For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday Oct 6, 2013

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Pastor’s Corner: A small historical exhibit about Saint John’s School has been arranged downstairs in the Msgr. Nagle Parish Hall.

The parish school originally opened in 1860, when the Saint John’s was still young, and the church a mere wooden clapboard structure on Meadow Street. There was a need for a parish school because Catholic children were taunted and bullied by teachers and Protestant ministers in the public schools. Fr. James O’Neill was then the pastor, and he hired Ms. Bridget Clancy and Mr. Patrick Reilly as the first teachers. A small wooden school house was built next to the church in 1862. As the Catholic population grew, a new church was begun on Atlantic Street. The basement church opened in 1876. That year, the old wooden church was remodeled as a school, and opened with the Sisters of Mercy taking charge of the teaching. It, too, proved too small.

In 1896, the pastor, Fr. William Rogers, purchased an old hotel on Bell Street, remodeled it and opened a new parish school. By the turn of the century, even this building along with the old school, both proved inadequate to accommodate the growing number of students. In 1906, Fr. James O’Brien, the new pastor, began construction of a brand new brick school, which occupied the present day parking lot. That school remained in use until torn down in 1972 [the school can be seen briefly in Otto Preminger’s classic movie The Cardinal, scenes of which were filmed at St. John’s].

The display in the parish hall is a modest one composed of vintage photographs, personal treasures and memorabilia donated by parishioners who attended Saint John’s School. Thousands and thousands of children passed through our parish school, and received a first class education at the hands of the Sisters of Mercy, and went on to forge modern Stamford. The School played a very important part in the life of our parish and of our City.

The school display will remain in the parish hall until Thanksgiving. It will be open every Sunday following the 10 a.m. Mass, during coffee and refreshments, at which everyone is welcome. If you’d like to visit another time, please give me a call [203-324-1553, ext. 11], and I’ll be happy to show you downstairs.
—Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Connor Walsh, Billy Therriault, Thomas Bernie, Megan Bobroske, Mary Churley, Lena Cocchia, Thomas Bernie, Nancy Gallagher, Maria Wnek, Reno Antonio Rosa, Silvana Smith, Joseph W. Evans, Connie Ward, Ron DeCamp, Keith Nicholson

Please pray for those who have recently died: Thomas Lupo, Robert LeBeau, Robert Jegle, Jennie Galasso, Father Richard Futie, Charles Austin, Jr. , Carol Lovello, Joseph Michael Kirkland, Harry Parson, Stephen Boccuzzi, John DeDomenici, Scott Clark, Richard Agnew, M. Esther Hart, Cliff Linquist, Kathy Robustelli, Yvette Constant, Sr. Fernanda, P.O.S.C., Anne Zerrenner, Gloria Donahue, Donald Sabia.

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, tomorrow evening, Monday, October 7th.

Banns of Marriage:
Banns II: Charles Alfanso Guevara and Brittany Ann Horton

Sunday Noon Mass: Will be our Gregorian Chant Mass. The Mass will be offered in English, with our Gregorian Chant schola leading the music propers of the day. Please join us.

Saint John’s School Exhibit: On view in the Msgr. Nagle Hall each Sunday following the 10 a.m. Mass, or by appointment with Monsignor: 203-324-1553, ext. 11.

Holy Name Society: Each Friday morning at 7:00 in the Rectory, 30+ Catholic men of all ages meet for coffee followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, prayer, a spiritual conference and Benediction, ending at 7:50, just in time to go to Mass or work—or both! All are welcome: just walk in the front or back door of the rectory, they’re unlocked, and follow your nose to the coffee and your ears to the conversation and laughter. Join us.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies: Begins anew this year each Wednesday evening during October, beginning on October 2nd at 7:30 pm in the Rectory. Being October, the month of Our Lady, we will read The Life of the Virgin by St. Maximus the Confessor. You can purchase the text on Amazon or Alibris: translated into English by Stephen Shoemaker, published by Yale University Press, 2012. A great spiritual classic: the oldest biography of Jesus’ Mother. Join us.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Will resume weekly Wednesday meetings on October 2nd at 6:15 pm in the rectory. We end in time for the St. Monica Patristic meetings. We read the Latin Church Fathers in the original language. Currently, we are translating St. Augustine’s De Trinitate. A basic reading ability in Latin [high school level] is necessary. Please join us.

St. Monica Biblical Greek Grammar: An intermediate grammar/reading class: Basic grammatical knowledge of Biblical Greek is required. Currently we are also translating the Gospel of Saint John. We meet Thursdays at 6:30 pm in the Rectory. Please join us.

CONFESSION: New Schedule: Monday-Friday NO 7:30-7:50 am Confessions. Only on First Fridays will there be 7:30-7:50 am Confessions. Monday –Friday 11:30-11:55 am Confessions will continue.

MARRIAGE RETREAT: Saturday, December 14th at 5pm: St. Birgitta Convent in Darien: The priests of the parish will offer an evening retreat for married couples. Reserve a spot : Confessions, Mass, supper and social time with other couples.

LIFE CHAIN: Sunday October 6th: 1-3 PM in front of the our Basilica on Atlantic Street. This is our annual peaceful witness of Americans praying for the end of legalized abortion. Participants join in prayer and display signs [which will be provided] urging passers-by to support the pre-born, reminding them of the sanctity of human life. More info: Frank Carpanzano: 203-975-8833 ext 3004.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday September 29, 2013 $ 11,664.41
Sunday September 30, 2012 $ 13,471.56
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Oct. 13th, Sunday Readings: 2 Kgs 5:14-17; 2 Tm 2:8-13; Lk 17:11-19.

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: $84,486.00. Please be generous; we need everyone’s help.

Home Schooling Families: A group for home schooling families meets in the Msgr. Nagle Parish hall each First Friday: Oct 4, Nov 1, Dec 6, Jan 3, Feb 7, March 7, April 4, May 2. All ages are welcome. Please contact Bridget Bethray at, or Janet Lancaster at 203-637-3301,

BIBLE STUDY: Fr. Walsh will lead our study of The Book of Isaiah, on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 pm in the Rectory, beginning November 6th. Bring your Bible.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: BEGAN SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22nd: Registration and payment can still be made on our website, or in the office during the week, or in the Nagle Hall before Sunday classes: 8:30-9:45 a.m.

RCIA…Interested in becoming Catholic or Catholics who want to receive First Communion or Confirmation are invited to attend classes:This Tuesday, October 8th at 7:00 pm in the Rectory.

St John’s Flock (20’s and 30’s Young Adult Ministry): Come join the Flock for meetings on Two Tuesdays a 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.

Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary: We will renew our parish consecration to Our Lady on the weekend of October 12/13, which is the anniversary of Fatima beginning at the 4 pm Mass, and continuing during the Sunday Masses. Let us place our families under the loving protection of the Mother of Jesus and, through Her, to Her Son, Our Lord.

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

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. Schedules are flexible, and training is provided. Call 348-4355 or

Electronic Giving: Use 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. Call the parish secretary (324-1553, ext. 21).

Job Seekers: Meets 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, November 4th.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, October 5, 2013
4:00 +Lucia Fulin req. John and Eileen Tarleton
Sunday, October 6, 2013
7:30 +John and Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Sexton Young
10:00 +Helen May req. Dorothy Keyes
12:00 Peter and Ziriyana req. Scholastica Nabwire
In Honor of the Eternal Father req. Frances LaRoche
5:00 +Fr. Rufin Kuveikis, O.F.M., Cap.
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, October 7, 2013
8:00 People of the Parish
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Maria Vu req. Thang Nguyen
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
8:00 Mr. and Mrs. John J. Gannon 57th Anniversary req. Sharon Gannon
12:10 In Honor of Saint Rita req. Maria Trivino
Thursday, October 10, 2013
8:00 +Peggy Walsh req. Fr. Terry Walsh
12:10 +John and Valencia Lancaster req. Sue Kremheller
Friday, October 11, 2013
8:00 +Dr. Gomez req. Elizabeth and Louis DeLuca
12:10 +Jeannette Dowd req. Bill and Jeannine Steward
Saturday, October 12, 2013
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. the McAleer Family
12:10 Special Intentions Colin Elliott req. Matthew and Alyssa Stachowiak

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 meeting: This Sunday, October 6th. Dr. Joan Kelly will give a brief talk on the Biblical Foundation of the Rosary (The Feast of the Rosary is October 7th!). Come join us!

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 and St. Maria Goretti Society: Will resume in October.

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 Msgr. Nagle Hall. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies: Wednesdays, 7:30 pm in the rectory. Next meeting, October 2nd.

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: Sunday, after the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in THE NEWS:

135 years ago, or so:
October 12, 1878: STAMFORD. “The fair opens this evening with a variety of most valuable articles. It is held in the unfinished upper portion of the Church, which is the largest room in Stamford. Mr. Thomas O’Brien, a youthful artist, has most skillfully decorated the place with flags and banners, large and small, and of all nations and states. Tom is an old hand at the business, and quite a specialist.
The Sisters being pinched for sufficient accommodation in the small house, which the necessity of the parish was obliged to substitute for a convent deserving the name, are to have the place enlarged by the addition of 37 X 16 feet. This gives them a neat chapel, music room and increased facilities in every respect.
St. John’s Benevolent Society, with its usual liberality, gave one hundred dollars towards the fair.”

130 years ago, or so:
October 12, 1883: Roman Catholic Conference. “The quarterly conference of the Catholic clergymen residing in the New Haven district of this Diocese was held today at St. John’s R.C. Church in this town, Bishop McMahon presiding. The conference was opened by solemn High Mass, with Rev. T. Walsh, of Georgetown, Conn., as celebrant; Rev. T. Cremin, as Deacon; Rev. J. Ryle, as Sub-Deacon; and Rev. H.T. Walsh, as Master of Ceremonies. The exercises of the conference lasted some three hours, and were attended by forty-eight priests.”

95 years ago, or so:
October 9, 1916: SPIRE FOR CATHOLIC CHURCH. “It was announced yesterday, at all Masses in St. John’s Catholic Church, that a parish bazaar will be held the week of Nov. 13, to raise funds to erect a steeple on the church. Rev. J. C. O’Brien, pastor of the church, and the majority of the parishioners feel that the spire should be erected. It has been deferred because of lack of funds. It will be erected next spring, if the bazaar is a success.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: The spire was actually erected in the year 1926.)

50 years ago, or so:
October 7, 1964: St. John’s Pupils Form Sodality. “Officers have been chosen for the new Junior Sodality of Our Lady at St. John’s School. President is Diana Johnson; vice president, Catherine Daly; treasurer, Patricia Heffron; secretary, Virginia Scime; sergeant-at-arms, Noel Hanrahan.”

– Fr. Terry Walsh

Next Sunday, October 13, marks the anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun in Fatima, Portugal as we remember the apparitions of our Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary. This particular miracle was witnessed by 70,000 people. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared 6 times between May and October 1917 to 3 shepherd children, Lucy, Francisco, and Jacinta. At that time, the Church was enduring great persecution in Portugal. In honor of Our Lady of Fatima, all are invited to pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary on Saturday, October 12th, in the Rectory Garden immediately following the 12:10 Mass. There will be a procession from the Sanctuary to the Garden where we will pray to our Blessed Mother. Come and join us!

The Feast Day for our Lady of Fatima is celebrated on May 13th in the Liturgical Calendar each year. Both May and October are known as months of Mary. The apparitions at Fatima at the turn of the century are considered “private revelation” by the Church. Private Revelations are investigated by the Church and undergo rigorous examination meeting various criteria. The Private Revelation of the events at Fatima are approved as being authentic and we may believe – and indeed, ought to believe the messages that were given there. As a point of clarification, we are only obligated to believe what is contained in Divine Revelation; that is, Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition (see The Catechism of the Catholic Church for more details). Private Revelation, when it is approved by the Church, demonstrates the loving Hand of God at work in a particular way for the good of souls. Consider some of the other cases of God blessing us with various visitations of our Blessed Mother in the last 500 years or so: Mexico (Guadalupe, 1531, St. Juan Diego), La Salette (France, Maximin Giraud and Melanie Mathieu, 1846); Rue de Bac (France, St. Catherine Laboure, “The Miraculous Medal” – 18 July 1830); Lourdes, (France, St. Bernadette, 11 Feb 1858 through July 16, 18 apparitions); Knock (Ireland, August 21, 1879); and several others…Fatima was approved by the Church in 1930 and has received millions of pilgrims over the years. Incidentally, Dr. Joan Kelly will speak here in the Church Hall this Sunday as our guest speaker for the St. Anne Society event immediately following the 5:00 pm Mass. Dr. Kelly will speak about the Biblical Foundations of the Holy Rosary. Her brief talk will be followed by a time for questions. The talk will begin, as usual, after all have enjoyed the pizza and pasta and other assorted foods. Interestingly, it was at Fatima that our Lady gave us the prayer that we say at the end of each Mystery of the Rosary:
“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are most in need of Thy Mercy.”

Now, there are many books available that tell the story of Fatima, detailing the 3 prophesies concerning various world events, the Church, and the reality of Hell. At the same time, they tell of our Lady’s call issued to all Her Children to a deep and true ‘conversion of heart,’ repentance from sin, and steadfast prayer, especially with greater devotion through the Immaculate Heart of Mary (most especially through meditation of the Mysteries of our Lord Jesus Christ through the Holy Rosary). Perhaps as part of your spiritual reading, you might consider reading a most recent publication by Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R.:

FATIMA for TODAY, An Urgent Message of Hope, Igantius Press
Come join us for the St. Anne’s Society this Sunday at 5:45 and the Procession next Saturday…