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.”

Bulletin for Sunday June 11, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday June 11, 2017
Pastor’s Corner: When the Lord gave his disciples divine power to regenerate mankind, he said: ‘Go, teach all nations, and baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.’ This was why the Spirit had descended on God’s Son-made-man, learning thereby to dwell in mankind and to find repose in God’s creatures, carrying out the Father’s will in them and making them new in Christ” [Ireneaus of Lyons, Against Heresies, Book 3].

The entire work to save mankind from sin and death is a work of the Three Divine Persons of the Blessed Trinity, and this can be seen in the Resurrection of Our Lord: the Eternal Son, conceived in womb by the Holy Spirit, died in the flesh to pay for human sin, and was awakened from among the dead by the Eternal Father [“the God of the living”, as Saint Paul calls Him in his Letter to the Romans, 4:17], as a sign of His fatherly acceptance of the Son’s sacrifice. Once raised from the dead, the Eternal Son sends forth the Holy Spirit into the Church upon the persons of the Twelve Apostles and Our Lady. It is this Holy Spirit that we receive in the Sacrament of Confirmation.

The Father, who began the work of salvation with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, forming the Chosen People of Israel, brings that work to fruition through the obedience of His Son, the sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Church, and the remaining of the Son in the Church through the work of the Holy Spirit in the sacraments, sanctifying and leading all back to the Father.

Saint John wrote of the witnesses to the truth of Christ: “This is He who came in water and in blood, Jesus Christ; not in water only, but in the water and in the blood. And it is the spirit that bears witness that Christ is the truth. For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word [who is the Son], and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, and the water, and the blood; and these three are one” [I John 5: 5-9].

What is John writing about? Water, is the water of Baptism; Blood is Christ’s shed on the Cross and given us in Holy Communion. The Trinity continues to work through the Church and the Sacraments, created by Christ.

Even though Jesus returned to the Father in His crucified and risen human body, He entered into a new kind of intimacy with mankind in the Holy Spirit, which he alluded to when He told His Apostles, “I will not leave your orphans” [John 15:18]. Jesus was speaking of His actual incarnate presence in the Church through the Church’s sacraments. It is the Holy Spirit who is Lord of the Sacraments, changing bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ in the miracle of Transubstantiation at Mass, and who empowers God’s creatures used in the sacraments, such as water in Baptism, by which Christ sanctifies us through His incarnate and risen manhood. To obtain that goal, all Persons of the Blessed Trinity work, that each of us might spend eternity with the Trinity in Heaven.
—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: Msgr. Peter Dora, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, A.J. Barr, John Kronk, Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey.

Banns of Marriage: III Banns: Paul Brendan Ciarcia and Kelly Sullivan

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.

June 13, 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 4, 2017 $ 13,540.87
Sunday June 5, 2016 $ 14,383.02

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 18th, Sunday Readings: Dt 8:2-3, 14b-16a; 1 Cor 10:16-17; Jn 6:51-58.

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.

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

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).

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. The 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 10, 2017
4:00 Lucy Chow req. Joseph Kung
Sunday, June 11, 2017
7:30 +Jack VanLangen req. Joyce Patten and Lorraine VanLangen
10:00 +Lewis R. M. Hall req. Jagodzinski Family
12:00 Rose and Leo Goodstadt req. Kung Family
5:00 +Fr. Peter Rinaldi, SDB
Monday, June 12, 2017
8:00 +Frantz Neptune req. wife
12:10 Rev. Albert D. Audette, Jr. req. Millie Terenzio
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
8:00 +Ines and Albert Gommi req. Leon Taricani
12:10 Rev. Albert D. Audette, Jr.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Rosario Caruso req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Thursday, June 15, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Maria
12:10 +Veridiana Dionisio req. Pearl Moss
Friday, June 16, 2017
8:00 Thomas Cycon req. Jef and Mary Spetland
12:10 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Saturday, June 17, 2017
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Joseph Mendicino req. Frank and Beth Carpanzano

Baptisms: Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. For more information, please call 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:
June 15, 1883: The New Catholic Church—An Absurd Rumor. “The work of finishing up the interior of the new Catholic church on Atlantic street is making good progress under the superintendence of Mr. John Ennis. It involves the trimming and handling and placing in position of a great mass of heavy woodwork. It goes up to stay, and can’t be done in a day or month. A rumor has been abroad, thought to be the invention of a discharged workman, that “no Protestants need apply” for a place in the mechanical force employed on the church. This is mere nonsense. Neither the master mechanic nor the clergy of the church entertain any such purpose or spirit. They employ good mechanics, and never ask a man whether he is a Jew or a Gentile, a Greek or a Roman or anything else. Their only discrimination, so far as the work on hand is concerned, is in favor of good carpenters.”

100 years ago, or so:
June 12, 1915: Diplomas for Writing Received by Twenty-seven Pupils of the Parochial School. “The following eighth grade pupils of St. John’s Parochial School received final certificates for writing last week, from the A. N. Palmer Company: Margaret Ahern, Angeline Ambruso, Anna Brady, Violette Becker, Michael Barilla, Mary Burnes, Susan Boyle, Carrie Borgman, Elizabeth Connors, Fannie Coperine, Louise Engle, Mary Finch, Francis Fuchs, Mary Gunbar, Teresa Gasperino, Louis Gorman, Mary Hynes, Judith Herbert, Phoebe Kennedy, Regina Kinney, Alice McMahon, Stella O’Comskey, Antoinette Passero, Francis Quinlan, Leta Saunders, Catherine Rutledge and Austin Tierney.”

45 years ago, or so:
June 17, 1971: City’s First Parochial School Closes Doors. “Joe Moran puffed on the stub of his cigar and recalled the days when you could hardly get a seat at St. John’s School. A few minutes later, puffing on a different cigar and finished with his recollections, sexton Joe Moran began locking up the empty classrooms for the last time. Within a month or two, the three story school house on Bell Street, Stamford’s first parochial school, will be torn down—because of what Rev. Bertrand Parent, St. John’s pastor, calls “the conditions of the time.” Those conditions, says Father Parent, are the levelled houses and stores downtown which are making way for urban renewal and have reduced St. John’s enrollment seventy-five percent in the last twenty-three years. Back in 1948 the school boasted 751 students; even in 1963 when Father Parent came to the school, enrollment was 578. This year it was 202. Although it was first located in a wooden building on Hawthorne St., the school first opened its doors on Bell St. in September, 1906. In the last few years, only eight of the sixteen rooms have been filled with desks.”

Bulletin for Sunday June 4, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday June 4, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: The first Pentecost saw the Apostles receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Already commissioned by Our Lord to establish His Catholic Church everywhere, they now received the strength, courage and fortitude to do their work. More than 1,800 years later, a successor of the Apostles came to Stamford to dedicate the then newest outpost of Christ’s Church: “The audience assembled on Sunday morning last,” [May 30, 1886] “at 10 o’clock in the new Catholic church of Stamford, was limited only by the capacity of the building, which spacious as it is, could not contain all who sought admission within its walls. While hundreds more stood outside, not less than twenty-five hundred people, obtained entrance, and witnessed the impressive ceremonial of dedication by the Rt. Rev. Bishop McMahon and the priests chosen as his assistants for the occasion.” Thus did The Stamford Advocate begin its report of the dedication ceremonies of our church, adding, “The new church is undoubtedly one of the very finest ecclesiastical edifices in the state.” [The Stamford Advocate, June 1, 1886]

All in all, Stamford was quite impressed: Saint John’s was the largest stone church in the Connecticut, and the ceremonies were attended by nearly the entire 4,000 person Catholic population of the city. Nowhere in Yankee Connecticut had there been such an expression of the rapid growth of the Church as in Stamford that day. The preacher for the day was Father Ignatius Horstmann, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, who commented: “What a change forty years have brought about in the Catholic Church here in Stamford. The progress of Catholicity in your midst can be read from these facts: from the Mass offered up in private houses to the modest frame chapel on Meadow Street, that was twice enlarged and improved, then to this magnificent structure worthy to be called a cathedral. At first a few faithful, now one-third of the entire population of the town.” [The Connecticut Catholic, June 5, 1886]

The construction of our great church was not an easy project, and seemed doomed to permanent incompletion because of a lack of funding, until the arrival of an Irish immigrant via Chicago—John Ennis, one of the most interesting men in the history of our city. Born in Richmond Harbor, County Longford, Ireland in 1842, he and his family moved to Chicago. Ennis fought for the Union in the American Civil War. He worked as a contractor and built a number of churches in Chicago following the City’s Great Fire. He and his family moved to Stamford, and became members of Saint John’s. He fought to protect the rights of Irish Catholics, established a spa and hotel on Shippan Point, and gained fame as a world class athlete, capturing awards as a swimmer, crack rifleman, boxer, ice skater and long distance walker. He held the world record for 100-mile speed ice skating [he was 52 years old at the time!] and the record for walking across the United States: 50 days and 5 hours at the age of 68 years! [The Currier and Ives print on the left is entitled John Ennis the Celebrated Pedestrian]

After the lower portion of the exterior of the church was basically completed according to the plans of James Murphy, the original architect, construction stopped, due to lack of funds. Ennis came forward with another plan, and once he convinced the pastor, Father William Rogers that he could actually build the high vaulted ceiling without the building’s collapse, work began anew. Ennis later described his efforts at Saint John’s: “I had sole control of the construction of all the mechanical work, both as architect and general contractor and for four years I gave the work the best that was in me as a skilled mechanic and builder. They were the happiest years of my life: my heart as well as my head and all the physical energy I possessed was employed for a good purpose and a successful end. I remodeled the interior as follows: Restored seven feet of space in order to make a true Gothic ceiling; enlarged the pillars more than twice the diameter of the original plans; substituted circular stairs to the galleries, three flights, instead of plain box stairs, as planned by old drawings. The roof did not collapse as predicted, no one was killed or injured. . .” He described Saint John’s as “the most beautiful Gothic church building in the State of Connecticut”, and continued, “Every line and detail is mine.” One of his last gifts to Saint John’s was the stained glass window in memory of his beloved wife Mary, who died in 1892 [the third northern window, to the left of the baptismal font]. John Ennis died in 1929 of pneumonia at 78 years of age. This should be recognized as another working of the Holy Spirit in Our Lord’s Catholic Church.

So, Happy Pentecost and Happy Anniversary, St. John’s! Our Catholic parish is but one of tens of thousands of local parishes and chapels around the world, all part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church founded by Christ on the Apostles. Let’s remember John and his wife Mary Ennis in a little prayer today, as well as all our fellow Catholics of those earlier days, whose Catholic Faith, generosity and determination created this beautiful church as a sign of their Catholic faith, and as a gift to us and to future generations who would join them in worshiping God at this altar. —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, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: John Kronk, Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey, Barbara Itri, Daniel Murphy, Bernadette Martelli, John Thompson, Francesco Russo, Lillian Jacobs, Rosalie Liguori, William DeLeo, Sylvia Ardise.

Banns of Marriage: II Banns: Paul Brendan Ciarcia and Kelly Sullivan

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: Please call 203-324-1553, ext 11.

June 13, 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 [Weather permitting-if raining, the procession will be inside the Basilica]. Everyone is welcome.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday May 28, 2017 $ 12,376.00
Sunday May 29, 2016 $ 10,706.78

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 11th, Sunday Readings: Ex 34:4b-6, 8-9; 2 Cor 13:11-13; Jn 3:16-18.

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.

The Sacrament of the Sick: One of the seven instituted by Our Lord, relieves the sick person by opening up the reality of God’s mercy, offering strength for the patient to endure any suffering without despairing. Please do NOT wait until a friend or family member is about to die before calling one of the parish priests for this sacrament or for Holy Communion to be brought to your home, hospital or nursing home.

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. The 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 3, 2017
4:00 +Carmine Longo req. Virginia and Paul Gerardi
Sunday, June 4, 2017
7:30 +Katherine Ann and Patrick McCann
10:00 In Honor to the Holy Spirit req. Ferry G.
12:00 Special Intentions Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni
5:00 +Fr. Peter Rinaldi, SDB
Monday, June 5, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 +John A. Coughlin Jr. req. Family
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
8:00 Deceased members of the Spagnoli Family
12:10 +Salvatore Piria req. Rose Migliazza
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
8:00 +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 Special Intentions Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni
Thursday, June 8, 2017
8:00 +Joseph and Margaret Curtis req. Mary Maloney
12:10 Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. Millie Terenzio
Friday, June 9, 2017
8:00 Deceased members of the Catarella Family
12:10 +Theresa Huong Diep Nguyen req. Family
Saturday, June 10, 2017
8:00 +Frances Galinski
12:10 +Louise Munro req. Lectors of The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist

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:

100 years ago, or so:
June 8, 1918: A Liberty Lawn Party. “The mere fact that the colors have called many of the young amateur Thespians from St. John’s Catholic Church does not necessarily mean that the church cannot hold an entertainment in which young men appear. For instance, the church recently purchased several hundred dollars’ worth of Liberty bonds, in the name of the parish. It has been decided to hold a lawn party, to help pay for them on Wednesday and Thursday nights of next week on the lawn of the parochial school. It was decided to have a playlet on Wednesday night, and then it was discovered that most of the young men who formerly took part in these playlets are busily engaged in making the Germans hunt for cover in their trenches. But the young ladies of the parish, undismayed, decided that the playlet should be given, so they will take men’s parts on Wednesday night, when “Family Troubles” will be presented. And the young ladies insist, too, that they can do as well in masculine parts as they can in feminine roles. The young ladies who will be seen in the play are Miss Nellie Burnes, Miss Mary Quinn, Miss Elizabeth O’Brien, Miss Olive Martin and Miss Stella Comsky. Harry Smith is directing the play, and it will start at 8, followed by the playing of euchre. There will be four booths on the lawn, too, containing flowers, candy, novelties and cake. On Thursday night, the school children will have charge of the entertainment, and large crowds are expected on each night. Those who go will not be disappointed, for there will be plenty of entertainment for all.”

80 years ago, or so:
June 10, 1939: Father Lonergan Will Sing Mass. “The Rev. Thomas F. Lonergan, ordained to the priesthood a week ago by the Most Rev. Bishop John A. Duffy, in St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Buffalo, N.Y. ,will sing his first Solemn High Mass tomorrow morning. The son of Thomas and Katherine Gorman Lonergan, Father Lonergan completed his early education at St. John’s Parochial School in 1925, then entered St. John’s Preparatory School in Andover, Massachusetts, under the tutelage of the Xaverian Brothers. He began his ecclesiastical studies in St. Thomas Seminary, Hartford.”

65 years ago, or so:
June 7, 1952: “The Holy Name Society of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church will receive Holy Communion in a body at the 8 o’clock Mass next Sunday, June 15. Communion Sunday for the society is regularly the second Sunday of each month but it was postponed this month to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the ordination of the Rev. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s Church. Other societies of the church will join with the Holy Name Society for corporate Communion next Sunday.”

Bulletin for Sunday May 28, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday May 28, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: The Ascension of Our Lord is one of the great solemnities of the Church’s calendar because it recalls the historic event of the return of Our Lord to Heaven in His resurrected human body. This action of God in human history has effects far beyond history. Christ is one Person in two natures, human and divine. Everything Jesus did as a man was also an act of the eternal Son of God, since God entered into human history on the first Christmas, became visible in the man Jesus. So, Jesus’ human love is the embodiment of the redeeming love of God. Because Jesus’ human actions are also divine actions of the Son of God, He can fulfill God’s promise of salvation in the tangible, real way intended by God. Salvation is not an idea, or a state of mind. Salvation is the result of God’s work in the flesh [I John]. His triumph over sin and the grave is, likewise, in the flesh and real. His saving actions, while done in time and space—born in Bethlehem, crucified and risen in Jerusalem—have a value and an effect beyond time and space—Jesus saved not just his contemporaries who were in Bethlehem at His birth or those who were at His death and Resurrection in Jerusalem—His acts in the flesh are real actions of God, who transcends time and space. So, the great mysteries of Jesus’ human life, His Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension, have a real and long lasting effect for all humankind through all ages and in all places.

“Do not touch me”, Jesus told Mary Magdalene on the first Easter morning, “for I have not yet ascended to my Father.” [John 20, 16]. Forty days after He rose from the dead in His human flesh, Jesus returned to the Father—He ascended—in His human flesh. Saint Paul, tells us that since Jesus is not only a great man, but the new Adam [Rom 5.18], every event in Jesus’ life affects and modifies the condition of our own life to the very depths of our existence. Jesus is both creator and redeemer, or re-creator: He not only forgives sins by His death and Resurrection, He recreates humankind. He destroys the power of sin and the grave by His submission to death on the Cross, but snatches victory from it by His Resurrection from the dead. His Ascension to Heaven in His resurrected human body renders this victory definitive: humankind enters into the life of the Trinity once and for all in the Person of the Incarnate Son of God [Heb 9, 26; 10,10] Paul wrote, voicing the experience of the Apostles, which becomes the faith of the early Church: “But God. . . even when we were dead by reason of our sins, brought us to life together with Christ. . . and raised us up together, and seated us together in heaven in Christ Jesus.” [Eph 2, 4-6]

Jesus returned to the Father in His human flesh in order to send the Holy Spirit to guide His Church and to continue His work transforming every human person in every generation and place: this is the beginning of our personal glorification through Christ, who continues His work in His human flesh from heaven through the Holy Spirit. His Ascension is His promise that we can gain eternity in the flesh by responding to Him in love in our daily lives. He is the Head of the Church; we form the Body of the Church. Where the Head has gone, the Body hopes to follow. Love Our Lord, be attentive to His Grace, for heaven awaits those who love Him.

For a better sense of the importance for us of the Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven, here are two excerpts of sermons by Pope Saint Leo I and Saint Augustine:

“The days between the Lord’s resurrection and his ascension are not idle ones; in them great mysteries are confirmed and others revealed.
“During these days the fear of death recedes as the immortality not only of the soul but also of the flesh is made evident. During these days the Lord breathes forth his Holy Spirit on all the Apostles and in a special way gives Peter the keys of the kingdom and the care of his flock.
“Throughout this whole period, therefore, beloved, God providently teaches the hearts of his own to recognize the Lord Jesus to be as truly risen as he had been truly born and as he truly suffered and died. The Apostles and all the disciples, so fearful about the Cross, so doubtful about the resurrection, are strengthened by irresistible truth. . . As the disciples looked on, man was ascending beyond the angelic orders, beyond archangelic heights. Having been united to God’s nature in his Son, man now shared in the Son’s glory at the Father’s throne.” [Pope St. Leo the Great, On the Ascension]

“Christ descended from heaven out of mercy to us, and though he alone ascends, we also ascend, for we are one with him through grace. We are not claiming for the Body, the Church, the dignity of the Head, Christ the Son, but we are assured that the Body is inseparable from the Head.” [St. Augustine, On the Ascension of the Lord]

—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, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey, Barbara Itri, Daniel Murphy, Bernadette Martelli, John Thompson, Francesco Russo, Lillian Jacobs, Rosalie Liguori, William DeLeo, Sylvia Ardise.

Banns of Marriage: I Banns: Paul Brendan Ciarcia and Kelly Sullivan

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.

May 31st PLENARY INDULGENCE: Is offered on the anniversary of the 1885 dedication of our Basilica [See “St. John’s in the News” on page 5 of this bulletin for The Advocate story]. A plenary indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment for sins, whose guilt is already forgiven in Confession. Jesus gave St. Peter the Power of the Keys of Heaven [Matt. 16:17-19]. The Church employs the merits of the saints and each individual Catholic does the following good works: 1—full separation from sin, even venial sin, coupled with full repentance and conversion from sin in the sacrament of Confession, sometime within 7 days before or after May 31; 2—Visit the Basilica and praying the Apostles’ Creed and one Our Father for the Holy Father; 3—The worthy reception of Holy Communion on May 31st.

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.

May 29th: 10am: Special Memorial Day Mass at St. John’s Cemetery, Darien.
Fr. Audette will offer this Mass for veterans of the parish at the stone altar in the Priests’ Circle, which is inside the main entrance on Hoyt Street. Everyone is welcome to attend. Cancelled if raining.

June 13th, 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 18th, Corpus Christi: Following the 12 noon Mass, A Procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Stamford [Weather permitting-if raining, the procession will be inside the Basilica]. Everyone is welcome.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday May 21, 2017 $ 12,909.66
Sunday May 22, 2016 $ 14,266.76

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 4th, Sunday Readings: Acts 2:1-11; 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13; Jn 20:19-23.

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.

The Sacrament of the Sick: One of the seven instituted by Our Lord, relieves the sick person by opening up the reality of God’s mercy, offering strength for the patient to endure any suffering without despairing. Please do NOT wait until a friend or family member is about to die before calling one of the parish priests for this sacrament or for Holy Communion to be brought to your home, hospital or nursing home.

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.

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. The 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.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, May 27, 2017
4:00 Vincent E. Jagodzinski req. Jagodzinski Family
Sunday, May 28, 2017
7:30 +Jean Berger and Karl Berger, Jr.
10:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:00 +Aniello Preziosi 51st Anniversary req. Marion Morris and Family
5:00 +Rev. James Marra, SDB
Monday, May 29, 2017
8:00 +Joseph and Margaret Curtis req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Roberto Clemente
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
8:00 +Mary Churley req. Mary Petrizzi
12:10 +Laura Ingles req. Bill Christiaanse
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
8:00 +Robert Kennedy req. Lindsay Kennedy
12:10 +Larry Nilles req. Dr. Joe McAleer
Thursday, June 1, 2017
8:00 +Julie Paul Beauzil req. Eveline Lauture
12:10 +Michael A. Arnone, Sr. req. Priests of the Parish
Friday, June 2, 2017
8:00 +James Brannick
12:10 +Yeon Bok Kim req. Joseph A. Maker
Saturday, June 3, 2017
8:00 +Dee Maggiori req. Dr. Joe McAleer
12:10 +Fr. Joseph Malloy 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 Parish Hall.

St. John’s in THE NEWS:

DEDICATION OF THE CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST, MAY 30, 1886:

The New York Times, May 31, 1886: Stamford, Conn., May 30. “The new Catholic Church of St. John the Evangelist, at the junction of Atlantic and Bell streets, was dedicated today with impressive ceremonies. By 10 o’clock, the hour for the beginning of the function, the new edifice, which has a seating capacity of 1,600, was not only entirely occupied, but the congregation overflowed into the vestibule and out on the stoops. All the Catholics of Stamford, and they number 4,000, about one-fourth of the whole population, who could be there were present. At. 10 o’clock the Right Rev. Lawrence S. McMahon, Bishop of Hartford, with his attendant ministers, emerged from the sanctuary and walked in procession down the middle aisle to the door and made a circuit of the exterior walls of the church, the Bishop sprinkling them with holy water, while the accompanying priests chanted the “Miserere.” Returning, the interior walls were likewise blessed, and when the altar was reached the litany of the saints was chanted. At the pontifical High Mass which followed, Bishop McMahon was celebrant. The sermon was preached by the Rev. Ignatius F. Horstmann, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. After congratulating the congregation and the Pastor upon the work now completed, he reviewed briefly the history of the parish and the labors of its former Pastors. He referred to the edifice just completed as a proof of the vitality and expansive power of the Catholic Church, and of its being a religion or works as well as of faith. In the evening, at vespers, the Rev. Dr. McGlynn, of New York, preached, and the church was crowded. In general style the new edifice is said to resemble the Milan cathedral. The exterior dimensions are 100 by 180 feet. The material used is granite, quarried at Leites Island, near New Haven, from which the stone used for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty came. The spire, which will not be built for some time, will be 250 feet high, the tallest in the State. The interior has 10 finely proportioned pillars, surmounted by beautifully arched capitals, whence rise graceful arcade arches. The sanctuary contains an altar of sculptured Italian marble, standing 30 feet high, with Mexican onyx pillars. Two transcripts have galleries with a seating capacity of 300 each, and the lower floor will seat 1,000 people. The pews and woodwork are of carved oak. The stained glass windows are very beautiful, and cost from $250 to $500 each. Over fifteen years have been spent in the erection of the church, and its cost is about $250,000. Of this amount, $50,000 remains unpaid.”

Bulletin for May 21, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday May 21, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: Despite the pleas by Pope Benedict XV during the summer of 1914 that the major European powers pull back from the brink of war, which he called “the suicide of Europe,” the slaughter of millions was pursued with verve and enthusiasm in what would come to be known as World War I.
The United States reluctantly entered the war in 1917, and millions of young American men enlisted across the country. 297 parishioners of Saint John’s Church on Atlantic Street enlisted. To commemorate the patriotic participation of the Catholic men of Stamford [all of whom were members of Saint John’s, then the only Catholic church in town] , the Basilica of Saint John is hosting a small historic exhibit in the Rectory.

The creator and benefactor of this exhibit is a parishioner, Mr. Lawrence J. Bolanowski, who has been purchasing and collecting memorabilia about St. John’s World War I veterans, as well as spending hundreds of hours plowing through the Stamford Advocate archives in search of articles about these men. All come together to provide a fascinating account of all 297 parishioner-veterans of Saint John’s who served in the “Great War.” Family service flags, an exact replica of the parish service flag, bearing blue stars representing the number of family/parish members in the military service; gold stars signifying the heroic deaths of servicemen on the battlefields, medals, photographs, letters, original newspapers from 1917-1918, and religious objects from the battlefield are included in this exhibit, all purchased and provided by Larry. I am very grateful to Larry for his generosity, foresight and hard work. I am also grateful to the Stamford Historical Society for their loan of display cases. Local families have also sent in family mementoes of their fathers and grandfathers who fought: Erin Cody lent us the US Marine hat and insignia of her grandfather, John Cody; Marion Morris lent us photographs of her father and grandfather who fought.

Our exhibit runs from May 15—July 4th, Mondays through Fridays 10am-4pm in the Rectory. If these times are not convenient, please give me a call [203-324-1553, ext 11], and I’ll be delighted to let you in and give a personal tour at your convenience. The men of Saint John’s Parish did their duty, lent their strength and shed their blood to win the war. Let’s honor them by visiting this exhibit about them, and by offering a prayer for our parish heroes who are our fellow parishioners of St. John’s. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: 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, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey, Barbara Itri, Daniel Murphy, Bernadette Martelli, John Thompson, Francesco Russo, Lillian Jacobs, Rosalie Liguori, William DeLeo, Sylvia Ardise.

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

Annual Catholic Appeal: We have reached our goal of $112,000 for the Annual Catholic Appeal. We’re done!! Thank you for your generosity.

May 24: Day of Prayer for China: In 2007, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI asked all parishes worldwide to pray annually on this day for the Church in China, persecuted by the Chinese government. Please offer one “Hail Mary” on May 24th for the persecuted Church in China and for the Cause of Canonization of Cardinal Kung.

***Ascension Thursday: May 25h is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses are at 5:15p.m. on Wednesday, May 24th and on Thursday, May 25th at 8:00a.m., 12:10p.m.; 5:15p.m.

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 in World War I Exhibit in the Rectory.

Faith on Tap: Tuesday, May 23rd: Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St., Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. “Stump the Priests”, with your questions on the Catholic Faith & Church. Bring a friend or two!

May 29th: 10am: Special Memorial Day Mass at St. John’s Cemetery, Darien. Fr. Audette will offer this Mass for veterans of the parish at the stone altar in the Priests’ Circle, which is inside the main entrance on Hoyt Street. Everyone is welcome to attend. Cancelled if raining.

June 13, 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 of Our Lady at Fatima.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday May 14, 2017 $ 15,288.31
Sunday May 15, 2016 $ 13,049.49

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

May 28th, Sunday Readings: Acts 1:12-14; 1 Pt 4:13-16; Jn 17:1-11a.

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.

The Sacrament of the Sick: One of the seven instituted by Our Lord, relieves the sick person by opening up the reality of God’s mercy, offering strength for the patient to endure any suffering without despairing. Please do NOT wait until a friend or family member is about to die before calling one of the parish priests for this sacrament or for Holy Communion to be brought to your home, hospital or nursing home.

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, May 24th. 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. The 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 parishioner who is a local real estate broker is looking for a dedicated person to provide part-time marketing support. This is basically secretarial work, requiring writing and computer skills, along with some knowledge of Excel spreadsheets. This is a paying position. If interested, please call Cindy at the Rectory: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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 at stephen.schmalhofer@gmail.com.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, May 20, 2017
4:00 Agnes Kung req. Family
Sunday, May 21, 2017
7:30 +Josephine and Karl Berger
10:00 +Hedwig Jagodzinski req. Jagodzinski Family
12:00 +Frances Delaney Birthday Remembrance req. Family
5:00 +Rev James Marra, SDB
Monday, May 22, 2017
8:00 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Winnie Dunn req. Mark and Deborah Dalton
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Christopher Vill
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
8:00 +Roberto Clemente
12:10 World Day of Prayer for China
5:15 +Tole Camaj req. Age
Thursday, May 25, 2017
8:00 +Margaret Mary Cycon req. Thomas Cycon
12:10 +Susan Sjem req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
5:15 +Delia Truglia req. Lucille Lester and Family
Friday, May 26, 2017
8:00 +Roberto Clemente
12:10 +Richard Abcunas req. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Bolanowski
Saturday, May 27, 2017
8:00 Deceased members of the Marchetti and Tarantino Families req. Family
12:10 +Betty Fones 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 Parish Hall.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

125 years ago, or so:
May 21, 1892: Local Religious Affairs. “Roman Catholic: The services tomorrow will be as usual—Masses at 7:30, 9 and 10:30; vespers at 3. The sacrament of baptism will be administered at 4 p.m. On Ascension Thursday there will be Masses at 5 and 8 a.m. At the latter hour 250 children, who have been receiving special religious instruction for the last two months, will receive their first Communion.”

100 years ago, or so:
May 27, 1918: ROLL OF HONOR. Veterans of Civil War Buried in Local Cemeteries. “St. John’s R. C. Cemetery—Thomas Buckley, Patrick Harrison, Patrick Picker, Martin Kane, John Kelly, Daniel Kennedy, Henry O’Neil, James Keenan, James Warren, Thomas Lahey, Joseph P. Raferty, Martin Lane, John Birmingham, Peter Conroy, William McDonald, James Farron, P. Fitzpatrick, Morris Carroll, John Reardon, D. Dinan, John Collins, John Fitzpatrick, John H. McGill, John Conneff, Michael McGivney, Martin Cash.”

85 years ago, or so:
May 26, 1931: FLOWERS AND FLAGS PLACED ON SOLDIERS’ GRAVES BY BOY SCOUTS. “Boy Scouts representing the Stamford Council Troops, in cooperation with the Central Veterans’ Committee, placed flowers and flags on the graves of deceased soldiers in the various cemeteries last Sunday morning. Those representing the troops included James Stratton, William Burke, Joseph O’Donnell, William Wodtke, Clifford Wiltshire, Charles Clute, Robert Herrgen, Robert Graham, John Cummings, Troop 22, St. John’s R. C. Church.”

70 years ago, or so:
May 28, 1948: 8 Priests to Assist Bishop At Centennial Mass. “St. John’s Catholic Church on Atlantic Street will observe its 100th anniversary of the assignment of its first pastor on Sunday at 11 a.m. with a Solemn High Mass at which the Most Rev. Henry J. O’Brien, Bishop of Hartford will preside. In anticipation of the centennial, the church has been redecorated. The first pastor of the church, the Rev. John Brady, was named May 1848. Father Brady lived on Cove Road and in addition to Stamford, he ministered to Norwalk Catholics.”

20 years ago, or so:
May 8, 1997: Catholics Celebrate Holy Day. “Today is a Holy Day of Obligation for Roman Catholics who must attend Mass according to Rev. William A. Nagle of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church. The day, also known as Ascension Thursday, marks the day that Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven. It traditionally occurs 40 days after Easter.”