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From: Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano

Re:Diocesan response to the Holy Father’s Preparatory Document regarding the Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization

Date: November 15,2013

Allow me in advance to express my sincere gratitude for your assistance regarding the following request. As you may know, last month the Holy Father called for an Extraordinary Meeting of the Synod of Bishops to discuss the Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization. His request has generated widespread support from the laity as their input is an extremely important part of this process in addition to those whose ministry involves evangelization of the family.

Earlier this week at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Meeting in Baltimore, we agreed that although we are limited by a challenging timetable, we will nonetheless comply with the Holy Father’s request and compile this information by the end of this calendar year. Attached is the English version of the preparatory document given by the Holy See. You will notice that subsequent to a beautiful description of Marriage and Family, there are thirty-nine specific questions that we as a diocese are being instructed to answer. Although I will soon reconstitute the Diocesan Pastoral Council as well the Presbyteral Council that would normally assist with this process, I must implore your assistance as well at this time.

Please approach the members of your parish councils, other parish entities and/or individuals to answer the questions as listed on the diocesan website. For your convenience the link is below.

English questionnaire: (Please copy this link to get questionnaire)

or go to the Diocese website: (for the questionnaire)

Kindly request that all individuals submit their responses via the link provided, by Wednesday, December 11, 2013. In the event that parishioners wish to add their input aside from your consultative process, please refer them as well to the diocesan website.

I deeply appreciate your attention to this request and look forward to compiling, and learning from, the feedback received.

The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano
Bishop of Bridgeport
238 Jewett Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06606
Fax 203-371-8323

Please pray for the sick: Rosa Vera, Tom Diffley, Bonnie Keyes, 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: Ann R. DiGiovanni, Patricia Morris, Jean Fusaro, Frederick Intrieri, Jody Ann O’Brien, Frances Rose Fabrizio, 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, November 25th.

Banns of Marriage:

Banns II:
Michael Joseph D’Angelis and Mary Jo Wilson
Michael Todd Strickland and Rosemarie Pasqua

This Sunday, November 24th: NO 12 Noon Mass: Because of the city Parade

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light: +Mary Szechenyi Zichy req. Family

St. Joseph Altar Votive Light: +Rose Kronk req. Joan and John Kronk

Salus Populi Romani icon Votive Light: +Vincent DeRosa req. Joan and John Kronk

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.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Wednesday meetings at 6:15 pm in the Rectory. We read the Latin Church Fathers. 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.

BIBLE STUDY: Fr. Walsh will lead our study of The Book of Isaiah, on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 pm in the Rectory. Bring your Bible. Next meeting: December 4th.

Holy Name Society: Friday mornings at 7:00 in the Rectory, 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.

Maria Goretti & Dominic Savio Societies: Thanks for another successful Canned Food Drive to help the hungry in our community as Thanksgiving approaches. More than 50 bags of food were packed for the needy. Thanks to all our Parishioners for your generosity!

11-17-13 Food Drive BaggersFood Drive 11-17-13 Group








Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday November 17, 2013 $ 10,414.00
Sunday November 18, 2012 $ 14,116.34
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Dec. 1st, Sunday Readings: Is 2:1-5; Rom 13:11-14; Mt 24:37-44.

Annual Bishop’s Appeal: Saint John’s annual goal, set by the diocese, is $100,000. We have collected to date: $84,596.00. Please be generous; we need everyone’s help.

Home Schooling Families: Meet in the Msgr. Nagle Parish hall each First Friday: Dec 6, Jan 3, Feb 7, March 7, April 4, May 2. All ages are welcome. Please contact Bridget Bethray:, or Janet Lancaster: 203-637-3301,

THANKSGIVING DAY: ONLY one Mass at 10 a.m.: Bring your family and begin the most American of Holidays by thanking God for His generosity.

Pope Francis: recently asked all Catholic bishops around the world to ask Catholics in the parishes their thoughts on various aspects of Christian life. Please look at my Pastor’s Corner this weekend for a letter from our Bishop, Bishop Frank Caggiano. The letter has a link to access the Pope’s questionnaire. I would be grateful if everyone would answer these questions, and be of assistance to our Holy Father and the Church. Thanks.

RCIA…Interested in becoming Catholic or Catholics wanting to receive First Communion or Confirmation are invited to attend classes: Tuesdays 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 info: 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

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 : Confession, Mass, supper and social time with other couples.

December 21: 6:45 am Special Advent Mass in the Extraordinary Form:
A Rorate Mass by candlelight, an ancient 12th century Mass to greet Christ the Light of the World at sunrise. Coffee-And to follow in the parish hall.

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, December 2nd.

Thanks to everyone: For your expressions of sympathy on the occasion of my mother’s death, and for your prayers and Masses for her eternal repose. My family and I are very
grateful. Msgr. DiGiovanni

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, November 23, 2013
4:00 +George Terenzio req. Family
Sunday, November 24, 2013
7:30 +Kathy Robustelli req. Mary Jean Dal Molin
10:00 +Patricia Cramsie req. Carpanzano Family
12:00 NO 12:00PM MASS (Stamford Thanksgiving Parade)
5:00 +Fr. Rufin Kuveikis, O.F.M., Cap.
6:00 NO 6:00PM Haitian Mass
Monday, November 25, 2013
8:00 +Shirley Rittman req. Pam Rittman
12:10 +Gaetano and Maria Conte req. the Conte Family
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
8:00 +Louis Dermako req. Steve Terenzio
12:10 +Rev. Anthony Dandry req. Laura and John Pascale
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
8:00 Anne Marie Incalicchio req. Maude and Paul Hughes
12:10 Deceased members of the Saint Preuve Family req. Yvonne St. Preuve
Thursday, November 28, 2013 – Thanksgiving Day (10AM Mass Only)
8:00 NO 8:00AM MASS
10:00 +John Pagnotti req. Jean and John Bendick
12:10 NO 12:10PM MASS
Friday, November 29, 2013
8:00 +Katherine Curran req. Noel Smith
12:10 +Elizabeth and John Coughlin req. Eileen Carpanzano and Family
Saturday, November 30, 2013
8:00 Ralph Cirulli req. Maude and Paul Hughes
12:10 +Tomas D. Rosete req. Rosita A. Domdom

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-HighSchoolers welcome Contact-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: No Coffee Hour this Sunday, Nov. 24th and next Sunday Dec. 1st. Will resume Sunday Dec. 8th.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:


138 years ago.
December 3, 1875: “A memorable event—especially to the Roman Catholic people of the town—occurred on Thanksgiving day. The congregation assembled in the vicinity of the old church edifice, and marched in procession to the new church, where an audience numbering not less than sixteen hundred persons gathered to witness the dedicatory services of the new chapel, a spacious and substantially finished apartment, in the basement of the new edifice. A number of the Catholic clergy from elsewhere in this diocese and from the arch-diocese of New York took part in the ceremonies. The priests and attendant acolytes, to the number of thirty-six, walked in procession down the aisle of the chapel, and passing out, walked around the edifice, sprinkling holy water and reciting in Latin the prayers appointed to be used on such occasions. Subsequently High Mass was celebrated, followed by a sermon from one of the visiting clergymen, in which he took occasion to congratulate the pastor and people upon the superb edifice they have raised for the worship of God. “If this be the chapel, said he, “what must the church be when it is all completed? I have no doubt it will be one of the most beautiful in the New England states.” The chapel is supplied with a new pipe organ, which, though much inferior in size to the grand organ to be used in the church, is a fine instrument, and was played in a masterly manner. The vocal part of the music was strikingly fine, and constituted no inconsiderable part of the service.”

The Creed
– Fr. Terry Walsh
This Creed is the spiritual seal, our heart’s meditation and an ever-present guardian; it is, unquestionably, the treasure of our soul.” – St. Ambrose

“Do you believe in miracles?!” That was the question put to the audience witnessing the great American Hockey victory over the Soviets at the Winter Olympics held at Lake Placid in 1980. When I was watched the movie Miracle, my mind drifted back to my college dormitory community room where the entire dorm population was crammed into one room watching the match on an 18 inch screen cheering on the scrappy Americans in their match against the Soviets. The same two teams had played an exhibition match in New York just two weeks earlier and the Soviet team had crushed the young American squad. Yet, one of the interesting things about the American team was that despite the terrible loss, they believed in their team and in each other. The undercurrent at Lake Placid pitted our free society of America against the cold governance of a Totalitarian regime. Tensions were high throughout the world. One had the sense that the same exuberant joy and euphoria that permeated that college community room likewise captured the hearts of every American when the now familiar chant: USA! first arose throughout the arena. Our country was suffering then, much like it is today. Yet, when these fearless Olympians courageously rose to the occasion and crushed the very team that seemed so invincible, they restored a pulse of dignity and hope to our entire nation, indeed, to the entire free world. There seemed to be a great healing emerging. We knew who we were and we were finally letting the whole world know that we were united. It was as if each voice chanting USA! was actually saying to every other voice in that chorus throughout our country “I am with you” and “We are all in this together” and “I will not let you down!”

This is precisely the interior attitude we are called to share in our hearts when, after having been nourished by the Liturgy of the Word, we are prepared to take on the world, that is, we are ready to follow Christ through our resolute commitment to love God, to love our neighbor, and to keep the Commandments. As we all stand together, shoulder to shoulder in the pews at Mass, and proclaim our catholic faith, we understand our true identity: we are children of God. As faithful Catholics, it is important for us to grow in our knowledge of the faith in order to live it according to the will of God. The Creed is the “backbone” so to speak. Understanding its significance and meaning is therefore necessary. Some liken the Creed to our ‘team cheer’. After all, over a billion Catholics recite the Creed on any given Sunday, calling to mind Jesus’ prayer to the Father: “The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me”(John 17: 22-23). While we proclaim the Creed with devotion, we are also called to grow in our knowledge of its meaning. The Catechism prominently devotes its first (and longest) section to the explanation of the twelve articles of the Creed, referencing Sacred Scripture as well as sharing wonderful insights from the Saints. The 4th Lateran Council declared: “We firmly believe and confess without reservation that there is only one true God, eternal, infinite and unchangeable, incomprehensible, almighty, and ineffable, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit; three persons indeed, but one essence, substance or nature entirely simple”(Catechism, 202).

Once we have responded to the invitation to believe, the supernatural gifts of faith, hope, and charity are infused into our souls by God at the moment of our baptism and these gifts are nourished throughout our lives through our free cooperation with grace, which we receive most abundantly through the Sacraments. Growing in our knowledge of the faith enables us to live it more authentically and therefore the Creed becomes an act of love. Imagine the joy we would bring to our Lord if all the baptized enthusiastically proclaimed the Creed and abided by the vows that each has made at baptism. What great shouts to Heaven! The angels would weep glad tears. The Creed celebrates the great mysteries of our faith: The Holy Trinity, The Incarnation, and our Incorporation into the Divine Life. Many who have gone before us proclaiming the Creed suffered tremendous persecution and many were martyred. Faithful Catholics around the world today likewise face the same tribulations because they too seek to be ‘caught up into the love of the Holy Trinity’ that Jesus spoke about in the Upper Room. We’re called to pray for those throughout the world who witness to Christ when they pray the Creed under very difficult circumstances.

In the 4th century, heretical teachings questioning the divinity of Christ arose against the Church, which compelled the Church to broaden the Apostle’s Creed in order to clarify the truth of our faith. This broader statement of faith is known today as the Nicene Creed.