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Pastor’s Corner . . .
May, the most beautiful of all months, when the icy grip of winter finally loosens, celebrates the most beautiful and most worthy of all women in human history, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. From its very beginning, the Church has revered Our Lady because of her personal holiness and intimate relationship with the Divine Persons of the Trinity. The most popular prayer, the Hail Mary, is based on the words addressed to Mary by the Archangel Gabriel at the Annunciation: “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee,” recalling the wonders God was about to work in her life for the salvation of the world, by which as Our Lady responds, “all generations will call me blessed.” [Luke 1:46-55] Even during her lifetime, Mary was held in high esteem, as was any mother in Jewish society, but especially the mother of someone famous or powerful. By the end of the first century, Mary is venerated, NOT worshiped, since only God receives worship. Mary is venerated as the New Eve, especially described in the writings of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, who had been taught the faith by Saint Peter himself. Mary, the most perfect representative of our human race, now makes up in her own virtuous life of faith for the sins of the first Eve. God the Father recreates all creation through Christ, the New Adam, with Mary as the human co-operator. Saint Athanasius, one of the greatest of the Church Fathers, wrote: “O’ Virgin, your glory transcends all created things because of Christ, O Mother of God the Word. We say that cherubs are sublime, but you are more sublime than they: cherubs support the throne of God, but you support God within your arms. Seraphs are close to God, but you are closer than they: Seraphs hide their faces with their wings, unable to look at the perfect glory of God, but you not only contemplate His face, but caress and suckle Him.” [Virgin Mother of God] The Council of Ephesus in 431 formally defined the role of Mary in our salvation: Mary can be called the Mother of God, since she gave human form to the Eternal God. She didn’t create God, as no mother creates her child, but gave birth to the Eternal God in the flesh. The centuries-old popular devotion to Our Lady then became even more popular. As the Church spread throughout Europe in the 5th century and during later centuries, Mary was held in reverence as the mother of all believers, constantly interceding with Her Son for us while constantly pointing us toward her Son. In Northern Europe, where the winters are harsh, May was the first month of new life, with flowers finally blooming after long winters. Mary, the greatest boast of our race, and the most perfect representative of humankind, who shared her humanity with God in Jesus, was honored in May especially with flowers that represent the new creation by God through Christ, such as the lily, the rose, the marigold, and numerous wild-flowers, lady-fern, lady’s mantel, lady’s slipper, maidenhair fern, lady’s thimble, to mention only a few. Our Lady is the exemplar of the Christian life, of one who is totally dedicated to Our Lord. She is also our mother, the New Eve, who gave birth to a new creation in Christ, who prays constantly for our salvation. May is naturally the most beautiful of months. Let us imitate that natural beauty by dedicating ourselves to follow Our Lady, making our lives blossom in virtue in her honor and for the love of Her Son. –Mons. DiGiovanni
Please pray for the sick… Anthony & Mary Ellen Sansone, 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
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: May 7th.
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.
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 9th.
Religion Classes for Adults … We meet in the rectory at 7:30 p.m. The class is on a 7-week cycle: these are the last classes until October: 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 Tuesday 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 www.birthright.org for more info.
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.
Solemn Vespers. . . For Pentecost and celebrating the 1886 dedication of our church, will be offered on Saturday, May 30th at 7:30 pm in the church. Light refreshments. All are welcome.
Sunday April 26, 2009 $ 11,650.75
Sunday April 27, 2008 $ 12,730.31
I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
May 10th Sunday Readings: Acts 4: 8-12, Ps 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29, 1 Jn 3:1-2, Jn 10:11-18
Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 77 (2) 154.
The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.
Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass . . . Mass Ordinary: Missa quarti toni – Tomás Luis de Victoria, 1548-1611. Offertory motet: Haec Dies – Marc’Antonio Ingegneri, 1547-1592 (This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. [Ps. 118:24,1]). Communion 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.). The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Misericordia Domini (The earth is full of the mercy of the Lord, alleluia; by the word of the Lord, the heavens were established, alleluia, alleluia. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! Praising befits those who are upright. [Ps.33:5,6,1]; Alleluia Ego sum pastor bonus (I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my own know me. [John 10:14]); Offertory Deus, Deus meus (O God, my God, from daybreak do I watch for you; and in invocation of your name will I lift up my hands. [Ps. 63:2,5]); Communion Ego sum pastor bonus (I am the good shepherd, alleluia; I know my sheep and my own know me, alleluia, alleluia. [John 10:14]).
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 MaryBridgetGaine@aol.com.
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).
Ladies’ Night Out…Spring 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 firstname.lastname@example.org..
St. John’s in The News . . .
. . . 50 years ago, or so:
May 8, 1958: CDA Court Notes Golden Anniversary. “The Most Rev. Lawrence J. Shehan, Bishop of Bridgeport, speaking to members and guests of Catholic Daughters of America, Court St. Mary 82, said he was deeply impressed with the activities of the Court. He outlined the two things required to produce Christian character, as intellectual and moral excellence. The occasion of Bishop Shehan’s presence was the banquet in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the court held at Stamford Yacht Club. Another guest speaker was the Rev. John Bennett of Avon, newly appointed state chaplain of CDA. The Rev. Bennett urged the women to imitate the model of women, Mary, the Mother of God and stressed their obligation to safeguard the morals of the world. Among the honored guests were members of the clergy from Stamford including Right Reverend Monsignor Nicholas P. Coleman, Pastor of St. John’s Church, Right Reverend Monsignor Charles Hagearty and the Reverend William A. Nagle.”
May 6, 1960: “Members of the St. John’s Catholic Church annual dinner committee will meet after mission services tonight, in the lower chapel, to make ticket returns for the dinner May 18th.”
May 7, 1962: K of C Members Set New Record. “”He deserves any honor the Church or its laymen can bestow upon him,” the Most Rev. Walter W. Curtis, S.T.D., Bishop of Bridgeport, said Sunday night of the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, D.A.V.F., pastor of St. John’s Church. Bishop Curtis addressed more than 600 Knights of Columbus and their wives at a dinner which culminated the annual meeting of the Fourth Degree Knights of the Southern District of Connecticut. The weekend’s festivities were highlighted by the exemplification of Fourth Degree on 239 members Sunday afternoon at Burdick Junior High School. The exemplification was named in honor of Msgr. Coleman, senior priest in the Bridgeport Diocese and a Fourth Degree Knight for 56 years. The class was the largest this year in New England and the largest in the history of the Lafayette Assembly of Stamford. The Fourth Degree is known as the Patriotic Degree of the Knights of Columbus and each contingent carried a large American Flag as well as a banner for the assembly. In congratulating Msgr. Coleman, Bishop Curtis said, “When you have worked as hard as he has for the Mystical Body of Christ you deserve every honor”.”
Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come
(Part III) –Fr. Terry Walsh
“God saved us through the baptism of new birth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit he lavished on us through Jesus Christ our Savior, that we might be justified by His grace and become heirs, in hope, of eternal life.” –Titus 3: 5 – 7
When St. John writes in his first letter, “God IS love” he teaches us that we are called to abide in that love and be a conduit for that love. The Catechism teaches: “Love is the 1st gift of God, containing all others”(ccc733). And St. Paul reminds us, “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us”(Rm 5:5).
One of the most beautiful images of this relationship is the “Allegory of the Vine and the Branches” in the Gospel of John, chapter 15. In this chapter, Jesus reveals to his disciples, all of us, that He alone is the true vine and that we who are baptized into His Mystical Body are like braches on the vine. Just as a branch receives life from the vine and is able to bear fruit, so too are we able to have life and bear “spiritual fruit” through the nourishment we receive from Christ, “the Vine.” This nourishment, this grace, is the very essence of love, God Himself. It is the Holy Spirit who dwells in us and animates us, provided we cooperate with His inspirations and are docile to His promptings. Jesus said, “If you love Me you will keep My commandments.” “Follow Me.” “You are children of the Light; walk in the Light.” As we seek to grow in moral virtue—in the “Light” of Christ—the Holy Spirit rushes to our aid and ‘perfects’ our effort with Supernatural Gifts, thereby enabling us to follow our Lord’s command: “Be perfect, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” It is a gradual transformation that takes place in us—if we work at it. As children of God, we are, of course, called to live IN God in heaven forever. That gift begins here on earth, right now, through baptism. Our brief time on earth is our time to choose our eternal destiny. And our Lord pleads, “Choose the Blessing – choose life!!!” That’s not to say, of course, that we won’t make mistakes, but that it is our intention to live “according to the Spirit” and that if we happen to fall, we have recourse to our Lord of Mercy, Jesus Christ. The more we grow in virtue, the more difficult it is to sin. At the same time, through our humble acknowledgement of our faults and failings we receive healing and nourishment through “The Vine”; that is, through the Sacraments, and so bear abundant fruit for the Kingdom of God – in our own souls, in the Church, and in the world. What are the fruits of the Holy Spirit that we are called to bear? In his letter to the Galatians, St. Paul teaches us that the Fruits of the Spirit are “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control”(Gal 5: 22-23). St. Basil put it this way: “Through the Holy Spirit we are restored to paradise, led back to the Kingdom of heaven, and adopted as children, given confidence to call God ‘Father’ and to share in Christ’s grace, called children of light and given a share in eternal glory.” Pure Gift!
In Acts of the Apostles, we see the Holy Spirit working in a powerful way in the early Church. It is a wonderful book of the New Testament to read between now and Pentecost Sunday (May 31). Just as the Holy Spirit led the Church in the time of the Apostles, so too does He continue to lead and guide us through their successors. The Catechism teaches us: “The mission of Christ and the Holy Spirit is brought to completion in the Church, which is the Body of Christ and the Temple of the Holy Spirit. This joint mission henceforth brings Christ’s faithful to share in his communion with the Father in the Holy Spirit. The Spirit prepares men and goes out to them with His grace, in order to draw them to Christ. The Spirit manifests the risen Lord to them, recalls his word to them and opens their minds to the understanding of His Death and Resurrection. He makes present the mystery of Christ, supremely in the Eucharist, in order to reconcile them, to bring them into communion with God, that they may ‘bear much fruit.’”(ccc737). Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come…..
Saturday, May 2
4:00 +Members of DeRosa, Kronk, Capobianco Families & Edwin Clark req. John & Joan Kronk
Sunday, May 3
7:30 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
10:00 +Florence DeSilva req. Daughter & Family
12:00 +Patrick A. Forlenzo req. Christopher, Michelle & Maryann
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, May 4
8:00 +Maryann Vagnone req. Lilian & Alvina Ramos
12:10 +Estelle Burke req. Mary Churley
Tuesday, May 5
8:00 +John Maloney req. Wife Mary
12:10 +Fanny Caputo Savona & Anna Caputo, req. Kate Longo
Wednesday, May 6
8:00 In Honor of the Virgin Mary req. Fabiola C.
12:10 +Carmine Salvatore req. Giannitti Family
Thursday, May 7
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
12:10 +The Corcione Family req. Ann & Jo Corcione
Friday, May 8
8:00 +Giuseppe & Teresa Pugliese req. Purgliese Family
12:10 +Dorothy Schrieber req. Frances Slusarz
Saturday, May 9
8:00 +Hope & Joseph McAleer req. Family
12:10 +Salvatore & Teresa Corbo req. Pugliese Family
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: www.stjohnsstamford.com.
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.