For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday September 28, 2014

Pastor’s Corner: Churches in the Diocese of Bridgeport will take part in the Fall Campaign of the 40 Days for Life effort. We at Saint John the Evangelist are scheduled to pray outside of the Summit Women’s Center, 3787 Main St., Bridgeport, CT on Tuesday Sept. 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The sign-up sheets are in the vestibule. Please commit an hour to saves lives. To get more information please contact (Fred Cobb fredcobb@earthlink.net or 908-963-9739 or Frank Carpanzano ( fcarpanzano@advancetravel.com or 203-975-0074).
—Msgr. DiGiovanni

40 DFL Flyer 2014SJ

Please pray for the sick: Harrie Humphreys, Diane Grant, Robert Valluzzo, Marie Augustin, Mary Churley, Lee Kaplan, Mary Bauer, Mary Rose Bauer, Paul Cavalli, Maggie Ward, Yvonne Saint Preuve, Sr. Anne-Marguerite, Peter Monks, Mary Louise Wakin, Agnes Allen, Laureen Keenan, Bonnie and Dorothy Keyes, Billy Therriault, Thomas Bernie, Ruth Coyle, Jacqueline Domingue, John Palumbo, Kristine Barron, Silvana Smith, Lena Cocchia, Christina Samon Ta-Chu.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Stefano Pirolozzi, Teodoro DeBlasi, Erzulia Joseph, Dorothy Clements, Tommaso Marena, Martine Kelly, Arthur Sherry, Shirley Polcer, Joyce Considine, 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.

Banns of Marriage:
I Banns: Joseph Dominic Palma and Lauren Christine Claire Wantuck.
II Banns: Michael John Racca and Lauren Elizabeth Montefusco.
II Banns: Christopher Charles Kulick and Anne Yogisha Makwana.
III Banns: Andre Labrosciano and Elizabeth Sabia.

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, September 29th.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Thursdays at 12:45 in the Rectory. We are beginning this Fall’s meetings with a review of Ecclesiastical Latin using Latin Grammar by Cora and Charles Scanlon. A basic reading ability in Latin is necessary. Please call the Rectory for information.

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. Call the rectory for information.

Agnus Dei Knights of Columbus Council: is sponsoring a Day of Recollection with Fr. John Perricone on Saturday, Oct. 11th, starting at 9:30am, at the St. Birgitta retreat house in Darien, CT. The day includes Confessions, two meditations and closing Mass/Benediction. Lunch will be served at 12pm. The day concludes around 4:30pm. The cost is $50 per person. For more information, please contact Dan Marengo (718) 829-8056 or danmarengo@aol.com.

Procession honoring Our Lady of Fatima: will take place on Saturday, October 11th, immediately following the 12:10 Mass. We will process to the Rectory Garden and pray the Rosary. All are welcome to attend.

Sts. Maria Goretti & Dominic Savio Societies …will be having their first meeting of the year this Sunday, September 28th, after the 10am Mass in the Rectory. All boys and girls who are in the 7th and 8th grades are welcome! Please contact Anne Marie at 203-324-1553 or religioused@stjohnsstamford.com, for more information.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday September 21, 2014 $ 9,950.50
Sunday September 22, 2013 $ 11,266.17

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

October 5th, Sunday Readings: Is 5:1-7; Phil 4:6-9; Mt 21:33-43.

Home Schooling Families: All ages are welcome. For information, please contact Bridget Bethray: bridget.bethray@gmail.com, or Janet Lancaster: jmlancaster@optonline.net,
or at 203-637-3301.

St John’s Flock (20’s and 30’s Young Adult Ministry):  The Flock is a group of Catholic young adults in their 20s and 30s committed to strengthening community ties through regular meetings to growth in our faith, social events, and community service projects. The group meets regularly each month on the first Monday for Holy Hour and fellowship from 7-9, and third Sunday from 5-7 pm for the 5pm mass and fellowship. We also organize and participate in various service, social, and faith events. For more details or to sign up, please email Mary at saintjohnsflock@gmail.com.

Francis & Clare: Our High School Youth Group. Students interested in being part of the Teen Leadership Group contact Sue Kremheller, D.R.E. at: religioused@stjohnsstamford.com.
Service Hours are available for those who have already been Confirmed.

Prayers in Rome: If you have any prayer intentions, or people you’d like me to pray for at the Tombs of the Apostles, Saints and Martyrs while I’m in Rome for the upcoming year, please drop a note to Cindy in the parish office: please DO NOT give a huge list of names of everyone you know or everything you’ve hoped for; just one or two intentions at a time, please. God bless you, Msgr. DiGiovanni.

RCIA: Classes will begin this Tuesday, September 30th at 7:00 pm. Anyone interested in becoming Catholic, or adult Catholics wanting to receive First Communion or Confirmation, please 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.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS: Classes have started, Sundays from 8:30AM-9:45AM. Please get all baptismal and communion certificates in to the Parish Office as soon as possible. Registration will close Friday, October 3rd. Please register your child now. For more information, please contact Sue Kremheller, D.R.E. at: religioused@stjohnsstamford.com.

Job Seekers: 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, October 27th, Location: Cosi at 230 Tresser Blvd., Stamford (in front of the Stamford Mall).

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, September 27, 2014
4:00 +Mr. and Mrs. Shoztic and Barbara Schettino req. Diane Costello
Sunday, September 28, 2014
7:30 All Souls in Purgatory req. Anne Marie Samedi
10:00 +Titina Tarantino req. Badetti Family
12:00 +Maria Preziosi Birthday Remembrance and Special Intentions Barbara Schuerger req. your children,
grandchildren and great grandchildren and Lilian and Alvina Ramos
5:00 +George B. Cooper
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, September 29, 2014
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 Mr. and Mrs. John J. Gannon 58th Anniversary req. Sharon Gannon
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
8:00 Special Intentions Parker Family
12:10 +Pierrerama and Jeanne Colefea req. their family
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
8:00 Sister Ellen Mary CSJ 77 yrs – Religious Anniversary req. Marie Carr
12:10 +Feroze Aslam req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
Thursday, October 2, 2014
8:00 +Margaret M. Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 In Honor of The Guardian Angels –Our Heavenly Companions req. Marion Morris and Family
Friday, October 3, 2014
8:00 +Ben Mondor req. Marc Valois
12:10 +Brunilda Perez req. Pugliese Family
Saturday, October 4, 3014
8:00 +Maria Giovanna Francese req. Pugliese Family
12:10 Special Intentions Fritz Gregoire 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 meet 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. 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 young men, 7th-8thgrades. Anne Marie 203-324-1553, x21.

St. Maria Goretti Society: For the spiritual formation of , young ladies,7th-8thgrades:Anne Marie 203-324-1553 x21.

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: Thursday afternoons in the rectory: basic reading ability required. Please call the rectory for information.

Intermediate Studies in Biblical Greek: Intermediate Grammar: Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in a private home.
Please call the office for more information.

Coffee Hour. . . After the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

115 years ago, or so:
October 5, 1898: OCTOBER DEVOTIONS. “Bishop Tierney has issued the following circular letter to the clergymen of the diocese: “In compliance with the wishes of our Holy Father, Pope Leo XIII, the regular October devotions will take place daily, from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2, in all the parish churches of the diocese. These devotions will consist of the rosary, the litany of Our Lady of Loretto, and the prayer to St. Joseph, and may be held either during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the morning, or in the evening at the exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament. A plenary indulgence is granted, on the usual conditions, for the feast of the Holy Rosary, Oct. 2, or any day within the octave. A plenary indulgence is also granted to all who assist at the devotions at least ten times within the month, or who perform the same in private, when unable to go to church. A partial indulgence of seven times forty days is granted for each time the faithful take part in these devotions, or devoutly recite the prescribed prayer to St. Joseph.”

100 years ago, or so:
October 5, 1914: Asked to Pray for Peace. “In St. John’s Catholic Church, at each service yesterday, the priest who officiated asked the congregation to pray for peace, as President Wilson had requested. No particular allusion was made to the war in the sermons, however. Bishop Nilan of Hartford will confirm a large class of children in St. John’s Catholic Church next Saturday, at 3 p.m. The children have been preparing for several weeks, and they constitute one of the largest classes confirmed here in some time.”

55 years ago, or so:
October 5, 1958: Bishop To Speak At Catholic Rally. “Final plans for the Catholic Faith Rally to be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, at Boyle Stadium, under the sponsorship of the combined Holy Name societies of 14 parishes in the Stamford-Greenwich section of the Bridgeport Diocese were announced today by general chairman Paul M. Murray. The program wil include a demonstration, the Living Rosary, by Holy Name Society members. The services will conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, the celebrant to be the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s Church, assisted by the Rev. Boleslaus J. Rarus of Holy Name Church as deacon; the Rev. Hugh A. Coffey of St. Catherine’s Church, Riverside, as sub-deacon, and the Rev. Stephen Grinvalsky, as deacon of exposition.”

Angels
-Fr. Terry Walsh

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious Throne.” – Mt. 25:31

Who are the Angels? Indeed, what is an Angel? What role do they play in our lives and in the life of the Church? The Catechism defines angels as “spiritual, personal, and immortal creatures, having intelligence and free will and who glorify God unceasingly and serve Him as messengers of His saving plan (see the Catechism 329-331, 336)…Guardian Angels in particular are assigned to each one of us to protect us and intercede for us.” On September 29th each year, we celebrate the Feast of the Archangels, Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, and on October 2nd each year we honor the Guardian Angels. Did you know the word angel appears in the Bible 296 times? Indeed, throughout the Scriptures we read of their presence and participation in accomplishing the Divine mission. The Catechism teaches: “From the Incarnation to the Ascension, the life of the Word incarnate is surrounded by the adoration and service of angels…Their song of praise at the birth of Christ has not ceased resounding in the Church’s praise: ‘Glory to God in the highest!’”(333). In contemplating the Angels, St. Thomas Aquinas teaches us, ‘The higher angels, those of more perfect nature and keener intelligence, have greater gifts of grace than other angels; for their more perfect powers turn them more mightily and effectively to God than is the case with angels of lesser capacity.’

In the Scriptures, we hear of 3 “Archangels” – in particular – Michael (see Daniel 10:13; 10:21; 12:1; Jude 9; and Revelation 12: 1-17); Gabriel (see Daniel 8:16; 9:21; Luke 1:19; and 1:26); and Raphael (see Tobit 8). St. Augustine had this to say: “Some angels are given proper names to denote the service they are empowered to perform. In that holy city, where perfect knowledge flows from the vision of almighty God, those who have no names may easily be known. But personal names are assigned to some, not because they could not be known without them, but rather to denote their ministry when they come among us. Thus, Michael means ‘Who is like God?; Gabriel is ‘The Strength of God’; and Raphael is ‘God’s remedy.’” After every daily Mass we pray the Prayer to St. Michael composed by Pope Leo XIII at the turn of the 19th century as he sought protection for the Church in light of the challenges it would face in the coming decades: “Saint. Michael the Archangel, defend us in Battle, be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God, cast into Hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits, who prowl through the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.” Clearly, the prayer evokes the image of St. Michael written by St. John in The Book of Revelation: “Then war broke out in Heaven; Michael and his angels battled the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in Heaven…”(Revelation 12:7ff).

It was the great Archangel Gabriel who was sent by God to announce the Birth of St. John the Baptist to his father, Zechariah. And, of course, it was Gabriel who was sent to the Virgin Mary, and who greeted Her with the tender words: “Hail, Full of Grace” and then waited for Her reply, “Be it done unto me according to your word.” Why not visit the beautiful Stained glass window at the Marian Altar and take a few moments to meditate on the greatest moment in History, the Incarnation, God made man, announced by Gabriel. It was the Archangel Raphael who “walked with Tobias” taking care of him every step of the way. In the same way, God blesses each one of us with our Guardian Angel to “walk with us” throughout our life. Finally, it was Raphael who touched the eyes of Tobit in order to heal him of his blindness and so bring him ‘back to the light.’

Indeed, the Church is very clear about the presence and mission of the Holy Angels: “From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession (see Mt 18:10; Lk 16:22; Psalms 34:7, 91:10-13; Job 33:23-24; Zech 1:12; and Tobit 12:12, to name a few). ‘Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.’ Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God”(Catechism, no.336).

St. Bernard thanked God for the gift of our guardians saying, “And so, that nothing in heaven should be wanting in your concern for us, you send those blessed spirits to serve us, assigning them as our guardians and our teachers.” St. Bernard pointed to the Scriptures and pondered the Word: “He has given his angels charge over you to guard you in all your ways.” From this point of Scripture, he reflected, “These words should fill you with respect, inspire you with devotion and instill confidence; respect for the presence of angels, devotion because of their loving service, and confidence because of their protection. And so, the angels are here; they are at your side, they are with you, present on your behalf. They are here to protect you and to serve you. But even if it is God who has given them this charge, we must nonetheless be grateful to them for the great love with which they obey and come to help us in our great need.” Moreover, St. Bernard helps us understand that we are meant to live with them in Heaven, and that we should come to a clearer understanding of our relationship with them right here on earth. He concludes, “We should then show our affection for the angels, for one day they will be our coheirs just as here below they are our guardians and trustees appointed and set over us by the Father….Even though we are children (of God) and have a long, a very long and dangerous way to go, with such protectors what have we to fear? They who keep us in all our ways cannot be overpowered or led astray, much less lead us astray. They are loyal, prudent, powerful. Why then are we afraid? We have only to follow them, stay close to them, and we shall dwell under the protection of God’s heaven.”

“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, to rescue them.” –The Psalms