For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sept-11-2016

Pastor’s Corner: Once on television recently about Islam, a gentleman asked a question he claimed was a basic cross Islamic criticism of Christianity: Why does God need a son? It’s a good question, but it starts from the wrong place. God doesn’t “need” anything, since He is quite self-sufficient and perfect. And, He is not “alone”, as if isolated and lonely, since the very Essence of God, His inner self revealed by Jesus, is a community of Persons, whom we call Father, Son and Holy Spirit. There was never a time when the Father was “alone”, or when the Son or Holy Spirit did not exist. Each eternal Divine Person of the Trinity shares the same Divine Nature: they are “part”, if you will, of the One and Only and Eternal God. Saint Joseph of Cupertino [1603-1663], a humble Franciscan brother and mystic, once explained the Trinity in the simplest of terms: The Trinity can be compared to one blanket folded twice, forming three parts: each part is the same “stuff” or essence as the whole blanket, yet each fold is distinct from the other folds. So, too, the essence of God: each Divine Person—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—is of the same “stuff” or essence—each is God, yet each is distinct from the other as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Three Persons of the One Trinity.

The great revelation of Our Lord is the inner reality of God—one God, yet three Divine Persons—and the deep love each Person has for the Others, which flows over to us: created in God’s image and likeness, so we could become lovable to God. The extent and depth of that love is seen in God’s work to save us from Satan and from Satan’s tools, sin and death. God does this in the Incarnation: the Father loves us so much that He sent His only Son to become a man, by the power of the Holy Spirit. The entire Trinity is involved in getting you to Heaven. As Saint Ignatius of Antioch once wrote: “God became a man so that man[kind] could become God”. That’s the “why” God has a Son who became a man; the means by which He accomplishes our becoming more like God, is the Cross. God became a man simply so He could die on the Cross to pay for human sin. So great and powerful is human sin, Satan and death, that the death of God in the flesh is the only antidote, the only medicine powerful enough to save us.

Saint Paul writes of God’s work to save all mankind, both Jews and non-Jews [Gentiles] alike, in his Letter to the Ephesians: “Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near through the blood of Christ. It is He who is our peace, and who made the two of us one by breaking down the barrier of hostility that kept us apart. In his own flesh, He abolished the Law with its commands and precepts, to create in Himself one new man from us who had been two and to make peace, reconciling both of us to God in one body through His Cross, which put that enmity to death” [Eph. 2:13-16]. Likewise, Christ’s sacrificial death on the Cross restored peace between humankind and God. And since He is also God from all eternity, Jesus’ human obedience has eternal effects for all of us.

The One God who worked miracles and wonders as narrated in the Old Testament is the same God working now. The only difference is the manner of God’s wonder-working. As Pope Saint Leo the Great described it, “The swiftly writing hand of the Word [the Son of God] promulgated the precepts of the new covenant, not from the veiling clouds nor amid thunder and lightning that drive the people away in terror, but in calm speech, with his hearers gathered around Him. Thus the harsh aspects of the Old Law in the Old Testament would vanish under the soothing influence of grace, and His spirit of adoption of us would dispel all servile fear” [Sermon 95 On the Beatitudes]. The essence of God is love, not vengeance, as seen in the relationship of the Persons of the Blessed Trinity, manifested to us.

The unhappy fifteenth anniversary we celebrate on September 11th is a reminder of the horrors wrought by those who deny the incarnate mercy of God in Jesus of Nazareth. For those who flew the planes, and for those who supported them, their god is one only of vengeance and death. The True God, who humbled Himself to raise all humankind up by submitting Himself to such evil men as those who slaughtered Americans on 9/11, comforts all even today as He did two millennia ago when He died on the Cross, “making the two of us one by breaking down the barrier of hostility that kept us apart”, as Paul wrote. We commemorate the mercy of the True God on September 14th, the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. We are blessed at the Basilica because we have a splinter of the actual True Cross upon which Our Lord suffered and died to pay for human sin. It is permanently on display on the side Altar of Saint Joseph.

Go kneel before that True Cross, and pray for those who lost their lives on 9/11, those in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania, and for their families; for those public servants and generous citizens who rushed to the aid of the victims, who exemplified the generosity of God Himself in actions of charity and self-sacrifice, and not merely in words. And let us pray for those who support such acts of horror, that they may one day learn that the true God is merciful, and asks that we show mercy in imitation of Him, so that might be saved for a better life with Him in Heaven.
—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:   Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Camille Lindstrom, Eilish Collins Main, Thomas McGuire, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Ardise, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Brianna Petigny, Elaine Shoztic, Joan Kronk, John Kronk, Mary Lena Cocchia, Alexandre Laurent, John Murray, Karyl Suzanne Bearden, Kevin O’Byrne, Rita Timon, Diane Grant, Mary Bauer, Mary Rose Bauer, Silvana Smith, Mildred Beirne.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Dominick J. Marciano, John D’Agostino, Carol J. Toppin, John MacLean, Muriel Rysinski, Joan Terpack, Nancy Ligouri, Jean Corcoran, Paolo Cavallo, Ralph Bocuzzi, Robert Ix, Carolyn Gerwick, Denny Levi, Carmine Longo, Harry Bethea, Suzanne DePreta, Susanne DePreta.

Special Annual Collection . . .The second collection today will be the Special Annual Collection for the parish. Your generosity is appreciated.

Banns of Marriage:
I Banns: Mulber Fieffe and Nancie Lochard
II Banns: Erik Richard Kremheller and Lauren Christine Wuennemann
III Banns: Dukenson Lauture and Esther Estimable
III Banns: Carlos Roberto Rivera and Viviana Lopez

LATIN LOW MASS: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

September 8, 2016: Marked the anniversary of the arrest of Cardinal Kung in 1955 for the Catholic Faith. Please pray that his Cause of Canonization may soon be opened by Rome. Banners hang from both sides of the sanctuary arch, designed by Cardinal Kung, read: “Neither Fire nor Sword can take away my Faith in God.”

Padre Pio Triduum of Prayer: September 21, 22 & 23: 7:30pm: Exposition and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament, with Prayers in honor of Saint Padre Pio and veneration of his relics. Confessions will be heard. Everyone is welcome.

St. John’s Family Picnic on Sunday, September 25th at Cove Island Park! Food will be served from 12pm-3pm. The event is free; food will be served free of charge from 12 noon until 3pm. Anyone who would like to bring side salads and desserts, please contact Judy Defelice at (203) 322-6765.

Annual Rosary Procession, October 8th: with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Rosary, following the 12:10 Mass. We will renew our consecration of the Basilica and its families to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The preparation begins on September 4th, continuing through October 7th, using the small book “33 Days to Morning Glory,” available in our parish bookstore. Please join us during this holy month of prayer and consecration.

Saint Jude Novena: October 20-28th following the 12:10 Mass. On September 28th, individual veneration of the first class relics of Saint Jude. Everyone is welcome.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday September 4, 2016 $ 15,946.41
Sunday September 6, 2015 $ 12,707.57

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 18th, Sunday Readings: Am 8:4-7; 1 Tm 2:1-8; Lk 16:1-13.

Police: As policemen and women are under attack throughout the country, we ask that you Please remember the members of our Stamford Police Department in your prayers. Likewise, remember in your prayers members of Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department, and our military women and men who protect our nation.

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 203-348-4355 or

St. Monica Biblical Greek Grammar: Thursdays at 6:30 pm, in the Rectory. An intermediate grammar/reading class. We are translating the Acts of the Apostles. Basic grammatical knowledge of Biblical Greek is required. Call the rectory for information or Monsignor at

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory. We are continuing our review of ecclesiastical Latin using Second Latin by Cora and Charles Scanlon. Currently, we are reading excerpts from The Code of Canon Law. An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.

Volunteers: FUTURE 5 is a non-profit organization to help motivated low income high school students in Stamford to improve themselves and their future. We need volunteers to do one-on-one student work, such as college coaches, job prep coaches, and teachers. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Fanny Moran:

Birthright of Greater Stamford: is looking for very special people to volunteer. On Sunday September 25th, we will be holding an open house at our office at 388 Summer Street, Stamford, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please come and see if your talents can help women in crisis give life to their unborn babies.

Help End Legalized Abortion: Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street. To join the local prayer group or be trained as a Sidewalk Counselor contact Noelle at (857) 345-0808.

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, on Thursday, October 6th, 2016! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

Religious Ed Class: begins next Sunday, September 18th, at 8:30AM. ALL
STUDENTS  must be registered and have paid before the start of classes on September 18th.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge. Next meeting: Monday, Sept. 26th 7:30PM at Cosi: 230 Tresser Blvd, (in front of the Stamford Mall).

PRO LIFE EVENT:  Gospel of Life Society invites you and your whole family to participate in Stamford’s Life Chain on Sunday, Oct 2, 2016: 1pm-2:30pm. Please join us on Atlantic Street in front of the Basilica of St. John’s for the annual Life Chain: a peaceful witness of Americans praying for the end of abortion. Participants display signs (will be provided) urging passers-by to support the pre-born, reminding them of the sanctity of human life and join in prayer. For details, call Frank Carpanzano,
at 203-975-0074.

Rainbows: Guiding our youth through the storms of life.
New session starting September 2016 – open to all teenagers and children.
Grieving the loss of a parent, grandparent, guardian, sibling, friend, or other loved one? (from death, divorce, deployment, illness, incarceration, violence, or other trauma.) You are not alone – an unbelievable 61 million children and teens in the United States (over 83%) will, at some point in their childhood, suffer a loss due to a parent, guardian, or sibling’s death; divorce; or other life-altering event. Sadly, seven out of ten teachers report having at least one grieving student currently in their classroom. Rainbows for All Children helps teens and children grieve and grow after loss, and develop appropriate coping skills for life. They learn that they can move through their grief, that significant loss or traumatic change does not need to hurt forever. Rainbows is confidential & free, and welcomes teenagers and children from all economic, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. New session starting end of September 2016 at Church of the Holy Spirit, 403 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford. Winter/Spring session will be held January-April 2017. If you or anyone you know could benefit from this program; you would like more information; or you would like to start a group in your parish or school, please: email or call 203-322-3722.

Faith on Tap is back! Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe (97 Franklin St., Stamford, CT) on Tuesday September 27th, 2016 from 7pm-9pm. This month’s topic, “Who are you voting for? Guidelines to voting as a Catholic”, will be presented by Fr. Michael Jones. Bring a friend!

Caravan for Peace: September 11th—the 15th anniversary of 911: Help spread the message to Pray for Peace. A caravan beginning at Boston’s Logan Ariport at 8:30 a.m. will drive through Connecticut with stops in Hartford, Newtown, Bridgeport and Greenwich, ending at 5:30 pm at Ground Zero in New York City, praying for peace. Please join us. For more information: or

Are you a student at UCONN Stamford? Please contact Fr. Andy Vill ( We are looking for some help/interest in some on campus activities this fall!

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, September 10, 2016
4:00 Deceased members of the Taricani Family req. Leon Taricani
Sunday, September 11, 2016
7:30 +James Fennell req. Nick and Ann Lepore
10:00 Vincent Eugene Jagodzinski req. Jagodzinski Family
12:00 +John Gannon
5:00 Needs of parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, September 12, 2016
8:00 Deceased members of the Aronson Family
12:10 +Bridget and Patrick O’Connor req. Mary Bridget Gaine
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
8:00 Alexandra and Gertha Laurent
12:10 Anne Marie Carpanzano
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Lawrence Nemchek req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Thursday, September 15, 2016
8:00 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10 All Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Friday, September 16, 2016
8:00 +Erzulia Joseph req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 Mr. and Mrs. Vito Gioia req. Family
Saturday, September 17, 2016
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Bill Morris req. Jo Mitchell

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. For more information, 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 men of the parish, meets Fridays in the Rectory, 7-7:50 a.m. for coffee, Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction. All men are welcome. We finish in time for the 8a.m. Mass.

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

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies:— Biblical Greek: Intermediate Grammar: Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory. Call Monsignor DiGiovanni for more information (203-324-1553, ext 11).

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

Coffee Hour: Starts again September 18th, after the 10:00a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in THE NEWS:

130 years ago, or so:
Sept. 12, 1885: STAMFORD. “A portion of the marble to be used in the construction of the altar of our church has arrived and work is being done upon the foundation. The builders of the foundation are Messrs. Theis and Trueg of 42nd street, New York City and by the plans, it can be seen that the altar, when completed, will be second to none in New England. On Monday morning, at half past eight, Mass was celebrated in the church, attended by all the scholars of our parochial school, and after Mass, under charge of the Sisters, marched to the school to begin once more their labors for the fall term.”

125 years ago, or so:
Sept. 16, 1893: STAMFORD. “Last Sunday evening at St. John’s R. C. Church an impressive and beautiful ceremony was witnessed and participated in by a large congregation. It was the blessing of new altars recently purchased by the church. The lady members of the League of the Sacred Heart and the Children of Mary, dressed in white, with veils and wreaths, marched in procession from the basement of the church through Bell street and entered the church singing the Litany of the Blessed Virgin. An eloquent sermon was delivered by Rev. Wm. H. Rogers after which benediction was given.”

115 years ago, or so:
Sept. 13, 1900: DON’T WANT PASTOR PROMOTED. STAMFORD “Great surprise was caused today by the announcement that the Rev. William H. Rogers, for twenty-seven years pastor of St. John’s R.C. Church, had been appointed by Bishop Tierney pastor of St. Patrick’s, Hartford. This is a promotion, as St. Patrick’s is considered one of the leading parishes in the State. Nevertheless there is a distinct feeling of opposition to the change among Catholic in this city.”

75 years ago, or so:
Sept. 13, 1942: K of C Entertains Service Men at Annual Program. “About 50 soldiers and sailors were guests last night of St. Augustine Council, Knights of Columbus, at the organization’s annual Columbus Day dinner in the Elm St. clubhouse. The military men included 35 trainees, five chief petty officers, and a senior grade officer of Noroton Naval Radio Training School, and soldiers and sailors home on furlough from other military establishments. The Rev. William G. Mahoney spoke on “Columbus and Sacrifice.” Other speakers were Grand Knight Peter J. Ryan and the Rev. Michael J. Sullivan, assistant at St. John’s R. C. Church.”