For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday November 29, 2009

Pastor’s Corner. . .Thanksgiving is my favorite civic holiday: it is essentially American, because it reminds us—by loads of great unmistakably American food—that, besides the “natural and unalienable Rights” enumerated in the Declaration of Independence of Life and Liberty, the third is “the pursuit of Happiness.” This statement needs tempering, lest the reader think that Happiness refers merely to immediate self-satisfaction of every urge and whim, no matter what the cost. It doesn’t. The earliest, quintessentially American document is the Mayflower Compact, which explained why English men and women risked life to set sail for the colonies in 1620: “In the name of God. Amen. Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancements of the Christian faith and honor of our king and country, a voyage to. . . The Northern parts of Virginia, do. . Covenant and combine ourselves together into a body politic.”
They came here in pursuit of happiness, which was to be had by sacrifices made together, for the benefit of all involved: we call that the common good. And the common good is that which benefits all, not merely financially, but morally—that which we do individually or corporately—which, to make us truly happy, bolsters our dignity as the image and likeness of God, never debasing anyone for profit, either personal or corporate.
How about an even earlier American document: written around 600 A.D., by Saint Columban, whose Irish monks are believed to be among the first to have found America—Long Island to be exact: “God makes man from the earth but ennobles him with the impress of his own image. Man’s greatest dignity is his likeness to God, if it is preserved. If man uses his innate powers rightly, he will be like God. . . To love God involves keeping His commandments, and these are summed up in love for one another” [Instructions, 11: 1]. Those monks were exercising their unalienable Right in their Pursuit of Happiness—by which they meant imitating God. Here’s more: “Genuine love takes the form ‘not of words, but of truthful deeds.’ Let us give back to God our Father His image in us, an image kept spotlessly holy, for He is holy; an image spotless in love, for He is love; an image spotless in devotion and truth, for He is devoted and true. Let us not paint an alien image in ourselves; the painter who is undisciplined, angry, sensual, self-centered and proud paints the picture of a tyrant in himself. Therefore, lest we end with the self-portrait of a despot, let us allow Christ to paint His image in us.” In other words, in our pursuit of happiness, I may not gain that happiness by hurting or using others: I cannot find happiness by depriving others of theirs [Instructions, 11:2].
One more American document: This is by President Franklin W. Roosevelt—not one of my favorites, but he got it right here: “If I read the temper of our people correctly, we now realize as we have never realized before our interdependence on each other, that we cannot merely take but we must give as well; that if we are to go forward, we must be willing to sacrifice for the good of a common discipline, because without such discipline no progress is made, no leadership becomes effective. . . . With the clean satisfaction that comes from the stern performance of duty by old and young alike, we aim at the assurance of a rounded and permanent national life” [First Inaugural Address, 1933].
The authentic essential of our American civic feast is not merely loads of food: that is the benefit gained by the hard work of generations of Americans before us. Each time we sit down for Thanksgiving, we should consider what our duty is NOW to make our city and country better. What sacrifices must I make for the common good? What must I do for others in their Pursuit of Happiness? “No greater love can one have than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” [John 1:13]. Was Jesus American? He sounds like one. -Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick…Courtney Harry, 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…Evelyn Mahan, 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.

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.

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 . . . Will NOT meet until January: date to be announced.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Will resume on Dec. 2 at 6:30 pm in the rectory.

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Will resume on Dec. 2 at 6:00 pm in the rectory.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Will resume on Dec. 3 at 6:30 pm in the rectory.

Bible Study:. . .Will resume on Dec. 3 at 7:30 pm in the rectory.

Religious Education: Classes will not resume until Sunday, Dec. 13th.

Convert class. . .Meets Tuesday evenings 7:30PM—8:30PM in the rectory, Oct 2009 – May 2010. Next meeting: December 1st at 7:30 pm in the rectory.

Legion of Mary . . . Will NOT meet Nov 25th. We’ll resume on Dec. 2. at 7:30 pm in the rectory.

Coffee Hour. . . PLEASE NOTE: NO Coffee Hour Sunday Nov. 29th or Sunday, Dec. 6th due to the Thanksgiving weekend and the Christmas Fair respectively.

Job Seekers. . . Will meet with Melanie Szlucha in the rectory on November 30th at 7:30 pm to discuss writing a better job resume. No charge; All are welcome. contact Melanie for further information at

Thanks. . . To all who worked to make our parade picnic a success. I’m very grateful. Mons. DiGiovanni

Sunday November 22, 2009 $ 11,269.96
Sunday November 23, 2008 $ 10,397.81

“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

December 6th Sunday Readings: Bar 5:1-9; Phil 1:4-6, 8-11; Lk 3:1-6.

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 8 (2) 4. 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: Kyrie XVII A – Graduale Romanum; Sanctus & Agnus Dei from Mass for Three Voices – William Byrd, 1540-1623.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Ad te levavi (Unto you have I lifted up my soul. O my God, I trust in you, let me not be put to shame; do not allow my enemies to laugh at me; for none of those who are awaiting you will be disappointed. Make you ways known unto me, O Lord, and teach me your paths. [Ps. 25:1-4]); Alleluia Ostende nobis (Show us your mercy, O Lord, and grant us your salvation. [Psalm 85:8]); Offertory Ad te Domine (Unto you, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul; O my God, I trust in you, let me not be put to shame; do not allow my enemies to laugh at me; for none of those who are awaiting you will be disappointed. [Psalm 25:1-3]); Communion Dominus dabit benignitatem (The Lord will bestow his loving kindness, and our land will yield its fruit. [Psalm 85:13].
Offertory Motet: Ad te levavi – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, 1525-1594 (To thee have I lifted up my eyes, who dwellest in heaven. Behold, as the eyes of servants are on the hands of their masters, as the eyes of the handmaid are on the hands of her mistress; so are our eyes upon the Lord our God, until he have mercy on us. [Psalm 122:1-2]).
Conditor alme siderum – Guillaume Dufay, 1397-1474 (O generous creator of the stars, everlasting light of believers, O Christ, redeemer of us all, hear now our prayers. Though you suffer the decay of death, the perishing of all, you have saved the suffering world, bringing us your healing balm. As the world turned to evening, like a bridegroom from his chamber you came forth from the most pure cloister of the Virgin mother. Before your mighty power all creatures kneel down – in heaven and on earth, all accept your command. So we pray, O holy judge of all the world to come, that you will keep us safe when we face the armed enemy. Praise, honour, might and glory be to God the Father, the Son and the Holy Comforter, for all eternity. Amen.).
Postlude: Rorate cœli (The Advent Prose – Traditional Roman Chant [The text may be found in the hymnal at No. 305.]).

Saint John’s Christmas Fair. . .The weekend of December 5th and 6th: Wreaths, gifts, food, ornaments and more: Mark your calendar and come join us. Start your Christmas shopping with us: help your parish by purchasing beautiful Christmas gifts and decorative items in our own Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

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

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

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.

Holy Spirit School. . . Take a look Tuesday is December 1st from 9:30 a.m-11:30 a.m., for anyone interested in enrolling for this academic year or for that of 2010/2011, and would like to visit and see how the school operates, speak with students and teachers. For more information, please call Principal Patricia Torchen, at 203-329-1623 or visit the web: www.

Mass Intentions+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, November 28
4:00 +John & Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Young
Sunday, November 29
7:30 Thanksgiving to God req. Fabiola C.
10:00 +Alan Stuart req. David J. Lancaster
12:00 +Denis Oliveira req. Lilian & Alvina Ramos
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, November 30
8:00 +Tomas D. Rosete req. Rosita A. Domdom
12:10 Rev. Paul N. Check intentions req. Scholastica & Andrew
Tuesday, December 1
8:00 +Margaret Timon req. Thomas A Timon
12:10 Gloria Eduard req. Ferry G.
Wednesday, December 2
8:00 +John Maloney req. wife Mary
12:10 +Special Intention Gabriele Macchio req. Pugliese family
Thursday, December 3
8:00 +Members of Pugliese Family req. Pugliese Family
12:10 +Members of Annetta Family req. Pugliese Family
Friday, December 4
8:00 All Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
12:10 +Florence DeSilva req. daughter & Family
Saturday, December 5
8:00 In Thanksgiving
12:10 +Carrie Stuart req. David J. Lancaster

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, it moves 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 . . .
135 years ago, or so:
December 3, 1875: DEDICATION OF THE R. C. CHAPEL. “A memorable event-especially to the Roman Catholic people of the town–occurred on Thanksgiving day. The congregation assembled in the vicinity of the old church edifice, and marched in procession to the new church, where an audience numbering not less than sixteen hundred persons gathered to witness the dedicatory services of the new chapel, a spacious and substantially finished apartment, in the basement of the new edifice. A number of the Catholic clergy from elsewhere in this diocese and from the arch-diocese of New York took part in the ceremonies. The priests and attendant acolytes, to the number of thirty-six, walked in procession down the aisle of the chapel, and passing out, walked around the edifice, sprinkling holy water and reciting in Latin the prayers appointed to be used on such occasions. Subsequently high mass was celebrated, followed by a sermon from one of the visiting clergymen, in which he took occasion to congratulate the pastor and people upon the superb edifice they have raised for the worship of God. “If this be the chapel,” said he, “what must the church be when it is all completed? I have no doubt it will be one of the most beautiful in the New England states.” The chapel is supplied with a new pipe organ, which, though much inferior in size to the grand organ to be used in the church, is a fine instrument, and was played in a very masterly manner. The vocal part of the music was strikingly fine, and constituted no inconsiderable part of the service.”

70 years ago, or so:December 6, 1939: St. John’s To Have Banquet. “The St. John’s Catholic Boys’ Brigade will hold their second annual athletic and award banquet this evening at seven o’clock at the St. John’s School hall. The guests of honor will be the brigade football team which has just finished its second undefeated and untied season. These boys as well as the members of the Cadet boxing team, will receive their monograms at the supper. The brigade team has a very enviable record during the past two years, scoring a total of 412 points to 42 for their opponents. This year along, they totaled 253 points to 24. In no game since their organization did the opposing team ever make more than one touchdown in any one game.”

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 117:00 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)