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Bulletin for Sunday April 26, 2009 <— Full Bulletin With Pictures.


Pastor’s Corner . . . Each year the Diocese of Bridgeport conducts its Annual Bishop’s Appeal. This year, our parish goal is $85,000.00. We have been assessed the same goal as last year, since we were unable to raise the full assessment.  So far, some of our parishioners have pledged $41,700. , for which I am truly grateful.  


Nonetheless, if you have already made a pledge, please accept thanks. If you have not, please consider making a pledge or a gift, no matter how large.

The Annual Bishop’s Appeal provides the funds for most of the diocese’s social services through Catholic Charities and the local soup kitchens; it assists in providing Catholic grammar and high school education; it provides funding for the retired clergy of the diocese; for senior care, and the Fairfield County Catholic, our bi-monthly diocesan newspaper, and for our vocation program to provide priests for Fairfield County, and much more.

We need everyone’s assistance to reach our goal, so that we can help our bishop to continue his good works throughout Fairfield County. If you have not made a gift, please simply write a check to the “Annual Bishop’s Appeal” and drop in the Sunday Mass collection; or wait until later this month when we will ask parishioners to make a pledge during the weekend Masses.

Saint John’s has always been generous in helping those in need. So, I ask you to continue that parish tradition of generosity in this year’s Annual Bishop’s Appeal.

God bless you, and thank you. –Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… Mons. John Horgan-Kung, Mike McNamee, Paul Rittman, Sal Sciazza, Ed Koplos, Rosemarie Drexel, John Castellano, Lily Rice, Marion Giordano, Ray Flaharty, Philippe Renard, John Mellace, Christine Exantus, Evelyn Flaharty

Please pray for those who have recently died… Sheila Kilcoyne, Mary Daly, Brazilia Walker, Joseph Barrone, Evelyn Bauman, Phil DeFelice Sr., Alice Banning, Paul Eldridge, Antoinetta Fiore, Marie Corcoran, Eugene Rizzi, Denis O’Neil

Catholic Home Missions Appeal . . . Please drop your Catholic Home Missions envelope into the one collection.  There will be only one collection today. Your generosity is appreciated.

A Parish Fundraising Event:



Sunday, May 3, 2009. We hope you will join us for a great event – fabulous dinner, musical charms, exciting auctions. -Individual seats $75 per person, special tables available -Please call the Rectory for more information or for your reservation – (203) 324-1553, ext 21 or register online @

St. John’s Bible Study … We are using The Bible Timeline Series every Thursday in the rectory at 7:30 p.m. Join us! Next meeting: April 30th .

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … Will NOT meet during May. Our next study group will begin on June 3rd to begin studying the acts of the ancient Church martyrs.

The Latin Reading Group… Is translating St. Augustine’s Confessions…And meets every Wednesday in the rectory at 6:15 p.m.   high school Latin is all that’s needed.  Just walk in.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . meets each Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the rectory: Next meeting on April 23rd: Please, review Lessons XIII.

Parish Women’s Society… Meets every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the Rectory for prayer, refreshments and conversation. All are welcome; please, join us:  just walk in the first front door.  Our next meeting will be on May 2nd.

Religion Classes for Adults … We meet in the rectory at 7:30 p.m.  The class is on a 7-week cycle Tuesday May 5th and May 12th. Please contact Providencia at (203-) 324 -1553 ext. 21.

Moms & Tots … A group of moms and their children meet with Fr. Walsh each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. in church for Eucharistic adoration, followed by snacks in the rectory. Please join us. Our next meeting will be on May 5th.

Birthright needs volunteers to help with mothers. Volunteers provide pregnancy tests, listen to client concerns and connect women with needed resources. Schedules are flexible. Please call (203) 348-4355 or for more info.


Sunday April 19, 2009 $ 11,293.00

Sunday April 20, 2008 $ 9,792.61 
I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

May 3rd Sunday Readings: Acts 4:8-12; 1 Jn. 3:1-2; Jn.10:11-18 (50)

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 82 (2) 76.

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass . . . Mass Ordinary: Missa ‘O quam gloriosum – Tomás Luis de Victoria, 1548-1611. Offertory motet: Credo quod Redemptor – Alonso Lobo, 1555-1617 (I believe that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And in my flesh shall I see God my Saviour.) Communion motet: Ego sum Panis vi­vus – G. P. da Palestrina (I am the living bread. Your forefathers ate manna in the desert and are dead; this is the living bread from heaven: whoever eats it shall not die. [from St. John: 6]). The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Jubilate Deo (Shout joyfully to God, all the earth; sing a psalm to his name, alleluia; praise him with magnificence, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Say to God: “How awesome are your deeds, O Lord! In the greatness of your power, your enemies will be convicted of lying to you.” [Ps. 65:1-3]); Alleluia Oportebat pati Chris­tum (It was necessary that Christ should suffer and rise from the dead, and so enter into his glory. [Luke 24:46]); Offertory Lauda anima mea (Praise the Lord, O my soul; I will praise the Lord throughout my life; I will sing to my God for as long as I live, alleluia. [Ps. 146:2]); Communion Cantate Domino (Sing unto the Lord, alleluia; sing to the Lord, bless his name; proclaim his salvation day after day, alleluia, alleluia. [Ps. 96:2 ]).

Calling all 10:00 a.m. Mass Singers for the Adult Choir . . . Rehearsals are Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the music room in the basement of the church.  For more information, call Scott Turkington (203) 324-1553, ext. 18.

Want to be a Lector at Mass? We are in need of lectors for the Saturday 4:00 p.m. and Sun­day 12:00 noon Masses. If interested, please contact Mary Bridget Gaine: (203) 978-0249 or

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin… Anyone interested in a summer study course of Latin, please let me know: It will be basic grammar—Dick and Jane—so, don’t be afraid. If you’re interested, please give Monsignor a call: (203) 324-1553, ext. 11.   There will be no charge.

Ladies’ Night OutSpring into Fashion fundraiser to benefit Trinity Catholic Middle School on Thursday, May 7th .  Please join us at The Italian Center for an evening of fashion, dinner, and fun! Great Basket Raffles and Exciting Silent Auction. Door Prizes!!  Tickets: $60. For de­tails, or to make a donation to support Trinity Catholic Middle School, please call Ann Waters at (203) 322-8470 or


Mass Intentions

Saturday, April 25

 4:00 +John & Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Young

Sunday, April 26

 7:30 John Mannes 48th Anniversary req. De Vivo & Mannes families

10:00 Thanksgiving Jesus, Mary, Joseph & Padre Pio req. Diane Strain

12:00 Special Intention Jason Michael Rowe req. Sharon Gannon

6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family

Monday, April 27

 8:00 Thang & Diep Nguyen Wedding Anniversary req. Thang Nguyen

12:10 Special Intention Birgitta O’Brien-Costantino

Tuesday, April 28

 8:00 +Brunida Perez req. Pugliese Family

12:10 Special Intention Haggarty children req. Mom & Dad

Wednesday, April 29

 8:00 +Dionisio Claro Lim Uy req. Cyril Anthony Uy

12:10 +Vita Fazio req. her brother Frank D’Amico

Thursday, April 30

 8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.

12:10 Jackie & John Ciccarelli req. The Renella family

Friday, May 1

 8:00 +Aurelia Teodoro req. Basilia Cornejo

12:10 Special Intention Monica Needle req. Francis Baranowski

Saturday, May 2

 8:00 +Margaret M. Timon req. Thomas A. Timon

12:10 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry Galbert

Eucharistic Adoration: Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

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.

Pray for an end to abortion every Wed. 7:00 -10:30 a.m., Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St, Stamford.

Are you a registered parishioner? …If not, please visit the parish office Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or call the office for more information [ext 21 or 17] or Register On-Line at our Website:

Credit Card Offertory…Make weekly or monthly donations by credit card. You can set up recurring credit card donations with the church secretary.  She can take your information over the telephone.  Call (203) 324-1553 x21.

St. Dominic Savio Society…For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12th grades. Questions, please contact Frank Marchetti at 203-434-4734 or Ferry Galbert at 203-324-1553 X22.

St. Maria Goretti Society…For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. Questions, please contact Rosa Marchetti at 203-348-0232.

Sponsor Certificates for Baptism or Confirmation…Are happily given to parishioners of St. John’s, i.e. Those who are registered members; those whose regular Mass attendance is known to the priests, or whose parish membership can be verified by the records of the weekly offertory (envelopes).

ST. JOHN’S IN THE NEWS . . . . . . 100 YEARS AGO, OR SO:

The Stamford Advocate:

April 29, 1870:  “Let all whom it may concern read the “notice to builders,” advertised in this issue, by the Roman Catholic Society of Stamford.”

NOTICE TO BUILDERS. The Contract for Building the new Catholic Church, on At­lantic street, will be left open for bids for a short time. Plans and Specifications may be examined at the residence of Rev. John Fagan, on Meadow Street

The Connecticut Catholic:

April 30, 1881: Stamford. “It would be difficult indeed to speak too highly of the performance of our tal­ented choir these last two Sundays. Every member without exception rendered his or her part excellently, and all reflect the highest credit on their gifted mentor, Professor Smith. The Stamford Advocate, in speaking of Messrs. Griswold, Parker, and Carey, and Miss Weed as assisting on Easter Sundays, conveys the impression that they are not regular members of the choir. Such is not the case. They all are. And here I may say that any list of the names of those who took a leading part on Easter Sunday is incomplete that does not include Miss Minnie Flynn, the sweet voiced alto soloist.”

The New York Times:

April 29, 1895: NEW CATHOLIC PARISH ESTABLISHED. “The Right Rev. Bishop Michael Tier­ney of the Diocese of Hartford has set aside Darien and Noroton as a separate parish, and appointed the Rev. Fa­ther T. M. O’Brien, senior curate of St. Mary’s Church, of Norwalk, as rector. The Rev. Father O’Brien delivered a farewell address at St. Mary’s today at each of the three services. His pastorate in the new parish commences May

1. Darien and Noroton were formerly attached to the Stam­ford parish.”

The Stamford Advocate:

April 27, 1908: Columbus Knights at Church. “The strength of the Knights of Columbus in Stamford was shown with considerable impressiveness yesterday morning, when St. Augustine Council attended St. John’s

R. C. Church in a body, and received holy communion. The Council met in its rooms over the Republican Club, and the last members had not left the rooms when the first of the column was marching up the aisle in church. The only insignia worn was a white carnation in the lapel. It was the largest gathering of a fraternal society that has occurred in town in some time. The rector, Rev. James C. O’Brien, directed a few remarks to the Council in his ser­mon, speaking in complimentary terms of its general ap­pearance, its membership and its principles. He urged all men in the church to join.”

Mass Schedule Saturday: 8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. (Vigil) Sunday: 7:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m.  (Family Mass) 12 Noon (Sung Mass)

6:00 p.m. Haitian Mass

  (French and Creole) Monday through Friday:  8:00 a.m. & 12:10 p.m. Holy Days of Obligation:

                         Vigil Masses (evening before):  5:15 p.m.

                         Holy Days:  8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. & 5:15 p.m.


Confessions: (English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano) Monday – Friday, Sunday 30 minutes prior to each Mass Saturday:  3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Anytime by appointment


Parents must make arrangements for the date of Baptism, preferably before the birth of their child, by calling the office at 324-1553 ext 21.  Baptisms are usually performed Saturdays.

First Communion and Confirmation

Please call the Director of Religious Education at ext. 21 for details. Confirmation is a two-year program.


Engaged couples who hoped to be married at St. John’s must contact one of the parish priests at least 6 months prior to their wedding. Engaged couples who plan to have their wedding elsewhere, but would like to receive marriage preparation at St. John’s are likewise asked to contact one of the parish priests 6 months in advance. Marriages are not performed on Sunday’s at St. John’s.. At least one member of the engaged couple will have been a regular and registered parishioner at St. John’s for at least six months, prior to requesting marriage preparation.

Sick Calls, First Friday Communion Calls, and the Anointing of the Sick

If you know someone who is seriously ill at home or in the hospital, or cannot come to Mass, please call the rectory (ext. 21).  One of the priests will be happy to bring Communion and administer the Sacrament of the Sick.


-Miraculous Medal Novena: Monday at 8:20 a.m.

– Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Friday, following the 8:00 a.m. Mass until 12:00 p.m.

St John’s Bookstore Hours

Sunday: 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon  (Closed during Mass) Thursday:  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Closed during Mass)



Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come

 (Part II) –Fr. Terry Walsh

“Jesus said, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God…. The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit’.”(Jn3:5-8). At Baptism, we are literally born of water and the Spirit, as the Holy Spirit penetrates our hearts and souls breathing the life of Divine Grace into us and refashioning our souls, as it were, to begin our new and eternal life

in the Body of Christ. As we progress in the Spiritual life by seeking nourishment flowing from the Sacrifice of Jesus, we’re gradually formed into ever more faithful reflections of the Likeness of Christ; that is, we take upon our souls His Divine Image of holiness – through love. St. John of the Cross, the great 16th Century Carmelite Priest from Spain, put it this way: “God communicates himself most to that soul that has progressed farthest in love; namely, that has it’s will in closest conformity with the will of God. And the soul that has attained complete conformity and likeness of will is totally united and transformed in God supernaturally.” Through a well grounded prayer life and faithful reception of the sacraments (especially Confession and Holy Communion), the Gifts of the Holy Spirit “well up from within” the soul of the baptized and give life—Divine Life.

How do we understand the 3rd Person of the Holy Trinity — the Holy Spirit — how do we describe Him? The Catechism points out that Holy Spirit is known by many titles in the Scriptures: the Paraclete, the Advocate, the Consoler; the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of the Promise, the Spirit of Adoption, the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of Glory. We see Him at work from the very first pages of the Scriptures. He breathes on the waters and makes them holy. We recognize Him at the entrance of the Cave of Elijah in the gentle whisper. He rolls back the stone at the Sepulcher of Christ and indeed, He rolls back the stone from the entrance of our hearts — if we let Him — if we are docile to his love.

Jesus – the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit – the Breath of God were “hidden” in the Old Testament and revealed in the New Testament as the Prophet Isaiah tells us (750B.C.): “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse (Jesus Christ), and a branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the spirit of Wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord”(Isaiah 11: 1- 2). All who are baptized have access to these Gifts; indeed, all those who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation and are commissioned to teach and defend the Faith are given these Gifts in abundance in order to draw all people into the Light of Christ—through our love.

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus reveals Who He really is when he proclaims in the synagogue in Nazareth: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor”(Lk 4: 18-19). Through His love, He frees us from the bonds of sin and death and opens the Gates of Paradise. All who come to believe open the Gates of their souls and so become “living tabernacles” of the Trinity. As we grow in docility to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit and seek to “Do the Father’s Will” then, ‘the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth and will glorify Christ.’ We, like the Apostles, share in the outpouring of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and so bear abundant Fruit and give glory to our Heavenly Father.







Bulletin for Sunday April 26, 2009<— Full Bulletin With Pictures.


For the entire bulletin with pictures please click the following link.

 Bulletin for Sunday April 26, 2009<— Full Bulletin With Pictures.


Bulletin for Sunday April 26, 2009 

Bulletin for Sunday April 26, 2009<— Full Bulletin With Pictures.