For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday April 7, 2013

Pastor’s Corner: For most of us, Easter is over. More important things have moved our way recently,—like Income Tax! While we might skip lightly past Easter, the Church does not, and celebrates Easter for 50 days, the amount of time Our Lord appeared in his resurrected body to His apostles and disciples. Why drag out Easter for 50 days? Here are a few reasons, expressed by some of the Church’s greatest early writers:

“Beloved, the paschal [Easter] mystery is new and old, eternal and temporal, mortal and immortal. To the old belongs the Law of Moses, prefigurations, the sacrifice of sheep. To the new belongs the Word [Christ, Himself], grace, and the Lord’s life. ‘He [Jesus] was led like a sheep to the slaughter,’ [as scripture says] but he was not a sheep; he was slain ‘like the lamb that waits in silence,’ but he was not a lamb. God took the place of the lamb, a man [Jesus] took the place of the sheep, and the man is Christ, who sums up all things in himself. The sacrifice of the sheep, the celebration of Passover, and the writing of the Law [of Moses] pointed therefore to a fulfillment in Christ Jesus, for whose sake everything in the old covenant took place. For the Law of Moses gave way to the Word, as the old Law became the new; precept yielded to grace, image to reality, lamb to Son, sheep to man, and man to God. Though the Lord was God, he clad himself in manhood, having suffered for suffering mankind, having been bound for us who are captives of sin; He was condemned for the guilty, and buried for us, who was buried beneath the weight of sin, He rose from the dead and addressed his fellows: ‘I have released those who were condemned, given life to the dead, and brought the buried from their graves. Come, then, all you nations of men, who are joined in a brotherhood of sin, and receive forgiveness. For I am your forgiveness, the saving Passover Victim, the Lamb slain for you. I am your cleansing and life, your resurrection, light, and salvation, your King. I bring you with me to the heavenly realm. I shall raise you up and present you to my heavenly Father. I am mighty, and I shall exalt you.” [Melito of Sardis, Homily on the Paschal Mystery.]

“In recalling the salvation given to us, St. Paul wrote: ‘As death entered the world through Adam, so salvation was restored through Christ’; and again, ‘The first man [Adam] was of the earth and earthly, the second [Jesus] from heaven and heavenly.’ He added:‘We carried in us the image of the earthly man,’ that is, of man grown old in sin; ‘let us carry in us the image of the heavenly man as well.’ That is, let us receive from Christ the saving grace of being redeemed and cleansed in him. As St. Paul says: Christ is the beginning, that is, the source, of resurrection and of life. Those who belong to Christ, that is, who live in sinlessness as he does, will be sure of sharing his resurrection and the heavenly glory he promises, for the Lord himself says: ‘He who follows me will not perish but will pass through death to life.’ The Savior’s suffering is thus mankind’s salvation. He willed to die for us that we who trust in him might live forever. He willed to become for a time what we are so that we might share his promised eternity and live forever with him. All this, then, is the grace proper to the heavenly mysteries which we are celebrating; it is the paschal gift given on this feast which we yearn for all year through, and it is the beginning of a new existence. Those reborn from the Church’s sacred baptismal font are clad in the simplicity of little children and give voice by their conduct to a sinless conscience. What day is Easter? The day that gave us the source of light and life, the Lord Jesus Christ, who said of himself: ‘I am the light of day; he who walks in that light shall not stumble,’ that is, he who wholly follows Christ shall pass in his footsteps into the land of eternal light.” [2nd century Easter homily]
-Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Kevin O’Byrne, Paul Cavallo, Peter Baccaro, Yvette Constant, Sheila Beirne, Thomas Beirne, Billy Therriault, Megan Bobroske, Harrie Humphreys, Lena Cocchia, Msgr. Peter Dora, Gary Everett, Connie Ward, Helen & Flint Moger, Kathleen Moger, Catherine Olnek, Margaret Kelly, Julia Oliveira.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Brian M. Murray, Mario Stano, Raymond Jean-Rene, Caroline Pavia, Virginia Raiteri, Myrtle Rocco, Frank Pironto, Betsabe Chung, Dorothy Konopka, Patricia Lee Thiesfeldt, Nancy Claire O’Shea, Louis Angenola, Gerard Phillippe, Naida Cognetta, Cheryl Wolven, Richard Lauture, Mauril Lauture, Eduardo Aquiles, Celia Perdigon, Marge Sabia, Pat Orzo, Carlos Magan, John.

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light: Pope Francis req. Joan and John Kronk.

St. Joseph Altar Votive Light: +Vincent and Ida DeRosa req. Joan and John Kronk.

Easter Duty. . . Each Catholic is obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once yearly, during the Easter Season (Easter, March 31st—Pentecost, May 19th). That means each person should also go to Confession at least once yearly, in order to receive the Body and Blood of Our Lord worthily.

Altar Rail: Our old marble altar rail and brass altar gates have been sold to a Catholic church in Nebraska, and will be making the trip out West in another week.

Divine Mercy Sunday: Low Sunday, April 7th: A Holy Hour 3:00-4:00 PM with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Please pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, as he begins his new ministry as the Successor of Saint Peter and Chief Shepherd of Christ’s Catholic Church.

Banns of Marriage: Banns III: Alexander Michael Flaig and Martine Frances Delgado

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 April 8th.

Sunday Sung Evening Prayer [Vespers] & Benediction: In the Basilica every Sunday: 4:15pm-4:45pm. All are welcome: Bring the family to pray and stay for the 5 pm Mass.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies: Will not meet in May.

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. Meets Thursdays at 6:30 pm in the Rectory.

RCIA Classes: (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) Tuesdays in the Rectory, 7:00pm-9pm. Anyone interested in becoming Catholic is welcome to attend. Anyone who has not yet received the Sacrament of CONFIRMATION is encouraged to attend. Please feel free to call 203-324-1553.

Feast of the Annunciation: At Saint Gabriel’s Church on Newfield Avenue. Monday, April 8th at 7:30 pm a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form [Latin Missal of 1962] will be offered, followed by a light reception in the parish hall. All are invited.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Easter Sunday March 31, 2013 $ 18,918.00
Easter Sunday April 8, 2012 $ 18,557.26
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

April 14th, Sunday Readings: Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41; Rev 5:11-14; Jn 21:1-19.

ANNUAL BISHOP’S APPEAL: Has begun. Many parishioners may have already received a letter from the Diocese. 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: $37,917. Please be generous; we need everyone’s help.

KENTUCKY DERBY: Save the Date!! May 4th: our annual parish fundraising event: the simulcast of the Derby in the Monsignor Nagle Hall, 4-7pm: outstanding food and drink, raffles, a live auction, and great fun. Come join us for the Kentucky Derby at St. John’s. All proceeds for the repainting and repair of the Rectory.

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.

Birthright of Greater Stamford is seeking volunteers: Supports women with unplanned pregnancies to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, listening to client concerns, and connect women with medical, financial, legal and other needed resources. Ability to commit 3 hours per week in the office is desirable. Schedules are flexible, and training is provided. Call 348-4355 if interested. See www.birthright.org .

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.

The Gospel of Life Society: This group which is devoted to maintaining a culture of life based on Pope John Paul II’s Evangelicum Vitae encyclical meets on the second Saturday of each month at St Mary Church, 669 West Ave, Norwalk for a Pro-Life Mass at 9:00 A.M. followed by a meeting at 10:00A.M. The next meeting on April 13, 2013 will feature Leticia Velasquez, author of “A Special Mother is Born,” who co-founded KIDS (Keep Infants With Down Syndrome) to raise awareness of the 92% abortion rate of babies with Downs Syndrome.

Holy Roots! Continued: The Stamford Historical Society will host an afternoon presentation about the development of various churches in Stamford on Sunday, April 28th from 2-5 PM. This year highlights the Stamford Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church, with emphasis on Stamford’s Gilded Age (1868-1893). The Stamford Historical Society is located on 1508 High Ridge Road: cost is $15 for adults/ $5 for students under 18. For information and tickets, please call 203-329-1183.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, April 6, 2013
4:00 +Virginia Carr req. Marie Carr
Sunday, April 7, 2013
7:30 +John and Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Sexton Young
8:30 Sp. Int. Maryella Callahan
10:00 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
11:30 Special Intentions Sr. Marie Buckley C.N.D. req. Carpanzano Family
5:00 +Alphonse and Lucy Alagia
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, April 8, 2013
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Sister Marguerite Hetu req. Montanise Paulemon
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
8:00 +Anthony Cichelli req. Barbara and Joe Bilotta
12:10 +William E. Arnold req. the Collins Family
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
8:00 +Thomas Flood req. Jean Velanzon
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
8:00 +Charles Boyce Sr. req. Ed and Julie McLaughlin
12:10 +Elvira Mendicino req. Pasquale and Ida Carpanzano
Friday, April 12, 2013
8:00 +Shirley Rittman req. Pam Rittman
12:10 Diane Strain – God’s Blessing req. Marion Morris and Family
Saturday, April 13, 2013
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. the McAleer Family
12:10 +Kathy, Nicky and Kathleen Sperduto req. Mary Gaine

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).

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.

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 Family Society: A Potluck dinner and speaker for families: meets 4 times a year….next date to be announced

Francis & Clare: Co-Ed High School Youth Group. Email Deirdre.garrahan@gmail.com.

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

St. Dominic Savio Society:For spiritual formation of men, 7th-8thgrades-High Schoolers welcomeContact-Ferry203-324-1553 x22.

St. Maria Goretti Society: For the spiritual formation of young ladies,7th-8th grades(High Schoolers welcome).Beth 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, May 1st.

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

Intermediate Studies in Biblical Greek: Intermediate 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:

120 years ago, or so:
April 7, 1892: Funeral of Patrick Reilly. “The funeral of the late Patrick Reilly was held this morning from St. John’s R. C. Church. Rev. Father Walsh officiated. A requiem Mass was celebrated. Mr. Reilly had been associated many years as organist of St. John’s and as principal of its Parochial School, and a large number of old friends were present. Children from the Parochial School to the number of 250 marched in procession from the school to the church. The services were very impressive, and at their close the remains were taken to Springdale for burial.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Mr. Reilly was one of two teachers at the original St. John’s School which opened its doors in 1862.)

100 years ago, or so:
April 11, 1912: Holy Name Society. “The members of the Holy Name Society will attend confession Saturday evening, April 13, in St. John’s Catholic Church. On Sunday morning they will meet in the lower chapel of the church at 7:15 a.m. and proceed in a body to the 7:25 Mass, at which they will receive Holy Communion. The attention of all the members of the society is called to the resolution passed at the February meeting of the society, asking each member to contribute $1 to the donation for the new St. Agnes Home at Hartford.”

85 years ago, or so:
April 11, 1927: ST. JOHN’S JUNIORS HAND NEW CANAAN JUNIORS BEATING. “The St. John’s Jrs. Walked away with their game Saturday night with the New Canaan Juniors. Playing on the club hall floor in Stamford, St. John’s took an early and commanding lead and turned in a 40—17 victory. The first quarter was fairly close and when Schultgen of New Canaan scored a dandy basket, the count stood at 9—6. But by the end of the half, St. John’s was leading by 17—6.”

75 years ago, or so:
April 9, 1937: K of C Furthers Plans for Noting Golden Jubilee. “Further arrangements for the week’s celebration of the golden jubilee anniversary of St. Augustine Council, Knights of Columbus, starting May 2, were made by various committees after a business meeting of the organization in the clubrooms, last night. Grand Knight Daniel E. Ryan announced another meeting will be held, Thursday night, at which applications for membership will be received. Another group of candidates will be received in the first degree of the order at this meeting, which will be held in St. John’s School hall. The candidates are expected to be on hand at 7:30.”

Divine Mercy Sunday
The Elevation
– Fr. Terry Walsh

What thoughts run through your heart and mind at that extraordinary moment of grace when the Consecrated Host is raised to the Father in sacrifice? What greater example of mercy could there possibly be? Jesus offers His very Body and Blood, laying down His very life for sinful humanity. It is truly the supreme act of love and mercy.

What inspirations flow into the depths of your soul at that extraordinary moment? One faithful communicant once shared with me his response at that extraordinary moment of the Holy Mass: “My Lord and My God” echoing the words of the Apostle Thomas who probed the open wound in the side of Christ, piercing the veil, as it were, moving from doubt to true knowledge of our Lord’s Perfect Sacrifice. Thomas fell to his knees in thankful adoration – just as we utter those faithful words upon our knees and contemplate His love. In those few brief moments, we gaze upon mercy and love himself and see with the eyes of faith the vision Isaiah had been granted when he came to serve God: extraordinary Light emanating from the very Heart of God, exploding out to all the Universe, stamping out darkness, crushing all impurity, restoring Light, Happiness, and Peace.

In those holy moments when I look up at our Lord resting in my hands I pray the prayer of St. Faustina: “O Blood and Water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a font of Mercy for us, I Trust in You.” He has revealed Himself as our Merciful Redeemer. He has offered Himself in sacrifice for our salvation; we are offered the gift of life in the Eucharist. Our Patron, St. John, uses the images of Light and Water in his Gospel, as well as his letters, to describe the flow of grace, that is, the flow of mercy and love from the Temple, the Body of the Risen Christ. The vision of this glorious flow of grace described by John and seen by St. Faustina draws our eyes back to the tiny host wherein our Lord resides – for us. Thoughts drift back to that still moment when the Centurion thrust the lance into the dead Body of Christ Crucified, opening up the gates of life, never to be closed again. Let us not forget that that same Sword pierced the Immaculate Heart of His Most Pure Virgin Mother through whom the gift of eternal life came to us. Like St. Thomas, the Centurion recognized in an instant that he was in the Presence of God. That Roman soldier, St. Longenius, dropped to his knees and believed and was washed clean in His Blood.

What thoughts run through your heart and mind at that extraordinary moment of grace when you likewise find yourself at the foot of the Cross – at every Holy Mass and the consecrated host is raised to the Father in the most extraordinary act of love and mercy – for you? After all, we, too, have pierced Him. Yet, He forgives. He turns His Merciful gaze toward each one of us from the tiny host and He calls each one of us by name: “Come to Me…I will give you ‘Living Water’… ‘I will fill you with Divine Light’… ‘I will feed your thirsty soul with the Bread of Angels and streams of Living Water will forever well up from within you!’ How can our reaction be anything other than “My Lord and My God!”