For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday May 15, 2011

Pastor’s Corner. . . The One Church established by Our Lord grew at a remarkably fast rate: after only 30 years, it could be found in all the major cities of the Roman Empire, and an impressive number of smaller ones, as well. Here are excerpts from two documents describing that growth and life in the early Church: “Christ our Lord, while on earth, manifested both what He then was and what He had been, what the Father’s will was, and what men were to do. He did this openly to the people and privately to the disciples, among whom were the Twelve chosen to be Apostles to all nations. As Jesus was departing from them, Ascending to Heaven, He bade them go and teach the peoples of the earth, consecrating them through baptism to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Apostles, on receiving the promised Holy Spirit, straightway preached faith in Christ throughout Judea, established the Church, and broadcast the same faith to the nations of the world.
“In every great city they established the Church. From the Church established personally by the Apostles [in large cities], churches in other towns then borrowed the faith and its teachings that they might become churches in turn; the process goes on even today. All are regarded as apostolic because all are offspring of Church founded by the Apostles. All these great churches are descended from the Apostolic Church; all are apostolic because all are one in their foundation. What the Apostles preached—that is, what Christ revealed to them—can be known only through these same churches which the Apostles founded and to which they preached in person and by letter” [Tertullian, Objections to the Claims of Heretics, 20-22].

A mid-2nd century description of the Christian life:
“Christians do not differ from other men as to habitat, language or custom. They live among Greeks and barbarians, wherever destiny has put them. They follow local custom in garb and diet and other matters. But their way of life is nonetheless strange and unbelievable to many. They live in their native land, but as sojourners; as citizens they share everything with their fellow-men, yet they are treated as aliens; any alien country is a homeland to them, and every homeland an alien country. They marry as men and women do and beget children, but they do not practice abortion. They share tables but not beds.
“They live in the flesh but not according to the flesh. They dwell on earth but regard heaven as their city. They follow established law but in their way of life go beyond what the law requires. They love all, and everybody persecutes them. No one knows them, while all condemn them; they are put to death and still are very much alive.
“To put it all briefly: What the soul is to the body, Christians are to the world. The soul is present in all the body’s members; so are Christians in the world’s cities. The soul dwells in the body but does not originate from it; Christians live in the world but do not have their origin there. The invisible soul abides in the visible body; Christians are seen as living in the world, but their piety is invisible. On the other hand, the body, though it suffers nothing from the soul, hates it and makes war upon it because it cannot enjoy its pleasures in peace; the world suffers nothing from Christians but hates them because they reject its pleasures.
“The soul loves the flesh and members which hate it; so do Christians love those who hate them. The soul is enclosed in the body, but it contains the body; Christians must remain in the world as in a prison, but they contain the world. The immortal soul dwells in a mortal home; Christians are pilgrims in a corruptible world while they look forward to heavenly immortality. God has set them in the world as his sentinels, and they may not leave their posts.”
(The Letter to Diognetus) —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . George Terenzio, Natale Sposato, Mark Ferris, 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. . . Natalie Ryan, Zoreida Mendez, Dr. Elaine Parliman, Jack Mahan, 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.

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

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.

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 16th at 7 p.m.

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 $441,424 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 $48,167.00 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, 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).

St. Anne’s Society . . . will meet this Sunday, May 15th, immediately following the 5pm Mass, in the Church Hall for Pizza and Pasta, followed by special presentation of awards to students in the Religious Education Classes. All are welcome to attend.

Sunday May 8, 2011 $ 14,108.24
Sunday May 9, 2010 $ 10,968.31

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

May 22nd Sunday Readings: Acts 6:1-7; 1 Pt 2:4-9; Jn 14:1-12.

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 17th.

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).

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).

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.

Vatican Choir. . . Is making its first USA tour, and will perform at the Palace Theater on Thursday, June 9th at 8:00 p.m. For tickets and information: 973-520-8951 or WWW.THECHOIR.IT

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.

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

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.

Stamford Catholic Schools. . . Are sponsoring a talk by Mary Ronan on: Helping Your Children Make Good Decisions. Tuesday, May 17th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm at St. Cecilia Church Hall. All are welcome. For more information, please call: 203-322-6505.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, May 14
4:00 +John and Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Sexton Young
Sunday, May 15
7:30 Timothy Boiteau req. Maude and Paul Hughes
8:30 +Joe Dibattista req. The Marchetti Family
10:00 +Agnes Joseph req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:00 Special Intentions Agnes Kung req. Joseph Kung
5:00 +Jean Capelli req. The Candito Family
6:00 Special Intention Destin Pompee
Monday, May 16
8:00 +Carmine Salvatore req. Giannitti Family
12:10 +Freda Lawrence req. John Kramer Icon International
Tuesday, May 17
8:00 +Katherine Faugno req. Frank & Beth Carpanzano
12:10 Souls in Purgatory
Wednesday, May 18
8:00 Special Intentions Dominick, Rosemarie & D.J. Vartuli req. Domenico Piria
12:10 +Felicisima Agilada req. Cecilia Carpio
Thursday, May 19
8:00 Special Intentions Lilian Ramos req. Maria
12:10 Special Intentions Thomas Cycon req. Ferry G.
Friday, May 20
8:00 +Frances M. Carriera, wife req. Gerard J. Carriera
12:10 Special Intentions Olivia Rovegno
Saturday, May 21
8:00 +Alliance Sauver req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Stephen Churley req. Mary Churley

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 after the 5pm mass, with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and prayer, supper, and a lecture in the church hall. Next meeting is this Sunday May 15th.

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. Will next meet on Sunday, May 15th, in the rectory after the 12 noon mass.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies, 8th-12th grades. Info, contact Beth Carpanzano at 203-975-0074. Next meeting is Sunday, May 15th, in the rectory at 3:00pm.

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. . . Will start again in September.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
140 years ago, or so:
May 19, 1871: CONSECRATION OF THE NEW ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY. “Yesterday will long be a memorable day among the Roman Catholic fraternity of Stamford. The new cemetery was solemnly consecrated by the Rt. Rev. Bishop McFarland. The Bishop was attended by the local Catholic clergy, and many other clergymen from various parts of the diocese. An immense concourse of people were present to witness the ceremonies which were of the most imposing character. The remains of the late Rev. Fathers O’Neil and Reynolds were exhumed from their resting place in the churchyard and conveyed to the new cemetery where they were re-interred with ceremonies befitting the occasion. In the forenoon, the Bishop administered the rite of Confirmation in the church, over three hundred and fifty persons being confirmed..”

75 years ago, or so:
May 22, 1937: Annual Reception Into Sodality at St. John’s, Sunday. “The annual May procession and reception of members into the Sodality of the Children of Mary will take place at St. John’s R. C. Church at 3, tomorrow afternoon. The procession, led by Miss Esther Hart as cross bearer, will leave the basement of the church at 2:55, so that those in line will pass into the church on the stroke of 3. Miss Hart will be attended by Betty Renehan, Gladys Carr, Mary Ellen Gallagher, Dorothy Farrell and Jane Corrigan. Miss Kathryn Leonard, president of the sodality, will have the honor of crowning.”

10 years ago, or so:
May 19, 2001: Bishop Lori presides over ordination of two priests. “Two men will be ordained as priests today for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, the first to enter the priesthood under Bishop William E. Lori. Deacons F. John Ringley, Jr. and Thomas N. Haber will be ordained at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull. Both deacons completed the pre-theology studies at St. John Fisher Seminary in Stamford and theology studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where they resided at the North American College. According to Monsignor Stephen DiGiovanni, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church in Stamford, the establishment of a seminary in the area helped increase the number of vocations. DiGiovanni is a former vocation director for the local diocese.”

Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come
(Part II)
-Fr. Terry Walsh
(Pentecost Sunday is June 12th )
“Jesus said, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God…. The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit’.”(Jn3:5-8). At Baptism, we are literally born of water and the Spirit, as the Holy Spirit penetrates our hearts and souls breathing the life of Divine Grace into us and refashioning our souls, as it were, to begin our new and eternal life in the Body of Christ. As we progress in the Spiritual life by receiving nourishment that flows from the Sacrifice of Jesus, we’re able to be formed more and more into His Divine Likeness – in holiness – in love. St. John of the Cross (16th Century Spanish Carmelite Priest and Doctor of the Church) put it this way: “God communicates himself most to that soul that has progressed farthest in love; namely, that has it’s will in closest conformity with the will of God. And the soul that has attained complete conformity and likeness of will is totally united and transformed in God supernaturally.” It’s the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit that transform our wounded nature into the Divine.
So, how do we understand the 3rd Person of the Holy Trinity, how do we describe Him? The Catechism teaches us that the Holy Spirit is known by many titles in the Scriptures: the Paraclete, the Advocate, the Consoler; the Spirit of Truth, of the Promise, of Adoption, of Christ, of the Lord, of God, and of Glory. In addition, the Catechism (Article numbers 694 – 701) beautifully explains the many symbols of the Holy Spirit that signify the Spirit’s action in transforming our lives and these articles in the Catechism actually serve as a fruitful source of reading material for prayerful meditation.
Jesus – the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit – the Breath of God were “hidden” in the Old Testament and revealed in the New Testament as the Prophet Isaiah tells us (c.750B.C.): “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse (Jesus Christ), and a branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the spirit of Wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord”(Isaiah 11: 1- 2).
Later, in the Gospel of Luke, Jesus Himself reveals Who He really is when he proclaims in the synagogue in Nazareth at the beginning of His public ministry: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor”(Lk 4: 18-19).
Once baptized, we’re transformed by grace and become “living tabernacles” of the Trinity. As we grow in docility to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit and seek to “Do the Father’s Will” then, ‘the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth and will glorify Christ.’ Consider the experience of the 1st disciples. In Acts of the Apostles, we read: “On the day of Pentecost when the seven weeks of Easter had come to an end, Christ’s Passover is fulfilled in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, manifested, given, and communicated as a divine Person: of his fullness, Christ, the Lord, pours out the Spirit in abundance.” We, likewise, share in the outpouring of the gifts and fruits of the Spirit and are called to participate in the same mission.