For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday June 12, 2016

Pastor’s Corner: June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a devotion that centers on the physical human heart of Jesus Christ as a symbol of His divine love for each of us. Throughout the centuries, the human heart has been a sign of human love—what do you normally send out on Valentine’s Day, except a card with hearts all over it? Every form of devotion to Our Lord’s humanity has as its object the devotion to the entire Christ who is God Incarnate: the Second Person of the Trinity, the Son of the Eternal Father, the Creator of the universe, who became a man so that mankind could share in God’s divine life. So our devotion to Jesus’ Sacred Heart is a devotion to much more than a blood-pumping organ. Our devotion to His human heart of flesh is to the true and natural symbol of His threefold love: His human love; His sensible and spiritual love, infused with supernatural charity; and His divine love as the Word Incarnate, the Son of God made man.

The thoughts of the early Church Fathers are based on two texts from John 7: 37-39: “Jesus said, ‘If anyone thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” And, John 19: 33-7: “But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.” These and other passages were joined to view the Sacred Heart as the fountain from which issues the Holy Spirit and the grace of the Sacraments from the Savior’s wounded side. From this came the idea of the Church as born from the pierced Heart of Christ as the new Eve, from the side of the new Adam. This was developed during the Middle Ages, Sacred Heart as  devotion to Our Lord’s heart became more popular. St. Bonaventure wrote, “The Church was to be formed from the side of Christ as he slept on the Cross. Then, as from a fountain—Christ’s innermost heart—the price of our salvation would pour out, giving to the Church’s sacraments the power of conferring grace and of being for those who live in Christ a drink of the living water ‘that gushes up for eternal life.’” [Reflections on The Tree of Life] Saint Catherine of Siena and Saint Gertrude the Great were devoted to the Sacred Heart as a means to join oneself to the mystery of the Incarnate God living in the Church and Her sacraments; and the visions of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque brought public attention and deeper devotion to Jesus and His Sacred Heart.

The Heart of Jesus, then, is the symbol of His total love for the Eternal Father that overflows to embrace us, who were created in God’s image and likeness. Through this devotion one goes to the total love of the Word Incarnate, and also to that love by which the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit love sinful humanity, desiring to redeem each of us for eternity by means of Christ’s Incarnation and Suffering, Death and Resurrection, made present through the Church and the Church’s sacraments. The greatest sacrament is the Body and Blood of Christ, Himself, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, which we receive daily at Mass. Christ’s love for us is so intense that He cannot wait to be united with us in Heaven; He comes to us now in the Eucharist, dwells within our hearts, with the Father and Holy Spirit. The image of Jesus’ Heart, afire with love, crowned with thorns, and pierced, has become the symbol par excellence of the Incarnation, the Passion and depth of God’s love for every human person that led the Three Divine Persons of the Trinity all to contribute to our salvation through the life and Cross of Jesus.

We should all cultivate a personal devotion to Our Lord’s Sacred Heart as a reminder of that Divine Love for each of us, and to stimulate our personal response to His Sacred Love. June is an easy month to see personal responses to Jesus’ love: it is filled with martyrs, more so than most months. The martyrs are those individuals who refused to renounce Jesus even to avoid suffering and death, either publicly because of governmental persecution, or privately, when urged to immorality. Death was preferable to denouncing God’s Love. Either way, they imitated Christ, obedient even to death, because the Love of God is serious stuff.— —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Jean Corcoran, Rosemarie Drexel, Sylvia Ardise, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, Patricia McNamee, Renee Kahn, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Brianna Petigny, Elaine Shoztic, Chris Seely, John Kronk, Mary Lena Cocchia, Alexandre Laurent, John MacLean, John Murray, Karyl Suzanne Bearden, Kevin O’Byrne, Rita Timon, Diane Grant, Mary Bauer, Mary Rose Bauer, Paolo Cavallo, Silvana Smith, Mildred Beirne.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Robert Ix, Carolyn Gerwick, Francimene Morisseau, Denny Levi, Salvator Preziosi, Carmine Longo, Harry Bethea, Michael J. Morello, Donald Pontbriant, Thomas Maker, Cathy Itri, Madeline Powers, Joseph Casale, Dorothy Verderosa, Maureen Tilley, Enrico Imbrogno, Sr., Ann Cody.

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

SAVE THE DATES :

Sunday, June 12TH thru Tuesday June 14Th: A Triduum of Prayer in honor of Saint Anthony of Padua, beginning each evening at 7:30 p.m. with Exposition and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament, a stirring sermon, an opportunity for confession, and Triduum prayers.

TUESDAY, JUNE 14th: :The RELICS OF ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA will be brought to our Basilica from the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, Italy. The relics will be available for public veneration beginning at 7:30 A.M. and continue through the day, ending with an evening solemn Mass at 7:30 P.M. , and the closing of our Triduum of Prayer.

Thursday, July 14th thru Saturday, July 16th: A Triduum of Prayer in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. On Thursday and Friday, beginning at 7:30 pm, Exposition and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament, a homily, and Triduum prayers, with the opportunity for confession.

Saturday, July 16th at 9:30 am: A Solemn Missa Cantata in the Extraordinary Form, offered by Father Cyprian LaPastina. All are invited. July 16th marks the 7th anniversary of Saint John’s being raised to the dignity of a Minor Basilica: a Plenary Indulgence is offered to all the faithful under the usual conditions. Please join us.

June 18th: Behold the Lamb is CANCELLED.

2016 Haitian Community Center Raffle: to benefit the Community Center in Lavallee Jacmel, Haiti. 1st Prize: 2016 BMW 325xi, 2nd prize: $2,000 Visa Gift Cards. $25 per ticket. Drawing Saturday, June 18th, 10PM Greek Orthodox Church. Call 203-945-8969 for tickets.

2016 Public Square Rosary: The Holy Rosary, at the Corner of Atlantic St. & Tresser Blvd. (near Rich Forum), Saturday, June 25 @ 12:00 Noon. For more information, contact: John Mossa, 203-329-1318.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday June 5, 2016 $ 14,383.02
Sunday June 7, 2015 $ 13,009.19

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

June 19th, Sunday Readings: Zec 12:10-11; 13:1; Gal 3:26-29; Lk 9:18-24.

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.

Practice for Heaven: True Stories from a Modern Missionary: is a new collection of writings by Cardinal Edward Egan, just published in form by Sophia Institute Press and edited by our own Dr. Joe McAleer. Filled with practical advice and priestly wisdom for all ages: available in our bookstore, in all bookstores and on Amazon.com.

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 Acts of the Apostles. 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.

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.

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

Help End Legalized Abortion: Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street. To join the local prayer group or be trained as a Sidewalk Counselor contact Noelle at (857) 345-0808.

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.

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, June 11, 2016
4:00 +Mary Louise Deluca req. Family
Sunday, June 12, 2016
7:30 Fr. Audette req. Millie Terenzio
10:00 +Tommaso Marena req. Josephine and Anthony Marena
12:00 Special Intentions Magdalena Navarro req. Lisa Garcia
5:00 Poor Souls in Purgatory
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Monday, June 13, 2016
8:00 +Ines and Albert Gommi req. Leon Taricani
12:10 +Walter and Cisco Longo req. Longo Family
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
8:00 Alexandra and Gertha Laurent
12:10 +Irvia Jean-Claude 1st Anniversary req. Marie
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 Deceased members of the Kolenberg Family req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Thursday, June 16, 2016
8:00 +Derek Hudson req. daughter
12:10 Special Intentions Andrea Hickman
Friday, June 17, 2016
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 Special Intentions David Kimber req. daughter
Saturday, June 18, 2016
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Louise Munro req. Sharon Gannon

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: Starts again in September, after the 10:00a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:

100 years ago, or so:
June 14, 1916: Town Is Enthusiastic Over School Parade. “If the people responsible for the part the public and parochial school children of Stamford played today in the celebration of the 275th anniversary of the settlement of Stamford could have heard—and it may be assumed that most of them by this time have heard—the comments volunteered this morning by delighted onlookers, they would have been pleased with themselves and with the world in general. Today’s spectacle was the greatest parade of school children in the history of Stamford. The St. John’s Parochial School’s float was a pretty creation, white and dainty, representing “Ideal Citizenship.” A large white cross rose in the center, on a mountain. Before this sat Miss Columbia, the part being taken by Miss Catherine Burke and Religion (Miss Mary Morris). Columbia was draped in the national colors, and Religion was in a pure white gown. Education (Louise Float Engel) was in the cap and gown of college, and the grammar school graduate in a commencement dress, holding a diploma. This was Margaret Dunn. These two stood before Columbia and Religion and about the edge of the float sat thirty of the lower-class pupils, with Miss Mary McGee. All were in white. The float was draped in white and trimmed with sprags of green. Two white horses drew it. The Rowayton Drum Corps led the section. Immediately behind came a school banner of white and gold, bearing the words “St. John’s R. C. School.” Ruth Killduff carried this. At her aide marched Dorothy Paight carrying an American banner. The girls of the eighth and seventh grades, 156 in number, followed. The boys, 116 in number, were headed by William Foley, with the school banner, and Patrick Sullivan, with the national colors.”

A little Service Goes a Long Way
-Fr. Andy Vill

This past Tuesday evening a great event took place at the New Covenant Center (NCC) on Richmond Hill Avenue here in Stamford. The NCC hosted a “Social Night of Service” for young adults in their 20’s and 30’s. The NCC, which is run by Catholic Charities, is a hidden gem in our city.

The New Covenant Center runs Stamford’s only 7 day a week year round soup kitchen, serving hot meals at lunch and dinner every day. Among other services that the NCC makes available to people in our neighborhoods is their food pantry which provides groceries to those most in need. Since the beginning of this year, the Basilica parish of St. John the Evangelist has been involved with the NCC preparing and serving lunch on the first Wednesday of each month. In the spring of 2008 when I was in my first year at St. John Fisher Seminary, I volunteered serving meals at their 2,000 sq. ft. facility which was housed at the Yerwood Center. At the time the New Covenant Center was called the New Covenant House of Hospitality. This past Thursday marked the one year anniversary of the opening of the new center across the street which boasts 8,000 sq. ft. of space to house the many services that the NCC has to offer.

The purpose for our event this past Tuesday was to provide an opportunity for young people to spend time with their peers preparing food which would be served for dinner on Wednesday night. At the end of the night, we were able to hang out and eat some of the food which we had prepared. There were about thirty-five or so people who showed up to help prepare food, organize the food pantry and socialize. The event was quasi-hipster in that you probably never heard of it… That is because, being the first event of its kind at the NCC, invitations were sent out to those people who regularly attend our Faith on Tap events through our email list and not advertised publicly.

I am often asked by people young and old for opportunities to volunteer. As people of faith, it is no wonder that we have this desire to give of ourselves to help our brothers and sisters in need. There is a certain satisfaction in knowing that we are following God’s will in our lives and helping other people. It is so cliché to say that in volunteering, we get so much more than we give, but there is a reason people say it all of the time! It is so true. The work that was done on Tuesday night was simple and fun for those involved, but the results were hugely important. Their work meant that there was a hot meal available to 120 patrons of the New Covenant Center the following night. A few hours of volunteering goes such a long way to improve the quality of life for so many people right here in our community.

I have already made shameless plugs in other bulletin articles that I have written so I have no qualms about making one here. If you are looking for a place in Stamford worthy of your volunteering efforts, look no further than the New Covenant Center. I am very impressed with all of the people involved at the NCC, both staff and volunteers, and I know that they continue to be in need of more help. Consider giving your time to help them in the various activities that they do to improve the quality of life for so many people in the greater Stamford area.

If you are in your 20’s and 30’s and bummed out that you missed the social night this past week, fear not! We are planning to have more events like this in the future and now we have hosted the first night successfully, we will advertise the events more broadly. Stay tuned to bulletin announcements for future dates.

Finally, if you want to learn more about the New Covenant Center, visit their website http://www.newcovenantcenter.org/