For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday January 3, 2010

Pastor ’s Corner. . . The Coat-of-Armsof the
Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist
As a Minor Basilica, Saint John’s has an official coat-of-arms, displayed on the front cover of the bulletin and, soon, over the church front door. Ours was prepared by Father Matthew R. Mauriello, who, prior to ordination was a professional graphic artist and heraldic expert. He is now the Pastor of Saint Roch’s Parish in Greenwich, I am grateful to him for his kindness. Below is the meaning of the symbols on our basilica coat-of-arms:
BLAZON
Quarterly gules and azure, a cross or, between I and IV: I: a shell or; II: a lion’s head couped and crowned or; III: a fess wavy argent, below a crescent of the same; IV: an eagle of Saint John or, carrying a scroll argent.

SIGNIFICANCE
The Cross in gold, dividing the coat-of-arms into quarters, represents the Cross of Our Lord, by which our Redemption was won for us.

The Shell in gold in the left top quarter on a red field is taken from the coat-of-arms of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, who raised our parish to the dignity of a Minor Basilica on July 16, 2009.

The Crowned Lion in gold in the right top quarter on a blue field is taken from the coat-or-arms of Blessed Pope Pius IX, during whose pontificate the parish of Saint John the Evangelist was established in 1854.

The Crescent Moon in silver in the left bottom quarter on a blue field represents the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: this dogma was defined by Blessed Pius IX in 1854, the same year Saint John’s became an independent parish.

The Wavy Bar in silver also in the left bottom quarter represents water: it is found in the coat-of-arms of the Archdiocese of Hartford, whose bishop established Saint John’s in 1854, and in the coat-of-arms of the Diocese of Bridgeport, and also is a symbol of the Port of Stamford, the Mill River, and the ancient canal that ran close by the church and helped develop the City.

The Eagle in gold holding a Scroll in silver in the bottom right quarter on a red field is the traditional symbol of Saint John the Evangelist, patron of the parish, and is taken from
Ezekiel 10:14.

The motto, Behold your Mother [John 19:27], was spoken to Saint John by Our Lord on the Cross, entrusting His mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary to the care of the Beloved Disciple. The motto is also reminiscent of the popular traditional title of Saint John’s Parish as the Mother Church of Stamford. The position of the Crescent Moon, symbol of Our Lady, and of the Eagle of Saint John, are those traditionally assigned to the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint John at the foot of the Cross, as seen in the central sanctuary window of the Crucifixion.-Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… Louise Munro, Juanita Evans, Lois Porter, Joseph Lasko, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, John Castellano, Janet Rodgers, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans, Margaret Romaine.

Please pray for those who have recently died… Msgr. Lawrence McMahon, Rev. Al Russo, George “Bud” Ayers, William Wolf, Alfred Gautrau, David Lloyd, 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, Sheila Kilcoyne.

Mass On Line. . . Visit the parish website: www.stjohnsstamford.com, click the photo of the church up top, and you’ll see live all that’s going on in church, daily.

Convert class. . .Tuesday evenings 7:30 pm—8:30 pm in the rectory. Next class Jan 5 Call Fr. Walsh, ext. 14.

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Will next meet on January 6th at 6pm in the rectory.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Will next meet on January 6th at 6:30 pm in the rectory.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Will next meet on January 7th at 6:30 pm in the rectory.

Bible Study. . . Will next meet on January 7th at 7:30 pm in the rectory.

The Legion of Mary. . . Will next meet on January 7th at 7:30 pm in the rectory

Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Group. . . Will next meet on January 9th at 9:30 am in the rectory.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Will next meet on February 3rd.

Thomas More College. . . Is hosting its annual Winter Open House on Monday, February 15th. High school seniors, juniors, their friends and family are encouraged to visit, attend classes, have lunch and speak with students and faculty. Located in Merrimack, New Hampshire, Thomas More offers a Great books education, firmly rooted in the Catholic tradition. For more information: visit their website: www.ThomasMoreCollege.edu , or call
1-800-880-8308; or email: admissions@ThomasMoreCollege.edu.

Moms & Tots . . . A group of moms and their children meet with Fr. Walsh each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. Please join us. Our next meeting: Tuesday January 5th.

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 celebrating the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter. All are invited.

Saint Gabriel Church. . .Epiphany Celebrations—Please join us at St. Gabriel’s Church for two special liturgies for the Epiphany of the Lord. Solemn Vespers and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Sunday Jan. 3rd at 4PM followed by wine and cheese. Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Latin Mass according to the 1962 Missal), Wednesday Jan. 6th at 7:30PM.

Christmas December 25, 2009 $ 33,217.00
Christmas December 25, 2008 $ 34,956.99

Sunday December 27, 2009 $ 10,454.00
Sunday December 28, 2008 $ 15,223.90
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

January 10th Sunday Readings: Is 42:1-4, 6-7; Acts 10:34-38; Lk 3:15-16, 21-22
Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 37 (2) 41.
Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass Mass Ordinary: Missa Æterna Christi munera – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, 1525-1594.
The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Ecce advenit (Behold, the Sovereign Lord is coming; kingship, government and power are in his hands. Endow the King with your judgement, O God, and the King’s son with your righteousness. [Cf. Mal. 3:1; I Chron. 29: 12; Ps. 72: 1,10,11]); Alleluia Vidimus stellam (We have seen his star in the East, and we have come with our gifts, to worship the Lord. [Cf. Matthew 2:2]); Offertory Reges Tharsis (The kings of Tarshish and the islands shall offer presents; the kings of the Arabians and of Sheba shall bring gifts; all the kings of the earth shall adore the him, all nations shall serve him. [Psalm 72:10,11]); Communion Vidimus stellam (We have seen his star in the East, and we have come with our gifts, to worship the Lord. [Cf. Matthew 2:2]).
Offertory Motet: Magi videntes stellam – Jacob Clemens non Papa, c. 1510-1555 ((The magi, having seen the star, said, each in turn: “This is the sign of a great king! Let us go and look for him and offer him gifts, gold, frankincense and myrrh.”).
Communion Motets: Coventry Carol – Kenneth Leighton, 1929-1988 (Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child, By by, lully, lullay. O sisters too, How may we do For to preserve this day? This poor youngling, For whom we sing, By, by, lully, lullay! Herod the king, In his raging, Charged he hath this day His men of might, In his own sight, All children young to slay. That woe is me, Poor child for thee! And ever morn and day, For thy parting Nor say nor sing, By, by, lully, lullay. (Anonymous, 15th century); The Three Kings – Peter Cornelius, 1824-1874 (Three kings from Persian lands afar To Jordan follow the pointing star: And this the quest of the travellers three, Where the newborn King of the Jews may be. Full royal gifts they bear for the King; Gold, incense, myrrh are their offering. The star sines out with a steadfast ray; The kings to Bethlehem make their way, And there in worship bend the knee, As Mary’s child in her lap they see; Their royal gifts they show to the King; Gold, incense, myrrh are their offering. Thou child of man, lo, to Bethlehem The kings are trav’lling, travel with them! The star of mercy, the star of grace, Shall lead thy heart to its resting-place. Gold, incense, myrrh thou canst not bring; Offer thy heart to the infant King, Offer thy heart!).

Singers, men and women, for the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass are needed! This volunteer choir rehearses 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.

Caritas Christi Urget Nos. . . The Love of Christ compels us—to be charitable to others. The parish’s newest good work: under the guidance of Emilio Funicella, the young adults of the parish and others are invited to lend a hand on a regular basis to clean up Stamford neighborhoods. Stay tuned for more information.

Mass Intentions+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, January 2
4:00 +Col. Robert Bourcy req. Gabriel Natarelli
Sunday, January 3
7:30 +Marion Hogan req. Elizabeth Hogan
10:00 The Boiteau Family req. Maude & Paul Hughes & Family
12:00 +Suzanna Donovan 15th Anniversary req. Marion Morris & Family
6:00 +Paige req. Natasha & Scott O’Donnell
Monday, January 4
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Anna Milenea G. req. Fabiola C.
Tuesday, January 5
8:00 +Lauren Boiteau req. Maude & Paul Hughes & Family
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Wednesday, January 6
8:00 The Least Remembered Souls in Purgatory req. Tom & Olga Kolenberg
12:10 Thanksgiving to St. Jude & Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception req. Pablo Coello
Thursday, January 7
8:00 +Ronald Malinowski req. Tom & Olga Kolenberg
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Amanda Puerta
Friday, January 8
8:00 Honor to the Sacred Heart of Jesus req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Juan Vargas req. Fabiola C.
Saturday, January 9
8:00 +Hope & Joseph McAleer req. the McAleer Family
12:10 +Marie Greet req. Maude & Paul Hughes

Eucharistic Adoration. . . Each Friday morning, from 8:30 am until 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 legalized 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, please contact Ferry Galbert 324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades.

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:January 8, 1869: “The Roman Catholic choirs are generally found to excel. This is true of the choir in the Catholic church in this town. Additional good voices and other improvements have been lately added, and though they appear to need a good organ, yet they produce very pleasing music.”

120 years ago, or so:January 4, 1889: “A very enjoyable musical entertainment was that given by St. John’s R. C. choir in the Town Hall Friday evening. Among other agreeable things, it revealed the fact that to the list of fine tenor voices in town must be added that of Mr. J. F. O’Brien. His duet with Mrs. O’Connor was the vocal gem of the programme. Mr. T. F. Collins’ baritone solo was smooth and pleasing, but was somewhat lacking in the force necessary in so large an auditorium. Little Fannie Nangeli’s piano playing and recitations were well received, and Mr. T. F. Doughty’s flute solos exhibited a high degree of skill. All, or nearly all the performers received hearty encores.”

100 years ago, or so:January 7, 1907: Solemn High Mass to be Sung at the Schoolhouse Dedication. “A solemn high mass will be celebrated in St. John’s R. C. Church at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, when the dedication of the new school and convent will take place. Miss Margaret Kennedy, the organist and choir director, is preparing a special musical program for the occasion, which, if it is carried out without any abridgement, is sure to be of great interest. The choir of this church, including the soloists, is a volunteer organization, and it is doing excellent work, which really deserves much more appreciation than it at all times receives. Any one having a knowledge of musical composition knows that Catholic music is far more difficult than that of other churches, but, when it is properly sung, it is very beautiful. St. John’s choir has shown continued improvement during the past year and the soloists, Mrs. McMahon, Miss Hickey, John P. Reilly and Joseph Greeney, are doing especially creditable work, and the only thing they can expect for it is appreciation.”

50 years ago, or so:January 9, 1960: “Members of the Holy Name Society of St. John’s Church will receive corporate Communion at the 8 a.m. Mass Sunday. At 8 p.m. Monday, they will meet in the lower chapel for the annual election of officers.”

Come, Let Us Adore Him-Fr. Terry Walsh
“Adoration is the first act of the virtue of religion. To adore God is to acknowledge him as God, as the Creator and Savior, the Lord and Master of everything that exists, as infinite and merciful Love. ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve’ says Jesus, citing Deuteronomy 6:4-5.” – Catechism 2096
I remember vividly the words of Msgr. Charlie Elmer, spiritual director at the North American College, when he was speaking with my class about Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. He said quite simply: “Adoration is the perfect prayer.” While his words were clear and succinct, it was really the way he said them that struck me. The expression on his 80 year old face—the face of a man who had been a priest for 50 years—the face of a man who had landed on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day – the face of a man who had remained faithful throughout all the turbulent years of the Church. His words hung in the air for a few moments. We 30 seminarians just sort of gazed at him and considered how Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament had formed this faithful priest. As he gazed back at us, his countenance almost suggested that there was nothing else he wanted to say. His elderly gaunt face told the tale. It was as if he were saying to us, without words, that there simply were no words to describe that “Perfect Prayer”. At the same time, it was as if he were giving us a word to the wise: “You men who are to be ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ must stay close to the Master at all times. You must sit with Him. You must stay awake. Allow him to strengthen you, to nourish you, to teach you – simply by placing yourselves in the Presence of the Blessed Sacrament.” It was as if he spoke these words with his eyes. Adoration is necessary for all of God’s children, how much more necessary for those called to bring our Lord to His children in the Mass, in Viaticum, in Adoration. Msgr. Elmer really didn’t need to say anymore than he did: “Adoration is the perfect prayer.” After all, he was merely echoing the words of all the Saints who shared his understanding. St. John Vianney (1786-1859), the Patron Saint of Priests, spent hour upon hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament and he encouraged his congregation to do the same. He frequently told the story of one of his parishioners who had come to understand the wisdom of the Saint’s call to the perfect prayer. In speaking about this villager of Ars, St. John Vianney said, “A few years ago there died a man of this parish, who, entering the Church in the morning to pray before setting out for the fields, left his hoe at the door and then became wholly lost in God. A neighbor who worked not far from him, and thus used to see him in the fields, wondered at his absence. On his way home he bethought himself of looking into the Church, thinking that the man might be there. As a matter of fact, he did find him in the Church. ‘What are you doing here all this time? He asked. And the other man replied, ‘I look at the good God, and he looks at me’. Whenever St. John Vianney told this anecdote—and he did so frequently and never without tears—the Cure’ used to add: ‘He looked at the good God, and the good God looked at him. Everything is in that, my children”(The Cure’ D’Ars, St. Jean-Marie Baptiste Vianney, by Abbe’ Francis Trochu, p.184).
Msgr. Charlie Elmer was essentially saying the same thing to us that evening at the seminary: “Everything is in that, my children.” He knew – he knew because he spent a lifetime practicing that perfect prayer. Do you come to Adore our Lord? Do you enter into that ‘perfect prayer’? Come, join us. You will see the likes of that anonymous villager from Ars right here at St. John’s on Friday mornings at the Holy Name Society for men (7am every Friday in our parish rectory); you will see him at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Society (Saturday mornings 9:30 in our parish Rectory) as well as the Moms and Tots meetings; you will see him at our Dominic Savior and Maria Goretti Society meetings. You will see him on Friday mornings in the Basilica between the 8:00 am and the 12:10 pm Masses. That villager will be there – in the pew – with you – entering into that perfect prayer of adoring our Lord. Come, join us. When we come to Adore our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, we are making a great act of faith and love. We are being spiritually enriched in a Mysterious way. And while we are offering our prayer – the “Perfect Prayer” – we are actually “receiving” – he have come to give thanks and praise, yet, in His infinite generosity, we are actually receiving grace upon grace! We are fulfilling the words of our Lord who beckons us to union with him in a living faith: “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:6).
(The Seminary Residence at St. John Fisher is always in need of Adorers at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel located just inside the front door. You can call for more information and ask for Judy DeFelice at 203 322 5331
894 Newfield Avenue, Stamford.)