For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday June 03, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: It makes you want to stay Catholic”, an elderly lady said out loud for everyone to hear, during a parish pilgrimage to our Basilica from  Virginia.  She spoke in reference to the reality of Jesus present in His Catholic Church—Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Most Blessed Sacrament, the Eucharist. And she knew this to be true, not because a priest told her so, but because she had read it in the Gospel of Saint John the Evangelist, in the sixth chapter.

Have you ever read the sixth chapter of Saint John’s Gospel?  The chapter opens with Our Lord feeding five thousand people by multiplying five loaves of bread and two fish.  Following the miracle, Our Lord took his apostles and fled to the mountains, because he knew the people would otherwise have forced him to be king of Israel. No one understood His real purpose and work: to save humankind from Adam’s sin and from Death, and to reconcile all with the Father. The Apostles are next seen in a boat on Lake Tiberias when Jesus walks on the water, and they are frightened, thinking he is a ghost. “It is I, do not be afraid,” Jesus told them.  Finally, by verse 22, Our Lord begins his discourse on the Eucharist.  The crowd he’d fed the previous day found him, and wanted more free food!  Jesus began by teaching them not to work for food that will perish, but for that which will give eternal life.  When they asked where they might find such food, he responded, “I am the bread of life”, and “I am the living bread from heaven. If anyone eat of this bread he shall live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” Our Lord repeated this eleven times in one chapter, affirming over and over again, “My flesh is real food and my blood real drink.”  What did he mean?  Maybe he meant what he said.  But, for those who had tracked Jesus down looking for more food, their response to His words was to abandon Him, saying,   “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”  If Our Lord were simply using a metaphor, don’t you think he would have run after those people to clarify that He was only speaking symbolically?  But He didn’t run after them. He let them go.  In fact, He turned on his apostles to ask them “Do you also wish to go away?”, seeing that they too found his teaching about the Eucharist  hard to believe.  He did mean what He said: “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has life everlasting and I will raise him up on the last day.  For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, abides in me and I in him.” He meant precisely what he said, and the Church understood that immediately.

In the catacombs of Rome, and in much literature of the first three centuries, the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist is clearly presented: in pictures of bread and fish. The early Church developed a simple undercover sign for Jesus: the fish. Since each letter of the word FISH in Greek [IXTHUS] is the first letter of a statement of faith about Jesus: “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.” You might see this acronym today on bumper stickers—a fish with the name of Jesus.

When it was presented alongside loaves of bread in the frescoes of the catacombs, it represented the Eucharist: the outward appearance is bread, but the inner reality is THE FISH—Jesus Christ, Son of God and Savior. At Mass, through the invocation of the Holy Spirit, the bread and wine are transformed into the actual resurrected Body and Blood of Christ. No mere symbol, but a deeper reality.

The Church commemorates this reality this weekend in the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.  We, as part of the Church founded by Christ, will make a public profession of our faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist during our outdoor procession following the noon Mass on Sunday, June 18th.  We will stop traffic, and bring Christ through Stamford’s Downtown, in order to expose everyone to the generosity of God in the gift of Christ in the Eucharist.  There is nothing in life that should terrify or threaten us, for there is no place where Christ does not belong—even in downtown Stamford!  As Jesus said to his apostles when they thought he was a ghost, “It is I, do not be afraid.” We too, should take heart despite the discouragements or fears in life, for Christ is really and truly present in the Eucharist—body and blood, soul and divinity—He humbles himself daily to feed us with his very self, so we can grow more like Him in our daily lives, even to eternity.  Jesus meant what He said; the Church means what she professes, for that faith and that reality will lead to eternity.

—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, 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, 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: John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, 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.

Banns of Marriage:
II Banns: Mark Richard Kremheller and Kimberly Brooke Czarnecki

III  Banns: Bruno Guimaraes Lopes Coelho and Ashley Christina Fumai

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.

Catholic School Teaching Positions Available- Regina Pacis Academy, an independent K-8 Catholic classical school in Norwalk, Connecticut, is seeking qualified full-time and part-time teachers for the upcoming 2018/2019 school year!  Regina Pacis is one of a growing number of Catholic classical schools in the country, that stands on the two pillars of a classical curriculum taught in an authentically Catholic educational setting.  Our teachers and staff are all practicing Catholics, faithful to the Church’s teachings, who are committed to pursuing our goal of academic excellence for all our students in an unabashedly Catholic environment.  Current part and full time vacancies available. If you are interested, please contact Kim Quatela, Principal, at k.quatela.rpa@optimum.net or 347-840-1553.  For more information about our school, please visit www.reginapacisacademy.org

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

June 13, July 13, August 13, September 13, & October 13: 7:00pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima.

Sunday, June 3rd, Corpus Christi: Following the 12 noon Mass, A Procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Stamford and a cookout to follow.  [Weather permitting-if raining, the procession will be inside the Basilica and no cookout]. Everyone is welcome.

Saturday, June 23 : 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 and a panel of medical experts. The 4PM Vigil Mass will be offered by Bishop Caggiano. Register at http://stjohnsstamford.com/making-room-for-gods-love-humanae-vitae-at-50

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         May 27, 2018              $  15,718.23
Sunday         May 28, 2017              $  12,593.38

  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 10th Sunday Readings:  GN 3:9-15, 2 COR 4:13-5:1, MK 3:20-35

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 confirming your mass attendance by your use of weekly envelopes.

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 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.

First Friday Adoration– Join St. Catherine of Sienna in Riverside for First Friday Holy Hour after the 5:15 mass.  Holy Hour and Benediction will take place every first Friday of the month. All are welcome!

EWTN Radio is coming to our diocese! Visit www.veritascatholic.com  to learn more and to support this apostolate dedicated to bringing faithful, entertaining Catholic programming to our community.

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.

Redemptoris Mater  Diocesan Missionary Seminary Open House– Come and meet the seminarians on Saturday, June 30, 2018  and Sunday, July 1, 2018 from 10:00AM– 6:00PM at 21 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902. Enjoy a moment of communion with songs and food! Tours through the seminary will begin every 20 Minutes and all are invited to enjoy a delicious barbecue afterwards!  Please call to reserve your spot at 203-588-1785 or seminary@rmbridgeport.org.

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.

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/eaglet.

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

Catholic Adventures: Join Catholic young adults in their 20s and 30s for adventurous activities throughout the year. Connect with us on Facebook (Catholic Adventures) or email us at CatholicAdventuresStamford@gamil.com for more information.

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, June 27th  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.

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.                                                                                         

P2P On WheelsPerson-to-Person recently launched a Mobile Food Pantry that is serving Stamford’s food insecure where they live and we need volunteers to help with registration and client shopping on the truck and sorting food donations in the warehouse. Shifts are 2 hours. If you are interested in signing up for a regular shift please visit http://p2phelps.org/p2p-on-wheels/ to find the job that’s right for you and sign up with Rick Nixon. Thank you!

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, June 2, 2018
4:00   +Donald Turkington req. Maude Hughes and Family
Sunday, June 3, 2018
7:30   +Katherine Ann and Patrick McCann req. Family
10:00   Priests of the Parish req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:00   Deceased Family Members of Vincent & Theresa Kung
5:00     Needs of Parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, June 4, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Paul Windels req. Ursula Hennessey
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
8:00     Souls in Purgatory req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10 +Marsha Dionne-Guerin req. Mr. and Mrs. Nestor Azziz
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +JoAnn Powers req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Thursday, June 7, 2018
8:00     Souls in Purgatory req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10 +Marie Collette Curran req. Mark and Deborah Dalton
Friday, June 8, 2018
8:00     Monsignor DiGiovanni req. Millie Terenzio
12:10   Special Intention Monsignor Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. Ferry G.
Saturday, June 9, 2018
8:00   +Livia Guidastri req. Rosemary Rebula
12:10 +Leza Paluca req. Lusha Gashi

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:

110 years ago, or so:
June 8, 1908: Catholic Church. “There will be a triduum conducted this week by Father Dominic of the Franciscan order, commencing Thursday. Rev. Eugene L. Sullivan has returned from a week’s visit in Occum, where he was the guest of Rev. Bernard L. Donnelly. Rev. Fathers O’Brien and Rizzo are attending the annual retreat of the clergy of the diocese at Keyser Island, off Norwalk, this week.”

100 years ago, or so:
June 3, 1918:   “A reception for the new members of the Children of Mary sodality was held in St. John’s Catholic Church last evening. There was a celebration of solemn vespers at which Rev. Henry Callahan was celebrant, Rev. John Kelly, deacon, and Rev. Paul Keating, sub-deacon. Then came the reception and immediately following was the crowning of the statue of the Blessed Virgin. Rev. Robert J. Bowen of New Haven preached the sermon, on “Mary, the Mother of God.” Nearly every member of the sodality was present at the reception. Miss Loretta Burke is its president.”

70 years ago, or so:
June 3, 1948: One Hundred Years. “Stamford’s historians will associate always with the story of St. John’s Catholic parish the fact that it pioneered in the establishment of Catholicism in this community. Therefore, the centennial which was so colorfully celebrated in age-old liturgy of the Mass before the ranking prelate of the Hartford diocese on last Sunday, carried the significance not only of a parish church 100 years old, but of a great religious force which has shown constant growth in this community. The Catholic Transcript observed: “It is as incredible as the growth of the mustard tree that the present flourishing state of Catholicity in Stamford, with five churches inside the city in addition to the Mother Church of St. John’s, and other parishes in the Town and outside Stamford’s boundaries, which stem from the original Stamford church parish, could have arisen from so poor and feeble a beginning a little more than ten decades ago.” The Transcript observed that St. John’s parish, under Father Coleman, “has gone ahead, not with the rapidity of its seedling days, but steadily and strongly.” His assignment was followed by further responsibility of magnitude when he was made over-all director, one might say, for the establishment of St. Joseph’s Hospital. Outstanding priests of the diocese served at St. John’s. One of these, the Rev. James C. O’Brien, was pastor for 28 years and under his administration the church paid off its building debt. Father O’Brien’s name will be added to leaders of the community whose memories are to be honored in monuments to be erected on property of the proposed new Presbyterian Church of Bedford Street. Thus a Protestant institution will honor an outstanding Catholic Churchman. We are sure all Protestants, Catholics and Jews join with St. John’s parishioners for the joy of this event.”