For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday August 27, 2017

Pastor’s Corner:   Continuing our  tour of the church,  move now to the center of the church, at the crossing between the transepts and main aisle.  You should stand in the direct center of the church in the main aisle, facing the high altar. The space is immense. The main aisle measures 176 feet from the front door to the altar steps. The interior of the nave from northern wall to southern wall of the body of the church [where we’ve read the stained glass windows during the past two weeks] measures 68 feet wide. At the crossing of the nave and transepts, where you should be standing [the center of the church] measures 92 feet across, from the Bell Street transept wall to rectory side wall [the transepts house the two huge stained glass windows]. The ceiling height at the crossing is 50 feet. Directly above the crossing is the central round ceiling boss, with IHS [the first Greek three letters of Jesus] and plaster ornamentation of gilded acanthus fronds and shamrocks.
Let’s look at the northern transept windows [on your right as you face the altar]. The lower windows date from the dedication of the church in 1886.  There are three lovely windows in the grouping, a matching set is beneath the northern transept, formed of simple geometric designs, bold colors, delicate grisse foliage patterned borders, and each crowned with stars of geometric shaped glass. Each trio is crowned by a stained glass rose window composed of sculpted geometric patterns of heavy Victorian bullet glass. Each rose window, as you’ll notice, is formed by the carved wooden frame, forming a Star of David, recalling the Jewish roots of the Church founded by Jesus. The two side roses have simple stars in their centers; the central rose window has a Sacred Heart of Jesus, surrounded by a Crown of Thorns, suggestive of the larger window of the transept.
All these windows form part of one of the largest collections of Victorian and early 20th century American ecclesiastical stained glass in the area. Since so much was lost following the Second World War, when the craze among ecclesiastical architects, priests and designers was to be rid of all that was “old”, our windows are a real treasure in southwestern Connecticut, of which we should be proud and grateful.
The masterpiece of each transept is the large upper window. Dominating the northern and southern transept walls, each is a modern replacement for the 1886 originals, which, like those in the lower course of windows, were simple geometric designs of Victorian glass. The present windows date from 1926, and were commissioned by Father James O’Brien from the DaPrato Studio of Chicago, for a total cost of  $5,940.00. These were recently restored, with new steel reinforced mahogany window frames, at a cost of $150,000 each. Prices have gone up since 1926!
The northern window [on your right as you face the high altar]  is of Christ healing the Sick. Our Lord stands in the center, blessing an infirmed child, carried by her mother. Impoverished cripples and lepers approach from the left, a young man is carried from behind, and a husband points to his suffering wife, as he calls for Our Lord’s attention. Those who are ill are clothed in muted colors, in sharp contrast to Jesus’ brilliant red robes and shinning halo, suggesting Himself as the source of all life and vitality. The motto below the window, “And there came to Him great multitudes and He healed them” [Mt 15:30], narrates exactly that the Creator of the universe returns in human flesh to destroy the power of evil, embodied here in illness and suffering, and to restore all things to the Father in Himself, the Redeemer.  The scene is framed by gothic architectural designs, bright floral decorations and a whimsical cityscape of Jerusalem in the background.
Above Our Lord is a window with His Sacred Heart, encircled by the Crown of Thorns, symbols of the depth of His Incarnate love for mankind, illustrated below as He comes to the aid of  the sick and needy. On either side is an angel, each bearing a censer offering incense to Him who is both God and Man, and at the very top is a third angel, bearing the motto, “Have Mercy on Us.”  On each side of the topmost angel are two further symbols telling us that He who is pictured below is Jesus [IHS, the three Greek letters of His Holy Name] who is the Christ [XP, the first two Greek letters of the title, Christ], the anointed of God, our Savior.

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  John Mellace, 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, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, 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. Joseph Kohut, 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.


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: The deadline for Registration has now passed.  If you have not registered, please contact Fr. Vill directly at 203-324-1553×130.
Religious Education classes begin on Sunday, September 10th.

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes start Monday September 18th and will meet weekly 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x21 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Weekly Sunday collection:       

Sunday August 20, 2017 $  11,865.72
Sunday August 21, 2016 $  12,498.25

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

September 3rd, Sunday Readings:  Jer 20:7-9; Rom 12:1-2; Mt 16:21-27.

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.

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

Regina Pacis Academy: Is an independent Catholic classical school in Norwalk.  The new principal, Kim Quatela, was previously the Coordinator of Family Faith Formation for the Diocese of Bridgeport. Founded in 2005, the mission of Regina Pacis Academy is to provide the highest quality classical education at a reasonable cost, taught by teachers loyal to the Church and her Magisterium. The Academy’s goal is to form scholars and saints. To schedule a tour and for more information contact Kim Quatela: 347-840-1553, or

Employment: Good Counsel Malta House in Norwalk began helping pregnant mothers and babies in 1998. It is a transitional residence to promote the dignity of God-given life by providing a nurturing home environment, support services and independent living skills for pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children. Looking for a House Manager , anyone may apply for this position by forwarding a cover letter/resume to: John Hinshaw:  We are located at: 5 Prowitt Street, Norwalk, CT. 06855.

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,
September 27th.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or

St. Leo 37th Annual Parish Fair: at St. Leo Parish in Stamford.  Tuesday, August 29 through Friday, Sept. 1, from 6PM to 11PM and Saturday, Sept. 2, from 2PM to 11PM.  Enjoy rides, games, live entertainment, international foods, bingo and our $10 raffle with a 1st prize 2017 BMW 320i xDrive Sedan – Glacier Silver.  For more information: call Denise Esposito at 203-322-1669 x227 or visit website for more details.

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

Sacred Heart ChurchSaturday, 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.

Not married in the Catholic Church? Please call Fr. Vill at (203) 324-1553 ext. 130 to make an appointment. Meet with Fr. Vill to discuss the Church’s teaching on marriage and the possibility of getting married in the Church. This also applies to those who want to learn more about the process of seeking an annulment.

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, August 26, 2017
4:00   Michael Lie req. Family
Sunday, August 27, 2017
7:30 +Dorothy VanLangen req. Joyce Patten and Lorraine VanLangen
10:00 +Alexander Baldwin req. Jagodzinski Family
12:00 +John Scheck 1st Anniversary req. Christine Hylenski-Uzar and Family
5:00 +Joseph McAleer, Sr.
Monday, August 28, 2017
8:00   Souls in Purgatory req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Evangelin Drought req. Sharon Gannon
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
8:00 +Mary Churley req. Mary Petrizzi
12:10 +Aunt Jojo O’Brien req. Cora O’Meara
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
8:00   Deceased members of the Urban Family
12:10 +Norma Taylor req. Michelle Seifert
Thursday, August 31, 2017
8:00   Deceased members of the McCann Family
12:10 +Raymond Dalesio req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Friday, September 1, 2017
8:00 +Catherine and Eugene Dzilinski req. Marie Carr
12:10   Thanksgiving to God req. Thang Nguyen
Saturday, September 2, 2017
8:00 +Roledonne J. Samedi req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Leyda Esquibel Rodriquez req. Irsa Garcia

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:
155 years ago, or so:

September 4, 1863: Excursion to Jones’ Wood. “The schools connected with the Roman Catholic Church intend going on a picnic to Jones’ Wood, on Saturday 5th inst. We hope they will have fine weather, and a good day’s enjoyment.”

125 years ago, or so:
August 28, 1891:  Rescued by a Young Lady. “The rescue from drowning of a man over six feet tall by a young girl under twenty years of age is the decidedly novel incident reported from Shippan Point the other day. Prof. Amos of the Merrill Business College, is the gentleman referred to, and the young lady is Miss Annie Ennis, daughter of John Ennis, whose bathing pavilion is a well known landmark at the south end of the Point. A number of persons were in bathing, including the Professor, who not being a swimmer, was supporting himself on one of the floats used by learners. In some way the float got out of position in such a way that instead of performing its proper function, it was holding the Professor with head down in the water. Miss Ennis, seeing his dangerous predicament, boldly swam out to the rescue, and by her help, aided later by that of Mr. Edward Bell, the Professor was successfully brought into shallower water. But for this timely help he would in all probability have been drowned, unless his situation had been observed in time by others equally prompt and willing to aid him .”  (EDITOR’S NOTE: John Ennis was the builder of of St. John’s. Church  He himself was a champion swimmer and undoubtedly taught his daughter well.)

95 years ago, or so:
September 1, 1922:  STAMFORD MAN CANDIDATE FOR CATHOLIC PRIESTHOOD. Patrick Killeen Assigned to St. Mary’s Seminary, Baltimore. “Patrick Killeen of Stamford is among the candidates for the Catholic priesthood who have recently received seminary assignments from Right Reverend John J. Nilan, Bishop of the Diocese of Hartford, which includes Stamford. He has been assigned to St. Mary’s Seminary, Baltimore. The candidate is the son of the late Patrick Killeen and Mrs. Susan Killeen of 115 Richmond Hill Avenue. He was graduated from St. John’s Parochial School, and, after attending the Stamford High School, was entered at St. Thomas Seminary. He has been graduated from the latter school, and his next move is to St. Mary’s in Baltimore.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Patrick Killeen was ordained in June 1928.)

August 30, 1923: AOH EUCHRE. “The 12th annual euchre and pinochle for the benefit of the members’ sick fund was held last night by the AOH, Division 2, in St. John’s School Hall. The affair was attended by upwards of 700 members and friends. The card tables were arranged in the school yard and a large number enjoyed the games while another group were dancing in the hall. About 90 attractive prizes were awarded the winners.”