For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday April 3, 2016

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 to be sacrificed; a man [Jesus] took the place of the sheep to be offered; 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]
God’s mercy is unimaginable in its generosity. All you need do is respond.
-Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Tom Timon, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Brianna Petigny, Cathy Itri, Elaine Shoztic, Louise Morello, Chris Seely, Jacqueline Domingue, John Kronk, Mary Lena Cocchia, Alexandre Laurent, John MacLean, John Murray, Karyl Suzanne Bearden, Kevin O’Byrne, Barbara Itri, Victoria Campos, Rita Timon, Diane Grant, Mary Bauer, Mary Rose Bauer, Paolo Cavallo, Silvana Smith, Josh Frank, Mildred Beirne, Joe Brennan, Betty Brennan, Nancy Gallagher, Billy Therriault, Loy Mulyagonja.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Enrico Imbrogno, Sr., Ann Cody, Julie Breunich, Angeline Kom Simo, Ken Hopson, Mary & Stephen Churley, Deborah Karen Fallacaro, Fr. Joseph Malloy, Alberico Faugno, Alvaro Paternina, Bonnie Keyes, Anne Duffell, Marian Bissell, Domenic Civitillo, Suzanne DePreta, John Marena, Mary Fahey, Audrey Thorpe, Marie Martin, Doris Byrd, Santiago Collazo, Klebert Lorent, Susanne DePreta.

Divine Mercy Sunday: April 3rd: A Holy Hour 1:00-2:00PM with the Holy Rosary, Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

SAVE THE DATES:
Sunday, APRIL 17th: 3 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Old Town Hall: The opening of the 375th anniversary of Stamford celebrations: the ROLE OF RELIGIOUS FAITH IN THE LIFE OF STAMFORD. Msgr. DiGiovanni is the chairman of the committee organizing this event: Everyone is welcome: Let’s all show up at the Old Town Hall to make a statement: Catholics play an important part in the life of Stamford, and we’re proud of it!!

Faith on Tap: Tuesday, April 19th at 7:00 pm: For young Catholics 21-39 years of age, will be on at Murphy’s Townhouse Café on 97 Franklin Street. Father Andrew Vill will speak on “Why Get Married in the Church.” Join us for a beer and a stimulating discussion.

The Upper Room: Monday, April 25th at 7:30 pm: in the Upper Room at Columbus Park Trattoria on Broad Street in downtown Stamford. This is for Catholics aged 30 and up. Join us for a glass of wine and a lively discussion. This month’s topic: Dr. Joe McAleer will speak on “The Wisdom of Cardinal Egan,” previewing a new book of the Cardinal’s writings.

Saturday, MAY 7th: 4-7 p.m., 2016 KENTUCKY DERBY: in the Rectory. Our annual fundraiser features a simulcast of the Run for the Roses, fabulous food and drink, and the chance to win some spectacular prizes, like a 65” Samsung curved smart TV. Space limited to 100 guests only; tickets: $125. All proceeds will fund the work on the church’s clerestory.

LATIN LOW MASS: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

Sidewalk Advocates for Life: “Did you know that there are innocent lives being lost due to abortions in Stamford each week? Would you like to learn how to help women in unplanned, crisis pregnancies choose life at the abortion center? Sidewalk Advocates for Life offers a peaceful, prayerful, law-abiding sidewalk advocacy method that seeks to reach that woman’s heart and fill her needs so she can confidently choose life! Our next training will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 8:00am to 12:00pm at St. John the Evangelist Rectory in Stamford, CT. If you would like to learn this method and check out our program, please contact the Program Co-Director Noelle at 857-345-0808 or noelle.gross@gmail.com. More information at www.sidewalkadvocates.org!”

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday                           March 20, 2016    $  14,526.60
Sunday                           March 22, 2015    $  14,005.02
Easter Sunday                   March 27, 2016    $  37,027.91
Easter Sunday                   April 5, 2015  $  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 10th, Sunday Readings:  Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41; Rev 5:11-14; Jn 21:1-19.

Behold the Lamb: Join us the third Saturday of every month from 7-8 p.m. for Eucharistic Adoration in the Basilica. The Holy Hour will be accompanied by charismatic songs and confessions will be available. Bring the entire family, children and all! This month’s Behold the Lamb Holy Hour will be on Saturday April 16th, 2016. See our posters in the church for a listing of future dates!

MEN of SAINT JOHN’S: Looking for a spiritual boost? Our Holy Name  Society is it! Come to the Rectory each Friday at 7 a.m. and join with 30 men of the parish for coffee, prayer, Eucharistic adoration and Benediction. Out by 8 a.m. in time for daily Mass.  Just walk in the front door of the Rectory. Come join us!

WANT TO BE A CATHOLIC? OR, are you a Catholic who would like a refresher course in the Faith, OR have you never received First Communion or Confirmation? These classes are for you: Wednesdays 7:30-9:00pm in the Rectory. This is an eighteen week course of studies.  Please call the rectory for information (203-324-1553, ext. 21).

Police: As policemen and women are under attack throughout the country, we ask that you Please remember the members of our Stamford Police Department in your prayers. Likewise, remember in your prayers members of Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department, and our military women and men who protect our nation.

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 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org.

Life Runners:  Are you a runner interested in joining the fight against abortion through LIFE Runners ((http://www.liferunners.org/)? Meet ups will consist of a monthly group run starting with prayer outside a local abortion clinic. No previous running experience is required. Please contact Diane Kremheller at diane.kremheller@gmail.com for additional details.

Volunteers: FUTURE 5 is a non-profit organization to help motivated low income high school students in Stamford to improve themselves and their future. We need volunteers to do one-on-one student work, such as college coaches, job prep coaches, and teachers. For more  information or to volunteer, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.org

St. Monica Biblical Greek Grammar: Thursdays at 6:30 pm, in the Rectory. 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 or Monsignor at spqrnac@gmail.com.

St. Monica Latin Reading GroupTuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.  We are continuing our review of ecclesiastical Latin using Second Latin by Cora and Charles Scanlon.  Currently, we are reading excerpts from the Summa Theologica  of St Thomas Aquinas.  An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.  Please call the Rectory for information.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge. Next meeting: Monday, April 25th 7:30PM Location: Cosi at 230 Tresser Blvd, (in front of the Stamford Mall).

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, April 2, 2016
4:00 +Raymond C. O’Leary req. Banahan Family
Sunday, April 3, 2016
7:30 +John J. Gannon req. Mary Jean DalMolin
10:00 +Mark John Dimmock req. Diane Strain
12:00 Katie Slaughter req. Anne Marie Carpanzano
5:00 Poor Souls in Purgatory
6:00 People of the Parish
Monday, April 4, 2016
8:00 +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Helen Cappiello req. Duffy Family
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
8:00 Alexandra and Gertha Laurent
12:10 +Carmella Smeriglio req. Terri Rizzo
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
8:00 +Margaret M. Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +John and Angelina Pascale req. John Pascale
Thursday, April 7, 2016
8:00 +Virginia Carr req. Marie Carr
12:10 +Jerry and Sis Longo req. Longo Family
Friday, April 8, 2016
8:00 Thanksgiving to St. Theresa req. Diane Strain
12:10 +Father Anthony Dandry req. Pascale Family
Saturday, April 9, 2016
8:00 +John Gannon req. Mary Bridget Gaine
12:10 +Lina and Xavier Fontaine req. Jean-Guillaume Family

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. For more information, 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 men of the parish, meets Fridays in the Rectory, 7-7:50 a.m. for coffee, Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction. All men are welcome. We finish in time for the 8a.m. Mass.

Pray: End Legalized Abortion: Fridays, 7:45a.m.-10a.m: Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street.

The Legion of Mary: Wednesday Evenings: 7:30 pm ’till 9:00 pm in the Msgr. Nagle Hall.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies:— Biblical Greek: Intermediate Grammar: Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory. Call Monsignor DiGiovanni for more information (203-324-1553, ext 11).

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

Coffee Hour: After the 10a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:

145 years ago, or so:
April 3, 1871: “Rev. Eugene Gaffney, of the Roman Catholic church, has left Stamford to take charge of a parish in Thomaston, Conn. His place is supplied by Rev. Father James Daly.”

135 years ago, or so:
April 8, 1881: “The St. Joseph’s Young Men’s Temperance Society, an institution growing in numbers and influence for good in this community, at their annual meeting, Tuesday night, elected the following officers: President-Rev. Father Walsh; Vice-President-James Spaulding. Every self-respecting young man who is connected with the Roman Catholic church, and who does not belong to any other temperance organization, should join the St. Joseph’s Society and give his influence and support to a good cause.”

130 years ago, or so:
April 6, 1888: “The fair of St. John’s R.C. church began on Wednesday evening in Miller’s Hall with a concert at which the singing of the favorite vocalist, Rose D’Erina, delighted everybody that heard her. This lady is announced to sing again this Thursday evening in the same place. The fair will be continued through this and next week, and doubtless will attract more and more interest and attention from the members of the parish and the general public every evening.”

115 years ago, or so:
April 4, 1910: “The horse of Rev. James C. O’Brien, pastor of St. John’s R.C. Church, got out of its stable early Sunday morning. It was found later by City Sheriff Hawley Oefinger.”

90 years ago, or so:
April 10, 1928: New Star Scouts. “At the April session of the Court of Honor of the Stamford Council, Boy Scouts of America, held last Tuesday evening, at the City Court Room, Town Hall, Joseph Sutavitz, Troop 22, qualified for advancement to Star Scout Rank. Scout Francis Frederick, Troop 22, was advanced to First Class Rank. John Reidy, Troop 22, was advanced to Second Class Rank.”

50 years ago, or so:
April 6, 1964: St. John’s Girls Win Second Place In Diocesan Event. “St. John’s of Stamford won the runner-up trophy in the Bridgeport Diocesan CYO Grammar School Girls Basketball tournament played over the weekend in Bridgeport. The St. John’s girls topped Sacred Heart of Danbury, 22-20.”

Jesus I Trust in You!
-Fr. Andy Vill

This Sunday, the Second Sunday of Easter, is celebrated in the Church as Divine Mercy Sunday. In a private revelation given to Sr. Faustina Kowalska in Poland during the 1930’s, Our Lord asked that devotion to His Divine Mercy be spread throughout the world. In collaboration with her spiritual director, Sr. Faustina had a painting commissioned which displayed the vision of Jesus which she had received. Most of us are now familiar with this image of Jesus in which, with the touch of His hand to His chest, rays of red and white light pour forth from His Most Sacred Heart. At the base of this image, we see the words “Jesus, I trust in you!” displayed.

The purpose of this devotion and the revelation which Sr. Faustina received is threefold. We are called to practice devotion to God’s Divine Mercy in order to 1) obtain mercy, 2) to trust in Christ’s mercy, and 3) to show mercy to others. There are many ways throughout the year in which we can practice devotion to Divine Mercy. First, we can venerate the Divine Mercy Image. On a regular basis we can recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy using a rosary and the Divine Mercy pamphlets which are available in the vestibule of the Basilica. We can also observe a minute of silence at 3pm to commemorate the “Hour of Mercy”, that is, the hour in which our Lord died on the Cross. Once per year, the Church commemorates the Feast of Divine Mercy as we do this weekend. Finally, we can practices works of mercy toward our neighbors in a way which helps to spread God’s mercy throughout the world.

In a Decree of Indulgence issued by the Apostolic Penitentiary on June 29th, 2002, the Holy See granted an indulgence for those who practice a devotion to God’s Divine Mercy on the Second Sunday of Easter. Below is the text from that decree:

And so the Supreme Pontiff, motivated by an ardent desire to foster in Christians this devotion to Divine Mercy as much as possible in the hope of offering great spiritual fruit to the faithful, in the Audience granted on 13 June 2002, to those Responsible for the Apostolic Penitentiary, granted the following Indulgences:

A plenary indulgence, granted under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of Supreme Pontiff) to the faithful who, on the Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday, in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honour of Divine Mercy, or who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!”);

A partial indulgence, granted to the faithful who, at least with a contrite heart, pray to the merciful Lord Jesus a legitimately approved invocation.

Happy Divine Mercy Sunday everyone!