For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday May 14, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: Saturday, May 6th, was the 143rd Running of the Roses: The Kentucky Derby. Our major parish fundraiser of the year was run simultaneously, and I am grateful to all who worked to make the event so successful, to those who donated goods, services, hard work, and funds, and to those who attended.

The Derby evening total was $42,000 for the parish! It is the most enjoyable of fundraising events I have attended in years, whether in Stamford, Greenwich or New York City. The evening did not simply materialize on its own; there were many, many people who spent hundreds of hours working to make the evening the success it was. I’d like to thank them:

Our Derby Committee was chaired by Patty Arnone who lavished her organizational skills and flare for the artistic upon the event. The Derby was Patty’s idea six years ago, and it has been wonderful fun. Her right hand assistant was Joe McAleer, our retired parish trustee, whose unflagging energy, superb graphics talents, good sense and decision-making skills made the evening work to perfection.

I am extremely grateful to Tony and Maria Marchetti and their family and staff provided the superb Italian food from their Columbus Park Trattoria here in Stamford. Sam Cingari and his family and staff from Grade A/ShopRite Market donated and served the mountains of top quality, fresh sea food for the evening. Likewise, Greg Duffey of Minuteman Press in Norwalk printed and donated all the programs and advertising for the evening. Their continued generosity for all our Derby events is overwhelming!

Michael Marchetti, Tracy Banahan, Liz Labrosciano, Juanita Evans, Lisa D’Acunto, Lisa Kotasek, and all lent their talents to the organizing committee that met for months to plan and prepare for the event, and worked the entire Derby evening. Many others worked diligently, as well. Among them were our bakers led by Tracy Banahan, who prepared more than 500 homemade sweets for our guests: Judy DeFelice, Noreen DeSoye, Joyce Gianinni, and Jennifer Marciano. Bill Arnone interfaced with the State of Connecticut for permits: a thankless yet essential job. Others made the evening possible by their dedicated time, service, hard work, and auction prizes, including: Noreen and Jack Desoye, Mary and Jef Spetland, Cindy Hulbert, Mary Jean Dalmolin, Kathy McDaniels, Steve and Kathy Tafuro, Scholastica Nabwire, Andrew Mbabaali, Jeannene McMurchy, Marion Morris, Dominic Piria, Tony Colon, Maggie & Simon Bound, Virginia Hughes, Frank Federici, the Nichani Family, Stacy and John Leydon, Carla and Barry Coutant, Jim Berger, and Fathers Audette and Vill. Matt Birk, who came from Florida with his lovely wife and directed the live auction with verve and humor, Tracy & Tom Banahan, Coromandel Cuisine, EOS Greek Cuisine, Finn II, Layla’s Falafel, Columbus Park Trattoria, Osteria Applausi, Tarantino’s, Juliska, Stamford Florist. If I have missed anyone, please forgive me: my mind occasionally slips! To all who donated, and to all who worked to make the evening a success, please accept my deepest and most sincere thanks.

God bless you all for your dedication to our wonderful Basilica parish.


—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Debbie Schemmel, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Bill Rice, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey, Barbara Itri, Daniel Murphy, Bernadette Martelli, John Thompson, Francesco Russo, Lillian Jacobs, Rosalie Liguori, William DeLeo, Sylvia Ardise.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Easter Duty: What makes you a Catholic? The fact that you are “IN Communion” with the Successor of Saint Peter, the pope, the local Catholic bishop, and other Catholics, and an active member of the Body of Christ, the Catholic Church. We share the same Faith, the sign of that is receiving Holy Communion. The bottom line is that you receive Holy Communion: the Body and Blood of the Resurrected Christ—at least once each year. To receive Holy Communion you must be freed from serious, mortal sin, living a life of grace. The means you should also go to Confession at least once each year. That is done at Easter—the Easter Duty. Catholics are obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once between Easter [April 16] and Pentecost Sunday [June 4]. If you haven’t been to Confession for a while, you should repent of your sins and confess them as a preparation for receiving the Body and Blood of Christ.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: “The Eaglet,” the new parish blog on our Basilica website,, is up and running, featuring a variety of thought-provoking articles on the Catholic Faith and Church, posted weekly. Feedback is welcome and discussion is encouraged, via a comments form at the end of each article. Please bookmark the page, visit often, and share the link with your family and friends.


May 13th – September 4th at 5-6:30 pm: St. John’s in World War I Exhibit in the Rectory.

June 13, July 13, August 13, September 13, & October 13: 7:30 pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima during this centenary year of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima.

The Face of Prayer: For all young Catholics of all ages [under 18 will need parental consent]: www.thefaceof Will you join the movement of prayer? Bishop Frank Caggiano invites you to be the face of prayer. Text your picture, a prayer intention, or the word “prayer” to 55778. The follow the prompts to complete your registration and commit to being the face or prayer! Participants will receive a prayer from Bishop Frank either every day or three times a week [your choice] as well as a weekly video from our bishop, access to great resources online, and the opportunity to pray together with friends from all around the Diocese of Bridgeport. This project is a partnership between the Diocese of Bridgeport and the Mater Ecclesiae Foundation. Privacy protections are in place.

WORK:A parishioner who is a local real estate broker is looking for a dedicated person to provide part-time marketing support. This is basically secretarial work, requiring writing and computer skills, along with some knowledge of Excel spreadsheets. This is a paying position. If interested, please call Cindy at the Rectory: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday May 7, 2017 $ 14,467.99
Sunday May 8, 2016 $ 11,920.32

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

May 21st, Sunday Readings: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; 1 Pt 3:15-18; Jn 14:15-21.

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.

Relic of the True Cross: Splinters of the actual Cross upon which Our Lord suffered and died are displayed on the Saint Joseph side altar. Copies of Prayer before the Crucifix are provided for your devotion.

The Sacrament of the Sick: One of the seven instituted by Our Lord, relieves the sick person by opening up the reality of God’s mercy, offering strength for the patient to endure any suffering without despairing. Please do NOT wait until a friend or family member is about to die before calling one of the parish priests for this sacrament or for Holy Communion to be brought to your home, hospital or nursing home.

Annual Catholic Appeal: This is the annual appeal by the Diocese of Bridgeport to fund all the charitable, educational, and faith-based works of the Diocese of Bridgeport that assist thousands of people daily throughout Fairfield County. Each parish in Fairfield County is given a goal: ours is $110,000. We have collected to date: $108,567.00 or 98%. Please be generous; we need everyone’s help. Our parish Appeal leaders are John & Eileen Tarleton, who have led our efforts last year so successfully. Thank you for your generosity.

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. 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

Help End Legalized Abortion: Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street. Help us stop this. To join us, or for training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

New Covenant House of Hospitality: Saint John’s parishioners staff the kitchens once each month to feed the homeless and less fortunate. For information, please call: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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 and reading excerpts from Ambrosi Epistulae Variae.  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:

Latin Low Mass: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies.
Next meeting: May 24th. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or

Natural Family Planning & Fertility Care: Natural Family Planning / Fertility Care – Are you seeking a family planning method that is natural, effective, and morally sound? The Creighton Model System is based upon a couple’s knowledge and understanding of their naturally-occurring phases of fertility and infertility.  Engaged couples preparing for marriage, as well as married couples, and couples who are experiencing infertility issues, can all benefit from using this system. The teachers of the Creighton Model System are trained allied health professionals, and specifically-trained physicians have been educated to incorporate the Creighton Model System into their medical practice. For a FREE introductory session, please contact Angela Marchetti at

Sidewalk Counselor Training: Saturday May 20th, 2017
Would you like to learn how to help women in unplanned, crisis pregnancies choose life or learn how you can support in prayer? 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 date will be Saturday, May 20 from 8am to noon in Stamford. Location TBA. The cost is $25 to cover training materials. To RSVP please contact Program Director Noelle at 857-345-0808 or More information

Homeplace Wisdom: Is a Catholic women’s organization promoting friendship and vocational development with monthly speakers and gatherings, play dates, and a daily email list for sharing ideas, prayer requests, parenting or home-place questions, and reading material. To join:

Catholic Young Adults of Stamford: We are Catholic young adults in our 20s and 30s, We regularly meet for social events and community service projects. Join us for our monthly Sunday dinner following 5pm Mass. Connect with us on Facebook or Meetup, or email us at

Trinity Catholic High School: Grades 8 thru 12 – First Friday Fest – Every First Friday of the Month -Games, Adoration, Friends, Food – 7PM – 9PM.

Sisters of Life:  Do you, or someone you know, have a used automobile SUV or van in good driving condition that can be donated?  The Sisters of Life are in urgent need of reliable vehicles as they travel from all over New York to Stamford and to other locations throughout the Northeast to carry out their work.  For more information, go to, or contact Sr. Mary Karen at (845) 357-3547, or email: Thank you.

New Girls Catholic Academy: Pre-K-High School: The religious Sisters of the Company of The Savior hope to open a new girls’ academy in lower Fairfield County within the next few years. The priests of the Basilica parish support this project. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Sr. Maria:

Ladies Night Out: Join the ladies of St. John’s Parish for a rosary making evening from 7-9pm on Thursday May 18th, 2017 in the Msgr. Nagle Hall. Design and make your own rosary while enjoying community and prayer, with refreshments of wine & cheese and tea & cookies. The cost is $40 per person and can be paid at the door. To register, please email

Faith on Tap: Tuesday, May 23rd: Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St., Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. “Stump the Priests”, with your questions on the Catholic Faith & Church. Bring a friend or two!

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, May 13, 2017
4:00 +Leo Gheringhelli req. Joan and John Kronk
Sunday, May 14, 2017
7:30 +Joan Mercia
10:00 +Mary Timlin req. Carol Cummings
12:00 Michelle Sagdati Birthday req. Family
5:00 +Rev. James Marra, SDB
Monday, May 15, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Maria
12:10 +Gregoria Gloria req. Angeles Family
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Maria
12:10 +Maureen Flanders req. Priests of the Parish
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Clarence Kelly Johnson
Thursday, May 18, 2017
8:00 Rev. Albert D. Audette, Jr.
12:10 Francis and Colleen Kung req. Family
Friday, May 19, 2017
8:00 +Clercy Millien req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +George Terenzio req. Family
Saturday, May 20, 2017
8:00 +Claudette Oddle
12:10 +Mrs. Corrie M. Evans req. Juanita Evans

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.
Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
150 years ago, or so:
May 20, 1864: Catholic School. “We paid a visit to this school, which is connected with St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, a day or two since, and were greatly pleased with the neatness and good order that prevailed—two requisites for the promotion of health and comfort. In the primary department are about 100 children, from 4 to 6 years of age, and in the higher classes are 175 scholars, all bright, healthy looking children. The school is under charge of Mr. Patrick O’Reilly.”
125 years ago, or so:
May 16, 1890: Ancient Order of Hibernians. “Fathers Keena and Carroll, of St. John’s R. C. church, went to Hartford in the early part of the week to attend the national convention of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. A large delegation of the order went also from Stamford, and St. John’s Band escorted these. The proceedings occupied Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On Monday of this week the great convention assembled at Hartford in Allyn hall—in fact some delegates arrived on Saturday. A sermon was preached in St. Joseph’s cathedral Monday morning by Rev. J. J. Quinn, of Collinsville, chaplain of the Hibernian Rifles. At 12 o’clock the convention was called to order by National Delegate M. F. Wilhere after which there was an address of welcome by John P. Murphy, State Delegate. In the procession it is said there were over three thousand Hibernians present, and when company A of New London, the color company of the Hibernian Rifles, was drawn up in front of the Allyn house, State Delegate Murphy presented them with a handsome stand of colors. This set consisted of Irish and American flags.”
110 years ago, or so:
May 17, 1909: BON VOYAGE, FATHER O’BRIEN. “Rev. James C. O’Brien, the pastor of St. John’s R. C. Church, told his people yesterday that he was going on a vacation – the first real vacation he has had in 33 years. He will sail for Europe next Thursday, with a large number of priests, whose primary object will be to attend the golden jubilee of the American College in Rome. Father O’Brien will be accompanied by his niece, Miss Flemming, and his nephew, Rev. Charles A. Leddy of Mystic. The trip will last for about 10 or 12 weeks, and, aside from Rome and other points of interest in Italy and France, will include a visit to Great Britain and Ireland. For some months several of the alumni of the college have been compiling data to incorporate in a history of the North American College. This work has been completed and copies of the book, which is illustrated, are to be given as souvenirs of the golden jubilee exercises.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Our own Monsignor DiGiovanni, himself a graduate of the North American College in Rome, has written two books on the history of the North American College: The Second Founder, published in 2013 and Aggiornamento on the Hill of Janus, published in 2017.)