For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday July 3, 2011

Pastor’s Corner. . . A tradition going back to apostolic times recounts that Saints Peter & Paul had their last meeting before martyrdom on the road to Ostia, outside Rome: Paul to be beheaded near the present Basilica of Saint Paul, and Peter crucified head downward nearby the present Basilica of Saint Peter. From the very beginning, Christian tradition considered Peter and Paul to be inseparable in their common apostolic mission to bring salvation to the whole world, both Jew and non-Jew alike. Peter was the first to confess his faith in Christ; Paul received the gift of being able to plumb the profundity of its richness. Peter founded the first Christian community coming from the chosen people; Paul became the apostle of the gentiles. With the same charism, both Apostles chosen personally by Christ worked for a single cause: building the Church Christ began with the Apostles as its foundation. St. Augustine made this observation: “Only one day is consecrated to the feast of the two apostles [June29th]. But they were also a single unit. Even if they were martyred on different days, they were one. Peter went ahead, Paul followed…Thus we celebrate this feast day, consecrated for us by the blood of these apostles” (Disc. 295, 7-8).
June 29th was the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, celebrated at least since the year 258 A.D. during the Roman persecution of the Church by the Emperor Valerian. For the Church founded by Our Lord on the Apostles, with Saint Peter as her visible head, this solemnity is one of the most important, since it focuses on God’s generous desire to remain with us until the end of time through His Catholic Church; and upon man’s response, sometimes faltering, yet ultimately manifesting God’s power through human weakness.

Pope St. Leo the Great commented about Peter and Paul: “Of their merits and their virtues – which were superior from all accounts – we cannot think of anything contradictory or divisive, because Divine election had made them equal, their efforts similar and their end alike.” He continued, addressing the City of Rome: “These are your holy fathers, your true shepherds, who, as much as they were humanly very different from each other, and even if their relationship was not without tensions, Peter and Paul therefore appear as the initiators of a new city, as a concretization of a new and authentic way of being brothers, made possible by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” (In natali apostolorum., 69, 6-7)

And so we can say that on June 29th the Church in Rome celebrates its birthday, inasmuch as the two Apostles had laid down its foundations. Moreover, Rome now realizes with greater awareness its mission and its grandeur. In Rome, the link that gave Peter and Paul a common mission has assumed from the first centuries a very specific significance. Like the mythical brothers Romulus and Remus, attributed with the founding of pagan Rome, Peter and Paul likewise are considered founders of the Church of Christ in Rome. The capital of the Roman Empire, which was described in the Book of Revelation as the Whore of Babylon, the destroyer of saints and martyrs, is now replaced by two political and social nobodies, victims themselves of the Imperial persecutions, who shed their blood for the true God they loved, and not for an earthly kingdom. “O, Felix Roma. . . Oh, Happy Rome, whose stones are consecrated by the blood of the Princes of the Apostles”, as an ancient hymn for this feast day proclaims. St. John Chrysostom wrote that “the sky is not as bright when the sun sheds its rays as the city of Rome which radiates the splendor of those burning torches (Peter and Paul) through all the world…This is the reason why we love this city…for these two pillars of the Church” (Comm. a Rom 32). Both were martyred in 67 A.D., and Jerusalem fell in 70 A.D., when Temple was destroyed. The New Covenant was forged on the Cross by Christ between God and humanity, fulfilling all other covenants since his promise to Adam and Eve. With Christ’s resurrection and commission to the Apostles to preach and to extend this New Covenant throughout the world, God’s grace moves out of the world of the Old Covenant and becomes centered in the political and social heart of the Gentile world, with a universal mission to offer salvation to the everyone, of every nation and race.

Let us say a special prayer for our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, the Successor of Saint Peter, that the Lord will continue to bless and protect him as he continues the work of Saint Peter in the world. Our statue of Saint Peter is vested in pontifical vestments, to remind us to pray for our Holy Father that through him the Church continues to preach fearlessly the truth of Christ to all.—-Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Lily Ann O’Connell, Ed Nemcheck, Jo Darling, Thomas Mahala, Titina Tarantino, Richard Ridge, Mario Stano, Mark Ferris, Marie Maddox, Barbara Schueger, 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. . . Dr. Bela Szele, Audrey Reda, Helen Pataky, William Kilcoyne, Jr., Vera Benna, Matilda “Tillie” Sisca, 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.

Air Conditioning Collection . . . The second collection today will be the Air Conditioning collection for the parish. Your generosity is appreciated.

Repainting the Church. . . Currently we have $543,871.00 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.

Monday Evening Holy Hour . . . Monday nights 7-8:00 pm for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Rosary in the church. Next Hour: July 4th at 7 p.m. Join us in thanking God for America on the 4th.

Saint Peter Votive Lights Memorial. . .The right votive is in memory of Achille Lamontagne req. Lloydie Lamontagne.

Protectress of Rome Icon Votive Light Memorial . . . Special Intentions Marie M. Paul req. the Paul family.

Banns of Marriage: Banns II: Martine Jean-Rene & Keith Britt
Dario Marras & Michelina Docimo
Joseph Martin & Helen Duffy
Halina Prerna Jones and Ashwin Jayaraman

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.

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.

Sunday June 26, 2011 $ 10,985.17
Sunday June 27, 2010 $ 9,286.62

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

July 10th Sunday Readings: Is 55:10-11; Rom 8:18-23; Mt 13:1-23 or 13:1-9.

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, July 5th.

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.

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Our parish goal to support the charitable and educational works of the diocese is $85,000. Currently we have $83,170.00 collected.

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, 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).

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: Monday July 25th.

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, July 2, 2011
4:00 Special Intentions Terese Kung req. Joseph and Agnes Kung
Sunday, July 3, 2011
7:30 +Adrian Patten req. Lorraine VanLangen
8:30 Special Intentions Sue Kremheller req. The Legion of Mary
10:00 +Katherine Fontneau req. Lori and Jim Rubino
12:00 In Honor to the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ req. Marion Morris
5:00 Steuben Vega req. Evelyn Flaharty
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, July 4, 2011
8:00 +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 Veterans of the Parish req. Priests of the Parish
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
8:00 +Anthony Ramos req. Lilian and Alvine Ramos
12:10 Gavin Samedi Birthday req. Anne Marie Samedi
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
8:00 +Manuel Toledo, 1st Anniversary req. Dr. Joseph McAleer
12:10 +Patsy A. Cappiello req. the Duffy family
Thursday, July 7, 2011
8:00 +Lorraine Hannon req. her sister
12:10 Special Intentions Carmine and Lori Longo req. Ferry Galbert
Friday, July 8, 2011
8:00 St. John’s Alter Servers req. Scholastica
12:10 +Charles Pascale req. John and Laura Pascale
Saturday, July 9, 2011
8:00 +Petranchik family members req. Joseph Petranchik
12:10 +Jayson Jarrett req. Norma Jarrett

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. Ferry at 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies, 8th-12th grades. Beth 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 members’ homes. 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. . . After the Sunday 10 a.m. Mass is ended for the summer. Will start again in September.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
140 years ago, or so:
July 7, 1871: THE FOURTH IN STAMFORD.
“The national holiday was observed in Stamford substantially in accordance with the programme we indicated in last week’s Advocate. The bells were rung at sunrise and a national salute fired. Almost half past nine a.m., the people began to gather at Central Park. The procession of the Catholic societies, headed by the Thomaston Band, arrived on the grounds at the same time, and a concourse of more than two thousand people were present about the speaker’s stand when the Warden, William C. Hoyt, Esq., proceeded to address the meeting.

130 years ago, or so:
July 9, 1880: St. John’s R. C. Picnic. “The annual Fourth of July picnic at Woodside Park, under the auspices of St. John’s R. C. church, came off with unusual éclat this year, and we may add the annual shower in the afternoon came forward to spirit the fun with its usual promptness and efficiency. Up to the time the rain set in, however, the day was one of intense enjoyment to the very large number of people, young and old, attending. Music, dancing, and various athletic games were indulged in, and everybody found means of amusement according to their several tastes. There is no picnic of the year which is more heartily enjoyed by so many people as St. John’s annual festival in the Park. One of the reasons for this undoubtedly is found in the fact that these entertainments do not involve a long journey by rail or water, and are under the immediate direction of the clergy of the church. It is unfortunate that for several years, we think successively, rain showers coming up in the afternoon have done much to curtail the programme of amusements and hinder the day’s festivities.”

100 years ago, or so:
July 10, 1911: Excursion to North Beach. “The altar boys, choir boys, junior choir, eighth grade pupils and Sunday school teachers of St. John’s Catholic Church will have an excursion on the steamer Victor to North Beach next Thursday.”

50 years ago, or so:
July 6, 1961 : St. John’s Seniors Win City Laurels. “St. John’s Senior CYO team out-hit and out-scored the Sacred Heart nine Wednesday at Stamford High School Field by the score of 6-2 to win the city championship. St. John’s will compete in the New England Regional Tournament against a team and time to be announced at a later date.”

Prayer
-Fr. Terry Walsh

The Catechism (2726) explains the nature of prayer – that it is fundamentally a relationship with God – speaking and listening: “Some people view prayer as a simple psychological activity, others as an effort of concentration to reach a mental void. Still others reduce prayer to ritual words and postures…”
The Church emphasizes that the key to fruitful prayer is the true intention we hold in our hearts as we pray. Consider the beautiful devotion of the Holy Rosary. It is a devotion that focuses on 20 Mysteries of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Each time we faithfully enter into these mysteries we grow in grace. By allowing the Mysteries to enter into us – into our hearts and minds – we become more aware of the Sacrificial love and the unparalleled humility of our Lord. When we truly enter into the devotion with our hearts lifted up to heaven, we will receive the graces we need to imitate our Lord. We will become like him. In the deeper regions of our hearts, He is there. As we seek to enter more deeply into a clearer understanding of the “what” and the “why”, our Lord Himself opens up the pathways of understanding by flooding us with grace. It is our “asking, seeking, and knocking” that is, our persistent effort and faithful conversation with God that helps us understand the beauty of the Incarnation, the joy of the Visitation, the new life of grace forged through his Nativity, and so on. Likewise, he teaches us about the cost of this life: the intensity of his suffering in the garden of Gethsemane and the pain of betrayal; the anguish of the Cross. As we meditate on the Glorious Mysteries, we come to realize that he is actually calling us to a life of Glory—”in Him” and that the path is the same—the path of love. Love by its very nature is sacrificial and so we come to understand, through our prayer, that the path to the Glory of eternal life in the Holy Trinity is walked through a willingness to “lay down our lives” like He did. St. Therese would say that we realize that goal by doing all the little ordinary things that make up our daily life—with extraordinary love—for God. Jesus said: “Pick up your Cross and Follow Me.”
Meditating on the Mysteries of the Rosary helps us see the path more clearly. Our petitionary prayer grows more refined because our awareness of our vocation becomes clearer to us. This of course comes about through many forms of prayer. In this example of the Rosary, the “repetitive nature” of the devotion is NOT a thoughtless repetition of the same words; rather, it is a pathway, a contemplative conduit of the words Jesus Himself gave to us – Our Father – and a humble consideration of what those words mean when we contemplate the Annunciation or the Baptism of our Lord, or the Agony of His Passion. It is a thoughtful consideration of the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother, throughout His life. And, it’s the realization that we are indeed Her children and as such, are called to a life in imitation of Her Son.
Through our Mother’s intercession, we will see the path more clearly. Every prayer we utter from the heart draws us closer to God. That faithful approach to the Rosary (or to the Devotion of the Seven Sorrows of Mary, or the Divine Mercy Chaplet, or any other “repetitive” prayer) – with BOTH Heart and Mind lifted up – is far different than a simple “recitation” of “repetitive” words. In addition, as we grow more spiritually mature, the effects of our prayers will touch us more profoundly and move us to a greater love. We leave behind the simple desire for the “feel good” consolation and move to a deeper understanding of the real and true PRESENCE of God IN us. That’s not to say that we will not receive the “feel good” consolation – but – that it’s not the end nor is it the reason for our prayer. The End is found in God Himself and the reason is a greater love for Him, a greater understanding of His love for us, and a clearer vision of how we may become more like Him. Put yourself in our Lady’s Hands. She will lead you to Her Son. Recall the words of our Lord: “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you receive it, and you will”(Mk 11:24).