For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday May 30, 2010
Pastor ’s Corner. . . “When the Lord gave his disciples divine power to regenerate men, he said: ‘Go, teach all nations, and baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.’ This was why the Spirit had descended on God’s Son-made-man, learning thereby to dwell in mankind and to find repose in God’s creatures, carrying out the Father’s will in them and making them new in Christ” [Ireneaus of Lyons, Against Heresies, Book 3].
The entire work to save mankind from sin and death is a work of the Three Divine Persons of the Blessed Trinity, and this can be seen in the Resurrection of Our Lord: the Eternal Son, who died in the flesh in absolute obedience to the Father, is awakened from among the dead by the Eternal Father [“the God of the living”, as Saint Paul calls Him in his Letter to the Romans, 4:17], as a sign of His paternal acceptance of the Son’s sacrifice. Once raised from the dead, the Eternal Son sends forth God’s Spirit into the Church upon the persons of the Twelve Apostles and Our Lady. It is this Spirit that we receive in Confirmation.
The Father, who began the work of salvation with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, forming the Chosen People of Israel, brings that work to fruition through the obedience of His Son, the sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Church, and the remaining of the Son in the Church through the work of the Holy Spirit through the sacraments, sanctifying and leading all back to the Father.
Saint John speaks of the witnesses to the truth of Christ: “This is He who came in water and in blood, Jesus Christ; not in water only, but in the water and in the blood. And it is the spirit that bears witness that Christ is the truth. For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word [who is the Son], and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, and the water, and the blood; and these three are one” [I John 5: 5-9].
What is John writing about? Water, is the water of Baptism; Blood is Christ’s shed on the Cross and given us in the Holy Communion. The Trinity continues to work through the Church and the Sacraments, created by Christ.
Even though Jesus returns to the Father in His crucifed and risen human flesh, He enters into a new kind of intimacy with mankind in the Holy Spirit, which he alluded to when He told His Apostles, “I will not leave your orphans” [John 15:18]. Jesus was speaking of His actual incarnate presence in the Church through the Church’s sacraments. It is the Holy Spirit who is Lord of the Sacraments, changing bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ in the miracle of Transubstantiation at Mass, and who empowers God’s creatures used in the sacraments, such as water in Baptism, by which Christ sanctifies us through His incarnate and risen manhood. There is one God who is a Trinity of Persons, working through His Church to save us from death.—Mons. DiGiovanni
Please pray for the sick. . . Emily Turturino, George Szele, Sr., Robert Lebeau, Connie Ward, Cheryl Carucci, 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. . . Kushtrim Elezaj, William R. Plank, Paul Jankowitz, Matthew H. Kenealy Jr., Anthony P. D’Ariano, Salvatore Piro, Jerry Pellegrino, 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.
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. Mons. DiGiovanni
DOMINIC SAVIO and MARIA GORETTI SOCIETIES….New York City field trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty will be June 5th, Saturday. Permission slips are required. Call Fr. Walsh if you have any questions. We will board the bus at 8:45 am.
Sunday May 23, 2010 $ 10,323.83
Sunday May 24, 2009 $ 9,879.34
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, May 29
4:00 +John & Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Young
Sunday, May 30
7:30 +Francis Heyman req. Carpanzano Family
10:00 Veterans of the Parish
12:00 +Aniello Preziosi 44th Anniversary req. Children, Grandchildren, Great grandchildren
6:00 +Gloria Beverly req. Wanda Beverly
Monday, May 31
8:00 Special Intention Maiah Rovegno
12:10 Veterans of the Parish
Tuesday, June 1
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
12:10 Special Intention Msgr. William A. Nagle req. Diane Strain
Wednesday, June 2
8:00 +Rachel Sottosanti
12:10 +Antion D’Amico req. Son-Frank
Thursday, June 3
8:00 +Margaret M. Timon req. Thomas A. Timon
12:10 +Mary D. Cuneo req. The Underhill Family
Friday, June 4
8:00 +William Morris req. Lois Gandt
12:10 +Antonio Pugliese req. The Pugliese Family
Saturday, June 5
8:00 +William Morris req. Caroline Uva
12:10 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory 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 . . .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:
125 years ago, or so:
June 1, 1886: The Catholic Church Dedication. “The audience assembled on Sunday morning last at 10 o’clock in the new Catholic church of Stamford, was limited only by the capacity of the building, which, spacious as it is, could not contain all who sought admission within its walls. Not less than twenty-five hundred people, however, obtained entrance, and witnessed the impressive Episcopal dedication by the Rt. Rev. Bishop McMahon and the priests chosen as his assistants for the occasion. The music was very fine; the harmonious conjunction of brass and string instruments with the organ, and the very excellent solo singers and well trained chorus all united to produce a musical effect worthy of the occasion and highly creditable to Prof. Smith and the ladies and gentlemen who so ably assisted him. Following the elaborate and imposing ceremonies as prescribed in the Roman Catholic ritual, came the sermon by the Rev. Dr. Hortsmann, of Philadelphia. He chose for his text the scripture passage: “Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only.” The text, he said, might at first sight seem a strange one in view of the magnificent example of doing which this new and noble edifice presented, but it was for that very reason he thought the text appropriate. “Rejoice in the Lord: again I say rejoice.” These words it seemed to him were most fitting to the present circumstances, for today was the crowning and dedicating of fifteen years of labor and self sacrifice for the glory of God and the honor and dignity of his chosen church. It was truly a magnificent gift, and was significant of a generous and devoted spirit on the part of the congregation, as well as an illustration of the faithful labors of the worthy, energetic and indefatigable Father Rogers, the best years of whose life may be said to have been built into these walls. Truly he had spent and not spared himself. God had inspired and sustained him in all these labors and had inspired the congregation also in carrying on the great work until its glorious culmination had been reached—the dedication of all to the glory of God and the honor of the Catholic faith. The speaker glanced briefly at the history of Catholicism in Stamford, referring to the remarkable contrast between the grand ceremonial of today and the first feeble beginnings of the church in this place scarcely more than forty years ago. Then a priest from New Rochelle paid occasional visits to the few struggling Catholics in Stamford. The church grew in numbers and strength year by year, under the care of Fathers Brady, Reynolds, Cooney and O’Neil, in regular succession until 1868, when Father Fagan came to make his pastorate forever memorable, and his name honored as long as the building should stand by originating in the year 1870 the great enterprise which this day, with pride and joy, we dedicate to the service of Almighty God.”
AMEN – Fr. Terry Walsh
“AMEN” is a Hebrew word that expresses “faith”, “it is true”, “it is so.” When we bless ourselves, we express our faith in the One God Who is Three Persons: “In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN.” We profess our belief in our relationship with God with our AMEN after praying the ‘Our Father’. And of course, we express our belief in the real and true presence of Jesus Christ made present in the Mass – Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity – with the “Great Amen.” Indeed we profess our faith in this reality with great conviction when the priest holds the Blessed Sacrament in front of us and proclaims “The Body of Christ”. “AMEN” – “I believe”.
Faith itself is a Gift. It begins as a seed in our soul – infused at our Baptism. Then, it’s up to each of us to respond to the graces our Lord offers us through the Sacraments. These encounters with Christ enable the seed to grow into a strong and vibrant Branch on the Vine, Who is Christ (Jn 15). Of course, a healthy prayer life nurtures our relationship with God Who speaks in our soul and leads us into closer union with Him. Indeed, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us (see Romans 8) – from within us – that we may grow ever closer to God. Our Gift of Faith needs nourishment and care.
Many reject Jesus – they simply choose not to believe. Perhaps they lacked that childlike humility that Jesus says is necessary – that childlike Trust in God. Many rejected the truth of His words when He said that His Flesh is Real Food and His Blood Real Drink. It was “Too hard” for them. Their hearts and their minds were closed to the Truth. That must have been a sad day for our Lord. He became man out of love for us and when He explains to the many disciples who had been following Him how they are enter into His Divine Life – by “eating His Flesh and drinking His Blood” – He is rejected. It hurts. Clearly it is a painful moment. And then, turning to the Apostles, he puts the question to them. But they believe. They may lack ‘perfect understanding’, but they do believe in Him. Indeed, they will prove their faith through the ultimate witness of Martyrdom. On the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica, Christ Triumphant is standing in the Center and He is flanked on either side by the Apostles, each one holding the instrument by which he was martyred – martyred for their “AMEN”. Their belief in Jesus, like ours, began like a seed. And as they received Grace, each seed grew strong, breaking through the surface, blossoming in the Light of Christ and bearing much fruit. They grew in knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. It began with their Amen and it grew by faithfully following the teachings of the Master, who has “the words of everlasting life.”
We likewise profess our belief in God each Sunday in the Creed just after the Liturgy of the Word and just before the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The Catechism teaches us (#1064): “To believe is to say ‘AMEN’ to God’s words, promises and commandments; to entrust oneself completely to him who is the ‘Amen’ of infinite love and perfect faithfulness. The Christian’s everyday life will then be the ‘Amen’ to the ‘I believe’ of our baptismal profession of faith.” St. Augustine put it this way, “May your Creed be for you as a mirror. Look at yourself in it, to see if you believe everything you say you believe. And rejoice in your faith each day.”