For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday November 9, 2014

Pastor’s Corner: This Sunday, November 9th, the Church celebrates the anniversary of the dedication of the Major Basilica of Saint John Lateran, built by the Emperor Constantine, and dedicated on November 9, 324 A.D. Why does every Catholic parish in the world annually celebrate the anniversary of an ancient church 3,000 miles away in Rome? The answer is found on the church’s façade: the Basilica of Saint John Lateran is the “Mother and Head of All Churches in the Holy City [Rome] and throughout the World.” This is the cathedral for the Bishop of Rome [the pope] who is the Successor of Saint Peter, head of the Apostles. It was to Peter that Our Lord gave the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven [Matt. 16:19]. As the cathedral church of the Successor of Saint Peter, the Basilica of Saint John Lateran becomes the touchstone for all who are part of the Church established by Our Lord, called “Catholic” since the end of the first century. To be in communion with the Successor of Saint Peter means to be fully part of that one Church founded personally by Christ. Pope Saint Leo the Great clarified this in the 5th century: “Peter was so blessed by the Fountainhead of all gifts, Jesus Himself, that since he received so much by himself, nothing passes to others except by participation in him. The Word-made-flesh [Jesus] in this way continues to dwell among us, and Christ continues to devote Himself wholly to the restoration of mankind” [Sermon #4]. Ours is the Catholic Faith professed for two thousand years by the millions and millions of saints, beginning with the Twelve Apostles and the Blessed Mother. Therefore, the anniversary of the dedication of this ancient church is a celebration of the founding of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church by Christ on Saint Peter, whose name means the Rock. Called by Christ to a unique role, Peter was sinful and weak. He had to grow into his role as the Rock upon which Our Lord built His Church [Matt. 16: 13-19]. Because of his faith and love for Our Lord, Peter was three times forgiven by Christ for his three denials on the night Jesus was betrayed [John 21:15-18] so that he and the other Apostles could hand on the truth of Christ and the grace of His Cross to all generations of believers through Christ’s Catholic Church, presided over by Peter and Peter’s Successor, the pope, the Bishop of Rome. The Catholic Church is not a closed society, but the Mystical Body of Christ, through which He invites all mankind to benefit from His Cross and revelation.

November 10th is the commemoration of one of the most important popes in the Church’s history: Pope Saint Leo the Great [pope, 440-461 A.D.]. While Leo was Pope, there were those who wanted to use the Church for their own political ends, such as barbarians and the eastern emperor in Constantinople; others wanted to change the Church’s faith, making Christ to be more politically correct, such as certain bishops, priests, and monks. One monk, Eutyches, popularized the notion that Jesus was not God and man, but only God who had taken on the appearance of a man. If that were so, Leo wrote in his famous Tome, then God would not have saved mankind, since everything from His birth and death to His resurrection would have been God play-acting as a man. While this is an oversimplification of his position, it is the heart of it, and, when Leo’s Tome was read out at the Council of Chalcedon (451 A.D.), the council fathers shouted their approval: “Peter speaks through Leo!” Leo’s greatness was his personal love for the real Lord—not some Jesus he’d made up in his head–and his love for Christ’s Catholic Church, which urged him, as the successor to Saint Peter, to defend the truth of Christ, to pattern his own life on Our Lord’s, and to urge others to do the same in charity.

Many today, even among the clergy, try to change the faith or moral teaching of the Church. The truth of Christ is not something we make up, nor is it something determined by the ever-changing winds of popular opinion or popular morality. Our Catholic faith and morality is, rather, revealed by God through His Church. Christ’s promise to St. Peter that “the gates of Hell will not prevail” against the Church was His assurance that the successor to Saint Peter and the bishops in communion with him teach the truth unfailingly, no matter how unpopular that truth might be. If we follow the teachings of the Successor of Saint Peter, the Pope, we cannot err in our lives. The two celebrations of the Dedication of St. John Lateran and of Pope Saint Leo the Great emphasize this. Let us pray in a special way for our Holy Father, Pope Francis who is the direct successor of Saint Peter. “Peter speaks through Pope Francis”, to paraphrase the fathers of the Council of Ephesus. Pray for him that he might be strengthened as he guides us how to live on earth in order to go to Heaven. —Msgr. DiGiovanni

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

Please pray for those who have recently died: Canio V. Lorusso, John DePoli, Lilji Vasilji, Scott Therriault, Bill Detrick, Malcolm Pounds, Carol Sorbo, Bill Detrick, 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, Jenny Gallagher, 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.

Archdiocese for Military Service Collection . . . The second collection today will be for the Catholic priest chaplains in the United States military. 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, Nov. 10th.

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light: Special Intentions Barbara Wolf.

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.

RCIA: Classes meet Tuesdays at 7:00PM in the rectory. Anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation, call the parish secretary (324-1553, ext. 21).

Can Food Drive: The Maria Goretti and Dominic Savio Societies are sponsoring a Can Food Drive to help the hungry in our community as Thanksgiving approaches. There will be boxes in the back of the church. (Please do not bring cans with expired dates). Canned and non-perishable foods will be collected through Sunday, November 16th. Your generosity is much appreciated.

Do you know someone who is carrying the grief of a past abortion? There is help and hope available and the pain and sorrow of a past abortion need not endure for a lifetime. “Days of Prayer and Healing” offer the opportunity to experience the love and mercy of God and to heal the wound of abortion. The next “Day of Prayer and Healing” is Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. For location and confidential registration call the Sisters of Life at (866)-575-0075 (toll free) or email hopeandhealing@sistersoflife.org. For additional tri-state retreats and information see Lumina Hope & Healing after abortion www.postabortinhelp.org or email lumina@postabortionhelp.org and you may also visit the Family Life/Respect Life Office — Project Rachel website at http://nyfamilylife.org/project-rachel/.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday October 26, 2014 $ 12,174.00
Sunday October 27, 2013 $ 14,699.80

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

November 16th, Sunday Readings: Prv 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31; 1 Thes 5:1-6; Mt 25:14-30.

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.

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.

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.

Holy Spirit School: Take a Look Tuesday—Applications are still being accepted for the 2014/2015 academic year. We encourage you to visit our school where you can have the opportunity to visit the classrooms and see teachers and students interacting during regular classes. Our next Take a Look Tuesday is November 18th from 9:30AM—11:30AM.

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, December 1st, 7:30PM Location: Cosi at 230 Tresser Blvd., Stamford (in front of the Stamford Mall).

Sts. Maria Goretti & Dominic Savio Societies …next meeting will be on Sunday, November 16th after the 10am Mass in the Rectory. All boys and girls who are in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades are welcome! Please contact Anne Marie at 203-324-1553 or religioused@stjohnsstamford.com for more information. 

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, November 8, 2014
4:00 Special Intentions Joseph and Agnes Kung
Sunday, November 9, 2014
7:30 Deceased members of the Sexton and Winter Families req. Hannah Sexton Young
10:00 +John and Theodora Kim req. Joseph and Mary Kim
12:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Josephine
5:00 +George B. Cooper
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, November 10, 2014
8:00 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10 In Honor of the Virgin Mary req. Ana Vazquez
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
8:00 Deceased Veterans of the Parish
12:10 +Antonio Cortese req. Pasquale and Ida Carpanzano
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Heloise Nana
Thursday, November 13, 2014
8:00 Special Intentions Enza and Nickolaus Ardan
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Friday, November 14, 2014
8:00 +Ann DiGiovanni req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Ann DiGiovanni req. Giannitti Family
Saturday, November 15, 2014
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Wilhelmina Letterman req. Pam Rittman

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, 6th-8thgrades. Anne Marie 203-324-1553, x21.

St. Maria Goretti Society: For the spiritual formation of , young ladies,6th-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:

150 years ago, or so:
Nov. 15, 1867: “The Fourth Annual Ball of St. John’s Roman Catholic Benevolent Association will be given at Seely’s Hall, Nov. 27th, and arrangements are being made which promises to make it exceed any of the former balls given by this Society. The object is a good one, and no doubt the treasury will be largely replenished by the proceeds.”

100 years ago, or so:
Nov.10,1911: St. Theodora’s Anniversary. “Yesterday was St. Theodora’s Day. The St. Theodore Society gave a play last night, in the Family Theatre, to celebrate it. All the members were there, and it was quite evident, from the crowded condition of the house, that their friends were also in attendance. The play depicted the life of the saint from whose name the society takes its title. The day was celebrated in the morning by a High Mass in St. John’s Catholic Church.”

95 years ago, or so:
Nov. 16, 1920: ITALIANS TO ERECT CHURCH. “Upwards of 30 Stamford Italians met last night, at the Italian Social Institute in South Street, and took steps looking to the organization of an Italian Catholic parish in Stamford. An executive committee of five, with Joseph Carpinellli as chairman, was appointed. This committee will appoint sub-committees, and a campaign will begin at once to raise funds to purchase a lot on which to erect a church. The name proposed for the parish is Sacred Heart. A lot fronting 440 feet in Schuyler Avenue, and with a depth of 150 feet, has been offered to the men interested in the movement. The terms are reported to be very favorable. The lot is owned by Representative Schuyler Merritt and Henry K. McHarg. According to men interested in the movement, the Rt. Rev. Bishop Nilan had given his approval to the project, provided the necessary funds are raised. It is estimated that there are upwards of 2,000 Italian Catholics in Stamford.”

55 years ago, or so:
Nov. 10, 1959: Memorial Service To Begin Events Of Veterans’ Day. “Stamford will honor Veterans’ Day Wednesday with a memorial service in Central Park at 10 A.M. Taps will be sounded at 11 A.M. and the flag will be raised to full mast during the playing of the National Anthem. Rev. Vincent P. Cleary, assistant pastor of St. John’s Church, will pronounce the benediction.”

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
– Fr. Terry Walsh
“But not a hair on your head will perish…” (Luke 21:18)

One of the most stunning Stained glass windows in our Basilica is the Consummatum Est directly above the High Altar. In that one scene of the Crucifixion, we are presented with the depth of God’s love for us. The Crucifixion draws us into a deeper contemplation of the meaning of our Lord’s words: “If you love me, pick up your Cross and follow me.” Suddenly, human suffering takes on new meaning. Indeed, so much does our Lord love us that He allows us participate in the Redemption of the world. The Church teaches: “Moved by so much suffering Christ not only allows himself to be touched by the sick, but he makes their miseries His own: ‘He took our infirmities and bore our diseases’ (Mt 8:17, Isa 53:4)…On the Cross Christ took upon himself the whole weight of evil and took away the ‘sin of the world’, of which illness is only a consequence. By His passion and death on the Cross Christ has given a new meaning to suffering: it can henceforth configure us to him and unite us with his redemptive Passion”(ccc1505).

While the Sacrament of Anointing is most commonly administered to those near the end of their earthly journey, anyone experiencing serious illness or even those suffering the effects of old age may receive the Sacrament. While the one anointed might actually experience the grace of a physical healing, he will always receive the supernatural gift of spiritual strength that will enable him to shoulder the Cross of his affliction. God works wonders in the humblest of circumstances and while the fruits of such an offering may go unnoticed by all those around him, the effects will be unveiled one day in Heaven. Indeed, it’s in those moments of our greatest suffering that our Lord is nearest us. God is truly present.

We hear about the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick in the Gospel of St. Mark as well as in the Letter of St. James: “Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the Church (Bishops and Priests), and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven” (James 5:14ff).The Rite of Anointing begins with the Sacrament of Reconciliation. After the priest lays hands upon the head of the sick person, he anoints the person with the oils that have already been specially blessed by the Bishop at the Chrism Mass. The priest anoints the person’s forehead while reciting the prayer: “Through this holy anointing may the Lord in His love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. Amen” and then he anoints the palms of their hands and says: “May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up. Amen” If the person is still able to consume, he then receives Holy Communion. In the case of one who is near death, the Sacrament of Anointing is particularly important in order to prepare the soul for a Holy death. It’s important to make this desire known to your family today. There may come a day when you are unable to make the request on your own and others may not value the graces of this sacrament and consequently might not think to call the priest to come to administer the treasure of these graces to you. Take the time now to discuss with your family this most generous gift of our Lord.