For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday August 19, 2018

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Elaine Mellace, Armella Roschella, Geard Roschella, Richard Ridge, 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:
I Banns: Robert Lawrence Gruner and Kathleen Elizabeth Ugalde

III Banns:  James Leonard Bertorelli and Alyssa Rose Calderone

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

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 now Friday, August 24th!

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

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. A Day of Prayer and Healing will be held on October 13th from 9:00AM-4:30PM. Men’s Day of Prayer and Healing will be held on November 10th. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-895-3554 or for more information.

Good Counsel Malta House Fundraiser: Relax, unwind, and join us for a casual, family-style dinner at The Italian Center in Stamford, where meals will be served by our local “celebrity wait staff”. Friday, September 28th at 7:00PM. More information and tickets at


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

 Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday        August 12, 2018  $  14,066.59
Sunday        August 13, 2017  $  12,617.01

 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 26th Sunday Readings: JOS 24:1-2A, 15-17, 18B ; EPH 5:21-32; JN 6:60-69

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.

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 18, 2018 : Blessed Virgin Mary
4:00   +Marie Thompson req. Jim and Susan Hogan
Sunday, August 19, 2018
7:30   +Dorothy Wargo 32nd Anniversary req. Family
10:00 +Anne Hieronymus req. Mary and Paul Giordano
12:00 +Sabina Fernandes req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
5:00   +Joseph McAleer, Sr.
Monday, August 20, 2018 : Saint Bernard
8:00     Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Richard Stanton req. The Directors of Twiw
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 : Saint Pius X
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 : The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00     Souls in Purgatory req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10 +Stephen Roberts req. Marguerite and Gene Giaquinto
Thursday, August 23, 2018 : Saint Rose of Lima
8:00     Souls in Purgatory
12:10   Terri Smith
Friday, August 24, 2018 : Saint Bartholomew
8:00   +Elida and Charles Belfort req. Marie C. Joseph
12:10 +Kathryn and Dominick Marciano req. John and Jennifer Marciano
Saturday, August 25, 2018: Saint Louis, Saint Joseph Calasanz, Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00     Anthony Perez req. Blanca Reyes
12:10   Peter Mangeni req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos

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:
145 years ago, or so:
August 22, 1873:   “The Roman Catholic church was densely filled on Monday evening, by a congregation which met to hear a lecture from Rt. Rev. Bishop McFarland, of the Diocese of Hartford. The Bishop’s remarks were heard with close attention, and at the conclusion of his address a collection was taken up in aid of the new church, resulting in the addition of a handsome sum to the building fund. Mr. C. W. Smith presided at the organ with the musical skill for which he is noted.”

130 years ago, or so:
August 22, 1890:   “Rev. Father McGivney, pastor at Thomaston, Connecticut, and founder of the order of the Knights of Columbus, was buried at Thomaston last Monday. Rev. W. H. Rogers attended the funeral.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: St. John’s Council, KofC, founded in 1887, is number 41 of now more than 14,000 Councils worldwide.)
            August 22, 1890:   “The iron steamboat “Ceteus” took out about twelve hundred persons, including quite a host of young children, from the Canal dock on Tuesday, for an excursion to Coney Island. There have been several large excursions  this season from this place, probably none surpassed that of Tuesday under the auspices of St. John’s R. C. Church. Father Rogers, who had the chief charge of the affair, spared no pains or precautions to secure the safety and comfort of all. The route selected—to Coney Island—was quite long enough and not too long, and the several hours ashore were filled with sight-seeing and amusements, novel to many and interesting to all. St. John’s Cornet Band made things lively on the way down and back, while A. Campbell’s orchestra fulfilled all the desires of the dancers in the music line, by their industrious and lively playing. Not an accident even of a minor character, occurred to mar the pleasures of the day for any of the excursionists.”

100 years ago, or so:
August 25, 1916:  HERE ARE THE WINNERS. “The library contest which has been running since May has closed, and the winners are announced as follows: First prize, St. John’s Catholic Church and school; second, Odd Fellows’ Club; third, Battery F. St. John’s School and the Odd Fellows’ Club were close competitors for first honors. An expenditure of $25 would have overcome the margin of some 44,000 votes by which these two were separated in the final result. Committeemen selected from the various organizations canvassed all votes, and were witness to the fact that the result was arrived at in a fair, unbiased and impartial way. The vote in full was: St. John’s School—15,576,834; Odd Fellows’ Club—15,532,596. Those who represented the organizations were: St. John’s, Rev. John J. McGrath; Odd Fellows, E. J. Knapp.”