For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday August 1, 2010

Pastor’s Corner. . . August 6th is the Solemnity of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. This is an ancient feast. It was first celebrated in the 5th century and became a popular feast only in 1457 following the Catholic defeat of the Turks at the gates of Belgrade. The feast is based on an historical event: Our Lord being transfigured on the top of Mount Tabor.
Why would Christ show Himself in His glory as God? What was the point? We must put this into the context of Our Lord’s public ministry. The Transfiguration of Christ is reported in four places in the New Testament: Matthew 17: 1-9; Mark 9:29; Luke 9:28-36; the Second Letter of St. Peter, 1:10-21. Our Lord had begun the second part of His public ministry with His predictions of His death on the Cross. His Apostles were nervous about His repetitious mention of His crucifixion, especially since they put their hopes in the mistaken belief that Jesus was to be a political messiah, come primarily to liberate Israel from subjugation to the Roman Empire. Our Lord now took His three most trusted Apostles, Saints Peter, John and James, up to the peak of Mount Tabor, and manifested to them the reality of who He is: God; and the reason for which God had come as a man: to save all mankind from slavery to sin and death, not merely to free God’s Chosen People from political slavery. Atop Mount Tabor, showing the Apostles His glory as God, Jesus manifested also that He is the fulfillment of all the Prophets and the Law of the Old Testament, by His being accompanied by the Prophets Elijah, the greatest of the Old Testament Prophets, and Moses, who received the Ten Commandments from God.
The Transfiguration of Our Lord speaks also to us today. Jesus is not simply another prophet or religious teacher. He is God, and He calls us to share in His divine life and glory in Heaven, by means of the graces flowing from His Cross, that come to us primarily by means of the Church’s sacraments, established by Him. The Cross, which Jesus repeatedly referred to, and which frightened the Apostles, is the only means by which our slavery to sin and death is ended. We come into contact with the Cross by the Church and Her Sacraments, given us by Christ to begin His changing of our lives to become more like God here on earth, and to share in His glory in Heaven.
We are very blessed this year to be hosting the Sisters of Life and Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Denver, who will preside over the Mass during which some of the sisters will make their solemn vows, dedicating their lives to God to work for the greater respect for all human life. The Transfiguration speaks to us of our great dignity as the image and likeness of God, a dignity re-emphasized and re-created by Our Lord.
On August 6th, meditate on Our Lord’s generosity, and the means by which He gives us new life. By taking on our human nature and becoming one like us in everything but sin, and by offering Himself on the Cross to pay for our sins, Jesus showed His true nature and work: God became man so that mankind could become God. We can share in that glory by a life of faith and virtue, heeding the Word of God in our daily lives and allowing God to transform us through His grace in the Sacraments. Christ’s glory on Mount Tabor in the Transfiguration is to be ours, if we are in love with the God who became man, Jesus Our Lord.— Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Isabella Baptiste, 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, 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. . . Mary Moriarty, 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. . . The two votive lights are in memory of Katie Fontneau.

Air Conditioning Collection . . . The second collection today will be the Air Conditioning collection for the parish. Your generosity is appreciated.

Holy Hour. . . Come join us for the Holy Hour each Monday Night from 7 to 8 pm for the people in the Gulf States Region. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Rosary. All are welcome.

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

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, between 9AM—1:30PM.

St. John’s 20’s and 30’s Young Adult Group: Here is the info regarding the Summer Cruise & Clambake to Sheffield Island:
Date: Thursday, August 5, 2010
Time: 5:45 Meet at the Norwalk Seaport Association Dock (Corner of Washington & Water Streets) South Norwalk. Ferry leaves the DOCK at 6:00pm and returns at 10pm (rain or shine). Please see the attached link for menu details and pricing ($55 for regular clambake dinner salmon entrée or $75 for Lobster dinner). www.seaport.org/PDFClambakes.pdf Finally, please RSVP by Wednesday July 28th. Call 203-838-9444. Note: St. John’s Flock on Facebook (Catholic Young Adult Group, Stamford, Ct) ( Includes: o Round-trip cruise to Sheffield Island o Panoramic views of Long Island Sound o Tour of historic Sheffield Island Lighthouse o Dinner on the Island provided by Bull’s Head Market )

Sunday July 25, 2010 $ 12,151.01
Sunday July 26, 2009 $ 10,700.53

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

August 8th Sunday Readings: Wis 18:6-9; Heb 11:1-2, 8-19; Lk 12:32-48.

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. Registration and payment can be made On-Line on the St. John’s Website, www.stjohnsstamford.com, or 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.

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.

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, July 31
4:00 +Helen M. Strain req. Diane Strain & Family
Sunday, August 1
7:30 +John & Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Young
10:00 +Rose Astrid Jean-Guillaume req. Family
12:00 +Nancy Cipriani req. Sam & Nicole Marciano
6:00 +Katherine Lasko req. Wanda Beverly Lasko
Monday, August 2
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Evelyn M. McMahon req. Eve Miles
Tuesday, August 3
8:00 +Margaret M. Timon req. Thomas A. Timon
12:10 +Giorgio Miliano req. Gabriel Natarelli
Wednesday, August 4
8:00 Priests of Saint John’s Past & Present req. Pugliese Family
12:10 +Giancarlo M. Maldonado req. Fabiola C.
Thursday, August 5
8:00 +Margaret Curtis req. Mary Maloney
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
Friday, August 6
8:00 Special Intentions Carolyn Russell req. Kristin Cassidy
12:10 Special Intentions Sisters of Life
Saturday, August 7
8:00 +Michael & Erichetta Sette req. Pugliese Family
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 resume Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 9:30AM.

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets in church 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: we’ll resume in September.

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: back in September.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm in the rectory: open only to those with a reading ability in Greek.

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

St. John’s in The Advocate:
110 years ago, or so:
August 1, 1901: Repairs to St. John’s R.C. Church. “The repairs on the exterior of St. Johns R.C. Church are going ahead, and the work made necessary from the recent stroke of lightning and the wear of the weather will be completed in the course of a month or so. Dean & Horton have the replacing of the lower step of the main entrance entrusted to them, and the restoring of the second step. The rejointing of the roof stones and chimneys is being done under their supervision by Daniel O’Connell & Son. The crosses on the east and west gables are to be replaced.”

100 years ago, or so:
August 2, 1907: Portiuncula in Catholic Church. “The devotion of the Portiuncula, or Grand Pardon, was begun in St. John’s R. C. Church at 3 yesterday afternoon and closes at sunset today. The “Grand Pardon” dates from the early years of the thirteenth century. St. Francis, praying for the conversion of sinners, was told to ask a favor of heaven, and it would be granted. Whereupon he promptly begged that all who would come to the little Church of Our Lady of Angels, at Assisi, the Portuiuncula of St. Francis and his brethren—having confessed, would receive full pardon of their sins and full remission of all the punishment due to their sins. The favor was inaugurated with due solemnity by Pope Honorius III. The annals of the thirteenth century tell of the throngs that bore down on the little hill town of Assisi from the evening of the day of “St. Peter in Chains” to the evening of the next day. All night the procession went in and out the little church and next evening contentedly filed out from Assisi again, singing ‘Te Deum’s as they went home, some of them great distances. This continued for 200 years. So great did the crowd grow each year that the Pope extended the indulgence to the churches that had branched out from the Portiuncula. The devotion is held in only a few churches in this diocese. The privilege was obtained for St. John’s by the Franciscan fathers.”

August 8, 1910: Well-Known Resident Expires of Old Age. “John Shea, a well-known resident of Stamford, died yesterday morning. He came here in 1850, when Stamford was a small village. He was for many years a faithful employee of the late Alfred Hoyt. From 1870 to 1890 he was employed in the Stillwater rolling mills, and later by the city and town of Stamford. During the later years of his life he was not actively employed but lived peacefully with his family at the old homestead on Stillwater Avenue.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: John Shea was a parish trustee of St. John’s in the 1860s during the pastorate of the Rev. James H. O’Neil.)

ROMANS – Fr. Terry Walsh
“If God is for us, who is against us?”(Rm. 8:31)

In the Holy Mass, the Sunday Liturgy of the Word in Ordinary Time takes its first Reading from the Old Testament and its second Reading from the New Testament, followed by the Gospel. The Psalm poetically unites the general theme of all the Readings and draws us into a deeper contemplation of the Word, preparing us for a more faithful reception of our Lord Sacramentally in the holy Eucharist. The Word draws the attentive heart into a dialogue with God – a meditation of his love. “The Word of God is like a two-edged sword” St. Paul tells us. It penetrates our hearts and opens our minds to the Divine. St. Paul is very often depicted in art holding a Sword in one hand and carrying the Scriptures in the other. St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans is arguably the most important of all his 13 Epistles. He wrote it during his stay in Corinth (c.58 AD) as he was about to leave for Rome to visit the growing Christian community there. Less than a decade later he would be martyred in Rome, bearing witness to Jesus. The Letter to the Romans explains essential teachings concerning the relationship between God and man: “For God has consigned all men to disobedience, that he may have mercy upon all” (11:32). Paul beautifully explains that true Freedom, true life, is found only through Jesus Christ, who, through His one perfect sacrifice has conquered sin and death and so redeemed all those who worship Him “in Spirit and in Truth”, as Jesus says in the Gospel of St. John; that is, all who “live according to the Spirit” – nourished by Grace. Life in the “New Law” – that is – the “Law of Grace”, is lived through the obedience of faith in imitation of the obedience of Jesus to the Will of the Father. The gift of Divine Life given to all who seek Christ, living according to the Gospel and cooperating with Grace, quite literally forms us into new creations. We become more and more like Christ. Paul stresses that this is a total, unmerited gift of Mercy. “But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us(5:8)….So you must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus”(6:11).
Paul clearly draws the distinction between life in the flesh as opposed to life in the Spirit. Chapter 8, in particular, focuses beautifully on the “Indwelling” of the Holy Spirit and reminds us that we who are baptized into the Body of Christ are true children of God. “When we cry, ‘Abba! Father! It is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him”(8:15ff). St. Paul draws attention to the very purpose of Creation and the hope of Redemption. Perhaps his most compelling teaching is that God Himself accompanies our every step, leading us into His Very Being – if we let Him. “…the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we don’t know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” (8:26-27). What tremendous words of hope and consolation! Are we truly mindful of our companion? Do we spend quality time with Him each and every day? He waits for us.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (15:13).