For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday Oct 13, 2013


Pastor’s Corner: Why are the traditional colors of Halloween black and orange? Odd colors, aren’t they? Today’s Halloween has little to do with the original. In fact, the only things left are the colors and the name: Hallow’een—abbreviated Old English meaning Hallowed Evening—the vigil of the holy day of obligation on November 1st of All Hallow’s, or as we call it, All Saints Day, which is followed by All Souls Day, November 2nd. In Catholic Europe, these days developed as a type of Miracle Play in small towns: a combination of pranks and costumes on October 31st representing the triumph of the Evil One before the coming of Christ. As the sun rose on November 1st, emphasis shifted to the triumph of Christ and His Saints over the powers of Satan and Death. November 2nd was the day when everyone remembered those who had died, praying for their eternal salvation.

The Halloween colors are taken from All Souls’ Day and funeral Masses: The traditional color of mourning worn by people at funerals is black; the traditional color for the Church in mourning, as well. So, at funerals, the priest often wears black vestments. Another traditional color for mourning is orange: the color of unbleached bees wax candles. The candles used on the altars are all made of bees wax: they are white, because they have been bleached clean. Unbleached bees wax is orange. There are your Halloween colors: black and orange, the traditional colors of mourning the death of a friend or family member. Halloween became a popular link between time before Christ when evil ruled, and the triumph of Christ over death through the Cross, as celebrated on November 1st and 2nd.


The Church celebrates the Solemnity of All Saints on Friday, November 1st, and All Souls Day on Saturday, November 2nd. These call to mind an aspect of the reality of the Church that many people are unaware of: that the Church is composed of Christ, as the Head, as Saint Paul says, and the faithful—both living and dead—who form the members of His Body, the Church. All Saints Day recalls the innumerable men, women, and children who led lives of heroic virtue and great holiness: All Saints. They, in turn, to Our Lord pray for us. They are our friends in Christ and, as members of the Church, they continue to practice charity from heaven in our regard. All Souls Day on November 2nd calls to mind those innumerable men, women, and children who have died, but whose lives were less than perfectly holy. They, hopefully, are in Purgatory, being purged of the effects of their sins. We remember them in a particular way, as our act of charity, praying for them, as members of the Church. Not everyone is in Heaven; not everyone is in Purgatory. The popular fallacy is that everyone who dies goes to Heaven. Not so, at least not according to Our Lord’s revelation in Scripture and the Church’s consistent teachings. If we live without Christ or live contrary to Christ now, then why would we want or expect to be with Christ forever in Heaven? At the end of the month and beginning of November, we recall those Saints who loved Christ so much that they formed their daily lives on His words, and those others who desired to live perfect lives, but who were less than perfect because of human weakness. They are days of great hope, because God’s mercy is stronger than our sins; stronger than the power of Satan and death. As a sign of that, the Church offers special graces for the Souls in Purgatory. By our simple prayers, acts of charity, and proper intention, united with the Church as the Body of Christ, we can gain a Plenary Indulgence for deceased members of our families, and it costs nothing. A Plenary Indulgence is the remission before God of the temporal punishment due for sins that had been already forgiven by Confession. Sin has a lasting effect on us, which can be cleansed only through penance. Hopefully, we can do these penances prior to our death; sometimes not. That is where we come in: The Church, established by Our Lord as the minister of Redemption, authoritatively dispenses and applies to those in need the treasury of grace won by Christ and His Saints. One Indulgence can be had each day from November 1st through the 8th, and each can be applied by us to one of the faithful departed per day. All we have to do is this: 1) go to Confession at least once during that week, and receive Holy Communion on the day(s) you wish the Indulgence; 2) visit any cemetery; 3) and pray for the deceased—one Hail Mary and one Our Father for the intention of the Pope; 4) If you can’t visit a cemetery, then visit any Catholic church, fulfilling the requirements 1 and 3, and also recite the Creed. This is Christ’s mercy through His Church. We are asked to have faith in the Church established by Christ. By doing these simple spiritual tasks and acts of charity, we demonstrate that faith. Let us be mindful of the goodness of Our Lord, pray to the Saints for their intercession, and pray for the faithful departed that they might one day see the God who loves us.
—Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Ed Grady, 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: Zelma Potter, 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 14th.

Banns of Marriage:
Banns I: Brian Thomas Jacobi and Kara Therese Banahan
Banns III: Charles Alfanso Guevara and Brittany Ann Horton

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light: +Edward Cody req. Cody Family

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, 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.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies: Meets each Wednesday evening during October 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. It is a keeper for your personal library. Join us.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Weekly Wednesday meetings 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.

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.

CONCERT: Saint John’s Schola Polyphonica , led by our choirmaster Christopher Mueller, will sing in concert at the Church of the Assumption in Ansonia, CT on Sunday, October 20th at 5 pm. There is a free reception following the concert. A free will offering may be given. For more information:

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday October 6, 2013 $ 11,939.00
Sunday October 7, 2012 $ 12,900.62

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

Oct. 20th, Sunday Readings: Ex 17:8-13; 2 Tm 3:14-4:2; Lk 18:1-8.

Annual Bishop’s Appeal: Saint John’s annual goal, set by the diocese, is $100,000. The We have collected to date: $84,596.00. 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,

UCONN—Stamford: Wednesday, October 22nd, 7:15 pm: Monsignor David Jaeger, a justice on the Vatican’s Tribunal, The Roman Rota, will be the guest speaker. He will lecture and lead a discussion on the diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Israel. Msgr. DiGiovanni is a panelist for the open discussion. $5. per person: registration: 203-251-0184 or This should be a fascinating evening!

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.

RCIA…Interested in becoming Catholic or Catholics wanting to receive First Communion or Confirmation are invited to attend classes: at 7:00 pm in the Rectory.

St John’s Flock (20’s and 30’s Young Adult Ministry): 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.

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

ProLife Living Rosary: Several ProLife groups in Fairfield County are sponsoring a ProLife Living Rosary on Saturday October 19th 11 AM at St. Margaret’s Shrine 2523 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, Ct. For further information:

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 12, 2013
4:00 +Tom McTigue req. the McTigue Family
Sunday, October 13, 2013
7:30 Deceased members of Sexton and Winter Families req. Hannah Sexton Young
10:00 +Bishop Walter Curtis, Bishop of Bridgeport req. Joseph and Agnes Kung
12:00 +Robert Himbaugh req. Peter McManus
And +Joseph Peter Young req. Joseph and Agnes Kung
5:00 +Fr. Rufin Kuveikis, O.F.M., Cap.
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, October 14, 2013
8:00 +Dr. Pallazzo req. Elizabeth and Louis DeLuca
12:10 +Monsignor John Horgan-Kung req. Joseph and Agnes Kung
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
8:00 +Jennifer Tomasello req. Mom and Dad
12:10 +Caterina Godino req. Tim and Denise Grier
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
8:00 +Marie Sherman req. Elizabeth and Louis DeLuca
12:10 Special Intentions Terenzio Family req. Michael and Karen Piacenza
Thursday, October 17, 2013
8:00 +Doris Gremm req. Hannah Young
12:10 Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI req. Maria Trivino
Friday, October 18, 2013
8:00 +Ed Cody req. Cody Family
12:10 All Deceased Members of the Galbert Family req. Ferry G.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
8:00 +Wayne Kamura req. Lucille Lester and Family
12:10 The Felix Family req. the Conroy 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 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.

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 Msgr. Nagle Hall. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies: Wednesdays, 7:30 pm in the rectory.

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 ADVOCATE:

140 years ago, or so:
October 18, 1872: The Catholic Fair. “The annual fair of St. John’s R.C. Society opened under very favorable auspices in the Town Hall Tuesday evening. The floor was completely occupied by a busy and animated throng, and from the stage the Minute Man Band of Port Chester played eloquent music. The display of fancy goods is very fine, and a number of valuable articles are being disposed of by lottery. Among the latter is a gold watch and chain, warranted genuine by Mr. A. Weed, jeweler, also a magnificent French clock. The fair will be conducted every day during this week.”

120 years ago, or so:
October 20, 1892: IN THE CHURCHES. How the 250th Anniversary Was Inaugurated. “The first day of the celebration of Stamford’s 250th anniversary was devoted to religious services which thoroughly entered into the spirit of the occasion, and drew from the civil and ecclesiastical history of the town, lessons which will be remembered long after the anniversary has passed by. At St. John’s R.C. church, High Mass was celebrated by Father Keena at 10:30 a.m. The music of the Mass was composed by Prof. J.F. O’Brien, choirmaster of the church. Rev. W.H. Rogers began his sermon by referring to Columbus and his discoveries, of his strong belief in Catholicity and of the difficulties and dangers he encountered in his efforts to convert the people to the Catholic religion after planting the cross on San Salvador. The efforts of his followers through the ages since, who, by their zeal and courage and strong belief in their faith, have surmounted many difficulties and sacrificed lives and fortunes, is a lesson for the members of the Catholic Church to recall, and to be proud that their faith is established in every civilized part of the world.”

55 years ago, or so:
October 17, 1958: Catholic Doctors To Honor St. Luke At. ‘White Mass.’ “The Cosmas and Damian Guild of Catholic Physicians will observe the “White Mass” to honor St. Luke, the patron saint of physicians, Monday, October 20 at 6 p.m. in St. John’s Church. The “White Mass,” which derives its name from the traditional garb worn by those who attend the sick, is an annual event sponsored by the local Guild. Physicians, dentists, nurses and others engaged in health activities are invited. The Cosmas and Damian Guild, which is made up of physicians in the Stamford-Greenwich-Norwalk area, is one of 75 similar Guilds in the United States and Canada. It is a member of the Federation of Catholic Physicians Guilds with headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri.”

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and the Sacred Heart of Jesus
-Fr. Terry Walsh

Each year, on October 16, we celebrate the Memorial of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin (1647 – 1690). She was a Sister of the Visitation at a small town in France called Paray-le-Monial, where she experienced mystical revelations of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Saint Margaret Mary had a great devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and through her private revelations was responsible for reviving and spreading this devotion. There is a magnificent Mosaic above one of the side altars in St. Peter’s Basilica depicting Jesus standing above an altar in a sanctuary revealing his Sacred Heart to Margaret Mary, who is kneeling in adoration.

In speaking about the love of Christ pouring out from His Sacred Heart, St. Margaret Mary wrote so beautifully. Her writings taken from the Liturgy of the Hours for her feast day follow:

“It seems to me that our Lord’s earnest desire to have his sacred heart honored in a special way is directed toward renewing the effects of redemption in our souls. For the sacred heart is an inexhaustible fountain and its sole desire is to pour itself out into the hearts of the humble so as to free them and prepare them to lead lives according to his good pleasure. From this divine heart three streams flow endlessly. The first is the stream of mercy for sinners; it pours into their heart sentiments of contrition and repentance. The second is the stream of charity which helps all in need and especially aids those seeking perfection to find the means of surmounting their difficulties. From the third stream flow love and light for the benefit of his friends who have attained perfection; these he wishes to unite to himself so that they may share his knowledge and commandments and, in their individual ways, devote themselves wholly to advancing his glory. This divine heart is an abyss of all blessings, and into it the poor should submerge all their needs. It is an abyss of joy in which all of us can immerse our sorrows. It is an abyss of lowliness to counteract our foolishness, an abyss of mercy for the wretched, an abyss of love to meet our every need.” Therefore, you must unite yourselves to the heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, both at the beginning of your conversion in order to obtain proper dispositions, and at its end in order to make reparation. Are you making no progress in prayer? Then you need only offer God the prayers which the Savior has poured out for us in the sacrament of the altar. Offer God his fervent love in reparation for your sluggishness. In the course of every activity pray as follows: ‘My God, I do this or I endure that in the heart of your Son and according to his holy counsels. I offer it to you in reparation for anything blameworthy or imperfect in my actions.’ Continue to do this in every circumstance of life. And every time that some punishment, affliction or injustice comes your way, say to yourself: ‘Accept this as sent to you by the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ in order to unite yourself to him.’ But above all preserve peace of heart. This is more valuable than any treasure. In order to preserve it there is nothing more useful than renouncing your own will and substituting for it the will of the divine heart. In this way his will can carry out for us whatever contributes to his glory, and we will be happy to be his subjects and to trust entirely in him.”
In the Heart of the Redeemer, by Timothy O’Donnell, S.T.D. is an excellent book that examines our devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus beginning at the foot of the Cross when Blood and Water poured from the Heart of Christ Crucified. We writes about the flowering of the devotion through the revelations given to St. Margaret Mary and the enormous spiritual benefits we may receive.