For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday June 20, 2010

Pastor’s Corner. . . These past few weeks have been very busy. In various ways, and with different events, we recall and observe the 1886 dedication of our church each May. This year, we have had a non-stop procession of magnificent cultural events, which attracted hundreds of parishioners and non-parishioners, alike. The man at the helm of these events has been Father Audette, whom I wish to thank. If anyone approaching retirement is puzzled about what to do during retirement, talk to Father Al. He retired three years ago from being the pastor of two important parishes in Danbury and Brookfield—and began graduate studies in clinical psychology at Fordham College, completing his masters degree this past February. As his university work drew to a close, he finalized his plans for the parish events: May 1st, we had the Metropolitan Opera and the Richard Tucker Foundation provide us with A Night at the Opera in church; May 7th, a jazz concert in the parish hall; May13th, the Manhattan String Quartet performed in church; May 29th, the Lumina String Quintet performed in the rectory ballroom; June 10th, 11th & 12th, was the final event: a parish production of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, directed by Father Audette. I am very grateful to him for his indefatigable efforts in favor of our parish. Thank you, Fr. Al, for all your hard work and daily priestly example, for which we are grateful.
I want to thank the entire cast of parishioners who performed in The Mousetrap: Lisa D’Acunto, Doug and Trish DePhillips, Juanita Evans, Micke Guarnieri, Joe Maker, Joe McAleer, Louise Munro, Monica O’Brien and Dan Tomaselli all worked for months rehearsing as a full group and individually with Father Audette to prepare for the three night presentation of this London theatrical classic. Each night was funnier and better than the previous performance, and the full-house audience enjoyed it immensely.
Saint John’s is a splendid parish, and I am proud of the generosity and talent of the priests and parishioners, alike. Please accept my thanks to all who worked so diligently to make these events so successful. I encourage our parishioners to keep an eye peeled for upcoming cultural and spiritual events in the parish—you won’t find another parish so active as Saint John’s. God bless you. —Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Achille Lamontagne, Jamie Chapin, 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.

Monthly Collection . . . The second collection today will be the monthly collection for the parish. Your generosity is appreciated.

Banns of Marriage: Third 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 and during the first week of July: 7:30 pm each Wednesday in the rectory: all are welcome. No in-depth knowledge of Church history, nor knowledge of ancient languages is required, since we provide all with English translations, and the classes are open discussions of the texts, moderated by Lois Gandt, Ph.D., and Mons. DiGiovanni, H.E.D.

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.

Parish Finance Council. . . Will meet on Tuesday, July 6th at 7:30 pm in the rectory.

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 has met it’s goal of $85,000. The people of Saint John’s have given $86,109. I am very, very grateful to you for your generosity. We can now turn our attention to the needs of the parish, once again.

Sunday June 13 2010 $ 11,054.25
Sunday June 14, 2009 $ 11,508.51

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

June 27th Sunday Readings: 1 Kgs 19:16b, 19-21; Gal 5:1, 13-18; Lk 9:51-62.

Hymns for this Sunday . . . (1) 141, (2)216, (3)239, (4)187

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

Religious Education. . . Parents, even though the summer school vacation has not begun yet, please consider registering your children early for the upcoming religious education classes which begin in October. Just call the rectory, and speak with Cindy [ext 21] or with
Fr. Walsh [ext 14]. Thanks.

Solemn Blessing of Saint Peter Statue. . . Will take place on Sunday, June 27th during the
10 a.m. Family Mass. Please join us.

Holy Name Society Pig Roast. . . Will be on Saturday, July 24th following the 4 pm Mass, in the rectory’s backyard. Altar servers and their dads are also welcome: More details during upcoming weeks. If interested, please call Cindy [ext 21].

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. . . Sunday, August 15th, is one of the most beloved of holy days in the Church’s calendar: The Blessed Virgin Mary, the closest of Christ’s disciples, was the first to enjoy the benefits of her Son’s resurrection, being assumed body and soul to Heaven. Join us in our celebration at 4pm Solemn Sung Vespers, and the solemn blessing of our icon, Salus Populi Romani: Mary the Protectress of Rome. An ice cream social will follow in the rectory backyard. All welcome.

God Parents. . . If you are preparing to baptize your baby, you will be looking for Godparents for your child. The Church’s law is clear that, since the Godparents’ role is to provide an example of Catholic life, those chosen must be active and practicing Catholics: regular attendance at Sunday Mass, and regular reception of the sacraments are mandatory; they must be living lives of virtue and charity; if married, the Godparents must be in a valid marriage, meaning they have been married in the Catholic Church. If parents have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the parish priests to discuss them.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, June 19
4:00 +Charles & Josephine Davis req. The Melfi Family
Sunday, June 20
7:30 +John & Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Young
10:00 +Justine Smith req. LAOH
12:00 +Fausta Fernandez req. Borromeo Family
6:00 All Souls in Purgatory
Monday, June 21
8:00 Suzette Ternier, Birthday req. Melissa Ternier
12:10 +Josephine D’Amico req. Son-Frank
Tuesday, June 22
8:00 Special intention, Michael & Celeste req. Francis Baranowski
12:10 +Edward Chalupsky req. Mary Chalupsky
Wednesday, June 23
8:00 +Mamie Chalupsky req. Mary Chalupsky
12:10 +Fred Lee req. Mary Chalupsky
Thursday, June 24
8:00 Special intention, Stephen Baranowski req. Francis Baranowski
12:10 +Rosemary Gaffney req. Msgr. Stephen DiGiovanni
Friday, June 25
8:00 Special intentions
12:10 Msgr. DiGiovanni req. Millie Terenzio
Saturday, June 26
8:00 +Anna Iantorno req. Carpanzano Family
12:10 +John O’Hara Sr. & Son, John req. Stephanie O’Hara

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. . . Is finished for the summer. It will start again in September.

St. John’s in The News:
100 years ago, or so:
The Stamford Advocate:
June 25, 1910: PAROCHIAL SCHOOL’S GRADUATING CLASS. “Twenty pupils of St. John’s parochial school received diplomas of graduation yesterday afternoon, in the Lyceum theatre, wherein, through the courtesy of Antonia Geronimo, lessee, were held the graduation exercises of the class of 1910. The diplomas were awarded the pupils by Rev. James C. O’Brien, pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church; and later, when they were preparing to depart with the precious sheepskin, Father O’Brien addressed a few words of encouragement to them and advice to their friends and parents. The Lyceum was filled with the relatives and friends of the graduates and the program was thoroughly enjoyed. The efforts of the pupils were rewarded with frequent applause, and there was, indeed, much that merited the applause. The music was under the direction of Miss Margaret M. Kennedy, and Frank Smith’s orchestra also played. For a starter, the orchestra played an overture and then pupils of Grades 8 and 9 sang Gounod’s “Praise ye the Father.”

85 years ago, or so:
The HARTFORD COURANT:
June 21, 1927: Rev. N. P. Coleman Of Stamford Finishes Twenty Five Years as Priest. “Rev. Nicholas P. Coleman, now the pastor of St. Catherine’s Church, Riverside, has completed 25 years in the priesthood. As a mark of esteem, members of his parish presented him a purse of $4,125. Father Coleman, the son of John Coleman and Mary Fitzpatrick Coleman of 1467 State Street, New Haven, was born in that city July 9, 1874. He was graduated from St. Francis’ School and Hillhouse High of New Haven, and completed his classical studies at St. Charles’ College, Baltimore.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: The Rev. N.P. Coleman served as an Assistant at St. John’s from 1911 to 1913, and as Pastor from 1936 to 1963.)

35 years ago, or so:
The Catholic Transcript:
June 24, 1977: Bridgeport. “Bishop Walter W. Curtis will ordain Stephen M. DiGiovanni to the priesthood for the Diocese of Bridgeport in St. Raphael’s Church here this Saturday, June 25, at 10 A.M. He took his seminary studies at St. Thomas, Bloomfield; St. Mary’s, Baltimore; and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He is currently a candidate for a Licentiate in Ecclesiastical History at the Gregorian University. Father DiGiovanni will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving this Sunday, June 26, at 12 Noon.”

St. John the Baptist – Fr. Terry Walsh
On June 24th we will celebrate the Solemnity of the birth of John the Baptist. There are only three birthdays we celebrate as Solemnities: Jesus, on Christmas day; the Blessed Virgin Mary, on September 8th; and finally, St. John the Baptist, on June 24th. Jesus, of course, IS sanctity. The Blessed Virgin Mary is the Immaculate Conception. And, John the Baptist was likewise sanctified in the womb. Recall the Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. When Mary arrived, carrying Jesus in Her womb, and greeted Elizabeth, John leaped for joy in the womb of Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit.
John the Baptist pointed to Jesus as the Lamb of God, the One who takes away the sins of the world; the One for whom the Baptist was to prepare the way. When Jesus came to the Jordan to be baptized by John and begin His public ministry, John tells his disciples that Jesus must “increase” while he must “decrease” (see John 3:30). Interestingly, we celebrate the birth of Jesus on the Solemnity of Christmas just as the days begin to grow longer – as Light increases. Likewise, we celebrate the birth of John the Baptist as the daylight begins to decrease. The natural world reflects a spiritual reality: Jesus is the Light. John the Baptist points to Him and beckons all to follow Him—to walk in the Light.
When questioned by the priests from Jerusalem as to his identity, John plainly tells them: “I am not the Christ…I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said…I baptize with water, but among you stands One you do not know…the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie”(Jn 1:20, 23, 26). We would discover later, as the Gospel unfolds, that their hearts were hindered by worldly concerns and the desire for places of honor; their minds clouded by pride. John the Baptist persisted, nonetheless: “No one can receive anything except what is given him from heaven. You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before Him. He who has the bride is the bridegroom, who stands and hears Him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice; therefore this joy of mine is now full”(Jn 3:27-29). As His public ministry unfolds, our Lord performs great signs and miracles thereby manifesting His Divine Light. He reveals to His disciples: “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the Light of life”(Jn 8:12); and again, “While you have the Light, believe in the Light, that you may become sons of the Light”(Jn 12:36).
As faithful members of the Mystical Body of Christ, we too, are expected to “decrease” and allow the Light of Christ to “increase” in us. Indeed, we pray for it each time we pray the Our Father, asking God to help us let go of our self will so that we can more faithfully conform to His will. As we grow in virtue, we increasingly become more and more like Him. At the same time of course, we must “decrease” our faults and failings. As we make a habit of prudence, temperance, justice, and fortitude, the Holy Spirit will perfect these virtues – and every other virtue – especially the ‘theological’ virtues of faith, hope, and love – in us and mold us into true images of the Son. We simply need to cooperate with Him. If we are docile to the movement of the Holy Spirit in the Temple of our souls, we will accomplish the mission – the vocation – that He has assigned to each one of us and consequently help to build up the Mystical Body of Christ. Jesus must increase and we must decrease in order that we be made whole and come to full maturity in our spiritual lives.