For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday November 15, 2009

Pastor’s Corner. . . On November 9th, the Church celebrated the anniversary of the dedication of the Major Basilica of Saint John Lateran, built by the Emperor Constantine, and dedicated on November 9, 324 A.D. Why does every Catholic parish in the world annually celebrate the anniversary of an ancient church 3,000 miles away in Rome? The answer is found on the church’s façade: the Basilica of Saint John Lateran is the “Mother and Head of All Churches in the Holy City [Rome] and throughout the World.” This is the cathedral for the Bishop of Rome [the pope] who is the Successor of Saint Peter, head of the Apostles. It was to Peter that Our Lord gave the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven [Matt. 16:19]. As the cathedral church of the Successor to Saint Peter, the Basilica of Saint John Lateran becomes the touchstone for all who are part of the Church established by Our Lord. To be in communion with the Successor of Saint Peter means to be fully part of that one Church founded personally by Christ. Pope Saint Leo the Great clarified this in the 5th century: “Peter was so blessed by the Fountainhead of all gifts, Jesus Himself, that since he received so much by himself, nothing passes to others except by participation in him. The Word-made-flesh [Jesus] in this way continues to dwell among us, and Christ continues to devote Himself wholly to the restoration of mankind” [Sermon #4]. Ours is the faith professed for two thousand years by the millions and millions of saints, beginning with the Twelve Apostles and the Blessed Mother. Therefore, the anniversary of the dedication of this ancient church is a celebration of the founding of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church by Christ on Peter, whose name means the Rock. Called by Christ to a unique role, Peter was sinful and weak. He had to grow into his role as the Rock upon which Our Lord built His Church [Matt. 16: 13-19]. Because of his faith and love for Our Lord, Peter was three times forgiven by Christ for Peter’s three denials on the night Jesus was betrayed [John 21:15-18] so that he and the other Apostles could hand on the truth of Christ and the grace of His Cross to all generations of believers through Christ’s Catholic Church, presided over by Peter and Peter’s Successor, the pope, the Bishop of Rome. The Catholic Church is not a closed society, but the Mystical Body of Christ, through which He invites all mankind to benefit from His Cross and revelation.
November 10th was the commemoration of one of the most important popes in the Church’s history: Pope Saint Leo the Great [pope, 440-461 A.D.]. While Leo was pope, there were those who wanted to use the church for their own political ends, such as barbarians and the eastern emperor in Constantinople; others wanted to change the Church’s faith, making Christ to be more politically correct, such as certain bishops, priests, and monks. One monk, Eutyches, popularized the notion that Jesus was not God and man, but only God who had taken on the appearance of a man. If that were so, Leo wrote in his famous Tome, then God would not have saved mankind, since everything from His birth and death to His resurrection would have been God play-acting as a man. While this is an oversimplification of his position, it is the heart of it, and, when Leo’s Tome was read out at the Council of Chalcedon (451 A.D.), the council fathers shouted their approval: “Peter speaks through Leo!” Leo’s greatness was his personal love for the real Lord—not some Jesus he’d made up in his head–and his love for Christ’s Catholic Church, which urged him, as the successor to Saint Peter, to defend the truth of Christ, to pattern his own life on Our Lord’s, and to urge others to do the same in charity.
Many today, even among the clergy, try to change the faith or moral teaching of the Church. The truth of Christ is not something we make up, nor is it something determined by the ever-changing winds of popular opinion or popular morality. Our Catholic faith and morality is, rather, revealed by God through His Church. Christ’s promise to St. Peter that “the gates of Hell will not prevail” against the Church was His assurance that the successor to Saint Peter and the bishops in communion with him teach the truth unfailingly, no matter how unpopular that truth might be. If we follow the teachings of the Successor of Saint Peter, the Holy Father, we cannot err in our lives. The two celebrations of the Dedication of St. John Lateran and of Pope Saint Leo the Great emphasize this. Let us pray in a special way for our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI who is the direct successor of Saint Peter. “Peter speaks through Benedict”, to paraphrase the fathers of the Council of Ephesus. Pray for him that he might be strengthened as he guides us how to live on earth in order to go to Heaven. –Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick…Evelyn Mahan, 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.

Monthly Collection . . . The second collection today will be the Monthly Collection for the parish. Your generosity is appreciated.

Parish Advent Retreat. . . December 11, 12 & 13th: PATRICK MADRID, world renowned author and speaker will deliver a variety of lectures on aspects of our Catholic faith and life. Check the parish website for full details and times. These lectures are without charge and open to everyone who would like to attend—parishioners and non-parishioners; Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

Basilica Inauguration. . . Mark your calendar: Bishop Lori will formally inaugurate the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist on Monday February 22nd at 7 pm with Solemn Evening Prayer and Benediction, followed by a light reception. This is the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter. All are invited.

Thanksgiving Day. . . ONLY one Mass at 10:00 am. NO 8 am or 12:10 pm. Please join us.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Group. . . Will NOT meet on Saturday Nov. 21st or 28th. We’ll resume meetings each Saturday at 9:30 am on December 5th.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory. We are 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: Call Fr. Walsh, ext. 14, for information. We meet each Sunday at 8:30 am.

Convert class. . .Meets Tuesday evenings 7:30PM—8:30PM in the rectory, Oct 2009 – May 2010.

Legion of Mary . . . Meets in the Rectory on Wednesday Evenings at 7:30.

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.

Sunday November 8, 2009 $ 13,427.03
Sunday November 9, 2008 $ 11,025.50
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

November 22nd Sunday Readings: Dn 7:13-14; Rv 1:5-8; Jn 18:33b-37.

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 222 (2) 120. The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass Mass Ordinary: Missa ‘In illo tempore’ – Claudio Monteverdi, 1567-1643.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Dixit Dominus (The Lord says: “I am pondering thoughts of peace and not of affliction; you shall call upon me, and I will hear you; and I will bring you back from all the lands where you are held captive.” O Lord, you have blessed your land; you have put an end to Jacob’s captivity. [Jer. 29:11,12,14; Ps. 84]); Alleluia De profundis (Out of the depths have I cried unto you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice. [Psalm 130:1,2]); Offertory De profundis (Out of the depths have I cried unto you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice. [Psalm 130:1,2]); Communion Amen dico vobis (Amen I say to you, what ever you ask in your prayers, believe that you shall receive it, and it shall be granted unto you. [Mark 11:24]).
Offertory Motet: Jubilate Deo omnis terra – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756-1791 (O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands: serve the Lord with gladness, and come before his presence with a song. Speak good of his Name, for the Lord is gracious. [from Ps. 100]).

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

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

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.

Calling all our Super Bakers – Join The Saint John’s Christmas 2009 Bakers Guild and bake your special treats for the fair’s bake sale, please contact Tracy Banahan at 203-834-0284 or send her an email  at

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.

Sign of Peace. . . Due to the Swine Flu, H1N1 virus, we will discontinue this practice at all Masses.

Mass Intentions+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, November 14
4:00 +For the repose of the soul of Vito Melfi, req. by the Melfi Family
Sunday, November 15
7:30 Thanksgiving to God req. Fabiola C.
10:00 +Karl Wilk req. David J. Lancaster
12:00 +Steve Kerner req. Family
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, November 16
8:00 +Edith O’Hara req. Lois Gandt
12:10 +Bridget Grey req. Son
Tuesday, November 17
8:00 +Patrick Kielty
12:10 +Mary Nemchek req. Ed Nemchek
Wednesday, November 18
8:00 +Americo F. Crescio req. Tom Kolenberg
12:10 +Camille Mascia req. her brother Frank D’Amico
Thursday, November 19
8:00 +Vita Fazio req. her brother Frank D’Amico
12:10 Mary, Nicholas, Charles, Albert & William Vislocky req. Mary Churley
Friday, November 20
8:00 +Mary Hyland Gannon req. Family
12:10 +Margit Bollyky req. Terenzio family
Saturday, November 21
8:00 Special Intention of Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. Rose & Jean Lauture
12:10 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 – 8:00a.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. Classes meet each Sunday morning at 8:30.

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 meet on Wednesday Evenings at 7:30pm in the rectory.

St. John’s in The Advocate . . .140 years ago, or so:
November 17, 1871: THE CATHOLIC FAIR.
“Judging from the display of useful and fancy articles, ranging in value from ten cents to a hundred dollars or more, and also judging from the large numbers attending the Fair on the first two days, and the enthusiasm manifested, we believe the Catholic Fair which opened in Seely’s Hall on Wednesday evening, will prove even more successful than those of previous years. The hall is tastefully decorated with flags and, on each side, the space is occupied by tables on which the various articles contributed to the fair or purchased by its managers are exhibited.”

125 years ago, or so:
November 16, 1883:
“The force of plasterers in the new Catholic church have suspended operations for the winter. About one-half of the entire plastering work has been done, the groined ceilings down to the corbels and capitals have been finished. The clerestory windows are all in, and one of the larger windows below is furnished with cathedral stained glass of an exquisite pattern. The three largest windows have been provided for as before reported, and will shortly be glazed in magnificent style.”

100 years ago, or so:
November 16, 1909: Parochial School Alumni.
“There will be an important meeting of St. John’s Parochial School Alumni Association, in the school hall, this evening. The members will be active in theatricals, and Stamford may soon have a chance to see some excellent amateur talent. The work done by the association for the school shows that it is an alumni association in deeds as well as name. A costly piano has been presented to the school, and also the nucleus for a library. Accessions are being made to the library, and ere long, St. John’s should have a first class collection of books.”

50 years ago, or so:
November 21, 1959: Nine Schools Represented In Music Festival.
“The first all-Catholic Autumn Festival of Instrumental Music will take place at St. Mary’s School auditorium, Elm St., from 2 to 4 p.m.; and from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Susan Carey and Susan Siefert of St. John’s School will play “Old English Lance” by Greenwald, accompanied by Mrs. Edward Zimkus. James Pastore, Jr., also of St. John’s, will be soloist in three numbers on the drums with recording playing background music. The concert is open to the public and tickets will be sold at the door.”

The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist
Patrick Madrid
Three Day Retreat:
December 11, 12, 13

Patrick Madrid is the publisher of Envoy magazine, a journal of contemporary Catholic thought, and he is director of the Envoy Institute of Belmont Abbey College. He is the author or editor of 14 books and booklets on Catholic themes, including Pope Fiction, Search and Rescue, Does the Bible Really Say That? and 150 Bible Verses Every Catholic Should Know. He edited and co-authored the acclaimed multi-volume Surprised by Truth series.

Friday, December 11
7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
“Search and Rescue: How You can help people come home to the Church”

Saturday, December 12
9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
“Answer me this: How to Respond to Common Questions About Catholicism.”

11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
“Is Everything up for grabs? A Catholic Critique of Moral Relativism”

2:15 to 4:00 p.m.
“Where is that in the Bible?”

7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
“Any Friend of God’s Is a Friend of Mine: Mary and the Communion of Saints”

Sunday, December 13
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
“The Case for Christ”

2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
“Pope Fiction: Answers to Myths and Misconceptions About the Papacy”

6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
“Answers to Lies Society Tells You,” such as, “If it feels good, do it.”
(Saint Anne Society Adoration 5:00; Dinner at 5:30 p.m.: all are welcome)

All are invited to attend this FREE retreat! (Donations accepted)