For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday November 11, 2018

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: Mary Bauer, 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

Monthly Collection . . . The second collection today will be the monthly collection for the parish.  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.

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:

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         November 4, 2018           $ 15,374.51
Sunday         November 5, 2017           $ 15,041.90

 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 18th Sunday ReadingsDN 12:1-3; HEB 10:11-14, 18; MK 13:24-32

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. 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.

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

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.

The Christmas Giving Tree: To benefit pregnant women and their families served by the Sisters of Life Visitation Mission. At Christmas the Sisters celebrate the gift of the Christ Child and every birth of a child is a renewal of this greatest gift. Thank you for helping us to celebrate! For the next four weeks, a basket will be in the back of the church. The name of a gift item is written on each tag in the Christmas basket that would benefit the woman in need. Please take a tag (or tags) and purchase the item on the tag. We will collect the unwrapped gifts in the back of the church after each Mass on the weekend of December 8th starting with the 4PM Mass on Saturday through Sunday’s 5pm Mass. PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF THE GIFTS AT THE RECTORY OR LEAVE THEM IN CHURCH.For more information. Please call Frank @ 203-975-8833 ext 3004.

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

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, 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: 

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.

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 Saturday Dec. 8th at 9:30 a.m. WHERE: 179 Hamilton Avenue, Greenwich. Suggested donation of $10. Bring a fitness mat if you have one.

Immaculate Conception NovenaSt. Mary Church in Greenwich will celebrate a Novena in preparation for the Immaculate Conception from November 30th to December 8th. Each evening a guest homilist will offer a special reflection on the role of the Virgin Mary in our lives. This year the younger clergy will speak on the Marian devotion of some particular saint. We will close our Novena with a Solemn Mass on December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Choir will sing Mozart’s “The Sparrow Mass” with Orchestra. A light reception will follow. Visit for more details.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, November 10, 2018
4:00    +Antoinette Di Giorgio req. Antonia Cerro and Family
Sunday, November 11, 2018
7:30      Souls in Purgatory req. Hope and Jim Jagodzinski
10:00  +Donna Stagon req. the Bottaro Family
12:00    Msgr. Thaddeus Malanowski req. Frank and Beth Carpanzano
5:00    +Ralph Branca
Monday, November 12, 2018: Saint Josaphat
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   Thomas Cycon Birthday req. Jef and Mary Spetland
Tuesday, November 13, 2018: Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
8:00   +Anna Elisha Pardo req. Lucielle Lester
12:10   Souls in Purgatory req. Josephine Languedoc
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
8:00     Stacey Kravar Birthday req. Fabiola C.
12:10 +Ann DiGiovanni
Thursday, November 15, 2018 : Saint Albert the Great
8:00   +Frank Chmielewski req. Lorraine VanLangen
12:10   Joseph Kravar Birthday req. Fabiola C.
Friday, November 16, 2018: Saint Margaret of Scotland
8:00     Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. Saint John Holy Name Society
12:10   Peter and Ziriyana Mangeni req. Andrew Mbabaali
Saturday, November 17, 2018: Saint Elizabeth of Hungary
8:00  +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Donna Stagon req. the Bottaro 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 ADVOCATE:
150 years ago, or so:
November 15, 1867:   “The Fourth Annual Ball of St. John’s Roman Catholic Benevolent Association will be given at Seely’s Hall, November 27th, and arrangements are being made which promises to make it exceed any of the former balls given by this Society. The object is a good one, and no doubt the treasury will be largely replenished by the proceeds. Dodworth’s band will be in attendance.”

100 years ago, or so:
November 16, 1920:  ITALIANS TO ERECT CHURCH.  “Upwards of 50 Stamford Italians met last night, at the Italian Social Institute in South Street, and took steps looking to the organization of an Italian Catholic parish in Stamford. An executive committee of five, with Joseph Carpinelli as chairman, was appointed. This committee will appoint sub-committees, and a campaign will begin at once to raise funds to purchase a lot on which to erect a church. The name proposed for the parish is Sacred Heart. A lot fronting 440 feet in Schuyler Avenue, and with a depth of 150 feet, has been offered to the men interested in the movement. The terms are reported to be very favorable. The lot is owned by Representative Schuyler Merritt and Henry K. McHarg. According to men interested in the movement, the Rt. Rev. Bishop Nilan had given his approval to the project, provided the necessary funds are raised. It is estimated that there are upwards of 2,000 Italian Catholics in Stamford.”

80 years ago, or so:
November 12, 1948:  Anchor Clubs Plan For Convention Here On November 20. “The Stamford Police and Graphic Arts Anchor Clubs will be hosts to the annual Supreme Convention of the Anchor Clubs of America here on Saturday, November 20. Delegates from Anchor Clubs established throughout the country will attend a Solemn High Mass at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church at 10:30. The Rev. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor, will welcome the clubs. The Most Rev. Henry J. O’Brien, D.D., Bishop of Hartford, has delegated the Rt. Rev. Msgr. John F. Callahan, vicar general of the diocese, to officiate. Msgr. Callahan will address the convention later in the day.”

75 years ago, or so:
November 15, 1941:  Church Music For Sunday’s Services—Thanksgiving Themes Noted. “At the 11 o’clock Mass at St. John’s Catholic Church tomorrow, the boys’ choir will sing Pro. Cor arca legam, of Continems and the Kyrie of Montani, Gloria by Refice will be sung by the choir, as will the Credo, by Biggs. The boys’ choir will sing the Offertory, Cor Jesu, by Schuttes. Howard Fagan is the organist and choir director.”