For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:  Bulletin for Sunday June 25, 2017

Pastor’s Corner:
“O Happy Rome, whose soil is ennobled by the blood of the two Princes of the Apostles, Saints Peter & Paul.”   These words from an ancient 3rd century hymn for the Solemnity ofSaints Peter and Paul [June 29th] sum up why the Church of Rome and the Bishop of Rome, the pope, exercise a unique position within the entire Church: because both Peter and Paul, the greatest of the Twelve Apostles, lived, ministered and were martyred in Rome under the Emperor Nero in 67 A.D. A 3rd century portrait of both, above left, comes from a Roman catacomb. Devotion to them was universal even before their martyrdoms. Witness of that can be seen today: their tombs are still venerated, under the high altar in the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, and beneath the high altar in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. On the tombs—typical of Italians of every age—can be seen ancient graffiti, calling upon the Saints for help. The picture above on the right shows both Apostles and their basilica tombs, and millions of people make pilgrimages to each annually. Our Basilica is blest because we have bricks from the Holy Year doors from both St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Basilicas in Rome, which are on either side our bronze statue of St. Peter, dressed in Red for June 29th.

There is a special link between the Church personally established by Jesus and its shepherd the pope: as the successor of Saint Peter, the pope continues the ministry of Peter in our own day. Jesus’ offers salvation personally, and Our Lord gave the fullness of His authority to teach, govern and guide the Church, and to forgive sins, first to Saint Peter and then to rest of the Apostles. But Peter had a unique responsibility: Christ changed only Peter’s name, not those of the other Apostles. His name is changed from Simon to Peter: which means Rock, and Our Lord told him “You are Peter, the Rock upon which I will build my Church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.” [Mt 16.18-19] Our Lord changed people’s names only when He gave them exceptional responsibilities in working for the salvation of the world. Another example of this is God’s changing of Abram’s name to Abraham in the Book of Genesis. Our Lord promised that the power of Satan, the father of lies, would not prevail against the Church that He personally had established on the shoulders of this weak fisherman. So, despite the mistakes, weaknesses and even sinfulness of Peter and his successors the popes throughout the centuries, Our Lord guaranteed that nothing wrong that these weak men might do would destroy the Church. Peter’s role as the Rock upon which Our Lord built His Church was confirmed later after Christ’s resurrection. In the Gospel of Luke [22:31-32]: Jesus said to Peter, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren.” Knowing that Peter would deny Him three times on the night before He died, Our Lord told Peter not to despair, but that Christ Himself would pray, ultimately, Peter’s faith would not fail. Even though Peter failed by denying Christ, Our Lord knew that “when you have turned again”, meaning, as Peter grew in the faith, especially after receiving the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, one of his jobs would be to confirm and strengthen the other Apostles.

After the Resurrection, Our Lord confirmed Peter’s commission: “When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?’ Peter said, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’ A second time Jesus said to Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ Peter said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Tend my sheep.’ Jesus said to him a third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was hurt because Jesus said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ Peter said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go.” This He said to show by what death Peter was to glorify God. And after this He said to Peter, ‘Follow me.” [Jn 21. 15-18] Saint Augustine tells us that Our Lord questioned Peter three times about the Apostle’s love for Him in order to allow Peter the opportunity to make up for the three times Peter denied Our Lord the night Jesus was arrested. After that, Jesus confirmed Peter’s role, and clarified it that Peter was to lead the way as the chief shepherd of the Church. The other Apostles received Christ’s authority to preach, baptize and to forgive sins, but only to Peter did Jesus give the promise that the Gates of Hell, whose instruments are error and sin, would not prevail over the Church built upon Peter, and that Peter’s role was to strengthen the faith of all, including the other Apostles, and to be the chief shepherd and guide of the Church toward salvation. Peter grew into the job. We, like him, stumble, fall and make mistakes as we try to become more like Jesus on our journey of faith. By the time he was martyred, Peter got it right!

Saint Paul taught the nations during his numerous missionary voyages, and gave the Church much of its early formulation and verbal expressions of the Faith: He put into words for future generations the Apostles’ experience of Christ. Paul also bore witness to the Resurrected Christ who appeared to him while he was trying to destroy the early Church. Paul’s work brought all other nations outside Israel to know and share in God’s mercy in His Church. Because of their work and witness, we share the same Faith with them as members of the Body of Christ, the Catholic Church. Let us pray to Peter and Paul for the Catholic Church today, heir of their spiritual legacy, that we might grow in the Catholic Faith as did they, and imitate their perfect witness to Christ in our daily lives. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, 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: Joseph Verrilli, Peter C. Schmitt, Sr., Joseph Prendergast, Msgr. Peter Dora, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, A.J. Barr, John Kronk, Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey.

Peter’s Pence Collection . . . Please drop your Peter’s Pence Collection envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory. There will only be one collection today.

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. 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.

June–July 4th: [Monday-Fridays, 10 am-4 pm]:
St. John’s Parishioners in World War I Exhibit in the Rectory. Private visits on other days by appointment: 203-324-1553, ext 11.

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.

Summer Reading: Looking for beach reading? Since it is a common mistake that science and religion are incompatible, I’m reading books about science and the religion during my summer months. Here are three of the books on my list:
Stephen Barr: The Believing Scientist: Essays on Science and Religion.
Stephen Barr: Modern Physics and Ancient Faith.
James Hannam: The Genesis of Science.
All three were written within the past few years, are very readable, and available on Amazon Happy reading! [Msgr. DiGiovanni]

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday June 18, 2017 $ 11,808.38
Sunday June 19, 2016 $ 12,777.51

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

July 2nd, Sunday Readings: 2 Kgs 4:8-11, 14-16a; Rom 6:3-4, 8-11; Mt 10:37-42.

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.

Adult Education: Some parishioners have asked for more opportunities to study the Church’s teachings. We plan a Bible study to resume in September. For years we studied the Church Fathers with the St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. If you have any suggestions for new adult programs, such as studying the Church Fathers, or the social teachings of the popes, or anything, please let Monsignor know: 203-324-1553, ext 11.

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, 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

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.

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

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).

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. Then 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:

Channel 12 News: If you watch Channel 12 News, please notice the left side of the screen behind the anchors: You’ll see our Basilica of Saint John prominently up-front.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, June 24, 2017
4:00 Rev. Andrew A. Vill req. Millie Terenzio
Sunday, June 25, 2017
7:30 +Paolo Cavallo req. Giannitti Family
10:00 +Kathy Robustelli req. Lucy Joyce
12:00 Rev. Andrew A. Vill
5:00 +Fr. Peter Rinaldi, SDB
Monday, June 26, 2017
8:00 +Corinne and Ralph Boccuzzi req. Leon Taricani
12:10 +Anna Julia Iantorno req. Pasquale and Ida Carpanzano
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
8:00 All Souls in Purgatory req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Louis J. Casale, Jr. req. James and Lori Rubino
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
8:00 +John Sebestyan req. Peter Sebastian
12:10 +Felicitas Cody req. Cody Family
Thursday, June 29, 2017
8:00 +Rose Green req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10 +Mary Darby req. Duffy Family
Friday, June 30, 2017
8:00 +Veronica and John Buckheit req. Leon Taricani
12:10 +Charles Pascale req. John Pascale
Saturday, July 1, 2017
8:00 +Merio Clark Wentworth req. Beth and Frank Carpanzano and Family
12:10 In Honor of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ req. Marion Morris

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:
July 1, 1881: The Fourth at Woodside. “For many years past, the Roman Catholic societies have held a picnic in Woodside Park on the Nation’s birthday. This year there will be an extraordinary good time as special efforts are being made to have it so. In the park various athletic sports and games will be given, including a ten-mile walk between Swan, Kane, Caloo and Bowles of Greenwich, for a purse of $50. The order of procession to the park will be as follows: St. John’s Cornet Band; Sunday-school children, and various sodalities of the church; St. Patrick’s Temperance and Benevolent Society; St. John’s Benevolent Society; Ancient Order of Hibernians; Stamford Cornet Band; Robert Emmett Club; St. Joseph’s Young Men’s Temperance Society; Other members of the congregation in carriages and on foot. Refreshments of all kinds will be for sale on the grounds. Platform and music for dancing, etc.”

120 years ago, or so:
June 30, 1898: Priests at Retreat in Worcester. “The annual retreat of the clergy of the diocese of Hartford is now being held in the college of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass. Fathers Rogers and Lynch of this city are in attendance and during their absence, Father Flannery is in charge of the church. There are nearly 200 priests of the Roman Catholic Church under Bishop Tierney, and these are divided into two groups, the first going to Worcester and the second attending the retreat which will open in St. John’s seminary, Boston, Monday, July 11. The preacher who will be in charge of the religious exercises at both retreats is Father Scully of the Jesuit order.”

100 years ago, or so:
June 28, 1918: Sister Ernestine’s Pupils. “A very pleasing and successful musical was held in the auditorium of St. John’s Catholic School, Wednesday afternoon, pupils of Sister Ernestine contributing their talent to an assemblage numbering 400. It was an afternoon of considerable pleasure to the devotees of music who attended, and the pupils showed careful training and much technique. Three pianos were used in rendering the many compositions on the program, and especially pleasing was Mendelssohn’s “March,” in which three violins and one piano were used. Masters John Larkin and John Brennan, and Misses Anna O’Neil and Anna Brennan, rendered this, and they did it very well. “Fireball Mazsourka,” from Behr, was another feature of the program, and those who delighted with this rendition were: Piano 1-Misses Marjorie Lawrence, Vera Hayes, Leona Hayes; piano 2-Misses Margaret Cantwell, Marguerite Sorgi, Constance Ballard; piano 3-Missses Emily Richardson, Margaret Maher and Loretta Flanagan. Thanks were given the Kroeger Piano Company who so kindly loaned two pianos for the musical.”