For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 9, 2011

Pastor’s Corner. . . The repainting of the Basilica interior begins Monday, October 10th and will continue until Friday, December 16th, in time to clean the interior and prepare for Christmas.
That’s the plan; I earnestly ask everyone in the parish to pray that this schedule becomes reality. The artists at the John Canning Studio are the best experts in their field, and they will try diligently to make the deadline they have set.

During this period, the upper church will be closed during the workdays: Mondays through Saturdays, with the daily 8 am and 12:10 pm Masses and Confessions, and Monday evening Adoration, will be offered downstairs in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall. The upper church will be opened on Saturday afternoons in time for 3 pm Confessions and 4 pm Mass. The upper church will be open each Sunday for the regularly scheduled Confessions and Masses. Because the entire interior of the upper church will be covered in scaffolding, during each week until Christmas, Mondays—Saturday afternoons inclusive, the upper church will be inaccessible to everyone, except those working on the project. For safety reasons, please understand that you will not be able to enter the upper church, even to light a candle or say a prayer during these weeks of intense work. As difficult an inconvenience as this will be, I ask you please to understand and cooperate, for your own safety. The Blessed Sacrament will be reserved downstairs in the Monsignor Nagle Hall, which will remain open during the usual hours: Mon-Fri: 6:30 am- 4:30 pm; Sat: 6:30 am-1 pm and on Sundays: 6:30 am-1:30pm; 4:00 pm-7:30 pm. Because of the fire code, there will be no votive candles in the parish hall; nor can anyone go into the upper church to light them, except on Saturday afternoons and Sundays, when the upper church will be open for weekend Masses. I apologize, again, for the inconvenience that this will impose on everyone, and ask that you assist the parish staff with your patient cooperation, and the artists with your prayers for success in their work.
So, in a nut shell, here’s the Confession and Mass schedule starting Monday, October 10th until Christmas:

Daily Masses:
Monday-Saturday: 8 am & 12:10 pm: PARISH HALL
Confessions Monday-Friday: 7:30am-7:50am; 11:30am-11:55 am: PARISH HALL.
Weekend Masses:
Saturday Vigil: 4pm: UPPER CHURCH
Saturday Confessions: 3:00 pm-4:00 pm: UPPER CHURCH.
Sunday Masses: 7:30 am; 8:30 am; 10:00 am; 12 noon; 5:00 pm; 6:00 pm: UPPER CHURCH
Sunday Confessions: 7:00 am-7:30 am; 9:30 am-10:00 am; 11:30 am-12 noon: UPPER CHURCH.

Religious Education classes will follow the regular Sunday morning schedule, with classes both in the Parish Hall and in the Rectory as usual.

Other changes to our usual schedule and practice during these work months:
Funerals will be downstairs during the workdays, as well. Funerals on Saturdays might be possible in the upper church, but we will know only once work begins. Baptisms on Saturday and Sunday will continue to be offered in the upper church; any Baptisms during the workdays will have to be in the parish hall. Likewise, there will be no coffee and refreshments offered after the Sunday 10 a.m. Mass in the parish hall until the New Year.

All seasonal Masses and religious services during the upcoming workweeks will also be in the Parish Hall. This includes Masses and Confessions for the upcoming Holy Days of Obligation:
November 1st: All Saints Day;
December 8th: Immaculate Conception.
For the Holy Days of Obligation, the regular Mass and Confession Schedules will be followed even though in the Parish Hall [Vigil Mass the night before: 5:15 pm; Holy Day Masses: 8 am & 12:10 pm].

The Advent Parish Mission will be in the Parish Hall as well: December 5, 6 & 7 at 7:30 pm. For Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, a spiritual conference and Confessions. There will be no Christmas Fair this year.

I think that does it. Please accept my thanks for your cooperation as the work begins. Please be as patient as you have been generous during these weeks of work. And, please pray for the successful completion of the repainting of the Basilica interior, which is, after all, for the glory of God and the inspiration of those who worship here.
—Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Millie Terenzio, Gary Everett, Alessio Giannitti, 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.

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 10th at 7 p.m.

Salus Populi Romani Icon Votive Light Memorial.. .Special intentions for our service men and women.

Saint Peter Votive Light Memorial. . . The left votive is in memory of Charles Kronk Jr. and the right votive is in memory of Edwin Clark req. Joan and John Kronk.

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light Memorial. . . In memory of Ida DeRosa req. Joan and John Kronk.

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.

DAILY MASSES & CONFESSIONS: Beginning October 10—December 15th:
All 8 a.m. & 12:10 p.m. Masses and Confessions Monday—Saturday will be offered in the downstairs Parish Hall. THE UPPER CHURCH WILL BE CLOSED ALL WEEK, reopening only for
Saturday 3 pm Confessions and 4 pm Mass, and the usual Sunday Masses and Confessions.

Funerals and Memorial Masses during the next few months of work inside the Basilica will be in the downstairs parish hall until the New Year.

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. . . $584,030.00 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 in the Parish Hall, 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 October 2, 2011 $ 14,491.11
Sunday October 3, 2010 $ 13,130.95

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

October 16th Sunday Readings: Is 45:1, 4-6; 1 Thes 1:1-5b; Mt 22:15-21.

Latin Mass. . . Fr. Cyprian LaPastina’s Tuesday morning Latin Mass is cancelled until the New Year.

Coffee and Refreshments. . .after the Sunday 10 am Mass ARE CANCELLED until the New Year.

Home Schooling Families. . . A group for home schooling families meets monthly on Tuesday in the rectory. 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.

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, October 24th.

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.

+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, October 8, 2011
4:00 +John and Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Sexton Young
Sunday, October 9, 2011
7:30 Catherine Palladino req. Longo, Terenzio and DiDonata families
8:30 +Peggy Walsh req. Father Walsh
10:00 Diane Strain req. Josephine Languedoc
12:00 +Bob Lynch req. Chris Nemchek
5:00 +John and Valencia Lancaster req. Father Walsh
6:00 +Brunilda Perez req. Pugliese family
Monday, October 10, 2011
8:00 +John and Valencia Lancaster req. Suzanne Kremheller
12:10 +Peggy Walsh req. Suzanne Kremheller
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
8:00 +Jose Aldeanueva req. Charles and Ana Paternina
12:10 +Sylvester Pascale req. John and Laura Pascale
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
8:00 +Mrs. Louise Mulholland req. Sandra Bolanowski
12:10 Ronald Haggarty req. the Haggarty family
Thursday, October 13, 2011
8:00 +Francesco Sposato req. the Mossa family
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Onide Jean-Guillaume
Friday, October 14, 2011
8:00 +Joseph Lasko, Sr. req. the Mossa family
12:10 +Anna Iantorno req. the Carpanzano family
Saturday, October 15, 2011
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. the McAleer family
12:10 +Members DeRosa, Kronk, Capobianco families and Edwin Clark req. Joan & John Kronk

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. . . Cancelled until the New Year.

St. John’s in THE NEWS:

135 years ago, or so:
October 12, 1878: Stamford. “The fair opens this evening (8th of October) with a variety of most valuable articles. It is held in the unfinished upper portion of the Church, which is the largest room in Stamford. Mr. Thomas O’Brien, a youthful and amateur artist, has most skillfully decorated the place with flags and banners, large and small, and of all nations and states. The sisters being pinched for sufficient accommodation in the small house, which the necessity of the parish was obliged to substitute for a convent deserving the name, are to have the place enlarged by the addition of 37X16 feet. This gives them a neat chapel, music room, and increased facilities in every respect.”

75 years ago, or so:
October 15, 1936: Children of Mary To Visit Hartford. “The Children of Mary Sodality of St. John’s R.C. Church will hold a special meeting in the basement of the church, Friday evening, after devotions. On Sunday, Oct. 25, the members are going on a bus trip to Hartford to visit the new buildings of St. Joseph’s College, the novitiate, the cathedral and civic points of interest.”

35 years ago, or so:
October 11, 1975: Mass Concludes Centennial Program At Stamford Church. “Archbishop Thomas A. Donnellan of Atlanta will come here Saturday, Oct. 18, to help St. John’s Parish celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of its church. Archbishop Donnellan will give the homily at a Mass of Thanksgiving in the church Saturday at 5:30 P.M. Bishop Walter W. Curtis of Bridgeport will be the principal celebrant of the Mass. The Mass will be followed by a dinner-dance in the parish hall, with the dinner starting a 7 P.M. Tickets for the dinner at $5 for adults and $2.50 for children. Reservations can be made by calling the parish rectory. Concelebrating the Mass, in addition to the two bishops and Father Nagle, will be: Msgr. John J. Toomey, vicar general of the diocese; Fathers John J. Walsh, SJ, and Michael A. D’Elia, both of St. John’s; Father William J. Scheyd, vicar of Vicariate I; Father Richard B. Morrow of Atlanta; and Father Richard J. Toner of Milford. A plaque presented to St. John’s Church on behalf of the city by Mayor Frederick P. Lenz, Jr. has been placed on the church to mark the centennial. St. John’s Church, of which Father William A. Nagle is the pastor, was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day in 1875.”

Sacred Scripture
-Fr. Terry Walsh

“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work”(2Tim 3:16-17)

It’s been said that the Old Testament is revealed in the New and the New Testament is hidden in the Old.
Consider the PSALMS, the collection of 150 inspired songs that reveal to us Who God is. At the same time, the psalms help us to understand our own human condition as children of God, seen through the eyes of the gift of faith.
St. Ambrose wrote: “A psalm is the prayer of praise of the people of God…the cry of all humanity, the applause of the universe, the voice of the Church, the sweet-sounding confession of faith, entire surrender to divine power, blessed freedom, a cry of happiness, an echo of joy…” What’s your favorite Psalm?
The Psalms look to the Messiah, Jesus, and tell us about His life – His sufferings, His joys, His Kingship. The Psalms offer thanks and praise; they cry out to God in sorrow and in petition; they reveal His Wisdom and tell of the extraordinary history of the people He calls His own. They sing of the greatness of God in our liturgical celebrations. Each day, the Psalms are prayed in the “Prayer of the Church” known as the “Liturgy of the Hours” as well as in every Holy Mass offered throughout the world. Indeed, we see our own joys and sorrows, our heartfelt thanks, our wonder and awe burst forth in the psalms. What’s your favorite Psalm?
Consider the “Penitential Psalms” (6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143). Meditating on these Psalms before receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation will help us to make a heartfelt examination of conscience and enter into the proper disposition before encountering the Merciful Christ:
“Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness; in your abundant compassion blot out my offense. Wash away all my guilt; from my sin cleanse me….A pure heart create for me, O God, put a steadfast spirit within me….A humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn”(ps51).
Perhaps one of the most familiar Psalms is the Psalm of the Good Shepherd (23) sung often in times of suffering and trials throughout our lives. We identify with the psalmist’s meditation and simply call upon the Lord. He is always near to help us and strengthen us through His grace. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who loves His sheep and takes pity on them. Indeed, He lays down His life in order that they may have life, “and have it abundantly.” We eagerly come to His Table, that is the Altar, and He pours His life-giving grace into our hearts through Holy Eucharist so abundantly that our cup, our soul, runs over – provided, of course, that we receive Him with a pure and open heart – that is, in the State of Grace – made possible through Baptism (and, if necessary, through the Sacrament of Reconciliation). And, through His Grace poured out to us through the Sacraments, we will one day rejoice in the verdant pastures of Heaven – boundless and everlasting joy.
What’s your favorite Psalm?