For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday May 16, 2010

Pastor ’s Corner. . . The One Church established by Our Lord grew at a remarkably fast rate: after only 30 years, it could be found in all the major cities of the Roman Empire, and an impressive number of smaller ones, as well. Here are excerpts from two documents describing that growth and life in the early Church: “Christ our Lord, while on earth, manifested both what He then was and what He had been, what the Father’s will was, and what men were to do. He did this openly to the people and privately to the disciples, among whom were the Twelve chosen to be Apostles to all nations. As Jesus was departing from them, Ascending to Heaven, He bade them go and teach the peoples of the earth, consecrating them through baptism to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Apostles, on receiving the promised Holy Spirit, straightway preached faith in Christ throughout Judea, established the Church, and broadcast the same faith to the nations of the world.
“In every great city they established the Church. From the Church established personally by the Apostles [in large cities], churches in other towns then borrowed the faith and its teachings that they might become churches in turn; the process goes on even today. All are regarded as apostolic because all are offspring of Church founded by the Apostles. All these great churches are descended from the Apostolic Church; all are apostolic because all are one in their foundation. What the Apostles preached—that is, what Christ revealed to them—can be known only through these same churches which the Apostles founded and to which they preached in person and by letter” [Tertullian, Objections to the Claims of Heretics, 20-22].

A mid-2nd century description of the Christian life: The Letter to Diognetus:
“Christians do not differ from other men as to habitat, language or custom. They live among Greeks and barbarians, wherever destiny has put them. They follow local custom in garb and diet and other matters. But their way of life is nonetheless strange and unbelievable to many. They live in their native land, but as sojourners; as citizens they share everything with their fellow-men, yet they are treated as aliens; any alien country is a homeland to them, and every homeland an alien country. They marry as men and women do and beget children, but they do not practice abortion. They share tables but not beds.
“They live in the flesh but not according to the flesh. They dwell on earth but regard heaven as their city. They follow established law but in their way of life go beyond what the law requires. They love all, and everybody persecutes them. No one knows them, while all condemn them; they are put to death and still are very much alive.
“To put it all briefly: What the soul is to the body, Christians are to the world. The soul is present in all the body’s members; so are Christians in the world’s cities. The soul dwells in the body but does not originate from it; Christians live in the world but do not have their origin there. The invisible soul abides in the visible body; Christians are seen as living in the world, but their piety is invisible. On the other hand, the body, though it suffers nothing from the soul, hates it and makes war upon it because it cannot enjoy its pleasures in peace; the world suffers nothing from Christians but hates them because they reject its pleasures.
“The soul loves the flesh and members which hate it; so do Christians love those who hate them. The soul is enclosed in the body, but it contains the body; Christians must remain in the world as in a prison, but they contain the world. The immortal soul dwells in a mortal home; Christians are pilgrims in a corruptible world while they look forward to heavenly immortality. God has set them in the world as his sentinels, and they may not leave their posts.”
—Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Emily Turturino, Fr. Andrew Walter, George Szele, Sr., 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. . . Paul Jankowitz, Matthew H. Kenealy Jr., Anthony P. D’Ariano, 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.

Catholic Communication Campaign Collection . . . Please drop your Catholic Communication Campaign Collection envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory. There will only be one collection today.

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.

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.

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.”) 

Sunday May 9, 2010 $ 10,842.31
Sunday May 10, 2009 $ 10,065.23

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

May 23rd Sunday Readings: Acts 2:1-11; 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Rom 8:8-17; Jn 20:19-23 or Jn 14:15-16, 23b-26.

Hymns for this Sunday . . . (1) 87 (2) 110

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass:
Mass Ordinary: Missa brevis – Andrea Gabrieli, 1510-1586.
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 Exaudi, Domine (Hearken, O Lord, unto my voice which has called out to you, alleluia; my heart declared to you: “Your countenance have I sought; I shall ever see your countenance, O Lord; do not turn your face from me, alleluia, alleluia.” The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? [Ps. 27:7,-9,1])
Alleluia Exivi a Patre (I came forth from the Father and have come
into the world; now I am leaving the world and going to the Father. [John 16:28]) Alleluia Non vos relinquam (I will not leave you orphans; I am going, but I will come back to you, and your hearts will be full of joy. [John 14:18]);
Offertory Ascendit Deus (God has gone up amidst shouts of joy, the Lord to the sound of the trumpet, alleluia. [Ps. 47:6]);
Communion Pater, cum essem cum eis (Father, when I was amongst them, I kept those whom you had given me, alleluia; but now I am coming to you; I do not ask you to take them out of the world, but to keep them from evil, alleluia, alleluia. [John 17:12,13,15]).
Offertory Motet: Ascendit Deus– Tomás Luis de Victoria 1548-1611 
(God has gone up amidst shouts of joy, the Lord to the sound of the trumpet, alleluia. [Ps. 47:6])
Communion Motet: Ave verum corpus – William Byrd 1540-1623
(Hail true Body, born of Mary the virgin; suffering, sacrificed truly on the cross for men; from whose pierced side water flowed and blood. Be merciful to us at the judgement of death, O sweet Jesus, O merciful Jesus, O Jesus Son of Mary. [From a 14th cent. Gradual at Limoges, trans. Rev. A. Fortescue])

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 15
4:00 +Rosemarie & Ubal Itri req. Daughters
Sunday, May 16
7:30 +Clercy Millien req. Anne Marie Samedi
10:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
12:00 Special Intentions Agnes Kung req. Joseph Kung
6:00 Special Intentions Jean Robert Florestal
Monday, May 17
8:00 +Carmen Perez req. Pugliese Family
12:10 +Michael & Anne Yenco req. Diane & Patty Strain
Tuesday, May 18
8:00 +Ramon Jison req. Susan Burke
12:10 +Gerald Gerardi 1st Anniversary req. Longo Family
Wednesday, May 19
8:00 +Elizabeth Coughlin rev. Frank & Beth Carpanzano
12:10 +Maria Bria Fusaro req. Frank & Beth Carpanzano
Thursday, May 20
8:00 Special intention req. Olivia Rovegno
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Friday, May 21
8:00 +Alliance Sauver req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Stephen Churley req. Mary Churley
Saturday, May 22
8:00 Special Intentions Nicole Janniello
12:10 Special Intentions Fr. Terrence P. Walsh req. Josephine Languedoc

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 . . .will meet May 15th and 22nd and will then resume in September.

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets each first Tuesday of every month at 10:00 a.m.

Religious Education. . . All are invited to the St Anne’s Awards Night on May 16th at 5pm

St. Anne Society’s “Celebration of the Sacraments” Come join us Sunday, May 16th beginning at 5:00pm Special awards given at the dinner by the Teachers of each class. There will be Pizza/Pasta as usual.

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.

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

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:
140 years ago, or so:
May 19, 1871: Consecration of the New Roman Catholic Cemetery. “Yesterday will long be a memorable day among the Roman Catholic fraternity of Stamford. The new cemetery was solemnly consecrated by the Rt. Rev. Bishop McFarland. The Bishop was attended by the local Catholic clergy, and many other clergymen from various parts of the diocese. An immense concourse of people were present to witness the ceremonies which were of the most imposing character. The remains of the late Rev. Fathers O’Neil and Reynolds were exhumed from their resting place in the churchyard and conveyed to the new cemetery where they were re-interred with ceremonies befitting the occasion.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Fathers O’Neil and Reynolds were early Pastors of St. John’s Church.)

130 years ago, or so:
May 21, 1880: Organ Concert. “The new pipe organ recently purchased for St. John’s R. C. Church, now being placed in position, will be ready for use on Sunday, 30th inst. On Monday evening, 31st inst., a grand instrumental concert is to be given by Chas. W. Smith, Esq., assisted by a full chorus of vocalists. The programme includes some of the most classical selections, and, without doubt, the concert will be a fine one, well worth attending. Mr. N. K. Ferris is also to make the instrument speak to the soul.”

75 years ago, or so:
May 20, 1935: LARGE CLASS IS CONFIRMED IN ST JOHN’S R. C. CHURCH. “Constituting the first Confirmation class at St. John’s R. C. Church in four years, 637 persons, a few of them adults, were given the Sacrament of Confirmation by the Right Rev. Maurice F. McAuliffe, bishop of Hartford, at the church, yesterday afternoon at 3. Facing the people, and with priests on each side, the bishop anointed the foreheads of the children with chrism as they solemnly proceeded forward, two by two. The children occupied the large center portion of the church, while parents and visitors crowded the side sections.”

50 years ago, or so:
May 18, 1966: Priest Marks Anniversary Of Ordination. “Rev. Joseph J. Matutis, a Stamford native, will celebrate the silver anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood Sunday at Holy Trinity Church in Hartford, where he is the pastor. Father Matutis was born July 18, 1915, and attended St. John’s School here and was graduated from Stamford High School in 1933.”

The Living Temple -Fr. Terry Walsh
Pentecost approaches. Next Sunday, May 23rd, we celebrate that day when the Father and the Son sent the Holy Spirit upon the disciples and extraordinary things began to happen. They were filled with great wisdom and understanding, great knowledge and piety. Indeed, they overflowed with the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit and began to do great works in the Name of Jesus. Jesus’ words at the Last Supper are fulfilled; he has come to dwell with us, indeed, the Holy Trinity is in us.
In the Book of Revelation, St. John reveals the Vision of Heaven that he was granted by God for our sake. And during the course of His beautiful description of the Heavenly Jerusalem, the beloved disciple, St. John speaks eloquently about the “living water.” He said, “I saw no Temple in the city, for its Temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb…Then he showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the Throne of God and of the Lamb….also, on either side of the river, the Tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit…”(Rev. 21:22ff).
Jesus, of course, is the Lamb of God – He is the Temple. We become – as it were – “living stones” in Him, called to share in the glory of Divine Life. The “water of life” flowing through the Heavenly City is quite literally the love of God. The purpose of our existence is to share in that love! Those who respond to His call and open their hearts to God in this earthly journey receive these living waters sacramentally in “Spirit and in Truth.” This is all made possible through the One Perfect Sacrifice of Jesus upon the Tree of Life, that is, the Cross. St. Paul reminds us of the cost: “We boast in hope of the glory of God…and Hope does not disappoint – because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Prayer is the key. The Psalmist cries out: “Oh that today you would hear His voice, harden not your hearts!” But, are we listening? Or are we so caught up in worldly cares and concerns that are hearts have become attached to this world and have actually become deaf to the whispers of the Holy Spirit?
Consider the story in the Gospel (John 4) when Jesus meets the woman at the well. She was lost. She seemed so worn out, even bitter. Perhaps, over time, she had become accustomed to a gradual hardening of the heart. She had lost her true identity and took on a sort of defensive posture – imbued with “the spirit of world.” The garden of her soul had become a barren, dusty patch. And although she stood right beside ‘the well of living water,’ Jesus Christ, she did not recognize Him. How often our Lord stands beside us each day. Have we likewise become spiritually deaf to His beckoning? Do we truly recognize Him? Or, have our spiritual wounds turned off the faucet of grace?
When worldly concerns govern our hearts, our true identity becomes hazy – even to the point where we don’t recognize the call to divine life. Like the Samaritan woman, our Lord thirsts for our return to Him. He waits for our humble prayer, the fruit of a ‘repentant spirit.’ “Lord, give me a drink. Lord, heal me.” Lord, give me the grace to pray better and to see the way of living you expect from me. Water the ‘garden of my soul’ with the living waters gushing from your wounded side. Fill me with your love – that I may worship you ‘in Spirit and in Truth’ and so recognize your Presence in my soul. It all begins at the door of confession. Are we, like the Samaritan woman, willing to hand over our sins to God and leave that worldly bucket at His feet so that He may empty it through Sacramental Confession? Then, we’ll be free to take up the New Bucket – the one filled with living water.
“If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts!” The Scriptures caution us: “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit” – that is – don’t neglect reconciliation with God. Ask for forgiveness. Humbly crack open the hard exterior shell and allow true contrition to flow out – and thus enable the healing balm of the Holy Spirit to water your hearts and so direct your souls into the Living Temple. As the great Feast of Pentecost approaches, ask for the graces that will form you into a more perfect image and likeness of Christ. Anything you ask for in His Name will be given to you –through your faith.