For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday April 11, 2010

Pastor ’s Corner. . .God’s work to save mankind from death and to reconcile all creation to Himself began at the moment when Mary pledged her life to the announcement of God’s plan by the Archangel Gabriel. The Eternal God became fully man, except free from sin, in order to pay the price of all human sin by offering that human body, soul and life on the Cross, and rise in that flesh on the third day to overcome death for us all. This is the primary reason why God became man. As the means to extend the effects of Christ’s Cross and Resurrection from the dead throughout the world and through every century, He sent the Holy Spirit to begin His one Church. The following excerpts from two homilies by Pope Saint Leo the Great express this great reality of God’s hard work to save us to live with Him forever in the flesh:

“Majesty humbled itself, power became weak, and eternity mortal. To pay the debt inherent in our [human] estate, the unchangeable nature of God was united to our changeable human nature so that, as our healing required, the one Mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ, might be both subject to death because he was a man and yet free of death because he was God.
“The true and eternal God was thus born a full and complete man, wholly divine and wholly human. By ‘human’ we mean what the Creator made in the beginning with Adam, and what He made His own in order to redeem it. Whatever the deceiver [Satan] introduced into us and deceived man accepted, had no place in the Savior. He shared our weaknesses but not our sins.
“He took the status of a servant, therefore, but of a sinless one, exalting the humanity without lessening the divinity. For this self-emptying in which the invisible God became visible, and the Creator and Lord of all things willed to become a mortal creature, was the stooping of pity, not the failing of power. Thus He who as God created man became a man Himself in the form of a servant [Jesus].
“The Son of God enters our lowly world, descending from His heavenly throne but not putting off the glory that He has from the Father. He is reborn in a new way—new, because though invisible of Himself as God, He became visible as man; though incomprehensible, He willed to be comprehended; existing before all time, He began to exist in time; the Lord of the universe hid His majesty and took the estate of a servant; the impassible God did not disdain to become a suffering man, and though immortal, to subject Himself to the Law of death” [Letter 28, To Flavian].

“The Son of God, has taken human nature so closely to Himself that one and the same Christ consists not only of that Man himself who is the First-born of every creature, but of all His saints as well. As our head cannot be separated from the members of the body without doing damage to the body, neither can the members [of the Church] be separated from its Head [Christ].
“Although it is said of eternal life and not of our earthly estate that God is all in all, yet He dwells even now in His temple, the Church, as He promised: ‘I am with you all days, even to the end of the world.’ All that God’s Son did and taught, therefore, to reconcile the world to the Father is not simply a fact of past history, but a present and operative reality now. Himself born of the Virgin by the Spirit’s power, He now makes His spotless church fruitful through the same Spirit, and she bears countless children to God in the birth of Baptism. Of these children it is written: ‘They are born, not of flesh and blood or of human desire, but of God,’ He it is who, excluding none, forms all the nations of the earth into one holy flock and daily fulfills His promise to gather all His sheep. Though He said to blessed Peter, above all others, ‘Feed my sheep,’ the Lord Himself is everyone’s Shepherd. He so strengthens them with His love that, as He did not hesitate to die for them, they do not hesitate to die for Him.
“For, if we share the Body and Blood of Christ [in the Eucharist], we are assimilated to what we eat and drink [to Christ, Himself]. In all circumstances we will show forth in body and soul the image of Him in whom and with whom we died and were buried and rose to new life [in Baptism]” [Sermon 12, On the Passion].

Such is God’s love for us that He would go to such lengths to give us a share in His Divine Life: now through the Sacraments of His Church, leading to eternity in the flesh. —Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . George Szele, Robert Lebeau, Connie Ward, Cheryl Carucci, Jerry Pellegrino, Joan Bachman, Irene Zelinsky, Nicholas Czekanski, Wilfred Baretto, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Mary Moriarty, Carmella Micik, Julie Grant, Lois Porter, Joseph Lasko, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, Janet Rodgers, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Margaret L. Rekos, Mary Catherine Sheehan, Paul K.Jankowicz, James Thomas, Marjorie L. O’Kane, Lawrence Schmidt Jr., Catherine B. Pullen, Wilhelmina-Belia Falek-Roerhost, Keith Segovia, Frank L. Infante, Dolores A. Deluca Freccia, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Roshah E. DeJean, Paul Reda, Katherine Dziezyc, 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.

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. (Note: Audio requires “ActiveX” which is specifically designed to work with Windows systems [i.e. Internet Explorer]. “ActiveX” by Microsoft is not supported on other operating systems such as Apple “Mac OS” or “GNU/Linux.”) 

Divine Mercy Devotions. . . April 11th: Will not take place this year because of the Stamford Symphony/Basilica Choir benefit presentation of Mozart’s Requiem.

GRAND CONCERT to BENEFIT HAITI . . .Sunday, April 11, the Stamford Symphony and the Choir of the Basilica of St. John will present the famous Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at 7:30 PM. A benefit concert for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti, 100% of the proceeds will go to Haitian relief efforts. The concert will be conducted by Maestro Eckart Preu, the chorus prepared by Scott Turkington. While no entrance fee will be required, a suggested donation of $25.00 will go far toward raising needed funds to aid those now suffering in Haiti. Donors wishing to contribute $50.00 or more will be listed in the Donors’ Circle section of the printed program and will have reserved seating. Please see the St. John’s website for more information: stjohnsstamford.com. THIS CONCERT WILL NOT BE BROADCAST ON THE PARISH CAMERAS.

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA. . . Please join us Saturday May 1st at 7:00 pm in the church for a Live Performance featuring Stars of the Metropolitan Opera. Proceeds will benefit the ongoing restoration of our historic church. For ticket and sponsorship information please call 203-324-1553, ext.21 or register on the parish website www.stjohnsstamford.com. THIS CONCERT WILL NOT BE BROADCAST ON THE PARISH CAMERAS.

Saint Gabriel Church. . . Will host a concert of sacred music on Friday, April 30th at 7:30 pm, with Bishop Lori. All are invited and admission is free. An offering can be made at the door. Please mark your calendar for this special event marking the end of the Year of the Priest.

Easter Sunday 2010 $ 21,288.20
Easter Sunday 2009 $ 17,443.71

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

April 18th Sunday Readings: Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41; Rev 5:11-14; Jn 21:1-19 or 21:1-14.

Hymns for this Sunday . . . (1) 79 (2) 83.

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass
Mass Ordinary: Mass for Four Voices – William Byrd, 1540-1623
All are encouraged to sing the Creed at the Noon Mass, which may be found in the hymnal at No. 289. The Creed is sung alternating with the choir at each double bar line.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Quasi modo (As newborn babes, alleluia, long for pure spiritual milk, alleluia, alleluia. Rejoice in honour of God our helper; shout for joy to the God of Jacob. [I Peter 2:2]); Sequence Victimæ paschali laudes (To the Paschal Victim, Christians, offer a sacrifice of praise. The Lamb has ransomed his sheep; the innocent Christ has reconciled sinners with the Father. Death and life confronted each other in a prodigious battle; the Prince of life who died, now lives and reigns. “Tell us, Mary, what did you see upon the way?” “I saw sepulchre of the living Christ; I saw the glory of the Risen One. I saw the angels, his witnesses, the shroud and the garments. Christ, my Hope, is risen. He will go before his own into Galilee.” We know that Christ is truly risen from the dead; O Victorious King, have mercy upon us.); Alleluia Post dies octo (Eight days later, while all the doors were shut, Jesus came out and stood in the midst of his disciples and said: “Peace be with you.” [John 20:26]); Offertory Angelus Domini (The angel of the Lord came down from heaven and said to the women: “The One whom you seek has risen, as he said he would”, alleluia. [Matthew 28:2,5,6]); Communion Mitte manum (Stretch forth your hand, and feel the place where the nails were, alleluia; and be not doubtful but believing, alleluia, alleluia. [I Corinthians 5:7,8]).
Offertory Motet: Haec Dies – Marc’Antonio Ingegneri, 1547-1592 (This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. [Ps. 118:24,1]).
Communion Motets: Surrexit Christus Dominus – M. Praetorius (Christ the Lord is risen, the world’s sole Redeemer; this we know, taught by the angels who announced it to the women. Alleluia. He is risen in triumph, the power of death being broken; examine the cave of the tomb, you will see only thy shroud. Alleluia. For us He reigns forever, Judge eternal of our life, giver of light and righteousness, salvation and purity. Alleluia.). This joyful Eastertide – David’s Psalmen, 1685, arr. Charles Wood, 1866-1926 (The text may be found in the hymnal at No. 84.).

Marriage Anniversaries. . . Bishop Lori will celebrate a Mass for couples observing their 15th—50th—plus wedding anniversaries this year on April 25th at 3:00 PM at St. Theresa Church, Trumbull. Please call St. John’s rectory [203-324-1553, ext 21] to register.

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Our Parish goal is $85,000. Please be generous to Bishop Lori.

20’s and 30’s . . . Meets next Wednesday April 14th, in the Rectory.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, April 10
4:00 + John E. Hogan req. Terenzio Family, Donald F. Reid req. Friends of the Reed Family
Sunday, April 11
7:30 + Michael A. Rubino, Sr. req. Lori & James Rubino
10:00 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
12:00 Our Lady of Loretto Altar Guild req. Msgr. DiGiovanni
7:00 No 6:00 PM Mass. Mozart Requiem Concert for Haiti at 7 P.M
Monday, April 12
8:00 God’s Blessings for Diane Strain req. Marion Morris
12:10 +Rose & Vito Longo req. Daughter-Millie
Tuesday, April 13
8:00 Thanksgiving to the Holy Family
12:10 Birgitta O’Brien-Costantino Birthday
Wednesday, April 14
8:00 +Tin Nguyen req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 +Mr. Arthur & Anna Jean-Guillaume req. Children & Grand Children
Thursday, April 15
8:00 +William F. McNamara req. Daughters
12:10 +Eugene Lope req. Ferry G.
Friday, April 16
8:00 +Paul Rittman req. Mary Jean DalMolin
12:10 +Lynn Hayes req. Tom & Olga Kolenberg
Saturday, April 17
8:00 +Bonfelio & Yolanda Preli req. Phil DeFelice & Family
12:10 + Karl Gandt req. St. Monica’s Study Group

Holy Name Society . . . For the men of the parish, meets Fridays in the Rectory, 7-7:50 a.m. for coffee, Eucharistic adoration & Benediction. All men of the parish are welcome. We finish in time for 8 am Mass.

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

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m..

Religious Education. . . Sundays: 8:30 a.m. Sunday Mass attendance is a duty for all students and Catholic parents.

Convert Class [RCIA]. . .Tuesday Evenings 7:30 pm—8:30 pm in the rectory. Call Fr. Walsh, ext. 14.

Pray to end legalized abortion . . . Weds, 7-10:30a.m., Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St.

St. Dominic Savio Society. . . . For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12th grades. Meets monthly. Questions, contact Ferry Galbert 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. Meets monthly. Questions, please contact Suzanna Bosthwick, 203-554-2004.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory.

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

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory

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

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

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

St. John’s in the Advocate:
115 years ago, or so:
April 13, 1897: “May 7 next will be the tenth anniversary of the organization of St. Augustine council, K. of C. The celebration, however, will probably be held on a later date, and a live committee is now busy making elaborate arrangements for the event.”

100 years ago, or so:
April 18, 1904: PASTOR AT WHITE HOUSE. “Rev. James C. O’Brien, pastor of St. John’s R.C. Church, together with a few other priests from this State, had an audience with President Roosevelt at the White House, last week. Father O’Brien made the trip for the purpose of attending the ceremonies marking the endowment of the Catholic University with a charter in secular history by the Knights of Columbus. The audience with the President was arranged by Congressman at Large Lilley of Waterbury and Congressman Hill of Norwalk. Father O’Brien spent several minutes with Mr. Roosevelt, and was much impressed with the striking personality of the man. “The President received our party most cordially,” said Father O’Brien this morning “and we were of course delighted with our reception. He impresses the visitor as being a vigorous, strong and energetic man, with great enthusiasm. He has a most interesting personality, and is a very pleasant conversationalist.” Father O’Brien also speaks highly of the way the Knights of Columbus were received generally in Washington. He says that Congressmen Lilley, Hill and Brandegee were especially attentive to the Connecticut delegation. Rev. Father Clyne, who was in Virginia for a couple of weeks, returned with Father O’Brien.”

35 years ago, or so:
April 16, 1964: Religious Authors Educational Work; Parents In Stamford. “A new literary work in the field of Catholic education has been completed by Mother Marie Aimee Carey, O.S.U., a Stamford resident who entered the Ursuline Novitiate at New Rochelle, N.Y. nearly 15 years ago. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward V. Carey, of 20 Broadwood Dr., Mother Marie Aimee is author of “A Bibliography for Christian Formation In the Family,” published by the Paulist Press of Glen Rock, N.J. Distribution of the work is being aided by several Stamford Catholic Churches. It was prepared as a treatise by the religious in pursuit of her educational advancement. Now in Rome for a year of religious and cultural studies, Mother Marie Aimee is a graduate of St. John’s Parochial School, Sacred Heart Academy, College of New Rochelle, and received her master’s degree from Catholic University, Washington, D.C.”

Divine Mercy Sunday
The Elevation
– Fr. Terry Walsh

What thoughts run through your heart and mind at that extraordinary moment of grace when the Consecrated Host is raised to the Father in sacrifice? What greater example of mercy could there possibly be? Jesus offers His very Body and Blood, laying down His very life for sinful humanity. It is truly the supreme act of love and mercy.

What inspirations flow into the depths of your soul at that extraordinary moment? One faithful communicant once shared with me his response at that extraordinary moment of the Holy Mass: “My Lord and My God” echoing the words of the Apostle Thomas who probed the open wound in the side of Christ, piercing the veil, as it were, moving from doubt to true knowledge of our Lord’s Perfect Sacrifice. Thomas fell to his knees in thankful adoration – just as we utter those faithful words upon our knees and contemplate His love. In those few brief moments, we gaze upon mercy and love himself and see with the eyes of faith the vision Isaiah had been granted when he came to serve God: extraordinary Light emanating from the very Heart of God, exploding out to all the Universe, stamping out darkness, crushing all impurity, restoring Light, Happiness, and Peace.

In those holy moments when I look up at our Lord resting in my hands I pray the prayer of St. Faustina: “O Blood and Water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a font of Mercy for us, I Trust in You.” He has revealed Himself as our Merciful Redeemer. He has offered Himself in sacrifice for our salvation; we are offered the gift of life in the Eucharist. Our Patron, St. John, uses the images of Light and Water in his Gospel, as well as his letters, to describe the flow of grace, that is, the flow of mercy and love from the Temple, the Body of the Risen Christ. The vision of this glorious flow of grace described by John and seen by St. Faustina draws our eyes back to the tiny host wherein our Lord resides – for us. Thoughts drift back to that still moment when the Centurion thrust the lance into the dead Body of Christ Crucified, opening up the gates of life, never to be closed again. Let us not forget that that same Sword pierced the Immaculate Heart of His Most Pure Virgin Mother through whom the gift of eternal life came to us. Like St. Thomas, the Centurion recognized in an instant that he was in the Presence of God. That Roman soldier, St. Longenius, dropped to his knees and believed and was washed clean in His Blood.

What thoughts run through your heart and mind at that extraordinary moment of grace when you likewise find yourself at the foot of the Cross – at every Holy Mass and the consecrated host is raised to the Father in the most extraordinary act of love and mercy – for you? After all, we, too, have pierced Him. Yet, He forgives. He turns His Merciful gaze toward each one of us from the tiny host and He calls each one of us by name: “Come to Me…I will give you ‘Living Water’… ‘I will fill you with Divine Light’… ‘I will feed your thirsty soul with the Bread of Angels and streams of Living Water will forever well up from within you!’ How can our reaction be anything other than “My Lord and My God!”