For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday May 28, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: The Ascension of Our Lord is one of the great solemnities of the Church’s calendar because it recalls the historic event of the return of Our Lord to Heaven in His resurrected human body. This action of God in human history has effects far beyond history. Christ is one Person in two natures, human and divine. Everything Jesus did as a man was also an act of the eternal Son of God, since God entered into human history on the first Christmas, became visible in the man Jesus. So, Jesus’ human love is the embodiment of the redeeming love of God. Because Jesus’ human actions are also divine actions of the Son of God, He can fulfill God’s promise of salvation in the tangible, real way intended by God. Salvation is not an idea, or a state of mind. Salvation is the result of God’s work in the flesh [I John]. His triumph over sin and the grave is, likewise, in the flesh and real. His saving actions, while done in time and space—born in Bethlehem, crucified and risen in Jerusalem—have a value and an effect beyond time and space—Jesus saved not just his contemporaries who were in Bethlehem at His birth or those who were at His death and Resurrection in Jerusalem—His acts in the flesh are real actions of God, who transcends time and space. So, the great mysteries of Jesus’ human life, His Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension, have a real and long lasting effect for all humankind through all ages and in all places.

“Do not touch me”, Jesus told Mary Magdalene on the first Easter morning, “for I have not yet ascended to my Father.” [John 20, 16]. Forty days after He rose from the dead in His human flesh, Jesus returned to the Father—He ascended—in His human flesh. Saint Paul, tells us that since Jesus is not only a great man, but the new Adam [Rom 5.18], every event in Jesus’ life affects and modifies the condition of our own life to the very depths of our existence. Jesus is both creator and redeemer, or re-creator: He not only forgives sins by His death and Resurrection, He recreates humankind. He destroys the power of sin and the grave by His submission to death on the Cross, but snatches victory from it by His Resurrection from the dead. His Ascension to Heaven in His resurrected human body renders this victory definitive: humankind enters into the life of the Trinity once and for all in the Person of the Incarnate Son of God [Heb 9, 26; 10,10] Paul wrote, voicing the experience of the Apostles, which becomes the faith of the early Church: “But God. . . even when we were dead by reason of our sins, brought us to life together with Christ. . . and raised us up together, and seated us together in heaven in Christ Jesus.” [Eph 2, 4-6]

Jesus returned to the Father in His human flesh in order to send the Holy Spirit to guide His Church and to continue His work transforming every human person in every generation and place: this is the beginning of our personal glorification through Christ, who continues His work in His human flesh from heaven through the Holy Spirit. His Ascension is His promise that we can gain eternity in the flesh by responding to Him in love in our daily lives. He is the Head of the Church; we form the Body of the Church. Where the Head has gone, the Body hopes to follow. Love Our Lord, be attentive to His Grace, for heaven awaits those who love Him.

For a better sense of the importance for us of the Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven, here are two excerpts of sermons by Pope Saint Leo I and Saint Augustine:

“The days between the Lord’s resurrection and his ascension are not idle ones; in them great mysteries are confirmed and others revealed.
“During these days the fear of death recedes as the immortality not only of the soul but also of the flesh is made evident. During these days the Lord breathes forth his Holy Spirit on all the Apostles and in a special way gives Peter the keys of the kingdom and the care of his flock.
“Throughout this whole period, therefore, beloved, God providently teaches the hearts of his own to recognize the Lord Jesus to be as truly risen as he had been truly born and as he truly suffered and died. The Apostles and all the disciples, so fearful about the Cross, so doubtful about the resurrection, are strengthened by irresistible truth. . . As the disciples looked on, man was ascending beyond the angelic orders, beyond archangelic heights. Having been united to God’s nature in his Son, man now shared in the Son’s glory at the Father’s throne.” [Pope St. Leo the Great, On the Ascension]

“Christ descended from heaven out of mercy to us, and though he alone ascends, we also ascend, for we are one with him through grace. We are not claiming for the Body, the Church, the dignity of the Head, Christ the Son, but we are assured that the Body is inseparable from the Head.” [St. Augustine, On the Ascension of the Lord]

—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Dionysia Oliveira, Emilio Gonzalez, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, 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: Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey, Barbara Itri, Daniel Murphy, Bernadette Martelli, John Thompson, Francesco Russo, Lillian Jacobs, Rosalie Liguori, William DeLeo, Sylvia Ardise.

Banns of Marriage: I Banns: Paul Brendan Ciarcia and Kelly Sullivan

Annual Catholic Appeal: We have reached our goal of $110,000 for the Annual Catholic Appeal. If you have not yet made a donation to the Bishop, please feel free to do so. Thank you for your generosity.

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.

May 31st PLENARY INDULGENCE: Is offered on the anniversary of the 1885 dedication of our Basilica [See “St. John’s in the News” on page 5 of this bulletin for The Advocate story]. A plenary indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment for sins, whose guilt is already forgiven in Confession. Jesus gave St. Peter the Power of the Keys of Heaven [Matt. 16:17-19]. The Church employs the merits of the saints and each individual Catholic does the following good works: 1—full separation from sin, even venial sin, coupled with full repentance and conversion from sin in the sacrament of Confession, sometime within 7 days before or after May 31; 2—Visit the Basilica and praying the Apostles’ Creed and one Our Father for the Holy Father; 3—The worthy reception of Holy Communion on May 31st.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
May 15th – July 4th: [Monday-Fridays, 10 am-4 pm] St. John’s Parish in World War I Exhibit in the Rectory. Private visits on other days by appointment:
203-324-1553, ext 11.

May 29th: 10am: Special Memorial Day Mass at St. John’s Cemetery, Darien.
Fr. Audette will offer this Mass for veterans of the parish at the stone altar in the Priests’ Circle, which is inside the main entrance on Hoyt Street. Everyone is welcome to attend. Cancelled if raining.

June 13th, 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 at Fatima.

June 18th, Corpus Christi: Following the 12 noon Mass, A Procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Stamford [Weather permitting-if raining, the procession will be inside the Basilica]. Everyone is welcome.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday May 21, 2017 $ 12,909.66
Sunday May 22, 2016 $ 14,266.76

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

June 4th, Sunday Readings: Acts 2:1-11; 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13; Jn 20:19-23.

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.

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.

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

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: June 28th. 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.

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.

Electronic Giving – Offertory Donations Made Easy…Consider using your credit card to make your weekly or monthly donation to St. John’s. Easier for you, and less costly for the parish than the printing and mailing of weekly envelopes, credit card giving automatically sends your weekly offering to the Basilica of St. John’s. Call the parish secretary (324-1553, ext. 21).

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.

WORK:  A local Catholic family with two young children is seeking part-time household help on weekday mornings. They live in downtown Greenwich, CT near the train station. If you are interested, please email Stephen Schmalhofer: stephen.schmalhofer@gmail.com.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, May 27, 2017
4:00 Vincent E. Jagodzinski req. Jagodzinski Family
Sunday, May 28, 2017
7:30 +Jean Berger and Karl Berger, Jr.
10:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:00 +Aniello Preziosi 51st Anniversary req. Marion Morris and Family
5:00 +Rev. James Marra, SDB
Monday, May 29, 2017
8:00 +Joseph and Margaret Curtis req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Roberto Clemente
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
8:00 +Mary Churley req. Mary Petrizzi
12:10 +Laura Ingles req. Bill Christiaanse
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
8:00 +Robert Kennedy req. Lindsay Kennedy
12:10 +Larry Nilles req. Dr. Joe McAleer
Thursday, June 1, 2017
8:00 +Julie Paul Beauzil req. Eveline Lauture
12:10 +Michael A. Arnone, Sr. req. Priests of the Parish
Friday, June 2, 2017
8:00 +James Brannick
12:10 +Yeon Bok Kim req. Joseph A. Maker
Saturday, June 3, 2017
8:00 +Dee Maggiori req. Dr. Joe McAleer
12:10 +Fr. Joseph Malloy 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 NEWS:

DEDICATION OF THE CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST, MAY 30, 1886:

The New York Times, May 31, 1886: Stamford, Conn., May 30. “The new Catholic Church of St. John the Evangelist, at the junction of Atlantic and Bell streets, was dedicated today with impressive ceremonies. By 10 o’clock, the hour for the beginning of the function, the new edifice, which has a seating capacity of 1,600, was not only entirely occupied, but the congregation overflowed into the vestibule and out on the stoops. All the Catholics of Stamford, and they number 4,000, about one-fourth of the whole population, who could be there were present. At. 10 o’clock the Right Rev. Lawrence S. McMahon, Bishop of Hartford, with his attendant ministers, emerged from the sanctuary and walked in procession down the middle aisle to the door and made a circuit of the exterior walls of the church, the Bishop sprinkling them with holy water, while the accompanying priests chanted the “Miserere.” Returning, the interior walls were likewise blessed, and when the altar was reached the litany of the saints was chanted. At the pontifical High Mass which followed, Bishop McMahon was celebrant. The sermon was preached by the Rev. Ignatius F. Horstmann, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. After congratulating the congregation and the Pastor upon the work now completed, he reviewed briefly the history of the parish and the labors of its former Pastors. He referred to the edifice just completed as a proof of the vitality and expansive power of the Catholic Church, and of its being a religion or works as well as of faith. In the evening, at vespers, the Rev. Dr. McGlynn, of New York, preached, and the church was crowded. In general style the new edifice is said to resemble the Milan cathedral. The exterior dimensions are 100 by 180 feet. The material used is granite, quarried at Leites Island, near New Haven, from which the stone used for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty came. The spire, which will not be built for some time, will be 250 feet high, the tallest in the State. The interior has 10 finely proportioned pillars, surmounted by beautifully arched capitals, whence rise graceful arcade arches. The sanctuary contains an altar of sculptured Italian marble, standing 30 feet high, with Mexican onyx pillars. Two transcripts have galleries with a seating capacity of 300 each, and the lower floor will seat 1,000 people. The pews and woodwork are of carved oak. The stained glass windows are very beautiful, and cost from $250 to $500 each. Over fifteen years have been spent in the erection of the church, and its cost is about $250,000. Of this amount, $50,000 remains unpaid.”