For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday November 25, 2012

Pastor’s Corner: Pope Pius XI began his pontificate in 1922. He faced the aftermath of the First World War, when the Church was the sole institution surviving on the European continent. Trust in big government, in the economy, in the military, and in the brotherhood of men, all had failed, leaving Europe in ruins, and the lives of millions shattered. In his first encyclical letter (Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, Dec. 23, 1922), the Pope said that the sufferings of the world “were due to the fact that the majority of men had thrust Jesus Christ and his holy law out of their lives; that these had no place either in private affairs or in politics. That as long as individuals and states refused to submit to the rule of our Savior, there would be no really hopeful prospect of a lasting peace among nations. Men must look for the peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ.” He then dedicated his entire pontificate to Christ the King, and, three years later, established the Solemnity of Christ the King, which we celebrate this weekend. His was not a mere pious gesture. Pius XI was warning about the horrors that were soon to overtake Europe and the world by means of Fascism, Nazism, and Communism: all ideologies dedicated to perfecting human society by denying the value of the individual human person, created in the image and likeness of God; denying God and deifying the State. If there is no God, and if people are not the image of God, then they are disposable, and the Pope saw this happening in his own time.

Only if we permit Christ, who is the King of Universe, to rule over our very lives, forming our daily relationships, and guiding our every action by the virtue of Christian faith, hope and charity, only then can the world hope for any semblance of justice, peace or prosperity. Without Christ, the totalitarian governments stepped in to take the place of God, and men and women became tools for the up-building of the state. But all governments try to do this. The state is not God, and we are not merely cogs in a political or economic machine. The Pope hoped that this annual celebration would recall to the world the necessity of Christ, for Christ’s kingly dignity, he wrote, “demands that the State should take account of the commandments of God and of Christian principles, both in making laws and in administering justice, and also in providing the young a sound moral education.” And, “the faithful… will gain much strength and courage, enabling them to form their lives after the true Christian ideal. If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all men, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn [merely] natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls . . .” (Quas primas, Dec. 11, 1925)

The test whether Christ reigns in our daily lives is whether we keep the Ten Commandments—all of them: “He who says he knows Christ, but does not keep His Commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him” (I John 2:3-5). As we grow in grace, we move from them to exercising authentic charity: not merely obeying the laws of God because God gave them, although that is sufficient reason for doing so. But to seek to naturally follow those Commandments by a life of active charity: we obey those Commandments without thought, as second nature, by always putting the interest of God and of His image, our neighbors, or our wife or husband, our father or mother, our friend or stranger, before our own interests. The practice of Christian Charity leads us to worship God, obey the Commandments, and reverence the Image of God in each of us, since Charity permits of no injustice, subjugation, cheating or the using of another. Let Our Lord be King in our hearts daily, and find true joy being and doing that which He created us to be and do: His loving brothers and sisters, bound by faith and strengthened in Charity. —Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Michael Payes, 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, 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, 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: Federico Garcia, Francesca Lampariello, Tatina Tarantino, 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.

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, November 26th.

Protectress of Rome Icon Votive Light Memorial . . . +Vincent DeRosa req. Joan and John Kronk.

St. Joseph Votive Light Memorial . . . +Rose Kronk req. Joan and John Kronk.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies: We next meet on Wednesday November 28th,
at 7:30p m in the rectory.

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.

RCIA Classes: For those wanting to become Catholic, and for those Catholic adults who would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation: we’ll next meet, Tues., Nov. 27th 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:
His Eminence 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!

Advent Mission: Monday-Wednesday, December 3, 4 & 5: 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Basilica. Bring the family for evenings of prayer and inspiration to prepare for Christmas.

Sunday Sung Evening Prayer [Vespers] & Benediction: Will begin on the First Sunday of Advent: December 2nd, in the Basilica at 4 P.M.-4:45 P.M., every Sunday during the year: all are welcome, so come with the family and pray together. Evening Prayer will conclude in time for the
5 P.M. Mass.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday November 18, 2012 $ 12,226.12
Sunday November 20, 2011 $ 12,601.22
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

December 2nd Sunday Readings: Jer 33:14-16; 1 Thes 3:12-4:2; Lk 21:25-28, 34-36.

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.

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.

Francis & Clare: Our High School Youth Group. Students interested in being part of the Teen Leadership Group. E-mail Deirdre.garrahan@gmail.com to get involved.

Trinity Catholic High School . . . Annual Ladies Night Out Christmas Boutique
 Thursday, December 6, 2012, 6 pm – 10 pm, The Italian Center, 1620 Newfield Avenue,
Stamford, CT. Socialize, Shop, Snack & Support TCHS. Price: $60 per person at the door.
VIP Seating: Additional $100 for a table of 10. For ticket info go to: trinitycatholic.org or email: carol.tusch@ipaper.com.

“Godspell” . . . performed by Trinity Catholic High School’s Crusader Players.  Performances: Thursday November 29 – 7:00 PM, Friday November 30 – 7:00 PM, and Saturday December 1 – 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM.  Advance tickets $8 or $10 at the door.  To purchase tickets please visit www.crusaderplayers.org or call (203)273-6540.

Solemn High Mass for the Feast of St. Nicholas. . .On Thursday December 6th, 2012  Saint Gabriel Church in Stamford will celebrate a Solemn High Mass for the Feast of St. Nicholas at 7:30 PM.  Mass will be celebrated in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.  (In Latin according to the 1962 Missal) Refreshments to follow in the Parish Meeting Room.  Please mark your calendar and join us!

Parish Finance Council: Will next meet on Thursday, November 29th at 7:30 pm in the rectory.

Job Seekers: Meets the 4th Monday monthly in the rectory at 7:30pm: There’s no charge for these services. Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: Next meeting: This Monday, November 26th.

Please pray that the Cause of Canonization for Ignatius Cardinal Kung will be opened soon.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, November 24, 2012
4:00 +Stella Fauci Mobilio req. Sally Mobilio
Sunday, November 25, 2012
7:30 +George Terenzio req. Terenzio Family
8:30 +Jane Miller req. Angela and John Paul Marchetti
10:00 +Rev. Anthony Dandry req. Laura and John Pascale
11:30 +Brian Mulhern req. daughter Margie Mulhern
5:00 +Marie Wenthen
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, November 26, 2012
8:00 +Frank Nemchek req. Ed Nemcheck Sr.
12:10 +Cynthia White req. Hannah Sexton Young
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
8:00 +Michael Mayo req. Marie Pearl Mayo
12:10 +Vincenzo Giannitti req. Giannitti Family
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
8:00 +Gaetano and Maria Conte req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
12:10 +Marjorie Berg req. Mary Churley
Thursday, November 29, 2012
8:00 +Tomas D. Rosete req. Rosita A. Domdom
12:10 +Elionise Simon req. Martine Britt
Friday, November 30, 2012
8:00 Special Intentions Father P. Check req. Scholastica Nabwire and Andrew Mbabaali
12:10 Rev. Paul N. Check req. Josephine Languedoc
Saturday, December 1, 2012
8:00 Special Intentions Gail Piria req. Family
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 four times a year on Sundays 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: Co-Ed High School Youth Group. 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 28.

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 :
135 years ago, or so:
December 3, 1875: DEDICATION OF THE R. C. CHAPEL. “A memorable event-especially to the Roman Catholic people of the town–occurred on Thanksgiving day. The congregation assembled in the vicinity of the old church edifice, and marched in procession to the new church, where an audience numbering not less than sixteen hundred persons gathered to witness the dedicatory services of the new chapel, a spacious and substantially finished apartment, in the basement of the new edifice. A number of the Catholic clergy from elsewhere in this diocese and from the arch-diocese of New York took part in the ceremonies. The priests and attendant acolytes, to the number of thirty-six, walked in procession down the aisle of the chapel, and passing out, walked around the edifice, sprinkling holy water and reciting in Latin the prayers appointed to be used on such occasions. Subsequently high mass was celebrated, followed by a sermon from one of the visiting clergymen, in which he took occasion to congratulate the pastor and people upon the superb edifice they have raised for the worship of God. “If this be the chapel,” said he, “what must the church be when it is all completed? I have no doubt it will be one of the most beautiful in the New England states.” The chapel is supplied with a new pipe organ, which, though much inferior in size to the grand organ to be used in the church, is a fine instrument, and was played in a very masterly manner. The vocal part of the music was strikingly fine, and constituted no inconsiderable part of the service.”

70 years ago, or so:
December 6, 1939: St. John’s To Have Banquet. “The St. John’s Catholic Boys’ Brigade will hold their second annual athletic and award banquet this evening at seven o’clock at the St. John’s School hall. The guests of honor will be the brigade football team which has just finished its second undefeated and untied season. These boys as well as the members of the Cadet boxing team, will receive their monograms at the supper. The brigade team has a very enviable record during the past two years, scoring a total of 412 points to 42 for their opponents. This year along, they totaled 253 points to 24. In no game since their organization did the opposing team ever make more than one touchdown in any one game.”

CHRIST THE KING
– Fr. Terry Walsh

The Lamb who was slain is worthy to receive strength and divinity, wisdom and honor: to him be glory and power for ever. – Entrance Antiphon

This Sunday is the Solemnity of Christ the King. This great Solemnity is fittingly celebrated on the last Sunday of “Ordinary Time” each year and completes the Liturgical year.

Who is the King?

He who left His Throne of Glory to be born into the very world He created (see Philippians chapter 2). The great Prophet Isaiah proclaimed: He is “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, upon the Throne of David, and over his Kingdom, to establish it, uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and for evermore”(Isaiah 9: 6-7).

Who is the King?

He who says, “I have come to give life, and give it abundantly”(Jn 10); “Let not your hearts be troubled or afraid…I am the Way, and the Truth and the Life”(Jn 14). “Fear not, beloved, you are safe: take courage and be strong…From the moment you resolved to acquire understanding and to humble yourself before God…your prayer was heard, and for this reason I have come”(Daniel 10).

Who is the King?

He who said, “Let there be light…Let the earth put forth vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit…Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the firmament of the heavens…Let the earth bring forth living creatures…Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…Be fruitful…”(Genesis 1).

Who is the King?

He who said, “I am the True Vine, and my Father is the Vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit…“I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing…This I command you, to love one another”(Jn 15). “The Holy Spirit will teach you”(Jn 14).

Remember the words pronounced by the Bishop at your Confirmation: “Be Sealed with the Holy Spirit.” “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, self-control…if we live by the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit…he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart”(Galatians 5,6).

Who is the King?

He who cried out, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani…My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me”(Mk 15:34)? He is the King.

“One of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water”(Jn 19:34). “I came to give life and give it abundantly” (Jn 10:10). “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life….I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh”(Jn 6). He is our King…