For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday May 06, 2018

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni,  Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Rose Marie Clarke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Loretta Wallace, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, 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, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne.

Please pray for those who have recently died: John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, 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
Banns of Marriage: II Banns: Ryan John Durkin Jr. and Trisha Cristine Ulloa 

One Collection. . .There will only be one collection today.  Thank you for your generosity.

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.


Wednesday, May 16 at 7pm – 9pm: Save the date! Wednesday, May 16 at 7pm – 9pm Talk & Book Signing by Jennifer Fulwiler in our parish hall. Bring your book “One Beautiful Dream” or buy your book at the talk. For tickets, Questions, contact Lisa Kotasek at

Thursday, May 17 at 7:30pm–  The Upper Room: For adults between 30 and 95 years of age resumes on May 17th at 7:30PM in The Upper Room at Columbus Park Trattoria on Main Street in Stamford. Our speaker: Fr. Dennis O’Brien  His topic: Mary our Role Model.  All are welcome.

May 13, June 13, July 13, August 13, September 13, & October 13: 7:00pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima.

Sunday, June 3rd, Corpus Christi: Following the 12 noon Mass, A Procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Stamford and a cookout to follow.  [Weather permitting-if raining, the procession will be inside the Basilica and no cookout]. Everyone is welcome.

Saturday, June 23 : The Basilica of St. John’s is hosting an all day conference in honor of the 50th anniversary of Humanae vitae on June 23rd. Speakers include Mary Eberstadt, Mary FioRito, and George Weigel and a panel of medical experts. The 4PM Vigil Mass will be offered by Bishop Caggiano. Register at

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         April 29, 2018                          $  15,103.51
Sunday         April 30, 2017                          $  13,634.34

  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

May 13th Sunday Readings:  ACTS 1:15-17, 20A, 20C-26, 1JN 4:11-16, JN 17:11B-19

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.

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- 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 14, 2018 for women who are suffering from a past abortion. Please contact 203-895-3554 or for more information and confidential registration.

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.

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:

Faith on Tap: Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us Tuesday, May 15th 7:00-9:00PM at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St. “Stump the Priests”, with your questions on the Catholic Faith & Church.  Bring a friend or two

First Friday Adoration– Join St. Catherine of Sienna in Riverside for First Friday Holy Hour after the 5:15 mass.  Holy Hour and Benediction will take place every first Friday of the month. All are welcome!

EWTN Radio is coming to our diocese! Visit  to learn more and to support this apostolate dedicated to bringing faithful, entertaining Catholic programming to our community.

Upcoming Ordination Dates: Peter Adamski will be ordained into the Transitional Diaconate on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 11AM at the Cathedral of St. Augustine, 399 Washington Ave. , Bridgeport.

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 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.

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

Catholic Adventures: Join Catholic young adults in their 20s and 30s for adventurous activities throughout the year. Connect with us on Facebook (Catholic Adventures) or email us at for more information.

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, May 23rd. 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.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or

FORMED: Donated by a parishioner, this is a revolutionary online platform provides access to the best Catholic audio talks, movies, e-books, and video-based studies from trusted providers like the Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press, Catholic Answers, Sophia Institute Press, and St. Paul Center– right at your fingertips, without cost. Learn more at Access Code WWT2NF.

Mother Daughter Connection: May 12, 2018 from 10:00am-1:00pm at Columbus Park Trattoria. Enjoy brunch & Girl Talk with the founders of Beyoutifully MADE. We will discuss demystifying and celebrating the Feminine Genius, as well as cultivating and enriching the mother daughter connection. This event is recommended for girls in 3rd grade and up. Seating is limited. For more information about Beyoutifully MADE and to book your tickets please visit our website

P2P On WheelsPerson-to-Person recently launched a Mobile Food Pantry that is serving Stamford’s food insecure where they live and we need volunteers to help with registration and client shopping on the truck and sorting food donations in the warehouse. Shifts are 2 hours. If you are interested in signing up for a regular shift please visit to find the job that’s right for you and sign up with Rick Nixon. Thank you!

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, May 5, 2018
4:00    +Ines and Albert Gommi req. Leon Taricani
Sunday, May 6, 2018
7:30    +Maureen Flanders req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00  +Jimmy and Patricia O’Connor req. Mary Bridget Gaine
12:00  +Ann Touhey req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
5:00    +Adelaide White
Monday, May 7, 2018
8:00    +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10    Healing of Msgr. DiGiovanni req. Dorothy Keyes
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
8:00  +Joseph Franco req. Carpanzano Family
12:10 +Domenico and Caterina Sette req. Pugliese Family
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
8:00   +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Teresita Umali and Gregoria Gloria req. Angeles Family
5:15   +Terence J. Leydon
Thursday, May 10, 2018
8:00    +Mary Anne Laginestra req. her family
12:10  +Maura Bridget Gallagher req. Jim and Lori Rubino
5:15    +Rafael Angel Ortega req. Camille Laginestra
Friday, May 11, 2018
8:00      Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
12:10  +Homero Ribadeneira req. Family
Saturday, May 12, 2018
8:00    +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10  +Benny DiGiorgio req. Antonia Cerro and Alberto Pipola

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:

115 years ago, or so:
May 7, 1903: Mystic Midgets. “A liliputian carnival of nations, in two acts, presented by children of St. John’s R. C. Church. Beautiful scenery. Elaborate costumes. Bright, catchy music. 150 young people in the cast. Staged by Fred H. Decker & Co. of New York. Town Hall, Thursday and Friday evenings at 8:15. Matinee Thursday, at 2:15. Admission 35 cents evening; 25 cents matinee.”

95 years ago, or so:
May 12, 1921:  PRIEST’S GOLDEN JUBILEE.  “The Rev. William H. Rogers, venerable pastor of St. Patrick’s parish, Hartford, will observe his golden jubilee, or , the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood of the Catholic Church, June 1. The people of the parish are making arrangements to celebrate the happy event in a manner that will be an expression of their appreciation of Father Roger’s devoted zeal for their spiritual welfare for over 20 years and of their hope that he will continue for many years as their pastor. Father Rogers received his early education in the public schools of Carlisle. He entered St. Joseph’s Seminary in Troy, N.Y. He was ordained in June 1871. Immediately after his ordination, Father Rogers was appointed assistant to the late Rev. James Lynch, the pastor of the Catholic Church in Middletown. In 1873 he was transferred to the assistant pastorate of Stamford, where he served as assistant to the late Father Fagan and continued as assistant to the late Rev. Michael Tierney when the latter succeeded Father Fagan. When Father Tierney, who was afterward Bishop of the Diocese, was transferred to another parish, Father Rogers was appointed his successor in the Stamford pastorate, and remained there until Bishop Tierney appointed him, in September 1900, pastor of St. Patrick’s, on the death of the Very Rev. John A Mulcahy.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: twenty years after his departure, over 100 parishioners of St. John’s attended Father Rogers 50th anniversary in Hartford.)

90 years ago, or so:
May 8, 1927:  “The St. John’s Parochial School baseball team will hold its first practice session this afternoon at Woodside Park. The school expects to turn out a fine team this year and with strong material such as Lemon, Hogan, Coughlin, Donnelly, Hushion, and Hennessy, great things are expected. The team is looking for games with Rice School and Rogers School.”

20 years ago, or so:
May 8, 1997:  Catholic Holy Day.  “Today is a Holy Day of Obligation for Roman Catholics. Catholics must attend Mass according to the Rev. William A. Nagle, pastor of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Stamford.  The day, also known as Ascension Thursday, marks the day that Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven. It traditionally occurs 40 days after Easter.”