For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday Sep 8, 2013

Crucifixion

Pastor’s Corner: September 14th is the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. God did become a man at a certain time in a certain place, and because He did suffer and die on a Cross, everything related to His suffering and death is transformed, including us. The Cross of Our Lord changed all world history, because this instrument of mankind’s cruelty has been changed into the new Tree of eternal life by God. What is so important about the Cross? Let’s see what the Cross actually is.

On Good Friday, the Church recalls Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross, and chants the Reproaches, a series of quotations from the Prophet Micah, which the Church places in the mouth of the crucified Lord as He hangs on the Cross. As we approach the Cross, the Lord asks us: “My people, what have I done to you? Or, how have I offended you? Answer me. I led you out of Egypt, from slavery to freedom, but you led your Savior to the Cross. I gave you saving water from the rock, but you gave me gall and vinegar to drink. I raised you to the height of majesty, but you have raised me high on a cross. My people, what have I done to you? Or, how have I offended you? Answer me.”

The coming feast of the Triumph of the Cross celebrates the Cross as an instrument of God’s triumph over Satan’s power of sin and death. The evil produced by man is transformed by God, by His becoming man. This underscores the fidelity of God: While mankind repays God’s generosity with disobedience and sin, Christ repays our ingratitude with mercy, even at the cost of His own life’s blood. As the Gospel verse for the Feast Day’s Mass tells us: “Sweet the wood and precious the nails that so gently bore so blessed a burden; you alone were worthy to carry the King of Heaven, the Lord.” During the preface of the Mass, Christ’s Cross is described as the new Tree of Life: Jesus is the second Adam, repairs the damage of the first Adam, who disobeyed God’s decree to leave untouched the first Tree of Life: “You decreed that man should be saved through the wood of the Cross. The tree of man’s defeat became his tree of victory; where life was lost, there life has been restored through Christ our Lord.” Again, in the hymn Crux fidelis: “O faithful Cross, incomparable Tree, the noblest of all; no forest has put forth the likes of your own leaves, your flowers, your fruits. Gentle wood with a gentle nail, to support so gentle a burden! Sing, O my tongue, of the battle, of the glorious struggle; and over the trophy of the Cross, proclaim the noble triumph; tell how the redeemer of the world won victory through his sacrifice. The Creator looked on sadly as the first man [Adam], our forefather, was deceived, and as he fell into the snare of death, taking a bite of a lethal fruit; it was then that God chose this blessed piece of wood to destroy the other tree’s curse.” The Cross is the only means by which mankind can attain eternal life.

A relic of the True Cross upon which Our Lord suffered can be found on St. Joseph’s Altar. Please spend a few minutes in prayer before the True Cross: meditate on God’s generous love for you and for your family. On September 15th, the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, the Church recalls the personal sufferings of Jesus’ Mother at the foot of the Cross. Following her example, and St. Paul’s words, we should “make up what is lacking in Christ’s Cross” by adding our own personal sacrifices of daily life: whatever evils, pains, injustices or sufferings we endure in life, we should offer them to God as our sacrifices joined to Christ’s Cross for the salvation of others. The Cross is no longer an instrument of torture: it is the new Tree of Life for all. – Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Thomas Bernie, Ann Krupnik, Nancy Gallagher, Maria Wnek, Reno Antonio Rosa, Silvana Smith, Juanita Evans, Joseph W. Evans, Megan Bobroske, 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, 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.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Jennie Galasso, Father Richard Futie, Charles Austin, Jr. , Carol Lovello, Joseph Michael Kirkland, Harry Parson, Stephen Boccuzzi, John DeDomenici, 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.

Catholic University of America Collection . . . Please drop your special envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.

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, tomorrow evening, Monday, September 9th.

Banns of Marriage: Banns III: Allen Drenzek and Rian Heffron

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

Latin Reading Group: Cancelled for the summer.

Biblical Greek Grammar: An intermediate grammar/reading class: Basic grammatical knowledge of Biblical Greek is required. Thursdays at 6:30 pm in the Rectory. Call the rectory for information.

Padre Pio: September 21st: MARK YOU CALENDAR: A display of original photos of Saint Padre Pio and champagne reception in commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the saint’s death. The Msgr. Nagle Hall: 5:30-9:00 pm, Sponsored by the Puglia Center of America and the Diocese of Manfredonia. Everyone’s welcome: books of his photos will be available.

Holy Name Society: Each Friday morning at 7:00 in the Rectory, 30+ parish men of all ages meet for coffee followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, prayer, a spiritual conference and Benediction, ending at 7:50, just in time to go to Mass or work—or both! All men of the parish are welcome: just walk in the front or back door of the rectory, they’re unlocked, and follow your nose to the coffee and your ears to the conversation and laughter. Join us.

Sacred Heart Church: Stamford’s 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 and 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.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies: Begins anew this year each Wednesday evening during October, beginning on October 2nd at 7:30 pm in the Rectory. Being October, the month of Our Lady, we will read The Life of the Virgin by St. Maximus the Confessor. You can purchase the text on Amazon or Alibris: translated into English by Stephen Shoemaker, published by Yale University Press, 2012. A great spiritual classic: the oldest biography of Jesus’ Mother. Join us.

MARRIAGE RETREAT: Saturday, December 14th at 5pm: St. Birgitta Convent in Darien: The priests of the parish will offer an evening retreat for married couples. Reserve a spot homeplacemoms@gmail.com : Confessions, Mass, supper and social time with other couples.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday September 1, 2013 $ 11,153.50
Sunday September 2, 2012 $ 13,391.98
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Sept. 15th, Sunday Readings: Ex 32:7-11, 13-14; 1 Tm 1:12-17; Lk 15:1-32.

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: $82,876.00. Please be generous; we need everyone’s help.

Home Schooling Families: A group for home schooling families meets in the Msgr. Nagle Parish hall each First Friday, beginning October: Oct 4, Nov 1, Dec 6, Jan 3, Feb 7, March 7, April 4, May 2. 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 meetings on Two Tuesdays a month and other social/service events. For more information, please go to stjohnsflock.com or email core-team@stjohnsflock.com.

BIBLE STUDY: Fr. Walsh will lead our study of The Book of Isaiah, on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 pm in the Rectory, beginning November 6th. Bring your Bible.

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.

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. Schedules are flexible, and training is provided. Call 348-4355 or www.birthright.org.

St. Clement Preschool: 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.  

Solemn High Mass for The Feast of the Holy Name of Mary: On  Thursday September 12, 2013  at 7:30 PM  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) for the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary.

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, September 23rd.

+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, September 7, 2013
4:00 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
Sunday, September 8, 2013
7:30 +John and Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Sexton Young
8:30 Gerard and Armella Raschella – God’s Blessings req. Marion Morris
10:00 +Regina Ngodie and Liliane Mokto req. Heloise Nana
12:00 +Terese Forte 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, September 9, 2013
8:00 +Helen Carr Birthday Remembrance req. Marie Carr
12:10 +Chenet and Michel Jean Guillaume req. brothers and sisters
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
8:00 +Joe Socci req. the Duddie Family
12:10 +Eugenia Blasi req. Pasquale and Ida Carpanzano
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
8:00 +Karl and Louise Wilk req. Sue Kremheller
12:10 For the 9/11 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
8:00 +Louis Basel req. Maria and Antonio Marchetti
12:10 +Andrew – AJ – Hoenig req. Millie Terenzio
Friday, September 13, 2013
8:00 +Mauril Lauture req. Nadine Alteus and his wife
12:10 Special Intentions Norma Jarrett
Saturday, September 14, 2013
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. the McAleer family
12:10 +Elizabeth A. Coughlin req. Eileen Carpanzano and 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: 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. Next meeting, October 2nd.

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 Sunday, Sept. 22nd, after the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

150 years ago, or so:
September 11, 1863: “On Saturday last, the schools connected with the Roman Catholic Church, made an excursion to Jones Wood, New York. There were several hundred-men, women and children-and as they marched to the depot, preceded by a fine band of music, we never saw a neater or more orderly procession. A special train of 13 cars was filled with the excursionists. The day was remarkably fine, and no accident occurred to mar their enjoyment.”

145 years ago, or so:
September 9, 1867: “The ladies of St. John’s Catholic Church return their thanks to those who so generously patronized the fair lately held in Seely’s Hall for the benefit of their new church, and acknowledge their especial indebtedness to Mrs. J. Ayres, who furnished the ice cream for the fair; Capt. W.D. Smith, for coal presented; Patrick Brennan, for grand cook-stove; Mr. L. H. Huributt, Jennings, the hatter, for set of furs; A.W. Voorhies, Esq., H. W. Wicks, Repke & White, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Clark of Mianus for oysters and cake furnished gratis; Mrs. Bland for innumerable favors; Mr. P.A. B. Triacca, for grand wardrobe; Mr. Cohen, merchant tailor, and Messrs. Chas. Alphonse and P. Cavanagh for police service. They also take pleasure in recording the noble action of the members of the band, who offered their services gratuitously during the entire time of the fair, and labored incessantly to please all as well as to make the fair a success. Mr. Leonard of the Stamford House will please accept our thanks for many kind favors and, last but not least, the gentlemanly editors of the Advocate will be held in grateful remembrance.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: The 1867 Catholic Fair was the first of many that would serve as the major fundraiser for the planned new church.)

130 years ago, or so:
September 1, 1883: “Work on the interior of the new Catholic Church is progressing steadily, many of the ceiling moldings and some on the arcade arches are already completed by the plasterers so that some idea of the style of finish can be obtained by a glance at their work. The moveable scaffold and other labor saving devices of Mr. John Ennis, the contractor, are proving their value every hour. This great work will probably occupy the whole of the coming winter and spring.”

125 years ago, or so:
September 13, 1889: “Rev. Father Rogers was present last Sunday at the dedication of the new basement chapel in New Britain, Conn.. Rev. Michael Tierney, formerly of St. John’s church, is pastor of the new church.”

The Birth of our Lady
– Fr. Terry Walsh

Each year we celebrate the months of May and October as Months of Mary. And yet, we could, it seems to me, celebrate every month as ‘months of our Blessed Mother’. Consider September, for instance. On September 8, we celebrate the birth of Mary. On September 12, we celebrate the Holy Name of Mary. On September 15, we remember in a special way the suffering Mary endured as we recall Our Lady of Sorrows. Indeed, we remember our Lady on other Feasts as well, such as the Feast of the Archangels, Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. After all, Gabriel was sent to Nazareth by God at the Annunciation. And we meet St. Michael in the Book of Revelation during St. John’s description of his vision of the “Woman clothed with the Sun and the moon under Her feet” – Mary. And indeed, as Queen of all Angels, Saints, and the Universe, we are called to honor Her with our sincere devotion daily. Today, we celebrate the Birth of Mary and as faithful children eager to honor our spiritual Mother, we bring Her gifts of love. Perhaps we might pray the Rosary today and offer it “for Her Intentions”. What a wonderful gift! Ah, there are so many ways to bring a warm and wonderful smile to our True Mother. Simply meditating on our Lady’s role in our lives, in the life of the Church, in the world, is likewise a way of recognizing our duty as faithful Children of Mary of being truly devoted to the Mother of God.

Think back for a moment to those days of yesteryear, perhaps just before you were old enough to attend school. As your mother’s birthday approached, you may have prepared a little present for her: some artistic masterpiece that may still hold a frame in a prized place in her home. OK, so, it wasn’t Michelangelo, but you made it. In her eyes, it was priceless, all because of the love you poured into it. The Church honors the birth of our Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary, on September 8th, nine months after Her Immaculate Conception (December 8th). Mary is of course our Spiritual Mother. Indeed, we share a bond with Mary that is more deeply rooted than any earthly bond could ever be. Mary is our true Mother. She is the best of teachers, the best of nurturers. St. Louis de Montfort wrote, “God the Father gathered all the waters together and called them the seas or maria. He gathered all his grace together and called it Mary or Maria. The great God has a treasury or storehouse full of riches in which he has enclosed all that is beautiful, resplendent, rare, and precious, even his own Son. This immense treasury is none other than Mary whom the saints call the ‘treasury of the Lord’. From Her fullness all men are made rich…Mary is the mystic channel of Her Son, His aqueduct, through which He causes His mercies to flow gently and abundantly…No heavenly gift is given to men which does not pass through Her virginal hands.”

At the moment we were baptized into the Body of Her Son, Her Motherly Hands surrounded us in love. As we contemplate Her life it is easy to recognize Her incomparable love. Created without the stain of Original Sin, our Lady lived a pure and holy life. Consider the scene as St. Anne was about to give birth. Venerable Mary of Agreda put it this way: “Although Mary was born substantially like other daughters of Adam, yet Her birth was accompanied by such circumstances and conditions of grace, that it was the most wonderful and miraculous birth in all creation and will eternally redound to the praise of her Maker…She was clothed, handled and dressed like other infants, though her soul dwelt in the Divinity; and She was treated as an infant though She excelled all mortals and even all the angels in Wisdom”(The Mystical City of God, p.87). What immeasurable joy in Heaven at the Birth of the Queen of Heaven. And for all those dwelling on earth, eternal life in the Holy Trinity became possible. Agreda pondered the immense joy in the heart of St. Anne in praise of the graciousness of God: “Be Thou eternally blessed, because Thou has enriched the world with a Creature so pleasing to thy bounty and because in Her Thou hast prepared a dwelling-place and a tabernacle for the eternal Word”(p.88). As our Lady’s birthday approaches, may we likewise enter into a thoughtful meditation of so pure and holy a Mother. What gift will we offer Her? What could be more pleasing to Her than a firm resolution to imitate Her love for Christ? What joy would envelop our hearts to receive an approving nod and a warm smile as She opens our gift: a well said Rosary, a thoughtful reading of Holy Scripture, a small sacrifice offered in honor of Her Son, or perhaps, the best gift of all – a prayerful and holy Confession in order to prepare the soul for the worthy reception of Her Son in the Eucharist – to become a pure and holy Tabernacle, like our Mother. Yes, that gift would be most pleasing to Her as it would enable us to remain in Her house, the Mystical City of God.