For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday Sep 29, 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 fiscal year ended June 30, 2013. The fiscal year ended with a small profit. Expenses are lower because the church painting work done by John Canning Studios was finished in the prior fiscal year. The parish has no debt, other than a few current normal bills. I am very grateful for your generosity. —Msgr. DiGiovanni

Comparative State Activities 06-30-13 Adj

Comparative State of position 06-30-13 Adj

Please pray for the sick: Mary Churley, Lena Cocchia, Thomas Bernie, Nancy Gallagher, Maria Wnek, Reno Antonio Rosa, Silvana Smith, Joseph W. Evans, Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Billy Therriault, Ron DeCamp, Keith Nicholson, Connor Walsh.
Please pray for those who have recently died: Thomas Lupo, Robert LeBeau, Robert Jegle, 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.

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 30th.

Banns of Marriage:
Banns I: Charles Alfanso Guevara and Brittany Ann Horton
Banns III: John Edward Biatowas and Jacqueline Marie Parker

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

Sunday Noon Mass: Will be our Gregorian Chant Mass. The Mass will be offered in English, with our Gregorian Chant schola leading the music propers of the day. Please join us.

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.

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.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Will resume weekly Wednesday meetings on October 2nd at 6:15 pm in the rectory. We end in time for the St. Monica Patristic meetings. We read the Latin Church Fathers in the original language. Currently, we are translating St. Augustine’s De Trinitate. A basic reading ability in Latin [high school level] is necessary. Please join us.

St. Monica Biblical Greek Grammar: An intermediate grammar/reading class: Basic grammatical knowledge of Biblical Greek is required. Currently we are also translating the Gospel of Saint John. We meet Thursdays at 6:30 pm in the Rectory. Please join us.

CONFESSION: New Schedule: Monday-Friday NO 7:30-7:50 am Confessions. On First Fridays there will be 7:30-7:50 am Confessions. Monday –Friday 11:30-11:55 am Confessions will continue.

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.

LIFE CHAIN: Sunday October 6: 1-3 PM in front of the our Basilica on Atlantic Street. This is our annual peaceful witness of Americans praying for the end of legalized abortion. Participants join in prayer and display signs [which will be provided] urging passers-by to support the pre-born, reminding them of the sanctity of human life. More info: Frank Carpanzano: 203-975-8833 ext 3004.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday September 22, 2013 $ 11,053.00
Sunday September 23, 2012 $ 13,613.83
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Oct. 6th, Sunday Readings: Hb 1:2-3; 2:2-4; 2 Tm 1:6-8, 13-14; Lk 17:5-10.

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: $84,486.00. 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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary: We will renew our parish consecration to Our Lady on the weekend of October 12/13, which is the anniversary of Fatima beginning at the 4 pm Mass, and continuing during the Sunday Masses. Let us place our families under the loving protection of the Mother of Jesus and, through Her, to Her Son, Our Lord.

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.

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.

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).

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: BEGAN SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22nd:
Registration and payment can still be made on our website, or in the office during the week, or in the Nagle Hall before Sunday classes: 8:30-9:45 a.m.

RCIA…Interested in becoming Catholic or Catholics who want to receive First Communion or Confirmation are invited to attend classes:October 8th at 7:00 pm in the Rectory.

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, October 28th.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, September 28, 2013
4:00 Special Intentions Benita Rebula req. daughter Rosemary
Sunday, September 29, 2013
7:30 Sp. Int. Raphael and Michael Gabriel Mueller req. Matthew and Alyssa Stachowiak
10:00 Brian and Brianna Bellamy req. Nancie and Evans Bellamy
12:00 +Maria Preziosi Birthday Remembrance req. your children, grandchildren and great
grandchildren and Titina Tarantino req. Badetti Family
5:00 +Fr. Rufin Kuveikis, O.F.M., Cap.
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, September 30, 2013
8:00 In Honor of Our Blessed Mother req. Maria
12:10 +Sandra DeCicco req. Michael Hayes
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
8:00 Special Intentions Sister Ellen Mary CSJ 76 years Religious Anniversary req. Marie Carr
12:10 Special Intentions Paulo Pajares req. Agata Gawel
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
8:00 +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 In Honor of the Guardian Angels – Our Heavenly Companions req. Marion Morris and Family
Thursday, October 3, 2013
8:00 +Ben Mondor req. Marc Valois
12:10 +Norman Salem req. Frank and Beth Carpanzano and Family
Friday, October 4, 2013
8:00 Faithful Departed
12:10 +Caterina Godino req. John and Laura Pascale
Saturday, October 5, 2013
8:00 +Rose Ambrosio req. McAleer Family
12:10 All 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 meeting: October 6th. Dr. Joan Kelly will give a brief talk on the Biblical Foundation of the Rosary (The Feast of the Rosary is October 7th!). Come join us!

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 October.

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

120 years ago, or so:
October 6, 1892: “At the services in St. John’s R.C. Church Sunday morning the Rev. Father Keena read the letters of the Pope and Bishop McMahon, in regard to Columbus Day. Appropriate religious services will be held in the Stamford church. Father Keena made reference to the Stamford anniversary celebration, and heartily encouraged the societies and the people to join in that celebration.”

115 years ago, or so:
October 5, 1898: OCTOBER DEVOTIONS. “Bishop Tierney has issued the following circular letter to the clergymen of the diocese: “In compliance with the wishes of our Holy Father, Pope Leo XIII, the regular October devotions will take place daily, from Oct. 2 to Nov. 2, in all the parish churches of the diocese. These devotions will consist of the rosary, the litany of Our Lady of Loretto, and the prayer to St. Joseph, and may be held either during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the morning, or in the evening at the exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament.”

100 years ago, or so:
September 30, 1913: THE HARVEST FESTIVAL. “A harvest festival in aid of St. John’s Catholic Church, given by the societies of the church, under the direction of a large general committee, begins on Friday evening, in the school assembly hall and continues through Oct. 10. There will be some form of entertainment each evening and dancing will be indulged in every evening, beginning at 8:30. Kearney’s and Smith’s orchestras will alternate in playing.”

85 years ago, or so:
October 2, 1929: COURT OF HONOR HELD BY SCOUTS. “At the October Court of Honor of the Stamford Council, Boy Scouts held at Scout Headquarters, 36 Summer Street last might, the following scouts qualified for advancement to first class rank: Thomas Kerrigan, John Ennis and Robert Langer, Stamford Troop 22, St. John’s R.C. Church.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: both Thomas Kerrigan and John Ennis would go on to become the 5th and 6th Eagle Scouts from the St. John’s Troop. John Ennis was the grandson of John Ennis, builder of the upper chapel of St. John’s Church.)

35 years ago, or so:
October 1, 1975: “On the evening of Saturday, Oct. 18, a concelebrated Pontifical Mass of Thanksgiving will be offered at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, which will climax the centennial of the dedication of the oldest Catholic Church in Stamford.”

“TRUE DEVOTION to the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY”
(Feast of the Holy Rosary—October 7th)
– Fr. Terry Walsh

The Saints of the Church have sung the praises of the Blessed Virgin Mary throughout the centuries, beginning with the Apostles. They were merely imitating Christ Himself, who honored Mary above all others. St. Louis Marie Grignion De Montfort (1673 – 1716) likewise sings her praises and challenges us to seek a deeper understanding of our Spiritual Mother through an interior devotion in a little book known as True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Throughout his brief 150 page treatise, he masterfully weaves references to Sacred Scripture, the Dogmas of the Church, and the insights of the Saints, and so helps us understand the magnificence of Mary and the boundless love she holds for each one of her spiritual children. Furthermore, he explains the intimate role she plays in our salvation. It would be sheer foolishness to neglect her. He writes, “The Most High God came down to us in a perfect way through the humble Virgin Mary, without losing anything of his divinity or holiness. It is likewise through Mary that we poor creatures must ascend to almighty God in a perfect manner without having anything to fear”(TD,157). Throughout the short treatise, DeMontfort explains his devotion by first helping us to understand the one of a kind relationship Mary has with God. Indeed, the Church teaches through the declaration of various Dogmas as well as through the celebration of her feasts and Solemnities in the Liturgy: “The Church’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship”(Catechism, #971). It’s important to make a distinction between praise and adoration. Adoration is reserved for God alone. We are called to praise Mary, but to adore her Son. We honor her with hymns of praise and heartfelt prayer, especially the Holy Rosary. Indeed, we are compelled to honor her if we are to keep the fourth Commandment. And yet, our relationship with Mary ought to be understood in an infinitely deeper way – through love. “God the Son imparted to his Mother all that he gained by his life and death, namely, his infinite merits and his eminent virtues. He made her the treasurer of all his Father had given him as heritage. Through her he applies his merits to his members and through her he transmits his virtues and distributes his graces…She is His mystic channel, His aqueduct, through which he causes his mercies to flow gently and abundantly.” – True Devotion (TD), no. 24.

Mary alone has the unique privilege of being at the same time the daughter of the Father, the spouse of the Holy Spirit, and the Mother of the Son. And of course, it was through her that Jesus took upon Himself our human nature so that he could offer Himself to the Father in reparation for our sins. “Mary alone found grace before God without the help of any other creature. All those who have since found grace before God have found it only through her. She was full of grace when she was greeted by the Archangel Gabriel and was filled with grace to overflowing by the Holy Spirit when he so mysteriously overshadowed her…the Almighty made her the sole custodian of his treasures and the sole dispenser of his graces. She can lead them along the narrow path to heaven and guide them through the narrow gate to life…Jesus is always and everywhere the fruit and Son of Mary and Mary is everywhere the genuine tree that bears that Fruit of life, the true Mother who bears that Son”(TD,44). What an extraordinary relationship! What tremendous humility. By virtue of our baptism, our incorporation into the Body of her Son, we share in that relationship, provided we are faithful to our Baptismal promises. Mary will gently lead us into the Heart of Her Son so that we may be healed and so walk in the Light of Truth. She knows the way. “She is not the sun, dazzling our weak sight by the brightness of its rays. Rather, she is fair and gentle as the moon, which receives its light from the sun and softens it and adapts it to our limited perception. She is so full of love that no one who asks for her intercession is rejected, no matter how sinful he may be. The saints say that it never has been known since the world began that anyone had recourse to our blessed Lady, with trust and perseverance, and was rejected”(TD,85). How would you describe your relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary? How well do you really know Her? DeMontfort turns to the Scriptures to illustrate the tender and effective love of Mary. Our Lady enables the soul to receive a greater measure of grace thereby forming us into a more perfect likeness of Jesus. “When Mary has taken root in a soul she produces in it wonders of grace which only she can produce; for she alone is the fruitful virgin who never had and never will have her equal in purity and fruitfulness….When the Holy Spirit, her spouse, finds Mary in a soul, he hastens there and enters fully into it. He gives himself generously to that soul according to the place it has given to his spouse”(TD, 35). Mary intercedes on our behalf with her Son, just like at the wedding feast of Cana, asking our Lord to give us the New Wine, that is, the graces won for us through the Paschal Mystery. What hopefulness. Imagine it! She is right beside us helping us to faithfully live in Christ. DeMontfort’s beautiful treatise on our Lady is filled with spiritual treasures, revealing a clear understanding of the role of Mary in the lives of the faithful. It would certainly prove worthy spiritual reading throughout the Holy Season of Lent. Why not consider reading a few paragraphs of True Devotion each day, especially as we begin the month of October, a Marian month, and reflect upon the spiritual insights that lead to a greater understanding of our baptismal promises. The goal we seek of course is a deeper union with our Lord and our Blessed Mother wants to help us. Our late Holy Father, Blessed Pope John Paul II, praised the writings of DeMontfort calling them an “inexhaustible fountainhead of spirituality” that “teach the meaning of true devotion to the Blessed Virgin.” As we draw close to Mary, may we echo his apostolic motto: “Totus Tuus” – I am totally yours, Blessed Virgin Mary! COME JOIN US AFTER THE SUNDAY 5 PM MASS OCTOBER 6th