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Bulletin for Sunday August 23, 2009
Pastor’s Corner. . . Last Friday, when Fr. Walsh opened the church at 6:30 a.m., he was met by a flood in the sacristy: an ancient water pipe had burst sometime during the night, and the entire floor was covered with about three inches of water. That wasn’t the worst of it: since hundreds of gallons of water flowed freely all night, the water had poured through the sacristy floor, into the ceiling of the kitchen in the parish hall, penetrating the walls, electrical fixtures and junction boxes downstairs. The result was catastrophic. The pipe has been repaired, and the 1970’s vintage indoor-outdoor sacristy rug ripped out [revealing the original 1900 floor of beat up linoleum—interesting from an historical point of view, but quite ugly and worn]. We will seek insurance money to help with that.
Other repair work will be seen by in a few weeks: the unused confessional next to the Saint Joseph altar will be modified. It hasn’t been used since the late 1960’s, when it was boarded up by Father Parent, then the pastor, and filled with air conditioning duct work by Father Nagle in the 1990’s. The carved wooden ornaments have all been preserved, which were finished in the 1932 renovation of the church, while Father Lally was pastor. These will be incorporated in a few small projects in the church: one will be the construction of a proper shrine for Saint Rita, near the entrance of the church.
The only other repair work has been on the rectory: window panes have been falling out, because the ancient putty is dried up. The second floor window frames along the front of the rectory have been stripped of 150 years of layered paint and repainted, and new putty applied to secure all the original 1850’s vintage
window panes.
Many parishioners have asked during the past years about repainting the rectory: some insisting that it’s present state is an eyesore, which it is; others suggesting fundraising activities to pay for a new painting; others have offered to volunteer to repaint it. If the question were simply one of repainting the rectory, I would have had it done soon after I arrived in the summer of 1998. However, even the casual observer can notice that there is much rot and repair work needed first. Likewise, since the rectory is not insulated, I would rather wait to see if we can’t insulate the house and secure new storm windows, before repainting. It will be an enormous and costly job, made even more difficult and expensive by the needed preliminary repair work.
I think there are other projects more urgently needed, especially in the church, before we tackle the rectory repairs. In the meantime, please pray that the chewing gum used to keep our beautiful and venerable buildings together continue to hold until we can afford the needed capital repair work. God bless you.
—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… Martinez Boursiquot, Karl Gandt, Tesse Kerelits, 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.

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.

Job Seekers. . . Will meet in the Rectory on Monday, August 24th at 7:30 pm with Melanie Szluzca. All welcome. More info?: Melanie@redinc.biz or 203-866-1606; 860-235-4558.

Sunday August 16, 2009 $ 10,447.20

Sunday August 17, 2008 $ 10,371.08
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

August 30th Sunday Readings: Dt 4:1-2, 6-8; Jas 1: 17-18, 21-27; Mk 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23 .

Bann of Marriage: 2nd Edvard Fiefie & Cathie Joseph

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 96 (2) 242. The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.

Noon Mass . . . As all popes since Pius X (1903-14) have exhorted the faithful to “sing the Mass”, please pick up a sheet containing the Kyrie, Gloria, etc., in order to participate more fully in the Noon High Mass. Thank you!

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? Would you consider lending your voice to our choir? Please call Scott Turkington for more information: 324-1553, ext. 18 or sturkington@optonline.net.

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 who are parishioners. 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 holding a CASH BINGO on Friday, Sept. 18th. Doors open at 6PM. First game is at 7PM. There will also be a MULTI-VENDOR CRAFT FAIR & TAG SALE at the open air market on Saturday Sept. 19th from 9AM—5PM, rain or shine. (Refreshments available at both events) For more information call: 324-3434.

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 22
4:00 Mr. Jason Ward & Family req. Dominic Savio Society
Sunday, August 23
7:30 +John & Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Young
10:00 Dorothy Wargo 23rd Anniversary req. Family
12:00 +Rev. Joseph C. Lincke req. Lois Gandt
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, August24
8:00 +Ricky Galloway req. Paul A. Murphy
12:10 +Gloria Bartolomeo req. Mr. & Mrs. Franco Didemetrio
Tuesday, August 25
8:00 +William Kirwin req. Hannah Young
12:10 +Rudy & Carla Monte req. Tom & Olga Kolenberg
Wednesday, August 26
8:00 Special Intention Stephen M. DiGiovanni
12:10 +Stephanie Christiannson req. Tom & Olga Kolenberg
Thursday, August 27
8:00 + Robert E. Troilo req. Son, Nicholas Troilo
12:10 Special Intention Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni, Rev. Terrence P. Walsh, Rev. Albert
D. Audette & Rev. Paul N. Check
Friday, August 28
8:00 +John Kolenberg req. Tom & Olga Kolenberg
12:10 +Fr. John P. O’Connor O.P. & Fr. Bertrand Parent req. Bosilevas family
Saturday, August 29
8:00 Special Intention Amanda & Rebeca Woods req. Pugliese Family
12:10 +Mary & Joseph DeGuardia req. Millie & George Terenzio

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. Leo’s Parish:. . . 29th Annual Parish Fair. Join us Tuesday Sept. 1st thru Saturday Sept. 5th. Ride bracelets are available from 2PM—6PM for $20. Sample international foods, enjoy live entertainment, and try your luck in the Bingo Parlor, or the $10 raffle with a first prize 2009 Mercedes-Benz C350 W4 sedan. For more information, call Denise Esposito at 322-1669 x227.

St. John’s in The Advocate . .

100 YEARS AGO:
August 29, 1910: Preparing for Parish Fair. “Societies of St. John’s Catholic Church are holding meetings to perfect arrangements to assist in the coming parish fair which will be in charge of the ladies of the church. The fair is to be held this year in the Parish Hall. It will open Oct. 3, and continue to Oct. 8. Season tickets entitling the holders to admission each night, and to other privileges, are out, and they are meeting with such good sale that past records of success seem likely to be equaled, if not bettered. Every effort will be made to make the fair more entertaining and successful than in the past, and the committees in charge realize that this means the hardest kind of work.”

August 30, 1919: GOLDEN JUBILEE IN 1921. “The Rev. William H. Rogers, formerly of St. John’s Catholic Church, Stamford, now pastor of St. Patrick’s Church, Hartford, is the dean of the American-born Catholic clergy of the diocese of Hartford. He was ordained to the priesthood forty eight years ago, and two years hence he will celebrate his golden jubilee. There is only one priest in the diocese who has been ordained longer than Father Rogers, and he is the Rev. John Russell of New Haven. Father Russell was born in Ireland, while Father Rogers is a native of the United States.”

50 years ago, or so:
August 30, 1962: St. John’s CYO Team Rewarded At Dinner Event. “About 150 well wishers attended a dinner for the St. John’s CYO Baseball Team which won the New England Grammar School championship in the Knights of Columbus Hall Tuesday night. Coach Bob Lynch, of the Stamford Catholic High football team, was the speaker, and he gave an inspirational as well as amusing talk on sports. St. John’s defeated the Providence champions 9-8 in 14 innings to win the title. Coach Frank J. Jerabek Jr. presented awards to the members of the team, including the “most valuable Player” award to Anthony Esposito. Other members of the team were Bill Longo, Chet Wisniewski, Gene Gerardi, Bill Smith, Stanley Esposito, Richard O’Connor, Peter Murray, John Duffy, James Pastore, Serafino Docimo and James Gallagher. ”

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Our Lady of Knock -Fr Terry Walsh

The Perpetual Novena to our Lady of Knock is prayed as a National Public Novena in Ireland each year beginning on the Vigil of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 14th and ending on the Memorial of the Queenship of Mary, August 22nd. Of course, the novena may be prayed anytime.
On August 21, 1879 in the little town of Knock in the West of Ireland there were 15 people who witnessed an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary who appeared just outside the Church for 2 hours on a rainy Thursday Summer evening. The “silent” message was one of encouragement and hope. The people simply prayed the Rosary. How wonderful it is that today the Novena is prayed between the Feasts celebrating the final 2 Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary, the Assumption and the Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth: “She who,” as St. Padre Pio put it, “stood at the foot of the Cross at Calvary now stands beside the Altar at the Mystical Calvary at every Holy Mass throughout the world.” St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared next to the Blessed Mother throughout the time of the apparition at Knock. St. John was holding the open Bible. St. John wrote the final Book of the Bible, “The Book of Revelation” which is about the “Wedding Feast of the Lamb” – that is – the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the very subject of the Knock Apparition. The three stood beside an altar with a Cross and a Lamb upon the Altar. Around the Altar hovered Angels. The apparition took place at a time of great suffering in Ireland. The people endured famine, starvation, and persecution, yet they remained faithful to the Mass and to their Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. They prayed.
The Church approved the apparition and today Knock receives pilgrims from around the world. Four Popes have visited the Shrine over the years. The most recent visit was on September 30, 1979 by Pope John Paul II. Our parish here in Stamford was founded by Irish immigrants around the time of the apparition; perhaps there is a connection.

The Novena Prayer:

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Give praise to the Father Almighty, To His Son, Jesus Christ the Lord, To the Spirit who lives in our hearts, Both now and forever. Amen.

Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland, you gave hope to your people in time of distress, and comforted them in sorrow. You have inspired countless pilgrims to pray with confidence to your divine Son, remembering His promise, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find.”
Help me to remember that we are all pilgrims on the road to Heaven. Fill me with love and concern for my brothers and sisters in Christ, especially those who live with me. Comfort me when I am sick, lonely or depressed. Teach me how to take part ever more reverently in the Holy Mass. Give me a greater love of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Pray for me now, and at the hour of my death. Amen. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Have mercy on us. (Repeat 3 times)
ST JOSEPH, Chosen by God to be the husband of Mary, the Protector of the Holy Family, the Guardian of the Church. Protect all families in their work and recreation and guard us on our journey through life. (Repeat ‘Lamb of God’ 3x.)
ST JOHN, Beloved Disciple of the Lord, faithful priest. Teacher of the Word of God. Help us to hunger for the Word, to be loyal to the Mass and to love one another. (‘Lamb of God’ 3x’s). LITANY: Our Lady of Knock, Pray for us…. Refuge of Sinners, Pray for us… Queen Assumed into Heaven, Pray for us… Queen of the Rosary, Pray for us… Mother of Nazareth, Pray for us… Queen of Virgins, Pray for us… Help of Christians, Pray for us… Health of the Sick, Pray for us… Queen of Peace, Pray for us… Our Lady, Queen and Mother, Pray for us… Our Lady, Mother of the Church, Pray for us… (Mention your own intention here)
WITH THE ANGELS AND THE SAINTS LET US PRAY: Give praise to the Father Almighty, to His Son, Jesus Christ the Lord, to the Spirit who lives in our hearts, both now and forever. Amen. (The Rosary or Mass and Holy Communion is recommended each day throughout the 9 days).
The Novena may be prayed anytime.