For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday June 2, 2013

Pastor’s Corner: June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a devotion that centers on the physical human heart of Jesus Christ as a symbol of His divine love for mankind. Throughout the centuries, the human heart has been a sign of human love—what do you normally send out on Valentine’s Day, except a card with hearts all over it? Every form of devotion to Our Lord’s humanity has as its object the devotion to the entire Christ who is God Incarnate: the Second Person of the Trinity, the Son of the Eternal Father, who became a man so that mankind could share in God’s divine life. So our devotion to Jesus’ Sacred Heart is a devotion to much more than a blood-pumping organ. Our devotion to His human heart of flesh is as the true and natural symbol of His threefold love: His human love; His sensible and spiritual love, infused with supernatural charity; and His divine love as the Word Incarnate, the Son of God made man.

Heart

The thoughts of the early Church Fathers are based on two texts from John 7: 37-39: “Jesus said, ‘If anyone thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” And, John 19: 33-7: “But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.” These and other passages were joined to view the Sacred Heart as the fountain from which issues the Holy Spirit from the Savior’s wounded side. From this came the idea of the Church as born from the pierced Heart of Christ as the new Eve, from the side of the new Adam. This was developed during the Middle Ages, as devotion to Our Lord’s heart became more popular. St. Bonaventure wrote, “The Church was to be formed from the side of Christ as he slept on the Cross. Then, as from a fountain—Christ’s innermost heart—the price of our salvation would pour out, giving to the Church’s sacraments the power of conferring grace and of being for those who live in Christ a drink of the living water ‘that gushes up for eternal life.’” [Reflections on The Tree of Life] Saint Catherine of Siena and Saint Gertrude the Great were devoted to the Sacred Heart as a means to join oneself to the mystery of the Incarnate God living in the Church and Her sacraments; and the visions of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque brought public attention and deeper devotion to Jesus and His Sacred Heart.

The Heart of Jesus, then, is the symbol of His total love for the Eternal Father, overflowing to us, who were created in God’s image and likeness. Through this devotion one goes to the total love of the Word Incarnate, and also to that love by which the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit love sinful humanity, desiring to redeem each of us for eternity by means of Christ’s Incarnation and Suffering, Death and Resurrection, made present through the Church and the Church’s sacraments. The greatest sacrament is the one we celebrate today: the Body and Blood of Christ, Himself, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, which we receive daily at Mass. Christ’s love for us is so intense that He cannot wait to be united with us in Heaven; He comes to us now in the Eucharist, dwells within our hearts, with the Father and Holy Spirit. The image of Jesus’ Heart, afire with love, crowned with thorns, and pierced, has become the symbol par excellence of the Incarnation, the Passion and depth of God’s love for every human person that led the Three Divine Persons of the Trinity all to contribute to our salvation through the life and Cross of Jesus.

We should all cultivate a personal devotion to Our Lord’s Sacred Heart as a reminder of that Divine Love for each of us, and to stimulate our personal response to His Sacred Love. June is an easy month to see personal responses to Jesus’ love: it is filled with martyrs, more so than most months. The martyrs are those individuals who refused to renounce Jesus even to avoid suffering and death, either publicly because of governmental persecution, or privately, when urged to immorality. Death was preferable to denouncing God’s Love. Either way, they imitated Christ, obedient even to death, because the Love of God is serious stuff. —Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Thomas Beirne, Patrick A. Toole, Sr., Katherine Klass, Patricia McNamee, Ian Rice, Maureen Henry James, Diane Grant, Huong Diep Nguyen, Kevin O’Byrne, Paul Cavalli, Peter Baccaro, Yvette Constant, Sheila Beirne, Thomas Beirne, Billy Therriault, Megan Bobroske, Harrie Humphreys, Lena Cocchia, Msgr. Peter Dora, Gary Everett, Connie Ward, Flint Moger, Kathleen Moger, Catherine Olnek, Margaret Kelly, Julia Oliveira.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Donna Fraleigh, Frances White, Hugh Troshynski, Sheila Catherine Beirne, Edward Cipri, Msgr. William A. Nagle, Felix Boursiquot, Helen Moger, Alfred Preziosi, Brian M. Murray, Fr. James C. Hoge, O.S.B., Fr. David Howell, 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.

St. Joseph Altar Votive Light: Special Intentions Paul Cavalli

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 June 3rd.

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.

Relics of Saints for June: On the Saint Joseph Altar, relics are displayed relics of: Saints Peter and Paul, Pamphilius, Peter Martyr, Dionysius, Francis, Julian, Norbert, Paul, Severinus, Primus, Queen Margaret, Barnabus, Onophrius, Anthony of Padua, Basil, Vitus, King Francis, Peregrinus, Gervase, Aloysius Gonzaga, Paulinus, Joan, John the Baptist, Gallicanus, Crescentius, Pope Leo II.

Solemn High Mass for The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus:
Saint Gabriel Church in Stamford will celebrate a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Latin Mass according to the 1962 Missal) on Friday June 7th at 7:30 PM, for the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Refreshments to follow in the Parish Meeting Room. Please join us!

Summer Art: Stamford’s Downtown Special Services District annually places works of art around town. Each year one of those sculptures ornaments Saint John’s. This year we are proud to have a work by Boaz Vaadia: Ba’al with Cat. Mr. Vaadia is an American/Israeli figurative artist, who works in bluestone slate. He studied in the Avni Institute of Art and Design in Tel Aviv; at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and at the Brooklyn Museum of Art School. His work is displayed throughout the country, most recently in the Twentieth Century Artists exhibit at the White House Rose Garden. We are delighted to give a temporary home to this intriguing work, and grateful to Sandy Goldstein and Lynn Colatrella of the DSSD.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday May 26, 2013 $ 10,847.00
Sunday May 27, 2012 $ 9,635.36

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

June 9th, Sunday Readings: 1 Kgs 17:17-24; Gal 1:11-19; Lk 7:11-17.

ANNUAL BISHOP’S APPEAL: Saint John’s annual goal, set by the diocese, is $100,000. The funds collected are used for the numerous charitable and educational works of the Diocese. We have collected to date: $65,942. 00 Please be generous; we need everyone’s help.

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.

Electronic Giving – Offertory Donations Made Easy…Consider using your credit card to make your weekly or monthly donation to St. John’s. Easier for you, and less costly for the parish than the printing and mailing of weekly envelopes, credit card giving automatically sends your offering to the Basilica of St. John’s. Call the parish secretary (324-1553, ext. 21).

Lost & Found . . . Please check the Lost & Found in the Rectory for any items you may have left in the church. Please call Cindy at the rectory, M-F, 9AM—1:30PM: 324-1553 ext. 21.

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.

Job Seekers: Meets the 4th Monday monthly in the rectory at 7:30pm: There’s no charge. 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, June 3rd.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, June 1, 2013
4:00 +Elizabeth and Thomas Daly req. Leon Taricani
Sunday, June 2, 2013
7:30 +John and Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Sexton Young
8:30 Elmer Letterman req. Pam Rittman
10:00 Special Intentions Diane Strain req. Josephine
11:30 +Bobby Venieri req. Debra and Jeff Pond
5:00 +Alphonse and Lucy Alagia
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, June 3, 2013
8:00 People of the Parish
12:10 +Josephine Henson req. John and Laura Pascale
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
8:00 +Amy Lancaster req. Sue Kremheller
12:10 +Octavius and Venilia Mehu req. Grandchildren
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
8:00 +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 Monsignor DiGiovanni req. Millie Terenzio
Thursday, June 6, 2013
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Virginia and Eileen Carr req. Marie Carr
Friday, June 7, 2013
8:00 Faithful Departed
12:10 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
8:00 +John A. Coughlin req. Eileen Carpanzano and Family
12:10 +John and Mildred Bayne req. Barbara Bayne

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: Starts again in September.

St. John’s in THE NEWS:

The STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
115 years ago, or so:
June 3, 1896: ORDAINED 25 YEARS AGO. “The growth of the Roman Catholic Church in Stamford seems extraordinary when it is considered that it is less than fifty-four years ago that arrangements were made for occasional services here , and only forty-six years since the first church, a modest frame structure on Meadow Street, was erected. Rev. William Rogers, the “silver jubilee” of whose ordination to the priesthood was celebrated today, saw the Stamford parish advance by rapid strides to a foremost place among the parishes of the diocese, and his able management and progressive ideas have had much to do with its success in these later years. Coming here in 1873, as an assistant to Father Fagan, Father Rogers found a field for the most active sort of work. At the rectory today were displayed an elegant array of gifts presented by the clergy of the State, many friends and parishioners of Father Rogers, and local societies to celebrate the occasion. Among the gifts was an elegant sanctuary lamp, valued at $500, from Mrs. Seth G. Fessenden, Mrs. H.S. Provost, Mrs. F. J. Rogers, and Charles Brennan, in memory of their deceased mother.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: the lamp hangs in St. John’s sanctuary today.)

THE CATHOLIC TRANSCRIPT:
65 years ago, or so:
June 3, 1948: St. John’s Parish, Stamford, Marks Centenary; Fr. Coleman Gives Sermon. “St. John’s Parish, Stamford, celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding last Sunday. Celebrant of the Mass was Rev. Patrick F. Killeen of Essex. Rev. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s , preached the sermon. “This is an outstanding day in the history of the Catholic Church in Stamford,” Father Coleman declared in his sermon. “Today we pay tribute to the clergy and laity who laid the foundation of the Catholic life we enjoy in this year of Our Lord 1948. In comparison with the eternal years of God and God’s church, one hundred years is a very short period of time. Yet within those comparatively few years many great events have taken place throughout the entire world. The U.S. has grown from a puny infant among the nations of the world to the stature of a giant in power, wealth, and importance. Because of my long association with St. John’s, I feel that I would like to enjoy the privilege of speaking to you on this very happy occasion.” “On Sunday, September 27, 1942, we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the first Mass in Stamford by Rev. James Smyth, and it was my privilege to deliver the sermon at that Mass. Today we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the appointment of the first pastor of St. John’s, the Rev. John Brady.”

Corpus Christi
The Body of Christ
– Fr. Terry Walsh

Each year we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on the Sunday that follows the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity (these dates are all determined by the date of Easter each year). Now, within the “Octave” of Corpus Christi (Sunday to Sunday) we celebrate both the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Friday – the day that commemorates His Crucifixion – and the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the Saturday – the day that Mary prayerfully waited for the Resurrection. Notice the union of their two hearts. Wherever Jesus is, there is our Blessed Mother. Jesus was “given flesh” through Mary’s “Yes” and of course Mary was “given flesh” by her Son, Who created Her, Immaculately. As DeMontfort writes, “(Mary) is His mystic channel, his aqueduct, through with he causes his mercies to flow gently and abundantly”(True Devotion, 24). We are called to receive those precious graces Sacramentally and the most extraordinary way is in Holy Eucharist where we receive our Lord Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity!

What love God has for His children. Through our faith in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Host we behold the Lamb of God each day right before our very eyes when we stand before Him at Mass and hear the words “The Body of Christ.” Our “Amen” attests to our belief that God Himself – His very Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity is actually about to enter into our being and change us forever, transforming us into more perfectly into His Divine likeness. And He invites us to receive this gift every day. Imagine if we could only receive Him once a year – or – once in a lifetime. Would we approach Him differently? Would we prepare for that intimate moment of God showering His Presence over us, in us, and through us any differently than we do today? Our preparation is integral to receiving Him worthily. After all, we prepare well for special guests that come into our homes. How much more deliberate should our preparation be to receive the author of all life, indeed, of all that is, into our individual souls? Our Lord gives us the wonderful gift of the Sacrament of Confession so that we may be purified of anything hindering us from approaching Him with a pure heart and soul. Moreover, as we anticipate His arrival into our souls, we can prepare wonderful gifts to present to Him – the gifts of our good deeds, our cheerful sacrifices, our heartfelt prayers offered throughout the week. The gift of the Eucharist has come to us at a great price. Sacrosanctum concilium, the Vatican II document on the Sacred Liturgy, put it this way: “At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of His Body and Blood. This He did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of His death and resurrection: a Sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us’ (SC 47).”

The Eucharist is our Life, and so the Mass, likewise, is our Life. It is through His One Perfect Sacrifice at Calvary, which we enter into at every Holy Mass, that our Lord nourishes us in the life of grace. It is the same Body and Blood that hung upon the Cross, the same Christ that was given to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, the same Jesus that has been received by countless souls in the Mystical Body who seek completeness, and, as St. Justin cautions, “…no one may take part in it unless he believes that what we teach is true, has received baptism for the forgiveness of sins and new birth, and lives in keeping with what Christ taught.” And the Church adds: “In the Eucharist the sacrifice of Christ becomes also the sacrifice of the members of His Body. The lives of the faithful, their praise, sufferings, prayer, and work, are united with those of Christ and with his total offering, and so acquire a new value. Christ’s sacrifice present on the altar makes it possible for all generations of Christians to be united with the offering”(ccc1368). Finally, St. Ambrose explains the effect of the words of Consecration: “Be convinced that this (Eucharist) is not what nature has formed, but what the blessing has consecrated. The power of the blessing prevails over that of nature, because by the blessing nature itself is changed…Could not Christ’s word, which can make from nothing what did not exist, change existing things into what they were not before? It is no less a feat to give things their original nature than to change their nature.”