For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday January 13, 2019

Pastor’s Corner:  The late Cardinal Egan assigned me to Saint John’s on Atlantic Street 20 years ago. Following my installation Mass, he barked at me, “Now, make it work!” The parish consisted of almost 700 aging households, primarily of Irish heritage, along with a small Haitian community whose only part in the parish was a Sunday evening Mass in Creole and French. Other than that one hour each Sunday, no language other than English was spoken. Twenty years later, while weekday and weekend Masses are celebrated only in English, the sacraments, weddings, funerals, marriage prep, and counseling are also provided in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Portuguese, serving people from six of the seven continents.

The original owner of the rectory was Augustus Knowlton, a local developer, who lived in the southern portion of this double house until 1856 when he sold the southern portion to Galen A. Carter, a lawyer from Manhattan. The building, originally a simple rectangular, two storey structure, was designed in the then fashionable Greek Revival style, and is one of the few surviving houses of the style and period in Stamford.

For the past 20 years I have labored to develop the parish parking lot in order to endow the parish and insure the financial future of St. John’s. After some false starts, and the crash of 2008, success was finally achieved when a long term ground lease was signed with RoeCo, a local developer. The present plans to restore and renovate the Rectory can now proceed because of this ground lease, which likewise assures the future financial security of the parish. Your help is essential to accomplish this Rectory project, including the new gardens. That is why I’m asking for your help. If you have not yet made a gift to the campaign, I ask that you consider a pledge of $50 a month over the next five years, for a total commitment of $3,000. I look forward to speaking to you again at the masses this weekend.

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Shirley Mailhot, Lisa D’Acunto, Gary Vujs ,Thomas Timon, Margaret Jean Velanzon, Christopher Heap, Ruth Schlieper, John Walsh, Kendall Gleason, 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, 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:  Roger Borrelli , Barbara Schuerger, 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

Special Energy Collection . . . The second collection today will be the Special Energy Collection to help pay the Higher Energy and Fuel Costs for the parish.  Your generosity is appreciated.

Saints’ Relics: During the Christmas season, two gilded relic towers will be displayed on the high altar:
Left Relic Tower: contains the relics of Saint Constantine, a early fourth century bishop and martyr from the area around Naples, Italy;
Right Relic Tower: contains the relics of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parent of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Saint Stephen, the first martyr to die in witness to Christ soon after Jesus’ death and resurrection.

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.  The bus will pick up participants at 6AM and arrive at the March by 11:30AM.  The cost is $75 dollars per person and please register at by January 11th.  The bus will depart back for Connecticut at 4:00PM.

Cardinal Kung Academy – Open House: will be held Saturday, January 26th 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).  Entrance Exam will be held February 9th.Now accepting applications for 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. For more information, contact (203) 918-0992, or visit

Sacraments for students in Catholic School: If you have students in Catholic school in Second Grade hoping to receive First Confession and First Communion this Spring, please contact Anne Marie at

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday         December 25, 2018     $  17,325.00
Sunday         December 25, 2017     $  22,192.00

Sunday         December 30, 2018     $  15,679.00
Sunday         December 31, 2017     $  14,051.60

Sunday         January 6, 2019          $  15,982.82
Sunday         January 7, 2018          $  14,670.34

 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

January 20th Sunday Readings: IS 62:1-5, 1 COR 12:4-11, JN 2:1-11

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.

Domestic Church Evangelization Retreat: March 28th-31st at the Blue Army Shrine in Asbury, NJ:A retreat for Sacramentally married couples that provides them with an opportunity to begin their spiritual journey together (or deepen it if it already exists) as well as an introduction to Domestic Church for those interested in beginning formation in a Domestic Church circle.   Register at:

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

Upcoming Admissions Events at Regina Caeli on January 21st:
Looking for an amazing resource center devoted to a classical education and the Catholic faith? Regina Caeli meets in Wilton serving Prek-3 – 12th grade. Students attend Socratic and hands-on classrooms two days per week and are homeschooled the remaining days.

*Touring Event : Presentation begins at 10:30am and includes a tour, classroom observation, Q&A. Refreshments served; children are welcome!

*High School Info Session: Presentation begins at 12:00pm. You CAN home school High School! Bring your questions and get answers.

To RSVP, please contact Lisa Frawley, Coordinator of Education, or call (203) 701-9154.

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: January 23rd. 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: 

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:

Crossroads 4 Christ (C4C) is a community of Catholic young adults seeking to develop a relationship with Christ and one another through Eucharistic adoration, Christ-centered friendship, and the mission of evangelization. Every Thursday they meet from 7:30 – 8:30pm for formation and fellowship in Harbor Point (contact for address) followed by Eucharistic Adoration from 8:30-9:30pm at Saint John Fischer in Stamford. All young adults ages 18-39 are welcome!

The Crusaders for Life, a pro-life high school group at Cardinal Kung Academy, is raising funds to travel to this year’s March for Life in Washington, D.C. Help us witness to the whole world that we are the pro-life generation! No donation is too small- thank you for your generosity. To donate, please go to:

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

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, January 12, 2019
4:00     Jocelyne Polycarpe and Josiane Marcellus req. Jocelyne Polycarpe
Sunday, January 13, 2019: The Baptism of the Lord
7:30   +Frances Delaney 11th Anniversary req. Family
10:00 +Peter Marra req. Nick and Christi Wood
12:00 +Carlos and Minagrine Mascarenhas
5:00   +Padre Alessio Parente, OFM Cap.
Monday, January 14, 2019
8:00     Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
12:10   Souls in Purgatory
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
8:00   +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   Thanksgiving for Citizenship req. Ignatius Alex Pires
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
8:00     Thanksgiving for Citizenship req. Ignatius Alex Pires
12:10 +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
Thursday, January 17, 2019: Saint Anthony
8:00   +Anthony Ingold req. Dean and Anna Dewey
12:10 +Maryln Demoya req. Scholastica Nabwire and Andrew Mbabaali
Friday, January 18, 2019
8:00     Special Intentions of Bento Mascarenhas
12:10 +John Bilafer req. a friend
Saturday, January 19, 2019
8:00   +Jorge Chacon req. Amparo Herrera
12:10 +James and Mary Hoban req. Mr. and Mrs. Malone

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.

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Study: Reborn
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Study: Lectio: Evangelization, Session 6: Sacraments and the Spirit
Study: Symbolon: Living the Faith, Session 1: The Sacraments
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Study: YDisciple: Living the Faith, Session 1: Baptism and Confirmation
Study: YDisciple: Sacraments, Session 2: Baptism
Study: Wild Goose, Segment 3: Baptism in the Holy Spirit and Fire
Estudiar: Wild Goose, Segmento 3: Bautismo en Espíritu Santo y en el fuego
Study: Wild Goose, Segment 7: The Spirit of Adoption
Estudiar: Wild Goose, Segmento 7: El Espíritu de adopción
Study: Wild Goose, Segment 8: The Spirit and the Sacraments
Estudiar: Wild Goose, Segmento 8: El Espíritu y los sacramentos
Study: Wild Goose, Segment 10: The Spirit and the Desert
Estudiar: Wild Goose, Segmento 10: El Espíritu y el desierto
Watch: Ready Reasons: Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation?
Watch: Ready Reasons: Is Full Immersion Baptism Necessary?
Read: Sacraments in Scripture
Listen: Changed Forever
Listen: Our Beautiful End