For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday April 25, 2010

Pastor ’s Corner. . . Jesus established His one Church on the Apostles as His vehicle through which He, the Resurrected Lord, would remain with us until the end of time. Through His Church, the Risen Lord continues to teach us the fullness of Revelation, and shares with us His Resurrected life by means of His seven Sacraments.
Here is another patristic meditation on the reality of Jesus’ Church, and the efficacy of the Resurrected Christ transforming us through His Sacraments to be more like Him. We do not merely imitate Him, for we cannot become perfect by ourselves. Rather, it is the Resurrected Lord who works the change in us by giving us the graces in the Sacraments He instituted, without which we cannot share His divine life:

“The Son of God, beloved brethren, 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 the Head cannot be separated from the members of the body, neither can the members be separated from the Head.”
“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 history, but a present and operative reality. 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 sons and daughters 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 Holy Communion], we are assimilated to what we eat and drink. 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” [Pope Saint Leo I, Sermon 12: On the Passion].

“The heavenly sacrifice which Christ established is truly the inheritance-gift of the new covenant, left us as a pledge of His presence. It is provision for our journeying through this world until we come face to face with God.”
“He wanted His blessings to abide with us and desired that our souls, redeemed by His priceless blood, should become ever more holy and bear more fully the likeness of His Passion. Therefore He bade His Apostles, the first priests of the Church, to celebrate unceasingly these mysteries of eternal life. They and all the faithful would thus, to the end of time, have daily before their eyes the symbol of Christ’s suffering; bearing it in their hands and taking it into their mouths and hearts, they would be unable to forget the redemption wrought for them.”
“Since the bread must be made from water and many grains of wheat and then baked in the fire, it provides an image of Christ’s Body [the Church]; for here multitudes of men and women become a body and are united into a whole by the fire of the Holy Spirit. And rightly so. For Christ Himself had been born by the Spirit’s power and had entered into [John the Baptist’s] baptismal waters to consecrate them; then, filled with the Spirit, who descended on Him like a dove, He had gone forth to His ministry.”
“ Let us all with eager devotion receive this saving Passover Victim that our hearts may be sanctified by the Lord Jesus Christ, whom we believe to be present in His sacramental symbols. The power that lays hold of us will abide forever. Amen” [St. Gaudentius of Brescia, Treatise 2]. —Mons. DiGiovanni

Weekday Morning Mass Time. . . Some people have asked if we would consider changing the morning Mass to 7:30 a.m., which might prove more convenient for more people on their way to work. What would you think if daily Morning Mass were at 7:30 a.m. instead of
8 a.m.? Would you come?? Please let us know what you think. Thanks.
—Mons. DiGiovanni, Fathers Walsh & Audette.

Please pray for the sick. . . Emily Turturino, 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. . . James R. Clements, 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.

Catholic Home Missions Appeal . . . Please drop your Catholic Home Missions envelope into the one collection. There will be only one collection today. 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.

Benedictine Monks from Norcia, Italy will offer the 10 am Mass and offer a lecture on Benedictine Monasticism at 11:30 in the parish hall on Sunday, April 25th. All are welcome.

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 light reception will follow in the Monsignor Nagle Hall. All are welcome to attend.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. . . Continues its study of Eusebius’ Life of Constantine: 7:30 pm each Wednesday in the rectory: all are welcome.

Sunday April 18, 2010 $ 12,022.07
Sunday April 19, 2009 $ 11,460.51

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

May 2nd Sunday Readings: Acts 14:21-27; Rev 21:1-5a; Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35.

Hymns for this Sunday . . . (1) 60 (2) 83

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass:
Mass Ordinary: Missa Aeterna Christi munera– Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.
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: Misericordia Domini: The earth is full of the mercy of the Lord, alleluia; by the word of the Lord, the heavens were established, alleluia, alleluia. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! Praising befits those who are upright [Ps.33:5,6,1];
Alleluia: Ego sum pastor bonus: I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my own know me [John 10:14];
Offertory: Deus, Deus meus: O God, my God, from daybreak do I watch for you; and in invocation of your name will I lift up my hands [Ps. 63:2,5];
Communion: Ego sum pastor bonus: I am the good shepherd, alleluia; I know my sheep and my own know me, alleluia, alleluia;
Offertory Motet: Credo quod Redemptor – Alonso Lobo: I believe that my Redeemer lives, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And in my flesh shall I see God my Savior;
Communion Motet: Ego sum Panis vivus – Juan Esquivel: I am the living bread, descended from heaven. Whosoever shall eat of this bread shall live forever, Alleluia.

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.”) 

Job Seekers. . . Meets the 4th Monday of each month in the rectory at 7:30 pm: all are welcome. Topics include job interviewing, writing of resumes, networking and job seeking strategies. The group is led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs: for more info, see: www.redinc.biz

Coffee Hour. . .There will be No Coffee Hour This Sunday, April 25th due to the Benedictine Monks from Norcia lecture on Benedictine Monasticism at 11:30 in the parish hall. Coffee hour will resume next Sunday, May 2nd, after the 10:00 a.m. Mass. All are welcome.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, April 24
4:00 Special Intentions Millie, Matthew & Liz Terenzio
Sunday, April 25
7:30 +John Mannes 49th Anniversary req. Munro & DeVivo Families
10:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
12:00+Phil DeFelice, Sr. req. The Marchetti Family
6:00+Helen Pagnotti req. Jean Bendick
Monday, April 26
8:00 In Honor to the Sacred Heart of Jesus req. Fabiola C.
12:10+Richard Santasiero req. Terri Rizzo
Tuesday, April 27
8:00 Thang & Diep Nguyen, Wedding Anniversary
12:10+Joyce Kotzker req. John & Laura Pascale
Wednesday, April 28
8:00+John Castellano req. The Giannitti Family
12:10+Karl Gandt req. The Latinists
Thursday, April 29
8:00+Tomas D. Rosete req. Rosita A. Domdom
12:10+Vita Fazio req. Frank D’Amico, Brother
Friday, April 30
8:00 +Angie & Rocco Ganino req. Phil DeFelice & Family
12:10 +Mario Aversa req. John Pascale
Saturday, May 1
8:00 +Mario Vincenzo Margarone req. The Marchetti Family
12:10 +Robert Remy Lops req. Ferry G.

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 the 8am 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 10:00 a.m.

Religious Education. . . Sundays: 8:30 a.m: Students 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. 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:
130 years ago, or so:
May 2, 1879: Burglars. “The residence of Father Rogers, pastor of the Roman Catholic Church, was entered by burglars about three o’clock, Tuesday morning, and his desk ransacked and papers disturbed. The thieves were heard walking through the house by the housekeeper, but as she thought it was some of the inmates made no alarm. It is supposed they were after a monthly collection taken in the church on the Sunday previous, but which had been, as usual, safely deposited in the Bank. Before the rascals went through the basement window where they entered, they helped themselves to what edibles they could find in the pantry.”

April 28, 1882: “The pupils of St. John’s R.C. school are busily preparing for a grand concert and exhibition to be given in the Town Hall next Thursday evening, May 4th. The previous entertainments of the same general character have always given the greatest satisfaction. It is safe to predict for next week’s exhibition, an equal or even greater success.”

120 years ago, or so:
April 26, 1889: “In St. John’s R. C. Church there were three masses Sunday, at all of which the attendance was very large, also at vespers. Sunday night, Father Downey, of Bridgeport, preached a very eloquent sermon which was listened to with great attention by a crowded audience. His subject was the resurrection.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: The Reverend John Downey, a vocation from St. John’s, was ordained in 1888.)

50 years ago, or so:
May 2, 1960: “All men of St. John’s Catholic Church have been invited to assist in the forming of a nocturnal adoration group at a meeting tonight in the lower chapel, immediately after mission services.”

May 1, 1963: Event To Promote Boys’ Interest In Becoming Priests. “A Day of Recollection for sixth, seventh and eighth grade boys to promote vocations to the priesthood will be held May 5th from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at St. Cecilia’s Church in Springdale. The Rev. Michael F. Blanchard, pastor of St. John’s Church, Noroton, will conduct the program. Father Blanchard is vocational director for the Stamford Deanery. He said the program is for all boys from Stamford, Darien, New Canaan and Greenwich who have a possible interest in becoming priests. The Rev. William A. Nagle of St. John’s, Noroton and Rev. Pierre A. Botton of Springdale, assistant vocational directors for the Deanery, also will address the group.”

Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come (Part II) -Fr. Terry Walsh
(Pentecost Sunday is May 23rd )
“Jesus said, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God…. The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit’.”(Jn3:5-8). At Baptism, we are literally born of water and the Spirit, as the Holy Spirit penetrates our hearts and souls breathing the life of Divine Grace into us and refashioning our souls, as it were, to begin our new and eternal life in the Body of Christ. As we progress in the Spiritual life by receiving nourishment that flows from the Sacrifice of Jesus, we’re able to be formed more and more into His Divine Likeness – in holiness – in love. St. John of the Cross (16th Century Spanish Carmelite Priest and Doctor of the Church) put it this way: “God communicates himself most to that soul that has progressed farthest in love; namely, that has it’s will in closest conformity with the will of God. And the soul that has attained complete conformity and likeness of will is totally united and transformed in God supernaturally.” It’s the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit that transform our wounded nature into the Divine.
So, how do we understand the 3rd Person of the Holy Trinity, how do we describe Him? The Catechism teaches us that the Holy Spirit is known by many titles in the Scriptures: the Paraclete, the Advocate, the Consoler; the Spirit of Truth, of the Promise, of Adoption, of Christ, of the Lord, of God, and of Glory. In addition, the Catechism (Article numbers 694 – 701) beautifully explains the many symbols of the Holy Spirit that signify the Spirit’s action in transforming our lives and these articles in the Catechism actually serve as a fruitful source of reading material for prayerful meditation.
Jesus – the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit – the Breath of God were “hidden” in the Old Testament and revealed in the New Testament as the Prophet Isaiah tells us (c.750B.C.): “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse (Jesus Christ), and a branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the spirit of Wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord”(Isaiah 11: 1- 2).
Later, in the Gospel of Luke, Jesus Himself reveals Who He really is when he proclaims in the synagogue in Nazareth at the beginning of His public ministry: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor”(Lk 4: 18-19).
Once baptized, we’re transformed by grace and become “living tabernacles” of the Trinity. As we grow in docility to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit and seek to “Do the Father’s Will” then, ‘the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth and will glorify Christ.’ Consider the experience of the 1st disciples. In Acts of the Apostles, we read: “On the day of Pentecost when the seven weeks of Easter had come to an end, Christ’s Passover is fulfilled in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, manifested, given, and communicated as a divine Person: of his fullness, Christ, the Lord, pours out the Spirit in abundance.” We, likewise, share in the outpouring of the gifts and fruits of the Spirit and are called to participate in the same mission.