For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday April 23, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: For most of us, Easter is over. More important things moved our way recently,— like Income Tax! While we might skip lightly past Easter, the Church does not, and celebrates Easter for 40 days, the amount of time Our Lord appeared in his resurrected body to His apostles and disciples. Why drag out Easter for 40 days? Here are a few reasons, expressed by some of the Church’s greatest early writers:

“Beloved, the paschal [Easter] mystery is new and old, eternal and temporal, mortal and immortal. To the old belongs the Law of Moses, prefigurations, the sacrifice of sheep. To the new belongs the Word [Christ, Himself], grace, and the Lord’s life. ‘He [Jesus] was led like a sheep to the slaughter,’ [as scripture says] but he was not a sheep; he was slain ‘like the lamb that waits in silence,’ but he was not a lamb. God took the place of the lamb to be sacrificed; a man [Jesus] took the place of the sheep to be offered; and the man is Christ, who sums up all things in himself. The sacrifice of the sheep, the celebration of Passover, and the writing of the Law [of Moses] pointed therefore to a fulfillment in Christ Jesus, for whose sake everything in the old covenant took place. For the Law of Moses gave way to the Word, as the old Law became the new; precept yielded to grace, image to reality, lamb to Son, sheep to man, and man to God. Though the Lord was God, he clad himself in manhood, having suffered for suffering mankind, having been bound for us who are captives of sin; He was condemned for the guilty, and buried for us, who was buried beneath the weight of sin, He rose from the dead and addressed his fellows: ‘I have released those who were condemned, given life to the dead, and brought the buried from their graves. Come, then, all you nations of men, who are joined in a brotherhood of sin, and receive forgiveness. For I am your forgiveness, the saving Passover Victim, the Lamb slain for you. I am your cleansing and life, your resurrection, light, and salvation, your King. I bring you with me to the heavenly realm. I shall raise you up and present you to my heavenly Father. I am mighty, and I shall exalt you.” [Melito of Sardis, Homily on the Paschal Mystery.]

“In recalling the salvation given to us, St. Paul wrote: ‘As death entered the world through Adam, so salvation was restored through Christ’; and again, ‘The first man [Adam] was of the earth and earthly, the second [Jesus] from heaven and heavenly.’ He added:‘We carried in us the image of the earthly man,’ that is, of man grown old in sin; ‘let us carry in us the image of the heavenly man as well.’ That is, let us receive from Christ the saving grace of being redeemed and cleansed in him. As St. Paul says: Christ is the beginning, that is, the source, of resurrection and of life. Those who belong to Christ, that is, who live in sinlessness as he does, will be sure of sharing his resurrection and the heavenly glory he promises, for the Lord himself says: ‘He who follows me will not perish but will pass through death to life.’ The Savior’s suffering is thus mankind’s salvation. He willed to die for us that we who trust in him might live forever. He willed to become for a time what we are so that we might share his promised eternity and live forever with him. All this, then, is the grace proper to the heavenly mysteries which we are celebrating; it is the paschal gift given on this feast which we yearn for all year through, and it is the beginning of a new existence. Those reborn from the Church’s sacred baptismal font are clad in the simplicity of little children and give voice by their conduct to a sinless conscience. What day is Easter? The day that gave us the source of light and life, the Lord Jesus Christ, who said of himself: ‘I am the light of day; he who walks in that light shall not stumble,’ that is, he who wholly follows Christ shall pass in his footsteps into the land of eternal light.” [2nd century Easter homily]

God’s mercy is unimaginable in its generosity. All you need do is respond.
—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, 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.

Catholic Home Missions Collection . . . Please drop your special envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.

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.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: “The Eaglet,” the new parish blog on our Basilica website, www.stjohnsstamford.com, is up and running, featuring a variety of thought-provoking articles on the Catholic Faith and Church, posted weekly. Feedback is welcome and discussion is encouraged, via a comments form at the end of each article. Please bookmark the page, visit often, and share the link with your family and friends.

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.

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.

SATURDAY, MAY 6th: 4-7 p.m., 2017 KENTUCKY DERBY: in the Rectory. Our annual fundraiser features a simulcast of the Run for the Roses, fabulous food and drink, and the chance to win some spectacular prizes, like a 70” Samsung UHD smart TV. $10 per wager per horse. Space limited to 100 guests only; tickets: $125. Ladies: Best Hat & Facinator Contest. Gents: Dapper Dan Contest. All proceeds will fund the work on the church’s wooden frames around the clerestory windows.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday April 9, 2017 $ 14,849.26
Sunday April 10, 2016 $ 14,871.13
Easter April 16, 2017 $ 34,221.00
Easter March 27, 2016 $ 37,027.91

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 30th, Sunday Readings: Acts 2:14, 22-33; 1 Pt 1:17-21; Lk 24:13-35.

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: $90,712.00 or 82%. 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

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.

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.

Creating a Culture of Life through Women’s Healthcare – Informational Meeting: A Pro-Life Comprehensive Women’s Health Center is coming to Stamford and you’re invited to be a part of it! Come and learn why comprehensive women’s health centers are shifting the culture of death, strengthening families, and ending abortions and how you can get involved. This will be an informational meeting for any medical or non-medical individuals with interest in pregnancy resource centers, NFP/natural fertility methods/instruction, midwifery, Catholic healthcare/medicine. The meeting will take place this Thursday, April 27th at 7pm at the Rectory at St. John the Evangelist Basilica, Stamford (white building next to the basilica). Please email Noelle.gross@gmail.com to RSVP

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

Saturday, April 22, 2017
4:00 Mr. and Mrs. Edward Simonovich req. Barbara Bayne
Sunday, April 23, 2017
7:30 +Sandra Bolanowski 2nd Anniversary req. Lawrence Bolanowski
10:00 +Alfred H. Lovell, Jr. req. Jagodzinski Family
12:00 Margaret and Ignatius Chu req. Joseph Kung
5:00 +Hope McAleer
Monday, April 24, 2017
8:00 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Nelly Contreras
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
8:00 +James Meehan and Kevin Keary req. Leon Taricani
12:10 +Christopher Nardozza req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
8:00 Deceased members of the Millien Family req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Barbara Lynyak req. Keady Family
Thursday, April 27, 2017
8:00 Thang and Diep Nguyen Wedding Anniversary
12:10 +Olga Gargiulo req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Friday, April 28, 2017
8:00 Deceased members of Henry J. McCabe Family req. Melanie Szlucha
12:10 +Lazaro Pena req. Maria Pena
Saturday, April 29, 2017
8:00 +Dorothy Marie Fulton req. Stephanie Maiorana
12:10 +James and Ismalia 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). 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:
130 years ago, or so:
April 12, 1889: “An old landmark has been removed from its former location. The Drew house on Division Street has been purchased by James Donohue and moved by him to a lot adjoining his home on Ann Street. It is not generally known that in this house the first Roman Catholic service was held when but few of that faith were in town. A small room was fitted up and regular service was held once a month, and later every two weeks, until the church on Meadow street was built.”

125 years ago, or so:
April 27, 1893: “The death of Daniel Doolan, which occurred Tuesday night, removes from the scene an interesting figure, and one who honored both his race and religion by qualities of industry, integrity and good citizenship, which challenge the respect of all. No man now living has been so long identified with the Catholic community of Stamford. He was prominent in the church when adherents in Stamford numbered less than fifty souls and when its Mass was celebrated in a private house—that of the late Patrick Drew. He was the oldest member of St. John’s R.C. Benevolent Society and St. Patrick’s society. The funeral will be held on Friday at St. John’s R.C. Church.”

90 years ago, or so:
April 28, 1927: “The Children of Mary Sodality of St. John’s Catholic Church will receive Holy Communion in a body at the 8:30 Mass, Sunday, May 7. Because of the first Holy Communion class, the sodality will sit in the right hand side aisle. All members are urged to be present. There will be a rehearsal every Sunday afternoon at 3 in the lower chapel to practice for the Children of Mary reception, which will take place Sunday, May 22. Any girls desiring to be members of the sodality should attend these meetings. The officers would like to have all the older members turn out for this reception.”

45 years ago, or so:
April 29, 1971: St. Ann Society Plans Annual Communion Breakfast Sunday. “Plans have been completed for the third annual Communion Breakfast of the St. Ann Society Sunday at the Roger Smith Hotel, following 9 a.m. Mass at St. John’s Catholic Church. The Rev. Stephen J Gleeson of St. Mary’s Church will speak on “The Christian In The Changing Church.” The Rev. Bertram Parent, chaplain of the society, is honorary chairman for the breakfast and Miss Margaret Power is chairman. Mrs. Asa Scanlon is in charge of tickets and others on the committee are Mrs. Michael Grogan, Mrs. Eve Jordan, Mrs. Florence Miller, Mrs. Mary Kenny and Mrs. Joseph Dennihan. Mrs. Harold Troy and Mrs. Florence Savage will be ushers. Incoming officers are Mrs. Scanlon, Pres; Mrs. Miller V.P., Mrs. Virginia Clifford, Treas., Miss Agnes Barrett, recording secretary and Miss Bridie Madigan, corresponding secretary.”