For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday May 20, 2012

Pastor’s Corner. . . We made our goal for the repainting of the basilica! Two weeks ago, we received a large gift from Monsignor Thaddeus Malinowski, retired Brigadier General in the United States Army, native son of Stamford’s Holy Name Parish, who just celebrated his 65 anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. In thanksgiving to God for his vocation to the priesthood, and in loving memory of his parents, Monsignor gave Saint John’s a large and very generous gift for the repainting project.

The Kentucky Derby event on May 5th, which was a great success, brought us $38,000 for the repainting project. Both Monsignor’s gift and the proceeds from the Kentucky Derby did the trick, and we have raised enough to finance our great artwork.

I am very grateful to everyone in the parish who made a pledge or gift to the project. Now, if everyone who made pledges would pay them as soon as possible, we can actually pay off Mr. Canning. Thanks to all.

The workers who made the Kentucky Derby evening such a wonderful success are numerous.

The organizing committee was composed of many of the “usual suspects” who have contributed hundreds of hours employing their prodigious talents during the past years to make our fundraising efforts successful. I think this year’s Kentucky Derby was one of the best.

First and foremost, I must thank Patty Arnone: hers was the idea for the Kentucky Derby, and she worked tirelessly to research the real Louisville races and make our Stamford version as fun and lively as if we were in Kentucky. Margarita Ucero was the co-chair whose analytical talents kept us on track and moving ahead, even while she and her husband Berto were finalizing plans to move in the next few weeks. The other members of the committee and workers for the evening were Mirella Badetti. Tom & Tracey Banahan, Mary Cycon, Juanita Evans, Michael Guarnieri, Leah & Wendell Kurtz, Landa & Bill Leute, Joe McAleer, Maria Marchetti, Jef Spetland and Leon Taricani.

Some members of our parish and community generously donated goods and services to make the evening a wonderful and fun experience: I am especially grateful to:

Advance Travel: Frank Carpanzano generously donated two domestic airline tickets;
Bosak Funeral Home: the Bosak Family generously donated a spectacular item as a prize;
Columbus Park Trattoria: Michael Marchetti and the whole Marchetti Family and staff provided the best of the best Italian food in the City of Stamford for the evening;
Downtown Special Services District [DSSD]: Sandy Goldstein graciously lent us one of the summer’s horse sculptures, Winner’s Circle, to set the tone for the Kentucky Derby;
Grade A: Sam Cingari donated and his expert staff served up mountains of fresh seafood: the best and freshest in Stamford;
Italian Summer Jazz Group: Led by Joe Corsello, kicked off the evening with some great jazz;
Minute Man Press: Greg Duffey printed and donated all the magnificent printed programs and flyers;
Stamford Florist: Jim Ferraro provided us with the beautiful Kentucky Derby red rose floral arrangements.

The parish staff, per usual, spent many, many hours preparing for the event, completing the follow up paperwork and bookkeeping, and the clean up, for which I am grateful. To everyone who made financial donations, to Leah Kurtz and the members of “The Flock” who created the floral murals that enlivened the walls of the parish hall; and to all who made generous donations, to the volunteers and to all who attended the Kentucky Derby, please accept my deepest thanks for your help and generosity. God bless you all for your generosity and dedication to our basilica. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

A REMINDER: Book Sunday June 10th: The Solemnity of Corpus Christi: and join us for our outdoor Eucharistic Procession, beginning at 5:30 pm through the streets of Stamford, and return with us to the Basilica by 6:30 pm to begin our Parish Block Party in the parking lot: food, non-alcoholic beverages, the live band L’Angelus, and lots of fun: this is the parish thank you party to everyone for helping repaint our church. ALL IS FREE, so come and bring some friends: seniors, parents and kids, come, have fun at Saint John’s to begin your summer. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . David Morgan, Gene Gavin, Maureen Casner, Stephen Casner, Marcy Stano, Mary-Jane Rice, Joan Duffy, Gale Browne, Titina Tarantino, Corrie Evans, Mercedes Huertas, Peter Boltrek, Billy Therriault, Gary Everett, Erin Wiggin, Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Corrine Mattson, Marie Michele Louis, Herman Schneider, Eva Grace Kelly, John Murray, Mary D’Arco, Anthony Sansone, Tessie Mulhern, Margie Joyce, Tonin Gjepaj, Sandra Mayfield.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Frank D’Amico, Don Curry, Raymond Eagan, Anthony Russo, Violet Roddy, David Brandel, Blanche Kulowiec, Thomas Pavia, Cassandra Eloy, Anilia Firmin, Joseph Danilauskas, Bridget Sheehy, Norma Johnson, Viergina Toussaint, George Muro, Ann Rich, Lena Chiappetta, Rosina Raiteri, Felicia Stramandinoli, Duverney Caporal, Terrence Cooke, Charles Harman, Bill Wiles, Carmen Candelaria, Gregory E. Mazza.

Catholic Communication Campaign Collection . . . Please drop your special envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.

ST. ANNE’S Society . . .CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS. SUNDAY MAY 20TH. IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE 5:00 pm Mass. In the Msgr. Nagle Church Hall. We will be honoring Students from our Religious Education Program. PIZZA and PASTA. ALL ARE WELCOME!!!

Monday Evening Holy Hour . . . Monday nights 7-8:00 pm for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Rosary in the Nagle Hall. Next Holy Hour: May 21st .

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. . . Will NOT meet in May. See you in September!!

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

Biblical Greek Grammar. . . A beginner grammar class:Thursdays: 6:30 pm in the Rectory.

Repainting the Church. . . WE MADE IT!!!! I am very grateful to all parishioners who supported this repainting project by giving a donation or making a pledge. Now, if you everyone would pay their pledges, we can pay John Canning Studios completely. Thanks!.

Parish Finance Council. . . Will meet on Wednesday May 30th at 7:30 pm in the rectory.

Votive Hearts. . .An ancient Catholic practice is to place a small heart or metal decoration at a shrine of the Blessed Mother, as a symbolic personal offering for a prayer, or as a personal sign of thanksgiving for a favor granted. You can see some in front of the Icon of Our Lady. The parish office now has votive plaques for sale, to be placed near the Icon of Our Lady. There are two sizes: small heart: $10.00 each; a larger copper flower: $50.00 each. You may purchase them by visiting or phoning the office [Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.], and they will be hung soon after purchase.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR. . . For upcoming great parish events:

40 Hours Devotion Friday: June 8th at 7:30 pm. The Blessed Sacrament will remain exposed and the Basilica open throughout that weekend, until Sunday, June 10th at 5:30 pm, when we will begin our outdoor Eucharistic Procession:

Feast of Corpus Christi & Parish Block Party: Sunday June 10th: 5:30-9:00pm:

—Eucharistic Procession through the streets of Stamford beginning at 5:30pm
AND
—Parish Block Party: food and non-alcoholic beverages, with the Catholic Band L’Angelus from 6:30-9:00pm: it will be fun and food for the family: and all without charge, as our way to thank everyone in the parish for having contributed to the repainting of our basilica. The procession begins on Atlantic Street at the Basilica front door; the Parish Block Party in the parish parking lot. Join us!

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday May 13, 2012 $ 11,200.00
Sunday May 15, 2011 $ 14,349.28

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

May 27th Sunday Readings: Acts 2:1-11; 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13; Jn 20:19-23.

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 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 June 14th in the Rectory

Francis & Clare High School Youth Group. . . Faith. Adventure. Community. That’s what you’ll find at the new post-Confirmation co-ed High School Youth Group. Join us! Meetings on the 2nd and 4th Sunday each month. Find the group “Francis and Clare Youth Group” on Facebook or email Deirdre.garrahan@gmail.com for more info.

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Has begun. Many parishioners may have already received a letter from Bishop Lori. Saint John’s annual goal, set by the diocese, is $100,000. The funds collected for the Bishop are used for the numerous charitable and educational works of the Diocese. We have collected to date: $53,370.

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

The St. Francis Youth Group. . . is proud to sponsor “Catch the Spirit” a Christian Contemporary music concert on Friday June 8th @7:30pm. The concert will be held at Crystal Theater in Norwalk Connecticut and will feature a live band accompanying 20 talented teen singers from across Fairfield County. Tickets may be purchased through http://catchthespirit.eventbrite.com/ for $10.00. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Abolition International -a non profit organization dedicated to the eradication of human exploitation. A small portion of the proceeds will be used to purchase new song books for the St. Francis Teen Mass Singers. People who are unable to attend the concert may make a donation through the ticket website.

Theology at Night. . . At the Knights of Columbus Hall: 507 Shippan Avenue. On Thursday, May 31st, 7:30 pm: Professor John B. Roney, Chairman of the History Department at Sacred Heart University will deliver a talk, “A Light in the Dark—How Ireland brought knowledge and learning to Barbarian Europe. Admission is free: there will be a cash bar and free food. Please join us there.

Linens for the Homeless. . . A local candidate to become an Eagle Scout is leading a project to provide for the homeless. Boxes are in the vestibule for donations of new or gently used bath towels and bed Linens, and you are asked to make a donation during the next few weeks to help the homeless. Your donations will be taken to the Stamford Shelter for the Homeless. Please be generous.

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 203-866-1606. Next meeting: Monday, June 4th.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, May 19, 2012
4:00 +Ines and Albert Gommi req. Leon Taricani
Sunday, May 20, 2012
7:30 +Margaret Mary Cycon req. Lilian & Alvina Ramos
8:30 Sp. Int. Fr. Walsh req. Josephine Languedoc
10:00 Thanksgiving and Special Intentions Agnes Kung req. Joseph Kung
12:00 God’s Blessing Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI req. Our Lady of Loreto Altar Guild
5:00 +Marie Wenthen
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, May 21, 2012
8:00 +Alliance Sauver req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Maria Esther Sandoval req. Nieves Acosta
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
8:00 Special Intentions Father Walsh
12:10 Special Intentions Father Walsh req. Millie
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
8:00 +Caroline Uva req. Mr. & Mrs. Darrell Ingram
12:10 Special Intentions Father Check req. Millie
Thursday, May 24, 2012
8:00 Father Brian Gannon 15th Anniversary req. Sharon Gannon
12:10 The Persecuted Roman Catholic Church in China req. Joseph and Agnes Kung
Friday, May 25, 2012
8:00 +Margaret Mary Cycon req. Cycon Family
12:10 +Mrs. Marilou Peters req. Mrs. Jeannine Steward
Saturday, May 26, 2012
8:00 +Mercedes Talarico req. Lisa D’Acunto
12:10 +Mary Collins req. Stephanie O’Hara

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. For more information 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, September 5th.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory: basic reading ability required.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Basic Grammar: Meets Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory.

Coffee Hour. . . Starts again in September.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
130 years ago, or so:
May 26, 1882: “The services at the R.C. church last Sunday morning were of more than ordinary interest from the fact that the celebrant of High Mass was Rev. Father Bernard Kelly, a young man of Stamford who has just been ordained as a priest, and who, on the above occasion, conducted Mass for the first time. Father Kelly is a graduate of Villanova College, near Philadelphia. He has been appointed to a curacy in Yankton, Dakota, and will shortly begin his clerical labors in that new and distant field.”

100 years ago, or so:
May 23, 1905: FORTY HOURS’ DEVOTION. “Forty hours’ devotion, which began at the 10:30 Mass at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, yesterday, ended today at 8. The ceremony began and ended with a Solemn High Mass. In the beginning there was a procession in which the sodalities of the church acted as an escort of honor for the Host. During the 40 hours while the Host was exposed, guards of honor from the various societies of the church were constantly present. The service is always a busy one for Father O’Brien and his curates. It was particularly so on this occasion. The number receiving Holy Communion was very large. The local priests were assisted by Father O’Connor, Noroton; Fathers Fitzgerald and Sullivan, Greenwich; Father Finn, East Port Chester; Father Shanley, Westport; Rev. Dr. Maher, South Norwalk; Father Fogarty, Norwalk; Father Shorteile, Ridgefield; Father O’Leary, New Canaan; Father Fitzsimmons of the Holy Ghost Fathers, West Norwalk.”

60 years ago, or so:
May 24, 1955: K Of C Master To Attend Dinner For Msgr. Coleman. “The Supreme Master of the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus, William J. Mulligan, will be one of the speakers when tribute is paid next Tuesday to the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman for his 50 years as a member of the Fourth Degree. Msgr. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s Church, the only priest to have been a Fourth Degree member of the K of C for 50 years, will be honored by Lafayette Assembly, Fourth Degree, at a dinner at St. Mary’s School. In addition to Mr. Mulligan, who is also deputy supreme knight, of the K of C, and the Most Rev. Lawrence J. Shehan, Bishop of Bridgeport, previously announced as a guest at the dinner, State Deputy Thomas F. Parks and State Master of the Fourth Degree Peter A. McDonough will join the clergy and Knights of Columbus in honoring the veteran priest, it was announced today. Hugo C. Matsen is chairman of the committee for the testimonial dinner.”

Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come
“I Believe in the Holy Spirit”

– Fr. Terry Walsh

Next Sunday, May 27th, is Pentecost—50 days after the Resurrection! It is a wonderful time to reflect upon the Gift of the Holy Spirit and, like the Apostles, prepare our hearts and souls to receive Him. God has revealed Himself to as a personal God. He is not simply some unknowable distant force. He has revealed Himself as the essence of love, of purity, of holiness, and He is knowable to all who seek Him. He has revealed Himself as One God, but Three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Holy Trinity is of course the greatest Mystery of our faith and through our assent of faith, that is, through our ‘yes’ to God, we are given bountiful graces to grow in our understanding. This gift of faith is sustained and nourished most especially through our personal encounters with Jesus in the each of the seven Sacraments. Each Sunday, just after hearing the Word of God, we proclaim our ‘yes’ when we stand and assert our Catholic Faith. During the course of our prayer, we say the words: “I believe in the Holy Spirit” – a distinct and equal Person of the Trinity. “The One whom the Father has sent into our hearts, the Spirit of his Son, is truly God”(Gal. 4:6). “When the Father sends his Word, he always sends his Breath. In their joint mission, it is Christ who is seen, the visible image of the invisible God, but it is the Spirit who reveals Him”(Catechism, Article 689).

The Holy Spirit unites the faithful into the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ as He gives and sustains supernatural Divine life. St. Gregory of Nyssa describes this holy “anointing” in this way: “The notion of anointing suggests…that there is no distance between the Son and the Spirit. Indeed, just as between the surface of the body and the anointing with oil neither reason nor sensation recognizes any intermediary, so the contact of the Son with the Spirit is immediate, so that anyone who would make contact with the Son by faith must first encounter the oil by contact. In fact there is no part that is not covered by the Holy Spirit. That is why the confession of the Son’s Lordship is made in the Holy Spirit by those who receive him, the Spirit coming from all sides to those who approach the Son in faith.” At Baptism, we are anointed with the Sacred Chrism (Holy Oil specially blessed by the Bishop at the Chrism Mass) on the crown of our heads and we hear the words: “God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has freed you from sin, given you a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and welcomed you into His holy people. He now anoints you with the chrism of salvation. As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as a member of His Body, sharing everlasting life.” In the Sacrament of Confirmation, which completes Christian Initiation, we are anointed by the Holy Spirit when the Bishop traces the sign of the Cross on our foreheads, once again with the Sacred Chrism, and says: “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.” Recall the words of St. Paul, “…those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit…to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace…But you are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God really dwells in you. Any one who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him. But if Christ is in you, although your bodies are dead because of sin, your spirits are alive because of righteousness. If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through His Spirit who dwells in you”(Romans 8:5ff). As we progress in the Spiritual life by receiving nourishment that flows from the Sacrifice of Jesus, we’re able to be formed more and more into His Divine Likeness – in holiness – in love. St. John of the Cross (16th Century Spanish Carmelite Priest and Doctor of the Church) put it this way: “God communicates himself most to that soul that has progressed farthest in love; namely, that has it’s will in closest conformity with the will of God. And the soul that has attained complete conformity and likeness of will is totally united and transformed in God supernaturally.” It’s the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit that transform our wounded nature into the Divine.

Jesus – the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit – the Breath of God were “hidden” in the Old Testament and revealed in the New Testament as the Prophet Isaiah tells us (c.750B.C.): “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse (Jesus Christ), and a branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the spirit of Wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord”(Isaiah 11: 1- 2).

As faithful Catholics, we share in the outpouring of the gifts and fruits of the Spirit and are called to participate in the same mission: To love God and neighbor.