For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday June 16, 2013

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 half of this fiscal year. As you can see, the offertory collections are up from last year The parish has no debt, other than a few current normal bills. I am very grateful for your generosity, especially during these hard times. —Msgr. DiGiovanni

Comparative State Activities 03-31-13 Adj

Comparative State of position 03-31-13 Adj

Please pray for the sick: Bonnie Keyes, 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, 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: Anne Zerrenner, Gloria Donahue, Donald Sabia, Robert Luden, 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.

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

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 17th.

Banns of Marriage:
Banns I: Nitya Elizabeth Abraham and Terrence Peter Moduthagam
Banns I: Mary Cycon and Jeffrey Jon Firment Spetland
Banns II: Caroline Prado and Andrew Simonds Drury III

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.

Relics of Saints for June: On the Saint Joseph Altar: Saints Peter and Paul, Pamphilius, Peter Martyr, Dionysius, Francis, Julian, Norbert, 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.

NEW BOOK: Monsignor DiGiovanni’s newest book: a brief biography of Cardinal Kung. You can order it on Amazon: Ignatius: The Life of Cardinal Ignatius Kung Pin-Mei. This is a paperback, and provides a readable account of the Cardinal’s heroic life, which includes photos of his family, as a young priest and bishop, as well as his trial and persecution for the Faith. It is an engaging read to put on your summer reading list. Order through the parish bookstore.

Summer Bible Discussion Group: For some cool summer reading! We will begin in the rectory on Tuesday, June 25th from 7-8:00 pm. and meet each Tuesday evening through the summer. We will read and discuss the Epistle of James, using: James: Pearls for Wise Living Study Set by Jeff Cavins and Sarah Christmyer. This is part of The Great Adventure Bible Study Series, published by Ascension Press, available there for $24.95. It is also available on Amazon through Adoremus Books for about $19.00. Everyone is welcome. Questions? please contact Vicki Johnson at vcomberi@gmail.com or at 203-559-6965, or Leah Kurtz at wkurtz@gmail.com or at 203-222-9796.

Fortnight of Freedom: Beginning June 22nd [Feast of Saints Thomas More and John Fisher] continuing through July 4th, every Catholic church in the country will observe special services and ask parishioners to offer special prayers to preserve religious freedom in our country. For Catholics this is particularly crucial because of the upcoming Supreme Court decisions about Obamacare, which forces Catholic institutions to offer health insurance providing services contrary to Catholic morality. Eucharistic Adoration each Monday evening during the Fortnight of Freedom will offer special prayers: please join us, and pray for our country.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday June 9, 2013 $ 11,207.20
Sunday June 10, 2012 $ 11,607.47
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

June 23rd, Sunday Readings: Zec 12:10-11; 13:1; Gal 3:26-29; Lk 9:18-24.

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: $74,387. 00. Please be generous; we need everyone’s help.

Basilica Umbrella: We have a new, smaller, basilica umbrella, now on the Blessed Mother Altar, with embroidered coats of arms of our Basilica and of Pope Benedict XVI, who named Saint John’s a Minor Basilica in 2009. This size is more practical for processions. The original, larger umbrella is now in the parish hall.

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 .

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: Monday, June 24th.

SOLEMN HIGH MASS FOR THE FEAST OF SAINT ALOYSIUS: Friday June 21st at 7:30 in the evening at the Church of Saint Gabriel, 914 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, Connecticut. Celebrated in Latin according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Veneration of the Relic of Saint Aloysius. Light refreshments to follow in the Parish Meeting Room. All are welcome.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, June 15, 2013
4:00 Deceased members of the Fleischman Family req. Leon Taricani
Sunday, June 16, 2013
7:30 Deceased members of Sexton and Winter Families req. Hannah Sexton Young
8:30 +Mircea Mates req. Family
10:00 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
11:30 +Olga and Albert Annunziato req. their daughter
5:00 +Alphonse and Lucy Alagia
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, June 17, 2013
8:00 Fr. Terry Walsh req. Scholastica and Andrew
12:10 +John and Angelina Pascale req. John and Laura Pascale
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
8:00 +Richard A. Didonato Sr. req. Cristina Fioravanti
12:10 John Walsh
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
8:00 +William Marsella req. Mr. and Mrs. William Dee
12:10 +Sylvester Pascale req. John and Laura Pascale
Thursday, June 20, 2013
8:00 Special Intentions Antonetta Uva req. Gina Uva
12:10 Jack Walsh req. Mary Jean DalMolin
Friday, June 21, 2013
8:00 +Doris Talbot req. Dianne and Steve Talbot
12:10 +Richard Knebel req. Maryanne Koller
Saturday, June 22, 2013
8:00 Special Intentions Christina Mueller req. Drina and Justin Mostecki
12:10 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.

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 and St. Maria Goretti Society: Will resume in September.

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.

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:

130 years ago, or so:
THE CONNECTICUT CATHOLIC:
June 18, 1881: STAMFORD. “St. Aloysius’ Society held its semi-annual election last Sunday, and chose the following named officers: President—Ed Hayes; Vice President—Daniel Hanrahan; Treasurer—John McCabe; Recording Secretary—William Collins. This excellent society is in a most flourishing condition and is doing a noble work in the parish. Father Rogers is Moderator.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: St. Aloysius Sodality donated a stained glass window in the church.)

100 years ago, or so:
THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
June 23, 1913: THE PAROCHIAL SCHOOL. “Before an audience that filled St. John’s Catholic Church, last evening, the 32 pupils of the Parochial School who successfully passed through the eight grades of the school were awarded their diplomas. The church was beautifully decorated with palms and cut flowers. The chancel-rail was banked for its entire length with clusters of palms, surrounded by red and white roses, and the altar was almost entirely covered with roses. Rev. J. O’Brien, pastor of St. John’s, ascended to the pulpit, and, with a voice which trembled with earnestness, told the young people how happy he was to see them graduating, and thus taking the step in life which was bound to mean so much to them. Father O’Brien then walked to the chancel-rail, and, from a table near the rail, selected a book, his gift to each of the graduates. The graduates then, in tones which re-echoed through the church, made an act of consecration to the Blessed Sacrament. There was benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, and, as the organ played a recessional, the graduates filed from the Church or stood to receive the congratulations of friends and relatives.

50 years ago, or so:
June 19, 1962: Recollection Day Held At Monastery By Boy Scout Troops. “The annual Day of Recollection for Catholic Boy Scouts, sponsored by the Catholic Committee on Scouting of the Alfred W. Dater Council was held this weekend at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Monastery, New Canaan. Committee in charge were John P. Guerrlich, John J. Barkhardt, Norman Raymond, Anthony Passero and Frederick Miller, Jr. Scouts attending were Terrance Costello, James Gallagher, Edward Leonard, James Otis and John Connolly, Troop 22, St. John’s Church.”

The Bread of Angels
– Fr Terry Walsh

“Tears were running down his cheeks. The prophet was completely and utterly overwhelmed. But why was he crying? Ah, the drama of life is deeply immersed in mystery, especially the supernatural life. We believe in so much that we simply do not see. We cannot see our soul, yet it is immortal. We cannot see emotions such as love, fear, or joy, and yet we live by them. Indeed, the Saints remind us that all that we can see and touch will one day pass away, and that there will be “a new heaven and a new earth”(Revelation 21:1). At the same time, God has revealed that there are things that will in fact never pass away: “Love never ends”(1 Corinthians 13:8). Ah, the mystery of love is the mystery of God. Why then was Isaiah crying? Afterall, he was gazing upon Love personified. Imagine it! What a miraculous grace he was given before he was sent out to preach. He would speak about the Virgin Birth, the Suffering Servant, and the Consolation of Israel. God prepared Him by allowing him a glimpse of Heaven. As he stood before the Throne of God, the prophet was surrounded by myriads of angels and archangels all chanting with perfect sweetness and power, “Holy, Holy, Holy! Is the Lord of hosts!”(Isaiah 6:3). We enter into that very same chorus at every Mass, although now the Saints are there too. Imagine the sweet fragrances he was drinking in, incomprehensible to mere human senses. Isaiah was shaking, his tears increasing as his conscience was laid bear before the Throne. There was little doubt that he was a good man, afterall, he demonstrated an eager desire to serve the Lord. Yet, his tears revealed the shame of the wounds upon his soul due to sin. Immediately he felt a tremendous urge to run away. He was unworthy to stand in the presence of God and he knew it in the depth of his heart. His impurity was an offence to God. And yet, in that moment, the true contrition of the prophet pierced the Heart of Divine Mercy. Instantly, the doomed prophet was healed! God sent an angel to touch the sullied lips of Isaiah with a burning coal taken from the Altar, immediately purging all uncleanness. “Behold,” whispered the fiery seraphim, “this has touched your lips. You have been made clean. Your sins are forgiven.” What amazing words of love! What mystery! We hear those very same words in the Sacrament of Confession! The Vision of Isaiah is real. Truly, we participate in the same scene when we walk through the doors of St. John’s to attend Holy Mass. It’s true. Countless angels and Archangels fill the sanctuary praising God and bowing down in adoration in sheer amazement as he confines himself in the host. They are really there! We’re “in heaven” at the Mass. Do you see it? Do you exhibit the same awe and wonder that Isaiah felt? Have you made a faithful effort to uncover the mysteries of faith through daily prayer and faithful reception of the graces that come through each personal encounter with Christ, sacramentally? Indeed, as we penetrate the Mysteries of our faith, we’ll begin to understand the beauty of God and the ocean of His love. Bit by bit we’ll become ever more docile to the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, and so respond to the invitation to stand in His presence, like Isaiah. We’ll be filled with that same Awe and Wonder; we will be made clean. When we peer behind the veil of the Mystery of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we’ll gain a deeper awareness of our filial relationship with God. He wipes our sins away with the gentle words of absolution; He touches our lips – not with a burning coal – but rather with His very Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity – the Bread of Angels! He calls us to walk in His Radiant Light from the very moment of our baptism. Are there tears running down your cheeks? How easily we are distracted. How fragile our commitment. What does it take for God to get our attention? Do the cares of daily life distract you from the spiritual reality of the Presence of Almighty God? He is truly gazing upon each one of us, not in a general way so that we might hide anonymously hide behind our neighbor, but rather, He is actually peering into each heart and inspecting the deepest regions of our conscience. The spiritual life is a journey. Naturally, there is a gradual growth. But conversion of the heart depends on our response to the invitation of grace. In the natural world, a child grows into adolescence and eventually into a mature person. On the other hand, the spiritual life, which is also meant to grow – requires a decision. We are not meant to remain in “spiritual adolescence” but rather, we are meant to hunger for heaven. Spiritual adolescence might be something like this: Only an hour earlier I was rolling out of my comfortable bed. Barely awake, I hopped into the car to roll into Church and on the way out the door I grabbed a bagel, forgetting about the one hour fast from food before receiving Holy Communion. I rushed up the steps out of breath, yet again, but excusing myself because, after all, Mass hadn’t really started yet, the altar servers were still filing into the Sanctuary. Now seriously, imagine Isaiah strolling into Heaven late for his vision, and nonchalantly picking the sleep out of his eye, wiping the crumbs off his lapel, and yawning, as if the gift before him was ‘no big deal’ – as if it was just one more thing he had to do before getting on with the important and fun part of his day. There is more going on at Mass than meets the eye, the spiritual eye that is – and that’s the one that really counts. A lack of tears – of thanksgiving, of joy, of love for our Lord – may actually bring tears to His cheeks. The gift of life is a precious mystery of love. But we have to be attentive to it, else we will miss it and mistakenly grab onto fleeting things. Recall the childlike wonder at the beauty of a sunset – one that covered the entire sky with a fiery orange and red tapestry. As soon as you noticed it, you stopped in the middle of whatever it was that was occupying your attention and immediately turned your complete attention to that amazing scene! The mystery spoke directly to your heart and you knew, even as a child, that if you didn’t stop whatever you were engaged in at that moment and turn your gaze to that wonder before your eyes, it would be missed, perhaps gone forever. And in that little peek, your heart and mind were utterly captured by the beauty created by God. That childlike wonder, with the help of God’s grace, is meant to mature into a deep spiritual vision of the truth behind the veil of the natural world; that is, we’re meant to see more distinctly with the ‘eyes of the heart’ as St. Paul would say, the deeper mysteries of life that mould our souls and prepare us for eternal beatitude, provided we seek that vision; provided we drink in the Living Waters of Divine Grace, which come to us most abundantly in the Bread of Angels, the Eucharist. The wonder of life is a faithful contemplation of the mystery and love of the One who made it.