For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday April 16, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: The greatest proof of God’s love for us is the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross and His bodily Resurrection from the grave. God became man so we could overcome death which is the effect of sin. Christ began His Catholic Church, established on the Apostles, to share the fruits of His Cross and Resurrection throughout time. We actually share in the fruits of these greatest of all historic events by means of the Church’s seven sacraments, instituted by Christ. Let’s read the Church’s early teachings about the effects of Christ’s death and resurrection:

Ancient Holy Saturday Homily [2nd century]: “Today there is a great silence over the earth, for the King sleeps. . . God is dead in the flesh, and has shaken Sheol to its foundations. He goes to seek our first parents like a lost sheep. He cries out, ‘

I bid you: Awake, sleeper! I did not create you to lie bound in hell. Arise from the dead, for I am life to those who have died. Rise up, work of my hands, my likeness, made in my image. Rise, let us go hence.

‘For your sake I put on your lowly shape as a man. For your sake I came to earth and to the underworld. See the spittle on my face—it was for you, that you might have the breath of life again. See my cheeks reddened by the blows—it was for you, that you might be remade in my image. See my torn back—it was for you, that I might take the burden of sin from your shoulders. See the nail-marks in my hands—it was for you, because you once put your hand to the forbidden tree. ‘Arise, let us go hence. I have a heavenly throne prepared for you, and the cherubim shall bow down before you.’”
Jerusalem Catechesis, 20-22 [4th century]: “What marvelous love God shows to us! Christ endured the tormenting nails in his innocent hands and feet; we, knowing nothing 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. You were baptized into Christ and you put on Christ, in this way you were made like the Son of God.

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 bodies. Thereby, too, we become, according to Blessed Peter, sharers in the divine nature.”
St. Augustine, Sermon 3 [5th century]: “The Passion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is a pledge of victory and a lesson in patience. What may the hearts of believers not expect from God’s grace when His only Son did not hesitate to become a man and to die at the hands of men whom He Himself had created? Great indeed are God’s promises to us, but greater still is what He has already done for us. How can we doubt that He will give us his life [forever] when He has already given us His death?

Who is Christ but the Word that ‘was in the beginning, was with God, and was God’? [John 1: 1 and cf. Gen 1:1] That Word ‘was made flesh and dwelt among us.’ [John 1:2] He was unable as God to die for us; to die, He had to take mortal flesh from us. Then the immortal One could die and give life to mortal men and women; He would give a share of Himself to those whose lot He first shared as a man. We had no power of ourselves to live; He had no power of Himself to die. He entered, therefore, into an exchange with us: we gave Him the means of dying for us; He gave us the means of living forever.”
—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, 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, Lyn Geikie-Rice, 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.

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

Easter Sunday: There is no 5pm Mass on Easter Sunday.

Divine Mercy Sunday: April 23rd: A Holy Hour 1:00-2:00PM with the Holy Rosary, Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Easter Duty: What makes you a Catholic? The fact that you are “IN Communion” with the Successor of Saint Peter, the pope, and an active member of the Body of Christ, the Catholic Church. We share the same Faith, the sign of that is receiving Holy Communion. The bottom line is that you receive Holy Communion: the Body and Blood of the Resurrected Christ—at least once each year. To receive Holy Communion you must be freed from serious, mortal sin, living a life of grace. The means you should also go to Confession at least once each year. That is done at Easter—the Easter Duty. Catholics are obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once between Easter [April 16] and Pentecost Sunday [June 4]. If you haven’t been to Confession for a while, you should repent of your sins and confess them as a preparation for receiving the Body and Blood of Christ.

THE EAGLET: Is our new parish blog. Under the direction and editorship of our own Dr. Joseph McAleer, THE EAGLET has taken flight!! This is 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. You can access the blog via our parish website: www: stjohnsstamford.corm
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 of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima.

Faith on Tap: April 18th: Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe, 97 Franklin St. in Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. Fr. Vill will speak about, “Entering The Friend Zone”. Bring a friend or two!

World War I mementoes: On May 13th, the parish will open our exhibit: “Saint John’s and World War I”. While we have a large exhibit of interesting artifacts from the Great War, I would be grateful if our parishioners would look through your attics and basements to see if you have any family heirlooms of your ancestors who might have fought in WWI, which you would be willing to lend for display at our exhibit. Please give Monsignor a call: 203-324-1553, ext 11. Thanks, very much.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday April 2, 2017 $ 14,848.45
Sunday April 3, 2016 $ 16,860.61

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 23rd, Sunday Readings: Acts 2:42-47; 1 Pt 1:3-9; Jn 20:19-31.

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.

Relic of the True Cross: Splinters of the actual Cross upon which Our Lord suffered and died are displayed on the Saint Joseph side altar. Copies of Prayer before the Crucifix are provided for your devotion.

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: $76,297.00 or 69%. 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.

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

Diocesan Wedding Jubilee Mass: Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 2:30PM at St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull, Bishop Caggiano will be celebrating the 2017 Wedding Jubilee Mass. This Mass is for couples celebrating 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 plus year wedding anniversaries. This will be the only Wedding Jubilee Mass for 2017. Mass will be followed by a reception 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.

Homeplace Wisdom: Is a Catholic women’s organization promoting friendship and vocational development with monthly speakers and gatherings, play dates, and a daily email list for sharing ideas, prayer requests, parenting or home-place questions, and reading material. To join: lisakotasek@gmail.com

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.

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.

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.

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.

Looking for work?? CEMETERY WORKER WANTED: St. John Cemetery in Darien has a position available, offering excellent benefits and salary. They are seeking a landscaper with a valid driver’s license to work Mondays-Fridays: 7am—3:30pm and Saturdays, 8:30am-12:30pm, as needed. Fax your resume to: 203-374-7588 or mail to Rob Hannigan at The Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06606.

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. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

HOLY SATURDAY, April 15, 2017
No 4PM Mass
8:00PM Easter Vigil: People of the Parish

Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017
7:30 +Hope M. McAleer, 30th Anniversary req. McAleer Family
10:00 +Feroze Aslam req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
12:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
No 5PM Mass

Monday, April 17, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Dr. Vincent Kung req. family
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Maria
12:10 +Joseph C. Mangano req. Wendy Mangano
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Dick Coffey 10th Anniversary req. Dorothy Coffey
Thursday, April 20, 2017
8:00 +Mary Churley req. Mary Petrizzi
12:10 Jane Gannon req. Sharon Gannon
Friday, April 21, 2017
8:00 People of the Parish
12:10 Millie Terenzio Birthday req. family
Saturday, April 22, 2017
8:00 Special Intentions Monsignor DiGiovanni
12:10 +Thomas Maker 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). 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: There is no Coffee Hour this Sunday, April 16th, because of Easter. Coffee Hour will resume Sunday April 23rd, after the 10a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
140 years ago, or so:
April 12, 1878: Easter Services.. “In St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, Easter Day will not be overlooked, but several services will be held through the day.”

125 years ago, or so:
March 26, 1894: Easter In The Churches. “It was not the ideal weather for Easter Day, and many ladies postponed the wearing of their spring finery, but all the churches in Stamford were crowded. Many strange faces were seen in each of them. There was a large congregation at St. John’s R. C. Church last night. There were musical vespers and an excellent sermon by the Rev. Peter McLean of the Catholic University of Washington on “The Joys of Easter.” For his text he took the verse, “This is the day the Lord hath made, let us be glad and rejoice therein.” He drew a comparison between the different feasts of the church, as the Feast of the Nativity, and Feast of the Transfiguration, and showed how Easter was the most joyous feast celebrated by the church. The fact of the resurrection was a proof of the divinity of Christ, and the confirmation of the Christian’s faith, and the assurance of his hope of future bliss. He referred to Christ’s resurrection as a pledge of our resurrection. The sermon was listened to with the deepest attention and made a marked impression upon the congregation. The program of Easter music prepared by the director, J. D. O’Brien, was unusually interesting and of a high order. The morning sermon was preached by Rev. J. C. Lynch, the new assistant, and the offertory
[collection] was, as usual at Easter, devoted to the education of young men to the priesthood.”

80 years ago, or so:
March 27, 1937: Churches To Celebrate Resurrection of Christ With Special Services and Special Music. “St. John’s R. C. Church-Eight o’clock Mass, organ prelude of Christmas [sic] carols, 9 o’clock Mass, offertory, Ave Maria (Gonnoud), Mrs. N. Popson; Holy City (Adams), Andrew Kelemen. 10 o’clock Mass; Queen of Heaven Rejoice, Boys Sanctuary Choir; offertory, Regina Coeli (DeVaux) Boys Sanctuary Choir; Let the Holy Anthem Ring, Boys Sanctuary Choir; Lauda Jerusalem Dominum, Boys Sanctuary Choir. 11 o’clock Mass, Solemn High; Processional, The Holy City, James Cullen; Kyrie, Mass in F., Sanctuary and adult choir; Gloria, Mass of Angels (Chant), senior choir; offertory, Terra Tremuit (A. Dress), senior choir; credo, Tassi, opus 3, senior choir; sanctus, Rosewig, sanctuary and senior choir; Benedictus, Rosewig, sanctuary and senior choirs; Agnus Dei, Missa Brevis (Montani), sanctuary and senior choir; recessional, Confitemini Domini, sanctuary and senior choir. Howard J. Fagan will be at the Hammon console with Irene Kearney conducting.”