For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday September 23, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: Let’s turn our attention to the sanctuary windows. Those above the high altar present the three central historical events of our salvation: the Incarnation, Crucifixion and Resurrection. These events of Jesus, who is God-among-us, define who we are as men and women touched by the grace of God because God entered into human history. These events will lead us to the very presence of God for all eternity.

We begin with the far left sanctuary window above the high altar: the Incarnation which is the Christmas window. In the rose window above the Christmas window can be seen the beautiful Star of Bethlehem in the center of an imaginary celestial flower, surrounded by five smaller stars against a light blue heaven. The star was prophesied by the Balaam in the Book of Numbers [24:17], which the Gospel of Matthew mentions [2:1-2].  In the center of the window sits Our Lady enthroned with the infant Jesus on  her lap. They sit on a sumptuous throne of whimsical Victorian Gothic design, with arches, columns and exuberant floral carvings, backed by a rich tapestry of geometric patterns and textured glass. The Blessed Virgin gently supports her child as she presents Him to the Three Kings, just arriving on the scene. The Infant Jesus holds up his right hand blessing the Kings, all the while eyeing one of their impressive gifts. Two of the Kings kneel, one directly in front of the Mother and Child, holding a large golden vessel. Behind him is a small elegantly appareled page boy holding the king’s heavy ermine trimmed, blood red cape. The second King kneels to the right, having placed his costly gift box on the ground. He is, likewise, richly appareled in darker earth tones with a full ermine shoulder cape and heavy golden chain of office around his neck. The third King stands at the center right, eye-level with Our Lady. Vested in a deep green toga with golden breastplate and blood red cape, he wears a golden crown and offers another elegant gift to the Child. He appears to have just alighted from an impressive camel, which stands behind the King. The camel is wonderfully, imperiously sneering down at all of us, as  his attendant tries to bring to heel with a bright red tether and bridle. Behind the throne to the left stands an elderly Saint Joseph, white-haired and supporting himself on a staff. Northern European Christian artists always portrayed Saint Joseph as past him prime, even elderly, to underscore the fact the Mary conceived Jesus by the Holy Spirit, not by the agency of  Saint Joseph.

All around are symbols of the future for the Holy Family: behind the camel can be seen a stormy sky along with a pyramid, pointing to the Holy Family’s Flight to Egypt soon to be made in response to the plots of Herod to kill the Child, in fulfillment of prophet Hosea: “Out of Egypt have I called my son” [Hosea 11.1; Matt 2]. On the top left of the window, behind Saint Joseph, is another attendant bearing a banner—of the Resurrection, the ultimate triumph of God over the power of Satan by the Incarnation, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus, by which he offers us eternity of the whole person—body and soul. At the base of the window are flowers, symbolically identifying those persons pictured above and what will happen as Jesus matures, moving towards his sacrificial death and Resurrection: Daisies—signs of the innocence of the Christ Child; Dandelions—a bitter herb, suggestive of the bitter suffering of Mother and Child; Poppy—the red color alludes to Jesus’ future Passion; Violets—symbols of the humility of God who became a creature for us so we could share His Divine Life, and a symbol of the humility of Mary, who gave her private life as an offering in obedience to do the will of the Eternal Father so that both God and humankind contributed to our salvation; Red Anemones—referring to the blood shed by Our Lord on the Cross, and the sorrow of both Mary and Jesus. An ancient legend stated that anemones sprouted at the foot of the Cross at the Crucifixion; White Jasmine—whose sweet fragrance symbolized for early Christians the beauty of the Virgin Mary’s life, dedicated to God.

The three sanctuary windows were donated to honor the three pastors of Saint John’s  whose efforts had raised the present church: Father John Fagan [1868-1873], who purchased the property upon which the church is built, who died very young; Father Michael Tierney [1874-76] who completed the basement church, and went on to become the Bishop of Hartford; and Father William Rogers [1876-1900], who completed the upper church. Next week: the central sanctuary window.

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni,  Debbie Valentine, Fr. Richard Hinkley, 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: Joseph W. Evans, 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

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

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.

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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 16, 2018       $ 12,706.49
Sunday         September 17, 2017       $ 12,867.20

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 30th Sunday Readings: NM 11:25-29, JAS 5:1-6, MK 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

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.

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 and baby 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, 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.

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: 

Over 60 Club: If you are over 60 and find yourself sitting home alone too often, check out Over 60 Senior Neighborhood.  There is lunch, exercise, games, information and entertainment programs, companionship and fun.  Canes, walkers, wheelchairs and companions are welcome.  They are open Mon – Fri from 10-3 and are located in St. John’s Episcopal Church at 628 Main Street.  There is no membership fee and only a suggested, voluntary $2-3 donation for lunch.  Call Betty at 203-316-9335 or 203-249-2607 for more information.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, September 22, 2018
4:00   +Hedwig Jagodzinski req. Jagodzinski Family
Sunday, September 23, 2018
7:30   +Richard Wargo Birthday Remembrance req. Family
10:00 +Bill Morris 9th Anniversary req. Marion, Bill, Richard, Brooke Morris, Jimmy & Michelle Sagdati and Grandchildren
12:00   In Honor of Saint Padre Pio 50th Anniversary req. Marion Morris
5:00   +Fr. Joseph Tyminski, SDB
Monday, September 24, 2018
8:00  +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10    Sp. Int. Sharon Bejile
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
8:00  +Do Thong req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 + Brian Smith req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Wednesday, September 26, 2018: Saints Cosmas and Damian
8:00  +Daisy Anderson req. Amy Marrion
12:10 +Louise Munro req. Mary Bridget Gaine
Thursday, September 27, 2018: Saint Vincent de Paul
8:00  +Jose Francisco Rojas req. Maria Pena
12:10 +Ann Finazzo req. her sister
Friday, September 28, 2018: Saint Wenceslaus
8:00  +Benita “Rosina” Rebula  Birthday Memorial req. by daughter Rosemary Rebula
12:10    Antonietta Cerone req. Giannitti Family
Saturday, September 29, 2018: Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael
8:00  +Wladek and Willemina Falek req. daughter
12:10    Peter Thomas McKeon req. McKeon Family

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:
160 years ago, or so:
Sept. 26, 1857:  NEW CHURCH IN STAMFORD, CONN. “To the Editor of the New York Freeman’s Journal: On the 6th inst., the Catholics of Stamford had the pleasure of witnessing the dedication of their neatly finished church, by Very Rev. William O’Reilly, Vicar General and Administrator of the Diocese of Hartford. A large congregation attended and were well pleased with the sermons of Rev. Mr. Hart of New Haven, and Very Rev. James Hughes of Hartford. The piety manifested showed that the people fully appreciated what had been done in their behalf, and many prepared themselves for the solemn occasion by approaching the sacred tribunal of confession and the Holy Table. The day will be long remembered by the inhabitants of this place; and those who heretofore have been careless for the beauty of God’s temple, felt a new impulse of religious pride in the decoration of our fine church. Rev. Father Cooney is our pastor, and to his zeal and efforts the new church is due.”  (EDITOR’S NOTE: this celebration is for the twenty foot addition to the original St. John’s Church that was dedicated in 1851.)

75 years ago, or so:
Sept. 25, 1942:   “In commemoration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the first Mass celebrated in Stamford, there will be a Solemn High Mass in St. John’s Roman Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on Sunday.”

55 years ago, or so:
Sept. 24, 1963:  Scouts To Stage Torch Ceremony For United Fund. “Boy Scouts carrying torches from the four corners of Stamford will run an Olympic-style relay race in Atlantic Square as part of a United Fund torch lighting ceremony Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on the steps of City Hall. The giant, 25 foot torch in the square is the symbol of the United Fund’s appeal on behalf of 30 health and welfare agencies. It will be lighted for the first time this year by Dr. Al Mastrangelo, 1963 campaign chairmen, following the presentation of torches brought to him by the relay runners. Fire sirens, police cars and Civil Defense cars will spur the Scouts toward their destination. Runners include Daniel Moriarity and Daniel Shaub, Troop 22, St. John’s Catholic Church.”

30 years ago, or so:
Sept. 27, 1990:  “In recognition of the 70th anniversary of the National Council of Catholic Women, the Rev. Michael Moynihan, diocesan director of the council, will celebrate a Mass in each of five diocesan districts. The Stamford district will be celebrating the anniversary in St. John the Evangelist Church on Oct. 14. In honor of Right to Life Sunday, the 10:30 a.m. Mass will also include a blessing for expectant parents.”