For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday June 28, 2015

Pastor’s Corner. . Rome is an immense collection of monuments and buildings, all in varying degrees of beauty, grace, ugliness, usefulness and/or decay. Layer upon layer of construction exists, since herds of people have lived on its seven hills for centuries. The myth of the City’s foundation by the twin brothers, Romulus and Remus, includes a violent debate between the two about the location for their new city: atop the Palatine or the Aventine Hill. Ultimately, Romulus won out, and the Palatine became the foundation of the city on April 21st, 735 B.C., and the Aventine abandoned.

Since my days in Rome are now limited: just four to be exact, I am spending them wandering around the city, visiting places I have never seen. Last evening I went to the top of the Aventine Hill, the hoped for site of the Remus’ city. The site of my wanderings was the vast complex of ancient buildings owned by the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem and Rhodes and of Malta. Today, better known as the Knights of Malta. The ancient building complex is not open to the public, but it has become one of the great tourist attractions of the City, nevertheless. Closed off to the public by two enormous green wooden doors, thousands of crazed tourists line walk up or take taxicabs up the steep hill daily to look through a keyhole in those green wooden doors, to see the far off dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica. One can see the dome simply by walking a few paces down the road to the nearby public park, but that doesn’t seem to occur to tourists. Such insanity is the stuff of modern tourism to Rome, and they line up for hours in the blazing Roman sun to peak through the keyhole.

Since I had gained access to the buildings for a formal diplomatic reception, I had the opportunity to do one of those things longed for since my first days in the Eternal City in August, 1973: to look through the key hole from the inside, at an unsuspecting tourist on the other side, eyeball to eyeball. I did it last night. The poor woman on the opposite side nearly passed out, giving forth a powerful screech as she understood that, instead of seeing Saint Peter’s Basilica in the distance, she saw my green eye at a closer range than she liked. I opened the door, and passed into the piazza outside, where all had a good laugh. It is a near certainty that either Remus or his brother Romulus would have done the same prank, if keyholes existed in their day!

The Palatine Hill, which Romulus succeeded in establishing as the foundation of the City, is nothing but ruins these days, and very few people troop up there, except to see some overgrown ruins. It has not been the center of the City for nearly 1,600 years. The true center is located in an area that was outside ancient Rome, across the Tiber River, in what had been a muddy public garden, with an imperial race track and a cemetery next to it. Today, as then, the area bears the name Vaticanus, and it is the home of that dome the poor lady at the keyhole tried to see last evening.

My last morning in Rome will be Tuesday, June 30th. I hope to walk across town, across the Tiber, to today’s Vatican, to the Basilica of Saint Peter, built above the actual tomb of Saint Peter himself, in order to offer Mass and a prayer for all the parishioners of Saint John’s. Then, into a cab, and out to the airport, and home. Please say a little prayer. This has been a great 10-month period of intense research and writing, with numerous sleepless nights. It will be good to be home.

I’ll see you all next weekend. God bless you. – Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Joe Brennan, Betty Brennan, Nancy Gallagher, Billy Therriault, Thomas Bernie, Loy Mulyagonja, Ben Castle, Jay Olnek, Catherine Olnek, Lena Cocchia, Alexandre Laurent, Louise Morello, John MacLean, John Murray, Karyl Suzanne Bearden, Nellie Taylor-Boltrek, Kevin O’Byrne, Barbara Itri, Victoria Campos, Ro Clarke, Suzanne DePreta, Rita Timon, 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, John Palumbo, Silvana Smith.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Joseph Runio, Gary DeSalvo, Jeanne Loughlin, Barbara Wolf, Dominick Franco Sr., Barbara Rizzi, Joseph H. Dervil, Elaine Marie Breunich, Patrick Timon, Thomas Mardi, Alfred Candito, Sr., Mable Lewis, Linda DePreta, Theresa Deluca, Josephine Melfi, Mary Lou Kerr, Madeline Preziosi, Cardinal Edward M. Egan, Suzanne Demonchaux.

Peter’s Pence Collection . . . Please drop your Peter’s Pence Collection envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory. There will only be one collection today.

Over 100 Benefits of Eucharistic Adoration: #22 – The faithful are to hold the Eucharist in highest honor…worshiping it with supreme adoration. (Code of Canon Law-#898)

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.

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.

Annual Bishop’s Appeal: Has begun. Saint John’s goal, set by the diocese, is $110,000. The funds collected for the Bishop are used for the numerous charitable and educational works of the Diocese. We have collected to date: $85,105.00. Please be generous; we need everyone’s help.

Famous British Catholic Boys Choir to sing at St John the Evangelist: The Schola Cantorum, the renowned boys choir of The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in London, England, is to sing a concert at St John the Evangelist at 7 pm on Thursday 2 July.  Cardinal Vaughan is one of the most famous Catholic Schools in the UK and the school’s choir is highly regarded for its fine singing, often heard at London’s Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. You may have already heard the boys sing without realising as their voices are also heard on many movie soundtracks – recent films on which they have sung include the Harry Potter series, Paddington, Life of Pi and The Age of Adaline. The boys also sing in the chorus at London’s Royal Opera House.  On this trip the Schola are performing in four US cities, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, New York and the concert here in Stamford on 2 July when they will perform a varied program of beautiful sacred music. Entrance is free.

Fr. Walsh Reception: after the 10AM mass this Sunday. Come say goodbye to Fr. Walsh. All are invited.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday June 21, 2015 $ 9,334.48
Sunday June 22, 2014 $10,074.60

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 5th, Sunday Readings: Ez 2:2-5; 2 Cor 12:7-10; Mk 6:1-6.

Baptism/Confirmation Sponsorship Certificate: When asked to be a sponsor, a certificate is needed from your home parish. If the parish priest does not know you personally, or by sight, the only other way of knowing you as a practicing catholic is by tracking your contributions by check or envelope.

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.

Saint John’s School Reunion. A committee is organizing a reunion for all who attended St. Johns School over Columbus Day week-end, October 10-11th 2015. If you attended, or know anyone who did, please e-mail the following information to Erin.Cody@SunGard.com or call (203) 325-3128 and leave a message (please speak slowly and clearly). Full name (including maiden name), e-mail, phone, mailing address, year graduated or left SJS, and if you would like to join the committee. Alumni should go to Facebook and search “St. John’s School Alumni, Stamford” and Like the page. Please pass this information on to anyone you know who may have attended: siblings, parents, cousins, aunt and uncles, grandparents, friends.

Celebration Mass of SYNOD 2014 – Saturday, September 19, 2015 @ 11:00 AM At the Webster Area at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Bishop Frank Caggiano cordially invites you to join 9,000 faithful throughout the diocese for Mass, Music and Thanksgiving. Doors will open at 9:00 AM with Praise and Worship music and the debut of the new Diocesan Youth Choir.
IMPORTANT CHANGE: The Bishop will allow your personal cars to this event. You will now have the option to drive. If you choose to drive, you must register and secure your ticket of entry by August 15, 2015 through the Eventbrite link (www.2014synod.org/tickets). (Please note that parking will be tight and that some late arrivals may not be able to park on the arena grounds). The Basilica of St. John‘s will still have bus transportation to this event. Please secure your seat on the bus and free entry ticket by July 31, 2015. For additional information or to secure your bus seat/ticket, please email Frank Carpanzano at fcarpanzano@advancetravel.com.

Stamford: A Small Town Remembers: A production of Michael Macari and EVTV in association with The Stamford Historical Society Wednesday, July 8, 2015 7:30PM at The Avon Theatre, 272 Bedford Street, Stamford.  A Q & A with the producers and other special guests will be held immediately following the showing.  Seating to benefit the Stamford Historical Society $12/general; $10/seniors; $7/Avon Members. Guests are urged to reserve general seating by calling the Avon Box Office during show times at box office at 203-967-3660 x2.  For more information, contact 203-329-1183.

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, June 27, 2015
4:00 +Ines and Albert Gommi req. Leon Taricani
Sunday, June 28, 2015
7:30 +Margaret McCann req. Mary Francis and Kieran Malone
10:00 +Kathy Robustelli req. Lucy Joyce
12:00 Special Intentions Danielle LaRocque req. Mulhern Family
5:00 +Fr. Peter M. Rinaldi, SDB
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, June 29, 2015
8:00 Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception req. Montanise Paulemon
12:10 +Marie Valanzano req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
8:00 +Joseph Janisch req. Terence McPartland
12:10 +Margaret Elizabeth Von Arx req. Mary Francis and Kieran Malone
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
8:00 +Charles Pascale req. John Pascale
12:10 In Honor of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ req. Marion Morris
Thursday, July 2, 2015
8:00 +Margaret M. Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 Mahon Family req. Mulhern Family
Friday, July 3, 2015
8:00 +Gene Tushaj req. wife Age
12:10 +Charles and Matthew Austin req. parents
Saturday, July 4, 2015
8:00 Deceased members of the Tarantino and Marchetti Families
12:10 +Anthony Ramos req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos

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. Maria Goretti Society & St. Dominic Savio Society: For the spiritual formation of young ladies and men, 6th-8thgrades. For more info. Please contact Anne Marie, religioused@stjohnsstamford.com or 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: Starts again in September, 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:
June 29, 1866: “A measure has been before the Legislature of this State having in view the transfer of the property of the Catholic Church from the custody of the Bishop, to whom it has heretofore belonged, to the different parishes owning such property. An act of incorporation has just been passed by the Legislature, and signed by the Governor, which vests the power heretofore held by the Bishop, in two trustees and the pastor ex-officio. This is a just measure and will obviate the necessity for such collisions between the clergy and laity as has taken place in New York, St. Louis, and other places. Our Catholic friends are under obligations to our representative, John D. Ferguson, Esq., for his advocacy and active support of the measure.”

135 years ago, or so:
July 1, 1881: The Fourth at Woodside. “For many years past, the Roman Catholic societies have held a picnic in Woodside Park on the Nation’s birthday. This year there will be an extraordinary good time as special efforts are being made to have it so. In the park various athletic sports and games will be given, including a ten-mile walk between Swan, Kane, Calloo, and Bowles of Greenwich, for a purse of $30.”

115 years ago, or so:
June 30, 1898: Priests at Retreat. “The annual retreat of the clergy of the diocese of Hartford is now being held in the college of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass. Fathers Rogers and Lynch of this city are in attendance and during their absence Father Flannery is in charge of the church. There are nearly 200 priests of the Roman Catholic Church, under Bishop Tierney, and these are divided into two hands, the first going to Worcester and the second attending the retreat which will open in St. John’s seminary, Boston, Sunday, July 11. The preacher who will be in charge of the religious exercises at both retreats is Father Scully of the Jesuit order. Fathers Rogers and Lynch will return Saturday evening.”

100 years ago, or so:
June 30, 1915: Lawn Party Opens Tonight. “Tonight, on the grounds in front of the Parochial School on Atlantic Street, the two days’ lawn party and euchre of St. John’s Catholic Parish will open. Handsome prizes have been donated for the euchre, and are on exhibition in Marron’s pharmacy. There will be a number of races and other track events for girls and boys, and the winners will be entered in Monday’s games on the West End Field to represent St. John’s Parochial School. The grounds will be handsomely decorated, and music will be rendered for dancing by Kearney’s full orchestra.”

J.M.J.
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Dear Friends,

Eleven years ago, Msgr. Di Giovanni invited me to spend a few days at the Rectory around the time of my Ordination to the Priesthood. When I arrived at the Rectory the night before my Ordination, it was, as usual, a beehive of activity. The JPII group, that is, the parish young adult group, was meeting that evening and convivial discussions were taking place throughout the first floor of the rectory. Indeed, on any given night at 279 Atlantic, so many of you participate in a wide variety of activities: Patristic Studies, Bible Study, RCIA, Language Studies, and the like, digging a little deeper into the faith and then – sharing  it – taking time out of your busy schedules in order to peer a little deeper into the Mystery, as it were. That particular night, after greeting some of the JPIIer’s, I slipped out of the Rectory and strolled over to the Church. Msgr. had given me the key. I flipped on a couple lights and spent the evening preparing for my Ordination, which would take place the next morning in Bridgeport. It was a wonderfully peaceful evening, a great grace. Little did I know then that just 2 years later I would be assigned to St. John’s. Over the course of these last nine years, I truly have been richly blessed. I am particularly grateful to our Lady, who I believe directed my path to St. John’s so that I would experience a parish filled with life and zeal for the faith – and to appreciate true “Catholicity”. Look around and you will see quite clearly the rich diversity here at St. John’s. For us, diversity is not a cause of division, but rather, it is a witness to the Truth. It is what our Lord intended. After all, He created it. We are all meant to live and work together in the One Body, the Church. We are united by our one common faith. We believe all that the Church teaches to be true regarding faith and morals – without exception. We are faithful to the Magisterium. Our faith is the glue that binds us together. What makes St. John’s thrive is its response to the grace of God. It really is that simple. While there are many wonderful parish activities – The Holy Name Society, The Legion of Mary, various educational programs, and the like, it is, fundamentally, fidelity to the Sacraments that has formed St. John’s. Our Lord calls us to holiness – every single one of us without exception. It is our common goal and the only path to Heaven: “Be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.”  How do we become holy? We cling to Christ. St. John’s offers Confessions every single day. It is there, of course, where we meet our Lord. It is there that Jesus Himself prepares the humble penitent to receive Him in the Eucharist. Walking into the Confessional is a free act, a humble choice – it is an act of faith. And, as each one of us receives the grace of this sacrament, the entire Parish benefits. Thus, through the healing graces of Confession and the nourishing graces of the Eucharist, we are fortified in the faith, satisfying the Thirst of Christ. We are able then, through this increase of grace, to bear our burdens with greater ease, to understand our spiritual path with greater wisdom, and even to encourage others by our example in the hope that they too will discover the “pearl of great price”. It all begins with Confession. Offering daily confessions is a pastoral decision and in my view, it is the single most important decision to breathe life into a parish. It is in the Confessional that each one of us experiences the greatest attribute of God: Mercy. It opens the door to life. I have learned many lessons here at the Basilica, but none more important than that one. I am grateful to Msgr. Di Giovanni for allowing me to be part of this parish for these nine years – and I am grateful to all of you for your witness to the faith, which has been most edifying to me. God Bless you all – each and every one. Be assured of my prayers for you.

In the Peace of Christ, Fr. Terry Walsh