For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday April 1, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: (Taken from Monsignor’s 2017 Pastor 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:  Monsignor DiGiovanni,  Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Rose Marie Clarke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Loretta Wallace, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Pasquale [Pat] Santagata, Elma Hefferna, Anne Mennona, Emile Maignan, Regina Derrisaint, Joanne Santarsiero, Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel,  Susanne and Suzanne DePreta

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

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light:  +Ed & Ann Cody, Bill & Felicitas Cody and all departed Hibernians req. Erin Cody

Police: 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 Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department and our military women and men who protect our nation.

Virtual Tour of the Basilica: Click on the parish website  www.stjohnsstamford.com for a virtual tour of the interior, created and donated by Jonathan Powell of Matterport.

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

Divine Mercy Sunday-April 8th: A Holy Hour from 1:30PM-2:30PM  will include Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. All are welcome!

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 1] and Pentecost Sunday [May 20]. 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.

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.

Missed Faith on Tap?: Listen to last months talk on our website  at  http://stjohnsstamford.com/parish-groups/. Scroll down to Faith on Tap to see the recording. Join us next month on Tuesday, April 17th from 7-9PM to hear Sister Maria, C.S. speak on “Who is the Church?” The event is held at Murphy’s Townhouse Café for anyone in their 20s or 30s. Bring a friend!

Weekly Sunday collection:

Not Available because of Early Bulletin Transmission Deadlines

  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 8th Sunday Readings:  ACTS 4:32-35 , 1 JN 5:1-6 , JN 20: 19-31

Baptism/Confirmation Sponsorship Certificate:  When asked to be a sponsor, a certificate is needed from your home parish. If the  priest does not know you personally, or by sight, the only other way of knowing you as a practicing Catholic is by tracking your contributions by check or envelope.

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart.  We  meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagle Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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.  They are  in need of WINTER maternity clothes (all sizes). Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

Project Rachel- Are you or someone you know hurting from a past abortion experience? There is help and hope. Project Rachel is offering an Entering Canaan Day of Prayer and Healing on Saturday, July 14, 2018 for women who are suffering from a past abortion. Please contact 203-895-3554 or projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information and confidential registration.

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 helped convince expectant mothers to spare their children. Call Noelle at 857-345-0808 for specialized training as a Sidewalk Counselor.

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. We also need tutors.  We currently have a  new student who needs a  tutor  in Japanese. For more  information or to volunteer and/or tutor, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.org   

Save the Date: The Basilica of St. John’s is hosting an all day conference in honor of the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae on June 23rd. Speakers include Mary Eberstadt, Mary FioRito, and George Weigel. The 4PM Vigil Mass will be offered by Bishop Caggiano. More details to follow.

Family Night @ 6:30pm, St Cecila Church Hall on Friday, Apr 6. Justin Fatica will be presenting a 2 hour interactive Family/Community Event – “All Heart, All In!” Join Justin Fatica and the Hard as Nails missionaries and be restored by their powerful message of hope and trust.  Bishop Caggiano calls this group “A most effective organization”, Cardinal O’Malley says their “clear and direct message of hope is delivered in a new and convincing way”.  See what the buzz is all about!  This is a must see event for the whole family!  Don’t miss it.

Reflections with Fr. Cassain Folsom, O.S.B. (Founder of the Monks of Norcia)-  Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the Covent of St. Brigitta (4 Runkenhage Rd. Darien, CT 06820). Women’s Morning of Reflection  “A Mother’s Rule of Life” 9:30AM-1:00PM and Evening of Reflection for Men and Women “Saint Benedict for Busy Lives” from 5:30PM –9:00PM. Registration Required at www.tinyurl.com/monksofnorcia. Email questions to wwptbsj@gmail.com. Flyers in the back of the Church with more details. Limited Parking at venue– please carpool.

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

JOIN THE CONVERSATIONThe Eaglet, the parish blog on our Basilica website, www.stjohnsstamford.com.

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call the parish 203) 324-1553 or Fr. Vill at (ext. 130) to make an appointment, to discuss the Church’s teaching on marriage and the possibility of getting married in the Church. This also applies to those who want to learn more about seeking an annulment.

SilverSource: SilverSource is available to St. John’s parishioners both as a place to volunteer or an important resource to help parishioners as we age. SilverSource is looking for volunteers to help older adults live as independently as possible by reaching out to say “hello”, reading and visiting a senior, or running to the market. St. John’s parishioners who are seniors and require some help can receive financial assistance for housing stability, for eye glasses and hearing aids, or for transportation to and from doctor’s appointments. Call Michael Feighan: 203-324-6584, or website: www.silversource.org.

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

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, May 2nd! No meetings March and April. Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Men’s Choir: Men who can even just hum a tune are welcome: contact David Indyk in person, or leave your contact information at the parish office, 203-324-1553, ext 21.

LAURALTON HALL: will host Discover Lauralton on Sunday, April 8 from 1:00-3:30pm for 5th, 6th, and 7th grade girls, and their parents.  Visit www.lauraltonhall.org/discover to register by March 28.  For further information, please call (203) 877-2786 ext. 115.

FORMED: Donated by a parishioner, this is a revolutionary online platform provides access to the best Catholic audio talks, movies, e-books, and video-based studies from trusted providers like the Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press, Catholic Answers, Sophia Institute Press, and St. Paul Center– right at your fingertips, without cost. Learn more at app.formed.org/ Access Code WWT2NF.

Confirmation: All parents of 7th grade students who are not enrolled in our Religious Ed program including those in Catholic Schools, please contact Fr. Vill at religioused@stjohnsstamford.com. An information meeting will take place on Sunday, April 15 at 8:45 AM in Nagle Hall.

Regina Caeli Academy Gala Dinner: “You’re invited to Regina Caeli Academy’s 4th Annual Gala Fundraiser on April 6th! Join us for an evening of dinner, dancing and auctions featuring the ever popular Nitro Jive Band (the swingiest little big band ever) as well as surprise performances from talented local priests! St Francis of Assisi Banquet Hall at 35 Norfield Rd in Weston from 6-11pm on April 6, 2018. Come support RCA and learn more about our growing community! We are a homeschool hybrid in the Catholic and classical traditions, providing the best of both homeschooling and traditional classroom-based education to children from Pre-K through high school.”

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

HOLY SATURDAY, March 31, 2018
No 4PM Mass
8:00PM Easter Vigil: People of the Parish
Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018
7:30   +Kevin Nadin req. Glenn and Lynda Nadin
10:00 +Feroze Aslam req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
12:00 +Maria Imbrogno req. Mary Longo and Family
No 5PM Mass
Monday, April 2, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +John Kane req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
8:00     Alexandra and Gertha Laurent
12:10 +Lazaro Pena req. Maria Pena
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
8:00   +Gene Tushaj req. wife Age
12:10 +Marguerite Frances Terio req. Jennie and Ann
Thursday, April 5, 2018
8:00   +Anthony Pellicci req. Family
12:10 +Jacqueline Misere and Lenet Roche req. Suzie Brice
Friday, April 6, 2018
8:00   +Esther Backman req. Leon Taricani
12:10   Souls in Purgatory req. Mary Francis and Kieran Malone
Saturday, April 7, 2018
8:00   +Franco Russo req. Anthony and Josephine Marena
12:10   Lilian and Alvina Ramos req. Barbara Smith

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 Keri, (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, Keri, 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: The St Monica Latin Reading Group meets on Tuesdays.  Please call St John’s Rectory, 203 324 1553, ext. 21, for more information.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
140 years ago, or so:
April 12, 1878: Easter Services. “In St. John’s R. C. Church, Easter day will not be overlooked, but several services will be held through the day. In all the other churches, more or less attention will be given to the subject of the Resurrection of the world’s Redeemer, and let all enter heartily into the spirit of the occasion.”

135 years ago, or so:
April 22, 1881:  “In the Roman Catholic church Easter is always a high day. The music last Sunday was specially good in the evening, at vespers. The choir was assisted on this occasion by Mr. Griswold, Mr. Parker and Mr. E. Carey. The soprano of the regular choir, Miss Annie Weed, was in splendid voice for the evening programme, and sang her solos to the evident pleasure of the vast congregation, who listened with intense delight to the music throughout. It was quite apparent that Mr. Chas. W. Smith, the accomplished organist, had taken great pains in preparing the programme and drilling the choir, for the result was very satisfactory. His own part was rendered in a masterly way, and the new organ of the church, with its beautiful variety of stops, which he knows so well how to combine, was made to speak forth in pleasing tones, as can alone be done by one familiar with the mechanical construction of the “king of instruments.” Rev. Father Walsh delivered an address in the evening on the lessons of the resurrection of Christ, as pleasing and as orthodox as one could wish to hear from any pulpit.”

80 years ago, or so:
April 18, 1938:  Churches Are Filled For Easter Services“A pleasant Easter day, at least in the morning and early afternoon when a golden sunshine and warm temperatures counted most for the thousands of churchgoers and those who joined the annual style parade, greeted, yesterday, the Christian world’s Feast of the Resurrection. Although the weather throughout the day was changeable, finally threatening rain towards its close, the Easter dawn, which found hundreds up for the sunrise services, broke under clear skies and mild Spring temperatures. Services in the Catholic Churches were largely attended, standing room only having been observed. New chimes rang out with the Easter music at St. John’s Catholic Church, where sermons of priests at various Masses were devoted to the “glories of the Resurrection in their practical application to everyday life.” The congregation was urged to follow the lessons taught by Christ, who came to bring peace on earth.”

60 years ago, or so:
April 3, 1958:  Churches Plan Easter Music.   “St. John’s Catholic: Easter vigil Mass, 7:30 p.m., to be followed by the first Easter Mass. Music at 11 a.m. by the senior choir and the boys’ choir. “Missa Stella Matutina,” by the adults and Easter hymns and Alleluias by the boys. The girls’ choir will sing at 9.”