For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday June 3, 2012

Pastor’s Corner. . . Per the directives of the Diocese, parishes must regularly publish their financial reports. Below, please find the financial statements for the first half of this fiscal year. As you can see, the offertory collections are up from last year, and donations are also higher, due to your generous support of the church painting project. Expenses are higher because of the added expenses come from the church painting work done by John Canning Studios. The parish has no debt, other than a few current normal bills. I am very grateful for your generosity, especially during these hard times.
—Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . David Morgan, Gene Gavin, Maureen Casner, Stephen Casner, Marcy Stano, Mary-Jane Rice, Joan Duffy, Gale Browne, 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. . . Corrie Evans, Ernesto F. Scafidi, 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.

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: Monday, May 28th .

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. . . See you in September!!

Banns of Marriage: Banns I: Elizabeth Ann Pimpinella and Mario Luigi Pansino

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!.

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 hearts: $10.00 each; larger copper flowers: $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 at the Icon of Our Lady soon after purchase.

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: $55,260.

Feast of Corpus Christi: 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 27, 2012 $ 8,313.00
Sunday May 29, 2011 $ 10,459.95

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

June 10th Sunday Readings: Ex 24:3-8; Heb 9:11-15; Mk 14:12-16, 22-26.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Corpus Christi at St. Gabriel in Stamford. . .Saint Gabriel will celebrate Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite on Thursday, June 7th at 7:30 PM for the Feast of Corpus Christi. An outdoor Eucharistic Procession will follow, weather permitting.  Please mark your calendar and join us!

Voluntary Services for the Blind. . . Bring sunshine to someone’s life. Volunteers are needed to be drivers, readers, friendly visitors, shoppers and clerical assistants for legally blind persons. For information, call 203-324-6611, ext 2.

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: This Monday, June 4th.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, June 2, 2012
4:00 +Members DeRosa, Capobianco & Kronk Families and Edwin Clark req. Joan and John Kronk
Sunday, June 3, 2012
7:30 +Phil and Louise DeFelice req. DeFelice Family
8:30 +Achille Lamontagne req. Lloydie Lamontagne
10:00 +Andy Robustelli req. the Wieland Family
12:00 Special Intentions Gabriel & Silvia Natarelli req. Shawn Mary McAuliffe
5:00 +Marie Wenthen
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, June 4, 2012
8:00 People of the Parish
12:10 Special Intentions Monsignor DiGiovanni req. Millie
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
8:00 +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 Priests of the Parish req. Millie
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
8:00 +Ines and Emilia Cornejo req. Basilia – sister
12:10 +John Kolenberg Sr. req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Thursday, June 7, 2012
8:00 +Primo Mangahis req. his family
12:10 +Vera Dandry req. Laura and John Pascale
Friday, June 8, 2012
8:00 Special Intentions Monsignor DiGiovanni req. Our Lady of Loreto Altar Guild
12:10 Special Intentions Monsignor DiGiovanni req. Josephine Languedoc
Saturday, June 9, 2012
8:00 +Frances Galinski
12:10 +Mr. and Mrs. Octavius Mehu & Family req. grandchildren

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:
65 years ago, or so:
June 3, 1948: St. John’s Parish, Stamford, Marks Centenary; Fr. Coleman Gives Sermon. “”This is an outstanding day in the history of the Catholic Church in Stamford,” Father Coleman declared in his sermon. “Today we pay tribute to the clergy and laity who laid the foundation of the Catholic life we enjoy in this year of Our Lord 1948. On Sunday, September 27, 1942, we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the first Mass in Stamford by Rev. James Smyth. On that occasion we celebrated a Solemn High Mass, and it was my privilege to deliver the sermon at that Mass. Today we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the appointment of the first pastor of St. John’s, the Rev. John Brady. It is difficult for us to visualize a Stamford without a Catholic Church. Previous to the appointment of Father Brady, the few Catholics in Stamford were visited by Father James Smyth, Father Michael Lynch, Father, later Bishop, McFarland, and Bishop William Tyler. These zealous priests celebrated the Divine Mysteries and dispensed the life-giving Sacraments in the house of Patrick Drew. Later on, services were held in the Town Hall, until the completion of the little church on what is now Hawthorne Street. We refer to the church as ‘Mother,’ and St. John’s has been the Mother parish for 10 strong and flourishing parishes:St Mary’s, Greenwich; St. John’s, Noroton; Holy Name Church, Stamford; St. Mary’s, Stamford; St. Catherine’s of Riverside; Sacred Heart, Stamford; St. Cecilia’s, Springdale; St. Clement’s, Stamford; St. Benedict’s, Stamford; and St. Maurice’s, Glenbrook. During the past 50 years the growth of the Catholic Church in Stamford has surpassed all expectations and Catholics have contributed their full share to the development of Stamford. They have borne their share of the burden in the First World War and they have done their share and more in the Second World War. From St. John’s, 570 were enrolled in the different branches of the service in the recent conflict and 13 of them gave their lives for their country. While we render tribute to those who have gone before us and made the way easier for us, we are not unmindful of the present generation, for they have followed in the footsteps of their fathers. They have not only shown their loyalty and patriotism to the nation, but they have contributed generously to the state and the community. We know not what awaits the church in future years of trial and persecution, but we can rest assured that she will be found ever faithful to her Divine Mission to console, to teach, to protect, to save man unto eternal life; teaching and defending always the doctrine of her Divine Founder Jesus Christ, the Risen Savior, conscious that He will be with her all days, even to the consummation of the world. Today we render thanks to God for all the blessings during the past 100 years”.”

Corpus Christi
The Body of Christ
– Fr. Terry Walsh

What love God has for us, His children. Through our faith in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Host we behold the Lamb of God each day right before our very eyes when we stand before Him at Mass and hear the words “The Body of Christ.” Our “Amen” attests to our belief that God Himself – His very Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity is actually about to enter into our being and change us forever, transforming us more perfectly into His Divine likeness. And He invites us to receive this gift every day. Imagine if we could only receive Him once a year – or – once in a lifetime. Would we approach Him differently? Would we prepare for that intimate moment of God showering His Presence over us, in us, and through us any differently than we do today? Our preparation is integral to receiving Him worthily. After all, we prepare well for special guests that come into our homes. How much more deliberate should our preparation be to receive the author of all life, indeed, of all that is, into our individual souls? Our Lord gives us the wonderful gift of the Sacrament of Confession so that we may be purified of anything hindering us from approaching Him with a pure heart and soul. Moreover, as we anticipate His arrival into our souls, we can prepare wonderful gifts to present to Him – the gifts of our good deeds, our cheerful sacrifices, our heartfelt prayers offered throughout the week.

The gift of the Eucharist has come to us at a great price. Sacrosanctum concilium, the Vatican II document on the Sacred Liturgy, put it this way: “At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of His Body and Blood. This He did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of His death and resurrection: a Sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us’ (SC 47).”

The Eucharist is our Life, and so the Mass, likewise, is our Life. It is through His One Perfect Sacrifice at Calvary, which we enter into at every Holy Mass, that our Lord nourishes us in the life of grace. It is the same Body and Blood that hung upon the Cross, the same Christ that was given to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, the same Jesus that has been received by countless souls in the Mystical Body who seek completeness, and, as St. Justin cautions, “…no one may take part in it unless he believes that what we teach is true, has received baptism for the forgiveness of sins and new birth, and lives in keeping with what Christ taught.” And the Church adds: “In the Eucharist the sacrifice of Christ becomes also the sacrifice of the members of His Body. The lives of the faithful, their praise, sufferings, prayer, and work, are united with those of Christ and with his total offering, and so acquire a new value. Christ’s sacrifice present on the altar makes it possible for all generations of Christians to be united with the offering”(ccc1368).

Finally, St. Ambrose explains the effect of the words of Consecration: “Be convinced that this (Eucharist) is not what nature has formed, but what the blessing has consecrated. The power of the blessing prevails over that of nature, because by the blessing nature itself is changed…Could not Christ’s word, which can make from nothing what did not exist, change existing things into what they were not before? It is no less a feat to give things their original nature than to change their nature.”