For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 16, 2011

Pastor’s Corner. . . As you may notice, there is no scaffolding in the church. As I explained during last weekend’s Masses, an unexpected snag in the plans arose, making it practically impossible to begin work in order to complete the repainting of the church interior by Christmas. A delay of even one or two weeks would have meant scaffolding for Christmas; not exactly the appropriate gift to parishioners for the holidays. So, everything outlined in last weekend’s bulletin about the changing of venue to the parish hall for weekday Masses, parish devotions, retreats and study groups, should be disregarded. The usual schedules and venues for parish activities remain unchanged: the basilica will remain open for all Masses, Sacraments, devotions and private prayer.

The new start date for the erection of scaffolding is January 2, 2012, with the hope that the work will be completed in time for Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday, April 1st. I ask everyone to continue praying for the successful completion of this work and, for those who have not yet made a pledge or donation, please consider lending us a hand financially to complete the work. The John Canning Studio promises that the work will last for at least 100 years [barring roof leaks], so your donation will have a long life, giving glory to God and offering thousands an experience of beauty, which is an attribute of God, throughout this century. Sometime in 2111, the pastor and parishioners of Saint John’s may plan how to restore the artwork YOU contributed to now. Not a bad legacy! To make our goal we need another $44,970.00—if 50 families would step up and pledge $1,000. each, payable over 10 months at $100, per month, we’ll have the needed sum. Please be generous, and help
*********************************
This week marks the feast days of two of my favorite saints: Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque on October 16th [although, this year she’s bumped by Sunday] and Saint Ignatius of Antioch on October 17th.
Saint Margaret Mary spent the greater part of her brief 43 year life [d. Oct 17, 1690] behind the cloistered walls of the Visitation convent in the tiny French town of Paray-le-Monial. She professed her vows in 1672. She was sickly from childhood, and the poor food, lack of heat and rigors of the cloister further debilitated her. Yet, her years of illness led her to develop a desire to join her pains to the Cross of Christ for the salvation of the world, and intensified her contemplative prayer. She was dedicated and practical, and was trusted with a variety of tasks in the convent. She preferred the dirtiest and most unpopular of household duties as part of her spiritual rigor. Between 1673 and 1675 she began receiving visions of Our Lord and His Sacred Heart. At first fearful that these were temptations to pride, she eventually spoke of them to her superior and confessor. She was immediately rebuked and ridiculed by the sisters in the convent, yet she continued to urge the sisters to develop a deeper devotion to Our Lord’s Sacred Heart. In her letters, we find a whole regimen of spiritual advice and reflections on the love God has for us. “Jesus’ Sacred Heart is an inexhaustible fountain and seeks only to pour itself out into our hearts; then these hearts will be free and ready to live their lives in accordance with His will. Three streams flow ceaselessly from that divine Heart. The first is a stream of mercy for sinners, bestowing on them the spirit of contrition and repentance. The second is a stream of charity, which brings help to all in need, especially to those who desire perfection and require strength in overcoming difficulties. The third is a stream of love and light, which flows into those perfect friends with whom our Lord wishes to share His knowledge and commandments so that they, each in his own way, may devote themselves wholly to Him” [Letter 321].

October 17th is the Feast of Saint Ignatius of Antioch who died in 107 a.d. in Rome. A disciple of Saint Peter, he was chosen by the Prince of the Apostles to be the bishop of Antioch, then the third most important city in the Roman Empire. It was in Antioch that the followers of Jesus were first called Christians; it was in Antioch just three decades later that Ignatius would clarify that the Church of the followers of Jesus was Catholic. During one of Rome’s persecutions of the Church, Ignatius was arrested and dragged to Rome in chains, to be thrown to the lions in the Coliseum. During his torturous route to Rome, Ignatius wrote to the Church in various cities he passed by. His letters are the earliest record of the Church’s organization and belief, second only in age and detail to the New Testament itself. In his letter to the Romans he expressed himself and his love for Christ: “Willingly I mean to die for God if you do not hinder me! Show me no false kindness. Let me be the food of wild beasts, for they shall bring me to God. The pleasures and kingdoms of the earth are useless to me, for I would rather die in Christ Jesus than rule the world. I seek him who died for us. I want him who rose for us. My birth is approaching. Spare me, brethren; do not keep me from living lest you wish me to die! Do not deduce me with material life, but le me see the pure Light. Only when I shall have arrived there will I be truly a man. Let me imitate the Passion of my God. Do you have him in your hearts? My love has been crucified and I have no desire left for any earthly thing. Rather a living stream flows in me, and it says: ‘Come to the Father’” [Romans, iv].

Two individuals, living in different countries and different centuries, yet united in their love for God. Faith opens our hearts to God so that we learn to love Him, which, alone, leads to an eternity with Him. —Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Millie Terenzio, Gary Everett, Alessio Giannitti, Margie Joyce, Tonin Gjepaj, Monica Dewey, Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Corrine Mattson, Billy Therriault, Sandra Mayfield, Vincent Sharkey, Sr., Sr. Ellen Mary Doherty, C.S.J., Lily Ann O’Connell, Thomas Mahala, Titina Tarantino, Richard Ridge, Mario Stano, Mark Ferris, Marie Maddox, Terry Cooke, Stacey, Kathleen Nichols, Rev. Carlos Antonio Mesa, Corrie Evans, Shirly Mailhot, Roledonne Samedi.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Jimmy O’Connor, Andrea Pavia, Rocco Buzzio, Vera Benna, 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., 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 Holy Hour: Monday, October 17th at 7 p.m.

Salus Populi Romani Icon Votive Light Memorial.. .In memory of the deceased members of the Curtin and O’Connor Families req. Mary Gaine Bridget.

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light Memorial. . . In memory of Jean Butero req. Barbara O’Brien.

Saint Peter Votive Light Memorial. . . The two votive lights are for the special intentions of Hugh and Rita Troshynski.

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. Your memorial will be listed in the bulletin.

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

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

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

Repainting the Church. . . $585,398.00 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: that’s $100. per month, or $25. per week, or $3.57 per day for 10 months. Lend a hand.

Outdoor Rosary Procession. . .Will be held on Saturday, October 15th beginning at 12:30 pm. Beginning in the Parish Hall, we will process with a statue of Our Lady for an outdoor Rosary and litanies. Please come.

Religious Education. . .started Sunday, September 25th. Classes begin at 8:30 sharp. Please be on time. Registration and payment can also be made On-Line at the St. John’s Website, www.stjohnsstamford.com, or call the rectory, and speak with Cindy, 203-324-1553 x21.

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . Our next study group will begin on November 2nd, continuing each Wednesday, starting at 7:30 pm in the rectory. Our groups will meet each Wednesday in November, January, March & May. Our topic for November is The Incarnation Homilies of Pope Saint Leo the Great, led by Fr. Richard Futie, Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish. There is no charge; classes last approximately 1 hour, and all the texts we read are in English translations. Everyone is welcome.

Sunday October 9, 2011 $ 11,538.99
Sunday October 10, 2010 $ 12,928.53

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

October 23rd Sunday Readings: Ex 22:20-26; 1 Thes 1:5c-10; Mt 22:34-40.

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, October 18th.

Children’s Choir. . . Anmarie and Tom Galgano are our new music directors for the 10 a.m. Mass and Children’s Choir this year. Any parent whose child or children might be interested in joining the Children’s Choir to sing during each Sunday 10 a.m. Mass, please call the rectory, and leave your name, your child’s name, age and your phone number with Cindy: 203-324-1553, ext. 21.

Home Schooling Families. . . A group for home schooling families meets monthly on Tuesday in the rectory. 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 ). Next meeting: Thursday, November 10th.

Lost & Found . . . Please check the Lost & Found in the Rectory for any items you may have left in the church. Feel free to call Cindy at the rectory, M-F, 9AM—1:30PM, 203-324-1553 x21.

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. Call the parish secretary (324-1553, ext. 21).

Project Rachel Ministry. . . offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. We invite you to come back to God who is love and mercy. Info. (203) 416-1619 or
projectrachel@diobpt.org.

St. Gabriel Church—First Saturday Devotions. . . Beginning October 1st. Saint Gabriel Parish will celebrate the First Saturday Devotions in Honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for five consecutive months.  On the First Saturday of each month Confessions will be heard from 9:30 to 10 AM.  This will be followed by Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Latin Mass according to the 1962 Missal)  Following Mass the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for 15 minutes of silent meditation and will conclude with Rosary and Eucharistic Benediction.  All are welcome.

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, October 24th.

+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, October 15, 2011
4:00 +Sheila Lockhart req. Harriet Lockhart
Sunday, October 16, 2011
7:30 Father Walsh req. Josephine Languedoc
8:30 +Raymond Gabriele
10:00 +Monsignor John V. Horgan-Kung req. Joseph and Agnes Kung
12:00 +His Excellency Bishop Walter Curtis req. the Cardinal Kung Foundation
5:00 +Louise and Arthur Thiel req. Andrew and Valerie McAleer
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, October 17, 2011
8:00 +Rev. Gerald T. Devore req. the Mossa Family
12:10 +William Pinto req. the Pinto Family
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
8:00 Maria Auxiliadera req. Maria
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
8:00 St. John’s Priests req. St. John’s Home School Group
12:10 +Regina P. Grabowski req. the Duffy Family
Thursday, October 20, 2011
8:00 +John F. Lagan Sr. req. Patrick and Mary Walsh
12:10 +Catherine B. Pullen req. Family
Friday, October 21, 2011
8:00 +Anna Marie Schmidt req. Victoria Gomez
12:10 +Michael Dekonski req. John Catalano
Saturday, October 22, 2011
8:00 +Ena, Ashley and Osner Lubin req. daughter Marie Joseph
12:10 +Shirley Piacenza req. the Marchetti Family

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. Will be meeting on Sunday, October 23 after the 12 p.m. Mass. For more info contact 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 ’till 9:00 pm in the rectory. 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 10:00 a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall. All are welcome.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

100 years ago, or so:
October 19, 1916: Death of Miss Frances M. O’Connor. “Miss Frances M. O’Connor died yesterday, at 6 p.m., at her home, 55 Grove Street, after an illness of about two years. During her life in Stamford, she contributed much to charity. Her charity, being of a quiet nature, was little heard of, yet there were those who knew of her kindness and liberality. She was a devoted member of St. John’s Catholic Church, which received one of her gifts, the emblems for the Stations of the Cross, with which every member of the church is familiar. Miss O’Connor gave them to the church as a memorial to her mother in August 1898.”

75 years ago, or so:
October 21, 1937: League of Sacred Heart Organized at St. John’s Church. “Following the devotions in honor of St. Anthony, the women of St. John’s R.C. Church met in the basement of the church last evening and organized the “Women’s League of the Sacred Heart.” This society is primarily devoted to promoting interest in the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Under the leadership of Mrs. J.B. Doyle, acting chairman, the following officers were elected: President, Mrs. Mary Gallagher; vice-president, Mrs. M. Roberts; secretary, Miss Margaret M. Kerins. Following the elections, Rev. N.P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s Church, urged the members to receive communion on the third Sunday of each month. He also outlined the duties of the promoters and suggested numerous activities in which all of the members might participate.”

50 years ago, or so:
October 17, 1958: Catholic Doctors To Honor St. Luke at ‘White Mass’. “The Cosmas and Damian Guild of Catholic Physicians will observe the “White Mass” to honor St. Luke, the patron saint of physicians, Monday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. in St. John’s Church. The “White Mass,” which derives its name from the traditional garb worn by those who attend the sick, is an annual event sponsored by the local Guild. Physicians, dentists, nurses and others engaged in health activities are invited. The Cosmas and Damian Guild, which is made up of physicians in the Stamford-Greenwich-Norwalk area, is one of 75 similar Guilds in the U.S. and Canada. It is a member of the Federation of Catholic Physicians’ Guilds with headquarters in St. Louis, Mo. Officers of the local Guild are: Dr. Victor J. Mulaire of Stamford, president; Dr. John Murphy of Greenwich, vice-president; Dr. Peter A. Arturi of Greenwich, treasurer; Dr. Joseph A. Kardos of Stamford, secretary; Dr. Angelo Mastrangelo, Jr. of Stamford, chairman of the executive committee.”

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
and The Sacred Heart of Jesus
-Fr. Terry Walsh

Today, October 16, we celebrate the Memorial of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin (1647 – 1690). She was a Sister of the Visitation at a small town in France called Paray-le-Monial, where she experienced mystical revelations of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Margaret Mary had a great devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and through her private revelations was responsible for reviving and spreading this devotion. There is a magnificent Mosaic above one of the side altars in St. Peter’s Basilica depicting Jesus standing above an altar in a sanctuary revealing his Sacred Heart to Margaret Mary kneeling in adoration.
In speaking about the love of Christ pouring out from His Sacred Heart, St. Margaret Mary wrote so beautifully. Her writings taken from the Liturgy of the Hours for her feast day follow:

“It seems to me that our Lord’s earnest desire to have his sacred heart honored in a special way is directed toward renewing the effects of redemption in our souls. For the sacred heart is an inexhaustible fountain and its sole desire is to pour itself out into the hearts of the humble so as to free them and prepare them to lead lives according to his good pleasure. From this divine heart three streams flow endlessly. The first is the stream of mercy for sinners; it pours into their heart sentiments of contrition and repentance. The second is the stream of charity which helps all in need and especially aids those seeking perfection to find the means of surmounting their difficulties. From the third stream flow love and light for the benefit of his friends who have attained perfection; these he wishes to unite to himself so that they may share his knowledge and commandments and, in their individual ways, devote themselves wholly to advancing his glory. This divine heart is an abyss of all blessings, and into it the poor should submerge all their needs. It is an abyss of joy in which all of us can immerse our sorrows. It is an abyss of lowliness to counteract our foolishness, an abyss of mercy for the wretched, an abyss of love to meet our every need.” Therefore, you must unite yourselves to the heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, both at the beginning of your conversion in order to obtain proper dispositions, and at its end in order to make reparation. Are you making no progress in prayer? Then you need only offer God the prayers which the Savior has poured out for us in the sacrament of the altar. Offer God his fervent love in reparation for your sluggishness. In the course of every activity pray as follows: ‘My God, I do this or I endure that in the heart of your Son and according to his holy counsels. I offer it to you in reparation for anything blameworthy or imperfect in my actions.’ Continue to do this in every circumstance of life. And every time that some punishment, affliction or injustice comes your way, say to yourself: ‘Accept this as sent to you by the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ in order to unite yourself to him.’ But above all preserve peace of heart. This is more valuable than any treasure. In order to preserve it there is nothing more useful than renouncing your own will and substituting for it the will of the divine heart. In this way his will can carry out for us whatever contributes to his glory, and we will be happy to be his subjects and to trust entirely in him.”