For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday May 23, 2010
Pastor ’s Corner. . . The icon in the sanctuary is the gift of a friend of the parish
who wanted to donate something “Roman” to the Basilica. My thoughts went immediately to
the most famous and venerated icon of the Mother of God in Rome: Salus Populi Romani:
Protectress of the People of Rome. It has been in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major since the Basilica’s mid-5th century rebuilding, commemorating the Council of Ephesus, countering the Nestorian heresy. The rebuilding of the 4th century Basilica, the oldest in the West dedicated to the Mother of God, and this icon, are the Church’s popular expression of the Council’s theological response to that heresy: Jesus is God who became a man in the womb of Mary: therefore, Jesus is both man and God, and Mary, His Mother, can be called the Mother of God.
The icon dates from the 5th century, and first came upon the world scene when Pope
Saint Gregory the Great led a procession in 597 through the streets of Rome with the icon,
praying for the end of the plague which had killed thousands. Originally enthroned atop the
doorway to St. Mary Major’s baptistery, by the 17th century it was “restored” and placed in its
present magnificent Borghesi chapel.
Ours is an exact, hand painted replica of the original, in oil paint and gold leaf by Grace
DeVito. Its measurements are those of the original: 5 feet by 3 1/4 feet. On either side of the
Virgin’s head are two Greek abbreviations, identifying the subject: on the left the Greek letters
for M-R; on the right, Th-U: abbreviations for Mother of God: She is stately in her bearing, yet not aloof from us. She is dressed simply yet elegantly. On her finger is a ring—she is a Roman noblewoman of late Antiquity. The golden star on her shoulder tells us that she is the
Immaculate Conception—the woman preserved by God from Adam’s Original Sin, so she
could be the sinless Virgin in whose womb the Eternal Son of the Father joined Himself to our
human nature in a human body and soul. The golden cross on her forehead tells us whose
mother she is—the Eternal Son who became man in order to die for humanity’s sins: Mary is
the virgin mother of the Incarnate and Crucified Lord. She gently holds and protects Her Son,
encircling Him with both hands. The Infant sits comfortably and securely on His Mother’s lap,
holding the Book of the Gospels, with His right hand raised to bless us. But He first looks up
to His Mother, as if asking if it’s O.K. to bless those looking at the icon. She looks out to us,
inviting us to enter into the Divine Love of God made visible in Her Son, as a sign that it
would be the polite thing to do if He would bless us who have come to visit Mother and Son.
According to legend, when Pope Saint Gregory the Great processed through the Roman streets
in 597 with this icon, a choir of angels greeted Her chanting:
“Queen of Heaven rejoice, alleluia; the Son Whom you merited to bear, alleluia; has
risen as He said, alleluia; pray for us to God, alleluia; rejoice and be glad, Oh, Virgin Mary, for
the Lord is truly risen, alleluia.” This is the prayer we recite daily before Mass during Easter.
Please pray for the donor of this magnificent icon, who has wished to remain
anonymous. Each time you look into Our Lady’s eyes, offer a Hail Mary for the donor and for
This beautiful icon of Our Mother will remain in the sanctuary through the end of May,
Mary’s month. She has arrived in time to welcome the final of our Roman images, which is on
a ship from Livorno, Italy, and should arrive next week. All we need do now is begin public
processions through the City of Stamford, which we will do in August, just as in Pope Saint
Gregory the Great did through the streets of Rome. —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.
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: an
evening of Marian devotion, with the Rosary and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
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.”)
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
Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Our Parish goal is $85,000. Please be generous to Bishop Lori.
This weekend we will provide envelopes in the pews for parishioners to make a pledge.
Borrowed Books. . . This is my annual call to parishioners who have borrowed some of
my books to please return them to me. It is delightful that parishioners wish to read
theological works, but I would appreciate their return: it’s nothing more serious than an
oversight on the part of the readers, but I would like the books back. Thanks very much.
Sunday May 16, 2010 $ 13,774.75
Sunday May 17, 2009 $ 13,094.63 “I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
May 30th Sunday Readings: Prv 8:22-31; Rom 5:1-5; Jn 16:12-15.
Hymns for this Sunday . . . (1) 92 (2) 93
Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass:
Mass Ordinary: Mass for Three Voices – William Byrd, 1539-1623.
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 Spiritus Dominus (The Spirit of the Lord has filled the whole world, alleluia; and that which contains all things, knows every language spoken by men, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia; Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; and let those who hate him flee before his face. [Wisdom 1:7; Ps. 67]);
Alleluia Veni Sancte Spiritus (Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people, and enkindle in them the fire of your love.);
Sequence Veni Sancte Spiritus (Come, Thou Holy Spirit, come; And from Thy celestial home Shed a ray of light Divine: Come, Thou Father of the poor, Come, Thou source of all our store, Come, within our bosoms shine: Thou of comforters the best, Thou the soul’s most welcome guest, Sweet refreshment here below; In our labor rest most sweet, Grateful coolness in the heat, Solace in the midst of woe; O most blessed Light Divine, Shine within these hearts of Thine, And our inmost beings fill; Where Thou art not, man hath naught, Nothing good in deed or thought, Nothing free from taint of ill. Heal our wounds; our strength renew; On our dryness pour Thy dew; Wash the stains of guilt away: Bend the stubborn heart and will; Melt the frozen, warm the chill; Guide the steps that go astray. On the faithful, who adore And confess Thee, evermore In Thy seven-fold gifts descend: Give them virtue’s sure reward, Give them Thy salvation, Lord, Give them joys that never end. Amen, alleluia.); Offertory Confirma hoc Deus (Confirm, O God, that which you have accomplished in our midst; from your holy temple which is in Jerusalem, kings shall offer presents to you, alleluia. [Ps. 67:29-30]); Communion Factus est repente (Suddenly, a sound came from heaven like a rush of a mighty wind, in the place where they were sitting, alleluia; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and announced the great God had done, alleluia, alleluia. [Acts 2:2,4]).
Offertory Motet: Loquebantur variis linguis – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina 1525 -1594 (The apostles spoke in many tongues, alleluia, of the great works of God, alleluia. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in many tongues of the great works of God, alleluia. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Alleluia.)
Communion Motet: Veni Creator – Leo Abbott b.1950
(Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest, and in our souls take up Thy rest; come with Thy grace and heavenly aid to fill the hearts which Thou hast made. Kindle our sense from above, and make our hearts o’erflow with love; with patience firm and virtue high the weakness of our flesh supply. [attrib. Rabanus Maurus])
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, May 22
4:00 Special Intentions Fr. Terrence P. Walsh req. Millie T.
Sunday, May 23
7:30 Special Intentions Fr. Paul N. Check req. Millie T.
10:00 The Persecuted Roman Catholic Church in China req. Cardinal Kung Foundation
12:00 Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI- God’s blessings req. Our Lady of Loreto Altar Guild
6:00 +Andrew Caruso req. Msgr. Stephen DiGiovanni
Monday, May 24
8:00 Fr. Brian Gannon 13th Anniversary
12:10 The Persecuted Roman Catholic Church in China req. Cardinal Kung Foundation
Tuesday, May 25
8:00 Margaret Mary Cycon req. The Cycon Family
12:10+Maurice Saint Preuve req. Ferry G.
Wednesday, May 26
8:00 +Sara Solomone 1st Anniversary req. Peter McManus
12:10+John & Anna Petranchik req. Son-Joseph Petranchik
Thursday, May 27
8:00 Special intention Margaret Connor req. Bernadette Curran
12:10 South One Staff & Patients req. Francis Baranowski
Friday, May 28
8:00 +Francesantonio Anetta & Decemem req. Pugliese Family
12:10+Esta & Momuma Basset req. Daughter- Sylvie
Saturday, May 29
8:00 +Margaret Curtis req. Mary Maloney
12:10+Mary Balutowski req. Terry Troilo
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 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. . . Students and Catholic parents are obliged to attend Sunday Mass. For information, please contact Fr. Walsh (203) 324-1553, ext. 14, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Anne Society . . .A family society which meets four times a year on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. with prayer, supper, and a lecture in the church hall. For information, please contact Fr. Walsh (203) 324-1553, ext. 14, or email@example.com.
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:
100 YEARS AGO, OR SO:
May 28, 1898: OUR SCHOOLS IN PARADE.
A Brigade of Students, Headed by Their Teachers, Will Constitute the Largest Part of the Memorial Day Turnout. “Pupils of the public and parochial schools are taking a great deal of interest in the Memorial Day exercises, particularly the parade. A large majority of Stamford school children will be represented. If Memorial Day dawns clear and fair, as seems natural after all the wet weather we have had, the number will probably be nearer 1,500 than 1,000. The schools will parade in this order: High School, Center, West Stamford, Elm Street, Henry
Street, William Street, Franklin Street. The Parochial School will be in the line too. The Catholic parochial school will be a bright spot of color and a glowing exponent of patriotism in the long line of school children. If present signs do not fail, there will be a delegation of about 300 from this school. There will be two companies of boys, marines and infantry. The representatives of the navy will lead off in suits of blue adorned with silver stripes. Their ranks will be filled from the higher-grade boys. The smaller boys, representing the army, will appear in alternate uniforms of blue and red. The girls will bring up the rear. They will be gowned in white with appropriate sashes of the national colors, the blue and the red ribbons alternating with each scholar. They will bear flags and probably a banner to designate the school. The parochial school has had little time for drilling, as, besides the weather, which all the schools have had to contend with in common, the school was not informed of the arrangement for it to participate in the parade until after the other schools had been notified. The teachers will not
march in the parade as a rule, but most of them will follow it as the crowd does, within call if needed. The principals are excepted; they will march with their scholars.”
50 YEARS AGO, OR SO:
May 26, 1961: Rev. Joseph Potter To Be Honored
At K of C Program. “The Rev. Joseph D. Potter, former chaplain of St. Augustine Council 41, Knights of Columbus, will be honored at a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the K of C Building, No. State St. Born in Bridgeport, Father Potter attended parochial schools there
before attending St. Thomas seminary in Bloomfield, Conn. He completed his studies at St. Mary’s, Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland. His first appointment was at St. John’s Church in Stamford. Last year he was transferred to St. Joseph’s Church in Bridgeport. He is also an instructor in languages at Notre Dame Catholic High School. Father Potter is chaplain of the St. Francis de Sales Deaf Club of Fairfield County.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Father Potter served as an Assistant at St. John’s from 1954 to 1960.)
Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come
(Part V: Pentecost Sunday) -Fr. Terry Walsh
The moment has arrived….‘our Lord’s Passover is fulfilled’ and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is revealed to the world on Pentecost: the Holy Spirit, promised by our Lord, ‘sanctifies the Church’ and waters the souls of all who believe in Jesus and come to follow Him. The Catechism teaches: “The gift of the Spirit ushers in a new era in the ‘dispensation of the mystery’. … during which Christ manifests, makes present, and communicates his work of salvation through the liturgy of His Church, ‘until He comes’….Christ now lives and acts in and with His Church, in a new way…He acts through the Sacraments…the communication of the fruits of Christ’s Paschal mystery”(ccc1076). Through baptism, we begin our New Life as children of God, “calling God our Father in the midst of the Church” and we begin to be nourished by the fruits of Christ’s sacrifice. We begin our formation in the spiritual life and are gently moulded into a more perfect likeness of our Lord; we become members of that perfect edifice — the Living Temple — the Mystical Body of Christ — when we freely cooperate with the promptings of the Holy Spirit, who now dwells within. St. Irenaeus wrote: “Like dry flour, which cannot become one lump of dough, one loaf of bread, without moisture, we who are many could not become one in Christ Jesus without the water that comes down from Heaven…. Through the baptism that liberates us from change and decay we have become one in body; through the Spirit we have become one in soul.” How important it is then to care for one another, to be truly concerned about the well being of all members of the Body of Christ, especially the poor.
St. Basil the Great wrote beautifully about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the work that He accomplishes in and through us. St. Basil had this to say: “The Spirit is the source of holiness, a spiritual light, and he offers his own light to every mind to help it in its search for truth. By nature the Spirit is beyond the reach of our mind, but we can know him by his goodness. The power of the Spirit fills the whole universe, but he gives himself only to those who are worthy, acting in each according to the measure of his faith.” We are infused with the supernatural gift of faith at baptism and it grows according to our response to our Lord’s call. Do we live according to the Word, the Gospel? Do we pray? More put another way, do we actually take the time to examine just how we are communicating with God? In other words, are we praying well—from the heart? Have we asked for the Grace to actually pray better? Do we receive the Sacraments with thankful hearts and praise God for His generosity? As we reflect upon our lives, are we able to recognize the effects of grace when we have approached God with humility and a sincere desire for holiness? “Simple in himself,” Basil writes, “the Spirit is manifold in his mighty works. The whole of his being is present to each individual; the whole of his being is present everywhere. Though shared in by many, he remains unchanged; his self-giving is no loss to himself. Like the sunshine, which permeates all the atmosphere, spreading over land and sea, and yet is enjoyed by each person as though it were for him alone, so the Spirit pours forth his grace in full measure, sufficient for all, and yet is present as though exclusively to everyone who can receive him….He gives a delight limited only by their own nature, not by his ability to give….The Spirit raises our hearts to heaven, guides the steps of the weak, and brings to perfection those who are making progress. He enlightens those who have been cleansed from every stain of sin and makes them spiritual by communion with himself. As clear transparent substances become very bright when sunlight falls on them and shine with a new radiance, so also souls in whom the Spirit dwells, and who are enlightened by the Spirit, become spiritual themselves and a source of grace for thers….Through the Spirit we become citizens of heaven, we are admitted to the company of the angels, we enter into eternal happiness, and abide in God. Through the Spirit we acquire a likeness to God; indeed, we attain what is beyond our most sublime aspirations – we become God.” Congratulations to our RCIA candidates who will be confirmed this Pentecost day by Bishop Lori at St. Augustine Cathedral.