St. John’s Parish began in 1847 and was established as an independent Catholic parish in 1854 as the Mother Church for the growing Catholic community of Stamford, Darien, Greenwich and surrounding areas. All Catholic parishes and institutions in this area have their roots in Saint John’s Parish. On July 16, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI named Saint John’s a Minor Basilica. Today, Saint John’s is the parish for downtown Stamford.
Mass & Confessions
We offer two weekday Masses at 8:00 a.m. and 12:10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Confessions are heard in English, Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese heard Monday through Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Confessions on Saturdays from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Likewise, confessions are heard each Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.; 9:30 to 10:00 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
The choirs of St. John’s provide a variety of musical settings for the weekend Masses, all of which are in English.
- The Adult Choir offers traditional Catholic hymns and choral music at the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass every Sunday.
- The Children’s Choir also provides music for the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass, singing by themselves once a month.
- The Parish Choir offers Gregorian chant and 16th Century polyphonic Masses by Palestrina, Victoria, Byrd and others for the 12:00 noon High Mass.
- The Haitian choir fills the church with the spiritual music of the Caribbean at the Sunday 6:00 p.m. Haitian Mass, celebrated in Creole and French.
A variety of spiritual, cultural and catechetical activities and programs are offered during the year, including:
- The Holy Name Society For all men of the parish: The rectory every Friday morning for coffee, Eucharistic adoration benediction & prayer, from 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
- The Saint Anne Family Society meets on the first Sunday of the month, October through May, at 5:00 p.m. in the parish hall for Eucharistic Adoration in the church followed by a potluck supper for parents and children.
- 20s & 30s Young Adults offers lectures and discussions about the Catholic Faith in “The Upper Room” (Restaurant Columbus Park) the second Monday of the month, October through May, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
- Sunday School (CCD) for the children of the parish is offered on Sunday mornings during the school year at 8:30 a.m., while the parents are offered discussion groups about the faith, followed by the Family Mass at 10:00 a.m.
- The Saint Monica Institute for Patristic Studies offers monthly informal reading groups in the faith of the early Church, meeting each Wednesday beginning at 7:30 p.m. throughout the year. Website: http://stmonicainstitute.org/
Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Group women of the parish meet in the rectory each Saturday morning beginning at 9:30, for coffee, conversation, Eucharistic Adoration, the Rosary and spiritual conference.
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
Moms & Tots is a group of parish mothers, meeting the first Tuesday of each month at 10: 30 a.m., along with their infants and young children, for Eucharistic Adoration in the church followed in the rectory by play time and lunch.
Young adults meet monthly in two parish groups: Saint Maria Goretti Society, for high school girls, and the Saint Dominic Savio Society, for high school boys. Each meet monthly for prayer, a brief lecture about the faith, and for various activities.
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. classes are by appointment with the priests.
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.
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.
Saint John’s community is composed of American-born Catholics and Catholics from around the world, forming a truly cosmopolitan community in the heart of downtown Stamford. All are welcome at the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist, truly the Mother Church of Stamford.