For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 21, 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 fiscal year ended June 30, 2012. The fiscal year ended with a small loss due to the church painting project expenses. Expenses are higher because of the added expenses 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. —Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Kenneth Bell, Dr. Ben T. Williams, Hugh Gibney, Joevil Basulgan Dela Cruz, Bill Rottman, Barbara Jones, Martha Salvatore, Rosino Zezima, Richard Lauture, Raymond Jean-Rene, Marie Byrnes, Betsabe Chung, Linda DeMott, Billy Therriault, Edna Campbell, Julia Oliveira, Chuck Woodin, Gary Everett, Nancy O’Shea, Mary Jane Peterson, Rev. Patrick J. O’Connell, Valerie Romanello, Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Father Guglielmo, Kathleen Moger, Flint and Helen Moger, Paul Cavalli, Mario Stano, Kevin O’Byrne, Clemese & Faramon Lochard, Jean Midi, David Morgan, Gene Gavin, Mary-Jane Rice, Joan Duffy, Gale Browne, Mercedes Huertas, Peter Boltrek, Erin Wiggin.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Mary Loglisci, Andrew Joseph Hoenig, Jutland R. Jean-Rene, Jennifer Gallagher, Larry P. Evaristo, Thaddeus O’Connor, Kathleen O’Connor, Grace Fusco, Marie Conetta, Frank Ardise, Stan Zebroski, Marcy Stano, Rev. J. Barry Furey, Robert Pergola, Joseph Perna, James McManus, Regina Ngodie, 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, Virginia Toussaint, George Muro, Ann Rich, Lena Chiappetta, Rosina Raiteri, Felicia Stramandinoli, Duverney Caporal.

World Mission Sunday Collection . . . Please drop your special envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.

Monday Evening Holy Hour: Monday nights 7-8:00 pm for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Rosary in the Basilica. Next Holy Hour: Monday, October 22nd.

MASS SCHEDULE CHANGE: The 12 noon Solemn Choir Mass has been changed to 11:30 a.m. The schedule for all other weekend Masses remains the same.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies: The next study group will meet beginning November 7th: led by Dr. Lois Gandt, we will read the Life of St. Augustine by Possidius. All are welcome.

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

Biblical Greek Grammar: An intermediate grammar and reading class: Some basic grammatical knowledge of Biblical Greek is required. If interested, call: 324-1553, ext 11.

Francis & Clare: High School Youth Group kick-off on Sunday, October 28th after the 5pm Mass. Students interested in being part of the Teen Leadership Group. E-mail Deirdre.garrahan@gmail.com to get involved.

Votive Hearts: The parish office has votive offerings for sale: small copper 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, remaining as a constant sign of your prayer: like a candle, but lasting longer. Please take a look at the beautiful Votive Hearts now hanging under the Icon of Our Lady Salvation of the People of Rome, in the back of the side aisle.

RCIA Classes: For those persons who would like to become Catholic as well as for those Catholics who have not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation will next meet, Tues., Oct. 23rd, at 7 pm in the Rectory.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: April 6-7, 2013: The Basilica will sponsor a symposium on the work of the Catholic Church to form culture on the Gospel since Constantine’s legalization of the Church in 313 a.d. The speakers will be:
Raymond Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Vatican Apostolic Signatura;
Archbishop Timothy Broglio, Ordinary of the Military Archdiocese of the United States;
Professor Elizabeth Lev, Professor at the University of St. Thomas, Rome;
Professor George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow and Chair of Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, D.C. Lectures will be delivered in the Monsignor Nagle Hall on Saturday, April 6th; A Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be offered by Cardinal Burke on Sunday, April 7th. All are welcome. It should be an exciting weekend at St. John’s!

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday October 14, 2012 $ 13,784.00
Sunday October 16, 2011 $ 10,747.60
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

October 28th Sunday Readings: Jer 31:7-9; Heb 5:1-6; Mk 10:46-52.

Home Schooling Families: A group for home schooling families meets monthly on Tuesday in the Nagle Hall. All ages are welcome. Please contact Bridget Bethray at bridget.bethray@gmail.com, or Janet Lancaster at 203-637-3301, jmlancaster@optonline.net.

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God, who is love and mercy. For more information: Please call (203) 416-1619 or projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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.

Holy Land Pilgrimage: November 9-19, 2012: The Sisters of Saint Birgitta Convent of Darien will sponsor a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Cost: $2,900 per person, including roundtrip airfare from New York, room and two meals daily, as well as transportation to all the sites.

St John’s Flock (20’s and 30’s Young Adult Ministry): Come join the Flock for monthly Faith Formation meetings on the 2nd Thursday of the month and other social/service events. For more information, please go to stjohnsflock.com or email
core-team@stjohnsflock.com.

VOLUNTEER CHOIR SEEKING SINGERS: The Basilica is pleased to announce that we are re-starting our volunteer parish choir, to sing at the 4pm Vigil Mass on Saturday afternoons, and we are looking for men and women in all voice parts.  If you are interested in joining us, please contact Christopher Mueller, our Organist and Choirmaster, for more details.  He can be reached by phone at (203) 324-1553 x18, or via email, at info@benesonarium.com.  We look forward to a new season of beautiful music!

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, October 29th.

Sanctuary Work: By early November some work will be seen in the sanctuary. The marble steps and altar railing are cracked and broken in various places. This is due to the fact that the support work under the steps is inadequate to support the weight of the heavy marble railing, and the shifting weight of the thousands of people kneeling against the railing over the years. The repair work would be astronomical in cost, since many of the broken arches would have to be carved new in marble. So, a new altar rail and altar steps are being made according to the original plan, as seen at left: solid oak stairs, pillars, arches and railing will extend the entire length of the sanctuary and side altars: an exact replica of the 1886 work. It will all be completed and installed before Thanksgiving. Eventually, the 65 broken marble tiles in the sanctuary floor will be replaced, the floor leveled and cleaned, and the three marble altars re-pointed, repaired and cleaned as well.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, October 20, 2012
4:00 +John and Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Sexton Young
Sunday, October 21, 2012
7:30 Souls in Purgatory req. Nelly Contreras
8:30 Marion Morris God’s Blessing req. Diane Strain
10:00 +Sheila and Robert Lockhart req. Harriet T. Lockhart
11:30 +Kevin Johnson req. Men’s Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians
5:00 +Marie Wenthen
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, October 22, 2012
8:00 +William E. Howard req. Ann and William Dee
12:10 +David Squires req. Giannitti family
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
8:00 Thanksgiving to God req. Marie Ange Francois
12:10 +Jerry Zezima req. Ed Nemchek
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
8:00 Special Intentions
12:10 +Peter Vento req. Santiago Family
Thursday, October 25, 2012
8:00 Cindy Hulbert req. Ferry G.
12:10 +Jeanette Kaiser req. Bill Christiaanse
Friday, October 26, 2012
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Joseph Kung
12:10 +Albert Zygmont req. Sharon Gannon
Saturday, October 27, 2012
8:00 +Sister Mary Rose Gallagher CSJ Birthday Remembrance req. Marie Carr
12:10 +Charlemagne Bosquet req. Carpanzano family

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 Sunday, NOVEMBER 4th after the 5pm mass. Pizza and Pasta in the Church Hall.

Pray to end Legalized Abortion: Wednesdays, 7-10:30a.m., Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St.

Francis & Clare: High School Group kick-off on Sunday, Oct. 28th after the 5pm Mass. Email Deirdre.garrahan@gmail.com.

St. Dominic Savio Society: For the spiritual formation of young men, 7th-8th grades (High Schoolers welcome). Call Ferry, 203-324-1553 x22.

St. Maria Goretti Society: For the spiritual formation of young ladies, 7th-8th grades (High Schoolers welcome). 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 on Wednesday Evenings, 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 7.

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: After the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall. All are welcome!

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

140 years ago, or so:
Oct. 28, 1870: “Ground has been broken for the foundation of the new Catholic church on Atlantic street.”

125 years ago, or so:
Oct. 22, 1885: “The high board fence so long in front of the new Catholic church has at last been removed. The incident is notable as one of the indications that the end of the work is at hand.”

120 years ago, or so:
October 27, 1892: “The pupils of St. John’s R.C. Church attended Mass in a body on Friday morning, and from the church marched to the school-house on Meadow Street, where a flag-raising, with appropriate ceremonies, was held. National airs were sung by a chorus of 400 voices and Father Rogers made a short address. Afterwards the children were put aboard several horse-cars and conveyed to Enniston, Shippan, where they spent the day with games and amusements. Parents of the children also enjoyed the day’s outing. A notable feature was the excellent marching of the children, which attracted considerable attention yesterday and which was also particularly mentioned during the children’s parade on Monday. D.D. Dinan, to whose efforts their skill in marching is due, acted as marshal in Friday’s parade.”

80 years ago, or so:
October 22, 1930: THE GIRL SCOUT ADVOCATE. Troop 18 Party Tuesday Night. “The Halloween party of Troop 18 of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church will be held Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Girl Scout headquarters from 6 to 8 p.m. Extensive plans have been made for a jolly party by the different committees appointed by the troop. A very interesting and peppy meeting was held last Tuesday with over 30 members present. Gergina Schwartz was appointed scribe.”

50 years ago, or so:
October 22, 1963: St. John’s Church Boy Scout Troop 22 Conducts Installation. “Members of Boy Scout Troop 22 of St. John’s Catholic Church have elected and installed officers. Named junior assistant scoutmasters were Jocko Connolly, Robert Costel, and Robert Gaynor. Senior assistant patrol leader is Anthony Rapaglia. Patrol leaders: Robert Johnson, William Boffa, Thomas Lynam, Patrick Moriarty, and Daniel Moriarty. Elected scribe was Daniel Shaub and quartermaster is James Gallagher. Adult leaders: Edwin Iacovo Jr., scoutmaster; Michael Kaelin, David Shaub, Richard Nopper and Kevin Scully, assistant scoutmasters.”

Spirit and Truth
– Fr. Terry Walsh

“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” – John 4:23-24

One of the joys of being a New Englander is anticipating the gradual approach of autumn. As the warm summer breezes rustle the leafy green tree tops in the evening twilight, they soon yield to crisp autumn afternoons that mysteriously brighten the landscape with an abundant array of colors. And yet, these beauties will soon fall from their lofty perch and be no more. A simple reflection on the ebb and flow of the change of seasons beckons us to ponder the brevity of life. And yet, there’s no fear of the approaching darkness of winter for the one who worships in spirit and truth. Quite the contrary. For the spiritually mature person, the interior landscape of the soul is free of decay; indeed, it has grown more beautiful through its faithful endurance of the storms of suffering, darkness, and distress in this life. Quite naturally, the spiritually mature person would have the presence of mind to turn toward God, not away from Him, in times of testing and pain, believing wholeheartedly that it was in those times most especially that God was near and so help the person grow in holiness through them all.
This intimate union between God and man begins with Baptism, when our Lord wipes away all sin and clothes the new child of God with an interior garment of holiness. The inner garment grows more beautiful and resilient through an intimate interior dialogue of prayer, strengthened by sacrifice, and most especially, nourished through the faithful reception of the sacraments, enabling him to grow in holiness and offer fitting worship though love.
Baptism opens the door to the deepest mysteries of the universe, a door that is opened simply and with the most ordinary substance, water. Yet, in the midst of the business of life, do we take the time to truly reflect on this great mystery? God calls everyone to share in the mystery of His Divinity and so share in a life of unimaginable happiness. It’s an active, meaningful journey unto spiritual perfection. There’s an old saying that there are as many paths to God as there are people. Indeed, we see evidence of this in the Gospel of John, where we encounter two very different characters who are actually seeking the same end – spiritual fulfillment, love. On the one hand, we have Nicodemus (see John 3), a Pharisee, a respected teacher of Israel who is seeking to live a faithful life in order to honor God. On the other hand, we meet a Samaritan woman (See John 4) as she runs to the well in the heat of the day in a dusty part of town so she can avoid criticism for the way she is living her life. In each case, Jesus acts with great tenderness as he invites them into the mystery of true worship – a filial relationship forged through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. As Jesus imparts wisdom upon these receptive souls, he leads them away from the dark and cold eternal winter and leads them into the bright light of Truth, which brings everlasting beauty to the soul. Jesus takes the time to clearly explain these new revelations in a way they can understand and then answers their thoughtful questions. It’s beautiful.
He does the very same for us, but now in an interior way, in the silence of our hearts. It’s though our daily prayer that we worship Him in spirit and in truth in that silent, intimate place deep in the soul where he reveals himself to us. Be prepared to be awestruck, overwhelmed by his tender, patient love in that dialogue of prayer. One of the great attributes of prayer is persistence. It proves our desire for God. Another, of course, is humility, enabling us to perceive the mysteries of God with the simplicity and honesty of a child. “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it”(Mark 10:15). Once we recognize our littleness and contemplate His omnipotence, we have begun to understand our true relationship with God and we’ll readily embrace the words, “Thy will be done” which we said for the first time at Baptism. In order to keep the autumn beauty of the soul – our interior leaves – vibrant and fresh throughout the winter of our daily Cross, we need only remain faithful to our Lord. Then, the assorted beauties of virtue won through prayer, sacrifice, and fidelity to the sacraments will flourish. The faithful soul is too deeply rooted in the warmth of love to be hindered by the attacks of the enemy who seeks to make our interior life grow cold and brittle. As we faithfully live our baptism promises each day through the seasons of life, we’ll gradually grow in our awareness of the Presence of God in our souls and truly seek the things above. In this way, we’ll worship in spirit and in truth and so prepare for Eternal Beatitude.

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are called sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of sonship. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is the Spirit Himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God…..Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. And He who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God….” – Romans chapter 8