For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday April 17, 2016

Pastor’s Corner: Our Lord’s promise to His Apostles that He would remain with His Church until the end of time did not imply some type of symbolic presence; nor is His presence of the nature of a memory of Him that Christians might conjure up occasionally. The real effects of the Savior’s Resurrected Body and self are to be had in the seven Sacraments He instituted in His Church. The Sacraments are the true first fruits of Christ’s Resurrection: by them He remains with His Church until the end of time, sharing His divine life with His believing people, leading to His victory over death in our resurrection at the end of time. Here are two samples of the 4th century catechetical lessons by Saint Cyril of Jerusalem on Baptism and the Eucharist:

“You have been brought to the holy font of baptism, as Christ was carried from the Cross to the tomb. Each of you was asked whether he believed in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. You uttered the saving profession of faith and were three times immersed in the water; three times you came forth. In image and sign you thus symbolized Christ’s three-day burial. When you were submerged in the water, you dwelt in unseeing night; when you came forth, you entered the light of day. Thus you were dead and reborn, and the water was both your tomb and your mother’s womb. We were not literally dead or buried or crucified or risen. Yet from the imitation of the realities salvation truly came to us. Christ was literally crucified and buried and literally rose from the dead; we symbolized in ourselves what He experienced, and thus truly shared in His salvation. What marvelous love God shows to mankind! Christ endured the tormenting nails in His innocent hands and feet; we, knowing none of His pain and suffering, receive the salvation that sprang from them.

“Let no one, therefore, think of baptism simply as forgiveness of sins and grace of adoption by God, as though it were identical with the baptism of John the Baptist, which effected only forgiveness. For our baptism not only brings forgiveness and the gifts of the Holy Spirit; it is also the symbolic expression of Christ’s sufferings. This is why Saint Paul says: ‘Do you not realize that when we were baptized into Christ Jesus, we were baptized into His death? We were therefore also buried with Him by our baptism into His death’.”
[Jerusalem Catecheses 20, Mysterium 1].

Here is Cyril’s presentation on the Church’s ancient teaching about the Eucharist:

“At the Last Supper, Christ said of the bread: ‘This is my Body.’ Who can doubt the truth henceforth? He said of the wine: ‘This is my Blood,’ Who can claim that it is not His Blood? Let us then, with full conviction, receive the bread and wine as Christ’s Body and Blood. The Body is given to you in this symbolic form of bread, and the Blood in the form of wine; having received them, you are one in body and one in blood with Christ. Thus we become Christ-bearers, for His Body and Blood have been introduced into our physical bodies. Thereby too we become, according to Saint Peter, sharers in the Divine Nature.

“In the Eucharist, then, we must look beyond the everyday bread and wine, for these are in reality Christ’s Body and Blood. Whatever the senses may suggest to you, let faith make; you assured of the truth. Be certain in faith that what seems to be mere bread to the taste is not mere bread but Christ’s Body, and what seems to be mere wine to the taste is truly His Blood. This is the Bread of which David spoke: ‘The bread strengthens man’s spirit, as oil brings gladness to the face.’ Strengthen your soul, therefore, by receiving the Bread as the spiritual food it is, and your heart’s face will be glad. Let your conscience be pure and your heart contemplate the Lord’s glory.” [Jerusalem Catecheses, 22, Mysterium 4] —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Thomas Maker, William Byrnes, 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.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Magdalene Powers, Joseph Casale, Dorothy Verderosa, Maureen Tilley, 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.

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

Banns of Marriage:
II Banns: Alejandro Restrepo Idarraga and Jennifer Anne Koziol

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 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 stimulating discussion.

The Upper Room: Monday, April 25th at 7:30 pm: in the Upper Room at Columbus Park Trattoria, 205 Main 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 speaker and topic:
Dr. Joseph McAleer will speak on The Wisdom of Cardinal Egan, previewing his new book of the Cardinal’s sermons.

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 to12:00pm at St. John the Evangelist Rectory in Stamford, CT. There is a fee of $25 to attend. 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 to RSVP. More information at www.sidewalkadvocates.org.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday April 10, 2016 $ 14,871.13
Sunday April 12, 2015 $ 14,176.06

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 24th, Sunday Readings: Acts 14:21-27; Rev 21:1-5a; Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35.

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!

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.

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 Group: Tuesdays 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 Code of Canon Law. An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary. Call the Rectory for information.

Religious Ed news: Early Bird Registration is now open for the 2016/2017 school year.  This year’s prices will be in effect until May 1st. You may register on line or fill out the forms and turn them in on April 10, 17 and May 1 during class time as well as after all the Masses on May 1st. You can also drop off your registration at the rectory office to Cindy ,Monday-Friday from 9-4:30.

Cub Scouts: Interested in Cub Scouts? Join us for our first Pack Meeting/ Open House to learn more about scouting and have a chance to sign up your elementary school aged boys. Thursday April 28th, 2016 from 7-8pm in the Msgr. Nagle Hall. Pizza will be served.

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).

Regina Pacis Academy “Spring Fling”: Regina Pacis Academy in Norwalk is holding a spring fundraiser on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at The Italian Center, Stamford, 7:30pm-9:30pm Wine Tasting, Live Music For more information please contact: Angela Marchetti at Marchetti.homeschool@cloud.com.

Trinity Catholic High School: Please support Trinity Catholic High School here in Stamford. Tickets for the 2016 Cash Raffle are being sold in the vestibule after all Sunday masses on April 24th. Tickets are $20.00 each. The drawing will be held on April 29th. First prize is $4,000 cash, second prize is $2,000 and third prize is $500. Your support will allow Trinity Catholic High School to continue providing catholic values, moral development and academic excellence for future generations for years to come. We appreciate your support.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, April 16, 2016
4:00 +James Meehan and Kevin Keary req. Leon Taricani
Sunday, April 17, 2016
7:30 +Diego Campusano
10:00 +Drago and Ramon A. Campusano
12:00 +Mr. and Mrs. Ciccone req. John Kramer
5:00 Poor Souls in Purgatory
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, April 18, 2016
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Dr. Vincent Kung req. Kung Family
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
8:00 +Patrick McCann
12:10 +Joseph C. Mangano req. Jeannette Genovese
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
8:00 Thanksgiving to Mother of God req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 Special Intentions Michael Dacres req. Ann Lepore
Thursday, April 21, 2016
8:00 +Ryan and Tom Moran req. Mary Bridget Gaine
12:10 Special Intentions Millie Terenzio Birthday req. Family
Friday, April 22, 2016
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 +John and Mildred Bayne req. Barbara Bayne
Saturday, April 23, 2016
8:00 +Lidia Campusano
12:10 Eric Strain Birthday Blessing req. Diane Strain

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 22, 1870: “The old house standing on the lot purchased by the Roman Catholic society is being taken down. This we suppose is the first step towards the great work of building the new church. The house above referred to was one of the oldest in the village. The relic hunter, Charley Alphonse, found behind the wainscoting several copper coins, some of which were nearly two hundred years old.”

115 years ago, or so:
April 18, 1901: “Prof. Elmer S. Joyce, who resigned as organist of Sacred Heart Church, Bridgeport, this week, is to become choirmaster of St. John’s R. C. Church, this city, Sept. 1.”

85 years ago, or so:
April 24, 1929: JOHN ENNIS LAID TO REST John Ennis WITH FULL MILITARY HONORS. Patriotic Organizations and Friends Attend Funeral Service in St. John’s Church. “John Ennis, 87-year-old walking and skating champion, was laid to rest in Springdale Cemetery this morning, with military honors, following a solemn requiem Mass at St. John’s R. C. Church at 10. Mr. Ennis died at his home early Monday morning of pneumonia. Members of patriotic groups as well as friends from many walks of life attended the funeral.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: John Ennis was the designer and builder of St. John’s upper church, completed in 1886.)

30 years ago, or so:
April 24, 1986: “It was in 1963, after the high intensity lights and the cameras had been rolled out of the sanctuary of St. John’s R. C. Church, when Otto Preminger offered Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman an autographed copy of the script of The Cardinal. The monsignor, the Rev. William Nagle said yesterday, is remembered as replying with a broad grin. “Thank you Otto, but I already have a copy of the script. I’d like $10,000 instead.” Mr. Preminger then took out his billfold, and wrote a check to the congregation. For a few months in 1963, Hollywood came to St. John’s Church for the filming of the movie, The Cardinal.”

Conscience: Discerning Right from Wrong
-Fr. Andy Vill

How do we distinguish right from wrong? Everyone has had that tugging feeling of guilt when they have considered making a choice which they know is bad. What is this internal principle which judges our actions? This judgment is called man’s “moral conscience”. It is that “voice, (which is) ever calling (man) to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil” (CCC 1776). Conscience is a judgment, not to be confused with the virtue of prudence. Conscience acts as an interior government for an individual and serves in three capacities. First the conscience presents the natural moral law for our consideration. Second, the conscience acts as a witness for the individual. Third and finally, conscience judges the actions which the individual decides to perform.

In presenting the law for our consideration, the conscience does not create the law, but rather takes that law of which it is already aware. It is in this way that the conscience acts an intermediary between the law and the individual. The conscience presents the law to us even when we don’t want it. As a being that possesses free will, man is free to obey or disobey his conscience. However, the more one disobeys his conscience, the more difficult it becomes for one to properly perceive his conscience. Man’s conscience is not dictated by society; that is to say that the law which it presents is not relative to a particular culture or people. The conscience presents the Natural Law which is universal and available to everyone.

The conscience also acts as a witness. The conscience compares one’s actions to the law which it has previously presented. It is in this way that the conscience acts as a mirror, holding up our actions to the actions prescribed by Natural Law. It is helpful to explain conscience as something similar to a friend who challenges you to live rightly. When one obeys his conscience, he is at peace; if one disobeys his conscience on the other hand; his conscience gives him that feeling of discomfort called guilt. As Pope Benedict XVI observed, guilt is necessary for the body to recognize moral difficulties as it is necessary for the body to experience “physical pain which signifies disturbances of normal bodily functioning” (Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, “Conscience and Truth”).

The final role of the conscience is to act as a judge for those actions which an individual has done. If one acts rightly, he enjoys a peace greater than the pleasures which he can obtain through the senses. If one does wrong, he feels guilt. Since the conscience is internal, the feeling of guilt would point to an external person whom an individual pleased or offended. Since conscience presents the Natural Law, and the Natural Law is man’s participation in the Eternal Law; it is God’s wrath which we fear, and His peace which we seek (CCC 1954). God created man with a free will and because of this we are able to voluntary obey our conscience and consequently voluntary obey the Natural Law.