For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday August 31, 2014

Pastor’s Corner: Per the directives of the Diocese, parishes must regularly publish their financial reports. Below, please find the financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014. The fiscal year ended with a small profit. The parish has no debt, other than a few current normal bills. I am very grateful for your generosity. —Msgr. DiGiovanni

06-30-14 Statement of Activities


06-30-14 Financial Position


Please pray for the sick: Lee Kaplan, Mary Bauer, Mary Rose Bauer, Paul Cavalli, Maggie Ward, Yvonne Saint Preuve, Sr. Anne-Marguerite, Peter Monks, Mary Louise Wakin, Agnes Allen, 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: Tommaso Marena, Martine Kelly, Arthur Sherry, Shirley Polcer, 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.

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, September 1st.

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 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. 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; presentation on October 23rd, 24th and 25th.

World War I: The United States entered the War to End all Wars in 1917. Among them were many parishioners of Saint John’s. I am hoping to arrange a display underscoring the sacrifices made by Saint John’s parishioners both on the battlefield and at home in support of the War effort. If you have any memorabilia from family members who fought in Europe, or of nurses who helped the injured at the front or at home during the war, or letters from family members about the war, I would be grateful if you would lend them to the parish or donate them to the parish archives that we might use them for our display in 2017. On our “The Advocate” page, you’ll find an article from1916 about a priest from Saint John’s at the front! Please look in your attics, so we can look ahead to 2017. Msgr. DiGiovanni

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS: Please register now early. 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. Also, registration for the 2014-2015 school year will be held in Msgr. Nagle Hall the weekend of September 6th/7th after the Saturday 4pm Mass as well as after the Sunday 10am, 12pm and 5 pm Masses.   ALL STUDENTS must be registered before the start of classes.  First day of classes is Sunday September 14th.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday August 24, 2014 $ 12,182.00
Sunday August 25, 2013 $ 11,911.45

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

September 7th, Sunday Readings: Ez 33:7-9; Rom 13:8-10; Mt 18:15-20.

Home Schooling Families: All ages are welcome. For information, please contact Bridget Bethray:, or Janet Lancaster:,
or at 203-637-3301

St. John’s Women’s Groups: Contact Lisa Kotasek:, 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).

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

Lost & Found . . . Please check the Lost & Found in the Rectory for any items you may have left in the church. Feel free to call Cindy at the rectory, M-F, 9AM—1:30PM, 203-324-1553 x21.

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 of St. John’s. 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, September 22nd.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, August 30, 2014
4:00 +Curioni Family req. Leon Taricani
Sunday, August 31, 2014
7:30 +Catherine and Eugene Dzilinski req. Marie Carr
10:00 +Joseph and Effie Ramos req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
12:00 +Ann DiGiovanni req. The Legion of Mary
5:00 +George B. Cooper
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, September 1, 2014
8:00 Thanksgiving req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 +Laura Trimboli req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
8:00 +Margaret M. Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +AJ Hoenig req. Millie Terenzio and Family
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
8:00 +Gjek and Dila Camaj req. Age Tushaj
12:10 +Mr. and Mrs. Auralian Andrades req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
Thursday, September 4, 2014
8:00 Giuseppe Marchetti req. Parents
12:10 +Gene Tushaj req. Age Tushaj
Friday, September 5, 2014
8:00 +Frank J. Skehan req. Maureen and Rick Carpiniello
12:10 +John A. Coughlin req. Eileen Carpanzano and Family
Saturday, September 6, 2014
8:00 +Osner, Ena, Ashley Lubin req. Marie Joseph
12:10 +Carmen Trivino req. Maria Trivino

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 September 14th, 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:
Sept. 4, 1874: “The large stones lying in the neighborhood of St. John’s church, and complained of by a correspondent in our last issue as a nuisance, were promptly removed Monday morning.”

100 years ago, or so:
Sept.5, 1916: Father Drennan Goes to Hartford. “Rev. T. J. Drennan of St. John’s Catholic Church will leave next Wednesday, to take up a new field of work in St. Thomas’ Seminary, Hartford, where he will be an instructor in Greek and Italian. He has been in Stamford for about 15 months, and has been principal of St. John’s School. During his brief stay here, he has made many friends. His successor will be Rev. W. J. Casey of Thompsonville.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Father Walter Casey was appointed as a Chaplain in February 1918 of the Fifty-ninth United States Infantry, Camp Greene, Charlotte, N.C. During active duty in Europe, Father Casey was gassed. . .while assisting doctors in a private home. Although initially blinded, he survived the experience.)

70 years ago, or so:
Sept. 5, 1942: STAMFORD NUN REPORTED PRISONER OF JAPANESE. “A Stamford nun, Sister Corita, who for five years has been assigned as a teacher at Maryknoll Academy in Manchukuo, has been interred in a Japanese prison camp at Dairen, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William T. Herrgen, of 75 Garden St., have been told by the War Department. Sister Corita, whose family name is Rita Anna Herrgen, is a graduate of St. John’s Parochial School and Sacred Heart Academy.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Rita Anna Herrgen was a 1923 graduate of St. John’s School and had been awarded First Scholarship Award that graduation year.)

60 years ago, or so:
Sept. 2, 1953: Pope Establishes Two Additional Diocese In State. “Pope Pius XII has expanded the Roman Catholic Church organization in the United States in a series of changes, including creation of two new dioceses in Connecticut, raising the existing Diocese of Hartford to the status of an archdiocese. The new dioceses are those of Bridgeport and Norwich. Bishop Lawrence J. Shehan, now auxiliary to the Archbishop of Baltimore, was appointed bishop of Bridgeport, and Rt. Rev. Monsignor. Bernard J. Flanagan, now chancellor of Burlington, Vt, bishop of Norwich.”

33 Days to Morning Glory


Come join us on September 4th in the Church to begin a 33 Day “Do it yourself” retreat using the guide written by Michael Gailey. We will have an Introduction to the program on September 4th at 10:30 am and again at 7:30 pm for those who can not attend the morning session. If you do not already have a copy of the Book you can pick one up at our Bookstore or order one Online, or by calling 1 800 4 MARIAN (1 800 462 7426).

Fr. Gaitley compiles the stories and reflections of great Marian Saints: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa, and Pope St. John Paul II. Each week considers the writings of each of the Saints regarding the Blessed Virgin Mary, drawing us into a deeper understanding of our Lady’s role in Salvation History as our Queen and Mother.

Our Introduction meeting will be from 10:30—11:15 and again from 7:30—8:15 in the Church. Then, each participant will read the daily selection each of the 33 days in the private of your own home. Finally, on the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, October 7th, we will meet again in the Church to make the Consecration. We may offer a meeting or two during the course of our journey to answer questions and consider reflections of the participants. All are invited to attend.

Mary is our Spiritual Mother and seeks to lead us into the Heart of Her Son. She knows the best path. Let her lead you. Remember, as de Montfort writes, “She is his (Jesus’) mystic channel, his aqueduct, through which he causes his mercies to flow gently and abundantly”(TD, 24). And de Montfort adds, “…the more {The Holy Spirit} finds Mary, his dear and inseparable spouse, in a soul the more powerful and effective he becomes in producing Jesus Christ in the soul and that soul in Jesus Christ”(TD 20).

Come join us on September 4th and grow in your knowledge and love of your Spiritual Mother