For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday, June 26, 2009

Pastor’s Corner. . . Continuing our tour of the church, let’s take a look at the eastern choir loft window. Breathtakingly beautiful, isn’t it? This, and all the church windows, were fully restored in 2000. This window and the two transept windows also have new mahogany frames.

The window dates from the 1920’s, installed by the then pastor Father James O’Brien, along with the other two enormous windows in the transepts, replacing the original 1886 windows that had geometric patterns. Father O’Brien was a man of immense energy. His largest projects were the construction of the school and convents, refurbishing of the church and rectory. His are the murals above the altar, side altars & statues, and the bell tower.

The choir loft window’s theme as music, essential to the worship of God. The central figure is identified by the title around His halo: Rex Davidicus: the Davidic King. Since He is playing a harp, one might suppose this to be the Old Testament King David. But it is not: it is Our Lord, as predicted by the Archangel Gabriel to Our Lady at the Annunciation: “And behold, you shall conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of David His father, and He shall be king over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end” [Luke 1, 31-33]. The harp in Our Lord’s hands identifies Him as that Son of David, who had been renowned as the author of the Psalms. He is dressed in priestly vestments, but not those of the Old Testament. He wears priestly vestments of the New Testament: the alb, amice, chasuble and stole worn by Catholic priests to offer the Sacrifice of the Mass. Jesus is the only High Priest of the Church, who offered the final perfect sacrifice of Himself on the Cross, which He offers every hour of every day in every Catholic Church through His priests as they offer Mass. Jesus does not die repeatedly; just once. But He offers Himself to the Father through His Church, sanctifying all people of all places and times, making His sacrifice of the Cross present until the end of time.

On either side of Our Lord stand three angels. Two kneel in adoration beside Our Lord, two play elaborate trombones, and two hold musical scrolls. Each angel and Our Lord is framed in individual niches, the sides formed by the window frame and the base and roof by elaborate geometrical patterns in glass. Directly above Our Lord is a harp, symbolic of the music from the choir loft. On either side is another angel: the one on the left strums a mandolin; the angel on the right plays a trumpet. Above them is another angel, holding a banner Ego Sum Via, identifying the Davidic King as Jesus, who said “I am the Way”.  Around this uppermost angel are ten cherubim, in adoration of Christ, whose mere name or reference to His name, Ego Sum Via, demands adoration, as St. Paul wrote, “At the name of Jesus, every knee must bend.” [Phil 2”10-11]. 

All the angels sport hairdos typically post-World War I-ish: they all look like flappers from the roaring 20’s!—which makes sense since the window was made in the 1920’s.  Each figure is set in a background of dark clouds of rich blue tones, and their robes are reminiscent of the rich fabrics portrayed in the best 15th and 16th century Flemish religious paintings. The last two decorative elements are two trefoils, one on either side of the angel with the “I am the Way” banner: they complete this heavenly scene, in which the choirs of angels worship God with hymns, song and music. Who is God? He is that Trinity of Divine Persons, symbolized by the trefoil: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. , we hope to gain Heaven through Our Lord, the Second Person of the Trinity, that Davidic King, and so join this choir in heaven perpetually worshipping the God who loves us so much. More next week..  —Mons. Stephen DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… Yvonne Saint Preuve, Anne Marie Brutus, Rose Lauture, Kevin Sutton, Paul Rittman, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans, , Joseph Kirkland, Jesus Cala, William Morris, Margaret Romaine, Annette Mellace, Charla Nash, Ruth Alexander, Anthony P. D’Ariano, Matthew Kenealy, Millie Demillo

Please pray for those who have recently died…  Leynor P. Iballa, Claire Gormley Collier, Michael William Greaney, Solange Exumer, Rose Leonowitz, Monika LoBaidi, Sheila Kilcoyne, Mary Daly, Brazilia Walker, Joseph Barrone, Evelyn Bauman, Phil DeFelice Sr., Alice Banning

Air Conditioning Collection . . . The second collection today will be the Air Conditioning collection for the parish.  Your generosity is appreciated.

Web Mass. . . You can now watch Saint John’s daily and Sunday Masses on-line:  hook up to the parish website, which is www.stjohnsstamford.com; at the end of the first paragraph on the homepage is a line that says click here. Click, and you’ll have a view of the church interior.  We’ve installed a camera in the choir loft to provide that view, along with sound, so you can hear  the Mass, homily and beautiful organ and choral music for all Masses.  Mons. DiGiovanni

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … Will next meet on  Wednesday, September 2nd. 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 every Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory.   All are welcome; just come in the front door.  The next meeting will be on Wednesday, July 29th.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets every Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm in the rectory. Meeting. Class is closed to new students.

Parish Women’s Society… Will NOT meet during the summer. We’ll resume Saturday morning meetings in September.  Stay tuned for the date. 

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 August 4th.  

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.

Malta House in Norwalk…Provides a nurturing home to homeless pregnant women and their babies, with a commitment to return our young mothers to the community with skills for self sufficient parenting.  In these difficult economic times, we are especially in need of the following items: Good Start formula (orange can 0-12 months), diapers sizes 4 and 5, baby wipes, paper plates, paper napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, plastic spoons, forks and knives, and gift cards for any grocery stores, Wal-Mart or Home Depot.  Any and all donations are gratefully accepted.  If you have questions please contact Ginny Casey at GCasey@maltahouse.or or 203/857-0088. (Do not bring donations to the Parish).

Bring Your Job Search Challenge Night!… Monday, July 27th at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory.  Need some advice on a problem you keep running into in your job search, or just some new ideas?   This open-ended forum will give you the opportunity to ask questions from a career coach and tap into the collective experience of the group.  Melanie Szlucha’s company, Red Inc. has helped jobseekers better prepare for job interviews and write clear and concise resumes that get jobs.  Find out more about her at http://www.redinc.biz.

Sunday July 19, 2009   $ 12,344.05

 Sunday July 20, 2008   $ 11,116.30

                          “I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”

                                                   —Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

August 2nd Sunday Readings:   Ex. 16:2-4, 12-15; Eph. 4:17, 20-24; Jn. 6:24-35 (113)

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 275  (2) 120.

Calling all Singers! . . . Are you planning your Fall?  Here’s an idea:  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.

Bann of Marriage:  2nd Kevin Thomas Coughlin & Denise Lynne Cole

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Please accept my thanks for your generosity to Bishop Lori: our goal was $85,000; you gave $91,0000. Both the bishop and I are very grateful.  If you  have not made any donation for this year’s Appeal, please consider making it to Saint John’s instead.

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, juliannedemarco@yahoo.com OR contact Janet Lancaster at (203) 637-3301, jmlancaster@optonline.net.  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.

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.

How do you dress at Mass?. . . In the late 1840’s and early 1850’s, Irish immigrants from Bethel used to walk to Stamford every Sunday for Mass. They wore their best clothes and carried their shoes, since they didn’t want them to wear out or be dirty when they entered into God’s presence.  As we move towards midsummer, permit me to suggest that we look around at each other and ourselves, and ask whether we are appropriately dressed for Mass. Would you go to meet the President of the United States or the Pope dressed like you are now?  When we come into church for Mass, we should dress not only decently but well, since we are coming into the presence of God, present in the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the Tabernacle—someone even more important than the president or the pope. Shorts, T-shirts, flip-flops, beachwear, halters, tight revealing clothing should not be worn in church. I am no prude, but even I think we could show greater respect for God, and for each other, if we dressed more respectably and well for Mass. Also, there are some times when I have to stifle a laugh at some of the outfits; please, dress properly and respectfully for God.—Mons. DiGiovanni

Year of the Priest. . . This year [June 19, 2009-June 19, 2010] has been named the Year of the Priest by Pope Benedict XVI  in order to foster vocations to the priesthood and to fortify the devotion of priests to the Church.  Plenary Indulgences are offered throughout the year:  An Indulgence is the remission of temporal punishment due to sins.  The usual conditions apply:  sacramental Confession, reception of the Eucharist, prayers for the Pope’s intentions, and total detachment from all sin, including venial sin.  The faithful may obtain an Indulgence on August 4th, the feast of Saint John Vianney, patron of parish priests, and on the first Thursday of each month, by fulfilling the above conditions and by devoutly attending Holy Mass and offering prayers to Jesus, the Eternal High Priest, for the priests of the Church, or by performing any good work to sanctify and mold them to His Sacred Heart.

Gone to Confession lately??. . . We hear Confessions Monday through Friday and Sundays, 30 minutes prior to each Mass, and on Saturday 3-4 P.M.  If that’s not convenient, give us a call and we’ll make a private appointment. Confession is the sacrament instituted by Christ Himself as the ordinary means of receiving God’s forgiveness for our sins. If you haven’t been to Confession in a while, then you should NOT be receiving Holy Communion, since Saint Paul says “you eat your own condemnation when you receive the Body and Blood of Christ unworthily.”

Mass Intentions

Saturday, July 25

  4:00   +Members of DeRosa, Kronk, Capobianco families & Edwin Clark req. John & Joan Kronk

Sunday, July 26

  7:30 +Anthony & Derrick Ramos req. Lilian & Alvina Ramos

10:00 +Estelle Burke req. Mary Churley

12:00   Special Intention Mary Kung req. Joseph & Agnes Kung

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

Monday, July 27

  8:00 +Anna Do req. Thang Nguyen

12:10    Special Intention St. John’s the Evangelist Parish

Tuesday, July 28

  8:00 +Gary Luker req. Michele & Michaela Koethe & Maryanne Catucci

12:10 +Helen Pope req. Mary Churley

Wednesday, July 29

  8:00   Michael Cole

12:10 +Robert J. Christenson req. Mary Churley

Thursday, July 30

  8:00 +Bobby Morea – Michele & Michaela Koethe & Maryann Catucci

12:10 +Evelyn J. Kevin req. Mary Churley

Friday, July 31

  8:00 +Members of the Gannon & Saraniero families req. S. Gannon

12:10 +Stephen Piatt

Saturday, August 1

  8:00 +Rose Astrid Jean-Guillaune by her Parents

12:10   Forgotten souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.

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. Dominic Savio Society…For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12thgrades.  Questions, please contact Frank Marchetti at (203) 434-4734 or Ferry Galbert at(203) 324-1553 ext. 22.

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

The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, 2009 Collegiate Summer Program for High School Students…Invites High School Students to participate in the second session of the 34th Collegiate Summer Program. Students will study Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, and Apologetics as well as make day trips to Mt. Monadnock, York Beach, and Boston. There will also be Mass and daily rosary.  Sessions run from July 12th – 25th and July 26th — August 8th. Call (800) 880-8308, e-mail admission@thomasmorecollege.edu, or visit our website at www.thomasmorecollege.edu for more information.

St. John’s in  The  Advocate. 50 years ago, . . or so:

July 27, 1963:  Hospital Termed Enduring Memorial To Msgr. Coleman. “The passing of the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, PA, VF, was marked with sadness among the staff and the nuns of the Sisters of St. Joseph, at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Msgr. Coleman, who founded the hospital, died Monday at the age of 87. During his funeral, held Friday, the Most Rev. Walter W. Curtis, STD, Bishop of Bridgeport, described the hospital as Msgr. Coleman’s “enduring memorial.” “One wing of the hospital is named for Msgr. Coleman. But in very truth, the entire structure might well bear his name,” Bishop Curtis said during a eulogy he offered Friday at the Pontifical Requiem Mass in St. John’s Church.”

August 1, 1963: St. John Cemetery To Repair Building Burned Last Week. “St. John’s Cemetery Association has been granted a building permit to make repairs to a combination office-garage building on the cemetery grounds, Camp Ave., Darien. Damage was caused by a fire last week.”                                                               

August 2, 1963:  Scouts of Troop 22 Spend Week At Camp “Twenty-three members of Boy Scout Troop 22, sponsored by St. John’s Catholic Church, have completed a week in the Mianus campsite at Camp Toquam, Goshen. The group was led by Scoutmaster Edwin D. Iacovo, Jr., aided by Assistant Scoutmasters Michael Kaelin, Cornelius W. Lehane, and David G. Shaub. The campers were: William Boffa, James Gallagher, Robert Gaynor, William Gaynor, Arthur Gleason, Noel Hanrahan, Richard Johnson, Robert Johnson, Frederick Jones, Ronal Lewis. Also, Thomas Lynam, Lawrence Lynch, Donald Memale, James Otis, Steven Rank, Anthony Rapaglia, Arthur Remy, Charles Russo, Daniel Shaub, Mark Sileo, William Thompson, and Christopher Veremakis. In addition, John Connolly has been serving on the camp staff as scoutcraft director, and Douglas Harry has spent a week with the Commanos, a provisional troop.”

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)

                          12:00 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

Baptism…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.

Marriage…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.

Devotions

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 Christian Moral Life

“The Moral Conscience”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           – Fr. Terry Walsh

“Return to your conscience, question it….Turn inward, brethren, and in everything you do, see God as your witness” – St. Augustine

 The Catechism teaches: “Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey (1776) ….In all he says and does, man is obligated to follow faithfully what he knows to be just and right (1778).” God created us in His Image. We have intelligence and freedom and an immortal soul.  He has written the Truth on our Hearts and beckons us to “live the Truth in Love” (Eph. 4:15).  We can only accomplish that call through the grace of God. As we grow in grace, we are effectively allowing the Voice of God to grow loud and clear in our hearts.  Then, our decisions and the examination of our lives will be made through the assistance of the Holy Spirit.  In Letter to the Duke of Norfolk, John Henry Cardinal Newman wrote: “Conscience is a law of the mind; yet Christians would not grant that it is nothing more; I mean that it was not a dictate, nor conveyed the notion of responsibility, of duty, of a threat and a promise…Conscience is a messenger of Him, who, both in nature and in grace, speaks to us behind a veil…. Conscience is the aboriginal Vicar of Christ.”

Formation of one’s conscience is essential.  It is a duty.  In order to faithfully walk in the Light of Christ, we have to understand what that means.  We discover the answer through the Scriptures, the Catechism, and of course through our prayer, our conversations with God.  The world would have you believe that conscience is nothing more than “whatever feels right to me” – basically giving license to act without regard to the Gospel.  But in his letter to the Romans, St. Paul explains that this relativistic way of thinking is utter folly and will meet a bad end.  We are able to know and understand Truth and are in fact called to adhere to it.  “Ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature, namely, His eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse; for although they knew God they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools….they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator” (Rm1:20ff).  It’s the age old battle between Pride and Humility. Humility seeks the Truth; Pride denies it. Humility recognizes weakness; pride denies it. Humility opens the heart to love; pride thrives on selfishness and effectively denies love.  Humility honors God; Pride denies Him.

How do we “honor” God? How do we give Him thanks and praise? Are our hearts in union with His will? Jesus said,  “If you love Me, keep my commandments…pick up your Cross and follow me…love one another as I have loved you.”  The examination of conscience is crucial.  If we ask Him, our Lord will reveal just how we’re doing. Jesus said, “When you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”  It may be on a park bench, or during a summer stroll, or perhaps as you kneel before the Tabernacle – whenever and wherever you “sit with God” – in a quiet moment, welcome God into your “inner room” – your heart – and bring him your thoughts, your concerns, your questions, your joys and sorrows.  Take time to examine how you’re doing in light of the Commandments and Beatitudes. Listen, quietly, to his response in your heart.  This faithful “dialogue” is an act of love and it honors him.  Bring him the faults and failings in the Sacrament of Confession with complete trust in his mercy and love and be renewed by his healing grace. Then, press on. This honors him. “Live the Truth in Love” (St. Paul).