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

Pastor’s Corner. . . July 16th is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, an especially Basilicaimportant day for Saint John’s, since Pope Benedict XVI raised our parish to the dignity of a minor basilica on July 16, 2009. The date is worth remembering because, as a minor basilica, Saint John’s has a special bond with the Holy Father, and unique spiritual privileges among the churches of the Diocese of Bridgeport: after the Cathedral of Saint Augustine, Saint John’s is the most important church in Fairfield County. Because we are the Pope’s Church, we can offer plenary indulgences throughout each year, which no other church can.

The Basilica is a formal symbol of the spiritual bonds between all Catholics, as members of Jesus’ Mystical Body, the Church, united visibly with Christ by our communion with the Successor of SaintPeter, Pope Francis. We are all connected through Baptism, and also each time we receive Holy Communion, we are in communion with God, but also with each Catholic around the world. This is symbolized at Mass during the Eucharistic Prayer—the long prayer following the Holy, Holy, Holy, when the priest prays specifically for the pope and for the local bishop. Those prayers are symbolic of our communio—a Latin word that means our spiritual unity with the saints in heaven, the souls in Purgatory, and with each Catholic around the world. For by being in communion with the pope, who is the Successor of Saint Peter and the personification of the Church, we share the same faith, and share the life of grace in the sacraments; by being in communion with the local bishop, the local successor of the apostles, that communion is brought closer to home. No one has just a private relationship with Christ. While there is that private aspect to our faith, there is much more: we belong to one another in Jesus’ Catholic Church, and work by our prayers and spiritual sacrifices to help each other gain eternal life with the God who loves us. God works daily through His Church in us to save everyone on the planet.

The plenary, or full, indulgence offered in our Basilica on July 16th is a perfect example of that connectedness between all baptized people, both living and dead. A plenary indulgence is the remission before God of the temporal punishment for sins, whose guilt is forgiven in sacramental confession. The Church, as the minister of Christ’s graces, grants these special graces to faithful Catholics who willingly perform a designated public act of devotion: in this case, by visiting the Basilica on July 16th, the anniversary of our being made a basilica, and by doing a specific spiritual, charitable action: praying one Our Father and the Apostles’ Creed for the intention of the pope; receiving Holy Communion on the day of the indulgence; and having gone to Confession sometime within a week prior to or following July 16th. One must be free from all attachment to sin in order to receive an indulgence. This is a moment of deeper conversion to Christ, and reception of His grace.

In other words, the entire body of the Church is willing to join you to perform the penance for your sins: by administering the merits of Jesus’ suffering and Cross, and the merits of the saints, to those who seek an indulgence. Here, then, is the reality of communio—a sharing in spiritual gifts—each person in the Body of Christ, which is the Church, works for the salvation of everyone else: we share the spiritual gifts of Our Lord by sharing in the same Catholic Faith, and joining efforts, willingly performing simple acts of faith and charity to benefit others, and, thus, we open ourselves to God’s perfecting us, through the graces of His sacraments and blessings in His Catholic Church.

Please take advantage of the Basilica’s special bond with Pope Francis, by visiting on July 16th, and by piously working for these blessings by praying for the Holy Father. These indulgences can also be applied to someone we love who has died: a further sign that even our beloved dead continue sharing with us, because we are all united in Christ’s Catholic Church. – 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: Marie Gedeon, Edward J. Gill, 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.

Monthly Collection . . . The second collection today will be the monthly collection for the parish. Your generosity is appreciated.

Monday Eucharistic Adoration: Will be discontinued, except on certain holy days. Please avail yourself of the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at Saint John Fisher Seminary Residence, 894 Newfield Avenue. For more information, please call 203-322-5331.

Banns of Marriage:
I Banns: Claudine Firmin and Patrick Labaze
II 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 July 5, 2015 $ 12,339.00
Sunday July 6, 2014 $ 12,999.04

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 19th, Sunday Readings: Jer 23:1-6; Eph 2:13-18; Mk 6:30-34.

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.

Saint John’s Flock: Will be discontinued. With the transfer of Fr. Walsh and the arrival of Fr. Vill, we plan to introduce new religious, educational and social programs here at St. John’s during the upcoming months. Please stay tuned!

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.

Electronic Giving – Offertory Donations Made Easy…Consider using your credit card to make your weekly or monthly donation to St. John’s. Easier for you, and less costly for the parish than the printing and mailing of weekly envelopes, credit card giving automatically sends your weekly offering to the Basilica of St. John’s. Call the parish secretary (324-1553, ext. 21).

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.

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 11, 2015
4:00 Terese Kung req. parents
Sunday, July 12, 2015
7:30 +Alexander Baldwin req. Hope and Jim Jagodzinski
10:00 Anna & Carmine Coniglio and Madeline Sabia req. Family
12:00 Special Intentions Diane Strain req. Mildred and Joan Beirne
5:00 +Fr. Peter M. Rinaldi, SDB
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, July 13, 2015
8:00 Alexandre and Germaine Laurent req. Gertha Laurent
12:10 Millien Family req. Montanise Paulemon
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
8:00 Louis-Jeune Family req. Montanise Paulemon
12:10 +Angelina Corcione
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
8:00 +Alfred Henry Lovell req. Hope and Jim Jagodzinski
12:10 Special Intentions Andrew Mbabaali req. Ferry G.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
8:00 +Theron and Lena Carr req. Marie Carr
12:10 +Gennaro Signore
Friday, July 17, 2015
8:00 +Lucie Charles req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 Kevin Driscoll req. Andrew Mbabaali
Saturday, July 18, 2015
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Cecil and Jean Whittingham 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.

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 NEWS:

THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
125 years ago, or so:
June 18, 1890: “The preparations made for the 8th annual excursion of the St. Joseph’s Young Men’s T.A.B. Society, to Sylvan Beach, on Wednesday, July 30, indicates that the excursion will be one of the most enjoyable that this successful and progressive society has ever had. The St. John’s Cornet Band will be on board, also Campbell’s Orchestra, and they will furnish good music as the boat proceeds to the delightful spot selected for the landing of the excursion. Sylvan Beach is on the Kill von Kull below New York. It is said by those who have seen that place that no finer spot could be selected for an excursion, and it is far enough away from Stamford to give all the sailing that any excursionist could desire.”

STAMFORD WEEKLY MAIL & SHOPPER:
40 years ago, or so:
July 18, 1974: The Bells Of St. John’s.
Have you heard the church bells ring?
They started early in the Spring
To bring a message to one and all
Their beauty and reverence does recall.
On Atlantic Street their beauty we hear
Because they come from the church so near
St. John’s is the benefactor you see
To bring this joy to you and me.
At times when we are all concerned
Our thoughts to God for help we turn
For who within this day and age
Have no problems on their page?
Some are deep and it is true
Shared by only God and you
Others friends and neighbors share
As in like problems we are aware.
And with concern that grows so deep
That doubts into our thoughts do creep
The joy that these chimes do bring
Lifts our hearts with hope to sing.
For after all we all do know
That God will guide us as we go
And problems overnight dissolve
As true faith in Him revolves.
So may they ring, so long and true
Bringing hope and comfort, too,
As the beauty of their song
Rings out in faith for Oh! So long.

Fran Aubrey

Religious Ed Reg Form