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.

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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..”

Bulletin for Sunday September 02, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday September 02, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: Let’s turn our attention to the  southern aisle windows [on the left side of the church as you enter the front doors], which repeat the decorative style of the windows we looked at last week on the opposite, northern aisle. These southern windows underscore the reality of Him who was born in Bethlehem—just in case you missed that detail in the windows of the northern aisle. Jesus is much more than a prophet. He is the Creator and Redeemer of all creation, who joined His Divine nature to our humanity in the womb of the Virgin. Let’s take a look:

The first window on the left [southeast] as you enter the main door:
Center Panel: The Lamb of God: Jesus,  is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the  world, is also the Creator: all existence centers on Him;
Left: Alpha and Omega: Jesus tells us in the Gospels that He is the “Beginning and the End” of all things—and uses the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet as signs of that: He is creation’s beginning/end.
Right: IHS: Re-emphasizes the reality that the Lamb of God who is the Creator of all, and who keeps everything in existence because He exists: —IHS are the first three Greek letters of JESus.

The second window [central]:
Center Panel: A Red Cross with the Crown of Thorns: God became man in the womb of the Virgin Mary in order to offer Himself on the Cross as the final bloody sacrifice for the sins of humankind;
Left: A Monstrance: used for adoration of His Most Precious Body and Blood: As both God and man, Jesus is worthy of worship. He is really present—Humanity, Divinity, Body and Soul, remaining with us until the end of time in the Eucharist, as He told His Apostles at the Last Supper;
Right: A Thurible: used at Mass to offer incense to God: Incense is a symbol of our prayers before God. Jesus, the Eternal Son who enters history by uniting Himself to our Humanity in Jesus, brings our prayers to the Father.

The third window on the left [southwest]:
Center Panel: Star of David and Cross: Jesus is Lord and Messiah, born of God’s Chosen people, who fulfills all Old Testament prophets;
Left: Cross, Crown & Palm Branches, refers to the sacrifice of Christ, which wins salvation for all humanity;
Right: Cross & Anchor, Sacred Heart & Scroll, reading, “Faith, Hope, Charity”, Salvation comes through Christ’s sacrifice, which is the basis of our Faith, our Hope in eternal life through Jesus, which we express in our daily self-sacrifice of charity.
Above these can be seen smaller “clerestory” windows of the same period, with similar geometric and floral decorative designs. They bear no symbol and have no other function than to provide colored light that changes with the seasons and times of each day. All these windows were produced by the P.F. McMahon Company, delivered and installed in time for the 1886 dedication of the church, at a total cost of $4,460.00, the equivalent of  which in today’s dollars totals $111,025.00. The restoration of these windows in 2000 cost $1,000,000!
While standing in either of the side aisles facing the altars, look upward to the arch above each side altar. Then, move your gaze higher to the ceiling vaults above each side altar arch, and to the ceiling vaults to the left and right. They are very strangely shaped!! In fact, they are rather uneven. That is because the architect, John Ennis—a theater set designer—had never designed a Gothic arch, and his local Stamford workmen had never constructed a Gothic arch. They did the best they could in plaster and wooden lathing. While oddly shaped, they do produce a superb acoustic.

–Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, 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:  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

Banns of Marriage:   III Banns: Robert Lawrence Gruner and Kathleen Elizabeth Ugalde

Catholic University of America Collection . . . Please drop your special envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.

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

Religious Education Registration for 2018-2019 is open! We are now using an electronic form that can be found online http://stjohnsstamford.com/religious-education-012816/. Make sure you click the Registration 2018-2019 Open Circle to fill out the form. Call the office (Ext 0) if you have any questions. Last day to Register is Friday, September  7th. Online Registration will be closed as of September 8th!

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. A Day of Prayer and Healing will be held on October 13th from 9:00AM-4:30PM. Men’s Day of Prayer and Healing will be held on November 10th. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-895-3554 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information.

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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday        August 26, 2018      $  12,117.64
Sunday        August 27, 2017      $  13,829.26

 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 9nd Sunday Readings: DT 4:1-2, 6-8; JAS 1:17-18, 21B-22, 27; MK 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

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

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

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

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

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

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

Men’s Choir: Men who can even just hum a tune are welcome: contact David Indyk in person, or leave your contact information at the parish office, 203-324-1553, ext 0.

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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, September 1, 2018: Blessed Virgin Mary
4:00   +Patricia Bogacz req. Marion Morris & Michelle Sagdati
Sunday, September 2, 2018
7:30   +Adrian Patten req. Joyce Patten and Lorraine VanLangen
10:00 +Mr. and Mrs. Auralian Andrades req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
12:00 +Bridget and Patrick O’Connor req. Mary Bridget Gaine
5:00   +Fr. Joseph Tyminski, SDB
Monday, September 3, 2018 : Saint Gregory the Great
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Sally Muller req. Van Auken Family
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
8:00  +Gene Tushaj req. wife Age
12:10 + Marie Enright
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Frank Skehan req. Maureen and Rick Carpiniello
Thursday, September 6, 2018
8:00   +Mary A. Gaine req. Mary Bridget Gaine
12:10 +AJ Hoenig req. Family
Friday, September 7, 2018
8:00     In Honor of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary req. Fabiola C.
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk families
Saturday, September 8, 2018: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00     Special Intentions of Msgr. DiGiovanni  req. Hana Gjelaj
12:10 +Mr. Hugh McFadden req. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Irving

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:
155 years ago, or so:
Sept. 4, 1863:  Excursion to Jones’s Wood. “The schools connected with the Roman Catholic Church intend going on a picnic to Jones’s Wood, on Saturday 5th inst. The Special Train will leave the Depot at 8 o’clock, A.M., calling at Greenwich and Portchester for the reception of passengers. The members of the Committee of Arrangements will dispose of Tickets for the Excursion at $1 each. We hope they will have fine weather, and a good day’s enjoyment.”

150 years ago, or so:
Sept. 9, 1867:   “The ladies of St. John’s Catholic Church return their thanks to those who so generously patronized the fair lately held in Seely’s Hall for the benefit of their new church, and acknowledge their especial indebtedness to Mrs. J. Ayers, who furnished the ice-cream for the fair; Capt. W. D. Smith, for coal presented; Patrick Brennan, for grand cook-stove; Mr. L. H. Hurlbutt, Jennings, the hatter, for set of furs; A. W. Voorhies, Esq.,  H. W. Wicks, Repke & White, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Clark of Mianus for oysters and cake furnished gratis; Mr. Bland, for innumerable favors; Mr. P. A. B. Triacca, for grand wardrobe; Mr. Cohen, merchant tailor, and Messrs. Chas. Alphonse and P. Cavanagh for police service. They also take pleasure in recording the noble action of the members of the band, who offered their services gratuitously during the entire time of the fair, and labored incessantly to please all as well as to make the fair a success. Mr. Leonard of the Stamford House will please accept our thanks for many kind favors, and, last but not least, the gentlemanly editors of the Advocate will be held in grateful remembrance.”

105 years ago, or so:
Sept. 9, 1912:  Catholic Church Notes. “There will be instructions for the public school children, Wednesdays, at 3:45 p.m., in the parochial school building. There will be choir rehearsal, Friday evening. Confirmation will be conferred upon a class of St. John’s Catholic Church children by Bishop John J. Nilan, Dec. 22. At the meeting of the Holy Name Society last night, there was a large attendance. A class was started in the Liturgy and the Ceremonies of the Church.”

95 years ago, or so:
Sept. 4, 1924:  SCHOOLS RE-OPEN WITH A BIG ENROLLMENT. “Registration at St. John’s Parochial School is proving so heavy, this year, that a number of children are being turned away. The Rev. Henry Callahan, principal of the school, announced this morning that 786 pupils have been registered and 150 turned away for lack of accommodation.”

Bulletin for Sunday August 26, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday August 26, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: Let’s begin looking at the first three windows along each  side aisle before the transept, starting with the northern windows, on the right side of the church as you enter the interior glass and wooden  doors. These three windows, along with the matching three along the south wall, were installed by September 1884, in time for the first fair inside the new church to raise funds to pay for the church construction. [The Connecticut Catholic, September 20, 1884]. Each of these windows is divided into three sections, decorated with colorful geometric patterns and floral designs painted along the borders, with a cartouche bearing a religious symbol in the center panels. The window frames are the original carved wood frames from 1884, and each is crowned with a Star of David, recalling the roots of our Catholic Faith, since Jesus was a Jew. Let’s read these windows, beginning from right to left, walking down the side aisle towards the front of the church. They describe in symbols how God saves us from eternal death: by the Incarnation, Death and Resurrection of His Son, and how the Son communicates His eternal life to us down the centuries as adopted sons and daughters of God: through the Sacraments He instituted and the Revelation He gives through His Catholic Church.. Here we go:

The first window on the right[the northeastern window, closest to the front door]: The three symbols refer to the Incarnation: God taking on human flesh to become man; from right to left:
Lilies, symbol of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A “lily among thorns” is a symbol of the Immaculate Conception: Mary was the only human being born without Adam’s original sin, in order that she could provide the Savior a sinless human nature;
Sheaf of Wheat, symbol of the human nature of Christ, which was united to the Divine Nature of the Eternal Son of God in the womb of the Virgin Mary;
Daisies, symbols of the innocence of the Christ Child: likewise, born without the sin of Adam, Jesus is both God and man, whose total obedience to the Father wins us eternal life.

The second window[the central, northern window]:The three symbols are the three Sacraments of Initiation into Jesus’ Catholic Church; from right to left:
Baptismal Font, by which we begin the life of Grace in the Sacrament of Baptism as the adopted sons and daughters of God. The parish baptismal font is found below this window;
Holy Spirit, sent following Jesus’ Ascension, to begin His Church by giving us His Seven Gifts, symbolized here by seven flames of fire, which we receive in Confirmation;
Chalice with grape vines, symbol of the Eucharist, by which we share in the Divine Life of Our Lord by eating His Resurrected Body and Blood in Holy Communion.

The far left window [the northwestern window—before the transept, on the St. Joseph altar side]: The three symbols  describe the greatest sacrament, the Eucharist, by which we receive God’s grace to strengthen us to lead a life pleasing to God, and God’s revelation that comes to us in Sacred Scripture, as enshrined in the Bible, and the authoritative teachings of the Church; the  symbols are  from right to left:
Holy Spirit above the Eucharist, by the power of the Holy Spirit, bread and wine become the Risen Body and Blood of Jesus every day at Holy Mass;
Lamb of God, as described in the Book of Revelation: Jesus is the true Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world by dying on the Cross and rising in the body born of the Virgin Mary;
Bible, Cross and Crosier, God reveals Himself and His works through Scripture and Tradition, especially through the Holy Father and the bishops in communion with him who are successors to the Apostles.  Great stuff! More next week.

–Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, 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:  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

Banns of Marriage:  II Banns: Robert Lawrence Gruner and Kathleen Elizabeth Ugalde

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

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

Religious Education Registration for 2018-2019 is open! We are now using an electronic form that can be found online http://stjohnsstamford.com/religious-education-012816/. Make sure you click the Registration 2018-2019 Open Circle to fill out the form. Call the office (Ext 0) if you have any questions. Last day to Register is now Friday, August 31st!

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

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. A Day of Prayer and Healing will be held on October 13th from 9:00AM-4:30PM. Men’s Day of Prayer and Healing will be held on November 10th. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-895-3554 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information.

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

                                    MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday        August 19, 2018  $  12,609.05
Sunday        August 20, 2017  $  11,865.72

 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 2nd Sunday Readings: DT 4:1-2,6-8; JAS 1:17-18, 21B-22, 27; MK 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

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

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

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

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

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

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

Men’s Choir: Men who can even just hum a tune are welcome: contact David Indyk in person, or leave your contact information at the parish office, 203-324-1553, ext 0.

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

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

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

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

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

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call the parish (203) 324-1553 or Fr. Vill at (ext. 130) to make an appointment, to discuss the Church’s teaching on marriage and the possibility of getting married in the Church. This also applies to those who want to learn more about seeking an annulment.

Catholic Young Adults of Stamford: We are Catholic young adults in our 20s and 30s, We regularly meet for social events and community service projects. Join us for our monthly Sunday dinner following 5pm Mass. Connect with us on Facebook or Meetup, or  email us at catholicyastamford@gmail.com

Catholic Adventures: Join Catholic young adults in their 20s and 30s for adventurous activities throughout the year. Connect with us on Facebook (Catholic Adventures) or email us at CatholicAdventuresStamford@gmail.com for more information.

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, 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.

SilverSource: SilverSource is available to St. John’s parishioners both as a place to volunteer or an important resource to help parishioners as we age. SilverSource is looking for volunteers to help older adults live as independently as possible by reaching out to say “hello”, reading and visiting a senior, or running to the market. St. John’s parishioners who are seniors and require some help can receive financial assistance for housing stability, for eye glasses and hearing aids, or for transportation to and from doctor’s appointments. Call Michael Feighan: 203-324-6584, or website: www.silversource.org.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, August 25, 2018: Saint Louis, Saint Joseph Calasanz, Blessed Virgin Mary
4:00   +James and Mary Hogan req. Jim and Susan Hogan
Sunday, August 26, 2018
7:30   +Dorothy VanLangen req. Joyce Patten and Lorraine VanLangen
10:00 +Anne Hieronymus req. Carleen Newman
12:00 +Nicholas Dannenhoffer req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
5:00   +Joseph McAleer, Sr.
Monday, August 27, 2018: Saint Monica
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Salvatore Conte req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 : Saint Augustine
8:00   +Mr. and Mrs. Octavius and Venilia Mehu and family req. by grandchildren
12:10 +Nicholas Dannenhoffer req. Patti, Sarah, & Lauren Aslam
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 : The Passion of Saint John the Baptist
8:00     Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk families
12:10 +Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Jean Guillaume req. by children and grandchildren
Thursday, August 30, 2018
8:00   +Izanne Lijonde req. Marie C. Joseph
12:10 +Chenet and Michel Jean-Guillaume req. by siblings and family
Friday, August 31, 2018
8:00   +Jackie O’Connor req. Mary Bridget Gaine
12:10   Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. Saint John Holy Name Society
Saturday, September 1, 2018: Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00   +Marjorie Ellen Norton req. Sandra and Roy Klemm
12:10   Lilian and Alvina Ramos req. Legion of Mary

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:
August 30, 1884: STAMFORD. “All of the public schools in town, also our parochial school, will open next Monday for the fall term. Parents should feel the importance of sending their children at the opening of the term and so gain the full benefit of the cause. The congregation should particularly patronize our parochial schools, where a knowledge of the world is not only obtained but also that of our religion.”

THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
110 years ago, or so:
Sept. 1, 1908: Parochial School Opening. “St. John’s parochial school will open for the fall term with the public schools next Monday. The school building is being renovated and will be in excellent condition when the term opens. The children will attend Mass in the church on the opening morning, as is the usual custom.”

THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
85 years ago, or so:
August 27, 1932:  EAGLE SCOUT RANK IS CONFERRED ON THREE. “At the September Court of Honor of the Stamford Council Boy Scouts of America, last evening at Scout Headquarters, Assistance Scoutmaster John R. Forbes of Troop 16 St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church; and Robert Herrgen and Donald Reyen, Troop 22, St. John’s R. C. Church, qualified for advancement to Eagle Scout Rank.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES:
80 years ago, or so:
Sept. 1, 1936: REV. FRANCIS LALLY, 74, DIES SUDDENLY. “STAMFIRD, Conn., The Rev. Francis J. Lally, pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church for the last eight years, and one of five golden jubilarians among Connecticut priests, died suddenly this morning in the vestry of the church as he prepared to celebrate the 8 o’clock Mass. He was in his seventy-fifth year. Father Lally had placed his chalice on the altar and had retired to the vestry room to robe himself in the vestments of his office when he was seized with the heart attack. When his assistant, the Rev. Charles W. Hagerty, reached his side, the elderly pastor was unconscious. Anointed and given the last rites of the church by his curate, Father Lally died within ten minutes. He would have celebrated his fiftieth anniversary as a priest on Sept. 18.”

THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
50 years ago, or so:
August 30, 1968: Local Briefs. “St. Anne’s Society will hold its first meeting of the season Sunday, Sept. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. John’s School basement.”

Bulletin for Sunday August 19, 2018

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

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

Please pray for those who have recently died:  John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Pasquale [Pat] Santagata, Elma Hefferna, Anne Mennona, Emile Maignan, Regina Derrisaint, Joanne Santarsiero, Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel,  Susanne and Suzanne DePreta

Banns of Marriage:
I Banns: Robert Lawrence Gruner and Kathleen Elizabeth Ugalde

III Banns:  James Leonard Bertorelli and Alyssa Rose Calderone

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

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

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

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

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. A Day of Prayer and Healing will be held on October 13th from 9:00AM-4:30PM. Men’s Day of Prayer and Healing will be held on November 10th. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-895-3554 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information.

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

 MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

 Weekly Sunday collection:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Men’s Choir: Men who can even just hum a tune are welcome: contact David Indyk in person, or leave your contact information at the parish office, 203-324-1553, ext 0.

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

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

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

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

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

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call the parish (203) 324-1553 or Fr. Vill at (ext. 130) to make an appointment, to discuss the Church’s teaching on marriage and the possibility of getting married in the Church. This also applies to those who want to learn more about seeking an annulment.

Catholic Young Adults of Stamford: We are Catholic young adults in our 20s and 30s, We regularly meet for social events and community service projects. Join us for our monthly Sunday dinner following 5pm Mass. Connect with us on Facebook or Meetup, or  email us at catholicyastamford@gmail.com

Catholic Adventures: Join Catholic young adults in their 20s and 30s for adventurous activities throughout the year. Connect with us on Facebook (Catholic Adventures) or email us at CatholicAdventuresStamford@gmail.com for more information.

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, August 22nd. Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Volunteers: Become a Future 5 College Prep Coach: Future 5’s College Prep Program ensures that low-income, motivated high school students receive the preparation needed to transition successfully from high school to college. They offer students a full array of help, including guidance on navigating college and financial aid applications, college visits, scholarship help, and detailed advice on college selection. A coach is matched one-on-one with a student, becoming a partner and mentor for the academic year. Future 5 will provide training in all aspects of the college application process. Time commitment: 2-3 hours per month (includes training and independent meetings with students) For information, please contact Peg Atchue at  patchue@futurefive.org.

SilverSource: SilverSource is available to St. John’s parishioners both as a place to volunteer or an important resource to help parishioners as we age. SilverSource is looking for volunteers to help older adults live as independently as possible by reaching out to say “hello”, reading and visiting a senior, or running to the market. St. John’s parishioners who are seniors and require some help can receive financial assistance for housing stability, for eye glasses and hearing aids, or for transportation to and from doctor’s appointments. Call Michael Feighan: 203-324-6584, or website: www.silversource.org.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, August 18, 2018 : Blessed Virgin Mary
4:00   +Marie Thompson req. Jim and Susan Hogan
Sunday, August 19, 2018
7:30   +Dorothy Wargo 32nd Anniversary req. Family
10:00 +Anne Hieronymus req. Mary and Paul Giordano
12:00 +Sabina Fernandes req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
5:00   +Joseph McAleer, Sr.
Monday, August 20, 2018 : Saint Bernard
8:00     Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Richard Stanton req. The Directors of Twiw
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 : Saint Pius X
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 : The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00     Souls in Purgatory req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10 +Stephen Roberts req. Marguerite and Gene Giaquinto
Thursday, August 23, 2018 : Saint Rose of Lima
8:00     Souls in Purgatory
12:10   Terri Smith
Friday, August 24, 2018 : Saint Bartholomew
8:00   +Elida and Charles Belfort req. Marie C. Joseph
12:10 +Kathryn and Dominick Marciano req. John and Jennifer Marciano
Saturday, August 25, 2018: Saint Louis, Saint Joseph Calasanz, Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00     Anthony Perez req. Blanca Reyes
12:10   Peter Mangeni req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
145 years ago, or so:
August 22, 1873:   “The Roman Catholic church was densely filled on Monday evening, by a congregation which met to hear a lecture from Rt. Rev. Bishop McFarland, of the Diocese of Hartford. The Bishop’s remarks were heard with close attention, and at the conclusion of his address a collection was taken up in aid of the new church, resulting in the addition of a handsome sum to the building fund. Mr. C. W. Smith presided at the organ with the musical skill for which he is noted.”

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

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

Eaglet: Where do we go from here?

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

Where do we go from here?

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

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

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

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

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

Where do we go from here?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bulletin for Sunday August 12, 2018

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

Pastor’s Corner:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

–Monsignor DiGiovanni

 

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

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Martha McRoskey, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Rose Marie Clarke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Loretta Wallace, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Dionysia Oliveira, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne.

Please pray for those who have recently died:  John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Pasquale [Pat] Santagata, Elma Hefferna, Anne Mennona, Emile Maignan, Regina Derrisaint, Joanne Santarsiero, Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel,  Susanne and Suzanne DePreta

Banns of Marriage:  II Banns:  James Leonard Bertorelli and Alyssa Rose Calderone

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

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

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

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

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

          MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-416-1619 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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

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

Men’s Choir: Men who can even just hum a tune are welcome: contact David Indyk in person, or leave your contact information at the parish office, 203-324-1553, ext 0.

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

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

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

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

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

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call the parish (203) 324-1553 or Fr. Vill at (ext. 130) to make an appointment, to discuss the Church’s teaching on marriage and the possibility of getting married in the Church. This also applies to those who want to learn more about seeking an annulment.

Catholic Young Adults of Stamford: We are Catholic young adults in our 20s and 30s, We regularly meet for social events and community service projects. Join us for our monthly Sunday dinner following 5pm Mass. Connect with us on Facebook or Meetup, or  email us at catholicyastamford@gmail.com

Catholic Adventures: Join Catholic young adults in their 20s and 30s for adventurous activities throughout the year. Connect with us on Facebook (Catholic Adventures) or email us at CatholicAdventuresStamford@gmail.com for more information.

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, August 22nd. Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Volunteers: Become a Future 5 College Prep Coach: Future 5’s College Prep Program ensures that low-income, motivated high school students receive the preparation needed to transition successfully from high school to college. They offer students a full array of help, including guidance on navigating college and financial aid applications, college visits, scholarship help, and detailed advice on college selection. A coach is matched one-on-one with a student, becoming a partner and mentor for the academic year. Future 5 will provide training in all aspects of the college application process. Time commitment: 2-3 hours per month (includes training and independent meetings with students) For information, please contact Peg Atchue at  patchue@futurefive.org.

SilverSource: SilverSource is available to St. John’s parishioners both as a place to volunteer or an important resource to help parishioners as we age. SilverSource is looking for volunteers to help older adults live as independently as possible by reaching out to say “hello”, reading and visiting a senior, or running to the market. St. John’s parishioners who are seniors and require some help can receive financial assistance for housing stability, for eye glasses and hearing aids, or for transportation to and from doctor’s appointments. Call Michael Feighan: 203-324-6584, or website: www.silversource.org.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
130 years ago, or so:
August 20, 1886:  Local Affairs. “Extra services were held in St. John’s (R.C.) church this week. Sunday was the Feast of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

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

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

 

Bulletin for Sunday August 05, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Our tour will continue next week.   —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Martha McRoskey, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Rose Marie Clarke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Loretta Wallace, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Dionysia Oliveira, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne.

Please pray for those who have recently died:  John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Pasquale [Pat] Santagata, Elma Hefferna, Anne Mennona, Emile Maignan, Regina Derrisaint, Joanne Santarsiero, Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel,  Susanne and Suzanne DePreta

Banns of Marriage:  I Banns:  James Leonard Bertorelli and Alyssa Rose Calderone

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

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

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

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

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

          MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

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

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Men’s Choir: Men who can even just hum a tune are welcome: contact David Indyk in person, or leave your contact information at the parish office, 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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

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

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

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

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call the parish 203) 324-1553 or Fr. Vill at (ext. 130) to make an appointment, to discuss the Church’s teaching on marriage and the possibility of getting married in the Church. This also applies to those who want to learn more about seeking an annulment.

Catholic Young Adults of Stamford: We are Catholic young adults in our 20s and 30s, We regularly meet for social events and community service projects. Join us for our monthly Sunday dinner following 5pm Mass. Connect with us on Facebook or Meetup, or  email us at catholicyastamford@gmail.com

Catholic Adventures: Join Catholic young adults in their 20s and 30s for adventurous activities throughout the year. Connect with us on Facebook (Catholic Adventures) or email us at CatholicAdventuresStamford@gmail.com for more information.

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, August 22nd. Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Volunteers: Become a Future 5 College Prep Coach: Future 5’s College Prep Program ensures that low-income, motivated high school students receive the preparation needed to transition successfully from high school to college. They offer students a full array of help, including guidance on navigating college and financial aid applications, college visits, scholarship help, and detailed advice on college selection. A coach is matched one-on-one with a student, becoming a partner and mentor for the academic year. Future 5 will provide training in all aspects of the college application process. Time commitment: 2-3 hours per month (includes training and independent meetings with students) For information, please contact Peg Atchue at  patchue@futurefive.org.

SilverSource: SilverSource is available to St. John’s parishioners both as a place to volunteer or an important resource to help parishioners as we age. SilverSource is looking for volunteers to help older adults live as independently as possible by reaching out to say “hello”, reading and visiting a senior, or running to the market. St. John’s parishioners who are seniors and require some help can receive financial assistance for housing stability, for eye glasses and hearing aids, or for transportation to and from doctor’s appointments. Call Michael Feighan: 203-324-6584, or website: www.silversource.org.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

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

Baptisms: Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. For more information, please call Keri, (203-324-1553, ext 21). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

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

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

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

St. Monica Latin Patristic Reading Group: The St Monica Latin Reading Group meets on Tuesdays.  Please call St John’s Rectory, 203 324 1553, ext. 21, for more information.

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

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

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

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

Bulletin for Sunday July 29, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

—Monsignor DiGiovanni

 

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Martha McRoskey, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Rose Marie Clarke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Loretta Wallace, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Dionysia Oliveira, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne.

Please pray for those who have recently died:  John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Pasquale [Pat] Santagata, Elma Hefferna, Anne Mennona, Emile Maignan, Regina Derrisaint, Joanne Santarsiero, Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel,  Susanne and Suzanne DePreta

Banns of Marriage:  III Banns:  Kano Paul Edwards and Venite Lochard

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

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

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

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

 

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

          MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

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

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

 Weekly Sunday collection:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Men’s Choir: Men who can even just hum a tune are welcome: contact David Indyk in person, or leave your contact information at the parish office, 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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

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

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

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

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call the parish 203) 324-1553 or Fr. Vill at (ext. 130) to make an appointment, to discuss the Church’s teaching on marriage and the possibility of getting married in the Church. This also applies to those who want to learn more about seeking an annulment.

Catholic Young Adults of Stamford: We are Catholic young adults in our 20s and 30s, We regularly meet for social events and community service projects. Join us for our monthly Sunday dinner following 5pm Mass. Connect with us on Facebook or Meetup, or  email us at catholicyastamford@gmail.com

Catholic Adventures: Join Catholic young adults in their 20s and 30s for adventurous activities throughout the year. Connect with us on Facebook (Catholic Adventures) or email us at CatholicAdventuresStamford@gmail.com for more information.

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, August 22nd. Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Volunteers: Become a Future 5 College Prep Coach: Future 5’s College Prep Program ensures that low-income, motivated high school students receive the preparation needed to transition successfully from high school to college. They offer students a full array of help, including guidance on navigating college and financial aid applications, college visits, scholarship help, and detailed advice on college selection. A coach is matched one-on-one with a student, becoming a partner and mentor for the academic year. Future 5 will provide training in all aspects of the college application process. Time commitment: 2-3 hours per month (includes training and independent meetings with students) For information, please contact Peg Atchue at  patchue@futurefive.org.

SilverSource: SilverSource is available to St. John’s parishioners both as a place to volunteer or an important resource to help parishioners as we age. SilverSource is looking for volunteers to help older adults live as independently as possible by reaching out to say “hello”, reading and visiting a senior, or running to the market. St. John’s parishioners who are seniors and require some help can receive financial assistance for housing stability, for eye glasses and hearing aids, or for transportation to and from doctor’s appointments. Call Michael Feighan: 203-324-6584, or website: www.silversource.org.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

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

Baptisms: Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. For more information, please call Keri, (203-324-1553, ext 21). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

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

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

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

St. Monica Latin Patristic Reading Group: The St Monica Latin Reading Group meets on Tuesdays.  Please call St John’s Rectory, 203 324 1553, ext. 21, for more information.

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

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