For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday August 12, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:

     The United States was divided about the Vietnam War. Even today, 43 years after war’s end, Vietnam is a source of debate.

In the midst of the bloodshed and political rancor, the example of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM (1929-1967), a priest from Staten Island, NY, stands out. Father Capodanno was motivated neither by politics, nor by personal ambition, nor by military necessity. His was the dedication of Christ’s priest to the Church and to others, whether as a Maryknoll missionary in the mountains of Taiwan, as a high school teacher in Hong Kong, or as a chaplain in the United States armed forces to men on the battlefield.

Father Capodanno grew in many ways in his imitation of Our Lord. One example is his habits of personal hygiene and dress, taught him by his mother and sisters. Judged to be fastidious because he was well shaven and neatly dressed in the seminary and in the missions, Father Capodanno became the object of ridicule and criticism among his fellow missionaries, and even by his bishop. He was taught to put aside his personal habits for others. His years working among the poor in the mountains and towns of Taiwan, and remaining faithful in the face of unfair treatment meted out to him by his Maryknoll superior in Taiwan, were preparations for his future work.

Those experiences anticipated Father Capodanno’s greater dying to self to bring Christ to his Marines. In their fear, despair and loneliness in the military camps, and in the mud and filth of the battlefield front lines, Father Capodanno was there, even to the point of perfectly imitating Christ by his personal self-sacrifice to save a man in the heat of battle in Vietnam on September 4, 1967. His heroic death led to the posthumous awarding of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

“Chaplain Vincent Robert Capodanno died in the manner in which he lived: unselfishly,” said Chaplain Eli Takesian at Father Capodanno’s funeral. “Vincent Capodanno emptied himself; and his death has emptied us. Yet, paradoxically, we are filled – inspired – by his humility. His was an act of grace, an emulation of Jesus Christ. His was the pilgrimage of a saint. Even to the end he faithfully held to the precept of our Lord that ‘greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’”

Five years ago, I was assigned the task of heading the official historical commission for Father Capodanno’s cause, and writing the priest’s biography, by Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio. As the Archbishop for the Military Services, his work is to provide chaplains and pastoral care to the Catholic service men and women and their families around the globe. It is his competence to have begun and oversee the cause of canonization of one of this country’s greatest Catholic chaplains. Two years ago, the cause was formally opened and Father Capodanno has been declared Servant of God.

The Church doesn’t “make” saints. After long study, she solemnly declares whether a person actually led a life of exemplary and heroic virtue in imitation of Our Lord. If the judgment is positive, the Church simply announces that the individual can be termed a “saint” as one enjoying eternity with God who raises up heroic men and women in our lives to remind us of His love and promise of eternity to everyone.

Please pray for the success of the cause of Servant of God, Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM.

–Monsignor DiGiovanni


Msgr. DiGiovanni’s new book, Armed with Faith: The Life of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, is available for purchase in the Basilica Bookstore or on in book and Kindle formats.

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:  II Banns:  James Leonard Bertorelli and Alyssa Rose Calderone

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

Monsignor DiGiovanni’s new book, Armed with Faith: The Life of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, is the remarkable story of one of this country’s greatest Catholic chaplains, who died heroically in Vietnam in 1967 and is now on the road to sainthood. The book is on sale in the Basilica Bookstore and on, in print and Kindle editions:

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 0)if you have any questions. Last day to Register is Monday, August 13th!

Holy Day of Obligation: Wednesday, August 15th: The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be offered beginning Tuesday, August 14th: 5:15 pm; Wednesday, August 15th: 8:00 am, 12:10 pm and 5:15 pm.

Rectory Phone: In order to reach the secretary, please dial extension 0 not extension 21 from now on. Thank you! 


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

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday        August 5, 2018  $  13,241.38
Sunday        August 6. 2017  $  13,342.44

 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 19th Sunday Readings: PRV 9:1-6, EPH 5:15-20, JN 6:51-58

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.

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 Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-416-1619 or

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 0.

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.

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.

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, August 11, 2018 : Saint Clare
4:00   +Mary Ann Gaine req. Maria Brancaccio
Sunday, August 12, 2018
7:30   +Rose Kondziela
10:00 +Tommy Spinola req. Barbara Bayne
12:00   In Honor of the Eternal Father req. Josephine Languedoc
5:00   +Joseph McAleer, Sr.
Monday, August 13, 2018 : Saints Pontian, Pope, and Hippolytus
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 : Saint Maximilian Kolbe
8:00   +Kathleen Sperduto req. Mary Bridget Gaine
12:10   The Birk Family req. The Melton Family
5:15     Cade Landeche
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 : The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00   +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Yvette Constant req. Geralda Constant-Berrouet
5:15   +Casiano De Leon Sr. req. Noela De Leon
Thursday, August 16, 2018: Saint Stephen of Hungary
8:00   +Eddie Cordova req. Mario and Jodi Lopez
12:10 +Stephen Charles req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Friday, August 17, 2018
8:00  +Gascov Clerge req. Marie C. Joseph
12:10   Rob and Jeanine Murphy req. O’Brien-Costantino Family
Saturday, August 18, 2018: Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00   +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10   Scholastica Nabwire

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 0). 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. 0, for more information.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
130 years ago, or so:
August 20, 1886:  Local Affairs. “Extra services were held in St. John’s (R.C.) church this week. Sunday was the Feast of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

115 years ago, or so:
August 15, 1903:  ITALIANS CELEBRATING. “Local Italians who are Roman Catholics held a celebration today in honor of the festival of Maria Virginie Lassunta, or the Assumption, as the feast is known, in English. It is observed as a Holy Day by Roman Catholic generally, but the Italians always celebrate it in an elaborate manner. A Solemn High Mass was held in St. John’s R. C. Church at 10:30, at which there was a large congregation, consisting mostly of Italians. The celebrant was Father Sullivan, who was assisted by Fathers Clyne and Flynn. Rev. Pasquale Monzelli of New Rochelle preached a sermon in Italian, which was heard with marked interest by his country people. Previous to the Mass, the Societies Campanella and Vittorio Emanuele, headed by the Barsagliere band of New York, had a parade. In it was an open carriage in which were ex-Mayors Tupper and Cummings, Selectman Looney and Supt. Of Public Works Arthur. Mayor Leeds was invited to ride, but declined. He says that he will drop in at Woodside Park this afternoon, to see how things are going along at the picnic. When the Mass was over about noon, there was a celebration outside the church in the shape of fire-crackers. The parade again formed, and, after going through the principal streets, proceeded to Woodside Park. An interesting program has been arranged for the picnic. There will be races and a baseball game, this afternoon, and this evening there will be a display of fireworks. There will be a band concert from 4 to 5, and dancing afternoon and evening.”

70 years ago, or so:
August 15, 1950:  Pope To Proclaim Mary’s Ascension New Church Law. “Pope Pius has called a secret consistory to make belief in the bodily assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven a dogma of the Catholic Church, it was announced yesterday. The dogma will be the first added to the doctrine of the church in nearly 100 years. The last was that of the Immaculate Conception proclaimed on December 8, 1854. L’Osservatore Romano, Vatican City newspaper, made the announcement on the eve of the Feast of the Assumption—today—which has been observed by Catholics for centuries. L’Osservatore Romano said the Secret Consistory of Cardinals has been called for October 30, and that Pope Pius will proclaim the dogma on November 1 on the closing day of an International Marian Congress in Rome. Pope Pius, in proclaiming the dogma in St. Peter’s Basilica on the day of the Feast of All Saints, will speak “Ex Cathedra,” (from the chair); that is, when he is presumed by the Church to be infallible.”