For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday February 13, 2011

Pastor’s Corner. . .


—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Stacey, Babe Ruggiero, Tana Sibilio, Kathleen Nichols, Kyaiera Mistretta, Millie Maida, Joseph Hlavaty, Doreen & Courtney Harry, Dr. Elaine Parliman, Bill Skidd, Rev. Carlos Antonio Mesa, Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Corrine Mattson, Billy Therriault, Adriana & Noelle Quinones, Corrie Evans, Shirly Mailhot, Roledonne Samedi.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Jamie Chapin, Joseph J. Lasko, James Bosilevas, Robert Lockhart, Luis Vericat, Fransoice Simon, Rose Pavia, Margaret Smegal, Bill Cody, John Donaher, Shirley Piacenza, Sheila Lockhart, James Andersen, Domineco Gentile, Alma Vota.

Special Energy Collection . . . The second collection today will be the Special Energy Collection to help pay the Higher Energy and Fuel Costs for the parish. Your generosity is appreciated.

NEW SUNDAY MASS SCHEDULE: Beginning March 13th:
Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 7:30 a.m.; 8:30 a.m. Latin Mass; 10:00 a.m. Family Mass; 12:00 noon Solemn Choir Mass; 5:00 p.m.

Sunday Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form. . . Will begin at Saint John’s on March 13th, the First Sunday of Lent, at 8:30 a.m. This will be a Low Mass, offered each Sunday .

Sunday Afternoon Mass. . . Will begin at Saint John’s on March 13th, the First Sunday of Lent, at 5:00 p.m. There will be no music or added ceremony at this Mass: 35 minutes.

Monday Evening Holy Hour . . . Monday nights 7-8:00 pm for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Rosary in the church. Next Hour: February 14th at 7 p.m.

Memorial Votive Lights. . . Five votive lights for memorials: The two votive lights next to the statue of Saint Peter, the one before the icon of the Protectress of Rome above the statue of Saint Rita, 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.

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

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . Will next meet in March, at 7:30PM on Wednesdays in the rectory; to read the Regola Pastoralis by Pope Saint Gregory the Great, in English. Please join us.

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

Hebrew Grammar Class. . .Thursdays at 5:30 pm in the rectory. This is for beginners.

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

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

Grant Writers. . . The next meeting of the Parish Grant Writers will be Tuesday, February 15th at 7:30 pm in the rectory. Please bring your notes and experimental work to the meeting.

Parish Tour Guides. . . I’ll be contacting you all this week to begin scheduling our training meetings through January and February: please study the Basilica Self-guide Brochure.

St. Anne’s Society . . . will meet Sunday, February 27th. 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.

MARIA GORETTI SOCIETY….We will meet at the St. Camillus Nursing Home (next to St. Mary’s Church-Elm St.) Sunday, February 13th from 1:30-3:30pm.  Please bring signed permission slips. Questions?  Please call Beth Carpanzano at (203) 975-0074.

Sunday February 6, 2011 $ 13,467.65
Sunday February 7, 2010 $ 12,426.65

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

February 20th Sunday Readings: Lv 19:1-2,17-18; 1 Cor 3:16-23; Mt 5:38-48.

Latin Mass. . . Fr. Cyprian LaPastina will offer the Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. here at Saint John’s; the next Mass is Tuesday, February 15th .

Basilica Self-guided Tours. . . Please pick up a Basilica self-guided tour booklet at the church entrances, give it a try, following the enclosed map of the Basilica, and let me know what you think. This is one of a number of efforts to prepare the Basilica for pilgrimage groups and visitors beginning this summer.

Help!!. . . The parish has begun work to secure funding for various parish projects and programs. Before our committee begins contacting foundations, I ask all parishioners to lend a hand: if anyone has personal contacts or involvement with any corporations, foundations, endowments or other grant providing institutions, I would be grateful if you would contact me. Personal relationships always are helpful, so if you know anyone on the board of a foundation or charity, or if you are involved in making such decisions for such charitable entities, please give me a call. Thanks very much. Mons. DiGiovanni

Mark your calendar. . . Saturday, May 7th: Join us for the Kentucky Derby in the Monsignor Nagle Hall for an evening of fun, chance, good food, great music, and prizes. We’ll watch the race on jumbo screens, the ladies in huge Derby hats and with mint juleps to boot! This will be our major fundraising event of the year, the proceeds of which will be used to help repaint the rest of the church interior. Come join us for the fun, and bring friends: details to follow.

Greenwich Choral Society. . . Will present a concert: “Of War and Peace”, Saturday, March 5th at 4:30pm in the historic Christ Church, 254 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich. Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, as well as works by Samuel Baraber, Benjamin Britten, Ralph Vaughan Williams and others will be offered. Tickets are $50 each: www.GreenwichChoralSociety.org .

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.

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.

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. There is no charge for these services. Next meeting: February 28th.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, February 12
4:00 +John and Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Sexton Young
Sunday, February 13
7:30 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
10:00 +Francesco Lio req. Beth and Frank Carpanzano
12:00 +Frank DalMolin req. Mary Jean
6:00 +Andrew K. Krawczyk req. Mulhern family
Monday, February 14
8:00 +Michael and Santina Aucello req. Bea and John Centonze
12:10 +Wilhelmina-Belia Falek-Roerhost req. Tom Timon
Tuesday, February 15
8:00 +John the Baptist Do req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 +Gary Pastusak req. Katie and Donna
Wednesday, February 16
8:00 +Concetta L. Zaccaria req. Lawrence Bolanowski
12:10 +James and Adele Henson req. John and Laura Pascale
Thursday, February 17
8:00 Sisters of Life & Pro-Life Advocates req. the Bosilevas family
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Friday, February 18
8:00 +Anthony P. D’Ariano req. Marion Morris
12:10 +Grace Kelly req. Vincent O’Brien
Saturday, February 19
8:00 Special Intention
12:10 +Timothy Patrick Murphy req. Mary Bridget Gaine

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.

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets in the Church each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30a.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 Sunday, February 27th.

Pray to end legalized abortion . . . Wednesdays, 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.

Bible Study…Meets each Thursday at 7 p.m. in the rectory. Book of Revelation and Acts of the Apostles.

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: all are welcome.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory: open only to those with a fundamental reading ability in Biblical Greek.

Introduction to Hebrew. . . Thursdays at 5:30 pm in the rectory: This is a true beginner’s class in grammar.

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

St. John’s in The ADVOCATE:
135 years ago, or so:
Feb. 16, 1877: St. John’s School Exhibition: “The attendance at the St. John’s R. C. school exhibition on Tuesday evening furnished a remarkable contrast to the rows of empty benches which have been the characteristic feature of nearly all the public entertainments in the hall this winter. The house was crowded, up stairs and down, probably not less than sixteen hundred people being in attendance. No part of the entertainment was more interesting than the choruses sung by some hundred and thirty young girls from eight to sixteen years of age, and all dressed in white. These were aligned upon the stage according to stature, the youngest being in the front rank, and the ranks behind graded according to size. The choruses were sung with remarkable precision for so large a number of children, and the movements of the body of performers on the stage were not only free from confusion, but were almost automation-like in moving forward to the front of the stage and retiring again before the curtain was lowered. Several of the pupils exhibited considerable skill on the piano, especially Miss Tillie Loughry, a little lady who played with a vim and intelligence that many much older performers might attempt in vain. The exercises included a humorous tableau, dialogues, and some amusing school comedies, together with the choruses and piano pieces for two, four and six hands. The musical portion of the performance was perhaps the best part of it, but all was cleverly done, and appeared to be greatly relished by the large audience assembled.”

50 years ago, or so:
Feb. 17, 1961: St. Cecilia Wins CYO High Title; Johnnies Triumph: “St. Cecilia’s and St. John’s of Stamford are the 1961 Stamford-Darien CYO champions in the Grammar School and High School Divisions respectively. Dave Sigler hit 22 points to lead the St. Cecilia quintet to a 45-24 victory over St. Benedict’s at the High School gym Thursday to win the second round and the CYO title. The Springdale team will represent the District in the quarter-finals for the Diocesan championship. Kenneth Clark of St. John’s of Stamford put on a brilliant scoring exhibition of 21 points to lead his team to the CYO Grammar School championship over St. Mary’s, 33-25. St. John’s will represent the District in the quarter-finals of the Diocesan championship. Four Parochial School cheerleading squads will compete for the District CYO title Sunday at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Gym.”

The Vision of Innocence
-Fr Terry Walsh
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches Christian Perfection in the Beatitudes. He says, “Blessed are the pure of heart, they shall see God.” Consider, too, the prophecy of Isaiah: “…and a child shall lead them.” Clearly, God is trying to tell us something deeply profound and at the same time quite simple. When we seek the Truth with a pure heart we will see it through the eyes of innocence. Luke reports, “Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, ‘I thank thee, Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes’…”(Lk 10:21). Remember the martyrdom of St. Stephen in the Acts of the Apostles. While he was being stoned to death for his faith in Jesus Christ, we hear: “Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.” In his innocence, he was given the grace of seeing God. Others likewise have seen extraordinary visions: Isaiah, Ezekiel, and John the Evangelist to name a few from the Scriptures. Consider the Mass. All the Angels and Saints are there. Jesus Christ is there. He offers Himself to the Father and gives Himself to us in Holy Eucharist. We don’t “see” Him, or the angels and saints, but they are there. We “see” them through the eyes of faith. In other words, we believe they are there. It is a truth of our faith.
In like manner, there are moral truths that we are likewise required to believe. But we can only see them clearly if we keep our spiritual eyes sharply focused on Christ – Prayer, Sacraments, fidelity to the Gospel. When we begin to walk the worldly path, we quickly find ourselves in the maze of worldly wisdom, rather than the Wisdom of God. Reading the papers or listening to the news, one might be left feeling a little dazed and confused. After all, the headlines seem to be filled with such bitterness and rancor these days. Could it be that we live in a divided house? Have we lost our innocence? Have we abandoned our pursuit of the truth in favor of the wisdom of men and the worldly ideal of so-called “achievement” even when that achievement sometimes comes at the expense of the moral law and contradicts our faith? Human Cloning, Eugenics, Embryonic Research, ‘Frozen Storage’ of human embryos (remember Brave New World?), Contraception, Abortion, and the list goes on. These “achievements” are touted by their advocates as “advances” in science and of great benefit to humanity and yet every one of them opposes the Wisdom of God, the Law of God. Is it the Tower of Babel? Have we lost sight of our true purpose – to love God? Simply put, the deeper one walks into the maze of moral error, the more dazed and confused one will naturally become—even to the point where the one who is in the darkness actually thinks he is in the Light. His pride has gotten the better of Him. He has stopped asking the question, “Is what I am doing good in the eyes of God?”
Jesus warns us about the danger of duplicity: “…this people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me…”(Mt 15:8). God is patient. He sees. He waits. He longs for the sinner to see the error of his ways and to repent and seek reconciliation and so be healed and begin to walk in the light once again; to find his way out of the maze of utter shame and destruction – the spiritual death of the soul. Our Lord patiently waits. He offers grace. He offers healing – because He loves us. God doesn’t force anyone to walk in the Truth. But for all who seek the Truth, He will reveal Himself so that we might see clearly and distinctly how we have violated the truth and offended Him. Only then can we say mea culpa, mea culpa. Only then can our hearts be purified so that we may see God with the Vision of Innocence. We are mere stewards of the gifts God has created – including our bodies. We have freedom to do what we will with these gifts, but we would be foolish to think that our choices are without consequence. Through the virtue of humility, we may be healed and regain the child-like innocence necessary for salvation. Recall the compelling words our Lord utters in the Gospel: “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven”(Mt 18:2).