Bulletin for May 21, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday May 21, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: Despite the pleas by Pope Benedict XV during the summer of 1914 that the major European powers pull back from the brink of war, which he called “the suicide of Europe,” the slaughter of millions was pursued with verve and enthusiasm in what would come to be known as World War I.
The United States reluctantly entered the war in 1917, and millions of young American men enlisted across the country. 297 parishioners of Saint John’s Church on Atlantic Street enlisted. To commemorate the patriotic participation of the Catholic men of Stamford [all of whom were members of Saint John’s, then the only Catholic church in town] , the Basilica of Saint John is hosting a small historic exhibit in the Rectory.

The creator and benefactor of this exhibit is a parishioner, Mr. Lawrence J. Bolanowski, who has been purchasing and collecting memorabilia about St. John’s World War I veterans, as well as spending hundreds of hours plowing through the Stamford Advocate archives in search of articles about these men. All come together to provide a fascinating account of all 297 parishioner-veterans of Saint John’s who served in the “Great War.” Family service flags, an exact replica of the parish service flag, bearing blue stars representing the number of family/parish members in the military service; gold stars signifying the heroic deaths of servicemen on the battlefields, medals, photographs, letters, original newspapers from 1917-1918, and religious objects from the battlefield are included in this exhibit, all purchased and provided by Larry. I am very grateful to Larry for his generosity, foresight and hard work. I am also grateful to the Stamford Historical Society for their loan of display cases. Local families have also sent in family mementoes of their fathers and grandfathers who fought: Erin Cody lent us the US Marine hat and insignia of her grandfather, John Cody; Marion Morris lent us photographs of her father and grandfather who fought.

Our exhibit runs from May 15—July 4th, Mondays through Fridays 10am-4pm in the Rectory. If these times are not convenient, please give me a call [203-324-1553, ext 11], and I’ll be delighted to let you in and give a personal tour at your convenience. The men of Saint John’s Parish did their duty, lent their strength and shed their blood to win the war. Let’s honor them by visiting this exhibit about them, and by offering a prayer for our parish heroes who are our fellow parishioners of St. John’s. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Emilio Gonzalez, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Debbie Schemmel, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Bill Rice, 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, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey, Barbara Itri, Daniel Murphy, Bernadette Martelli, John Thompson, Francesco Russo, Lillian Jacobs, Rosalie Liguori, William DeLeo, Sylvia Ardise.

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

Annual Catholic Appeal: We have reached our goal of $112,000 for the Annual Catholic Appeal. We’re done!! Thank you for your generosity.

May 24: Day of Prayer for China: In 2007, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI asked all parishes worldwide to pray annually on this day for the Church in China, persecuted by the Chinese government. Please offer one “Hail Mary” on May 24th for the persecuted Church in China and for the Cause of Canonization of Cardinal Kung.

***Ascension Thursday: May 25h is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses are at 5:15p.m. on Wednesday, May 24th and on Thursday, May 25th at 8:00a.m., 12:10p.m.; 5:15p.m.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: “The Eaglet,” the new parish blog on our Basilica website, www.stjohnsstamford.com, is up and running, featuring a variety of thought-provoking articles on the Catholic Faith and Church, posted weekly. Feedback is welcome and discussion is encouraged, via a comments form at the end of each article. Please bookmark the page, visit often, and share the link with your family and friends.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

May 15th – July 4th: [Monday-Fridays, 10 am-4 pm] St. John’s in World War I Exhibit in the Rectory.

Faith on Tap: Tuesday, May 23rd: Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St., Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. “Stump the Priests”, with your questions on the Catholic Faith & Church. Bring a friend or two!

May 29th: 10am: Special Memorial Day Mass at St. John’s Cemetery, Darien. Fr. Audette will offer this Mass for veterans of the parish at the stone altar in the Priests’ Circle, which is inside the main entrance on Hoyt Street. Everyone is welcome to attend. Cancelled if raining.

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday May 14, 2017 $ 15,288.31
Sunday May 15, 2016 $ 13,049.49

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

May 28th, Sunday Readings: Acts 1:12-14; 1 Pt 4:13-16; Jn 17:1-11a.

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.

The Sacrament of the Sick: One of the seven instituted by Our Lord, relieves the sick person by opening up the reality of God’s mercy, offering strength for the patient to endure any suffering without despairing. Please do NOT wait until a friend or family member is about to die before calling one of the parish priests for this sacrament or for Holy Communion to be brought to your home, hospital or nursing home.

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.

Help End Legalized Abortion: Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street. Help us stop this. To join us, or for training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

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.

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

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: This Wednesday, May 24th. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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.

Trinity Catholic High School: Grades 8 thru 12 – First Friday Fest – Every First Friday of the Month -Games, Adoration, Friends, Food – 7PM – 9PM.

New Girls Catholic Academy: Pre-K-High School: The religious Sisters of the Company of The Savior hope to open a new girls’ academy in lower Fairfield County within the next few years. The priests of the Basilica parish support this project. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Sr. Maria: bridgeport@ciasalvador.org.

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. The 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.

WORK:A parishioner who is a local real estate broker is looking for a dedicated person to provide part-time marketing support. This is basically secretarial work, requiring writing and computer skills, along with some knowledge of Excel spreadsheets. This is a paying position. If interested, please call Cindy at the Rectory: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

WORK:A local Catholic family with two young children is seeking part-time household help on weekday mornings. They live in downtown Greenwich, CT near the train station. If you are interested, please email Stephen Schmalhofer at stephen.schmalhofer@gmail.com.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, May 20, 2017
4:00 Agnes Kung req. Family
Sunday, May 21, 2017
7:30 +Josephine and Karl Berger
10:00 +Hedwig Jagodzinski req. Jagodzinski Family
12:00 +Frances Delaney Birthday Remembrance req. Family
5:00 +Rev James Marra, SDB
Monday, May 22, 2017
8:00 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Winnie Dunn req. Mark and Deborah Dalton
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Christopher Vill
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
8:00 +Roberto Clemente
12:10 World Day of Prayer for China
5:15 +Tole Camaj req. Age
Thursday, May 25, 2017
8:00 +Margaret Mary Cycon req. Thomas Cycon
12:10 +Susan Sjem req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
5:15 +Delia Truglia req. Lucille Lester and Family
Friday, May 26, 2017
8:00 +Roberto Clemente
12:10 +Richard Abcunas req. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Bolanowski
Saturday, May 27, 2017
8:00 Deceased members of the Marchetti and Tarantino Families req. Family
12:10 +Betty Fones req. Juanita Evans

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 Parish Hall.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

125 years ago, or so:
May 21, 1892: Local Religious Affairs. “Roman Catholic: The services tomorrow will be as usual—Masses at 7:30, 9 and 10:30; vespers at 3. The sacrament of baptism will be administered at 4 p.m. On Ascension Thursday there will be Masses at 5 and 8 a.m. At the latter hour 250 children, who have been receiving special religious instruction for the last two months, will receive their first Communion.”

100 years ago, or so:
May 27, 1918: ROLL OF HONOR. Veterans of Civil War Buried in Local Cemeteries. “St. John’s R. C. Cemetery—Thomas Buckley, Patrick Harrison, Patrick Picker, Martin Kane, John Kelly, Daniel Kennedy, Henry O’Neil, James Keenan, James Warren, Thomas Lahey, Joseph P. Raferty, Martin Lane, John Birmingham, Peter Conroy, William McDonald, James Farron, P. Fitzpatrick, Morris Carroll, John Reardon, D. Dinan, John Collins, John Fitzpatrick, John H. McGill, John Conneff, Michael McGivney, Martin Cash.”

85 years ago, or so:
May 26, 1931: FLOWERS AND FLAGS PLACED ON SOLDIERS’ GRAVES BY BOY SCOUTS. “Boy Scouts representing the Stamford Council Troops, in cooperation with the Central Veterans’ Committee, placed flowers and flags on the graves of deceased soldiers in the various cemeteries last Sunday morning. Those representing the troops included James Stratton, William Burke, Joseph O’Donnell, William Wodtke, Clifford Wiltshire, Charles Clute, Robert Herrgen, Robert Graham, John Cummings, Troop 22, St. John’s R. C. Church.”

70 years ago, or so:
May 28, 1948: 8 Priests to Assist Bishop At Centennial Mass. “St. John’s Catholic Church on Atlantic Street will observe its 100th anniversary of the assignment of its first pastor on Sunday at 11 a.m. with a Solemn High Mass at which the Most Rev. Henry J. O’Brien, Bishop of Hartford will preside. In anticipation of the centennial, the church has been redecorated. The first pastor of the church, the Rev. John Brady, was named May 1848. Father Brady lived on Cove Road and in addition to Stamford, he ministered to Norwalk Catholics.”

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

Bulletin for Sunday May 14, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday May 14, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: Saturday, May 6th, was the 143rd Running of the Roses: The Kentucky Derby. Our major parish fundraiser of the year was run simultaneously, and I am grateful to all who worked to make the event so successful, to those who donated goods, services, hard work, and funds, and to those who attended.

The Derby evening total was $42,000 for the parish! It is the most enjoyable of fundraising events I have attended in years, whether in Stamford, Greenwich or New York City. The evening did not simply materialize on its own; there were many, many people who spent hundreds of hours working to make the evening the success it was. I’d like to thank them:

Our Derby Committee was chaired by Patty Arnone who lavished her organizational skills and flare for the artistic upon the event. The Derby was Patty’s idea six years ago, and it has been wonderful fun. Her right hand assistant was Joe McAleer, our retired parish trustee, whose unflagging energy, superb graphics talents, good sense and decision-making skills made the evening work to perfection.

I am extremely grateful to Tony and Maria Marchetti and their family and staff provided the superb Italian food from their Columbus Park Trattoria here in Stamford. Sam Cingari and his family and staff from Grade A/ShopRite Market donated and served the mountains of top quality, fresh sea food for the evening. Likewise, Greg Duffey of Minuteman Press in Norwalk printed and donated all the programs and advertising for the evening. Their continued generosity for all our Derby events is overwhelming!

Michael Marchetti, Tracy Banahan, Liz Labrosciano, Juanita Evans, Lisa D’Acunto, Lisa Kotasek, and all lent their talents to the organizing committee that met for months to plan and prepare for the event, and worked the entire Derby evening. Many others worked diligently, as well. Among them were our bakers led by Tracy Banahan, who prepared more than 500 homemade sweets for our guests: Judy DeFelice, Noreen DeSoye, Joyce Gianinni, and Jennifer Marciano. Bill Arnone interfaced with the State of Connecticut for permits: a thankless yet essential job. Others made the evening possible by their dedicated time, service, hard work, and auction prizes, including: Noreen and Jack Desoye, Mary and Jef Spetland, Cindy Hulbert, Mary Jean Dalmolin, Kathy McDaniels, Steve and Kathy Tafuro, Scholastica Nabwire, Andrew Mbabaali, Jeannene McMurchy, Marion Morris, Dominic Piria, Tony Colon, Maggie & Simon Bound, Virginia Hughes, Frank Federici, the Nichani Family, Stacy and John Leydon, Carla and Barry Coutant, Jim Berger, and Fathers Audette and Vill. Matt Birk, who came from Florida with his lovely wife and directed the live auction with verve and humor, Tracy & Tom Banahan, Coromandel Cuisine, EOS Greek Cuisine, Finn II, Layla’s Falafel, Columbus Park Trattoria, Osteria Applausi, Tarantino’s, Juliska, Stamford Florist. If I have missed anyone, please forgive me: my mind occasionally slips! To all who donated, and to all who worked to make the evening a success, please accept my deepest and most sincere thanks.

God bless you all for your dedication to our wonderful Basilica parish.

THANK YOU!!!

—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Debbie Schemmel, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Bill Rice, 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, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey, Barbara Itri, Daniel Murphy, Bernadette Martelli, John Thompson, Francesco Russo, Lillian Jacobs, Rosalie Liguori, William DeLeo, Sylvia Ardise.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Easter Duty: What makes you a Catholic? The fact that you are “IN Communion” with the Successor of Saint Peter, the pope, the local Catholic bishop, and other Catholics, and an active member of the Body of Christ, the Catholic Church. We share the same Faith, the sign of that is receiving Holy Communion. The bottom line is that you receive Holy Communion: the Body and Blood of the Resurrected Christ—at least once each year. To receive Holy Communion you must be freed from serious, mortal sin, living a life of grace. The means you should also go to Confession at least once each year. That is done at Easter—the Easter Duty. Catholics are obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once between Easter [April 16] and Pentecost Sunday [June 4]. If you haven’t been to Confession for a while, you should repent of your sins and confess them as a preparation for receiving the Body and Blood of Christ.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: “The Eaglet,” the new parish blog on our Basilica website, www.stjohnsstamford.com, is up and running, featuring a variety of thought-provoking articles on the Catholic Faith and Church, posted weekly. Feedback is welcome and discussion is encouraged, via a comments form at the end of each article. Please bookmark the page, visit often, and share the link with your family and friends.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

May 13th – September 4th at 5-6:30 pm: St. John’s in World War I Exhibit in the Rectory.

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

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. The 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.

WORK:A parishioner who is a local real estate broker is looking for a dedicated person to provide part-time marketing support. This is basically secretarial work, requiring writing and computer skills, along with some knowledge of Excel spreadsheets. This is a paying position. If interested, please call Cindy at the Rectory: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday May 7, 2017 $ 14,467.99
Sunday May 8, 2016 $ 11,920.32

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

May 21st, Sunday Readings: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; 1 Pt 3:15-18; Jn 14:15-21.

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.

Relic of the True Cross: Splinters of the actual Cross upon which Our Lord suffered and died are displayed on the Saint Joseph side altar. Copies of Prayer before the Crucifix are provided for your devotion.

The Sacrament of the Sick: One of the seven instituted by Our Lord, relieves the sick person by opening up the reality of God’s mercy, offering strength for the patient to endure any suffering without despairing. Please do NOT wait until a friend or family member is about to die before calling one of the parish priests for this sacrament or for Holy Communion to be brought to your home, hospital or nursing home.

Annual Catholic Appeal: This is the annual appeal by the Diocese of Bridgeport to fund all the charitable, educational, and faith-based works of the Diocese of Bridgeport that assist thousands of people daily throughout Fairfield County. Each parish in Fairfield County is given a goal: ours is $110,000. We have collected to date: $108,567.00 or 98%. Please be generous; we need everyone’s help. Our parish Appeal leaders are John & Eileen Tarleton, who have led our efforts last year so successfully. Thank you for your generosity.

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.

Help End Legalized Abortion: Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street. Help us stop this. To join us, or for training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

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.

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

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: May 24th. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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.

Sidewalk Counselor Training: Saturday May 20th, 2017
Would you like to learn how to help women in unplanned, crisis pregnancies choose life or learn how you can support in prayer? Sidewalk Advocates for Life offers a peaceful, prayerful, law-abiding sidewalk advocacy method that seeks to reach that woman’s heart and fill her needs so she can confidently choose life! Our next training date will be Saturday, May 20 from 8am to noon in Stamford. Location TBA. The cost is $25 to cover training materials. To RSVP please contact Program Director Noelle at 857-345-0808 or noelle.gross@gmail.com. More information atwww.sidewalkadvocates.org

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.

Trinity Catholic High School: Grades 8 thru 12 – First Friday Fest – Every First Friday of the Month -Games, Adoration, Friends, Food – 7PM – 9PM.

Sisters of Life:  Do you, or someone you know, have a used automobile SUV or van in good driving condition that can be donated?  The Sisters of Life are in urgent need of reliable vehicles as they travel from all over New York to Stamford and to other locations throughout the Northeast to carry out their work.  For more information, go to http://www.sistersoflife.org/donations/donate-items-for-the-community, or contact Sr. Mary Karen at (845) 357-3547, or email: localsuperior.annunciation@sistersoflife.org. Thank you.

New Girls Catholic Academy: Pre-K-High School: The religious Sisters of the Company of The Savior hope to open a new girls’ academy in lower Fairfield County within the next few years. The priests of the Basilica parish support this project. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Sr. Maria: bridgeport@ciasalvador.org.

Ladies Night Out: Join the ladies of St. John’s Parish for a rosary making evening from 7-9pm on Thursday May 18th, 2017 in the Msgr. Nagle Hall. Design and make your own rosary while enjoying community and prayer, with refreshments of wine & cheese and tea & cookies. The cost is $40 per person and can be paid at the door. To register, please email keoglerstudios@gmail.com.

Faith on Tap: Tuesday, May 23rd: Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St., Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. “Stump the Priests”, with your questions on the Catholic Faith & Church. Bring a friend or two!

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, May 13, 2017
4:00 +Leo Gheringhelli req. Joan and John Kronk
Sunday, May 14, 2017
7:30 +Joan Mercia
10:00 +Mary Timlin req. Carol Cummings
12:00 Michelle Sagdati Birthday req. Family
5:00 +Rev. James Marra, SDB
Monday, May 15, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Maria
12:10 +Gregoria Gloria req. Angeles Family
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Maria
12:10 +Maureen Flanders req. Priests of the Parish
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Clarence Kelly Johnson
Thursday, May 18, 2017
8:00 Rev. Albert D. Audette, Jr.
12:10 Francis and Colleen Kung req. Family
Friday, May 19, 2017
8:00 +Clercy Millien req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +George Terenzio req. Family
Saturday, May 20, 2017
8:00 +Claudette Oddle
12:10 +Mrs. Corrie M. Evans req. Juanita Evans

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 Parish Hall.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
150 years ago, or so:
May 20, 1864: Catholic School. “We paid a visit to this school, which is connected with St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, a day or two since, and were greatly pleased with the neatness and good order that prevailed—two requisites for the promotion of health and comfort. In the primary department are about 100 children, from 4 to 6 years of age, and in the higher classes are 175 scholars, all bright, healthy looking children. The school is under charge of Mr. Patrick O’Reilly.”
125 years ago, or so:
May 16, 1890: Ancient Order of Hibernians. “Fathers Keena and Carroll, of St. John’s R. C. church, went to Hartford in the early part of the week to attend the national convention of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. A large delegation of the order went also from Stamford, and St. John’s Band escorted these. The proceedings occupied Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On Monday of this week the great convention assembled at Hartford in Allyn hall—in fact some delegates arrived on Saturday. A sermon was preached in St. Joseph’s cathedral Monday morning by Rev. J. J. Quinn, of Collinsville, chaplain of the Hibernian Rifles. At 12 o’clock the convention was called to order by National Delegate M. F. Wilhere after which there was an address of welcome by John P. Murphy, State Delegate. In the procession it is said there were over three thousand Hibernians present, and when company A of New London, the color company of the Hibernian Rifles, was drawn up in front of the Allyn house, State Delegate Murphy presented them with a handsome stand of colors. This set consisted of Irish and American flags.”
110 years ago, or so:
May 17, 1909: BON VOYAGE, FATHER O’BRIEN. “Rev. James C. O’Brien, the pastor of St. John’s R. C. Church, told his people yesterday that he was going on a vacation – the first real vacation he has had in 33 years. He will sail for Europe next Thursday, with a large number of priests, whose primary object will be to attend the golden jubilee of the American College in Rome. Father O’Brien will be accompanied by his niece, Miss Flemming, and his nephew, Rev. Charles A. Leddy of Mystic. The trip will last for about 10 or 12 weeks, and, aside from Rome and other points of interest in Italy and France, will include a visit to Great Britain and Ireland. For some months several of the alumni of the college have been compiling data to incorporate in a history of the North American College. This work has been completed and copies of the book, which is illustrated, are to be given as souvenirs of the golden jubilee exercises.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Our own Monsignor DiGiovanni, himself a graduate of the North American College in Rome, has written two books on the history of the North American College: The Second Founder, published in 2013 and Aggiornamento on the Hill of Janus, published in 2017.)

Bulletin for Sunday May 7, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday May 7, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: Next Sunday, May 14th, is Mothers’ Day, and the parish will honor our mother, Our Lady, by crowning her at the 10:00 a.m. Mass. Devotion to Our Lady is not worship of her—we worship God alone! But we give honor to the saints for their perfection mirrors that of God, and pray that they will speak to God on our behalf, since we are all members of the Body of Christ, the Catholic Church, founded by Our Lord, who is the Head of the His Church.

We honor Mary, in particular, because of her moral excellence, and because of the superior way she is joined and dedicated to God. She is the most perfect disciple of Her Son; the first, after Jesus, to share in His bodily resurrection: she wears the Crown of victory, for those who remain faithful, about which St. Paul wrote in
I Corinthians 9:24, and about which St. John wrote in the Apocalypse 2:10: “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Apocalypse 12 is about Mary’s cooperation with God in bearing the Savior, and in her fidelity to God in His battle with Satan: “And a great portent appeared in the heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” Our devotion to Mary “proceeds from true faith, by which we are led to recognize the excellence of the Mother of God, and by which we are moved to filial love toward our mother and to imitation of her virtues.” [Vat II, Lumen Gentium, 67] Mary has a special role in God’s plan: by grace she is Mother of the God-made-man, and so she is exalted above angels and men. By her close association in the saving events of Christ’s life, she remains in the presence of the glorified Christ, interceding for us, as she continues participating in Christ’s saving work. Our hope is to come to her reward of sharing in Christ’s bodily resurrection: this is our salvation; the reason why God became a man, suffered, died and rose from the grave. Mary is what we hope to be: in love with God forever, in the flesh.

Devotion to Our Lady began immediately in the life of the primitive Church, as is reflected in the Gospels, early writings, and early paintings in the Catacombs in Rome. All the earliest Baptismal Creeds mention Mary. By the second century, the Church came to describe her role as that of the New Eve, contributing the best of humanity to God’s re-creation of everything in Christ, who is the New Adam. By the fifth century, the Council of Ephesus (431) granted the title of God–bearer [Theotokos] to Mary, clearly and accurately describing her role in God’s work for our salvation. While still a creature and a human being like ourselves, unequal to the perfection of Christ the Redeemer-King, Mary continues to work for the salvation of all: as mother of the King of the universe, the closest human being to Christ, Mary still influences the heart of Her Son on our behalf, while urging us to imitate her virtue and devotion to Christ. She is the mother to whom we go when in trouble or in need.

We will crown Our Lady as a sign of our filial devotion to Her, that She may lead us to Her Divine Son, Jesus. Let the mothers of the parish imitate Mary’s faith and virtues, and let their children remain truly devoted and grateful to their mothers, not just today, but every day of their lives. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Debbie Schemmel, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Bill Rice, 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, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey, Barbara Itri, Daniel Murphy, Bernadette Martelli, John Thompson, Francesco Russo, Lillian Jacobs, Rosalie Liguori, William DeLeo, Sylvia Ardise.

Catholic Communication Campaign Collection . . . Please drop your special envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.

Easter Duty: What makes you a Catholic? The fact that you are “IN Communion” with the Successor of Saint Peter, the pope, and an active member of the Body of Christ, the Catholic Church. We share the same Faith, the sign of that is receiving Holy Communion. The bottom line is that you receive Holy Communion: the Body and Blood of the Resurrected Christ—at least once each year. To receive Holy Communion you must be freed from serious, mortal sin, living a life of grace. The means you should also go to Confession at least once each year. That is done at Easter—the Easter Duty. Catholics are obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once between Easter [April 16] and Pentecost Sunday [June 4]. If you haven’t been to Confession for a while, you should repent of your sins and confess them as a preparation for receiving the Body and Blood of Christ.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: “The Eaglet,” the new parish blog on our Basilica website, www.stjohnsstamford.com, is up and running, featuring a variety of thought-provoking articles on the Catholic Faith and Church, posted weekly. Feedback is welcome and discussion is encouraged, via a comments form at the end of each article. Please bookmark the page, visit often, and share the link with your family and friends.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Saturday, May 13 at 5-6:30 pm: St. John’s in World War I Exhibit in the Rectory.

May 13 at 7:30pm: Solemn Rosary, Benediction and Procession marking
the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima.

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

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. The 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.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday April 30, 2017 $ 13,634.34
Sunday May 1, 2016 $ 13,413.43

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

May 14th, Sunday Readings: Acts 6:1-7; 1 Pt 2:4-9; Jn 14:1-12.

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.

Relic of the True Cross: Splinters of the actual Cross upon which Our Lord suffered and died are displayed on the Saint Joseph side altar. Copies of Prayer before the Crucifix are provided for your devotion.

Annual Catholic Appeal: This is the annual appeal by the Diocese of Bridgeport to fund all the charitable, educational, and faith-based works of the Diocese of Bridgeport that assist thousands of people daily throughout Fairfield County. Each parish in Fairfield County is given a goal: ours is $110,000. We have collected to date: $98,472.00 or 89%. Please be generous; we need everyone’s help. Our parish Appeal leaders are John & Eileen Tarleton, who have led our efforts last year so successfully. Thank you for your generosity.

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.

Help End Legalized Abortion: Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street. Help us stop this. To join us, or for training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

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.

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

Are you a student at UCONN Stamford? in some on campus activities. Please contact Fr. Andy Vill (frvill@diobpt.org). We are looking for some help/interest.

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: May 24th. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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.

Trinity Catholic High School: Grades 8 thru 12 – First Friday Fest – Every First Friday of the Month -Games, Adoration, Friends, Food – 7PM – 9PM.

Sisters of Life:  Do you, or someone you know, have a used automobile SUV or van in good driving condition that can be donated?  The Sisters of Life are in urgent need of reliable vehicles as they travel from all over New York to Stamford and to other locations throughout the Northeast to carry out their work.  For more information, go to http://www.sistersoflife.org/donations/donate-items-for-the-community, or contact Sr. Mary Karen at (845) 357-3547, or email: localsuperior.annunciation@sistersoflife.org. Thank you.

The Sacrament of the Sick: One of the seven instituted by Our Lord, relieves the sick person by opening up the reality of God’s mercy, offering strength for the patient to endure any suffering without despairing. Please do NOT wait until a friend or family member is about to die before calling one of the parish priests for this sacrament or for Holy Communion to be brought to your home, hospital or nursing home.

New Girls Catholic Academy: Pre-K-High School: The religious Sisters of the Company of The Savior hope to open a new girls’ academy in lower Fairfield County within the next few years. The priests of the Basilica parish support this project. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Sr. Maria: bridgeport@ciasalvador.org.

Ladies Night Out: Join the ladies of St. John’s Parish for a rosary making evening from 7-9pm on Thursday May 18th, 2017 in the Msgr. Nagle Hall. Design and make your own rosary while enjoying community and prayer, with refreshments of wine & cheese and tea & cookies. The cost is $40 per person and can be paid at the door. To register, please email keoglerstudios@gmail.com.

Faith on Tap: Tuesday, May 23rd: Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St., Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. “Stump the Priests”, with your questions on the Catholic Faith & Church. Bring a friend or two!

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, May 6, 2017
4:00 Erika P. Hall req. Jagodzinski Family
Sunday, May 7, 2017
7:30 Kathleen Geraci req. Joseph Geraci
10:00 Special Intentions
12:00 Jimmy & Michelle Sagdati 16th Wedding Anniversary req. Marion Morris & Family
5:00 +Rev James Marra, SDB
Monday, May 8, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 +Suzanne Wright req. Bill and Carol Christiaanse
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Clarence Kelly Johnson
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
8:00 +Rev. Robert Hyl
12:10 +Jake Whitting req. Carol and Don Canfield
Thursday, May 11, 2017
8:00 +Charlene O’Brien Newland req. Hawthorn Family
12:10 +Clarence Kelly Johnson
Friday, May 12, 2017
8:00 +Virginia and Eileen Carr Birthday Remembrance req. Marie Carr
12:10 +Alma Liotta req. Mirella Liotta and Family
Saturday, May 13, 2017
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Joseph M. Kirkland req. Juanita Evans

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 Parish Hall.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
100 years ago, or so:
May 12, 1916: Marron Stars Again. “St. John’s Parochial school nine won from West Stamford 17 to 14, yesterday, on West End ground. St. John’s were without the service of their southpaw pitcher, Bill Foley, who was sick. According to the official historian of the game, he was so overjoyed when the news reached him that he wanted to get right out of bed and go down and congratulate Long Jack Harvey and Big Gaynor Brennan on the work they did in the box. Joe Marron was the real star of the game, accepting eight fielding chances and getting four hits in five times at bat, two of them doubles. Marron’s batting average for three games is 666. Pat Sullivan caught a good game and made three hits, in five times at bat while little Terry Healey, at short, had thee put-outs and 12 assists.”

90 years ago, or so:
May 14, 1927: CONFIRMATION. “In the presence of a congregation that filled St. John’s Catholic Church at 10, Saturday morning, the Right Rev. Maurice F. McAuliffe, D. D., auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Hartford, administered the sacrament of confirmation to the largest class of adults and children that has been presented for the reception of that sacrament. The class numbered 138, consisting of 69 males and 69 females. Bishop McAuliffe very appropriately addressed the children and gave some wholesome advice to their parents present. He then administered the total abstinence pledge to the class which had been confirmed. The ceremonies concluded with benediction of the Blessed Sacrament which was given by Rev. Joseph Degnan of South Norwalk.”

80 years ago, or so:
May 10, 1937: 140 at Communion Breakfast of St. John’s Sodality. “About 140 members and guests of the Children of Mary Sodality of St. John’s R. C. Church received communion in a body yesterday morning, after which they attended their second annual communion breakfast in the Hotel Davenport. Rev. Charles Hagearty, chaplain of the Sodality and Attorney Peter J. Ryan of Stamford were the principal speakers. Miss Kathryn Leonard, president of the society, welcomed the group and introduced the chairman of the morning. Father Hagearty spoke on the obligations of the members and counseled the group in regard to the danger of losing one’s faith. Attorney Ryan spoke on Communism and the Catholic woman. He said in part: “In the doctrine of Communism, the State is supreme. It assumes all authority to itself and would exercise that authority in derogation of all other rights, even to the extent, for example, of taking the care and education of a child from its natural parents and thus from the family. Rev. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s parish, spoke briefly, after which the names of 30 girls were announced, who have had perfect attendance at meetings and Communion during the past year.”

Bulletin for Sunday April 30, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday April 30, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: May is the first of the beautiful months, when the icy grip of winter finally loosens and life returns. May is the month during which the Church celebrates the most beautiful and most worthy of all women in human history, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. From its very beginning, the Church has revered Our Lady because of her personal holiness and intimate relationship with the Divine Persons of the Trinity. The most popular prayer, the Hail Mary, is based on the words addressed to Mary by the Archangel Gabriel at the Annunciation: “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee,” recalling the wonders God was Our Lady of MercY to work in her life for the salvation of The world, by which as In the Rectory gardeN Our Lady responds, “all generations will call me blessed.” [Luke 1:46-55]

Mary was held in high esteem even during her lifetime, as was any mother in Jewish society, but especially the mother of someone famous or powerful. By the end of the first century, Mary is venerated, NOT worshiped, since alone God receives worship. Mary is venerated as the New Eve, especially described in the writings of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, who had been taught the faith by Saint Peter himself, and died a martyr in 104 AD. Mary, the most perfect representative of our human race, now makes up in her own virtuous life of faith for the sins of the first Eve. God the Father recreates all creation through Christ, the New Adam, with Mary as His human co-operator.

Saint Athanasius, one of the greatest of the Church Fathers, wrote: “O’ Virgin, your glory transcends all created things because of Christ, O Mother of God the Word. We say that cherubs are sublime, but you are more sublime than they: cherubs support the throne of God, but you support God within your arms. Seraphs are close to God, but you are closer than they: Seraphs hide their faces with their wings, unable to look at the perfect glory of God, but you not only contemplate His face, but caress and suckle Him.” [Virgin Mother of God]

The Council of Ephesus in 431 AD formally defined the role of Mary in our salvation: Mary can be called the Mother of God because she gave human form to the Eternal God. She didn’t create God. No mother creates her child, but gave birth in the flesh and human form to the Eternal God. The centuries-old popular devotion to Our Lady became even more popular at the time of the Council.

Mary was held in reverence as the mother of all believers, constantly interceding with Her Son for us while constantly pointing us toward her Son. In Northern Europe, where the winters are harsh, as in New England, May was the first month of new life, with flowers finally blooming after long winters. Mary, the greatest boast of our race, and the most perfect representative of humankind, who shared her humanity with God in Jesus, was honored in May especially with flowers that represent the new creation by God through Christ, such as the lily, the rose, the marigold, and numerous wild-flowers, lady-fern, lady’s mantel, lady’s slipper, maidenhair fern, lady’s thimble, to mention only a few. Our parish gardens reflect the beauty of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to whom they are dedicated.

Another popular prayer, “Hail Holy Queen” captures the reality of Our Lady, in her devotion to Her Son, as the embodiment of all virtue, and as our patron and mother in Heaven: “Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, Our Life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we come, poor banished children of Eve. To thee we do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. O, Clement, O, Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.”

Our Lady is the exemplar of the Christian life; of a human being totally dedicated to Our Lord. She is also our mother, the New Eve, who gave birth to a new creation in Christ, who prays constantly for our salvation. May is naturally the most beautiful of months. Let us imitate that natural beauty by dedicating ourselves to follow Our Lady, making our lives blossom in virtue in her honor and for the love of Her Son.
—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Debbie Schemmel, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Travino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Bill Rice, 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, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Anne Touhey, Barbara Itri, Daniel Murphy, Bernadette Martelli, John Thompson, Francesco Russo, Lillian Jacobs, Rosalie Liguori, William DeLeo, Sylvia Ardise.

Easter Duty: What makes you a Catholic? The fact that you are “IN Communion” with the Successor of Saint Peter, the pope, and an active member of the Body of Christ, the Catholic Church. We share the same Faith, the sign of that is receiving Holy Communion. The bottom line is that you receive Holy Communion: the Body and Blood of the Resurrected Christ—at least once each year. To receive Holy Communion you must be freed from serious, mortal sin, living a life of grace. The means you should also go to Confession at least once each year. That is done at Easter—the Easter Duty. Catholics are obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once between Easter [April 16] and Pentecost Sunday [June 4]. If you haven’t been to Confession for a while, you should repent of your sins and confess them as a preparation for receiving the Body and Blood of Christ.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: “The Eaglet,” the new parish blog on our Basilica website, www.stjohnsstamford.com, is up and running, featuring a variety of thought-provoking articles on the Catholic Faith and Church, posted weekly. Feedback is welcome and discussion is encouraged, via a comments form at the end of each article. Please bookmark the page, visit often, and share the link with your family and friends.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Saturday, May 6 at 4-7:00 pm: The Kentucky Derby fundraiser in the Rectory.

Saturday, May 13 at 5-7:00 pm: St. John’s in World War I Exhibit in the Rectory.

May 13 at 7:30-9:00 pm: Solemn Rosary, Benediction and Procession marking
the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima.

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

SATURDAY, MAY 6th: 4-7 p.m., 2017 KENTUCKY DERBY: in the Rectory. Our annual fundraiser features a simulcast of the Run for the Roses, fabulous food and drink, and the chance to win some spectacular prizes, like a 70” Samsung UHD smart TV. $10 per wager per horse. Space limited to 100 guests only; tickets: $125. Ladies: Best Hat & Fascinator Contest. Gents: Dapper Dan Contest. All proceeds will fund the work on the church’s 1885 wooden frames supporting the church stained glass windows.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday April 23, 2017 $ 13,475.49
Sunday April 24, 2016 $ 12,851.60

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

May 7th, Sunday Readings: Acts 2:14a, 36-41; 1 Pt 2:20b-25; Jn 10:1-10.

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.

Relic of the True Cross: Splinters of the actual Cross upon which Our Lord suffered and died are displayed on the Saint Joseph side altar. Copies of Prayer before the Crucifix are provided for your devotion.

Annual Catholic Appeal: This is the annual appeal by the Diocese of Bridgeport to fund all the charitable, educational, and faith-based works of the Diocese of Bridgeport that assist thousands of people daily throughout Fairfield County. Each parish in Fairfield County is given a goal: ours is $110,000. We have collected to date: $97,562.00 or 88%. Please be generous; we need everyone’s help. Our parish Appeal leaders are John & Eileen Tarleton, who have led our efforts last year so successfully. Thank you for your generosity.

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.

Help End Legalized Abortion: Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street. Help us stop this. To join us, or for training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

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.

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

Are you a student at UCONN Stamford? in some on campus activities. Please contact Fr. Andy Vill (frvill@diobpt.org). We are looking for some help/interest.

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

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.

Trinity Catholic High School: Grades 8 thru 12 – First Friday Fest – Every First Friday of the Month -Games, Adoration, Friends, Food – 7PM – 9PM.

Sisters of Life:  Do you, or someone you know, have a used automobile SUV or van in good driving condition that can be donated?  The Sisters of Life are in urgent need of reliable vehicles as they travel from all over New York to Stamford and to other locations throughout the Northeast to carry out their work.  For more information, go to http://www.sistersoflife.org/donations/donate-items-for-the-community, or contact Sr. Mary Karen at (845) 357-3547, or email: localsuperior.annunciation@sistersoflife.org. Thank you.

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: May 24th. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

The Sacrament of the Sick: One of the seven instituted by Our Lord, relieves the sick person by opening up the reality of God’s mercy, offering strength for the patient to endure any suffering without despairing. Please do NOT wait until a friend or family member is about to die before calling one of the parish priests for this sacrament or for Holy Communion to be brought to your home, hospital or nursing home.

New Girls Catholic Academy: Pre-K-High School: The religious Sisters of the Company of The Savior hope to open a new girls’ academy in lower Fairfield County within the next few years. The priests of the Basilica parish support this project. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Sr. Maria: bridgeport@ciasalvador.org.

Ladies Night Out: Join the ladies of St. John’s Parish for a rosary making evening from 7-9pm on Thursday May 18th, 2017 in the Msgr. Nagle Hall. Design and make your own rosary while enjoying community and prayer, with refreshments of wine & cheese and tea & cookies. The cost is $40 per person and can be paid at the door. To register, please email keoglerstudios@gmail.com.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, April 29, 2017
4:00 +Monsignor William A. Nagle req. Joseph Kung
Sunday, April 30, 2017
7:30 Lilly Gabrielle Skidd req. Kelsey and Patrick Skidd
10:00 +Dorothy Jagodzinski req. Jagodzinski Family
12:00 Dina Monti req. Anne Marie and Beth Carpanzano
5:00 +Hope McAleer
Monday, May 1, 2017
8:00 In thanksgiving for all our blessings
12:10 Jimmy Sagdati Birthday req. Marion Morris and Family
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
8:00 +Julie Paul Beauzil req. Eveline Lauture
12:10 +Joseph and Mary Pierni req. Diane DiNapoli & Family
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
8:00 +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
Thursday, May 4, 2017
8:00 +Esther Backman req. Leon Taricani
12:10 +Salvatore Piria req. Rose Migliazza
Friday, May 5, 2017
8:00 Sr. Rosalia Babirye
12:10 Special Intentions Soimil and Yvonne Saint Preuve req. Ferry G.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
8:00 +Juana Mazariegos req. Blanca Reyes
12:10 +Joseph and Effie Ramos req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos

Baptisms: Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. For more information, please call 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: After the 10a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
125 years ago, or so:
May 3, 1889: Stamford’s Centennial. “This, one of the oldest towns in the State, was not behind others in a proper observance of April 30th. A Mass was said at St. John’s R. C. Church, and taken altogether, the day was properly commemorated in accordance with the Governor’s proclamation. On Atlantic, Main, Broad and other streets, many flags were displayed, and on Monday large banners were flying on the top of Clark & Hoyt’s building, and the flag pole in the park and the Town Hall. The great holiday was variously observed. Some went to church, others to New York, and yet others sent fishing. At 9 A.M., Tuesday, High Mass was said by Father Keena at St. John’s R. C. Church, and a large congregation was present.”

100 years ago, or so:
May 3, 1917: SUPPER FOR THE CAST. “Members of the cast of “Little Jonny Jones” had a social time last evening in St. John’s Parochial School Hall. About 90 members enjoyed a chicken supper and dancing. The decorations were in green and white, the colors of St. John’s Alumni Association, and American flags. John Convery was master of ceremonies. Among the speakers were Rev. J. C. O’Brien, Rev. W. Casey and Rev. Father Callahan. Gifts were presented to Harry Smith, stage director of the play; Miss Elizabeth O’Brien, musical directress, and Miss Annette Kenna, assistant musical directress, in recognition of their work for its success. Rev. Father Casey and James Brennan, president of the association, also received appropriate remembrances. John Convery made the presentations. Each of the recipients made suitable acknowledgment.”

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

40 years ago, or so:
May 2, 1979: St. John’s Women Join in Communion Breakfast. “The combined St. John rosary Altar Guild and St. Anne Society annual communion Mass at St. John’s Catholic Church will be celebrated by the Rev. William A. Nagle, pastor, Sunday at 9 a.m. The annual communion breakfast will follow at the Marriott Hotel with the Rev. Eugene C. Brissette, S.J., as featured speaker. Father Brissette is a graduate of LaSalle Academy, Providence, R.I. and played football as a Boston College freshman with the future 1941 Sugar Bowl Champions.”

Bulletin for Sunday April 23, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday April 23, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: For most of us, Easter is over. More important things moved our way recently,— like Income Tax! While we might skip lightly past Easter, the Church does not, and celebrates Easter for 40 days, the amount of time Our Lord appeared in his resurrected body to His apostles and disciples. Why drag out Easter for 40 days? Here are a few reasons, expressed by some of the Church’s greatest early writers:

“Beloved, the paschal [Easter] mystery is new and old, eternal and temporal, mortal and immortal. To the old belongs the Law of Moses, prefigurations, the sacrifice of sheep. To the new belongs the Word [Christ, Himself], grace, and the Lord’s life. ‘He [Jesus] was led like a sheep to the slaughter,’ [as scripture says] but he was not a sheep; he was slain ‘like the lamb that waits in silence,’ but he was not a lamb. God took the place of the lamb to be sacrificed; a man [Jesus] took the place of the sheep to be offered; and the man is Christ, who sums up all things in himself. The sacrifice of the sheep, the celebration of Passover, and the writing of the Law [of Moses] pointed therefore to a fulfillment in Christ Jesus, for whose sake everything in the old covenant took place. For the Law of Moses gave way to the Word, as the old Law became the new; precept yielded to grace, image to reality, lamb to Son, sheep to man, and man to God. Though the Lord was God, he clad himself in manhood, having suffered for suffering mankind, having been bound for us who are captives of sin; He was condemned for the guilty, and buried for us, who was buried beneath the weight of sin, He rose from the dead and addressed his fellows: ‘I have released those who were condemned, given life to the dead, and brought the buried from their graves. Come, then, all you nations of men, who are joined in a brotherhood of sin, and receive forgiveness. For I am your forgiveness, the saving Passover Victim, the Lamb slain for you. I am your cleansing and life, your resurrection, light, and salvation, your King. I bring you with me to the heavenly realm. I shall raise you up and present you to my heavenly Father. I am mighty, and I shall exalt you.” [Melito of Sardis, Homily on the Paschal Mystery.]

“In recalling the salvation given to us, St. Paul wrote: ‘As death entered the world through Adam, so salvation was restored through Christ’; and again, ‘The first man [Adam] was of the earth and earthly, the second [Jesus] from heaven and heavenly.’ He added:‘We carried in us the image of the earthly man,’ that is, of man grown old in sin; ‘let us carry in us the image of the heavenly man as well.’ That is, let us receive from Christ the saving grace of being redeemed and cleansed in him. As St. Paul says: Christ is the beginning, that is, the source, of resurrection and of life. Those who belong to Christ, that is, who live in sinlessness as he does, will be sure of sharing his resurrection and the heavenly glory he promises, for the Lord himself says: ‘He who follows me will not perish but will pass through death to life.’ The Savior’s suffering is thus mankind’s salvation. He willed to die for us that we who trust in him might live forever. He willed to become for a time what we are so that we might share his promised eternity and live forever with him. All this, then, is the grace proper to the heavenly mysteries which we are celebrating; it is the paschal gift given on this feast which we yearn for all year through, and it is the beginning of a new existence. Those reborn from the Church’s sacred baptismal font are clad in the simplicity of little children and give voice by their conduct to a sinless conscience. What day is Easter? The day that gave us the source of light and life, the Lord Jesus Christ, who said of himself: ‘I am the light of day; he who walks in that light shall not stumble,’ that is, he who wholly follows Christ shall pass in his footsteps into the land of eternal light.” [2nd century Easter homily]

God’s mercy is unimaginable in its generosity. All you need do is respond.
—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Debbie Schemmel, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Travino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Anne Touhey, Bill Rice, 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, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Barbara Itri, Daniel Murphy, Bernadette Martelli, John Thompson, Francesco Russo, Lillian Jacobs, Rosalie Liguori, William DeLeo, Sylvia Ardise.

Catholic Home Missions Collection . . . Please drop your special envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.

Divine Mercy Sunday: April 23rd: A Holy Hour 1:00-2:00PM with the Holy Rosary, Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: “The Eaglet,” the new parish blog on our Basilica website, www.stjohnsstamford.com, is up and running, featuring a variety of thought-provoking articles on the Catholic Faith and Church, posted weekly. Feedback is welcome and discussion is encouraged, via a comments form at the end of each article. Please bookmark the page, visit often, and share the link with your family and friends.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Saturday, May 6 at 4-7:00 pm: The Kentucky Derby fundraiser in the Rectory.

Saturday, May 13 at 5-7:00 pm: St. John’s in World War I Exhibit in the parish hall.

May 13 at 7:30-9:00 pm: Solemn Rosary, Benediction and Procession marking the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima.

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

World War I mementoes: On May 13th, the parish will open our exhibit: “Saint John’s and World War I”. While we have a large exhibit of interesting artifacts from the Great War, I would be grateful if our parishioners would look through your attics and basements to see if you have any family heirlooms of your ancestors who might have fought in WWI, which you would be willing to lend for display at our exhibit. Please give Monsignor a call: 203-324-1553, ext 11. Thanks, very much.

SATURDAY, MAY 6th: 4-7 p.m., 2017 KENTUCKY DERBY: in the Rectory. Our annual fundraiser features a simulcast of the Run for the Roses, fabulous food and drink, and the chance to win some spectacular prizes, like a 70” Samsung UHD smart TV. $10 per wager per horse. Space limited to 100 guests only; tickets: $125. Ladies: Best Hat & Facinator Contest. Gents: Dapper Dan Contest. All proceeds will fund the work on the church’s wooden frames around the clerestory windows.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday April 9, 2017 $ 14,849.26
Sunday April 10, 2016 $ 14,871.13
Easter April 16, 2017 $ 34,221.00
Easter March 27, 2016 $ 37,027.91

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

April 30th, Sunday Readings: Acts 2:14, 22-33; 1 Pt 1:17-21; Lk 24:13-35.

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.

Relic of the True Cross: Splinters of the actual Cross upon which Our Lord suffered and died are displayed on the Saint Joseph side altar. Copies of Prayer before the Crucifix are provided for your devotion.

Annual Catholic Appeal: This is the annual appeal by the Diocese of Bridgeport to fund all the charitable, educational, and faith-based works of the Diocese of Bridgeport that assist thousands of people daily throughout Fairfield County. Each parish in Fairfield County is given a goal: ours is $110,000. We have collected to date: $90,712.00 or 82%. Please be generous; we need everyone’s help. Our parish Appeal leaders are John & Eileen Tarleton, who have led our efforts last year so successfully. Thank you for your generosity.

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.

Help End Legalized Abortion: Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street. Help us stop this. To join us, or for training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

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.

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

Are you a student at UCONN Stamford? in some on campus activities. Please contact Fr. Andy Vill (frvill@diobpt.org). We are looking for some help/interest.

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

Diocesan Wedding Jubilee Mass: Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 2:30PM at St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull, Bishop Caggiano will be celebrating the 2017 Wedding Jubilee Mass. This Mass is for couples celebrating 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 plus year wedding anniversaries. This will be the only Wedding Jubilee Mass for 2017. Mass will be followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. To register by April 24th, please visit: http://x.co/diobpt OR, contact Kim Quatela [203-416-1334] OR, kquatela@diobpt.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

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.

Trinity Catholic High School: Grades 8 thru 12 – First Friday Fest – Every First Friday of the Month -Games, Adoration, Friends, Food – 7PM – 9PM.

Sisters of Life:  Do you, or someone you know, have a used automobile SUV or van in good driving condition that can be donated?  The Sisters of Life are in urgent need of reliable vehicles as they travel from all over New York to Stamford and to other locations throughout the Northeast to carry out their work.  For more information, go to http://www.sistersoflife.org/donations/donate-items-for-the-community, or contact Sr. Mary Karen at (845) 357-3547, or email: localsuperior.annunciation@sistersoflife.org. Thank you.

The Sacrament of the Sick: One of the seven instituted by Our Lord, relieves the sick person by opening up the reality of God’s mercy, offering strength for the patient to endure any suffering without despairing. Please do NOT wait until a friend or family member is about to die before calling one of the parish priests for this sacrament or for Holy Communion to be brought to your home, hospital or nursing home.

New Girls Catholic Academy: Pre-K-High School: The religious Sisters of the Company of The Savior hope to open a new girls’ academy in lower Fairfield County within the next few years. The priests of the Basilica parish support this project. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Sr. Maria: bridgeport@ciasalvador.org.

Looking for work?? CEMETERY WORKER WANTED: St. John Cemetery in Darien has a position available, offering excellent benefits and salary. They are seeking a landscaper with a valid driver’s license to work Mondays-Fridays: 7am—3:30pm and Saturdays, 8:30am-12:30pm, as needed. Fax your resume to: 203-374-7588 or mail to Rob Hannigan at The Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06606.

Creating a Culture of Life through Women’s Healthcare – Informational Meeting: A Pro-Life Comprehensive Women’s Health Center is coming to Stamford and you’re invited to be a part of it! Come and learn why comprehensive women’s health centers are shifting the culture of death, strengthening families, and ending abortions and how you can get involved. This will be an informational meeting for any medical or non-medical individuals with interest in pregnancy resource centers, NFP/natural fertility methods/instruction, midwifery, Catholic healthcare/medicine. The meeting will take place this Thursday, April 27th at 7pm at the Rectory at St. John the Evangelist Basilica, Stamford (white building next to the basilica). Please email Noelle.gross@gmail.com to RSVP

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: April 26th. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, April 22, 2017
4:00 Mr. and Mrs. Edward Simonovich req. Barbara Bayne
Sunday, April 23, 2017
7:30 +Sandra Bolanowski 2nd Anniversary req. Lawrence Bolanowski
10:00 +Alfred H. Lovell, Jr. req. Jagodzinski Family
12:00 Margaret and Ignatius Chu req. Joseph Kung
5:00 +Hope McAleer
Monday, April 24, 2017
8:00 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Nelly Contreras
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
8:00 +James Meehan and Kevin Keary req. Leon Taricani
12:10 +Christopher Nardozza req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
8:00 Deceased members of the Millien Family req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Barbara Lynyak req. Keady Family
Thursday, April 27, 2017
8:00 Thang and Diep Nguyen Wedding Anniversary
12:10 +Olga Gargiulo req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Friday, April 28, 2017
8:00 Deceased members of Henry J. McCabe Family req. Melanie Szlucha
12:10 +Lazaro Pena req. Maria Pena
Saturday, April 29, 2017
8:00 +Dorothy Marie Fulton req. Stephanie Maiorana
12:10 +James and Ismalia Machado req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos

Baptisms: Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. For more information, please call 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: After the 10a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
130 years ago, or so:
April 12, 1889: “An old landmark has been removed from its former location. The Drew house on Division Street has been purchased by James Donohue and moved by him to a lot adjoining his home on Ann Street. It is not generally known that in this house the first Roman Catholic service was held when but few of that faith were in town. A small room was fitted up and regular service was held once a month, and later every two weeks, until the church on Meadow street was built.”

125 years ago, or so:
April 27, 1893: “The death of Daniel Doolan, which occurred Tuesday night, removes from the scene an interesting figure, and one who honored both his race and religion by qualities of industry, integrity and good citizenship, which challenge the respect of all. No man now living has been so long identified with the Catholic community of Stamford. He was prominent in the church when adherents in Stamford numbered less than fifty souls and when its Mass was celebrated in a private house—that of the late Patrick Drew. He was the oldest member of St. John’s R.C. Benevolent Society and St. Patrick’s society. The funeral will be held on Friday at St. John’s R.C. Church.”

90 years ago, or so:
April 28, 1927: “The Children of Mary Sodality of St. John’s Catholic Church will receive Holy Communion in a body at the 8:30 Mass, Sunday, May 7. Because of the first Holy Communion class, the sodality will sit in the right hand side aisle. All members are urged to be present. There will be a rehearsal every Sunday afternoon at 3 in the lower chapel to practice for the Children of Mary reception, which will take place Sunday, May 22. Any girls desiring to be members of the sodality should attend these meetings. The officers would like to have all the older members turn out for this reception.”

45 years ago, or so:
April 29, 1971: St. Ann Society Plans Annual Communion Breakfast Sunday. “Plans have been completed for the third annual Communion Breakfast of the St. Ann Society Sunday at the Roger Smith Hotel, following 9 a.m. Mass at St. John’s Catholic Church. The Rev. Stephen J Gleeson of St. Mary’s Church will speak on “The Christian In The Changing Church.” The Rev. Bertram Parent, chaplain of the society, is honorary chairman for the breakfast and Miss Margaret Power is chairman. Mrs. Asa Scanlon is in charge of tickets and others on the committee are Mrs. Michael Grogan, Mrs. Eve Jordan, Mrs. Florence Miller, Mrs. Mary Kenny and Mrs. Joseph Dennihan. Mrs. Harold Troy and Mrs. Florence Savage will be ushers. Incoming officers are Mrs. Scanlon, Pres; Mrs. Miller V.P., Mrs. Virginia Clifford, Treas., Miss Agnes Barrett, recording secretary and Miss Bridie Madigan, corresponding secretary.”

Liberty and Immorality 05/19/20

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The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist

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

"One may regard someone’s behavior as immoral without condemning such a person wholesale and across the board. By Dame Louise Casey’s logic, we ought not to be allowed to teach our children that stealing is wrong."

Liberty and Immorality

by Dr. Jeffrey Mirus

If you want to see how darkened the human intellect can become through sin, look no further than the remarks of Dame Louise Casey in the United Kingdom. Casey holds a dubious position which apparently puts her in charge of "community integration," perhaps the better to ensure that nothing is permitted to follow its natural course.

Casey is up in arms about Catholic schools and "homophobia," and she dislikes the expression religious conservatism because "often it can be anti-equalities." In any case, she has pronounced that "it is not OK for Catholic schools to be homophobic and anti-gay marriage." Catholic schools should not be allowed to oppose homosexuality because "it is not how we bring children up in this country."

Casey concludes that people should be able to "live the lives that they want to live, but that they cannot condemn others for living differently." Catholics, however, must not be permitted to "live the lives that they want to live," for they are not to be allowed to raise and educate their children in accordance with their own values.

In other words, Catholics are to have just the liberty they need to live in accordance with the values of Dame Louise Casey – and not one whit more.

As is usual in such cases, Casey latches on to the tortured term "homophobia," as if the position that homosexual activity is immoral arises from fear. This inability to make appropriate distinctions already reveals the darkening of the intellect, as does the assumption that freedom is not diminished by the State’s forcible imposition of Casey’s values on others.

In this case, she even imparts a delightful upper-class English tone to the discussion: "This is not quite the thing," she seems to say. "It just isn’t done!" I believe that is a fair representation of the rational level of her remarks.

Of course Casey also confuses moral judgment with personal condemnation. The two are not the same, even if they may at times be closely related.

One may regard someone’s behavior as immoral without condemning such a person wholesale and across the board. By Casey’s logic, we ought not to be allowed to teach our children that stealing is wrong, or to discourage the behavior patterns of those who plunder others, or to attempt to rehabilitate those who have fallen into such a way of life.

Sadly, our cultural elites simply take for granted that they are always self-evidently right about everything, despite reinventing their moral principles roughly every ten years. And if they are self-evidently right, then they must view as tremendously liberating all those policies which prevent others from thinking, saying or doing anything different from what, in their superior wisdom, they have approved.

And yet they do not even pretend to have a standard of right and wrong which derives from anything other than their own prejudices. They are themselves guilty of the very moral stupidity that they so conveniently project onto others.

But I suppose we should not find this at all surprising. As I said at the beginning, this is simply the darkening of the intellect which is invariably caused by attachment to sin. We all suffer from it to one degree or another, but it is a fatal condition in those who see themselves as the arbiters between good and evil, and so refuse to open themselves to grace.

To put the matter as succinctly as possible, the freedom to live as Dame Louise Casey insists that we live, is neither more nor less than slavery to sin.

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and CatholicCulture.org.

After Gorsuch, the deluge 05/05/17

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

"The false (and indeed bizarre) linkage between the abortion license and the dignity of women has served the interests and convenience of irresponsible and predatory men. It has led to a tragedy of breathtaking proportions – the deaths of 58 million innocents. It has warped our politics for two generations."

After Gorsuch, the deluge

by George Weigel

Did you find the Gorsuch hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee a depressing exercise in political theater? Are you tired of the members of the "world’s greatest deliberative body" playing "Gotcha!" games that would embarrass a well-trained high school debate team? Have you had it with a mainstream media that doesn’t hold senators accountable for gross ignorance and bias and a social media universe that’s constantly in hysterics?

If so, I’ve got some bad news for you: the melodrama over the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court was just the warm-up. Things will be immeasurably worse the next time. Why? Because Gorsuch was a trade-across that maintained the Court’s philosophical balance after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Assuming the next justice to retire or die is Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (who’s 84), Justice Anthony Kennedy (who will be 81 in July), or Justice Stephen Breyer (who will be 79 in August), the nominee to follow will be replacing a justice fully committed to the abortion license defined by Roe vs. Wade in 1973 and reaffirmed by Casey vs. Planned Parenthood in 1992.

Which means, in a word, Armageddon: a battle of apocalyptic passions, unhinged from reason.

Disturbing as that forecast may be, Armageddon seems virtually inevitable after the Gorsuch hearings and the Senate floor debate on his nomination. For beneath the "Gotcha!" games played by the Senate minority, an implacable determination to preserve the abortion license, at all costs and in its present form, was obvious to those with eyes to see and ears to hear. And perhaps the most chilling formulation of that grim resolve came from Senator Dianne Feinstein of California.

The Senate today is not replete with genius; it’s somewhat disconcerting to contrast today’s solons with a Senate that included, in 1850, Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, Thomas Hart Benton, Sam Houston, Jefferson Davis, William H. Seward, Lewis Cass, Salmon P. Chase, and Stephen A. Douglas – men who, irrespective of their positions on issues, argued with keen intelligence anchored by deep learning. There are few such senators today; but Dianne Feinstein enjoys a reputation for seriousness and thoughtfulness that is, in my experience, deserved.

Until the subject turns to abortion. Then we get the following:

"Judge Gorsuch has not had occasion to rule directly on a case involving Roe. However, his writings do raise questions. Specifically, he wrote that he believes there are no exceptions to the principle that 'the intentional taking of a human life by private persons is always wrong.’" And that principle, Senator Feinstein concluded, raised the specter of a situation where a woman’s "decisions about her health care will be determined by politicians and the government."

It would be interesting know if there are situations other than the termination of an unwanted pregnancy in which Senator Feinstein would recognize a liberty right to the "intentional taking of a human life by private persons." It would be even more interesting to know if, in formulating her fear as she did, Senator Feinstein was conceding that the unborn child is a "human life" – a life that for a variety of reasons, does not deserve the protection of the laws? Which would then get the discussion down to what seems to be the bottom line: the senator’s claim that Roe vs. Wade gave a "woman…control over her own body."

And there we arrive at the Armageddon-like character of what’s-coming-after-Neil-Gorsuch.

The day after the presidential inauguration, Washington saw a display of rage, vulgarity, and violence by over half a million demonstrators, the overwhelming majority of whom, I’m willing to bet, consider the empowerment of women inextricably linked to the abortion license defined by Roe. The false (and indeed bizarre) linkage between the abortion license and the dignity of women has served the interests and convenience of irresponsible and predatory men. It has led to a tragedy of breathtaking proportions – the deaths of 58 million innocents. It has warped our politics for two generations. Yet that linkage is what leads an otherwise intelligent senator like Dianne Feinstein to take issue with "the principle that 'the intentional taking of a human life by private persons is always wrong.’"

Reason is another victim of Roe vs. Wade. The Gorsuch hearings underscored that. Which does not bode well for the future.

George Weigel is the Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC. Visit www.eppc.org.

Mother Stella knew best 05/12/17

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

"When did Mother Church train us to extend our arms towards the priest when replying 'And with your spirit’? When did she teach us to lift our hands or hold hands during the Lord’s Prayer? I cannot find where Mother Church taught us those things, and I know Mother Stella (my third-grade religion teacher) didn’t teach me them."

Mother Stella knew best

By Frank Trotta

In his new book, That Nothing May Be Lost, Father Paul Scalia reminds us, "Mother Church trains us in the integrity of worship. In the Mass she unites our words and actions. As we make the Sign of the Cross, we say, 'In the Name of the Father….’ As we say that we have sinned through our own fault, we strike our breast. As we confess the Incarnation, we bow low. Our words become flesh."

But when did Mother Church train us to extend our arms towards the priest when replying "And with your spirit"? When did she teach us to lift our hands or hold hands during the Lord’s Prayer?

I cannot find where Mother Church taught us those things, and I know Mother Stella (my third-grade religion teacher) didn’t teach me them. Indeed, the latter would likely have smacked my hands with her pointer for "making fun" of the priest, if I imitated Father Sullivan’s hand gestures during the Our Father.

Why does it matter? As famed author Father Roman Guardini reminds us in Sacred Signs :

"Every part of the body is an expressive instrument of the soul. [W]hen we stand in God’s presence in heart-felt reverence and humility the open hands are laid together palm against palm in sign of steadfast subjection and obedient homage, as if to say that the words we ourselves would speak are in good order and that we are ready and attentive to hear the words of God. Or it may be a sign of inner surrender. These hands, our weapons of defense, are laid, as it were, tied and bound together between the hands of God. "

"Some gestures and postures are reserved for the priest-celebrant," according to Father Bryan Babick of the Diocese of Charleston ("Praying with gestures," The Catholic Miscellany, October 13, 2013). He points out that since the time of Moses, both Jewish and Christian traditions have reserved extended hands as a priestly gesture, much like Moses elevating his hands resulted in battle victories for the Israelites. Each has his role, Moses or the celebrant of the Mass as leader, and the Israelites or the congregants, as those led. Father Babick likens this diversity of roles to "the right foot work[ing] in tandem with the left … in unison to advance us in motion."

Cardinal Robert Sarah, who was appointed by Pope Francis to be Prefect for Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, recently wrote about the Mass and the serious crisis of faith in his essay, "Adapting the Liturgy to Our Decadence." He says:

"[W]e cannot close our eyes to the disaster, the devastation and the schism that the modern promoters of a living liturgy caused by remodeling the Church’s liturgy according to their ideas. They forgot that the liturgical act is not just a PRAYER, but also and above all a MYSTERY in which something is accomplished for us that we cannot fully understand but that we must accept and receive in faith, love, obedience and adoring silence. And this is the real meaning of active participation of the faithful. It is not about exclusively external activity, the distribution of roles or of functions in the liturgy, but rather about an intensely active receptivity: this reception is, in Christ and with Christ, the humble offering of oneself in silent prayer and a thoroughly contemplative attitude."

One simple way each of us can work towards a return to the level of reverence required for the Mass, is to keep our hands folded during most of the Mass, as Mother Stella taught me and as those not fortunate enough to have a Mother Stella can learn from reading Cardinal Sarah’s essay or Father Guardini’s book.

Frank Trotta is a retired attorney and a member of the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist.

Bulletin for Easter Sunday April 16, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday April 16, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: The greatest proof of God’s love for us is the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross and His bodily Resurrection from the grave. God became man so we could overcome death which is the effect of sin. Christ began His Catholic Church, established on the Apostles, to share the fruits of His Cross and Resurrection throughout time. We actually share in the fruits of these greatest of all historic events by means of the Church’s seven sacraments, instituted by Christ. Let’s read the Church’s early teachings about the effects of Christ’s death and resurrection:

Ancient Holy Saturday Homily [2nd century]: “Today there is a great silence over the earth, for the King sleeps. . . God is dead in the flesh, and has shaken Sheol to its foundations. He goes to seek our first parents like a lost sheep. He cries out, ‘

I bid you: Awake, sleeper! I did not create you to lie bound in hell. Arise from the dead, for I am life to those who have died. Rise up, work of my hands, my likeness, made in my image. Rise, let us go hence.

‘For your sake I put on your lowly shape as a man. For your sake I came to earth and to the underworld. See the spittle on my face—it was for you, that you might have the breath of life again. See my cheeks reddened by the blows—it was for you, that you might be remade in my image. See my torn back—it was for you, that I might take the burden of sin from your shoulders. See the nail-marks in my hands—it was for you, because you once put your hand to the forbidden tree. ‘Arise, let us go hence. I have a heavenly throne prepared for you, and the cherubim shall bow down before you.’”
Jerusalem Catechesis, 20-22 [4th century]: “What marvelous love God shows to us! Christ endured the tormenting nails in his innocent hands and feet; we, knowing nothing of his pain and suffering, receive the salvation that sprang from them.

Let no one, therefore, think of baptism simply as forgiveness of sins and grace of adoption by God, as though it were identical with the baptism of John the Baptist, which effected only forgiveness. For our baptism not only brings forgiveness and the gifts of the Holy Spirit; it is also the symbolic expression of Christ’s sufferings. You were baptized into Christ and you put on Christ, in this way you were made like the Son of God.

At the Last Supper, Christ said of the bread: ‘This is my Body.’ Who can doubt the truth henceforth? He said of the wine: ‘This is my Blood.’ Who can claim that it is not his Blood? Let us then, with full conviction receive the bread and wine as Christ’s Body and Blood. The Body is given to you in this symbolic form of bread and the Blood in the form of wine; having received them, you are one in body and one in blood with Christ. Thus, we become Christ-bearers, for his Body and Blood have been introduced into our bodies. Thereby, too, we become, according to Blessed Peter, sharers in the divine nature.”
St. Augustine, Sermon 3 [5th century]: “The Passion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is a pledge of victory and a lesson in patience. What may the hearts of believers not expect from God’s grace when His only Son did not hesitate to become a man and to die at the hands of men whom He Himself had created? Great indeed are God’s promises to us, but greater still is what He has already done for us. How can we doubt that He will give us his life [forever] when He has already given us His death?

Who is Christ but the Word that ‘was in the beginning, was with God, and was God’? [John 1: 1 and cf. Gen 1:1] That Word ‘was made flesh and dwelt among us.’ [John 1:2] He was unable as God to die for us; to die, He had to take mortal flesh from us. Then the immortal One could die and give life to mortal men and women; He would give a share of Himself to those whose lot He first shared as a man. We had no power of ourselves to live; He had no power of Himself to die. He entered, therefore, into an exchange with us: we gave Him the means of dying for us; He gave us the means of living forever.”
—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Debbie Schemmel, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Travino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Anne Touhey, Bill Rice, 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, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Barbara Itri, Daniel Murphy, Bernadette Martelli, John Thompson, Francesco Russo, Lillian Jacobs, Rosalie Liguori, William DeLeo, Sylvia Ardise.

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

Easter Sunday: There is no 5pm Mass on Easter Sunday.

Divine Mercy Sunday: April 23rd: A Holy Hour 1:00-2:00PM with the Holy Rosary, Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Easter Duty: What makes you a Catholic? The fact that you are “IN Communion” with the Successor of Saint Peter, the pope, and an active member of the Body of Christ, the Catholic Church. We share the same Faith, the sign of that is receiving Holy Communion. The bottom line is that you receive Holy Communion: the Body and Blood of the Resurrected Christ—at least once each year. To receive Holy Communion you must be freed from serious, mortal sin, living a life of grace. The means you should also go to Confession at least once each year. That is done at Easter—the Easter Duty. Catholics are obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once between Easter [April 16] and Pentecost Sunday [June 4]. If you haven’t been to Confession for a while, you should repent of your sins and confess them as a preparation for receiving the Body and Blood of Christ.

THE EAGLET: Is our new parish blog. Under the direction and editorship of our own Dr. Joseph McAleer, THE EAGLET has taken flight!! This is a new web incarnation of The Eagle, in the form of a weekly article in a blog format, to stimulate the mind and spirit and provoke discussion of issues pertaining to our Catholic Faith and Church. You can access the blog via our parish website: www: stjohnsstamford.corm
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Saturday, May 6 at 4-7:00 pm: The Kentucky Derby fundraiser in the Rectory.

Saturday, May 13 at 5-7:00 pm: St. John’s in World War I Exhibit in the parish hall.

May 13 at 7:30-9:00 pm: Solemn Rosary, Benediction and Procession marking the
centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima.

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

Faith on Tap: April 18th: Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe, 97 Franklin St. in Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. Fr. Vill will speak about, “Entering The Friend Zone”. Bring a friend or two!

World War I mementoes: On May 13th, the parish will open our exhibit: “Saint John’s and World War I”. While we have a large exhibit of interesting artifacts from the Great War, I would be grateful if our parishioners would look through your attics and basements to see if you have any family heirlooms of your ancestors who might have fought in WWI, which you would be willing to lend for display at our exhibit. Please give Monsignor a call: 203-324-1553, ext 11. Thanks, very much.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday April 2, 2017 $ 14,848.45
Sunday April 3, 2016 $ 16,860.61

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

April 23rd, Sunday Readings: Acts 2:42-47; 1 Pt 1:3-9; Jn 20:19-31.

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.

Relic of the True Cross: Splinters of the actual Cross upon which Our Lord suffered and died are displayed on the Saint Joseph side altar. Copies of Prayer before the Crucifix are provided for your devotion.

Annual Catholic Appeal: This is the annual appeal by the Diocese of Bridgeport to fund all the charitable, educational, and faith-based works of the Diocese of Bridgeport that assist thousands of people daily throughout Fairfield County. Each parish in Fairfield County is given a goal: ours is $110,000. We have collected to date: $76,297.00 or 69%. Please be generous; we need everyone’s help. Our parish Appeal leaders are John & Eileen Tarleton, who have led our efforts last year so successfully. Thank you for your generosity.

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.

Help End Legalized Abortion: Abortions take place daily at Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 35 Sixth Street. Help us stop this. To join us, or for training as a Sidewalk Counselor, call Noelle at 857-345-0808.

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.

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

Are you a student at UCONN Stamford? in some on campus activities. Please contact Fr. Andy Vill (frvill@diobpt.org). We are looking for some help/interest.

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

Diocesan Wedding Jubilee Mass: Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 2:30PM at St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull, Bishop Caggiano will be celebrating the 2017 Wedding Jubilee Mass. This Mass is for couples celebrating 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 plus year wedding anniversaries. This will be the only Wedding Jubilee Mass for 2017. Mass will be followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. To register by April 24th, please visit: http://x.co/diobpt OR, contact Kim Quatela [203-416-1334]
OR, kquatela@diobpt.org

“Walking with Purpose”: A program of prayer and Bible Study for Catholic women, Tuesday mornings beginning at 9:30 am in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall. For more information, contact: Rosa Federici at wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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.

Baptism/Confirmation Sponsorship Certificate: When asked to be a sponsor, a certificate is needed from your home parish. If the parish priest does not know you personally, or by sight, we can only presume you to be a practicing catholic by tracking your contributions by check or envelope. If you do not attend Mass regularly or practice your Catholic Faith, you cannot be a sponsor.

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.

Trinity Catholic High School: Grades 8 thru 12 – First Friday Fest – Every First Friday of the Month -Games, Adoration, Friends, Food – 7PM – 9PM.

Sisters of Life:  Do you, or someone you know, have a used automobile SUV or van in good driving condition that can be donated?  The Sisters of Life are in urgent need of reliable vehicles as they travel from all over New York to Stamford and to other locations throughout the Northeast to carry out their work.  For more information, go to http://www.sistersoflife.org/donations/donate-items-for-the-community, or contact Sr. Mary Karen at (845) 357-3547, or email: localsuperior.annunciation@sistersoflife.org. Thank you.

The Sacrament of the Sick: One of the seven instituted by Our Lord, relieves the sick person by opening up the reality of God’s mercy, offering strength for the patient to endure any suffering without despairing. Please do NOT wait until a friend or family member is about to die before calling one of the parish priests for this sacrament or for Holy Communion to be brought to your home, hospital or nursing home.

New Girls Catholic Academy: Pre-K-High School: The religious Sisters of the Company of The Savior hope to open a new girls’ academy in lower Fairfield County within the next few years. The priests of the Basilica parish support this project. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Sr. Maria: bridgeport@ciasalvador.org.

Looking for work?? CEMETERY WORKER WANTED: St. John Cemetery in Darien has a position available, offering excellent benefits and salary. They are seeking a landscaper with a valid driver’s license to work Mondays-Fridays: 7am—3:30pm and Saturdays, 8:30am-12:30pm, as needed. Fax your resume to: 203-374-7588 or mail to Rob Hannigan at The Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06606.

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: April 26th. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

HOLY SATURDAY, April 15, 2017
No 4PM Mass
8:00PM Easter Vigil: People of the Parish

Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017
7:30 +Hope M. McAleer, 30th Anniversary req. McAleer Family
10:00 +Feroze Aslam req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
12:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
No 5PM Mass

Monday, April 17, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Dr. Vincent Kung req. family
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Maria
12:10 +Joseph C. Mangano req. Wendy Mangano
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Dick Coffey 10th Anniversary req. Dorothy Coffey
Thursday, April 20, 2017
8:00 +Mary Churley req. Mary Petrizzi
12:10 Jane Gannon req. Sharon Gannon
Friday, April 21, 2017
8:00 People of the Parish
12:10 Millie Terenzio Birthday req. family
Saturday, April 22, 2017
8:00 Special Intentions Monsignor DiGiovanni
12:10 +Thomas Maker req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos

Baptisms: Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. For more information, please call 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: There is no Coffee Hour this Sunday, April 16th, because of Easter. Coffee Hour will resume Sunday April 23rd, after the 10a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
140 years ago, or so:
April 12, 1878: Easter Services.. “In St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, Easter Day will not be overlooked, but several services will be held through the day.”

125 years ago, or so:
March 26, 1894: Easter In The Churches. “It was not the ideal weather for Easter Day, and many ladies postponed the wearing of their spring finery, but all the churches in Stamford were crowded. Many strange faces were seen in each of them. There was a large congregation at St. John’s R. C. Church last night. There were musical vespers and an excellent sermon by the Rev. Peter McLean of the Catholic University of Washington on “The Joys of Easter.” For his text he took the verse, “This is the day the Lord hath made, let us be glad and rejoice therein.” He drew a comparison between the different feasts of the church, as the Feast of the Nativity, and Feast of the Transfiguration, and showed how Easter was the most joyous feast celebrated by the church. The fact of the resurrection was a proof of the divinity of Christ, and the confirmation of the Christian’s faith, and the assurance of his hope of future bliss. He referred to Christ’s resurrection as a pledge of our resurrection. The sermon was listened to with the deepest attention and made a marked impression upon the congregation. The program of Easter music prepared by the director, J. D. O’Brien, was unusually interesting and of a high order. The morning sermon was preached by Rev. J. C. Lynch, the new assistant, and the offertory
[collection] was, as usual at Easter, devoted to the education of young men to the priesthood.”

80 years ago, or so:
March 27, 1937: Churches To Celebrate Resurrection of Christ With Special Services and Special Music. “St. John’s R. C. Church-Eight o’clock Mass, organ prelude of Christmas [sic] carols, 9 o’clock Mass, offertory, Ave Maria (Gonnoud), Mrs. N. Popson; Holy City (Adams), Andrew Kelemen. 10 o’clock Mass; Queen of Heaven Rejoice, Boys Sanctuary Choir; offertory, Regina Coeli (DeVaux) Boys Sanctuary Choir; Let the Holy Anthem Ring, Boys Sanctuary Choir; Lauda Jerusalem Dominum, Boys Sanctuary Choir. 11 o’clock Mass, Solemn High; Processional, The Holy City, James Cullen; Kyrie, Mass in F., Sanctuary and adult choir; Gloria, Mass of Angels (Chant), senior choir; offertory, Terra Tremuit (A. Dress), senior choir; credo, Tassi, opus 3, senior choir; sanctus, Rosewig, sanctuary and senior choir; Benedictus, Rosewig, sanctuary and senior choirs; Agnus Dei, Missa Brevis (Montani), sanctuary and senior choir; recessional, Confitemini Domini, sanctuary and senior choir. Howard J. Fagan will be at the Hammon console with Irene Kearney conducting.”

Confession, the great gift from God 04/28/17

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"Sometimes Confession can be seen as something only for those who sin badly, but not me. In history, we see Saints frequent Confession; Pope St. John Paul II and St. Mother Teresa went once a week, as did so many others. The healing experienced in Confession comes from the deep contrition one feels for sins, and the supernatural grace of God."

Confession, the great gift from God

by Fr. Brian P. Gannon

"By His wounds we are healed" (1 Peter 2:24).

It seems a paradox to the ears; how can we be healed by someone else’s wounds?

What heals us is the sacrifice of Our Lord and the incredible, infinite love He showed despite the scourging and crucifixion. The wounds inflicted on Our Lord are wounds caused by hatred, but His response was one of infinite love. Through His Passion, Our Lord teaches us many treasures.

Why was the God of Love so hated by those He loved, and even put to death? St. Augustine asked this same question 1,600 years ago, and answered it by saying that we become so subtly engrossed in our own pride, that God’s entrance into the world, like for King Herod, becomes a threat to the little kingdoms we set up for ourselves.

In humility we must admit that we may say we accept God completely, but when called to absolute fidelity, we can balk, like St. Peter or others, because of pride, because of habit, because our world view cannot be wrong. But then comes the Passion of Our Lord, which if we really meditate on it with great grace, should melt our hearts with love and sorrow. It reminds us that every word Our Lord teaches us is a salve for the soul; it has a healing property that can work wonders if we only accept the whole word with love.

God is incredibly patient and loving, and walks with us as we struggle to grow in perfection. The Ten Commandments; the Sermon on the Mount; every parable; the temptations in the desert; and of course the Passion and death all become striking words and images meant to jar us out of worldly distractions and remind us of the things of eternity.

When we contemplate that God becomes a man who has His flesh ripped from His bones; who is derided and humiliated by all of us; then crucified; we are called to recognize life must change, that the restlessness I feel each day is rooted in the desire to be healed in my soul from pride, from sin, from my own fragility – that is desperate for God’s stunning, ever healing divine love. When Christ is followed, the soul has peace; when resisted, anger, resentment, grudges, and desire to strike at people grows.

Healing is exactly the nature of Confession. Many times someone will joke and say, "Hey, if I confess the roof will fall in," or, "If I confess you will need five days, Father." No! I never had a Confession that lasted more than a few minutes, unless someone had some questions they wished to discuss.

Sometimes Confession can be seen as something only for those who sin badly, but not me. In history, we see Saints frequent Confession; Pope St. John Paul II and St. Mother Teresa went once a week, as did so many others. The healing experienced in Confession comes from the deep contrition one feels for sins, and the supernatural grace of God.

It is no coincidence that Divine Mercy Sunday immediately follows Easter. Confession is about how Mercy only empowers us with grace. It manifests how much value God puts on each human life in spite of our sinfulness: infinite worth. He died for us because He places each human life in more value than even His own earthly life.

How to go to Confession? Just enter and ask the priest for help; he will be happy to help.

The supernatural healing of Confession is a great gift from God that gives us peace, strength, and hope. By His wounds God gave us Confession; through it we have incredible mercy, love, and joyful freedom.

Ordained in 1997, Fr. Brian P. Gannon is Pastor of Saint Theresa Parish in Trumbull, Connecticut. He holds a doctorate in Moral Theology from the Academia Alfonsiana in Rome.