For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday May 12, 2013

Old Rectory

Pastor’s Corner: Our parish rectory was built in 1850 as a private home by Augustus Knowlton, a local developer. The Kentucky Derby was first run 25 years later, on May 17, 1875. That same year, on September 30, 1875, Saint John’s purchased the present day rectory, after it had changed hands to Galen Carter and the Julius A. Candee Family. It is quite appropriate, then, that St. John’s joined in the annual celebration of the Running of the Roses to restore our historic rectory. This year’s parish Kentucky Derby event netted $50,383.84, which will be used for the restoration of our historic rectory. I am grateful to all who participated in our fundraising evening.

There are many parishioners who assisted and contributed to this evening by their generosity. First, I must thank Patty Arnone and Tracy Banahan who served as co-chairs of the event. Their enthusiasm and organizational skills joined with the talents of the committee members: Juanita Evans, Michael Guarnieri, Joseph McAleer, Angela, Maria and Michael Marchetti. Our volunteers for the evening included Fr. Audette, Tom Banahan, Carla & Barry Coutant, Mary Cycon, Lisa D’Acunto, Mary Jean DalMolin, John & Noreen Desoye, Dan Schreck, Barbara Smith, Kathy & Steve Tafuro, Fr. Walsh and Richard West. Members of our parish staff did yeoman’s work for months in preparation of this event, as well as the end work, including Tony Colon, Cindy Hulbert, Andrew Mbalaali, Dominick Piria and Jef Spetland,

Likewise, there were a number parishioners who donated financially to our event, and I am grateful to them for their generosity. Also, some of Stamford’s finest citizens and businesses provided donations of goods and services: The superb food was provisioned by the Marchetti Family from their Columbus Park Trattoria, and by the Cingari Family from their Grade A Shoprite Supermarkets. Auction items and gifts were provided by Agora Spa, Aureole Restaurant, Bar Rosso, Café Silvium, Advance Travel, by the Carpanzano Family, Greg Duffy and his Minuteman Press, Emme of Capri, Tom Gallagher of Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, Hot Tin Roof, La Jolie Salon & Spa, K.P. Events Group, Pellicci’s Ristorante, Stamford Florist and Tigin Irish Pub. Thank you, all, so very much for your generosity.

Now, on to fixing our historic Greek Revival Rectory, so that it might not only look like it did in the above 1857 sketch, but might be both preserved for the future as an architectural gem of downtown Stamford, as well as a comfortable place to live for the priests and a place to gather for our parishioners.

God bless you, and thank you for a wonderfully successful event!
—Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Patrick A. Toole, Sr., Katherine Klass, Patricia McNamee, 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.

Happy Mothers’ Day to the moms of the parish!!

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 Basilica. Next Holy Hour, Monday May 13th.

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 II: Sean Patrick Dunn and Gabrielle Marie Carpanzano

Sunday Sung Evening Prayer is discontinued.

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 for May: On the Saint Joseph Altar, relics are displayed of: 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.

May 24: World Day of Prayer for China: Following the call by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to pray for China and the persecuted Catholic Church, the Cardinal Kung Foundation has reserved two Masses for that intention: May 24th at 12:10 pm and Sunday, May 26th at 11:30 am. Please pray for the end of persecution in China, and for the opening of the Cause of Canonization of Ignatius Cardinal Kung.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday May 5, 2013 $ 12,470.00
Sunday May 6, 2012 $ 13,293.29

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

May 19th, Sunday Readings: Acts 2:1-11; 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13; or Rom 8:8-17; Jn 20:19-23 or Jn 14:15-16, 23b-26.

ANNUAL BISHOP’S APPEAL: Saint John’s annual goal, set by the diocese, is $100,000. The funds collected are used for the numerous charitable and educational works of the Diocese. We have collected to date: $51,027. 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. CELEBRATION of the SACRAMENTS…End of the year party for the Religious Education program. PIZZA and PASTA, 5:45 pm on SUNDAY MAY 19th in the Church Hall (Awards)

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, June 3rd.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, May 11, 2013
4:00 +Florencia Seuolda req. Lucy Espinoza
Sunday, May 12, 2013
7:30 +Lina DeVivo 54th Anniversary req. Munro and DeVivo Families
8:30 Diane Strain req. Mildred and Joan Beirne
10:00 +Olga and Albert Annunziato req. their daughter
11:30 +Paul Evanko req. Tony, Chris and Joe Hylenski Uzar
5:00 +Alphonse and Lucy Alagia
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, May 13, 2013
8:00 +Virginia and Eileen Carr Birthday Remembrance req. Marie Carr
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
8:00 +Dila Haidar req. her granddaughter
12:10 +Catherine Pascale req. John and Laura Pascale
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
8:00 In Honor of Mary Help of Christians req. Maria Trivino
12:10 +James and Adele Henson req. John and Laura Pascale
Thursday, May 16, 2013
8:00 +Clercy Millien req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
Friday, May 17, 2013
8:00 Monica O’Brien req. Salvatore Costantino
12:10 +Isabell Cywilko req. Jan Pasqua
Saturday, May 18, 2013
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. the McAleer Family
12:10 +Natale Sposato req. the Mossa Family

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:

120 years ago, or so:
May 19, 1892: The Special Town Meeting. “The resolution following is the one adopted at Saturday’s special town meeting. “Resolved, That fifteen cents on each $100 of the grand list of the town of Stamford be and the same is hereby appropriated for the erection of a suitable monument to the memory of the soldiers and seamen who were residents of and belonged to said town at the time of their enlistment, and died in the military or naval service of the United States in the late war. That an Advisor Committee of five persons be named by the chairman to act. The Committee named by the chair in pursuance of above resolution are: Messrs. J.D. Smith, G.W. Anderson, Geo. E. Whitney, Rev. W. H. Rogers and Geo. Barlow.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Rev. William H. Rogers was Pastor of St. John’s Church in 1892.)

75 years ago, or so:
May 17, 1940: ANNUAL MAY CROWNING CEREMONY TO BE HELD BY SODALITY ON MAY 26. “The annual May crowning ceremony of the Children of Mary Sodality of St. John’s Catholic Church will take place on Sunday afternoon, May 26, at 3. Arrangements are being made. Members of the Senior and Junior sodalities who expect to be in the procession will attend the rehearsal on Monday evening at 7:30 in St. John’s Church. Miss Cecile Labelle, president of the Senior Division, will perform the crowning ceremony.”

50 years ago, or so:
May 14, 1965: Priest To Say First Mass At St. Bridget’s. “The Rev. John M. Hamernick of 71 Strawberry Hill Avenue will be ordained a priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport, May 22, in St. Augustine’s Cathedral in Bridgeport by Bishop Walter W. Curtis. Father Hamernick, a native of Stamford, attended St. John’s School, Stamford.”

30 years ago, or so:
May 19, 1981: “St. Anne Society of St. John’s Catholic Church will hold the eighteenth annual dessert-card party Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the church hall on Atlantic Street. The Rev. William A. Nagle, chaplain, is honorary chairman. Mrs. Neil Andrew is chairman and Mrs. Charlotte Esposito in charge of tickets. Other chairmen include Mrs. William Morgan, Mrs. John Sheridan, prizes and Miss Brigid Madigan, refreshments, assisted by Mrs. Patrick LeHane and Mrs. Mary Kenney. Serving on the general committee are Miss Theresa Clancy, Mrs. Eva Lynch, Mrs. Mary Costello, Mrs. George Sheridan, Miss Aurora Ventura and Mrs. Frederick Miller.”

The Well-Nourished Tree: Religious Education
“Celebration of the Sacraments”
May 19th in the Church Hall 5:45 pm
-Fr. Terry Walsh

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” –Psalm 1

Next Sunday, on the Solemnity of Pentecost, The St. Anne Society will host the end of the year celebration for the Religious Education students and their parents in the Msgr. Nagle Hall. It is a wonderful time to reflect upon the gift of so many generous teachers in our program who year after year donation their time and talent to the spiritual enrichment of our young people. At the same time, we will honor our students who have work so diligently throughout the year grow in their knowledge and understanding of God and to seek to imitate Him in Holiness, Faithfulness, and Love. Of course, our work here at the Basilica is an extension of the work that is being accomplished at home—the first and most important place of learning the faith and growing in love for God and neighbor.

Sacred Scripture is filled with beautiful images that tell a story about our relationship with God. The image of running streams of water evokes an understanding of life-giving nourishment for all that breathes. Water cleans, heals, nourishes, refreshes, and sustains life. It’s used in the sacrament of Baptism to symbolize the grace of God, which accomplishes all these works in the spiritual life of every soul that draws grace through faith in Christ.

At baptism we become like a tree planted beside the stream of Living Water, Jesus Christ. If we seek Him, our “roots” will reach out to Him. In other words, baptism begins our life in Christ, but the seeds of faith, hope, and charity planted in the garden of our soul by God Himself need to be properly watered. The tilling of that garden begins in the Domestic Ecclesia – the “House Church” – the home. The formation of faith for children necessarily begins through the fruit of the love of one’s parents. It’s essential that the mother and father demonstrate a faithful life of prayer, frequent reception of the sacraments, and “live the faith through love.” When parents receive these “life-giving” waters in their souls, they are filled with the necessary “tools” to carry out their work; that is, they receive the gifts of an understanding heart, a courageous spirit, a holy desire to share their hope of salvation with their children. As a consequence, the children grow in their knowledge and understanding of the Presence of God in their lives. Education of children is of course an aspect of the vocation of Sacramental Married life and is the special responsibility of Moms and Dads. God will provide the necessary graces to parents to help them in the education of their children in the ways of faith, provided the parents cooperate with Him. It all begins with a faithful prayer life and fidelity to the Sacraments, especially Confession, Eucharist, and in the case of Parents, fidelity to the Sacramental Bond of Marriage. The conduit of grace that exists between Sacramentally married couples is the well-spring of grace that flows out to the children. Paul’s 1st Letter to the Corinthians, chapter 13, ought to be emblazoned upon the hearts and souls of all married persons. Unconditional love, in imitation of Christ, allows married couples to embrace their vocation in the truest sense and obviously summons the graces necessary to teach and defend the faith in the home. Indeed, parents will be held accountable for their participation in teaching their children the “Gospel of Life” – that is, the love of God and the call to discipleship. What sweet words they’ll hear from our Lord in Heaven: “Well done my good and faithful servant. Now enter the home of my heavenly Father.”

What a beautiful vocation! What a great responsibility our Lord places on the shoulders of Moms and Dads. Jesus said, “My yoke is easy, My burden light.” And while there are many challenges to raising children in the world today, our Lord does not lay upon us more than we can handle, provided we ask for the help. When we turn to him in our need and ask for the grace of Wisdom, of Understanding, of Counsel, and so on, He will provide. We live in a troubled world that breeds confusion and obscures the path of righteousness. Children today face pretty big challenges, especially on the moral and spiritual fronts. Clearly, parents today have to be well versed in their faith so that they can teach the faith with confidence and live the faith in peace and joy – even in an unsettled environment – very much like the early Christians did so many centuries ago. Indeed, the Catechism emphasizes the special role that Moms and Dads have been assigned by our Lord: “The role of the parents in education is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute. The right and duty of parents to educate their children are primordial and inalienable”(ccc2221)…Parents should initiate their children at an early age into the mysteries of the faith of which they are the ‘first heralds’ for their children. They should associate them from their tenderest years with the life of the Church. A wholesome family life can foster interior dispositions that are a genuine preparation for a living faith and remain a support for it throughout one’s life”(ccc 2225).