For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday August 10, 2014

Pastor’s Corner: This is the third in a biographical series about Ignatius Cardinal King. The Catholic Church was aware of the threat to its Chinese missions and institutions even before the Chinese communists came to power. Bishop James E. Walsh wrote his Maryknoll superiors in late 1948, “It is possible to live and work under the Commies for a time, even tough it is certain that they will scotch or kill us in the end (that is, once their power is in place and is really established and consolidated). . . . Nobody has any illusions about Red determination to eliminate all religion.”

Knowing the difficulties faced by the communist party in Russia in its attempts to eradicate religion, the Chinese Communist Party decided to exercise patience. On September 29, 1949, the party put into effect its Common Program. The document was worded to reassure all groups in China that they had a united interest, represented and defended by the party. The violent plan and program actually prepared by the party to remake China was not mentioned in the Common Program. The Catholic Church and other religious groups were given a reassurance of freedom. But the party insisted that it alone had authority to define what a legitimate religion was, and so gave itself unlimited powers. The Church soon felt that power, once the government decided the Catholic Church was not a legitimate religious institution. The most immediate result was the party’s religious policy, which included the closure of churches and brutal treatment of foreign-born priests and nuns throughout China, exceptionally heavy taxation of Catholic Church property, the take over of all educational institutions, and the formation and education of the young. The policy against foreigners, foreign missionaries, and against the foreign-based Catholic Church became more intensely applied after June 25, 1950, when North Korean troops crossed the 38th parallel into South Korea; and even more so following the entry of more than 300,000 Chinese across the border to assist North Korea during the first weeks of October. The government established the Resist America, Aid Korea movement, giving further emphasis to the potential dangers of foreigners in China, especially Americans and French, now at war with China’s ally, Korea. The bulk of the Catholic foreign missionaries came from France and the United States. Now their efforts became increasingly suspect, and Chinese government-backed public demonstrations against them and the pope, more common and virulent. The Catholic Church was labeled an imperialist institution, wrapped in a cloak of religion; the Pope was the tool of powerful governments, not the preacher of the Gospel. The government demanded a choice be made by Chinese Catholics: loyalty to the People’s Republic of China or to the foreign-based Catholic Church. Patriotic Chinese could not be Roman Catholics—a foreign Catholic Church. The Chinese government wanted to “purify” and “reform” the Chinese Catholic Church of “foreign, counter revolutionary elements”. This was the government’s justification for its anti-Catholic program and establishment of its own government Patriotic Catholic Church.

All three aspects of party policy came to be defined by the formula of The Three-Self Movement, as revealed in a secret Chinese government document, Instructions on Questions Concerning Catholic and Protestant Churches, drawn up in Shanghai as guidelines. The document begins, “Marxists are absolute atheists. We believe that religion is an impediment to the people’s awakening.” But there would be no outright attack on religion. Patriotism would be the key to building confidence and trust among Chinese Catholics, without mentioning the universal Catholic Church. “We will lead and support patriots within the church and we will unite the majority of the believers to fight against the minority who are linking up with imperialists”, the Instructions read. Once the majority of Chinese Catholics had been won over, then the party could rebuild a Chinese Catholic Church that would be self-governing, self-propagating and self-financing , fully controlled by and at the service of the Chinese Communist Party, freed from the foreign control of the Pope, foreign-born missionaries and foreign-money. It would be a Chinese Church for the Chinese People, under the control of the People’s Republic of China. But the government authors of the Instructions knew there would be difficulties with one specific religious institution in China: “But in the powerful Catholic Church now we do not have such a movement [the Three-Self Movement]. We hope that the local government will pay attention to the patriotic Catholics and unite them at a proper time to launch such a movement.”

The response of the Catholic Church in Shanghai was formulated by Bishop Kung, which he outlined in his first pastoral letter of October 7, 1950, barely two months becoming the first native-born Bishop of Shanghai. He first worked to unite the clergy by seeking the cooperation of both diocesan priests with religious order priests, especially with the Jesuits whose missionary efforts formed the heart of the Diocese of Shanghai. The other points of emphasis were the spiritual formation of the Catholic youth, the establishment of the Legion of Mary for the spiritual formation of Catholic families, and the establishment of study groups.

The youth would be formed by reviving the Marian Sodalities, first established by Jesuit missionaries in the sixteenth century as a means to popularize the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola. Not only would membership in the sodalities strengthen high school and university age youth, they would also be training grounds for young adult Catholics to defend and propagate the Catholic faith. Faced with a future without bishops, priests or religious sisters, Bishop Kung and the Jesuits began preparing the next generation of Catholics, loyal to the Successor of Peter, but pretty much on their own in China. All this in full view of the coming communist onslaught. —-Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Sr. Anne-Marguerite, Peter Monks, Mary Louise Wakin, Agnes Allen, Joyce Considine, Laureen Keenan, Bonnie and Dorothy Keyes, Billy Therriault, Thomas Bernie, Ruth Coyle, Jacqueline Domingue, John Palumbo, Kristine Barron, Silvana Smith, Lena Cocchia, Christina Samon Ta-Chu, Nancy Gallagher.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Joyce Considine, Mary Zimmerly, Pasqualina Bruzzese, Theodore Scheidel, Jr., Lucy Zabatta Carrigan, Ellen Green Tully, Thomas Hogan, James Capodanno, Bronislawa (Betty) Balutowski, Wisler Nau, Liliana Pappa, Elinor Zarimski, Amelia DeDomenici, Jessica Rybnick Fleckenstein, Jeanette Pavia, Maryann Cornelio, Ernest Szechenyi, Virginia Donaghue, Ann R. DiGiovanni.

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light: Special Intentions Paul Cavalli req. Angela Giannitti

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, August 11th.

Holy Day of Obligation: August 15th: The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. Masses will be offered beginning Thursday, August 14th: 5:15 pm; Friday, August 15th: 8:00 am, 12:10 pm and 5:15 pm.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Wednesdays at 6:15 pm in the Rectory: resuming in September. 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 6:30pm. An intermediate grammar/reading class. We are translating the Gospel of John. Basic grammatical knowledge of Biblical Greek is required. For the summer, we meet in a parishioner’s home. Call the rectory for information, if you’re interested.

Attention Actors and Stage Managers. Fr. Audette is looking for actors and a production manager for a play he is directing – October opening: William Douglas Home’s, Lloyd George Knew My Father. Character parts and production manager are open. He needs an elderly gentleman to play the role of the butler and he needs a stage manager. Please call Father Al at 203-733-5953. Rehearsals through the summer for presentation on October 23rd, 24th and 25th.

Gluten Free Hosts: Any one allergic to gluten, please know that we have gluten free hosts for Holy Communion. Please tell the priests about 15 minutes prior to the Mass you are attending that you prefer a gluten-free host for Holy Communion. He will prepare a gluten-free host for you in a separate receptacle called a pyx. When you come up to Holy Communion, please go the priest you spoke with before Mass: he’ll hand you the pyx so you may take the gluten-free host yourself and receive Holy Communion by your own hand. Since the priests will have been distributing Communion using the regular hosts, if they handled the gluten-free host, you might become ill if you were to consume any particle of the regular gluten hosts. Once you have received Holy Communion, hand the pyx back to the priest, or wait until after Mass and return it to him in the Sacristy, which is the door near the elevator.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday August 3, 2014 $ 14,525.71
Sunday August 4, 2013 $ 11,489.35
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

August 17th, Sunday Readings: Is 56:1, 6-7; Rom 11:13-15, 29-32; Mt 15:21-28.

Home Schooling Families: Has finished meeting for the year. We’ll start again in September, when we 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:

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 contact Sue Kremheller, Director of Religious Education, by calling the Parish Office at 203 324 1553. Service Hours are available for those who have already been Confirmed. The 2014-2015 schedule will list the 2 Sunday nights each month.

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).

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: Please register now. Registration and payment can be made on our website, or in the office during the week. For more information, please call the parish secretary, 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

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

Blood Drive: The Knights of Columbus will be hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, August 20th from 10am – 2:45pm in their Grand Hall located at 507 Shippan Avenue in Stamford. Please call 1-800-733-2767 or visit to make your life-saving appointment.

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, August 25th.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, August 9, 2014
4:00 +John and Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Sexton Young
Sunday, August 10, 2014
7:30 Deceased members of the Sexton and Winter Families req. Hannah Sexton Young
10:00 +Marcel Gedeon req. The Legion of Mary
12:00 +Robert LeBeau req. Mildred E. Beirne
5:00 +George B. Cooper
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, August 11, 2014
8:00 +Charles V. Austin Jr. req. family
12:10 +Patrick Kielty
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Nelson and Monica Filipi req. daughter Anna
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
8:00 In Honor of those who suffer and have passed away from Lyme Disease req. Julie O’Brien
12:10 +John Waupotic req. Waupotic Family
Thursday, August 14, 2014
8:00 Ellie Theresa Kim req. Joseph and Mary Kim
12:10 +Janet Pia req. Lucille Lester and Family
5:15 +Ann DiGiovanni req. Ana and Charles Paternina
Friday, August 15, 2014
8:00 +John Maloney Birthday Remembrance req. Mary Maloney
12:10 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
5:15 +Walter Zukowsky req. Lucille Lester and Family
Saturday, August 16, 2014
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Emily Turturino req. Alison and Kevin Tosches

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 meet in the Church each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30a.m. Our next meeting will take place in September.

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. Meetings are held twice a month in the Church Hall. 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 will resume in September.

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. June 25th last meeting until September. –-Intermediate Studies in Biblical Greek: Intermediate Grammar: Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory: summer meetings at a private home.

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


64 years ago:
November 2, 1950: Pope Affirms Dogma of Assumption Of Mary to Heaven ‘Body and Soul’.“Pope Pius proclaimed today the dogma of the Assumption into heaven of the Virgin Mary. “We pronounce, declare and define to be a dogma revealed by God that the Immaculate Mother of God, Mary, ever virgin, when the course of her life on earth was finished was taken up body an soul into heaven,” the Pope declared. The Pontiff spoke ex cathedra as supreme pastor of the church and teacher of Roman Catholic doctrine during an open air ceremony of pomp and magnificence to an audience of thirty-six Cardinals and 480 Archbishops and Bishops in the grandiose setting of St. Peter’s Square. A throng of 200,000 faithful, including Holy Year pilgrims from so many countries that they could be said truly to represent the whole Catholic world, packed every inch of space of the oval-shaped square that had been transformed for the occasion into a vast Christian temple. Beginning today 400,000,000 members of the Catholic religion must believe explicitly and without reservation-otherwise they will incur excommunication as heretics-the Catholic tradition of the Assumption now defined as a dogma or an article of faith. The Catholic Church holds that dogmas are truths revealed directly by God or through the apostles and contained in the two sole fonts of Catholic doctrine-the Bible and tradition. As such they are irrevocably binding on all Catholics and may be defined by the Pope either alone as today or jointly with the Bishops in the Ecumenical Council representing the entire Catholic Church. According to Catholic doctrine the Pope is infallible when he defines questions of faith and morals because on those occasions he is assisted by the Holy Ghost to whom is attributed guidance and enlightenment of the church and especially of the Vicar of Christ on earth. The principle of papal infallibility was defined by the Vatican Council in 1870 under the reign of Pius IX. Until today it was the latest of the dogmas proclaimed by the church. The Pope proclaimed the new dogma, which is considered of momentous importance for the Catholic church, from a throne of white silk placed in front of the main door leading into St. Peter’s so that his white-clad figure was at all times in full view of the multitude during the ceremony. He wore a mitre of white damask and cope embroidered with gold over his falda, a pontifical vestment of white wool, that fell in rich folds about his slim tall body.”

Our Lady of Knock Novena
Aug 14 (Vigil of the Assumption) through Aug 22 (Queenship of Mary)
(Feast Day of Our Lady of Knock is August 21st)

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Give praise to the Father Almighty, To His Son, Jesus Christ the Lord, To the Spirit who lives in our hearts, both now and forever. Amen.

OUR LADY of KNOCK, QUEEN of IRELAND, you gave hope to your people in time of distress, and comforted them in sorrow. You have inspired countless pilgrims to pray with confidence to your divine Son, remembering His promise, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find.”
Help me to remember that we are all pilgrims on the road to Heaven. Fill me with love and concern for my brothers and sisters in Christ, especially those who live with me. Comfort me when I am sick, lonely or depressed. Teach me how to take part ever more reverently in the Holy Mass. Give me a greater love of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Pray for me now, and at the hour of my death. Amen.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Have mercy on us. (Repeat 3 times)

ST JOSEPH, Chosen by God to be the husband of Mary, the Protector of the Holy Family, the Guardian of the Church. Protect all families in their work and recreation and guard us on our journey through life. (Repeat ‘Lamb of God…’ 3 times).

ST JOHN, Beloved Disciple of the Lord, faithful priest. Teacher of the Word of God. Help us to hunger for the Word, to be loyal to the Mass and to love one another. (‘Lamb of God…’ 3 times).

LITANY: Our Lady of Knock, Pray for us…. Refuge of Sinners, Pray for us… Queen Assumed into Heaven, Pray for us… Queen of the Rosary, Pray for us… Mother of Nazareth, Pray for us… Queen of Virgins, Pray for us… Help of Christians, Pray for us… Health of the Sick, Pray for us… Queen of Peace, Pray for us… Our Lady, Queen and Mother, Pray for us… Our Lady, Mother of the Church, Pray for us… (Mention your own intention here)

Give praise to the Father Almighty, to His Son, Jesus Christ the Lord, to the Spirit who lives in our hearts, both now and forever. Amen.

(The Rosary or Mass and Holy Communion is recommended each day throughout the 9 days).