Pastor’s Corner . . . June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a devotion that centers on the physical human heart of Jesus Christ as a symbol of His divine love for mankind. Throughout the centuries, the human heart has been a sign of human love—what do you normally send out on Valentine’s Day, except a card with hearts all over it? Every form of devotion to Our Lord’s humanity has as its object the devotion to the entire Christ who is the Word Incarnate: the Second Person of the Trinity, the Son of the Eternal Father, who became a man so that mankind could share in God’s divine life. So our devotion to Jesus’ Sacred Heart is a devotion to much more than an organ that pumped blood. Our devotion to His Sacred Heart of flesh is as the true and natural symbol of His threefold love: His human love; His sensible and spiritual love, infused with supernatural charity; and His divine love as the Word Incarnate, the Son of God made man. The thoughts of the early Church Fathers are based on two texts from John’s Gospel: John 7: 37-39: “Jesus said, ‘If anyone thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” And, John 19: 33-7: “But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.” These and other passages were joined to view the Sacred Heart as the fountain from which issues the Holy Spirit from the Savior’s wounded side. From this came the idea of the Church as born from the pierced Heart of Christ as the new Eve from the side of the new Adam. This was developed during the Middle Ages, as greater devotion to Our Lord’s heart became more popular. St. Bonaventure wrote, “The Church was to be formed from the side of Christ as he slept on the Cross . . . Then, as from a fountain—Christ’s innermost heart—the price of our salvation would pour out, giving to the Church’s sacraments the power of conferring grace and of being for those who live in Christ a drink of the living water ‘that gushes up for eternal life.’” [Reflections on The Tree of Life] Saint Catherine of Siena and Saint Gertrude the Great, especially, were devoted to the Sacred Heart as a means to more deeply penetrate and join oneself to the mystery of the Incarnate God living in the Church and Her sacraments. The visions of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque [1601-1680] brought public attention and devotion to Jesus and His Sacred Heart.
The Heart of Jesus, then, is the symbol of the total love of His person for the Eternal Father and for us. Through and beyond the human heart, through this devotion one goes to the total love of the Word Incarnate, and also to that love by which the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit love sinful humanity—not merely as a group, but loves each of us individually, and desires to redeem each of us for eternity by means of Christ’s Incarnation and Suffering, Death and Resurrection, made present through the Church and the Church’s sacraments. The image of Jesus’ Heart, afire with love, crowned with thorns, and pierced, has become the symbol par excellence of the Incarnation, the passion and depth of God’s love for every human person that led the Three Divine Persons of the Trinity all to contribute to our salvation through the life and Cross of Jesus. We should all cultivate a personal devotion to Our Lord’s Sacred Heart as a reminder of that Divine Love for each of us and to stimulate our personal response to that Sacred Love. —Mons. DiGiovanni
Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Each year, the Bishop of Bridgeport asks all Catholics in Fairfield County to assist him financially to continue the religious, charitable and educational works of the diocese. Each parish is assessed a certain amount: Saint John’s assessment is $85,000. this year. For those who have already contributed, please accept my thanks. Your generosity has given the bishop $68,000. so far towards our parish goal. We still are asked to donate $17,000 to meet our goal. Please, if you have not yet made a pledge, consider helping the parish help our bishop, by making a gift to the Annual Bishop’s Appeal today. This weekend you can find pledge envelopes in the pews: please fill one out and drop it in the collection basket. Or, if more convenient, take it home and mail it back to the rectory. We need everyone’s help! We should be particularly mindful of the good works our contributions support, since the editor of the diocesan newspaper, The Fairfield County Catholic, is both a parishioner and one of the parish’s lay members of the parish corporation. Dr. Joseph McAleer, along with our second lay board member, Michael Guarnieri, have served the parish faithfully for the past eleven years. Your donation to the Annual Bishop’s Appeal makes the publication of The Fairfield County Catholic possible, so the diocese can send these to over 97,000 households each month, free of charge. Please make a pledge today, and help your parish reach it’s goal. Thank you, and God bless you. —Mons. DiGiovanni
Please pray for the sick… Annette Mellace, Kevin Sutton, Ruth Alexander, Anthony P. D’Ariano, Matthew Kenealy, 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
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.
St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … Meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory to study 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 Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Meets on Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory. All are welcome; just come in the front door.
Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Will next meet on July 16th at 7:30 p.m. in the rectory. Class is closed to new student
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 July 7th.
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: (203) 324-1553, ext. 21.
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.
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.
HELP FEED THE HUNGRY IN OUR COMMUNITY – Fairfield County Eats! – a tasting event to benefit The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County will take place on Thursday, June 18th at The Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Over 48 Restaurants, Caterers, and Beverage Providers will be offering their best selections. The Food Bank is the area’s primary hunger-relief organization and provides food to about 100 agencies and programs. Tickets are $50.00. For more information or to buy tickets on line at www.foodbanklfe.org (203) 921-1879.
Senior Services. . . One of the truly helpful agencies in town that actually helps people. If you would be interested in making a donation—no matter how small—to help truly needy people meet daily living expenses in Stamford, then this is the place to make your donation: call Marie Johnson at (203) 324-6584. I am on the board of directors of this organization, and I can assure you that this agency actually helps people. Give them a call. Mons. DiGiovanni
Sunday May 31, 2009 $ 12,612.88
Sunday June 1, 2008 $ 12,539.91
I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
June 14th Sunday Readings: Ex. 24:3-8, Heb. 9:11-15, Mk. 14:12-16, 22-26 (168)
Banns of Marriage:
1st: Gabriel Joseph Natarelli & Silvia Rebollar
1st: Matthew Leonard Patrick Gallo & Jaclyn Brook Salvatore
1st: Ryan Thomas Heide & Leah Ellen DiSpagna
2nd: Darrell Thomas Ingram & Elissa Fabrizio
2nd: Michel Cayo & Evelyn Alabre
3rd: Scott Tyler O’Donnell & Natasha Anne Austin
Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 96 (2) 99 [Tune: St. Flavian]. 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: Mass for Three Voices – William Byrd, 1540-1623.
Offertory Motet: Benedictus sit Deus – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756-1791 (Blessed be God the Father, and the only-begotten Son of God, and the Holy Spirit; for he has dealt with us according to his mercy. [Cf. Tobit 12:6]).
Communion Motet: O Veneranda Trinitas – Jacob Handl, 1550-1591.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Benedicta sit sancta Trinitas (Blessed be the Holy Trinity and its undivided Unity; we shall ever give him thanks, for he has dealt with us according to his mercy. O Lord, our Governor, how admirable is your name in all the earth! [Tobit 12:6; Ps. 8]); Alleluia Benedictus es, Domine (Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers; and worthy to be praised for ever.[Daniel 3:52]); Offertory Benedictus sit Deus (Blessed be God the Father, and the only begotten Son of God, and the Holy Spirit; for he has dealt with us according to his mercy. [Cf. Tob. 12:6]); Communion Benedicimus Deum cæli (Let us bless the God of heaven and utter his praises before all who live; for he has dealt with us according to his mercy. [Tob. 12:6]).
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: (203) 324-1553, ext. 18.
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 x 21.
Saturday, June 6
4:00 +John & Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Young
Sunday, June 7
7:30 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
10:00 Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. Josephine Languedoc
12:00 +Henry Saraniero req. Sharon Gannon
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, June 8
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
12:10 +Varkey Apraim req. Baby Apraim
Tuesday, June 9
8:00 +Lorraine Faffley
12:10 +Nicholas, Eva, Charles, Charles, Jr. & Anne & Joseph Kronk req. Mary Churley
Wednesday, June 10
8:00 +Dominick Ciccarelli req. Joan & Jim Renella
12:10 +William E. Thomson req. Estate of William E. Thomson
Thursday, June 11
8:00 +Amy Reed req. Luz Conteras
12:10 +Julia Rusinak req. Mary Churley
Friday, June 12
8:00 +Ernest J. Wells req. Edward Grady
12:10 +Robert Ryan, Jr. req. Lou & June Lambiage
Saturday, June 13
8:00 +Rosanne Fazio req. her uncle Frank D’Amico
12:10 St. Anthony of Padua: Thanksgiving for Favors received
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 Wednesday 7:00 -10:30 a.m., Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St, Stamford.
St. John’s in The News . . .
. . . 50 years ago, or so:
June 8, 1959: St. John’s Pupils Receive Awards. “St. John’s School graduated 77 eighth grade students at graduation exercises Sunday at St. John’s Church. Eighteen graduates received awards for excellence. Msgr. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s, conferred the diplomas and awards. The address to the graduates was given by the Rev. John F. McGough, diocesan superintendent of schools. The graduates: Janice J. Annunciato, Mary C. Bello, Veronica J. Bello, Robert A. Bobonick, John C. Briscoe, Patricia A. Briscoe, Mary Ann Bryan, Marion J. Cappellieri, Patrick S. Carriero, Richard D. Cavallero, Gregory L. Chesson, Gerard W. Costello, Jeanne E. Curry, Benny J. Daddona, Shirley J. Densky, Linda M. DeWitt, Kathleen S. Doyle, Patricia K. Downey, Joseph J. Ellul, Paulette I. Esposito, Robert P. Farrell, Louise A. Florentine, Donald J. Foust, Charles E. Friese, Cynthia J. Furlong, Ann M. Gasperino, Marilyn A. Gaudio, Josephine C. Grasso, Priscilla D. Hill, Kathleen B. Hogan, Thomas J. Hoyt, Patricia A. Hushion, Elizabeth Ann Kane, Robert J. Karwoski, Susan G. Kelemen, Colleen M. Kennedy, John C. Kennelly, Marie K. Libertone, James O. Lockard, Frances J. Mackewicz, Clarice J. Maffucci, Eileen A. Magee, Geraldine G. Mallory, Katheryn S. Marino, Sheila M. McAuliffe, J. Peter McConologue, Brian A. McGuinness, Kevin C. McGinness, Terrence J. McKee, Kathleen M. Meath, Peter St. J. Milord, Eileen F. Munnelly, Ruth L. Nichols, Maureen E. O’Neill, Joan M. Paulter, Adede M. Peterdi, Joseph R. Polka, Cynthia I. Quinn, Thomas F. Reardon, Sharon P. Reilly, Frank T. Ringi, Rita E. Rotelli, Brian P. Roth, William J. Roth, Edward J. Ryan, Thomas S. Scarano, Frank J. Servidio, Carol L. Smith, Mary E. Smith, Rita B. Sobieski, James M. Terlizo, Paul A. Tessitore, John J. Troy, Anthony J. Uva, Jean H. Valentine, Elizabeth A. Ward, Gail F. Young.”
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)
The Maria Goretti and Dominic Savio Societies
St. John the Evangelist Parish Youth Groups
(Picnic set for Sunday, June 21st) – Fr. Terry Walsh
Our Parish Youth Group is comprised of 2 separate groups: The St. Dominic Savio Society for High School boys and the St. Maria Goretti Society for our High School girls. Both Saints are Patrons for the Youth. St. Dominic Savio (1842-1857; Feast Day, March 9th) lived in Turin, Italy. He exhibited great signs of piety from a very young age. Pope St. Pius X remarked: “A teenager such as Dominic, who bravely struggled to keep his innocence from Baptism to the end of his life, is really a saint.” At 12, Dominic entered the school that was managed by John Bosco (Saint, 1815-1888, founder of the Salesian Society) and through his fidelity to Christ, he was a leader in the ways of holiness. He died at the tender age of 15. St. Maria Goretti (1890-1902; Feast Day, July 6th), also from Italy, lived in poor and difficult circumstances. As a young 12 year old girl, she became a Martyr when she fought to protect her innocence from a rapist, who killed her because she refused him. Catholic Online reports the story this way: “Alexander was captured and sentenced to 30 years. He was unrepentant until he had a dream that he was in a garden. Maria was there and gave him flowers. When he woke, he was a changed man, repenting of his crime and living a reformed life. When he was released after 27 years he went directly to Maria’s mother to beg her forgiveness, which she gave. ‘If my daughter can forgive him, who am I to withhold forgiveness,’ she said. When Maria was declared a Saint in 1950, Alexander was there in the St. Peter’s crowd to celebrate her canonization by Pope Pius XII for her purity as a model for youth.”
Each Society meets at least once a month on different weekends in the Parish Rectory following the 12 Noon Mass. The meeting includes Prayer, (Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, a brief Reading from Scripture along with a brief homily), a Meal, usually a pizza party, followed by Recreation. The boys normally play sports, which include football, soccer, and basketball, while the girls have been involved with arts and crafts. Other indoor activities have included Chess matches, movies, and the like. A few times a year the groups meet together for special events such as field trips, ice skating, and the like.
The Societies really blossomed this year under the direction of Rosa Marchetti. Her work benefited both Societies. She initiated new programs the brought new vitality and interest and, it seems, this is just the beginning of exciting times to come. The Maria Goretti Society gained wonderful strides this year under Rosa’s guidance. She was faithfully assisted by Suzanna Borthwick, Christine Rufino, and Katie Geist. Likewise, I would like to thank Frank Marchetti who has led the Dominic Savio Society for the past few years and has helped steadily develop the program, most notably organizing the behind the scenes planning for the field trips to New York City. Thanks too to Tom Kolenberg who assisted in this effort, along with other interested patrons. There is a wonderful network of parishioners who assist in so many hidden ways and add so much to the wonderful experiences shared by our young people. Ferry Galbert and Andrew Mbabaali are “graduates” of the Society and have remained closely connected to the Dominic Savio Society to assist Frank in a variety of ways. Andrew is the Master of Ceremonies at the 12 Noon Mass each Sunday. Ferry likewise assists at the High Mass. Indeed, most of the members of Dominic Savio regularly serve at the 10am and 12 pm Masses.
This year, our first special event was a field trip to The Cloisters, which is part of the New York Metropolitan Museum. The November trip began with breakfast at the Rectory before boarding the Bus for the short 40 minute trip into the City along the Hudson River. Many of our young people experienced for the first time a view of the History of the Church that spanned the centuries. Vestments and Vessels, Carvings and Mosaics, Tapestries and Paintings, most dating back well over 1000 years, opened their eyes to the love and fidelity of our fellow Catholics who lived long before us and who are with us still in the Church Triumphant. These artifacts have been assembled from all over the world, which of course points to the universality of the Church. Even the very building, “The Cloister” was once a Monastery in Europe that was disassembled and transported to NY and reassembled here several decades ago. We ended the excursion with a pizza party at the Rectory. The next event was sponsored by John Pendergast who hosted an ice skating outing for both societies. It was well attended and greatly appreciated. Finally, this spring, both societies met again for another successful trip to New York City, this time to visit the Natural Museum of History. Several volunteers assisted in both outings: our chaperones included Maria Marchetti, John Pendergast, Mirella Badetti, Linda De Mott, Rosa Marchetti, Suzanna Borthwick, Christine Rufino, Frank Marchetti, Joe Maker, Andrew Mbabaali, and Ferry Galbert. We’ll hold our final gathering for the year on Sunday, June 21, in the Afternoon. The location and time will be announced in the Bulletin at least 1 week beforehand. Thanks everyone!!!