For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday November 7, 2010

Pastor’s Corner. . .November is the month during which the Church universal celebrates the dedication of three of the four major basilicas in Rome: November 9th will be the feast of the dedication of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, the pope’s cathedral, as the bishop of Rome; November 18th will be the feast of the dedication of the Basilica of Saint Peter and the Basilica of Saint Paul, the originals built over the tombs of the two greatest Apostles nearly 1,700 years ago.
The November 9th celebration reminds us of the unity we have with the Successor of Saint Peter, Pope Benedict XVI, as members of the Church founded by Christ. The original basilica was built by Pope Sylvester I, consecrated in 324 a.d. to Our Savior. By the early 10th century it was rebuilt and dedicated to St. John the Baptist, and rededicated also to St. John the Evangelist in the 12th century. On the façade is a phrase expressing the wish of the Emperor Constantine and Pope Sylvester that the Basilica be “The Head and Mother Church of all Churches throughout the City of Rome and the World.”
The November 18th celebration reminds us of the central place of the Apostles Peter and Paul in the development of the Church, linking us with the same primitive Church of Apostolic times. “Oh, Happy Rome, whose stones are consecrated by the Blood of the Martyrs, Peter and Paul”, is an ancient hymn recalling the presence, ministry and martyrdom of these two Apostolic giants. St. Peter, the fisherman, was crucified in 67 a.d. in the ancient Circus of the Emperor Nero and Gaius, to the left of the present Basilica of Saint Peter, and buried in the cemetery next to the Circus at the base of the Vatican Hill. In 323 a.d., the Emperor Constantine began one of the largest construction projects of the ancient world: the leveling of the Vatican Hill, the burying of the cemetery and Circus, and the raising of the first Basilica above the tomb of Saint Peter. Both the ancient and present day Basilicas were dedicated on November 18th. St. Paul, the tentmaker, was martyred outside Rome, and buried near the port city of Ostia. Constantine began a Basilica above Paul’s tomb, but it was not completed until the fifth century by the Emperor Theodosius and Pope Saint Leo the Great. Archaeological explorations beneath St. Peter’s in the 1940’s, and beneath St. Paul’s in the 2000, confirmed and uncovered the tombs of these two Apostles.
It may be difficult for us who live in the 3rd millennium to understand the importance of the celebrations concerning church buildings of another millennium so far away from Stamford. The celebrations are important to us because we share the Apostles’ faith and are united with them in the sacraments. A priest named Gaius wrote in 200 a.d., “If you come to Rome I will show you the tombs [tropaia, Greek for trophies] of the Apostles Peter in the Vatican and Paul on the via Ostiense.” St. John Chrysostom, two centuries later, gives us some idea how important are the lives and tombs of the Apostles: “The sepulchers of those who have served Christ crucified surpass the palaces of kings, not so much in the greatness and beauty of the buildings, as in other tings of more importance, such as the multitude of those who with devotion and joy visit them. For the emperor himself, clothed in purple, goes to the tombs and kisses them. . He who wear a royal crown looks on it as a great privilege from God that a tentmaker [St. Paul] and a fisherman [St. Peter], should be his protectors and defenders. . .” [Hom. I Cor, 20].
These celebrations are really about the larger universal Catholic Church, whose very essence is the same today as when Christ established it on the Apostles. Here at Stamford’s Basilica, we are reminded of the Apostle Peter, by his bronze statue with the Keys of Heaven, and of our union with His Successor, the pope, by the four bricks from the Holy Year doors of the four major basilicas of Rome, sent to the parish by Pope John Paul II. Though far from the City of Rome, we are one in communion, each time we gather at the altar for Mass, through Christ in the Eucharist, sharing Christ’s life with the Apostles and saints. — Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Corrie Evans, Joseph J. Lasko, Shirly Mailhot, Roledonne Samedi, Maurice Babe Ruggiero, 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. . . Shirley Piacenza, Sheila Lockhart, James Andersen, Domineco Gentile, Alma Vota, Ben DeSalvo, 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.

Saint Peter Votive Lights. . .The left votive is for the special intention of Marion Morris req. Mary Churley. The right votive in thanksgiving req. Bea Centonze.

Protectress of Rome Votive Light . . . Special intentions Joseph Oliviere req. Ann & Jo.

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

Friday Eucharistic Adoration . . .will be CANCELLED until Christmas due to the church painting.

Memorial Votive Lights . . . The two votive lights at the shrine of Saint Peter, and the one before the icon of Mary Protectress of the Roman People, 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.

The Maria Goretti Society is sponsoring a Can Food Drive . . . to help the hungry in our community as Thanksgiving approaches. Beginning next weekend, there will be boxes at the doorways. (Please do not bring cans with expired dates). Your generosity is much appreciated.

Religious Education. . . Classes have begun. For those not yet registered, you may register On-Line at the St. John’s Website, www.stjohnsstamford.com, or call the rectory, and speak with Cindy, 203-324-1553 x21. Classes are on Sundays at 8:30 sharp. Please be on time.

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . Meets Wednesdays at 7:30pm in the Rectory: Our November topic: Advent & Christmas homilies by St. Augustine. We will meet November 3, 10 & 17th. All are welcome.

Latin Reading Group. . .Wednesdays at 6:15 pm in the Rectory.

Biblical Greek Study Group. . .Thursday at 6:30 pm in the Rectory: open only to those with a reading ability in Biblical Greek.

R.C.I.A. classes. . . Meets in the Rectory on Tuesday nights at 7:30pm .

St. Anne’s Society . . . will meet next Sunday, November 14th. We will begin with Adoration at 5pm and then move to the Church Hall for a Potluck dinner and a lecture. All are welcome to attend. Please bring a hot dish, salad or dessert so all can join in.

St. Dominic Savio Society. . .Will meet this Sunday, November 7th after the 12:00pm Noon Mass. For the spiritual formation of young men, 8th – 12th grades. Questions, please contact Ferry Galbert 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

Sunday October 31, 2010 $ 10,908.30
Sunday November 1, 2009 $ 15,401.39
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

November 14th Sunday Readings: Mal 3:19-20a; 2 Thes 3:7-12; Lk 21:5-19.

Home Schooling Families. . . A group for home schooling families meets one Tuesday each month. All ages are welcome. Please contact Julianne DeMarco at 203-966-3641, juliannedemarco@yahoo.com or Janet Lancaster at 203-637-3301, jmlancaster@optonline.net.

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.

Latin Mass. . . Due to the painting of the side chapels, the Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be postponed here at Saint John’s until the New Year. HOWEVER, Fr. LaPastina will offer the Latin Mass each Tuesday’s at 9:30 a.m. in the side chapel at Saint Gabriel Parish on Newfield Avenue. The next Latin Mass will be Tuesday, Nov. 9th at St. Gabriel’s.

Parish Finance Council Meeting. . .Thursday, November 11th at 7:30 pm in the rectory.

Parish Council Meeting. . . Friday, November 12th at 7:30 pm in the rectory.

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’s company, Red Inc., please see: www.redinc.biz.

Bible Study. . . Meets each Thursday at 7 p.m. in the rectory. This year’s study includes the Book of Revelation and Acts of the Apostles. See Schedule of Events on the Parish Website for dates.

St. Leo Holiday Fair. . . 24 Roxbury Road, Stamford: Nov, 13: 10 a.m.– 6 p.m.; and Nov. 14th: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Please join them for fun and gifts and food.

The Flock . . . (20’s 30’s Young Adults Group) Will meet Monday, November 8th for adoration at 7:00 pm in St. John’s Basilica, and then there will be a meeting from 8:00-9:00 pm in the rectory. They will discuss the Christmas social/cocktail event, as well as the December volunteer opportunity with the sisters of life. Please follow us on Facebook: St. John’s Flock (Catholic Young Adult group in Stamford, CT)

MEMORIAL MASS FOR DECEASED WOMEN OF BRIDGEPORT DIOCESE . . . will be offered by Rev. Matthew Mauriello, Pastor at St. Roch Church in Greenwich on Saturday, November 13th at 10:00 am followed by a light lunch.  The mass is sponsored by the Bridgeport Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and all are invited to attend.  Names of deceased women of the diocese can be sent to marietwalsh@optonline.net or  Marie Walsh at 65 Glenbrook Rd. 7A,  Stamford, CT 06902 to be included in the mass.  For additional information, call Marie Walsh at 203-569-2559.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, November 6
4:00 +Joseph Abraham req. Regi
Sunday, November 7
7:30 +Gerard Gerardi req. Virginia & Paul Gerardi
10:00 Veterans of the Parish
12:00 All the Souls in Purgatory req. Lilian & Alvina Ramos
6:00 +Cayo, Domond and Pierre-Antoine Families req. the Domond children
Monday, November 8
8:00 People of the Parish
12:10 Catherine & Gene Dzilinski req. Marie Carr
Tuesday, November 9
8:00 All Souls in Purgatory req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 For the group Light of the World in Haiti req. Ferry G.
Wednesday, November 10
8:00 Mary Ann Audette req. Rev. Audette
12:10 Maria and Antonio req. family
Thursday, November 11
8:00 +Giancarlo M. Maldonado req. Fabiola Contreras
12:10 Veterans of the Parish
Friday, November 12
8:00 Special Intentions Lynda Cole
12:10 +Avelina & Victoriano Carpio req. Cecilia Carpio
Saturday, November 13
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. the McAleer family
12:10 +Emma Siciliano req. Helena Pietria

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 . . .meets Saturdays in the rectory at 9:30 a.m.

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets in parish hall each first Tuesday of every month at 10:00 a.m.

St. Anne’s 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. Our next meeting will be on Sunday, November 14th.

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, 8th – 12th grades. Questions, contact Ferry Galbert 203-324-1553 ext. 22. Our next meeting will be this Sunday, November 7th after the noon Mass.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies, 8th-12th grades. Questions, contact Beth Carpanzano at 203-975-0074. Our next meeting will be on Sunday, November 14th after the noon Mass.

Bible Study…Meets each Thursday at 7 p.m. in the rectory. This year’s study includes the Book of Revelation and Acts of the Apostles. See the Schedule of Events on the Parish Website for dates.

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 parish hall. 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: open only to those with a reading ability in Biblical Greek.

Coffee Hour. . . After the 10:00 a.m. Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall. All are welcome.

St. John’s in The NEWS:
The NEW YORK FREEMAN’S JOURNAL AND CATHOLIC REGISTER:
140 years ago, or so:
Nov. 14, 1868: The late Rev. J.H. O’Neill, of Stamford, Ct. “On Tuesday, Oct. 20th, the “Month’s Mind” of the lamented Rev. James H. O’Neill, of Stamford, Conn., was duly observed, at that place, by the offering up of a solemn Mass of requiem for the repose of his soul. A large number of the clergy of the diocese of Hartford assembled to do honor to the memory of the deceased, who held a deservedly high place in their esteem, both for the profound talents which he possessed, and the retiring piety which characterized his life. The people, who had been so long the recipients of this fatherly blessings, crowded the sacred edifice and every avenue leading to it, showing thereby that the memory of their late pastor was deeply engraven on their hearts.”

The CONNECTICUT CATHOLIC:
125 years ago, or so:
Nov. 14, 1885: Stamford: “On Sunday the doors of our new church upstairs will be open, giving everyone an opportunity to see the present condition of the work, which is almost near completion. The beautiful altar, made of marble and onyx stone, is finished, having been built by a firm in New York, and is pronounced by that firm to be the finest one ever erected in their experience as builders. Those who have not seen the interior for some time will be surprised at its present appearance.”

The CONNECTICUT CATHOLIC:
120 years ago, or so:
Nov. 11, 1893: Stamford: “The St. John’s parochial school is overcrowded, there being a larger attendance than previous years. It goes to show the wisdom of parents in sending their children to school where they will get a religious education as well as all other branches of study.”

The STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
60 years ago, or so:
Nov. 13, 1951: “St. John’s Parochial School began the observance of American Education Week today with a “Unite for Freedom” program. Mass was celebrated at 8 a.m. The Rev. Richard Dunn, principal, is general chairman of the meetings. Father Dunn, chaplain of the Catholic Lending Library, spoke on “Books: One of the Basic Needs of Education” at the general school assembly this morning. The Rev. Sister M. Lucia was the presiding chairman of the assembly.”

Eschatology – Fr Terry Walsh
“For the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first”(1 Thess 4).

As we near the end of the Liturgical Cycle and the final week of Ordinary Time approaches at the end of the month, we are reminded about the final things and reflect on the past year of our Spiritual journey. On the last Sunday of Ordinary Time, we will celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. The very next Sunday begins the New Liturgical Year, the Year of Matthew – the 1st Sunday of Advent. It is for us “New Year’s Day” liturgically speaking. Eschatology is about the “Last Things” – Heaven, Hell, Death, and Judgment – and about the “Second Coming of Christ.”
At Baptism, we “die” with Christ so that we may then “rise” with Him on the Last day. Throughout our journey here on earth, we walk with Christ; that is, we encounter Him in the Sacraments and we communicate with Him through our daily prayers. Indeed, at the end of our life, we hope to receive the special gift of “Viaticum” that gives us ‘nourishment’ for the journey home to heaven. In that Rite, we here the beautiful prayer:
“Go forth, Christian soul, from this world in the name of God the almighty Father, who created you, in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, who suffered for you, in the name of the Holy Spirit, who was poured out upon you. Go forth, faithful Christian! May you live in peace this day, may your home be with God in Zion, with Mary, the virgin Mother of God, with Joseph, and all the angels and saints…May you return to your Creator who formed you from the dust of the earth. May holy Mary, the angels, and all the saints come to meet you as you go forth from this life…May you see your Redeemer face to face…”(Prayer of Commendation).
We reflect on the eschatological aspect of our faith each Sunday when we pray the Creed: “We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the Resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.”
Now, at the moment of our death, the opportunity to receive divine grace is over, and we meet God – it is the “Particular Judgment” when we will be judged based on how we lived our lives here on earth. Were we faithful to our Lord, did we keep His Commandments, and so on? Recall the words of St. John of the Cross: “At the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love.” Jesus said, “If you love me you will keep my Commandments.”
The Catechism supplies a clear understanding of the 4 Last Things: Heaven, Hell, Death, and Judgment from paragraph 1021 through 1050, complete with Scripture references as well as quotes from various Saints of the Church. Paragraph 1039 begins, “In the presence of Christ, who is Truth itself, the truth of each man’s relationship with God will be laid bare. The Last Judgment will reveal even to its furthest consequences the good each person has done or failed to do during his life….” Now is the time of Mercy; may we respond with love, offering thanks and praise, and ‘walk humbly with God.’ May we embrace the gift of Reconciliation, confess our sins and be restored to the Right Relationship with our Lord and so adhere to His call to always be prepared to meet Him – that is – to seek to remain in the state of Grace.