For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday July 6, 2014

CrucifixionPastor’s Corner: As you may have noticed, summer has arrived. How, you might ask, is our pastor so smart?? It is not only the fact that the calendar tells me it’s summer; nor the additional warmth and humidity; nor that the sun attempts to shine by 5 a.m. when I begin my day, that I know the summer solstice has occurred. More telling is that more and more people arrive late for Sunday Mass, so I know assuredly that the lazy days of the favorite season are upon us. Last Sunday, as I downed my third cup of coffee around 10:15 a.m., I stood looking out the dinning room window admiring our spectacular garden. My attention was drawn, however, to the hordes—not just one or two, but literally scores of people—meandering into church well after the Mass had begun. The same occurred at the noon Mass: by 12:30 there were people still ambling into church, some stopping to complete phone calls or to sniff the flowers!

Is there no reason to arrive on time for Mass? Granted the homilies are sometimes boring, but no one really goes to church to listen to the priest. I never did when I was a school kid or college student. We should go to church because God asks us to. He does not asks us to, to make a social visit but to enter His house in gratitude for everything we receive from Him, beginning with every breath we draw each minute. We are asked, even commanded in the first of the Ten Commandments, to keep holy the Lord’s Day. For Christians, that is Sunday: the day Our Lord who had suffered and endured the Cross for you, rose from the dead so you could live forever. Since He’s done that for you, don’t you think a bit more respect is in order, at least by arriving at Mass well before Mass begins? May be even to offer a prayer of thanks.

Mass is not a “religious service”: if you want a religious service, you might drop into a Protestant church. The Church established by Jesus, called “Catholic” since the end of the first century by a disciple of St. Peter, St. Ignatius of Antioch, offers the form of worship Jesus established: called the Mass. The Church offers Christ again on the Cross, but in a bloodless fashion, so you can benefit, here and now. Christ offers this miracle for each of us. The Mass cuts through time and space, so you can benefit. We attend so we can offer something to God, along with Christ’s sacrificial offering. What type of offering do you make if you meander into church 30 minutes after Mass begins—or even merely 5 minutes late? Emergencies, sickness, an unsympathetic boss, trouble getting the kids dressed, traffic and the like, notwithstanding, there is no reason to arrive at Mass late for most of us. If a movie star or celebrity were in Church, I’m sure everyone would arrive early. But, there is no one important at church, right?—only God!! He does not need our worship; we need to worship Him.

Mass is an act of love: God manifests His love for us through the miracle of the Mass, and He asks us to do the same. Let’s make an offering worthy of that Divine Love, by at least arriving to Mass early. Try it and you might find how really beautiful summer is. Offer something to God that is as beautiful as a summer’s day, or as beautiful as our garden—hearts filled with love; a love that can be seen by making the effort to get to Mass on time: your sacrifice of love for God. —-Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Joyce Considine, Laureen Keenan, Bonnie and Dorothy Keyes, Billy Therriault, Thomas Bernie, Ruth Coyle, Jacqueline Domingue, 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: Theodore Scheidel, Jr., Lucy Zabatta Carrigan, Ellen Green Tully, Thomas Hogan, James Capodanno, Bronislawa (Betty) Balutowski, Wisler Nau, Liliana Pappa, Elinor Zarimski, Amelia DeDomenici, Jessica Rybnick Fleckenstein, Jeanette Pavia, Maryann Cornelio, Ernest Szechenyi, Virginia Donaghue, Ann R. DiGiovanni.

Air Conditioning Collection . . . The second collection today will be the Air Conditioning 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, July 7th.

Banns of Marriage:
I Banns: Michael Talarico and Krystal Collins.
III Banns: Barry Marc Delmonico and Kristen Romano.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Wednesdays at 6:15 pm in the Rectory: resuming in September. 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. An intermediate grammar/reading class. We are translating the Gospel of John. Basic grammatical knowledge of Biblical Greek is required. For the summer, we meet in a parishioner’s home. Call the rectory for information, if you’re interested.

Attention Actors and Stage Managers. Fr. Audette is looking for actors and a production manager for a play he is directing – October opening: William Douglas Home’s, Lloyd George Knew My Father. Character parts and production manager are open. Please call Father Al at 203-733-5953. Rehearsals through the summer for presentation on October 23, 24 and 25.

Gluten Free Hosts: Any one who might be allergic to gluten, please know that we have gluten free hosts for Holy Communion. Please tell the priests about 15 minutes prior to the Mass you are attending that you prefer a gluten-free host for Holy Communion. He will prepare a gluten-free host for you in a separate receptacle called a Pyx. When you come up to Holy Communion, please go the priest you spoke with before Mass: he’ll hand you the Pyx so you may take the gluten-free host yourself and receive Holy Communion by your own hand. Since the priests will have been distributing Communion using the regular hosts, if they handled the gluten-free host, you might become ill if you were to consume any particle of the regular gluten hosts. Once you have received Holy Communion, hand the Pyx back to the priest, or wait until after Mass and return it to him in the Sacristy, which is the door near the elevator.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday June 29, 2014 $ 14,245.50
Sunday June 30, 2013 $ 12,013.03

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

July 13th, Sunday Readings: Is 55:10-11; Rom 8:18-23; Mt 13:1-23 or 13:1-9.

Annual Bishop’s Appeal: We made our goal: $103, 445.00 . We’ve made our goal, so we’re done! To all who donated, THANK YOU, VERY MUCH!

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: bridget.bethray@gmail.com, or Janet Lancaster: 203-637-3301, OR: jmlancaster@optonline.net.

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: lisakotasek@gmail.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 core-team@stjohnsflock.com.

Francis & Clare: Our High School Youth Group. Students interested in being part of the Teen Leadership Group contact Sue Kremheller, Director of Religious Education, by calling the Parish Office at 203 324 1553. Service Hours are available for those who have already been Confirmed. The 2014-2015 schedule will list the 2 Sunday nights each month.

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 projectrachel@diobpt.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.

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: Monday, August 25th.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, July 5, 2014
4:00 +Canio Kelly Romaniello req. Joseph and Agnes Kung
Sunday, July 6, 2014
7:30 +Angela Chebetar req. Carpanzano Family
10:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
12:00 Special Intentions Terese Kung req. Family
5:00 +George B. Cooper
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, July 7, 2014
8:00 Cardinal Burke req. Dewey Family
12:10 +James Henson req. John and Laura Pascale
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Joseph and Agnes Kung
12:10 +Nelson and Monica Filipi req. daughter Anna
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Jayson Jarrett req. Norma Jarrett
Thursday, July 10, 2014
8:00 +Anthony Monti req. Dewey Family
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Friday, July 11, 2014
8:00 Father Audette req. Millie Terenzio
12:10 +Irene Medwed – 10th Anniversary req. DeVivo and Munro Families
Saturday, July 12, 2014
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Leyda Esquibel req. Irsa Garcia Abrantes

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 meet in the Church each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30a.m. We will NOT BE MEETING on the 1st Tuesday in July or August, however alternate dates may be announced……

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. Meetings are held twice a month in the Church Hall. 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 will resume in September.

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. June 25th last meeting until September. –-Intermediate Studies in Biblical Greek: Intermediate Grammar: Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory: summer meetings at a private home.

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 ADVOCATE:

143 years Ago:
July 7, 1871: THE FOURTH IN STAMFORD. “The national holiday was observed in Stamford substantially in accordance with the program we indicated in last week’s ADVOCATE. The bells were rung at sunrise, and a national salute fired. About half-past nine A.M., the people began to gather in Central Park. The procession of the Catholic societies headed by the Thomaston Band arrived on the ground at the same time, and a concourse of more than two thousand people were present at the speaker’s stand when the Warden, William C. Hoyt, Esq., proceeded to address the gathering. Speeches appropriate to the occasion were also made by J. H. Olmstead, Esq. and Rev. Mr. Lathrop. Dr. Lathrop took the opportunity to call on those who subscribed to the soldiers grave stones to pay their subscriptions. The Catholic procession and picnic were the most successful which even their unbounded enterprise and enthusiasm ever organized in this place. The procession reached Washington avenue on the way to the Park about noon. It was headed by the local Catholic clergymen in a carriage, after whom came a platoon of our Borough police in full uniform, presenting a very creditable and quite a metropolitan appearance. Next came the band of twenty pieces from Thomaston, Ct., whose performance surpassed that of many bands we have heard, hailing from more pretentious localities. Then came the various societies in uniform or carrying appropriate badges and banners. St. John’s Roman Catholic Sunday school was out in full force, the girls being mostly dressed in white, and presenting a neat and attractive appearance. A prominent feature of the procession was an immense wagon draped with the national colors, and drawn by four horses. It was designed to represent the goddess of liberty presiding over the union of the States. Arriving at the Park the fun began in earnest. Dancing was at once commenced, and was kept up almost without intermission until evening. Among the other amusements was a running scrub race, and a foot race in which there was a dozen competitors. It was easily won by Albert Rapp, who went the half mile in 2:45, and apparently could have done it in considerably less time had he been pushed. Nothing worth notice occurred to mar the enjoyment of the day. In the evening a ball was held in Seely’s Hall, which was well attended and the dancing dept up all night. The village bells were rung at sunrise, noon and sunset. As soon as it became dark, the fireworks, which had kept up an intermittent show all day, gave us whole volleys with the popping, whizzing, snapping and crackling. The display from various private residences was equal to that of any former year. The town was full of city visitors and everybody seemed to enjoy the holiday in good old fashioned style of our national holiday.”

The Living Word of God II
-Fr. Terry Walsh

“Do you not know that you are God’s Temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? For God’s Temple is holy, and that temple you are.” (1 Corinthians 3:16). What thought-provoking, mysterious words uttered by Saint Paul! From the moment of our baptism, God lives in us – we truly become members of His Mystical Body. The “living waters” of Divine Grace made possible through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ begin to flow freely and abundantly through us, bringing Him great delight.

Throughout his letters, Paul points to this intimate relationship each “new creation,” each baptized soul, shares with the Holy Trinity. He exhorts us to a greater understanding of the Presence of God in us and emphasizes that it is a completely unmerited gift of Mercy. Therefore, we are compelled to grow in our understanding of what it means to be a child of God and to live in the truth; that is, in Jesus Christ. If we open our hearts and minds, Christ Himself will lead us into the light of all truth. Humility is the first step. Paul reminds the baptized of the duties and obligations we naturally have in being called children of God. Familiar exhortations of Saint Paul encourage our faithful response to God’s gift: “Live the truth in love. . .Persevere in prayer . . . Faith working through love.” Moreover, through our docility to the Holy Spirit, we’re formed into the very likeness of Christ and ultimately we’ll be drawn into the Beatific Vision. He hears our heartfelt plea: “When we cry, ‘Abba! Father! It is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him” (Romans 8:15ff).

In these sweet words, Paul grasps the very heart of the purpose of Creation. What tremendous hope and consolation! And yet, are we truly mindful of our companion who thirsts for our love and waits for our prayer for assistance? Do we subscribe to Paul’s plea: “Persevere in prayer”? If we make the effort, our Lord will purify our prayer. He’ll teach us. Faithful prayer prepares the soul to receive the graces of the Sacraments more efficaciously. Suddenly, we’re able to bear great spiritual fruits such as Paul describes: “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control . . . If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22f).

Saint Paul explains that we’re in need of constant and sincere conversion of heart. He writes: “I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in Heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:14-19).

Our faithful life of prayer, motivated by love, honors our constant Companion. If we ask him to renew our “Inner Man” – that is—if we ask Him to heal us, to strengthen us, to lead us into Holiness, He will accomplish it from within us. (Read Jn 14, Lk 11).