For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday November 4, 2018

Pastor’s Corner. . . World War I ended November 11, 1918 making this year the Centennial year.  For the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, we will have the Service flag hanging from the choir loft. The flag has the number 297 on it that represents the 297 parishioners of St. John’s who were in the military during World War I. Along with the Service flag are individual flags of parishioners who had children serving in the war. These flags were hung in the window of their homes.

In 1918, Fr. James O’ Brien commissioned the Service Flag for Saint John’s Parish. The blue stars represent the 297 parishioners serving in various branches of the USA Armed Forces during World War I. The one gold star at the top represents the one parishioner who gave his life on the battlefield.

An article from the Stamford Advocate in December 17, 1917 wrote, “ St. John’s Catholic Church will soon be among the churches of the country that fly service flags. One has been ordered, and it will be put up as soon as it arrives, which ought to be before Christmas. A roll of honor will be placed in the vestibule of the church. It will contain upwards of 225 names. A complete list of the names of the members of the parish who are in the service is now being compiled. It is estimated that there are about 230 and the number will, of course be increased later.”

On January 16, 1918, The Advocate wrote, “ At 7:30 this evening, the service flag of St. John’s Catholic Church will be blessed at a service to be held in the lower chapel. The service will commence with the singing of  “The Star Spangled Banner” by the combined choirs of the church. Following that, the flag will be blessed. An address, on the part, the young men of St. John’s Catholic Church are playing in the war, will be given by Rev. John Moore, pastor of St. Anthony’s Church, New Canaan. Father Moore was formerly Professor of English and Latin at St. Thomas Seminary, Hartford and Father Callahan of the local parish studied under him.  The musical program will then be continued ending with the singing of “America.”  A unique idea has been evolved in the making of the service flag. About 300 members of the parish are now in the service, with more going in every day. The adding of the star for each new recruit would involve a great deal of trouble. In addition to this, when a service flag has more than twenty or so stars, the average person observing it will not bother to count the stars. For these reasons, the flag, which is one of the largest in Stamford will have a fixed number of stars well distributed, with a space in the center for the placing of the numbers of those in the service, in six inch numerals. Thus at a glance, the honor roll of St. John’s Catholic Church may be seen by all.”

In honor of the Centennial year, we would like to thank all our veterans who have served for our country so that we may enjoy the freedoms we enjoy today. We continue to pray for everyone who currently serves in the military and sacrifices time away from their families to protect the liberties of all.

-Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Caitlin McNamee, Karin Moberg, 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

Banns of Marriage:   III Banns: Donald Blaine Lanier and Mary Palmina Docimo

Archdiocese for Military Service Collection . . . The second collection today will be for the Catholic priest chaplains in the United States military.  Your generosity is appreciated.

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes started 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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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:

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.

Mater Salvatoris- is an Independent Catholic College-Preparatory School for girls, Coed in PreK and K, under the direction of the Sisters of the Company of the Savior. They provide a faithful Catholic Education, committed to educating the whole person. Currently enrolling from PK3 through 2nd Grade for 2019-2020 school year, and will expand by one grade level each year up to Grade 12. Join them for their Open House next Saturday, November 17th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 403 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT. Call them at (203) 489.0977 or visit them at

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         October 28, 2018        $ 13,174.60
Sunday         October 29, 2017         $ 13,112.00

 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 11th Sunday Readings 1 KGS 17:10-16, PS 146: 7, 8-9. 9-10, MK 12:38-44

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.

Trinity Catholic will be holding its annual Mass of Remembrance for all deceased alumni of TCHS and SCHS who attended all Stamford and Norwalk parishes. The Mass will be held Wednesday Nov. 7, 2018, at 7:00PM in the Trinity Catholic High School auditorium, 926 Newfield Avenue in Stamford.

Diocesan Website- The Diocese has created a new website that outlines how the Diocese of Bridgeport is transparent and fully accountable in its policies, programs, and response to the sexual abuse of minors. The website can be found here:, and is also featured on the homepage under the tab: “Protecting Our Children.” The Diocese has also published its Diocesan Financial Accountability Report that outlines a full financial report of settlement amounts for past claims of clergy sexual abuse of minors from the establishment of the Diocese to date. The report includes the sources from where the money was obtained to settle those claims. The report can be found on the diocesan website, or on the “Pledge to Protect” webpage.

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: 

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.

Greenwich Catholic School- Considering a Catholic education for your child? Register for the November 8th Open House at Greenwich Catholic School at, or schedule a tour by visiting or calling 203-869-4000 ext 109.

Canned Food Drive: The Religious Education Program is sponsoring a Can Food Drive to help the hungry in our community as Thanksgiving approaches. Canned and non-perishable foods will be collected before and after each Mass on the weekend of November 10th/11th. Please place your items in the boxes in the back of the church (Please check your dates!!! Please do not bring items with expired dates). Your generosity is much appreciated.

Mass of Reparation- Tuesday, November 6th, the 12:10 mass will be a Mass of Reparation being offered for all victims of abuse.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, November 3, 2018
4:00     Deceased members of the Curioni Family req. Leon Taricani
Sunday, November 4, 2018
7:30     Souls in Purgatory req. Hope and Jim Jagodzinski
10:00   Souls in Purgatory req. H. Nana
12:00   Deceased Members of the Preziosi Family req. Jimmy and Michelle Sagdati
5:00   +Ralph Branca
Monday, November 5, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Federcico Garcia req. Uleaurea Garcia
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
8:00   +Patricia Bogacz req. Frank & Beth Carpanzano and Family
12:10   Mass of Reparation for Victims of Abuse
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
8:00   +Pat Santagata req. Joan Seeger
12:10   Robert Assie
Thursday, November 8, 2018
8:00   +Amy Lancaster req. Sue Kremheller
12:10   Elizabeth Deluca req. Carol Cummings
Friday, November 9, 2018: The dedication of the Lateran Basilica
8:00   +Filomena Nappi req. Mary Royes Boryes
12:10 +Thomas Di Silvestre req. Alberto Pipola/ Antonia Cerro
Saturday, November 10, 2018: Saint Leo the Great
8:00   +Ted Alcarez req. Kate and Bill Skidd & Family
12:10 +The Departed Souls of the Legion of Mary req. Scholastica Nabwire

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:
November 9, 1916:  WILL OF MISS O’CONNOR. “The will of Miss Frances M. O’Connor, who died October 16 last, has been offered for probate. Miss O’Connor bequeathed $1,000 to St. John’s Catholic Church of Stamford, $500 to be used for general church purposes and the remainder for the parochial school.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Miss O’Connor was the donor of the stations of the cross for St. John’s in 1898.)

80 years ago, or so:
November 7, 1938:  Catholics in State Are Not Obligated To Fast on Friday.  “The obligation of Catholics to abstain from meat on Fridays has been lifted by the Most Rev. Maurice F. McAuliffe, bishop of Hartford for Friday of this week, Armistice Day, a legal holiday in Connecticut. The faithful are urged in view of this favor of the Holy See to make an offering in favor of the poor.”

70 years ago, or so:
November 8, 1947:  K. of C. to Sponsor Memorial Service. “The first annual memorial service of St. Augustine Council, Knights of Columbus, will be held on Sunday at 4 p.m. in St. John’s Catholic Church. The service will be held in honor of the deceased members of the Council, and those members of the armed forces who lost their lives in the service of their country. An address of welcome will be made to the assembled Knights and their families by the Rev. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor. Following Solemn Benediction, there will be the sounding of taps by Rudolph Brucato of the High School Band. The choir will then close the service by leading the singing of the National Anthem. The Rev. Michael J. Sullivan, Assistant Pastor, chaplain of St. Augustine Council, and Chairman Joseph Broderick are being assisted by a committee. The Catholic Veterans group will be represented by Commanders Martin J. Murphy of St. Mary’s and Harold B. Hodgdon of St. John’s.”

60 years ago, or so:
November 10, 1959:  Memorial Service To Begin Events Of Veterans’ Day. “Stamford will honor Veterans’ Day Wednesday with a memorial service in Central Park at 10 a.m., a parade through Summer, River, Main and Elm streets starting at 2 p.m. and a dinner-dance at the Genovese Steak House, Shippan Ave., at 7 p.m. Color guards of organizations participating in the memorial service will form at the American Legion Home, 751 Main St. at 10 a.m. and march down Main Street to Central Park. Taps will be sounded at 11 a.m. and the flag will be raised to full mast during the playing of the National Anthem. The Rev. Vincent P. Cleary, Assistant Pastor of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church will pronounce the benediction. Thomas A. Ryan will be officer of the day.”