For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday June 21, 2009
Pastor’s Corner . . . Everyone knows that June is the most beautiful of months—it’s a fact! Everyone, likewise, would agree that June is the first month when summer finally seems to be a real possibility. For the Church, too, June has the unofficial duty of ushering in a new liturgical season: Ordinary Time: Please, contain your excitement! Until Advent [Sunday, November 30th], we’ll have 25 weekends of Sundays in Ordinary Time, when neither the divine initiatives of the Incarnation, nor of the Passion, nor of the Resurrection of the Lord is particularly commemorated. And yet, at every Mass, every aspect of God’s works for mankind is celebrated and made present.
The reality of Ordinary Time is that it refers to God’s work for our salvation: His centuries’ long preparation of humankind for the coming of His Son in the flesh, Our Lord’s ministry, His establishment of the Church, His sacrifice on the Cross and His triumph over sin and death in the Resurrection, and how these saving events by Christ affect the lives of individual souls who come after Him–now.
So, with June as the first full month of Ordinary Time, continuing through the summer and fall, the Church places before the eyes of the faithful the examples of holiness of real people: the saints. Men, women, children like ourselves, who loved Our Lord so much that they passed lives of heroic virtue and goodness. They wouldn’t have thought their lives so extraordinary, because they lived them in love for Our Lord. And they tried to show that love for God in their charity towards God’s image—every man, woman and child they came into contact with.
Here are a few examples: during June there are 10 feasts of martyrs: St. Justin [2nd century, Rome], Sts. Marcellinus & Peter [4th century, Rome], Sts Charles Lwanga and 21 companions [19th century, Uganda], St. Boniface [8th century, Germany], St. Barnabas [1st century, Holy Land], Sts. John Fisher & Thomas More [15th century, England], St. John the Baptist [1st century, Holy Land], St. Irenaeus of Lyons, [3rd century, France], Sts. Peter & Paul [1st century, Rome], The First Martyrs of Rome [1st century, Rome].
There are other saints commemorated throughout Ordinary Time, and not just martyrs. Here are a few examples of summer saints: St. Anthony of Padua, St. Aloysius Gonzago, St. Elizabeth of Portugal, St. Maria Goretti, St. Benedict, Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha, St. Mary Magdalene, Sts. Joachim & Ann, St. John Vianney, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, St. Clare, St. Monica, and, of course, Our Lady, who is commemorated every Saturday, and on the Feasts of Our Lady of Mount Carmel [July 16] and of Her bodily Assumption into heaven [August 15].
These are only a few of the saints given us as examples of Christian life during these upcoming months. If you’re looking for an easy and fascinating summer reading assignment, read the lives of the saints–either on line, or in the New Catholic Encyclopedia [which is on line, and at the Ferguson library], or Butler’s Lives of the Saints.
Ordinary Time can be seen as boring, unless you look at the saints who lived real Christian lives. They’re good examples of how to be active Christians and how to find happiness here on earth and happiness in heaven.—Mons. Stephen DiGiovanni
Please pray for the sick… Annette Mellace, Charla Nash, 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
Please pray for those who have recently died… Michael William Greaney, Solange Exumer, Rose Leonowitz, 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.
Monthly Collection . . . The second collection today will be the monthly collection for the parish. Your generosity is appreciated.
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 Tuesday 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. until 11 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.
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.
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.
Senior Services. . . One of the truly helpful agencies in town that actually assists people. If you would be interested in making a donation—no matter how small—to help truly needy seniors meet daily living expenses in Stamford, then this is the place to make your donation: call Marie Johnson at (203) 324-6584. If you’d rather donate a shopping card for groceries, just purchase one and drop it off at the rectory or at the Senior Services office on Summer Street—next doo to Dairy Queen. Give them a call. Mons. DiGiovanni
Trinity Catholic Graduates. . . Congratulations to our parishioners who recently graduated from Trinity Catholic High School: Anne Marie Carpanzano, Raphael Bonhomme, Elpidia Casseus. Great job!!
Sunday June 14, 2009 $ 11,508.51
Sunday June 15, 2008 $ 10,777.31
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
June 28th Sunday Readings: Wis. 1:13-15, 2:23-24; 2 Cor. 8, 7, 9, 13-15; Mk. 5:21-43 or 5:21-34, 35b-43 (98)
Banns of Marriage:
3rd: Gabriel Joseph Natarelli & Silvia Rebollar
3rd: Matthew Leonard Patrick Gallo & Jaclyn Brook Salvatore
3rd: Ryan Thomas Heide & Leah Ellen DiSpagna
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.
Home Schooling Families: A new group for home schooling families will begin meeting at Saint John’s in the Fall. This group will include supervised group activities and support, and will meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 10:00 a.m. until noon, in the Monsignor Nagle Hall, beginning in September. All ages are welcome. Anyone who is interested, or who would like more information, please contact Julianne DeMarco at (203) 966-3641, email@example.com OR contact Janet Lancaster at (203) 637-3301, firstname.lastname@example.org. This group is NOT a parish school, nor is it sponsored by Saint John’s Parish, but is a private initiative by home schooling parents.
Job Seeker …Will meet on Monday June 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Rectory. Basic tips on using social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn as a part of your job search, and depending on the industry you work in, discussing them may even be a part of your next job interview. Join us for an interesting discussion geared to getting you started on this media. Discussion led by Melanie Szlucha whose company Red Inc. helps jobseekers prepare for job interviews and write compelling, clear resumes.
Parish Picnic. . . Please mark your calendars: Will be at Cove Island on Sunday, September 20th: Food, beverages, games for kids of all ages: please plan to attend this great fun parish event.
Parish Special Intention. . . I ask your prayers for a special intention concerning Saint John’s: besides the hoped-for commencement of construction on our Tresser Square project in the parking lot, there is one more major project that is in the works, and that will be a great boost to our parish and to the downtown. I’ll let you know what it is in a few weeks: so, please keep this special intention in your daily prayers. Thanks. —Mons. DiGiovanni.
Parking Tickets. . . To avoid parking tickets for those using the parish parking lot, please be sure that you have some type of sign on your dashboard informing the parking attendants that you are at Saint John’s for Mass, devotions, a lecture, a class or other parish events. You can pick up a parking sheet at the rectory. However, if you park in the lot for activities other than those of the parish, you must pay the parking fee: we have free use of the lot ONLY for parish activities. The parish will not take responsibility for anyone’s parking ticket, especially for those received simply because you decided to park in the lot and go to the movies. ALSO: the parish is NOT responsible for anyone who decides to park on Atlantic Street or Bell Street for Mass or for any parish activity: if you park on the street, you are responsible to pay the parking fee or pay for your ticket yourself. While the parking lot is the parish’s, the streets belong to the City of Stamford.
Saturday, June 20
4:00 +Charles & Josephine Davis req. Joseph Melfi
Sunday, June 21
7:30 +Ambrose James Dee req. Mr. & Mrs. William Dee
10:00 +Charles DeSilva req. daughter & family
12:00 +Josephine D’Amico req. her son Frank
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, June 22
8:00 +John M. Shea req. Richard A. Foreman
12:10 Fr. Terry Walsh, 5th Anniversary of ordination, req. Sharon Gannon
Tuesday, June 23
8:00 Special Intention Stanley Needle req. Francis Baranowski
12:10 +Cono Pasqual req. Therese & Nicholas Troilo
Wednesday, June 24
8:00 +John M. Shea req. Richard A. Foreman
12:10 Alvina Ramos req. Julia Oliveira
Thursday, June 25
8:00 Special Intention
12:10 Special Intention Msgr. DiGiovanni, 32nd anniversary of ordination,
req. Millie Terenzio
Friday, June 26
8:00 +Mary Morgan req. John Morgan
12:10 For the Intentions of Pope Benedict XVI req. Bosilevas family
Saturday, June 27
8:00 +Stanley Alsenas req. family
12:10 +Rose Sobieski 1st Anniversary req. Claire Betz, daughter
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.
The Dominic Savio and Maria Goretti Picnic will be held on Sunday, June 28th after the 12:00 Noon Mass. W e will have the BBQ in the Rectory Backyard. See you next Sunday.
St. John’s in The Advocate. . . 100 years ago, or so:
June 26, 1909: THE PAROCHIAL SCHOOL. “The closing exercises of St. John’s parochial school were held in the Lyceum theatre, yesterday afternoon, and, notwithstanding the severe heat, there was a large audience present. The program opened with an overture by Smith’s orchestra, and then Mascagin’s “Prayer” was sung by grades 8 and 9. This was followed by an address by Miss Helen Hester Lockwood, after which Miss Ella Mary Jones played a piano solo. The next number was a pantomime representing “The Holy City,” the soloist being Margaret Kenedy. George P. O’Brien then declaimed Lincoln’s second inaugural address, and he did it in a very forceful manner. The chorus sang “With Hearts of Hope,” there was a musical recitation by the girls of Grade 9, and this was followed by a sketch “The Thief of Time,” in which these boys took part: Stanley Notskey, James Convery, Thomas O’Connor, John Convery and William Ryan. Another Pantomime, “Rock of Ages,” with Miss Kenedy as the soloist, was given and then Francis Healy delivered a farewell address. There was a piano solo by Miss Marie Rosso and the diplomas were awarded by Rev. Eugene. L. Sullivan, the names called by Michael A. Boyle. Those who received diplomas were: Rita Bourke, Mary Eagle, Josephine Iffland, Ellen E. Merriman, James Brennan, Joseph McCue, Susan Brady, Mary Flynn, Ella May Jones, Agnes O’Brien, John Engel, Stanley Notskey, Michael Tierney, Sarah A. M. Brennan, Rose M. Iffland, Helen H. Lockwood, Anna M. O’Neill, Francis Healy, George P. O.Brien. When the diplomas were awarded, Father Sullivan delivered an address to the graduates and then the exercises were brought to a close with a farewell song, the solo parts being taken by Ellen Edna Merriman and Anna Mercedes O’Neill. The class motto is: “Not how much, but how well” and the colors Nile green and white. Anthony Geronimo provided the hall without charge. A similar courtesy was received from Smith’s orchestra. The singing was under the direction of Miss Kenedy.”
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 (203) 324-1553 ext 21. Baptisms are usually performed Saturdays.
First Communion and Confirmation
For information on Religious Education , please call the office at (203) 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 Priesthood of Jesus Christ
(The Year of the Priest)
-Fr. Terry Walsh
Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has designated the Jubilee Year of the Priesthood beginning on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, June 19, and concluding on June 19, 2010. He has decreed an Indulgence to be granted throughout the year of the Priest. The Lay faithful may receive a plenary indulgence on the following days: June 19, 2009 and June 19, 2010, as well as on August 4, the Feast day of St. John Vianney, the Patron Saint of Parish Priests. It’s the 150th anniversary of the death of St. John Vianney, that holy priest known more familiarly as “The Cure’ de Ars.” He once said: “The priest continues the work of redemption on earth…If we really understood the priest on earth, we would die not of fright but of love…The Priesthood is the love of the Heart of Jesus.” The Indulgence may also be obtained on the first Thursday of the month throughout the Jubilee year of the Priest. Bishop Lori may offer additional opportunities. The Vatican Website, www.zenit.org reported: “Pope Benedict XVI will preside at the opening liturgy June 19th, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, ‘a day of priestly sanctification.’ He will celebrate vespers before the relics of (St. John Vianney) brought to Rome for the occasion….The plenary indulgence, which under the current norms must be accompanied by sacramental confession, the Eucharist, and praying for the intentions of the Pope, can also be applied to deceased priests….To obtain the indulgence the faithful must attend Mass in an oratory or Church and offer prayers to ‘Jesus Christ, supreme and eternal Priest, for the priests of the Church, or perform any good work to sanctify and mould them to his heart.’ The elderly, the sick, and all those who for any legitimate reason are unable to eave their homes may obtain the plenary indulgence if, with the intention of observing the usual 3 conditions as soon as they can, ‘on the days concerned, they pray for the sanctification of priests and offer their sickness to God through Mary, Queen of the Apostles.’ A partial indulgence is offered to the faithful when they repeat 5 times the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be, or any other duly approved prayer ‘in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to ask that priests maintain purity and sanctity of life.’”
What is the Priesthood? Well, to begin, it is a gift, instituted by Christ for the Sanctification of His Body, the Church. In Lumen Gentium, (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Vatican II), we read: “Those who receive the sacrament of Holy Orders are consecrated in Christ’s Name ‘to feed the Church by the word and grace of God”(11). The Catechism adds: “[Ordination] confers a gift of the Holy Spirit that permits the exercise of a ‘sacred power’ (sacra potestas) which can only come from Christ himself through his Church”(ccc1538). In light of St. Paul’s letter to Timothy (1 Tim 2:5), the Catechism adds, “Everything that the priesthood of the Old Covenant prefigured finds it fulfillment in Christ Jesus, the ‘one mediator between God and men’(c1544)…Only Christ is the true priest, the others being only his ministers (Aquanis)”(c1545).
When a man is ordained, he then acts “in persona Christi Capitis”. In other words, it is Christ who baptizes, it is Christ to hears confessions and absolves the humble penitent, it is Christ who offers Himself to the Father in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and so on. Having configured the soul of each priest through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, the Priesthood, Christ Himself “takes over” in the administration of the Sacraments –He works through His priests. The Catechism clarifies an important distinction: “This presence of Christ in the minister is not to be understood as if the latter were preserved from all human weaknesses, the spirit of domination, error, even sin. The power of the Holy Spirit does not guarantee all acts of ministers in the same way. While this guarantee extends to the sacraments, so that even the minister’s sin cannot impede the fruit of grace, in many other acts the minister leaves human traces that are not always signs of fidelity to the Gospel and consequently can harm the apostolic fruitfulness of the Church”(1550). This Jubilee year of the Priesthood will bring great graces to the ministerial priesthood and lead to a greater sanctification and renewed purpose of the duties and obligations the priest has to serve the People of God, especially at the Altar and in the Confessional.
In considering the priesthood and the constant need to grow in grace in order to fulfill these duties, perhaps St. Gregory Nazianzen put it best: “We must begin by purifying ourselves before purifying others; we must be instructed to be able to instruct, become light to illuminate, draw close to God to bring him close to others, be sanctified to sanctify, lead by the hand and counsel prudently. I know whose ministers we are, where we find ourselves and where we are to strive. I know God’s greatness and man’s weakness, but also his potential. Who then is the priest? He is the defender of the truth, who stands with angels, gives glory with archangels, causes sacrifices to rise to the altar on high, shares Christ’s priesthood, refashions creation, restores it in God’s image, recreates it for the world on high and even greater, is divinized and divinizes.”
Why not spend time throughout this Jubilee year of the priest growing in your understanding of the Sacrament of Holy Orders? Clearly, it will bring great graces to you and enable you to understand the love and mercy of our Lord. Moreover, understanding of the priesthood will quite naturally increase understanding of the Sacraments in general and serve to deepen your faith, hope, and love. Why not meditate on the Scriptures with regard to the priesthood, or perhaps the Catechism. Additionally, I would recommend Fulton Sheen’s The Priest is Not His Own, (Ignatius Publishers), or perhaps, The Cure’ D’Ars: St. Jean-Marie Vianney, written by Abbe’ Francis Trochu (Tan Publishing).