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Pastor’s Corner . . . The Ascension of Our Lord is one of the great solemnities of the Church’s calendar because it recalls the historic event of the return of Our Lord to Heaven in His resurrected body. This action of God in human history has effects far beyond history. Christ is one Person in two natures, human and divine. Everything Jesus did as a man was also an act of the eternal Son of God, since once God entered into human history on the first Christmas, the Invisible and Eternal God became visible in the man Jesus. So, Jesus’ human love is the embodiment of the redeeming love of God. Because Jesus’ human actions are also divine actions of the Son of God, He can fulfill God’s promise of salvation in the tangible, real way intended by God. Salvation is not an idea, or a state of mind. Salvation is the result of God’s work in the flesh. His triumph over sin and the grave is, likewise, in the flesh and real: the flesh taken on by the Son of God in the womb of the Virgin. His saving actions, while done in time and space—born in Bethlehem, crucified and risen in Jerusalem—have a value and an effect beyond time and space—Jesus saved not just his contemporaries who were in Bethlehem at His birth or those who were at His death and Resurrection in Jerusalem—His acts in the flesh are real actions of God, who transcends time and space. So, the great mysteries of Jesus’ human life, His Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension, have a real and long lasting effect for all humankind through all ages and in all places.
“Do not touch me”, Jesus told Mary Magdalene on the first Easter morning, “for I have not yet ascended to my Father.” [John 20, 16]. Forty days after He rose from the dead in His human flesh, Jesus returned to the Father—He ascended—in His human flesh. Saint Paul, tells us that since Jesus is not only a great man, but the new Adam [Rom 5.18], every event in Jesus’ life affects and modifies the condition of our own life to the very depths of our existence. Jesus is both creator and redeemer, or re-creator: He not only forgives sins by His death and Resurrection, He recreates humankind. He destroys the power of sin and the grave by His submission to death on the Cross, but snatches victory from it by His Resurrection from the dead. His Ascension to Heaven in His resurrected human body renders this victory definitive: humankind enters into the life of the Trinity once and for all in the Person of the Incarnate Son of God [Heb 9, 26; 10,10] Paul wrote, voicing the experience of the Apostles, which becomes the faith of the early Church: “But God. . . even when we were dead by reason of our sins, brought us to life together with Christ. . . and raised us up together, and seated us together in heaven in Christ Jesus.” [Eph 2, 4-6]
Jesus returned to the Father in His human flesh in order to send the Holy Spirit to guide His Church and to continue His work transforming every human person in every generation and place: this is the beginning of our personal glorification through Christ, who continues His work in His human flesh from heaven through the Holy Spirit. His Ascension is His promise that we can gain eternity in the flesh by responding to Him in love in our daily lives. He is the Head of the Church; we form the Body of the Church. Where the Head has gone, the Body hopes to follow. Love Our Lord, be attentive to His Grace, for heaven awaits those who love Him.
For some sense of the importance for us of the Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven, here are a few excerpts from some of the great sermons by the Church Fathers:
“The days between the Lord’s resurrection and his ascension are not idle ones; in them great mysteries are confirmed and others revealed.
“During these days the fear of death recedes as the immortality not only of the soul but also of the flesh is made evident. During these days the Lord breathes forth his Holy Spirit on all the Apostles and in a special way gives Peter the keys of the kingdom and the care of his flock.
“Throughout this whole period, therefore, beloved, God providently teaches the hearts of his own to recognize the Lord Jesus to be as truly risen as he had been truly born and as he truly suffered and died. The Apostles and all the disciples, so fearful about the Cross, so doubtful about the resurrection, are strengthened by irresistible truth. . . As the disciples looked on, man was ascending beyond the angelic orders, beyond archangelic heights. Having been united to God’s nature in his Son, man now shared in the Son’s glory at the Father’s throne.” [Pope St. Leo the Great, On the Ascension]
“Christ descended from heaven out of mercy to us, and though he alone ascends, we also ascend, for we are one with him through grace. We are not claiming for the Body, the Church, the dignity of the Head, Christ the Son, but we are assured that the Body is inseparable from the Head.” [St. Augustine, On the Ascension of the Lord] –Mons. DiGiovanni
Please pray for the sick… Millie Demillo, Anthony & Mary Ellen Sansone, Mons. John Horgan-Kung, Mike McNamee, Paul Rittman, Sal Sciazza, Ed Koplos, John Castellano, Lily Rice, Marion Giordano, Ray Flaharty, Philippe Renard, John Mellace, Christine Exantus
Please pray for those who have recently died… Monika LoBaidi, 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.
Dedication Vespers. . . Solemn Sung Evening Prayer will be offered on Saturday, May 30th at 5:30 pm, in celebration of the anniversary of the dedication of our church in 1886. Refreshments to follow. All are welcome.
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. Next meting will be on June 3rd.
Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Will meet May 28th 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.
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 June 2nd.
20’s & 30’s Group 20’s and 30’s Annual Picnic will be held on Monday, June 8th. We will pray the Rosary in Church from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. followed by a cookout in the Backyard. Bring a friend…Give us a call so we can plan for food: 324-1553, ext. 21.
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.
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.
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.
May 31st Sunday Readings: Acts 2:1-11; 1 Cor. 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Gal. 5:16-25; Jn. 20:19-23 or Jn. 15:26-27, 16:12-15 (63)
Banns of Marriage: 1st: Scott Tyler O’Dnnell & Natasha Anne Austin
2nd: Shawn Ricardo Denir Burroughs & Nichole Antoinette Allen
Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 87 (2) 155. 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 ‘Simile est regnum coelorum’ – Tomás Luis de Victoria, 1548-1611.
Offertory Motet: Ascendit Deus – Victoria (God has gone up amidst shouts of joy, the Lord to the sound of the trumpet, alleluia. [Ps. 47:6]).
Communion Motet: Jesu nostra Redemptio – Victoria (Jesus, our redemption, love and desire, God, Creator of all things, becomes man in the fullness of time. What mercy made thee bear our crimes, to suffer a cruel death that we might be saved from death! Descending into Hell’s prison, freeing thy captives, Thy noble triumph won, dwelling at the Father’s right hand. Let pity compel thee to overcome our evils, granting pardon, fulfil and satisfy us with thy face. Be our joy, who will be our future prize; let all our glory be in Thee forever, throughout all ages. [Anon., 10th Cent.]).
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Exaudi, Domine (Hearken, O Lord, unto my voice which has called out to you, alleluia; my heart declared to you: “Your countenance have I sought; I shall ever see your countenance, O Lord; do not turn your face from me, alleluia, alleluia.” The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? [Ps. 27:7,-9,1]); Alleluia Exivi a Patre (I came forth from the Father and have come into the world; now I am leaving the world and going to the Father. [John 16:28]); Alleluia Non vos relinquam (I will not leave you orphans; I am going, but I will come back to you, and your hearts will be full of joy. [John 14:18]); Offertory Ascendit Deus (God has gone up amidst shouts of joy, the Lord to the sound of the trumpet, alleluia. [Ps. 47:6]); Communion Pater, cum essem cum eis (Father, when I was amongst them, I kept those whom you had given me, alleluia; but now I am coming to you; I do not ask you to take them out of the world, but to keep them from evil, alleluia, alleluia. [John 17:12,13,15]).
Calling all Singers! . . . The 10:00 a.m. Family Mass Adult choir is in need of singers! We rehearse at 8:15 a.m. on Sundays only, in the Choir Room. Are you regularly attending the 10:00 a.m. Mass and would you consider lending your voice to our choir? Please call Scott Turkington for more information: 324-1553, ext. 18.
Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . The parish goal this year is $85,000. Please consider making a donation to help our Bishop: this weekend we will have the In-Pew opportunity to make a donation. Please be generous.
Sponsor Certificates for Baptism or Confirmation…are happily given to parishioners of St. John’s, i.e. those who are registered members; who regularly attend Sunday Mass; who lead a virtuous life worthy of imitation by those whom they will sponsor in Baptism or Confirmation.
Saturday, May 23
4:00 Special Intention Fr. Paul Check req. Millie Terenzio
Sunday, May 24
7:30 Fr. Brian Gannon 12th Anniversary req. Sharon Gannon
10:00 Deceased Veterans of the Parish
12:00 For the Catholic Church in China in Union with Pope Benedict XVI’s Intention req. by The Cardinal Kung Foundation
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, May 25
8:00 Margaret Mary Cycon req. Cycon Family
12:10 Veterans of the Parish
Tuesday, May 26
8:00 +Marily McKenna req. Pugliese Family
12:10 Special Intention Francis Mukwaya req. Scholastica Nabwire
Wednesday, May 27
8:00 +Evelyn Hardnart Murray req. Richard A. Foreman
12:10 Special Intention Valencia Lancaster req. John & Laura Pascale
Thursday, May 28
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
12:10 +Katherine Harten req. M. Blake & D. Monahan
Friday, May 29
8:00 +Margaret Curtis req. Mary Maloney
12:10 In Honor of St. Maxmillan Kolbe & Special Intentions Pope Benedict XVI req. James Bosilvas
Saturday, May 30
8:00 Teodoro Cornesa req. Basilia Cornejo
12:10 Special Intention Andrew Berisho req. Basilia Cornejo
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.
St. John’s in The News . . .
. . . 50 years ago, or so:
May 27, 1957: 1,500 In Attendance At Reception For New Canaan Priest. “More than 1,500 persons attended a reception for the Rev. Edward Burke Karl, at the home of his mother, Mrs. Leo E. Karl on Carter St., New Canaan, Sunday afternoon. Father Karl sung his first solemn Mass at St. Aloysius Church at 11 a.m. Assisting Father Karl were the Rev. Edmund J. Hussey, arch-priest; the Rev. Edward H. Rooney, deacon; the Rev. Joseph Dimino, sub-deacon; and the Rev. Francis P. Meenan, C.S. Cp., master of ceremonies. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. William J. Fox, pastor of St. Aloysius; and the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s Church in Stamford, served as chaplains to Bishop Hacket.” (Editor’s note: Father Karl served as a Summer Assistant at St. John’s, Stamford, in 1962.)
May 25, 1957: Holy Name Groups To Hold Bridgeport Rally Sunday. “Several from Stamford and the area will attend the Bridgeport Diocesan Holy Name Rally in that city, Sunday afternoon at Hedges Memorial Stadium. The Most Rev. Lawrence J. Shehan, DD, Bishop of Bridgeport, will preside. The Rev. Bartholomew Skelly, pastor of St. Theresa’s Church, Trumbull, and director of the Holy Name Societies in the Diocese, is chairman. In charge of the program will be the Rev. John Pitonak, director of the Bridgeport District. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s Church, Stamford, will be celebrant while the Blessed Sacrament is being carried to the field by Rev. James Devine.”
May 29, 1957: St. John’s Church Announces Schedule Of Thursday Masses. “Because Memorial Day and the Feast of the Ascension fall on the same date this year, the usual services for the dead will not be conducted in St. John’s Cemetery Thursday. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, who is pastor of St. John’s Church and is in charge of the cemetery, also announced today the schedule of Masses at St. John’s Church on Thursday, which is a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics. The Masses will be at 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 a.m., and 12:10 p.m. There will be no late afternoon or evening Masses at St. John’s, the pastor said.”
May 27, 1958: “Mass will be said at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day in St. John’s Cemetery, Springdale, for all deceased veterans and others who are buried there, the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s Church, has announced. If rain prevents the scheduled Mass from being celebrated, it will be cancelled, Msgr. Coleman added.”
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
For information on Religious Education , please call the office at 324-1553 ext. 21. 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)
St. Anne’s Society Celebrates the Sacraments
Congratulations to all the Religious Education Students of St. John’s
On Sunday, May 17th, the St. Ann Society hosted an evening in celebration of all our Religious Education Students and recognized those in particular who had excellent attendance as well as those who received the Sacraments of 1st Penance, 1st Holy Communion, and Confirmation. The evening began with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. We continued the festivities after our prayer time with “Pizza and Pasta” in the Hall. Many thanks to Suzie Trotta , our “Cappo” of the St. Anne Society, and her faithful helpers , Lizzy , Annie, and Frank, who prepared the Hall for the party and were responsible for all the behind the scenes work of shopping and preparing the food. Thanks also to Janet Lancaster for her assistance in preparing for the event. Suzie took on the project of renewing the St. Anne Society this past September and has done an outstanding job all year long, beginning with the 1st Annual Parish Picnic last September and concluding with the “Celebration of the Sacraments” evening on Sunday. Thanks again Suzie for all your efforts throughout the year.
In addition, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our amazing staff of truly dedicated teachers in our Religious Education program. They faithfully prepare our young people each Sunday morning. Their prayerful dedication includes many hours of preparation as well as behind the scenes work for the benefit of our students. Their tireless efforts complement what you—their parents—are instilling in them at home. A special thanks to Lisa Kotasek who took on the responsibility of teaching our Confirmation class this year. It was a large class and there was much ground to cover. She did an outstanding job in all areas of the program. We were especially pleased with the wonderful retreat with the Sisters of Life at the Villa Maria Guadalupe. The day included talks by Katie Terriault, Katie Geist, and Suzanne Borthwick , as well as conversations with the Sisters throughout our time at the Villa. The retreat included Mass and Holy Hour, lunch and games. While next year’s Confirmation program will incorporate an additional year in preparation for the Sacrament, the Retreat will still be held. In fact, we hope to offer it both in the Fall and in the Spring thanks to the wonderful experience our students enjoyed this year. Thank you Lisa for all the behind the scenes projects that you organized and led to prepare our students in this important year of their Catholic Formation. Lisa was also instrumental in helping organize our field trips to the Cloisters in the Fall as well as the Natural Museum of History this Spring in concert with Rosa Marchetti, our director of the Maria Goretti Society. Through Rosa’s leadership, the Maria Goretti Society blossomed this year into a wonderful society that offers continuing Catholic Formation, prayer, and enjoyable activities for the young ladies of our parish. Thanks Rosa, to you and your faithful assistants! Likewise, I’d like to thank Ferry Galbert, Andrew Mbabaali, and Frank Marchetti for their great work with the Dominic Savio Society for our young men. We are blessed to have such faithful and dedicated parishioners here at St. John’s who truly delight in passing on the faith. Indeed, some of our teachers have been involved for more than 10 years. I would just like to acknowledge them and thank them for their dedicated service: Kindergarten and 1st grade: Ann Marie Carpenzano (and her faithful assistant, Frank); 2nd Grade: Maria Marchetti (and her trusty assistants, Stephanie and Kelsey) and the Sisters of Our Lady of Grace, Sister Lugia and Sister Maria. I would also like to thank Jeanne McMurchy who assisted with the 2nd Grade class. Marie Boursiquot taught our 3rd grade class and was assisted by Maureen Boursiquot. Michelle Koetke taught the 4th grade and Marialyse Martiney assisted the class. McKenzie Pendergast taught our 5th graders and John Pendergast led the Communion Class for 5th to 9th grade students. Sue Kremheller was our 6th grade teacher, assisted by Marielle Martiney . Thanks also to Fr. Audette, our Confirmation Prep instructor. Finally, I would like to thank our faithful substitute, Joe Maker, who filled in for all grades, and Rosario, our Church Hall “Manager”. Likewise, Kateri Duffy helped keep things running smoothly for the teaches each Sunday morning by assisting in any number of helpful assignments. Our behind the scenes office staff also deserves thanks, especially our Office Secretary, Providencia , as well as Ferry Galbert who worked with the Dominic Savio Group and helped coordinate activities with the Religious Education program. Thanks to one and all. See you at the picnic!
Summer Assignment: Pray the Rosary together as a family….
Sunday May 17, 2009 $ 13,094.63
Sunday May 18, 2008 $ 10,310.20
I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta