For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday August 13, 2017

Pastor’s Corner:   Let’s begin looking at the first three windows along each  side aisle before the transept, starting with the northern windows, on the right side of the church as you enter the interior glass and wooden  doors. These three windows, along with the matching three along the south wall, were installed by September 1884, in time for the first fair inside the new church to raise funds to pay for the church construction. [The Connecticut Catholic, September 20, 1884]. Each of these windows is divided into three sections, decorated with colorful geometric patterns and floral designs painted along the borders, with a cartouche bearing a religious symbol in the center panels. The window frames are the original carved wood frames from 1884, and each is crowned with a Star of David, recalling the roots of our Catholic Faith, since Jesus was a Jew. Let’s read these windows, beginning from right to left, walking down the side aisle towards the front of the church. They describe in symbols how God saves us from eternal death: by the Incarnation, Death and Resurrection of His Son, and how the Son communicates His eternal life to us down the centuries as adopted sons and daughters of God: through the Sacraments He instituted and the Revelation He gives through His Catholic Church.. Here we go:

The first window on the right[the northeastern window, closest to the front door]: The three symbols refer to the Incarnation: God taking on human flesh to become man; from right to left:
Lilies, symbol of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A “lily among thorns” is a symbol of the Immaculate Conception: Mary was the only human being born without Adam’s original sin, in order that she could provide the Savior a sinless human nature;
Sheaf of Wheat, symbol of the human nature of Christ, which was united to the Divine Nature of the Eternal Son of God in the womb of the Virgin Mary;
Daisies, symbols of the innocence of the Christ Child: likewise, born without the sin of Adam, Jesus is both God and man, whose total obedience to the Father wins us eternal life.

The second window[the central, northern window]:The three symbols are the three Sacraments of Initiation into Jesus’ Catholic Church; from right to left:
Baptismal Font, by which we begin the life of Grace in the Sacrament of Baptism as the adopted sons and daughters of God. The parish baptismal font is found below this window;
Holy Spirit, sent following Jesus’ Ascension, to begin His Church by giving us His Seven Gifts, symbolized here by seven flames of fire, which we receive in Confirmation;
Chalice with grape vines, symbol of the Eucharist, by which we share in the Divine Life of Our Lord by eating His Resurrected Body and Blood in Holy Communion.

The far left window [the northwestern window—before the transept, on the St. Joseph altar side]: The three symbols  describe the greatest sacrament, the Eucharist, by which we receive God’s grace to strengthen us to lead a life pleasing to God, and God’s revelation that comes to us in Sacred Scripture, as enshrined in the Bible, and the authoritative teachings of the Church; the  symbols are  from right to left:
Holy Spirit above the Eucharist, by the power of the Holy Spirit, bread and wine become the Risen Body and Blood of Jesus every day at Holy Mass;
Lamb of God, as described in the Book of Revelation: Jesus is the true Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world by dying on the Cross and rising in the body born of the Virgin Mary;
Bible, Cross and Crosier, God reveals Himself and His works through Scripture and Tradition, especially through the Holy Father and the bishops in communion with him who are successors to the Apostles.  Great stuff! More next week.                                             –Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge,  Debbie Schemmel, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, 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, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk, Joseph Verrilli, Peter C. Schmitt, Sr., Joseph Prendergast, Msgr. Peter Dora, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, A.J. Barr, Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey.

Holy Day of Obligation: Tuesday, August 15th: The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be offered beginning Monday, August 14th: 5:15 pm; Tuesday, August 15th: 8:00 am, 12:10 pm and 5:15 pm.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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, Portugal.

September 21, 22, 23: Triduum of Prayer in honor of St. Padre Pio:
September 21: 7:30 pm: Triduum of Prayer & Eucharistic Benediction
September 22: 5:30 pm: Solemn Arrival of the Relics of St. Padre Pio.
7:30 pm: Triduum of Prayer, Benediction, veneration of the Relics.

September 23: 6:30 am-1:30pm; 5:00pm-10 pm: Veneration of the relics.
7:30 pm: Solemn Mass, Triduum of Prayer, procession and Veneration of relics. Reception to follow.

October 20-28: Novena in honor of St. Jude after each daily 12:10 Mass.

Religious Education: Registration is now open for the 2017-2018 Religious Education program. Forms were mailed home to families that had children enrolled in our program in 2016-2017. If you are enrolling your child in our program for the first time,
please pick up a form in the back of the church or stop by the parish office.
Please return registration form and payment to the parish office no later than
Monday, August 21, 2017.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         August 6,  2017      $  13,342.44
Sunday         August 7, 2016       $  13,646.00

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

Aug 20th, Sunday Readings: Is 56:1, 6-7; Rom 11:13-15, 29-32; Mt 15:21-28.

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.

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.

End Legalized Abortion: Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street.  Help us stop this by joining parishioners in front of the facility on Wednesday or Friday mornings, 8am-10:30am, or even just for 30 minutes. We pray and silently bear witness to the sanctity of human life. Our presence has even helped convince expectant mothers to spare their children. To join us, or for specialized training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

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

Regina Pacis Academy: Is an independent Catholic classical school in Norwalk.  The new principal, Kim Quatela, was previously the Coordinator of Family Faith Formation for the Diocese of Bridgeport. Founded in 2005, the mission of Regina Pacis Academy is to provide the highest quality classical education at a reasonable cost, taught by teachers loyal to the Church and her Magisterium. The Academy’s goal is to form scholars and saints. To schedule a tour and for more information contact Kim Quatela: 347-840-1553, or k.quatela.rpa@optimum.net

Employment  Good Counsel Malta House in CT. began helping pregnant mothers and babies in 1998 and is a Norwalk-based transitional residence whose purpose is to promote the dignity of God-given life by providing a nurturing home environment, support services and independent living skills for pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children. Looking for a House Manager and invite interested parties to forward their cover letter/resume to: John Hinshaw, email: John_Hinshaw@goodcounselhomes.org.  We are located at: 5 Prowitt Street, Norwalk, CT. 06855.

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: Wednesday, August 23rd.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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. Then 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.

The Face of Prayer Pilgrimage:  Join Bishop Caggiano on September 23, 2017 for a pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. for the dedication of an outdoor shrine.  The shrine is dedicated to young people and continues our celebration of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance to the children of Fatima.  Details about the pilgrimage can be found at www.thefaceofprayer.com or by emailing institute@diobpt.org or calling 203-416-1670.

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

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.

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.

St Gabriel Church: Men’s Night of Reflection:  Wednesday, Aug 23rd @ 7pm. Men, please join us to hear Fr. Jason Smith, LC present “Walking with the Saints in Today’s World” to find inspiration and strength thru the saints so we can reflect God’s will in our culture. This Men’s Night is brought to you by the Knights of Columbus Fr. Miller Council #5833. Contact Bill Nagle with any questions. M: 203-570-2593, email: billnagle@hotmail.com

Sacred Heart ChurchSaturday, September 16th, 6:30 pm.  Krista Adams-Santilli, with Frank Mastrone and Friends in Concert, performing a mix of Broadway, Classical, Pop and Crossover music, sure to please the audience. Please tell your family and friends, and join us for an evening of wonderful music.  TICKETS ON SALE NOW ! $50.00 per person, with a reception to follow in the Church Hall, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford.  For Information and Ticket Sales, please call Jeff Curtis @ (203) 968-1234.

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, August 12, 2017
4:00   In Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus req. Margarita Arenas
Sunday, August 13, 2017
7:30   Kevin and Alanna Mahon 1st Anniversary req. Ryan Tomko
10:00   Paulo Seixas
12:00 +Virginia Dombrowski req. Legion of Mary
5:00 +Joseph McAleer, Sr.
Monday, August 14, 2017
8:00 +James Brannick
12:10 +Francesco Godino req. Tim and Denise Grier
5:15 +Kevin Mullin req. Danny Rainho
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
8:00 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10   Priests of the Parish req. Ferry G.
5:15   Marjorie Dachtera req. Carpanzano Family
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Rose Turley req. John and Jennifer Marciano
Thursday, August 17, 2017
8:00   Souls in Purgatory req. Maria
12:10 +Julia Wynne Breunich req. Rosemary Reid
Friday, August 18, 2017
8:00 +John Marini, Bob Bell and Ray Gerorski req. Leon Taricani
12:10   Scholastica Nabwire req. Andrew Mbabaali
Saturday, August 19, 2017
8:00 +Kevin Mullin req. Keith Massimo
12:10   Tracey Miller req. Beth Carpanzano

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 Hall.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

130 years ago, or so:
August 19, 1887:  “The iron steamboat “Ceteus,” took out about twelve hundred persons, including quite a host of young children, from the Canal dock on Tuesday, for an excursion to Coney Island. There have been several large excursions this season from this place, probably none surpassed that of Tuesday under the auspices of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church. Father Rogers, who had the chief charge of the affair, spared no pains or precautions to secure the safety and comfort of all. The route selected—to Coney Island—was quite long enough and not too long, and the several hours ashore were filled with sight-seeing and amusements, novel to many and interesting to all. St. John’s cornet band made things lively on the way down and back, while A. Campbell’s orchestra fulfilled all the desires of the dancers in the music line, by their industrious and lively playing. Not an accident even of a minor character occurred to mar the pleasures of the day for any of the excursionists.”

110 years ago, or so:

August 15, 1906:  “There were large congregations at the four Masses held at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, this morning, in honor of the Feast of the Assumption, which is a holy day observed with a great deal of reverence by Roman Catholics. The principal Mass was held at 9, when a High Mass was celebrated.”

100 years ago, or so:
August 19, 1918: Former Stamford Boy Expires of Wounds Received in Action.  “Private Gray Hanrahan, son of the late Councilman Patrick Hanrahan of Stamford, has died in France, from wounds received in action. His mother, who lives at 218 Whitney Avenue, Bridgeport, has been notified by the Government. In the local Catholic Church yesterday, prayers were offered for the repose of the young man’s soul. He attended the parochial school here, when he was a young boy and was an altar boy in St. John’s Catholic Church. His brother, Dennis Hanrahan, is now fighting in France.”

85 years ago, or so:
August 16, 1929:  “Joseph James McEvoy, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. McEvoy and relative of Mrs. Frank G. Smith of 95 Brown Street, who recently graduated from Regis High School, New York, and who won the 1925 scholarship of St. John’s Parochial School in this city, entered yesterday in St. Andrew’s Jesuit Novitiate on the Hudson, Poughkeepsie, New York.”  (EDITOR’S NOTE: Joseph McEvoy was ordained a priest in 1942 and celebrated his first Mass in St. John’s Church on Saturday, June 28, 1942.)