Bulletin for Sunday December 4, 2016

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immaculate-conception Pastor’s Corner: Thursday, December 8th, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the patronal feast day of the United States. At the end of the Sixth Provincial Council of Baltimore in 1846, the American Bishops agreed our nation should be placed under the protection of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. The American Bishops did this as their sign of support for Blessed Pope Pius IX in his efforts to define the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception. They earnestly desired to place the growing United States 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 Divine Son, Mary would prove the perfect spiritual mother for our nation. The Pope desired to define formally the ancient popular faith about the Immaculate Conception: that, while Saints Joachim and Anne had normal sexual relations as husband and wife in order that Anne might conceive, 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, some of the effects of which are our tendency to want to sin, and our deaths.

Pope Pius IX wanted to define this as dogma because he understood quite clearly that society was 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 would blossom 50 years later in the Russian Revolution and the horrors of Communism; the Industrial Revolution was in full swing, and would soon enslave millions around the world in the grip of grinding poverty and endless work; Prussia, France and England were developing their individual exclusive and hawkish nationalisms, growing massive armies and military industries that would lead to two world wars. In all these movements, early in their development by the mid-19th century, the Pope was the only European 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 by their productivity in industry, their usefulness to a political party, loyalty to the state, their nationality, or their race. This was wrong, for men and women were more than what they produce; more than their race, gene pool, or social status.

Pius saw his task as the one leader whose teachings could 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. No government gives us dignity. So, in 1854, backed by the Catholic bishops and faithful from around the globe, Blessed Pope Pius IX showed the world the 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 each of us. And, by forgetting God—in our work, home or public life—we are being controlled and used for the profit of others.

And the Pope acceded to the American Bishops’ desire that Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception be the patroness of the United States 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 right: 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 dress 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. Nourish the United States of America, because it understands humanity’s need for freedom to worship God.

Our Lady is the most perfect example of a human being co-operating with God. God prepared her from eternity to be the Mother of God’s Son: she didn’t create God, who exists from all eternity. But she gave to the Eternal and unseen 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 one he, the Spotless One, might come forth to cleanse 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, 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 pointed her out, the prophets promised her coming” [Sermon II, In Praise of the Virgin Mary].

On December 8th, let us recall Our Lady’s faith and virtues, and the fact that a Pope gave her to us Americans as our patroness and guide to remind us Americans that nothing is more important than God; and nothing is more important to God than us, through His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Paul Hughes, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Thomas McGuire, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Ardise, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Brianna Petigny, Elaine Shoztic, Joan Kronk, John Kronk, Mary Lena Cocchia, Alexandre Laurent, John Murray.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Oswaldo Diaz, Maria Imbrogno, James Saunders, Margaret Potolicchio, Richard Hughes, Israel Noriega, Dennis Winski, Msgr. Robert McCormick, Camille Lindstrom, Catherine Olnek, Dominick J. Marciano, John D’Agostino, Carol J. Toppin, John MacLean, Muriel Rysinski, Joan Terpack, Nancy Ligouri, Jean Corcoran, Ralph Bocuzzi.

Holy Day of Obligation: Thursday, December 8th: The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception: The Vigil Mass will be offered on Wednesday, December 7th at 5:15 pm and Masses on December 8th: 8 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

LATIN LOW MASS: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

December 17th: A special Advent Mass at 6:00 a.m. in the Basilica: The Solemn Sung Rorate Mass in honor of the Blessed Mother will be offered in English with choir. Light breakfast to follow in the parish hall. Everyone is welcome.

NEW BOOK: The publication of Monsignor DiGiovanni’s newest book is finally completed: Aggiornamento on the Hill of Janus: The American College in Rome, 1955-1979. It is the fascinating story of the American Bishops’ seminary in the Vatican during the turbulent years immediately before and after the Second Vatican Council. Cost is $35.00 on Amazon Books by title, or $20 in St. John’s Bookstore.

Are you a student at UCONN Stamford? Please contact Fr. Andy Vill (frvill@diobpt.org). We are looking for some help/interest in some on campus activities.

R.C.I.A.: Our next class will be Monday, December 5th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Topic: Holy Spirit—Part I: Chapter 6.

Advent Concert: The Diocese of Bridgeport Youth Choir—C4Y—is hosting a Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 18th at 6pm in the Klein Memorial in Bridgeport. Christmas hymns, carols, scripture readings and prayers will make up the concert. For information and to purchase tickets: www.theklein.org or (800) 424-0160.

Faith on Tap: December 13th Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St., Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. “Stump the Priests”. Pose a question on the Catholic faith to our expert panel. Bring a friend or two!

2018 MASS BOOK:  The 2017 Mass book is full. The 2018 Mass book is now open. There will be a new limit: 10 Masses per individual/family, and the donation will be $20 per Mass. This will provide more parishioners the opportunity to reserve Masses for their loved ones and intentions.

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday November 20, 2016 $ 11,131.76
Sunday November 22, 2015 $ 11,371.96
Sunday November 27, 2016 $ 13,366.69
Sunday November 29, 2015 $ 14,623.19

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 11th, Sunday Readings: Is 35:1-6a, 10; Jas 5:7-10; Mt 11:2-11.

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

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God, who is love and mercy. Please call (203) 416-1619 or projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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

St. Monica Biblical Greek Grammar: Anyone interested in beginning to learn the basics of Biblical Greek, OR Biblical Hebrew, please phone the Rectory [203-324-1553, ext. 11]

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.  We are reading two works of St Ambrose:  De Mysteriis, a treatise on the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist cir a.d. 387;   Epistula ad Sororem Marcellinam, an account of the frustrated attempts of the Arian and of the Imperial Party to gain possession of a basilica at Milan, a.d. 385. An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.  Call the rectory for further information.

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

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

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, Thursday, December 8th! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge. Next meeting: Monday, January 23rd at 7:30PM – Stamford Corners, 1455 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Walk up the stairs and past the concierge to the club room. Follow it around to the left to the conference room on your right.

Regina Pacis Academy: Don’t miss EWTN’s Patrick Coffin! Regina Pacis Academy invites you to the “Light up the Night” annual gala on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 5:30pm to 10pm at The Shore and Country Club in Norwalk, CT. Join us for dinner, dancing, and inspiration. For more information, please visit www.reginapacisacademy.com. To purchase tickets, please contact Michael Duchon at mjduchon@yahoo.com.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Saturday, December 10th: Handel’s Messiah, Part I & the Hallelujah Chorus presented by the Stamford Symphony and the Pro Arte Singers, HERE at the Basilica at 8pm – One night only!—Tickets start at $25. Limited number of tickets available.  Call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.org.

Saturday, December 17th: Candlelight Rorate Mass in honor of the Blessed Mother at 6 am in English with choir. Coffee and refreshments will be offered after Mass in the Msgr. Nagle Hall. All are welcome.

Sunday, December 25th: MIDNIGHT MASS at 12 MIDNIGHT: Our solemn Christmas Choral Mass in English. Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, December 27th: Solemn Sung Vespers, procession and veneration of the first class relics of Saint John at 7:30pm on the Feast of Saint John the Evangelist, the patron of our parish. A light reception to follow in the Msgr. Nagle Hall. Everyone is welcome
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“Walking with Purpose”: A program of prayer and Bible Study for Catholic women, Tuesday mornings beginning at 9:30 am in the parish hall. For more information, contact: Rosa Federici at wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

Natural Family Planning & Fertility Care: Are you looking for information to help you understand and appreciate your fertility? The Creighton Model System is based on a couple’s knowledge and understanding of their naturally occurring phases of fertility and infertility. This system deals with the complete dimension of procreative ability. It can be used in conjunction with NaProTechnology to assist with infertility and sub-fertility issues in a natural way. Teachers of the Creighton Model System are trained allied health professionals and specifically trained physicians. If you would like to schedule a free introductory session: Angela Marchetti: angelamarachetticp@gmail.com

Catholic Young Adults of Stamford: We are Catholic young adults in our 20s and 30s, committed to strengthening community ties through regular meetings to growth in our faith, social events, and community service projects. Join us for our monthly Sunday dinner following 5pm Mass. Connect with us by joining our group on Facebook or Meetup. For more information, please email catholicyastamford@gmail.com.

The Christmas Giving Tree: To benefit pregnant women and their families served by the Sisters of Life. A basket will be in the back of the church. The name of an item is written on each tag in the Christmas basket helpful to a 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 4th. DO NOT DROP OFF THE GIFT AT THE RECTORY OR LEAVE IT IN CHURCH. Any questions, please call Frank Carpanzano @ 203-975-8833 ext 3004.Thank you!

Mass Intentions
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Saturday, December 3, 2016
4:00 +Elizabeth and Thomas Daly req. Leon Taricani
Sunday, December 4, 2016
7:30 +Fernand Constant req. Geralda Constant-Berrouet
10:00 +Laura Pascale req. John Pascale
12:00 +Edna Holt and son req. Marion Morris and Family
5:00 Needs of parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, December 5, 2016
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 +Gregoria and Marcial Gloria req. Angeles Family
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
8:00 Special Intentions Monsignor Stephen M. DiGiovanni
12:10 Thanksgiving to Immaculate Heart of Mary req. Kung Family
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
8:00 +Margaret M. Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Alberico Faugno req. Giannitti Family
5:15 +Kathy Rogers req. Mary Jean Dal Molin
Thursday, December 8, 2016
8:00 +Virginia and Eileen Carr req. Marie Carr
12:10 Special Intentions Suzanne and Alex Seges
5:15 Father Terrence P. Walsh
Friday, December 9, 2016
8:00 +Aldo Iantorno req. Pasquale and Ida Carpanzano
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Maria Trivino
Saturday, December 10, 2016
8:00 Mary Spetland req. Thomas Cycon
12:10 +Anna Corbisiero req. Mary Bridget Gaine

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

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 Institute for Patristic Studies:— Introduction to Biblical Greek or Biblical Hebrew: Call Monsignor DiGiovanni for more information (203-324-1553, ext 11).

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

Coffee Hour: After the 10a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in THE NEWS:

THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, DECEMBER 8TH.

New York Freeman’s Journal and Catholic Register, as quoted in The New York Times, January 5, 1855: “The glorious news has reached us that on the 8th of December, Pope Pius IX, of immortal renown, in the presence of the Cardinals and Princes of the Church, declared it an Article of Divine Faith that the Mother of God, our Most Blessed Lady, was Conceived Without Original Sin.”

The New Haven Journal, as quoted in The Stamford Advocate, January 16, 1855: “On the 8th inst., the ceremony of the declaration of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, was performed at Rome, in the presence of an immense number of Romish Prelates, assembled from every county where the Church of Rome has gained a foothold. The substance of the decree to be promulgated is, to declare that the Blessed Virgin Mary was, from her very conception and birth, as free from all taint of Original Sin as her Divine Son Himself, and therefore as little in need of a Savoir as He. To Protestants, such a thing seems, if not blasphemy, at least a solemn mockery of a bigoted Church; but to the believers in Rome it is made an occasion of universal rejoicing and festivity. Indulgences are freely granted in honor of the event, to those who say a certain number of prayers at certain times and places, and incidentally, we presume, contribute to the funds of the Church. Looking at the subject with un-Romanized eyes, it would seem that the same reason which prove the sinless conception and birth of the Virgin Mary, would prove the same exemption from worldliness, to her remotest ancestry through all the Jewish history to the fall of Adam. Perhaps this enormity is left for a future decision by the Holy Father at Rome, and another assembly of Cardinals, Bishops and Priests may be called to hear the renunciation of a race of sinless women, from the days when gates of Paradise were shut against mother Eve, and even her submission to the tempter may be explained in such a manner satisfactory to the Church, whose head assumes the power of an Immaculate decision of such points of belief.”

Bulletin for Sunday November 27, 2016

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angelPastor’s Corner: We begin Advent today. It is a pre-festal period during which time we are reminded at each Mass to morally prepare our lives for a worthy celebration of the Feast of Christmas. But there is more. Advent is a time to further prepare ourselves for eternity by responding to God’s grace in the Eucharist we receive at Mass, by leading lives of holiness, performing good works of charity, and thus preparing ourselves to attain the goal of our lives, the sharing of eternal joy with God in heaven.

The prayers at Mass express this. For example, the prayer after Communion on Wednesday of the First Week of Advent: “Prepare our hearts, we beg you, O Lord, that, strengthened by this Eucharist, we may do your will. . .” We cooperate with God’s grace now, imitate God’s charity to us in Christ, and gain eternity. This is repeated daily in the Masses during Advent, and, especially in the individual feasts of the saints. At Mass, we are not merely handed a moral ideal, but we are given examples of real people who did respond to the real God by their daily lives of holiness. The saints loved the God who showed His love by sending His eternal Son to join Himself to our human nature in the man Jesus. Let’s look at one man’s response to God’s love: Saint Nicholas, whose feast is on December 6th.

One of the most famous question asked about Saint Nicholas—Santa Claus—was posed to the editor of The New York Sun in 1897 by a little 8 year old girl. Her friends and family told her Santa Claus did not exist, and that Christmas was, therefore, all a fraud. The editor, Francis Pharcellus Church’s response is a classic: “VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible to their little minds. . . Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.”

The real Santa Claus was Saint Nicholas, who lived in the town of Myra, Turkey and died in 350 AD. He was a Catholic bishop, and a very good and holy one. Saint Nicholas was renowned as a miracle worker, a man of impeccable Catholic faith and love for Our Lord, which spurred him on to a life of exceptional generosity, charity and courage. Three incidents have come down to us that tie him to Christmas and children. In the city of Myra lived an impoverished noble man who had three young daughters. Having no money to provide them dowries necessary to marry, he decided to sell them into slavery as prostitutes. Saint Nicholas heard of this. One night, he threw three sacks of gold into the girls’ window to provide the dowry, thus saving them from horrible lives of sin and degradation. The second story is about Saint Nicholas at an inn where he took a room during one of his frequent visits to parishes around his diocese. The innkeeper was renowned for his delicious meat pies, one of which he placed before the hungry bishop. Before eating the pie, something struck Saint Nick that there was something evil about this. The saint discovered that the innkeeper had been kidnapping children, killing, pickling and cooking them, and serving them up in his meat pies! Saint Nicholas immediately entered the inn’s storeroom and discovered the pickling vat, filled with the bodies of small children. He prayed, and the children were restored to life! The third event ties his generosity to children with Christmas, for it is the reason why we celebrate Christmas. Saint Nicholas was one of the bishops who attended the Council of Nicea in 325. The council had been called to deal with a heresy, Arianism, which taught that Jesus was not God; only a man, a very good and talented man, but only a man. This teaching is wrong because if Jesus were only a man, then he couldn’t save us from sin and death. Jesus revealed Himself to His Apostles as the Son of God, truly. The Council of Nicea not only reconfirmed the ancient faith of the Church that Jesus is fully both God and man, but formulated the creed that we still say together at every Sunday Mass. Saint Nicholas signed this creed. He returned to his diocese, and suffered because of his faith in the God who became a man, once the Roman emperor began to support the heresy and to persecute bishops and priests who taught the Catholic Faith of Nicea.

The editor of the New York Sun was as correct today as he was in 1897: “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” And parents, you can reassure your children. Just make sure, however, that they understand that he is not the elf created by Thomas Nast in his 1865 cartoon for Harper’s Weekly magazine; or the plump, red-cheeked grandpa created in 1931 by Coca Cola as part of its marketing campaign. Neither Santa nor Christmas is fraudulent. He was a holy fourth century Catholic bishop, who fervently defended the historic fact that God took on human flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem, suffered, died and rose from the grave in that human flesh: the only True God who became man so that mankind could become more Godlike, and share God’s life forever. And Saint Nicholas didn’t just believe that, but showed his faith in a life of exceptional charity and self-sacrifice for others, imitating Christ who gave Himself up for us. So parents, reassure your children that Saint Nicholas—Santa Claus—does exist, and we can see him in the generosity expressed at Christmas. Let’s make sure that we give gifts for the right reason on Christmas: not to satisfy our need to own more stuff, but as acts of generosity because we want to imitate God’s generosity to us: He gave us His Son, and the Son gave up His life so we could live forever. Imitate Christ’s generosity daily, and prove that Jesus and Saint Nicholas do exist, even if we can’t see them now. We have the example of a real person who was so moved by God’s generosity in Christ that he left everything we consider of worldly value to exercise heroic charity and virtue for Christ’s sake, and for the salvation of others. If we do one-tenth as much, at least leading lives of greater charity and virtue as our Christmas gift to God, then we will have spent our Advent well.
—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Paul Hughes, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Thomas McGuire, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Ardise, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Brianna Petigny, Elaine Shoztic, Joan Kronk, John Kronk, Mary Lena Cocchia, Alexandre Laurent, John Murray.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Oswaldo Diaz, Maria Imbrogno, James Saunders, Margaret Potolicchio, Richard Hughes, Israel Noriega, Dennis Winski, Msgr. Robert McCormick, Camille Lindstrom, Catherine Olnek, Dominick J. Marciano, John D’Agostino, Carol J. Toppin, John MacLean, Muriel Rysinski, Joan Terpack, Nancy Ligouri, Jean Corcoran, Paolo Cavallo, Ralph Bocuzzi, Robert Ix, Carolyn Gerwick.

LATIN LOW MASS: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

New Covenant House: Saint John’s Parish Volunteer Staff is seeking two male volunteers to cook pasta THE FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH, beginning January 4, 2017. The volunteers would be at Covenant House between 10 am and 11:15 am. Please contact Leon Taricani at 203-324-3284 or taricani@optonline.net for more info.

December 17th: A special Advent Mass at 6:00 a.m. in the Basilica: The Solemn Sung Rorate Mass in honor of the Blessed Mother will be offered in English with choir. Light breakfast to follow in the parish hall. Everyone is welcome.

NEW BOOK: The publication of Monsignor DiGiovanni’s newest book is finally completed: Aggiornamento on the Hill of Janus: The American College in Rome, 1955-1979. It is the fascinating story of the American Bishops’ seminary in the Vatican during the turbulent years immediately before and after the Second Vatican Council. Cost is $35.00 on Amazon Books by title, or $20 in St. John’s Bookstore.

Are you a student at UCONN Stamford? Please contact Fr. Andy Vill (frvill@diobpt.org). We are looking for some help/interest in some on campus activities.

R.C.I.A.: Our next class will be Monday, November 28th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Cost is $25.00 for materials. Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics in preparation for First Communion or Confirmation. If you are interested, please stop by the office and pick up the materials.

Advent Concert: The Diocese of Bridgeport Youth Choir—C4Y—is hosting a Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 18th at 6pm in the Klein Memorial in Bridgeport. Christmas hymns, carols, scripture readings and prayers will make up the concert. For information and to purchase tickets: www.theklein.org or (800) 424-0160.

Faith on Tap: December 13th Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St., Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. “Stump the Priests”. Pose a question on the Catholic faith to our expert panel. Bring a friend or two!

2018 MASS BOOK:  The 2017 Mass book is full. The 2018 Mass book is now open. In order to let more people get masses, we will be limiting people to 10 Masses and the donation will be $20 per Mass.

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 4th, Sunday Readings: Is 11:1-10; Rom 15:4-9; Mt 3:1-12.

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

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God, who is love and mercy. Please call (203) 416-1619 or projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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

St. Monica Biblical Greek Grammar: Anyone interested in beginning to learn the basics of Biblical Greek, OR Biblical Hebrew, please phone the Rectory [203-324-1553, ext. 11]

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.  We are reading two works of St Ambrose:  De Mysteriis, a treatise on the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist cir a.d. 387;   Epistula ad Sororem Marcellinam, an account of the frustrated attempts of the Arian and of the Imperial Party to gain possession of a basilica at Milan, a.d. 385. An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.  Call the rectory for further information.

Catholic Memorabilia: Do you or your family members have sacramental certificates, graduation diplomas, or devotional items used by your grandparents, parents, siblings, or by yourselves here at St. John’s? If so, we would be delighted if you would consider donating them to our parish museum and archive, where they will be preserved, indexed and put on display. Please contact Msgr. DiGiovanni: 203-324-1553, ext. 11.

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

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

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, Thursday, December 8th! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge. Next meeting: This Monday, November 28th at 7:30PM – Stamford Corners, 1455 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Walk up the stairs and past the concierge to the club room. Follow it around to the left until you hit the conference room on your right.

Handel’s Messiah, Part I & the Hallelujah Chorus
presented by the Stamford Symphony and the Pro Arte Singers, HERE at the Basilica on Saturday December 10th at 8pm – One night only!—Tickets start at $25. Limited number of tickets available.  Call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.org.

“Walking with Purpose”: A program of prayer and Bible Study for Catholic women, Tuesday mornings beginning at 9:30 am in the parish hall. For more information, contact: Rosa Federici at wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

Regina Pacis Academy: Don’t miss EWTN’s Patrick Coffin! Regina Pacis Academy invites you to the “Light up the Night” annual gala on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 6 to 11 pm at The Shore and Country Club in Norwalk, CT. Join us for dinner, dancing, and inspiration. For more information, please visit www.reginapacisacademy.com. To purchase tickets, please contact Michael Duchon at mjduchon@yahoo.com.

Natural Family Planning & Fertility Care: Are you looking for information to help you understand and appreciate your fertility? The Creighton Model System is based on a couple’s knowledge and understanding of their naturally occurring phases of fertility and infertility. This system deals with the complete dimension of procreative ability. It can be used in conjunction with NaProTechnology to assist with infertility and sub-fertility issues in a natural way, while still embracing the union of husband, wife and God. Teachers of the Creighton Model System are trained allied health professionals and specifically trained physicians. If you would like to schedule a free introductory session: Angela Marchetti: angelamarachetticp@gmail.com

Catholic Young Adults of Stamford: We are Catholic young adults in our 20s and 30s, committed to strengthening community ties through regular meetings to growth in our faith, social events, and community service projects. A great way to meet us is by joining us for our monthly Sunday dinner following 5pm Mass.  Connect with us by joining our group on Facebook or Meetup. For more information, please email catholicyastamford@gmail.com.

The Christmas Giving Tree: This year is to benefit pregnant women and their families served by the Sisters of Life. For the next two 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 4th. DO NOT DROP OFF THE GIFT AT THE RECTORY OR LEAVE IT IN CHURCH. Any questions, please call Frank Carpanzano @ 203-975-8833 ext 3004. Thank you!

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, November 26, 2016
4:00 +Susanne DePreta req. Virginia Gerardi
Sunday, November 27, 2016
7:30 +George Van Langen req. Joyce Patten and Lorraine Van Langen
10:00 +Alex Arthur Gorfain req. Dr. Joe McAleer
12:00 +Susanne E. and Suzanne M. DePreta req. Barbara Fidelibus
5:00 Needs of parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, November 28, 2016
8:00 In Honor of Padre Pio req. Maria Trivino
12:10 +Denis Oliveira req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
8:00 Alexandra and Gertha Laurent
12:10 Rev. Andrew A.Vill req. Millie Terenzio
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
8:00 In Honor of Saint Rita req. Maria Trivino
12:10 +Mrs. Suit Wong req. Bill Christiaanse
Thursday, December 1, 2016
8:00 +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Lucy Espinoza
Friday, December 2, 2016
8:00 Special Intentions Bishop Francis Caggiano
12:10 +William Murphy req. Diane Strain
Saturday, December 3, 2016
8:00 +Milagrina Mascarenhas req. Bento Mascarenhas
12:10 Leon Taricani req. Mary Jean

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.

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 Institute for Patristic Studies:— Introduction to Biblical Greek or Biblical Hebrew: Call Monsignor DiGiovanni for more information (203-324-1553, ext 11).

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

Coffee Hour: There is no Coffee Hour this Sunday, November 27th, because of Thanksgiving. Coffee Hour will resume next Sunday December 4th, after the 10a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:

150 years ago, or so:
November 27, 1863: PIANO FORTE WANTED. “Wanted: A second hand piano, six or six and half octave, for which a fair cash price will be paid. Apply to Patrick O’Reilly, Organist, St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, Meadow Street, Stamford.”

125 years ago, or so:
November 28, 1890: Ancient Order of Hibernians. “Division No. 1. A.O.H., held a special meeting Monday night for the purpose of taking action in relation to the funeral of their deceased brother, James Killduff, who died Monday morning. The Division voted to attend the funeral in a body, with full regalia, at 9 o’clock Wednesday morning. Deceased has been a member of the Division for several years and is well spoken of both as a man and a citizen. At this meeting the Division voted to purchase a lot in Springdale cemetery, to be used for the burial of deceased members of this order whose friends did not wish them to be buried elsewhere. It is also proposed to erect a fine monument over the plot..”

120 Years ago, or so:
November 28, 1898: ONLY TWO CHURCHES. “Three services were held yesterday in St. Andrew’s, the only one omitted being matins, at 10 a.m. Four persons attended the low celebration. There was a congregation of nineteen at the high celebration, at 10:30, besides most of the men of the choir. St. John’s Roman Catholic Church had the largest congregation of any church in town, about a hundred being present at the 10:30 morning Mass.”

60 Years ago, or so:
December 2, 1955: Namers, Johnnies Lead CYO League. “The Holy Name and St. John’s teams of Stamford quintets have moved into the lead in the CYO Basketball League’s High School division, each having won two games. The Holy Name team defeated St. Mary’s 27—8, while the St. John’s of Stamford downed the St. Clement’s team 26—21, in games played Thursday night..”

45 Years ago, or so:
November 30, 1973: Christmas Carnival at St. John’s Center. “St. John Religious Education Center will sponsor the annual Christmas Carnival Dec. 8 and 9 in St. John’s Parish Center, 279 Atlantic St. from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Special features will be a boutique of hand-made Christmas articles; Christmas cards; home baked goods; hand-crafted jewelry; white elephant booth; refreshments and old-fashioned penny candy.”

Bulletin for Sunday November 20, 2016

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday November 20, 2016

Pastor’s Corner:  The Mayflower set sail for the British Colony of Virginia in 1620. A late departure, mayflower and a more difficult than anticipated voyage, brought them to Cape Cod, not to Virginia, on November 10, 1620. With no royal charter authorizing them 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 their reason for having come to the New World, and the words are worth repeating:

In the name of God, Amen. . . Having undertaken, for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith and honour of our king & country, a voyage to plant the first colony. . . do by these presents solemnly & mutually in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant & combine our selves together into a civil body politick; for our better ordering, & preservation & furtherance of the ends aforetold. No one was a loner on the Mayflower.

The words are echoed 250 plus years later in the Declaration of Independence, and are worth repeating, as well:

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. But how do we find happiness? Following the stock market crash of 1929, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt made this observation, in his first inaugural address of 1933:

If I read the temper of our people correctly, we now realize as we have never realized before our interdependence on each other; that we cannot merely take, but we must give as well; that if we are to go forward, we must move as a trained and loyal army willing to sacrifice for the good of a common discipline, . . . We are, I know, ready and willing to submit our lives and property to such discipline, because it makes possible a leadership which aims at a larger good.

The primary goal of today’s American society, at least as portrayed by the media and family-thanksgiving advertising, is self-interest: being interested in getting as much of everything for oneself as possible. That is what got us into the mess of 1929, and the mess that began in 2008, as well. How many millions have been hurt, and will be hurt, by such greed and self-interest? Charity—the interest in the welfare of others first—is at the very heart of this nation, from the beginning, as well as the Christian Faith.

That’s the story of the first Thanksgiving: a feast joining with others in thanking God. 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. If you are looking to teach your children something about Thanksgiving, try this: that it is imperative that they always be grateful, and express their gratitude to those who are good to them: God, their parents, their teachers, their friends, and eventually, their wives or husbands. Let’s remember that this year, and truly give thanks for our great nation. Happy Thanksgiving! —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Paul Hughes, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Thomas McGuire, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Ardise, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Brianna Petigny, Elaine Shoztic, Joan Kronk, John Kronk, Mary Lena Cocchia, Alexandre Laurent, John Murray.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Oswaldo Diaz, Maria Imbrogno, James Saunders, Margaret Potolicchio, Richard Hughes, Israel Noriega, Dennis Winski, Msgr. Robert McCormick, Camille Lindstrom, Catherine Olnek, Dominick J. Marciano, John D’Agostino, Carol J. Toppin, John MacLean, Muriel Rysinski, Joan Terpack, Nancy Ligouri, Jean Corcoran, Paolo Cavallo, Ralph Bocuzzi, Robert Ix, Carolyn Gerwick.

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

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light: +Ed & Ann Cody and Bill & Felicitas Cody req. Cody Family

LATIN LOW MASS: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

THANKSGIVING DAY MASS
Thursday, November 24 at 10 a.m.
[This is the ONLY Mass on Thanksgiving Day]

New Covenant House: Saint John’s Parish Volunteer Staff is seeking two male volunteers to cook pasta THE FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH, beginning January 4, 2017. The volunteers would be at Covenant House between 10 am and 11:15 am. Please contact Leon Taricani at 203-324-3284 or taricani@optonline.net for more info.

December 17: A special Advent Mass at 6:00 a.m. in the Basilica: The Solemn Sung Rorate Mass in honor of the Blessed Mother will be offered in English with choir. Light breakfast to follow in the parish hall. Everyone is welcome.

Exposition of Relics of All the Saints: Through-November 23: In honor of All Saints Day [November 1], all the Basilica’s Relics of the Saints are displayed on the High Altar for convenient veneration.

NEW BOOK: The publication of Monsignor DiGiovanni’s newest book is finally completed: Aggiornamento on the Hill of Janus: The American College in Rome, 1955-1979. It is the fascinating story of the American Bishops’ seminary in the Vatican during the turbulent years immediately before and after the Second Vatican Council. Cost is $35.00 on Amazon Books by title, or $20 in St. John’s Bookstore.

Are you a student at UCONN Stamford? Please contact Fr. Andy Vill (frvill@diobpt.org). We are looking for some help/interest in some on campus activities.

R.C.I.A. Our next class will be Monday, November 21st at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Cost is $25.00 for materials. Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics in preparation for First Communion or Confirmation. If you are interested, please stop by the office and pick up the materials.

Advent Concert: The Diocese of Bridgeport Youth Choir—C4Y—is hosting a Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 18th at 6p in the Klein Memorial in Bridgeport. Christmas hymns, carols, scripture readings and prayers will make up the concert. For information and to purchase tickets: www.theklein.org or (800) 424-0160.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday November 13, 2016 $ 13,217.96
Sunday November 15, 2015 $ 14,001.72

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

November 27th, Sunday Readings: Is 2:1-5; Rom 13:11-14; Mt 24:37-44.

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

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God, who is love and mercy. Please call (203) 416-1619 or projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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

St. Monica Biblical Greek Grammar: Anyone interested in beginning to learn the basics of Biblical Greek, OR Biblical Hebrew, please phone the Rectory [203-324-1553, ext. 11]

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.  We are reading two works of St Ambrose:  De Mysteriis, a treatise on the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist cir a.d. 387;   Epistula ad Sororem Marcellinam, an account of the frustrated attempts of the Arian and of the Imperial Party to gain possession of a basilica at Milan, a.d. 385. An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.  Call the rectory for further information.

Catholic Memorabilia: Do you or your family members have sacramental certificates, graduation diplomas, or devotional items used by your grandparents, parents, siblings, or by yourselves here at St. John’s? If so, we would be delighted if you would consider donating them to our parish museum and archive, where they will be preserved, indexed and put on display. Please contact Msgr. DiGiovanni: 203-324-1553, ext. 11.

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

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

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, Thursday, December 8th! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge. Next meeting: Monday, November 28th at 7:30PM – Stamford Corners, 1455 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Walk up the stairs and past the concierge to the club room. Follow it around to the left until you hit the conference room on your right.

Handel’s Messiah, Part I & the Hallelujah Chorus
presented by the Stamford Symphony and the Pro Arte Singers, HERE at the Basilica on Saturday December 10th at 8pm – One night only!—Tickets start at $25. Limited number of tickets available.  Call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.org.

“Walking with Purpose”: A program of prayer and Bible Study for Catholic women, Tuesday mornings beginning at 9:30 am in the parish hall. For more information, contact: Rosa Federici at wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

Regina Pacis Academy: Don’t miss EWTN’s Patrick Coffin! Regina Pacis Academy invites you to the “Light up the Night” annual gala on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 6 to 11 pm at The Shore and Country Club in Norwalk, CT. Join us for dinner, dancing, and inspiration. For more information, please visit www.reginapacisacademy.com. To purchase tickets, please contact Michael Duchon at mjduchon@yahoo.com.

Natural Family Planning & Fertility Care: Are you looking for information to help you understand and appreciate your fertility? The Creighton Model System is based on a couple’s knowledge and understanding of their naturally occurring phases of fertility and infertility. This system deals with the complete dimension of procreative ability. It can be used in conjunction with NaProTechnology to assist with infertility and sub-fertility issues in a natural way, while still embracing the union of husband, wife and God. Teachers of the Creighton Model System are trained allied health professionals and specifically trained physicians. If you would like to schedule a free introductory session: Angela Marchetti: angelamarachetticp@gmail.com

Catholic Young Adults of Stamford: We are Catholic young adults in our 20s and 30s, committed to strengthening community ties through regular meetings to growth in our faith, social events, and community service projects. A great way to meet us is by joining us for our monthly Sunday dinner following 5pm Mass.  Connect with us by joining our group on Facebook or Meetup. For more information, please email catholicyastamford@gmail.com.

The Christmas Giving Tree: This year is to benefit pregnant women and their families served by the Sisters of Life. For the next two 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 4th. DO NOT DROP OFF THE GIFT AT THE RECTORY OR LEAVE IT IN CHURCH. Any questions, please call Frank Carpanzano @ 203-975-8833 ext 3004. Thank you!

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, November 19, 2016
4:00 +Madeline Preziosi req. Brooke Morris and John and Lindsey Ciglar
Sunday, November 20, 2016
7:30 Padre Juan Pineda req. Maria Trivino
10:00 +Michael Bacci req. Laura and Mark Yunque
NO 12:00PM MASS (Stamford Thanksgiving Parade)
5:00 Needs of Parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, November 21, 2016
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Ana Aguirre req. granddaughter
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
8:00 +Sister Caroline Marie LSJ Birthday Remembrance req. Marie Carr
12:10 +Juana Mazariegos req. Blanca Reyes
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
8:00 For peace, stability, and hope for those countries in political unrest
12:10 +James Melsente req. Lucille Lester
Thursday, November 24, 2016 – Thanksgiving Day (10AM Mass Only)
8:00 NO 8:00AM MASS
10:00 Special Intentions Andrew and Damian Birthday req. sister
12:10 NO 12:10PM MASS
Friday, November 25, 2016
8:00 +Dempster Holland req. Stephen Darst
12:10 +Gaetano and Maria Conte req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Saturday, November 26, 2016
8:00 +Louise Munro req. Mary Bridget Gaine
12:10 +Noemi Isidro req. daughters

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

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 Institute for Patristic Studies:— Introduction to Biblical Greek or Biblical Hebrew: Call Monsignor DiGiovanni for more information (203-324-1553, ext 11).

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

Coffee Hour: After the 10a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

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 conschristmas-tree-2016tituted no inconsiderable part of the service.”
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Bulletin for Sunday November 13, 2016

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday November 13, 2016

Pastor’s Corner: Is it time to clean out your closets? Do you have mountains of old “stuff” you haven’t touched for years just cluttering up your home? If so, think of Saint John’s! Being the original parish in southwestern Connecticut, our parish history is the history of the Catholic Church in this part of the world, since everything Catholic in Stamford, Darien, Old Greenwich, Riverside, Cos Cob, Greenwich, and everywhere in between began here at Saint John’s.

That being said, if you have any Catholic memorabilia, artifacts, documents, diaries, correspondence, Catholic school uniforms, sacramental certificates—anything and everything about your life and your family’s Catholic life at Saint John’s, give me a call [203-324-1553, ext.104]. I just had a visit yesterday from a delightful gentleman, Tom Denice, who graduated from Saint John’s School in the 1950s. He is donating his report cards, diploma, and various “artifacts” to the parish.

A few years ago, I began a small Catholic museum and archive here in the rectory. Once we renovate the rectory next year, I hope to enlarge and improve it for public displays of parish artifacts, and open its now vast document collection of Catholic life in Stamford for public study. The parish historic archive now houses nearly 1,000 linear feet of documents about the history and life of the parish from the 1850s until the present; newspaper articles from the “Stamford Advocate” from the 1850s until the present; more than 200 historic books, including Catholic school text books, catechisms, prayer books, missals, and hymnals from the late 19th-mid-20th centuries; hundreds of historic photographs, diplomas from Saint John’s School [1872-1972], thousands of personal artifacts and memorabilia dating from the mid-19th century until the mid-20th century; sacramental records and original sacramental certificates for Baptism, First Communion, and Marriage from the 1840s until the present; private home devotional statues, devotional medals, Catholic school sorority, fraternity, and religious society pins; documents and records of Saint John’s Boy Scout Troop 22; the documentary archive of Saint Joseph’s Hospital, which Saint John’s built and paid for, and much more. All of it is catalogued and indexed, and bears witness to the wonderful life of Saint John’s Parish here in the downtown. Here are a few examples of the treasures given us by parishioners during the past few years:

—The solid 18 karat gold “Saint John’s School Scholarship Medal” dated
June 2, 1923, given to Jane Deregibus;
—The small devotional First Holy Communion prayer book of M. Esther Hart who received her First Holy Communion on June 15, 1924 at Saint John’s;
—Saint John’s Grammar School diploma of William Thomson, dated June 17, 1931;
—Leo P. Gallagher’s 2nd grade Saint John’s School photo dated 1935;
—Daniel Murphy’s Saint John’s Brigade uniform from 1939.

These are among the hundreds of wonderful personal items that meant so much to members of our parish since they were young, who decided to donate to us for perpetual safekeeping.

In short, I am asking parishioners to consider donating your Catholic memorabilia. I’m not asking for broken Rosaries or statues, last year’s palms from Palm Sunday, or other religious junk you don’t know what to do with. I am asking for the Catholic treasures you have from your years at Saint John’s which you might want to part with—WITH THE ASSURANCE by me that they will be preserved in our parish museum.

Just give me a call, or drop by the Rectory at your leisure. You’ll be making a great donation to our parish that will bear witness to your faith and your love for Saint John’s that will speak to future generations of Catholics in the downtown.

God bless you, and thanks, —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Thomas McGuire, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Ardise, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Brianna Petigny, Elaine Shoztic, Joan Kronk, John Kronk, Mary Lena Cocchia, Alexandre Laurent, John Murray.

Please pray for those who have recently died: James Saunders, Margaret Potolicchio, Richard Hughes, Israel Noriega, Dennis Winski, Msgr. Robert McCormick, Camille Lindstrom, Catherine Olnek, Dominick J. Marciano, John D’Agostino, Carol J. Toppin, John MacLean, Muriel Rysinski, Joan Terpack, Nancy Ligouri, Jean Corcoran, Paolo Cavallo, Ralph Bocuzzi, Robert Ix, Carolyn Gerwick, Suzanne DePreta, Susanne DePreta.

LATIN LOW MASS: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

MASS CANCELLATION: Due to the city parade on
SUNDAY, November 20th: NO 12 noon Mass.

New Covenant House: Saint John’s Parish Volunteer Staff is seeking two male volunteers to cook pasta THE FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH, beginning January 4, 2017. The volunteers would be at Covenant House between 10 am and 11:15 am. Please contact Leon Taricani at 203-324-3284 or taricani@optonline.net for more info.

Exposition of Relics of All the Saints: Through-November 23: In honor of All Saints Day [November 1], all the Basilica’s Relics of the Saints are displayed on the High Altar for convenient veneration.

NEW BOOK: The publication of Monsignor DiGiovanni’s newest book is finally completed: Aggiornamento on the Hill of Janus: The American College in Rome, 1955-1979. It is the fascinating story of the American Bishops’ seminary in the Vatican during the turbulent years immediately before and after the Second Vatican Council. You can purchase it on line: Cost is $35.00 on Amazon Books by title, or $20 in St. John’s Bookstore.

Are you a student at UCONN Stamford? Please contact Fr. Andy Vill (frvill@diobpt.org). We are looking for some help/interest in some on campus activities .

R.C.I.A. Our next class will be Monday, November 14th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Cost is $25.00 for materials. Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics in preparation for First Communion or Confirmation. If you are interested, please stop by the office and pick up the materials.

Canned Food Drive: The Religious Education Program is sponsoring a Can Food Drive to help the hungry in our community as Thanksgiving approaches. This weekend (November 12th and 13th), there will be boxes in the back of the church to collect canned and non-perishable food items. Please do not bring cans with expired dates or any glass items. Your generosity is much appreciated.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday November 6, 2016 $ 13,773.00
Sunday November 8, 2015 $ 13,333.17

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 20th, Sunday Readings: 2 Sm 5:1-3; Col 1:12-20; Lk 23:35-43.

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

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God, who is love and mercy. Please call (203) 416-1619 or projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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

St. Monica Biblical Greek Grammar: Anyone interested in beginning to learn the basics of Biblical Greek, OR Biblical Hebrew, please phone the Rectory [203-324-1553, ext. 11]

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.  We are reading two works of St Ambrose:  De Mysteriis, a treatise on the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist cir a.d. 387;   Epistula ad Sororem Marcellinam, an account of the frustrated attempts of the Arian and of the Imperial Party to gain possession of a basilica at Milan, a.d. 385. An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.  Call the rectory for further information.

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

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

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, Thursday, December 8th! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

No Greater Love – Fr. Rob Galea in Concert: Our Lady Star of the Sea, Saturday, November 19th, 1200 Shippan Avenue. 5:30PM VIP reception; 7:00PM Showtime. $100 VIP, $50 Jr VIP (30 & under), $25 general admission. 50-50 drawing at the door! Order tickets online at ourladystaroftheseastamford.org or call the parish office at 203-324-4634.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge. Next meeting: Monday, November 28th at 7:30PM – Stamford Corners, 1455 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Walk up the stairs and past the concierge to the club room. Follow it around to the left until you hit the conference room on your right.

Handel’s Messiah, Part I & the Hallelujah Chorus
presented by the Stamford Symphony and the Pro Arte Singers, HERE at the Basilica on Saturday December 10th at 8pm – One night only!—Tickets start at $25. Limited number of tickets available.  Call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.org.

“Walking with Purpose”: A program of prayer and Bible Study for Catholic women, Tuesday mornings beginning at 9:30 am in the parish hall. For more information, contact: Rosa Federici at wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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

Natural Family Planning & Fertility Care: Are you looking for information to help you understand and appreciate your fertility? The Creighton Model System is based on a couple’s knowledge and understanding of their naturally occurring phases of fertility and infertility. This system deals with the complete dimension of procreative ability. It can be used in conjunction with NaProTechnology to assist with infertility and sub-fertility issues in a natural way, while still embracing the union of husband, wife and God. Teachers of the Creighton Model System are trained allied health professionals and specifically trained physicians. If you would like to schedule a free introductory session: Angela Marchetti: angelamarachetticp@gmail.com

Sidewalk Advocates: Would you like to learn how to help women in unplanned, crisis pregnancies choose life at the abortion clinic? Sidewalk Advocates for Life offers a peaceful, prayerful, law-abiding sidewalk advocacy method that seeks to reach that woman’s heart and fill her needs so she can confidently choose life! Our next training will be held: Saturday, November 19th from 8AM to 12:30PM, at St. John the Evangelist rectory. The cost is $25. If you would like to learn this method and check out our program, please contact Noelle at 857-345-0808 or Noelle.gross@gmail.com. More information at www.sidewalkadvocates.org

Catholic Young Adults of Stamford: We are Catholic young adults in our 20s and 30s, committed to strengthening community ties through regular meetings to growth in our faith, social events, and community service projects. A great way to meet us is by joining us for our monthly Sunday dinner following 5pm Mass.  Connect with us by joining our group on Facebook or Meetup. For more information, please email catholicyastamford@gmail.com.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, November 12, 2016
4:00 +Vito and Josephine Melfi req. Joe Melfi
Sunday, November 13, 2016
7:30 Thomas Cycon req. Mary and Jef Spetland
10:00 +Alex Arthur Gorfain req. Dr. Joe McAleer
12:00 Deceased Members of the Morris Family req. Marion Morris and Family
5:00 Needs of parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, November 14, 2016
8:00 +Gaston Millien req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Ann DiGiovanni
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
8:00 Joseph and Stacey Kravar req. Fabiola
12:10 People of the Parish
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Lucy Espinoza
12:10 +Florencia Sepulbeda req. Lucy Espinoza
Thursday, November 17, 2016
8:00 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Louise Munro req. Tom Cycon
Friday, November 18, 2016
8:00 +Elida and Charles Belfort req. Marie Joseph
12:10 +Hyppolene Paulemon req. daughter Carline Archer
Saturday, November 19, 2016
8:00 +Gaskov Clerge req. Marie Joseph
12:10 +Joseph and Effie Ramos req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos

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

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 Institute for Patristic Studies:— Introduction to Biblical Greek or Biblical Hebrew: Call Monsignor DiGiovanni for more information (203-324-1553, ext 11).

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

Coffee Hour: After the 10a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:

150 years ago, or so:
November 15, 1867: “The Fourth Annual Ball of St. John’s Roman Catholic Benevolent Association will be given at Seeely’s Hall, November 27th, and arrangements are being made which promises to make it exceed any of the former balls given by this Society. The object is a good one, and no doubt the treasury will be largely replenished by the proceeds. Dodworth’s band will be in attendance.”

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

120 Years ago, or so:
November 20, 1897: FATHER KEENA PROMOTED. After Twelve Years of Useful Labor for His Church in Stamford—Will Be Much Missed, for He is Respected by All Classes—A Founder of Societies. “Catholic circles in this city were considerably stirred up last evening, when it was whispered abroad that Father Keena, who for the past twelve years has been assistant to Father Rogers at St. John’s Church, was to be transferred to the church of St. Lawrence O’Toole in Hartford. Many of the parishioners doubted the story, but Father Keena remarked this morning that when they see it in the papers they will believe it. Father Keena has been intimately connected not only with church matters, but with all that pertained to the advancement and betterment of those who belonged to the church. In the young his reverence took especial interest founding the St. Anne’s Ladies’ Aid Society.” EDITOR’S NOTE: The St. Anne’s Society of St. John’s parish is the oldest parish society still in existence. It was founded in 1893.)

95 Years ago, or so:
November 15, 1919: 600 CANDIDATES CONFIRMED. “The Sacrament of Confirmation was administered by Rt. Rev. Bishop Nilan to a class of approximately 600 in St. John’s Catholic church this forenoon. Approximately 75 of the candidates were adults and 200 of the candidates were boys. The boys were dressed in black suits. The girls wore white dresses and white veils. Seasonable flowers graced the altars. There were many visiting priests in the chancel. After the administration of the sacrament, Bishop Nilan preached a tender, fatherly sermon to the children and when he had concluded, the class sang “Holy God we praise The Name.” Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament followed.”

Bulletin for Sunday November 6, 2016

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday November 6, 2016
Pastor’s Corner:
flagTuesday, November 8th, is Election Day. As Americans, Catholic Americans must vote. However, we Catholics have an obligation to vote according to the moral teachings of the Catholic Church, not merely because of social or economic aspects of a political platform we agree with. We cannot vote for the political platform of any political party, or elect a woman or a man whose policies will destroy innocent children in the womb, or whose economic policies or programs would further lessen the dignity of human beings by destroying their jobs and the social fabric of families and of our society.

The best explanation about Catholics voting in this election is by Father John Lankeit, Pastor of Saints Simon and Jude Cathedral in Phoenix, AZ.

EVERY MEMBER OF SAINT JOHN’S OF VOTING AGE SHOULD LISTEN TO IT BEFORE VOTING.

Here’s the link:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=881aDDE5qFY

One of his most compelling points is this: Would you or anyone in our parish support the political party or vote for one of the candidates presently running for president of the United States, if a party or candidate actively supported your right to kill an African American, or a Latino person, or anyone else in our community, if you believed that African American, Latino or person of another race were threatening your economic security? Of course you would not. Yet, there is one major American political party and its candidate for president of the United States now supporting the right to kill African-American babies, Latino babies, or any baby in the womb, even if late term, because the birth of that child might pose an economic burden on the parents. The greatest number of abortions in this country are those by African-American and Latino mothers, because our economy and society are broken.

Abortion is a horrible tragedy. Any woman who has undergone an abortion knows that, and the subsequent emotional anguish is unassuageable. Our hearts go out to those mothers who have taken such a drastic step. Yet, if we vote for such a candidate as one now running for president this year, we actively take part in that continued horror of killing babies and destroying women who are left with little hope.

This is one of the points made by Father Lankeit in his superb homily on line, and I urge everyone to listen to it in full. As Catholics, we cannot vote for any candidate who actively supports the present law allowing abortion on demand. Other policies held by the candidates must also be taken into consideration. However, if that first and most fundamental Constitutional Right to Life is not protected by us in the voting booth, then the other Rights of Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness mean nothing—for without Life you can neither have nor enjoy any other Right, even if it is termed “inalienable.”

American Catholics must vote. But we cannot vote for another leader who will continue to lead our country deeper into moral ruin. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Thomas McGuire, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Ardise, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Brianna Petigny, Elaine Shoztic, Joan Kronk, John Kronk, Mary Lena Cocchia, Alexandre Laurent, John Murray.

Please pray for those who have recently died: James Saunders, Margaret Potolicchio, Richard Hughes, Israel Noriega, Dennis Winski, Msgr. Robert McCormick, Camille Lindstrom, Catherine Olnek, Dominick J. Marciano, John D’Agostino, Carol J. Toppin, John MacLean, Muriel Rysinski, Joan Terpack, Nancy Ligouri, Jean Corcoran, Paolo Cavallo, Ralph Bocuzzi, Robert Ix, Carolyn Gerwick, Denny Levi, Carmine Longo, Harry Bethea, Suzanne DePreta, Susanne DePreta.

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.

LATIN LOW MASS: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

Exposition of Relics of All the Saints: Through-November 23: In honor of All Saints Day [November 1], all the Basilica’s Relics of the Saints are displayed on the High Altar for convenient veneration.

NEW BOOK: The publication of Monsignor DiGiovanni’s newest book is finally completed: Aggiornamento on the Hill of Janus: The American College in Rome, 1955-1979. It is the fascinating story of the American Bishops’ seminary in the Vatican during the turbulent years immediately before and after the Second Vatican Council. You can purchase it on line: Cost is $35.00 on Amazon Books by title, or $20 in St. John’s Bookstore. All proceeds go to the Pontifical North American College, Vatican City State.

Are you a student at UCONN Stamford? Please contact Fr. Andy Vill (frvill@diobpt.org). We are looking for some help/interest in some on campus activities .

R.C.I.A. Our next class will be Monday, November 7th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Cost is $25.00 for materials. Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics in preparation for First Communion or Confirmation. If you are interested, please stop by the office and pick up the materials.

Can Food Drive: The Religious Education Program is sponsoring a Can Food Drive to help the hungry in our community as Thanksgiving approaches. Next weekend (November 12th and 13th), there will be boxes in the back of the church to collect canned and non-perishable food items. Please do not bring cans with expired dates or any glass items. Your generosity is much appreciated.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday October 30, 2016 $ 11,520.39
Sunday November 1, 2015 $ 13,094.84

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 13th, Sunday Readings: Mal 3:19-20a; 2 Thes 3:7-12; Lk 21:5-19.

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

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God, who is love and mercy. Please call (203) 416-1619 or projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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

St. Monica Biblical Greek Grammar: Anyone interested in beginning to learn the basics of Biblical Greek, OR Biblical Hebrew, please phone the Rectory [203-324-1553, ext. 11]

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.  We are reading two works of St Ambrose:  De Mysteriis, a treatise on the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist cir a.d. 387;   Epistula ad Sororem Marcellinam, an account of the frustrated attempts of the Arian and of the Imperial Party to gain possession of a basilica at Milan, a.d. 385. An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.  Call the rectory for further information.

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

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

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, Thursday, December 8th! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

No Greater Love – Fr. Rob Galea in Concert: Our Lady Star of the Sea, Saturday, November 19th, 1200 Shippan Avenue. 5:30PM VIP reception; 7:00PM Showtime. $100 VIP, $50 Jr VIP (30 & under), $25 general admission. 50-50 drawing at the door! Order tickets online at ourladystaroftheseastamford.org or call the parish office at 203-324-4634.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge. Next meeting: Monday, November 28th at 7:30PM – Stamford Corners, 1455 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Walk up the stairs and past the concierge to the club room. Follow it around to the left until you hit the conference room on your right.

Handel’s Messiah, Part I & the Hallelujah Chorus presented by the
Stamford Symphony and the Pro Arte Singers, HERE at the Basilica on Saturday December 10th at 8pm – One night only!—Tickets start at $25. Limited number of tickets available.  Call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.org.

“Walking with Purpose”: A program of prayer and Bible Study for Catholic women, Tuesday mornings beginning at 9:30 am in the parish hall. For more information, contact: Rosa Federici at wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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

Natural Family Planning & Fertility Care: Are you looking for information to help you understand and appreciate your fertility? The Creighton Model System is based on a couple’s knowledge and understanding of their naturally occurring phases of fertility and infertility. This system deals with the complete dimension of procreative ability. It can be used in conjunction with NaProTechnology to assist with infertility and sub-fertility issues in a natural way, while still embracing the union of husband, wife and God. Teachers of the Creighton Model System are trained allied health professionals and specifically trained physicians. If you would like to schedule a free introductory session: Angela Marchetti: angelamarachetticp@gmail.com

Sidewalk Advocates: Would you like to learn how to help women in unplanned, crisis pregnancies choose life at the abortion clinic? Sidewalk Advocates for Life offers a peaceful, prayerful, law-abiding sidewalk advocacy method that seeks to reach that woman’s heart and fill her needs so she can confidently choose life! Our next training will be held: Saturday, November 19th from 8AM to 12:30PM, at St. John the Evangelist rectory. The cost is $25. If you would like to learn this method and check out our program, please contact Noelle at 857-345-0808 or Noelle.gross@gmail.com. More information at www.sidewalkadvocates.org

Catholic Young Adults of Stamford: We are Catholic young adults in our 20s and 30s, committed to strengthening community ties through regular meetings to growth in our faith, social events, and community service projects. A great way to meet us is by joining us for our monthly Sunday dinner following 5pm Mass.  Connect with us by joining our group on Facebook or Meetup. For more information, please email catholicyastamford@gmail.com.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, November 5, 2016
4:00 Deceased Members of the Curioni Family req. Leon Taricani
Sunday, November 6, 2016
7:30 Deceased Members of the Nguyen Family req. Thang Nguyen
10:00 +Stanton Parrish req. Joan and John Hagan
12:00 Deceased Members of the Preziosi Family req. Marion Morris and Family
5:00 Needs of parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, November 7, 2016
8:00 +Joseph and Margaret Curtis req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Vincent Ferrera req. Vito Varriale
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 Thanksgiving to the Blessed Trinity req. Scholastica
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 All Souls req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
Thursday, November 10, 2016
8:00 For the well-being of our military, especially our returning soldiers
12:10 +Donna Gerardi Desalle req. Catherine Longo
Friday, November 11, 2016
8:00 Deceased Veterans of the Parish
12:10 Thomas Cycon req. Jef and Mary Spetland
Saturday, November 12, 2016
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 Thomas Cycon req. Ferry G.

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.

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 Institute for Patristic Studies:— Introduction to Biblical Greek or Biblical Hebrew: Call Monsignor DiGiovanni for more information (203-324-1553, ext 11).

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

Coffee Hour: After the 10a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:

115 years ago, or so:
November 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 Glenbrooks, on King’s field. The Altar Boys would like to play third King’s. The line up 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. h.; E. Mullen, l. e.; M. McDonnell, g. b; F. Houlihan, f. b.; J. Griffen, r. h. and l. t.; H. Nevins, l. h. They would like to play any team under thirteen years of age.”

70 years ago, or so:
November 12, 1948: Anchor Clubs Plan For Convention Here On Nov. 20. “The Stamford Police and Graphic Arts Anchor Clubs will be hosts to the annual Supreme Convention of the Anchor Clubs of America here on Saturday, Nov. 20. Delegates from Anchor Clubs established throughout the country will attend a solemn High Mass at St. John’s Church, at 10:30. The Rev. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor, will welcome the clubs. The Most Rev. Henry J. O’Brien, D. D., Bishop of Hartford, has delegated the Rt. Rev. Msgr. John F. Callahan, vicar general of the diocese, to officiate. Msgr. Callahan will address the convention later in the day. The celebrant of the Mass will be the Rev. Patrick Donnelly.”

50 Years ago, or so:
November 8, 1966: Scout News—Troop 22. “Members of Boy Scout Troop 22, sponsored by St. John’s R. C. Church, were the guests of Troop 142, sponsored by the Suffolk County Air Force Base, Westhampton, N. Y., for a weekend at the air base. The Scouts were given a tour of the base and saw demonstrations of Air Force operations. The base recently has had numerous alerts as a result of UFO sightings but there were none during their stay. Scouts and their leaders were Paul Memale, Peter and Bill Kulik, James and Dennis Moriarity, Joe Cingari, Jeff Thompson, Rick, Ken and Mike White, John Higgins, Larry and James Lynch, Jim Hayes, Jay Eagan, Shaun and Danny Malloy, Doug and Dennis Harry, Tom Malloy, Rick Jones, Bob Terenzio, Harry Lockwood, Andy Purcell, Roger Cornwell, Joe Polka, Don Memale, Jim Lynch, Bill Thompson, Courney Harry, Bill Higgins, Ed Iacovo, Dave Shaub, Bob Goldkopf and Chris Feeley, members of the eighth grade science class at St. Gabriel’s School, also attended.”

Bulletin for Sunday October 30, 2016

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 30, 2016

Pastor’s Corner: In two days, the Church will celebrate All Saints’ Day on November 1st. The Solemnity of All Saints all-saintscalls to mind an aspect of the reality of the Church of 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 [Jesus]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. Its members are women, men and children around the globe, and it is the living Body of Christ, with Jesus literally as its head, and we, literally as its members; just as your arms and legs are members of your own body, managed by your head.

Most people do not realize that there is an intimate relationship between Our Lord and all who are baptized, were baptized, and whoever will be baptized: a relationship that begins on the date of your baptism, and continues forever, crossing all borders 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 recalls that deeper reality of our unity in Christ and all the baptized through His Catholic Church: both the living and dead. Jesus works through His Catholic Church to destroy the power of evil: and the saints take that role up in their lives in their prayers for us around the throne of God. Their prayers are their acts of charity for us.

That is why there are statues and pictures of saints in Catholic Churches. They remind us of the heroes of the Faith: real people 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 the saints.

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 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 died a martyr. 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. 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 pope in Rome share his office given him by Our Lord as head of the Church. Look up, and you’ll see four painted “statues”: on the far left is Blessed Pope Pius IX, next is Saint Patrick, then 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, who holds the Infant Jesus. Now look up at the side wall: the far right 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 are real life people, who loved God on earth, and still do now in heaven.

Here’s your homework for All Saints Day on November 1st: Google each saint named above 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. 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.

On the High Altar are displayed the parish’s relics of the Saints. Relics are not macabre objects or magical tokens. They are relics taken from the bodies of saints, or pieces of their possessions. They serve as important reminders that these men and women were just as real as are we, involved in real lives similar to our own, even if they lived in other centuries and in other countries. They all had two things in common—their Catholic Faith and their love for Our Lord that became the basis for everything they did in life. Our Lady, Our Lord and all the Saints are essential members of the Catholic Church: Christ is the Head of the Church, we and the Saints are the members, joined intimately to Him. All are praying for us, while we pray for those friends and family members who have died: all members working for the salvation of all in Christ Jesus. Spend a few minutes at the altar rail and ask the saints to pray for you and for your family. Happy feast days! —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Camille Lindstrom, Eilish Collins Main, Thomas McGuire, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Ardise, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Brianna Petigny, Elaine Shoztic, Joan Kronk, John Kronk, Mary Lena Cocchia, Alexandre Laurent, John Murray.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Margaret Potolicchio, Richard Hughes, Israel Noriega, Dennis Winski, Msgr. Robert McCormick, Camille Lindstrom, Catherine Olnek, Dominick J. Marciano, John D’Agostino, Carol J. Toppin, John MacLean, Muriel Rysinski, Joan Terpack, Nancy Ligouri, Jean Corcoran, Paolo Cavallo, Ralph Bocuzzi, Robert Ix, Carolyn Gerwick, Denny Levi, Carmine Longo, Harry Bethea, Suzanne DePreta, Susanne DePreta.

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: Monday Oct 31st at 5:15 P.M. Masses on Tuesday, November 1st are at 8:00 A.M., 12:10 P.M. and 5:15 P.M.

LATIN LOW MASS: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

Relics of All the Saints: Through-November 7th: In honor of All Saints Day[November 1], all the Basilica’s Relics of the Saints will be displayed on the High Altar for convenient veneration.

NEW BOOK: The publication of Monsignor DiGiovanni’s newest book is finally completed: Aggiornamento on the Hill of Janus: The American College in Rome, 1955-1979. Cost is $35.00. It is the fascinating story of the American Bishops’ seminary in the Vatican during the turbulent years immediately before and after the Second Vatican Council. You can purchase it on line: on Amazon Books by title. All proceeds go to the Pontifical North American College, Vatican City State.

Are you a student at UCONN Stamford? Please contact Fr. Andy Vill (frvill@diobpt.org). We are looking for some help/interest in some on campus activities .

R.C.I.A. There will be no class on Monday October 31st. Our next class will be Monday, November 7th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Cost is $25.00 for materials. Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics in preparation for First Communion or Confirmation. If you are interested, please stop by the office and pick up the materials.

BISHOP CAGGIANO: Will consecrate the Diocese of Bridgeport to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Saturday, November 5th at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport. The Consecration will take place from 1pm-5pm. Everyone is encouraged to attend. In preparation, Bishop Caggiano has mandated that Friday, November 4th be a day of fast and abstinence for the entire diocese. All persons between the ages of 18 and 59, unless prohibited by health conditions, shall abstain from eating meat, and take only one full meal on Friday November 4th in preparation for the Consecration.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday October 23, 2016 $ 12,867.32
Sunday October 25, 2015 $ 12,816.92

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 6th, Sunday Readings: 2 Mc 7:1-2, 9-14; 2 Thes 2:16-3:5; Lk 20:27-38.

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

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God, who is love and mercy. Please call (203) 416-1619 or projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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

St. Monica Biblical Greek Grammar: Anyone interested in beginning to learn the basics of Biblical Greek, OR Biblical Hebrew, please phone the Rectory [203-324-1553, ext. 11]

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory. We are continuing our review of ecclesiastical Latin using Second Latin by Cora and Charles Scanlon. Currently, we are reading excerpts from The Code of Canon Law. An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.

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

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

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, this Thursday, November 3rd! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

No Greater Love – Fr. Rob Galea in Concert: Our Lady Star of the Sea, Saturday,
November 19th, 1200 Shippan Avenue. 5:30PM VIP reception; 7:00PM Showtime. $100 VIP, $50 Jr VIP (30 & under), $25 general admission. 50-50 drawing at the door! Order tickets online at ourladystaroftheseastamford.org or call the parish office at 203-324-4634.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge. Next meeting: Monday, November 28th at 7:30PM – Stamford Corners, 1455 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Walk up the stairs and past the concierge to the club room. Follow it around to the left until you hit the conference room on your right.

Handel’s Messiah, Part I & the Hallelujah Chorus presented by the
Stamford Symphony and the Pro Arte Singers, HERE at the Basilica on Saturday December 10th at 8pm – One night only!—Tickets start at $25. Limited number of tickets available.  Call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.org.

“Walking with Purpose”: A program of prayer and Bible Study for Catholic women, Tuesday mornings beginning at 9:30 am in the parish hall. For more information, contact: Rosa Federici at wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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

Natural Family Planning & Fertility Care: Are you looking for information to help you understand and appreciate your fertility? The Creighton Model System is based on a couple’s knowledge and understanding of their naturally occurring phases of fertility and infertility. This system deals with the complete dimension of procreative ability. It can be used in conjunction with NaProTechnology to assist with infertility and sub-fertility issues in a natural way, while still embracing the union of husband, wife and God. Teachers of the Creighton Model System are trained allied health professionals and specifically trained physicians. If you would like to schedule a free introductory session: Angela Marchetti: angelamarachetticp@gmail.com

Sidewalk Advocates: Would you like to learn how to help women in unplanned, crisis pregnancies choose life at the abortion clinic? Sidewalk Advocates for Life offers a peaceful, prayerful, law-abiding sidewalk advocacy method that seeks to reach that woman’s heart and fill her needs so she can confidently choose life! Our next training will be held: Saturday, November 19th from 8AM to 12:30PM, at St. John the Evangelist rectory. The cost is $25. If you would like to learn this method and check out our program, please contact Noelle at 857-345-0808 or Noelle.gross@gmail.com. More information at www.sidewalkadvocates.org

Catholic Young Adults of Stamford: We are Catholic young adults in our 20s and 30s, committed to strengthening community ties through regular meetings to growth in our faith, social events, and community service projects. A great way to meet us is by joining us for our monthly Sunday dinner following 5pm Mass.  Connect with us by joining our group on Facebook or Meetup. For more information, please email catholicyastamford@gmail.com.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, October 29, 2016
4:00 +Regina Ippolito
Sunday, October 30, 2016
7:30 +Elena Lupinacci req. Virginia Gerardi
10:00 +Madeline Yunque req. Laura and Mark Yunque
12:00 +Josephine Palumbo req. Dr. Joe McAleer
5:00 Needs of parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, October 31, 2016
8:00 +Kathleen Canavan
12:10 +Rita Yolanda Ance req. Laura and Mark Yunque
5:15 +Esther Royal req. Monsignor DiGiovanni
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
8:00 +Wladek and Willemina Falek req. daughter
12:10 +Laura Pascale req. Pascale Family
5:15 +Raul Espinoza req. Lucy Espinoza
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
8:00 Deceased Parishioners
12:10 Deceased Parishioners
Thursday, November 3, 2016
8:00 +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Pasquale and Ida Carpanzano
Friday, November 4, 2016
8:00 +Margaret M. Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Federico Garcia req. Aurea Garcia
Saturday, November 5, 2016
8:00 Deceased Members of the Do Family req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 +Vera Dandry req. Pascale 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.

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 Institute for Patristic Studies:— Introduction to Biblical Greek or Biblical Hebrew: Call Monsignor DiGiovanni for more information (203-324-1553, ext 11).

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

Coffee Hour: After the 10a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.
St. John’s in THE NEWS:

THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
65 years ago, or so:
October 31, 1949: Churches Plan Two-Day Services. “Catholic churches in Stamford will observe All Saints Day tomorrow and All souls Day on Wednesday. Masses will be celebrated in Catholic churches on both days. Confessions will be heard today and tomorrow. All Saints Day is a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church. The schedule of Catholic Church Masses will be as follows: St. John’s: All Saints Day, 5:30, 8,9,10 and 11; All Souls Day 7 and Solemn High Mass at 8.”

FAIRFIELD COUNTY CATHOLIC:
20 years ago, or so:
November 1997: “On November 16, the freshly painted and newly air-conditioned Church of St. John the Evangelist, the Mother Church of Stamford, will celebrate its 150th birthday with an anniversary Mass at Noon, celebrated by Bishop Edward M. Egan. St. John’s beginnings date back to 1847 when it was established as a parish with Rev. Edward J. Cooney as its first pastor. It is the second oldest parish in the diocese. Stamford was a small Yankee town in the early 1800s when immigrants from Ireland began to arrive bringing with them their strong Catholic faith. Since there was no Catholic church in the area, they congregated in homes of friends for Mass which was celebrated by priests from the Bridgeport area and Fordham College. On July 4, 1849, ground was broken for a parish church and a small wooden structure was blessed on January 26, 1851. By 1854, the parish had begun to expand rapidly and more pews were added for the overflow of people attending Sunday Mass. Today St. John’s daily Noon Mass draws several hundred people for a quiet hour of worship. “We have become a beacon of spirituality located in the heart of the business district,” said Msgr. William A. Nagle, the present pastor of St. John’s.”

THE ANCHOR (FALL RIVER, MA. DIOCESE.)
7 years ago, or so:
November 6, 2009: Connecticut Church Raised to Status of Minor Basilica. “Pope Benedict XVI has elevated St. John the Evangelist Church in downtown Stamford in the Bridgeport Diocese to the status of minor basilica. Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport said in a statement he was grateful to the pope “for this great blessing on our diocese. As a minor basilica, St. John’s now enjoys a special relationship with the Holy Father. It becomes the pope’s church and a center for the promotion of the teachings of the Holy Father and the Catholic church’s magisterium, as well as a center for a deeper devotion to the pope as the Successor of St. Peter”

CONSECRATION OF THE DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

Saturday, November 5, 2016
St. Augustine Cathedral, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

This is the third of four preparatory essays for the Consecration of the Diocese of Bridgeport to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

III. Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

A novena consists of nine days of prayer for a special occasion or intention. Its origin goes back to the nine days that the Blessed Virgin Mary and the disciples spent together in prayer between the Ascension and Pentecost. As we prepare for Consecration of the Diocese of Bridgeport to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Saturday, November 5th at St. Augustine Cathedral, each one of us is encouraged to pray the following prayers every day for nine days, beginning on Thursday, October 27th and concluding on Friday, November 4th.

As you pray the novena, please include with your intentions the needs of the Diocese of Bridgeport.

Novena Prayers

O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.” Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of … (here name your request).
Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory Be, and then say, “Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.”

O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.” Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of … (here name your request).
Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory Be, and then say, “Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.”

O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.” Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of … (here name your request).
Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory Be, and then say, “Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.”

“O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours.”

“Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.”

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

“St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.”

CONSECRATION OF THE DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

Saturday, November 5, 2016
St. Augustine Cathedral, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

This is the fourth of four preparatory essays for the Consecration of the Diocese of Bridgeport to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

IV. The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

At the Closing of the Synod Mass on September 19, 2015, Bishop Caggiano consecrated the Diocese of Bridgeport to Mary’s protection, under the title of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He asked that “Our Blessed Mother lead the ship of Christ, our Diocesan church, on a path for renewal and take us safely to Christ, Her Son and our Lord,” reminding us that Mary always is united with and leads us to her Son, Jesus.

Therefore, it is fitting that on Saturday, November 5th at St. Augustine Cathedral the Bishop will consecrate the Diocese to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Our veneration of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is analogous to our worship of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Just as Christ’s divine and human love is symbolized in His physical Heart, the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a sign and symbol of her compassion and sinlessness. As such, her physical Heart is an object of devotion by the faithful. When we meditate on the Immaculate Heart of Mary we ponder all of Mary’s interior life: her joys and sorrows, her virtues, her trust in God, her maternal love for her Divine Son and her motherly and compassionate care for her children here below. As He hung upon the Cross, Jesus was consoled by the presence of His Mother, because her Immaculate Heart, which had never known sin, was a tender strength for him as He bore the sins of mankind. She was the only one who fully understood the mystery of His suffering heart at that moment. She entered into the intimacy of His Heart. The wounds that Christ received in His body, she felt in Her heart.

Many faithful throughout the Diocese have begun the Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in preparation for the event on November 5th. Bishop Caggiano is also asking that in immediate preparation for the consecration all priests, consecrated men and women and lay men and women of the Diocese participate in a day of fasting and abstinence on Friday, November 4th. All persons between the ages of 18 and 59 and not otherwise unable to fast are invited to abstain from meat and take only one full meal and two smaller meals that together are not equal to the full meal.

Along with your own intentions, please pray and fast for Bishop Caggiano, the priests, deacons and consecrated men and women, the lay faithful and all of the parishes, Catholic schools and institutions of the Diocese of Bridgeport.

Furthermore, Bishop Caggiano has asked that all Masses celebrated in the Diocese of Bridgeport on Sunday, November 6th (including the Saturday Vigil Masses) use the prayers for the Votive Mass for the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Votive Mass #8 in the Roman Missal). White vestments should be worn, and the homily should make some reference to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The readings, however, are to be taken from the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Bulletin for Sunday October 23, 2016

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 23, 2016
Pastor’s Corner: Why are the traditional colors of Halloween black and orange? Today’s Halloween has little toskeltondo with the original. In fact, the only things left are the colors and the name: Hallow’een—abbreviated Old English meaning Hallowed Evening—the vigil of the holy day of obligation on November 1st of All Hallow’s, or as we call it, All Saints Day, which is followed by All Souls Day on November 2nd. In Catholic Europe, these days developed as a type of Miracle Play in small towns: a combination of pranks and costumes on October 31st representing the triumph of the Evil One from the fall of Adam and Eve until the coming of Christ. As the sun rose on November 1st, the Feast of All Saints, emphasis shifted to the triumph of Christ and His Saints over the powers of Satan and Death. November 2nd was the day when everyone remembered those who had died, praying to the Risen Christ for their eternal salvation. cross

The Halloween colors are taken from funeral Masses: The traditional color of mourning worn by people at funerals is black, and the priest often wears black vestments. The other traditional color for mourning is orange: the color of unbleached bees wax candles. The candles used on the altars are all made of bees wax: they are white, because they have been bleached clean. Unbleached bees wax is orange, and had been used for funerals. There are your Halloween colors: black and orange. Halloween became a popular symbolic link between time before Christ when evil ruled, and the triumph of Christ over death through the Cross.

The Solemnity of All Saints on November 1st, and All Souls Day on November 2nd call to mind the reality that the Catholic Church is the Body of Christ: composed of Christ its Head, as Saint Paul wrote [Col. 1:18], and the faithful—both living and dead—who form the members of His Body. The Catholic Church is not some human institution: Christ is intimately united to His Church that He personally started. All Saints Day recalls the innumerable men, women, and children who led lives of heroic virtue and great holiness: All the Saints, who are still members of the Church. They, in turn, pray to Our Lord for us. They are our friends in Christ and they continue to 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. They, too are still members of the Church. We remember them in a particular way as our act of charity by praying for them, since they remain members of the Church. Only those in Hell have excluded themselves from God.

The popular fallacy is that everyone will go 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, or live contrary to Christ now, then why would we want or expect to be with Christ forever in Heaven? The Church daily calls us to take Christ more seriously in real life. These are days of great hope, because God’s mercy is stronger than our sins; stronger than the power of Satan and death. Our Lord constantly calls us to repent and return to Him. As a sign of that, the Church offers special graces for the Souls in Purgatory. By our simple prayers, acts of charity, virtuous life, 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 we come in: The Church, established by Our Lord as the minister of Redemption, authoritatively dispenses and applies the treasury of graces won 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: 1) go to Confession at least once during that week, and avoid sin; receive Holy Communion on the day(s) you wish the Indulgence; 2) visit any cemetery, and; 3) pray for the deceased—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. By doing these simple spiritual tasks and acts of charity, we demonstrate that faith. Let us be mindful of the goodness of Our Lord, ask the Saints to intercede for us, and pray for the faithful departed that they might one day see the God who loves us. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Camille Lindstrom, Eilish Collins Main, Thomas McGuire, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Ardise, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Brianna Petigny, Elaine Shoztic, Joan Kronk, John Kronk, Mary Lena Cocchia, Alexandre Laurent, John Murray.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Margaret Potolicchio, Richard Hughes, Dennis Winski, Msgr. Robert McCormick, Camille Lindstrom, Catherine Olnek, Dominick J. Marciano, John D’Agostino, Carol J. Toppin, John MacLean, Muriel Rysinski, Joan Terpack, Nancy Ligouri, Jean Corcoran, Paolo Cavallo, Ralph Bocuzzi, Robert Ix, Carolyn Gerwick, Denny Levi, Carmine Longo, Harry Bethea, Suzanne DePreta, Susanne DePreta.

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

LATIN LOW MASS: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

Saint Augustine Medal Recipient:  frank-cFrank Carpanzano of our parish has
been awarded this year’s Saint Augustine Medal by the Diocese of Bridgeport for his pro-life work. Congratulations Frank!

MARK YOU CALENDAR
Saint Jude Novena:  October 20-28th following the 12:10 Mass each day. On October 28th, with individual veneration of the first class relics of Saint Jude. Everyone is welcome. Beginning Saturday, October 15th, and continuing through October 27th, the First Class Relics of Saint Jude will be on display on the side altar of Saint Joseph.

Faith on Tap: October 25th Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St., Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. “The Pro-Life Debate: It’s Not About Winning It”, meaning, it’s not just about winning discussions about life, but about protecting life. Features speakers from The Couture Project. Bring friends!

Relics of All the Saints: October 26-November 7: In honor of All Saints Day[November 1], all the Basilica’s Relics of the Saints will be displayed on the High Altar for convenient veneration.
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Are you a student at UCONN Stamford? Please contact Fr. Andy Vill (frvill@diobpt.org). We are looking for some help/interest in some on campus activities .

R.C.I.A. Our next class will be this Monday, October 24th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Cost is $25.00 for materials. Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics in preparation for First Communion or Confirmation. If you are interested, please stop by the office and pick up the materials.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday October 16, 2016 $ 11,753.54
Sunday October 18, 2015 $ 13,294.57

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 30th, Sunday Readings: Wis 11:22-12:2; 2 Thes 1:11-2:2; Lk 19:1-10.

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

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God, who is love and mercy. Please call (203) 416-1619 or projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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

St. Monica Biblical Greek Grammar: Thursdays at 6:30 pm, in the Rectory. An intermediate grammar/reading class. We are translating the Acts of the Apostles. Basic grammatical knowledge of Biblical Greek is required. Call the rectory for information or Monsignor at spqrnac@gmail.com.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory. We are continuing our review of ecclesiastical Latin using Second Latin by Cora and Charles Scanlon. Currently, we are reading excerpts from The Code of Canon Law. An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.

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

Help End Legalized Abortion: Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street. To join the local prayer group or be trained as a Sidewalk Counselor contact Noelle at (857) 345-0808.

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, on Thursday, November 3, 2016! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

No Greater Love – Fr. Rob Galea in Concert: Our Lady Star of the Sea, Saturday, November 19th, 1200 Shippan Avenue. 5:30PM VIP reception; 7:00PM Showtime. $100 VIP, $50 Jr VIP (30 & under), $25 general admission. 50-50 drawing at the door! Order tickets online at ourladystaroftheseastamford.org or call the parish office at 203-324-4634.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge. Next meeting: Monday, November 28th at 7:30PM – contact Melanie for the location.

Handel’s Messiah, Part I & the Hallelujah Chorus presented by the
Stamford Symphony and the Pro Arte Singers, HERE at the Basilica on Saturday December 10th at 8pm – One night only!—Tickets start at $25. Limited number of tickets available.  Call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.org.

“Walking with Purpose”: a program of prayer and Bible Study for Catholic women, Tuesday mornings beginning at 9:30 am in the parish hall. For more information, contact: Rosa Federici at wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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

Natural Family Planning & Fertility Care: Are you looking for information to help you understand and appreciate your fertility? The Creighton Model System is based on a couple’s knowledge and understanding of their naturally occurring phases of fertility and infertility. This system deals with the complete dimension of procreative ability. It can be used in conjunction with NaProTechnology to assist with infertility and sub-fertility issues in a natural way, while still embracing the union of husband, wife and God. Teachers of the Creighton Model System are trained allied health professionals and specifically trained physicians. If you would like to schedule a free introductory session: Angela Marchetti: angelamarachetticp@gmail.com

Men’s Night of Reflection: @ 7pm, Church of the Holy Spirit this Tuesday,
Oct 25th, 7:00PM to 8:30PM. Men, please join us to hear Patrick Donovan of The Leadership Institute, present “10 Ways to Evangelize Every Day.” This Men’s Night is brought to you by the Knights of Columbus Fr. Miller Council. Contact Bill Nagle with any questions. Please call: 203-570-2593,
or email: billnagle@hotmail.com.

Sidewalk Advocates: Would you like to learn how to help women in unplanned, crisis pregnancies choose life at the abortion clinic? Sidewalk Advocates for Life offers a peaceful, prayerful, law-abiding sidewalk advocacy method that seeks to reach that woman’s heart and fill her needs so she can confidently choose life! Our next training will be held: Saturday, November 19th from 8AM to 12:30PM, at St. John the Evangelist rectory. The cost is $25. If you would like to learn this method and check out our program, please contact Noelle at 857-345-0808 or Noelle.gross@gmail.com. More information at www.sidewalkadvocates.org

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, October 22, 2016
4:00 +Regina Grabowski req. Duffy Family
Sunday, October 23, 2016
7:30 +Louise Munroe
10:00 +Anna Schiazza req. Laura and Mark Yunque
12:00 Marion Morris req. Mildred and Joan Beirne
5:00 Needs of parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, October 24, 2016
8:00 +Joseph and Margaret Curtis req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Ilse Pollard req. Szele Family
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
8:00 Elizabeth DeLuca req. Carol Cummings
12:10 +Anthony and Cecilia Conte req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
8:00 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Onide Jean-Guillaume req. siblings, children and grandchildren
Thursday, October 27, 2016
8:00 +Sister Mary Rose Gallagher CSJ req. Marie Carr
12:10 +Louise Fazio req. Lucy Esposito
Friday, October 28, 2016
8:00 +Onide Jean-Guillaume req. Jean and Jill William
12:10 +John Depoli req. Marion Morris and Family
Saturday, October 29, 2016
8:00 +Ena, Osner and Ashley Lubin req. Marie Joseph
12:10 Marion Morris req. Diane Strain

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).

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.

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 Institute for Patristic Studies:— Biblical Greek: Intermediate Grammar: Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory. Call Monsignor DiGiovanni for more information (203-324-1553, ext 11).

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

Coffee Hour: After the 10a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:

140 years ago, or so:
October 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 the 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 shield, 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 direction of Mr. B. Lund, 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 programme heard on Saturday night included many pieces of high musical merit, and they were well performed. The five principal tables for the display and sale of fancy articles were designated as follows: “St. John’s Table,” “Mrs. Stout’s Table,” “Children of Mary’s Table,” “St. Patrick’s Table,” “St. Mary’s Table of Greenwich.” Each of these vied with each other in the number and elegance of articles displayed. Many of these articles were presented to the fair, and others were purchased at cost price. The fair closed on Wednesday evening.”

75 Years ago, or so:
October 28, 1939: More Than 12,000 Boys and Girls in Stamford Schools Help to Advance Chest Cause. “From tiny kindergartners to serious Seniors ready to take their share in the Community Chest at the earliest opportunity, pupils are devoting home room programs to the interpretation of the Community Chest. Under the slogan “Stamford needs the Community Chest,” St. John’s School has been conducting an active Community Chest program. Among the many compositions written on various phases of the work of the Chest agencies, that by Rita Cadin of the ninth grade, who wrote on the Catholic Welfare Bureau was selected as the best. Children of St. John’s School also offered prayers for the success of the campaign.”

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column:
About Those Unthinking, Backward Catholics

Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

archbishop-chaputBack in 2008, in the weeks leading up to the Obama-McCain presidential election, two young men visited me in Denver.  They were from Catholics United, a group describing itself as committed to social justice issues.  They voiced great concern at the manipulative skill of Catholic agents for the Republican Party.  And they hoped my brother bishops and I would resist identifying the Church with single-issue and partisan (read: abortion) politics.

It was an interesting experience.  Both men were obvious flacks for the Obama campaign and the Democratic Party — creatures of a political machine, not men of the Church; less concerned with Catholic teaching than with its influence.  And presumably (for them) bishops were dumb enough to be used as tools, or at least prevented from helping the other side.

Yet these two young men not only equaled but surpassed their Republican cousins in the talents of servile partisan hustling.  Thanks to their work, and activists like them, American Catholics helped to elect an administration that has been the most stubbornly unfriendly to religious believers, institutions, concerns and liberty in generations.

I never saw either young man again.  The cultural damage done by the current White House has – apparently — made courting America’s bishops unnecessary.

But bad can always get worse.  I’m thinking, of course, of the contemptuously anti-Catholic emails exchanged among members of the Clinton Democratic presidential campaign team and released this week by WikiLeaks. A sample:  Sandy Newman, president of Voices for Progress, emailed John Podesta, now the head of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, to ask about whether “the bishops opposing contraceptive coverage” could be the tinder for a revolution. “There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages [sic] dictatorship,” Newman writes.

Of course, Newman added, “this idea may just reveal my total lack of understanding of the Catholic church, the economic power it can bring to bear against nuns and priests who count on it for their maintenance.” Still, he wondered, how would one “plant the seeds of a revolution”? John Podesta replied that “We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this . . . likewise Catholics United” (emphasis added).

Another Clinton-related email, from John Halpin of the Center for American Progress, mocks Catholics in the so-called conservative movement, especially converts: “They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy.” In a follow-up, he adds “They can throw around ‘Thomistic’ thought and ‘subsidiarity’ and sound sophisticated because no one knows what . . . they’re talking about.”

On the evening these WikiLeaks emails were released, I received the following angry email myself, this one from a nationally respected (non-Catholic) attorney experienced in Church-state affairs:

“I was deeply offended by the [Clinton team] emails, which are some of the worst bigotry by a political machine I have seen.  [A] Church has an absolute right to protect itself when under attack as a faith and Church by civil political forces. That certainly applies here . . .

“Over the last eight years there has been strong evidence that the current administration, with which these people share values, has been very hostile to religious organizations.  Now there is clear proof that this approach is deliberate and will accelerate if these actors have any continuing, let alone louder, say in government.

“These bigots are actively strategizing how to shape Catholicism not to be Catholic or consistent with Jesus’ teachings, but to be the ‘religion’ they want.  They are, at the very core, trying to turn religion to their secular view of right and wrong consistent with their politics.  This is fundamentally why the Founders left England and demanded that government not have any voice in religion.  Look where we are now.  We have political actors trying to orchestrate a coup to destroy Catholic values, and they even analogize their takeover to a coup in the Middle East, which amplifies their bigotry and hatred of the Church.  I had hoped I would never see this day — a day like so many dark days in Eastern Europe that led to the death of my [Protestant minister] great grandfather at the hands of communists who also hated and wanted to destroy religion.”

Of course it would be wonderful for the Clinton campaign to repudiate the content of these ugly WikiLeaks emails. All of us backward-thinking Catholics who actually believe what Scripture and the Church teach would be so very grateful.

In the meantime, a friend describes the choice facing voters in November this way: A vulgar, boorish lout and disrespecter of women, with a serious impulse control problem; or a scheming, robotic liar with a lifelong appetite for power and an entourage riddled with anti-Catholic bigots.

In a nation where “choice” is now the unofficial state religion, the menu for dinner is remarkably small.
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Editor’s Note: Columns will be published each week on www.CatholicPhilly.com and can also be found at http://archphila.org/archbishop-chaput/statements/statements.php.

Bulletin for Sunday October 16, 2016

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 16, 2016

Pastor’s Corner: Some of the Church’s greatest martyrs are recalled this week: On October 17th:st-ignatius-martyr 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.

indiansThe 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: Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Margaret Potolicchio, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Camille Lindstrom, Eilish Collins Main, Thomas McGuire, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Ardise, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Brianna Petigny, Elaine Shoztic, Joan Kronk, John Kronk, Mary Lena Cocchia, Alexandre Laurent, John Murray.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Dennis Winski, Msgr. Robert McCormick, Camille Lindstrom, Catherine Olnek, Dominick J. Marciano, John D’Agostino, Carol J. Toppin, John MacLean, Muriel Rysinski, Joan Terpack, Nancy Ligouri, Jean Corcoran, Paolo Cavallo, Ralph Bocuzzi, Robert Ix, Carolyn Gerwick, Denny Levi, Carmine Longo, Harry Bethea, Suzanne DePreta, Susanne DePreta.

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

Banns of Marriage:
III Banns: Jolis Jean and Marie Carmelle Boisrond
III Banns: Christopher William Frappier and Natalie Ann Rascona

Saint Augustine Medal Recipient: Frank Carpanzano of our parish has been awarded this year’s Saint Augustine Medal by the Diocese of Bridgeport for his pro-life work. Congratulations Frank!

LATIN LOW MASS: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

MARK YOU CALENDAR
The Upper Room: October 18th at Columbus Park Trattoria,
205 Main Street, Stamford, 7pm-9pm, for Catholics 30 years of age and up for a delightful discussion of our Catholic Faith and life, a glass of wine and some good Italian food. Topic: “Who are you Voting For?” by Fr. Brian Dellaert. All are welcome.

Saint Jude Novena: October 20-28th following the 12:10 Mass each day. On October 28th, with individual veneration of the first class relics of Saint Jude. Everyone is welcome. Beginning Saturday, October 15th, and continuing through October 27th, the First Class Relics of Saint Jude will be on display on the side altar of Saint Joseph.

Faith on Tap: October 25th Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St., Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. “The Pro-Life Debate: It’s Not About Winning It”, meaning, it’s not just about winning discussions about life, but about protecting life. Features speakers from The Couture Project. Bring friends!

Relics of All the Saints: October 26-November 7: In honor of All Saints Day[November 1], all the Basilica’s Relics of the Saints will be displayed on the High Altar for convenient veneration.
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Are you a student at UCONN Stamford? Please contact Fr. Andy Vill (frvill@diobpt.org). We are looking for some help/interest in some on campus activities .

R.C.I.A. Will not be meeting Monday, October 17th. Our next class will be Monday, October 24th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Cost is $25.00 for materials. If you would like to join the class, please stop by the office and pick up the materials. Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics wanting to receive First Communion or Confirmation.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday October 9, 2016 $ 13,141.11
Sunday October 11, 2015 $ 14,657.48

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

October 23rd, Sunday Readings: Sir 35:12-14, 16-18; 2 Tm 4:6-8, 16-18; Lk 18:9-14.

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.

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God, who is love and mercy. Please call (203) 416-1619 or projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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

St. Monica Biblical Greek Grammar: Thursdays at 6:30 pm, in the Rectory. An intermediate grammar/reading class. We are translating the Acts of the Apostles. Basic grammatical knowledge of Biblical Greek is required. Call the rectory for information or Monsignor at spqrnac@gmail.com.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory. We are continuing our review of ecclesiastical Latin using Second Latin by Cora and Charles Scanlon. Currently, we are reading excerpts from The Code of Canon Law. An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.

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

Help End Legalized Abortion: Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street. To join the local prayer group or be trained as a Sidewalk Counselor contact Noelle at (857) 345-0808.

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, on Thursday, November 3, 2016! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

No Greater Love – Fr. Rob Galea in Concert: Our Lady Star of the Sea, Saturday, November 19th, 1200 Shippan Avenue. 5:30PM VIP reception; 7:00PM Showtime. $100 VIP, $50 Jr VIP (30 & under), $25 general admission. 50-50 drawing at the door! Order tickets online at ourladystaroftheseastamford.org or call the parish office at 203-324-4634.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge. Next meeting: This Monday, October 24th 7:30PM – contact Melanie for the location.

Handel’s Messiah, Part I & the Hallelujah Chorus presented by the
Stamford Symphony and the Pro Arte Singers, HERE at the Basilica on Saturday December 10th at 8pm – One night only!—Tickets start at $25. Limited number of tickets available.  Call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.org.

“Walking with Purpose”: a program of prayer and Bible Study for Catholic women, Tuesday mornings beginning at 9:30 am in the parish hall. For more information, contact: Rosa Federici at wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

Trinity Catholic Middle School: Open House this Monday, October 17, 2016 from 9:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. in our building at 948 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the Administration and Teachers, tour the facility, learn about the curriculum and have all of your questions answered. Parents and students interested in a challenging academic program in a faith based school are encouraged to attend.

Lost & Found . . . Please check the Lost & Found in the Rectory for any items you may have left in the church. Feel free to call Cindy at the rectory, M-F, 9AM—1:30PM, 203-324-1553 x21.

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).

Religious Education: Classes have begun. Religious Education. . . For those not yet registered, you may register at class on Sunday at 8:30am, or call the rectory, and speak with Cindy, 203-324-1553 x21. Classes are on Sundays at 8:30am sharp. Please be on time.

Natural Family Planning & Fertility Care: Are you looking for information to help you understand and appreciate your fertility? The Creighton Model System is based on a couple’s knowledge and understanding of their naturally occurring phases of fertility and infertility. This system deals with the complete dimension of procreative ability. It can be used in conjunction with NaProTechnology to assist with infertility and sub-fertility issues in a natural way, while still embracing the union of husband, wife and God. Teachers of the Creighton Model System are trained allied health professionals and specifically trained physicians. If you would like to schedule a free introductory session: Angela Marchetti: angelamarachetticp@gmail.com

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, October 15, 2016
4:00 +Monsignor John V. Horgan-Kung req. Family
Sunday, October 16, 2016
7:30 Special Intentions Wilma Santiago req. Barbara Bayne
10:00 Ann Blackson req. Diane Strain
12:00 +Bishop Walter Curtis, the late Bishop of Bridgeport
5:00 Needs of parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, October 17, 2016
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 Mildred Beirne req. Diane Strain
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
8:00 Anthony Briganti req. Carol Cummings
12:10 +Ed Cody req. Cody Family
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
8:00 +Margaret M. Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 Special Intentions Phillip Adzima req. Cecilia Labrosciano
Thursday, October 20, 2016
8:00 Souls in Purgatory with no one to pray for them
12:10 +Santiago Collazo req. Marianne
Friday, October 21, 2016
8:00 +Albert Schafer
12:10 +Mary F. DeBlasio req. Gregory Pace
Saturday, October 22, 2016
8:00 +Juana Mazariegos req. Blanca Reyes
12:10 +Irene McCarthy-Hussey req. McCarthy 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).

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.

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 Institute for Patristic Studies:— Biblical Greek: Intermediate Grammar: Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory. Call Monsignor DiGiovanni for more information (203-324-1553, ext 11).

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

Coffee Hour: After the 10a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in THE NEWS:

THE CONNECTICUT CATHOLIC:
125 years ago, or so:
October 21, 1893: STAMFORD. “Sunday at all the Masses in St. John’s R.C. church, the priests impressed upon the congregation the duty they owed to the poor, and called special attention to the St. Anne’s Ladies’ Aid Society, whose object is to aid the poor of Stamford without regard to their religious faith. This society was organized on Friday evening and now has more than 100 members.
A handsome statue of St. Joseph six feet in height was erected in St. John’s R.C. church, Monday. It was presented to the church by Mrs. E. Brown in memory of her late husband Edgar A. Brown, and is a beautiful piece of rare artistic value, and adds very much to the general appearance of the church.”

THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
100 years ago, or so:
October 21, 1918: OUR CHURCHLESS SUNDAY. “To the Editors of The Daily Advocate: There is an interesting novel written by an Englishman about ten years ago, called “When It Was Dark,” wherein the writer depicts conditions of an existence without any form of religion, but more especially Christianity—how vice and unpardonable sin are the chief thoughts and deeds of a once great race that had hitherto lived a chaste, progressive and hopeful course. As I looked about Stamford, Sunday, and deplored the absence of church throngs, and the uplifting toll of church bells, I was reminded of the remarkable book described with the great moral it contains. And perhaps there are others who were so inspired—not necessarily by virtue of knowledge of this book, but from a purely righteous viewpoint and cognizance of what the relationship of church to religion means and does. To my mind, there is a plausible excuse for closing the numerous improperly ventilated, box-like picture houses and coopy lodge rooms, but why the spacious, well-kept, clean and comfortable churches? As mentioned in Saturday’s Advocate, this is perhaps the first time in 277 years that Stamford has seen a churchless Sunday. May I add that it is an offense and shame that such a record should be broken? We will hardly resort to suspension of trolley and train service, closing of factories, shops and restaurants, all of which are places of near or positive spots for congestion and so-called germ contagion. Why, then, should a few men have the right to ban against church edifices, when the longest service rarely exceeds one hour? This may sound drastic, but it seems logical and comes from one who ought to know. Truly yours, J.W.D.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: St. John’s complied with the Board of Health directive and closed the church during the 1918 flu pandemic.)

Bulletin for Sunday October 9, 2016

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 9, 2016  Pastor’s Corner: October 13th is the day archaeologists have recently determined to have been the st-peters-deathday on which Saint Peter died in the year 64 A.D. The day was the tenth anniversary of Nero’s accession to the imperial throne, requiring elaborate public festivities and sacrifices—of criminals, among whom the foremost was Saint Peter.

Following His resurrection from the dead, Jesus foretold Saint Peter’s martyrdom. After asking Saint Peter “do you love me” three times, and receiving Peter’s three positive responses, which made up for his triple denial of Our Lord the night before He was crucified, Jesus went on to reaffirm Peter’s commission to govern the Church. He then told the chief Apostle: “When you are old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will lead you where you do not want to go (this He said to show him by what type of death he would glorify God)” [John 21:18-20]. “Stretch out your hands” was a well-known phrase throughout the Roman Empire signifying crucifixion. Saint Peter was crucified in the Circus of Gaius and Nero in the Vatican, to the left of today’s Saint Peter’s Basilica. Tradition holds that Saint Peter chose to be crucified head-down, since he felt himself unworthy to die as Christ died.

Another prophecy of Our Lord, the evidence of which can be seen in Rome, is His foretelling of the destruction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. While his Apostles were praising the beauty of that holy building, Our Lord said to them: “You see all these things, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down” [Matt 24: 2] Jesus foretold this destruction as a sign of the end of the covenants of the Old Testament. He was about to forge a new and eternal covenant by the Blood of His Cross. In 70 A.D. this is precisely what happened, when the Emperor Vespasian sent his son Titus to put down a Jewish revolt, destroying the Temple and most of Jerusalem in the process. Josephus, the Jewish historian, recorded that thousands were slaughtered by Roman troops, and that rivers of blood flowed in the streets.

In Rome, the destruction of Jerusalem was commemorated by the triumphant return of Titus, recorded in the brilliantly shining white marble triumphal arch erected by the Senate and People of Rome a few years later. The Arch portrays the triumphant entrance of Titus and his victorious troops into the City, leading thousands of Jewish captives in chains, soon to be enslaved to build the Coliseum, a short distance away. Among the shackled Jewish prisoners and dragged through the Forum was the heroic defender of Jerusalem, Simon bar Gioras, who, after being mocked in the Forum, was led off to the Mamertine Prison, where he was executed—the same prison which had held Saints Peter and Paul prior to their execution only a few years earlier.

Not only human chattel had been gained from Jerusalem, but, as seen in the archway, the great gold and silver treasures of the Temple, which Our Lord and His Apostles would have seen on their numerous visits to the Temple, were also carried back as marks of triumph and booty for the Roman Imperial treasury. The seven-branched gold candelabrum; the silver trumpets; the golden tables for the show bread, and thousands of pounds of loot was brought from the ruins of the great Temple to the Forum at Rome. Atop the triumphal Arch of Titus, the Roman Senate commanded this inscription be carved: “The Senate and People of Rome to the deified Titus Vespasianus Augustus, son of the deified Vespasian.” Titus was rendered a false god by Rome for destroying the Temple of the Living God in Jerusalem.

It was all so lovely! But it didn’t last long. The divine Titus died within a few years, and Rome and her gods would be conquered by the Son of the Eternal Father, whose triumphant emblem was the Cross. The British poet Shelley described it best in his own romantic tone: “The Arch [of Titus] is now moldering into ruins, and the imagery almost erased by the lapse of fifty generations . . . The Flavian amphitheatre [the Coliseum] has become a habitation for owls. The power of whose possessions it was once the type, and of whose departure it is now the emblem, is become a dream and a memory. Rome is no more than Jerusalem.”

No one today knows who Titus or Vespasian were, no matter that the Roman Senate did make them gods. Tourists today wander through the Roman Forum wondering at the piles of stones and what they may once have been, even though this was once the center of the world. But everyone knows Christ and Peter and Paul, for everyone can see their living monuments in the churches and shrines of the ancient Eternal City. For Christ is present in His Catholic Church, which conquered the Roman Empire, and through which Church Saint Peter still ministers through his successor, Pope Francis. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Margaret Potolicchio, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Camille Lindstrom, Eilish Collins Main, Thomas McGuire, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Ardise, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Brianna Petigny, Elaine Shoztic, Joan Kronk, John Kronk, Mary Lena Cocchia, Alexandre Laurent, John Murray.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Dennis Winski, Msgr. Robert McCormick, Camille Lindstrom, Catherine Olnek, Dominick J. Marciano, John D’Agostino, Carol J. Toppin, John MacLean, Muriel Rysinski, Joan Terpack, Nancy Ligouri, Jean Corcoran, Paolo Cavallo, Ralph Bocuzzi, Robert Ix, Carolyn Gerwick, Denny Levi, Carmine Longo, Harry Bethea, Suzanne DePreta, Susanne DePreta.

Banns of Marriage:
II Banns: Jolis Jean and Marie Carmelle Boisrond
II Banns: Christopher William Frappier and Natalie Ann Rascona
III Banns: Ryan Paul Smith and Elisa Pasqua

LATIN LOW MASS: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

MARK YOU CALENDAR
The Upper Room: October 18th at Columbus Park Trattoria,
205 Main Street, Stamford, 7pm-9pm, for Catholics 30 years of age and up for a delightful discussion of our Catholic Faith and life, a glass of wine and some good Italian food. Topic: “Who are you Voting For?” by Fr. Brian Dellaert. All are welcome.

Saint Jude Novena: October 20-28th following the 12:10 Mass each day. On October 28th, with individual veneration of the first class relics of Saint Jude. Everyone is welcome.

Faith on Tap: October 25th Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St., Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. “The Pro-Life Debate: It’s Not About Winning It”, meaning, it’s not just about winning discussions about life, but about protecting life. Features speakers from The Couture Project. Bring a friend or two!

Relics of All the Saints: October 26-November 7: In honor of All Saints Day[November 1], all the Basilica’s Relics of the Saints will be displayed on the High Altar for convenient veneration.
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Are you a student at UCONN Stamford? Please contact Fr. Andy Vill (frvill@diobpt.org). We are looking for some help/interest in some on campus activities this fall!

R.C.I.A. Will not be meeting October 10th or 17th. Next class will be October 24th 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Cost is $25.00 for materials. If you would like to join the class, please stop by the office and pick up the materials. Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics wanting to receive First Communion or Confirmation.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday October 2, 2016 $ 13,877.89
Sunday October 4, 2015 $ 12,348.62

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 16th, Sunday Readings: Ex 17:8-13; 2 Tm 3:14-4:2; Lk 18:1-8.

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

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God, who is love and mercy. Please call (203) 416-1619 or projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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

St. Monica Biblical Greek Grammar: Thursdays at 6:30 pm, in the Rectory. An intermediate grammar/reading class. We are translating the Acts of the Apostles. Basic grammatical knowledge of Biblical Greek is required. Call the rectory for information or Monsignor at spqrnac@gmail.com.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory. We are continuing our review of ecclesiastical Latin using Second Latin by Cora and Charles Scanlon. Currently, we are reading excerpts from The Code of Canon Law. An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.

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

Help End Legalized Abortion: Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street. To join the local prayer group or be trained as a Sidewalk Counselor contact Noelle at (857) 345-0808.

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, on Thursday, November 3, 2016! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge. Next meeting: Monday, October 24th 7:30PM – contact Melanie for the location.

Handel’s Messiah, Part I & the Hallelujah Chorus presented by the
Stamford Symphony and the Pro Arte Singers, HERE at the Basilica on Saturday December 10th at 8pm – One night only!—Tickets start at $25. Limited number of tickets available.  Call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.org.

“Walking with Purpose”: a program of prayer and Bible Study for Catholic women, Tuesday mornings beginning at 9:30 am in the parish hall. For more information, contact: Rosa Federici at wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

Trinity Catholic Middle School: Open House on Monday, October 17, 2016 from 9:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. in our building at 948 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the Administration and Teachers, tour the facility, learn about the curriculum and have all of your questions answered. Parents and students interested in a challenging academic program in a faith based school are encouraged to attend.

Men’s Working Retreat, Stamford, CT – Oct 14 thru 16, 2016: All Catholic men are invited for the annual fall weekend retreat at Villa Maria Guadalupe, in Stamford. This retreat includes conferences on discipleship of Jesus Christ, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and heavy labor in the woods. Go to www.sistersoflife.org – “upcoming events / retreats” and to register contact Bill Nagle: billnagle@hotmail.com, or 203-570-2593.

Religious Education: Classes have begun. Religious Education. . . Classes have begun. For those not yet registered, you may register at class on Sunday at 8:30am, or call the rectory, and speak with Cindy, 203-324-1553 x21. There is No Class this Sunday, October 9th because of the Columbus Day Holiday. Classes are normally on Sundays at 8:30am sharp. Please be on time.

Natural Family Planning & Fertility Care: Are you looking for information to help you understand and appreciate your fertility? The Creighton Model System is based on a couple’s knowledge and understanding of their naturally occurring phases of fertility and infertility. This system deals with the complete dimension of procreative ability. It can be used in conjunction with NaProTechnology to assist with infertility and sub-fertility issues in a natural way, while still embracing the union of husband, wife and God. Teachers of the Creighton Model System are trained allied health professionals and specifically trained physicians. If you would like to schedule a free introductory session: Angela Marchetti: angelamarachetticp@gmail.com

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, October 8, 2016
4:00 +Joseph Peter Young req. Family
Sunday, October 9, 2016
7:30 +Nancy Massimo req. Danny Rainho
10:00 +Margaret DiDonato req. Doris Karp
12:00 +Bill Morris Birthday Remembrance req. Marion, your children, grandchildren and
great grandchildren
5:00 Needs of parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, October 10, 2016
8:00 +Donovan Hamilton req. Maria Swaby-Rowe
12:10 +Valencia and John Lancaster req. Sue Kremheller
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
8:00 Alexandra and Gertha Laurent
12:10 People of the Parish
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Jean Whittingham req. Blanca Reyes
Thursday, October 13, 2016
8:00 Deceased members of the McCann Family
12:10 +Jeanne S. Loughlin req. Peter D. Loughlin
Friday, October 14, 2016
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Lucy Espinoza
12:10 +Charles and Matthew Austin req. parents
Saturday, October 15, 2016
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 Thanksgiving Mass for all the Blessings req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos

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

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.

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 Institute for Patristic Studies:— Biblical Greek: Intermediate Grammar: Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory. Call Monsignor DiGiovanni for more information (203-324-1553, ext 11).

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

Coffee Hour: After the 10a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:

25 years ago, or so:
October 16, 1991: St. John’s is gone, but memories live. “On Friday there will be a gala reunion of St. John’s Parochial School graduates. The reunion will take place at the Italian Center on Newfield Avenue. Where is St. John’s Parochial School? The institution no longer exists. Where it used to be is now a parking lot behind St. John’s Roman Catholic Church—the historical church that is located at the corner of Bell and Atlantic Streets. There are many notable graduates of St. John’s , and from what Mary Savage, the chairperson of the reunion tells me, there will be a full house at the gala event. St. John’s School, like its parent church, is a part of Stamford’s history. The school came into existence shortly after the appointment of Rev. James O’Neil as the second pastor of St. John’s Church. That was in 1860. Father O’Neil built a parochial school on what was then known as Meadow Street (now Hawthorne Street.) The first teachers in the school were people merely listed as Patrick Reilly, and Miss B. Clancy. They were located there until 1876, when the old St. John’s Church on Hawthorne Street was converted into a school. At that time the Sisters of Mercy from Hartford came to Stamford to take charge of the school. In 1906 the St. John’s School that was located behind the present church was constructed under the direction of Rev. James C. O’Brien, and it opened in September of that year with an enrollment of 463 pupils. Eleven sisters were teachers, and Sister M. Alexius was the superioress. Most of the succeeding generations remember the slate-roofed red brick building. And we remember the students walking in line to the church, and crossing Atlantic Street after school to wend their way home. St. John’s was a true “in-town” school, that served all neighborhoods of the city for those who chose to attend a parochial school. In 1937, during the summer vacation, the school was remodeled from the cellar to the roof. New plumbing, lighting, and interior decorations were included in the project, and fire escapes erected on the building’s exterior making the structure safe and livable for the students and teachers. The improvements were done under the direction of the pastor, then Father Nicholas P. Coleman, who later became a Monsignor, and who also founded St. Joseph’s Medical Center. In 1941 the registration of the school was 721 students. There were nine grades and 18 classrooms in operation. The teaching staff was composed of 15 Sisters of Mercy and three lay teachers. So, from 1906 until 1970 when the school building was demolished, St. John’s Parochial School was a bastion of Christian education whose academic standards were second to none. Thousands of its graduates have made significant contributions to society. Every profession from medicine, law, to religious orders, and the military have been touched by graduates of the school.”Comparative Statements Consecration

Bulletin for Sunday October 2, 2016

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 2, 2016

Pastor’s Corner: On October 7, 1571 the last great naval battle of oar-powered ships was fought off the Greekboatcoast at Lepanto. The importance of the battle is that it was one of the great triumphs of Catholic forces over those of the Moslem Ottoman Empire. Why does it always appear that the history of Catholicism is one of military battles with those whose beliefs are different? Why can’t we all just get along!!?? The fight didn’t begin with the Church. At heart, these battles against Islamic military forces were battles of culture against culture. At the heart of the culture of western Europe, at least until the Protestant Reformation, was the Church and the Incarnation: the reality that God became a man, suffered, died and rose from the dead, in order to share his divine life with us. Within one generation after the death of Mohammed, this was seen as an insult to God, which necessitated action. In fact, as early as 846 A.D. Moslem troops sacked Rome, despoiling the tombs of the Apostles Peter and Paul. The earlier progress of Islam in France, Spain, Sicily, southern Italy, North Africa, and the Holy Land is one of military conquest of the entire Mediterranean and Europe, not one of simple conversion to another religion. It was the ISIS of the Middle Ages: a relentless military onslaught for political control dressed up in Islam to look and sound like a religious movement.

Sultan Selim II threatened to conquer Cyprus in 1570 with an eye to conquering Europe. Pope Pius V called for a coalition of the Catholic forces of Spain and the Venetian Republic who joined those of the Papal States, to thwart the attack. Protestant countries wanted nothing to do with the fight. The Turkish forces were larger, with 222 galleys, 60 other vessels, 750 cannon, 34,000 soldiers, 13,000 sailors, and 41,000 Christian slaves as rowers. The Catholic forces had 207 galleys, 30 other vessels, 6 great galleons which “seemed like castles”, 1,800 canon, 30,000 soldiers, 12,900 sailors, and 43,000 rowers, most convicts who were promised freedom if victorious. The flagship of the Turkish Grand Admiral Ali bore a purple silk standard emblazoned with the name of Allah in gold letters. The Catholic flagship of Don Juan of Austria bore a dark blue silk standard with an embroidered image of the Crucified Lord. At a consistory on August 27th, the Pope instructed the cardinals to fast at least once weekly, to give extraordinary alms to the poor, and to perform other acts of penance in order to obtain God’s mercy and victory over the Turks. The Pope fasted three days weekly, and instructed all churches in Rome to pray for victory. As word reached Rome that the forces were nearing each other, the Pope ordered extraordinary prayers be said day and night in all churches and monasteries in Rome, in which he himself participated.

As was traditional in Rome on the first Sunday each October, the local Rosary confraternities held their processions around the City. The image of Our Lady of the Rosary was similar to the traditional image of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. Taken from the biblical Book of Revelation, the Blessed Virgin Mary is seen crowned with twelve stars and standing atop a crescent moon. It was on that day that the battle was fought, and “the forces of the Cross proved victorious over the Crescent”, as one historian described it. News of the victory of the Catholic forces on the afternoon of October 7th reached Rome on October 22nd. Immediately the Pope attributed the victory to the Blessed Virgin Mary in answer to the Rosaries of thousands of people prayed on the day of battle. The Feast of Our Lady of Victory, or Our Lady of the Rosary, was to be celebrated each year throughout the world to commemorate the victory at Lepanto, and the temporary halt of the Turkish advance against Christian Europe. In Venice, in the Palace of the Doges, a painting of the battle was commissioned with the words, “Not our power and arms, nor our leaders, but the Madonna of the Rosary helped us to victory.” And the image of Our Lady of Victory standing atop a crescent moon and crowned with stars was placed above the gates of many European cities.

Other battles with Turkish forces would follow. The last was at the gates of Vienna, when the Ottoman army was defeated on September 11 [9/11], 1683 by another Catholic coalition. The Battles of Lepanto and Vienna marked the beginning of the end for the Ottoman Empire, since they halted Islamic aggression into Christian Western Europe.

Today, Christian Europe has ceased to exist, but the reality of the God who became a man for us, and who continues to work in his Church, continues, and is manifest is the reality of Divine Providence working in human history. The God who sent His Son to become one of us, to free us from sin and death, continues to work in the world to bring us to eternal life, through the saints and His Church. In the instance of Lepanto, the victory was seen as the Mother of the Incarnate God defending us against enemies of the Incarnation. Trust in God, and pray to Our Lady in times of need. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Harriet Lockhart, Margaret Potolicchio, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Camille Lindstrom, Eilish Collins Main, Thomas McGuire, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Ardise, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Brianna Petigny, Elaine Shoztic, Joan Kronk, John Kronk, Mary Lena Cocchia, Alexandre Laurent, John Murray.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Msgr. Robert McCormick, Camille Lindstrom, Catherine Olnek, Dominick J. Marciano, John D’Agostino, Carol J. Toppin, John MacLean, Muriel Rysinski, Joan Terpack, Nancy Ligouri, Jean Corcoran, Paolo Cavallo, Ralph Bocuzzi, Robert Ix, Carolyn Gerwick, Denny Levi, Carmine Longo, Harry Bethea, Suzanne DePreta, Susanne DePreta.

Banns of Marriage:
I Banns: Jolis Jean and Marie Carmelle Boisrond
I Banns: Christopher William Frappier and Natalie Ann Rascona
II Banns: Ryan Paul Smith and Elisa Pasqua
III Banns: Frantz Samuel Salomon and Marie Therese Fils

LATIN LOW MASS: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

Parish Finance Council: Will meet in the Rectory on October 6th at 7:30 pm.

MARK YOU CALENDAR
Annual Rosary Procession, October 8th: with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Rosary, following the 12:10 Mass. We will renew our consecration of the Basilica and its families to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The preparation begins on September 4th, continuing through October 7th, using the small book “33 Days to Morning Glory,” available in our parish bookstore. Please join us during this holy month of prayer and consecration.

The Upper Room: October 18th at Columbus Park Trattoria, 205 Main Street, Stamford, 7pm-9pm, for Catholics 30 years of age and up for a delightful discussion of our Catholic Faith and life, a glass of wine and some good Italian food. Topic: “Who are you Voting For?” by Fr. Brian Dellaert. Everyone is welcome.

Saint Jude Novena: October 20-28th following the 12:10 Mass. On October 28th, individual veneration of the first class relics of Saint Jude. Everyone is welcome.

Relics of All the Saints: October 26-November 7: In honor of All Saints Day[November 1], all the Basilica’s Relics of the Saints will be displayed on the High Altar for convenient veneration.
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Are you a student at UCONN Stamford? Please contact Fr. Andy Vill (frvill@diobpt.org). We are looking for some help/interest in some on campus activities this fall!

R.C.I.A. starts this Monday October 3rd 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.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday September 25, 2016 $ 12,577.35
Sunday September 27, 2015 $ 13,733.45

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 9th, Sunday Readings: 2 Kgs 5:14-17; 2 Tm 2:8-13; Lk 17:11-19.

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

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God, who is love and mercy. Please call (203) 416-1619 or projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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

St. Monica Biblical Greek Grammar: Thursdays at 6:30 pm, in the Rectory. An intermediate grammar/reading class. We are translating the Acts of the Apostles. Basic grammatical knowledge of Biblical Greek is required. Call the rectory for information or Monsignor at spqrnac@gmail.com.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory. We are continuing our review of ecclesiastical Latin using Second Latin by Cora and Charles Scanlon. Currently, we are reading excerpts from The Code of Canon Law. An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.

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

“You’re Worth It”: Book signing, luncheon & talk with Catholic author Danielle Bean, October 6th at 11am at Columbus Park Trattoria Upper Room. For details, rsvp to Lisa at lisakotasek@gmail.com or 203-253-3499.

Help End Legalized Abortion: Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street. To join the local prayer group or be trained as a Sidewalk Counselor contact Noelle at (857) 345-0808.

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, on Thursday, October 6th, 2016! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge. Next meeting: Monday, October 24th 7:30PM – contact Melanie for the location.

THANKS: To all who worked so hard to make our parish picnic such fun: Fr. Vill, Judy & Phil DeFelice, Trish & Doug DePhillips, Beth & Frank Carpanzano, Sal Demott, Angela & Alessio Giannitti, Louis Scalfani, and everyone who brought salads, pasta, side dishes and desserts, and who helped set up and clean up. Your generosity made a great day at the beach!

PRO LIFE EVENT:  Gospel of Life Society invites you and your whole family to participate in Stamford’s Life Chain on Sunday, Oct 2, 2016: 1pm-2:30pm. Please join us on Atlantic Street in front of the Basilica of St. John’s for the annual Life Chain: a peaceful witness of Americans praying for the end of abortion. Participants display signs (will be provided) urging passers-by to support the pre-born, reminding them of the sanctity of human life and join in prayer. For details, call Frank Carpanzano, at 203-975-0074.

Handel’s Messiah, Part I & the Hallelujah Chorus presented by the
Stamford Symphony and the Pro Arte Singers, HERE at the Basilica on Saturday December 10th at 8pm – One night only!—Tickets start at $25. Limited number of tickets available.  Call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.org.

The Upper Room is back! An open forum to discuss our Catholic Faith: open to anyone between the ages of 30 and older, at THE UPPER ROOM in Columbus Park Trattoria, Main Street on Columbus Park in Stamford’s downtown: Tuesday, OCTOBER 18TH: 7pm-9pm. Our speaker: Fr. Brian Dellaert from the Archdiocese of Dubuque, and his topic: “Who are you voting for? Guidelines to voting as a Catholic.” No charge. Bring a friend or two!

Faith on Tap is back! Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St., Stamford’s downtown: Tuesday OCTOBER 25th: 7pm-9pm. “The Pro-Life Debate: It’s Not About Winning It”, featuring speakers from The Couture Project. Bring a friend or two!

“Walking with Purpose”: a program of prayer and Bible Study for Catholic women,
Tuesday mornings beginning at 9:30 am in the parish hall. For more information, contact: Rosa Federici at wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

Men’s Working Retreat, Stamford, CT – Oct 14 thru 16, 2016: All Catholic men are invited for the annual fall weekend retreat at Villa Maria Guadalupe, in Stamford. This retreat includes conferences on discipleship of Jesus Christ, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and heavy labor in the woods. Go to www.sistersoflife.org – “upcoming events / retreats” and to register contact Bill Nagle: billnagle@hotmail.com, or 203-570-2593.

Natural Family Planning & Fertility Care: Are you looking for information to help you understand and appreciate your fertility? The Creighton Model System is based on a couple’s knowledge and understanding of their naturally occurring phases of fertility and infertility. This system deals with the complete dimension of procreative ability. It can be used in conjunction with NaProTechnology to assist with infertility and sub-fertility issues in a natural way, while still embracing the union of husband, wife and God. Teachers of the Creighton Model System are trained allied health professionals and specifically trained physicians. If you would like to schedule a free introductory session: Angela Marchetti: angelamarachetticp@gmail.com

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, October 1, 2016
4:00 +Ben Mondor req. Marc Valois
Sunday, October 2, 2016
7:30 +Louise Munro req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00 +Feroze Aslam req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
12:00 In Honor of the Guardian Angels-Our Heavenly Companions req. Marion Morris
5:00 Needs of parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, October 3, 2016
8:00 Sister Ellen Mary CSJ Religious Anniversary req. Marie Carr
12:10 Special Intentions Sebastian Hickman req. Mother
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
8:00 +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Jeannite Clerveaux Louis req. children
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 For Peace in the World req. Lucy Espinoza
Thursday, October 6, 2016
8:00 +Dorothy and Fred Wahlstrom req. Leon Taricani
12:10 +Georg Palmgren req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Friday, October 7, 2016
8:00 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
12:10 Rev. Terrence P. Walsh req. Scholastica and Andrew
Saturday, October 8, 2016
8:00 +Maria Vu req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 +Nicholas Rosa Jr. req. Iris Rios and Julia Rosa

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).

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.

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 Institute for Patristic Studies:— Biblical Greek: Intermediate Grammar: Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory. Call Monsignor DiGiovanni for more information (203-324-1553, ext 11).

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

Coffee Hour: After the 10a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:

125 years ago, or so:
October 4, 1889: Who Won the Big Prizes. “Notwithstanding that the weather was for the most part unfavorable, the fair of St. John’s R. C. church was a decided success, financially and otherwise, and very gratifying to all concerned, especially to Father Rogers and his assistants, Fathers Keena and Carroll, under whose personal superintendence much of the work was done. The financial net result it is expected will amount to between $1,700 and $1,800. James Burns, of West Stamford, was the fortunate winner of the building lot presented by Owen Daly. The elegant gold watch was won by Mrs. John Ennis. Father Carroll, of St. John’s, won the large French plate mirror which was looked upon with pardonable desire by so many. A copy of the celebrated picture of the Angelus was won by Miss Z. Bonvier, of New York. A very fine range, presented by B. D. Lum & Son, was won by P. Rabbit, of Bishop street. The centre table—Mrs. John Mulville; Ton of coal—John Murphy; Chamber suit—John McGill; Silver set—G. E. Everett, of Darien; Dinner set—T. Hickey, of Meadow street.”

100 years ago, or so:
October 9, 1916: SPIRE FOR CATHOLIC CHURCH. “It was announced yesterday, at all Masses in St. John’s Catholic Church, that a parish bazaar will be held the week of Nov. 13, to raise funds to erect a steeple on the church. Rev. J. C. O’Brien, pastor of the church, and the majority of the parishioners feel that the spire should be erected. It has been deferred because of lack of funds. It will be erected next spring, if the bazaar is a success. On Wednesday evening, in the Parish Hall, a reception will be given to Rev. Dr. Thomas J. Drennan, until recently curate in the Parish, and a concert will be rendered by well known local artists. Father Drennan and Father O’Brien and others will appear and will have something to say to the parishioners.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: The “spire” bell tower was not erected until 1926.)

90 Years ago, or so:
October 8, 1925: “Columbus Day and Fire Prevention Day will be observed together, tomorrow, by the pupils of the eighth grade of St. John’s Parochial School with a fitting program. In addition, the parents and friends of the pupils of the school are invited to visit the school, tomorrow afternoon, and inspect the classrooms and methods of teaching in the school. This will be the first time that “Parents’ Day” has been observed in the school. In honor of Columbus, the following program has been prepared: Singing of America by the class, accompanied by C. Stevens on the piano, W. Clark, A Deyulio and C. Sotire on Violins and D. Poranto on the cornet.”