For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday November 14, 2010

Pastor’s Corner. . .What practical work does the Church do? Well, it was established by Our Lord as His primary tool for saving the world. Our Lord reconciled all creation with the Father by becoming one like ourselves though free from sin, taking on a human body, mind and soul, and offering Himself as the final sacrifice on the Cross. To communicate the power of that sacrifice and of His resurrection from the dead, He established the Church on the Apostles
[Eph 2: 16]. But the Catholic Church is not merely an institution, to which we have membership, as we might in the Y.M.C.A. , The Church was founded by Christ as the only body to perform a unique function, and so it is different than any other institution on the planet. We cannot think of Jesus and His Church as separate from one another. You might come to know something about Christ without the Church: simply go to the library and read through the Bible. But you can only share His Divine Life through the Sacraments of the Church Jesus established. Jesus is intimately united to His Catholic Church.
Saint Paul and Saint John use imagery that expresses the true intimate relationship that Christ has with us in His Church. Saint Paul speaks of Christ as the Head of the Body, the Church, and that we are members of that Body [Col I: 18; Eph I: 23]. He doesn’t mean head like a C.E.O. of a corporation, but as the head of a body. The image refers to the intimate and unique relationship that your head has with your body: separate the two and you’ll die. The imagery expresses the essential and abiding relationship that Christ has with the Church and with each human person who is a member of that Church through Baptism. Saint John’s image is that Christ is the Bridegroom and the Church His Bride [Apoc 21: 9-22: 5]. This image describes the intimate relationship between us and God through Christ in His Church, which continues in every age and place through the Church. Some people imagine that Our Lord is up in heaven and the Church is on earth, and never the ‘twain shall meet. Nothing could be further from the truth: Jesus established His Church so He could remain with us until the end of time. He remains with us, making us more like Himself each day, by the Grace we receive through His Sacraments, which He established.
This has been accomplished by Our Lord because of His deep abiding love for us: He wants us to live with Him forever, body and soul. We have access to Him and His revealed truth through the Catholic Church. By striving to please God in our lives through virtue and faith, and being transformed daily through the Sacraments to be more like Christ, we become “living stones” of this celestial edifice, the Church [I Pet 2: 5]. Saint Paul continues to describe the close union of each of us with Christ in His Church, writing that each of us can be considered to be God’s Temple on earth, since His Holy Spirit dwells within us through the Sacraments. He warns us to live lives worthy of our calling and worthy of God’s efforts in our regards: avoid sin, which would destroy us as God’s Temple: “Didn’t you realize that you were God’s temple and that the Spirit of God was living among you? If anybody should destroy the temple of God [through sin], God will destroy him, because the temple of God is sacred; and you are that temple [I Cor 3: 16-17].”
Saint Cyprian, the great 3rd century martyr bishop of Carthage wrote: “You cannot call God your Father, unless you have the Church as your Mother.” Christ and the Church are intimately united, without which there can be no life of Grace. Let us pray for our families and friends who may have fallen away from the Church, that they might return. And ask the intercession of the Blessed Mother and the Saints, who are living members of the Church, to assist us to gain eternal life with them and God. — Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Adriana & Noelle Quinones, 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.

Monthly Collection . . . The second collection today will be the monthly collection for the parish. Your generosity is appreciated.

Saint Peter Votive Lights. . .The left votive is for improved health of William Wislosky req. Joan & John Kronk. The right votive is in memory of Frank Fasanelli req. wife Anita Fasanelli.

Protectress of Rome Votive Light . . . Special intentions 60 year anniversary req. Terenzio Family.

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 15th 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.

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . Meets Wednesdays at 7:30pm in the Rectory: Our November topic: Advent & Christmas homilies by St. Augustine. We will meet next on November 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 this 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. Maria Goretti Society. . .Will meet this Sunday, November 14th after the 12:00pm Noon Mass. For the spiritual formation of young ladies, 8th-12th grades. Questions, please contact Beth Carpanzano at 203-975-0074.

St. John’s Christmas Fair. . .Saturday Dec. 4th, 3pm-5:30pm and Sunday Dec. 5th, 8:15am – 1:00pm. Christmas Decorations, Books, Nativity Sets, Sacramentals and Baked Goods. Please join us. We are looking forward to seeing you.

Sunday November 7, 2010 $ 14,156.00
Sunday November 8, 2009 $ 13,427.53
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

November 21st Sunday Readings: 2 Sm 5:1-3; Col 1:12-20; Lk 23:35-43.

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.

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 Tuesday, Nov. 16th at St. Gabriel’s.

Sunday, November 21st: There will be
NO 12 NOON MASS.
Those who normally attend the 10 am Sunday Mass, please be sure to pick up a parking pass for Sunday, November 21st.

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.

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.

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

Vigil for all Nascent Human Life. . . Saturday, November 27th: 4-5:30 pm, Villa Maria: Bishop Lori will preside at Adoration & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary and Vespers. All are welcome.

Job Seekers . . . Meets the 4th Monday of each month in the rectory at 7:30 pm: all are welcome. Topics: job interviewing, writing of resumes, networking and job seeking strategies.

Solemn Vespers . . . Sunday, November 21st at Saint Gabriel Church in Stamford. The Feast of Christ the King will be celebrated with Solemn Vespers and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 4 PM. Following the Ceremony, refreshments will be served in the Parish Meeting Room. All are invited to attend.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, November 13
4:00 +Vito Melfi req. The Melfi Family
Sunday, November 14
7:30 Forgotten Souls in Purgatury
10:00 +William Morris req. Edward & Christina & Family
12:00 +Deceased members of the Preziosi Family req. Marion Morris & Family
6:00 All Souls in Purgatory req. Emperatriz Matias
Monday, November 15
8:00 +Michael Coppola req. Jason Ward & Mary Ellen Russell
12:10 +Steve Kerner req. Family
Tuesday, November 16
8:00 Pope Benedict XVI req. James Bosilevas
12:10 +Members of DeRosa, Kronk, Capobianco Families & Edwin Clark req. Joan & John Kronk
Wednesday, November 17
8:00 +William V. Mancusi req. Eileen Mancusi
12:10 +Camille Mascia req. her brother Frank D’Amico
Thursday, November 18
8:00 +Deceased members of the Morris Family req. Marion Morris & Family
12:10 For the Group Light of the World in Haiti req. Ferry G.
Friday, November 19
8:00 All Alumni St. Basil Seminary, College and Prep schools req. James Bosilevas
12:10 +Vita Fazio req. her brother Frank D’Amico
Saturday, November 20
8:00 All Bridgeport Diocesan Priests and Nuns req. James Bosilevas
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.

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, please contact Ferry Galbert 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

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 this 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 Advocate:
85 years ago, or so:
Nov. 24, 1923: From Our Readers. “To the Editor of the Stamford Advocate: I read the article published in the Stamford Advocate of Saturday, November 17, with a great deal of interest in relation to the history of the Catholic Church of Stamford, especially of St. John’s, in the construction of which I claim to have taken a prominent part as architect and general contractor of all the interior work of every kind. “The building was erected according to the original plans, all excepting the spire. James Murphy made the original plans.” The above is taken from the article in the Advocate. In 1882, I gave an estimate and bid to finish all the mechanical work of the interior of St. John’s Catholic Church. My bid was the lowest and the contract was awarded to me by the Rev. William H. Rogers, pastor, and Daniel Hanrahan and Edward Duffy, trustees. From the start of the work to the dedication in 1886, I had sole control of the construction of all the mechanical work, both as architect and general contractor and for four years I gave the work the best that was in me as a skilled mechanic and builder. They were the happiest years of my life; my heart as well as my head and all the physical energy I possessed was employed for a good purpose and a successful end. I remodeled the interior as follows: restored seven feet of space in order to make a true Gothic ceiling; enlarged the pillars more than twice the diameter of the original plans; substituted circular stairs to galleries, three flights, instead of plain box stairs, as planned by old drawings. Father Rogers, the trustees and the congregation in general were all pleased and satisfied and proud of their beautiful church, built for God’s worship. Myself, my children and grand-children are proud of it and I will not allow any man, lay or cleric, to rob me of the credit due for the interior designs and construction of the most beautiful Gothic church building in the State of Connecticut. Every line and detail is mine and in order to guard against falsehood in the future, when I have passed away, I intend to have the above statement attested by a notary public and placed on record for future reference and in conclusion, I wish to quote Shakespeare’s lines: “He who steals my purse, steals trash but he who robs me of my good name, takes from me that which enriches him not, but leaves me very poor indeed.” JOHN ENNIS.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: The above Letter to the Editor of The Advocate was in response to an article published one week prior, which recounted the history of the parish, but gave no credit to Mr. Ennis for his part in building the upper chapel.)

The Prophet Malachi -Fr Terry Walsh
There are both “Major” and “Minor” Prophets in the Bible. The Major Prophets are of course more recognizable: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. Isaiah is especially familiar to us as he is the most quoted prophet in the New Testament. Time and again we see his prophecies coming to fulfillment throughout the Gospels. The distinction “Minor” Prophet simply designates the brevity of the books. They are generally only a few chapters (pages) in length; yet, the message is no less important to us in our search for understanding the “right relationship” with God. The Minor Prophets include Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. Malachi is considered the last of the prophets. Very little is known about the author. The name Malachi actually means ‘my messenger’ in Hebrew and the Book of Malachi may have received the title from the verse found in chapter 3:1 – “Behold, I send my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple…” In the four brief chapters that make up the Book of Malachi, the Prophet speaks about the love God has for Israel, but at the same time, he expresses dissatisfaction with their response to this love. They have failed to follow the Law properly and they will indeed be held accountable. There is apathy and outright disobedience on the part of the ‘so-called’ children of Israel. Moreover, they are found to be grumbling, like their forefathers in the desert. But Malachi pleads with the people to renew their zeal, to be faithful to God, essentially to undergo conversion in their hearts and come to understand God’s love and mercy.

Certainly, the message is applicable to us today. Are we, the “New Israel”, guilty of the same apathy? Do we lack zeal in our hearts for God’s law? Jesus calls us to be faithful stewards, a call that extends to a faithful understanding of the application of the gifts and talents he has bestowed upon each one of us – not just for our own personal edification, but in a deeper sense for the good of our neighbor. God is merciful. He longs for the return of his people to faithfully follow His teachings so that they may live and receive blessings. But God is also Just. The Prophet warns the Israelites – and us – that the unrepentant, those preferring the ways of the world which are not in accord with the Will of God, will ,in the end, be separated from Him by their own poor choice. The Navarre Bible Commentary (a Biblical Commentary series readily available online or at Catholic Bookstores) has this to say: “Jesus teaches his disciples that the promises in Malachi found fulfillment in Him and, therefore, that the prophet Elijah who was supposed to precede him was none other than John the Baptist….in the announcement to Zechariah, the angel says regarding John that ‘he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared’(Luke 1:17; Mal 4:5-6)”.

“But you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.”- Malachi 3:20
What does it mean to “fear his name”? Fear of the Lord is a Gift of the Holy Spirit, and Scripture tells us, it is the beginning of Wisdom. Simply put, it means to love the things that God loves (virtue, obedience, ‘faith working through love’) and to hate the things that God hates (sin, vice, disobedience). It has taken a new name in the Church today. It is called the Gift of Awe and Wonder. If we open our hearts to this amazing Gift of the Holy Spirit, we will be filled with a supernatural desire to become more closely conformed to the Image and Likeness of Christ Himself. We will look for ways to be of service to our neighbor. We will relish opportunities to share our faith and so lead others to the love of God, especially by how we witness to God in all the little ordinary experiences of daily life – living them with gratitude and an eye toward Heaven, the New Jerusalem.
May we heed the words of the prophet Malachi and persevere in our faithful discipleship so that we may receive the healing rays of the Son of Justice and bask in His Light.