For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday August 6, 2017

ST. JOHN’S, 1887

Pastor’s Corner: Let’s return to the center aisle and, with your back to the front doors, look down the aisle to the high altar, and take in the immense space of the church interior: the nave is 165 feet in length and 36 feet wide; the transept [crossing to the side aisles] is 48 feet wide and 94 feet across, and the height at the crossing is 50 feet. The church interior is wide open, lofty, graceful and filled with light, and it is a remarkable creation of one of our early parishioners, John Ennis. The original architects and contractors refused to continue work after the money ran out, also fearing the proposed dimensions of the church were too large to remain standing. From 1876-1882, work stopped. John Ennis, an Irish immigrant from Chicago, and a theater set designer by trade, proposed returning to the storiginal plans. Instead of stone, he would build in wood and plaster, and the pastor, Father William H. Rogers, agreed. The result is magnificent, if somewhat irregular in its vaulting. Nevertheless, at the dedication, the press marveled at the beauty of the then largest stone church in the state—right here in Stamford: “The [church plans] have been modified, especially as to the interior finish by Mr. John Ennis, who deserves the credit of what is really the finest architectural feature of the building, and that is the symmetrical and noble gothic finish of the interior.” [The Stamford Advocate, June 1, 1886]

The Gothic style of architecture developed in 11th century France. It embodies the belief that beauty is at the service of God, and helps to lead us beyond ourselves upward toward the Divine, so that our lives might be filled with moral virtue, which is our participation in God’s perfection. The Gothic style, while having its roots in earlier church architectural experiments, can first be seen in the construction of the Benedictine Abbey church of Saint-Denis in Paris, France. Its religious superior, Abbot Suger [1080-1151 A.D.], a brilliant churchman and adviser to popes, to two kings of France, a diplomat, and Regent of France himself, personally commissioned and directed the entire design and construction of the church, which is regarded as the first truly Gothic church. Though of peasant stock and short of height, his energies were immense. His epitaph reads in part, “Though a man of small stature, he was no small man.” The story is told that his workmen judged his designs impractical: the plans were too wide, since no tree was sufficiently tall to form the roof rafters. Suger led them into the local forest where he personally pointed out the trees for the work. He later recalled that “they smiled, and would have laughed if they had dared”, because he was unimpressive in physical stature and not of noble birth. He showed them twelve trees measuring the exact size required: they never dared laugh at the priest or his ideas again.

Suger was driven by his love for God to create the most beautiful church he could. He wrote, “The dull mind rises to Divine truth through that which is material and beautiful.” It was he who invented the lofty Gothic pointed arch and painted stained glass windows, for light is the essence of the Gothic: “Bright’, he wrote, “is the noble edifice that is pervaded by new light.” [Suger, Scriptum consecrationis, xxviii] St. John, our patron, wrote of the Divine Light of the Eternal Son: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” [John 1: 3-5] The pointed arches lead the eye and mind heavenward to the light of God. Suger’s inscription plaque at the front door of Saint Denis urges the visitor to take advantage of the beauty of the church building, “to illuminate the mind so that it might travel through the true lights to the True Light, where Christ is the true Door to the Heavenly Jerusalem,” of which the church building is only an earthly image. [Suger, Scriptum consecrationis, xxvii]

Our church was built according to the same inspiration. Possibly, John Ennis never heard of Suger. I doubt that, since he, too, was a man of great culture and faith. And because his design of St. John’s shows the universality of that which inspired both men: all that is true, good and beautiful leads to God.
Our tour will continue next week.

—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, 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: Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, 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.

Air Conditioning Collection . . . The second collection today will be the Air Conditioning collection for the parish. Your generosity is appreciated.

Banns of Marriage: III Banns: Joseph My Tran Andrews and Angelica Shannon Hanley


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, Portugal.

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, veneration of the Relics.

September 23: 6:30 am-1:30pm; 5:00pm-10 pm: Veneration of the relics.
7:30 pm: Solemn Mass, Triduum of Prayer, procession and Veneration of relics. Reception to follow.

October 20-28: Novena in honor of St. Jude after each daily 12:10 Mass.

Religious Education: Registration is now open for the 2017-2018 Religious Education program. Forms were mailed home to families that had children enrolled in our program in 2016-2017. If you are enrolling your child in our program for the first time, please pick up a form in the back of the church or stop by the parish office.
Please return registration form and payment to the parish office no later than Monday, August 21, 2017.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday July 30, 2017 $ 13,233.15
Sunday July 31, 2016 $ 11,066.50

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

Aug 13th, Sunday Readings: 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a; Rom 9:1-5; Mt 14:22-33.

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

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.

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.

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

WALK FOR PEACE: Saturday, August 12th Join a group of St. John’s parishioners in a walk to promote peace through New York City: from Grand Central Station to Yankee Stadium. The Walk for Peace begins at Grand Central at 10:45 am, stops at St. Bartholomew’s Church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Temple Emanu-El for prayer, and arrives at Yankee Stadium in time for the 4:15 pm Red Sox/ Yankee game. Reserved tickets are in section 205 of the stadium. Dozens of people are already signed up, so get your reservation in by calling Mr. Al Forte [203-940-3651] or email

Men’s Night of Reflection: St Gabriel on Wednesday, Aug 23th @ 7pm. Men, please join us to hear Fr. Jason Smith, LC present “Walking with the Saints in Today’s World” to find inspiration and strength thru the saints so we can reflect God’s will in our culture. This Men’s Night is brought to you by the Knights of Columbus Fr. Miller Council #5833. Contact Bill Nagle with any questions. M: 203-570-2593, email:

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.

The Face of Prayer Pilgrimage: Join Bishop Caggiano on September 23, 2017 for a pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. for the dedication of an outdoor shrine. The shrine is dedicated to young people and continues our celebration of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance to the children of Fatima. Details about the pilgrimage can be found at or by emailing or calling 203-416-1670.

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:

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.

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

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, August 23rd. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or

Sacred Heart Church: Saturday, September 16th, 6:30 PM. Krista Adams-Santilli, with Frank Mastrone and Friends in Concert, 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, August 5, 2017
4:00 +Ralph Boccuzzi req. Anita Fasanelli

Sunday, August 6, 2017
7:30 In Honor of the Eternal Father req. Josephine Languedoc
10:00 +Paul Sheehan req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
12:00 +Elisa and John Prizio req. Elisa Pavia
5:00 +Joseph McAleer, Sr.

Monday, August 7, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 +Francesco Godino req. John Pascale

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
8:00 Deceased members of the Aronson Family
12:10 +Michael Reilly req. Pam Rittman

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Paul Rittman req. Pam Rittman

Thursday, August 10, 2017
8:00 Deceased members of the Ganz Family
12:10 Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families

Friday, August 11, 2017
8:00 Deceased members of the Samedi Family req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Maureen E. Sullivan req. Shelley Ward and Family

Saturday, August 12, 2017
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Barbara Lynyak req. Melton 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.


August 8, 1907: New Teacher a High School Boy. “Michael A. Boyle, whose appointment as a High School teacher, was announced yesterday, is the first High School boy to obtain a position as a teacher in that school, and, with the exception of F. H. Getman, he is the only Stamford man appointed on the faculty since the school was organized in 1873. He is the son of Patrick Boyle, who has been well known in public affairs for a number of years. Mr. Boyle has taught in St. John’s parochial school, and has been one of the chief movers in organizing an alumni association among the graduates of that school. The High School boys will find in him a friend of athletics, and will be sure of his support in all matters of that nature.”

August 11, 1917: FATHER CASEY A CHAPLAIN, Curate of St. John’s Catholic Church. “Rev. Walter D. Casey has received notice that he has passed the physical examination for a commission as chaplain in the national army, and has been requested to procure uniform and equipment. The commission is expected in a few days. It is probable that he will be assigned to one of the concentration camps, and that later he will be sent abroad. Father Casey volunteered for the service, and his application for a chaplainry was endorsed by a number of prominent citizens of Stamford. He has been in this city for eleven months, coming from Thompsonville, his first charge. He spent seven years in Rome, as a student in the American College, and received the degree of doctor of philosophy. During his residence in Stamford, he has made numerous friends. “We are very sorry to lose Father Casey,” said Rev. J. C. O’Brien, pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church, today, “but we shall have the satisfaction of knowing that he is serving his country, and we believe that he is capable of giving to it service of the most satisfactory kind.”

August 13, 1975: St. John’s to Mark Holy Year. “The Holy Year of Renewal, a period of special homage to the Blessed Mother, will be celebrated in St. John’s Catholic Church, at all Masses on Thursday and Friday. Father Patrick Walsh of the Dominican Fathers, will give the homily and hear confessions before of the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. Mass will be at 12:10 noon, 3, 4, 4:45 and 5:30 on Thursday; and 7:30, 9, 10:15 and 12:10 Noon, 3, 4, 4:45, 5:30 and 8 p.m. on Friday.”