For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday June 8, 2014

Pastor’s Corner: Saint John’s will begin some new initiatives during the upcoming academic year, which will be announced as the summer draws nearer. One of those concerns our religious education program. During the past few years, Father Walsh has served admirably as our Director of Religious Education. I am very grateful to him for his leadership and generosity, as I am grateful to all our teachers and teachers’ aides who have formed our children and young adults during the past years. Since Fr. Walsh will begin some of these new initiatives here at Saint John’s, we have a new Director of Religious Education:

ClassRoomSuzanne Kremheller

Sue was born and raised in Greenwich. She graduated from Fairfield University with a degree in accounting, and worked as a CPA for a short time, before marrying her husband, Rich Kremheller. They and their children have been active parishioners for years at Saint John’s. Sue’s religious education credentials include twelve years of experience teaching 2nd grade at Saint Mary’s Parish here in Stamford, and teaching 6th grade for the past six years, here at the Basilica—AND the education she and her husband provided in the Faith for their own children.

Sue is feisty, talented, a superb teacher and administrator, and she’s smart—AND tough! Her sons are at least 9 feet tall and very athletic, and they cower if she merely frowns!! She is also patient, generous, gently but firmly directive, and understanding, as a good mom should be. My kind of Directress of Religious Education. Sue has already begun re-evaluating our program, met with teachers and spoken with some parents. She’ll continue during the summer months. Ms. Anne Marie Carpanzano will continue to give her essential assistance to the entire religious education program. Welcome, Sue!! And, thank you for your generous willingness to direct our program.

As we re-evaluate our religious education program, making it more effective and student-parent friendly, I want to underline a few changes:

—A NEW religious ed. Email address:
This should be used for ALL questions parents may have about classes;
—Registration begins after Masses on September 6/7th;
—1st Class: Sunday, September 14th;
—For those receiving First Communion or Confirmation in 2015: parents MUST bring in photocopies of their child’s baptismal certificate and/or 1st Communion certificate on the day of registration.
Have a wonderful summer! We’ll see you in class in September.
—Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Jacqueline Domingue, Dorothy Clements, John Palumbo, Kristine Barron, Silvana Smith, Louise Munro, Lena Cocchia, Sr. Anne-Marguerite, Christina Samon Ta-Chu, Charles Armstrong, Pasqualina Bruzzese, Nancy Gallagher, Megan Bobroske, Connor Walsh.

Please pray for those who have recently died: James Capodanno, Bronislawa (Betty) Balutowski, Wisler Nau, Liliana Pappa, Elinor Zarimski, Amelia DeDomenici, Jessica Rybnick Fleckenstein, Jeanette Pavia, Maryann Cornelio, Ernest Szechenyi, Theodore Scheidel, Jr., Virginia Donaghue, Ann R. DiGiovanni.

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, June 9th.

Salus Populi Romani icon Votive Light: For the safe return of the Nigerian students to their families req. Joan and John Kronk

Banns of Marriage:
I Banns: Lawrence Nardi and Laura Falcone.
I Banns: Eugene Russo, Jr. and Kathleen Geist.
II Banns: Nicholas Della Camera and Jessica Burga.
II Banns: Patrick Peluso and Marina Nadgor.
III Banns: Anthony Annunziata and Jennifer Hoppe.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Wednesdays at 6:15 pm in the Rectory. We are translating Tertullian’s De Oratione [On Prayer], and his Apologeticus pro Christianis [A Defense for Christians]. A basic reading ability in Latin [high school level] is necessary.

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

Bake Sale: My thanks to Scholastica Nabwire who led her baking ladies to another triumph two weeks ago: they baked beautiful goodies, and made $1,500 for the Basilica. Many thanks, ladies, for your continued help and sharing of your talents.

SAVE THE DATE: Free concert on June 22nd: 6-8pm, for the entire family: here at Saint John’s: L’Angelus will perform again for our parish in our parking lot. Bring the whole family and a picnic supper, and enjoy the beautiful music on a beautiful summer evening.

SAINT JOHN FISHER SEMINARY RESIDENCE: Will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its founding on June 20th: The celebrations begin with Mass offered by Edward Cardinal Egan at the Church of the Assumption, Westport at 6pm, followed by dinner at The Inn at Longshore. Honorees will include Judy and Phil DeFelice, who have served the seminary since its founding. Please call 203-322-5331 for reservations. All proceeds go to the Seminary.

SAVE THE DATE: CONSECRATION TO JESUS THROUGH MARY: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 (Time: TBA). All those interested in participating in a 33 day program through a self-guided retreat program using the book by Father Gaitley, MORNING GLORY are invited to join us. The Consecration ceremony will take place on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, please RSVP Hope Jagodzinski at

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday June 1, 2014 $ 13,894.00
Sunday June 2, 2013 $ 12,270.90

Please increase your Sunday offering by $5.00 each weekend.
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

June 15th, Sunday Readings: Ex 34:4b-6, 8-9; 2 Cor 13:11-13; Jn 3:16-18.

Annual Bishop’s Appeal: Saint John’s goal is $100,000. The funds collected are used for the numerous charitable and educational works of the Diocese. We have collected to date: $95,760.00. To those 352 people who donated so far, thank you, very much! If 400 people would donate $10 each, we will make our Appeal.

Home Schooling Families: Meet in the Msgr. Nagle Parish hall each First Friday of each month. All ages are welcome. Please contact Bridget Bethray:, or Janet Lancaster: 203-637-3301, OR,

RCIA: Anyone interested in becoming Catholic, or adult Catholics wanting to receive First Communion or Confirmation, please call the parish secretary (324-1553, ext. 21).

St. John’s Women’s Groups, both large & small meet regularly in the rectory and in homes. Contact Lisa Kotasek: OR 203-253-3499.

St John’s Flock (20’s and 30’s Young Adult Ministry): Meets every Monday from
7-9pm for Holy Hour at the Basilica, and fellowship afterwards, as well as other social/service events. For more info, join our Facebook group at or email Mary at

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

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. Call the parish secretary (324-1553, ext. 21).

Birthright: seeks volunteers: Support women to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, connecting women with medical, financial, legal and other resources. Flexible schedules; training provided. Call 348-4355 or

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, June 23rd.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, June 7, 2014
4:00 Special Intentions John Kung req. Joseph and Agnes Kung
Sunday, June 8, 2014
7:30 Special Intentions Monsignor Stephen DiGiovanni req. The Legion of Mary
10:00 +John Clifton Sites Sr. req. Dr. and Mrs. Rudy Andriani
12:00 +John A. Coughlin req. Eileen Carpanzano and Family
5:00 +Frank Alagia
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, June 9, 2014
8:00 +Joseph Scavetti req. CJ and Cristina Fioravanti
12:10 +Dorothy Steigerwald req. Mary Churley
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Alexandra Davatzes req. Janice Pasqua
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
12:10 +Rita Lucia req. Ed Nemchek
Thursday, June 12, 2014
8:00 Monsignor Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. Rosemary Drexel
12:10 +Nelson and Monica Filipi req. daughter Anna
Friday, June 13, 2014
8:00 +Gloria Sierigk req. Frank Carpanzano
12:10 +Edward Makarewicz req. Legion of Mary
Saturday, June 14, 2014
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Carmine Salvatore req. Angela Giannitti

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 7th-8thgrades-HighSchooler young men: Ferry: 324-1553 x22.

St. Maria Goretti Society: For the spiritual formation of 7th-8th grades-High School young ladies: Beth: 975-0074.

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

The Legion of Mary: Wednesday Evenings: 7:30 pm ’till 9:00 pm in the Msgr. Nagle Hall. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies:
—Latin Patristic Reading Group:Wednesday evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory: basic reading ability required.
–-Intermediate Studies in Biblical Greek: Intermediate Grammar: Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory.

Coffee Hour. . .Starts again in September, after the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

125 years ago, or so:
June 12, 1891: “At the anniversary of Father Rogers last week, the Children of Mary connected with St. John’s church presented him with a beautiful and costly cope to be used at benediction. Father Rogers was taken by surprise, but responded in his usual happy and ready manner, thanking the donors for their expression of good wishes, and assuring them that their goodness and affection and love for him would always reach a tender spot in his memory; and that while he was in Stamford and they were under his protection, he would do all in his power, in season and out of season, to help them and all belonging to them to achieve the highest success.”

100 years ago, or so:
June 14, 1916: TOWN IS ENTHUSIASTIC OVER SCHOOL PARADE “If the people responsible for the part the parochial school children of Stamford played today in the celebration of the 275th anniversary of the settlement of Stamford could have heard the comments volunteered this morning by delighted onlookers, they would have been pleased with themselves and with the world in general. The St. John’s Parochial School section presented more uniformity of costume and size of pupils than most of the others. All the girls were in white dresses with red white and blue sashes and white hats and the boys all wore white hats, white waists with blue anchors on the sleeves and blue sashes. The Parochial School children were given an ovation all along the line of march, and especially at the reviewing stand.”

75 years ago, or so:
June 10, 1939: Father Lonergan Will Sing Mass At St. Clement’s. “The Rev. Thomas F. Lonergan, ordained to the priesthood a week ago by the Most Rev. Bishop John A. Duffy, in St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Buffalo, N. Y., will sing his first Solemn High Mass at St. Clement’s Church tomorrow morning. The son of Thomas and Katherine Gorman Lonergan, Father Lonergan completed his early education at St. John’s Parochial School in 1925. He began his ecclesiastical studies in St. Thomas Seminary, Hartford, completing philosophical and theological courses at St. Mary’s Seminary, Baltimore and Our Lady of Angels Seminary, Niagara Falls, N. Y.”

50 years ago, or so:
June 9, 1964: “The Boy Scouts of Troop 22 of St. John’s R.C. Church will be hosts to their fathers at the troop’s annual Parents Night, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, at the Darien Scout Cabin. A buffet supper will be served. The troop members have urged all the fathers who attended the recent camp to come to the Parents Night program.”

Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come
– Fr. Terry Walsh

God has revealed Himself to as a personal God. He is not simply some unknowable distant force. He has revealed Himself as the essence of love, of purity, of holiness, and He is knowable to all who seek Him. He has revealed Himself as One God, but Three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Holy Trinity is of course the greatest Mystery of our faith and through our assent of faith, that is, through our ‘yes’ to God, we are given bountiful graces to grow in our understanding. This gift of faith is sustained and nourished most especially through our personal encounters with Jesus in the each of the seven Sacraments. Each Sunday, just after hearing the Word of God, we proclaim our ‘yes’ when we stand and assert our Catholic Faith. During the course of our prayer, we say the words: “I believe in the Holy Spirit” – a distinct and equal Person of the Trinity. “The One whom the Father has sent into our hearts, the Spirit of his Son, is truly God”(Gal. 4:6). “When the Father sends his Word, he always sends his Breath. In their joint mission, it is Christ who is seen, the visible image of the invisible God, but it is the Spirit who reveals Him”(Catechism, Article 689).

The Holy Spirit unites the faithful into the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ as He gives and sustains supernatural Divine life. St. Gregory of Nyssa describes this holy “anointing” in this way: “The notion of anointing suggests…that there is no distance between the Son and the Spirit. Indeed, just as between the surface of the body and the anointing with oil neither reason nor sensation recognizes any intermediary, so the contact of the Son with the Spirit is immediate, so that anyone who would make contact with the Son by faith must first encounter the oil by contact. In fact there is no part that is not covered by the Holy Spirit. That is why the confession of the Son’s Lordship is made in the Holy Spirit by those who receive him, the Spirit coming from all sides to those who approach the Son in faith.” At Baptism, we are anointed with the Sacred Chrism (Holy Oil specially blessed by the Bishop at the Chrism Mass) on the crown of our heads and we hear the words: “God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has freed you from sin, given you a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and welcomed you into His holy people. He now anoints you with the chrism of salvation. As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as a member of His Body, sharing everlasting life.” In the Sacrament of Confirmation, which completes Christian Initiation, we are anointed by the Holy Spirit when the Bishop traces the sign of the Cross on our foreheads, once again with the Sacred Chrism, and says: “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.” Recall the words of St. Paul, “…those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit…to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace…But you are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God really dwells in you. Any one who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him. But if Christ is in you, although your bodies are dead because of sin, your spirits are alive because of righteousness. If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through His Spirit who dwells in you”(Romans 8:5ff).

“Jesus said, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God…. The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit’.”(Jn3:5-8). At Baptism, we are literally born of water and the Spirit, as the Holy Spirit penetrates our hearts and souls breathing the life of Divine Grace into us and refashioning our souls, as it were, to begin our new and eternal life in the Body of Christ. As we progress in the Spiritual life by receiving nourishment that flows from the Sacrifice of Jesus, we’re able to be formed more and more into His Divine Likeness – in holiness – in love. St. John of the Cross put it this way: “God communicates himself most to that soul that has progressed farthest in love; namely, that has it’s will in closest conformity with the will of God. And the soul that has attained complete conformity and likeness of will is totally united and transformed in God supernaturally.” It’s the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit that transform our wounded nature into the Divine.

Jesus – the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit – the Breath of God were “hidden” in the Old Testament and revealed in the New Testament as the Prophet Isaiah tells us (c.750B.C.): “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse (Jesus Christ), and a branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the spirit of Wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord”(Isaiah 11: 1- 2). Once baptized, we’re transformed by grace and become “living tabernacles” of the Holy Trinity. As we grow in docility to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit and seek to “Do the Father’s Will” then, ‘the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth and will glorify Christ.’ Like the Apostles, we share in the outpouring of the gifts and fruits of the Spirit and are called to participate in the same mission. Happy Pentecost Sunday!!!