For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday August 4, 2013

Pastor’s Corner: On the Feast of Saint Ignatius Loyola [July 31], Founder of the Society of Jesus, popularly known as the Jesuits, Pope Francis gave us a new Bishop of Bridgeport: Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, until now, the auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn.

Bishop Caggiano was born in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn on March 29, 1959. His parents, Arnaldo and Gennarina Caggiano, had immigrated to Brooklyn the year before from Caggiano, in the province of Salerno, Italy. He attended the grammar school of Saints Simon and Jude Parish, and continued at Regis High School in Manhattan, graduating in 1977. While considering a priestly vocation, he decided to begin his college undergraduate studies at Yale University that fall as a political science major. By January, his mind was made up to pursue a priestly vocation, and he transferred to Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception, graduating summa cum laude in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy. Following college, Frank Caggiano decided to go to work, and became a sales representative for the Gregg Division of McGraw Hill Publishing Company, working in the New York metropolitan area, a job he held for 18 months. He then entered Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, New York to continue his studies for the priesthood and was ordained on May 16, 1987 for the Diocese of Brooklyn.

His first three years as a priest were spent in parish assignments. In 1991, Father Caggiano was assigned to the Pontifical North American College in Rome to pursue doctoral studies in dogmatic theology at the Gregorian University. He completed his doctorate in dogmatic theology in May, 1996. Returning to his home diocese, Father Caggiano was assigned as parochial vicar in the Shrine Church of Saint Jude in Canarsie, Dean of Formation for the Permanent Diaconate program, and Censor Librorum for the Diocese of Brooklyn. In 1998, he was named pastor of Saint Dominic Church in Bensonhurst, and in 2002, Director of the Permanent Diaconate Office. In 2003, he was named a Papal Chaplain by Pope John Paul II, and in 2004, Vicar for Evangelization and Pastoral Life. On June 6, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Monsignor Caggiano titular bishop of Inis Cathaig [an island in Shannon Estuary, Ireland] and auxiliary to the Bishop of Brooklyn. Bishop Caggiano will be installed as the fifth Bishop of Bridgeport on September 19th, the Feast of San Gennaro.

Bishop Caggiano is a published author on a variety of theological subjects, as well as a celebrated lecturer around the world, most recently as one of the main speakers at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.

Speaking for our parish, I am sure we are all delighted to finally have a new bishop. Let me predict that everyone will be very happy with the Holy Father’s choice of Bishop Caggiano. Please keep the bishop in your daily prayers as he begins his new ministry in Fairfield County. —Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Silvana Smith, Juanita Evans, Joseph W. Evans, Connie Ward, Billy Therriault, Ron DeCamp, Keith Nicholson, Connor Walsh, Katherine Jean Kirby, O.S.F., John Duffy, Mary Rose Bauer, Mary Bauer, Catherine Olnek, 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, Megan Bobroske, Harrie Humphreys, Lena Cocchia, Msgr. Peter Dora, Margaret Kelly, Julia Oliveira.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Stephen Boccuzzi, John DiDomenici, Scott Clark, Richard Agnew, 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.

Air Conditioning Collection: The second collection today will be the Air Conditioning 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 August 5th.

Banns of Marriage: Banns III: Ann Zopf and Andrew Patterson

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 meet each Tuesday evening through the summer from 7-8:00pm. 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.

Sacred Heart Church Stamford,  The Italian National Parish, is celebrating “The 90th Anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone.”  Sacred Heart will be holding a fundraiser featuring “The Sicilian Tenors” on September 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm in the Church. The Tenors will sing music from Hollywood, Broadway to Italy.  Donation for the ticket is $75.00 each. For more information or tickets, please contact Sacred Heart Rectory at 203-324-9544 from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm.

August 6th: The Sisters of Life will make their solemn profession of vows at 11 a.m. here at Saint John’s. There will be NO 12:10 P.M. MASS ON TUESDAY AUGUST 6TH.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday July 28, 2013 $ 13,192.00
Sunday July 29, 2012 $ 11,202.77

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

August 11th, Sunday Readings: Wis 18:6-9; Heb 11:1-2, 8-19; Lk 12:32-48.

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: $82,872.00. 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.

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 weekly offering to the Basilica of St. John’s. Call the parish secretary (324-1553, ext. 21).

Lost & Found: Please check in the Rectory for any items you may have left in the church. Feel free to call Cindy at the rectory, M-F, 9AM—1:30PM, 203-324-1553 x21.

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.

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, August 26th.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, August 3, 2013
4:00 +Andrew Joseph Hoenig req. Evan and Dania Corsello
Sunday, August 4, 2013
7:30 +John and Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Sexton Young
8:30 +Carmine Iantorno req. Pasquale and Ida Carpanzano
10:00 +Luz Tushaj req. Volet Family
11:30 In Honor to God the Father of all Mankind req. Josephine Languedoc
5:00 +Fr. Rufin Kuveikis, O.F.M., Cap.
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, August 5, 2013
8:00 +Kathy Robustelli req. Monsignor DiGiovanni
12:10 +Patrick Dandry req. Laura and John Pascale
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
8:00 Father Walsh req. Josephine Languedoc
12:10 NO MASS (Sisters of Life Solemn Vows at 11AM)
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
8:00 +Luz Tushaj req. Volet Family
12:10 +Luz Tushaj req. Tone Shtufaj
Thursday, August 8, 2013
8:00 +Luz Tushaj req. Volet Family
12:10 +Paul Rittman, Jr. req. Pam Rittman
Friday. August 9, 2013
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Rolando, Lordelyn and Semforiano Gales req. Rosario Gales
Saturday, August 10, 2013
8:00 +Robert Vota req. Pastiva Family
12:10 +Timothy Patrick Murphy 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: Fridays, 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 Msgr. Nagle Hall. 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:.

THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
145 years ago, or so:
August 7, 1868: LOCAL NEWS. Temperance. “The St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Total Abstinence and Benevolent Society, which has recently been organized in this town, promises much more than at first anticipated. Between two and three hundred male members already have joined and taken the pledge, and not a single instance, but one, of falling away has yet been reported. The society has a firm hold on its members, by the influence and example of its excellent leader, Father Gaffney, and to the perseverance and energy of that gentleman are due in a great measure the efficient working and sound basis of the association. Several, whose former career in this town had seemed to seal their doom as despicable drunkards, and whose past lives have been spent for the most part in bar-rooms and low groggeries, have now assumed a respectable appearance, and have entirely abandoned the path of recklessness, debauchery and vice.”

THE CONNECTICUT CATHOLIC:
130 years ago, or so:
August 9, 1884: STAMFORD. “On last Sunday, as was previously announced, an opportunity was extended to the parishioners and the public of viewing the interior of our new church; and it is needless to say, the privilege was highly appreciated, as was evidenced by the numerous visitors. Every one expressed opinion of praise and satisfaction as to the magnificent appearance of the edifice, and no more general satisfaction could have been felt by any congregation than was manifested upon last Sunday. The three windows presented by the A.O.H, are set apart to the honor of those who have been ministerial in the erection of the church. One is dedicated to the memory of our deceased pastor, Rev. Father Fagan; another to Rev. Father Tierney, our former pastor, now of New Britain; and the other to our present pastor, Rev. Father Rogers.”

THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
75 years ago, or so:
August 6, 1941: Hibernians Here To Observe 50th Birthday of Unit. “The General Philip Sheridan Branch, Ancient Order of Hibernians, will observe the fiftieth anniversary of its founding with a special program of activities Saturday and Sunday. The Stamford branch was started in 1891 and was known for years as Division Number Two. Its first officers were F.T. Galagher, president; Dr. L. S. Buckley, Vice President; James Devitt, recording secretary; James M. Picker, financial secretary; James McGee, treasurer. Since its organization, the branch has had a steady and sound growth.”

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land and The Transfiguration (August 6th)
-Fr Terry Walsh
“While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” – John 12:36

On our pilgrimage to the Holy Land last November, we visited Mt. Tabor, the place where Jesus was Transfigured before the Apostles, Peter, James, and John. Beginning from Jerusalem, we traveled north along the Mediterranean Seacoast, the foothills of the Carmelite Mountain range were to our East. Eventually, we began our ascent up Mt. Carmel and arrived at the Carmelite Church, Mary Star of the Sea, (Stella Maris) named in honor of Our Blessed Mother, the Patron Saint of the Carmelite Order, and the model of purity. The Church was built over the “Cave of Elijah” the great Old Testament Prophet who used to stay in the Cave from time to time. Indeed, it was said that the Holy Family stayed in this Cave on their way to Egypt. Pilgrims crowd into the small space to pray and light candles. The Church is filled with beautiful paintings and stained glass windows, many depicting the life of the Prophet Elijah. Biblical inscriptions from the Song of Songs and Isaiah are etched into the walls attesting to the beauty of Mt. Carmel, which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea to the West and Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan to the North and East. In addition to its natural beauty, it is known as a place of spiritual purity. Indeed, it was here that the Israelites of the Old Testament witnessed the contest between Elijah and the false prophets who had corrupted the people of God in the Book of Kings. The Israelites had drifted into worshipping idols. Elijah was sent to draw them back to fidelity to God. Elijah challenged the fickle hearts of the people which had grown impure and duplicitous: “How long will you straddle the issue? How long will you go limping with two different opinions?” He was calling them to a thoughtful and decisive act of faith, demanding purity of intention. Elijah prepared his sacrifice and cried out to God, “Let it be known this day that you are God…Answer me Lord! Answer me, that this people may know that you, Lord, are God and that you have brought them back to their senses.” Immediately, a great fire swept down from heaven like lightening and consumed the entire sacrifice, foreshadowing the One Perfect Sacrifice that Jesus would offer centuries later atop Calvary. As we descended Mount Carmel, we drove eastward to visit Cana, where Jesus manifested His Divinity for the first time, changing water into wine, though the intercession of Mary at the marriage feast. We found ourselves standing in the place where our Lord was “raising the bar” – drawing souls to Himself, the true Light, so that we might be filled with the New Wine, the sanctifying graces of the sacraments that transform the human heart, ultimately flowing from His wounded side as He hung upon the Cross. Offering Mass in this Holy Place was simply overwhelming. Think of it, Jesus changed water into wine here 2000 years ago and today, in this Mass, He changed bread and wine into His Body and Blood – for us and our salvation. Indeed, we were experiencing the True Marriage Feast – the Mass – in Cana! And just as our Blessed Mother interceded for the couple that had run out of wine, so too was She interceding for us. Pointing to her Son, she tells us to ‘do whatever Jesus commands’- namely, keep the Commandments, pick up our daily Cross, seek purification of soul – especially through our faithful reception of the sacraments and daily prayer. We returned to Nazareth and strolled up the hill to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation for the special prayer service – the International Rosary. The Church was built over the Grotto that where Mary received the Archangel Gabriel’s greeting. Upon the Façade of the Basilica, it is written: “Verbum Caro Factum Est Et Habitavit In Nobis, that is: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”. We arrived early before the crowds and so had the opportunity to kneel before the Grotto and quietly pray the first Joyful Mystery along with the Angelus in the very place of the Incarnation! Through the Incarnation, God purifies humanity, opening the door to Eternal Beatitude for all who believe and faithfully walk in the Light. After a beautiful tour on the Sea of Galilee the next morning we disembarked and went to the Mount of Beatitudes, which overlooks the Sea. We offered Mass at an outdoor Altar where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. There we were – as so many pilgrims before us – repeating the words of our Lord in the Gospel passage of the Beatitudes in the very place where Jesus first spoke them. And just as He had fed the hungry crowds upon this hill, so too was he nourishing our souls with the True Bread from Heaven, the Eucharist. Later, we walked along the shore and called to mind the Apostle Peter who had asked Jesus to “increase his faith”. We visited the place where Jesus told Peter to feed His Sheep – that is, to teach and defend that very faith he had received – calling to mind our own baptismal promises and the mandate to allow the Light of Christ to work through us.

Then, the next morning, we arrived early at Mt. Tabor and offered Mass at the Church of the Transfiguration. As the bus labored up the steep and narrow road and seemed to cut into the edge of the Mountain, I wondered what Peter, James and John might have been thinking as they accompanied our Lord up to the summit – and even more, what they would have been thinking as they walked back down after having witnesses the Glory of God. Peter, James, and John witnessed this extraordinary grace at least in part to strengthen their faith when a short time later they would be shaken by our Lord’s Crucifixion. Our group gathered in the Moses Chapel near the entrance of the Church. There, I offered the Mass for our Parish of St. John’s in the place where the Beloved Disciple witnessed the Radiant Light of Jesus manifested before his very eyes. In the Mass, we contemplate that same glory every day – through a living faith nourished by the One who transfigures our souls with each faithful reception of Holy Eucharist. And in faith, we echo the Apostles, “Master, it is good that we are here!”