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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bulletin for Sunday September 3, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Walking with Purpose WWP reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development.  We begin with the basics, knowing that we can never master the core truths; there is always greater depth to explore.  We will meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagel Hall from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 26th. Childcare is available.  Registration is now open!  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480       

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bulletin for Sunday August 27, 2017

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

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

Monsignor DiGiovanni

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

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

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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Sunday collection:       

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bulletin for Sunday August 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

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

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

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

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

Religious Education classes begin on Sunday, September 10th.

Weekly Sunday collection:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

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

140 years ago, or so:

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

115 years ago, or so:

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

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

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

 

Bulletin for Sunday August 13, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday August 13, 2017

Pastor’s Corner:   Let’s begin looking at the first three windows along each  side aisle before the transept, starting with the northern windows, on the right side of the church as you enter the interior glass and wooden  doors. These three windows, along with the matching three along the south wall, were installed by September 1884, in time for the first fair inside the new church to raise funds to pay for the church construction. [The Connecticut Catholic, September 20, 1884]. Each of these windows is divided into three sections, decorated with colorful geometric patterns and floral designs painted along the borders, with a cartouche bearing a religious symbol in the center panels. The window frames are the original carved wood frames from 1884, and each is crowned with a Star of David, recalling the roots of our Catholic Faith, since Jesus was a Jew. Let’s read these windows, beginning from right to left, walking down the side aisle towards the front of the church. They describe in symbols how God saves us from eternal death: by the Incarnation, Death and Resurrection of His Son, and how the Son communicates His eternal life to us down the centuries as adopted sons and daughters of God: through the Sacraments He instituted and the Revelation He gives through His Catholic Church.. Here we go:

The first window on the right[the northeastern window, closest to the front door]: The three symbols refer to the Incarnation: God taking on human flesh to become man; from right to left:
Lilies, symbol of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A “lily among thorns” is a symbol of the Immaculate Conception: Mary was the only human being born without Adam’s original sin, in order that she could provide the Savior a sinless human nature;
Sheaf of Wheat, symbol of the human nature of Christ, which was united to the Divine Nature of the Eternal Son of God in the womb of the Virgin Mary;
Daisies, symbols of the innocence of the Christ Child: likewise, born without the sin of Adam, Jesus is both God and man, whose total obedience to the Father wins us eternal life.

The second window[the central, northern window]:The three symbols are the three Sacraments of Initiation into Jesus’ Catholic Church; from right to left:
Baptismal Font, by which we begin the life of Grace in the Sacrament of Baptism as the adopted sons and daughters of God. The parish baptismal font is found below this window;
Holy Spirit, sent following Jesus’ Ascension, to begin His Church by giving us His Seven Gifts, symbolized here by seven flames of fire, which we receive in Confirmation;
Chalice with grape vines, symbol of the Eucharist, by which we share in the Divine Life of Our Lord by eating His Resurrected Body and Blood in Holy Communion.

The far left window [the northwestern window—before the transept, on the St. Joseph altar side]: The three symbols  describe the greatest sacrament, the Eucharist, by which we receive God’s grace to strengthen us to lead a life pleasing to God, and God’s revelation that comes to us in Sacred Scripture, as enshrined in the Bible, and the authoritative teachings of the Church; the  symbols are  from right to left:
Holy Spirit above the Eucharist, by the power of the Holy Spirit, bread and wine become the Risen Body and Blood of Jesus every day at Holy Mass;
Lamb of God, as described in the Book of Revelation: Jesus is the true Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world by dying on the Cross and rising in the body born of the Virgin Mary;
Bible, Cross and Crosier, God reveals Himself and His works through Scripture and Tradition, especially through the Holy Father and the bishops in communion with him who are successors to the Apostles.  Great stuff! More next week.                                             –Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  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, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Bill Rice, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

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

Holy Day of Obligation: Tuesday, August 15th: The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be offered beginning Monday, August 14th: 5:15 pm; Tuesday, August 15th: 8:00 am, 12:10 pm and 5:15 pm.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         August 6,  2017      $  13,342.44
Sunday         August 7, 2016       $  13,646.00

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

Aug 20th, Sunday Readings: Is 56:1, 6-7; Rom 11:13-15, 29-32; Mt 15:21-28.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Employment  Good Counsel Malta House in CT. began helping pregnant mothers and babies in 1998 and is a Norwalk-based transitional residence whose purpose is 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 and invite interested parties to forward their cover letter/resume to: John Hinshaw, email: John_Hinshaw@goodcounselhomes.org.  We are located at: 5 Prowitt Street, Norwalk, CT. 06855.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, August 12, 2017
4:00   In Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus req. Margarita Arenas
Sunday, August 13, 2017
7:30   Kevin and Alanna Mahon 1st Anniversary req. Ryan Tomko
10:00   Paulo Seixas
12:00 +Virginia Dombrowski req. Legion of Mary
5:00 +Joseph McAleer, Sr.
Monday, August 14, 2017
8:00 +James Brannick
12:10 +Francesco Godino req. Tim and Denise Grier
5:15 +Kevin Mullin req. Danny Rainho
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
8:00 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10   Priests of the Parish req. Ferry G.
5:15   Marjorie Dachtera req. Carpanzano Family
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Rose Turley req. John and Jennifer Marciano
Thursday, August 17, 2017
8:00   Souls in Purgatory req. Maria
12:10 +Julia Wynne Breunich req. Rosemary Reid
Friday, August 18, 2017
8:00 +John Marini, Bob Bell and Ray Gerorski req. Leon Taricani
12:10   Scholastica Nabwire req. Andrew Mbabaali
Saturday, August 19, 2017
8:00 +Kevin Mullin req. Keith Massimo
12:10   Tracey Miller req. Beth Carpanzano

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

130 years ago, or so:
August 19, 1887:  “The iron steamboat “Ceteus,” took out about twelve hundred persons, including quite a host of young children, from the Canal dock on Tuesday, for an excursion to Coney Island. There have been several large excursions this season from this place, probably none surpassed that of Tuesday under the auspices of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church. Father Rogers, who had the chief charge of the affair, spared no pains or precautions to secure the safety and comfort of all. The route selected—to Coney Island—was quite long enough and not too long, and the several hours ashore were filled with sight-seeing and amusements, novel to many and interesting to all. St. John’s cornet band made things lively on the way down and back, while A. Campbell’s orchestra fulfilled all the desires of the dancers in the music line, by their industrious and lively playing. Not an accident even of a minor character occurred to mar the pleasures of the day for any of the excursionists.”

110 years ago, or so:

August 15, 1906:  “There were large congregations at the four Masses held at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, this morning, in honor of the Feast of the Assumption, which is a holy day observed with a great deal of reverence by Roman Catholics. The principal Mass was held at 9, when a High Mass was celebrated.”

100 years ago, or so:
August 19, 1918: Former Stamford Boy Expires of Wounds Received in Action.  “Private Gray Hanrahan, son of the late Councilman Patrick Hanrahan of Stamford, has died in France, from wounds received in action. His mother, who lives at 218 Whitney Avenue, Bridgeport, has been notified by the Government. In the local Catholic Church yesterday, prayers were offered for the repose of the young man’s soul. He attended the parochial school here, when he was a young boy and was an altar boy in St. John’s Catholic Church. His brother, Dennis Hanrahan, is now fighting in France.”

85 years ago, or so:
August 16, 1929:  “Joseph James McEvoy, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. McEvoy and relative of Mrs. Frank G. Smith of 95 Brown Street, who recently graduated from Regis High School, New York, and who won the 1925 scholarship of St. John’s Parochial School in this city, entered yesterday in St. Andrew’s Jesuit Novitiate on the Hudson, Poughkeepsie, New York.”  (EDITOR’S NOTE: Joseph McEvoy was ordained a priest in 1942 and celebrated his first Mass in St. John’s Church on Saturday, June 28, 1942.)

Bulletin for Sunday August 6, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday August 6, 2017

ST. JOHN’S, 1887

Pastor’s Corner: Let’s return to the center aisle and, with your back to the front doors, look down the aisle to the high altar, and take in the immense space of the church interior: the nave is 165 feet in length and 36 feet wide; the transept [crossing to the side aisles] is 48 feet wide and 94 feet across, and the height at the crossing is 50 feet. The church interior is wide open, lofty, graceful and filled with light, and it is a remarkable creation of one of our early parishioners, John Ennis. The original architects and contractors refused to continue work after the money ran out, also fearing the proposed dimensions of the church were too large to remain standing. From 1876-1882, work stopped. John Ennis, an Irish immigrant from Chicago, and a theater set designer by trade, proposed returning to the storiginal plans. Instead of stone, he would build in wood and plaster, and the pastor, Father William H. Rogers, agreed. The result is magnificent, if somewhat irregular in its vaulting. Nevertheless, at the dedication, the press marveled at the beauty of the then largest stone church in the state—right here in Stamford: “The [church plans] have been modified, especially as to the interior finish by Mr. John Ennis, who deserves the credit of what is really the finest architectural feature of the building, and that is the symmetrical and noble gothic finish of the interior.” [The Stamford Advocate, June 1, 1886]

The Gothic style of architecture developed in 11th century France. It embodies the belief that beauty is at the service of God, and helps to lead us beyond ourselves upward toward the Divine, so that our lives might be filled with moral virtue, which is our participation in God’s perfection. The Gothic style, while having its roots in earlier church architectural experiments, can first be seen in the construction of the Benedictine Abbey church of Saint-Denis in Paris, France. Its religious superior, Abbot Suger [1080-1151 A.D.], a brilliant churchman and adviser to popes, to two kings of France, a diplomat, and Regent of France himself, personally commissioned and directed the entire design and construction of the church, which is regarded as the first truly Gothic church. Though of peasant stock and short of height, his energies were immense. His epitaph reads in part, “Though a man of small stature, he was no small man.” The story is told that his workmen judged his designs impractical: the plans were too wide, since no tree was sufficiently tall to form the roof rafters. Suger led them into the local forest where he personally pointed out the trees for the work. He later recalled that “they smiled, and would have laughed if they had dared”, because he was unimpressive in physical stature and not of noble birth. He showed them twelve trees measuring the exact size required: they never dared laugh at the priest or his ideas again.

Suger was driven by his love for God to create the most beautiful church he could. He wrote, “The dull mind rises to Divine truth through that which is material and beautiful.” It was he who invented the lofty Gothic pointed arch and painted stained glass windows, for light is the essence of the Gothic: “Bright’, he wrote, “is the noble edifice that is pervaded by new light.” [Suger, Scriptum consecrationis, xxviii] St. John, our patron, wrote of the Divine Light of the Eternal Son: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” [John 1: 3-5] The pointed arches lead the eye and mind heavenward to the light of God. Suger’s inscription plaque at the front door of Saint Denis urges the visitor to take advantage of the beauty of the church building, “to illuminate the mind so that it might travel through the true lights to the True Light, where Christ is the true Door to the Heavenly Jerusalem,” of which the church building is only an earthly image. [Suger, Scriptum consecrationis, xxvii]

Our church was built according to the same inspiration. Possibly, John Ennis never heard of Suger. I doubt that, since he, too, was a man of great culture and faith. And because his design of St. John’s shows the universality of that which inspired both men: all that is true, good and beautiful leads to God.
Our tour will continue next week.

—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: 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, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Bill Rice, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

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

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

Banns of Marriage: III Banns: Joseph My Tran Andrews and Angelica Shannon Hanley

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday July 30, 2017 $ 13,233.15
Sunday July 31, 2016 $ 11,066.50

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

Aug 13th, Sunday Readings: 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a; Rom 9:1-5; Mt 14:22-33.

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

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

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

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

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

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

WALK FOR PEACE: Saturday, August 12th Join a group of St. John’s parishioners in a walk to promote peace through New York City: from Grand Central Station to Yankee Stadium. The Walk for Peace begins at Grand Central at 10:45 am, stops at St. Bartholomew’s Church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Temple Emanu-El for prayer, and arrives at Yankee Stadium in time for the 4:15 pm Red Sox/ Yankee game. Reserved tickets are in section 205 of the stadium. Dozens of people are already signed up, so get your reservation in by calling Mr. Al Forte [203-940-3651] or email team@pfpnetwork.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, August 23rd. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, August 5, 2017
4:00 +Ralph Boccuzzi req. Anita Fasanelli

Sunday, August 6, 2017
7:30 In Honor of the Eternal Father req. Josephine Languedoc
10:00 +Paul Sheehan req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
12:00 +Elisa and John Prizio req. Elisa Pavia
5:00 +Joseph McAleer, Sr.

Monday, August 7, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 +Francesco Godino req. John Pascale

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
8:00 Deceased members of the Aronson Family
12:10 +Michael Reilly req. Pam Rittman

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Paul Rittman req. Pam Rittman

Thursday, August 10, 2017
8:00 Deceased members of the Ganz Family
12:10 Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families

Friday, August 11, 2017
8:00 Deceased members of the Samedi Family req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Maureen E. Sullivan req. Shelley Ward and Family

Saturday, August 12, 2017
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Barbara Lynyak req. Melton Family

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

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

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

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

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

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

ST. JOHN’S IN THE ADVOCATE:
110 YEARS AGO, OR SO:

August 8, 1907: New Teacher a High School Boy. “Michael A. Boyle, whose appointment as a High School teacher, was announced yesterday, is the first High School boy to obtain a position as a teacher in that school, and, with the exception of F. H. Getman, he is the only Stamford man appointed on the faculty since the school was organized in 1873. He is the son of Patrick Boyle, who has been well known in public affairs for a number of years. Mr. Boyle has taught in St. John’s parochial school, and has been one of the chief movers in organizing an alumni association among the graduates of that school. The High School boys will find in him a friend of athletics, and will be sure of his support in all matters of that nature.”

100 YEARS AGO, OR SO:
August 11, 1917: FATHER CASEY A CHAPLAIN, Curate of St. John’s Catholic Church. “Rev. Walter D. Casey has received notice that he has passed the physical examination for a commission as chaplain in the national army, and has been requested to procure uniform and equipment. The commission is expected in a few days. It is probable that he will be assigned to one of the concentration camps, and that later he will be sent abroad. Father Casey volunteered for the service, and his application for a chaplainry was endorsed by a number of prominent citizens of Stamford. He has been in this city for eleven months, coming from Thompsonville, his first charge. He spent seven years in Rome, as a student in the American College, and received the degree of doctor of philosophy. During his residence in Stamford, he has made numerous friends. “We are very sorry to lose Father Casey,” said Rev. J. C. O’Brien, pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church, today, “but we shall have the satisfaction of knowing that he is serving his country, and we believe that he is capable of giving to it service of the most satisfactory kind.”

40 YEARS AGO, OR SO:
August 13, 1975: St. John’s to Mark Holy Year. “The Holy Year of Renewal, a period of special homage to the Blessed Mother, will be celebrated in St. John’s Catholic Church, at all Masses on Thursday and Friday. Father Patrick Walsh of the Dominican Fathers, will give the homily and hear confessions before of the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. Mass will be at 12:10 noon, 3, 4, 4:45 and 5:30 on Thursday; and 7:30, 9, 10:15 and 12:10 Noon, 3, 4, 4:45, 5:30 and 8 p.m. on Friday.”

Bulletin for Sunday July 30, 2017

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

Pastor’s Corner: Let’s continue our tour of the interior of the Basilica. Return to where you left off last week: inside the main interior wood and glass doors leading into the church. Walk about half way down the central main aisle, turn around towards the doors you just entered, look up at the very large eastern choir loft window. Beautiful, isn’t it? This, and all the church windows, were fully restored in 2000. This window and the two large transept windows also have new mahogany frames.
The choir loft window dates from the 1920s, installed by the then pastor Father James O’Brien, along with the other two enormous windows in the transepts, replacing the original 1886 windows that had geometric patterns. Father O’Brien was a man of immense energy. His largest projects were the construction of the school and convent [where today’s parish parking lot is]; the refurbishing of the church interior with the murals above the high altar, along with the addition of marble statues and side altars; the construction of the church bell tower; and the modernization [at least “modern” for 1920] of the rectory.
The choir loft window’s theme is music, essential to the worship of God. The central figure is identified by the title around His halo: Rex Davidicus: the Davidic King. Since He is playing a harp, one might suppose this to be the Old Testament King David. But it is not: it is Our Lord, as predicted by the Archangel Gabriel to Our Lady at the Annunciation: “And behold, you shall conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of David His father, and He shall be king over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end” [Luke 1, 31-33]. The harp in Our Lord’s hands identifies Him as the “Son of David.” King David has been credited as the author of the Psalms of the Old Testament that were originally composed to be sung in praise of God. In our window, Jesus is dressed in priestly vestments, but not those of the Old Testament. The central figure of Our Lord wears priestly vestments of the New Testament: the alb, amice, chasuble and stole worn by Catholic priests to offer the Sacrifice of the Mass. Jesus is the only High Priest of the Church, who offered the final perfect sacrifice of Himself on the Cross, which He renews every hour of every day in every Catholic Church by means of His priests as they offer Mass. Jesus does not die repeatedly; He died just once. But He offers Himself to the Father through His Church every day, sanctifying all people of all places and all times, making His sacrifice of the Cross present until the end of time so that everyone of all times and places benefit from His Cross.
On either side of Our Lord stand three angels. Two kneel in adoration beside Our Lord, two play elaborate trombones, and two hold musical scrolls. Each angel and Our Lord stands in individual niches, the sides formed by the window frame and the base and roof by elaborate geometrical patterns in glass. Directly above Our Lord is a harp, symbolic of the music from the choir loft offered to God. On either side is another angel: the one on the left strums a mandolin; the angel on the right plays a trumpet. Above them is another angel, holding a banner Ego Sum Via, identifying the Davidic King as Jesus, who said “I am the Way.” Around this uppermost angel are ten cherubim in adoration of Christ, whose mere name or reference to His name, Ego Sum Via, demands adoration, as St. Paul wrote, “At the name of Jesus, every knee must bend.” [Phil 2: 10-11].
All the angels sport hairdos typically post-World War I-ish: they all look like flappers from the roaring ‘20s!—which makes sense since the window was made in the 1920s. Each figure is set in a background of dark clouds of rich blue tones, and their robes are reminiscent of the rich fabrics portrayed in the best 15th and 16th century Flemish religious paintings. The last two decorative elements are two trefoils, one on either side of the angel with the “I am the Way” banner: they complete this heavenly scene, in which the choirs of angels worship God with hymns, song and music. Who is God? He is that Trinity of Divine Persons, symbolized by the trefoil: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We hope to gain Heaven through Our Lord, the Second Person of the Trinity, the Davidic King who fulfills all Old Testament prophecy, and so join this choir in heaven perpetually worshipping the God who loves us so much. More next week.

—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: 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, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Bill Rice, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

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

Banns of Marriage: II Banns: Joseph My Tran Andrews and Angelica Shannon Hanley

Thomas Cycon: Has served as the parish business manager for the past 18 years. Tom has decided to retire from this position. In addition to his duties to modernize and update the parish financial programs, in accord with the ever-changing diocesan regulations for parishes, he has also served as the “Clerk of the Works” for the running of the parish properties and staff. Everything from parish personnel, payroll, all financial investments, the handling of parish income and expenses, to the repairs and maintenance of the Basilica and Rectory, and the creation of a parish internet system, to the planning, planting, and maintenance of the parish gardens, and much more, have all come under Tom’s supervision and aegis. I am very grateful to Tom for his years of tireless work and dedication to our parish. He will be greatly missed by me and by the entire staff. We wish him well and blessings in his retirement.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

September 21, 22, 23: Triduum of Prayer in honor of St. Padre Pio:
September 21: 7:30 pm: Triduum of Prayer & Eucharistic Benediction
September 22: 5:30 pm: Solemn Arrival of the Relics of St. Padre Pio.
7:30 pm: Triduum of Prayer, Benediction, veneration of the Relics.
September 23: 6:30 am-1:30pm; 5:00pm-10 pm: Veneration of the relics.
7:30 pm: Solemn Mass, Triduum of Prayer, procession and Veneration of relics. Reception to follow.

October 20-28: Novena in honor of St. Jude following the 12:10 Masses.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday July 23, 2017 $ 11,689.48

Sunday July 24, 2016 $ 12,676.08

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

Aug 6th, Sunday Readings: Dn 7:9-10, 13-14; 2 Pt 1:16-19; Mt 17:1-9.

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.

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

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

Adult Education: Some parishioners have asked for more opportunities to study the Church’s teachings. We plan a Bible study to resume in September. For years we studied the Church Fathers with the St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. If you have any suggestions for new adult programs, such as studying the Church Fathers, or the social teachings of the popes, or anything, please let Monsignor know: 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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, August 23rd. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

Mass Intentions

+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, July 29, 2017
4:00 +Carmine Longo req. Pinto Family
Sunday, July 30, 2017
7:30 +Joyce Gallo req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00 +Elisa and John Prizio req. Elisa Pavia
12:00 Ignatius Chu req. Kung Family
5:00 +Alphonse and Lucy Alagia
Monday, July 31, 2017
8:00 +Katarina Nikaj req. Age
12:10 +Michael and Mary Windsor req. Family
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
8:00 Agnes Nerima
12:10 Mary Kung req. parents
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
8:00 +Julie Paul Beauzil req. Eveline Lauture
12:10 Souls In Purgatory req. John and Jennifer Marciano
Thursday, August 3, 2017
8:00 +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Elizabeth A. Coughlin req. Family
Friday, August 4, 2017
8:00 Deceased members of the Peterson family
12:10 +Carmine Iantorno req. Pasquale and Ida Carpanzano
Saturday, August 5, 2017
8:00 In Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary req. Ferry G.
12:10 People of the Parish

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

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

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

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

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

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

ST. JOHN’S IN THE CONNECTICUT
CATHOLIC:
140 YEARS AGO, OR SO:
August 3, 1878: STAMFORD. “The spirit of intolerant bigotry seems not yet extinct in this enlightened age even in our good little state of Connecticut. A veritable case of priest-hunting presenting a reminder of the days of old, occurred here recently. As customary at this season, the annual collection and census of the parish are taken by our respected pastors. Wherever the reverend gentlemen went, they were always received with that kindly welcome peculiar to our race, and free access was had to every gentleman’s grounds or premises who kept Catholic servants, who are chiefly our church-builders here and the bone and sinew of our Catholic population. All went smoothly as a marriage belt till on reaching the house of a retired brush-maker, from Pearl street, New York, a British subject, we believe, and, as we are informed, married to an Irish wife, a pervert to the faith, and which house, according to reliable information, contained two Catholic servants. Father Gleason, on entering the premises of the gentleman (?) who is supposed to have acquired a competency in war times, by probably tricks that are vain and ways that are vile, and who settled in Stamford some few years ago, met Father Gleason with a rough denial that he had any Catholic servants, and forthwith ordered the priest to leave instantly. All the billingsgate of the Fourth ward alums were used, and thrown at the poor priest. The ruffian, for such he is, threatened to set his dog, a vicious Spitz cur, at the clergyman, threatened to pull the rabbi from his neck, and even confronted him at the gate of the next house, and told him neither should he enter there, except at the point of a bayonet. Not content he thrust his hand in his pocket and pulled out a dirty wallet and gave a five dollar bill to this man, a Catholic, to procure the arrest of the man of God. To all this, Father Gleason, remembering the admonition, “Blessed are the meek,” answered merely, “Sir, you are a gentleman.” Thank God that another Dives of this character does not reside in Stamford.”

Bulletin for Sunday July 23, 2017

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

Pastor’s Corner: This is the second installment in our walking tour of the church. As you pass through the church central front doors, you enter the vestibule or narthex. On either side of the front door is a stained glass window. These date from the 1886 opening of the church and are some of the most elegant in the building. Tall and thin, these lancet windows are members of a trio, the third near the present restrooms. Like the Three Graces of ancient classical literature, they welcome the visitor into the dark vestibule, offering colorful geometric patterns of light. All three bear the legend of the donors at the bottom: The Holy Infant Sodality, which was the parish grammar school children’s religious society. The dark wood paneling dates from the 1932 restoration of the church by the pastor, Father Francis Lally. It is dark English oak, in keeping with the English Gothic design of the church itself. Its elegant tracery reveals a decorative element introduced throughout the church: Thorns, as used in the Crown of Thorns, which can be seen on each of the doors, on the tops of the confessionals, in the arches of the vestibule wall, and on the top of the paneling in the sanctuary around the high altar. A second theme, vines and grapes, reinforces two related realities: as members of the Church, we are intimately united with Christ, who said “I am the vine, you are the branches.” And, by means of the sacraments, the Church applies the power to forgive sins and to transform us to be more like Our Lord because of the power of Christ’s Precious Blood, offered on the Cross for humanity’s salvation.
Separating the vestibule from the main body of the church is the large interior wall formed of heavy carved oak, four doorways and eight windows between them, topped with thirty-two leaded windows of frosted glass. Today, we’re interested in the eight lower frosted glass windows with stained glass roundels between the doors. While they can be seen while entering the church from the vestibule, they are designed to be seen as one leaves the church, since they remind us that Christ saves us by His Passion and Cross, the benefits of which are extended through all time by means of His Catholic Church in the Sacraments. Each window is framed in carved wooden tracery with that Crown of Thorns motif.
Now, pass through the center doors into the church, proper. Standing inside the church, turn around with your back to the high altar, and face the doors you just entered. Let’s read the windows in the screen wall:
Beginning at the left side of the central doors: the four windows are signs of Christ’s gifts to His Catholic Church: The Dove of the Holy Spirit, sent after Jesus’ Baptism, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension, whose presence began His Catholic Church; An Easter Lily, sign of the virtues of chastity and purity, which are fruits of that Holy Spirit, as exemplified in the life of Mary, the Mother of the Church; A Crown, Saint Paul’s symbol of the Resurrection, the eternal reward awaiting all those faithful to Christ; A Chalice with a Host marked IHS, the first three Greek letters of Jesus, which is a sign of the Eucharist, Our Lord’s greatest Sacrament of His Body and Blood, given His Church that we might be transformed and more like Him daily. On the right of the central doors: the four windows are signs of Christ’s Passion and Death by which salvation is offered to the world: The Crown of Thorns, with the inscription placed above His Cross: INRI, a Latin abbreviation for Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews; Pliers, Hammer and three Nails, used to crucify Jesus; The Column and Roman Scourges with which Jesus was beaten; A Ladder, Spear and Sponge, instruments used at Christ’s Crucifixion on the Cross.
Take a few minutes to study each window since the craftsmanship, design, color and quality are exceptional. Each time you leave church, take a moment to glance at these windows, and thank God for His generosity, having sent His Son to redeem us by His Cross, and who continues to work for our salvation by means of the Sacraments of His Catholic Church. More next week.
Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: 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, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Bill Rice, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

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

Banns of Marriage: I Banns: Joseph My Tran Andrews and Angelica Shannon Hanley

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

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

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

October 20-28: Novena in honor of St. Jude following the 12:10 Masses.

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

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday July 16, 2017 $ 14,735.66
Sunday July 17, 2016 $ 14,905.46
Please increase your Sunday offering by $5.00 each weekend. “I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

July 30th, Sunday Readings: 1 Kgs 3:5, 7-12; Rom 8:28-30; Mt 13:44-52.

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.

Adult Education: Some parishioners have asked for more opportunities to study the Church’s teachings. We plan a Bible study to resume in September. For years we studied the Church Fathers with the St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. If you have any suggestions for new adult programs, such as studying the Church Fathers, or the social teachings of the popes, or anything, please let Monsignor know: 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.

Help 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.

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

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

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

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. Next meeting: Wednesday, July 26th. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

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

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

Connected Catholics: Catholic young adults, Summer Social Nights, Thursdays at 7PM, Stamford, CT. July 20th at World of Beer. Official Facebook account of CONNected Catholics. Accompanying Young Adults in the Diocese of Bridgeport. www.facebook.com/CONNCatholicsBPT

PLENARY INDULGENCE: As a minor basilica, Saint John’s has special bond with the Holy Father and unique spiritual privileges among the churches of the Diocese of Bridgeport, in that we can offer special plenary indulgences each year. Here are the dates when plenary indulgences may be obtained here at the Basilica:
—February 22nd: the day of the liturgical celebration of the title of minor basilica, and the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter;
—May 30th: The dedication date of the Church of Saint John in 1886;
—June 29th: Solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul;
—July 16th: Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the date of concession of the title of minor basilica granted Saint John’s in 2009;
—August 2nd: The Portiuncula, recalling Saint Francis of Assisi;
—November 2nd: All Soul’s Day;
—December 27th: The patronal feast day of Saint John the Evangelist;
—December 31st: The New Year: public recitation of the Te Deum;
—Each parishioner may select one other personal day each year on which to receive the basilica’s plenary indulgence;
—The local bishop may determine another special day each year.
A plenary indulgence is a favor granted by the Church through the merits of Jesus who removes, either partially or completely [plenary], the temporal punishment remaining for sins that have been forgiven in Confession. The Church, as the minister of Christ’s graces, grants these to faithful Catholics willing to perform a public act of devotion: in this case, by visiting the Basilica on the days noted, reciting an Our Father and the Creed for the intention of the pope; receiving Holy Communion on the day of the indulgence, and having gone to Confession at least 20 days prior to or following the day the indulgence is sought. One must be free from all attachment to sin in order to receive an indulgence.

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, July 22, 2017
4:00 +Carmine Longo req. Doris Karp

Sunday, July 23, 2017
7:30 +Joyce Gallo req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00 Joan Quick req. Jagodzinski Family
12:00 +Anthony, Derrick, Amiano Ramos req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
5:00 +Alphonse and Lucy Alagia

Monday, July 24, 2017
8:00 +Al Zach req. Zach Family
12:10 +Joan Kronk req. Priests of the Parish

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
8:00 +Arthur Green req. John and Jennifer Marciano
12:10 +Bridget Cebulski req. Duffy Family

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
8:00 +Anna Do req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 Special Intentions Gerard Landon

Thursday, July 27, 2017
8:00 +Mary Churley req. Mary Petrizzi
12:10 +Patrick Dandry req. John Pascale

Friday, July 28, 2017
8:00 +Michael Reilly req. Gail Allen O’Brien
12:10 +Julius and Elizabeth Sebestyan req. Peter Sebastian

Saturday, July 29, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 +Marion Gaughan req. Mary Bridget Gaine

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

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

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

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

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

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

ST. JOHN’S IN THE ADVOCATE:
115 YEARS AGO, OR SO:
July 23, 1903: “St. John’s R. C. Church has been draped in mourning for Pope Leo XIII. The work was done by J. A. Hislop & Co.”

85 YEARS AGO, OR SO:
July 24, 1931: TO HOLD CAKE SALE. “The Children of Mary Society of St. John’s R. C. Church will hold a cake sale on the lawn in front of the church beginning at two tomorrow afternoon. In the event that the weather is unfair, the sale will be held in the church hall.”

July 25, 1931: Introducing Stamford To Its Traffic Police. “Policeman Thomas F. Lynch, who handles school traffic at Bell and South Streets and parking along Main Street, is another member of the Stamford Police Department who served in the World War [1917-1918]. As a sergeant in the 56th Regiment, C.A.C., he spent two years in France, the second after the war. He says the enjoyment of the second year was worth the hardship of the first. He has been a member of the Stamford Police Department for nine years and detailed to traffic duty for five years. His training in the Army has come in handy to his police duty, as he serves as drill sergeant for the police. Eighteen years ago, he was one of the outstanding players on the Emerald baseball team, a team which is reputed to always have given the other side the umpire and won the game or a fight afterwards. He is one of the most popular members of the department, a man of few words and those of wit. He holds Badge 14, is not married and lives with his mother at 173 Henry Street. He was born in Stamford and attended St. John’s Parochial School.”

Another Scarlet Jolt! Five More Red Hats 05/26/17

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

"With the new additions, the electoral College of Cardinals will be restored to 121 members – one over the now-traditional limit of 120 set by Blessed Paul VI in 1975. Of the total group, 49 (40%) will have been elevated by Pope Francis."

Another Scarlet Jolt! Five More Red Hats

by Rocco Palmo

For all the tools every Pope has at his disposal, it could be said that Francis wields none more effectively than the element of surprise.

Ergo, at the May 21 noontime Regina Caeli from the Window of the Apostolic Palace, Papa Bergoglio called a Consistory – his fourth – on the vigil of Peter and Paul, June 28, for the creation of five new Cardinals, all of them electors:

  • •Archbishop Jean Zerbo of Bamako, Mali (age 73)
  • •Archbishop Juan José Omella of Barcelona, Spain (71)
  • •Bishop Anders Arborelius OCD of Stockholm, Sweden (67)
  • •Bishop Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, vicar-apostolic of Paksé, Laos (73)
  • •Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chavez, auxiliary of San Salvador, El Salvador (74)

With the new additions, the electoral College will be restored to 121 members – one over the now-traditional limit of 120 set by Blessed Paul VI in 1975. Of the total group, 49 (40%) will have been elevated by Francis.

Even for their nomination today, Cardinals-designate don’t enjoy their voting rights until their names are published within the Consistory itself.

Following quickly on the heels of November’s intake of 17 new Cardinals, while some buzz has circulated over recent weeks tipping a late June encore, the rumors had foreseen what would’ve been a historic super-sizing of the voting ranks – an idea which has circulated for some time, possibly ballooning the papal electorate as high as 145 or even 150 members.

Even on just a temporary basis, there is precedent for such a move: at his first Consistory after the Jubilee Year of 2000, now-St. John Paul II had expanded the voting College to 135 cardinals by elevating 44 prelates younger than 80 – Jorge Bergoglio among them. (Speaking of John Paul, it also bears noting that each of today’s designates were named bishops by the Polish Pope.)

In any case, even if the final Biglietto is far smaller than would’ve been expected, the group strikes a fresh blow for the inclusion of the Church’s "peripheries" in the ranks of the Pope’s "Senate" – with the exception of Omella, each of the designates are the first Cardinals ever to hail from their respective countries; aside from the Spanish-speaking picks, the new crop all lead miniscule Catholic communities comprising less than five percent of their general populations.

The first native Swede named a bishop since the Reformation (after centuries of missionaries serving the country’s small Catholic community), Arborelius will be the first-ever Cardinal on duty in Scandinavia.

And in the choice of Rosa Chavez – one of the closest collaborators of Blessed Oscar Romero – at least for the first time in the post-Conciliar period, not only has an auxiliary bishop been given the red hat, but likewise a cleric currently serving as pastor of a parish (which is, of course, the historic foundation of the office, the original Cardinals having been the pastors of Rome, hence the task of electing the city’s Bishop).

As for the timing, beyond the topping up of the voting ranks, it is likely that this Consistory will see Francis convene the now-routine day-long consultation with the entire College on the eve of the elevations, which was conspicuous by its absence in November. Despite the short notice, a hefty chunk of the far-flung Cardinals already tend to be in Rome in late June as the dicasteries of the Curia wrap up their last plenary meetings before the summer exodus.