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The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist

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

Holy Name Men's Society

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

The Legion of Mary

Weekly meetings: Wednesday at 7:30 pm in the rectory.
A group of parishioners who gather weekly for prayer and spiritual conference. Dedicated to strengthening our love for Our Lord through devotion to His Blessed Mother, by deeper prayer and works of charity. All are welcome.

Patristic Study Groups

The Saint Monica Institute offers informal study groups utilizing English translations of important patristic texts. The study groups are open to all interested persons (no prior knowledge of patristics is necessary) and are offered without charge, although some require purchase of the text being discussed. Pre-registration is required for all study groups. Please call St. John's Rectory at 203-324-1553, ext. 21, for more information or to register for a study group.

Parish Archives located in the Lawrence Bolanowski Stadium, are open to the public with permission of the pastor and with previous reservations for studies.

St. Monica Institute

Through the prayers and encouragement of Saint Monica, her son Augustine listened to the preaching of Saint Ambrose, converted entirely to Christ and accepted Baptism. Monica's faith and example provide the perfect image for our institute for patristic studies: her perseverance brought two of the Church's greatest fathers and doctors together, the result of which affected the course of the Church's development, life and understanding of the Mystery of Christ until today. Such faith and perseverance can serve as our guide to a deeper understanding of the work of Church Fathers to help in the Church's scholarship, and to continue that same work of evangelization, conversion and the deepening of Catholic life in our own time.

This Institute began in December 2004, during the sesquicentennial celebration of Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Stamford, Connecticut. Efforts progressed and continue to acquire the entire patristic corpus by the Abbe Migne, as well as other important and modern critical editions of patristic works. To date, Saint Monica's has acquired the entire Patrologia Latina and is gathering the volumes of the Patrologia Graeca-Latina.

Visit the website of the St. Monica Institute

Click here to find the next date we are meeting.

Altar Servers

Young men who assist priests at the altar at the celebration of Holy Mass and other forms of public worship. For more information, contact Andrew at (203) 324-1553, ext. 21, or email him at stjc@optonline.net.

Sunday School (CCD)

Is for the children of the parish and is offered on Sunday mornings during the school year at 8:30 a.m., followed by the Family Mass at 10:00 a.m.

Biblical Greek Course

The Introduction to Biblical Greek class meets weekly. For more information, please call Saint John’s Rectory at 203-324-1553 Ext. 21

Pro-Life Group

Our Pro-Life Group meets each Wednesday morning to pray before the local abortion clinic. The parish bookstore offers a wide selection of Catholic literature as well as sacramentals.

Convert classes and R.C.I.A.

Are by appointment with the priests.

Please click here for the current RCIA Schedule

Baptisms and Weddings

Are by appointment with the priests. Engaged couples meet individually with one of the priests for a six-month marriage preparation program, which includes training in Natural Family Planning and meetings with other young couples.

For more information regarding the Sacraments please click here

The spiritual care of the sick and elderly

At home, nursing facilities or in hospital, is a special concern of the parish, with regular visits by the priests and by Extraordinary Minisers of Holy Communion. Please contact the parish to inform us of any serious illness or surgery.

Faith on Tap

Schedule: Murphy's Townhouse Cafe: Franklin St, Stamford

  • May 23th

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Archived Faith On tap

Lenten Mission 2004

Lenten Mission 2006

The Upper Room

Schedule: Columbus Park Trattoria, 205 Main St, Stamford

  • October 18th
  • November 10th
  • NO DECEMBER
  • January 18th
  • February 15th
  • March 15th
  • April 19th
  • May 17th

Walking With Purpose

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Walking with Purpose is a Catholic women's Bible study that aims to bring women to a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ by offering personal study and small group discussion that link our everyday challenges and struggles with the solutions given to us through the teachings of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church.

When you participate in WWP, you have the freedom to enjoy the lessons at your own pace. Go as fast or as slow as you like. These materials are tailor made for you. No previous experience is necessary. Come as you are, open the study guide, open your heart and get ready to learn, laugh, and lighten your load.

Consecration of the Diocese of Bridgeport to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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 first of four preparatory essays for the Consecration of the Diocese of Bridgeport

to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

 

  1. The Meaning of Christian Pilgrimage

 

Hearing the word "pilgrimage" might bring to mind images of men and women of long ago, trekking over difficult, hilly terrain, on their way to a distant church, in which to pray, offer reparation, and ask the Lord for particular graces and blessings.  But pilgrimages are not just from times past.  They are still very much part of the Church’s life. Pilgrimages are privileged, spiritual opportunities for all of us to grow in our faith.

Just as our whole lives are a journey through time, with the goal of that journey being to reach safely the presence of Christ Himself, so too a pilgrimage is a journey made by a person of faith to a site which holds some deep spiritual significance.

When Pope Francis called the whole Church to observe the Jubilee Year of Mercy which is now underway, he explained why making a pilgrimage is especially appropriate for this Year.  He wrote:

The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a viator, a pilgrim travelling along the road … May pilgrimage be an impetus to conversion: by crossing the threshold of the Holy Door, we will find the strength to embrace God’s mercy and dedicate ourselves to being merciful with others as the Father has been with us (Misericordiae Vultus, 14).

Our diocesan family of faith will have the opportunity to make such a pilgrimage on Saturday, November 5th.  Rather than traveling to a far-off place, the destination of our diocesan pilgrimage will be St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport so that as many people as possible may take part.  At the Cathedral that day, each pilgrim will have the opportunity to pass through the Holy Door and to receive the Jubilee Indulgence, to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and to be present as Bishop Caggiano consecrates the Diocese of Bridgeport to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Pilgrimages are special; they’re out-of-the-ordinary.  A necessary aspect of making a pilgrimage is to approach it with a spirit of openness to deeper personal conversion.  Pilgrimages help us to be intentional about turning away from sin, so as to be capable of a deeper fidelity to the Gospel.

The grace of this pilgrimage is open even to the sick and the homebound, who are invited by our Bishop to unite themselves in prayer with those physically making the pilgrimage to the Cathedral on November 5th, and to offer their sufferings for the needs of our local Church.

Together with Pope Francis, who reminds us that "mercy is a goal to reach, and requires dedication and sacrifice," let us pray that we, together with our brothers and sisters across our diocese, will respond enthusiastically to this invitation, so that our diocesan pilgrimage and consecration on November 5th will be a day of joy, and of lasting grace, for this local Church in this Jubilee Year of Mercy.



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 second of four preparatory essays for the Consecration of the Diocese of Bridgeport to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

 

  1. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Christ’s divine and human love is symbolized in His physical Heart. He, the Word made flesh, manifests God’s divine love through a human body and a Heart formed in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Church’s general devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus dates back many centuries and numerous saints have contributed to its development. Specific devotions became even more popularized when Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690), a Visitation nun, as she prayed before the Blessed Sacrament. St. Margaret Mary wrote, "He disclosed to me the marvels of His Love and the inexplicable secrets of His Sacred Heart." Christ emphasized to her His love and His wounds caused by man's indifference to this love.

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus involves both acknowledging Him as our Creator, Redeemer and King, and also by repenting, turning away from sin and resolving to love and serve Him more faithfully.

Jesus promised to those who practice and encourage devotion to His Sacred Heart: 1) He will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life; 2) He will establish peace in their homes; 3) He will comfort them in all their afflictions; 4) He will be their secure refuge during life, and above all, in death; 5) He will bestow abundant blessings upon all their undertakings; 6) Sinners will find in His Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy; 7) Lukewarm souls shall become fervent; 8) Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection; 9) He will bless every place in which an image of His Heart is exposed and honored; 10) He will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts; 11) Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in His Heart; 12) In the excessive mercy of His Heart He promises that His all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months the grace of final perseverance; they shall not die in His disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments. His divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.

All those participating in the pilgrimage and consecration on Saturday, November 5th at St. Augustine Cathedral will receive a holy card with a special prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which can be prayed every day for one’s personal needs and for the needs of the Diocese of Bridgeport.

Let us pray for the openness to give over our entire lives to our Lord Jesus Christ, including all of our choices, our actions, our sufferings and our joys, so that we may honor, love and glorify His Sacred Heart.



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."

  1. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
  2. 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.

 

  1. 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.

Diocese of Bridgeport Young Adult Mass

6:30 pm - Holy Hour with Music

7:30 pm - Mass

Please call or email for dates.

Gathering together the young adults of the Diocese of Bridgeport for worship, community and fellowship. Holy Hour with Praise Music and Confession begin at 6:30pm. Mass begins at 7:30 pm.
Social to follow.

Visit us at: www.conncatholics.org
For more information contact:
Evan Psencik
203-416-1649
epsencik@diobt.org