Bulletin for Sunday November 11, 2018

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

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Caitlin McNamee, Karin Moberg, Gayle Moore, Tom McKee, Maggie Ward, Bill Baumann, Debbie Valentine, Fr. Richard Hinkley, Bernardo Mieves, Elaine Mellace, Armella Roschella, Geard Roschella, Richard Ridge, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Dionysia Oliveira, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Mary Bauer, Frank Santaro,  John G. Mossa, Sr., Marion Dal Molin, Todd Dowty, Gerald E. Clarke, Rosemarie C. Clarke, Joseph W. Evans, Nicholas Macca, Thomas Mills, Sr.Ellen Mary, Charlee Burns, Martha McRoskey, John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Dr. Pat Santagata, Elma Hefferna, Anne Mennona, Emile Maignan, Regina Derrisaint, Joanne Santarsiero, Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel,  Susanne and Suzanne DePreta

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

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes started Monday October 15th and will meet weekly 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x 0 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

FORMED: Donated by a parishioner, this is a revolutionary online platform provides access to the best Catholic audio talks, movies, e-books, and video-based studies from trusted providers like the Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press, Catholic Answers, Sophia Institute Press, and St. Paul Center– right at your fingertips, without cost. Learn more at app.formed.org/ Access Code WWT2NF.

Monsignor DiGiovanni’s new book, Armed with Faith: The Life of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, is the remarkable story of one of this country’s greatest Catholic chaplains, who died heroically in Vietnam in 1967 and is now on the road to sainthood. The book is on sale in the Basilica Bookstore and on Amazon.com, in print and Kindle editions: https://www.amazon.com/Armed-Faith-Father-Vincent-Capodanno/dp/1983237175

Diocesan Revised Liturgical Norms- For the next several weeks, we will be distributing catechetical materials related to the celebration of Mass in the Diocese of Bridgeport. These articles will precede the promulgation by Bishop Caggiano of the Revised Liturgical Norms on the first Sunday of Advent. To learn more about the norms, please visit www.formationreimagined.org.  In the meantime, please be sure to take home a copy of this week’s article in the back of the Church.

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

Weekly Sunday collection: 

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

 Please increase your Sunday offering by $5.00 each weekend. “I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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

Baptism/Confirmation Sponsorship Certificate:  When asked to be a sponsor, a certificate is needed from your home parish. If the  priest does not know you personally, or by sight, the only other way of knowing you as a practicing Catholic is by confirming your mass attendance by your use of weekly envelopes.

Police: Policemen and women are under attack throughout the country, we ask that you Please remember the members of our Stamford Police Department in your prayers. Likewise, remember in your prayers Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department and our military women and men who protect our nation..

Birthright: seeks volunteers: Support women to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, connecting women with medical, financial, legal and other resources.  Flexible schedules; training provided. They are in need of maternity and baby clothes, all sizes and seasons. Call 203-348-4355 or 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 203-895-3554 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information.

End Legalized Abortion:  Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street.  Help us stop this by joining parishioners in front of the facility on Wednesday or Friday mornings, 8am-10:30am, or even just for 30 minutes. We pray and silently bear witness to the sanctity of human life. Our presence has helped convince expectant mothers to spare their children. Call Noelle at 857-345-0808 for specialized training as a Sidewalk Counselor.

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

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

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

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

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

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, November 28th. Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Walking with Purpose Registration is now open: WWP reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development. We begin with the basics, knowing that we can never master the core truths; there is always greater depth to explore. We will meet Tuesday mornings in the Rectory from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 25th. Childcare is available. For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com 

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

Soulcore: Join SoulCore Leader Luisa Mendoza, to nourish body, mind & soul with SoulCore – a prayer experience that combines the prayers of the rosary with core strengthening, stretching and functional movement. No fitness level or experience required. All are welcome! Any question, email luisamendoza1611@gmail.com or visit www.soulcore.com for more information. WHEN: Thursday mornings 9:30 am, and on Saturday Dec. 8th at 9:30 a.m. WHERE: 179 Hamilton Avenue, Greenwich. Suggested donation of $10. Bring a fitness mat if you have one.

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

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, November 10, 2018
4:00    +Antoinette Di Giorgio req. Antonia Cerro and Family
Sunday, November 11, 2018
7:30      Souls in Purgatory req. Hope and Jim Jagodzinski
10:00  +Donna Stagon req. the Bottaro Family
12:00    Msgr. Thaddeus Malanowski req. Frank and Beth Carpanzano
5:00    +Ralph Branca
Monday, November 12, 2018: Saint Josaphat
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   Thomas Cycon Birthday req. Jef and Mary Spetland
Tuesday, November 13, 2018: Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
8:00   +Anna Elisha Pardo req. Lucielle Lester
12:10   Souls in Purgatory req. Josephine Languedoc
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
8:00     Stacey Kravar Birthday req. Fabiola C.
12:10 +Ann DiGiovanni
Thursday, November 15, 2018 : Saint Albert the Great
8:00   +Frank Chmielewski req. Lorraine VanLangen
12:10   Joseph Kravar Birthday req. Fabiola C.
Friday, November 16, 2018: Saint Margaret of Scotland
8:00     Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. Saint John Holy Name Society
12:10   Peter and Ziriyana Mangeni req. Andrew Mbabaali
Saturday, November 17, 2018: Saint Elizabeth of Hungary
8:00  +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Donna Stagon req. the Bottaro Family

Baptisms: Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. For more information, please call Keri, (203-324-1553, ext 0). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Weddings: Couples must contact and begin meeting with one of the parish priests for at least 6 months before a hoped for wedding date at Saint John’s. Please call the parish secretary, Keri, or one of the priests for an initial discussion. Weddings are offered for parishioners only.

Holy Name Society: For men of the parish, meets Fridays in the Rectory, 7-7:50 a.m. for coffee, Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction. All men are  welcome.  We finish in time for the 8a.m. Mass.

The Legion of Mary: Wednesday Evenings: 7:30 pm till 9:00 pm in the Msgr. Nagle Hall.

St. Monica Latin Patristic Reading Group: The St Monica Latin Reading Group meets on Tuesdays.  Please call St John’s Rectory, 203 324 1553, ext. 0, for more information.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
150 years ago, or so:
November 15, 1867:   “The Fourth Annual Ball of St. John’s Roman Catholic Benevolent Association will be given at Seely’s Hall, November 27th, and arrangements are being made which promises to make it exceed any of the former balls given by this Society. The object is a good one, and no doubt the treasury will be largely replenished by the proceeds. Dodworth’s band will be in attendance.”

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

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

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

Bulletin for Sunday November 4, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Caitlin McNamee, Karin Moberg, Gayle Moore, Tom McKee, Maggie Ward, Bill Baumann, Debbie Valentine, Fr. Richard Hinkley, Bernardo Mieves, Elaine Mellace, Armella Roschella, Geard Roschella, Richard Ridge, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Dionysia Oliveira, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Frank Santaro,  John G. Mossa, Sr., Marion Dal Molin, Todd Dowty, Gerald E. Clarke, Rosemarie C. Clarke, Joseph W. Evans, Nicholas Macca, Thomas Mills, Sr.Ellen Mary, Charlee Burns, Martha McRoskey, John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Dr. Pat Santagata, Elma Hefferna, Anne Mennona, Emile Maignan, Regina Derrisaint, Joanne Santarsiero, Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel,  Susanne and Suzanne DePreta

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

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

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes started Monday October 15th and will meet weekly 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x 0 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

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.

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

Diocesan Revised Liturgical Norms- For the next several weeks, we will be distributing catechetical materials related to the celebration of Mass in the Diocese of Bridgeport. These articles will precede the promulgation by Bishop Caggiano of the Revised Liturgical Norms on the first Sunday of Advent. To learn more about the norms, please visit www.formationreimagined.org.  In the meantime, please be sure to take home a copy of this week’s article in the back of the Church.

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

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

 Please increase your Sunday offering by $5.00 each weekend. “I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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

Baptism/Confirmation Sponsorship Certificate:  When asked to be a sponsor, a certificate is needed from your home parish. If the  priest does not know you personally, or by sight, the only other way of knowing you as a practicing Catholic is by confirming your mass attendance by your use of weekly envelopes.

Police: Policemen and women are under attack throughout the country, we ask that you Please remember the members of our Stamford Police Department in your prayers. Likewise, remember in your prayers Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department and our military women and men who protect our nation..

Birthright: seeks volunteers: Support women to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, connecting women with medical, financial, legal and other resources.  Flexible schedules; training provided. They are in need of maternity and baby clothes, all sizes and seasons. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Men’s Day of Prayer and Healing will be held on November 10th. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-895-3554 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information.

End Legalized Abortion:  Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street.  Help us stop this by joining parishioners in front of the facility on Wednesday or Friday mornings, 8am-10:30am, or even just for 30 minutes. We pray and silently bear witness to the sanctity of human life. Our presence has helped convince expectant mothers to spare their children. Call Noelle at 857-345-0808 for specialized training as a Sidewalk Counselor.

Regina Pacis Academy– *Open Admissions! It’s not too late to discover how different this school year could be for your son or daughter. Regina Pacis Academy is a K-8 independent Catholic, classical education school in Norwalk, CT. Small class sizes, authentically Catholic, classical education, and affordable. To schedule a tour or to learn more, please email Kim Quatela at k.quatela@reginapacisacedmy.org.
*Fall Gala– Come and support a Catholic classical school who is seeing to reimagine Catholic education. This year, the Fall Gala– An Enchanted Autuum Evening-will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at the Italian Center in Stamford, CT. To learn more information about this event, purchase tickets or become a business sponsor, please visit www.reginapacisacademy.org/fall-gala-2018.

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.

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

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

Natural Family Planning & Fertility Care: Natural Family Planning / Fertility Care – Are you seeking a family planning method that is natural, effective, and morally sound? The Creighton Model System is based upon a couple’s knowledge and understanding of their naturally-occurring phases of fertility and infertility.  Engaged couples preparing for marriage, as well as married couples, and couples who are experiencing infertility issues, can all benefit from using this system. The teachers of the Creighton Model System are trained allied health professionals, and specifically-trained physicians have been educated to incorporate the Creighton Model System into their medical practice. For a FREE introductory session, please contact Angela Marchetti at angelamarchettifcp@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.

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.

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, November 28th. Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Walking with Purpose Registration is now open: WWP reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development. We begin with the basics, knowing that we can never master the core truths; there is always greater depth to explore. We will meet Tuesday mornings in the Rectory from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 25th. Childcare is available. For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com 

The 177 Project– On November 9th from 6:45PM until 9:00PM, St. John’s will be hosting the 177 Project. There will be a rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, and a concert. Free tickets at 177project.com. Special Guest include Fr. Rob Galea, Taylor Tripodi, and Dana Catherine.

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

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

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

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

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

Baptisms: Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. For more information, please call Keri, (203-324-1553, ext 0). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Weddings: Couples must contact and begin meeting with one of the parish priests for at least 6 months before a hoped for wedding date at Saint John’s. Please call the parish secretary, Keri, or one of the priests for an initial discussion. Weddings are offered for parishioners only.

Holy Name Society: For men of the parish, meets Fridays in the Rectory, 7-7:50 a.m. for coffee, Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction. All men are  welcome.  We finish in time for the 8a.m. Mass.

The Legion of Mary: Wednesday Evenings: 7:30 pm till 9:00 pm in the Msgr. Nagle Hall.

St. Monica Latin Patristic Reading Group: The St Monica Latin Reading Group meets on Tuesdays.  Please call St John’s Rectory, 203 324 1553, ext. 0, for more information.

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

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

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

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

Bulletin for Sunday October 28, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 28, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: The Solemnity of All Saints on November 1st and the Memorial of All Souls Day on November 2nd call to mind an aspect about the reality of the Church of which many people are unaware: The Catholic Church isn’t merely an institution; it is the living Body of Christ that reaches beyond the here and now: Christ is the Head, we—both the baptized living and the baptized dead—are the members, through which Our Lord works to save everyone.

All Saints Day recalls the innumerable men, women, and children who led lives of heroic virtue and great holiness. They pray for us to Our Lord; they continue to be members of the Church and practice charity from heaven in our regard.   All Souls Day on November 2nd calls to mind those innumerable men, women, and children who have died, but whose lives were less than perfectly holy.  They, hopefully, are in Purgatory, being purged of the effects of their sins.  We remember them in a particular way as our act of charity, praying for them, who continue to be members of the Church.  Not everyone is in Heaven; not everyone is in Purgatory; some people, by their own decisions in life, chose Hell.  The popular fallacy is that everyone goes to Heaven.  Not so, at least not according to Our Lord’s revelation in Scripture and the Church’s consistent teachings.  If we live without Christ in this life, or if we live contrary to Christ, then why should we want or expect to be with Him forever in the next life?

While our society revels in horror stories about the dead during Halloween, the Church turns our attention to the reality of life and death, and beauty of God’s mercy and love for us, even if we sin. This week we recall those Saints who loved Christ so much that they based their daily lives on Him. Likewise, we recall those others who desired to live perfect lives, but were less than perfect because of human weakness.  This is the Church’s annual reflection on what the Catholic Church is: NOT a big religious institution! It is a community of believers, joined to Christ who is the Head of the Body, the Church, united with Him and with each other through the centuries through the seven Sacraments Jesus gave His Church, by which we share His life. These are days of great hope, because God’s mercy is stronger than our sins; stronger than the power of Satan and death.  As a sign of that, the Church offers special graces for the Souls in Purgatory.  By our simple prayers, acts of charity, and proper intention, united with the Church as the Body of Christ, we can gain a Plenary Indulgence for deceased members of our families, and it costs nothing.  A Plenary Indulgence is the remission before God of the temporal punishment due for sins that had been already forgiven by Confession.  Sin has a lasting effect on us, which can be cleansed only through penance.  Hopefully, we can do these penances prior to our death; sometimes not.  That is where the Church comes in: The Church, established by Our Lord as the minister of Redemption, authoritatively dispenses and applies to those in need the treasury of graces earned by Christ and His Saints.  One Indulgence can be had each day from November 1st through the 8th, and each can be applied by us to one of the faithful departed per day.  All we have to do is this: 1) go to Confession at least once during that week, and receive Holy Communion on the day(s) you wish the Indulgence; 2) visit any cemetery; 3) and pray—one Hail Mary and one Our Father for the intention of the Pope; 4) if you can’t visit a cemetery, then visit any Catholic church, fulfilling the requirements 1 and 3, and also recite the Creed.   This is Christ’s mercy through His Church.  We are asked to have faith in the Church established by Christ and to demonstrate our faith in charity by doing these simple spiritual tasks and acts of charity. Let us be mindful of the goodness of Our Lord, pray to the Saints for their intercession, and pray for the faithful departed that they might one day see the God who loves us.

To underscore the important spiritual relationship we have with the Saints—the official term is the “Communion of the Saints”, the parish’s relics of saints will remain on display for on the high altar for the next few weeks, for your veneration. Together, with the other Saints, Our Lady and Our Lord, they are part of the Church, all still praying for us, while we pray for the dead: all working in charity and faith for the salvation of all. Happy feast days!

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Gayle Moore, Tom McKee, Maggie Ward, Bill Baumann, Debbie Valentine, Fr. Richard Hinkley, Bernardo Mieves, Elaine Mellace, Armella Roschella, Geard Roschella, Richard Ridge, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Dionysia Oliveira, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Frank Santaro,  John G. Mossa, Sr., Marion Dal Molin, Todd Dowty, Gerald E. Clarke, Rosemarie C. Clarke, Joseph W. Evans, Nicholas Macca, Thomas Mills, Sr.Ellen Mary, Charlee Burns, Martha McRoskey, John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Dr. Pat Santagata, Elma Hefferna, Anne Mennona, Emile Maignan, Regina Derrisaint, Joanne Santarsiero, Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel,  Susanne and Suzanne DePreta

November 1st. . . The Solemnity of All Saints IS a Holy Day of Obligation, when all Catholics are obliged to attend Mass. The Mass schedule is: Vigil Mass: Wednesday Oct 31st at 5:15 P.M.  Masses on Thursday, November 1st are at 8:00 A.M., 12:10 P.M. and 5:15 P.M.

Banns of Marriage:  

II Banns: Donald Blaine Lanier and Mary Palmina Docimo
III Banns: John Thomas Torrenti and Madeline Elisabeth Merenda

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes start Monday October 15th and will meet weekly 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x 0 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

FORMED: Donated by a parishioner, this is a revolutionary online platform provides access to the best Catholic audio talks, movies, e-books, and video-based studies from trusted providers like the Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press, Catholic Answers, Sophia Institute Press, and St. Paul Center– right at your fingertips, without cost. Learn more at app.formed.org/ Access Code WWT2NF.

Monsignor DiGiovanni’s new book, Armed with Faith: The Life of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, is the remarkable story of one of this country’s greatest Catholic chaplains, who died heroically in Vietnam in 1967 and is now on the road to sainthood. The book is on sale in the Basilica Bookstore and on Amazon.com, in print and Kindle editions: https://www.amazon.com/Armed-Faith-Father-Vincent-Capodanno/dp/1983237175

Cardinal Kung Academy – Open House: will be held Saturday, November 3 from 11 am to 1 pm, at 278 Strawberry Hill Ave. in Stamford (in the school building of St. Bridget of Ireland Church).  The Academy, a division of Trinity Catholic High School, opened in September 2018 and is the only Catholic classical high school in the diocese.  Come meet the teachers, hear about the curriculum and classical education, and tour the facility.  Now accepting applications for 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. For more information, contact (203) 918-0992 or CardinalKungAcademy@gmail.com.

Diocesan Revised Liturgical Norms- For the next several weeks, we will be distributing catechetical materials related to the celebration of Mass in the Diocese of Bridgeport. These articles will precede the promulgation by Bishop Caggiano of the Revised Liturgical Norms on the first Sunday of Advent. To learn more about the norms, please visit www.formationreimagined.org.  In the meantime, please be sure to take home a copy of this week’s article in the back of the Church.

Weekly Sunday collection: 

Sunday         October 21, 2018        $ 13,403.27
Sunday         October 22, 2017        $ 14,305.22

 Please increase your Sunday offering by $5.00 each weekend. “I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

November 4th Sunday Readings: DT 6:2-6, HEB 7:23-28, MK 12:28B– 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.

Police: Policemen and women are under attack throughout the country, we ask that you Please remember the members of our Stamford Police Department in your prayers. Likewise, remember in your prayers Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department and our military women and men who protect our nation..

Birthright: seeks volunteers: Support women to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, connecting women with medical, financial, legal and other resources.  Flexible schedules; training provided. They are in need of maternity and baby clothes, all sizes and seasons. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Men’s Day of Prayer and Healing will be held on November 10th. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-895-3554 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information.

End Legalized Abortion:  Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street.  Help us stop this by joining parishioners in front of the facility on Wednesday or Friday mornings, 8am-10:30am, or even just for 30 minutes. We pray and silently bear witness to the sanctity of human life. Our presence has helped convince expectant mothers to spare their children. Call Noelle at 857-345-0808 for specialized training as a Sidewalk Counselor.

Regina Pacis Academy– *Open Admissions! It’s not too late to discover how different this school year could be for your son or daughter. Regina Pacis Academy is a K-8 independent Catholic, classical education school in Norwalk, CT. Small class sizes, authentically Catholic, classical education, and affordable. To schedule a tour or to learn more, please email Kim Quatela at k.quatela@reginapacisacedmy.org.
*Fall Gala– Come and support a Catholic classical school who is seeing to reimagine Catholic education. This year, the Fall Gala– An Enchanted Autuum Evening-will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at the Italian Center in Stamford, CT. To learn more information about this event, purchase tickets or become a business sponsor, please visit www.reginapacisacademy.org/fall-gala-2018.

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.

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.

The Catholic Academy of Stamford will be hosting an Open House at both the Trinity Campus (for upper school grades 6-8) and the Academy (PreK3 – grade 5) on Sunday November 4, from 1:00-3:00PM. Interested families can come: tour the schools, meet with parents and administrators, and learn what’s in the works at today’s Catholic Academy.

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

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.

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.

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, November 28th. Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Walking with Purpose Registration is now open: WWP reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development. We begin with the basics, knowing that we can never master the core truths; there is always greater depth to explore. We will meet Tuesday mornings in the Rectory from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 25th. Childcare is available. For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com 

Soulcore: Join SoulCore Leader Luisa Mendoza, to nourish body, mind & soul with SoulCore – a prayer experience that combines the prayers of the rosary with core strengthening, stretching and functional movement. No fitness level or experience required. All are welcome! Any question, email luisamendoza1611@gmail.com or visit www.soulcore.com for more information. WHEN: Thursday mornings 9:30 am, and on Saturdays Nov.10th and Dec. 8th at 9:30 a.m. WHERE: 179 Hamilton Avenue, Greenwich. Suggested donation of $10. Bring a fitness mat if you have one.

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.

The 177 Project– On November 9th from 6:45PM until 9:00PM, St. John’s will be hosting the 177 Project. There will be a rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, and a concert. Free tickets at 177project.com. Special Guest include Fr. Rob Galea, Taylor Tripodi, and Dana Catherine.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, October 27, 2018
4:00   +Frances Crescio req. Virginia Gerardi
Sunday, October 28, 2018
7:30     Msgr. DiGiovanni
10:00 +Peter Girillo Jr. req. The Pinto Family
12:00 +Onide Jean Guillaume req. by family
5:00   +George B. Cooper
Monday, October 29, 2018
8:00   +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10   Keri Landeche
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Robert Bivona req. the Kolenberg family
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
8:00     Deceased Members of the Curioni Family req. Leon Taricani
12:10 +Nancy Blair req. the Kolenberg family
5:15     Deceased Members of the Kolenberg and Seixas families req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Thursday, November 1, 2018: All Saints
8:00   +Wladek and Willemina Falek req. daughter
12:10 +Gene Tushaj req. wife Age
5:15    G. Christensen req. Josephine Languedoc
Friday, November 2, 2018:  The Commemoration of all the faithfully departed
8:00    Deceased Parishioners
12:10   Deceased Parishioners
Saturday, November 3, 2018: Saint Martin de Porres
8:00   +Tom Camaj req. niece Age
12:10   Souls in Purgatory 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:

150 years ago, or so:
November 3, 1865: “Wednesday last being the feast of All Saints, there was Mass in the Roman Catholic Church.”

125 years ago, or so:
October 29, 1892:  RELIGIOUS NEWS.  “Monday will be observed in the Catholic Church as a day of fasting and abstinence. Tuesday is the Feast of All Saints and will be observed in the Roman Catholic Church as a Holy Day. Masses will be said in St. John’s R.C. Church at 5:30 and 8 a.m. Wednesday is the Feast of All Souls. It is a day set apart for prayer in commemoration of departed ones. Thursday afternoon and evening confessions will be heard preparatory to the first Friday of the month.”

100 years ago, or so:
October 31, 1918:  CHURCH SERVICES RESUMED. “The Masses at St. John’s Catholic Church on All Saints’ Day will be at 5:30, 7, children’s Mass at 8, and High Mass at 9; Rosary and Benediction in the evening, at 7:30. Confessions will be heard this afternoon and evening, at the usual hours. Masses Saturday morning, All Souls’ Day, will be at 5:30, 7, 8 and High Mass at 9, Stations of the Cross at 3. Masses next Sunday as usual.”

75 years ago, or so:
October 30, 1943:  ALL SAINTS’ DAY AND ALL SOULS’ DAY RITES SCHEDULED BY CHURCHES. “All Saints’ Day on Monday will be observed in Catholic churches with special festival Masses. The first Masses will be at 5:30 a.m. in St. John’s Catholic Church and will be followed by others at 7, 8, 9 and 10 o’clock. St. John’s will have the concluding Mass at 11 o’clock. Masses for departed souls will take place on Tuesday, All Souls’ Day. St. John’s Catholic Church will have Masses at 6, 7 and 8 o’clock on Tuesday.

20 years ago, or so:
November 1, 1996:  

 

 

Bulletin for Sunday October 21, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 21, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: The heart of the church is the  sanctuary.  On the morning of the church’s dedication, May 30, 1886,  the walls were simply whitewashed, the only color came from the stained glass. The original altar rail was carved wood, and there was no woodwork on the sanctuary walls, which was added in the 1930s. But the three windows in the sanctuary and the high altar were there, along with the heavy wooden bench or sedillia for the priests, a carved wooden “throne” for the bishop and a small wooden table as a credence table, presently in the rectory.  Today’s altar is original.

The altar and tabernacle formed the centerpiece of the church: everything in the building leads to this. Designed and constructed by the firm of Theis and Trueg, and costing a whopping $4,500 in 1886,
[equal to $112,140.00 in 2017 dollars] the altar and tabernacle were marveled at by the local press and citizenry of Stamford.  Periodic payments began on July 6th, and the first shipment of marble began arriving in Stamford train station by September. As the altar was being built, it was opined that, “when completed, the altar will be second to none in New England” [The Connecticut Catholic, September 12, 1885]. Until the church dedication in May, 1886, nearly every edition of The Advocate and The Connecticut Catholic ran articles on the progress of the church, construction, with particular interest in the altar. The Advocate’s  writers had front row seats, since the paper’s original offices were housed in the  Italian neo-Renaissance building still directly across from the church on Atlantic Street. By November, 1885, the interior of the church was nearly completed, and it was opened for inspection by the general public, who flocked to visit the largest stone church in the state. The Advocate noted that “Competent judges pronounce this ‘the most beautiful altar in the United States’” [November 20, 1885]. Originally the altar statues were not provided, since the parish could not afford them until years later.

The high altar is gothic in design, of carved white Carrara marble with columns and inlaid panels of golden Mexican onyx, rising to fill the church apse, and framed by the massive triumphal sanctuary arch. The unifying decorative motif is of grape vines intertwined with shamrocks on the capitals of the pillars and architraves of the altar. This motif is a  sign of the power of the Eternal Love of Christ which nourishes and supports us in the Eucharist. It was that Divine Love that strengthened and united the beleaguered founding Irish Catholic community of Stamford around its parish church in the 1880s, protecting itself from the decades of often violent intolerance by the local Protestant majority. The central image in the hear of the “table” or mensa of the altar,  is the Lamb of God, as described in the Book of Revelation.  Resting on the Book of the Gospels with seven seals, and bearing the banner of the Resurrection. The Lamb is Christ, triumphant over death, who reveals the truth of God through His Church in Scripture and living Tradition. On either end of the altar are carved arches, decorated with flowers and shamrocks, that originally served as credence niches for the altar servers.

Resting on the altar is the tabernacle, in the form of a castle with decorative turrets. A central marble baldacchino rises above the tabernacle. This canopy is a splendid piece of carved marble work. Open on the front side, its sole support is provided by two lithe golden pilasters at the rear of the canopy; the baldacchino supports an elegant structure designed originally as a throne for the exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament. It now houses the magnificent cast brass altar crucifix with chiseled sterling silver corpus of Our Lord, from the original 1851 church.  The marble reredos rises above the tabernacle. Raised on two steps, the reredos is composed of four niches between three taller towers. The niches were originally empty, but are now occupied by four marble angels, each 5 feet in height, with downcast eyes, leading the worshippers’ gaze to the tabernacle and altar table. The angels carry cruets of wine and water or an incense thurible, as if serving the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered on the altar mensa below them. The niches are gabled in marble, flanked with golden onyx pilasters and crowned by a  forest of turrets, graceful finials caped by fleurs-de-lis, and crocketed roofs. Flanking the two far ends of the reredos are two fifteen foot towers, likewise of white marble with golden onyx pilasters, inlaid panels and columns, crocketed roofs, turret, finials and fleurs-de-lis.  The entire altar is crowned by a central 30 foot tower, within whose niche a four foot marble state of the Archangel Gabriel sounds the trumpet of the Last Judgment. The tower is crowned by a marble cross. The sanctuary lamp dates from 1896, a gift from the Brennan Family to commemorate Fr. William Roger’s 25th ordination anniversary.

Whenever we enter our beautiful church, the Mother Church of all Catholic churches and institutions in southern Fairfield County, we should offer a little prayer for the parishioners, religious sisters, and priests who built this beautiful church for the glory of God and for the strengthening of the faith of subsequent Catholics of Stamford, like our own. We owe them a great debt, and praying for them is a good way to repay them.

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Gayle Moore, Tom McKee, Maggie Ward, Bill Baumann, Debbie Valentine, Fr. Richard Hinkley, Bernardo Mieves, Elaine Mellace, Armella Roschella, Geard Roschella, Richard Ridge, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Dionysia Oliveira, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Frank Santaro,  John G. Mossa, Sr., Marion Dal Molin, Todd Dowty, Gerald E. Clarke, Rosemarie C. Clarke, Joseph W. Evans, Nicholas Macca, Thomas Mills, Sr.Ellen Mary, Charlee Burns, Martha McRoskey, John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Dr. Pat Santagata, Elma Hefferna, Anne Mennona, Emile Maignan, Regina Derrisaint, Joanne Santarsiero, Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel,  Susanne and Suzanne DePreta

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

II Banns: John Thomas Torrenti and Madeline Elisabeth Merenda
III Banns:  LeRoy Franklin Musselman and Kelly Marie Coughlin 

World Mission Sunday Collection . . . Please drop your special envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes start Monday October 15th and will meet weekly 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x 0 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

FORMED: Donated by a parishioner, this is a revolutionary online platform provides access to the best Catholic audio talks, movies, e-books, and video-based studies from trusted providers like the Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press, Catholic Answers, Sophia Institute Press, and St. Paul Center– right at your fingertips, without cost. Learn more at app.formed.org/ Access Code WWT2NF.

Monsignor DiGiovanni’s new book, Armed with Faith: The Life of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, is the remarkable story of one of this country’s greatest Catholic chaplains, who died heroically in Vietnam in 1967 and is now on the road to sainthood. The book is on sale in the Basilica Bookstore and on Amazon.com, in print and Kindle editions: https://www.amazon.com/Armed-Faith-Father-Vincent-Capodanno/dp/1983237175

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.

Cardinal Kung Academy – Open House: will be held Saturday, November 3 from 11 am to 1 pm, at 278 Strawberry Hill Ave. in Stamford (in the school building of St. Bridget of Ireland Church).  The Academy, a division of Trinity Catholic High School, opened in September 2018 and is the only Catholic classical high school in the diocese.  Come meet the teachers, hear about the curriculum and classical education, and tour the facility.  Now accepting applications for 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. For more information, contact (203) 918-0992 or CardinalKungAcademy@gmail.com.

Faith on Tap – This month’s Faith on Tap will be held on Sunday, October 21st after the 5PM mass in the rectory.  Sr. Anna Marie will give a talk titled Beginning Discernment. Refreshments will be served.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         October 14, 2018        $ 11,173.07
Sunday         October 15, 2017        $ 13,221.18

 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

October 28th Sunday Readings: JER 31:7-9, HEB 5:1-6, MK 10:46-52

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.

Pro-Life Event. . . The Gospel of Life Society invites you and your family to participate in Stamford’s Life Chain, on Sunday, October 28th  from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm in front of Saint John’s. Last year, over 1,200 Life Chains were linked across America and Canada, including scores of St. John’s parishioners. This is a non-confrontational witness for life: we simply stand along Atlantic Street in front of the church with signs encouraging greater respect for human life, and we pray. For more info, please call Frank Carpanzano: 203-554-8211.

Birthright: seeks volunteers: Support women to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, connecting women with medical, financial, legal and other resources.  Flexible schedules; training provided. They are in need of maternity and baby clothes, all sizes and seasons. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Men’s Day of Prayer and Healing will be held on November 10th. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-895-3554 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information.

End Legalized Abortion:  Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street.  Help us stop this by joining parishioners in front of the facility on Wednesday or Friday mornings, 8am-10:30am, or even just for 30 minutes. We pray and silently bear witness to the sanctity of human life. Our presence has helped convince expectant mothers to spare their children. Call Noelle at 857-345-0808 for specialized training as a Sidewalk Counselor.

Admissions Events at Regina Caeli: * Open Admissions at Regina Caeli Academy! Looking for an amazing resource center devoted to a classical education and the Catholic faith? Regina Caeli meets at Wilton Baptist Church, 254 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT (Located inside Wilton Baptist Church), serving Prek-3 – 12th grade and is still open for admissions. Students attend Socratic and hands-on classrooms two days per week and are homeschooled the remaining days. *Fall Open House: Monday, October 22nd, 1-2:30 pm! Please join us for a tour of our facilities, a short presentation, and time for questions and answers! Refreshments served; children are welcome! To RSVP or schedule a tour, please contact Lisa Frawley, Coordinator of Education, lfrawley.fcc@rcahybrid.org or call (203) 701-9154.

Regina Pacis Academy– *Open Admissions! It’s not too late to discover how different this school year could be for your son or daughter. Regina Pacis Academy is a K-8 independent Catholic, classical education school in Norwalk, CT. Small class sizes, authentically Catholic, classical education, and affordable. To schedule a tour or to learn more, please email Kim Quatela at k.quatela@reginapacisacedmy.org.
*Fall Gala– Come and support a Catholic classical school who is seeing to reimagine Catholic education. This year, the Fall Gala– An Enchanted Autuum Evening-will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at the Italian Center in Stamford, CT. To learn more information about this event, purchase tickets or become a business sponsor, please visit www.reginapacisacademy.org/fall-gala-2018.

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.

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

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.

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.

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, October 24.  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.

Walking with Purpose Registration is now open: WWP reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development. We begin with the basics, knowing that we can never master the core truths; there is always greater depth to explore. We will meet Tuesday mornings in the Rectory from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 25th. Childcare is available. For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com 

Soulcore: Join SoulCore Leader Luisa Mendoza, to nourish body, mind & soul with SoulCore – a prayer experience that combines the prayers of the rosary with core strengthening, stretching and functional movement. No fitness level or experience required. All are welcome! Any question, email luisamendoza1611@gmail.com or visit www.soulcore.com for more information. WHEN: Thursday mornings 9:30 am, and on Saturdays Nov.10th and Dec. 8th at 9:30 a.m. WHERE: 179 Hamilton Avenue, Greenwich. Suggested donation of $10. Bring a fitness mat if you have one.

Speaker at St. Aloysius: On Thursday October 25th from 7-9PM, Bill Donaghy will be speaking at St. Aloysius Catholic Church. The Talk is titled Faith Matters: Sexuality-Discovering the meaning of life and God’s plan for love. High School teens, parents, and adults of all ages are invited to come and learn God’s plan for sexuality.

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, October 20, 2018
4:00     Tony Galasso req. Jagodzinski Family
Sunday, October 21, 2018
7:30   +Rev. R. Seraphim Rohlman req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00 +Bernard P. Nasser req. Marc Nasser
12:00 +Anne Hieronymus req. Marion Morris and Family
5:00   +George B. Cooper
Monday, October 22, 2018: Saint John Paul II
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +William J. Carbone req. Florence Carbone
Tuesday, October 23, 2018: Saint John of Capistrano
8:00   +Juana Mazariegos req. Blanca Reyes
12:10    Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
Wednesday, October 24, 2018: Saint Anthony Mary Claret
8:00   +Antionette Smeriglio req. Frank and Beth Carpanzano
12:10 +Mary McNamara req. MaryJean Dalmolin
Thursday, October 25, 2018
8:00  +Scholastica Lloyd req. Carmen Lara
12:10 +Anthony and Cecilia Conte req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Friday, October 26, 2018
8:00    Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. Saint John Holy Name Society
12:10 +Catherine Cingari req. Walking with Purpose
Saturday, October 27, 2018: Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00  +Jadwiga Fedyn req. Christina Gorbal
12:10 +Francis Cresio req. the Kolenberg family

Baptisms: Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. For more information, please call Keri, (203-324-1553, ext 0). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Weddings: Couples must contact and begin meeting with one of the parish priests for at least 6 months before a hoped for wedding date at Saint John’s. Please call the parish secretary, Keri, or one of the priests for an initial discussion. Weddings are offered for parishioners only.

Holy Name Society: For men of the parish, meets Fridays in the Rectory, 7-7:50 a.m. for coffee, Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction. All men are  welcome.  We finish in time for the 8a.m. Mass.

The Legion of Mary: Wednesday Evenings: 7:30 pm till 9:00 pm in the Msgr. Nagle Hall.

St. Monica Latin Patristic Reading Group: The St Monica Latin Reading Group meets on Tuesdays.  Please call St John’s Rectory, 203 324 1553, ext. 0, for more information.

St. John’s in THE NEWS:

THE CONNECTICUT CATHOLIC:
130 years ago, or so:
October 22, 1887:
  “General Officers of the Order—Knights of Columbus Councils, Towns and Grand Knights: St. Augustine Council 41, Stamford, J.M. Fitzgerald.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: St. Augustine Council was organized at Miller’s Hall on May 8, 1887. John J. Fitzgerald was elected its first Grand Knight.)

THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
85 years ago, or so:
October 26, 1931:  CATHOLIC PRAY FOR PEACE AND HUMAN WELFARE.  “The Rev. Charles A. Corcoran, preaching in St. John’s Catholic Church on Sunday, delivered a message in keeping with the observance of the Feast of “Christ the King.” Father Corcoran told the parishioners how the church has always given prominence to the kingship of Christ. He mentioned Old Testament references that the Messiah to come was to be kingly, and said that the ancient Jews, although they forgot that Christ’s throne was to be a cross and the principles he was to teach were universal peace and love, never for an instant erred in ascribing to Him the title of King.”

55 years ago, or so:
October 28, 1964:  New Rochelle Alumnae To Have Communion Breakfast On Sunday. “The College of New Rochelle Alumnae Association will have a Communion breakfast, Sunday, at the Roger Smith Hotel. It will follow 9 o’clock Mass at St. John’s Catholic Church. The Speaker will be Mother M. Celeste O.S.U., of the college, who will speak on “Post Conciliar Council.”

20 years ago, or so:
October 28, 2000:  God, Glory and Glass—St. John’s Honors its History and Prepares for the Future. “They depict biblical scenes of mysteries and miracles, but the stained glass windows at St. John’s Catholic Church of Stamford represent more than the parishioners’ faith. The collection of windows-one of the largest displays of American stained glass in the country-also marks the founding of the Atlantic Street church, built by Irish Immigrants in the 1870s and 1880s. Monsignor Stephen DiGiovanni, the church’s pastor, said those distinctions helped inspire the sense of duty behind the $1.5 million project that began in April. About half of the money will go toward refurbishing the church’s extensive stained glass collection. Many of the windows, dating to 1885, are etched with the names of the church’s founding members, who defied anti-Catholic persecution to establish St. John’s. By restoring the windows, we’re honoring the sacrifices these Catholic made to provide a beautiful church.”

Bulletin for Sunday October 14, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 14, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: The two remaining windows are those ornamenting each side chapel; both are about the Blessed Virgin Mary and her role in the work of our salvation. Lets’ take a look.

The window in the Saint Joseph Chapel reproduces the famous painting of the Immaculate Conception by Murillo. The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is the ancient Church’s teaching that God Himself prepared Our Lady to be the Mother of the Eternal Son from the moment she was conceived in her mother’s womb. God, in view of the important role of Mary, applied to her in anticipation the merits that would be had through Her Son’s sacrificial death, thereby freeing Mary from Adam’s original sin, which all of us are born with. Since she would be the Mother of God, she had to be absolutely free from all sin or stain. How can one possibly represent this preparation of Mary by God? Murillo did a pretty good job, as seen in right side chapel of St. Joseph. In our version of Murillo’s painting of the Immaculate Conception, Our Lady appears in the center of the window. She walks out from a darkened almond shaped central niche: the darkness refers to the sin of Adam which has affected all humanity.  Mary, as the “highest honor of our race”, as an ancient hymn describes her, stands as if she has just exited from that darkened humanity, and stands  enveloped in a mandorla of light. She who has been preserved from Adam’s sin by the Eternal Father, is “Our tainted nature’s solitary boast”, as William Wordsworth wrote in his poem, The Virgin.  She is dressed in flowing white, pastel green and blue robes.. Her hands are poised in prayer, and her eyes look heavenward, as if in ecstasy. Her hair is natural, in that there is no “styling”, which symbolizes both her purity from all moral blemish as well as her perpetual virginity. She is crowned with stars and stands on a crescent moon, which  refers to the Book of the Apocalypse, “A vision in the sky of a lady with a crown of twelve stars.” [Rev. 11:19] Above her are three cherubs, and at her feet, two angels, one carrying lilies, while the second bears Mary’s regal blue train.

The window across the church in Our Lady’s Chapel is the Annunciation, which compliments that of the Immaculate Conception window, since the Immaculate Conception was the spiritual preparation for the historical event portrayed in the Annunciation window. Our Lady is dressed in long flowing robes, kneeling at a richly carved pre-dieu, with  a vase of lilies, symbolic of Mary’s purity. The Archangel Gabriel has just arrived, likewise with flowing, rich robes, holding a scepter, a sign of God’s kingship, of which Gabriel is the emissary. He announces God’s message inviting Mary “full of grace” to cooperate with Him in the salvation of all humankind.  “Hail, full of Grace” is the salutation the Angel Gabriel gave to Mary when he announced to her that she had been chosen by God for the incredible honor of giving human flesh, mind, heart and body to the Eternal Son of God in her womb. The angel’s words are recalled whenever we pray the “Hail Mary.” In our window, the invitation has just been uttered, and Mary kneels in contemplation and prayer, as the Holy Spirit descends, by whose power Mary will conceive in her womb the savior of the world.  The room is richly decorated, and through the arched window can be seen a beautiful evening sky—red, with rolling clouds, reminder of the old New England adage, “red sky at night, sailors’ delight”—the promise of a better, more beautiful day for mankind through Mary’s cooperation in God’s work of our salvation in Jesus.

The room in which Gabriel appears is richly appointed with heavily carved wooden furniture, rich encaustic tiled floor and sumptuous green velvet drapery. It is framed in whimsical Flamboyant Gothic architectural motif, the details of which mimic the carved marble decorations, steeples, crockets and arches, of our church’s altars. Those who built our church planned everything out quite well, and it all matches and fits together.

The  remaining windows are decorative—those small ones way at the top of the walls. They are the original 1886 American stained glass windows, placed simply to give further ornament and light to the interior. There is one other window—also ornamental and rarely noticed—but given with a heart. Turn and face the choir loft and look at the oddly shaped window on the far right of the choir loft: it is formed by five circles of stained glass. There is no decorative subject, just geometric patters. It was given by Fanny Meredith, a widow who supported herself as a washerwoman, who spent hours on her knees scrubbing floors. She donated the money for this window, and insisted it be placed exactly where it is today—so that the rising sun would daily illuminate the side altar dedicated to Our Lady.  Our is a great church. Say a prayer for all our fellow parishioners from 132 years ago who donated such beauty to inspire us and to give glory to God.

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Tom McKee, Maggie Ward, Bill Baumann, Debbie Valentine, Fr. Richard Hinkley, Bernardo Mieves, Elaine Mellace, Armella Roschella, Geard Roschella, Richard Ridge, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Dionysia Oliveira, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Marion Dal Molin, Todd Dowty, Gerald E. Clarke, Rosemarie C. Clarke, Joseph W. Evans, Nicholas Macca, Thomas Mills, Sr.Ellen Mary, Charlee Burns, Martha McRoskey, John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Dr. Pat Santagata, Elma Hefferna, Anne Mennona, Emile Maignan, Regina Derrisaint, Joanne Santarsiero, Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel,  Susanne and Suzanne DePreta

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

Banns of Marriage:
I Banns: John Thomas Torrenti and Madeline Elisabeth Merenda

II Banns:  LeRoy Franklin Musselman and Kelly Marie Coughlin 

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes start Monday October 15th and will meet weekly 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x 0 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

FORMED: Donated by a parishioner, this is a revolutionary online platform provides access to the best Catholic audio talks, movies, e-books, and video-based studies from trusted providers like the Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press, Catholic Answers, Sophia Institute Press, and St. Paul Center– right at your fingertips, without cost. Learn more at app.formed.org/ Access Code WWT2NF.

Monsignor DiGiovanni’s new book, Armed with Faith: The Life of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, is the remarkable story of one of this country’s greatest Catholic chaplains, who died heroically in Vietnam in 1967 and is now on the road to sainthood. The book is on sale in the Basilica Bookstore and on Amazon.com, in print and Kindle editions: https://www.amazon.com/Armed-Faith-Father-Vincent-Capodanno/dp/1983237175

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Save the date- “Coming to Know the Holy Spirit”: A Morning of Reflection with Sister Anna Marie McGuan, R.S.M. on Saturday, October 20th from 8:30AM to 1:00PM at St. John’s. The program will include two talks by Sr. Anna and conclude with Exposition, Benediction, the 12:10PM Mass, and  the Rosary. All are welcome. Suggested $10 donation. To RSVP, please call Keri at the Parish office to sign up at 203-324-1553, ext. 0. Walk-ins on the day will be allowed.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         October 7, 2018        $ 14,809.59
Sunday         October 8, 2017        $ 14,258.39

 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

October 21st Sunday Readings: IS 53:10-11, HEB 4:14-16, MK 10:35-45

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.

Pro-Life Event. . . The Gospel of Life Society invites you and your family to participate in Stamford’s Life Chain, on Sunday, October 28th  from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm in front of Saint John’s. Last year, over 1,200 Life Chains were linked across America and Canada, including scores of St. John’s parishioners. This is a non-confrontational witness for life: we simply stand along Atlantic Street in front of the church with signs encouraging greater respect for human life, and we pray. For more info, please call Frank Carpanzano: 203-554-8211.

Birthright: seeks volunteers: Support women to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, connecting women with medical, financial, legal and other resources.  Flexible schedules; training provided. They are in need of maternity and baby clothes, all sizes and seasons. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Men’s Day of Prayer and Healing will be held on November 10th. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-895-3554 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information.

End Legalized Abortion:  Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street.  Help us stop this by joining parishioners in front of the facility on Wednesday or Friday mornings, 8am-10:30am, or even just for 30 minutes. We pray and silently bear witness to the sanctity of human life. Our presence has helped convince expectant mothers to spare their children. Call Noelle at 857-345-0808 for specialized training as a Sidewalk Counselor.

Admissions Events at Regina Caeli: *Open Admissions at Regina Caeli Academy! Looking for an amazing resource center devoted to a classical education and the Catholic faith? Regina Caeli meets at Wilton Baptist Church, 254 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT (Located inside Wilton Baptist Church), serving Prek-3 – 12th grade and is still open for admissions. Students attend Socratic and hands-on classrooms two days per week and are homeschooled the remaining days. *Fall Open House: Monday, October 22nd, 1-2:30 pm! Please join us for a tour of our facilities, a short presentation, and time for questions and answers! Refreshments served; children are welcome! To RSVP or schedule a tour, please contact Lisa Frawley, Coordinator of Education, lfrawley.fcc@rcahybrid.org or call (203) 701-9154.

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.

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.

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

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, October 24.  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.

Walking with Purpose Registration is now open: WWP reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development. We begin with the basics, knowing that we can never master the core truths; there is always greater depth to explore. We will meet Tuesday mornings in the Rectory from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 25th. Childcare is available. For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com 

Soulcore: Join SoulCore Leader Luisa Mendoza, to nourish body, mind & soul with SoulCore – a prayer experience that combines the prayers of the rosary with core strengthening, stretching and functional movement. No fitness level or experience required. All are welcome! Any question, email luisamendoza1611@gmail.com or visit www.soulcore.com for more information. WHEN: Thursday mornings 9:30 am, and on Saturdays Oct. 20th, Nov.10th and Dec. 8th at 9:30 a.m. WHERE: 179 Hamilton Avenue, Greenwich. Suggested donation of $10. Bring a fitness mat if you have one.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased
Saturday, October 13, 2018
4:00   +Joseph Peter Young req. family
Sunday, October 14, 2018
7:30   +Margaret M. and Samuel J. Potolicchio req. Family
10:00 +Bishop Walter Curtis, the late Bishop of Bridgeport
12:00 +Mary Vu req. Thang Nguyen
5:00   +George B. Cooper
Monday, October 15, 2018: Saint Teresa of Avila
8:00      Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Debbie Schemmel req. Angela Giannitti
Tuesday, October 16, 2018: Saint Hedwig, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +R. Dante Puzzuoli req. Maria Gabriela Mossa
Wednesday, October 17, 2018: Saint Ignatius of Antioch
8:00     Deceased members of the Patrick and Churley families
12:10 +Marion Dal Molin req. MaryJean Dal Molin
Thursday, October 18, 2018: Saint Luke
8:00   +Almaide Jean-Guillaume req. family
12:10 +Ed Cody Birthday req. Cody Family
Friday, October 19, 2018:  Saints John de Brebeuf and Issac Jogue, Priests, and Companions
8:00   +Catherine Cingari req. priest of the parish
12:10 +Claire Laginestra req. her family
Saturday, October 20, 2018: Saint Paul of the Cross, Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00   +Steven Charles req. Troilo Family
12:10   Thaddeus Gorbal req. Christina Gorbal

Baptisms: Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. For more information, please call Keri, (203-324-1553, ext 0). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Weddings: Couples must contact and begin meeting with one of the parish priests for at least 6 months before a hoped for wedding date at Saint John’s. Please call the parish secretary, Keri, or one of the priests for an initial discussion. Weddings are offered for parishioners only.

Holy Name Society: For men of the parish, meets Fridays in the Rectory, 7-7:50 a.m. for coffee, Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction. All men are  welcome.  We finish in time for the 8a.m. Mass.

The Legion of Mary: Wednesday Evenings: 7:30 pm till 9:00 pm in the Msgr. Nagle Hall.

St. Monica Latin Patristic Reading Group: The St Monica Latin Reading Group meets on Tuesdays.  Please call St John’s Rectory, 203 324 1553, ext. 0, for more information.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
100 years ago, or so:
October 21, 1918: “To the Editors of the Stamford Advocate: There is an interesting novel written by an Englishman about ten years ago, called “When It Was Dark,” wherein the writer depicts conditions of an existence without any form of religion, but more especially Christianity—how vice and unpardonable sin are the chief thoughts and deeds of a once great race that had hitherto lived a chaste, progressive and hopeful course. As I looked about Stamford, Sunday, and deplored the absence of church throngs, and the uplifting toll of church gongs, I was reminded of the remarkable book described with the great moral it contains. And perhaps there are others who were so inspired—not necessarily by virtue of knowledge of this book, but from a purely righteous viewpoint and cognizance of what the relationship of church to religion means and does. No doubt the Board of Health earnestly thought it was the best thing to do, though emergencies often invoke unnecessary and mistakable measures. I personally beg to disagree with their extraordinary measure, and trust the matter will be promptly reconsidered.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: all churches in Stamford were ordered closed in October 1918 due to the Great Influenza Pandemic.)

25 years ago, or so:
October 16, 1993:  Parishioner’s gift elevates church.  “A gift from a lifelong parishioner will give others attending services at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Stamford a lift if they need it. Richard Stanley of Stamford donated a $200,000 elevator to the church in memory of his brother, James, who died three years ago. Stanley was inspired to finance the construction of an elevator in the church after watching his brother struggle to climb the front steps of St. John’s, a Roman Catholic church, during the last year of his life. “Mr. Stanley decided to give us an elevator so people who had trouble climbing the steps could get in easier,” said the Rev. William A. Nagle, pastor at St. John’s. The elevator is located at a side entrance on the north side of the church. “Already some of the older women in the parish have used the elevator,” Nagle said. “While it’s not a great number, it means a lot to some people.”

10 years ago, or so:
October 17, 2009:  Stamford Church Receives Papal Designation. “The news from the pulpit resonated off the Gothic arches, making many who gathered for the Saturday vigil Mass see their house of worship in a new light. Monsignor Stephen DiGiovanni announced that St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, the cross-shaped, stone mainstay downtown, is now in effect “the pope’s church” – a minor Basilica. Officially designated by Pope Benedict XVI as the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, it now is the place the pontiff would come if he visits the area.”

Bulletin for Sunday October 7, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 7, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: The final window in the sanctuary on the right  is that of the Resurrection of Our Lord from the dead. The Resurrection of Our Lord is God’s historical triumph over sin and the power of Satan over us, which is death. As Saint Paul wrote, “If Christ is not raised from the dead, then we are the most pitiable of people, since our faith is in vain.” [I Cor. 15:17]  From the beginning of creation, God promised salvation from the effects of Adam’s disobedience [Gen 3:15]. That salvation came by His Eternal Son becoming a man, offering Himself on the Cross in payment for mankind’s sins, and truly rising in the flesh, thereby defeating death.

The window, like the other two, is divided into three sections with a rose window above. Jesus is the central figure. In the other windows, Jesus wears traditional colors—red and white, signifying His work before the Crucifixion. To signify He is raised from the dead, He is clothed in gold. In this window, He is crowned with a gold and red halo, and clothed in rich golden robes, he steps up out of his tomb, his right foot resting on its ledge; his right hand raised in blessing, and his left hand bearing the cross with the banner of the Resurrection. Jesus’ face is damaged in our window, probably decades ago by the same over-diligent janitor who damaged Saint John’s face in the central window, trying to clean it with steel wool. The Resurrected Lord is surrounded by a mandorla an almond-shaped full-body emanation of golden light rays; you can see them above his head, and extending beyond the wooden frames on the sides of the central section of the window. Below Jesus are four guards, hastily awakened from their sleep, as the Gospels recount. Two stand on the sides; two kneel; all are thunderstruck at the unexpected appearance of this “dead” man, whose tomb they were guarding, emerging in Godlike splendor! This is not the television miniseries, “The Walking Dead”, but reality: God who became man who destroyed the power of death by becoming a man, dying on the Cross, and now emerging from his grave in His human body, now revealing His glory as God. The soldiers are heavily armored and provided with swords and spears. Above the terrified guards are two serene angels: the one on the left, with a smug smile, looks down at the guards and points upward; the one on the left, very self-assured, holds back the grave stone from Our Lord’s tomb as He steps out. The sky behind the scene is dark blue with a few clouds that are brightening as the sun rises on the first Easter morning. Each panel is framed by whimsical Flamboyant Gothic arches, crockets and floral garlands in the form of acanthus leaves and stylized Narcissus blossoms: in Greek mythology, Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection in pond water. So in love with himself, he drowned while trying to embrace his own reflection. Here, the flower is a symbol of God’s self-less Divine Love for humanity that urged God to suffer in human flesh on the Cross, leading to God’s triumph for us over death.

At the top of the window is a small six-sided rose window, matching those of the other two sanctuary windows. This is of an angel dressed in red, the color of the Passion of Our Lord, standing against a sky blue background. The angel holds a crown, a sign of Christ’s triumph over death in His bodily resurrection. Again, a reference to Saint Paul [2 Tim, 4:8], that the Resurrection of our bodies will be the crown won by those who follow Christ perfectly in this life. That is why, for instance, the Blessed Mother and the Infant Jesus on the side altar of the Blessed Mother, are both crowned: Jesus is triumphant over death, and Mary, His first and closest disciple, has won that same crown of salvation, body and soul, after her perfectly virtuous life.  The Assumption of Mary, celebrated on August 15th, recalls her rising, body & soul to heaven, as Her share in Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension.

Since 1886, each of these windows has been teaching the Catholics of Stamford the essentials of our Catholic Faith. And each tenet of that Faith has to do with God’s personal work among us through His Catholic Church. That Church includes both saints and sinners, and which encourages, leads and strengthens us through the seven sacraments, not simply to know or believe in God, but to love and imitate Him through His Son, Jesus.  “Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” [Matt 5:48] was Jesus’ instruction. The Catholic Church works at that every hour of every day in every country for the salvation of everyone.

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni,  Maggie Ward, Bill Baumann, Debbie Valentine, Fr. Richard Hinkley, Bernardo Mieves, Elaine Mellace, Armella Roschella, Geard Roschella, Richard Ridge, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Dionysia Oliveira, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Marion Dal Molin, Todd Dowty, Gerald E. Clarke, Rosemarie C. Clarke, Joseph W. Evans, Nicholas Macca, Thomas Mills, Sr.Ellen Mary, Charlee Burns, Martha McRoskey, John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Dr. Pat Santagata, Elma Hefferna, Anne Mennona, Emile Maignan, Regina Derrisaint, Joanne Santarsiero, Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel,  Susanne and Suzanne DePreta

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

Banns of Marriage:  I Banns:  LeRoy Franklin Musselman and Kelly Marie Coughlin 

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes start Monday October 15th and will meet weekly 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x 0 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

FORMED: Donated by a parishioner, this is a revolutionary online platform provides access to the best Catholic audio talks, movies, e-books, and video-based studies from trusted providers like the Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press, Catholic Answers, Sophia Institute Press, and St. Paul Center– right at your fingertips, without cost. Learn more at app.formed.org/ Access Code WWT2NF.

Monsignor DiGiovanni’s new book, Armed with Faith: The Life of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, is the remarkable story of one of this country’s greatest Catholic chaplains, who died heroically in Vietnam in 1967 and is now on the road to sainthood. The book is on sale in the Basilica Bookstore and on Amazon.com, in print and Kindle editions: https://www.amazon.com/Armed-Faith-Father-Vincent-Capodanno/dp/1983237175

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

Save the date- “Coming to Know the Holy Spirit”: A Morning of Reflection with Sister Anna Marie McGuan, R.S.M. on Saturday, October 20th from 8:30AM to 1:00PM at St. John’s. The program will include two talks by Sr. Anna and conclude with Exposition, Benediction, the 12:10PM Mass, and  the Rosary. All are welcome. Suggested $10 donation. To RSVP, please call Keri at the Parish office to sign up at 203-324-1553, ext. 0. Walk-ins on the day will be allowed.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         September 30, 2018       $ 14,143.37
Sunday         October 1, 2017               $ 14,258.39

 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

October 14th Sunday Readings: WIS 7:7-11, HEB 4:12-13, MK 10:17-30

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.

Pro-Life Event. . . The Gospel of Life Society invites you and your family to participate in Stamford’s Life Chain, on Sunday, October 28th  from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm in front of Saint John’s. Last year, over 1,200 Life Chains were linked across America and Canada, including scores of St. John’s parishioners. This is a non-confrontational witness for life: we simply stand along Atlantic Street in front of the church with signs encouraging greater respect for human life, and we pray. For more info, please call Frank Carpanzano: 203-554-8211.

Birthright: seeks volunteers: Support women to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, connecting women with medical, financial, legal and other resources.  Flexible schedules; training provided. They are in need of maternity and baby clothes, all sizes and seasons. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

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.

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.

Admissions Events at Regina Caeli: *Open Admissions at Regina Caeli Academy! Looking for an amazing resource center devoted to a classical education and the Catholic faith? Regina Caeli meets at Wilton Baptist Church, 254 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT (Located inside Wilton Baptist Church), serving Prek-3 – 12th grade and is still open for admissions. Students attend Socratic and hands-on classrooms two days per week and are homeschooled the remaining days. *Fall Open House: Monday, October 22nd, 1-2:30 pm! Please join us for a tour of our facilities, a short presentation, and time for questions and answers! Refreshments served; children are welcome! To RSVP or schedule a tour, please contact Lisa Frawley, Coordinator of Education, lfrawley.fcc@rcahybrid.org or call (203) 701-9154.

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.

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.

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

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, October 24.  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.

Walking with Purpose Registration is now open: WWP reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development. We begin with the basics, knowing that we can never master the core truths; there is always greater depth to explore. We will meet Tuesday mornings in the Rectory from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 25th. Childcare is available. For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com 

Soulcore: Join SoulCore Leader Luisa Mendoza, to nourish body, mind & soul with SoulCore – a prayer experience that combines the prayers of the rosary with core strengthening, stretching and functional movement. No fitness level or experience required. All are welcome! Any question, email luisamendoza1611@gmail.com or visit www.soulcore.com for more information. WHEN: Thursday mornings 9:30 am, and on Saturdays Oct. 20th, Nov.10th and Dec. 8th at 9:30 a.m. WHERE: 179 Hamilton Avenue, Greenwich. Suggested donation of $10. Bring a fitness mat if you have one.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, October 6, 2018
4:00   +John Melfi, Sr., Mary Melfi, John Melfi, Jr. req. Joseph Melfi
Sunday, October 7, 2018
7:30   +Kevin Nadin req. Glenn and Lynda Nadin
10:00 +Feroze Aslam req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
12:00   In Honor of the Guardian Angels Our Heavenly Companions req. Marion Morris and Family
5:00   +George B. Cooper
Monday, October 8, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk families
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 : Saint Denis, Saint John Leonardi
8:00     Msgr. DiGiovanni req. the Sherry Family
12:10 +Bill Morris Birthday Remembrance req. Jimmy and Michelle Sagdati
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
8:00   +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +John and Valencia Lancaster req. Sue Kremheller
Thursday, October 11, 2018:  Saint John XXIII
8:00   +Kathy Adamski req. Peter and John Adamski
12:10 +John Tompson req. his children and grandchildren
Friday, October 12, 2018
8:00   +Mary O’toole req. Larry Haydes
12:10 +Carmella Kosinski req. Marion Morris and Family
Saturday, October 13, 2018: Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00   +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10   The Landeche Family req. Keri Landeche

Baptisms: Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. For more information, please call Keri, (203-324-1553, ext 0). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Weddings: Couples must contact and begin meeting with one of the parish priests for at least 6 months before a hoped for wedding date at Saint John’s. Please call the parish secretary, Keri, or one of the priests for an initial discussion. Weddings are offered for parishioners only.

Holy Name Society: For men of the parish, meets Fridays in the Rectory, 7-7:50 a.m. for coffee, Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction. All men are  welcome.  We finish in time for the 8a.m. Mass.

The Legion of Mary: Wednesday Evenings: 7:30 pm till 9:00 pm in the Msgr. Nagle Hall.

St. Monica Latin Patristic Reading Group: The St Monica Latin Reading Group meets on Tuesdays.  Please call St John’s Rectory, 203 324 1553, ext. 0, for more information.

St. John’s in THE NEWS:
THE CONNECTICUT CATHOLIC:
135 years ago, or so:
October 10, 1885:  STAMFORD. “The work of building the altar of our new church is still being carried on, and from the condition of the altar at present, one would say that it promises to be a marvel of beauty in itself. The greatest care is taken in putting the many pieces of marble and onyx stone in their proper places.”

THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
100 years ago, or so:
October 12, 1914:  Impressive Ceremony in St. John’s Catholic Church.  “A class of 373 children were confirmed by Bishop Nilan of Hartford in St. John’s Catholic Church, Saturday, at 3 p.m. The auditorium of the church was crowded to the doors, and many were standing in the aisles to watch the ceremony and to hear the Bishop’s address to those who were confirmed. This was one of the largest classes ever confirmed here, and the long file of little girls in their pretty frocks and veils attracted admiration from the big congregation. After the ceremonies were completed, Bishop Nilan addressed the children, then administered a pledge to abstain from intoxicating liquors and concluded with benediction.”

THE CATHOLIC Transcript:
45 years ago, or so:
October 11, 1975:  Mass Concludes Centennial Program At Stamford Church. “Archbishop Thomas A. Donnellan of Atlanta will come here on Saturday, Oct. 18, to help St. John’s Parish celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of its church. The Mass will be followed by a dinner-dance in the parish hall, with the dinner starting at 7 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children. Reservations can be made by calling the parish rectory. Archbishop Donnellan, a cousin of Father Nagle, has been Archbishop of Atlanta since 1968, Before that, he was Bishop of Ogdensburg, N.Y. Concelebrating the Mass, in addition to the two bishops and Father Nagle, will be Msgr. John J. Toomey, vicar general of the diocese; Fathers John J. Walsh, SJ, and Michael A. D’Elia, both of St. John’s; Father Richard B. Morrow of Atlanta; and Father Richard J. Tomer of Milford.”

THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
40 years ago, or so:
October 13, 1979:  Ordination is at hand for Father Mason. “The Rev. Gerard Carl Mason will be ordained to the Priesthood on Saturday, Oct. 20 by the Most Rev. Walter W. Curtis, Bishop of Bridgeport, at St. Augustine Cathedral. A parishioner of St. John’s in Stamford, Father Mason is a native of Mobile, Alabama, where he attended public school  He holds a B.A. from Howard Univ. and a M. Div. from Maryknoll Seminary.”

Bulletin for Sunday September 30, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday September 30, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: The central sanctuary window portrays  the Crucifixion of Our Lord. This is the link between the Christmas window to the left and the Resurrection window on the right. The Eternal Son of the Father took to Himself that which He did not have: a human body, soul, heart, mind and will, and the ability to die; the Creator became a creature, so that He could give to us what we did not have: a share in His divinity.

Pope Saint Leo wrote more clearly: “The birth of Christ is the source of the Christian people; the birth of the Head, Jesus, is the birth of the Body, the Church. Each person whom Christ calls comes at his own point in the flow of time, yet the whole body of the faithful, which comes forth from the baptismal font, was born along with Christ at his birth, just as it was crucified with him in his passion, raised up in his resurrection, and established at the Father’s side in his ascension. For every one among the faithful is reborn in Christ and becomes a new person in him who became Son of Man that we might become sons and daughters of God” [On the Lord’s Birth].

This is one of the most beautiful of the church’s windows. It is damaged, unfortunately, as can be seen in the face of Saint John the Evangelist, who stands to the right of the Crucified Lord. During the recent restoration, it was discovered that decades ago an overambitious workman may  have tried to “clean” the window by using steel wool!! Despite the damage, it is still a magnificent work of art.

The central figure is Our Crucified Lord: His face is serene, crowned with thorns and a halo of gold and red. Two angels hold chalices to catch his Precious Blood flowing from his wounded hands. One drop of blood comes from his pierced side, which is the fountain of the sacramental life of Christ’s Church, the graces of which transform us daily to be more like Our Lord. The figure on the right is our patron, Saint John. Dressed in flowing robes of red, green and amber, he is portrayed as a young man with long hair, the only apostle who had not abandoned his Lord and best friend. On the left stands the Blessed Mother, dressed in a red robe with a strikingly beautiful deep blue cape decorated by her symbols as golden embroidered decorations: roses, fleurs-des-lis and crowns.  The central figure beneath the Cross is Mary Magdalene, who kneels, arms wrapped around the base of the cross, looking up at Her Lord.

The sky behind the crucifixion is composed of various shades of dark blues with two lines of sunlight, suggesting the abnormality of the mid-day darkness, brought about by the death of God in the flesh, as the Passion narratives of the Gospel tell us. Immediately behind the Cross can be seen a building: not merely a suggestion of the ancient city of Jerusalem, but, rather, the dome and bell tower of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built originally in the 4th century by the Emperor Constantine atop the actual site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial, which had been venerated by the faithful from the time of the Crucifixion itself. Atop the window is a smaller rose window, this time with a pelican sitting atop a nest,  piercing her breast to feed her young chicks with her own blood: an ancient symbol of Christ’s willing shedding of His blood for us, His spiritual children.

This elegant Crucifixion window dominates the entire church. During the weeks following the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross [September 14], let it be a reminder to us of the depth of God’s love for each of us, and of His great mercy, shown by His hard work to get us to Heaven. As Saint Irenaeus of Lyons wrote, “God became man so that Man could become God”, by the Incarnate Son of the Eternal Father dying on the Cross, and His rising from the dead in the flesh for us, as the three sanctuary windows teach us.

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni,  Maggie Ward, Bill Baumann, Debbie Valentine, Fr. Richard Hinkley, Bernardo Mieves, Elaine Mellace, Armella Roschella, Geard Roschella, Richard Ridge, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Dionysia Oliveira, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Marion Dal Molin, Todd Dowty, Gerald E. Clarke, Rosemarie C. Clarke, Joseph W. Evans, Nicholas Macca, Thomas Mills, Sr.Ellen Mary, Charlee Burns, Martha McRoskey, John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, 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

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

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes start Monday October 15th and will meet weekly 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x 0 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

FORMED: Donated by a parishioner, this is a revolutionary online platform provides access to the best Catholic audio talks, movies, e-books, and video-based studies from trusted providers like the Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press, Catholic Answers, Sophia Institute Press, and St. Paul Center– right at your fingertips, without cost. Learn more at app.formed.org/ Access Code WWT2NF.

Monsignor DiGiovanni’s new book, Armed with Faith: The Life of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, is the remarkable story of one of this country’s greatest Catholic chaplains, who died heroically in Vietnam in 1967 and is now on the road to sainthood. The book is on sale in the Basilica Bookstore and on Amazon.com, in print and Kindle editions: https://www.amazon.com/Armed-Faith-Father-Vincent-Capodanno/dp/1983237175

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

Save the date:  Morning of Reflection with Sister Anna Marie, R.S.M. on Saturday, October 20th from  9:00AM-12:00PM at St. John’s. More details to follow.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         September 23, 2018       $ 12,358.97
Sunday         September 24, 2017       $ 13,920.15

 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

October 7th Sunday Readings: GN 2:18-24, HEB 2:9-11, MK 10: 2-16

Police: Policemen and women are under attack throughout the country, we ask that you Please remember the members of our Stamford Police Department in your prayers. Likewise, remember in your prayers Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department and our military women and men who protect our nation.

Birthright: seeks volunteers: Support women to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, connecting women with medical, financial, legal and other resources.  Flexible schedules; training provided. They are in need of maternity and baby clothes, all sizes and seasons. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

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.

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.

Admissions Events at Regina Caeli: *Open Admissions at Regina Caeli Academy! Looking for an amazing resource center devoted to a classical education and the Catholic faith? Regina Caeli meets at Wilton Baptist Church, 254 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT (Located inside Wilton Baptist Church), serving Prek-3 – 12th grade and is still open for admissions. Students attend Socratic and hands-on classrooms two days per week and are homeschooled the remaining days. *Fall Open House: Monday, October 22nd, 1-2:30 pm! Please join us for a tour of our facilities, a short presentation, and time for questions and answers! Refreshments served; children are welcome! To RSVP or schedule a tour, please contact Lisa Frawley, Coordinator of Education, lfrawley.fcc@rcahybrid.org or call (203) 701-9154.

Soulcore: Join SoulCore Leader Luisa Mendoza, to nourish body, mind & soul with SoulCore – a prayer experience that combines the prayers of the rosary with core strengthening, stretching and functional movement. No fitness level or experience required. All are welcome! Any question, email luisamendoza1611@gmail.com or visit www.soulcore.com for more information. WHEN: Thursday mornings 9:30 am, and on Saturdays Oct. 20th, Nov.10th and Dec. 8th at 9:30 a.m. WHERE: 179 Hamilton Avenue, Greenwich. Suggested donation of $10. Bring a fitness mat if you have one.

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.

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.

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

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, October 24.  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.

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 ” on Friday, September 28th at 7:00PM. More information and tickets at www.maltahouse.org

Walking with Purpose Registration is now open: WWP reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development. We begin with the basics, knowing that we can never master the core truths; there is always greater depth to explore. We will meet Tuesday mornings in the Rectory from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 25th. Childcare is available. For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com 

Over 60 Club: If you are over 60 and find yourself sitting home alone too often, check out Over 60 Senior Neighborhood.  There is lunch, exercise, games, information and entertainment programs, companionship and fun.  Canes, walkers, wheelchairs and companions are welcome.  They are open Mon – Fri from 10-3 and are located in St. John’s Episcopal Church at 628 Main Street.  There is no membership fee and only a suggested, voluntary $2-3 donation for lunch.  Call Betty at 203-316-9335 or 203-249-2607 for more information.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, September 29, 2018
4:00     Vincent Jagodzinski req. Jagodzinski Family
Sunday, September 30, 2018
7:30   +Ellen Braniff De Souter req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00 +Theresa Pereira req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
12:00 +Maria Preziosi Birthday Remembrance req. Marion Morris and Family
5:00   +Fr. Joseph Tyminski, SDB
Monday, October 1, 2018: Saint Therese of the Child Jesus
8:00   +Santiago and Jose Ramon Zone req. Nino Family
12:10 +Feroze Aslam req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
Tuesday, October 2, 2018: The Holy Guardian Angels
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Francescantonio Pugliese req. Pugliese Family
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
8:00   +Luede L’Espirance req. priest of the parish
12:10 +Ben Mondor req. Marc Valois
Thursday, October 4, 2018: Saint Francis of Assisi
8:00   +Kathleen O’Brien Squires  req. Linda DeMott
12:10 +Christopher Fainsan Jr. req. Noela De Leon
Friday, October 5, 2018: Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos
8:00   +Dorothy and Fred Wahlstrom req. Leon Taricani
12:10 +Pauline Valentine req. Mr. & Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Saturday, October 6, 2018: Saint Bruno, Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00   +Orelia Guillory req. Emerlita Agulay
12:10 +Josephine Palaia req. Frank and Beth Carpanzano and Family

Baptisms: Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. For more information, please call Keri, (203-324-1553, ext 0). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Weddings: Couples must contact and begin meeting with one of the parish priests for at least 6 months before a hoped for wedding date at Saint John’s. Please call the parish secretary, Keri, or one of the priests for an initial discussion. Weddings are offered for parishioners only.

Holy Name Society: For men of the parish, meets Fridays in the Rectory, 7-7:50 a.m. for coffee, Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction. All men are  welcome.  We finish in time for the 8a.m. Mass.

The Legion of Mary: Wednesday Evenings: 7:30 pm till 9:00 pm in the Msgr. Nagle Hall.

St. Monica Latin Patristic Reading Group: The St Monica Latin Reading Group meets on Tuesdays.  Please call St John’s Rectory, 203 324 1553, ext. 0, for more information.

St. John’s in THE NEWS:
135 years ago, or so:
THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
October 3, 1882:  A Boom for St. John’s R. C. Church. “An important meeting was held on Sunday last in aid of the building fund of St. John’s R. C. Church. The meeting, we are informed, was very successful in providing money to go right on with the work of finishing the building. One outcome of the meeting referred to is the fact that a contract has been made with John Ennis for the woodwork of the interior, exclusive of altar and pews.”   (EDITOR’S NOTE: after the basement chapel was completed in 1875, work on the upstairs part of the church was suspended until 1882.)

THE CONNECTICUT CATHOLIC:
October 4, 1884:  “A circular from our bishop was read and explained at all the Masses Sunday, in accordance with the encyclical letter of Pope Leo XIII. The Rosary will be said every morning during the month of October, after 7 o’clock Mass and on Sundays before Vespers, followed by Benediction. Confessions will be heard every morning before and after Mass.”

THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
125 years ago, or so:
October 6, 1892:   “At the services in St. John’s R. C. Church Sunday morning, the Rev. Father Keena read the letters of the Pope and of Bishop McMahon, in regard to Columbus Day. Appropriate religious services will be held in the Stamford church.”

THE CATHOLIC TRANSCRIPT:
75 years ago, or so:
October 6, 1932:  Bishop Rededicates St. John’s, Stamford. “On last Sunday, October 2, St. John’s Church, Stamford, newly decorated and refinished through the pastoral care of the Rev. F.J. Lally, was rededicated by the Most Rev. John J. Nilan, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese. At the solemn Mass celebrated at 11 a.m., the celebrant was Rev. James Murnihan, a Holy Ghost Father from Ferndale.”

FAIRFIELD COUNTY CATHOLIC:
15 years ago, or so:
October 2001:  Mercy Sisters celebrate 150th anniversary. When the Sisters of Mercy stepped ashore in the Diocese of Hartford in 1852, they came to minister to a desperately poor and needy Catholic community. The newly-formed order, founded in Ireland by Catherine McAuley in 1831, had been called here to care for orphans, but quickly embraced all of the works of mercy the immigrant community demanded.”
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Sisters came to Stamford in 1876. By the end of the year, seven Sisters had charge of 495 students in St. John’s School.)

Bulletin for Sunday September 23, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday September 23, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: Let’s turn our attention to the sanctuary windows. Those above the high altar present the three central historical events of our salvation: the Incarnation, Crucifixion and Resurrection. These events of Jesus, who is God-among-us, define who we are as men and women touched by the grace of God because God entered into human history. These events will lead us to the very presence of God for all eternity.

We begin with the far left sanctuary window above the high altar: the Incarnation which is the Christmas window. In the rose window above the Christmas window can be seen the beautiful Star of Bethlehem in the center of an imaginary celestial flower, surrounded by five smaller stars against a light blue heaven. The star was prophesied by the Balaam in the Book of Numbers [24:17], which the Gospel of Matthew mentions [2:1-2].  In the center of the window sits Our Lady enthroned with the infant Jesus on  her lap. They sit on a sumptuous throne of whimsical Victorian Gothic design, with arches, columns and exuberant floral carvings, backed by a rich tapestry of geometric patterns and textured glass. The Blessed Virgin gently supports her child as she presents Him to the Three Kings, just arriving on the scene. The Infant Jesus holds up his right hand blessing the Kings, all the while eyeing one of their impressive gifts. Two of the Kings kneel, one directly in front of the Mother and Child, holding a large golden vessel. Behind him is a small elegantly appareled page boy holding the king’s heavy ermine trimmed, blood red cape. The second King kneels to the right, having placed his costly gift box on the ground. He is, likewise, richly appareled in darker earth tones with a full ermine shoulder cape and heavy golden chain of office around his neck. The third King stands at the center right, eye-level with Our Lady. Vested in a deep green toga with golden breastplate and blood red cape, he wears a golden crown and offers another elegant gift to the Child. He appears to have just alighted from an impressive camel, which stands behind the King. The camel is wonderfully, imperiously sneering down at all of us, as  his attendant tries to bring to heel with a bright red tether and bridle. Behind the throne to the left stands an elderly Saint Joseph, white-haired and supporting himself on a staff. Northern European Christian artists always portrayed Saint Joseph as past him prime, even elderly, to underscore the fact the Mary conceived Jesus by the Holy Spirit, not by the agency of  Saint Joseph.

All around are symbols of the future for the Holy Family: behind the camel can be seen a stormy sky along with a pyramid, pointing to the Holy Family’s Flight to Egypt soon to be made in response to the plots of Herod to kill the Child, in fulfillment of prophet Hosea: “Out of Egypt have I called my son” [Hosea 11.1; Matt 2]. On the top left of the window, behind Saint Joseph, is another attendant bearing a banner—of the Resurrection, the ultimate triumph of God over the power of Satan by the Incarnation, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus, by which he offers us eternity of the whole person—body and soul. At the base of the window are flowers, symbolically identifying those persons pictured above and what will happen as Jesus matures, moving towards his sacrificial death and Resurrection: Daisies—signs of the innocence of the Christ Child; Dandelions—a bitter herb, suggestive of the bitter suffering of Mother and Child; Poppy—the red color alludes to Jesus’ future Passion; Violets—symbols of the humility of God who became a creature for us so we could share His Divine Life, and a symbol of the humility of Mary, who gave her private life as an offering in obedience to do the will of the Eternal Father so that both God and humankind contributed to our salvation; Red Anemones—referring to the blood shed by Our Lord on the Cross, and the sorrow of both Mary and Jesus. An ancient legend stated that anemones sprouted at the foot of the Cross at the Crucifixion; White Jasmine—whose sweet fragrance symbolized for early Christians the beauty of the Virgin Mary’s life, dedicated to God.

The three sanctuary windows were donated to honor the three pastors of Saint John’s  whose efforts had raised the present church: Father John Fagan [1868-1873], who purchased the property upon which the church is built, who died very young; Father Michael Tierney [1874-76] who completed the basement church, and went on to become the Bishop of Hartford; and Father William Rogers [1876-1900], who completed the upper church. Next week: the central sanctuary window.

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni,  Debbie Valentine, Fr. Richard Hinkley, Bernardo Mieves, Elaine Mellace, Armella Roschella, Geard Roschella, Richard Ridge, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, 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: Joseph W. Evans, Nicholas Macca, Thomas Mills, Sr.Ellen Mary, Charlee Burns, Martha McRoskey, John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, 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

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

Religious Education: The deadline for Registration for 2018-2019  has now passed.  If  you have not registered, please contact Anne Marie Carpanzano directly at 203-324-1553 x 22.
Religious Education classes begin on Sunday, September 23rd

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes start Monday October 15th and will meet weekly 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x 0 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

FORMED: Donated by a parishioner, this is a revolutionary online platform provides access to the best Catholic audio talks, movies, e-books, and video-based studies from trusted providers like the Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press, Catholic Answers, Sophia Institute Press, and St. Paul Center– right at your fingertips, without cost. Learn more at app.formed.org/ Access Code WWT2NF.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Faith on Tap September 25th: Please join us at our NEW LOCATION, The Factory Bar and Grill, 261 Main Street, Stamford to hear Father Jeff Dole speak on “Why do I have to confess my sins to a priest…?” Anyone ages 21-39 are welcome to join us on Tuesday, September 25th from 7:00PM-9:00PM. Bring a friend!

St. John’s Family Cookout September 30th– Please join us for a family cookout after the 12 Noon mass in the Church parking lot. All are welcome!

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

Save the date:  Morning of Reflection with Sister Anna Marie, R.S.M. on Saturday, October 20th from  9:00AM-12:00PM at St. John’s. More details to follow.

Weekly Sunday collection:          

Sunday         September 16, 2018       $ 12,706.49
Sunday         September 17, 2017       $ 12,867.20

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

September 30th Sunday Readings: NM 11:25-29, JAS 5:1-6, MK 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

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.

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

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 and baby 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. 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.

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.

Admissions Events at Regina Caeli: * Open Admissions at Regina Caeli Academy! Looking for an amazing resource center devoted to a classical education and the Catholic faith? Regina Caeli meets at Wilton Baptist Church, 254 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT (Located inside Wilton Baptist Church), serving Prek-3 – 12th grade and is still open for admissions. Students attend Socratic and hands-on classrooms two days per week and are homeschooled the remaining days. *Fall Open House: Monday, October 22nd, 1-2:30 pm! Please join us for a tour of our facilities, a short presentation, and time for questions and answers!Refreshments served; children are welcome!To RSVP or schedule a tour, please contact Lisa Frawley, Coordinator of Education, lfrawley.fcc@rcahybrid.org or call (203) 701-9154.

Soulcore: Join SoulCore Leader Luisa Mendoza, to nourish body, mind & soul with SoulCore – a prayer experience that combines the prayers of the rosary with core strengthening, stretching and functional movement. No fitness level or experience required. All are welcome! Any question, email luisamendoza1611@gmail.com or visit www.soulcore.com for more information. WHEN: Thursday mornings 9:30 am, beginning on Thurs. Sept 20th. and Saturdays Oct. 20th, Nov.10th and Dec. 8th at 9:30 a.m. WHERE: 179 Hamilton Avenue, Greenwich. Suggested donation of $10. Bring a fitness mat if you have one.

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

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, September 26th. 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.

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.

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.

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

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 ” on Friday, September 28th at 7:00PM. More information and tickets at www.maltahouse.org

Walking with Purpose Registration is now open: WWP reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development. We begin with the basics, knowing that we can never master the core truths; there is always greater depth to explore. We will meet Tuesday mornings in the Rectory from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 25th. Childcare is available. For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com 

Over 60 Club: If you are over 60 and find yourself sitting home alone too often, check out Over 60 Senior Neighborhood.  There is lunch, exercise, games, information and entertainment programs, companionship and fun.  Canes, walkers, wheelchairs and companions are welcome.  They are open Mon – Fri from 10-3 and are located in St. John’s Episcopal Church at 628 Main Street.  There is no membership fee and only a suggested, voluntary $2-3 donation for lunch.  Call Betty at 203-316-9335 or 203-249-2607 for more information.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, September 22, 2018
4:00   +Hedwig Jagodzinski req. Jagodzinski Family
Sunday, September 23, 2018
7:30   +Richard Wargo Birthday Remembrance req. Family
10:00 +Bill Morris 9th Anniversary req. Marion, Bill, Richard, Brooke Morris, Jimmy & Michelle Sagdati and Grandchildren
12:00   In Honor of Saint Padre Pio 50th Anniversary req. Marion Morris
5:00   +Fr. Joseph Tyminski, SDB
Monday, September 24, 2018
8:00  +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10    Sp. Int. Sharon Bejile
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
8:00  +Do Thong req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 + Brian Smith req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Wednesday, September 26, 2018: Saints Cosmas and Damian
8:00  +Daisy Anderson req. Amy Marrion
12:10 +Louise Munro req. Mary Bridget Gaine
Thursday, September 27, 2018: Saint Vincent de Paul
8:00  +Jose Francisco Rojas req. Maria Pena
12:10 +Ann Finazzo req. her sister
Friday, September 28, 2018: Saint Wenceslaus
8:00  +Benita “Rosina” Rebula  Birthday Memorial req. by daughter Rosemary Rebula
12:10    Antonietta Cerone req. Giannitti Family
Saturday, September 29, 2018: Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael
8:00  +Wladek and Willemina Falek req. daughter
12:10    Peter Thomas McKeon req. McKeon Family

Baptisms: Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. For more information, please call Keri, (203-324-1553, ext 0). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Weddings: Couples must contact and begin meeting with one of the parish priests for at least 6 months before a hoped for wedding date at Saint John’s. Please call the parish secretary, Keri, or one of the priests for an initial discussion. Weddings are offered for parishioners only.

Holy Name Society: For men of the parish, meets Fridays in the Rectory, 7-7:50 a.m. for coffee, Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction. All men are  welcome.  We finish in time for the 8a.m. Mass.

The Legion of Mary: Wednesday Evenings: 7:30 pm till 9:00 pm in the Msgr. Nagle Hall.

St. Monica Latin Patristic Reading Group: The St Monica Latin Reading Group meets on Tuesdays.  Please call St John’s Rectory, 203 324 1553, ext. 0, for more information.

St. John’s in THE NEWS:
THE NEW YORK FREEMAN’S JOURNAL:
160 years ago, or so:
Sept. 26, 1857:  NEW CHURCH IN STAMFORD, CONN. “To the Editor of the New York Freeman’s Journal: On the 6th inst., the Catholics of Stamford had the pleasure of witnessing the dedication of their neatly finished church, by Very Rev. William O’Reilly, Vicar General and Administrator of the Diocese of Hartford. A large congregation attended and were well pleased with the sermons of Rev. Mr. Hart of New Haven, and Very Rev. James Hughes of Hartford. The piety manifested showed that the people fully appreciated what had been done in their behalf, and many prepared themselves for the solemn occasion by approaching the sacred tribunal of confession and the Holy Table. The day will be long remembered by the inhabitants of this place; and those who heretofore have been careless for the beauty of God’s temple, felt a new impulse of religious pride in the decoration of our fine church. Rev. Father Cooney is our pastor, and to his zeal and efforts the new church is due.”  (EDITOR’S NOTE: this celebration is for the twenty foot addition to the original St. John’s Church that was dedicated in 1851.)

THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
75 years ago, or so:
Sept. 25, 1942:   “In commemoration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the first Mass celebrated in Stamford, there will be a Solemn High Mass in St. John’s Roman Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on Sunday.”

55 years ago, or so:
Sept. 24, 1963:  Scouts To Stage Torch Ceremony For United Fund. “Boy Scouts carrying torches from the four corners of Stamford will run an Olympic-style relay race in Atlantic Square as part of a United Fund torch lighting ceremony Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on the steps of City Hall. The giant, 25 foot torch in the square is the symbol of the United Fund’s appeal on behalf of 30 health and welfare agencies. It will be lighted for the first time this year by Dr. Al Mastrangelo, 1963 campaign chairmen, following the presentation of torches brought to him by the relay runners. Fire sirens, police cars and Civil Defense cars will spur the Scouts toward their destination. Runners include Daniel Moriarity and Daniel Shaub, Troop 22, St. John’s Catholic Church.”

30 years ago, or so:
Sept. 27, 1990:  “In recognition of the 70th anniversary of the National Council of Catholic Women, the Rev. Michael Moynihan, diocesan director of the council, will celebrate a Mass in each of five diocesan districts. The Stamford district will be celebrating the anniversary in St. John the Evangelist Church on Oct. 14. In honor of Right to Life Sunday, the 10:30 a.m. Mass will also include a blessing for expectant parents.”

 

Bulletin for Sunday September 16, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday September 16, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: The southern transept, to the left of the altars, is a duplicate of the northern, in design, size and decoration. The only difference is the theme of the large stained glass window that dominates this side of the church.

The large window was created and installed at the same time as that in the northern transept and choir loft: 1926. It was restored with a new window frame during the 2000  restoration of all the church’s windows.

The story of the window is based on the Gospel account of Our Lord blessing children, as indicated by the Latin legend at the bottom of the window, which translates: “Let the little children come to Me” (Mt: 19:14). This is a very charming window because of the subject and because the gentle and tender manner the artists portrayed the event. Our Lord is at the center, clothed as in the window across the aisle: in bright red tunic over his white toga-like robe. His luminous halo identifies Him as the Son of God and Son of Mary, the Savior. He is seated with a small child on His lap. According to tradition, this child was Saint Ignatius of Antioch: a disciple of Saint Peter, whom Peter later named as the first bishop in Antioch, after Peter had himself established the Church in that third largest city of the Roman Empire and moved on to Rome. It was Ignatius who called the Church Jesus personally established on the Apostles the Catholic Church—the Universal Church—the only one found in every large city, as opposed to the numerous local Christian cults started by other people. The Catholic Church offers salvation to everyone, not just to certain groups. In the window, two of Jesus’ Apostles are not happy with Jesus’ decision to disregard their counsel to move on, and you can see them gathered in the shadows at the top left, chatting with one another, visibly displeased.  In contrast are the children. They are all over the place, skipping, walking and crawling to Jesus, being carried by their mothers, the smiling embodiment of innocence and trust, which should be the hallmark of all Jesus’ followers.

Above the main window are three angels, replicating the northern window: the lower two have censers, offering incense to Jesus who is God and Man. Between them is the image of the Pelican, which, according to legend, would pierce her breast and feed her young with her lifeblood; a perfect symbol of the sacrifice Christ made on the Cross that we might live forever by the shedding of His blood in payment for human sin. Above the high altar Crucifixion window is another pelican, brining the symbolism of loving self-sacrifice home above the altar where it is renewed every day during the Sacrifice of the Mass. Back to the transept window, way above the central scene is a larger angel bearing the logo: Ora et Labora: pray and work. Prayer is good, but must be accompanied by a life of action: one must show one’s faith in the way one lives—preferably in virtue—as well as by performing religious actions, in order to be a true believer or disciple of Jesus. On either side of the upper angels are more Greek letters we’ve seen before: the Alpha on the left and the Omega on the right: Jesus is the beginning [Alpha, the first letter of the Greek alphabet] and the end [Omega, the last letter of the Greek alphabet] of all things. Nothing exists except for Jesus.

There is one mistake in the right hand angel—can you see it?  The artist gave the angel on the right three hands!! Oops! No one’s perfect, not even artists.  If you have the opportunity, and it is a sunny day during your visit to the Basilica, just sit down and watch the changing light as the minutes tick by. Every minute is different. Then offer a prayer of thanksgiving to Our Lord, the creator of light.  More next week.

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Bernardo Mieves, Elaine Mellace, Armella Roschella, Geard Roschella, Richard Ridge, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, 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:  Nicholas Macca, Thomas Mills, Sr.Ellen Mary, Charlee Burns, Martha McRoskey, John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, 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

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

Religious Education: The deadline for Registration for 2018-2019  has now passed.  If  you have not registered, please contact Anne Marie Carpanzano directly at 203-324-1553 x 22.
Religious Education classes begin on Sunday, September 23rd

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes start Monday October 15th and will meet weekly 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x 0 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Padre Pio Triduum of Prayer: September 21, 22 & 23: 7:30pm: Exposition and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament, with Prayers in honor of Saint Padre Pio and veneration of his relics. Confessions will be heard. Everyone is welcome.

Faith on Tap September 25th: Please join us at our NEW LOCATION, The Factory Bar and Grill, 261 Main Street, Stamford to hear Father Jeff Dole speak on “Why do I have to confess my sins to a priest…?” Anyone ages 21-39 are welcome to join us on Tuesday, September 25th from 7:00PM-9:00PM. Bring a friend!

St. John’s Family Cookout September 30th– Please join us for a family cookout after the 12 Noon mass in the Church parking lot. All are welcome!

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

Save the date:  Morning of Reflection with Sister Anna Marie, R.S.M. on Saturday, October 20th from  9:00AM-12:00PM at St. John’s. More details to follow.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         September  9, 2018       $  11,428.96
Sunday         September 10, 2017      $  14,672.38

 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

September 23rd Sunday Readings: WIS 2:12, 17-20; JAS 3:16-4:3; MK 9:30-37

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.

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

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. 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.

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.

Admissions Events at Regina Caeli: *Open Admissions at Regina Caeli Academy! Looking for an amazing resource center devoted to a classical education and the Catholic faith? Regina Caeli meets at Wilton Baptist Church, 254 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT (Located inside Wilton Baptist Church), serving Prek-3 – 12th grade and is still open for admissions. Students attend Socratic and hands-on classrooms two days per week and are homeschooled the remaining days. *Fall Open House: Monday, October 22nd, 1-2:30 pm! Please join us for a tour of our facilities, a short presentation, and time for questions and answers!Refreshments served; children are welcome!To RSVP or schedule a tour, please contact Lisa Frawley, Coordinator of Education, lfrawley.fcc @rcahybrid.org or call (203) 701-9154.

Soulcore: Join SoulCore Leader Luisa Mendoza, to nourish body, mind & soul with SoulCore – a prayer experience that combines the prayers of the rosary with core strengthening, stretching and functional movement. No fitness level or experience required. All are welcome! Any question, email luisamendoza1611@gmail.com or visit www.soulcore.com for more information. WHEN: Thursday mornings 9:30 am, beginning on Thurs. Sept 20th. and Saturdays Oct. 20th, Nov.10th and Dec. 8th at 9:30 a.m. WHERE: 179 Hamilton Avenue, Greenwich. Suggested donation of $10. Bring a fitness mat if you have one.

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

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, September 26th. 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.

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.

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.

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

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 ” on Friday, September 28th at 7:00PM. More information and tickets at www.maltahouse.org.

Walking with Purpose Registration is now open: WWP reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development. We begin with the basics, knowing that we can never master the core truths; there is always greater depth to explore. We will meet Tuesday mornings in the Rectory from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 25th. Childcare is available. For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com 

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, September 15, 2018
4:00   + Marilyn Vanauken req. friends of the Vanauken family
Sunday, September 16, 2018
7:30   +Mary A. Gaine req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00 +Randolph Samedi req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:00 +Louis V. Segovia req. Family
5:00   +Fr. Joseph Tyminski, SDB
Monday, September 17, 2018: Saint Robert Bellarmine
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   Souls in Purgatory
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
8:00   +Ann Finazzo req. her sister
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk families
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 : Saint Januarius
8:00   +Fortunato Operario req. Judith Jordan
12:10    Marisa Carpanzano
Thursday, September 20, 2018: Saint Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Paul Chong Ha-sang, and Companions
8:00   +Joseph W. Evans req. priest of the parish
12:10   Special Intentions Michael Muwanguzi req. Scholastica and Andrew
Friday, September 21, 2018: Saint Matthew
8:00   +Juana Mazariegos req. Blanca Reyes
12:10 +Isolda Romita Birthday Memorial req. by niece Rosemary Rebula
Saturday, September 22, 2018: Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00   +Benita “Rosina” Rebula First Year Anniversary req. by daughter Rosemary Rebula
12:10   Barbara Schuerger 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:

110 years ago, or so:
Sept. 17, 1906:  Commodore Smith’s Generosity. “At the Mass in St. John’s R. C. Church yesterday, the rector, Rev. James C. O’Brien, announced that when Commodore James D. Smith visited the parochial school, in course of construction, Friday, as a member of the special school committee, he told Father O’Brien he was so impressed with the work that the school was doing, that he would send him a check for $500 <$14,000 in 2018 dollars> for the school fund. The contribution is considered a most generous one, and it comes from a non-catholic.”

95 years ago, or so:
Sept. 18, 1924:  FORMER STAMFORD MEN APPOINTED TO NEW PASTORATES. “Of interest to Stamford citizens to the recent appointment of two priests of the Hartford diocese to new pastorates, Rev. James Q. Dolan and Rev. Patrick F. Connors are well known to local citizens, one by service here as curate of St. John’s Catholic Church, and the other by his claim to Stamford as his home town. Rev. James Q. Dolan served as curate of St. John’s Church in 1901 and 1902, and by his wise counsel and ever-ready efforts to help in civic and church affairs, endeared himself to local people of all sects. Father Dolan has recently been appointed pastor of St. James Church in Stratford. His appointment takes him from the pastorate of St. Paul’s Church in Tariffville, where he has served for some years. Rev. Patrick F. Connors is a local man, having received his early education in this city. After graduating from the St. John’s School, Father Connors entered the employ of the Stamford Advocate and worked in the printing department for several years. He is well remembered for his ready wit and pleasing  personality by all he came in contact with during his employment on this paper. Leaving the Stamford Advocate and Stamford, he entered Villa Nova College in Pennsylvania where he completed his high school and academic education and then entered the grand seminary at Montreal, from which he was graduated. He was ordained into the priesthood in Montreal.”

40 years ago, or so:
Sept. 22, 1975:  Diocese Plans November Pilgrimage to Washington. “A Holy Year Pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C, will be held during the weekend of Nov. 14th, according to the Rev. William A. Nagle, spiritual director for the affair. The St. John’s Church pastor has served as diocesan representative to the shrine for several years. The shrine, located on the campus of the Catholic University of America, is the seventh largest religious building in the world. It was erected in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1959.”

Bulletin for Sunday September 09, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday September 09, 2018

St. John’s Interior, 1885

Pastor’s Corner: Continuing our  tour of the church,  move now to the center of the church, at the crossing between the transepts and main aisle.  You should stand in the direct center of the church in the main aisle, facing the high altar. The space is immense. The main aisle measures 176 feet from the front door to the altar steps. The interior of the nave from northern wall to southern wall of the body of the church [where we’ve read the stained glass windows during the past two weeks] measures 68 feet wide. At the crossing of the nave and transepts, where you should be standing [the center of the church] measures 92 feet across, from the Bell Street transept wall to rectory side wall [the transepts house the two huge stained glass windows]. The ceiling height at the crossing is 50 feet. Directly above the crossing is the central round ceiling boss, with IHS [the first Greek three letters of Jesus] and plaster ornamentation of gilded acanthus fronds and shamrocks.

Let’s look at the northern transept windows [on your right as you face the altar]. The lower windows date from the dedication of the church in 1886.  There are three lovely windows in the grouping, a matching set is beneath the northern transept, formed of simple geometric designs, bold colors, delicate grisse foliage patterned borders, and each crowned with stars of geometric shaped glass. Each trio is crowned by a stained glass rose window composed of sculpted geometric patterns of heavy Victorian bullet glass. Each rose window, as you’ll notice, is formed by the carved wooden frame, forming a Star of David, recalling the Jewish roots of the Church founded by Jesus. The two side roses have simple stars in their centers; the central rose window has a Sacred Heart of Jesus, surrounded by a Crown of Thorns, suggestive of the larger window of the transept.

All these windows form part of one of the largest collections of Victorian and early 20th century American ecclesiastical stained glass in the area. Since so much was lost following the Second World War, when the craze among ecclesiastical architects, priests and designers was to be rid of all that was “old”, our windows are a real treasure in southwestern Connecticut, of which we should be proud and grateful.

The masterpiece of each transept is the large upper window. Dominating the northern and southern transept walls, each is a modern replacement for the 1886 originals, which, like those in the lower course of windows, were simple geometric designs of Victorian glass. The present windows date from 1926, and were commissioned by Father James O’Brien from the DaPrato Studio of Chicago, for a total cost of  $5,940.00. These were recently restored, with new steel reinforced mahogany window frames, at a cost of $150,000 each. Prices have gone up since 1926!

The northern window [on your right as you face the high altar]  is of Christ healing the Sick. Our Lord stands in the center, blessing an infirmed child, carried by her mother. Impoverished cripples and lepers approach from the left, a young man is carried from behind, and a husband points to his suffering wife, as he calls for Our Lord’s attention. Those who are ill are clothed in muted colors, in sharp contrast to Jesus’ brilliant red robes and shinning halo, suggesting Himself as the source of all life and vitality. The motto below the window, “And there came to Him great multitudes and He healed them” [Mt 15:30], narrates exactly that the Creator of the universe returns in human flesh to destroy the power of evil, embodied here in illness and suffering, and to restore all things to the Father in Himself, the Redeemer.  The scene is framed by gothic architectural designs, bright floral decorations and a whimsical cityscape of Jerusalem in the background.

Above Our Lord is a window with His Sacred Heart, encircled by the Crown of Thorns, symbols of the depth of His Incarnate love for mankind, illustrated below as He comes to the aid of  the sick and needy. On either side is an angel, each bearing a censer offering incense to Him who is both God and Man, and at the very top is a third angel, bearing the motto, “Have Mercy on Us.”  On each side of the topmost angel are two further symbols telling us that He who is pictured below is Jesus [IHS, the three Greek letters of His Holy Name] who is the Christ [XP, the first two Greek letters of the title, Christ], the anointed of God, our Savior.

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Bernardo Mieves, Elaine Mellace, Armella Roschella, Geard Roschella, Richard Ridge, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, 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:  Nicholas Macca, Thomas Mills, Sr.Ellen Mary, Charlee Burns, Martha McRoskey, John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, 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

Special Annual Collection . . .The second collection today will be the Special Annual Collection for the parish.  Your generosity is appreciated.

Religious Education: The deadline for Registration for 2018-2019  has now passed.  If  you have not registered, please contact Anne Marie Carpanzano directly at 203-324-1553 x 22.

Religious Education classes begin on Sunday, September 23rd
Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes start Monday October 15th and will meet weekly 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x 0 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

Padre Pio Triduum of Prayer: September 21, 22 & 23: 7:30pm: Exposition and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament, with Prayers in honor of Saint Padre Pio and veneration of his relics. Confessions will be heard. Everyone is welcome.

Faith on Tap September 25th: Please join us at our NEW LOCATION, The Factory Bar and Grill, 261 Main Street, Stamford to hear Father Jeff Dole speak on “Why do I have to confess my sins to a priest…?” Anyone ages 21-39 are welcome to join us on Tuesday, September 25th from 7:00PM-9:00PM. Bring a friend!

St. John’s Family Cookout September 30th– Please join us for a family cookout after the 12 Noon mass in the Church parking lot. All are welcome!

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

September 16th Sunday Readings: IS 50:5-9A, JAS 2:14-18, MK 8:27-35

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.

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

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. 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.

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.

Open Admissions at Regina Caeli Academy: Looking for an amazing resource center devoted to a classical education and the Catholic faith? Regina Caeli meets at Wilton Baptist Church, Wilton, CT, serving Prek-3 – 12th grade and is still open for admissions. Students attend Socratic and hands-on classrooms two days per week and are homeschooled the remaining days. Please contact Lisa Frawley at (203) 701-9154 or lfrawley.fcc@rcahybrid.org to schedule your family tour or inquire about admission. Check us out at www.rcahybrid.org.

Walking with Purpose Registration is now open: WWP reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development.  We begin with the basics, knowing that we can never master the core truths; there is always greater depth to explore. We will meet Tuesday mornings in the Rectory from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 25th. Childcare is available. For more information Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com 

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

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.

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

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, September 26th. 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.

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.

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.

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

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 ” on Friday, September 28th at 7:00PM. More information and tickets at www.maltahouse.org

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, September 8, 2018
4:00   +John J. Gannon req. Sharon Gannon
Sunday, September 9, 2018
7:30   +Kevin Nadin req. Glenn and Lynda Nadin
10:00 +Ed Cody 25th Anniversary req. Cody Family
12:00 +William Morris req. Jo Mitchell
5:00   +Fr. Joseph Tyminski, SDB
Monday, September 10, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Clarissa Davis req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
8:00   +Karl and Louise Wilk req. Sue Kremheller
12:10   Sp. Int. Dureid Khamo
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 :The Most Holy Name of Mary
8:00   +Irma Zoila Rosa Alvarez and Arnaldo Zelada
12:10   Anne Marie Carpanzano req. Ferry G.
Thursday, September 13, 2018: Saint John Chrysostom
8:00   +Joseph Jenkins III req. Mark and Deborah Dalton
12:10    Ann Marie Carpanzano
Friday, September 14, 2018: The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
8:00  +John and Viola Coppola req. Mario and Jodi Lopez
12:10 +Francesca Pugliese req. Pugliese Family
Saturday, September 15, 2018 : Our Lady of Sorrows
8:00  +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10   Souls in Purgatory req. Jean-Guillaume

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:
110 years ago, or so:
Sept. 13, 1900:  FATHER O’BRIEN COMES HERE. “The successor of Rev. W. H. Rogers as pastor of St. John’s R.C. Church will be  Rev. James C. O’Brien of Sacred Heart Church, Bridgeport. Father O’Brien has been pastor of the Bridgeport parish for fourteen years and was generally considered a fixture there until recently. He has won distinction in Bridgeport by his interest in the poor, especially poor children.”

55 years ago, or so:
Sept. 14, 1962:  Rev. Joseph Potter Appointed Diocesan Confraternity Aide. “The Rev. Joseph D. Potter, formerly an assistant at St. John’s Church, has been named assistant diocesan director of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, according to the Bridgeport diocesan office. Father Potter is on the faculty at Notre Dame Catholic High School, Bridgeport, and resides at St. Joseph’s Rectory, Bridgeport. Since 1955 he has been in charge of the apostolate to the deaf in the diocese.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Father Potter was an assistant at St. John’s from 1958 to 1960.)

60 years ago, or so:
Sept. 13, 1957:  Club Chaplain. “The Rev. Edward J. Scull, assistant pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church for the past three-and-one-half years, has been appointed chaplain of the Associated Newman Club Alumni of Stamford by the Rev. Martin F. Doran. He succeeds the Rev. Cornelius J. Looney who was recently named pastor of the new parish at Greens Farms, Westport. Father Scull, a native of Bridgeport, is also chaplain of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and principal of St. John’s Parochial School. He will meet with the members of the Newman Club at the organization’s first meeting of the 1957-58 season September 25 at Hibernian Hall, Forest Street, at 8:30 P.M..”

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