For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday November 21, 2010

Pastor’s Corner. . .Thanksgiving is my favorite civic holiday: it is essentially American, because it reminds us—by loads of great unmistakably American food—that, besides the “natural and unalienable Rights” enumerated in the Declaration of Independence of Life and Liberty, the third is “the pursuit of Happiness.” This statement needs tempering, lest the reader think that Happiness refers merely to immediate self-satisfaction of every urge and whim, no matter what the cost. It doesn’t. The earliest, quintessentially American document is the Mayflower Compact, which explained why English men and women risked life to set sail for the colonies in 1620: “In the name of God. Amen. Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancements of the Christian faith and honor of our king and country, a voyage to. . . The Northern parts of Virginia, do. . Covenant and combine ourselves together into a body politic.”
They came here in pursuit of happiness, which was to be had by sacrifices made together, for the benefit of all involved: we call that the common good. And the common good is that which benefits all, not merely financially, but morally—that which we do individually or corporately—which, to make us truly happy, bolsters our dignity as the image and likeness of God, never debasing anyone for profit, either personal or corporate.
How about an even earlier American document: written around 600 A.D., by Saint Columban, whose Irish monks are believed to be among the first to have found America—Long Island to be exact: “God makes man from the earth but ennobles him with the impress of his own image. Man’s greatest dignity is his likeness to God, if it is preserved. If man uses his innate powers rightly, he will be like God. . . To love God involves keeping His commandments, and these are summed up in love for one another” [Instructions, 11: 1]. Those monks were exercising their unalienable Right in their Pursuit of Happiness—by which they meant imitating God. Here’s more: “Genuine love takes the form ‘not of words, but of truthful deeds.’ Let us give back to God our Father His image in us, an image kept spotlessly holy, for He is holy; an image spotless in love, for He is love; an image spotless in devotion and truth, for He is devoted and true. Let us not paint an alien image in ourselves; the painter who is undisciplined, angry, sensual, self-centered and proud paints the picture of a tyrant in himself. Therefore, lest we end with the self-portrait of a despot, let us allow Christ to paint His image in us.” In other words, in our pursuit of happiness, I may not gain that happiness by hurting or using others: I cannot find happiness by depriving others of theirs [Instructions, 11:2].
One more American document: This is by President Franklin W. Roosevelt—not one of my favorites, but he got it right here: “If I read the temper of our people correctly, we now realize as we have never realized before our interdependence on each other; that we cannot merely take but we must give as well; that if we are to go forward, we must . . . [be] willing to sacrifice for the good of a common discipline, because without such discipline no progress is made, no leadership becomes effective. . . . With the clean satisfaction that comes from the stern performance of duty by old and young alike, we aim at the assurance of a rounded and permanent national life” [First Inaugural Address, 1933].
The authentic essential of our American civic feast is not merely loads of food: that is the benefit gained by the hard work of generations of Americans before us. Each time we sit down for Thanksgiving, we should consider what our duty is NOW to make our city and country better. What sacrifices must I make for the common good? What must I do for others in their Pursuit of Happiness? “No greater love can one have than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” [John 1:13]. With Happiness comes responsibility. — Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Connie Ward, Corrine Mattson, Billy Therriault, Bill Cody, 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, Cheryl Carucci, Joan Bachman, Nicholas Czekanski, Wilfred Baretto, Haitian Earthquake Victims.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . John Donaher, 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.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development Collection . . . Please drop your special envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.

Saint Peter Votive Lights. . .The left votive is in memory of Vincent DeRosa req. Joan & John Kronk. The right votive is in memory of Rose Kronk req. Joan & John Kronk.

Protectress of Rome Votive Light . . . In memory of John McGovern req. Tracy Banahan.

ONLY one Mass: 10 a.m.:
Please join us with your family.

A Huge Thank You Goes Out To The St. Maria Goretti Society . . . The First Annual St. Maria Goretti Food Drive was a tremendous success!!! Over 80 bags of food were handpacked by the hard work of the Maria Goretti girls, each one weighing at least 15 pounds.  That’s about 1200 lbs of food for the hungry in our community.  What a beautiful gift of time and effort offered by the girls to help distribute food throughout our Community!  THANK YOU most especially to our Parishioners who so generously contributed to this wonderful effort—the response of donating food has truly been overwhelming.

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 22nd at 7 pm.

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

Saint John’s Christmas Fair. . .The weekend of Saturday Dec. 4th, 3pm-5:30pm and Sunday Dec. 5th, 8:15am – 1:00pm. Wreath’s, gifts, food, books and more: Mark your calendar and come join us. Start your Christmas shopping with us: help your parish by purchasing beautiful Christmas gifts and decorative items in our own Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

Calling all our Super Bakers – The Christmas Fair is the first weekend of December and that means we need to get busy baking delectable cakes, cookies, pies, breads and even homemade fudge and chocolate covered pretzels. You bake it or make it and we will sell it!   We need a team of bakers
to get busy baking and we also need volunteers to commit to helping sell at our bake shop on Saturday and Sunday, before and after all masses. We are hoping that all baked goods can be festively wrapped (feel free to include the ingredients or even the recipe!) and all baked goods must be brought to Monsignor Nagle Hall by Saturday afternoon or by Sunday AM.  Are you available to bake or would you love to help us sell? Please call Tracy Banahan at 203-834-0284 or email her at

Sunday November 14, 2010 $ 11,445.67
Sunday November 15, 2009 $ 11,024.76
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

November 28th Sunday Readings: Is 2:1-5; Rom 13:11-14; Mt 24:37-44.

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, or Janet Lancaster at 203-637-3301,

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. 23rd at St. Gabriel’s.

Sunday, November 21st: There will be NO 12 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 Schedule of Events on the Parish Website for dates.

Religious Education. . . NO Classes on Sunday November 21st due to the Balloon Parade and No Classes on Sunday November 28th due to the Thanksgiving Weekend.

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.

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . Will meet again in January to read the letters of Pope Saint Gregory the Great. Stay tuned for details.

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.

Coffee Hour. . . There will be coffee hour this Sunday after the 10:00 a.m. Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall before the Parade. All are welcome.

St. John’s in The Advocate:
100 years ago, or so:
Nov. 16, 1909: Parochial School Alumni. “There will be an important meeting of St. John’s Parochial School Alumni Association, in the school hall, this evening. The association has mapped a busy winter season, and the first meeting under the new schedule takes place tonight. The girls of the association are to spend one evening a week serving, making clothing which will be distributed among the poor at Christmas. The members will be active in theatricals, and Stamford may soon have a chance to see some excellent amateur talent. The work done by the association for the school shows that it is an alumni association in deeds as well as name. A costly piano has been presented to the school, and also the nucleus for a library. Accessions are being made to the library, and ere long St. John’s should have a first-class collection of books. The officers of the association are: Helen Nurney, president; Helena Burnes, vice-president; Eloise Hynes, secretary; and Sister Mercedes, Treasurer.”

70 years ago, or so:
Nov. 15, 1941: Church Music For Sunday’s Services-Thanksgiving Theme Noted in Some of the Choirmasters’ Selections for the Day. “At the 11 o’clock Mass at St. John’s Catholic Church tomorrow, the boys’ choir will sing Pro Cor arca legam, of Continems and the Kyrie of Montani, Gloria by Refice will be sung by the choir, as will the Credo, by Biggs. The boys’ choir will sing the offertory, Cor Jesu, by Schuttes. Howard Fagan is the organist and choir director.”

50 years ago, or so:
Nov. 21, 1963: Use of Modern Languages For Sacraments Sanctioned. “VATICAN CITY: The day put aside, at least temporarily, controversial declarations on Jews and on religious liberty. In another major development, the Roman Catholic assembly voted to allow the use of modern languages throughout the sacraments, such as baptism and marriage, without even retaining Latin for key phrases.”

Nov. 21, 1961: Prelate At Installation Asks Flock Keep Christian Ideals. “The new Bishop of Bridgeport today urged his flock not to let their Christian principles be “choked by the pleasures of the day.” Bishop Curtis’ first sermon to the 286,000 Roman Catholics of his diocese came after Archbishop Thomas A. Boland of the Diocese of Newark had handed the new prelate the crosier, symbol of office. As this symbol of authority was taken in hand by Bishop Curtis, all the bells of the Roman Catholic Churches throughout the Diocese began to ring.”

– Fr. Terry Walsh

The Lamb who was slain is worthy to receive strength and divinity, wisdom and honor: to him be glory and power for ever. – Entrance Antiphon

Today is the Solemnity of Christ the King. This great Solemnity is fittingly celebrated on the last Sunday of “Ordinary Time” each year and completes the Liturgical year.
Who is the King?
He who left His Throne of Glory to be born into the very world He created (see Philippians chapter 2). The great Prophet Isaiah proclaimed: He is “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, upon the Throne of David, and over his Kingdom, to establish it, uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and for evermore”(Isaiah 9: 6-7).
Who is the King?
He who says, “I have come to give life, and give it abundantly”(Jn 10); “Let not your hearts be troubled or afraid…I am the Way, and the Truth and the Life”(Jn 14). “Fear not, beloved, you are safe: take courage and be strong…From the moment you resolved to acquire understanding and to humble yourself before God…your prayer was heard, and for this reason I have come”(Daniel 10).
Who is the King?
He who said, “Let there be light…Let the earth put forth vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit…Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the firmament of the heavens…Let the earth bring forth living creatures…Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…Be fruitful…”(Genesis 1).
Who is the King?
He who said, “I am the True Vine, and my Father is the Vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit…“I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing…This I command you, to love one another”(Jn 15). “The Holy Spirit will teach you”(Jn 14).
Remember the words pronounced by the Bishop at your Confirmation: “Be Sealed with the Holy Spirit.” “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, self-control…if we live by the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit…he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart”(Galatians 5,6).
Who is the King?
He who cried out, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani…My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me”(Mk 15:34)? He is the King.
“One of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water”(Jn 19:34). “I came to give life and give it abundantly” (Jn 10:10). “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life….I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh”(Jn 6). He is our King…