For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday Sept. 25, 2016Pastor’s Corner:

Pastor’s Corner: September 29th will be the Feast of the Archangels, Michael, Raphael, and angelGabriel. The Church has always held the archangels in high regard, especially since the end of the sixth century, when the city of Rome was saved from bubonic plague by the intercession of Saint Michael. As Pope Saint Gregory the Great led a penitential procession around the City in 590 A.D. praying for the end of the plague, the Archangel Michael appeared atop the Tomb of Hadrian, sheathing his sword and ending the plague that had devastated the City. The legend continues that a choir of angels appeared, singing the chant now used at Vespers during the Easter season, “Queen of Heaven rejoice, for Him whom you merited to bear has risen as He said.” To which the pope responded, “Pray for us to God, alleluia.” Pope Boniface IV built a small chapel at the top of what is now the Castel Sant’Angelo in the year 608 A.D. to commemorate this work of Michael the Archangel. He is usually portrayed slaying a dragon—Satan.

The Church has always seen Saint Michael as the point man of the Heavenly Hosts in defense of God’s creation against Satan, as described in the Book of Revelation (Apoc. 12:7ff): “There was a battle in heaven–Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought back. But they were unable to win, and their places were no longer found in heaven. So the great dragon, the ancient serpent who is also called the devil or Satan, but one who seduces the whole world, was hurled down to earth and his colleagues were hurled down with him.” The fall of Lucifer after his rebellion against God was also described by the Prophet Isaiah: “How you have fallen from heaven, you Morning star! (Lucifer means the light bearer) How you have been smitten to earth, you conqueror of nations! You thought to yourself: I will scale the heavens, I will set my throne above the star of God; I will ascend the heights of the clouds, I will become like God the Most High. But now you have been brought down to Hell, to the depths of the pit”. (Is. 14:12-15).

It was Michael who remained the faithful servant of God the Creator, and defended all from the rebellion of the Evil One. He is not a mythical figure, but created a pure spirit with free will, who exists only to do the will of God. Satan continues his assault upon us in his battle against God and God’s Catholic Church until the end of time, as narrated in the Apocalypse, or the Book of Revelation. Employing all means, occasionally including the terrors of big governments, and daily temptations to sin, the Evil One works to destroy the work of God and to undermine the work of His incarnate Son and of the Holy Spirit by bringing about our loss of faith in God. The victory of Christ over Satan was emphasized earlier in the month on the 14th in the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, recalling Christ’s destruction of Satan’s power of death; and on the 15th, the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, commemorating the role of Our Lady as the highest representative of the human race, who co-operated in her Son’s defeat of Satan by her obedience and love for the Eternal Father. All feasts of martyrs, virgins, and other saints recall Satan’s defeat by real people in their real daily lives.

Satan works to undermine our lives, we who are the consecrated of God through Baptism, Confirmation, and the Holy Eucharist. We are called to be saints, stepping up in lives of faith, virtue, prayer and self-sacrifice in the name of Christ and for love of Him, to defeat the power of the Evil One. Each day after Mass, we pray together the “St. Michael Prayer”. Composed by Pope Leo XIII in 1884 after a vision of Satan boasting he could destroy the Church, and St. Michael pledging to defend the Church. He decreed the prayer be recited after each Low Mass. Pope Saint John Paul II re-instated the prayer’s recitation in 1994 after Masses, that the power of Satan in the world be undermined.

Let us pray to Saint Michael to defend us in our present daily struggles against temptation, pride and self-interest, that we may be preserved from Satan and sin, and one day join Him and Our Lord in Heaven. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Noreen DeSoye, Harriet Lockhart, Margaret Potolicchio, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Camille Lindstrom, Eilish Collins Main, Thomas McGuire, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Ardise, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Brianna Petigny, Elaine Shoztic, Joan Kronk, John Kronk, Mary Lena Cocchia, Alexandre Laurent, John Murray.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Camille Lindstrom, Catherine Olnek, Dominick J. Marciano, John D’Agostino, Carol J. Toppin, John MacLean, Muriel Rysinski, Joan Terpack, Nancy Ligouri, Jean Corcoran, Paolo Cavallo, Ralph Bocuzzi, Robert Ix, Carolyn Gerwick, Denny Levi, Carmine Longo, Harry Bethea, Suzanne DePreta, Susanne DePreta.

Banns of Marriage:
I Banns: Ryan Paul Smith and Elisa Pasqua
II Banns: Frantz Samuel Salomon and Marie Therese Fils
III Banns: Mulber Fieffe and Nancie Lochard

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

Parish Finance Council: Will meet in the Rectory on October 6th at 7:30 pm.

MARK YOU CALENDAR
Faith on Tap: September 27th at Murphy’s Townhouse Café,
97 Franklin Street, in downtown Stamford, 7-9pm. Open to young Catholics, 21-39 years of age. Topic: “Who are you Voting For?” by Fr. Michael Jones.

Annual Rosary Procession, October 8th: with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Rosary, following the 12:10 Mass. We will renew our consecration of the Basilica and its families to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The preparation begins on September 4th, continuing through October 7th, using the small book “33 Days to Morning Glory,” available in our parish bookstore. Please join us during this holy month of prayer and consecration.

The Upper Room: October 18th at Columbus Park Trattoria, 205 Main Street, Stamford, 7pm-9pm, for Catholics 30 years of age and up for a delightful discussion of our Catholic Faith and life, a glass of wine and some good Italian food. Topic: “Who are you Voting For?” by Fr. Brian Dellaert. Everyone is welcome.

Saint Jude Novena: October 20-28th following the 12:10 Mass. On October 28th, individual veneration of the first class relics of Saint Jude. Everyone is welcome.

Relics of All the Saints: October 26-November 7: In honor of All Saints Day[November 1], all the Basilica’s Relics of the Saints will be displayed on the High Altar for convenient veneration.

Natural Family Planning & Fertility Care: Are you looking for information to help you understand and appreciate your fertility? The Creighton Model System is based on a couple’s knowledge and understanding of their naturally occurring phases of fertility and infertility. This system deals with the complete dimension of procreative ability. It can be used in conjunction with NaProTechnology to assist with infertility and sub-fertility issues in a natural way, while still embracing the union of husband, wife and God. Teachers of the Creighton Model System are trained allied health professionals and specifically trained physicians. If you wold like to schedule a free introductory session: Angela Marchetti: angelamarachetticp@gmail.com

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday September 18, 2016 $ 12,301.00
Sunday September 20, 2015 $ 10,232.70

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

October 2nd, Sunday Readings: Hab 1:2-3; 2:2-4; 2 Tm 1:6-8, 13-14; Lk 17:5-10.

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 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.

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

“You’re Worth It”: Book signing, luncheon & talk with Catholic author Danielle Bean, October 6th at 11am at Columbus Park Trattoria Upper Room. For details, rsvp to Lisa at lisakotasek@gmail.com or 203-253-3499.

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.

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, on Thursday, October 6th, 2016! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

Religious Ed Class: began last Sunday, September 18th, at 8:30AM. ALL
STUDENTS  should be registered and have paid.

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: This Monday, Sept. 26th 7:30PM at Cosi: 230 Tresser Blvd, (in front of the Stamford Mall).

PRO LIFE EVENT:  Gospel of Life Society invites you and your whole family to participate in Stamford’s Life Chain on Sunday, Oct 2, 2016: 1pm-2:30pm. Please join us on Atlantic Street in front of the Basilica of St. John’s for the annual Life Chain: a peaceful witness of Americans praying for the end of abortion. Participants display signs (will be provided) urging passers-by to support the pre-born, reminding them of the sanctity of human life and join in prayer. For details, call Frank Carpanzano, at 203-975-0074.

Stamford Symphony: and the Pro Arte Singers present a special holiday performance: Handel’s Messiah, Part I & Hallelujah Chorus, Saturday December 10th, 2016 at 8pm – One night only! Experience the Sounds of the season inside the gorgeous and acoustically pleasing Basilica of St John the Evangelist. Tickets starting at $25. Limited number of tickets available in the Basilica.  Call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.org.

Faith on Tap is back! Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St., Stamford’s downtown: Tuesday SEPTEMBER 27th: 7pm-9pm. This month’s topic, “Who are you voting for? Guidelines to voting as a Catholic”, will be presented by Fr. Michael Jones. Bring a friend or two!

The Upper Room is back! An open forum to discuss our Catholic Faith: open to anyone between the ages of 30 and older, at THE UPPER ROOM in Columbus Park Trattoria, Main Street on Columbus Park in Stamford’s downtown: Tuesday, OCTOBER 18TH: 7pm-9pm. Our speaker: Fr. Brian Dellaert from the Archdiocese of Dubuque, and his topic: “Who are you voting for? Guidelines to voting as a Catholic.” No charge. Bring a friend or two!

Men’s Working Retreat, Stamford, CT – Oct 14 thru 16, 2016: All Catholic men are invited for the annual fall weekend retreat at Villa Maria Guadalupe, in Stamford. This retreat includes conferences on discipleship of Jesus Christ, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and heavy labor in the woods. Go to www.sistersoflife.org – “upcoming events / retreats” to register or for more information, contact Bill Nagle: billnagle@hotmail.com, or 203-570-2593.

Are you a student at UCONN Stamford? Please contact Fr. Andy Vill (frvill@diobpt.org). We are looking for some help/interest in some on campus activities this fall!

R.C.I.A. starts Monday October 3rd and will meet weekly 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Cost is $25.00 for materials. Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x21.

Coffee Hour: There is no Coffee Hour this Sunday because of the church picnic. Coffee Hour will resume next week after the 10a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

Construction: A canopy is being built over the church stairway nearest the Rectory to provide some protection against rain and snow. It should be completed within a week.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, September 24, 2016
4:00 Special Intentions Claire Laginestra req. Family
Sunday, September 25, 2016
7:30 +Joseph and Margaret Curtis req. Mary Maloney
10:00 +Richard Wargo Birthday Remembrance req. Arthur Wargo
12:00 In Thanksgiving of Favors Received req. Marion Morris
5:00 Needs of parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, September 26, 2016
8:00 Deceased members of the Urban Family
12:10 +Louise Munro req. Tom Cycon
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
8:00 Special Intentions Barbara Schuerger req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
12:10 Cindy Hulbert req. Ferry G.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
8:00 All Souls in Purgatory req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Charles and Matthew Austin req. parents
Thursday, September 29, 2016
8:00 Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Schoeinger & Family req. friend
12:10 +Maria Preziosi Birthday Remembrance req. your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren
Friday, September 30, 2016
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Lucy Espinoza
12:10 Sister Daniel Marie McCabe req. Kung Family
Saturday, October 1, 2016
8:00 Marion Scalfari req. friend
12:10 +Jocelyn, Sydney, Oswald and Kilda Machado req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos

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.

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: There is no Coffee Hour this Sunday because of the church picnic. Coffee Hour will resume next week after the 10a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in THE NEWS:

THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
115 years ago, or so:
Sept. 26, 1901: Stamford Team Leads in Contest. “The Stamford baseball nine enters on the last evening of St. John’s R. C. church fair with a slight lead over the Black Roads, in the contest for baseball apparatus offered as a prize to the club voted the most popular in the city. The standing at the close of last evening’s session of the fair was : Stamford, 585; Black Roads, 555; Company C, 409; Wescotts, 44. The contest closes at 10 this evening. All the articles will be disposed of tonight, active canvassing having come to an end last evening.”

95 years ago, or so:
Sept. 27, 1920: FOR PARADE ON OCTOBER 10. Holy Name Society Expects Every Member to Be in Line. “A record breaking meeting of members of the Holy Name Society of St. John’s Catholic Church was held last night, in the chapel of the church, to arrange for the public exercises to be held here on Sunday, Oct. 10. John J. Ryle, M. D., president, presided, and the secretary, Charles Hart, was at his place. Members of Holy Name societies between Westport on the east, and East Port Chester, on the west, will take part in the parade. Chief of Police William H. Brennan, who is to be grand marshal of the parade, and who is also chairman of the executive committee charged with general arrangements for the exercises, explained the details to members of St. John’s society. The Rev. Henry M. Callahan, chaplain of St. John’s Holy Name Society, made a speech to the members.”

85 years ago, or so:
Sept. 27, 1920: EAGLE SCOUT RANK IS CONFERRED. “At the September Court of Honor of the Stamford Council Boy Scouts of America, last evening at Scout Headquarters Robert Herrgen and Donald Reyen, Troop 22, St. John’s R.C. Church, qualified for advancement to Eagle Scout rank.

THE FAIRFIELD COUNTY CATHOLIC:
15 years ago, or so:
October 2001: “When the Sisters of Mercy stepped ashore in the Diocese of Hartford in 1852, they came to minister to a desperately poor and needy Catholic community. The newly formed order, founded in Ireland by Catherine McAuley in 1831, had been called here to care for orphans. They quickly embraced all the works of mercy the immigrant community demanded. The Sisters’ first establishment in Fairfield County—then part of the Diocese (now Archdiocese) of Hartford—was at Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Stamford, where they opened a school in 1876.”