For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday June 17, 2018

Parochial Vicar’s Column:

               What’s the big deal about Humanae vitae?

If you haven’t heard yet (then you haven’t been to any Mass at the Basilica for the last three months you pagan), next Saturday June 23rd the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist will be hosting an all-day symposium entitled, “Making Room for God’s Love: Humanae vitae at 50”, at which we will have presentations from Mary Eberstadt, Mary Hallan FioRito, and papal biographer George Weigel as well as hear from a panel of medical experts on Natural Family Planning. The 4pm Vigil Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Frank Caggiano.

You might be wondering what Humanae vitae is all about and why we think that it is worthwhile to host an entire symposium on the topic. As far as papal documents go, anniversary years are convenient excuses to gather for discussion and to shed light on documents which might otherwise be lost to history. July 25th of this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Blessed Pope Paul VI’s Humanae vitae (On the Regulation of Birth) which was written in response to the question of whether or not the newly available oral hormonal birth control pill (“the Pill”) would be an acceptable means of regulating child birth and a morally licit recourse for Catholic families.

Humanae vitae is so important because the topic strikes so close to home for many married couples who are striving to live out their responsible parenthood and want to live faithful to the teaching of Holy Mother Church. This document is unique because of the poor reception that it received when it was issued some fifty years ago. It was met with widespread dissent throughout the world, especially in the US. The argument made by dissenters essentially claimed that, while the pope had taught that we must reject the Pill as a legitimate means of regulating child birth, the faithful could follow their own consciences even if that meant that they would be contradicting the pope’s teaching. Paul VI also warned of the consequences of artificial methods of birth control and their negative effect on society if they were to be embraced. Over these last fifty years we have all seen the prophetic veracity of these predictions.

As with every Church teaching, the “no” answer given in this letter is meant to point us in the direction of a “yes” which opens us up to what is true, good, and beautiful according to God’s plan for us. The encyclical letter has a positive message for married couples. The pope eloquently writes about conjugal love “in which husband and wife are intimately and chastely united with one another, through which human life is transmitted” (HV 11), referencing Gaudium et spes as he rightly acknowledges it to be “noble and worthy” (GS 49).

He recognizes the legitimate concerns of married couples who are in a “living situation in which it is frequently difficult these days to provide properly for a large family” (HV 2). Contrary to many misconceptions about what Humanae vitae actually says, he does not leave the use of human reason out of family planning. Rather, he references having recourse to natural periods of infertility and the improving science behind methods of what is now called “Natural Family Planning” (NFP) which allow for a couple to track their fertility through natural markers and practice periodic abstinence in order to avoid pregnancy.

We all want to be happy, and when we want to know how to live well so as to prepare ourselves for heaven, the Church has already commended Her advice to us. Unfortunately, many people who have come to know about what Humanae vitae says (or purportedly says) have done so through secondary sources or even hearsay from those who might or might not have read the actual text. The surprisingly short letter (about fifteen pages) has been left unread or more sadly unheeded by many in the Church. This Tuesday I will be giving the talk for Faith on Tap (7-9pm at Murphy’s Townhouse Café on Franklin St. behind UCONN) in anticipation of our Saturday conference. The title of my talk is “Humanae vitae: When you are looking for more than Netflix and Chill”. I will be talking about the actual encyclical letter and how it can help us to transition away from a hook-up culture into a culture that promotes authentic love and responsibility.

On the 50th anniversary of the document, we have an opportunity to reexamine the wisdom of Blessed Paul VI and open our hearts to the truth of the faith which Mother Church desires for us to hear. It is not too late to join us for this great event. To register for the conference please do so on our website at

-Fr. Andy Vill

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Ruth Coyle, 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, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Dionysia Oliveira, 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: Ryan Miller and Cristine Kavalan

I Banns: Guy Phillipe Nazaire and Murielle Nicolas

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light: +Ed and Ann Cody, Bill and Felicitas Cody, members of the Burns and Cody families req. Erin Cody

Monthly Collection . . . The second collection today will be the monthly collection for the parish.  Your generosity is appreciated.

Due to the Humanae vitae conference on June 23rd, there will be NO 12:10 mass.


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

Tuesday, June 19: Faith on Tap will be held Tuesday, June 19th from7:00-9:00PM at Murphy’s Townhouse Café. Come hear Fr. Vill discuss the topic of “Humanae vitae: When you’re looking for more than ‘Netflix and Chill’”.

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 Hallan FioRito, and George Weigel and a panel of medical experts. The 4PM Vigil Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Caggiano. Register at    

Attention 8-12 graders! Saturday, August 11th: Fan the Fire: Fr. Vill will be leading a group of teenagers from the Basilica Parish to Fan the Fire Youth Rally at St. Rose of Lima in Newtown, CT on Saturday August 11th. This is an all day event. The cost is $45, please register at Be sure to select “The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist” as your parish when registering. Please see the flyers in the basilica for more details.

Weekly Sunday collection:       

Sunday         June 10, 2018                                       $  12,663.55
Sunday         June 11, 2017                                       $  14,109.86

  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 24th Sunday Readings:  IS 4 9:1-6, ACTS 13:22-26, LK 1:57-66,80

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

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: Become a Future 5 College Prep Coach: Future 5’s College Prep Program ensures that low-income, motivated high school students receive the preparation needed to transition successfully from high school to college. They offer students a full array of help, including guidance on navigating college and financial aid applications, college visits, scholarship help, and detailed advice on college selection. A coach is matched one-on-one with a student, becoming a partner and mentor for the academic year. Future 5 will provide training in all aspects of the college application process. Time commitment: 2-3 hours per month (includes training and independent meetings with students) For information, please contact Peg Atchue at

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.

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

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.

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

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:

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

Regina Caeli Academy 2018/2019– Come join our exciting mission to form the next generation of Catholics!  Regina Caeli Academy ( is a classical, hybrid education in the Catholic tradition.  Pre K3- 12th grade students attend Socratic and hands-on classes taught by trained tutors two days a week and are home schooled the remaining days with lesson plans already outlined for in-home education. Location: 254 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT. For more information, a tour of our facility on July 12 (by appointment only), or information about a fall tour, please contact our admissions representative, Mrs. Katrina Hartsock at or (470)239-0259.

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

Sisters of Life Retreats for young ladies, women, and men.  Something for everyone!  Registration for all retreats opens July 2, 2018.  Visit  to learn more.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, June 16, 2018
4:00   +Rodger R. Rohde, Sr. req. Dr. Joe McAleer
Sunday, June 17, 2018
7:30   +Frances DelVecchio req. Glenn and Lynda Nadin
10:00 +Federcico Garcia req. Uleaurea Garcia
12:00 +Peter C. Schmitt, Sr. req. Marion Morris
5:00     Needs of Parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, June 18, 2018
8:00     Souls in Purgatory
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   Deceased members of the Kolenberg Family req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
8:00   +Richard Stanton req. Troilo Family
12:10 +Christopher Vill
Thursday, June 21, 2018
8:00   +Charles Edstrom req. Priest of the parish
12:10   Beth Carpanzano
Friday, June 22, 2018
8:00   +Sean Vogel req. a friend
12:10 +Gloria Flores req. Sue Miller
Saturday, June 23, 2018
8:00   +Juana Mazariegos req. Blanca Reyes
NO 12:10 Mass—Humanae vitae conference

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:

150 years ago, or so:
June 18, 1869:   “On the Fourth—or rather on Monday the Fifth of July, St. John’s R.C. Church is to have an excursion to Woodside Park. A good brass and string band is to be engaged, and everything possible will be done to make the occasion an enjoyable one to all who choose to attend.”

120 years ago, or so:
June 24, 1897:  WILL ENTER THE HIGH SCHOOL. “The results of the examinations for admission to the High School were made known this afternoon. The following have been entered: St. John’s Parochial School—Lizzie Daly, Nellie Duane, Thomas Hogan, John T. O’Brien, John Roche, Mamie Tierney.”

100 years ago, or so:

June 21, 1917:  Plucky Jack Brennan. “Motorcycle Officer John Brennan covered himself with glory, and, no doubt, saved persons from injury and property from damage, about 3 p.m., yesterday, by stopping a runaway horse in Atlantic Street. It was John DeMott’s  horse and wagon. A small boy drove the horse, which became frightened in Atlantic Street, south of Worth, and bolted. The boy fell backward in the wagon, and the horse was gathering speed with every stride when Brennan, on duty at the corner of Bell and Atlantic Streets, to watch the children of St. John’s Parochial School as they crossed the street there on their way home from school, ran down to meet the horse. “Smiler” grabbed the horse by the bridle and turned it in toward the sidewalk, bringing it to a quick stop.”

75 years ago, or so:
June 19, 1942:   “On Sunday, June 28, Father Joseph McEvoy, a 1925 graduate of St. John’s School, will sing his first Mass at St. John’s Church here.”