For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday September 30, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: The central sanctuary window portrays  the Crucifixion of Our Lord. This is the link between the Christmas window to the left and the Resurrection window on the right. The Eternal Son of the Father took to Himself that which He did not have: a human body, soul, heart, mind and will, and the ability to die; the Creator became a creature, so that He could give to us what we did not have: a share in His divinity.

Pope Saint Leo wrote more clearly: “The birth of Christ is the source of the Christian people; the birth of the Head, Jesus, is the birth of the Body, the Church. Each person whom Christ calls comes at his own point in the flow of time, yet the whole body of the faithful, which comes forth from the baptismal font, was born along with Christ at his birth, just as it was crucified with him in his passion, raised up in his resurrection, and established at the Father’s side in his ascension. For every one among the faithful is reborn in Christ and becomes a new person in him who became Son of Man that we might become sons and daughters of God” [On the Lord’s Birth].

This is one of the most beautiful of the church’s windows. It is damaged, unfortunately, as can be seen in the face of Saint John the Evangelist, who stands to the right of the Crucified Lord. During the recent restoration, it was discovered that decades ago an overambitious workman may  have tried to “clean” the window by using steel wool!! Despite the damage, it is still a magnificent work of art.

The central figure is Our Crucified Lord: His face is serene, crowned with thorns and a halo of gold and red. Two angels hold chalices to catch his Precious Blood flowing from his wounded hands. One drop of blood comes from his pierced side, which is the fountain of the sacramental life of Christ’s Church, the graces of which transform us daily to be more like Our Lord. The figure on the right is our patron, Saint John. Dressed in flowing robes of red, green and amber, he is portrayed as a young man with long hair, the only apostle who had not abandoned his Lord and best friend. On the left stands the Blessed Mother, dressed in a red robe with a strikingly beautiful deep blue cape decorated by her symbols as golden embroidered decorations: roses, fleurs-des-lis and crowns.  The central figure beneath the Cross is Mary Magdalene, who kneels, arms wrapped around the base of the cross, looking up at Her Lord.

The sky behind the crucifixion is composed of various shades of dark blues with two lines of sunlight, suggesting the abnormality of the mid-day darkness, brought about by the death of God in the flesh, as the Passion narratives of the Gospel tell us. Immediately behind the Cross can be seen a building: not merely a suggestion of the ancient city of Jerusalem, but, rather, the dome and bell tower of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built originally in the 4th century by the Emperor Constantine atop the actual site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial, which had been venerated by the faithful from the time of the Crucifixion itself. Atop the window is a smaller rose window, this time with a pelican sitting atop a nest,  piercing her breast to feed her young chicks with her own blood: an ancient symbol of Christ’s willing shedding of His blood for us, His spiritual children.

This elegant Crucifixion window dominates the entire church. During the weeks following the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross [September 14], let it be a reminder to us of the depth of God’s love for each of us, and of His great mercy, shown by His hard work to get us to Heaven. As Saint Irenaeus of Lyons wrote, “God became man so that Man could become God”, by the Incarnate Son of the Eternal Father dying on the Cross, and His rising from the dead in the flesh for us, as the three sanctuary windows teach us.

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni,  Maggie Ward, Bill Baumann, 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, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, 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, 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: Marion Dal Molin, Todd Dowty, Gerald E. Clarke, Rosemarie C. Clarke, 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.

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.

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.

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:

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.


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 23, 2018       $ 12,358.97
Sunday         September 24, 2017       $ 13,920.15

 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

October 7th Sunday Readings: GN 2:18-24, HEB 2:9-11, MK 10: 2-16

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.

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, and on 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.

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,

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, October 24.  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

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 29, 2018
4:00     Vincent Jagodzinski req. Jagodzinski Family
Sunday, September 30, 2018
7:30   +Ellen Braniff De Souter req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00 +Theresa Pereira req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
12:00 +Maria Preziosi Birthday Remembrance req. Marion Morris and Family
5:00   +Fr. Joseph Tyminski, SDB
Monday, October 1, 2018: Saint Therese of the Child Jesus
8:00   +Santiago and Jose Ramon Zone req. Nino Family
12:10 +Feroze Aslam req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
Tuesday, October 2, 2018: The Holy Guardian Angels
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Francescantonio Pugliese req. Pugliese Family
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
8:00   +Luede L’Espirance req. priest of the parish
12:10 +Ben Mondor req. Marc Valois
Thursday, October 4, 2018: Saint Francis of Assisi
8:00   +Kathleen O’Brien Squires  req. Linda DeMott
12:10 +Christopher Fainsan Jr. req. Noela De Leon
Friday, October 5, 2018: Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos
8:00   +Dorothy and Fred Wahlstrom req. Leon Taricani
12:10 +Pauline Valentine req. Mr. & Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Saturday, October 6, 2018: Saint Bruno, Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00   +Orelia Guillory req. Emerlita Agulay
12:10 +Josephine Palaia req. Frank and Beth Carpanzano and 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:
135 years ago, or so:
October 3, 1882:  A Boom for St. John’s R. C. Church. “An important meeting was held on Sunday last in aid of the building fund of St. John’s R. C. Church. The meeting, we are informed, was very successful in providing money to go right on with the work of finishing the building. One outcome of the meeting referred to is the fact that a contract has been made with John Ennis for the woodwork of the interior, exclusive of altar and pews.”   (EDITOR’S NOTE: after the basement chapel was completed in 1875, work on the upstairs part of the church was suspended until 1882.)

October 4, 1884:  “A circular from our bishop was read and explained at all the Masses Sunday, in accordance with the encyclical letter of Pope Leo XIII. The Rosary will be said every morning during the month of October, after 7 o’clock Mass and on Sundays before Vespers, followed by Benediction. Confessions will be heard every morning before and after Mass.”

125 years ago, or so:
October 6, 1892:   “At the services in St. John’s R. C. Church Sunday morning, the Rev. Father Keena read the letters of the Pope and of Bishop McMahon, in regard to Columbus Day. Appropriate religious services will be held in the Stamford church.”

75 years ago, or so:
October 6, 1932:  Bishop Rededicates St. John’s, Stamford. “On last Sunday, October 2, St. John’s Church, Stamford, newly decorated and refinished through the pastoral care of the Rev. F.J. Lally, was rededicated by the Most Rev. John J. Nilan, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese. At the solemn Mass celebrated at 11 a.m., the celebrant was Rev. James Murnihan, a Holy Ghost Father from Ferndale.”

15 years ago, or so:
October 2001:  Mercy Sisters celebrate 150th anniversary. When the Sisters of Mercy stepped ashore in the Diocese of Hartford in 1852, they came to minister to a desperately poor and needy Catholic community. The newly-formed order, founded in Ireland by Catherine McAuley in 1831, had been called here to care for orphans, but quickly embraced all of the works of mercy the immigrant community demanded.”
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Sisters came to Stamford in 1876. By the end of the year, seven Sisters had charge of 495 students in St. John’s School.)