For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday October 2, 2011

Pastor’s Corner. . .
We can begin the countdown until the work begins on the church interior. Originally, the project was to be in two phases, with completion by Easter. The Canning Studio emailed me today, saying that there have been some changes, and that the project will proceed in only one phase, with
the entire church completed by CHIRSTMAS!
October 10th is the scheduled date for delivery of scaffolding and the erecting of the staging throughout the entire church. The scaffold company has worked with the John Canning Studios for years; they were here last October when the side chapels were restored. They are efficient, superbly organized and respectful in their demeanor and work practices. The erecting of the scaffolding should take three full weeks. The Canning Studio men will be on hand throughout those three weeks to ensure that the scaffolding is constructed according to their needs and specifications for the specialized work they will engage in during the next months.

The preparation and repair of the surfaces follows: the walls and portions of the ceiling vaults need patching, as everyone can see, to repair water damage from the years when the roof leaked [it doesn’t any more, thanks to your generosity!]; then cleaning of the walls and ceilings to remove decades of grime from automobile exhaust, candle wax, grit and dirt; re-plastering where needed; sanding and preparation of all the surfaces to receive the detailed painting work on all surfaces, walls, ceilings, and decorative plaster work. Then they begin painting, from the ceiling down: attaching to the transept and side walls those decorative elements and panels they have been paining on canvas in the Canning Studios during these past months.
Unforeseen problems notwithstanding, the work will be completed and the scaffolding removed the week before Christmas [December 16th].

This is an enormous amount of work to be concluded in a few brief months. That being the case, I have decided that the weekday 8 am and 12:10 pm Masses [Monday through Saturday] will be offered in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall beginning Monday, October 10th. We offered daily Masses in the parish hall a few years ago before the air conditioning system was upgraded, because the upper church was so unbearably hot in the summer. While it will be inconvenient, there is no way around this. For the Canning artists to stop work twice each day during Mass, would hinder the completion of the work, and everyone I’ve spoken with hopes the work will be completed in time for Christmas —including the brides who hope to walk down our aisle without having to crawl through scaffolding. So, I ask everyone’s patience during these months, and prayers for the successful completion of the work.

Likewise, since the work will be completed much earlier than originally anticipated, I must ask everyone to lend a hand: those who have made pledges, please be kind enough to pay them off soon; for those who have yet to make a pledge or donation, please do so. We ask $1,000.00 per household. The priests have each made their donations.
I guess the Studios of John Canning, his son-in-law David Riccio who is head of operations, and all their artists mean business, and that this is really going to happen. Go Saint John’s!
God bless you all, and thank you. —Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Gary Everett, 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. . . Jimmy O’Connor, 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., Giuseppina Docimo, Adelaide Velanzano, Aura Piedra, Jeanne & Andy Robustelli, Mary Ferrara, Genoveffa Melchionno, Cynthia Callahan, Teresa Angelini, Natale Sposato, Joseph George Terenzio.

Sunday, October 2nd. . .IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE 10 AM MASS, Please join us for the Life Chain, in front of Saint John’s. This is a peaceful witness in support for Human Life. Thousands of Catholics will be forming Life Chains throughout the country at the same time. So, please join us for a few moments, in solidarity with others, to support the Dignity of Human Life in silent prayer, beginning at 11:30 am.

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, October 3rd at 7 p.m.

Salus Populi Romani Icon Votive Light Memorial.. .In memory of Jimmy O’Connor req. Mary Bridget Gaine.

St. Joseph Votive Light Memorial . . . Special Intentions Sister Ellen Mary C.S.J. req. Marie Carr.

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 III:
Christin Funicella and Bradford Chamberlain

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . Our next study group will begin on November 2nd, continuing each Wednesday, starting at 7:30 pm in the rectory. Our groups will meet each Wednesday in , November, January, March & May. Our topic for November is The Incarnation Homilies of Pope Saint Leo the Great, led by Fr. Richard Futie, Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish. : 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. . . $582,390.00 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.

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.

Religious Education. . .started Sunday, September 25th. 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.

Children’s Choir. . . Anmarie 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.

Sunday September 25, 2011 $ 11,854.66
Sunday September 26, 2010 $ 9,754.11

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

October 9th Sunday Readings: Is 25:6-10a; Phil 4:12-14, 19-20; Mt 22:1-14.
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, October 4th.

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.

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.

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.

Local Area Pre-School Fair . . . on Wednesday October 5th from 6PM—8PM. A convenient opportunity to see a diverse set of pre-school educational options available in Stamford and surrounding areas. Speak directly with staff representatives from each pre-school to match your child with the correct school setting and make your ultimate decision. The event will be hald at Holy Spirit School Recreation Hall, 403 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT (just North of Exit 35 Merritt Parkway). Please feel free to contact Dawn Clarke, the Pre-School Fair Chairperson, at 203-322-2575.

Please join us in praying for our nation . . . on October 15, 2011 at 12 o’clock noon. The local Public Square Rosary Crusade will; take place at, The Haitian-American Community Center 93 Hope Street Stamford Connecticut.

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, Octover 24th.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, October 1, 2011
4:00 +Donald Bainton req. Diane Strain
Sunday, October 2, 2011
7:30 + Noreen and Edward Clark req. Mary and Patrick Begley
8:30 + Helen N. Kaslikowski
10:00 +Peggy Walsh req. Rev. Terrence P. Walsh
12:00 In honor of the Guardian Angels – Thank you req. Marion Morris
5:00 +Louise and Arthur Thiel req. Andrew and Valerie McAleer
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, October 3, 2011
8:00 +Ben Mondor req. Marc Valois
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
8:00 +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Vera and Patrick Dandry req. Laura and John Pascale
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
8:00 +Kertelits/Silvestre families req. Anita Fasanelli
12:10 +Carmine Iantorno req. the Carpanzano family
Thursday, October 6, 2011
8:00 +Delia Rizzo req. Grace Gong
12:10 Paul, Gabriel and Emmanuel req. Scholastica Nabwire
Friday, October 7, 2011
8:00 +Maria Vu req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 Conversion of sinners req. Ferry G.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
8:00 Valencia Lancaster req. David Lancaster
12:10 +Joseph Peter Young req. Joseph and Agnes Kung

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 ’till 9:00 pm in the rectory. 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:
140 years ago, or so:
October 7, 1870: CATHOLIC FAIR. “The Catholics of Stamford, under the direction of Rev. Fathers Fagan and Gaffney, are making extensive preparations for their second Annual Fair, to be opened in Seely’s Hall, Thursday evening, October 13th, and continued for one week. Magnificent prizes will be distributed during the Fair, and an extra prize will be awarded to the most popular man in town. The question, we suppose, is to be decided by vote, each voter to pay a small sum toward the common cause. A silver trumpet will be presented to the fire company obtaining the largest number of votes. This will no doubt excite a friendly contest between the firemen, and will bring a considerable sum to the treasury, as well as add a good deal of interest to the occasion. The Stamford Quadrille Band will be in attendance each evening, and the pleasures of the dance may be enjoyed every evening of the fair free.”

75 years ago, or so:
October 8, 1936: Rev. J. F. Hackett Sent to Parish At New Canaan. “The Rev. John F. Hackett, assigned to St. John’s R. C. Church about three weeks ago, has been transferred to St. Aloysius Church, New Canaan, as an assistant, it was announced today, by the Catholic Transcript through the Associated Press. The Stamford parish was Father Hackett’s first assignment since he was ordained in France on June 29 last.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: The Rev. John F. Hackett later served as the Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Hartford from 1952 to 1986).

60 years ago, or so:
October 9, 1958: Pontiff Extolled By State Leaders. “News of the death of Pope Pius XII early today brought tributes to the pontiff and words of consolation to mourning Roman Catholics. Connecticut religious and civic leaders extolled the pope as a great friend, spiritual leader and worker for peace. The Rt. Rev. Monsignor Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church, and the dean of Catholic clergy in the western area of the Bridgeport diocese, commented today on the death of Pope Pius as follows: “Throughout the entire Christian and non-Christian world there is a universal feeling of sorrow on the death of His Holiness Eugene Pacelli, Pope Pius XII. Catholics and non Catholics join in paying tribute to this great spiritual leader. Personally I have always felt a special bond between him and me because we were of the same age in years and studied in Rome at the same time. There will be a Requiem Mass for the repose of his soul at St. John’s Church tomorrow (Friday) at 8:15. The public is invited to participate in these prayers.”

-Fr. Terry Walsh

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious Throne.” – Mt. 25:31

Who are the Angels? Indeed, what is an Angel? What role do they play in our lives and in the life of the Church? The Catechism defines angels as “spiritual, personal, and immortal creatures, having intelligence and free will and who glorify God unceasingly and serve Him as messengers of His saving plan (see the Catechism 329-331, 336)…Guardian Angels in particular are assigned to each one of us to protect us and intercede for us.” On September 29th each year, we celebrate the Feast of the Archangels, Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, and on October 2nd each year we honor the Guardian Angels. Did you know the word angel appears in the Bible 296 times? Indeed, throughout the Scriptures we read of their presence and participation in accomplishing the Divine mission. The Catechism teaches: “From the Incarnation to the Ascension, the life of the Word incarnate is surrounded by the adoration and service of angels…Their song of praise at the birth of Christ has not ceased resounding in the Church’s praise: ‘Glory to God in the highest!’”(333). In contemplating the Angels, St. Thomas Aquinas teaches us, ‘The higher angels, those of more perfect nature and keener intelligence, have greater gifts of grace than other angels; for their more perfect powers turn them more mightily and effectively to God than is the case with angels of lesser capacity.’
In the Scriptures, we hear of 3 “Archangels” – in particular – Michael (see Daniel 10:13; 10:21; 12:1; Jude 9; and Revelation 12: 1-17); Gabriel (see Daniel 8:16; 9:21; Luke 1:19; and 1:26); and Raphael (see Tobit 8). St. Augustine had this to say: “Some angels are given proper names to denote the service they are empowered to perform. In that holy city, where perfect knowledge flows from the vision of almighty God, those who have no names may easily be known. But personal names are assigned to some, not because they could not be known without them, but rather to denote their ministry when they come among us. Thus, Michael means ‘Who is like God?; Gabriel is ‘The Strength of God’; and Raphael is ‘God’s remedy.’” After every daily Mass we pray the Prayer to St. Michael composed by Pope Leo XIII at the turn of the 19th century as he sought protection for the Church in light of the challenges it would face in the coming decades: “Saint. Michael the Archangel, defend us in Battle, be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God, cast into Hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits, who prowl through the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.” Clearly, the prayer evokes the image of St. Michael written by St. John in The Book of Revelation: “Then war broke out in Heaven; Michael and his angels battled the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in Heaven…”(Revelation 12:7ff).
It was the great Archangel Gabriel who was sent by God to announce the Birth of St. John the Baptist to his father, Zechariah. And, of course, it was Gabriel who was sent to the Virgin Mary, and who greeted Her with the tender words: “Hail, Full of Grace” and then waited for Her reply, “Be it done unto me according to your word.” Why not visit the beautiful Stained glass window at the Marian Altar and take a few moments to meditate on the greatest moment in History, the Incarnation, God made man, announced by Gabriel. It was the Archangel Raphael who “walked with Tobias” taking care of him every step of the way. In the same way, God blesses each one of us with our Guardian Angel to “walk with us” throughout our life. Finally, it was Raphael who touched the eyes of Tobit in order to heal him of his blindness and so bring him ‘back to the light.’
Indeed, the Church is very clear about the presence and mission of the Holy Angels: “From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession (see Mt 18:10; Lk 16:22; Psalms 34:7, 91:10-13; Job 33:23-24; Zech 1:12; and Tobit 12:12, to name a few). ‘Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.’ Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God”(Catechism, no.336).
St. Bernard thanked God for the gift of our guardians saying, “And so, that nothing in heaven should be wanting in your concern for us, you send those blessed spirits to serve us, assigning them as our guardians and our teachers.” St. Bernard pointed to the Scriptures and pondered the Word: “He has given his angels charge over you to guard you in all your ways.” From this point of Scripture, he reflected, “These words should fill you with respect, inspire you with devotion and instill confidence; respect for the presence of angels, devotion because of their loving service, and confidence because of their protection. And so, the angels are here; they are at your side, they are with you, present on your behalf. They are here to protect you and to serve you. But even if it is God who has given them this charge, we must nonetheless be grateful to them for the great love with which they obey and come to help us in our great need.” Moreover, St. Bernard helps us understand that we are meant to live with them in Heaven, and that we should come to a clearer understanding of our relationship with them right here on earth. He concludes, “We should then show our affection for the angels, for one day they will be our coheirs just as here below they are our guardians and trustees appointed and set over us by the Father….Even though we are children (of God) and have a long, a very long and dangerous way to go, with such protectors what have we to fear? They who keep us in all our ways cannot be overpowered or led astray, much less lead us astray. They are loyal, prudent, powerful. Why then are we afraid? We have only to follow them, stay close to them, and we shall dwell under the protection of God’s heaven.”

“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, to rescue them.” –The Psalms