For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday May 2, 2010

Pastor ’s Corner. . . Here are two more patristic reflections on Our Lord’s saving work:
“Our Lord was conquered by death and then conquered it in turn. He bowed to death and took it willingly upon Him so that He might cast death out against its will. He went forth carrying His Cross, since death would have it so; but He cried out upon the Cross and led the dead forth from their world, though death protested mightily.”
“Through the body that was His, death slew Him; with the same weapon He won His victory in turn. He hid His divinity under the veil of his humanity and approached death, which slew Him and was, itself, slain. Death killed His natural human life, but His supernatural life slew death in turn.”
“Because death could not devour Him if He had no body, nor hell swallow Him up if He were not flesh and blood, He came to the Virgin and took manhood from her. In the body He entered hell and robbed it of its treasures. When death had laid hold of Him, He feared not but snatched His own life from its grasp and, with Himself, many others.”
“This noble Son of the carpenter carried His Cross over the yawning abyss of hell and transported the human race to the house of life. A tree had been mankind’s downfall [in Eden], a tree [the Cross] brought it to new life.”
“Glory to you, Lord! You made your Cross a bridge over death so that the souls of men and women might traverse it from death to life. Glory to you! YOU donned the body of mortal man and made it a fountain of life for men and women. You live because your slayers treated your life as a farmer does his seed. Your executioners sowed your life like wheat in the deep earth of death that it might rise up and bring with it a great crop” [Deacon Saint Ephrem, Discourse 3 On Our Lord].
“ ‘I die’, says the Lord, ‘for all people so that I may give them life, and redeem all flesh with my own. For when I die, death dies; and when I rise, so shall fallen human nature. I became like you, a man of Abraham’s seed, that I might in all ways be like my brothers and sisters.’ ”
“There was no other way of destroying the lord of death and, with him, death itself unless Christ had given Himself for our sake, one man as a ransom for all; for He was superior to all others [being both God and man]. That is why somewhere in the psalms He says, as He offers Himself as a spotless Victim to God the Father: ‘Sacrifice and oblation you did not want, but you fitted me with a body. Holocausts and offerings for sin you did not wish; then I said: ‘Behold, I come!’ ”
“Jesus was crucified in the place of all and for the sake of all in order that, when one man had died for all, we all might live in Him (for it could not be that His human life should remain subject to death and corruption). That Jesus did in fact offer Himself for the life of the world is clear from His own words: ‘Holy Father, guard them’; and again: ‘For their sake I sanctify myself.’ ‘Sanctify’ here means to consecrate and offer as a spotless and fragrant Victim. Christ therefore gave His body for the life of us all, and through that body He restored life to us. How this occurred I shall explain briefly as best I can.”
“Once the eternal living Word of God [the Second Person of the Trinity] had taken human flesh, He made it share in His own inalienable possession, namely life, and made it, through its marvelous union with Himself to be itself life-giving. Christ’s body therefore enlightens those who share in it, expelling death when it enters those subject to death” [St. Cyril of Alexandria, Commentary on John, Book 4] —Mons. DiGiovanni

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. . . Salvatore Piro, Andrew Caruso, 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.

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.

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.

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 our study of Eusebius’ Life of Constantine: 7:30 pm each Wednesday in the rectory: all are welcome.

Weekday Morning Mass Time. . . Some people have asked if we would consider changing the morning Mass to 7:30 a.m., which might prove 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. —Your priests.

Shippan Point Garden Club. . . Annual Fundraiser and Plant Sale, Saturday, May 8th, 2010, 9:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. at O.L. Star of the Sea Parish on Shippan Avenue before Mother’s Day: Hundreds of colorful annuals, hanging baskets, herb collections and home grown perennials. The proceeds are used for environmental programs, two $2,000 scholarships and civic plantings. Event will be held rain or shine. Please join us.

Sunday April 25, 2010 $ 10,331.02
Sunday April 26, 2009 $ 11,650.75
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

May 9th Sunday Readings: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Rev 21:10-14, 22-23; Jn 14:23-29.
Hymns for this Sunday . . . (1) 73 (2) 253

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass:
Mass Ordinary: Missa quarti toni – 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 Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are:
Introit Cantate Domino (Sing to the Lord a new song, alleluia; for the Lord has accomplished wondrous deeds, alleluia; he has revealed his justice in the sight of the Gentiles, alleluia, alleluia; His right hand and his holy arm have given him victory. [Ps. 98:1,2]); Alleluia Christus resurgens ex mortuis (Christ has been raised from the dead and will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. [Romans 6:9]);
Offertory Jubilate Deo (Sing joyfully to God all the earth; let the entire earth cry out with joy to God; sing a psalm in honor 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: Ego sum vitis vera (I am the true vine, and you are the branches; he who abides in me and I in Him, he it is who bears much fruit, alleluia, alleluia. [John 15:5])
Offertory Motet: Cantate Domino – Giovanni Croce 1557-1609
(O sing unto the Lord a new song; sing unto the Lord, all the whole earth.Sing unto the Lord, and praise his Name; be telling of his salvation from day to day. [Ps. 96:1-3, trans. M. Coverdale])
Communion Motet: Jubilate Deo – Orlandus Lassus 1532-1594
(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])

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.
Next weekend we will provide envelopes in the pews for parishioners to make a pledge to Bishop Lori.

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, May 1
4:00 +John & Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Young
Sunday, May 2
7:30 Special intention Molly Festo
10:00 +Pasquale & Viola Russo req. Anthony & Josephine Marena
12:00 Deceased members of the Marchetti & Torentino Family req. The Marchetti Family
6:00 +Virginia Gaviola req. Della Lee
Monday, May 3
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Gabriel Kitchner req. Connie Smith
Tuesday, May 4
8:00 +Margaret M. Timon req. Thomas A. Timon
12:10 In Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary req. Fabiola C.
Wednesday, May 5
8:00 Fr. Robert J. Fox req. Frank Baranowski
12:10 +Paul Rittman req. Pam Rittman
Thursday, May 6
8:00 +Marilyn McKenna req. Pugliese Family
12:10 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Friday, May 7
8:00 +Anthony & Marie DeFelice req. Phil DeFelice & Family
12:10 +Daniel Coyne req. Mark Neagle
Saturday, May 8
8:00 In Thanksgiving to God
12:10 +Terrence M. Cuneo req. The Underhill Family

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 NEWS:
135 years ago, or so:
The Connecticut catholic:
May 6, 1876: STAMFORD. “A new house of the Sisters of Mercy, has just been founded here and a great want of the people in facilities for Catholic education promises to be supplied. Three Sisters from Mt. St. Joseph’s Convent, Hartford, have arrived and are installed in the old parochial residence which has been fitted up to answer the purpose of a convent. One poor school house is all that is available now, but ere long, with the blessing of God, another and larger one will be erected.”

The Connecticut catholic:
May 4, 1878: STAMFORD “During the past week, the children of the parish assembled in the church, morning and evening, for pious instruction and preparation for quarterly Communion, and on Saturday approached the altar in large numbers and in a most edifying manner. The collection for the seminarians we make bold to state will not be discreditable to Stamford. A lecture is to be delivered on May 5th, for the benefit of the orphans, by Rev. L. Toner, of Brooklyn. The Rev. gentleman had appointed Easter Sunday, but unfortunately lost the only train on Sunday evening that left the Grand Central Depot.”

125 years ago, or so:
The NEW YORK SUN:
May 2, 1886: STAMFORD’S BIG CATHOLIC CHURCH. Copied Partly After the Milan Cathedral and Built by John Ennis. “The members of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Stamford conceived the idea sixteen years ago of erecting a new house of worship. The building which had been in use since the establishment of the church was too small to accommodate the increasing Catholic population which now has grown to 4,000. The site selected is at the junction of Atlantic and Bell streets. The earnestness with which Catholics of Stamford and vicinity entered into the plan encouraged Father Fagan, then pastor, to undertake a building larger and more beautiful than the most enthusiastic could hope for. The edifice stands today nearly completed. Father Fagan died soon after the work was begun, but his successor, Father Tierney, now of Hartford, continued it. As soon as the basement floor was finished, the old church was turned into a school house and the congregation have since worshipped in the basement of the new church. Father Rogers, who succeeded Father Tierney, began work on the upstairs chapel in the fall of 1882. The edifice is now finished with the exception of the spire and the date of dedication has been fixed for Sunday, May 30.”

Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come
(Part III) – Fr. Terry Walsh
(Pentecost is May 23rd)

“God saved us through the baptism of new birth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit he lavished on us through Jesus Christ our Savior, that we might be justified by His grace and become heirs, in hope, of eternal life.” –Titus 3: 5 – 7

When St. John writes in his first letter, “God IS love” he teaches us that we are called to abide in that love and to be a conduit for that love. The Catechism teaches: “Love is the 1st gift of God, containing all others”(ccc733). And St. Paul reminds us, “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us”(Rm 5:5). For our part, we must open our hearts to receive the graces he pours out upon us. Prayer opens the pathways of the heart thereby allowing the living waters (divine grace) to flow freely and abundantly and consequently nourishing the seeds He planted in us at our baptism. On the other hand, a lack of prayer hardens the heart and closes those same pathways. Consequently, the seeds of faith, hope, and charity (along with every other gift and virtue) dry up and produce little or no fruit. In other words, our Lord offers the graces of divine life; he does not force us to receive them.
One of the most beautiful images of this relationship is the “Allegory of the Vine and the Branches” in the Gospel of John, chapter 15. In this chapter, Jesus reveals to his disciples, all of us, that He alone is the true vine and that we who are baptized into His Mystical Body are like branches on the vine. Just as a branch receives life from the vine and is able to bear fruit, so too are we able to have life and bear “spiritual fruit” through the nourishment we receive from Christ, “the Vine.” This nourishment, this grace, is the very essence of love, God Himself. It is the Holy Spirit who dwells in us and animates us, provided we cooperate with His inspirations and are docile to His promptings: “If you love Me you will keep My commandments….Follow Me….You are children of the Light; walk in the Light.” As children of God, we are, of course, called to live IN God beginning here on earth through baptism and then, one day forever in heaven. Our brief time on earth is our time to choose our eternal destiny. And our Lord pleads, “Choose the Blessing – choose life!!!” That’s not to say, of course, that we won’t make mistakes, etc., but rather, that it is our intention to live “according to the Spirit” and that if we happen to fall, we have recourse to our Lord of Mercy, Jesus Christ, who will heal us and restore us to friendship with God. Indeed, through our humble acknowledgement of our faults and failings we may receive forgiveness and nourishment through “The Vine”; that is, through the Sacraments, and so bear abundant fruit for the Kingdom of God – in our own souls, in the Church, and in the world. What are the fruits of the Holy Spirit? In his letter to the Galatians, St. Paul teaches us that the Fruits of the Spirit are “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control”(Gal 5: 22-23). Consider the words of St. Basil: “Through the Holy Spirit we are restored to paradise, led back to the Kingdom of heaven, and adopted as children, given confidence to call God ‘Father’ and to share in Christ’s grace, called children of light and given a share in eternal glory.” Pure Gift!
In Acts of the Apostles, we see the Holy Spirit working in a powerful way in the early Church. It is a wonderful book of the New Testament to read throughout the Easter Season. Just as the Holy Spirit led the Church in the time of the Apostles, so too does He continue to lead and guide us through their successors. The Catechism teaches us: ‘The mission of Christ and the Holy Spirit is brought to completion in the Church, which is the Body of Christ and the Temple of the Holy Spirit. This joint mission henceforth brings Christ’s faithful to share in his communion with the Father in the Holy Spirit. The Spirit prepares us and goes out to us with His grace, in order to draw us to Christ. The Spirit manifests the risen Lord to us, recalls his word to us and opens our minds to the understanding of His Death and Resurrection. He makes present the mystery of Christ, supremely in the Eucharist, in order to reconcile us, to bring us into communion with God, that we may ‘bear much fruit.’’(ccc737).