For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday June 15, 2014
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Pastor’s Corner: “When the Lord gave his disciples divine power to regenerate mankind, he said: ‘Go, teach all nations, and baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.’ This was why the Spirit had descended on God’s Son-made-man, learning thereby to dwell in mankind and to find repose in God’s creatures, carrying out the Father’s will in them and making them new in Christ” [Ireneaus of Lyons, Against Heresies, Book 3].
The entire work to save mankind from sin and death is a work of the Three Divine Persons of the Blessed Trinity, and this can be seen in the Resurrection of Our Lord: the Eternal Son, conceived in womb by the Holy Spirit, died in the flesh to pay for human sin, and was awakened from among the dead by the Eternal Father [“the God of the living”, as Saint Paul calls Him in his Letter to the Romans, 4:17], as a sign of His paternal acceptance of the Son’s sacrifice. Once raised from the dead, the Eternal Son sends forth the Holy Spirit into the Church upon the persons of the Twelve Apostles and Our Lady. It is this Holy Spirit that we receive in the Sacrament of Confirmation.
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The Father, who began the work of salvation with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, forming the Chosen People of Israel, brings that work to fruition through the obedience of His Son, the sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Church, and the remaining of the Son in the Church through the work of the Holy Spirit in the sacraments, sanctifying and leading all back to the Father.
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Saint John wrote of the witnesses to the truth of Christ: “This is He who came in water and in blood, Jesus Christ; not in water only, but in the water and in the blood. And it is the spirit that bears witness that Christ is the truth. For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word [who is the Son], and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, and the water, and the blood; and these three are one” [I John 5: 5-9].
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What is John writing about? Water, is the water of Baptism; Blood is Christ’s shed on the Cross and given us in Holy Communion. The Trinity continues to work through the Church and the Sacraments, created by Christ.
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Even though Jesus returned to the Father in His crucified and risen human body, He entered into a new kind of intimacy with mankind in the Holy Spirit, which he alluded to when He told His Apostles, “I will not leave your orphans” [John 15:18]. Jesus was speaking of His actual incarnate presence in the Church through the Church’s sacraments. It is the Holy Spirit who is Lord of the Sacraments, changing bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ in the miracle of Transubstantiation at Mass, and who empowers God’s creatures used in the sacraments, such as water in Baptism, by which Christ sanctifies us through His incarnate and risen manhood. To obtain that goal, all Persons of the Blessed Trinity work, that each of us might spend eternity with the Trinity in Heaven.
Please pray for the sick: Ruth Coyle, Jacqueline Domingue, Dorothy Clements, John Palumbo, Kristine Barron, Silvana Smith, Louise Munro, Lena Cocchia, Sr. Anne-Marguerite, Christina Samon Ta-Chu, Charles Armstrong, Pasqualina Bruzzese, Nancy Gallagher, Megan Bobroske, Connor Walsh.
Please pray for those who have recently died: James Capodanno, Bronislawa (Betty) Balutowski, Wisler Nau, Liliana Pappa, Elinor Zarimski, Amelia DeDomenici, Jessica Rybnick Fleckenstein, Jeanette Pavia, Maryann Cornelio, Ernest Szechenyi, Theodore Scheidel, Jr., Virginia Donaghue, Ann R. DiGiovanni.
Monthly Collection . . . The second collection today will be the monthly 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, June 16th.
Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light: +Vincent DeRosa and +Charles Kronk Sr. req. Joan and John Kronk
Banns of Marriage:
II Banns: Lawrence Nardi and Laura Falcone.
IIBanns: Eugene Russo, Jr. and Kathleen Geist.
III Banns: Nicholas Della Camera and Jessica Burga.
III Banns: Patrick Peluso and Marina Nadgor.
SAVE THE DATE: Free concert Next Sunday, June 22nd: 6-8pm, for the entire family: here at Saint John’s: L’Angelus will perform again for our parish in our parking lot. Bring the whole family and a picnic supper, and enjoy the music on a beautiful summer evening.
SAINT JOHN FISHER SEMINARY RESIDENCE: Will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its founding on June 20th: The celebrations begin with Mass offered by Edward Cardinal Egan at the Church of the Assumption, Westport at 6pm, followed by dinner at The Inn at Longshore. Honorees will include Judy and Phil DeFelice, who have served the seminary since its founding. Please call 203-322-5331 for reservations. All proceeds go to the Seminary.
SAVE THE DATE: CONSECRATION TO JESUS THROUGH MARY: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 (Time: TBA). All those interested in participating in a 33 day program through a self-guided retreat program using the book by Father Gaitley, MORNING GLORY are invited to join us. The Consecration ceremony will take place on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, please RSVP Hope Jagodzinski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Wednesdays at 6:15 pm in the Rectory. We are 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.
St. Monica Biblical Greek Grammar: Thursdays at 6:30 pm in the Rectory. An intermediate grammar/reading class. We are translating the Gospel of John. Basic grammatical knowledge of Biblical Greek is required.
Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday June 8, 2014 $ 13,511.06
Sunday June 9, 2013 $ 11,432.02
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
June 22nd, Sunday Readings: Dt 8:2-3, 14b-16a; 1 Cor 10:16-17; Jn 6:51-58.
Annual Bishop’s Appeal: Saint John’s goal is $100,000. The funds collected are used for the numerous charitable and educational works of the Diocese. We have collected to date: $96,465.00. To those 358people who donated so far, thank you, very much! If 353 people would donate $10 each, we will make our Appeal.
Home Schooling Families: Has finished meeting for the year. We’ll start again in September, when we meet in the Msgr. Nagle Parish hall each First Friday of each month. All ages are welcome. Please contact Bridget Bethray: email@example.com, or Janet Lancaster: 203-637-3301, OR: firstname.lastname@example.org.
RCIA: Anyone interested in becoming Catholic, or adult Catholics wanting to receive First Communion or Confirmation, please call the parish secretary (324-1553, ext. 21).
St. John’s Women’s Groups, both large & small, meet regularly in the rectory and in homes. Contact Lisa Kotasek: email@example.com OR: 203-253-3499.
St John’s Flock (20’s and 30’s Young Adult Ministry): Meets every Monday from
7-9pm for Holy Hour at the Basilica, and fellowship afterwards, as well as other social/service events. For more info, join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/321733548424/ or email Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Francis & Clare: Our High School Youth Group. Students interested in being part of the Teen Leadership Group: E-mail Deirdre.email@example.com to get involved.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Birthright: seeks volunteers: Support women 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.
Saint Gabriel Church: Solemn High Masses in the Extraordinary Form: Thursday June
19th at 7:30PM on the Feast of Corpus Christi and on Friday June 27th at 7:30 PM, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Refreshments to follow in the Parish Meeting Room.
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: Next Monday, June 23rd.
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, June 14, 2014
4:00 Deceased family members of Vincent and Theresa Kung req. Joseph Kung
Sunday, June 15, 2014
7:30 Deceased members of the Sexton and Winter Families req. Hannah Sexton Young
10:00 Monsignor Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. Nick and Therese Troilo
12:00 +Astrid Christine Marie Hopcraft and In Thanksgiving of Favors Received req. Dr. Joe McAleer and Marion Morris
5:00 +Frank Alagia
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, June 16, 2014
8:00 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10 Bonnie Keyes req. her mother
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
8:00 Special Intentions Father Greg Short, OMV req. Bingle Padilla
12:10 Special Intentions Father Bill Neubecker, OMV req. Bingle Padilla
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
8:00 +Amy Lancaster req. Sue Kremheller
12:10 +Pennie Fujiye req. Dorothy Keyes
Thursday, June 19, 2014
8:00 All Souls in Purgatory req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 Marion Morris req. Diane Strain
Friday, June 20, 2014
8:00 +Mary Albert req. Nancy Finlay
12:10 +Maria Theresa Abrantes req. Irsa Garcia Abrantes
Saturday, June 21, 2014
8:00 Frank Boccuzzi
12:10 Sabine, Chris and Olive Januski 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 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.email@example.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. . .Starts again in September, after the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.
St. John’s in THE NEWS:
THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
145 years ago, or so:
June 18, 1869: “On the Fourth-or rather on Monday the Fifth of July, St. John’s Roman Catholic Church is to have an excursion to Woodside Park. A good brass and string band is to be engaged, and everything possible will be done to make the occasion an enjoyable one to all who choose to attend.”
THE CONNECTICUT CATHOLIC:
120 years ago, or so:
June 16, 1894: STAMFORD. “Last Sunday in St. John’s Roman Catholic church was witnessed a most pleasing and devotional scene. The members and candidates for admission into the Sodalities of the Children of Mary and Immaculate Conception entered the church singing the Litany of the Blessed Virgin and carrying banners of their respective societies. After vespers were sung a beautiful crown of flowers surmounted by a cross was placed upon the altar, after which a dozen little misses dressed in white made offers of garlands and bouquets as pledges of affection and devotion to their heavenly queen. The candidates were then admitted to membership, Miss Mamie Boyle reading the act of consecration. The meaning of the ceremony was then explained and words of encouragement given by Father Rogers.”
THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
60 years ago, or so:
June 16, 1954: St. John’s Seniors Receive wards At Graduation. “Graduation exercises for the Class of 1954, St. John’s School, were held Sunday afternoon in St. John’s Catholic Church. Addressing the 49 graduates was the Most Rev. Lawrence J. Shehan, D.D., Bishop of Bridgeport. The Rev. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s Church conferred the diplomas and awards.”
45 years ago, or so:
June 17, 1971: City’s First Parochial School Closes Doors. “Joe Moran puffed on the stub of his cigar and recalled the days when you could hardly get a seat at St. John’s School. Within a month or two the three story school house on Bell St., Stamford’s first parochial school, will be torn down-because of what Rev. Bertrand Parent, St. John’s pastor, calls “the conditions of the time.” Those conditions are the leveled houses and stores downtown which are making way for urban renewal.”
-Fr. Terry Walsh
The greatest Mystery of our faith is the Mystery of the Holy Trinity: Three Divine Persons, yet One God. In other words, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are three distinct Persons but they are ONE substance, One nature, One God. While they are distinct Persons (the Father is not the Son and the Son is not the Father; the Holy Spirit is not the Father nor the Son), they are not separate. I believe it was St. Patrick who used the image of the Shamrock to help illustrate this truth: One Shamrock has Three distinct “hearts” yet One “stem”. It is One thing, yet there are Three distinct “heart shaped leafs” that make up the clover. And while man can come to a knowledge of the existence of God by the use of the GIFT of Reason (which God gave him, along with free-will and an immortal soul), man could not have arrived at the Truth that God is a Holy Trinity without the benefit—the gift—of Divine Revelation: God told us about Himself. Indeed, while the word “Trinity” appears nowhere in the entire Bible, it remains the Greatest Truth of our Faith. He is there, hidden as it were, even in the Old Testament. Consider the very first 3 sentences of the Bible in the Book of Genesis. “In the beginning…” We see all Three Persons “at work”: The Father “speaking” creation into Being through the Word (capital “W” – the 2nd Divine Person, that is the Son), by the Breath of the Holy Spirit “moving over the face of the waters”. (See also the Gospel of John, chapter 1; Paul’s Letter to the Colossians, chapter 1, the Book of Wisdom, chapter 9, to name just a few passages of Sacred Scripture that will help to see this joy more completely.) It’s exciting, isn’t it? As creation unfolds, we sort of get a glimpse of the joy of God. Of course, we see His Power and Majesty—after all, creating everything out of nothing is pretty impressive. But there is more—we can almost sense a certain ‘playfulness’ – a smile perhaps in the Three Persons. And why not? He creates everything out of love and invites us to share in it. What could be more joyful? Indeed, even after man rejects his Maker, the Father reaches out to us through His Only Begotten Son and together they send the Holy Spirit into the hearts and souls of all who believe and seek to live a life of holiness. What’s more, He promised that He would help us, so much does He love us. Indeed, He loves us so much that He actually allows us to share in Redemption—He adopts us as His own—we become His children and sharers in the Divine Life through the gift of Baptism!
By virtue of our “incorporation” into the Mystical Body of Christ at our Baptism, each of us shares in the mission of Christ; that is, we now participate in the Divine Life of Grace – we are children of God and so share in the “Triple Munera” – the “Triple Office” of our Lord: Priest, Prophet, and King. The Church teaches us that our Spiritual Birth into the Body of Christ brings with it a particular dignity as we become Temples of the Holy Spirit and now live the “New Law” of the Grace of the Holy Spirit. At the same time, we participate in the Mission of the Redemption of the World and are each given a particular “task” to complete which we discover through prayer and accomplish through the graces of the sacraments. The Catechism puts it this way: “Jesus Christ is the One Whom the Father anointed with the Holy Spirit and established as priest, prophet, and king. The whole People of God participates in these three offices of Christ and bears the responsibilities for mission and service that flow from them”(ccc783). We are, as we read in the Letter to the Hebrews, “a kingdom of priests to God, his Father.” At baptism, we are infused with the virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity and receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit that perfect moral virtues. As we cooperate with the graces offered us we grow into spiritual maturity and become witnesses, or “prophets” as we draw others into the Body of Christ by the example of our lives. We accomplish our “mission” by imitating our Lord who came to serve. And so, as the Catechism clearly points out: “For the Christian, ‘to reign is to serve him’ particularly when serving the poor and the suffering, in whom the Church recognizes the image of her poor and suffering founder”(ccc786).
St. Leo the Great, Doctor of the Church and gifted Theologian, spoke of the dignity we receive at Baptism and highlighted what our response to that gift necessarily entails. He said: “The sign of the Cross makes kings of all those reborn in Christ and the anointing of the Holy Spirit consecrates them as priests, so that, apart from the particular service of our ministry, all spiritual and rational Christians are recognized as members of this royal race and sharers in Christ’s priestly office. What, indeed, is as royal for a soul as to govern the body in obedience to God? And what is as priestly as to dedicate a pure conscience to the Lord and to offer the spotless offerings of devotion on the altar of the heart?” And so, as we celebrate the Holy Trinity today, may we be ever mindful that the very purpose of our existence is to dwell in the “exchange of love” among the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, sharing forever in the Priestly, Prophetic, and Kingly offices of Jesus Christ. May we honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of His Mother, and our Mother, Mary, and so be formed into that perfect Temple and truly be a “holy people”, “a kingdom of priests for God our Father.”