For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday August 22, 2010
Pastor’s Corner. . . Friday, August 27th is the Feast of Saint Monica, and Saturday, August 28th the Feast of her son, Saint Augustine. Both saints influenced the future life and faith of the Church founded by Christ because of their deep faith. Monica, a Catholic from birth, developed a strong faith and love for the Church that strengthened her through the difficult years of a difficult, violent marriage, and years of prayer, tears and fasting for her wayward son Saint Augustine. Late to the faith, Augustine spent his early life well into manhood faltering his ego. Sexual promiscuity, the chasing after false gods and counterfeit species of Christianity, permitted him to follow a self-oriented, self-absorbed life, convinced all the while that he, the brilliant young scholar, was the touchstone of truth. As such, he could accept only that religion which he judged correct, which permitted him to continue his immoral life, satisfied by flattery his ego, while making no claims on conversion or change of personal life. Monica’s persistent prayers, the stellar intellect and holiness of Saint Ambrose, bishop of Milan, and the overpowering movement of the Holy Spirit, ultimately wore Augustine down, until he could finally submit his immense ego to the True God; “Late have I loved thee,” he would write in his Confessions, “late have I loved Thee, Beauty, ever ancient, ever new. You were within me and I was outside. I sought you there, and in my ugliness rushed about among the beautiful created things you had made. You were with me; but I was not with you. Your creatures kept me far from you, though if they were not in you, they would not exist at all. You called and shouted and broke through my deafness. You shone radiantly and dispelled my darkness. You spread your fragrance, and I drew breath and kept sighing for you. I tasted, and remain, hungry and thirsty. You touched me, and I have been set aflame in your peace.”
Five days before her death in 387 a.d. at the port town of Ostia near Rome, as she and Augustine awaited a ship to carry them home to North Africa, mother and son “were conversing, recalling past events, musing about the truth which You are, and wondering what the eternal life of the saints might be like,” as Augustine later recalled. He also recorded one of Saint Monica’s last statements: “Son, nothing delights me any longer in this life. I do not know why I am here or what more I am to do here, since I have no hopes left to be fulfilled on earth. There was only one reason why I wanted to remain alive: to see you a Catholic before I died. God has granted me the favor of seeing you put aside worldly pleasures and become his servant. So what is left for me?”
How different are our lives from those of the saints and fathers of the Church? Not very different. We are the same people, just separated by time and place. Yet, in Christ, that time and space are cut clean through. We should all study more about the early saints of the Church, in order to discover that we hold the same faith, receive the same sacraments, and belong to the same Catholic and Apostolic Church. Try to deepen your faith.
This is the seventh season for the parish’s Saint Monica Institute for Patristic Studies here at Saint John’s. A group of parishioners meets each Wednesday at 7:30 pm in the Rectory to read the theological and spiritual works of the Catholic men and women of the first few centuries of the Church. We do, in an infinitely less messy fashion, that which Augustine and Monica did: search for answers about God and the mystery of man’s destiny in the writings of the Church’s holy men and women of the first few centuries. Questions essential to everyday life are asked, such as, how does one encounter Christ, the Son of God, who suffered under Pontius Pilate, died, and rose in the flesh from the dead? What is one’s response to God’s intervention into human history, in order to save you from death? The asking of the question itself pushes one towards the answer, just as in the lives of Monica and Augustine and so many millions of others through the centuries, led by Christ, Himself.
No theological expertise is required; neither is knowledge of Greek or Latin, since all our readings are in English. These are informal groups, in which no one is urged to speak unless they decide to do so. We follow a simple methodology: a brief overview of the times, lives and thoughts of each saint whose work we read; the reading of the texts; discussion.
Our next meeting is on Wednesday, September 8th, at 7:30 pm in the rectory. The topic will be The Rule of St. Basil. No cost, no obligations. Please join us and read more by the saints of the early Church, and see how similar your lives are to theirs; how similar the questions, and, most important, how similar your Catholic faith. — Msgr. DiGiovanni
Please pray for the sick. . . Megan Bobroske, Dermott McMahon, 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. . . Nichole Philips, Jane Lubin, 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.
Monthly Collection . . . The second collection today will be the monthly collection for the parish. Your generosity is appreciated.
Saint Peter Votive Lights Memorial. . .The two votive lights are in memory of Jack and Theresa Scalfari req. Marion Scalfari.
Monday Holy Hour to pray for Gulf State victims. . . . Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Rosary, August 23rd at 7 pm.
Memorial Votive Lights. . .The two votive lights next to the statue of Saint Peter, the one before the icon of the Protectress of Rome, 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.
Religious Education. . . Parents, please consider registering your children early for the upcoming religious education classes which begin September 26. 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, 203-324-1553 x21.
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat for Healing After Abortion . . . will host a retreat for women suffering from the emotional pain of an abortion, September 17-19, 2010. The retreat will combine spiritual meditations, discussions, Confession, a Memorial Service and Mass. Participation is strictly confidential. Participants have their own private room. For more information, please call 203-218-0291 or Jeremiah31v17@aol.com or visit our website at www.rachelsvineyardbpt.com.
Sunday August 15, 2010 $ 10,849.55
Sunday August 16, 2009 $ 10,447.20
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
August 29th Sunday Readings: Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29; Heb 12:18-19, 22-24a;Lk 14:1,7-14.
Hymns for this Sunday . . . (1) 258, (2) 92, (3) 246
Home Schooling Families. . . A group for home schooling families will begin meeting at St. John’s starting in September on one Tuesday of each month. It will include various activities. All ages are welcome. If interested, please contact Julianne DeMarco at 203-966-3641,
firstname.lastname@example.org or Janet Lancaster 203-637-3301, email@example.com.
Volunteers for Coffee Hour. . . We are looking for volunteers to help out with coffee hour after the 10 am Mass. Volunteers provide snacks, prepare coffee and set up before Mass, and serve coffee, juice and snacks after Mass. You can help with as little or as much as you would like. Helping out is also a great way to get to know other people in the parish! If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact Janet Lancaster at (203) 637-3301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Basilica Pilgrimage Office. . . By the New Year, we will open an office to organize pilgrimages to our Basilica. Anyone who would be willing to volunteer, especially to give tours of the church building, please call Monsignor: 324-1553, ext 11. Training will be given.
Foundation Grants. . . We are looking for volunteers to help write grant proposals to various foundations to help finance new programs at the Basilica. Anyone with experience writing grant proposals, and interested in volunteering their time and effort, please call Monsignor.
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. Now compatible with Apple “Mac OS” as well as Microsoft Windows PCs.
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.
St. Leo’s Annual Parish Fair. . . August 31-Sept. 4th: Enjoy international foods, live entertainment, Bingo and a raffle for a 2010 Mercedes-Benz C300 W4 Sedan. For more information, 203-322-1669, ex. 227 and speak with Denise Esposito.
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, August 21
4:00 +Members of DeRosa, Kronk, Capobianco Families & Edwin Clark req. John & Joan Kronk
Sunday, August 22
7:30 +Dorothy Wargo 24th Anniversary req. Family
10:00 +Irene DeFelice req. Phil DeFelice & Family
12:00 Thanksgiving to the Sacred Heart of Jesus & Immaculate Heart of Mary
6:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola
Monday, August 23
8:00 +Deceased members of Cassian Fernandes Family
12:10 +Anne Marie & Joseph Francis Guimond req. the Olnek Family
Tuesday, August 24
8:00 Thanksgiving for all who helped the Cassian Fernandes Family
12:10 +Jay I. Olnek req. Wife
Wednesday, August 25
8:00 +Joan Bankowski req. Patricia Cavanaugh
12:10 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Thursday, August 26
8:00 Special Intentions Molly Festo
12:10 Catherine Hughes req. Maude & Paul Hughes
Friday, August 27
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 David Hughes req. Maude & Paul Hughes
Saturday, August 28
8:00 Kevin & James R. Greene req. Maude & Paul Hughes
12:10 +William Morris req. Mildred & Joan Beirne
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 email@example.com. Starts Sunday Sept. 26, 2010.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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: Resuming September 8, 2010. The topic will be The Rule of St. Basil.
Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in the rectory: open only to those with a reading ability in Biblical Greek.
Coffee Hour. . . Is finished for the summer. It will start again Sunday, September 26, 2010.
St. John’s in The Advocate:
100 years ago, or so:
August 26, 1908: CATHOLIC CHURCH ON WHEELS. “In a short time Connecticut may have a new church. If it comes it will not be built in any city, for the good reason that it is already built, and will be a visitor. It goes around visiting, as it goes on wheels. It travels all over the country, propagating the Roman Catholic religion. It is known as St. Anthony’s chapel, and is a Pullman car, fully fitted with an altar, organ, pews, and priest’s apartment. It is now in New York State, but will shortly come into New England. Springfield is to have a visit, sure, and Hartford, Holyoke and Worcester are receptive in mood. Like the Baptist cars, it is intended for pioneer sections, but as it is the property of the Catholic Extension Society, and, as that society has a warm place in the hearts of the faithful, it is considered a good idea to give others than the frontier people a sight of the chapel, so as to intensity that interest.”
75 years ago, or so:
August 28, 1933: St. John’s Church Crowded for Papal Blessing from Young Priest. “The Rev. Joseph B. Daly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Owen J. Daly, of 29 Fifth Street, celebrated his first Solemn High Mass at St. John’s R. C. Church yesterday morning at 11. The church was crowded. In the afternoon and evening, friends flocked to his home to give their well-wishes. Father Daly is a priest of the Carmelite Order. He studied in Rome, and before his departure, received the special privilege of giving the Papal blessing. This provided a solemn touch to a notable occasion. Rt. Rev. Monsignor Peter H. McClean of St. Augustine’s Church, Bridgeport, a cousin of the celebrant, and the Rev. Michael Harding, O.S.M., of St. Bonaventure College, Allegany, N.Y., another cousin acted a assistant priests during the Mass. The Rev. Walter Daly, Order of Carmelite, was deacon, and the Rev. William Daly, also of the Order of Carmelite, was sub-deacon. They are both Stamford natives.”
August 25, 1933: Rev. W.H. Flynn Is Elevated from Papal Chamberlain to Domestic Prelate. “In recognition of his services in behalf of the Hartford diocese and the Catholic priesthood, the Very Rev. Monsignor William H. Flynn, chancellor of the diocese and pastor of St. Patrick’s Church, has been elevated from his present rank of Papal Chamberlain to that of Domestic Prelate by His Holiness Pope Pius XI, according to The Catholic Transcript. Besides receiving the title of “Right Reverend” it entitles the Monsignor to numerous privileges and dignities attached to the new office. Monsignor Flynn served a year as curate at St. John’s, here, when first ordained.”
The Interior Law of Charity – Fr. Terry Walsh
“For God is not a God of confusion but a God of Peace”(1Cor14:33)
Before God created anything, He existed. He has revealed the very nature of His Being as Triune; that is, He always existed as Holy Trinity – Three distinct Persons yet One God. The Holy Trinity is the greatest Mystery of our faith and we can only know of this great truth God because He has revealed it to us. He always existed as a perfect community of Three distinct and yet not separate Persons. He always existed as a perfect family overflowing in love. Indeed, John tells us that “God IS love.” He created the Universe and everything in it through love. St. Paul teaches us that ‘we live and move and have our being’ in God; in other words, we are held in existence IN the love of God. The Church teaches us that the very purpose of our existence is to be “caught up in the love of the Holy Trinity for all eternity” in Heaven. When God created the Universe and everything in it He created it with perfect beauty, harmony, justice and order. It is called “Original Justice.” The sin of Adam, the disobedience of man, caused disharmony, injustice or “Original Sin.” Now, while the beauty and harmony of the Universe was effected by the disruption brought about by sin, Truth itself remains Perfect. Truth is not a thing; nor can it “change”. Truth is a Person: Jesus Christ, “the same yesterday, today, and forever.” He is Perfect and what is Perfect can not change. There is an objective Truth by which our lives and our very salvation are governed. We are able to know and understand Truth because God has “written it upon our hearts” and speaks it to us in the very depths of our souls (our conscience). We will grow in our understanding of Truth provided we are listening to His Voice. God wants all people to come to the knowledge of the Truth and choose to live in the Truth and so be saved. St. Paul encourages us to be attentive in our spiritual journey in this life: “Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love”(1Cor16:13). Again, in his Letter to the Ephesians: “…he may grant you to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you be rooted and grounded in love…to know the love of Christ which surpasses all knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God”. And so, there is a relationship between Law and Grace. The Law flows from Truth, Jesus Christ, and so points us toward Him. The Law is a “guidepost” to keep us on the well-lit path to our salvation. The Church teaches: “Called to beatitude but wounded by sin, man stands in need of salvation from God. Divine help comes to him in Christ through the law that guides him and the grace that sustains him”(ccc1949). The Catechism beautifully explains the various expressions of Law in Part 3, chapter 3, beginning with article #1949. It is clear, concise, and very helpful in understanding the relationship between Law and Grace. The Incarnation, the New Covenant, ushered in the New Law: the Law of Divine Grace. The Church explains: “The New Law or the Law of the Gospel is the perfection here on earth of the divine law, natural and revealed. It is the work of Christ and is expressed particularly in the Sermon on the Mount. It is also the work of the Holy Spirit and through him it becomes the interior law of charity: ‘I will establish a New Covenant with the house of Israel…I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people’(Heb8:8, Jer31: 31-34)”(ccc1965).