For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday August 21, 2011

Pastor’s Corner. . . Saturday, August 27th is the Feast of Saint Monica, and Sunday, August 28th, normally her son, Saint Augustine’s day; this year Sunday takes precedence. Both saints influence us even today through the Church. Monica’s Catholic faith and love for the Church strengthened her through the difficult years of a violent marriage; her years of prayer, tears and fasting for life with her wayward son Augustine. Late to the faith, Augustine spent his early life well into manhood trying to prove his enormous ego correct. Sexual promiscuity, the chasing after counterfeit species of Christianity, permitted him to follow a self-oriented, self-absorbed life, convinced all the while that he, the brilliant young scholar, was the touchstone of truth. As such, he could accept only that religion he judged correct, which was the one permitting him to continue his immoral life, satisfied by flattering his ego, while making no claims on conversion or change of personal lifestyle. Monica’s persistent prayers, the stellar intellect and holiness of Saint Ambrose, bishop of Milan, and the overpowering movement of the Holy Spirit, ultimately wore Augustine down, until he could finally submit his own self worship to the worship of the True God; “Late have I loved thee,” he would write in his Confessions, “late have I loved Thee, Beauty, ever ancient, ever new. You were within me and I was outside. I sought you there, and in my ugliness rushed about among the beautiful created things you had made. You were with me; but I was not with you. Your creatures kept me far from you, though if they were not in you, they would not exist at all. You called and shouted and broke through my deafness. You shone radiantly and dispelled my darkness. You spread your fragrance, and I drew breath and kept sighing for you. I tasted, and remain, hungry and thirsty. You touched me, and I have been set aflame in your peace” (Book 7).
Five days before her death in 387 a.d. at the port town of Ostia near Rome, as she and Augustine awaited a ship to carry them home to North Africa, mother and son “were conversing, recalling past events, musing about the truth which You are, and wondering what the eternal life of the saints might be like,” as Augustine later recalled. He also recorded one of Saint Monica’s last statements: “Son, nothing delights me any longer in this life. I do not know why I am here or what more I am to do here, since I have no hopes left to be fulfilled on earth. There was only one reason why I wanted to remain alive: to see you a Catholic before I died. God has granted me the favor of seeing you put aside worldly pleasures and become his servant. So what is left for me?” (Book 9)
How different are our lives from those of the saints and fathers of the Church? Well, not very different at all. We are the same kind of people, just separated by time and place. Yet, in Christ, that time and space are cut clean through. If we were all to study more about the early saints of the Church, those perceived differences would melt away, and we could discover that we hold the same Catholic faith, receive the same sacraments, and belong to the same Catholic and Apostolic Church. Let’s try to deepen our faith.
This is the eighth season for the parish’s Saint Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. A group of parishioners meets each Wednesday [September, November, January, March & May) at 7:30 pm in the Rectory to read the theological and spiritual works of the Catholic men and women of the first few centuries of the Church. We do, in an infinitely less messy fashion, that which Augustine and Monica did: search for answers about God and our lives in the writings of the Church’s holy men and women who asked the same questions, worked through the same difficulties, and sought the same happiness as we do today. Questions essential to everyday life are asked, such as, how does one encounter Christ? How do I find happiness? The asking of these questions pushes us towards the answer, just as in the lives of Monica and Augustine and so many millions of others through the centuries, led by Christ, Himself.
No theological expertise is required; neither is knowledge of Greek or Latin, since all our readings are in readable English. The number varies each session: between 10 and 30 people. These are informal groups, in which no one is urged to speak unless you decide to do so in open discussions. We follow a simple methodology: a brief historical overview of the times, lives and thoughts of each saint whose work we read; the reading of the texts; discussion: time: approx. 1 hour.
Our first meeting of this season is on Wednesday, September 7th, at 7:30 pm in the rectory. The topic will be St. Peter in Rome: the biblical, archaeological and patristic evidence of his life and work in the Eternal City. No cost, no obligations. Please join us and read more by and about the real people we call the saints of the early Church, and see how similar your lives are to theirs; how similar the questions, and, most important, and how answers can be had through the Catholic faith we share with them. — Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Monica Dewey, Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Corrine Mattson, Billy Therriault, Sandra Maysied, Vincent Sharkey, Sr., Sr. Ellen Mary Doherty, C.S.J., Louise Morello, Vera Benna, 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, Kathleen Nichols, Millie Maida, Joseph Hlavaty, Rev. Carlos Antonio Mesa, Corrie Evans, Shirly Mailhot, Roledonne Samedi.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Brian Bill, Olga Rich, Morris Smith, Sr. Elizabeth Hart, R.S.M., Margaret Mary Cycon, Mildred J. Fiore, Tana Sibilio, Dr. Bela Szele, Audrey Reda, Helen Pataky, William Kilcoyne, Jr., 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.

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: Monday, August 22nd at 7 p.m.

Memorial Votive Lights . . . The votive lights at the shrine of Saint Peter, Our Lady, St. Joseph, or at the icon of Mary Protectress of the Roman People, may be memorialized each week for the intention or memory of a loved one, for a donation of $20.00 per candle, per week. Please call Cindy at 203-324-1553, ext. 21.

Protectress of Rome Icon Votive Light Memorial . . . Special Intentions Michael and Matthew Borkowski req. Ann Borkowski.

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . This year’s new lineup begins on Wednesday, September 7th, continuing each September Wednesday, starting at 7:30 pm in the rectory. We will meet this year each Wednesday in September, November, January, March & May. Our topic for September is Saint Peter in Rome: Scriptural, patristic and archeological evidence of Peter’s life and ministry in the Eternal City. There is no charge; classes last approximately 1 hour, and all the texts we read are in English translations. Everyone is welcome. Just walk in the rectory front door or ring the bell.

Hebrew Beginners’ Grammar Class; Thursdays: 5:30 pm in the Rectory: starts September 8th.

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

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

Repainting the Church. . . $570,215.00 is pledged towards a goal of $629,000.00. I ask everyone’s help. Each parish priest is donating $1,000.00. If each individual or household contributes $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. Help!

Banns of Marriage:
Banns II:
Donald Lynn, Jr. and Corina Mates

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 late March, 2012. All should be completed by Holy Week. Please plan accordingly.

Parish Picnic. . . Mark your calendars: Sunday, September 18th beginning at 1:30 pm: our annual parish picnic at Cove Island Park, at the Pavilion. Fun and food for families with kids of all ages: beach, swings, games, rollerblading, and food: all without charge. Just show up and have fun. If you’d like to bring a dessert, please call Judy DeFelice: 203-322-5331 (9-2pm, Monday-Friday).

Sunday August 14, 2011 $ 12,734.50
Sunday August 15, 2010 $ 10,849.55

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

August 28th Sunday Readings: Jer 20:7-9; Rom 12:1-2; Mt 16:21-27.

Latin Mass. . . Fr. Cyprian LaPastina offers the Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. here at Saint John’s. The next Latin Mass is Tuesday, August 23rd.

Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. . .will be celebrated on Monday, August 22nd at 7:30 pm Solemn Sung Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Rite at St. Gabriel’s Parish on Newfield Ave. All are welcome.

Electronic Giving – Offertory Donations Made Easy…Consider using your credit card to make your weekly or monthly donation to St. John’s. Easier for you, and less costly for the parish than the printing and mailing of weekly envelopes, credit card giving automatically sends your weekly offering to the Basilica of St. John’s. Please call the parish secretary (324-1553, ext. 21).

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 ).

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, mlancaster@optonline.net.

Job Seekers . . . Meets the 4th Monday monthly in the rectory at 7:30pm: all are welcome. There’s no charge for these services. The group is led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or call her at 203-866-1606. Next meeting: Monday August 29th.

Saint Joseph Parenting Center Seeks Volunteers. . .The Saint Joseph Parenting Center (SJPC) is a non profit parent education center located at St Mary Parish on Elm Street in Stamford. We provide free parenting classes to adults in Fairfield County who are at risk of abusing and/or neglecting their children. We are seeking compassionate and committed volunteers to assist in our office with reception and light clerical work on either Monday mornings or Wednesday evenings. For more information, please call (203)588-1934 or email sgalanski@sjpcenter.org , or see our website at www.sjpcenter.org. We are now up and running on Facebook

Saint Leo’s Parish Fair. . .Tuesday, August 30th through Saturday, Friday, September 2: 6pm-11pm. And Saturday, September 3: 2pm-11pm. Ride bracelets available Tues, Wed, Thurs evenings, and Sat. afternoon at $25.00!! International foods, live entertainment, Bingo and rides, $10 raffle for a 2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 4matic Sport, and rides, rides. More info: call Denise Esposito: 203-322-1669, ext. 227.

Religious Education. . . Parents, please register your children early for the upcoming religious education classes which begin September 25th. Registration and payment can be made On-Line on the St. John’s Website, www.stjohnsstamford.com, or call the rectory, and speak with Cindy, 203-324-1553 x21. Or, pick up registration papers at the church doors.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, August 20, 2011
4:00 +John Maloney req. wife Mary
Sunday, August 21, 2011
7:30 +Marianna Piria req. Family
8:30 +Salvatore Piria req. Domenico Piria
10:00 +Dorothy Wargo 25th Anniversary req. Arthur J. Wargo
12:00 +Fausta Fernandez req. Willie Borromeo & Family
5:00 +Louise and Arthur Thiel req. Andrew and Valerie McAleer
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, August 22, 2011
8:00 For the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary req. Ferry G.
12:10 +Antonio Lepore req. Ann Rafter
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
8:00 Monika Czytowska req. Ewa Czytowska
12:10 +Francis L. Calka req. the Carpanzano Family
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
8:00 +Ghiloni/Saliola Families req. Anita Fasanelli
12:10 +Dominick Carpanzano req. the Carpanzano Family
Thursday, August 25, 2011
8:00 In Honor of St. Francis req. Maria
12:10 +John C. O’Connor req. wife
Friday, August 26, 2011
8:00 +James Meehan and Kevin Keary req. Leon Taricani
12:10 Special Intentions Anderson Family req. Sandy Rivera
Saturday, August 27, 2011
8:00 +Taricani Family req. Leon Taricani
12:10 +Jackie O’Connor 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 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.

Holy Hour……Come join us for Holy Hour on Monday Nights from 7pm—8 pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Rosary, and Benediction. All are welcome!

The Legion of Mary. . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in members’ homes. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . .Wednesdays, 7:30 pm in the rectory: First meeting, September 7th.

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. . . Meets 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:
115 years ago, or so:
August 22, 1895: Religious Intelligence. “Rev. Vittario Sovlita of the Catholic Italian Church of Meriden has opened a mission for the Stamford Italians in the basement of St. John’s R.C. Church. He will hold services every morning at 5:30 and every evening at 7:30 this week. The morning service is a Mass. The evening service consists of the Rosary, Litanies and Benediction. The Italians have shown much interest in these services and have attended in large numbers.”

100 years ago, or so:
August 26, 1907: NEW PARISH STARTS. Father O’Brien Makes Formal Announcement of Division. “In St. John’s R.C. Church yesterday, the rector, Rev. James C. O’Brien, made formal announcement of the division of the parish that has been made during the week. He said: The Rt. Rev. Bishop has divided this parish and has appointed the Rev. Dr. Gleason of Hartford pastor of the new St. Mary’s. To those who are in the new parish, I wish to say that I am confident you will all cheerfully and promptly rally to the support of your new pastor, and follow him to whatever place he may select for divine services until he can erect a permanent structure which will suitably provide for all your wants. The parish school will be gladly thrown open to all your children who may wish to enter, and they will be as welcome as ever.”

75 years ago, or so:
August 28, 1933: FR. DALY SINGS FIRST HIGH MASS. St. John’s Church Crowded for Papal Blessing from Young Priest. “The Rev. Joseph B. Daly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Owen J. Daly, of 29 Fifth Street, celebrated his first Solemn High Mass at St. John’s R.C. Church yesterday morning at 11. The church was crowded. In the afternoon and evening, friends flocked to his home to give their well-wishes. Father Daly is a priest of the Carmelite Order. He studied in Rome, and before his departure, received the special privilege of giving the Papal blessing. This provided a solemn touch to a notable occasion. Rt. Rev. Monsignor Peter H. McClean, of St. Augustine’s Church, Bridgeport, a cousin of the celebrant, and the Rev. Michael Harding, O.S.M., of St. Bonaventure College, Allegany, N.Y., another cousin, acted as assistant priests during the Mass. The Rev. Walter Daly, Order of Carmelite, was deacon, and the Rev. William Daly, also of the Order of Carmelite, was sub-deacon. They are both Stamford natives. Father Daly studied at St. Albert’s College at Middletown, N.Y. Then he continued his studies at Dublin, and later at Rome. He was ordained at Rome last Easter.”

Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth
– Fr. Terry Walsh
The month of August brings great celebrations in the Liturgical Year of the Church. On August 6th each year, we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration, when Jesus reveals to Peter, James, and John His Divinity in all His Glory, and we understand that we are called to share in that Glory by His grace. Last week, we celebrated the great Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, Body and Soul into Heaven (8/15). And tomorrow we will celebrate the Memorial of the Queenship of Mary, who already shares in the glory of Her Son.
So often we are reminded that while Mary is indeed our Queen, She is even more our Mother. While she has the authority of her Queenship, she has the tender, gentle motherly love that protects and nourishes the souls of her children as she leads us to her Son. She Who was Immaculately Conceived, magnified the greatness of Her Son by fulfilling Her mission, directing Her every action to the Glory and Honor of God through Her fidelity and love. Mary, the ‘Living Tabernacle of God’, is perfectly united to the Mission of Her Son—the Salvation of Souls. Our Blessed Mother endured the suffering of the Passion and Crucifixion in Her Motherly Heart, a suffering prophesied by Simeon in the Temple when Jesus was only days old (Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15th). The Saints remind us of the terrible spiritual suffering Mary endured in union with our Lord: ‘Before being Crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth, Mary first wore the Crown of Thorns.’ She suffered with Him. We too enter into that suffering – we enter into His death and burial at our Baptism so that we “may rise” with Him and, at the end of the age and have our bodies restored and glorified in Heaven, a grace that all the Blessed will share at the Second Coming of Christ. Mary, the pure and sinless Mother of Jesus and our Mother, lives in this Glory where She intercedes for us. “In a wholly singular way She cooperated by Her obedience, faith, hope, and burning charity in the Savior’s work of restoring supernatural life to souls. For this reason She is a mother to us in the order of grace” (ccc968). Reflecting on our Heavenly Queen, St. Bernard of Clairvaux wrote: “Who can conceive how great is the glory of the Queen of the world? As She advanced to Heaven, with what depth of devotion and affection the angels and saints, the whole multitude of heavenly citizens, went forth to welcome Her. With what magnificent canticles She was conducted to Her glorious throne; with what gracious bearing, serenity of countenance. Her Son received Her with divine embraces and exalted Her above all creatures, with the honor His Mother merited. She was crowned with the glory that reflects Her majestic Son.” Perhaps St. Louis de Montfort said it best when he wrote, “Mary is the supreme masterpiece of Almightly God….She is the sanctuary and resting-place of the Blessed Trinity where God dwells in greater and more divine splendor than anywhere else in the universe, not excluding His dwelling above the Cherubim and Seraphim(5)….In Mary, God has enclosed all that is beautiful, resplendent, rare, and precious, even His own Son. This immense treasury is none other than Mary…From Her fullness all men are made rich…She is His mystical channel, His aqueduct, through which He causes His mercies to flow gently and abundantly(24)(True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin).
As we honor our Lady on the Memorial of Her Queenship this Tuesday, may we be ever mindful of Her love for us and allow Her to lead us to Her Son.
Today, August 21st, is the Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady of Knock, in 1879. Four Popes have visited the Shrine, most recently, John Paul II in September, 1979.
Our Lady of Knock, Pray for us!