For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday July 18, 2010

Pastor’s Corner. . . July 22nd is the feast of Saint Mary Magdalene. Mary was from the town of Magdala, near the sea of Galilee—hence her name, the Magdalene—the lady from Magdala. There really was a woman from Magdala named Mary, but for centuries, the tradition grew that the characteristics and actions of three different women in the Gospels named Mary were identified with the one Mary from Magdala, including a prostitute as reported in Luke 7. However, the true Mary Magdalene was the woman from whom Jesus expelled seven demons [Lk 8:2]; she was one of the holy woman who assisted Jesus and His Apostles during His public ministry [Lk 8: 2-3]; who was present at Jesus’ Crucifixion, as seen in the beautiful window above the high altar [Mk 15: 10]; and who was the first witness to the Resurrection of Jesus [ Mk 16: 9-11; Jn 20: 1-2; 11-18]. The Church has always seen in Mary Magdalene a woman who turned her heart to the True Love of all of us, Our Lord, and who spent the remainder of her life striving to please Him in her daily life of virtue, piety and charity.
There are two legends regarding her life after Christ’s Resurrection: that she was driven from the Holy Land during the Roman imperial persecution, which resulted in the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 AD, and that she finished her life in Ephesus, where she died a martyr; the other legend is that she was set adrift in an rudderless boat with Saints Martha and Lazarus, coming aground at Marseilles, France. For the remaining years of her life, she bore witness to the Resurrection throughout Provence.
Whatever of these colorful stories, the reality of Mary Magdalene is much more enduring and important, since she was a real person, who became for the Church a wonderful spiritual heroine and example of one who loved Our Lord, and who bore witness to Him in daily life. Pope Saint Gregory the Great [pope 590-604 AD] composed a series of homilies about St. Mary Magdalene. In one he wrote of Mary at the tomb of Christ, overcome with grief once she could not find His body:
“Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. What love this woman had who would not leave the tomb, even though his disciples went away! She sought Him whom she had not found, wept as she sought, and yearned with loving desire for Him whom she thought they had taken away. He showed Himself only to her who had remained to search, for the power behind every good work is perseverance, and the Truth Himself says, ‘Whoever perseveres to the end will be saved.’ She sought and did not find; she persevered in seeking and finally did find. Her unfulfilled desire grew, and it held fast what it found. If it had failed when unfulfilled, it would not have been genuine desire. Anyone who has reached the Truth has been on fire with longing for it” [Sermon on The Gospels, 25].
Another beautiful testament to the Magdalene’s love was penned in the mid-19th century work by Father Alban Butler, reflecting upon Mary’s devotion at the Cross of the crucified Lord:
“She suffered by love of Christ, what He suffered in His body on the Cross. The same cross crucified Jesus and Magdalene in Him and with Him. The thorns pierced her heart with His head; and her soul was bathed in all His sorrows. But the crucifixion was in both a martyrdom of love; and that love which triumphed over Jesus, by making Him die on the cross, crucified her heart to all inordinate love of creatures, thenceforward to reign and triumph alone in all her affections, so that she could say in a twofold sense, my love is crucified” [The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and other Principal Saints, vol. VI, p 164, 1836].
From the earliest times, the Church venerated the authentic Mary Magdalene as the “thirteenth Apostle”, since she was the first to see the Resurrected Jesus, and to speak with Him, and was sent by Our Lord to inform the eleven Apostles that Jesus actually was raised from the dead in the flesh. In fact, after Our Lord, Mary Magdalene holds pride of place in the Resurrection narratives of the Gospel. For, while the resurrection narratives in the Gospels mention that angels spoke to the others visiting the tomb with her, it was only the Magdelene who remained, and who saw and spoke with the resurrected Christ.
Mary Magdalene is revered throughout the world, with innumerable churches and shrines dedicated to her memory; she is universally called upon as the patroness of those in need of grace, hope and mercy. Let her be your patroness, as well, in times of need or trial: love Our Lord as she did, and receive the divine assurances and comfort our Resurrected Lord offers to those who love Him. — Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Aileen Bainton, 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. . .Katie Fontneau, Achille Lamontagne, 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, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Roshah E. DeJean, Paul Reda, Katherine Dziezyc, John Castellano, Eugene Lops, William Wolf, Alfred Gautrau, David Lloyd, Evelyn Mahan.

Saint Peter Votive Lights Memorial. . . Left votive is in memory of William Borkowski, req. by Michael and Ann Borkowski. The right votive is for the special intention of George Terenzio, req. by Millie Terenzio.

Mission Co-operative Plan Collection . . . Please drop your Mission Co-operative Plan Collection envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory. There will only be one collection today.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. . . Will not meet during the summer, but will resume on September 8th with the study of the Rule of Saint Benedict. All are welcome.

Latin Reading Group. . . Will not meet until mid-August.

Mass On Line. . .Visit the parish website:, 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.”) 

Memorial Votive Lights. . . Five votive lights for memorials: The two votive lights next to the statue of Saint Peter, the one which will soon hang before the icon of the Protectress of Rome above the statue of Saint Rita, and the two above the side altars of Saint Joseph and Our Lady, may be memorialized each week for the intention of a loved one, or for the repose of a deceased loved one for a donation of $20.00 per candle, per week. The memorials will be published in the bulletin. Please call Cindy at ext. 21.

Catholic Widow & Widowers Club. . . Are you a widow or a widower? Consider joining The Catholic Widow and Widowers Club, which meets at St. Michael Church; 469 North Street; Greenwich on the third Tuesday of each month at 7pm. This month the meeting will be on July 20, with Mass for the deceased spouse, a meeting and refreshments. We are planning dinner at Zody’s in Stamford in August and a Clambake in September. Please join us: call Barbara Zimmer at 203-869-1729.

Sunday July 11, 2010 $ 9,334.93
Sunday July 12, 2009 $ 10,855.65

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

July 25th Sunday Readings: Gn 18:20-32; Col 2:12-14; Lk 11:1-13.

Hymns for this Sunday . . . (1) 258, (2) 92, (3) 246

Religious Education. . . Parents, 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.

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.

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

Summer Homilies. . . By the parish’s three priests will address the same subjects during the summer weekends: what it means to be Catholic, and the practical aspects of living our Catholic Faith. While the topics will be the same, the homilies will not be “canned”, but written by each priest in our own personal and inimitable styles.

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.

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:

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, July 17
4:00 +John & Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Young
Sunday, July 18
7:30 +Margretta DeVivo 3rd Anniversary req. Munro & DeVivo Families
10:00 +Julius & Jane Shoztic & Barbara Schettino req. Richard & Elaine Shoztic
12:00 In Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary req. Fabiola C.
6:00 +William DeVito req. Tom Donahoe
Monday, July 19
8:00 Special Intentions Amanda Wood req. Rosario & Martha Pugliese
12:10 +Jayson Jarrett req. Norma Jarrett
Tuesday, July 20
8:00 +Leon Terenzio req. Cousins
12:10 +Charles & Johnsie McKenna req. Pugliese Family
Wednesday, July 21
8:00 +Raymond McConnell req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Anna Fedorika req. Mary Churley
Thursday, July 22
8:00 +Henry Certo req. Charles Carson
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Friday, July 23
8:00 +Victor Fonalledas
12:10 +Dominick & Catherine Sette req. Pugliese Family
Saturday, July 24
8:00 +George Murphy req. Thomas Forbes
12:10 +Joseph & Teresa Pugliese req. Pugliese Family

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 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

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

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:
125 years ago, or so:
July 20, 1883: The New Catholic Church. “Last Monday morning the first trowel-full of plaster was laid on the groined ceiling of the new Catholic church on Atlantic street. On the Saturday previous a contract was made with Messrs. Chas. H. White & Co., of Stamford, for the material and mill-work of the interior finish. These two incidents occurring simultaneously mark a significant point in the general progress of the enterprise. They may, perhaps, be called the beginning of the end– and that end is the completion of what will easily be the grandest ecclesiastical structure in the town, and one of the finest church buildings in New England.”

115 years ago, or so:
July 20, 1889: STAMFORD. “The high mass on Sundays will be dispensed with during July and August, by a low mass to be celebrated at the same hour. Mayor Grant, of New York City, with John D. Crimmins, ex-parks commissioner, were in Stamford last Sunday and attended the 9 o’clock mass in St. John’s church. The mayor was much pleased and delighted with the large and beautiful church edifice, for there are few churches in the state or country that can surpass this magnificent stone building. Mr. Grant had the pleasure of meeting the pastor, Rev. W. H. Rogers, and assistants after the celebration of Mass.”

75 years ago, or so:
July 20, 1935: Stamford Church Tower Is Razed by Lightning. “Lightning struck a tower tonight on St. John’s Catholic Church here and demolished it, scattering great chunks of granite on the street and sidewalk ninety feet below. One boulder weighing about 100 pounds was hurled across Atlantic Street through the skylight of a retail shop. Damage estimated at $2,500 was caused by the storm.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: the cited boulder can be seen adjacent to the front porch steps of St. John’s Rectory.)

45 years ago, or so:
July 23, 1963: “The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, PA, VF, pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church and, at 87, the oldest priest in the Bridgeport Diocese, died Monday in the rectory of St. Raphael’s Church, Bridgeport.”

Sacrament of Healing: The Anointing of the Sick – Fr. Terry Walsh
What is the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick instituted by our Lord and what are its effects? In the Gospel of St. Mark, the Evangelist tells of the Apostles anointing the Sick with oil. Of the four Evangelists, Mark is the only one who speaks of this anointing. Likewise, St. James (5:14ff) also tells us in his letter in the New Testament: “Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the Church (Bishops and Priests), and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.” Through his description, St. James reveals how this liturgical practice is conferred – the Priest prays over the sick person while anointing the person in the Name of our Lord. Regarding this great Sacrament, the Council of Trent affirmed: “This holy anointing of the sick was initiated as a true and proper sacrament of the New Testament by Christ our Lord; it is implied in St. Mark and it is commended to the faithful and promulgated by the Apostle, St. James…In these words, as the Church has learned from apostolic Tradition transmitted to her, he teaches the matter, the form, the proper minister and the effects of this life-giving sacrament.”
The Sacrament should be received in the State of Grace if the person is conscious. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is always offered as part of the Rite of Anointing. “Anyone experiencing the difficulties inherent in the condition of grave illness or old age may receive this Sacrament”(ccc1527). If the person is already in the state of grace in having recently received Confession, then the Penitential Rite may be prayed.
In the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, the “Matter” is the oil that is blessed by the Bishop at the Chrism Mass and the “Form” is the prayer that the priest prays as he anoints the sick person both on the forehead and the palms of the hands. As he anoints the forehead, “Through this holy anointing may the Lord in His love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. Amen” And upon the palms, “May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up. Amen”As the sick person receives the anointing, the real effect of the sacrament is the outpouring of the grace of the Holy Spirit into the soul of the sick person, enabling the sick person to bear the Cross of suffering and to unite his suffering to the suffering Christ in a sacramental union and thereby participate in the Salvation of souls, sacramentally. The Church teaches us: “Moved by so much suffering Christ not only allows himself to be touched by the sick, but he makes their miseries His own: ‘He took our infirmities and bore our diseases’ (Mt 8:17, Isa 53:4)…On the Cross Christ took upon himself the whole weight of evil and took away the ‘sin of the world’, of which illness is only a consequence. By His passion and death on the Cross Christ has given a new meaning to suffering: it can henceforth configure us to him and unite us with his redemptive Passion”(ccc1505).
When the person receiving the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is gravely ill, near death, the priest will also pray the prayer granting an indulgence for the remission of all temporal punishment due to sin. The person then goes straight to Heaven without having to pass through Purgatory, as all the temporal punishment that the soul would need purified would have already been wiped away through Confession (sins) and the Apostolic Pardon Indulgence (wiping away all temporal punishment). It is a gift of love, a merciful encounter with our Lord.