For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday April 18, 2010

Pastor ’s Corner. . . Our Lord’s promise to His Apostles that He would remain with His Church until the end of time did not imply some symbolic presence; nor is His presence of the nature of a memory of Him that Christians might conjure up occasionally. The real effects of the Savior’s Resurrected self are to be had in the seven Sacraments He instituted in His Church. The Sacraments are the true first fruits of Christ’s Resurrection: by them He remains with His Church until the end of time, sharing His divine life with His believing people, leading to His victory over death in our resurrection at the end of time. Here are two samples of the 4th century catechetical lessons by Saint Cyril of Jerusalem on Baptism and the Eucharist:
“You have been brought to the holy font of baptism, as Christ was carried from the Cross to the tomb. Each of you was asked whether he believed in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. You uttered the saving profession of faith and were three times immersed in the water; three times you came forth. In image and sign you thus symbolized Christ’s three-day burial. When you were submerged in the water, you dwelt in unseeing night; when you came forth, you entered the light of day. Thus you were dead and reborn, and the water was both your tomb and your mother’s womb. We were not literally dead or buried or crucified or risen. Yet from the imitation of the realities salvation truly came to us. Christ was literally crucified and buried and literally rose from the dead; we symbolized in ourselves what He experienced, and thus truly shared in His salvation. What marvelous love God shows to mankind! Christ endured the tormenting nails in His innocent hands and feet; we, knowing none of His pain and suffering, receive the salvation that sprang from them.
“Let no one, therefore, think of baptism simply as forgiveness of sins and grace of adoption by God, as though it were identical with the baptism of John the Baptist, which effected only forgiveness. For our baptism not only brings forgiveness and the gifts of the Holy Spirit; it is also the symbolic expression of Christ’s sufferings. This is why Saint Paul says: ‘Do you not realize that when we were baptized into Christ Jesus, we were baptized into His death? We were therefore also buried with Him by our baptism into His death’”
[Jerusalem Catecheses 20, Mysterium 1].
Here is Cyril’s presentation on the Church’s ancient teaching about the Eucharist:
“At the Last Supper, Christ said of the bread: ‘This is my Body.’ Who can doubt the truth henceforth? He said of the wine: ‘This is my Blood,’ Who can claim that it is not His Blood? Let us then, with full conviction, receive the bread and wine as Christ’s Body and Blood. The Body is given to you in this symbolic form of bread, and the Blood in the form of wine; having received them, you are one in body and one in blood with Christ. Thus we become Christ-bearers, for His Body and Blood have been introduced into our physical bodies. Thereby too we become, according to Saint Peter, sharers in the Divine Nature.
“In the Eucharist, then, we must look beyond the everyday bread and wine, for these are in reality Christ’s Body and Blood. Whatever the senses may suggest to you, let faith make; you assured of the truth. Be certain in faith that what seems to be mere bread to the taste is not mere bread but Christ’s Body, and what seems to be mere wine to the taste is truly His Blood. This is the Bread of which David spoke: ‘The bread strengthens man’s spirit, as oil brings gladness to the face.’ Strengthen your soul, therefore, by receiving the Bread as the spiritual food it is, and your heart’s face will be glad. Let your conscience be pure and your heart contemplate the Lord’s glory.” [Jerusalem Catecheses, 22, Mysterium 4]. —Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Fr. Andrew Walter, George Szele, Robert Lebeau, Connie Ward, Cheryl Carucci, Jerry Pellegrino, Joan Bachman, 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. . . Irene Zelinsky, 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, William Wolf, Alfred Gautrau, David Lloyd, Evelyn Mahan.

Monthly Collection . . . The second collection today will be the monthly collection for the parish. Your generosity is appreciated.

Easter Duty. . . The sign that we are practicing Catholics is that we receive Holy Communion: which means we lead a moral life and hold the same faith as does our local successor of the Apostles, Bishop Lori and the Successor of Saint Peter, Pope Benedict: we are in communion with them. The Easter Duty is a precept insuring that all Catholics receive Holy Communion at least once during the year: from Palm Sunday through Trinity Sunday [May 30th]. That implies that everyone should go to confession at least once per year, especially during the Easter season. Unless prevented by illness or other serious reasons, if one does not go to Confession or receive Holy Communion at least during this time of year, then that person can’t be considered much of a practicing Catholic.

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 7:30pm, 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.

Parish Mother of the Year. . . On Tuesday, May 25th at 7:00pm here at Saint John’s: the Council of Catholic Women will host their annual Parish Mother of the Year Awards: a beautiful devotional ceremony during which one candidate from each Stamford parish will receive an award in recognition for services to their parishes. A light reception will follow in the Monsignor Nagle Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Haiti Benefit. . . The April 1st concert by the Stamford Symphony here at the Basilica totaled $24,607. This, plus the $24,985 which the parish sent in March, means that we have sent nearly $50,000 to Haiti for relief of earthquake victims. Thank you for your generosity!!

Sunday April 11, 2010 $ 12,517.07

Sunday April 12, 2009 $ 15,900.10
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

April 25th Sunday Readings: Acts 13:14, 43-52; Rev 7:9, 14b-17; Jn 10:27-30.

Hymns for this Sunday . . . (1) 82 (2) 76.

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass Mass Ordinary: Mass Ordinary: Missa ‘O quam gloriosum – Tomás Luis de Victoria, 1548-1611.
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 Jubilate Deo (Shout joyfully to God, all the earth; sing a psalm to his name, alleluia; praise him with magnificence, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Say to God: “How awesome are your deeds, O Lord! In the greatness of your power, your enemies will be convicted of lying to you.” [Ps. 65:1-3]); Alleluia Oportebat pati Christum (It was necessary that Christ should suffer and rise from the dead, and so enter into his glory. [Luke 24:46]); Offertory Lauda anima mea (Praise the Lord, O my soul; I will praise the Lord throughout my life; I will sing to my God for as long as I live, alleluia. [Ps. 146:2]); Communion Cantate Domino (Sing unto the Lord, alleluia; sing to the Lord, bless his name; proclaim his salvation day after day, alleluia, alleluia. [Ps. 96:2 ]).
Offertory Motet:Credo quod Redemptor – Alonso Lobo, 1555-1617 (I believe that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And in my flesh shall I see God my Saviour.).
Communion Motet: Ego sum Panis vivus – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, 1525-1594 (I am the living bread. Your forefathers ate manna in the desert and are dead; this is the living bread from heaven: whoever eats it shall not die. [from St. John: 6]).

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.

Jazz Concert. . .Mark your calendars: May 7th beginning at 7pm here at St. John’s in the parish hall: The Jazzzz Quintet will perform: refreshments provided. Join us for a fun evening.

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.”) 

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, April 17
4:00 +Vincent Freccia, Jr. Easter remembrance
Sunday, April 18
7:30 Special intention Rose B. Rubino req. Lori & James Rubino
10:00 +Millien Family req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:00 +Maria Magnifico req. The Marchetti Family
6:00 Special Intention Jean Robert Florestal
Monday, April 19
8:00 +Lois Ceretta req. Priests of the Parish
12:10 +James & Adele Henson req. John Pascale
Tuesday, April 20
8:00 Jane Gannon’s Birthday req. Sharon Gannon
12:10 +Marie Burke req. Tom & Olga Kolenberg
Wednesday, April 21
8:00 +Mary Bozek req. Deborah Bozek
12:10 Special Intention req. The Latin Reading Group
Thursday, April 22
8:00 +Josephine Henson req. John Pascale
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Friday, April 23
8:00 +Phil & Louise DeFelice req. Phil DeFelice & Family
12:10 Special Intention req. The Latin Reading Group
Saturday, April 24
8:00 +Elizabeth Coughlin req. Debra Pond
12:10 +Carmella Faubel req. Joseph Melfi

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:Sstudents and Catholic parents are obliged to attend Sunday Mass

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. Will meet this Sunday after the 12 PM Mass. 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:
140 years ago, or so:
April 22, 1870: “The old house standing on the lot purchased by the Roman Catholic society, is being taken down. This we suppose is the first step towards the great work of building the new church. The house above referred to was one of the oldest in the village. The notorious relic hunter, Charley Alphonas, found behind the wainscoting several copper coins, some of which were nearly two hundred years old.”

100 years ago, or so:
April 20, 1908: CROWDS IN CHURCHES. Beautiful Flowers, Sweet Music and Eloquent Sermons. HOW EASTER WAS OBSERVED. “It was not as warm an Easter Day as many would desire, but it was pleasant enough for people to be outdoors, and the April shower came at the least objectionable time. Rain fell during the hour of the principal church service, and it was over before the congregations were dismissed. All the services in St. John’s R.C. Church were attended by large congregations yesterday. The principal service was at 10:30, and consisted of a solemn high mass. The sermon was preached by the rector, Rev. James C. O’Brien, who dwelt upon the historical facts relating to the resurrection and the spiritual lessons to be taken there from. The sanctuary was beautifully decorated. Easter lilies predominated, and were effectively set forth from a background of palms. When the altar lights were burning, the sanctuary made a brilliant spectacle. The singing was quite in keeping with the general high character of the services. The soloists, Miss Kennedy, Miss Hogan, Mr. Reilly, and Mr. Smith, doing especially good work. In the evening vespers were solemnized.”

65 years ago, or so:
April 23, 1946: Prizes Awarded To St. John’s. “The St. John’s Holy Name League brought to a close one of the most successful bowling seasons since the organization was started a good many years ago, when a banquet was held, last night, at the Davenport Hotel. Although they were not champs, they did end up with a second place tie with St. Mary’s. Joe Poultney, presiding chairman for the last eleven years, finally retired and Lou Nick will take over for the 1946-47 season, attempting to fill the shoes of a man who did a splendid job throughout these eleven years. Ed Connell acted as toastmaster for last night’s banquet, and a number of men from the different teams got up and said a few words. In all, it was a gala affair, with Pat Tartell giving out with the notes from his accordion.”

Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come
(Part I) – Revisited – Fr. Terry Walsh
“I Believe in the Holy Spirit”

God has revealed Himself to as a personal God. He is not simply some unknowable distant force. He has revealed Himself as the essence of love, of purity, of holiness, and He is knowable to all who seek Him. He has revealed Himself as One God, but Three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Holy Trinity is of course the greatest Mystery of our faith and through our assent of faith, that is, through our ‘yes’ to God, we are given bountiful graces to grow in our understanding. This gift of faith is sustained and nourished most especially through our personal encounters with Jesus in the each of the seven Sacraments.
Each Sunday, just after hearing the Word of God, we proclaim our ‘yes’ when we stand and assert our Catholic Faith. During the course of our prayer, we say the words: “I believe in the Holy Spirit” – a distinct and equal Person of the Trinity. “The One whom the Father has sent into our hearts, the Spirit of his Son, is truly God”(Gal. 4:6). “When the Father sends his Word, he always sends his Breath. In their joint mission, it is Christ who is seen, the visible image of the invisible God, but it is the Spirit who reveals Him”(Catechism, Article 689).
The Holy Spirit unites the faithful into the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ as He gives and sustains supernatural Divine life. St. Gregory of Nyssa describes this holy “anointing” in this way: “The notion of anointing suggests…that there is no distance between the Son and the Spirit. Indeed, just as between the surface of the body and the anointing with oil neither reason nor sensation recognizes any intermediary, so the contact of the Son with the Spirit is immediate, so that anyone who would make contact with the Son by faith must first encounter the oil by contact. In fact there is no part that is not covered by the Holy Spirit. That is why the confession of the Son’s Lordship is made in the Holy Spirit by those who receive him, the Spirit coming from all sides to those who approach the Son in faith.” At Baptism, we are anointed with the Sacred Chrism (Holy Oil specially blessed by the Bishop at the Chrism Mass) on the crown of our heads and we hear the words: “God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has freed you from sin, given you a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and welcomed you into His holy people. He now anoints you with the chrism of salvation. As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as a member of His Body, sharing everlasting life.” In the Sacrament of Confirmation, which completes Christian Initiation, we are anointed by the Holy Spirit when the Bishop traces the sign of the Cross on our foreheads, once again with the Sacred Chrism, and says: “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.” Recall the words of St. Paul, “…those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit…to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace…But you are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God really dwells in you. Any one who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him. But if Christ is in you, although your bodies are dead because of sin, your spirits are alive because of righteousness. If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through His Spirit who dwells in you”(Romans 8:5ff).
Pentecost is May 23, 2010. Please pray for those members of our parish in our RCIA program who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Augustine Cathedral on that day.