For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday February 11, 2018

Please pray for the sick:  Joseph Kung, Rosemarie Drexel, Loretta Wallace, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Pasquale [Pat] Santagata, Elma Hefferna, Anne Mennona, Emile Maignan, Regina Derrisaint, Joanne Santarsiero, Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel,  Susanne and Suzanne DePreta.

Special Energy Collection . . . The second collection today will be the Special Energy Collection to help pay the Higher Energy and Fuel Costs for the parish.  Your generosity is appreciated.

Police: 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 Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department and our military women and men who protect our nation.

Virtual Tour of the Basilica: Click on the parish website for a virtual tour of the interior, created and donated by Jonathan Powell of Matterport. Thanks, Jonathon!

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ASH WEDNESDAY: February 14th. Ash Wednesday is NOT a holy day of obligation. Ashes will be given  IN THE BASILICA during the 8 am and 12:10 pm Masses that day; AND in the Basilica at 7 am, 1pm  and 7:00 pm, without any ceremony.


The Lenten rules of fasting and abstinence from eating meat apply on Ash Wednesday & Good Friday: Fasting refers to the cutting back on the amount of food eaten on certain days, and applies to those aged 14-60 years old, unless ill or suffering from a medical condition. Fasting means that only one full meal [on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday] is to be taken and NO snacking between meals. Abstinence from eating meat means that no meat be eaten on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, or on any Fridays of Lent. This is a simple way to begin doing penance for our  sins.  All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence from eating meat for those 14 years and older, unless sickness or medical conditions prevent this.  If one is ill, 60 years or older, or suffers from any medical condition, these rules and practices do not apply.


Stations of the Cross: Each Friday during Lent at 4:00 pm in English in the Basilica.

A Day with Mary:  On Saturday, February 17, 2018, 8:45AM until 3:00PM at the Basilica of St. John This is a  Marian Eucharistic Day Retreat with the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. There is no charge. Please bring a bag lunch and call 475-529-6605 if there is inclement weather.

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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).

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         February 4, 2018        $ 14,061.35
Sunday         February 5, 2017        $ 14,264.75

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

February 18th Sunday Readings:  Gen 9:8-15; 1Pet 3:18-22; Mk 1:12-15

Baptism/Confirmation Sponsorship Certificate:  When asked to be a sponsor, a certificate is needed from your home parish. If the  priest does not know you personally, or by sight, the only other way of knowing you as a practicing Catholic is by tracking your contributions by check or envelope.

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart.  We  meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagle Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Register at:  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: or 203-536-5480.

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.  They are  in need of WINTER maternity clothes (all sizes). Call 203-348-4355 or if you can help.

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

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 helped convince expectant mothers to spare their children. Call Noelle at 857-345-0808 for specialized training as a Sidewalk Counselor.

Wine Tasting Young Adult Event: On Tuesday evening, Feb 13th from 6:30PM until 7:30PM in Nagle Hall, wine authority and St. John’s parishioner, Nicholas Troilo will lead our first Wine Tasting Experience – don’t Be A Goat!  You’ll learn how to sniff, swirl, sip, and spit like a wine pro. We’ll taste six different wines and you’ll learn how to detect the aromas of honey, cloves, black olive or wet dog in the best of wines. The cost of the evening is $30 of which $20 will go directly to helping complete a water pipeline in Beliti, Ethiopia. You’ll learn more about that amazing project while tasting and learning about wine. Join us to turn wine into water! Why are we calling this Wine Tasting experience – don’t Be a Goat?  Read Matthew: 25  31-35.

DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY:  We begin on March 7th at 7:30pm in the Rectory readingthe translation of Inferno  by Anthony Esolen, The Modern Library, New York, 2002.  The parish bookstore purchased copies and will sell them at cost to those who wish to read Dante. Feel free to purchase your own copy, however, if you prefer, retrieve  your copy of Inferno at the parish office, or wait until March 7th. Interested?, please phone Msgr. DiGiovanni: 203-324-1553, ext 11.

Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form: Is offered every Friday at 2pm on the Saint Joseph Altar.

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. We also need tutors.  We currently have a  new student who needs a  tutor  in Japanese. For more  information or to volunteer and/or tutor, please contact Fanny Moran:

Men’s Choir: Men who can even just hum a tune are welcome: contact David Indyk in person, or leave your contact information at the parish office, 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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:

JOIN THE CONVERSATIONThe Eaglet, the parish blog on our Basilica website,

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call the parish 203) 324-1553, and speak with either  Msgr. DiGiovanni (ext. 11) or Fr. Vill at (ext. 130) to make an appointment, 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 seeking an annulment.

Lenten Mission at St. Mary’s, Greenwich: St. Mary’s Lenten Mission, “Radiant in Christ,” will be led by Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P. Shortly before his Passion, Jesus leads three of his disciples up a high mountain apart by themselves and is transfigured before them. From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard: “This is my beloved Son, listen to him.” The Lenten Mission will be conducted February 26 to March 1 at 7:30PM.

FLU: During this seriously dangerous flu season, we will dispense with the sign of peace during all Masses.

SilverSource: SilverSource is available to St. John’s parishioners both as a place to volunteer or an important resource to help parishioners as we age. SilverSource is looking for volunteers to help older adults live as independently as possible by reaching out to say “hello”, reading and visiting a senior, or running to the market. St. John’s parishioners who are seniors and require some help can receive financial assistance for housing stability, for eye glasses and hearing aids, or for transportation to and from doctor’s appointments. Call Michael Feighan: 203-324-6584, or website:

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. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. Next meeting: Wednesday, February 28th. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or

Open House at Regina Caeli Academy – March 3rd, 2018 at 3:00 pm, Wilton Baptist Church, 254 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897.RCA is a hybrid academy, serving students in grades Preschool-12th grade in the Catholic tradition. RCA provides fully accredited academic and extracurricular classes for homeschoolers. Students attend classes using the Socratic method two days per week and are home schooled the remaining days. For more information visit or call Mary Grunbok, Center Coordinator of Education at (203) 701-9154. We look forward to welcoming you to RCA!

Trinity Catholic School: Trinity Catholic High School is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. There will be a “Take A Look” open house on March 18th. Entrance examinations will be on March 3rd. Details at:

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, February 10, 2018
4:00     Joan Baldwin req. Jagodzinski Family
Sunday, February 11, 2108
7:30  +Rosina and Dante Spagnoli req. Family
10:00 +Feroze Aslam req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
12:00 +Aniello Preziosi Birthday Remembrance req. Marion Morris and Family
5:00   + Fr. Peter M. Rinaldi, S.D.B.
Monday, February 12, 2018
8:00      Thanksgiving to God for Blessings Received req. Dionysia Oliveira
12:10  +Stella Fox req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
8:00   +Michelle Seifert req. Dalton Family
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk families
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Homero Ribadeneira req. Family
Thursday, February 15, 2018
8:00   +Chris Sabia req. Jacqueline Wetenhall
12:10 +John Dalton req. Dalton Family
Friday, February 16, 2018
8:00   +Norma Rivera req. Evelyn and Mike Colón
12:10   Special Intentions Nicholas DeVito req. Barbara Bayne
Saturday, February 17, 2018
8:00   +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Dennis Runde req. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Irving

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 Keri, (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, Keri, 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: The St Monica Latin Reading Group meets on Tuesdays.  Please call St John’s Rectory, 203 324 1553, ext. 21, for more information.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
145 years ago, or so:
Feb. 14, 1873: Our Schools. “Letter to the Editor: The annual enumeration of children of school age belonging to the town has just been completed, and I think the following abstract of the returns may be of interest to your readers. The number of children between the ages of four and sixteen found was 2,369. A full statement for each of the old school districts would take too much of your space, but I venture to give some data enumerating in each the number between 7 and 15, the most important period for school purposes, and the number between those ages in “no school” during the year. For the “Green” district, of the 695 total children, 443 were between the ages of 7 and 15. The Green district has the largest number enumerated of the districts. Of these, 289 have attended the public schools for a time within the year: 217 have attended that supported by the Roman Catholic church on Meadow street.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: The “Green” district was the predominant Irish Catholic district.)

100 years ago, or so:
Feb. 18, 19014:  THE OLD SINGING SCHOOL.  “One of the finest musical entertainments of the season is expected tomorrow evening, when the choir of St. John’s Catholic Church presents “A Singing School of Ye Olden Time,” in the Parochial School Hall. The entertainment will be repeated on Friday evening. The list of those who are to sing or furnish music includes a number of local celebrities, and the program is well arranged. The affair is given to defray some of the expenses of the church. Miss Margaret Kennedy, organist of the church, will direct the entertainment, and her valuable assistance in coaching the performers has materially assisted in the preparations. A pretty program has been prepared and those who obtain it are requested to pay heed to the line which reads: “People are forbidden to take naps during ye concert.”

80 years ago, or so:
Feb. 16, 1938:   “Catholic Action” Speaker’s Subject As Sodality Meets. “Miss Marteli Benziger of Stamford, author and current events commentator, was the principal speaker at the meeting of the Senior Division, Children of Mary Sodality, St. John’s Church, Monday evening. Speaking on Catholic Action, Miss Benziger revealed many interesting angles of work being done in Europe and America, especially by younger people. Due to the changing times, she recommended that all should adopt their point of view to the needs and requirements and try to keep step with modern conditions. In quoting Cardinal Hayes on this point, Miss Benziger mentioned how he found it necessary to readjust himself to new demands made on him by the quick tempo of the present day. The speaker urged the girls to group together and do something constructive as there were other duties and responsibilities beside those to oneself.”