For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday August 16, 2009

Pastor’s Corner. . . We turn our attention to the southern aisle windows [on the left as you enter], which repeat the decorative style and underscore the reality of Him who was born in Bethlehem—just in case you missed it in the windows of the northern aisle. Jesus is much more than a prophet; He is the Creator and Redeemer of all creation.
First [southeast] window on the left as you enter the main door:
Center Panel: The Lamb of God: Jesus, is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, is also the Creator: all existence centers on Him;
Left: Alpha and Omega: Jesus tells us in the Gospels that He is the “Beginning and the End” of all things—and uses the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet as signs of that: He is creation’s beginning/end.
Right: IHS: Re-emphasizes the reality that the Lamb of God who is the Creator of all, and who keeps everything in existence because He exists, is Jesus—IHS are the first three Greek letters of the name Jesus;
Central window:
Center Panel: A Red Cross with the Crown of Thorns: God became man in the womb of the Virgin Mary, to offer Himself as the final sacrifice on the Cross for the sins of humankind;
Left: A Monstrance: used for Adoration of Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament: Jesus is not only a man, but fully God, who is worthy of worship, remaining with us until the end of time in the Eucharist ;
Right: A Thurible: used at Mass to offer incense to God: Incense is a symbol of our prayers before God; Jesus, the Eternal Son who enters history by uniting Himself to the humanity of Jesus, brings our prayers to the Father;
Third [southwest] window:
Center Panel: Star of David and Cross: Jesus is Lord and Messiah, born of God’s Chosen people, who fulfills all Old Testament prophets;
Left: Cross, Crown & Palm Branches, refers to the sacrifice of Christ, which wins salvation for all humanity;
Right: Cross & Anchor, Sacred Heart and Scroll, reading, “Faith, Hope, Charity”, Salvation comes through Christ’s sacrifice, which is the basis of our Faith, our Hope in eternal life through Jesus, which we express in our daily self-sacrifice of charity.
Above these can be seen smaller “clerestory” windows of the same period, with similar geometric and floral decorative designs. All these windows, including the three original choir loft and transept windows, were produced by the P.F. McMahon Company, delivered and installed in time for the 1886 dedication of the church, at a total cost of $4,460.00. 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, 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

Monthly Collection . . . The second collection today will be the monthly 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: 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.

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 website, stjohnsstamford.com.

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 jmlancaster@optonline.net.

Sunday August 9, 2009 $ 11,820.59

Sunday August 10, 2008 $ 10,780.10
“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) 222 (2) 113.

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.

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. The first meeting will be Tuesday, September 22nd.

Year of the Priest. . . Pope Benedict XVI has named this year [June 19, 2009-June 19, 2010] The Year of the Priest in order to foster vocations to the priesthood and to fortify the devotion of priests to the Church. Please encourage your sons, grandsons, brothers, nephews, friends and neighbors to consider God’s calling to be priests. Every single Catholic young man HAS THE MORAL OBLIGATION to consider the priesthood. Our diocese is blessed with our own local seminary for young men to consider the priesthood without cost or obligation: St. John Fisher Residence, on Newfield Avenue. Speak to one of the parish priests, or call Fisher: 322-5331.

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.

Holy Spirit School. . . Catholic education plays a key role in helping today’s children grow in faith. If you are a parent with children between the age of three and Grade 5, consider Holy Spirit School in North Stamford. Visit our website at www.holyspiritschool.info, then call (203) 329-1623 to meet our
principal, tour the school, and learn how our nurturing learning environment and Christian values can launch your children’s life-long academic and spiritual growth!

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).

Mass Intentions

Saturday, August 15
4:00 +Members of DeRosa, Kronk, Capobianco families, & Edwin Clark
req. Joan & John Kronk
Sunday, August 16
7:30 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
10:00 +Robert Rohr req. Dawn Hartnett
12:00 +Joseph & Effie Ramos req. Lilian & Alvina Ramos
6:00 +Paul Carriera U.S. Marine, Son req. Gerard J. Carriera
Monday, August 17
8:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 Special Intention Msgr. Stephen DiGiovanni req. Josephine Languedoc
Tuesday, August 18
8:00 +JoAnne Fiori req. Parents
12:10 +Henry Saraniero req. Ann & Jo Corcione
Wednesday, August 19
8:00 +Angelo Velez req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Alexander Balutowski req. Therese Troilo daughter
Thursday, August 20
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
12:10 Special Intention Fr. Terrence P. Walsh req. Josephine Languedoc
Friday, August 21
8:00 Special Intention Fr. Albert D. Audette req. Josephine Languedoc
12:10 Special Intention Providencia Rodriguez req. Josephine Languedoc
Saturday, August 22
8:00 In Honor to the Blessed Virgin Mary
12:10 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 – 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 Advocate . .

100 YEARS AGO:

August 17, 1903: CANE FOR FATHER FLYNN. “Rev. William H. Flynn, who has been curate at St. John’s R. C. Church for about a year, and has recently been appointed a member of the diocesan mission band by Bishop Tierney, was presented yesterday with a gold-headed cane by the Holy Name Society, in which he has taken much interest since it was organized. The presentation was made at a meeting held at 3:30 yesterday afternoon. The President of the Society, James T. Brennan, presented the cane, and Father Flynn made a cordial address to the society in accepting it. Father O’Brien was present and he also made some remarks pointing out the splendid work that Father Flynn has done in Stamford. The inscription on the cane reads as follows: ‘Presented by the Holy Name Society of St. John’s R. C. Church, Stamford, Conn., to Rev. W. H. Flynn, Aug. 16, 1903’.”

60 years ago, or so:
August 16, 1952: Priest Returning To Baghdad In New Teaching Duties. “The Rev. Robert J. Sullivan, S.J., son of Jeremiah F. Sullivan of 70 Quintard Terr., left yesterday for Baghdad, Iraq, where he will teach at the Jesuit School. Father Sullivan has been studying Arabic at Georgetown University during the past year. Born in Stamford, he attended St. John’s Parochial School, Regis High School, New York, and the Jesuit Novitiate, Lenox, Mass. He did field work in Alaska for his Master’s Degree in anthropology and completed work at the Catholic University in Washington, D.C., where he received his Ph.D. Father Sullivan was ordained in June, 1940. Upon completion of his studies, he went to Baghdad in 1943, where for eight years he acted as athletic coach, photography instructor and taught other classes at Baghdad College. He expects to be in Baghdad another eight to ten years.”

50 years ago, or so:
August 21, 1958: “Members of St. John’s Parochial School, Class of 1953, have been invited to an “open house” at 8 p.m. Friday at 58 Cottage St. Miss Virginia Pastore and Miss Betty Flemming are in charge of arrangements.”

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Our Prayerful Preparation : -Fr Terry Walsh
Jesus greets us at the Door
Do you remember those times when you had been away from home for some period of time and there was a joyful expectation of finally pulling into your driveway and being with all those you loved? Maybe that 1st trip home from College? Or perhaps after that 1st week of Summer camp spent on your own? And at the same time, there was a great eagerness on the part of the ones at home anticipating your arrival, looking forward to celebrating your return, catching up on all that went on while you were away. It seems to me that we ought to have that feeling about coming to Church: an eagerness to be with God in a particular way that He has designated for our spiritual growth and edification AND a recognition of His eagerness to see us “arrive home.” Sure, in the beginning, in the early stages, we may get to the Church out of a feeling of duty and obligation (which it is). But, as we begin to grow in our understanding and develop a relationship with God through prayer and fidelity, something changes—in us. We are freely entering into a transformation by grace. In short, we are getting to know God. And of course, it is only by getting to know Him that we can ever begin to truly know ourselves (our gifts and talents, our faults and failings, the purpose and meaning of our existence, indeed, the very mystery of our Salvation). We gradually (and sometimes with difficulty) move from a sense of “unknowing” to a sense of simple Awe and Wonder, a sense of understanding, even one simple glimpse at a time.
Silent preparation in those moments when we’ve entered the Sacred Space, His Home, the Church, and taken our place in our familiar pew, helps us prepare properly for the Mass. When we still the heart and brush aside the various distractions that seem to percolate endlessly in our minds, our many “to do” lists, it’s then that we’ll be better able to thoughtfully enter into the prayer of the Mass. And for that one hour, we’ll actively engage in the highest form of the Church’s prayer, the Offering of the Mass. The endless list of activities that await us after Mass will receive their due attention, after our Lord has received His. And so, what is the best way to “prepare”? Does it seem odd or uncomfortable to sit still for 15 or 20 minutes before Mass begins? If it does, that might be a signal that it’s time to think about how well the prayer life is at home. Quiet time is part of prayer. Indeed, quite often, it’s in those quiet moments in front of the Tabernacle that we gain the greatest insights into our lives. How especially beneficial that time is for us as we are preparing to enter into what should be the greatest hour of our week, sharing in a sacrifice, and at the same time a banquet, surrounded by all the Saints and Angels. What thoughts rise to the surface of your heart and mind in that “quiet, reflective time before the Bell rings and the music begins? How about the specific offering you would like to present to our Heavenly Father on this particular day at this Mass? The offering of Thanks for gifts received, the offering of Praise for His boundless love and mercy; the hope for healing for someone you love that is sick or for someone away from the Sacraments. The list is endless really. And it is in those quiet 15 or 20 minutes in the silence of the Church, in the stillness of your heart, that these holy thoughts rise to the surface. What a wonderful way to enter into the Prayer of the Church. It will take some measure of persistence. The distractions won’t simply go away at first. But being here “early” allows you the necessary time and proper environment. You’ll have to train a little bit. The laundry list of things to do will inevitably crop up while you’re trying to “get focused”. Don’t be discouraged. Just press on. Persistence and a little help from the Holy Spirit (when he is called upon) will easily win that battle of prayer.
When the Bell rings your prayer will be joined with the prayers of every one else in Thanks and Praise. But, not just those gathered together in St. John’s. Rather, all the saints in Heaven, all the Souls in Purgatory, and all our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the whole world, in a mysterious, supernatural, sacramental union are truly entering into the same prayer, the One Offering. Isn’t that amazing? Indeed, the very same prayers we hear at St. John’s are the same prayers (The Opening Prayer, the Prayer over the Gifts, the Closing Prayer, and so on) that are heard in every Catholic Church throughout the world on any given day. (There are too many of us to fit under one roof, so we’re spread out in smaller groups throughout the world—we’re billions strong!) Additionally, we hear the very same Readings, the same Psalm, the same Gospel. Jesus speaks to all of us with the same lessons each day, and if we are attentive, if we have taken the time to prepare and are seeking to understand the word and meditate on it, then our hearts will break open and we will certainly receive the graces of the Eucharist in a most efficacious manner. In other words, we will grow in holiness and be filled with all the gifts we need to carry out our mission when we leave the Church and go about our daily business. We will have grown in Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding and so on. We’ll also discover, through our prayer, some things we recognize we need to work on and through the graces of the Holy Spirit, we will be formed into a more faithful likeness of Christ. Come early in order to be on time. And then, “Go in peace…..”