Eaglet: May, the Month of Mary

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The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist

The Mother Church of Stamford • 279 Atlantic Street, Stamford, Connecticut 06901 • Phone: (203) 324-1553 • Fax: (203) 359-2660 • Email: stjc@optonline.net


"Mary brings to our relationship with God a touch of gentleness. In Mary we sense God’s tender goodness."

May, the Month of Mary

By Dr. Thomas H. Hicks
[First published in THE EAGLE, May 2012]

May is Mary’s month, and I
Muse at that and wonder why;
Her feasts follow reason,
Dated due to season . . .
This ecstasy all through mother-ing earth
Tells Mary her mirth till Christ’s birth
To remember and exultation
In God who was her salvation.

– Gerard Manley Hopkins, “The May Magnificat”

Gerard Manley Hopkins sees the growth and gaiety of Spring as reminding Mary of her ecstasy between the time of the conception and birth of Christ. The joy all through the earth reminds Mary, now in Heaven, of her joy during the months before Christ’s birth. Mary smiles on May.

I attended Catholic elementary school. December 8th arrived a couple of weeks before Christmas with a day off from school, the Feast of the Im­maculate Conception. Our gratitude to Mary was large, never mind that none of us had a clue what the feast day was about. We got out of school for a whole day and Mary had something to do with it. I got to go downtown with my mother to do Christmas shopping. A highlight of the day was lunch at a restaurant.

I learned from my mother to love “Our Lady.” My mother told me Mary would help me, guide me through the sorrows of this life. Mary, the woman who was “overshadowed by the Holy Spirit,” and who “pondered all these things in her heart”; the woman who spoke her great Fiat. I’m impressed that Mary didn’t play the “Lord, I am not worthy” card (cf. Luke 1:33).

Mary brings to our relationship with God a touch of gentleness. In Mary we sense God’s tender goodness.

I prefer to think of Mary without pious embellishments and myth making. A preeminent im­age I have of Mary is given by the writer Par Lagergev­ich in his novel, Barabbas. He gives a description of Mary in her most characteristic moment, standing beneath the Cross of Christ. Lagergevich writes that Mary looked like a peasant woman and from beneath her head dress there hung some sweat soaked strands of gray hair. She kept wiping the back of her hand across her mouth and running nose, in a desperate effort to hold back the tears.

Put off by the sugary and ex­aggerated representations of her time, Thérèse of Lisieux once said, “All the sermons I have heard on Mary have left me unmoved.”

Catholic devotion to Mary is viewed with hesitation by Protestants. I am not sure about the theological under­pinnings of Mariology, and I suspect I’ll never investigate them. How­ever, I do feel we can­not praise God rightly if we leave Mary out of account. I do believe we live in her protection.

Teresa of Avila said, “Whenever I have rec­ommended myself to this Sovereign Virgin I have been conscious of her aid.”

Thérèse of Lisieux put it in her simple and childlike way:

“When we address ourselves to other Saints, they make us wait awhile. We feel that they have to go and present the request to God. But when we ask a grace from the Blessed Virgin, we receive immediate help. Have you not experienced this? Well, try it and you will see.”

The Liturgy of the Hours contains a lovely hymn for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception:

Bend from your throne at the voice of our crying.
Bend to this earth which your footsteps have trod.
Stretch out your arms to us, living and dying,
Mary Immaculate, Mother of God.

The Litany of Loretto is scarcely heard anymore. Yet those melodious titles rolling out one after another remain in my memory. “Refuge of Sinners,” “Help of Christians,” “Consoler of the Afflicted,” “Mater Dolorosa.”

It seems there has been a di­minishment of devotion to Mary. Her portrait was one of the most familiar in the average Catholic home. Mary doesn’t seem to have as much place in contem­porary patterns of faith.

However, a Marian ele­ment is a blessing in our Christian lives. Mary is a metaphor for God’s ten­derness; she is a symbol of the reassurance of troubled humans.

Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria – the old cry for our Mother.

Dr. Thomas H. Hicks, a member of St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull, and Professor Emeritus of Theology and Psychology at Sacred Heart University.

Bulletin for Sunday April 29, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday April 29, 2018

Parochial Vicar’s Column:

Springtime is Sacrament Time!

This week was a great one for the parish of Saint John the Evangelist! On Tuesday evening, Bishop Neil Tiedemann, an auxiliary of the Brooklyn Diocese, celebrated the Mass of Confirmation for thirty-six young people from the Basilica parish and the parish of St. Mary in Greenwich. On Saturday, I celebrated Mass for the forty-five students who received their First Communion.

In the Rite of Baptism, we hear in the blessing over the father of the newly baptized child that “he and his wife will be the first teachers of their child in the ways of the Faith, may they also be the best of teachers…” The primary place of learning the Catholic Faith is in the domestic Church that is family life. The Church, in her wisdom, provides a support to families in their job of catechizing their children by providing parish religious education. This work is meant to supplement the experience of the weekly Eucharist and the instruction in the Faith which is taking place at home.

It takes many people to ensure that we can provide a quality religious education program to all of our families in the parish. I want to thank our many catechists who each week pass on the Faith which they have received to our young people. They do tremendous work and offer a great gift of their time and efforts to the parish. In particular I want to thank Anne Marie Carpanzano who serves as the Assistant Director of our Religious Education program. Without her support and institutional memory of the parish and our program, I can literally say that I would be lost! I also want to thank our catechists, Maria Marchetti, Maria Boursiquot, , Jeannine Steward, Michelle Sherry, Sue Kremheller, John and Jennifer Marciano, John Pendergast Sr., and the dedicated sisters of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary who instruct our children every Sunday. I continue to be indebted to Doug and Trish DePhillips who, for many years now, have taught and coordinated our Confirmation program. In addition to our regular catechists, we have many who substitute throughout the year who deserve my gratitude as well.

Our parish secretary Keri Landeche has been a great support with registration for our Religious Education program. Andrew Mbabaali continues to provide excellent direction during the parish liturgies, especially having served as the Master of Ceremonies for the Confirmation Mass with Bishop Tiedemann. Our sacristans and custodians Marion Morris, Dominic Piria, and Tony Colon keep the church and sanctuary always prepared for the beautiful liturgies we have throughout the entire year. David Indyk, in his leadership of our parish choirs, has worked tirelessly to provide the lovely music at many of our Masses and other nights of prayer. Janet Lancaster, along with her family and other volunteers, for many years now has worked generously behind the scenes to set up refreshments for our receptions and family nights of Catechesis.

While this year’s “Sacramental season” has come to an end, it doesn’t mean that the work of the domestic Church has as well. In season and out of season, families should be attending weekly Mass together, praying before meals and at bedtime and teaching their children the ways of the Faith. May God bless you all as you endeavor to faithfully carry out Christ’s mission to make disciples of all nations (cfr. Matthew 28:19)!

-Fr. Andy Vill

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: 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
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Banns of Marriage: I Banns: Ryan John Durkin Jr. and Trisha Cristine Ulloa 

Catholic Home Missions Collection . . . Please drop your Catholic Home Missions Appeal envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.  There will only be one collection today.

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 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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

Wednesday, May 16 at 7pm – 9pm: Save the date! Wednesday, May 16 at 7pm – 9pm Talk & Book Signing by Jennifer Fulwiler in our parish hall. Bring your book “One Beautiful Dream” or buy your book at the talk. For tickets, https://onebeautifuldream.ticketleap.com. Questions, contact Lisa Kotasek at lisakotasek@gmail.com.

Thursday, May 3rd at 7PM: Parent information meeting for Cardinal Kung Academy, a proposed Catholic classical high school located in Stamford, targeted to open in September 2018 with ninth and tenth grades, to be held at St. Bridget of Ireland Church parish hall at 278 Strawberry Hill Ave. in Stamford.  For more information, contact (203) 918-0992 or cardinalkungacademy@gmail.com

Weekly Sunday collection: 

Sunday         April 22, 2018                         $  11,539.79
Sunday         April 23, 2017                         $  13,475.49

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

May 6th Sunday Readings:  ACTS 9:26-31, 1JN 3:18-24, JN 15:1-8

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.

Faith on Tap: Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us Tuesday, May 15th 7:00-9:00PM at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St. “Stump the Priests”, with your questions on the Catholic Faith & Church.  Bring a friend or two!

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!

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).

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.

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.

Summer Program at Sacred Heart- Space is available for the 2018 SHU Journey, an extraordinary six-day residential summer experience of faith education, self-discovery, and enjoyment for high school youth held each summer at Sacred Heart University. The week includes workshops, games, conversations with Catholic leaders, and a chance to experience university living – all at no cost. To register, visit www.sacredheart.edu/shujourney.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, April 28, 2018
4:00   + Bernard Daruz req. Legion of Mary
Sunday, April 29, 2018
7:30   +Mrs. Christian Parham req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00 +Maureen Flanders req. Marion Morris & Family
12:00 +James and Ismalia Machado req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
5:00   +Hope McAleer
Monday, April 30, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Maureen Naccarato req. Cynthia Psencik
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
8:00     Alexandra and Gertha Laurent
12:10 +Saverio Feraro req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
8:00     Members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians
12:10 +Giuseppe Annetta req. Pugliese Family
Thursday, May 3, 2018
8:00   +Michael Dacres req. daughter
12:10 +Santiago and Jose Ramon Zone req. Nino Family
Friday, May 4, 2018
8:00  +Tom Camaj req. niece Age
12:10   Maria Trivino req. Maria Marulanda
Saturday, May 5, 2018
8:00   +Mark Ronan req. the Martelli family
12:10 +Mario Carpanzano req. Frank and 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 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:
May 3, 1889: Stamford’s Centennial. “This, one of the oldest towns in the State, was not behind others in a proper observance of April 30th. Mass was said at St. John’s R. C. Church, and taken altogether, the day was properly commemorated in accordance with the Governor’s proclamation. On Atlantic, Main, Broad and other streets, many flags were displayed, and on Monday large banners were flying on the top of Clark & Hoyt’s building, and the flag pole in the park and the Town Hall. The great holiday was variously observed. At 9 a.m., Tuesday, at St. John’s R. C. Church, High Mass was said by Father Keena, and a large congregation was present. A few remarks were made in regard to the observance of the day and what it was intended to commemorate.”

100 years ago, or so:
May 3, 1917: SUPPER FOR THE CAST.  “Members of the cast of “Little Johnny Jones” had a social time last evening in St. John’s Parochial School Hall. About 90 members enjoyed a chicken supper and dancing. The decorations were in green and white, the colors of St. John’s Alumni Association. Chairman Convery suggested that those not at present members of the society become at least associate members. He complimented the members of the cast upon their excellent work in the play.”

90 years ago, or so:
May 5, 1927:  “There will be  rehearsal of the Children of Mary Sodality of St. John’s R. C. Church Thursday evening at 7:30 to practice for the reception which will take place Sunday, May 22. White or light colored dresses may be worn this year so there is no excuse for girls not joining. The meeting is for all girls that now belong and all girls that are going to join the Sodality. The Sister in charge is very anxious that a large number of girls turn out at this reception.”

40 years ago, or so:
May 2, 1979:  St. John’s women join in communion breakfast.  “The combined St. John Rosary Altar Guild and St. Anne Society annual communion Mass at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church will be celebrated by the Rev. William A. Nagle, Pastor, Sunday at 9 a.m. The annual communion breakfast will follow at the Marriott Hotel with the Rev. Eugene C. Brissette, S. J., as featured speaker. Father Brissette is a graduate of LaSalle Academy, Providence, R.I. and played football as a Boston College freshman with the future 1941 Sugar Bowl Champions. At the end of his freshman year he entered the Society of Jesus where he made his novitiate and philosophic studies. He was ordained to the priesthood in June 1951 by Archbishop John J. McEleney, S.J., founder of Fairfield University and since 1956 has taught chemistry at Fairfield Preparatory School, where he is now chairman of the science department.”

 

Bulletin for Sunday April 22, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday April 22, 2018

Parochial Vicar’s Column:

I resemble that remark!

In the seminary, every student has what is called a “house job” which is essentially the chore for which one is responsible throughout the school year. In major seminary my house job was “kitchen prefect” which meant that I was in charge of keeping the student kitchen on the fifth floor stocked with freshly laundered dish towels, cleaning supplies, and dish soap for the students who would cook meals up there on various occasions. Because of this job, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen.

The director of liturgy at the North American College was a Benedictine Monk from Pennsylvania named Fr. Kurt. In addition to being the priest who taught us how to lector, serve at the altar, exercise our diaconal duties, and eventually prepare us to celebrate Mass, Fr. Kurt was an excellent cook. He used to be the head baker at his Archabbey back in Latrobe, PA. On top of that, he had German heritage and would cook German meals from time to time. We used to exchange ideas and techniques for baking and cooking and occasionally would cook together.

One particular Thursday afternoon we were in the kitchen preparing something or other and talking about a new cookie recipe that I had discovered. We had to end our conversation early in order to clean up and head to the chapel to pray Vespers. At the seminary we would pray Lauds (Morning Prayer) and Vespers (Evening Prayer) together as a community. It was beautiful to hear over two hundred and fifty male voices praying the psalms in unison. After Vespers and dinner that night I returned to my room and noticed that I had a voice message on my phone from Fr. Kurt. “Andy, please come see me in the sacristy after Mass tomorrow morning. There is something I would like to talk to you about.”

Excited to continue our previously interrupted conversation about culinary delights, I moved quickly to the sacristy to find Fr. Kurt after morning Mass had ended. “Hey, Fr. Kurt, I got your voicemail that you wanted to see me?” I inquired. “Andy, you pray too loud. Also, if you were to pray quieter, perhaps you could hear everyone else and keep pace with them. That is all.” And with a swish of his habit, he turned around and headed over to attend to one of the sacristans who had just showed up. “I pray too loud?” I repeated in my head. I was crushed. What about our shared love of baking? Where was the exchange of pleasantries about the next German dinner we would have? I left the sacristy deflated.

The reason that Fr. Kurt’s comments stung so sharply was not because he was wrong, but because what he spoke was true. I remember a saying from high school that many people love to learn, but few people like to be taught. When we hear criticisms about ourselves, it usually produces in us one of three responses.

The first response would be one of indifference or confusion. This reaction comes when a criticism is leveled against us which is totally off base. Last year I made a comment to someone about not having seen them in the gym for over six weeks. They became flustered and insisting that they have been in the gym faithfully every morning before I jokingly told them that I hadn’t seen them at the gym in so long because I hadn’t been in six weeks!

The second reaction that we can have towards a critique is to have a hardness of heart. St. Stephen had some strong words for the people of Israel when he said to them, [y]ou stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you (Acts 7:51). The words he spoke were true and should have led them to conversions, but the people’s response was to [cry] out with a loud voice and [stop] their ears and [rush] together upon him (Acts 7:57). Despite his words being true, they were unable to accept so they stoned him to death.

The third reaction that we can have is one of humble docility. When we receive the words of correction or even criticism we allow the Lord to change us because of it. This can be all the more difficult if the words are spoken against us in condemnation or in malice, but the truth of the words stand independent of their messenger. If we can say to ourselves honestly, “I resemble that remark”, let us not then harden our hearts with the disposition which says, “I resent that remark.” May we allow the Lord to work in our hearts through our humility and not allow our pride to keep us from being purified and from being made perfect in Him. Fr. Kurt was the director of liturgy and it was in fact his place to correct seminarians when it came to common prayer or the liturgies of the Church. I can’t say that I no longer “pray loudly”, but I am much more attentive to how I pray in common. When I hear a criticism today I don’t always respond to it perfectly. But, with God’s grace, I’m getting there!

-Fr. Andy Vill

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: III 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.

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

Wednesday, May 16 at 7pm – 9pm: Save the date! Wednesday, May 16 at 7pm – 9pm Talk & Book Signing by Jennifer Fulwiler in our parish hall. Bring your book “One Beautiful Dream” or buy your book at the talk. For tickets, https://onebeautifuldream.ticketleap.com. Questions, contact Lisa Kotasek at lisakotasek@gmail.com.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         April 15, 2018                         $  11,429.78
Sunday         April 17, 2016                         $  12,523.89

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 29th Sunday Readings:  Acts 9:26-31, 1 JN 3:18-24, JN 15:1-8

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.

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.

TAG SALE: A Tag Sale, sponsored by the Rosary Society of St. Mary Church will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 9:00AM to 3:00PM at St. Mary Church, Hayes Hall (Lower Church), 566 Elm St., Stamford, CT. Lunch will be available.

Faith on Tap: Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us Tuesday, May 15th 7:00-9:00PM at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St.“Stump the Priests”, with your questions on the Catholic Faith & Church.  Bring a friend or two!

Lauralton Hall Honor Roll: St. John’s Parish would  like to congratulate Biyeni Eusebio who was named to the third quarter Honor Roll at the Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall.

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.

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.

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

Trinity Catholic High School College Fair-Trinity Catholic High School is hosting their Annual Spring College Fair on Thursday, April 26th from 6:30-8:30PM in the school gymnasium.

Summer Program at Sacred Heart- Space is available for the 2018 SHU Journey, an extraordinary six-day residential summer experience of faith education, self-discovery, and enjoyment for high school youth held each summer at Sacred Heart University. The week includes workshops, games, conversations with Catholic leaders, and a chance to experience university living – all at no cost. To register, visit www.sacredheart.edu/shujourney.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, April 21, 2018
4:00     Special Intentions Millie Terenzio Birthday req. Family
Sunday, April 22, 2018
7:30     In thanksgiving for all our blessings
10:00 +Margaret Rutledge req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
12:00   Special Intentions Marion Morris req. Jo Mitchell
5:00   +Hope McAleer
Monday, April 23, 2018
8:00     Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
12:10 +Aimee Cowan req. Kate and Bill Skidd & Family
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
8:00   +Sandra Bolanowski 3rd Anniversary req. Lawrence Bolanowski
12:10 +John Richards req. John Pascale
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
8:00   +Peter J. Adamski req. Peter and John Adamski
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk families
Thursday, April 26, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10  Healing for Msgr. DiGiovanni
Friday, April 27, 2018
8:00   +Minh Hai Do req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 +Maureen Flanders req. Emily Florio
Saturday, April 28, 2018
8:00     Aliana S. Kravar Birthday req. Fabiola C.
12:10 +Steven Anderson req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos

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:

150 years ago, or so:
April 22, 1870:  “The old house standing on the lot purchased by the Roman Catholic society, is being taken down. This we suppose is the first step towards the great work of building the new church.”

130 years ago, or so:
April 26, 1889:  “In St. John’s R. C. Church there were three Masses Sunday, at all of which the attendance was very large, also at Vespers. Sunday night, Father Downey, of Bridgeport, preached a very eloquent sermon which was listened to with great attention by a crowded audience. His subject was the resurrection. Father Downey was formerly of Stamford.”

110 years ago, or so:
April 23, 1906: CHURCHES HELP.  “In most of the churches of Stamford, yesterday, not only were collections taken for the sufferers in the San Francisco disaster, but the calamity was the theme of at least a dozen sermons. Next Sunday a special offering will be taken up in St. John’s R. C. Church for San Francisco. In announcing this yesterday, the pastor, Rev. James C. O’Brien, read the message which had been sent to Catholic Bishops by the Archbishop of San Francisco and then spoke briefly on the calamity, urging all to give liberally next Sunday.”

100 years ago, or so:
April 24, 1920:  BOY SCOUTS FAVORED BY CATHOLIC CHURCH.  “Stamford has three exceptionally fine Boy Scout troops, organized in the two Catholic Churches. Troop 11, in St. John’s Catholic Church with Rev. John Kelly, and James H. Giblin and James O’Meara in charge, has a membership of over fifty boys. Scouting is being brought to thousands of Catholic boys throughout the country, and the aim of the National Catholic War Council, in co-operation with the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, is to increase the number of troops in Catholic churches to at least 1,000 within a year. There are now approximately 300 Catholic troops, the achievement of six years.”

80 years ago, or so:
April 24, 1920:  “Rev. N. P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church, announced today that a class of 350 will be confirmed next Tuesday. The Sacrament was last administered about four years ago. Children who will be confirmed are rehearsing every afternoon this week.”

10 years ago, or so:
April 26, 2008:  “Charis Chamber Voices present “Love Language: the Song of Songs” featuring settings by classical and modern composers of the Old Testament poem Song of Songs at 8 p.m., May 3rd, at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 279 Atlantic Street.”

Bulletin for Sunday April 15, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday April 15, 2018

Parochial Vicar’s Column:
My, What Lovely Hats!       

Being the middle of five children, I am not unsympathetic to the constant battle to get the family to church on time each Sunday. “Time to get up!” Dad would holler up the stairs at 7:00am as he attempted to rally the family to make it to the 8am Mass. We lived only seven minutes from our parish. “We’re up!” One of the three boys would lie in order to sleep a little longer. “Let’s get going!” Dad would say with a raised voice around 7:30am as he poked his head into our room in order to instill the fear of God in us as we began our Sabbath Day. By around 7:50am we would be on the road still sleepy and traveling with reverent haste trying to get my younger brother Chris into the sacristy before the procession began so that he could serve Mass. On a particular Sunday morning, arriving at the church at 7:57am and everyone stumbling out of the car, my mom cried out, “Christopher!” looking at him in disbelief. “What?” he responded disinterestedly. “Look at your shoes!” She exclaimed pointed towards his feet. Christopher was wearing two different shoes; one black and the other, chestnut brown.
My brother never saw the problem with dressing as he did thinking that function was the only important aspect of fashion. He would grab whatever clothes and shoes he could find at the last minute before leaving the house. More and more nowadays I see people dressing as they please in every setting, whether at the airport, in the university classroom, at restaurants, or even in church. Flying used to be an event that people would dress up for and some still do, but often when I fly I see people dressed essentially in pajamas to travel. I am no slight man so I also understand how uncomfortable air travel can be, but it sometimes seems as though people forget that they are in public.
I read an article recently that talked about the importance of dressing up when going out to eat at a restaurant. The article explained that a restaurant is not only trying to give you food, any vending machine could do that, but trying to give you an experience. Most people would balk at an upscale Italian restaurant which allowed their servers to walk around in ironic tees, shorts, and flip-flops to wait tables. We expect certain decorum from those who serve us. In a similar way, when we go out for a nice meal, we don’t dress down and say, “Hey, I’m the one who’s paying right? I’ll wear what I want,” but rather we dress up in order to enter into the experience of the meal. The seriousness of the occasion dictates the type of outfit that we should wear.
When it comes to Sunday Mass I think that we should consider it in a similar way. What we wear helps us to enter into the experience of the Eucharistic Sacrifice. What does it say about the experience I expect to have if I roll out of bed and arrive to Mass dressed in my pajamas? What would you think of the commitment and preparation of the priest if he were to show up with his hair uncombed and his shirt wrinkled and untucked? When we go to Mass and find it boring or bothersome, we need to ask ourselves what we have done to prepare ourselves for the experience. If we arrive to Mass and expect to receive without participation we are left disappointed. When we prepare ourselves well and arrive early to pray, it is much easier to “get something out of Mass.”
When we consider what we should wear, the phrase, “dress for the job you want, not for the one you have,” comes to mind. There is a little boy who sits towards the front of the church with his family who dresses in a superhero cape. That is someone who know what he wants! We dress up both because of what we expect and because of what is expected of us. The Mass is where people who believe come together to worship God. If that is not worth getting dressed up for, what is? When we hear the phrase “Sunday best” does it bring to mind a nice outfit or our most comfortable sweatshirt? The idea of “dressing up for Jesus” isn’t a silly idea. When we see nice outfits, we don’t ask ourselves why someone would be wearing uncomfortable clothes, but rather we wonder as to what occasion they are dressing up for. On Easter Sunday a family with four girls all showed up with lovely Easter hats on. “My, what lovely hats!” I thought. The effort to pick out these hats and get dressed up indicated that these girls were dressed up for something special. When we come to Mass, we are dressing up for nothing less than encountering the Risen Christ present in the Eucharist!
Don’t get me wrong, no one is going to be turned away because of the clothes that they are wearing (though actually wearing clothes is a requirement!). Nor do I criticize the families trying to get a gaggle of children into the family van each Sunday morning. But the experience of Mass is enhanced by the preparation we put into it. When we spend the time to be intentional as to what we wear, we remind ourselves before we begin as to the reality into which we are entering. So go ahead and lay out your Sunday best on Saturday night; Men, pick out a nice tie. Ladies, find a nice Easter hat. And for goodness sake, make sure that the shoes that you wear match!

-Fr. Andy Vill

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: II Banns: Michael Joseph Altamura and Elizabeth Anne Myers

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

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 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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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/

Wednesday, May 16 at 7pm – 9pm :Talk & Book Signing by Jennifer Fulwiler in our parish hall. Bring your book “One Beautiful Dream” or buy your book at the talk. For tickets, email lisakotasek@gmail.com.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         April 8, 2018               $  14,042.25
Sunday         April 9, 2017               $  14,849.26

  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 22nd Sunday Readings:  ACTS 4:8-12, 1 JN 3:1-2, JN 10:11-18

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

Faith on Tap: 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.

“The Fr. Myron V. Columbiettes” are sponsoring their annual bus trip to the Mohegan Sun on April 17th 2018. The cost is $37 per person and includes $15 meal voucher, two $10 Big Wheel vouchers, and coach bus with rest rooms and complimentary coffee and driver gratuity. Depart at the Greek Church at 9AM sharp and return departure at 4PM. For reservations and information contact Carol at 203-322-3354.

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.

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.

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

Trinity Catholic High School College Fair-Trinity Catholic High School is hosting their Annual Spring College Fair on Thursday, April 26th from 6:30-8:30PM in the school gymnasium.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, April 14, 2018
4:00      Stephen and Dianne Talbot req. Barbara Smith
Sunday, April 15, 2018
7:30   +Josephine and Karl Berger req. Family
10:00 +Bill Cody Birthday req. Cody Family
12:00 +Dr. Vincent and Theresa Kung req. family
5:00   +Hope McAleer
Monday, April 16, 2018
8:00     Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Carol Sargent req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
8:00   +Elizabeth Goodchild req. Linda Bastoni
12:10 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
8:00   +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Estine Brice-Marie Duvellus, Merone Morice-Davinelle Raymond req. Verna Brice
Thursday, April 19, 2018
8:00     Special Intentions Paul Lenhart req. Family
12:10 +Joseph Marrucco req. Marie Pinto and Family
Friday, April 20, 2018
8:00   +Oscar Contreras req. Fabiola C.
12:10 +Carmela Florio req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
Saturday, April 21, 2018
8:00   +Daniel Lightbody req. Joan Fitzgerald
12:10   Jane Gannon req. Sharon Gannon

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:
April 16, 1909:  “The largest attendance of the week was at the bazaar in the hall of St. John’s parochial school, last night. The entertainment was given by St. Anne’s Ladies’ Aid Society, and was very attractive. Ten little girls took part in a Virginia reel, doing the dance in an exceedingly cute manner. Miss May McDonnell played piano selections and John Convery and J. C. Heyward sang. Then there was a sketch entitled “The New Waiter,” and this provided a great deal of amusement. This evening the entertainment will be given by the third order of St. Francis and promises to be very good. Tomorrow evening the C.W.B.L. will give their euchre which was postponed from Wednesday evening.”

100 years ago, or so:
April 16, 1914:  “The members of St. Augustine Council, Knights of Columbus, will receive Holy Communion, Sunday, at 7:25 a.m., in St. John’s Catholic Church. The members will meet in the new club-rooms on Main Street, in the Gurly Building, at 7 a.m., and be prepared to march in a body at 7:15 from the hall. Each member will wear a white carnation.”

95 years ago, or so:
April 16, 1923: MEN’S MISSION AT ST. JOHN’S CHURCH.  “The mission for women held all last week by the Jesuit Fathers at St. John’s R. C. Church, closed yesterday afternoon with an unusually large congregation of women and girls.  All the afternoon services during the mission were marked by large attendances. It was estimated that between 1,400 and 1,500 attended the afternoon services each day, with a corresponding number in attendance in the mornings. Upwards of 9,000 women received communion during the week. The children’s mission ended Saturday afternoon. The men’s mission began last night at the 7:30 service. The instructional class for non-Catholic men and women will be continued through this week, meeting in the vestry as usual at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Thomas Emmett in charge. The class now numbers 25. The men’s mission will be held during the mornings at 5, 7 and 9, and in the evenings at 7:30. They will take practically the same course as the women’s mission, with instruction, rosary and sermons.”

80 years ago, or so:
April 22, 1935: “The committee on the formation of a softball league within the membership of St. John’s Holy Name Society will meet in the lower church, Wednesday night, at 8. At that time, the several Holy Name Societies in Stamford are expected to send representatives to discuss the formation of a city-wide Holy Name softball league. Members of St. John’s Committee are Leo White, chairman; Leo Gallagher, John P. Reilly and Fergus McOaker. On Thursday night members of the bowling league of St. John’s Holy Name Society will hold their first annual bowling banquet.”

 

Bulletin for Sunday April 8, 2018

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.”

 

Bulletin for Sunday April 1, 2018

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.”

Eaglet: Easter and the Empty Places

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The Mother Church of Stamford • 279 Atlantic Street, Stamford, Connecticut 06901 • Phone: (203) 324-1553 • Fax: (203) 359-2660 • Email: stjc@optonline.net


"At Easter, memories are aroused in me and fill my heart with distant music and with loved ones who have died. 'They climbed the golden stairs,’ as I heard a Black minister say."

Easter and the Empty Places

By Dr. Thomas H. Hicks
[First published in THE EAGLE, April 2011]

In the mist of a greening and revivifying earth we celebrate Easter – our great feast of hope. This year it is an Easter that comes after a fierce winter’s long siege, and we appreciate it all the more. We feel an upsurge of reassurance. The Biblical singer of the Song of Songs (2:11-13) may best express our feelings:

“For, lo, the winter is past, the snow is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth: the time of the singing birds has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land . . . Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come.”

My understanding of Easter has changed significantly over my lifetime. I see Easter differently now, and I hear the Easter stories in a new way.

Now, at Easter, memories are aroused in me and fill my heart with distant music and with loved ones who have died. “They climbed the golden stairs,” as I heard a Black minister say.

I think of the people I knew as a child – my parents and grandparents, uncles and aunts, teachers. As a child, I thought of them as boundless. It never crossed my mind that there ever would come a time when their places would be empty. I still carry on an interior dialogue with them, and probably will for the rest of my life.

And I have the aching sense of so many other empty places – people I loved who were taken from me; loving hearts that my soul held dear, people with whom I identified myself. For me, certain lights were withdrawn from the world. I live in a kind of land of the dead, and it’s lonely.

I also realize that I’m living now in death’s immediate neighborhood. I know I’m temporary and not indispensable. I sense death stealing up softly from behind. Indeed, death, the artist, is slowly putting in his first touches.

Then there are those wonderful Spring dawns that make up the end of the Gospels. The women in the magical first light of day finding the rolled-back stone. Peter and the disciple Jesus loved, silhouetted against the first light smudging the sky over Jerusalem, running back to the tomb, and finding the burial cloths laying neatly on the stone slab.

And later, in the chill of another fragile spring morning, a figure standing on the beach . . . “It is the Lord!” The charcoal fire and that first Easter breakfast on the beach with sunshine creeping over the Sea of Galilee as joy overtakes sorrow.

“Everyone who believes in Me has everlasting life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” – John 6:40

Flesh and blood will rise to eternal life. Our Christian hope is that “we will see one another again.” We will see again those whom we have lost here below. Our bodies are destined for resurrection, when the Father will change our humiliated and corrupted bodies to be conformed to Christ’s glorious body. Vanished faces and voices will return. Death will be vanquished, the graves deserted.

“I know that my Redeemer lives, and in the last day, I shall rise out of the earth. And I shall be clothed again with my skin, and in my flesh I shall see my God . . . This is my hope laid up in my bosom.” – Job 19:25-27

Dr. Thomas H. Hicks, a member of St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull, and Professor Emeritus of Theology and Psychology at Sacred Heart University.

Bulletin for Sunday March 25, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday March 25, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: (Taken from Monsignor’s Pastor Corner in 2017)
Today begins Holy Week, recalling Our Lord’s last earthly days and His work for our salvation. Tenebrae, on Spy Wednesday (March 28 at 8pm) is a sung scriptural service setting the stage for the last three days of the week: Holy Thursday’s evening Mass (March 29 at 8p.m.) recalls the Last Supper during which Our Lord instituted the priesthood and the Eucharist, and when he was betrayed by Judas, denied by Peter and, later, arrested.  It is during this most profound offering of Himself for our salvation that humanity betrayed the Son of God in the person of Judas Iscariot. Judas’ betrayal of the Son of God for a mere 30 pieces of silver mirrored Lucifer’s betrayal of God for power. In Dante’s Inferno, Judas is placed in the lowest circle of Hell, named after him—Judecca. There, in the very heart of Hell, is Lucifer—frozen solid, raging in eternal isolation, yet unable to express his titanic hatred for God except by his bloody tears. Judas is with him. Satan, the betrayer of God the Creator and Redeemer, gnaws Judas, the betrayer of the Son of God, for all eternity.
The Gospel account tells us that Jesus knew the heart of Judas and the weakness of His other Apostles. Nevertheless, God, the Creator of the universe, who humbled Himself to be born in the flesh of the Virgin Mary, and who soon humbled Himself to feed His followers with His very Body and Blood, and who was about to sacrifice Himself on the Cross, bowed down before his Apostles to wash the feet of all Twelve, even those of His betrayer. Saint Augustine made this observation about Christ’s humility and love for us: “Why wonder, since He poured water into a basin wherewith to wash His disciples’ feet, who poured His blood upon the earth to wash away the filth of their sins?  In order, indeed, to gird Himself with the towel, He laid aside the garments He wore; but when He emptied Himself [of His divine glory] in order to assume the form of a servant [at His birth as a man], He laid not down what He had [His divine nature] but assumed that which He had not before [our human nature].  When about to be crucified, He was indeed stripped of His garments, and when dead was wrapped in linen: and all that suffering of His is our purification. When, therefore, about to suffer the last extremities of humiliation, He illustrated beforehand its friendly compliance; not only to those for whom He was about to endure death, but to him also who had resolved on betraying Him to death.  For the Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost.  And as he [Judas] was lost by imitating the pride of the deceiver [Lucifer], let mankind now, when found [by Christ], imitate the Redeemer’s humility.” [Tracts on the Gospel of Saint John, LVI, 7]
Humility is an important virtue, yet one rarely practiced or encouraged in our society. There is only one God, and it ain’t us!  During this Holy Week, let us meditate upon the humility of the most powerful Persons in the universe—God the Father, Son & Holy Spirit.  He humbled Himself to save us from our pride, which is the heart of all our sins.  Let us practice God’s humility, opening ourselves up to His saving grace—and go to Confession this week. Let our pride not lead us to imitate either Lucifer in his pride, or Judas in his betrayal of Christ.  If we love Our Lord, we should show that love in the way we live our daily lives.  He waits to forgive us; if only we humble ourselves and go to Him in the sacrament He gave His Church.  Go to Confession and prepare for a holy Easter.
Another pious preparation is by making a pilgrimage. The practice of making a pilgrimage to a shrine or church is an ancient one. Early Christians visited the sites of Our Lord’s suffering, death and resurrection in Jerusalem.  Pilgrimages to the tombs of Saints Peter and Paul in Rome began immediately following their martyrdom in 64 A.D.
Saint Philip Neri, one of the greatest of Roman parish priests, began the practice of the Pilgrimage of the Seven Churches during Lent in the early 1550’s.  By the end of the decade, there were thousands who joined him, visiting the seven great basilicas of the Eternal City. The Seven Church Pilgrimage on Holy Thursday evening came to America with the Catholic immigrants, and continues to  this day.  In today’s bulletin you will find a sheet of paper with Saint John’s Holy Week schedule, and, on the back side, a small map with the addresses of churches in Stamford and the times they will remain open on Holy Thursday evening [March 29th] Come to Saint John’s for the beautiful Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 8:00 p.m., and then get in your car and make the Pilgrimage to Seven of Stamford’s Catholic churches.
Spend some time there during this week—Holy Week, meditating on Christ’s generous sacrifice to save you from eternal death: repent of your sins, go to Confession, and join in the

2018 Holy Week services at the Basilica
Spy Wednesday, March 28th at 8 pm — Tenebrae, a chanted scriptural service;
Holy Thursday, March 29th at 8 pm — the Mass of the Lord’s Supper and adoration;
Good Friday, March 30th at 3pm — the Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord with Bishop Caggiano!
Holy Saturday, March 31st at 8pm — the Easter Vigil.
Join us on these days and enter more deeply into our meditation of God’s great love for you.

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni,  Rose Marie Clarke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Rosemarie Drexel, 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

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.

Statues Covered: During Holy Week, our attention is turned uniquely to Our Lord who offered Himself on the Cross for our salvation.  So, statues and holy pictures of saints are covered so that we will not be distracted in our prayers from Christ Crucified—not even by the saints.

Palm Sunday: Please pick up your Palms before mass, Palms will be blessed at the beginning of all the Weekend Masses: Saturday 4pm Vigil Mass; Sunday 7:30, 10:00, 12:00Noon, & 5:00pm.

Holy Week Confessions:
Monday—Friday: March 26-30: 11:30 am-12noon
Holy Saturday: March 31: 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Easter Sunday Masses, April 1st: 7:30 am, 10 am, 12 noon.
REMINDER: There will be no 5 pm Mass on Easter Sunday.

The Lenten rules of fasting and abstinence from eating meat apply on Ash Wednesday & Good Friday: Fasting refers to the cutting back on the amount of food or soft drinks or coffee, tea , alcohol consumed on certain days, and applies to those aged 14-60 years old, unless ill or suffering from a medical condition. Fasting means that only one full meal [on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday] is to be taken and NO snacking between meals. Abstinence from eating meat means that no meat be eaten on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, or on any Fridays of Lent. This is a simple way to begin doing penance for our  sins.  All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence from eating meat for those 14 years and older, unless sickness or medical conditions prevent this.  If one is ill, 60 years or older, or suffers from any medical condition, these rules and practices do not apply.

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.

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.”

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         March 18, 2018          $ 11,045.74
Sunday         March 19, 2017          $ 13,805.53

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 1st Sunday Readings:  Acts 10:34A, 37-43; Col 3:1-4; JN 20:19 (42)

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.

Lenten Plenary Indulgence: A plenary indulgence is the remission of punishment due for sin, which the Catholic Church has the authority to offer as part of Our Lord’s concession to St. Peter in the power of the keys [Matt. 16:18] to forgive sins. On Fridays during Lent, a plenary indulgence may be obtained if, after having gone to Confession and received Holy Communion, one prays the “Prayer before the Crucifix”—copies can be found at the St. Joseph side altar—and pray one Our Father or one Hail Mary for the pope. Likewise one must be free from attachment to sin.

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.

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 8:30AM in Nagle Hall.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, March 24, 2018
4:00   +Tony Sprackling req. Pearl Mayo
Sunday, March 25, 2018
7:30   +Joan Mercia req. Family
10:00 +Ed and Ann Cody, Bill and Felicitas Cody, members of the Burns and Cody families req. Cody Family
12:00 +Francis Cronin req. Louise Cronin
5:00   +Edmond Cherbonnier
Monday, March 26, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Rev. James Sanderson req. Dorothy Coffey
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
8:00     Joseph S. Kravar Jr. req. Fabiola C.
12:10 +Julia Fabrizio req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
8:00   +Robert E. Reed req. Dr. Joe McAleer
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
TRIDUUM SACRUM
HOLY THURSDAY, March 29th The church remains open until 12 midnight for Adoration.
NO 8AM or 12:10PM Masses
8:00PM: Mass of the Lord’s Supper: People of the Parish
GOOD FRIDAY, March 30th
NO 8AM or 12:10 PM Masses
3:00PM Liturgy of Lord’s Passion
HOLY SATURDAY, March 31st
NO 8AM, 12:10PM or 4PM MASSES
8:00PM Easter Vigil: People of the Parish

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:
155 years ago, or so:

            March 25, 1864: GOOD FRIDAY. “Today is Good Friday, the day set apart by the larger portion of the Christian church as a day of fasting and humiliation, in commemoration of the crucifixion of our Savior. The usual Good Friday services will take place in the Roman Catholic Church.”

110 years ago, or so:
            March 24, 1910: SERVICES ON GOOD FRIDAY. “There will be solemn services this evening and tomorrow in several of the local churches. Services will be held in St. John’s Catholic Church  at 9 a.m., 2 to 3 p.m., and 7 p.m. The service of Stations of the Cross will be held at the latter hour.”

105 years ago, or so:
            March 17, 1913:  PALM SUNDAY VESPERS.  “A large congregation in St. John’s Catholic Church listened with reverent attention, last night, to some excellent singing by the church choir, augmented for the occasion to 30 voices. Margo’s solemn vespers were sung, and there were incidental solos, notably “The Inflammatus,” from Rossini’s “Stabat Mater,” the “Cujus Animan,” by Rossini and Haydn’s “Laudate Dominum.” Mrs. William R. Troy, who sang “The Inflammatus,” with chorus, and also the “Tantum Ergo,” was in especially fine voices. The comparative ease with which she attained high C and held the note was remarked after the service. She is a pupil of Theodore Van York of New York.”

95 years ago, or so:
            March 24, 1921:  Services Tomorrow In Catholic Churches.   “The solemn services of Holy Week began today in the local churches. In St. John’s Church, at 8 a.m., a Solemn High Mass was celebrated, and there was a procession in which the Blessed Sacrament was carried in state from the main altar to the altar of repository. The Sacrament was carried beneath a canopy by the clergy and a group of small girls, who wore white dresses and green wreathes about their foreheads, went ahead scattering cut flowers in the path. Altar boys carried lighted candles and the ceremony was very impressive. Tonight, at 7:30, the clergy and a male choir will sing the Tenebrae. Tomorrow, at 9 a.m., the Mass of the presanctified will be celebrated, and there will follow a procession similar to that of today, in which the Blessed Sacrament will be carried from the altar of repository to the main altar. The passion will be sung by the clergy, and afterwards, there will be adoration of the cross. From 2 to 3:15 p. m, there will be devotion in commemoration of the three hours’ agony of the Lord on the cross. Tomorrow evening, at 7:30, there will be the service of the Stations of the Cross. On Holy Saturday, the services begin at 7 a.m. with the blessing of the new fire and the baptismal fount, the singing of the twelve prophecies and the blessing of Easter water to follow. Then a Solemn High Mass will be held.”

 

Bulletin for Sunday March 18, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday March 18, 2018

Parochial Vicar’s Column:
A Proud Father!

I still remember the first time that I taught religious education class. I was a junior in college, in the first semester of my second year of minor seminary at St. John Fisher. Our rector Fr. Sam Scott had left our apostolic assignments in the mailbox of each seminarian. The slip of paper read, “Andy Vill: 8th Grade Religious Education at St. Gabriel’s Parish.” I was nervous. I had never taught anything before!
These eighth graders were all public school students who, after a full day of classes, had to be shuttled over to St. Gabriel’s parochial school (now Trinity Catholic Middle School) and sit in a classroom for another hour! The first day of class I arrived and thought, “I am going to be a ‘cool teacher’ and have the students call me ‘Mr. Andy’ instead of ‘Mr. Vill’”. I might as well have told them to call me “Mr. Pushover”, because that is what I communicated to them. I wasn’t confident enough in my own knowledge of the Faith let alone to teach someone else about what we believe as Catholics! I had no teaching experience or skills and I was trying to be a chapter ahead of what I was teaching each week.
On the last day of class, burnt out from a long and arduous year, I thought that I would be nice and bring ice cream to celebrate the end of the year. I would serve the ice cream only after we had finished our lesson. One of the boys asked me right away, “Can we play basketball?” “No!” I strained. “We need to finish this last chapter! We don’t have time for basketball!” I struggled through the rest of the class that afternoon. As my fellow seminarian [Fr.] John Connaughton exited the building with me he asked, “What did you end up doing for your last class?” “…I gave them ice cream and then they played basketball.” I said sheepishly. “It was a hard year. What about you?” I asked. John had been the catechist for the seventh grade that year. “Oh,” he said, “I taught my kids about the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist…” Talk about feeling useless! I was not very effective in helping these students in their formation in the Faith.
Happily, my ability to teach the faith has improved since those first years in seminary. Now I actually enjoy teaching the Faith! Over the last three years at St. John’s I have taught RCIA classes each semester. The interaction I have with the students of RCIA gives me instant feedback. I can see whether or not they understand the message of what I’m trying to say. I ask questions; they ask questions. We discuss the Faith. Monday nights have become one of the highlights of my week as a result!
When Msgr. DiGiovanni asked me to take on the role of Director of Religious Education in the summer of 2016 it seemed a daunting task. The role of being in charge of forming over 150 young people in the Faith is no small task. Especially as a priest, there is a real role of spiritual fatherhood that we live in forming our young people. This past year, the Confirmation coordinators Doug and Trish DePhillips, the assistant director of religious education Anne Marie Carpanzano, and I reorganized the Confirmation preparation program. We moved from weekly catechesis classes to a model that involves weekly Sunday Mass attendance (attendance recorded by me with a stamp which reads “I’m not a pagan!” in bright red lettering), a weeklong Catholic summer camp, and bi-monthly nights of family catechesis to prepare the eighth and ninth graders to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. They have listened to talks on the faith and spent time in Eucharistic adoration. Their Mass of Confirmation is scheduled for April 24th, 2018.
Before the ninth graders receive the Sacraments, they have to meet with me for a final interview in which I ask them questions about the Faith. Half of those interviews have already been conducted. Some of the questions I ask are: How many Sacraments are there? What are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit? What is the greatest commandment (according to Jesus)? The three questions which I ask every student are, “Why are we here? What is the purpose of our life? Why did God make us? “Father, those are easy. We are here because God loves us. He wants us to know, love, and serve Him in this life and to be with Him in the life to come. We are made for heaven.”
These students give me hope. They know the faith and are ready witness to it with their lives. As members of our parish community, we should all be proud of these young men and women. As their parish priest, I can tell you that I am truly a proud father!

                                                                                                            -Fr. Andy Vill

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni,  Rose Marie Clarke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Rosemarie Drexel, 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

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

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.

The Lenten rules of fasting and abstinence from eating meat apply on Ash Wednesday & Good Friday: Fasting refers to the cutting back on the amount of food or soft drinks or coffee, tea , alcohol consumed on certain days, and applies to those aged 14-60 years old, unless ill or suffering from a medical condition. Fasting means that only one full meal [on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday] is to be taken and NO snacking between meals. Abstinence from eating meat means that no meat be eaten on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, or on any Fridays of Lent. This is a simple way to begin doing penance for our  sins.  All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence from eating meat for those 14 years and older, unless sickness or medical conditions prevent this.  If one is ill, 60 years or older, or suffers from any medical condition, these rules and practices do not apply.

Stations of the Cross: This Friday’s Stations will be at 4PM as well as 7:30PM (Led by Young Adults of the Parish).

Faith on Tap:  Join us this Tuesday, March 20th at 7:00PM at Murphy’s Townhouse Café, 97 Franklin St, Stamford, CT. This months speaker is Fr. Bochanski speaking on “Sexuality and Identity in the Light of Faith.” This event is open to all young adults in their 20s and 30s. Please bring a friend.

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.”

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.

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 8:30AM in Nagle Hall.

Weekly Sunday collection: 

Sunday         March 11, 2018          $ 13,726.94
Sunday         March 12, 2017           $ 12,397.90

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

March 25thSunday Readings:  MK 11:1-10; Phil 2:6-11 ; MK 14:1-15:47

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.

Lenten Plenary Indulgence: A plenary indulgence is the remission of punishment due for sin, which the Catholic Church has the authority to offer as part of Our Lord’s concession to St. Peter in the power of the keys [Matt. 16:18] to forgive sins. On Fridays during Lent, a plenary indulgence may be obtained if, after having gone to Confession and received Holy Communion, one prays the “Prayer before the Crucifix”—copies can be found at the St. Joseph side altar—and pray one Our Father or one Hail Mary for the pope. Likewise one must be free from attachment to sin.

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 

PASTA DINNER: Trinity Catholic High School is having two Lenten Pasta Dinners on March 9 and March 23 from 5:30-7:30pm in the TCHS Cafeteria. The food is catered by Columbus Park Trattoria, so it’s guaranteed to be great! Cost is $10 per person or $40 per family. Proceeds support our Summer Mission Trip to serve the poor in Hartford. Come on out and join us for a delicious meal for the whole family!

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.

Trinity Catholic School: Trinity Catholic High School is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. There will be a “Take A Look” open house on March 18th. Details at: www.trinitycatholic.org/admissions.
They will also be hosting a Clothing Drive Saturday, March 24th from 9:00AM-2:00PM.

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.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, March 17, 2018
4:00   +Danny Murphy req. Nick and Ann LePore
Sunday, March 18, 2018
7:30   +Peter C. Schmitt, Sr. req. Carleen Newman
10:00 +Patricia Amann req. Al Forte
12:00 +William Borkowski req. Michael and Ann Borkowski
5:00   +Edmond Cherbonnier
Monday, March 19, 2018
8:00   +Joseph William Cammarata req. Danny Rainho
12:10   Souls in Purgatory
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Yvette Constant req. Geralda Constant-Berrouet
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
8:00   +Serafina Skidd req. Kate and Bill Skidd & Family
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk families
Thursday, March 22, 2018
8:00   +Maryvonne Dezouches req. Janine O’Connor
12:10 +Tom Camaj req. niece Age
Friday, March 23, 2018
8:00    Healing of Msgr. DiGiovanni req. by a parishioner
12:10 +Anne Hieronymus req. Mary and Paul Giordano
Saturday, March 24, 2018
8:00  +Wladek and Willemina Falek req. daughter
12:10   Special Intentions Matthew Carello req. Bill Carello

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:

155 years ago, or so:
March 18, 1864:  “Yesterday was St. Patrick’s day, and, contrary to the general rule, the weather was fine in the morning. Mass was celebrated and a sermon preached by Rev. Father O’Neil, in the Roman Catholic Church. A full congregation was in attendance.”

130 years ago, or so:
March 14, 1890:  “Rev. Father Cronan, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s R. C. church, Greenwich, is expected to deliver an address next Sunday at 7:30 p.m., in the St. John’s R.C. church, Stamford. The sermon will be appropriate to St. Patrick’s Eve, and there will also be musical vespers, followed by benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.”

100 years ago, or so:
March 11, 1919:   “St. Patrick’s Day is to be celebrated  by the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Final preparations were made last night, by the committee in charge, for an entertainment in St. John’s Parochial School Hall, Friday evening, March 14, at 8:30. A program consisting of music and recitations has been arranged. The speaker of the evening will be Jonas McCarthy of New Haven.”

50 years ago, or so:
March 13, 1979:  Hibernian fete set Saturday.  “General Philip Sheridan Division, Ancient Order of Hibernians, will honor St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, Saturday with a Mass at St. John’s Catholic Church on Atlantic Street and a flag-raising ceremony in Heritage Park behind the Old Town Hall. Brendan Fitzsimons, editor of The Greenwich Times, will be the speaker at the 9:30 program in the park. State House Speaker Ernest Abate will be toastmaster, and Joseph Butler will be chairman of the breakfast. Before the breakfast at the Half Way House, Mass will be concelebrated at St. John’s Catholic Church by the division’s chaplain, the Rev. William A. Nagle, with three other priests. Following the Mass, the group will gather at Heritage Park, where the tri-color flag of Ireland will be raised at 9:30 a.m. in honor of St. Patrick.”

10 years ago, or so:
March 18, 2006:  Relic adds to Irish celebration Irish-Americans honored at St. Patrick’s Day Mass.  “The shrill call of bagpipes resounded off the arches and stained glass at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church as a procession of worshippers clad in green headed down the aisle yesterday morning. Near the altar, a small green candle flickered in front of a monstrance containing a tiny bone relic of the 5th century man celebrated as the embodiment of Irish-Catholic pride: St. Patrick himself. Along with St. Patrick, the Mass celebrated two local Irish-Americans: Msgr. William A. Nagle, chaplain emeritus of the Hibernians and Phyllis Doonan, a native or Leitrim, Ireland and a 38 year Stamford resident.”

Bulletin for Sunday March 11, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday March 11, 2018

LENTEN NOVENA
For the Healing of Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni
To be prayed every day during the season of Lent

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,                                                                              
During the Holy Season of Lent 
You call us to a closer union with Yourself. 
Help me to prepare to celebrate
The Paschal Mystery 
With mind and heart renewed. 
Give me a spirit of loving reverence
For You, our Father, 
And of willing service to my neighbor. 
As I recall the great events
That gave us new life in Christ, 
Bring the image of Your Son
To perfection within my soul. 

This great season of grace is Your gift
To Your family to renew us in spirit. 
Give me strength to purify my heart, 
To control my desires, 
And so to serve You in freedom, 
Teach me how to live 
In this passing world with my heart set
On the world that will never end. 

I ask for the grace 
To master my sinfulness 
And conquer my pride. 
I want to show to those in need 
Your goodness to me by being kind to all. 

Through my observance of Lent, 
Help me to correct my faults 
And raise my mind to You, 
And thus grow in holiness
That I may deserve 
The reward of everlasting life. 

In Your mercy grant me through the intercession of St. Stephen, St. Michael the Archangel, St. Andrew Avellino and Ignatius Cardinal Kung this special favor: 

For the prompt and full recovery of Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni.

The days of the life-giving Death 
And glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ, 
Your Son, are approaching. 
This is the hour 
When He triumphed over Satan’s pride, 
The time when we celebrate
The great event of our Redemption. 
The Suffering and Death of Your Son 
Brought life to the whole world, 
Moving our hearts to praise Your glory. 

The power of the Cross reveals
Your judgment on this world 
And the kingship of Christ crucified. 
Father, through His love for us 
And through His Sufferings, Death and Resurrection, 
May I gain eternal life with You in heaven.  Amen.

 

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni,  Rose Marie Clarke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Rosemarie Drexel, 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

American Bishops’ Overseas Appeal Collection . . . Please drop your special envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.

Update on Msgr. DiGiovanni:  If you would like to send a card, please send it to the rectory and Fr. Vill will give it to him when he brings him daily communion. Please continue to pray the Lenten Novena for Monsignor’s healing.

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.

The Lenten rules of fasting and abstinence from eating meat apply on Ash Wednesday & Good Friday: Fasting refers to the cutting back on the amount of food or soft drinks or coffee, tea , alcohol consumed on certain days, and applies to those aged 14-60 years old, unless ill or suffering from a medical condition. Fasting means that only one full meal [on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday] is to be taken and NO snacking between meals. Abstinence from eating meat means that no meat be eaten on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, or on any Fridays of Lent. This is a simple way to begin doing penance for our  sins.  All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence from eating meat for those 14 years and older, unless sickness or medical conditions prevent this.  If one is ill, 60 years or older, or suffers from any medical condition, these rules and practices do not apply.

Stations of the Cross: Each Friday during Lent at 4:00 pm in English in the Basilica.

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The Upper Room: For Catholics 39 years and older will next meet on March 15th  at 7:00-9:00PM at The Upper Room in Columbus Park Trattoria for “Stump the Priest Night.” Bring your questions and a friend. All are welcome.

Lenten Evening of Reflection: Sr. M. Gaudia Skass, OLM : March 12th at 7:30PM at Church of the Holy Spirit in Stamford. Sr. Gaudia Skass will give a reflection titled God’s Surprising Remedy to our Sins. More information at https://dobcalendar.bridgeportdiocese.org/event/lenten-evening-of-reflection-sr-m-gaudia-skass-olm/

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).

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         March 3, 2018            $ 15,509.51
Sunday         March 4, 2017             $ 16,593.46

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

March 18th Sunday Readings:  2 CHR 36:14-16, 19-23 ; EPH 2:4-10; JN 3:14-21

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.

Lenten Plenary Indulgence: A plenary indulgence is the remission of punishment due for sin, which the Catholic Church has the authority to offer as part of Our Lord’s concession to St. Peter in the power of the keys [Matt. 16:18] to forgive sins. On Fridays during Lent, a plenary indulgence may be obtained if, after having gone to Confession and received Holy Communion, one prays the “Prayer before the Crucifix”—copies can be found at the St. Joseph side altar—and pray one Our Father or one Hail Mary for the pope. Likewise one must be free from attachment to sin.

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

White Mass: Mass for Healthcare Professionals and All who serve the sick celebrated  on March 18th at 8:30AM by Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano at Saint Aloysius Church, New Canaan followed by Brunch at Woodway Country Club in Darien. Joseph Dutkowsky, MD KM will address “Healing Beyond Healthcare”. Tickets needed for Brunch, call 203-416-1636.

PASTA DINNER: Trinity Catholic High School is having two Lenten Pasta Dinners on March 9 and March 23 from 5:30-7:30pm in the TCHS Cafeteria. The food is catered by Columbus Park Trattoria, so it’s guaranteed to be great! Cost is $10 per person or $40 per family. Proceeds support our Summer Mission Trip to serve the poor in Hartford. Come on out and join us for a delicious meal for the whole family!

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.

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.

FLU: During this seriously dangerous flu season, we will dispense with the sign of peace during all Masses.

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.

Trinity Catholic School: Trinity Catholic High School is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. There will be a “Take A Look” open house on March 18th. Details at: www.trinitycatholic.org/admissions.
They will also be hosting a Clothing Drive Saturday, March 24th from 9:00AM-2:00PM.

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.

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

Saturday, March 10, 2018
4:00     Joseph and Agnes Kung
Sunday, March 11, 2018
7:30   +Frank DelVecchio req. Glenn and Lynda Nadin
10:00 +Francesco Russo req. Sal and Marissa Docimo
12:00   For the opening of the cause of Ignatius Cardinal Kung
5:00   +Edmond Cherbonnier
Monday, March 12, 2018
8:00   +Pashko Mjeshtri req. Age
12:10 +Anne Hieronymus req. Mary and Paul Giordano
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
8:00    Michael Kravar Birthday req. Fabiola C.
12:10 +Daniel Joseph Murphy req. John and Susan Maguire
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Angela Tabone req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Thursday, March 15, 2018
8:00     Jef Spetland req. Thomas Cycon
12:10 +John and Valencia Lancaster req. Sue Kremheller
Friday, March 16, 2018
8:00   +Hien Do req. Thang Nguyen
12:10   Healing of Msgr. DiGiovanni
Saturday, March 17, 2018
8:00   +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10   Members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians

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:

155 years ago, or so:
March 18, 1864:  “Yesterday was St. Patrick’s day, and, contrary to the general rule, the weather was fine in the morning. Mass was celebrated and a sermon preached by Rev. Father O’Neil, in the Roman Catholic Church. A full congregation was in attendance.”

130 years ago, or so:
March 14, 1890:  “Rev. Father Cronan, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s R. C. church, Greenwich, is expected to deliver an address next Sunday at 7:30 p.m., in the St. John’s R.C. church, Stamford. The sermon will be appropriate to St. Patrick’s Eve, and there will also be musical vespers, followed by benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.”

100 years ago, or so:
March 11, 1919:   “St. Patrick’s Day is to be celebrated  by the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Final preparations were made last night, by the committee in charge, for an entertainment in St. John’s Parochial School Hall, Friday evening, March 14, at 8:30. A program consisting of music and recitations has been arranged. The speaker of the evening will be Jonas McCarthy of New Haven.”

50 years ago, or so:
March 13, 1979:  Hibernian fete set Saturday.  “General Philip Sheridan Division, Ancient Order of Hibernians, will honor St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, Saturday with a Mass at St. John’s Catholic Church on Atlantic Street and a flag-raising ceremony in Heritage Park behind the Old Town Hall. Brendan Fitzsimons, editor of The Greenwich Times, will be the speaker at the 9:30 program in the park. State House Speaker Ernest Abate will be toastmaster, and Joseph Butler will be chairman of the breakfast. Before the breakfast at the Half Way House, Mass will be concelebrated at St. John’s Catholic Church by the division’s chaplain, the Rev. William A. Nagle, with three other priests. Following the Mass, the group will gather at Heritage Park, where the tri-color flag of Ireland will be raised at 9:30 a.m. in honor of St. Patrick.”

10 years ago, or so:
March 18, 2006:  Relic adds to Irish celebration Irish-Americans honored at St. Patrick’s Day Mass.  “The shrill call of bagpipes resounded off the arches and stained glass at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church as a procession of worshippers clad in green headed down the aisle yesterday morning. Near the altar, a small green candle flickered in front of a monstrance containing a tiny bone relic of the 5th century man celebrated as the embodiment of Irish-Catholic pride: St. Patrick himself. Along with St. Patrick, the Mass celebrated two local Irish-Americans: Msgr. William A. Nagle, chaplain emeritus of the Hibernians and Phyllis Doonan, a native or Leitrim, Ireland and a 38 year Stamford resident.”