For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday May 5, 2013


Pastor’s Corner: William A. Nagle was born in Hartford on June 1, 1923 to Harold E. Nagle and Anne Lowe Nagle. He passed away on Friday, April 26th, at the age of 89.

During the 2009 celebrations commemorating his 60th anniversary of priestly ordination, Monsignor told his assembled friends and family that he first considered becoming a priest at the age of 9 years. He began formal seminary training at the age of 13, entering Saint Thomas Seminary High School in Bloomfield, Connecticut, graduating as valedictorian of his class in 1940. He continued at Saint Thomas for the first two years of college undergraduate studies. In 1942, he won the prestigious Basselin Scholarship in Philosophy, a three year intensive program, at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, and four years of seminary studies, he was awarded a Masters Degree in Philosophy and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology, both with high honors. One of his professors and mentors was the Servant of God, Archbishop Fulton Sheen. He also proved himself a superb and avid tennis player. In 1948 he was assigned to serve as a deacon prefect at his alma mater, Saint Thomas Seminary [picture at left], was then ordained a priest on May 26, 1949 in Saint Joseph Cathedral in Hartford, and offered his first Mass at Saint John’s the following day.

Since all Connecticut at that time was under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Hartford, Father Nagle served in various parishes throughout the State, including Old Lyme, Kent, Sharon, Fairfield, South Norwalk, Shelton, Darien and Stamford. In Stamford, he was the founding Pastor of Saint Bridget of Ireland Parish, and then, in 1973, he was assigned to his home parish of Saint John the Evangelist on Atlantic Street, in which his family had worshipped for many years.

The 25 years of his pastorate at Saint John’s were some of the most trying and difficult of times, because of the continued deterioration of the City of Stamford. Urban Redevelopment was in high gear, and much of the downtown housing had been leveled, in preparation for the promised redevelopment that would not arrive for years. With few people living within the parish boundaries, and the parish school having been torn down in 1972 as a result of the additional flight of many to the suburbs, Saint John’s seemed doomed. Monsignor Nagle once told me that Bishop Curtis had instructed him not to become too comfortable at Saint John’s, because it would soon be closed and the buildings torn down. Following the Second Vatican Council, Bishop Curtis envisioned the replacement of huge and historic church buildings with smaller, more modern parish complexes as small faith communities. The result was disastrous, as even more parishioners of Saint John’s were cut off, as members of the smaller new parishes in Stamford.

Yet, Monsignor stayed put. With little funds, few people, and no support from the Diocese of Bridgeport, Monsignor soldiered on in the parish he loved: he maintained the aging church and rectory as best he could, installed an elevator in the church, as well as a new organ and an air conditioning system. But his most important work was his generous ministering to the spiritual needs of the parishioners of Saint John’s, and to all Stamford’s Catholics, serving as chaplain to the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and to the Police and Fire Departments, alike. He worked every day to be a good priest, and he succeeded.

We owe him much. During his 60th anniversary celebrations, Monsignor reflected that “The important thing as a priest is to worship God and realize He’s above all and try to do everything for Him. The one thing I can say is, I wanted to be a priest, I became a priest, and I have no regrets. I loved it, and am thankful. Being a priest is my biggest happiness in life.” God bless him!
—Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Ian Rice, Maureen Henry James, Diane Grant, Huong Diep Nguyen, Kevin O’Byrne, Paul Cavallo, Peter Baccaro, Yvette Constant, Sheila Beirne, Thomas Beirne, Billy Therriault, Megan Bobroske, Harrie Humphreys, Lena Cocchia, Msgr. Peter Dora, Gary Everett, Connie Ward, Flint Moger, Kathleen Moger, Catherine Olnek, Margaret Kelly, Julia Oliveira.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Msgr. William A. Nagle, Felix Boursiquot, Helen Moger, Alfred Preziosi, Brian M. Murray, Fr. James C. Hoge, O.S.B., Fr. David Howell, Mario Stano, Raymond Jean-Rene, Caroline Pavia, Virginia Raiteri, Myrtle Rocco, Frank Pironto, Betsabe Chung, Dorothy Konopka, Patricia Lee Thiesfeldt, Nancy Claire O’Shea, Louis Angenola, Gerard Phillippe, Naida Cognetta, Cheryl Wolven, Richard Lauture, Mauril Lauture, Eduardo Aquiles, Celia Perdigon, Marge Sabia.

***Ascension Thursday: May 9th is a holy day of obligation. Masses: 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8th and at 8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m.; 5:15. p.m. on Thursday, May 9th .

Monday Evening Holy Hour: Monday nights 7-8:00 pm for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Rosary in the Basilica. Next Holy Hour, Monday May 6th.

Easter Duty: Each Catholic is obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once yearly, during the Easter Season (Easter, March 31st—Pentecost, May 19th). That means each person should also go to Confession at least once yearly, to receive the Body and Blood of Our Lord worthily.

Banns of Marriage: Banns I: Sean Patrick Dunn and Gabrielle Marie Carpanzano

Sunday Sung Evening Prayer [Vespers] & Benediction: 4:15pm-4:45pm. In the Basilica every Sunday: All are welcome: Bring the family to pray and stay for the 5 pm Mass.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies: Will not meet in May.

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

Biblical Greek Grammar: An intermediate grammar and reading class: Some basic grammatical knowledge of Biblical Greek is required. Thursdays at 6:30 pm in the Rectory.

RCIA Classes: (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) Tuesdays in the Rectory, 7:00pm-9pm. Anyone interested in becoming Catholic is welcome to attend. Anyone who has not yet received the Sacrament of CONFIRMATION is encouraged to attend. Info: 203-324-1553.

Relics of Saints: A very generous parishioner has donated a collection of more than 300 saints’ relics to our parish. They are organized in reliquaries by month. So, as you can see on the Saint Joseph Altar, there is a reliquary above the tabernacle, and each month it will house the relics of saints whose feast days are celebrated that month. So, for May, the saints’ relics are: Saints Philip the Apostle, Athanasius the Great, Pope Alexander I, Monica, Pope Pius V, Venustus, Domitila, Helladius, Gregory of Nazianzen, Anthony of Florence, Philip Neri, Florianus, Boniface, Isidore the Farmer, John Nepomocene, Paschal, Venantius, Peter Coeler, Bernard of Siena, Secundus, Rita of Cassia, Crispin, Vincent, Pope Gregory VII, Nereus, Magdalene Pazzi, Felicitas, Restitutus, Ferdinand, Petronilla. The Saints are members of the living Church, and we are joined to them through Our Lord, especially each time we offer Holy Mass and receive the Eucharist. Pray to them for your own intentions and for those of your family and friends, that they may intercede at the throne of God on your behalf.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday April 28, 2013 $ 11,325.50
Sunday April 29 2012 $ 12,656.25

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

May 12th, Sunday Readings: Acts 7:55-60; Rev 22:12-14, 16-17, 20; Jn 17:20-26.

ANNUAL BISHOP’S APPEAL: Has begun. Many parishioners may have already received a letter from the Diocese. 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: $45,502. Please be generous; we need everyone’s help.

Home Schooling Families: A group for home schooling families meets monthly on Tuesday in the Nagle Hall. All ages are welcome. Please contact Bridget Bethray at, or Janet Lancaster at 203-637-3301,

St John’s Flock (20’s and 30’s Young Adult Ministry): Come join the Flock for monthly Faith Formation meetings on the 2nd Thursday of the month and other social/service events. For more information, please go to or email

Francis & Clare: Our High School Youth Group. Students interested in being part of the Teen Leadership Group: E-mail to get involved.

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).

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.

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

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.

Birthright of Greater Stamford is seeking volunteers: Supports women with unplanned pregnancies to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, connecting women with medical, financial, legal and other needed resources. Ability to commit 3 hours per week in the office is desirable. Schedules are flexible, and training is provided. Call 348-4355 if Interested, or click onto .

Job Seekers: Meets the 4th Monday monthly in the rectory at 7:30pm: There’s no charge. Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: or 203-866-1606: Next meeting: Monday, May 27th.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, May 4, 2013
4:00 +James and Mary Hoban req. Kieran Malone
Sunday, May 5, 2013
7:30 +John and Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Sexton Young
8:30 +Joseph and Gabriel Fohngho req. Fohngho and Catney Family
10:00 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
11:30 Jimmy and Michelle Sagdati 12th Wedding Anniversary req. Mom, Billy,
Ricky, Brooke Morris and John and Lindsey Giglar
5:00 +Alphonse and Lucy Alagia
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, May 6, 2013
8:00 People of the Parish
12:10 +Mary Loglisci req. Labrosciano Family
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
8:00 +Father Georges Mathelier req. Montanise Paulemon
12:10 +Jack Connors req. Margaret Fitzpatrick
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Ed Sprunger req. Christine Rostafin
5:15 + Msgr. William A. Nagle req. Priests of the Basilica
Thursday, May 9, 2013
8:00 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
12:10 +Fr. Charles Repole req. Joseph and Agnes Kung
5:15 +Teresa Nandera req. Scholastic Nabwire
Friday, May 10, 2013
8:00 Special Intentions Ann Mary Musiime req. Scholastic and Andrew
12:10 +Catherine Davis req. Micki Knight
Saturday, May 11, 2013
8:00 +Agnes Joseph req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +William J. Maloney 4th Anniversary req. Marie Maloney-Wife

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).

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.

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 Family Society: A Potluck dinner and speaker for families: meets 4 times a year….next date to be announced

Francis & Clare: Co-Ed High School Youth Group. Email

Pray to end Legalized Abortion: Wednesdays, 7-10:30a.m., Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St.

St. Dominic Savio Society:For spiritual formation of men, 7th-8thgrades-High Schoolers welcomeContact-Ferry203-324-1553 x22.

St. Maria Goretti Society: For the spiritual formation of young ladies,7th-8th grades(High Schoolers welcome).Beth 203-975-0074.

Holy Hour: on Monday Nights, 7pm—8 pm. Adoration, Holy Rosary, and Benediction. All are welcome!

The Legion of Mary: Meets on Wednesday Evenings, 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: Will not meet in May.

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

Intermediate Studies in Biblical Greek: Intermediate Grammar: Meets Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory.

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:

125 years ago, or so:
May 9, 1890: “The School Committee of this diocese visited St. John’s R.C. parochial school this week Wednesday. The pupils were examined, as is the usual custom, and the committee reported the school to be in a prosperous condition. This Committee consists of Fathers Slocum of Norwalk; O’Brien of Bridgeport; and Treanor, of Waterbury.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Father James C. O’Brien would later serve as Pastor of St. John’s from 1900 to 1928.)

110 years ago, or so:
May 10, 1901: Crowded Houses for Liliputians. “The second night of the “The Liliputians in Fairyland, or the Cruise of the Polar Star,” saw a crowded house despite the unfavorable weather. The performance went off smoothly, and the children acquitted themselves well. The sailor chorus, under the leadership of Leo Conroy, made a big hit, and so did the chorus of the captive Zulus. The latter were called out three times. The specialties were all well rendered, and received liberal applause.”

75 years ago, or so:
May 9, 1936: Mother’s Day to Be Noted Sunday In Churches Here. “Mother’s Day will be observed in many of Stamford’s churches tomorrow, with sermons and special music in reference to “Mother.” At St. John’s R.C. Church, forty hours’ devotion will be observed in honor of the mothers of the parish, and the church will be decorated with flowers. Another “Mother’s Day” observance will be the mother and daughter tea which will be held by the Children of Mary of St. John’s R.C. Church following a reception of new members into the Sodality at 2 p.m. tomorrow, in the basement of the church. The tea will take place in the school hall.”

65 years ago, or so:
May 6, 1949: 2 Area Residents To Be Ordained By Bishop O’Brien. “Two men from the Stamford area will be ordained in the Roman Catholic priesthood in ceremonies at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hartford, on May 26. They are the Rev. Mr. William A. Nagle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Nagle, 9 Randall Ave., Stamford, and the Rev. Mr. James M. Tomney of Cos Cob. Rev. Mr. Nagle is a graduate of the Immaculate Conception School in Hartford, and received his Minor Seminary training at St. Thomas’ Seminary. He completed his undergraduate and graduate philosophical studies at the Bassalin College [sic] in Catholic University, Washington, D.C. He also studied theology at the Theological College and at Catholic University.”

Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come
-Fr. Terry Walsh
The Sacrament of Confirmation

We are in the midst of such a Holy time of the year. After having been lifted up on the Cross for the Life of the world, our Lord rose from the dead, as He said He would, and then lived among the Apostles and Disciples for 40 days. On the Glorious 40th day, He Ascended to the Father in Heaven out of love for us. It is from there that the Father and the Son send the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit, Who will lead and guide us to all Truth. Ten days after the Ascension of Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes at Pentecost to dwell in the hearts and souls of all who are baptized and live a faithful life in Christ. We receive the fullness, or the “completion” of the graces of Baptism through the Sacrament of Confirmation.

The Church teaches us that “by the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit…they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obligated to spread and defend the faith by word and deed”(ccc1285). Moreover, “this seal of the Holy Spirit marks our total belonging to Christ, our enrollment in His service for ever, as well as the promise of divine protection in the great eschatological trial” (see also Rev. 7:2-3; 9:4 and Ezek 9: 4-6)”(ccc1296).

What are the effects of the Sacrament of Confirmation? Well, clearly, there is an ‘outpouring of the Holy Spirit’ into the soul of the one confirmed. Our souls are indelibly marked with a special ‘character’ just as the Disciples souls were on the day of Pentecost, and we’re all aware of the effect it had on them. Recall that in the Garden of Gethsemane they all ran away at the moment Jesus needed them most. But upon receiving the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, they were filled with the strength and love of the Holy Spirit and all became great witnesses to Jesus by the shedding of their own blood – martyrdom – save St. John. John was the only Apostle at the foot of the Cross during our Lord’s Crucifixion and death. Tradition holds that there was an attempt to put him to death too. He was then exiled and suffered “White” Martyrdom through daily persecutions, all for the sake of the Name of Jesus. When St. John writes in his first letter, “God IS love” he teaches us that we are called to abide in that love and be a conduit for that love. The Catechism teaches: “Love is the 1st gift of God, containing all others”(ccc733). And St. Paul reminds us, “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us”(Rm 5:5).

One of the most beautiful images of this relationship is the “Allegory of the Vine and the Branches” in the Gospel of John, chapter 15. In this chapter, Jesus reveals to his disciples, all of us, that He alone is the true vine and that we who are baptized into His Mystical Body are like braches on the vine. Just as a branch receives life from the vine and is able to bear fruit, so too are we able to have life and bear “spiritual fruit” through the nourishment we receive from Christ, “the Vine.” This nourishment, this grace, is the very essence of love, God Himself. It is the Holy Spirit who dwells in us and animates us, provided we cooperate with His inspirations and are docile to His promptings: “If you love Me you will keep My commandments.” “Follow Me.” “You are children of the Light; walk in the Light.” As children of God, we are, of course, called to live IN God in heaven forever. That gift begins here on earth, right now, through baptism. Our brief time on earth is our time to choose our eternal destiny. And our Lord pleads, “Choose the Blessing – choose life!!!” That’s not to say, of course, that we won’t make mistakes, etc., but that it is our intention to live “according to the Spirit” and that if we happen to fall, we have recourse to our Lord of Mercy, Jesus Christ. Indeed, through our humble acknowledgement of our faults and failings we may receive healing and nourishment through “The Vine”; that is, through the Sacraments, and so bear abundant fruit for the Kingdom of God – in our own souls, in the Church, and in the world. What are the fruits of the Holy Spirit? In his letter to the Galatians, St. Paul teaches us that the Fruits of the Spirit are “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control”(Gal 5: 22-23). Consider the words of St. Basil: “Through the Holy Spirit we are restored to paradise, led back to the Kingdom of heaven, and adopted as children, given confidence to call God ‘Father’ and to share in Christ’s grace, called children of light and given a share in eternal glory.” Pure Gift!

We guard what we have received by “seeking the things that are above” – by faithfully living the Gospel in all that we think and say and do – by praying faithfully – and by receiving the Sacraments worthily and with thanks and praise.