For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 16, 2016

Pastor’s Corner: Some of the Church’s greatest martyrs are recalled this week: On October 17th:st-ignatius-martyr Saint Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch in what is today Syria died a martyr in Rome in the early 2nd century; and on October 19th, the North American Martyrs, who died martyrs in what is today Canada and New York State in the mid-17th century. What could these men, living in times and places so different from one another, have in common with each other and us?

The first thing Ignatius, Isaac and his Jesuit companions shared in common was their unflinching love for and faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ, which led them to become His Catholic priests. The second was their love for His Catholic Church, the only religion personally begun by Jesus and His 12 Apostles. Saint Ignatius was ordained a bishop by Saint Peter, and appointed bishop of Antioch.
Saint Peter then went to Rome., where he headed the early Church, and died a martyr in 64 AD. By the end of the 1st century, Ignatius was over 80 years old and was arrested because of his faith during the persecution by the Roman Emperor Trajan. Ignatius was dragged across Asia Minor, chained in the belly of a boat, dragged across Italy to Rome. In 104 AD, he was thrown to the lions in the then-recently completed Coliseum, as entertainment for the bloodthirsty Roman crowds. Ignatius gave Christ’s Church the name Catholic, which means universal—the Church is found everywhere in the world, not limited to one nation, race or tribe. Since he was a disciple of Saint Peter, Ignatius knew what he was talking about! As he was being dragged and beaten on his way to martyrdom, Ignatius wrote seven letters addressed to the Church in each of the cities he passed by. They are some of the oldest and most venerable gems of early Christian literature. In them, he reminded and urged Catholics to remain faithful to Christ and His Catholic Church. Ignatius wrote that the Church founded by Christ is that which exists throughout the whole world—the only Church that is catholikos, or universal: found in every nation. In these letter gave us an exact picture of the Church as established by the Apostles. They describe the true Faith, and the early Church’s structure, as having been organized by the 12 Apostles: each local church or diocese was headed by a bishop, who had received his authority directly from one of the 12 Apostles when one of the 12 Apostles ordained a man a bishop: just as Saint Peter had ordained Saint Ignatius to be the bishop of Antioch. Those bishops handed on the same authority to the men they ordained bishops. The bishops, as direct successors of an Apostle, were assisted by priests and deacons. The heart of Ignatius’ faith was Our Lord, and the mainstay of early Catholic life was the Eucharist, the true Body and Blood of Christ, along with His Revelation in Sacred Scripture, the Bible.

indiansThe Jesuit priests, Saints Isaac Jogues, John de Breubeuf, Anthony Daniel, Gabriel Lalemant, Charles Garnier, and Noel Chabanel, and two Religious Brothers, Rene Goupil and John de Lalande preached and established the Church in what is today upstate New York and Canada. In 1642, while Saint Isaac Jogues was bringing desperately needed supplies to the Huron Indian mission from Quebec, his group was attacked by Native Americans. He and his companion Rene Goupil were savagely beaten and tortured—hair, beard, and finger nails torn off, and their forefingers bitten through. Goupil was killed, but Jogues escaped and returned to Europe. In spite of his horrific experience and torture, he insisted that his Jesuit superiors permit him to return: twice he returned to the missions to the same Native Americans who had tortured him and killed his friend.  The second time, Jogues was recaptured, tortured again and tomahawked on October 18, 1648. The others suffered the same fate between 1648 and 1649.

Saint Ignatius of Antioch and the North American Martyrs died in different times and places, each bearing witness to the same reality—Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all time and all places, who redeemed everyone and everything by His Cross. They saw the preaching of Christ’s truth and the offering of His Grace in the Sacraments for the salvation of souls worth dying for. As they were tormented and dying, they prayed for their persecutors and executioners, just as Our Lord did from the Cross.
—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.

Monthly Collection . . . The second collection today will be the monthly collection for the parish. Your generosity is appreciated.

Banns of Marriage:
III Banns: Jolis Jean and Marie Carmelle Boisrond
III Banns: Christopher William Frappier and Natalie Ann Rascona

Saint Augustine Medal Recipient: Frank Carpanzano of our parish has been awarded this year’s Saint Augustine Medal by the Diocese of Bridgeport for his pro-life work. Congratulations Frank!

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. Beginning Saturday, October 15th, and continuing through October 27th, the First Class Relics of Saint Jude will be on display on the side altar of Saint Joseph.

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 friends!

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 .

R.C.I.A. Will not be meeting Monday, October 17th. Our next class will be Monday, October 24th at 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 9, 2016 $ 13,141.11
Sunday October 11, 2015 $ 14,657.48

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 23rd, Sunday Readings: Sir 35:12-14, 16-18; 2 Tm 4:6-8, 16-18; Lk 18:9-14.

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!

No Greater Love – Fr. Rob Galea in Concert: Our Lady Star of the Sea, Saturday, November 19th, 1200 Shippan Avenue. 5:30PM VIP reception; 7:00PM Showtime. $100 VIP, $50 Jr VIP (30 & under), $25 general admission. 50-50 drawing at the door! Order tickets online at or call the parish office at 203-324-4634.

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: This 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 this 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.

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).

Religious Education: Classes have begun. Religious Education. . . 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. Classes are 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 15, 2016
4:00 +Monsignor John V. Horgan-Kung req. Family
Sunday, October 16, 2016
7:30 Special Intentions Wilma Santiago req. Barbara Bayne
10:00 Ann Blackson req. Diane Strain
12:00 +Bishop Walter Curtis, the late Bishop of Bridgeport
5:00 Needs of parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, October 17, 2016
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 Mildred Beirne req. Diane Strain
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
8:00 Anthony Briganti req. Carol Cummings
12:10 +Ed Cody req. Cody Family
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
8:00 +Margaret M. Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 Special Intentions Phillip Adzima req. Cecilia Labrosciano
Thursday, October 20, 2016
8:00 Souls in Purgatory with no one to pray for them
12:10 +Santiago Collazo req. Marianne
Friday, October 21, 2016
8:00 +Albert Schafer
12:10 +Mary F. DeBlasio req. Gregory Pace
Saturday, October 22, 2016
8:00 +Juana Mazariegos req. Blanca Reyes
12:10 +Irene McCarthy-Hussey req. McCarthy Family

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 NEWS:

125 years ago, or so:
October 21, 1893: STAMFORD. “Sunday at all the Masses in St. John’s R.C. church, the priests impressed upon the congregation the duty they owed to the poor, and called special attention to the St. Anne’s Ladies’ Aid Society, whose object is to aid the poor of Stamford without regard to their religious faith. This society was organized on Friday evening and now has more than 100 members.
A handsome statue of St. Joseph six feet in height was erected in St. John’s R.C. church, Monday. It was presented to the church by Mrs. E. Brown in memory of her late husband Edgar A. Brown, and is a beautiful piece of rare artistic value, and adds very much to the general appearance of the church.”

100 years ago, or so:
October 21, 1918: OUR CHURCHLESS SUNDAY. “To the Editors of The Daily Advocate: There is an interesting novel written by an Englishman about ten years ago, called “When It Was Dark,” wherein the writer depicts conditions of an existence without any form of religion, but more especially Christianity—how vice and unpardonable sin are the chief thoughts and deeds of a once great race that had hitherto lived a chaste, progressive and hopeful course. As I looked about Stamford, Sunday, and deplored the absence of church throngs, and the uplifting toll of church bells, I was reminded of the remarkable book described with the great moral it contains. And perhaps there are others who were so inspired—not necessarily by virtue of knowledge of this book, but from a purely righteous viewpoint and cognizance of what the relationship of church to religion means and does. To my mind, there is a plausible excuse for closing the numerous improperly ventilated, box-like picture houses and coopy lodge rooms, but why the spacious, well-kept, clean and comfortable churches? As mentioned in Saturday’s Advocate, this is perhaps the first time in 277 years that Stamford has seen a churchless Sunday. May I add that it is an offense and shame that such a record should be broken? We will hardly resort to suspension of trolley and train service, closing of factories, shops and restaurants, all of which are places of near or positive spots for congestion and so-called germ contagion. Why, then, should a few men have the right to ban against church edifices, when the longest service rarely exceeds one hour? This may sound drastic, but it seems logical and comes from one who ought to know. Truly yours, J.W.D.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: St. John’s complied with the Board of Health directive and closed the church during the 1918 flu pandemic.)