For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday July 27, 2014
Pastor’s Corner: August 2nd is the birthday of the late Ignatius Cardinal Kung, who lived the last years of his life in Stamford, within the boundaries of Saint John’s Parish, following nearly 33 years of imprisonment for the Catholic faith by the Communist Chinese government. This bulletin page will be dedicated to the memory of the late Cardinal for the next few weeks. Please pray that his cause for canonization may be opened soon.
Ignatius Kung (Gong) Pin-Mei was born to Kung Xin Yuan (1871-1947) and Li Xian Yuing (1878-1958) on August 2, 1901 in Pudong, Shanghai, China. He was the eldest of four children, and was baptized in Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Tangzhen Village, Pudong, Shanghai, China.
The Kung Family is a venerable Catholic family, practicing the Faith for at least five generations at the time of Ignatius’ birth. His father’s elderly sister, Aunt Martha, was a consecrated virgin, and presided over a small village school teaching classical Chinese and the Catholic Catechism. Aunt Martha also played a further role in Ignatius’ religious education and spiritual formation. For example, each Saturday she would walk with Ignatius and his younger brother Vincent to their village parish church for confession. The Cardinal credited his vocation to the priesthood to the influence of his Aunt Martha.
Ignatius’ aunt also provided him at home with the equivalent of his first five years of primary school education. He continued his classical Chinese education at the village school, studying the Four Books (The Great Learning, The Doctrine of the Mean, The Analects, and The Book of Mencius), and the Five Classics (The Confucian Canon, comprising the Book of Changes, The Book of Odes, The Book of History, The Book of Rites, and The Spring and Autumn Annals) His sixth and final year of primary education was completed in the local village school in 1912. When 12 years of age, he then attended the Da Yi Elementary School, administered by the Catholic Church. After one year, he transferred to the Xuhui Public School in Shanghai. Part of this educational program was the memorization of the “300 Poems of the Tang Dynasty.”
A Marist brother provided the young Ignatius with his instructions for his First Confession and First Holy Communion. He received the Sacrament of Confirmation at the customary age of eight or nine years. The precise dates of his receptions of the sacraments are difficult to ascertain since all parish records have been destroyed.
Soon after, in 1913, Ignatius entered Saint Ignatius High School at Zi Ka Wei, then the center of the French Jesuit work in Shanghai. The study of European languages was emphasized in the high school, especially French. Shanghai had been a French colony, and French was the language of business and politics in the city. Ignatius therefore studied French during his first year; then changed to the study of Latin, since he was seriously considering enrolling in the local seminary to study for the priesthood. As Cardinal Kung recalled years later, “I am grateful to both the Marists and he Jesuits who taught me the knowledge of God and inspired me to pursue the priesthood.”
Following graduation from high school, at 19 years of age, Ignatius entered the diocesan seminary. The seminary was then administered by French Jesuit priests, in whose charge the Shanghai missions had been assigned by the Church’s missionary Congregation de Propaganda Fide. Following the successful completion of his seminary studies and formation, Ignatius was ordained a priest on May 28, 1930 and began his pastoral work.
In September 1930, Father Kung was assigned to the mission at Kao Ghiao [Poi-ne] for various apostolic works until 1933: these included his work as headmaster of the mission’s primary school in the village called Na Quiao for one year; in August 1931 until 1934 he taught at the Zheng Xin Middle School in SongJiang [Sungkang ]; in August 1934 he also served as pastor of the small mission church in the village of Gao Quiao in Feg Xian; in 1936 he returned to Yao Chan Primary School in Na Qiao until August 1937, when he was working at Kuangchi in SongJiang [Sungkang ] as Latin professor and headmaster of the SongJiang College Preparatory School, then newly founded Jesuit school in Shanghai, which served as a preparatory school for Aurora University in Shanghai. He was headmaster during the period when the school was destroyed in the summer of 1937, following the opening of hostilities in the Sino-Japanese War, and the subsequent bombing of the main building and auditorium of the college during a Japanese air raid.
In anticipation of the dangers of war, Father Kung evacuated the school, which saved many student lives. It proved necessary to transport wounded civilians and military personnel by ambulance along with a corps of young doctors and medical students, some as young as 16 years of age, to the University of Aurora. There a military field hospital was set up, but lasted only a few months, when it was completely destroyed as a result of the Japanese bombardment. In the midst of the bombing, as walls of the hospital collapsed around him, Father Kung directed the workers in their efforts to rescue the wounded. Following the bombing, Father Kung was ordered to organize the moving of the wounded to the railroad station for transport to the Province of Chekiang. Father Kung and others worked tirelessly to accomplish this, after which he returned with Father G. Germain, S.J. to Shanghai.
I’ll continue the Cardinal’s biography next week. I ask everyone in the parish to offer one “Hail Mary” each day, that his cause of canonization may be opened in Rome. —-Msgr. DiGiovanni
Please pray for the sick: Mary Louise Wakin, Agnes Allen, Joyce Considine, Laureen Keenan, Bonnie and Dorothy Keyes, Billy Therriault, Thomas Bernie, Ruth Coyle, Jacqueline Domingue, John Palumbo, Kristine Barron, Silvana Smith, Lena Cocchia, Sr. Anne-Marguerite, Christina Samon Ta-Chu, Nancy Gallagher, Megan Bobroske, Connor Walsh.
Please pray for those who have recently died: Mary Zimmerly, Pasqualina Bruzzese, 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.
Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light: Special Intentions Jo and Ann.
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 28th.
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 6:30pm. 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.
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).
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 23rd, 24th and 25th.
Gluten Free Hosts: Any one 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 July 20, 2014 $ 13,734.50
Sunday July 21, 2013 $ 12,279.57
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
August 3rd, Sunday Readings: Is 55:1-3; Rom 8:35, 37-39; Mt 14:13-21.
Annual Bishop’s Appeal: We made our goal: $110, 205.00 . 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: email@example.com, or Janet Lancaster: 203-637-3301, OR: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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).
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: Please register now. Registration and payment can be made on our website, or in the office during the week. For more information, please call the parish secretary, 203-324-1553 x21.
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: 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.
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, July 26, 2014
4:00 +Taricani Family req. Leon Taricani
Sunday, July 27, 2014
7:30 +Anna Do req. Thang Nguyen
10:00 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
12:00 +Mary Windsor req. Joseph and Agnes Kung
5:00 +George B. Cooper
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, July 28, 2014
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Eugene A. Hegy, Jr. req. Larry and Sandy Bolanowski
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
8:00 +Vittorio Onestinghel req. Anna Zeni
12:10 +Alice Pond req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
8:00 Niko Apostolidis
12:10 +Marigrace Sabato req. Ed Nemchek
Thursday, July 31, 2014
8:00 Bonnie Keyes req. Mom
12:10 +Rose Astrid Jean-Guillaume req. Parents
Friday, August 1, 2014
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
12:10 +Elizabeth A. Coughlin req. Eileen Carpanzano and Family
Saturday, August 2, 2014
8:00 Shi Chang Guo
12:10 Family of Baby Autumn Marie Fasone req. Carpanzano Family
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:
72 years ago:
August 1, 1942: Children of Mary Sodality Is Link In World Chain. St. John’s Organization Founded in Pastorate of Rev. John Fagan Around 1868. “The Children of Mary Sodality of St. John’s Church is an honored organization locally as is the parent organization in the universal Catholic Church. Begun here in the pastorate of Rev. John Fagan, who succeeded Father O’Neil after the latter’s death in 1868, it had an auspicious start. Father Fagan made his pastorate one of the most important in the history of the parish, his greatest achievement being the starting of the present edifice on Atlantic Street. The Sodality was founded in Paris, France, to foster devotion to the Blessed Virgin, and its purpose here is the same. A communication from the Pope dated June 20, 1847 to the Very Rev. John Baptist Etienne, superintendent general of a mission, empowered him to erect in every house of the Sisters of Charity a pious Confraternity dedicated to Mary Immaculate and made up of young girls. The manifestation of the Blessed Virgin to Catherine Laboure in France in 1830 was the primary inspiration of the movement. The badge afterward adopted by the Confraternity was the miraculous medal indicated by the manifestation to be worn with a blue ribbon. The St. John’s Sodality membership now comprises 185. The young women are welcome to join from about the age of 16 and upon reaching 25 automatically resign. In the activities centered about the fostering of devotion to the Blessed Virgin, the Sodality sets aside the first Sunday of each month for the receiving of Holy Communion, and on the afternoon of that day, a business meeting is held in the church. Plans are made for charitable work which includes the giving of baskets to the needy at holidays, aid to church projects and improvements such as contributing altar appointments and vestments and the arranging of study groups among the members. The culmination of the season’s activities comes in May with the crowning of the statue of Mary in the church, when an impressive processional typifying the spirit of the Spring month, which is dedicated to Mary, draws hundreds to the church. Beside the president there is the chaplain and the Sister director. The first chaplain was Father Fagan. The present one is the assistant pastor of the church, Rev. Charles F. Hagearty. Sister Mary Rosemary of the Sisters of Mercy is the Sister director.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Sister Rosemary was a 7th grade teacher in St. John’s School from 1941 to 1947.)
Have you ever read the Bible, Cover to Cover?
– 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 God-made-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.” “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). 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? 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. “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.” Let Him build your Spiritual House (Psalm 127). “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…”(Col. 3:16).