For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday May 21, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: Despite the pleas by Pope Benedict XV during the summer of 1914 that the major European powers pull back from the brink of war, which he called “the suicide of Europe,” the slaughter of millions was pursued with verve and enthusiasm in what would come to be known as World War I.
The United States reluctantly entered the war in 1917, and millions of young American men enlisted across the country. 297 parishioners of Saint John’s Church on Atlantic Street enlisted. To commemorate the patriotic participation of the Catholic men of Stamford [all of whom were members of Saint John’s, then the only Catholic church in town] , the Basilica of Saint John is hosting a small historic exhibit in the Rectory.

The creator and benefactor of this exhibit is a parishioner, Mr. Lawrence J. Bolanowski, who has been purchasing and collecting memorabilia about St. John’s World War I veterans, as well as spending hundreds of hours plowing through the Stamford Advocate archives in search of articles about these men. All come together to provide a fascinating account of all 297 parishioner-veterans of Saint John’s who served in the “Great War.” Family service flags, an exact replica of the parish service flag, bearing blue stars representing the number of family/parish members in the military service; gold stars signifying the heroic deaths of servicemen on the battlefields, medals, photographs, letters, original newspapers from 1917-1918, and religious objects from the battlefield are included in this exhibit, all purchased and provided by Larry. I am very grateful to Larry for his generosity, foresight and hard work. I am also grateful to the Stamford Historical Society for their loan of display cases. Local families have also sent in family mementoes of their fathers and grandfathers who fought: Erin Cody lent us the US Marine hat and insignia of her grandfather, John Cody; Marion Morris lent us photographs of her father and grandfather who fought.

Our exhibit runs from May 15—July 4th, Mondays through Fridays 10am-4pm in the Rectory. If these times are not convenient, please give me a call [203-324-1553, ext 11], and I’ll be delighted to let you in and give a personal tour at your convenience. The men of Saint John’s Parish did their duty, lent their strength and shed their blood to win the war. Let’s honor them by visiting this exhibit about them, and by offering a prayer for our parish heroes who are our fellow parishioners of St. John’s. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Emilio Gonzalez, 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: Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey, Barbara Itri, Daniel Murphy, Bernadette Martelli, John Thompson, Francesco Russo, Lillian Jacobs, Rosalie Liguori, William DeLeo, Sylvia Ardise.

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

Annual Catholic Appeal: We have reached our goal of $112,000 for the Annual Catholic Appeal. We’re done!! Thank you for your generosity.

May 24: Day of Prayer for China: In 2007, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI asked all parishes worldwide to pray annually on this day for the Church in China, persecuted by the Chinese government. Please offer one “Hail Mary” on May 24th for the persecuted Church in China and for the Cause of Canonization of Cardinal Kung.

***Ascension Thursday: May 25h is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses are at 5:15p.m. on Wednesday, May 24th and on Thursday, May 25th at 8:00a.m., 12:10p.m.; 5:15p.m.

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 15th – July 4th: [Monday-Fridays, 10 am-4 pm] St. John’s in World War I Exhibit in the Rectory.

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!

May 29th: 10am: Special Memorial Day Mass at St. John’s Cemetery, Darien. Fr. Audette will offer this Mass for veterans of the parish at the stone altar in the Priests’ Circle, which is inside the main entrance on Hoyt Street. Everyone is welcome to attend. Cancelled if raining.

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.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday May 14, 2017 $ 15,288.31
Sunday May 15, 2016 $ 13,049.49

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 28th, Sunday Readings: Acts 1:12-14; 1 Pt 4:13-16; Jn 17:1-11a.

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.

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.

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: This Wednesday, 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

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.

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:

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.

WORK:A local Catholic family with two young children is seeking part-time household help on weekday mornings. They live in downtown Greenwich, CT near the train station. If you are interested, please email Stephen Schmalhofer at

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, May 20, 2017
4:00 Agnes Kung req. Family
Sunday, May 21, 2017
7:30 +Josephine and Karl Berger
10:00 +Hedwig Jagodzinski req. Jagodzinski Family
12:00 +Frances Delaney Birthday Remembrance req. Family
5:00 +Rev James Marra, SDB
Monday, May 22, 2017
8:00 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Winnie Dunn req. Mark and Deborah Dalton
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Christopher Vill
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
8:00 +Roberto Clemente
12:10 World Day of Prayer for China
5:15 +Tole Camaj req. Age
Thursday, May 25, 2017
8:00 +Margaret Mary Cycon req. Thomas Cycon
12:10 +Susan Sjem req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
5:15 +Delia Truglia req. Lucille Lester and Family
Friday, May 26, 2017
8:00 +Roberto Clemente
12:10 +Richard Abcunas req. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Bolanowski
Saturday, May 27, 2017
8:00 Deceased members of the Marchetti and Tarantino Families req. Family
12:10 +Betty Fones 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:

125 years ago, or so:
May 21, 1892: Local Religious Affairs. “Roman Catholic: The services tomorrow will be as usual—Masses at 7:30, 9 and 10:30; vespers at 3. The sacrament of baptism will be administered at 4 p.m. On Ascension Thursday there will be Masses at 5 and 8 a.m. At the latter hour 250 children, who have been receiving special religious instruction for the last two months, will receive their first Communion.”

100 years ago, or so:
May 27, 1918: ROLL OF HONOR. Veterans of Civil War Buried in Local Cemeteries. “St. John’s R. C. Cemetery—Thomas Buckley, Patrick Harrison, Patrick Picker, Martin Kane, John Kelly, Daniel Kennedy, Henry O’Neil, James Keenan, James Warren, Thomas Lahey, Joseph P. Raferty, Martin Lane, John Birmingham, Peter Conroy, William McDonald, James Farron, P. Fitzpatrick, Morris Carroll, John Reardon, D. Dinan, John Collins, John Fitzpatrick, John H. McGill, John Conneff, Michael McGivney, Martin Cash.”

85 years ago, or so:
May 26, 1931: FLOWERS AND FLAGS PLACED ON SOLDIERS’ GRAVES BY BOY SCOUTS. “Boy Scouts representing the Stamford Council Troops, in cooperation with the Central Veterans’ Committee, placed flowers and flags on the graves of deceased soldiers in the various cemeteries last Sunday morning. Those representing the troops included James Stratton, William Burke, Joseph O’Donnell, William Wodtke, Clifford Wiltshire, Charles Clute, Robert Herrgen, Robert Graham, John Cummings, Troop 22, St. John’s R. C. Church.”

70 years ago, or so:
May 28, 1948: 8 Priests to Assist Bishop At Centennial Mass. “St. John’s Catholic Church on Atlantic Street will observe its 100th anniversary of the assignment of its first pastor on Sunday at 11 a.m. with a Solemn High Mass at which the Most Rev. Henry J. O’Brien, Bishop of Hartford will preside. In anticipation of the centennial, the church has been redecorated. The first pastor of the church, the Rev. John Brady, was named May 1848. Father Brady lived on Cove Road and in addition to Stamford, he ministered to Norwalk Catholics.”

20 years ago, or so:
May 8, 1997: Catholics Celebrate Holy Day. “Today is a Holy Day of Obligation for Roman Catholics who must attend Mass according to Rev. William A. Nagle of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church. The day, also known as Ascension Thursday, marks the day that Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven. It traditionally occurs 40 days after Easter.”