For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 2, 2016

Pastor’s Corner: On October 7, 1571 the last great naval battle of oar-powered ships was fought off the Greekboatcoast at Lepanto. The importance of the battle is that it was one of the great triumphs of Catholic forces over those of the Moslem Ottoman Empire. Why does it always appear that the history of Catholicism is one of military battles with those whose beliefs are different? Why can’t we all just get along!!?? The fight didn’t begin with the Church. At heart, these battles against Islamic military forces were battles of culture against culture. At the heart of the culture of western Europe, at least until the Protestant Reformation, was the Church and the Incarnation: the reality that God became a man, suffered, died and rose from the dead, in order to share his divine life with us. Within one generation after the death of Mohammed, this was seen as an insult to God, which necessitated action. In fact, as early as 846 A.D. Moslem troops sacked Rome, despoiling the tombs of the Apostles Peter and Paul. The earlier progress of Islam in France, Spain, Sicily, southern Italy, North Africa, and the Holy Land is one of military conquest of the entire Mediterranean and Europe, not one of simple conversion to another religion. It was the ISIS of the Middle Ages: a relentless military onslaught for political control dressed up in Islam to look and sound like a religious movement.

Sultan Selim II threatened to conquer Cyprus in 1570 with an eye to conquering Europe. Pope Pius V called for a coalition of the Catholic forces of Spain and the Venetian Republic who joined those of the Papal States, to thwart the attack. Protestant countries wanted nothing to do with the fight. The Turkish forces were larger, with 222 galleys, 60 other vessels, 750 cannon, 34,000 soldiers, 13,000 sailors, and 41,000 Christian slaves as rowers. The Catholic forces had 207 galleys, 30 other vessels, 6 great galleons which “seemed like castles”, 1,800 canon, 30,000 soldiers, 12,900 sailors, and 43,000 rowers, most convicts who were promised freedom if victorious. The flagship of the Turkish Grand Admiral Ali bore a purple silk standard emblazoned with the name of Allah in gold letters. The Catholic flagship of Don Juan of Austria bore a dark blue silk standard with an embroidered image of the Crucified Lord. At a consistory on August 27th, the Pope instructed the cardinals to fast at least once weekly, to give extraordinary alms to the poor, and to perform other acts of penance in order to obtain God’s mercy and victory over the Turks. The Pope fasted three days weekly, and instructed all churches in Rome to pray for victory. As word reached Rome that the forces were nearing each other, the Pope ordered extraordinary prayers be said day and night in all churches and monasteries in Rome, in which he himself participated.

As was traditional in Rome on the first Sunday each October, the local Rosary confraternities held their processions around the City. The image of Our Lady of the Rosary was similar to the traditional image of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. Taken from the biblical Book of Revelation, the Blessed Virgin Mary is seen crowned with twelve stars and standing atop a crescent moon. It was on that day that the battle was fought, and “the forces of the Cross proved victorious over the Crescent”, as one historian described it. News of the victory of the Catholic forces on the afternoon of October 7th reached Rome on October 22nd. Immediately the Pope attributed the victory to the Blessed Virgin Mary in answer to the Rosaries of thousands of people prayed on the day of battle. The Feast of Our Lady of Victory, or Our Lady of the Rosary, was to be celebrated each year throughout the world to commemorate the victory at Lepanto, and the temporary halt of the Turkish advance against Christian Europe. In Venice, in the Palace of the Doges, a painting of the battle was commissioned with the words, “Not our power and arms, nor our leaders, but the Madonna of the Rosary helped us to victory.” And the image of Our Lady of Victory standing atop a crescent moon and crowned with stars was placed above the gates of many European cities.

Other battles with Turkish forces would follow. The last was at the gates of Vienna, when the Ottoman army was defeated on September 11 [9/11], 1683 by another Catholic coalition. The Battles of Lepanto and Vienna marked the beginning of the end for the Ottoman Empire, since they halted Islamic aggression into Christian Western Europe.

Today, Christian Europe has ceased to exist, but the reality of the God who became a man for us, and who continues to work in his Church, continues, and is manifest is the reality of Divine Providence working in human history. The God who sent His Son to become one of us, to free us from sin and death, continues to work in the world to bring us to eternal life, through the saints and His Church. In the instance of Lepanto, the victory was seen as the Mother of the Incarnate God defending us against enemies of the Incarnation. Trust in God, and pray to Our Lady in times of need. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Harriet Lockhart, Margaret Potolicchio, 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.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Msgr. Robert McCormick, Camille Lindstrom, Catherine Olnek, 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.

Banns of Marriage:
I Banns: Jolis Jean and Marie Carmelle Boisrond
I Banns: Christopher William Frappier and Natalie Ann Rascona
II Banns: Ryan Paul Smith and Elisa Pasqua
III Banns: Frantz Samuel Salomon and Marie Therese Fils

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

Parish Finance Council: Will meet in the Rectory on October 6th at 7:30 pm.

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.

The Upper Room: October 18th at Columbus Park Trattoria, 205 Main Street, Stamford, 7pm-9pm, for Catholics 30 years of age and up for a delightful discussion of our Catholic Faith and life, a glass of wine and some good Italian food. Topic: “Who are you Voting For?” by Fr. Brian Dellaert. Everyone is welcome.

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

Relics of All the Saints: October 26-November 7: In honor of All Saints Day[November 1], all the Basilica’s Relics of the Saints will be displayed on the High Altar for convenient veneration.

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!

R.C.I.A. starts this Monday October 3rd and will meet weekly 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Cost is $25.00 for materials. Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x21.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday September 25, 2016 $ 12,577.35
Sunday September 27, 2015 $ 13,733.45

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

October 9th, Sunday Readings: 2 Kgs 5:14-17; 2 Tm 2:8-13; Lk 17:11-19.

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:

“You’re Worth It”: Book signing, luncheon & talk with Catholic author Danielle Bean, October 6th at 11am at Columbus Park Trattoria Upper Room. For details, rsvp to Lisa at or 203-253-3499.

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!

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, October 24th 7:30PM – contact Melanie for the location.

THANKS: To all who worked so hard to make our parish picnic such fun: Fr. Vill, Judy & Phil DeFelice, Trish & Doug DePhillips, Beth & Frank Carpanzano, Sal Demott, Angela & Alessio Giannitti, Louis Scalfani, and everyone who brought salads, pasta, side dishes and desserts, and who helped set up and clean up. Your generosity made a great day at the beach!

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.

Handel’s Messiah, Part I & the Hallelujah Chorus presented by the
Stamford Symphony and the Pro Arte Singers, HERE at the Basilica on Saturday December 10th at 8pm – One night only!—Tickets start at $25. Limited number of tickets available.  Call today 203-325-4466 or go to

The Upper Room is back! An open forum to discuss our Catholic Faith: open to anyone between the ages of 30 and older, at THE UPPER ROOM in Columbus Park Trattoria, Main Street on Columbus Park in Stamford’s downtown: Tuesday, OCTOBER 18TH: 7pm-9pm. Our speaker: Fr. Brian Dellaert from the Archdiocese of Dubuque, and his topic: “Who are you voting for? Guidelines to voting as a Catholic.” No charge. Bring a friend or two!

Faith on Tap is back! Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St., Stamford’s downtown: Tuesday OCTOBER 25th: 7pm-9pm. “The Pro-Life Debate: It’s Not About Winning It”, featuring speakers from The Couture Project. Bring a friend or two!

“Walking with Purpose”: a program of prayer and Bible Study for Catholic women,
Tuesday mornings beginning at 9:30 am in the parish hall. For more information, contact: Rosa Federici at or 203-536-5480.

Men’s Working Retreat, Stamford, CT – Oct 14 thru 16, 2016: All Catholic men are invited for the annual fall weekend retreat at Villa Maria Guadalupe, in Stamford. This retreat includes conferences on discipleship of Jesus Christ, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and heavy labor in the woods. Go to – “upcoming events / retreats” and to register contact Bill Nagle:, or 203-570-2593.

Natural Family Planning & Fertility Care: Are you looking for information to help you understand and appreciate your fertility? The Creighton Model System is based on a couple’s knowledge and understanding of their naturally occurring phases of fertility and infertility. This system deals with the complete dimension of procreative ability. It can be used in conjunction with NaProTechnology to assist with infertility and sub-fertility issues in a natural way, while still embracing the union of husband, wife and God. Teachers of the Creighton Model System are trained allied health professionals and specifically trained physicians. If you would like to schedule a free introductory session: Angela Marchetti:

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, October 1, 2016
4:00 +Ben Mondor req. Marc Valois
Sunday, October 2, 2016
7:30 +Louise Munro req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00 +Feroze Aslam req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
12:00 In Honor of the Guardian Angels-Our Heavenly Companions req. Marion Morris
5:00 Needs of parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, October 3, 2016
8:00 Sister Ellen Mary CSJ Religious Anniversary req. Marie Carr
12:10 Special Intentions Sebastian Hickman req. Mother
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
8:00 +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Jeannite Clerveaux Louis req. children
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 For Peace in the World req. Lucy Espinoza
Thursday, October 6, 2016
8:00 +Dorothy and Fred Wahlstrom req. Leon Taricani
12:10 +Georg Palmgren req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Friday, October 7, 2016
8:00 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
12:10 Rev. Terrence P. Walsh req. Scholastica and Andrew
Saturday, October 8, 2016
8:00 +Maria Vu req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 +Nicholas Rosa Jr. req. Iris Rios and Julia Rosa

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: After the 10a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:

125 years ago, or so:
October 4, 1889: Who Won the Big Prizes. “Notwithstanding that the weather was for the most part unfavorable, the fair of St. John’s R. C. church was a decided success, financially and otherwise, and very gratifying to all concerned, especially to Father Rogers and his assistants, Fathers Keena and Carroll, under whose personal superintendence much of the work was done. The financial net result it is expected will amount to between $1,700 and $1,800. James Burns, of West Stamford, was the fortunate winner of the building lot presented by Owen Daly. The elegant gold watch was won by Mrs. John Ennis. Father Carroll, of St. John’s, won the large French plate mirror which was looked upon with pardonable desire by so many. A copy of the celebrated picture of the Angelus was won by Miss Z. Bonvier, of New York. A very fine range, presented by B. D. Lum & Son, was won by P. Rabbit, of Bishop street. The centre table—Mrs. John Mulville; Ton of coal—John Murphy; Chamber suit—John McGill; Silver set—G. E. Everett, of Darien; Dinner set—T. Hickey, of Meadow street.”

100 years ago, or so:
October 9, 1916: SPIRE FOR CATHOLIC CHURCH. “It was announced yesterday, at all Masses in St. John’s Catholic Church, that a parish bazaar will be held the week of Nov. 13, to raise funds to erect a steeple on the church. Rev. J. C. O’Brien, pastor of the church, and the majority of the parishioners feel that the spire should be erected. It has been deferred because of lack of funds. It will be erected next spring, if the bazaar is a success. On Wednesday evening, in the Parish Hall, a reception will be given to Rev. Dr. Thomas J. Drennan, until recently curate in the Parish, and a concert will be rendered by well known local artists. Father Drennan and Father O’Brien and others will appear and will have something to say to the parishioners.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: The “spire” bell tower was not erected until 1926.)

90 Years ago, or so:
October 8, 1925: “Columbus Day and Fire Prevention Day will be observed together, tomorrow, by the pupils of the eighth grade of St. John’s Parochial School with a fitting program. In addition, the parents and friends of the pupils of the school are invited to visit the school, tomorrow afternoon, and inspect the classrooms and methods of teaching in the school. This will be the first time that “Parents’ Day” has been observed in the school. In honor of Columbus, the following program has been prepared: Singing of America by the class, accompanied by C. Stevens on the piano, W. Clark, A Deyulio and C. Sotire on Violins and D. Poranto on the cornet.”