For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday September 4, 2011

Pastor’s Corner. . .

Dear Parishioners:

Our Annual Collection was instituted as a means to garner an annual donation from you for use exclusively by the parish. Operating costs are high, as you know, and repairs to our historic buildings are inordinately expensive, because both church and rectory are venerable structures. Historic we may be, but, we are not a museum: this is a living parish, that helps tens of thousands each year: by offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, providing the Sacraments, preaching the Gospel, comforting the sorrowing, counseling those in trouble, helping the poor, teaching those who long for Catholic truth—and simply by keeping our church doors open every day for private prayer.
During this past year, we have developed unexpected problems with the church boilers; we just discovered that we need a new condenser for the air conditioning system; and, I would like to repair the pathway between the rectory and the church so that it will be safer for everyone, especially during the upcoming winter months.
These are tough financial times for everyone, and I’m sorry to ask you even to consider helping us now. However, if you can spare something, please make a contribution to the Basilica today by using one of the red envelopes at the entrances of the church. This is solely for the parish, not for the diocese or for any other institution. Your help is essential; please give us a hand. Your priests are making their own contributions, so please join us in this charity so that the Mother Church may continue to serve our parishioners and the Catholics of the Stamford area. God bless you for your help!
With prayerful best wishes, and renewed gratitude, I remain,

Reverend Monsignor
Stephen M. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Tonin Gjepaj, Monica Dewey, Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Corrine Mattson, Billy Therriault, Sandra Mayfield, Vincent Sharkey, Sr., Sr. Ellen Mary Doherty, C.S.J., Louise Morello, 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. . . Vera Benna, Brian Bill, Olga Rich, 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.

Catholic University of America Collection . . . Please drop your special envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.

Monday Evening Holy Hour . . . Monday nights 7-8:00 pm for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Rosary in the church. Next Holy Hour: Monday, September 5th at 7 p.m.

Children’s Choir. . . We have a young couple from the parish who will be our new music directors for the children’s choir this year. AnnMarie & Tom Galgano will begin in September. Any parent whose child or children might be interested in joining the children’s choir to sing during each Sunday 10 a.m. Mass, please call the rectory, and leave your name, your child’s name and your phone number with Cindy: 203-324-1553, ext. 21. All ages are welcome.

Memorial Votive Lights . . . The votive lights at the shrine of Saint Peter, Our Lady, St. Joseph, or at the icon of Mary Protectress of the Roman People, may be memorialized each week for the intention or memory of a loved one, for a donation of $20.00 per candle, per week. Please call Cindy at 203-324-1553, ext. 21.

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. We will meet this year each Wednesday in September, November, January, March & May. 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.

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).

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

Repainting the Church. . . $578,834.00 is pledged towards a goal of $629,000.00. I ask everyone’s help. Each parish priest is donating $1,000.00. If each individual or household contributes $1,000, payable over 10 months, we’ll have it: that’s $100. per month, or $25. per week, or $3.57 per day for 10 months. Lend a hand.

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 or side dish, please call Judy DeFelice: 203-322-5331 (9-2pm, Monday-Friday).

Respect Life Sunday—October 2nd. . . Bishop Lori will offer the 10 a.m. Mass here at the Basilica on Respect Life Sunday. All are welcome to attend.

Sunday August 28, 2011 $ 7,734.50 (Hurricane Irene)
Sunday August 29, 2010 $ 9,835.34

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

September 11th Sunday Readings: Sir 27:30-28:7; Rom 14:7-9; Mt 18:21-35.

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. There will be NO LATIN MASS on September 6th. The next Latin Mass is Tuesday, September 13th.

Religious Education. . . Parents, please register your children early for the upcoming religious education classes which begin September 25th. Registration and payment can be made On-Line on the St. John’s Website,, or call the rectory, and speak with Cindy, 203-324-1553 x21. Or, pick up registration forms at the church doors.

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: ). Next meeting: Thursday, September 8th.

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,

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. We are 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, please call (203)588-1934 or email , or see our website at We are now up and running on Facebook

Haitian Catholic Community Center. . . At 93 Hope Street here in Stamford, will host their annual musical fundraising concert: Chantons Ensemble! Chante Ansamn! On Saturday, October 1st. The Haitian Catholic Center is run by the Diocese of Bridgeport as a spiritual and cultural center for Haitian Catholics within lower Fairfield County. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Information: 203-406-0343.

Saint Gabriel Seniors Group. . . will begin meeting Tuesday Sept. 13th in the Church Hall 1-4 PM and every Tuesday thereafter.  Come and join us – bring a friend – everyone is welcome. Do your own thing…. play cards, bingo, and craft’s, whatever! We have weekly refreshments and special events throughout the year. Don’t miss out! Stop in and say “Hello!”  We look forward to meeting you. Any questions, please call Kaye at 203-322-7910.

Saint Gabriel Church. . . Sung Mass in Latin for the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross (Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite), Wednesday, September 14th at 7:30 PM. Refreshments to follow in Parish Meeting Room. Saint Gabriel Church, 914 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT.

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, September 26th.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, September 3, 2011
4:00 +Jenny Tomasello req. Terenzio Family
Sunday, September 4, 2011
7:30 Special Intentions Mary A. Loglisci req. Family
8:30 +Rev. John Fagan 175th Birthday Remembrance req. Larry Bolanowski
10:00 +Eugenia Carpanzano req. the Carpanzano Family
12:00 +Don Peppino Cipriani req. Alessandro Marchetti
5:00 +Louise and Arthur Thiel req. Andrew and Valerie McAleer
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, September 5, 2011
8:00 +Joseph George Terenzio req. Michael Guarnieri
12:10 +Frank Skehan req. Maureen and Rick Carpiniello
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
8:00 +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +James M. Duffy req. the Duffy Family
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
8:00 +John Marini and Bob Bell req. Leon Taricani
12:10 +Charles, Eva and Charles Kronk, Jr. and Rev. Paul Dano req. Mary Churley
Thursday, September 8, 2011
8:00 +Helen Carr req. Marie Carr
12:10 In honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary req. Ferry G.
Friday, September 9, 2011
8:00 In Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus req. Maria
12:10 Chenet and Michel Jean-Guillaume and Family req. brothers and sisters
Saturday, September 10, 2011
8:00 +Frank Janesch req. Cycon Family
12:10 +Bridget and Patrick O’Connor 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 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 beginning again in September.

St. John’s in THE NEWS:
140 years ago, or so:
September 4, 1869: Funeral of Rev. James O’Reilly of the Diocese of Hartford. “The funeral of the late Rev. James O’Reilly, pastor of the Roman Catholic church at Harrisville, who died at his residence about six o’clock Sunday evening, August 15, took place on Wednesday morning, from the Cathedral of Providence. At the conclusion of the Mass, Rev. John Fagan, a college classmate of the deceased, ascended the altar, and after reading from a portion of the fifteenth chapter of St. Paul’s Epistle to the Corinthians, concluding with “O Grave where is they victory, O Death, where is thy Sting’” paid tribute to the memory of his deceased friend.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: The Rev. John Fagan was Pastor of St. John’s from 1868 to 1873.)

125 years ago, or so:
September 6, 1884:
Stamford. “The people of this parish were surprised and grieved to learn on last Sunday the death of Rev. Eugene Gaffney of Thomaston. Father Gaffney after his ordination came to Stamford in 1867 and remained here about four years, acting as assistant pastor under Father O’Neil and Father Fagan. He had been energetic and untiring in his devotion while performing the duties of his sacred calling and during his short stay in our parish, many can testify to his zealous labors as a priest and to his noble acts of friendship and goodness, the effects of which can be seen this day. He was largely instrumental in organizing St. Patrick’s Temperance society, which today is in a good and prosperous condition. By his death the diocese loses a good and faithful worker in God’s service and especially the people of Thomaston have reason to mourn their loss. Fathers Rogers and Walsh were present. Our people should remember him in their prayers.”

100 years ago, or so:
September 6, 1911: LARGE SCHOOL REGISTRATION. “The St. John’s parochial school’s season began yesterday with a high Mass celebrated at 8 a.m., followed by an instruction to the children. The school has a total registration of 545 pupils, and it is expected that a very large number will register within a few days. This is by far the largest number to register on the first day at this school. Work began yesterday immediately after the registration and will go along in the same channels with few changes.”

The Habit of Prayer
(Revisited) -Fr. Terry Walsh
How often does it feel like “the burden of prayer?” How do we pray? When, where, and how often? Am I doing it right? Shouldn’t I be getting some answers, some feedback from God? To begin, prayer is that intimate conversation we have with God in that quiet place in our soul, even in the midst of an often times noisy world all around us. St. Therese calls prayer quite simply a ‘Surge of the Heart toward God.’
There is so much to say about prayer, but I will simply focus on a few practical points for consideration. Prayer is of course indispensable in our spiritual growth. It is a necessary activity that prepares us for faithful reception of the Sacraments, for a deepening of our knowledge and understanding of God and consequently of ourselves; prayer enables us to examine our lives in light of the Gospel teachings and informs our conscience so that we might seek forgiveness for those occasions when we realize we have offended God or one another.
In prayer, we’re able to offer thanks and praise to God, we’re able to adore Him, we’re able to petition Him for whatever we need or for some particular gift that will benefit someone else in need. If we’re able to receive so many varied and beautiful graces through prayer, why is it so difficult to pray sometimes? Well, it might simply be that we don’t give it the proper attention we ought to give it. It’s easy to ‘put it on the back burner’ so to speak—and carelessly allow it to be among the very last things we do each day. If we’re not paying attention to our prayer life, it may become a simple wink rather than a heart to heart conversation. It is, after all, a relationship. If too little attention is given to examining “the prayer life” how can it grow? That’s NOT the same thing as saying ‘too little time’ is spent in prayer, although we should designate a proper amount of time as well. After all, we make time for other things that simply are not necessary, whereas prayer is necessary. The time for prayer will quite naturally vary from person to person, depending on one’s vocation, along with a whole host of other circumstances. The “attention” I’m speaking about has more to do with the quality of our prayer life. It is, in many ways, an “organic” activity – it’s a living relationship with God: it changes, it grows, it deepens, provided there is due attention given to it.
As a practical matter, I’d recommend that you consider forming a “foundation” to your daily prayer. This might include a brief, but deliberate, morning offering, something as simple as standing at the foot of the Crucifix in your room and offering the day to God – asking Him to bless your family, your work, your play, and so on. Naturally, it would be good to take a few moments at the end of each day to examine – briefly – how you did in light of the Gospel. Read the Scriptures everyday. Let the habit of growing in the knowledge of God be real food for your soul every single day. It only takes 10 minutes. Reflect on one of the Mysteries of our Lord’s life through the beautiful devotion of the Holy Rosary, which will take another 10 minutes. And finally, perhaps, take 10 minutes to simply tell God what’s on your mind and in your heart. He really wants to hear it from you. What trust, what an act of faith and hope and love as you simply give it all to Him and ask for whatever you need to heal and to grow. This would be a good beginning. See where the Holy Spirit leads you. One thing is certain, if you seek Him through a deepening of your prayer, He will reveal Himself to you in that “inner room” of your soul. Prayer will no longer seem strained, or a burden, but rather, it will become alive and fresh and as natural as the air you breathe.