For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday May 27, 2018

Parochial Vicar’s Column:

A White Scarf and a Purple Necktie

I was speaking with a woman last week who was telling me about her nephew’s first Mass (he had been recently ordained a Catholic priest) and she made a comment about the gift of a white scarf and a purple necktie that the new priest had given his parents at the end of that Mass. I had to chuckle a little when I heard this. “The scarf is not a scarf, but is actually called a maniturgium,” I clarified. “And that was a confessional stole, not a necktie!”

These gifts are very special for a new priest to be able to give to his parents. In the Rite of Ordination to the Priesthood, after the newly ordained priest’s hands are consecrated with Sacred Chrism (the same blessed scented oil used on the crown of the head after baptism and used to mark our foreheads during the Sacrament of Confirmation), there is an ancient tradition of wrapping the priest’s hands in a maniturgium (Latin for “hand towel”) which prevent any of the Sacred Chrism from dripping onto the floor or the newly ordained priest’s vestments.

The Latin Rite no longer uses a maniturgium to wrap the newly ordained’s hands, but the towel or purificator that the priest uses to wipe the Chrism off his hands carries the same name. At my own ordination, after having our hands consecrated, my two classmates and I headed to the sacristy and carefully wiped our hands dry and placed these towels into plastic bags with our names on them so that we could take them home later.

At the conclusion of my first Mass as a newly ordained, I too presented my parents the maniturgium and a purple confessional stole with which I had heard my first confession. I then went on to explain to the congregation the reason why these gifts were being presented to my parents.

The tradition of the maniturgium being given to my mother comes from the idea that when the Lord calls her home one day, she will be buried with the maniturgium in her hands. When she stands before the Lord in judgment before going to her eternal reward, the Church supposes that the following exchange will take place. “My daughter, I gave you life, what have you given me?” Jesus will ask her. “Thank you Lord,” she will reply. “I gave you my son to be your priest.” And with this, she will present Jesus with my maniturgium. In gratitude for her gift, the Lord will welcome her into His rest.

Me presenting the box containing the maniturgium and confessional stole to my parents at the end of my first Mass at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Ridgefield, CT on Sunday May 18th, 2014.

The tradition of presenting the father of the newly ordained priest with the stole with which the priest heard his first confession is more recent than the tradition of the maniturgium being given to his mother, but no less significant. As a confessor, the priest is called to be a minister of mercy. The first person who would have taught the priest that lesson is his own father. For this reason, as a thank you to my dad, and as a parallel sign of the gift that my father offered the Lord in giving his son to be a priest, the confessional stole (not a purple necktie) is given to him.

Beyond the strengthened hope of attaining heaven for my parents☺, both of these gifts are meant to remind all of us that vocations are first fostered in the home. It was in growing up in a Catholic family that I first encountered God. Each family of our parish should consider the following question. What are we doing to support our sons and daughters in their vocational discernment and how do we encourage them to consider giving themselves as a gift to the service of the Church? The example of my parents has formed me to be the priest and the man that I am today. For that I say thank you Mom and Dad!

-Fr. Andy Vill

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Yolanda Bove, 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:
I Banns: Mark Richard Kremheller and Kimberly Brooke Gzarnecki

II Banns: Bruno Guimaraes Lopes Coelho and Ashley Christina Fumai
III Banns: David Jarrett Kennedy and Elizabeth Carolyn Jane Skidd

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.


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         May 20, 2018                           $  11,066.27
Sunday         May 21, 2017                           $  12,909.66

  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

June 3rd Sunday Readings:  EX 2 4:3-8 ; HEB 9:11-15 ; MK 14:12-16, 22-26

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 confirming your mass attendance by your use of weekly envelopes.

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 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:

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.

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.

Redemptoris Mater  Diocesan Missionary Seminary Open House– Come and meet the seminarians on Saturday, June 30, 2018  and Sunday, July 1, 2018 from 10:00AM– 6:00PM at 21 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902. Enjoy a moment of communion with songs and food! Tours through the seminary will begin every 20 Minutes and all are invited to enjoy a delicious barbecue afterwards!  Please call to reserve your spot at 203-588-1785 or

Mater Salvatoris Open HouseOn Saturday, June 2nd from 10AM– 1PM, Mater Salvatoris will host an Open House for interested parents. Call today to register (203)-997-5421 or visit The school is located at 403 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford CT 06903.

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, June 27th  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.

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 26, 2018
4:00   +Angela Scorcia req. Nick and Ann Lepore
Sunday, May 27, 2018
7:30     Daniel and Steven Basar req. Teresa Basar
10:00   In thanksgiving for the Most Holy Trinity req. Scholastica Nabwire
12:00 +Francescantonio Annetta req. Pugliese Family
5:00   +Adelaide White
Monday, May 28, 2018
8:00  +Nicholas Penn req. Pearl Mayo
12:10 +Aniello Preziosi 52nd Anniversary req. Marion Morris and Family
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
8:00    Souls in Purgatory req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10   Special Intention
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
8:00    In honor of parents who choose life
12:10 +Julie Frobose req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Thursday, May 31, 2018
8:00  +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +A.J. Barr req. Paula Molgano
Friday, June 1, 2018
8:00   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
12:10 +Bertrand Pépin req. Beth and Frank Carpanzano
Saturday, June 2, 2018
8:00  +Lina and Xavier Fontaine req by family
12:10 +Regnald Rogers and Family req. Beverly Lasko 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 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:

125 years ago, or so:
May 28, 1896: THE ROLL OF HONOR—Names of the Dead Who Will Be Remembered on Memorial Day. “ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY, Springdale—Thomas Buckley, Peter Conroy, Morris Carroll, James Farron, Patrick Fitzpatrick, Patrick Harrison, Martin Kane, John Kelly, Daniel Kennedy, William McDonald, Henry O’Neil, Patrick Picker, John Reardon.”

100 years ago, or so:
May 28, 1918:  Parochial School Honors Soldiers.  “St. John’s Parochial School pupils will render a program in observance of Memorial Day, tomorrow, at 2:30 p.m. in the school hall. Songs and recitations appropriate to the occasion will be rendered and there will be an address by Former Congressman Thomas L. Reilly of Meriden. The former Congressman’s talk will be a patriotic one. Mr. Reilly is an eloquent speaker, and his address is sure to be a powerful one.”

75 years ago, or so:
May 31, 1944: Over 2,000 Attend Cemetery Service On Memorial Day. “Annual Memorial Day services were held in St. John’s Cemetery yesterday, attended by more than 2,000 persons. The Rev. Thomas C. O’Neill, assistant pastor of St. Clement’s Church, was the principal speaker. A firing squad from the Oscar H. Cowan Post No. 3, American Legion, fired a salute. This was followed by the sounding of taps by Leslie Hoone of the American Legion. General Logan’s Order of the Day, establishing May 30, as Memorial Day, was read by Capt. Michael Boyle of St. John’s Boys Brigade and the names of veterans buried in the cemetery were read by Capt. Michael Griffin of the same organization. St. John’s Boys’ Choir sang an English arrangement of the “De Profundis.” The Prayer for the Dead was read by the Rev. John P. McNerney of St. John’s Church, Noroton Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was read by Capt. Patrick Hogan of the Brigade. Solemn Benediction was led by the Rev. Nicholas P. Coleman of St. John’s Church with the Rev. john J. Kelley of the Sacred Heart Church and the Rev. Martin F. Doran of St. Maurice’s Church assisting as deacon and subdeacon. The service was closed with the singing of “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name” and the “Star Spangled Banner” by the Boys’ Choir of St. John’s Church.”

60 years ago, or so:
May 27, 1956:   “Mass will be said at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day in St. John’s Cemetery, Springdale, for all deceased veterans and others who are buried there, the Right Reverend Monsignor Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s Church has announced.”