Bulletin for Sunday August 19, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday August 19, 2018

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Elaine Mellace, Armella Roschella, Geard Roschella, Richard Ridge, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Martha McRoskey, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Rose Marie Clarke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Loretta Wallace, 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, Frank Wruk, 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:  John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Pasquale [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:
I Banns: Robert Lawrence Gruner and Kathleen Elizabeth Ugalde

III Banns:  James Leonard Bertorelli and Alyssa Rose Calderone

Monthly Collection . . . The second collection today will be the monthly collection for the parish.  Your generosity is appreciated.

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 Amazon.com, in print and Kindle editions: https://www.amazon.com/Armed-Faith-Father-Vincent-Capodanno/dp/1983237175

Religious Education Registration for 2018-2019 is open! We are now using an electronic form that can be found online http://stjohnsstamford.com/religious-education-012816/. Make sure you click the Registration 2018-2019 Open Circle to fill out the form. Call the office (Ext 0)if you have any questions. Last day to Register is now Friday, August 24th!

Rectory Phone: In order to reach the secretary, please dial extension 0 not extension 21 from now on. Thank you!

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. A Day of Prayer and Healing will be held on October 13th from 9:00AM-4:30PM. 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  projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information.

Good Counsel Malta House Fundraiser: Relax, unwind, and join us for a casual, family-style dinner at The Italian Center in Stamford, where meals will be served by our local “celebrity wait staff”. Friday, September 28th at 7:00PM. More information and tickets at www.maltahouse.org.

 MARK YOUR CALENDARS

September 13 & October 13: 7:00pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima.

 Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday        August 12, 2018  $  14,066.59
Sunday        August 13, 2017  $  12,617.01

 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

August 26th Sunday Readings: JOS 24:1-2A, 15-17, 18B ; EPH 5:21-32; JN 6:60-69

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.

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

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.

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 clothes, all sizes and seasons. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

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.

EWTN Radio is coming to our diocese! Visit www.veritascatholic.com  to learn more and to support this apostolate dedicated to bringing faithful, entertaining Catholic programming to our community.

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,
www.stjohnsstamford.com/eaglet.

Fr. Al’s Car is for Sale: Assume lease or buy out. Two years on lease at $629.80 or $37,500. 6,200miles. Please call 203-733-5953 if interested.

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 app.formed.org/ Access Code WWT2NF.

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 angelamarchettifcp@gmail.com

Homeplace Wisdom: Is a Catholic women’s organization promoting friendship and vocational development with monthly speakers and gatherings, play dates, and a daily email list for sharing ideas, prayer requests, parenting or home-place questions, and reading material. To join: lisakotasek@gmail.com

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 catholicyastamford@gmail.com

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 CatholicAdventuresStamford@gmail.com for more information.

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, August 22nd. 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 melanie@redincllc.com.

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  patchue@futurefive.org.

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: www.silversource.org.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, August 18, 2018 : Blessed Virgin Mary
4:00   +Marie Thompson req. Jim and Susan Hogan
Sunday, August 19, 2018
7:30   +Dorothy Wargo 32nd Anniversary req. Family
10:00 +Anne Hieronymus req. Mary and Paul Giordano
12:00 +Sabina Fernandes req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
5:00   +Joseph McAleer, Sr.
Monday, August 20, 2018 : Saint Bernard
8:00     Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Richard Stanton req. The Directors of Twiw
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 : Saint Pius X
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 : The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00     Souls in Purgatory req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10 +Stephen Roberts req. Marguerite and Gene Giaquinto
Thursday, August 23, 2018 : Saint Rose of Lima
8:00     Souls in Purgatory
12:10   Terri Smith
Friday, August 24, 2018 : Saint Bartholomew
8:00   +Elida and Charles Belfort req. Marie C. Joseph
12:10 +Kathryn and Dominick Marciano req. John and Jennifer Marciano
Saturday, August 25, 2018: Saint Louis, Saint Joseph Calasanz, Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00     Anthony Perez req. Blanca Reyes
12:10   Peter Mangeni 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:
145 years ago, or so:
August 22, 1873:   “The Roman Catholic church was densely filled on Monday evening, by a congregation which met to hear a lecture from Rt. Rev. Bishop McFarland, of the Diocese of Hartford. The Bishop’s remarks were heard with close attention, and at the conclusion of his address a collection was taken up in aid of the new church, resulting in the addition of a handsome sum to the building fund. Mr. C. W. Smith presided at the organ with the musical skill for which he is noted.”

130 years ago, or so:
August 22, 1890:   “Rev. Father McGivney, pastor at Thomaston, Connecticut, and founder of the order of the Knights of Columbus, was buried at Thomaston last Monday. Rev. W. H. Rogers attended the funeral.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: St. John’s Council, KofC, founded in 1887, is number 41 of now more than 14,000 Councils worldwide.)
            August 22, 1890:   “The iron steamboat “Ceteus” took out about twelve hundred persons, including quite a host of young children, from the Canal dock on Tuesday, for an excursion to Coney Island. There have been several large excursions  this season from this place, probably none surpassed that of Tuesday under the auspices of St. John’s R. C. Church. Father Rogers, who had the chief charge of the affair, spared no pains or precautions to secure the safety and comfort of all. The route selected—to Coney Island—was quite long enough and not too long, and the several hours ashore were filled with sight-seeing and amusements, novel to many and interesting to all. St. John’s Cornet Band made things lively on the way down and back, while A. Campbell’s orchestra fulfilled all the desires of the dancers in the music line, by their industrious and lively playing. Not an accident even of a minor character, occurred to mar the pleasures of the day for any of the excursionists.”

100 years ago, or so:
August 25, 1916:  HERE ARE THE WINNERS. “The library contest which has been running since May has closed, and the winners are announced as follows: First prize, St. John’s Catholic Church and school; second, Odd Fellows’ Club; third, Battery F. St. John’s School and the Odd Fellows’ Club were close competitors for first honors. An expenditure of $25 would have overcome the margin of some 44,000 votes by which these two were separated in the final result. Committeemen selected from the various organizations canvassed all votes, and were witness to the fact that the result was arrived at in a fair, unbiased and impartial way. The vote in full was: St. John’s School—15,576,834; Odd Fellows’ Club—15,532,596. Those who represented the organizations were: St. John’s, Rev. John J. McGrath; Odd Fellows, E. J. Knapp.”

Eaglet: Where do we go from here?

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"Pray for Church leaders to choose painful but real accountability. Be a man and resign if you knew something and did nothing. Start talking to authorities. Unfortunately, such abettors usually don’t. No more 'deeply saddened’ meaningless phrases. Prison for people who deserve it."

Where do we go from here?

By Fr. Brian P. Gannon, S.T.D.

A key theme at recent weekday Masses is Jeremiah’s agonizing mission. That is, warning Israelites of impending doom, should they not reform from apathy, pagan worship, and immoral sexual practices. As his reward, this holy prophet was mocked, rejected, beaten.

How many times do holy saints speak truth about God’s love and the need to reject immorality and get treated as such? It is a warning by evil forces to all who seek truth: no reward, just misery here. But Christ reminds us: do not fear those who can kill the body, but those who can kill the soul.

It is all over the news. The former Cardinal archbishop of Washington, DC has been accused at least several times of sexually abusing minors, including one for years. That was before the dam burst. Then shocking stories in The New York Times and elsewhere by very dogged reporters told of horrific immoral behavior towards his seminarians while bishop in New Jersey. Two dioceses made hidden settlements after he was made cardinal.

To paraphrase one widely-respected canon lawyer: with no denial, the McCarrick people are conceding the stories as truth. Compounding the damage is that the ex-cardinal became one of the most public faces of the bishops during the abuse uproar of 2002-2003.

Where do we go from here?

First, let history inform. During the 12th century, during a time of known corruption in the Church, great saints arose like Francis of Assisi and Dominic who founded religious orders to combat heresy and to truly live the Gospel life. With corruption among some priests and bishops in the “Reformation,” again the most effective response was not despair, cynicism, but holiness: great saints like Teresa of Àvila, Ignatius of Loyola, and Philip Neri brought many back to the faith.

Greater commitment to God, not less, is always the answer. We need to restore greater reverence to the liturgy, and much stronger catechesis for the People of God. We have a crisis of faith, and we need to respond as such.

Next: pray for Church leaders to choose painful but real accountability. Be a man and resign if you knew something and did nothing. Start talking to authorities. Unfortunately, such abettors usually don’t. No more “deeply saddened” meaningless phrases. Prison for people who deserve it.

Spiritual fathers need to assume the passions of a human father who discovers his child’s abuse: they want to grab a baseball bat. No, I don’t advocate violence, but Church leaders need not only to understand the anger, but need to react with real righteous anger. The silence from many bishops is deafening.

When, as the New York Times columnist (a Catholic convert) asserts, one realizes the extent of the evil, we logically conclude that others had to know, and did nothing. This is formal cooperation in evil. It allowed egregious sin, scandal, and sacrilege to continue.

This same reporter makes a very good point. The bishops have to decide. If they want to restore credibility, they must show powerful peer accountability. Otherwise, we risk irrelevance. This evil must be rooted out by serious investigation, and serious consequences for guilty priests and bishops who abetted such horrific behavior. One bishop has called for the ex-cardinal’s laicization. If bishops break the law, they should face prison.

As a canon lawyer writes, such horrific behavior of a bishop does not merely amount to unchastity and grave sin, but becomes sacrilege, which accords serious supernatural damage to the Church’s mission. Spiritually, because it damages the flow of God’s grace into the world. Practically speaking, it wounds more deeply the credibility of the Church.

In this day and age of such sewerage pouring out of the Internet, of public mocking of God, the Church of Christ is needed more desperately to be the Light of the world. Perhaps forefront in Jesus’ Divine mind were today’s headlines: Better for one to have a millstone wrapped around his neck and cast into the sea, than cause one of these little ones to sin.

Consolingly, the Glory of the crucified and Risen Lord can never be destroyed. We cannot despair, Christ is Victorious!! The only solution: let us recommit more deeply to Our Blessed Lord’s Holy Church. Go to the Adoration Chapel and pray!!

The more we disciples choose holiness, the more evil is diminished, and the more God’s infinite Glory shines forth to heal, give hope, and lead us to eternity.

Fr. Brian P. Gannon is Pastor of St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull. He holds a doctorate in Moral Theology from the Academia Alfonsiana in Rome.

Bulletin for Sunday August 12, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday August 12, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:

     The United States was divided about the Vietnam War. Even today, 43 years after war’s end, Vietnam is a source of debate.

In the midst of the bloodshed and political rancor, the example of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM (1929-1967), a priest from Staten Island, NY, stands out. Father Capodanno was motivated neither by politics, nor by personal ambition, nor by military necessity. His was the dedication of Christ’s priest to the Church and to others, whether as a Maryknoll missionary in the mountains of Taiwan, as a high school teacher in Hong Kong, or as a chaplain in the United States armed forces to men on the battlefield.

Father Capodanno grew in many ways in his imitation of Our Lord. One example is his habits of personal hygiene and dress, taught him by his mother and sisters. Judged to be fastidious because he was well shaven and neatly dressed in the seminary and in the missions, Father Capodanno became the object of ridicule and criticism among his fellow missionaries, and even by his bishop. He was taught to put aside his personal habits for others. His years working among the poor in the mountains and towns of Taiwan, and remaining faithful in the face of unfair treatment meted out to him by his Maryknoll superior in Taiwan, were preparations for his future work.

Those experiences anticipated Father Capodanno’s greater dying to self to bring Christ to his Marines. In their fear, despair and loneliness in the military camps, and in the mud and filth of the battlefield front lines, Father Capodanno was there, even to the point of perfectly imitating Christ by his personal self-sacrifice to save a man in the heat of battle in Vietnam on September 4, 1967. His heroic death led to the posthumous awarding of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

“Chaplain Vincent Robert Capodanno died in the manner in which he lived: unselfishly,” said Chaplain Eli Takesian at Father Capodanno’s funeral. “Vincent Capodanno emptied himself; and his death has emptied us. Yet, paradoxically, we are filled – inspired – by his humility. His was an act of grace, an emulation of Jesus Christ. His was the pilgrimage of a saint. Even to the end he faithfully held to the precept of our Lord that ‘greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’”

Five years ago, I was assigned the task of heading the official historical commission for Father Capodanno’s cause, and writing the priest’s biography, by Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio. As the Archbishop for the Military Services, his work is to provide chaplains and pastoral care to the Catholic service men and women and their families around the globe. It is his competence to have begun and oversee the cause of canonization of one of this country’s greatest Catholic chaplains. Two years ago, the cause was formally opened and Father Capodanno has been declared Servant of God.

The Church doesn’t “make” saints. After long study, she solemnly declares whether a person actually led a life of exemplary and heroic virtue in imitation of Our Lord. If the judgment is positive, the Church simply announces that the individual can be termed a “saint” as one enjoying eternity with God who raises up heroic men and women in our lives to remind us of His love and promise of eternity to everyone.

Please pray for the success of the cause of Servant of God, Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM.

–Monsignor DiGiovanni

 

Msgr. DiGiovanni’s new book, Armed with Faith: The Life of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, is available for purchase in the Basilica Bookstore or on Amazon.com in book and Kindle formats.

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Martha McRoskey, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Rose Marie Clarke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Loretta Wallace, 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, Frank Wruk, 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:  John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Pasquale [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:  II Banns:  James Leonard Bertorelli and Alyssa Rose Calderone

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

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 Amazon.com, in print and Kindle editions: https://www.amazon.com/Armed-Faith-Father-Vincent-Capodanno/dp/1983237175

Religious Education Registration for 2018-2019 is open! We are now using an electronic form that can be found online http://stjohnsstamford.com/religious-education-012816/. Make sure you click the Registration 2018-2019 Open Circle to fill out the form. Call the office (Ext 0)if you have any questions. Last day to Register is Monday, August 13th!

Holy Day of Obligation: Wednesday, August 15th: The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be offered beginning Tuesday, August 14th: 5:15 pm; Wednesday, August 15th: 8:00 am, 12:10 pm and 5:15 pm.

Rectory Phone: In order to reach the secretary, please dial extension 0 not extension 21 from now on. Thank you! 

          MARK YOUR CALENDARS

August 13, September 13, & October 13: 7:00pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday        August 5, 2018  $  13,241.38
Sunday        August 6. 2017  $  13,342.44

 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

August 19th Sunday Readings: PRV 9:1-6, EPH 5:15-20, JN 6:51-58

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.

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

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.

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 clothes, all sizes and seasons. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org 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 203-416-1619 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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.

EWTN Radio is coming to our diocese! Visit www.veritascatholic.com  to learn more and to support this apostolate dedicated to bringing faithful, entertaining Catholic programming to our community.

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,
www.stjohnsstamford.com/eaglet.

Fr. Al’s Car is for Sale: Assume lease or buy out. Two years on lease at $629.80 or $37,500. 6,200miles. Please call 203-733-5953 if interested.

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 app.formed.org/ Access Code WWT2NF.

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 angelamarchettifcp@gmail.com

Homeplace Wisdom: Is a Catholic women’s organization promoting friendship and vocational development with monthly speakers and gatherings, play dates, and a daily email list for sharing ideas, prayer requests, parenting or home-place questions, and reading material. To join: lisakotasek@gmail.com

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 catholicyastamford@gmail.com

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 CatholicAdventuresStamford@gmail.com for more information.

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, August 22nd. 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 melanie@redincllc.com.

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  patchue@futurefive.org.

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: www.silversource.org.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, August 11, 2018 : Saint Clare
4:00   +Mary Ann Gaine req. Maria Brancaccio
Sunday, August 12, 2018
7:30   +Rose Kondziela
10:00 +Tommy Spinola req. Barbara Bayne
12:00   In Honor of the Eternal Father req. Josephine Languedoc
5:00   +Joseph McAleer, Sr.
Monday, August 13, 2018 : Saints Pontian, Pope, and Hippolytus
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 : Saint Maximilian Kolbe
8:00   +Kathleen Sperduto req. Mary Bridget Gaine
12:10   The Birk Family req. The Melton Family
5:15     Cade Landeche
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 : The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00   +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Yvette Constant req. Geralda Constant-Berrouet
5:15   +Casiano De Leon Sr. req. Noela De Leon
Thursday, August 16, 2018: Saint Stephen of Hungary
8:00   +Eddie Cordova req. Mario and Jodi Lopez
12:10 +Stephen Charles req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Friday, August 17, 2018
8:00  +Gascov Clerge req. Marie C. Joseph
12:10   Rob and Jeanine Murphy req. O’Brien-Costantino Family
Saturday, August 18, 2018: Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00   +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10   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:
130 years ago, or so:
August 20, 1886:  Local Affairs. “Extra services were held in St. John’s (R.C.) church this week. Sunday was the Feast of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

115 years ago, or so:
August 15, 1903:  ITALIANS CELEBRATING. “Local Italians who are Roman Catholics held a celebration today in honor of the festival of Maria Virginie Lassunta, or the Assumption, as the feast is known, in English. It is observed as a Holy Day by Roman Catholic generally, but the Italians always celebrate it in an elaborate manner. A Solemn High Mass was held in St. John’s R. C. Church at 10:30, at which there was a large congregation, consisting mostly of Italians. The celebrant was Father Sullivan, who was assisted by Fathers Clyne and Flynn. Rev. Pasquale Monzelli of New Rochelle preached a sermon in Italian, which was heard with marked interest by his country people. Previous to the Mass, the Societies Campanella and Vittorio Emanuele, headed by the Barsagliere band of New York, had a parade. In it was an open carriage in which were ex-Mayors Tupper and Cummings, Selectman Looney and Supt. Of Public Works Arthur. Mayor Leeds was invited to ride, but declined. He says that he will drop in at Woodside Park this afternoon, to see how things are going along at the picnic. When the Mass was over about noon, there was a celebration outside the church in the shape of fire-crackers. The parade again formed, and, after going through the principal streets, proceeded to Woodside Park. An interesting program has been arranged for the picnic. There will be races and a baseball game, this afternoon, and this evening there will be a display of fireworks. There will be a band concert from 4 to 5, and dancing afternoon and evening.”

70 years ago, or so:
August 15, 1950:  Pope To Proclaim Mary’s Ascension New Church Law. “Pope Pius has called a secret consistory to make belief in the bodily assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven a dogma of the Catholic Church, it was announced yesterday. The dogma will be the first added to the doctrine of the church in nearly 100 years. The last was that of the Immaculate Conception proclaimed on December 8, 1854. L’Osservatore Romano, Vatican City newspaper, made the announcement on the eve of the Feast of the Assumption—today—which has been observed by Catholics for centuries. L’Osservatore Romano said the Secret Consistory of Cardinals has been called for October 30, and that Pope Pius will proclaim the dogma on November 1 on the closing day of an International Marian Congress in Rome. Pope Pius, in proclaiming the dogma in St. Peter’s Basilica on the day of the Feast of All Saints, will speak “Ex Cathedra,” (from the chair); that is, when he is presumed by the Church to be infallible.”

 

Bulletin for Sunday August 05, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday August 05, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: Let’s return to the center aisle and, with your back to the front doors, look down the aisle to the high altar, and take in the immense space of the church interior: the nave is 165 feet in length and 36 feet wide; the transept [crossing to the side aisles] is 48 feet wide and 94 feet across, and the height at the crossing is 50 feet. The church interior is wide open, lofty,  graceful and filled with light, and it is a remarkable creation of one of our early parishioners, John Ennis.  The original architects and contractors refused to continue work after the money ran out, also fearing the proposed dimensions of the church were too large to remain standing. From 1876-1882, work stopped. John Ennis, an Irish immigrant from Chicago, and a theater set designer by trade, proposed returning to the original plans. Instead of stone, he would build in wood and plaster, and the pastor, Father William H. Rogers, agreed. The result is magnificent, if somewhat irregular in its vaulting. Nevertheless, at the dedication, the press marveled at the beauty of the then largest stone church in the state—right here in Stamford: “The [church plans] have been modified, especially as to the interior finish by Mr. John Ennis, who deserves the credit of what is really the finest architectural feature  of  the building, and that is the symmetrical and noble gothic finish of the
St. John’s, 1887      interior.” [The Stamford Advocate, June 1, 1886]

The Gothic style of architecture developed in 11th century France. It embodies the belief that beauty is at the service of God, and helps to lead us beyond ourselves upward toward the Divine, so that our lives might be filled with moral virtue, which is our participation in God’s perfection. The Gothic style, while having its roots in earlier church architectural experiments, can first be seen in the construction of the Benedictine Abbey church of Saint-Denis in Paris, France. Its religious superior, Abbot Suger [1080-1151 A.D.], a brilliant churchman and adviser to popes, to two kings of France, a diplomat, and Regent of France himself, personally commissioned and directed the entire design and construction of the church, which is regarded as the first truly Gothic church. Though of peasant stock and short of height, his energies were immense. His epitaph reads in part, “Though a man of small stature, he was no small man.” The story is told that his workmen judged his designs impractical: the plans were too wide, since no tree was sufficiently tall to form the roof rafters. Suger led them into the local forest where he personally pointed out the trees for the work. He later recalled that “they smiled, and would have laughed if they had dared”, because he was unimpressive in physical stature and not of noble birth. He showed them twelve trees measuring the exact size required: they never dared laugh at the priest or his ideas again.

Suger was driven by his love for God to create the most beautiful church he could. He wrote, “The dull mind rises to Divine truth through that which is material and beautiful.” It was he who invented the lofty Gothic pointed arch and painted stained glass windows, for light is the essence of the Gothic: “Bright’, he wrote, “is the noble edifice that is pervaded by new light.” [Suger, Scriptum consecrationis, xxviii] St. John, our patron,  wrote of the Divine Light of the Eternal Son: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” [John 1: 3-5] The pointed arches lead the eye and mind heavenward to the light of God. Suger’s inscription plaque at the front door of Saint Denis urges the visitor to take advantage of the beauty of the church building, “to illuminate the mind so that it might travel through the true lights to the True Light, where Christ is the true Door to the Heavenly Jerusalem,” of which the church building is only an earthly image.  [Suger, Scriptum consecrationis, xxvii]

Our church was built according to the same inspiration. Possibly, John Ennis never heard of Suger. I doubt that, since he, too, was a man of great culture and faith. And because his design of St. John’s shows the universality of that which inspired both men: all that is true, good and beautiful leads to God.

Our tour will continue next week.   —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Martha McRoskey, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Rose Marie Clarke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Loretta Wallace, 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, Frank Wruk, 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:  John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Pasquale [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:  I Banns:  James Leonard Bertorelli and Alyssa Rose Calderone

Air Conditioning Collection . . . The second collection today will be the Air Conditioning collection for the parish.  Your generosity is appreciated.

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.

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

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 app.formed.org/ Access Code WWT2NF.

Religious Education Registration for 2018-2019 is open! We are now using an electronic form that can be found online http://stjohnsstamford.com/religious-education-012816/. Make sure you click the Registration 2018-2019 Open Circle to fill out the form. Call the office (Ext 22)if you have any questions. Last day to Register is August 13th!

          MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Sisters of Life Profession– August 6th at 11:00AM the Sisters of Life are having their final vow profession here at the Basilica. Therefore, the 12:10PM Mass will be canceled on August 6th. All are welcome to attend the profession at 11:00.

August 13, September 13, & October 13: 7:00pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima.

Attention 8-12 graders! Saturday, August 11th: Fan the Fire: Fr. Vill will be leading a group of teenagers from the Basilica Parish to Fan the Fire Youth Rally at St. Rose of Lima in Newtown, CT on Saturday August 11th. This is an all day event. The cost is $45, please register at https://www.formationreimagined.org/fan-the-fire/. Be sure to select “The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist” as your parish when registering. Please see the flyers in the basilica for more details.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday        July 29, 2018    $  15,596.48
Sunday        July 30, 2017    $  13,233.15

 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

August 12th Sunday Readings: 1 KGS 1 9:4-8, EPH 4:30-5:2, JN 6:41-51

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.

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 clothes, all sizes and seasons. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

Project Rachel- Are you or someone you know hurting from a past abortion experience? There is help and hope. Project Rachel is offering an Entering Canaan Day of Prayer and Healing on Saturday, July 14, 2018 for women who are suffering from a past abortion. Please contact 203-895-3554 or projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information and confidential registration.

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.

EWTN Radio is coming to our diocese! Visit www.veritascatholic.com  to learn more and to support this apostolate dedicated to bringing faithful, entertaining Catholic programming to our community.

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 21.

JOIN THE CONVERSATIONThe Eaglet, the parish blog on our Basilica website, www.stjohnsstamford.com/eaglet.

Fr. Al’s Car is for Sale: Assume lease or buy out. Two years on lease at $629.80 or $37,500. 6,200miles. Please call 203-733-5953 if interested.

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 angelamarchettifcp@gmail.com

Homeplace Wisdom: Is a Catholic women’s organization promoting friendship and vocational development with monthly speakers and gatherings, play dates, and a daily email list for sharing ideas, prayer requests, parenting or home-place questions, and reading material. To join: lisakotasek@gmail.com

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 catholicyastamford@gmail.com

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 CatholicAdventuresStamford@gmail.com for more information.

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, August 22nd. 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 melanie@redincllc.com.

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  patchue@futurefive.org.

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: www.silversource.org.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, August 4, 2018
4:00   +Michael Murphy req. Diane Costello
Sunday, August 5, 2018
7:30   +Deb Fallacaro req. the Bottaro Family
10:00 +Marcia Young req. Sarah and Abdul Aslam
12:00 +Cesidio Piselli req. Marion Morris
5:00   +Joseph McAleer, Sr.
Monday, August 6, 2018
8:00   +Jane Parolita Lubin req. Marie Lauture
12:10   NO MASS   (Sisters of Life Solemn Vows at 11AM)
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   Deceased members of the Seixas and Oliva Family req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
8:00   +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
Thursday, August 9, 2018
8:00   +Tom Camaj req. niece Age
12:10 +Mark Ronan req. Anthony & Carolyn Conte
Friday, August 10, 2018
8:00    Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. Saint John Holy Name Society
12:10  Olivier Jean-Pierre req. Clipett A. Jean Pierre
Saturday, August 11, 2018
8:00   +Rose Astrid Jean Guillaume req. by siblings and family
12:10 +Noemi Isidro req. daughters

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 21). 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. 21, for more information.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
105 years ago, or so:
August 10, 1912:   “St. John’s parochial school baseball team has been meeting with success this year. The team has played a number of games and has won a large percentage of them. Rev. Anthony Rizzo is interested in the boys, and gives them the benefit of his knowledge of the game. At college, Father Rizzo played a good game of baseball and his love of the sport lingers.”

90 years ago, or so:
August 6, 1926:  RECORD ATTENDAANCE AT ST. JOHN’S BAZAAR. “The largest crowd of the week attended the annual bazaar of St. John’s R. C. Church in St. John’s School yard, last night. The entertainment program under the direction of Harry Greeney scored a big success. The pupils of Prof. Edward Butler in dance steps, Richard Comerford in an exhibition of Irish dances and Miss Anita Moran in a Charleston exhibition were all well received. Umberto Bello, in a song and dance number, was also a hit of the program. In addition to the euchre and pinochle, Mr. Greeney has also arranged a popular entertainment featuring local talent. Miss Catherine Palmer will give a piano recital. Phil De Angelia will play some jazz numbers on his ukulele, Bert Handel and Frank Duffy will sing a program of jazz songs and Tom Convery will sing several ballads. A number of valuable prizes are being offered for the euchre and pinochle playing tonight. The bazaar will close tomorrow night with a Charleston contest and a program of entertainment, which will be announced tomorrow.”

85 years ago, or so:
August 10, 1932:  TROOP 22 SCOUT WINS PRIZE RIFLE IN TOQUAM SHOOT. “Keen interest marked the rifle matches at Camp Toquam last Saturday. Henry Moransky of Troop 22, St. John’s R.C. Church, Stamford, won the George B. Leland Match with a score of 407. Other scores in this contest were: Fourth—Donald Reyen, Troop 22, score 367.”

75 years ago, or so:
August 6, 1941:  Hibernians Here To Observe 50th Birthday of Unit. “The General Philip Sheridan Branch, Ancient Order of Hibernians, will observe the fiftieth anniversary of its founding with a special program of activities Saturday and Sunday. The Stamford branch was started in 1891 and was known for years as Division Number Two. Its first officers were F. T. Galagher, president; Dr. L.S. Buckley, vice president; James Devitt, recording secretary; James M. Picker, financial secretary; James McGee, treasurer. Since its organization, the branch has had a steady and sound growth. Holy Mass for the souls of deceased member will be offered Saturday. Sunday at 3 p.m. the major degree of the order will be conferred on a class of 25 candidates at exercises in St. John’s School Auditorium. A reception will follow in Hibernian Hall, with dancing and refreshments.”

Bulletin for Sunday July 29, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday July 29, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: Let’s continue our tour of the interior of the Basilica. Return to where you left off last week: inside the main interior wood and glass doors leading into the church. Walk about half way down the central main aisle, turn around towards the doors you just entered, look up at the very large eastern choir loft window. Beautiful, isn’t it? This, and all the church windows, were fully restored in 2000. This window and the two large transept windows also have new mahogany frames.

The choir loft window dates from the 1920s, installed by the then pastor Father James O’Brien, along with the other two enormous windows in the transepts, replacing the original 1886 windows that had geometric patterns. Father O’Brien was a man of immense energy. His largest projects were the construction of the school and convent [where today’s parish parking lot is]; the refurbishing of the church interior with the murals above the high altar, along with the addition of marble statues and side altars; the construction of the church bell tower; and the modernization [at least “modern” for 1920] of the rectory.

The choir loft window’s theme is music, essential to the worship of God. The central figure is identified by the title around His halo: Rex Davidicus: the Davidic King. Since He is playing a harp, one might suppose this to be the Old Testament King David. But it is not: it is Our Lord, as predicted by the Archangel Gabriel to Our Lady at the Annunciation: “And behold, you shall conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of David His father, and He shall be king over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end” [Luke 1, 31-33]. The harp in Our Lord’s hands identifies Him as the “Son of David.” King David has been credited as the author of the Psalms of the Old Testament that were originally composed to be sung in praise of God. In our window, Jesus is dressed in priestly vestments, but not those of the Old Testament. The central figure of Our Lord wears priestly vestments of the New Testament: the alb, amice, chasuble and stole worn by Catholic priests to offer the Sacrifice of the Mass. Jesus is the only High Priest of the Church, who offered the final perfect sacrifice of Himself on the Cross, which He renews every hour of every day in every Catholic Church by means of His priests as they offer Mass. Jesus does not die repeatedly; He died just once. But He offers Himself to the Father through His Church every day, sanctifying all people of all places and all times, making His sacrifice of the Cross present until the end of time so that everyone of all times and places benefit from His Cross.

On either side of Our Lord stand three angels. Two kneel in adoration beside Our Lord, two play elaborate trombones, and two hold musical scrolls. Each angel and Our Lord stands in individual niches, the sides formed by the window frame and the base and roof by elaborate geometrical patterns in glass. Directly above Our Lord is a harp, symbolic of the music from the choir loft offered to God. On either side is another angel: the one on the left strums a mandolin; the angel on the right plays a trumpet. Above them is another angel, holding a banner Ego Sum Via, identifying the Davidic King as Jesus, who said “I am the Way.”  Around this uppermost angel are ten cherubim in adoration of Christ, whose mere name or reference to His name, Ego Sum Via, demands adoration, as St. Paul wrote, “At the name of Jesus, every knee must bend.” [Phil 2: 10-11].

All the angels sport hairdos typically post-World War I-ish: they all look like flappers from the roaring ‘20s!—which makes sense since the window was made in the 1920s.  Each figure is set in a background of dark clouds of rich blue tones, and their robes are reminiscent of the rich fabrics portrayed in the best 15th and 16th century Flemish religious paintings. The last two decorative elements are two trefoils, one on either side of the angel with the “I am the Way” banner: they complete this heavenly scene, in which the choirs of angels worship God with hymns, song and music. Who is God? He is that Trinity of Divine Persons, symbolized by the trefoil: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We hope to gain Heaven through Our Lord, the Second Person of the Trinity, the Davidic King who fulfills all Old Testament prophecy, and so join this choir in heaven perpetually worshipping the God who loves us so much. More next week.

—Monsignor DiGiovanni

 

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Martha McRoskey, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Rose Marie Clarke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Loretta Wallace, 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, Frank Wruk, 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:  John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Pasquale [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:  Kano Paul Edwards and Venite Lochard

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

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.

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

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 app.formed.org/ Access Code WWT2NF.

 

Religious Education Registration for 2018-2019 is open! We are now using an electronic form that can be found online http://stjohnsstamford.com/religious-education-012816/. Make sure you click the Registration 2018-2019 Open Circle to fill out the form. Call the office (Ext 22)if you have any questions. Last day to Register is August 13th!

          MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Sisters of Life Profession– August 6th at 11:00AM the Sisters of Life are having their final vow profession here at the Basilica. Therefore, the 12:10PM Mass will be canceled on August 6th. All are welcome to attend the profession at 11:00.

August 13, September 13, & October 13: 7:00pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima.

Attention 8-12 graders! Saturday, August 11th: Fan the Fire: Fr. Vill will be leading a group of teenagers from the Basilica Parish to Fan the Fire Youth Rally at St. Rose of Lima in Newtown, CT on Saturday August 11th. This is an all day event. The cost is $45, please register at https://www.formationreimagined.org/fan-the-fire/. Be sure to select “The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist” as your parish when registering. Please see the flyers in the basilica for more details.

 Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday        July 22, 2018    $  13,675.13
Sunday        July 23, 2017    $  11,689.48

 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

August 5th Sunday Readings:  EX 16:2-4, 12-15 , EPH 4:17, 20-24 , JN 6:24-35

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.

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 clothes, all sizes and seasons. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

Project Rachel- Are you or someone you know hurting from a past abortion experience? There is help and hope. Project Rachel is offering an Entering Canaan Day of Prayer and Healing on Saturday, July 14, 2018 for women who are suffering from a past abortion. Please contact 203-895-3554 or projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information and confidential registration.

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.

EWTN Radio is coming to our diocese! Visit www.veritascatholic.com  to learn more and to support this apostolate dedicated to bringing faithful, entertaining Catholic programming to our community.

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 21.

JOIN THE CONVERSATIONThe Eaglet, the parish blog on our Basilica website,
www.stjohnsstamford.com/eaglet.

Fr. Al’s Car is for Sale: Assume lease or buy out. Two years on lease at $629.80 or $37,500. 6,200miles. Please call 203-733-5953 if interested.

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 angelamarchettifcp@gmail.com

Homeplace Wisdom: Is a Catholic women’s organization promoting friendship and vocational development with monthly speakers and gatherings, play dates, and a daily email list for sharing ideas, prayer requests, parenting or home-place questions, and reading material. To join: lisakotasek@gmail.com

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 catholicyastamford@gmail.com

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 CatholicAdventuresStamford@gmail.com for more information.

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, August 22nd. 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 melanie@redincllc.com.

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  patchue@futurefive.org.

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: www.silversource.org.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, July 28, 2018
4:00   +Christopher M. Sabia req. Angela Labrosciano
Sunday, July 29, 2018
7:30   +Noranne Mulderig req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00 +Joseph Santagata req. Pinto Family
12:00 +Anthony, Derrick and Amiano Ramos req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
5:00     Souls in Purgatory
Monday, July 30, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Luke O’Keefe Sr. req. Anne Marie Foran
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
8:00     Souls in Purgatory req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10 +Mary Jo Colangelo req. Ed Nemchek
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
8:00   +Kathryn and Dominick Marciano req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10 +Francesca and Albina Sette req. Pugliese Family
Thursday, August 2, 2018
8:00     Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
12:10   Healing of Msgr. DiGiovanni
Friday, August 3, 2018
8:00   +Ena Osner and Ashley Lubin req. Marie C. Joseph
12:10 +Marie Sabia req. The Pinto Family
Saturday, August 4, 2018
8:00     Martine Assie req. Robert Assie
12:10 +Ms. Fanelia Jean-Pierre and Constantin Gaspard req. by nephews and nieces

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 21). 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. 21, for more information.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
150 years ago, or so:

            August 5, 1870: THE CATHOLIC CONCERT.  “The Catholic church in Stamford was crowded on Monday with a well pleased audience, the occasion being a grand sacred concert, and lecture on the doctrine of Infallibility lately pronounced and defined by the Ecumenical Council at Rome. The general interest on this subject was demonstrated by the fact that large numbers, other than Catholic, were present, and manifested their interest in the lecture by earnest attention. Of course the attraction of the concert drew a large number of the lovers of music, representing all classes of our citizens. The concert was given under the direction of Mr. Charles W. Smith, the well known musician, of this town; it was a success. It was more. It astonished everybody, especially the “outsiders,” who went there from motives of curiosity or amusement, not by any means expecting to hear first class music artistically rendered. The concert opened with an organ solo by Suppe, which showed at once the wonderful capacity of the instrument, for its size, and the acknowledged ability of Mr. Smith as an organist. This gentleman has long ago conquered all the mechanical difficulties of the instrument, and possessing in a remarkable degree the musical temperament– the native taste and talent for music, developed by years of culture and practice, he appears to be constantly improving, so that in the opinion of competent judges Mr. Smith has few equals, and scarcely any superiors as an organist. After the solo, a chorus “Kyrie,” from Farmer’s Mass was given, and in this the vocalists composing the choir gave the first proof of their quality. All the choruses on the programme were well rendered-remarkably so, considering the limited opportunities for rehearsal. In the trio, “Agnus,” the want of sufficient practice was more apparent, though it was by no means a failure. “Ave Maria,” a soprano solo by Miss K. Finnegan, or Norwalk, was in every way a pleasing performance, showing the singer to be possessed of an admirable voice, and musical culture of the highest order. In the second part, Mr. Smith’s improvisations on the organ proved to be one of the most pleasing features of the concert. Then followed a chorus-the”Magnificat.” This was no exception to the general excellence of the choruses. It was followed by “Salve Maria,” a solo by Mr. Smith, in which he fairly surpassed himself. In this and in the “Ave Verum,” he won golden opinions from every lover of music present. Mr. Smith’s solos and style have both improved very much in the last two years. The quartette “Salve Regina,” by Misses Finnegan and Shea, and Messrs. Jacobs and Newton, was admirably rendered. Miss Shea’s alto solo in this piece was one of its most pleasing features. We have thus briefly noticed what appeared to be the leading features of the concert, but it may be reported here that the whole performance was generally excellent. A gentleman present whose own musical proficiency and years of musical experience should make him a competent judge, says: “I have known as large a company of professional musicians to give a far less pleasing entertainment.”

Bulletin for Sunday July 22, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday July 22, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:  This is the second installment in our walking tour of the church. As you pass through the church central front doors, you enter the vestibule or narthex. On either side of the front door is a stained glass window. These date from the 1886 opening of the church and are some of the most elegant in the building. Tall and thin, these lancet windows are members of a trio, the third near the present restrooms. Like the Three Graces of ancient classical literature, they welcome the visitor into the dark vestibule, offering colorful geometric patterns of light. All three bear the legend of the donors at the bottom: The Holy Infant Sodality, which was the parish grammar school children’s religious society.       The dark wood paneling dates from the 1932 restoration of the church by the pastor, Father Francis Lally. It is dark English oak, in keeping with the English Gothic design of the church itself. Its elegant tracery reveals a decorative element introduced throughout the church: Thorns, as used in the Crown of Thorns, which can be seen on each of the doors, on the tops of the confessionals, in the arches of the vestibule wall, and on the top of the paneling in the sanctuary around the high altar. A second theme, vines and grapes, reinforces two related realities: as members of the Church, we are intimately united with Christ, who said “I am the vine, you are the branches.” And, by means of the sacraments, the Church applies the power to forgive sins and to transform us to be more like Our Lord because of the power of Christ’s Precious Blood, offered on the Cross for humanity’s salvation.

Separating the vestibule from the main body of the church is the large interior wall formed of heavy carved oak, four doorways and eight windows between them, topped with thirty-two leaded windows of frosted glass. Today, we’re interested in the eight lower frosted glass windows with stained glass roundels between the doors. While they can be seen while entering the church from the vestibule, they are designed to be seen as one leaves the church, since they remind us that Christ saves us by His Passion and Cross, the benefits of which are extended through all time by means of His Catholic Church in the Sacraments. Each window is framed in carved wooden tracery with that Crown of Thorns motif.

Now, pass through the center doors into the church, proper. Standing inside the church, turn around with your back to the high altar, and face the doors you just entered. Let’s read the windows in the screen wall:

Beginning at the left side of the central doors: the four windows are signs of Christ’s gifts to His Catholic Church: The Dove of the Holy Spirit, sent after Jesus’ Baptism, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension, whose presence began His Catholic Church; An Easter Lily, sign of the virtues of chastity and purity, which are fruits of that Holy Spirit, as exemplified in the life of Mary, the Mother of the Church; A Crown, Saint Paul’s symbol of the Resurrection, the eternal reward awaiting all those faithful to Christ; A Chalice with a Host marked IHS, the first three Greek letters of Jesus, which is a sign of the Eucharist, Our Lord’s greatest Sacrament of His Body and Blood, given His Church that we might be transformed and more like Him daily.  On the right of the central doors: the four windows are signs of Christ’s Passion and Death by which salvation is offered to the world: The Crown of Thorns, with the inscription placed above His Cross: INRI, a Latin abbreviation for Jesus of Nazareth, King of the JewsPliers, Hammer and three Nails, used to crucify Jesus; The Column and Roman Scourges with which Jesus was beaten;  A Ladder, Spear and Sponge, instruments used at Christ’s Crucifixion on the Cross.

Take a few minutes to study each window since the craftsmanship, design, color and quality are exceptional. Each time you leave church, take a moment to glance at these windows, and thank God for His generosity, having sent His Son to redeem us by His Cross, and who continues to work for our salvation by means of the Sacraments of His Catholic Church.  More next week.

—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Isaac Georges, Martha McRoskey, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Rose Marie Clarke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Loretta Wallace, 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, Frank Wruk, 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:  John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Pasquale [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:  II Banns:  Kano Paul Edwards and Venite Lochard

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

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.

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

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 app.formed.org/ Access Code WWT2NF.

JOIN THE CONVERSATIONThe Eaglet, the parish blog on our Basilica website,
www.stjohnsstamford.com/eaglet.

          MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Sisters of Life Profession– August 6th at 11:00AM the Sisters of Life are having their final vow profession here at the Basilica. Therefore, the 12:10PM Mass will be canceled on August 6th. All are welcome to attend the profession at 11:00.

August 13, September 13, & October 13: 7:00pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima.

Attention 8-12 graders! Saturday, August 11th: Fan the Fire: Fr. Vill will be leading a group of teenagers from the Basilica Parish to Fan the Fire Youth Rally at St. Rose of Lima in Newtown, CT on Saturday August 11th. This is an all day event. The cost is $45, please register at https://www.formationreimagined.org/fan-the-fire/. Be sure to select “The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist” as your parish when registering. Please see the flyers in the basilica for more details.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday        July 15, 2018    $  10,679.40
Sunday        July 16, 2017    $  14,735.66

 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

July 29th Sunday Readings:  2 KGS 4:42-44, EPH 4:1-6, JN 6:1-15

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.

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 clothes, all sizes and seasons. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

Project Rachel– Are you or someone you know hurting from a past abortion experience? There is help and hope. Project Rachel is offering an Entering Canaan Day of Prayer and Healing on Saturday, July 14, 2018 for women who are suffering from a past abortion. Please contact 203-895-3554 or projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information and confidential registration.

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.

PLENARY INDULGENCE: As a minor basilica, Saint John’s has a special bond with the Holy Father and unique spiritual privileges among the churches of the Diocese of Bridgeport, in that we can offer special plenary indulgences each year.  July 16th, the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which was the date of concession of the title of minor basilica granted Saint John’s in 2009, is one of those days.
A plenary indulgence is a favor granted by the Church through the merits of Jesus who removes, either partially or completely [plenary], the temporal punishment remaining for sins that have been forgiven in Confession. The Church, as the minister of Christ’s graces, grants these to faithful Catholics willing to perform a public act of devotion: in this case,  by visiting the Basilica on the days noted, reciting an Our Father and the Creed for the intention of the pope; receiving Holy Communion on the day of the indulgence, and having gone to Confession at least 20 days prior to or following the day the indulgence is sought. One must be free from all attachment to sin in order to receive an indulgence.

EWTN Radio is coming to our diocese! Visit www.veritascatholic.com  to learn more and to support this apostolate dedicated to bringing faithful, entertaining Catholic programming to our community.

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 21.

“Introducing Be Lovely,” a Homeplace Wisdom Ladies Event on Thursday, July 26 at 7:30pm at a private home– bonfire, food, fun. Email lisakotasek@gmail.com for location. More information at belovely.life.

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 angelamarchettifcp@gmail.com

Homeplace Wisdom: Is a Catholic women’s organization promoting friendship and vocational development with monthly speakers and gatherings, play dates, and a daily email list for sharing ideas, prayer requests, parenting or home-place questions, and reading material. To join: lisakotasek@gmail.com

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 catholicyastamford@gmail.com

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 CatholicAdventuresStamford@gmail.com for more information.

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, July 25th 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 melanie@redincllc.com.

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  patchue@futurefive.org.

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: www.silversource.org.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, July 21, 2018
4:00     Intentions of Jim Jagodzinski
Sunday, July 22, 2018
7:30   +Maria E. LaVelle req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00 +Catherine Dolan req. Tarleton Family
12:00 +John Ballentine req. Lucille Lester and Family
5:00     Souls in Purgatory
Monday, July 23, 2018
8:00     Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
12:10 +Jack Lynch req. Anne Marie Foran
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Mary Jo Colangelo req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
8:00     Souls in Purgatory req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10 +Bill Frobose req. Mr. & Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Thursday, July 26, 2018
8:00   +Julius and Elizabeth Sebestyan req. Peter Sebastian
12:10   G. Christensen req. Josephine Languedoc
Friday, July 27, 2018
8:00     Souls in Purgatory req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10   Agnes Ostrowski req. Tony, Dominick, and Marion
Saturday, July 28, 2018
8:00   +Pat Waskom req. John Walker
12:10 +Mary Brzoska req. Frank and Beth Carpanzano

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 21). 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. 21, for more information.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
150 years ago, or so:
July 27, 1866: Justice’s Court.  “Timothy Ryan was sentenced by Justice Daskam to pay a fine of $1 and costs for an attempted assault upon Patrick Reilly, teacher of the Roman Catholic School. It appears that Ryan’s son was punished by the teacher for misconduct, and the father thought he would punish the teacher for that same. But as he did not succeed in carrying out his design-his demonstrations being promptly vetoed-the Justice let him off with a nominal fine, but told him if the offence was repeated, he would give him the full extend of the law.”

130 years ago, or so:
July 26, 1889:   “Rev. Father Buckley, S. J., will be at St. John’s R. C. church Sunday, August 4th, to establish the League of the Sacred Heart.”

120 years ago, or so:
July 26, 1898:  STATIONS OF THE CROSS. “St. John’s Roman Catholic Church is being enriched, and its interior greatly improved, by the erection of fourteen groups of statuary representing the stations of the cross, and used in services which occur on Fridays in Lent and at other times. The stations are works of art, and the color-blending and general effect are very pleasing. They are the gift of a Stamford lady, a member of the congregation, whose name will probably be announced by the pastor, Rev. Father Rogers, after the blessing ceremony, which is to occur August 14, the vigil of the Festival of the Assumption. The stations were imported form Munich just in time to escape duty under the new tariff law. Each has a stucco frame in the shape of a gothic arch, which harmonizes with the architecture of the church. John Ennis is erecting them in place. The rather bare appearance of the white walls is greatly relieved by the rich colors of the scenes representing the closing events in Christ’s life on earth.”

85 years ago, or so:
July 25, 1931:  Introducing Stamford To Its Traffic Police. “Regulation of traffic is an important detail of police work. It is done well in Stamford, so well, in fact, that it is not uncommon for the police executives to receive communications from out-of-town as well as local people commending the department on its traffic corps. Policeman Thomas F. Lynch, who handles school traffic at Bell and South Streets and parking along Main Street, is another member of the Stamford Police Department who served in the World War. As a sergeant in the 56th Regiment, C.A.C., he spent two years in France, the second after the war. His training in the Army has come in handy in his police duty, as he serves as drill sergeant for the police. Eighteen years ago, he was one of the outstanding players on the Emerald baseball team. He is one of the most popular members of the department. He was born in Stamford and attended St. John’s Parochial School.”

Bulletin for Sunday July 15, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday July 15, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: July 16th is the 10th anniversary of the pope naming St. John’s a Minor Basilica. This honorary title is granted by the Holy Father to certain churches outside the City of Rome as special recognition of the unique historic and spiritual work of the people and priests of the parish. Saint John’s is known as “The Mother Church of Stamford”, in that all Catholic parishes and institutions in southwestern Fairfield County have their roots in this our parish, the first Catholic church in the area. Having been solely responsible for the preaching of the Gospel, the offering of the Sacrifice of the Mass and the celebration of the sacraments for Catholics in lower Fairfield County during most of the 19th century, the parish has continued to develop its role as a center for Catholic culture and the spiritual life in downtown Stamford up to the present day.  As a Minor Basilica, Saint John’s now enjoys a special relationship with the Successor of Saint Peter: in a real way, the Basilica of Saint John becomes the pope’s church and a center for the promotion of the teachings of the Holy Father and the Church’s Magisterium, as well as a center for a deeper devotion to him as the Successor of Saint Peter.   Saint John’s was granted this dignity for another reason: because of the “particular importance for the liturgical and pastoral life” St. John’s holds within our diocese.

There are only 67  Minor Basilicas out of the nearly 22,000 parish churches and missions that exist in the U.S.A. By this grant of the Holy Father, the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist holds precedence among all the parishes of our diocese, being now ranked immediately after the Cathedral of Saint Augustine in Bridgeport. This grant to the parish underscores the unique nature of the Catholic Church: personally established by Our Lord on the Apostles, whom He sent to preach the Truth and to establish the one Church wherever they went. The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist in Stamford is a dramatic sign that, while the church building was created by local Catholics more than 150 years ago, the Faith, the Gospel, the Sacraments, and the life of Grace weren’t started by some “guy” or by the government here in Connecticut. Nor can we change the Church at whim. We receive our spiritual lives from Christ through His Apostles, handed down in an unbroken chain of Catholic bishops in communion with the Successor of Saint Peter, to our own Bishop Caggiano.  He shares that priesthood with the priests of our parish, so the lives of Catholics can be enriched by the same forgiveness of sins, the same Body and Blood of Christ, the same life of Grace that Our Lord began when He first sent the 12 Apostles out to extend His work beyond the borders of Israel, 2,000 years ago.

The Basilica’s coat of arms adorns our front door, on the bulletin, and on the choir loft along with that of the Holy Father.  Here is the meaning of the symbols of the Basilica’s coat of arms:
The central gold cross represents the Redemption by Our Lord Jesus Christ, the foundation of our faith. The golden shell [top left quarter] is taken from Pope Benedict XVI’s coat of arms, since he named us a Minor Basilica. The gold golden crowned lion [top right quarter] comes from Blessed Pope Pius IX’s coat of arms, since he was pope when our parish was founded in 1847. The silver crescent moon [bottom left quarter] represents the Blessed Virgin Mary. This dogma of the Immaculate Conception was defined by Blessed Pope Pius IX  in 1854, the same year St. John’s became an independent parish. The wavy silver line beneath the crescent moon represents Stamford’s Mill River and the Port of Stamford. The gold eagle holding a silver scroll [bottom right quarter] in is the traditional symbol of Saint John the Evangelist, our parish patron saint.  The Basilica’s motto: “Behold your Mother” [John 19:27] was spoken to St. John by Our Lord as he was dying on the Cross, entrusting the Blessed Mother to his care. The motto is also reminiscent of the title given to St. John’s: “The Mother Church of Stamford”, referring to the fact that everything Catholic in southwestern Fairfield County began at St. John’s. The coat of arms was designed by Fr. Matthew Mauriello.

—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Isaac Georges, Martha McRoskey, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Rose Marie Clarke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Loretta Wallace, 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, Frank Wruk, 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:  Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Pasquale [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:  I Banns:  Kano Paul Edwards and Venite Lochard

Co-Operative Mission Collection . . . Please drop your Co-operative Mission Collection envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.  There will only be one collection today.

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.

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

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 app.formed.org/ Access Code WWT2NF.

JOIN THE CONVERSATIONThe Eaglet, the parish blog on our Basilica website,
www.stjohnsstamford.com/eaglet.

Thank You- This past weekend at a family tag sale the children of the Marchetti families sold concessions for the benefit of the Basilica of St. John’s. They raised $73 dollars and we would like to thank them for their generosity.

          MARK YOUR CALENDARS

July 13, August 13, September 13, & October 13: 7:00pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima.

Attention 8-12 graders! Saturday, August 11th: Fan the Fire: Fr. Vill will be leading a group of teenagers from the Basilica Parish to Fan the Fire Youth Rally at St. Rose of Lima in Newtown, CT on Saturday August 11th. This is an all day event. The cost is $45, please register at https://www.formationreimagined.org/fan-the-fire/. Be sure to select “The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist” as your parish when registering. Please see the flyers in the basilica for more details.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday       July 1, 2018     $  12,515.45
Sunday       July 2, 2017     $  11,812.07

Sunday        July 8, 2018    $  11,246.44
Sunday        July 9, 2017    $  13,012.23

 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

July 22nd Sunday Readings:  JER 23:1-6, EPH 2:13-18, MK 6:30-34

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.

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. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

Project Rachel- Are you or someone you know hurting from a past abortion experience? There is help and hope. Project Rachel is offering an Entering Canaan Day of Prayer and Healing on Saturday, July 14, 2018 for women who are suffering from a past abortion. Please contact 203-895-3554 or projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information and confidential registration.

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.

PLENARY INDULGENCE: As a minor basilica, Saint John’s has a special bond with the Holy Father and unique spiritual privileges among the churches of the Diocese of Bridgeport, in that we can offer special plenary indulgences each year.  July 16th, the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which was the date of concession of the title of minor basilica granted Saint John’s in 2009, is one of those days.
A plenary indulgence is a favor granted by the Church through the merits of Jesus who removes, either partially or completely [plenary], the temporal punishment remaining for sins that have been forgiven in Confession. The Church, as the minister of Christ’s graces, grants these to faithful Catholics willing to perform a public act of devotion: in this case,  by visiting the Basilica on the days noted, reciting an Our Father and the Creed for the intention of the pope; receiving Holy Communion on the day of the indulgence, and having gone to Confession at least 20 days prior to or following the day the indulgence is sought. One must be free from all attachment to sin in order to receive an indulgence.

EWTN Radio is coming to our diocese! Visit www.veritascatholic.com  to learn more and to support this apostolate dedicated to bringing faithful, entertaining Catholic programming to our community.

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 21.

“Introducing Be Lovely,” a Homeplace Wisdom Ladies Event on Thursday, July 26 at 7:30pm at a private home– bonfire, food, fun. Email lisakotasek@gmail.com for location. More information at belovely.life.

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 angelamarchettifcp@gmail.com

Homeplace Wisdom: Is a Catholic women’s organization promoting friendship and vocational development with monthly speakers and gatherings, play dates, and a daily email list for sharing ideas, prayer requests, parenting or home-place questions, and reading material. To join: lisakotasek@gmail.com

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 catholicyastamford@gmail.com

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 CatholicAdventuresStamford@gmail.com for more information.

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, July 25th 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 melanie@redincllc.com.

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  patchue@futurefive.org.

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: www.silversource.org.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, July 14, 2018
4:00   +Alfred Henry Lovell, Jr. req. Jagodzinski Family
Sunday, July 15, 2018
7:30   +John Stagon the Bottaro Family
10:00   Special Intentions Andrew Mbabaali req. Mom Scholastica
12:00   In Honor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel req. Marion Morris
5:00     Souls in Purgatory
Monday, July 16, 2018
8:00    Souls in Purgatory req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10  Special Intentions Andrew Mbabaali req. Ferry G
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
8:00    Souls in Purgatory
12:10  Special Intentions Andrew Mbabaali
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   Rosemary Reid req. Josephine Languedoc
Thursday, July 19, 2018
8:00   +Katherine Vilena Dungo req. Pearl Moss
12:10 +Noemi Isidro req. daughters
Friday, July 20, 2018
8:00    Deceased Members of the Taricani Family req. Leon Taricani
12:10  Salvatore Piria req. Domenico Piria
Saturday, July 21, 2018
8:00   +Cecil Anthony and Jean Whittimgham req. Blanca Reyes
12:10 +Christopher M. Sabia req. Dom Piria

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 21). 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. 21, for more information.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
110 years ago, or so:

July 21, 1908: New Statuary in Catholic Church.  “J. H. Scofield & Son have presented to St. John’s R.C. Church a beautiful baptismal statue, which has been placed on the baptismal font. The principal figure is that of St. John the Baptist, who is shown in the act of baptizing Christ, the whole thus being symbolic of the sacrament of baptism. The statue comes from Carrara, Italy, and is made from a splendid specimen of the marble of that place. It adds greatly to the statuary of the church, and gives a finish to the font, which is probably not equaled by that in any church in the diocese.”

105 years ago, or so:
July 16, 1914:  DEATH OF MRS. J H SHORT. “Mrs. James H. Short of 22 Miller Street died at her home early this morning. She had been ill for the past three years. She was formerly well known as a teacher and business woman. She was born in Ireland and came to Stamford to take up duties as a teacher in St. John’s parochial school, then a very small school.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Mrs. Short was the former Miss Clarey who was one of two teachers when the original St. John’s school on Meadow Street opened in 1861.)

85 years ago, or so:
July 20, 1935:  2 Churches Hit By Lightning. “A terrific thunderstorm did property damage estimated at upwards of $10,000.  A spire on the top of St. John’s Catholic Church was shattered and one side being hurled to the street 125 feet below. A 200-pound stone torn from the spire was carried through the air, landing on the skylight of Frankel and Sons store 262 Atlantic Street and crashing down to the ground floor and through a show window in the front of the store. The stonework of the church spire, splinted into small and large pieces, was scattered for more than 200 feet along Atlantic Street and Bell Street.”

60 years ago, or so:
July 19, 1960:  Scouts Attending Colorado Jubilee. “Stamford Boy Scouts who are attending the Golden Jubilee Jamboree in Colorado Springs, Colorado include John Y. Connolly from St. John’s Catholic Church Troop 22.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: John Connolly would go on to become an Eagle Scout and a Medical Doctor.)

25 years ago, or so:
July 22, 1992:  St. Anne’s Days. “St. John’s will have a Triduum in honor of St. Anne and St. Joachim, the parents of Mary and the Grandparents of Jesus. The Triduum will take place at the 12:10 Mass Wednesday, July 22ns, Thursday, July 23rd and Friday July 24th. Veneration of the relic of St. Anne will take place each day of the Triduum.”

Bulletin for Sunday July 08, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday July 08, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: During these warmer months, I thought I’d offer some lighter summer fare for your weekly consideration, rather than the more heady stuff of past articles. Let’s do a type of walking tour of our basilica. We have the largest and oldest church building in the area. But I think few parishioners or visitors really notice the quality of construction or detail of artwork that makes Saint John’s so unique a treasure in  Fairfield County and the Diocese of Bridgeport. Here we go.

Let’s start from the outside and work our way inside during the next weeks. The property was purchased in 1868, and had been excavated in 1869 by Michael Coughlan, whose firm also laid the footings for the new church, all free of charge.  The church is built of granite, quarried from Leetes Island off the New Haven coast, the same quarry that supplied the granite used in the construction of the plinth for the Statue of Liberty. The exterior of our church was the design of James Murphy, one of the leading church architects in New England. When the church was completed in 1886, the press trumpeted the building as the largest stone church and “undoubtedly one of the very finest ecclesiastical edifices in the state” [The Stamford Advocate, June 1, 1886], and “In general style the new edifice is said to resemble the cathedral at Milan” [The New York Times, May 31, 1886]. Obviously, the reporter had never been to Milan! Nevertheless, the sentiment is appreciated, and, truly, the church exterior is imposing and impressive. Set in our magnificent gardens, it provides a true oasis in today’s downtown of high rise buildings.

The church is designed in the form of a Latin Cross: the central aisle and sanctuary run on an east-west axis [the front door faces east, just like Saint Peter’s in Rome], and the transept crosses on a north-south axis. The design allows the altars to be illuminated by the rising sun through the choir loft window. When Mass was offered by a priest facing the altar, the rising sun provided him the light sufficient to read the large Mass book known as the Missal.  Likewise, it shines through the choir window with the image of Christ, the light of the world, literally.

The are three impressive front doorways before which are pink granite stair cases on either side of which are pink granite side risers. Each riser is formed by a single 8-ton block of pink granite, which the press judged “not only beautiful, but durable.” [The Connecticut Catholic, September 27, 1884]

Originally, the bell tower was planned to be the tallest in the state, rising 250 feet and forming a pointed wooden steeple. Never completed because of a lack of funds, the tower was merely capped in 1886, slightly above the height of the lowest large tower window. In 1886, the most imposing element of the façade was the choir window, rising above the central door. To its left [south] are two smaller stone turrets: that nearest the central door is decorative; the larger one, closer to the rectory, houses the original circular brick staircase leading to the choir loft. At the base of this southern-most turret is a granite block carved with a Greek Cross. The lower course of the façade is pierced by three small lancet windows, and, above, between the turrets, a quatrefoil window. This window was  the gift of Fanny Meredith: a parishioner who was a washer woman, who saved her pennies to give the best she had to God in the form of a beautiful window.  Each early morning as the sun rises, this window daily lights up the Blessed Mother altar, just as Fanny intended in the 1880s!

The bell tower was finally completed by Fr. James O’Brien in the 1920’s in English Perpendicular Gothic style. You can see eight carved angels: two on each side of the tower. The smaller angels each hold an open Bible with the Chi Rho, the first two Greek letters for Christ; four larger angels, nearer the top, pray with folded hands.  More next week. 

—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni,  Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Rose Marie Clarke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Loretta Wallace, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, 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, Frank Wruk, 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: John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Pasquale [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:  John Cristal and Danica Ann Wilhowy

Monthly Collection . . . The second collection today will be the monthly collection for the parish.  Your generosity is appreciated.

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.

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

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 app.formed.org/ Access Code WWT2NF.

JOIN THE CONVERSATIONThe Eaglet, the parish blog on our Basilica website, www.stjohnsstamford.com/eaglet.

 

          MARK YOUR CALENDARS

July 13, August 13, September 13, & October 13: 7:00pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima. 

Attention 8-12 graders! Saturday, August 11th: Fan the Fire: Fr. Vill will be leading a group of teenagers from the Basilica Parish to Fan the Fire Youth Rally at St. Rose of Lima in Newtown, CT on Saturday August 11th. This is an all day event. The cost is $45, please register at https://www.formationreimagined.org/fan-the-fire/. Be sure to select “The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist” as your parish when registering. Please see the flyers in the basilica for more details.

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

July 15th Sunday Readings:  AM 7:12-15, EPH 1:3-14 OR 1:3-10, MK 6:7-13

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.

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. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

Project Rachel- Are you or someone you know hurting from a past abortion experience? There is help and hope. Project Rachel is offering an Entering Canaan Day of Prayer and Healing on Saturday, July 14, 2018 for women who are suffering from a past abortion. Please contact 203-895-3554 or projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information and confidential registration.

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.

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  patchue@futurefive.org.

EWTN Radio is coming to our diocese! Visit www.veritascatholic.com  to learn more and to support this apostolate dedicated to bringing faithful, entertaining Catholic programming to our community.

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 21.

Electronic Giving – Offertory Donations Made Easy…Consider using your credit card to make your weekly or monthly donation to St. John’s.  Easier for you, and less costly for the parish than the printing and mailing of weekly envelopes, credit card giving automatically sends your weekly offering to the Basilica of St. John’s.  Call the parish secretary (324-1553, ext. 21).

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 angelamarchettifcp@gmail.com

Homeplace Wisdom: Is a Catholic women’s organization promoting friendship and vocational development with monthly speakers and gatherings, play dates, and a daily email list for sharing ideas, prayer requests, parenting or home-place questions, and reading material. To join: lisakotasek@gmail.com

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.

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: www.silversource.org.

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 catholicyastamford@gmail.com

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 CatholicAdventuresStamford@gmail.com for more information.

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, July 25th 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 melanie@redincllc.com.

Regina Caeli Academy 2018/2019– Come join our exciting mission to form the next generation of Catholics!  Regina Caeli Academy (www.rcahybrid.com) is a classical, hybrid education in the Catholic tradition.  Pre K3- 12th grade students attend Socratic and hands-on classes taught by trained tutors two days a week and are home schooled the remaining days with lesson plans already outlined for in-home education. Location: 254 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT. For more information, a tour of our facility on July 12 (by appointment only), or information about a fall tour, please contact our admissions representative, Mrs. Katrina Hartsock at khartsock.aus@rcahybrid.org or (470)239-0259.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, July 7, 2018
4:00   +June Hall Lovell req. Jagodzinski Family
Sunday, July 8, 2018
7:30   +Ken Munnick req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00   Terese, John, Francis and Mary Kung req. parents
12:00 +William McNamara req. daughters
5:00     Souls in Purgatory
Monday, July 9, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   Deceased members of the Cole Family req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
8:00   +Pacifica Operario req. Judith Jordan
12:10 +Mary Ann Audette
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
8:00   +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Margaret M. and Samuel J. Potolicchio req. Family
Thursday, July 12, 2018
8:00   +Ann Furnaros req. Family
12:10 +Bernadette Martelli req. Martelli Family
Friday, July 13, 2018
8:00     Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. Saint John Holy Name Society
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
Saturday, July 14, 2018
8:00   +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Jocelyn, Sydney, Oswald & Kilda Machado 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 21). 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. 21, for more information.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

130 years ago, or so:
July 11, 1890: The Meadow Street School. Flag Raising July 4th—Speeches, Recitations, Music, Etc. and Picnic at Woodside Park.  “Of late, flag raising on various schools in Stamford have been very frequent, and the last one was on July 4th, at St. John’s R.C. Parochial School, at which time there were very interesting ceremonies attending the presentation and raising of the beautiful flag presented to the school by the Cecilian Society of Stamford. The exercises began at 9 a.m., and the attendance was very large. The societies connected with the church were present, also the members of Hobbie Post, G.A.R., in a body, and the exercises commenced with the singing of the chorus, “Red, White and Blue,” by pupils of St. John’s parochial school. Rev. Thomas J. Keena then delivered an address on “Patriotism,” which address as well as that of Rev. William H. Rogers, which followed, has been highly commended.”

110 years ago, or so:
July 9, 1906:  WITH IMPRESSIVE SERVICE BISHOP TIERNEY LAID THE CORNER STONE OF NEW PAROCHIAL SCHOOL. “The corner stone of St. John’s school was laid, yesterday afternoon, with all the impressiveness of the Roman Catholic ritual and in the presence of a large and representative assemblage of townspeople. It was a notable gathering that was present, including public officials and men prominent in all walks of life, together with a distinguished array of clergymen, headed by the Right Reverend Michael Tierney, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Hartford, who officiated at the religious ceremony and also set the stone, using the conventional trowel of silver. All the arrangements had been attended to with the utmost care with the result that there was no confusion and the program was carried through without delay, the ritual, singing and address taking up only a little over an hour. St. Augustine Council, Knights of Columbus, was present some 300 strong, and the members assisted in preventing the crowd from becoming congested at any one point.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: St. John’s Parochial School was razed in 1972.)

95 years ago, or so:
July 12, 1922:  NEW CROSS PLACED ON ST. JOHN’S CATHOLIC CHURCH. REPLACES ONE BLOWN OFF ROOF IN STORM LAST SPRING. “A new cross, replacing that blown down several months ago, was placed in position on the top of St. John’s Catholic Church, yesterday, by Edward Gorman, the sexton, and his assistant Harry Young. The former cross, which had been in position for 10 or 15 years, came down with a crash in the Spring, and was broken into hundreds of fragments on the stone steps at the south entrance to the church. The new cross is made of wood, sheathed with copper and gilded. A support, imbedded in the stone of the church, holds the cross firmly. It stands six feet high and has a span of four feet.”

Eaglet: The Cardinal: To be a good priest

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The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist

The Mother Church of Stamford • 279 Atlantic Street, Stamford, Connecticut 06901 • Phone: (203) 324-1553 • Fax: (203) 359-2660 • Email: stjc@optonline.net


"Father Fermoyle discovers the one reason for a man being a priest: to remind people that God exists and is very real, lest we forget that fact, and create for ourselves a life that is merely our own myth, and that we are supreme in it."

The Cardinal: To be a good priest

By Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni, H.E.D.
[First published in THE EAGLE, September 2010]

Henry Morton Robinson’s 1950 novel, The Cardinal, has a close relationship with St. John’s, as the famously popular film version was made here at the church in 1963 by legendary director Otto Preminger. In the movie (available on DVD), there are great shots of the interior and exterior of St. John’s, both upstairs and downstairs. Many of the schoolchildren in the film are still parishioners, and have fond memories of the Sisters of Mercy who chose them to appear in the movie.

Alas, as so often happens, the movie is vastly different than the novel. Mr. Preminger took much advantage of his director’s prerogative to adapt the text, inventing a variety of interesting scenes and subplots. The movie (which won the Golden Globe for Best Picture of 1963) is action-packed, and long, and covers the basic story of how a young ambitious priest fulfills his dreams and, eventually, becomes a Prince of the Church.

Mr. Robinson, on the other hand, is much more interested and thoughtful about the priesthood and the Church in his novel. This is the story of Father Stephen Fermoyle, an energetic and zealous young man who wants to be a good priest. He succeeds, superbly, and becomes, as the title suggests, a cardinal. The latter part of the book is about him as a bishop, but that merely mirrors the man who, because he had become an excellent priest, showed those qualities in his work as a very good bishop.

In his foreword, Mr. Robinson reveals that the novel is not entirely fictional:

“I cannot pretend that (Father) Stephen Fermoyle is wholly a product of my imagination. It would be truer to say that he is a composite of all the priests I have ever known – and particularly those priests who left mysterious imprints of their sacred office on my youth.”

To underscore this, he quotes two texts: “And it is Your Will that is our peace” [Dante, Paradiso, Canto III], which speaks to the heart of a priestly vocation. And, the first question of the Baltimore Catechism: “Q. Why did God make you?  A. God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next” [Lesson First], which speaks to everyone’s vocation and reason for existence. We exist and live for God.

The novel begins on the ocean liner Vesuvio, plying the frothy wave to Boston at the turn of the 20th century, bearing on board a recently-ordained young priest, Stephen Fermoyle, returning home from his course of seminary studies in the Eternal City. He is to take up his first assignment in a large downtown parish – in the movie, St. John’s is the stand-in.

On his return to America, this young priest slowly discovers the meaning of the priesthood he has signed up for, as his faith and ministry encounter the daily problems in the lives of his desperately-poor parishioners; the tragedies and pressures in the lives of his aging parents and siblings; the superb example of humility in his pastor; and the challenge of his
fractious, ill-tempered, pompous, and self-centered bishop, to whom he has promised obedience.

While the film version moves from sensational situation to thrill-packed scene, the novel looks more intently at the man who is a priest, and two things that become clearer to him and to the readers, about life and the priesthood.

The first reality in all reality is the primacy of God and of God’s will. Father Fermoyle discovers this slowly as it relates to his priesthood. Here is a brilliant young scholar who finds himself assigned to parish work, and the strain is overwhelming, facing his family, himself, and the reality of God in real life. During a difficult time, Father Fermoyle retreats to a Benedictine monastery to reflect on his priesthood, and is assigned to help a feeble-minded monk in his kitchen work.

One day, as Father Fermoyle is cutting onions, the monk mumbles the priest’s name. Asked why, the monk reveals that he is praying that God protect the priest’s hands, so unaccustomed to physical labor. Father Fermoyle tells him to pray for his own hands, and the monk responds: “If God wills that I cut myself, I shall accept it as a mark of His favor. But since I have placed the whole matter in His hands, it is not likely that any accident will befall.”

All the priest’s meditations about the ideal of obedience and humility, and his self-delusion that he was humble, are clarified in the words of this simple monk: “Since I have placed the whole matter in His hands. . .” And Robinson comments, “Instead of trying to outrival his earthly father or dazzle the Heavenly One, you merely surrendered yourself, trustingly, completely, to His will. Whatever happened thereafter was a mark of special favor. . . as simple as that. And as difficult.”

Father Fermoyle discovers the one reason for a man being a priest: to remind people that God exists and is very real, lest we forget that fact, and create for ourselves a life that is merely our own myth, and that we are supreme in it. Whether in the life of an individual or of a business or of a country, it is the basic reality: the primacy of God in human affairs. And we must adapt accordingly, just as one adapts to another reality: gravity.  For to deny the existence of either leads to tragedy.

The second foundational reality, more slowly revealed to the young priest and to the readers, is the effect of one’s parents on an individual’s personal and professional life. One of the first things Father Fermoyle discovers concerns his bishop: a crusty, gruff man who gets his way by bullying everyone in very loud tones – and who is just like Father Fermoyle’s own father. Behind the authoritative  exterior of both men, Stephen finds himself faced with the reality of the man he should be – and is, despite himself. His quiet, efficient, self-effacing and generous mother, who dotes on her priestly son, has instilled that sense of pity, charity, and piety so essential for the life of a man whose work is to show the compassionate Christ in the midst of a harsh world.

Father Fermoyle’s first years as a priest, while pious and filled with the faithful exercise of religious duties and obligations, are years of struggle to discover the man his parents formed, and to discover how that man must actually bend to the primacy of God and His will in daily life, in order to be an effective priest and lead others to eternity.

The Cardinal is a good novel. I think it could have ended quite well before Father Fermoyle becomes a bishop but, nevertheless, it is worth reading, for Mr. Robinson understands much about the priesthood.

– Msgr. Stephen DiGiovanni, H.E.D.

On June 28, 2018, Msgr. Stephen DiGiovanni marked his 20th anniversary as Pastor of the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist.

Bulletin for Sunday July 01, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday July 01, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: July 4th, the celebration of our nation’s Declaration of Independence, was always marked well in Stamford. This was particularly true following the American Civil War, when the sacrifice on the battlefields of so many thousands of Stamford’s young men was still a fresh and painful memory; and among the fallen were many Catholics from Saint John’s.  Just ten years earlier, in 1855, a Stamford lawyer, William T. Minor was elected Connecticut’s governor, and the platform of his Know-Nothing Party was “to resist the insidious policy of the Church of Rome, and all other foreign influences against the institution of our country, by placing in all offices in the gift of the People, whether by election or appointment, none but native-born Protestant citizens.” The American Civil War provided a testing ground for much in America, including the popular Connecticut Yankee notion that Catholics could not be faithful Americans. Many would have willingly deprived Catholics of our rights granted by the U.S. Constitution.  But the service of tens of thousands of Catholics on the battlefield proved this false.

After the Civil War, newspaper articles bore a much friendlier tone than prior to 1865. For example, the July 2, 1869 number of The Advocate ran a long article about the first notable post-War celebration of the Glorious Fourth in which “. . . our Roman Catholic friends appear to be determined to do their part in making the Fourth what it ought to be—a day of popular enjoyment.” A week later, The Advocate reported what had happened on July 4th, itself:  church bells were rung, fire works exploded, citizens went to Shippan Point and Mianus Harbor to view the regatta. The paper observed, “The most exciting and interesting feature of the observances of the day is due to the public spirit and enterprise of our Irish-American [Catholics of Saint John’s ] citizens who celebrated the Fourth by a grand excursion and pic-nic in Woodside Park [today’s Scalzi Park]. Before proceeding to the park, a procession was formed which moved through the principal streets.” Parish priests, religious sisters, municipal dignitaries, along with the police and members of “the hook-and-ladder-and-hose company” joined with the throngs of Catholics marching through the city according to the various parish societies, accompanied by marching bands. “Last but not least, was a wagon drawn by four horses on which were grouped a number of young girls dressed in white, with red and blue favors, representing the several States in the Union.” Once arrived, refreshments, entertainments, games and dancing were provided until 7:00 p.m.

Those earlier Independence Day celebrations, especially following any of America’s wars, were of exceptional importance, as a means of paying tribute to the fallen heroes and to those living veterans who had endured the unimaginable horrors of the battlefield to preserve our nation and our rights. Liberty in America was deemed precious, and the rights of all sufficient cause to take up arms in self-defense. Since the Civil War, Catholics were considered neighbors worthy to be called Americans, because so many had fought valiantly and died courageously on the battlefield to preserve the Union and the Constitution.

And today? Is the United States a perfect society? No. But it is a society offering more possibilities than any other on the planet, just as it did in the 1870s. That is why so many strive to come here. Of course most come for work and the almighty dollar, certainly. But there is a more foundational reason for the arrival of millions to our shores, even if unspoken by the immigrant or misunderstood by the native born citizen. It is the existence of a near level playing field offered everyone by the unalienable rights given us by God, recognized and protected by law: the unalienable rights of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. The United States government does not give us these rights, nor does it create these rights. They are God-given to everyone on the planet. For the most part, these are unrecognized and certainly unprotected by governments beyond our Golden Shores, yet they are defended and protected as natural rights under the laws of our country, thank God.

My father taught me many things, including that “The summer is over” on July 4th. But he and my mother also taught my sisters and me an appreciation for home. It’s a great country, this U.S. of A. So, let’s thank God for it! It preserves and defends those unalienable rights God gave each of us when He knit us in our mothers’ wombs in His image and likeness: the Rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. And, it is the only nation on the planet that preserves those individual, God-given rights. Pray our country becomes more perfect. In the meantime, and on the Glorious Fourth, let us join in singing and praying, God bless America!

Pray for our country, for our President, our Congress and, especially, for our troops and police. The U.S.A. is still the greatest nation on the planet; that’s why so many people still make their way to our shores– and many even make it to Stamford, the greatest city in Connecticut, and once here, many come to Saint John’s! Happy Fourth!!!

—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni,  Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Rose Marie Clarke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Loretta Wallace, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, 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, Frank Wruk, 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: John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Pasquale [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:
II Banns:  John Cristal and Danica Ann Wilhowy

III Banns: Ryan Miller and Cristine Kavalan
III Banns: Guy Phillipe Nazaire and Murielle Nicolas

Peter’s Pence Collection . . . Please drop your Peter’s Pence Collection envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.   There will only be one collection today.

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.

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

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 app.formed.org/ Access Code WWT2NF.

JOIN THE CONVERSATIONThe Eaglet, the parish blog on our Basilica website, www.stjohnsstamford.com/eaglet.

If you missed the Humanae vitae Conference, check out the talks on our parish website at http://stjohnsstamford.com/past-events/.

          MARK YOUR CALENDARS

July 13, August 13, September 13, & October 13: 7:00pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima.

Attention 8-12 graders! Saturday, August 11th: Fan the Fire: Fr. Vill will be leading a group of teenagers from the Basilica Parish to Fan the Fire Youth Rally at St. Rose of Lima in Newtown, CT on Saturday August 11th. This is an all day event. The cost is $45, please register at https://www.formationreimagined.org/fan-the-fire/. Be sure to select “The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist” as your parish when registering. Please see the flyers in the basilica for more details.

 Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         June 24, 2018                        $  13,608.04
Sunday         June 25, 2017                        $  13,317.32

  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

July 8th Sunday Readings:  EZ 2:2-5, 2 COR 12:7-10, MK 6:1-6

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.

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. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

Project Rachel– Are you or someone you know hurting from a past abortion experience? There is help and hope. Project Rachel is offering an Entering Canaan Day of Prayer and Healing on Saturday, July 14, 2018 for women who are suffering from a past abortion. Please contact 203-895-3554 or projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information and confidential registration.

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.

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  patchue@futurefive.org.

EWTN Radio is coming to our diocese! Visit www.veritascatholic.com  to learn more and to support this apostolate dedicated to bringing faithful, entertaining Catholic programming to our community.

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 21.

Redemptoris Mater  Diocesan Missionary Seminary Open House– Come and meet the seminarians on Saturday, June 30, 2018  and Sunday, July 1, 2018 from 10:00AM– 6:00PM at 21 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902. Enjoy a moment of communion with songs and food! Tours through the seminary will begin every 20 Minutes and all are invited to enjoy a delicious barbecue afterwards!  Please call to reserve your spot at 203-588-1785 or seminary@rmbridgeport.org.

Sisters of Life Retreats for young ladies, women, and men.  Something for everyone!  Registration for all retreats opens July 2, 2018.  Visit tinyurl.com/SistersofLife  to learn more.

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 angelamarchettifcp@gmail.com

Homeplace Wisdom: Is a Catholic women’s organization promoting friendship and vocational development with monthly speakers and gatherings, play dates, and a daily email list for sharing ideas, prayer requests, parenting or home-place questions, and reading material. To join: lisakotasek@gmail.com

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.

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: www.silversource.org.

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 catholicyastamford@gmail.com

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 CatholicAdventuresStamford@gmail.com for more information.

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, July 25th 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 melanie@redincllc.com.

Regina Caeli Academy 2018/2019– Come join our exciting mission to form the next generation of Catholics!  Regina Caeli Academy (www.rcahybrid.com) is a classical, hybrid education in the Catholic tradition.  Pre K3- 12th grade students attend Socratic and hands-on classes taught by trained tutors two days a week and are home schooled the remaining days with lesson plans already outlined for in-home education. Location: 254 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT. For more information, a tour of our facility on July 12 (by appointment only), or information about a fall tour, please contact our admissions representative, Mrs. Katrina Hartsock at khartsock.aus@rcahybrid.org or (470)239-0259.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, June 30, 2018
4:00   +Kathy Robustelli req. Lucy Joyce
Sunday, July 1, 2018
7:30   +Kevin Nadin req. Glenn and Lynda Nadin
10:00 +Christopher Sabia req. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Irving
12:00   Patricia Ridge req. Michelle Sagdati
5:00     Needs of Parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, July 2, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10    Ihor Alyssha William & Families req. Nelya Stelmakh
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
8:00   +Gene Tushaj req. wife Age
12:10   Deceased members of the Gaine Family req. Mary Bridget Gaine
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
8:00     Monsignor Malanowski req. Frank and Beth Carpanzano
12:10 +Anthony Ramos req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
Thursday, July 5, 2018
8:00     Gavyn Samedi Birthday req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Glen Nadin req. priest of the parish
Friday, July 6, 2018
8:00   +Guido Rebula Birthday Memorial req. by daughter Rosemary Rebula
12:10   Special Intentions Okogun Family
Saturday, July 7, 2018
8:00   +Abelardo David req. Pearl Moss
12:10 +William Kallaway req. Marcia Calomino

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 21). 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. 21, for more information.

St. John’s in THE NEWS:
THE HARTFORD COURANT:
160 years ago, or so:
July 3, 1858: Religious Intelligence. “Bishop McFarland (Romish) administered the rite of Confirmation to about 70 persons on Sunday last, in Stamford.”

THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
150 years ago, or so:
July 8, 1870: LOCAL AFFAIRS. “The celebration by our Irish fellow citizens was of the most enthusiastic character. At 8 o’clock A.M., the procession formed at the Canal House, headed by the Bridgeport City Band, and comprising the newly organized Union Guards, the St. John’s Benevolent Society, the Temperance Cadets, and a juvenile military company, who proceeded through the principal streets, making a march of some five or six miles, thence through Washington Avenue to Woodside Park. Several places on the line of march were honored by the procession—cheering, etc. Among the rest, our domicile was duly recognized by the presentation of arms and cheers, for which we return thanks. At the Park there was the most unrestrained enjoyment. The dancing was engaged in with a zeal that should be seen to be appreciated. The refreshments were in great abundance, and every provision made necessary for the full enjoyment of the day. The Union Guards had a target practice for several excellent prizes given them by their friends, and the following is the result: Geo. Anderson, cake basket; Geo. Smith, Spencer Rifle; John Mackey, castor; Chas. Webb, spoon holder; Jos. Green, silver cup; C. Corbett, silver cup; P. C. Feigherty, silver cup; John Berry, box of cigars; D. Graham, box of cigars; Jas. Mackey, box of cigars. Nothing occurred at the Park to mar the enjoyment of the occasion. Too much praise cannot be given by those participating to Rev. Fathers Fagan and Gaffney for the untiring efforts.”

THE CONNECTICUT CATHOLIC:
125 years ago, or so:
July 8, 1893:  STAMFORD. “The annual Fourth of July picnic of St. John’s church took place at Woodside park, a place that has been noted for its picnics in the past. The picnic this year in many respects surpasses those of former years, especially in the well arranged athletic games and races, and no more suitable weather could have been wished for such an occasion. In the morning, Mass was celebrated in St. John’s church and the attendance was quite numerous. After Mass the procession formed on Atlantic street, headed by St. John’s cornet band, followed by the first division of the A.O.H., St. Joseph Y.M.T.A.B. society, Father Matthew’s Temperance society, Catholic Benevolent legion, and the Second division of the A.O.H., headed by Oriental fife and drum corps. P. Hanrahan was grand marshall of the day with John Ryle and Mr. Philpott as aids. The procession and appearance of the several organizations reflected credit on those taking part in the parade.”