For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday June 13, 2010
Pastor’s Corner. . . “As Christ is my witness, I never enter the Temple of the Prince of the Apostles [Saint Peter’s in the Vatican] and contemplate his image, then I am filled with such emotion that tears run down my cheeks like rain from heaven”, so wrote Pope Saint Gregory II [pope 715-731] to the Byzantine Emperor Leo III. A much venerated statue of Saint Peter has stood within the walls of the Vatican Basilica at least from the time of Pope Saint Leo the Great [pope 440-461]. The present-day iteration in bronze was cast by the renowned gothic artist Arnolfo di Cambio [1245-1302], and is one of the most memorable of the artworks within the walls of Saint Peter’s Basilica. A nearly continuous group of devotees and the curious crowd around the statue: the curious snap photos; the devout kiss the extended right foot of Saint Peter, which has been worn smooth from centuries of piety.
As a Minor Basilica in The City that Cares, to use Mayor Pavia’s title, it was essential that Saint John’s follow as closely as possible upon the example of the greatest of Major Basilicas in the Eternal City. Our statue was copied directly from the original in the Vatican: photographed by the artist, who then prepared a life sized clay model, then cast it in bronze, carved the marble throne as an exact replica of the original, and shipped both from the workshop in Livorno, Italy to Stamford, Connecticut—the Fourth Rome!
The statue is a gift from a friend of the parish who wishes to remain anonymous. Saint Peter, as the icon of Our Lady the Protectress of the Roman People, which arrived two weeks ago, are impressive and tangible symbols of the shared Catholic faith and close tie the people and priests of the Basilica of Saint John have with our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. Both will be blessed during Mass on Sunday, June 27th, in preparation for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29th. Each time we visit the Basilica or come for Mass, we should pause at the icon of Our Lady and at the statue of Saint Peter and say a prayer for our Holy Father, and kiss Peter’s extended foot, as a sign of our love for the Successor of Saint Peter and our devotion and love for the Church Our Lord established upon Peter, the Rock. Please say a prayer, likewise, for the donors of both works of art and for their families, without whose generosity we would not be so blessed. God bless you!—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: Second 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.
Latin Reading Group. . . Will begin translating St. Augustine’s homilies on the Letters of Saint John, Wednesday evenings at 6pm in the rectory: all that’s needed is high school Latin, so please join us.
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.”)
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
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
Sunday June 6, 2010 $ 13,568.70
Sunday June 7, 2009 $ 9,983.45
“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, June 12
4:00 +John & Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Young
Sunday, June 13
7:30 +John & Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Young
10:00+Rosanne Fazio req. Frank D’Amico-Uncle
12:00 Thanksgiving of favors received-St. Anthony of Padua req. Marion Morris & Family
6:00+Matthew Kenealy, Jr. req. Vera Schorr
Monday, June 14
8:00 People of the parish
12:10 Thanksgiving to St. Anthony req. Lilian & Alvina Ramos
Tuesday, June 15
8:00+William Cubbage req. Mary Chalupsky
12:10+Gerard Albert req. Mary Churley
Wednesday, June 16
8:00+Charles Chalupsky req. Mary Chalupsky
12:10+Lillian Chalupsky req. Mary Chalupsky
Thursday, June 17
8:00+Walter Novak req. Mary Chalupsky
12:10+Kushtrim Elezaj req. Ferry Galbert
Friday, June 18
8:00+John Maloney req. Mary-wife
12:10+Martha Novak req. Mary Chalupsky
Saturday, June 19
8:00 +Michael Wisnousky req. Mary Chalupsky
12:10+William Chalupsky req. Mary Chalupsky
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. . . Is finished for the summer. It will start again in September.
St. John’s in The Connecticut catholic:
140 years ago, or so:
June 18, 1869: Stamford. “On the Fourth-or rather on Monday the Fifth of July, St. John’s Roman Catholic Church is to have an excursion to Woodside Park. A good brass and string band is to be engaged, and everything possible will be done to make the occasion an enjoyable one to all who choose to attend.”
130 years ago, or so:
June 18, 1881: Stamford. “A May-day party in June may be somewhat out of time, but that which the pupils of St John’s School enjoyed at Sound Beach last week, and which was the gift of Rev. Father Rogers, was not considered by the children at least out of place. The children, accompanied by Father Rogers and Walsh, left town on an early train, and arriving at the place of destination, immediately gave themselves up to the enjoyment of the occasion. The boys played baseball, kicked football, and ran races; and the girls enjoyed the swings, gathered shells, and otherwise enjoyed themselves as only girls know how. At 4:30, a heavy shower came up, or rather came down, and brought the festivities to an abrupt termination. So picking up their empty lunch baskets, and hoisting a perfect forest of umbrellas, the 200 children made rapid locomotion for the cars, which made still more expeditious locomotion for Stamford, where they arrived at 6 o’clock. The children’s clothes were somewhat damp, but the remembrance of the day’s amusement kept their spirits high, and they joyfully scampered to their homes with beaming faces and hearts brimful of gratitude to Father Rogers, the generous donor of their May-day party in June.”
115 years ago, or so::
June 16, 1894: Stamford. “Last Sunday in St. John’s Roman Catholic Church was witnessed a most pleasing and devotional scene. The members and candidates for admission into the Sodalities of the Children of Mary and Immaculate Conception entered the church singing the Litany of the Blessed Virgin and carrying banners of their respective societies. After vespers were sung a beautiful crown of flowers surmounted by a cross was placed upon the altar, after which a dozen little misses, dressed in white, made offers of garlands and bouquets as pledges of affection and devotion to their heavenly queen. The candidates were then admitted to membership, Miss Mamie Boyle reading the act of consecration. The meaning of the ceremony was then explained and words of encouragement given by Father Rogers.”
The Sacred Heart of Jesus -Fr. Terry Walsh
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin (1647 – 1690) was a Sister of the Visitation at a small town in France called Paray-le-Monial, where she experienced mystical revelations of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Saint Margaret Mary had a great devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and through her private revelations was responsible for reviving and spreading this devotion. There is a magnificent Mosaic above one of the side altars in St. Peter’s Basilica depicting Jesus standing above an altar in a sanctuary revealing his Sacred Heart to Margaret Mary kneeling in adoration.
In speaking about the love of Christ pouring out from His Sacred Heart, St. Margaret Mary wrote:
“It seems to me that our Lord’s earnest desire to have his sacred heart honored in a special way is directed toward renewing the effects of redemption in our souls. For the sacred heart is an inexhaustible fountain and its sole desire is to pour itself out into the hearts of the humble so as to free them and prepare them to lead lives according to his good pleasure. From this divine heart three streams flow endlessly. The first is the stream of mercy for sinners; it pours into their heart sentiments of contrition and repentance. The second is the stream of charity which helps all in need and especially aids those seeking perfection to find the means of surmounting their difficulties. From the third stream flow love and light for the benefit of his friends who have attained perfection; these he wishes to unite to himself so that they may share his knowledge and commandments and, in their individual ways, devote themselves wholly to advancing his glory. This divine heart is an abyss of all blessings, and into it the poor should submerge all their needs. It is an abyss of joy in which all of us can immerse our sorrows. It is an abyss of lowliness to counteract our foolishness, an abyss of mercy for the wretched, an abyss of love to meet our every need.” Therefore, you must unite yourselves to the heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, both at the beginning of your conversion in order to obtain proper dispositions, and at its end in order to make reparation. Are you making no progress in prayer? Then you need only offer God the prayers which the Savior has poured out for us in the sacrament of the altar. Offer God his fervent love in reparation for your sluggishness. In the course of every activity pray as follows: ‘My God, I do this or I endure that in the heart of your Son and according to his holy counsels. I offer it to you in reparation for anything blameworthy or imperfect in my actions.’ Continue to do this in every circumstance of life. And every time that some punishment, affliction or injustice comes your way, say to yourself: ‘Accept this as sent to you by the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ in order to unite yourself to him.’ But above all preserve peace of heart. This is more valuable than any treasure. In order to preserve it there is nothing more useful than renouncing your own will and substituting for it the will of the divine heart. In this way his will can carry out for us whatever contributes to his glory, and we will be happy to be his subjects and to trust entirely in him.”
Saint Margaret Mary composed the following prayer offered by many as a daily devotion. She prayed: “I give myself and consecrate to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, my person and my life, my actions, pains and sufferings, so that I may be unwilling to make use of any part of my being other than to honor, love and glorify the Sacred Heart. This is my unchanging purpose, namely, to be all His, and to do all things for the love of Him, at the same time renouncing with all my heart whatever is displeasing to Him. I therefore take you, O Sacred Heart, to be the only object of my love, the guardian of my life, my assurance of salvation, the remedy of my weakness and inconstancy, the atonement for all the faults of my life and my sure refuge at the hour of death. Be then, O heart of goodness, my justification before God the Father, and turn away from me the strokes of his righteous anger. O heart of love, I put all my confidence in you, for I fear everything from my own wickedness and frailty, but I hope for all things from your goodness and bounty. Remove from me all that can displease you or resist your Holy will; let your pure love imprint your image so deeply upon my heart, that I shall never be able to forget you or to be separated from you. May I obtain from all your loving kindness the grace of having my name written in your heart, for in you I desire to place all my happiness and glory, living and dying in bondage to you.”
Each year we honor the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Friday within the Octave of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi and the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the following Saturday, the day of Mary.