For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday September 18, 2011

Pastor’s Corner. . . Preparations for the repainting of the church interior continue at the John Canning Studios in Cheshire, Connecticut. I invite everyone to stop by the Saint Joseph Altar [the side chapel to the right of the High Altar] to take a look at some of the new photographs from the Canning Studios of their work for the Basilica.
The work will be completed in two stages: From October 10 through December 16th, scaffolding will cover the front portion of the Basilica interior, floor to ceiling: from the Sanctuary arch down into the church side transepts to the side doors and first aisle column. The ceiling, side walls and pillars in the sanctuary and side chapels will be cleaned, repaired where necessary, and painted with entirely new decoration, gold and silver leaf.
The entire church ceiling will be painted a blue, with a band of dark blue and silver leaf running down the center of the main aisle ceiling and across the center of the transept ceilings, to form a large cross. That decoration will replicate that in the sanctuary ceiling, atop the High Altar, developed by our parishioner Thomas Magee nearly 100 years ago. At the base of each ceiling arch, darker blue will be used, dotted with gold stars, and horizontal banding of that same dark blue and silver leaf border will join the ribbed vaulting.
The side walls of the transepts will be the most dramatic decoration: the lower portion of those walls, behind the Stations of the Cross and around the lower stained glass windows, will repeat the dark green and gold cross decoration already done in front near the side altars. Above and below that decoration will run new decorative bands of gold and red below the window ledges, following by Thomas Magee, and a new decorative banding above the top arches of the lower windows, also red and gold, but with Canning designs and symbols for the four Evangelists, Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Above this, the decoration around the very large transept windows will be entirely John Canning’s design: The walls will be painted a lighter green, then one painted arch will be created on either side of the large window. Each arch will contain two painted saints, designed to look like carved white marble statues, such as those statues in the sanctuary. Above these arches and saints will be Canning’s gold and red designs based on those by Thomas Magee, as seen in the sanctuary around the stained glass windows above the High Altar. These designs continue to be developed as time passes: John Canning’s repeats to me: “This is a work in progress”, and his creative mind daily refines and perfects his ideas, so that the finished product will be absolutely breathtaking. Then the scaffold comes down.
All that by Christmas! How can they do it? Well, first, because they are the John Canning Studio!! Second, because they are working on the paintings even now, while up in Cheshire. The pictures on the Saint Joseph Altar show workmen painting the borders and ceiling designs on canvas. Mr. Canning explained to me that painting some of the designs on canvas allows them to get much of the work done now, and [God forbid!], just in case the church roof should leak during the next 100 years, the canvas decorations can be removed, so they won’t be destroyed. Then they can be remounted on the walls and ceilings, instead of paying for another paint job for the church interior. Pretty smart!!
After the New Year, the scaffold is re-erected, this time in the center and side aisles, from the side doors and the first columns back to the front door. The central aisle and side aisle ceilings will repeat the decoration of the central aisle ceiling completed in the front of the church, and the decoration of the walls simpler than that in the transepts, side chapels and sanctuary. The central nave and side aisle walls above the arches will be a lighter green, and around each arch simple gold and red decorations; on top of each arch, a painted shield with a symbol of one of the Twelve Apostles. On the undersides of each arch will be decorations similar to those on the undersides of the arches on the side chapels. All that will be completed by Holy Week.
I am very grateful to everyone in the parish who has made a gift or a pledge so far, and ask those who have not yet donated to make a pledge soon so we can complete this wonderful work. After Easter, we are planning a few parish celebrations and parties for everyone, to thank you all for your support and generosity in all these church restoration projects we’ve completed during the past years. Please stop by the Saint Joseph Altar and take a look at the newest photos of the John Canning Studio work now being done. God bless you.
—Msgr. DiGiovanni.
My thanks goes also to one of our parishioners: Mr. Rosario Pugliese, who donated his time and muscle and that of his crew at P & M Construction Inc. of Stamford, along with the materials, to repair the walkway along the side of the Basilica. While this is only a temporary repair, Rosario and his crew spent two days, last Friday and Saturday, completing the work. I am hoping to do a total replacement of the walkway before the snow flies—but I’m not sure that is realistic at this point. Even if we can’t accomplish that by the first frost, we can be sure the walkway is much safer because of the good work and generosity of Rosario and his crew. Thanks, very much, Rosario!

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, Thomas Mahala, Titina Tarantino, Richard Ridge, Mario Stano, Mark Ferris, Marie Maddox, Terry Cooke, Stacey, Kathleen Nichols, Millie Maida, Rev. Carlos Antonio Mesa, Corrie Evans, Shirly Mailhot, Roledonne Samedi.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Andrea Pavia, Rocco Buzzio, 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.

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

Dominican Sisters Bake Sale…will be next weekend, September 24th and 25th. They will have bread, apple and blueberry pies, brownies and more, baked according to the Dominican community recipes. The proceeds of the sales will be used to buy medicals supplies to support the lepers. We appreciate your support.

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 19th at 7 p.m.

Salus Populi Romani Icon Votive Light Memorial . . . Special Intentions Ann and Jo.

St. Joseph Votive Light Memorial . . . + Deceased members of the Corcione family .

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light Memorial. . . In thanksgiving for prayers answered.

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.

Banns of Marriage:
Banns I: Christin Funicella and Bradford Chamberlain
Banns II: Paul (Teddy) Fusaro and Jennifer Lauren Alosco

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . This year’s new lineup began on Wednesday, September 7th, continuing each 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: started 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. . . $581,944.00 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. Please take a look at the Saint Joseph Altar: there are two new pictures of the preparatory painting work.

Parish Picnic. . . This 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.

Outdoor Rosary Procession. . . Will be held on Saturday, October 15th beginning at 12:30 pm. Beginning inside the Basilica, we will process with a statue of Our Lady for an outdoor Rosary and litanies. Please come.

Sunday September 11, 2011 $ 14,232.47
Sunday September 12, 2010 $ 11,694.20

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

September 25th Sunday Readings: Ez 18:25-28; Phil 2:1-11; Mt 21:28-32.

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, September 20th.

Religious Education. . .Parents, please register your children early for the upcoming religious education classes, which begins next Sunday, 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.

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: ). Next meeting: Thursday, October 13th.

Children’s Choir. . . Ann Marie and Tom Galgano are our new music directors for the 10 a.m. Mass and Children’s Choir this year. 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, age and your phone number with Cindy: 203-324-1553, ext. 21.

Lost & Found . . . Please check the Lost & Found in the Rectory for any items you may have left in the church. Feel free to call Cindy at the rectory, M-F, 9AM—1:30PM, 203-324-1553 x21.

Saint Gabriel Seniors Group. . . began meeting Tuesday Sept. 13th in the Church Hall 1-4 PM and will meet 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.

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.

Birthright of Greater Stamford. . . is seeking volunteers to help support women with unplanned pregnancies to bring babies to term. Volunteers provide pregnancy tests, listen to client concerns, and connect women with medical, financial, legal and other needed resourses. Abilility to commit 3 hours per week in the office is desirable. Schedule is flexible and training is provided. Birthright is located at 388 Summer St., Stamford. Please call the office at 203-348-4355 if interested. Please see for more information on this international organization dedicated to life.

Project Rachel Ministry. . . offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. We invite you to come back to God who is love and mercy. Infor?- (203) 416-1619 or

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 17, 2011
4:00 +Gerard Gracelie Vilme Dieu and Sherley Dieu req. wife and mother
Sunday, September 18, 2011
7:30 Monsignor DiGiovanni req. Josephine Languedoc
8:30 +Gloria Demicco req. Jaclyn LaFontaine
10:00 Louise Wilk req. David Lancaster
12:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
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 19, 2011
8:00 St. John’s Priests req. St. John’s Home School Group
12:10 Special Intentions Marion Morris and Family req. Diane Strain
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
8:00 Peter Mangeni and Michael Muwanguzi Birthday req. Scholastica Nabwire
12:10 The Haggarty Children req. Mom and Dad
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
8:00 +Dorothy and Fred Wahlstrom req. Leon Taricani
12:10 For the intentions of the Rego Family req. the Latin Translation Group
Thursday, September 22, 2011
8:00 +Camillo/Conca Families req. Anita Fasanelli
12:10 +Elvira Mendicino req. the Carpanzano family
Friday, September 23, 2011
8:00 In Honor of Saint Padre Pio req. Giannitti family
12:10 +Bill Morris 1st Anniversary req. Marion, Billy, Ricky Morris and Jimmy and Michelle Sagdati
Saturday, September 24, 2011
8:00 Special Intentions Padre Juan Birthday req. Maria
12:10 +Ruth Jean Dillon req. Janine S. O’Connor

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 late September.

St. John’s in THE NEWS:
155 years ago, or so:

September 25, 1857: New Church in Stamford, Conn.. “On the 6th inst., the Catholics of Stamford had the pleasure of witnessing the dedication of their neatly finished church, by Very Rev. William O’Reilly, Vicar General and Administrator of the Diocese of Hartford. A large congregation attended, and were well pleased with the sermons of Rev. Mr. Hart, of New Haven, and Very Rev. James Hughes, of Hartford. The piety manifested showed that the people fully appreciated what had been done in their behalf, and many prepared themselves for the solemn occasion by approaching the sacred tribunal of confession and the Holy Table. The day will be long remembered by the inhabitants of this place; and those who heretofore have been careless for the beauty of God’s temple, felt a new impulse of religious pride in the decoration of our fine church. Rev. Father Cooney is our pastor, and to his zeal and effort the new church is due.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: This occasion marked the dedication of the expanded original church on Meadow Street that was dedicated in January 1851.)

80 years ago, or so:

September 24, 1929: FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS. “The arrangements for the funeral of the Rev. Patrick F. Connors, pastor of St. Mary’s church and St. Patrick’s church in Redding Ridge have been practically completed. At least 150 priests, it is believed, will be in attendance. The priests of the neighboring parishes will chant the Office of the Dead at 8 o’clock this evening.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: The Reverend Patrick Connors was a vocation from St. John’s Parish.)

The Hartford Courant:
60 years ago, or so:

September 25, 1953: New Bridgeport Bishop To Be Installed Dec. 2. “Bishop-elect Lawrence J. Shehan of the newly created diocese of Bridgeport, Thursday announced that he would be installed as bishop of that See on Dec. 2. The installation will take place in St. Augustine’s Church, which has been designated the cathedral of the diocese. Archbishop-elect Henry J. O’Brien of Hartford will officiate at the installation, and the sermon will be preached by Arch-bishop Francis P. Keough of Baltimore. Bishop-elect Shehan has been auxiliary of the Baltimore diocese since 1945.”