For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 30, 2016

Pastor’s Corner: In two days, the Church will celebrate All Saints’ Day on November 1st. The Solemnity of All Saints all-saintscalls to mind an aspect of the reality of the Church of which many people are unaware: The Catholic Church is NOT a humanly created institution. This is clear in the Book of the Apocalypse: “The angel said to me, ’Come and I will show you the bride that the Lamb [Jesus]has married.’ He. . . Showed me Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down from God out of heaven. . . . The City stood on twelve foundation stones, each one of which bore the name of one of the twelve apostles of the Lamb” [Apoc 1:10-14]. Saint Paul continues the image: “You are part of a building that has the apostles and prophets for its foundations, and Christ Jesus himself for its main cornerstone.” [Eph 2:20] The Catholic Church was personally established by Our Lord, and has been called “Catholic” since the end of the first century. Its members are women, men and children around the globe, and it is the living Body of Christ, with Jesus literally as its head, and we, literally as its members; just as your arms and legs are members of your own body, managed by your head.

Most people do not realize that there is an intimate relationship between Our Lord and all who are baptized, were baptized, and whoever will be baptized: a relationship that begins on the date of your baptism, and continues forever, crossing all borders of space and time. That relationship springs from our sharing in the very life of Jesus through Baptism and the Sacraments, especially that of His Body and Blood, the Eucharist, or Holy Communion, which we are privileged to receive during Mass. There is more: whenever we attend Mass, there are others present beside those standing and sitting in the church. All the saints and angels, and God Himself, is present with us—not as ideas or memories, but actually: in real time. All Saints Day recalls that deeper reality of our unity in Christ and all the baptized through His Catholic Church: both the living and dead. Jesus works through His Catholic Church to destroy the power of evil: and the saints take that role up in their lives in their prayers for us around the throne of God. Their prayers are their acts of charity for us.

That is why there are statues and pictures of saints in Catholic Churches. They remind us of the heroes of the Faith: real people who loved Jesus so very much, and heroically, that their lives were forever changed, and they changed the world. As you look around our Basilica, can you name any of the statues or paintings of the saints? You should be able to. Let’s take a little tour of the images of the saints.

Let’s start inside the basilica front interior doors. Standing in the center aisle, take a right: walk up the northern [right] side aisle: walk down the aisle to the baptismal font, on your right, and stop. Face the font, and there, next to the font is a white marble statue: who are the two men? The one kneeling is Jesus, the one standing is Saint John the Baptist: the last and greatest prophet, who baptized Jesus, and then died a martyr. Turn to your right and face the back wall: there is a stature of Saint Rita of Cascia: a wife and mother who suffered greatly at the hands of her abusive husband and children; after their death she became a nun, dedicating her life to Christ for the salvation of the world. Above her is a large oil painting of Our Lady: Jesus’ mother, who holds her divine son. The Blessed Virgin Mary was the first and most dedicated of Jesus’ disciples. Turn around, and walk down the aisle: at the front of the church is the side altar of Saint Joseph, the foster father of Jesus and husband of Mary. Next to the altar is a white marble statue of Saint Therese of Lisieux, a young girl who became a cloistered Carmelite nun, suffered from tuberculosis and offered her sufferings for the salvation of the world. Turn a little to the right, and there is a large seated bronze statue of Saint Peter: the chief Apostle, who died a martyr in Rome in 64 AD. The pope in Rome share his office given him by Our Lord as head of the Church. Look up, and you’ll see four painted “statues”: on the far left is Blessed Pope Pius IX, next is Saint Patrick, then Saint Augustine and his mother Saint Monica. Turn round again, and walk to the exact center of the church, and face the high altar: on the right is Saint John the Evangelist; to the left is a statue of Our Lord with His Sacred Heart. Walk across to the other side, to the side altar of Our Lady, with Her Son standing below her. Next to the altar is a white marble statue of Saint Anthony of Padua, who holds the Infant Jesus. Now look up at the side wall: the far right of the large window is a painting of Saint Michael the Archangel; next, Saint Philip Neri; on the right of the window is Saints Joachim and Ann, the parents of Mary. These are real life people, who loved God on earth, and still do now in heaven.

Here’s your homework for All Saints Day on November 1st: Google each saint named above to learn more about their lives of faith: they, literally, changed their world around them because of their love for God. The saints are still part of the Catholic Church who pray for you and me daily at the throne of God. Speak to the saints, just as you would your friends. Ask their help and guidance; read their biographies on-line for inspiration and get an idea what to do with your life: how can you love Jesus?—how can you change the world? Through Christ, you can do great things.

On the High Altar are displayed the parish’s relics of the Saints. Relics are not macabre objects or magical tokens. They are relics taken from the bodies of saints, or pieces of their possessions. They serve as important reminders that these men and women were just as real as are we, involved in real lives similar to our own, even if they lived in other centuries and in other countries. They all had two things in common—their Catholic Faith and their love for Our Lord that became the basis for everything they did in life. Our Lady, Our Lord and all the Saints are essential members of the Catholic Church: Christ is the Head of the Church, we and the Saints are the members, joined intimately to Him. All are praying for us, while we pray for those friends and family members who have died: all members working for the salvation of all in Christ Jesus. Spend a few minutes at the altar rail and ask the saints to pray for you and for your family. Happy feast days! —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, 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: Margaret Potolicchio, Richard Hughes, Israel Noriega, 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.

November 1st – The Solemnity of All Saints IS a Holy Day of Obligation, when all Catholics are obliged to attend Mass. The Mass schedule is: Vigil Mass: Monday Oct 31st at 5:15 P.M. Masses on Tuesday, November 1st are at 8:00 A.M., 12:10 P.M. and 5:15 P.M.

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

Relics of All the Saints: Through-November 7th: 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.

NEW BOOK: The publication of Monsignor DiGiovanni’s newest book is finally completed: Aggiornamento on the Hill of Janus: The American College in Rome, 1955-1979. Cost is $35.00. It is the fascinating story of the American Bishops’ seminary in the Vatican during the turbulent years immediately before and after the Second Vatican Council. You can purchase it on line: on Amazon Books by title. All proceeds go to the Pontifical North American College, Vatican City State.

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. There will be no class on Monday October 31st. Our next class will be Monday, November 7th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Cost is $25.00 for materials. Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics in preparation for First Communion or Confirmation. If you are interested, please stop by the office and pick up the materials.

BISHOP CAGGIANO: Will consecrate the Diocese of Bridgeport to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Saturday, November 5th at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport. The Consecration will take place from 1pm-5pm. Everyone is encouraged to attend. In preparation, Bishop Caggiano has mandated that Friday, November 4th be a day of fast and abstinence for the entire diocese. All persons between the ages of 18 and 59, unless prohibited by health conditions, shall abstain from eating meat, and take only one full meal on Friday November 4th in preparation for the Consecration.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday October 23, 2016 $ 12,867.32
Sunday October 25, 2015 $ 12,816.92

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

November 6th, Sunday Readings: 2 Mc 7:1-2, 9-14; 2 Thes 2:16-3:5; Lk 20:27-38.

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: Anyone interested in beginning to learn the basics of Biblical Greek, OR Biblical Hebrew, please phone the Rectory [203-324-1553, ext. 11]

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 or for training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call 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, this Thursday, November 3rd! 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: Monday, November 28th at 7:30PM – Stamford Corners, 1455 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Walk up the stairs and past the concierge to the club room. Follow it around to the left until you hit the conference room on your right.

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.

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).

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:

Sidewalk Advocates: Would you like to learn how to help women in unplanned, crisis pregnancies choose life at the abortion clinic? Sidewalk Advocates for Life offers a peaceful, prayerful, law-abiding sidewalk advocacy method that seeks to reach that woman’s heart and fill her needs so she can confidently choose life! Our next training will be held: Saturday, November 19th from 8AM to 12:30PM, at St. John the Evangelist rectory. The cost is $25. If you would like to learn this method and check out our program, please contact Noelle at 857-345-0808 or More information at

Catholic Young Adults of Stamford: We are Catholic young adults in our 20s and 30s, committed to strengthening community ties through regular meetings to growth in our faith, social events, and community service projects. A great way to meet us is by joining us for our monthly Sunday dinner following 5pm Mass.  Connect with us by joining our group on Facebook or Meetup. For more information, please email

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, October 29, 2016
4:00 +Regina Ippolito
Sunday, October 30, 2016
7:30 +Elena Lupinacci req. Virginia Gerardi
10:00 +Madeline Yunque req. Laura and Mark Yunque
12:00 +Josephine Palumbo req. Dr. Joe McAleer
5:00 Needs of parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, October 31, 2016
8:00 +Kathleen Canavan
12:10 +Rita Yolanda Ance req. Laura and Mark Yunque
5:15 +Esther Royal req. Monsignor DiGiovanni
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
8:00 +Wladek and Willemina Falek req. daughter
12:10 +Laura Pascale req. Pascale Family
5:15 +Raul Espinoza req. Lucy Espinoza
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
8:00 Deceased Parishioners
12:10 Deceased Parishioners
Thursday, November 3, 2016
8:00 +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Pasquale and Ida Carpanzano
Friday, November 4, 2016
8:00 +Margaret M. Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Federico Garcia req. Aurea Garcia
Saturday, November 5, 2016
8:00 Deceased Members of the Do Family req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 +Vera Dandry req. Pascale 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). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only.

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. Weddings are offered for parishioners only.

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:— Introduction to Biblical Greek or Biblical Hebrew: 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:

65 years ago, or so:
October 31, 1949: Churches Plan Two-Day Services. “Catholic churches in Stamford will observe All Saints Day tomorrow and All souls Day on Wednesday. Masses will be celebrated in Catholic churches on both days. Confessions will be heard today and tomorrow. All Saints Day is a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church. The schedule of Catholic Church Masses will be as follows: St. John’s: All Saints Day, 5:30, 8,9,10 and 11; All Souls Day 7 and Solemn High Mass at 8.”

20 years ago, or so:
November 1997: “On November 16, the freshly painted and newly air-conditioned Church of St. John the Evangelist, the Mother Church of Stamford, will celebrate its 150th birthday with an anniversary Mass at Noon, celebrated by Bishop Edward M. Egan. St. John’s beginnings date back to 1847 when it was established as a parish with Rev. Edward J. Cooney as its first pastor. It is the second oldest parish in the diocese. Stamford was a small Yankee town in the early 1800s when immigrants from Ireland began to arrive bringing with them their strong Catholic faith. Since there was no Catholic church in the area, they congregated in homes of friends for Mass which was celebrated by priests from the Bridgeport area and Fordham College. On July 4, 1849, ground was broken for a parish church and a small wooden structure was blessed on January 26, 1851. By 1854, the parish had begun to expand rapidly and more pews were added for the overflow of people attending Sunday Mass. Today St. John’s daily Noon Mass draws several hundred people for a quiet hour of worship. “We have become a beacon of spirituality located in the heart of the business district,” said Msgr. William A. Nagle, the present pastor of St. John’s.”

7 years ago, or so:
November 6, 2009: Connecticut Church Raised to Status of Minor Basilica. “Pope Benedict XVI has elevated St. John the Evangelist Church in downtown Stamford in the Bridgeport Diocese to the status of minor basilica. Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport said in a statement he was grateful to the pope “for this great blessing on our diocese. As a minor basilica, St. John’s now enjoys a special relationship with the Holy Father. It becomes the pope’s church and a center for the promotion of the teachings of the Holy Father and the Catholic church’s magisterium, as well as a center for a deeper devotion to the pope as the Successor of St. Peter”


Saturday, November 5, 2016
St. Augustine Cathedral, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

This is the third of four preparatory essays for the Consecration of the Diocese of Bridgeport to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

III. Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

A novena consists of nine days of prayer for a special occasion or intention. Its origin goes back to the nine days that the Blessed Virgin Mary and the disciples spent together in prayer between the Ascension and Pentecost. As we prepare for Consecration of the Diocese of Bridgeport to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Saturday, November 5th at St. Augustine Cathedral, each one of us is encouraged to pray the following prayers every day for nine days, beginning on Thursday, October 27th and concluding on Friday, November 4th.

As you pray the novena, please include with your intentions the needs of the Diocese of Bridgeport.

Novena Prayers

O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.” Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of … (here name your request).
Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory Be, and then say, “Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.”

O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.” Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of … (here name your request).
Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory Be, and then say, “Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.”

O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.” Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of … (here name your request).
Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory Be, and then say, “Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.”

“O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours.”

“Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.”

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

“St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.”


Saturday, November 5, 2016
St. Augustine Cathedral, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

This is the fourth of four preparatory essays for the Consecration of the Diocese of Bridgeport to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

IV. The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

At the Closing of the Synod Mass on September 19, 2015, Bishop Caggiano consecrated the Diocese of Bridgeport to Mary’s protection, under the title of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He asked that “Our Blessed Mother lead the ship of Christ, our Diocesan church, on a path for renewal and take us safely to Christ, Her Son and our Lord,” reminding us that Mary always is united with and leads us to her Son, Jesus.

Therefore, it is fitting that on Saturday, November 5th at St. Augustine Cathedral the Bishop will consecrate the Diocese to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Our veneration of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is analogous to our worship of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Just as Christ’s divine and human love is symbolized in His physical Heart, the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a sign and symbol of her compassion and sinlessness. As such, her physical Heart is an object of devotion by the faithful. When we meditate on the Immaculate Heart of Mary we ponder all of Mary’s interior life: her joys and sorrows, her virtues, her trust in God, her maternal love for her Divine Son and her motherly and compassionate care for her children here below. As He hung upon the Cross, Jesus was consoled by the presence of His Mother, because her Immaculate Heart, which had never known sin, was a tender strength for him as He bore the sins of mankind. She was the only one who fully understood the mystery of His suffering heart at that moment. She entered into the intimacy of His Heart. The wounds that Christ received in His body, she felt in Her heart.

Many faithful throughout the Diocese have begun the Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in preparation for the event on November 5th. Bishop Caggiano is also asking that in immediate preparation for the consecration all priests, consecrated men and women and lay men and women of the Diocese participate in a day of fasting and abstinence on Friday, November 4th. All persons between the ages of 18 and 59 and not otherwise unable to fast are invited to abstain from meat and take only one full meal and two smaller meals that together are not equal to the full meal.

Along with your own intentions, please pray and fast for Bishop Caggiano, the priests, deacons and consecrated men and women, the lay faithful and all of the parishes, Catholic schools and institutions of the Diocese of Bridgeport.

Furthermore, Bishop Caggiano has asked that all Masses celebrated in the Diocese of Bridgeport on Sunday, November 6th (including the Saturday Vigil Masses) use the prayers for the Votive Mass for the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Votive Mass #8 in the Roman Missal). White vestments should be worn, and the homily should make some reference to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The readings, however, are to be taken from the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.