For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday April 27, 2014

Eve Pastor’s Corner: May, the most beautiful of all months, when the icy grip of winter and early spring finally loosens, celebrates the most beautiful and most worthy of all women in human history, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God.

From the beginning, the Church has revered Our Lady because of her personal holiness and intimate relationship with the Divine Persons of the Trinity. The most popular prayer, the Hail Mary, is based on the words addressed to Mary by the Archangel Gabriel at the Annunciation: “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee,” recalling the wonders God was about to work in her life for the salvation of the world, by which as Our Lady responds, “all generations will call me blessed.” [Luke 1:46-55] Even during her lifetime, Mary was held in high esteem, as was any mother in Jewish society, but especially the mother of someone famous or powerful. By the end of the first century, Mary is venerated, NOT worshiped, since only God receives worship. Mary is venerated as the New Eve, especially described in the writings of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, who had been taught the faith by Saint Peter himself. Mary, the most perfect representative of our human race, now makes up in her own virtuous life of faith for the sins of the first Eve. God the Father recreates all creation through Christ, the New Adam, with Mary as the human co-operator. Saint Athanasius, one of the greatest of the Church Fathers, wrote: “O’ Virgin, your glory transcends all created things because of Christ, O Mother of God the Word. We say that cherubs are sublime, but you are more sublime than they: cherubs support the throne of God, but you support God within your arms. Seraphs are close to God, but you are closer than they: Seraphs hide their faces with their wings, unable to look at the perfect glory of God, but you not only contemplate His face, but caress and suckle Him.” [Virgin Mother of God]

In 431, the Council of Ephesus formally defined the role of Mary in our salvation: Mary can be called the Mother of God, since she gave human form to the Eternal God. She didn’t create God, as no mother creates her child, but gave birth to the Eternal God in the flesh. The centuries-old popular devotion to Our Lady then became even more popular. As the Church spread throughout Europe in the 5th century and during later centuries, Mary was held in reverence as the mother of all believers, constantly interceding with Her Son for us while constantly pointing us toward her Son. In Northern Europe, where the winters are harsh, May was the first month of new life, with flowers finally blooming after long winters. Mary, the greatest boast of our race, and the most perfect representative of humankind, who shared her humanity with God in Jesus, was honored in May especially with flowers that represent the new creation by God through Christ, such as the lily, the rose, the marigold, and numerous wild-flowers, lady-fern, lady’s mantel, lady’s slipper, maidenhair fern, lady’s thimble, to mention only a few. Our Lady is the exemplar of the Christian life, of one who is totally dedicated to Our Lord. She is also our mother, the New Eve, who gave birth to a new creation in Christ, who prays constantly for our salvation. May is naturally the most beautiful of months. Let us imitate that natural beauty by dedicating ourselves to follow Our Lady, making our lives blossom in virtue in her honor and for the love of Her Son.
—Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Louise Munro, Lena Cocchia, Sr. Anne-Marguerite, Christina Samon Ta-Chu, Charles Armstrong, Pasqualina Bruzzese, Nancy Gallagher, Lilliana Papa, Megan Bobroske, Connor Walsh, Billy Therriault, Thomas Bernie, Connie Ward, James Meadows II, Karin Fahey, Margaret Potolicchio, Ruth Coyle, James Tymon, Terence Dervishi, Andres Ferrer Sr., Val McIntosh, Kathy Raggio, Elaine Mellace.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Elinor Zarimski, Amelia DeDomenici, Jessica Rybnick Fleckenstein, Jeanette Pavia, Maryann Cornelio, Ernest Szechenyi, Theodore Scheidel, Jr., Virginia Donaghue, Marcel Gedeon, Antoinette Rubino, James Hale, Edna Campbell, Joseph Pavia, Elmer Lipinski, William Henry, Sr., Louis Chiapetta, Ann R. DiGiovanni.

Catholic Home Missions Collection . . . Please drop your special envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertoy.

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, April 28th.

Divine Mercy Sunday: April 27th: A Holy Hour 1:00-2:00PM with the Holy Rosary, Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Wednesdays at 6:15 pm in the Rectory. We read the Latin Church Fathers. We are about to begin translating Tertullian’s De Oratione [On Prayer], and his Apologeticus pro Christianis [A Defense for Christians]. 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 translating the Gospel of Saint John. We meet Thursdays at 6:30 pm in the Rectory. Please join us.

KENTUCKY DERBY: Next Saturday, 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.

All Parish Women: Join us in the Rectory on Monday, May 5th, 5:00-6:30 pm, for social time, refreshments, and to talk about being a Catholic woman, and to discuss your present or future needs and ideas about daycare, pre-school, and early learning. Please RSVP to Lisa Kotasek: lisakotasek@gmail.com, or call 203-253-3599.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Easter Sunday 2014 $ 23,706.00
Easter Sunday 2013 $ 18,918.00

Please increase your Sunday offering by $5.00 each weekend.“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

May 4th, Sunday Readings: Acts 2:14, 22-33; 1 Pt 1:17-21; Lk 24:13-35.

Annual Bishop’s Appeal: Has begun. Saint John’s goal, set by the diocese, is $100,000. The funds collected for the Bishop are used for the numerous charitable and educational works of the Diocese. We have collected to date: $57,222.00.
Please be generous; we need everyone’s help.

Home Schooling Families: Meet in the Msgr. Nagle Parish hall each First Friday: May 2. All ages are welcome. Please contact Bridget Bethray: bridget.bethray@gmail.com, or Janet Lancaster: 203-637-3301, jmlancaster@optonline.net.

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.

STAMFORD SYMPHONY: Will perform Handel’s Messiah in our Basilica on
Saturday, December 6, 2014: Tickets are $50.00.
Tickets may be purchased ONLY THROUGH THE STAMFORD SYMPHONY :
PATRON SERVICE: 203-325-1407, ext. 10.

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: 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.

Birthright: of Greater Stamford seeks volunteers: Support women with unplanned pregnancies to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, connecting women with medical, financial, legal and other resources. Flexible schedules; training provided. Call 348-4355 or www.birthright.org.

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, April 28th.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, April 26, 2014
4:00 Special Intentions Margaret Chu req. Joseph and Agnes Kung
Sunday, April 27, 2014
7:30 +George Terenzio req. Millie
10:00 In Honor of the Holy Love of God req. Fabiola C.
12:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
5:00 +Frank Alagia
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, April 28, 2014
8:00 Wedding Anniversary Thang and Diep Nguyen
12:10 Mabel Lewis req. Norma Jarrett
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
8:00 +Charles V. Austin Jr. req. Family
12:10 +Stephen Kronk req. Mary Churley
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
8:00 +Rick Cote
12:10 +Maureen H. McSweeney req. Martin Jennings
Thursday, May 1, 2014
8:00 Sacred Heart of Jesus req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Peter A. Rosito req. Janice Pasqua
Friday, May 2, 2014
8:00 +Mr. and Mrs. Beaublum req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Jack and Theresa Scalfari req. daughter Marion
Saturday, May 3, 2014
8:00 +Ann DiGiovanni req. Rich and Sue Kremheller
12:10 In Honor of the Divine Will of God req. Yvonne

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.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:For spiritual formation of 7th-8thgrades-HighSchooler young men: Ferry: 324-1553 x22.

St. Maria Goretti Society: For the spiritual formation of 7th-8th grades-High School young ladies: Beth: 975-0074.

Holy Hour: on Monday Nights, 7pm—8 pm. Adoration, Holy Rosary, and Benediction. All are welcome!

The Legion of Mary: Wednesday Evenings: 7:30 pm ’till 9:00 pm in the Msgr. Nagle Hall. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies:
—Latin Patristic Reading Group:Wednesday evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory: basic reading ability required.
–-Intermediate Studies in Biblical Greek: Intermediate Grammar: 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. All are welcome.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

100 years ago, or so:
April 30, 1914: Working on Stone in Modern Way. “A gasoline run machine that drills holes in stone within an incredibly short pace of time, is being used by Howard L. Scofield, in placing iron fencing on the new curb at Rev. J.C. O’Brien’s residence on Atlantic Street. The motor forces compressed air through a rubber tube, and into a cylinder in which is a “hammer.” A chisel is inserted in the end of this cylinder. The compressed air forces the “hammer” on the head of the chisel, with a short powerful stroke at a speed of about 100 times a minute, and the chisel chips off the stone as though cutting through it. A pressure of about 80 pounds of air is used.”

80 years ago, or so:
May 4, 1935: BOY SCOUT MERIT BADGE EXPOSITION STARTS WEDNESDAY. “The Boy Scout merit badge exposition of the Stamford Council will be held in the Elks’ Auditorium, Wednesday to Saturday, inclusive. There will be a display of Scout hobbies and handicraft. Along the east side of the auditorium will be the following booths: Electricity, radio and signaling, by Troop 22, St. John’s Catholic Church.”

75 years ago, or so:
May 4, 1938: St. John’s Sodality To Hold Procession On Sunday, May 22. “A large attendance marked the final meeting of the season of the Senior Division, Children of Mary Sodality, St. John’s Catholic Church, Monday evening. Arrangements were made for the May procession Sunday, May 22. It was voted that the president, Miss Kathryn Leonard, perform the crowning ceremony. All members are expected to participate in this affair and will wear veils and carry flowers to be supplied by the sodality.”

50 years ago, or so:May 1, 1963: Event To Promote Boys’ Interest In Becoming Priests. “A Day of Recollection for sixth, seventh and eighth grade boys to promote vocations to the priesthood will be held May 5 from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at St. Cecilia’s Church in Springdale. The Rev. Michael F. Blanchard, pastor of St. John’s Church, Noroton, will conduct the program. Father Blanchard is vocational director for the Stamford Deanery. He said the program is for all boys from Stamford, Darien and New Canaan. The Rev. William A. Nagle of St. John’s, assistant vocational director for the Deanery, also will address the group.”

Divine Mercy Sunday
-Fr. Terry Walsh

In the early 1900’s, a young woman named Maria Faustina Kowalska entered the Convent of the Sisters of Mercy in Cracow, Poland. She began to experience Mystical Revelations of Jesus, who began to instruct her about the greatest attribute of God: His Mercy. She wrote about these experiences of her Private Revelations and visions in a book called the Diary. Our Lord appeared to St. Faustina in His Glorified Body with bright rays of Red and White light streaming from His Sacred Heart. He told her that he wanted this image to be painted and at the bottom of the painting, to inscribe the words: “Jesus, I Trust in You.” He also instructed her that He wanted the 1st Sunday following Easter to be proclaimed perpetually as a special feast celebrating His Mercy. In the year 2000, Pope John Paul II, also a native of Cracow, elevated Blessed Faustina to Sainthood and proclaimed that the 1st Sunday following Easter would indeed be celebrated as Divine Mercy Sunday in the Church’s Liturgy – to honor the Mercy of God. Incidentally, 5 years after this proclamation, John Paul would draw his last breath on Divine Mercy Sunday. And today, Blessed Pope John Paul II is now Saint Pope John Paul II. The Supreme Act of Mercy, of course, was offered when Jesus laid down His life as a ransom for us and enabled us to enter into His Divine Life through personal encounters with Him in the Sacraments, most especially Holy Eucharist. Consider one of the prayers associated with the Divine Mercy Chaplet: “O Blood and Water which gushed forth from the heart of Jesus as a Fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You.” It is that very Blood that we receive in the Eucharist.

When Jesus appeared to the Apostles after the Resurrection, He greeted them with mercy. In the Gospel of Luke (known as the Gospel of Mercy) Jesus says “Be Merciful.” He commands us to have the same compassion on one another that He demonstrated in the upper room. When we read the Scriptures, most especially the four Gospels, we uncover His Mercy on every page. At the same time, we are called to meditate on His mercy and love so that we can imitate Him.

St. Faustina sought our Lord with an undivided heart and her faith in His love strengthened her to endure suffering by uniting herself to the suffering heart of Jesus. She wrote, “Although outwardly I meet with many sufferings and various adversities, this does not, however, lessen my interior life for a moment nor disturb my inner silence. I do not fear at all being abandoned by creatures because, even if all abandoned me, I would not be alone, for the Lord is with me. And even if the Lord were to hide, love will know how to find Him. For love knows no gates or guards; even the keen-eyed Cherub himself, with his flaming sword, will not stop love; it will work its way through wilderness and scorching heat, through storm, thunder and darkness, and will reach the source from which it came, and there it will endure forever. All things will come to an end; but love, never”(1022). In one private revelation to the Saint, Jesus revealed to her: “I desire trust from My creatures. Encourage souls to place great trust in My fathomless mercy. Let the weak, sinful soul have no fear to approach Me, for even if it had more sins than there are grains of sand in the world, all would be drowned in the unmeasurable depths of My Mercy”(1059). We simply need to look to His wounded side upon the Cross and know that He endured it for love of us. Trust in Him, as it is inscribed on the Image of Divine Mercy: Jesus, I trust in you.