For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday June 11, 2017
Pastor’s Corner: When the Lord gave his disciples divine power to regenerate mankind, he said: ‘Go, teach all nations, and baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.’ This was why the Spirit had descended on God’s Son-made-man, learning thereby to dwell in mankind and to find repose in God’s creatures, carrying out the Father’s will in them and making them new in Christ” [Ireneaus of Lyons, Against Heresies, Book 3].

The entire work to save mankind from sin and death is a work of the Three Divine Persons of the Blessed Trinity, and this can be seen in the Resurrection of Our Lord: the Eternal Son, conceived in womb by the Holy Spirit, died in the flesh to pay for human sin, and was awakened from among the dead by the Eternal Father [“the God of the living”, as Saint Paul calls Him in his Letter to the Romans, 4:17], as a sign of His fatherly acceptance of the Son’s sacrifice. Once raised from the dead, the Eternal Son sends forth the Holy Spirit into the Church upon the persons of the Twelve Apostles and Our Lady. It is this Holy Spirit that we receive in the Sacrament of Confirmation.

The Father, who began the work of salvation with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, forming the Chosen People of Israel, brings that work to fruition through the obedience of His Son, the sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Church, and the remaining of the Son in the Church through the work of the Holy Spirit in the sacraments, sanctifying and leading all back to the Father.

Saint John wrote of the witnesses to the truth of Christ: “This is He who came in water and in blood, Jesus Christ; not in water only, but in the water and in the blood. And it is the spirit that bears witness that Christ is the truth. For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word [who is the Son], and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, and the water, and the blood; and these three are one” [I John 5: 5-9].

What is John writing about? Water, is the water of Baptism; Blood is Christ’s shed on the Cross and given us in Holy Communion. The Trinity continues to work through the Church and the Sacraments, created by Christ.

Even though Jesus returned to the Father in His crucified and risen human body, He entered into a new kind of intimacy with mankind in the Holy Spirit, which he alluded to when He told His Apostles, “I will not leave your orphans” [John 15:18]. Jesus was speaking of His actual incarnate presence in the Church through the Church’s sacraments. It is the Holy Spirit who is Lord of the Sacraments, changing bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ in the miracle of Transubstantiation at Mass, and who empowers God’s creatures used in the sacraments, such as water in Baptism, by which Christ sanctifies us through His incarnate and risen manhood. To obtain that goal, all Persons of the Blessed Trinity work, that each of us might spend eternity with the Trinity in Heaven.
—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Dionysia Oliveira, 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, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Msgr. Peter Dora, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, A.J. Barr, John Kronk, Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey.

Banns of Marriage: III Banns: Paul Brendan Ciarcia and Kelly Sullivan

HOLY COMMUNION: We welcome all visitors and guests to our basilica. For those who are not Catholics, know that you are welcome here, but we ask that you not come forward for Holy Communion. Receiving Holy Communion signifies full membership in the Church founded by Our Lord, called “Catholic” since the end of the first century. Those who are not Catholics are not in full communion with the Church, so please remain in your seats and pray during the communion rite of the Mass. God bless you.

Annual Catholic Appeal: We have reached our goal of $110,000 for the Annual Catholic Appeal. If you have not yet made a donation to the Bishop, please feel free to do so. Thank you for your generosity.

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 Parish in World War I Exhibit in the Rectory. Private visits on other days by appointment:
203-324-1553, ext 11.

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 at Fatima.

June 18, Corpus Christi: Following the 12 noon Mass, A Procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Stamford, followed by a parish cook out in the parking lot. [Weather permitting-if raining, the procession will be inside the Basilica]. Everyone is welcome.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday June 4, 2017 $ 13,540.87
Sunday June 5, 2016 $ 14,383.02

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

June 18th, Sunday Readings: Dt 8:2-3, 14b-16a; 1 Cor 10:16-17; Jn 6:51-58.

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’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:

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).

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: June 28th. 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 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:

Project Rachel: Are you or someone you know hurting from a past abortion experience?  There is help and hope.  Project Rachel is offering an Entering Canaan Day of Prayer and Healing on Saturday, July 15th for women who are suffering from a past abortion.  Please contact us at 203-416-1619 or for more information or confidential registration.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, June 10, 2017
4:00 Lucy Chow req. Joseph Kung
Sunday, June 11, 2017
7:30 +Jack VanLangen req. Joyce Patten and Lorraine VanLangen
10:00 +Lewis R. M. Hall req. Jagodzinski Family
12:00 Rose and Leo Goodstadt req. Kung Family
5:00 +Fr. Peter Rinaldi, SDB
Monday, June 12, 2017
8:00 +Frantz Neptune req. wife
12:10 Rev. Albert D. Audette, Jr. req. Millie Terenzio
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
8:00 +Ines and Albert Gommi req. Leon Taricani
12:10 Rev. Albert D. Audette, Jr.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Rosario Caruso req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Thursday, June 15, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Maria
12:10 +Veridiana Dionisio req. Pearl Moss
Friday, June 16, 2017
8:00 Thomas Cycon req. Jef and Mary Spetland
12:10 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Saturday, June 17, 2017
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Joseph Mendicino req. Frank and Beth Carpanzano

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 Hall.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
135 years ago, or so:
June 15, 1883: The New Catholic Church—An Absurd Rumor. “The work of finishing up the interior of the new Catholic church on Atlantic street is making good progress under the superintendence of Mr. John Ennis. It involves the trimming and handling and placing in position of a great mass of heavy woodwork. It goes up to stay, and can’t be done in a day or month. A rumor has been abroad, thought to be the invention of a discharged workman, that “no Protestants need apply” for a place in the mechanical force employed on the church. This is mere nonsense. Neither the master mechanic nor the clergy of the church entertain any such purpose or spirit. They employ good mechanics, and never ask a man whether he is a Jew or a Gentile, a Greek or a Roman or anything else. Their only discrimination, so far as the work on hand is concerned, is in favor of good carpenters.”

100 years ago, or so:
June 12, 1915: Diplomas for Writing Received by Twenty-seven Pupils of the Parochial School. “The following eighth grade pupils of St. John’s Parochial School received final certificates for writing last week, from the A. N. Palmer Company: Margaret Ahern, Angeline Ambruso, Anna Brady, Violette Becker, Michael Barilla, Mary Burnes, Susan Boyle, Carrie Borgman, Elizabeth Connors, Fannie Coperine, Louise Engle, Mary Finch, Francis Fuchs, Mary Gunbar, Teresa Gasperino, Louis Gorman, Mary Hynes, Judith Herbert, Phoebe Kennedy, Regina Kinney, Alice McMahon, Stella O’Comskey, Antoinette Passero, Francis Quinlan, Leta Saunders, Catherine Rutledge and Austin Tierney.”

45 years ago, or so:
June 17, 1971: City’s First Parochial School Closes Doors. “Joe Moran puffed on the stub of his cigar and recalled the days when you could hardly get a seat at St. John’s School. A few minutes later, puffing on a different cigar and finished with his recollections, sexton Joe Moran began locking up the empty classrooms for the last time. Within a month or two, the three story school house on Bell Street, Stamford’s first parochial school, will be torn down—because of what Rev. Bertrand Parent, St. John’s pastor, calls “the conditions of the time.” Those conditions, says Father Parent, are the levelled houses and stores downtown which are making way for urban renewal and have reduced St. John’s enrollment seventy-five percent in the last twenty-three years. Back in 1948 the school boasted 751 students; even in 1963 when Father Parent came to the school, enrollment was 578. This year it was 202. Although it was first located in a wooden building on Hawthorne St., the school first opened its doors on Bell St. in September, 1906. In the last few years, only eight of the sixteen rooms have been filled with desks.”