For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday August 9, 2009
Pastor’s Corner. . . Let’s begin looking at the windows along the main aisle, starting with the right [north] windows, as you enter the body of the church. These three windows, along with the matching three along the south wall, were installed by September 1884, in time for the first fair inside the new church to raise funds to pay for the construction [The Connecticut Catholic, September 20, 1884].
Each of these windows is divided into three sections. These are decorated with colorful geometric patterns and floral designs painted along the borders, with a cartouche bearing a religious symbol in the center panels. Each window is crowned by a floral rose window with a star composed of geometric pieces of colored glass. Let’s read these windows, beginning from right to left, walking down the side aisle towards the front of the church. They describe in symbols how God saves us from eternal death: by the Incarnation, Death and Resurrection of His Son, and how the Son communicates His eternal life to us down the centuries: through the Sacraments He instituted and the Revelation He gives through His Catholic Church.. Here we go:
The three symbols in the right [or northeastern] windows refer to the Incarnation: God taking on human flesh to become a man; from right to left:
Lilies, symbol of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A “lily among thorns” is a symbol of the Immaculate Conception: Mary was the only human being born without Adam’s original sin, in order that she could provide the Savior a sinless human nature;
Sheaf of Wheat, symbol of the human nature of Christ, which was united to the Divine Nature of the Eternal Son of God in the womb of the Virgin Mary;
Daisies, symbols of the innocence of the Christ Child: likewise, born without the sin of Adam, Jesus is both God and man, whose total obedience to the Father wins us eternal life;
The three symbols in the central northern windows are the three Sacraments of Initiation into Jesus’ Church; from right to left:
Baptismal Font, by which we begin the life of Grace in the Sacrament of Baptism. The parish baptismal font is found below this window;
Holy Spirit, sent following Jesus’ Ascension, to begin His Church by giving us His Seven Gifts, symbolized here by seven flames of fire, which we receive in Confirmation;
Chalice with grape vines, symbol of the Eucharist, by which we share in the Divine Life of Our Lord by eating His Resurrected Body and Blood in Holy Communion;
The three symbols in the far left [northwestern], describe the greatest sacrament, the Eucharist, by which we receive God’s grace to strengthen us to lead a life pleasing to God, as outlined in the Bible and teachings of the Church; the symbols are:
Holy Spirit above the Eucharist, by the power of the Holy Spirit, bread and wine become the Risen Body and Blood of Jesus;
Lamb of God, as described in the Book of Revelation: Jesus is the true Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world by dying on the Cross and rising in the body born of the Virgin Mary;
Bible, Cross and Crosiers, God reveals Himself and His works through Scripture and Tradition, especially through the Holy Father and the bishops in communion with him.
Great stuff! More next week. —Mons. Stephen DiGiovanni
Please pray for the sick… Janet Rodgers, Yvonne Saint Preuve, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rose Lauture, Paul Rittman, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans, Joseph Kirkland, Jesus Cala, William Morris, Margaret Romaine, Annette Mellace, Charla Nash, Ruth Alexander
Please pray for those who have recently died… Jenny Danchaster, 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
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 :watch Mass and enjoy the homilies and beautiful organ and choral music.
St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … Will next meet on Wednesday, September 2nd, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory to study the 4th century Ecclesiastical History by Eusebius of Caesarea.
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 at 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory. All are welcome; just come in the front door. This is the most basic beginner course.
Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets every Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the rectory. Class is closed to new students.
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 September 1st.
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. 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.org or 203/857-0088. (Do not bring donations to the Parish).
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.
Coffee Hour…Volunteers are needed to help with snacks, set up and/or serving for coffee hour after the 10:00 a.m. Mass. For more information, please contact Janet Lancaster at 203-637-3301 or email her at email@example.com.
Sunday August 2, 2009 $ 11,300.61
Sunday August 3, 2008 $ 12,630.57
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
August 16th Sunday Readings: Prv. 9 1-6; Eph. 5:15-2; Jn. 6:51-58
Bann of Marriage: 2nd Edvard Fiefie & Cathie Joseph
Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 112 (2) 116.
Calling all Singers! . . . Are you planning your Fall? Here’s an idea: the 10:00 AM Family Mass Adult choir is in need of singers! We rehearse at 8:15 AM, on Sundays only, in the Choir Room. Are you regularly attending the 10:00 AM 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. . . Please accept my thanks for your generosity to Bishop Lori: our goal was $85,000; you gave $92,0000. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org OR contact Janet Lancaster at (203) 637-3301, email@example.com. 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. The first meeting will be Tuesday, September 22nd.
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.
Religious Education: All those entering our program this September for the first time must provide Baptism records which may be obtained from the Church where the child was baptized. This is a mandatory requirement for participation in Religious Education. The First Class will be SEPTEMBER 27, 2009. Registration and payment can be done on the parish webstite, stjohnsstamford.com.
St. Maurice Church 358 Glenbrook Rd….Is looking for crafters and vendors who are interested in renting a table at their Annual Multi-Vendor Craft Fair and Tag Sale on Saturday, September 19, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For information and/or to reserve a table, contact Maryann (by: August 24t) at (203) 357-8059. The Fair will take place under the BIG TOP, so, it’s Rain or Shine.
August 15th . . . The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary IS NOT a holy day obligation this year, because it falls on a Saturday. The usual Saturday Mass schedule will be observed.
Saturday, August 8
4:00 +Joan Mercia req. Eileen & Robert
Sunday, August 9
7:30 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
10:00 +Ralph Strain Jr. req. Edward, Christina, Ashley, & Eric Strain
12:00 +Vincent Dangi req. Marion Morris & family
6:00 +Patrick Kane & family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & family
Monday, August 10
8:00 +Gary Luker req. Michelle & Michaela Koetke & Maryanne Catucci
12:10 +Francis Tenywa, May his Soul rest in Peace req. Scholastica Nabwire
Tuesday, August 11
8:00 Caitlin McEntre req. Kristin Cassidy
12:10 +Ralph Sette req. Pugliese Family
Wednesday, August 12
8:00 Special Intention Eleanor Theresa Kim req. Joseph & Mary Kim
12:10 +James Caputo req. Pugliese Family
Thursday, August 13
8:00 Special Intention Maria Zajak
12:10 Special Intention A.J. Larobina req. Pugliese Family
Friday, August 14
8:00 +Jerry Allen req. Janet Lancaster
12:10 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Saturday, August 15
8:00 +John Maloney birthday remembrance req. wife Mary
12:10 Yanick Bonny & Family req. Families
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 – 12th
grades. 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 – 12th
grades. Questions, please contact Rosa Marchetti at (203) 348-0232.
St. John’s in The news. . .
125 YEARS AGO:
The Connecticut Catholic:
August 16, 1884: Stamford. “Rev. Father Ryle was in town the past week. St. Patrick’s Temperance Society and the Sacred Heart Sodality are expected to receive Holy Communion in a body tomorrow, at 9 o’clock mass. The feast of the forty-hours devotion, as was announced on last Sunday, commenced yesterday and will terminate tomorrow at High Mass. Two Masses were to be celebrated yesterday and today. A number of priests from out of town are expected to assist in hearing confessions.”
100 years ago:
The Stamford Advocate:
August 10, 1909: HIBERNIANS CELEBRATE. “The second division, Ancient Order of Hibernians, celebrated the eighteenth anniversary of its organization night, at its headquarters in Pitt’s Block. The birthday was celebrated with speech and song and music, and there was a supper. Among the guests were Rev. James C. O’Brien, pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church; Rev. Dennis L. Gleason, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church; Rev. Father Rizzo, Rev. Eugene L. Sullivan and Thomas F. Spiers of Bridgeport, county president of the order William J. Feeney, president of the society, was presiding officer. The music was by Mulvey’s orchestra. The birthday party began with prayer, offered by Father Gleason. Supper was then served, and there followed speeches by Father O’Brien, Father Gleason, Father Sullivan, Dr. J.J. Ryle, Michael A. Boyle, C. O. Leary, Thomas F. Spiers, Philip Kiernan and Dennis Sweeney. The presiding officer also spoke. The closing selection was “God Save Ireland”.”
50 years ago, or so:
The Stamford Advocate:
August 14, 1958: “The Feast of The Assumption, a holy day of obligation for Catholics, will be observed at St. John’s Church, with Masses at 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 a.m. 12:10 and 5:15 p.m., it was announced today by the pastor, the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman.”
Seeking the Truth: Jesus Christ
– Fr. Terry Walsh
The greatest mystery of our faith is the Holy Trinity: One God, yet 3 distinct Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God so loved us that He sent “His only begotten Son” to rescue us from destruction. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14). In other words, in order to know God and fulfill the purpose of our very existence (eternal life in God) we need to follow Him; that is, as St. Paul reminds us’ we need to “live the truth in love”(Ephesians 4:15). And yet, so often he is taken for granted. It’s almost as if people believe that just because they are baptized they automatically go to heaven; that they are somehow free to adopt other paths in exploring so called ‘enlightened’ ideas in the name of ‘openness’ and without consequence. Indeed some suggest that they can reject Catholicism all together in favor of whatever other path appeals to their current way of thinking. The problem is obvious. The Truth cannot contradict itself. Something can not be true and false at the same time. Either God is a Holy Trinity or He is not. We believe He is. Indeed, we believe everything He has revealed about Himself (Divine Revelation) and must necessarily reject everything contrary to it. It seems that many reject the Truth, Jesus Christ, without so much as taking the time to even get to know him. They have never really opened their heart to the Scriptures. They have not taken the time to get to know him through a faithful and persistent relationship of prayer, nor have they encountered Him in a meaningful way in the Sacraments (knowledge of the sacraments, proper preparation, etc.). In other words, they have put little or no effort into seeking Him who is Truth. Instead, they prefer to adopt whatever flavor “religion” fits their way of life. It’s all backwards. There is no contradiction in Jesus Christ. He has come to lead all who would listen to him; that is, all who seek what is true, and good, and pure, and beautiful into the fullness of truth. The Scriptures urge us to seek holiness: “Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God; consider the outcome of their life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings; for it is well that the heart be strengthened by grace…” (Hebrews 13:7-9). One of the greatest “Leaders” of the Church is St. Augustine (August 28th is his Memorial—he is the Patron Saint of our Diocese). He struggled mightily for years in his search for the truth. In his writings (The Confessions, The City of God, and many others), Augustine shares with us his interior struggle as he discovered the love God had for him, his profound conversion, and finally, the amazing insights that were the fruit of his faithful discipleship. No longer would he travel the road of self-indulgence. He opened his heart to the truth and God flooded his soul with grace and peace. There was no turning back. He lived now for Christ. He confesses: “Urged to reflect upon myself, I entered under your guidance into the inmost depth of my soul. I was able to do so because you were my helper. On entering into myself I saw, as it were with the eye of the soul, what was beyond the eye of the soul, beyond my spirit: your immutable light…this light was above me because it had made me; I was below it because I was created by it. He who has come to know the truth knows this light….you overcame the weakness of my vision, sending forth most strongly the beams of your light, and I trembled at once with love and dread. I learned that I was in a region unlike yours and far distant from you, and I thought I heard your voice from on high: ‘I am the food (Eucharist) of grown men; grow then, and you will feed on me. Nor will you change me into yourself like bodily food, but you will be changed into me…
Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you…You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.”
Our Lord ‘calls and shouts and breaks through our deafness’ that we may abide in Him and He in us.“God is present to our inmost being: ‘In Him we live and move and have our being.’ In the words of St. Augustine, God is ‘higher than my highest and more inward than my innermost self’”(ccc300). As we come to understand that God calls us to share in a life of unimaginable happiness we begin to understand what this relationship entails. It’s an active, meaningful journey unto spiritual perfection that begins at the very moment of our Baptism. This path to Christian Perfection is paved with our active and sacrificial love. This path is groomed and prepared by identifying and sifting away vice. The surface is paved with the moral virtues and traveled well as these virtues are informed by and strengthened through the supernatural graces provided by God Himself. When we are docile to the Holy Spirit and develop the habit of virtuous living we travel through every bend and pothole guided by the Light of Christ. And yet, if we ignore God, if we put Him aside as we delve into “false teachings,” we would be shutting out the one true Light that leads to perfect happiness. from within our own engine can cause a breakdown and perhaps even end our journey. Vice leads us away from God. The great prophet Isaiah urges us to consider wisely the relationship we are called to share with God and reveals the necessity of sincerity: “This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me…” Like any relationship, our relationship with God requires effort—that is—we necessarily have to invest our heart and soul. We’ll meet him in our prayer, in our reading the Scriptures, and in our fidelity to the Gospels in what we think and say and do, or, as St. Paul put it: “Faith working through love.”
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 Choir 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. 22. Baptisms are usually performed Saturdays.
First Communion and Confirmation
For information on Religious Education, please call Fr. Walsh at (203) 324-1553 ext. 14. Confirmation is a two-year program. For records, call Ferry Galbert at ext. 22.
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. 22). 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
Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Closed during Mass)