For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 7, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: The final window in the sanctuary on the right  is that of the Resurrection of Our Lord from the dead. The Resurrection of Our Lord is God’s historical triumph over sin and the power of Satan over us, which is death. As Saint Paul wrote, “If Christ is not raised from the dead, then we are the most pitiable of people, since our faith is in vain.” [I Cor. 15:17]  From the beginning of creation, God promised salvation from the effects of Adam’s disobedience [Gen 3:15]. That salvation came by His Eternal Son becoming a man, offering Himself on the Cross in payment for mankind’s sins, and truly rising in the flesh, thereby defeating death.

The window, like the other two, is divided into three sections with a rose window above. Jesus is the central figure. In the other windows, Jesus wears traditional colors—red and white, signifying His work before the Crucifixion. To signify He is raised from the dead, He is clothed in gold. In this window, He is crowned with a gold and red halo, and clothed in rich golden robes, he steps up out of his tomb, his right foot resting on its ledge; his right hand raised in blessing, and his left hand bearing the cross with the banner of the Resurrection. Jesus’ face is damaged in our window, probably decades ago by the same over-diligent janitor who damaged Saint John’s face in the central window, trying to clean it with steel wool. The Resurrected Lord is surrounded by a mandorla an almond-shaped full-body emanation of golden light rays; you can see them above his head, and extending beyond the wooden frames on the sides of the central section of the window. Below Jesus are four guards, hastily awakened from their sleep, as the Gospels recount. Two stand on the sides; two kneel; all are thunderstruck at the unexpected appearance of this “dead” man, whose tomb they were guarding, emerging in Godlike splendor! This is not the television miniseries, “The Walking Dead”, but reality: God who became man who destroyed the power of death by becoming a man, dying on the Cross, and now emerging from his grave in His human body, now revealing His glory as God. The soldiers are heavily armored and provided with swords and spears. Above the terrified guards are two serene angels: the one on the left, with a smug smile, looks down at the guards and points upward; the one on the left, very self-assured, holds back the grave stone from Our Lord’s tomb as He steps out. The sky behind the scene is dark blue with a few clouds that are brightening as the sun rises on the first Easter morning. Each panel is framed by whimsical Flamboyant Gothic arches, crockets and floral garlands in the form of acanthus leaves and stylized Narcissus blossoms: in Greek mythology, Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection in pond water. So in love with himself, he drowned while trying to embrace his own reflection. Here, the flower is a symbol of God’s self-less Divine Love for humanity that urged God to suffer in human flesh on the Cross, leading to God’s triumph for us over death.

At the top of the window is a small six-sided rose window, matching those of the other two sanctuary windows. This is of an angel dressed in red, the color of the Passion of Our Lord, standing against a sky blue background. The angel holds a crown, a sign of Christ’s triumph over death in His bodily resurrection. Again, a reference to Saint Paul [2 Tim, 4:8], that the Resurrection of our bodies will be the crown won by those who follow Christ perfectly in this life. That is why, for instance, the Blessed Mother and the Infant Jesus on the side altar of the Blessed Mother, are both crowned: Jesus is triumphant over death, and Mary, His first and closest disciple, has won that same crown of salvation, body and soul, after her perfectly virtuous life.  The Assumption of Mary, celebrated on August 15th, recalls her rising, body & soul to heaven, as Her share in Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension.

Since 1886, each of these windows has been teaching the Catholics of Stamford the essentials of our Catholic Faith. And each tenet of that Faith has to do with God’s personal work among us through His Catholic Church. That Church includes both saints and sinners, and which encourages, leads and strengthens us through the seven sacraments, not simply to know or believe in God, but to love and imitate Him through His Son, Jesus.  “Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” [Matt 5:48] was Jesus’ instruction. The Catholic Church works at that every hour of every day in every country for the salvation of everyone.

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, Dr. 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.

Banns of Marriage:  I Banns:  LeRoy Franklin Musselman and Kelly Marie Coughlin 

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- “Coming to Know the Holy Spirit”: A Morning of Reflection with Sister Anna Marie McGuan, R.S.M. on Saturday, October 20th from 8:30AM to 1:00PM at St. John’s. The program will include two talks by Sr. Anna and conclude with Exposition, Benediction, the 12:10PM Mass, and  the Rosary. All are welcome. Suggested $10 donation. To RSVP, please call Keri at the Parish office to sign up at 203-324-1553, ext. 0. Walk-ins on the day will be allowed.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         September 30, 2018       $ 14,143.37
Sunday         October 1, 2017               $ 14,258.39

 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 14th Sunday Readings: WIS 7:7-11, HEB 4:12-13, MK 10:17-30

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.

Pro-Life Event. . . The Gospel of Life Society invites you and your family to participate in Stamford’s Life Chain, on Sunday, October 28th  from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm in front of Saint John’s. Last year, over 1,200 Life Chains were linked across America and Canada, including scores of St. John’s parishioners. This is a non-confrontational witness for life: we simply stand along Atlantic Street in front of the church with signs encouraging greater respect for human life, and we pray. For more info, please call Frank Carpanzano: 203-554-8211.

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.

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

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: 

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.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, October 6, 2018
4:00   +John Melfi, Sr., Mary Melfi, John Melfi, Jr. req. Joseph Melfi
Sunday, October 7, 2018
7:30   +Kevin Nadin req. Glenn and Lynda Nadin
10:00 +Feroze Aslam req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
12:00   In Honor of the Guardian Angels Our Heavenly Companions req. Marion Morris and Family
5:00   +George B. Cooper
Monday, October 8, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk families
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 : Saint Denis, Saint John Leonardi
8:00     Msgr. DiGiovanni req. the Sherry Family
12:10 +Bill Morris Birthday Remembrance req. Jimmy and Michelle Sagdati
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
8:00   +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +John and Valencia Lancaster req. Sue Kremheller
Thursday, October 11, 2018:  Saint John XXIII
8:00   +Kathy Adamski req. Peter and John Adamski
12:10 +John Tompson req. his children and grandchildren
Friday, October 12, 2018
8:00   +Mary O’toole req. Larry Haydes
12:10 +Carmella Kosinski req. Marion Morris and Family
Saturday, October 13, 2018: Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00   +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10   The Landeche Family req. Keri Landeche

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 10, 1885:  STAMFORD. “The work of building the altar of our new church is still being carried on, and from the condition of the altar at present, one would say that it promises to be a marvel of beauty in itself. The greatest care is taken in putting the many pieces of marble and onyx stone in their proper places.”

100 years ago, or so:
October 12, 1914:  Impressive Ceremony in St. John’s Catholic Church.  “A class of 373 children were confirmed by Bishop Nilan of Hartford in St. John’s Catholic Church, Saturday, at 3 p.m. The auditorium of the church was crowded to the doors, and many were standing in the aisles to watch the ceremony and to hear the Bishop’s address to those who were confirmed. This was one of the largest classes ever confirmed here, and the long file of little girls in their pretty frocks and veils attracted admiration from the big congregation. After the ceremonies were completed, Bishop Nilan addressed the children, then administered a pledge to abstain from intoxicating liquors and concluded with benediction.”

THE CATHOLIC Transcript:
45 years ago, or so:
October 11, 1975:  Mass Concludes Centennial Program At Stamford Church. “Archbishop Thomas A. Donnellan of Atlanta will come here on Saturday, Oct. 18, to help St. John’s Parish celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of its church. The Mass will be followed by a dinner-dance in the parish hall, with the dinner starting at 7 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children. Reservations can be made by calling the parish rectory. Archbishop Donnellan, a cousin of Father Nagle, has been Archbishop of Atlanta since 1968, Before that, he was Bishop of Ogdensburg, N.Y. Concelebrating the Mass, in addition to the two bishops and Father Nagle, will be Msgr. John J. Toomey, vicar general of the diocese; Fathers John J. Walsh, SJ, and Michael A. D’Elia, both of St. John’s; Father Richard B. Morrow of Atlanta; and Father Richard J. Tomer of Milford.”

40 years ago, or so:
October 13, 1979:  Ordination is at hand for Father Mason. “The Rev. Gerard Carl Mason will be ordained to the Priesthood on Saturday, Oct. 20 by the Most Rev. Walter W. Curtis, Bishop of Bridgeport, at St. Augustine Cathedral. A parishioner of St. John’s in Stamford, Father Mason is a native of Mobile, Alabama, where he attended public school  He holds a B.A. from Howard Univ. and a M. Div. from Maryknoll Seminary.”