Bulletin for Sunday March 18, 2012

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Pastor’s Corner. . . Another symbol used at Mass, whose origin is the Book of Exodus as a pre-figuration of Christ and His Church, is unleavened bread. In the Book of Exodus, as the Israelites prepared to flee from slavery in Egypt, on the night before their departure, they had been instructed to roast a lamb, mark their door posts with the blood of the lamb, and to eat the roasted lamb with bitter herbs and unleavened bread. The bread would have been made of flour and water with no leaven, baked quickly on hot coals. This is the bread still used each year by observant Jews celebrating Passover —Matzo (Ex 13: 30)
At the Last Supper, having been the Passover meal, Our Lord and the Apostles ate the first century version of matzo: unleavened bread. The essential elements of this First Mass, the new bloodless sacrifice of Christ’s New Covenant, were grape wine and unleavened bread made of only wheat flour and water; the Passover Lamb was replaced by Christ—the Lamb of God— the final and perfect sacrifice: God in the flesh, whose blood saves us from death.
Our Lord used leaven as a symbol of the moral corruption of the Pharisees (Mk 8:15; Lk 12:1). St. Paul repeated the symbolism of leaven as moral corruption of people in general, when he wrote: “Your boasting is unseemly. Do you not know that a little leaven ferments the whole lump of dough? Purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new dough, as you really are without leaven” (I Cor 5: 6-8). The Church in the West used both unleavened and leavened bread for Mass until sometime in the 7th century, when unleavened bread became the norm, as is used today. The Eastern Church continues to use leavened bread for Mass.
The use of unleavened bread harkens back to the original Passover from Egypt. It was known in the ancient Jewish world as the bread of affliction and servitude. It’s use at the first Passover meal, and its essential use at every annual Passover meal since the Exodus, recalls both the servitude of slavery and the great power and generosity of God who took such pains to free Israel from slavery to pharaoh in Egypt.
Our Lord’s Last Supper at Passover tied His sacrificial death on the Cross to the original work of God centuries earlier during the Exodus, and with the Mass offered by His Catholic Church, the New Israel. God’s powerful deeds at the Red Sea in favor of Israel, and the protection of Israel from death by the blood of the lamb, was recalled by Christ—the new and final bloody sacrifice, the Lamb of God, whose blood takes away all sin, and frees us all from slavery to sin and death. Unleavened bread symbolically recalls God’s earlier actions for our salvation and links them to Christ’s and to us. But even more, this unleavened bread of affliction is now transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit during each Mass into the true resurrected Body of Christ; and the wine into His true Blood: the pledge of eternal life. Each time we approach the altar in Holy Communion, we take our place with the first Israelites, freed from slavery on the first Passover evening; and with the Apostles at the final Passover meal at the Last Supper; and with all the Saints, nourished through the centuries by the Body and Blood of the Lamb of God, Christ the Lord. We too become sharers in the very life of God, who slowly transforms us through the Eucharist to be more like Himself. God does not perform a political action of freeing us from slavery; nor a mere juridical action by which he pardons our offenses. He who pardons also transforms us to share His very life, beginning now through the sacraments, especially the Eucharist.
The Eucharist actually does something, since it is no mere symbol of God but IS the Real Presence of Christ in His resurrected Body, Blood, human soul and divinity, as the Council of Florence (1445) defined: “What material food and drink do for the life of the body—sustaining and strengthening it, restoring it to health and giving pleasure—this the sacrament of the Eucharist does for the life of the soul” (Denziger, 1322).
The Mass is a true Sacrifice, in that we offer Christ to the Father in a bloodless way: Jesus does not die again. The reality is that everyone present offers the sacrifice of themselves joined to the Sacrifice of Christ. The sacrifice we offer to God is not merely bread and wine: these are the fruit of human labor, and as food they represent life itself. Since these are actually transformed (transubstantiated) by God during the Mass, becoming the resurrected Body and Blood of a real Person, Jesus, the Son of God, and the Second Adam, we become participants in God’s saving actions whose beginnings are recalled by the simple use of unleavened bread and wine centuries earlier in the first Passover: God who began His saving work by freeing Israel from slavery in Egypt, and brought it to its fullness in the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross—the Lamb of God—the final sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin; He continues to work among us every time the Mass is offered, feeding us with Himself, so that we become transformed, and united as members of His Mystical Body, the Church He established. The Mass becomes meaningful for us only when we actively join in with Christ: we offer ourselves to God, and reap the benefits of His saving work in eternal life. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Mercedes Huertas Peter Boltrek, Billy Therriault, Dave Brandel, Raymond Eagan, Gary Everett, Erin Wiggin, Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Corrine Mattson, Marie Michele Louis, Marie Boursiquot, Herman Schneider, Chris Seely, Frank Monaghan, Eva Grace Kelly, John Murray, Mary D’Arco, Anthony Sansone, Tessie Mulhern, Margie Joyce, Tonin Gjepaj, Sandra Mayfield, Lily Ann O’Connell.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Blanche Kulowiec, Thomas Pavia, Cassandra Eloy, Anilia Firmin, Joseph Danilauskas, Bridget Sheehy, Norma Johnson, Viergina Toussaint, George Muro, Ann Rich, Lena Chiappetta, Rosina Raiteri, Felicia Stramandinoli, Duverney Caporal, Terrence Cooke, Charles Harman, Bill Wiles, Carmen Candelaria, Gregory E. Mazza, Vincent Sharkey, Sr., Madre Perpetua, Madeleine Charlotin, Louis Servideo, Gladys Brzoska, David Squires, Tom Potts, William Shanley, Jimmy O’Connor, Andrea Pavia.

American Bishops’ Overseas Appeal Collection . . . Please drop your special envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.

Monday Evening Holy Hour . . . Monday nights 7-8:00 pm for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Rosary in the Nagle Hall. Next Holy Hour: March 19th .

LENT: Each Friday during Lent: All Catholics 14 and older, eat no meat, unless ill or suffering from a medical condition. On Good Friday, Catholics between 18 and 59 years of age eat no meat and fast, meaning you eat only one full meal, no snacking: These are simple penances, making a small sacrifice as an outward sign that we are sorry for our sins.

Stations of the Cross: Fridays during Lent at 4:00pm in English, in the Msgr. Nagle Hall.

Lenten Confessions. . . Every Tuesday during Lent: 7:30-9:00 pm, in the Msgr. Nagle Hall.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. . . On the March Wednesdays: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, beginning at 7:30 pm in the rectory: we’ll read the treatise, On the Incarnation by St. Theodoret of Cyr. All the readings are in English translation. A great meditation for Lent.

Latin Reading Group. . .Wednesdays: 6:15 pm in the Rectory (reading ability required).

Biblical Greek Grammar. . . A beginner grammar class that meets Thursdays: 6:30 pm in the Rectory.

Repainting the Church. . . $609,784.00 is pledged towards our goal of $641,000.00. We need everyone’s help to. Just a bit more from everyone, and we’ll complete this project. Please help us!

Project Rachel Ministry. . . offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God who is love and mercy. Info. (203) 416-1619 or projectrachel@diobpt.org.

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Has begun. Many parishioners may have already received a letter from Bishop Lori. Saint John’s annual goal, set by the diocese, is $100,000. The funds collected for the Bishop are used for the numerous charitable and educational works of the Diocese.

Mark your calendar. . . Sunday June 10th: the Feast of Corpus Christi and Parish Block Party: The parish will sponsor an outdoor Eucharistic Procession through the streets of Stamford beginning at 5:30 p.m: from the Basilica down Atlantic Street, up Bank Street to Columbus Park, to Washington Blvd, to Bell Street and back to the Basilica, ending by 6:30pm FOLLOWED BY a Parish Block Party: food and non-alcoholic beverages, with the Catholic Band L’Angelus from 6:30-9:00pm: it will be fun and food for the family: and all without charge, as a way for us all to thank everyone in the parish for having contributed to the repainting of our basilica. Please join us!

Trinity Catholic High School . . . Annual cash raffle:  Only 1,200 tickets will be sold; drawing on the evening of March 31st.  First prize: $5,000; Second prize: $2,500; Third prize: $1,000. Tickets are $50. Your   Please contact Betsy Mercede at tchsraffle12@aol.com to purchase a ticket or call (203)274-7941.

Weekly Sunday collection:
March 11, 2012 $ 10,834.19
March 13, 2011 $ 10,995.87

“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

March 25th Sunday Readings: Jer 31:31-34; Heb 5:7-9; Jn 12:20-33.

Lenten Confessions. . . Each Tuesday evening during Lent, 7:00-9:00 pm in the parish hall.

Home Schooling Families. . . A group for home schooling families meets monthly on Tuesday in the rectory. All ages are welcome. Please contact Julianne DeMarco at 203-966-3641, juliannedemarco@yahoo.com, or Janet Lancaster at 203-637-3301, jmlancaster@optonline.net.

St. John’s 20’s and 30’s: The Flock….our young adult group, offers social and community service activities. Meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the rectory. Doors open at 7:00 PM. (More info: Deirdre.Garrahan@gmail.com ). Next meeting: April 12th in the Rectory

*NEW* Francis & Clare High School Youth Group. . . Faith. Adventure. Community. That’s what you’ll find at the new post-Confirmation co-ed High School Youth Group. Join us! Meetings on the 2nd and 4th Sunday each month. Find the group “Francis and Clare Youth Group” on Facebook or email Deirdre.garrahan@gmail.com for more info.

40 Days For Life. . . Join other Christians and take part in the international 40 Days for Life effort during Lent: February 22nd through April 1st. In addition to 40 days of peaceful prayer and fasting for an end to abortion, please consider volunteering for one or more hours during the 40 days, and help to spread the word to others about this important life-saving effort. St. John’s parish day of vigil is: Friday, March 16th. For more information please contact Gene Dagostino, 203-530-1908, gdag@optonline.net.
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Defending Our Religious Liberty. . . The Catholic Church is the largest private provider of health care for women and their children in the country. The Obama Administration would have you believe otherwise. The President’s health insurance mandate is against Church’s 1st amendment right: he will force the Church to provide services contrary to the Church’s moral teachings. The Church strongly opposes the Administration’s mandate. This is a question of Freedom of Religion, and nothing else. The President’s mandate will result in the USA government shut down of Catholic churches, hospitals, clinics, and all charitable institutions, which serve the poor and needy, because the Church will not pay for services like abortion or sterilization in our medical insurance. Please contact your State Representatives and State Senators to express your opposition to this mandate. For their addresses and phone numbers, visit: www.ctcatholic.org
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Sunday, April 29th. . . HOLY ROOTS!, a discussion about the religious foundations of Stamford: 1641-1876, at the Stamford Historical Society: 2-5 pm. Speakers: Msgr. DiGiovanni, Mr. John Allen [Congregational] and Rev. James Wheeler [Episcopal]. Cost: $15. per person; $5 students, payable to Stamford Historical Society. Please mail check to Stamford Historical Society, 1598 High Ridge Road, Stamford.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR. . . Saturday, May 5th, 4:00-7:30 pm: Kentucky Derby: This will be our primary fundraising event of the season, and all are invited to enjoy a live television feed of the Derby, post time at 6:24 pm. Wagering & prizes, live auction, live jazz band, superb food provided by some of the best local restaurants, including Columbus Park Trattoria, and excellent local food shops, including mountains of fresh lobster, crab, oysters, clams and shrimp from Grade A ShopRite, wines, mint juleps and soft drinks as well. Come join us All proceeds will be used here at the Basilica.

Job Seekers . . . Meets the 4th Monday monthly in the rectory at 7:30pm: all are welcome. There’s no charge for these services. The group is led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606. Next meeting: Monday, March 26th.

Mass Intentions+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, March 17, 2012
4:00 +James Meehan and Kevin Keary req. Leon Taricani
Sunday, March 18, 2012
7:30 +Margaret Mary Cycon req. Lisa D’Acunto
8:30 +Shirley Towsley req. the Lancaster Family
10:00 +Marie Poulos
12:00 Thanksgiving and intention of Francis Kung req. Joseph and Agnes Kung
5:00 +Marie Wenthen
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, March 19, 2012
8:00 Ana Ucero Birthday req. Sharon Gannon
12:10 +Paul Donahue req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
8:00 Special Intentions Zef Gelaj req. Hana
12:10 +Gregory and Sean Rullman req. the Rullman Family
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
8:00 +Theron and Lena Carr req. Marie Carr
12:10 +Raymond Simon req. Anne Jean-Rene
Thursday, March 22, 2012
8:00 +Sister Elizabeth Hart R.S.M. req. Esther Hart & Family
12:10 +Sylvester Pascale req. John and Laura Pascale
Friday, March 23, 2012
8:00 Special Intentions Leena Elangiyil req. George Pallivathucal
12:10 +Patrick Dandry req. Laura and John Pascale
Saturday, March 24, 2012
8:00 Special Intentions Paul Gelaj req. Hana
12:10 +Robert Marciano req. Susie Viggiano

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.

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. Please call Cindy (203-324-1553, ext 21).

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

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets in the Church each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30a.m.

St. Anne’s Society . . .A family society meeting four times a year on Sundays after the 5pm mass, with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and prayer, supper, and a lecture in the church hall.

Pray to end Legalized Abortion . . . Wednesdays, 7-10:30a.m., Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St.

St. Dominic Savio Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young men, 8th-12th grades. Call Ferry at 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies, 8th-12th grades. Call Beth at 203-975-0074.

Holy Hour. . . on Monday Nights, 7pm—8 pm. Adoration, Holy Rosary, and Benediction. All are welcome!

The Legion of Mary. . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm ’till 9:00 pm in the rectory. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. . .Wednesdays, 7:30 pm in the rectory: Next meeting, November 2nd.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory: basic reading ability required.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Basic Grammar: Meets Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory.

Coffee Hour. . . NO coffee hour until the church painting is completed.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
140 years ago, or so:
March 24, 1871: “A large and enthusiastic meeting was held in the Roman Catholic church Sunday afternoon last, in response to the request of the Bishop of the diocese, for the purpose of taking an expression of the sense of the Catholics of this vicinity regarding the recent occupation of Rome by King Victor Emmanuel. Rev. Father Fagan presided, and Rev. Father Gaffney acted as secretary. The meeting was addressed by Dennis Riordan, Patrick Reilly, P. Kavanaugh, John Burke and others. A series of resolutions were unanimously passed asserting the rights of the Sovereign Pontiff, and denouncing the action of the Italian King and his supporters.”

110 years ago, or so:
March 24, 1900: FATHER RYLE DEAD. “Rev. James Ryle, pastor of the Roman Catholic Church at Westport, died at his residence in that town last night. Father Ryle was about 55 years old. He was born in Ireland. He took a course in St. John’s College at Villanova, Pa., and at St. Charles College, Baltimore. His theological studies were pursued at the Catholic seminary. Father Ryle was ordained to the priesthood eighteen years ago. His first pastorate was at Montville. Father Ryle was a brother of Jeremiah Ryle, John Ryle, Bartley Ryle, William Ryle, Patrick Ryle, Mrs. Hugh McClean and Mrs. Mary Walsh of this city.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: The Rev. James Patrick Ryle was the first vocation to the Priesthood from St. John’s Parish. He was ordained December 23, 1882. He was 47 years of age as opposed to 55 as quoted in The Advocate.)

100 years ago, or so:
March 19, 1906: NEW PAROCHIAL SCHOOL. “Estimates from contractors are being received for the new Catholic school building, and it is expected that the contracts will be awarded so that work may be commenced the first of April. With the exception of the Glenbrook school, the new building will be easily the most attractive looking school building in town. It is to be on the general plan of Boston schools, which are taken throughout the country as models from an architectural and hygienic point of view. In this latter respect, the new building will surpass any other in town, with the possible exception of the high school. It will also be the largest school, as it will contain 16 classrooms, which will be on the first and second floors, and on the third floor will be an assembly-hall with a seating capacity of 700, which is almost up to the number that Realty Hall will accommodate. There will be a tower for a bell, and above that will be a cross. It will be constructed of brick, with stone trimmings.”

Eclipse of the Soul
-Fr. Terry Walsh
Imagine your soul to be a beautiful round disk, perhaps in the shape of the Sun. Imagine, for the sake of illustration, that your soul (your “disk”) might be the size of a pea, or perhaps a tiny little seed. Throughout the course of your life, as you “choose” life, that is, as you choose to walk in the Light of Christ, seeking His grace (especially through faithful reception of the Sacraments, daily prayer, and ‘living’ the Gospel), that little light, your “soul” – grows brighter and brighter. It is the Light of Christ; He has invited us to share in His Light, the Divine Life – the Life of Grace – which sanctifies us. In His Light, the Scriptures teach us, we “see” Light. We begin to understand with ever-greater clarity what is true and pure and beautiful, and our hearts, which are naturally inclined for the good, the true, the pure, the beautiful, become more firmly intent on adhering to Christ. The “little” light in us begins to sort of pulsate outward – it grows. The Light informs our conscience – we know when we’re on the right path and when we’ve strayed. We know when we’re making an honest effort to grow in the Light and when we’ve settled for a sort of mediocre gait. We know. Now, as the Light grows in us, Jesus draws others into the Light through us. In effect, we are cooperating with Him in the salvation of souls. His graces are without measure. We simply need to expand the capacity of our souls to receive Him (Faithfulness to prayer, Sacraments, and ‘living’ the Gospel). What a life we’re called to share with Him! What a joy it will be when He reveals to us the effects of our prayer and our faithful witness to the Gospel demonstrated through the love with which we carried out the ordinary circumstances of our daily lives. And how critically important it is then to make every effort to allow His Light to emanate brightly.
So what blocks that light? What is it that impedes the gifts He has poured into our hearts from being cultivated and used for the good of others? The short answer of course is sin. How often do we allow pride, anger, or some other shield to eclipse the Light of Christ? He dwells within us and thirsts for our faithful cooperation – our love – to build up the Mystical Body – to understand more clearly the gifts He has given each of us and to develop, nurture, and appreciate those tremendous gifts for the salvation and sanctification of souls, beginning with our own. Humbly ask for the grace to accomplish this task, this mission, which we call Discipleship. Once again, we say, “Lord, heal me of (whatever shield I have – pride, anger, unkindness, etc.) so that you may draw others to yourself – through my cooperation with you – that is, through my love for you – through my thanks for what you have done for me – what you do for me every day. It is a heavy shield Lord – I have put it there through human weakness – but you can remove it through your grace. Give me the grace I need so that I can satisfy your thirst. John Henry Cardinal Newman beautifully prayed:
“Dear Jesus, help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go. Flood our souls with your spirit and life. Penetrate and possess our whole being, so utterly, that our lives may be only a radiance of yours. Shine through us, and be so in us, that every soul we come in contact with may feel your presence in our soul. Let them look up and see no longer us but only Jesus! Stay with us, and then we will begin to shine as you shine; so to shine as to be a light to others; the light, O Jesus, will be all from you; none of it will be ours; it will be you, shining on those around us. Let us preach you without preaching, not by words but by our example, by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what we do, the evident fullness of the love our hearts bear to you.”
What a beautiful prayer to offer before receiving Jesus Christ, the Light of the world, in Holy Eucharist.

Bulletin for Sunday December 11, 2011

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Pastor’s Corner. . . Last weekend, a band of parish bakers succeeded in bringing smiles to many other parishioners by their baked goods, sweets and homemade pasta. Their generous baking and cooking efforts, on sale during last weekend’s parish bake sale, realized $2,150.00, which will be put to good use to help in the repainting of the basilica interior. Here are the names of those who spent so much time and talent to make the bake sale a great success:
Led by Tracy Banahan and Noreen DeSoye, who did so much of the leg work, reaching out to our parishioners to secure their help and talents, and organizing the entire bake sale. Tracy and Noreen were the muses and driving forces leading the generous bakers, and I am truly grateful to them. Their assistants and bakers [in alphabetical order] were: Mirella Badetti, Maureen Carpaniello, Beth & Frank Carpanzano, Mary Jean Dalmolin, Lisa D’Acunto, Judy DeFelice, Linda DeMott, Sue and Sue DePreta, Kathleen Dineen, Juanita Evans, Rosa Federici, Angela Gianitti, Paul Hughes, Di Jackson, Janet Lancaster, Angela Marchetti, Jennifer Marchetti, Maria Marchetti [who made and donated the pasta], Jennifer Marciano, Keiko Martelli, Scholastica Nabwire, Janemarie Raiteri, Pam Rittman, Larry Smith, Kathy Tafuro, and Eileen Tarleton.
Hopefully, I have forgotten no one. But, if I have, please accept my thanks and apologies: my mind is slowly going, don’t you know! To all who had any role to play in our annual bake sale: THANK YOU!!
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Christmas is a mere two weeks away: and, on a Sunday, to boot. To prepare for the anniversary celebration of the Incarnation [God becoming a man], here are two brief reflections on this great entrance of God into human history in order to share His eternal life with us. Unknowable, un-seeable, as pure spirit, and unapproachable, God now becomes knowable and visible in the human form He took in the womb of the Virgin Mary:

“God’s Son, existing before time, invisible, bodiless, light flowing from light, fountain of immortal life, expression of the archetypal Godhead, God’s perfect image—God’s Son bestows Himself on His images [us], becomes flesh for the sake of mankind’s flesh, and takes a rational soul for the sake of our soul, so that like may cleanse like; in a word, He takes to Himself all that is human except sin. He who enriches others becomes poor, for He suffers the poverty of my fleshly condition so that I may win the riches of His Divine life. He who is full is emptied, for His glory is hidden a brief while as a man, so that I may become a sharer in His divine fullness.
“What are these riches of God’s goodness? What is this mystery which relates to me? I had received the divine image but threw it away by my sins. He takes my flesh in order to bring salvation tome, His image, and immortality to my flesh; He thus enters into a new fellowship with each of us, far more marvelous than the first, with Adam and Eve. Through the manhood He made His own, God sanctifies mankind. He would overcome the tyrant, Satan, by force, He would liberate us and bring us back to Himself through His Son, the Mediator between God and humankind. The Good Shepherd, therefore, came to the straying sheep, found us, set us on His shoulders that bore the Cross, and bore us into eternal life.
“God had to become man and to die that we might live. We died with Him in Baptism in order to be cleansed of Adam’s sin; we rose with Him because we had died to sin with Him; we are glorified with Him because we have risen with Him” [St. Gregory Nazianzen, Sermon 45].
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“Poor mortal, set aside awhile your occupations and hide from your tumultuous thoughts. Put off the burden of care and postpone your busy toil. Attend to God and rest awhile in Him. Enter the inner room of your mind; cast out all but God and what helps you look for Him; close the door and seek God. Say to God, my heart: ‘I see your face.’ And do you, Lord, my God, teach my heart where and how to seek, where and how to find You.
“Lord, if you are not here, where shall I seek your absent self? And if you are everywhere, why do I not see you present, now? You dwell in inaccessible light? Indeed, but where is it, and how shall I approach the unapproachable? Who shall guide me and lead me into that light that I may see you in it? What signs shall help me find you? For I have never seen you, Lord God, and do not know your face.
“Exalted Lord, what is this wretched person, exiled from you, to do? Your servant tormented by love of you but banished far from you? I yearn to see you, but your face is too far off. I want to approach you, but your dwelling is unapproachable; to find you, but I do not know where you are; to seek you, but I do not know your face. For, though you are my Lord and my God, I have never seen you. You made me in your image and likeness, and re-made me through your Son and gave me all I have, but I have never known you. I am made to see you, but I have never yet done what I was made to do.
“Look upon us, Lord, enlighten us and show us yourself. Have pity on our toilsome efforts to seek you, for we are powerless without you. Teach me to seek you, and show yourself to this seeker, for I cannot seek you unless you teach me how, nor find you unless you show yourself. Let me seek you with great desire, and desire you as I seek; find you by love, and love you when I find you” [St. Anselm, Proslogion, ch. 1]
We find the Father in His Son, who, although existing for all eternity, makes God visible to us in the flesh, by the power of the Holy Spirit. So, as Saint John wrote, “we have seen Him with our eyes, and touched Him with our hands, and heard Him with our ears.” The unknowable, invisible God became visible in Bethlehem, as one like us, so we could share His life with Him through His Church. We should all think as well of ourselves as God does of us. —Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Frank Monaghan, Eva Grace Kelly, John Murray, Billy Therriault, Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Corrine Mattson, Mary D’Arco, Anthony Sansone, Tessie Mulhern, Gary Everett, Margie Joyce, Tonin Gjepaj, Sandra Mayfield, Sr. Ellen Mary Doherty, C.S.J., Lily Ann O’Connell, Thomas Mahala, Titina Tarantino, Richard Ridge, Mario Stano, Mark Ferris, Marie Maddox, Terry Cooke, Stacey, Kathleen Nichols, Rev. Carlos Antonio Mesa, Corrie Evans, Shirly Mailhot, Roledonne Samedi.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Bill Wiles, Carmen Candelaria, Gregory E. Mazza, Vincent Sharkey, Sr., Madre Perpetua, Madeleine Charlotin, Louis Servideo, Gladys Brzoska, David Squires, Tom Potts, William Shanley, Jimmy O’Connor, Andrea Pavia, Rocco Buzzio, Vera Benna, Brian Bill, Olga Rich, Morris Smith, Sr. Elizabeth Hart, R.S.M., Margaret Mary Cycon, Mildred J. Fiore, Tana Sibilio, Dr. Bela Szele, Audrey Reda, Helen Pataky, William Kilcoyne, Jr., Giuseppina Docimo, Adelaide Velanzano, Aura Piedra, Jeanne & Andy Robustelli, Mary Ferrara, Genoveffa Melchionno, Cynthia Callahan, Teresa Angelini, Natale Sposato, Joseph George Terenzio.

Retirement Fund for Religious Collection . . . Please drop your Retirement Fund for Religious envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory. There will only be one collection today.

ST. ANNE’S SOCIETY REMINDER. . .THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11th ST. ANNE’S SOCIETY WILL MEET IN THE CHURCH HALL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE 5:00 pm THE MASS. DR. JOAN KELLY WILL BE RETURNING — ALL ARE WELCOME!!!

CONSTRUCTION. . . Continues on the walkway between the church & rectory. Please DO NOT walk on the walkway during construction: IT IS DANGEROUS!! Sorry for any inconvenience.

Monday Evening Holy Hour . . . Monday nights 7-8:00 pm for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Rosary in the church. Next Holy Hour: December 12th at 7 p.m.

Memorial Votive Lights . . . The votive lights at the shrine of Saint Peter, Our Lady, St. Joseph, or at the icon of Mary Protectress of the Roman People, may be memorialized each week for the intention or in memory of a loved one, for a donation of $20.00 per candle, per week. Please call Cindy at 203-324-1553, ext. 21.

Salus Populi Romani Icon Votive Memorial. . . Special Intentions req. R. Mastracchio.

Latin Reading Group. . .Wednesdays: 6:15 pm in the Rectory (reading ability required).

New Study Group. . . Many people have asked that we again offer basic courses in Church Latin Grammar and Biblical Greek Grammar. So, let’s try it again!! Anyone interested, please call Cindy in the parish office [203-324-1553, ext 21] and leave your name, phone, email, and we’ll see if we can organize new groups to begin in January. As always, there is no charge for these courses, other than the purchase of books.

Biblical Greek Study Group. . .Thursdays: 6:30 pm in the Rectory (reading ability required).

Repainting the Church. . . $600,060.00 is pledged towards our goal of $629,000.00. I ask everyone’s help. Each parish priest is donating $1,000.00. If each individual or household contributes $1,000, payable over 10 months, we’ll have it: that’s $100. per month, or $25. per week, or $3.57 per day for 10 months. Please, help.

Christmas Schedule:
MASSES: Sat: Dec 24: 4 pm Christmas Vigil Mass;
Sun.Dec 25: MIDNIGHT MASS [at midnight!];
7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m. [Latin Mass];
10:00; 12 noon [Choral Mass]; NO 5 pm Mass;
6 pm [Creole]
CONFESSIONS: Sat, Dec 24: 3-4 pm;
Sun, Dec 25: 7-7:30 am; 9:30-10am; 11:30-12 noon.

Sunday December 4, 2011 $ 13,497.96
Sunday December 5, 2010 $ 10,278.62

“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

December 18th Sunday Readings: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Rom 16:25-27; Lk 1:26-38.

Latin Mass. . . Fr. Cyprian LaPastina offers the Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. here at Saint John’s. The next Latin Mass is Tuesday, December 13th.

Children’s Choir. . . Anmarie and Tom Galgano are our new music directors for the 10 a.m. Mass and Children’s Choir this year. Any parent whose child or children might be interested in joining the Children’s Choir to sing during each Sunday 10 a.m. Mass, please call the rectory, and leave your name, your child’s name, age and your phone number with Cindy: 203-324-1553, ext. 21.

Home Schooling Families. . . A group for home schooling families meets monthly on Tuesday in the rectory. All ages are welcome. Please contact Julianne DeMarco at 203-966-3641, juliannedemarco@yahoo.com, or Janet Lancaster at 203-637-3301, jmlancaster@optonline.net.

St. John’s 20’s and 30’s: The Flock….our new young adult group, offers social and community service activities. Meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the rectory. Doors open at 7:00 PM. (More info: Deirdre.Garrahan@gmail.com ). Next meeting: This Thursday, DECEMBER 15th in the Rectory

Project Rachel Ministry. . . offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. We invite you to come back to God who is love and mercy. Info. (203) 416-1619 or projectrachel@diobpt.org.

Lost & Found . . . Please check the Lost & Found in the Rectory for any items you may have left in the church. Feel free to call Cindy at the rectory, M-F, 9AM—1:30PM, 203-324-1553 x21.

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

St. Gabriel Church—First Saturday Devotions. . . Saint Gabriel Parish will celebrate the First Saturday Devotions in Honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  On the First Saturday of each month Confessions will be heard from 9:30 to 10 AM, followed by Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, silent prayer, Rosary and Benediction.  All are welcome.

Job Seekers . . . Meets the 4th Monday monthly in the rectory at 7:30pm: all are welcome. There’s no charge for these services. The group is led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or call her at 203-866-1606. Next meeting: Monday, January 23rd.

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . Will next meet on the Wednesdays of January: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25, starting at 7:30 pm in the rectory. Our topic in January will be the theology of Origen, led by Father Michael Novajoski, parochial vicar of St. Jude Parish, Monroe. There is no charge; classes are 1 hour, and all the texts are in English translations. You’ll love this stuff! Everyone is welcome.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . .The next St. Maria Goretti Society meeting will be held on Sunday, December 18th after the 10am Mass in the Rectory.

Tutoring. . . Could your child benefit from after school or weekend tutoring? Fathers Audette, Walsh and I were speaking about this the other day, and wondered if we should begin a free tutorial program for school children of the parish, to lend them a hand in reading, writing and arithmetic. My question is: are there parishioners who would like an after-school tutorial program for your child here at St. John’s? If there is any interest, please let me know: 203-324-1553, ext 11, and we can discuss details and ideas. —Msgr. DiGiovanni

Mass Intentions+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, December 10, 2011
4:00 +Members of DeRosa, Kronk, Capobianco Families and Edwin Clark req. Joan and John Kronk
Sunday, December 11, 2011
7:30 All Souls in Purgatory req. Josephine Languedoc
8:30 Special Intentions Phillip Pizzuti Family req. Louise Munro
10:00 +Liset Santos req. Betsy Allyn
12:00 +William Borkowski req. Michael and Ann Borkowski
5:00 +Louise and Arthur Thiel
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, December 12, 2011
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. John Marciano
12:10 For the unborn req. Morris and Sagdati Families
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
8:00 +Sr. Marguerite Hetu req. Montanise Paulemon
12:10 +Donald John Cavaliero req. John Paul and Angela Marchetti
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
8:00 +Joseph Iantorno req. Frank and Beth Carpanzano
12:10 +Gabriel Caillot & Gaeton Valceus req. Ferry G.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
8:00 +Rose Donahue req. Marie Carr
12:10 +James Bosilevas req. Rose Annis
Friday, December 16, 2011
8:00 +Viergelie Paulemon req. Montanise Paulemon
12:10 Special Intentions Rose Santos req. Diane Strain
Saturday, December 17, 2011
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Members DeRosa, Kronk, Capobianco Families and Edwin Clark req. Joan and John Kronk

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. Please call Cindy (203-324-1553, ext 21).

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

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets in the Church each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30a.m.

St. Anne’s Society . . .A family society meeting four times a year on Sundays after the 5pm mass, with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and prayer, supper, and a lecture in the church hall.

Pray to end Legalized Abortion . . . Wednesdays, 7-10:30a.m., Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St.

St. Dominic Savio Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young men, 8th-12th grades. Call Ferry at 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies, 8th-12th grades. Call Beth at 203-975-0074. The next meeting will be held on Sunday, December 18th after the 10am Mass in the Rectory.

Holy Hour. . . on Monday Nights, 7pm—8 pm. Adoration, Holy Rosary, and Benediction. All are welcome!

The Legion of Mary. . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm ’till 9:00 pm in the rectory. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. . .Wednesdays, 7:30 pm in the rectory: Next meeting, November 2nd.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory: basic reading ability required.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory: basic reading ability required.

Coffee Hour. . . After the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall. All are welcome.

St. John’s in THE NEWS:
The CONNECTICUT CATHOLIC:
120 years ago, or so:
December 16, 1893: Stamford. “A sociable and dance under the auspices of St. Anne’s Aid society will be given for benefit of the worthy poor of Stamford at the town hall on Wednesday evening, January 3, 1894. The admission is only twenty-five cents and as the proceeds are for such a worthy cause it will no doubt be well patronized by the public. This society has a membership of two hundred and fifty young ladies banded together for the purpose of diminishing the suffering of the needy poor of the parish under the supervision of two Sisters of Mercy. They meet every Friday evening in the basement of the church for the purpose of sewing and they make many useful articles which they distribute among the worthy poor of the parish.”

The STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
50 years ago, or so:
December 18, 1961: Pope To Announce Council Date Dec. 25. “The opening date of the Roman Catholic Church’s forthcoming ecumenical council, the first in nearly 100 years—will be announced on Christmas Day. The Vatican press office said today a pontifical bull announcing the opening of the council will be read in St. Peter’s Christmas morning. The ecumenical council is expected to start in about a year. Pope John XXIII has frequently referred to it as one of the most important, if not the most important, event of his reign.”

10 years ago, or so:
December 15, 2001: Theology on Tap features talk on ‘power of the keys’. “The Rev. Paul Scalia traveled from his parish in Fredericksburg, Va., to the Temple Bar this week to kick back, drink some Guinness and debate Catholicism’s platform on papal infallibility. Speaking to a full house at the monthly “Theology on Tap” series, sponsored by St. John the Evangelist Church in Stamford, Scalia explained that the pope’s infallibility does not extend to all areas. “He can’t speak infallibly on the weather or sports or anything of the sort,” Scalia said. For the Roman Catholic faith, the pope’s infallibility is based on Matthew 16:17-19, where the Apostle Peter was declared the first pope by Jesus Christ. “I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven,” said the Rev. Stephen DiGiovanni, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church, quoting Christ. Called the “power of the keys,” DiGiovanni said, this passage assures that the church will never fall into error.”

The “Universal Call to Holiness”
(Revisited)
-Fr. Terry Walsh

On the very first page of the Bible we hear the extraordinary words: “Let us create man in our image, after our likeness.” God created us in His image; we have been given the ability to think and choose and we have an immortal soul. He likewise created us in His likeness, that is, he created us to be holy. Adam’s disobedience left humanity scarred with the stain of sin; yet, our Redeemer Jesus Christ came to heal us and restore us to the State of Grace so that we could once again be holy—if we choose to open our hearts and souls to His grace. The Church teaches: “At the Baptism of our Lord, ‘the Heavens were opened’ – the heavens that Adam’s sin had closed – and the waters were sanctified by the descent of Jesus and the Spirit, a prelude to the New Creation”(Catechism of the Catholic Church, article 536). At our own Baptism, ‘we followed Christ down into the water’ and we were forever marked with the sign of faith – we became a dwelling place for the Holy Trinity. At that moment, we became children of the Light, and so, we’re expected to be His light – that is – to imitate Christ. And how do we accomplish this? How are we to imitate Christ? Well, in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus says: “Be Perfect.” He calls us to strive toward Perfection. That is our life’s journey. When we fall down, we are called to get up and try again. Through our persistent effort to overcome sin through the ‘habit of virtue, the habit of grace’ we will gradually, bit by bit, root out the darkness and bask in the Light, Jesus Himself. We are called to become holy: to be perfect in Love. Similarly, in the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells us: “Be merciful.” And so, to accomplish the goal of holiness we must live the Gospel, or as St. Francis DeSales says: “Live Jesus!” Our Lord calls us to imitate what He does in the Gospels: “Follow me.” In order to fulfill this command, we must first recognize our imperfections and the occasions we have not shown mercy and offer these to the Lord so that He may heal us. Then, we’ll be operating with His Grace – His Strength – and we’ll be able to diffuse His light throughout the world, preaching the Gospel by all that we think and say and do.
As we meditate on the Mystery of the Eucharist, let us contemplate our Lord’s words, “Be Perfect” and “Be Merciful.” In light of His Humility, let us consider His Perfection, His Mercy, coming to our rescue, culminating in the One Perfect Sacrifice upon Calvary where He offers Himself for our salvation. He comes to us everyday, Sacramentally, most profoundly through the Eucharist. St. Bernard he wrote about ‘The 3 Comings of Christ’ – 2 visible and 1 invisible. “In his 1st coming our Lord came in our flesh and in our weakness; in this middle coming he comes in spirit and in power; in the final coming he will be seen in glory and majesty. In the first, Christ was our redemption; in the last, he will appear as our life; in this middle coming, he is our rest and consolation…. listen to what our Lord Himself says: ‘If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to Him’…. and, St. Bernard concludes, ‘your soul will delight in its richness’.”
Gaze upon our Merciful Lord on the Cross and see Perfect Love flowing from Him. Our patron, St. John, writes: “…but when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water”(Jn 19: 33-34). Blood and water poured out of the Body of our Crucified Lord – as the Saints point out, the beginning of the Sacramental Life of the Church: the Blood of the Eucharist, the cleansing waters of Baptism. Consider, too, the Glorified image of our Resurrected Lord – the Image of Divine Mercy – with Rays of Red and White Light emanating from the wound of His Most Sacred Heart – left there by the soldier’s lance. Now, streams of radiant light pour out from that pierced heart – washing over all in His Presence, converting the hearts of all who seek to imitate Him in Mercy and Love. It’s good for us to consider the cost of so great a sacrifice.
What an indescribable Mystery of perfect love and mercy: God entered the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary and took upon Himself – through Mary – our human nature. He was born into the world for our sakes. And now, he enters into a tiny piece of bread in a mysterious way so that He may be born into our souls and nourish and strengthen us in love. We, like Mary, become “living tabernacles.” He calls us to imitate Him – to love God with our whole heart and mind and soul and strength – to love our neighbor as ourselves. He even calls us to love our enemies and pray for our persecutors, just as He did – to be merciful and forgive those who sin against us. May our response echo His Heart of love:
“My heart is ready, O God, / My heart is ready. /I will sing, I will sing your praise. / Awake, my soul, awake lyre and harp, / I will awake the dawn!
THIS SUNDAY DECEMBER 11th ST. ANNE’S SOCIETY WILL MEET IN THE CHURCH HALL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE 5:00 pm . JOAN KELLY WILL BE RETURNING — ALL ARE WELCOME!!!

Bulletin for Sunday October 2, 2011

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday October 2, 2011

Pastor’s Corner. . .
We can begin the countdown until the work begins on the church interior. Originally, the project was to be in two phases, with completion by Easter. The Canning Studio emailed me today, saying that there have been some changes, and that the project will proceed in only one phase, with
the entire church completed by CHIRSTMAS!
October 10th is the scheduled date for delivery of scaffolding and the erecting of the staging throughout the entire church. The scaffold company has worked with the John Canning Studios for years; they were here last October when the side chapels were restored. They are efficient, superbly organized and respectful in their demeanor and work practices. The erecting of the scaffolding should take three full weeks. The Canning Studio men will be on hand throughout those three weeks to ensure that the scaffolding is constructed according to their needs and specifications for the specialized work they will engage in during the next months.

The preparation and repair of the surfaces follows: the walls and portions of the ceiling vaults need patching, as everyone can see, to repair water damage from the years when the roof leaked [it doesn’t any more, thanks to your generosity!]; then cleaning of the walls and ceilings to remove decades of grime from automobile exhaust, candle wax, grit and dirt; re-plastering where needed; sanding and preparation of all the surfaces to receive the detailed painting work on all surfaces, walls, ceilings, and decorative plaster work. Then they begin painting, from the ceiling down: attaching to the transept and side walls those decorative elements and panels they have been paining on canvas in the Canning Studios during these past months.
Unforeseen problems notwithstanding, the work will be completed and the scaffolding removed the week before Christmas [December 16th].

This is an enormous amount of work to be concluded in a few brief months. That being the case, I have decided that the weekday 8 am and 12:10 pm Masses [Monday through Saturday] will be offered in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall beginning Monday, October 10th. We offered daily Masses in the parish hall a few years ago before the air conditioning system was upgraded, because the upper church was so unbearably hot in the summer. While it will be inconvenient, there is no way around this. For the Canning artists to stop work twice each day during Mass, would hinder the completion of the work, and everyone I’ve spoken with hopes the work will be completed in time for Christmas —including the brides who hope to walk down our aisle without having to crawl through scaffolding. So, I ask everyone’s patience during these months, and prayers for the successful completion of the work.

Likewise, since the work will be completed much earlier than originally anticipated, I must ask everyone to lend a hand: those who have made pledges, please be kind enough to pay them off soon; for those who have yet to make a pledge or donation, please do so. We ask $1,000.00 per household. The priests have each made their donations.
I guess the Studios of John Canning, his son-in-law David Riccio who is head of operations, and all their artists mean business, and that this is really going to happen. Go Saint John’s!
God bless you all, and thank you. —Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Gary Everett, Alessio Gianitti, Margie Joyce, Tonin Gjepaj, Monica Dewey, Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Corrine Mattson, Billy Therriault, Sandra Mayfield, Vincent Sharkey, Sr., Sr. Ellen Mary Doherty, C.S.J., Lily Ann O’Connell, Thomas Mahala, Titina Tarantino, Richard Ridge, Mario Stano, Mark Ferris, Marie Maddox, Terry Cooke, Stacey, Kathleen Nichols, Rev. Carlos Antonio Mesa, Corrie Evans, Shirly Mailhot, Roledonne Samedi.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Jimmy O’Connor, Andrea Pavia, Rocco Buzzio, Vera Benna, Brian Bill, Olga Rich, Morris Smith, Sr. Elizabeth Hart, R.S.M., Margaret Mary Cycon, Mildred J. Fiore, Tana Sibilio, Dr. Bela Szele, Audrey Reda, Helen Pataky, William Kilcoyne, Jr., Giuseppina Docimo, Adelaide Velanzano, Aura Piedra, Jeanne & Andy Robustelli, Mary Ferrara, Genoveffa Melchionno, Cynthia Callahan, Teresa Angelini, Natale Sposato, Joseph George Terenzio.

Sunday, October 2nd. . .IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE 10 AM MASS, Please join us for the Life Chain, in front of Saint John’s. This is a peaceful witness in support for Human Life. Thousands of Catholics will be forming Life Chains throughout the country at the same time. So, please join us for a few moments, in solidarity with others, to support the Dignity of Human Life in silent prayer, beginning at 11:30 am.

Monday Evening Holy Hour . . . Monday nights 7-8:00 pm for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Rosary in the church. Next Holy Hour: Monday, October 3rd at 7 p.m.

Salus Populi Romani Icon Votive Light Memorial.. .In memory of Jimmy O’Connor req. Mary Bridget Gaine.

St. Joseph Votive Light Memorial . . . Special Intentions Sister Ellen Mary C.S.J. req. Marie Carr.

Memorial Votive Lights . . . The votive lights at the shrine of Saint Peter, Our Lady, St. Joseph, or at the icon of Mary Protectress of the Roman People, may be memorialized each week for the intention or memory of a loved one, for a donation of $20.00 per candle, per week. Please call Cindy at 203-324-1553, ext. 21.

Banns of Marriage:
Banns III:
Christin Funicella and Bradford Chamberlain

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . Our next study group will begin on November 2nd, continuing each Wednesday, starting at 7:30 pm in the rectory. Our groups will meet each Wednesday in , November, January, March & May. Our topic for November is The Incarnation Homilies of Pope Saint Leo the Great, led by Fr. Richard Futie, Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish. : There is no charge; classes last approximately 1 hour, and all the texts we read are in English translations. Everyone is welcome.

Hebrew Beginners’ Grammar Class: Thursdays: 5:30 pm in the Rectory: started September 8th.

Latin Reading Group: Wednesdays: 6:15 pm in the Rectory (reading ability required).

Biblical Greek Study Group: Thursdays: 6:30 pm in the Rectory (reading ability required).

Repainting the Church. . . $582,390.00 is pledged towards a goal of $629,000.00. I ask everyone’s help. Each parish priest is donating $1,000.00. If each individual or household contributes $1,000, payable over 10 months, we’ll have it: that’s $100. per month, or $25. per week, or $3.57 per day for 10 months. Lend a hand. Please take a look at the Saint Joseph Altar: there are two new pictures of the preparatory painting work.

Outdoor Rosary Procession. . . Will be held on Saturday, October 15th beginning at 12:30 pm. Beginning inside the Basilica, we will process with a statue of Our Lady for an outdoor Rosary and litanies. Please come.

Religious Education. . .started Sunday, September 25th. Classes begin at 8:30 sharp. Please be on time. Registration and payment can also be made On-Line at the St. John’s Website, www.stjohnsstamford.com, or call the rectory, and speak with Cindy, 203-324-1553 x21.

Children’s Choir. . . Anmarie and Tom Galgano are our new music directors for the 10 a.m. Mass and Children’s Choir this year. Any parent whose child or children might be interested in joining the Children’s Choir to sing during each Sunday 10 a.m. Mass, please call the rectory, and leave your name, your child’s name, age and your phone number with Cindy: 203-324-1553, ext. 21.

Sunday September 25, 2011 $ 11,854.66
Sunday September 26, 2010 $ 9,754.11

“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

October 9th Sunday Readings: Is 25:6-10a; Phil 4:12-14, 19-20; Mt 22:1-14.
Latin Mass. . . Fr. Cyprian LaPastina offers the Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. here at Saint John’s. The next Latin Mass is Tuesday, October 4th.

Home Schooling Families. . . A group for home schooling families meets monthly on Tuesday. All ages are welcome. Please contact Julianne DeMarco at 203-966-3641, juliannedemarco@yahoo.com, or Janet Lancaster at 203-637-3301, jmlancaster@optonline.net.

St. John’s 20’s and 30’s: The Flock….our new young adult group, offers social and community service activities. Meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the rectory. Doors open at 7:00 PM. (More info: Deirdre.Garrahan@gmail.com ). Next meeting: Thursday, October 13th.

Lost & Found . . . Please check the Lost & Found in the Rectory for any items you may have left in the church. Feel free to call Cindy at the rectory, M-F, 9AM—1:30PM, 203-324-1553 x21.

Birthright of Greater Stamford. . . is seeking volunteers to help support women with unplanned pregnancies to bring babies to term. Volunteers provide pregnancy tests, listen to client concerns, and connect women with medical, financial, legal and other needed resourses. Abilility to commit 3 hours per week in the office is desirable. Schedule is flexible and training is provided. Birthright is located at 388 Summer St., Stamford. Please call the office at 203-348-4355 if interested. Please see www.birthright.org for more information on this international organization dedicated to life.

Project Rachel Ministry. . . offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. We invite you to come back to God who is love and mercy. Infor?- (203) 416-1619 or projectrachel@diobpt.org.

St. Gabriel Church—First Saturday Devotions. . . Beginning October 1st. Saint Gabriel Parish will celebrate the First Saturday Devotions in Honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for five consecutive months.  On the First Saturday of each month Confessions will be heard from 9:30 to 10 AM.  This will be followed by Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Latin Mass according to the 1962 Missal)  Following Mass the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for 15 minutes of silent meditation and will conclude with Rosary and Eucharistic Benediction.  All are welcome.

Local Area Pre-School Fair . . . on Wednesday October 5th from 6PM—8PM. A convenient opportunity to see a diverse set of pre-school educational options available in Stamford and surrounding areas. Speak directly with staff representatives from each pre-school to match your child with the correct school setting and make your ultimate decision. The event will be hald at Holy Spirit School Recreation Hall, 403 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT (just North of Exit 35 Merritt Parkway). Please feel free to contact Dawn Clarke, the Pre-School Fair Chairperson, at 203-322-2575.

Please join us in praying for our nation . . . on October 15, 2011 at 12 o’clock noon. The local Public Square Rosary Crusade will; take place at, The Haitian-American Community Center 93 Hope Street Stamford Connecticut.

Job Seekers . . . Meets the 4th Monday monthly in the rectory at 7:30pm: all are welcome. There’s no charge for these services. The group is led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or call her at 203-866-1606. Next meeting: Monday, Octover 24th.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, October 1, 2011
4:00 +Donald Bainton req. Diane Strain
Sunday, October 2, 2011
7:30 + Noreen and Edward Clark req. Mary and Patrick Begley
8:30 + Helen N. Kaslikowski
10:00 +Peggy Walsh req. Rev. Terrence P. Walsh
12:00 In honor of the Guardian Angels – Thank you req. Marion Morris
5:00 +Louise and Arthur Thiel req. Andrew and Valerie McAleer
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, October 3, 2011
8:00 +Ben Mondor req. Marc Valois
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
8:00 +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Vera and Patrick Dandry req. Laura and John Pascale
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
8:00 +Kertelits/Silvestre families req. Anita Fasanelli
12:10 +Carmine Iantorno req. the Carpanzano family
Thursday, October 6, 2011
8:00 +Delia Rizzo req. Grace Gong
12:10 Paul, Gabriel and Emmanuel req. Scholastica Nabwire
Friday, October 7, 2011
8:00 +Maria Vu req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 Conversion of sinners req. Ferry G.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
8:00 Valencia Lancaster req. David Lancaster
12:10 +Joseph Peter Young req. Joseph and Agnes Kung

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

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets in the Church each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30a.m.

St. Anne’s Society . . .A family society which meets four times a year on Sundays after the 5pm mass, with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and prayer, supper, and a lecture in the church hall.

Pray to end Legalized Abortion . . . Wednesdays, 7-10:30a.m., Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St.

St. Dominic Savio Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young men, 8th-12th grades. Ferry at 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies, 8th-12th grades. Beth at 203-975-0074.

Holy Hour……Come join us for Holy Hour on Monday Nights from 7pm—8 pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Rosary, and Benediction. All are welcome!

The Legion of Mary. . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm ’till 9:00 pm in the rectory. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . .Wednesdays, 7:30 pm in the rectory: First meeting, September 7th.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory: basic reading ability required.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory: basic reading ability required.

Introduction to Hebrew. . . Meets Thursdays at 5:30 pm in the rectory: This is a true beginner’s class in grammar.

Coffee Hour. . . After the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall. All are welcome.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
140 years ago, or so:
October 7, 1870: CATHOLIC FAIR. “The Catholics of Stamford, under the direction of Rev. Fathers Fagan and Gaffney, are making extensive preparations for their second Annual Fair, to be opened in Seely’s Hall, Thursday evening, October 13th, and continued for one week. Magnificent prizes will be distributed during the Fair, and an extra prize will be awarded to the most popular man in town. The question, we suppose, is to be decided by vote, each voter to pay a small sum toward the common cause. A silver trumpet will be presented to the fire company obtaining the largest number of votes. This will no doubt excite a friendly contest between the firemen, and will bring a considerable sum to the treasury, as well as add a good deal of interest to the occasion. The Stamford Quadrille Band will be in attendance each evening, and the pleasures of the dance may be enjoyed every evening of the fair free.”

75 years ago, or so:
October 8, 1936: Rev. J. F. Hackett Sent to Parish At New Canaan. “The Rev. John F. Hackett, assigned to St. John’s R. C. Church about three weeks ago, has been transferred to St. Aloysius Church, New Canaan, as an assistant, it was announced today, by the Catholic Transcript through the Associated Press. The Stamford parish was Father Hackett’s first assignment since he was ordained in France on June 29 last.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: The Rev. John F. Hackett later served as the Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Hartford from 1952 to 1986).

60 years ago, or so:
October 9, 1958: Pontiff Extolled By State Leaders. “News of the death of Pope Pius XII early today brought tributes to the pontiff and words of consolation to mourning Roman Catholics. Connecticut religious and civic leaders extolled the pope as a great friend, spiritual leader and worker for peace. The Rt. Rev. Monsignor Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church, and the dean of Catholic clergy in the western area of the Bridgeport diocese, commented today on the death of Pope Pius as follows: “Throughout the entire Christian and non-Christian world there is a universal feeling of sorrow on the death of His Holiness Eugene Pacelli, Pope Pius XII. Catholics and non Catholics join in paying tribute to this great spiritual leader. Personally I have always felt a special bond between him and me because we were of the same age in years and studied in Rome at the same time. There will be a Requiem Mass for the repose of his soul at St. John’s Church tomorrow (Friday) at 8:15. The public is invited to participate in these prayers.”

Angels
-Fr. Terry Walsh

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious Throne.” – Mt. 25:31

Who are the Angels? Indeed, what is an Angel? What role do they play in our lives and in the life of the Church? The Catechism defines angels as “spiritual, personal, and immortal creatures, having intelligence and free will and who glorify God unceasingly and serve Him as messengers of His saving plan (see the Catechism 329-331, 336)…Guardian Angels in particular are assigned to each one of us to protect us and intercede for us.” On September 29th each year, we celebrate the Feast of the Archangels, Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, and on October 2nd each year we honor the Guardian Angels. Did you know the word angel appears in the Bible 296 times? Indeed, throughout the Scriptures we read of their presence and participation in accomplishing the Divine mission. The Catechism teaches: “From the Incarnation to the Ascension, the life of the Word incarnate is surrounded by the adoration and service of angels…Their song of praise at the birth of Christ has not ceased resounding in the Church’s praise: ‘Glory to God in the highest!’”(333). In contemplating the Angels, St. Thomas Aquinas teaches us, ‘The higher angels, those of more perfect nature and keener intelligence, have greater gifts of grace than other angels; for their more perfect powers turn them more mightily and effectively to God than is the case with angels of lesser capacity.’
In the Scriptures, we hear of 3 “Archangels” – in particular – Michael (see Daniel 10:13; 10:21; 12:1; Jude 9; and Revelation 12: 1-17); Gabriel (see Daniel 8:16; 9:21; Luke 1:19; and 1:26); and Raphael (see Tobit 8). St. Augustine had this to say: “Some angels are given proper names to denote the service they are empowered to perform. In that holy city, where perfect knowledge flows from the vision of almighty God, those who have no names may easily be known. But personal names are assigned to some, not because they could not be known without them, but rather to denote their ministry when they come among us. Thus, Michael means ‘Who is like God?; Gabriel is ‘The Strength of God’; and Raphael is ‘God’s remedy.’” After every daily Mass we pray the Prayer to St. Michael composed by Pope Leo XIII at the turn of the 19th century as he sought protection for the Church in light of the challenges it would face in the coming decades: “Saint. Michael the Archangel, defend us in Battle, be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God, cast into Hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits, who prowl through the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.” Clearly, the prayer evokes the image of St. Michael written by St. John in The Book of Revelation: “Then war broke out in Heaven; Michael and his angels battled the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in Heaven…”(Revelation 12:7ff).
It was the great Archangel Gabriel who was sent by God to announce the Birth of St. John the Baptist to his father, Zechariah. And, of course, it was Gabriel who was sent to the Virgin Mary, and who greeted Her with the tender words: “Hail, Full of Grace” and then waited for Her reply, “Be it done unto me according to your word.” Why not visit the beautiful Stained glass window at the Marian Altar and take a few moments to meditate on the greatest moment in History, the Incarnation, God made man, announced by Gabriel. It was the Archangel Raphael who “walked with Tobias” taking care of him every step of the way. In the same way, God blesses each one of us with our Guardian Angel to “walk with us” throughout our life. Finally, it was Raphael who touched the eyes of Tobit in order to heal him of his blindness and so bring him ‘back to the light.’
Indeed, the Church is very clear about the presence and mission of the Holy Angels: “From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession (see Mt 18:10; Lk 16:22; Psalms 34:7, 91:10-13; Job 33:23-24; Zech 1:12; and Tobit 12:12, to name a few). ‘Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.’ Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God”(Catechism, no.336).
St. Bernard thanked God for the gift of our guardians saying, “And so, that nothing in heaven should be wanting in your concern for us, you send those blessed spirits to serve us, assigning them as our guardians and our teachers.” St. Bernard pointed to the Scriptures and pondered the Word: “He has given his angels charge over you to guard you in all your ways.” From this point of Scripture, he reflected, “These words should fill you with respect, inspire you with devotion and instill confidence; respect for the presence of angels, devotion because of their loving service, and confidence because of their protection. And so, the angels are here; they are at your side, they are with you, present on your behalf. They are here to protect you and to serve you. But even if it is God who has given them this charge, we must nonetheless be grateful to them for the great love with which they obey and come to help us in our great need.” Moreover, St. Bernard helps us understand that we are meant to live with them in Heaven, and that we should come to a clearer understanding of our relationship with them right here on earth. He concludes, “We should then show our affection for the angels, for one day they will be our coheirs just as here below they are our guardians and trustees appointed and set over us by the Father….Even though we are children (of God) and have a long, a very long and dangerous way to go, with such protectors what have we to fear? They who keep us in all our ways cannot be overpowered or led astray, much less lead us astray. They are loyal, prudent, powerful. Why then are we afraid? We have only to follow them, stay close to them, and we shall dwell under the protection of God’s heaven.”

“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, to rescue them.” –The Psalms

Bulletin for Sunday September 4, 2011

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Pastor’s Corner. . .

Dear Parishioners:

Our Annual Collection was instituted as a means to garner an annual donation from you for use exclusively by the parish. Operating costs are high, as you know, and repairs to our historic buildings are inordinately expensive, because both church and rectory are venerable structures. Historic we may be, but, we are not a museum: this is a living parish, that helps tens of thousands each year: by offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, providing the Sacraments, preaching the Gospel, comforting the sorrowing, counseling those in trouble, helping the poor, teaching those who long for Catholic truth—and simply by keeping our church doors open every day for private prayer.
During this past year, we have developed unexpected problems with the church boilers; we just discovered that we need a new condenser for the air conditioning system; and, I would like to repair the pathway between the rectory and the church so that it will be safer for everyone, especially during the upcoming winter months.
These are tough financial times for everyone, and I’m sorry to ask you even to consider helping us now. However, if you can spare something, please make a contribution to the Basilica today by using one of the red envelopes at the entrances of the church. This is solely for the parish, not for the diocese or for any other institution. Your help is essential; please give us a hand. Your priests are making their own contributions, so please join us in this charity so that the Mother Church may continue to serve our parishioners and the Catholics of the Stamford area. God bless you for your help!
With prayerful best wishes, and renewed gratitude, I remain,
Sincerely,



Reverend Monsignor
Stephen M. DiGiovanni
Pastor

Please pray for the sick. . . Tonin Gjepaj, Monica Dewey, Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Corrine Mattson, Billy Therriault, Sandra Mayfield, Vincent Sharkey, Sr., Sr. Ellen Mary Doherty, C.S.J., Louise Morello, Lily Ann O’Connell, Ed Nemcheck, Jo Darling, Thomas Mahala, Titina Tarantino, Richard Ridge, Mario Stano, Mark Ferris, Marie Maddox, Barbara Schueger, Terry Cooke, Stacey, Kathleen Nichols, Millie Maida, Joseph Hlavaty, Rev. Carlos Antonio Mesa, Corrie Evans, Shirly Mailhot, Roledonne Samedi.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Vera Benna, Brian Bill, Olga Rich, Morris Smith, Sr. Elizabeth Hart, R.S.M., Margaret Mary Cycon, Mildred J. Fiore, Tana Sibilio, Dr. Bela Szele, Audrey Reda, Helen Pataky, William Kilcoyne, Jr., Matilda “Tillie” Sisca, Giuseppina Docimo, Adelaide Velanzano, Aura Piedra, Jeanne & Andy Robustelli, Mary Ferrara, Genoveffa Melchionno, Cynthia Callahan, Teresa Angelini, Natale Sposato, Joseph George Terenzio.

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

Monday Evening Holy Hour . . . Monday nights 7-8:00 pm for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Rosary in the church. Next Holy Hour: Monday, September 5th at 7 p.m.

Children’s Choir. . . We have a young couple from the parish who will be our new music directors for the children’s choir this year. AnnMarie & Tom Galgano will begin in September. Any parent whose child or children might be interested in joining the children’s choir to sing during each Sunday 10 a.m. Mass, please call the rectory, and leave your name, your child’s name and your phone number with Cindy: 203-324-1553, ext. 21. All ages are welcome.

Memorial Votive Lights . . . The votive lights at the shrine of Saint Peter, Our Lady, St. Joseph, or at the icon of Mary Protectress of the Roman People, may be memorialized each week for the intention or memory of a loved one, for a donation of $20.00 per candle, per week. Please call Cindy at 203-324-1553, ext. 21.

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . This year’s new lineup begins on Wednesday, September 7th, continuing each September Wednesday, starting at 7:30 pm in the rectory. We will meet this year each Wednesday in September, November, January, March & May. Our topic for September is Saint Peter in Rome: Scriptural, patristic and archeological evidence of Peter’s life and ministry in the Eternal City. There is no charge; classes last approximately 1 hour, and all the texts we read are in English translations. Everyone is welcome.

Hebrew Beginners’ Grammar Class: Thursdays: 5:30 pm in the Rectory: starts September 8th.

Latin Reading Group: Wednesdays: 6:15 pm in the Rectory (reading ability required).

Biblical Greek Study Group: Thursdays: 6:30 pm in the Rectory (reading ability required).

Repainting the Church. . . $578,834.00 is pledged towards a goal of $629,000.00. I ask everyone’s help. Each parish priest is donating $1,000.00. If each individual or household contributes $1,000, payable over 10 months, we’ll have it: that’s $100. per month, or $25. per week, or $3.57 per day for 10 months. Lend a hand.

Brides in 2012. . . The church interior will be covered in scaffolding beginning October 10th: the sanctuary to the aisle crossing until Christmas 2011; from the aisle crossing to the front door through late March, 2012. All should be completed by Holy Week. Please plan accordingly.

Parish Picnic. . . Mark your calendars: Sunday, September 18th beginning at 1:30 pm: our annual parish picnic at Cove Island Park, at the Pavilion. Fun and food for families with kids of all ages: beach, swings, games, rollerblading, and food: all without charge. Just show up and have fun. If you’d like to bring a dessert or side dish, please call Judy DeFelice: 203-322-5331 (9-2pm, Monday-Friday).

Respect Life Sunday—October 2nd. . . Bishop Lori will offer the 10 a.m. Mass here at the Basilica on Respect Life Sunday. All are welcome to attend.

Sunday August 28, 2011 $ 7,734.50 (Hurricane Irene)
Sunday August 29, 2010 $ 9,835.34

“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

September 11th Sunday Readings: Sir 27:30-28:7; Rom 14:7-9; Mt 18:21-35.

Latin Mass. . . Fr. Cyprian LaPastina offers the Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. here at Saint John’s. There will be NO LATIN MASS on September 6th. The next Latin Mass is Tuesday, September 13th.

Religious Education. . . Parents, please register your children early for the upcoming religious education classes which begin September 25th. Registration and payment can be made On-Line on the St. John’s Website, www.stjohnsstamford.com, or call the rectory, and speak with Cindy, 203-324-1553 x21. Or, pick up registration forms at the church doors.

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

St. John’s 20’s and 30’s: The Flock….our new young adult group, offers social and community service activities. Meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the rectory. Doors open at 7:00 PM. (More info: Deirdre.Garrahan@gmail.com ). Next meeting: Thursday, September 8th.

Home Schooling Families. . . A group for home schooling families meets monthly on Tuesday. All ages are welcome. Please contact Julianne DeMarco at 203-966-3641, juliannedemarco@yahoo.com, or Janet Lancaster at 203-637-3301, mlancaster@optonline.net.

Saint Joseph Parenting Center Seeks Volunteers. . .The Saint Joseph Parenting Center (SJPC) is a non profit parent education center located at St Mary Parish on Elm Street in Stamford. We provide free parenting classes to adults in Fairfield County who are at risk of abusing and/or neglecting their children. We are seeking compassionate and committed volunteers to assist in our office with reception and light clerical work on either Monday mornings or Wednesday evenings. For more information, please call (203)588-1934 or email sgalanski@sjpcenter.org , or see our website at www.sjpcenter.org. We are now up and running on Facebook

Haitian Catholic Community Center. . . At 93 Hope Street here in Stamford, will host their annual musical fundraising concert: Chantons Ensemble! Chante Ansamn! On Saturday, October 1st. The Haitian Catholic Center is run by the Diocese of Bridgeport as a spiritual and cultural center for Haitian Catholics within lower Fairfield County. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Information: 203-406-0343.

Saint Gabriel Seniors Group. . . will begin meeting Tuesday Sept. 13th in the Church Hall 1-4 PM and every Tuesday thereafter.  Come and join us – bring a friend – everyone is welcome. Do your own thing…. play cards, bingo, and craft’s, whatever! We have weekly refreshments and special events throughout the year. Don’t miss out! Stop in and say “Hello!”  We look forward to meeting you. Any questions, please call Kaye at 203-322-7910.

Saint Gabriel Church. . . Sung Mass in Latin for the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross (Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite), Wednesday, September 14th at 7:30 PM. Refreshments to follow in Parish Meeting Room. Saint Gabriel Church, 914 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT.

Job Seekers . . . Meets the 4th Monday monthly in the rectory at 7:30pm: all are welcome. There’s no charge for these services. The group is led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or call her at 203-866-1606. Next meeting: Monday, September 26th.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, September 3, 2011
4:00 +Jenny Tomasello req. Terenzio Family
Sunday, September 4, 2011
7:30 Special Intentions Mary A. Loglisci req. Family
8:30 +Rev. John Fagan 175th Birthday Remembrance req. Larry Bolanowski
10:00 +Eugenia Carpanzano req. the Carpanzano Family
12:00 +Don Peppino Cipriani req. Alessandro Marchetti
5:00 +Louise and Arthur Thiel req. Andrew and Valerie McAleer
6:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, September 5, 2011
8:00 +Joseph George Terenzio req. Michael Guarnieri
12:10 +Frank Skehan req. Maureen and Rick Carpiniello
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
8:00 +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +James M. Duffy req. the Duffy Family
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
8:00 +John Marini and Bob Bell req. Leon Taricani
12:10 +Charles, Eva and Charles Kronk, Jr. and Rev. Paul Dano req. Mary Churley
Thursday, September 8, 2011
8:00 +Helen Carr req. Marie Carr
12:10 In honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary req. Ferry G.
Friday, September 9, 2011
8:00 In Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus req. Maria
12:10 Chenet and Michel Jean-Guillaume and Family req. brothers and sisters
Saturday, September 10, 2011
8:00 +Frank Janesch req. Cycon Family
12:10 +Bridget and Patrick O’Connor req. Mary Bridget Gaine

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

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets in the Church each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30a.m.

St. Anne’s Society . . .A family society which meets four times a year on Sundays after the 5pm mass, with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and prayer, supper, and a lecture in the church hall.

Pray to end Legalized Abortion . . . Wednesdays, 7-10:30a.m., Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St.

St. Dominic Savio Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young men, 8th-12th grades. Ferry at 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies, 8th-12th grades. Beth at 203-975-0074.

Holy Hour……Come join us for Holy Hour on Monday Nights from 7pm—8 pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Rosary, and Benediction. All are welcome!

The Legion of Mary. . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in members’ homes. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . .Wednesdays, 7:30 pm in the rectory: First meeting, September 7th.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory: basic reading ability required.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory: basic reading ability required.

Introduction to Hebrew. . . Meets Thursdays at 5:30 pm in the rectory: This is a true beginner’s class in grammar.

Coffee Hour. . . After the Sunday 10 a.m. Mass beginning again in September.

St. John’s in THE NEWS:
The NEW YORK FREEMAN’S JOURNAL AND CATHOLIC REGISTER:
140 years ago, or so:
September 4, 1869: Funeral of Rev. James O’Reilly of the Diocese of Hartford. “The funeral of the late Rev. James O’Reilly, pastor of the Roman Catholic church at Harrisville, who died at his residence about six o’clock Sunday evening, August 15, took place on Wednesday morning, from the Cathedral of Providence. At the conclusion of the Mass, Rev. John Fagan, a college classmate of the deceased, ascended the altar, and after reading from a portion of the fifteenth chapter of St. Paul’s Epistle to the Corinthians, concluding with “O Grave where is they victory, O Death, where is thy Sting’” paid tribute to the memory of his deceased friend.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: The Rev. John Fagan was Pastor of St. John’s from 1868 to 1873.)

The CONNECTICUT CATHOLIC:
125 years ago, or so:
September 6, 1884:
Stamford. “The people of this parish were surprised and grieved to learn on last Sunday the death of Rev. Eugene Gaffney of Thomaston. Father Gaffney after his ordination came to Stamford in 1867 and remained here about four years, acting as assistant pastor under Father O’Neil and Father Fagan. He had been energetic and untiring in his devotion while performing the duties of his sacred calling and during his short stay in our parish, many can testify to his zealous labors as a priest and to his noble acts of friendship and goodness, the effects of which can be seen this day. He was largely instrumental in organizing St. Patrick’s Temperance society, which today is in a good and prosperous condition. By his death the diocese loses a good and faithful worker in God’s service and especially the people of Thomaston have reason to mourn their loss. Fathers Rogers and Walsh were present. Our people should remember him in their prayers.”

The STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
100 years ago, or so:
September 6, 1911: LARGE SCHOOL REGISTRATION. “The St. John’s parochial school’s season began yesterday with a high Mass celebrated at 8 a.m., followed by an instruction to the children. The school has a total registration of 545 pupils, and it is expected that a very large number will register within a few days. This is by far the largest number to register on the first day at this school. Work began yesterday immediately after the registration and will go along in the same channels with few changes.”

The Habit of Prayer
(Revisited) -Fr. Terry Walsh
How often does it feel like “the burden of prayer?” How do we pray? When, where, and how often? Am I doing it right? Shouldn’t I be getting some answers, some feedback from God? To begin, prayer is that intimate conversation we have with God in that quiet place in our soul, even in the midst of an often times noisy world all around us. St. Therese calls prayer quite simply a ‘Surge of the Heart toward God.’
There is so much to say about prayer, but I will simply focus on a few practical points for consideration. Prayer is of course indispensable in our spiritual growth. It is a necessary activity that prepares us for faithful reception of the Sacraments, for a deepening of our knowledge and understanding of God and consequently of ourselves; prayer enables us to examine our lives in light of the Gospel teachings and informs our conscience so that we might seek forgiveness for those occasions when we realize we have offended God or one another.
In prayer, we’re able to offer thanks and praise to God, we’re able to adore Him, we’re able to petition Him for whatever we need or for some particular gift that will benefit someone else in need. If we’re able to receive so many varied and beautiful graces through prayer, why is it so difficult to pray sometimes? Well, it might simply be that we don’t give it the proper attention we ought to give it. It’s easy to ‘put it on the back burner’ so to speak—and carelessly allow it to be among the very last things we do each day. If we’re not paying attention to our prayer life, it may become a simple wink rather than a heart to heart conversation. It is, after all, a relationship. If too little attention is given to examining “the prayer life” how can it grow? That’s NOT the same thing as saying ‘too little time’ is spent in prayer, although we should designate a proper amount of time as well. After all, we make time for other things that simply are not necessary, whereas prayer is necessary. The time for prayer will quite naturally vary from person to person, depending on one’s vocation, along with a whole host of other circumstances. The “attention” I’m speaking about has more to do with the quality of our prayer life. It is, in many ways, an “organic” activity – it’s a living relationship with God: it changes, it grows, it deepens, provided there is due attention given to it.
As a practical matter, I’d recommend that you consider forming a “foundation” to your daily prayer. This might include a brief, but deliberate, morning offering, something as simple as standing at the foot of the Crucifix in your room and offering the day to God – asking Him to bless your family, your work, your play, and so on. Naturally, it would be good to take a few moments at the end of each day to examine – briefly – how you did in light of the Gospel. Read the Scriptures everyday. Let the habit of growing in the knowledge of God be real food for your soul every single day. It only takes 10 minutes. Reflect on one of the Mysteries of our Lord’s life through the beautiful devotion of the Holy Rosary, which will take another 10 minutes. And finally, perhaps, take 10 minutes to simply tell God what’s on your mind and in your heart. He really wants to hear it from you. What trust, what an act of faith and hope and love as you simply give it all to Him and ask for whatever you need to heal and to grow. This would be a good beginning. See where the Holy Spirit leads you. One thing is certain, if you seek Him through a deepening of your prayer, He will reveal Himself to you in that “inner room” of your soul. Prayer will no longer seem strained, or a burden, but rather, it will become alive and fresh and as natural as the air you breathe.

Bulletin for Sunday August 21, 2011

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Pastor’s Corner. . . Saturday, August 27th is the Feast of Saint Monica, and Sunday, August 28th, normally her son, Saint Augustine’s day; this year Sunday takes precedence. Both saints influence us even today through the Church. Monica’s Catholic faith and love for the Church strengthened her through the difficult years of a violent marriage; her years of prayer, tears and fasting for life with her wayward son Augustine. Late to the faith, Augustine spent his early life well into manhood trying to prove his enormous ego correct. Sexual promiscuity, the chasing after counterfeit species of Christianity, permitted him to follow a self-oriented, self-absorbed life, convinced all the while that he, the brilliant young scholar, was the touchstone of truth. As such, he could accept only that religion he judged correct, which was the one permitting him to continue his immoral life, satisfied by flattering his ego, while making no claims on conversion or change of personal lifestyle. Monica’s persistent prayers, the stellar intellect and holiness of Saint Ambrose, bishop of Milan, and the overpowering movement of the Holy Spirit, ultimately wore Augustine down, until he could finally submit his own self worship to the worship of the True God; “Late have I loved thee,” he would write in his Confessions, “late have I loved Thee, Beauty, ever ancient, ever new. You were within me and I was outside. I sought you there, and in my ugliness rushed about among the beautiful created things you had made. You were with me; but I was not with you. Your creatures kept me far from you, though if they were not in you, they would not exist at all. You called and shouted and broke through my deafness. You shone radiantly and dispelled my darkness. You spread your fragrance, and I drew breath and kept sighing for you. I tasted, and remain, hungry and thirsty. You touched me, and I have been set aflame in your peace” (Book 7).
Five days before her death in 387 a.d. at the port town of Ostia near Rome, as she and Augustine awaited a ship to carry them home to North Africa, mother and son “were conversing, recalling past events, musing about the truth which You are, and wondering what the eternal life of the saints might be like,” as Augustine later recalled. He also recorded one of Saint Monica’s last statements: “Son, nothing delights me any longer in this life. I do not know why I am here or what more I am to do here, since I have no hopes left to be fulfilled on earth. There was only one reason why I wanted to remain alive: to see you a Catholic before I died. God has granted me the favor of seeing you put aside worldly pleasures and become his servant. So what is left for me?” (Book 9)
How different are our lives from those of the saints and fathers of the Church? Well, not very different at all. We are the same kind of people, just separated by time and place. Yet, in Christ, that time and space are cut clean through. If we were all to study more about the early saints of the Church, those perceived differences would melt away, and we could discover that we hold the same Catholic faith, receive the same sacraments, and belong to the same Catholic and Apostolic Church. Let’s try to deepen our faith.
This is the eighth season for the parish’s Saint Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. A group of parishioners meets each Wednesday [September, November, January, March & May) at 7:30 pm in the Rectory to read the theological and spiritual works of the Catholic men and women of the first few centuries of the Church. We do, in an infinitely less messy fashion, that which Augustine and Monica did: search for answers about God and our lives in the writings of the Church’s holy men and women who asked the same questions, worked through the same difficulties, and sought the same happiness as we do today. Questions essential to everyday life are asked, such as, how does one encounter Christ? How do I find happiness? The asking of these questions pushes us towards the answer, just as in the lives of Monica and Augustine and so many millions of others through the centuries, led by Christ, Himself.
No theological expertise is required; neither is knowledge of Greek or Latin, since all our readings are in readable English. The number varies each session: between 10 and 30 people. These are informal groups, in which no one is urged to speak unless you decide to do so in open discussions. We follow a simple methodology: a brief historical overview of the times, lives and thoughts of each saint whose work we read; the reading of the texts; discussion: time: approx. 1 hour.
Our first meeting of this season is on Wednesday, September 7th, at 7:30 pm in the rectory. The topic will be St. Peter in Rome: the biblical, archaeological and patristic evidence of his life and work in the Eternal City. No cost, no obligations. Please join us and read more by and about the real people we call the saints of the early Church, and see how similar your lives are to theirs; how similar the questions, and, most important, and how answers can be had through the Catholic faith we share with them. — Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Monica Dewey, Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Corrine Mattson, Billy Therriault, Sandra Maysied, Vincent Sharkey, Sr., Sr. Ellen Mary Doherty, C.S.J., Louise Morello, Vera Benna, Lily Ann O’Connell, Ed Nemcheck, Jo Darling, Thomas Mahala, Titina Tarantino, Richard Ridge, Mario Stano, Mark Ferris, Marie Maddox, Barbara Schueger, Terry Cooke, Stacey, Kathleen Nichols, Millie Maida, Joseph Hlavaty, Rev. Carlos Antonio Mesa, Corrie Evans, Shirly Mailhot, Roledonne Samedi.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Brian Bill, Olga Rich, Morris Smith, Sr. Elizabeth Hart, R.S.M., Margaret Mary Cycon, Mildred J. Fiore, Tana Sibilio, Dr. Bela Szele, Audrey Reda, Helen Pataky, William Kilcoyne, Jr., Matilda “Tillie” Sisca, Giuseppina Docimo, Adelaide Velanzano, Aura Piedra, Jeanne & Andy Robustelli, Mary Ferrara, Genoveffa Melchionno, Cynthia Callahan, Teresa Angelini, Natale Sposato, Joseph George Terenzio.

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

Monday Evening Holy Hour . . . Monday nights 7-8:00 pm for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Rosary in the church. Next Hour: Monday, August 22nd at 7 p.m.

Memorial Votive Lights . . . The votive lights at the shrine of Saint Peter, Our Lady, St. Joseph, or at the icon of Mary Protectress of the Roman People, may be memorialized each week for the intention or memory of a loved one, for a donation of $20.00 per candle, per week. Please call Cindy at 203-324-1553, ext. 21.

Protectress of Rome Icon Votive Light Memorial . . . Special Intentions Michael and Matthew Borkowski req. Ann Borkowski.

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . This year’s new lineup begins on Wednesday, September 7th, continuing each September Wednesday, starting at 7:30 pm in the rectory. We will meet this year each Wednesday in September, November, January, March & May. Our topic for September is Saint Peter in Rome: Scriptural, patristic and archeological evidence of Peter’s life and ministry in the Eternal City. There is no charge; classes last approximately 1 hour, and all the texts we read are in English translations. Everyone is welcome. Just walk in the rectory front door or ring the bell.

Hebrew Beginners’ Grammar Class; Thursdays: 5:30 pm in the Rectory: starts September 8th.

Latin Reading Group: Wednesdays: 6:15 pm in the Rectory (reading ability required). Already meeting.

Biblical Greek Study Group: Thursdays: 6:30 pm in the Rectory (reading ability required). Already meeting.

Repainting the Church. . . $570,215.00 is pledged towards a goal of $629,000.00. I ask everyone’s help. Each parish priest is donating $1,000.00. If each individual or household contributes $1,000, payable over 10 months, we’ll have it. Look at it this way: that’s $100. per month, or $25. per week, or $3.57 per day. Help!

Banns of Marriage:
Banns II:
Donald Lynn, Jr. and Corina Mates

Brides in 2012. . . The church interior will be covered in scaffolding beginning October 10th: the sanctuary to the aisle crossing until Christmas 2011; from the aisle crossing to the front door through late March, 2012. All should be completed by Holy Week. Please plan accordingly.

Parish Picnic. . . Mark your calendars: Sunday, September 18th beginning at 1:30 pm: our annual parish picnic at Cove Island Park, at the Pavilion. Fun and food for families with kids of all ages: beach, swings, games, rollerblading, and food: all without charge. Just show up and have fun. If you’d like to bring a dessert, please call Judy DeFelice: 203-322-5331 (9-2pm, Monday-Friday).

Sunday August 14, 2011 $ 12,734.50
Sunday August 15, 2010 $ 10,849.55

“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

August 28th Sunday Readings: Jer 20:7-9; Rom 12:1-2; Mt 16:21-27.

Latin Mass. . . Fr. Cyprian LaPastina offers the Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. here at Saint John’s. The next Latin Mass is Tuesday, August 23rd.

Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. . .will be celebrated on Monday, August 22nd at 7:30 pm Solemn Sung Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Rite at St. Gabriel’s Parish on Newfield Ave. All are welcome.

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

St. John’s 20’s and 30’s: The Flock….our new young adult group, offers social and community service activities. Meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the rectory. Doors open at 7:00 PM. (More info: Deirdre.Garrahan@gmail.com ).

Home Schooling Families. . . A group for home schooling families meets monthly on Tuesday. All ages are welcome. Please contact Julianne DeMarco at 203-966-3641, juliannedemarco@yahoo.com, or Janet Lancaster at 203-637-3301, mlancaster@optonline.net.

Job Seekers . . . Meets the 4th Monday monthly in the rectory at 7:30pm: all are welcome. There’s no charge for these services. The group is led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or call her at 203-866-1606. Next meeting: Monday August 29th.

Saint Joseph Parenting Center Seeks Volunteers. . .The Saint Joseph Parenting Center (SJPC) is a non profit parent education center located at St Mary Parish on Elm Street in Stamford. We provide free parenting classes to adults in Fairfield County who are at risk of abusing and/or neglecting their children. We are seeking compassionate and committed volunteers to assist in our office with reception and light clerical work on either Monday mornings or Wednesday evenings. For more information, please call (203)588-1934 or email sgalanski@sjpcenter.org , or see our website at www.sjpcenter.org. We are now up and running on Facebook

Saint Leo’s Parish Fair. . .Tuesday, August 30th through Saturday, Friday, September 2: 6pm-11pm. And Saturday, September 3: 2pm-11pm. Ride bracelets available Tues, Wed, Thurs evenings, and Sat. afternoon at $25.00!! International foods, live entertainment, Bingo and rides, $10 raffle for a 2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 4matic Sport, and rides, rides. More info: call Denise Esposito: 203-322-1669, ext. 227.

Religious Education. . . Parents, please register your children early for the upcoming religious education classes which begin September 25th. Registration and payment can be made On-Line on the St. John’s Website, www.stjohnsstamford.com, or call the rectory, and speak with Cindy, 203-324-1553 x21. Or, pick up registration papers at the church doors.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, August 20, 2011
4:00 +John Maloney req. wife Mary
Sunday, August 21, 2011
7:30 +Marianna Piria req. Family
8:30 +Salvatore Piria req. Domenico Piria
10:00 +Dorothy Wargo 25th Anniversary req. Arthur J. Wargo
12:00 +Fausta Fernandez req. Willie Borromeo & Family
5:00 +Louise and Arthur Thiel req. Andrew and Valerie McAleer
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, August 22, 2011
8:00 For the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary req. Ferry G.
12:10 +Antonio Lepore req. Ann Rafter
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
8:00 Monika Czytowska req. Ewa Czytowska
12:10 +Francis L. Calka req. the Carpanzano Family
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
8:00 +Ghiloni/Saliola Families req. Anita Fasanelli
12:10 +Dominick Carpanzano req. the Carpanzano Family
Thursday, August 25, 2011
8:00 In Honor of St. Francis req. Maria
12:10 +John C. O’Connor req. wife
Friday, August 26, 2011
8:00 +James Meehan and Kevin Keary req. Leon Taricani
12:10 Special Intentions Anderson Family req. Sandy Rivera
Saturday, August 27, 2011
8:00 +Taricani Family req. Leon Taricani
12:10 +Jackie O’Connor req. Mary Bridget Gaine

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

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets in the Church each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30a.m.

St. Anne’s Society . . .A family society which meets four times a year on Sundays after the 5pm mass, with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and prayer, supper, and a lecture in the church hall.

Pray to end Legalized Abortion . . . Wednesdays, 7-10:30a.m., Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St.

St. Dominic Savio Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young men, 8th-12th grades. Ferry at 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies, 8th-12th grades. Beth at 203-975-0074.

Holy Hour……Come join us for Holy Hour on Monday Nights from 7pm—8 pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Rosary, and Benediction. All are welcome!

The Legion of Mary. . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in members’ homes. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . .Wednesdays, 7:30 pm in the rectory: First meeting, September 7th.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory: basic reading ability required.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory: basic reading ability required.

Introduction to Hebrew. . . Meets Thursdays at 5:30 pm in the rectory: This is a true beginner’s class in grammar.

Coffee Hour. . . After the Sunday 10 a.m. Mass is ended for the summer. Will start again in September.

St. John’s in the advocate:
115 years ago, or so:
August 22, 1895: Religious Intelligence. “Rev. Vittario Sovlita of the Catholic Italian Church of Meriden has opened a mission for the Stamford Italians in the basement of St. John’s R.C. Church. He will hold services every morning at 5:30 and every evening at 7:30 this week. The morning service is a Mass. The evening service consists of the Rosary, Litanies and Benediction. The Italians have shown much interest in these services and have attended in large numbers.”

100 years ago, or so:
August 26, 1907: NEW PARISH STARTS. Father O’Brien Makes Formal Announcement of Division. “In St. John’s R.C. Church yesterday, the rector, Rev. James C. O’Brien, made formal announcement of the division of the parish that has been made during the week. He said: The Rt. Rev. Bishop has divided this parish and has appointed the Rev. Dr. Gleason of Hartford pastor of the new St. Mary’s. To those who are in the new parish, I wish to say that I am confident you will all cheerfully and promptly rally to the support of your new pastor, and follow him to whatever place he may select for divine services until he can erect a permanent structure which will suitably provide for all your wants. The parish school will be gladly thrown open to all your children who may wish to enter, and they will be as welcome as ever.”

75 years ago, or so:
August 28, 1933: FR. DALY SINGS FIRST HIGH MASS. St. John’s Church Crowded for Papal Blessing from Young Priest. “The Rev. Joseph B. Daly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Owen J. Daly, of 29 Fifth Street, celebrated his first Solemn High Mass at St. John’s R.C. Church yesterday morning at 11. The church was crowded. In the afternoon and evening, friends flocked to his home to give their well-wishes. Father Daly is a priest of the Carmelite Order. He studied in Rome, and before his departure, received the special privilege of giving the Papal blessing. This provided a solemn touch to a notable occasion. Rt. Rev. Monsignor Peter H. McClean, of St. Augustine’s Church, Bridgeport, a cousin of the celebrant, and the Rev. Michael Harding, O.S.M., of St. Bonaventure College, Allegany, N.Y., another cousin, acted as assistant priests during the Mass. The Rev. Walter Daly, Order of Carmelite, was deacon, and the Rev. William Daly, also of the Order of Carmelite, was sub-deacon. They are both Stamford natives. Father Daly studied at St. Albert’s College at Middletown, N.Y. Then he continued his studies at Dublin, and later at Rome. He was ordained at Rome last Easter.”

Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth
– Fr. Terry Walsh
The month of August brings great celebrations in the Liturgical Year of the Church. On August 6th each year, we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration, when Jesus reveals to Peter, James, and John His Divinity in all His Glory, and we understand that we are called to share in that Glory by His grace. Last week, we celebrated the great Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, Body and Soul into Heaven (8/15). And tomorrow we will celebrate the Memorial of the Queenship of Mary, who already shares in the glory of Her Son.
So often we are reminded that while Mary is indeed our Queen, She is even more our Mother. While she has the authority of her Queenship, she has the tender, gentle motherly love that protects and nourishes the souls of her children as she leads us to her Son. She Who was Immaculately Conceived, magnified the greatness of Her Son by fulfilling Her mission, directing Her every action to the Glory and Honor of God through Her fidelity and love. Mary, the ‘Living Tabernacle of God’, is perfectly united to the Mission of Her Son—the Salvation of Souls. Our Blessed Mother endured the suffering of the Passion and Crucifixion in Her Motherly Heart, a suffering prophesied by Simeon in the Temple when Jesus was only days old (Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15th). The Saints remind us of the terrible spiritual suffering Mary endured in union with our Lord: ‘Before being Crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth, Mary first wore the Crown of Thorns.’ She suffered with Him. We too enter into that suffering – we enter into His death and burial at our Baptism so that we “may rise” with Him and, at the end of the age and have our bodies restored and glorified in Heaven, a grace that all the Blessed will share at the Second Coming of Christ. Mary, the pure and sinless Mother of Jesus and our Mother, lives in this Glory where She intercedes for us. “In a wholly singular way She cooperated by Her obedience, faith, hope, and burning charity in the Savior’s work of restoring supernatural life to souls. For this reason She is a mother to us in the order of grace” (ccc968). Reflecting on our Heavenly Queen, St. Bernard of Clairvaux wrote: “Who can conceive how great is the glory of the Queen of the world? As She advanced to Heaven, with what depth of devotion and affection the angels and saints, the whole multitude of heavenly citizens, went forth to welcome Her. With what magnificent canticles She was conducted to Her glorious throne; with what gracious bearing, serenity of countenance. Her Son received Her with divine embraces and exalted Her above all creatures, with the honor His Mother merited. She was crowned with the glory that reflects Her majestic Son.” Perhaps St. Louis de Montfort said it best when he wrote, “Mary is the supreme masterpiece of Almightly God….She is the sanctuary and resting-place of the Blessed Trinity where God dwells in greater and more divine splendor than anywhere else in the universe, not excluding His dwelling above the Cherubim and Seraphim(5)….In Mary, God has enclosed all that is beautiful, resplendent, rare, and precious, even His own Son. This immense treasury is none other than Mary…From Her fullness all men are made rich…She is His mystical channel, His aqueduct, through which He causes His mercies to flow gently and abundantly(24)(True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin).
As we honor our Lady on the Memorial of Her Queenship this Tuesday, may we be ever mindful of Her love for us and allow Her to lead us to Her Son.
Today, August 21st, is the Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady of Knock, in 1879. Four Popes have visited the Shrine, most recently, John Paul II in September, 1979.
Our Lady of Knock, Pray for us!

Bulletin for Sunday August 14, 2011

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday August 14, 2011

Pastor’s Corner. . . This week, please take a look at the last page of the bulletin for a synopsis of the parish financial report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011. Each parish in Fairfield County is audited once every two years, according to the financial regulations of the Diocese of Bridgeport. We have recently completed our parish audit, and are providing this report following this last successful audit.
The income has remained the same, more or less, while our expenses have been cut somewhat. The only real increase in the income is attributable to the generosity of the parishioners who have made cash donations for the repainting of the church interior. Those cash donations total approximately $300,000, which will not be spent until we begin the repainting of the church until October. That’s why it appears that we have so much money at the moment!
I am very grateful to all who have given to the church repainting project. We have nearly $565,000.00 pledged towards the cost of $629,000.00. I understand how much this is a sacrifice for so many, especially during these hard economic times, but I ask everyone to consider making a donation. As I’d mentioned last March when we began asking for your help for this project: if each household would contribute $1,000.00, payable by $100. for each of the next 10 months, then we would have the entire amount for the repainting job. Each of the priests has donated $1,000, and I hope everyone will join us to lend a hand.
While I had mentioned a few weeks ago that we were going to replace the entire walkway between the church and the rectory, that may have to wait, because we haven’t the entirety of those funds to begin the work right now. In September, we will have our parish Annual Collection: the money you donate to the church for that collection remains here at St. John’s—it is not taxed by the diocese. I would hope you would consider being generous so we can repair the church sidewalk soon, especially before the winter so that the walkway might not pose a problem for our parishioners, especially our seniors.
Please accept my thanks to you all for your continued generosity and support of our parish. God bless you all. — Monsignor DiGiovanni

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I can’t believe the summer is nearly over! That being the case, this is an advertisement to give you some idea of a few of the upcoming programs and events to begin anew in the parish beginning September.

St. Monica Institute: This is a series of informal lectures based on readings (in English) of some of the most important theological works and saints of the early Church. The group meets Wednesday for one hour beginning at 7:30 pm in the rectory. If you are interested in learning more about your Catholic faith, this is the place for you. It costs nothing. Each month offers a new topic, and we simply read sections of the brief works and discuss them. The class may vary in number of those attending from 10 people to 40 people any given night. All are very welcome to join us. Our first lecture will begin on Wednesday, September 7th, and continue each Wednesday of the month: we will begin studying the biblical, patristic and archeological evidence about Saint Peter’s life and ministry in Rome. Trust me: it’s much more interesting than it sounds!!! So, come and give it a whirl. I’ll be leading the September classes, and I promise we’ll have some fun. Some of the other speakers during the year will be Father Richard Futie, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish; and Father Michael Novajowski, parochial vicar of Saint Jude Parish, Monroe. No need to call beforehand: just walk in the first front door of the rectory on Wednesday, September 7th and I’ll have you laughing in aisles and even learning a bit of history and theology to boot.
Likewise, beginning that first week of September, our language groups will resume meetings in the rectory: the Latin Reading Group meets at 6:15 pm on Wednesdays; the Hebrew Beginner’s Class meets on Thursday at 5:30 pm, and the Greek Reading Group meets on Thursday at 6:30 pm.
For some outdoor fun, please mark your calendars for the upcoming Parish Picnic:
Sunday, September 18th: at the Cove Beach Pavilion, beginning at 1:30 pm. The parish men of the Holy Name Society will do the cooking [supported, as always, by their lovely wives]: hotdogs, hamburgers, sausage and peppers, with oceans of soft drinks and mountains of sweets for all to enjoy: no charge. This one is on the parish. The beach is right there, as is a great sports field, swings for the little kids, and a great rollerblading course. Bring the whole family, and have some fun with the rest of the parish. All are welcome.
Just for general info: Religious Education classes begin on September 25th: summer IS over, gang.
Pick up one of the Parish Event Sheets, 2011/12 at the parish entrances to catch up on the rest of the year’s activities. God bless you. —-Monsignor DiGiovanni.

Please pray for the sick. . . Monica Dewey, Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Corrine Mattson, Billy Therriault, Sandra Maysied, Vincent Sharkey, Sr., Sr. Ellen Mary Doherty, C.S.J., Louise Morello, Vera Benna, Lily Ann O’Connell, Ed Nemcheck, Jo Darling, Thomas Mahala, Titina Tarantino, Richard Ridge, Mario Stano, Mark Ferris, Marie Maddox, Barbara Schueger, Terry Cooke, Stacey, Kathleen Nichols, Millie Maida, Joseph Hlavaty, Rev. Carlos Antonio Mesa, Corrie Evans, Shirly Mailhot, Roledonne Samedi.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Morris Smith, Sr. Elizabeth Hart, R.S.M., Margaret Mary Cycon, Mildred J. Fiore, Tana Sibilio, Dr. Bela Szele, Audrey Reda, Helen Pataky, William Kilcoyne, Jr., Matilda “Tillie” Sisca, Giuseppina Docimo, Adelaide Velanzano, Aura Piedra, Jeanne & Andy Robustelli, Mary Ferrara, Genoveffa Melchionno, Cynthia Callahan, Teresa Angelini, Natale Sposato, Joseph George Terenzio.

August 15th . . . The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary IS NOT a holy day obligation this year. The usual Monday Mass schedule will be observed.

Monday Evening Holy Hour . . . Monday nights 7-8:00 pm for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Rosary in the church. Next Hour: Monday, August 15th at 7 p.m.

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light Memorial. . . In memory of Genoveffa Melchionno req. Giannitti family.

Repainting the Church. . . Currently we have $564,505.00 pledged towards a goal of $629,000.00. I ask everyone’s help. The three parish priests are donating $1,000.00 each. If each individual or household would contribute $1,000, payable over 10 months, we’ll have it. Look at it this way: that’s $100. per month, or $25. per week, or $3.57 per day. Please lend us a hand.

Church Saints. . . The Canning design for repainting the church interior includes the painting pictures of eight saints in shades of gray and white, in imitation of the marble statues in the sanctuary. The eight saints will go on the upper walls of the transepts: two on either side of each of the two large windows. The saints chosen are: Saints Joachim and Anne [the oldest devotional society in the parish]; Blessed Pope Pius IX [pope when the parish began in 1847]; Saint Patrick; Saint Augustine; Saint Monica; Saint Philip Neri; Saint Michael the Archangel.

Banns of Marriage:
Banns I:
Donald Lynn, Jr. and Corina Mates
Banns III:
David Smith and Abigail Ramsey
Anthony D. Northern and Valerie LaGuerre

Brides in 2012. . . The church interior will be covered in scaffolding beginning October 10th: the sanctuary to the aisle crossing until Christmas 2011; from the aisle crossing to the front door through late March, 2012. All should be completed by Holy Week. Please plan accordingly.

Parish Picnic. . . Mark your calendars: Sunday, September 18th beginning at 1:30 pm: our annual parish picnic at Cove Island Park, at the Pavilion. Fun and food for families with kids of all ages: beach, swings, games, rollerblading, and food: all without charge. Just show up and have fun. If you’d like to bring a dessert, please call Judy DeFelice: 203-322-5331 (9-2pm, Monday-Friday).

Home Schooling Families. . . A group for home schooling families meets monthly on Tuesday. All ages are welcome. Please contact Julianne DeMarco at 203-966-3641, juliannedemarco@yahoo.com, or Janet Lancaster at 203-637-3301, mlancaster@optonline.net.

Sunday August 7, 2011 $ 11,464.70
Sunday August 8, 2010 $ 12,247.51

“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

August 21st Sunday Readings: Is 22:19-23;Rom 11:33-36; Mt 16:13-20.

Latin Mass. . . Fr. Cyprian LaPastina offers the Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. here at Saint John’s. The next Latin Mass is Tuesday, August 16th.

Memorial Votive Lights . . . The votive lights at the shrine of Saint Peter, St. Joseph, and at the icon of Mary Protectress of the Roman People, may be memorialized each week for the intention of a loved one, or for the repose of a deceased loved one for a donation of $20.00 per candle, per week. Please call Cindy at 203-324-1553, ext. 21.

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

St. John’s 20’s and 30’s: The Flock….our new young adult group, offers social and community service activities. Meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the rectory. Doors open at 7:00 PM. (More info: Deirdre.Garrahan@gmail.com).

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . This year’s new lineup begins on Wednesday, September 7th, continuing each September Wednesday, starting at 7:30 pm in the rectory. Our topic for September is Saint Peter in Rome: Scriptural, patristic and archeological evidence of Peter’s life and ministry in the Eternal City. There is no charge; classes last approximately 1 hour, and all the texts we read are in English translations. Everyone is welcome. Just walk in the rectory front door or ring the bell.

Hebrew Beginners’ Grammar Class; Thursdays: 5:30 pm in the Rectory: starts September 8th.

Latin Reading Group: Wednesdays: 6:15 pm in the Rectory (reading ability required). Already meeting.

Biblical Greek Study Group: Thursdays: 6:30 pm in the Rectory (reading ability required). Already meeting.

Saint Joseph Parenting Center Seeks Volunteers. . .The Saint Joseph Parenting Center (SJPC) is a non profit parent education center located at St Mary Parish on Elm Street in Stamford. We provide free parenting classes to adults in Fairfield County who are at risk of abusing and/or neglecting their children. SJPC is currently seeking compassionate and committed volunteers to assist in our office with reception and light clerical work on either Monday mornings or Wednesday evenings. For more information about volunteering at SJPC, please call (203)588-1934 or email sgalanski@sjpcenter.org , or see our website at www.sjpcenter.org. We are now up and running on Facebook. Please join us. (Note: Our offices will be closing for a 3 week summer break. We’ll be back August 15th.)

Job Seekers . . . Meets the 4th Monday monthly in the rectory at 7:30pm: all are welcome. There’s no charge for these services. The group is led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or call her at 203-866-1606. Next meeting: Monday August 29th.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, August 13, 2011
4:00 +John and Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Sexton Young
Sunday, August 14, 2011
7:30 Special Intentions Gail Piria req. family
8:30 +Cosimo Bertuca req. Domenico Piria
10:00 +Francis L. Calka req. Pasquale and Ida Carpanzano
12:00 God’s Blessing Marion Morris req. Joan and Mildred Beirne
5:00 Souls in Purgatory req. John Marciano
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, August 15, 2011
8:00 +John Maloney req. wife Mary
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
8:00 +Paul G. Carriera, U.S. Marine and son req. Gerard J. Carriera
12:10 +Mary Doppler req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
8:00 +Marylou Carriera and sister req. Gerard J. Carriera
12:10 Special Intentions Denise Dorazio req. Touhey family
Thursday, August 18, 2011
8:00 St. John’s Priests req. St. John’s Home School Group
12:10 Scholastic Nabwire req. Andrew and Michael
Friday August 19, 2011
8:00 +Angelo Velez req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Graziella Capponi req. the Marchetti family
Saturday, August 20, 2011
8:00 +Glenn J. Wolak req. Sharon Gannon
12:10 +William Duncan req. the Marchetti family

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

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets in the Church each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30a.m.

St. Anne’s Society . . .A family society which meets four times a year on Sundays after the 5pm mass, with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and prayer, supper, and a lecture in the church hall.

Pray to end Legalized Abortion . . . Wednesdays, 7-10:30a.m., Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St.

St. Dominic Savio Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young men, 8th-12th grades. Ferry at 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies, 8th-12th grades. Beth at 203-975-0074.

Holy Hour……Come join us for Holy Hour on Monday Nights from 7pm—8 pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Rosary, and Benediction. All are welcome!

The Legion of Mary. . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in members’ homes. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . .Wednesdays, 7:30 pm in the rectory: First meeting, September 7th.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory: basic reading ability required.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory: basic reading ability required.

Introduction to Hebrew. . . Meets Thursdays at 5:30 pm in the rectory: This is a true beginner’s class in grammar.

Coffee Hour. . . After the Sunday 10 a.m. Mass is ended for the summer. Will start again in September.

St. John’s in the advocate:
140 years ago, or so:
August 19, 1870: The Lecture. “Owing to the lateness of the hour when the concert closed, the lecturer, Rev. Father O’Reilly, did not give the address he had prepared in full. He, however, briefly defined and explained the doctrine of infallibility, as received by the Catholic world. The doctrine is really nothing new as a principle of Catholic belief, the Ecumenical Council having but defined and officially declared a doctrine long held and believed by Catholics. The lecturer said that the authority of Christ himself is always with the Church, that this authority was delegated first to Peter, and that from him it descended to the various Roman Pontiffs until the present. The Pope as a man is liable to commit sin as other men, but, as the vicar of Christ, speaking in his official capacity from the chair of Peter, defining matters of faith, morals or discipline, he cannot err. His pronouncements thus given must be received on pain of damnation. This is merely a bare statement of the Catholic belief as explained by the lecturer. Our space will not permit us to follow the speaker through his elaborate and eloquent arguments in support of his position.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: the doctrine of infallibility was proclaimed during the First Vatican Council on July 18, 1870)

60 years ago, or so:
August 15, 1950: Pope To Proclaim Mary’s Ascension New Church Law. “Pope Pius has called a secret consistory to make belief in the bodily assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven a dogma of the Catholic Church, it was announced yesterday. The dogma will be the first added to the doctrine of the church in nearly 100 years. The last was that of the Immaculate Conception proclaimed on Dec. 8, 1854. L’Osservatore Romano, Vatican City newspaper, made the announcement on the eve of the Feast of the Assumption- today–which has been observed by Catholics for centuries. Pope Pius, in proclaiming the dogma in St. Peter’s Basilica on the day of the Feast of All Saints, will speak “Ex Cathedra.” (from the chair); that is, when he is presumed by the Church to be infallible.”

20 years ago, or so:
August 18, 1993: 2 accused of stealing altar gates. “Nothing, not even church altars, is sacred anymore. Two homeless men were arrested and accused yesterday of quickly dismantling the 118-year old brass gates leading to an altar in a downtown church and hauling the ornaments away, police said. Police speculated the suspects planned to sell the gates as scrap metal to a South End junkyard. The men were arrested just minutes after the theft was reported by a church sexton who saw two men leaving St. John’s Roman Catholic Church on Atlantic Street. The theft left the church’s pastor, the Rev. William Nagle, feeling a little less than charitable yesterday.”

Bulletin for Sunday August 7, 2011

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday August 7, 2011

Pastor’s Corner. . .

As the summer moves on, and preparations continue for the repainting of the church interior from October through March, take a moment to look around the magnificent and awesome building that is our Basilica. The church interior is wide open, lofty, graceful and filled with light, and it is a remarkable creation by one of our early parishioners, John Ennis. The original architects and contractors had planned to build the entire church in stone. But, by 1876, not only had the project run out of money, with only the basement church and the walls completed to the height of the lower windows, but the architect and contractor refused to continue the planned construction, fearing that the proposed dimensions of the church too large to remain standing if actually built. So, work stopped, and the church was enclosed by a flat roof, rising just above the top of the arches of the lower windows along the aisles.

Just then, John Ennis and his family moved to Stamford from Illinois, where he had designed and built theaters. Coming upon the scene of a half completed, very stunted looking building that was supposed to be a church, he proposed returning to the original plans, but building the upper walls and ceiling in wood and plaster instead of stone, and the pastor, Father William H. Rogers, agreed. The result is magnificent, if with some irregularities in its arched vaulting. Nevertheless, at the 1886 church 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 first in France. It embodies the notion that beauty is at the service of God, and helps lead us beyond ourselves toward the Divine, so that our lives might be filled with moral virtue, which is our participation in God’s perfection. The Gothic, 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 superior, Abbot Suger [1080-1151 A.D.], was a brilliant churchman, adviser to popes and kings of France, was a diplomat, and served as Regent of France, himself. In his spare time, the Abbot Suger personally commissioned and directed the entire design and construction of the new Church of Saint Denis, which is regarded as the first truly Gothic church. He was of peasant stock, possessed of immense energy and imagination, with some radical ideas. The story is told that his workmen judged his designs for the new church to be unrealistic: the planned church was too wide, said they, especially since no tree could possibly be found large enough to be used for the roof rafters. Suger led them into the local forest, recalling that “they smiled, and would have laughed if they had dared”. He showed them twelve trees measuring the exact size required: they never dared laugh at him again.
Suger believed that we should offer the best and most beautiful we have to God, and he created a beautiful church building because he loved God: “The dull mind rises to Divine truth through that which is material and beautiful”, he wrote. His architectural ideas may have been influenced by travelers from the Holy Land, who had seen Islamic buildings with their light arches. But, it was Suger who first perfected the Gothic pointed arch and painted stained glass windows in Europe. 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 the Evangelist, 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” [John 1: 3-5]. The pointed arches lead the eye and mind heavenward, to the light of God. Suger’s wrote that we should use the church’s architectural beauty “to illuminate the mind so that it might travel through this world’s lights to the True Light, where Christ is the true Door to the Heavenly Jerusalem,” of which the church building is only an image [Suger, Scriptum consecrationis, xxvii].
Our church was built according to the same inspirations. Possibly, John Ennis never heard of the Abbot Suger, but I doubt that, since he, was a man of great culture, faith and immense energy. 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 us to God.
Our project will offer what many rarely experience, and without cost—Beauty. Pray for the success of our painting project, that the renovated beauty of our church interior, may lead many to God. — Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Corrine Mattson, Billy Therriault, Sandra Maysied,Vincent Sharkey, Sr., Sr. Ellen Mary Doherty, C.S.J., Louise Morello, Vera Benna, Lily Ann O’Connell, Ed Nemcheck, Jo Darling, Thomas Mahala, Titina Tarantino, Richard Ridge, Mario Stano, Mark Ferris, Marie Maddox, Barbara Schueger, Terry Cooke, Stacey, Kathleen Nichols, Millie Maida, Joseph Hlavaty, Rev. Carlos Antonio Mesa, Corrie Evans, Shirly Mailhot, Roledonne Samedi.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Morris Smith, Sr. Elizabeth Hart, R.S.M., Margaret Mary Cycon, Mildred J. Fiore, Tana Sibilio, Dr. Bela Szele, Audrey Reda, Helen Pataky, William Kilcoyne, Jr., Matilda “Tillie” Sisca, Giuseppina Docimo, Adelaide Velanzano, Aura Piedra, Jeanne & Andy Robustelli, Mary Ferrara, Genoveffa Melchionno, Cynthia Callahan, Teresa Angelini, Natale Sposato, Joseph George Terenzio.

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

Repainting the Church. . . Currently we have $564,405.00 pledged towards a goal of $629,000.00. I ask everyone’s help. The three parish priests are donating $1,000.00 each. If each individual or household would contribute $1,000, payable over 10 months, we’ll have it. Look at it this way: that’s $100. per month, or $25. per week, or $3.57 per day. Please lend us a hand.

Church Saints. . . The Canning design for repainting the church interior includes the painting pictures of eight saints in shades of gray and white, in imitation of the marble statues in the sanctuary. The eight saints will go on the upper walls of the transepts: two on either side of each of the two large windows. The saints chosen are: Saints Joachim and Anne [the oldest devotional society in the parish]; Blessed Pope Pius IX [pope when the parish began in 1847]; Saint Patrick; Saint Augustine; Saint Monica; Saint Philip Neri; Saint Michael the Archangel.

Monday Evening Holy Hour . . . Monday nights 7-8:00 pm for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Rosary in the church. Next Hour: Monday, August 8th at 7 p.m.

Saint Peter Votive Lights Memorial. . .The left votive is in memory of Dominick Fiorenza req. Annette Fiorenza and Family.

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light Memorial. . . Prayers for vocations to the priesthood req. Vera Viola.

Banns of Marriage:
Banns II:
David Smith and Abigail Ramsey
Anthony D. Northern and Valerie LaGuerre
Banns III:
Kerline Guillaume and Luca Boursiquot

Brides in 2012. . . The church interior will be covered in scaffolding beginning October 10th: the sanctuary to the aisle crossing until Christmas 2011; from the aisle crossing to the front door through late March, 2012. All should be completed by Holy Week. Please plan accordingly.

The Civil War, Reconstruction and Construction: St. John’s, 1861-1886:
This parish historic exhibit traces the contribution of Saint John’s parishioners during the Civil War, displaying Civil War artifacts from both the Stamford Historical Society and the parish archives; the development of Catholic life in Stamford following the War; and the work of one of our parishioners, John Ennis, Union Army veteran, architect and builder of the upper church dedicated on May 30, 1886. This exhibit will be offered in the Rectory through August 8th:
Mondays-Fridays, 9:00 am. until 4:30 pm: just ring the bell;
Saturdays and Sundays BY appointment:
Please call the rectory (324-1553, ext 11 or 21). There is no charge.

Sunday July 31, 2011 $ 12,637.41
Sunday August 1, 2010 $ 11,104.12

“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

August 14th Sunday Readings: Is 56:1, 6-7; Rom 11:13-15, 29-32; Mt 15:21-28.

Latin Mass. . . Fr. Cyprian LaPastina offers the Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. here at Saint John’s; The next Mass is Tuesday, August 9th.

Memorial Votive Lights . . . The votive lights at the shrine of Saint Peter, St. Joseph, and at the icon of Mary Protectress of the Roman People, may be memorialized each week for the intention of a loved one, or for the repose of a deceased loved one for a donation of $20.00 per candle, per week. Please call Cindy at 203-324-1553, ext. 21.

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

St. John’s 20’s and 30’s: The Flock….our new young adult group, offers social and community service activities. Meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the rectory. Doors open at 7:00 PM. (More info: Deirdre.Garrahan@gmail.com).

Job Seekers . . . Meets the 4th Monday monthly in the rectory at 7:30pm: all are welcome. There’s no charge for these services. The group is led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or call her at 203-866-1606.Next meeting: Monday August 29th.

Latin Reading Group. . .Wednesdays: 6:15 pm in the Rectory (reading ability required).

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . Will not meet during the summer. See you in September.

Hebrew Beginners’ Grammar Class. . .Thursdays: 5:30 pm in the Rectory.

Biblical Greek Study Group. . .Thursdays: 6:30 pm in the Rectory (reading ability required).

Saint Joseph Parenting Center Seeks Volunteers. . .The Saint Joseph Parenting Center (SJPC) is a non profit parent education center located at St Mary Parish on Elm Street in Stamford. We provide free parenting classes to adults in Fairfield County who are at risk of abusing and/or neglecting their children. SJPC is currently seeking compassionate and committed volunteers to assist in our office with reception and light clerical work on either Monday mornings or Wednesday evenings. For more information about volunteering at SJPC, please call (203)588-1934 or email sgalanski@sjpcenter.org . , or see our website at www.sjpcenter.org. We are now up and running on Facebook. Please join us. (Note: Our offices will be closing for a 3 week summer break. We’ll be back August 15th.)

Heart of Mary New York Homeschooling. . . If you are interested, come to the Immaculate Heart of Mary New York Homeschool and Parent Conference at the DoubleTee Hotel at 455 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY, Friday, August 5th: 2-8 pm and Saturday, August 6th: 9-4pm for information. Free Admission. For more information:www.IHMConference.org This meeting is restricted to parents with teens, children and nursing babies.

Home Schooling Families. . . A group for home schooling families meets monthly on Tuesday. All ages are welcome. Please contact Julianne DeMarco at 203-966-3641, juliannedemarco@yahoo.com, or Janet Lancaster at 203-637-3301, mlancaster@optonline.net.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, August 6, 2011
4:00 +Peter and Ziriyana Mangeni req. Scholastica Nabwire
Sunday, August 7, 2011
7:30 +William Morris req. Domenico Piria
8:30 +Cosimo Bertuca req. Domenico Piria
10:00 In thanks to the Eternal Father for His love & giving us His son Jesus req. Josephine
Languedoc
12:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
5:00 +Carmen Vega req. Evelyn Flaharty
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, August 8, 2011
8:00 +Marcellus Uhrich req. Maude and Paul Hughes and Family
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Yvonne Saint Preuve
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
8:00 +Stuart Olds req. Lori and Jim Rubino
12:10 +Anna Williams req. Mary Churley
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
8:00 Tessie Mulhern req. grandchildren
12:10 For the intentions of the Rego Family req. The Latin Translation Group
Thursday, August 11, 2011
8:00 +Lucia and Antonio Tana req. Leon Taricani
12:10 +Angel Sanchez req. mother
Friday, August 12, 2011
8:00 +Luchi Ruigomez req. Ana and Charles Paternina
12:10 Catherine and Jay Olnek 50th Wedding Anniversary
Saturday, August 13, 2011
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. the McAleer Family
12:10 +Members DeRosa, Kronk, Capobianco Families & Edwin Clark req. Joan & John Kronk

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

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets in the Church each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30a.m.

St. Anne’s Society . . .A family society which meets four times a year on Sundays after the 5pm mass, with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and prayer, supper, and a lecture in the church hall.

Pray to end Legalized Abortion . . . Wednesdays, 7-10:30a.m., Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St.

St. Dominic Savio Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young men, 8th – 12th grades. Ferry at 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies, 8th-12th grades. Beth at 203-975-0074.

Holy Hour……Come join us for Holy Hour on Monday Nights from 7pm—8 pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Rosary, and Benediction. All are welcome!

The Legion of Mary. . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in members’ homes. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Will not meet during the summer. See you in September.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory: basic reading ability required.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory: basic reading ability required.

Introduction to Hebrew. . . Thursdays at 5:30 pm in the rectory: This is a true beginner’s class in grammar.

Coffee Hour. . . After the Sunday 10 a.m. Mass is ended for the summer. Will start again in September.

St. John’s in THE NEWS:
The STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
130 years ago, or so:
August 10, 1883: Stamford. “Next Thursday, August 16th, the annual excursion of St. John’s R.C. church, already announced, comes off. Judging from the success of these entertainments in previous years, the capacious barge “Steven Warren” will be none too large to accommodate the throng of people who will not miss this opportunity for a pleasant holiday, especially since the net proceeds go to help finish the new church.”

The CONNECTICUT CATHOLIC:
120 years ago, or so:
August 12, 1893: Stamford. “William Stankard died at his home on the Meadow street on Tuesday. The funeral took place from his late residence Thursday afternoon at two o’clock. Interment was at Springdale cemetery. Mr. Stankard was one of the best known Irish American residents of Stamford.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: William Stankard was the donor of a stained glass window in the church: rectory side, second from front.)

The STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
80 years ago, or so:
August 19, 1930 : RAYMOND FARRELL QUALIFIED FOR EAGLE SCOUT RANK. “Raymond Farrell, junior assistant Scoutmaster of Stamford Troop 22, qualified for advancement to Eagle Scout, the highest Scout rank, at the Court of Honor held at Camp Toquam on Aug. 2. Satisfactory evidence was presented that he had continued to put into practice the ideas and principles of the Scout Oath and Law, the motto, “Be Prepared” and the “Daily Good Turn,” that he had maintained an active service relationship to Scouting since becoming a First Class Scout, and had made an effort to develop and demonstrate leadership ability; in addition to qualifying for twenty-one merit badges.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Raymond Farrell was St. John’s First Eagle Scout since the troop was organized in 1926.)

The NEW YORK TIMES:
50 years ago, or so:
August 25, 1964: “The will of the late Mrs. Margaret A. Horne of Strawberry Hill was admitted for probate today by Judge John P. Keating. Mrs. Horne, widow of the late Joseph A. Horne, former executive of Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company, died on June 25. The will bequeaths $5,000 each to St. Maurice Roman Catholic Church Corporation, St. John’s Roman Catholic Church Corporation and the Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport.”

What’s Most Important to You? – Fr Terry Walsh
“Wake up and recognize the dignity of your nature! Remember that you were made in the image of God—which, although it was corrupted in Adam, was still re-molded in Christ.” – St. Leo the Great
Have you ever wondered what life would be like today in 2011 if there had been television in, say, the year 1500? Would there have been a Renaissance? Would Michelangelo have painted the Sistine Chapel? Would Bernini have carved his many beautiful statues? Would we have seen the likes of the great Saints of that time who helped to build up the Church in holiness in the wake of the sadness of division? Or would they have been busy watching annoying sitcoms that dull the senses at best and lead to moral and spiritual decay at worst? Would they have found themselves fighting the same battle we face today? It’s so easy to sit down after a long day and plug into the bizarre world of television: hour after hour, day after day, year after year. According to the Nielsen report, Americans watch an average of 153 hours of TV each month (that’s over 5 hours a day!) and 29 hours of Internet video each month as well. Could this be good? Well, I suppose one would have to consider the content. It seems there’s been an abundance of talk shows with people constantly interrupting one another, leaving the viewer—and themselves—a bit agitated. Then there are the endless (so-called) self-help shows, the No money down shows, and the ancient re-runs from TV land! We have the news shows that seem to contradict one another (even though they are supposedly reporting “facts” without opinion), leaving the viewer dizzy. And, finally, what about the moral content of the mainstream line up? If we were to run the programs through the demands of our faith as St. Paul teaches in his many Letters in the New Testament, what would be left? Has the so-called mainstream lost sight of the dignity of the human person that we believe as Catholics is actually and truly been “re-molded” in Christ, as St. Leo the Great would say. Do you really and truly believe that God, the Creator of the Universe, The Holy Trinity, He who is Truth, dwells in you by virtue of your baptism? Paul teaches us, “When we cry, ‘Abba! Father! It is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him”(Romans 8:15-17). Heirs of God! What are we doing with the precious time we have been given to prove our love for God? How much time do we spend praying each day? Obviously there are different demands of prayer for different vocations in life, but all are called to that daily conversation. St. Francis De Sales wrote beautifully on this topic.
Still, all are called to pray; all are called to understand that God is the very cause of our existence and therefore the very center of our lives. Do our daily allotments of time for the various activities of our day reflect what is expected of us? Prayer is a grace, a conversation with God, a means of offering thanks and praise, a means of receiving wonderful graces that unlock the gifts our Lord has given each one of us, a means of nourishing those gifts for the good of others. Prayer enables us to grow closer to God and in so doing, discover the beauty he has begun in our very own souls! Prayer enables us to receive a greater measure of grace when we approach the Altar to receive the Eucharist or taking part in the healing of Confession or live out our marital bond with true attentiveness and a renewed desire to build up our spousal relationship. Yet, has the TV somehow eclipsed that primary relationship? Has TV become the new “Adoration” as I heard one priest put it recently? I thought he had made a very interesting observation, really. It’s a fair question. Actually, a rather scary comment if you think about it. TV sells itself on make believe. It appears real (not withstanding real events reported in the news, etc). On the other hand, many do not believe in the Real Presence of the Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and so He is neglected. And yet, He is real. The joys, the consolations, and the answers to life’s difficult questions and troublesome worries await us—in the Tabernacle—not on the Flatscreen. Jesus is really present in the Eucharist, in the Tabernacle. He’s simply waiting to have a heart to heart with each one of us. Why not stop by for just a quick visit—5 or 10 minutes. Seriously—5, 6 hours of TV each day? Add to that an hour or 2 more of the Internet—each day? Why not come visit God for a little while and begin to experience His transforming love in the very depths of your soul? There are many created goods that enrich our souls, to be sure — gifts from God. And yet, it certainly seems prudent to discern well what those things are. It also seems prudent to consider the effects of the influence we allow others (TV, Internet, etc) to have upon our understanding of the meaning and purpose of life. St. Leo the Great , writing in the 5th century (long before TV) encouraged us to look up at the stars and marvel at God’s Creation—and give thanks. More importantly, he encouraged us to look deep within our hearts, through prayerful meditation, and recognize the very Indwelling of God in our souls. He said: “And so, dear friends, I don’t tell you or advise you to despise God’s works, or to think there is anything against your faith in what the good God has made good. But use every kind of creature, and everything this world is equipped with, reasonably and moderately. For as the Apostle (Paul) says, ‘the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.’ So because we are born for the present and reborn for the future, let us not give ourself up to transient goods, but to eternal ones”(St. Leo the Great, Sermon 27, 6).
Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever, even the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him or knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you”(Gospel of John, chapter 14: 15-17).

Bulletin for Sunday July 31, 2011

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday July 31, 2011

Pastor’s Corner. . . .

August 6th is the Solemnity of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. This is an ancient feast. It was first celebrated in the 5th century and became a popular feast only in 1457 following the Catholic defeat of the Turks at the gates of Belgrade. The feast is based on an historic event: Our Lord being transfigured before his Apostles Saints Peter, James and John, on the top of Mount Tabor in the Holy Land.
Why would Christ show Himself in His glory as God? What was the point? We must put this into the context of Our Lord’s public ministry. The Transfiguration of Christ is reported in four places in the New Testament: Matthew 17: 1-9; Mark 9:29; Luke 9:28-36; the Second Letter of St. Peter, 1:10-21. Our Lord had begun the second part of His public ministry with His predictions of His death on the Cross. His Apostles were nervous about His repetitious assertion that He would die by crucifixion, especially since they put their hopes in the mistaken belief that Jesus was to be a political messiah, come primarily to liberate Israel from political subjugation to the Roman Empire. Our Lord now took His three most trusted Apostles, Saints Peter, John and James, up to the peak of Mount Tabor, and manifested to them the reality of who He is: God; and the reason for which God had come as a man: to save all mankind from slavery to sin and death, not merely to free God’s Chosen People from political slavery. Atop Mount Tabor, showing the Apostles His glory as God, Jesus manifested also that He is the fulfillment of all the Prophets and the Law of the Old Testament. This was made clear by Jesus’ manifestation of the Prophets Elijah, the greatest of the Old Testament Prophets, and Moses, who received the Ten Commandments from God.
The Transfiguration of Our Lord speaks also to us today. Jesus is not simply another prophet or religious teacher. He is God, and He calls us to share in His divine life and glory in Heaven, by means of the graces flowing from His Cross, that come to us primarily by means of the Church’s sacraments, established by Him. The Cross, which Jesus repeatedly referred to, and which frightened the Apostles, is the only means by which our slavery to sin and death is ended. We come into contact with the Cross by the Church and Her Sacraments, given us by Christ as His instruments to change our lives to become more like God here on earth, and to share in His glory in Heaven.
On August 6th, meditate on Our Lord’s generosity, and the means by which He gives us a share in His life. By taking on our human nature and becoming one like us in everything but sin, and by offering Himself on the Cross to pay for our sins, Jesus showed His true nature and work: He is the one and eternal God who became man so that mankind could become God. We can share in that glory by a life of faith and virtue, heeding the Word of God in our daily lives and allowing God to transform us through His grace of the Sacraments. Christ’s glory on Mount Tabor in the Transfiguration will be ours, if we are in love with the God who became man, Jesus Our Lord.— Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Sandra Maysied,Vincent Sharkey, Sr., Sr. Ellen Mary Doherty, C.S.J., Louise Morello, Vera Benna, Lily Ann O’Connell, Ed Nemcheck, Jo Darling, Thomas Mahala, Titina Tarantino, Richard Ridge, Mario Stano, Mark Ferris, Marie Maddox, Barbara Schueger, Terry Cooke, Stacey, Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Corrine Mattson, Billy Therriault, Kathleen Nichols, Millie Maida, Joseph Hlavaty, Rev. Carlos Antonio Mesa, Corrie Evans, Shirly Mailhot, Roledonne Samedi.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Morris Smith, Sr. Elizabeth Hart, R.S.M., Margaret Mary Cycon, Mildred J. Fiore, Tana Sibilio, Dr. Bela Szele, Audrey Reda, Helen Pataky, William Kilcoyne, Jr., Matilda “Tillie” Sisca, Giuseppina Docimo, Adelaide Velanzano, Aura Piedra, Jeanne & Andy Robustelli, Mary Ferrara, Genoveffa Melchionno, Cynthia Callahan, Teresa Angelini, Natale Sposato, Joseph George Terenzio.

Repainting the Church. . . Currently we have $558,903.00 pledged towards a goal of $629,000.00. I ask everyone’s help in this. The three parish priests are donating $1,000.00 each. If each individual or household would contribute $1,000, payable over 10 months, we’ll have it. Look at it this way: —that’s $100. per month, or $25. per week, or $3.57 per day. Please lend us a hand.

Church Saints. . . The Canning design for repainting the church interior includes the painting pictures of eight saints in shades of gray and white, in imitation of the marble statues in the sanctuary. The eight saints will go on the upper walls of the transepts: two on either side of each of the two large windows. The saints chosen are: Saints Joachim and Anne [the oldest devotional society in the parish]; Blessed Pope Pius IX [pope when the parish began in 1847]; Saint Patrick; Saint Augustine; Saint Monica; Saint Philip Neri; Saint Michael the Archangel.

Monday Evening Holy Hour . . . Monday nights 7-8:00 pm for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Rosary in the church. Next Hour: Monday, August 1st at 7 p.m.

Protectress of Rome Icon Votive Light Memorial . . . Special Intentions Ann and Matthew Borkowski req. Michael Borkowski.

Banns of Marriage:
Banns I:
David Smith and Abigail Ramsey
Anthony D. Northern and Valerie LaGuerre
Banns II:
Kerline Guillaume and Luca Boursiquot
Banns III:
Mariana Nino and Donald Cowan
Lindsey Fox and James Hilaire

Brides in 2012. . . The church interior will be covered in scaffolding beginning October 10th: the sanctuary to the aisle crossing until Christmas 2011; from the aisle crossing to the front door through late March, 2012. All should be completed by Holy Week. Please plan accordingly.

The Civil War, Reconstruction and Construction: St. John’s, 1861-1886:
This parish historic exhibit traces the contribution of Saint John’s parishioners during the Civil War, displaying Civil War artifacts from both the Stamford Historical Society and the parish archives; the development of Catholic life in Stamford following the War; and the work of one of our parishioners, John Ennis, Union Army veteran, architect and builder of the upper church dedicated on May 30, 1886. This exhibit will be offered in the Rectory through August 8th:
Mondays-Fridays, 9:00 am. until 4:30 pm: just ring the bell;
Saturdays and Sundays BY appointment:
Please call the rectory (324-1553, ext 11 or 21). There is no charge.

Home Schooling Families. . . A group for home schooling families meets monthly on Tuesday. All ages are welcome. Please contact Julianne DeMarco at 203-966-3641, juliannedemarco@yahoo.com, or Janet Lancaster at 203-637-3301, mlancaster@optonline.net.

Sunday July 24, 2011 $ 12,417.50
Sunday July 25, 2010 $ 12,151.01

“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

August 7th Sunday Readings: 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a; Rom 9:1-5; Mt 14:22-33.
Latin Mass. . . Fr. Cyprian LaPastina offers the Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. here at Saint John’s; The August 2nd Mass is cancelled; the next Mass is Tuesday, August 9th.

Memorial Votive Lights . . . The votive lights at the shrine of Saint Peter, St. Joseph, and at the icon of Mary Protectress of the Roman People, may be memorialized each week for the intention of a loved one, or for the repose of a deceased loved one for a donation of $20.00 per candle, per week. Please call Cindy at 203-324-1553, ext. 21.

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

St. John’s 20’s and 30’s: The Flock….our new young adult group, offers social and community service activities. Meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the rectory. Doors open at 7:00 PM. (More info: Deirdre.Garrahan@gmail.com).

Job Seekers . . . Meets the 4th Monday monthly in the rectory at 7:30pm: all are welcome. There’s no charge for these services. The group is led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or call her at 203-866-1606.Next meeting: Monday August 29th.

Latin Reading Group. . .Wednesdays: 6:15 pm in the Rectory (reading ability required).

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . Will not meet during the summer. See you in September.

Hebrew Beginners’ Grammar Class. . .Thursdays: 5:30 pm in the Rectory.

Biblical Greek Study Group. . .Thursdays: 6:30 pm in the Rectory (reading ability required).

Saint Joseph Parenting Center Seeks Volunteers. . .The Saint Joseph Parenting Center (SJPC) is a non profit parent education center located at St Mary Parish on Elm Street in Stamford. We provide free parenting classes to adults in Fairfield County who are at risk of abusing and/or neglecting their children. SJPC is currently seeking compassionate and committed volunteers to assist in our office with reception and light clerical work on either Monday mornings or Wednesday evenings. For more information about volunteering at SJPC, please call (203)588-1934 or email sgalanski@sjpcenter.org . , or see our website at www.sjpcenter.org. We are now up and running on Facebook. Please join us. (Note: Our offices will be closing for a 3 week summer break. We’ll be back August 15th.)

Homeschooling. . . If you are interested, come to the Immaculate Heart of Mary New York Homeschool and Parent Conference at the DoubleTee Hotel at 455 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY, Friday, August 5th: 2-8 pm and Saturday, August 6th: 9-4pm for information. Free Admission. For more information:www.IHMConference.org This meeting is restricted to parents with teens, children and nursing babies.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, July 30, 2011
4:00 +Members DeRosa, Kronk, Capobianco Families and Edwin Clark req. Joan and John Kronk
Sunday, July 31, 2011
7:30 The suffering souls in Purgatory req. the Mossa Family
8:30 +Caterina Bertuca Piria req. Domenico Piria
10:00 +Sharonlee Musolini req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
12:00 +Salvatore Piro req. Josephine and Al Mitchell
5:00 +Louise and Arthur Thiel req. Andrew and Valerie McAleer
6:00 +Rose Astrid Jean-Guillaume req. her parents
Monday, August 1, 2011
8:00 People of the Parish
12:10 +Mary Windsor req. Joseph and Agnes Kung
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
8:00 +Albert and Amelia Carriera req. Gerard J. Carriera
12:10 +Archbishop Basil M. Schott req. Mary Churley
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
8:00 +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Joe Loglisci req. Rosa Parisi
Thursday, August 4, 2011
8:00 +Santilli/DiOrio Families req. Anita Fasanelli
12:10 +Gina Drew req. Danny Rainho
Friday, August 5, 2011
8:00 Tessie Mulhern req. Mulhern Grandchildren
12:10 Sr. Danielle Gonzalez, FMA, final vows req. Dr. Joseph McAleer
Saturday, August 6, 2011
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
12:10 Special Intentions Gerard Landon req. Josephine Languedoc

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

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets in the Church each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30a.m.

St. Anne’s Society . . .A family society which meets four times a year on Sundays after the 5pm mass, with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and prayer, supper, and a lecture in the church hall.

Pray to end Legalized Abortion . . . Wednesdays, 7-10:30a.m., Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St.

St. Dominic Savio Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young men, 8th – 12th grades. Ferry at 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies, 8th-12th grades. Beth at 203-975-0074.

Holy Hour……Come join us for Holy Hour on Monday Nights from 7pm—8 pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Rosary, and Benediction. All are welcome!

The Legion of Mary. . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in members’ homes. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Will not meet during the summer. See you in September.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory: basic reading ability required.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory: basic reading ability required.

Introduction to Hebrew. . . Thursdays at 5:30 pm in the rectory: This is a true beginner’s class in grammar.

Coffee Hour. . . After the Sunday 10 a.m. Mass is ended for the summer. Will start again in September.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
140 years ago, or so:
August 7, 1868: Local News. “The St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Total Abstinence and Benevolent Society, which has recently been organized in this town, promises much more than at first anticipated. Between two and three hundred male members already have joined and taken the pledge, and not a single instance, but one, of falling away, has yet been reported. The society has a firm hold on its members by the influence and example of its excellent leader, Father Gaffney, and to the perseverance and energy of that gentleman are due in a great measure the efficient working and sound basis of the association.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: The Reverend Eugene Gaffney was a curate at St. John’s from 1867 to 1871.)

105 years ago, or so:
August 3, 1906: Special Devotions. “The devotion of the Portiuncula was concluded at sunset, yesterday, in St. John’s R. C. Church, having been commenced at 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. The holding of this devotion is a special privilege, and outside of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hartford, there are only two or three churches in the diocese where it may be held. The devotion was attended by a large number of people.”

100 years ago, or so:
August 7, 1909 : WELCOME TO FATHER O’BRIEN. “The steamer Baltic, upon which the Rev. James C. O’Brien, pastor of St. John’s R. C. Church, is a passenger, is expected to reach New York tomorrow. Members of the parish who have been arranging for a reception to the pastor have decided to hold it tomorrow evening in the Lyceum. The church choir will take part, and there will probably be some short addresses, but the main object is to show the pastor something of the esteem in which he is held by his flock, and how glad they are they he has enjoyed a holiday, and returned in good health.”

70 years ago, or so:
August 6, 1941 : “The General Philip Sheridan Branch, Ancient Order of Hibernians, will observe the fiftieth anniversary of its founding with a special program of activities Saturday and Sunday. The Stamford branch was started in 1891 and was known for years as Division Number Two. Its first officers were F. T. Galagher, president; Dr. L. S. Buckley, vice president; James Devitt, recording secretary; James M. Picker, financial secretary; and James McGee, treasurer. Since its organization, the branch has had a steady and sound growth.”

What is the Purpose of your Life?
– Fr Terry Walsh
“They feast on the riches of your house; they drink from the stream of your delight. In you is the source of life and in your light we see light.” – Psalm 36
In order to answer the question, we need to consider the purpose of Creation. After all, we didn’t create ourselves. God did. And so, really, we need to consider the nature of God. Who is He? Why did he create anything, let alone man? God has revealed Himself to us—we call it Divine Revelation: Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture. He has revealed Himself to us in such a way that we can know him, personally, and know why he created. We can understand the nature and purpose of our existence. We can choose to respond to his invitation and in so doing, we can choose to live with him, in him, really, for all eternity. Ah, how important it is to read the Scriptures; how necessary it is to understand the beauty and the authority of the Church.
Great philosophers yearned for the knowledge and understanding we have been given. They searched for the same answers: Who am I? Why do I exist? Where did the Universe come from? Who is God? They searched because of their desire to understand the meaning and purpose of existence and they were able to grow in their knowledge and understanding through the gift of Reason—a gift that God had given them—a God they did not know. Throughout the centuries, each generation would build on the knowledge gained by the previous one. Yet, the deepest questions concerning the nature of man and his ultimate purpose could only be answered by a gift—God telling us about himself. For instance, while philosophers could actually conclude through the use of reason that God exists and that he created all things, they could never come to know him as a Holy Trinity. God had to tell us.
Even on the first page of the Bible the Trinity is working together to create all things—through love. Indeed, St. John teaches us that God is love. It is the love within the Trinity that explodes out into Creation as it were—not my accident—but by a free act of love. God willed it. He speaks all of Creation into being—through the Word. Let there be this, let there be that. And it is. On the sixth day, God says: “Let US create man in OUR image, after OUR likeness.” Notice the plural—US and OUR. God is a family—three distinct Persons—Divine Persons—and yet—One Eternal God. He is, as the Catechism so beautifully teaches, one nature, one substance, one essence, one God—yet, three distinct Persons, equal to each other in power, majesty, and love. It is their love that spills out into Creation—He wills it. God created the Universe and everything in it out of love—pure, gratuitous love. Therefore, the purpose of our life is to love. He created us in His image and likeness—that is with the Gifts of Reason and Freedom, as well as an immortal soul so that we could fulfill our purpose, to love, and so become like Him, He who is holy, he who is love. And, He tells us how we may accomplish our mission to love. “If you love me,” Jesus tells his disciples, “keep my Commandments…love your neighbor as yourself…pick up your Cross and follow me” and so on—it’s all there in Divine Revelation, particularly in the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Not only does he tell us what to do, but he actually gives us all the tools and teaches us how to accomplish it. He instructs us and then he gives us the grace. The problem, of course, is the tendency we have toward selfishness, more commonly known as concupiscence. After the Fall of man, our human nature was weakened. We can know God and understand what he has called us to do through the gift of Reason. But, he leaves the choice up to us. After all, the purpose of our life is to love. That is why we were given the gift of freedom. It is impossible to love without that gift since love is ultimately an act of the will—it’s a decision—a choice (love is not merely a feeling). At the heart of love is sacrifice. We need only look to the Cross to see the perfect act of love. “Not my will, but your will be done!” we hear Jesus say in the Garden of Gethsemane. We imitate our Lord when we pray the Our Father, “Thy will be done.” In other words, when we freely ask God to help us be formed into His Likeness, we are saying “I love you” to God. And in this life, that formation will involve both joy and sorrow, consolations and desolations. The key is to keep turning toward Him and allow Him to teach us, to nourish us, to heal us, to love us. He does it most powerfully through the Sacraments. And the graces we receive Sacramentally that form us into His Likeness depend so much on us, our willingness to be taught, nourished, healed, loved. That’s where prayer comes in—which opens the heart to a humble recognition of the Presence and Power of God and humbly admits our littleness—our utter dependency on the Author of all life to give us life—to let us bask in his Light – and so “feast on the riches of His House” – that is—” to be “caught up in the love of the Holy Trinity—forever.

Bulletin for Sunday July 24, 2011

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday July 24, 2011

Pastor’s Corner. . . . July 26th is the Feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parents of Our Lady. The celebration of this humble married couple belies the common place wisdom that religion doesn’t have much affect on real life. Possibly the person who first coined that notion just didn’t have much religion to begin with, so its absence was a greater personal influence. Nevertheless, the homespun lives of Saints Joachim and Anne, while not very Hollywood, and not even fully known, did change history, since their daughter participated significantly in the Incarnation, whereby God’s entrance into human history as the God-become-Man, Jesus of Nazareth, transformed all subsequent human history and all creation.
Even though nothing is mentioned in Scripture, the fact that Mary had parents can be taken for granted. But there is a very early document, known as the Protoevangelium of Saint James, written between 170-180 A.D. [For the full document, Google www.newadvent.org/fathers/0847.htm] It is one of the most famous apocryphal writings [meaning, not part of the Bible] of the early Church and, despite it not having been included by the Church in its canon of Scriptural books, was one of the most widely read religious works of its age: originally written in Greek, there are early extant Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Armenian, Georgian, Arabic and Ethiopic translations or paraphrases. It was a best seller, and was quoted by many of the Church Fathers. The work enjoyed an unparalleled influence on the popular devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the early Church, as seen by the development of various Marian feast days, such as the Immaculate Conception, the Presentation of the Virgin, and that of Saints Joachim and Anne. By the 6th century there were two massive churches built in honor of Mary’s parents in Jerusalem and Constantinople, and their feast day was celebrated in the east; in Rome by the 8th century, and from there, throughout Europe. While everything in the book cannot be taken as historically true, much of it can. And the lives of Saints Joachim and Anne as presented in this work is the earliest known written version of their story.
Why a devotion to the parents of Mary? First, in an earlier age, no family was considered complete without grandparents. Likewise, the story of a married couple struggling with the seeming impasse of not being able to have children, was so touchingly real that it captured the attention of millions. Here is a story of the complete Holy Family, whose beginning is found in the generosity of God’s blessings on a man and his wife who asked God’s help. Not only is the faith and trust in God of Joachim and Anne repaid by their conceiving Mary, but, they mark the very moment when the Divine intimately enters human history—God intervened in the conception of Mary, the fruit of the very natural and intimate act of human love of Joachim and Anne, and He preserved Mary from the stain of Adam’s Original Sin, in view of Mary’s role as the Mother of the Savior, and in anticipation of Christ’s saving sacrifice.
The parish’s images of Saint Anne are traditional, and can be seen on the pulpit, and in the small statue to the left of the altar: Saint Anne instructing a young Mary from the Scriptures of the Old Testament. The relics of Saints Anne & Joachim are next to the small statue. While the background fabric of the banner is new, its image of Saint Anne and Mary is very old: cardboard figures, embroidered and hand decorated, taken from the original late-19th century parish banner that was used here at Saint John’s. It is an image of a mother teaching her daughter the ways of God. While Mary did play an essential role in our salvation by being the Mother of God, she was not born with a Catholic Encyclopedia in her head. She had to be educated and formed, as do all children, by parents. Saint Anne provided much of that education, especially about God and His love, and how to be a faithful servant of God, according to Jewish law and customs. It was this education, spiritual guidance and human formation of Mary as a young lady by her mother that further prepared Mary for her momentous role as the most important woman in human history—the second Eve, through whom all creation would be recreated by her Son, Jesus—the second Adam. Simple, homespun words, examples of faith, charity, forgiveness, instructions about God as the most important One in their lives, and how to pray: these are some of the commonplace instructions that Saint Anne must have given her daughter; commonplace by nature, yet exceptional in their result: Mary was prepared to be the mother of our salvation in Christ.
Saints Joachim and Anne are the patrons of married couples, who remained faithful to each other and to God, despite rough times in their marriage. Their fidelity and faith strengthened them to remain together, and their love helped to bring about your salvation. Nothing commonplace about their simple lives, daily formed by their love for God and each other. Not bad patrons and examples for real married family life.
— Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Sr. Ellen Mary Doherty, C.S.J., Louise Morello, Vera Benna, Lily Ann O’Connell, Ed Nemcheck, Jo Darling, Thomas Mahala, Titina Tarantino, Richard Ridge, Mario Stano, Mark Ferris, Marie Maddox, Barbara Schueger, Terry Cooke, Stacey, Megan Bobroske, Connie Ward, Corrine Mattson, Billy Therriault, Kathleen Nichols, Millie Maida, Joseph Hlavaty, Rev. Carlos Antonio Mesa, Corrie Evans, Shirly Mailhot, Roledonne Samedi.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Sr. Elizabeth Hart, R.S.M., Margaret Mary Cycon, Mildred J. Fiore, Tana Sibilio, Dr. Bela Szele, Audrey Reda, Helen Pataky, William Kilcoyne, Jr., Matilda “Tillie” Sisca, Giuseppina Docimo, Adelaide Velanzano, Aura Piedra, Jeanne & Andy Robustelli, Mary Ferrara, Genoveffa Melchionno, Cynthia Callahan, Teresa Angelini, Natale Sposato, Joseph George Terenzio, Elizabeth Gross, Natalie Ryan, Soreida Mendez, Dr. Elaine Parliman, Jack Mahan, Pat Civitillo, Dr. Erlman, Robert Monahan, Asst. Police Chief Francis Cronin, Babe Ruggiero, Mrs. Schuyler-Jones, Theodore Brutus, E. Gaynor Brennan, Jr.

Repainting the Church. . . Currently we have $556,783.00 pledged towards a goal of $629,000.00. I ask everyone’s help in this. The three parish priests are donating $1,000.00 each. If each individual or household would contribute $1,000, payable over 10 months, we’ll have it. Look at it this way: —that’s $100. per month, or $25. per week, or $3.57 per day. Please lend us a hand.

Church Saints. . . The Canning design for repainting the church interior includes the painting pictures of eight saints in shades of gray and white, in imitation of the marble statues in the sanctuary. The eight saints will go on the upper walls of the transepts: two on either side of each of the two large windows. The saints chosen are: Saints Joachim and Anne [the oldest devotional society in the parish]; Blessed Pope Pius IX [pope when the parish began in 1847]; Saint Patrick; Saint Augustine; Saint Monica; Saint Philip Neri; Saint Michael the Archangel.

St. Joseph Votive Light Memorial. . . In memory of Anna and Carmine Coniglio req. Camille Coniglio
Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light Memorial. . . In memory of Madeline Sabia req. Camille Coniglio.

Monday Evening Holy Hour . . . Monday nights 7-8:00 pm for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Rosary in the church. Next Hour: July 25th at 7 p.m.

Banns of Marriage:
Banns II:

Mariana Nino and Donald Cowan
Lindsey Fox and James Hilaire

Brides in 2012. . . The church interior will be covered in scaffolding beginning October 10th: the sanctuary to the aisle crossing until Christmas 2011; from the aisle crossing to the front door through late March, 2012. All should be completed by Holy Week. Please plan accordingly.

The Civil War, Reconstruction and Construction: St. John’s, 1861-1886:
This parish historic exhibit traces the contribution of Saint John’s parishioners during the Civil War, displaying Civil War artifacts from both the Stamford Historical Society and the parish archives; the development of Catholic life in Stamford following the War; and the work of one of our parishioners, John Ennis, Union Army veteran, architect and builder of the upper church dedicated on May 30, 1886. This exhibit will be offered in the Rectory through August 8th:
Mondays-Fridays, 9:00 am. until 4:30 pm: just ring the bell;
Saturdays and Sundays BY appointment:
Please call the rectory (324-1553, ext 11 or 21). There is no charge.

Home Schooling Families. . . A group for home schooling families meets monthly on Tuesday. All ages are welcome. Please contact Julianne DeMarco at 203-966-3641, juliannedemarco@yahoo.com, or Janet Lancaster at 203-637-3301, mlancaster@optonline.net.

Sunday July 17, 2011 $ 13,058.00
Sunday July 18, 2010 $ 10,672.18

“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

July 31st Sunday Readings: Is 55:1-3; Rom 8:35, 37-39; Mt 14:13-21.

Latin Mass. . . Fr. Cyprian LaPastina will offer the Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. here at Saint John’s; the next Mass is Tuesday, July 26th.

Memorial Votive Lights . . . The votive lights at the shrine of Saint Peter, St. Joseph, and at the icon of Mary Protectress of the Roman People, may be memorialized each week for the intention of a loved one, or for the repose of a deceased loved one for a donation of $20.00 per candle, per week. Please call Cindy at 203-324-1553, ext. 21.

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

St. John’s 20’s and 30’s: The Flock….our new young adult group, offers social and community service activities. Meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the rectory. Doors open at 7:00 PM. (More info: Deirdre.Garrahan@gmail.com).

Handy Man. . . Need a truck for hire, clean-ups or dump runs, and someone to do the work? Call James Pipicelli, a member of the parish Holy Name Society: 203-550-4285.

Job Seekers . . . Meets the 4th Monday of each month in the rectory at 7:30pm: all are welcome. There’s no charge for these services. The group is led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or call her at 203-866-1606.Next meeting: Monday July 25th.

Latin Reading Group. . .Wednesdays: 6:15 pm in the Rectory (reading ability required).

Saint Monica Patristic Institute. . . Will not meet during the summer. See you in September.

Hebrew Beginners’ Grammar Class. . .Thursdays: 5:30 pm in the Rectory.

Biblical Greek Study Group. . .Thursdays: 6:30 pm in the Rectory (reading ability required).

Saint Joseph Parenting Center Seeks Volunteers. . .The Saint Joseph Parenting Center (SJPC) is a non profit parent education center located at St Mary Parish on Elm Street in Stamford. We provide free parenting classes to adults in Fairfield County who are at risk of abusing and/or neglecting their children. SJPC is currently seeking compassionate and committed volunteers to assist in our office with reception and light clerical work on either Monday mornings or Wednesday evenings. For more information about volunteering at SJPC, please call (203)588-1934 or email sgalanski@sjpcenter.org . , or see our website at www.sjpcenter.org. We are now up and running on Facebook. Please join us. (Note: Our offices will be closing for a 3 week summer break. We’ll be back August 15th.)

Natural Family Planning Awareness Week July 24-30, 2011….. . A Mass for NFP Awareness Week will be celebrated on Tuesday July 26th at St. Rose of Lima Parish, Newtown, CT at 7:30 p.m., with Eucharistic Adoration and Rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m. The dates of NFP Awareness Week highlight the 43rd anniversary of the Papal Encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25), which articulates Catholic teaching about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. The dates also mark the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne (July 26), the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. http://www.usccb.org/prolife/issues/nfp/index.shtml.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, July 23, 2011
4:00 +Sharonlee Musolino req. Alison Tosches
Sunday, July 24, 2011
7:30 +Margretta DeVivo 4th Anniversary req. DeVivo and Munro families
8:30 +Achille Lamontagne req. Augusta Lamontagne
10:00 John Kret req. Kateri Duffey
12:00 Special Intentions Mary Kung req. Joseph and Agnes Kung
5:00 +Louise and Arthur Thiel req. Andrew and Valerie McAleer
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, July 25, 2011
8:00 +Raymond J. Seery req. Julia Mulligan
12:10 +Bridget Cebulski req. the Duffy family
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
8:00 +Anthony and Derrick Ramos req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
12:10 +Julius Sebestyen Family req. family
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
8:00 +Lucia Melchionno req. Joanna Wesson
12:10 +Archbishop Basil M. Schott req. Mary Churley
Thursday, July 28, 2011
8:00 In Honor of St. Francis req. Maria
12:10 +Helen M. Cappiello req. the Duffy family
Friday, July 29, 2011
8:00 +Mary Ellen Gasdaska req. Hannah Young
12:10 John Kret req. Kateri Duffey
Saturday, July 30, 2011
8:00 +James Andersen req. the Mossa family
12:10 +Diane Bonanno req. the Renella family

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

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets in the Church each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30a.m.

St. Anne’s Society . . .A family society which meets four times a year on Sundays after the 5pm mass, with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and prayer, supper, and a lecture in the church hall.

Pray to end Legalized Abortion . . . Wednesdays, 7-10:30a.m., Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St.

St. Dominic Savio Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young men, 8th – 12th grades. Ferry at 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies, 8th-12th grades. Beth at 203-975-0074.

Holy Hour……Come join us for Holy Hour on Monday Nights from 7pm—8 pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Rosary, and Benediction. All are welcome!

The Legion of Mary. . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in members’ homes. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Will not meet during the summer. See you in September.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory: basic reading ability required.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory: basic reading ability required.

Introduction to Hebrew. . . Thursdays at 5:30 pm in the rectory: This is a true beginner’s class in grammar.

Coffee Hour. . . After the Sunday 10 a.m. Mass is ended for the summer. Will start again in September.

St. John’s in THE NEWS:
The CONNECTICUT CATHOLIC:
120 years ago, or so:
July 25, 1891: Stamford. “The delegation headed by Rev. Father Keena to the shrine of St. Ann Toronto, Canada, arrived home last Friday. All seemed deeply impressed with the pilgrimage and claim they are much benefited by the journey. Some miraculous cures have often taken place at this shrine.”
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following year, 1892, Father Keena organized the St. Anne’s Society at St. John’s.)

The STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
115 years ago, or so:
July 29, 1897: Wanted-A Crosswalk or a Ferry. “Few crosswalks in the city are used by more people than the one on Atlantic Street, near Bell. Thousands of people walk over it to attend services in the Roman Catholic Church, to say nothing of the thousands who use it in passing to and from the Advocate Building. The crosswalk-and it is only a poor excuse for one-has long been in a bad condition. In rainy weather a big pool of water collects in the middle of the street, and an enterprising merchant has been accustomed to send a man with a shovel to remove the lake between the car-tracks. A new walk is needed here, and the street should be repaired at once.”

The HARTFORD COURANT:
110 years ago, or so:
July 31, 1899 : “Three candidates for the priesthood were ordained by Bishop Tierney at St. Joseph’s Cathedral yesterday morning, a large congregation being present and some forty priests of the diocese occupying seats in the sanctuary. The candidates were James A. Broderick of Willimantic, Bernard Donnelly of Stamford and John Kennedy of Naugatuck. Bishop Tierney performed the ceremony of ordination and laying on of hands, and he was assisted by the Rev. Florimond De Bruycker of Willimantic and the Rev. Thomas W. Broderick of St. Peter’s Church, this city, as deacons of honor, and the Rev. Dr. James P. Donovan, chancellor of the diocese, as master of ceremonies. The Rev. John H. Broderick of Moosup was chaplain to his brother, the Rev. William H. Rogers of Stamford was chaplain to Bernard Donnelly, and the Rev. P. M Kennedy was chaplain to his nephew, John Kennedy. The sermon was preached by the Rev. Felix O’Neill of Willimantic. The ceremony was very impressive and the young men are well known as students of promise and earnest to succeed in their chosen calling.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: The Reverend William H. Rogers was pastor of St. John’s in 1899.)

Who do you play for? -Fr. Terry Walsh
Grant that we, who are nourished by his body and blood, may be filled with his Holy Spirit, and become one body, one spirit in Christ. – Eucharistic Prayer III

Do you remember the movie “Miracle on Ice” that told the story of the surprising USA Hockey team that took home the Gold Medal in the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Games? Tensions were hot throughout the world in those days – Communism and the Cold War was at a fever pitch. And, of course, the Nation was dealing with the terrible Hostage Crisis in Iran. And yet, in a few short weeks at Lake Placid, a small group of young men gave an entire country an unexpected joy that seemed to linger long after the closing ceremonies and to have a lasting effect on us all.
The Victories on the Ice were utterly astounding. The USA Hockey team was the clear underdog entering into the Olympics. And yet, the Miracle of rising to the top was something much deeper – much richer than even the Gold Medal itself. It was a lesson in virtue. Courage, Sacrifice, Singleness of purpose. Herb Brooks, the Coach of that unforgettable Team, taught his players something about the human spirit. A simple lesson, really, but one that seems to allude many. It is the lesson of selflessness. The turning point in the training of the team came after a grueling practice session as the team drew closer to the opening ceremonies. There were many such sessions, but what set this particular session apart from the rest was that it came on the heels of what could be called a battle with ‘selfishness’. The team had just lost a scrimmage game on the road. As Herb Brooks gazed upon the faces of his players down the final minutes of the game, his players seemed to have their minds – and their eyes – on other things. They were not “in the game” but rather, they had drifted away. So, immediately after the game, the American Team stayed on the ice. And they began doing wind sprints back and forth on the ice. One after the other. It was the custom of Coach Brooks to pause during typical practices, especially in the early days of putting the team together and ask one of the lads where they were from – who did they play for. And each would respond by shouting out his name and the College or University he represented – remember, these were College guys – not Professionals, like the Russian team. But on this particular night – he didn’t ask them – he just drilled them – one sprint after another. The assistant coach reluctantly blew the whistle to signal the start of each sprint. From time to time, he would plead with Coach Brooks that the lads just couldn’t handle any more—they were exhausted to the point of collapsing. It was time to call it a day. But Coach Brooks was not satisfied. They had indeed come so far, and yet, they hadn’t yet learned the most important thing—and it could not be taught—it had to be learned. He would not stop. Finally, in one brief pause between whistles, as the players were all clutching their legs, gasping for breath, one player yelled out his name: “Mike Eruzione!” Coach Brooks replied, “Who do you play for?” Eruzione replied, “I play for the United States of America!” It was all the Brooks was waiting for. Eruzione, the captain of the team, did not play for the College here. He was chosen to play for his Country. He finally understood, and so too his teammates finally understood. And who do you play for? In his Letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul chides the community for losing sight of their true identity. They lost sight of the Truth of the Gospel. They were not living as brothers and sisters in Christ. “For when one says, ‘I belong to Paul,’ and another, ‘I belong to Apollos,’ are your not merely men? What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are equal, and each shall receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building”(1 Corinthians 3:5-9).
What is your name? Who do you play for? I play for Jesus Christ, He who humbled Himself to become man in order to redeem me – that I may become a member of His Mystical Body (His Team) and so share Everlasting Life with Him in Heaven. And what is required? Love. And Love, by it’s very nature is sacrificial. St. Paul would go on to teach the Corinthians – and all of us – the nature of love (see chapters 12 and 13 of this same Letter). Our Team is the Church, whose guiding Light is the Holy Spirit. “The Church has been planted in this world like a Garden of Eden. Thus the Spirit of God says, ‘You may freely eat of every tree of the garden’(Genesis 2:16) – that is, ‘Eat from every Scripture of the Lord, but you must not eat with a proud mind, or touch any heretical discord”(St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies, 5.20.2).