For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday July 22, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:  This is the second installment in our walking tour of the church. As you pass through the church central front doors, you enter the vestibule or narthex. On either side of the front door is a stained glass window. These date from the 1886 opening of the church and are some of the most elegant in the building. Tall and thin, these lancet windows are members of a trio, the third near the present restrooms. Like the Three Graces of ancient classical literature, they welcome the visitor into the dark vestibule, offering colorful geometric patterns of light. All three bear the legend of the donors at the bottom: The Holy Infant Sodality, which was the parish grammar school children’s religious society.       The dark wood paneling dates from the 1932 restoration of the church by the pastor, Father Francis Lally. It is dark English oak, in keeping with the English Gothic design of the church itself. Its elegant tracery reveals a decorative element introduced throughout the church: Thorns, as used in the Crown of Thorns, which can be seen on each of the doors, on the tops of the confessionals, in the arches of the vestibule wall, and on the top of the paneling in the sanctuary around the high altar. A second theme, vines and grapes, reinforces two related realities: as members of the Church, we are intimately united with Christ, who said “I am the vine, you are the branches.” And, by means of the sacraments, the Church applies the power to forgive sins and to transform us to be more like Our Lord because of the power of Christ’s Precious Blood, offered on the Cross for humanity’s salvation.

Separating the vestibule from the main body of the church is the large interior wall formed of heavy carved oak, four doorways and eight windows between them, topped with thirty-two leaded windows of frosted glass. Today, we’re interested in the eight lower frosted glass windows with stained glass roundels between the doors. While they can be seen while entering the church from the vestibule, they are designed to be seen as one leaves the church, since they remind us that Christ saves us by His Passion and Cross, the benefits of which are extended through all time by means of His Catholic Church in the Sacraments. Each window is framed in carved wooden tracery with that Crown of Thorns motif.

Now, pass through the center doors into the church, proper. Standing inside the church, turn around with your back to the high altar, and face the doors you just entered. Let’s read the windows in the screen wall:

Beginning at the left side of the central doors: the four windows are signs of Christ’s gifts to His Catholic Church: The Dove of the Holy Spirit, sent after Jesus’ Baptism, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension, whose presence began His Catholic Church; An Easter Lily, sign of the virtues of chastity and purity, which are fruits of that Holy Spirit, as exemplified in the life of Mary, the Mother of the Church; A Crown, Saint Paul’s symbol of the Resurrection, the eternal reward awaiting all those faithful to Christ; A Chalice with a Host marked IHS, the first three Greek letters of Jesus, which is a sign of the Eucharist, Our Lord’s greatest Sacrament of His Body and Blood, given His Church that we might be transformed and more like Him daily.  On the right of the central doors: the four windows are signs of Christ’s Passion and Death by which salvation is offered to the world: The Crown of Thorns, with the inscription placed above His Cross: INRI, a Latin abbreviation for Jesus of Nazareth, King of the JewsPliers, Hammer and three Nails, used to crucify Jesus; The Column and Roman Scourges with which Jesus was beaten;  A Ladder, Spear and Sponge, instruments used at Christ’s Crucifixion on the Cross.

Take a few minutes to study each window since the craftsmanship, design, color and quality are exceptional. Each time you leave church, take a moment to glance at these windows, and thank God for His generosity, having sent His Son to redeem us by His Cross, and who continues to work for our salvation by means of the Sacraments of His Catholic Church.  More next week.

—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Isaac Georges, Martha McRoskey, Elizabeth Caserta, 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, 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 R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, 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:  Kano Paul Edwards and Venite Lochard

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.

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Sisters of Life Profession– August 6th at 11:00AM the Sisters of Life are having their final vow profession here at the Basilica. Therefore, the 12:10PM Mass will be canceled on August 6th. All are welcome to attend the profession at 11:00.

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

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        July 15, 2018    $  10,679.40
Sunday        July 16, 2017    $  14,735.66

 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

July 29th Sunday Readings:  2 KGS 4:42-44, EPH 4:1-6, JN 6:1-15

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 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. They are in need of maternity clothes, all sizes and seasons. 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.

PLENARY INDULGENCE: As a minor basilica, Saint John’s has a special bond with the Holy Father and unique spiritual privileges among the churches of the Diocese of Bridgeport, in that we can offer special plenary indulgences each year.  July 16th, the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which was the date of concession of the title of minor basilica granted Saint John’s in 2009, is one of those days.
A plenary indulgence is a favor granted by the Church through the merits of Jesus who removes, either partially or completely [plenary], the temporal punishment remaining for sins that have been forgiven in Confession. The Church, as the minister of Christ’s graces, grants these to faithful Catholics willing to perform a public act of devotion: in this case,  by visiting the Basilica on the days noted, reciting an Our Father and the Creed for the intention of the pope; receiving Holy Communion on the day of the indulgence, and having gone to Confession at least 20 days prior to or following the day the indulgence is sought. One must be free from all attachment to sin in order to receive an indulgence.

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.

“Introducing Be Lovely,” a Homeplace Wisdom Ladies Event on Thursday, July 26 at 7:30pm at a private home– bonfire, food, fun. Email for location. More information at

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.

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, July 25th 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

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

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:

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, July 21, 2018
4:00     Intentions of Jim Jagodzinski
Sunday, July 22, 2018
7:30   +Maria E. LaVelle req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00 +Catherine Dolan req. Tarleton Family
12:00 +John Ballentine req. Lucille Lester and Family
5:00     Souls in Purgatory
Monday, July 23, 2018
8:00     Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
12:10 +Jack Lynch req. Anne Marie Foran
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Mary Jo Colangelo req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
8:00     Souls in Purgatory req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10 +Bill Frobose req. Mr. & Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Thursday, July 26, 2018
8:00   +Julius and Elizabeth Sebestyan req. Peter Sebastian
12:10   G. Christensen req. Josephine Languedoc
Friday, July 27, 2018
8:00     Souls in Purgatory req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10   Agnes Ostrowski req. Tony, Dominick, and Marion
Saturday, July 28, 2018
8:00   +Pat Waskom req. John Walker
12:10 +Mary Brzoska req. Frank and Beth Carpanzano

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:
July 27, 1866: Justice’s Court.  “Timothy Ryan was sentenced by Justice Daskam to pay a fine of $1 and costs for an attempted assault upon Patrick Reilly, teacher of the Roman Catholic School. It appears that Ryan’s son was punished by the teacher for misconduct, and the father thought he would punish the teacher for that same. But as he did not succeed in carrying out his design-his demonstrations being promptly vetoed-the Justice let him off with a nominal fine, but told him if the offence was repeated, he would give him the full extend of the law.”

130 years ago, or so:
July 26, 1889:   “Rev. Father Buckley, S. J., will be at St. John’s R. C. church Sunday, August 4th, to establish the League of the Sacred Heart.”

120 years ago, or so:
July 26, 1898:  STATIONS OF THE CROSS. “St. John’s Roman Catholic Church is being enriched, and its interior greatly improved, by the erection of fourteen groups of statuary representing the stations of the cross, and used in services which occur on Fridays in Lent and at other times. The stations are works of art, and the color-blending and general effect are very pleasing. They are the gift of a Stamford lady, a member of the congregation, whose name will probably be announced by the pastor, Rev. Father Rogers, after the blessing ceremony, which is to occur August 14, the vigil of the Festival of the Assumption. The stations were imported form Munich just in time to escape duty under the new tariff law. Each has a stucco frame in the shape of a gothic arch, which harmonizes with the architecture of the church. John Ennis is erecting them in place. The rather bare appearance of the white walls is greatly relieved by the rich colors of the scenes representing the closing events in Christ’s life on earth.”

85 years ago, or so:
July 25, 1931:  Introducing Stamford To Its Traffic Police. “Regulation of traffic is an important detail of police work. It is done well in Stamford, so well, in fact, that it is not uncommon for the police executives to receive communications from out-of-town as well as local people commending the department on its traffic corps. Policeman Thomas F. Lynch, who handles school traffic at Bell and South Streets and parking along Main Street, is another member of the Stamford Police Department who served in the World War. As a sergeant in the 56th Regiment, C.A.C., he spent two years in France, the second after the war. His training in the Army has come in handy in his police duty, as he serves as drill sergeant for the police. Eighteen years ago, he was one of the outstanding players on the Emerald baseball team. He is one of the most popular members of the department. He was born in Stamford and attended St. John’s Parochial School.”