For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday March 12, 2017

St Patrick Pastor’s Corner: “I, Patrick, the sinner, the most illiterate and the least of all the faithful, and contemptible in the eyes of very many, had for my father Calpornius,…who belonged to the village of Bannavem Taberniae. Now he had a small farm near by, and there I was taken captive as a slave. I was then about sixteen years of age. I did not know the true God; and I went into captivity to Ireland with many thousands of persons.” Thus St. Patrick begins his Confessions, written in his old age. He was born in England in 385 AD, captured by Irish slavers when he was about 16 years old and brought to Emerald Isle where he endured six years of slavery as a shepherd, finally escaping to Britain. While born a Catholic, he was actually a non-practicing non-believer, living a worldly life until his capture. During his years of enslavement, he had a true conversion and, following the voice of Christ, sought priestly ordination, for he dreamt that the Irish people were calling him back to the isle of his captivity to save them through Christ.

He went to France and was taught by the saintly theologian, St. Germain of Auxerre, and was introduced to monastic life. Despite his late start and incomplete education, Patrick was ordained a priest, but his superiors refused to send him back to Ireland. Nevertheless, following the death of St. Palladius, the first apostle to Ireland who was sent by Pope Celestine I in 431, Europe feared the “untamed” Irish, and no one could be found who was willing to go to Ireland—except Patrick, whose unique enthusiasm that he be permitted to preach in the pagan wilds of Ireland brought him to the attention of another pope. Patrick was appointed bishop, and began to preach in the north and west of Ireland where no one had yet preached the Gospel. Since there were no Roman built towns or fortresses, Patrick established monasteries with churches directly subject to him as bishop, similar to those then found in Gaul, today’s France. His principal home base of operations was Armagh. Patrick propagated monastic life, brought clergy from Europe, and taught Latin and theology to his younger priests. By this means, the Irish monks would later re-Christianize Europe in the subsequent centuries, having preserved the Catholic faith and the classical Latin literature of western culture when all was lost during the centuries of the Dark Ages. His primary opposition came from the Druids and the English, especially after Patrick’s letter to the British prince Coroticus, who had raided the Irish coastal towns and enslaved some of Patrick’s Catholic converts. Patrick’s influence on the development of the Church and of the culture of Ireland was immense, the effects of which continue to this day, nearly 1,600 after his death in 461 AD. Let us pray for a dose of his love for the Church and his devotion to Our Lord that led him to forgive his persecutors and return to the place of his slavery in order to bring salvation to them who had once persecuted him. St. Patrick, pray for us. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Travino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Anne Touhey, Bill Rice, Diane DiNapoli, Evan Fernandez, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Bernadette Martelli, John Thompson, Francesco Russo, Lillian Jacobs, Rosalie Liguori, William DeLeo, Sylvia Ardise, Rosemary Pavia Grasso, Walter Bradley, Paul Hughes, Paul Polotaye, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Cathy Itri, Oswaldo Diaz, Maria Imbrogno.

Special Energy Collection . . . The second collection today will be the Special Energy Collection to help pay the Higher Energy and Fuel Costs for the parish. Your generosity is appreciated.

Stations of the Cross: Fridays during Lent at 4:00pm in English, but NOT on Good Friday.

The Lenten rules of fasting and abstinence from eating meat apply on Ash Wednesday & Good Friday: Fasting refers to the cutting back on the amount of food eaten on certain days, and applies to those aged 14-60 years old, unless ill or suffering from a medical condition. Only one full meal [on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday] is to be taken and NO snacking between meals. Abstinence means that we abstain from eating meat—no meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and on all Fridays of Lent. If one is ill, 60 years or older, or suffers from any medical condition, these rules do not apply.

St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th: By decree dated March 7th, Bishop Caggiano has granted permission that meat may be eaten by Catholics in Fairfield County on March 17th, dispensing from the usual Lenten practice of abstaining from meat on Fridays of Lent. Another form of penance, or another day for abstaining from meat, should be chosen by Catholics as a substitution for this Lenten Friday permission.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Friday, March 17 at 10 am St. Patrick’s Day Mass: The Ancient Order of Hibernians will gather at the Basilica for Mass, followed by a march to the Government Center to ceremoniously raise the American and Irish flags. Everyone is welcome.

Saint Patrick and Saint Matthew Talbot: First Class Relics of these two great Irish saints will be displayed on the high altar for the Feast of Saint Patrick, March 17th, and during the weekend.

Saturday, May 6 at 4-7:00 pm: The Kentucky Derby fundraiser in the Rectory.
Saturday, May 13 at 5-7:00 pm: St. John’s in World War I Exhibit in the parish hall.
May 13 at 7:30-9:00 pm: Solemn Rosary, Benediction and Procession in honor of the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima.

June 13, July 13, August 13, September 13, & October 13: 7:30 pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima during this centenary year.

Saint Jude: First class relics of Saint Jude the Apostle are on display during Lent on the Saint Joseph side altar. There are also novena cards for your devotion.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday March 5, 2017 $ 16,593.46
Sunday March 7, 2016 $ 14,685.79

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

March 19th, Sunday Readings: Ex 17:3-7; Rom 5:1-2, 5-8; Jn 4:5-42.

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.

Annual Catholic Appeal: This is the annual appeal by the Diocese of Bridgeport to fund all the charitable, educational, and faith-based works of the Diocese of Bridgeport that assist thousands of people daily throughout Fairfield County. You will be contacted directly by the Diocese. Each parish in Fairfield County is given a goal: ours is $110,000. We have collected to date: $39,877.00. Please be generous; we need everyone’s help. Our parish Appeal leaders are John & Eileen Tarleton, who have led our efforts last year so successfully. Thank you for your generosity.

Sports Tickets: Got season tickets for games? If so, please consider donating a pair to a game as auction items for the upcoming parish Kentucky Derby. Give a call to Cindy at the Rectory: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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.

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-416-1619 or projectrachel@diobpt.org.

Help End Legalized Abortion: Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street. Help us stop this. To join us, or for training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

New Covenant House of Hospitality: Saint John’s parishioners staff the kitchens once each month to feed the homeless and less fortunate. For information, please call: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

The Upper Room: March 15—The Ides of March, for Adults 30 years of age and up, at Columbus Park Trattoria [the Upper Room], 205 Main Street in downtown Stamford, 7-9pm. Our speaker is David Bonagura, adjunct professor of theology at St. Joseph Seminary, Dunwoodie, who will speak on Et Tu, Catholic: Caesar’s Enduring Influence on Western Culture. This is NOT a political discussion, but one about Faith and culture. Come join us—bring a friend or two for a glass of wine, some pasta and a lively conversation.

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 and reading excerpts from Ambrosi Epistulae Variae.  An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.

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

R.C.I.A.: Next class: Monday, March 13th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Topic: Matrimony/Holy Orders/Anointing of the Sick, Part III: Chapter 6-8, (pages 348-374).

Latin Low Mass: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

“Walking with Purpose”: A program of prayer and Bible Study for Catholic women, Tuesday mornings beginning at 9:30 am in the parish hall. For more information, contact: Rosa Federici at wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

Natural Family Planning & Fertility Care: Natural Family Planning / Fertility Care – Are you seeking a family planning method that is natural, effective, and morally sound? The Creighton Model System is based upon a couple’s knowledge and understanding of their naturally-occurring phases of fertility and infertility.  Engaged couples preparing for marriage, as well as married couples, and couples who are experiencing infertility issues, can all benefit from using this system. The teachers of the Creighton Model System are trained allied health professionals, and specifically-trained physicians have been educated to incorporate the Creighton Model System into their medical practice. For a FREE introductory session, please contact Angela Marchetti at angelamarchettifcp@gmail.com.

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, we can only presume you to be a practicing catholic by tracking your contributions by check or envelope. If you do not attend Mass regularly or practice your Catholic Faith, you cannot be a sponsor.

Catholic Young Adults of Stamford: We are Catholic young adults in our 20s and 30s, We regularly meet for social events and community service projects. Join us for our monthly Sunday dinner following 5pm Mass. Connect with us on Facebook or Meetup, or email us at catholicyastamford@gmail.com.

Trinity Catholic High School: Grades 8 thru 12 – First Friday Fest – Every First Friday of the Month -Games, Adoration, Friends, Food – 7PM – 9PM.

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free coaching. Melanie Szlucha can be reached at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Turning Wine Into Water: a 501c3 organization founded by the owners of Nicholas Roberts Ltd. – Fine Wine Merchants of Darien CT will hold their Spring Awakening Wine Tasting at St. Philip Mansion, 23 France Street, Norwalk on Saturday, March 25th starting at 5:00pm.  Turning Wine Into Water works with Catholic Relief Services (CRS)  to provide clean water and sanitation facilities in the poorest areas of the world.  Currently they are funding a major project with CRS in Ethiopia.  You can register for the tasting by visiting www.SpringAwakening2017.eventbrite.com.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, March 11, 2017
4:00 Joan Baldwin req. Jagodzinski Family
Sunday, March 12, 2017
7:30 +Ralph Damiano req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00 +Mamerto Ambrocio req. Catherine Nolan
12:00 For the opening of the cause of Ignatius Cardinal Kung
5:00 +Monsignor Andrew Cusack
Monday, March 13, 2017
8:00 +Lucia and Antonio Tana req. Leon Taricani
12:10 Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Olga Seixas req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
8:00 Jef Spetland req. Thomas Cycon
12:10 +John Lancaster req. Sue Kremheller
Thursday, March 16, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Maria
12:10 +Agnes Toth req. Nick and Ann Lepore
Friday, March 17, 2017
8:00 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +David Tartell req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Saturday, March 18, 2017
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Gulia Iantorno req. Carpanzano 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). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only.
Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

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. Weddings are offered for parishioners only.

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 Latin Patristic 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:
150 years ago, or so:
March 19, 1869: St. Patrick’s Day. “The natal day of Ireland’s patron saint was celebrated in Stamford with more than usual observance. The Roman Catholic Temperance Society turned out in full regalia, numbering about three hundred men-and marched through the principal streets, headed by a drum and fife corps. They made a very creditable display, with their imposing numbers and orderly manner. In the evening, at Seely’s Hall, Mr. James Cosgrove delivered an address on the “Poets and Poetry of Ireland.” The speaker was introduced to the audience by the Rev. Father Fagan, pastor of St. John’s church, who himself delivered a short and appropriate address which was, of course, well received by his hearers.”

110 years ago, or so:
March 18, 1905: IRELAND AND THE IRISH. “A congregation which filled the church until there were no seats left heard a very interesting discourse on Ireland and the Irish people and their patron saint, in St. John’s Catholic Church, last evening. Rev. Father Fitzgerald, of Greenwich, was the speaker. For forty-five minutes he held the undivided attention of the auditors. That they listened with closest attention to a theme which has been so often the subject of discourse and from so many different standpoints, was in itself an indication of the character of lecture Father Fitzgerald was giving. It was a lecture of wide scope, and touched upon many of the achievements of the Irish, on the battlefields of the world and in the field of finer and gentler arts. Stress was laid on the unexampled faith of the race, and there was a fervent expression that amounted to more than mere hope that Ireland would yet become a nation independent and free.”

20 years ago, or so:
March 16, 1996: Stamford gets its Irish up for first-ever St. Patrick’s Day parade. “Green will be the color of choice tomorrow as hundreds of participants gather to join in on Stamford’s first-ever St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The celebration will begin at St. John’s Church on Atlantic Street at 10:30 a.m., with a Mass. The parade will kick off at noon in front of the church. More then 60 groups, and nearly 15 bands will participate in the parade. Marchers will follow the green stripe, similar to the stripe in both Boston and New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade along the short route from the church to the Hibernian Hall on Greyrock Place is scheduled to last until about 2 p.m. John Leydon, president of Stamford’s A.O.H., said he and close to 500 members of the men’s and women’s chapters will participate in the march, along with 700 others. “I’m all excited about the parade. I’m getting ready with my tails and everything and hoping to have a good time,” William McNamara, Parade marshal, said. This year’s guest speaker is Mayor Daniel Malloy, a member of the Hibernians. We are very proud to see one of our brothers as Mayor, said Leydon.”

ScrewtapeThe Screwtape Letters: by C.S. Lewis. The Lenten BookClub at The Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in the Msgr. Nagle Parish Hall, March 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th at 8pm. Presented by Evan Psencik, The Leadership Institute. Please read the first three letters before our first gathering. Please RSVP to institute@diobpt.org or contact Fr. Andrew Vill (203) 324-1553 x21 or frVill@diobpt.org.

Stamford Lenten Adult Bible Study: The Scriptural Roots of the Sacraments will be a six-week Bible Study held at Trinity High School every Thursday in Lent, starting March 2nd, from 7-8:30pm. The study, led by Fr. Joseph Gill, will examine how the Sacraments of our Catholic Faith, such as the Mass and Confession, are grounded in the Word of God, both prefigured in the Old Testament and then coming in fullness in the New. Cost is free. All adults who want to grow in their faith are invited to join us! For more information, please contact Fr. Joseph at frjosephgill@gmail.com.

Lenten Pasta Dinner & Stations: Trinity Catholic High School is hosting two Lenten pasta dinners to help raise money for our teens to do a week-long service trip in Boston! Come and join us on March 24th any time between 5:30pm-7:30pm for some delicious food, donated by Columbus Park Trattoria and cooked by their expert chefs! We will then celebrate the Stations of the Cross in the chapel at 7:30pm for those who wish to stay. The dinners are open to the public, and cost is $10 per person or maximum $40 per family.

Trinity Catholic Presents Fiddler on the Roof: TCHS Crusader Players present Fiddler on the Roof, our in- house school play, scheduled for performances from 3/24/17 through 3/26/14.

Trinity Catholic Legacy Gala: Friday, April 28th, 2017, at The Italian Center. Honoring The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport for his Legacy of Purpose, The Sam Cingari Family for their Legacy of Commitment, Art ’81 & Donna Mossa ’84 Murphy P’11,’14,’17 for their Legacy of Encouragement. For more information contact Betsy Mercede at bmercede@trinitycatholic.org.

Men of the Parish [ages 18 and up]: Looking for a spiritual boost for Lent—with coffee? Every Friday morning, about 30 men of the parish meet in the Rectory at 7 a.m. for coffee, then join together for twenty minutes of prayer and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament: all completed in time to attend the 8 a.m. Mass or to go off to work. All parish men are welcome: 18 years of age and up. Just walk in the Rectory front door, go down the hall, and you’ll find the coffee.

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

New Girls Catholic Academy: Pre-K-High School: The religious Sisters of the Company of The Savior operate girls academies in Spain and in the United States. The mission of the Sisters is to provide faithful Catholic education to young and teen-aged girls. They hope to open a new girls’ academy in lower Fairfield County within the next few years. The priests of the Basilica parish support this project. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Sr. Maria: bridgeport@ciasalvador.org

Lauralton Hall: invites all 7th grade girls to spend a day as a shadow student, from March 13th through April 28th. For further information, please call the Admissions Office at (203) 877-2786 ext. 144.

Sisters of Life Do you, or someone you know, have a used automobile SUV, or van in good, driving condition that can be donated? The Sisters of Life are in urgent need of reliable vehicles as they travel all over New York, to Stamford, and other locations throughout the Northeast to carry out their mission work and evangelization efforts. For more information, go to http://www.sistersoflife.org/donations/donate-items-for-the-community, or contact Sr. Mary Karen at (845) 357-3547 or email localsuperior.annunciation@sistersoflife.org. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Cardinal Ignatius Kung: was one of the great heroes of the Catholic faith, having suffered imprisonment in China for more than 30 years because of his faith. He died on March 12, 2000, and his funeral was here at the Basilica. To commemorate the anniversary of his death, and to promote interest in Cardinal Kung’s saintly life, the Basilica bookstore will offer a special sale of my biography of the Cardinal: Ignatius, The Life of Ignatius Cardinal Kung Pin-Mei, for $5.00 per copy, beginning this weekend until March 12th. I think you will find the book of interest, and the Cardinal’s life fascinating and inspirational.

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