For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday June 6, 2010

Pastor ’s Corner. . . June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a devotion that centers on the physical human heart of Jesus Christ as a symbol of His divine love for mankind. Throughout the centuries, the human heart has been a sign of human love—what do you normally send out on Valentine’s Day, except a card with hearts all over it? Every form of devotion to Our Lord’s humanity has as its object the devotion to the entire Christ who is the Word Incarnate: the Second Person of the Trinity, the Son of the Eternal Father, who became a man so that mankind could share in God’s divine life. So our devotion to Jesus’ Sacred Heart is a devotion to much more than a blood-pumping organ. Our devotion to His human heart of flesh is as the true and natural symbol of His threefold love: His human love; His sensible and spiritual love, infused with supernatural charity; and His divine love as the Word Incarnate, the Son of God made man.
The thoughts of the early Church Fathers are based on two texts from John 7: 37-39: “Jesus said, ‘If anyone thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” And, John 19: 33-7: “But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.” These and other passages were joined to view the Sacred Heart as the fountain from which issues the Holy Spirit from the Savior’s wounded side. From this came the idea of the Church as born from the pierced Heart of Christ as the new Eve from the side of the new Adam. This was developed during the Middle Ages, as greater devotion to Our Lord’s heart became more popular. St. Bonaventure wrote, “The Church was to be formed from the side of Christ as he slept on the Cross . . . Then, as from a fountain—Christ’s innermost heart—the price of our salvation would pour out, giving to the Church’s sacraments the power of conferring grace and of being for those who live in Christ a drink of the living water ‘that gushes up for eternal life.’” [Reflections on The Tree of Life] Saint Catherine of Siena and Saint Gertrude the Great were devoted to the Sacred Heart as a means to join oneself to the mystery of the Incarnate God living in the Church and Her sacraments; the visions of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque brought public attention and devotion to Jesus and His Sacred Heart.
The Heart of Jesus, then, is the symbol of His total love for the Eternal Father, overflowing to us. Through this devotion one goes to the total love of the Word Incarnate, and also to that love by which the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit love sinful humanity—not merely as a group, but each of us individually, and desires to redeem each of us for eternity by means of Christ’s Incarnation and Suffering, Death and Resurrection, made present through the Church and the Church’s sacraments. The image of Jesus’ Heart, afire with love, crowned with thorns, and pierced, has become the symbol par excellence of the Incarnation, the passion and depth of God’s love for every human person that led the Three Divine Persons of the Trinity all to contribute to our salvation through the life and Cross of Jesus.
We should all cultivate a personal devotion to Our Lord’s Sacred Heart as a reminder of that Divine Love for each of us, and to stimulate our personal response to that Sacred Love. June is an easy month to see personal responses to Jesus’ love: it is filled with martyrs, more so than most months. The martyrs are those individuals who refused to renounce Jesus even to avoid suffering and death., either publicly because of governmental persecution, or privately, when urged to immorality. Death was preferable to denouncing love. Either way, they imitated Christ, obedient even to death. Love of God is serious stuff.—Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Angela Bonneau, 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. . . Rosemarie Gaffney, 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.

Banns of Marriage: First Banns:
Laura Licursi & Angelo Mazzola
Gabriela Trevino Perez Abreu & Johan Laver
Alexandra Borsicault & Jerry Perez
Wendy Monteagudio & Joseph Pellicci
Christine Cronin & Michael Mayer
Clezoy George & Wiline Zaillane

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. . . The early Church apologists will be studied through June: 7:30 pm each Wednesday in the rectory: all are welcome.

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.

St. Mary’s, Elm Street. . . will be holding its 15th Annual Family Fair on 5 consecutive nights from June 16-20.  There will be a variety of rides, foods, entertainment, $10,000 Cash raffle, Silent Auction (includes Yankees & Mets tickets) and discounted wrist bands (not good for Friday or Saturday).  $5 admission for adults includes Pizza Fritta.  Hours:  Wed, Thurs, Fri. 6-10 pm; Sat. 5-10 pm; Sun. 4-9 pm.

Baby Bottle Drive. . . June 19-20 & 26-27 to help the St. Gerard Center for Life, a Hartford based Catholic agency to help young mothers. Fill a baby bottle with cash, change or checks [made out to St. Gerard Center for Life], and drop off the bottles at the church during the last weekends of June. For more information: stgerardcenter.org

Sunday May 30, 2010 $ 9,944.26
Sunday May 31, 2009 $ 12,612.88

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

June 13th Sunday Readings: 2 Sm 12:7-10, 13; Gal 2:16, 19-21; Lk 7:36—8:3 or 7:36-50.

Hymns for this Sunday . . . (1) 126, (2)120

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass:
Mass Ordinary: Mass for four voices – William Byrd 1540-1623.
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 Cibavit eos (He fed them with the finest of wheat, alleluia; and with honey from the rock he satisfied them, alleluia, alleluia. Rejoice in honour of God our helper; shout for joy to the God of Jacob. [Ps.81:17,2,3,11]);
Alleluia Caro mea (My Flesh is the True Food, my Blood is the True Drink; he who eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood abides in me, and I in him. [John 6:56,57])
Sequence Lauda Sion (O Zion, praise thy Saviour, thy Prince and thy Shepherd; praise him with hymns and canticles. Make bold praise to him with all thy strength; for he surpasseth all praise; thou shalt ne’er be fully equal to the task. A special theme of praise, the living and life-giving Bread, is on this day proposed. Upon the table of the Last Supper, to the group of the brethren Twelve, this bread was truly given. Behold this Bread of Angels which hath become food for us on our pilgrimage; it is truly the Bread of God’s children, let it ne’er be thrown to dos. Scripture announced it figuratively by Isaac’s sacrifice, by the Paschal Lamb and by the manna given to our forefathers. O Good Shepherd and most true Bread of life, Lord Jesus, have mercy upon us; feed us and protect us, bring us to the vision of eternal riches in the land of the living. Thou who knowest and canst accomplish all things, who dost feed us in this mortal life, make us thy chosen guests, the co-heirs and companions of thy saints in the heavenly city.)
Offertory Portas cæli (The Lord opened the doors of heaven and rained down manna upon them to eat; he gave them bread from heaven; man ate the bread of angels, alleluia. [Ps. 77:23-25])
Communion Qui manducat (He who eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood, abides in me, and I in him. [John 6:57])
Offertory Motet: O sacrum convivium – Olivier Messiaen, 1908-1992
(O sacred banquet! in which Christ is received, the memory of his Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory to us is given. Alleluia.)
Communion Motet: Ave verum corpus – William Byrd 1540-1623
(Hail the true body, born of the Virgin Mary: You who truly suffered and were sacrificed on the cross for the sake of man. From whose pierced flank flowed water and blood: Be a foretaste for us in the trial of death. [O sweet, O merciful, O Jesus, Son of Mary.] [Have mercy on me. Amen.])

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, June 5
4:00 Rev. Msgr. Stephen DiGiovanni req. Millie
Sunday, June 6
7:30 Special Intention Saverio & Margaret Ferraro req. James & Lori Rubino
10:00 +Mr. & Mrs. Bill Hurter req. Friend
12:00 Punken req. the Marchetti Family
6:00 +Eugene & Anicia C. Alexandre req. Joseph Alexandre
Monday, June 7
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Varkey Apraim req. Regi
Tuesday, June 8
8:00 Msgr. DiGiovanni-God’s Blessing req. Our Lady of Loreto Altar Guild
12:10 Special Intentions
Wednesday, June 9
8:00 William A. Gannon, Jr. req. Gannon Family
12:10 +Nicholas, Eva, Charles, Charles, Jr. & Anna, Joseph Krunk req. Mary Churley
Thursday, June 10
8:00 Special intentions Sabine Auguste
12:10 +William R. Plank req. Susie Viggiano
Friday, June 11
8:00 +Virgina & Eileen Carr req. Marie Carr
12:10 +Mr. Octavius & Mrs. Venilia Mehu req. Grandchildren
Saturday, June 12
8:00 +Hope & Joseph McAleer req. The McAleer Family
12:10 Special Intention Julianne DeMarco req. Her children

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 frtwalsh@catholic.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 frtwalsh@catholic.org.

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:
June 7, 1872: The Corner Stone. “It is definitely decided that the corner stone of the Roman Catholic Church will be laid on the 23rd. inst. Great preparations are being made to have the occasion one long to be remembered in the history of our locality.”

125 years ago, or so:
June 6, 1884: “St John’s R. C. School exhibition was witnessed by a crowded house, in the Town Hall, last Thursday evening. The stage management of such a large body of young children is by no means an easy task, but it was accomplished with a degree of success high creditable to both teachers and pupils. The proficiency in music of so many of the young folks was particularly noticeable.”

75 years ago, or so:
June 10, 1934: Father Lonergan Will Sing Mass. “The Rev. Thomas F. Lonergan, ordained to the priesthood a week ago by the Most Rev. Bishop John A. Duffy in St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Buffalo, N.Y., will sing his first solemn high Mass at St. Clement’s Church, Fairfield Ave., tomorrow morning. The son of Thomas and Katherine Gorman Lonergan, Father Lonergan completed his early education at St. John’s Parochial School in 1925, then entered St. John’s Preparatory School in Andover, Mass., under the tutelage of the Xaverian Brothers.”

June 13, 1934: COURT OF HONOR AWARD FOR SCOUT ROBERT GRAHAM. “Scout Robert Graham of Troop 22, St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, was awarded the Silver Eagle Palm at the June Court of Honor of the Stamford Council, Boy Scouts of America. The requirements for the award are that an Eagle Scout shall continue to serve in Scouting for a period of at least one and one-half years after becoming an Eagle Scout, and to earn 15 additional merit badges beyond the 21 required for the Eagle rank.”

40 years ago, or so:
June 8, 1970: St. Ann Society Final Meeting Held on Sunday. “The St. Ann Society of St. John Catholic Church held the final meeting of the season, Sunday at 3 p.m., in its rooms in St. John’s School. A rummage sale is planned for today through Friday in the church basement. Proceeds will be given to Senior Citizens of the Friendly Circle, sponsored by the Society. On July 22 a Mass, honoring St Ann’s feast day, will be celebrated at 5 p.m., and a pot-luck supper will be served in the school basement rooms. Members and friends will be invited.”

Corpus Christi
The Body of Christ -Fr. Terry Walsh

What love God has for His children. Through our faith in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharistic Host we behold the Lamb of God each day right before our very eyes when we kneel before Him at Mass and hear the words “The Body of Christ.” Our “Amen” attests to our belief that God Himself – His very Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity is actually about to enter into our being and change us forever, transforming us more perfectly into His Divine Likeness. And He invites us to receive this gift every day! Imagine if we could only receive Him once a year – or – once in a lifetime. Would we approach Him differently? Would we prepare for that intimate moment of God showering His Presence over us, in us, and through us any differently than we do today? Our preparation is integral to receiving Him worthily. After all, we prepare well for special guests that come into our homes. How much more deliberate should our preparation be to receive the author of all life, indeed, of all that is, into our interior home, that is, our individual souls? Our Lord gives us the wonderful gift of the Sacrament of Confession so that we may be purified of anything hindering us from approaching Him with a pure heart and soul. Moreover, as we anticipate His arrival into our souls, we can prepare wonderful gifts to present to Him – the gifts of our good deeds, our cheerful sacrifices, our heartfelt prayers offered throughout the week.
The gift of the Eucharist has come to us at a great price. Sacrosanctum concilium, the Vatican II document on the Sacred Liturgy, put it this way: “At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of His Body and Blood. This He did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of His death and Resurrection: a Sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us’ (SC 47).”
The Eucharist is our Life, and so the Mass, likewise, is our Life. It is through His One Perfect Sacrifice at Calvary, which we enter into at every Holy Mass, that our Lord nourishes us in the life of grace. It is the same Body and Blood that hung upon the Cross, the same Christ that was given to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, the same Jesus that has been received by countless souls in the Mystical Body who seek completeness, and, as St. Justin cautions, “…no one may take part in it unless he believes that what we teach is true, has received baptism for the forgiveness of sins and new birth, and lives in keeping with what Christ taught.” And the Church adds: “In the Eucharist the sacrifice of Christ becomes also the sacrifice of the members of His Body. The lives of the faithful, their praise, sufferings, prayer, and work, are united with those of Christ and with his total offering, and so acquire a new value. Christ’s sacrifice present on the altar makes it possible for all generations of Christians to be united with the offering”(ccc1368). Finally, St. Ambrose explains the effect of the words of Consecration: “Be convinced that this (Eucharist) is not what nature has formed, but what the blessing has consecrated. The power of the blessing prevails over that of nature, because by the blessing nature itself is changed…Could not Christ’s word, which can make from nothing what did not exist, change existing things into what they were not before? It is no less a feat to give things their original nature than to change their nature.”