For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 28, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: The Solemnity of All Saints on November 1st and the Memorial of All Souls Day on November 2nd call to mind an aspect about the reality of the Church of which many people are unaware: The Catholic Church isn’t merely an institution; it is the living Body of Christ that reaches beyond the here and now: Christ is the Head, we—both the baptized living and the baptized dead—are the members, through which Our Lord works to save everyone.

All Saints Day recalls the innumerable men, women, and children who led lives of heroic virtue and great holiness. They pray for us to Our Lord; they continue to be members of the Church and practice charity from heaven in our regard.   All Souls Day on November 2nd calls to mind those innumerable men, women, and children who have died, but whose lives were less than perfectly holy.  They, hopefully, are in Purgatory, being purged of the effects of their sins.  We remember them in a particular way as our act of charity, praying for them, who continue to be members of the Church.  Not everyone is in Heaven; not everyone is in Purgatory; some people, by their own decisions in life, chose Hell.  The popular fallacy is that everyone goes to Heaven.  Not so, at least not according to Our Lord’s revelation in Scripture and the Church’s consistent teachings.  If we live without Christ in this life, or if we live contrary to Christ, then why should we want or expect to be with Him forever in the next life?

While our society revels in horror stories about the dead during Halloween, the Church turns our attention to the reality of life and death, and beauty of God’s mercy and love for us, even if we sin. This week we recall those Saints who loved Christ so much that they based their daily lives on Him. Likewise, we recall those others who desired to live perfect lives, but were less than perfect because of human weakness.  This is the Church’s annual reflection on what the Catholic Church is: NOT a big religious institution! It is a community of believers, joined to Christ who is the Head of the Body, the Church, united with Him and with each other through the centuries through the seven Sacraments Jesus gave His Church, by which we share His life. These are days of great hope, because God’s mercy is stronger than our sins; stronger than the power of Satan and death.  As a sign of that, the Church offers special graces for the Souls in Purgatory.  By our simple prayers, acts of charity, and proper intention, united with the Church as the Body of Christ, we can gain a Plenary Indulgence for deceased members of our families, and it costs nothing.  A Plenary Indulgence is the remission before God of the temporal punishment due for sins that had been already forgiven by Confession.  Sin has a lasting effect on us, which can be cleansed only through penance.  Hopefully, we can do these penances prior to our death; sometimes not.  That is where the Church comes in: The Church, established by Our Lord as the minister of Redemption, authoritatively dispenses and applies to those in need the treasury of graces earned by Christ and His Saints.  One Indulgence can be had each day from November 1st through the 8th, and each can be applied by us to one of the faithful departed per day.  All we have to do is this: 1) go to Confession at least once during that week, and receive Holy Communion on the day(s) you wish the Indulgence; 2) visit any cemetery; 3) and pray—one Hail Mary and one Our Father for the intention of the Pope; 4) if you can’t visit a cemetery, then visit any Catholic church, fulfilling the requirements 1 and 3, and also recite the Creed.   This is Christ’s mercy through His Church.  We are asked to have faith in the Church established by Christ and to demonstrate our faith in charity by doing these simple spiritual tasks and acts of charity. Let us be mindful of the goodness of Our Lord, pray to the Saints for their intercession, and pray for the faithful departed that they might one day see the God who loves us.

To underscore the important spiritual relationship we have with the Saints—the official term is the “Communion of the Saints”, the parish’s relics of saints will remain on display for on the high altar for the next few weeks, for your veneration. Together, with the other Saints, Our Lady and Our Lord, they are part of the Church, all still praying for us, while we pray for the dead: all working in charity and faith for the salvation of all. Happy feast days!

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Gayle Moore, 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: Frank Santaro,  John G. Mossa, Sr., 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

November 1st. . . The Solemnity of All Saints IS a Holy Day of Obligation, when all Catholics are obliged to attend Mass. The Mass schedule is: Vigil Mass: Wednesday Oct 31st at 5:15 P.M.  Masses on Thursday, November 1st are at 8:00 A.M., 12:10 P.M. and 5:15 P.M.

Banns of Marriage:  

II Banns: Donald Blaine Lanier and Mary Palmina Docimo
III Banns: John Thomas Torrenti and Madeline Elisabeth Merenda

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:

Cardinal Kung Academy – Open House: will be held Saturday, November 3 from 11 am to 1 pm, at 278 Strawberry Hill Ave. in Stamford (in the school building of St. Bridget of Ireland Church).  The Academy, a division of Trinity Catholic High School, opened in September 2018 and is the only Catholic classical high school in the diocese.  Come meet the teachers, hear about the curriculum and classical education, and tour the facility.  Now accepting applications for 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. For more information, contact (203) 918-0992 or

Diocesan Revised Liturgical Norms- For the next several weeks, we will be distributing catechetical materials related to the celebration of Mass in the Diocese of Bridgeport. These articles will precede the promulgation by Bishop Caggiano of the Revised Liturgical Norms on the first Sunday of Advent. To learn more about the norms, please visit  In the meantime, please be sure to take home a copy of this week’s article in the back of the Church.

Weekly Sunday collection: 

Sunday         October 21, 2018        $ 13,403.27
Sunday         October 22, 2017        $ 14,305.22

 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

November 4th Sunday Readings: DT 6:2-6, HEB 7:23-28, MK 12:28B– 34

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.

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. 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.

Regina Pacis Academy– *Open Admissions! It’s not too late to discover how different this school year could be for your son or daughter. Regina Pacis Academy is a K-8 independent Catholic, classical education school in Norwalk, CT. Small class sizes, authentically Catholic, classical education, and affordable. To schedule a tour or to learn more, please email Kim Quatela at
*Fall Gala– Come and support a Catholic classical school who is seeing to reimagine Catholic education. This year, the Fall Gala– An Enchanted Autuum Evening-will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at the Italian Center in Stamford, CT. To learn more information about this event, purchase tickets or become a business sponsor, please visit

Virtual Tour of the Basilica: Click on the parish website for a virtual tour of the interior, created and donated by Jonathan Powell.

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

The Catholic Academy of Stamford will be hosting an Open House at both the Trinity Campus (for upper school grades 6-8) and the Academy (PreK3 – grade 5) on Sunday November 4, from 1:00-3:00PM. Interested families can come: tour the schools, meet with parents and administrators, and learn what’s in the works at today’s Catholic Academy.

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

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.

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.

JOIN THE CONVERSATIONThe Eaglet, the parish blog on our Basilica website,

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, November 28th. 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

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 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.

SilverSource: SilverSource is available to St. John’s parishioners both as a place to volunteer or an important resource to help parishioners as we age. SilverSource is looking for volunteers to help older adults live as independently as possible by reaching out to say “hello”, reading and visiting a senior, or running to the market. St. John’s parishioners who are seniors and require some help can receive financial assistance for housing stability, for eye glasses and hearing aids, or for transportation to and from doctor’s appointments. Call Michael Feighan: 203-324-6584, or website:

The 177 Project– On November 9th from 6:45PM until 9:00PM, St. John’s will be hosting the 177 Project. There will be a rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, and a concert. Free tickets at Special Guest include Fr. Rob Galea, Taylor Tripodi, and Dana Catherine.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, October 27, 2018
4:00   +Frances Crescio req. Virginia Gerardi
Sunday, October 28, 2018
7:30     Msgr. DiGiovanni
10:00 +Peter Girillo Jr. req. The Pinto Family
12:00 +Onide Jean Guillaume req. by family
5:00   +George B. Cooper
Monday, October 29, 2018
8:00   +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10   Keri Landeche
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Robert Bivona req. the Kolenberg family
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
8:00     Deceased Members of the Curioni Family req. Leon Taricani
12:10 +Nancy Blair req. the Kolenberg family
5:15     Deceased Members of the Kolenberg and Seixas families req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Thursday, November 1, 2018: All Saints
8:00   +Wladek and Willemina Falek req. daughter
12:10 +Gene Tushaj req. wife Age
5:15    G. Christensen req. Josephine Languedoc
Friday, November 2, 2018:  The Commemoration of all the faithfully departed
8:00    Deceased Parishioners
12:10   Deceased Parishioners
Saturday, November 3, 2018: Saint Martin de Porres
8:00   +Tom Camaj req. niece Age
12:10   Souls in Purgatory 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:

150 years ago, or so:
November 3, 1865: “Wednesday last being the feast of All Saints, there was Mass in the Roman Catholic Church.”

125 years ago, or so:
October 29, 1892:  RELIGIOUS NEWS.  “Monday will be observed in the Catholic Church as a day of fasting and abstinence. Tuesday is the Feast of All Saints and will be observed in the Roman Catholic Church as a Holy Day. Masses will be said in St. John’s R.C. Church at 5:30 and 8 a.m. Wednesday is the Feast of All Souls. It is a day set apart for prayer in commemoration of departed ones. Thursday afternoon and evening confessions will be heard preparatory to the first Friday of the month.”

100 years ago, or so:
October 31, 1918:  CHURCH SERVICES RESUMED. “The Masses at St. John’s Catholic Church on All Saints’ Day will be at 5:30, 7, children’s Mass at 8, and High Mass at 9; Rosary and Benediction in the evening, at 7:30. Confessions will be heard this afternoon and evening, at the usual hours. Masses Saturday morning, All Souls’ Day, will be at 5:30, 7, 8 and High Mass at 9, Stations of the Cross at 3. Masses next Sunday as usual.”

75 years ago, or so:
October 30, 1943:  ALL SAINTS’ DAY AND ALL SOULS’ DAY RITES SCHEDULED BY CHURCHES. “All Saints’ Day on Monday will be observed in Catholic churches with special festival Masses. The first Masses will be at 5:30 a.m. in St. John’s Catholic Church and will be followed by others at 7, 8, 9 and 10 o’clock. St. John’s will have the concluding Mass at 11 o’clock. Masses for departed souls will take place on Tuesday, All Souls’ Day. St. John’s Catholic Church will have Masses at 6, 7 and 8 o’clock on Tuesday.

20 years ago, or so:
November 1, 1996: