For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:
Bulletin for Sunday September 25, 2011

Pastor’s Corner. . . Last Sunday’s parish picnic was great fun. If you were unable to attend, my suggestion is that you mark your 2012 calendar for next year’s mid-September picnic. It was an outstanding day. The weather was magnificent, and the food, well there were mountains of good food, including hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage and peppers, and innumerable cakes, cookies, pies, and watermelon. None of the hundreds of parishioners who attended left hungry.
I must take this opportunity to thank all of you who helped to make Sunday such a fun parish event.
First, my thanks to Father Walsh, the mastermind behind this operation. It was about five years ago that he made the suggestion to me, and it has proved to be an annual delight. My thanks to Fr. Audette who spent a few hours on Saturday evening with the crew in the rectory kitchen chopping tons of peppers and onions, and who made sure people enjoyed themselves on Sunday. Next comes the committee of parishioners who actually did the hard work. They include Phil DeFelice, Sal DeMott, Frank Carpanzano, Larry Smith, Jeff Russo, Gene D’Agostino, Joe Maker and Tom Maker who took care of all the cooking; Judy DeFelice and Caroline Cypriani who generally managed the guys [who otherwise would have spent most of their energy cooking, eating, talking and looking at pretty girls]; the Iceman at Bedford Diner, who literally donated an iceberg of the frosty stuff to us, Joe McAleer who furnished the annual ice cream cake, and to everyone who prepared or purchased and brought the vast array of sweets and fruits; to the parish staff who took care of much of the behind-the-scenes preparations and bill paying, and to everyone who came and simply had a wonderful time at the beach. The City of Stamford should receive a “thanks” as well, for maintaining one of the best parks in the state: Cove Island is, in my humble opinion, the best beach front and park around, designed for safety and fun, very family-friendly, and kept up superbly. To all who helped, and to all who attended, please accept my thanks: we’ll do it all again next year.

This 2011-2012 season will be an active one for our parish. Here is a run down of some of our upcoming activities; so, mark your calendars:

September-May:  Religious Education classes;
September-May:  St. Monica Institute study group series on the early Church; This includes all the usual classical language reading groups;
October-mid-December:  Painting of the front half of the church interior;
October 15: 12:30:  Outdoor Marian Procession and Legion of Mary picnic;
November 20 [Sunday]:  Stamford’s Thanksgiving Parade: come watch on the rectory front porch;
November 24:  Thanksgiving Day 10 a.m. Mass;
December 5, 6, 7: 7:30 pm:  Parish Advent Retreat: in the Parish Hall;
December 24/25:  Christmas: usual Sunday Mass Schedule;
January-March:  Painting of the back half of the church interior;
February 22:  Ash Wednesday, and the Anniversary of the Basilica;
February 27, 28, 29: 7:30 pm:  Parish Lenten Retreat: in the Parish Hall;
April, 5, 6, 7:  Triduum of Holy Week;
April 8:  Easter;
May 8: 7:00 pm:  Confirmation with Bishop Lori;
May 10: 10:00 am:  First Holy Communion;
May 13: 10:00 am : May Crowning;
May 20: 5:00 pm:  Religious Education Awards Day and St. Anne Supper;
June 10: 5:00 pm:  Corpus Christi Procession and parish block party;
June 24: 7:00 pm:  Morality Plays in the Rectory backyard and ice cream social.

Most of these events and activities have become annual ones for the past 13 years or so. The parish block party following the outdoor Corpus Christi Procession on Sunday, June 10th, will be a big all-parish party, to celebrate the completion of the church painting project, and to thank everyone who participated in the work, including the artists from the John Canning Studios, and all parishioners who contributed financially and through their prayers for its successful completion. We’ll have a jazz band and lots of great food—free of charge. If you enjoyed the Parish Picnic, you’ll love the Parish Block Party in the rectory backyard and parking lot. Likewise, the June 24th Morality Plays will give parishioners a chance to enjoy some of the brief and beautiful religious plays of Medieval England: each about 15 minutes in length, and very much updated in language. They are humorous, fun and instructive about the events of salvation history, for the whole family. More about that as the year moves ahead. 2011-2012 looks great here at St. John’s: stay tuned, mark your calendar, and join us. –Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Alessio Gianitti, Margie Joyce, Tonin Gjepaj, Monica Dewey, Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Corrine Mattson, Billy Therriault, Sandra Mayfield, Vincent Sharkey, Sr., Sr. Ellen Mary Doherty, C.S.J., Lily Ann O’Connell, Thomas Mahala, Titina Tarantino, Richard Ridge, Mario Stano, Mark Ferris, Marie Maddox, Terry Cooke, Stacey, Kathleen Nichols, 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.

Dominican Sisters Bake Sale…is this 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 26th at 7 p.m.

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

St. Joseph Votive Light Memorial . . . Special Intentions Marie Paul.

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 II: Christin Funicella and Bradford Chamberlain
Banns III: Katie Geist and Timothy Cerniglia
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. . . $581,965.00 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.

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.

Coffee Hour. . . Starts this Sunday, September 25, 2010, in the parish hall after the 10:00 a.m. Mass. All are welcome.

Religious Education. . .begins this Sunday, September 25th. First Class, for those not yet registered, you may register between 8:00 am and 8:30am. Classes begin at 8:30 sharp. Please be on time. Registration and payment can also be made On-Line at the St. John’s Website,, or call the rectory, and speak with Cindy, 203-324-1553 x21.

Sunday September 18, 2011 $ 10,818.12
Sunday September 19, 2010 $ 10,216.72

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

October 2nd Sunday Readings: Is 5:1-7; Phil 4:6-9; Mt 21:33-43.

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 27th.

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

St. Gabriel Church—First Saturday Devotions. . . Beginning October 1st. Saint Gabriel Parish will celebrate the First Saturday Devotions in Honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for five consecutive months.  On the First Saturday of each month Confessions will be heard from 9:30 to 10 AM.  This will be followed by Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Latin Mass according to the 1962 Missal)  Following Mass the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for 15 minutes of silent meditation and will conclude with Rosary and Eucharistic Benediction.  All are welcome.

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 24, 2011
4:00+ Margaret Curtis req. Sister Marly
Sunday, September 25, 2011
7:30 Special Intentions Barbara Schuerger req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
8:30+Raymond Gabriele req. Mike Guarnieri
10:00+Richard Wargo Birthday Remembrance req. Arthur J. Wargo
12:00+Kallaway Family req. Marcia & Michael Calomino
5:00+Louise and Arthur Thiel req. Andrew and Valerie McAleer
6:00+Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, September 26, 2011
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
12:10+Josephine D’Amico req. her son Frank
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
8:00+Carmen Trivino req. Maria
12:10+Carmine Cairo req. the Cairo Family
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
8:00+Esther Backman req. Leon Taricani
12:10+Geraldine Pepe req. the Marchetti Family
Thursday, September 29, 2011
8:00 Jane and John Gannon Anniversary req. Sharon Gannon
12:10+Michael Lester req. Lucille Ballentine
Friday, September 30, 2011
8:00 Special Intentions Barbara Schuerger req. Maria
12:10 Fr. Paul N. Check req. Scholastica and Andrew
Saturday, October 1, 2011
8:00 Sister Ellen Mary C.S.J. 74 years Religious Anniversary req. Marie Carr
12:10 All the Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
120 years ago, or so:
September 27, 1891: “Rev. Father Bernard Kelly of Dakota, a native of Stamford, is visiting here. On Sunday last he was celebrant in the Mass at St. John’s church. He has many friends here, all of whom are glad to see him.”

90 years ago, or so:
September 27, 1920: FOR PARADE ON OCTOBER 10. “A record-breaking meeting of members of the Holy Name Society of St. John’s Catholic Church was held last night, in the chapel of the church, to arrange for the public exercises to be held here on Sunday, Oct. 10. John J. Ryle, M.D., president, presided, and the secretary, Charles Hart, was at his place. Members of Holy Name societies between Westport on the east, and East Port Chester, on the west, will take part in the parade. The Rev. Henry M. Callahan, chaplain of St. John’s Holy Name Society, made a speech to the members, in which he urged every one to take part in the exercises, which include a triduum on Oct. 7, 8 and 9, the receiving of Holy Communion on the morning of Oct. 10, and the parade, with public benediction, at 3 p.m. There will be a reviewing stand, probably on the Knights of Columbus club house ground, where the benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in the open air. This is one of the very solemn rites of the Catholic church, and the fact that it is to take place in the open air is exceptional”

80 years ago, or so:
September 27, 1932: EAGLE SCOUT RANK IS CONFERRED ON THREE. “At the September Court of Honor of the Stamford Council, Boy Scouts of America, last evening at Scout Headquarters, Assistant Scoutmaster John R. Forbes of Troop 16, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, and Robert Herrgen and Donald Reyen, Troop 22, St. John’s R. C. Church, qualified for advancement to Eagle Scout rank. Scouts Robert Thayer, Troop 22 and Alfred P. Cummings of Glenbrook, Troop 1, have qualified for advancement to Star Scout Rank.”

50 years ago, or so:
October 3, 1960: Stamford Priest receives Pastorate In Atlanta Diocese. “Bishop Francis E. Hyland of the Catholic diocese of Atlanta, Ga., has announced the appointment of the Rev. Richard B. Morrow as pastor of the Church of St. Bernadette in Cedartown, Ga., and also of the mission of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at Carrolton, Ga. Father Morrow is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Morrow of Revonah Woods. He was ordained in 1954 by the Most Rev. Lawrence J. Shehan, D.D., Bishop of Bridgeport.”

A Sacrament of Healing
-Fr Terry Walsh
What is the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick instituted by our Lord and what are its effects? It’s so very important to seek a good and faithful understanding of the gift of the Sacraments so that we may use of them as our Lord wills and so give thanks with appreciative hearts. One of the sad circumstances in priestly ministry is arriving at a bedside of a sick person only to find out that they have already died. There is no reason to wait until the last minute to call for the sacraments. Indeed, it’s prudent to call the priest as soon as the person falls ill so that all their suffering may be united to our Lord’s suffering, Sacramentally. It then takes on a special value. Of course, the sick person may be anointed again, as their condition worsens. And in the final moments, they may receive Viaticum.
St. Mark tells of the Apostles anointing the Sick with oil. Of the four Evangelists, Mark is the only one who speaks of this anointing. St. James (5:14ff) also tells us in his letter in the New Testament: “Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the Church (Bishops and Priests), and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.” Through his description, St. James reveals how this liturgical practice is conferred – the Priest prays over the sick person while anointing the person in the Name of our Lord. Regarding this great Sacrament, the Council of Trent affirmed: “This holy anointing of the sick was initiated as a true and proper sacrament of the New Testament by Christ our Lord; it is implied in St. Mark and it is commended to the faithful and promulgated by the Apostle, St. James…In these words, as the Church has learned from apostolic Tradition transmitted to her, he teaches the matter, the form, the proper minister and the effects of this life-giving sacrament.”
The Sacrament should be received in the State of Grace if the person is conscious. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is always offered as part of the Rite of Anointing. “Anyone experiencing the difficulties inherent in the condition of grave illness or old age may receive this Sacrament”(ccc1527). In the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, the “Matter” is the oil that is blessed by the Bishop at the Chrism Mass and the “Form” is the prayer that the priest prays as he anoints the sick person both on the forehead and the palms of the hands. As he anoints the forehead, “Through this holy anointing may the Lord in His love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. Amen” And upon the palms, “May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up. Amen” The anointing symbolizes the real effect of the Holy Spirit pouring grace into the soul of the sick person, enabling the sick person to bear the Cross of suffering and to unite his suffering to the suffering Christ in a sacramental union. The Church teaches us: “Moved by so much suffering Christ not only allows himself to be touched by the sick, but he makes their miseries His own: ‘He took our infirmities and bore our diseases’ (Mt 8:17, Isa 53:4)…On the Cross Christ took upon himself the whole weight of evil and took away the ‘sin of the world’, of which illness is only a consequence. By His passion and death on the Cross Christ has given a new meaning to suffering: it can henceforth configure us to him and unite us with his redemptive Passion”(ccc1505).
I recommend purchasing the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition. It is a treasure. It may be used as a reference book, or used as a wonderful source of Spiritual Reading. In it are contained the Faith and Moral Teachings of our Faith and it is written in a beautiful way. It is a true joy to read. How important it is to know our faith. It demonstrates a real appreciation for the gift of faith when we take the time to read it and so grow in our awareness of God’s Presence, as well as the many gifts He makes available to us. As we grow in our understanding of the value of this treasure, we will not neglect the Sacraments—we will rather seek them with grateful hearts.