For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday November 25, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:   Pope Pius XI began his pontificate in 1922. He faced the aftermath of the First World War, when the Church was the sole institution surviving on the European continent. Trust in big government, in the economy, in the military, in academia, in science, and in the brotherhood of men, all had failed, leaving Europe in ruins, and the lives of millions shattered. In his first encyclical letter (Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, Dec. 23, 1922) the pope said that the sufferings of the world

“. . . were due to the fact that the majority of men had thrust Jesus Christ and his holy law out of  their lives;             that these had no place either in private affairs or in politics. That as long as individuals and states refused                 to submit to the rule of our Savior, there would be no really hopeful prospect of a lasting peace among             nations. Men must look for the peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ.”

He then dedicated his entire pontificate to Christ the King, and, three years later, established the Solemnity of Christ the King, which we celebrate this weekend. This was not simply a pious gesture. Pius XI was warning that unless individuals and governments of Europe changed and took Christ to heart, horrors worse than those endured during World War I would soon to overtake Europe and the world. He was correct: Fascism, Nazism, and Communism came to power, all ideologies dedicated to perfecting human society by excluding God from the public forum and from individual lives, and thus denying the human person and humanity as created in the image and likeness of God.

If people are not the image of God, they are disposable according to the whim or policies of the state, and the pope saw this happening in his own time. Only if we permit Christ, who is the King of Universe, to rule over our very lives, forming our daily relationships, and guiding our every action by the virtue of Christian obedience to God and charity to our neighbors who are the image and likeness of God, only then can the world hope for any semblance of justice or peace or prosperity. Without Christ, godless men and the totalitarian governments step in to take the place of God, and men and women became tools for the up-building of the state and of corporations. The state is not God, and we are not merely cogs in a machine. Pope Pius XI hoped that this annual celebration of Christ the King would annually remind the world of the necessity of Christ. “Christ’s kingly dignity”, the pope wrote, “demands that the State should take account of the commandments of God and of Christian principles, both in making laws and in administering justice, and also in providing the young a sound moral education.” That way,

“. . . the faithful will gain much strength and courage, enabling them to form their lives after the true Christian ideal. If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all men, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn [merely] natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to Him. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls . . .” (Quas primas, Dec. 11, 1925)

The test whether Christ reigns in our daily lives is whether we keep the Ten Commandments—all of them: “He who says he knows Christ, but does not keep His Commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him” (I John 2:3-5). As we grow in grace, we move from them to exercising authentic charity: not merely obeying the laws of God because God gave them, although that is sufficient reason for doing so.  But seeking to naturally follow those Commandments by a life of active charity: we obey those Commandments without thought, as second nature, by always putting the interest of God and of His image—those around us, our wife or husband, our father or mother, our friend or stranger—before our own interests.  The practice of Christian Charity leads us to worship God, obey the Commandments, and reverence the Image of God in each other, since Charity permits of no injustice, subjugation, cheating or the using of another.  Let Our Lord be King in our hearts and lives daily, and find true joy being and doing that which He created us to be and do: His loving brothers and sisters, bound by faith and strengthened in charity.

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Frank Seely, Julia Olyveira, 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

One Collection. . .There will only be one collection today.  Thank you for your generosity.

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Faith on Tap–  On Tuesday, November 27th,  Faith on Tap will be back at Murphy’s Townhouse Café from 7-9PM. Fr. Joseph Gill will be speaking on Spiritual Warfare. Anyone ages 21-39 are welcome.

Men’s Night of Reflection—Men, please join us to hear Fr. Andy Vill present “Living as a Catholic Man in Today’s World” a reflection on Bishop Olmstead’s Into the Breach at 7pm on Thursday, December 6 at St. John’s. This Men’s Night is brought to you by the Knights of Columbus Fr. Miller Council #5833. Contact Bill Nagle with any questions. M: 203-570-2593, email:

Handel’s Messiah:Part I & Hallelujah Chorus
Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at 8PM in our Basilica.

Directed by New York’s Famed Ted Sperling and the Stamford Symphony with the Master Voices in this Special Holiday Performance:  For tickets: call today 203-325-4466 or go to ONLY FOR SAINT JOHN’S PARISHIONERS – 50% OFF tickets to Handel’s Messiah!  Use offer code: STJOHN18 when you select your seats. Offer valid until midnight,11/30/18.

Save the Date- March for Life 2019 is Friday, January 18, 2019 in Washington D.C.– The Diocese of Bridgeport Respect Life office will be leading a pilgrimage to the March for Life with a bus stop here at the Basilica.  Please consider joining  as we stand up for life. More details to follow!

Weekly Sunday collection:

Not Available because of Early Bulletin Transmission Deadlines

 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

December 2nd Sunday ReadingsJER 33:14-16, 1 THE S 3:12-4:2, LK 21: 25-28. 34-36

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.

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,

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.

Catholic Charities– As you consider your charitable support this holiday season, Catholic Charities of Fairfield Country ask you to consider supporting them. For giving options, please visit “Support CCFC” at

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: 

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 29th to December 7th. 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.

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.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, November 24, 2018
4:00   +Robert Hogan req. Betty Hogan
Sunday, November 25, 2018
7:30   +George VanLangen req. Joyce Patten and Lorraine VanLangen
10:00   The Assie Family req. Robert Assie
12:00 +Denis Oliveira req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
5:00   +Ralph Branca
Monday, November 26, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Gaetano and Maria Conte req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
8:00     Souls in Purgatory req. Hope and Jim Jagodzinski
12:10 +Ann Borkowski req. Michael Borkowski
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
8:00   +Marija Tushaj req. the Tone family
12:10 +Ann Borkowski req. Lilian Ramos                                                    Thursday, November 29, 2018
8:00    Thanksgiving to Jesus, Mary, and St. Joseph
12:10 +Charles Burriesci req. sister
Friday, November 30, 2018: Saint Andrew

8:00    Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. Saint John Holy Name Society
12:10  Leon Tarcini req. Lilian Ramos                                                         Saturday, December 1, 2018
8:00     Mr. and Mrs. Charles Paternina req. Carol and Jim
12:10 +Nico Mallozzi req. Christina Gencarelli

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

150 years ago, or so:
December 1, 1871:   “Seely’s Hall was crowded last evening by the members of St. John’s R. C. Benevolent Society, who, with their friends, enjoyed the pleasure of the dance till a late hour. The annual balls of this society furnish amusement and pleasure to hundreds, and the ball last night was no exception to the rule.”

140 years ago, or so:
December 30, 1876:    “A more than ordinary degree of religious activity is apparent in St. John’s R. C. Church just at present. The local clergy are assisted by a number of missionary priests, who are laboring to stimulate the congregation to a more earnest performance of duty, and especially to exert such an influence upon the careless ones as to bring them into a close fellowship. The work of these missionaries is analogous to what is called “revival work” in other communions, and in that it is very successful, in part by the very large congregations that assemble at the three daily services now held at 5:30 and 9 a.m. and at 7:30 in the evening.”

110 years ago, or so:
December 2, 1907:  To Be Ordained to Priesthood. “Patrick Connors, a well-known Stamford young man, who was once a member of the Advocate mechanical force, will be ordained to the Catholic priesthood in Montreal at the ordinations which will take place at Christmas-time. He will celebrate his first Mass in Stamford on Christmas morning. Mr. Connors attended the public schools here and later went to Villa-Nova College. He has had an excellent record, both in college and in the seminary at Montreal, and there is a bright career before him in the priesthood.”

45 years ago, or so:
November 30, 1973:  Christmas Carnival At St. John’s Center. “St. John Religious Education Center will sponsor the annual Christmas Carnival Dec. 8 and 9 in St. John Parish Center from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Special features will be a Boutique of hand-made Christmas articles, Christmas cards, home-baked goods, and old fashioned penny candy.”

20 years ago, or so: 
December 2000:  Pilgrims flock to churches to honor Jubilee. “The holidays are approaching and faithful Catholics from around the Diocese may choose to spend the remaining six weeks visiting one of the five pilgrimage churches. In November 1999, then Bishop Edward M. Egan designated five churches in Fairfield County, one is each vicariate: among them is Saint John the Evangelist Church in Stamford.”