Bulletin for Sunday April 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Please pray for the sick: Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Erin Wiggin, Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Debbie Schemmel, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Travino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Anne Touhey, Bill Rice, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bulletin for Easter Sunday April 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please pray for the sick: Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Debbie Schemmel, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Travino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Anne Touhey, Bill Rice, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coffee Hour: There is no Coffee Hour this Sunday, April 16th, because of Easter. Coffee Hour will resume Sunday April 23rd, after the 10a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

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

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

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

Bulletin for Palm Sunday April 9, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday April 9, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: Today begins Holy Week, recalling Our Lord’s last earthly days and His work for our salvation. Tenebrae, on Spy Wednesday (April 12 at 8pm) is a sung scriptural service setting the stage for the last three days of the week: Holy Thursday’s evening Mass (April 13 at 8:00 p.m.) recalls the Last Supper during which Our Lord instituted the priesthood and the Eucharist, and when he was betrayed by Judas, denied by Peter and, later, arrested. It is during this most profound offering of Himself for our salvation that humanity betrayed the Son of God in the person of Judas Iscariot. Judas’ betrayal of the Son of God for a mere 30 pieces of silver mirrored Lucifer’s betrayal of God for power. In Dante’s Inferno, Judas is placed in the lowest circle of Hell, named after him—Judecca. There, in the very heart of Hell, is Lucifer—frozen solid, raging in eternal isolation, yet unable to express his titanic hatred for God except by his bloody tears. Judas is with him. Satan, the betrayer of God the Creator and Redeemer, gnaws Judas, the betrayer of the Son of God, for all eternity.

The Gospel account tells us that Jesus knew the heart of Judas and the weakness of His other Apostles. Nevertheless, God, the Creator of the universe, who humbled Himself to be born in the flesh of the Virgin Mary, and who soon humbled Himself to feed His followers with His very Body and Blood, and who was about to sacrifice Himself on the Cross, bowed down before his Apostles to wash the feet of all Twelve, even those of His betrayer. Saint Augustine made this observation about Christ’s humility and love for us: “Why wonder, since He poured water into a basin wherewith to wash His disciples’ feet, who poured His blood upon the earth to wash away the filth of their sins? In order, indeed, to gird Himself with the towel, He laid aside the garments He wore; but when He emptied Himself [of His divine glory] in order to assume the form of a servant [at His birth as a man], He laid not down what He had [His divine nature] but assumed that which He had not before [our human nature]. When about to be crucified, He was indeed stripped of His garments, and when dead was wrapped in linen: and all that suffering of His is our purification. When, therefore, about to suffer the last extremities of humiliation, He illustrated beforehand its friendly compliance; not only to those for whom He was about to endure death, but to him also who had resolved on betraying Him to death. For the Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost. And as he [Judas] was lost by imitating the pride of the deceiver [Lucifer], let mankind now, when found [by Christ], imitate the Redeemer’s humility.” [Tracts on the Gospel of Saint John, LVI, 7]

Humility is an important virtue, yet one rarely practiced or encouraged in our society. There is only one God, and it ain’t us! During this Holy Week, let us meditate upon the humility of the most powerful Persons in the universe—God the Father, Son & Holy Spirit. He humbled Himself to save us from our pride, which is the heart of all our sins. Let us practice God’s humility, opening ourselves up to His saving grace—and go to Confession this week. Let our pride not lead us to imitate either Lucifer in his pride, or Judas in his betrayal of Christ. If we love Our Lord, we should show that love in the way we live our daily lives. He waits to forgive us; if only we humble ourselves and go to Him in the sacrament He gave His Church. Go to Confession and prepare for a holy Easter.

Another pious preparation is by making a pilgrimage. The practice of making a pilgrimage to a shrine or church is an ancient one. Early Christians visited the sites of Our Lord’s suffering, death and resurrection in Jerusalem. Pilgrimages to the tombs of Saints Peter and Paul in Rome began immediately following their martyrdom in 64 A.D.  Saint Philip Neri, one of the greatest of Roman parish priests, began the practice of the Pilgrimage of the Seven Churches during Lent in the early 1550’s. By the end of the decade, there were thousands who joined him, visiting the seven great basilicas of the Eternal City. The Seven Church Pilgrimage on Holy Thursday evening came to America with the Catholic immigrants, and continues to this day. In today’s bulletin you will find a sheet of paper with Saint John’s Holy Week schedule, and, on the back side, a small map with the addresses of churches in Stamford and the times they will remain open on Holy Thursday evening [April 13th]. Come to Saint John’s for the beautiful Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 8:00 p.m., and then get in your car and make the Pilgrimage to Seven of Stamford’s Catholic churches.

Spend some time there during this week—Holy Week, meditating on Christ’s generous sacrifice to save you from eternal death: repent of your sins, go to Confession, and join in the
2017 Holy Week services at the Basilica
Spy Wednesday, April 12th at 8 pm — Tenebrae, a chanted scriptural service;
Holy Thursday, April 13th at 8 pm — the Mass of the Lord’s Supper and adoration;
Good Friday, April 14th at 3pm — the Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord;
Holy Saturday, April 15th at 8pm — the Easter Vigil.
Join us on these days and enter more deeply into our meditation of God’s great love for you. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Debbie Schemmel, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Travino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Anne Touhey, Bill Rice, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

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

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

Statues Covered: During Holy Week, our attention is turned uniquely to Our Lord who offered Himself on the Cross for our salvation. So, statues and holy pictures of saints are covered so that we will not be distracted in our prayers from Christ Crucified—not even by the saints.

Palm Sunday: Please pick up your Palms before mass, Palms will be blessed at the beginning of all the Weekend Masses: Saturday 4pm Vigil Mass; Sunday 7:30, 10:00, 12:00Noon, & 5:00pm.

Holy Week Confessions: Monday—Friday: April 10th—14th: 11:30 am-12noon
Holy Saturday: April 15th: 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Easter Sunday Masses, April 16th: 7:30 am, 10 am, 12 noon.
REMINDER: There will be no 5 pm Mass on Easter Sunday.

Good Friday fasting and abstinence from eating meat: Catholics follow the ancient practice on Good Friday of giving up eating meat, and eating only one full meal: two smaller snacks take the place of two other full meals. If over 60 years of age, or ill, these rules do not apply.

The Holy Name Mens’ Prayer Group:will meet on Good Friday, April 14th in the Rectory. All men of the parish are welcome to join us for coffee and prayer: 7am-7:50 am: Just walk in the Rectory.

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

THE EAGLE: IS RETURNING—sort of!! Under the direction and editorship of our own Dr. Joseph McAleer at the helm, we will soon launch our parish blog: THE EAGLET. This will be a new web incarnation of The Eagle, in the form of a weekly article in a blog format, to stimulate the mind and spirit and provoke discussion of issues pertaining to our Catholic Faith and Church. Get ready to join the conversation! Stay tuned for further details.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

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

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

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

Weekly Sunday collection:
Not Available because of Early Bulletin Transmission Deadlines
Please increase your Sunday offering by $5.00 each weekend.
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

April 16th, Sunday Readings: Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Col 3:1-4; Jn 20:1-9.

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

Annual Catholic Appeal: This is the annual appeal by the Diocese of Bridgeport to fund all the charitable, educational, and faith-based works of the Diocese of Bridgeport that assist thousands of people daily throughout Fairfield County. Each parish in Fairfield County is given a goal: ours is $110,000. We have collected to date: $73,522.00 or 67%. Please be generous; we need everyone’s help. Our parish Appeal leaders are John & Eileen Tarleton, who have led our efforts last year so successfully. Thank you for your generosity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diocesan Wedding Jubilee Mass: Sunday, April 30th at St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull. Bishop Caggiano will offer Mass for all couples celebrating their 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, and 50th wedding anniversaries. A reception will follow in the parish hall. To register by April 24th, please visit: http://x.co/diobpt OR, contact Kim Quatela [203-416-1334] OR, kquatela@diobpt.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, Thursday, May 4th! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, April 8, 2017
4:00 Marion Morris – God’s Blessing req. Family
Sunday, April 9, 2017
7:30 +Thomas P. Keery req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00 +Mary Timlin req. Sandra Raminez
12:00 Marion Morris req. Joseph Kung
5:00 +Hope McAleer
Monday, April 10, 2017
8:00 +Tin Nguyen req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 +Josephine Henson req. John Pascale
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk families
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
8:00 Diane Strain req. Mildred and Joan Beirne
12:10 Diane Strain-God’s Blessing req. Marion Morris

TRIDUUM SACRUM
HOLY THURSDAY, April 13th -The church remains open until 12 midnight for Adoration.
NO 8AM or 12:10PM Masses
8:00PM: Mass of the Lord’s Supper: People of the Parish
GOOD FRIDAY, April 14th
NO 8AM or 12:10 PM Masses
3:00PM Liturgy of Lord’s Passion
HOLY SATURDAY, April 15th
NO 8AM, 12:10PM or 4PM MASSES
8:00PM Easter Vigil: People of the Parish

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
125 years ago, or so:
April 9, 1892: THE CHURCHES TOMORROW. Services on Palm Sunday. Impressive Ceremonials at the Catholic Church. “The Masses at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church on Palm Sunday will be at usual hours-7:30, 9 and 10:30 A.M. At the last named hour will take place the impressive ceremony of the blessing and distribution of palms. The recital of the passion-the story from the Gospel-will take the place of the sermon. The usual vesper service will be held. There will be services at 8 a.m. every day in Holy Week, and preparation at the confessional for the Easter sacrament. On Good Friday the church will be open through the day for the veneration of the cross. On Thursday there will be a procession of children and the adoration of the sacrament. A Solemn High Mass will be celebrated on Easter Eve, when the blessing of the new fire, Easter water and incense will occur. Last night’s devotions closed the Lenten season proper at the R.C. Church. The stations of the cross and benediction were features of the service. The Rev. Father Rogers has been honored by the Bishop by being selected as one of twelve pastors in the diocese to participate in the solemn services at the Cathedral in Hartford next
Monday.”
100 years ago, or so:
April 17, 1916: Palm Sunday Vesper Service. “A large congregation enjoyed the special program of music played and sung at St. John’s Catholic Church last night. The vesper service was celebrated by Rev. James C. O’Brien, pastor of the church, who also preached a sermon on the significance of the passion and death of Christ. The soloists were Mrs. William R. Troy, John P. Reilly and James Murray. Mr. Reilly singing , in English, “The Palms.” The chorus was trained by Miss M. Margaret Kennedy, organist of the church.”
85 years ago, or so:
April 12, 1930: Solemn Services Of The Holy Week Start Sunday. “Tomorrow is Palm Sunday. It will be observed in the Roman Catholic Churches with the blessing of the palms before the earliest Mass. The palms will be distributed at each Mass, at the customary hours for each church. Services at St. John’s R. C. Church will begin with the blessing of the palms at the 7 a.m. Mass, tomorrow morning. The palms will be distributed at all the Masses, tomorrow morning. Rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will feature the evening service at 7:30. Thursday evening, a Holy Hour will be observed at 7:30. Wednesday afternoon, confessions will be heard, and in the evening also. Thursday at 9 a.m. there will be a Solemn High Mass with the procession of the Blessed Sacrament and the strewing of flowers by some 200 children. Friday morning at 9 the Blessed Sacrament will be carried in procession from the repository to the main altar. The Mass of the Pre-sanctified will be observed and the cross will be uncovered.”

Bulletin for Sunday April 2, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday April 2, 2017 Cross

Pastor’s Corner: This Sunday ushers in the period of Passiontide. Our attention is centered entirely upon the sacrificial and redeeming aspects of Jesus’ life and ministry: Jesus’ Passion and suffering, death on the Cross, spiritual descent into hell, and His bodily resurrection from the grave are as so many moments in His conflict with Satan, and in His triumph over death. To underscore this, all statues are covered: the Church wears her “widow’s weeds”, as it were: she begins to mourn, and allows nothing to distract her from fixing her attention on the sacrificial death of Her Bridegroom, Jesus the Lord. The only image of the Crucified Lord is that dominating the Basilica, above the high altar, along with the Stations of the Cross along the walls, to assist in our personal meditation, literally walking to Calvary with Our Lord from Station to Station.

The meaning of the Cross had been expressed clearly in the New Testament, especially in the Letter to the Hebrews and the four Gospels. By the early fourth century these truths became more popularly expressed, especially after the rediscovery in Jerusalem of the True Cross upon which Jesus died —it had been buried and preserved beneath the temple to Jupiter, built in the 2nd century by the Roman Emperor Hadrian specifically atop the place of Our Lord’s death at Calvary in an attempt to destroy Christ’s Church.

Why a veneration of the Cross? Because the Cross is the instrument of our salvation, and the throne of Christ’s glorious victory over Satan and death. The ancient Holy Thursday Eucharistic hymn, Pange Lingua, expresses this: “Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle; over the trophy of the Cross, proclaim the noble triumph; tell how the Redeemer of the world won victory through His sacrifice. The Creator looked on sadly as the first man, Adam, was deceived, and as he fell into the snare of death, taking a bite of a lethal fruit; it was then that God chose this blessed piece of wood [the Cross] to destroy the other tree’s curse. You alone, O Cross, have been worthy to carry the ransom of the world; mankind’s ship had gone down beneath the waves, but you opened the way to our port of rescue. For you, O Cross, are anointed with the sacred blood which sprung forth from the body of the Lamb [Jesus].”

Our Basilica is blessed in many ways. One blessing stands out in my mind as we approach the holiest time of the year, Holy Week: the parish has a Relic of the True Cross, splinters of the actual wooden Cross upon which hung Our Savior, Jesus Christ. It was a gift a few years ago, and fully documented, set in a beautiful 18th century Flemish reliquary. You may have noticed that the door of the tabernacle on the Saint Joseph side altar is missing: I removed it, and replaced it with an unbreakable plexi-glass door set in a brass frame, which locks. The small tabernacle is now the Shrine of the Holy Cross: a permanent reliquary of the True Cross. The Prayer before the Crucifix is on the rail which you can pray: a meditation to Jesus, Crucified.

Spend some time there during this week—Holy Week, meditating on Christ’s generous sacrifice to save you from eternal death: repent of your sins, go to Confession, and join in the
2017 Holy Week services at the Basilica:
Spy Wednesday, April 12th at 8 pm — Tenebrae, a chanted scriptural service; continuing on
Holy Thursday, April 13th at 8 pm — the Mass of the Lord’s Supper and adoration; an on
Good Friday, April 14th at 3pm — the Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord, and on
Holy Saturday, April 15th at 8pm — the Easter Vigil.

Join us on those days and enter more deeply into our meditation of God’s great love for you that led Him to become man, to suffer on the Cross and rise from the dead for you. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Debbie Schemmel, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Travino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Anne Touhey, Bill Rice, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Barbara Itri, Daniel Murphy, Bernadette Martelli, John Thompson, Francesco Russo, Lillian Jacobs, Rosalie Liguori, William DeLeo, Sylvia Ardise, Rosemary Pavia Grasso, Walter Bradley, Paul Hughes, Paul Polotaye, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick.

REMINDER: There will be no 5 pm Mass on Easter Sunday [April 16th].

Eaglet THE EAGLE: IS RETURNING—sort of!! With our own Dr. Joseph McAleer at the helm, we will soon launch our parish blog: THE EAGLET. This will be a new web incarnation of The Eagle, in the form of a weekly article in a blog format, to stimulate the mind and spirit and provoke discussion of issues pertaining to our Catholic Faith and Church. Get ready to join the conversation! Stay tuned for further details.

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

The Lenten rules of fasting and abstinence from eating meat: Fasting refers to the cutting back on the amount of food eaten on Good Friday [April 14], and applies to those aged 14-60 years old, unless ill or suffering from a medical condition. Abstinence means that we abstain from eating meat—no meat on all Fridays of Lent and on Good Friday. If one is ill, 60 years or older, or suffers from any medical condition, these rules do not apply.

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

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

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

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

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

Men of the Parish [ages 18 and up]: Looking for a spiritual boost for Lent—with coffee? Every Friday morning, about 30 men of the parish meet in the Rectory at 7 a.m. for coffee, then join together for twenty minutes of prayer and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament: all completed in time to attend the 8 a.m. Mass or to go off to work. All parish men are welcome: 18 years of age and up. Just walk in the Rectory front door, go down the hall, and you’ll find the coffee.

Stations of the Cross: Fridays during Lent at 4:00pm in English, but NOT on Good Friday [April 14].

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday March 26, 2017 $ 13,549.90
Sunday March 27, 2016 $ 12,523.89

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

April 9th, Sunday Readings: Is 50:4-7; Phil 2:6-11; Mt 26:14—27:66.

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

Annual Catholic Appeal: This is the annual appeal by the Diocese of Bridgeport to fund all the charitable, educational, and faith-based works of the Diocese of Bridgeport that assist thousands of people daily throughout Fairfield County. Each parish in Fairfield County is given a goal: ours is $110,000. We have collected to date: $73,522.00 or 67%. Please be generous; we need everyone’s help. Our parish Appeal leaders are John & Eileen Tarleton, who have led our efforts last year so successfully. Thank you for your generosity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

R.C.I.A.: No Class Monday, April 3rd

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

Diocesan Wedding Jubilee Mass: Sunday, April 30th at St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull. Bishop Caggiano will offer Mass for all couples celebrating their 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, and 50th wedding anniversaries. A reception will follow in the parish hall. To register by April 24th, please visit: http://x.co/diobpt OR, contact Kim Quatela [203-416-1334] OR, kquatela@diobpt.org

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

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

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

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

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

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, Thursday, April 6th! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

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

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

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

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

Trinity Catholic High School: is hosting a Spring College Fair on this Thursday, April 6th, from 6:30pm-8:30PM in the high school gymnasium.

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, April 1, 2017
4:00 +David Roberts req. Diane Costello
Sunday, April 2, 2017
7:30 +Julie Paul Beauzil req. Eveline Lauture
10:00 +June H. Lovell req. Jagodzinski Family
12:00 +Lois Nale Jensen req. Dr. Joe McAleer
5:00 +Hope McAleer
Monday, April 3, 2017
8:00 In honor of parents who choose life
12:10 Doreen Greaney req. Tom Timon
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
8:00 +Gene Tushaj req. Age
12:10 +Helen Cappiello req. Duffy Family
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
8:00 +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Elaine Kaplin req. Bill Christiaanse
Thursday, April 6, 2017
8:00 +Elvira Carpanzano req. Pasquale and Ida Carpanzano
12:10 +John and Angelina Pascale req. John Pascale
Friday, April 7, 2017
8:00 +Virginia Carr req. Marie Carr
12:10 +Fr. Anthony Dandry req. John Pascale
Saturday, April 8, 2017
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer family
12:10 +George Santiago req. Maria Santiago and Family

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
135 years ago, or so:
April 9, 1892: The Christian Doctrine and Library Society. “Recently organized in connection with the Roman Catholic Church, elected officers as follows: Pres., Rev. W. H. Rogers; Vice-Pres, Patrick Reilly; Sec., Robert Ross; Treas., T. H. Walsh; Librarian Joseph Reilly. The society has a reading room and library finished off in the church building, and three hundred volumes are already on hand.”

125 years ago, or so:
April 4, 1892: Patrick Reilly. “Patrick Reilly died while on a visit at the residence of his sister, Mrs. Edward Flynn, on Green Avenue, Sunday morning, after a short illness of pneumonia. For fifteen years he was principal of St. John’s Parochial School and also organist of St. John’s R. C. Church. About nine years ago he left St. John’s School to accept a similar position in Red Bank, New Jersey.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Patrick Reilly and Miss Bridget Clarey, later Mrs. James Short, who died in 1914, were the first two teachers when then Pastor Rev. James O’Neil opened the first St. John’s School in 1861. Miss Clarey taught for eleven years in the school.)

100 years ago, or so:
April 5, 1919:  St. John’s Team Wins.  “The baseball team of the 7A class of St. John’s  Parochial School yesterday afternoon defeated the nine of the 7A class of the Center School by the score of 19 to 9. All members of the winning team played well. Scalzi, Senegle and Lipsitz played best for the losers. The lineup for St. John’s: Panapeta, p; Czeiek, c; Gumbar, 1b; Leonard, 2b; Burns, cf; Foley, lf; Gaetano, 3b; Martin, ss; Romano, 2b.”

80 years ago, or so:
April 9, 1937: K of C Furthers Plans for Noting Golden Jubilee. “Further arrangements for the week’s celebration of the golden jubilee anniversary of St. Augustine Council, Knights of Columbus, were made by various committees after a business meeting of the organization in the clubrooms last night. Grand Knight Daniel E. Ryan announced another meeting will be held Thursday night, at which applications for membership will be received. Another group of candidates will be received in the first degree of the order at this meeting, which will be held in St. John’s School hall. The candidates are expected to be on hand at 7:30. About 800 are expected to attend the jubilee dinner at the State Armory on Tuesday, May 4th when Supreme Knight Martin H. Carmody of Grand Rapids, Michigan and other nationally known speakers will address the meeting. A ball will close the week’s anniversary celebration on Friday, May 7th at the State Armory.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Knights of Columbus Council # 41 was organized at St. John’s in 1887. Today there are nearly 15,000 Councils Worldwide.)

Bulletin for Sunday March 26, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday March 26, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: One of the most beautiful of the Church’s meditations is The Stations of the Cross. Christ on Cloth You can see them along the walls of our Basilica, just as in every Catholic Church. Saint Francis of Assisi created them as an aid to meditation on the Passion of Christ for Catholics who could not afford to travel to the Holy Land. The Sixth Station is about St. Veronica’s act of mercy to Our Lord. As Jesus carried His Cross, Veronica came forward to wipe his blood and sweat-stained face. On that cloth, Our Lord’s image remained as a reminder of the depth of God’s love for us—God became man in order to suffer and die for our sins. The Fourth Sunday of Lent is this weekend. I thought it might be helpful to meditate on a sermon by Pope Saint Leo the Great [pope, 440-461]written for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, about the depth of God’s love for us and the extent of His mercy:

“As the Apostle says: He who thinks himself to stand securely, let him take heed lest he fall [I Cor x, 11], no one is sustained by such strength of mind that he can be certain of his own constancy in virtue.

“Let us then, Dearly Beloved, observe these venerable practices of this most acceptable time of Lent, and with anxious care clean the windows of our soul. For however chastely and soberly we live in this mortal life, we shall yet be soiled by some dust in the course of our earthly journey, and the brightness of our soul, formed to God’s image and likeness, is not so remote from the smoke of every vanity, that it will be unclouded by any stain, and need never to be polished. And if this is needed for even the most guarded souls, how much more is it needed for those who pass almost the whole year in carelessness and perhaps in total neglect? Let us with all charity remind such as these not to flatter themselves, because we cannot see into their consciences, since not even the walls of houses, nor remoteness of place, can conceal anything from the eyes of God. And not alone are the thoughts and actions known to Him, but all that shall yet be thought and done [Rom iv, 13].

“Let no one despise the patience of God’s goodness because his own sins go unpunished [Rom ii, 4]; and think that because he has not felt His wrath he has not offended God. The days of grace of this mortal life are not prolonged, nor the time allotted to the foolish of heart before they cross over to the pains of eternal punishment, unless, while justice holds out its hand, they seek for the medicine of penance.

“Let us then take refuge in the ever-present mercy of God, and, so that we may with becoming reverence celebrate the Holy Pasch [Easter] of the Lord, let all the faithful seek to make holy their own hearts. Let harshness give place to mildness, let wrath grow gentle, forgive one another your offences, and let him who seeks to be forgiven be not himself a seeker of vengeance. For when we say: Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors [Matt vi, 12], we bind ourselves in the most enduring bonds unless we fulfill what we profess. And if the most sacred contract of this prayer has not in every respect been fulfilled, let every man now at least examine his conscience, and gain the pardon of his own sins by forgiving those of others.

“For when the Lord says: If you will forgive men their offences, your heavenly Father will forgive you also your offenses [Matt vi, 14 & Matt. xviii, 35; Lk vi, 37], what he is here asking is close to each one of us: for the sentence of the Judge will depend on the clemency of the suppliant. For the Just and Merciful Receiver of the prayers of men has laid it down, that our own generosity is the measure of His fairness to ourselves; so that He will not treat with strict justness those whom He finds not eager for revenge. And generosity is becoming to kind and gentle souls. Nothing is more fitting than that a man imitate His Maker, and that as best he can he is a doer of the works of God. For when the hungry are fed, the naked clothed, the sick assisted, are not the hands that give but completing the help God gives, and is not the generosity of the giver also a gift from God? “He Who has no need of a helper to perform His works of mercy, so orders His own omnipotence that it is by means of men and women He comes to the aid of the needy. And rightly do we give thanks to God for the doers of that Charity whose works of mercy are seen in His servants. It was because of this the Lord Himself said to His Disciples: So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father who is in heaven [Matt v, 16]; Who with the same Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God forever and ever. Amen. [Leo I, The Spirit of Lent, in Patrologia Latina, LIV, 281]. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Isaac Lopez, Richard Ridge, Debbie Schemmel, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Travino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Anne Touhey, Bill Rice, Diane DiNapoli, Evan Fernandez, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Barbara Itri, Daniel Murphy, Bernadette Martelli, John Thompson, Francesco Russo, Lillian Jacobs, Rosalie Liguori, William DeLeo, Sylvia Ardise, Rosemary Pavia Grasso, Walter Bradley, Paul Hughes, Paul Polotaye, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Cathy Itri, Oswaldo Diaz, Maria Imbrogno, Susane Depreta, Suzane Depreta.

THE EAGLE: IS RETURNING—sort of!! With our own Dr. Joseph McAleer at the Eaglethelm, we will soon launch our parish blog: THE EAGLET. This will be a new web incarnation of The Eagle, in the form of a weekly article in a blog format, to stimulate the mind and spirit and provoke discussion of issues pertaining to our Catholic Faith and Church. Get ready to join the conversation! Stay tuned for further details.

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

The Lenten rules of fasting and abstinence from eating meat apply on Good Friday: Fasting refers to the cutting back on the amount of food eaten on certain days, and applies to those aged 14-60 years old, unless ill or suffering from a medical condition. Abstinence means that we abstain from eating meat—no meat on Good Friday and on all Fridays of Lent. If one is ill, 60 years or older, or suffers from any medical condition, these rules do not apply.

Saint Jude: First class relics of Saint Jude the Apostle are on display during Lent on the Saint Joseph side altar. There are also novena cards for your devotion.

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

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

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

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

Men of the Parish [ages 18 and up]: Looking for a spiritual boost for Lent—with coffee? Every Friday morning, about 30 men of the parish meet in the Rectory at 7 a.m. for coffee, then join together for twenty minutes of prayer and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament: all completed in time to attend the 8 a.m. Mass or to go off to work. All parish men are welcome: 18 years of age and up. Just walk in the Rectory front door, go down the hall, and you’ll find the coffee.

Stations of the Cross: Fridays during Lent at 4:00pm in English, but NOT on Good Friday.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday March 19, 2017 $ 13,775.53
Sunday March 20, 2016 $ 14,526.60

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

April 2nd, Sunday Readings: Ez 37:12-14; Rom 8:8-11; Jn 11:1-45

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

Annual Catholic Appeal: This is the annual appeal by the Diocese of Bridgeport to fund all the charitable, educational, and faith-based works of the Diocese of Bridgeport that assist thousands of people daily throughout Fairfield County. Each parish in Fairfield County is given a goal: ours is $110,000. We have collected to date: $61,507.00 or 56%. Please be generous; we need everyone’s help. Our parish Appeal leaders are John & Eileen Tarleton, who have led our efforts last year so successfully. Thank you for your generosity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

R.C.I.A.: Next class: Monday, March 27th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Topic: Mary/Conclusion,
Part III: Chapter 11-Conclusion, (pages 404-423).

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

Diocesan Wedding Jubilee Mass: Sunday, April 30th at St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull. Bishop Caggiano will offer Mass for all couples celebrating their 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, and 50th wedding anniversaries. A reception will follow in the parish hall. To register by April 24th, please visit: http://x.co/diobpt OR, contact Kim Quatela [203-416-1334] OR, kquatela@diobpt.org

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

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

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

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

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, Thursday, April 6th! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

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

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

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

The Screwtape Letters The Screwtape Letters: by C.S. Lewis. The Lenten Book Club at The Basilica meets in the Msgr. Nagle Parish Hall each Thursday at 8 pm through March 30th. Presented by Evan Psencik, The Leadership Institute of the Diocese of Bridgeport. Please RSVP to institute@diobpt.org or contact Fr. Andrew Vill (203) 324-1553 x21 or: frVill@diobpt.org.

New Girls Catholic Academy: Pre-K-High School: The religious Sisters of the Company of The Savior hope to open a new girls’ academy in lower Fairfield County within the next few years. The priests of the Basilica parish support this project. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Sr. Maria: bridgeport@ciasalvador.org and plan to attend an informative meeting in the Rectory on Wednesday, March 29th at 7:30 pm.

Trinity Catholic High School: is hosting a Spring College Fair on Thursday, April 6th, from 6:30pm-8:30PM in the school gymnasium.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, March 25, 2017
4:00 Douglas C. Lovell req. Jagodzinski Family
Sunday, March 26, 2017
7:30 +William H. Albrecht req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00 +Elisa and John Prizio req. Elisa Pavia
12:00 +Maura Cannon req. Nick and Ann Lepore
5:00 +Monsignor Andrew Cusack
Monday, March 27, 2017
8:00 Special Intentions Ronald Mainville req. Mainville Family
12:10 +Alex Ramirez req. John Pascale
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Nelly Contreras
12:10 People of the Parish
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
8:00 +Julie Paul Beauzil req. Eveline Lauture
12:10 +Cari Widmyer req. Kate Fenwick and Bill Christiaanse
Thursday, March 30, 2017
8:00 Gerald and Eileen Burke 50th Anniversary req. Tom Timon
12:10 Katie Slaughter req. Anne Marie Carpanzano
Friday, March 31, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Nelly Contreras
12:10 +Anthony Waters req. Bill Christiaanse
Saturday, April 1, 2017
8:00 +Enrico and Mary Imbrogno req. Gloria Mulieri
12:10 +Harry Bethea req. Juanita Evans

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

150 years ago, or so:
April 1, 1870: “Mr. A. J. Bell has opened a new street (which should be called “Bell Street”) from Atlantic to South Street, through his property near the Congregational church. He has already built a model blacksmith shop for Wm. A. Lockwood, and intends to build large additions on the south row of houses, and make them front on the new street. In time he will probably put up a block of stores on the corner of the new street and Atlantic, immediately opposite to the lot owned by the Roman Catholic Society, on which, it is said, an elegant stone church is to be built.”

145 years ago, or so:
March 27, 1874: “A preliminary meeting for the purpose of organizing a temperance society among the younger members of St. John’s R. C. congregation was held on Monday evening in the Meadow street school house. Another meeting is to be held in the same place next Sunday evening, at which it is expected the society will be fully organized by the election of officers, etc.”

110 years ago, or so:
March 27, 1906: “Another complaint about the dog nuisance came out today. This time it is in regards to the annoyances caused by the stray dogs in churches, which has been especially aggravating about St. John’s R. C. Church. This church is always open, and during Lent there are members at devotions practically all day. Dogs frequently get in, and are a decided nuisance. The sexton is kept busy all the time, chasing them out, and he would like very much to have the authority to put many of them out of mischief for good.”

100 years ago, or so:
March 30, 1917: Passion Music in Catholic Church. “Miss M. Margaret Kennedy, organist and choir director of St John’s Catholic Church, and the choir who will sing “The Seven Last Words,” by Dubois, Sunday evening, in that church, have been rehearsing the oratorio for some little time. The soloists will be Mrs. W. R. Troy, soprano; John P. Reilly, tenor, James Murray, baritone.”

80 years ago, or so:
March 30, 1938: St. John’s R. C. Church. “A special meeting of Troop 22 was called by Joseph Bohannan, scoutmaster, Thursday, March 24. Roy A. Waters was in charge of the meeting which was devoted chiefly to the practicing of knot tying and first aid by the younger Scouts and signaling by the older ones. These are the chief events in which the troop will participate in at the rally on this coming Friday. Following this, fundamentals of marching were practiced and games were played until closing time.”

Bulletin for Sunday March 19, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday March 19, 2017Mary & Joseph

Pastor’s Corner: March offers two great solemnities: the 19th is the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary; and the 25th is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. They are related, since Saint Joseph willingly sacrificed his hoped for joys of being a father when asked by God to do something more important: to play a far greater role as the foster father of the Savior, and the protector of the Mother of God. The opening prayer for the day says it perfectly: “Almighty God, in its beginning you entrusted the mystery of mankind’s salvation to the faithful protection of Saint Joseph. By his intercession may your Church. . .bring that salvation to full flower.”

The ancient name for the Annunciation on the 25th was “the Feast of the Incarnation”, when the Word [the Second Person of the Trinity; the Eternal Son of the Father] took to Himself our human nature in the womb of Blessed Virgin Mary in Nazareth when she said to the angel Gabriel, “Be it done unto me according to thy word” [Luke 1:38]. It was exactly then that, by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit, a body was fashioned from the Virgin’s DNA, flesh and blood, a rational soul was created and infused into that body [as in every instance of human conception in the womb of a mother], and, in the same instant, the complete human nature was united to the divine person of the Father’s Eternal Son. God became a human being at the moment of his conception in the Virgin’s womb. That is what the Church celebrated on March 25th–Nine months before Christmas. Why did God become man? –In order to redeem humankind on the Cross. God’s love for sinful humankind is so strong that He determined to save us by uniting human nature to His Divine Nature, and entering into man’s concrete destiny and experiencing his very life, suffering, death and Hell, in order to free us by means of solidarity with us, and raising us to share His divine life forever. The God who feels no pain and knows no change because He is perfect and eternal, assumed a human nature and body like ours in order suffer and to offer it in sacrifice, so that the whole human person might obtain salvation. As Pope Saint Leo the Great described it, “He descended into what is ours [our human nature and body] to assume not just the substance but also the condition of sinful nature.” [Sermon 71, 2] Some of the earliest Church Fathers reckoned that March 25th was both the day of Adam’s creation and fall into sin, as well as the date of God’s Incarnation, and Christ’s death on Calvary: the second Adam [Christ] coming to rescue the first Adam by taking on flesh and sacrificing that flesh on the Cross. While the history is more whimsical than accurate, the reality is clearly expressed: Christ, the new Adam, came to save the old Adam—and to offer more, a share in God’s very life. This was repeated by a medieval author: “Hail festive day [March 25th], that staunches our wounds, the Angel is sent, Christ dies on the Cross, and Adam is created and falls on the same day.” [Summa Aurea, vol. I, 602] Another medieval poem claimed that Christ’s Cross was fashioned from the wood of an apple tree, since mankind’s fall came when Adam picked and ate the forbidden apple in the Garden of Eden. While not historically accurate, the reality is expressed: the final goal of the Incarnation—God becoming man—is the Cross. But there is more: God became man to redeem us not only from sin but for something: entry, by grace, into the life of the Blessed Trinity. The Three Divine Persons of the Holy Trinity all contribute to our salvation in the Incarnation, in order that we might share their life. Saint John of the Cross brought this out clearly in one of his poems: “Though the three Persons worked the wonder, it only happened in the One, so was the Word made incarnation, in Mary’s womb, a Son.” The Incarnation, the Death and Resurrection of Jesus on the Cross, and Pentecost, the beginning of the Church, are all historic expressions of God’s love in the reality of our life, to lead us to share the life of the Trinity forever. Consider how important you are to God, that He would do such things for you!!
—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Debbie Schemmel, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Travino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Anne Touhey, Bill Rice, Diane DiNapoli, Evan Fernandez, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Bernadette Martelli, John Thompson, Francesco Russo, Lillian Jacobs, Rosalie Liguori, William DeLeo, Sylvia Ardise, Rosemary Pavia Grasso, Walter Bradley, Paul Hughes, Paul Polotaye, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Cathy Itri, Oswaldo Diaz, Maria Imbrogno, Susane Depreta, Suzane Depreta.

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

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light: +Anna Taricani req. Leon Taricani

Cardinal Kung: Last week, to mark the 17th anniversary of the death of Cardinal Kung, the local artist Mr. Jeff Denberg donated the oil portrait of the cardinal he painted in 1998 after he was created a cardinal by Pope Saint John Paul II. It can be seen on the St. Joseph side altar. The parish is very grateful to Mr. Denberg.

The Lenten rules of fasting and abstinence from eating meat apply on Ash Wednesday & Good Friday: Fasting refers to the cutting back on the amount of food eaten on certain days, and applies to those aged 14-60 years old, unless ill or suffering from a medical condition. Only one full meal [on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday] is to be taken and NO snacking between meals. Abstinence means that we abstain from eating meat—no meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and on all Fridays of Lent. If one is ill, 60 years or older, or suffers from any medical condition, these rules do not apply.

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

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

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

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

Saint Jude: First class relics of Saint Jude the Apostle are on display during Lent on the Saint Joseph side altar. There are also novena cards for your devotion.

Stations of the Cross: Fridays during Lent at 4:00pm in English, but NOT on Good Friday.

R.C.I.A.: Next class: Monday, March 20th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Topic: Prayer/The Lord’s Prayer, Part III: Chapter 9-10, (pages 375-403).

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday March 12, 2017 $ 12,219.50
Sunday March 13, 2016 $ 13,722.91
Please increase your Sunday offering by $5.00 each weekend.
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

March 26th, Sunday Readings: 1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a; Eph 5:8-14; Jn 9:1-41.

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

Annual Catholic Appeal: This is the annual appeal by the Diocese of Bridgeport to fund all the charitable, educational, and faith-based works of the Diocese of Bridgeport that assist thousands of people daily throughout Fairfield County. Each parish in Fairfield County is given a goal: ours is $110,000. We have collected to date: $46,827.00. Please be generous; we need everyone’s help. Our parish Appeal leaders are John & Eileen Tarleton, who have led our efforts last year so successfully. Thank you for your generosity.

Sports Tickets: Got season tickets for games? If so, please consider donating a pair to a game as auction items for the upcoming parish Kentucky Derby. Give a call to Cindy at the Rectory: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prolife Prayer Event: Please join His Excellency Bishop Frank Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport as he leads us in prayer this Lent for the Family on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 12:45 p.m. We will gather at the public entry driveway of Planned Parenthood, 44 Main Street, Danbury, Connecticut.  Any questions, please contact Frank @ 203-554-8211. ( https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/danbury/).

New Girls Catholic Academy: Pre-K-High School: The religious Sisters of the Company of The Savior hope to open a new girls’ academy in lower Fairfield County within the next few years. The priests of the Basilica parish support this project. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Sr. Maria: bridgeport@ciasalvador.org and plan to attend an informative meeting in the Rectory on Wednesday, March 29th at 7:30 pm.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free coaching.
Next Meeting: Wednesday March 22nd. Melanie Szlucha can be reached at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, March 18, 2017
4:00 Francis Kung req. parents
Sunday, March 19, 2017
7:30 +Rosina and Dante Spagnoli
10:00 +Dorothy Wargo Birthday Remembrance req. family
12:00 +William Borkowski req. Ann and Michael Borkowski
5:00 +Monsignor Andrew Cusack
Monday, March 20, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 Thanksgiving to St. Joseph for Prayers Answered req. Diane Strain
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
8:00 Special Intentions Pietro Bertuca req. Niece and Nephews
12:10 Alec Saljanin req. Hana Gjelaj
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 People of the Parish
Thursday, March 23, 2017
8:00 +Theron and Lena Carr req. Marie Carr
12:10 Monsignor Stephen M. DiGiovanni
Friday, March 24, 2017
8:00 In honor of the biological parents of my grandchildren
12:10 +Enrico Imbrogno Sr. req. Lisa Terenzio
Saturday, March 25, 2017
8:00 +Wladek and Willemina Falek req. daughter
12:10 +Enrico Imbrogno, Sr. req. Frank and Beth Carpanzano

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
120 years ago, or so:
March 25, 1897: “Rev. Father T. J. Keena, assistant Pastor at St. John’s Church, delivered a Lenten sermon at St. Bernard’s Church, New York, Tuesday evening. Rev. Father Rogers, who is convalescing from an attack of grip, has gone to Bristol, R. I., for a change of air with the idea of hastening his recovery. There will be the service of the Stations of the Cross and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at St. John’s R. C. Church, tomorrow evening at 7:30. Rev. Father Downey of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Hartford, lectured on “The Prodigal Son,” in St. John’s R. C. Church, last evening. The attendance was large.”

100 years ago, or so:
March 20, 1916: “In. St. John’s Catholic Church last evening, Rev. John J. McGrath preached on “St. Joseph,” whose feast is celebrated today. Masses today were at 5:30, 7, with a High Mass at 8 a.m.”

March 26, 1914: “On next Sunday evening, special services will be held in St. John’s Catholic Church, on the occasion of the formal opening of the church, after extensive alterations and improvements. At this time, the new system of electric lighting will be first used. The Very Rev. Thomas J. McClusky, S. J., president of Fordham University, will preach the sermon, and there will be a special musical program, under the direction of the organist of the church, Miss Margaret Kennedy. “Inflammatus,” from Rossini’s “Stabat Mater,” will be sung by the choir, with Mrs. William Troy (soprano) as the soloist. “The Seven Last Words of Christ,” an Oratorio by Dubois, will also be rendered. The solo parts in this will be taken by Mrs. James McMahon, soprano; Robert Hamilton of New York, baritone; and John P. Reilly, tenor. All the services will be in the upper church Sunday.”

65 years ago, or so:
March 23, 1953: City Championship—St. John’s State CYO Grammar Titlist. “The Stamford CYO Grammar division champions, the St. John’s basketeers, won the Connecticut title yesterday at St. Stanilaus’ Auditorium in Meriden, defeating the St. Thomas’ five of West Hartford, 41-34. The victory qualified the Stamford team for play in the New England CYO Championships at Providence next Saturday and Sunday. The St. John’s athletes rolled to a 12-1 lead in the first quarter, but the West Hartford team came back in the second quarter and then matched baskets in the third period. The Johnnies had a championship kick, however, developing a big fourth quarter surge to overpower the opposition. It was a team effort by the Atlantic St. crew, but Chick Clark with 18 points and Frank Robotti’s 15 point contribution sparked the triumph. Al Rojas, Ed Ciskowski and Don Spillane contributed some fine ball-handling to set up baskets made by the sharp-shooting forwards.”

ScrewtapeThe Screwtape Letters: by C.S. Lewis. The Lenten BookClub at The Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in the Msgr. Nagle Parish Hall that started March 9th, continues March 23rd, 30th at 8pm. Presented by Evan Psencik, The Leadership Institute. Please read the first three letters before our first gathering. Please RSVP to institute@diobpt.org or contact Fr. Andrew Vill (203) 324-1553 x21 or frVill@diobpt.org.

Stamford Lenten Adult Bible Study: The Scriptural Roots of the Sacraments will be a six-week Bible Study held at Trinity High School every Thursday in Lent, starting March 2nd, from 7-8:30pm. The study, led by Fr. Joseph Gill, will examine how the Sacraments of our Catholic Faith, such as the Mass and Confession, are grounded in the Word of God, both prefigured in the Old Testament and then coming in fullness in the New. Cost is free. All adults who want to grow in their faith are invited to join us! For more information, please contact Fr. Joseph at frjosephgill@gmail.com.

Lenten Pasta Dinner & Stations: Trinity Catholic High School is hosting two Lenten pasta dinners to help raise money for our teens to do a week-long service trip in Boston! Come and join us on March 24th any time between 5:30pm-7:30pm for some delicious food, donated by Columbus Park Trattoria and cooked by their expert chefs! We will then celebrate the Stations of the Cross in the chapel at 7:30pm for those who wish to stay. The dinners are open to the public, and cost is $10 per person or maximum $40 per family.

Trinity Catholic Presents Fiddler on the Roof: TCHS Crusader Players present Fiddler on the Roof, our in- house school play, scheduled for performances from 3/24/17 through 3/26/14.

Trinity Catholic Legacy Gala: Friday, April 28th, 2017, at The Italian Center. Honoring The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport for his Legacy of Purpose, The Sam Cingari Family for their Legacy of Commitment, Art ’81 & Donna Mossa ’84 Murphy P’11,’14,’17 for their Legacy of Encouragement. For more information contact Betsy Mercede at bmercede@trinitycatholic.org.

Men of the Parish [ages 18 and up]: Looking for a spiritual boost for Lent—with coffee? Every Friday morning, about 30 men of the parish meet in the Rectory at 7 a.m. for coffee, then join together for twenty minutes of prayer and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament: all completed in time to attend the 8 a.m. Mass or to go off to work. All parish men are welcome: 18 years of age and up. Just walk in the Rectory front door, go down the hall, and you’ll find the coffee.

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, Thursday, April 6th! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

Lauralton Hall: invites all 7th grade girls to spend a day as a shadow student, from March 13th through April 28th. For further information, please call the Admissions Office at (203) 877-2786 ext. 144.

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

Lieutenant Governor Michael Fedele: And his wife Carol will be honored on Saturday, March 25th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenwich, as recipients of the prestigious Saint Pio Award. Tickets [$250.00 per person] are available for the awards dinner: 203-416-1471, or at the website: saintpiofoundation.org

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Bulletin for Sunday March 12, 2017

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St Patrick Pastor’s Corner: “I, Patrick, the sinner, the most illiterate and the least of all the faithful, and contemptible in the eyes of very many, had for my father Calpornius,…who belonged to the village of Bannavem Taberniae. Now he had a small farm near by, and there I was taken captive as a slave. I was then about sixteen years of age. I did not know the true God; and I went into captivity to Ireland with many thousands of persons.” Thus St. Patrick begins his Confessions, written in his old age. He was born in England in 385 AD, captured by Irish slavers when he was about 16 years old and brought to Emerald Isle where he endured six years of slavery as a shepherd, finally escaping to Britain. While born a Catholic, he was actually a non-practicing non-believer, living a worldly life until his capture. During his years of enslavement, he had a true conversion and, following the voice of Christ, sought priestly ordination, for he dreamt that the Irish people were calling him back to the isle of his captivity to save them through Christ.

He went to France and was taught by the saintly theologian, St. Germain of Auxerre, and was introduced to monastic life. Despite his late start and incomplete education, Patrick was ordained a priest, but his superiors refused to send him back to Ireland. Nevertheless, following the death of St. Palladius, the first apostle to Ireland who was sent by Pope Celestine I in 431, Europe feared the “untamed” Irish, and no one could be found who was willing to go to Ireland—except Patrick, whose unique enthusiasm that he be permitted to preach in the pagan wilds of Ireland brought him to the attention of another pope. Patrick was appointed bishop, and began to preach in the north and west of Ireland where no one had yet preached the Gospel. Since there were no Roman built towns or fortresses, Patrick established monasteries with churches directly subject to him as bishop, similar to those then found in Gaul, today’s France. His principal home base of operations was Armagh. Patrick propagated monastic life, brought clergy from Europe, and taught Latin and theology to his younger priests. By this means, the Irish monks would later re-Christianize Europe in the subsequent centuries, having preserved the Catholic faith and the classical Latin literature of western culture when all was lost during the centuries of the Dark Ages. His primary opposition came from the Druids and the English, especially after Patrick’s letter to the British prince Coroticus, who had raided the Irish coastal towns and enslaved some of Patrick’s Catholic converts. Patrick’s influence on the development of the Church and of the culture of Ireland was immense, the effects of which continue to this day, nearly 1,600 after his death in 461 AD. Let us pray for a dose of his love for the Church and his devotion to Our Lord that led him to forgive his persecutors and return to the place of his slavery in order to bring salvation to them who had once persecuted him. St. Patrick, pray for us. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Kimberly Rice, Jimmy Berube, Maria Travino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Anne Touhey, Bill Rice, Diane DiNapoli, Evan Fernandez, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Bernadette Martelli, John Thompson, Francesco Russo, Lillian Jacobs, Rosalie Liguori, William DeLeo, Sylvia Ardise, Rosemary Pavia Grasso, Walter Bradley, Paul Hughes, Paul Polotaye, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Cathy Itri, Oswaldo Diaz, Maria Imbrogno.

Special Energy Collection . . . The second collection today will be the Special Energy Collection to help pay the Higher Energy and Fuel Costs for the parish. Your generosity is appreciated.

Stations of the Cross: Fridays during Lent at 4:00pm in English, but NOT on Good Friday.

The Lenten rules of fasting and abstinence from eating meat apply on Ash Wednesday & Good Friday: Fasting refers to the cutting back on the amount of food eaten on certain days, and applies to those aged 14-60 years old, unless ill or suffering from a medical condition. Only one full meal [on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday] is to be taken and NO snacking between meals. Abstinence means that we abstain from eating meat—no meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and on all Fridays of Lent. If one is ill, 60 years or older, or suffers from any medical condition, these rules do not apply.

St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th: By decree dated March 7th, Bishop Caggiano has granted permission that meat may be eaten by Catholics in Fairfield County on March 17th, dispensing from the usual Lenten practice of abstaining from meat on Fridays of Lent. Another form of penance, or another day for abstaining from meat, should be chosen by Catholics as a substitution for this Lenten Friday permission.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Friday, March 17 at 10 am St. Patrick’s Day Mass: The Ancient Order of Hibernians will gather at the Basilica for Mass, followed by a march to the Government Center to ceremoniously raise the American and Irish flags. Everyone is welcome.

Saint Patrick and Saint Matthew Talbot: First Class Relics of these two great Irish saints will be displayed on the high altar for the Feast of Saint Patrick, March 17th, and during the weekend.

Saturday, May 6 at 4-7:00 pm: The Kentucky Derby fundraiser in the Rectory.
Saturday, May 13 at 5-7:00 pm: St. John’s in World War I Exhibit in the parish hall.
May 13 at 7:30-9:00 pm: Solemn Rosary, Benediction and Procession in honor of the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima.

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

Saint Jude: First class relics of Saint Jude the Apostle are on display during Lent on the Saint Joseph side altar. There are also novena cards for your devotion.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday March 5, 2017 $ 16,593.46
Sunday March 7, 2016 $ 14,685.79

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

March 19th, Sunday Readings: Ex 17:3-7; Rom 5:1-2, 5-8; Jn 4:5-42.

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

Annual Catholic Appeal: This is the annual appeal by the Diocese of Bridgeport to fund all the charitable, educational, and faith-based works of the Diocese of Bridgeport that assist thousands of people daily throughout Fairfield County. You will be contacted directly by the Diocese. Each parish in Fairfield County is given a goal: ours is $110,000. We have collected to date: $39,877.00. Please be generous; we need everyone’s help. Our parish Appeal leaders are John & Eileen Tarleton, who have led our efforts last year so successfully. Thank you for your generosity.

Sports Tickets: Got season tickets for games? If so, please consider donating a pair to a game as auction items for the upcoming parish Kentucky Derby. Give a call to Cindy at the Rectory: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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

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

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

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

The Upper Room: March 15—The Ides of March, for Adults 30 years of age and up, at Columbus Park Trattoria [the Upper Room], 205 Main Street in downtown Stamford, 7-9pm. Our speaker is David Bonagura, adjunct professor of theology at St. Joseph Seminary, Dunwoodie, who will speak on Et Tu, Catholic: Caesar’s Enduring Influence on Western Culture. This is NOT a political discussion, but one about Faith and culture. Come join us—bring a friend or two for a glass of wine, some pasta and a lively conversation.

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

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

R.C.I.A.: Next class: Monday, March 13th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Topic: Matrimony/Holy Orders/Anointing of the Sick, Part III: Chapter 6-8, (pages 348-374).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Turning Wine Into Water: a 501c3 organization founded by the owners of Nicholas Roberts Ltd. – Fine Wine Merchants of Darien CT will hold their Spring Awakening Wine Tasting at St. Philip Mansion, 23 France Street, Norwalk on Saturday, March 25th starting at 5:00pm.  Turning Wine Into Water works with Catholic Relief Services (CRS)  to provide clean water and sanitation facilities in the poorest areas of the world.  Currently they are funding a major project with CRS in Ethiopia.  You can register for the tasting by visiting www.SpringAwakening2017.eventbrite.com.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, March 11, 2017
4:00 Joan Baldwin req. Jagodzinski Family
Sunday, March 12, 2017
7:30 +Ralph Damiano req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00 +Mamerto Ambrocio req. Catherine Nolan
12:00 For the opening of the cause of Ignatius Cardinal Kung
5:00 +Monsignor Andrew Cusack
Monday, March 13, 2017
8:00 +Lucia and Antonio Tana req. Leon Taricani
12:10 Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Olga Seixas req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
8:00 Jef Spetland req. Thomas Cycon
12:10 +John Lancaster req. Sue Kremheller
Thursday, March 16, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Maria
12:10 +Agnes Toth req. Nick and Ann Lepore
Friday, March 17, 2017
8:00 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +David Tartell req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Saturday, March 18, 2017
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Gulia Iantorno req. Carpanzano Family

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
150 years ago, or so:
March 19, 1869: St. Patrick’s Day. “The natal day of Ireland’s patron saint was celebrated in Stamford with more than usual observance. The Roman Catholic Temperance Society turned out in full regalia, numbering about three hundred men-and marched through the principal streets, headed by a drum and fife corps. They made a very creditable display, with their imposing numbers and orderly manner. In the evening, at Seely’s Hall, Mr. James Cosgrove delivered an address on the “Poets and Poetry of Ireland.” The speaker was introduced to the audience by the Rev. Father Fagan, pastor of St. John’s church, who himself delivered a short and appropriate address which was, of course, well received by his hearers.”

110 years ago, or so:
March 18, 1905: IRELAND AND THE IRISH. “A congregation which filled the church until there were no seats left heard a very interesting discourse on Ireland and the Irish people and their patron saint, in St. John’s Catholic Church, last evening. Rev. Father Fitzgerald, of Greenwich, was the speaker. For forty-five minutes he held the undivided attention of the auditors. That they listened with closest attention to a theme which has been so often the subject of discourse and from so many different standpoints, was in itself an indication of the character of lecture Father Fitzgerald was giving. It was a lecture of wide scope, and touched upon many of the achievements of the Irish, on the battlefields of the world and in the field of finer and gentler arts. Stress was laid on the unexampled faith of the race, and there was a fervent expression that amounted to more than mere hope that Ireland would yet become a nation independent and free.”

20 years ago, or so:
March 16, 1996: Stamford gets its Irish up for first-ever St. Patrick’s Day parade. “Green will be the color of choice tomorrow as hundreds of participants gather to join in on Stamford’s first-ever St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The celebration will begin at St. John’s Church on Atlantic Street at 10:30 a.m., with a Mass. The parade will kick off at noon in front of the church. More then 60 groups, and nearly 15 bands will participate in the parade. Marchers will follow the green stripe, similar to the stripe in both Boston and New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade along the short route from the church to the Hibernian Hall on Greyrock Place is scheduled to last until about 2 p.m. John Leydon, president of Stamford’s A.O.H., said he and close to 500 members of the men’s and women’s chapters will participate in the march, along with 700 others. “I’m all excited about the parade. I’m getting ready with my tails and everything and hoping to have a good time,” William McNamara, Parade marshal, said. This year’s guest speaker is Mayor Daniel Malloy, a member of the Hibernians. We are very proud to see one of our brothers as Mayor, said Leydon.”

ScrewtapeThe Screwtape Letters: by C.S. Lewis. The Lenten BookClub at The Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in the Msgr. Nagle Parish Hall, March 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th at 8pm. Presented by Evan Psencik, The Leadership Institute. Please read the first three letters before our first gathering. Please RSVP to institute@diobpt.org or contact Fr. Andrew Vill (203) 324-1553 x21 or frVill@diobpt.org.

Stamford Lenten Adult Bible Study: The Scriptural Roots of the Sacraments will be a six-week Bible Study held at Trinity High School every Thursday in Lent, starting March 2nd, from 7-8:30pm. The study, led by Fr. Joseph Gill, will examine how the Sacraments of our Catholic Faith, such as the Mass and Confession, are grounded in the Word of God, both prefigured in the Old Testament and then coming in fullness in the New. Cost is free. All adults who want to grow in their faith are invited to join us! For more information, please contact Fr. Joseph at frjosephgill@gmail.com.

Lenten Pasta Dinner & Stations: Trinity Catholic High School is hosting two Lenten pasta dinners to help raise money for our teens to do a week-long service trip in Boston! Come and join us on March 24th any time between 5:30pm-7:30pm for some delicious food, donated by Columbus Park Trattoria and cooked by their expert chefs! We will then celebrate the Stations of the Cross in the chapel at 7:30pm for those who wish to stay. The dinners are open to the public, and cost is $10 per person or maximum $40 per family.

Trinity Catholic Presents Fiddler on the Roof: TCHS Crusader Players present Fiddler on the Roof, our in- house school play, scheduled for performances from 3/24/17 through 3/26/14.

Trinity Catholic Legacy Gala: Friday, April 28th, 2017, at The Italian Center. Honoring The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport for his Legacy of Purpose, The Sam Cingari Family for their Legacy of Commitment, Art ’81 & Donna Mossa ’84 Murphy P’11,’14,’17 for their Legacy of Encouragement. For more information contact Betsy Mercede at bmercede@trinitycatholic.org.

Men of the Parish [ages 18 and up]: Looking for a spiritual boost for Lent—with coffee? Every Friday morning, about 30 men of the parish meet in the Rectory at 7 a.m. for coffee, then join together for twenty minutes of prayer and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament: all completed in time to attend the 8 a.m. Mass or to go off to work. All parish men are welcome: 18 years of age and up. Just walk in the Rectory front door, go down the hall, and you’ll find the coffee.

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, Thursday, April 6th! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

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

Lauralton Hall: invites all 7th grade girls to spend a day as a shadow student, from March 13th through April 28th. For further information, please call the Admissions Office at (203) 877-2786 ext. 144.

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

Cardinal Ignatius Kung: was one of the great heroes of the Catholic faith, having suffered imprisonment in China for more than 30 years because of his faith. He died on March 12, 2000, and his funeral was here at the Basilica. To commemorate the anniversary of his death, and to promote interest in Cardinal Kung’s saintly life, the Basilica bookstore will offer a special sale of my biography of the Cardinal: Ignatius, The Life of Ignatius Cardinal Kung Pin-Mei, for $5.00 per copy, beginning this weekend until March 12th. I think you will find the book of interest, and the Cardinal’s life fascinating and inspirational.

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Bulletin for Sunday March 5, 2017

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Pastor’s Corner: Throughout Lent we hear from various Old Testament prophets and patriarchs: JonahAbraham, Moses, Aaron, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Micah, and Jonah, to name a few. They all pointed to the coming of Our Lord and His work to destroy the power of Satan and death by His Cross, thereby freeing humankind for eternity with God. Jonah is one of the most interesting, and his story captured the imagination of the ancient Church, since his being swallowed by a whale was seen as rather cool. His story was also seen in the early Church as the story of a man who at first rejected God, but who then accepted God’s will, and found happiness and success.

The Old Testament Book of Jonah tells the story of his mission. God called Jonah to preach repentance to pagans in the city of Nineveh. He refused and tried to escape God, boarding a ship with pagan sailors. But God called up an enormous storm, threatening all on board. The sailors come to understand that the Jonah was the problem, and cast him overboard, whereupon Jonah was swallowed by a large fish. What could this mean? Why doesn’t Jonah do what God asks of him? Simply, because he doesn’t want to, and tries to run away and hide. It’s very much like Francis Thompson’s The Hound of Heaven, in which he, too, sought to flee from God. It’s not that Jonah can’t do God’s will; he just doesn’t want to do God’s will! Sound familiar? Saint Augustine, in his work On Shepherds [#46], wrote as a guide for priests to help them as they helped people find God. Augustine wrote that those who wish to sin cannot be permitted to remain in their sins, even though they want to sin and be left alone by Church. St. Augustine wrote his priests to ignore what the sinner wanted, since the will of Christ is stronger, and that which Christ wants—the salvation of sinners—is of greater importance even than what the sinner wants or chooses. What Jonah wanted was of no importance; God’s will was greater, since its object was for Jonah’s good and the good of others. So, Jonah was swallowed by the whale, and had ample time during the three days inside its belly to reflect upon the importance of doing God’s will. Spewn ashore at Nineveh, Jonah is again called by God, and this time accepts to preach repentance. This time, Jonah had figured out that God meant business, and so he went about preaching. Immediately, upon hearing Jonah’s call to repentance, the entire kingdom repented of their sins and did penance!

Jonah points to Christ—spewn forth from the belly of the whale on the third day, Christ is spewn forth, if you will, from the belly of the earth on the third day in the Resurrection: Christ, the New Adam, triumphant over the sin of Adam by means of His total obedience to the Father, even to death on the Cross. Jonah is a sign for us during Lent—what do you want to do, continue sinning or to submit humbly to the will of God and change your life? Sin is a matter of the person’s will—I want to sin. The old comic skit, “The Devil made me do it!” is false. The Devil never forces anyone to do anything—we cooperate quite willingly in sin. Without the use of one’s free will, there is no sin. Each willingly chooses to break God’s commandments, and make our will in daily life unbending, even before God. Thompson expressed God’s unrelenting chasing of us until we give up and agree to do what He asks of us: “Halts by me that footfall: Is my gloom, after all, Shade of His hand, outstretched caressingly? ‘Ah, fondest, blindest, weakest, I am He whom thou seekest! Thou drive love away from thee, who drives away Me.” We seek happiness, imagining that we’ll have it in doing what we want by misusing God’s creation for our own reasons. All we find is emptiness without God. It is all a matter of the will: my will or God’s in my daily life. Jonah’s fulfillment and happiness came only in serving the God who loved Him. So to with us! Imitate Christ, obedient to death, in order to triumph for eternity, and to find happiness here on earth. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

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

Please pray for those who have recently died: John Thompson, Francesco Russo, Lillian Jacobs, Rosalie Liguori, William DeLeo, Sylvia Ardise, Rosemary Pavia Grasso, Walter Bradley, Paul Hughes, Paul Polotaye, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Cathy Itri, Oswaldo Diaz, Maria Imbrogno.

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

St. Joseph Votive Light Memorial: +Joseph Taricani req. Leon Taricani

The Lenten rules of fasting and abstinence from eating meat apply on Ash Wednesday & Good Friday: Fasting refers to the cutting back on the amount of food eaten on certain days, and applies to those aged 14-60 years old, unless ill or suffering from a medical condition. Fasting means that only one full meal [on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday] is to be taken and NO snacking between meals. Abstinence from eating meat means that no meat be eaten on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and on all Fridays of Lent. This is a simple way to begin doing penance for our sins. All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence from eating meat for those 14 years and older, unless sickness or medical conditions prevent this. If one is ill, 60 years or older, or suffers from any medical condition, these rules do not apply.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Saturday, May 6: 4-7:00 pm: The Kentucky Derby fundraiser in the Rectory.
Saturday, May 13: 5-7:00 pm: St. John’s in World War I Exhibit in the parish hall.
May 13: 7:30-9:00 pm: Solemn Rosary, Benediction and Procession in
honor of the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima.
June 13, July 13, August 13, September 13, & October 13: 7:30 pm: Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima during this centenary year.

Men of the Parish [ages 18 and up]: Looking for a spiritual boost for Lent—with coffee? Every Friday morning, about 30 men of the parish meet in the Rectory at 7 a.m. for coffee, then join together for twenty minutes of prayer and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament: all completed in time to attend the 8 a.m. Mass or to go off to work. All parish men are welcome: 18 years of age and up. Just walk in the Rectory front door, go down the hall, and you’ll find the coffee.

Stations of the Cross: Fridays during Lent at 4:00pm in English, but NOT on Good Friday.

Saint Jude: First class relics of Saint Jude the Apostle are on display during Lent on the Saint Joseph side altar. There are also novena cards for your devotion.

Annual Catholic Appeal: This is the annual appeal by the Diocese of Bridgeport to fund all the charitable, educational, and faith-based works of the Diocese of Bridgeport that assist thousands of people daily throughout Fairfield County. You will be contacted directly by the Diocese. Each parish in Fairfield County is given a goal: ours is $110,000. We have collected to date: $32,267.00. Please be generous; we need everyone’s help. Our parish Appeal leaders are John & Eileen Tarleton, who have led our efforts last year so successfully. Thank you for your generosity.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday February 26, 2017 $ 14,029.02
Sunday February 28, 2016 $ 14,432.24

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

March 12th, Sunday Readings: Gn 12:1-4a; 2 Tm 1:8b-10; Mt 17:1-9.

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

Sports Tickets: Got season tickets for games? If so, please consider donating a pair to a game as auction items for the upcoming parish Kentucky Derby. Give a call to Cindy at the Rectory: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

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

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

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

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

The Upper Room: March 15—The Ides of March, celebrating the assassination of Julius Caesar by Brutus—for Adults 39 years of age and up, at Columbus Park Trattoria [the Upper Room], 205 Main Street in downtown Stamford, 7-9pm. Our speaker is David Bonagura, adjunct professor of theology at St. Joseph Seminary, Dunwoodie, who will speak on Et Tu, Catholic: Caesar’s Enduring Influence on Western Culture. This is NOT a political discussion, but one about Faith and culture. Come join us—bring a friend or two for a glass of wine, some pasta and a lively conversation.

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

R.C.I.A.: Next class: Monday, March 6th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.
Topic: The Sacrament of Penance, Part III: Chapter 5, (pages 336-347).

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIRTUS PROGRAM FOR VOLUNTEERS: – As part of the Diocese’s Safe Environment Compliance Policy, any person over 18 who chooses to volunteer at the Church in any capacity, no matter how briefly, must take a class regarding child sexual abuse prevention called Virtus. There are no exceptions to this policy. For more information, call the parish secretary.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory. We are continuing our review of ecclesiastical Latin using Second Latin by Cora and Charles Scanlon. We are also reading excerpts from Ambrosi Epistulae Variae, letters of St Ambrose, Bishop of Milan and mentor to St Augustine.  These range from letters to the Emperor to letters addressed to relatives.  An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary. Please call the Rectory for information.

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

Job Seekers: 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: There’s no charge. Next meeting: Monday, March 27th at 7:30PM – at Stamford Corners, 1455 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Walk up the stairs, past the concierge to the club room. Go around to the left to right side conference room.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, March 4, 2017
4:00 In Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus req. Margarita Arenas
Sunday, March 5, 2017
7:30 +Cardinal Edward Egan req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00 Special Intentions Christopher Nana req. Heloise Nana
12:00 +Anna Young req. Family
5:00 +Monsignor Andrew Cusack
Monday, March 6, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 +Ralph Cirulli req. Maude Hughes and Family
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
8:00 Thanksgiving to Mother of God req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Ann Cody req. Cody Family
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
8:00 +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Trinidad Sevidal Untalan req. Ted and Beth Untalan
Thursday, March 9, 2017
8:00 +Gloria Adrian req. Dianne and Steve
12:10 +Jack Blomquist req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Friday, March 10, 2017
8:00 +Mary Churley req. Mary Petrizzi
12:10 +Eileen Dietl req. Bill Christiaanse
Saturday, March 11, 2017
8:00 Paul Gjelaj req. Hana Gjelaj
12:10 Joseph Kung req. Family

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE NEWS:

THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
155 years ago, or so:
March 7, 1862: Lent. “Last Wednesday being Ash Wednesday, or the first day of Lent, there were the usual services in the Roman Catholic Church. This yearly fast, which takes its name from a word in the old Saxon, signifying Spring, is of great antiquity. It was solemnly observed by the early Christians as a season of self denial preparatory to the holy feast of Easter, and was kept during forty days, in commemoration of our Savior’s fasting forty days in the wilderness.”

150 years ago, or so:
March 12, 1869: “The Roman Catholic Society have purchased a lot 200 X 100 feet, in one of the most prominent and valuable positions on Atlantic Street, from Mr. A. J. Bell, for $12,500. We understand it is the intention of the society to build a handsome church edifice on their new purchase.”

THE CONNECTICUT CATHOLIC:
130 years ago, or so:
February 14, 1885: Stamford. “The Lenten exercises will commence on Ash Wednesday morning, when Mass will be said. The blessed ashes will be distributed in the morning and evening. There will be the usual observations in the church during Lent, as in former years. On Wednesday evening the Rosary will be recited followed by a sermon, and on Friday evenings the devotion of the cross will take place.”

THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
100 years ago, or so:
March 7, 1913: Catholic Churches and Societies. “The Holy Name Society of St. John’s Catholic Church will receive Holy Communion Sunday, at 7:25 a.m., and will hold a regular monthly meeting in the chapel at 7:30 p.m. Father O’Brien is giving an interesting course of short sermons at St. John’s Catholic Church on Sunday evenings. On last Sunday he had for his subject “The Catacombs.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES:
10 years ago, or so:
March 12, 2009: Confession Makes a Comeback. “The day after Msgr. Stephen DiGiovanni was installed in June 1998 as pastor of St. John’s, he walked through the quiet sanctuary. One particular sight seized him. The confessional at the rear of the church had been nailed shut. So in his first month as pastor, he pried open the door to the rear confessional, wiped off the dust of decades and arranged for replacing the lights, drapes and tiles. Then, in the fall of 1998, Msgr. DiGiovanni rolled back the clock of Catholic practice, having St. John’s priests hear confession in the booths before virtually every Mass. Confessions are now heard in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.”

ScrewtapeThe Screwtape Letters: by C.S. Lewis. The Lenten BookClub at The Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in the Msgr. Nagle Parish Hall, March 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th at 8pm. Presented by Evan Psencik, The Leadership Institute. Please read the first three letters before our first gathering. Please RSVP to institute@diobpt.org or contact Fr. Andrew Vill (203) 324-1553 x21 or frVill@diobpt.org.

Find Out About Joining the Trinity Family: Hosted by the Sweeney and Oates Families. Wednesday, March 8th at 7pm at the Sweeney home, 1336 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT. Light appetizers and drinks. Dress casually. Meet and Greet with the new Trinity Catholic High School Principal, Mr. David Williams. Athletic Director, Bob Robustelli, and Admissions Director, Jon DeBenedictis, will also be present to answer any questions. Please RSVP by March 5th to Sue Oates via email at oatesy@optonline.net or (203) 921-6556.

Stamford Lenten Adult Bible Study: The Scriptural Roots of the Sacraments will be a six-week Bible Study held at Trinity High School every Thursday in Lent, starting March 2nd, from 7-8:30pm. The study, led by Fr. Joseph Gill, will examine how the Sacraments of our Catholic Faith, such as the Mass and Confession, are grounded in the Word of God, both prefigured in the Old Testament and then coming in fullness in the New. Cost is free. All adults who want to grow in their faith are invited to join us! For more information, please contact Fr. Joseph at frjosephgill@gmail.com.

Lenten Pasta Dinner & Stations: Trinity Catholic High School is hosting two Lenten pasta dinners to help raise money for our teens to do a week-long service trip in Boston! Come and join us on March 10th and March 24th any time between 5:30pm-7:30pm for some delicious food, donated by Columbus Park Trattoria and cooked by their expert chefs! We will then celebrate the Stations of the Cross in the chapel at 7:30pm for those who wish to stay. The dinners are open to the public, and cost is $10 per person or maximum $40 per family.

Trinity Catholic Presents Fiddler on the Roof: TCHS Crusader Players present Fiddler on the Roof, our in- house school play, scheduled for performances from 3/24/17 through 3/26/14.

Trinity Catholic Legacy Gala: Friday, April 28th, 2017, at The Italian Center. Honoring The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport for his Legacy of Purpose, The Sam Cingari Family for their Legacy of Commitment, Art ’81 & Donna Mossa ’84 Murphy P’11,’14,’17 for their Legacy of Encouragement. For more information contact Betsy Mercede at bmercede@trinitycatholic.org.

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, Thursday, April 6th! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

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

Lauralton Hall: invites you to attend Take-a-Look Tuesday on March 7, 2017 at 8:00a.m. RSVP to (203)877-2786 ext.144. Lauralton Hall, 200 High Street, Milford, CT.

Cardinal Ignatius Kung: was one of the great heroes of the Catholic faith, having suffered imprisonment in China for more than 30 years because of his faith. He died on March 12, 2000, and his funeral was here at the Basilica. To commemorate the anniversary of his death, and to promote interest in Cardinal Kung’s saintly life, the Basilica bookstore will offer a special sale of my biography of the Cardinal: Ignatius, The Life of Ignatius Cardinal Kung Pin-Mei, for $5.00 per copy, beginning this weekend until March 12th. I think you will find the book of interest, and the Cardinal’s life fascinating and inspirational.

ignatiusSM

Bulletin for Sunday February 26, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday February 26, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: What do you want from life? That is the basis of another question: What is the goal of Lent? Lenten WreathThis isn’t so arcane as you might think, because, where you fit God into your life determines not just the “what” you want from life, but the “how” by which you achieve what you want from life. Each year we go through these Lenten 40 days; but why? The goal is to turn our minds and hearts—our desires—in a direction that is profitable. By profitable, I mean, towards that which will make us happy. Usually, when one thinks of “desire” for something that will make us “happy”, we imagine the immediate satisfying of some urge or fantasy. We push God out of the way, even in our thoughts, and misconstrue the immediate satisfaction of our bodily urges or ambitions for happiness. Our true happiness comes when we do that which we were designed to do: to please God by doing that which pleases the God who loves us, rather than merely and temporarily satisfying our every desire. St. Paul reminds us of our real status as slaves to our sins [Rom 6:15 ff]. And all the time you thought you were the boss of your own life. Silly Rabbit. . . as the cereal advert once ran. Christ offers liberation from the tyranny of sin and death, and, as an extra bonus of His love, eternal life as His co-heirs in Heaven. All that, just for trying to please Him now, not merely in thought, but in deed. Continuing to sin while claiming to love God is like insisting that you love your wife while continuing to go out with another woman; you can’t insist that you love God, while continuing to sin, acting as if He didn’t exist, or, as if He were not important enough to pay attention to. [I John 2:3-4]

One the Church’s greatest sinners, Saint Augustine, was an expert at this. He sought to “scratch every itch”, as the saying goes. For him, running after women and seeking fame and fortune were the most important things in life, because he believed he was the most important person in his life and, so, he determined that was what he’d do to become happy. He believed in God, but God was not real enough for Augustine to change the way he lived, since Augustine’s God was an idea, and not as real as Augustine’s ego, personal urges or ambitions. That was Augustine’s primary error, and usually ours as well: if we don’t first treat God as God, then we treat ourselves as God, and so we tend to treat other people as things for our benefit. So, we can use anyone, hurt anyone, cheat everyone, simply because we want whatever we want in life, and our desires or agenda justifiy whatever we do. We are first, and everyone else is second, because God really doesn’t exist in our lives, at least not enough to affect how we live. Or, we’ve created an idea of God, and worship that idea instead of the true God. Here’s Saint Augustine:

“The whole life of a believing Christian is, after all, a holy desire. What you desire, you do not yet see, but your desire enables you to be filled with seeing when the time for seeing comes. A comparison: If you want to fill a bag with something very big, you stretch the mouth of it; the object is big and the mouth small, but by stretching the mouth you make it bigger. In like manner, God expands our desire by deferring fulfillment; through desire He stretches the soul and makes it able to hold more. . . What, then, are we to do in this life where we do not yet lay hold of what we desire? St. Paul wrote, ‘I forget what is behind and stretch out to what is ahead, intent on the goal of heavenly calling,’ This is our life’s purpose: to practice desire. But we can cultivate holy desire only to the extent that we detach our desire from the world. You are to be filled with good things from God; you must first empty yourself of evil. Suppose God wanted to fill you with honey, but you were already filled with the vinegar of sin! You must empty yourself of vinegar, be cleansed, even with laborious scrubbing, so that you may be fit to be filled with something better” [Commentary on the First Letter of John, Treatise 4].

Pope Saint Gregory the Great put it this way: “Some people are so simple that they do not know what is right. But true simplicity is marked by genuine innocence, and the non-virtuous do not have it. Simplicity is a passionate enthusiasm for what is good. . . Some people are not simple in their actions, for they seek external satisfaction rather than inner spiritual rewards. We cannot go down two roads at the same time: when we outwardly do what God commands, but harbor worldly desires. A person fully avoids evil and sin when he begins, out of love for God, to sin no more. As long as he does good only out of fear, however, he does not fully avoid evil; for we sin by the very fact that we would like to sin if we could do so without punishment” [Moralia in Job, Book 1].

Lent is the annual season during which we strive to turn our desires from satisfying ourselves in sinful pursuits, and work for true happiness that comes from loving God here and now. After we stop doing evil actions, then we can move on to stop desiring to do evil actions. For sin is not just doing evil actions; a sin is knowing the doing of something is evil, and nevertheless desiring to do it, and then actually doing it. This is a question of real life actions and the real life exercise of your free will for to love God by avoiding evil and doing good. The first thing we should all do is to go to Confession, to repent of our sins, turn our hearts from sin, and receive God’s forgiveness. This is the “scrubbing” out of ourselves of the bitter residue of sin [vinegar, in Augustine’s words above], so that God may fill us with honey, His very life. Try it this year: you’ll be much happier by Easter, having rid yourself of bad and sinful desires and habits, and learned to want to do good, because you love God, and you desire to please Him in everything you think and do. Get into the daily habit of loving God and doing good. Happy Lent! —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Maria Travino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Anne Touhey, Bill Rice, Diane DiNapoli, Evan Fernandez, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Thomas McGuire, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Brianna Petigny, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Lillian Jacobs, Rosalie Liguori, William DeLeo, Sylvia Ardise, Rosemary Pavia Grasso, Walter Bradley, Paul Hughes, Paul Polotaye, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Cathy Itri, Oswaldo Diaz, Maria Imbrogno.

LENT begins on March 1st, ASH WEDNESDAY: Ash Wednesday is NOT a holy day of obligation. Ashes will be given out IN THE BASILICA during the 8 am and 12:10 pm Masses that day; AND in the Basilica at 7 am, 1pm and 7:30 pm, without any ceremony.
ASHES WILL NOT BE GIVEN OUT AT THE RECTORY.

The Lenten rules of fasting and abstinence from eating meat apply on Ash Wednesday & Good Friday: Fasting refers to the cutting back on the amount of food eaten on certain days, and applies to those aged 14-60 years old, unless ill or suffering from a medical condition. Fasting means that only one full meal [on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday] is to be taken and NO snacking between meals. Abstinence from eating meat means that no meat be eaten on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, or on any Fridays of Lent. This is a simple way to begin doing penance for our sins. All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence from eating meat for those 14 years and older, unless sickness or medical conditions prevent this. If one is ill, 60 years or older, or suffers from any medical condition, these rules do not apply.

Men of the Parish [ages 18 and up]: Looking for a spiritual boost for Lent—with coffee? Every Friday morning, about 30 men of the parish meet in the Rectory at 7 a.m. for coffee, then join together for twenty minutes of prayer and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament: all completed in time to attend the 8 a.m. Mass or to go off to work. All parish men are welcome: 18 years of age and up. Just walk in the Rectory front door, go down the hall, and you’ll find the coffee.

Stations of the Cross: Fridays during Lent at 4:00pm in English, but NOT on Good Friday.

Annual Catholic Appeal: This is the annual appeal by the Diocese of Bridgeport to fund all the charitable, educational, and faith-based works of the Diocese of Bridgeport that assist thousands of people daily throughout Fairfield County. You will be contacted directly by the Diocese. Each parish in Fairfield County is given a goal: ours is $110,000. We have collected to date: $26,772.00. Please be generous; we need everyone’s help. Our parish Appeal leaders are John & Eileen Tarleton, who have led our efforts last year so successfully. Thank you for your generosity.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Saturday, May 6th: The Running of the Roses: the parish annual Kentucky Derby fundraiser. Live broadcast of the Race, plus superb food, live auction, mint juleps, and more. ALSO, to facilitate attendance by young couples, a Kids’ Derby will be held in the parish hall at the same time at a minimal charge, with games, food, and fun—no betting on the race!!!—and experienced adult supervision. Mark your calendar, and stay tuned for further details.
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Sports Tickets: Got season tickets for games? If so, please consider donating a pair to a game as auction items for the upcoming parish Kentucky Derby. Give a call to Cindy at the Rectory: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday February 19, 2017 $ 13,083.32
Sunday February 21, 2016 $ 13,641.92

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

March 5th, Sunday Readings: Gn 2:7-9; 3:1-7; Rom 5:12-19; Mt 4:1-11.

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

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

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

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

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

The Upper Room: March 15—The Ides of March, celebrating the assassination of Julius Caesar by Brutus—for Adults 39 years of age and up, at Columbus Park Trattoria [the Upper Room], 205 Main Street in downtown Stamford, 7-9pm. Our speaker is David Bonagura, adjunct professor of theology at St. Joseph Seminary, Dunwoodie, who will speak on Et Tu, Catholic: Caesar’s Enduring Influence on Western Culture. This is NOT a political discussion, but one about Faith and culture. Come join us—bring a friend or two for a glass of wine, some pasta and a lively conversation.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory. We are continuing our review of ecclesiastical Latin using Second Latin by Cora and Charles Scanlon. We are also reading excerpts from Ambrosi Epistulae Variae, letters of St Ambrose, Bishop of Milan and mentor to St Augustine.  These range from letters to the Emperor to letters addressed to relatives.  An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary. Please call the Rectory for information.

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

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

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, Thursday, March 2nd! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

R.C.I.A.: Next class: Monday, February 27th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Topic: The Eucharist, Part III: Chapter 4, (pages 320-335).

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

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

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

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

VIRTUS PROGRAM FOR VOLUNTEERS: – As part of the Diocese’s Safe Environment Compliance Policy, any person over 18 who chooses to volunteer at the Church in any capacity, must take a class regarding child sexual abuse prevention called Virtus. This class is mandatory for every volunteer, even if you volunteer once a year. There are no exceptions to this policy. For more information please call the parish secretary.

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

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

St. Augustine Council #41 – Knights of Columbus: 130th Annual Communion Breakfast, St. Augustine Council #41 – Knights of Columbus. Sunday, March 5, 2017,  Knights of Columbus, 507 Shippan Avenue. 8:30 am Mass – St. Mary Church, Breakfast at 10:00 am,  at the Knights of Columbus. Cost: $15.00.  Tickets can be purchased at the Council Center. See Kenny or Dan or contact Tom (203) 249-9644 or Al (203) 940-3651.

Oriental Carpet: Would you like one? We have a beautiful 30 year old, hand woven, golden, authentic oriental carpet, measuring 25 feet by 13.5 feet. This is free to take! In fact, it is the rolled up carpet on the floor in front of the Blessed Mother side altar. If anyone would like it, please speak with Cindy: 203-324-1553, ext 21, come and pick it up. It’s very heavy, so you’ll need to bring muscular help.

Job Seekers: 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: There’s no charge. Next meeting: This Monday, February 27th at 7:30PM – at Stamford Corners, 1455 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Walk up the stairs, past the concierge to the club room. Go around to the left to right side conference room.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, February 25, 2017
4:00 In Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus req. Margarita Arenas
Sunday, February 26, 2017
7:30 All Souls in Purgatory req. Heloise Nana
10:00 +Esperance Phillips req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
12:00 +Madeline Ghilardi req. Dr. Joe McAleer
5:00 +Antonin Scalia
Monday, February 27, 2017
8:00 People of the Parish
12:10 +Kevin Mullin req. Danny Rainho
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
8:00 +Julia Wynne Breunich req. Rosemary Reid
12:10 Marion Dal Molin req. Mary Jean
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
8:00 +Jeanne Smitherman req. Marc Valois
12:10 +James C. French req. Tom Timon
Thursday, March 2, 2017
8:00 +Ralph Damiano req. Christina and David McAleer
12:10 +James and Adele Henson req. John Pascale
Friday, March 3, 2017
8:00 +Herculano and Gloria Oliva req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
12:10 +Carmine Longo req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Saturday, March 4, 2017
8:00 Sister Ellen Mary CSJ Birthday req. Marie Carr
12:10 +Ann Cody req. Nick and Ann Lepore

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
85 years ago, or so:
Feb. 15, 1934: LARGE AUDIENCE FOR FR. CARROLL IN ST. JOHN’S. “The Rev. James F. Carroll, of the Holy Ghost Fathers, Ferndale, began his series of Wednesday evening Lenten sermons at St. John’s R. C. Church, last night, by telling of the message of the Ashes to those seeking God. He said that the lowly dust and Ashes that were placed in the sign of the Cross on the brows of worshipers after all services in the Catholic churches, yesterday, in observance of Ash Wednesday, called out against pride, avarice, luxury and passion. The church was filled to capacity for the service. Late comers had to go elsewhere, as even standing room was not available. Father Carroll told first of the messages that the imposing and mighty forces of the world brought to mankind. He said that man could learn from the hills, the sea, the sun and the stars, of the eternity and majesty of God. But what of the things that do not touch us, that we carelessly throw aside? He continued. What of the dust and ashes of this world? They also speak to us of God. At this very hour, the dust and ashes bring us a message from heaven and from God, that thou art dust, and to dust thou shall return. At the beginning of the season of Lent, I call up dust to speak to us of God. After naming the four sins-pride, avarice, luxury and passion-against which dust speaks, Father Carroll took up each in turn and set forth the significance of the messages dust and ashes brings concerning them. He referred to pride as the greatest sin against God, and called it an eternal error against the infallibility of God. He explained that all that man became or hoped to become came from God, and that man himself was merely dust, and had no cause for pride in himself. Then Father Carroll took up the sin of avarice. He explained: Dust tells us All this world can give in wealth and profit, will return to me. Yet we toil and slave for things of this earth. We steal and we kill for things that give us momentary pleasure, but which we must give up when death is upon us. He said that however much the human being might gather together of this world’s goods, the time would come when the hand of God and the hand of justice would be raised, and the things of this world would be left behind when man went to his grave. Taking up what he termed the lust for luxury, Father Carroll said that many people sin to break the monotony of life. The most terrible thing in sin is its monotony, he commented. During his discussion of this, he said: It is sin, not age, that makes us old. Christ has the only solution of eternal youth. He set forth that sooner or later would come a day in the life of each individual when he entered into himself, and was alone with God, and at that hour, man would realize that his sinning heart could never rest until it was with God. Taking up the fourth sin against which dust and ashes call out, Father Carroll pointed out that ashes were all that was left after a conflagration. We all know the destitution that follows a fire, he continued. Yet it is as nothing compared to the soul where the fire of passion has burned almost to destruction. In conclusion he said know that you must go back to God.”

Bishop Announces New School!
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano recently met with Catholic school parents to unveil Imagine 2020, a three-year plan for Catholic elementary education in Stamford that will create a single, new flagship PreK-Grade 8 school. The four schools involved in the plan are Holy Spirit School, Our Lady Star of the Sea School, St. Cecilia School, and Trinity Catholic Middle School. The new school, which will open in September 2017, will be re-named and a new board will be formed in order to involve representatives from all four parishes.
According to the bishop, the new school will provide a superior education, in a renovated facility, located on a single campus in the heart of the city, whose mission will be enhanced by a rejuvenated and prospering Trinity Catholic High School. The new school will allow for more differentiated instruction and new models of teaching such as blended learning that will make classrooms more innovative and contemporary.
Priority registration for current school families will run until February 15, after which will open to new students. Applications for the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund will be accepted until April 1. The diocese has set up a hotline for anyone to call in and have their specific questions answered. The number is 203-209-2894. For
more information, including tuition rates and how to register, please visit www.catholicschoolsstamford.org.

Stamford Lenten Adult Bible Study: The Scriptural Roots of the Sacraments will be a six-week Bible Study held at Trinity High School every Thursday in Lent, starting March 2nd, from 7-8:30pm. The study, led by Fr. Joseph Gill, will examine how the Sacraments of our Catholic Faith, such as the Mass and Confession, are grounded in the Word of God, both prefigured in the Old Testament and then coming in fullness in the New. Cost is free. All adults who want to grow in their faith are invited to join us! For more information, please contact Fr. Joseph at frjosephgill@gmail.com.

Lenten Pasta Dinner & Stations: Trinity Catholic High School is hosting two Lenten pasta dinners to help raise money for our teens to do a week-long service trip in Boston! Come and join us on March 10th and March 24th any time between 5:30pm-7:30pm for some delicious food, donated by Columbus Park Trattoria and cooked by their expert chefs! We will then celebrate the Stations of the Cross in the chapel at 7:30pm for those who wish to stay. The dinners are open to the public, and cost is $10 per person or maximum $40 per family.

Trinity Catholic Presents Fiddler on the Roof: TCHS Crusader Players present Fiddler on the Roof, our in- house school play, scheduled for performances from 3/24/17 through 3/26/14.

Trinity Catholic Legacy Gala: Friday, April 28th, 2017, at The Italian Center. Honoring The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport for his Legacy of Purpose, The Sam Cingari Family for their Legacy of Commitment, Art ’81 & Donna Mossa ’84 Murphy P’11,’14,’17 for their Legacy of Encouragement. For more information contact Betsy Mercede at bmercede@trinitycatholic.org.

2017-18 Admissions at Regina Caeli Academy: Looking for an amazing resource center devoted to a classical education and the Catholic faith? Regina Caeli Academy meets at Wilton Baptist Church, Wilton, CT, serving Prek-3 – 12th grade. Students attend Socratic and hands-on classrooms two days per week and are home schooled the remaining days. Our Open House will be on Saturday, March 4th, from 3-5pm at Wilton Baptist Church. Please contact Mary Grunbok at (203) 701-9154 or mgrunbok.fcc@rcahybrid.org to schedule your family tour or make reservations for the Open House.

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

Lauralton Hall: invites you to attend Take-a-Look Tuesday on March 7, 2017 at 8:00a.m. RSVP to (203)877-2786 ext.144. Lauralton Hall, 200 High Street, Milford, CT.

Cardinal Ignatius Kung: was one of the great heroes of the Catholic faith, having suffered imprisonment in China for more than 30 years because of his faith. He died on March 12, 2000, and his funeral was here at the Basilica. To commemorate the anniversary of his death, and to promote interest in Cardinal Kung’s saintly life, the Basilica bookstore will offer a special sale of my biography of the Cardinal: Ignatius, The Life of Ignatius Cardinal Kung Pin-Mei, for $5.00 per copy, beginning this weekend until March 12th. I think you will find the book of interest, and the Cardinal’s life fascinating and inspirational.

ignatiusSM

Bulletin for Sunday February 19, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday February 19, 2017

St Peter Pastor’s Corner: February 22nd is the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter. It reminds us of Jesus’ grant of His authority to Saint Peter and to his successors, the popes, as bishops of Rome. This was Our Lord’s means to assure unity in His Catholic Church throughout the ages: being in communion with Peter by sharing in his faith.

When Our Lord spoke these words to Simon Peter in the presence of the other Apostles, He did not single out a particular friend to grant some personal favor. Jesus would never have chosen Peter: Jesus was surprised that he, of all the Twelve, was the one who answered His question correctly: “Who do you say I am?” Not being the brightest of the Apostolic crowd, Simon Peter’s answer revealed to Jesus the Father’s choice to lead the Apostles as visible head of the Church. Next, Our Lord changed Simon’s name: whenever God changed the name of anyone in the Old Testament, as He did with Abram to Abraham, it meant that God was changing the very reason for that person’s existence. Abram became Abraham in order to be the Father of the Chosen People and all the faithful of Christ’s new covenant, whose “descendants would be more numerous than the stars” [Gen 23:17]. Those descendants would not be limited to the Jewish people, but would move beyond them—to the Gentiles, to include all who have faith in Christ. Jesus, the Son of God, changed Simon’s name to Peter, since Peter would bring that promise to fulfillment through the Catholic Church—the New Israel. Why did Jesus choose the name “Peter”? Why not George or Reginald? Because Peter means Rock in Aramaic, the language they spoke and in which the Gospel of Matthew was written: the word for rock is Kephas, or Cephas in the English transliteration, which is repeated in the Gospels and the Epistles of St. Paul [4 times in Galatians; 4 times in I Corinthians]. In English, this play on words doesn’t work: the name Peter doesn’t look anything like the word Rock; the closest in a modern language is the French word Pierre—for both Peter and Rock. Italian and Spanish have similar words for Rock and Peter.

Our Lord next told Simon that “You are Peter [Rock], and on this Rock [Peter] I will build my Church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it” [Matt 16:16-19]. The Church isn’t built on an idea, or a social movement, or ideology: it was established by and on the Divine Person of Our Lord, obedient to another Divine Person, the Eternal Father, and enlivened by the Third Divine Person, the Holy Spirit, guiding the Church to teach only the truth so that “the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” Since salvation is a matter of personal relationships, not shared ideology, ours with Christ and with others, the Church’s visible head is another person: Peter. But that office and duty Christ gave to Peter was not a personal gift to one man. Jesus was establishing a permanent Church, which would last until the end of time, and reach to the ends of the world, offering truth, grace and salvation to everyone. The Church Jesus personally founded is His Mystical Body, of which He is the actual head, and all the baptized intimately joined to Him as members of His Body. What is the symbol of that unity and Christ’s authority given to Peter?—the Keys of Heaven: Jesus just about quotes Isaiah 22:22, which refers to the king giving authority to his chief steward in the form of keys of the palace. That chief steward was given the keys of authority only for a while, and then they were passed to his successor. So too with Peter and the Church. Jesus did not make Peter the absolute Head of the Church: that is Jesus. But the visible head of the Church is Peter. Since Jesus’ Church is to last until the end of time, Jesus gave that authority through Peter to his successors, the Bishops of Rome, where Peter taught and died a martyr.

Our Lord knew that Peter was imperfect; He scolded Peter soon after giving him the Keys of Heaven when Peter objected that Jesus shouldn’t suffer and die. Likewise, Peter denied knowing Christ three times on the evening of His arrest, and abandoned Him the day He died on the Cross. Yet, Our Lord did not withdraw His grant of authority or His love from this weak and flawed Rock. After the Resurrection, Jesus asked Peter three times, “Do you love me?” —offering Peter three opportunities to redress his triple denial of Jesus. Peter‘s triple reply, “Yes Lord, you know I love you” [Jn 21:15-19]. Our Lord gave Peter the opportunity to make up for that failure, and Peter responded with love. Peter grew into his new job as the Rock upon which Christ built His one Church: he had to understand that the only way to exercise authority in the Church was first to be so in love with Jesus that he wanted to imitate Him entirely, even to the point of martyrdom. For Peter that meant on a cross like Christ.

We are blessed to have an exact bronze replica of the statue of Saint Peter here, as found in the Vatican’s Basilica of Saint Peter. As in Rome, so too in Stamford: for Peter’s feast day, the statue is vested in pontifical vestments—red, the color of martyrdom and of popes: the color of Peter’s willingness to sacrifice himself in imitation of the Christ he believed in and loved. So, this weekend, or on any day you visit our Basilica, stop at the statue, say a prayer for the Holy Father, Pope Francis and, like the saying goes, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”, kiss St. Peter’s foot as a sign of devotion. And we are in Rome, here in the pope’s church, sharing the same faith as the Apostles and Saints, in union with today’s Rock: Pope Francis, successor of the Fisherman from Galilee. Faith must lead to love of God, and we can all get there by Christ’s grace, even though we are weak and imperfect. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Bill Rice, Diane DiNapoli, Evan Fernandez, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Thomas McGuire, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Brianna Petigny, Elaine Shoztic.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Rosalie Liguori, William DeLeo, Sylvia Ardise, Rosemary Pavia Grasso, Walter Bradley, Paul Hughes, Paul Polotaye, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Cathy Itri, Oswaldo Diaz, Maria Imbrogno.

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

Annual Catholic Appeal: This is the annual appeal by the Diocese of Bridgeport to fund all the charitable, educational, and faith-based works of the Diocese of Bridgeport that assist thousands of people daily throughout Fairfield County. You will be contacted directly by the Diocese. Each parish in Fairfield County is given a goal: ours is $110,000, so please be generous in your support. Our parish Appeal leaders are John & Eileen Tarleton, who have led our efforts last year so successfully. Thank you for your generosity.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Saturday, May 6th: The Running of the Roses: the parish annual Kentucky Derby fundraiser. Live broadcast of the Race, plus superb food, live auction, mint juleps, and more. ALSO, to facilitate attendance by young couples, a Kids’ Derby will be held in the parish hall at the same time at a minimal charge, with games, food, and fun—no betting on the race!!!—and experienced adult supervision. Mark your calendar, and stay tuned for further details.
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Sports Tickets: Got season tickets for games? If so, please consider donating a pair to a game as auction items for the upcoming parish Kentucky Derby. Give a call to Cindy at the Rectory: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

Men of the Parish [ages 18 and up]: Looking for a spiritual boost for Lent—with coffee? Every Friday morning, about 30 men of the parish meet in the Rectory at 7 a.m. for coffee, then join together for twenty minutes of prayer and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament: all completed in time to attend the 8 a.m. Mass or to go off to work. All parish men are welcome: 18 years of age and up. Just walk in the Rectory front door, go down the hall, and you’ll find the coffee.

Diocesan Synod: During the past year, the Diocese of Bridgeport has asked parishes to begin implementing the Synod of the Diocese of Bridgeport. Each parish developed a pastoral plan to in response to the Synod. The Basilica’s pastoral plan can be found at www.bridgeportdiocese.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/St.-John-the-Evangelist-Basilica-Stamford-Parish-Pastoral-Plan.pdf

R.C.I.A.: Next class: Monday, February 20th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Topic: Baptism and Confirmation, Part III: Chapter 3, (pages 307-319).

Faith on Tap: February 21st: Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe, 97 Franklin St. in Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. Monsignor Thomas Powers, Vicar General of the Diocese of Bridgeport, will speak about “Where Do Bishops Come From?: How the Pope Chooses New Shepherds”. Bring a friend or two!

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday February 12, 2017 $ 9,577.57
Sunday February 14, 2016 $ 13,341.48

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

February 26th, Sunday Readings: Is 49:14-15; 1 Cor 4:1-5; Mt 6:24-34.

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

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

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

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

New Covenant House of Hospitality: Saint John’s parishioners staff the kitchens once each month to feed the homeless and less fortunate. For information, please call: 203-324-1533, ext 21.

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory. We are continuing our review of ecclesiastical Latin using Second Latin by Cora and Charles Scanlon. We are also reading excerpts from Ambrosi Epistulae Variae, letters of St Ambrose, Bishop of Milan and mentor to St Augustine.  These range from letters to the Emperor to letters addressed to relatives.  An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary. Please call the Rectory for information.

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

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

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, Thursday, March 2nd! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

Ash Wednesday: Falls on March 1st this year, marking the beginning of Lent. What will you do for Lent? Those 40 days are the Church’s annual spiritual retreat, a time for spiritual battle against Satan. Use these weeks in anticipation of this holy season to consider how best to improve your relationship with Our Lord, through repentance for past sins, fasting, active charity for the needy, using money you saved from your fasting, and deepened prayer.

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

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

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

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

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

Oriental Carpet: Would you like one? We have a beautiful 30 year old, hand woven, golden, authentic oriental carpet, measuring 25 feet by 13.5 feet. This is free to take! In fact, it is the carpet on the sanctuary floor in the Basilica. If anyone would like it, please speak with Cindy: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

Looking for work? Parishioners seek someone to serve as an aide for a homebound Alzeheimer patient: their mother. No medical experience or training required, since this is primarily to monitor the safety of the elderly lady, making sure she doesn’t wander off. Duties would include preparing lunch, helping her to the toilet, praying the Rosary, putting movies in the DVD, and the like. Monday, Wed, Friday, 12 noon to 6pm; Saturday from 7-11 am. Pay is $13.50 per hour, with sick days and holiday pay. The lady lives in Port Chester. Please call the rectory if interested: 203-324-1553, ext 11.

Job Seekers: 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: There’s no charge. Next meeting: Monday, February 27th at 7:30PM – at Stamford Corners, 1455 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Walk up the stairs, past the concierge to the club room. Go around to the left to right side conference room.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, February 18, 2017
4:00 In Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus req. Margarita Arenas
Sunday, February 19, 2017
7:30 +George Terenzio Birthday Remembrance req. family
10:00 +Orrico Imerogno req. Marie Longo
12:00 +Brian MacTiernan req. Carla Coutant
5:00 +Antonin Scalia
Monday, February 20, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Angeline Kom Simo req. Heloise Nana
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
8:00 +Dominick Carpanzano req. Pasquale and Ida Carpanzano
12:10 +Clifford Studley req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Michael Navaro req. Marie Pinto and Family
Thursday, February 23, 2017
8:00 +Mildred/JoAnn and Felix Fiore req. Leon Taricani
12:10 +John Stobbie req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Friday, February 24, 2017
8:00 In Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Raymond and Jutland Jean-Rene req. Nadege Baptiste
Saturday, February 25, 2017
8:00 +Mr. and Mrs. John Bayne req. Barbara Bayne
12:10 +William Joseph Carello req. your children

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

140 years ago, or so:
Feb. 26, 1875: “Dr. McGlynn, who was to have lectured at the Town Hall Wednesday evening in aid of the new Catholic church, unfortunately failed to put in an appearance. A thousand people were disappointed-not having even the satisfaction of a dispatch to state the reason of his detention. Father Tierney, however, was equal to the occasion, and having expressed his regret at the disappointment, told the audience to receive their money back or to retain their tickets for the lecture next week. It is creditable to the parties to say that without a murmur almost every man of them kept their tickets and seemed to take their disappointment good naturedly. P.S. Since the above was written we learn that the gentleman left the train at Riverside by mistake. The Lecture will now be given on Monday evening next, at the Town Hall.”

100 years ago, or so:
Feb. 24, 1914: Don Donovan’s Estate. “The final account of the estate of Don Donovan, who died a year ago at his home in Roxbury, was approved by Judge Gregory of Norwalk, acting for Judge Keating in the local Probate Court, because the latter considered himself disqualified. The estate consisted of about $16,000 in real and personal property, and was divided in two shares-$8,000 [$192,000 in 2017 dollars] going to St. John’s Catholic Church, as the will of the deceased directed, and the remainder to two heirs-at-law, one of whom was Miss Jane Donovan, a niece, of New York. The Stamford Trust Company is the executor of the estate. Mr. Donovan, it will be remembered, died in his 90th year of age. He had no relatives closer than his nieces, and these he had not seen for many years. He came to Stamford in his youth, and worked for many years in the Roxbury neighborhood as a farmhand. He was a good Catholic and a member of the church to which he bequeathed the balance of his savings.”

Feb. 23, 1918: Stamford Boy on Torpedoed Ship. “James J. Marron of 54 Brown Street has arrived at an Atlantic port, after an adventurous voyage. He sailed for Liverpool, Jan. 5, on the S. S. Almanace, owned by the Garland Steamship Company of Baltimore. On Feb. 5 this vessel was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland, while he was on a lookout in the crows-nest. He was picked up by a tramp steamer and carried to a French port, where he remained but two hours, being carried to England on another tramp ship. He returned to America on the S. S. Leviathan, formerly the Vaterland. Marron entered the service on April 23, 1917. After training at Newport, he was placed on the U.S.S. Pennsylvania, from which he was transferred to the armed guard. He was graduated from St. John’s Parochial School, and attended High School for two years. He was a clever basketball player and an all-around athlete, and belonged to the Radio A.C. and the Y.M.C.A.”

Bishop Announces New School!
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano recently met with Catholic school parents to unveil Imagine 2020, a three-year plan for Catholic elementary education in Stamford that will create a single, new flagship PreK-Grade 8 school. The four schools involved in the plan are Holy Spirit School, Our Lady Star of the Sea School, St. Cecilia School, and Trinity Catholic Middle School. The new school, which will open in September 2017, will be re-named and a new board will be formed in order to involve representatives from all four parishes.
According to the bishop, the new school will provide a superior education, in a renovated facility, located on a single campus in the heart of the city, whose mission will be enhanced by a rejuvenated and prospering Trinity Catholic High School. The new school will allow for more differentiated instruction and new models of teaching such as blended learning that will make classrooms more innovative and contemporary.
Priority registration for current school families will run until February 15, after which will open to new students. Applications for the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund will be accepted until April 1. The diocese has set up a hotline for anyone to call in and have their specific questions answered. The number is 203-209-2894. For
more information, including tuition rates and how to register, please visit www.catholicschoolsstamford.org.

Stamford Lenten Adult Bible Study: The Scriptural Roots of the Sacraments will be a six-week Bible Study held at Trinity High School every Thursday in Lent, starting March 2nd, from 7-8:30pm. The study, led by Fr. Joseph Gill, will examine how the Sacraments of our Catholic Faith, such as the Mass and Confession, are grounded in the Word of God, both prefigured in the Old Testament and then coming in fullness in the New. Cost is free. All adults who want to grow in their faith are invited to join us! For more information, please contact Fr. Joseph at frjosephgill@gmail.com.

Lenten Pasta Dinner & Stations: Trinity Catholic High School is hosting two Lenten pasta dinners to help raise money for our teens to do a week-long service trip in Boston! Come and join us on March 10th and March 24th any time between 5:30pm-7:30pm for some delicious food, donated by Columbus Park Trattoria and cooked by their expert chefs! We will then celebrate the Stations of the Cross in the chapel at 7:30pm for those who wish to stay. The dinners are open to the public, and cost is $10 per person or maximum $40 per family.

Trinity Catholic Presents Fiddler on the Roof: TCHS Crusader Players present Fiddler on the Roof, our in- house school play, scheduled for performances from 3/24/17 through 3/26/14.

Trinity Catholic Legacy Gala: Friday, April 28th, 2017, at The Italian Center. Honoring The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport for his Legacy of Purpose, The Sam Cingari Family for their Legacy of Commitment, Art ’81 & Donna Mossa ’84 Murphy P’11,’14,’17 for their Legacy of Encouragement. For more  information contact Betsy Mercede at bmercede@trinitycatholic.org.

2017-18 Admissions at Regina Caeli Academy: Looking for an amazing resource center devoted to a classical education and the Catholic faith? Regina Caeli Academy meets at Wilton Baptist Church, Wilton, CT, serving Prek-3 – 12th grade. Students attend Socratic and hands-on classrooms two days per week and are home schooled the remaining days. Our Open House will be on Saturday, March 4th, from 3-5pm at Wilton Baptist Church. Please contact Mary Grunbok at (203) 701-9154 or mgrunbok.fcc@rcahybrid.org to schedule your family tour or make reservations for the Open House.

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

Lauralton Hall: invites you to attend Take-a-Look Tuesday on March 7, 2017 at 8:00a.m. RSVP to (203)877-2786 ext.144. Lauralton Hall, 200 High Street, Milford, CT.

Cardinal Ignatius Kung: was one of the great heroes of the Catholic faith, having suffered imprisonment in China for more than 30 years because of his faith. He died on March 12, 2000, and his funeral was here at the Basilica. To commemorate the anniversary of his death, and to promote interest in Cardinal Kung’s saintly life, the Basilica bookstore will offer a special sale of my biography of the Cardinal: Ignatius, The Life of Ignatius Cardinal Kung Pin-Mei, for $5.00 per copy, beginning this weekend until March 12th. I think you will find the book of interest, and the Cardinal’s life fascinating and inspirational.

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