For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday Feb 23, 2014
Pastor’s Corner: Per the directives of the Diocese, parishes must regularly publish their financial reports. Below, please find the financial statements for the Second Quarter ended December 31, 2013. The parish has no debt, other than a few current normal bills. I am very grateful for your generosity. —-Msgr. DiGiovanni
Please pray for the sick: James Meadows II, Karin Fahey, Margaret Potolicchio, Ruth Coyle, James Tymon, Terence Dervishi, Antoinette Rubino, Andres Ferrer Sr., Val McIntosh, Pasqualina Bruzzese, Kathy Raggio, Elaine Mellace, Florita Guimbal, Harrie Humphreys, William Perretti, Rosa Vera, Tom Diffley, Bonnie Keyes, Ed Grady, Connor Walsh, Billy Therriault, Thomas Bernie, Megan Bobroske, Mary Churley, Lena Cocchia, Thomas Bernie, Nancy Gallagher, Maria Wnek, Reno Antonio Rosa, Silvana Smith, Connie Ward, Ron DeCamp, Keith Nicholson.
Please pray for those who have recently died: Virginia Donaghue, Marcel Gedeon, Antoinette Rubino, James Hale, Edna Campbell, Joseph Pavia, Elmer Lipinski, William Henry, Sr., Louis Chiapetta, Ann R. DiGiovanni, Patricia Morris, Jean Fusaro, Frederick Intrieri, Jody Ann O’Brien.
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, February 24th.
Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light: Special Intentions
ASH WEDNESDAY: March 5th: Is NOT a holy day of obligation. Ashes will be given out at the 8 am and 12:10 pm Masses that day; AND in the basilica at 7 am, 1pm and 7:30 pm. HOWEVER,
ASHES WILL NOT BE GIVEN OUT AT THE RECTORY.
St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Wednesday meetings at 6:15 pm in the Rectory. We read the Latin Church Fathers. 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.
BIBLE STUDY: Fr. Walsh leads our study of The Book of Isaiah, on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 pm in the Rectory. Bring your Bible. Next meeting: February 26th.
KENTUCKY DERBY: Save the Date!! May 3rd: our annual parish fundraising event: the simulcast of the Derby in the Monsignor Nagle Hall, 4-7pm: outstanding food and drink, raffles, a live auction, and great fun. Come join us for the Kentucky Derby at St. John’s. All proceeds for the repainting and repair of the Rectory.
STAMFORD HIBERNIAN COMMUNION BREAKFAST: SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2014 – The 71st Annual Stamford AOH/LAOH Communion Breakfast will be held on Sunday, March 2nd, at the Hibernian Hall on Greyrock Place in Stamford. The Breakfast will take place immediately following the 10AM Mass at The Basilica of St. John the Evangelist. This year’s Guest Speaker will be Bishop Frank Caggiano, Fifth Bishop of Bridgeport. The cost for the Breakfast is $25. All are welcome. For reservations, please call Agnes Sheridan at (203) 662-9751.
Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday February 16, 2014 $ 9,227.00
Sunday February 17, 2013 $ 11,198.03
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Mar. 2nd, Sunday Readings: Is 49:14-15; 1 Cor 4:1-5; Mt 6:24-34.
Annual Bishop’s Appeal: Has begun. Many parishioners may have already received a letter from Bishop Lori. Saint John’s annual goal, set by the diocese, is $87,000. The funds collected for the Bishop are used for the numerous charitable and educational works of the Diocese.
Please be generous.
Home Schooling Families: Meet in the Msgr. Nagle Parish hall each First Friday: March 7, April 4, May 2. All ages are welcome. Please contact Bridget Bethray: email@example.com, or Janet Lancaster: 203-637-3301, firstname.lastname@example.org.
RCIA: Interested in becoming Catholic or Catholics wanting to receive First Communion or Confirmation are invited to attend classes: Tuesdays at 7:00 pm in the Rectory.
St John’s Flock (20’s and 30’s Young Adult Ministry): Meetings on Two Tuesdays a month and other social/service events. For info: stjohnsflock.com or Email: email@example.com.
Francis & Clare: Our High School Youth Group. Students interested in being part of the Teen Leadership Group: E-mail Deirdre.firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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).
SAINT GABRIEL PARISH LECTURE SERIES FOR LENT: CATHOLIC IDENTITY:RENEWING OUR APPRECIATION – On four Monday evenings during the Lenten season (March 10th,17th, 24th, and 31st) from 7:30 -8:30 p.m. in the Saint Gabriel parish hall, Dr. Joan Kelly will lead us on a tour of our Catholic Faith Tradition. Together we will explore the wealth of our glorious Catholic Heritage steeped in a centuries old Tradition more than 2000 years old. You will be enlightened about the historical resplendency of Catholic doctrine, ritual and devotion that manifests itself in our Church down to the present day!
Job Seekers: Meets 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: This Monday, February 24th.
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, February 22, 2014
4:00 +Mildred/JoAnn and Felix Fiore req. Leon Taricani
Sunday, February 23, 2014
7:30 +George Terenzio Birthday Remembrance req. Terenzio Family
10:00 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
12:00 +Marge Munger req. Marchetti Family
5:00 +Frank Alagia
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, February 24, 2014
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Arnold Florestal and Saint Anna St. Jean req. Marie Florestal
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
8:00 Richard Boiteau req. Maude and Paul Hughes
12:10 +Esperance Phillips req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
8:00 Melissa L. Basch req. Mary and Kieran Malone
12:10 Leon Taricani req. Mary Jean Dal Molin
Thursday, February 27, 2014
8:00 +Pennie Fujiye req. Dorothy Keyes
12:10 +William Farrell req. Collins Family
Friday, February 28, 2014
8:00 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
12:10 +Francima and Lerion A. Charles req. Marie Florestal
Saturday, March 1, 2014
8:00 +Monsignor William Nagle req. Nancy Ligouri
12:10 +Charles and Erminia Najjoun req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
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 family society meeting four times a year on Sundays after the 5pm mass, with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and prayer, supper, and a lecture in the church hall.
Francis & Clare: Co-Ed High School Youth Group. Email Deirdre.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pray to end Legalized Abortion: Wednesdays, 7-10:30a.m., Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St.
St. Dominic Savio Society:For spiritual formation of men, 7th-8thgrades-HighSchoolers welcome Contact-Ferry203-324-1553 x22.
St. Maria Goretti Society: For the spiritual formation of young ladies,7th-8th grades(High Schoolers welcome).Beth 203-975-0074.
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: Sunday, after the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.
St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
125 years ago, or so:
February 27, 1891: Connecticut Roman Catholics. “Bishop McMahon makes the following statement concerning the Roman Catholic diocese in Connecticut: Priests 184; religious women 485; churches 148; parochial schools 40.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: in 1841, 50 years prior, there were but 3 Priests who attended to the Catholics of all of New England.)
115 years ago, or so:
March 1, 1899: Father McClean’s Able Sermon. “Rev. Peter H. McClean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Hartford, preached in St. John’s R.C. Church last night. He took for his text a portion of the Apostles’ Creed, and from it drew a wholesome lesson of the life a good Christian should live. In a clear, concise way, he told of the passion and death of Christ, and then of his resurrection. There was a very large congregation present, and all gave Father Mclean the closest attention.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: The Rev. Peter McClean was a vocation from St. John’s)
80 years ago, or so:
February 24, 1934: MANY ATTEND THE SCOUT EXPOSITION. “Two Eagle Scout badges, the highest award of scouting, will be presented tonight to James O’Brien and Robert Thayer, both of Troop 22, St. John’s R.C. Church.”
65 years ago, or so:
February 24, 1948: Clergymen Laud Brotherhood Ideal At War Dead Rites. “Stamford citizens, officials, clergymen and members of the various veterans groups marked the opening of American Brotherhood Week yesterday by honoring three of Stamford’s war dead, representing the Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant faiths, at ceremonies at Stamford Theatre. The war dead honored were Capt. George D. Fielding, Capt. Donald Donahue and Lt. Leonard Weiss, who died in World War II. The Rev. Nicholas P. Coleman of St. John’s Catholic Church stated that there is no greater love than that of men who have died for friends or for their country. In honoring these war dead we show our appreciation and spirit of brotherhood.”
55 years ago, or so:
February 27, 1961: Grammar School CYO Champions. “The basketball players of St. John’s CYO assembled with Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman and Coach Frank Jerabek. The boys are Peter Philipse, Len O’Connell, Peter Romaniello, Bill Smith, Anthony Esposito, Stanley Esposito, Paul Coughden, Richard O’Connor, Chick Clark, Paul Brady, Brien Malloy, Bolt Cox, Lou Lausten, Sam Boone and Dan Donahue.”
The Living Word
– Fr. Terry Walsh
“It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” – Matthew 4:4
Have you ever had the experience of reading a story that you simply could not put down – hour after hour your heart and mind happily absorbing tremendous new insights and understanding, delving ever deeper into the mystery of life? You recognize in those moments that your life has somehow changed – a new course heading has been established. Who better to re-orient the spiritual compass than God Himself? The Prophet Jeremiah rejoiced: “Thy words were found, and I ate them, and thy words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I am called by thy name, O Lord, God of Hosts”(Jer. 15:16). Each turn of the page gradually unlocks the mysteries of life, like a soft summer breeze gently filling the sail of your heart, leading you to new shores. What could be more exciting than coming to understand the origin of human existence and the very purpose of life? The very first verses of the Bible capture our attention as we contemplate the explosion of love emanating deep from within the Trinity: God creating everything out of nothing in a simple and perfect act of love – forming man with such tender affection and endowing him with the ability to know Him and to love Him. As the story unfolds, we meet Adam, Noah, and Abraham who enter into Covenant relationships with God. Later, Moses, Joshua, David, Elijah, and many others help carry out God’s plan of Salvation, all leading up to that unique moment in time: the Incarnation! Indeed, all the books in the Bible point to the four Gospels, which tell the story of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of the God-man, Jesus Christ. As we peer a little deeper into the stories of the Old Testament, we soon discover that there are actually many layers. “According to an ancient tradition, one can distinguish between two senses of Scripture: the literal and the spiritual, the latter being subdivided into the allegorical, moral, and anagogical senses. The profound concordance of the four senses guarantees all its richness to the living reading of Scripture in the Church”(Catechism, 115). For instance, the early Saints of the Church pondered the story of Noah’s Ark and they explained how on a deeper level it actually corresponds to Jesus, who saved His family from sin and death; that is, all who are incorporated into His Mystical Body through the waters of baptism, through the Ark of the Church. Each of the 73 books in the Bible reveals important lessons on their own, while at the same time are all woven together into the bigger story of Salvation History and the relationship between Christ and the Church. Consider the story of the twelve sons of Jacob in the book of Genesis. When the younger son, Joseph, reveals to his brothers the dream he had concerning the higher place he would have among them, they were enraged. They plot to kill him – their own brother. What utter bewilderment! They betray him, selling him for 30 pieces of silver to nomads traveling to Egypt. As we read the story, our thoughts immediately leap across the centuries to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus, surrounded by his “brethren” – the twelve Apostles – has likewise been betrayed – sold for 30 pieces of silver by his “brother,” Judas and then abandoned in the Garden. In the Book of Genesis, Joseph would emerge as the right hand man of Pharaoh, who had put Joseph in charge of distributing the world’s supply of grain when a seven year famine engulfed the nations. On a deeper level, we come to understand that Joseph actually prefigures Jesus, who, centuries later, would be revealed as the Bread of Life, feeding all who hunger for spiritual healing and nourishment. Page after page, God reveals His plan of Salvation through the humble Chosen People of Israel, preparing all the world for the glory of the Incarnation. Just as Moses would lead the Israelites out of the slavery of Egypt to the Promised Land, Jesus would lead the faithful out of the slavery of sin and darkness into Heaven. Just as the great prophet Elijah would offer the true sacrifice on Mount Carmel, Jesus would offer the perfect Sacrifice, His life, on Calvary. And how can we avoid tears of sorrow as we hear Isaiah’s prophesy of the Suffering Servant some seven centuries before the Second Person of the Holy Trinity becomes Incarnate, revealing that it was always His intention to lay down His life for our sake, opening the gates of Heaven closed by Adam’s Fall from grace. When we read the Old Testament in light of this truth, our hearts expand with utter gratitude and amazement. How can our response be anything but faithful, unconditional love for him? Yet, if we never take the time to ponder the history of Salvation, how can we really know Him? St. Jerome said, “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.” ). In other words, how can we really fully appreciate the lengths he has gone to pour out His love upon us and to teach us exactly how we ought to respond to him if we haven’t taken the time to ponder His words? “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than a two-edged sword, piercing to division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart”(Hebrews 4:12). God’s love for his faithful people is written on every page – it’s the story of the most intimate union of love between God and man. Through our prayerful contemplation of the mystery of our Redemption, we’ll be filled with his Wisdom. “Wisdom is radiant and unfading, and she is easily discerned by those who love her, and is found by those who seek her”(Wisdom 6:12). Moreover, we’ll avoid the errors of presumption, such as those made by the Sadducees who confronted Jesus concerning the Resurrection. “Jesus said to them, ‘Is not this why you are wrong, that you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God?”(Mark 12:24). Sadly, those who neglect the Scriptures simply don’t realize what they are missing – for if they would take the time to read the Bible, they would, quite naturally be led by the Light of Christ. He alone pours “Light” into our hearts and minds and without this Light we would only stumble in the dark. If we allow our Lord to plant His words deep in the garden of our soul, we’ll bear spiritual fruits – the treasure of Heaven. “As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit, and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty”(Matthew 13:23). The 73 “books” of the Old and New Testaments comprise 1335 “chapters” – each about a page in length (including the 150 Psalms). If you read 1 single page each day, you will have read the Bible in about 3½ years. That’s about 10 minutes of your time each day – or roughly the equivalent of the amount to time you would spend watching commercials in an average half-hour sitcom. Wonderful graces will wash over you simply from opening the Bible and making an honest effort. “In Sacred Scripture, the Church constantly finds her nourishment and her strength, for she welcomes it not as a human word, ‘but as what it really is, the word of God.’ In the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven comes lovingly to meet his children, and talks with them’”(Catechism, 104). God will whisper into the ear of your soul: “Trust me.” “Be courageous.” “I will never leave you.” “Follow Me.” Even when you feel as though you “don’t get it” God will reward you and encourage you. Why not at least try. Our Lord said, “Ask and you will receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be open to you.”