For the entire bullentin with pictures, please click the following link: Sunday November 13, 2011

Pastor’s Corner. . . Let’s continue our overview of the upcoming changes in the Mass that being the weekend of November 26/27 throughout the English speaking world.

Last week we went over the Penance Rite. Now, let’s move on to the Gloria. After we ask God’s forgiveness in the beginning of Mass, so we can offer a pure sacrifice to Him, we next turn to sing His praises in the beautiful hymn called the Gloria. It is based on the Christmas narrative in the Gospel of Luke: “And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth among men of good will’” [Luke 2: 13-14]. The Church began using it as part of Mass as early as the 3rd century. We recite or sing it each Sunday during the year, except during Advent and Lent.

The new English translation all Catholic parishes will begin using has some new twists, bringing us closer to the original Latin. I’ve underlined the changes and put them in bold type so you can recognize them:

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father. Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, You take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us; You take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

We won’t have to worry about the Gloria until after Advent, since it’s not used during those 4 weeks of preparation for Christmas.

The next part of the Mass that we will begin using on the weekend of November 26/27 is the Creed. The changes are sprinkled throughout the text, just enough to be aggravating. However, the primary change is in the first words: for the past decades we have said “We believe in one God. . .” . But, in the Latin, it begins Credo: I believe in one God. . .” So, the new English version is much more faithful to the Latin original, and makes it much more personal: “I believe in one God.” Likewise, over the past decades certain essential phrases about Jesus were dropped or watered down in the English. The new translation puts them right back where they should be, so we are much clearer in professing our faith in the real Savior, not a watered down “idea” of Jesus that could be interpreted any way one wanted. It is the same 4th century Creed formulated by the Councils of Nicea and Constantinople I that the Church has used every Sunday since; Here’s the new version:

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of Heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through Him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation He came down from Heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate, He suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and His kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. I believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

That should be enough to keep everyone busy this week memorizing the changes. Please do take a hard look at these changes, and try to get into the habit of saying them, since we will begin using them in just a couple of weeks. —Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . John Murray, Billy Therriault, Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Corrine Mattson, Mary D’Arco, Anthony Sansone, Tessie Mulhern, Gary Everett, Alessio Giannitti, Margie Joyce, Tonin Gjepaj, Monica Dewey, Sandra Mayfield, 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. . . Vincent Sharkey, Sr., Madre Perpetua, Madeleine Charlotin, Louis Servideo, Gladys Brzoska, David Squires, Tom Potts, William Shanley, 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 . . . Today’s second collection is for the parish. Your generosity is appreciated.

Walkway Construction. . .Beginning Monday, November 14th, the walkway between the church and the rectory will be torn up. The side entrance will be CLOSED. Please excuse the inconvenience.

Sunday, NOVEMBER 20. . .Is the Downtown Parade. The 12 noon Mass will be CANCELLED, because no one will be permitted to enter the downtown once the parade begins. All other Sunday Masses [7:30am, 8:30am, 10am and 5pm] will be offered and the roads will be wide open so you can all attend Mass.

Religious Education… We will have class on both Nov 20 and Dec 4th but Not on Nov 27[Thanksgiving weekend]

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, November 14th at 7 p.m.

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light Memorial. . . In memory of Luis Vericat req. the Paternina Family.

Saint Peter Votive Lights Memorial. . . In memory of Luis Vericat req. the Paternina Family.

Salus Populi Romani Votive Light Memorial.. . In memory of Vincent Sharkey, Sr. req. the Longo Family.

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 in memory of a loved one, for a donation of $20.00 per candle, per week. Please call Cindy at 203-324-1553, ext. 21.

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. . . $593,855.00 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. Please, help.

Painted Statues. . . As part of the new decoration of the basilica, John Canning Studios are designed 8 faux statues of saints: four on either side of each of the two large transept windows. You can “buy” a statue in memory of someone: $5,000.00 each. The saint not yet taken is: Saint Augustine. If interested, please call the parish secretary: Cindy: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . Our study group meets each Wednesday during November, starting at 7:30 pm in the rectory. 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 are 1 hour, and all the texts are in English translations. You’ll love this stuff! Everyone is welcome.

The St. Maria Goretti Society Second Annual Food Drive Of NON Perishable Food. . . For the needy continues through November 20th. Please place your donations in the boxes in the vestibule.  

Thanksgiving Day. . . November 24th, there will be only ONE MASS: 10 a.m. The usual 8 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. Masses are CANCELLED on Thanksgiving. Please bring the whole family and give thanks to God for our great nation and for the God’s many blessings we receive each year.

Sunday November 6, 2011 $ 16,473.35
Sunday November 7, 2010 $ 14,156.00

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

November 20th Sunday Readings: Ez 34:11-12, 15-17; 1 Cor 15:20-26, 28; Mt 25:31-46.

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, November 15th.

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,, 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: ). Next meeting: TBA

Advent Parish Retreat. . . Monday, December 5th, Tuesday, Dec. 6th, Wednesday, Dec. 7th: 7:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m.: Spiritual Conference, adoration of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, the Rosary and Benediction. Confessions will be heard each evening for the entire hour. All are welcome—including your children. Come prepare for Christmas by joining the parish in prayer & adoration, and by going to Confession.

Christmas Bake Sale. . .The weekend of December 3rd-4th in the Msgr. Nagle Parish Hall after all the Masses. Our Parish Ladies will be baking up a storm of delicious baked treats for your holiday sweet tooth. All proceeds will go to the Basilica. Come join us!

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

St. Gabriel Church—First Saturday Devotions. . . Saint Gabriel Parish will celebrate the First Saturday Devotions in Honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  On the First Saturday of each month Confessions will be heard from 9:30 to 10 AM, followed by Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, silent prayer, Rosary and 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: or call her at 203-866-1606. Next meeting: Monday, November 28th.

St. Leo Holiday Fair. . . is Saturday, November 12th from 10AM—6PM, and Sunday, November 13th from 9AM—1PM. Homemade Crafts & Handbags, Seasonal Décor, Gift Baskets & Gourmet Gifts, Peruvian Handknit Designs, Woodworks, Watercolors, Paintings, Photos, Jewelry, Home Entertaining Items, Topiary & Wreaths, Dolls, Doll Fashions & Furnishings, Baby Crafts, Children’s Books and Wellness Gifts.

Saint Gabriel Church . . . invites you to two liturgical celebrations:

. . . Solemn Vespers for the Feast of Christ the King, Sunday, November 20th at 4 in the afternoon.
Fr. Robert Kinnally, Rector of St. John Fisher Seminary, Guest Homilist.

. . . Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, (Latin Mass according to the 1962 Missal)
In Honor of St. Cecilia, Tuesday, November 22nd at 7:30 PM.
Msgr. Stephen Di Giovanni, Rector of the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, Guest Homilist.

+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, November 12, 2011
4:00 +Vito Melfi req. Joseph Melfi
Sunday, November 13, 2011
7:30 In Honor of St. John the Evangelist req. Marie J. Mathias
8:30 All Souls in Purgatory req. Josephine Languedoc
10:00 +May and Dave Marrucco req. the Pinto family
12:00 +James and Ismalia Machado req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
5:00 +Louise and Arthur Thiel req. Andrew and Valerie McAleer
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, November 14, 2011
8:00 In Honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary req. Josephine Languedoc
12:10 Kung and Young families
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
8:00 Georges Paulemon req. Montanise Paulemon
12:10 In Honor of St. Rita req. Marie J. Mathias
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
8:00 +Archille Lamontagne req. Josephine Languedoc
12:10 +Geraldine Duddie req. the Duddie family
Thursday, November 17, 2011
8:00 St. John’s Priests req. St. John’s Home School Group
12:10 Carmine and Lori Longo req. Ferry Galbert
Friday, November 18, 2011
8:00 +Camille Mascia req. her brother Frank
12:10 Special Intentions Millie & George Terenzio Wedding Anniversary req. Children
Saturday, November 19, 2011
8:00 Special Intentions
12:10 +Vita Fazio req. her brother Frank

Weddings. . . Couples must contact and begin meeting with one of the parish priests for at least 6 months before a hoped for wedding date at Saint John’s. Please call the parish secretary, Cindy, or one of the priests for an initial discussion.

Baptisms. . . Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. Please call Cindy (203-324-1553, ext 21).

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

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies, 8th-12th grades. Call Beth at 203-975-0074.

Holy Hour. . . on Monday Nights, 7pm—8 pm. Adoration, 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: Next meeting, November 2nd.

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.

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:
125 years ago, or so:
November 16, 1883: “The force of plasterers in the new Catholic Church have suspended operations for the winter. About one-half of the entire plastering work has been done, the groined ceiling down to the corbels and capitals having been finished. The clerestory windows are all in, and one of the larger windows below is furnished with cathedral stained glass of an exquisite pattern. The three largest windows will shortly be glazed in magnificent style.”

110 years ago, or so:
November 19, 1900: Mission Opens in Catholic Church. “A mission for the members of St. John’s R.C. Church was opened in that church last evening by the fathers of the Hartford Apostolate. The services this week are for women. At last evening’s service, Rev. Father Flannery preached an eloquent sermon. Services will be held morning, afternoon and evening, during the next two weeks. Prayer-books and other religious articles will be on sale in the church lobby during the mission.”

90 years ago, or so:
November 16, 1920: ITALIANS TO ERECT CHURCH. “Upwards of 50 Stamford Italians met last night, at the Italian Social Institute in South Street, and took steps looking to the organization of an Italian Catholic parish in Stamford. The name proposed for the parish is Sacred Heart. A lot fronting 440 feet in Schuyler Avenue, and with a depth of 150 feet, has been offered to the men interested in the movement. The terms are reported to be very favorable. The lot is owned by Representative Schuyler Merritt and Henry K. McHarg. According to men interested in the movement, the Rt. Rev. Bishop Nilan has given his approval to the project, provided the necessary funds are raised. It is estimated that there are upwards of 2,000 Italian Catholics in Stamford.”

80 years ago, or so:
November 19, 1929: STAMFORD GIRL SCOUT TROOPS AWARDED MERITS AND BADGES AT ANNUAL RALLY. “At the Stamford Girl Scout Rally, which was presided over by Mrs. Clayton Hotchkiss, Girl Scout Commissioner, badges were awarded to the following scouts:
Troop 18 (St. John’s R. C. Church) – Bernice Harkin, red and white ribbons, scholarship; Claire Boisfeuillet, white ribbon; Catherine Pledgie, scholarship (2), second class, scribe, home service badge; Helen Vagedes, scholarship (3); Anna Schwartz, interpreter, scholarship (5); Betty Wynkoop, white ribbon.”

The Holy Souls in Purgatory
– Fr Terry Walsh

Purgatory, of course, is a gift of Mercy. Souls who are not yet worthy to enter Heaven undergo the merciful grace of purification due to ‘temporal punishment’ so that they will indeed be made clean and then be worthy to stand in the Presence of God in the company of all the Angels and Saints. The Church teaches us: “All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven”(ccc). In other words, those who live holy lives here on earth, seeking to keep the Commandments and remain in the ‘state of grace’ through Confession and prayer, will be drawn into the beatitude of Heaven, but may undergo some final purification before entering that blessed feast unstained. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the greatest prayer of the Church and has of course the greatest efficacy for ‘speeding the journey’ of those undergoing purification. What a tremendous blessing to have a Mass offered for the Souls in Purgatory. On “All Souls” day, the Priest is allowed to celebrate 3 Masses. Christmas is the only other day of the year when the Priest is extended that privilege; however, for reasons of pastoral necessity, it often happens that the priest will offer more than one Mass on a given day because there are not enough priests to meet the needs of the people. We may offer intercession for the Holy Souls in other ways too, such as various devotions (Rosary, Seven Sorrows, Divine Mercy Chaplet) as well as other prayers and sacrifices.

We read in the Book of Job that Job sought to intercede for his sons by offering sacrifices for them with the hope that God would have mercy upon his family in this life and keep them on the path of holiness. We read in Job 1:5: “….Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all; for Job said, ‘It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts’.” Likewise, our prayers are just as efficacious for the ‘immortal souls’ of the dead. Our intercession helps speed their journey from purification to beatitude. Take into account the words of St. John Chrysostom, “Let us help and commemorate them. If Job’s sons were purified by their father’s sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.” Consider, too, Judas Maccabees in the Old Testament who took up a collection to provide an offering on behalf of the dead: “For if he were not expecting that those who had fallen would rise again, it would have been superfluous and foolish to pray for the dead. But if he was looking to the splendid reward that is laid up for those who fall asleep in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought. Therefore he made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin”(2 Maccabees 12:44). The Preface of the Liturgy of the Eucharist for The Commemoration of the Souls of All the Faithful Departed is an act of faith and love. It expresses our sure and certain hope that those who faithfully followed our Lord here on earth will one day be with Him in Heaven, forever.

In him, who rose from the dead, our hope of resurrection dawned. The sadness of death gives way to the bright promise of immortality. Lord, for your faithful people life is changed, not ended. When the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death we gain an everlasting dwelling place in heaven.