For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday September 12, 2010

Pastor’s Corner. . . September 14th is the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. For Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Christian Scientists, Unitarians and other non-Christian religions, the Cross is only an ancient instrument of torture. But that makes some sense, since none of these religions believes Jesus to be God and Man: for them, He was only a prophet. The weakness of their religious notions is that they are wrong: Because God did become a man at a certain time in a certain place, and because He did suffer and die on a Cross, everything related to that life-giving suffering and death is transformed; as are we. The Cross of Our Lord changed all world history, because this instrument of mankind’s cruelty has been changed into the Tree of eternal life by God. What is so important about the Cross? Let’s see what the Cross actually is.
On Good Friday, the Church recalls Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross, and chants the Reproaches, a series of quotations from the Prophet Micah, which the Church places in the mouth of the crucified Lord as He hangs on the Cross. As we approach the Cross, the Lord asks us: “My people, what have I done to you? Or, how have I offended you? Answer me. I led you out of Egypt, from slavery to freedom, but you led your Savior to the Cross. I gave you saving water from the rock, but you gave me gall and vinegar to drink. I raised you to the height of majesty, but you have raised me high on a cross. My people, what have I done to you? Or, how have I offended you? Answer me.”
The coming feast of the Triumph of the Cross celebrates the Cross as an instrument of God’s triumph over Satan’s power of sin and death. The evil produced by man is transformed by God, by His becoming man. This underscores the fidelity of God: While mankind repays God’s generosity with disobedience and sin, Christ repays our ingratitude with mercy, even at the cost of His own life’s blood. As the verse at the gospel for the Feast Day’s Mass tells us: “Sweet the wood and precious the nails that so gently bore so blessed a burden; you alone were worthy to carry the King of Heaven, the Lord.” The verse at the offertory of the Mass emphasizes the reality of the Cross: “Protect your people, O Lord, by the sign of the Holy Cross, from the attacks of all enemies; so that our service may be agreeable to you and our sacrifice acceptable.” During the preface of the Mass, Christ’s Cross is described as a tree: since mankind lost eternity through the original or first sin of the first Adam’s disobedience of God’s command not to touch the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden, so now Christ, the second Adam, renews eternal life through His sacrifice of obedience on the new Tree of Life, the Cross: “You decreed that man should be saved through the wood of the Cross. The tree of man’s defeat became his tree of victory; where life was lost, there life has been restored through Christ our Lord.” In the hymn Crux fidelis, the Church continues her reflection on the Cross as the new tree of life: “O faithful Cross, incomparable Tree, the noblest of all; no forest has put forth the likes of your own leaves, your flowers, your fruits. Gentle wood with a gentle nail, to support so gentle a burden! Sing, O my tongue, of the battle, of the glorious struggle; and over the trophy of the Cross, proclaim the noble triumph; tell how the redeemer of the world won victory through his sacrifice. The Creator looked on sadly as the first man [Adam], our forefather, was deceived, and as he fell into the snare of death, taking a bite of a lethal fruit; it was then that God chose this blessed piece of wood to destroy the other tree’s curse.” There is no other means by which mankind can attain eternal life.
A relic of the True Cross upon which Our Lord suffered can be found on St. Joseph’s Altar, as is a relic of St. Helena, who rediscovered it in 327 A.D. Please spend a few minutes in prayer before the True Cross: meditate on God’s generous love for you and for your family. On September 15th, the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, the Church recalls the personal sufferings of Jesus’ Mother at the foot of the Cross. Following her example, and St. Paul’s words, we should “make up what is lacking in Christ’s Cross” by adding our own personal sacrifices: whatever evils, pains, injustices or sufferings we endure in life, we should offer them to God as our sacrifices joined to Christ’s Cross for the salvation of others. The Cross is no longer an instrument of torture: it is the new tree of life for all, which has the power to transform our sufferings into offerings to God, and thus apply the merits of Christ’s Cross to grant us and our loved ones strength to face the evils in life, and the promise of eternal happiness with the God who loves us so much that He became one of us, so we could become more like Him. — Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Maurice Babe Ruggiero, Jean Simonelli, Marlene Stern, 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.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Sue Richard, June Lambiase, Robert D’Aquila, Kevin Sutton, Catherine McVey Hanley Smith, Nichole Philips, Jane Lubin, Mary Moriarty, Katie Fontneau, Achille Lamontagne, Rosemarie Gaffney.

Special Annual Collection . . .The second collection today will be the Special Annual Collection for the parish. Your generosity is appreciated.

Our Lady’s Icon Votive Light Memorial. . .In memory of St. Louis de Montfort req. Michael Borkowski.

Parish Picnic. . . Please mark your calendars: The Parish Picnic will be at Cove Island Pavilion on Sunday, September 19th: 1 pm-5 pm. Food, beverages, games for kids of all ages: please plan to attend this great fun parish event. SIDE DISHES: If you would like to bring a side dish to the picnic please call Judy De Felice at 322-5331 for details. Thank you very much!

Monday Evening Holy Hour . . . .Monday nights 7-8:00 pm for Eucharistic Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Rosary in the church, Next Hour: September 13th at 7 pm.

Religious Education. . . Parents, please register 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,, or call the rectory, and speak with Cindy, 203-324-1553 x21.

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . Meets Wednesdays at 7:30pm in the Rectory: Our topic: The Monastic Rules of St. Basil. All are welcome.

Latin Reading Group. . . Resumes Wednesday, September 15th at 6:15 pm in the Rectory.

Memorial Votive Lights. . .The Saint Peter votive lights, the one before the Marian icon, 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. Gabriel Church. . . Will offer a solemn sung Mass in Latin in the Extraordinary Form to celebrate the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross on September 14th at 7:30 pm. All welcome.

Pro-Life. . . The Gospel of Life Society invites you and your family to participate in Stamford’s Life Chain, on Sunday, October 3rd, beginning at 1:30 pm in front of Saint John’s. Last year, over 1,200 Life Chains were linked across America and Canada, including scores of St. John’s parishioners. This is a non-confrontational witness for life: we simply stand along Atlantic Street in front of the church with signs encouraging greater respect for human life, and we pray. For more info, please call Frank Carpanzano: 203-975-0074.

Sunday September 5, 2010 $ 13,212.56
Sunday September 6, 2009 $ 10,667.12

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

September 19th Sunday Readings: Am 8:4-7; 1 Tm 2:1-8; Lk 16:1-13 or 16:10-13.

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

Choirs. . .Our new choir master, Mr. Frederick Backhaus, will be arriving in a few short weeks. He has asked to meet those already singing in the choirs and those who might want to join the choirs. To that end, there will be meetings:
—Childrens’ Choir and their parents on Saturday, September 11th at 1pm in the
Monsignor Nagle Hall.
—Open House for Volunteer Choir and those interested in joining on Wednesday, September 15th at 7pm in the Monsignor Nagle Hall. Join us.

Red Mass Oct. 17th. . . At the 10 am Mass: Archbishop Dolan, the new Archbishop of New York will be the celebrant for the annual Red Mass for judges and lawyers: all are welcome.

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, or Janet Lancaster 203-637-3301,

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. Please contact Janet Lancaster at (203) 637-3301 or

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:, 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:

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, September 11
4:00 +Karl & Louise Wilk req. Suzanne Kremheller
Sunday, September 12
7:30 +Liliane Joelle Tsemo req. Heloise Nana
10:00 +Paul Lorusso req. Canio Lorusso
12:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Jean-Guillaume & Family
6:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola
Monday, September 13
8:00 +Marie Delorefice req. C.J. & Cristina Fiorawanti
12:10 Special Intentions Norma Jarrett
Tuesday, September 14
8:00 Special Intentions Birgitta O’Brien-Costantino
12:10 + Evillermina O’Kuinghtton req. Maria & Tony Marchetti
Wednesday, September 15
8:00 +Peggy Walsh req. Father Walsh
12:10 In Honor to Our Lady of Sorrows req. Ferry G.
Thursday, September 16
8:00 +Mary Ellen & Joseph Santoro, Helen Carr req. Marie Carr
12:10 +Randolph Samedi req. Anne Marie Samedi
Friday, September 17
8:00 Special Intentions Christopher Flynn
12:10 +William Thomson req. Estate of William Thomson
Saturday, September 18
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
12:10 Special Intentions Margaret Hughes req. Maude & Paul Hughes

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 parish hall 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 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

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 and Women from 8th – 12th grades. Meets monthly. Questions, contact Ferry Galbert 203-324-1553 ext. 22. for the boys and Suzanna Bosthwick, 203-554-2004 for the girls.

BIBLE STUDY…Resumes September 16th from 7:30 to 8:30 and meets each Thursday night. Acts of the Apostles and Revelation. See Parish Website for more details.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory: we’ll resume on September 8th.

The Legion of Mary. . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the parish hall. 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 NEWS:
155 years ago, or so:
Sept. 8, 1857: “On the 6th inst., the Catholics of Stamford had the pleasure of witnessing the dedication of their neatly finished church, by Very Rev. William O’Reilly, Vicar General and Administrator of the Diocese of Hartford. A large congregation attended, and were well pleased with the sermons of Rev. Mr. Hart, of New Haven, and Very Rev. James Hughes, of Hartford. The piety manifested showed that the people fully appreciated what had been done in their behalf, and many prepared themselves for the solemn occasion by approaching the sacred tribunal of confession and the Holy Table. The day will be long remembered by the inhabitants of this place; and those who heretofore have been careless for the beauty of God’s temple, felt a new impulse of religious pride in the decoration of our fine church. Rev. Father Cooney is our pastor, and to his zeal and efforts the new church is due.”

120 years ago, or so:
Sept. 16, 1893: “Last Sunday evening at St. John’s R.C. Church an impressive and beautiful ceremony was witnessed and participated in by a large congregation. It was the blessing of new altars recently purchased by the church. The lady members of the league of the Sacred Heart and the Children of Mary, dressed in white, with veils and wreaths, marched in procession from the basement of the church through Bell street and entered the church singing the Litany of Blessed Virgin. Vespers were then sung, after which the new altars were blessed, while the societies sang appropriate hymns. An eloquent sermon was delivered by Rev. Wm. H. Rogers, after which benediction was given.”

110 years ago, or so:
Sept. 13, 1900: DON’T WANT PASTOR PROMOTED. Catholics at Stamford, Conn., Object to Losing the Rev. William H. Rogers. “Great surprise was caused today by the announcement that the Rev. William H. Rogers, for twenty-seven years pastor of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, had been appointed by Bishop Tierney pastor of St. Patrick’s Church, Hartford. This is a promotion, as St. Patrick’s is considered one of the leading parishes in the State. Nevertheless there is a distinct feeling of opposition to the change among Catholics in this city. An earnest request will probably be made to the Bishop to reconsider his action.”

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