Bulletin for Sunday December 10, 2017

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Pastor’s Corner:   One of the most beautiful meditations about God becoming Man [the mystery we celebrate at Christmas] is that written by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux [1090-1153]. The “mystery” is why God would come to rescue us from sin and death, at all!? The answer to that is God’s love for us; and His hope that we will choose to love Him in return.  That’s what salvation is: understanding that God loves you, and deciding that you will love God in the way you live your life, thereby opening yourself to God’s grace, so you might live with Him forever. Saint Bernard’s meditation is about the response Our Lady made to the Archangel Gabriel, who was sent by God to ask Mary to co-operate with His plan to save humankind from sin and death.  Mary’s response changes the fate of all humanity: from being slaves to death,  to become free sons and daughters of God through Christ. As we read Bernard’s meditation, think of yourself as being in Our Lady’s room when the Archangel Gabriel appears: you’re eavesdropping, hiding behind the curtains. But, even while you’re doing something not so very nice, you become caught up in the scene of the angel before Mary: and, as you begin to understand the importance that Mary’s response to God is to YOU and to YOUR future, you begin to hope that Mary will say “yes” , and co-operate with God’s invitation to be the Mother of God. Her co-operation with God was essential  that you and all humankind might benefit in eternal life. This is what Christmas is all about.
Saint Bernard’s meditation is based on the Gospel account of  the Annunciation [Luke 1:26-38], which is also one of the most beautiful of the stained glass windows here at the Basilica: it is the on the side wall of Our Lady’s Chapel—to the left of the high altar: Mary kneels in prayer, and the Archangel Gabriel appears before her: and a small white dove can be seen descending upon Mary: the power of the Holy Spirit, by Whom Mary will conceive the savior in her womb.
Here’s the meditation by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, and he begins his narrative the moment after the Archangel invites Mary to be the Mother of God. This is not merely a reflection about something that happened in the past. Bernard writes this to be applied to each of us. The narrator is YOUR heart, beating more excitedly, hoping Mary will say “yes” daily to God’s will, just as God hopes daily that you will. Here is Bernard’s work:

“You have heard, Virgin Mary, that you are to conceive and bear a son by the power of the Holy Spirit. The angel awaits your answer, for he must now return to God who sent him. We too await your merciful word, Lady, for we are the wretches whom condemnation threatens. The price of our salvation is offered to you, and if you consent then we shall at once be freed. We were all created in God’s Eternal Word, yet now we are doomed to death because of Adam’s sin; in your short answer we shall be remade and summoned back to life.
“Adam and Eve stand here weeping with their poor exiled children and await your answer; Abraham is here and David and all the holy patriarchs who are your fathers but dwell now in the valley   of death’s shadow. The whole world is prostrate at your feet and waiting. What else can they do, since on your words depend the consolation of the wretched, the liberation of prisoners, the rescue of the condemned, and, in a word, the salvation of all Adam’s children of your whole race?
“Answer quickly, then, Virgin. Answer the angel and the Lord he represents. Give your word and receive the Eternal Word [The Eternal Son of God]; speak the word that passes and embrace the Word who abides forever!
“Why the delay and the trembling? Believe, confess, receive. Virginal simplicity must not forget wisdom. Fear not to be presumptuous, for though silent modesty is pleasing, your words of dedication are more needed now.
“Blessed Virgin, open your heart to faith, your lips to the praise of the Lord, your body to your Creator. The One for whom the nations yearn is knocking at the door. Delay, and he will pass by, and you shall begin again in sorrow to seek Him whom your heart loves. Rise up, run, open!
“She answers: ‘Behold the Lord’s servant. Do with me as you say’.”
[In Praise of the Virgin Mary, Sermon 4, 8-9]

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Cade Landeche, Joyce Patten, Marilyn VanAuken, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Joanne Santarsiero, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Mary Duffy, Louise Morello, Joanne Santarsiero, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Maria Izurieta, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor.

Please pray for those who have recently died:  Katherine Kimberly , Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Arthur DiGiovanni, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel, Ralph Dante Puzzuoli, Sr., James Tarzia, Sr.,  Antonietta Cerone, Mary A. Gaine, Grace Steele, Benita Rebula, Sylvia Iannazzi, Anne Hieronymus, Julia Fabrizio, Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk.

Retirement Fund for Religious Collection . . . Please drop your Retirement Fund for Religious envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.  There will only be one collection today.

Banns of Marriage:  I Banns: Scott Oberst and Kristina Byrne

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.

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

Children’s Choir: Ages 8-18 who are interested. Please speak with our choir master, David Indyk or leave your contact information in the parish office, 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call the parish 203) 324-1553, and speak with either  Msgr. DiGiovanni (ext. 11) or Fr. Vill at (ext. 130) to make an appointment, to discuss the Church’s teaching on marriage and the possibility of getting married in the Church. This also applies to those who want to learn more about seeking an annulment.

DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY: Interested in reading Dante? We could begin during Lent with the Inferno, which is not a torture tour many view the work to be. Rather, it is a meditation on God’s plan for human happiness by loving Him, and humankind’s search for happiness that too often leads away from God to sin, which is real life folly that ends invariably to unhappiness, pain and suffering in this life and in the next.  We could begin reading the first part of the Divine Comedy, The Inferno in Lent, then continue if people would like. NO Charge: you’d simply have to purchase the books. Interested? Call  Msgr. DiGiovanni, 203-324-1553, ext 11.

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

Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form: Is offered every Friday at 2pm on the Saint Joseph Altar.

Trinity Catholic High School is now accepting student applications for the 2018-2019 school year. They will hold an entrance exam on Saturday, December 16th, 2017, at 9am. Check out the website for details www.trinitycatholic.org/admissions.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday December 3, 2017 $ 15,172.75
Sunday December 4, 2016 $ 12,620.30

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

December 17th Sunday Readings:  IS 61:1-2A, 10-11; 1 Thes 5:16-24; Jn 1:6-8, 19-28

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

December 16th, at 6:30am:Rorate Mass: Solemn Choir Mass in English
in honor of Our Lady Followed by light breakfast.

DECEMBER 27TH, at 7:30pm: Chanted Vespers of Saint John: This is our parish patronal feast, followed by traditional mulled wine and pastries in the parish hall.

CHRISTMAS: December 25th is a Monday this year and people have asked about weekend and Christmas Mass attendance. Since Mass is essential to the Christian life, all are obliged to attend two Masses: one Mass for the 4th Sunday of Advent[on either the evening of Saturday, December 23rd or on Sunday, December 24th]  AND one Mass  for Christmas [on either the evening of Sunday, December 24th or on  Monday, December 25th]. Here is the schedule for the Masses on December 23, 24 & 25:
Saturday, December 23: 4pm Vigil for Sunday Mass of Sunday;
Sunday, December 24: 7:30am, 10am, 12noon for Sunday Masses; 5pm Christmas Vigil;
Monday, December 25: 12 MIDNIGHT, 7:30am, 10am, 12noon for Christmas Mass.

Campaign Committee: A brief meeting of the capital campaign committee will be held in the Rectory on Wednesday, December 20th at 7:30pm.

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

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

End Legalized Abortion:  Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street.  Help us stop this by joining parishioners in front of the facility on Wednesday or Friday mornings, 8am-10:30am, or even just for 30 minutes. We pray and silently bear witness to the sanctity of human life. Our presence has 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.

Xavier Society for the Blind will celebrate our annual St. Lucy Feast Day Mass on December 13th at 10 a.m. in the Lady Chapel of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City. St. Lucy is the patron saint of the blind. All are welcome.

Sacraments for students in Catholic School: If you have students in Catholic school in Second Grade hoping to receive First Confession and First Communion this Spring, please contact Fr. Vill at religioused@stjohnsstamford.com.

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

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

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

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

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

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development.  We  meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group will not be meeting during November and December, but please call or email Melanie Szlucha for a free 30 minute consultation. Meetings will resume in January 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, January 24th.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, December 9, 2017
4:00   +Israel Noriega req. Noriega Family
Sunday, December 10, 2017
7:30    Mary Spetland req. Thomas Cycon
10:00 +Ilario Altamura req. Giannitti Family
12:00   Prayer for Priests req. Marion Morris
5:00   +Fr. Rufin Kuveikis, OFM, Cap.
Monday, December 11, 2017
8:00     Souls In Purgatory req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10 +Mr. and Mrs. Marcial Gloria req. Angeles Family
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
8:00   +Carmine V. Longo Sr. req. Lucille Longo and Family
12:10   Special intentions of Dureid Khamo
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
8:00   +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10   Souls in Purgatory req. Nelly Contreras
Thursday, December 14, 2017
8:00   +Rose Donohue and Mary Hynes req. Marie Carr
12:10 +Penny Vitolo req. Mary Long
Friday, December 15, 2017
8:00   +Mary Churley req. Mary Petrizzi
12:10 +Julie Paul Beauzil req. Eveline Lauture
Saturday, December 16, 2017
8:00   +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Frank Mulreed req. Diane Costello

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

(Editor’s Note:  In July,1891, the Reverend Thomas J. Keena, Assistant Pastor of St. John’s from 1887 to 1897, led a group of St. John’s parishioners to the Shrine of St. Ann in Canada. On their return, the St. Ann’s Society was organized. Two years later, in 1893, it boasted of a membership exceeding 250. It is the oldest of St. John’s Societies still in existence.)

100 years ago, or so:
Dec. 14, 1914:  “St. Ann’s Society of St. John’s Catholic Church met yesterday and elected officers for the ensuing year as follows: President, Mrs. Mary Hubert; vice-president, Mrs. P. Larkin; financial secretary, Mrs. W. H. Thompson; treasurer, Miss Anna Picker; chaplain, Rev. J. C. O’Brien; executive committee, Mrs. M. Gallagher, Miss E. Rose, Miss K. Donahue, Mrs. Sarah Grant, Mrs. Mary Hart, Mrs. B. Nichols and Mrs. M. Tynes.”

95 years ago, or so:
Dec. 14, 1922:  DISTRIBUTE CHRISTMAS CHEER. “St. Ann’s Ladies’ Aid Society of St. John’s Catholic Church, which society, for a number of years, has distributed Christmas baskets among the needy people of the city, will continue the custom this season. It is estimated that the society will distribute about 125 baskets this year. There are families who need clothing, and wearing apparel will be included, this year, in the gifts the society makes. These Christmas baskets will go out on Saturday, Dec. 23. People who desire to help in this charity should send their donations to the office of St. John’s parochial school on Dec. 21. A Christmas basket sent out by this society usually contains one or more chickens, fruit, vegetables, tea, coffee, sugar, candy where there are children, cake and clothing where there are children.”

45 years ago, or so:
Dec. 14, 1973: St. Anne’s Society Card Party Plans Discussed. “The annual card party of St. Anne’s Society will be held February 13 in St. John’s parish hall. Plans were discussed and committee chairmen appointed at a meeting of the society this week. Miss Margaret Power will be chairman, assisted by Mrs. Ellen Troy, raffle; Mrs. Katherine Morgan, prizes and Miss Bridie Madigan, refreshments. A Christmas party followed the business session.”

25 years ago, or so:
July 22, 1992: ST. JOHNS’ CATHOLIC CHURCH, ST. ANNE’S DAYS. “St. John’s will have a Triduum in honor of St. Anne and St. Joachim, the parents of Mary, and the Grandparents of Jesus. The Triduum will take place at the 12:10 Mass Wednesday, July 22nd , Thursday, July 23rd and Friday, July 24th. Each day a brief homity will be preached as we honor St. Anne and St. Joachim. Veneration of the relic of St. Anne will take place each day at the Triduum.”

Bulletin for Sunday December 3, 2017

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Pastor’s Corner:   Friday, December 8th, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the patronal feast day of the United States. In 1846,  the American Catholic bishops asked that the United States be placed under the patronage of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, as their sign of support for Blessed Pope Pius IX in his efforts to define the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception.  But there was more than the 19th century American bishops being “politically correct” by supporting the pope. They earnestly desired to place the growing nation under the protection of Our Lady: since it was Mary whose obedience had united God to humankind in her womb, and under whose tutelage and protection was placed the salvation of the world in the person of her Son, who was God become man. Mary would be the perfect spiritual mother for our nation. The pope desired to define formally this ancient belief of the faithful: Mary’s parents, saints Joachim and Anne had normal sexual relations as husband and wife. But, it was God’s grace that preserved Mary from the effects of Adam’s Original Sin, from the moment she was conceived in Saint Anne’s womb. This Original Sin is that with which each human being is born, the effects of which are our tendency to want to do wrong, and death. God never created us to die.
Why would the pope so desire to define this ancient belief in the middle of the 19th century? Because Pope Pius IX understood quite clearly that big governments and industry were developing in a way that would urge the world to forget God in favor of “progress”, while re-defining the human person. In 1848, Karl Marx had published his Communist Manifesto, which blossomed 70 years later in the Russian Revolution and the communist states.  The Industrial Revolution was in full swing, and would soon enslave millions around the world in the grip of grinding poverty and endless work to benefit the few.  Prussia, France and England were developing their individual excessive nationalisms, growing armies and military industries that would lead to two world wars. In all these movements, Pope Pius IX was the only world leader who spoke out warning that men and women were being re-defined by big governments and growing industry as worthy of life only if they were productive in industry, useful to a political party, loyal to the state, members of a socially acceptable race.  This was and is wrong!   Men and women are more than what we produce; more than  our race,  gene pool, or political loyalties. Pius saw his task as the one leader whose teachings would gain him nothing personally: to remind humanity about who we are: our dignity and right to exist comes from our very essence: created in the Image and Likeness of God, redeemed by God’s Eternal Son-made-man in the womb of the Virgin Mary.  So, in 1854, backed by the Catholic bishops and faithful from around the globe, Blessed Pope Pius IX showed the world the teaching power of the Catholic Church by formally reminding the world that nothing is more important in the world than God; and that nothing is more important to God than us. By forgetting God—in our work, the market place or public life—we are being controlled and used for the profit of others.
Our Lady is the most perfect example of a human being co-operating fully with God. God prepared her from eternity to be the Mother of His Son: she did not create God, who exists from all eternity. But she gave to the Eternal and unseen Son of God  a human mind, heart, soul, will, and body: the ever-existing God entered into human history and became man in the womb of Mary, in order to free us from sin and death. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux described God’s purpose beautifully:
“It befitted God to be born of none but a virgin, and it befitted the virgin that having borne God she should bear no other. The Creator of men, in becoming himself a man, had to choose, indeed even to form, the kind of mother he knew befitted him and knew would please him. Therefore, he wanted her to be a virgin so that from a spotless woman He, the Spotless One, might come forth to cleans away the sins of all mankind. He wanted her to be humble from whom He, as the man meek and humble of heart, would be born; He wanted her to give a salutary example of all the virtues. Therefore He made the Virgin conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit, for she earlier offered her vow of virginity to Him but had also won the merit of humility. These were the glorious jewels of mind and body that adorned the royal Virgin. Her beauty was known in heaven, whose citizens gazed on her with admiration; she attracted the eyes of the King to herself and sent down a heavenly messenger to greet her. The angel was sent to a virgin: a virgin in flesh and in spirit, a virgin by deliberate intention, a virgin such as the Apostle Saint Paul describes, holy in mind and body. The Lord did not stumble on her by accident but chose her from eternity; the Most High prepared her, the angels preserved her, the Fathers of  Israel pointed her out, the prophets promised her coming” [Sermon II, In Praise of the Virgin Mary].
And why did the pope accede to the American bishops’ desire that Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception be the patroness of America? Because the pope had great hopes for the United States as the only nation under whose laws and freedoms the Catholic Church might prosper and grow. And he was correct: in all European countries, throughout Asia, and in nearly all the countries of Central and South America, the Catholic Church was persecuted throughout the 19th and 20th centuries: Catholic schools, universities and churches closed, all church property seized, clergy and nuns imprisoned, killed and forbidden to wear clerical attire publicly. It is the same reason Blessed Pope Pius IX blessed the efforts of American bishops to build churches and schools for the millions of immigrant Catholics arriving in the United States, such as our own basilica, established as an independent parish in 1854—the same year of the definition of the Immaculate Conception; and the same reason that blessed pope established the American seminary in Rome in 1859.  The pope’s thoughts were: Nourish America, because it understands humanity’s need for freedom to worship God.
On December 8th, let us recall Our Lady’s faith and virtues, and the fact that the pope who began our Basilica parish gave her to us Americans as our patroness and guide to remind us that nothing should be more important to us than God, through His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Joanne Santarsiero, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Mary Duffy, Louise Morello, Joanne Santarsiero, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Maria Izurieta, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor.

Please pray for those who have recently died:  Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Arthur DiGiovanni, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel, Ralph Dante Puzzuoli, Sr., James Tarzia, Sr.,  Antonietta Cerone, Mary A. Gaine, Grace Steele, Benita Rebula, Sylvia Iannazzi, Anne Hieronymus, Julia Fabrizio, Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk.

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

Children’s Choir: Ages 8-18 who are interested. Please speak with our choir master, David Indyk or leave your contact information in the parish office, 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call the parish 203) 324-1553, and speak with either  Msgr. DiGiovanni (ext. 11) or Fr. Vill at (ext. 130) to make an appointment, to discuss the Church’s teaching on marriage and the possibility of getting married in the Church. This also applies to those who want to learn more about seeking an annulment.

DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY: Interested in reading Dante? We could begin during Lent with the Inferno, which is not a torture tour many view the work to be. Rather, it is a meditation on God’s plan for human happiness by loving Him, and humankind’s search for happiness that too often leads away from God to sin, which is real life folly that ends invariably to unhappiness, pain and suffering in this life and in the next.  We could begin reading the first part of the Divine Comedy, The Inferno in Lent, then continue if people would like. NO Charge: you’d simply have to purchase the books. Interested? Call  Msgr. DiGiovanni, 203-324-1553, ext 11.

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

Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form: Is offered every Friday at 2pm on the Saint Joseph Altar.

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

Trinity Catholic High School is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. They will hold an entrance exam on Saturday, December 16th, 2017, at 9am. Check out the website for details www.trinitycatholic.org/admissions.

A Christmas Carol at Trinity Catholic High School:  Join us in celebrating the holidays this year, as the Trinity Catholic High School Crusader Players present A Christmas Carol, Friday, December 8th, and Saturday, December 9th, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 10th, at 2:00 pm. To order your tickets online, go to www.trinitycatholic.org/student-life/crusader-players

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday November 19, 2017 $  11,285.98 (Parade)
Sunday November 20, 2016 $  11,131.76 (Parade)
Sunday November 26, 2017 $  14,936.33

Sunday November 27, 2016 $  13,366.69

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

December 10th Sunday Readings:  Is 63: 16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7; 1 Cor 1:3-9; Mk 13:33-37

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Handel’s Messiah
:Part I & Hallelujah Chorus
Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at 8PM in our Basilica

Directed by New York’s Famed Ted Sperling and the Stamford Symphony with the Master Voices in this Special Holiday Performance:  For tickets: call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.org.

Rorate Mass: Saturday, December 16th at 6:30 am
Solemn Choir Mass in honor of Our Lady in English
Followed by light breakfast

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

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

End Legalized Abortion:  Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street.  Help us stop this by joining parishioners in front of the facility on Wednesday or Friday mornings, 8am-10:30am, or even just for 30 minutes. We pray and silently bear witness to the sanctity of human life. Our presence has 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.

The Christmas Giving Tree: To benefit pregnant women and their families served by the Sisters of Life. For the next three weeks, a basket will be in the back of the church. The name of an item is written on each tag in the Christmas basket that would benefit the woman in need. Please take a tag (or tags) and purchase the item on the tag. We will collect the unwrapped gifts after each Mass on the weekend of December 10thstarting with the 4PM Mass on Saturday. Call Frank Carpanzano @ 203-975-8833 ext 3004. Thank you!

DO NOT DROP OFF THE GIFTS AT THE RECTORY OR LEAVE THEM IN CHURCH.

Xavier Society for the Blind will celebrate our annual St. Lucy Feast Day Mass on December 13th at 10 a.m. in the Lady Chapel of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City. St. Lucy is the patron saint of the blind. All are welcome.

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

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

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

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

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

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development.  We  meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group will not be meeting during November and December, but please call or email Melanie Szlucha for a free 30 minute consultation. Meetings will resume in January 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, January 24th.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, December 2, 2017
4:00   +Elizabeth and Thomas Daly req. Leon Taricani
Sunday, December 3, 2017
7:30   +Giuseppe Mastroluca req. Frank and Beth Carpanzano
10:00 +Claire Laginestra req. The Legion of Mary
12:00 +Edna Holt and Son req. Marion Morris & Family
5:00   +Fr. Rufin Kuveikis, OFM, Cap.
Monday, December 4, 2017
8:00   +Fernand Constant req. Geralda Constant-Berrouet
12:10 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
8:00   +Anthony and Betty Pierne req. Elizabeth
12:10 +Laura Pascale req. John Pascale
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
8:00   +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Penny Vitolo req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Thursday, December 7, 2017
8:00     Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
12:10 +Claire Laginestra req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
5:15   +James F. Hurley req. Mark and Deborah Dalton
Friday, December 8, 2017
8:00   +Virginia and Eileen Carr req. Marie Carr
12:10   Special Intentions Gail Piria req. Family
5:15     For the opening of the cause of Cardinal Kung
Saturday, December 9, 2017
8:00     Souls in Purgatory req. Nelly Contreras
12:10 +William Morrell req. Diane Costello

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

150 years ago, or so:
Dec. 5, 1879: THE A.O.H. BALL. “This season’s ball by the Ancient Order of Hibernians society, which took place on Thanksgiving Eve, in Military Hall, was a very successful affair financially, and as a means of furnishing much enjoyment to all attending. Good music, which  is the life and soul of an entertainment of this kind, was not wanting , for the band of the famous 69th gave unlimited satisfaction. The spacious floor was well covered with dancers, whose energetic movements testified to their good spirits. The managers performed their several duties in a creditable manner, and left no cause of complaint from any. As for the supper, it is enough to say it was furnished by Melhongail. While the best of order was maintained in the room, there were more than one of the young fellows outside who seemed to be looking for a battle, and were usually able to find it.”

115 years ago, or so:
Dec. 8, 1903:  “Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and is observed as a Holy Day by Roman Catholics. In St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, a High Mass was celebrated at 9 this morning, by Rev. Father O’Brien, who spoke briefly on the significance of the day. There were two earlier Masses. At all the services, large congregations were present.”

110 years ago, or so:
Dec. 7, 1908: Junior Holy Name Society. “The Junior Holy Name Society of St. John’s R. C. Church, which was recently organized, held a meeting yesterday afternoon. The membership of the society includes for the most part working boys, and the principal aim of the society is to avoid swearing and loose talk generally, and to discourage such habits among others.”

100 years ago, or so:
Dec. 8, 1914: Church Feast Day Observed. “Special Masses in honor of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception were celebrated at the Catholic Churches here today, with a good attendance. At St. John’s Catholic Church, the Masses were 5, 7, 8 and 9 a.m.”

35 years ago, or so:
Dec. 3, 1981:   Annual Bazaar to take place this weekend at St. John, arranged by Church Societies. “The eighth annual bazaar at St. John Church, Atlantic Street is planned for Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring Christmas gift items including hand-knitted and hand-sewn clothing, hand-crafted decorations and stocking fillers, religious articles and books for children and grown-ups. A luncheon will be served throughout the day and baked goods and beverages will be available. There will also be a garage sale and awards. The event is sponsored by the Rosary Altar Guild, St. Anne’s Society and the Holy Name Society.”

Bulletin for Sunday November 26, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday November 26, 2017

Pastor’s Corner:   Pope Pius XI began his pontificate in 1922. He faced the aftermath of the First World War, when the Church was the sole institution surviving on the European continent. Trust in big government, in the economy, in the military, in academia, in science, and in the brotherhood of men, all had failed, leaving Europe in ruins, and the lives of millions shattered. In his first encyclical letter (Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, Dec. 23, 1922) the pope said that the sufferings of the world
“. . . were due to the fact that the majority of men had thrust Jesus Christ and his holy law out of  their lives; that these had no place either in private affairs or in politics. That as long as individuals and states refused                 to submit to the rule of our Savior, there would be no really hopeful prospect of a lasting peace among             nations. Men must look for the peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ.”

He then dedicated his entire pontificate to Christ the King, and, three years later, established the Solemnity of Christ the King, which we celebrate this weekend. This was not simply a pious gesture. Pius XI was warning that unless individuals and governments of Europe changed and took Christ to heart, horrors worse than those endured during World War I would soon to overtake Europe and the world. He was correct: Fascism, Nazism, and Communism came to power, all ideologies dedicated to perfecting human society by excluding God from the public forum and from individual lives, and thus denying the human person and humanity as created in the image and likeness of God.
If people are not the image of God, they are disposable according to the whim or policies of the state, and the pope saw this happening in his own time. Only if we permit Christ, who is the King of Universe, to rule over our very lives, forming our daily relationships, and guiding our every action by the virtue of Christian obedience to God and charity to our neighbors who are the image and likeness of God, only then can the world hope for any semblance of justice or peace or prosperity. Without Christ, godless men and the totalitarian governments step in to take the place of God, and men and women became tools for the up-building of the state and of corporations. The state is not God, and we are not merely cogs in a machine. Pope Pius XI hoped that this annual celebration of Christ the King would annually remind the world of the necessity of Christ. “Christ’s kingly dignity”, the pope wrote, “demands that the State should take account of the commandments of God and of Christian principles, both in making laws and in administering justice, and also in providing the young a sound moral education.” That way,

“. . . the faithful will gain much strength and courage, enabling them to form their lives after the true Christian ideal. If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all men, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn [merely] natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to Him. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls . . .” (Quas primas, Dec. 11, 1925)

The test whether Christ reigns in our daily lives is whether we keep the Ten Commandments—all of them: “He who says he knows Christ, but does not keep His Commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him” (I John 2:3-5). As we grow in grace, we move from them to exercising authentic charity: not merely obeying the laws of God because God gave them, although that is sufficient reason for doing so.  But seeking to naturally follow those Commandments by a life of active charity: we obey those Commandments without thought, as second nature, by always putting the interest of God and of His image—those around us, our wife or husband, our father or mother, our friend or stranger—before our own interests.  The practice of Christian Charity leads us to worship God, obey the Commandments, and reverence the Image of God in each other, since Charity permits of no injustice, subjugation, cheating or the using of another.  Let Our Lord be King in our hearts and lives daily, and find true joy being and doing that which He created us to be and do: His loving brothers and sisters, bound by faith and strengthened in charity.
Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Dorothy Keys,  Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Mary Duffy, Louise Morello, Joanne Santarsiero, Louise Wakin, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Maria Izurieta, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel, Ralph Dante Puzzuoli, Sr., James Tarzia, Sr.,  Antonietta Cerone, Mary A. Gaine, Grace Steele, Benita Rebula, Sylvia Iannazzi, Anne Hieronymus, Julia Fabrizio, Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk.

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming Catholic, OR, are you an adult Catholic who has not yet received First Communion, Confession, or Confirmation? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes started Monday September 18th and will meet weekly 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x21 or stop in the parish office between  9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday. Reminder for participants: HW: Part I: Chapter 7– The Holy Catholic Church (pages 97-116).

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

Children’s Choir: Ages 8-18 who are interested. Please speak with our choir master, David Indyk or leave your contact information in the parish office, 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call the parish 203) 324-1553, and speak with either  Msgr. DiGiovanni (ext. 11) or Fr. Vill at (ext. 130 to make an appointment, to discuss the Church’s teaching on marriage and the possibility of getting married in the Church. This also applies to those who want to learn more about seeking an annulment.

DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY: Interested in reading Dante? We could begin during Lent with the Inferno, which is not a torture tour many view the work to be. Rather, it is a meditation on God’s plan for human happiness by loving Him, and humankind’s search for happiness that too often leads away from God to sin, which is real life folly that ends invariably to unhappiness, pain and suffering in this life and in the next.  We could begin reading the first part of the Divine Comedy, The Inferno in Lent, then continue if people would like. NO Charge: you’d simply have to purchase the books. Interested? Call  Msgr. DiGiovanni, 203-324-1553, ext 11.

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

Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form: Is offered every Friday at 2pm on the Saint Joseph Altar.

Trinity Catholic High School is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. They will hold an entrance exam on Saturday, December 16th, 2017, at 9am. Check out the website for details www.trinitycatholic.org/admissions.

A Christmas Carol at Trinity Catholic High School Join us in celebrating the holidays this year, as the Trinity Catholic High School Crusader Players present A Christmas Carol, Friday, December 8th, and Saturday, December 9th, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 10th, at 2:00 pm. To order your tickets online, go to www.trinitycatholic.org/student-life/crusader-players.
www.trinitycatholic.org/studentlife/crusaderplayers.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Not Available because of Early Bulletin Transmission Deadlines

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

December 3rd Sunday Readings:  EZ 34:11-12, 15-17; 1 Cor 15:20-26, 28; MT 25:31-46

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.

Saints’ Relics: The high altar displays the parish Relics of the Saints: these will remain on the altar throughout most of November to remind us of our calling to become saints—people who love God and strive to be perfect as Our Heavenly Father is perfect by our heroic acts of daily charity and virtue. Spend a few moments in prayer before or after Mass, asking the Saints to pray for you and your family.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Advent & Christmas Concert: Saturday
Saturday, December  2nd at 7:30pm in our Basilica.

The seminarians of Saint Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, NY, will present a beautiful program of Advent and Christmas music. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on line: www.DunwoodieMusic.org or through the parish office: call Keri our secretary at 203-324-1553, ext 21. If you would like to take an advertisement for the program, please contact the seminary at the above website. Everyone is welcome!

Handel’s Messiah:Part I & Hallelujah Chorus
Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at 8PM in our Basilica.

Directed by New York’s Famed Ted Sperling and the Stamford Symphony with the Master Voices in this Special Holiday Performance:  For tickets: call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.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

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

End Legalized Abortion:  Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street.  Help us stop this by joining parishioners in front of the facility on Wednesday or Friday mornings, 8am-10:30am, or even just for 30 minutes. We pray and silently bear witness to the sanctity of human life. Our presence has 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.

The Christmas Giving Tree: To benefit pregnant women and their families served by the Sisters of Life. For the next three weeks, a basket will be in the back of the church. The name of an item is written on each tag in the Christmas basket that would benefit the woman in need. Please take a tag (or tags) and purchase the item on the tag. We will collect the unwrapped gifts after each Mass on the weekend of December 10th starting with the 4PM Mass on Saturday. Call Frank Carpanzano @ 203-975-8833 ext 3004. Thank you!

DO NOT DROP OFF THE GIFTS AT THE RECTORY OR LEAVE THEM IN CHURCH.

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

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

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

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

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

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development.  We  meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group will not be meeting during November and December, but please call or email Melanie Szlucha for a free 30 minute consultation. Meetings will resume in January 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, January 24th.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com

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

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, November 25, 2017
4:00   +Bill Cody – 7th Anniversary req. Cody Family

Sunday, November 26, 2017
7:30   +Carmine V. Longo Sr. req. Lucille Longo and Family
10:00 +Enrico and Mary Imbrogno req. Gloria Mulieri
12:00 +Irene Scheck req. Christine Hylenski-Uzar and Family
5:00   +Ralph Branca

Monday, November 27, 2017
8:00   +Ronald Heinze req. Hawthorn Family
12:10 +Gaetano and Maria Conte req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
8:00   +Aldo Iantorno req. Pasquale and Ida Carpanzano
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
8:00     Souls In Purgatory req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10 +Mary Churley req. Marion Morris

Thursday, November 30, 2017
8:00     For an end to violence and terrorism and peace for their victims
12:10 +John and Elizabeth Coughlin req. Family

Friday, December 1, 2017
8:00     Special Intentions Gail Piria req. Family
12:10   Patti Shuman req. Anne Marie Carpanzano

Saturday, December 2, 2017
8:00  +Maria Imbrogno req. Rocco Carmele Longo
12:10+Carol Rubin req. Lindsay Kennedy

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

DEDICATION OF THE BASEMENT CHAPEL OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH—NOVEMBER 25, 1875.

DEDICATION OF THE R. C. CHAPEL:
The Advocate:December 3, 1875. “A memorable event—especially to the Roman Catholic people of the town—occurred on Thanksgiving day. The congregation assembled in the vicinity of the old church edifice, and marched in procession to the new church, where an audience numbering not less than sixteen hundred persons gathered to witness the dedicatory services of the new chapel, a spacious and substantially finished apartment, in the basement of the new edifice. A number of the Catholic clergy from elsewhere in this diocese and from the Archdiocese of New York took part in the ceremonies. The priests and attendant acolytes, to the number of thirty-six, walked in procession down the aisle of the chapel, and passing out, walked around the edifice, sprinkling holy water and reciting in Latin the prayers appointed to be used on such occasions. Subsequently High Mass was celebrated, followed by a sermon from one of the visiting clergymen, in which he took occasion to congratulate the pastor and people upon the superb edifice they have raised for the worship of God. “If this be the chapel,” said he, “what must the church be when it is all completed? I have no doubt it will be one of the most beautiful in the New England states.” The chapel is supplied with a new pipe organ, which, though much inferior in size to the grand organ to be used in the church, is a fine instrument, and was played in a masterly manner. The vocal part of the music was strikingly fine, and constituted no inconsiderable part of the service.”

Bulletin for Sunday November 19, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday November 19, 2017

Pastor’s Corner:The Mayflower set sail for the British Colony of Virginia in 1620.  A late departure, and a more difficult than anticipated voyage, brought her  instead to Cape Cod, not to Virginia, on November 10, 1620. With no royal charter to land in the north, grumblings of mutiny began among the agents of the original investors. To forestall any possible disintegration of the group, William Bradford, their leader, decided to draft a new agreement, albeit hurriedly, “that might be as firm as any patent, and in some respects more sure”, as he put it.
The Mayflower Compact of November 11, 1620, began by stating the reason for having sailed to the New World, and why they deemed it necessary to make political changes once they landed:
In the name of God, Amen. Having undertaken, for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith and honor of our king & country, a voyage to plant the first colony, we by these presents solemnly & mutually in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant & combine ourselves together into a civil body politic; for our better ordering, & preservation & furtherance of the ends afore told.
The words were echoed 250 plus years later in our Declaration of Independence:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, . . . We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Happiness is a goal and a natural right for us: the Catholic Church has always held that. In Holy Scripture, the word “beatitude” means happiness. So, Our Lord’s teaching called The Beatitudes, delivered during His Sermon on the Mount, is actually a recipe how to be happy—both here on earth and in heaven.  But how do we find happiness?  By searching for it and doing something, not just by existing.
If you decide you are the most important person in your life, you’re in trouble. Being interested in getting as much of everything for yourself as possible is what leads to personal and financial problems, to begin with. The Catholic Church’s teaching is that of Our Lord: Charity—interest in the welfare of others first, is at the very heart of following Christ, AND the basis for real happiness, and for our nation, from the beginning.  Charity is not just giving money to beggars, it is more: doing good  to others without any expectation or demand of repayment. You die to your ego a little, just as Christ died on the Cross, not for some idea or lofty notion. You sacrifice yourself for some person—who is the Image of God, and hope your good deed may lead that person and yourself to God.
Besides those on the Mayflower, there were earlier visitors to this continent: Irish monks, under the rule of Saint Columban, who arrived in the 7th century, bringing the Gospel to the New World. They came to bring something to the inhabitants of the New orld—Christ. In his Instructions, St. Columban wrote this:
God makes man from the earth but ennobles him with the impress of his own image. Let us give back, then, to God our Father his image in us, an image kept spotlessly holy, for he is holy; an image spotless in charity and love, for he is Love; an image spotless in devotion  and truth, for he is devoted and true; Let us not paint an alien image in ourselves; the painter who is undisciplined, angry and proud paints the self-portrait of a tyrant, for that is what he is.  Therefore, lest we end with the self-portrait of a despot, let us allow Christ to paint his image in us, in charity for others.
That’s the story of the first Thanksgiving: a feast thanking God and the Native Americans whose shared survival skills and food saved the Pilgrims during their first harsh New England winter. Even if the details of the first Thanksgiving have been prettied up for today’s modern audience, its heart is true: charity for others, and the defense of the dignity of others in private and public, which is, likewise, at the heart of our nation.  As we labor to rebuild our country, let’s remember that.
                 Happy Thanksgiving!          —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Dorothy Keys,  Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Mary Duffy, Louise Morello, Joanne Santarsiero, Louise Wakin, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Maria Izurieta, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel, Ralph Dante Puzzuoli, Sr., James Tarzia, Sr.,  Antonietta Cerone, Mary A. Gaine, Grace Steele, Benita Rebula, Sylvia Iannazzi, Anne Hieronymus, Julia Fabrizio, Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk.

THANKSGIVING DAY MASS: There will be ONE Mass offered on Thanksgiving, November 23 at 10 am. The usual 8 am and 12:10 pm Masses are cancelled on Thanksgiving.

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming Catholic, OR, are you an adult Catholic who has not yet received First Communion, Confession, or Confirmation? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes started Monday September 18th and will meet weekly 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x21 or stop in the parish office between  9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday. Reminder for participants: No class November 20th. Happy Thanksgiving.

Children’s Choir: Ages 8-18 who are interested. Please speak with our choir master, David Indyk or leave your contact information in the parish office, 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call the parish 203) 324-1553, and speak with either  Msgr. DiGiovanni (ext. 11) or Fr. Vill at (ext. 130 to make an appointment, to discuss the Church’s teaching on marriage and the possibility of getting married in the Church. This also applies to those who want to learn more about seeking an annulment.

DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY: Interested in reading Dante? We could begin during Lent with the Inferno, which is not a torture tour many view the work to be. Rather, it is a meditation on God’s plan for human happiness by loving Him, and humankind’s search for happiness that too often leads away from God to sin, which is real life folly that ends invariably to unhappiness, pain and suffering in this life and in the next.  We could begin reading the first part of the Divine Comedy, The Inferno in Lent, then continue if people would like. NO Charge: you’d simply have to purchase the books. Interested? Call  Msgr. DiGiovanni, 203-324-1553, ext 11.

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

Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form: Is offered every Friday at 2pm on the Saint Joseph Altar.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday November 12, 2017 $11,504.95
Sunday November 13,  2016 $ 13,217.96

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

November 26th Sunday Readings:  Ez. 34:11-12, 15-17; 1Cor 15:20-26, 28; Mt 25:31-46

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.

Saints’ Relics: The high altar displays the parish Relics of the Saints: these will remain on the altar throughout most of November to remind us of our calling to become saints—people who love God and strive to be perfect as Our Heavenly Father is perfect by our heroic acts of daily charity and virtue. Spend a few moments in prayer before or after Mass, asking the Saints to pray for you and your family.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Advent & Christmas Concert: Saturday
Saturday, December  2nd at 7:30pm in our Basilica.

The seminarians of Saint Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, NY, will present a beautiful program of Advent and Christmas music. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on line: www.DunwoodieMusic.org or through the parish office: call Keri our secretary at 203-324-1553, ext 21. If you would like to take an advertisement for the program, please contact the seminary at the above website. Everyone is welcome!

Handel’s Messiah:Part I & Hallelujah Chorus
Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at 8PM in our Basilica.

Directed by New York’s Famed Ted Sperling and the Stamford Symphony with the Master Voices in this Special Holiday Performance:  For tickets: call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.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

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

End Legalized Abortion:  Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street.  Help us stop this by joining parishioners in front of the facility on Wednesday or Friday mornings, 8am-10:30am, or even just for 30 minutes. We pray and silently bear witness to the sanctity of human life. Our presence has 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.

The Christmas Giving Tree: To benefit pregnant women and their families served by the Sisters of Life. For the next three weeks, a basket will be in the back of the church. The name of an item is written on each tag in the Christmas basket that would benefit the woman in need. Please take a tag (or tags) and purchase the item on the tag. We will collect the unwrapped gifts after each Mass on the weekend of December 10thstarting with the 4PM Mass on Saturday. Call Frank Carpanzano @ 203-975-8833 ext 3004. Thank you!

DO NOT DROP OFF THE GIFTS AT THE RECTORY OR LEAVE THEM IN CHURCH.

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

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

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

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

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

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development.  We  meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group will not be meeting during November and December, but please call or email Melanie Szlucha for a free 30 minute consultation. Meetings will resume in January 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, January 24th.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com

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

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, November 18, 2017
4:00   +Carmelle Pépin. req. Dominick and Eileen Carpanzano
Sunday, November 19, 2017
7:30   +George VanLangen req. Joyce Patten and Lorraine VanLangen
10:00 +Bill Cody – 7th Anniversary req. Cody Family
NO 12:00PM MASS (Stamford Thanksgiving Parade)
5:00   +Ralph Branca
Monday, November 20, 2017
8:00     Souls in Purgatory
12:10   In Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus req. Blanca Soto
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
8:00  +Bruno Costa req. Lindsay Kennedy
12:10 +Juana Mazariegos req. Blanca Reyes
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
8:00  +Sister Caroline Marie CSJ Birthday Remembrance req. Marie Carr
12:10   Thanksgiving to Immaculate Heart of Mary
Thursday, November 23, 2017
8:00     NO 8:00AM MASS
10:00   People of the Parish
12:10   NO 12:10PM MASS
Friday, November 24, 2017
8:00   +Mary Churley req. Mary Petrizzi
12:10 +Peter Sabini req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Saturday, November 25, 2017
8:00   +Matthew Burke req. Melton Family
12:10 +Mary Kennedy req. Lindsay Kennedy

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

150 years ago, or so:
Nov. 23, 1866: THIRD ANNUAL BALL. ST. JOHN’S ROMAN CATHOLIC BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION OF STAMFORD. “The third annual ball will be held at Seely’s Hall on Wednesday, November 28, 1866. Tickets one dollar. Music by the 69th Regiment Band of New York, D. Bradley, Leader. John Kenealy, President; Nicholas Donohue, Secretary”

135 years ago, or so:
Nov. 21, 1884: The Fair in the New Church. “The Catholic fair will remain open every evening this week and will probably continue for a part of next week. The political excitement, etc. interfered with the attendance at first, but the enterprise has been growing in interest and scoring larger success each evening for the present week. The Ancient Order of Hibernians visited the fair in a body, Monday, and that their visit told on the receipts goes without saying. Other Catholic bodies will attend on the remaining evenings of this week, and the general visitors will probably find Friday and Saturday evenings the best time to see the entertainment. It has many features of interest for everybody.”

110 years ago, or so:
Nov. 21, 1905: Priest a Good Samaritan. “The children were saved from the necessity of entering the County Home by Rev. Eugene Sullivan of St. John’s Catholic Church. Father Sullivan learned of their plight, and he appeared in court this morning. He told Prosecuting-Attorney Carter and Judge Downs that he would look after the family, see that the children attended school, and do all in his power to prevent them from becoming public charges. This promise was satisfactory to the Court and the prosecutor, and it filled the heart of the mother with joy. Her tear-stained eyes lighted up wonderfully and she left the court-room seemingly in a happy frame of mind.”

100 years ago, or so:
Nov. 25, 1916: Parochial-School Boy Finds Money. “One of Officer Jack Brennan’s charges got out of line, yesterday noon, when the parochial school children were being dismissed, and darted suddenly toward the middle of the street. He was back in a moment, holding out a fist which tightly clenched money. “Here it is, Jack; I just found it,” he said. And the parochial school kiddy turned over the fistful of money to Brennan, who reported the matter at headquarters and left the money there.”

90 years ago, or so:
Nov. 23, 1927: SPECIAL SERVICES IN THE CHURCHES THANKSGIVING DAY. “A special Thanksgiving Mass will be held at St John’s Roman Catholic Church tomorrow at 8 a.m.  There will also be a regular Mass at 7 a.m.”

Bulletin for Sunday November 12, 2017

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Pastor’s Corner:  During November, the Church universal celebrates the dedication of three of the four major basilicas in Rome: November 9th was the feast of the dedication of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, the pope’s cathedral, as the bishop of Rome; November 18th, the feast of the dedication of the Basilica of Saint Peter and the Basilica of Saint Paul, built in the 4th century over the original tombs of the two greatest Apostles.
The November 9th celebration of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran reminds us of the unity we have as members of the Church founded by Christ with the Successor of Saint Peter, Pope Francis, who is the Successor of Saint Peter as the Bishop of Rome. The original basilica was built and consecrated in 324 AD to Our Savior. By the early 10th century fires and earthquakes forced its rebuilding, and rededication to St. John the Baptist, and later rededicated also to St. John the Evangelist in the 12th century. On the façade is a Latin inscription expressing the wish of the Emperor Constantine and Pope Sylvester I that the Basilica be “The Head and Mother Church of all Churches throughout the City of Rome and the World.”
The November 18th celebration reminds us of the central place of the Apostles Peter and Paul in the development of the Church, the same Church we belong to. “Oh, Happy Rome, whose stones are consecrated by the Blood of the Martyrs, Peter and Paul”, is an ancient hymn recalling the ministry and martyrdom in Rome of these two Apostolic giants. St. Peter, the fisherman, was crucified in 67 AD, and buried in the cemetery at the base of the Vatican Hill. In 323 AD, the Emperor Constantine began one of the largest construction projects of the ancient world: the leveling of the Vatican Hill, moving over 1 million cubic feet of rock and dirt, to build the first Basilica above the tomb of Saint Peter. Both the ancient and present day Basilicas were dedicated on November 18th. St. Paul, the tentmaker, was martyred outside Rome’s walls, and buried near the present-day Fiumicino Airport near Ostia. Constantine began a Basilica above Paul’s tomb, but it was not completed until the fifth century by the Emperor Theodosius and Pope Saint Leo the Great. Archaeological explorations beneath St. Peter’s in the 1940s, and beneath St. Paul’s in 000,  unearthed and confirmed the tombs of each Apostle beneath the basilicas’ high altars.
It may be difficult for us who live in the 3rd millennium to understand the importance of the celebrations concerning church buildings of another time, so far away from Stamford.  The celebrations are important because we belong to the Church they founded, share the Apostles’ faith and are united with them in the sacraments. A priest named Gaius wrote in 200 AD, “If you come to Rome I will show you the tombs [tropaia, Greek for trophies] of the Apostles Peter in the Vatican and Paul on the via Ostiense.”  St. John Chrysostom, two centuries later, offered some idea of the importance of the lives and tombs of Peter and Paul: “The sepulchers of those who served Christ crucified surpass the palaces of kings, not so much in the greatness and beauty of the buildings, as in other things of more importance, such as the multitude of those who with devotion and joy visit them. For the emperor himself, clothed in purple, goes to the tombs and kisses them. . He who wear a royal crown looks on it as a great privilege from God that a tentmaker [St. Paul] and a fisherman [St. Peter], should be his protectors and defenders. . .” [Hom. I Cor, 20].
These celebrations are really about the larger universal Catholic Church, whose very essence is the same today as when Christ established it on the Apostles. Here at Stamford’s Basilica, we are reminded of the Apostle Peter by his bronze statue with the Keys of Heaven; and of our union with His Successor, Pope Francis, by the four bricks from the Holy Year doors of the four major basilicas of Rome, sent to the parish by Pope Saint John Paul II, and now set in the walls on either side of St. Peter’s statue. Though far from the City of Rome, we are one in communion with the pope, all the saints, and all Christians who have lived, each time we gather at the altar for Mass through Christ in the Eucharist, sharing Christ’s life with the Apostles and saints.
Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Louise Morello, Joanne Santarsiero, Louise Wakin, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Maria Izurieta, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel, Ralph Dante Puzzuoli, Sr., James Tarzia, Sr.,  Antonietta Cerone, Mary A. Gaine, Grace Steele, Benita Rebula, Sylvia Iannazzi, Anne Hieronymus, Julia Fabrizio, Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk.

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

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming Catholic, OR, are you an adult Catholic who has not yet received First Communion, Confession, or Confirmation? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes started Monday September 18th and will meet weekly 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x21 or stop in the parish office between  9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Children’s Choir: Ages 8-18 who are interested. Please speak with our choir master, David Indyk or leave your contact information in the parish office, 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call the parish 203) 324-1553, and speak with either  Msgr. DiGiovanni (ext. 11) or Fr. Vill at (ext. 130 to make an appointment, to discuss the Church’s teaching on marriage and the possibility of getting married in the Church. This also applies to those who want to learn more about seeking an annulment.

DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY: Interested in reading Dante? We could begin during Lent with the Inferno, which is not a torture tour many view the work to be. Rather, it is a meditation on God’s plan for human happiness by loving Him, and humankind’s search for happiness that too often leads away from God to sin, which is real life folly that ends invariably to unhappiness, pain and suffering in this life and in the next.  We could begin reading the first part of the Divine Comedy, The Inferno in Lent, then continue if people would like. NO Charge: you’d simply have to purchase the books. Interested? Call  Msgr. DiGiovanni, 203-324-1553, ext 11.

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

Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form: Is offered every Friday at 2pm on the Saint Joseph Altar.

Saints’ Relics: The high altar displays the parish Relics of the Saints: these will remain on the altar throughout most of November to remind us of our calling to become saints—people who love God and strive to be perfect as Our Heavenly Father is perfect by our heroic acts of daily charity and virtue. Spend a few moments in prayer before or after Mass, asking the Saints to pray for you and your family.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday November 5, 2017 $  14,783.00
Sunday November 6, 2016 $  14,048.61

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

November 19th Sunday Readings:  Wis 6:12-16; 1 Thes 4:13-18; Mt 25:1-13

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

Advent & Christmas Concert: Saturday, December  2nd at 7:30pm in our Basilica.
The seminarians of Saint Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, NY, will present a beautiful program of Advent and Christmas music. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on line: www.DunwoodieMusic.org or through the parish office: call Keri our secretary at 203-324-1553, ext 21. If you would like to take an advertisement for the program, please contact the seminary at the above website. Everyone is welcome!

Handel’s Messiah, Part I & Hallelujah Chorus: Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at 8PM at the Basilica of St John the Evangelist, directed by New York’s Famed Ted Sperling and the Stamford Symphony with the Master Voices in this Special Holiday Performance:  For tickets: call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.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.

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

End Legalized Abortion:  Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street.  Help us stop this by joining parishioners in front of the facility on Wednesday or Friday mornings, 8am-10:30am, or even just for 30 minutes. We pray and silently bear witness to the sanctity of human life. Our presence has 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.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group will not be meeting during November and December, but please call or email Melanie Szlucha for a free 30 minute consultation. Meetings will resume in January 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, January 24th.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Men’s Night of Reflection @ 7pm, St Gabriel on Thursday, Nov 16: Men, please join us to hear Fr. John Connaughton present “Advent – Preparing for the Coming of the Lord” where Fr Connaughton will share his thoughts about the season of Advent and ways to consider this holy, yet often overlooked, time of preparation for the birth of Christ. This Men’s Night is brought to you by the Knights of Columbus Fr. Miller Council #5833. Contact Bill Nagle with any questions. M: 203-570-2593, email:billnagle@hotmail.com

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

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

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

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.

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

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development.  We  meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

Lost & Found. . . Please check the Lost & Found in the Rectory for any items you may have left in the church.  Feel free to call Keri at the rectory, M-F, 9AM—4:30PM, 203-324-1553 x21.

Catholic Classical School Fundraiser:  You’re invited to “An Enchanted Autumn Evening,” a Fall Gala to benefit Regina Pacis Academy on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at The Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s in Darien, CT. Please join us for cocktails, dinner, dancing, entertainment, and a silent auction. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.reginapacisacademy.com/fall-gala. Regina Pacis Academy is a small, private, classical Catholic school in Norwalk.

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

Mass Intentions

Denotes Deceased

Saturday, November 11, 2017
4:00 Thomas Cycon req. Jef and Mary Spetland
Sunday, November 12, 2017
7:30     Thomas Cycon req. Andrew, Ferry, and Anne Marie
10:00   All Souls in Purgatory req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
12:00   Deceased Members of the Morris Family req. Marion Morris and Family
5:00   +Ralph Branca
Monday, November 13, 2017
8:00   +Deceased Members of the Curioni Family req. Leon Taricani
12:10   People of the Parish
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
8:00   +Ann DiGiovanni
12:10 +Catherine Davis req. Catherine Perry
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
8:00   +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Amy Lancaster req. Sue Kremheller
Thursday, November 16, 2017
8:00   +Gaston Millien req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Krank Families
Friday, November 17, 2017
8:00   +Joseph and Margaret Curtis req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Audrey Coppola req. Jan and Fred Pasqua
Saturday, November 18, 2017
8:00   +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Denis Oliveira req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

145 years ago, or so:
Nov. 15 1872: Local Affairs. Meeting of the Borough Board. Resolutions. “By A. W. Williams. That the Borough Agent be directed to request Rev. Mr. Fagan, Pastor of the R. C. Church, to place the walk in front of the new church on Atlantic street, in proper order. Adopted.”

115 years ago, or so:
Nov. 13, 1902:  Football Notes. “The Altar Boys of St. John’s R. C. Church will open the rugby season next Wednesday with the Tarrytowns, on King’s field. This game should be interesting, for the teams are evenly matched. Friday of next week they will play the Glenbrook’s on King’s field. The Altar Boys would like to play third King’s. For games, see Laurence Kerrigan, manager. The lineup will be: W. Greeney, r.e.; A. Ward, r.t.; D. Troy, r.g.; J. Daly, c; L. Conroy, l.g.; J. Condon, l.t. and r. b.; E. Mullen, l.e.; J. Griffen, r.h. and l.t; H. Nevins, l.h. They would like to play any team under thirteen years of age.”

100 years ago, or so:
Nov. 15, 1918: Boys and Girls Make Appeals for United War Work Fund. “The Junior Three-Minute-Speakers had the right of way in all the theatres of Stamford last night, speaking in the interests of the Victory Boys and Girls, and urging the people to help them in finding ways to earn the money they have pledged toward the United War Work Campaign. In the Alhambra theatre, a boy from Rogers School and a girl of Waterside School, were the speakers. This evening the speakers in the theatre will be furnished by the High School and St. John’s parochial school.”

85 years ago, or so:
Nov. 15, 1934: REV. CHARLES A. CORCORAN POLICE DEPARTMENT CHAPLAIN. “Rev. Charles A. Corcoran of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church was named chaplain of the police department last night, by the Board of Public Safety, succeeding Rev. Edward Farrell of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, who resigned, on his assignment recently to the Sacred Heart Church, Bridgeport. The remainder of the meeting was given over to routine business.”

80 years ago, or so:
Nov. 19, 1935: Holy Name Society, St. John’s, To Hold Annual Card Party. “The annual Thanksgiving card party and social sponsored by the Holy Name Society of St. John’s R. C. Church will be held in the school hall, next Monday night. The affair will be limited to the men of St. John’s parish. The social will be open for all

Bulletin for Sunday November 5, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday November 5, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: From nearly the first moment I arrived at Saint John’s in 1998, people frequently have asked about repairing the Rectory. Last November, as the UBS parade passed by the Rectory, some people on one of the floats yelled out to the priests, “You gotta fix that building!”  So, the time has come to discuss the Rectory and the feasibility of a fund raising campaign to finance the essential repairs, modernization and improvement of our 1850 building.
You, the parishioners of Saint John’s, have been exceedingly generous during my 20 years as pastor, and the resulting restored Basilica, parish hall and property bears testament to your generosity. The good news is that we already have a good portion of the money for the Rectory project. During these past 20 years, I have been working to lease the parish parking lot to endow the parish for the future and to fund essential repairs. We finally succeeded: RoeCo of Stamford has signed a long term lease with Saint John’s for use of the parking lot. We agreed to an early up-front payout of a small portion of the rent: in July, Saint John’s was given funds that will provide us with $4 million to put toward the Rectory project. The estimated cost of the Rectory project is $6 million, which includes the construction of a new office wing, formal gardens for public use behind the Rectory, and updating and modernizing our 1850 building. For the Rectory project, I am asking the parish to raise $2 million. The Diocese of Bridgeport is considering its own financial campaign and has decided that Saint John’s should raise an additional $1,053,000 for the Diocese. So, the proposed financial campaign for us totals about $3 million.
To decide if this is feasible, the Diocese has hired a fundraising company, CCR. Some parishioners have been contacted by them asking their opinion. I invited 15 parishioners to the Rectory last month to voice their thoughts of the Diocese’s fund raising, and to answer the question if this is the right time to raise such a large sum of money. During the next weeks, many parishioners will be contacted by our parish secretary, Keri, asking that you come to the Rectory to give me your opinion, as well. Is it realistic to ask for parishioners to raise $3 million now?
In the meantime, I have hired an architectural firm, Centerbrook Architects, from Centerbrook, CT, and we have been working for months to develop a viable plan to restore the Rectory, to update it, and to make it more practical as the parish offices and meetings spaces for small lectures, concerts, religious education, counseling of individuals and couples, as well as all the parish weekday work, and a place for priests to live. The plans also include replacing the original 1850 single pane windows with new windows; introduce insulation into the walls; strip off the present lead-paint-covered clapboarding and replace it with new wood composite siding, while repairing and renovating the intricate decorative 19th century exterior woodwork. A new office wing will be built behind the Rectory. Anyone who has visited the parish office during the past 40 years knows how cramped and inefficient a space it is. The new office wing will provide a large wide-open office space, along with meeting rooms and new bathrooms.
Behind the Rectory, new gardens will be created, centered on a fountain and a horseshoe shaped steel Gothic trellis, which will offer the parishioners and visitors to the Basilica a restive and beautiful garden area. It will also serve as a place for outdoor processions, outdoor Rosaries, First Holy Communion parties and parish functions. It will not be rented out for private events, but will be open for the use by the parish for parish functions.
Besides the practical need for the Rectory to be upgraded is the reality that we must look to the next 100 years. We are a Minor Basilica—-one of only 82 minor basilicas out of the 35,000 Catholic churches in the United States. It is my hope, during the next ten years, in addition to being the spiritual heart of downtown Stamford, to develop Saint John’s to become a pilgrimage and spiritual center for Catholics in the Tri-State area. Your help is essential to accomplish this Rectory project, including the new gardens. That is why I’m asking your help now.
That help can be in the form of your suggestions and opinions about whether to proceed with this financial campaign now. Please jot down your thoughts, either in a note form or in an email to me:  spqrnac@gmail.com   Your ideas and comments will be greatly appreciated. Likewise, please pray that we succeed in this endeavor, if it be Our Lord’s will.                                                                              —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Louise Morello, Joanne Santarsiero, Louise Wakin, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Maria Izurieta, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel, Ralph Dante Puzzuoli, Sr., James Tarzia, Sr.,  Antonietta Cerone, Mary A. Gaine, Grace Steele, Benita Rebula, Sylvia Iannazzi, Anne Hieronymus, Julia Fabrizio, Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk.

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

The Upper Room: For adults between 30 and 95 years of age resumes on November 8th at 7:30pmin The Upper Room at Columbus Park Trattoria on Main Street in Stamford. Our speaker: Fr. George Rutler, Pastor of Saint Michael’s Church in NYC will be our speaker. His topic: The Church as the Communion of Saints. All are welcome.

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

Children’s Choir: Ages 8-18 who are interested. Please speak with our choir master, David Indyk or leave your contact information in the parish office, 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call the parish 203) 324-1553, and speak with either  Msgr. DiGiovanni (ext. 11) or Fr. Vill at (ext. 130 to make an appointment, to discuss the Church’s teaching on marriage and the possibility of getting married in the Church. This also applies to those who want to learn more about seeking an annulment.

DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY: Interested in reading Dante? We could begin during Lent with the Inferno, which is not a torture tour many view the work to be. Rather, it is a meditation on God’s plan for human happiness by loving Him, and humankind’s search for happiness that too often leads away from God to sin, which is real life folly that ends invariably to unhappiness, pain and suffering in this life and in the next.  We could begin reading the first part of the Divine Comedy, The Inferno in Lent, then continue if people would like. NO Charge: you’d simply have to purchase the books. Interested? Call  Msgr. DiGiovanni, 203-324-1553, ext 11.

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

Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form: Is offered every Friday at 2pm on the Saint Joseph Altar.

Saints’ Relics: The high altar displays the parish Relics of the Saints: these will remain on the altar throughout most of November to remind us of our calling to become saints—people who love God and strive to be perfect as Our Heavenly Father is perfect by our heroic acts of daily charity and virtue. Spend a few moments in prayer before or after Mass, asking the Saints to pray for you and your family.

Weekly Sunday collection:     

Sunday October 29,  2017 $  13,367.25
Sunday October 30,  2016 $  11,520.39

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

November 12th Sunday Readings:  Wis 6:12-16; 1 Thes 4:13-18; Mt 25: 1-13

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.

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.

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

End Legalized Abortion:  Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street.  Help us stop this by joining parishioners in front of the facility on Wednesday or Friday mornings, 8am-10:30am, or even just for 30 minutes. We pray and silently bear witness to the sanctity of human life. Our presence has 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.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group will not be meeting during November and December, but please call or email Melanie Szlucha for a free 30 minute consultation. Meetings will resume in January 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, January 24th.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

Advent & Christmas Concert: At our Basilica on Saturday, December  2nd at 7:30pm. The seminarians of Saint Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, NY, will present a beautiful program of Advent and Christmas music. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on line: www.DunwoodieMusic.org or through the parish office: call Keri our secretary at 203-324-1553, ext 21. If you would like to take an advertisement for the program, please contact the seminary at the above website. Everyone is welcome!

New York‘s Famed Ted Sperling leads the Stamford Symphony with the MasterVoices in a Special Holiday Performance:  Handel’s Messiah, Part I & Hallelujah Chorus on Saturday December 9th, 2017 at 8PM at the Basilica of St John the Evangelist, 279 Atlantic Street, Stamford. Tickets starting at $25. Limited number of tickets available in the Basilica.  Call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.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).

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

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

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

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.

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

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development.  We  meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

Lost & Found . . . Please check the Lost & Found in the Rectory for any items you may have left in the church.  Feel free to call Keri at the rectory, M-F, 9AM—4:30PM, 203-324-1553 x21.

Regina Caeli Academy Informational Night: Are you looking for an affordable classical education in the Catholic tradition for your high school student? Come find out more about high school at Regina Caeli Academy at our Information Night on Sunday, Nov. 5th., from 4 pm-5:30 pm at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church (Church Hall), 46 Stone Street, Danbury, CT 06810. Kindly RSVP to mgrunbok.fcc@rachybrid.org or call Mary Grunbok at (203) 701-9154.

Catholic Classical School Fundraiser:  You’re invited to “An Enchanted Autumn Evening,” a Fall Gala to benefit Regina Pacis Academy on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at The Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s in Darien, CT. Please join us for cocktails, dinner, dancing, entertainment, and a silent auction. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.reginapacisacademy.com/fall-gala. Regina Pacis Academy is a small, private, classical Catholic school in Norwalk.

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, November 4, 2017
4:00   Tom Timon req. Noreen Timon West
Sunday, November 5, 2017
7:30   Deceased Members of the Do Family req. Thang Nguyen
10:00 +Vera Dandry req. John Pascale
12:00 Deceased Members of the Preziosi Family req. Marion Morris and Family
5:00   +Ralph Branca
Monday, November 6, 2017
8:00  +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 Rev. Terrence P. Walsh
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
8:00  +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Julia Wynne Breunich req. Rosemary Reid
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
8:00  +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Age Camaj req. Age
Thursday, November 9, 2017
8:00  +Julie Paul Beauzil req. Eveline Lauture
12:10 +Carmine V. Longo Sr. req. Lucille Longo and Family
Friday, November 10, 2017
8:00   +Deceased Members of the Nguyen Family req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 +Michael Reilly req. Catherine Perry
Saturday, November 11, 2017
8:00   +Edwich Joseph req. Sister Marie Loiseau
12:10 Maria Teresa Vargas req. Vargas 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: The St Monica Latin Reading Group meets on Tuesdays.  Please call St John’s Rectory, 203 324 1553, ext. 21, for more information.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
115 years ago, or so:
Nov. 7 1901:  “St. Ann’s Ladies’ Aid Society of St. John’s R. C. Church is to give a  euchre party in the Town Hall, on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 21. Handsome prizes will be awarded to the winners. At its last regular meeting, St. Joseph’s T.A.B. Society initiated eight new members. Fr. Eugene Sullivan of St. John’s R. C. Church addressed the members on the temperance question.”

105 years ago, or so:
Nov. 11, 1912:  ONE NIGHT IN A FREIGHT CAR. “John Sibilou, 9 years of age, of Lipton Place, near Atlantic Street, returned Saturday morning after a night spent with a schoolmate who is 15 years of age, and whom John knows only by the name “Herb.” The boys are attendants of St. John’s parochial school, and, from the story told by the younger boy, “Herb” enticed him to go off and lead the life of a tramp, and have “a darn good time.” John consented, and after school was out, on Friday, they went into the local railroad yards, and jumped aboard a freight train, with the intention of going off in the car when it went. The two youngsters remained in the car all night, but it failed to move, and when John arose in the morning, and looked about, he felt that the pangs of hunger were, after all, of more consequence than the desire to “tramp,” so he jumped from the car, despite “Herb’s” entreaties, and went home. He was met on Atlantic Street by his father, who had spent a sleepless night in searching for the boy. The parent took the boy home and told him that the reform school was his after the next offense. John promised to be good and stay home in the future. The police had been warned of the runaway and they had been watching for the boys.”

100 years ago, or so:
Nov. 9, 1916: WILL OF MISS O’CONNOR. “The will of Miss Frances O’Connor, who died Oct. 16 last, has been offered for probate. The bulk of the estate is in New York City. Miss O’Connor bequeathed $1,000 to St. John’s Catholic Church of Stamford.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: That bequest is worth $23,750.00 in 2017 dollars. Miss O’Connor was the donor of the Stations of the Cross installed in the church in 1898.)

95 years ago, or so:
Nov. 12, 1921: CATHOLIC WOMEN ARE ORGANIZED. “At a meeting of Catholic women, of Stamford, last night, in the chapel of St. John’s R.C. Church, steps were taken to effect organization of the Stamford branch of the Connecticut Council of Catholic Women. A nominating committee was appointed with power to increase its number to ten and with instructions that it report to a meeting to be held on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. in St. John’s Chapel, a list of officers and committees to carry on the work of the local unit of the council. Miss Victoria A. Larmour of Bridgeport, an officer of the State Council, addressed the group.”

Bulletin for Sunday October 29, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 29, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: The Solemnity of All Saints on November 1st and the Memorial of All Souls Day on November 2nd call to mind an aspect about the reality of the Church of which many people are unaware: The Catholic Church isn’t merely an institution; it is the living Body of Christ that reaches beyond the here and now: Christ is the Head, we—both the baptized living and the baptized dead—are the members, through which Our Lord works to save everyone.
All Saints Day recalls the innumerable men, women, and children who led lives of heroic virtue and great holiness. They pray for us to Our Lord; they continue to be members of the Church and practice charity from heaven in our regard. All Souls Day on November 2nd calls to mind those innumerable men, women, and children who have died, but whose lives were less than perfectly holy.  They, hopefully, are in Purgatory, being purged of the effects of their sins.  We remember them in a particular way as our act of charity, praying for them, who continue to be members of the Church.  Not everyone is in Heaven; not everyone is in Purgatory; some people, by their own decisions in life, chose Hell.  The popular fallacy is that everyone goes to Heaven.  Not so, at least not according to Our Lord’s revelation in Scripture and the Church’s consistent teachings.  If we live without Christ in this life, or if we live contrary to Christ, then why should we want or expect to be with Him forever in the next life?
While our society revels in horror stories about the dead during Halloween, the Church turns our attention to the reality of life and death, and beauty of God’s mercy and love for us, even if we sin. This week we recall those Saints who loved Christ so much that they based their daily lives on Him. Likewise, we recall those others who desired to live perfect lives, but were less than perfect because of human weakness.  This is the Church’s annual reflection on what the Catholic Church is: NOT a big religious institution! It is a community of believers, joined to Christ who is the Head of the Body, the Church, united with Him and with each other through the centuries through the seven Sacraments Jesus gave His Church, by which we share His life. These are days of great hope, because God’s mercy is stronger than our sins; stronger than the power of Satan and death.  As a sign of that, the Church offers special graces for the Souls in Purgatory.  By our simple prayers, acts of charity, and proper intention, united with the Church as the Body of Christ, we can gain a Plenary Indulgence for deceased members of our families, and it costs nothing.  A Plenary Indulgence is the remission before God of the temporal punishment due for sins that had been already forgiven by Confession.  Sin has a lasting effect on us, which can be cleansed only through penance.  Hopefully, we can do these penances prior to our death; sometimes not.  That is where the Church comes in: The Church, established by Our Lord as the minister of Redemption, authoritatively dispenses and applies to those in need the treasury of graces earned by Christ and His Saints.  One Indulgence can be had each day from November 1st through the 8th, and each can be applied by us to one of the faithful departed per day.  All we have to do is this: 1) go to Confession at least once during that week, and receive Holy Communion on the day(s) you wish the Indulgence; 2) visit any cemetery; 3) and pray—one Hail Mary and one Our Father for the intention of the Pope; 4) if you can’t visit a cemetery, then visit any Catholic church, fulfilling the requirements 1 and 3, and also recite the Creed.   This is Christ’s mercy through His Church.  We are asked to have faith in the Church established by Christ and to demonstrate our faith in charity by doing these simple spiritual tasks and acts of charity. Let us be mindful of the goodness of Our Lord, pray to the Saints for their intercession, and pray for the faithful departed that they might one day see the God who loves us.
To underscore the important spiritual relationship we have with the Saints—the official term is the “Communion of the Saints”, the parish’s relics of saints will remain on display for on the high altar for the next few weeks, for your veneration. Together, with the other Saints, Our Lady and Our Lord, they are part of the Church, all still praying for us, while we pray for the dead: all working in charity and faith for the salvation of all. Happy feast days!               —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Joanne Santarsiero, Louise Wakin, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Maria Izurieta, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Debbie Schemmel, Ralph Dante Puzzuoli, Sr., James Tarzia, Sr.,  Antonietta Cerone, Mary A. Gaine, Grace Steele, Benita Rebula, Sylvia Iannazzi, Anne Hieronymus, Julia Fabrizio, Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk.

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

November 2nd… Masses for the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) will be celebrated at 11:00 AM at St. John’s Cemetery (Norwalk) and at Gate of Heaven Cemetery (Trumbull). Call Elizabeth Auda at 203-416-1636 for more information.

Banns of Marriage:  III Banns:  Elvin Efrain Caban and Odalys Aquino

Saint Augustine Medal:  Each year, the Bishop of Bridgeport bestows the Saint Augustine Medal of service to Catholic lay men and women who have served their parish communities in some way. This year, Bishop Caggiano honors David and Janet Lancaster of our Basilica. For the past 11 years they have faithfully provided refreshments for parishioners after the 10 am Sunday Mass—every week. Their generous donations and their time organizing, setting up and clearing away have provided literally tens of thousands of parishioners with refreshments during these past 11 years. I am very grateful to both Janet and David, and proud that Bishop Caggiano bestowed this medal on them.

Pro-Life Event.  The Gospel of Life Society invites you and your family to participate in Stamford’s Life Chain, on Sunday, October 29th  from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm in front of Saint John’s. Last year, over 1,200 Life Chains were linked across America and Canada, including scores of St. John’s parishioners. This is a non-confrontational witness for life: we  stand along Atlantic Street in front of the church with signs encouraging greater respect for human life, and we pray. For more info, please call Frank Carpanzano: 203-975-0074.

The Upper Room: For adults between 30 and 95 years of age resumes on November 8th at 7:30pmin The Upper Room at Columbus Park Trattoria on Main Street in Stamford. Our speaker: Fr. George Rutler, Pastor of Saint Michael’s Church in NYC will be our speaker. His topic: The Church as the Communion of Saints. All are welcome.

Children’s Choir: Ages 8-18 who are interested. Please speak with our choir master, David Indyk or leave your contact information in the parish office, 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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

DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY: Interested in reading Dante? We could begin during Lent with the Inferno, which is not a torture tour many view the work to be. Rather, it is a meditation on God’s plan for human happiness by loving Him, and humankind’s search for happiness that too often leads away from God to sin, which is real life folly that ends invariably to unhappiness, pain and suffering in this life and in the next.  We could begin reading the first part of the Divine Comedy, The Inferno in Lent, then continue if people would like. NO Charge: you’d simply have to purchase the books. Interested? Call  Msgr. DiGiovanni, 203-324-1553, ext 11.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday October 22,  2017 $  14,305.22
Sunday October 23,  2016 $  12,867.32

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

November 5th Sunday Readings:  Ex 22:20-26; 1 Thes 1:5c-10; Mt 22:34-40.

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.

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

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

Let us pray: for the mothers and children of Good Counsel Malta House, who have been wounded from the affects of abortion or any physical, mental or sexual abuse, that they may they seek hope, forgiveness and God’s Divine healing.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group will not be meeting during November and December, but please call or email Melanie Szlucha for a free 30 minute consultation. Meetings will resume in January 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, January 24th.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

Stamford Catholic/ Trinity Catholic High School: The Annual Memorial Mass for deceased graduates, faculty and staff will be offered on Thursday November 2nd at 7pm in the school auditorium. All are welcome.

Regina Caeli Academy Informational Night: Are you looking for an affordable classical education in the Catholic tradition for your high school student? Come find out more about high school at Regina Caeli Academy at our Information Night on Sunday, Nov. 5th., from 4 pm-5:30 pm at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church (Church Hall), 46 Stone Street, Danbury, CT 06810. Kindly RSVP to mgrunbok.fcc@rachybrid.org or call Mary Grunbok at (203) 701-9154.

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes started Monday September 18th and will meet weekly 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x21 or stop in the parish office between  9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday. HW: Monday’s reading (10/30) is Part 1:Chapter 4-Man (pages 55-66).

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

Catholic Classical School Fundraiser:  You’re invited to “An Enchanted Autumn Evening,” a Fall Gala to benefit Regina Pacis Academy on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at The Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s in Darien, CT. Please join us for cocktails, dinner, dancing, entertainment, and a silent auction. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.reginapacisacademy.com/fall-gala. Regina Pacis Academy is a small, private, classical Catholic school in Norwalk.

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

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development.  We will meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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

Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form: Is offered every Friday at 2pm on the Saint Joseph Altar.

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, October 28, 2017
4:00   +John Depoli req. Marion Morris and Family
Sunday, October 29, 2017
7:30   +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
10:00 +Fernando and Antonia Seixas req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
12:00 +Delia Truglia req. Marchetti Family
5:00   +Robert and Karen Velline
Monday, October 30, 2017
8:00     For the deceased members of our extended family
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
8:00   +Carmel Pepin req. Frank and Beth Carpanzano
12:10 +Federico Garcia req. Aurea Garcia
5:15   +Gene Tushaj req. Age
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
8:00   +Wladek and Willemina Falek req. daughter
12:10 +Laura Pascale req. John Pascale
5:15   +Gregoria Gloria and Marcial Gloria req. Angeles Family
Thursday, November 2, 2017
8:00     Deceased Parishioners
12:10   Deceased Parishioners
Friday, November 3, 2017
8:00     In Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary req. Ferry G.
12:10   Matthew and John Kanozi Senyonjo req. Andrew Mbabaali
Saturday, November 4, 2017
8:00    Souls in Purgatory req. Pasquale and Ida Carpanzano
12:10 +Al Zach req. Zach Family

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
140 years ago, or so:
Oct. 29, 1875: The Catholic Fair. “The largest attendance of last week was that of Wednesday and Saturday evenings, though on every evening since the fair opened, until its close, the attendance was large, and the interest unabated. On Saturday evening the scene was particularly brilliant, and fully one thousand persons were present. The apartment in which the fair was held is the basement story of the new Catholic church. It is capable of seating twelve hundred persons, and with its numerous graceful iron pillars, its black walnut and ash wainscoting, and the neatness as well as the solidity of its finishing, can hardly be surpassed in any ecclesiastical edifice in city or country. On Saturday night when its sixty globe-covered gas jets threw a flood of brilliant light over the finely dressed and moving throng below, the scene was in a high degree animated and picturesque. Around the walls, at regular intervals, appeared on a shelf, the state coat of arms of each of the states. On the west end of the building appeared the American and Irish flags, and at the east side a platform was erected on which an orchestra of seven pieces discoursed eloquent music at intervals during the evening. This band, under the direction of Mr. B. Lumb, is wholly a Stamford institution, and being composed of enthusiastic and intelligent students of the art, who have had, moreover, the benefit of long practice together, its performance was really excellent. The program heard on Saturday night included many pieces of high musical merit, and they were well performed.”

125 years ago, or so:
Oct. 31, 1890:  St. John’s R. C. Church Matters “On Saturday, Nov. 1, the Feast of All Saints will be celebrated in this church in the morning. Rev. Wm. Kane, from Westminister, MD., has for some time been visiting relatives and friends in Stamford. He officiated at the morning service in St. John’s church last Sunday. He was only ordained last June. The tar walk recently made in front of the rectory is a great convenience, and workmen are now engaged on a fine roadway between the church and the rectory. All these improvements will make these sidewalks and roads as good as any in town.”

70 years ago, or so:
Oct. 30, 1948: Masses Are Scheduled By Catholic Churches For All Saints Day. “Catholic churches in Stamford will observe All Saints’ Day Monday and All Souls’ Day Tuesday with Masses on both mornings. Monday, All Saints’ Day, a Holy Day of Obligation, at St. John’s, Masses will be at 5:30, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.”

35 years ago, or so:
Nov. 3, 1973: Huge Crowd. “Talking about Father Bill Nagle, he recalls the huge crowd that gathered Sunday at St. John’s Cemetery in Springdale, where a special Mass was celebrated to observe All Souls Day. More than 500 persons attended the Mass.”

Bulletin for Sunday, October 22, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 22, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: In another week, the Church will celebrate All Saints’ Day on November 1st. The Solemnity of All Saints calls to mind an aspect of the reality of the Church which many people are unaware: The Catholic Church is NOT a humanly created institution. This is clear in the Book of the Apocalypse: “The angel said to me, ’Come and I will show you the bride that the Lamb has married.’ He. . . Showed me Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down from God out of heaven. . . The City stood on twelve foundation stones, each one of which bore the name of one of the twelve apostles of the Lamb” [Apoc 1:10-14].  Saint Paul continues the image: “You are part of a building that has the apostles and prophets for its foundations, and Christ Jesus himself for its main cornerstone.” [Eph 2:20] The Catholic Church was personally established by Our Lord,  and has been called “Catholic” since the end of the first century. While its membership is made up of women, men and children around the globe, it is a living creation of God, with Jesus literally as its head, and we, literally as its members; just like your arms and legs are members of your own body, managed by your head. Through the Catholic Church, we are closely united with God.
Most people do not realize that there is an intimate relationship between Our Lord and all who are baptized, were baptized, and will be baptized: a relationship that begins on the date of your baptism, and continues forever, crossing all boarders of space and time. That relationship springs from our sharing in the very life of Jesus through Baptism and the Sacraments, especially that of His Body and Blood, the Eucharist, or Holy Communion, which we are privileged to receive during Mass. There is more: whenever we attend Mass, there are others present beside those standing and sitting in the church. All the saints and angels, and God Himself, is present with us—not as ideas or memories, but actually: in real time. All Saints Day on November 1st calls to mind that deeper reality of our unity in Christ and all the baptized, living and dead, through His Catholic Church. Jesus works through His Catholic Church to destroy the power of evil: and the saints take that role up in their lives on earth and in heaven.
That is why there are statues and pictures of saints in Catholic Churches. That is why the high altar is covered with relics of the saints: the statues, paintings and relics of saints remind us of the heroes of the Faith: real people just like us who loved Jesus so very much, and heroically, that their lives were forever changed, and they changed the world. As you look around our Basilica, can you name any of the statues or paintings of the saints? You should be able to. Let’s take a little tour of the images of those men and women who pray for each of us daily before the Throne of God.
Let’s start inside the basilica front interior doors. Standing in the center aisle, take a right: walk up the northern [right] side aisle: walk a few feet down the aisle to the baptismal font on your right, and stop. Face the font, and there, next to the font is a white marble statue: who are the two men? The one kneeling is Jesus, the one standing is Saint John the Baptist: the last and greatest prophet, who baptized Jesus, and then was put to death because he served God more faithfully than the local government. Turn to your right and face the back wall: there is a stature of Saint Rita of Cascia: a wife and mother who suffered greatly at the hands of her abusive husband and children; after their death she became a nun, dedicating her life to Christ for the salvation of the world, praying for her family’s enemies. Above her is a large oil painting of Our Lady: Jesus’ mother, who holds her divine son. The Blessed Virgin Mary was the first and most dedicated of Jesus’ disciples. Turn around, and walk down the aisle: at the front of the church is the side altar of Saint Joseph, the foster father of Jesus and husband of Mary. Next to the altar is a white marble statue of Saint Therese of Lisieux, a young girl who became a cloistered Carmelite nun, suffered from tuberculosis and offered her sufferings for the salvation of the world. Turn a little to the right, and there is a large seated bronze statue of Saint Peter: the chief Apostle, who died a martyr in Rome in 64 AD. The popes in Rome share his office given him by Our Lord as the visible head of the Church. Turn to the right and look up, and you’ll see four painted “statues”: on the far left is Blessed Pope Pius IX, next is Saint Patrick, then, on the other side of the large window, Saint Augustine and his mother Saint Monica. Turn round again, and walk to the exact center of the church, and face the high altar: on the right is Saint John the Evangelist; to the left is a statue of Our Lord with His Sacred Heart. Walk across to the other side, to the side altar of Our Lady, with Her Son standing below her. Next to the altar is a white marble statue of Saint Anthony of Padua holding the Infant Jesus. Now look up at the side wall: the far left of the large window is a painting of Saint Michael the Archangel; next, Saint Philip Neri; on the right of the window is Saints Joachim and Ann, the parents of Mary. These were real life people who loved God on earth, and still do now in heaven. They pray for you, daily.
Here’s your homework: Google each saint to learn more about their lives of faith: they, literally, changed their world around them because of their love for God. The saints are still part of the Catholic Church, who pray for you and me daily at the throne of God. Speak to the saints, just as you would your friends, for they are your friends in heaven. Ask their help and guidance; read their biographies on-line for inspiration and get an idea what to do with your life: how can you love Jesus?—how can you change the world? Through Christ, you can do great things.
Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Joanne Santarsiero, Louise Wakin, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Maria Izurieta, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Debbie Schemmel, Ralph Dante Puzzuoli, Sr., James Tarzia, Sr.,  Antonietta Cerone, Mary A. Gaine, Grace Steele, Benita Rebula, Sylvia Iannazzi, Anne Hieronymus, Julia Fabrizio, Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk.

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

Banns of Marriage:
II Banns:  Elvin Efrain Caban and Odalys Aquino
III Banns:  Justin Ross Abate and Sandra Cordoano
III Banns:  Kevin Michael Baker and Nancy Alison Clayton

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

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Pro-Life Event. . . The Gospel of Life Society invites you and your family to participate in Stamford’s Life Chain, on Sunday, October 29th  from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm in front of Saint John’s. Last year, over 1,200 Life Chains were linked across America and Canada, including scores of St. John’s parishioners. This is a non-confrontational witness for life: we simply stand along Atlantic Street in front of the church with signs encouraging greater respect for human life, and we pray. For more info, please call Frank Carpanzano: 203-975-0074.

The Upper Room: For adults between 30 and 95 years of age resumes on November 8th at 7:30pmin The Upper Room at Columbus Park Trattoria on Main Street in Stamford. Our speaker: Fr. George Rutler, Pastor of Saint Michael’s Church in NYC will be our speaker. His topic: The Church as the Communion of Saints. All are welcome.

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

Children’s Choir: Ages 8-18 who are interested. Please speak with our choir master, David Indyk or leave your contact information in the parish office, 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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

DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY: Interested in reading Dante? We could begin during Lent with the Inferno, which is not a torture tour many view the work to be. Rather, it is a meditation on God’s plan for human happiness by loving Him, and humankind’s search for happiness that too often leads away from God to sin, which is real life folly that ends invariably to unhappiness, pain and suffering in this life and in the next.  We could begin reading the Divine Comedy in Lent, then continue if people would like. NO Charge: you’d simply have to purchase the books. Interested? Call  Msgr. DiGiovanni, 203-324-1553, ext 11.

Weekly Sunday collection:       

Sunday October 15,  2017 $  13,221.18
Sunday October 16,  2016 $  11,757.54

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

October 29th Sunday Readings:  Ex 22:20-26; 1 Thes 1:5c-10; Mt 22:34-40

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.

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

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

Let us pray: for the mothers and children of Good Counsel Malta House, who have been wounded from the affects of abortion or any physical, mental or sexual abuse, that they may they seek hope, forgiveness and God’s Divine healing.

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, October 25th.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

The Catholic Academy of Stamford:  will be hosting a Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Open House on Sunday, October 22, 2017, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. It will be held at the lower school campus, 1186 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT.  You will have an opportunity to meet the Head of School, Ms. Patricia Brady, the Principal of the lower school, Mrs. Natalia Cruz, and the Teachers and their Assistants.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see for yourself the great things that are happening in this wonderful community.  Please mark your calendar!

Stamford Catholic/ Trinity Catholic High School: The Annual Memorial Mass for deceased graduates, faculty and staff will be offered on Thursday November 2nd at 7pm in the school auditorium. All are welcome.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

Catholic Classical School Fundraiser:  You’re invited to “An Enchanted Autumn Evening,” a Fall Gala to benefit Regina Pacis Academy on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at The Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s in Darien, CT. Please join us for cocktails, dinner, dancing, entertainment, and a silent auction. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.reginapacisacademy.com/fall-gala. Regina Pacis Academy is a small, private, classical Catholic school in Norwalk.

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

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development.  We will meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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

Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form: Is offered every Friday at 2pm on the Saint Joseph Altar.

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, October 21, 2017
4:00  +Regina Grabowski req. Duffy Family
Sunday, October 22, 2017
7:30  +Juana Mazariegos req. Blanca Reyes
10:00+Elisa and John Prizio req. Elisa Pavia
12:00+Jeffrey Leon Donoso req. Lina Donoso and Family
5:00  +Robert and Karen Velline
Monday, October 23, 2017
8:00  +Mary Churley req. Mary Petrizzi
12:10+Gusta and Lena req. Age
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
8:00 +Carmine V. Longo Sr. req. Lucille Longo and Family
12:10  Diane Strain req. Lula Blackson
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
8:00   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
12:10 +Anthony and Cecilia Conte req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Thursday, October 26, 2017
8:00  +Joseph and Margaret Curtis req. Mary Maloney
12:10+Paul Tomko req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Friday, October 27, 2017
8:00   Special Intentions Pietro Bertuca req. niece and nephews
12:10+William Eisler req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Saturday, October 28, 2017
8:00  +Sister Mary Rose Gallagher CSJ Birthday Remembrance req. Marie Carr
12:10+Victoria Santagata req. Giannitti 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.

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

Oct. 23, 1907: Parochial School Alumni. “The regular meeting of the Alumni of St. John’s Parochial School will be held tomorrow evening in the school hall. The second of the series of short talks will be given by the Rev. James C. O’Brien, on the evening of the Feast of All Souls, the subject to be The Doctrine of the Catholic Church Regarding Departed Souls. These short talks are becoming very popular and the Alumni has been fortunate in being able to secure some of the best speakers in Stamford, as well as a few who do not belong here. A treat is expected when the worthy pastor of St. John’s lectures, for Father O’Brien is a very entertaining and convincing talker.”

105 years ago, or so:
Oct. 29, 1912:  “Friday will be a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Churches. This is celebrated as a Feast of All Saints. The Masses in St. John’s R. C. Church will be at 5, 7, 8 and 9 a.m. Thursday, the eve of the feast of All Saints, will be a fast day.”

100 years ago, or so:
Oct. 29, 1914: St. Ann’s Euchre Party a Big Success. “A pleasing and successful affair was the euchre held last evening by St. Ann’s Ladies’ Aid Society, in St. John’s Parochial School Hall. Between three and four hundred were present. For euchre there were about eighty tables. The proceeds will be used in work for the poor. At 8:30 p.m., the announcer, Dr. J. J. Ryle, started cards. Eight games were played in all. When it came time to award the many handsome prizes, it was necessary to draw for numbers. One player, Miss Mary A. Stark, had won all eight games. She took for her prize a cut-glass dish. Eight players had won seven games. They picked a tray, cut-glass almond dish, a purse, a second tray, a clock, a set of sherbet glasses and a picture.”

85 years ago, or so:
Oct. 27, 1931: Children of Mary Halloween Party On Thursday Night. “The Sodality of the Children of Mary of St. John’s R. C. Church will hold a Halloween party for members only in the Parochial School hall on Thursday, October 29. Festivities will begin at 8. An entertaining program has been planned with Miss Irene Kearney, Miss Grace Reilly, and Miss Helen Whitehead taking part. Numerous Halloween games have been planned and there will be a grand march, following which prizes will be awarded to the prettiest costumes, the most original and the most comical. Following the entertainment program, refreshments will be served by the refreshments committee of which Miss Alice Smith is chairman. Miss Mary Duplex is chairman of decorations and Miss Mae Finch is in charge of the programs. Every member is extended an invitation to attend and the committee assures everyone an enjoyable evening. Guests must come in costume or masked.”

Bulletin for Sunday October 15, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 15, 2017

Pastor’s Corner:        Some of the Church’s greatest martyrs are recalled this week: On October 17th: Saint Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch in what is today Syria died a martyr in Rome in the early 2nd century; and on October 19th, the North American Martyrs, who died martyrs in what is today Canada and New York State in the mid-17th century.  What could these men, living in times and places so different from one another, have in common with each other and us?
The first thing Ignatius, Isaac and his Jesuit companions shared in common was their unflinching love for and faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ, which led them to become His Catholic priests. The second was their love for His Catholic Church, the only religion personally begun by Jesus and His 12 Apostles. Saint Ignatius was ordained a bishop by Saint Peter, and appointed bishop of Antioch.
Saint Peter then went to Rome., where he headed the early Church, and died a martyr in 64 AD.  By the end of the 1st century,  Ignatius was over 80 years old and was arrested because of his faith during the persecution by the Roman Emperor Trajan. Ignatius was dragged across Asia Minor, chained in the belly of a boat, dragged across Italy to Rome.  In 104 AD,  he was thrown to  the lions in the then-recently completed Coliseum, as entertainment for the bloodthirsty  Roman crowds. Ignatius gave Christ’s Church the name Catholic, which means universal—the Church is found everywhere in the world, not limited to one nation, race or tribe. Since he was a disciple of Saint Peter, Ignatius knew what he was talking about!  As he was being dragged and beaten on his way to martyrdom, Ignatius wrote seven letters addressed to the Church in each of the cities he passed by. They are some of the oldest and most venerable gems of early Christian literature.  In them, he reminded and urged Catholics to remain faithful to Christ and His Catholic Church. Ignatius wrote that the Church founded by Christ is that which exists throughout the whole world—the only Church that is catholikos, or universal: found in every nation. In these letter gave us an exact picture of the Church as established by the Apostles. They describe the true Faith, and the early Church’s structure, as having been organized by the 12 Apostles: each local church or diocese was headed by a bishop, who had received his authority directly from one of the 12 Apostles when one of the 12 Apostles ordained a man a bishop: just as Saint Peter had ordained Saint Ignatius to be the bishop of Antioch. Those bishops handed on the same authority to the men they ordained bishops. The bishops, as direct successors of an Apostle, were assisted by priests and deacons. The heart of Ignatius’ faith was Our Lord, and the mainstay of early Catholic life was the Eucharist, the true Body and Blood of Christ, along with His Revelation in Sacred Scripture, the Bible.
The Jesuit priests, Saints Isaac Jogues, John de Breubeuf, Anthony Daniel, Gabriel Lalemant, Charles Garnier, and Noel Chabanel, and two Religious Brothers, Rene Goupil and John de Lalande preached and established the Church in what is today upstate New York and Canada. In 1642, while Saint Isaac Jogues was bringing desperately needed supplies to the Huron Indian mission from Quebec, his group was attacked by Native Americans. He and his companion Rene Goupil were savagely beaten and tortured—hair, beard, and finger nails torn off, and their forefingers bitten through. Goupil was killed, but Jogues escaped and returned to Europe. In spite of his horrific experience and torture, he insisted that his Jesuit superiors permit him to return: twice he returned to the missions to the same Native Americans who had tortured him and killed his friend.  The second time, Jogues was recaptured, tortured again and tomahawked on October 18, 1648. The others suffered the same fate between 1648 and 1649.
Saint Ignatius of Antioch and the North American Martyrs died in different times and places, each bearing witness to the same reality—Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all time and all places, who redeemed everyone and everything by His Cross. They saw the preaching of Christ’s truth and the offering of His Grace in the Sacraments for the salvation of souls worth dying for. As they were tormented and dying, they prayed for their persecutors and executioners, just as Our Lord did from the Cross.
Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Louise Wakin, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Maria Izurieta, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge,  Debbie Schemmel, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Antonietta Cerone, Mary A. Gaine, Grace Steele, Benita Rebula, Sylvia Iannazzi, Anne Hieronymus, Julia Fabrizio, Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk.

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

Banns of Marriage:
I Banns:  Elvin Efrain Caban and Odalys Aquino
II Banns:  Justin Ross Abate and Sandra Cordoano
II Banns:  Kevin Michael Baker and Nancy Alison Clayton

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

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Pro-Life Event. . . The Gospel of Life Society invites you and your family to participate in Stamford’s Life Chain, on Sunday, October 29th  from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm in front of Saint John’s. Last year, over 1,200 Life Chains were linked across America and Canada, including scores of St. John’s parishioners. This is a non-confrontational witness for life: we simply stand along Atlantic Street in front of the church with signs encouraging greater respect for human life, and we pray. For more info, please call Frank Carpanzano: 203-975-0074.

The Upper Room: For adults between 30 and 95 years of age resumes on November 8th at 7:30pmin The Upper Room at Columbus Park Trattoria on Main Street in Stamford. Our speaker: Fr. George Rutler, Pastor of Saint Michael’s Church in NYC will be our speaker. His topic: The Church as the Communion of Saints. All are welcome.

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

Children’s Choir: Ages 8-18 who are interested. Please speak with our choir master, David Indyk or leave your contact information in the parish office, 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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

DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY: Interested in reading Dante? We could begin during Lent with the Inferno, which is not a torture tour many view the work to be. Rather, it is a meditation on God’s plan for human happiness by loving Him, and humankind’s search for happiness that too often leads away from God to sin, which is real life folly that ends invariably to unhappiness, pain and suffering.  We could begin reading the Divine Comedy in Lent, then continue if people would like. NO Charge: you’d simply have to purchase the books. Interested? Call  Msgr. DiGiovanni, 203-324-1553, ext 11.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday October 8,  2017 $  13,180.58
Sunday October 9,  2016 $  13,141.11

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

October 22nd Sunday Readings:  Is 45:1, 4-6; 1 Thes 1:1-5b; Mt 22:15-21.

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.

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

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

Let us pray: for the mothers and children of Good Counsel Malta House, who have been wounded from the affects of abortion or any physical, mental or sexual abuse, that they may they seek hope, forgiveness and God’s Divine healing.

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, October 25th.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

The Catholic Academy of Stamford :  will be hosting a Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Open House on Sunday, October 22, 2017, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. It will be held at the lower school campus, 1186 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT.  You will have an opportunity to meet the Head of School, Ms. Patricia Brady, the Principal of the lower school, Mrs. Natalia Cruz, and the Teachers and their Assistants.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see for yourself the great things that are happening in this wonderful community.  Please mark your calendar!

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development.  We will meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici 
at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, October 14, 2017
4:00 +Patricia A. Johnson req. Sandra and Roy Klemm
Sunday, October 15, 2017
7:30   Thanksgiving to God req. Ferry G.
10:00 +William Pinto 20th Anniversary req. wife and children
12:00 +Bishop Walter Curtis, the late Bishop of Bridgeport
5:00 +Robert and Karen Velline
Monday, October 16, 2017
8:00   Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Kola and Gjok Camaj req. Age
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 +Thomas Maker req. Marion Morris and Family
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Ed Cody req. Cody Family
Thursday, October 19, 2017
8:00   Peace, hope, and stability for those countries in political unrest
12:10 +Monsignor John V. Horgan-Kung req. Family
Friday, October 20, 2017
8:00   Souls In Purgatory req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10 +Andrew Blackson req. Lula Blackson
Saturday, October 21, 2017
8:00 +Claire Laginestra req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
12:10   Nelson Vargas Birthday req. Vargas 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.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
120 years ago, or so:
            Oct. 22, 1898: FATHER FLANNERY’S PLACE. “Bishop Tierney made a social call on Rev. Father Rogers yesterday afternoon and announced Father Flanner’s successor in this parish, who is to be Rev. Eugene Sullivan of Wallingford. Father Sullivan is a young priest, and is said to be a young man of much ability. He was very popular in Wallingford. He is well acquainted with this part of the diocese, having been in Norwalk for about a year. He was born in Colchester, and studied for the ministry in Allegheny College, N.Y. His first assignment was to Lakeville, after which he was transferred to Norwalk and later to Wallingford.”
100 years ago, or so:
            Oct. 16, 1917:  CHURCH SOCIETIES. “The Holy Name Society of St. John’s Catholic Church received Holy Communion on Sunday, at the 7:15 Mass there. St. Ann’s Ladies’ Aid Society is to hold a social euchre in the near future, in the office of St. John’s parochial school.”
90 years ago, or so:
            Oct. 20, 1927: ST. JOHN’S REC. CLUB BASKETBALL TEAMS OPEN UP TONIGHT. “Jack Hogan, old Seventh Company basketball wizard, will pilot the St. John’s Rec. club Senior team through the coming Winter season. The team will practice tonight in the club hall at the St. John’s School. Ed Conroy, Duffy, Hanrahan, Johnny Brennan, Hogan, Handel and Morin and a few others are expected to be present when Jack Hogan puts the team through its first work-out. Practice will start at 3 o’clock and the boys are requested to bring full uniforms. The junior boys’ club expects to have a strong team on the floor this year also The first practice for this team will be held tonight and last year’s combination which made such an excellent showing will probably be intact. Bill Troy, Mullens, McMahon, Lynch, Cappelleri, Dillen, Hart, W. Cleary, Hennessey and any other boys wishing to try out for the team will report with uniforms tonight at 5 p.m. The Catholic boys’ club team and Troop 22 team will hold their practice sessions tonight at 7 p.m. The Troop 22 basketball team is a new combination to start this year and the presence of good players makes it possible to organize a good quintet.”
90 years ago, or so:
            Oct. 17, 1929: INCREASED ENROLLMENT AT CAMP TOQUAM. “The 1929 season sets another record in advancement in campcraft by the campers at Camp Toquam. Interest was keen in the contest for the Troop Trophy Plaque presented for the fourth year by Camp Committeeman Charles P. White to the troop securing the best record in attendance and achievement at Camp Toquam 1929. The winner of the trophy this year is Stamford Troop 22, connected with St. John’s R. C. Church, Scoutmaster Roy Waters, Assistant David O’Keefe with 1097 points.”

 

Bulletin for Sunday October 8, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 8, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: The heart of the church is the  sanctuary.  On the morning of the church’s dedication, May 30, 1886,  the walls were simply whitewashed, the only color came from the stained glass. The original altar rail was carved wood, and there was no woodwork on the sanctuary walls, which was added in the 1930s. But the three windows in the sanctuary and the high altar were there, along with the heavy wooden bench or sedillia for the priests, a carved wooden “throne” for the bishop and a small wooden table as a credence table, presently in the rectory.  Today’s altar is original.
The altar and tabernacle formed the centerpiece of the church: everything in the building leads to this. Designed and constructed by the firm of Theis and Trueg, and costing a whopping $4,500 in 1886,
[equal to $112,140.00 in 2017 dollars] the altar and tabernacle were marveled at by the local press and citizenry of Stamford.  Periodic payments began on July 6th, and the first shipment of marble began arriving in Stamford train station by September. As the altar was being built, it was opined that, “when completed, the altar will be second to none in New England” [The Connecticut Catholic, September 12, 1885]. Until the church dedication in May, 1886, nearly every edition of The Advocate and The Connecticut Catholic ran articles on the progress of the church, construction, with particular interest in the altar. The Advocate’s  writers had front row seats, since the paper’s original offices were housed in the  Italian neo-Renaissance building still directly across from the church on Atlantic Street. By November, 1885, the interior of the church was nearly completed, and it was opened for inspection by the general public, who flocked to visit the largest stone church in the state. The Advocate noted that “Competent judges pronounce this ‘the most beautiful altar in the United States’” [November 20, 1885]. Originally the altar statues were not provided, since the parish could not afford them until years later.
The high altar is gothic in design, of carved white Carrara marble with columns and inlaid panels of golden Mexican onyx, rising to fill the church apse, and framed by the massive triumphal sanctuary arch. The unifying decorative motif is of grape vines intertwined with shamrocks on the capitals of the pillars and architraves of the altar. This motif is a  sign of the power of the Eternal Love of Christ which nourishes and supports us in the Eucharist. It was that Divine Love that strengthened and united the beleaguered founding Irish Catholic community of Stamford around its parish church in the 1880s, protecting itself from the decades of often violent intolerance by the local Protestant majority. The central image in the hear of the “table” or mensa of the altar,  is the Lamb of God, as described in the Book of Revelation.  Resting on the Book of the Gospels with seven seals, and bearing the banner of the Resurrection. The Lamb is Christ, triumphant over death, who reveals the truth of God through His Church in Scripture and living Tradition. On either end of the altar are carved arches, decorated with flowers and shamrocks, that originally served as credence niches for the altar servers.
Resting on the altar is the tabernacle, in the form of a castle with decorative turrets. A central marble baldacchino rises above the tabernacle. This canopy is a splendid piece of carved marble work. Open on the front side, its sole support is provided by two lithe golden pilasters at the rear of the canopy; the baldacchino supports an elegant structure designed originally as a throne for the exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament. It now houses the magnificent cast brass altar crucifix with chiseled sterling silver corpus of Our Lord, from the original 1851 church.  The marble reredos rises above the tabernacle. Raised on two steps, the reredos is composed of four niches between three taller towers. The niches were originally empty, but are now occupied by four marble angels, each 5 feet in height, with downcast eyes, leading the worshippers’ gaze to the tabernacle and altar table. The angels carry cruets of wine and water or an incense thurible, as if serving the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered on the altar mensa below them. The niches are gabled in marble, flanked with golden onyx pilasters and crowned by a  forest of turrets, graceful finials caped by fleurs-de-lis, and crocketed roofs. Flanking the two far ends of the reredos are two fifteen foot towers, likewise of white marble with golden onyx pilasters, inlaid panels and columns, crocketed roofs, turret, finials and fleurs-de-lis.  The entire altar is crowned by a central 30 foot tower, within whose niche a four foot marble state of the Archangel Gabriel sounds the trumpet of the Last Judgment. The tower is crowned by a marble cross. The sanctuary lamp dates from 1896, a gift from the Brennan Family to commemorate Fr. William Roger’s 25th ordination anniversary.
Whenever we enter our beautiful church, the Mother Church of all Catholic churches and institutions in southern Fairfield County, we should offer a little prayer for the parishioners, religious sisters, and priests who built this beautiful church for the glory of God and for the strengthening of the faith of subsequent Catholics of Stamford, like our own. We owe them a great debt, and praying for them is a good way to repay them.
Monsignor DiGiovanni

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

Please pray for those who have recently died: Antonietta Cerone, Mary A. Gaine, Grace Steele, Benita Rebula, Sylvia Iannazzi, Anne Hieronymus, Julia Fabrizio, Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk.

Banns of Marriage:
I Banns:  Justin Ross Abate and Sandra Cordoano
I Banns:  Kevin Michael Baker and Nancy Alison Clayton

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

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

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The Upper Room: For adults between 30 and 95 years of age resumes on November 8th at 7:30pmin The Upper Room at Columbus Park Trattoria on Main Street in Stamford. Our speaker: Fr. George Rutler, Pastor of Saint Michael’s Church in NYC will be our speaker. His topic: The Church as the Communion of Saints. All are welcome.

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

Children’s Choir: Ages 8-18 who are interested. Please speak with our choir master, David Indyk or leave your contact information in the parish office, 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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

DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY: Interested in reading Dante? We could begin during Lent with the Inferno, which is not a torture tour many view the work to be. Rather, it is a meditation on God’s plan for human happiness by loving Him, and humankind’s search for happiness that too often leads away from God to sin, which is real life folly that ends invariably to unhappiness, pain and suffering.  We could begin reading the Divine Comedy in Lent, then continue if people would like. NO Charge: you’d simply have to purchase the books. Interested? Call  Msgr. DiGiovanni, 203-324-1553, ext 11.

Weekly Sunday collection:       

Sunday         October 1,  2017      $  14,258.39
Sunday         October 2,  2016      $  13,877.89

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

October 15th, Sunday Readings:  Is 25:6-10A; Phil 4:12-14, 19-20; Mt 22:1-14.

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.

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

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

Let us pray: for the mothers and children of Good Counsel Malta House, who have been wounded from the affects of abortion or any physical, mental or sexual abuse, that they may they seek hope, forgiveness and God’s Divine healing.

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, October 25th.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

The Catholic Academy of Stamfordwill be hosting a Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Open House on Sunday, October 22, 2017, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. It will be held at the lower school campus, 1186 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT.  You will have an opportunity to meet the Head of School, Ms. Patricia Brady, the Principal of the lower school, Mrs. Natalia Cruz, and the Teachers and their Assistants.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see for yourself the great things that are happening in this wonderful community.  Please mark your calendar!

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Men’s Night of Reflection@ 7pm, Holy Spirit on Tuesday, Oct 10. Men, please join us to hear Msgr. Nick Grieco present “Continuing to Make Christ the Center of All” which will include further guidance on evangelization and the importance of the church community. This Men’s Night is brought to you by the Knights of Columbus Fr. Miller Council #5833. Contact Bill Nagle with any questions. M: 203-570-2593, email: billnagle@hotmail.com

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development.  We will meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici 
at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, October 7, 2017
4:00 +Joseph Peter Young req. Family
Sunday, October 8, 2017
7:30 +John Melfi Sr., Mary Melfi and John Melfi Jr. req. Joseph Melfi
10:00 +Maria Vu req. Thang Nguyen
12:00 +Jocelyn, Sydney, Oswald and Kilda Machado req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
5:00 +Robert and Karen Velline
Monday, October 9, 2017
8:00 +Dorothy and Fred Wahlstrom req. Leon Taricani
12:10 +Bill Morris Birthday Remembrance req. Marion Morris and Family
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
8:00 +Mary O’Toole req. Larry Hayes
12:10 +Valencia Lancaster req. Sue Kremheller
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Dila Camaj req. Age
Thursday, October 12, 2017
8:00   In Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus req. Maria
12:10 +Audrey Coppola req. Pinto Family
Friday, October 13, 2017
8:00   Deceased Members of the Seixas Family req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
12:10   Deceased Members of the Kolenberg Family req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Saturday, October 14, 2017
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Israel Noriega req. Carpanzano 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.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
125 years ago, or so:
Oct. 11, 1889: . “On last Friday evening, at 7:30 o’clock, a very beautiful and touching ceremony took place at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church. The badges of the League of the Sacred Heart were blessed at that time and conferred on some 450 members. The sermon was preached by Rev. William H. Rogers, and the act of consecration read by Miss Jennie Terry. The children of the school, under the direction of Sisters Alexnis and Peter, rendered several beautiful hymns in a very creditable manner.”

110 years ago, or so:
Oct. 15, 1906:  Good Singing in Catholic Church. “At the principal service in St. John’s R. C. Church, at 10:30 yesterday morning, an attractive feature of the musical program was a duet by Rossini which was sung by Miss Minnie C. B Hickey and Miss Josephine B. Hickey, pupils of Carl Odell, who are making constant advancement in their work.”

80 years ago, or so:
Oct. 12, 1938: Children of Mary At St. John’s Hear Rev. C. E. Hagearty. “An important meeting of the senior division, Children of Mary Sodality of St. John’s Catholic Church was held on Monday evening in the church. Rev. Charles E. Hagearty, chaplain, spoke to the group, Miss Kathryn Leonard presided. Plans were made for activities of the society including a skating party, play, lecture and a harvest masquerade dance for member and guests, which will be held in the school hall on November 10. A bowling team has been organized under the chairmanship of Miss Ann Hanrahan. Those interested in participating may attend the meeting to be held in the rectory of St. John’s church on October 14, at 7:30 p. m. Miss Ann Matutis is chairman of the dramatic group, which will present a play during the month of December. There will be a meeting of this group tomorrow evening at 7:30 in the rectory. Miss Jeanne Lois Grumbley is chairman of the skating party. She will report on a location at the next meeting to be held November 7. At this meeting the speaker will be Michael J. Nagurney, principal of St. Basil’s Preparatory School.”

35 years ago, or so:
Oct. 9, 1984: Rosary Altar Guild of St. John’s Catholic Church, Stamford. “The guild maintains the church altars and arranges the annual Christmas Fair. Meetings are held first Sundays after the 9 a.m. Mass and all women over the age of 18, who attend St. John’s may be members. Josephine Ganino is the pro tem president; Rosemary Finn, vice president; Agnes Barrett, secretary and Therese Doumenjou, treasurer.”