For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday March 26, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: One of the most beautiful of the Church’s meditations is The Stations of the Cross. Christ on Cloth You can see them along the walls of our Basilica, just as in every Catholic Church. Saint Francis of Assisi created them as an aid to meditation on the Passion of Christ for Catholics who could not afford to travel to the Holy Land. The Sixth Station is about St. Veronica’s act of mercy to Our Lord. As Jesus carried His Cross, Veronica came forward to wipe his blood and sweat-stained face. On that cloth, Our Lord’s image remained as a reminder of the depth of God’s love for us—God became man in order to suffer and die for our sins. The Fourth Sunday of Lent is this weekend. I thought it might be helpful to meditate on a sermon by Pope Saint Leo the Great [pope, 440-461]written for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, about the depth of God’s love for us and the extent of His mercy:

“As the Apostle says: He who thinks himself to stand securely, let him take heed lest he fall [I Cor x, 11], no one is sustained by such strength of mind that he can be certain of his own constancy in virtue.

“Let us then, Dearly Beloved, observe these venerable practices of this most acceptable time of Lent, and with anxious care clean the windows of our soul. For however chastely and soberly we live in this mortal life, we shall yet be soiled by some dust in the course of our earthly journey, and the brightness of our soul, formed to God’s image and likeness, is not so remote from the smoke of every vanity, that it will be unclouded by any stain, and need never to be polished. And if this is needed for even the most guarded souls, how much more is it needed for those who pass almost the whole year in carelessness and perhaps in total neglect? Let us with all charity remind such as these not to flatter themselves, because we cannot see into their consciences, since not even the walls of houses, nor remoteness of place, can conceal anything from the eyes of God. And not alone are the thoughts and actions known to Him, but all that shall yet be thought and done [Rom iv, 13].

“Let no one despise the patience of God’s goodness because his own sins go unpunished [Rom ii, 4]; and think that because he has not felt His wrath he has not offended God. The days of grace of this mortal life are not prolonged, nor the time allotted to the foolish of heart before they cross over to the pains of eternal punishment, unless, while justice holds out its hand, they seek for the medicine of penance.

“Let us then take refuge in the ever-present mercy of God, and, so that we may with becoming reverence celebrate the Holy Pasch [Easter] of the Lord, let all the faithful seek to make holy their own hearts. Let harshness give place to mildness, let wrath grow gentle, forgive one another your offences, and let him who seeks to be forgiven be not himself a seeker of vengeance. For when we say: Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors [Matt vi, 12], we bind ourselves in the most enduring bonds unless we fulfill what we profess. And if the most sacred contract of this prayer has not in every respect been fulfilled, let every man now at least examine his conscience, and gain the pardon of his own sins by forgiving those of others.

“For when the Lord says: If you will forgive men their offences, your heavenly Father will forgive you also your offenses [Matt vi, 14 & Matt. xviii, 35; Lk vi, 37], what he is here asking is close to each one of us: for the sentence of the Judge will depend on the clemency of the suppliant. For the Just and Merciful Receiver of the prayers of men has laid it down, that our own generosity is the measure of His fairness to ourselves; so that He will not treat with strict justness those whom He finds not eager for revenge. And generosity is becoming to kind and gentle souls. Nothing is more fitting than that a man imitate His Maker, and that as best he can he is a doer of the works of God. For when the hungry are fed, the naked clothed, the sick assisted, are not the hands that give but completing the help God gives, and is not the generosity of the giver also a gift from God? “He Who has no need of a helper to perform His works of mercy, so orders His own omnipotence that it is by means of men and women He comes to the aid of the needy. And rightly do we give thanks to God for the doers of that Charity whose works of mercy are seen in His servants. It was because of this the Lord Himself said to His Disciples: So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father who is in heaven [Matt v, 16]; Who with the same Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God forever and ever. Amen. [Leo I, The Spirit of Lent, in Patrologia Latina, LIV, 281]. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Debbie Schemmel, 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: Barbara Itri, Daniel Murphy, 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, Susane Depreta, Suzane Depreta.

THE EAGLE: IS RETURNING—sort of!! With our own Dr. Joseph McAleer at the Eaglethelm, we will soon launch our parish blog: THE EAGLET. This will be a new web incarnation of The Eagle, in the form of a weekly article in a blog format, to stimulate the mind and spirit and provoke discussion of issues pertaining to our Catholic Faith and Church. Get ready to join the conversation! Stay tuned for further details.

The Sacrament of the Sick: One of the seven instituted by Our Lord, relieves the sick person by opening up the reality of God’s mercy, offering strength for the patient to endure any suffering without despairing. Please do NOT wait until a friend or family member is about to die before calling one of the parish priests for this sacrament or for Holy Communion to be brought to your home, hospital or nursing home.

The Lenten rules of fasting and abstinence from eating meat apply on 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. Abstinence means that we abstain from eating meat—no meat on 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.

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
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 marking 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.

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.

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday March 19, 2017 $ 13,775.53
Sunday March 20, 2016 $ 14,526.60

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 2nd, Sunday Readings: Ez 37:12-14; Rom 8:8-11; Jn 11:1-45

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. Each parish in Fairfield County is given a goal: ours is $110,000. We have collected to date: $61,507.00 or 56%. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 27th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Topic: Mary/Conclusion,
Part III: Chapter 11-Conclusion, (pages 404-423).

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

Diocesan Wedding Jubilee Mass: Sunday, April 30th at St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull. Bishop Caggiano will offer Mass for all couples celebrating their 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, and 50th wedding anniversaries. A reception will follow in the parish hall. To register by April 24th, please visit: http://x.co/diobpt OR, contact Kim Quatela [203-416-1334] OR, kquatela@diobpt.org

“Walking with Purpose”: A program of prayer and Bible Study for Catholic women, Tuesday mornings beginning at 9:30 am in the Monsignor Nagle 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.

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!

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

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 from all over New York to Stamford and to other locations throughout the Northeast to carry out their work.  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 for your generosity.

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. Next meeting: April 26th. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Melanie Szlucha can be reached at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

The Screwtape Letters The Screwtape Letters: by C.S. Lewis. The Lenten Book Club at The Basilica meets in the Msgr. Nagle Parish Hall each Thursday at 8 pm through March 30th. Presented by Evan Psencik, The Leadership Institute of the Diocese of Bridgeport. Please RSVP to institute@diobpt.org or contact Fr. Andrew Vill (203) 324-1553 x21 or: frVill@diobpt.org.

New Girls Catholic Academy: Pre-K-High School: The religious Sisters of the Company of The Savior 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 and plan to attend an informative meeting in the Rectory on Wednesday, March 29th at 7:30 pm.

Trinity Catholic High School: is hosting a Spring College Fair on Thursday, April 6th, from 6:30pm-8:30PM in the school gymnasium.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, March 25, 2017
4:00 Douglas C. Lovell req. Jagodzinski Family
Sunday, March 26, 2017
7:30 +William H. Albrecht req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00 +Elisa and John Prizio req. Elisa Pavia
12:00 +Maura Cannon req. Nick and Ann Lepore
5:00 +Monsignor Andrew Cusack
Monday, March 27, 2017
8:00 Special Intentions Ronald Mainville req. Mainville Family
12:10 +Alex Ramirez req. John Pascale
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Nelly Contreras
12:10 People of the Parish
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
8:00 +Julie Paul Beauzil req. Eveline Lauture
12:10 +Cari Widmyer req. Kate Fenwick and Bill Christiaanse
Thursday, March 30, 2017
8:00 Gerald and Eileen Burke 50th Anniversary req. Tom Timon
12:10 Katie Slaughter req. Anne Marie Carpanzano
Friday, March 31, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Nelly Contreras
12:10 +Anthony Waters req. Bill Christiaanse
Saturday, April 1, 2017
8:00 +Enrico and Mary Imbrogno req. Gloria Mulieri
12:10 +Harry Bethea req. Juanita Evans

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:
April 1, 1870: “Mr. A. J. Bell has opened a new street (which should be called “Bell Street”) from Atlantic to South Street, through his property near the Congregational church. He has already built a model blacksmith shop for Wm. A. Lockwood, and intends to build large additions on the south row of houses, and make them front on the new street. In time he will probably put up a block of stores on the corner of the new street and Atlantic, immediately opposite to the lot owned by the Roman Catholic Society, on which, it is said, an elegant stone church is to be built.”

145 years ago, or so:
March 27, 1874: “A preliminary meeting for the purpose of organizing a temperance society among the younger members of St. John’s R. C. congregation was held on Monday evening in the Meadow street school house. Another meeting is to be held in the same place next Sunday evening, at which it is expected the society will be fully organized by the election of officers, etc.”

110 years ago, or so:
March 27, 1906: “Another complaint about the dog nuisance came out today. This time it is in regards to the annoyances caused by the stray dogs in churches, which has been especially aggravating about St. John’s R. C. Church. This church is always open, and during Lent there are members at devotions practically all day. Dogs frequently get in, and are a decided nuisance. The sexton is kept busy all the time, chasing them out, and he would like very much to have the authority to put many of them out of mischief for good.”

100 years ago, or so:
March 30, 1917: Passion Music in Catholic Church. “Miss M. Margaret Kennedy, organist and choir director of St John’s Catholic Church, and the choir who will sing “The Seven Last Words,” by Dubois, Sunday evening, in that church, have been rehearsing the oratorio for some little time. The soloists will be Mrs. W. R. Troy, soprano; John P. Reilly, tenor, James Murray, baritone.”

80 years ago, or so:
March 30, 1938: St. John’s R. C. Church. “A special meeting of Troop 22 was called by Joseph Bohannan, scoutmaster, Thursday, March 24. Roy A. Waters was in charge of the meeting which was devoted chiefly to the practicing of knot tying and first aid by the younger Scouts and signaling by the older ones. These are the chief events in which the troop will participate in at the rally on this coming Friday. Following this, fundamentals of marching were practiced and games were played until closing time.”