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.
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.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
September 21, 22, 23: Triduum of Prayer in honor of St. Padre Pio:
September 21: 7:30 pm: Triduum of Prayer & Eucharistic Benediction
September 22: 5:30 pm: Solemn Arrival of the Relics of St. Padre Pio.
7:30 pm: Triduum of Prayer, Benediction, veneration of the Relics until 10:00 pm.
September 23: 6:30 am-5:30pm: Veneration of the relics in Msgr. Nagle Hall.
6:00pm-10:00pm: Veneration of the relics in the Basilica.
7:30 pm: Solemn Mass, Triduum of Prayer, procession and Veneration of relics.
October 13th: 7:30 pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima during this centenary year of the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal.
October 20-28: Novena in honor of St. Jude after each daily 12:10 Mass.
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 Catholic, or adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x21 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homeplace Wisdom: Is a Catholic women’s organization promoting friendship and vocational development with monthly speakers and gatherings, play dates, and a daily email list for sharing ideas, prayer requests, parenting or home-place questions, and reading material. To join: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
+ 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.”