For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday July 5, 2015

Pastor’s Corner. . Happy Fourth of July!
My long-past youth provides me with few memories of this celebration. My family didn’t really celebrate the holiday. No parades, no firecrackers, no visiting of relatives. It was simply the first official holiday during the first sweet weeks of summer vacation from school. There was only one unvaried action each July 4th. My father would annually pronounce, “The summer is over!” This augury was received by all in my family with a respectful silence, standing with heads erect momentarily, after which all returned to the leisurely holiday tasks at hand. July 4th continued to be a non-festive national holiday for me until my first journey and prolonged absence outside North America in the summer of 1973, when I was assigned to study theology in Rome in preparation for the priesthood. Then, it became akin to Christmas, since all American students longed for the holiday and home.

Being an ex-patriot can be a tricky business. An American tourist’s initial fascination being away from home, and first frustration living in a “foreign” land, wears off quickly, knowing that a return home is only a few days or weeks in the offing. Living outside the United States for an extended period of time is very different, for the realization becomes immediate that home is not here, no matter how comfortable, for more reasons than that one is living under a different flag.

To appreciate the glories of the United States of America, one need travel abroad and experience how everything works differently in strands Americans term “foreign”. The ex-patriot understands quickly that there are very different foundational principles at work in societies not American. Prescinding from questions of efficiency in postal systems, quality of air and water, smoking in public places, and the near ubiquitous presence of beggars, gypsies, and thieves insisting upon immediate charity, living abroad slowly makes one more patriotic for Old Glory. That patriotism is more than mere nostalgia or homesickness; it is not mindless xenophobia, either. I do mean being patriotic as in possession of a subtle interior appreciation for the principles and human rights enshrined in our Declaration of Independence, which we celebrate on the Glorious Fourth.

Is the United States a perfect society? No. But it is a society offering more possibilities than any other on the planet. That is why so many strive to come here: for work and the almighty dollar, certainly. The more foundational reason, even if unspoken by the immigrant or misunderstood by the native born citizen, is the existence of a near level field offered everyone by the unalienable rights given us by God, recognized and protected by law: the unalienable rights of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. The United States government does not give us these rights, nor does it create these rights. They are God-given to everyone on the planet. For the most part, these are unrecognized and certainly unprotected by governments beyond our Golden Shores, yet they are defended and protected as natural rights under the laws of our country.

This makes all the difference, and this is the basic part of life essentially longed for by the ex-pat, no matter the quality of life, whether in elegance of accommodations, or level of privilege enjoyed while living abroad. The way societies and governments operate depends on their official approach to God and the rights He gives us, so determinative of who we are. It took my moving to Italy 42 years ago this summer and living there for 10 years to learn that lesson.

My father taught me many things, including that “The summer is over” on July 4th. But he and my mother also taught my sisters and me an appreciation for home. It’s a great country, this U.S. of A. So, let’s thank God for it! It preserves and defends those unalienable rights God gave each of us when He knit us in our mother’s womb in His image and likeness: the Rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. And, it is the only nation on the planet that preserves those individual, God-given rights. Pray our country becomes more perfect. In the meantime, and on the Glorious Fourth, let us join in singing and praying, God bless America!
– 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.

Air Conditioning Collection . . . The second collection today will be the Air Conditioning collection for the parish. Your generosity is appreciated.

Over 100 Benefits of Eucharistic Adoration: #23 – During our Holy Hour we lift up to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus those souls in the most need of His mercy. (Excerpt from ‘Letters to a Brother Priest’)

Banns of Marriage: I Banns: Amparo E. Amparo and Robert Santiago

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: $98,071.00. Please be generous; we need everyone’s help.

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.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday June 28, 2015 $ 11,446.00
Sunday June 29, 2014 $ 14,463.97

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 12th, Sunday Readings: Am 7:12-15; Eph 1:3-14 or Eph 1:3-10; Mk 6:7-13.

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.

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.

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.

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, July 4, 2015
4:00 Veterans of the Parish
Sunday, July 5, 2015
7:30 +June Hall Lovell req. Hope and Jim Jagodzinski
10:00 Gavin Samedi Birthday req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:00 +Canio and Kelly Paul Romaniello req. Joseph and Agnes Kung
5:00 +Fr. Peter M. Rinaldi, SDB
6:00 People of the Parish
Monday, July 6, 2015
8:00 +Justine Romelus and Charite Millien req. Montanise Paulemon
12:10 +Robert H. Mold req. Mary Francis and Kieran Malone
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 Monica O’Brien req. husband
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Lucy Espinoza
12:10 +Jayson Jarrett req. Norma Jarrett
Thursday, July 9, 2015
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 Father Walsh req. Millie Terenzio
Friday, July 10, 2015
8:00 +Ursula Reyes and Jean Whittingham req. Blanca M. Reyes
12:10 +Charles and Matthew Austin req. parents
Saturday, July 11, 2015
8:00 +Irene Medwed – 11th Anniversary req. DeVivo and Munro Families
12:10 +Richard Montagnesse 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. 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:

145 years ago, or so:
July 9, 1869: THE ’FOURTH’ IN STAMFORD. “Although no official action was taken by our Borough authorities to celebrate the national anniversary, it was made a gala day our citizens generally. The various bells were duly rung at sunrise and sunset and guns were fired. The most exciting and interesting features of the observances of the day is due to the public spirit and enterprise of our Irish-American citizens, who celebrated the Fourth by a grand excursion and picnic to Woodside Park. Before proceeding to the park, a procession was formed which moved through the principal streets. The procession was headed by the Marshals of the day on horseback, after which came a carriage carrying the local Catholic clergy, with Capt. J. H. Weiss, of Stamford, and Col. J. H. Barrett, late of Stamford, but at present, we believe, of Albany, N.Y..”

110 years ago, or so:
July 12, 1907: Alumni Association Formed. “St. John’s Parochial School Alumni Association was organized last evening at a meeting in the convent of St. John’s Catholic Church. The association began its career with 50 charter members. Only those pupils of the school who passed entrance examinations for the High School were considered as eligible for membership. The following officers were elected: President, Miss Jennie Terry; vice-president, John A. Maher; secretary, Miss Agnes Hanrahan; treasurer, Sister Mercedes. The association will meet every two weeks. The next meeting will be on July 25.”

90 years ago, or so:
July 6, 1926: “Stamford put on a safe and sane Fourth of July celebration at Halloween Park yesterday afternoon and St. John’s Recreational Club did their share of the celebrating by annexing the point trophy in the athletic meet. At least one place in each of the nine races was won by the club, and, as if that wasn’t enough, their team of girls went out and captured the 440-yard relay: 50-yard dash for girls—Won by Florence DeMille, St. John’s Recreational Club. Time 7 4/5 seconds. Boys’ Slow Bicycle race—Won by John Kokoska, St. John’s Recreational Club. Girls’ potato race—Won by Elizabeth DeMille, St. John’s Recreational Club. 50 yard sack race for boys—Won by John Donahue, St. John’s Recreational Club. Girls shoe race—Won by Elizabeth DeMille, St. John’s Recreational Club; second, Elizabeth Smith, St. John’s Recreational Club. Boys obstacles race—second place John Donahue, St. John’s Recreational Club. 100 yard dash for boys under 16—/Third, Joseph Gaetani, St. John’s Recreational Club. 440 yard relay for girls—Won by St. John’s Recreational Club.”

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