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Bulletin for Sunday June 19, 2011

Pastor’s Corner. . .

Last week, I met with the Diocesan Sacred Arts Commission. This group of priests, architects and financial professionals convened by Bishop Lori to oversee parish capital projects. I made a presentation of the three bids submitted for the project, and demonstrated that the parishioners are providing sufficient funding. Questions followed about the three proposals, and the committee then voted. In the end, the committee gave permission that the project move forward, voicing their opinion that since the John Canning Studios had begun the project two years ago, having completed the restoration of both the sanctuary and side chapel murals, that the contract should be awarded to them. Their praise was high for the other two companies that had submitted plans and bids, especially since both had completed similar church projects in some of the major churches within the boundaries of the Diocese of Bridgeport. I am grateful to both Artech Church Interiors, and Baker Liturgical Arts, Inc., for their generous submissions.
I informed the Canning Studios of the Diocese’s decision, and they came to Stamford late last week to begin their preparations. Above, is their preliminary measurements and architectural design for the north and south transept walls. The lower portion of the wall, with three stained glass windows and two of the Stations of the Cross, will be painted in four varying shades of green, with gold and green decorations: the design can be seen in the edges of the side chapels. Atop the three windows will run a band of gold and red, replacing the present painted banding of crosses. Then around the large stained glass window of Our Lord healing the sick they plan something very dramatic. This is a huge wall, and the spaces on either side of the window are too enormous to leave with a simple painted surface. The Canning Studios have suggested replicating the window frames in paint on either side of the large central window. This fills the space, adds a gothic architectural touch to the decoration, and provides spaces for the painting of images of saints—two on each side of the central window. This will be repeated on the south transept wall, and, will be crowned with the red and gold design seen around the windows above the high altar—the original design of Thomas D. Magee, a parishioner who created the murals in the sanctuary in the 1920’s. The ceiling will be shades of blue with gold stars.
This is a magnificent design, and will be a spectacular surprise for anyone walking down the central or side aisles of the church and coming upon the enormous space of the transepts, face-to-face with this dramatic painting on the side transept walls. I can’t wait. Please continue to pray and to contribute to the success of this project.
—-Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Thomas Mahala, Titina Tarantino, Richard Ridge, Mario Stano, Mark Ferris, Marie Maddox, Barbara Schueger, Bernadette Jachimczyk, Terry Cooke, 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. . . Giuseppina Docimo, Adelaide Velanzano, Aura Piedra, Jeanne & Andy Robustelli, Mary Ferrara, Genoveffa Melchionno, Cynthia Callahan, Teresa Angelini, Natale Sposato, Joseph George Terenzio, Elizabeth Gross, Natalie Ryan, Soreida Mendez, Dr. Elaine Parliman, Jack Mahan, Pat Civitillo, Dr. Erlman, Robert Monahan, 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.

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

Monday Evening Holy Hour . . . Monday nights 7-8:00 pm for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Rosary in the church. Next Hour: June 20th at 7 p.m.

Banns of Marriage: Banns II: Jamie DiSilvio & Matthew McFarland
Banns III: Dominique Jerome & Elie Jerome

The Civil War, Reconstruction and Construction: St. John’s, 1861-1886:
This parish historic exhibit traces the contribution of Saint John’s parishioners during the Civil War, displaying Civil War artifacts from both the Stamford Historical Society and the parish archives; the development of Catholic life in Stamford following the War; and the work of one of our parishioners, John Ennis, Union Army veteran, architect and builder of the upper church dedicated on May 30, 1886. This exhibit will be offered in the Rectory through July 31st:
Mondays-Fridays, 9:00 am. until 4:30 pm: just ring the bell;
Saturdays and Sundays BY appointment:
Please call the rectory (324-1553, ext 11 or 21).
School groups, seniors’ groups and all are welcome. There is no charge.

Repainting the Church. . . Currently we have $533,501.00 pledged. 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. Please lend us a hand.

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Our parish goal to support the charitable and educational works of the diocese is $85,000. Currently we have $54,402.00 collected. Please help our Bishop.

Brides in 2012. . . The church interior will be covered in scaffolding beginning October 10th: the sanctuary to the aisle crossing until Christmas 2011; from the aisle crossing to the front door through mid-June 2012. Please plan accordingly.

Sunday June 12, 2011 $ 13,609.21
Sunday June 13, 2010 $ 11,054.25

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

June 26th Sunday Readings: Dt 8:2-3, 14b-16a; 1 Cor 10:16-17; Jn 6:51-58.

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, June 21st.

Mass On Line. . .Visit the parish website:, 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.

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.

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,, or Janet Lancaster at 203-637-3301,

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:

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: or call her at 203-866-1606. Next meeting: Monday June 27th.

Corpus Christi at Saint Gabriel. . . Solemn High Mass in Latin according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite will be celebrated in honor of the Feast of Corpus Christi at Saint Gabriel Church on Newfield Avenue on Thursday, June 23rd at 7:30 in the evening.  At the end of Mass a candlelight Eucharistic procession will follow outside.  The evening will conclude with a light reception.  All are welcome!

Diamonds. . . Gentlemen: if you’re looking for a diamond engagement ring or gift, stop by Nagi’s on High Ridge Road: tell Nagi that Monsignor sent you—seriously.

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

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . Will not meet during the summer. See you in September.

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

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, June 18, 2011
4:00 +Charles and Josephine Davis req. Joseph Melfi
Sunday, June 19, 2011
7:30 Thanksgiving to God req. Ferry G.
8:30 +William Borkowski req. Michael and Ann Borkowski
10:00 +James C. Eaton req. Nancy and Michael Finlay
12:00 +Anthony Musich req. Maria and Tony Marchetti
5:00 +Louise and Arthur Thiel req. Andrew and Valerie McAleer
6:00 +Carmen Perez req. Pugliese Family
Monday, June 20, 2011
8:00 +Chet Ambruouso req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
12:10 +P. Evangelista req. Erin Sherlock
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
8:00 +Mr. Charles Perry req. Erin Fisher
12:10 +Josephine D’Amico req. her son Frank
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
8:00 Special Intentions Rev. Guillermo Dove req. Maria
12:10 +John and Mildred Bayne req. Barbara Bayne
Thursday, June 23, 2011
8:00 +Joanne Carriera, Arthur and daughter req. Gerard J. Carriera
12:10 John Witek req. Mary Ann Witek
Friday, June 24, 2011
8:00 +Charlotte MacNeil req. Mary Maloney
12:10 God’s Blessings Diane Strain req. Ann Blackson and son
Saturday, June 25, 2011
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Maria
12:10 Special Intention

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.

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. 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 . . . Will not meet during the summer. See you in September.

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:
100 years ago, or so:
June 24, 1911: 19 GRADUATES OF PAROCHIAL SCHOOL . CLEVER ENTERTAINMENT HEARTILY APPLAUDED. “Nineteen members of the class of 1911 were graduated from St. John’s Parochial School, yesterday, amid the plaudits of a packed house. Sometime before 3 p.m., at which time the exercises commenced, it was difficult to find a seat, and, by the time they were fairly under way, either to stand or to sit in comfort was well nigh impossible.
Despite this, the exercises were very much enjoyed by everyone. The first number, the song “To the revels away” by Verdi, sung by Grades 7 and 8, was very good, and was much applauded. Florence Marie Kilduff then recited a neat little speech, welcoming the audience and thanking the kind sisters and the pastor for their care during the year.
A cantata was then given by several of the older pupils, the entire school acting as the chorus. The plot was very simple in its action, and dealt with the theft of a baby by gypsies and its subsequent return to the parents, a young lady. Possibly the most applauded part of the cantata was a ballet of gypsy maids, dressed in red, and swinging tambourines. The oldest of the girls was not over six years, and their charming little dance, and expert use of the tambourines was warmly applauded.
After a piano solo by Miss Florence Kilduff, the diplomas were awarded by Rev. James C. O’Brien, the names of each of the graduates being called by Rev. Nicholas Coleman as he received his diploma. After this, Father Coleman declared the prize awards of the year, the pastor presenting them to the successful pupils.
Dr. John J. Ryle made the address to the graduates, after which the school sang the “Alma Mater” and the exercises closed.
Of the graduates from the school, 16 are to enter High School in fall.
The names of the graduates yesterday is as follows: Matthew W. Brennan, Edward J. Murphy, Olive M. Martin, Helen H. Lahey, Florence M. Kilduff, Harold A. Troy, Michael J. Murphy, Helen C. Flint, Jeremiah J. Mead, Grace H. Lockwood, Helen J. McDermott, Mortimer D. VanTronk, Rena A. Broderick, Jennie L. Burke, George T. Brennan, Joseph A. Brennan, William Haggerty, Catherine M. Smith, Gertrude H. Spring.”

The Triple Munera
-Fr. Terry Walsh

What’s a “Munera” anyway? Well…

By virtue of our “incorporation” into the Mystical Body of Christ at our Baptism, each of us shares in the mission of Christ; that is, we now participate in the Divine Life of Grace – we are children of God and so share in the “Triple Munera” – the “Triple Office” of our Lord: Priest, Prophet, and King. The Church teaches us that our Spiritual Birth into the Body of Christ brings with it a particular dignity as we become Temples of the Holy Spirit and now live the “New Law” of the Grace of the Holy Spirit. At the same time, we participate in the Mission of the Redemption of the World and are each given a particular “task” to complete which we discover through prayer and accomplish through the graces of the sacraments. The Catechism puts it this way: “Jesus Christ is the One Whom the Father anointed with the Holy Spirit and established as priest, prophet, and king. The whole People of God participates in these three offices of Christ and bears the responsibilities for mission and service that flow from them”(ccc783).

We are, as we read in the Letter to the Hebrews, “a kingdom of priests to God, his Father.” At baptism, we are infused with the virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity and receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit that perfect moral virtues. As we cooperate with the graces offered us we grow into spiritual maturity and become witnesses, or “prophets” as we draw others into the Body of Christ by the example of our lives. We accomplish our “mission” by imitating our Lord who came to serve. And so, as the Catechism clearly points out: “For the Christian, ‘to reign is to serve him’ particularly when serving the poor and the suffering, in whom the Church recognizes the image of her poor and suffering founder”(ccc786).

St. Leo the Great, Doctor of the Church and gifted Theologian, spoke of the dignity we receive at Baptism and highlighted what our response to that gift necessarily entails. He said: “The sign of the Cross makes kings of all those reborn in Christ and the anointing of the Holy Spirit consecrates them as priests, so that, apart from the particular service of our ministry, all spiritual and rational Christians are recognized as members of this royal race and sharers in Christ’s priestly office. What, indeed, is as royal for a soul as to govern the body in obedience to God? And what is as priestly as to dedicate a pure conscience to the Lord and to offer the spotless offerings of devotion on the altar of the heart?”

And so, as we celebrate the Holy Trinity today, may we be ever mindful that the very purpose of our existence is to dwell in the “exchange of love” among the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, sharing forever in the Priestly, Prophetic, and Kingly offices of Jesus Christ. May we honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of His Mother, and our Mother, Mary, and so be formed into that perfect Temple and truly be a “holy people”, “a kingdom of priests for God our Father.”