For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday June 17, 2012

Pastor’s Corner. . . Last weekend was a wonderful weekend for the parish: there were nearly 1,000 parishioners who attended the outdoor procession through Stamford, and the Parish Block Party. The evening was beautiful, and our way to thank everyone who contributed to the repainting of our Basilica.

Such a large undertaking did not simply happen, but was the product of the skills and generosity of many or our parishioners. Phil DeFelice gets first thanks, for his design and construction of the beautiful wooden cabinetry tower upon which was placed the Monstrance during the procession: thanks, Phil for your continued generous use of your skills for the parish. Father Cyprian LaPastina served as the Master of Ceremonies for the procession and Benediction, assisted by Fathers Walsh and Audette. Chris Mueller and our parish choir did yeomen’s work providing beautiful music to lead us in prayer during the procession and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The altar servers, led by Andrew Mbabaali, and assisted by Ferry Galbert and Kolbe Duffy. Gabriel Natarelli, John Martelli, Rosario Pugliese and the men of the Holy Name Society who carried the processional Cross and Basilica Tintinabulum in the procession, Marion Morris and Dominic Piria our parish sacristans who prepared everything, Tony Colon, our parish custodian, who lent a hand at everything, and members of the Stamford Police Department who directed traffic through the streets, all made the procession a magnificent public manifestation of our Faith in downtown Stamford.

There are many parishioners who volunteered their time and talents making the Block Party great fun for everyone. First and foremost, the co-chairs of the organizing committee were Annie and Dan Schreck, Lauren and Geof Gentile, who spent scores of hours during the past month planning and organizing Sunday’s Block Party. Next came the organizers for the various aspects of the evening: The food committee was made up of Phil and Judy DeFelice, Frank and Beth Carpanzano, Sal DeMott, Tom and Tracy Banahan, Jeff Russo, Alessio and Angela Gianitti, Joe Maker, Gene D’Agostino, Barry and Carla Coutant, Ralph and Caroline Cipriani, Sean Flynn and many other who stepped up and lent a hand during the evening. Our security was led by Larry Smith, joined by Daryl Ingrahm, Jim Rubino, Bill Saunders, Al Tonri, and members of the Holy Name Society and of the Stamford and Greenwich Police Departments. Deirdre Garrahan and Leon Peng led the members of the parish young adult group The Flock, who helped in a variety of ways to make the procession and Block Party work. Likewise, I am grateful to Sharon Gannon, Mrs. Gene D’Agostino and Joe McAleer for taking photographs of the procession through Stamford, providing us with a photo journal for our parish archives. Also, I must thank the City of Stamford, and in particular Ernie Orgera, for allowing us the use of their stage truck and barricades for the Block Party, and to his crew who set up and broke down the staging area. Also, my parish rectory staff, who prefers to remain individually nameless: all their hours of hard work, preparing for and cleaning up after our weekend events, both inside and outside the basilica and parish hall and on the grounds. I am grateful to you all.

And finally, to all our parishioners who attended the past weekend’s events, and who donated to repaint the Basilica: thank you for your generosity and love for Saint John’s. This is the best parish in the diocese, and I am very proud to be your pastor.

God bless you all! —Msgr. DiGiovanni


One final summer note:

July 16th is the third anniversary of Saint John’s being raised to the dignity of a Minor Basilica by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI.

On that day, a Plenary Indulgence is offered to all who visit the Basilica and pray for the intentions of Our Holy Father, under the usual conditions:

—One must visit the Basilica, going inside;
—One must go to Confession and receive Holy Communion at least once during the week around July 16th;
—One must have no attachment to sin;
—One must perform the charitable act of faith required: praying one Our Father, one Hail Mary and recite the Creed for the intentions of Pope Benedict XVI.

Likewise, on that day, we will insert a new time capsule into the Basilica cornerstone and install new bronze and marble plaques recording our being named a Basilica— the Pope’s Church in Fairfield County.

Please pray for the sick. . . David Morgan, Gene Gavin, Maureen Casner, Stephen Casner, Marcy Stano, Mary-Jane Rice, Joan Duffy, Gale Browne, Mercedes Huertas, Peter Boltrek, Billy Therriault, Gary Everett, Erin Wiggin, Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Corrine Mattson, Marie Michele Louis, Herman Schneider, Eva Grace Kelly, John Murray, Mary D’Arco, Anthony Sansone, Tessie Mulhern, Margie Joyce, Tonin Gjepaj, Sandra Mayfield.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Joseph Perna, James McManus, Regina Ngodie, Corrie Evans, Ernesto F. Scafidi, Frank D’Amico, Don Curry, Raymond Eagan, Anthony Russo, Violet Roddy, David Brandel, Blanche Kulowiec, Thomas Pavia, Cassandra Eloy, Anilia Firmin, Joseph Danilauskas, Bridget Sheehy, Norma Johnson, Viergina Toussaint, George Muro, Ann Rich, Lena Chiappetta, Rosina Raiteri, Felicia Stramandinoli, Duverney Caporal, Terrence Cooke, Charles Harman, Bill Wiles, Carmen Candelaria, Gregory E. Mazza.

Monthly Collection . . . The second collection today will be the monthly collection for the parish. Your generosity is appreciated.

Monday Evening Holy Hour . . . Monday nights 7-8:00 pm for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Rosary in the Nagle Hall. Next Holy Hour: Monday, June 18th .

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. . . See you in September!!

Banns of Marriage:
Banns I: Nadege Jean-Rene & Michael Sternovais Baptiste
Banns II: Robert Edward Lynch & Gilian Elizabeth Farrelly
Nicholas Joshua Campbell III & Elizabeth Kathleen Jetton
Banns III: Elizabeth Ann Pimpinella & Mario Luigi Pansino

Latin Reading Group. . .Wednesdays: 6:15 pm in the Rectory (reading ability required).

Biblical Greek Grammar. . . A beginner grammar class:Thursdays: 6:30 pm in the Rectory.

Votive Hearts. . .An ancient Catholic practice is to place a small heart or metal decoration at a shrine of the Blessed Mother, as a symbolic personal offering for a prayer, or as a personal sign of thanksgiving for a favor granted. You can see some in front of the Icon of Our Lady. The parish office now has hand made votive plaques for sale, to be placed near the Icon of Our Lady. There are two sizes: small copper hearts: $10.00 each; larger copper flowers: $50.00 each. You may purchase them by visiting or phoning the office [Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.], and they will be hung at the Icon of Our Lady soon after purchase, remaining as a constant sign of your prayer:like a candle, but lasting longer.

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. . . On July 16th: the 3rd anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s generous granting of the dignity of a Minor Basilica to our parish. To commemorate the occasion, a simple ceremony will be held on July 16th following the 8:00 a.m. Mass. On the front steps of the Basilica, we will bless a new time capsule and new cornerstone bronze and marble decorations to seal up the cornerstone opened last year. Following the brief ceremony, a light breakfast reception will be held in the parish rectory for all who attend. Please join us for the 8:00 a.m Mass on July 16th.

A PLENARY INDULGENCE is also offered on July 16th under the usual conditions: a visit to the Basilica, sacramental confession and the reception of Holy Communion within the week of July 16th, the total detachment from sin, and the pious offering of an Our Father, Hail Mary and the Creed for the intentions of Pope Benedict XVI.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday June 10, 2012 $ 11,607.47
Sunday June 12, 2011 $ 13,609.21

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

June 24th Sunday Readings: Is 49:1-6; Acts 13:22-26; Lk 1:57-66, 80.

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,

Project Rachel Ministry. . . offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God who is love and mercy. Info. (203) 416-1619 or

Francis & Clare High School Youth Group. . . Faith. Adventure. Community. That’s what you’ll find at the new post-Confirmation co-ed High School Youth Group. Join us! Meetings on the 2nd and 4th Sunday each month. Find the group “Francis and Clare Youth Group” on Facebook or email for more info.

St. John’s 20’s and 30’s: The Flock…our 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:

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).

Voluntary Services for the Blind. . . Bring sunshine to someone’s life. Volunteers are needed to be drivers, readers, friendly visitors, shoppers and clerical assistants for legally blind persons. For information, call 203-324-6611, ext 2.

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.

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Has begun. Many parishioners may have already received a letter from Bishop Lori. Saint John’s annual goal, set by the diocese, is $100,000. The funds collected for the Bishop are used for the numerous charitable and educational works of the Diocese. We have collected to date: $76,230.

St. Mary R.C. Church Family Fair. . .566 Elm Street, Stamford, will take place from Wed. June 20th – Sun. June 24th. Wed. 6pm-10pm, Thurs. 5pm-11pm, Fri. 5pm-11pm, Sat. 4pm-10pm, Sun. 4pm-10pm. Rides, good food, $10,000 cash raffle, silent auction & entertainment. $5 entry fee for adults-good towards food.

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 203-866-1606. Next meeting: Monday, June 25th.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, June 16, 2012
4:00 +John Maloney req. Mary
Sunday, June 17, 2012
7:30 +Bonfelio and Yolanda Preli req. DeFelice Family
8:30 Special Intentions Father Audette req. Josephine Languedoc
10:00 +Natale Sposato req. the Mossa Family
12:00 +Sister Elizabeth Hart R.S.M. req. Esther Hart and Family
5:00 +Marie Wenthen
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, June 18, 2012
8:00 +Nilda Borella req. the Carpanzano Family
12:10 A Mass of Thanksgiving req. Diane Strain
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
8:00 Special Intentions for my Family req. Scholastica Nabwire
12:10 +Deceased members of the Lockhart Family req. Harriet Lockhart
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
8:00 +Mark Pavlich req. Mr. and Mrs. Buckman
12:10 Stephanie Urban req. Jon Alsenas
Thursday, June 21, 2012
8:00 Special Intentions Lisette Dorsainville
12:10 +Josephine D’Amico req. her son Frank
Friday, June 22, 2012
8:00 +George Serock req. Nancy Ferro
12:10 +Audrey Reda req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
Saturday, June 23, 2012
8:00 +Wladek and Willemina Falek req. daughter
12:10 +Carmine Salvatore req. Giannitti Family

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. For more information 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, September 5th.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory: basic reading ability required.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Basic Grammar: Meets Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory.

Coffee Hour. . . Starts again in September.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
145 years ago, or so:
June 18, 1869: “On the fourth-or rather on Monday the Fifth of July, St. John’s Roman Catholic Church is to have an excursion to Woodside Park. A good brass and string band is to be engaged, and everything possible will be done to make the occasion an enjoyable one to all who choose to attend.”

120 years ago, or so:
June 22, 1894: SIXTY PUPILS PROMOTED. “Appended is a list of those who have passed the examinations for entrance to the High School, from the various schools in the town. Following are the names: St. John’s Parochial School.—Agnes Daley, John Daley, Minnie Hanrahan, Charles Maher, Julia McAlfister, Maggie McDonald, Mary Murphy, Christopher Stack.”

70 years ago, or so:
June 19, 1942: Stamford Man To Be Ordained As Priest Sunday. “The Rev. Joseph J. McEvoy, S.J., son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. McEvoy of 33 Hillside Ave., will be one of 10 members of the Society of Jesus to be ordained to the priesthood in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart at Woodstock College, Woodstock, Md., Sunday, by the Most Rev. Michael J. Curley, Archbishop of Washington and Baltimore. On Sunday, June 28, at 11 a.m., Father McEvoy will sing his first Solemn High Mass at St. John’s Catholic Church here. A graduate of St. John’s Parochial School, which he attended from 1918 until 1925, Father McEvoy began his preparation for the priesthood in the Jesuit order in 1929 at the novitiate of St. Andrew, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., after he had completed four years study at Regis High School, New York City.”

50 years ago, or so:
June 19, 1962: Recollection Day Held At Monastery By Boy Scout Troops.
“The annual Day of Recollection for Catholic Boy Scouts, sponsored by the Catholic Committee on Scouting of the Alfred W. Dater Council, was held this weekend at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Monastery, New Canaan. Committee in charge were John P. Guerrlich, John J. Barkhardt, Norman L. Raymond, Anthony Passero and Frederick Miller, Jr. The program, under the direction of the Rev. Aloysius Moran, O.S.M., included Mass, explanation of the Mass, recreation, instruction on the Catholic aspects of scouting, lunch, visitation of shrines, tour of the monastery and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Scouts attending were Terrence Costello, James Gallagher, Edward Leonard, James Otis and John Connolly, Troop 22, St. John’s Church.”

In Their Two Hearts
– Fr. Terry Walsh

The Solemnity of the Easter Season ends with the great feast of Pentecost 50 days after the Resurrection of our Lord. Then, the Church “re-enters” Ordinary Time, a period that lasts 33-34 weeks of the Liturgical Cycle (beginning at the conclusion of the Christmas Season and interrupted for the Seasons of Lent and Easter). During “Ordinary Time” we celebrate 4 special feasts of our Lord: Trinity Sunday, Corpus Christi, The Sacred Heart, and at the end of Ordinary Time, just before the 1st Sunday of Advent (the beginning of the New Liturgical Year) we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King.

Each year we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on the Sunday that follows the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity (all determined by the date of Easter). Now, within the “Octave” of Corpus Christi (Sunday to Sunday) we celebrate both the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Friday – the day that commemorates His Crucifixion – and the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the Saturday – the day that Mary prayerfully waited for the Resurrection. Notice the union of their two hearts. Wherever Jesus is, there is our Blessed Mother. Jesus was “given flesh” through Mary’s “Yes” and of course Mary was “given flesh” by her Son, Who created Her, Immaculately. Notice, too, that we celebrate feasts honoring Jesus and Mary ‘side by side’ in September each year as well: the “Triumph of the Cross” on September 14th followed by “Our Lady of Sorrows” on September 15th. Mary, of course, shares in the Passion of Her Son, spiritually. Just as their two Hearts are united in joy, so, too, are they united in pain and suffering. Theirs is an inseparable union.

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus can be demonstrated in the Early Church and among the Patristic writers in the early centuries. There is a wonderful book tracing the devotion to the Sacred Heart throughout the history of the Church written by Timothy O’Donnell, a President of Christendom College, entitled Heart of the Redeemer. De Montfort’s True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary provides a most wonderful understanding of the Immaculate Heart of our Lady. As we grow in our union with God through Mary, our Hearts will be formed into fonts of love as Jesus and Mary draw us into Divine Love.

Certainly the writings of St. Gertrude, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, and a host of others inspire us to devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus from which every good thing flows. St. Faustina put it this way: “In difficult moments, I will fix my gaze upon the silent Heart of Jesus, stretched upon the Cross, and from the exploding flames of His merciful Heart, will flow down upon me power and strength to keep fighting”(Diary, 906).

Recall the Psalmist’s plea, “

O search me God and know my heart. O test me and know my thoughts. See that I follow not the wrong path and lead me in the path of life eternal”(Psalm 139).

“My Heart is ready, O God/My heart is ready”(Psalms).