For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday May 7, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: Next Sunday, May 14th, is Mothers’ Day, and the parish will honor our mother, Our Lady, by crowning her at the 10:00 a.m. Mass. Devotion to Our Lady is not worship of her—we worship God alone! But we give honor to the saints for their perfection mirrors that of God, and pray that they will speak to God on our behalf, since we are all members of the Body of Christ, the Catholic Church, founded by Our Lord, who is the Head of the His Church.

We honor Mary, in particular, because of her moral excellence, and because of the superior way she is joined and dedicated to God. She is the most perfect disciple of Her Son; the first, after Jesus, to share in His bodily resurrection: she wears the Crown of victory, for those who remain faithful, about which St. Paul wrote in
I Corinthians 9:24, and about which St. John wrote in the Apocalypse 2:10: “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Apocalypse 12 is about Mary’s cooperation with God in bearing the Savior, and in her fidelity to God in His battle with Satan: “And a great portent appeared in the heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” Our devotion to Mary “proceeds from true faith, by which we are led to recognize the excellence of the Mother of God, and by which we are moved to filial love toward our mother and to imitation of her virtues.” [Vat II, Lumen Gentium, 67] Mary has a special role in God’s plan: by grace she is Mother of the God-made-man, and so she is exalted above angels and men. By her close association in the saving events of Christ’s life, she remains in the presence of the glorified Christ, interceding for us, as she continues participating in Christ’s saving work. Our hope is to come to her reward of sharing in Christ’s bodily resurrection: this is our salvation; the reason why God became a man, suffered, died and rose from the grave. Mary is what we hope to be: in love with God forever, in the flesh.

Devotion to Our Lady began immediately in the life of the primitive Church, as is reflected in the Gospels, early writings, and early paintings in the Catacombs in Rome. All the earliest Baptismal Creeds mention Mary. By the second century, the Church came to describe her role as that of the New Eve, contributing the best of humanity to God’s re-creation of everything in Christ, who is the New Adam. By the fifth century, the Council of Ephesus (431) granted the title of God–bearer [Theotokos] to Mary, clearly and accurately describing her role in God’s work for our salvation. While still a creature and a human being like ourselves, unequal to the perfection of Christ the Redeemer-King, Mary continues to work for the salvation of all: as mother of the King of the universe, the closest human being to Christ, Mary still influences the heart of Her Son on our behalf, while urging us to imitate her virtue and devotion to Christ. She is the mother to whom we go when in trouble or in need.

We will crown Our Lady as a sign of our filial devotion to Her, that She may lead us to Her Divine Son, Jesus. Let the mothers of the parish imitate Mary’s faith and virtues, and let their children remain truly devoted and grateful to their mothers, not just today, but every day of their lives. —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 Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, 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: Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey, Barbara Itri, Daniel Murphy, Bernadette Martelli, John Thompson, Francesco Russo, Lillian Jacobs, Rosalie Liguori, William DeLeo, Sylvia Ardise.

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

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.

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 13 at 5-6:30 pm: St. John’s in World War I Exhibit in the Rectory.

May 13 at 7:30pm: 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.

The Face of Prayer: For all young Catholics of all ages [under 18 will need parental consent]: www.thefaceof prayer.org Will you join the movement of prayer? Bishop Frank Caggiano invites you to be the face of prayer. Text your picture, a prayer intention, or the word “prayer” to 55778. The follow the prompts to complete your registration and commit to being the face or prayer! Participants will receive a prayer from Bishop Frank either every day or three times a week [your choice] as well as a weekly video from our bishop, access to great resources online, and the opportunity to pray together with friends from all around the Diocese of Bridgeport. This project is a partnership between the Diocese of Bridgeport and the Mater Ecclesiae Foundation. Privacy protections are in place.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday April 30, 2017 $ 13,634.34
Sunday May 1, 2016 $ 13,413.43

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

May 14th, Sunday Readings: Acts 6:1-7; 1 Pt 2:4-9; Jn 14:1-12.

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: $98,472.00 or 89%. 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.

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: May 24th. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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.

Ladies Night Out: Join the ladies of St. John’s Parish for a rosary making evening from 7-9pm on Thursday May 18th, 2017 in the Msgr. Nagle Hall. Design and make your own rosary while enjoying community and prayer, with refreshments of wine & cheese and tea & cookies. The cost is $40 per person and can be paid at the door. To register, please email keoglerstudios@gmail.com.

Faith on Tap: Tuesday, May 23rd: Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St., Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. “Stump the Priests”, with your questions on the Catholic Faith & Church. Bring a friend or two!

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, May 6, 2017
4:00 Erika P. Hall req. Jagodzinski Family
Sunday, May 7, 2017
7:30 Kathleen Geraci req. Joseph Geraci
10:00 Special Intentions
12:00 Jimmy & Michelle Sagdati 16th Wedding Anniversary req. Marion Morris & Family
5:00 +Rev James Marra, SDB
Monday, May 8, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 +Suzanne Wright req. Bill and Carol Christiaanse
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Clarence Kelly Johnson
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
8:00 +Rev. Robert Hyl
12:10 +Jake Whitting req. Carol and Don Canfield
Thursday, May 11, 2017
8:00 +Charlene O’Brien Newland req. Hawthorn Family
12:10 +Clarence Kelly Johnson
Friday, May 12, 2017
8:00 +Virginia and Eileen Carr Birthday Remembrance req. Marie Carr
12:10 +Alma Liotta req. Mirella Liotta and Family
Saturday, May 13, 2017
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Joseph M. Kirkland 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: Starts again in September, after the 10:00a.m. Family Mass in the Msgr. Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
100 years ago, or so:
May 12, 1916: Marron Stars Again. “St. John’s Parochial school nine won from West Stamford 17 to 14, yesterday, on West End ground. St. John’s were without the service of their southpaw pitcher, Bill Foley, who was sick. According to the official historian of the game, he was so overjoyed when the news reached him that he wanted to get right out of bed and go down and congratulate Long Jack Harvey and Big Gaynor Brennan on the work they did in the box. Joe Marron was the real star of the game, accepting eight fielding chances and getting four hits in five times at bat, two of them doubles. Marron’s batting average for three games is 666. Pat Sullivan caught a good game and made three hits, in five times at bat while little Terry Healey, at short, had thee put-outs and 12 assists.”

90 years ago, or so:
May 14, 1927: CONFIRMATION. “In the presence of a congregation that filled St. John’s Catholic Church at 10, Saturday morning, the Right Rev. Maurice F. McAuliffe, D. D., auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Hartford, administered the sacrament of confirmation to the largest class of adults and children that has been presented for the reception of that sacrament. The class numbered 138, consisting of 69 males and 69 females. Bishop McAuliffe very appropriately addressed the children and gave some wholesome advice to their parents present. He then administered the total abstinence pledge to the class which had been confirmed. The ceremonies concluded with benediction of the Blessed Sacrament which was given by Rev. Joseph Degnan of South Norwalk.”

80 years ago, or so:
May 10, 1937: 140 at Communion Breakfast of St. John’s Sodality. “About 140 members and guests of the Children of Mary Sodality of St. John’s R. C. Church received communion in a body yesterday morning, after which they attended their second annual communion breakfast in the Hotel Davenport. Rev. Charles Hagearty, chaplain of the Sodality and Attorney Peter J. Ryan of Stamford were the principal speakers. Miss Kathryn Leonard, president of the society, welcomed the group and introduced the chairman of the morning. Father Hagearty spoke on the obligations of the members and counseled the group in regard to the danger of losing one’s faith. Attorney Ryan spoke on Communism and the Catholic woman. He said in part: “In the doctrine of Communism, the State is supreme. It assumes all authority to itself and would exercise that authority in derogation of all other rights, even to the extent, for example, of taking the care and education of a child from its natural parents and thus from the family. Rev. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s parish, spoke briefly, after which the names of 30 girls were announced, who have had perfect attendance at meetings and Communion during the past year.”