For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday November 1, 2009
Pastor’s Corner. . The Solemnity of All Saints on November 1st and Memorial of All Souls Day on November 2nd call to mind an aspect about the reality of the Church of which many people are unaware: The Catholic Church isn’t merely an institution; it is the living Body of Christ that reaches beyond the here and now: Christ is the Head, we—both the baptized living and the dead—are the members, through which Our Lord works to save everyone. All Saints Day recalls the innumerable men, women, and children who led lives of heroic virtue and great holiness. They pray for us to Our Lord; they continue to be members of the Church, and continue to practice charity from heaven in our regard.
All Souls Day on November 2nd calls to mind those innumerable men, women, and children who have died, but whose lives were less than perfectly holy. They, hopefully, are in Purgatory, being purged of the effects of their sins. We remember them in a particular way, as our act of charity, praying for them, who continue to be members of the Church. Not everyone is in Heaven; not everyone is in Purgatory. The popular fallacy is that everyone goes to Heaven. Not so, at least not according to Our Lord’s revelation in Scripture and the Church’s consistent teachings. If we live without Christ in this life, or if we live contrary to Christ, then why should we want or expect to be with Him forever in the next life?
While our society revels in horror stories about the dead during Halloween, the Church turns our attention to the reality of life and death, and beauty of God’s mercy and love for us.
This week we recall those Saints who loved Christ so much that they formed their daily lives around Him, and those others who desired to live perfect lives, but who were less than perfect because of human weakness. These are days of great hope, because God’s mercy is stronger than our sins; stronger than the power of Satan and death. As a sign of that, the Church offers special graces for the Souls in Purgatory. By our simple prayers, acts of charity, and proper intention, united with the Church as the Body of Christ, we can gain a Plenary Indulgence for deceased members of our families, and it costs nothing. A Plenary Indulgence is the remission before God of the temporal punishment due for sins that had been already forgiven by Confession. Sin has a lasting effect on us, which can be cleansed only through penance. Hopefully, we can do these penances prior to our death; sometimes not. That is where the Church comes in: The Church, established by Our Lord as the minister of Redemption, authoritatively dispenses and applies to those in need the treasury of grace won by Christ and His Saints. One Indulgence can be had each day from November 1st through the 8th, and each can be applied by us to one of the faithful departed per day. All we have to do is this: 1) go to Confession at least once during that week, and receive Holy Communion on the day(s) you wish the Indulgence; 2) visit any cemetery; 3) and pray—one Hail Mary and one Our Father for the intention of the Pope; 4) if you can’t visit a cemetery, then visit any Catholic church, fulfilling the requirements 1 and 3, and also recite the Creed. This is Christ’s mercy through His Church. We are asked to have faith in the Church established by Christ and to demonstrate our faith in charity by doing these simple spiritual tasks and acts of charity. Let us be mindful of the goodness of Our Lord, pray to the Saints for their intercession, and pray for the faithful departed that they might one day see the God who loves us.
On Saint Joseph’s side chapel you will find the parish’s relics of the Saints displayed. Together, with the other Saints, Our Lady and Our Lord, they are part of the Church, all praying for us, while we pray for the dead: all working for the salvation of all. Happy feast days! —Mons. Stephen DiGiovanni
Please pray for the sick…Joseph Lasko, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, David Lloyd, John Castellano, Janet Rodgers, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans, Margaret Romaine.
Please pray for those who have recently died…Joseph Logsdail, Peggy Pikul, Monsignor John Horgan Kung, Theodore Pikul, Rosemary Hynes Finn, George T. Murphy, William Morris, 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.
Legion of Mary ….meets in the Rectory on Wednesday Evenings at 7:30.
St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory. On Oct. 28th we’ll begin reading the Advent and Christmas homilies of the Great Church Fathers. Join us. Ho, ho, ho!
St. Anne Society: . . . Meets Sunday, November 1st, All Saints Day. Adoration 5 to 5:30 followed by Pizza and Pasta in the Hall and a talk offered by Dr. Joan Kelly “On the Saints”. All are welcome!
The Latin Reading Group. . . Is translating Egeria’s Diaries, a fourth century pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We meet 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, unless they have some minimal working knowledge of Biblical Greek.
Bible Study:. . .Thursdays, 7:30 pm in the rectory: PLEASE NOTE NO CLASS ON NOVEMBER 5th
Religious Education: . . .Please call Fr. Walsh, our Director of Religious education, for further information about the program. 203-324-1553, ext 14.
Convert classes. . .Meet Tuesday evenings 7:30PM—8:30PM in the rectory, October 2009 – May 2010.
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 November 3rd.
Low Gluten Holy Communion. . . Any parishioner unable to receive Holy Communion because of an intolerance of high gluten content communion wafers, please speak with one of the priests. We now have low gluten hosts so you may receive Holy Communion without any fear of allergic reactions.
Sign of Peace. . . Due to the Swine Flu, H1N1 virus, we will discontinue this practice at all Masses.
Saint John’s Christmas Fair. . .The weekend of December 5th and 6th: gifts, food, ornaments and more: Mark your calendar and come join us.
Saint Augustine Medal. . . Each year Bishop Lori bestows this special award to men and women from around the diocese as a sign of his appreciation for their hard work for their individual parishes. I am delighted to announce that this year’s recipient from Saint John’s is Mrs. Marion Morris. For nearly 10 years, Marion has labored thousands of hours to keep our church and sanctuary spotless, beautiful and splendidly decorated with magnificent floral displays and arrangements. In the name of the parish, I wish to thank her for her love of Saint John’s. —Mons. DiGiovanni
Ancient Order of Hibernians. . . Will host a Mass to commemorate deceased members on Sunday, November 1st a 4 pm in the Hibernain Hall at Greyrock Place. All are welcome.
Sunday October 25, 2009 $ 11,343.08
Sunday October 26, 2008 $ 10,238.66 “I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
November 8th Sunday Readings: 1 Kgs 17:10-16; Heb 9:24-28; Mk 12:38-44 or 12:41-44.
Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 166 (2) 169. The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.
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). 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! 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.
Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass . . . Mass Ordinary: Missa ‘Simile est regnum cælorum’ – Tomás Luis de Victoria, 1548-1611.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Gaudeamus omnes in Domino (Let us all rejoice in the Lord as we celebrate this feast day in honour of all thesaints; it is a solemnity which causes the Angels to rejoice, and to praise together the Son of God. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous; praising befits those who are upright. [Ps. 33]); Alleluia Venite ad me (Come unto me, all you who labour and are heavily burdened, and I will comfort you. [Matthew 11:28]); Offertory Iustorum anime (The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God, and no malicious torment will ever touch them; in the eyes of the unwise, they seem to have died; but they are dwelling in peace, alleluia. [Wisdom 3:1,2,3]); Communion Beati mundo corde (Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God; blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God; blessed are those who suffer persecution for the sake of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [Matthew 5:8,9,10]).
Offertory Motet: O Thou, the Central Orb – Sir Charles Wood, 1866-1926 (O Thou, the central orb of righteous love, Pure beam of the most High, eternal Light Of this our wintry world, Thy radiance bright Awakes new joy in faith, hope soars above. Come, quickly come, and let thy glory shine, Gilding our darksome heaven with rays Divine. Thy saints with holy lustre round Thee move, As stars about thy throne, set in the height Of God’s ordaining counsel, as Thy sight Gives measured grace to each, Thy power to prove. Let Thy bright beams disperse the gloom of sin, Our nature all shall feel eternal day In fellowship with thee, transforming day To souls erewhile unclean, now pure within. Amen. [Henry Ramsden Bramley]).
Communion Motet: O quam gloriosum – Victoria (O how glorious is the kingdom in which all the saints rejoice with Christ! Clad in robes of white, they follow the Lamb wherever he goes. [Antiphon at Vespers of All Saints’ Day]).
Take a Look Tuesday at Holy Spirit School. . .Applications are now being accepted at Holy Spirit School for the 2009/10 academic year as well as the 2010/11 school year. We encourage you to visit their 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 November 10th from 9:30am-11:30am. For directions and more information, please contact Mrs. Patricia Torchen, Principal at 203-329-1623, www.holyspiritschool.info.
Thank you. . . The Morris Family wishes to thank everyone for all the expressions of sympathy received on the occasion of the death of William. God bless you all. The best gift one could give is a Mass for the repose of William’s soul.
Mass Intentions+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, October 31
4:00 +Memorial remembrance of Vincent J. Freccia, Jr. req. wife Dolores
Sunday, November 1
7:30 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry Galbert
10:00 +Charles & Florence DeSilva req. Daughter
12:00 +Jorge Luis Perez req. Fernando Perez
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, November 2
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 Souls in Purgatory
Tuesday, November 3
8:00 +Reddy & Alice MacDonald & family req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Julia Rusinak req. Mary Churley
Wednesday, November 4
8:00 +Members of Do Family req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Josephine Languedoc
Thursday, November 5
8:00 +Members of Nguyen Family re. Thang Nguyen
12:10 +Vince Tummarello req. Anthony & Carolyn Conte
Friday, November 6
8:00 +Margaret Timon req. Thomas A. Timon
12:10 +Patrick & Vera Dandry req. John & Laura Pascale
Saturday, November 7
8:00 +Theodora Soon Kim req. Joseph & Mary Kim
12:10 For the 911 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. All men of the parish are welcome. Just walk in!
Parish Ladies’ Group. . . The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Society meets each Saturday in the Rectory, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and conversation, move into prayer, adoration and a spiritual conference, and concludes by 11:00 a.m. All ladies of the parish are welcome. Just walk in.
Religious Education: Mass attendance is, of course, required of all our students and it is hoped that all parents will attend Sunday Mass with their children.
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, contact Ferry Galbert 324-1553 ext. 22. NEXT MEETING IS NOVEMBER 1st at 1:15 in the Rectory
St. Maria Goretti Society…For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. Questions, please contact Rosa Marchetti at 348-0232. NEXT MEETING IS NOVEMBER 1st at 1:15 in the Rectory
The Legion of Mary…has begun here at St. John’s. All are welcome. Please call Fr. Walsh, ext.14., if interested. We will meet on Wednesday Evenings at 7:30.
St. John’s in The Advocate . . .
100 years ago, or so:
- November 4, 1907:
WELCOME TO FATHER KEENA. Former Curate Points Out the Evils of Strong Drink and the Value of Abstinence—Work Here Remembered, and He Received Warm Greeting. “St. John’s R. C. Church was crowded to the doors last night, when Rev. Thomas J. Keena of Bristol preached on temperance under the auspices of St. Joseph’s T.A.B. Society. While there is never any applause given in a Catholic Church, there are other ways in which a congregation can show its sympathy with a preacher, and these were quite in evidence, last night. It is just 10 years since Father Keena left Stamford, after a service of 11 years as a curate, which was marked by splendid work among the poor. In the ten years that have passed, this has not been forgotten, and, last night, at the conclusion of the service, nearly every one in the church went forward and shook hands with their old curate.”
75 years ago, or so:
- November 3, 1936:
Children of Mary Hear Advantages of Catholic Library. “The Children of Mary Sodality of St. John’s Church held its monthly meeting Sunday afternoon, Marion McRedmond presided. Rev. N. P. Coleman spoke to the girls and introduced Rev. Edward Rosenberger of St. Mary’s parish, who gave an instructive and interesting talk on the advantages of the Catholic Library in Stamford. The library, situated in the K. of C. Building, Elm St., is open to all, and has a wide choice of books. Father Rosenberger stressed the point of reading for the purpose of recreation, inspiration, and information.”
50 years ago, or so:
- November 5, 1963:
Catholic Scouts Attend Retreat. “Twenty-seven Boy Scouts of the Catholic faith from the Alfred W. Dater Council B.S.A. attended a pilgrimage at Manresa Retreat House, Ridgefield, Sunday. The pilgrimage is a requirement to be fulfilled by Scouts working on the third and final step of the Ad Altare Dei Religious Award. The program was under the direction of the Rev. George V. McCabe, S.J., superior of Manresa Retreat House and the Rev. Thomas P. Fay, S.J., retreat master. The group assembled in the chapel for the prayers lead by Scout Daniel Moriarty, Troop 22, St. John’s Church. Scouts in attendance were: Daniel Shaub, James Otis, Daniel Moriarty, Patrick Moriarty, Robert Gaynor, Thomas Lynam and William Boffa, all of Troop 22, St. John’s.”
The Communion of Saints… -Fr. Terry Walsh
Baptism incorporates each of us into the Mystical Body of Christ. At that sacred moment we enter into eternal life and begin our Life IN Christ here on earth. Now, provided we listen to Him and allow His voice to penetrate our hearts and minds and order our actions accordingly, we forever abide in His love – first on earth and then, one day, in Heaven. And what does it mean to abide IN Him as we walk on this earth? Well, Jesus is very clear in the Gospels. He tells us that the whole law and the prophets are summed up in this: That you love God above all else and that you love your neighbor as yourself. Of course there are trials involved, how else could we pick up our Cross and follow Him? After all, Jesus is Lord; we are mere creatures. He reminds us: “They persecuted Me, they will persecute you too”(John 15). At the same time, He tells us, “Be not afraid, I go before you.” He assures us that He will help us to carry the Cross. At times, He will take the Cross from us. He simply wants to help us to become holy – like He is holy. The Saints understood this and relied on Him to help them become who Jesus had created them to become – images of Himself – images of love. Think of your favorite Saint. What were the qualities of the Saint’s life that resonate in your heart? And when did you first realize that you, too, were called to be a Saint? Each member of the Body of Christ is called to gaze upon God in Heaven in a joy-filled, active life that grows ever deeper in the knowledge and love of God and in fellowship with all the Saints and Angels. But that life IN God actually begins right here on earth. Jesus tells us: “The Kingdom of Heaven is within.” In John’s Gospel we read: “…whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life”(John 4:14). God dwells IN us and remains IN us, provided we don’t push Him away through sin. Again, Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you”(John 14:15).
In his various Letters in the New Testament, Saint Paul calls the faithful followers of Christ on earth, saints. Indeed, the Church is One Body, that is, The Mystical Body of Christ, and yet, it is, in this present time, composed of three parts: The Church Triumphant (the Saints in Heaven who have triumphed over sin), the Church Suffering, that is, all those members of the Body of Christ who have died free of mortal sin and yet are undergoing purification in Purgatory due to the effects of sin, that is, ‘temporal punishment’ (all of these eventually go to Heaven), and finally, the Church on Earth, also known as the Church Militant – all of us who continue to battle against sin and temptation – with the graces won for us by Jesus Christ. We are called to be Saints.
All three “parts” of the Church are actively engaged in the heart of Jesus Christ – all three make up the Body. All three are Mystically present at every Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, offering thanks and praise to God and adoring Him. We are all mystically connected as members of the same family. Those who have gone before us are now interceding on our behalf – praying that we too will hear the Voice of the redeemer and humbly allow His life-giving Word to penetrate our sometimes stoney hearts so that we may respond to the graces—the Living Water—that he offers us each day and so come to join them in Heaven.
Today is All Saints Day – that Holy Day when we honor the love and fidelity of those who ‘fought the good fight’ throughout their lives and now gaze upon Beauty, Truth, and Holiness Himself in an active fellowship beyond our limited ability to comprehend. We are called to that life – if we choose Him in this life…