For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday January 24, 2010

Pastor ’s Corner. . . Haiti continues to be in the world’s headlines. This past calamitous week has brought us images of unimaginable suffering, as well as reports of truly heroic generosity, courage and charity.
Since the first reports of the earthquake, members of our parish have responded with deep concern for the victims in Haiti, as well as for their family and friends here in Stamford. We have received numerous calls from people asking direction so they might lend a hand. The first and most immediate of the practical answers we have given was that we should pray for those who have died, for those who are injured, and for those members of the Haitian community in Stamford who are anxious about those who endured the earthquake in their island homeland. The second answer was an appeal that people donate money: not food, not clothing, since we have no way to transport those commodities to Haiti. Money is the most direct and effective way to help, since it can be transferred so quickly to Catholic and other agencies already on the ground in Haiti.
Parishioners have been exceptionally generous in their response to both instructions. Hundreds have come to church during this past week to pray for those in need, while hundreds more made donations. The second collection this past Sunday, which included all the funds in the blue envelopes for our usual parish Monthly Collection, as well as all the loose cash and checks donated, plus the donations given during Monday evening’s Mass for the deceased victims of the earthquake, so far has totaled $19,573.00. All of that has been given to Catholic Relief Services with the instructions that all of it be used immediately for Haitian earthquake relief, exclusively. Fathers Audette and Walsh and I are very grateful to all who have given to help our Haitian brothers and sisters so desperately in need of the basics of life. If anyone has not yet made a donation, please feel free to give us a call at the rectory, or mail in a donation, or speak with one of the priests or the parish office staff during the next few days. Whatever is given will be sent to the Catholic Relief Services for use in Haiti.
I ask that you continue to pray for the victims of the earthquake, and to consider assisting in the local efforts to provide continued, long-term assistance to Haiti, by joining the efforts being organized by our Mayor, Mike Pavia, and by the various city agencies. Stamford is looking to develop a long-term plan to assist in the rebuilding of Haiti, and the long-term, on-going relief of those in need. Please consider lending a hand and helping Haiti. We have the opportunity to help so many of our brothers and sisters of the Faith in Haiti. It is important for us at Saint John’s to continue extending our hands, as urged on by the basic requirements of Christian charity, and since our Haitian community is the largest southwestern Fairfield County. God bless you all, and God bless Haiti. -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, Roshah E. DeJean, 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.

Church of Latin America Collection . . . Please drop your Church of Latin America Collection envelope into the first basket that will be passed at the Offertory.

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. ALSO, a light now burns all night in church, illuminating the tabernacle, so you can make a home visit to the Blessed Sacrament.

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.

Jobseekers. . . Group will meet in the rectory on Monday Jan. 25th at 7:30 pm.

Sunday January 17, 2010 $ 11,894.50
Sunday January 18, 2009 $ 10,152.52

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

January 31st Sunday Readings: Jer 1:4-5, 17-19; 1 Cor 12:31—13:13 or 13:4-13; Lk 4:21-30

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 223 (2) 259.

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass
Mass Ordinary: Missa Emmanuel – Theodore Marier, 1912-2001.
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 Adorate Deum (Bow down before God, all you Angels of his. Zion has heard and is glad; and the daughters of Juda have rejoiced. The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let all the isles be glad. [Ps. 97:7,8,1]); Alleluia Dominus regnavit (The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let all the isles be glad! [Ps. 97:1]); Offertory Dextera Domini (The Lord’s right hand has shown strength, the Lord’s right hand has exalted me. I shall not die, but live; and I shall declare the works of the Lord. [Ps. 118:16,17]); Communion Cemedite pinguia (Go, eat rich meat, and drink sweet wine, and send portions to those who have prepared nothing for themselves; this is a holy day in honour of the Lord; do not be sad; for the joy of the Lord is our strength. [2 Esdras 8:10]).
Offertory Motet: In pace (world premiere) – Terrence B. Fay, b. 1977 (In peace, in true peace I shall sleep and rest. If I give slumber to my eyes and to my eyelids drowsiness, I shall sleep and rest. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. In peace…).
Communion Motet: Dixi: Confitebor – Orlando di Lasso, 1532-1594 (I said, I will confess my sins unto the Lord : and so thou forgavest the wickedness of my sin. [Ps. 32:5]).

Singers are needed for the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass! . . . Our volunteer choir raises hearts and voices in praise of God for the 10:00 AM Family Mass each Sunday. The choir rehearses at 8:15 AM on Sundays only, in the Choir Room. Would you consider lending your voice to our choir? Please call Scott Turkington for more information: 324-1553, ext. 18 or email at STurkington@optonline.net.

Shroud of Turin. . . An in-depth presentation about the Shroud, which is the burial cloth of Our Lord, will be offered in our parish hall on Tuesday, February 16th, at 7:30 pm. Full-sized displays of the shroud and instruments of Our Lord’s Passion, along with the relics of various saints, will be available for close-up inspection and veneration. This is provided us by the Confraternity of the Passion International, which is a lay organization of the Passionist Order. This will be a great preparation for Lent, on the Shrove Tuesday evening. All are welcome; please join us.

Holy Spirit School. . . Open House, February 3rd from 9:30-11:30 a.m. For more information: Mrs. Patricia Torchen: 203-329-1623; www.holyspiritschool.info.

Our Lady Star of the Sea School. . . Open House, January 31st: 12 noon –2pm. For more information: Sr. Anne M. Landry, CND: 203-348-1155. Take-a-Look-Tuesdays: January 12, 19 & 26: 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, January 23
4:00 +Eileen Carr req. Marie Carr
Sunday, January 24
7:30 +Betsy Woolf req. Fabiola C.
10:00 +Victoria & Marcello Santagata req. Angela Giannitti
12:00 +Vincent & Teresa Kung req. Joseph & Agnes Kung
6:00 +Marie Barry Sanon req. Daughters
Monday, January 25
8:00 +Achille Paulemon & Micilia Millie req. daughter
12:10 Victim Souls of Haiti’s Earthquake req. Ferry G.
Tuesday, January 26
8:00 +Helen Weber req. Robert & Johanna Ivero
12:10 +Bridget Ryan req. Joanne & Charlie Crawley
Wednesday, January 27
8:00 +Palmerina Conte req. Teresa Canneto
12:10 +Anthony Bacarella req. John Catalano
Thursday, January 28
8:00 +Eugene & Anicia C. Alexandre req. Joseph Alexandre
12:10 +Frank Daniele req. Anthony & Josephine Marena
Friday, January 29
8:00 +Eddie & Anna Curtin req. Mary Bridget Gaine
12:10 +Attracta Wallin req. John Catalano
Saturday, January 30
8:00 +Mr. & Mrs. Beaublum req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Jacqueline Wood & Hedi Kobylenski req. Janne Crawley

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 ADVOCATE:. . .
100 years ago, or so:
January 25, 1910: ST. AUGUSTINE GROWING. NEW OFFICERS INSTALLED. James Gleason Takes the Chair as Grand Knight. “With a membership close to 350, and 32 applications received last evening, St. Augustine Council, Knights of Columbus, seems to be doing very well these days. The Council had installation of officers last evening, and then a smoker and entertainment in its rooms at Atlantic Street and Park Row. There was a large attendance of members, and the entertainment was enjoyed. It disclosed the fact that there is a good deal of talent in the Council.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: St. Augustine Council, founded at St. John’s in 1887, is Council 41. Today there are nearly 15,000 councils worldwide.)

85 years ago, or so:
January 25 1926: GIRL SCOUT TROOP NO. 18 ORGANIZED. “Girl Scout Troop, No. 18, Stamford’s newest troop recently organized in St. John’s Parochial School, had a very interesting meeting on Friday evening when Girl Scout Commissioner Mrs. William E. Stark was present and presented the captain, Miss Elizabeth Hart and 18 girls, with their tenderfoot pins. Mrs. Stark first spoke to the troop on the significance of the badge, and the world-wide sisterhood of the organization of which they were becoming members. She also spoke of the seriousness of the promise and the importance of the laws to every true Girl Scout. The meeting was held in the Girl Scout room on Franklin Street, at the close of the song practice for which girls from the different troops in Stamford gathered at 7. The singing was lead by Miss Jeanette Alexander of New Canaan, while Mrs. William McKenzie accompanied on the piano.”

50 years ago, or so:
January 26, 1963: ’The Cardinal’ To Be Featured As Benefit Show. “Several scenes in the Otto Preminger production of “The Cardinal” will be filmed at St. John’s Church on Atlantic St., during the week of Feb. 6. Mr. Preminger, Hollywood producer and director, announced the details of the film, based on the novel by Henry Robinson, at a luncheon at Hugo’s, Friday. Present also at the luncheon was Tom Tryon, who will play the lead role, and the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, PA, VF, pastor of St. John’s Church, who will appear in the film. Mr. Preminger announced that a special showing or premiere of the film will be held in Stamford for the benefit of St. Joseph’s Hospital. Msgr. Coleman is treasurer of the hospital and was instrumental in its founding.”

The Psalms
-Fr. Terry Walsh

“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work”(2Tim 3:16-17)

It’s been said that the Old Testament is revealed in the New and the New Testament is hidden in the Old.
Consider the PSALMS, the collection of 150 inspired songs that reveal to us Who God is. At the same time, the psalms help us to understand our own human condition as children of God, seen through the eyes of the gift of faith.
St. Ambrose wrote: “A psalm is the prayer of praise of the people of God…the cry of all humanity, the applause of the universe, the voice of the Church, the sweet-sounding confession of faith, entire surrender to divine power, blessed freedom, a cry of happiness, an echo of joy…”
The Psalms look to the Messiah, Jesus, and tell us about His life – His sufferings, His joys, His Kingship. The Psalms offer thanks and praise; they cry out to God in sorrow and in petition; they reveal His Wisdom and tell of the extraordinary history of the people He calls His own. They sing of the greatness of God in our liturgical celebrations. Each day, the Psalms are prayed in the “Prayer of the Church” known as the “Liturgy of the Hours” as well as in every Holy Mass offered throughout the world. Indeed, we see our own joys and sorrows, our heartfelt thanks, our wonder and awe burst forth in the psalms.
Consider the “Penitential Psalms” (6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143). Meditating on these Psalms before receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation will help us to make a heartfelt examination of conscience and enter into the proper disposition before encountering the Merciful Christ:
“Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness; in your abundant compassion blot out my offense. Wash away all my guilt; from my sin cleanse me….A pure heart create for me, O God, put a steadfast spirit within me….A humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn”(ps51).
Perhaps one of the most familiar Psalms is the Psalm of the Good Shepherd (23) sung of often in times of suffering and trials throughout our lives. We identify with the psalmist’s meditation and simply call upon the Lord. He is always near to help us and strengthen us through His grace.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd who loves His sheep and takes pity on them. Indeed, He lays down His life in order that they may have life, “and have it abundantly.” We eagerly come to His Table, that is the Altar, and He pours His life-giving grace into our hearts through Holy Eucharist so abundantly that our cup, our soul, runs over – provided, of course, that we receive Him with a pure and open heart – that is, in the State of Grace – made possible through Baptism (and, if necessary, through the Sacrament of Reconciliation). And, through His Grace poured out to us through the Sacraments, we will one day rejoice in the verdant pastures of Heaven – boundless and everlasting joy.