For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 14, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: The two remaining windows are those ornamenting each side chapel; both are about the Blessed Virgin Mary and her role in the work of our salvation. Lets’ take a look.

The window in the Saint Joseph Chapel reproduces the famous painting of the Immaculate Conception by Murillo. The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is the ancient Church’s teaching that God Himself prepared Our Lady to be the Mother of the Eternal Son from the moment she was conceived in her mother’s womb. God, in view of the important role of Mary, applied to her in anticipation the merits that would be had through Her Son’s sacrificial death, thereby freeing Mary from Adam’s original sin, which all of us are born with. Since she would be the Mother of God, she had to be absolutely free from all sin or stain. How can one possibly represent this preparation of Mary by God? Murillo did a pretty good job, as seen in right side chapel of St. Joseph. In our version of Murillo’s painting of the Immaculate Conception, Our Lady appears in the center of the window. She walks out from a darkened almond shaped central niche: the darkness refers to the sin of Adam which has affected all humanity.  Mary, as the “highest honor of our race”, as an ancient hymn describes her, stands as if she has just exited from that darkened humanity, and stands  enveloped in a mandorla of light. She who has been preserved from Adam’s sin by the Eternal Father, is “Our tainted nature’s solitary boast”, as William Wordsworth wrote in his poem, The Virgin.  She is dressed in flowing white, pastel green and blue robes.. Her hands are poised in prayer, and her eyes look heavenward, as if in ecstasy. Her hair is natural, in that there is no “styling”, which symbolizes both her purity from all moral blemish as well as her perpetual virginity. She is crowned with stars and stands on a crescent moon, which  refers to the Book of the Apocalypse, “A vision in the sky of a lady with a crown of twelve stars.” [Rev. 11:19] Above her are three cherubs, and at her feet, two angels, one carrying lilies, while the second bears Mary’s regal blue train.

The window across the church in Our Lady’s Chapel is the Annunciation, which compliments that of the Immaculate Conception window, since the Immaculate Conception was the spiritual preparation for the historical event portrayed in the Annunciation window. Our Lady is dressed in long flowing robes, kneeling at a richly carved pre-dieu, with  a vase of lilies, symbolic of Mary’s purity. The Archangel Gabriel has just arrived, likewise with flowing, rich robes, holding a scepter, a sign of God’s kingship, of which Gabriel is the emissary. He announces God’s message inviting Mary “full of grace” to cooperate with Him in the salvation of all humankind.  “Hail, full of Grace” is the salutation the Angel Gabriel gave to Mary when he announced to her that she had been chosen by God for the incredible honor of giving human flesh, mind, heart and body to the Eternal Son of God in her womb. The angel’s words are recalled whenever we pray the “Hail Mary.” In our window, the invitation has just been uttered, and Mary kneels in contemplation and prayer, as the Holy Spirit descends, by whose power Mary will conceive in her womb the savior of the world.  The room is richly decorated, and through the arched window can be seen a beautiful evening sky—red, with rolling clouds, reminder of the old New England adage, “red sky at night, sailors’ delight”—the promise of a better, more beautiful day for mankind through Mary’s cooperation in God’s work of our salvation in Jesus.

The room in which Gabriel appears is richly appointed with heavily carved wooden furniture, rich encaustic tiled floor and sumptuous green velvet drapery. It is framed in whimsical Flamboyant Gothic architectural motif, the details of which mimic the carved marble decorations, steeples, crockets and arches, of our church’s altars. Those who built our church planned everything out quite well, and it all matches and fits together.

The  remaining windows are decorative—those small ones way at the top of the walls. They are the original 1886 American stained glass windows, placed simply to give further ornament and light to the interior. There is one other window—also ornamental and rarely noticed—but given with a heart. Turn and face the choir loft and look at the oddly shaped window on the far right of the choir loft: it is formed by five circles of stained glass. There is no decorative subject, just geometric patters. It was given by Fanny Meredith, a widow who supported herself as a washerwoman, who spent hours on her knees scrubbing floors. She donated the money for this window, and insisted it be placed exactly where it is today—so that the rising sun would daily illuminate the side altar dedicated to Our Lady.  Our is a great church. Say a prayer for all our fellow parishioners from 132 years ago who donated such beauty to inspire us and to give glory to God.

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Tom McKee, 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

Monthly Collection . . . The second collection today will be the monthly collection for the parish.  Your generosity is appreciated.

Banns of Marriage:
I Banns: John Thomas Torrenti and Madeline Elisabeth Merenda

II 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.

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         October 7, 2018        $ 14,809.59
Sunday         October 8, 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 21st Sunday Readings: IS 53:10-11, HEB 4:14-16, MK 10:35-45

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. 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 13, 2018
4:00   +Joseph Peter Young req. family
Sunday, October 14, 2018
7:30   +Margaret M. and Samuel J. Potolicchio req. Family
10:00 +Bishop Walter Curtis, the late Bishop of Bridgeport
12:00 +Mary Vu req. Thang Nguyen
5:00   +George B. Cooper
Monday, October 15, 2018: Saint Teresa of Avila
8:00      Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Debbie Schemmel req. Angela Giannitti
Tuesday, October 16, 2018: Saint Hedwig, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +R. Dante Puzzuoli req. Maria Gabriela Mossa
Wednesday, October 17, 2018: Saint Ignatius of Antioch
8:00     Deceased members of the Patrick and Churley families
12:10 +Marion Dal Molin req. MaryJean Dal Molin
Thursday, October 18, 2018: Saint Luke
8:00   +Almaide Jean-Guillaume req. family
12:10 +Ed Cody Birthday req. Cody Family
Friday, October 19, 2018:  Saints John de Brebeuf and Issac Jogue, Priests, and Companions
8:00   +Catherine Cingari req. priest of the parish
12:10 +Claire Laginestra req. her family
Saturday, October 20, 2018: Saint Paul of the Cross, Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00   +Steven Charles req. Troilo Family
12:10   Thaddeus Gorbal req. Christina Gorbal

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:
100 years ago, or so:
October 21, 1918: “To the Editors of the Stamford Advocate: There is an interesting novel written by an Englishman about ten years ago, called “When It Was Dark,” wherein the writer depicts conditions of an existence without any form of religion, but more especially Christianity—how vice and unpardonable sin are the chief thoughts and deeds of a once great race that had hitherto lived a chaste, progressive and hopeful course. As I looked about Stamford, Sunday, and deplored the absence of church throngs, and the uplifting toll of church gongs, I was reminded of the remarkable book described with the great moral it contains. And perhaps there are others who were so inspired—not necessarily by virtue of knowledge of this book, but from a purely righteous viewpoint and cognizance of what the relationship of church to religion means and does. No doubt the Board of Health earnestly thought it was the best thing to do, though emergencies often invoke unnecessary and mistakable measures. I personally beg to disagree with their extraordinary measure, and trust the matter will be promptly reconsidered.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: all churches in Stamford were ordered closed in October 1918 due to the Great Influenza Pandemic.)

25 years ago, or so:
October 16, 1993:  Parishioner’s gift elevates church.  “A gift from a lifelong parishioner will give others attending services at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Stamford a lift if they need it. Richard Stanley of Stamford donated a $200,000 elevator to the church in memory of his brother, James, who died three years ago. Stanley was inspired to finance the construction of an elevator in the church after watching his brother struggle to climb the front steps of St. John’s, a Roman Catholic church, during the last year of his life. “Mr. Stanley decided to give us an elevator so people who had trouble climbing the steps could get in easier,” said the Rev. William A. Nagle, pastor at St. John’s. The elevator is located at a side entrance on the north side of the church. “Already some of the older women in the parish have used the elevator,” Nagle said. “While it’s not a great number, it means a lot to some people.”

10 years ago, or so:
October 17, 2009:  Stamford Church Receives Papal Designation. “The news from the pulpit resonated off the Gothic arches, making many who gathered for the Saturday vigil Mass see their house of worship in a new light. Monsignor Stephen DiGiovanni announced that St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, the cross-shaped, stone mainstay downtown, is now in effect “the pope’s church” – a minor Basilica. Officially designated by Pope Benedict XVI as the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, it now is the place the pontiff would come if he visits the area.”