For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday July 29, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: Let’s continue our tour of the interior of the Basilica. Return to where you left off last week: inside the main interior wood and glass doors leading into the church. Walk about half way down the central main aisle, turn around towards the doors you just entered, look up at the very large eastern choir loft window. Beautiful, isn’t it? This, and all the church windows, were fully restored in 2000. This window and the two large transept windows also have new mahogany frames.

The choir loft window dates from the 1920s, installed by the then pastor Father James O’Brien, along with the other two enormous windows in the transepts, replacing the original 1886 windows that had geometric patterns. Father O’Brien was a man of immense energy. His largest projects were the construction of the school and convent [where today’s parish parking lot is]; the refurbishing of the church interior with the murals above the high altar, along with the addition of marble statues and side altars; the construction of the church bell tower; and the modernization [at least “modern” for 1920] of the rectory.

The choir loft window’s theme is music, essential to the worship of God. The central figure is identified by the title around His halo: Rex Davidicus: the Davidic King. Since He is playing a harp, one might suppose this to be the Old Testament King David. But it is not: it is Our Lord, as predicted by the Archangel Gabriel to Our Lady at the Annunciation: “And behold, you shall conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of David His father, and He shall be king over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end” [Luke 1, 31-33]. The harp in Our Lord’s hands identifies Him as the “Son of David.” King David has been credited as the author of the Psalms of the Old Testament that were originally composed to be sung in praise of God. In our window, Jesus is dressed in priestly vestments, but not those of the Old Testament. The central figure of Our Lord wears priestly vestments of the New Testament: the alb, amice, chasuble and stole worn by Catholic priests to offer the Sacrifice of the Mass. Jesus is the only High Priest of the Church, who offered the final perfect sacrifice of Himself on the Cross, which He renews every hour of every day in every Catholic Church by means of His priests as they offer Mass. Jesus does not die repeatedly; He died just once. But He offers Himself to the Father through His Church every day, sanctifying all people of all places and all times, making His sacrifice of the Cross present until the end of time so that everyone of all times and places benefit from His Cross.

On either side of Our Lord stand three angels. Two kneel in adoration beside Our Lord, two play elaborate trombones, and two hold musical scrolls. Each angel and Our Lord stands in individual niches, the sides formed by the window frame and the base and roof by elaborate geometrical patterns in glass. Directly above Our Lord is a harp, symbolic of the music from the choir loft offered to God. On either side is another angel: the one on the left strums a mandolin; the angel on the right plays a trumpet. Above them is another angel, holding a banner Ego Sum Via, identifying the Davidic King as Jesus, who said “I am the Way.”  Around this uppermost angel are ten cherubim in adoration of Christ, whose mere name or reference to His name, Ego Sum Via, demands adoration, as St. Paul wrote, “At the name of Jesus, every knee must bend.” [Phil 2: 10-11].

All the angels sport hairdos typically post-World War I-ish: they all look like flappers from the roaring ‘20s!—which makes sense since the window was made in the 1920s.  Each figure is set in a background of dark clouds of rich blue tones, and their robes are reminiscent of the rich fabrics portrayed in the best 15th and 16th century Flemish religious paintings. The last two decorative elements are two trefoils, one on either side of the angel with the “I am the Way” banner: they complete this heavenly scene, in which the choirs of angels worship God with hymns, song and music. Who is God? He is that Trinity of Divine Persons, symbolized by the trefoil: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We hope to gain Heaven through Our Lord, the Second Person of the Trinity, the Davidic King who fulfills all Old Testament prophecy, and so join this choir in heaven perpetually worshipping the God who loves us so much. More next week.

—Monsignor DiGiovanni


Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  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:  III 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.

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.


Religious Education Registration for 2018-2019 is open! We are now using an electronic form that can be found online Make sure you click the Registration 2018-2019 Open Circle to fill out the form. Call the office (Ext 22)if you have any questions. Last day to Register is August 13th!


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 22, 2018    $  13,675.13
Sunday        July 23, 2017    $  11,689.48

 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

August 5th Sunday Readings:  EX 16:2-4, 12-15 , EPH 4:17, 20-24 , JN 6:24-35

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.

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.

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

Fr. Al’s Car is for Sale: Assume lease or buy out. Two years on lease at $629.80 or $37,500. 6,200miles. Please call 203-733-5953 if interested.

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, August 22nd. 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 28, 2018
4:00   +Christopher M. Sabia req. Angela Labrosciano
Sunday, July 29, 2018
7:30   +Noranne Mulderig req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00 +Joseph Santagata req. Pinto Family
12:00 +Anthony, Derrick and Amiano Ramos req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
5:00     Souls in Purgatory
Monday, July 30, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Luke O’Keefe Sr. req. Anne Marie Foran
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
8:00     Souls in Purgatory req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10 +Mary Jo Colangelo req. Ed Nemchek
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
8:00   +Kathryn and Dominick Marciano req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10 +Francesca and Albina Sette req. Pugliese Family
Thursday, August 2, 2018
8:00     Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
12:10   Healing of Msgr. DiGiovanni
Friday, August 3, 2018
8:00   +Ena Osner and Ashley Lubin req. Marie C. Joseph
12:10 +Marie Sabia req. The Pinto Family
Saturday, August 4, 2018
8:00     Martine Assie req. Robert Assie
12:10 +Ms. Fanelia Jean-Pierre and Constantin Gaspard req. by nephews and nieces

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:

            August 5, 1870: THE CATHOLIC CONCERT.  “The Catholic church in Stamford was crowded on Monday with a well pleased audience, the occasion being a grand sacred concert, and lecture on the doctrine of Infallibility lately pronounced and defined by the Ecumenical Council at Rome. The general interest on this subject was demonstrated by the fact that large numbers, other than Catholic, were present, and manifested their interest in the lecture by earnest attention. Of course the attraction of the concert drew a large number of the lovers of music, representing all classes of our citizens. The concert was given under the direction of Mr. Charles W. Smith, the well known musician, of this town; it was a success. It was more. It astonished everybody, especially the “outsiders,” who went there from motives of curiosity or amusement, not by any means expecting to hear first class music artistically rendered. The concert opened with an organ solo by Suppe, which showed at once the wonderful capacity of the instrument, for its size, and the acknowledged ability of Mr. Smith as an organist. This gentleman has long ago conquered all the mechanical difficulties of the instrument, and possessing in a remarkable degree the musical temperament– the native taste and talent for music, developed by years of culture and practice, he appears to be constantly improving, so that in the opinion of competent judges Mr. Smith has few equals, and scarcely any superiors as an organist. After the solo, a chorus “Kyrie,” from Farmer’s Mass was given, and in this the vocalists composing the choir gave the first proof of their quality. All the choruses on the programme were well rendered-remarkably so, considering the limited opportunities for rehearsal. In the trio, “Agnus,” the want of sufficient practice was more apparent, though it was by no means a failure. “Ave Maria,” a soprano solo by Miss K. Finnegan, or Norwalk, was in every way a pleasing performance, showing the singer to be possessed of an admirable voice, and musical culture of the highest order. In the second part, Mr. Smith’s improvisations on the organ proved to be one of the most pleasing features of the concert. Then followed a chorus-the”Magnificat.” This was no exception to the general excellence of the choruses. It was followed by “Salve Maria,” a solo by Mr. Smith, in which he fairly surpassed himself. In this and in the “Ave Verum,” he won golden opinions from every lover of music present. Mr. Smith’s solos and style have both improved very much in the last two years. The quartette “Salve Regina,” by Misses Finnegan and Shea, and Messrs. Jacobs and Newton, was admirably rendered. Miss Shea’s alto solo in this piece was one of its most pleasing features. We have thus briefly noticed what appeared to be the leading features of the concert, but it may be reported here that the whole performance was generally excellent. A gentleman present whose own musical proficiency and years of musical experience should make him a competent judge, says: “I have known as large a company of professional musicians to give a far less pleasing entertainment.”