Bulletin for Sunday January 13, 2019

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday January 13, 2019

Pastor’s Corner:  The late Cardinal Egan assigned me to Saint John’s on Atlantic Street 20 years ago. Following my installation Mass, he barked at me, “Now, make it work!” The parish consisted of almost 700 aging households, primarily of Irish heritage, along with a small Haitian community whose only part in the parish was a Sunday evening Mass in Creole and French. Other than that one hour each Sunday, no language other than English was spoken. Twenty years later, while weekday and weekend Masses are celebrated only in English, the sacraments, weddings, funerals, marriage prep, and counseling are also provided in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Portuguese, serving people from six of the seven continents.

The original owner of the rectory was Augustus Knowlton, a local developer, who lived in the southern portion of this double house until 1856 when he sold the southern portion to Galen A. Carter, a lawyer from Manhattan. The building, originally a simple rectangular, two storey structure, was designed in the then fashionable Greek Revival style, and is one of the few surviving houses of the style and period in Stamford.

For the past 20 years I have labored to develop the parish parking lot in order to endow the parish and insure the financial future of St. John’s. After some false starts, and the crash of 2008, success was finally achieved when a long term ground lease was signed with RoeCo, a local developer. The present plans to restore and renovate the Rectory can now proceed because of this ground lease, which likewise assures the future financial security of the parish. Your help is essential to accomplish this Rectory project, including the new gardens. That is why I’m asking for your help. If you have not yet made a gift to the campaign, I ask that you consider a pledge of $50 a month over the next five years, for a total commitment of $3,000. I look forward to speaking to you again at the masses this weekend.

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Shirley Mailhot, Lisa D’Acunto, Gary Vujs ,Thomas Timon, Margaret Jean Velanzon, Christopher Heap, Ruth Schlieper, John Walsh, Kendall Gleason, Frank Seely, Julia Olyveira, Caitlin McNamee, Karin Moberg, Gayle Moore, Tom McKee, Maggie Ward, Bill Baumann, Debbie Valentine, Fr. Richard Hinkley, Bernardo Mieves, Elaine Mellace, Armella Roschella, Geard Roschella, Richard Ridge, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Michael Scully, Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Dionysia Oliveira, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne.

Please pray for those who have recently died:  Roger Borrelli , Barbara Schuerger, Mary Bauer, Frank Santaro,  John G. Mossa, Sr., Marion Dal Molin, Todd Dowty, Gerald E. Clarke, Rosemarie C. Clarke, Joseph W. Evans, Nicholas Macca, Thomas Mills, Sr.Ellen Mary, Charlee Burns, Martha McRoskey, John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Dr. Pat Santagata, Elma Hefferna, Anne Mennona, Emile Maignan, Regina Derrisaint, Joanne Santarsiero, Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel,  Susanne and Suzanne DePreta

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.

Saints’ Relics: During the Christmas season, two gilded relic towers will be displayed on the high altar:
Left Relic Tower: contains the relics of Saint Constantine, a early fourth century bishop and martyr from the area around Naples, Italy;
Right Relic Tower: contains the relics of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parent of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Saint Stephen, the first martyr to die in witness to Christ soon after Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Save the Date-  March for Life 2019 is Friday, January 18, 2019 in Washington D.C.– The Diocese of Bridgeport Respect Life office will be leading a pilgrimage to the March for Life with a bus stop here at the Basilica.  The bus will pick up participants at 6AM and arrive at the March by 11:30AM.  The cost is $75 dollars per person and please register at www.bridgeportdiocese.org/faith-formation by January 11th.  The bus will depart back for Connecticut at 4:00PM.

Cardinal Kung Academy – Open House: will be held Saturday, January 26th from 11 am to 1 pm, at 278 Strawberry Hill Ave. in Stamford (in the school building of St. Bridget of Ireland Church).  The Academy, a division of Trinity Catholic High School, opened in September 2018 and is the only Catholic classical high school in the diocese.  Come meet the teachers, hear about the curriculum and classical education, and tour the facility).  Entrance Exam will be held February 9th.Now accepting applications for 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. For more information, contact (203) 918-0992, CardinalKungAcademy@gmail.com or visit www.cardinalkungacademy.org

Sacraments for students in Catholic School: If you have students in Catholic school in Second Grade hoping to receive First Confession and First Communion this Spring, please contact Anne Marie at religioused@stjohnsstamford.com.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday         December 25, 2018     $  17,325.00
Sunday         December 25, 2017     $  22,192.00

Sunday         December 30, 2018     $  15,679.00
Sunday         December 31, 2017     $  14,051.60

Sunday         January 6, 2019          $  15,982.82
Sunday         January 7, 2018          $  14,670.34

 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

January 20th Sunday Readings: IS 62:1-5, 1 COR 12:4-11, JN 2:1-11

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

Police: 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 Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department and our military women and men who protect our nation.

Birthright: seeks volunteers: Support women to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, connecting women with medical, financial, legal and other resources.  Flexible schedules; training provided. They are in need of maternity and baby clothes, all sizes and seasons. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-895-3554 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information.

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

Domestic Church Evangelization Retreat: March 28th-31st at the Blue Army Shrine in Asbury, NJ:A retreat for Sacramentally married couples that provides them with an opportunity to begin their spiritual journey together (or deepen it if it already exists) as well as an introduction to Domestic Church for those interested in beginning formation in a Domestic Church circle.   Register at: https://nolacatholicfla.regfox.com/domestic-church-evangelization-retreat-march-28-31-2019-blue-army-shrine

Virtual Tour of the Basilica: Click on the parish website  www.stjohnsstamford.com for a virtual tour of the interior, created and donated by Jonathan Powell.

Upcoming Admissions Events at Regina Caeli on January 21st:  www.rcahybrid.org
Looking for an amazing resource center devoted to a classical education and the Catholic faith? Regina Caeli meets in Wilton serving Prek-3 – 12th grade. Students attend Socratic and hands-on classrooms two days per week and are homeschooled the remaining days.

*Touring Event : Presentation begins at 10:30am and includes a tour, classroom observation, Q&A. Refreshments served; children are welcome!

*High School Info Session: Presentation begins at 12:00pm. You CAN home school High School! Bring your questions and get answers.

To RSVP, please contact Lisa Frawley, Coordinator of Education, lfrawley.fcc@rcahybrid.org or call (203) 701-9154.

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

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

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

Catholic Adventures: Join Catholic young adults in their 20s and 30s for adventurous activities throughout the year. Connect with us on Facebook (Catholic Adventures) or email us at CatholicAdventuresStamford@gmail.com for more information.

Job Seekers: Next Meeting: January 23rd. Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on 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 job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Walking with Purpose Registration is now open: WWP reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development. We begin with the basics, knowing that we can never master the core truths; there is always greater depth to explore. We will meet Tuesday mornings in the Rectory from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 25th. Childcare is available. For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com 

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

Crossroads 4 Christ (C4C) is a community of Catholic young adults seeking to develop a relationship with Christ and one another through Eucharistic adoration, Christ-centered friendship, and the mission of evangelization. Every Thursday they meet from 7:30 – 8:30pm for formation and fellowship in Harbor Point (contact c4cstamford@gmail.com for address) followed by Eucharistic Adoration from 8:30-9:30pm at Saint John Fischer in Stamford. All young adults ages 18-39 are welcome!

The Crusaders for Life, a pro-life high school group at Cardinal Kung Academy, is raising funds to travel to this year’s March for Life in Washington, D.C. Help us witness to the whole world that we are the pro-life generation! No donation is too small- thank you for your generosity. To donate, please go to: https://bit.ly/2AOIloC

JOIN THE CONVERSATIONThe Eaglet, the parish blog on our Basilica website, www.stjohnsstamford.com/eaglet.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, January 12, 2019
4:00     Jocelyne Polycarpe and Josiane Marcellus req. Jocelyne Polycarpe
Sunday, January 13, 2019: The Baptism of the Lord
7:30   +Frances Delaney 11th Anniversary req. Family
10:00 +Peter Marra req. Nick and Christi Wood
12:00 +Carlos and Minagrine Mascarenhas
5:00   +Padre Alessio Parente, OFM Cap.
Monday, January 14, 2019
8:00     Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
12:10   Souls in Purgatory
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
8:00   +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   Thanksgiving for Citizenship req. Ignatius Alex Pires
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
8:00     Thanksgiving for Citizenship req. Ignatius Alex Pires
12:10 +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
Thursday, January 17, 2019: Saint Anthony
8:00   +Anthony Ingold req. Dean and Anna Dewey
12:10 +Maryln Demoya req. Scholastica Nabwire and Andrew Mbabaali
Friday, January 18, 2019
8:00     Special Intentions of Bento Mascarenhas
12:10 +John Bilafer req. a friend
Saturday, January 19, 2019
8:00   +Jorge Chacon req. Amparo Herrera
12:10 +James and Mary Hoban req. Mr. and Mrs. Malone

Baptisms: Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. For more information, please call Keri, (203-324-1553, ext 0). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

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

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

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

St. Monica Latin Patristic Reading Group: The St Monica Latin Reading Group meets on Tuesdays.  Please call St John’s Rectory, 203 324 1553, ext. 0, for more information.

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Study: Wild Goose, Segment 7: The Spirit of Adoption
Estudiar: Wild Goose, Segmento 7: El Espíritu de adopción
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Watch: Ready Reasons: Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation?
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Bulletin for Sunday January 6, 2019

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday January 6, 2019

Pastor’s Corner:   The Church celebrates the Epiphany this weekend, commemorating three historical events of great importance:  the veneration of the Christ Child by the Three Kings; the Baptism of Our Lord  by John the Baptist; and the miracle of the Wedding Feast at Cana.  Each of these events is important, because each explains precisely who this child is  born in Bethlehem, and what he was to do.

The Three Kings came, having followed the “star” rising in the east.  In reality, they saw a rare eclipse of Jupiter by the moon, the “king” of planets, the movement of which was interpreted in the ancient world as a portent of royal birth. They observed this, and understood that the baby they found in Bethlehem was no mere child, but a king, greater than any earthly monarch. Following the then common understanding of the stars and planets, the Three Kings believed that such a birth had been the result of the movements of heavenly bodies. How many today follow astrology in the same way!?  St. Augustine made this observation to clarify why the Kings followed the stars to the birth of Christ:

“. . . that star which the Magi saw did not have power over Christ, New-Born according to the flesh, but rather obeyed Him as witnesses to His birth. If we must speak of fate, then rather let us say, not that the star was Christ’s destiny, but that Christ was the destiny of the star, since He caused it to exist and rise in the east for the Three Kings.” [Contra Faustinum, II, 5]

Their gifts bore witness to the reality of Jesus’ identity: gold for a king; frankincense for a god; and myrrh, both a medicine and a burial herb in the ancient world, for one who was to cure humanity of sin and death by his own saving death.

St. John Chrysostom described it this way:

“The Son of God, Who is the God of all things, is born a Man in body.  He permits Himself to be placed in a crib, Who holds the heavens in His Hand. He is confined in a Manger whom the world cannon contain; He is heard in the voice of a wailing Infant, at Whose voice in the hour of His passion on the cross the whole earth trembled.  The Magi, beholding a Child, profess that this is the Lord of Glory, the Lord of Majesty,  . . .” [Sermon for  the Epiphany]

The Baptism of Our Lord, which feast we celebrate  this year on Monday, also points out who the man Jesus is: the voice from Heaven tells us “This is my beloved Son, on whom my favor rests; listen to him.” St. Gregory the Great wrote,

“Then,  baptized by John, Jesus comes forth from the water of the Jordan River, bearing the world with him, and the heavens which Adam had closed by sin to himself and his descendants are opened. The heavenly voice is heard, for it was from heaven that Christ had come, and the Spirit bears witness to Christ’s divinity by coming to him as an equal.” [Homily, On the Baptism of Christ]

And, finally, the Wedding Feast at Cana: the first of Jesus’ public miracles as he began his ministry. At the prompting of His Mother, Jesus comes to the aid of a newly married couple. Sparing them the embarrassment of having no wine for their guests, He changes water into hundreds of gallons of the best wine anyone had ever tasted:

“Jesus had ordered that the water be poured out to the chief wine steward at the wedding. Jesus astounded the man and the waiters who had poured water into the jars: Jesus had poured wine from the hidden boundaries of His creation. When he changed the water into wine, Jesus showed us that the Old Testament was also from Him; for it was at His order the water jars were filled.” [St. Augustine, Tract 9, On John’s Gospel]

Who is this Jesus? These three events tell us: Jesus is the Creator of the universe, whose word created everything from nothing, and is obeyed even by the basic elements of nature. The child born in the manger is no mere child: He is the only God, eternally existing, through whom everything was created in the universe; who, for love of mankind created in His image and likeness, humbled Himself to be born in the image and likeness of sinful man, taking on human flesh of the Virgin Mary; He entered His creation to recreate everything by His presence and sacrifice. He especially comes to recreate every human being, wounded by the sin of Adam and subject to death, whom He frees by His life-giving death on the Cross. This is He, born in Bethlehem, revealed at the Jordan at His baptism, manifested in his power at Cana: God who became a man so that you and I and all mankind  could share His divine life, if we cooperate with Him.  Happy New Year!

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Lisa D’Acunto, Gary Vujs ,Thomas Timon, Margaret Jean Velanzon, Christopher Heap, Ruth Schlieper, John Walsh, Kendall Gleason, Frank Seely, Julia Olyveira, Caitlin McNamee, Karin Moberg, Gayle Moore, Tom McKee, Maggie Ward, Bill Baumann, Debbie Valentine, Fr. Richard Hinkley, Bernardo Mieves, Elaine Mellace, Armella Roschella, Geard Roschella, Richard Ridge, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Michael Scully, Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Dionysia Oliveira, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne.

Please pray for those who have recently died:  Roger Borrelli , Barbara Schuerger, Mary Bauer, Frank Santaro,  John G. Mossa, Sr., Marion Dal Molin, Todd Dowty, Gerald E. Clarke, Rosemarie C. Clarke, Joseph W. Evans, Nicholas Macca, Thomas Mills, Sr.Ellen Mary, Charlee Burns, Martha McRoskey, John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Dr. Pat Santagata, Elma Hefferna, Anne Mennona, Emile Maignan, Regina Derrisaint, Joanne Santarsiero, Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel,  Susanne and Suzanne DePreta

One Collection. . .There will only be one collection today.  Thank you for your generosity.

Sacraments for students in Catholic School: If you have students in Catholic school in Second Grade hoping to receive First Confession and First Communion this Spring, please contact Anne Marie at religioused@stjohnsstamford.com.

Saints’ Relics: During the Christmas season, two gilded relic towers will be displayed on the high altar:
Left Relic Tower: contains the relics of Saint Constantine, a early fourth century bishop and martyr from the area around Naples, Italy;
Right Relic Tower: contains the relics of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parent of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Saint Stephen, the first martyr to die in witness to Christ soon after Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Save the Date-  March for Life 2019 is Friday, January 18, 2019 in Washington D.C.– The Diocese of Bridgeport Respect Life office will be leading a pilgrimage to the March for Life with a bus stop here at the Basilica.  The bus will pick up participants at 6AM and arrive at the March by 11:30AM.  The cost is $75 dollars per person and please register at www.bridgeportdiocese.org/faith-formation by January 11th.  The bus will depart back for Connecticut at 4:00PM.

Electronic Giving – Offertory Donations Made Easy…Consider using your credit card to make your weekly or monthly donation to St. John’s.  Easier for you, and less costly for the parish than the printing and mailing of weekly envelopes, credit card giving automatically sends your weekly offering to the Basilica of St. John’s.  Call the parish secretary to set this up(324-1553, ext. 0).

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         December 23, 2018     $  13,040.00
Sunday         December 24, 2017     $  11,144.63

 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

January 13th Sunday Readings IS 42: 1-4, 6-7, ACTS 10:34-38, LK 3:15-16, 21-22

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

Police: 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 Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department and our military women and men who protect our nation..

Birthright: seeks volunteers: Support women to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, connecting women with medical, financial, legal and other resources.  Flexible schedules; training provided. They are in need of maternity and baby clothes, all sizes and seasons. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-895-3554 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information.

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

Virtual Tour of the Basilica: Click on the parish website  www.stjohnsstamford.com for a virtual tour of the interior, created and donated by Jonathan Powell.

Domestic Church Evangelization Retreat: March 28th-31st at the Blue Army Shrine in Ashbury, NJ:A retreat for Sacramentally married couples that provides them with an opportunity to begin their spiritual journey together (or deepen it if it already exists) as well as an introduction to Domestic Church for those interested in beginning formation in a Domestic Church circle.   Register at: https://nolacatholicfla.regfox.com/domestic-church-evangelization-retreat-march-28-31-2019-blue-army-shrine

Volunteers: Become a Future 5 College Prep Coach: Future 5’s College Prep Program ensures that low-income, motivated high school students receive the preparation needed to transition successfully from high school to college. They offer students a full array of help, including guidance on navigating college and financial aid applications, college visits, scholarship help, and detailed advice on college selection. A coach is matched one-on-one with a student, becoming a partner and mentor for the academic year. Future 5 will provide training in all aspects of the college application process. Time commitment: 2-3 hours per month (includes training and independent meetings with students) For information, please contact Peg Atchue at  patchue@futurefive.org.

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

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

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

Catholic Adventures: Join Catholic young adults in their 20s and 30s for adventurous activities throughout the year. Connect with us on Facebook (Catholic Adventures) or email us at CatholicAdventuresStamford@gmail.com for more information.

Job Seekers: Next Meeting: January 23rd. Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on 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 job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Walking with Purpose Registration is now open: WWP reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development. We begin with the basics, knowing that we can never master the core truths; there is always greater depth to explore. We will meet Tuesday mornings in the Rectory from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 25th. Childcare is available. For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com 

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

Crossroads 4 Christ (C4C) is a community of Catholic young adults seeking to develop a relationship with Christ and one another through Eucharistic adoration, Christ-centered friendship, and the mission of evangelization. Every Thursday they meet from 7:30 – 8:30pm for formation and fellowship in Harbor Point (contact c4cstamford@gmail.com for address) followed by Eucharistic Adoration from 8:30-9:30pm at Saint John Fischer in Stamford. All young adults ages 18-39 are welcome!

The Crusaders for Life, a pro-life high school group at Cardinal Kung Academy, is raising funds to travel to this year’s March for Life in Washington, D.C. Help us witness to the whole world that we are the pro-life generation! No donation is too small- thank you for your generosity. To donate, please go to: https://bit.ly/2AOIloC

JOIN THE CONVERSATIONThe Eaglet, the parish blog on our Basilica website, www.stjohnsstamford.com/eaglet.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, January 5, 2019
4:00   +Walter H. Bradley req. Sharon Bradley
Sunday, January 6, 2019: The Epiphany of the Lord
7:30     Ely Binstock req. family
10:00 +Elizabeth Calascione req. Nick and Christi Wood
12:00   The Prayer Intentions of Saint Padre Pio req. by the Saint Pio Foundation
5:00   + Padre Alessio Parente, OFM Cap.
Monday, January 7, 2019: Saint Raymond of Penyafort
8:00  +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Sue Falvetti req. Amparo Herrera
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
8:00  +Patrick Kielty
12:10 +Virginia Nohai req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
8:00    Ferry Galbert
12:10 +Ashley Getman req. Marc Valois and Michael Chesonis
Thursday, January 10, 2019
8:00   Priest of the Parish
12:10 +Frank and Josephine Mancuso req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Friday, January 11, 2019
8:00   +Sarah and Joseph Brennan
12:10   Souls in Purgatory req. Maria Isabel Gil
Saturday, January 12, 2019
8:00   +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer family
12:10 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney

Baptisms: Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. For more information, please call Keri, (203-324-1553, ext 0). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

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

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

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

St. Monica Latin Patristic Reading Group: The St Monica Latin Reading Group meets on Tuesdays.  Please call St John’s Rectory, 203 324 1553, ext. 0, for more information.

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JANUARY 6TH

ST. ANDRÉ BESSETTE
Watch: God’s Doorkeeper

SOLEMNITY OF THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD

Study: YDisciple: Advent, Session 4: The Gift
Study: Discipleship Group: Advent, Session 4: The Gift
Watch: The Story of the Nativity
Watch: Brother Francis: O Holy Night
Ver: Hermano Zeferino: Nació el rey
Watch: Ready Reasons: Were the Magi at Jesus’ Birth
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Read: The Blessings of Christmas
Read: Cradle of Redeeming Love
Listen: Prepare the Way of the King
Listen: The Story of Christmas
Listen: The King is Born
Listen: The Mystery of Christmas
Listen: Glory to the Newborn King
Listen: God Made Man

JANUARY  10TH

ST. GREGORY OF NYSSA
Listen: Holiness is Always in Season

Bulletin for Sunday December 30, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday December 30, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: Once God became a man, born in Bethlehem of the Virgin Mary, everything changed: the relationship between creation and the now Incarnate-Creator became the heart of all existence, and the way we live should become different than if He had never become a man. Since the first Christmas, the personal happiness and fate of each person is now determined by our daily response to this God become man in each of our lives.

God would touch the hearts of each human person born, and their response to that Divine intervention  would be seen, not merely in words theological, but in lives spiritual, clear and distinct in their bearing witness either that God became a man to change us into sharers of His eternal life, or witness that we really don’t care about God or eternity, but only about our personal here-and-now.

The saints give us such examples of men and women who succeeded in responding to the Incarnation actually, in daily lives and not merely in daily words or pretty religious sentiments. They are God bearers in their unbelieving centuries and cultures; their love for God formed their very thoughts and motivated their every deed. Since we are blessed in the parish with numerous relics of saints—rather real proofs that living to please God was possible in years past and is possible in the present, I would like to point out some rather interesting saints during this Christmas season.

On the high altar are two tower-like reliquaries: 19th century English works of superb craftsmanship of carved brass, donated by a parishioner. Each bears relics of saints: that on the left contains a large bone of Saint Constantine: the more imaginative of his biographers said he was the nephew of King Arthur! Actually, he came from Scotland, married the daughter of the King of Brittany and, after her untimely death, renounced his crown to become a monk, worked with Saint Columba in Ireland and St. Kentigern in South-West Scotland. He was elected abbot of his monastery and bishop on the Island of Kintyre, and while preaching God’s Incarnate mercy in Christ to local pagans, he was  martyred in 576 A.D.  He spent his life preaching God’s mercy, hoping that those who heard him would respond in faith and charity.

In the right-hand reliquary, are the relics of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parents of Our Lady, along with the relic of Saint Stephen, the first martyr. The legend of Joachim and Anne is that they were an elderly couple, who were unable to have children. Mocked by their neighbors, they separated, and prayed for divine guidance. Their prayers heard, and sent back to each other by God, their love and God’s grace finally accomplished the seeming impossible: Saint Anne conceived, and her daughter, Mary, would become the Mother of Our Lord, whose birth as a man we celebrate on December 25th. They trusted entirely in God and His promises, and found happiness by being able to participate in bringing salvation to the world.  Saint Stephen, a contemporary of Our Lady’s parents, of Our Lady, Our Lord and the Apostles, Stephen was one of the first deacons, as spoken of in the Acts of the Apostles, 6-7. Because of his forceful preaching and charity, he converted many. The Temple leaders were unhappy with his successes, had him dragged outside the walls of Jerusalem, and stoned to death. As he was dying, he prayed for the one who led his murderers: Saul, who changed his name to Paul. Stephen’s prayers, witness of God’s mercy in the flesh and charity towards his persecutors, even as he was dying, are said to have brought Paul to conversion. Saint Paul would work with Saint Peter as the two Princes of the Apostles, the founders of the Church in Rome. Stephen’s feast is December 26th, to remind us the day after Christmas that the birth of the Savior is serious business: neither Satan nor many people like the reality of God coming into the world, because it makes God too real, and demands an equally real personal response by us to God: we accept Him and live to please Him; or reject Him, and ignore Him in our daily lives.

These people, not really different from ourselves, understood that because God had become a man at a certain time and in a certain place, everything is changed: the Creator had become a man to reconcile all creation with the Father. These saints knew that their lives would bear immense importance by doing one thing: loving the God who took on human flesh, in their words and deeds, in order to share in the victory of the Christ born in Bethlehem, crucified and risen from the dead in Jerusalem. These saints are remembered around the world by millions of people throughout the centuries to the present today. Can you remember the names of the kings, princes or presidents who ruled when these saints lived? Can you name any public figures of their times, or politicians or any of the shakers and movers who lived in the same cities where these saints lived? No. Yet it is these saints who are remembered because they responded to the Divine Generosity manifest at Bethlehem: they lived to please the God who became man, so that one day they could share God’s very life. Let’s do the same: kneel at the altar rail after Mass today, and say a prayer to Saints Joachim and Anne the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and to the martyrs Saints Constantine and Stephen: we share the same Faith with them, and are part of the same Body of Christ, the Catholic Church, in which they are still members with us. Pray to imitate them in the New Year, since they imitated Christ perfectly, so we may all meet one day in Heaven.

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Thomas Timon, Margaret Jean Velanzon, Christopher Heap, Ruth Schlieper, John Walsh, Kendall Gleason, Frank Seely, Julia Olyveira, Caitlin McNamee, Karin Moberg, Gayle Moore, Tom McKee, Maggie Ward, Bill Baumann, Debbie Valentine, Fr. Richard Hinkley, Bernardo Mieves, Elaine Mellace, Armella Roschella, Geard Roschella, Richard Ridge, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Michael Scully, Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Dionysia Oliveira, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne.

Please pray for those who have recently died:  Roger Borrelli , Barbara Schuerger, Mary Bauer, Frank Santaro,  John G. Mossa, Sr., Marion Dal Molin, Todd Dowty, Gerald E. Clarke, Rosemarie C. Clarke, Joseph W. Evans, Nicholas Macca, Thomas Mills, Sr.Ellen Mary, Charlee Burns, Martha McRoskey, John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Dr. Pat Santagata, Elma Hefferna, Anne Mennona, Emile Maignan, Regina Derrisaint, Joanne Santarsiero, Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel,  Susanne and Suzanne DePreta

One Collection. . .There will only be one collection today.  Thank you for your generosity.

New Year’s Eve Holy Hour at St. John’s– Ring in 2019 with a Holy Hour at 11PM on December 31st followed by Midnight Mass celebrated by Fr. Vill. Midnight Mass will be a Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. This will fill your obligation for the Holy Day on January 1st, 2019.

Sacraments for students in Catholic School: If you have students in Catholic school in Second Grade hoping to receive First Confession and First Communion this Spring, please contact Anne Marie at religioused@stjohnsstamford.com.

Reception at BV’s: Following the 4PM Mass on January 5th, Bobby Valentine will be hosting a reception for the We Stand with Christ campaign at BV’s. All are welcome to attend!  
January 1st, 2019 — The Solemnity of Mary IS A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION. The schedule is:

New Year’s Eve, Monday December 31st: 5:15 pm. And Midnight

New Year’s Day, Tuesday,  January 1st: 8:00 a.m., 12:10 pm, 5:15 pm.

NEW YEAR’S CONFESSION SCHEDULE:

January 1st:  11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

A Plenary Indulgence is offered on December 31st: for those who visit a Catholic church and recite the hymn, Te Deum, in gratitude for the blessings of 2018. One must also be in the state of grace, go to confession, and receive Holy Communion on December 31st for the Indulgence.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         December 16, 2018     $  12,696.30
Sunday         December 17, 2017     $  14,971.37

 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

January 6th Sunday Readings:  IS 60:1-6, EPH 3:2-3A 5-6, MT 2:1-12

Saints’ Relics: During the Christmas season, two gilded relic towers will be displayed on the high altar:
Left Relic Tower: contains the relics of Saint Constantine, a early fourth century bishop and martyr from the area around Naples, Italy;
Right Relic Tower: contains the relics of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parent of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Saint Stephen, the first martyr to die in witness to Christ soon after Jesus’ death and resurrection.

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

Police: 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 Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department and our military women and men who protect our nation..

Birthright: seeks volunteers: Support women to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, connecting women with medical, financial, legal and other resources.  Flexible schedules; training provided. They are in need of maternity and baby clothes, all sizes and seasons. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-895-3554 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information.

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

Virtual Tour of the Basilica: Click on the parish website  www.stjohnsstamford.com for a virtual tour of the interior, created and donated by Jonathan Powell.

Save the Date-  March for Life 2019 is Friday, January 18, 2019 in Washington D.C.– The Diocese of Bridgeport Respect Life office will be leading a pilgrimage to the March for Life with a bus stop here at the Basilica.  The bus will pick up participants at 6AM and arrive at the March by 11:30AM.  The cost is $75 dollars per person and please register at www.bridgeportdiocese.org/faith-formation by January 11th.  The bus will depart back for Connecticut at 4:00PM.

Domestic Church Evangelization Retreat: March 28th-31st at the Blue Army Shrine in Ashbury, NJ:A retreat for Sacramentally married couples that provides them with an opportunity to begin their spiritual journey together (or deepen it if it already exists) as well as an introduction to Domestic Church for those interested in beginning formation in a Domestic Church circle.   Register at: https://nolacatholicfla.regfox.com/domestic-church-evangelization-retreat-march-28-31-2019-blue-army-shrine

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

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

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

Catholic Adventures: Join Catholic young adults in their 20s and 30s for adventurous activities throughout the year. Connect with us on Facebook (Catholic Adventures) or email us at CatholicAdventuresStamford@gmail.com for more information.

Job Seekers: Next Meeting: January 23rd. Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on 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 job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Walking with Purpose Registration is now open: WWP reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development. We begin with the basics, knowing that we can never master the core truths; there is always greater depth to explore. We will meet Tuesday mornings in the Rectory from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 25th. Childcare is available. For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com 

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

Crossroads 4 Christ (C4C) is a community of Catholic young adults seeking to develop a relationship with Christ and one another through Eucharistic adoration, Christ-centered friendship, and the mission of evangelization. Every Thursday they meet from 7:30 – 8:30pm for formation and fellowship in Harbor Point (contact c4cstamford@gmail.com for address) followed by Eucharistic Adoration from 8:30-9:30pm at Saint John Fischer in Stamford. All young adults ages 18-39 are welcome!

The Crusaders for Life, a pro-life high school group at Cardinal Kung Academy, is raising funds to travel to this year’s March for Life in Washington, D.C. Help us witness to the whole world that we are the pro-life generation! No donation is too small- thank you for your generosity. To donate, please go to: https://bit.ly/2AOIloC

JOIN THE CONVERSATIONThe Eaglet, the parish blog on our Basilica website,
www.stjohnsstamford.com/eaglet.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, December 29, 2018
4:00   +Michal Giedroyc req. Dr. Joe McAleer
Sunday, December 30, 2018: The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
7:30   +Ugo Ceretti  Birthday Memorial req. by niece Rosemary Rebula
10:00   Msgr. DiGiovanni req. Ann and Mike Borkowski
12:00   Kristina & Scott Oberst on their First Anniversary
5:00   +Bryan Washington
Monday, December 31, 2018: Saint Sylvester I
8:00   +Nick Laginestra req. his family
12:10 +Kevin McDonald req. Camille Laginestra
Tuesday, January 1, 2019: Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
8:00   + Amanda Piper req. the Day Family
12:10   Deceased members of the Kolenberg and Seixas families req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
5:15     Deceased members of the Cole and Oliva families req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Wednesday, January 2, 2019: Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen
8:00   +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   John Fisher req. Erin and Chris Fisher
Thursday, January 3, 2019: The Most Holy Name of Jesus
8:00     Keri Landeche
12:10 +Lou Chiappetta req. John Pascale
Friday, January 4, 2019: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
8:00      Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. St. John’s Holy Name Society
12:10 +Charles Edstrom req. Basilica of St. John Greek Class
Saturday, January 5, 2019: Saint John Neumann
8:00     In Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Joevil Delacruz req. Greenwich Woods Healthcare Center

Baptisms: Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. For more information, please call Keri, (203-324-1553, ext 0). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

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

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

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

St. Monica Latin Patristic Reading Group: The St Monica Latin Reading Group meets on Tuesdays.  Please call St John’s Rectory, 203 324 1553, ext. 0, for more information.

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DECEMBER 31ST FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY
Study: Beloved: Mystery and Meaning of Marriage
Study: Symbolon: Living the Faith, Session 8: A Love that Lasts
Listen: Marriage and Family
Listen: Three to Get Married
Listen: For Love and Marriage
Listen: Green Sex
Listen: Catholic Teaching on Marriage and Annulments
Listen: From Love, By Love, For Love
Listen: No Imitations
Listen: Counting Your Blessings
Listen: Discipline that Lasts a Lifetime
Listen: How to Apply Faith to Our Families
Listen: Feminism Misunderstood
Listen: Pure Fatherhood
Listen: The New Sexual Revolution
Listen: Love or Lust?
Listen: Defeating Satan’s Deadly Weapon Against Men
Listen: Women Made New
Listen: Be a Man!
Listen: Extreme Makeover

JANUARY 1ST- SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD
Study: The Bible and the Virgin Mary, Lession 7: The Promised Mother
Study: The Bible and the Virgin Mary, Lession 12: Always a Mother
Study: 33 Days to Morning Glory
Study: Symbolon: Knowing the Faith, Session 9: Mary and the Saints
Read: The World’s First Love
Read: A Mother’s Rule of Life
Read: Understanding Catholic Teaching on the Blessed Virgin Mary
Listen: Mary: Handmaid of the Lord
Listen: Mary: Indispensable Mother of God
Listen: The World’s First Love
Listen: Answering Common Objections: Mary

 

Bulletin for Sunday December 23, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday December 23, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: As we draw nearer to Christmas, our minds turn to the birth of Our Lord in Bethlehem. During the first thousand years of the Church’s life, much emphasis was placed upon understanding who Jesus is: is He God OR is He a man OR is He a man who became God? None of these is correct, nor does any answer the question, Who is Jesus? Our Lord asked His Apostles that question, as seen in the Gospel of Matthew [16: 16-17]: “Who do you say that I am?” And Saint Peter, enlightened by the Eternal Father, correctly answered: “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” In other words, there, standing in front of Peter and the other Apostles, was the invisible, unknowable God who existed forever, the Creator of the Universe, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses, in the flesh. While the truth of the two natures—Divine and Human—of Our Lord was believed by all during the early years of the Church, the stronger emphasis upon His divinity, which made Him seem too distant a redeemer, unable to understand the weaknesses or difficulties of our daily lives.  Even though the Christmas sermons by the Church Fathers such as Pope Saint Leo the Great, Saint Augustine or Saint Jerome were popular in tone, the official art and literature of the first thousand years of the Church’s life emphasized the Divinity of Christ, in answer to the various heresies of the times.

Mosaic or painted images of Jesus’ birth existed, but only in cathedrals and huge churches in big cities. Local parish churches were too poor or too small for great art. Saint Francis of Assisi began to change this by his preaching that by the Incarnation–Because God became a man in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary, born in Bethlehem, He actually does understand us. Why? Because God loved us so much that He became exactly like us, except without sin, in order to make us more like God.  It was Saint Francis of Assisi who gave the Church the first Nativity scene or Crèche, and put it in the local parish church, designed for poor people of small villages, with simple statues of the Blessed Mother, Saint Joseph, the shepherds with their flocks and the three kings around the Infant Savior. Here is a God who understood human hardship and suffering from the moment of His birth as a human child in a cold stable.  Saint Francis also introduced the Stations of the Cross, as a devotional aid for those people who could not afford a visit to the Jerusalem sites of Our Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. In their own parish church, people could visualize the real human sufferings Jesus endured to give us eternal life.

At the heart of these devotions concerning both the Birth of Jesus and His Death and Resurrection, is the historical fact that at a specific time and place God—1st century Bethlehem—the Creator of the Universe, became man. No myth or pretty story! He took on our humanity with its weaknesses and strengths, free will, rationality, ability to love, and mortality, and intimately joined it to His Divine Nature, with its omnipotence, divine omniscience, and immortality,  to our Human Nature in the man we call Jesus of Nazareth.  Saint John, our patron, wrote that the historical fact that God became Man—the Incarnation—is so essential a reality, that anyone who denies that historic event and fact is the anti-Christ [I John 2:22-23].

In the Basilica sanctuary, the three stained glass windows above the High Altar outline exactly why God became man in Bethlehem [in the left window]: so that He could ransom humanity from sin and death by dying on the Cross [in the center window], and to give humanity eternal life in the flesh by Rising from the Dead on Easter Sunday [in the right hand window] in the human flesh he had taken in the womb of the Virgin Mother. God became man so in His human death all humanity could die to sin; and in His human Resurrection from the dead, all humanity could rise to eternal life in the flesh. And this was in fulfillment of His promise He had made to Adam and Eve immediately after their sin of disobedience. There, God the Creator promised to take on human flesh in the womb of a child of Eve [The Virgin Mary], in order to destroy the power of Satan. Speaking to Satan and to Eve, God said, “I put enmity between you and the woman, and between her seed and your seed: she shall crush your head, and you shall snap at her heel” [Gen. 3:15]. While Satan would snap at our heel by temptation, it would be the daughter of Eve—Mary—who would crush Satan’s head by giving birth to God in the flesh, Jesus. As Adam’s downfall came through the fruit of the Tree of Life in Paradise, now by a new Tree of Life, the Cross, the Second Adam, Jesus, would bring eternal life for the Sons and Daughters of Adam, who would become Sons and Daughters of God  through Baptism and the Sacraments of the Church—the new fruit for a new Paradise, Heaven.

Because God became one of us, we can have a statue or a picture of Him: the Invisible God became visible in Jesus, in Bethlehem in the beginning of the first century. So, too, since God became one of us in Bethlehem, we can, through Christ, become like God, sharing in His everlasting life. So, during the next few weeks, visit our Creche on the Saint Joseph side altar, and let your heart be moved by this invention of Saint Francis, and thank God that the Eternal Son became a man so that we could become like God, through His Incarnation.

Msgr. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Thomas Timon, Margaret Jean Velanzon, Christopher Heap, Ruth Schlieper, John Walsh, Kendall Gleason, Frank Seely, Julia Olyveira, Caitlin McNamee, Karin Moberg, Gayle Moore, Tom McKee, Maggie Ward, Bill Baumann, Debbie Valentine, Fr. Richard Hinkley, Bernardo Mieves, Elaine Mellace, Armella Roschella, Geard Roschella, Richard Ridge, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Michael Scully, Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Dionysia Oliveira, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne.

Please pray for those who have recently died:  Roger Borrelli , Barbara Schuerger, Mary Bauer, Frank Santaro,  John G. Mossa, Sr., Marion Dal Molin, Todd Dowty, Gerald E. Clarke, Rosemarie C. Clarke, Joseph W. Evans, Nicholas Macca, Thomas Mills, Sr.Ellen Mary, Charlee Burns, Martha McRoskey, John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Dr. Pat Santagata, Elma Hefferna, Anne Mennona, Emile Maignan, Regina Derrisaint, Joanne Santarsiero, Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel,  Susanne and Suzanne DePreta

Fourth Sunday of Advent- One Collection. . .There will only be one collection today.  Thank you for your generosity.

Christmas Day Collection . . . The second collection on Christmas will be the for the parish.  Your generosity is appreciated.

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light: +Ed and Ann Cody, Bill and Felicitas Cody, members of the Burns and Cody families req. Erin Cody

New Years Eve Holy Hour at St. John’s– Ring in 2019 with a Holy Hour at 11PM on December 31st followed by Midnight Mass celebrated by Fr. Vill. Midnight Mass will be a Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. This will fill your obligation for the Holy Day on January 1st, 2019.  The Solemnity of Mary Mass Schedule will be in Next Weeks Bulletin!

Sacraments for students in Catholic School: If you have students in Catholic school in Second Grade hoping to receive First Confession and First Communion this Spring, please contact Anne Marie at religioused@stjohnsstamford.com.

Reception at BV’s: Following the 4PM Mass on January 5th, Bobby Valentine will be hosting a reception for the We Stand with Christ campaign at BV’s. All are welcome to attend!

Christmas Mass Schedule:

Christmas Eve:  December 24th:  4 pm: Christmas Vigil Mass
Christmas Day: December 25th: 12 midnight, 7:30 am, 10:00 am & 12Noon

THERE WILL BE NO 5PM MASS ON CHRISTMAS DAY.

Christmas Confession Schedule:

Christmas Eve: December 24th: 3-4 pm.
Christmas Day: December 25th: 7-7:25 am, 9:30-9:55 am, 11:30-11:55am

 

Weekly Sunday collection:   

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 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

December 30th Sunday ReadingsSIR 3:2-6, 12-14, COL 3:12-21, LK 2:41-52

Saints’ Relics: During the Christmas season, two gilded relic towers will be displayed on the high altar:
Left Relic Tower: contains the relics of Saint Constantine, a early fourth century bishop and martyr from the area around Naples, Italy;
Right Relic Tower: contains the relics of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parent of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Saint Stephen, the first martyr to die in witness to Christ soon after Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Christmas Gift: The parish is offering a free book The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity by Matthew Kelly this Christmas! Please feel free to take a copy home with you after the Christmas masses. This gift is made possible by supporters of Dynamic Catholic.

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

Police: 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 Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department and our military women and men who protect our nation..

Birthright: seeks volunteers: Support women to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, connecting women with medical, financial, legal and other resources.  Flexible schedules; training provided. They are in need of maternity and baby clothes, all sizes and seasons. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-895-3554 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information.

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

Virtual Tour of the Basilica: Click on the parish website  www.stjohnsstamford.com for a virtual tour of the interior, created and donated by Jonathan Powell.

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes started Monday October 15th and will meet weekly 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x 0 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Save the Date-  March for Life 2019 is Friday, January 18, 2019 in Washington D.C.– The Diocese of Bridgeport Respect Life office will be leading a pilgrimage to the March for Life with a bus stop here at the Basilica.  The bus will pick up participants at 6AM and arrive at the March by 11:30AM.  The cost is $75 dollars per person and please register at www.bridgeportdiocese.org/faith-formation by January 11th.  The bus will depart back for Connecticut at 4:00PM.

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

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

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

Catholic Adventures: Join Catholic young adults in their 20s and 30s for adventurous activities throughout the year. Connect with us on Facebook (Catholic Adventures) or email us at CatholicAdventuresStamford@gmail.com for more information.

Job Seekers: No Meeting in December. Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on 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 job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Walking with Purpose Registration is now open: WWP reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development. We begin with the basics, knowing that we can never master the core truths; there is always greater depth to explore. We will meet Tuesday mornings in the Rectory from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 25th. Childcare is available. For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com 

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

Crossroads 4 Christ (C4C) is a community of Catholic young adults seeking to develop a relationship with Christ and one another through Eucharistic adoration, Christ-centered friendship, and the mission of evangelization. Every Thursday they meet from 7:30 – 8:30pm for formation and fellowship in Harbor Point (contact c4cstamford@gmail.com for address) followed by Eucharistic Adoration from 8:30-9:30pm at Saint John Fischer in Stamford. All young adults ages 18-39 are welcome!

The Crusaders for Life, a pro-life high school group at Cardinal Kung Academy, is raising funds to travel to this year’s March for Life in Washington, D.C. Help us witness to the whole world that we are the pro-life generation! No donation is too small- thank you for your generosity. To donate, please go to: https://bit.ly/2AOIloC

JOIN THE CONVERSATIONThe Eaglet, the parish blog on our Basilica website,
www.stjohnsstamford.com/eaglet.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, December 22, 2018
4:00   +Elizabeth McNamara req. daughters
Sunday, December 23, 2018
7:30   +Kevin Nadin req. Glenn and Lynda Nadin
10:00 +Ed & Ann Cody, Bill & Felicitas Cody, members of the Burns and Cody families req. Cody            Family
12:00 +William Borkowski req. Michael and Ann Borkowski
5:00   +Fr. Rufin Kuveikis, OFM, Cap.
Monday, December 24, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Feroze Aslam req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
4:00   +Vito and Josephine Melfi req. Joseph Melfi
MIDNIGHT – People of the Parish
Tuesday, December 25, 2018: The Nativity of the Lord
7:30      People of the Parish
10:00    People of the Parish
12:00 +Mary Audette req. her son
5:00     NO Mass
Wednesday, December 26, 2018: Saint Stephen
8:00   +Nang Nguyen req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 +Catherine Olnek and Evangeline Drought req. Sharon Gannon
Thursday, December 27, 2018: Saint John
8:00     Sp. Int. of the Jagodzinski Family
12:10   Anthony Briganti req. Carol Cummings
Friday, December 28, 2018: The Holy Innocents
8:00     Sp. Int. of the Jagodzinski Family
12:10   Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. Saint John Holy Name Society
Saturday, December 29, 2018
8:00   +Wladek and Willemina Falek req. daughter
12:10   Maria Trivino req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos

Baptisms: Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. For more information, please call Keri, (203-324-1553, ext 0). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

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

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

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

St. Monica Latin Patristic Reading Group: The St Monica Latin Reading Group meets on Tuesdays.  Please call St John’s Rectory, 203 324 1553, ext. 0, for more information.

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December 23rd—4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Study: Advent, Session 4: The Gift
Study: YDisciple: Advent, Session 4: The Gift
Watch: Christmas in Rome

December 25th—SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD (CHRISTMAS)
Watch: Mary of Nazareth

December 26th- ST. STEPHEN, DEACON & MARTYR
Study: Lectio: Evangelization, Session 7: Leadership in the Church
Study: Lectio: Evangelization, Session 9: Joy in Persecution
Read: Golden Legend of Young Saints
Read: Holiness is Always in Season

December 27th- ST. JOHN THE APOSTLE
Study: Jesus
Study: Lectio: Eucharist, Session 7: Bread of Life Discourse
Study: Lectio: Eucharist, Session 10: Revelation
Study: Lectio: Evangelization
Study: Lectio: Prayer
Study: Symbolon: Knowing the Faith, Session 3: The Bible
Study: Symbolon: Living the Faith, Session 2: The Eucharist
Watch: Lost Gospels or False Gospels?
Read: You Can Understand the Bible
Watch: Lost Gospels or False Gospels?
Read: You Can Understand the Bible
Read: Sacraments in Scripture
Read: Read-Aloud Book of Bible Stories
Read: Sacraments in Scripture
Listen: Searching the Scriptures: The Gospel of John
Listen: Lectio Divina
Listen: Answering Common Objections: The Eucharist
Listen: The Lamb’s Supper
Listen: Right Here, Right Now

Bulletin for Sunday December 16, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday December 16, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:

Everyone knows that we celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25th.  But, who is He? For a variety of Christian and non-Christian groups and organizations, the answer to that question varies: was he a philosopher, or a prophet, or just another religious man, like Buddha, Mohammed, or the Dalai Lama? Those answers are not even close to the reality of Jesus: Jesus is much more, and His real identity is shown to us by the Church: He is both God—existing forever who became man—named Jesus so we could share God’s life.

Beginning December 17th, the Church gathers together some of the Old Testament prophecies about the Jesus the Savior, telling us who He is whose birth of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem we recall on December 25th.  These are biblical prophecies placed in verse form in the 7th century, each beginning with the exclamation, O! Called the O’ Antiphons, they are addressed to Jesus, and continue through December 23rd. They tell us who Jesus is: He is not merely another prophet; He is God the Creator who became man for us that we might come to share God’s eternal life. Here are the O Antiphons that identify who Jesus is:

Dec. 17th: “O, Wisdom of the Most High, ordering all things with strength and gentleness, come and teach us the way of  truth.”
Dec. 18th: “O, Ruler of the House of Israel, who gave the law to Moses on Sinai, come and save us with outstretched arm” [on the Cross].
Dec. 19th: “O, Root of Jesse [King David’s father], sent as a sign to the peoples, come to save us and delay no more.”
Dec. 20th: “O, Key of David, who opens the gates of the eternal kingdom, come to liberate from prison the captives [Adam and all his children, the human race] who live in darkness.”
Dec. 21st: “O, Morning Star, radiance of eternal light, sun of justice, come and enlighten those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death.”
Dec. 22nd: “O, King of the peoples and corner-stone of the Church, come and save mankind whom You made from the dust of the earth.”
Dec. 23rd: “O, Emmanuel, our king and lawgiver, come and save us, Lord our God.”

 Saint Augustine described the effect of the birth of God in human flesh: “The faithful God made himself our debtor, not by receiving something from us, but by his own promises. He even bound himself in writing in Scripture, as though handing us a written pledge; thus, when he would begin to carry out his promises, we could determine from the Scriptures the very order of fulfillment:

“God’s ultimate promise was of eternal salvation, unending blessedness with the angels, an everlasting and glorious inheritance, the sweetness of his face, his holy house in heaven, resurrection from the dead, and release from fear of death. . . Thus, he promised divinity to men, immortality to mortals, justification to sinners, and glory to the humble.

“Since all this might seem incredible to us, God not only put his promises in writing in Scripture, but also gave us a Mediator, his only Son, to show how he would lead us to the promised goal. More than this, he made his Son not only show the way but himself be the very Way” [Commentary on the Psalms; Psalm 109: 1-3].

On December 25th we celebrate that day when Our Lord, the Eternal Son of the Father, Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, the Creator of the entire universe, was born in human flesh, given in the womb of the Virgin Mother; He came as God in our flesh to rescue us from the power of sin and death.  The great Easter Hymn, the Exsultet describes God’s saving work for us in Jesus: “To ransom a slave, you gave away your Son.”  Humanity is that slave, as Saint Paul writes; we are slaves to sin and death. Our response should be one of immense awe and gratitude before this divine generosity, personal concern and charity for us.  The ancient Roman Martyrology described how God began this great work, by “leaping down from His eternal throne in the fullness of time”.  God became man in order to raise  us up to share His divine life forever, in the flesh. Not a bad Christmas gift, if you ask me!  Prepare for Christmas by repenting of sin and going to confession: make that your Christmas gift to God.

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Thomas Timon, Margaret Jean Velanzon, Christopher Heap, Ruth Schlieper, John Walsh, Kendall Gleason, Frank Seely, Julia Olyveira, Caitlin McNamee, Karin Moberg, Gayle Moore, Tom McKee, Maggie Ward, Bill Baumann, Debbie Valentine, Fr. Richard Hinkley, Bernardo Mieves, Elaine Mellace, Armella Roschella, Geard Roschella, Richard Ridge, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Michael Scully, Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Dionysia Oliveira, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne.

Please pray for those who have recently died:  Roger Borrelli , Barbara Schuerger, Mary Bauer, Frank Santaro,  John G. Mossa, Sr., Marion Dal Molin, Todd Dowty, Gerald E. Clarke, Rosemarie C. Clarke, Joseph W. Evans, Nicholas Macca, Thomas Mills, Sr.Ellen Mary, Charlee Burns, Martha McRoskey, John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Dr. Pat Santagata, Elma Hefferna, Anne Mennona, Emile Maignan, Regina Derrisaint, Joanne Santarsiero, Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel,  Susanne and Suzanne DePreta

Banns of Marriage:   III Banns: Robert Anthony Vulaj and Audrey Maureen Smart

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

Save the Date-  March for Life 2019 is Friday, January 18, 2019 in Washington D.C.– The Diocese of Bridgeport Respect Life office will be leading a pilgrimage to the March for Life with a bus stop here at the Basilica.  The bus will pick up participants at 6AM and arrive at the March by 11:30AM.  The cost is $75 dollars per person and please register at www.bridgeportdiocese.org/faith-formation by January 11th.  The bus will depart back for Connecticut at 4:00PM.

Faith on Tap: The December Faith on Tap will be on Tuesday,  December 18th at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe from 7-9PM. Luca Badetti will be speaking about the L’arche Community. We hope to see you here!

Reception at BV’s: Following the 4PM Mass on January 5th, Bobby Valentine will be hosting a reception for the We Stand with Christ campaign at BV’s. All are welcome to attend!

Christmas Mass Schedule:

Christmas Eve:  December 24th:  4 pm: Christmas Vigil Mass
Christmas Day: December 25th: 12 midnight, 7:30 am, 10:00 am & 12Noon

THERE WILL BE NO 5PM MASS ON CHRISTMAS DAY.

Christmas Confession Schedule:

Christmas Eve: December 24th: 3-4 pm.
Christmas Day: December 25th: 7-7:25 am, 9:30-9:55 am, 11:30-11:55am

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         December 9, 2018       $  12,011.63
Sunday         December 10, 2017     $  11,578.67

 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

December 23rd Sunday ReadingsMI 5:1-4A, HEB 10:5-10, LK 1:39-45

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

Police: 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 Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department and our military women and men who protect our nation..

Birthright: seeks volunteers: Support women to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, connecting women with medical, financial, legal and other resources.  Flexible schedules; training provided. They are in need of maternity and baby clothes, all sizes and seasons. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-895-3554 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information.

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

Virtual Tour of the Basilica: Click on the parish website  www.stjohnsstamford.com for a virtual tour of the interior, created and donated by Jonathan Powell.

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes started Monday October 15th and will meet weekly 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x 0 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Volunteers: Become a Future 5 College Prep Coach: Future 5’s College Prep Program ensures that low-income, motivated high school students receive the preparation needed to transition successfully from high school to college. They offer students a full array of help, including guidance on navigating college and financial aid applications, college visits, scholarship help, and detailed advice on college selection. A coach is matched one-on-one with a student, becoming a partner and mentor for the academic year. Future 5 will provide training in all aspects of the college application process. Time commitment: 2-3 hours per month (includes training and independent meetings with students) For information, please contact Peg Atchue at  patchue@futurefive.org.

JOIN THE CONVERSATIONThe Eaglet, the parish blog on our Basilica website, www.stjohnsstamford.com/eaglet.

Congratulations: to Biyeni Eusebio and Ashley Flynn , members of our parish, who were named to the Honor Roll at Lauralton Hall this quarter.

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

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

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

Catholic Adventures: Join Catholic young adults in their 20s and 30s for adventurous activities throughout the year. Connect with us on Facebook (Catholic Adventures) or email us at CatholicAdventuresStamford@gmail.com for more information.

Job Seekers: No Meeting in December. Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on 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 job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Walking with Purpose Registration is now open: WWP reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development. We begin with the basics, knowing that we can never master the core truths; there is always greater depth to explore. We will meet Tuesday mornings in the Rectory from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 25th. Childcare is available. For more information, contact Rosa Federici at : wwptbsj@gmail.com

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

Crossroads 4 Christ (C4C) is a community of Catholic young adults seeking to develop a relationship with Christ and one another through Eucharistic adoration, Christ-centered friendship, and the mission of evangelization. Every Thursday they meet from 7:30 – 8:30pm for formation and fellowship in Harbor Point (contact c4cstamford@gmail.com for address) followed by Eucharistic Adoration from 8:30-9:30pm at Saint John Fischer in Stamford. All young adults ages 18-39 are welcome!

The Crusaders for Life, a pro-life high school group at Cardinal Kung Academy, is raising funds to travel to this year’s March for Life in Washington, D.C. Help us witness to the whole world that we are the pro-life generation! No donation is too small- thank you for your generosity. To donate, please go to: https://bit.ly/2AOIloC

New Years Eve Holy Hour at St. John’s– Ring in 2019 with a Holy Hour at 11PM on December 31st followed by Midnight Mass celebrated by Fr. Vill. Midnight Mass will be a Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. This will fill your obligation for the Holy Day on January 1st, 2019.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, December 15, 2018
4:00    +Concetta Tina Cerniglia req. Carpanzano Family
Sunday, December 16, 2018
7:30    +Mary Nadin req. Glenn and Lynda Nadin
10:00  +Antonietta Cerone req. Giannitti Family
12:00  +Douglas Skilton req. Dr. J McAleer
5:00    +Fr. Rufin Kuveikis, OFM, Cap.
Monday, December 17, 2018
8:00      Souls in Purgatory
12:10  +Mr. & Mrs. Alfredo Angeles req. the Angeles Family
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
8:00    +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10  +Marilynn VanAuken req. the VanAuken Family
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
8:00    +Carmelita Sanchez req. Pearl Moss
12:10  + Nicholas DeVito req. The Carpanzano Family
Thursday, December 20, 2018
8:00    +Wladek and Willemina Falek req. daughter
12:10    Souls in Purgatory
Friday, December 21, 2018: Saint Peter Canisius
8:00    +Roger Borrelli req. Fr. Vill
12:10    Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. Saint John Holy Name Society
Saturday, December 22, 2018
8:00    +Juana Mazariegos req. Blanca Reyes
12:10  +Romeo Loyola req. Juvy Loyola

Baptisms: Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. For more information, please call Keri, (203-324-1553, ext 0). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

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

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

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

St. Monica Latin Patristic Reading Group: The St Monica Latin Reading Group meets on Tuesdays.  Please call St John’s Rectory, 203 324 1553, ext. 0, for more information.

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DECEMBER 16TH:
 3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Study: Advent, Session 3: Watch & Pray
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Watch: Christmas in Rome

DECEMBER 18TH : ST. FLANNAN
Read: Twenty Tales of Irish Saints

DECEMBER 21ST: ST. PETER CANISIUS
Read: The Young People’s Book of Saints

Bulletin for Sunday December 9, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday December 9, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:   One of the most beautiful meditations about God becoming Man [the mystery we celebrate at Christmas] is that written by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux [1090-1153]. The “mystery” is why God would come to rescue us from sin and death, at all!? The answer to that is God’s love for us; and His hope that we will choose to love Him in return.  That’s what salvation is: understanding that God loves you, and deciding that you will love God in the way you live your life, thereby opening yourself to God’s grace, so you might live with Him forever. Saint Bernard’s meditation is about the response Our Lady made to the Archangel Gabriel, who was sent by God to ask Mary to co-operate with His plan to save humankind from sin and death.  Mary’s response changes the fate of all humanity: from being slaves to death,  to become free sons and daughters of God through Christ. As we read Bernard’s meditation, think of yourself as being in Our Lady’s room when the Archangel Gabriel appears: you’re eavesdropping, hiding behind the curtains. But, even while you’re doing something not so very nice, you become caught up in the scene of the angel before Mary: and, as you begin to understand the importance that Mary’s response to God is to YOU and to YOUR future, you begin to hope that Mary will say “yes” , and co-operate with God’s invitation to be the Mother of God. Her co-operation with God was essential  that you and all humankind might benefit in eternal life. This is what Christmas is all about.

Saint Bernard’s meditation is based on the Gospel account of  the Annunciation [Luke 1:26-38], which is also one of the most beautiful of the stained glass windows here at the Basilica: it is the on the side wall of Our Lady’s Chapel—to the left of the high altar: Mary kneels in prayer, and the Archangel Gabriel appears before her: and a small white dove can be seen descending upon Mary: the power of the Holy Spirit, by Whom Mary will conceive the savior in her womb.

Here’s the meditation by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, and he begins his narrative the moment after the Archangel invites Mary to be the Mother of God. This is not merely a reflection about something that happened in the past. Bernard writes this to be applied to each of us. The narrator is YOUR heart, beating more excitedly, hoping Mary will say “yes” daily to God’s will, just as God hopes daily that you will. Here is Bernard’s work:

“You have heard, Virgin Mary, that you are to conceive and bear a son by the power of the Holy Spirit. The angel awaits your answer, for he must now return to God who sent him. We too await your merciful word, Lady, for we are the wretches whom condemnation threatens. The price of our salvation is offered to you, and if you consent then we shall at once be freed. We were all created in God’s Eternal Word, yet now we are doomed to death because of Adam’s sin; in your short answer we shall be remade and summoned back to life.

“Adam and Eve stand here weeping with their poor exiled children and await your answer; Abraham is here and David and all the holy patriarchs who are your fathers but dwell now in the valley of death’s shadow. The whole world is prostrate at your feet and waiting. What else can they do, since on your words depend the consolation of the wretched, the liberation of prisoners, the rescue of the condemned, and, in a word, the salvation of all Adam’s children of your whole race?

“Answer quickly, then, Virgin. Answer the angel and the Lord he represents. Give your word and receive the Eternal Word [The Eternal Son of God]; speak the word that passes and embrace the Word who abides forever!

“Why the delay and the trembling? Believe, confess, receive. Virginal simplicity must not forget wisdom. Fear not to be presumptuous, for though silent modesty is pleasing, your words of dedication are more needed now.

“Blessed Virgin, open your heart to faith, your lips to the praise of the Lord, your body to your Creator. The One for whom the nations yearn is knocking at the door. Delay, and he will pass by, and you shall begin again in sorrow to seek Him whom your heart loves. Rise up, run, open!
“She answers: ‘Behold the Lord’s servant. Do with me as you say’.”

[In Praise of the Virgin Mary, Sermon 4, 8-9]

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Margaret Jean Velanzon, Christopher Heap, Ruth Schlieper, John Walsh, Kendall Gleason, Frank Seely, Julia Olyveira, Caitlin McNamee, Karin Moberg, Gayle Moore, Tom McKee, Maggie Ward, Bill Baumann, Debbie Valentine, Fr. Richard Hinkley, Bernardo Mieves, Elaine Mellace, Armella Roschella, Geard Roschella, Richard Ridge, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Dionysia Oliveira, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne.

Please pray for those who have recently died:  Barbara Schuerger, Mary Bauer, Frank Santaro,  John G. Mossa, Sr., Marion Dal Molin, Todd Dowty, Gerald E. Clarke, Rosemarie C. Clarke, Joseph W. Evans, Nicholas Macca, Thomas Mills, Sr.Ellen Mary, Charlee Burns, Martha McRoskey, John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Dr. Pat Santagata, Elma Hefferna, Anne Mennona, Emile Maignan, Regina Derrisaint, Joanne Santarsiero, Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel,  Susanne and Suzanne DePreta

Banns of Marriage:   II Banns: Robert Anthony Vulaj and Audrey Maureen Smart

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

Save the Date-  March for Life 2019 is Friday, January 18, 2019 in Washington D.C.– The Diocese of Bridgeport Respect Life office will be leading a pilgrimage to the March for Life with a bus stop here at the Basilica.  The bus will pick up participants at 6AM and arrive at the March by 11:30AM.  The cost is $75 dollars per person and please register at www.bridgeportdiocese.org/faith-formation by January 11th.  The bus will depart back for Connecticut at 4:00PM.

Christmas Mass Schedule:

Christmas Eve:  December 24th:  4 pm: Christmas Vigil Mass
Christmas Day: December 25th: 12 midnight, 7:30 am, 10:00 am & 12Noon

THERE WILL BE NO 5PM MASS ON CHRISTMAS DAY.

Christmas Confession Schedule:

Christmas Eve: December 24th: 3-4 pm.
Christmas Day: December 25th: 7-7:25 am, 9:30-9:55 am, 11:30-11:55am

Weekly Sunday collection: 

Sunday         December 2, 2018     $  15,545.74
Sunday         December 3, 2017     $  15,172.75

 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

December 16th Sunday ReadingsZEP 3:14-18A, PHIL 4: 4-7, LK 3:10-18

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

Police: 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 Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department and our military women and men who protect our nation..

Birthright: seeks volunteers: Support women to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, connecting women with medical, financial, legal and other resources.  Flexible schedules; training provided. They are in need of maternity and baby clothes, all sizes and seasons. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-895-3554 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information.

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

Virtual Tour of the Basilica: Click on the parish website  www.stjohnsstamford.com for a virtual tour of the interior, created and donated by Jonathan Powell.

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes started Monday October 15th and will meet weekly 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x 0 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Volunteers: Become a Future 5 College Prep Coach: Future 5’s College Prep Program ensures that low-income, motivated high school students receive the preparation needed to transition successfully from high school to college. They offer students a full array of help, including guidance on navigating college and financial aid applications, college visits, scholarship help, and detailed advice on college selection. A coach is matched one-on-one with a student, becoming a partner and mentor for the academic year. Future 5 will provide training in all aspects of the college application process. Time commitment: 2-3 hours per month (includes training and independent meetings with students) For information, please contact Peg Atchue at  patchue@futurefive.org.

JOIN THE CONVERSATIONThe Eaglet, the parish blog on our Basilica website, www.stjohnsstamford.com/eaglet.

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

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

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

Catholic Adventures: Join Catholic young adults in their 20s and 30s for adventurous activities throughout the year. Connect with us on Facebook (Catholic Adventures) or email us at CatholicAdventuresStamford@gmail.com for more information.

Job Seekers: No Meeting in December. Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on 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 job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Walking with Purpose Registration is now open: WWP reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development. We begin with the basics, knowing that we can never master the core truths; there is always greater depth to explore. We will meet Tuesday mornings in the Rectory from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 25th. Childcare is available. For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com 

Soulcore: Join SoulCore Leader Luisa Mendoza, to nourish body, mind & soul with SoulCore – a prayer experience that combines the prayers of the rosary with core strengthening, stretching and functional movement. No fitness level or experience required. All are welcome! Any question, email luisamendoza1611@gmail.com or visit www.soulcore.com for more information. WHEN: Thursday mornings 9:30 am. WHERE: 179 Hamilton Avenue, Greenwich. Suggested donation of $10. Bring a fitness mat if you have one.

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

Crossroads 4 Christ (C4C) is a community of Catholic young adults seeking to develop a relationship with Christ and one another through Eucharistic adoration, Christ-centered friendship, and the mission of evangelization. Every Thursday they meet from 7:30 – 8:30pm for formation and fellowship in Harbor Point (contact c4cstamford@gmail.com for address) followed by Eucharistic Adoration from 8:30-9:30pm at Saint John Fischer in Stamford. All young adults ages 18-39 are welcome!

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, December 8, 2018
4:00   +Paul Hughes req. Hughes Family
Sunday, December 9, 2018
7:30   +Bryon D. Womack req. Monrique Martinez and family
10:00 +John Tompson req. his children and grandchildren
12:00 +Lillian Janesch req. the Brennan family
5:00   +Fr. Rufin Kuveikis, OFM, Cap.
Monday, December 10, 2018
8:00     Mary Spetland req. Thomas Cycon
12:10 +Jean Pharamond Lochard req. The Lochard Family
Tuesday, December 11, 2018: Saint Damasus
8:00   +Valarie McIntosh req. Allen and Elisabeth McIntosh
12:10 +Alfredo Rojas req. Maria Pena
Wednesday, December 12, 2018: Our Lady of Guadeloupe
8:00     Deceased  members of the Churley family
12:10 +Noemi Isidro req. daughters
Thursday, December 13, 2018: Saint Lucy
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Eduardo Nino req. Nino Family
Friday, December 14, 2018: Saint John of the Cross
8:00   + Anne Rockwell req. Eveline Lauture
12:10   Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. Saint John Holy Name Society
Saturday, December 15, 2018
8:00   +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Nicholas Devito req. the Mossa 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 Keri, (203-324-1553, ext 0). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

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

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

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

St. Monica Latin Patristic Reading Group: The St Monica Latin Reading Group meets on Tuesdays.  Please call St John’s Rectory, 203 324 1553, ext. 0, for more information.

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December 9- SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Study: YDisciple: Advent, Session 2: Trust in God
Study: Advent, Session 2: Trust in God
Watch: Christmas in Rome
Read: Advent of the Heart
Read: Cradle of Redeeming Love
Listen: A Journey Through Advent Year B
Listen: The Mystery of Christmas
Listen: Come, Lord Jesus

December 12- OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

Watch: Guadalupe: The Miracle and Message
Ver: Guadalupe: El Milagro ye el Mensaje
Watch: 1531
Ver: 1531
Listen: Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego
Escuchar: Guadalupe y el Misterio del Verbo Encarnado
Listen: The World’s First Love

ST. FINNIAN

Read: Twenty Tales of Irish Saints

St. Jane Frances de Chantal

Read: Married Saints and Blesseds

December 13- ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS

Study: True Reformers: Session 5, St. Teresa of Avila
Read: Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer
Read: Fire of Love
Read: Fire Within
Listen: Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer

 

Bulletin for Sunday December 2, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday December 2, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:   Friday, December 8th, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the patronal feast day of the United States. In 1846,  the American Catholic bishops asked that the United States be placed under the patronage of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, as their sign of support for Blessed Pope Pius IX in his efforts to define the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception.  But there was more than the 19th century American bishops being “politically correct” by supporting the pope. They earnestly desired to place the growing nation under the protection of Our Lady: since it was Mary whose obedience had united God to humankind in her womb, and under whose tutelage and protection was placed the salvation of the world in the person of her Son, who was God become man. Mary would be the perfect spiritual mother for our nation. The pope desired to define formally this ancient belief of the faithful: Mary’s parents, saints Joachim and Anne had normal sexual relations as husband and wife. But, it was God’s grace that preserved Mary from the effects of Adam’s Original Sin, from the moment she was conceived in Saint Anne’s womb. This Original Sin is that with which each human being is born, the effects of which are our tendency to want to do wrong, and death. God never created us to die.

Why would the pope so desire to define this ancient belief in the middle of the 19th century? Because Pope Pius IX understood quite clearly that big governments and industry were developing in a way that would urge the world to forget God in favor of “progress”, while re-defining the human person. In 1848, Karl Marx had published his Communist Manifesto, which blossomed 70 years later in the Russian Revolution and the communist states.  The Industrial Revolution was in full swing, and would soon enslave millions around the world in the grip of grinding poverty and endless work to benefit the few.  Prussia, France and England were developing their individual excessive nationalisms, growing armies and military industries that would lead to two world wars. In all these movements, Pope Pius IX was the only world leader who spoke out warning that men and women were being re-defined by big governments and growing industry as worthy of life only if they were productive in industry, useful to a political party, loyal to the state, members of a socially acceptable race.  This was and is wrong!   Men and women are more than what we produce; more than  our race,  gene pool, or political loyalties. Pius saw his task as the one leader whose teachings would gain him nothing personally: to remind humanity about who we are: our dignity and right to exist comes from our very essence: created in the Image and Likeness of God, redeemed by God’s Eternal Son-made-man in the womb of the Virgin Mary.  So, in 1854, backed by the Catholic bishops and faithful from around the globe, Blessed Pope Pius IX showed the world the teaching power of the Catholic Church by formally reminding the world that nothing is more important in the world than God; and that nothing is more important to God than us. By forgetting God—in our work, the market place or public life—we are being controlled and used for the profit of others.

Our Lady is the most perfect example of a human being co-operating fully with God. God prepared her from eternity to be the Mother of His Son: she did not create God, who exists from all eternity. But she gave to the Eternal and unseen Son of God  a human mind, heart, soul, will, and body: the ever-existing God entered into human history and became man in the womb of Mary, in order to free us from sin and death. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux described God’s purpose beautifully:

“It befitted God to be born of none but a virgin, and it befitted the virgin that having borne God she should bear no other. The Creator of men, in becoming himself a man, had to choose, indeed even to form, the kind of mother he knew befitted him and knew would please him. Therefore, he wanted her to be a virgin so that from a spotless woman He, the Spotless One, might come forth to cleans away the sins of all mankind. He wanted her to be humble from whom He, as the man meek and humble of heart, would be born; He wanted her to give a salutary example of all the virtues. Therefore He made the Virgin conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit, for she earlier offered her vow of virginity to Him but had also won the merit of humility. These were the glorious jewels of mind and body that adorned the royal Virgin. Her beauty was known in heaven, whose citizens gazed on her with admiration; she attracted the eyes of the King to herself and sent down a heavenly messenger to greet her. The angel was sent to a virgin: a virgin in flesh and in spirit, a virgin by deliberate intention, a virgin such as the Apostle Saint Paul describes, holy in mind and body. The Lord did not stumble on her by accident but chose her from eternity; the Most High prepared her, the angels preserved her, the Fathers of  Israel pointed her out, the prophets promised her coming” [Sermon II, In Praise of the Virgin Mary].

And why did the pope accede to the American bishops’ desire that Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception be the patroness of America? Because the pope had great hopes for the United States as the only nation under whose laws and freedoms the Catholic Church might prosper and grow. And he was correct: in all European countries, throughout Asia, and in nearly all the countries of Central and South America, the Catholic Church was persecuted throughout the 19th and 20th centuries: Catholic schools, universities and churches closed, all church property seized, clergy and nuns imprisoned, killed and forbidden to wear clerical attire publicly. It is the same reason Blessed Pope Pius IX blessed the efforts of American bishops to build churches and schools for the millions of immigrant Catholics arriving in the United States, such as our own basilica, established as an independent parish in 1854—the same year of the definition of the Immaculate Conception; and the same reason that blessed pope established the American seminary in Rome in 1859.  The pope’s thoughts were: Nourish America, because it understands humanity’s need for freedom to worship God.

On December 8th, let us recall Our Lady’s faith and virtues, and the fact that the pope who began our Basilica parish gave her to us Americans as our patroness and guide to remind us that nothing should be more important to us than God, through His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Margaret Jean Velanzon, Christopher Heap, Ruth Schlieper, John Walsh, Kendall Gleason, Frank Seely, Julia Olyveira, Caitlin McNamee, Karin Moberg, Gayle Moore, Tom McKee, Maggie Ward, Bill Baumann, Debbie Valentine, Fr. Richard Hinkley, Bernardo Mieves, Elaine Mellace, Armella Roschella, Geard Roschella, Richard Ridge, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Dionysia Oliveira, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne.

Please pray for those who have recently died:  Barbara Schuerger, Mary Bauer, Frank Santaro,  John G. Mossa, Sr., Marion Dal Molin, Todd Dowty, Gerald E. Clarke, Rosemarie C. Clarke, Joseph W. Evans, Nicholas Macca, Thomas Mills, Sr.Ellen Mary, Charlee Burns, Martha McRoskey, John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Dr. Pat Santagata, Elma Hefferna, Anne Mennona, Emile Maignan, Regina Derrisaint, Joanne Santarsiero, Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel,  Susanne and Suzanne DePreta

Banns of Marriage:   I Banns: Robert Vulaj and Audrey Smart

One Collection. . .There will only be one collection today.  Thank you for your generosity.

Holy Day of Obligation: Saturday, December 8th: The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception: The Vigil Mass will be offered on Friday, December 7th at 5:15 pm and Masses on December 8th:  8 am and 12:10 pm.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

Men’s Night of Reflection—Men, please join us to hear Fr. Andy Vill present “Living as a Catholic Man in Today’s World” a reflection on Bishop Olmstead’s Into the Breach at 7pm on Thursday, December 6 at St. John’s. This Men’s Night is brought to you by the Knights of Columbus Fr. Miller Council #5833. Contact Bill Nagle with any questions. M: 203-570-2593, email: billnagle@hotmail.com

Handel’s Messiah:Part I & Hallelujah Chorus
Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at 8PM in our Basilica.

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

Save the Date-  March for Life 2019 is Friday, January 18, 2019 in Washington D.C.– The Diocese of Bridgeport Respect Life office will be leading a pilgrimage to the March for Life with a bus stop here at the Basilica.  The bus will pick up participants at 6AM and arrive at the March by 11:30AM.  The cost is $75 dollars per person and please register at www.bridgeportdiocese.org/faith-formation by January 11th.  The bus will depart back for Connecticut at 4:00PM.

Weekly Sunday collection:      

Sunday         November 18, 2018     $  11,551.73 (Parade)
Sunday         November 19, 2017     $  11,108.00(Parade)
Sunday         November 25, 2018     $  15,707.64
Sunday         November 26, 2017     $  14,936.33

 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

December 9th Sunday ReadingsBAR 5:1-9, PHIL 1:4-6, 8-11, LK 3:1-6

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

Police: 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 Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department and our military women and men who protect our nation..

Birthright: seeks volunteers: Support women to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, connecting women with medical, financial, legal and other resources.  Flexible schedules; training provided. They are in need of maternity and baby clothes, all sizes and seasons. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-895-3554 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information.

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

Virtual Tour of the Basilica: Click on the parish website  www.stjohnsstamford.com for a virtual tour of the interior, created and donated by Jonathan Powell.

The Christmas Giving Tree: To benefit pregnant women and their families served by the Sisters of Life Visitation Mission. At Christmas the Sisters celebrate the gift of the Christ Child and every birth of a child is a renewal of this greatest gift. Thank you for helping us to celebrate! For the next four weeks, a basket will be in the back of the church. The name of a gift item is written on each tag in the Christmas basket that would benefit the woman in need. Please take a tag (or tags) and purchase the item on the tag. We will collect the unwrapped gifts in the back of the church after each Mass on the weekend of  December 8th starting with the 4PM Mass on Saturday through Sunday’s 5pm Mass. PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF THE GIFTS AT THE RECTORY OR LEAVE THEM IN CHURCH.For more information. Please call Frank @ 203-975-8833 ext 3004.

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes started Monday October 15th and will meet weekly 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x 0 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Crossroads 4 Christ (C4C) is a community of Catholic young adults seeking to develop a relationship with Christ and one another through Eucharistic adoration, Christ-centered friendship, and the mission of evangelization. Every Thursday they meet from 7:30 – 8:30pm for formation and fellowship in Harbor Point (contact c4cstamford@gmail.com for address) followed by Eucharistic Adoration from 8:30-9:30pm at Saint John Fischer in Stamford. All young adults ages 18-39 are welcome!

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

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

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

Catholic Adventures: Join Catholic young adults in their 20s and 30s for adventurous activities throughout the year. Connect with us on Facebook (Catholic Adventures) or email us at CatholicAdventuresStamford@gmail.com for more information.

Job Seekers: No Meeting in December. Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on 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 job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Walking with Purpose Registration is now open: WWP reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development. We begin with the basics, knowing that we can never master the core truths; there is always greater depth to explore. We will meet Tuesday mornings in the Rectory from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 25th. Childcare is available. For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com 

Soulcore: Join SoulCore Leader Luisa Mendoza, to nourish body, mind & soul with SoulCore – a prayer experience that combines the prayers of the rosary with core strengthening, stretching and functional movement. No fitness level or experience required. All are welcome! Any question, email luisamendoza1611@gmail.com or visit www.soulcore.com for more information. WHEN: Thursday mornings 9:30 am, and on Saturday Dec. 8th at 9:30 a.m. WHERE: 179 Hamilton Avenue, Greenwich. Suggested donation of $10. Bring a fitness mat if you have one.

Immaculate Conception Novena St. Mary Church in Greenwich will celebrate a Novena in preparation for the Immaculate Conception from November 29th to December 7th. Each evening a guest homilist will offer a special reflection on the role of the Virgin Mary in our lives. This year the younger clergy will speak on the Marian devotion of some particular saint. We will close our Novena with a Solemn Mass on December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Choir will sing Mozart’s “The Sparrow Mass” with Orchestra. A light reception will follow. Visit stmarygreenwich.org for more details.

Diocesan Revised Liturgical Norms- For the next several weeks, we will be distributing catechetical materials related to the celebration of Mass in the Diocese of Bridgeport. These articles will precede the promulgation by Bishop Caggiano of the Revised Liturgical Norms on the first Sunday of Advent. To learn more about the norms, please visit www.formationreimagined.org.  In the meantime, please be sure to take home a copy of this week’s article in the back of the Church.

JOIN THE CONVERSATIONThe Eaglet, the parish blog on our Basilica website, www.stjohnsstamford.com/eaglet.

Mass Intentions

Saturday, December 1, 2018
4:00    +Elizabeth and Thomas Daly req. Leon Taricani
Sunday, December 2, 2018
7:30    + Joseph S. Santagata req. Sal and Angela Gencarelli
10:00  +Marilyn Vanauken req. friends of the Vanauken family
12:00    Prayer Intentions of Padre Pio
5:00    +Fr. Rufin Kuveikis, OFM, Cap.
Monday, December 3, 2018: Saint Francis Xavier
8:00    +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10    Healing for Father Richard Hinkley req. priest of the parish
Tuesday, December 4, 2018: Saint John Damascene
8:00      Fernand Constant req. Geralda Constant-Berrouet
12:10  +Laura Pascale req. Pascale Family
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
8:00    +Luz Tushaj req. the Tone family
12:10  + Philip P. Fracassini req. Maria and Antonio Marchetti
Thursday, December 6, 2018: Saint Nicholas
8:00    +Sean Paul Malloy req. the Tone family
12:10  +Gloria Improta req. Lisa and Darrell Ingram
Friday, December 7, 2018: Saint Ambrose
8:00      Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. Saint John Holy Name Society
12:10    Luz Ribadeneira req. Luz Romero and Family
5:15      The Landeche Family
Saturday, December 8, 2018: Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00      Souls in Purgatory req. Pasquale and Ida Carpanzano
12:10  +Thelma Angeles req. the Angeles 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 Keri, (203-324-1553, ext 0). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

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

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

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

St. Monica Latin Patristic Reading Group: The St Monica Latin Reading Group meets on Tuesdays.  Please call St John’s Rectory, 203 324 1553, ext. 0, for more information.

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Bulletin for Sunday November 25, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday November 25, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:   Pope Pius XI began his pontificate in 1922. He faced the aftermath of the First World War, when the Church was the sole institution surviving on the European continent. Trust in big government, in the economy, in the military, in academia, in science, and in the brotherhood of men, all had failed, leaving Europe in ruins, and the lives of millions shattered. In his first encyclical letter (Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, Dec. 23, 1922) the pope said that the sufferings of the world

“. . . were due to the fact that the majority of men had thrust Jesus Christ and his holy law out of  their lives;             that these had no place either in private affairs or in politics. That as long as individuals and states refused                 to submit to the rule of our Savior, there would be no really hopeful prospect of a lasting peace among             nations. Men must look for the peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ.”

He then dedicated his entire pontificate to Christ the King, and, three years later, established the Solemnity of Christ the King, which we celebrate this weekend. This was not simply a pious gesture. Pius XI was warning that unless individuals and governments of Europe changed and took Christ to heart, horrors worse than those endured during World War I would soon to overtake Europe and the world. He was correct: Fascism, Nazism, and Communism came to power, all ideologies dedicated to perfecting human society by excluding God from the public forum and from individual lives, and thus denying the human person and humanity as created in the image and likeness of God.

If people are not the image of God, they are disposable according to the whim or policies of the state, and the pope saw this happening in his own time. Only if we permit Christ, who is the King of Universe, to rule over our very lives, forming our daily relationships, and guiding our every action by the virtue of Christian obedience to God and charity to our neighbors who are the image and likeness of God, only then can the world hope for any semblance of justice or peace or prosperity. Without Christ, godless men and the totalitarian governments step in to take the place of God, and men and women became tools for the up-building of the state and of corporations. The state is not God, and we are not merely cogs in a machine. Pope Pius XI hoped that this annual celebration of Christ the King would annually remind the world of the necessity of Christ. “Christ’s kingly dignity”, the pope wrote, “demands that the State should take account of the commandments of God and of Christian principles, both in making laws and in administering justice, and also in providing the young a sound moral education.” That way,

“. . . the faithful will gain much strength and courage, enabling them to form their lives after the true Christian ideal. If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all men, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn [merely] natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to Him. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls . . .” (Quas primas, Dec. 11, 1925)

The test whether Christ reigns in our daily lives is whether we keep the Ten Commandments—all of them: “He who says he knows Christ, but does not keep His Commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him” (I John 2:3-5). As we grow in grace, we move from them to exercising authentic charity: not merely obeying the laws of God because God gave them, although that is sufficient reason for doing so.  But seeking to naturally follow those Commandments by a life of active charity: we obey those Commandments without thought, as second nature, by always putting the interest of God and of His image—those around us, our wife or husband, our father or mother, our friend or stranger—before our own interests.  The practice of Christian Charity leads us to worship God, obey the Commandments, and reverence the Image of God in each other, since Charity permits of no injustice, subjugation, cheating or the using of another.  Let Our Lord be King in our hearts and lives daily, and find true joy being and doing that which He created us to be and do: His loving brothers and sisters, bound by faith and strengthened in charity.

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Frank Seely, Julia Olyveira, Caitlin McNamee, Karin Moberg, Gayle Moore, Tom McKee, Maggie Ward, Bill Baumann, Debbie Valentine, Fr. Richard Hinkley, Bernardo Mieves, Elaine Mellace, Armella Roschella, Geard Roschella, Richard Ridge, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Dionysia Oliveira, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Frank Santaro,  John G. Mossa, Sr., Marion Dal Molin, Todd Dowty, Gerald E. Clarke, Rosemarie C. Clarke, Joseph W. Evans, Nicholas Macca, Thomas Mills, Sr.Ellen Mary, Charlee Burns, Martha McRoskey, John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Dr. Pat Santagata, Elma Hefferna, Anne Mennona, Emile Maignan, Regina Derrisaint, Joanne Santarsiero, Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel,  Susanne and Suzanne DePreta

One Collection. . .There will only be one collection today.  Thank you for your generosity.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

Faith on Tap–  On Tuesday, November 27th,  Faith on Tap will be back at Murphy’s Townhouse Café from 7-9PM. Fr. Joseph Gill will be speaking on Spiritual Warfare. Anyone ages 21-39 are welcome.

Men’s Night of Reflection—Men, please join us to hear Fr. Andy Vill present “Living as a Catholic Man in Today’s World” a reflection on Bishop Olmstead’s Into the Breach at 7pm on Thursday, December 6 at St. John’s. This Men’s Night is brought to you by the Knights of Columbus Fr. Miller Council #5833. Contact Bill Nagle with any questions. M: 203-570-2593, email: billnagle@hotmail.com

Handel’s Messiah:Part I & Hallelujah Chorus
Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at 8PM in our Basilica.

Directed by New York’s Famed Ted Sperling and the Stamford Symphony with the Master Voices in this Special Holiday Performance:  For tickets: call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.org. ONLY FOR SAINT JOHN’S PARISHIONERS – 50% OFF tickets to Handel’s Messiah!  Use offer code: STJOHN18 when you select your seats. Offer valid until midnight,11/30/18.

Save the Date- March for Life 2019 is Friday, January 18, 2019 in Washington D.C.– The Diocese of Bridgeport Respect Life office will be leading a pilgrimage to the March for Life with a bus stop here at the Basilica.  Please consider joining  as we stand up for life. More details to follow!

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

December 2nd Sunday ReadingsJER 33:14-16, 1 THE S 3:12-4:2, LK 21: 25-28. 34-36

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

Police: 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 Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department and our military women and men who protect our nation..

Birthright: seeks volunteers: Support women to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, connecting women with medical, financial, legal and other resources.  Flexible schedules; training provided. They are in need of maternity and baby clothes, all sizes and seasons. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-895-3554 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information.

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

Virtual Tour of the Basilica: Click on the parish website  www.stjohnsstamford.com for a virtual tour of the interior, created and donated by Jonathan Powell.

The Christmas Giving Tree: To benefit pregnant women and their families served by the Sisters of Life Visitation Mission. At Christmas the Sisters celebrate the gift of the Christ Child and every birth of a child is a renewal of this greatest gift. Thank you for helping us to celebrate! For the next four weeks, a basket will be in the back of the church. The name of a gift item is written on each tag in the Christmas basket that would benefit the woman in need. Please take a tag (or tags) and purchase the item on the tag. We will collect the unwrapped gifts in the back of the church after each Mass on the weekend of December 8th starting with the 4PM Mass on Saturday through Sunday’s 5pm Mass. PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF THE GIFTS AT THE RECTORY OR LEAVE THEM IN CHURCH.For more information. Please call Frank @ 203-975-8833 ext 3004.

JOIN THE CONVERSATIONThe Eaglet, the parish blog on our Basilica website, www.stjohnsstamford.com/eaglet.

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes started Monday October 15th and will meet weekly 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x 0 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Catholic Charities– As you consider your charitable support this holiday season, Catholic Charities of Fairfield Country ask you to consider supporting them. For giving options, please visit “Support CCFC” at www.ccfairfield.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

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

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

Catholic Adventures: Join Catholic young adults in their 20s and 30s for adventurous activities throughout the year. Connect with us on Facebook (Catholic Adventures) or email us at CatholicAdventuresStamford@gmail.com for more information.

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, November 28th. Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on 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 job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Walking with Purpose Registration is now open: WWP reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development. We begin with the basics, knowing that we can never master the core truths; there is always greater depth to explore. We will meet Tuesday mornings in the Rectory from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 25th. Childcare is available. For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com 

Soulcore: Join SoulCore Leader Luisa Mendoza, to nourish body, mind & soul with SoulCore – a prayer experience that combines the prayers of the rosary with core strengthening, stretching and functional movement. No fitness level or experience required. All are welcome! Any question, email luisamendoza1611@gmail.com or visit www.soulcore.com for more information. WHEN: Thursday mornings 9:30 am, and on Saturday Dec. 8th at 9:30 a.m. WHERE: 179 Hamilton Avenue, Greenwich. Suggested donation of $10. Bring a fitness mat if you have one.

Immaculate Conception NovenaSt. Mary Church in Greenwich will celebrate a Novena in preparation for the Immaculate Conception from November 29th to December 7th. Each evening a guest homilist will offer a special reflection on the role of the Virgin Mary in our lives. This year the younger clergy will speak on the Marian devotion of some particular saint. We will close our Novena with a Solemn Mass on December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Choir will sing Mozart’s “The Sparrow Mass” with Orchestra. A light reception will follow. Visit stmarygreenwich.org for more details.

Diocesan Revised Liturgical Norms- For the next several weeks, we will be distributing catechetical materials related to the celebration of Mass in the Diocese of Bridgeport. These articles will precede the promulgation by Bishop Caggiano of the Revised Liturgical Norms on the first Sunday of Advent. To learn more about the norms, please visit www.formationreimagined.org.  In the meantime, please be sure to take home a copy of this week’s article in the back of the Church.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, November 24, 2018
4:00   +Robert Hogan req. Betty Hogan
Sunday, November 25, 2018
7:30   +George VanLangen req. Joyce Patten and Lorraine VanLangen
10:00   The Assie Family req. Robert Assie
12:00 +Denis Oliveira req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
5:00   +Ralph Branca
Monday, November 26, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Gaetano and Maria Conte req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
8:00     Souls in Purgatory req. Hope and Jim Jagodzinski
12:10 +Ann Borkowski req. Michael Borkowski
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
8:00   +Marija Tushaj req. the Tone family
12:10 +Ann Borkowski req. Lilian Ramos                                                    Thursday, November 29, 2018
8:00    Thanksgiving to Jesus, Mary, and St. Joseph
12:10 +Charles Burriesci req. sister
Friday, November 30, 2018: Saint Andrew

8:00    Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. Saint John Holy Name Society
12:10  Leon Tarcini req. Lilian Ramos                                                         Saturday, December 1, 2018
8:00     Mr. and Mrs. Charles Paternina req. Carol and Jim
12:10 +Nico Mallozzi req. Christina Gencarelli

Baptisms: Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. For more information, please call Keri, (203-324-1553, ext 0). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

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

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

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

St. Monica Latin Patristic Reading Group: The St Monica Latin Reading Group meets on Tuesdays.  Please call St John’s Rectory, 203 324 1553, ext. 0, for more information.

St. John’s in THE  NEWS

THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
150 years ago, or so:
December 1, 1871:   “Seely’s Hall was crowded last evening by the members of St. John’s R. C. Benevolent Society, who, with their friends, enjoyed the pleasure of the dance till a late hour. The annual balls of this society furnish amusement and pleasure to hundreds, and the ball last night was no exception to the rule.”

140 years ago, or so:
December 30, 1876:    “A more than ordinary degree of religious activity is apparent in St. John’s R. C. Church just at present. The local clergy are assisted by a number of missionary priests, who are laboring to stimulate the congregation to a more earnest performance of duty, and especially to exert such an influence upon the careless ones as to bring them into a close fellowship. The work of these missionaries is analogous to what is called “revival work” in other communions, and in that it is very successful, in part by the very large congregations that assemble at the three daily services now held at 5:30 and 9 a.m. and at 7:30 in the evening.”

110 years ago, or so:
December 2, 1907:  To Be Ordained to Priesthood. “Patrick Connors, a well-known Stamford young man, who was once a member of the Advocate mechanical force, will be ordained to the Catholic priesthood in Montreal at the ordinations which will take place at Christmas-time. He will celebrate his first Mass in Stamford on Christmas morning. Mr. Connors attended the public schools here and later went to Villa-Nova College. He has had an excellent record, both in college and in the seminary at Montreal, and there is a bright career before him in the priesthood.”

45 years ago, or so:
November 30, 1973:  Christmas Carnival At St. John’s Center. “St. John Religious Education Center will sponsor the annual Christmas Carnival Dec. 8 and 9 in St. John Parish Center from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Special features will be a Boutique of hand-made Christmas articles, Christmas cards, home-baked goods, and old fashioned penny candy.”

FAIRFIELD COUNTY CATHOLIC:
20 years ago, or so: 
December 2000:  Pilgrims flock to churches to honor Jubilee. “The holidays are approaching and faithful Catholics from around the Diocese may choose to spend the remaining six weeks visiting one of the five pilgrimage churches. In November 1999, then Bishop Edward M. Egan designated five churches in Fairfield County, one is each vicariate: among them is Saint John the Evangelist Church in Stamford.”

Bulletin for Sunday November 18, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday November 18, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:   The Mayflower set sail for the British Colony of Virginia in 1620.  A late departure, and a more difficult than anticipated voyage, brought her  instead to Cape Cod, not to Virginia, on November 10, 1620. With no royal charter to land in the north, grumblings of mutiny began among the agents of the original investors. To forestall any possible disintegration of the group, William Bradford, their leader, decided to draft a new agreement, albeit hurriedly, “that might be as firm as any patent, and in some respects more sure”, as he put it.

The Mayflower Compact of November 11, 1620, began by stating the reason for having sailed to the New World, and why they deemed it necessary to make political changes once they landed:

In the name of God, Amen. Having undertaken, for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith and honor of our king & country, a voyage to plant the first colony, we by these presents solemnly & mutually in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant & combine ourselves together into a civil body politic; for our better ordering, & preservation & furtherance of the ends afore told.

The words were echoed 250 plus years later in our Declaration of Independence:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, . . . We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Happiness is a goal and a natural right for us: the Catholic Church has always held that. In Holy Scripture, the word “beatitude” means happiness. So, Our Lord’s teaching called The Beatitudes, delivered during His Sermon on the Mount, is actually a recipe how to be happy—both here on earth and in heaven.  But how do we find happiness?  By searching for it and doing something, not just by existing.

If you decide you are the most important person in your life, you’re in trouble. Being interested in getting as much of everything for yourself as possible is what leads to personal and financial problems, to begin with. The Catholic Church’s teaching is that of Our Lord: Charity—interest in the welfare of others first, is at the very heart of following Christ, AND the basis for real happiness, and for our nation, from the beginning.  Charity is not just giving money to beggars, it is more: doing good  to others without any expectation or demand of repayment. You die to your ego a little, just as Christ died on the Cross, not for some idea or lofty notion. You sacrifice yourself for some person—who is the Image of God, and hope your good deed may lead that person and yourself to God.

Besides those on the Mayflower, there were earlier visitors to this continent: Irish monks, under the rule of Saint Columban, who arrived in the 7th century, bringing the Gospel to the New World. They came to bring something to the inhabitants of the New orld—Christ. In his Instructions, St. Columban wrote this:

God makes man from the earth but ennobles him with the impress of his own image. Let us give back, then, to God our Father his image in us, an image kept spotlessly holy, for he is holy; an image spotless in charity and love, for he is Love; an image spotless in devotion  and truth, for he is devoted and true; Let us not paint an alien image in ourselves; the painter who is undisciplined, angry and proud paints the self-portrait of a tyrant, for that is what he is.  Therefore, lest we end with the self-portrait of a despot, let us allow Christ to paint his image in us, in charity for others.

That’s the story of the first Thanksgiving: a feast thanking God and the Native Americans whose shared survival skills and food saved the Pilgrims during their first harsh New England winter. Even if the details of the first Thanksgiving have been prettied up for today’s modern audience, its heart is true: charity for others, and the defense of the dignity of others in private and public, which is, likewise, at the heart of our nation.  As we labor to rebuild our country, let’s remember that.

Happy Thanksgiving!          —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Frank Seely, Julia Olyveira, Caitlin McNamee, Karin Moberg, Gayle Moore, Tom McKee, Maggie Ward, Bill Baumann, Debbie Valentine, Fr. Richard Hinkley, Bernardo Mieves, Elaine Mellace, Armella Roschella, Geard Roschella, Richard Ridge, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Dionysia Oliveira, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Frank Santaro,  John G. Mossa, Sr., Marion Dal Molin, Todd Dowty, Gerald E. Clarke, Rosemarie C. Clarke, Joseph W. Evans, Nicholas Macca, Thomas Mills, Sr.Ellen Mary, Charlee Burns, Martha McRoskey, John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Dr. Pat Santagata, Elma Hefferna, Anne Mennona, Emile Maignan, Regina Derrisaint, Joanne Santarsiero, Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel,  Susanne and Suzanne DePreta

One Collection. . .There will only be one collection today.  Thank you for your generosity.

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light: +Ed and Ann Cody, Bill and Felicitas Cody, members of the Burns and Cody families req. Erin Cody

FORMED: Donated by a parishioner, this is a revolutionary online platform provides access to the best Catholic audio talks, movies, e-books, and video-based studies from trusted providers like the Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press, Catholic Answers, Sophia Institute Press, and St. Paul Center– right at your fingertips, without cost. Learn more at app.formed.org/ Access Code WWT2NF.

Diocesan Revised Liturgical Norms- For the next several weeks, we will be distributing catechetical materials related to the celebration of Mass in the Diocese of Bridgeport. These articles will precede the promulgation by Bishop Caggiano of the Revised Liturgical Norms on the first Sunday of Advent. To learn more about the norms, please visit www.formationreimagined.org.  In the meantime, please be sure to take home a copy of this week’s article in the back of the Church.

THANKSGIVING DAY MASS: There will be ONE Mass offered on Thanksgiving, November 22 at 10 am. The usual 8 am and 12:10 pm Masses are cancelled on Thanksgiving.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

Faith on Tap–  On Tuesday, November 27th,  Faith on Tap will be back at Murphy’s Townhouse Café from 7-9PM. Fr. Joseph Gill will be speaking on Spiritual Warfare. Anyone ages 21-39 are welcome.

Handel’s Messiah:Part I & Hallelujah Chorus
Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at 8PM in our Basilica.

Directed by New York’s Famed Ted Sperling and the Stamford Symphony with the Master Voices in this Special Holiday Performance:  For tickets: call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.org. ONLY FOR SAINT JOHN’S PARISHIONERS – 50% OFF tickets to Handel’s Messiah!  Use offer code: STJOHN18 when you select your seats. Offer valid until midnight,11/30/18.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         November 11, 2018        $ 12,340.32
Sunday         November 12, 2017        $ 11,489.95

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

November 25th Sunday Readings:  DN 7:13-14, RV 1:5-8,  JN 18:33B-37

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

Police: 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 Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department and our military women and men who protect our nation..

Birthright: seeks volunteers: Support women to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, connecting women with medical, financial, legal and other resources.  Flexible schedules; training provided. They are in need of maternity and baby clothes, all sizes and seasons. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-895-3554 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information.

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

Virtual Tour of the Basilica: Click on the parish website www.stjohnsstamford.com for a virtual tour of the interior, created and donated by Jonathan Powell.

The Christmas Giving Tree: To benefit pregnant women and their families served by the Sisters of Life Visitation Mission. At Christmas the Sisters celebrate the gift of the Christ Child and every birth of a child is a renewal of this greatest gift. Thank you for helping us to celebrate! For the next four weeks, a basket will be in the back of the church. The name of a gift item is written on each tag in the Christmas basket that would benefit the woman in need. Please take a tag (or tags) and purchase the item on the tag. We will collect the unwrapped gifts in the back of the church after each Mass on the weekend of December 8th starting with the 4PM Mass on Saturday through Sunday’s 5pm Mass. PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF THE GIFTS AT THE RECTORY OR LEAVE THEM IN CHURCH.For more information. Please call Frank @ 203-975-8833 ext 3004.

JOIN THE CONVERSATIONThe Eaglet, the parish blog on our Basilica website, www.stjohnsstamford.com/eaglet.

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes started Monday October 15th and will meet weekly 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x 0 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Catholic Charities– As you consider your charitable support this holiday season, Catholic Charities of Fairfield Country ask you to consider supporting them. For giving options, please visit “Support CCFC” at www.ccfairfield.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

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

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

Catholic Adventures: Join Catholic young adults in their 20s and 30s for adventurous activities throughout the year. Connect with us on Facebook (Catholic Adventures) or email us at CatholicAdventuresStamford@gmail.com for more information.

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, November 28th. Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on 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 job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Walking with Purpose Registration is now open: WWP reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development. We begin with the basics, knowing that we can never master the core truths; there is always greater depth to explore. We will meet Tuesday mornings in the Rectory from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 25th. Childcare is available. For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com 

Soulcore: Join SoulCore Leader Luisa Mendoza, to nourish body, mind & soul with SoulCore – a prayer experience that combines the prayers of the rosary with core strengthening, stretching and functional movement. No fitness level or experience required. All are welcome! Any question, email luisamendoza1611@gmail.com or visit www.soulcore.com for more information. WHEN: Thursday mornings 9:30 am, and on Saturday Dec. 8th at 9:30 a.m. WHERE: 179 Hamilton Avenue, Greenwich. Suggested donation of $10. Bring a fitness mat if you have one.

Immaculate Conception NovenaSt. Mary Church in Greenwich will celebrate a Novena in preparation for the Immaculate Conception from November 29th to December 7th. Each evening a guest homilist will offer a special reflection on the role of the Virgin Mary in our lives. This year the younger clergy will speak on the Marian devotion of some particular saint. We will close our Novena with a Solemn Mass on December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Choir will sing Mozart’s “The Sparrow Mass” with Orchestra. A light reception will follow. Visit stmarygreenwich.org for more details.

Volunteers: Become a Future 5 College Prep Coach: Future 5’s College Prep Program ensures that low-income, motivated high school students receive the preparation needed to transition successfully from high school to college. They offer students a full array of help, including guidance on navigating college and financial aid applications, college visits, scholarship help, and detailed advice on college selection. A coach is matched one-on-one with a student, becoming a partner and mentor for the academic year. Future 5 will provide training in all aspects of the college application process. Time commitment: 2-3 hours per month (includes training and independent meetings with students) For information, please contact Peg Atchue at  patchue@futurefive.org.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, November 17, 2018
4:00   +Francis Harrison req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Sunday, November 18, 2018
7:30     Souls in Purgatory req. Hope and Jim Jagodzinski
10:00 +Bill Cody 8th Anniversary req. Cody Family
12:00   NO 12:00PM MASS (Stamford Thanksgiving Parade)
5:00   +Ralph Branca
Monday, November 19, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   Souls in Purgatory
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
8:00   +Guido and Benita Rebula Wedding Anniversary req. children and grandchildren
12:10   Ann Blackson God’s Blessings req. Diane Strain
Wednesday, November 21, 2018: The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00   +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
Thursday, November 22, 2018 Thanksgiving Day: Saint Cecilia (10AM Mass Only)
8:00    NO 8:00AM MASS
10:00  People of the Parish
12:10  NO 12:10PM MASS
Friday, November 23, 2018: Saint Clement I, Saint Columban, Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro
8:00   +Angela Vill
12:10  Deceased members of the Isidro Family
Saturday, November 24, 2018: Saint Andrew Dung-Lac
8:00   +John Stagon the Bottaro Family
12:10   Souls in Purgatory req. Hope and Jim Jagodzinski

Baptisms: Are celebrated every day of the week, according to the schedule of the parish priests and the families. Baptisms at St. John’s are one-family only ceremonies: never groups. For more information, please call Keri, (203-324-1553, ext 0). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

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

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

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

St. Monica Latin Patristic Reading Group: The St Monica Latin Reading Group meets on Tuesdays.  Please call St John’s Rectory, 203 324 1553, ext. 0, for more information.

St. John’s in THE  NEWS

THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
140 years ago, or so:
November 26, 1877:   “The Stamford Drum Corps connected with St. John’s Roman Catholic Church is to give a ball on Thanksgiving eve in Hubbard’s Hall.”

THE CONNECTICUT CATHOLIC:
140 years ago, or so:
November 30, 1878:  STAMFORD.  “There will be Mass at 8 o’clock Thanksgiving Day, Vespers at half-past seven in the evening. There will be a free lecture given by Father Beards of Brooklyn, and a collection taken up, proceeds to go to the Convent. The lecture will be given after Vespers. This week, on Thanksgiving eve, the Ancient Order of Hibernians hold their second annual ball in Military Hall, Hubbard’s Block. From the sample preparations the society has made to the occasion, there is little doubt that it will be one of the best balls of the season.”

THE STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
130 years ago, or so:
November 28, 1888:  “Regular Thanksgiving services will be held in the Roman Catholic church.”

115 years ago, or so:
November 18, 1902:  Football Notes. “The Altar Boys of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church will open the rugby season next Wednesday with the Tarrytowns on King’s field. This game should be interesting, for the teams are evenly matched. Friday of next week, they will play the Glenbrooks on King’s field. The Altar Boys would like to play third King’s and any other team under thirteen years of age.”

80 years ago, or so:
November 19, 1938:  “A turkey party will be held by St. John’s Holy Name Society in the parochial school hall at 8, Monday evening. Arrangements for the program were completed last night. Refreshments will be served. The committee includes William H. Brennan, Samuel Vento, William L. Shea, Joseph Poultney, Charles Gilbert, Fergus E. McOaker, John Lemon and Thomas Hogan.”

25 years ago, or so: 
November 17, 1993:  Thanksgiving Service “The second annual Ecumenical Service of Thanksgiving, will be a t 1:30 p.m. today at the First Congregational Church on Bedford and Prospect Streets. Four members of the Stamford clergy will participate including the Rev. E. Holcombe of First Congregational Church, the Rev. William A. Nagle of St. John’s R.C. Church, the Rev. G. Baxter of Union Baptist Church and Cantor Sidney G. Rabinowitz of Temple Beth El.”

 

Bulletin for Sunday November 11, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday November 11, 2018

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Caitlin McNamee, Karin Moberg, Gayle Moore, Tom McKee, Maggie Ward, Bill Baumann, Debbie Valentine, Fr. Richard Hinkley, Bernardo Mieves, Elaine Mellace, Armella Roschella, Geard Roschella, Richard Ridge, George Johnson, Lucy Esposito,  Isaac Georges, Elizabeth Caserta, Ruth Coyle, Yolanda Bove, Agnes Ostrowski, Marva Mitchell, Michael Cole, Wyanna Burke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Dionysia Oliveira, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Mary Bauer, Frank Santaro,  John G. Mossa, Sr., Marion Dal Molin, Todd Dowty, Gerald E. Clarke, Rosemarie C. Clarke, Joseph W. Evans, Nicholas Macca, Thomas Mills, Sr.Ellen Mary, Charlee Burns, Martha McRoskey, John R. Glover, Louise Morello, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Glen Nadin, John Mellace, Lucy Hawthorn, Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Dr. Pat Santagata, Elma Hefferna, Anne Mennona, Emile Maignan, Regina Derrisaint, Joanne Santarsiero, Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel,  Susanne and Suzanne DePreta

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

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes started Monday October 15th and will meet weekly 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Rectory.  Cost is $25.00 for materials.  Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholicor adult Catholics wanting to receive 1st Communion or Confirmation. To register, call the office at 203-324-1553 x 0 or stop in the parish office between 9am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

FORMED: Donated by a parishioner, this is a revolutionary online platform provides access to the best Catholic audio talks, movies, e-books, and video-based studies from trusted providers like the Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press, Catholic Answers, Sophia Institute Press, and St. Paul Center– right at your fingertips, without cost. Learn more at app.formed.org/ Access Code WWT2NF.

Monsignor DiGiovanni’s new book, Armed with Faith: The Life of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, is the remarkable story of one of this country’s greatest Catholic chaplains, who died heroically in Vietnam in 1967 and is now on the road to sainthood. The book is on sale in the Basilica Bookstore and on Amazon.com, in print and Kindle editions: https://www.amazon.com/Armed-Faith-Father-Vincent-Capodanno/dp/1983237175

Diocesan Revised Liturgical Norms- For the next several weeks, we will be distributing catechetical materials related to the celebration of Mass in the Diocese of Bridgeport. These articles will precede the promulgation by Bishop Caggiano of the Revised Liturgical Norms on the first Sunday of Advent. To learn more about the norms, please visit www.formationreimagined.org.  In the meantime, please be sure to take home a copy of this week’s article in the back of the Church.

Mater Salvatoris- is an Independent Catholic College-Preparatory School for girls, Coed in PreK and K, under the direction of the Sisters of the Company of the Savior. They provide a faithful Catholic Education, committed to educating the whole person. Currently enrolling from PK3 through 2nd Grade for 2019-2020 school year, and will expand by one grade level each year up to Grade 12. Join them for their Open House next Saturday, November 17th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 403 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT. Call them at (203) 489.0977 or visit them at stamford.matersalvatoris.org.

Weekly Sunday collection: 

Sunday         November 4, 2018           $ 15,374.51
Sunday         November 5, 2017           $ 15,041.90

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

November 18th Sunday ReadingsDN 12:1-3; HEB 10:11-14, 18; MK 13:24-32

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

Police: 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 Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department and our military women and men who protect our nation..

Birthright: seeks volunteers: Support women to bring their babies to term, providing pregnancy tests, connecting women with medical, financial, legal and other resources.  Flexible schedules; training provided. They are in need of maternity and baby clothes, all sizes and seasons. Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-895-3554 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information.

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

Virtual Tour of the Basilica: Click on the parish website  www.stjohnsstamford.com for a virtual tour of the interior, created and donated by Jonathan Powell.

Diocesan Website- The Diocese has created a new website that outlines how the Diocese of Bridgeport is transparent and fully accountable in its policies, programs, and response to the sexual abuse of minors. The website can be found here: https://www.bridgeportdiocese.org/pledge/welcome/, and is also featured on the homepage under the tab: “Protecting Our Children.” The Diocese has also published its Diocesan Financial Accountability Report that outlines a full financial report of settlement amounts for past claims of clergy sexual abuse of minors from the establishment of the Diocese to date. The report includes the sources from where the money was obtained to settle those claims. The report can be found on the diocesan website, or on the “Pledge to Protect” webpage.

The Christmas Giving Tree: To benefit pregnant women and their families served by the Sisters of Life Visitation Mission. At Christmas the Sisters celebrate the gift of the Christ Child and every birth of a child is a renewal of this greatest gift. Thank you for helping us to celebrate! For the next four weeks, a basket will be in the back of the church. The name of a gift item is written on each tag in the Christmas basket that would benefit the woman in need. Please take a tag (or tags) and purchase the item on the tag. We will collect the unwrapped gifts in the back of the church after each Mass on the weekend of December 8th starting with the 4PM Mass on Saturday through Sunday’s 5pm Mass. PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF THE GIFTS AT THE RECTORY OR LEAVE THEM IN CHURCH.For more information. Please call Frank @ 203-975-8833 ext 3004.

JOIN THE CONVERSATIONThe Eaglet, the parish blog on our Basilica website,
www.stjohnsstamford.com/eaglet.

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

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

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

Catholic Adventures: Join Catholic young adults in their 20s and 30s for adventurous activities throughout the year. Connect with us on Facebook (Catholic Adventures) or email us at CatholicAdventuresStamford@gmail.com for more information.

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, November 28th. Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Meetings are held in Monsignor Nagle Hall on 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 job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Walking with Purpose Registration is now open: WWP reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development. We begin with the basics, knowing that we can never master the core truths; there is always greater depth to explore. We will meet Tuesday mornings in the Rectory from 9:30am-11:30am beginning on September 25th. Childcare is available. For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com 

Canned Food Drive: The Religious Education Program is sponsoring a Can Food Drive to help the hungry in our community as Thanksgiving approaches. Canned and non-perishable foods will be collected before and after each Mass on the weekend of November 10th/11th. Please place your items in the boxes in the back of the church (Please check your dates!!! Please do not bring items with expired dates). Your generosity is much appreciated.

Soulcore: Join SoulCore Leader Luisa Mendoza, to nourish body, mind & soul with SoulCore – a prayer experience that combines the prayers of the rosary with core strengthening, stretching and functional movement. No fitness level or experience required. All are welcome! Any question, email luisamendoza1611@gmail.com or visit www.soulcore.com for more information. WHEN: Thursday mornings 9:30 am, and on Saturday Dec. 8th at 9:30 a.m. WHERE: 179 Hamilton Avenue, Greenwich. Suggested donation of $10. Bring a fitness mat if you have one.

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

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, November 10, 2018
4:00    +Antoinette Di Giorgio req. Antonia Cerro and Family
Sunday, November 11, 2018
7:30      Souls in Purgatory req. Hope and Jim Jagodzinski
10:00  +Donna Stagon req. the Bottaro Family
12:00    Msgr. Thaddeus Malanowski req. Frank and Beth Carpanzano
5:00    +Ralph Branca
Monday, November 12, 2018: Saint Josaphat
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   Thomas Cycon Birthday req. Jef and Mary Spetland
Tuesday, November 13, 2018: Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
8:00   +Anna Elisha Pardo req. Lucielle Lester
12:10   Souls in Purgatory req. Josephine Languedoc
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
8:00     Stacey Kravar Birthday req. Fabiola C.
12:10 +Ann DiGiovanni
Thursday, November 15, 2018 : Saint Albert the Great
8:00   +Frank Chmielewski req. Lorraine VanLangen
12:10   Joseph Kravar Birthday req. Fabiola C.
Friday, November 16, 2018: Saint Margaret of Scotland
8:00     Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. Saint John Holy Name Society
12:10   Peter and Ziriyana Mangeni req. Andrew Mbabaali
Saturday, November 17, 2018: Saint Elizabeth of Hungary
8:00  +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Donna Stagon req. the Bottaro 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 Keri, (203-324-1553, ext 0). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

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

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

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

St. Monica Latin Patristic Reading Group: The St Monica Latin Reading Group meets on Tuesdays.  Please call St John’s Rectory, 203 324 1553, ext. 0, for more information.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
150 years ago, or so:
November 15, 1867:   “The Fourth Annual Ball of St. John’s Roman Catholic Benevolent Association will be given at Seely’s Hall, November 27th, and arrangements are being made which promises to make it exceed any of the former balls given by this Society. The object is a good one, and no doubt the treasury will be largely replenished by the proceeds. Dodworth’s band will be in attendance.”

100 years ago, or so:
November 16, 1920:  ITALIANS TO ERECT CHURCH.  “Upwards of 50 Stamford Italians met last night, at the Italian Social Institute in South Street, and took steps looking to the organization of an Italian Catholic parish in Stamford. An executive committee of five, with Joseph Carpinelli as chairman, was appointed. This committee will appoint sub-committees, and a campaign will begin at once to raise funds to purchase a lot on which to erect a church. The name proposed for the parish is Sacred Heart. A lot fronting 440 feet in Schuyler Avenue, and with a depth of 150 feet, has been offered to the men interested in the movement. The terms are reported to be very favorable. The lot is owned by Representative Schuyler Merritt and Henry K. McHarg. According to men interested in the movement, the Rt. Rev. Bishop Nilan had given his approval to the project, provided the necessary funds are raised. It is estimated that there are upwards of 2,000 Italian Catholics in Stamford.”

80 years ago, or so:
November 12, 1948:  Anchor Clubs Plan For Convention Here On November 20. “The Stamford Police and Graphic Arts Anchor Clubs will be hosts to the annual Supreme Convention of the Anchor Clubs of America here on Saturday, November 20. Delegates from Anchor Clubs established throughout the country will attend a Solemn High Mass at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church at 10:30. The Rev. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor, will welcome the clubs. The Most Rev. Henry J. O’Brien, D.D., Bishop of Hartford, has delegated the Rt. Rev. Msgr. John F. Callahan, vicar general of the diocese, to officiate. Msgr. Callahan will address the convention later in the day.”

75 years ago, or so:
November 15, 1941:  Church Music For Sunday’s Services—Thanksgiving Themes Noted. “At the 11 o’clock Mass at St. John’s Catholic Church tomorrow, the boys’ choir will sing Pro. Cor arca legam, of Continems and the Kyrie of Montani, Gloria by Refice will be sung by the choir, as will the Credo, by Biggs. The boys’ choir will sing the Offertory, Cor Jesu, by Schuttes. Howard Fagan is the organist and choir director.”

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