For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday July 16, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: July 16th is the 8th anniversary of the pope naming St. John’s a Minor Basilica. This honorary title is granted by the Holy Father to certain churches outside the City of Rome as special recognition of the unique historic and spiritual work of the people and priests of the parish. Saint John’s is known as “The Mother Church of Stamford”, in that all Catholic parishes and institutions in southwestern Fairfield County have their roots in this our parish, the first Catholic church in the area. Having been solely responsible for the preaching of the Gospel, the offering of the Sacrifice of the Mass and the celebration of the sacraments for Catholics in lower Fairfield County during most of the 19th century, the parish has continued to develop its role as a center for Catholic culture and the spiritual life in downtown Stamford up to the present day. As a Minor Basilica, Saint John’s now enjoys a special relationship with the Successor of Saint Peter: in a real way, the Basilica of Saint John becomes the pope’s church and a center for the promotion of the teachings of the Holy Father and the Church’s Magisterium, as well as a center for a deeper devotion to him as the Successor of Saint Peter. Saint John’s was granted this dignity for another reason: because of the “particular importance for the liturgical and pastoral life” St. John’s holds within our diocese.

There are only 67 Minor Basilicas out of the nearly 22,000 parish churches and missions that exist in the U.S.A. By this grant of the Holy Father, the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist holds precedence among all the parishes of our diocese, being now ranked immediately after the Cathedral of Saint Augustine in Bridgeport. This grant to the parish underscores the unique nature of the Catholic Church: personally established by Our Lord on the Apostles, whom He sent to preach the Truth and to establish the one Church wherever they went. The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist in Stamford is a dramatic sign that, while the church building was created by local Catholics more than 150 years ago, the Faith, the Gospel, the Sacraments, and the life of Grace weren’t started by some “guy” or by the government here in Connecticut. Nor can we change the Church at whim. We receive our spiritual lives from Christ through His Apostles, handed down in an unbroken chain of Catholic bishops in communion with the Successor of Saint Peter, to our own Bishop Caggiano. He shares that priesthood with the priests of our parish, so the lives of Catholics can be enriched by the same forgiveness of sins, the same Body and Blood of Christ, the same life of Grace that Our Lord began when He first sent the 12 Apostles out to extend His work beyond the borders of Israel, 2,000 years ago.

The Basilica’s coat of arms adorns our front door, on the bulletin, and on the choir loft along with that of the Holy Father. Here is the meaning of the symbols of the Basilica’s coat of arms:  The central gold cross represents the Redemption by Our Lord Jesus Christ, the foundation of our faith. The golden shell [top left quarter] is taken from Pope Benedict XVI’s coat of arms, since he named us a Minor Basilica. The gold golden crowned lion [top right quarter] comes from Blessed Pope Pius IX’s coat of arms, since he was pope when our parish was founded in 1847. The silver crescent moon [bottom left quarter] represents the Blessed Virgin Mary. This dogma of the Immaculate Conception was defined by Blessed Pope Pius IX in 1854, the same year St. John’s became an independent parish. The wavy silver line beneath the crescent moon represents Stamford’s Mill River and the Port of Stamford. The gold eagle holding a silver scroll [bottom right quarter] in is the traditional symbol of Saint John the Evangelist, our parish patron saint. The Basilica’s motto: “Behold your Mother” [John 19:27] was spoken to St. John by Our Lord as he was dying on the Cross, entrusting the Blessed Mother to his care. The motto is also reminiscent of the title given to St. John’s: “The Mother Church of Stamford”, referring to the fact that everything Catholic in southwestern Fairfield County began at St. John’s. The coat of arms was designed by Fr. Matthew Mauriello.  —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Richard Ridge, Debbie Schemmel, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, 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: Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk, Joseph Verrilli, Peter C. Schmitt, Sr., Joseph Prendergast, Msgr. Peter Dora, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, A.J. Barr, Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey.

Co-Operative Mission Collection . . . Please drop your Co-operative Mission Collection envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory. There will only be one collection today.

Banns of Marriage: III Banns: Christopher Xavier Fernandez and Lauren Michelle Strawn

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: “The Eaglet,” the 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.

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

July 16: The 8th anniversary of St. John’s becoming a Minor Basilica. A Plenary Indulgence is offered on July 16th: see page 5 for details.

September 21, 22, 23: Triduum of Prayer in honor of St. Padre Pio:
September 21: 7:30 pm: Triduum of Prayer & Eucharistic Benediction
September 22: 5:30 pm: Solemn Arrival of the Relics of St. Padre Pio.
7:30 pm: Triduum of Prayer, Benediction, and veneration of relics.
September 23: 7:30 pm: Solemn Mass, Triduum of Prayer, procession and veneration of relics.

October 20-28: Novena in honor of St. Jude following the 12:10 Masses.

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.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday July 9, 2017 $ 13,012.23
Sunday July 10, 2016 $ 12,398.73

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 23th, Sunday Readings: Wis 12:13, 16-19; Rom 8:26-27; Mt 13:24-43.

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 by joining parishioners in front of the facility on Wednesday or Friday mornings, 8am-10:30am, or even just for 30 minutes. We pray and silently bear witness to the sanctity of human life. Our presence has even helped convince expectant mothers to spare their children. To join us, or for specialized 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: Wednesday, July 26th. 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

Connected Catholics: Catholic young adults, Summer Social Nights, Thursdays at 7PM, Stamford, CT. July 20th at World of Beer. Official Facebook account of CONNected Catholics. Accompanying Young Adults in the Diocese of Bridgeport.

PLENARY INDULGENCE: As a minor basilica, Saint John’s has special bond with the Holy Father and unique spiritual privileges among the churches of the Diocese of Bridgeport, in that we can offer special plenary indulgences each year. Here are the dates when plenary indulgences may be obtained here at the Basilica:

—February 22nd: the day of the liturgical celebration of the title of minor basilica, andthe Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter;
—May 30th: The dedication date of the Church of Saint John in 1886;
—June 29th: Solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul;
July 16th: Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the date of concession of the title of minor basilica granted Saint John’s in 2009;
—August 2nd: The Portiuncula, recalling Saint Francis of Assisi;
—November 2nd: All Soul’s Day;
—December 27th: The patronal feast day of Saint John the Evangelist;
—December 31st: The New Year: public recitation of the Te Deum;
—Each parishioner may select one other personal day each year on which to receive the basilica’s plenary indulgence;
—The local bishop may determine another special day each year.
A plenary indulgence is a favor granted by the Church through the merits of Jesus who removes, either partially or completely [plenary], the temporal punishment remaining for sins that have been forgiven in Confession. The Church, as the minister of Christ’s graces, grants these to faithful Catholics willing to perform a public act of devotion: in this case, by visiting the Basilica on the days noted, reciting an Our Father and the Creed for the intention of the pope; receiving Holy Communion on the day of the indulgence, and having gone to Confession at least 20 days prior to or following the day the indulgence is sought. One must be free from all attachment to sin in order to receive an indulgence.

SACRED HEART CHURCH: Saturday, September 16th, 6:30 PM. Krista Adams-Santilli, with Frank Mastrone and Friends in Concert. Krista and Frank will be performing a mix of Broadway, Classical, Pop and Crossover music, sure to please the audience. Please tell your family and friends, and join us for an evening of wonderful music. TICKETS ON SALE NOW ! $50.00 per person, with a reception to follow in the Church Hall, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford. For Information and Ticket Sales, please call Jeff Curtis @ (203) 968-1234.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, July 15, 2017
4:00 In Honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel req. Marion Morris
Sunday, July 16, 2017
7:30 Andrew Mbabaali
10:00 +Orrico Imerogno req. Marie Longo
12:00 Andrew Mbabaali req. Scholastica
5:00 +Alphonse and Lucy Alagia
Monday, July 17, 2017
8:00 +Theron and Lena Carr req. Marie Carr
12:10 Souls in Purgatory
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
8:00 +Lucie Charles req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Salvatore Piria req. Rose Migliazza
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Herminia Rios req. Sarah and Abdul Aslam
Thursday, July 20, 2017
8:00 Deceased members of the Bushel Family
12:10 +Catherine Olnek req. Mary Jean DalMolin
Friday, July 21, 2017
8:00 +Jean Whittingham req. Blanca Reyes
12:10 +Sheila McCaffery req. Marchetti Family
Saturday, July 22, 2017
8:00 +Juana Mazariegos req. Blanca Reyes
12:10 +Helen Duffy req. Duffy 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.
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:
July 22, 1907: Don’t Be Discontented. “If all would follow the advice given by Rev. Antonio Rizzo, in St. John’s Catholic Church, yesterday morning, there would not be many discontented, socialistic people in the world. In a way, the sermon was a plea to people to be contented with their lot in the world, and, while striving to better it in every legitimate way, not to be envious of another man’s superior fortune or attainments. The sinful things that discontented, envious people do were condemned, and, while declaring that worldly riches were not the most desirable possessions, the sum and substance of happiness, Father Rizzo said, that after all, the distribution of these worldly riches was regulated by the Almighty Power, and to revolt and complain against any seeming in equal distribution was in fact a revolt and a complaint against this Divine Power. The tendency to look upon a rich man as necessarily dishonest he condemned earnestly.”
July 20, 1918: As part of St. John’s War effort:“There has been shipped one case of 450 pairs of socks, valued at $900, which are part of our big sock allotment. The appeal for sock knitters is meeting with prompt response. A sock-knitting unit is being organized in St. John’s Catholic Church. Much interest is felt in the machine sock making movie, which will be run at the Allumbra next week. The firemen have made 75 pairs of socks this week, and the total number of knit articles received at headquarters is 322. More sock-knitting machines are much needed. The Hospital Garments Committee reports that it has completed its allotment of pajamas. Its total issue of garments for the week past was 1,001; returned, 128. In the refugee-garment allotment are certain heavy capes and coats that are hard to make. Appeal for aid with these is being made to the tailoring establishments of Stamford, and in every instance help is cheerfully and generously given. Seventy-seven heavy hooded capes are now being made by Stamford tailors for the Red Cross, as a contribution.”
50 years ago, or so:
July 19, 1968: St. Ann’s Society Plans Mass On Feast. “St. Ann’s Society of St. John’s Catholic Church will have a special Mass for the Feast of St. Ann, next Friday at 9 a.m., in the lower chapel. The Rev. Rudolph Roosyman, O. Praem, a student consulter at St. Narbeth’s College, Wisconsin, will speak. He has returned from India where he has been a missionary for 30 years.”

25 years ago, or so:
July 22, 1992: St. Ann’s Days. “St. John’s will have a TRIDUUM IN HONOR OF SAINT ANNE AND SAINT JOACHIM, THE PARENTS OF MARY, and the Grandparents of Jesus. The Triduum will take place at the 12:10 Mass, Wednesday, July 22nd, Thursday, July 23rd, and Friday July 24th.”