For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday January 17, 2010

Pastor ’s Corner. . . Haiti has been hit by the largest and most powerful earthquake in its recorded history. Nearly the entire capital city of Port-au-Prince and outlaying areas has been devastated, with unknown numbers dead and injured. As I write this on Wednesday morning, only the first images and news reports have come into our area via the mainstream television news channels. Even though preliminary, they reveal an unimaginable horror for those in the island nation who survived the first quake and the numerous powerful aftershocks. For them, however, the horrors have just begun, the least of which will be the reconstruction of buildings. The terrors of the earthquake and the agony of seeing loved ones suffer and die before their eyes will make the recovery terribly painful for years for the citizens of Haiti; it will be equally horrific and tormenting for the Haitian members of our own Stamford community in general, and for those members of our parish in particular.

At this point, I am asking everyone in the parish to pray for the victims of the earthquake, both those who have died, and those who survived the tragedy, and for those members of our parish whose families and friends are on the island.

Likewise, I ask all members of our parish to be generous in offering financial assistance: the parish is scheduled to take up its Monthly Collection on Sunday. This is usually for parish needs. Fathers Walsh, Audette and I can think of no greater parish need than to use that collection to help the victims of the quake in Haiti. The entire second Monthly Collection this weekend, usually about $4,000—both the funds in the Monthly Collection envelopes and any loose cash and checks you may put in the basket as it is passed—all of it— will be used exclusively to aid the victims of the earthquake. I ask you to be generous.

Pope Benedict XVI, late yesterday, ordered the Church’s worldwide charitable organization, Catholic Relief Services, to come to the rescue and aid of Haiti and its people. Following the Holy Father’s lead, then, let us be generous with our prayers and with our money to help the people of Haiti recover and heal. Likewise, let us pray for the Haitian members of our parish as they struggle with fear and anxiety about their families and friends still in Haiti.

A special Mass for the victims of the earthquake will be offered on Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the church. Please plan to attend and to pray with our Haitian brothers and sisters, members of our parish community and their families. -Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… Victims of the earthquake in Haiti, Mary Moriarty, Carmella Micik, Julie Grant, Kay Pullen, Juanita Evans, Lois Porter, Joseph Lasko, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, Janet Rodgers, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans, Margaret Romaine.

Please pray for those who have recently died…Victims of the earthquake in Haiti, Paul Reda, Katherine Dziezyc, Mary Halbert, John Castellano, Eugene Lops, 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.

Monthly Collection for Haitian Earthquake Victims. . . The second collection today will be used exclusively to assist the victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti. Your generosity is appreciated. Please pray for the victims of the earthquake that shook Haiti earlier this week. Saint John’s is especially moved by this tragedy because of the anguish of so many of our own Haitian parishioners, whose families and friends are in Haiti. We must reach out to assist those whom we can. On Monday, January 18th at 7:30 p.m., a special Mass will be offered for the victims of the earthquake and for their families. Please join the priests of the parish and our parish Haitian brothers and sisters at this Mass to pray and comfort them in their need.

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.

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

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Meets Wednesdays at 6pm in the rectory.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesdays at 6:15 pm in the rectory. We’re translating Egeria’s Diary of a Pilgrimage. High school Latin is sufficient. Please join us.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets Thursdays at 6:30 pm in the rectory.

Bible Study. . . Meets each Thursday at 7:30 pm in the rectory. Join us.

The Legion of Mary. . . Meets Wednesdays at 7:30 pm in the rectory. All are welcome.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Group. . . Meets Saturdays at 9:30 am in the rectory.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Will meet on February 3rd at 7:30 pm in the rectory.

Moms & Tots . . . A group of moms and their children meets with Fr. Walsh each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. Please join us.

Coffee Hour. . . After the 10:00 a.m. Mass. All are welcome.

Pray the Rosary. . . Pray the Rosary with us after the 12:10 PM Mass, Monday through Saturday.

Sunday January 10, 2010 $11,833.27
Sunday January 11, 2009 $ 8,884.10 (Snowstorm)

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

January 24th Sunday Readings: Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10; 1 Cor 12:12-30 or 12:12-14, 27; Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 260 (2) 103.
Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass Mass Ordinary: Missa octavi toni – Orlandus Lassus, 1532-1594.
All are encouraged to sing the Creed at the Noon Mass, which may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Omnis terra (Let all the earth adore you, O God, and sing unto you: let it sing a psalm to your name, O Most High. Shout with joy to God, all the earth, sing a psalm to His Name: give glory to His praise. [Ps.66. 1, 2]); Alleluia Laudate Deum (Praise God, all his Angels; praise him, all his host. [Ps. 149:2]);
Offertory Jubilate Deo (Sing joyfully to God all the earth; let the entire earth cry out with joy to God; sing a psalm in honour of his name. Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what the Lord has done for my soul, alleluia. [Ps. 66:1,2,16]); Communion Dicit Dominus (The Lord said: “Fill the jars with water and bring some to the master of the feast.” When the master of the feast tasted the water, which had now become wine, he declared to the bridegroom: “You have kept the good wine until now”. This was the first sign which Jesus accomplished before his disciples. [John 2:7,8,9 and 10-11]).
Offertory Motet: Jubilate Deo – O. Lassus (O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness, and come before his presence with a song. Be ye sure that the Lord he is God. [Psalm 100:1,2. Trans. M. Coverdale])
Communion Motet: Benedictus es Domine – O. Lassus (Blessed are you, O Lord, teach me your commandments. O Lord, you are blessed, teach me your commandments. With my lips have I declared all the judgments spoken by your mouth. (Psalm 119:12,13)

Singers needed for the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass! Our 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.

FIRST MEETING: JANUARY 20, 7 PM IN THE RECTORY: The Love of Christ compels us to be charitable to others. The parish’s newest good work, under the guidance of Emilio Funicella, will be to lend a hand on a regular basis to clean up Stamford neighborhoods, plant trees and shrubs, plant and maintain various flower beds throughout the city, including those in parks, on various traffic islands and crossroads throughout Stamford. Why do this? When I was a kid, there were great public programs to teach people not to litter: “Don’t be a Litterbug” was the slogan. Behind that effort, and ours, is the goal to instill greater civic pride in people to respect themselves and their neighbors by not dumping garbage, throwing out trash on public streets, sidewalks and parks. At the heart of this is a real spiritual problem: a lack of charity for others, which permits people to think only of themselves. If you have respect to keep your city clean, you’ll develop greater respect for your neighbor. So, join us.
—Mons. DiGiovanni, Father Walsh, and Father Audette.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, January 16
4:00 +Felice DeFelice req. Thomas & Patrice Banahan
Sunday, January 17
7:30 Thanksgiving to God req. Thang Nguyen
10:00 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
12:00 +Maria Preziosi 17th Anniversary req. children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren
6:00 Souls in Purgatory
Monday, January 18
8:00 +Agnes Cakouros req. Joan Fitzgerald
12:10 +Mary Valitutteo req. Maude & Paul Hughes & Family
Tuesday, January 19
8:00 +Eileen Mary Davis req. Elizabeth V. Chabalik
12:10 +Ceriaco Mayola, Rufina Malasa, Semporiano & Rocando M. Gates, Saturnina Soriano, req. Rosario M. Gates
Wednesday, January 20
8:00 +Joan Mercia req. Eileen & Robert
12:10 +Stephen, Irene & Nicholas Churley & Anne C. Yaworski req. Mary Churley
Thursday, January 21
8:00 +Bridget Ryan req. John Catalano
12:10 Victims of the Haitian earthquake req. Ferry G. & Saint John’s Parish
Friday, January 22
8:00 +Alverta Sahd req. Thomas Banahan
12:10 +Alverta Sahd req. Angela Giannitti
Saturday, January 23
8:00 +Alverta Sahd req. Mary Bridget Gaine
12:10 +Sue Dachtera 1st Anniversary req. Frank & Beth Carpanzano

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!

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Society . . .meets Saturdays in the Rectory, at 9:30 a.m. :Coffee, conversation, Rosary, and a spiritual conference. All ladies of the parish are welcome. Just walk in.

Religious Education. . . Sunday classes at 8:30 a.m. 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 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. Will meet this Sunday in the rectory after the 12 PM Mass. Questions, contact Ferry Galbert 324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. Will meet this Sunday in the rectory after the 12 PM Mass. Questions, contact Suzanna Boswick, 203-554-2004.

The Legion of Mary. . . . We meet on Wednesday Evenings at 7:30pm in the rectory. All are welcome. Please call Fr. Walsh, ext.14, if interested.

St. John’s in the NEWS:. . .
125 years ago, or so:
The Connecticut catholic:
January 24, 1885: STAMFORD. “Rev. Bernard Kelly arrived last week in town, and is spending a short vacation here among his friends. Every one was pleased to see him looking so well, and we hope he may find his short visit a pleasant one. He leaves town, to resume his labors again about next week.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Father Kelly was a vocation from St. John’s who served in the then Diocese of the Dakotas.)

115 years ago, or so:
The Hartford courant:
January 19 1894: BISHOP OF HARTFORD. “The Rev. Father Michael Tierney of New Britain received from Rome yesterday the papal bulls announcing his appointment and confirmation as bishop of the Hartford diocese to succeed the late Lawrence S. McMahon.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Father Tierney was Pastor of St. John’s from 1874 to 1877.)

100 years ago, or so:
The STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
January 18, 1905: PATRICK HANRAHAN IS DEAD. “Councilman Patrick Hanrahan was stricken with an attack of apoplexy at 9:30 this morning, while at breakfast at his home on Hawthorn Street. He died without having regained consciousness. Mr. Hanrahan was born in County Kerry, Ireland, 59 years ago. He came to this country at the age of 27, and settled in Stamford. He was prominent in the affairs of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and was an active member of the local council of the Catholic Benevolent Legion. He held important offices in both. He was also actively identified with the affairs of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Patrick Hanrahan was the donor of the stained glass window, 1st on Bell St. side of the church.)

50 years ago, or so:
The STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
January 24, 1959: Scouts Honored At Annual Court. “Four Eagle Scouts were honored Monday during the largest recognition ceremony ever conducted here by the Alfred W. Dater Council, B.S.A. The Mothers of the Scouts pinned on their son’s badges. Those receiving the award were Joseph P. Connolly, Jr., Troop 22, St. John’s R.C. Church.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Doctor Joseph Connolly, still residing in Connecticut, was the second to last Scout to receive the Eagle award before the St. John’s Troop was disbanded.)

As
-Fr. Terry Walsh

It’s a small word but it carries a big meaning. Consider the Our Father, the prayer our Lord Jesus Himself taught us to pray. In that beautiful prayer, our Lord is inviting us to address Almighty God, Creator of all things, giver of life and peace, as Abba, Dad. In the Our Father, Jesus is identifying Himself, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, as our Brother. After all, He doesn’t say “My Father” – He says “Our Father.” And after telling us over and over again that God loves us and sustains us in every way, if we but humbly follow Him and faithfully adhere to His Commandments, He promises us that He will remain with us and be in us. All we need to do is ask for whatever we want, and, provided it is for the good of our soul, and we are asking with a pure heart, it will be done. He even explains how we are to ask and what to ask for. What could be better? Ok, so what’s the catch? I mean, after all, Jesus is saying He will provide all things for us both in this life, and, even better, in the life to come, in Heaven, provided we are faithful. What does it mean to be faithful? In the Lord’s prayer, there is that little word, As. Thy will be done on earth As it is in Heaven. Forgive us our trespasses As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Are we willing to allow the Will of God to replace our own self-will? Are we willing to forgive those who have sinned against us; those who have caused us grief? Humility is the key. If we recognize that it is actually in our best interest to allow God to direct our path, according to His Will, then we will more easily walk the path of God rather than the path of the world; we will more eagerly seek the grace of God (especially in Confession and Eucharist), recognizing that it is the means of our spiritual growth and formation and a total gift of love. We will prefer it to worldly “treasure” and we will receive it most abundantly through a deep and abiding life of prayerful dialogue with our Lord. And what is His Will? Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments. If you love me, pick up your Cross and follow me. If you love me, love your neighbor” – even those who cause you grief – “As yourself.” We see this quite clearly in the Our Father. St. Theresa of Avila, the great 16th century Carmelite mystic, put it this way. She said, “Yes, that person has sinned against you. But, haven’t you sinned even worse against God? And He forgave you. Shouldn’t you likewise forgive those who sin against you?”
It can be a real difficult test, especially when the offense has caused a great deal of pain. But Jesus said He would help. He will indeed provide the necessary grace. If we take but a small courageous step; if we explain to Jesus that we hate the sin but not the sinner; if we forgive 1st from the heart, then He will provide the graces we need to say a kind word, perhaps even to say, “I forgive you.” What sweet words. How wonderful it is to hear our Lord say those same words to us: “I absolve you from your sins” – “I forgive you.” Graces are then flowing all over the place. The grace of fortitude, the grace of peace and generosity, the grace of wisdom and understanding—that is, the recognition that the one who sinned against you actually harmed himself far greater than the wound he inflicted upon you and that by your act of forgiveness, you actually helped him to heal both from the damage of sinning as well as the initial wound that caused him to sin in the first place – succumbing to self-will rather than praying for the grace to do the will of God (to love). It’s simply the Golden Rule: ‘Do unto others AS you would have them do unto you.’ (Please pray for Conversion of Hearts – that the Culture of Death will be replaced by the Culture of Life – especially this Friday, January 22.)