Bulletin for Sunday August 20, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday August 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

Please pray for the sick:  John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge,  Debbie Schemmel, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk, Joseph Verrilli, Peter C. Schmitt, Sr., Joseph Prendergast, Msgr. Peter Dora, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, A.J. Barr, Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey.

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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

September 13, & October 13: 7:30 pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima during this centenary year of the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal.

September 21, 22, 23: Triduum of Prayer in honor of St. Padre Pio:
September 21: 7:30 pm: Triduum of Prayer & Eucharistic Benediction
September 22: 5:30 pm: Solemn Arrival of the Relics of St. Padre Pio.
7:30 pm:  Triduum of Prayer, Benediction, veneration of the Relics.

September 23: 6:30 am-1:30pm; 5:00pm-10 pm: Veneration of the relics.
7:30 pm: Solemn Mass, Triduum of Prayer, procession and Veneration of relics. Reception to follow.

October 20-28: Novena in honor of St. Jude after each daily 12:10 Mass.

Religious Education: Registration is now open for the 2017-2018 Religious Education program. Forms were mailed home to families that had children enrolled in our program in 2016-2017. If you are enrolling your child in our program for the first time, please pick up a form in the back of the church or stop by the parish office.
Please return registration form and payment to the parish office no later than
Monday, August 21, 2017.

Religious Education classes begin on Sunday, September 10th.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday August 13,  2017 $  12,617.01
Sunday August 14, 2016 $  14,590.06

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

August 27th, Sunday Readings:  Is 22:19-23; Rom 11:33-36; Mt 16:13-20.

Police: As 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 members of Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department, and our military women and men who protect our nation.

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

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.

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 even helped convince expectant mothers to spare their children. To join us, or for specialized training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

Latin Low Mass: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

Regina Pacis Academy: Is an independent Catholic classical school in Norwalk.  The new principal, Kim Quatela, was previously the Coordinator of Family Faith Formation for the Diocese of Bridgeport. Founded in 2005, the mission of Regina Pacis Academy is to provide the highest quality classical education at a reasonable cost, taught by teachers loyal to the Church and her Magisterium. The Academy’s goal is to form scholars and saints. To schedule a tour and for more information contact Kim Quatela: 347-840-1553, or k.quatela.rpa@optimum.net

Employment: Good Counsel Malta House in Norwalk began helping pregnant mothers and babies in 1998. It is a transitional residence to promote the dignity of God-given life by providing a nurturing home environment, support services and independent living skills for pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children. Looking for a House Manager , anyone may apply for this position by forwarding a cover letter/resume to: John Hinshaw: John_Hinshaw@goodcounselhomes.org.  We are located at: 5 Prowitt Street, Norwalk, CT. 06855.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. Next meeting: This Wednesday, August 23rd.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

St. Leo 37th Annual Parish Fair: at St. Leo Parish in Stamford.  Tuesday, August 29 through Friday, Sept. 1, from 6PM to 11PM and Saturday, Sept. 2, from 2PM to 11PM.  Enjoy rides, games, live entertainment, international foods, bingo and our $10 raffle with a 1st prize 2017 BMW 320i xDrive Sedan – Glacier Silver.  For more information: call Denise Esposito at 203-322-1669 x227 or visit website stleostamford.org for more details.

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. For more  information or to volunteer, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.org

New Covenant House of Hospitality: Saint John’s parishioners staff the kitchens once each month to feed the homeless and less fortunate. For information, please call: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory. We are continuing our review of ecclesiastical Latin using Second Latin by Cora and Charles Scanlon and reading excerpts from Ambrosi Epistulae Variae.  An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.

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

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.

St Gabriel Church: Men’s Night of ReflectionWednesday, Aug 23rd @ 7pm. Men, please join us to hear Fr. Jason Smith, LC present “Walking with the Saints in Today’s World” to find inspiration and strength thru the saints so we can reflect God’s will in our culture. This Men’s Night is brought to you by the Knights of Columbus Fr. Miller Council #5833. Contact Bill Nagle with any questions. M: 203-570-2593, email: billnagle@hotmail.com

Sacred Heart ChurchSaturday, September 16th, 6:30 pm.  Krista Adams-Santilli, with Frank Mastrone and Friends in Concert, performing a mix of Broadway, Classical, Pop and Crossover music, sure to please the audience. Please tell your family and friends, and join us for an evening of wonderful music.  TICKETS ON SALE NOW ! $50.00 per person, with a reception to follow in the Church Hall, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford.  For Information and Ticket Sales, please call Jeff Curtis @ (203) 968-1234.

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes start Monday September 18th and will meet weekly 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x21 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Not married in the Catholic Church? Please call Fr. Vill at (203) 324-1553 ext. 130 to make an appointment. Meet with Fr. Vill 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 the process of seeking an annulment.

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, August 19, 2017
4:00 +Michael Windsor req. Family
Sunday, August 20, 2017
7:30 +Dorothy Wargo 31st Anniversary req. Family
10:00 +Augusta DaSilva req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
12:00 +Ronald Salvatore req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
5:00 +Joseph McAleer, Sr.
Monday, August 21, 2017
8:00   Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Catherine T. Ciccomascolo req. Melissa Fahey
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
8:00   Special Intentions Pietro Bertuca req. Niece and Nephews
12:10 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
8:00 +Angelo Velez req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Maria Teresa Abrantes req. Irsa Garcia
Thursday, August 24, 2017
8:00 +Jean Herard req. Sandra Johnson
12:10   Isabelle, Michel and Isaac Baptiste req. Nadege Baptiste
Friday, August 25, 2017
8:00   Lisa Duddie req. Anne Marie Carpanzano
12:10 +Salvatore Conte req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Saturday, August 26, 2017
8:00 +Moises Reyes and Juana Mazariegos req. Blanca Reyes
12:10 +Al Zach req. Zach Family

Baptisms: Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. For more information, please call Cindy, (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, Cindy, 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: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

Coffee Hour: Starts again in September, after the 10:00a.m. Family Mass in the Msgr. Nagle Hall.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

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

140 years ago, or so:

August 25, 1876:  Borough Government. “A regular meeting of the Warden and Burgesses was held on Aug. 7th, 1876, R. Swartwont, Warden, presiding. All the members present except Mr. Hawley. Minutes of last meeting read and approved. Bills read and referred to finance committee: Resolution by Walton Ferguson. That the side and cross walk committee be authorized to employ Mr. A. J. Bell to construct a concrete cross walk on Atlantic street, near the Roman Catholic (St. John’s) church, at a cost not exceeding $30. Adopted.”

115 years ago, or so:

August 26, 1910:  “The altar boys of St. John’s Catholic Church went to Rye Beach, yesterday, for a picnic. The boys were in charge of Rev. Antonio Rizzo and Rev. Andrew F Carrigan. They played baseball and had dinner at the beach. The boys enjoyed the outing much.”

100 years ago, or so:
August 25, 1914:  “The new system of high-pressure heating to be installed for St. John’s Catholic Church will require considerable alterations. Two boilers to be placed in the church will take the place of five which formerly heated the four buildings.”

85 years ago, or so:
August 27, 1932:  EAGLE SCOUT RANK IS CONFERRED ON TWO. “At the September Court of Honor of the Stamford Council, Boy Scouts of America, last evening at Scout Headquarters,  Robert Herrgen and Donald Reyen, Troop 22, St. John’s R. C. Church, qualified for advancement to Eagle Scout rank. Scouts Robert Thayer, Troop 22, has qualified for advancement to Star Scout rank. Merit Badges were awarded Scouts as follows: Cooking: Robert Mulhare, Troop 22, Examiner S. C. Brown; Life Saving: Donald Reyen, James Strachan, and Robert Thayer, Troop 22, Examiner Roy Waters; Swimming: Joel Carrier, Robert Mulhare and Robert Thayer, Troop 22.”

 

Bulletin for Sunday August 13, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday August 13, 2017

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

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

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

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

Please pray for the sick:  Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge,  Debbie Schemmel, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Bill Rice, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk, Joseph Verrilli, Peter C. Schmitt, Sr., Joseph Prendergast, Msgr. Peter Dora, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, A.J. Barr, Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey.

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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

AUGUST 13, September 13, & October 13: 7:30 pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima during this centenary year of the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal.

September 21, 22, 23: Triduum of Prayer in honor of St. Padre Pio:
September 21: 7:30 pm: Triduum of Prayer & Eucharistic Benediction
September 22: 5:30 pm: Solemn Arrival of the Relics of St. Padre Pio.
7:30 pm: Triduum of Prayer, Benediction, veneration of the Relics.

September 23: 6:30 am-1:30pm; 5:00pm-10 pm: Veneration of the relics.
7:30 pm: Solemn Mass, Triduum of Prayer, procession and Veneration of relics. Reception to follow.

October 20-28: Novena in honor of St. Jude after each daily 12:10 Mass.

Religious Education: Registration is now open for the 2017-2018 Religious Education program. Forms were mailed home to families that had children enrolled in our program in 2016-2017. If you are enrolling your child in our program for the first time,
please pick up a form in the back of the church or stop by the parish office.
Please return registration form and payment to the parish office no later than
Monday, August 21, 2017.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         August 6,  2017      $  13,342.44
Sunday         August 7, 2016       $  13,646.00

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

Aug 20th, Sunday Readings: Is 56:1, 6-7; Rom 11:13-15, 29-32; Mt 15:21-28.

Police: As 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 members of Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department, and our military women and men who protect our nation.

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

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.

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 even helped convince expectant mothers to spare their children. To join us, or for specialized training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

Latin Low Mass: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

Regina Pacis Academy: Is an independent Catholic classical school in Norwalk.  The new principal, Kim Quatela, was previously the Coordinator of Family Faith Formation for the Diocese of Bridgeport. Founded in 2005, the mission of Regina Pacis Academy is to provide the highest quality classical education at a reasonable cost, taught by teachers loyal to the Church and her Magisterium. The Academy’s goal is to form scholars and saints. To schedule a tour and for more information contact Kim Quatela: 347-840-1553, or k.quatela.rpa@optimum.net

Employment  Good Counsel Malta House in CT. began helping pregnant mothers and babies in 1998 and is a Norwalk-based transitional residence whose purpose is to promote the dignity of God-given life by providing a nurturing home environment, support services and independent living skills for pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children. Looking for a House Manager and invite interested parties to forward their cover letter/resume to: John Hinshaw, email: John_Hinshaw@goodcounselhomes.org.  We are located at: 5 Prowitt Street, Norwalk, CT. 06855.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. Next meeting: Wednesday, August 23rd.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

The Face of Prayer:  For all young Catholics of all ages [under 18 will need parental consent]: www.thefaceof prayer.org   Will you join the movement of prayer? Bishop Frank Caggiano invites you to be the face of prayer. Text your picture, a prayer intention, or the word “prayer” to 55778. Then follow the prompts to complete your registration and commit to being the face or prayer! Participants will receive a prayer from Bishop Frank either every day or three times a week [your choice] as well as a weekly video from our bishop, access to great resources online, and the opportunity to pray together with friends from all around the Diocese of Bridgeport. This project is a partnership between the Diocese of Bridgeport and the Mater Ecclesiae Foundation. Privacy protections are in place.

The Face of Prayer Pilgrimage:  Join Bishop Caggiano on September 23, 2017 for a pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. for the dedication of an outdoor shrine.  The shrine is dedicated to young people and continues our celebration of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance to the children of Fatima.  Details about the pilgrimage can be found at www.thefaceofprayer.com or by emailing institute@diobpt.org or calling 203-416-1670.

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. For more  information or to volunteer, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.org

New Covenant House of Hospitality: Saint John’s parishioners staff the kitchens once each month to feed the homeless and less fortunate. For information, please call: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory. We are continuing our review of ecclesiastical Latin using Second Latin by Cora and Charles Scanlon and reading excerpts from Ambrosi Epistulae Variae.  An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.

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

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.

St Gabriel Church: Men’s Night of Reflection:  Wednesday, Aug 23rd @ 7pm. Men, please join us to hear Fr. Jason Smith, LC present “Walking with the Saints in Today’s World” to find inspiration and strength thru the saints so we can reflect God’s will in our culture. This Men’s Night is brought to you by the Knights of Columbus Fr. Miller Council #5833. Contact Bill Nagle with any questions. M: 203-570-2593, email: billnagle@hotmail.com

Sacred Heart ChurchSaturday, September 16th, 6:30 pm.  Krista Adams-Santilli, with Frank Mastrone and Friends in Concert, performing a mix of Broadway, Classical, Pop and Crossover music, sure to please the audience. Please tell your family and friends, and join us for an evening of wonderful music.  TICKETS ON SALE NOW ! $50.00 per person, with a reception to follow in the Church Hall, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford.  For Information and Ticket Sales, please call Jeff Curtis @ (203) 968-1234.

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, August 12, 2017
4:00   In Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus req. Margarita Arenas
Sunday, August 13, 2017
7:30   Kevin and Alanna Mahon 1st Anniversary req. Ryan Tomko
10:00   Paulo Seixas
12:00 +Virginia Dombrowski req. Legion of Mary
5:00 +Joseph McAleer, Sr.
Monday, August 14, 2017
8:00 +James Brannick
12:10 +Francesco Godino req. Tim and Denise Grier
5:15 +Kevin Mullin req. Danny Rainho
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
8:00 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10   Priests of the Parish req. Ferry G.
5:15   Marjorie Dachtera req. Carpanzano Family
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Rose Turley req. John and Jennifer Marciano
Thursday, August 17, 2017
8:00   Souls in Purgatory req. Maria
12:10 +Julia Wynne Breunich req. Rosemary Reid
Friday, August 18, 2017
8:00 +John Marini, Bob Bell and Ray Gerorski req. Leon Taricani
12:10   Scholastica Nabwire req. Andrew Mbabaali
Saturday, August 19, 2017
8:00 +Kevin Mullin req. Keith Massimo
12:10   Tracey Miller req. 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 Cindy, (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, Cindy, 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: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

Coffee Hour: Starts again in September, after the 10:00a.m. Family Mass in the Msgr. Nagle Hall.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

130 years ago, or so:
August 19, 1887:  “The iron steamboat “Ceteus,” took out about twelve hundred persons, including quite a host of young children, from the Canal dock on Tuesday, for an excursion to Coney Island. There have been several large excursions this season from this place, probably none surpassed that of Tuesday under the auspices of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church. Father Rogers, who had the chief charge of the affair, spared no pains or precautions to secure the safety and comfort of all. The route selected—to Coney Island—was quite long enough and not too long, and the several hours ashore were filled with sight-seeing and amusements, novel to many and interesting to all. St. John’s cornet band made things lively on the way down and back, while A. Campbell’s orchestra fulfilled all the desires of the dancers in the music line, by their industrious and lively playing. Not an accident even of a minor character occurred to mar the pleasures of the day for any of the excursionists.”

110 years ago, or so:

August 15, 1906:  “There were large congregations at the four Masses held at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, this morning, in honor of the Feast of the Assumption, which is a holy day observed with a great deal of reverence by Roman Catholics. The principal Mass was held at 9, when a High Mass was celebrated.”

100 years ago, or so:
August 19, 1918: Former Stamford Boy Expires of Wounds Received in Action.  “Private Gray Hanrahan, son of the late Councilman Patrick Hanrahan of Stamford, has died in France, from wounds received in action. His mother, who lives at 218 Whitney Avenue, Bridgeport, has been notified by the Government. In the local Catholic Church yesterday, prayers were offered for the repose of the young man’s soul. He attended the parochial school here, when he was a young boy and was an altar boy in St. John’s Catholic Church. His brother, Dennis Hanrahan, is now fighting in France.”

85 years ago, or so:
August 16, 1929:  “Joseph James McEvoy, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. McEvoy and relative of Mrs. Frank G. Smith of 95 Brown Street, who recently graduated from Regis High School, New York, and who won the 1925 scholarship of St. John’s Parochial School in this city, entered yesterday in St. Andrew’s Jesuit Novitiate on the Hudson, Poughkeepsie, New York.”  (EDITOR’S NOTE: Joseph McEvoy was ordained a priest in 1942 and celebrated his first Mass in St. John’s Church on Saturday, June 28, 1942.)

Bulletin for Sunday August 6, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday August 6, 2017

ST. JOHN’S, 1887

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

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

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

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

—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, Debbie Schemmel, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Bill Rice, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk, Joseph Verrilli, Peter C. Schmitt, Sr., Joseph Prendergast, Msgr. Peter Dora, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, A.J. Barr, Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey.

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

Banns of Marriage: III Banns: Joseph My Tran Andrews and Angelica Shannon Hanley

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

AUGUST 13, September 13, & October 13: 7:30 pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima during this centenary year of the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal.

September 21, 22, 23: Triduum of Prayer in honor of St. Padre Pio:
September 21: 7:30 pm: Triduum of Prayer & Eucharistic Benediction
September 22: 5:30 pm: Solemn Arrival of the Relics of St. Padre Pio.
7:30 pm: Triduum of Prayer, Benediction, veneration of the Relics.

September 23: 6:30 am-1:30pm; 5:00pm-10 pm: Veneration of the relics.
7:30 pm: Solemn Mass, Triduum of Prayer, procession and Veneration of relics. Reception to follow.

October 20-28: Novena in honor of St. Jude after each daily 12:10 Mass.

Religious Education: Registration is now open for the 2017-2018 Religious Education program. Forms were mailed home to families that had children enrolled in our program in 2016-2017. If you are enrolling your child in our program for the first time, please pick up a form in the back of the church or stop by the parish office.
Please return registration form and payment to the parish office no later than Monday, August 21, 2017.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday July 30, 2017 $ 13,233.15
Sunday July 31, 2016 $ 11,066.50

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

Aug 13th, Sunday Readings: 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a; Rom 9:1-5; Mt 14:22-33.

Police: As 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 members of Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department, and our military women and men who protect our nation.

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

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.

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 even helped convince expectant mothers to spare their children. To join us, or for specialized training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION:”The Eaglet,” the parish blog on our Basilica website, www.stjohnsstamford.com, is up and running, featuring a variety of thought provoking articles on the Catholic Faith and Church, posted weekly. Feedback is welcome and discussion is encouraged, via a comments form at the end of each article. Please bookmark the page, visit often, and share the link with your family and friends.

Latin Low Mass: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

WALK FOR PEACE: Saturday, August 12th Join a group of St. John’s parishioners in a walk to promote peace through New York City: from Grand Central Station to Yankee Stadium. The Walk for Peace begins at Grand Central at 10:45 am, stops at St. Bartholomew’s Church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Temple Emanu-El for prayer, and arrives at Yankee Stadium in time for the 4:15 pm Red Sox/ Yankee game. Reserved tickets are in section 205 of the stadium. Dozens of people are already signed up, so get your reservation in by calling Mr. Al Forte [203-940-3651] or email team@pfpnetwork.org

Men’s Night of Reflection: St Gabriel on Wednesday, Aug 23th @ 7pm. Men, please join us to hear Fr. Jason Smith, LC present “Walking with the Saints in Today’s World” to find inspiration and strength thru the saints so we can reflect God’s will in our culture. This Men’s Night is brought to you by the Knights of Columbus Fr. Miller Council #5833. Contact Bill Nagle with any questions. M: 203-570-2593, email: billnagle@hotmail.com

The Face of Prayer: For all young Catholics of all ages [under 18 will need parental consent]: www.thefaceof prayer.org Will you join the movement of prayer? Bishop Frank Caggiano invites you to be the face of prayer. Text your picture, a prayer intention, or the word “prayer” to 55778. Then follow the prompts to complete your registration and commit to being the face or prayer! Participants will receive a prayer from Bishop Frank either every day or three times a week [your choice] as well as a weekly video from our bishop, access to great resources online, and the opportunity to pray together with friends from all around the Diocese of Bridgeport. This project is a partnership between the Diocese of Bridgeport and the Mater Ecclesiae Foundation. Privacy protections are in place.

The Face of Prayer Pilgrimage: Join Bishop Caggiano on September 23, 2017 for a pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. for the dedication of an outdoor shrine. The shrine is dedicated to young people and continues our celebration of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance to the children of Fatima. Details about the pilgrimage can be found at www.thefaceofprayer.com or by emailing institute@diobpt.org or calling 203-416-1670.

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. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.org

New Covenant House of Hospitality: Saint John’s parishioners staff the kitchens once each month to feed the homeless and less fortunate. For information, please call: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory. We are continuing our review of ecclesiastical Latin using Second Latin by Cora and Charles Scanlon and reading excerpts from Ambrosi Epistulae Variae. An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.

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

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. Next meeting: Wednesday, August 23rd. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Sacred Heart Church: Saturday, September 16th, 6:30 PM. Krista Adams-Santilli, with Frank Mastrone and Friends in Concert, performing a mix of Broadway, Classical, Pop and Crossover music, sure to please the audience. Please tell your family and friends, and join us for an evening of wonderful music. TICKETS ON SALE NOW ! $50.00 per person, with a reception to follow in the Church Hall, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford. For Information and Ticket Sales, please call Jeff Curtis @ (203) 968-1234.

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, August 5, 2017
4:00 +Ralph Boccuzzi req. Anita Fasanelli

Sunday, August 6, 2017
7:30 In Honor of the Eternal Father req. Josephine Languedoc
10:00 +Paul Sheehan req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
12:00 +Elisa and John Prizio req. Elisa Pavia
5:00 +Joseph McAleer, Sr.

Monday, August 7, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 +Francesco Godino req. John Pascale

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
8:00 Deceased members of the Aronson Family
12:10 +Michael Reilly req. Pam Rittman

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Paul Rittman req. Pam Rittman

Thursday, August 10, 2017
8:00 Deceased members of the Ganz Family
12:10 Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families

Friday, August 11, 2017
8:00 Deceased members of the Samedi Family req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Maureen E. Sullivan req. Shelley Ward and Family

Saturday, August 12, 2017
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Barbara Lynyak req. Melton Family

Baptisms: Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. For more information, please call Cindy, (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, Cindy, 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: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

Coffee Hour: Starts again in September, after the 10:00a.m. Family Mass in the Msgr. Nagle Hall.

ST. JOHN’S IN THE ADVOCATE:
110 YEARS AGO, OR SO:

August 8, 1907: New Teacher a High School Boy. “Michael A. Boyle, whose appointment as a High School teacher, was announced yesterday, is the first High School boy to obtain a position as a teacher in that school, and, with the exception of F. H. Getman, he is the only Stamford man appointed on the faculty since the school was organized in 1873. He is the son of Patrick Boyle, who has been well known in public affairs for a number of years. Mr. Boyle has taught in St. John’s parochial school, and has been one of the chief movers in organizing an alumni association among the graduates of that school. The High School boys will find in him a friend of athletics, and will be sure of his support in all matters of that nature.”

100 YEARS AGO, OR SO:
August 11, 1917: FATHER CASEY A CHAPLAIN, Curate of St. John’s Catholic Church. “Rev. Walter D. Casey has received notice that he has passed the physical examination for a commission as chaplain in the national army, and has been requested to procure uniform and equipment. The commission is expected in a few days. It is probable that he will be assigned to one of the concentration camps, and that later he will be sent abroad. Father Casey volunteered for the service, and his application for a chaplainry was endorsed by a number of prominent citizens of Stamford. He has been in this city for eleven months, coming from Thompsonville, his first charge. He spent seven years in Rome, as a student in the American College, and received the degree of doctor of philosophy. During his residence in Stamford, he has made numerous friends. “We are very sorry to lose Father Casey,” said Rev. J. C. O’Brien, pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church, today, “but we shall have the satisfaction of knowing that he is serving his country, and we believe that he is capable of giving to it service of the most satisfactory kind.”

40 YEARS AGO, OR SO:
August 13, 1975: St. John’s to Mark Holy Year. “The Holy Year of Renewal, a period of special homage to the Blessed Mother, will be celebrated in St. John’s Catholic Church, at all Masses on Thursday and Friday. Father Patrick Walsh of the Dominican Fathers, will give the homily and hear confessions before of the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. Mass will be at 12:10 noon, 3, 4, 4:45 and 5:30 on Thursday; and 7:30, 9, 10:15 and 12:10 Noon, 3, 4, 4:45, 5:30 and 8 p.m. on Friday.”

Bulletin for Sunday July 30, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday July 30, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: Let’s continue our tour of the interior of the Basilica. Return to where you left off last week: inside the main interior wood and glass doors leading into the church. Walk about half way down the central main aisle, turn around towards the doors you just entered, look up at the very large eastern choir loft window. Beautiful, isn’t it? This, and all the church windows, were fully restored in 2000. This window and the two large transept windows also have new mahogany frames.
The choir loft window dates from the 1920s, installed by the then pastor Father James O’Brien, along with the other two enormous windows in the transepts, replacing the original 1886 windows that had geometric patterns. Father O’Brien was a man of immense energy. His largest projects were the construction of the school and convent [where today’s parish parking lot is]; the refurbishing of the church interior with the murals above the high altar, along with the addition of marble statues and side altars; the construction of the church bell tower; and the modernization [at least “modern” for 1920] of the rectory.
The choir loft window’s theme is music, essential to the worship of God. The central figure is identified by the title around His halo: Rex Davidicus: the Davidic King. Since He is playing a harp, one might suppose this to be the Old Testament King David. But it is not: it is Our Lord, as predicted by the Archangel Gabriel to Our Lady at the Annunciation: “And behold, you shall conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of David His father, and He shall be king over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end” [Luke 1, 31-33]. The harp in Our Lord’s hands identifies Him as the “Son of David.” King David has been credited as the author of the Psalms of the Old Testament that were originally composed to be sung in praise of God. In our window, Jesus is dressed in priestly vestments, but not those of the Old Testament. The central figure of Our Lord wears priestly vestments of the New Testament: the alb, amice, chasuble and stole worn by Catholic priests to offer the Sacrifice of the Mass. Jesus is the only High Priest of the Church, who offered the final perfect sacrifice of Himself on the Cross, which He renews every hour of every day in every Catholic Church by means of His priests as they offer Mass. Jesus does not die repeatedly; He died just once. But He offers Himself to the Father through His Church every day, sanctifying all people of all places and all times, making His sacrifice of the Cross present until the end of time so that everyone of all times and places benefit from His Cross.
On either side of Our Lord stand three angels. Two kneel in adoration beside Our Lord, two play elaborate trombones, and two hold musical scrolls. Each angel and Our Lord stands in individual niches, the sides formed by the window frame and the base and roof by elaborate geometrical patterns in glass. Directly above Our Lord is a harp, symbolic of the music from the choir loft offered to God. On either side is another angel: the one on the left strums a mandolin; the angel on the right plays a trumpet. Above them is another angel, holding a banner Ego Sum Via, identifying the Davidic King as Jesus, who said “I am the Way.” Around this uppermost angel are ten cherubim in adoration of Christ, whose mere name or reference to His name, Ego Sum Via, demands adoration, as St. Paul wrote, “At the name of Jesus, every knee must bend.” [Phil 2: 10-11].
All the angels sport hairdos typically post-World War I-ish: they all look like flappers from the roaring ‘20s!—which makes sense since the window was made in the 1920s. Each figure is set in a background of dark clouds of rich blue tones, and their robes are reminiscent of the rich fabrics portrayed in the best 15th and 16th century Flemish religious paintings. The last two decorative elements are two trefoils, one on either side of the angel with the “I am the Way” banner: they complete this heavenly scene, in which the choirs of angels worship God with hymns, song and music. Who is God? He is that Trinity of Divine Persons, symbolized by the trefoil: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We hope to gain Heaven through Our Lord, the Second Person of the Trinity, the Davidic King who fulfills all Old Testament prophecy, and so join this choir in heaven perpetually worshipping the God who loves us so much. More next week.

—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, Debbie Schemmel, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Bill Rice, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk, Joseph Verrilli, Peter C. Schmitt, Sr., Joseph Prendergast, Msgr. Peter Dora, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, A.J. Barr, Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey.

Banns of Marriage: II Banns: Joseph My Tran Andrews and Angelica Shannon Hanley

Thomas Cycon: Has served as the parish business manager for the past 18 years. Tom has decided to retire from this position. In addition to his duties to modernize and update the parish financial programs, in accord with the ever-changing diocesan regulations for parishes, he has also served as the “Clerk of the Works” for the running of the parish properties and staff. Everything from parish personnel, payroll, all financial investments, the handling of parish income and expenses, to the repairs and maintenance of the Basilica and Rectory, and the creation of a parish internet system, to the planning, planting, and maintenance of the parish gardens, and much more, have all come under Tom’s supervision and aegis. I am very grateful to Tom for his years of tireless work and dedication to our parish. He will be greatly missed by me and by the entire staff. We wish him well and blessings in his retirement.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

AUGUST 13, September 13, & October 13: 7:30 pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima during this centenary year of the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal.

September 21, 22, 23: Triduum of Prayer in honor of St. Padre Pio:
September 21: 7:30 pm: Triduum of Prayer & Eucharistic Benediction
September 22: 5:30 pm: Solemn Arrival of the Relics of St. Padre Pio.
7:30 pm: Triduum of Prayer, Benediction, veneration of the Relics.
September 23: 6:30 am-1:30pm; 5:00pm-10 pm: Veneration of the relics.
7:30 pm: Solemn Mass, Triduum of Prayer, procession and Veneration of relics. Reception to follow.

October 20-28: Novena in honor of St. Jude following the 12:10 Masses.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday July 23, 2017 $ 11,689.48

Sunday July 24, 2016 $ 12,676.08

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

Aug 6th, Sunday Readings: Dn 7:9-10, 13-14; 2 Pt 1:16-19; Mt 17:1-9.

Police: As 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 members of Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department, and our military women and men who protect our nation.

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. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.org

Religious Education: Registration is now open for the 2017-2018 Religious Education program. Forms were mailed home recently to families that had children enrolled in our program in 2016-2017. If you are enrolling your child in our program for the first time, please pick up a form in the back of the church or stop by the parish office. Please return registration form and payment to the parish office no later than Monday August 21, 2017.

Adult Education: Some parishioners have asked for more opportunities to study the Church’s teachings. We plan a Bible study to resume in September. For years we studied the Church Fathers with the St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. If you have any suggestions for new adult programs, such as studying the Church Fathers, or the social teachings of the popes, or anything, please let Monsignor know: 203-324-1553, ext 11.

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

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.

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 even helped convince expectant mothers to spare their children. To join us, or for specialized training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

Latin Low Mass: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

The Face of Prayer Pilgrimage: Join Bishop Caggiano on September 23, 2017 for a pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. for the dedication of an outdoor shrine. The shrine is dedicated to young people and continues our celebration of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance to the children of Fatima. Details about the pilgrimage can be found at www.thefaceofprayer.com or by emailing institute@diobpt.org or calling 203-416-1670.

The Face of Prayer: For all young Catholics of all ages [under 18 will need parental consent]: www.thefaceof prayer.org Will you join the movement of prayer? Bishop Frank Caggiano invites you to be the face of prayer. Text your picture, a prayer intention, or the word “prayer” to 55778. Then follow the prompts to complete your registration and commit to being the face or prayer! Participants will receive a prayer from Bishop Frank either every day or three times a week [your choice] as well as a weekly video from our bishop, access to great resources online, and the opportunity to pray together with friends from all around the Diocese of Bridgeport. This project is a partnership between the Diocese of Bridgeport and the Mater Ecclesiae Foundation. Privacy protections are in place.

New Covenant House of Hospitality: Saint John’s parishioners staff the kitchens once each month to feed the homeless and less fortunate. For information, please call: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory. We are continuing our review of ecclesiastical Latin using Second Latin by Cora and Charles Scanlon and reading excerpts from Ambrosi Epistulae Variae. An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.

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

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. Next meeting: Wednesday, August 23rd. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Sacred Heart Church: Saturday, September 16th, 6:30 PM. Krista Adams-Santilli, with Frank Mastrone and Friends in Concert, performing a mix of Broadway, Classical, Pop and Crossover music, sure to please the audience. Please tell your family and friends, and join us for an evening of wonderful music. TICKETS ON SALE NOW ! $50.00 per person, with a reception to follow in the Church Hall, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford. For Information and Ticket Sales, please call Jeff Curtis @ (203) 968-1234.

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, July 29, 2017
4:00 +Carmine Longo req. Pinto Family
Sunday, July 30, 2017
7:30 +Joyce Gallo req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00 +Elisa and John Prizio req. Elisa Pavia
12:00 Ignatius Chu req. Kung Family
5:00 +Alphonse and Lucy Alagia
Monday, July 31, 2017
8:00 +Katarina Nikaj req. Age
12:10 +Michael and Mary Windsor req. Family
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
8:00 Agnes Nerima
12:10 Mary Kung req. parents
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
8:00 +Julie Paul Beauzil req. Eveline Lauture
12:10 Souls In Purgatory req. John and Jennifer Marciano
Thursday, August 3, 2017
8:00 +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Elizabeth A. Coughlin req. Family
Friday, August 4, 2017
8:00 Deceased members of the Peterson family
12:10 +Carmine Iantorno req. Pasquale and Ida Carpanzano
Saturday, August 5, 2017
8:00 In Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary req. Ferry G.
12:10 People of the Parish

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 Cindy, (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, Cindy, 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: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

Coffee Hour: Starts again in September, after the 10:00a.m. Family Mass in the Msgr. Nagle Hall.

ST. JOHN’S IN THE CONNECTICUT
CATHOLIC:
140 YEARS AGO, OR SO:
August 3, 1878: STAMFORD. “The spirit of intolerant bigotry seems not yet extinct in this enlightened age even in our good little state of Connecticut. A veritable case of priest-hunting presenting a reminder of the days of old, occurred here recently. As customary at this season, the annual collection and census of the parish are taken by our respected pastors. Wherever the reverend gentlemen went, they were always received with that kindly welcome peculiar to our race, and free access was had to every gentleman’s grounds or premises who kept Catholic servants, who are chiefly our church-builders here and the bone and sinew of our Catholic population. All went smoothly as a marriage belt till on reaching the house of a retired brush-maker, from Pearl street, New York, a British subject, we believe, and, as we are informed, married to an Irish wife, a pervert to the faith, and which house, according to reliable information, contained two Catholic servants. Father Gleason, on entering the premises of the gentleman (?) who is supposed to have acquired a competency in war times, by probably tricks that are vain and ways that are vile, and who settled in Stamford some few years ago, met Father Gleason with a rough denial that he had any Catholic servants, and forthwith ordered the priest to leave instantly. All the billingsgate of the Fourth ward alums were used, and thrown at the poor priest. The ruffian, for such he is, threatened to set his dog, a vicious Spitz cur, at the clergyman, threatened to pull the rabbi from his neck, and even confronted him at the gate of the next house, and told him neither should he enter there, except at the point of a bayonet. Not content he thrust his hand in his pocket and pulled out a dirty wallet and gave a five dollar bill to this man, a Catholic, to procure the arrest of the man of God. To all this, Father Gleason, remembering the admonition, “Blessed are the meek,” answered merely, “Sir, you are a gentleman.” Thank God that another Dives of this character does not reside in Stamford.”

Bulletin for Sunday July 23, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday July 23, 2017

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 Jews; Pliers, 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: Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, Debbie Schemmel, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Bill Rice, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk, Joseph Verrilli, Peter C. Schmitt, Sr., Joseph Prendergast, Msgr. Peter Dora, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, A.J. Barr, Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey.

Banns of Marriage: I Banns: Joseph My Tran Andrews and Angelica Shannon Hanley

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: “The Eaglet,” the parish blog on our Basilica website, www.stjohnsstamford.com, is up and running, featuring a variety of thought provoking articles on the Catholic Faith and Church, posted weekly. Feedback is welcome and discussion is encouraged, via a comments form at the end of each article. Please bookmark the page, visit often, and share the link with your family and friends.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
AUGUST 13, September 13, & October 13: 7:30 pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima during this centenary year of the apparitions at Fatima.

September 21, 22, 23: Triduum of Prayer in honor of St. Padre Pio:
September 21: 7:30 pm: Triduum of Prayer & Eucharistic Benediction
September 22: 5:30 pm: Solemn Arrival of the Relics of St. Padre Pio.
7:30 pm: Triduum of Prayer, Benediction, veneration of relics.
September 23: 6:30 am-1:30pm; 5:00pm-10 pm: Veneration of the relics.
7:30 pm: Solemn Mass, Triduum of Prayer, procession and veneration of relics. Reception to follow.

October 20-28: Novena in honor of St. Jude following the 12:10 Masses.

The Face of Prayer: For all young Catholics of all ages [under 18 will need parental consent]: www.thefaceof prayer.org Will you join the movement of prayer? Bishop Frank Caggiano invites you to be the face of prayer. Text your picture, a prayer intention, or the word “prayer” to 55778. Then follow the prompts to complete your registration and commit to being the face or prayer! Participants will receive a prayer from Bishop Frank either every day or three times a week [your choice] as well as a weekly video from our bishop, access to great resources online, and the opportunity to pray together with friends from all around the Diocese of Bridgeport. This project is a partnership between the Diocese of Bridgeport and the Mater Ecclesiae Foundation. Privacy protections are in place.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday July 16, 2017 $ 14,735.66
Sunday July 17, 2016 $ 14,905.46
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 30th, Sunday Readings: 1 Kgs 3:5, 7-12; Rom 8:28-30; Mt 13:44-52.

Police: As 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 members of Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department, and our military women and men who protect our nation.

Adult Education: Some parishioners have asked for more opportunities to study the Church’s teachings. We plan a Bible study to resume in September. For years we studied the Church Fathers with the St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. If you have any suggestions for new adult programs, such as studying the Church Fathers, or the social teachings of the popes, or anything, please let Monsignor know: 203-324-1553, ext 11.

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

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.

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

New Covenant House of Hospitality: Saint John’s parishioners staff the kitchens once each month to feed the homeless and less fortunate. For information, please call: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory. We are continuing our review of ecclesiastical Latin using Second Latin by Cora and Charles Scanlon and reading excerpts from Ambrosi Epistulae Variae. An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.

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. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.org

Latin Low Mass: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. Next meeting: Wednesday, July 26th. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

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

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.

Connected Catholics: Catholic young adults, Summer Social Nights, Thursdays at 7PM, Stamford, CT. July 20th at World of Beer. Official Facebook account of CONNected Catholics. Accompanying Young Adults in the Diocese of Bridgeport. www.facebook.com/CONNCatholicsBPT

PLENARY INDULGENCE: As a minor basilica, Saint John’s has 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. Here are the dates when plenary indulgences may be obtained here at the Basilica:
—February 22nd: the day of the liturgical celebration of the title of minor basilica, and the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter;
—May 30th: The dedication date of the Church of Saint John in 1886;
—June 29th: Solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul;
—July 16th: Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the date of concession of the title of minor basilica granted Saint John’s in 2009;
—August 2nd: The Portiuncula, recalling Saint Francis of Assisi;
—November 2nd: All Soul’s Day;
—December 27th: The patronal feast day of Saint John the Evangelist;
—December 31st: The New Year: public recitation of the Te Deum;
—Each parishioner may select one other personal day each year on which to receive the basilica’s plenary indulgence;
—The local bishop may determine another special day each year.
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.

SACRED HEART CHURCH: Saturday, September 16th, 6:30 PM. Krista Adams-Santilli, with Frank Mastrone and Friends in Concert. Krista and Frank will be performing a mix of Broadway, Classical, Pop and Crossover music, sure to please the audience. Please tell your family and friends, and join us for an evening of wonderful music. TICKETS ON SALE NOW ! $50.00 per person, with a reception to follow in the Church Hall, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford. For Information and Ticket Sales, please call Jeff Curtis @ (203) 968-1234.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, July 22, 2017
4:00 +Carmine Longo req. Doris Karp

Sunday, July 23, 2017
7:30 +Joyce Gallo req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00 Joan Quick req. Jagodzinski Family
12:00 +Anthony, Derrick, Amiano Ramos req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
5:00 +Alphonse and Lucy Alagia

Monday, July 24, 2017
8:00 +Al Zach req. Zach Family
12:10 +Joan Kronk req. Priests of the Parish

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
8:00 +Arthur Green req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10 +Bridget Cebulski req. Duffy Family

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
8:00 +Anna Do req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 Special Intentions Gerard Landon

Thursday, July 27, 2017
8:00 +Mary Churley req. Mary Petrizzi
12:10 +Patrick Dandry req. John Pascale

Friday, July 28, 2017
8:00 +Michael Reilly req. Gail Allen O’Brien
12:10 +Julius and Elizabeth Sebestyan req. Peter Sebastian

Saturday, July 29, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 +Marion Gaughan req. Mary Bridget Gaine

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 Cindy, (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, Cindy, 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: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

Coffee Hour: Starts again in September, after the 10:00a.m. Family Mass in the Msgr. Nagle Hall.

ST. JOHN’S IN THE ADVOCATE:
115 YEARS AGO, OR SO:
July 23, 1903: “St. John’s R. C. Church has been draped in mourning for Pope Leo XIII. The work was done by J. A. Hislop & Co.”

85 YEARS AGO, OR SO:
July 24, 1931: TO HOLD CAKE SALE. “The Children of Mary Society of St. John’s R. C. Church will hold a cake sale on the lawn in front of the church beginning at two tomorrow afternoon. In the event that the weather is unfair, the sale will be held in the church hall.”

July 25, 1931: Introducing Stamford To Its Traffic Police. “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 [1917-1918]. As a sergeant in the 56th Regiment, C.A.C., he spent two years in France, the second after the war. He says the enjoyment of the second year was worth the hardship of the first. He has been a member of the Stamford Police Department for nine years and detailed to traffic duty for five years. His training in the Army has come in handy to 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, a team which is reputed to always have given the other side the umpire and won the game or a fight afterwards. He is one of the most popular members of the department, a man of few words and those of wit. He holds Badge 14, is not married and lives with his mother at 173 Henry Street. He was born in Stamford and attended St. John’s Parochial School.”

Bulletin for Sunday July 16, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday July 16, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: July 16th is the 8th 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: Richard Ridge, Debbie Schemmel, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Bill Rice, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk, Joseph Verrilli, Peter C. Schmitt, Sr., Joseph Prendergast, Msgr. Peter Dora, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, A.J. Barr, Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey.

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.

Banns of Marriage: III Banns: Christopher Xavier Fernandez and Lauren Michelle Strawn

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: “The Eaglet,” the parish blog on our Basilica website, www.stjohnsstamford.com, is up and running, featuring a variety of thought-provoking articles on the Catholic Faith and Church, posted weekly. Feedback is welcome and discussion is encouraged, via a comments form at the end of each article. Please bookmark the page, visit often, and share the link with your family and friends.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
AUGUST 13th, September 13th, & October 13th: 7:30 pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima during this centenary year of the apparitions at Fatima.

July 16: The 8th anniversary of St. John’s becoming a Minor Basilica. A Plenary Indulgence is offered on July 16th: see page 5 for details.

September 21, 22, 23: Triduum of Prayer in honor of St. Padre Pio:
September 21: 7:30 pm: Triduum of Prayer & Eucharistic Benediction
September 22: 5:30 pm: Solemn Arrival of the Relics of St. Padre Pio.
7:30 pm: Triduum of Prayer, Benediction, and veneration of relics.
September 23: 7:30 pm: Solemn Mass, Triduum of Prayer, procession and veneration of relics.

October 20-28: Novena in honor of St. Jude following the 12:10 Masses.

The Face of Prayer: For all young Catholics of all ages [under 18 will need parental consent]: www.thefaceof prayer.org Will you join the movement of prayer? Bishop Frank Caggiano invites you to be the face of prayer. Text your picture, a prayer intention, or the word “prayer” to 55778. Then follow the prompts to complete your registration and commit to being the face or prayer! Participants will receive a prayer from Bishop Frank either every day or three times a week [your choice] as well as a weekly video from our bishop, access to great resources online, and the opportunity to pray together with friends from all around the Diocese of Bridgeport. This project is a partnership between the Diocese of Bridgeport and the Mater Ecclesiae Foundation. Privacy protections are in place.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday July 9, 2017 $ 13,012.23
Sunday July 10, 2016 $ 12,398.73

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 23th, Sunday Readings: Wis 12:13, 16-19; Rom 8:26-27; Mt 13:24-43.

Police: As 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 members of Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department, and our military women and men who protect our nation.

Adult Education: Some parishioners have asked for more opportunities to study the Church’s teachings. We plan a Bible study to resume in September. For years we studied the Church Fathers with the St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. If you have any suggestions for new adult programs, such as studying the Church Fathers, or the social teachings of the popes, or anything, please let Monsignor know: 203-324-1553, ext 11.

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

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.

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

New Covenant House of Hospitality: Saint John’s parishioners staff the kitchens once each month to feed the homeless and less fortunate. For information, please call: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory. We are continuing our review of ecclesiastical Latin using Second Latin by Cora and Charles Scanlon and reading excerpts from Ambrosi Epistulae Variae.  An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.

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. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.org

Latin Low Mass: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. Next meeting: Wednesday, July 26th. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

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

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.

Connected Catholics: Catholic young adults, Summer Social Nights, Thursdays at 7PM, Stamford, CT. July 20th at World of Beer. Official Facebook account of CONNected Catholics. Accompanying Young Adults in the Diocese of Bridgeport. www.facebook.com/CONNCatholicsBPT

PLENARY INDULGENCE: As a minor basilica, Saint John’s has 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. Here are the dates when plenary indulgences may be obtained here at the Basilica:

—February 22nd: the day of the liturgical celebration of the title of minor basilica, andthe Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter;
—May 30th: The dedication date of the Church of Saint John in 1886;
—June 29th: Solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul;
July 16th: Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the date of concession of the title of minor basilica granted Saint John’s in 2009;
—August 2nd: The Portiuncula, recalling Saint Francis of Assisi;
—November 2nd: All Soul’s Day;
—December 27th: The patronal feast day of Saint John the Evangelist;
—December 31st: The New Year: public recitation of the Te Deum;
—Each parishioner may select one other personal day each year on which to receive the basilica’s plenary indulgence;
—The local bishop may determine another special day each year.
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.

SACRED HEART CHURCH: Saturday, September 16th, 6:30 PM. Krista Adams-Santilli, with Frank Mastrone and Friends in Concert. Krista and Frank will be performing a mix of Broadway, Classical, Pop and Crossover music, sure to please the audience. Please tell your family and friends, and join us for an evening of wonderful music. TICKETS ON SALE NOW ! $50.00 per person, with a reception to follow in the Church Hall, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford. For Information and Ticket Sales, please call Jeff Curtis @ (203) 968-1234.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, July 15, 2017
4:00 In Honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel req. Marion Morris
Sunday, July 16, 2017
7:30 Andrew Mbabaali
10:00 +Orrico Imerogno req. Marie Longo
12:00 Andrew Mbabaali req. Scholastica
5:00 +Alphonse and Lucy Alagia
Monday, July 17, 2017
8:00 +Theron and Lena Carr req. Marie Carr
12:10 Souls in Purgatory
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
8:00 +Lucie Charles req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Salvatore Piria req. Rose Migliazza
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Herminia Rios req. Sarah and Abdul Aslam
Thursday, July 20, 2017
8:00 Deceased members of the Bushel Family
12:10 +Catherine Olnek req. Mary Jean DalMolin
Friday, July 21, 2017
8:00 +Jean Whittingham req. Blanca Reyes
12:10 +Sheila McCaffery req. Marchetti Family
Saturday, July 22, 2017
8:00 +Juana Mazariegos req. Blanca Reyes
12:10 +Helen Duffy req. Duffy Family

Baptisms: Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. For more information, please call Cindy, (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, Cindy, 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: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

Coffee Hour: Starts again in September, after the 10:00a.m. Family Mass in the Msgr. Nagle Hall.

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:
110 YEARS AGO, OR SO:
July 22, 1907: Don’t Be Discontented. “If all would follow the advice given by Rev. Antonio Rizzo, in St. John’s Catholic Church, yesterday morning, there would not be many discontented, socialistic people in the world. In a way, the sermon was a plea to people to be contented with their lot in the world, and, while striving to better it in every legitimate way, not to be envious of another man’s superior fortune or attainments. The sinful things that discontented, envious people do were condemned, and, while declaring that worldly riches were not the most desirable possessions, the sum and substance of happiness, Father Rizzo said, that after all, the distribution of these worldly riches was regulated by the Almighty Power, and to revolt and complain against any seeming in equal distribution was in fact a revolt and a complaint against this Divine Power. The tendency to look upon a rich man as necessarily dishonest he condemned earnestly.”
100 YEARS AGO, OR SO:
July 20, 1918: As part of St. John’s War effort:“There has been shipped one case of 450 pairs of socks, valued at $900, which are part of our big sock allotment. The appeal for sock knitters is meeting with prompt response. A sock-knitting unit is being organized in St. John’s Catholic Church. Much interest is felt in the machine sock making movie, which will be run at the Allumbra next week. The firemen have made 75 pairs of socks this week, and the total number of knit articles received at headquarters is 322. More sock-knitting machines are much needed. The Hospital Garments Committee reports that it has completed its allotment of pajamas. Its total issue of garments for the week past was 1,001; returned, 128. In the refugee-garment allotment are certain heavy capes and coats that are hard to make. Appeal for aid with these is being made to the tailoring establishments of Stamford, and in every instance help is cheerfully and generously given. Seventy-seven heavy hooded capes are now being made by Stamford tailors for the Red Cross, as a contribution.”
50 years ago, or so:
July 19, 1968: St. Ann’s Society Plans Mass On Feast. “St. Ann’s Society of St. John’s Catholic Church will have a special Mass for the Feast of St. Ann, next Friday at 9 a.m., in the lower chapel. The Rev. Rudolph Roosyman, O. Praem, a student consulter at St. Narbeth’s College, Wisconsin, will speak. He has returned from India where he has been a missionary for 30 years.”

25 years ago, or so:
July 22, 1992: St. Ann’s Days. “St. John’s will have a TRIDUUM IN HONOR OF SAINT ANNE AND SAINT JOACHIM, THE PARENTS OF MARY, and the Grandparents of Jesus. The Triduum will take place at the 12:10 Mass, Wednesday, July 22nd, Thursday, July 23rd, and Friday July 24th.”

Bulletin for Sunday July 9, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday July 9, 2017

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.

There 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: Debbie Schemmel, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Debbie Schemmel, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Bill Rice, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Joseph Verrilli, Peter C. Schmitt, Sr., Joseph Prendergast, Msgr. Peter Dora, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, A.J. Barr, John Kronk, Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey.

Banns of Marriage: II Banns: Christopher Xavier Fernandez and Lauren Michelle Strawn

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

HOLY COMMUNION: We welcome all visitors and guests to our basilica. For those who are not Catholics, know that you are welcome here, but we ask that you not come forward for Holy Communion. Receiving Holy Communion signifies full membership in the Church founded by Our Lord, called “Catholic” since the end of the first century. Those who are not Catholics are not in full communion with the Church, so please remain in your seats and pray during the communion rite of the Mass. God bless you.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: “The Eaglet,” the new parish blog on our Basilica website, www.stjohnsstamford.com, is up and running, featuring a variety of thought-provoking articles on the Catholic Faith and Church, posted weekly. Feedback is welcome and discussion is encouraged, via a comments form at the end of each article. Please bookmark the page, visit often, and share the link with your family and friends.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

July 13, August 13, September 13, & October 13: 7:30 pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima during this centenary year of the apparitions at Fatima.

PLENARY INDULGENCE: May be obtained on Sunday, July 16th, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which is also the eighth anniversary of St. John’s being raised to the dignity of a minor basilica. To obtain the indulgence on the day, you must be in the state of grace, having repented of sin and gone to Confession, visit the Basilica and receive Holy Communion worthily on July 16th, and pray one Our Father for the Holy Father, and the Apostles’ Creed.

Monsignor’s New Book: IS now an EBOOK, as well as in hardcover. You can purchase the Ebook version of AGGIORNAMENTO ON THE HILL OF JANUS from the publisher, Midwest Theological Forum on line: sales@mwtf.org OR theologicalforum.org The book is the modern history of the American Bishops’ seminary in the Vatican—the Pontifical North American College—1955-1978. Great beach reading!!! Of course, you can still purchase the hardcover in our Basilica bookstore or in the parish office in the Rectory.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday July 2, 2017 $ 12,253.00
Sunday July 3, 2016 $ 10,035.60

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 16th, Sunday Readings: Is 55:10-11; Rom 8:18-23; Mt 13:1-23.

Police: As 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 members of Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department, and our military women and men who protect our nation.

Adult Education: Some parishioners have asked for more opportunities to study the Church’s teachings. We plan a Bible study to resume in September. For years we studied the Church Fathers with the St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. If you have any suggestions for new adult programs, such as studying the Church Fathers, or the social teachings of the popes, or anything, please let Monsignor know: 203-324-1553, ext 11.

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

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.

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

New Covenant House of Hospitality: Saint John’s parishioners staff the kitchens once each month to feed the homeless and less fortunate. For information, please call: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory. We are continuing our review of ecclesiastical Latin using Second Latin by Cora and Charles Scanlon and reading excerpts from Ambrosi Epistulae Variae.  An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.

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. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.org

Latin Low Mass: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. Next meeting: Wednesday, July 26th. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

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 15th for women who are suffering from a past abortion.  Please contact us at 203-416-1619 or projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information or confidential registration.

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

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.

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).

The Face of Prayer: For all young Catholics of all ages [under 18 will need parental consent]: www.thefaceof prayer.org Will you join the movement of prayer? Bishop Frank Caggiano invites you to be the face of prayer. Text your picture, a prayer intention, or the word “prayer” to 55778. Then follow the prompts to complete your registration and commit to being the face or prayer! Participants will receive a prayer from Bishop Frank either every day or three times a week [your choice] as well as a weekly video from our bishop, access to great resources online, and the opportunity to pray together with friends from all around the Diocese of Bridgeport. This project is a partnership between the Diocese of Bridgeport and the Mater Ecclesiae Foundation. Privacy protections are in place.

Connected Catholics: Catholic young adults, Summer Social Nights, Thursdays at 7PM, Stamford, CT. July 13th at Dinosaur BBQ. Official Facebook account of CONNected Catholics. Accompanying Young Adults in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
www.facebook.com/CONNCatholicsBPT

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, July 8, 2017
4:00 Special Intentions Mobilio, Fauci and Marotta Family req. Sally Mobilio
Sunday, July 9, 2017
7:30 +Rolando Garcia req. Irsa Garcia
10:00 Patricia Ridge req. Michelle Sagdati
12:00 Magdalene Young req. Family
5:00 +Alphonse and Lucy Alagia
Monday, July 10, 2017
8:00 Deceased members of the Berger Family
12:10 +Pacifica Operario req. Judith Jordan
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
8:00 +Julia Weglarz req. Steven Terenzio
12:10 Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Nancy Ligouri req. Marion Morris & Family
Thursday, July 13, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Maria
12:10 Thanksgiving to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Friday, July 14, 2017
8:00 +Joseph and Margaret Curtis req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Joan Terpack req. Diane Strain
Saturday, July 15, 2017
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Mark Harris 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 Cindy, (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, Cindy, 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: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

Coffee Hour: Starts again in September, after the 10:00a.m. Family Mass in the Msgr. Nagle Hall.

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:

110 YEARS AGO, OR SO:
July 12, 1907: Alumni Association Formed. “St. John’s Parochial School Alumni Association was organized last evening at a meeting in the convent of St. John’s Catholic Church. The association began its career with 50 charter members. Only those pupils of the school who passed entrance examinations for the High School were considered as eligible for membership. The following officers were elected: President, Miss Jennie Terry; vice-president, John A. Maher; secretary, Miss Agnes Hanrahan; treasurer, Sister Mercedes. The association will meet every two weeks. The next meeting will be on July 25.”
July 15, 1907: Lawn Fete at Shippan Point. “A lawn fete for the benefit of St. John’s parochial school is to be given in the course of the summer, at Leopold L. Barzaghi’s place at Shippan. A number of the summer families at Shippan are Catholics, and they are going to take this way of showing their interest in their summer parish. The details have not been arranged yet, but the affair promises to be quite a social event at the Point.”
July 16, 1908: Italian Colony Celebrates. “The local Italian colony or that portion of it which is Catholic (and on feast days and funeral days this includes nearly all of it), is observing today the feast day of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, which is always marked by the greatest devotion on the part of Italians. There was a parade this morning, in which several Italian societies took part, and at 10 a.m. Solemn High Mass was celebrated in St. John’s R. C. Church. Rev. Antonio Rizzo was the celebrant; Rev. Father Leary of New Canaan, deacon; and Rev. Father Sullivan sub-deacon. Father Rizzo preached a sermon in Italian. A quantity of fire crackers were set off in the street during the service.”

95 YEARS AGO, OR SO:
July 12, 1922: NEW CROSS PLACED ON ST. JOHN’S CATHOLIC CHURCH. “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.”

70 YEARS AGO, OR SO:
July 15, 1946: St. John’s Wins From Hearts, 3:0. “It is the St. John’s who are the toast of the Twilight League fans today, after defeating the Sacred Hearts for the second time, 3:0. It was Gene O’Connell who spun a neat four hit game to pitch the Johnnies to a brilliant triumph over the Lionmen.”

Bulletin for Sunday July 2, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday July 2, 2017

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: June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Debbie Schemmel, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Bill Rice, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Joseph Verrilli, Peter C. Schmitt, Sr., Joseph Prendergast, Msgr. Peter Dora, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, A.J. Barr, John Kronk, Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey.

Banns of Marriage: I Banns: Christopher Xavier Fernandez and Lauren Michelle Strawn

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

HOLY COMMUNION: We welcome all visitors and guests to our basilica. For those who are not Catholics, know that you are welcome here, but we ask that you not come forward for Holy Communion. Receiving Holy Communion signifies full membership in the Church founded by Our Lord, called “Catholic” since the end of the first century. Those who are not Catholics are not in full communion with the Church, so please remain in your seats and pray during the communion rite of the Mass. God bless you.

Annual Catholic Appeal: We have reached our goal of $110,000 for the Annual Catholic Appeal. Thank you for your generosity.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: “The Eaglet,” the new parish blog on our Basilica website, www.stjohnsstamford.com, is up and running, featuring a variety of thought-provoking articles on the Catholic Faith and Church, posted weekly. Feedback is welcome and discussion is encouraged, via a comments form at the end of each article. Please bookmark the page, visit often, and share the link with your family and friends.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
June–July 4th: [Monday-Fridays, 9am-4 pm]:
St. John’s Parishioners in World War I Exhibit in the Rectory. Private visits on other days by appointment: 203-324-1553, ext 11.

July 13, August 13, September 13, & October 13: 7:30 pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima during this centenary year of the apparitions at Fatima.

Summer Reading: Looking for beach reading? Since it is a common mistake that science and religion are incompatible, I’m reading books about science and religion during my summer months. Here are three of the books on my list:
Stephen Barr: The Believing Scientist: Essays on Science and Religion.
Stephen Barr: Modern Physics and Ancient Faith.
James Hannam: The Genesis of Science.
All three were written within the past few years, are very readable, and available on Amazon books.com. Happy reading! [Msgr. DiGiovanni]

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday June 25, 2017 $ 13,317.32
Sunday June 26, 2016 $ 12,495.51

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 9th, Sunday Readings: Zec 9:9-10; Rom 8:9, 11-13; Mt 11:25-30.

Police: As 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 members of Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department, and our military women and men who protect our nation.

Adult Education: Some parishioners have asked for more opportunities to study the Church’s teachings. We plan a Bible study to resume in September. For years we studied the Church Fathers with the St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. If you have any suggestions for new adult programs, such as studying the Church Fathers, or the social teachings of the popes, or anything, please let Monsignor know: 203-324-1553, ext 11.

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

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.

Help End Legalized Abortion: Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street. Help us stop this. To join us, or for training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

New Covenant House of Hospitality: Saint John’s parishioners staff the kitchens once each month to feed the homeless and less fortunate. For information, please call: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory. We are continuing our review of ecclesiastical Latin using Second Latin by Cora and Charles Scanlon and reading excerpts from Ambrosi Epistulae Variae.  An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.

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. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.org

Latin Low Mass: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. Next meeting: Wednesday, July 26th. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

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 15th for women who are suffering from a past abortion.  Please contact us at 203-416-1619 or projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information or confidential registration.

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

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.

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).

The Face of Prayer: For all young Catholics of all ages [under 18 will need parental consent]: www.thefaceof prayer.org Will you join the movement of prayer? Bishop Frank Caggiano invites you to be the face of prayer. Text your picture, a prayer intention, or the word “prayer” to 55778. Then follow the prompts to complete your registration and commit to being the face or prayer! Participants will receive a prayer from Bishop Frank either every day or three times a week [your choice] as well as a weekly video from our bishop, access to great resources online, and the opportunity to pray together with friends from all around the Diocese of Bridgeport. This project is a partnership between the Diocese of Bridgeport and the Mater Ecclesiae Foundation. Privacy protections are in place.

WORK: A local Catholic family with two young children is seeking part-time household help on weekday mornings. They live in downtown Greenwich, CT near the train station. If you are interested, please email Stephen Schmalhofer: stephen.schmalhofer@gmail.com.

Channel 12 News: If you watch Channel 12 News, please notice the left side of the screen behind the anchors: You’ll see our Basilica of Saint John prominently up-front.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, July 1, 2017
4:00 Martha Kung req. Joseph Kung
Sunday, July 2, 2017
7:30 +Ralph Boccuzzi req. Frank Verrastro and Family
10:00 Mary Helen McConnell Schwarzkoph req. Jagodzinski Family
12:00 Terese Kung req. parents
5:00 +Alphonse and Lucy Alagia
Monday, July 3, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 In Honor of the Visitation of the Blessed Mother req. Marion Morris
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
8:00 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Anthony Ramos req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
8:00 +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Jim Henson req. John Pascale
Thursday, July 6, 2017
8:00 +Gene Tushaj req. Age
12:10 Gavin Samedi Birthday req. Anne Marie Samedi
Friday, July 7, 2017
8:00 +Julie Paul Beauzil req. Eveline Lauture
12:10 +Patsy Cappiello req. Duffy Family
Saturday, July 8, 2017
8:00 +Dominick J. Marciano req. Rosa and Frank Federici
12:10 +Carol Toppin req. Juanita Evans

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 Cindy, (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, Cindy, 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: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

Coffee Hour: Starts again in September, after the 10:00a.m. Family Mass in the Msgr. Nagle Hall.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
150 years ago, or so:
July 8, 1870: The Fourth in Stamford. “Though there was no celebration of a public character-that is, none inaugurated by the town or borough-the Fourth was a day of mild excitements in the village. The popping of crackers and other Chinese contrivances was heard in the streets from early morn till early eve. The celebration of our Irish Catholic 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. [EDITOR’S NOTE: today’s Scalzi 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 zest 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. 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 their untiring efforts in promoting the enjoyment and success of the picnic. We are pleased to add that there was not a drunken man to be seen on the grounds.”

100 years ago, or so:
July 5, 1917: CHURCH SOCIETIES. “There was a special meeting of the Children of Mary of St. John’s Catholic Church, in the School hall, Monday evening, to complete plans for the lawn festival and euchre to be held August 1st., on the school grounds. Ten captains were appointed in charge of the euchre tables, seven for the refreshment-stands, and seven for canvassing.”

80 years ago, or so:
July 8, 1937: STAFF APPOINTMENTS AT CAMP TOQUAM. “Junior staff appointments for the 1937 camp season at Camp Toquam have just been completed. Scouts have been chosen for their good work in Scouting during the past Fall and Winter. The following Scouts have been appointed: Craig Kellogg of Troop 22, (St. John’s R. C. Church.).” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Craig Kellogg attainted the rank of Eagle Scout on June 28, 1937. He was the sixteenth of twenty-one Eagle Scouts from St. John’s Troop 22.)

Bulletin for Sunday June 25, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:  Bulletin for Sunday June 25, 2017

Pastor’s Corner:
“O Happy Rome, whose soil is ennobled by the blood of the two Princes of the Apostles, Saints Peter & Paul.”   These words from an ancient 3rd century hymn for the Solemnity ofSaints Peter and Paul [June 29th] sum up why the Church of Rome and the Bishop of Rome, the pope, exercise a unique position within the entire Church: because both Peter and Paul, the greatest of the Twelve Apostles, lived, ministered and were martyred in Rome under the Emperor Nero in 67 A.D. A 3rd century portrait of both, above left, comes from a Roman catacomb. Devotion to them was universal even before their martyrdoms. Witness of that can be seen today: their tombs are still venerated, under the high altar in the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, and beneath the high altar in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. On the tombs—typical of Italians of every age—can be seen ancient graffiti, calling upon the Saints for help. The picture above on the right shows both Apostles and their basilica tombs, and millions of people make pilgrimages to each annually. Our Basilica is blest because we have bricks from the Holy Year doors from both St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Basilicas in Rome, which are on either side our bronze statue of St. Peter, dressed in Red for June 29th.

There is a special link between the Church personally established by Jesus and its shepherd the pope: as the successor of Saint Peter, the pope continues the ministry of Peter in our own day. Jesus’ offers salvation personally, and Our Lord gave the fullness of His authority to teach, govern and guide the Church, and to forgive sins, first to Saint Peter and then to rest of the Apostles. But Peter had a unique responsibility: Christ changed only Peter’s name, not those of the other Apostles. His name is changed from Simon to Peter: which means Rock, and Our Lord told him “You are Peter, the Rock upon which I will build my Church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.” [Mt 16.18-19] Our Lord changed people’s names only when He gave them exceptional responsibilities in working for the salvation of the world. Another example of this is God’s changing of Abram’s name to Abraham in the Book of Genesis. Our Lord promised that the power of Satan, the father of lies, would not prevail against the Church that He personally had established on the shoulders of this weak fisherman. So, despite the mistakes, weaknesses and even sinfulness of Peter and his successors the popes throughout the centuries, Our Lord guaranteed that nothing wrong that these weak men might do would destroy the Church. Peter’s role as the Rock upon which Our Lord built His Church was confirmed later after Christ’s resurrection. In the Gospel of Luke [22:31-32]: Jesus said to Peter, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren.” Knowing that Peter would deny Him three times on the night before He died, Our Lord told Peter not to despair, but that Christ Himself would pray, ultimately, Peter’s faith would not fail. Even though Peter failed by denying Christ, Our Lord knew that “when you have turned again”, meaning, as Peter grew in the faith, especially after receiving the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, one of his jobs would be to confirm and strengthen the other Apostles.

After the Resurrection, Our Lord confirmed Peter’s commission: “When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?’ Peter said, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’ A second time Jesus said to Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ Peter said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Tend my sheep.’ Jesus said to him a third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was hurt because Jesus said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ Peter said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go.” This He said to show by what death Peter was to glorify God. And after this He said to Peter, ‘Follow me.” [Jn 21. 15-18] Saint Augustine tells us that Our Lord questioned Peter three times about the Apostle’s love for Him in order to allow Peter the opportunity to make up for the three times Peter denied Our Lord the night Jesus was arrested. After that, Jesus confirmed Peter’s role, and clarified it that Peter was to lead the way as the chief shepherd of the Church. The other Apostles received Christ’s authority to preach, baptize and to forgive sins, but only to Peter did Jesus give the promise that the Gates of Hell, whose instruments are error and sin, would not prevail over the Church built upon Peter, and that Peter’s role was to strengthen the faith of all, including the other Apostles, and to be the chief shepherd and guide of the Church toward salvation. Peter grew into the job. We, like him, stumble, fall and make mistakes as we try to become more like Jesus on our journey of faith. By the time he was martyred, Peter got it right!

Saint Paul taught the nations during his numerous missionary voyages, and gave the Church much of its early formulation and verbal expressions of the Faith: He put into words for future generations the Apostles’ experience of Christ. Paul also bore witness to the Resurrected Christ who appeared to him while he was trying to destroy the early Church. Paul’s work brought all other nations outside Israel to know and share in God’s mercy in His Church. Because of their work and witness, we share the same Faith with them as members of the Body of Christ, the Catholic Church. Let us pray to Peter and Paul for the Catholic Church today, heir of their spiritual legacy, that we might grow in the Catholic Faith as did they, and imitate their perfect witness to Christ in our daily lives. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Emilio Gonzalez, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Debbie Schemmel, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Bill Rice, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Joseph Verrilli, Peter C. Schmitt, Sr., Joseph Prendergast, Msgr. Peter Dora, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, A.J. Barr, John Kronk, Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey.

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.

HOLY COMMUNION: We welcome all visitors and guests to our basilica. For those who are not Catholics, know that you are welcome here, but we ask that you not come forward for Holy Communion. Receiving Holy Communion signifies full membership in the Church founded by Our Lord, called “Catholic” since the end of the first century. Those who are not Catholics are not in full communion with the Church, so please remain in your seats and pray during the communion rite of the Mass. God bless you.

Annual Catholic Appeal: We have reached our goal of $110,000 for the Annual Catholic Appeal. Thank you for your generosity.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: “The Eaglet,” the new parish blog on our Basilica website, www.stjohnsstamford.com, is up and running, featuring a variety of thought-provoking articles on the Catholic Faith and Church, posted weekly. Feedback is welcome and discussion is encouraged, via a comments form at the end of each article. Please bookmark the page, visit often, and share the link with your family and friends.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
June–July 4th: [Monday-Fridays, 10 am-4 pm]:
St. John’s Parishioners in World War I Exhibit in the Rectory. Private visits on other days by appointment: 203-324-1553, ext 11.

July 13, August 13, September 13, & October 13: 7:30 pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima during this centenary year of the apparitions at Fatima.

Summer Reading: Looking for beach reading? Since it is a common mistake that science and religion are incompatible, I’m reading books about science and the religion during my summer months. Here are three of the books on my list:
Stephen Barr: The Believing Scientist: Essays on Science and Religion.
Stephen Barr: Modern Physics and Ancient Faith.
James Hannam: The Genesis of Science.
All three were written within the past few years, are very readable, and available on Amazon books.com. Happy reading! [Msgr. DiGiovanni]

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday June 18, 2017 $ 11,808.38
Sunday June 19, 2016 $ 12,777.51

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 2nd, Sunday Readings: 2 Kgs 4:8-11, 14-16a; Rom 6:3-4, 8-11; Mt 10:37-42.

Police: As 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 members of Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department, and our military women and men who protect our nation.

Adult Education: Some parishioners have asked for more opportunities to study the Church’s teachings. We plan a Bible study to resume in September. For years we studied the Church Fathers with the St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. If you have any suggestions for new adult programs, such as studying the Church Fathers, or the social teachings of the popes, or anything, please let Monsignor know: 203-324-1553, ext 11.

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

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.

Help End Legalized Abortion: Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street. Help us stop this. To join us, or for training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

New Covenant House of Hospitality: Saint John’s parishioners staff the kitchens once each month to feed the homeless and less fortunate. For information, please call: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory. We are continuing our review of ecclesiastical Latin using Second Latin by Cora and Charles Scanlon and reading excerpts from Ambrosi Epistulae Variae.  An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.

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. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.org

Latin Low Mass: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

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

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

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 15th for women who are suffering from a past abortion.  Please contact us at 203-416-1619 or projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information or confidential registration.

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

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.

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).

The Face of Prayer: For all young Catholics of all ages [under 18 will need parental consent]: www.thefaceof prayer.org Will you join the movement of prayer? Bishop Frank Caggiano invites you to be the face of prayer. Text your picture, a prayer intention, or the word “prayer” to 55778. Then follow the prompts to complete your registration and commit to being the face or prayer! Participants will receive a prayer from Bishop Frank either every day or three times a week [your choice] as well as a weekly video from our bishop, access to great resources online, and the opportunity to pray together with friends from all around the Diocese of Bridgeport. This project is a partnership between the Diocese of Bridgeport and the Mater Ecclesiae Foundation. Privacy protections are in place.

WORK: A local Catholic family with two young children is seeking part-time household help on weekday mornings. They live in downtown Greenwich, CT near the train station. If you are interested, please email Stephen Schmalhofer: stephen.schmalhofer@gmail.com.

Channel 12 News: If you watch Channel 12 News, please notice the left side of the screen behind the anchors: You’ll see our Basilica of Saint John prominently up-front.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, June 24, 2017
4:00 Rev. Andrew A. Vill req. Millie Terenzio
Sunday, June 25, 2017
7:30 +Paolo Cavallo req. Giannitti Family
10:00 +Kathy Robustelli req. Lucy Joyce
12:00 Rev. Andrew A. Vill
5:00 +Fr. Peter Rinaldi, SDB
Monday, June 26, 2017
8:00 +Corinne and Ralph Boccuzzi req. Leon Taricani
12:10 +Anna Julia Iantorno req. Pasquale and Ida Carpanzano
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
8:00 All Souls in Purgatory req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Louis J. Casale, Jr. req. James and Lori Rubino
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
8:00 +John Sebestyan req. Peter Sebastian
12:10 +Felicitas Cody req. Cody Family
Thursday, June 29, 2017
8:00 +Rose Green req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10 +Mary Darby req. Duffy Family
Friday, June 30, 2017
8:00 +Veronica and John Buckheit req. Leon Taricani
12:10 +Charles Pascale req. John Pascale
Saturday, July 1, 2017
8:00 +Merio Clark Wentworth req. Beth and Frank Carpanzano and Family
12:10 In Honor of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ req. Marion Morris

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 Cindy, (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, Cindy, 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: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

Coffee Hour: Starts again in September, after the 10:00a.m. Family Mass in the Msgr. Nagle Hall.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
135 years ago, or so:
July 1, 1881: The Fourth at Woodside. “For many years past, the Roman Catholic societies have held a picnic in Woodside Park on the Nation’s birthday. This year there will be an extraordinary good time as special efforts are being made to have it so. In the park various athletic sports and games will be given, including a ten-mile walk between Swan, Kane, Caloo and Bowles of Greenwich, for a purse of $50. The order of procession to the park will be as follows: St. John’s Cornet Band; Sunday-school children, and various sodalities of the church; St. Patrick’s Temperance and Benevolent Society; St. John’s Benevolent Society; Ancient Order of Hibernians; Stamford Cornet Band; Robert Emmett Club; St. Joseph’s Young Men’s Temperance Society; Other members of the congregation in carriages and on foot. Refreshments of all kinds will be for sale on the grounds. Platform and music for dancing, etc.”

120 years ago, or so:
June 30, 1898: Priests at Retreat in Worcester. “The annual retreat of the clergy of the diocese of Hartford is now being held in the college of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass. Fathers Rogers and Lynch of this city are in attendance and during their absence, Father Flannery is in charge of the church. There are nearly 200 priests of the Roman Catholic Church under Bishop Tierney, and these are divided into two groups, the first going to Worcester and the second attending the retreat which will open in St. John’s seminary, Boston, Monday, July 11. The preacher who will be in charge of the religious exercises at both retreats is Father Scully of the Jesuit order.”

100 years ago, or so:
June 28, 1918: Sister Ernestine’s Pupils. “A very pleasing and successful musical was held in the auditorium of St. John’s Catholic School, Wednesday afternoon, pupils of Sister Ernestine contributing their talent to an assemblage numbering 400. It was an afternoon of considerable pleasure to the devotees of music who attended, and the pupils showed careful training and much technique. Three pianos were used in rendering the many compositions on the program, and especially pleasing was Mendelssohn’s “March,” in which three violins and one piano were used. Masters John Larkin and John Brennan, and Misses Anna O’Neil and Anna Brennan, rendered this, and they did it very well. “Fireball Mazsourka,” from Behr, was another feature of the program, and those who delighted with this rendition were: Piano 1-Misses Marjorie Lawrence, Vera Hayes, Leona Hayes; piano 2-Misses Margaret Cantwell, Marguerite Sorgi, Constance Ballard; piano 3-Missses Emily Richardson, Margaret Maher and Loretta Flanagan. Thanks were given the Kroeger Piano Company who so kindly loaned two pianos for the musical.”

Bulletin for Sunday June 18, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday June 18, 2017

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: Dionysia Oliveira, Emilio Gonzalez, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Debbie Schemmel, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Bill Rice, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Peter C. Schmidt, Sr., Joseph Prendergast, Msgr. Peter Dora, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, A.J. Barr, John Kronk, Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey.

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

HOLY COMMUNION: We welcome all visitors and guests to our basilica. For those who are not Catholics, know that you are welcome here, but we ask that you not come forward for Holy Communion. Receiving Holy Communion signifies full membership in the Church founded by Our Lord, called “Catholic” since the end of the first century. Those who are not Catholics are not in full communion with the Church, so please remain in your seats and pray during the communion rite of the Mass. God bless you.

Annual Catholic Appeal: We have reached our goal of $110,000 for the Annual Catholic Appeal. If you have not yet made a donation to the Bishop, please feel free to do so. Thank you for your generosity.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: “The Eaglet,” the new parish blog on our Basilica website, www.stjohnsstamford.com, is up and running, featuring a variety of thought-provoking articles on the Catholic Faith and Church, posted weekly. Feedback is welcome and discussion is encouraged, via a comments form at the end of each article. Please bookmark the page, visit often, and share the link with your family and friends.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

May 15th – July 4th: [Monday-Fridays, 10 am-4 pm] St. John’s Parish in World War I Exhibit in the Rectory. Private visits on other days by appointment:
203-324-1553, ext 11.

July 13, August 13, September 13, & October 13: 7:30 pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima during this centenary year of the apparitions at Fatima.

June 18, Corpus Christi: Following the 12 noon Mass, A Procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Stamford, followed by a parish cook out in the parking lot. [Weather permitting-if raining, the procession will be inside the Basilica]. Everyone is welcome.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday June 11, 2017 $ 13,897.00
Sunday June 12, 2016 $ 12,551.42

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 25th, Sunday Readings: Jer 20:10-13; Rom 5:12-15; Mt 10:26-33.

Police: As 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 members of Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department, and our military women and men who protect our nation.

Adult Education: Some parishioners have asked for more opportunities to study the Church’s teachings. We plan a Bible study to resume in September. For years we studied the Church Fathers with the St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. If you have any suggestions for new adult programs, such as studying the Church Fathers, or the social teachings of the popes, or anything, please let Monsignor know: 203-324-1553, ext 11.

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

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.

Help End Legalized Abortion: Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street. Help us stop this. To join us, or for training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

New Covenant House of Hospitality: Saint John’s parishioners staff the kitchens once each month to feed the homeless and less fortunate. For information, please call: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory. We are continuing our review of ecclesiastical Latin using Second Latin by Cora and Charles Scanlon and reading excerpts from Ambrosi Epistulae Variae.  An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.

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. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.org

Latin Low Mass: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

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

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

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

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.

Trinity Catholic High School: Grades 8 thru 12 – First Friday Fest – Every First Friday of the Month -Games, Adoration, Friends, Food – 7PM – 9PM.

New Girls Catholic Academy: Pre-K-High School: The religious Sisters of the Company of The Savior hope to open a new girls’ academy in lower Fairfield County within the next few years. The priests of the Basilica parish support this project. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Sr. Maria: bridgeport@ciasalvador.org.

The Face of Prayer: For all young Catholics of all ages [under 18 will need parental consent]: www.thefaceof prayer.org Will you join the movement of prayer? Bishop Frank Caggiano invites you to be the face of prayer. Text your picture, a prayer intention, or the word “prayer” to 55778. Then follow the prompts to complete your registration and commit to being the face or prayer! Participants will receive a prayer from Bishop Frank either every day or three times a week [your choice] as well as a weekly video from our bishop, access to great resources online, and the opportunity to pray together with friends from all around the Diocese of Bridgeport. This project is a partnership between the Diocese of Bridgeport and the Mater Ecclesiae Foundation. Privacy protections are in place.

WORK:  A local Catholic family with two young children is seeking part-time household help on weekday mornings. They live in downtown Greenwich, CT near the train station. If you are interested, please email Stephen Schmalhofer: stephen.schmalhofer@gmail.com.

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 15th for women who are suffering from a past abortion.  Please contact us at 203-416-1619 or projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information or confidential registration.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, June 17, 2017
4:00 +Charles and Josephine Davis req. Joseph Melfi
Sunday, June 18, 2017
7:30 +Robert E. Ix req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00 +John H. Hall req. Jagodzinski Family
12:00 Deceased Family Members of Vincent and Theresa Kung
5:00 +Fr. Peter Rinaldi, SDB
Monday, June 19, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 Rita Keane req. Beth Carpanzano
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
8:00 +Julia Wynne Breunich req. Rosemary Reid
12:10 +Christopher Vill
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 Special Intentions Sue Kremheller
Thursday, June 22, 2017
8:00 +Conor Breidenbach req. Steven Terenzio
12:10 Beth Carpanzano req. Frank, Anne Marie and Marisa Carpanzano
Friday, June 23, 2017
8:00 +Mary Churley req. Mary Petrizzi
12:10 +Virginia and Eileen Carr req. Marie Carr
Saturday, June 24, 2017
8:00 +Wladek and Willemina Falek req. daughter
12:10 +Ann Cody req. Alice McMenamin

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 Cindy, (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, Cindy, 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: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

Coffee Hour: Starts again in September, after the 10:00a.m. Family Mass in the Msgr. Nagle Hall.

THE LAYING OF THE CORNERSTONE OF THE NEW CATHOLIC CHURCH.
The Stamford Advocate: June 28, 1872: “On Sunday last, June 23rd, the corner stone for a new Roman Catholic church on Atlantic street, in this village was laid. The Rt. Rev. Bishop McFarland was present and performed in person the most important part of the ceremonies. A number of Catholic clergymen from neighboring towns and cities were also present. With the clergymen were Mr. James Murphy of Providence, the architect of the church, besides the local clergy, Rev. Father Fagan and his assistant, Father Healy. The ceremony was impressive, and was witnessed by a large concourse, numbering perhaps three thousand people. At half past three o’clock p.m. the strains of martial music denoted the coming of the procession which had been formed in the neighborhood of the old church. It was headed by the Howe Band of Bridgeport, numbering twenty musicians and drum major. The band was immediately followed by the ”Willis Guard,” an cadet company numbering one hundred, and presenting a neat appearance. These were followed by the various religious and benevolent societies connected with St. John’s R. C. Church, and by its members generally. When the procession reached the new church, the clergy, with their attendants and others invited, mounted a platform which had been erected on the massive foundations of the main tower. The platform was shaded by a large American flag, and in its center a stand was erected for the convenience of the speaker. The services were opened by an address from Rev. Father Hewett of New York, in which he congratulated his hearers on the occasion which had brought them together. He spoke of the remarkable growth of Catholicism in Connecticut during the last fifty years, and intimated that the edifice about to be erected in Stamford would be chief among the many fine churches erected by the denomination in various towns and villages of the State in recent years. He closed with an appeal for liberal subscriptions in aid of the object in view. A basket wreathed with flowers was placed on the corner stone and the people were invited to place their contributions in it. A large number came forward. The solid silver trowel and mallet used on the occasion will be presented to the person having the largest subscription. Meanwhile the Bishop, dressed in his official robes and accompanied by priests and acolytes-some of the latter bearing candles, others holy water etc.– walked in procession about the walls. The Bishop sprinkled holy water upon the walls and upon the cross erected where the altar is to stand. Returning to the corner stone, the Bishop, using a silver trowel and mallet, laid the enclosure in the cavity of the stone, and covered it with mortar. Appropriate services, according to the ritual of the Roman church, were then conducted by the Bishop. He then mounted the platform and delivered a brief but impressive address to the people. At the conclusion of the ceremonies the band headed the procession, which marched back to its original starting point in the same order in which it came.”