For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday November 8, 2009

Pastor’s Corner. . . During the better part of my eleven years at Saint John’s, parishioners have repeatedly asked the question, when will the church interior be repainted. They’ve also repeatedly asked why the rectory hasn’t yet been repainted. That is another story for another time, since there is much more than the simple application of paint to that venerable residence from 1850.
The church interior, however, is a different story, because we have received some funds to begin the repainting of the interior. You may have noticed that I said SOME funds; by no means have we received all of the monies needed. Having only part of the funding, we will paint only part of the church, and discuss the remainder of the job later.
The funds come from the generosity of one of our late parishioners: Mr. William Thomson. A life-long parishioner of Saint John’s, Bill attended the parish school, served as an altar boy beginning in the 1920’s, taught religious education classes for years, was an usher for decades, a member of various parish boards and committees, and served as one of the two parish trustees [“Lay Members of the Parish Corporation”, to be more precise in my legalise] until his death. Bill had been a life-long banker, and brought his financial expertise to assist the parish during Monsignor Nagle’s tenure as pastor.
Bill loved Saint John’s. He helped me greatly continuing to serve as a trustee and financial advisor for the parish during the first half of my years at Saint John’s. His love for this parish was shown in many ways during his lifetime, and he continued that expression in his generosity in his last will. His bequest to Saint John’s will pay for the restoration of the murals and the ceiling of the sanctuary, behind the high altar.
You may remember that we rediscovered the murals last year, uncovering the central mural around the central altar window of the Crucifixion. We stopped because the cost was prohibitive to continue the work: $19,000 just to remove the layers of paint that had been covering one mural since the 1960’s. Because of Bill’s generosity, we can uncover the murals on all three sanctuary walls and the ceiling AND restore them to their original beauty.
The subject in the mural around the central window of the Crucifixion is the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to the Church in the writing of the four Gospels. Above the central window is the Holy Spirit: the image is the traditional dove, with head down and wings outstretched: it appears as if the Holy Spirit is dive-bombing the altar! Extending downward from the Holy Spirit, on each side of the arch, are rich luxuriant vines of stylized acanthus leaves—in bright orange!–with touches of gold and copper leaf. Among the leaves are four medallions with the symbols of the Evangelists: on the top right side is the Eagle of Saint John, below which is the Ox of Saint Luke; on the top left side is the Angel of Saint Matthew, and below, the Lion of Saint Mark. We’ll have to wait to see what’s on the other two walls.
Painted during the 1920’s, by Mr. Thomas Magee and commissioned by the pastor, Father James O’Brien, these murals are real pieces of Catholic folk art: maybe not the quality of Michelangelo’s works, but they are purely and thoroughly Saint John’s: Created by members of our parish, commissioned by the priests of the parish and paid for by them and by the parishioners, these murals are a beautiful part of our parish heritage: they were created for the glory of God, as a gift of the people and parish priests for future generations as a sign of their love and gratitude to Our Lord. I think we should preserve them. The work will begin next week, and will be completed by Christmas. Say a prayer for Bill, in gratitude. God bless you.—-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!

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.

Religious Education: . . .Please call Fr. Walsh, our Director of Religious education, for further information about the program. 203-324-1553, ext 14. Classes meet each Sunday morning, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

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 December 1st.

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: Wreath’s, gifts, food, ornaments and more: Mark your calendar and come join us.

Christmas Fair . . . Calling all our Super Bakers – If you are interested in joining The Saint John’s Christmas 2009 Bakers Guild and bake your special treats for the fair’s bake sale, pls. contact Tracy Banahan at 203-834-0284 or send her an email  at southold6@optonline.net.

Sunday November 1, 2009 $ 15,401.39
Sunday November 2, 2008 $ 13,476.12
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

November 15th Sunday Readings: Dn 12:1-3; Heb 10:11-14, 18; Mk 13:24-32.

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 260 (2) 216. 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 Intret oration mea (Let my prayer enter into your presence; incline your ear to my supplication, O Lord. O Lord, God of my salvation, day and night have I cried before you. [Ps. 88:3,2]); Alleluia Qui posuit (He has established peace in your boundaries, and he fills you with the finest wheat. [Ps. 148:3]); Offertory Gressus meos (Guide my footsteps, O Lord, according to your word, so that no iniquity may ever gain the upper hand, O Lord. [Ps. 119:133]); Communion Dominus regit me (The Lord is my shepherd and I shall want nothing; he has set me in a land of abundant pastures; he has led me to life-renewing waters. [Ps. 23:1,2]).
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]).

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.

Mass Cancellation. . . Just a head’s up: Sunday, November 22nd there will be NO 12 NOON MASS, because the UBS Parade Spectacular will be held beginning at noon, passing directly in front of the church. Parishioners who would like to see the parade are welcome to sit on the church steps and on the rectory porch: just get there early!! Coffee, hot cocoa and croissants will be served to parishioners following the 10 am Mass in preparation for the parade.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, November 7
4:00 +Members of DeRosa, Kronk, Capobianco Families & Edwin Clark req. John & Joan Kronk
Sunday, November 8
7:30 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
10:00 All Souls in Purgatory req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:00 All Souls in Purgatory req. Lilian & Alvina Ramos
6:00 +Douglas Myers req. Yolanda Roman
Monday, November 9
8:00 Special Intention Maria & Antonio Marchetti req. Badetti family
12:10 Happy Birthday Ava Reah Cala req. Parents
Tuesday, November 10
8:00 In Honor of Saint Joseph req. Anthony D’Ariano
12:10 +Raffaela Annetta req. Caterina Megale
Wednesday, November 11
8:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Sadie Gerardi req. Hackie Preti
Thursday, November 12
8:00 +William A. Gannon Sr. & William A. Gannon Jr. req. Sharon Gannon
12:10 +John Maloney req. wife Mary
Friday, November 13
8:00 In Celebration of our 14th Wedding Anniversary req. Nicholas & Theresa Troilo
12:10 Special Intention Maria Mossa req. Josephine Languedoc
Saturday, November 14
8:00 +Hope & Joseph McAleer req. Family
12:10 +Giuseppe & Antonia Siciliano req. Pugliese family

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 – 8:00a.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 -10:30a.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.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. Questions, please contact Rosa Marchetti at 348-0232.

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 7:30pm.

St. John’s in The Advocate . . .
140 years ago, or so:November 4, 1871: THIRD ANNUAL FAIR. “The ladies of St. John’s Catholic church take pleasure in announcing that their third annual Fair for the benefit of their new church, will be held in Seely’s Hall commencing on Wednesday, Nov. 15th. No pains will be spared to make the occasion one of enjoyment and pleasure for all who may see fit to visit the fair, and a cordial invitation is extended to all. Good prizes will be offered, the drawing for which will be fairly and honestly executed. As the object of the fair is one which must commend itself to our citizens, we solicit from all that generous assistance which has bee accorded us in past years, and we assure all that besides the satisfaction of having assisted in a worthy undertaking, they will have an opportunity of spending an evening in pleasant and harmless diversion.”

125 years ago, or so:
November 9, 1883: “The large stain-glass windows for the new Catholic church have been handsomely provided for by the self-sacrifice and liberality of the various temperance and benevolent associations connected with the parish. The front window will be supplied by St. John’s Benevolent society. The north window by St. John’s Temperance and Benevolent society, and the south window by St. Patrick’s Total Abstinence and Benevolent society. These gifts will aggregate in value about $1,500. The clerestory windows will also be put in shortly, and the general interior work continued through the winter.”

50 years ago, or so:November 10, 1959: Memorial Service To Begin Events Of Veterans’ Day. “Stamford will honor Veterans’ Day Wednesday with a memorial service in Central Park, at 10 a.m., a parade through Summer, River, Main and Elm streets starting at 3 p.m., and a dinner-dance at the Genevese Steak House, Shippan Ave., at 7 p.m. The Rev. Vincent P. Cleary, assistant pastor of St. John’s Church, will pronounce the benediction at the memorial service. Thomas A. Ryan will be officer of the day.”

Light in the Midst of Darkness
-Fr. Terry Walsh
Each November, as the daylight hours begin to diminish, the Church’s Liturgical year also begins to draw to a close. The darker days remind us of our own mortality and cause us to reflect on just how well we are using the time our Lord has so graciously given each of us. As we approach the Church New Year, the 1st Sunday of Advent, (November 29th) it is a good time to reflect on the state of our Spiritual Journey and have a bit of time to consider some possible resolutions. Has there been progress over these past 12 months in the areas of prayer, of greater understanding of the faith, and of a deeper, fully appreciation of the blessings and challenges that are meant to draw us closer to God? What “New Year’s Resolutions” might be considered to make greater progress beginning this Advent? Perhaps consider the foundation stones in your prayer life. Are you opening your Bible at home each day – even for just a few minutes – and allowing God to speak to you. The daily Rosary is another powerful devotion to solidify the foundation of daily prayer, even if you begin that devotion with one simple Mystery each day (there are 20 Mysteries and normally we would pray 5 each day). What a wonderful foundation of prayer: Scripture and Rosary. Then, when talking with God about all the circumstances and details of your daily life, you will know the One you are in conversation much much better. And the graces He wants to pour into your heart will be more abundant and at the same time more efficacious simply because your prayer life will have opened your heart to receive Him and so more faithfully walk in His Light.
As these November days grow darker, our hearts should continue to grow in the Light. Consider the Supernatural Virtue of Hope. It was infused in our souls at Baptism – a hope that has grown more resilient through the graces received through faithfully living out the dignity of our respective Christian vocations with an ever deepening desire to dwell in the Light of Christ as the Saints in Heaven already enjoy. Our hope is buoyed by the confidence that we are in fact called to share in that Light and that those who have gone before us are actually interceding for us – praying for us – today. Likewise, we who continue to “fight the good fight” in the Church on earth should be mindful of those who are on their way to Heaven but look for our prayerful support to speed their journey through Purgatory. We are all part of One Body, Jesus Christ, and our prayers for the dead have true efficacy. We must pray for each other. Purgatory is a great gift. The greatest attribute of God is His Mercy! Purgatory is a shining example of that Mercy. It is a state of purification so that a soul may be made worthy to enter the perfect holiness of Eternal Beatitude – the Brilliant, Radiant Light of Christ. Only Holy souls may enter there and those that do are assured of going to Heaven.
In addition to helping the holy souls who are in Purgatory through prayer, almsgiving, indulgences, and various works of penance, we may also gain the treasures of Indulgences for ourselves in such abundance that upon our own death, we may be taken straight up to Heaven. Our Lord is infinitely generous. These dim days of November do not darken our hearts when we reflect on the love and mercy of our generous Redeemer. As we are filled with the Light of Christ, we will grow in understanding of our Christian Dignity and the Life of Holiness each of us is called to live. We will draw closer to Him through the grace of the Sacraments and He will offer us many opportunities to demonstrate our love for Him as we pray for one another, beginning with those who have gone before us.