Bulletin for Sunday July 22, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

—Monsignor DiGiovanni

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

          MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

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

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, July 25th Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

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

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bulletin for Sunday July 15, 2018

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

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

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

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

—Monsignor DiGiovanni

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

          MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, July 25th Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

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

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bulletin for Sunday July 08, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

—Monsignor DiGiovanni

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

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

Banns of Marriage:  III Banns:  John Cristal and Danica Ann Wilhowy

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

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

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

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

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

 

          MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

Not Available because of Early Bulletin Transmission Deadlines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, July 25th Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

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

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

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

Eaglet: The Cardinal: To be a good priest

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The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist

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


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

The Cardinal: To be a good priest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Msgr. Stephen DiGiovanni, H.E.D.

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

Bulletin for Sunday July 01, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

—Monsignor DiGiovanni

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

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

Banns of Marriage:
II Banns:  John Cristal and Danica Ann Wilhowy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

          MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

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

 Weekly Sunday collection:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, July 25th Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bulletin for Sunday June 24, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday June 24, 2018
Pastor’s Corner. . . A tradition going  back to apostolic times recounts that Saints Peter & Paul had their last meeting before martyrdom on the road to Ostia, outside Rome: Soon after, Peter was crucified head downward nearby the present Basilica of Saint Peter, and Paul beheaded near the present Basilica of Saint Paul: these basilicas were built over the tomb of each Apostle.  From the very beginning, Christian tradition considered Peter and Paul inseparable in their ministry, even if they each had a different aspect of the same mission to fulfill.  Peter was the first to confess his faith in Christ as the Son of God, received the Keys of Heaven from Christ, and was the leader of both the Apostles and of the first Church developing directly from the chosen people; Paul was given a gifted intellect to plumb the profundity of its richness to preach to the non-Jewish world. With different gifts, they worked for a single cause: the building up of the Church Christ began with the Apostles as its foundation, that would be called Catholic within 30 years of the Apostles’ martydom.  St. Augustine made this observation: “Only one day is consecrated to the feast of the two apostles [June29th]. But they were also a single unit. Even if they were martyred on different days, they were one. Peter went ahead, Paul followed…Thus we celebrate this feast day, consecrated for us by the blood of these apostles” (Disc. 295, 7-8).

June 29th is the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, celebrated at least since the year 258 A.D. during the Roman persecution of the Church by the Emperor Valerian. For the Church founded by Our Lord on the Apostles, with Saint Peter as her visible head, this solemnity is one of the  most important, since it focuses on God’s generous desire to remain with us until the end of time through His Catholic Church; and upon man’s response, sometimes faltering, yet ultimately manifesting God’s power through human weakness.

Pope St. Leo the Great commented about Peter and Paul: “Of their merits and their virtues – which were superior from all accounts – we cannot think of anything contradictory or divisive, because Divine election had made them equal, their efforts similar and their end alike.” He continued, addressing the City of Rome: “These are your holy fathers, your true shepherds, who, as much as they were humanly very different from each other, and even if their relationship was not without tensions, Peter and Paul therefore appear as the initiators of a new city, as a concretization of a new and authentic way of being brothers, made possible by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” (In Natali Apostolorum., 69, 6-7)

And so we can say that today the Church in Rome celebrates its birthday, inasmuch as the two Apostles had laid down its foundations by their faith and blood. Moreover, Rome now realizes with greater awareness its mission and its grandeur. In Rome, the link that gave Peter and Paul a common mission has assumed from the first centuries a very specific significance. Like the mythical brothers Romulus and Remus, attributed with the founding of the City of Rome, Peter and Paul are considered founders of the Church in Rome: But Peter and Paul were real men, not myths. The capital of the Roman Empire, which was described in the Book of Revelation as the Whore of Babylon, the destroyer of saints and martyrs, is now toppled by two political and social nobodies, Peter and Paul, victims of the Imperial persecutions, themselves, who shed their blood for the true God they loved, in perfect imitation of Christ, and not for any earthly kingdom. “O, Felix Roma. . . Oh, Happy Rome, whose stones are consecrated by the blood of the Princes of the Apostles”, as an ancient hymn for this feast day proclaims.  St. John Chrysostom wrote that “the sky is not as bright when the sun sheds its rays as the city of Rome which radiates the splendor of those burning torches (Peter and Paul) through all the world…This the reason why we love this city…for these two pillars of the Church” (Comm. a Rom ,32).

Both men were martyred in 67 A.D., and Jerusalem fell in 70 A.D., when Temple was destroyed. The New Covenant forged on the Cross between God and humanity, fulfilled and surpassed all other covenants since Abraham; the Temple was no longer of any use. With Christ’s resurrection and commission to the Apostles to preach his New Covenant, and apply it throughout the world, God’s grace moves out of the Jerusalem and the world of the Old Covenant, and becomes centered in the political and social heart of the Gentile world, with a universal mission to offer salvation to the entire world by means of His Catholic—Universal—Church.

Let us say a special prayer for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, the Successor of Saint Peter, this weekend, and also on  Friday, the Solemnity itself, that the Lord will continue to bless and protect the Holy Father as he continues the work of Saint Peter in the world.  Our statue of Saint Peter is vested in pontifical vestments, red, the color of apostles and martyrs who spent their lives and shed their blood to witness to the reality of Christ, to remind us to pray for our Holy Father. Pray, likewise, for the whole Catholic Church, that she, like Saint Paul, may continue to preach fearlessly the truth of Christ to all.  As American Catholics we should be proud that the Church founded by the Apostles Peter and Paul can thrive in a land where freedom of religion and religious liberty is recognized as a God given right, protected by law.

—Monsignor DiGiovanni

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

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

Banns of Marriage:
I Banns:  John Cristal and Danica Ann Wilhowy

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

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.

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

          MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

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

Weekly Sunday collection:       

Sunday         June 17, 2018            $  16,374.53
Sunday         June 18, 2017            $  11,808.38

  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

July 1st Sunday Readings:  WIS 1:13-15, 2:23-24; 2 COR 8:7, 9, 13-15; Mk 5:21-43 or 5:21-24, 35: 13-43

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, June 27th  Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, June 23, 2018
4:00   +Charles and Josephine Davis req. Joseph Melfi
Sunday, June 24, 2018
7:30     Fr. Andrew A. Vill req. Millie Terenzio
10:00 +Frances Delaney Birthday Remembrance req. Family
12:00 +Christopher Sabia 1st Anniversary req. Pinto Family
5:00     Needs of Parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, June 25, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10            Fr. Andy Vill req. Ferry G.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
8:00     Souls in Purgatory req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10 +Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
8:00    Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
12:10 +Joyce Pontbriand req. John Pascale
Thursday, June 28, 2018
8:00   +John Sebestyan req. Peter Sebastian
12:10 +Felicitas Cody Birthday req. Cody Family
Friday, June 29, 2018
8:00  +Veronica and John Buckheit req. Leon Taricani
12:10   In Honor of St. Michael req. Josephine Languedoc
Saturday, June 30, 2018
8:00  +Wladek and Willemina Falek req. daughter
12:10  Joseph Fernando Kravar III Birthday req. Fabiola C.

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:

170 years ago, or so:
June 25, 1850: Blue Laws.  “From a history of Connecticut, published in 1781, we make the following extracts of a few of those stringent laws, so widely known as the “Blue Laws of Connecticut.” They are curious, to say the least: “No one shall be a freeman, or give a vote unless he be converted, and a member in full communion of one of the <Protestant> churches allowed in this Dominion. “No Priest shall abide in this Dominion: he shall be banished, and suffer death on his return. Priests may be seized by any one without a warrant.”

150 years ago, or so:
June 29, 1866:   “A measure has been before the Legislature of this State having in view the transfer of the property of the Catholic Church from the custody of the Bishop, to whom it has heretofore belonged, to the different parishes owning such property. An act of incorporation has just been passed by the Legislature, and signed by the Governor, which vests the power heretofore held by the Bishop, in two trustees and the pastor ex-officio. This is a just measure and will obviate the necessity for such collisions between the clergy and laity as has taken place in New York, St. Louis, and other places. Our Catholic  friends are under obligations to our representative, John D. Fessendon, Esq., for his advocacy and active support of the measure.”

145 years ago, or so:
June 28, 1872:   “Rev. Father Fagan and his congregation desire to return their thanks to Julius D. Candee, Esq., for his courtesy in throwing open his beautiful grounds, that the procession of the Right Rev. Bishop and clergy might more readily pass around the church, on the occasion of laying the corner stone.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: the residence of Julius Candee is now St. John’s Rectory. The  corner stone for the present church was put in place June 23, 1872.)

130 years ago, or so:
June 28, 1889:  “Rev. James B. Lawless, who was ordained last Saturday in Boston, has been spending the week in Stamford, and will officiate at High Mass in St. John’s R.C. Church next Sunday morning. Rev. John Downey, formerly of Stamford, is spending a few days here. His is now pastor of a Roman Catholic Church in Danbury.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Both Father Lawless and Father Downey were vocations from St. John’s parish.)

Bulletin for Sunday June 17, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday June 17, 2018

Parochial Vicar’s Column:

               What’s the big deal about Humanae vitae?

If you haven’t heard yet (then you haven’t been to any Mass at the Basilica for the last three months you pagan), next Saturday June 23rd the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist will be hosting an all-day symposium entitled, “Making Room for God’s Love: Humanae vitae at 50”, at which we will have presentations from Mary Eberstadt, Mary Hallan FioRito, and papal biographer George Weigel as well as hear from a panel of medical experts on Natural Family Planning. The 4pm Vigil Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Frank Caggiano.

You might be wondering what Humanae vitae is all about and why we think that it is worthwhile to host an entire symposium on the topic. As far as papal documents go, anniversary years are convenient excuses to gather for discussion and to shed light on documents which might otherwise be lost to history. July 25th of this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Blessed Pope Paul VI’s Humanae vitae (On the Regulation of Birth) which was written in response to the question of whether or not the newly available oral hormonal birth control pill (“the Pill”) would be an acceptable means of regulating child birth and a morally licit recourse for Catholic families.

Humanae vitae is so important because the topic strikes so close to home for many married couples who are striving to live out their responsible parenthood and want to live faithful to the teaching of Holy Mother Church. This document is unique because of the poor reception that it received when it was issued some fifty years ago. It was met with widespread dissent throughout the world, especially in the US. The argument made by dissenters essentially claimed that, while the pope had taught that we must reject the Pill as a legitimate means of regulating child birth, the faithful could follow their own consciences even if that meant that they would be contradicting the pope’s teaching. Paul VI also warned of the consequences of artificial methods of birth control and their negative effect on society if they were to be embraced. Over these last fifty years we have all seen the prophetic veracity of these predictions.

As with every Church teaching, the “no” answer given in this letter is meant to point us in the direction of a “yes” which opens us up to what is true, good, and beautiful according to God’s plan for us. The encyclical letter has a positive message for married couples. The pope eloquently writes about conjugal love “in which husband and wife are intimately and chastely united with one another, through which human life is transmitted” (HV 11), referencing Gaudium et spes as he rightly acknowledges it to be “noble and worthy” (GS 49).

He recognizes the legitimate concerns of married couples who are in a “living situation in which it is frequently difficult these days to provide properly for a large family” (HV 2). Contrary to many misconceptions about what Humanae vitae actually says, he does not leave the use of human reason out of family planning. Rather, he references having recourse to natural periods of infertility and the improving science behind methods of what is now called “Natural Family Planning” (NFP) which allow for a couple to track their fertility through natural markers and practice periodic abstinence in order to avoid pregnancy.

We all want to be happy, and when we want to know how to live well so as to prepare ourselves for heaven, the Church has already commended Her advice to us. Unfortunately, many people who have come to know about what Humanae vitae says (or purportedly says) have done so through secondary sources or even hearsay from those who might or might not have read the actual text. The surprisingly short letter (about fifteen pages) has been left unread or more sadly unheeded by many in the Church. This Tuesday I will be giving the talk for Faith on Tap (7-9pm at Murphy’s Townhouse Café on Franklin St. behind UCONN) in anticipation of our Saturday conference. The title of my talk is “Humanae vitae: When you are looking for more than Netflix and Chill”. I will be talking about the actual encyclical letter and how it can help us to transition away from a hook-up culture into a culture that promotes authentic love and responsibility.

On the 50th anniversary of the document, we have an opportunity to reexamine the wisdom of Blessed Paul VI and open our hearts to the truth of the faith which Mother Church desires for us to hear. It is not too late to join us for this great event. To register for the conference please do so on our website at http://stjohnsstamford.com/making-room-for-gods-love-humanae-vitae-at-50/

-Fr. Andy Vill

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

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

Banns of Marriage:
I Banns: Ryan Miller and Cristine Kavalan

I Banns: Guy Phillipe Nazaire and Murielle Nicolas

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light: +Ed and Ann Cody, Bill and Felicitas Cody, members of the Burns and Cody families req. Erin Cody

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

Due to the Humanae vitae conference on June 23rd, there will be NO 12:10 mass.

          MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

Tuesday, June 19: Faith on Tap will be held Tuesday, June 19th from7:00-9:00PM at Murphy’s Townhouse Café. Come hear Fr. Vill discuss the topic of “Humanae vitae: When you’re looking for more than ‘Netflix and Chill’”.

Saturday, June 23: The Basilica of St. John’s is hosting an all day conference in honor of the 50th anniversary of Humanae vitae on June 23rd. Speakers include Mary Eberstadt, Mary Hallan FioRito, and George Weigel and a panel of medical experts. The 4PM Vigil Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Caggiano. Register at http://stjohnsstamford.com/making-room-for-gods-love-humanae-vitae-at-50    

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

Weekly Sunday collection:       

Sunday         June 10, 2018                                       $  12,663.55
Sunday         June 11, 2017                                       $  14,109.86

  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

June 24th Sunday Readings:  IS 4 9:1-6, ACTS 13:22-26, LK 1:57-66,80

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, June 27th  Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

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

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

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, June 16, 2018
4:00   +Rodger R. Rohde, Sr. req. Dr. Joe McAleer
Sunday, June 17, 2018
7:30   +Frances DelVecchio req. Glenn and Lynda Nadin
10:00 +Federcico Garcia req. Uleaurea Garcia
12:00 +Peter C. Schmitt, Sr. req. Marion Morris
5:00     Needs of Parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, June 18, 2018
8:00     Souls in Purgatory
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   Deceased members of the Kolenberg Family req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
8:00   +Richard Stanton req. Troilo Family
12:10 +Christopher Vill
Thursday, June 21, 2018
8:00   +Charles Edstrom req. Priest of the parish
12:10   Beth Carpanzano
Friday, June 22, 2018
8:00   +Sean Vogel req. a friend
12:10 +Gloria Flores req. Sue Miller
Saturday, June 23, 2018
8:00   +Juana Mazariegos req. Blanca Reyes
NO 12:10 Mass—Humanae vitae conference

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:
June 18, 1869:   “On the Fourth—or rather on Monday the Fifth of July, St. John’s R.C. Church is to have an excursion to Woodside Park. A good brass and string band is to be engaged, and everything possible will be done to make the occasion an enjoyable one to all who choose to attend.”

120 years ago, or so:
June 24, 1897:  WILL ENTER THE HIGH SCHOOL. “The results of the examinations for admission to the High School were made known this afternoon. The following have been entered: St. John’s Parochial School—Lizzie Daly, Nellie Duane, Thomas Hogan, John T. O’Brien, John Roche, Mamie Tierney.”

100 years ago, or so:

June 21, 1917:  Plucky Jack Brennan. “Motorcycle Officer John Brennan covered himself with glory, and, no doubt, saved persons from injury and property from damage, about 3 p.m., yesterday, by stopping a runaway horse in Atlantic Street. It was John DeMott’s  horse and wagon. A small boy drove the horse, which became frightened in Atlantic Street, south of Worth, and bolted. The boy fell backward in the wagon, and the horse was gathering speed with every stride when Brennan, on duty at the corner of Bell and Atlantic Streets, to watch the children of St. John’s Parochial School as they crossed the street there on their way home from school, ran down to meet the horse. “Smiler” grabbed the horse by the bridle and turned it in toward the sidewalk, bringing it to a quick stop.”

75 years ago, or so:
June 19, 1942:   “On Sunday, June 28, Father Joseph McEvoy, a 1925 graduate of St. John’s School, will sing his first Mass at St. John’s Church here.”

 

Bulletin for Sunday June 10, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday June 10, 2018

Parochial Vicar’s Column:

In a State of Grace

The first time I went to Mass at a parish in Italy I was taken aback by what I perceived to be irreverent behavior when it came time to receive Holy Communion. As soon as the priest recited the Communion antiphon and picked up the ciborium filled with consecrated hosts there was what seemed like a mad rush to the front of the church as people assembled to receive our Lord. I would say as they “lined up” for the Eucharist, but the concept of forming a line in Italy, as I would soon come to find out, is simply not a part of their culture. People came to the priest from all directions and the scene at this Mass characterized the chaos of the Italian people that I would come to appreciate during my five years there. Where were the ushers who dismissed the rows pew by pew whom I had grown accustomed to in American parishes? Some people would wait until just before the priest was about to return to the sanctuary before they left their pew and sprinted with reverent hast to receive the Eucharist.

When I returned to the United States for one of my summer assignments, I saw the familiar faces of the name badge wearing ushers. These men and women assisted the faithful in finding a seat before Mass began and then served as what looked like body guards when it was time for Communion, slowly walking backwards to let the rows of parishioners out from their pews to receive the Eucharist. The biggest difference I noticed at these American Masses from the Italian ones was that there wasn’t a single person who did not go up to receive. How could they have done otherwise? It would have been embarrassing for someone to be singled out as the only one who was not getting out of the pew to line up. Was every single person in the church in a state of grace that morning? In Italy I couldn’t tell who had gone up or not since people had chosen on their own when to get out of their pews and head to the front. And that was exactly the point. It is none of my business who goes up for Communion; and it’s none of your business either! With this realization the Italian chaos made sense to me.

In order to present ourselves for Communion we need to be in what is called a “state of grace”. The Code of Canon Law insists that those who are “conscious of grave sin are not to… receive the body of the Lord” (CIC 916). This insistence of the Church comes from the admonition of St. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians: Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself (1 Corinthians 11:27-29). The Code of Canon Law also prescribes a one hour fast before receiving Communion from food and drink except water and medicine (cfr. CIC 919). Therefore, if we have unconfessed mortal sins or we have not kept the fast, we should not present ourselves for Communion during Mass. Not receiving Communion does not mean that we haven’t made our Sunday obligation. We are obliged to attend Mass every Sunday not to receive the Eucharist every Sunday.

Obviously, at the Basilica we do not have ushers who dismiss pews one at a time, but many of us have been to parishes where they do. Sometimes even at St. John’s we can feel pressured to receive Communion when we really ought not to, or at least not yet. We can feel embarrassed as to what our spouses or children might think if they see us remaining in the pew during Communion. What to me seemed like chaos in those Italian parishes was actually a blessing to people who wouldn’t be going up for Communion. I didn’t know who went up for Communion and who did not. Again, that was the point. I encourage everyone to refrain from ever receiving the Eucharist unworthily. It is also important that we not judge those who don’t come up for Communion. Besides sin, there are other legitimate reasons people might not receive the Eucharist including those with the unfortunate allergy to the gluten contained in the host, or our friends and family who attend Mass with us who are not yet Catholic. Once more, it’s none of our business!

Pope Francis beautifully wrote in his Encyclical Letter Evangelii gaudium that, “the Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak” (EG 47). When we are weakened through venial sins, the Eucharist is a powerful aid to us. When we have committed mortal sins however, we cannot benefit from the Eucharist because of the obstacle now present in our own hearts. Saint Thomas Aquinas wrote about this quite clearly: “Now whoever is conscious of mortal sin, has within him an obstacle to receiving the effect of this sacrament; since he is not a proper recipient of this sacrament, both because he is not alive spiritually, and so he ought not to eat the spiritual nourishment, since nourishment is confined to the living; and because he cannot be united with Christ, which is the effect of this sacrament, as long as he retains an attachment towards mortal sin” (STA, Summa Thologica, III, q. 79, a. 4).

Reading this should not lead anyone into despair for God is good! Knowing our inclination to sin (concupiscence) the Lord left us a remedy for the spiritually dead: Confession! Jesus desires that we reconcile ourselves to Him and His Church and He allows us to do so as often as we need to! This weekend then, let us make sure that we are prepared to receive Jesus in the Eucharist worthily by making a good confession so as to walk with God in a state of grace!

Fr. Andy Vill

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

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

Banns of Marriage: III Banns: Mark Richard Kremheller and Kimberly Brooke Czarnecki

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

Due to the Humanae vitae conference on June 23rd, there will be NO 12:10 mass.

          MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

Tuesday, June 19: Faith on Tap will be held Tuesday, June 19th from7:00-9:00PM at Murphy’s Townhouse Café. Come hear Fr. Vill discuss the topic of “Humanae vitae: When you’re looking for more than ‘Netflix and Chill’”.

Saturday, June 23: The Basilica of St. John’s is hosting an all day conference in honor of the 50th anniversary of Humanae vitae on June 23rd. Speakers include Mary Eberstadt, Mary Hallan FioRito, and George Weigel and a panel of medical experts. The 4PM Vigil Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Caggiano. Register at http://stjohnsstamford.com/making-room-for-gods-love-humanae-vitae-at-50    

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         June 3, 2018                             $  16,465.06
Sunday         June 4, 2017                             $  13,540.87

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

June 17th Sunday Readings:  EZ 17:22-24, 2 COR 5:6-10, MK 4:26-34

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

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

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

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

Volunteers: FUTURE 5 is a non-profit organization to help motivated low income high school students in Stamford to improve themselves and their future. We need volunteers to do one-on-one student work, such as college coaches, job prep coaches, and teachers. We also need tutors.  We currently have a  new student who needs a  tutor  in Japanese. For more  information or to volunteer and/or tutor, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, June 27th  Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

Catholic School Teaching Positions Available– Regina Pacis Academy, an independent K-8 Catholic classical school in Norwalk, Connecticut, is seeking qualified full-time and part-time teachers for the upcoming 2018/2019 school year!  Regina Pacis is one of a growing number of Catholic classical schools in the country, that stands on the two pillars of a classical curriculum taught in an authentically Catholic educational setting.  Our teachers and staff are all practicing Catholics, faithful to the Church’s teachings, who are committed to pursuing our goal of academic excellence for all our students in an unabashedly Catholic environment.  Current part and full time vacancies available. If you are interested, please contact Kim Quatela, Principal, at k.quatela.rpa@optimum.net or 347-840-1553.  For more information about our school, please visit www.reginapacisacademy.org

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, June 9, 2018
4:00   +Corinne and Ralph Boccuzzi req. Leon Taricani
Sunday, June 10, 2018
7:30   +Jack VanLangen req. Joyce Patten and Lorraine VanLangen
10:00 +Michael Ambrose req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
12:00 +Mary Louise Deluca req. Francis Deluca
5:00     Needs of Parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, June 11, 2018
8:00   +Huong Diep Do req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 +Peter C. Schmitt Sr. req. Rich and Mary Amatulli
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
8:00     Special Intentions Rev. Albert D. Audette, Jr. req. Ferry G.
12:10   Father Albert D. Audette, Jr. req. Millie
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   Salvatore Piria req. Domenico Piria
Thursday, June 14, 2018
8:00   +Benita “Rosina” Rebula req. Rosemary Rebula
12:10   Priests of the Parish req. Josephine Languedoc
Friday, June 15, 2018
8:00     Healing for Msgr. DiGiovanni
12:10 +Frantz Neptune req. Ginette
Saturday, June 16, 2018
8:00   +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10   In Honor of St. John Regis req. Josephine Languedoc

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

130 years ago, or so:
June 14, 1889:   “The annual census of St. John’s R.C. parish is now being taken by Fathers Rogers, Keena and Carrol. There are evidently some wealthy people in this parish, for last Sunday they contributed about $200 in aid of the Johnstown sufferers (approximately $5,300 in today’s dollars).”

115 years ago, or so:
June 12, 1905:  Received First Communion. “About 100 children received first communion in St. John’s R. C. Church, yesterday morning, at the 8 o’clock Mass. Rev. Father O’Brien, pastor, celebrated the Mass and addressed the children briefly.”

100 years ago, or so:
June 12, 1918: Family Troubles Tonight. “Those who are always seeking to pry into the secret of parties having domestic squabbles will have a treat tonight, on the lawn of St. John’s Parochial School. Family troubles will be given an airing by young lady parishioners, as they will present a one act playlet, “Family Troubles.” A unique feature of this entertainment is that no men will take part, all the amateur actors being on duty for Uncle Sam. The object of the entertainment is to help these young men win the war, as the proceeds from the entertainment will go toward paying for the several hundreds of dollars worth of Liberty bonds recently purchased by the parish. A full-dress rehearsal was held last night, in charge of Harry Smith, who is directing the play. The young ladies who will take part are Miss Elizabeth O’Brien, Miss Alice Martin, and Miss Stella Comsky. Following the presentation of the playlet, euchre will be played, and several prizes, now on exhibition in an Atlantic Street store, will be given the winners.”
June 17, 1921: ITALIANS OBSERVE FEAST OF ST. VITO. “The second celebration in Stamford of the feast day of St. Vito, martyr, patron saint of the district of Avigliano, Italy, will take place tomorrow and Sunday. There are several hundred Italian residents of Stamford from this district, and they will all unite in the celebration of the saint’s day, as was their custom in the old country. The fiesta, which has the sanction and support of the clergy of St. John’s Catholic Church, will include a Solemn High Mass, a religious procession, band concerts, a parade, games and fireworks. Rev. John J. Kelley will supervise the religious part of the celebration. The activities, with the exception of the Solemn High Mass to be celebrated Sunday, at 8 A.M., in St. John’s Catholic Church, will be centered about the section of Stillwater Avenue near Finney Lane. The start will be made tomorrow, at 2 P.M. with the firing of a cannon. At 2:15, the Sons of Italy Band, led my Maestro Tomoli, will parade through the principal streets of West Stamford. An elaborate display of fireworks will be given at 10:30 P.M.”

 

Eaglet: The Church needs priests!

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The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist

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


"The Church needs priests. That isn’t a claim made by someone afraid for his job; it’s simply true. The Church needs priests, because that is the way Jesus determined His Church should be established. This isn’t a power thing: it is the constitutional essence of His Church."

The Church needs priests!

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

The Church needs priests. That isn’t a claim made by someone afraid for his job; it’s simply true. The Church needs priests, because that is the way Jesus determined His Church should be established. This isn’t a power thing: it is the constitutional essence of His Church.

In the Book of Revelation, the image of the Heavenly Jerusalem, an image of the Church, tells us that its foundation stones are inscribed with the names of the Twelve Apos­tles. What is it that those Twelve men had that made them essential to the Church? Neither political power, nor influence, nor native brilliance, nor personal charm. That which made them essential was that given them by Our Lord: “As the Father sent me, so I send you,” Our Lord told the Twelve – not to all His followers or disciples, but only to the Twelve, to whom He gave the fullness of His revelation about God; His promise to remain with them and guide them; His power to forgive sins; and His power to “do this in memory of me” by offering Christ on the Cross in the sacrifice of the Mass.

Jesus gave the Twelve a share in His power as God, not as a personal concession to His twelve closest friends, but as a gift to be shared with each generation of the Church for the salvation of the world.

The priesthood is the means Christ established through which He would continue saving souls in every place and age, even though His saving death was nearly 2,000 years earlier.

The Church needs priests because Jesus is truly present, as is the power of His Cross to destroy sin and death, through the hands and ministry of His priests. If the priesthood were not so important, the world would not have been so shocked and shaken by the recent priests’ scandal.

So, what is the priesthood, and why has the Church’s priesthood failed, as seen in the recent crisis?

There are many factors that have led the Church to her present difficul­ties. The media points to mandatory celibacy as the root of the problem. It is not.

There is one reason why the Church is in the midst of this self-inflicted world-wide catastrophe; it is at the heart of the crisis, just as its opposite is at the heart of the priest­hood: some Catholic priests refuse to submit their will to that of Christ and His Church. They refuse to hold and teach the faith of the Church, and refuse to live a life in imitation of Christ, as the Church dictates, so they are either not strong enough to be celibate, or are unwilling to be celibate. But first, they are unwilling to submit to Christ and His Church.

It is a matter of the will in most cases, not simply of the libido. At times the priesthood has failed be­cause many priests decided not to do what they said they’d do when they were ordained priests.

Let’s look at the solemn, public promises made by those ordained as priests.

Most people think that the promise to remain celibate is at the heart of the priesthood. It is not. In fact, there is no promise of celibacy in the or­dination rite of the priesthood. The man being ordained a priest already made that promise when he was or­dained a deacon. It is not repeated.

But there is one solemn promise that is repeated: the promise of obedi­ence, the promise to submit one’s personal will to the Church – not as a generalization but, specifically, to one specific bishop and to his suc­cessors in one specific diocese. The bishop repeats the same question to the man being ordained a priest that was asked earlier during the man’s ordination to the diaconate: “Do you promise obedience and respect to me and my successors?”

The crisis in the Church is a crisis of priests who have decided to break that solemn promise of obedience in both lifestyle and in faith.

The other solemn promises regard faithfully celebrating the sacraments and preaching the Catholic faith. The last is, “Are you resolved to consecrate your life to God for the salvation of His people, and to unite yourself more closely every day to Christ the High Priest, who offered Himself for us to the Father as a perfect sacrifice?”

For the essence of the priesthood estab­lished by Our Lord is a call to imitate Him, to conform oneself perfectly to Him in all aspects of one’s daily life, both public and private, for the salva­tion of the world. The free will response of someone who wants to be a priest is his willingness to imitate Christ in his life – obedient, celibate, prayerful, and virtuous. That is why the ministry of a priest is exercised in persona Christi capitis – priests are to exist, not simply to perform a function or work, but to ex­ist “in the person of Christ the Head of the Church.” That implies a willingness to make daily sacrifices, beginning with the sacrifice of one’s ego and the natural need for human love and family.

Such a daily sacrifice of self to imitate Christ is symbolized in the essential daily action of the priest: the offering of the sacrifice of the Mass.

After the day of ordination, the most im­portant in the life of a priest is the day of his first Mass. The offering of Mass is the quintessential action of a priest: the offering of a sacrifice, and that sacrifice is Christ on the Cross in an unbloody manner: “Do this in memory of me.”

In Graham Green’s 1940 novel The Power and the Glory, set during the Mexican government’s persecution of the Church, the last priest has been chased, starved, hobbled by fever, imprisoned, stripped of everything, in­cluding his pride, yet continues because of the one thing he alone can offer people: Jesus in the Mass. In one scene, the “whiskey priest” (he is nameless, referred to only by his human weak­ness) grudgingly acquiesces to the peasants’ request for Mass. In a hovel, with no vestments or altar, the priest hurriedly offers Mass for the impoverished gaggle of people, waiting for the government troops to uncover their illegal religious observance and execute the last priest.

Greene describes the scene and the priest’s thoughts:

“The candles smoked and the people shifted on their knees – an absurd happi­ness bobbed up in him again before anxiety returned: it was as if he had been permitted to look in from the outside at the population of heav­en. Heaven must contain just such scared and dutiful and hunger-lined faces. For a matter of seconds he felt an im­mense satisfaction that he could talk of suffer­ing to them now without hypocrisy – it is hard for the sleek and well-fed priest to praise poverty. He began the prayer…

“The Latin words ran into each other on his hasty tongue: he could feel impatience all round him. He began the Consecration of the Host. . . impatience abruptly died away: everything in time became a routine but this – ‘Who the day before He suffered, took Bread into His holy and venerable hands. . .’ Whoever moved outside on the forest path, there was no movement here – ‘This is My Body.’ He could hear the sigh of breaths released: God was here in the body for the first time in six years. When he raised the Host he could imagine the faces lifted like famished dogs. He began the Consecration of the wine – in a chipped cup.”

There is another promise, written and signed by the candidate for the priesthood prior to his ordination. It is a formal profession of faith. In it, the candidate for ordination sol­emnly professes the Creed which we recite at Sunday Mass, and adds: “I firmly em­brace and accept all and everything which has been either defined by the Church’s sol­emn deliberations or affirmed and declared by its ordinary Magisterium concerning the doctrine of faith and morals, especially those things dealing with the mystery of the Holy Church of Christ, its sacraments and the sacrifice of the Mass, and the primacy of the Roman Pontiff.” The candidate must sign this, twice – once before his ordination to the diaconate, and once before his ordination to the priesthood, or he is not ordained.

The crisis of the priesthood and the Church is the result of priests decid­ing to break these essential promises of obedience and faith. The glory of the priesthood and of the Church is the result of priests deciding to remain faithful.

The essence of the priesthood is to dedicate one’s life to imitate Christ, in or­der to worthily per­fect oneself, and to save souls by actu­ally making present Christ and His sac­rifice and by teach­ing the truths of the Church to others. So important are these tasks that the priest is asked to participate in the very life of Christ. So important a reality that the betrayal of such a trust brings about the devastating catastrophe we see in the Church today around the globe.

But Our Lord promised that the gates of Hell would not prevail against His Church (Matthew 16:19), no matter how weak some priests may be. He calls even now many to come to renew the Church.

The Church and the world need priests, since that is how Our Lord established His Church to be. Now, more than ever, we need good, healthy, heterosexual men, strong enough to live a celibate life, in love with Christ, eager to submit their wills in obedience to God through His Church, for the salvation of souls.

To learn more about becoming a priest, visit www.bridgeportpriest.org

This month, Msgr. Stephen DiGiovanni celebrates his 20th anniversary as Pastor of the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist.

Bulletin for Sunday June 03, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday June 03, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: It makes you want to stay Catholic”, an elderly lady said out loud for everyone to hear, during a parish pilgrimage to our Basilica from  Virginia.  She spoke in reference to the reality of Jesus present in His Catholic Church—Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Most Blessed Sacrament, the Eucharist. And she knew this to be true, not because a priest told her so, but because she had read it in the Gospel of Saint John the Evangelist, in the sixth chapter.

Have you ever read the sixth chapter of Saint John’s Gospel?  The chapter opens with Our Lord feeding five thousand people by multiplying five loaves of bread and two fish.  Following the miracle, Our Lord took his apostles and fled to the mountains, because he knew the people would otherwise have forced him to be king of Israel. No one understood His real purpose and work: to save humankind from Adam’s sin and from Death, and to reconcile all with the Father. The Apostles are next seen in a boat on Lake Tiberias when Jesus walks on the water, and they are frightened, thinking he is a ghost. “It is I, do not be afraid,” Jesus told them.  Finally, by verse 22, Our Lord begins his discourse on the Eucharist.  The crowd he’d fed the previous day found him, and wanted more free food!  Jesus began by teaching them not to work for food that will perish, but for that which will give eternal life.  When they asked where they might find such food, he responded, “I am the bread of life”, and “I am the living bread from heaven. If anyone eat of this bread he shall live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” Our Lord repeated this eleven times in one chapter, affirming over and over again, “My flesh is real food and my blood real drink.”  What did he mean?  Maybe he meant what he said.  But, for those who had tracked Jesus down looking for more food, their response to His words was to abandon Him, saying,   “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”  If Our Lord were simply using a metaphor, don’t you think he would have run after those people to clarify that He was only speaking symbolically?  But He didn’t run after them. He let them go.  In fact, He turned on his apostles to ask them “Do you also wish to go away?”, seeing that they too found his teaching about the Eucharist  hard to believe.  He did mean what He said: “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has life everlasting and I will raise him up on the last day.  For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, abides in me and I in him.” He meant precisely what he said, and the Church understood that immediately.

In the catacombs of Rome, and in much literature of the first three centuries, the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist is clearly presented: in pictures of bread and fish. The early Church developed a simple undercover sign for Jesus: the fish. Since each letter of the word FISH in Greek [IXTHUS] is the first letter of a statement of faith about Jesus: “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.” You might see this acronym today on bumper stickers—a fish with the name of Jesus.

When it was presented alongside loaves of bread in the frescoes of the catacombs, it represented the Eucharist: the outward appearance is bread, but the inner reality is THE FISH—Jesus Christ, Son of God and Savior. At Mass, through the invocation of the Holy Spirit, the bread and wine are transformed into the actual resurrected Body and Blood of Christ. No mere symbol, but a deeper reality.

The Church commemorates this reality this weekend in the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.  We, as part of the Church founded by Christ, will make a public profession of our faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist during our outdoor procession following the noon Mass on Sunday, June 18th.  We will stop traffic, and bring Christ through Stamford’s Downtown, in order to expose everyone to the generosity of God in the gift of Christ in the Eucharist.  There is nothing in life that should terrify or threaten us, for there is no place where Christ does not belong—even in downtown Stamford!  As Jesus said to his apostles when they thought he was a ghost, “It is I, do not be afraid.” We too, should take heart despite the discouragements or fears in life, for Christ is really and truly present in the Eucharist—body and blood, soul and divinity—He humbles himself daily to feed us with his very self, so we can grow more like Him in our daily lives, even to eternity.  Jesus meant what He said; the Church means what she professes, for that faith and that reality will lead to eternity.

—Monsignor DiGiovanni

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

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

Banns of Marriage:
II Banns: Mark Richard Kremheller and Kimberly Brooke Czarnecki

III  Banns: Bruno Guimaraes Lopes Coelho and Ashley Christina Fumai

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.

Catholic School Teaching Positions Available- Regina Pacis Academy, an independent K-8 Catholic classical school in Norwalk, Connecticut, is seeking qualified full-time and part-time teachers for the upcoming 2018/2019 school year!  Regina Pacis is one of a growing number of Catholic classical schools in the country, that stands on the two pillars of a classical curriculum taught in an authentically Catholic educational setting.  Our teachers and staff are all practicing Catholics, faithful to the Church’s teachings, who are committed to pursuing our goal of academic excellence for all our students in an unabashedly Catholic environment.  Current part and full time vacancies available. If you are interested, please contact Kim Quatela, Principal, at k.quatela.rpa@optimum.net or 347-840-1553.  For more information about our school, please visit www.reginapacisacademy.org

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

Sunday, June 3rd, Corpus Christi: Following the 12 noon Mass, A Procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Stamford and a cookout to follow.  [Weather permitting-if raining, the procession will be inside the Basilica and no cookout]. Everyone is welcome.

Saturday, June 23 : The Basilica of St. John’s is hosting an all day conference in honor of the 50th anniversary of Humanae vitae on June 23rd. Speakers include Mary Eberstadt, Mary FioRito, and George Weigel and a panel of medical experts. The 4PM Vigil Mass will be offered by Bishop Caggiano. Register at http://stjohnsstamford.com/making-room-for-gods-love-humanae-vitae-at-50

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         May 27, 2018              $  15,718.23
Sunday         May 28, 2017              $  12,593.38

  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

June 10th Sunday Readings:  GN 3:9-15, 2 COR 4:13-5:1, MK 3:20-35

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

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

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

Volunteers: FUTURE 5 is a non-profit organization to help motivated low income high school students in Stamford to improve themselves and their future. We need volunteers to do one-on-one student work, such as college coaches, job prep coaches, and teachers. We also need tutors.  We currently have a  new student who needs a  tutor  in Japanese. For more  information or to volunteer and/or tutor, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.org.

First Friday Adoration– Join St. Catherine of Sienna in Riverside for First Friday Holy Hour after the 5:15 mass.  Holy Hour and Benediction will take place every first Friday of the month. All are welcome!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, June 27th  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.

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.                                                                                         

P2P On WheelsPerson-to-Person recently launched a Mobile Food Pantry that is serving Stamford’s food insecure where they live and we need volunteers to help with registration and client shopping on the truck and sorting food donations in the warehouse. Shifts are 2 hours. If you are interested in signing up for a regular shift please visit http://p2phelps.org/p2p-on-wheels/ to find the job that’s right for you and sign up with Rick Nixon. Thank you!

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, June 2, 2018
4:00   +Donald Turkington req. Maude Hughes and Family
Sunday, June 3, 2018
7:30   +Katherine Ann and Patrick McCann req. Family
10:00   Priests of the Parish req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:00   Deceased Family Members of Vincent & Theresa Kung
5:00     Needs of Parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, June 4, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Paul Windels req. Ursula Hennessey
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
8:00     Souls in Purgatory req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10 +Marsha Dionne-Guerin req. Mr. and Mrs. Nestor Azziz
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +JoAnn Powers req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Thursday, June 7, 2018
8:00     Souls in Purgatory req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10 +Marie Collette Curran req. Mark and Deborah Dalton
Friday, June 8, 2018
8:00     Monsignor DiGiovanni req. Millie Terenzio
12:10   Special Intention Monsignor Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. Ferry G.
Saturday, June 9, 2018
8:00   +Livia Guidastri req. Rosemary Rebula
12:10 +Leza Paluca req. Lusha Gashi

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

110 years ago, or so:
June 8, 1908: Catholic Church. “There will be a triduum conducted this week by Father Dominic of the Franciscan order, commencing Thursday. Rev. Eugene L. Sullivan has returned from a week’s visit in Occum, where he was the guest of Rev. Bernard L. Donnelly. Rev. Fathers O’Brien and Rizzo are attending the annual retreat of the clergy of the diocese at Keyser Island, off Norwalk, this week.”

100 years ago, or so:
June 3, 1918:   “A reception for the new members of the Children of Mary sodality was held in St. John’s Catholic Church last evening. There was a celebration of solemn vespers at which Rev. Henry Callahan was celebrant, Rev. John Kelly, deacon, and Rev. Paul Keating, sub-deacon. Then came the reception and immediately following was the crowning of the statue of the Blessed Virgin. Rev. Robert J. Bowen of New Haven preached the sermon, on “Mary, the Mother of God.” Nearly every member of the sodality was present at the reception. Miss Loretta Burke is its president.”

70 years ago, or so:
June 3, 1948: One Hundred Years. “Stamford’s historians will associate always with the story of St. John’s Catholic parish the fact that it pioneered in the establishment of Catholicism in this community. Therefore, the centennial which was so colorfully celebrated in age-old liturgy of the Mass before the ranking prelate of the Hartford diocese on last Sunday, carried the significance not only of a parish church 100 years old, but of a great religious force which has shown constant growth in this community. The Catholic Transcript observed: “It is as incredible as the growth of the mustard tree that the present flourishing state of Catholicity in Stamford, with five churches inside the city in addition to the Mother Church of St. John’s, and other parishes in the Town and outside Stamford’s boundaries, which stem from the original Stamford church parish, could have arisen from so poor and feeble a beginning a little more than ten decades ago.” The Transcript observed that St. John’s parish, under Father Coleman, “has gone ahead, not with the rapidity of its seedling days, but steadily and strongly.” His assignment was followed by further responsibility of magnitude when he was made over-all director, one might say, for the establishment of St. Joseph’s Hospital. Outstanding priests of the diocese served at St. John’s. One of these, the Rev. James C. O’Brien, was pastor for 28 years and under his administration the church paid off its building debt. Father O’Brien’s name will be added to leaders of the community whose memories are to be honored in monuments to be erected on property of the proposed new Presbyterian Church of Bedford Street. Thus a Protestant institution will honor an outstanding Catholic Churchman. We are sure all Protestants, Catholics and Jews join with St. John’s parishioners for the joy of this event.”