For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday September 27, 2009
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Pastor’s Corner. . . The final window in the sanctuary, on the right, is that of the Resurrection of Our Lord from the dead. The Resurrection of Our Lord is God’s historical triumph over sin and the power of Satan over us, which is death. As Saint Paul wrote, “If Christ is not raised from the dead, then we are the most pitiable of people, since our faith is in vain.” From the beginning, God promised salvation from the effects of Adam’s disobedience [Gen 3:15]. That salvation came by His Eternal Son becoming a man, offering Himself in the flesh on the Cross in payment for mankind’s sins, and truly rising in the flesh, defeating death.
The window, like the other two, is divided into three sections with a rose window above. Jesus is the central figure: crowned with a gold and red halo, clothed in rich robes, he steps up out of his tomb, his right foot resting on its ledge; his right hand raised in blessing, and his left hand bearing the cross with the banner of the Resurrection. His face is damaged, probably decades ago by the same over-diligent janitor who damaged Saint John’s face, trying to clean it with steel wool. The Resurrected Lord is surrounded by a mandorla of golden light rays; you can see them above his head, and extending beyond the wooden frames on the sides of the central section of the window. Below him are four guards, hastily awakened from their sleep, as the Gospels recount. Two stand on the sides; two kneel; all are thunderstruck at the unexpected appearance of this “dead” man, whose tomb they were guarding, emerges in Godlike splendor! The soldiers are heavily armored and armed with swords and spears. Above the terrified guards are two serene angels: the one on the left, with a smug smile, looks down at the guards and points upward; the one on the left, very self-assured, holds back the grave stone from Our Lord’s tomb as He steps out. The sky behind the scene is dark blue, with a few clouds that are lightening as the sun rises on the first Easter morning. Each panel is framed by whimsical Flamboyant Gothic arches, crockets and floral garlands, in the form of acanthus leaves and stylized Narcissus blossoms: in Greek mythology, Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection in pond water, and drowned while trying to embrace it. Here, the flower is a symbol of self-less Divine Love for humanity, and God’s triumph for us over death.
At the top of the window is a small six-sided rose window, matching those of the other two sanctuary windows. This is of another angel: dressed in red, the color of the Passion of Our Lord, standing against a sky blue background. The angel holds a crown, a sign of Christ’s triumph over death in His bodily resurrection. Again, a reference to Saint Paul [2 Tim, 4:8], that the Resurrection of our bodies will be the crown won by those who follow Christ perfectly in this life. That is why, for instance, the Blessed Mother and the Infant Jesus on the side altar of the Blessed Mother, are both crowned: Jesus is triumphant over death, and Mary, His first and closest disciple, has won that same crown of salvation, body and soul, after her perfectly virtuous life. Mary’s Assumption, body & soul, is Her share in Christ’s resurrection.
The three sanctuary windows, each created and put in place in time for the dedication of the church on May 30, 1886, bear the names of the three pastors responsible for the present day church of Saint John: Fr. John Fagan, who purchased the property; Fr. Michael Tierney, who completed the lower church, today’s Monsignor Nagle Hall; and Fr. William Rogers, who completed the present church, and later commissioned the present St. John’s Church in Darien.
Each of these windows plays a part in teaching the faithful the essentials of our Catholic Faith: and each tenet of that Faith has to do with God’s personal work among us, which included both saints and sinners, and which leads us, not simply to know or believe in God, but to love Him through His Son, Jesus. —Mons. DiGiovanni
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Please pray for those who have recently died… Jesus Cala, Liliane Joelle Tsemo, 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
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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.
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Parish Picnic. . . What a great picnic the parish had last Sunday!! Lots of delicious food and great fun. I want to thank those who really worked hard to make our picnic a success: Frank Carpanzano, Judy and Phil DeFelice, Salvatore Demott, Jeff Russo, Gene D’Agostino, Joe Maker, and all who brought side dishes, and donated ice and goods. Thanks!!!!! Mons. SMD
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.
BIBLE STUDY: THURSDAY’S 7:30 IN THE RECTORY: This year “The Gospel of Matthew.
Religious Education: The First Class will be SEPTEMBER 27, 2009, 8:30AM.
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)
COFFEE HOUR…After the 10:00 a.m. Mass. All are welcome.
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 20, 2009 $ 10,518.51
Sunday September 21, 2008 $ 11,242.85
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
October 4th Sunday Readings: Gn 2:18-24; Heb 2:9-11; Mk 10:2-16 or 10:2-12
Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 201 (2) 92. 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.
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 by 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.
Holy Spirit School. . . We encourage you to visit our school during “Take a Look Tuesdays” where you can have the opportunity to visit the classrooms and see teachers and students interacting during regular classes. Our next “Take a Look Tuesday” is October 6th from 9:30am-11:30AM. For more information, contact Mrs. Patricia Torchen, Principal at 203-329-1623, www.holyspiritschool.info.
Mass Intentions+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, September 26
4:00 +John & Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Young
Sunday, September 27
7:30 +Sister Mary Rose Gallagher, SSJ req. Marie Carr
10:00 Special Intention req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:00 Barbara Schuerger Birthday req. Lilian & Alvina Ramos
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, September 28
8:00 Special Intention Tony & Linda Colon
12:10 +Fr. Ruffin req. Tom & Olga Kolenberg
Tuesday, September 29
8:00 For the 9-11 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
12:10 In Honor of the Archangels, Gabriel, Raphael, Michael req. Michelle Paul
Wednesday, September 30
8:00 In Thanksgiving to God req. Fabiola C.
12:10 +Steve Peltier req. Frank & Beth Carpanzano
Thursday, October 1
8:00 +Margaret M. Timon req. Thomas A. Timon
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Jean-Guillaume Family
Friday, October 2
8:00 71st Religious Anniversary for Sister Ellen Mary CSJ req. Marie Carr
12:10 Special Intention Ferry Galbert & Family
Saturday, October 3
8:00 Special intention in Thanksgiving
12:10 For the 9-11 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: 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 . .NEWSThe Connecticut catholic:
125 years ago, or so:
October 4, 1884: “A circular from our bishop was read and explained at all the Masses Sunday, in accordance with the encyclical letter of Pope Leo XIII. The Rosary will be said every morning during the month of October, after 7 o’clock Mass and on Sundays before Vespers, followed by Benediction. Confessions will be heard every morning before and after Mass, and on Friday and Saturday afternoons and evenings, so as to give an opportunity to all to gain the indulgences granted. ”
The Stamford advocate:
100 years ago, or so:October 4, 1909: “Some very beautiful prizes have been donated to the Alumni Association of St. John’s parochial school, for the euchre to be given in the Assembly hall next Friday evening. The prizes will be placed on exhibition this week.”
The Stamford advocate:
75 years ago, or so:September 27, 1932: EAGLE SCOUT RANK IS CONFERRED ON THREE. “At the September Court of Honor of the Stamford Council, Boy Scouts of America, last evening at Scout Headquarters, John P. Forbes of Troop 16, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, and Robert Herrgen and Donald Reyen, Troop 22, St. John’s R.C. Church, qualified for advancement to Eagle Scout Rank.”
The Stamford advocate:
50 years ago, or so:October 3, 1960: Stamford Priest Receives Pastorate In Atlanta Diocese. “Bishop Francis E. Hyland of the Catholic diocese of Atlanta, Georgia, has announced the appointment of the Rev. Richard B. Morrow as pastor of the Church of St. Bernadette in Cedartown, Georgia, and also of the mission of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at Carrolton, Georgia. Father Morrow is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Morrow of Revonah Woods. He was ordained in 1954 by the Most Rev. Lawrence J. Shehan, D.D., Bishop of Bridgeport.”
“A New Creation”
The goal of Religious Education– Fr Terry Walsh
Welcome back to the start of a new year of Religious Education. In his Second Letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul writes: “…if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.” Our goal here at St. John’s is to lead our students into a more profound understanding of what it means to become a “New Creation” in Christ. How does it actually come about? (Baptism) How is it nurtured and sustained? (Eucharist, Confession, and all the Sacraments). What is our responsibility, our duty and obligation as New Creations in Christ and how do we grow in that relationship? (Prayer, faithfully living the Gospel, seeking the Truth, that is, seeking Christ, and staying close to Him). In keeping with the 3rd Commandment, Mass Attendance is required of all our students and their parents. The most important part of the formation of our young people is to be accomplished in the home. It’s by God’s design that Parents are the first teachers of their children in the faith – by what they say and do – by their faithful example, that is, by “living the Truth in Love” as St. Paul puts it. Parents are invited to participate in the Bible Study on Thursday Evenings here at the Rectory (7:30 pm) as well as St Monica Partistic Study (Wednesdays) and/or the Parish RCIA Program, which will meet on Tuesday nights (see Website or call office for details) in order to enhance their own understanding of our faith. The fruitful formation our students receive at home is complemented here in the parish, affording the children an opportunity to grow in their knowledge and understanding of our Faith among their peers. We provide the environment to help them in their dialogue with one another. Additionally, we offer programs that enable them to work and pray together in their common goal of discipleship such as the Maria Goretti and Dominic Savio Societies.
We are truly blessed to have such generous teachers who volunteer their time and talent to teach our young people and I would just like to thank them for their sincere devotion to this parish and especially to your children: Frank Carpanzano, Anne Marie Carpanzano and Marissa Carpenzano (K and 1st grade), Maria Marchetti (2nd grade), Marie Boursiquot (3rd grade), Sisters Luiga and Maria (3rd grade), Michelle Koetke (4th grade), Mckenzie Pendergast (5th grade), Sue Kremheller (6th grade), John Pendergast, Fr. Al Audette (7th grade – “Confirmation I”), and Suzie Trotta (8th grade – Confirmation II). Jeanene McMurtry, Joe Maker, and Lisa Kotasek help as substitute teachers and in virtually any other way they can. We are likewise blessed to have several volunteers from the Maria Goretti Society who assist our teachers: Kateri Duffey, Marielle Martiney, Marialyse Martiney, Maureen Boursiqout, and Carmen Morales. Mr. Scott Turkington and his assistant, Janet Gill Gentry, spend countless hours teaching Music appreciation and the significance of Music in Liturgy. They offer important insights into the Mass and help the children grow in their appreciation for Music as prayer. Please feel free to speak with our teachers concerning any questions or comments you might have concerning our program. You may also call me directly at 324 1553 ext. 14. We have made a few changes to our program this year. We will incorporate Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament into our schedule for all students. That particular class period will include an instruction on the Vestments worn by the Priest (or Deacon) as well as an explanation of the Vessels used. Our prayer of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will include Exposition, Adoration, and Benediction, along with the appropriate hymns which the students will learn this year. Parents are most welcome to join their children for this class which will take place at scheduled times for each class in the Church. On separate occasions we will include a “Tour of the Church” directed by Msgr DiGiovanni that will enable our students to have a greater appreciation for the structure and meaning of our place of worship.
Finally, there will be a special night at the end of the year. The St. Anne Society will host the 2nd Annual (new and improved) “Celebration of the Sacraments” which will include a Holy Hour, a Banquet, and special Awards. Please see the Parish Website for more details and ongoing updates or call the parish office for a schedule of events (also available in the Church at the entrance ways). As you know, the reception of 1st Holy Communion at St. John’s is in the 3rd grade. The celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be in the 2nd grade. Our Confirmation program has expanded to include an additional year of study. Our 8th grade students will study the Bible Timeline for Teens and Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. The year will include a day retreat at the Villa Maria Guadalupe Convent in North Stamford, home to the Sisters of Life Religious Order. I will meet with each 8th grade student and their parents in the Spring semester for a brief conference concerning their progress in our program. Details of these individual meetings will be forthcoming.