For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday September 16, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: The southern transept, to the left of the altars, is a duplicate of the northern, in design, size and decoration. The only difference is the theme of the large stained glass window that dominates this side of the church.

The large window was created and installed at the same time as that in the northern transept and choir loft: 1926. It was restored with a new window frame during the 2000  restoration of all the church’s windows.

The story of the window is based on the Gospel account of Our Lord blessing children, as indicated by the Latin legend at the bottom of the window, which translates: “Let the little children come to Me” (Mt: 19:14). This is a very charming window because of the subject and because the gentle and tender manner the artists portrayed the event. Our Lord is at the center, clothed as in the window across the aisle: in bright red tunic over his white toga-like robe. His luminous halo identifies Him as the Son of God and Son of Mary, the Savior. He is seated with a small child on His lap. According to tradition, this child was Saint Ignatius of Antioch: a disciple of Saint Peter, whom Peter later named as the first bishop in Antioch, after Peter had himself established the Church in that third largest city of the Roman Empire and moved on to Rome. It was Ignatius who called the Church Jesus personally established on the Apostles the Catholic Church—the Universal Church—the only one found in every large city, as opposed to the numerous local Christian cults started by other people. The Catholic Church offers salvation to everyone, not just to certain groups. In the window, two of Jesus’ Apostles are not happy with Jesus’ decision to disregard their counsel to move on, and you can see them gathered in the shadows at the top left, chatting with one another, visibly displeased.  In contrast are the children. They are all over the place, skipping, walking and crawling to Jesus, being carried by their mothers, the smiling embodiment of innocence and trust, which should be the hallmark of all Jesus’ followers.

Above the main window are three angels, replicating the northern window: the lower two have censers, offering incense to Jesus who is God and Man. Between them is the image of the Pelican, which, according to legend, would pierce her breast and feed her young with her lifeblood; a perfect symbol of the sacrifice Christ made on the Cross that we might live forever by the shedding of His blood in payment for human sin. Above the high altar Crucifixion window is another pelican, brining the symbolism of loving self-sacrifice home above the altar where it is renewed every day during the Sacrifice of the Mass. Back to the transept window, way above the central scene is a larger angel bearing the logo: Ora et Labora: pray and work. Prayer is good, but must be accompanied by a life of action: one must show one’s faith in the way one lives—preferably in virtue—as well as by performing religious actions, in order to be a true believer or disciple of Jesus. On either side of the upper angels are more Greek letters we’ve seen before: the Alpha on the left and the Omega on the right: Jesus is the beginning [Alpha, the first letter of the Greek alphabet] and the end [Omega, the last letter of the Greek alphabet] of all things. Nothing exists except for Jesus.

There is one mistake in the right hand angel—can you see it?  The artist gave the angel on the right three hands!! Oops! No one’s perfect, not even artists.  If you have the opportunity, and it is a sunny day during your visit to the Basilica, just sit down and watch the changing light as the minutes tick by. Every minute is different. Then offer a prayer of thanksgiving to Our Lord, the creator of light.  More next week.

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

Monthly Collection . . . The second collection today will be the monthly 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.


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!

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

Save the date:  Morning of Reflection with Sister Anna Marie, R.S.M. on Saturday, October 20th from  9:00AM-12:00PM at St. John’s. More details to follow.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         September  9, 2018       $  11,428.96
Sunday         September 10, 2017      $  14,672.38

 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 23rd Sunday Readings: WIS 2:12, 17-20; JAS 3:16-4:3; MK 9:30-37

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.

Admissions Events at Regina Caeli: *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, 254 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT (Located inside Wilton Baptist Church), 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. *Fall Open House: Monday, October 22nd, 1-2:30 pm! Please join us for a tour of our facilities, a short presentation, and time for questions and answers!Refreshments served; children are welcome!To RSVP or schedule a tour, please contact Lisa Frawley, Coordinator of Education, lfrawley.fcc or call (203) 701-9154.

Soulcore: Join SoulCore Leader Luisa Mendoza, to nourish body, mind & soul with SoulCore – a prayer experience that combines the prayers of the rosary with core strengthening, stretching and functional movement. No fitness level or experience required. All are welcome! Any question, email or visit for more information. WHEN: Thursday mornings 9:30 am, beginning on Thurs. Sept 20th. and Saturdays Oct. 20th, Nov.10th and Dec. 8th at 9:30 a.m. WHERE: 179 Hamilton Avenue, Greenwich. Suggested donation of $10. Bring a fitness mat if you have one.

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

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

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, contact Rosa Federici at: 

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, September 15, 2018
4:00   + Marilyn Vanauken req. friends of the Vanauken family
Sunday, September 16, 2018
7:30   +Mary A. Gaine req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00 +Randolph Samedi req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:00 +Louis V. Segovia req. Family
5:00   +Fr. Joseph Tyminski, SDB
Monday, September 17, 2018: Saint Robert Bellarmine
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   Souls in Purgatory
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
8:00   +Ann Finazzo req. her sister
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk families
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 : Saint Januarius
8:00   +Fortunato Operario req. Judith Jordan
12:10    Marisa Carpanzano
Thursday, September 20, 2018: Saint Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Paul Chong Ha-sang, and Companions
8:00   +Joseph W. Evans req. priest of the parish
12:10   Special Intentions Michael Muwanguzi req. Scholastica and Andrew
Friday, September 21, 2018: Saint Matthew
8:00   +Juana Mazariegos req. Blanca Reyes
12:10 +Isolda Romita Birthday Memorial req. by niece Rosemary Rebula
Saturday, September 22, 2018: Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00   +Benita “Rosina” Rebula First Year Anniversary req. by daughter Rosemary Rebula
12:10   Barbara Schuerger 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:

110 years ago, or so:
Sept. 17, 1906:  Commodore Smith’s Generosity. “At the Mass in St. John’s R. C. Church yesterday, the rector, Rev. James C. O’Brien, announced that when Commodore James D. Smith visited the parochial school, in course of construction, Friday, as a member of the special school committee, he told Father O’Brien he was so impressed with the work that the school was doing, that he would send him a check for $500 <$14,000 in 2018 dollars> for the school fund. The contribution is considered a most generous one, and it comes from a non-catholic.”

95 years ago, or so:
Sept. 18, 1924:  FORMER STAMFORD MEN APPOINTED TO NEW PASTORATES. “Of interest to Stamford citizens to the recent appointment of two priests of the Hartford diocese to new pastorates, Rev. James Q. Dolan and Rev. Patrick F. Connors are well known to local citizens, one by service here as curate of St. John’s Catholic Church, and the other by his claim to Stamford as his home town. Rev. James Q. Dolan served as curate of St. John’s Church in 1901 and 1902, and by his wise counsel and ever-ready efforts to help in civic and church affairs, endeared himself to local people of all sects. Father Dolan has recently been appointed pastor of St. James Church in Stratford. His appointment takes him from the pastorate of St. Paul’s Church in Tariffville, where he has served for some years. Rev. Patrick F. Connors is a local man, having received his early education in this city. After graduating from the St. John’s School, Father Connors entered the employ of the Stamford Advocate and worked in the printing department for several years. He is well remembered for his ready wit and pleasing  personality by all he came in contact with during his employment on this paper. Leaving the Stamford Advocate and Stamford, he entered Villa Nova College in Pennsylvania where he completed his high school and academic education and then entered the grand seminary at Montreal, from which he was graduated. He was ordained into the priesthood in Montreal.”

40 years ago, or so:
Sept. 22, 1975:  Diocese Plans November Pilgrimage to Washington. “A Holy Year Pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C, will be held during the weekend of Nov. 14th, according to the Rev. William A. Nagle, spiritual director for the affair. The St. John’s Church pastor has served as diocesan representative to the shrine for several years. The shrine, located on the campus of the Catholic University of America, is the seventh largest religious building in the world. It was erected in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1959.”