For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday April 12, 2015

Pastor’s Corner. . . For most of us, Easter is over. More important things have moved our way recently,—like Income Tax! While we might skip lightly past Easter, the Church does not, and celebrates Easter for 50 days, the amount of time Our Lord appeared in his resurrected body to His apostles and disciples. Why drag out Easter for 50 days? Here are a few reasons, expressed by some of the Church’s greatest early writers:

“Beloved, the paschal [Easter] mystery is new and old, eternal and temporal, mortal and immortal. To the old belongs the Law of Moses, prefigurations, the sacrifice of sheep. To the new belongs the Word [Christ, Himself], grace, and the Lord’s life. ‘He [Jesus] was led like a sheep to the slaughter,’ [as scripture says] but he was not a sheep; he was slain ‘like the lamb that waits in silence,’ but he was not a lamb. God took the place of the lamb, a man [Jesus] took the place of the sheep, and the man is Christ, who sums up all things in himself. The sacrifice of the sheep, the celebration of Passover, and the writing of the Law [of Moses] pointed therefore to a fulfillment in Christ Jesus, for whose sake everything in the old covenant took place. For the Law of Moses gave way to the Word, as the old Law became the new; precept yielded to grace, image to reality, lamb to Son, sheep to man, and man to God. Though the Lord was God, he clad himself in manhood, having suffered for suffering mankind, having been bound for us who are captives of sin; He was condemned for the guilty, and buried for us, who was buried beneath the weight of sin, He rose from the dead and addressed his fellows: ‘I have released those who were condemned, given life to the dead, and brought the buried from their graves. Come, then, all you nations of men, who are joined in a brotherhood of sin, and receive forgiveness. For I am your forgiveness, the saving Passover Victim, the Lamb slain for you. I am your cleansing and life, your resurrection, light, and salvation, your King. I bring you with me to the heavenly realm. I shall raise you up and present you to my heavenly Father. I am mighty, and I shall exalt you.” [Melito of Sardis, Homily on the Paschal Mystery.]

“In recalling the salvation given to us, St. Paul wrote: ‘As death entered the world through Adam, so salvation was restored through Christ’; and again, ‘The first man [Adam] was of the earth and earthly, the second [Jesus] from heaven and heavenly.’ He added:‘We carried in us the image of the earthly man,’ that is, of man grown old in sin; ‘let us carry in us the image of the heavenly man as well.’ That is, let us receive from Christ the saving grace of being redeemed and cleansed in him. As St. Paul says: Christ is the beginning, that is, the source, of resurrection and of life. Those who belong to Christ, that is, who live in sinlessness as he does, will be sure of sharing his resurrection and the heavenly glory he promises, for the Lord himself says: ‘He who follows me will not perish but will pass through death to life.’ The Savior’s suffering is thus mankind’s salvation. He willed to die for us that we who trust in him might live forever. He willed to become for a time what we are so that we might share his promised eternity and live forever with him. All this, then, is the grace proper to the heavenly mysteries which we are celebrating; it is the paschal gift given on this feast which we yearn for all year through, and it is the beginning of a new existence. Those reborn from the Church’s sacred baptismal font are clad in the simplicity of little children and give voice by their conduct to a sinless conscience. What day is Easter? The day that gave us the source of light and life, the Lord Jesus Christ, who said of himself: ‘I am the light of day; he who walks in that light shall not stumble,’ that is, he who wholly follows Christ shall pass in his footsteps into the land of eternal light.” [2nd century Easter homily] —-Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Louise Morello, John MacLean, John Murray, Barbara Rizzi, Karyl Suzanne Bearden, Nellie Taylor-Boltrek, Pete Boltrek, Kevin O’Byrne, Barbara Itri, Elaine Mellace, Victoria Campos, Barbara Wolf, Dominick Franco, Ro Clarke, Suzanne DePreta, Patrick and Rita Timon, Billy Therriault, Thomas Bernie, Diane Grant, Marie Augustin, Mary Churley, Mary Bauer, Mary Rose Bauer, Paul Cavalli, Maggie Ward, Sr. Anne-Marguerite, Peter Monks, Agnes Allen, Bonnie and Dorothy Keyes, Ruth Coyle, Jacqueline Domingue, John Palumbo, Silvana Smith, Lena Cocchia.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Alfred Candito, Sr., Mabel Lewis, Linda DePreta, Theresa Deluca, Josephine Melfi, Mary Lou Kerr, Madeline Preziosi, Cardinal Edward M. Egan, Suzanne Demonchaux, Carolina Paniagua, Angelo Russo, Johanna Delavalle, Felicitas Cody, Roledonne J. Samedi, Harrie Humphreys, Angelina Corcione.

Divine Mercy Sunday: April 12th: A Holy Hour 1:00-2:00PM with the Holy Rosary, Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

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, April 13th.

Over 100 Benefits of Eucharistic Adoration: #11 – The future belongs to those who worship God in silence. (Saint Pope John Paul II)

Banns of Marriage:
I Banns: Michelle Ann Houston and Tony Orrin Temerario
II Banns: Katie Cecilia Arenas and Juan Esteban Pabon

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: Tuesdays, 7:00PM in the rectory. Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation (call 324-1553) Special Needs RCIA: Contact Michelle O’Mara at momara@stcatherineacademy.org 203 540 5381 ext. 2012.

Religious Ed News: Next Saturday, April 18th is the Confirmation Retreat (Students only) 9am Nagle Hall. April 22nd is Confirmation.

2015 KENTUCKY DERBY: Save the date and join us! Saturday, May 2nd, 4-7 p.m., this year in the Rectory. Our annual fundraiser for the Basilica features a simulcast of the “Run for the Roses,” fabulous food and drink, and the chance to win some spectacular prizes. Space limited to 100 guests only; tickets: $125. All proceeds benefit the restoration of our historic 1850 Rectory. For more information and tickets, please visit www.stjohnsstamford.com or call the Rectory: 324-1553, ext. 21. See you on May 2nd!

Weekly Sunday collection:
Easter Sunday April 5, 2015 $ 30,989.00
Easter Sunday April 20, 2014 $ 30,922.24

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

April 19th, Sunday Readings: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19; 1 Jn 2:1-5a; Lk 24:35-48.

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. The group meets regularly each month on the first Monday for Holy Hour and fellowship from 7-9pm, and third Sunday from 5-7pm for the 5pm mass and fellowship. 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; just one or two intentions at a time, please. God bless you, Msgr. DiGiovanni.

Lauralton Hall: will be offering an entrance exam for 7th grade girls on Saturday, May 2nd at 8:00a.m. Pre-register for the exam online at www.lauraltonhall.org. Any questions, please call our Admissions Office at (203) 878-3333.

Annual White Mass: The Diocese of Bridgeport’s 22cnd annual White Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano at 8:30 a.m. in Saint Aloysius Church in New Canaan on April 12th. A breakfast will follow at Woodway Country Club in Darien. The Reverend Kevin Fitzgerald S.J., Associate Professor of Bioethics at Georgetown University School of Medicine will speak on “Genetics in the 21st century from a Catholic perspective” For all Catholics who care for the sick, both professionals and volunteers, the White Mass is a celebration of their ministry to the sick and an opportunity to rededicate themselves to that ministry. For more information, contact Debbie Charles at 203-416-1352 or dcharles@diobpt.org.

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, April 27th 7:30PM Location: Cosi at 230 Tresser Blvd.,
Stamford (in front of the Stamford Mall).

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, April 11, 2015
4:00 +Pasqualina Bruzzese req. Anita Fasanelli
Sunday, April 12, 2015
7:30 Special Intentions Sister Agnes Benedictine Order req. Ewa Czytowska
10:00 +Tommaso Marena req. Anthony and Josephine Marena
12:00 Diane Strain God’s Blessing req. Marion Morris
5:00 +Fr. Peter M. Rinaldi, SDB
6:00 People of the Parish
Monday, April 13, 2015
8:00 Antonio Marchetti req. parents
12:10 Special Intentions Marion Morris req. Diane Strain
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
8:00 +Tin Nguyen req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 +Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Jean-Guillaume and Family req. children and grandchildren
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
8:00 +Joseph and Margaret Curtis req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Paul Guillaume req. family
Thursday, April 16, 2015
8:00 Special Intentions George and Doris Talbot
12:10 +Charles and Matthew Austin req. parents
Friday, April 17, 2015
8:00 +Moises Reyes req. Blanca M. Reyes
12:10 +Rev. Gary P. Fertig req. Bill Christiaanse
Saturday, April 18, 2015
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Benjamin Mazariegos and Delfina de Leon req. Blanca M. Reyes

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.

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 NEWS:

THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
140 years ago, or so:
April 17, 1874: “The Catholic school house on Meadow street was completely filled on Monday evening by an audience gathered to promote the objects of the temperance organization lately formed. The new society, pledged to total abstinence, now numbers between seventy and eighty members, all males, and mostly young men. Father Tierney is Director, Father Rogers, Treasurer, John Nolan President, and P. Larkin, Secretary. Some thirteen young men came forward and joined the society on Monday evening. The name adopted is the St. Joseph’s Total Abstinence Society. Addresses were made by Messrs. McGee, McIntire and others. The regular meetings of the society hereafter will be on the first and third Mondays of each month. Among the plans contemplated are the formation of a library and reading room, and it is understood that Mr. Collender will contribute a billiard table which will be used in the rooms of the society.”

THE Connecticut Catholic:
130 years ago, or so:
April 17, 1886: STAMFORD. “The large stone steps for one of the entrances to our new church have arrived. The smoking of the furnace in one of our parochial school buildings on Tuesday morning caused the fire department to appear in that vicinity, but fortunately there was nothing serious. Mr. William Stankard has opened a grocery store, in partnership with Mr. Noeck, on Main street, and we wish him success in his undertaking.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: William Stankard donated a stained glass window in the church: rectory side, 2nd from the front.)

THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
110 years ago, or so:
April 18, 1904: PASTOR AT WHITE HOUSE. “Rev. James C. O’Brien, pastor of St. John’s R.C. Church, together with a few other priests from this State, had an audience with President Roosevelt, at the White House, last week. Father O’Brien made the trip for the purpose of attending the ceremonies marking the endowment of the Catholic University with a chair in secular history by the Knights of Columbus. The audience with the President was arranged by Congressman-at-Large Hiliey of Waterbury and Congressman Hill of Norwalk. Father O’Brien spent several minutes with Mr. Roosevelt, and was much impressed with the striking personality of the man.”

Divine Mercy Sunday: Jesus, I Trust in You!
-Fr. Terry Walsh

In the early 1920’s, a young woman named Maria Faustina Kowalska entered the Convent of the Sisters of Mercy in Cracow, Poland. She began to experience Mystical Revelations of Jesus, who began to instruct her about the greatest attribute of God: His Mercy. She wrote about these experiences of her Private Revelations and visions in a book called the Diary. Our Lord appeared to St. Faustina in His Glorified Body with bright rays of Red and White light streaming from His Sacred Heart. He told her that he wanted this image to be painted and at the bottom of the painting, to inscribe the words: “Jesus, I Trust in You.” He also instructed her that He wanted the 1st Sunday following Easter to be proclaimed perpetually as a special feast celebrating His Mercy. In the year 2000, Pope John Paul II, also a native of Cracow, elevated Blessed Faustina to Sainthood and proclaimed that the 1st Sunday following Easter would indeed be celebrated as Divine Mercy Sunday in the Church’s Liturgy – to honor the Mercy of God. Incidentally, 5 years after this proclamation, John Paul would draw his last breath on Divine Mercy Sunday.

The Supreme Act of Mercy, of course, was offered when Jesus laid down His life as a ransom for us and enabled us to enter into His Divine Life through personal encounters with Him in the Sacraments, most especially Holy Eucharist. Consider one of the prayers associated with the Divine Mercy Chaplet: “O Blood and Water which gushed forth from the heart of Jesus as a Fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You.” It is that very Blood that we receive in the Eucharist.

When Jesus appeared to the Apostles after the Resurrection, He greeted them with mercy. In the Gospel of Luke (known as the Gospel of Mercy) Jesus says “Be Merciful.” He commands us to have the same compassion on one another that He demonstrated in the upper room. When we read the Scriptures, most especially the four Gospels, we uncover His Mercy on every page. At the same time, we are called to meditate on His mercy and love so that we can imitate Him.

St. Faustina sought our Lord with an undivided heart and her faith in His love strengthened her to endure suffering by uniting herself to the suffering heart of Jesus. She wrote, “Although outwardly I meet with many sufferings and various adversities, this does not, however, lessen my interior life for a moment nor disturb my inner silence. I do not fear at all being abandoned by creatures because, even if all abandoned me, I would not be alone, for the Lord is with me. And even if the Lord were to hide, love will know how to find Him. For love knows no gates or guards; even the keen-eyed Cherub himself, with his flaming sword, will not stop love; it will work its way through wilderness and scorching heat, through storm, thunder and darkness, and will reach the source from which it came, and there it will endure forever. All things will come to an end; but love, never”(1022). In one private revelation to the Saint, Jesus revealed to her: “I desire trust from My creatures. Encourage souls to place great trust in My fathomless mercy. Let the weak, sinful soul have no fear to approach Me, for even if it had more sins than there are grains of sand in the world, all would be drowned in the unmeasurable depths of My Mercy”(1059).

We simply need to look to His wounded side upon the Cross and know that He endured it for love of us. Trust in Him.