For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday April 8, 2018

Pastor’s Corner(Taken from Monsignor’s 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:  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
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Banns of Marriage: I Banns: Michael Joseph Altamura and Elizabeth Anne Myers

One Collection. . .There will only be one collection today.  Thank you for your generosity.

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.

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.

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 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!

A Day with Mary– A Free Marian Eucharistic Day Retreat with the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. Saturday, April 28th from 8:45AM– 3:00PM at St. Theresa Church, 5301 Main St. Trumbull, CT. Go to www.daywithmarywest.org for more information.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         March 25, 2018         $  17,772.54
Sunday         March 26, 2017         $  13,549.90

Sunday         April 1, 2018                $  20,890.00
Sunday         April 2, 2019                $  19,114.62

  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 15th Sunday Readings:  Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 , 1 JN 2:1-5a , Lk 24: 35-48 (47)

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.

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.

Trinity Catholic Legacy Gala–  The gala will be held Friday, April 27th at 6:30PM at the Waters Edge at Giovanni’s. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT BETSY MERCEDE AT 203.487.8243

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased
Saturday, April 7, 2018
4:00   +Christopher Sabia req. Kevin and Valerie Collins
Sunday, April 8, 2018
7:30   +Doug Campbell req. Kate and Bill Skidd & Family
10:00   In Honor of Our Lord’s Mercy req. Josephine Languedoc
12:00 +Paul Hughes
5:00   + Robert Reed
Monday, April 9, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Fernand Constant req. Geralda Constant-Berrouet
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
8:00   +Tin Nguyen req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 +Tom Camaj req. niece Age
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Paul Hartman Kerin req. Martha Pugliese
Thursday, April 12, 2018
8:00     Healing of Msgr. DiGiovanni
12:10   Marion Morris God’s Blessing req. Bill, Richard, Jimmy & Michelle Sagdati and Grandchildren
Friday, April 13, 2018
8:00     Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
12:10   Deceased members of Rose Salvatore and Family req. Legion of Mary
Saturday, April 14, 2018
8:00   +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 + Marguerite Frances Terio req. Jennie and Ann

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:

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 house 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.”

105 years ago, or so:
            April 14, 1913: DR. RYLE’S TALKS ON FIRST AID.  “There was an important meeting of St. John’s Holy Name Society, last evening, in the lower chapel of St. John’s Catholic Church. The business meeting was followed by a short talk by Dr. John J. Ryle, on “First Aid to the Injured,” and by Benediction. At the business meeting, an invitation to participate in the parade tomorrow evening was received, and the meeting declined it, but decided, instead, to contribute $50 to the relief fund. This will be sent through the usual ecclesiastical channels. Rev. Nicholas P. Coleman, the pastor, announced that five committees have been appointed to have charge of five districts of the town of Stamford, and to act as the sick-visiting committee for the district in which they live. They are also asked to report all cases of sickness among members to the president of the society, and other members are requested to report sick members to the committees. The meeting was presided over by President Thomas F. Keegan, who gave the report of the committee who worked upon the Children’s Home matter. The Catholic Church’s side of this proposition is now being looked after by Bishop Nilan of the Hartford Diocese.”

100 years ago, or so:
            April 11, 1914:   “The pastor and congregation of St. John’s Catholic Church are to be congratulated upon the improved appearance of their church edifice since the completion of the decorative and lighting work that has been done this spring. All of it is in excellent taste. The lighting, especially, is worthy of more than passing notice. The problem of lighting such an edifice without marring its appearance, and to have the lights so placed as to be most effective, is one to solve which requires considerable skill. This has been shown here. All of the nave is well lighted, and the chancel, with its beautiful arch, and stately altars, has all the brightness which belongs to it, without making lights unnecessarily conspicuous. Those who had been accustomed to the gloom of the church before the new lights were installed, must have been delighted with the contrast afforded on Palm Sunday, when it was reopened. There is at least one other church in Stamford which needs a modern lighting scheme as much as did the church of which Father O’Brien is pastor, and perhaps the Catholics have been of service to the other St. John’s by giving an object-lesson in church lighting.”