For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday September 09, 2018

St. John’s Interior, 1885

Pastor’s Corner: Continuing our  tour of the church,  move now to the center of the church, at the crossing between the transepts and main aisle.  You should stand in the direct center of the church in the main aisle, facing the high altar. The space is immense. The main aisle measures 176 feet from the front door to the altar steps. The interior of the nave from northern wall to southern wall of the body of the church [where we’ve read the stained glass windows during the past two weeks] measures 68 feet wide. At the crossing of the nave and transepts, where you should be standing [the center of the church] measures 92 feet across, from the Bell Street transept wall to rectory side wall [the transepts house the two huge stained glass windows]. The ceiling height at the crossing is 50 feet. Directly above the crossing is the central round ceiling boss, with IHS [the first Greek three letters of Jesus] and plaster ornamentation of gilded acanthus fronds and shamrocks.

Let’s look at the northern transept windows [on your right as you face the altar]. The lower windows date from the dedication of the church in 1886.  There are three lovely windows in the grouping, a matching set is beneath the northern transept, formed of simple geometric designs, bold colors, delicate grisse foliage patterned borders, and each crowned with stars of geometric shaped glass. Each trio is crowned by a stained glass rose window composed of sculpted geometric patterns of heavy Victorian bullet glass. Each rose window, as you’ll notice, is formed by the carved wooden frame, forming a Star of David, recalling the Jewish roots of the Church founded by Jesus. The two side roses have simple stars in their centers; the central rose window has a Sacred Heart of Jesus, surrounded by a Crown of Thorns, suggestive of the larger window of the transept.

All these windows form part of one of the largest collections of Victorian and early 20th century American ecclesiastical stained glass in the area. Since so much was lost following the Second World War, when the craze among ecclesiastical architects, priests and designers was to be rid of all that was “old”, our windows are a real treasure in southwestern Connecticut, of which we should be proud and grateful.

The masterpiece of each transept is the large upper window. Dominating the northern and southern transept walls, each is a modern replacement for the 1886 originals, which, like those in the lower course of windows, were simple geometric designs of Victorian glass. The present windows date from 1926, and were commissioned by Father James O’Brien from the DaPrato Studio of Chicago, for a total cost of  $5,940.00. These were recently restored, with new steel reinforced mahogany window frames, at a cost of $150,000 each. Prices have gone up since 1926!

The northern window [on your right as you face the high altar]  is of Christ healing the Sick. Our Lord stands in the center, blessing an infirmed child, carried by her mother. Impoverished cripples and lepers approach from the left, a young man is carried from behind, and a husband points to his suffering wife, as he calls for Our Lord’s attention. Those who are ill are clothed in muted colors, in sharp contrast to Jesus’ brilliant red robes and shinning halo, suggesting Himself as the source of all life and vitality. The motto below the window, “And there came to Him great multitudes and He healed them” [Mt 15:30], narrates exactly that the Creator of the universe returns in human flesh to destroy the power of evil, embodied here in illness and suffering, and to restore all things to the Father in Himself, the Redeemer.  The scene is framed by gothic architectural designs, bright floral decorations and a whimsical cityscape of Jerusalem in the background.

Above Our Lord is a window with His Sacred Heart, encircled by the Crown of Thorns, symbols of the depth of His Incarnate love for mankind, illustrated below as He comes to the aid of  the sick and needy. On either side is an angel, each bearing a censer offering incense to Him who is both God and Man, and at the very top is a third angel, bearing the motto, “Have Mercy on Us.”  On each side of the topmost angel are two further symbols telling us that He who is pictured below is Jesus [IHS, the three Greek letters of His Holy Name] who is the Christ [XP, the first two Greek letters of the title, Christ], the anointed of God, our Savior.

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Bernardo Mieves, 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:  Nicholas Macca, Thomas Mills, Sr.Ellen Mary, 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

Special Annual Collection . . .The second collection today will be the Special Annual Collection for the parish.  Your generosity is appreciated.

Religious Education: The deadline for Registration for 2018-2019  has now passed.  If  you have not registered, please contact Anne Marie Carpanzano directly at 203-324-1553 x 22.

Religious Education classes begin on Sunday, September 23rd
Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes start Monday October 15th and will meet weekly 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x 0 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.


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

Padre Pio Triduum of Prayer: September 21, 22 & 23: 7:30pm: Exposition and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament, with Prayers in honor of Saint Padre Pio and veneration of his relics. Confessions will be heard. Everyone is welcome.

Faith on Tap September 25th: Please join us at our NEW LOCATION, The Factory Bar and Grill, 261 Main Street, Stamford to hear Father Jeff Dole speak on “Why do I have to confess my sins to a priest…?” Anyone ages 21-39 are welcome to join us on Tuesday, September 25th from 7:00PM-9:00PM. Bring a friend!

St. John’s Family Cookout September 30th– Please join us for a family cookout after the 12 Noon mass in the Church parking lot. All are welcome!

Weekly Sunday collection:

Not Available because of Early Bulletin Transmission Deadlines

 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 16th Sunday Readings: IS 50:5-9A, JAS 2:14-18, MK 8:27-35

Virtual Tour of the Basilica: Click on the parish website for a virtual tour of the interior, created and donated by Jonathan Powell.

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:

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. 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.

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.

Open Admissions at Regina Caeli Academy: Looking for an amazing resource center devoted to a classical education and the Catholic faith? Regina Caeli meets at Wilton Baptist Church, Wilton, CT, serving Prek-3 – 12th grade and is still open for admissions. Students attend Socratic and hands-on classrooms two days per week and are homeschooled the remaining days. Please contact Lisa Frawley at (203) 701-9154 or to schedule your family tour or inquire about admission. Check us out at

Walking with Purpose Registration is now open: WWP reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development.  We begin with the basics, knowing that we can never master the core truths; there is always greater depth to explore. We will meet Tuesday mornings in the Rectory from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 25th. Childcare is available. For more information Rosa Federici 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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, September 8, 2018
4:00   +John J. Gannon req. Sharon Gannon
Sunday, September 9, 2018
7:30   +Kevin Nadin req. Glenn and Lynda Nadin
10:00 +Ed Cody 25th Anniversary req. Cody Family
12:00 +William Morris req. Jo Mitchell
5:00   +Fr. Joseph Tyminski, SDB
Monday, September 10, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Clarissa Davis req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
8:00   +Karl and Louise Wilk req. Sue Kremheller
12:10   Sp. Int. Dureid Khamo
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 :The Most Holy Name of Mary
8:00   +Irma Zoila Rosa Alvarez and Arnaldo Zelada
12:10   Anne Marie Carpanzano req. Ferry G.
Thursday, September 13, 2018: Saint John Chrysostom
8:00   +Joseph Jenkins III req. Mark and Deborah Dalton
12:10    Ann Marie Carpanzano
Friday, September 14, 2018: The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
8:00  +John and Viola Coppola req. Mario and Jodi Lopez
12:10 +Francesca Pugliese req. Pugliese Family
Saturday, September 15, 2018 : Our Lady of Sorrows
8:00  +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10   Souls in Purgatory req. Jean-Guillaume

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:
110 years ago, or so:
Sept. 13, 1900:  FATHER O’BRIEN COMES HERE. “The successor of Rev. W. H. Rogers as pastor of St. John’s R.C. Church will be  Rev. James C. O’Brien of Sacred Heart Church, Bridgeport. Father O’Brien has been pastor of the Bridgeport parish for fourteen years and was generally considered a fixture there until recently. He has won distinction in Bridgeport by his interest in the poor, especially poor children.”

55 years ago, or so:
Sept. 14, 1962:  Rev. Joseph Potter Appointed Diocesan Confraternity Aide. “The Rev. Joseph D. Potter, formerly an assistant at St. John’s Church, has been named assistant diocesan director of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, according to the Bridgeport diocesan office. Father Potter is on the faculty at Notre Dame Catholic High School, Bridgeport, and resides at St. Joseph’s Rectory, Bridgeport. Since 1955 he has been in charge of the apostolate to the deaf in the diocese.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Father Potter was an assistant at St. John’s from 1958 to 1960.)

60 years ago, or so:
Sept. 13, 1957:  Club Chaplain. “The Rev. Edward J. Scull, assistant pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church for the past three-and-one-half years, has been appointed chaplain of the Associated Newman Club Alumni of Stamford by the Rev. Martin F. Doran. He succeeds the Rev. Cornelius J. Looney who was recently named pastor of the new parish at Greens Farms, Westport. Father Scull, a native of Bridgeport, is also chaplain of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and principal of St. John’s Parochial School. He will meet with the members of the Newman Club at the organization’s first meeting of the 1957-58 season September 25 at Hibernian Hall, Forest Street, at 8:30 P.M..”