For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday May 1, 2011

Pastor’s Corner. . . God’s work to save mankind from death and to reconcile all creation to Himself began to be realized when Mary accepted God’s invitation to her through Archangel Gabriel. The Eternal God became fully man, except free from sin, in order to pay the price of all human sin by offering that human body, soul and life on the Cross, and by rising in that flesh on the third day to overcome death for us all. This is the primary reason why God became man. As the means to extend the effects of Christ’s Cross and Resurrection from the dead throughout the world and through every century, He sent the Holy Spirit to begin His one Church. The following excerpts from two homilies by Pope Saint Leo the Great express this great reality of God’s hard work to save us so we might live with Him forever in the flesh:

“Majesty humbled itself, power became weak, and eternity mortal. To pay the debt inherent in our [human] estate, the unchangeable nature of God was united to our changeable human nature so that, as our healing required, the one Mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ, might be both subject to death because he was a man and yet free of death because he was God.
“The true and eternal God was thus born a full and complete man, wholly divine and wholly human. By ‘human’ we mean what the Creator made in the beginning with Adam, and what He made His own in order to redeem it. Whatever the deceiver [Satan] introduced into us and deceived man accepted, had no place in the Savior. He shared our weaknesses but not our sins.
“He took the status of a servant, therefore, but of a sinless one, exalting the humanity without lessening the divinity. For this self-emptying in which the invisible God became visible, and the Creator and Lord of all things willed to become a mortal creature, was the stooping of pity, not the failing of power. Thus He who as God created man became a man Himself in the form of a servant [Jesus].
“The Son of God enters our lowly world, descending from His heavenly throne but not putting off the glory that He has from the Father. He is reborn in a new way—new, because though invisible of Himself as God, He became visible as man; though incomprehensible, He willed to be comprehended; existing before all time, He began to exist in time; the Lord of the universe hid His majesty and took the estate of a servant; the impassible God did not disdain to become a suffering man, and though immortal, to subject Himself to the Law of death” [Letter 28, To Flavian].

“The Son of God, has taken human nature so closely to Himself that one and the same Christ consists not only of that Man himself who is the First-born of every creature, but of all His saints as well. As our head cannot be separated from the members of the body without doing damage to the body, neither can the members [of the Church] be separated from its Head [Christ].
“Although it is said of eternal life and not of our earthly estate that God is all in all, yet He dwells even now in His temple, the Church, as He promised: ‘I am with you all days, even to the end of the world.’ All that God’s Son did and taught, therefore, to reconcile the world to the Father is not simply a fact of past history, but a present and operative reality now. Himself born of the Virgin by the Spirit’s power, He now makes His spotless church fruitful through the same Spirit, and she bears countless children to God in the birth of Baptism. Of these children it is written: ‘They are born, not of flesh and blood or of human desire, but of God,’ He it is who, excluding none, forms all the nations of the earth into one holy flock and daily fulfills His promise to gather all His sheep. Though He said to blessed Peter, above all others, ‘Feed my sheep,’ the Lord Himself is everyone’s Shepherd. He so strengthens them with His love that, as He did not hesitate to die for them, they do not hesitate to die for Him.
“For, if we share the Body and Blood of Christ [in the Eucharist], we are assimilated to what we eat and drink [to Christ, Himself]. In all circumstances we will show forth in body and soul the image of Him in whom and with whom we died and were buried and rose to new life [in Baptism]” [Sermon 12, On the Passion].

Such is God’s love for us that He would go to such lengths to give us a share in His Divine Life: now He continues, through the Sacraments He instituted in His Church, leading to eternity in the flesh.
—-Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Marie Maddox, Barbara Schueger, Bernadette Jachimczyk, Terry Cooke, Christina Wright, Stacey, Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Corrine Mattson, Billy Therriault, Tana Sibilio, Kathleen Nichols, Millie Maida, Joseph Hlavaty, Rev. Carlos Antonio Mesa, Corrie Evans, Shirly Mailhot, Roledonne Samedi.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Jack Mahan, Dr. Elaine Parliman, Pat Civitillo, Dr. Erlman, Robert Monahan, Jeanne Dora Robustelli, Asst. Police Chief Francis Cronin, Babe Ruggiero, Mrs. Schuyler-Jones, Theodore Brutus, E. Gaynor Brennan, Jr., Mother Lillian Cairo, P.O.S.C., Dr. Raymond Gabriele, Harold John Frost, Dorothy Davis, William Loughlin, Courtney Harry, Beauvais Buissereth, Violette Leclerc, 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.

Catholic Home Missions Collection . . . Please drop your special envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.

Easter Duty. . . Each Catholic is obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once yearly, during the Easter Season (Easter, April 24—Pentecost, June12). One should also go to Confession at least once yearly, as well, in order to worthily receive the Body and Blood of Our Lord.

Divine Mercy Sunday. . . Please join us for the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Exposition and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament, on Sunday, May 1st at 1:30 pm. All are welcome.

Monday Evening Holy Hour . . . Monday nights 7-8:00 pm for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Rosary in the church. Next Hour: May 2nd at 7 p.m.

Saint Peter Votive Lights Memorial. . .The left votive is in memory of Gregory and Sean Rullman req. the Rullman family.

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light Memorial. . . Special Intentions all Priests req. Parishioner.

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 203-324-1553, ext. 21.

Parish Finance Council . . . Will meet on Thursday, May 19th at 7:30 pm in the rectory.

Repainting the Church. . . The cost will be $625,000. Currently we have $407,735 pledged. The work will be done by America’s premier John Canning Studio, whose artists restored Grand Central Station, Radio City Music Hall, scores of historic churches and government buildings throughout the country. I ask everyone’s help in this. The three parish priests are donating $1,000.00 each. If each individual or household would contribute $1,000, payable over 10 months, we’ll have it. Look at it this way: —that’s $100. per month, or $25. per week, or $3.57 per day, and we can do that. Please lend us a hand. All those who contribute at least $1,000. will have their family name publically recorded as a testimony to your generosity.

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Our parish goal to support the charitable and educational works of the diocese is $87,000. Currently we have $39,497.00 collected. Please help our Bishop.

Latin Reading Group. . .Wednesdays: 6:15 pm in the Rectory (reading ability required).

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . Will next meet each May Wednesday, beginning May 4th at 7:30 pm in the Rectory, to read some of the works of Saint Augustine, offered by Lois Gandt, Ph.D.

Hebrew Beginners’ Grammar Class. . .Thursdays: 5:30 pm in the Rectory.

Biblical Greek Study Group. . .Thursdays: 6:30 pm in the Rectory (basic reading ability required).

Job Seekers . . . Meets the 4th Monday of each month in the rectory at 7:30pm: all are welcome. There is no charge for these services. The group is led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. For more info, see: www.redinc.biz or call her at 203-866-1606. Next meeting:May 23rd

Easter Sunday, 2011 $ 16,103.18
Easter Sunday, 2010 $ 21,288.20

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

May 8th Sunday Readings: Acts 2: 14, 22-33; 1 Pt 1: 17-21; Lk 24:13-35.

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, May 3rd.

Papal Blessings. . . The Basilica can now offer the service of providing papal blessings for parishioners. Please call the parish office for further information and speak with Cindy (203-324-1553, ext. 21).

Easter Thanks. . . I am very grateful to all the members of the parish staff for their generosity for providing all the background preparations for the magnificent Holy Week and Easter liturgies. Fred Backhaus and the Schola, Adult and Treble Choirs sang beautifully; Marion Morris and Bette Colarco decorated the altars in their usual superbly beautiful manner; the lectors, altar servers and ushers all worked wonderfully. Thanks to all for your generous hard work.

Bill Cody. . . During the last years of his life, Bill supported the restoration work at St. John’s, originally to restore the stained glass. On his birthday, April 15th, Bill’s widow, Felicitas Cody, presented the Basilica with a check for $9,000.00, donated by friends of Bill Cody, and from the Ancient Order of Hibernians as a tribute to Bill. I am grateful to the Cody Family, to Joe Sargent, president of the men’s division of the AOH, and to the membership for helping the Basilica, and thus keeping Bill’s memory alive.

Civil War Anniversary. . . These Saint John’s parishioners served and died on the battle field fighting for the Union and to end slavery: Thomas Buckley, Patrick Harrison, Patrick Picker, Martin Kane, John Kelly, Daniel Kennedy, Henry O’Neil, James Keegan, James Warren, Thomas Lahey, Joseph P. Raferty, Martin Lane, John Birmingham, Peter Conroy, William McDonald, James Farron, John Fitzpatrick, P. Fitzpatrick, Morris Carroll, John Reardon, D.D. Dinan, John Collins, John H. McGill, John Conneff, Michael McGiveney, and Martin Cash. Please say a prayer for the repose of their souls.

Home Schooling Families. . . A group for home schooling families meets monthly on Tuesday. 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.

St. John’s 20’s and 30’s “The Flock”….our new young adult group, offers social and community service activities. Meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the rectory. Doors open at 7:00 PM. (More info: Deirdre.Garrahan@gmail.com).

Sacred Heart Church.-Stamford . .Father Richard F. Futie will celebrate a Mass and prayers in Honor of St. Gerard (Patron of Mothers, their children, the unborn as well as Husbands and Wives who are  praying to have a child): Thursday, May 5th 2011 at 6:45PM.  All families are welcome.  Expectant Mothers, Mothers with newborns and married couples praying to conceive will be Blessed with the Relic of St. Gerard. Join us.

Malta House. . . The annual Malta House Gala on May 12, 2011 at the Stamford Yacht Club, honoring Albert J. Barber, KM, CEO of Catholic Charities. Congratulatory ads and messages are available in the souvenir journal. For reservations or journal ad pages, please contact Gwen Cotterell at Malta House at (203) 857-0088.

Handy Man. . . Need a truck for hire, clean-ups or dump runs, and someone to do the work? Call James Pipicelli, a member of the parish Holy Name Society: 203-550-4285.

Greenwich Choral Society and the Westchester Choral Society . . . will present Dvorak’s Stabat Mater on Saturday, May 21st at 8 pm at Stamford’s Palace Theatre. For tickets: Stamford Center for the Arts: 203-325-4466 and mention the discount code (CHDIS), or, on their webpage www.scalive.org click Use Discount and enter CHDIS. Info: www.GreenwichChoralSociety.org.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, April 30
4:00 Special Intentions Tom and Tracy Banahan req. Kathy Tafuro
Sunday, May 1
7:30 +Peter Altomaro req. The Duddie Family
8:30 Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. The Legion of Mary
10:00 +Gloria and Walter Beverly req. Wanda Beverly
12:00 Our Lady of Loreto Altar Guild
5:00 Souls in Purgatory req. John Marciano
6:00 Special Intentions Marci Potter req. Fran Baranowski
Monday, May 2
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
12:10 Special Intentions Molly Festo
Tuesday, May 3
8:00 +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Marie Corridon Mortell req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Wednesday, May 4
8:00 +Essie Geter Armistead req. Sharon Gannon
12:10 St. John’s Priests req. St. John’s Home School Group
Thursday, May 5
8:00 +Donald Bainton req. Marion Morris
12:10 +Katie Fontneau req. Alison and Kevin Tosches
Friday, May 6
8:00 +June Lambiase req. John and Jane Payne
12:10 +Antonio D’Amico req. his son Frank
Saturday, May 7
8:00 +Christopher Connerty req. Neal Kelly
12:10 In Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary req. Ferry G.

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 Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and prayer, supper, and a lecture in the church hall.

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

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies, 8th-12th grades. Info, contact Beth Carpanzano at 203-975-0074.

Bible Study…Has finished until September 2011; stay tuned for details.

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.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory: basic reading ability required.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory: basic reading ability required.

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. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall. All are welcome.

St. John’s in The NEWS:
The STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
130 years ago, or so:
May 7, 1880: “In the Catholic church the entire month of May is known as the “Month of Mary,” and is dedicated to special services in honor of the Blessed Virgin.”

100 years ago, or so:
May 1, 1911: Mission at Catholic Church. “The mission for women, at St. John’s Catholic Church, ended yesterday afternoon, with a service at which baptismal vows were renewed and the Pontifical blessing given. There was also benediction. The attendance was large.”

50 years ago, or so:
May 2, 1960: “All men of St. John’s Catholic Church have been invited to assist in the forming of a nocturnal adoration group, at a meeting tonight in the lower chapel, immediately after mission services.”

FAIRFIELD COUNTY CATHOLIC:
20 years ago, or so:
May, 1993: To be ordained. “Albert D. Audette, Jr., a native of Central Falls, RI, is the son of the late Albert and Mary Audette. He attended elementary schools in Rhode Island and St. Raphael’s Academy in Pawtucket. He received a B.A. degree from the University of Nebraska, and an M.A. degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Father Audette studied at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, PA, and was ordained to the transitional deaconate on December 5, 1992. He served his deacon internship at Our Lady of Calvary Parish in Philadelphia, PA.”

7 years ago:
May, 2004: Four men to be ordained priests on May 22. “On Saturday, May 22, Bishop William E. Lori will ordain four new priests for the Diocese of Bridgeport. The Mass of Ordination for Peter Cipriani, Pawel Hrebenko, Leonel Medeiros, and Terrence Walsh will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport. “These are four excellent young men,” says Father Chris Walsh, director of vocations for the diocese. “They each bring a varied background of life experience and service to the church.” Father Terrence P. Walsh, 44, grew up in Bristol, the son of Jack and the late Margaret Walsh. His two brothers and their families live in this diocese, and his sister lives in Colorado. He graduated from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH.”

Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come
(Part I)
– Fr. Terry Walsh
“I Believe in the Holy Spirit”

God has revealed Himself to as a personal God. He is not simply some unknowable distant force. He has revealed Himself as the essence of love, of purity, of holiness, and He is knowable to all who seek Him. He has revealed Himself as One God, but Three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Holy Trinity is of course the greatest Mystery of our faith and through our assent of faith, that is, through our ‘yes’ to God, we are given bountiful graces to grow in our understanding. This gift of faith is sustained and nourished most especially through our personal encounters with Jesus in the each of the seven Sacraments.
Each Sunday, just after hearing the Word of God, we proclaim our ‘yes’ when we stand and assert our Catholic Faith. During the course of our prayer, we say the words: “I believe in the Holy Spirit” – a distinct and equal Person of the Trinity. “The One whom the Father has sent into our hearts, the Spirit of his Son, is truly God”(Gal. 4:6). “When the Father sends his Word, he always sends his Breath. In their joint mission, it is Christ who is seen, the visible image of the invisible God, but it is the Spirit who reveals Him”(Catechism, Article 689).
The Holy Spirit unites the faithful into the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ as He gives and sustains supernatural Divine life. St. Gregory of Nyssa describes this holy “anointing” in this way: “The notion of anointing suggests…that there is no distance between the Son and the Spirit. Indeed, just as between the surface of the body and the anointing with oil neither reason nor sensation recognizes any intermediary, so the contact of the Son with the Spirit is immediate, so that anyone who would make contact with the Son by faith must first encounter the oil by contact. In fact there is no part that is not covered by the Holy Spirit. That is why the confession of the Son’s Lordship is made in the Holy Spirit by those who receive him, the Spirit coming from all sides to those who approach the Son in faith.” At Baptism, we are anointed with the Sacred Chrism (Holy Oil specially blessed by the Bishop at the Chrism Mass) on the crown of our heads and we hear the words: “God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has freed you from sin, given you a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and welcomed you into His holy people. He now anoints you with the chrism of salvation. As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as a member of His Body, sharing everlasting life.” In the Sacrament of Confirmation, which completes Christian Initiation, we are anointed by the Holy Spirit when the Bishop traces the sign of the Cross on our foreheads, once again with the Sacred Chrism, and says: “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.” Recall the words of St. Paul, “…those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit…to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace…But you are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God really dwells in you. Any one who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him. But if Christ is in you, although your bodies are dead because of sin, your spirits are alive because of righteousness. If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through His Spirit who dwells in you”(Romans 8:5ff).