For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday August 26, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: Let’s begin looking at the first three windows along each  side aisle before the transept, starting with the northern windows, on the right side of the church as you enter the interior glass and wooden  doors. These three windows, along with the matching three along the south wall, were installed by September 1884, in time for the first fair inside the new church to raise funds to pay for the church construction. [The Connecticut Catholic, September 20, 1884]. Each of these windows is divided into three sections, decorated with colorful geometric patterns and floral designs painted along the borders, with a cartouche bearing a religious symbol in the center panels. The window frames are the original carved wood frames from 1884, and each is crowned with a Star of David, recalling the roots of our Catholic Faith, since Jesus was a Jew. Let’s read these windows, beginning from right to left, walking down the side aisle towards the front of the church. They describe in symbols how God saves us from eternal death: by the Incarnation, Death and Resurrection of His Son, and how the Son communicates His eternal life to us down the centuries as adopted sons and daughters of God: through the Sacraments He instituted and the Revelation He gives through His Catholic Church.. Here we go:

The first window on the right[the northeastern window, closest to the front door]: The three symbols refer to the Incarnation: God taking on human flesh to become man; from right to left:
Lilies, symbol of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A “lily among thorns” is a symbol of the Immaculate Conception: Mary was the only human being born without Adam’s original sin, in order that she could provide the Savior a sinless human nature;
Sheaf of Wheat, symbol of the human nature of Christ, which was united to the Divine Nature of the Eternal Son of God in the womb of the Virgin Mary;
Daisies, symbols of the innocence of the Christ Child: likewise, born without the sin of Adam, Jesus is both God and man, whose total obedience to the Father wins us eternal life.

The second window[the central, northern window]:The three symbols are the three Sacraments of Initiation into Jesus’ Catholic Church; from right to left:
Baptismal Font, by which we begin the life of Grace in the Sacrament of Baptism as the adopted sons and daughters of God. The parish baptismal font is found below this window;
Holy Spirit, sent following Jesus’ Ascension, to begin His Church by giving us His Seven Gifts, symbolized here by seven flames of fire, which we receive in Confirmation;
Chalice with grape vines, symbol of the Eucharist, by which we share in the Divine Life of Our Lord by eating His Resurrected Body and Blood in Holy Communion.

The far left window [the northwestern window—before the transept, on the St. Joseph altar side]: The three symbols  describe the greatest sacrament, the Eucharist, by which we receive God’s grace to strengthen us to lead a life pleasing to God, and God’s revelation that comes to us in Sacred Scripture, as enshrined in the Bible, and the authoritative teachings of the Church; the  symbols are  from right to left:
Holy Spirit above the Eucharist, by the power of the Holy Spirit, bread and wine become the Risen Body and Blood of Jesus every day at Holy Mass;
Lamb of God, as described in the Book of Revelation: Jesus is the true Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world by dying on the Cross and rising in the body born of the Virgin Mary;
Bible, Cross and Crosier, God reveals Himself and His works through Scripture and Tradition, especially through the Holy Father and the bishops in communion with him who are successors to the Apostles.  Great stuff! More next week.

–Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Elaine Mellace, Armella Roschella, Geard Roschella, Richard Ridge, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, 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:  Charlee Burns, Martha McRoskey, 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: Robert Lawrence Gruner and Kathleen Elizabeth Ugalde

Air Conditioning Collection . . . The second collection today will be the Air Conditioning 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 31st!

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 ” on Friday, September 28th at 7:00PM. More information and tickets at

                                    MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday        August 19, 2018  $  12,609.05
Sunday        August 20, 2017  $  11,865.72

 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

September 2nd Sunday Readings: DT 4:1-2,6-8; JAS 1:17-18, 21B-22, 27; MK 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

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, September 26th. 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 25, 2018: Saint Louis, Saint Joseph Calasanz, Blessed Virgin Mary
4:00   +James and Mary Hogan req. Jim and Susan Hogan
Sunday, August 26, 2018
7:30   +Dorothy VanLangen req. Joyce Patten and Lorraine VanLangen
10:00 +Anne Hieronymus req. Carleen Newman
12:00 +Nicholas Dannenhoffer req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
5:00   +Joseph McAleer, Sr.
Monday, August 27, 2018: Saint Monica
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Salvatore Conte req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 : Saint Augustine
8:00   +Mr. and Mrs. Octavius and Venilia Mehu and family req. by grandchildren
12:10 +Nicholas Dannenhoffer req. Patti, Sarah, & Lauren Aslam
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 : The Passion of Saint John the Baptist
8:00     Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk families
12:10 +Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Jean Guillaume req. by children and grandchildren
Thursday, August 30, 2018
8:00   +Izanne Lijonde req. Marie C. Joseph
12:10 +Chenet and Michel Jean-Guillaume req. by siblings and family
Friday, August 31, 2018
8:00   +Jackie O’Connor req. Mary Bridget Gaine
12:10   Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. Saint John Holy Name Society
Saturday, September 1, 2018: Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00   +Marjorie Ellen Norton req. Sandra and Roy Klemm
12:10   Lilian and Alvina Ramos req. Legion of Mary

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 NEWS:

135 years ago, or so:
August 30, 1884: STAMFORD. “All of the public schools in town, also our parochial school, will open next Monday for the fall term. Parents should feel the importance of sending their children at the opening of the term and so gain the full benefit of the cause. The congregation should particularly patronize our parochial schools, where a knowledge of the world is not only obtained but also that of our religion.”

110 years ago, or so:
Sept. 1, 1908: Parochial School Opening. “St. John’s parochial school will open for the fall term with the public schools next Monday. The school building is being renovated and will be in excellent condition when the term opens. The children will attend Mass in the church on the opening morning, as is the usual custom.”

85 years ago, or so:
August 27, 1932:  EAGLE SCOUT RANK IS CONFERRED ON THREE. “At the September Court of Honor of the Stamford Council Boy Scouts of America, last evening at Scout Headquarters, Assistance Scoutmaster John R. Forbes of Troop 16 St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church; and Robert Herrgen and Donald Reyen, Troop 22, St. John’s R. C. Church, qualified for advancement to Eagle Scout Rank.”

80 years ago, or so:
Sept. 1, 1936: REV. FRANCIS LALLY, 74, DIES SUDDENLY. “STAMFIRD, Conn., The Rev. Francis J. Lally, pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church for the last eight years, and one of five golden jubilarians among Connecticut priests, died suddenly this morning in the vestry of the church as he prepared to celebrate the 8 o’clock Mass. He was in his seventy-fifth year. Father Lally had placed his chalice on the altar and had retired to the vestry room to robe himself in the vestments of his office when he was seized with the heart attack. When his assistant, the Rev. Charles W. Hagerty, reached his side, the elderly pastor was unconscious. Anointed and given the last rites of the church by his curate, Father Lally died within ten minutes. He would have celebrated his fiftieth anniversary as a priest on Sept. 18.”

50 years ago, or so:
August 30, 1968: Local Briefs. “St. Anne’s Society will hold its first meeting of the season Sunday, Sept. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. John’s School basement.”