Bulletin for Sunday June 17, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday June 17, 2018

Parochial Vicar’s Column:

               What’s the big deal about Humanae vitae?

If you haven’t heard yet (then you haven’t been to any Mass at the Basilica for the last three months you pagan), next Saturday June 23rd the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist will be hosting an all-day symposium entitled, “Making Room for God’s Love: Humanae vitae at 50”, at which we will have presentations from Mary Eberstadt, Mary Hallan FioRito, and papal biographer George Weigel as well as hear from a panel of medical experts on Natural Family Planning. The 4pm Vigil Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Frank Caggiano.

You might be wondering what Humanae vitae is all about and why we think that it is worthwhile to host an entire symposium on the topic. As far as papal documents go, anniversary years are convenient excuses to gather for discussion and to shed light on documents which might otherwise be lost to history. July 25th of this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Blessed Pope Paul VI’s Humanae vitae (On the Regulation of Birth) which was written in response to the question of whether or not the newly available oral hormonal birth control pill (“the Pill”) would be an acceptable means of regulating child birth and a morally licit recourse for Catholic families.

Humanae vitae is so important because the topic strikes so close to home for many married couples who are striving to live out their responsible parenthood and want to live faithful to the teaching of Holy Mother Church. This document is unique because of the poor reception that it received when it was issued some fifty years ago. It was met with widespread dissent throughout the world, especially in the US. The argument made by dissenters essentially claimed that, while the pope had taught that we must reject the Pill as a legitimate means of regulating child birth, the faithful could follow their own consciences even if that meant that they would be contradicting the pope’s teaching. Paul VI also warned of the consequences of artificial methods of birth control and their negative effect on society if they were to be embraced. Over these last fifty years we have all seen the prophetic veracity of these predictions.

As with every Church teaching, the “no” answer given in this letter is meant to point us in the direction of a “yes” which opens us up to what is true, good, and beautiful according to God’s plan for us. The encyclical letter has a positive message for married couples. The pope eloquently writes about conjugal love “in which husband and wife are intimately and chastely united with one another, through which human life is transmitted” (HV 11), referencing Gaudium et spes as he rightly acknowledges it to be “noble and worthy” (GS 49).

He recognizes the legitimate concerns of married couples who are in a “living situation in which it is frequently difficult these days to provide properly for a large family” (HV 2). Contrary to many misconceptions about what Humanae vitae actually says, he does not leave the use of human reason out of family planning. Rather, he references having recourse to natural periods of infertility and the improving science behind methods of what is now called “Natural Family Planning” (NFP) which allow for a couple to track their fertility through natural markers and practice periodic abstinence in order to avoid pregnancy.

We all want to be happy, and when we want to know how to live well so as to prepare ourselves for heaven, the Church has already commended Her advice to us. Unfortunately, many people who have come to know about what Humanae vitae says (or purportedly says) have done so through secondary sources or even hearsay from those who might or might not have read the actual text. The surprisingly short letter (about fifteen pages) has been left unread or more sadly unheeded by many in the Church. This Tuesday I will be giving the talk for Faith on Tap (7-9pm at Murphy’s Townhouse Café on Franklin St. behind UCONN) in anticipation of our Saturday conference. The title of my talk is “Humanae vitae: When you are looking for more than Netflix and Chill”. I will be talking about the actual encyclical letter and how it can help us to transition away from a hook-up culture into a culture that promotes authentic love and responsibility.

On the 50th anniversary of the document, we have an opportunity to reexamine the wisdom of Blessed Paul VI and open our hearts to the truth of the faith which Mother Church desires for us to hear. It is not too late to join us for this great event. To register for the conference please do so on our website at http://stjohnsstamford.com/making-room-for-gods-love-humanae-vitae-at-50/

-Fr. Andy Vill

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Rose Marie Clarke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Loretta Wallace, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Dionysia Oliveira, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne.

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

Banns of Marriage:
I Banns: Ryan Miller and Cristine Kavalan

I Banns: Guy Phillipe Nazaire and Murielle Nicolas

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light: +Ed and Ann Cody, Bill and Felicitas Cody, members of the Burns and Cody families req. Erin Cody

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

Due to the Humanae vitae conference on June 23rd, there will be NO 12:10 mass.

          MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

Tuesday, June 19: Faith on Tap will be held Tuesday, June 19th from7:00-9:00PM at Murphy’s Townhouse Café. Come hear Fr. Vill discuss the topic of “Humanae vitae: When you’re looking for more than ‘Netflix and Chill’”.

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 Hallan FioRito, and George Weigel and a panel of medical experts. The 4PM Vigil Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Caggiano. Register at http://stjohnsstamford.com/making-room-for-gods-love-humanae-vitae-at-50    

Attention 8-12 graders! Saturday, August 11th: Fan the Fire: Fr. Vill will be leading a group of teenagers from the Basilica Parish to Fan the Fire Youth Rally at St. Rose of Lima in Newtown, CT on Saturday August 11th. This is an all day event. The cost is $45, please register at https://www.formationreimagined.org/fan-the-fire/. Be sure to select “The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist” as your parish when registering. Please see the flyers in the basilica for more details.

Weekly Sunday collection:       

Sunday         June 10, 2018                                       $  12,663.55
Sunday         June 11, 2017                                       $  14,109.86

  Please increase your Sunday offering by $5.00 each weekend. “I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

June 24th Sunday Readings:  IS 4 9:1-6, ACTS 13:22-26, LK 1:57-66,80

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

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

Birthright: seeks volunteers: Support women to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, connecting women with medical, financial, legal and other resources.  Flexible schedules; training provided. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

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

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

Volunteers: Become a Future 5 College Prep Coach: Future 5’s College Prep Program ensures that low-income, motivated high school students receive the preparation needed to transition successfully from high school to college. They offer students a full array of help, including guidance on navigating college and financial aid applications, college visits, scholarship help, and detailed advice on college selection. A coach is matched one-on-one with a student, becoming a partner and mentor for the academic year. Future 5 will provide training in all aspects of the college application process. Time commitment: 2-3 hours per month (includes training and independent meetings with students) For information, please contact Peg Atchue at  patchue@futurefive.org.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Catholic Young Adults of Stamford: We are Catholic young adults in our 20s and 30s, We regularly meet for social events and community service projects. Join us for our monthly Sunday dinner following 5pm Mass. Connect with us on Facebook or Meetup, or  email us at catholicyastamford@gmail.com

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

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, June 27th  Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Regina Caeli Academy 2018/2019– Come join our exciting mission to form the next generation of Catholics!  Regina Caeli Academy (www.rcahybrid.com) is a classical, hybrid education in the Catholic tradition.  Pre K3- 12th grade students attend Socratic and hands-on classes taught by trained tutors two days a week and are home schooled the remaining days with lesson plans already outlined for in-home education. Location: 254 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT. For more information, a tour of our facility on July 12 (by appointment only), or information about a fall tour, please contact our admissions representative, Mrs. Katrina Hartsock at khartsock.aus@rcahybrid.org or (470)239-0259.

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

Sisters of Life Retreats for young ladies, women, and men.  Something for everyone!  Registration for all retreats opens July 2, 2018.  Visit tinyurl.com/SistersofLife  to learn more.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, June 16, 2018
4:00   +Rodger R. Rohde, Sr. req. Dr. Joe McAleer
Sunday, June 17, 2018
7:30   +Frances DelVecchio req. Glenn and Lynda Nadin
10:00 +Federcico Garcia req. Uleaurea Garcia
12:00 +Peter C. Schmitt, Sr. req. Marion Morris
5:00     Needs of Parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, June 18, 2018
8:00     Souls in Purgatory
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   Deceased members of the Kolenberg Family req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
8:00   +Richard Stanton req. Troilo Family
12:10 +Christopher Vill
Thursday, June 21, 2018
8:00   +Charles Edstrom req. Priest of the parish
12:10   Beth Carpanzano
Friday, June 22, 2018
8:00   +Sean Vogel req. a friend
12:10 +Gloria Flores req. Sue Miller
Saturday, June 23, 2018
8:00   +Juana Mazariegos req. Blanca Reyes
NO 12:10 Mass—Humanae vitae conference

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:
June 18, 1869:   “On the Fourth—or rather on Monday the Fifth of July, St. John’s R.C. Church is to have an excursion to Woodside Park. A good brass and string band is to be engaged, and everything possible will be done to make the occasion an enjoyable one to all who choose to attend.”

120 years ago, or so:
June 24, 1897:  WILL ENTER THE HIGH SCHOOL. “The results of the examinations for admission to the High School were made known this afternoon. The following have been entered: St. John’s Parochial School—Lizzie Daly, Nellie Duane, Thomas Hogan, John T. O’Brien, John Roche, Mamie Tierney.”

100 years ago, or so:

June 21, 1917:  Plucky Jack Brennan. “Motorcycle Officer John Brennan covered himself with glory, and, no doubt, saved persons from injury and property from damage, about 3 p.m., yesterday, by stopping a runaway horse in Atlantic Street. It was John DeMott’s  horse and wagon. A small boy drove the horse, which became frightened in Atlantic Street, south of Worth, and bolted. The boy fell backward in the wagon, and the horse was gathering speed with every stride when Brennan, on duty at the corner of Bell and Atlantic Streets, to watch the children of St. John’s Parochial School as they crossed the street there on their way home from school, ran down to meet the horse. “Smiler” grabbed the horse by the bridle and turned it in toward the sidewalk, bringing it to a quick stop.”

75 years ago, or so:
June 19, 1942:   “On Sunday, June 28, Father Joseph McEvoy, a 1925 graduate of St. John’s School, will sing his first Mass at St. John’s Church here.”

 

Bulletin for Sunday June 10, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday June 10, 2018

Parochial Vicar’s Column:

In a State of Grace

The first time I went to Mass at a parish in Italy I was taken aback by what I perceived to be irreverent behavior when it came time to receive Holy Communion. As soon as the priest recited the Communion antiphon and picked up the ciborium filled with consecrated hosts there was what seemed like a mad rush to the front of the church as people assembled to receive our Lord. I would say as they “lined up” for the Eucharist, but the concept of forming a line in Italy, as I would soon come to find out, is simply not a part of their culture. People came to the priest from all directions and the scene at this Mass characterized the chaos of the Italian people that I would come to appreciate during my five years there. Where were the ushers who dismissed the rows pew by pew whom I had grown accustomed to in American parishes? Some people would wait until just before the priest was about to return to the sanctuary before they left their pew and sprinted with reverent hast to receive the Eucharist.

When I returned to the United States for one of my summer assignments, I saw the familiar faces of the name badge wearing ushers. These men and women assisted the faithful in finding a seat before Mass began and then served as what looked like body guards when it was time for Communion, slowly walking backwards to let the rows of parishioners out from their pews to receive the Eucharist. The biggest difference I noticed at these American Masses from the Italian ones was that there wasn’t a single person who did not go up to receive. How could they have done otherwise? It would have been embarrassing for someone to be singled out as the only one who was not getting out of the pew to line up. Was every single person in the church in a state of grace that morning? In Italy I couldn’t tell who had gone up or not since people had chosen on their own when to get out of their pews and head to the front. And that was exactly the point. It is none of my business who goes up for Communion; and it’s none of your business either! With this realization the Italian chaos made sense to me.

In order to present ourselves for Communion we need to be in what is called a “state of grace”. The Code of Canon Law insists that those who are “conscious of grave sin are not to… receive the body of the Lord” (CIC 916). This insistence of the Church comes from the admonition of St. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians: Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself (1 Corinthians 11:27-29). The Code of Canon Law also prescribes a one hour fast before receiving Communion from food and drink except water and medicine (cfr. CIC 919). Therefore, if we have unconfessed mortal sins or we have not kept the fast, we should not present ourselves for Communion during Mass. Not receiving Communion does not mean that we haven’t made our Sunday obligation. We are obliged to attend Mass every Sunday not to receive the Eucharist every Sunday.

Obviously, at the Basilica we do not have ushers who dismiss pews one at a time, but many of us have been to parishes where they do. Sometimes even at St. John’s we can feel pressured to receive Communion when we really ought not to, or at least not yet. We can feel embarrassed as to what our spouses or children might think if they see us remaining in the pew during Communion. What to me seemed like chaos in those Italian parishes was actually a blessing to people who wouldn’t be going up for Communion. I didn’t know who went up for Communion and who did not. Again, that was the point. I encourage everyone to refrain from ever receiving the Eucharist unworthily. It is also important that we not judge those who don’t come up for Communion. Besides sin, there are other legitimate reasons people might not receive the Eucharist including those with the unfortunate allergy to the gluten contained in the host, or our friends and family who attend Mass with us who are not yet Catholic. Once more, it’s none of our business!

Pope Francis beautifully wrote in his Encyclical Letter Evangelii gaudium that, “the Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak” (EG 47). When we are weakened through venial sins, the Eucharist is a powerful aid to us. When we have committed mortal sins however, we cannot benefit from the Eucharist because of the obstacle now present in our own hearts. Saint Thomas Aquinas wrote about this quite clearly: “Now whoever is conscious of mortal sin, has within him an obstacle to receiving the effect of this sacrament; since he is not a proper recipient of this sacrament, both because he is not alive spiritually, and so he ought not to eat the spiritual nourishment, since nourishment is confined to the living; and because he cannot be united with Christ, which is the effect of this sacrament, as long as he retains an attachment towards mortal sin” (STA, Summa Thologica, III, q. 79, a. 4).

Reading this should not lead anyone into despair for God is good! Knowing our inclination to sin (concupiscence) the Lord left us a remedy for the spiritually dead: Confession! Jesus desires that we reconcile ourselves to Him and His Church and He allows us to do so as often as we need to! This weekend then, let us make sure that we are prepared to receive Jesus in the Eucharist worthily by making a good confession so as to walk with God in a state of grace!

Fr. Andy Vill

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

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

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

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

Due to the Humanae vitae conference on June 23rd, there will be NO 12:10 mass.

          MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

Tuesday, June 19: Faith on Tap will be held Tuesday, June 19th from7:00-9:00PM at Murphy’s Townhouse Café. Come hear Fr. Vill discuss the topic of “Humanae vitae: When you’re looking for more than ‘Netflix and Chill’”.

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 Hallan FioRito, and George Weigel and a panel of medical experts. The 4PM Vigil Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Caggiano. Register at http://stjohnsstamford.com/making-room-for-gods-love-humanae-vitae-at-50    

Attention 8-12 graders! Saturday, August 11th: Fan the Fire: Fr. Vill will be leading a group of teenagers from the Basilica Parish to Fan the Fire Youth Rally at St. Rose of Lima in Newtown, CT on Saturday August 11th. This is an all day event. The cost is $45, please register at https://www.formationreimagined.org/fan-the-fire/. Be sure to select “The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist” as your parish when registering. Please see the flyers in the basilica for more details.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         June 3, 2018                             $  16,465.06
Sunday         June 4, 2017                             $  13,540.87

Please increase your Sunday offering by $5.00 each weekend. “I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

June 17th Sunday Readings:  EZ 17:22-24, 2 COR 5:6-10, MK 4:26-34

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

Birthright: seeks volunteers: Support women to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, connecting women with medical, financial, legal and other resources.  Flexible schedules; training provided. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

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

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

Volunteers: FUTURE 5 is a non-profit organization to help motivated low income high school students in Stamford to improve themselves and their future. We need volunteers to do one-on-one student work, such as college coaches, job prep coaches, and teachers. We also need tutors.  We currently have a  new student who needs a  tutor  in Japanese. For more  information or to volunteer and/or tutor, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.org.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Catholic Young Adults of Stamford: We are Catholic young adults in our 20s and 30s, We regularly meet for social events and community service projects. Join us for our monthly Sunday dinner following 5pm Mass. Connect with us on Facebook or Meetup, or  email us at catholicyastamford@gmail.com

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

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, June 27th  Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Regina Caeli Academy 2018/2019– Come join our exciting mission to form the next generation of Catholics!  Regina Caeli Academy (www.rcahybrid.com) is a classical, hybrid education in the Catholic tradition.  Pre K3- 12th grade students attend Socratic and hands-on classes taught by trained tutors two days a week and are home schooled the remaining days with lesson plans already outlined for in-home education. Location: 254 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT. For more information, a tour of our facility on July 12 (by appointment only), or information about a fall tour, please contact our admissions representative, Mrs. Katrina Hartsock at khartsock.aus@rcahybrid.org or (470)239-0259.

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

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, June 9, 2018
4:00   +Corinne and Ralph Boccuzzi req. Leon Taricani
Sunday, June 10, 2018
7:30   +Jack VanLangen req. Joyce Patten and Lorraine VanLangen
10:00 +Michael Ambrose req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
12:00 +Mary Louise Deluca req. Francis Deluca
5:00     Needs of Parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, June 11, 2018
8:00   +Huong Diep Do req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 +Peter C. Schmitt Sr. req. Rich and Mary Amatulli
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
8:00     Special Intentions Rev. Albert D. Audette, Jr. req. Ferry G.
12:10   Father Albert D. Audette, Jr. req. Millie
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   Salvatore Piria req. Domenico Piria
Thursday, June 14, 2018
8:00   +Benita “Rosina” Rebula req. Rosemary Rebula
12:10   Priests of the Parish req. Josephine Languedoc
Friday, June 15, 2018
8:00     Healing for Msgr. DiGiovanni
12:10 +Frantz Neptune req. Ginette
Saturday, June 16, 2018
8:00   +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10   In Honor of St. John Regis req. Josephine Languedoc

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:
June 14, 1889:   “The annual census of St. John’s R.C. parish is now being taken by Fathers Rogers, Keena and Carrol. There are evidently some wealthy people in this parish, for last Sunday they contributed about $200 in aid of the Johnstown sufferers (approximately $5,300 in today’s dollars).”

115 years ago, or so:
June 12, 1905:  Received First Communion. “About 100 children received first communion in St. John’s R. C. Church, yesterday morning, at the 8 o’clock Mass. Rev. Father O’Brien, pastor, celebrated the Mass and addressed the children briefly.”

100 years ago, or so:
June 12, 1918: Family Troubles Tonight. “Those who are always seeking to pry into the secret of parties having domestic squabbles will have a treat tonight, on the lawn of St. John’s Parochial School. Family troubles will be given an airing by young lady parishioners, as they will present a one act playlet, “Family Troubles.” A unique feature of this entertainment is that no men will take part, all the amateur actors being on duty for Uncle Sam. The object of the entertainment is to help these young men win the war, as the proceeds from the entertainment will go toward paying for the several hundreds of dollars worth of Liberty bonds recently purchased by the parish. A full-dress rehearsal was held last night, in charge of Harry Smith, who is directing the play. The young ladies who will take part are Miss Elizabeth O’Brien, Miss Alice Martin, and Miss Stella Comsky. Following the presentation of the playlet, euchre will be played, and several prizes, now on exhibition in an Atlantic Street store, will be given the winners.”
June 17, 1921: ITALIANS OBSERVE FEAST OF ST. VITO. “The second celebration in Stamford of the feast day of St. Vito, martyr, patron saint of the district of Avigliano, Italy, will take place tomorrow and Sunday. There are several hundred Italian residents of Stamford from this district, and they will all unite in the celebration of the saint’s day, as was their custom in the old country. The fiesta, which has the sanction and support of the clergy of St. John’s Catholic Church, will include a Solemn High Mass, a religious procession, band concerts, a parade, games and fireworks. Rev. John J. Kelley will supervise the religious part of the celebration. The activities, with the exception of the Solemn High Mass to be celebrated Sunday, at 8 A.M., in St. John’s Catholic Church, will be centered about the section of Stillwater Avenue near Finney Lane. The start will be made tomorrow, at 2 P.M. with the firing of a cannon. At 2:15, the Sons of Italy Band, led my Maestro Tomoli, will parade through the principal streets of West Stamford. An elaborate display of fireworks will be given at 10:30 P.M.”

 

Eaglet: The Church needs priests!

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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


"The Church needs priests. That isn’t a claim made by someone afraid for his job; it’s simply true. The Church needs priests, because that is the way Jesus determined His Church should be established. This isn’t a power thing: it is the constitutional essence of His Church."

The Church needs priests!

By Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni, H.E.D.
[First published in THE EAGLE, June 2010]

The Church needs priests. That isn’t a claim made by someone afraid for his job; it’s simply true. The Church needs priests, because that is the way Jesus determined His Church should be established. This isn’t a power thing: it is the constitutional essence of His Church.

In the Book of Revelation, the image of the Heavenly Jerusalem, an image of the Church, tells us that its foundation stones are inscribed with the names of the Twelve Apos­tles. What is it that those Twelve men had that made them essential to the Church? Neither political power, nor influence, nor native brilliance, nor personal charm. That which made them essential was that given them by Our Lord: “As the Father sent me, so I send you,” Our Lord told the Twelve – not to all His followers or disciples, but only to the Twelve, to whom He gave the fullness of His revelation about God; His promise to remain with them and guide them; His power to forgive sins; and His power to “do this in memory of me” by offering Christ on the Cross in the sacrifice of the Mass.

Jesus gave the Twelve a share in His power as God, not as a personal concession to His twelve closest friends, but as a gift to be shared with each generation of the Church for the salvation of the world.

The priesthood is the means Christ established through which He would continue saving souls in every place and age, even though His saving death was nearly 2,000 years earlier.

The Church needs priests because Jesus is truly present, as is the power of His Cross to destroy sin and death, through the hands and ministry of His priests. If the priesthood were not so important, the world would not have been so shocked and shaken by the recent priests’ scandal.

So, what is the priesthood, and why has the Church’s priesthood failed, as seen in the recent crisis?

There are many factors that have led the Church to her present difficul­ties. The media points to mandatory celibacy as the root of the problem. It is not.

There is one reason why the Church is in the midst of this self-inflicted world-wide catastrophe; it is at the heart of the crisis, just as its opposite is at the heart of the priest­hood: some Catholic priests refuse to submit their will to that of Christ and His Church. They refuse to hold and teach the faith of the Church, and refuse to live a life in imitation of Christ, as the Church dictates, so they are either not strong enough to be celibate, or are unwilling to be celibate. But first, they are unwilling to submit to Christ and His Church.

It is a matter of the will in most cases, not simply of the libido. At times the priesthood has failed be­cause many priests decided not to do what they said they’d do when they were ordained priests.

Let’s look at the solemn, public promises made by those ordained as priests.

Most people think that the promise to remain celibate is at the heart of the priesthood. It is not. In fact, there is no promise of celibacy in the or­dination rite of the priesthood. The man being ordained a priest already made that promise when he was or­dained a deacon. It is not repeated.

But there is one solemn promise that is repeated: the promise of obedi­ence, the promise to submit one’s personal will to the Church – not as a generalization but, specifically, to one specific bishop and to his suc­cessors in one specific diocese. The bishop repeats the same question to the man being ordained a priest that was asked earlier during the man’s ordination to the diaconate: “Do you promise obedience and respect to me and my successors?”

The crisis in the Church is a crisis of priests who have decided to break that solemn promise of obedience in both lifestyle and in faith.

The other solemn promises regard faithfully celebrating the sacraments and preaching the Catholic faith. The last is, “Are you resolved to consecrate your life to God for the salvation of His people, and to unite yourself more closely every day to Christ the High Priest, who offered Himself for us to the Father as a perfect sacrifice?”

For the essence of the priesthood estab­lished by Our Lord is a call to imitate Him, to conform oneself perfectly to Him in all aspects of one’s daily life, both public and private, for the salva­tion of the world. The free will response of someone who wants to be a priest is his willingness to imitate Christ in his life – obedient, celibate, prayerful, and virtuous. That is why the ministry of a priest is exercised in persona Christi capitis – priests are to exist, not simply to perform a function or work, but to ex­ist “in the person of Christ the Head of the Church.” That implies a willingness to make daily sacrifices, beginning with the sacrifice of one’s ego and the natural need for human love and family.

Such a daily sacrifice of self to imitate Christ is symbolized in the essential daily action of the priest: the offering of the sacrifice of the Mass.

After the day of ordination, the most im­portant in the life of a priest is the day of his first Mass. The offering of Mass is the quintessential action of a priest: the offering of a sacrifice, and that sacrifice is Christ on the Cross in an unbloody manner: “Do this in memory of me.”

In Graham Green’s 1940 novel The Power and the Glory, set during the Mexican government’s persecution of the Church, the last priest has been chased, starved, hobbled by fever, imprisoned, stripped of everything, in­cluding his pride, yet continues because of the one thing he alone can offer people: Jesus in the Mass. In one scene, the “whiskey priest” (he is nameless, referred to only by his human weak­ness) grudgingly acquiesces to the peasants’ request for Mass. In a hovel, with no vestments or altar, the priest hurriedly offers Mass for the impoverished gaggle of people, waiting for the government troops to uncover their illegal religious observance and execute the last priest.

Greene describes the scene and the priest’s thoughts:

“The candles smoked and the people shifted on their knees – an absurd happi­ness bobbed up in him again before anxiety returned: it was as if he had been permitted to look in from the outside at the population of heav­en. Heaven must contain just such scared and dutiful and hunger-lined faces. For a matter of seconds he felt an im­mense satisfaction that he could talk of suffer­ing to them now without hypocrisy – it is hard for the sleek and well-fed priest to praise poverty. He began the prayer…

“The Latin words ran into each other on his hasty tongue: he could feel impatience all round him. He began the Consecration of the Host. . . impatience abruptly died away: everything in time became a routine but this – ‘Who the day before He suffered, took Bread into His holy and venerable hands. . .’ Whoever moved outside on the forest path, there was no movement here – ‘This is My Body.’ He could hear the sigh of breaths released: God was here in the body for the first time in six years. When he raised the Host he could imagine the faces lifted like famished dogs. He began the Consecration of the wine – in a chipped cup.”

There is another promise, written and signed by the candidate for the priesthood prior to his ordination. It is a formal profession of faith. In it, the candidate for ordination sol­emnly professes the Creed which we recite at Sunday Mass, and adds: “I firmly em­brace and accept all and everything which has been either defined by the Church’s sol­emn deliberations or affirmed and declared by its ordinary Magisterium concerning the doctrine of faith and morals, especially those things dealing with the mystery of the Holy Church of Christ, its sacraments and the sacrifice of the Mass, and the primacy of the Roman Pontiff.” The candidate must sign this, twice – once before his ordination to the diaconate, and once before his ordination to the priesthood, or he is not ordained.

The crisis of the priesthood and the Church is the result of priests decid­ing to break these essential promises of obedience and faith. The glory of the priesthood and of the Church is the result of priests deciding to remain faithful.

The essence of the priesthood is to dedicate one’s life to imitate Christ, in or­der to worthily per­fect oneself, and to save souls by actu­ally making present Christ and His sac­rifice and by teach­ing the truths of the Church to others. So important are these tasks that the priest is asked to participate in the very life of Christ. So important a reality that the betrayal of such a trust brings about the devastating catastrophe we see in the Church today around the globe.

But Our Lord promised that the gates of Hell would not prevail against His Church (Matthew 16:19), no matter how weak some priests may be. He calls even now many to come to renew the Church.

The Church and the world need priests, since that is how Our Lord established His Church to be. Now, more than ever, we need good, healthy, heterosexual men, strong enough to live a celibate life, in love with Christ, eager to submit their wills in obedience to God through His Church, for the salvation of souls.

To learn more about becoming a priest, visit www.bridgeportpriest.org

This month, Msgr. Stephen DiGiovanni celebrates his 20th anniversary as Pastor of the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist.

Bulletin for Sunday June 03, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

—Monsignor DiGiovanni

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

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

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

III  Banns: Bruno Guimaraes Lopes Coelho and Ashley Christina Fumai

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

Police: Policemen and women are under attack throughout the country, we ask that you Please remember the members of our Stamford Police Department in your prayers. Likewise, remember in your prayers Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department and our military women and men who protect our nation.

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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

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

Saturday, June 23 : The Basilica of St. John’s is hosting an all day conference in honor of the 50th anniversary of Humanae vitae on June 23rd. Speakers include Mary Eberstadt, Mary FioRito, and George Weigel and a panel of medical experts. The 4PM Vigil Mass will be offered by Bishop Caggiano. Register at http://stjohnsstamford.com/making-room-for-gods-love-humanae-vitae-at-50

Weekly Sunday collection:

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

  Please increase your Sunday offering by $5.00 each weekend. “I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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

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

Birthright: seeks volunteers: Support women to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, connecting women with medical, financial, legal and other resources.  Flexible schedules; training provided. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

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

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

Volunteers: FUTURE 5 is a non-profit organization to help motivated low income high school students in Stamford to improve themselves and their future. We need volunteers to do one-on-one student work, such as college coaches, job prep coaches, and teachers. We also need tutors.  We currently have a  new student who needs a  tutor  in Japanese. For more  information or to volunteer and/or tutor, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.org.

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

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

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

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

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

Natural Family Planning & Fertility Care: Natural Family Planning / Fertility Care – Are you seeking a family planning method that is natural, effective, and morally sound? The Creighton Model System is based upon a couple’s knowledge and understanding of their naturally-occurring phases of fertility and infertility.  Engaged couples preparing for marriage, as well as married couples, and couples who are experiencing infertility issues, can all benefit from using this system. The teachers of the Creighton Model System are trained allied health professionals, and specifically-trained physicians have been educated to incorporate the Creighton Model System into their medical practice. For a FREE introductory session, please contact Angela Marchetti at angelamarchettifcp@gmail.com

Homeplace Wisdom: Is a Catholic women’s organization promoting friendship and vocational development with monthly speakers and gatherings, play dates, and a daily email list for sharing ideas, prayer requests, parenting or home-place questions, and reading material. To join: lisakotasek@gmail.com

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

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

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

Catholic Young Adults of Stamford: We are Catholic young adults in our 20s and 30s, We regularly meet for social events and community service projects. Join us for our monthly Sunday dinner following 5pm Mass. Connect with us on Facebook or Meetup, or  email us at catholicyastamford@gmail.com

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

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, June 27th  Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

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

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

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

Baptisms: Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. For more information, please call Keri, (203-324-1553, ext 21). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Weddings: Couples must contact and begin meeting with one of the parish priests for at least 6 months before a hoped for wedding date at Saint John’s. Please call the parish secretary, Keri, or one of the priests for an initial discussion. Weddings are offered for parishioners only.

Holy Name Society: For men of the parish, meets Fridays in the Rectory, 7-7:50 a.m. for coffee, Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction. All men are  welcome.  We finish in time for the 8a.m. Mass.

The Legion of Mary: Wednesday Evenings: 7:30 pm till 9:00 pm in the Msgr. Nagle Hall.

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

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

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

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

 

Bulletin for Sunday May 27, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday May 27, 2018

Parochial Vicar’s Column:

A White Scarf and a Purple Necktie

I was speaking with a woman last week who was telling me about her nephew’s first Mass (he had been recently ordained a Catholic priest) and she made a comment about the gift of a white scarf and a purple necktie that the new priest had given his parents at the end of that Mass. I had to chuckle a little when I heard this. “The scarf is not a scarf, but is actually called a maniturgium,” I clarified. “And that was a confessional stole, not a necktie!”

These gifts are very special for a new priest to be able to give to his parents. In the Rite of Ordination to the Priesthood, after the newly ordained priest’s hands are consecrated with Sacred Chrism (the same blessed scented oil used on the crown of the head after baptism and used to mark our foreheads during the Sacrament of Confirmation), there is an ancient tradition of wrapping the priest’s hands in a maniturgium (Latin for “hand towel”) which prevent any of the Sacred Chrism from dripping onto the floor or the newly ordained priest’s vestments.

The Latin Rite no longer uses a maniturgium to wrap the newly ordained’s hands, but the towel or purificator that the priest uses to wipe the Chrism off his hands carries the same name. At my own ordination, after having our hands consecrated, my two classmates and I headed to the sacristy and carefully wiped our hands dry and placed these towels into plastic bags with our names on them so that we could take them home later.

At the conclusion of my first Mass as a newly ordained, I too presented my parents the maniturgium and a purple confessional stole with which I had heard my first confession. I then went on to explain to the congregation the reason why these gifts were being presented to my parents.

The tradition of the maniturgium being given to my mother comes from the idea that when the Lord calls her home one day, she will be buried with the maniturgium in her hands. When she stands before the Lord in judgment before going to her eternal reward, the Church supposes that the following exchange will take place. “My daughter, I gave you life, what have you given me?” Jesus will ask her. “Thank you Lord,” she will reply. “I gave you my son to be your priest.” And with this, she will present Jesus with my maniturgium. In gratitude for her gift, the Lord will welcome her into His rest.

Me presenting the box containing the maniturgium and confessional stole to my parents at the end of my first Mass at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Ridgefield, CT on Sunday May 18th, 2014.

The tradition of presenting the father of the newly ordained priest with the stole with which the priest heard his first confession is more recent than the tradition of the maniturgium being given to his mother, but no less significant. As a confessor, the priest is called to be a minister of mercy. The first person who would have taught the priest that lesson is his own father. For this reason, as a thank you to my dad, and as a parallel sign of the gift that my father offered the Lord in giving his son to be a priest, the confessional stole (not a purple necktie) is given to him.

Beyond the strengthened hope of attaining heaven for my parents☺, both of these gifts are meant to remind all of us that vocations are first fostered in the home. It was in growing up in a Catholic family that I first encountered God. Each family of our parish should consider the following question. What are we doing to support our sons and daughters in their vocational discernment and how do we encourage them to consider giving themselves as a gift to the service of the Church? The example of my parents has formed me to be the priest and the man that I am today. For that I say thank you Mom and Dad!

-Fr. Andy Vill

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

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

Banns of Marriage:
I Banns: Mark Richard Kremheller and Kimberly Brooke Gzarnecki

II Banns: Bruno Guimaraes Lopes Coelho and Ashley Christina Fumai
III Banns: David Jarrett Kennedy and Elizabeth Carolyn Jane Skidd

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

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

Saturday, June 23 : The Basilica of St. John’s is hosting an all day conference in honor of the 50th anniversary of Humanae vitae on June 23rd. Speakers include Mary Eberstadt, Mary FioRito, and George Weigel and a panel of medical experts. The 4PM Vigil Mass will be offered by Bishop Caggiano. Register at http://stjohnsstamford.com/making-room-for-gods-love-humanae-vitae-at-50

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         May 20, 2018                           $  11,066.27
Sunday         May 21, 2017                           $  12,909.66

  Please increase your Sunday offering by $5.00 each weekend. “I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

June 3rd Sunday Readings:  EX 2 4:3-8 ; HEB 9:11-15 ; MK 14:12-16, 22-26

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

Birthright: seeks volunteers: Support women to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, connecting women with medical, financial, legal and other resources.  Flexible schedules; training provided. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

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

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

Volunteers: FUTURE 5 is a non-profit organization to help motivated low income high school students in Stamford to improve themselves and their future. We need volunteers to do one-on-one student work, such as college coaches, job prep coaches, and teachers. We also need tutors.  We currently have a  new student who needs a  tutor  in Japanese. For more  information or to volunteer and/or tutor, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.org.

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

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

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

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

Mater Salvatoris Open HouseOn Saturday, June 2nd from 10AM– 1PM, Mater Salvatoris will host an Open House for interested parents. Call today to register (203)-997-5421 or visit Stamford.matersalvatoris.org. The school is located at 403 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford CT 06903.

Natural Family Planning & Fertility Care: Natural Family Planning / Fertility Care – Are you seeking a family planning method that is natural, effective, and morally sound? The Creighton Model System is based upon a couple’s knowledge and understanding of their naturally-occurring phases of fertility and infertility.  Engaged couples preparing for marriage, as well as married couples, and couples who are experiencing infertility issues, can all benefit from using this system. The teachers of the Creighton Model System are trained allied health professionals, and specifically-trained physicians have been educated to incorporate the Creighton Model System into their medical practice. For a FREE introductory session, please contact Angela Marchetti at angelamarchettifcp@gmail.com

Homeplace Wisdom: Is a Catholic women’s organization promoting friendship and vocational development with monthly speakers and gatherings, play dates, and a daily email list for sharing ideas, prayer requests, parenting or home-place questions, and reading material. To join: lisakotasek@gmail.com

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

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

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

Catholic Young Adults of Stamford: We are Catholic young adults in our 20s and 30s, We regularly meet for social events and community service projects. Join us for our monthly Sunday dinner following 5pm Mass. Connect with us on Facebook or Meetup, or  email us at catholicyastamford@gmail.com

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

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, June 27th  Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

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

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, May 26, 2018
4:00   +Angela Scorcia req. Nick and Ann Lepore
Sunday, May 27, 2018
7:30     Daniel and Steven Basar req. Teresa Basar
10:00   In thanksgiving for the Most Holy Trinity req. Scholastica Nabwire
12:00 +Francescantonio Annetta req. Pugliese Family
5:00   +Adelaide White
Monday, May 28, 2018
8:00  +Nicholas Penn req. Pearl Mayo
12:10 +Aniello Preziosi 52nd Anniversary req. Marion Morris and Family
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
8:00    Souls in Purgatory req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10   Special Intention
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
8:00    In honor of parents who choose life
12:10 +Julie Frobose req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Thursday, May 31, 2018
8:00  +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +A.J. Barr req. Paula Molgano
Friday, June 1, 2018
8:00   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
12:10 +Bertrand Pépin req. Beth and Frank Carpanzano
Saturday, June 2, 2018
8:00  +Lina and Xavier Fontaine req by family
12:10 +Regnald Rogers and Family req. Beverly Lasko Family

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:

125 years ago, or so:
May 28, 1896: THE ROLL OF HONOR—Names of the Dead Who Will Be Remembered on Memorial Day. “ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY, Springdale—Thomas Buckley, Peter Conroy, Morris Carroll, James Farron, Patrick Fitzpatrick, Patrick Harrison, Martin Kane, John Kelly, Daniel Kennedy, William McDonald, Henry O’Neil, Patrick Picker, John Reardon.”

100 years ago, or so:
May 28, 1918:  Parochial School Honors Soldiers.  “St. John’s Parochial School pupils will render a program in observance of Memorial Day, tomorrow, at 2:30 p.m. in the school hall. Songs and recitations appropriate to the occasion will be rendered and there will be an address by Former Congressman Thomas L. Reilly of Meriden. The former Congressman’s talk will be a patriotic one. Mr. Reilly is an eloquent speaker, and his address is sure to be a powerful one.”

75 years ago, or so:
May 31, 1944: Over 2,000 Attend Cemetery Service On Memorial Day. “Annual Memorial Day services were held in St. John’s Cemetery yesterday, attended by more than 2,000 persons. The Rev. Thomas C. O’Neill, assistant pastor of St. Clement’s Church, was the principal speaker. A firing squad from the Oscar H. Cowan Post No. 3, American Legion, fired a salute. This was followed by the sounding of taps by Leslie Hoone of the American Legion. General Logan’s Order of the Day, establishing May 30, as Memorial Day, was read by Capt. Michael Boyle of St. John’s Boys Brigade and the names of veterans buried in the cemetery were read by Capt. Michael Griffin of the same organization. St. John’s Boys’ Choir sang an English arrangement of the “De Profundis.” The Prayer for the Dead was read by the Rev. John P. McNerney of St. John’s Church, Noroton Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was read by Capt. Patrick Hogan of the Brigade. Solemn Benediction was led by the Rev. Nicholas P. Coleman of St. John’s Church with the Rev. john J. Kelley of the Sacred Heart Church and the Rev. Martin F. Doran of St. Maurice’s Church assisting as deacon and subdeacon. The service was closed with the singing of “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name” and the “Star Spangled Banner” by the Boys’ Choir of St. John’s Church.”

60 years ago, or so:
May 27, 1956:   “Mass will be said at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day in St. John’s Cemetery, Springdale, for all deceased veterans and others who are buried there, the Right Reverend Monsignor Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s Church has announced.”

Bulletin for Sunday May 20, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday May 20, 2018

Parochial Vicar’s Column:

Come Holy Spirit!

This weekend, as we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost when Jesus sent his Holy Spirit upon the apostles, at the 10am Mass I will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation upon eight of our adult Confirmation students. These men and women have prepared over a period of six months to receive the Sacrament which, for one reason or another, they never received during middle school and high school when the majority of us will have received the Sacrament.

One of my best friends growing up decided that he did not want to be confirmed with the rest of our class during our freshman year of High School and his parents did not force him to do so. It wouldn’t be until a cute girl our age asked this friend of mine to teach catechism class with her mother and her during our junior year that he finally learned about his Faith in depth, began preparation for the Sacrament, and was confirmed at the end of our time in High School.

When I was ordained a deacon five years ago, another friend of mine who was a great defender of the Catholic Faith among our peers shared with me that he had never been confirmed either. I was shocked! “You would have thought that I just confessed to committing a crime!” He told me a bit dejected. “I would have found that easier to believe than you not being confirmed!” I told him still incredulous. I couldn’t believe that he whose faith had been so important to him would have delayed completing his Sacraments of Christian Initiation.

Whatever the reason that someone does not receive their Sacraments according to the “typical” schedule, they often find it rewarding to study and prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation as an adult. Over the last two years at the Basilica I have taught the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) class and find it to be rewarding each year. Technically the RCIA program is for those who are unbaptized and want to be received into the Catholic Church, but we use it as a sort of “catch-all” class at St. John’s. Each year we have about a dozen students who are either unbaptized and looking to enter the Catholic Church, non-Catholic Christians who are seeking to enter into full Communion with the Church, or those who are already Catholic and need to complete their Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist). We even have Catholics who simply want to learn more about their faith and need a “refresher” who join us each year.

When we instruct children, often the examples we give are framed in a way that suggests “when you are older” you might enter into this or that situation. When teaching adults, we are able to teach from a perspective of personal experience and apply what we learn right away to our lives. Because of the format of the class, we can discuss what we are learning and try to apply it to our families, work environments, and social gatherings.

The textbook we use for the class is Catholic Christianity by Dr. Peter Kreeft which follows the same structure as the Catechism of the Catholic Church. They both teach us about 1) what we believe (The Apostles’ Creed), 2) how we are to live (The 10 Commandments), and 3) how we pray and worship (The Lord’s Prayer and the seven Sacraments). When I teach, I am more interested to hear what our students do not understand or actually disagree with since coming to know and understand the truth is our goal. Each year I am impressed by the dedication which our students have and I finish each year proud of the growth I see in their faith.

This year is no different. The men and women who will be confirmed this weekend have spent many hours reading and studying on their own and many hours in class with me discussing the faith that we all share. They are a testimony to the good works God is doing in each of our lives. To them I say congratulations!

If anyone reading this article is interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith, whether you are interested in converting to the Catholic Faith, need to finish your Sacraments of Initiation, or simply want to learn more about your faith, feel free to contact me at frVill@diobpt.org to get more details about our RCIA class beginning again in the fall.

   -Fr. Andy Vill

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

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

Banns of Marriage:
I Banns: Bruno Guimaraes Lopes Coelho and Ashley Christina Fumai

II Banns: David Jarrett Kennedy and Elizabeth Carolyn Jane Skidd

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.

HOLY COMMUNION:     We welcome all visitors and guests to our Basilica.  For those who are not Catholics, know that you are welcome here, but we ask that you not come forward for Holy Communion.  Receiving Holy Communion signifies full membership in the Church founded by Our Lord, called “Catholic” since the end of the first century. Those who are not Catholics are not in full communion with the Church, so please remain in your seats and pray during the communion rite of the Mass. God bless you.

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

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

Saturday, June 23 : The Basilica of St. John’s is hosting an all day conference in honor of the 50th anniversary of Humanae vitae on June 23rd. Speakers include Mary Eberstadt, Mary FioRito, and George Weigel and a panel of medical experts. The 4PM Vigil Mass will be offered by Bishop Caggiano. Register at http://stjohnsstamford.com/making-room-for-gods-love-humanae-vitae-at-50

Weekly Sunday collection: 

Sunday         May 13, 2018                           $  14,083.82
Sunday         May 14, 2017                           $  15,288.31

  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 27th Sunday Readings:  Dt 4:32-34, 39-40 ; Rom 8:14-17; Mt 28:16-20 (165)

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

Birthright: seeks volunteers: Support women to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, connecting women with medical, financial, legal and other resources.  Flexible schedules; training provided.  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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, May 23rd. Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

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

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, May 19, 2018
4:00   +George Terenzio req. Family
Sunday, May 20, 2018
7:30   +Gloria Jean and Karl Berger, Jr. req. Family
10:00 +Joseph and Effie Ramos req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
12:00 +Salvatore Preziosi 2nd Anniversary req. Jimmy and Michelle Sagdati
5:00   +Adelaide White
Monday, May 21, 2018
8:00     Souls in Purgatory
12:10   Salvatore Piria req. Domenico Piria
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
8:00     Souls in Purgatory req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10   Healing of Msgr. DiGiovanni
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   Mildred Beirne God’s Blessing req. Joan Beirne
Thursday, May 24, 2018
8:00     Special Intention
12:10   World Day of Prayer for China
Friday, May 25, 2018
8:00   +Margaret Mary Cycon req. Thomas Cycon
12:10 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
Saturday, May 26, 2018
8:00   +Mr. and Mrs. Naissance Jean Guillaume req. by family
12:10 +Marge Lemanski req. Lisa Kober

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:

100 years ago, or so:
May 26, 1919: RECEIVED INTO SODALITY. “Thirty-two girls were received in the Sodality of the Children of Mary, last night, in St. John’s Catholic Church. The ceremony was pretty and impressive. The candidates and the members of the Sodality all were dressed in white and each wore a white veil. The ceremony was marked by a procession, singing of hymns, reception of members, and crowning of the Virgin with a wreath. Rev. Paul F. Keating of St. Mary’s Church preached a sermon, in which he urged the members of the Sodality to make their lives worthy of a Mother so high and to ask for her intercession. In the processional march, the banner-bearer, Miss Irene Hogan, vice-president of the Sodality, walked first. The tassel-bearers, Miss Eva Bartley and Miss Alice Fitzgerald, followed. The crown-bearer, Miss Margaret Garvey, president of the Sodality, was attended by four little girls. Then came Miss Josephine Iffand, secretary, Miss Leah Berjeron and Miss Catherine Finnegan, attended by fifteen little misses representing the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, each carry carnations– white, red and pink. They walked ahead of the candidates who were to be received into the Sodality. As the members of the Sodality approached the altar to be received in the society by Rev. Henry Callahan, the Sodality sang “Ave Maria Stella.” Miss Anne Mullen read the Act of Consecration. The sermon was delivered at this point. Benediction followed. After benediction, a hymn was rendered by all of the members of the Sodality—”Farewell to May.”.”

80 years ago, or so:
May 25, 1936:  May Crowning Procession of Children of Mary Sodality at St. John’s R. C. Church.  “The May crowning procession of the Children of Mary Sodality was held in St. John’s R. C. Church, yesterday afternoon. Following the procession, the Rev. Charles Hagearty, chaplain, delivered a sermon. Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament was conducted by the Rev. Charles Corcoran, followed by singing by the boys’ choir. Dressed in white and wearing veils, members of the Sodality proceeded around the church, singing the Children of Mary song. The president, Miss Marion McRedmond, adorned the statue of the Blessed Virgin with a veil and jeweled crown. After leaving offerings of flowers at the altar of the Blessed Virgin, the members returned to their seats. The procession was led by choir boys in red cassocks and white  surplices. Miss Kathryn Leonard, vice president, carried the processional cross. Four aides were the Misses Jean O’Connor, Gladys Lynch, Doris Lynch and Jean Merritt. These were followed by the officers, including Miss Marion Hogan, treasurer; accompanied by Marion Blake and Dolores Koba; Miss Anna Fitzgibbon, corresponding secretary, accompanied by John O’Connor and Colleen Gorman; Miss Mary Duplex, recording secretary, accompanied by Kathleen Ingersoll and Nancy Dicamilla.”

Bulletin for Sunday May 13, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday May 13, 2018

Parochial Vicar’s Column:

Fr. Al is a THIEF!

For those of you who have never read my articles, but were intrigued by this week’s title; welcome to the parochial vicar’s (mostly) weekly column!

Many people wonder how our Mass schedule is determined at the Basilica and as funny as it sounds, it takes place kind of like an auction house sale! The three priests will grab our paper calendars (yes, we are very retro) and sit down to schedule the next three months of weekend Masses and confession slots. Since I arrived at St. John’s almost three years ago, we have had the same daily Mass schedule. As Monsignor recovers from his stroke, Fr. Al and I have kept our respective Masses and simply have taken on Monsignor’s Masses as well. For weekend Masses some things are standard which makes it easy to plan our schedules. The priest who celebrates the 4pm vigil Mass on Saturday always has the 3pm-3:30pm confession slot. The priest who has the 8am Saturday Mass or the 7am-7:30am confession slot on Sunday has to open the church at 6am that day. Keeping in mind all of these “givens” the scheduling “auction” begins!

Monsignor DiGiovanni acts as the auctioneer and begins to call out Mass times. “Saturday 8am?” “I’ll take it!” Fr. Al says. “I’ll do the 4pm!” I interject. “Okay, I have the 12:10pm,” Monsignor, “Who wants the 3:30pm-4pm confessions?” Mine!” Fr. Al will exclaim. Three months of weekend Masses and confessions are scheduled this way at a time. In general we try to work it out so that no one priest is saying the same Mass (for example the 4pm Mass) three weeks in a row. Sometimes, because of other commitments, this cannot be avoided and needs to happen. For example this weekend, as the Diocesan Scout Chaplain, I am celebrating the Vigil Mass at the ConnJam Scout Jamboree in Orange, CT making this the third weekend in a row where Fr. Al is celebrating the Vigil Mass here at the Basilica.

Any given weekend, each priest will either celebrate the Saturday Vigil Mass and one on Sunday, two Masses on Sunday, or just one Mass on Sunday. Each of us will take one of the three morning confession times before a Mass which another priest is celebrating. Every once in a while, after calling out which Masses we would like to celebrate, Monsignor would look over the list again and exclaim, “Wait, I don’t have any Masses to celebrate on my schedule!” Looking at my calendar I would see that I have the 4pm Vigil and one of the Sunday Masses. We both would look to Fr. Al, who had claimed three of the Sunday Masses! “I love to celebrate Mass!” He insisted earnestly.        During the week, when I have so much as sniffle, Fr. Al will suggest that I take a break and he will celebrate the Mass for me. He loves “stealing” Masses! With any “job” there are things that we “have to do” and technically, as a priest, we are “obliged” to offer the Sacrifice of the Mass for the glory of God and the sanctification of the people. However, to speak of the “obligation” to celebrate Mass is like speaking of the “obligation” that a husband has to love his wife. It is said that if you find a job you love, you will never have to work another day in your life. For any of us, the celebration of Mass is not work. In our vocation as priests, God has blessed us with a life that is more than just a career. He has invited us into His life, His ministry, and the sacrificial act of love on the Cross.

This week I will celebrate my fourth anniversary of priesthood and I can say that I always enjoy celebrating Mass. I have never offered a Mass that I have not been happy to celebrate. Fr. Al has been a priest for twenty-five years and he still has a deep love for celebrating the Eucharist! For Monsignor during his recovery, you can imagine the suffering he must endure not being able celebrate Mass as he had done so faithfully over the last forty-one years as a priest    When we celebrate Mass, Christ is acting in us and through us by means of His Holy Spirit to invite His Bride the Church into His life and love. He makes us a new creation every time we celebrate and receive Him in the Eucharist. A few weeks ago, while I was celebrating a daily Mass, I contemplated the love that I have for the Lord and how he has continued to bless me with the joy I experience every time I celebrate the Eucharist.

As Catholics we believe that with the Paschal Mystery, the Passion, death and resurrection of Jesus, that we finally have a worthy sacrifice in Jesus Christ to offer up to the Father. All of us, whether ordained or not, participate in the priesthood of the baptized. The role of a priest is to offer sacrifice. When the ordained priest offers up the bread and wine at Mass, we ought to unite all of who we are up with him to the Father. As Christ became one of us to share in our humanity, we can unite ourselves to Him at Mass so as to share in His joy! The joy that I experience celebrating Mass after four years of ordination, the joy that Fr. Al has after twenty-five, and the joy that Monsignor has after forty-one years ordained is only a taste of the joy that the Lord has in store for us when we are able to participate in the Supper of the Lamb in heaven!

-Fr. Andy Vill

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

Please pray for those who have recently died: John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Pasquale [Pat] Santagata, Elma Hefferna, Anne Mennona, Emile Maignan, Regina Derrisaint, Joanne Santarsiero, Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel,  Susanne and Suzanne DePreta
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Banns of Marriage:
I Banns: David Jarrett Kennedy and Elizabeth Carolyn Jane Skidd

III Banns: Ryan John Durkin Jr. and Trisha Cristine Ulloa 

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

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light: +Ed and Ann Cody, Bill and Felicitas Cody, members of the Burns and Cody families req. Erin Cody

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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 17 at 7:30pm–  The Upper Room: For adults between 30 and 95 years of age resumes on May 17th at 7:30PM in The Upper Room at Columbus Park Trattoria on Main Street in Stamford. Our speaker: Fr. Dennis O’Brien  His topic: Mary our Role Model.  All are welcome.

Friday, May 18 at 7pm– Annual World Day of Prayers for China: A Solemn Latin High Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Cyprian P. La Pastina for the Annual World Day of Prayers for China.

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

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

Saturday, June 23 : The Basilica of St. John’s is hosting an all day conference in honor of the 50th anniversary of Humanae vitae on June 23rd. Speakers include Mary Eberstadt, Mary FioRito, and George Weigel and a panel of medical experts. The 4PM Vigil Mass will be offered by Bishop Caggiano. Register at http://stjohnsstamford.com/making-room-for-gods-love-humanae-vitae-at-50

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         May 6, 2018                             $  15,166.08
Sunday         May 7, 2017                             $  14,467.99

  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 20th Sunday Readings:  ACTS 2:1-11; 1 COR 12:3B-7, 12-13 ; JN 20:19-23

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.

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.

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!

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

Upcoming Ordination Dates: Peter Adamski will be ordained into the Transitional Diaconate on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 11AM at the Cathedral of St. Augustine, 399 Washington Ave. , Bridgeport.

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.

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

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

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, May 23rd. Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

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

Car Wash and Exotic Car Showcase at GCS on Saturday May 19th from 9:30-12:00 (rain date May 20th 12:30-3:00) at Greenwich Catholic School, 471 North Street in Greenwich.
The Eighth Grade class will be hosting a Carwash and Exotic Car showcase to raise funds for the graduation retreat. Come get your car washed, feast your eyes on some dream-worthy cars and even have your picture taken in a Ferrari !

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, May 12, 2018
4:00   + Sylvia Iannazzi req. Fran and Tom Diffley
Sunday, May 13, 2018
7:30   +George Nadin req. Glenn and Lynda Nadin
10:00 +Francimene Morisseau req. Mary Dumas
12:00 +Noemi Isidro req. daughters
5:00   +Adelaide White
Monday, May 14, 2018
8:00   + Sr. Marie Buckley, CND req. Carpanzano Family
12:10 +Anne Conte req. Tabone Family
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Giuseppe and Maria Megale req. Pugliese Family
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
8:00   +Carmen Colon req. Marion Morris and Family
12:10 +Antonio Pugliese req. Pugliese Family
Thursday, May 17, 2018
8:00   +Joyce Patten req. Angela and Maria Palermo
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
Friday, May 18, 2018
8:00     Healing of Msgr. DiGiovanni
12:10 +Efstratios Athanasoulias req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Saturday, May 19, 2018
8:00   +Delfina de Leon req. Blanca Reyes
12:10 +Joseph Pucci req. Marie Pinto

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:
May 20, 1864: CATHOLIC SCHOOL. “We paid a visit to this school, which is connected with St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, a day or two since, and were greatly pleased with the neatness and good order that prevailed. The school house is commodious and well ventilated—two requisites for the promotion of health and comfort. In the primary department are about 100 children, from 4 to 6 years of age, and in the higher classes are 175 scholars, all bright, healthy looking children. The school is under charge of Mr. Patrick O’Reilly.”

125 years ago, or so:
May 16, 1890:  Ancient Order of Hibernians.  “Fathers Keena and Carroll, of St. John’s R. C. Church, went to Hartford in the early part of the week to attend the national convention of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. A large delegation of the order went also from Stamford, and St. John’s Band escorted them. The proceedings occupied Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.”

105 years ago, or so:
May 18, 1914: At Their First Communion. “One hundred and thirty girls and 120 boys received their first communion in St. John’s Catholic Church, yesterday, at 7:30 a.m. The girls were dressed in white and they wore white veils. Each of the boys had a white carnation in his button-hole, and a band of white silk ribbon around his coat sleeve. Rev. Father Sullivan celebrated the Mass, and the sermon was appropriate to the occasion.”

90 years ago, or so:
May 14, 1927: CONFIRMATION.  “In the presence of a congregation that filled St. John’s Catholic Church at 10, Sunday morning, the Right Rev. Maurice F. McAuliffe, D. D.  Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese, Hartford, administered the sacrament of Confirmation to the largest class of adults and children that has been presented for the reception of that sacrament. The class numbered 135 consisting of 69 males and 69 females. Bishop McAuliffe was assisted by the Rev. D. L. Gleason, D. D. of St. Mary’s Church, Stamford and the Rev. John F. Moore of New Canaan. Bishop McAuliffe very appropriately addressed the children and gave some wholesome advice to their parents present. He then administered the total abstinence pledge to the class which had been confirmed.”

60 years ago, or so:
May 18, 1956: Sodality To Take Part In Church Ceremony.   “The Children of Mary Sodality of St. John’s Catholic Church will participate in the ceremony of the crowning of the statues of the Blessed Mother in the church on Sunday. Ann Lucas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Lucas of 16 Remington Street, Sodality president, will place the crowns. Sister Mary Cosmas is the group’s director.”

 

Bulletin for Sunday May 06, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday May 06, 2018

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

Please pray for those who have recently died: John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Pasquale [Pat] Santagata, Elma Hefferna, Anne Mennona, Emile Maignan, Regina Derrisaint, Joanne Santarsiero, Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel,  Susanne and Suzanne DePreta
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Banns of Marriage: II Banns: Ryan John Durkin Jr. and Trisha Cristine Ulloa 

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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 17 at 7:30pm–  The Upper Room: For adults between 30 and 95 years of age resumes on May 17th at 7:30PM in The Upper Room at Columbus Park Trattoria on Main Street in Stamford. Our speaker: Fr. Dennis O’Brien  His topic: Mary our Role Model.  All are welcome.

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

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

Saturday, June 23 : The Basilica of St. John’s is hosting an all day conference in honor of the 50th anniversary of Humanae vitae on June 23rd. Speakers include Mary Eberstadt, Mary FioRito, and George Weigel and a panel of medical experts. The 4PM Vigil Mass will be offered by Bishop Caggiano. Register at http://stjohnsstamford.com/making-room-for-gods-love-humanae-vitae-at-50

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         April 29, 2018                          $  15,103.51
Sunday         April 30, 2017                          $  13,634.34

  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 13th Sunday Readings:  ACTS 1:15-17, 20A, 20C-26, 1JN 4:11-16, JN 17:11B-19

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.

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!

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

Upcoming Ordination Dates: Peter Adamski will be ordained into the Transitional Diaconate on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 11AM at the Cathedral of St. Augustine, 399 Washington Ave. , Bridgeport.

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.

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

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

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, May 23rd. Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

Mother Daughter Connection: May 12, 2018 from 10:00am-1:00pm at Columbus Park Trattoria. Enjoy brunch & Girl Talk with the founders of Beyoutifully MADE. We will discuss demystifying and celebrating the Feminine Genius, as well as cultivating and enriching the mother daughter connection. This event is recommended for girls in 3rd grade and up. Seating is limited. For more information about Beyoutifully MADE and to book your tickets please visit our website www.beyoutifullymade.life.

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

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, May 5, 2018
4:00    +Ines and Albert Gommi req. Leon Taricani
Sunday, May 6, 2018
7:30    +Maureen Flanders req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00  +Jimmy and Patricia O’Connor req. Mary Bridget Gaine
12:00  +Ann Touhey req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
5:00    +Adelaide White
Monday, May 7, 2018
8:00    +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10    Healing of Msgr. DiGiovanni req. Dorothy Keyes
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
8:00  +Joseph Franco req. Carpanzano Family
12:10 +Domenico and Caterina Sette req. Pugliese Family
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
8:00   +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Teresita Umali and Gregoria Gloria req. Angeles Family
5:15   +Terence J. Leydon
Thursday, May 10, 2018
8:00    +Mary Anne Laginestra req. her family
12:10  +Maura Bridget Gallagher req. Jim and Lori Rubino
5:15    +Rafael Angel Ortega req. Camille Laginestra
Friday, May 11, 2018
8:00      Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
12:10  +Homero Ribadeneira req. Family
Saturday, May 12, 2018
8:00    +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10  +Benny DiGiorgio req. Antonia Cerro and Alberto Pipola

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:

115 years ago, or so:
May 7, 1903: Mystic Midgets. “A liliputian carnival of nations, in two acts, presented by children of St. John’s R. C. Church. Beautiful scenery. Elaborate costumes. Bright, catchy music. 150 young people in the cast. Staged by Fred H. Decker & Co. of New York. Town Hall, Thursday and Friday evenings at 8:15. Matinee Thursday, at 2:15. Admission 35 cents evening; 25 cents matinee.”

95 years ago, or so:
May 12, 1921:  PRIEST’S GOLDEN JUBILEE.  “The Rev. William H. Rogers, venerable pastor of St. Patrick’s parish, Hartford, will observe his golden jubilee, or , the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood of the Catholic Church, June 1. The people of the parish are making arrangements to celebrate the happy event in a manner that will be an expression of their appreciation of Father Roger’s devoted zeal for their spiritual welfare for over 20 years and of their hope that he will continue for many years as their pastor. Father Rogers received his early education in the public schools of Carlisle. He entered St. Joseph’s Seminary in Troy, N.Y. He was ordained in June 1871. Immediately after his ordination, Father Rogers was appointed assistant to the late Rev. James Lynch, the pastor of the Catholic Church in Middletown. In 1873 he was transferred to the assistant pastorate of Stamford, where he served as assistant to the late Father Fagan and continued as assistant to the late Rev. Michael Tierney when the latter succeeded Father Fagan. When Father Tierney, who was afterward Bishop of the Diocese, was transferred to another parish, Father Rogers was appointed his successor in the Stamford pastorate, and remained there until Bishop Tierney appointed him, in September 1900, pastor of St. Patrick’s, on the death of the Very Rev. John A Mulcahy.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: twenty years after his departure, over 100 parishioners of St. John’s attended Father Rogers 50th anniversary in Hartford.)

90 years ago, or so:
May 8, 1927:  “The St. John’s Parochial School baseball team will hold its first practice session this afternoon at Woodside Park. The school expects to turn out a fine team this year and with strong material such as Lemon, Hogan, Coughlin, Donnelly, Hushion, and Hennessy, great things are expected. The team is looking for games with Rice School and Rogers School.”

20 years ago, or so:
May 8, 1997:  Catholic Holy Day.  “Today is a Holy Day of Obligation for Roman Catholics. Catholics must attend Mass according to the Rev. William A. Nagle, pastor of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Stamford.  The day, also known as Ascension Thursday, marks the day that Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven. It traditionally occurs 40 days after Easter.”

 

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.”