For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday October 23, 2011

Pastor’s Corner. . . Per the directives of the Diocese, parishes must regularly publish their financial reports. Below, please find the first quarter financial statements for this fiscal year. As you can see, the offertory collections are up from last year, and donations are also higher, due to your generous support of the church painting project. The Annual Collection totaled $48,698; last year’s collection totaled $55,822, but I think this is because many families are having a tough time in this economy, and you’ve been so generous with the church repainting project. Expenses seem higher, but the added expenses come from the preliminary church painting work done by John Canning Studios. The parish has no debt, other than a few current normal bills, that are paid quite regularly [accounts payable]. I am very grateful for your generosity, especially during these hard times.
—Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . 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. . . Tom Potts, William Shanley, 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.

World Mission Sunday Collection . . . Please drop your special envelope into the ONE basket 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, October 24th at 7 p.m.

Saint Augustine Medal. . . .This is an annual award given by Bishop Lori to Catholics for their outstanding dedication to their parishes throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport. This year, Saint John’s is blessed to have two parishioners receive the award: Phil and Judy DeFelice. Judy has been the secretary at the Saint John Fisher Seminary Residence since 1994, where she has worked diligently to assist the young men training to for the priesthood by her dedicated service, motherly generosity, and firm discipline. She has offered support and strong guidance to many of the young men who now serve as priests throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport. Phil is a master carpenter and cabinetmaker, who has dedicated much of his artistry to creating church interiors: the Chapel of the Holy Cross at Saint John Fisher Seminary Residence, the Cathedral of Saint Augustine in Bridgeport, the woodwork, altar and pulpit at Saint Aloysius Church in New Canaan, the altar and credence tables here at the Basilica, the altar in the rectory chapel, and the altar in the rectory at Saint Gabriel’s Parish, are only a few of his major church projects. Phil and Judy have been dedicated parishioners at the Basilica since 1998, and the parish is honored by Bishop Lori’s award to them.

Salus Populi Romani Icon Votive Light Memorial.. .In memory of the deceased members of the Gaine and O’Leary Families req. Mary Gaine Bridget.

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light Memorial. . . Special Intentions for a friend.

St. Joseph Votive Light Memorial . . . Special Intentions for a friend.

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.

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. . . $586,923.00 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. Please, help.

Painted Statues. . . As part of the new decoration of the basilica, John Canning Studios are designed 8 faux statues of saints: four on either side of each of the two large transept windows. Some families have asked if they can “buy” a statue in memory of someone. The answer is “yes”: they are $5,000.00. Each. St. Ann & St. Monica have been taken. The saints not yet taken are: Saint Joachim; Saint Augustine; Blessed Pope Pius IX; St. Patrick; St. Michael; St. Philip Neri; If you are interested, please call the parish secretary: Cindy: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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 are 1 hour, and all the texts are in English translations. Everyone is welcome.

Sunday October 16, 2011 $ 10,747.60
Sunday October 17, 2010 $ 12,477.10

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

October 30th Sunday Readings: Mal 1:14b-2:2b, 8-10; 1 Thes 2:7b-9, 13; Mt 23:1-12.

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

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.

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, November 10th.

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.

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. Call the parish secretary (324-1553, ext. 21).

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. Info. (203) 416-1619 or

Trinity Catholic High School. . .will have it’s annual Memorial Mass for the deceased graduates, faculty, and staff of Stamford Catholic/Trinity Catholic High School on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 7:30PM in the school auditorium. All are welcome. Please call the school (203) 322-3401 if you plan to attend.

Trinity Catholic Middle School. . .is holding an Open House on Saturday, October 29th, from 10AM to 12Noon in our building at 948 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. The school is located on the same campus as Trinity Catholic High School. Parents and students interested in a challenging academic program in a faith based school are encouraged to attend. Please call the school (203) 322-3401 if you plan to attend.

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.

Reception For Life. . .There will be a buffet and wine reception to support the work of the Sisters of Life on Tuesday November 1st at St. John’s rectory. Tickets are $50 and are available at the rectory. All are welcome. For more information, please feel free to call Tom Kolenberg (203) 253-3615, or Gene Dagostino (203) 530-1908 or Cindy at the rectory, x21.

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.

+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, October 22, 2011
4:00 +Members DeRosa, Kronk, Capobianco Families and Edwin Clark req. Joan and John Kronk
Sunday, October 23, 2011
7:30 Father Audette req. Josephine Languedoc
8:30 +For the aborted children req. Anne Marie Samedi
10:00 +Aldo Iantorno req. the Carpanzano Family
12:00 Conversion of Sinners req. Ferry G.
5:00 +Letitia, Lady Strathalmond req. Nicholas and Therese Troilo
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, October 24, 2011
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. John Marciano
12:10 +Margaret Mulhern req. Margie, Brian, Ernie and Mark Mulhern
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
8:00 +Peggy O’Neill req. Dorothy Keyes
12:10 +Shirley Piacenza req. the Terenzio Family
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
8:00 +Dr. James Orphanos req. Montanise Paulemon
12:10 +Julia Zwick req. Mary Churley
Thursday, October 27, 2011
8:00 +Cindy Smith req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
12:10 +Sister Mary Rose Gallagher C.S.J. Birthday Remembrance req. Marie Carr
Friday, October 28, 2011
8:00 +Cecile Dee req. Ann and Bill Dee
12:10 Souls of Departed Legionaries and Souls of the Faithful Departed req. Our Lady of Sorrows Praesidia
Saturday, October 29, 2011
8:00 +John Maloney req. wife Mary
12:10 +Shirley Piacenza req. the Pinto Family

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. Will be meeting this Sunday, October 23, after the 12 p.m. Mass. For more info contact 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: Next meeting, November 2nd.

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 NEWS:
130 years ago, or so:
October 24, 1883: “The carpenters will start work on St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in about a week, and the plasterers in about two weeks.”

125 years ago, or so:
October 24, 1885: Stamford. “The Children of Mary sodality will receive Holy Communion in a body on Sunday. The collection to be taken up on Sunday is for the benefit of the Cathedral, and, from the letter of the Rt. Rev. Bishop, the necessity of the collection is well known. The high board fence, which stood so long in front of our new church, was taken down this week, which leaves the magnificent front of the church plainly to be seen. The large steps at the entrance to the building are much admired by the public.”

75 years ago, or so:
October 30, 1937: Charter Awarded To Boys’ Brigade By Father Toomey. “The Boys’ Brigade of St. John’s Catholic Church was host, yesterday, to the Catholic Boys Brigade of Woodside, L.I., which conducted a ritual for the induction of the Stamford organization into the corps of similar branches now being developed in various dioceses. The Rev. Frederick J. Toomey, national field secretary, was in charge of the exercises, which were carried out with the aid of a band of the New York brigade. Pupils of St. John’s School, in Halloween costume, took part in games before the ceremonies, and competed later for prizes awarded for various modes of dress. The Catholic Boys’ Brigade of the United States, the only national social organization for boys directly under the jurisdiction of the bishops and pastors, was founded in 1916 by the Rev. Thomas J. Lynch in New York. Its purpose is to help the boy along a straight path by aiding him to fight destructive forces.”

70 years ago, or so:
October 30, 1942: St. Joseph’s Hospital, Stamford, Dedicated. “The new St. Joseph’s Hospital in Stamford and a sizeable addition to St. Raphael’s Hospital in New Haven were dedicated during the past week. The new hospital in Stamford has received reservations for patients already and the first of them will be admitted November 2. The building has a capacity at present of approximately 80 beds in wards, semi-private and private rooms.”

The Dignity of the Human Person
-Fr. Terry Walsh

“For He fashioned all things that they might have being; and the creatures of the world are wholesome…God formed man to be imperishable; the image of His own nature He made them…”(Wisdom).

God created us out of love and has given each of us a vocation, a means of loving Him with the generous gifts He has poured out upon us—the gift of Reason so that we could come to know Him, personally—that we could come to understand His love for us as well as His invitation to share eternal life with Him in Heaven. He gave us the gift of free choice—so that we could decide to love Him. He gave us an immortal soul. He pours grace upon grace into our hearts and into our world. Are we attentive to His Presence? Do we truly seek to cooperate with the promptings of the Holy Spirit—the call to pray, to do good deeds, to make sacrifices? Do we value the dignity of being formed in His Image and Likeness? How generous are we in our response to all that God does for us? And are we aware that He repays us many times over for even the slightest good work we do? The adage rings true: “God will never be outdone by our generosity.” When we respond to His invitation to holiness, He showers us with His grace. The more widely we open our hearts, the more abundantly His grace rushes into our being. As baptized members of the Body of Christ, we are called to a life of holiness, which we accomplish through our chosen vocation, using the special gifts He has supplied to build up the Church.

We come to understand our discipleship more clearly through prayer and faithful reception of the sacraments. Growth in holiness will always be the result of placing one’s trust in God. Naturally, our trust grows as we come to know Him better, which is the fruit of prayer. He will provide all the grace we need, if only we respond to his love and generosity. He “fashioned us” to become like Him – but only if we allow Him into our lives. Consider the lives of the Saints – they offer tremendous insights into a profound and personal relationship with God. Trust is the key. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus encourages us: “Be not afraid,” and “Let not your hearts be troubled,” and “I am with you always.”

Recall the Gospel account of Jesus asleep in the boat during a violent storm, which terrified the Apostles. When the Apostles woke Jesus, He seemed almost a bit disappointed in His brethren. After all, they had witnessed His miracles and had heard Him preach, and so, after He calmed the storm, He asks them: “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?”

Jesus plainly teaches us: “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” He’s in the boat. He’s closer to us than we are even to ourselves. There will be trials and sufferings in this life. But if we simply need to turn to Our Lord and faithfully give it all to Him, handing everything over to His care, He will give us the grace and strength we need to bare any burden and we will grow richer in grace because we cooperated with Him—we put our trust in Him and let Him strengthen and nourish us. We must take to heart the words of our Lord: “Believe in me and ask for whatever you want – it will be given to you.”
“If today you hear His voice, Harden not your Heart.”