For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday April 14, 2013

Passover Symbol

Pastor’s Corner: Christ’s saving work by His Cross and Resurrection remain with His Church throughout the ages, and whose power is transmitted to us daily in the Mass and Sacraments established by Jesus Himself. The Seven Sacraments are Christ’s Easter gifts to transform us to share God’s eternal life:

The Passover we now celebrate is the source of salvation for everyone, beginning with Adam, who is saved and brought to life. The great men and women and temporal events of the old covenant of Moses were images and pre-figurations of eternal realities, and their purpose was to foreshadow the truth that has now come in Christ. Once the truth is present its images must yield their place; when the king is present, no one bows to his statue.

It is clear how inferior the image is to the truth, the old Passover to the new one of Christ, for the old celebrated the short life given to the Hebrew first-born children, while the new celebrates eternal life given to every man and woman. It is no great thing to escape death for a brief season if one must shortly die nonetheless; but it is truly a great thing to escape death entirely. That is the good fortune of those for whom Christ has died as Passover Victim.

The very name of the feast manifests its excellence, at least if we look at the realities to which the name points. For ‘Pasch’ means the ‘passing over’; the destroyer who was striking the first-born Egyptians passed over the Hebrew homes, while still more truly has he passed over us, for he left us untouched who have been raised by Christ to eternal life.

What does it signify that the Passover and preservation of the first-born marked the beginning of the Hebrew year? It points to the fact that Christ’s true paschal sacrifice on the Cross is the beginning of eternal life. The year, after all, is the symbol of eternity, for it is a closed and ever-revolving circle, never coming to a halt. At the beginning of the year, then, Christ, Father of the world to come, was offered in sacrifice for us, and canceling our former life, gave us a new and unending life through the bath of rebirth in Baptism, in which we were assimilated to his death and resurrection.

Let each of us, then, strive truly to begin a new life and not return to the old one of sin, whose end has come. For if we are dead to sin, how is it possible for us to live in it? [Easter Homily of the Early Church]
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The Son of God has taken human nature so closely to himself that one and the same Christ consists not only of that Man himself who is the First-born of every creature, but of all his saints as well. As the Head cannot be separated from the members of the Body [the Church], neither can the members be separated from the Head.

Although it is said of eternal life and not of our earthly estate that God is all in all, yet he dwells even now in his temple, the Church, as he promised: ‘I am with you all days, even to the end of the world.’ All that God’s Son did and taught, therefore, to reconcile the world to the Father is not simply a fact of history, but a present and operative reality. Himself born of the Virgin by the Spirit’s power, He now makes His spotless Church fruitful through the same Spirit, and she bears countless children to God in the birth of Baptism. Of these children it is written: ‘They are born, not of flesh and blood or of human desire, but of God.’ He it is who, excluding none, forms all the nations of the earth into one holy flock and daily fulfills his promise to gather all his sheep. Though he said to Blessed Peter above all others, ‘Feed my sheep,’ the Lord Himself is everyone’s Shepherd. He so strengthens them with His love that, as He did not hesitate to die for them, they do not hesitate to die for Him.

For, if we share the Body and Blood of Christ, we are assimilated to what we eat and drink. In all circumstances we will show forth in body and soul the images of Him in whom and with whom we died and were buried and rose to new life [Pope Saint Leo the Great, Sermon 12 on the Passion].
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The heavenly sacrifice of the Mass which Christ established is truly the inheritance-gift of the new covenant, left us as the pledge of His presence. It is provision for our journeying through this world until we come face to face with God.

He wanted His blessings to abide with us and desired that our souls, redeemed by His priceless blood, should become ever more holy and bear more fully the likeness of His Passion. Therefore, He bade His Apostles, the first priests of the Church, to celebrate unceasingly these mysteries of eternal life. They and all the faithful would thus, to the end of time, have daily before their eyes the symbol of Christ’s suffering; bearing it in their hands and taking it into their mouths and hearts, they would be unable to forget the redemption wrought for them [St. Gaudentius of Brescia, Treatise 2].
-Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Diane Grant, Huong Diep Nguyen, 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: Fr. James C. Hoge, O.S.B., Fr. David Howell, 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.

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 15th.

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light: +Bill Cody req. Cody Family

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, to receive the Body and Blood of Our Lord worthily.

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 I: Russell S. Loesch and Caitlin M. Harkins

Sunday Sung Evening Prayer [Vespers] & Benediction: 4:15pm-4:45pm. In the Basilica every Sunday: 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. 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. Info: 203-324-1553.

HARVEST NOW: is a statewide food growing project to help the poor of our neighborhood. We need volunteers who grow vegetable gardens at home. We all grow more vegetables during the summer than we can eat. So, possibly, you could donate some of your vegetables to the food pantry of your choice. Please contact Monsignor at the church office if you are interested.

Vocation Holy Hour & Benediction: April 21st 2:00-3:00pm in the Basilica. Join us to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Padre Pio: Mark your calendar for an important upcoming event here at the Basilica: Saturday, September 21st, 5:30-9:00 pm, Saint John’s will host an important exhibit of photographs by Gaetano Mastrorilli, who devoted his life and art to preserving the memory of Saint Padre Pio, one of the greatest and most popular of modern-day saints. His daughter, Patrizia Mastrorilli will be on hand to host this exhibit in the Monsignor Nagle Hall.
Stay tuned for more details.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday April 7, 2013 $ 14,221.00
Sunday April 8, 2012 $ 15,871.00
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

April 21st, Sunday Readings: Acts 13:14, 43-52; Rev 7:9, 14b-17; Jn 10:27-30.

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: $39,467. 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 will be used for the repair, restoration and repainting of our 1850 Greek Revival 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.

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.

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God, who is love and mercy. 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, connecting 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, or click onto www.birthright.org .

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 13, 2013
4:00 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
Sunday, April 14, 2013
7:30 +Deceased members of Sexton and Winter Families req. Hannah Sexton Young
8:30 +Francesca Lampariello req. Marion, Bill, Ricky Morris, Michelle and Jimmy Sagdati
10:00 +Tin Nguyen and for the recovery of Huong Diep Nguyen req. Nguyen Family
11:30 +Frank Ardisse req. Djemal and Michelle Sagdati
5:00 +Alphonse and Lucy Alagia
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, April 15, 2013
8:00 +Bill Cody req. Cody Family
12:10 +Arthur and Anna Jean Guillaume req. Children and Grandchildren
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
8:00 +Jean Butero req. Barbara O’Brien
12:10 +Rev. Msgr. Thomas J. Whalen req. Sharon Gannon
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
8:00 +Paul Rittman, Sr. req. Pam Rittman
12:10 +Joseph and Anna Young req. Joseph and Agnes Kung
Thursday, April 18, 2013
8:00 +Millien Family req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
Friday, April 19, 2013
8:00 +Frederic R. Lexow II req. Marchetti Family
12:10 +Thomas O’Connell req. Collins Family
Saturday, April 20, 2013
8:00 Jane Gannon req. Sharon Gannon
12:10 +Johanna and Tim Sullivan 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: Will not meet in May.

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:
135 years ago, or so:
April 21, 1876: “We learn the Rev. Father Tierney has secured the services of five Sisters of Charity as teachers for the parish day school, which opens on Monday for the summer term.”

115 years ago, or so:
April 16, 1896: “June 3, 1896 will mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the ordination of Rev. William H. Rogers, pastor of St. John’s R. C. Church, and already preparations for the celebration of that event are being made. Invitations will be issued to the bishops and archbishops of various dioceses, and many church dignitaries are expected to be present. The societies connected with the parish are also planning to take part in the celebration, as well as the members of the congregation, and a parade and a number of other things are being talked of. It promises to be the most memorable event in the local church’s history.”

100 years ago, or so:
April 15, 1912: To Discourage Profanity. “At the meeting of the Holy Name Society of St. John’s R. C. Church, last night, a resolution to have anti-profanity cards printed and distributed, was adopted. The committee in charge of this work are James Brennan, William Ryle, Jeremiah Donovan and William Hyland.”

75 years ago, or so:
April 16, 1938: New Chimes for St. John’s Church. “New chimes in the spire of St. John’s Catholic Church on Atlantic St. were tested this morning in preparation for use in connection with the Easter services tomorrow. They were first tested yesterday, but tolled in monotone because of the Good Friday observance. Heard in their carillon for miles around the city, the chimes attracted the attention of many residents, particularly older folks who recalled that they had never heard a bell in St. John’s Church before. The Rev. N. P. Coleman, pastor, explained that the church never had a bell for the spire.”

5 years ago, or so:
April 18, 2008: Papal Honor. “Alessandro Marchetti was on his way to the New York Yankees’ opening night game when a call from his pastor made the day even better. Marchetti, 17, learned that he and his friend, Ferry Galbert, a fellow altar boy at St. John the Evangelist Church in Stamford, had been chosen to serve Mass in New York City with Pope Benedict XVI. Marchetti will participate in a service tomorrow. Galbert, 22, will serve in a Mass Sunday at Yankee Stadium.”

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!”