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

Pastor’s Corner. . . July 16th is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, an especially important day for Saint John’s, ever since Pope Benedict XVI raised our parish to the dignity of a minor basilica on July 16, 2009. The date is worth remembering because, as a minor basilica, Saint John’s has a special bond with the Holy Father, and unique spiritual privileges among the churches of the Diocese of Bridgeport: after the Cathedral of Saint Augustine, Saint John’s is the most important church in Fairfield County. Because we are the Pope’s Church, we can offer plenary indulgences throughout each year which no other church can.

The Basilica is a formal symbol of the spiritual bonds between all Catholics, as members of Jesus’ Mystical Body, the Church, united visibly with Christ by our communion with the Successor of Saint Peter, Pope Francis. We are all connected through Baptism, but also each time we receive Holy Communion—we are in communion with God, but also with each Catholic around the world. This is symbolized at Mass during the Eucharistic Prayer—the long prayer following the Holy, Holy, Holy, when the priest prays specifically for the pope and for the local bishop. Those prayers are symbolic of our communio—our spiritual unity with the saints in heaven, the souls in Purgatory, and with each Catholic around the world. For by being in communion with the pope, who is the Successor of Saint Peter and the personification of the Church, we share the same faith, and share the life of grace in the sacraments; by being in communion with the local bishop, the local successor of the apostles, that communion is brought closer to home. No one has just a private relationship with Christ. While there is that private aspect to our faith, there is much more: we belong to one another in Jesus’ Church, and work through our prayers and spiritual sacrifices to help each other gain eternal life with the God who loves us.

The plenary, or full, indulgence that is offered in our Basilica on July 16th is a perfect example of that connectedness between all baptized people, both living and dead. A plenary indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment for sins, whose guilt is forgiven in sacramental confession. The Church, as the minister of Christ’s graces, grants these special graces to faithful Catholics who willingly perform a designated public act of devotion: in this case, by visiting the Basilica on July 16th, the anniversary of our being made a basilica, and by doing a specific spiritual, charitable action: praying one Our Father and the Creed for the intention of the pope; receiving Holy Communion on the day of the indulgence, and having gone to Confession sometime within a week prior to or following July 16th. One must be free from all attachment to sin in order to receive an indulgence.

In other words, the entire body of the Church is willing to join in to perform the penance for your sins: by administering the merits of Jesus’ suffering and Cross, as well as those of the saints, applying them to those who seek an indulgence. Here, then, is the reality of communio, each person in the Body of the Church working for the salvation of everyone else: we share the spiritual gifts of Our Lord by being members of His Body, the Church: by sharing our faith, and willingly performing simple acts of faith and charity, we open ourselves to God’s perfecting us, through the graces of His sacraments and blessings in His Catholic Church.

Please take advantage of the Basilica’s special bond with the Holy Father, by visiting on July 16th, and by piously working for these blessings by praying for the Holy Father. These indulgences can also be applied to someone we love who has died: a further sign that even our beloved dead are not separated from us, because we are all united in Christ’s Church
—Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Connor Walsh, Katherine Jean Kirby, O.S.F., John Duffy, Mary Rose Bauer, Gertha Laurent, Alexandra Laurent, Jean Galasso, Jesus Orbagosa, Gary Everett, Robert Jegle, Bonnie Keyes, Thomas Beirne, Patrick A. Toole, Sr., Katherine Klass, Patricia McNamee, Ian Rice, Diane Grant, Huong Diep Nguyen, Kevin O’Byrne, Paul Cavalli, Peter Baccaro, Billy Therriault, Megan Bobroske, Harrie Humphreys, Lena Cocchia, Msgr. Peter Dora, Connie Ward, Catherine Olnek, Margaret Kelly, Julia Oliveira.

Please pray for those who have recently died: M. Esther Hart, Cliff Linquist, Kathy Robustelli, Yvette Constant, Sr. Fernanda, P.O.S.C., 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, 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.

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 July 15th.

Banns of Marriage:
Banns I: Brianne Leigh Tafuro and Thomas William Taylor III
Banns III: Lourdes Daniel Delbeau and Charles Lubens Perard

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light: Special Intentions Jo and Ann

Latin Reading Group: Cancelled for the summer.

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. Call the rectory for information.

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. 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.

Novena of Saint Anne: Saint Anne is the mother of Our Lady. The Novena of prayers will begin on July 17th and continue each day following the 12:10 Mass [on Sunday, at the end of the 11:30 Mass] until the Feast Day, July 26th. Please join us and pray for your family.

ST. JOHN’S 2013 SUMMER CHOIR CAMP: All children ages 5-15 are encouraged to join our summer choir camp!  Registration is free, and the program runs from Monday, July 29th through Thursday, August 1st.  ALL CHILDREN MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE.
For more information, or to register, please visit the St. John’s website, or use this shortcut link:  bit.ly/127dbxz.

Church of Saint Gabriel – Solemn High Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel: Tuesday, July 16th at 7:30 PM. Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Procession to the Lady Altar following Mass. Investiture in the Brown Scapular. Refreshments in the Parish Meeting Room. All are invited.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday July 7, 2013 $ 11,535.00
Sunday July 8, 2012 $ 13,612.93

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

July 21st, Sunday Readings: Gn 18:1-10a; Col 1:24-28; Lk 10:38-42.

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: $81,697.00. 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.

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 .

IHM Homeschool Conference – August 2 & 3, 2013: The Immaculate Heart of Mary New York Homeschool and Parent Conference will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel Tarrytown, 455 South Broadway, in Tarrytown, on Friday, August 2nd (2:00pm – 8:00pm) and on Saturday, August 3rd (9:30am – 3:30pm). Confirmed speakers include: Fr. Andrew Apostoli, Fr. Gerald Murray, Dr. Catherine Moran, Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett, and Mrs. Colleen Hammond! Admission is free and pre-registration is not required. For more information, please visit www.ihmconference.org or call :
540-636-1946.

St. Clement Preschool: will be opening for the Fall of 2013.  NAEYC Accredited & School Readiness Program open to all 3 & 4 year old children.  Please call (203)323-4844 for information & an appointment for a tour.  

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, July 22nd.

20s and 30s Young Adult Group: The St. John’s 20s and 30s young adult group will have their annual summer BBQ on Tuesday, July 16th in North Stamford beginning at 6:30. All 20’s and 30s are invited to attend. For more details, please email rebeccacharisma@gmail.com or call the parish office.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, July 13, 2013
4:00 +Esther Backman req. Leon Taricani
Sunday, July 14, 2013
7:30 Souls in Purgatory req. Yvonne St. Preuve
8:30 Margaret Hughes req. Maude and Paul Hughes
10:00 +Mary Loglisci req. Labrosciano Family
11:30 +Jocelyn, Sydney, Oswald and Kilda Machado req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
5:00 +Fr. Rufin Kuveikis, O.F.M., Cap.
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, July 15, 2013
8:00 Andrew Mbabaali req. Mom Scholastica Nabwire
12:10 +Frank Ardisse 1st Anniversary req. Marion and Richard Morris
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
8:00 +Theron and Lena Carr req. Marie Carr
12:10 Special Intentions Andrew Mbabaali req. Ferry G.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
8:00 +Ina Balsamo req. the Cipriani Family
12:10 +Helen T. Duffy req. Duffy Family
Thursday, July 18, 2013
8:00 Special Intentions Agnes Ostrowski req. Frank and Zofia Piotrowski
12:10 Special Intentions Mr. and Mrs. Sam Geraci
Friday, July 19, 2013
8:00 +Lucie Charles req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Jayson Jarrett req. Norma Jarrett
Saturday, July 20, 2013
8:00 +Antoinette Antonaccio req. Shelley Ward
12:10 +Mary Lucy Rossi Falciano req. the Dewey Family

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:

125 years ago, or so:
THE CONNECTICUT CATHOLIC:
July 20, 1889: STAMFORD. “Rev. James Lawless celebrated his first High Mass on Sunday, June 30, in this parish, with Rev. Father Keena acting as deacon. Mr. Peter McClean, as sub-deacon, and Rev. Father Carroll, master of services. There was no sermon but Rev. Father Carroll, in a most appropriate manner, congratulated Father Lawless on his priesthood and wished him a long and happy life in his holy calling.”

100 years ago, or so:
THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
July 21, 1911: “Sister M. Ursula, of Hartford, formerly a teacher in St. John’s parochial school, has been visiting at the local convent. Yesterday she received calls from a number of her former pupils, among them Dr. Daniel Hanrahan and Chief of Police William Brennan.”

40 years ago, or so:
THE STAMFORD WEEKLY SHOPPER:
July 18, 1974: The Bells of St. John’s.
“Have you heard the church bells ring?
They started early in the Spring
To Bring a message to one and all
Their beauty and reverence does recall.
On Atlantic Street their beauty we hear
Because they come from the church so near
St. John’s is the benefactor you see
To Bring this joy to you and me.
At times when we are all concerned
Our thoughts to God for help we turn
For who within this day and age
Have no problems on their page?
Some are deep and it is true
Shared by only God and you
Other friends and neighbors share
As in like problems we are aware.
And with concern that grows so deep
That doubts into our thoughts do creep
The joy that these chimes do bring
Lifts our hearts with hope to sing.
For after all we all do know
That God will guide us as we go
And problems overnight dissolve
As true faith in Him revolves.
So may they ring, so long and true
Bringing hope and comfort, too,
As the beauty of their song
Rings out in faith for Oh! So long.
Fran Aubrey.”

“The Holy Name of Jesus”
Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!
– Fr Terry Walsh

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that the Holy Name of Jesus is at the heart of Christian Prayer – all our prayers are directed through our Lord Jesus Christ. “The name ‘Jesus’ signifies that the very name of God is present in the person of his Son, made man for the universal and definitive redemption from sins. It is the Divine Name alone that brings salvation, and all can invoke his Name, for Jesus united himself to all men through his Incarnation, so that ‘there is no other Name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved’ (ccc432).” Indeed, His Name in Hebrew means ‘God Saves’.
Jesus took on our human flesh – to save us – to heal what was wounded by the disobedience of Adam. “At the Annunciation, the Angel Gabriel gave him the name Jesus as his proper Name, which expresses both his identity and his mission. Since God alone can forgive sins, it is God who, in Jesus his eternal Son made man, will save his people from their sins”(ccc430).
Commenting on the exaltation of the sacred humanity of Jesus and thus his Holy Name, St. Leo the Great said: “…in the form of God the Son was equal to the Father, and between Begetter and the Only-begotten there was no difference in essence, no difference in majesty; nor did the Word, through the mystery of the Incarnation, lose anything which the Father might later return to him as gift.” Jesus Christ is God.
St. Paul explicitly writes: “Therefore God has exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. To the glory of God the Father”(Philippians 2: 9-11). The Navarre Bible Commentary clarifies this point: “For the Jews the ‘name that is above every name’ is the name of God, which the Mosaic Law required to be held in particular awe. Also, they regarded a name given to someone, especially if given by God, as not just a way of referring to a person but as expressing something that belonged to the very core of his personality. Therefore, the statement that God ‘bestowed on him the name which is above every name’ means that God the Father gave Christ’s human nature the capacity to manifest the glory of divinity…. therefore, it is to be worshipped by the entire universe” (Note too Isaiah 45:23).
Through out the Gospels, Jesus manifests His Divinity, beginning with the miracle of changing water into wine at the wedding feast at Cana. It is interesting that our Lord chose a wedding to manifest His Divinity. Scholars point to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb – that is – the Marriage between Christ and the Church – where the “New Wine” flows from the pierced side of our Lord upon the Cross into the Chalice of Holy Eucharist: in other words, He provides the New Wine each and every day at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass upon the Altar for His Bride, the Church. Miracle after miracle, our Lord manifests His love for us. May we call out to Him like the blind beggar, Bartimaeus, who shouted out to him with all his heart – and through Faith – was healed. He recognized Jesus as the One Who heals – the one who saves – and he eagerly called out to Him – he prayed for healing.
Our Lord’s miracles are a manifestation of his greatest attribute – MERCY. And he yearns to pour it out on us if we but confess the humble prayer of the blind beggar Bartimaeus and so be filled with the New Wine, the grace of our Lord: “Jesus have mercy on me!”