For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 28, 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 Quarter Ended September 30, 2012. The first fiscal quarter ended with a profit. Offertory collections were up from last year and I am very grateful for your generosity. Expenses were less because the church painting work was finished. The parish has no debt, other than a few current normal bills. —Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Ed Koplos, Elaine Mellace, Heidi M. Fernandez, Kenneth Bell, Dr. Ben T. Williams, Hugh Gibney, Joevil Basulgan Dela Cruz, Bill Rottman, Martha Salvatore, 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, Mary-Jane Rice, Joan Duffy, Gale Browne, Mercedes Huertas, Peter Boltrek.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Barbara Jones, Rosino Zezima, 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, Anthony Russo, Violet Roddy, David Brandel, Blanche Kulowiec, Thomas Pavia, Cassandra Eloy, Anilia Firmin, Joseph Danilauskas, Bridget Sheehy, Virginia Toussaint, George Muro, Ann Rich, Lena Chiappetta.

Monthly Collection . . . The second collection today will be the monthly collection for the parish. Your generosity is appreciated.

November 1st. . . The Solemnity of All Saints IS a Holy Day of Obligation, when all Catholics are obliged to attend Mass. The Mass schedule is: Vigil Mass: Wednesday Oct 31st at 5:15 P.M. Masses on Thursday, November 1st are at 8:00 A.M., 12:10 P.M. and 5:15 P.M., with confessions 30 minutes prior to each Mass.

The Upper Church will be closed Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday Oct. 29th, 30th & 31st to facilitate the completion of Altar Railing construction by Thanksgiving. The Daily Masses will be in the Nagle Hall. Please excuse the inconvenience.

Daylight Savings Time Ends. . . Next Sunday November 4th, please remember to set your clocks back one hour to make it to church on time.

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 29th.

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.

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. 30th, 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 21, 2012 $ 13,402.00
Sunday October 23, 2011 $ 12,706.75

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

November 4th Sunday Readings: Dt 6:2-6; Heb 7:23-28; Mk 12:28b-34.

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. Fr. Walsh will be going on this trip.

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.

Maria Goretti group: Will be meeting in the rectory next Sunday November 4th after the 10:00 am Mass.

Dominic Savio group: Will be meeting in the rectory next Sunday November 4th after the 11:30 am Mass.

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, October 29th.

Sanctuary Work: has begun 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 27, 2012
4:00 +Olga Rich req. Marion, Bill, Ricky Morris, Jimmy and Michelle Sagdati
Sunday, October 28, 2012
7:30 +Sandra Fiataruolo req. John Salvin
8:30 +Sister Christine Hellen req. Sue Kremheller
10:00 +Victoria Santagata req. Giannitti Family
11:30 Souls in Purgatory req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
5:00 +Marie Wenthen
6:00 +Madeleine Charlotin req. Monsignor Stephen M. DiGiovanni
Monday, October 29, 2012
8:00 +John Maloney req. Mary
12:10 +Joe William Miller req. Alessandra DeSarno
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Nelly Contreras
12:10 +Deceased members of the Wilk and Lancaster Families req. Sue Kremheller
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
8:00 +John Heidel req. Marilyn Gallucci
12:10 Thanksgiving to God req. Marie Ange Francois
5:15 Diane Strain and Marion Morris req. Josephine Languedoc
Thursday, November 1, 2012
8:00 +Deceased members of the Morris Family req. Marion Morris and Family
12:10 Special Intentions Catherine and Jay Olnek and Family req. Sharon Gannon
5:15 +Charles McKenna req. the Natarelli Family
Friday, November 2, 2012
8:00 +Wladek and Willemina Falek req. daughter
12:10 All Souls
Saturday, November 3, 2012
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Marie Paul
12:10 In Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary req. Ferry G.

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. Will be meeting in the rectory next Sunday November 4th after the 11:30 am Mass.

St. Maria Goretti Society: For the spiritual formation of young ladies, 7th-8th grades (High Schoolers welcome). Call Beth at 203-975-0074. Will meet next Sunday November 4th after the 10:00 am Mass.

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 NEWS:

125 years ago, or so:
THE CONNECTICUT CATHOLIC:
Oct. 29, 1887: STAMFORD. “Next Tuesday and Wednesday will be All Saints and All Souls days, and Masses celebrated at the usual hours as on holy days.”

THE HARTFORD COURANT:
70 years ago, or so:
Oct. 30, 1942: “The new St. Joseph’s Hospital in Stamford was dedicated during the past week. The new hospital in Stamford has received reservations for patients already and the first of them will be admitted November 2. The building has a capacity at present of approximately 80 beds in wards, semi-private and private rooms.”

THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
40 years ago, or so:
November 3, 1973: Huge Crowd. “Talking about Father Bill Nagle recalls the huge crowd that gathered Sunday at St. John’s Cemetery in Springdale, where a special Mass was celebrated to observe All Souls Day. More than 500 persons attended the Mass, which will be an annual affair in the Diocese of Bridgeport and at the Camp Avenue cemetery.”

FAIRFIELD COUNTY CATHOLIC:
15 years ago, or so:
November, 1997: St. John’s turns 150. “On November 16, the freshly painted and newly air-conditioned Church of St. John the Evangelist, the Mother Church of Stamford, will celebrate its 150th birthday with an anniversary Mass at noon, celebrated by Bishop Edward M. Egan. St. John’s beginnings date back to 1847 when it was established as a parish with Rev. Edward J. Cooney as its first pastor. It is the second oldest parish in the diocese. Stamford was a small Yankee town in the early 1800s when immigrants from Ireland began to arrive bringing with them their strong Catholic faith. Since there was no Catholic church in the area, they congregated in homes of friends for Mass which was celebrated by priests from the Bridgeport area and Fordham College. On July 4, 1849, ground was broken for a parish church and a small wooden structure was blessed on January 26, 1851. St. John’s daily noon Mass draws several hundred people for a quiet hour of worship. “We have become a beacon of spirituality located the heart of the business district,” said Msgr. William A. Nagle, the present pastor of St. John’s. “We serve not only our own 1400 families, but more than 50,000 people who work in the business district of Stamford”.”

November 1st Solemnity All Saints
– Fr Terry Walsh

Who is your Patron Saint? Which Saint did you choose when you received the Sacrament of Confirmation? Do you pray to particular Saints each day—perhaps the patron Saint of your profession or your vocation—or perhaps a Saint that has been particularly helpful to you in their example of Christian virtue or their writings which have inspired you in some way? We are so richly blessed to have the great company of Saints, the Communion of Saints, that is, all those faithful souls who have gone before us and have triumphed over temptation and sin and now constantly gaze upon the face of our Heavenly Father. They are living in Him and with each other in perfect light, happiness, and peace—free of any worry of doubt or anxiety—and, they are praying for us. What a gift it is to celebrate their faithful lives! What a gift to know them and – to know about them. So many have overcome great adversity—their lives are well documented, such as the life of St. Augustine, the Patron Saint of our Diocese. Of course, there are so many Saints in Heaven who have lives great and holy lives that we will only come to appreciate when we meet them in Heaven. So many lived out their discipleship in humble, quiet ways. Indeed, there is an army of Saints cheering for us, interceding on our behalf, helping us on the road to Heaven. It is good to honor them, to say thank you to them, and to imitate their ways. St. Bernard wrote a wonderful sermon celebrating the Saints and explaining why it is good for us to remember them and to honor them. This is what St. Bernard had to say:

Why should our praise and glorification, or even the celebration of this feast day mean anything to the saints? What do they care about earthly honors when their heavenly Father honors them by fulfilling the faithful promise of the Son? What does our commendation mean to them? The saints have no need of honor from us; neither does our devotion add the slightest thing to what is theirs. Clearly, if we venerate their memory, it serves us, not them. But I tell you, when I think of them, I feel myself inflamed by a tremendous yearning.

Calling the saints to mind inspires, or rather arouses in us, above all else, a longing to enjoy their company, so desirable in itself. We long to share in the citizenship of heaven, to dwell with the spirits of the blessed, to join the assembly of patriarchs, the ranks of the prophets, the council of apostles, the great host of martyrs, the noble company of confessors and the choir of virgins. In short, we long to be united in happiness with all the saints. But our dispositions change. The Church of all the first followers of Christ awaits us, but we do nothing about it. The saints want us to be with them, and we are indifferent. The souls of the just await us, and we ignore them.

Come, brothers, let us at length spur ourselves on. We must seek the world which is above and set our mind on the things of heaven. Let us long for those who are longing for us, hasten to those who are waiting for us, and ask those who look for our coming to intercede for us. We should not only want to be with the saints, we should also hope to possess their happiness. While we desire to be in their company, we must also earnestly seek to share in their glory. Do not imagine that there is anything harmful in such an ambition as this; there is no danger in setting our hearts on such glory.

When we commemorate the saints we are inflamed with another yearning: that Christ our life may also appear to us as he appeared to them and that we may one day share in his glory. Until then we see him, not as he is, but as he became for our sake. He is our head, crowned, not with glory, but with the thorns of our sins. As members of that head, crowned with thorns, we should be ashamed to live in luxury; his purple robes are a mockery rather than an honor. When Christ comes again, his death shall no longer be proclaimed, and we shall know that we also have died, and that our life is hidden with him. The glorious head of the Church will appear and his glorified members will shine in splendor with him, when he forms this lowly body anew into such glory as belongs to himself, its head.

Therefore, we should aim at attaining this glory with a wholehearted and prudent desire. That we may rightly hope and strive for such blessedness, we must above all seek the prayers of the saints. Thus what is beyond our own powers to obtain will be granted through their intercession.

As we honor all the Saints on the Feast of All Saints Day, and in particular our own Patron Saints, may we be especially mindful of our Mother, Mary, St. Joseph, and our Patron, St. John the Evangelist!