For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday November 6, 2011

Pastor’s Corner. . . By the end of November, some changes will be made in all English-speaking Catholic churches around the world. The changes, mandated by the Vatican years ago, concern the translation into English of the original Latin prayers for the Mass which everyone has been using since the liturgical changes of the Second Vatican Council. Most of these changes have been made in the Mass prayers themselves: the new translations are better English than the earlier ones, and much more faithful to the beautiful Latin prose of the Mass prayers, some of which date back centuries. You will notice the beauty of these prayers once they begin on the First Sunday of Advent, which is November 26th/ 27th weekend. The use of clearer translations of these ancient prayers underscores the spiritual communion we have with all Catholics throughout every century and in every country during these past 2,000 years.

The changes most affecting you will be those of the prayers we all say together at Mass , and the “dialogues” between the priest and the congregation. Dr. Joseph McAleer, one of our parish trustees and the founding editor of the parish journal, The Eagle, included a beautiful and clear explanation of the Mass by Fr. Walsh in the recent November number [pp 8-9], and also penned his own superb article about the upcoming changes [pp 12-13]. You might want to refer to both, since they together give a beautiful and concise description of the importance of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and why the changes are important. If you don’t have a copy, please drop by the rectory and we’d be happy to provide you with one, or go to the parish website and click The Eagle tab on the top of the homepage.

During the next few weeks before the November 26th/ 27th kickoff , I’ll give you a head’s up on some of the changes. Let’s start with the changes in the first two parts in the Mass: the Greeting and the Penance Rite:

At the very beginning of Mass, we all bless ourselves, as Christians have done since the first century, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. That stays the same. Then the priest addresses everyone in church: “The Lord be with you.” For the past 40 years, your response has been, “And also with you.” NOW, your response will be, And with your spirit. For anyone as ancient as I am, you’ll remember that WAS the response when the Mass was first introduced into English in the late 1960’s. “It’s déjà vu all over again”, since it is closer to the original Latin: Et cum spiritu tuo, which the Church has used since the 2nd century. During the past decades, only the English translation has been odd: “and also with you.” All translations in every language has been “And with your spirit” except the English! It’s a minor change, but one illustrating that every Catholic is united with all other Catholics around the world by the Mass and the Eucharist. So, we’ll join in with the rest of the Catholic world: And with your spirit.

Following the introduction and greeting, the priest asks everyone to call to mind their sins, and to ask our merciful Father to forgive them, as a fitting preparation to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The priest’s invitation is a new translation of the Penitential Act is: Brethren, let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries. This, too, is much closer to the Latin: Fratres, agnoscamus peccata nostra ut apti simus ad sacra mysteria celebranda. Again, this form has been in the Mass for centuries, and the new translation is much richer than that used during the past 40 years. Next, we publically acknowledge that we have sinned and need God’s grace and mercy. There are three choices or forms that may be used, chosen by the priest:

Form A: The Confiteor, is very ancient. Here is the whole text, with the changes in bold underlined print: “I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault: therefore, I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God”. Just a few changes there, returning to the more ancient version.

Form B: Priest: Have mercy on us, O Lord.
People: For we have sinned against you.
Priest: Show us, O Lord, your mercy.
People: And grant us your salvation.

Form C: Priest: You were sent to heal the contrite of heart:
People: Lord, have mercy.
Priest: You came to call sinners:
People: Christ, have mercy.
Priest: You are seated at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us:
People: Lord, have mercy.

Beginning November 26th, the parish will provide cards with all the changes in the pews each week, which we ask you to leave in the pews [or better, hung up by the hat clip on the pew in front of you]. And, each week, I’ll give you another head’s up on some of the changes, so you can have them in your heads before they come into effect on the weekend of November 26/27. In a few weeks, you’ll have these all memorized, and you’ll say “what changes?”, if asked. The priests have their own memorization to do, too. So, be patient; we’re all in this together. —Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Billy Therriault, Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Corrine Mattson, Mary D’Arco, Anthony Sansone, Tessie Mulhern, Gary Everett, Alessio Giannitti, Margie Joyce, Tonin Gjepaj, Monica Dewey, 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. . . Louis Servideo, Gladys Brzoska, David Squires, 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.

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, November 7th at 7 p.m.

Salus Populi Romani Icon Votive Light Memorial.. .The Fraternity of Mary Immaculate Queen, Elections of the Council req. Michelle Sagdati.

Saint Peter Votive Light Memorial. . The right votive – Special Intentions Lisette Dorsainville.

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. . . $591,855.00 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. Michael, St. Patrick, St. Philip Neri & St. Monica have been taken. The saints not yet taken are: Saint Joachim; Saint Augustine; and, Blessed Pope Pius IX. If you are interested, please call the parish secretary: Cindy: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

Saint Rita. . . You may notice that Saint Rita is now perched above the floor on a beautifully carved corbel, the handiwork of our parish cabinetmaker, church restorer, and wood carver par excellence, Phil DeFelice. Among his many works, Phil created our wooden altar in the sanctuary; he along with his lovely wife Judy are this year’s recipients of the Diocesan Saint Augustine Medal. Thanks, Phil, for your talent and generosity to our parish! Saint Rita was particularly dedicated to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. So, I am sure she appreciates your efforts to give her a better view of Our Lord in the Tabernacle at the High Altar.

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . Our study group meets each Wednesday during November, starting at 7:30 pm in the rectory. Our study 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.

The St. Maria Goretti Society Second Annual Food Drive. . . Continues through November 20th. Please help the hungry in our community by donating non-perishable foods.  There are boxes in the vestibule for your donations.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Sunday October 30, 2011 $ 11,058.64
Sunday October 31, 2010 $ 10,908.30
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

November 13th Sunday Readings: Prv 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31; 1 Thes 5:1-6; Mt 25:14-30.

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, November 8th.

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: This Thursday, November 10th.

Advent Parish Retreat. . . Our annual Advent retreat will begin on Monday, December 5th and continue on Tuesday, Dec. 6th and Wednesday, Dec. 7th: 7:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m.: each evening one of the basilica priests will offer a spiritual Conference and lead us in adoration of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, the Rosary and Benediction. Confessions will be heard each evening for the entire hour. All are welcome—including your children. Come prepare for Christmas by joining the parish in prayer & adoration, and by going to Confession.

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

St. Gabriel Church—First Saturday Devotions. . . Saint Gabriel Parish will celebrate the First Saturday Devotions in Honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  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, November 28th.

St. Leo Holiday Fair. . . is Saturday, November 12th from 10AM—6PM, and Sunday, November 13th from 9AM—1PM. Homemade Crafts & Handbags, Seasonal Décor, Gift Baskets & Gourmet Gifts, Peruvian Handknit Designs, Woodworks, Watercolors, Paintings, Photos, Jewelry, Home Entertaining Items, Topiary & Wreaths, Dolls, Doll Fashions & Furnishings, Baby Crafts, Children’s Books and Wellness Gifts. New Vendors. All are welcome.

+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, November 5, 2011
4:00 +John and Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Sexton Young
Sunday, November 6, 2011
7:30 +Members Nguyen Family req. Thang Nguyen
8:30 +James Archer req. Bill Christiaanse
10:00 +Rose and Bill Pinto req. The Pinto Family
12:00 +Deceased Members of the Preziosi Family req. Marion, Billy and Ricky Morris and Jimmy and Michele Sagdati
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, November 7, 2011
8:00 People of the Parish
12:10 +Jozef Loking Jean Baptiste req. Ferry G.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
8:00 +Catherine & Gene Dzilinski req. Marie Carr
12:10 In Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary req. Montanise Paulemon
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 Special Intentions Alvina Ramos req. Maria
Thursday, November 10, 2011
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. John Marciano
12:10 +Helen Bestercy req. Louise Munro
Friday, November 11, 2011
8:00 Special Intentions for the Ferraino Family req. The Calderaro Family
12:10 Veterans of the Parish req. Priests of the Parish
Saturday, November 12, 2011
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. the McAleer Family
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Maria

Weddings. . . Couples must contact and begin meeting with one of the parish priests for at least 6 months before a hoped for wedding date at Saint John’s. Please call the parish secretary, Cindy, or one of the priests for an initial discussion.

Baptisms. . . Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. Please call Cindy (203-324-1553, ext 21).

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 meeting 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. Call Ferry at 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies, 8th-12th grades. Call Beth at 203-975-0074.

Holy Hour. . . on Monday Nights, 7pm—8 pm. Adoration, 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.

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:
November 11, 1870: “The regular annual ball of St. John’s R. C. Benevolent Association will take place at Hoyt Hall, Thanksgiving Eve. Excellent music is engaged and those who attend are promised a grand time. Tickets $1 admitting a gentleman and lady.”

120 years ago, or so:
November 7, 1890: St. John’s R.C. Church Matters. “The fence in front of the rectory received a fresh coat of paint early this week. The usual examination in the parochial school lasted nearly all of the present week. This (Friday) evening there will be the benediction of the blessed sacrament in St. John’s church at 7:30 o’clock. The quarterly conference of this R.C. diocese was held this week in Hartford. The pastors attended on Tuesday and the assistant pastors on Thursday.”

75 years ago, or so:
November 12, 1934: Former Stamfordite Speaks to Children of Mary Sodality. “Sister Mary Corita, a former member of the Children of Mary Sodality of St. John’s Church, spoke, yesterday, to 200 people in the basement of the Sacred Heart Church, Schuyler Ave. With Sister Corita was Sister Batista who assisted her. Both are members of the Foreign Mission Sisters of St. Dominic with the Motherhouse at Maryknoll, New York. In the few years since the Mission Sisters organized, their assistance, comfort and teachings have been far-reaching. Much is credited to their untiring labors.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Sister Corita, the former Rita Anna Herrgen, was a 1923 graduate of St. John’s School. She was held as a prisoner by the Japanese from 1942 to 1944.)

70 years ago, or so:
November 8, 1941: Music for Sunday Church Services. “With the thought that Stamford people are interested in the many and varied sacred selections heard in the local churches each Sunday, The Stamford Advocate plans to announce on the church page, each Saturday, the music which will be in many of the churches.—St. John’s Catholic: The High Mass at 11 o’clock at St. John’s Catholic Church tomorrow will include the Asperges Me, Gregorian: the Kyrie, by Montani, sung by the boys’ choir; a Gloria by Marah, and a Credo by Krekel, sung by the mixed choir. The offertory will be Arcadelt’s “Ave Maria,” sung by the boys’ choir; and the mixed choir will sing the Sanctus and the Benedictus. The Agnus Dei is by Vito Carnevall, sung by the boys’ choir. Mr. Fagan will play the organ recessional.”

– Fr. Terry Walsh
“If God is for us, who is against us?”(Rm. 8:31)

In the Holy Mass, the Liturgy of the Word takes its first Reading from the Old Testament and its second Reading from the New Testament, followed by the Gospel. The Psalm poetically unites the general theme of all the Readings and draws us into a deeper contemplation of the Word, preparing us for a more faithful reception of our Lord Sacramentally in the Holy Eucharist. The Word draws the attentive heart into a dialogue with God – a meditation of his love. “The Word of God is like a two-edged sword” St. Paul tells us. It penetrates our hearts and opens our minds to the Divine. St. Paul is very often depicted in art holding a Sword in one hand and carrying the Scriptures in the other. St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, arguably the most important of his 13 Epistles, was written during his stay in Corinth (c.58 AD) as he was about to leave for Rome to visit the growing Christian community there. Less than a decade later he would be martyred in Rome. The letter explains essential teachings concerning the relationship between God and man: “For God has consigned all men to disobedience, that he may have mercy upon all” (11:32). Paul beautifully explains that true Freedom, true life, is found only through Jesus Christ, who, through His one perfect sacrifice has conquered sin and death and so redeemed all those who worship Him “in Spirit and in Truth”, to recall a phrase of our Lord spoken to the woman at the well in the Gospel of St. John; that is, all who “live according to the Spirit” – nourished by Grace. Life in the “New Law” – that is – the “Law of Grace”, is lived through the obedience of faith in imitation of the obedience of Jesus to the Will of the Father. The gift of Divine Life given to all who seek Christ, living according to the Gospel and cooperating with Grace, quite literally forms us into new creations. Paul stresses that this is a total, unmerited gift of Mercy. “But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us(5:8)….So you must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus”(6:11).

Paul clearly draws the distinction between life in the flesh as opposed to life in the Spirit. Chapter 8, in particular, focuses beautifully on the “Indwelling of the Holy Spirit” and reminds us that we who are baptized into the Body of Christ are true children of God. “When we cry, ‘Abba! Father! It is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him”(8:15ff). St. Paul draws attention to the very purpose of Creation and the hope of Redemption. Perhaps his most compelling teaching is that God Himself accompanies our every step, leading us into His Very Being – if we let Him. “…the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we don’t know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” (8:26-27). What tremendous words of hope and consolation! Are we truly mindful of our companion?

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (15:13).