Bulletin for Sunday November 19, 2017

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Pastor’s Corner:The Mayflower set sail for the British Colony of Virginia in 1620.  A late departure, and a more difficult than anticipated voyage, brought her  instead to Cape Cod, not to Virginia, on November 10, 1620. With no royal charter to land in the north, grumblings of mutiny began among the agents of the original investors. To forestall any possible disintegration of the group, William Bradford, their leader, decided to draft a new agreement, albeit hurriedly, “that might be as firm as any patent, and in some respects more sure”, as he put it.
The Mayflower Compact of November 11, 1620, began by stating the reason for having sailed to the New World, and why they deemed it necessary to make political changes once they landed:
In the name of God, Amen. Having undertaken, for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith and honor of our king & country, a voyage to plant the first colony, we by these presents solemnly & mutually in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant & combine ourselves together into a civil body politic; for our better ordering, & preservation & furtherance of the ends afore told.
The words were echoed 250 plus years later in our Declaration of Independence:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, . . . We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Happiness is a goal and a natural right for us: the Catholic Church has always held that. In Holy Scripture, the word “beatitude” means happiness. So, Our Lord’s teaching called The Beatitudes, delivered during His Sermon on the Mount, is actually a recipe how to be happy—both here on earth and in heaven.  But how do we find happiness?  By searching for it and doing something, not just by existing.
If you decide you are the most important person in your life, you’re in trouble. Being interested in getting as much of everything for yourself as possible is what leads to personal and financial problems, to begin with. The Catholic Church’s teaching is that of Our Lord: Charity—interest in the welfare of others first, is at the very heart of following Christ, AND the basis for real happiness, and for our nation, from the beginning.  Charity is not just giving money to beggars, it is more: doing good  to others without any expectation or demand of repayment. You die to your ego a little, just as Christ died on the Cross, not for some idea or lofty notion. You sacrifice yourself for some person—who is the Image of God, and hope your good deed may lead that person and yourself to God.
Besides those on the Mayflower, there were earlier visitors to this continent: Irish monks, under the rule of Saint Columban, who arrived in the 7th century, bringing the Gospel to the New World. They came to bring something to the inhabitants of the New orld—Christ. In his Instructions, St. Columban wrote this:
God makes man from the earth but ennobles him with the impress of his own image. Let us give back, then, to God our Father his image in us, an image kept spotlessly holy, for he is holy; an image spotless in charity and love, for he is Love; an image spotless in devotion  and truth, for he is devoted and true; Let us not paint an alien image in ourselves; the painter who is undisciplined, angry and proud paints the self-portrait of a tyrant, for that is what he is.  Therefore, lest we end with the self-portrait of a despot, let us allow Christ to paint his image in us, in charity for others.
That’s the story of the first Thanksgiving: a feast thanking God and the Native Americans whose shared survival skills and food saved the Pilgrims during their first harsh New England winter. Even if the details of the first Thanksgiving have been prettied up for today’s modern audience, its heart is true: charity for others, and the defense of the dignity of others in private and public, which is, likewise, at the heart of our nation.  As we labor to rebuild our country, let’s remember that.
                 Happy Thanksgiving!          —Monsignor DiGiovanni

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

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

THANKSGIVING DAY MASS: There will be ONE Mass offered on Thanksgiving, November 23 at 10 am. The usual 8 am and 12:10 pm Masses are cancelled on Thanksgiving.

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming Catholic, OR, are you an adult Catholic who has not yet received First Communion, Confession, or Confirmation? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes started Monday September 18th and will meet weekly 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x21 or stop in the parish office between  9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday. Reminder for participants: No class November 20th. Happy Thanksgiving.

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

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

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call the parish 203) 324-1553, and speak with either  Msgr. DiGiovanni (ext. 11) or Fr. Vill at (ext. 130 to make an appointment, to discuss the Church’s teaching on marriage and the possibility of getting married in the Church. This also applies to those who want to learn more about seeking an annulment.

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

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

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday November 12, 2017 $11,504.95
Sunday November 13,  2016 $ 13,217.96

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

November 26th Sunday Readings:  Ez. 34:11-12, 15-17; 1Cor 15:20-26, 28; Mt 25:31-46

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.

Saints’ Relics: The high altar displays the parish Relics of the Saints: these will remain on the altar throughout most of November to remind us of our calling to become saints—people who love God and strive to be perfect as Our Heavenly Father is perfect by our heroic acts of daily charity and virtue. Spend a few moments in prayer before or after Mass, asking the Saints to pray for you and your family.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Advent & Christmas Concert: Saturday
Saturday, December  2nd at 7:30pm in our Basilica.

The seminarians of Saint Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, NY, will present a beautiful program of Advent and Christmas music. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on line: www.DunwoodieMusic.org or through the parish office: call Keri our secretary at 203-324-1553, ext 21. If you would like to take an advertisement for the program, please contact the seminary at the above website. Everyone is welcome!

Handel’s Messiah:Part I & Hallelujah Chorus
Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at 8PM in our Basilica.

Directed by New York’s Famed Ted Sperling and the Stamford Symphony with the Master Voices in this Special Holiday Performance:  For tickets: call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.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

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

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

The Christmas Giving Tree: To benefit pregnant women and their families served by the Sisters of Life. For the next three weeks, a basket will be in the back of the church. The name of an item is written on each tag in the Christmas basket that would benefit the woman in need. Please take a tag (or tags) and purchase the item on the tag. We will collect the unwrapped gifts after each Mass on the weekend of December 10thstarting with the 4PM Mass on Saturday. Call Frank Carpanzano @ 203-975-8833 ext 3004. Thank you!

DO NOT DROP OFF THE GIFTS AT THE RECTORY OR LEAVE THEM IN CHURCH.

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

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

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

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

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

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development.  We  meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group will not be meeting during November and December, but please call or email Melanie Szlucha for a free 30 minute consultation. Meetings will resume in January in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. Next meeting: Wednesday, January 24th.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com

Immaculate Conception Novena: St. Mary Church in Greenwich will celebrate a Novena in preparation for the Immaculate Conception from November 30th to December 8th. Each evening a guest homilist will offer a special reflection on the role of the Virgin Mary in our lives. This year the younger clergy will speak on the Marian devotion of some particular saint. We will close our Novena with a Solemn Mass on December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Choir will sing Mozart’s “The Sparrow Mass” with Orchestra. A light reception will follow. Visit stmarygreenwich.org for more details.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, November 18, 2017
4:00   +Carmelle Pépin. req. Dominick and Eileen Carpanzano
Sunday, November 19, 2017
7:30   +George VanLangen req. Joyce Patten and Lorraine VanLangen
10:00 +Bill Cody – 7th Anniversary req. Cody Family
NO 12:00PM MASS (Stamford Thanksgiving Parade)
5:00   +Ralph Branca
Monday, November 20, 2017
8:00     Souls in Purgatory
12:10   In Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus req. Blanca Soto
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
8:00  +Bruno Costa req. Lindsay Kennedy
12:10 +Juana Mazariegos req. Blanca Reyes
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
8:00  +Sister Caroline Marie CSJ Birthday Remembrance req. Marie Carr
12:10   Thanksgiving to Immaculate Heart of Mary
Thursday, November 23, 2017
8:00     NO 8:00AM MASS
10:00   People of the Parish
12:10   NO 12:10PM MASS
Friday, November 24, 2017
8:00   +Mary Churley req. Mary Petrizzi
12:10 +Peter Sabini req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Saturday, November 25, 2017
8:00   +Matthew Burke req. Melton Family
12:10 +Mary Kennedy req. Lindsay Kennedy

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

150 years ago, or so:
Nov. 23, 1866: THIRD ANNUAL BALL. ST. JOHN’S ROMAN CATHOLIC BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION OF STAMFORD. “The third annual ball will be held at Seely’s Hall on Wednesday, November 28, 1866. Tickets one dollar. Music by the 69th Regiment Band of New York, D. Bradley, Leader. John Kenealy, President; Nicholas Donohue, Secretary”

135 years ago, or so:
Nov. 21, 1884: The Fair in the New Church. “The Catholic fair will remain open every evening this week and will probably continue for a part of next week. The political excitement, etc. interfered with the attendance at first, but the enterprise has been growing in interest and scoring larger success each evening for the present week. The Ancient Order of Hibernians visited the fair in a body, Monday, and that their visit told on the receipts goes without saying. Other Catholic bodies will attend on the remaining evenings of this week, and the general visitors will probably find Friday and Saturday evenings the best time to see the entertainment. It has many features of interest for everybody.”

110 years ago, or so:
Nov. 21, 1905: Priest a Good Samaritan. “The children were saved from the necessity of entering the County Home by Rev. Eugene Sullivan of St. John’s Catholic Church. Father Sullivan learned of their plight, and he appeared in court this morning. He told Prosecuting-Attorney Carter and Judge Downs that he would look after the family, see that the children attended school, and do all in his power to prevent them from becoming public charges. This promise was satisfactory to the Court and the prosecutor, and it filled the heart of the mother with joy. Her tear-stained eyes lighted up wonderfully and she left the court-room seemingly in a happy frame of mind.”

100 years ago, or so:
Nov. 25, 1916: Parochial-School Boy Finds Money. “One of Officer Jack Brennan’s charges got out of line, yesterday noon, when the parochial school children were being dismissed, and darted suddenly toward the middle of the street. He was back in a moment, holding out a fist which tightly clenched money. “Here it is, Jack; I just found it,” he said. And the parochial school kiddy turned over the fistful of money to Brennan, who reported the matter at headquarters and left the money there.”

90 years ago, or so:
Nov. 23, 1927: SPECIAL SERVICES IN THE CHURCHES THANKSGIVING DAY. “A special Thanksgiving Mass will be held at St John’s Roman Catholic Church tomorrow at 8 a.m.  There will also be a regular Mass at 7 a.m.”

Bulletin for Sunday November 12, 2017

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Pastor’s Corner:  During November, the Church universal celebrates the dedication of three of the four major basilicas in Rome: November 9th was the feast of the dedication of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, the pope’s cathedral, as the bishop of Rome; November 18th, the feast of the dedication of the Basilica of Saint Peter and the Basilica of Saint Paul, built in the 4th century over the original tombs of the two greatest Apostles.
The November 9th celebration of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran reminds us of the unity we have as members of the Church founded by Christ with the Successor of Saint Peter, Pope Francis, who is the Successor of Saint Peter as the Bishop of Rome. The original basilica was built and consecrated in 324 AD to Our Savior. By the early 10th century fires and earthquakes forced its rebuilding, and rededication to St. John the Baptist, and later rededicated also to St. John the Evangelist in the 12th century. On the façade is a Latin inscription expressing the wish of the Emperor Constantine and Pope Sylvester I that the Basilica be “The Head and Mother Church of all Churches throughout the City of Rome and the World.”
The November 18th celebration reminds us of the central place of the Apostles Peter and Paul in the development of the Church, the same Church we belong to. “Oh, Happy Rome, whose stones are consecrated by the Blood of the Martyrs, Peter and Paul”, is an ancient hymn recalling the ministry and martyrdom in Rome of these two Apostolic giants. St. Peter, the fisherman, was crucified in 67 AD, and buried in the cemetery at the base of the Vatican Hill. In 323 AD, the Emperor Constantine began one of the largest construction projects of the ancient world: the leveling of the Vatican Hill, moving over 1 million cubic feet of rock and dirt, to build the first Basilica above the tomb of Saint Peter. Both the ancient and present day Basilicas were dedicated on November 18th. St. Paul, the tentmaker, was martyred outside Rome’s walls, and buried near the present-day Fiumicino Airport near Ostia. Constantine began a Basilica above Paul’s tomb, but it was not completed until the fifth century by the Emperor Theodosius and Pope Saint Leo the Great. Archaeological explorations beneath St. Peter’s in the 1940s, and beneath St. Paul’s in 000,  unearthed and confirmed the tombs of each Apostle beneath the basilicas’ high altars.
It may be difficult for us who live in the 3rd millennium to understand the importance of the celebrations concerning church buildings of another time, so far away from Stamford.  The celebrations are important because we belong to the Church they founded, share the Apostles’ faith and are united with them in the sacraments. A priest named Gaius wrote in 200 AD, “If you come to Rome I will show you the tombs [tropaia, Greek for trophies] of the Apostles Peter in the Vatican and Paul on the via Ostiense.”  St. John Chrysostom, two centuries later, offered some idea of the importance of the lives and tombs of Peter and Paul: “The sepulchers of those who served Christ crucified surpass the palaces of kings, not so much in the greatness and beauty of the buildings, as in other things of more importance, such as the multitude of those who with devotion and joy visit them. For the emperor himself, clothed in purple, goes to the tombs and kisses them. . He who wear a royal crown looks on it as a great privilege from God that a tentmaker [St. Paul] and a fisherman [St. Peter], should be his protectors and defenders. . .” [Hom. I Cor, 20].
These celebrations are really about the larger universal Catholic Church, whose very essence is the same today as when Christ established it on the Apostles. Here at Stamford’s Basilica, we are reminded of the Apostle Peter by his bronze statue with the Keys of Heaven; and of our union with His Successor, Pope Francis, by the four bricks from the Holy Year doors of the four major basilicas of Rome, sent to the parish by Pope Saint John Paul II, and now set in the walls on either side of St. Peter’s statue. Though far from the City of Rome, we are one in communion with the pope, all the saints, and all Christians who have lived, each time we gather at the altar for Mass through Christ in the Eucharist, sharing Christ’s life with the Apostles and saints.
Monsignor DiGiovanni

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

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

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

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming Catholic, OR, are you an adult Catholic who has not yet received First Communion, Confession, or Confirmation? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes started Monday September 18th and will meet weekly 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x21 or stop in the parish office between  9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

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

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

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call the parish 203) 324-1553, and speak with either  Msgr. DiGiovanni (ext. 11) or Fr. Vill at (ext. 130 to make an appointment, to discuss the Church’s teaching on marriage and the possibility of getting married in the Church. This also applies to those who want to learn more about seeking an annulment.

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

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

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

Saints’ Relics: The high altar displays the parish Relics of the Saints: these will remain on the altar throughout most of November to remind us of our calling to become saints—people who love God and strive to be perfect as Our Heavenly Father is perfect by our heroic acts of daily charity and virtue. Spend a few moments in prayer before or after Mass, asking the Saints to pray for you and your family.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday November 5, 2017 $  14,783.00
Sunday November 6, 2016 $  14,048.61

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

November 19th Sunday Readings:  Wis 6:12-16; 1 Thes 4:13-18; Mt 25:1-13

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

Advent & Christmas Concert: Saturday, December  2nd at 7:30pm in our Basilica.
The seminarians of Saint Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, NY, will present a beautiful program of Advent and Christmas music. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on line: www.DunwoodieMusic.org or through the parish office: call Keri our secretary at 203-324-1553, ext 21. If you would like to take an advertisement for the program, please contact the seminary at the above website. Everyone is welcome!

Handel’s Messiah, Part I & Hallelujah Chorus: Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at 8PM at the Basilica of St John the Evangelist, directed by New York’s Famed Ted Sperling and the Stamford Symphony with the Master Voices in this Special Holiday Performance:  For tickets: call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.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.

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.

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group will not be meeting during November and December, but please call or email Melanie Szlucha for a free 30 minute consultation. Meetings will resume in January in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. Next meeting: Wednesday, January 24th.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Men’s Night of Reflection @ 7pm, St Gabriel on Thursday, Nov 16: Men, please join us to hear Fr. John Connaughton present “Advent – Preparing for the Coming of the Lord” where Fr Connaughton will share his thoughts about the season of Advent and ways to consider this holy, yet often overlooked, time of preparation for the birth of Christ. This Men’s Night is brought to you by the Knights of Columbus Fr. Miller Council #5833. Contact Bill Nagle with any questions. M: 203-570-2593, email:billnagle@hotmail.com

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

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

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

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.

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

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development.  We  meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

Lost & Found. . . Please check the Lost & Found in the Rectory for any items you may have left in the church.  Feel free to call Keri at the rectory, M-F, 9AM—4:30PM, 203-324-1553 x21.

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

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

Mass Intentions

Denotes Deceased

Saturday, November 11, 2017
4:00 Thomas Cycon req. Jef and Mary Spetland
Sunday, November 12, 2017
7:30     Thomas Cycon req. Andrew, Ferry, and Anne Marie
10:00   All Souls in Purgatory req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
12:00   Deceased Members of the Morris Family req. Marion Morris and Family
5:00   +Ralph Branca
Monday, November 13, 2017
8:00   +Deceased Members of the Curioni Family req. Leon Taricani
12:10   People of the Parish
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
8:00   +Ann DiGiovanni
12:10 +Catherine Davis req. Catherine Perry
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
8:00   +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Amy Lancaster req. Sue Kremheller
Thursday, November 16, 2017
8:00   +Gaston Millien req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Krank Families
Friday, November 17, 2017
8:00   +Joseph and Margaret Curtis req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Audrey Coppola req. Jan and Fred Pasqua
Saturday, November 18, 2017
8:00   +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Denis Oliveira req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

145 years ago, or so:
Nov. 15 1872: Local Affairs. Meeting of the Borough Board. Resolutions. “By A. W. Williams. That the Borough Agent be directed to request Rev. Mr. Fagan, Pastor of the R. C. Church, to place the walk in front of the new church on Atlantic street, in proper order. Adopted.”

115 years ago, or so:
Nov. 13, 1902:  Football Notes. “The Altar Boys of St. John’s R. C. Church will open the rugby season next Wednesday with the Tarrytowns, on King’s field. This game should be interesting, for the teams are evenly matched. Friday of next week they will play the Glenbrook’s on King’s field. The Altar Boys would like to play third King’s. For games, see Laurence Kerrigan, manager. The lineup will be: W. Greeney, r.e.; A. Ward, r.t.; D. Troy, r.g.; J. Daly, c; L. Conroy, l.g.; J. Condon, l.t. and r. b.; E. Mullen, l.e.; J. Griffen, r.h. and l.t; H. Nevins, l.h. They would like to play any team under thirteen years of age.”

100 years ago, or so:
Nov. 15, 1918: Boys and Girls Make Appeals for United War Work Fund. “The Junior Three-Minute-Speakers had the right of way in all the theatres of Stamford last night, speaking in the interests of the Victory Boys and Girls, and urging the people to help them in finding ways to earn the money they have pledged toward the United War Work Campaign. In the Alhambra theatre, a boy from Rogers School and a girl of Waterside School, were the speakers. This evening the speakers in the theatre will be furnished by the High School and St. John’s parochial school.”

85 years ago, or so:
Nov. 15, 1934: REV. CHARLES A. CORCORAN POLICE DEPARTMENT CHAPLAIN. “Rev. Charles A. Corcoran of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church was named chaplain of the police department last night, by the Board of Public Safety, succeeding Rev. Edward Farrell of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, who resigned, on his assignment recently to the Sacred Heart Church, Bridgeport. The remainder of the meeting was given over to routine business.”

80 years ago, or so:
Nov. 19, 1935: Holy Name Society, St. John’s, To Hold Annual Card Party. “The annual Thanksgiving card party and social sponsored by the Holy Name Society of St. John’s R. C. Church will be held in the school hall, next Monday night. The affair will be limited to the men of St. John’s parish. The social will be open for all

Bulletin for Sunday November 5, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday November 5, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: From nearly the first moment I arrived at Saint John’s in 1998, people frequently have asked about repairing the Rectory. Last November, as the UBS parade passed by the Rectory, some people on one of the floats yelled out to the priests, “You gotta fix that building!”  So, the time has come to discuss the Rectory and the feasibility of a fund raising campaign to finance the essential repairs, modernization and improvement of our 1850 building.
You, the parishioners of Saint John’s, have been exceedingly generous during my 20 years as pastor, and the resulting restored Basilica, parish hall and property bears testament to your generosity. The good news is that we already have a good portion of the money for the Rectory project. During these past 20 years, I have been working to lease the parish parking lot to endow the parish for the future and to fund essential repairs. We finally succeeded: RoeCo of Stamford has signed a long term lease with Saint John’s for use of the parking lot. We agreed to an early up-front payout of a small portion of the rent: in July, Saint John’s was given funds that will provide us with $4 million to put toward the Rectory project. The estimated cost of the Rectory project is $6 million, which includes the construction of a new office wing, formal gardens for public use behind the Rectory, and updating and modernizing our 1850 building. For the Rectory project, I am asking the parish to raise $2 million. The Diocese of Bridgeport is considering its own financial campaign and has decided that Saint John’s should raise an additional $1,053,000 for the Diocese. So, the proposed financial campaign for us totals about $3 million.
To decide if this is feasible, the Diocese has hired a fundraising company, CCR. Some parishioners have been contacted by them asking their opinion. I invited 15 parishioners to the Rectory last month to voice their thoughts of the Diocese’s fund raising, and to answer the question if this is the right time to raise such a large sum of money. During the next weeks, many parishioners will be contacted by our parish secretary, Keri, asking that you come to the Rectory to give me your opinion, as well. Is it realistic to ask for parishioners to raise $3 million now?
In the meantime, I have hired an architectural firm, Centerbrook Architects, from Centerbrook, CT, and we have been working for months to develop a viable plan to restore the Rectory, to update it, and to make it more practical as the parish offices and meetings spaces for small lectures, concerts, religious education, counseling of individuals and couples, as well as all the parish weekday work, and a place for priests to live. The plans also include replacing the original 1850 single pane windows with new windows; introduce insulation into the walls; strip off the present lead-paint-covered clapboarding and replace it with new wood composite siding, while repairing and renovating the intricate decorative 19th century exterior woodwork. A new office wing will be built behind the Rectory. Anyone who has visited the parish office during the past 40 years knows how cramped and inefficient a space it is. The new office wing will provide a large wide-open office space, along with meeting rooms and new bathrooms.
Behind the Rectory, new gardens will be created, centered on a fountain and a horseshoe shaped steel Gothic trellis, which will offer the parishioners and visitors to the Basilica a restive and beautiful garden area. It will also serve as a place for outdoor processions, outdoor Rosaries, First Holy Communion parties and parish functions. It will not be rented out for private events, but will be open for the use by the parish for parish functions.
Besides the practical need for the Rectory to be upgraded is the reality that we must look to the next 100 years. We are a Minor Basilica—-one of only 82 minor basilicas out of the 35,000 Catholic churches in the United States. It is my hope, during the next ten years, in addition to being the spiritual heart of downtown Stamford, to develop Saint John’s to become a pilgrimage and spiritual center for Catholics in the Tri-State area. Your help is essential to accomplish this Rectory project, including the new gardens. That is why I’m asking your help now.
That help can be in the form of your suggestions and opinions about whether to proceed with this financial campaign now. Please jot down your thoughts, either in a note form or in an email to me:  spqrnac@gmail.com   Your ideas and comments will be greatly appreciated. Likewise, please pray that we succeed in this endeavor, if it be Our Lord’s will.                                                                              —Monsignor DiGiovanni

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

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

Archdiocese for Military Service Collection . . . The second collection today will be for the Catholic priest chaplains in the United States military. Your generosity is appreciated.

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

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

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

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

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call the parish 203) 324-1553, and speak with either  Msgr. DiGiovanni (ext. 11) or Fr. Vill at (ext. 130 to make an appointment, to discuss the Church’s teaching on marriage and the possibility of getting married in the Church. This also applies to those who want to learn more about seeking an annulment.

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

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

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

Saints’ Relics: The high altar displays the parish Relics of the Saints: these will remain on the altar throughout most of November to remind us of our calling to become saints—people who love God and strive to be perfect as Our Heavenly Father is perfect by our heroic acts of daily charity and virtue. Spend a few moments in prayer before or after Mass, asking the Saints to pray for you and your family.

Weekly Sunday collection:     

Sunday October 29,  2017 $  13,367.25
Sunday October 30,  2016 $  11,520.39

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

November 12th Sunday Readings:  Wis 6:12-16; 1 Thes 4:13-18; Mt 25: 1-13

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

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

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.

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group will not be meeting during November and December, but please call or email Melanie Szlucha for a free 30 minute consultation. Meetings will resume in January in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. Next meeting: Wednesday, January 24th.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

Advent & Christmas Concert: At our Basilica on Saturday, December  2nd at 7:30pm. The seminarians of Saint Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, NY, will present a beautiful program of Advent and Christmas music. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on line: www.DunwoodieMusic.org or through the parish office: call Keri our secretary at 203-324-1553, ext 21. If you would like to take an advertisement for the program, please contact the seminary at the above website. Everyone is welcome!

New York‘s Famed Ted Sperling leads the Stamford Symphony with the MasterVoices in a Special Holiday Performance:  Handel’s Messiah, Part I & Hallelujah Chorus on Saturday December 9th, 2017 at 8PM at the Basilica of St John the Evangelist, 279 Atlantic Street, Stamford. Tickets starting at $25. Limited number of tickets available in the Basilica.  Call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.org.

Electronic Giving – Offertory Donations Made Easy: Consider using your credit card to make your weekly or monthly donation to St. John’s.  Easier for you, and less costly for the parish than the printing and mailing of weekly envelopes, credit card giving automatically sends your weekly offering to the Basilica of St. John’s.  Call the parish secretary (324-1553, ext. 21).

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

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

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

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.

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

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development.  We  meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

Lost & Found . . . Please check the Lost & Found in the Rectory for any items you may have left in the church.  Feel free to call Keri at the rectory, M-F, 9AM—4:30PM, 203-324-1553 x21.

Regina Caeli Academy Informational Night: Are you looking for an affordable classical education in the Catholic tradition for your high school student? Come find out more about high school at Regina Caeli Academy at our Information Night on Sunday, Nov. 5th., from 4 pm-5:30 pm at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church (Church Hall), 46 Stone Street, Danbury, CT 06810. Kindly RSVP to mgrunbok.fcc@rachybrid.org or call Mary Grunbok at (203) 701-9154.

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

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, November 4, 2017
4:00   Tom Timon req. Noreen Timon West
Sunday, November 5, 2017
7:30   Deceased Members of the Do Family req. Thang Nguyen
10:00 +Vera Dandry req. John Pascale
12:00 Deceased Members of the Preziosi Family req. Marion Morris and Family
5:00   +Ralph Branca
Monday, November 6, 2017
8:00  +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 Rev. Terrence P. Walsh
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
8:00  +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Julia Wynne Breunich req. Rosemary Reid
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
8:00  +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Age Camaj req. Age
Thursday, November 9, 2017
8:00  +Julie Paul Beauzil req. Eveline Lauture
12:10 +Carmine V. Longo Sr. req. Lucille Longo and Family
Friday, November 10, 2017
8:00   +Deceased Members of the Nguyen Family req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 +Michael Reilly req. Catherine Perry
Saturday, November 11, 2017
8:00   +Edwich Joseph req. Sister Marie Loiseau
12:10 Maria Teresa Vargas req. Vargas Family

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
115 years ago, or so:
Nov. 7 1901:  “St. Ann’s Ladies’ Aid Society of St. John’s R. C. Church is to give a  euchre party in the Town Hall, on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 21. Handsome prizes will be awarded to the winners. At its last regular meeting, St. Joseph’s T.A.B. Society initiated eight new members. Fr. Eugene Sullivan of St. John’s R. C. Church addressed the members on the temperance question.”

105 years ago, or so:
Nov. 11, 1912:  ONE NIGHT IN A FREIGHT CAR. “John Sibilou, 9 years of age, of Lipton Place, near Atlantic Street, returned Saturday morning after a night spent with a schoolmate who is 15 years of age, and whom John knows only by the name “Herb.” The boys are attendants of St. John’s parochial school, and, from the story told by the younger boy, “Herb” enticed him to go off and lead the life of a tramp, and have “a darn good time.” John consented, and after school was out, on Friday, they went into the local railroad yards, and jumped aboard a freight train, with the intention of going off in the car when it went. The two youngsters remained in the car all night, but it failed to move, and when John arose in the morning, and looked about, he felt that the pangs of hunger were, after all, of more consequence than the desire to “tramp,” so he jumped from the car, despite “Herb’s” entreaties, and went home. He was met on Atlantic Street by his father, who had spent a sleepless night in searching for the boy. The parent took the boy home and told him that the reform school was his after the next offense. John promised to be good and stay home in the future. The police had been warned of the runaway and they had been watching for the boys.”

100 years ago, or so:
Nov. 9, 1916: WILL OF MISS O’CONNOR. “The will of Miss Frances O’Connor, who died Oct. 16 last, has been offered for probate. The bulk of the estate is in New York City. Miss O’Connor bequeathed $1,000 to St. John’s Catholic Church of Stamford.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: That bequest is worth $23,750.00 in 2017 dollars. Miss O’Connor was the donor of the Stations of the Cross installed in the church in 1898.)

95 years ago, or so:
Nov. 12, 1921: CATHOLIC WOMEN ARE ORGANIZED. “At a meeting of Catholic women, of Stamford, last night, in the chapel of St. John’s R.C. Church, steps were taken to effect organization of the Stamford branch of the Connecticut Council of Catholic Women. A nominating committee was appointed with power to increase its number to ten and with instructions that it report to a meeting to be held on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. in St. John’s Chapel, a list of officers and committees to carry on the work of the local unit of the council. Miss Victoria A. Larmour of Bridgeport, an officer of the State Council, addressed the group.”

Bulletin for Sunday October 29, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 29, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: The Solemnity of All Saints on November 1st and the Memorial of All Souls Day on November 2nd call to mind an aspect about the reality of the Church of which many people are unaware: The Catholic Church isn’t merely an institution; it is the living Body of Christ that reaches beyond the here and now: Christ is the Head, we—both the baptized living and the baptized dead—are the members, through which Our Lord works to save everyone.
All Saints Day recalls the innumerable men, women, and children who led lives of heroic virtue and great holiness. They pray for us to Our Lord; they continue to be members of the Church and practice charity from heaven in our regard. All Souls Day on November 2nd calls to mind those innumerable men, women, and children who have died, but whose lives were less than perfectly holy.  They, hopefully, are in Purgatory, being purged of the effects of their sins.  We remember them in a particular way as our act of charity, praying for them, who continue to be members of the Church.  Not everyone is in Heaven; not everyone is in Purgatory; some people, by their own decisions in life, chose Hell.  The popular fallacy is that everyone goes to Heaven.  Not so, at least not according to Our Lord’s revelation in Scripture and the Church’s consistent teachings.  If we live without Christ in this life, or if we live contrary to Christ, then why should we want or expect to be with Him forever in the next life?
While our society revels in horror stories about the dead during Halloween, the Church turns our attention to the reality of life and death, and beauty of God’s mercy and love for us, even if we sin. This week we recall those Saints who loved Christ so much that they based their daily lives on Him. Likewise, we recall those others who desired to live perfect lives, but were less than perfect because of human weakness.  This is the Church’s annual reflection on what the Catholic Church is: NOT a big religious institution! It is a community of believers, joined to Christ who is the Head of the Body, the Church, united with Him and with each other through the centuries through the seven Sacraments Jesus gave His Church, by which we share His life. These are days of great hope, because God’s mercy is stronger than our sins; stronger than the power of Satan and death.  As a sign of that, the Church offers special graces for the Souls in Purgatory.  By our simple prayers, acts of charity, and proper intention, united with the Church as the Body of Christ, we can gain a Plenary Indulgence for deceased members of our families, and it costs nothing.  A Plenary Indulgence is the remission before God of the temporal punishment due for sins that had been already forgiven by Confession.  Sin has a lasting effect on us, which can be cleansed only through penance.  Hopefully, we can do these penances prior to our death; sometimes not.  That is where the Church comes in: The Church, established by Our Lord as the minister of Redemption, authoritatively dispenses and applies to those in need the treasury of graces earned by Christ and His Saints.  One Indulgence can be had each day from November 1st through the 8th, and each can be applied by us to one of the faithful departed per day.  All we have to do is this: 1) go to Confession at least once during that week, and receive Holy Communion on the day(s) you wish the Indulgence; 2) visit any cemetery; 3) and pray—one Hail Mary and one Our Father for the intention of the Pope; 4) if you can’t visit a cemetery, then visit any Catholic church, fulfilling the requirements 1 and 3, and also recite the Creed.   This is Christ’s mercy through His Church.  We are asked to have faith in the Church established by Christ and to demonstrate our faith in charity by doing these simple spiritual tasks and acts of charity. Let us be mindful of the goodness of Our Lord, pray to the Saints for their intercession, and pray for the faithful departed that they might one day see the God who loves us.
To underscore the important spiritual relationship we have with the Saints—the official term is the “Communion of the Saints”, the parish’s relics of saints will remain on display for on the high altar for the next few weeks, for your veneration. Together, with the other Saints, Our Lady and Our Lord, they are part of the Church, all still praying for us, while we pray for the dead: all working in charity and faith for the salvation of all. Happy feast days!               —Monsignor DiGiovanni

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

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

November 1st. . . The Solemnity of All Saints IS a Holy Day of Obligation, when all Catholics are obliged to attend Mass. The Mass schedule is: Vigil Mass: Tuesday Oct 31st at 5:15 P.M.  Masses on Wednesday, November 1st are at 8:00 A.M., 12:10 P.M. and 5:15 P.M.

November 2nd… Masses for the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) will be celebrated at 11:00 AM at St. John’s Cemetery (Norwalk) and at Gate of Heaven Cemetery (Trumbull). Call Elizabeth Auda at 203-416-1636 for more information.

Banns of Marriage:  III Banns:  Elvin Efrain Caban and Odalys Aquino

Saint Augustine Medal:  Each year, the Bishop of Bridgeport bestows the Saint Augustine Medal of service to Catholic lay men and women who have served their parish communities in some way. This year, Bishop Caggiano honors David and Janet Lancaster of our Basilica. For the past 11 years they have faithfully provided refreshments for parishioners after the 10 am Sunday Mass—every week. Their generous donations and their time organizing, setting up and clearing away have provided literally tens of thousands of parishioners with refreshments during these past 11 years. I am very grateful to both Janet and David, and proud that Bishop Caggiano bestowed this medal on them.

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday October 22,  2017 $  14,305.22
Sunday October 23,  2016 $  12,867.32

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group will not be meeting during November and December, but please call or email Melanie Szlucha for a free 30 minute consultation. Meetings will resume in January in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. Next meeting: Wednesday, January 24th.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

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

Regina Caeli Academy Informational Night: Are you looking for an affordable classical education in the Catholic tradition for your high school student? Come find out more about high school at Regina Caeli Academy at our Information Night on Sunday, Nov. 5th., from 4 pm-5:30 pm at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church (Church Hall), 46 Stone Street, Danbury, CT 06810. Kindly RSVP to mgrunbok.fcc@rachybrid.org or call Mary Grunbok at (203) 701-9154.

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes started Monday September 18th and will meet weekly 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x21 or stop in the parish office between  9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday. HW: Monday’s reading (10/30) is Part 1:Chapter 4-Man (pages 55-66).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development.  We will meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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

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

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, October 28, 2017
4:00   +John Depoli req. Marion Morris and Family
Sunday, October 29, 2017
7:30   +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
10:00 +Fernando and Antonia Seixas req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
12:00 +Delia Truglia req. Marchetti Family
5:00   +Robert and Karen Velline
Monday, October 30, 2017
8:00     For the deceased members of our extended family
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
8:00   +Carmel Pepin req. Frank and Beth Carpanzano
12:10 +Federico Garcia req. Aurea Garcia
5:15   +Gene Tushaj req. Age
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
8:00   +Wladek and Willemina Falek req. daughter
12:10 +Laura Pascale req. John Pascale
5:15   +Gregoria Gloria and Marcial Gloria req. Angeles Family
Thursday, November 2, 2017
8:00     Deceased Parishioners
12:10   Deceased Parishioners
Friday, November 3, 2017
8:00     In Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary req. Ferry G.
12:10   Matthew and John Kanozi Senyonjo req. Andrew Mbabaali
Saturday, November 4, 2017
8:00    Souls in Purgatory req. Pasquale and Ida Carpanzano
12:10 +Al Zach req. Zach Family

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
140 years ago, or so:
Oct. 29, 1875: The Catholic Fair. “The largest attendance of last week was that of Wednesday and Saturday evenings, though on every evening since the fair opened, until its close, the attendance was large, and the interest unabated. On Saturday evening the scene was particularly brilliant, and fully one thousand persons were present. The apartment in which the fair was held is the basement story of the new Catholic church. It is capable of seating twelve hundred persons, and with its numerous graceful iron pillars, its black walnut and ash wainscoting, and the neatness as well as the solidity of its finishing, can hardly be surpassed in any ecclesiastical edifice in city or country. On Saturday night when its sixty globe-covered gas jets threw a flood of brilliant light over the finely dressed and moving throng below, the scene was in a high degree animated and picturesque. Around the walls, at regular intervals, appeared on a shelf, the state coat of arms of each of the states. On the west end of the building appeared the American and Irish flags, and at the east side a platform was erected on which an orchestra of seven pieces discoursed eloquent music at intervals during the evening. This band, under the direction of Mr. B. Lumb, is wholly a Stamford institution, and being composed of enthusiastic and intelligent students of the art, who have had, moreover, the benefit of long practice together, its performance was really excellent. The program heard on Saturday night included many pieces of high musical merit, and they were well performed.”

125 years ago, or so:
Oct. 31, 1890:  St. John’s R. C. Church Matters “On Saturday, Nov. 1, the Feast of All Saints will be celebrated in this church in the morning. Rev. Wm. Kane, from Westminister, MD., has for some time been visiting relatives and friends in Stamford. He officiated at the morning service in St. John’s church last Sunday. He was only ordained last June. The tar walk recently made in front of the rectory is a great convenience, and workmen are now engaged on a fine roadway between the church and the rectory. All these improvements will make these sidewalks and roads as good as any in town.”

70 years ago, or so:
Oct. 30, 1948: Masses Are Scheduled By Catholic Churches For All Saints Day. “Catholic churches in Stamford will observe All Saints’ Day Monday and All Souls’ Day Tuesday with Masses on both mornings. Monday, All Saints’ Day, a Holy Day of Obligation, at St. John’s, Masses will be at 5:30, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.”

35 years ago, or so:
Nov. 3, 1973: Huge Crowd. “Talking about Father Bill Nagle, he recalls the huge crowd that gathered Sunday at St. John’s Cemetery in Springdale, where a special Mass was celebrated to observe All Souls Day. More than 500 persons attended the Mass.”

Bulletin for Sunday October 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development.  We will meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici 
at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

St. Monica Latin Patristic Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

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

 

Bulletin for Sunday October 8, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Sunday collection:       

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development.  We will meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici 
at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

St. Monica Latin Patristic Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

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

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

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

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

 

Bulletin for Sunday October 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Sunday collection:       

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

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

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

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

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development.  We will meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

St. Monica Latin Patristic Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

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

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

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

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

 

Bulletin for Sunday September 24, 2017

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

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

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

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

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

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

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

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

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

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development.  We will meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 26th. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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

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

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

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

SilverSource: Formerly Senior Services of Stamford, SilverSource is available to St. John’s parishioners both as a place to volunteer or an important resource to help parishioners as we age. SilverSource is looking for volunteers to help an older adult live as independently as possible by reaching out to say “hello”, reading and visiting a senior, or running to the market. St. John’s parishioners who are seniors and require some help can receive financial assistance for housing stability, for eye glasses and hearing aids, or for transportation to and from doctor’s appointments. If you are interested in volunteering or receiving our help please call Michael Feighan at SilverSource: 203-324-6584, or check out their website: silversource.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

St. Monica Latin Patristic Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

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

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

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

Bulletin for Sunday September 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development.  We will meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 26th. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480      

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

St. Monica Latin Patristic Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

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

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

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

 

Bulletin for Sunday September 10, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development.  We will meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 26th. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  Information contact Rosa Federici 
at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480       

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions

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

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

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

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

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

St. Monica Latin Patristic Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.

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

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

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

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

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