For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday September 20, 2009
Pastor’s Corner. . . The central window in the sanctuary portrays the Crucifixion of Our Lord. This is the link between the Christmas window to the left and the Resurrection window on the right. The Eternal Son of the Father took to Himself that which He did not have: a human body, soul, heart, mind and will, and the ability to die: the Creator became a creature, so that He could give to us what we did not have: a share in His divinity.
Pope Saint Leo wrote more clearly: “The birth of Christ is the source of the Christian people; the birth of the Head is the birth of the Body, the Church. Each person whom Christ calls comes at his own point in the flow of time, yet the whole body of the faithful, which comes forth from the baptismal font, was born along with Christ at his birth, just as it was crucified with him in his passion, raised up in his resurrection, and established at the Father’s side in his ascension. For every one among the faithful is reborn in Christ and becomes a new person in him who became Son of Man that we might become sons and daughters of God” [On the Lord’s Birth].
This is one of the most beautiful of the church’s windows. It is damaged, unfortunately, as can be seen in the face of Saint John the Evangelist, who stands to the right of the Crucified Lord. During the recent restoration, it was discovered that decades ago an overambitious workman may have tried to “clean” the window by using steel wool!! Despite the damage, it is still a magnificent work of art.
The central figure is Our Crucified Lord: His face is serene, crowned with thorns and a halo of gold and red. Two angels hold chalices to catch his blood flowing from his wounded hands. One drop of blood comes from his pierced side, which is the fountain of the sacramental life of Christ’s Church, the graces of which transform us daily to be more like Our Lord. The figure on the right is our patron, Saint John. Dressed in flowing robes of red, green and amber, he is portrayed as a young man with long hair, the only apostle who had not abandoned his Lord and best friend. On the left stands the Blessed Mother, dressed in a red robe with a strikingly beautiful deep blue cape with golden appliqués of her symbols: roses, fleurs-des-lis and crowns. The central figure beneath the Cross is Mary Magdalene, who kneels, arms wrapped around the base of the cross, looking up at Her Lord.
The sky behind the crucifixion is composed of various shades of dark blues with two lines of sunlight, suggesting the abnormality of the mid-day darkness, brought about, as the passion narratives of the Gospel tell us, by the death of God in the flesh. Immediately behind the Cross can be seen a building: not merely a suggestion of the ancient city of Jerusalem, but, rather, the dome and bell tower of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built originally in the 4th century by the Empress Saint Helen atop the actual site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial, which had been venerated by the faithful from the time of the crucifixion itself. Atop the window is a rose window, this time with a pelican, sitting atop a nest, piercing her breast to feed her young chicks with her own blood: an ancient symbol of Christ’s willing shedding of His blood for us .
This elegant window dominates the entire church. During this week following the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross, let it be a reminder to us of the depth of God’s love for each of us, and of His great mercy, shown by His hard work to get us to Heaven. As Saint Irenaeus of Lyons wrote, “God became man so that Man could become God.” This was affected by God becoming a man; by the Incarnate Son of the Eternal Father dying on the Cross, and His rising from the dead in the flesh for us. —Mons. Stephen DiGiovanni
Please pray for the sick… Rosemary Finn, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, David Lloyd, John Castellano, Janet Rodgers, Yvonne Saint Preuve, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rose Lauture, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans, Jesus Cala, William Morris, Margaret Romaine, Annette Mellace, Charla Nash, Ruth Alexander
Please pray for those who have recently died… Elizabeth A. Coughlin, Hector Jance, Paul Rittman, Gerard P. Albert, Louis Michael Ceretta, John DiNero, Paul Lorusso, 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
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; double click the picture at the top of the page, and watch Mass live, enjoy the homilies, and beautiful organ and choral music.
St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … Each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory. We’re studying the 4th century Ecclesiastical History by Eusebius of Caesarea. Join us.
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 a beginner course. Come join us.
Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the rectory. Class is closed to new students.
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, 8:30AM. Registration and payment can be done on the parish website, stjohnsstamford.com., or visit the parish office.
R.C.I.A. . . . Will meet Tuesday evenings 7:30PM—8:30PM in the rectory, October 2009 – May 2010. Classes start October 20th. Please have Sacramental Records sent to St. John’s. Texts: Bible and the Compedium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. (available in the bookstore)
Parish Picnic. . . Please mark your calendars: The Parish Picnic will be at Cove Island on Sunday, September 20th: 1 pm-5 pm. Food, beverages, games for kids of all ages: please plan to attend this great fun parish event. SIDE DISHES: If you would like to bring a side dish to the picnic please call Judy De Felice at 322-5331 for details. Thank you very much!
Coffee Hour…Volunteers are needed to help after the 10:00 a.m. Mass. For more information, please contact Janet Lancaster at 203-637-3301 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 October 6th.
Sunday September 13, 2009 $ 10,623.12
Sunday September 14, 2008 $ 9,870.46 “I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
September 27th Sunday Readings: Nm 11:25-29; Jas 5:1-6; Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48
Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 216 (2) 65. 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!
St. John’s Children’s Choir . . . Please consider enrolling your child in the Children’s Choir which sings for the 10:00 Family Mass on Sundays, alongside the Adult Choir (see below). The first rehearsal is on Saturday, October 3rd. Rehearsals, at which children learn about singing and reading music, are held each Saturday from 1:00-1:45 pm. The choir is open to boys and girls, ages seven and above, who can match a pitch and who are willing to make a weekly commitment. Please call Scott Turkington for more information, 324-1553, ext. 18 or STurkington@optonline.net.
Calling all Singers! . . . The 10:00 AM Family Mass Adult choir is in need of singers, starting on Sunday, October 4th. We rehearse at 8:15 AM, on Sundays only, in the Choir Room. If you regularly attend 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.
The Noon High Mass Choir . . . will resume on Sunday, October 4th.
Christian Foundation for Children & Aging. . . This weekend, the parish welcomes Father Gerald Flater, O.M.I., who will tell us about the work of the Christian Foundation, which is a lay Catholic ministry helping children and elderly in 24 developing countries. For more information, visit online at www.cfcausa.org
Life Chain. . . The Gospel of Life Society invites you and your family to participate in Stamford’s Life Chain on Sunday, October 4th, 2009, beginning at 1:30 P.M. in front of St. John’s Church. Last year over 1,200 Life Chains were linked across America and Canada, which included scores of parishioners here at St. John’s. This is a non-confrontational witness: we simply stand along Atlantic Street in front of the church with signs encouraging greater respect for human life, and we pray. For more information, please contact Frank Carpanzano: 203-975-0074.
September is the month of the Holy Cross, the solemnity of which is celebrated on September 14th. The month is a reminder of God’s mercy: He sent His Son to pay for our sins by dying on the Cross. Please visit the Shrine of the Holy Cross at the altar of St. Joseph, where the Relic of the True Cross is permanently exposed for veneration.
Job Hunters. . . Monday, September 28 at 7:30 pm in the rectory: the topic: How to effectively work with recruiters. We’ll discuss recruiter etiquette. Melanie Szlucha’s company Red Inc, helps jobseekers y writing resumes and providing job interview coaching. For more information, see:
http://www.redinc.biz. There is no charge for these sessions in the rectory.
St. Cecilia School. . . Is hosting an Open House on Saturday, October 3, 2009 from 10AM until noon. Please come to learn more about this Christ-centered school of academic excellence for children PK4 to grade 5. RSVP to 322-6505.
Mass Intentions+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, September 19
4:00 +Robert & Travis Hill req. Family
Sunday, September 20
7:30 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
10:00 +Richard Wargo Birthday Remembrance req. Family
12:00 Special Interntion Michael Muwanguzi & Peter Mangeni req. Scholastica & Andrew
6:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Monday, September 21
8:00 Special Intention Kathia Bailey req. Pugliese Family
12:10 +Simone Parisi req. Wife – Rose Parisi
Tuesday, September 22
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
12:10 +Mrs. Beatrice Touhey req. Ann Touhey
Wednesday, September 23
8:00 In Honor of Padre Pio req. Marion Morris & Family
12:10 +Karl Gandt req. Priests of the Parish
Thursday, September 24
8:00 +Margaret Curtis req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Theron & Lena Carr req. Marie Carr
Friday, September 25
8:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Fr. Michael Delia & Fr. Robert Pohley req. Bosilevas Family
Saturday, September 26
8:00 +Dan McCarthy req. Hannah & Mel Young
12:10 +Josephine D’Amico req. her son Frank
Eucharistic Adoration: Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.
Holy Name Society … For all men of the parish: In the rectory every Friday morning
for coffee, Eucharistic adoration benediction & prayer,: 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
Parish Ladies’ Group. . . The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Society will resume weekly Saturday meetings on October 3rd. . We meet in the Rectory, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and conversation, move into prayer, adoration and a spiritual conference, and conclude by 11:00a.m. All ladies of the parish are welcome. Just walk in!
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. At our next meeting on September 27, we will have an Altar Boy picnic in conjunction with Dominic Savio Society. for 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
The Stamford advocate:
140 YEARS AGO, or so: September 25, 1868: FUNERAL OF FATHER O’NEIL. “The funeral of Father O’Neil took place on Tuesday, at the Roman Catholic chapel, and was attended by a very large concourse of his late parishioners and friends. The funeral services, which were very impressive, were conducted by the Rt. Rev. F. P. McFarland, of Hartford, assisted by a large number of Catholic clergymen from different parishes of the State and elsewhere. The temperance society attended the funeral in full regalia. Father O’Neil has been in charge of the Roman Catholic congregation in Stamford for ten years previous to his death”
The Connecticut catholic:
125 years ago, or so:September 27, 1884: “The steps at the entrance to our church are completed, and no finer piece of work can be seen in the state. Each step is one entire piece of granite. Taken altogether the work is not only beautiful but durable. ”
The Stamford advocate:
100 years ago, or so:September 24, 1909: “The bazaar of St. John’s R.C. Church, which has been in progress since Sept. 15 in the school hall, came to a close last night. The entertainment was one of the best that was heard, the chief feature being piano selections by Miss Eileen Walsh, a talented and accomplished player. There was also a sketch in which school boys took part. The attendance during the bazaar has been very good and it has been, on the whole, a successful undertaking.”
The new york times:
50 years ago, or so:September 25, 1966: “The first construction in a controversial $88 million downtown renewal project in Stamford, Conn., will begin early next year with the building of three 17 story oval-shaped apartment towers as low-rent units. Scheduled to be completed in 18 months, the towers project is being sponsored by St. John’s Roman Catholic Church and the Diocese of Bridgeport.”
One More Time… -Fr Terry Walsh
Has your mind ever drifted during the course of the Liturgy? Sometimes, when we do familiar things, we can fall into “autopilot” mode; indeed, it can become so routine that we might find it difficult to sort of snap out of it. For instance, have you ever found yourself standing for the Gospel and realizing you have absolutely no idea what the first 2 readings were? It would be rather embarrassing if your neighbor knew, you might think, but then, they have no idea that you drifted off to contemplate any number of other things that had been occupying your mind. But then the more important realization comes to mind: God was watching.
There is a common name for these pesky distractions – it’s called the Battle of Prayer. It takes a bit of effort to prepare for the Liturgy in our hearts and minds. And then, there’s another challenge we face. It’s the repetition of prayers. We always begin “In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” and “The Lord be with you” and “Let us call to mind our sins” and so forth…In other words, you know what the priest is going to say before he utters the first syllable. Drift, drift, drift…the Gloria, the Creed, the Our Father…we know them by heart, we’ve said them 100’s, perhaps 1000’s of times. Some might prefer to have different prayers for ‘variety sake’. And yet, upon more thoughtful reflection, we arrive at a clearer understanding of the Church’s wisdom in offering the same prayers each week in the liturgy of the Mass. The prayers are “perfect” and what is perfect can not be improved upon. No, the “change” that’s needed is to be found in our individual hearts. Each time we pray the Gloria, for instance, the Wonder of God’s incomprehensible Majesty that’s been revealed to us should effect our vision of the world and call to mind the utterly amazing gift of discipleship. If we find ourselves yawning in those moments when the “same ol Gloria” is recited, or better yet, sung, then that prayer has not scratched the surface of our heart; we haven’t contemplated it’s true meaning. And what about the Creed? It is the very anthem of our faith. So many of our brothers and sisters have been slaughtered as martyrs defending it. It encapsulates the heart of our faith in the Holy Trinity, the community of Persons that created us, sustains us, and calls us to share in their Divine love in a peace and joy that St Paul says is so great that the human mind can not even begin to conceive it. We pray the Creed after hearing the Word of God and before receiving the Holy Eucharist, affirming God’s love for us. Each time we pray the Creed with faith and devotion, we move closer to God. And, having prayed it well, we open ourselves up to a greater measure of grace when we receive our Lord’s Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. Moreover, those graces will have a greater effect in our souls. Quite naturally, we’ll have a greater influence on those around us since we will be operating with an increased measure of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, forming us into more perfect images of Christ – but only if we cooperate. When we’re attentive to the meaning of the prayers we say at Mass week in and week out we enable their meaning to truly transform the deeper regions of our hearts. We will experience His peace and consolation in our spiritual life and be more faithfully resolved to live out our Baptismal promises. Recall the words of the prophet Micah: “You have been told, O man, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do the right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.” What could be better than humble attentiveness in prayer as we walk with God in our hearts each day – particularly the highest form the Church’s prayer—the Holy Mass?