For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday November 20, 2011

Pastor’s Corner. . . Let’s take a look at the rest of the changes in the Mass. I’ll mark the changes in bold and underlined print. At the Offertory, there an invitation to prayer by the priest, who says “Pray Brethren that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, our Almighty Father.” That remains the same, as does most of your response, except for one word: “May the Lord accept the sacrifice at our hands for the praise and glory of His name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.”

Next comes the Preface Dialogue between you and the priest:
Priest: The Lord be with you.
People: And with your spirit.
Priest: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them up to the Lord.
Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People: It is right and just.

Next comes the Sanctus:
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Immediately after the Consecration, the priest invites everyone to profess their faith:
Priest: The mystery of faith.

There are three choices for your response, which the priest will lead:

A: People: We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and we proclaim your Resurrection until you come again.
B: People: When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your Death, O Lord, until you come again.
C: People: Save us, Savior of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection, you have set us free.

Following the Our Father, the priest says, “The peace of the Lord be with you always.
Your response: And with your spirit.

Before Holy Communion, we speak to Our Lord and ask His mercy in the Lamb of God:
Priest: Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.
People: Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

The final change is in the concluding rite:
Priest: The Lord be with you.
People: And with your spirit.

The changes are not so numerous, nor are they so radical, that it will take weeks to memorize them. If you are as old as I am, you might remember that these are the translations first used when the Mass began to be offered in English in the late 1960’s.

We will begin using these changes next weekend, the weekend of November 26/27, and they are permanent. So, memorize away!

Laminated cards with the changes will be in each pew. PLEASE, DO NOT TAKE THEM HOME. Use them during Mass, and then replace them by using the hat clip in front of your place in the pew. That way, the people for the next Mass will have them to use.
God bless you all. —Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . John Murray, Billy Therriault, Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Corrine Mattson, Mary D’Arco, Anthony Sansone, Tessie Mulhern, Gary Everett, Margie Joyce, Tonin Gjepaj, Monica Dewey, Sandra Mayfield, 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. . . Vincent Sharkey, Sr., Madre Perpetua, Madeleine Charlotin, 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.

Walkway Construction. . .As you may have noticed, the walkway between the church and the rectory is torn up. PLEASE, DO NOT CROSS THE WORK LINES AND BARRIERS, OR ELSE YOU MAY BE SERIOUSLY HURT BY FALLING. The rectory side entrance to the church will remain closed for the next two weeks. Please use the elevator, the front door or the Bell Street door to enter the church. For religious education classes and choir practice in the Monsignor Nagle Hall, please use the Bell Street door as well. For religious education classes held in the rectory, or to access the parish offices in the rectory, please use the Atlantic Street gates, which will be open. Please excuse the inconvenience.

Religious Education… We will have class on both Nov 20 and Dec 4th but Not on Nov 27[Thanksgiving weekend]

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 21st at 7 p.m.

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 in memory of a loved one, for a donation of $20.00 per candle, per week. Please call Cindy at 203-324-1553, ext. 21.

Salus Populi Romani Icon Votive Memorial.. .In memory of Rose Kronk req. Joan and John Kronk.

Saint Peter Votive Memorial. . . Left votive is in memory of Vincent DeRosa req. Joan and John Kronk.

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Memorial. . . In memory of Bill Cody req. the Cody Family.

St. Joseph Votive Memorial . . . In memory of Bill Cody req. the Cody Family.

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. . . $595,960.00 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.

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . Will next meet on the Wednesdays of January: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25, starting at 7:30 pm in the rectory. Our topic in January will be the theology of Origen, led by Father Michael Novajoski, parochial vicar of St. Jude Parish, Monroe. There is no charge; classes are 1 hour, and all the texts are in English translations. You’ll love this stuff! Everyone is welcome.

The St. Maria Goretti Society Second Annual Food Drive Of NON Perishable Food. . . For the needy continues through November 20th. Please place your donations in the boxes in the vestibule.  

Thanksgiving Day. . . November 24th, there will be only ONE MASS: 10 a.m. The usual 8 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. Masses are CANCELLED on Thanksgiving. Please bring the whole family and give thanks to God for our great nation and for the many blessings we receive each year.

Sunday November 13, 2011 $ 11,309.81
Sunday November 14, 2010 $ 11,445.67

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

November 27th Sunday Readings: Is 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7; 1 Cor 1:3-9; Mk 13:33-37.

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 22nd.

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: TBA

Advent Parish Retreat. . . Monday, December 5th, Tuesday, Dec. 6th, Wednesday, Dec. 7th: 7:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m.: Spiritual Conference, 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.

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

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.

Saint Gabriel Church . . . invites you to two liturgical celebrations:
. . . Solemn Vespers for the Feast of Christ the King, Sunday, November 20th at 4 in the afternoon. Fr. Robert Kinnally, Rector of St. John Fisher Seminary, Guest Homilist.

AND . . Solemn High Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, In Honor of St. Cecilia, Tuesday, November 22nd at 7:30 PM. Msgr. Stephen Di Giovanni, Rector of the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, will be the Guest Homilist.

Christmas Bake Sale. . .The weekend of December 3rd-4th in the Msgr. Nagle Parish Hall after all the Masses. Our Parish Ladies will be baking up a storm of delicious baked treats for your holiday sweet tooth. All proceeds will go to the Basilica. Come join us!

Bakers. . .mark your calendars for the first weekend in December and set your ovens to 350 degrees! This year we will be hosting a Christmas Bake Sale at Monsignor Nagle Hall on Saturday, December 3rd before and after the 4PM mass and on Sunday, December 4th after all the masses, concluding after the noon mass. We will be looking to sell your cakes, cookies, pies, brownies and breads and hope to see a few babkas, stollens and maybe even a Buche de Noel. We are also hoping to offer a Candy Corner with chocolate crack up, fudge, truffles and bark. Please bring your festively wrapped goodies down to Monsignor Nagle Hall by Saturday afternoon [Dec 3rd] before 4PM mass. Remember, if you wrap it well, it will sell! And please feel free to include a list of ingredients or even a recipe! We will also be looking for help selling after all masses. Please call Tracy Banahan for questions: 203-834-0284 or email her at

+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, November 19, 2011
4:00 +Members DeRosa, Kronk, Capobianco Families & Edwin Clark req. Joan and John Kronk
Sunday, November 20, 2011
7:30 In Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary req. Marie J. Mathias
8:30 +Deceased members of the Languedoc family req. Josephine Languedoc
10:00 +Karl Wilk req. David Lancaster
12:00 NO NOON MASS (Stamford Thanksgiving Parade)
5:00 +Louise and Arthur Thiel
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, November 21, 2011
8:00 Monsignor Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. Legion of Mary
12:10 +Rose Pavia req. Marion Morris & Family
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
8:00 Special Intention
12:10 +Sister Caroline Marie C.S.J. Birthday Remembrance req. Marie Carr
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
8:00 Special Intentions Padre Juan Priesthood Anniversary req. Maria
12:10 +Evelyn J. Kerin req. Mary Churley
Thursday, November 24, 2011—Thanksgiving (10AM Mass Only)
8:00 NO 8 AM MASS
10:00 Mass of thanksgiving for prayers answered req. Diane Strain
12:10 NO 12:10 PM MASS
Friday, November 25, 2011
8:00 +Gaetano & Maria Conte req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
12:10 +Kevin Michael Rogalski req. Dorothy Rogalski
Saturday, November 26, 2011
8:00 Special Intentions
12:10 +Mary, Raymond and Robbie Gaine req. Mary Bridget Gaine

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:
135 years ago, or so:
November 23, 1877: “The children of St. John’s Roman Catholic School will give an exhibition in the Town Hall on Thanksgiving eve. As those which preceded it by the same school have been very good, it will be well worth attending.”

115 years ago, or so:
November 28, 1898: ONLY TWO CHURCHES. “Three services were held yesterday (Thanksgiving Day) in St. Andrew’s, the only one omitted being matins, at 10 a.m. Four persons attended the low celebration, at 7:30. There was a congregation of nineteen at the high celebration, at 10:30, besides most of the men of the choir. The rector, Rev. F. W. Brathwaite, preached, as usual, and was assisted in the service by Rev. Charles Judd. Fifteen were present at the evening service, besides the clergy and several of the choir. St. John’s Roman Catholic Church had the largest congregation of any church in town, about a hundred being present at the 10:30 morning Mass.”

40 years ago, or so:
November 25, 1972: STAMFORD MAN ORDAINED A HOLY GHOST FATHER. “Christopher P. Promis, C.S.Sp., of Stamford, was recently ordained a Holy Ghost Father at the Holy Ghost Seminary, Norwalk, by Most Rev. Walter W. Curtis, Bishop of Bridgeport, during this, the 100th anniversary of the Order in the United States. Father Promis is a native of Stamford, and a member of St. Bridget Parish. He attended St. John Elementary School, Holy Ghost Preparatory School, Cornwells Heights, Pa., and received his B.A. degree in Philosophy from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Father Promis was our last vocation to the Priesthood from the parish.)

35 years ago, or so:
November 22, 1974: Churchmen urge ‘spirit of giving’. “The Rev. Samuel L. White, pastor of Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church, called on every individual to adopt a “ministry of giving” as he addressed a gathering of 300 at St. John’s Church Sunday evening. The United Ecumenical Service, sponsored by the Council of Churches and Synagogues, brought various religious denominations together for worship. The Rev. William A. Nagle, pastor of St. John’s Church, said the theme of the service was “a lot to be thankful for in 1975.” Mr. White, offering the Thanksgiving sermon, said, “If Stamford could grasp the spirit of giving” the City would be a better place to live.”

Light in the Midst of Darkness
-Fr. Terry Walsh

Each November, as the daylight hours begin to diminish, the Church’s Liturgical year also begins to draw to a close. The darker days remind us of our own mortality and cause us to reflect on just how well we are using the time our Lord has so graciously given each of us. As we approach the Church New Year, the 1st Sunday of Advent, which is just around the corner, it is a good time to reflect on the state of our Spiritual Journey and have a bit of time to consider some possible resolutions. Has there been progress over these past 12 months in the areas of prayer, of greater understanding of the faith, and of a deeper, fully appreciation of the blessings and challenges that are meant to draw us closer to God? What “New Year’s Resolutions” might be considered to make greater progress beginning on the First Sunday of Advent? Perhaps consider the foundation stones in your prayer life. Are you opening your Bible at home each day – even for just a few minutes – and allowing God to speak to you. What a treasure! As we grow in our knowledge of God by reading and meditating upon the Word, we grow in our understanding of his love for us and begin to see more clearly how we ought to respond to that love. Understanding will come if we put forth the effort. It is a way of seeking God and Jesus promised, “Seek and you shall find.” The daily Rosary is another powerful devotion to solidify the foundation of daily prayer, even if you begin that devotion with one simple Mystery each day. Each of the 20 mysteries is a meditation on our Lord. Our Blessed Mother leads us to Him. Indeed, as we walk with Her, we begin to understand Her relationship with our Lord more clearly. She is nearest Him in His joy and sorrow. She is nearest Him in His glory. Our Spiritual Mother longs to teach us how to love Her Son more and more faithfully and through the Devotion of the Holy Rosary we gain wonderful insights and graces into our Lord’s life, death, and Resurrection. What a wonderful foundation of prayer: Scripture and Rosary. Then, when talking with God about all the circumstances and details of our daily lives, we’ll begin to understand our lives in Light of His. And the graces He wants to pour into our hearts will be more abundant, more efficacious, simply because our prayer life will have opened our hearts wider to receive Him and consequently, we will walk more faithfully with Him.

As the November days grow darker, our hearts should continue to grow in the Light. Consider the Supernatural Virtue of Hope. It was infused in our souls at Baptism – a hope that has grown more resilient through the graces received through faithfully living out the dignity of our respective Christian vocations with an ever deepening desire to dwell in the Light of Christ as the Saints in Heaven already enjoy. Our hope is buoyed by the confidence that we are in fact called to share in that Light and that those who have gone before us are actually interceding for us – praying for us – today. Likewise, we who continue to “fight the good fight” in the Church on earth should be mindful of those who are on their way to Heaven but look for our prayerful support to speed their journey through Purgatory. We are all part of One Body, Jesus Christ, and our prayers for the dead have true efficacy. We must pray for each other. Purgatory is a great gift. The greatest attribute of God is His Mercy! Purgatory is a shining example of that Mercy. It is a state of purification so that a soul may be made worthy to enter the perfect holiness of Eternal Beatitude – the Brilliant, Radiant Light of Christ. Only Holy souls may enter there and those that do are assured of going to Heaven.
In addition to helping the holy souls who are in Purgatory through prayer, almsgiving, indulgences, and various works of penance, we may also gain the treasures of Indulgences for ourselves in such abundance that upon our own death, we may be taken straight up to Heaven. Our Lord is infinitely generous.

These dim days of November do not darken our hearts when we reflect on the love and mercy of our generous Redeemer. As we are filled with the Light of Christ, we will grow in understanding of our Christian Dignity and the Life of Holiness each of us is called to live. We will draw closer to Him through the grace of the Sacraments and He will offer us many opportunities to demonstrate our love for Him as we pray for one another, beginning with those who have gone before us.