Bulletin for Sunday, October 22, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 15, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: In another week, the Church will celebrate All Saints’ Day on November 1st. The Solemnity of All Saints calls to mind an aspect of the reality of the Church which many people are unaware: The Catholic Church is NOT a humanly created institution. This is clear in the Book of the Apocalypse: “The angel said to me, ’Come and I will show you the bride that the Lamb has married.’ He. . . Showed me Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down from God out of heaven. . . The City stood on twelve foundation stones, each one of which bore the name of one of the twelve apostles of the Lamb” [Apoc 1:10-14].  Saint Paul continues the image: “You are part of a building that has the apostles and prophets for its foundations, and Christ Jesus himself for its main cornerstone.” [Eph 2:20] The Catholic Church was personally established by Our Lord,  and has been called “Catholic” since the end of the first century. While its membership is made up of women, men and children around the globe, it is a living creation of God, with Jesus literally as its head, and we, literally as its members; just like your arms and legs are members of your own body, managed by your head. Through the Catholic Church, we are closely united with God.
Most people do not realize that there is an intimate relationship between Our Lord and all who are baptized, were baptized, and will be baptized: a relationship that begins on the date of your baptism, and continues forever, crossing all boarders of space and time. That relationship springs from our sharing in the very life of Jesus through Baptism and the Sacraments, especially that of His Body and Blood, the Eucharist, or Holy Communion, which we are privileged to receive during Mass. There is more: whenever we attend Mass, there are others present beside those standing and sitting in the church. All the saints and angels, and God Himself, is present with us—not as ideas or memories, but actually: in real time. All Saints Day on November 1st calls to mind that deeper reality of our unity in Christ and all the baptized, living and dead, through His Catholic Church. Jesus works through His Catholic Church to destroy the power of evil: and the saints take that role up in their lives on earth and in heaven.
That is why there are statues and pictures of saints in Catholic Churches. That is why the high altar is covered with relics of the saints: the statues, paintings and relics of saints remind us of the heroes of the Faith: real people just like us who loved Jesus so very much, and heroically, that their lives were forever changed, and they changed the world. As you look around our Basilica, can you name any of the statues or paintings of the saints? You should be able to. Let’s take a little tour of the images of those men and women who pray for each of us daily before the Throne of God.
Let’s start inside the basilica front interior doors. Standing in the center aisle, take a right: walk up the northern [right] side aisle: walk a few feet down the aisle to the baptismal font on your right, and stop. Face the font, and there, next to the font is a white marble statue: who are the two men? The one kneeling is Jesus, the one standing is Saint John the Baptist: the last and greatest prophet, who baptized Jesus, and then was put to death because he served God more faithfully than the local government. Turn to your right and face the back wall: there is a stature of Saint Rita of Cascia: a wife and mother who suffered greatly at the hands of her abusive husband and children; after their death she became a nun, dedicating her life to Christ for the salvation of the world, praying for her family’s enemies. Above her is a large oil painting of Our Lady: Jesus’ mother, who holds her divine son. The Blessed Virgin Mary was the first and most dedicated of Jesus’ disciples. Turn around, and walk down the aisle: at the front of the church is the side altar of Saint Joseph, the foster father of Jesus and husband of Mary. Next to the altar is a white marble statue of Saint Therese of Lisieux, a young girl who became a cloistered Carmelite nun, suffered from tuberculosis and offered her sufferings for the salvation of the world. Turn a little to the right, and there is a large seated bronze statue of Saint Peter: the chief Apostle, who died a martyr in Rome in 64 AD. The popes in Rome share his office given him by Our Lord as the visible head of the Church. Turn to the right and look up, and you’ll see four painted “statues”: on the far left is Blessed Pope Pius IX, next is Saint Patrick, then, on the other side of the large window, Saint Augustine and his mother Saint Monica. Turn round again, and walk to the exact center of the church, and face the high altar: on the right is Saint John the Evangelist; to the left is a statue of Our Lord with His Sacred Heart. Walk across to the other side, to the side altar of Our Lady, with Her Son standing below her. Next to the altar is a white marble statue of Saint Anthony of Padua holding the Infant Jesus. Now look up at the side wall: the far left of the large window is a painting of Saint Michael the Archangel; next, Saint Philip Neri; on the right of the window is Saints Joachim and Ann, the parents of Mary. These were real life people who loved God on earth, and still do now in heaven. They pray for you, daily.
Here’s your homework: Google each saint to learn more about their lives of faith: they, literally, changed their world around them because of their love for God. The saints are still part of the Catholic Church, who pray for you and me daily at the throne of God. Speak to the saints, just as you would your friends, for they are your friends in heaven. Ask their help and guidance; read their biographies on-line for inspiration and get an idea what to do with your life: how can you love Jesus?—how can you change the world? Through Christ, you can do great things.
Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Joanne Santarsiero, Louise Wakin, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Maria Izurieta, 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, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Debbie Schemmel, Ralph Dante Puzzuoli, Sr., James Tarzia, Sr.,  Antonietta Cerone, Mary A. Gaine, Grace Steele, Benita Rebula, Sylvia Iannazzi, Anne Hieronymus, Julia Fabrizio, Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk.

World Mission Sunday Collection . . . Please drop your special envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.

Banns of Marriage:
II Banns:  Elvin Efrain Caban and Odalys Aquino
III Banns:  Justin Ross Abate and Sandra Cordoano
III Banns:  Kevin Michael Baker and Nancy Alison Clayton

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October 20-28: Novena in honor of St. Jude daily after each 12:10 Mass.

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Pro-Life Event. . . The Gospel of Life Society invites you and your family to participate in Stamford’s Life Chain, on Sunday, October 29th  from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm in front of Saint John’s. Last year, over 1,200 Life Chains were linked across America and Canada, including scores of St. John’s parishioners. This is a non-confrontational witness for life: we simply stand along Atlantic Street in front of the church with signs encouraging greater respect for human life, and we pray. For more info, please call Frank Carpanzano: 203-975-0074.

The Upper Room: For adults between 30 and 95 years of age resumes on November 8th at 7:30pmin The Upper Room at Columbus Park Trattoria on Main Street in Stamford. Our speaker: Fr. George Rutler, Pastor of Saint Michael’s Church in NYC will be our speaker. His topic: The Church as the Communion of Saints. All are welcome.

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes started Monday September 18th and will meet weekly 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x21 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Children’s Choir: Ages 8-18 who are interested. Please speak with our choir master, David Indyk or leave your contact information in the parish office, 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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.

DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY: Interested in reading Dante? We could begin during Lent with the Inferno, which is not a torture tour many view the work to be. Rather, it is a meditation on God’s plan for human happiness by loving Him, and humankind’s search for happiness that too often leads away from God to sin, which is real life folly that ends invariably to unhappiness, pain and suffering in this life and in the next.  We could begin reading the Divine Comedy in Lent, then continue if people would like. NO Charge: you’d simply have to purchase the books. Interested? Call  Msgr. DiGiovanni, 203-324-1553, ext 11.

Weekly Sunday collection:       

Sunday October 15,  2017 $  13,221.18
Sunday October 16,  2016 $  11,757.54

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

October 29th Sunday Readings:  Ex 22:20-26; 1 Thes 1:5c-10; Mt 22:34-40

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

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.

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 even helped convince expectant mothers to spare their children. To join us, or for specialized training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

Let us pray: for the mothers and children of Good Counsel Malta House, who have been wounded from the affects of abortion or any physical, mental or sexual abuse, that they may they seek hope, forgiveness and God’s Divine healing.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. Next meeting: Wednesday, October 25th.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

SilverSource: Formerly Senior Services of Stamford, 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: silversource.org.

The Catholic Academy of Stamford:  will be hosting a Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Open House on Sunday, October 22, 2017, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. It will be held at the lower school campus, 1186 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT.  You will have an opportunity to meet the Head of School, Ms. Patricia Brady, the Principal of the lower school, Mrs. Natalia Cruz, and the Teachers and their Assistants.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see for yourself the great things that are happening in this wonderful community.  Please mark your calendar!

Stamford Catholic/ Trinity Catholic High School: The Annual Memorial Mass for deceased graduates, faculty and staff will be offered on Thursday November 2nd at 7pm in the school auditorium. All are welcome.

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. For more  information or to volunteer and/or tutor, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.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

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-416-1619 or  projectrachel@diobpt.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.

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call Fr. Vill at (203) 324-1553 ext. 130 to make an appointment. Meet with Fr. Vill 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.

Catholic Classical School Fundraiser:  You’re invited to “An Enchanted Autumn Evening,” a Fall Gala to benefit Regina Pacis Academy on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at The Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s in Darien, CT. Please join us for cocktails, dinner, dancing, entertainment, and a silent auction. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.reginapacisacademy.com/fall-gala. Regina Pacis Academy is a small, private, classical Catholic school in Norwalk.

Employment: Malta House in Norwalk is a transitional residence to promote the dignity of God-given life by providing a nurturing home environment, support services and independent living skills for pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children. Looking for a House Manager , anyone may apply for this position by forwarding a cover letter/resume to: John Hinshaw: John_Hinshaw@goodcounselhomes.org.  We are located at: 5 Prowitt Street, Norwalk, CT. 06855.

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 more than intellectual development.  We will meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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.

Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form: Is offered every Friday at 2pm on the Saint Joseph Altar.

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, October 21, 2017
4:00  +Regina Grabowski req. Duffy Family
Sunday, October 22, 2017
7:30  +Juana Mazariegos req. Blanca Reyes
10:00+Elisa and John Prizio req. Elisa Pavia
12:00+Jeffrey Leon Donoso req. Lina Donoso and Family
5:00  +Robert and Karen Velline
Monday, October 23, 2017
8:00  +Mary Churley req. Mary Petrizzi
12:10+Gusta and Lena req. Age
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
8:00 +Carmine V. Longo Sr. req. Lucille Longo and Family
12:10  Diane Strain req. Lula Blackson
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
8:00   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
12:10 +Anthony and Cecilia Conte req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Thursday, October 26, 2017
8:00  +Joseph and Margaret Curtis req. Mary Maloney
12:10+Paul Tomko req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Friday, October 27, 2017
8:00   Special Intentions Pietro Bertuca req. niece and nephews
12:10+William Eisler req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Saturday, October 28, 2017
8:00  +Sister Mary Rose Gallagher CSJ Birthday Remembrance req. Marie Carr
12:10+Victoria Santagata req. Giannitti 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 Cindy, (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, Cindy, 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: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
110 years ago, or so:

Oct. 23, 1907: Parochial School Alumni. “The regular meeting of the Alumni of St. John’s Parochial School will be held tomorrow evening in the school hall. The second of the series of short talks will be given by the Rev. James C. O’Brien, on the evening of the Feast of All Souls, the subject to be The Doctrine of the Catholic Church Regarding Departed Souls. These short talks are becoming very popular and the Alumni has been fortunate in being able to secure some of the best speakers in Stamford, as well as a few who do not belong here. A treat is expected when the worthy pastor of St. John’s lectures, for Father O’Brien is a very entertaining and convincing talker.”

105 years ago, or so:
Oct. 29, 1912:  “Friday will be a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Churches. This is celebrated as a Feast of All Saints. The Masses in St. John’s R. C. Church will be at 5, 7, 8 and 9 a.m. Thursday, the eve of the feast of All Saints, will be a fast day.”

100 years ago, or so:
Oct. 29, 1914: St. Ann’s Euchre Party a Big Success. “A pleasing and successful affair was the euchre held last evening by St. Ann’s Ladies’ Aid Society, in St. John’s Parochial School Hall. Between three and four hundred were present. For euchre there were about eighty tables. The proceeds will be used in work for the poor. At 8:30 p.m., the announcer, Dr. J. J. Ryle, started cards. Eight games were played in all. When it came time to award the many handsome prizes, it was necessary to draw for numbers. One player, Miss Mary A. Stark, had won all eight games. She took for her prize a cut-glass dish. Eight players had won seven games. They picked a tray, cut-glass almond dish, a purse, a second tray, a clock, a set of sherbet glasses and a picture.”

85 years ago, or so:
Oct. 27, 1931: Children of Mary Halloween Party On Thursday Night. “The Sodality of the Children of Mary of St. John’s R. C. Church will hold a Halloween party for members only in the Parochial School hall on Thursday, October 29. Festivities will begin at 8. An entertaining program has been planned with Miss Irene Kearney, Miss Grace Reilly, and Miss Helen Whitehead taking part. Numerous Halloween games have been planned and there will be a grand march, following which prizes will be awarded to the prettiest costumes, the most original and the most comical. Following the entertainment program, refreshments will be served by the refreshments committee of which Miss Alice Smith is chairman. Miss Mary Duplex is chairman of decorations and Miss Mae Finch is in charge of the programs. Every member is extended an invitation to attend and the committee assures everyone an enjoyable evening. Guests must come in costume or masked.”

Bulletin for Sunday October 15, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 15, 2017

Pastor’s Corner:        Some of the Church’s greatest martyrs are recalled this week: On October 17th: Saint Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch in what is today Syria died a martyr in Rome in the early 2nd century; and on October 19th, the North American Martyrs, who died martyrs in what is today Canada and New York State in the mid-17th century.  What could these men, living in times and places so different from one another, have in common with each other and us?
The first thing Ignatius, Isaac and his Jesuit companions shared in common was their unflinching love for and faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ, which led them to become His Catholic priests. The second was their love for His Catholic Church, the only religion personally begun by Jesus and His 12 Apostles. Saint Ignatius was ordained a bishop by Saint Peter, and appointed bishop of Antioch.
Saint Peter then went to Rome., where he headed the early Church, and died a martyr in 64 AD.  By the end of the 1st century,  Ignatius was over 80 years old and was arrested because of his faith during the persecution by the Roman Emperor Trajan. Ignatius was dragged across Asia Minor, chained in the belly of a boat, dragged across Italy to Rome.  In 104 AD,  he was thrown to  the lions in the then-recently completed Coliseum, as entertainment for the bloodthirsty  Roman crowds. Ignatius gave Christ’s Church the name Catholic, which means universal—the Church is found everywhere in the world, not limited to one nation, race or tribe. Since he was a disciple of Saint Peter, Ignatius knew what he was talking about!  As he was being dragged and beaten on his way to martyrdom, Ignatius wrote seven letters addressed to the Church in each of the cities he passed by. They are some of the oldest and most venerable gems of early Christian literature.  In them, he reminded and urged Catholics to remain faithful to Christ and His Catholic Church. Ignatius wrote that the Church founded by Christ is that which exists throughout the whole world—the only Church that is catholikos, or universal: found in every nation. In these letter gave us an exact picture of the Church as established by the Apostles. They describe the true Faith, and the early Church’s structure, as having been organized by the 12 Apostles: each local church or diocese was headed by a bishop, who had received his authority directly from one of the 12 Apostles when one of the 12 Apostles ordained a man a bishop: just as Saint Peter had ordained Saint Ignatius to be the bishop of Antioch. Those bishops handed on the same authority to the men they ordained bishops. The bishops, as direct successors of an Apostle, were assisted by priests and deacons. The heart of Ignatius’ faith was Our Lord, and the mainstay of early Catholic life was the Eucharist, the true Body and Blood of Christ, along with His Revelation in Sacred Scripture, the Bible.
The Jesuit priests, Saints Isaac Jogues, John de Breubeuf, Anthony Daniel, Gabriel Lalemant, Charles Garnier, and Noel Chabanel, and two Religious Brothers, Rene Goupil and John de Lalande preached and established the Church in what is today upstate New York and Canada. In 1642, while Saint Isaac Jogues was bringing desperately needed supplies to the Huron Indian mission from Quebec, his group was attacked by Native Americans. He and his companion Rene Goupil were savagely beaten and tortured—hair, beard, and finger nails torn off, and their forefingers bitten through. Goupil was killed, but Jogues escaped and returned to Europe. In spite of his horrific experience and torture, he insisted that his Jesuit superiors permit him to return: twice he returned to the missions to the same Native Americans who had tortured him and killed his friend.  The second time, Jogues was recaptured, tortured again and tomahawked on October 18, 1648. The others suffered the same fate between 1648 and 1649.
Saint Ignatius of Antioch and the North American Martyrs died in different times and places, each bearing witness to the same reality—Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all time and all places, who redeemed everyone and everything by His Cross. They saw the preaching of Christ’s truth and the offering of His Grace in the Sacraments for the salvation of souls worth dying for. As they were tormented and dying, they prayed for their persecutors and executioners, just as Our Lord did from the Cross.
Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Louise Wakin, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Maria Izurieta, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge,  Debbie Schemmel, 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, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Antonietta Cerone, Mary A. Gaine, Grace Steele, Benita Rebula, Sylvia Iannazzi, Anne Hieronymus, Julia Fabrizio, Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk.

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

Banns of Marriage:
I Banns:  Elvin Efrain Caban and Odalys Aquino
II Banns:  Justin Ross Abate and Sandra Cordoano
II Banns:  Kevin Michael Baker and Nancy Alison Clayton

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October 20-28: Novena in honor of St. Jude daily after each 12:10 Mass.

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Pro-Life Event. . . The Gospel of Life Society invites you and your family to participate in Stamford’s Life Chain, on Sunday, October 29th  from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm in front of Saint John’s. Last year, over 1,200 Life Chains were linked across America and Canada, including scores of St. John’s parishioners. This is a non-confrontational witness for life: we simply stand along Atlantic Street in front of the church with signs encouraging greater respect for human life, and we pray. For more info, please call Frank Carpanzano: 203-975-0074.

The Upper Room: For adults between 30 and 95 years of age resumes on November 8th at 7:30pmin The Upper Room at Columbus Park Trattoria on Main Street in Stamford. Our speaker: Fr. George Rutler, Pastor of Saint Michael’s Church in NYC will be our speaker. His topic: The Church as the Communion of Saints. All are welcome.

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes started Monday September 18th and will meet weekly 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x21 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Children’s Choir: Ages 8-18 who are interested. Please speak with our choir master, David Indyk or leave your contact information in the parish office, 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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.

DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY: Interested in reading Dante? We could begin during Lent with the Inferno, which is not a torture tour many view the work to be. Rather, it is a meditation on God’s plan for human happiness by loving Him, and humankind’s search for happiness that too often leads away from God to sin, which is real life folly that ends invariably to unhappiness, pain and suffering.  We could begin reading the Divine Comedy in Lent, then continue if people would like. NO Charge: you’d simply have to purchase the books. Interested? Call  Msgr. DiGiovanni, 203-324-1553, ext 11.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday October 8,  2017 $  13,180.58
Sunday October 9,  2016 $  13,141.11

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

October 22nd Sunday Readings:  Is 45:1, 4-6; 1 Thes 1:1-5b; Mt 22:15-21.

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

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.

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 even helped convince expectant mothers to spare their children. To join us, or for specialized training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

Let us pray: for the mothers and children of Good Counsel Malta House, who have been wounded from the affects of abortion or any physical, mental or sexual abuse, that they may they seek hope, forgiveness and God’s Divine healing.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. Next meeting: Wednesday, October 25th.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

SilverSource: Formerly Senior Services of Stamford, 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 check out their website: silversource.org.

The Catholic Academy of Stamford :  will be hosting a Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Open House on Sunday, October 22, 2017, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. It will be held at the lower school campus, 1186 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT.  You will have an opportunity to meet the Head of School, Ms. Patricia Brady, the Principal of the lower school, Mrs. Natalia Cruz, and the Teachers and their Assistants.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see for yourself the great things that are happening in this wonderful community.  Please mark your calendar!

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. For more  information or to volunteer and/or tutor, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.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

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-416-1619 or  projectrachel@diobpt.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.

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call Fr. Vill at (203) 324-1553 ext. 130 to make an appointment. Meet with Fr. Vill 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.

Employment: Malta House in Norwalk is a transitional residence to promote the dignity of God-given life by providing a nurturing home environment, support services and independent living skills for pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children. Looking for a House Manager , anyone may apply for this position by forwarding a cover letter/resume to: John Hinshaw: John_Hinshaw@goodcounselhomes.org.  We are located at: 5 Prowitt Street, Norwalk, CT. 06855.

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 more than intellectual development.  We will meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici 
at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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.

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, October 14, 2017
4:00 +Patricia A. Johnson req. Sandra and Roy Klemm
Sunday, October 15, 2017
7:30   Thanksgiving to God req. Ferry G.
10:00 +William Pinto 20th Anniversary req. wife and children
12:00 +Bishop Walter Curtis, the late Bishop of Bridgeport
5:00 +Robert and Karen Velline
Monday, October 16, 2017
8:00   Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Kola and Gjok Camaj req. Age
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 +Thomas Maker req. Marion Morris and Family
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Ed Cody req. Cody Family
Thursday, October 19, 2017
8:00   Peace, hope, and stability for those countries in political unrest
12:10 +Monsignor John V. Horgan-Kung req. Family
Friday, October 20, 2017
8:00   Souls In Purgatory req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10 +Andrew Blackson req. Lula Blackson
Saturday, October 21, 2017
8:00 +Claire Laginestra req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
12:10   Nelson Vargas Birthday req. Vargas 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 Cindy, (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, Cindy, 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: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
120 years ago, or so:
            Oct. 22, 1898: FATHER FLANNERY’S PLACE. “Bishop Tierney made a social call on Rev. Father Rogers yesterday afternoon and announced Father Flanner’s successor in this parish, who is to be Rev. Eugene Sullivan of Wallingford. Father Sullivan is a young priest, and is said to be a young man of much ability. He was very popular in Wallingford. He is well acquainted with this part of the diocese, having been in Norwalk for about a year. He was born in Colchester, and studied for the ministry in Allegheny College, N.Y. His first assignment was to Lakeville, after which he was transferred to Norwalk and later to Wallingford.”
100 years ago, or so:
            Oct. 16, 1917:  CHURCH SOCIETIES. “The Holy Name Society of St. John’s Catholic Church received Holy Communion on Sunday, at the 7:15 Mass there. St. Ann’s Ladies’ Aid Society is to hold a social euchre in the near future, in the office of St. John’s parochial school.”
90 years ago, or so:
            Oct. 20, 1927: ST. JOHN’S REC. CLUB BASKETBALL TEAMS OPEN UP TONIGHT. “Jack Hogan, old Seventh Company basketball wizard, will pilot the St. John’s Rec. club Senior team through the coming Winter season. The team will practice tonight in the club hall at the St. John’s School. Ed Conroy, Duffy, Hanrahan, Johnny Brennan, Hogan, Handel and Morin and a few others are expected to be present when Jack Hogan puts the team through its first work-out. Practice will start at 3 o’clock and the boys are requested to bring full uniforms. The junior boys’ club expects to have a strong team on the floor this year also The first practice for this team will be held tonight and last year’s combination which made such an excellent showing will probably be intact. Bill Troy, Mullens, McMahon, Lynch, Cappelleri, Dillen, Hart, W. Cleary, Hennessey and any other boys wishing to try out for the team will report with uniforms tonight at 5 p.m. The Catholic boys’ club team and Troop 22 team will hold their practice sessions tonight at 7 p.m. The Troop 22 basketball team is a new combination to start this year and the presence of good players makes it possible to organize a good quintet.”
90 years ago, or so:
            Oct. 17, 1929: INCREASED ENROLLMENT AT CAMP TOQUAM. “The 1929 season sets another record in advancement in campcraft by the campers at Camp Toquam. Interest was keen in the contest for the Troop Trophy Plaque presented for the fourth year by Camp Committeeman Charles P. White to the troop securing the best record in attendance and achievement at Camp Toquam 1929. The winner of the trophy this year is Stamford Troop 22, connected with St. John’s R. C. Church, Scoutmaster Roy Waters, Assistant David O’Keefe with 1097 points.”

 

Bulletin for Sunday October 8, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 8, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: The heart of the church is the  sanctuary.  On the morning of the church’s dedication, May 30, 1886,  the walls were simply whitewashed, the only color came from the stained glass. The original altar rail was carved wood, and there was no woodwork on the sanctuary walls, which was added in the 1930s. But the three windows in the sanctuary and the high altar were there, along with the heavy wooden bench or sedillia for the priests, a carved wooden “throne” for the bishop and a small wooden table as a credence table, presently in the rectory.  Today’s altar is original.
The altar and tabernacle formed the centerpiece of the church: everything in the building leads to this. Designed and constructed by the firm of Theis and Trueg, and costing a whopping $4,500 in 1886,
[equal to $112,140.00 in 2017 dollars] the altar and tabernacle were marveled at by the local press and citizenry of Stamford.  Periodic payments began on July 6th, and the first shipment of marble began arriving in Stamford train station by September. As the altar was being built, it was opined that, “when completed, the altar will be second to none in New England” [The Connecticut Catholic, September 12, 1885]. Until the church dedication in May, 1886, nearly every edition of The Advocate and The Connecticut Catholic ran articles on the progress of the church, construction, with particular interest in the altar. The Advocate’s  writers had front row seats, since the paper’s original offices were housed in the  Italian neo-Renaissance building still directly across from the church on Atlantic Street. By November, 1885, the interior of the church was nearly completed, and it was opened for inspection by the general public, who flocked to visit the largest stone church in the state. The Advocate noted that “Competent judges pronounce this ‘the most beautiful altar in the United States’” [November 20, 1885]. Originally the altar statues were not provided, since the parish could not afford them until years later.
The high altar is gothic in design, of carved white Carrara marble with columns and inlaid panels of golden Mexican onyx, rising to fill the church apse, and framed by the massive triumphal sanctuary arch. The unifying decorative motif is of grape vines intertwined with shamrocks on the capitals of the pillars and architraves of the altar. This motif is a  sign of the power of the Eternal Love of Christ which nourishes and supports us in the Eucharist. It was that Divine Love that strengthened and united the beleaguered founding Irish Catholic community of Stamford around its parish church in the 1880s, protecting itself from the decades of often violent intolerance by the local Protestant majority. The central image in the hear of the “table” or mensa of the altar,  is the Lamb of God, as described in the Book of Revelation.  Resting on the Book of the Gospels with seven seals, and bearing the banner of the Resurrection. The Lamb is Christ, triumphant over death, who reveals the truth of God through His Church in Scripture and living Tradition. On either end of the altar are carved arches, decorated with flowers and shamrocks, that originally served as credence niches for the altar servers.
Resting on the altar is the tabernacle, in the form of a castle with decorative turrets. A central marble baldacchino rises above the tabernacle. This canopy is a splendid piece of carved marble work. Open on the front side, its sole support is provided by two lithe golden pilasters at the rear of the canopy; the baldacchino supports an elegant structure designed originally as a throne for the exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament. It now houses the magnificent cast brass altar crucifix with chiseled sterling silver corpus of Our Lord, from the original 1851 church.  The marble reredos rises above the tabernacle. Raised on two steps, the reredos is composed of four niches between three taller towers. The niches were originally empty, but are now occupied by four marble angels, each 5 feet in height, with downcast eyes, leading the worshippers’ gaze to the tabernacle and altar table. The angels carry cruets of wine and water or an incense thurible, as if serving the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered on the altar mensa below them. The niches are gabled in marble, flanked with golden onyx pilasters and crowned by a  forest of turrets, graceful finials caped by fleurs-de-lis, and crocketed roofs. Flanking the two far ends of the reredos are two fifteen foot towers, likewise of white marble with golden onyx pilasters, inlaid panels and columns, crocketed roofs, turret, finials and fleurs-de-lis.  The entire altar is crowned by a central 30 foot tower, within whose niche a four foot marble state of the Archangel Gabriel sounds the trumpet of the Last Judgment. The tower is crowned by a marble cross. The sanctuary lamp dates from 1896, a gift from the Brennan Family to commemorate Fr. William Roger’s 25th ordination anniversary.
Whenever we enter our beautiful church, the Mother Church of all Catholic churches and institutions in southern Fairfield County, we should offer a little prayer for the parishioners, religious sisters, and priests who built this beautiful church for the glory of God and for the strengthening of the faith of subsequent Catholics of Stamford, like our own. We owe them a great debt, and praying for them is a good way to repay them.
Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Maria Izurieta, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge,  Debbie Schemmel, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Antonietta Cerone, Mary A. Gaine, Grace Steele, Benita Rebula, Sylvia Iannazzi, Anne Hieronymus, Julia Fabrizio, Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk.

Banns of Marriage:
I Banns:  Justin Ross Abate and Sandra Cordoano
I Banns:  Kevin Michael Baker and Nancy Alison Clayton

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

October 13th: 7:30 pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima during this centenary year of the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal.

October 20-28: Novena in honor of St. Jude daily after each 12:10 Mass.

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The Upper Room: For adults between 30 and 95 years of age resumes on November 8th at 7:30pmin The Upper Room at Columbus Park Trattoria on Main Street in Stamford. Our speaker: Fr. George Rutler, Pastor of Saint Michael’s Church in NYC will be our speaker. His topic: The Church as the Communion of Saints. All are welcome.

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes started Monday September 18th and will meet weekly 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x21 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Children’s Choir: Ages 8-18 who are interested. Please speak with our choir master, David Indyk or leave your contact information in the parish office, 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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.

DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY: Interested in reading Dante? We could begin during Lent with the Inferno, which is not a torture tour many view the work to be. Rather, it is a meditation on God’s plan for human happiness by loving Him, and humankind’s search for happiness that too often leads away from God to sin, which is real life folly that ends invariably to unhappiness, pain and suffering.  We could begin reading the Divine Comedy in Lent, then continue if people would like. NO Charge: you’d simply have to purchase the books. Interested? Call  Msgr. DiGiovanni, 203-324-1553, ext 11.

Weekly Sunday collection:       

Sunday         October 1,  2017      $  14,258.39
Sunday         October 2,  2016      $  13,877.89

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

October 15th, Sunday Readings:  Is 25:6-10A; Phil 4:12-14, 19-20; Mt 22:1-14.

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

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.

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 even helped convince expectant mothers to spare their children. To join us, or for specialized training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

Let us pray: for the mothers and children of Good Counsel Malta House, who have been wounded from the affects of abortion or any physical, mental or sexual abuse, that they may they seek hope, forgiveness and God’s Divine healing.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. Next meeting: Wednesday, October 25th.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

SilverSource: Formerly Senior Services of Stamford, 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 check out their website: silversource.org.

The Catholic Academy of Stamfordwill be hosting a Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Open House on Sunday, October 22, 2017, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. It will be held at the lower school campus, 1186 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT.  You will have an opportunity to meet the Head of School, Ms. Patricia Brady, the Principal of the lower school, Mrs. Natalia Cruz, and the Teachers and their Assistants.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see for yourself the great things that are happening in this wonderful community.  Please mark your calendar!

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. For more  information or to volunteer and/or tutor, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.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

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-416-1619 or  projectrachel@diobpt.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.

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call Fr. Vill at (203) 324-1553 ext. 130 to make an appointment. Meet with Fr. Vill 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.

Employment: Malta House in Norwalk is a transitional residence to promote the dignity of God-given life by providing a nurturing home environment, support services and independent living skills for pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children. Looking for a House Manager , anyone may apply for this position by forwarding a cover letter/resume to: John Hinshaw: John_Hinshaw@goodcounselhomes.org.  We are located at: 5 Prowitt Street, Norwalk, CT. 06855.

Men’s Night of Reflection@ 7pm, Holy Spirit on Tuesday, Oct 10. Men, please join us to hear Msgr. Nick Grieco present “Continuing to Make Christ the Center of All” which will include further guidance on evangelization and the importance of the church community. This Men’s Night is brought to you by the Knights of Columbus Fr. Miller Council #5833. Contact Bill Nagle with any questions. M: 203-570-2593, email: billnagle@hotmail.com

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 more than intellectual development.  We will meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici 
at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, October 7, 2017
4:00 +Joseph Peter Young req. Family
Sunday, October 8, 2017
7:30 +John Melfi Sr., Mary Melfi and John Melfi Jr. req. Joseph Melfi
10:00 +Maria Vu req. Thang Nguyen
12:00 +Jocelyn, Sydney, Oswald and Kilda Machado req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
5:00 +Robert and Karen Velline
Monday, October 9, 2017
8:00 +Dorothy and Fred Wahlstrom req. Leon Taricani
12:10 +Bill Morris Birthday Remembrance req. Marion Morris and Family
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
8:00 +Mary O’Toole req. Larry Hayes
12:10 +Valencia Lancaster req. Sue Kremheller
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Dila Camaj req. Age
Thursday, October 12, 2017
8:00   In Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus req. Maria
12:10 +Audrey Coppola req. Pinto Family
Friday, October 13, 2017
8:00   Deceased Members of the Seixas Family req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
12:10   Deceased Members of the Kolenberg Family req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Saturday, October 14, 2017
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Israel Noriega req. Carpanzano 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 Cindy, (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, Cindy, 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: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
125 years ago, or so:
Oct. 11, 1889: . “On last Friday evening, at 7:30 o’clock, a very beautiful and touching ceremony took place at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church. The badges of the League of the Sacred Heart were blessed at that time and conferred on some 450 members. The sermon was preached by Rev. William H. Rogers, and the act of consecration read by Miss Jennie Terry. The children of the school, under the direction of Sisters Alexnis and Peter, rendered several beautiful hymns in a very creditable manner.”

110 years ago, or so:
Oct. 15, 1906:  Good Singing in Catholic Church. “At the principal service in St. John’s R. C. Church, at 10:30 yesterday morning, an attractive feature of the musical program was a duet by Rossini which was sung by Miss Minnie C. B Hickey and Miss Josephine B. Hickey, pupils of Carl Odell, who are making constant advancement in their work.”

80 years ago, or so:
Oct. 12, 1938: Children of Mary At St. John’s Hear Rev. C. E. Hagearty. “An important meeting of the senior division, Children of Mary Sodality of St. John’s Catholic Church was held on Monday evening in the church. Rev. Charles E. Hagearty, chaplain, spoke to the group, Miss Kathryn Leonard presided. Plans were made for activities of the society including a skating party, play, lecture and a harvest masquerade dance for member and guests, which will be held in the school hall on November 10. A bowling team has been organized under the chairmanship of Miss Ann Hanrahan. Those interested in participating may attend the meeting to be held in the rectory of St. John’s church on October 14, at 7:30 p. m. Miss Ann Matutis is chairman of the dramatic group, which will present a play during the month of December. There will be a meeting of this group tomorrow evening at 7:30 in the rectory. Miss Jeanne Lois Grumbley is chairman of the skating party. She will report on a location at the next meeting to be held November 7. At this meeting the speaker will be Michael J. Nagurney, principal of St. Basil’s Preparatory School.”

35 years ago, or so:
Oct. 9, 1984: Rosary Altar Guild of St. John’s Catholic Church, Stamford. “The guild maintains the church altars and arranges the annual Christmas Fair. Meetings are held first Sundays after the 9 a.m. Mass and all women over the age of 18, who attend St. John’s may be members. Josephine Ganino is the pro tem president; Rosemary Finn, vice president; Agnes Barrett, secretary and Therese Doumenjou, treasurer.”

 

Bulletin for Sunday October 1, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 1, 2017

Pastor’s Corner:        The two remaining windows are those ornamenting each side chapel; both are about the Blessed Virgin Mary and her role in the work of our salvation. Lets’ take a look.
The window in the Saint Joseph Chapel reproduces the famous painting of the Immaculate Conception by Murillo. The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is the ancient Church’s teaching that God Himself prepared Our Lady to be the Mother of the Eternal Son from the moment she was conceived in her mother’s womb. God, in view of the important role of Mary, applied to her in anticipation the merits that would be had through Her Son’s sacrificial death, thereby freeing Mary from Adam’s original sin, which all of us are born with. Since she would be the Mother of God, she had to be absolutely free from all sin or stain. How can one possibly represent this preparation of Mary by God? Murillo did a pretty good job, as seen in right side chapel of St. Joseph. In our version of Murillo’s painting of the Immaculate Conception, Our Lady appears in the center of the window. She walks out from a darkened almond shaped central niche: the darkness refers to the sin of Adam which has affected all humanity.  Mary, as the “highest honor of our race”, as an ancient hymn describes her, stands as if she has just exited from that darkened humanity, and stands  enveloped in a mandorla of light. She who has been preserved from Adam’s sin by the Eternal Father, is “Our tainted nature’s solitary boast”, as William Wordsworth wrote in his poem, The Virgin.  She is dressed in flowing white, pastel green and blue robes.. Her hands are poised in prayer, and her eyes look heavenward, as if in ecstasy. Her hair is natural, in that there is no “styling”, which symbolizes both her purity from all moral blemish as well as her perpetual virginity. She is crowned with stars and stands on a crescent moon, which  refers to the Book of the Apocalypse, “A vision in the sky of a lady with a crown of twelve stars.” [Rev. 11:19] Above her are three cherubs, and at her feet, two angels, one carrying lilies, while the second bears Mary’s regal blue train.
The window across the church in Our Lady’s Chapel is the Annunciation, which compliments that of the Immaculate Conception window, since the Immaculate Conception was the spiritual preparation for the historical event portrayed in the Annunciation window. Our Lady is dressed in long flowing robes, kneeling at a richly carved pre-dieu, with  a vase of lilies, symbolic of Mary’s purity. The Archangel Gabriel has just arrived, likewise with flowing, rich robes, holding a scepter, a sign of God’s kingship, of which Gabriel is the emissary. He announces God’s message inviting Mary “full of grace” to cooperate with Him in the salvation of all humankind.  “Hail, full of Grace” is the salutation the Angel Gabriel gave to Mary when he announced to her that she had been chosen by God for the incredible honor of giving human flesh, mind, heart and body to the Eternal Son of God in her womb. The angel’s words are recalled whenever we pray the “Hail Mary.” In our window, the invitation has just been uttered, and Mary kneels in contemplation and prayer, as the Holy Spirit descends, by whose power Mary will conceive in her womb the savior of the world.  The room is richly decorated, and through the arched window can be seen a beautiful evening sky—red, with rolling clouds, reminder of the old New England adage, “red sky at night, sailors’ delight”—the promise of a better, more beautiful day for mankind through Mary’s cooperation in God’s work of our salvation in Jesus.
The room in which Gabriel appears is richly appointed with heavily carved wooden furniture, rich encaustic tiled floor and sumptuous green velvet drapery. It is framed in whimsical Flamboyant Gothic architectural motif, the details of which mimic the carved marble decorations, steeples, crockets and arches, of our church’s altars. Those who built our church planned everything out quite well, and it all matches and fits together.
The  remaining windows are decorative—those small ones way at the top of the walls. They are the original 1886 American stained glass windows, placed simply to give further ornament and light to the interior. There is one other window—also ornamental and rarely noticed—but given with a heart. Turn and face the choir loft and look at the oddly shaped window on the far right of the choir loft: it is formed by five circles of stained glass. There is no decorative subject, just geometric patters. It was given by Fanny Meredith, a widow who supported herself as a washerwoman, who spent hours on her knees scrubbing floors. She donated the money for this window, and insisted it be placed exactly where it is today—so that the rising sun would daily illuminate the side altar dedicated to Our Lady.  Our is a great church. Say a prayer for all our fellow parishioners from 132 years ago who donated such beauty to inspire us and to give glory to God.
Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Maria Izurieta, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge,  Debbie Schemmel, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Antonietta Cerone, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Grace Steele, Benita Rebula, Sylvia Iannazzi, Anne Hieronymus, Julia Fabrizio, Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk, Joseph Verrilli, Peter C. Schmitt, Sr., Joseph Prendergast, Msgr. Peter Dora, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, A.J. Barr, Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

October 13th: 7:30 pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima during this centenary year of the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal.

October 20-28: Novena in honor of St. Jude after each daily 12:10 Mass.

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The Upper Room: For adults between 30 and 95 years of age resumes on November 8th at 7:30pmin The Upper Room at Columbus Park Trattoria on Main Street in Stamford. Our speaker: Fr. George Rutler, Pastor of Saint Michael’s Church in NYC will be our speaker. His topic: The Church as the Communion of Saints. All are welcome.

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes started Monday September 18th and will meet weekly 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x21 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

St. John’s Family Picnic on Sunday, October 1st at Cove Island Park! Food will be served from 12pm-3pm. The event is free; burgers, hot dogs, and soft drinks will be provided, but we are looking for people to bring side salads and desserts. If you would like to help,  please contact Judy Defelice at (203) 322-6765. Please note that parking at the Cove is free, you do not need a parking permit.

Children’s Choir: Ages 8-18 who are interested. Please speak with our choir master, David Indyk or leave your contact information in the parish office, 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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.

DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY: Interested in reading Dante? We could begin during Lent with the Inferno, which is not a torture tour many view the work to be. Rather, it is a meditation on God’s plan for human happiness by loving Him, and humankind’s search for happiness that too often leads away from God to sin, which is real life folly that ends invariably to unhappiness, pain and suffering.  We could begin reading the Divine Comedy in Lent, then continue if people would like. NO Charge: you’d simply have to purchase the books. Interested? Call  Msgr. DiGiovanni, 203-324-1553, ext 11.

Weekly Sunday collection:       

Sunday         September 24,  2017      $  13,920.15
Sunday         September 25,  2016      $  12,577.35

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

October 8th, Sunday Readings:  Is 5:1-7; Phil 4:6-9;  Mt 21:33-43.

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

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 more than intellectual development.  We will meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  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.  Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org.

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 even helped convince expectant mothers to spare their children. To join us, or for specialized training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. Next meeting: Wednesday, October 25th.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

SilverSource: Formerly Senior Services of Stamford, 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 check out their website: silversource.org.

The Catholic Academy of Stamford :  will be hosting a Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Open House on Sunday, October 22, 2017, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. It will be held at the lower school campus, 1186 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT.  You will have an opportunity to meet the Head of School, Ms. Patricia Brady, the Principal of the lower school, Mrs. Natalia Cruz, and the Teachers and their Assistants.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see for yourself the great things that are happening in this wonderful community.  Please mark your calendar!

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. For more  information or to volunteer and/or tutor, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.org

New Covenant House of Hospitality: Saint John’s parishioners staff the kitchens once each month to feed the homeless and less fortunate. For information, please call: 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

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-416-1619 or  projectrachel@diobpt.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.

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call Fr. Vill at (203) 324-1553 ext. 130 to make an appointment. Meet with Fr. Vill 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.

Employment: Malta House in Norwalk is a transitional residence to promote the dignity of God-given life by providing a nurturing home environment, support services and independent living skills for pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children. Looking for a House Manager , anyone may apply for this position by forwarding a cover letter/resume to: John Hinshaw: John_Hinshaw@goodcounselhomes.org.  We are located at: 5 Prowitt Street, Norwalk, CT. 06855.

Men’s Night of Reflection:  @ 7pm, Holy Spirit on Tuesday, Oct 10. Men, please join us to hear Msgr. Nick Grieco present “Continuing to Make Christ the Center of All” which will include further guidance on evangelization and the importance of the church community. This Men’s Night is brought to you by the Knights of Columbus Fr. Miller Council #5833. Contact Bill Nagle with any questions. M: 203-570-2593, email: billnagle@hotmail.com

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, September 30, 2017
4:00   Sister Daniel Marie McCabe req. Kung Family
Sunday, October 1, 2017
7:30 +Al Zach req. Zach Family
10:00 +Feroze Aslam req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
12:00   In Thanksgiving of Favors Received req. Marion Morris
5:00 +Robert and Karen Velline
Monday, October 2, 2017
8:00 +Angela Marciano req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10   In Honor of The Guardian Angels-Our Heavenly Companions req. Marion
Morris
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 +Ben Mondor req. Marc Valois
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
8:00 +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Francesco Godino req. Grace and Joe Violone
Thursday, October 5, 2017
8:00 +Julie Paul Beauzil req. Eveline Lauture
12:10 +Gjek Camaj req. Age
Friday, October 6, 2017
8:00   For the well-being of our military, especially our returning soldiers
12:10   People of the Parish
Saturday, October 7, 2017
8:00   Sister Ellen Mary CSJ Religious Anniversary req. Marie Carr
12:10 +Sue Giovannoni req. Tarleton 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 Cindy, (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, Cindy, 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: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

125 years ago, or so:
Oct. 6, 1892: . “At the services in St. John’s R. C. Church Sunday morning the Rev. Father Keena read the letters of the Pope and Bishop McMahon, in regard to Columbus Day. Appropriate religious services will be held in the Stamford church. Father Keena made reference to the Stamford anniversary celebration, and heartily encouraged the societies and the people to join in that celebration.”
Oct. 4, 1889: Who Won the Big Prizes. “Notwithstanding that the weather was for the most part unfavorable, the fair of St. John’s R. C. church was a decided success, financially and otherwise, and very gratifying to all concerned, especially to Father Rogers and his assistants, Fathers Keena and Carroll, under whose personal superintendence much of the work was done. The financial net result it is expected will amount to between $1,700 and $1,800. James Burns, of West Stamford, was the fortunate winner of the building lot presented by Owen Daly. The elegant gold watch was won by Mrs. John Ennis. Father Carroll, of St. John’s, won the large French plate mirror which was looked upon with pardonable desire by so many. A very fine range, presented by B. D. Lum & Son, was won by P. Rabbit, of Bishop Street.

100 years ago, or so:
Oct. 1, 1917:  Vesper Service for Soldiers. “A solemn vesper service in honor of the members of St. John’s Catholic parish who have enlisted or may enlist for the war was held in St. John’s Church last night. Rev. Dr. D. L. Gleason, pastor of St. Mary’s, was the celebrant. Rev. Henry Callahan was deacon and Rev. James C. O’Brien, pastor of St. John’s was sub-deacon.”

60 years ago, or so:
Oct. 5, 1958: Bishop to Speak at Catholic Rally. “Final plans for the Catholic Faith Rally to be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, at Boyle Stadium, under the sponsorship of the combined Holy Name Societies of 14 parishes in the Stamford-Greenwich section of the Bridgeport Diocese, were announced today by general chairman Paul M. Murray. The program will include a demonstration, the Living Rosary, by Holy Name Society members. The services will conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, the celebrant to be the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nichola P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s Church.”

40 years ago, or so:
Oct. 1, 1975: . “On the evening of Saturday, Oct. 18, a concelebrated Pontifical Mass of Thanksgiving will be offered at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, which will climax the centennial of the dedication of the oldest Catholic church in Stamford.”

 

Bulletin for Sunday September 24, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday September 24, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: The final window in the sanctuary on the right  is that of the Resurrection of Our Lord from the dead. The Resurrection of Our Lord is God’s historical triumph over sin and the power of Satan over us, which is death. As Saint Paul wrote, “If Christ is not raised from the dead, then we are the most pitiable of people, since our faith is in vain.” [I Cor. 15:17]  From the beginning of creation, God promised salvation from the effects of Adam’s disobedience [Gen 3:15]. That salvation came by His Eternal Son becoming a man, offering Himself on the Cross in payment for mankind’s sins, and truly rising in the flesh, thereby defeating death.
The window, like the other two, is divided into three sections with a rose window above. Jesus is the central figure. In the other windows, Jesus wears traditional colors—red and white, signifying His work before the Crucifixion. To signify He is raised from the dead, He is clothed in gold. In this window, He is crowned with a gold and red halo, and clothed in rich golden robes, he steps up out of his tomb, his right foot resting on its ledge; his right hand raised in blessing, and his left hand bearing the cross with the banner of the Resurrection. Jesus’ face is damaged in our window, probably decades ago by the same over-diligent janitor who damaged Saint John’s face in the central window, trying to clean it with steel wool. The Resurrected Lord is surrounded by a mandorla an almond-shaped full-body emanation of golden light rays; you can see them above his head, and extending beyond the wooden frames on the sides of the central section of the window. Below Jesus are four guards, hastily awakened from their sleep, as the Gospels recount. Two stand on the sides; two kneel; all are thunderstruck at the unexpected appearance of this “dead” man, whose tomb they were guarding, emerging in Godlike splendor! This is not the television miniseries, “The Walking Dead”, but reality: God who became man who destroyed the power of death by becoming a man, dying on the Cross, and now emerging from his grave in His human body, now revealing His glory as God. The soldiers are heavily armored and provided with swords and spears. Above the terrified guards are two serene angels: the one on the left, with a smug smile, looks down at the guards and points upward; the one on the left, very self-assured, holds back the grave stone from Our Lord’s tomb as He steps out. The sky behind the scene is dark blue with a few clouds that are brightening as the sun rises on the first Easter morning. Each panel is framed by whimsical Flamboyant Gothic arches, crockets and floral garlands in the form of acanthus leaves and stylized Narcissus blossoms: in Greek mythology, Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection in pond water. So in love with himself, he drowned while trying to embrace his own reflection. Here, the flower is a symbol of God’s self-less Divine Love for humanity that urged God to suffer in human flesh on the Cross, leading to God’s triumph for us over death.
At the top of the window is a small six-sided rose window, matching those of the other two sanctuary windows. This is of an angel dressed in red, the color of the Passion of Our Lord, standing against a sky blue background. The angel holds a crown, a sign of Christ’s triumph over death in His bodily resurrection. Again, a reference to Saint Paul [2 Tim, 4:8], that the Resurrection of our bodies will be the crown won by those who follow Christ perfectly in this life. That is why, for instance, the Blessed Mother and the Infant Jesus on the side altar of the Blessed Mother, are both crowned: Jesus is triumphant over death, and Mary, His first and closest disciple, has won that same crown of salvation, body and soul, after her perfectly virtuous life.  The Assumption of Mary, celebrated on August 15th, recalls her rising, body & soul to heaven, as Her share in Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension.
Since 1886, each of these windows has been teaching the Catholics of Stamford the essentials of our Catholic Faith. And each tenet of that Faith has to do with God’s personal work among us through His Catholic Church. That Church includes both saints and sinners, and which encourages, leads and strengthens us through the seven sacraments, not simply to know or believe in God, but to love and imitate Him through His Son, Jesus.  “Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” [Matt 5:48] was Jesus’ instruction. The Catholic Church works at that every hour of every day in every country for the salvation of everyone.
Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Maria Izurieta, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge,  Debbie Schemmel, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Antonietta Cerone, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Anne Hieronymus, Julia Fabrizio, Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk, Joseph Verrilli, Peter C. Schmitt, Sr., Joseph Prendergast, Msgr. Peter Dora, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, A.J. Barr, Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

October 13th: 7:30 pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima during this centenary year of the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal.

October 20-28: Novena in honor of St. Jude after each daily 12:10 Mass.

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The Upper Room: For adults between 30 and 95 years of age resumes on September 25th at 7:30pm in The Upper Room at Columbus Park Trattoria on Main Street in Stamford. Our speaker: Fr. Leszek Szymazek, Pastor of Saint Paul’s Church in Greenwich. His topic: The Church and Immigration. All are welcome.

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes start Monday September 18th and will meet weekly 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x21 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

St. John’s Family Picnic on Sunday, October 1st at Cove Island Park! Food will be served from 12pm-3pm. The event is free; burgers, hot dogs, and soft drinks will be provided, but we are looking for people to bring side salads and desserts. If you would like to help,  please contact Judy Defelice at (203) 322-6765. Please note that parking at the Cove is free, you do not need a parking permit.

Children’s Choir: Ages 8-18 who are interested. Please speak with our choir master, David Indyk or leave your contact information in the parish office, 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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.

DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY: Interested in reading Dante? We could begin during Lent with the Inferno, which is not a torture tour many view the work to be. Rather, it is a meditation on God’s plan for human happiness by loving Him, and humankind’s search for happiness that too often leads away from God to sin, which is real life folly that ends invariably to unhappiness, pain and suffering.  We could begin reading the Divine Comedy in Lent, then continue if people would like. NO Charge: you’d simply have to purchase the books. Interested? Call  Msgr. DiGiovanni, 203-324-1553, ext 11.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday September 17,  2017      $  12,867.20
Sunday September 18,  2016      $  12,500.31

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

October 1st, Sunday Readings:  Ez 18:25-28; Phil 2:1-11; Mt 21:28-32.

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

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 more than intellectual development.  We will meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 26th. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-416-1619 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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.

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 even helped convince expectant mothers to spare their children. To join us, or for specialized training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

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

SilverSource: Formerly Senior Services of Stamford, 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 an older adult 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. If you are interested in volunteering or receiving our help please call Michael Feighan at SilverSource: 203-324-6584, or check out their website: silversource.org.

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. For more  information or to volunteer, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.org

New Covenant House of Hospitality: Saint John’s parishioners staff the kitchens once each month to feed the homeless and less fortunate. For information, please call: 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

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.

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call Fr. Vill at (203) 324-1553 ext. 130 to make an appointment. Meet with Fr. Vill 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.

Malta House: a Fairfield County home for homeless mothers and their children – will be hosting a concert at the Palace Theater in Stamford on September 30th  featuring the Midtown Men. This sensational production reunites four stars from the Original Broadway Cast of Jersey Boys in a one-of-a-kind concert experience celebrating the music that defined the ’60s. .  General admission is $30 to $80 and VIP tickets (includes pre-concert reception) are $150.  If you are interested please purchase tickets at www.maltahouse.org
or call 203-857-0088.

Employment: Malta House in Norwalk is a transitional residence to promote the dignity of God-given life by providing a nurturing home environment, support services and independent living skills for pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children. Looking for a House Manager , anyone may apply for this position by forwarding a cover letter/resume to: John Hinshaw: John_Hinshaw@goodcounselhomes.org.  We are located at: 5 Prowitt Street, Norwalk, CT. 06855.

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, September 23, 2017
4:00 +Laura Pascale req. John Pascale
7:30   In Honor of Saint Padre Pio 49th Anniversary req. Marion Morris and Family
Sunday, September 24, 2017
7:30 +Sister Antonia Ann Kudlick M.S.M.G. req. Barbara Bayne
10:00 +Sebastiao Seixas req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
12:00 +Bill Morris 8th Anniversary req. Marion Morris and Family
5:00 +Tony and Nel Moore
Monday, September 25, 2017
8:00 +Joseph and Margaret Curtis req. Mary Maloney
12:10   Barbara Schuerger req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
8:00 +Julia Wynne Breunich req. Rosemary Reid
12:10 +Louise Munro req. Walker Mannes
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
8:00 +Al Zach req. Zach Family
12:10   Special Intentions Cindy Hulbert req. Ferry G.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
8:00   All Souls in Purgatory req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Gail Smith req. Ward Family
Friday, September 29, 2017
8:00 +Mary Churley req. Mary Petrizzi
12:10 +Maria Preziosi Birthday Remembrance req. Marion Morris and Family
Saturday, September 30, 2017
8:00 +Keith O’Donnell req. Jan Pasqua
12:10 +Santa Catarina Antonello req. Eleanor Zach

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 Cindy, (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, Cindy, 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: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
115 years ago, or so:
Sept. 26, 1901: Stamford Team Leads in Contest. “The Stamford baseball nine enters on the last evening of St. John’s R. C. Church fair with a slight lead over the Black Roads, in the contest for baseball apparatus  offered as a prize to the club voted the most popular in the city. The standing at the close of last evening’s session of the fair was: Stamford, 585; Black Roads, 555; Company C, 409;  Westcotts, 44. The contest closes at 10 this evening. All the articles will be disposed of tonight, active canvassing having come an end last evening.”

100 years ago, or so:
Sept. 28, 1918:  SANK A SUBMARINE. Gun Pointed by Stamford Boy Did the Trick. Jimmy Marron’s Thrilling Experiences. “With a record of seven trips across the seas, all of which were filled with lively experiences, Jimmie Marron of Brown Street, is home on a ten-day furlough, having just returned from his last trip on the former German freighter Pennsylvania, now the Nansemond, which pushed its nose into an Atlantic port a few days ago, after sinking a German U-boat. The boat now plies from an Atlantic port to France carrying foodstuffs and general cargo for the army. On the return trip the American encountered two submarines and fired 36 shots at one of them. Two of these took effect. The forward gun, the one Jimmie Marron was stationed on as gun-pointer, made a direct hit, carrying the U-boat’s forward gun clean off into the water, and the six men of her crew into the air. The after-gun sunk the submarine with the 34th shot. She was seen to roll over, rise into the air and sink. Jimmy was also on the torpedoed steamship Alamance, which was sunk about nine months ago, off the coast of Scotland. That was his first trip across the ocean, and the many hours he was forced to flounder in the water hardened him to experiences of which he modestly tells. He enlisted in May 1917, and was one of the most popular boys in town. He gained quite a reputation as an athlete in the Navy. He attended St. John’s parochial school.”

85 years ago, or so:
Sept. 30, 1930: Interesting Meeting at Troop 22. “Troop 22 held its weekly meeting last Friday night at St. John’s School Hall. The meeting opened at 7:15 with prayers followed by the recitation of the Scout Oath and Law and the Flag ceremonies. Scoutmaster Roy Waters instructed the boys in First Aid. He demonstrated the use of triangular and roller bandages. Following this he gave a short talk on the Shaeffer Method of Artificial Resuscitation. All members of the troop are requested to be present at the next and all succeeding meetings as Troop 22 is planning its greatest season of all.”

Bulletin for Sunday September 17, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday September 17, 2017

Pastor’s Corner:   The central sanctuary window portrays  the Crucifixion of Our Lord. This is the link between the Christmas window to the left and the Resurrection window on the right. The Eternal Son of the Father took to Himself that which He did not have: a human body, soul, heart, mind and will, and the ability to die; the Creator became a creature, so that He could give to us what we did not have: a share in His divinity.
Pope Saint Leo wrote more clearly: “The birth of Christ is the source of the Christian people; the birth of the Head, Jesus, is the birth of the Body, the Church. Each person whom Christ calls comes at his own point in the flow of time, yet the whole body of the faithful, which comes forth from the baptismal font, was born along with Christ at his birth, just as it was crucified with him in his passion, raised up in his resurrection, and established at the Father’s side in his ascension. For every one among the faithful is reborn in Christ and becomes a new person in him who became Son of Man that we might become sons and daughters of God” [On the Lord’s Birth].
This is one of the most beautiful of the church’s windows. It is damaged, unfortunately, as can be seen in the face of Saint John the Evangelist, who stands to the right of the Crucified Lord. During the recent restoration, it was discovered that decades ago an overambitious workman may  have tried to “clean” the window by using steel wool!! Despite the damage, it is still a magnificent work of art.
The central figure is Our Crucified Lord: His face is serene, crowned with thorns and a halo of gold and red. Two angels hold chalices to catch his Precious Blood flowing from his wounded hands. One drop of blood comes from his pierced side, which is the fountain of the sacramental life of Christ’s Church, the graces of which transform us daily to be more like Our Lord. The figure on the right is our patron, Saint John. Dressed in flowing robes of red, green and amber, he is portrayed as a young man with long hair, the only apostle who had not abandoned his Lord and best friend. On the left stands the Blessed Mother, dressed in a red robe with a strikingly beautiful deep blue cape decorated by her symbols as golden embroidered decorations: roses, fleurs-des-lis and crowns.  The central figure beneath the Cross is Mary Magdalene, who kneels, arms wrapped around the base of the cross, looking up at Her Lord.
The sky behind the crucifixion is composed of various shades of dark blues with two lines of sunlight, suggesting the abnormality of the mid-day darkness, brought about by the death of God in the flesh, as the Passion narratives of the Gospel tell us. Immediately behind the Cross can be seen a building: not merely a suggestion of the ancient city of Jerusalem, but, rather, the dome and bell tower of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built originally in the 4th century by the Emperor Constantine atop the actual site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial, which had been venerated by the faithful from the time of the Crucifixion itself. Atop the window is a smaller rose window, this time with a pelican sitting atop a nest,  piercing her breast to feed her young chicks with her own blood: an ancient symbol of Christ’s willing shedding of His blood for us, His spiritual children.
This elegant Crucifixion window dominates the entire church. During this week following the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross [September 14], let it be a reminder to us of the depth of God’s love for each of us, and of His great mercy, shown by His hard work to get us to Heaven. As Saint Irenaeus of Lyons wrote, “God became man so that Man could become God”, by the Incarnate Son of the Eternal Father dying on the Cross, and His rising from the dead in the flesh for us, as the three sanctuary windows teach us.
Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Maria Izurieta, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge,  Debbie Schemmel, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Antonietta Cerone, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Julia Fabrizio, Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk, Joseph Verrilli, Peter C. Schmitt, Sr., Joseph Prendergast, Msgr. Peter Dora, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, A.J. Barr, Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon.

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

Banns of Marriage:  III Banns:  Franco Joseph Vonella and Alesandra Rose Fedele

HURRICANE RELIEF COLLECTION: We have the opportunity to assist the millions of Texans who are suffering devastating losses resulting from Hurricane Harvey. This weekend of September 16-17 we will hold a Third Collection to assist victims of the hurricane. All monies collected will be sent with donations from around our diocese to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and of the Diocese of Corpus Christi.  Please be generous.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

September 21, 22, 23: Triduum of Prayer in honor of St. Padre Pio:

September 21: 7:30 pm: Triduum of Prayer & Eucharistic Benediction

September 22: 5:30 pm: Solemn Arrival of the Relics of St. Padre Pio.
7:30 pm:  Triduum of Prayer, Benediction, veneration of the Relics until 10:00 pm.

September 23: 6:30 am-5:30pm: Veneration of the relics in Msgr. Nagle Hall.
6:00pm-10:00pm: Veneration of the relics in the Basilica.
7:30 pm: Solemn Mass, Triduum of Prayer, procession and Veneration of relics.

October 13th: 7:30 pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima during this centenary year of the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal.

October 20-28: Novena in honor of St. Jude after each daily 12:10 Mass.

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Are you or someone you know interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes start Monday September 18th and will meet weekly 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x21 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday         September 10,  2017      $  14,672.38
Sunday         September 11,  2016      $  12,551.85

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

September 24th, Sunday Readings:  Is 55:6-9; Phil 1:20c-24, 27a; Mt 20:1-16a.

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

Children’s Choir: Ages 8-18 who are interested. Please speak with our choir master, David Indyk or leave your contact information in the parish office, 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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.

The Upper Room: For adults between 30 and 95 years of age resumes on September 25th at 7:30pm in The Upper Room at Columbus Park Trattoria on Main Street in Stamford. Our speaker: Fr. Leszek Szymazek, Pastor of Saint Paul’s Church in Greenwich. His topic: The Church and Immigration. All are welcome.

DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY: Interested in reading Dante? We could begin during Lent with the Inferno, which is not a popularized torture tour many view the work to be. Rather, it is a meditation on God’s plan for human happiness by loving Him, and humankind’s search for happiness that too often leads to sin, which is real life folly. We could begin reading the Divine Comedy in Lent, then continue if people would like. NO Charge: you’d simply have to purchase the books. Please let me know if you’re interested: Msgr. DiGiovanni, 203-324-1553, ext 11.

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-416-1619 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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.

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 even helped convince expectant mothers to spare their children. To join us, or for specialized training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

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

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 more than intellectual development.  We will meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 26th. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480      

The Face of Prayer Pilgrimage:  Join Bishop Caggiano on September 23, 2017 for a pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. for the dedication of an outdoor shrine.  The shrine is dedicated to young people and continues our celebration of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance to the children of Fatima.  Details about the pilgrimage can be found at www.thefaceofprayer.com or by emailing institute@diobpt.org or calling 203-416-1670.

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. For more  information or to volunteer, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.org

New Covenant House of Hospitality: Saint John’s parishioners staff the kitchens once each month to feed the homeless and less fortunate. For information, please call: 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

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.

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call Fr. Vill at (203) 324-1553 ext. 130 to make an appointment. Meet with Fr. Vill 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.

Malta House: a Fairfield County home for homeless mothers and their children – will be hosting a concert at the Palace Theater in Stamford on September 30th  featuring the Midtown Men. This sensational production reunites four stars from the Original Broadway Cast of Jersey Boys in a one-of-a-kind concert experience celebrating the music that defined the ’60s. .  General admission is $30 to $80 and VIP tickets (includes pre-concert reception) are $150.  If you are interested please purchase tickets at www.maltahouse.org
or call 203-857-0088.

Employment: Malta House in Norwalk began helping pregnant mothers and babies in 1998. It is a transitional residence to promote the dignity of God-given life by providing a nurturing home environment, support services and independent living skills for pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children. Looking for a House Manager , anyone may apply for this position by forwarding a cover letter/resume to: John Hinshaw: John_Hinshaw@goodcounselhomes.org.  We are located at: 5 Prowitt Street, Norwalk, CT. 06855.

St. John’s Family Picnic on Sunday, October 1st at Cove Island Park! Food will be served from 12pm-3pm. The event is free; burgers, hot dogs, and soft drinks will be provided, but we are looking for people to bring side salads and desserts. If you would like to help,  please contact Judy Defelice at (203) 322-6765. Please note that parking at the Cove is free, you do not need a parking permit.

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, September 16, 2017
4:00 +Enrico and Mary Imbrogno req. Gloria Mulieri
Sunday, September 17, 2017
7:30 +Erzulia Joseph req. Anne Marie Samedi
10:00 +Richard Wargo Birthday Remembrance req. Family
12:00   Viola Family
5:00 +Tony and Nel Moore
Monday, September 18, 2017
8:00 +Stephen Charles req. Monsignor DiGiovanni
12:10   People of the Parish
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
8:00 +Julie Paul Beauzil req. Eveline Lauture
12:10 +Fortunato Operario req. Judith Jordan
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10   Michael Muwanguzi req. Family
Thursday, September 21, 2017
8:00   All Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Elizabeth A. Coughlin req. Family
Friday, September 22, 2017
8:00   Rev. Andrew A. Vill
12:10 +Juana Mazariegos req. Blanca Reyes
Saturday, September 23, 2017
8:00 +Wladek and Willemina Falek req. daughter
12:10   NO MASS

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 Cindy, (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, Cindy, 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: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
115 years ago, or so:
Sept. 20, 1900: Here is a Story About Father Rogers. “Several good stories regarding Rev. Father Rogers have been going the rounds recently, and among the best of them is the following, which does not come from Father Rogers, but is vouched for by at least one member of his church. When enjoying solid comfort in the house, Father Rogers, as a rule, wears slippers. One cold winter’s day he was having a quiet hour, with his slippers on, when a poor man applied for aid. Father Rogers noticed he had scarcely any shoes on, and reached down by the side of his chair, picked up the pair of shoes he had a short time previously taken off, and handed them to the man. Now, as a usual thing, Father Rogers has several pairs of shoes, but it seems about that time he had had several more or less shoeless callers, and all of them were well supplied before leaving the house. Some time later, on the day in question, Father Rogers wanted to go out, and then he found that he didn’t have a pair of shoes in the rectory. He had to send his man out to buy a pair.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: The Rev. William H. Rogers was Pastor of St. John’s from 1877 to 1900, and completed the church construction.)

100 years ago, or so:
Sept. 22, 1919: IMPORTANT PARISH PURCHASE.  “Rev. James c. O’Brien, pastor of the St. John’s Catholic church, announced to his parishioners, yesterday, the purchase of the C. O. Miller property in South Street (today, Washington Blvd.). The contract was made some time ago, but announcement of the sale was delayed until yesterday. The tract of land is large and desirable. It contains a commodious, modernly equipped house, stables and extensive ground. Mr. Miller had purchased a section of Dr. Hertzberg’s land in the rear. The tract was contiguous to the holdings of St. John’s Church and the purchase gives the parish possession of very valuable land extending from Atlantic Street to South Street. It is Father O’Brien’s intention to convert the dwelling house on the property into a convent. The building now used for the convent will probably be used for other parish work, the pastor said.”

50 years ago, or so:
Sept. 18, 1964: Boy Scout Troop 22. “Boy Scout Troop 22, sponsored by St. John’s Catholic Church on Atlantic Street, will meet at 7:30 tonight in St. John’s School. All boys, 11 or older, have been invited to attend. In preparation for the coming year, 10 Scouts spent the past weekend at Camp Toquam, Goshen, attending a junior leader training course. The troop also spent two weeks at Camp Toquam this summer. Scoutmaster of Troop 22 is Edwin Iacovo Jr. and his assistants are Michael Kaelin, Kenneth Jones and David Shaub.”

 

Bulletin for Sunday September 10, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday September 10, 2017

Pastor’s Corner:   Let’s turn our attention to the sanctuary windows. Those above the high altar present the three central historical events of our salvation: the Incarnation, Crucifixion and Resurrection. These events of Jesus, who is God-among-us, define who we are as men and women touched by the grace of God because God entered into human history. These events will lead us to the very presence of God for all eternity.
We begin with the far left sanctuary window above the high altar: the Incarnation which is the Christmas window. In the rose window above the Christmas window can be seen the beautiful Star of Bethlehem in the center of an imaginary celestial flower, surrounded by five smaller stars against a light blue heaven. The star was prophesied by the Balaam in the Book of Numbers [24:17], which the Gospel of Matthew mentions [2:1-2].  In the center of the window sits Our Lady enthroned with the infant Jesus on  her lap. They sit on a sumptuous throne of whimsical Victorian Gothic design, with arches, columns and exuberant floral carvings, backed by a rich tapestry of geometric patterns and textured glass. The Blessed Virgin gently supports her child as she presents Him to the Three Kings, just arriving on the scene. The Infant Jesus holds up his right hand blessing the Kings, all the while eyeing one of their impressive gifts. Two of the Kings kneel, one directly in front of the Mother and Child, holding a large golden vessel. Behind him is a small elegantly appareled page boy holding the king’s heavy ermine trimmed, blood red cape. The second King kneels to the right, having placed his costly gift box on the ground. He is, likewise, richly appareled in darker earth tones with a full ermine shoulder cape and heavy golden chain of office around his neck. The third King stands at the center right, eye-level with Our Lady. Vested in a deep green toga with golden breastplate and blood red cape, he wears a golden crown and offers another elegant gift to the Child. He appears to have just alighted from an impressive camel, which stands behind the King. The camel is wonderfully, imperiously sneering down at all of us, as  his attendant tries to bring to heel with a bright red tether and bridle. Behind the throne to the left stands an elderly Saint Joseph, white-haired and supporting himself on a staff. Northern European Christian artists always portrayed Saint Joseph as past him prime, even elderly, to underscore the fact the Mary conceived Jesus by the Holy Spirit, not by the agency of  Saint Joseph.
All around are symbols of the future for the Holy Family: behind the camel can be seen a stormy sky along with a pyramid, pointing to the Holy Family’s Flight to Egypt soon to be made in response to the plots of Herod to kill the Child, in fulfillment of prophet Hosea: “Out of Egypt have I called my son” [Hosea 11.1; Matt 2]. On the top left of the window, behind Saint Joseph, is another attendant bearing a banner—of the Resurrection, the ultimate triumph of God over the power of Satan by the Incarnation, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus, by which he offers us eternity of the whole person—body and soul. At the base of the window are flowers, symbolically identifying those persons pictured above and what will happen as Jesus matures, moving towards his sacrificial death and Resurrection: Daisies—signs of the innocence of the Christ Child; Dandelions—a bitter herb, suggestive of the bitter suffering of Mother and Child; Poppy—the red color alludes to Jesus’ future Passion; Violets—symbols of the humility of God who became a creature for us so we could share His Divine Life, and a symbol of the humility of Mary, who gave her private life as an offering in obedience to do the will of the Eternal Father so that both God and humankind contributed to our salvation; Red Anemones—referring to the blood shed by Our Lord on the Cross, and the sorrow of both Mary and Jesus. An ancient legend stated that anemones sprouted at the foot of the Cross at the Crucifixion; White Jasmine—whose sweet fragrance symbolized for early Christians the beauty of the Virgin Mary’s life, dedicated to God.
The three sanctuary windows were donated to honor the three pastors of Saint John’s  whose efforts had raised the present church: Father John Fagan [1868-1873], who purchased the property upon which the church is built, who died very young; Father Michael Tierney [1874-76] who completed the basement church, and went on to become the Bishop of Hartford; and Father William Rogers [1876-1900], who completed the upper church. Next week:the central sanctuary window.
Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Paula Izurieta, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge,  Debbie Schemmel, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Julia Fabrizio, Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk, Joseph Verrilli, Peter C. Schmitt, Sr., Joseph Prendergast, Msgr. Peter Dora, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, A.J. Barr, Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon.

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

Banns of Marriage:  II Banns:  Franco Joseph Vonella and Alesandra Rose Fedele

HURRICANE RELIEF COLLECTION: We have the opportunity to assist the millions of Texans who are suffering devastating losses resulting from Hurricane Harvey. On the weekend of September 16-17 we will hold a second special collection to assist victims of the hurricane. All monies collected will be sent with donations from around our diocese to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and of the Diocese of Corpus Christi.  Please be generous.
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

September 13 & October 13: 7:30 pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima during this centenary year of the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal.

September 21, 22, 23: Triduum of Prayer in honor of St. Padre Pio:
September 21: 7:30 pm: Triduum of Prayer & Eucharistic Benediction
September 22: 5:30 pm: Solemn Arrival of the Relics of St. Padre Pio.
7:30 pm:  Triduum of Prayer, Benediction, veneration of the Relics until 10:00 pm.

September 23: 6:30 am-5:30pm: Veneration of the relics in Msgr. Nagle Hall.
6:00pm-10:00pm: Veneration of the relics in the Basilica.
7:30 pm: Solemn Mass, Triduum of Prayer, procession and Veneration of relics.

October 20-28: Novena in honor of St. Jude after each daily 12:10 Mass.

Religious Education:  To register, please contact Fr. Vill directly at 203-324-1553 x130.

Religious Education classes begin on Sunday, September 10th.
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Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes start Monday September 18th and will meet weekly 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x21 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday September 3,  2017 $  15,182.65
Sunday September 4,  2016 $  15,946.41

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

September 17th, Sunday Readings:  Sir 27:30—28:7; Rom 14:7-9; Mt 18:21-35.

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

Children’s Choir: Ages 8-18 who are interested. Please speak with our choir master, David Indyk or leave your contact information in the parish office, 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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.

The Upper Room: For adults between 30 and 95 years of age resumes on September 25th at 7:30pm in The Upper Room at Columbus Park Trattoria on Main Street in Stamford. Our speaker: Fr. Leszek Szymazek, Pastor of Saint Paul’s Church in Greenwich. His topic: The Church and Immigration. All are welcome: in fact, bring a friend.

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-416-1619 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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.

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 even helped convince expectant mothers to spare their children. To join us, or for specialized training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

Latin Low Mass: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

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

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 more than intellectual development.  We will meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 26th. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  Information contact Rosa Federici 
at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480       

The Face of Prayer Pilgrimage:  Join Bishop Caggiano on September 23, 2017 for a pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. for the dedication of an outdoor shrine.  The shrine is dedicated to young people and continues our celebration of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance to the children of Fatima.  Details about the pilgrimage can be found at www.thefaceofprayer.com or by emailing institute@diobpt.org or calling 203-416-1670.

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. For more  information or to volunteer, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.org

New Covenant House of Hospitality: Saint John’s parishioners staff the kitchens once each month to feed the homeless and less fortunate. For information, please call: 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

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.

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call Fr. Vill at (203) 324-1553 ext. 130 to make an appointment. Meet with Fr. Vill 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.

Malta House: a Fairfield County home for homeless mothers and their children – will be hosting a concert at the Palace Theater in Stamford on September 30th  featuring the Midtown Men. This sensational production reunites four stars from the Original Broadway Cast of Jersey Boys in a one-of-a-kind concert experience celebrating the music that defined the ’60s. .  General admission is $30 to $80 and VIP tickets (includes pre-concert reception) are $150.  If you are interested please purchase tickets at www.maltahouse.org
or call 203-857-0088.

Employment: Malta House in Norwalk began helping pregnant mothers and babies in 1998. It is a transitional residence to promote the dignity of God-given life by providing a nurturing home environment, support services and independent living skills for pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children. Looking for a House Manager , anyone may apply for this position by forwarding a cover letter/resume to: John Hinshaw: John_Hinshaw@goodcounselhomes.org.  We are located at: 5 Prowitt Street, Norwalk, CT. 06855.

St. John’s Family Picnic on Sunday, October 1st at Cove Island Park! Food will be served from 12pm-3pm. The event is free; burgers, hot dogs, and soft drinks will be provided, but we are looking for people to bring side salads and desserts. If you would like to help,  please contact Judy Defelice at (203) 322-6765. Please note that parking at the Cove is free, you do not need a parking permit.

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, September 9, 2017
4:00 +Ed Cody – 24th Anniversary req. Cody Family
Sunday, September 10, 2017
7:30   Souls In Purgatory req. John and Jennifer Marciano
10:00 +Maurice and Regina Tchassem req. Heloise Nana
12:00 +Cecilia and Chester Hylenski req. Daughter Chris and Family
5:00 +Tony and Nel Moore
Monday, September 11, 2017
8:00 +Joan Bombardó Alemany req. Nino Family
12:10 +Louise Wilk req. Sue Kremheller
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10   In Honor of the Holy Name of Mary req. Ferry G.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
8:00   Anne Marie Carpanzano
12:10 +Mauril Lauture req. Nadine Alteus
Thursday, September 14, 2017
8:00 +Mary Ellen and Joseph Santoro req. Marie Carr
12:10   Mrs. Eugene Augustin req. Ferry
Friday, September 15, 2017
8:00   Deceased members of the Taricani Family req. Leon Taricani
12:10   Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Dr. Vincent and Theresa Kung req. 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 Cindy, (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, Cindy, 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: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
130 years ago, or so:
September 16, 1887: “St. Joseph’s Total Abstinence Society are preparing to give a grand fair in the Town Hall in November. From what we hear of the preparations we can predict  for them an interesting display of attractions and probably a financial success.”

115 years ago, or so:
September 12, 1901:
FAIR OPEN TONIGHT. “The annual fair of St. John’s R,C, Church opens in the Town Hall this evening. Carpenters and decorators were busy in the hall today, preparing for the opening. There will be six booths in the hall, one of which will be a refreshment booth. The booths will be those of St. Augustine Council, K of C; Children of Mary, and St. Ann’s Society, in charge of Rev. Eugene Sullivan, and Sacred Heart and Women’s C.B.L., in charge of Rev. James Q. Dolan. One of the features of the fair promises to be in a contest among four baseball nines, the prize for which will be some valuable baseball paraphernalia. The nine voted the most popular will receive the prize. After this evening there will be an entertainment each night, and dancing.”

110 years ago, or so:
September 16, 1909:  Rally for Parochial School. “The Sisters of St. John’s School are anxious for all their friends to favor the school with their votes. The school started with 500, at the New York Provision Co. This is by no means the only votes this school will develop. These schools, the High School and St. John’s, bid fair to make the hardiest contestants look to their laurels, and they both would put the books to splendid use.”

100 years ago, or so:
September 16, 1918:  CHURCH SOCIETIES. “The Holy Name Society of St. John’s Catholic parish is being recruited. It is the desire of the pastor and his curates to have every man in the parish join the organization. The response thus far made to their appeal indicates that the desire will be gratified. The two most important of its aims is to have its members receive Holy Communion at least four times a year, in a body, and to do all in their power to refrain from the use of blasphemous and obscene language. There has been a branch of the society in St. John’s for a number of years but no determined effort has ever before been made to get all the male members of the parish to join in.”

85 years ago, or so:
September 16, 1930:  EAGLE SCOUT BADGE PRESENTED TO RAY FARRELL. “Scout Raymond Farrell, Troop 22, sponsored by St. John’s R. C. Church, was presented with the Eagle Badge by Deputy Commissioner Clinton E. Sherwood at the recent Court of Honor session of the Stamford Council, Boy Scouts of America, at Headquarters.”

 

Bulletin for Sunday September 3, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday September 3, 2017

Pastor’s Corner:   The southern transept, to the left of the altars, is a duplicate of the northern, in design, size and decoration. The only difference is the theme of the large stained glass window that dominates this side of the church.
The large window was created and installed at the same time as that in the northern transept and choir loft: 1926. It was restored with a new window frame during the 2000  restoration of all the church’s windows.
The story of the window is based on the Gospel account of Our Lord blessing children, as indicated by the Latin legend at the bottom of the window, which translates: “Let the little children come to Me” (Mt: 19:14). This is a very charming window because of the subject and because the gentle and tender manner the artists portrayed the event. Our Lord is at the center, clothed as in the window across the aisle: in bright red tunic over his white toga-like robe. His luminous halo identifies Him as the Son of God and Son of Mary, the Savior. He is seated with a small child on His lap. According to tradition, this child was Saint Ignatius of Antioch: a disciple of Saint Peter, whom Peter later named as the first bishop in Antioch, after Peter had himself established the Church in that third largest city of the Roman Empire and moved on to Rome. It was Ignatius who called the Church Jesus personally established on the Apostles the Catholic Church—the Universal Church—the only one found in every large city, as opposed to the numerous local Christian cults started by other people. The Catholic Church offers salvation to everyone, not just to certain groups. In the window, two of Jesus’ Apostles are not happy with Jesus’ decision to disregard their counsel to move on, and you can see them gathered in the shadows at the top left, chatting with one another, visibly displeased.  In contrast are the children. They are all over the place, skipping, walking and crawling to Jesus, being carried by their mothers, the smiling embodiment of innocence and trust, which should be the hallmark of all Jesus’ followers.
Above the main window are three angels, replicating the northern window: the lower two have censers, offering incense to Jesus who is God and Man. Between them is the image of the Pelican, which, according to legend, would pierce her breast and feed her young with her lifeblood; a perfect symbol of the sacrifice Christ made on the Cross that we might live forever by the shedding of His blood in payment for human sin. Above the high altar Crucifixion window is another pelican, brining the symbolism of loving self-sacrifice home above the altar where it is renewed every day during the Sacrifice of the Mass. Back to the transept window, way above the central scene is a larger angel bearing the logo: Ora et Labora: pray and work. Prayer is good, but must be accompanied by a life of action: one must show one’s faith in the way one lives—preferably in virtue—as well as by performing religious actions, in order to be a true believer or disciple of Jesus. On either side of the upper angels are more Greek letters we’ve seen before: the Alpha on the left and the Omega on the right: Jesus is the beginning [Alpha, the first letter of the Greek alphabet] and the end [Omega, the last letter of the Greek alphabet] of all things. Nothing exists except for Jesus.
There is one mistake in the right hand angel—can you see it?  The artist gave the angel on the right three hands!! Oops! No one’s perfect, not even artists.  If you have the opportunity, and it is a sunny day during your visit to the Basilica, just sit down and watch the changing light as the minutes tick by. Every minute is different. Then offer a prayer of thanksgiving to Our Lord, the creator of light.  More next week.
Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge,  Debbie Schemmel, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Julia Fabrizio, Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk, Joseph Verrilli, Peter C. Schmitt, Sr., Joseph Prendergast, Msgr. Peter Dora, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, A.J. Barr, Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey.

Banns of Marriage:  I Banns:  Franco Joseph Vonella and Alesandra Rose Fedele

Catholic University of America Collection . . . Please drop your special envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.

HURRICANE RELIEF COLLECTION: We have the opportunity to assist the millions of Texans who are suffering devastating losses resulting from Hurricane Harvey. On the weekend of September 16-17 we will hold a second special collection to assist victims of the hurricane. All monies collected will be sent with donations from around our diocese to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and of the Diocese of Corpus Christi.  Please be generous.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

September 13, & October 13: 7:30 pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima during this centenary year of the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal.

September 21, 22, 23: Triduum of Prayer in honor of St. Padre Pio:
September 21: 7:30 pm: Triduum of Prayer & Eucharistic Benediction
September 22: 5:30 pm: Solemn Arrival of the Relics of St. Padre Pio.
7:30 pm:  Triduum of Prayer, Benediction, veneration of the Relics.

September 23: 6:30 am-1:30pm; 5:00pm-10 pm: Veneration of the relics.
7:30 pm: Solemn Mass, Triduum of Prayer, procession and Veneration of relics. Reception to follow.

October 20-28: Novena in honor of St. Jude after each daily 12:10 Mass.

Religious Education: The deadline for Registration has now passed.  If you have not registered, please contact Fr. Vill directly at 203-324-1553×130.
Religious Education classes begin on Sunday, September 10th.

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes start Monday September 18th and will meet weekly 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x21 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday August 27,  2017 $  13,635.00
Sunday August 28, 2016 $  11,486.22

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

September 10th, Sunday Readings:  Ez 33:7-9; Rom 13:8-10; Mt 18:15-20.

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

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-416-1619 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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.

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 even helped convince expectant mothers to spare their children. To join us, or for specialized training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

Latin Low Mass: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

Regina Pacis Academy located on the campus of St. Mary’s in Norwalk, is looking for full-time classroom aide(s) for our Kindergarten and Grades 1/2 classrooms.  Aide(s) needed Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm (hours can be negotiated).  Ideally looking for a retired educator.  A love of the Catholic faith and young children is a must.  To start a conversation, please contact Kim Quatela, Principal, at 347-840-1553  or e-mail at k.quatela.rpa@optimum.net.

Employment: Good Counsel Malta House in Norwalk began helping pregnant mothers and babies in 1998. It is a transitional residence to promote the dignity of God-given life by providing a nurturing home environment, support services and independent living skills for pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children. Looking for a House Manager , anyone may apply for this position by forwarding a cover letter/resume to: John Hinshaw: John_Hinshaw@goodcounselhomes.org.  We are located at: 5 Prowitt Street, Norwalk, CT. 06855.

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

Walking with Purpose WWP 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 more than intellectual development.  We begin with the basics, knowing that we can never master the core truths; there is always greater depth to explore.  We will meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 26th. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480       

The Face of Prayer Pilgrimage:  Join Bishop Caggiano on September 23, 2017 for a pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. for the dedication of an outdoor shrine.  The shrine is dedicated to young people and continues our celebration of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance to the children of Fatima.  Details about the pilgrimage can be found at www.thefaceofprayer.com or by emailing institute@diobpt.org or calling 203-416-1670.

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. For more  information or to volunteer, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.org

New Covenant House of Hospitality: Saint John’s parishioners staff the kitchens once each month to feed the homeless and less fortunate. For information, please call: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory. We are continuing our review of ecclesiastical Latin using Second Latin by Cora and Charles Scanlon and reading excerpts from Ambrosi Epistulae Variae.  An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.

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

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.

Sacred Heart ChurchSaturday, September 16th, 6:30 pm.  Krista Adams-Santilli, with Frank Mastrone and Friends in Concert, performing a mix of Broadway, Classical, Pop and Crossover music, sure to please the audience. Please tell your family and friends, and join us for an evening of wonderful music.  TICKETS ON SALE NOW ! $50.00 per person, with a reception to follow in the Church Hall, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford.  For Information and Ticket Sales, please call Jeff Curtis @ (203) 968-1234.

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call Fr. Vill at (203) 324-1553 ext. 130 to make an appointment. Meet with Fr. Vill 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 the process of seeking an annulment.

Faith on Tap is back!  Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Tiernan’s (187 Main St., Stamford, CT) on Tuesday September 5, 2017 from 7pm-9pm. This month’s topic, “Laughing at God”, will be presented by Lauren Scharmer. Bring a friend!

Malta House: a Fairfield County home for homeless mothers and their children – will be hosting a concert at the Palace Theater in Stamford on September 30th  featuring the Midtown Men. This sensational production reunites four stars from the Original Broadway Cast of Jersey Boys in a one-of-a-kind concert experience celebrating the music that defined the ’60s. .  General admission is $30 to $80 and VIP tickets (includes pre-concert reception) are $150.  If you are interested please purchase tickets at www.maltahouse.org
or call 203-857-0088.

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, September 2, 2017
4:00 +Olga and Albert Annunziato req. Diane
Sunday, September 3, 2017
7:30 +Adrian Patten req. Joyce Patten and Lorraine VanLangen
10:00 +Mr. and Mrs. Auralian Andrades req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
12:00 +Elisa and John Prizio req. Elisa Pavia
5:00 +Tony and Nel Moore
Monday, September 4, 2017
8:00 +Gene Tushaj req. Age
12:10 +Louise Wilk req. Sue Kremheller
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
8:00   Souls in Purgatory req. Maria
12:10 +John A. Coughlin Jr. req. Family
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
8:00 +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +AJ Hoenig req. Family
Thursday, September 7, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 +John Marciano Sr. req. John and Jennifer Marciano
Friday, September 8, 2017
8:00 +Helen Carr – Birthday Remembrance req. Marie Carr
12:10 +John J. Gannon req. Sharon Gannon
Saturday, September 9, 2017
8:00 +Antoinette Brancati req. Michael Ruggiero
12:10   Angela and Alessio Giannitti 35th Anniversary

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 Cindy, (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, Cindy, 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: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

St. John’s in THE NEWS:
THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
140 years ago, or so:
Sept. 10, 1875
:  “We hear that Rev. Father Tierney has purchased Mr. Candee’s residence on Atlantic street, just south of the new church for a parsonage.”
[Editor’s note: this is today’s parish Rectory]

THE CONNECTICUT CATHOLIC:
130 years ago, or so:
Sept. 4, 1886: STAMFORD. “The mission in this parish was begun by a Solemn High Mass last Sunday by three of the Dominican fathers, Father McKenna and two other priests, and is an opportunity to be deeply appreciated by our people. There have been two Masses every morning, one at 5 and a High Mass at 8 o’clock, followed by a sermon at the early Mass.”

THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
115 years ago, or so:
Sept. 5, 1901:  Choristers at Pleasure Beach. “The members of the choir of St. John’s R. C. Church, accompanied by Rev. Eugene Sullivan and Prof. Elmer Joyce, the church organist, went to Pleasure Beach, today, on a trolley ride. The choristers are to take part in the entertainment at the fair of St. John’s R. C. Church, Norotan, tonight.”

100 years ago, or so:
Sept. 9, 1914:  Registration Over 600. “Rev. Dr. Farrell has assumed charge of St. John’s Parochial School and he has perfected the organization of that institution to such a degree that the pupils are all hard at work today. Dr. Farrell said this afternoon that the registration is 630 and probably will be considerably larger before the end of the week. This is just about the same as the registration of last year. There is no overcrowding in the building. All of the rooms were cleaned and renovated during the summer and presented a fine appearance for the opening.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES:
60 years ago, or so:
Sept. 3, 1953:  Pope Elevates Hartford Diocese; 2 Named Auxiliary Bishops Here. “The elevation by Pope Pius XII of the Diocese of Hartford to an Archdiocese and designation of Bishop Henry J. O’Brien as Archbishop were announced today. The creation of the dioceses of Bridgeport and Norwich, Conn., also was announced together with the promotion of Auxiliary Bishop Lawrence J. Shehan of Baltimore to be Bishop of the new Bridgeport Diocese and the appointment of Msgr. Bernard J. Flanagan, now Chancellor of Burlington, VT., to be Bishop of the Diocese of Norwich. The Diocese of Bridgeport, which takes in Fairfield County, includes sixty-one parishes, 140 priests and more than 200,000 parishioners. The cathedral of the new diocese has been designated as St. Augustine in Bridgeport.”

Bulletin for Sunday August 27, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday August 27, 2017

Pastor’s Corner:   Continuing our  tour of the church,  move now to the center of the church, at the crossing between the transepts and main aisle.  You should stand in the direct center of the church in the main aisle, facing the high altar. The space is immense. The main aisle measures 176 feet from the front door to the altar steps. The interior of the nave from northern wall to southern wall of the body of the church [where we’ve read the stained glass windows during the past two weeks] measures 68 feet wide. At the crossing of the nave and transepts, where you should be standing [the center of the church] measures 92 feet across, from the Bell Street transept wall to rectory side wall [the transepts house the two huge stained glass windows]. The ceiling height at the crossing is 50 feet. Directly above the crossing is the central round ceiling boss, with IHS [the first Greek three letters of Jesus] and plaster ornamentation of gilded acanthus fronds and shamrocks.
Let’s look at the northern transept windows [on your right as you face the altar]. The lower windows date from the dedication of the church in 1886.  There are three lovely windows in the grouping, a matching set is beneath the northern transept, formed of simple geometric designs, bold colors, delicate grisse foliage patterned borders, and each crowned with stars of geometric shaped glass. Each trio is crowned by a stained glass rose window composed of sculpted geometric patterns of heavy Victorian bullet glass. Each rose window, as you’ll notice, is formed by the carved wooden frame, forming a Star of David, recalling the Jewish roots of the Church founded by Jesus. The two side roses have simple stars in their centers; the central rose window has a Sacred Heart of Jesus, surrounded by a Crown of Thorns, suggestive of the larger window of the transept.
All these windows form part of one of the largest collections of Victorian and early 20th century American ecclesiastical stained glass in the area. Since so much was lost following the Second World War, when the craze among ecclesiastical architects, priests and designers was to be rid of all that was “old”, our windows are a real treasure in southwestern Connecticut, of which we should be proud and grateful.
The masterpiece of each transept is the large upper window. Dominating the northern and southern transept walls, each is a modern replacement for the 1886 originals, which, like those in the lower course of windows, were simple geometric designs of Victorian glass. The present windows date from 1926, and were commissioned by Father James O’Brien from the DaPrato Studio of Chicago, for a total cost of  $5,940.00. These were recently restored, with new steel reinforced mahogany window frames, at a cost of $150,000 each. Prices have gone up since 1926!
The northern window [on your right as you face the high altar]  is of Christ healing the Sick. Our Lord stands in the center, blessing an infirmed child, carried by her mother. Impoverished cripples and lepers approach from the left, a young man is carried from behind, and a husband points to his suffering wife, as he calls for Our Lord’s attention. Those who are ill are clothed in muted colors, in sharp contrast to Jesus’ brilliant red robes and shinning halo, suggesting Himself as the source of all life and vitality. The motto below the window, “And there came to Him great multitudes and He healed them” [Mt 15:30], narrates exactly that the Creator of the universe returns in human flesh to destroy the power of evil, embodied here in illness and suffering, and to restore all things to the Father in Himself, the Redeemer.  The scene is framed by gothic architectural designs, bright floral decorations and a whimsical cityscape of Jerusalem in the background.
Above Our Lord is a window with His Sacred Heart, encircled by the Crown of Thorns, symbols of the depth of His Incarnate love for mankind, illustrated below as He comes to the aid of  the sick and needy. On either side is an angel, each bearing a censer offering incense to Him who is both God and Man, and at the very top is a third angel, bearing the motto, “Have Mercy on Us.”  On each side of the topmost angel are two further symbols telling us that He who is pictured below is Jesus [IHS, the three Greek letters of His Holy Name] who is the Christ [XP, the first two Greek letters of the title, Christ], the anointed of God, our Savior.

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge,  Debbie Schemmel, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk, Joseph Verrilli, Peter C. Schmitt, Sr., Joseph Prendergast, Msgr. Peter Dora, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, A.J. Barr, Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey.

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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

September 13, & October 13: 7:30 pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima during this centenary year of the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal.

September 21, 22, 23: Triduum of Prayer in honor of St. Padre Pio:
September 21: 7:30 pm: Triduum of Prayer & Eucharistic Benediction
September 22: 5:30 pm: Solemn Arrival of the Relics of St. Padre Pio.
7:30 pm: Triduum of Prayer, Benediction, veneration of
the Relics.

September 23: 6:30 am-1:30pm; 5:00pm-10 pm: Veneration of the relics.
7:30 pm: Solemn Mass, Triduum of Prayer, procession
and Veneration of relics. Reception to follow.

October 20-28: Novena in honor of St. Jude after each daily 12:10 Mass.

Religious Education: The deadline for Registration has now passed.  If you have not registered, please contact Fr. Vill directly at 203-324-1553×130.
Religious Education classes begin on Sunday, September 10th.

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes start Monday September 18th and will meet weekly 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x21 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Weekly Sunday collection:       

Sunday August 20, 2017 $  11,865.72
Sunday August 21, 2016 $  12,498.25

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

September 3rd, Sunday Readings:  Jer 20:7-9; Rom 12:1-2; Mt 16:21-27.

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

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-416-1619 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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.

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 even helped convince expectant mothers to spare their children. To join us, or for specialized training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

Latin Low Mass: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

Regina Pacis Academy: Is an independent Catholic classical school in Norwalk.  The new principal, Kim Quatela, was previously the Coordinator of Family Faith Formation for the Diocese of Bridgeport. Founded in 2005, the mission of Regina Pacis Academy is to provide the highest quality classical education at a reasonable cost, taught by teachers loyal to the Church and her Magisterium. The Academy’s goal is to form scholars and saints. To schedule a tour and for more information contact Kim Quatela: 347-840-1553, or k.quatela.rpa@optimum.net

Employment: Good Counsel Malta House in Norwalk began helping pregnant mothers and babies in 1998. It is a transitional residence to promote the dignity of God-given life by providing a nurturing home environment, support services and independent living skills for pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children. Looking for a House Manager , anyone may apply for this position by forwarding a cover letter/resume to: John Hinshaw: John_Hinshaw@goodcounselhomes.org.  We are located at: 5 Prowitt Street, Norwalk, CT. 06855.

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

St. Leo 37th Annual Parish Fair: at St. Leo Parish in Stamford.  Tuesday, August 29 through Friday, Sept. 1, from 6PM to 11PM and Saturday, Sept. 2, from 2PM to 11PM.  Enjoy rides, games, live entertainment, international foods, bingo and our $10 raffle with a 1st prize 2017 BMW 320i xDrive Sedan – Glacier Silver.  For more information: call Denise Esposito at 203-322-1669 x227 or visit website stleostamford.org for more details.

The Face of Prayer:  For all young Catholics of all ages [under 18 will need parental consent]: www.thefaceof prayer.org   Will you join the movement of prayer? Bishop Frank Caggiano invites you to be the face of prayer. Text your picture, a prayer intention, or the word “prayer” to 55778. Then follow the prompts to complete your registration and commit to being the face or prayer! Participants will receive a prayer from Bishop Frank either every day or three times a week [your choice] as well as a weekly video from our bishop, access to great resources online, and the opportunity to pray together with friends from all around the Diocese of Bridgeport. This project is a partnership between the Diocese of Bridgeport and the Mater Ecclesiae Foundation. Privacy protections are in place.

The Face of Prayer Pilgrimage:  Join Bishop Caggiano on September 23, 2017 for a pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. for the dedication of an outdoor shrine.  The shrine is dedicated to young people and continues our celebration of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance to the children of Fatima.  Details about the pilgrimage can be found at www.thefaceofprayer.com or by emailing institute@diobpt.org or calling 203-416-1670.

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. For more  information or to volunteer, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.org

New Covenant House of Hospitality: Saint John’s parishioners staff the kitchens once each month to feed the homeless and less fortunate. For information, please call: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory. We are continuing our review of ecclesiastical Latin using Second Latin by Cora and Charles Scanlon and reading excerpts from Ambrosi Epistulae Variae.  An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.

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

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.

Sacred Heart ChurchSaturday, September 16th, 6:30 pm.  Krista Adams-Santilli, with Frank Mastrone and Friends in Concert, performing a mix of Broadway, Classical, Pop and Crossover music, sure to please the audience. Please tell your family and friends, and join us for an evening of wonderful music.  TICKETS ON SALE NOW ! $50.00 per person, with a reception to follow in the Church Hall, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford.  For Information and Ticket Sales, please call Jeff Curtis @ (203) 968-1234.

Not married in the Catholic Church? Please call Fr. Vill at (203) 324-1553 ext. 130 to make an appointment. Meet with Fr. Vill 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 the process of seeking an annulment.

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, August 26, 2017
4:00   Michael Lie req. Family
Sunday, August 27, 2017
7:30 +Dorothy VanLangen req. Joyce Patten and Lorraine VanLangen
10:00 +Alexander Baldwin req. Jagodzinski Family
12:00 +John Scheck 1st Anniversary req. Christine Hylenski-Uzar and Family
5:00 +Joseph McAleer, Sr.
Monday, August 28, 2017
8:00   Souls in Purgatory req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Evangelin Drought req. Sharon Gannon
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
8:00 +Mary Churley req. Mary Petrizzi
12:10 +Aunt Jojo O’Brien req. Cora O’Meara
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
8:00   Deceased members of the Urban Family
12:10 +Norma Taylor req. Michelle Seifert
Thursday, August 31, 2017
8:00   Deceased members of the McCann Family
12:10 +Raymond Dalesio req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Friday, September 1, 2017
8:00 +Catherine and Eugene Dzilinski req. Marie Carr
12:10   Thanksgiving to God req. Thang Nguyen
Saturday, September 2, 2017
8:00 +Roledonne J. Samedi req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Leyda Esquibel Rodriquez req. Irsa Garcia

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 Cindy, (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, Cindy, 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: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

Coffee Hour: Starts again in September, after the 10:00a.m. Family Mass in the Msgr. Nagle Hall.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
155 years ago, or so:

September 4, 1863: Excursion to Jones’ Wood. “The schools connected with the Roman Catholic Church intend going on a picnic to Jones’ Wood, on Saturday 5th inst. We hope they will have fine weather, and a good day’s enjoyment.”

125 years ago, or so:
August 28, 1891:  Rescued by a Young Lady. “The rescue from drowning of a man over six feet tall by a young girl under twenty years of age is the decidedly novel incident reported from Shippan Point the other day. Prof. Amos of the Merrill Business College, is the gentleman referred to, and the young lady is Miss Annie Ennis, daughter of John Ennis, whose bathing pavilion is a well known landmark at the south end of the Point. A number of persons were in bathing, including the Professor, who not being a swimmer, was supporting himself on one of the floats used by learners. In some way the float got out of position in such a way that instead of performing its proper function, it was holding the Professor with head down in the water. Miss Ennis, seeing his dangerous predicament, boldly swam out to the rescue, and by her help, aided later by that of Mr. Edward Bell, the Professor was successfully brought into shallower water. But for this timely help he would in all probability have been drowned, unless his situation had been observed in time by others equally prompt and willing to aid him .”  (EDITOR’S NOTE: John Ennis was the builder of of St. John’s. Church  He himself was a champion swimmer and undoubtedly taught his daughter well.)

95 years ago, or so:
September 1, 1922:  STAMFORD MAN CANDIDATE FOR CATHOLIC PRIESTHOOD. Patrick Killeen Assigned to St. Mary’s Seminary, Baltimore. “Patrick Killeen of Stamford is among the candidates for the Catholic priesthood who have recently received seminary assignments from Right Reverend John J. Nilan, Bishop of the Diocese of Hartford, which includes Stamford. He has been assigned to St. Mary’s Seminary, Baltimore. The candidate is the son of the late Patrick Killeen and Mrs. Susan Killeen of 115 Richmond Hill Avenue. He was graduated from St. John’s Parochial School, and, after attending the Stamford High School, was entered at St. Thomas Seminary. He has been graduated from the latter school, and his next move is to St. Mary’s in Baltimore.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Patrick Killeen was ordained in June 1928.)

August 30, 1923: AOH EUCHRE. “The 12th annual euchre and pinochle for the benefit of the members’ sick fund was held last night by the AOH, Division 2, in St. John’s School Hall. The affair was attended by upwards of 700 members and friends. The card tables were arranged in the school yard and a large number enjoyed the games while another group were dancing in the hall. About 90 attractive prizes were awarded the winners.”

 

Bulletin for Sunday August 20, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday August 20, 2017

Pastor’s Corner:      Let’s turn our attention to the  southern aisle windows [on the left side of the church as you enter the front doors], which repeat the decorative style of the windows we looked at last week on the opposite, northern aisle. These southern windows underscore the reality of Him who was born in Bethlehem—just in case you missed that detail in the windows of the northern aisle. Jesus is much more than a prophet. He is the Creator and Redeemer of all creation, who joined His Divine nature to our humanity in the womb of the Virgin. Let’s take a look:

The first window on the left [southeast] as you enter the main door:
Center Panel: The Lamb of God: Jesus,  is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the  world, is also the Creator: all existence centers on Him;
Left: Alpha and Omega: Jesus tells us in the Gospels that He is the “Beginning and the End” of all things—and uses the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet as signs of that: He is creation’s beginning/end.
Right: IHS: Re-emphasizes the reality that the Lamb of God who is the Creator of all, and who keeps everything in existence because He exists: —IHS are the first three Greek letters of JESus.

The second window [central]:
Center Panel: A Red Cross with the Crown of Thorns: God became man in the womb of the Virgin Mary in order to offer Himself on the Cross as the final bloody sacrifice for the sins of humankind;
Left: A Monstrance: used for adoration of His Most Precious Body and Blood: As both God and man, Jesus is worthy of worship. He is really present—Humanity, Divinity, Body and Soul, remaining with us until the end of time in the Eucharist, as He told His Apostles at the Last Supper;
Right: A Thurible: used at Mass to offer incense to God: Incense is a symbol of our prayers before God. Jesus, the Eternal Son who enters history by uniting Himself to our Humanity in Jesus, brings our prayers to the Father.

The third window on the left [southwest]:
Center Panel: Star of David and Cross: Jesus is Lord and Messiah, born of God’s Chosen people, who fulfills all Old Testament prophets;
Left: Cross, Crown & Palm Branches, refers to the sacrifice of Christ, which wins salvation for all humanity;
Right: Cross & Anchor, Sacred Heart & Scroll, reading, “Faith, Hope, Charity”, Salvation comes through Christ’s sacrifice, which is the basis of our Faith, our Hope in eternal life through Jesus, which we express in our daily self-sacrifice of charity.
Above these can be seen smaller “clerestory” windows of the same period, with similar geometric and floral decorative designs. They bear no symbol and have no other function than to provide colored light that changes with the seasons and times of each day. All these windows were produced by the P.F. McMahon Company, delivered and installed in time for the 1886 dedication of the church, at a total cost of $4,460.00, the equivalent of  which in today’s dollars totals $111,025.00. The restoration of these windows in 2000 cost $1,000,000!
While standing in either of the side aisles facing the altars, look upward to the arch above each side altar. Then, move your gaze higher to the ceiling vaults above each side altar arch, and to the ceiling vaults to the left and right. They are very strangely shaped!! In fact, they are rather uneven. That is because the architect, John Ennis—a theater set designer—had never designed a Gothic arch, and his local Stamford workmen had never constructed a Gothic arch. They did the best they could in plaster and wooden lathing. While oddly shaped, they do produce a superb acoustic.
                                                                                                            –Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge,  Debbie Schemmel, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk, Joseph Verrilli, Peter C. Schmitt, Sr., Joseph Prendergast, Msgr. Peter Dora, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, A.J. Barr, Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey.

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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

September 13, & October 13: 7:30 pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima during this centenary year of the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal.

September 21, 22, 23: Triduum of Prayer in honor of St. Padre Pio:
September 21: 7:30 pm: Triduum of Prayer & Eucharistic Benediction
September 22: 5:30 pm: Solemn Arrival of the Relics of St. Padre Pio.
7:30 pm:  Triduum of Prayer, Benediction, veneration of the Relics.

September 23: 6:30 am-1:30pm; 5:00pm-10 pm: Veneration of the relics.
7:30 pm: Solemn Mass, Triduum of Prayer, procession and Veneration of relics. Reception to follow.

October 20-28: Novena in honor of St. Jude after each daily 12:10 Mass.

Religious Education: Registration is now open for the 2017-2018 Religious Education program. Forms were mailed home to families that had children enrolled in our program in 2016-2017. If you are enrolling your child in our program for the first time, please pick up a form in the back of the church or stop by the parish office.
Please return registration form and payment to the parish office no later than
Monday, August 21, 2017.

Religious Education classes begin on Sunday, September 10th.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday August 13,  2017 $  12,617.01
Sunday August 14, 2016 $  14,590.06

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

August 27th, Sunday Readings:  Is 22:19-23; Rom 11:33-36; Mt 16:13-20.

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

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-416-1619 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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.

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 even helped convince expectant mothers to spare their children. To join us, or for specialized training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

Latin Low Mass: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

Regina Pacis Academy: Is an independent Catholic classical school in Norwalk.  The new principal, Kim Quatela, was previously the Coordinator of Family Faith Formation for the Diocese of Bridgeport. Founded in 2005, the mission of Regina Pacis Academy is to provide the highest quality classical education at a reasonable cost, taught by teachers loyal to the Church and her Magisterium. The Academy’s goal is to form scholars and saints. To schedule a tour and for more information contact Kim Quatela: 347-840-1553, or k.quatela.rpa@optimum.net

Employment: Good Counsel Malta House in Norwalk began helping pregnant mothers and babies in 1998. It is a transitional residence to promote the dignity of God-given life by providing a nurturing home environment, support services and independent living skills for pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children. Looking for a House Manager , anyone may apply for this position by forwarding a cover letter/resume to: John Hinshaw: John_Hinshaw@goodcounselhomes.org.  We are located at: 5 Prowitt Street, Norwalk, CT. 06855.

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

St. Leo 37th Annual Parish Fair: at St. Leo Parish in Stamford.  Tuesday, August 29 through Friday, Sept. 1, from 6PM to 11PM and Saturday, Sept. 2, from 2PM to 11PM.  Enjoy rides, games, live entertainment, international foods, bingo and our $10 raffle with a 1st prize 2017 BMW 320i xDrive Sedan – Glacier Silver.  For more information: call Denise Esposito at 203-322-1669 x227 or visit website stleostamford.org for more details.

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. For more  information or to volunteer, please contact Fanny Moran: fmoran@futurefive.org

New Covenant House of Hospitality: Saint John’s parishioners staff the kitchens once each month to feed the homeless and less fortunate. For information, please call: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory. We are continuing our review of ecclesiastical Latin using Second Latin by Cora and Charles Scanlon and reading excerpts from Ambrosi Epistulae Variae.  An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.

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

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.

St Gabriel Church: Men’s Night of ReflectionWednesday, Aug 23rd @ 7pm. Men, please join us to hear Fr. Jason Smith, LC present “Walking with the Saints in Today’s World” to find inspiration and strength thru the saints so we can reflect God’s will in our culture. This Men’s Night is brought to you by the Knights of Columbus Fr. Miller Council #5833. Contact Bill Nagle with any questions. M: 203-570-2593, email: billnagle@hotmail.com

Sacred Heart ChurchSaturday, September 16th, 6:30 pm.  Krista Adams-Santilli, with Frank Mastrone and Friends in Concert, performing a mix of Broadway, Classical, Pop and Crossover music, sure to please the audience. Please tell your family and friends, and join us for an evening of wonderful music.  TICKETS ON SALE NOW ! $50.00 per person, with a reception to follow in the Church Hall, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford.  For Information and Ticket Sales, please call Jeff Curtis @ (203) 968-1234.

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes start Monday September 18th and will meet weekly 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x21 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Not married in the Catholic Church? Please call Fr. Vill at (203) 324-1553 ext. 130 to make an appointment. Meet with Fr. Vill 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 the process of seeking an annulment.

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, August 19, 2017
4:00 +Michael Windsor req. Family
Sunday, August 20, 2017
7:30 +Dorothy Wargo 31st Anniversary req. Family
10:00 +Augusta DaSilva req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
12:00 +Ronald Salvatore req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
5:00 +Joseph McAleer, Sr.
Monday, August 21, 2017
8:00   Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Catherine T. Ciccomascolo req. Melissa Fahey
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
8:00   Special Intentions Pietro Bertuca req. Niece and Nephews
12:10 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
8:00 +Angelo Velez req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Maria Teresa Abrantes req. Irsa Garcia
Thursday, August 24, 2017
8:00 +Jean Herard req. Sandra Johnson
12:10   Isabelle, Michel and Isaac Baptiste req. Nadege Baptiste
Friday, August 25, 2017
8:00   Lisa Duddie req. Anne Marie Carpanzano
12:10 +Salvatore Conte req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Saturday, August 26, 2017
8:00 +Moises Reyes and Juana Mazariegos req. Blanca Reyes
12:10 +Al Zach req. Zach 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 Cindy, (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, Cindy, 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: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

Coffee Hour: Starts again in September, after the 10:00a.m. Family Mass in the Msgr. Nagle Hall.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

145 years ago, or so:
August 22, 1873:  “The Roman Catholic church was densely filled on Monday evening, by a congregation which met to hear a lecture from Rt. Rev. Bishop McFarland, of the Diocese of Hartford. The Bishop’s remarks were heard with close attention, and at the conclusion of his address, a collection was taken up in aid of the new church, resulting in the addition of a handsome sum to the building fund. Mr. C. W. Smith presided at the organ with the musical skill for which he is noted.”

140 years ago, or so:

August 25, 1876:  Borough Government. “A regular meeting of the Warden and Burgesses was held on Aug. 7th, 1876, R. Swartwont, Warden, presiding. All the members present except Mr. Hawley. Minutes of last meeting read and approved. Bills read and referred to finance committee: Resolution by Walton Ferguson. That the side and cross walk committee be authorized to employ Mr. A. J. Bell to construct a concrete cross walk on Atlantic street, near the Roman Catholic (St. John’s) church, at a cost not exceeding $30. Adopted.”

115 years ago, or so:

August 26, 1910:  “The altar boys of St. John’s Catholic Church went to Rye Beach, yesterday, for a picnic. The boys were in charge of Rev. Antonio Rizzo and Rev. Andrew F Carrigan. They played baseball and had dinner at the beach. The boys enjoyed the outing much.”

100 years ago, or so:
August 25, 1914:  “The new system of high-pressure heating to be installed for St. John’s Catholic Church will require considerable alterations. Two boilers to be placed in the church will take the place of five which formerly heated the four buildings.”

85 years ago, or so:
August 27, 1932:  EAGLE SCOUT RANK IS CONFERRED ON TWO. “At the September Court of Honor of the Stamford Council, Boy Scouts of America, last evening at Scout Headquarters,  Robert Herrgen and Donald Reyen, Troop 22, St. John’s R. C. Church, qualified for advancement to Eagle Scout rank. Scouts Robert Thayer, Troop 22, has qualified for advancement to Star Scout rank. Merit Badges were awarded Scouts as follows: Cooking: Robert Mulhare, Troop 22, Examiner S. C. Brown; Life Saving: Donald Reyen, James Strachan, and Robert Thayer, Troop 22, Examiner Roy Waters; Swimming: Joel Carrier, Robert Mulhare and Robert Thayer, Troop 22.”