For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 9, 2016  Pastor’s Corner: October 13th is the day archaeologists have recently determined to have been the st-peters-deathday on which Saint Peter died in the year 64 A.D. The day was the tenth anniversary of Nero’s accession to the imperial throne, requiring elaborate public festivities and sacrifices—of criminals, among whom the foremost was Saint Peter.

Following His resurrection from the dead, Jesus foretold Saint Peter’s martyrdom. After asking Saint Peter “do you love me” three times, and receiving Peter’s three positive responses, which made up for his triple denial of Our Lord the night before He was crucified, Jesus went on to reaffirm Peter’s commission to govern the Church. He then told the chief Apostle: “When you are old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will lead you where you do not want to go (this He said to show him by what type of death he would glorify God)” [John 21:18-20]. “Stretch out your hands” was a well-known phrase throughout the Roman Empire signifying crucifixion. Saint Peter was crucified in the Circus of Gaius and Nero in the Vatican, to the left of today’s Saint Peter’s Basilica. Tradition holds that Saint Peter chose to be crucified head-down, since he felt himself unworthy to die as Christ died.

Another prophecy of Our Lord, the evidence of which can be seen in Rome, is His foretelling of the destruction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. While his Apostles were praising the beauty of that holy building, Our Lord said to them: “You see all these things, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down” [Matt 24: 2] Jesus foretold this destruction as a sign of the end of the covenants of the Old Testament. He was about to forge a new and eternal covenant by the Blood of His Cross. In 70 A.D. this is precisely what happened, when the Emperor Vespasian sent his son Titus to put down a Jewish revolt, destroying the Temple and most of Jerusalem in the process. Josephus, the Jewish historian, recorded that thousands were slaughtered by Roman troops, and that rivers of blood flowed in the streets.

In Rome, the destruction of Jerusalem was commemorated by the triumphant return of Titus, recorded in the brilliantly shining white marble triumphal arch erected by the Senate and People of Rome a few years later. The Arch portrays the triumphant entrance of Titus and his victorious troops into the City, leading thousands of Jewish captives in chains, soon to be enslaved to build the Coliseum, a short distance away. Among the shackled Jewish prisoners and dragged through the Forum was the heroic defender of Jerusalem, Simon bar Gioras, who, after being mocked in the Forum, was led off to the Mamertine Prison, where he was executed—the same prison which had held Saints Peter and Paul prior to their execution only a few years earlier.

Not only human chattel had been gained from Jerusalem, but, as seen in the archway, the great gold and silver treasures of the Temple, which Our Lord and His Apostles would have seen on their numerous visits to the Temple, were also carried back as marks of triumph and booty for the Roman Imperial treasury. The seven-branched gold candelabrum; the silver trumpets; the golden tables for the show bread, and thousands of pounds of loot was brought from the ruins of the great Temple to the Forum at Rome. Atop the triumphal Arch of Titus, the Roman Senate commanded this inscription be carved: “The Senate and People of Rome to the deified Titus Vespasianus Augustus, son of the deified Vespasian.” Titus was rendered a false god by Rome for destroying the Temple of the Living God in Jerusalem.

It was all so lovely! But it didn’t last long. The divine Titus died within a few years, and Rome and her gods would be conquered by the Son of the Eternal Father, whose triumphant emblem was the Cross. The British poet Shelley described it best in his own romantic tone: “The Arch [of Titus] is now moldering into ruins, and the imagery almost erased by the lapse of fifty generations . . . The Flavian amphitheatre [the Coliseum] has become a habitation for owls. The power of whose possessions it was once the type, and of whose departure it is now the emblem, is become a dream and a memory. Rome is no more than Jerusalem.”

No one today knows who Titus or Vespasian were, no matter that the Roman Senate did make them gods. Tourists today wander through the Roman Forum wondering at the piles of stones and what they may once have been, even though this was once the center of the world. But everyone knows Christ and Peter and Paul, for everyone can see their living monuments in the churches and shrines of the ancient Eternal City. For Christ is present in His Catholic Church, which conquered the Roman Empire, and through which Church Saint Peter still ministers through his successor, Pope Francis. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Silvana Smith, 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: Dennis Winski, 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:
II Banns: Jolis Jean and Marie Carmelle Boisrond
II Banns: Christopher William Frappier and Natalie Ann Rascona
III Banns: Ryan Paul Smith and Elisa Pasqua

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

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. All are welcome.

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

Faith on Tap: October 25th Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St., Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. “The Pro-Life Debate: It’s Not About Winning It”, meaning, it’s not just about winning discussions about life, but about protecting life. Features speakers from The Couture Project. Bring a friend or two!

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. Will not be meeting October 10th or 17th. Next class will be October 24th 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Cost is $25.00 for materials. If you would like to join the class, please stop by the office and pick up the materials. Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics wanting to receive First Communion or Confirmation.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday October 2, 2016 $ 13,877.89
Sunday October 4, 2015 $ 12,348.62

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 16th, Sunday Readings: Ex 17:8-13; 2 Tm 3:14-4:2; Lk 18:1-8.

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:

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, November 3, 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.

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

“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.

Trinity Catholic Middle School: Open House on Monday, October 17, 2016 from 9:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. in our building at 948 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the Administration and Teachers, tour the facility, learn about the curriculum and have all of your questions answered. Parents and students interested in a challenging academic program in a faith based school are encouraged to attend.

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.

Religious Education: Classes have begun. Religious Education. . . Classes have begun. For those not yet registered, you may register at class on Sunday at 8:30am, or call the rectory, and speak with Cindy, 203-324-1553 x21. There is No Class this Sunday, October 9th because of the Columbus Day Holiday. Classes are normally on Sundays at 8:30am sharp. Please be on time.

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 8, 2016
4:00 +Joseph Peter Young req. Family
Sunday, October 9, 2016
7:30 +Nancy Massimo req. Danny Rainho
10:00 +Margaret DiDonato req. Doris Karp
12:00 +Bill Morris Birthday Remembrance req. Marion, your children, grandchildren and
great grandchildren
5:00 Needs of parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, October 10, 2016
8:00 +Donovan Hamilton req. Maria Swaby-Rowe
12:10 +Valencia and John Lancaster req. Sue Kremheller
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
8:00 Alexandra and Gertha Laurent
12:10 People of the Parish
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Jean Whittingham req. Blanca Reyes
Thursday, October 13, 2016
8:00 Deceased members of the McCann Family
12:10 +Jeanne S. Loughlin req. Peter D. Loughlin
Friday, October 14, 2016
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Lucy Espinoza
12:10 +Charles and Matthew Austin req. parents
Saturday, October 15, 2016
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 Thanksgiving Mass for all the Blessings req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos

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:

25 years ago, or so:
October 16, 1991: St. John’s is gone, but memories live. “On Friday there will be a gala reunion of St. John’s Parochial School graduates. The reunion will take place at the Italian Center on Newfield Avenue. Where is St. John’s Parochial School? The institution no longer exists. Where it used to be is now a parking lot behind St. John’s Roman Catholic Church—the historical church that is located at the corner of Bell and Atlantic Streets. There are many notable graduates of St. John’s , and from what Mary Savage, the chairperson of the reunion tells me, there will be a full house at the gala event. St. John’s School, like its parent church, is a part of Stamford’s history. The school came into existence shortly after the appointment of Rev. James O’Neil as the second pastor of St. John’s Church. That was in 1860. Father O’Neil built a parochial school on what was then known as Meadow Street (now Hawthorne Street.) The first teachers in the school were people merely listed as Patrick Reilly, and Miss B. Clancy. They were located there until 1876, when the old St. John’s Church on Hawthorne Street was converted into a school. At that time the Sisters of Mercy from Hartford came to Stamford to take charge of the school. In 1906 the St. John’s School that was located behind the present church was constructed under the direction of Rev. James C. O’Brien, and it opened in September of that year with an enrollment of 463 pupils. Eleven sisters were teachers, and Sister M. Alexius was the superioress. Most of the succeeding generations remember the slate-roofed red brick building. And we remember the students walking in line to the church, and crossing Atlantic Street after school to wend their way home. St. John’s was a true “in-town” school, that served all neighborhoods of the city for those who chose to attend a parochial school. In 1937, during the summer vacation, the school was remodeled from the cellar to the roof. New plumbing, lighting, and interior decorations were included in the project, and fire escapes erected on the building’s exterior making the structure safe and livable for the students and teachers. The improvements were done under the direction of the pastor, then Father Nicholas P. Coleman, who later became a Monsignor, and who also founded St. Joseph’s Medical Center. In 1941 the registration of the school was 721 students. There were nine grades and 18 classrooms in operation. The teaching staff was composed of 15 Sisters of Mercy and three lay teachers. So, from 1906 until 1970 when the school building was demolished, St. John’s Parochial School was a bastion of Christian education whose academic standards were second to none. Thousands of its graduates have made significant contributions to society. Every profession from medicine, law, to religious orders, and the military have been touched by graduates of the school.”Comparative Statements Consecration