come and give it a whirl. I’ll be leading the September classes, and I promise we’ll have some fun. Some of the other speakers during the year will be Father Richard Futie, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish; and Father Michael Novajowski, parochial vicar of Saint Jude Parish, Monroe. No need to call beforehand: just walk in the first front door of the rectory on Wednesday, September 7th and I’ll have you laughing in aisles and even learning a bit of history and theology to boot.
Likewise, beginning that first week of September, our language groups will resume meetings in the rectory: the Latin Reading Group meets at 6:15 pm on Wednesdays; the Hebrew Beginner’s Class meets on Thursday at 5:30 pm, and the Greek Reading Group meets on Thursday at 6:30 pm.
For some outdoor fun, please mark your calendars for the upcoming Parish Picnic:
Sunday, September 18th: at the Cove Beach Pavilion, beginning at 1:30 pm. The parish men of the Holy Name Society will do the cooking [supported, as always, by their lovely wives]: hotdogs, hamburgers, sausage and peppers, with oceans of soft drinks and mountains of sweets for all to enjoy: no charge. This one is on the parish. The beach is right there, as is a great sports field, swings for the little kids, and a great rollerblading course. Bring the whole family, and have some fun with the rest of the parish. All are welcome.
Just for general info: Religious Education classes begin on September 25th: summer IS over, gang.
Pick up one of the Parish Event Sheets, 2011/12 at the parish entrances to catch up on the rest of the year’s activities. God bless you. —-Monsignor DiGiovanni.

Please pray for the sick. . . Monica Dewey, Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Corrine Mattson, Billy Therriault, Sandra Maysied, Vincent Sharkey, Sr., Sr. Ellen Mary Doherty, C.S.J., 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, Kathleen Nichols, Millie Maida, Joseph Hlavaty, Rev. Carlos Antonio Mesa, Corrie Evans, Shirly Mailhot, Roledonne Samedi.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Morris Smith, Sr. Elizabeth Hart, R.S.M., Margaret Mary Cycon, 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.

August 15th . . . The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary IS NOT a holy day obligation this year. The usual Monday Mass schedule will be observed.

Monday Evening Holy Hour . . . Monday nights 7-8:00 pm for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Rosary in the church. Next Hour: Monday, August 15th at 7 p.m.

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light Memorial. . . In memory of Genoveffa Melchionno req. Giannitti family.

Repainting the Church. . . Currently we have $564,505.00 pledged towards a goal of $629,000.00. I ask everyone’s help. 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.

Church Saints. . . The Canning design for repainting the church interior includes the painting pictures of eight saints in shades of gray and white, in imitation of the marble statues in the sanctuary. The eight saints will go on the upper walls of the transepts: two on either side of each of the two large windows. The saints chosen are: Saints Joachim and Anne [the oldest devotional society in the parish]; Blessed Pope Pius IX [pope when the parish began in 1847]; Saint Patrick; Saint Augustine; Saint Monica; Saint Philip Neri; Saint Michael the Archangel.

Banns of Marriage:
Banns I:
Donald Lynn, Jr. and Corina Mates
Banns III:
David Smith and Abigail Ramsey
Anthony D. Northern and Valerie LaGuerre

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 late March, 2012. All should be completed by Holy Week. Please plan accordingly.

Parish Picnic. . . Mark your calendars: Sunday, September 18th beginning at 1:30 pm: our annual parish picnic at Cove Island Park, at the Pavilion. Fun and food for families with kids of all ages: beach, swings, games, rollerblading, and food: all without charge. Just show up and have fun. If you’d like to bring a dessert, please call Judy DeFelice: 203-322-5331 (9-2pm, Monday-Friday).

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,

Sunday August 7, 2011 $ 11,464.70
Sunday August 8, 2010 $ 12,247.51

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

August 21st Sunday Readings: Is 22:19-23;Rom 11:33-36; Mt 16:13-20.

Latin Mass. . . Fr. Cyprian LaPastina offers the Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. here at Saint John’s. The next Latin Mass is Tuesday, August 16th.

Memorial Votive Lights . . . The votive lights at the shrine of Saint Peter, St. Joseph, and at 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. 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. Please call the parish secretary (324-1553, ext. 21).

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:

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . This year’s new lineup begins on Wednesday, September 7th, continuing each September Wednesday, starting at 7:30 pm in the rectory. Our topic for September is Saint Peter in Rome: Scriptural, patristic and archeological evidence of Peter’s life and ministry in the Eternal City. There is no charge; classes last approximately 1 hour, and all the texts we read are in English translations. Everyone is welcome. Just walk in the rectory front door or ring the bell.

Hebrew Beginners’ Grammar Class; Thursdays: 5:30 pm in the Rectory: starts September 8th.

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

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

Saint Joseph Parenting Center Seeks Volunteers. . .The Saint Joseph Parenting Center (SJPC) is a non profit parent education center located at St Mary Parish on Elm Street in Stamford. We provide free parenting classes to adults in Fairfield County who are at risk of abusing and/or neglecting their children. SJPC is currently seeking compassionate and committed volunteers to assist in our office with reception and light clerical work on either Monday mornings or Wednesday evenings. For more information about volunteering at SJPC, please call (203)588-1934 or email , or see our website at We are now up and running on Facebook. Please join us. (Note: Our offices will be closing for a 3 week summer break. We’ll be back August 15th.)

Job Seekers . . . Meets the 4th Monday monthly in the rectory at 7:30pm: all are welcome. There’s no charge for these services. The group is led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: or call her at 203-866-1606. Next meeting: Monday August 29th.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, August 13, 2011
4:00 +John and Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Sexton Young
Sunday, August 14, 2011
7:30 Special Intentions Gail Piria req. family
8:30 +Cosimo Bertuca req. Domenico Piria
10:00 +Francis L. Calka req. Pasquale and Ida Carpanzano
12:00 God’s Blessing Marion Morris req. Joan and Mildred Beirne
5:00 Souls in Purgatory req. John Marciano
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, August 15, 2011
8:00 +John Maloney req. wife Mary
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
8:00 +Paul G. Carriera, U.S. Marine and son req. Gerard J. Carriera
12:10 +Mary Doppler req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
8:00 +Marylou Carriera and sister req. Gerard J. Carriera
12:10 Special Intentions Denise Dorazio req. Touhey family
Thursday, August 18, 2011
8:00 St. John’s Priests req. St. John’s Home School Group
12:10 Scholastic Nabwire req. Andrew and Michael
Friday August 19, 2011
8:00 +Angelo Velez req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Graziella Capponi req. the Marchetti family
Saturday, August 20, 2011
8:00 +Glenn J. Wolak req. Sharon Gannon
12:10 +William Duncan req. the Marchetti family

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.

Holy Hour……Come join us for Holy Hour on Monday Nights from 7pm—8 pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Rosary, and Benediction. All are welcome!

The Legion of Mary. . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in members’ homes. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . .Wednesdays, 7:30 pm in the rectory: First meeting, September 7th.

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. . . Meets 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:
140 years ago, or so:
August 19, 1870: The Lecture. “Owing to the lateness of the hour when the concert closed, the lecturer, Rev. Father O’Reilly, did not give the address he had prepared in full. He, however, briefly defined and explained the doctrine of infallibility, as received by the Catholic world. The doctrine is really nothing new as a principle of Catholic belief, the Ecumenical Council having but defined and officially declared a doctrine long held and believed by Catholics. The lecturer said that the authority of Christ himself is always with the Church, that this authority was delegated first to Peter, and that from him it descended to the various Roman Pontiffs until the present. The Pope as a man is liable to commit sin as other men, but, as the vicar of Christ, speaking in his official capacity from the chair of Peter, defining matters of faith, morals or discipline, he cannot err. His pronouncements thus given must be received on pain of damnation. This is merely a bare statement of the Catholic belief as explained by the lecturer. Our space will not permit us to follow the speaker through his elaborate and eloquent arguments in support of his position.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: the doctrine of infallibility was proclaimed during the First Vatican Council on July 18, 1870)

60 years ago, or so:
August 15, 1950: Pope To Proclaim Mary’s Ascension New Church Law. “Pope Pius has called a secret consistory to make belief in the bodily assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven a dogma of the Catholic Church, it was announced yesterday. The dogma will be the first added to the doctrine of the church in nearly 100 years. The last was that of the Immaculate Conception proclaimed on Dec. 8, 1854. L’Osservatore Romano, Vatican City newspaper, made the announcement on the eve of the Feast of the Assumption- today–which has been observed by Catholics for centuries. Pope Pius, in proclaiming the dogma in St. Peter’s Basilica on the day of the Feast of All Saints, will speak “Ex Cathedra.” (from the chair); that is, when he is presumed by the Church to be infallible.”

20 years ago, or so:
August 18, 1993: 2 accused of stealing altar gates. “Nothing, not even church altars, is sacred anymore. Two homeless men were arrested and accused yesterday of quickly dismantling the 118-year old brass gates leading to an altar in a downtown church and hauling the ornaments away, police said. Police speculated the suspects planned to sell the gates as scrap metal to a South End junkyard. The men were arrested just minutes after the theft was reported by a church sexton who saw two men leaving St. John’s Roman Catholic Church on Atlantic Street. The theft left the church’s pastor, the Rev. William Nagle, feeling a little less than charitable yesterday.”