Bulletin for Sunday March 11, 2018

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

LENTEN NOVENA
For the Healing of Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni
To be prayed every day during the season of Lent

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,                                                                              
During the Holy Season of Lent 
You call us to a closer union with Yourself. 
Help me to prepare to celebrate
The Paschal Mystery 
With mind and heart renewed. 
Give me a spirit of loving reverence
For You, our Father, 
And of willing service to my neighbor. 
As I recall the great events
That gave us new life in Christ, 
Bring the image of Your Son
To perfection within my soul. 

This great season of grace is Your gift
To Your family to renew us in spirit. 
Give me strength to purify my heart, 
To control my desires, 
And so to serve You in freedom, 
Teach me how to live 
In this passing world with my heart set
On the world that will never end. 

I ask for the grace 
To master my sinfulness 
And conquer my pride. 
I want to show to those in need 
Your goodness to me by being kind to all. 

Through my observance of Lent, 
Help me to correct my faults 
And raise my mind to You, 
And thus grow in holiness
That I may deserve 
The reward of everlasting life. 

In Your mercy grant me through the intercession of St. Stephen, St. Michael the Archangel, St. Andrew Avellino and Ignatius Cardinal Kung this special favor: 

For the prompt and full recovery of Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni.

The days of the life-giving Death 
And glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ, 
Your Son, are approaching. 
This is the hour 
When He triumphed over Satan’s pride, 
The time when we celebrate
The great event of our Redemption. 
The Suffering and Death of Your Son 
Brought life to the whole world, 
Moving our hearts to praise Your glory. 

The power of the Cross reveals
Your judgment on this world 
And the kingship of Christ crucified. 
Father, through His love for us 
And through His Sufferings, Death and Resurrection, 
May I gain eternal life with You in heaven.  Amen.

 

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni,  Rose Marie Clarke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Rosemarie Drexel, Loretta Wallace, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, 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: Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Pasquale [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

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

Update on Msgr. DiGiovanni:  If you would like to send a card, please send it to the rectory and Fr. Vill will give it to him when he brings him daily communion. Please continue to pray the Lenten Novena for Monsignor’s healing.

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.

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 of Matterport.

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

Stations of the Cross: Each Friday during Lent at 4:00 pm in English in the Basilica.

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.

The Upper Room: For Catholics 39 years and older will next meet on March 15th  at 7:00-9:00PM at The Upper Room in Columbus Park Trattoria for “Stump the Priest Night.” Bring your questions and a friend. All are welcome.

Lenten Evening of Reflection: Sr. M. Gaudia Skass, OLM : March 12th at 7:30PM at Church of the Holy Spirit in Stamford. Sr. Gaudia Skass will give a reflection titled God’s Surprising Remedy to our Sins. More information at https://dobcalendar.bridgeportdiocese.org/event/lenten-evening-of-reflection-sr-m-gaudia-skass-olm/

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         March 3, 2018            $ 15,509.51
Sunday         March 4, 2017             $ 16,593.46

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

March 18th Sunday Readings:  2 CHR 36:14-16, 19-23 ; EPH 2:4-10; JN 3:14-21

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 tracking your contributions by check or envelope.

Lenten Plenary Indulgence: A plenary indulgence is the remission of punishment due for sin, which the Catholic Church has the authority to offer as part of Our Lord’s concession to St. Peter in the power of the keys [Matt. 16:18] to forgive sins. On Fridays during Lent, a plenary indulgence may be obtained if, after having gone to Confession and received Holy Communion, one prays the “Prayer before the Crucifix”—copies can be found at the St. Joseph side altar—and pray one Our Father or one Hail Mary for the pope. Likewise one must be free from attachment to sin.

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart.  We  meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagle Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480

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 WINTER maternity clothes (all sizes). Call 203-348-4355 or www.birthright.org if you can help.

Project Rachel- Are you or someone you know hurting from a past abortion experience? There is help and hope. Project Rachel is offering an Entering Canaan Day of Prayer and Healing on Saturday, July 14, 2018 for women who are suffering from a past abortion. Please contact 203-895-3554 or projectrachel@diobpt.org for more information and confidential registration.

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.

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

White Mass: Mass for Healthcare Professionals and All who serve the sick celebrated  on March 18th at 8:30AM by Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano at Saint Aloysius Church, New Canaan followed by Brunch at Woodway Country Club in Darien. Joseph Dutkowsky, MD KM will address “Healing Beyond Healthcare”. Tickets needed for Brunch, call 203-416-1636.

PASTA DINNER: Trinity Catholic High School is having two Lenten Pasta Dinners on March 9 and March 23 from 5:30-7:30pm in the TCHS Cafeteria. The food is catered by Columbus Park Trattoria, so it’s guaranteed to be great! Cost is $10 per person or $40 per family. Proceeds support our Summer Mission Trip to serve the poor in Hartford. Come on out and join us for a delicious meal for the whole family!

LAURALTON HALL: will host Discover Lauralton on Sunday, April 8 from 1:00-3:30pm for 5th, 6th, and 7th grade girls, and their parents.  Visit www.lauraltonhall.org/discover to register by March 28.  For further information, please call (203) 877-2786 ext. 115.

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

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

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

FLU: During this seriously dangerous flu season, we will dispense with the sign of peace during all Masses.

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.

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

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, May 2nd! No meetings March and April. 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.

Trinity Catholic School: Trinity Catholic High School is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. There will be a “Take A Look” open house on March 18th. Details at: www.trinitycatholic.org/admissions.
They will also be hosting a Clothing Drive Saturday, March 24th from 9:00AM-2:00PM.

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

Regina Caeli Academy Gala Dinner: “You’re invited to Regina Caeli Academy’s 4th Annual Gala Fundraiser on April 6th! Join us for an evening of dinner, dancing and auctions featuring the ever popular Nitro Jive Band (the swingiest little big band ever) as well as surprise performances from talented local priests! St Francis of Assisi Banquet Hall at 35 Norfield Rd in Weston from 6-11pm on April 6, 2018. Come support RCA and learn more about our growing community! We are a homeschool hybrid in the Catholic and classical traditions, providing the best of both homeschooling and traditional classroom-based education to children from Pre-K through high school.”

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, March 10, 2018
4:00     Joseph and Agnes Kung
Sunday, March 11, 2018
7:30   +Frank DelVecchio req. Glenn and Lynda Nadin
10:00 +Francesco Russo req. Sal and Marissa Docimo
12:00   For the opening of the cause of Ignatius Cardinal Kung
5:00   +Edmond Cherbonnier
Monday, March 12, 2018
8:00   +Pashko Mjeshtri req. Age
12:10 +Anne Hieronymus req. Mary and Paul Giordano
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
8:00    Michael Kravar Birthday req. Fabiola C.
12:10 +Daniel Joseph Murphy req. John and Susan Maguire
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Angela Tabone req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Thursday, March 15, 2018
8:00     Jef Spetland req. Thomas Cycon
12:10 +John and Valencia Lancaster req. Sue Kremheller
Friday, March 16, 2018
8:00   +Hien Do req. Thang Nguyen
12:10   Healing of Msgr. DiGiovanni
Saturday, March 17, 2018
8:00   +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10   Members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians

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 21). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Weddings: Couples must contact and begin meeting with one of the parish priests for at least 6 months before a hoped for wedding date at Saint John’s. Please call the parish secretary, 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. 21, for more information.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

155 years ago, or so:
March 18, 1864:  “Yesterday was St. Patrick’s day, and, contrary to the general rule, the weather was fine in the morning. Mass was celebrated and a sermon preached by Rev. Father O’Neil, in the Roman Catholic Church. A full congregation was in attendance.”

130 years ago, or so:
March 14, 1890:  “Rev. Father Cronan, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s R. C. church, Greenwich, is expected to deliver an address next Sunday at 7:30 p.m., in the St. John’s R.C. church, Stamford. The sermon will be appropriate to St. Patrick’s Eve, and there will also be musical vespers, followed by benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.”

100 years ago, or so:
March 11, 1919:   “St. Patrick’s Day is to be celebrated  by the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Final preparations were made last night, by the committee in charge, for an entertainment in St. John’s Parochial School Hall, Friday evening, March 14, at 8:30. A program consisting of music and recitations has been arranged. The speaker of the evening will be Jonas McCarthy of New Haven.”

50 years ago, or so:
March 13, 1979:  Hibernian fete set Saturday.  “General Philip Sheridan Division, Ancient Order of Hibernians, will honor St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, Saturday with a Mass at St. John’s Catholic Church on Atlantic Street and a flag-raising ceremony in Heritage Park behind the Old Town Hall. Brendan Fitzsimons, editor of The Greenwich Times, will be the speaker at the 9:30 program in the park. State House Speaker Ernest Abate will be toastmaster, and Joseph Butler will be chairman of the breakfast. Before the breakfast at the Half Way House, Mass will be concelebrated at St. John’s Catholic Church by the division’s chaplain, the Rev. William A. Nagle, with three other priests. Following the Mass, the group will gather at Heritage Park, where the tri-color flag of Ireland will be raised at 9:30 a.m. in honor of St. Patrick.”

10 years ago, or so:
March 18, 2006:  Relic adds to Irish celebration Irish-Americans honored at St. Patrick’s Day Mass.  “The shrill call of bagpipes resounded off the arches and stained glass at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church as a procession of worshippers clad in green headed down the aisle yesterday morning. Near the altar, a small green candle flickered in front of a monstrance containing a tiny bone relic of the 5th century man celebrated as the embodiment of Irish-Catholic pride: St. Patrick himself. Along with St. Patrick, the Mass celebrated two local Irish-Americans: Msgr. William A. Nagle, chaplain emeritus of the Hibernians and Phyllis Doonan, a native or Leitrim, Ireland and a 38 year Stamford resident.”

 

Bulletin for Sunday March 4, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday March 4, 2018

LENTEN NOVENA
For the Healing of Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni
To be prayed every day during the season of Lent

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
During the Holy Season of Lent
You call us to a closer union with Yourself.
Help me to prepare to celebrate
The Paschal Mystery
With mind and heart renewed.
Give me a spirit of loving reverence
For You, our Father,
And of willing service to my neighbor.
As I recall the great events
That gave us new life in Christ,
Bring the image of Your Son
To perfection within my soul. 


This great season of grace is Your gift
To Your family to renew us in spirit.
Give me strength to purify my heart,
To control my desires,
And so to serve You in freedom,
Teach me how to live
In this passing world with my heart set
On the world that will never end.

I ask for the grace
To master my sinfulness
And conquer my pride.
I want to show to those in need
Your goodness to me by being kind to all.

Through my observance of Lent,
Help me to correct my faults
And raise my mind to You,
And thus grow in holiness
That I may deserve
The reward of everlasting life. 

In Your mercy grant me through the intercession of St. Stephen, St. Michael the Archangel, St. Andrew Avellino and Ignatius Cardinal Kung this special favor:

For the prompt and full recovery of Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni.

The days of the life-giving Death
And glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ,
Your Son, are approaching.
This is the hour
When He triumphed over Satan’s pride,
The time when we celebrate
The great event of our Redemption.
The Suffering and Death of Your Son
Brought life to the whole world,
Moving our hearts to praise Your glory. 

The power of the Cross reveals
Your judgment on this world
And the kingship of Christ crucified.
Father, through His love for us
And through His Sufferings, Death and Resurrection,
May I gain eternal life with You in heaven.  Amen.

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni,  Rose Marie Clarke, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Rosemarie Drexel, Loretta Wallace, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, 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: Ann Borkowski, Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Pasquale [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.

Banns of Marriage: III Banns: Christopher Michael Kearney and Alexis Teresa Giaquinto

Update on Msgr. DiGiovanni:  If you would like to send a card, please send it to the rectory and Fr. Vill will give it to him when he brings him daily communion. Please continue to pray the Lenten Novena for Monsignor’s healing.

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.

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 of Matterport. Thanks, Jonathon!

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

Stations of the Cross: Each Friday during Lent at 4:00 pm in English in the Basilica.

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.

The Upper Room: For Catholics 39 years and older will next meet on March 15th  at 7:00-9:00PM at The Upper Room in Columbus Park Trattoria for “Stump the Priest Night.” Bring your questions and a friend. All are welcome.

Lenten Evening of Reflection: Sr. M. Gaudia Skass, OLM : March 12th at 7:30PM at Church of the Holy Spirit in Stamford. Sr. Gaudia Skass will give a reflection titled God’s Surprising Remedy to our Sins. More information at https://dobcalendar.bridgeportdiocese.org/event/lenten-evening-of-reflection-sr-m-gaudia-skass-olm/

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         February 25,  2018    $ 15,877.28
Sunday         February 26, 2017     $ 14,029.02

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

March 11th Sunday Readings:  EX 20:1-17; 1 COR 1:22-25; JN 2:13-25

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 tracking your contributions by check or envelope.

Lenten Plenary Indulgence: A plenary indulgence is the remission of punishment due for sin, which the Catholic Church has the authority to offer as part of Our Lord’s concession to St. Peter in the power of the keys [Matt. 16:18] to forgive sins. On Fridays during Lent, a plenary indulgence may be obtained if, after having gone to Confession and received Holy Communion, one prays the “Prayer before the Crucifix”—copies can be found at the St. Joseph side altar—and pray one Our Father or one Hail Mary for the pope. Likewise one must be free from attachment to sin.

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart.  We  meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagle Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480

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 WINTER maternity clothes (all sizes). 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 203-416-1619 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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

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

White Mass: Mass for Healthcare Professionals and All who serve the sick celebrated  on March 18th at 8:30AM by Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano at Saint Aloysius Church, New Canaan followed by Brunch at Woodway Country Club in Darien. Joseph Dutkowsky, MD KM will address “Healing Beyond Healthcare”. Tickets needed for Brunch, call 203-416-1636.

Honor Roll: Congrats to the students in our parish who attend Trinity Catholic High School who have made the Honor Roll! Christina Bernard, Martina Cornacchia, Cynthia Liscek, and Czara Mangahis.

Convivio Retreat: Are you in High School? Do you want to discover why you were Made for More? Come join us March 2-4 for Convivio, a retreat held especially for YOUth at Sacred Heart University. For more information and to register follow this link http://www.convivio-us.org/registration/

PASTA DINNER: Trinity Catholic High School is having two Lenten Pasta Dinners on March 9 and March 23 from 5:30-7:30pm in the TCHS Cafeteria. The food is catered by Columbus Park Trattoria, so it’s guaranteed to be great! Cost is $10 per person or $40 per family. Proceeds support our Summer Mission Trip to serve the poor in Hartford. Come on out and join us for a delicious meal for the whole family!

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

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

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

FLU: During this seriously dangerous flu season, we will dispense with the sign of peace during all Masses.

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.

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

Job Seekers: Next meeting: Wednesday, May 2nd! No meetings March and April. 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.

Trinity Catholic School: Trinity Catholic High School is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. There will be a “Take A Look” open house on March 18th. Details at: www.trinitycatholic.org/admissions.

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

Our Lady Star of the Sea Lenten MissionMother Olga of the Sacred Heart will be leading a Lenten mission at Our Lady Star of the Sea March 5th, 6th, and 7th at 7PM. See flyers in the back of Church.

Regina Caeli Academy Gala Dinner: “You’re invited to Regina Caeli Academy’s 4th Annual Gala Fundraiser on April 6th! Join us for an evening of dinner, dancing and auctions featuring the ever popular Nitro Jive Band (the swingiest little big band ever) as well as surprise performances from talented local priests! St Francis of Assisi Banquet Hall at 35 Norfield Rd in Weston from 6-11pm on April 6, 2018. Come support RCA and learn more about our growing community! We are a homeschool hybrid in the Catholic and classical traditions, providing the best of both homeschooling and traditional classroom-based education to children from Pre-K through high school.”

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, March 3, 2018
4:00      Susan Miller req. Jagodzinski Family
Sunday, March 4, 2018
7:30    +Dorothy Wargo Birthday Remembrance req. Family
10:00    Fr. Terrence P. Walsh req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:00  +Anna Young req. family
5:00    +Edmond Cherbonnier
Monday, March 5, 2018
8:00    +Bernadette Martelli req. Jackson Family
12:10  +Raffaela Annetta req. Pugliese Family
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
8:00      Alexandra and Gertha Laurent
12:10    Healing of Msgr. DiGiovanni req. Legion of Mary
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
8:00    +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10  +Ann Cody 2nd Anniversary req. Cody Family
Thursday, March 8, 2018
8:00    +Maryvonne Dezouches req. Janine O’Connor
12:10  +Raymond Gallagher req. Bill Christiaanse
Friday, March 9, 2018
8:00    +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10  +Cornelia Szechenyi Szele and Family
Saturday, March 10, 2018
8:00      Etzner Bocicault
12:10  +Madeline Preziosi 3rd Anniversary req. Jimmy and Michelle Sagdati

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 21). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Weddings: Couples must contact and begin meeting with one of the parish priests for at least 6 months before a hoped for wedding date at Saint John’s. Please call the parish secretary, 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. 21, for more information.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

130 years ago, or so:
            March 9, 1888:  “St. John’s Cornet Band will accompany the A.O.H., on their trip to Bridgeport on the 17th inst. St. Patrick’s day will be celebrated in Stamford by an Irish drama, presented by local talent, under the auspices of St. John’s R.C. church. A boiler inspector was in town Saturday inspecting the boilers in the R. C. and Presbyterian churches. On the 17th of April, a large number of delegates from the Connecticut Total Abstinence Union will meet in convention at the rooms of St. Joseph’s T.A.B. society, and it is probably that a parade will take place at that time. Previous to the presentation of the drama “Robert Emmet” in the Town Hall, on the evening of March 17th, there will be a short parade of several of the societies whose members are connected with St. John’s R. C. church.”

100 years ago, or so:
            March 7, 1918:  IN PEACE AS WELL AS WAR. “In the course of a Lenten sermon in St. John’s Catholic Church, last night, Rev. John Corbett, S.J., told the congregation that the patriotism which causes men to give up their lives for their country and to make endless sacrifices in war-time ought not to exist in war-times alone. There is just as much necessity to be patriotic in time of peace, he said, and an outward expression of such patriotism may be made in the careful use of the ballot-by voting only for men fit to hold public office: men who put public service above the accumulation of wealth. Father Corbett incidentally reminded the congregation that the provision for chaplains in the army and navy of the United States is far from adequate. There is a bill now pending in Congress which will increase the number of chaplains. He urged the people to interest their Congressman in this bill, a measure supported by the clergy of all sects.”

85 years ago, or so:
            March 10, 1931:  MARCH COURT OF HONOR LARGEST IN HISTORY OF COUNCIL. 
“The March session of the Court of Honor of the Stamford Council Boy Scouts, which was well attended, was held last Tuesday evening, at Scout Headquarters. Scouts qualifying for First Class rank include Jon Schremp and John Comerford, Troop 22. Scouts qualifying for Second Class include Robert Mulhare, Robert Ryan, and Walter Scollard. Troop 22 scouts awarded merit badges are: Donald Reyen, Joseph Reyen, and Francis Sullivan, Bookbinding; Robert Herrgen, Chemistry; Everett Mastrich and Robert Graham, Civics; Joseph Bohannan and John Ennis, Electricity; James O’Brien, Joseph Cummings, James Carey and Patsy Sabatini, Firemanship; Henry Moransky and Joseph O’Donnell, First Aid;  Warren Simonsky, Leathercraft; James Strachan and Warren Simonsky, Pathfinding; Wm. Barney, Pioneering; Anthony Tella and Clifford Wilkshire, Swimming.”

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Father Andy or your editor would be interested in speaking with any present family members of the scouts listed above.)

Bulletin for Sunday February 25, 2018

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

Pastor’s Corner:  This column was written last week before Monsignor DiGiovanni went to the hospital. We hope you enjoy his words and continue to pray for his healing.
The Gospel for this Second Sunday of Lent relates the event known as the Transfiguration of Our Lord: Our Lord being transfigured, or glorified before his Apostles Saints Peter, James and John, on the top of Mount Tabor in the Holy Land.  Appearing to the Apostles and speaking with Christ were Moses and Elijah: the embodiment of all the teachings of the Law of God and the Prophets.
Why would Christ show Himself in His glory as God?  What was the point?  We must put this into the context of Our Lord’s public ministry.  The Transfiguration of Christ is reported in four places in the New Testament: Matthew 17: 1-9; Mark 9:29; Luke 9:28-36; the Second Letter of St. Peter, 1:10-21.  The version at Mass this Sunday is from Mark. Our Lord had begun the second part of His public ministry with His predictions of His death on the Cross.  His Apostles were nervous about His repetitious assertion that He would suffer and die by crucifixion, especially since they put their hopes in the mistaken belief that Jesus was to be a political messiah, come primarily to liberate Israel from political subjugation to the Roman Empire.  Our Lord now took His three most trusted Apostles, Saints Peter, John and James, up to the peak of Mount Tabor, and manifested to them the reality of who He is: God and man; and the presence of Moses and Elijah underscored the reason for which God had come as a man, known as Jesus: to save all mankind from slavery to sin and death, not merely to free Israel from political and military occupation.  Atop Mount Tabor, Jesus also manifested that He is the presence of the Prophets Elijah, the greatest of the Old Testament Prophets, and Moses, who received the Ten Commandments from God.  Jesus is the fulfillment of all the promises of the Old Testament, and the reason why Israel was created by God: His instrument through which the Savior of the world would come.
The Transfiguration of Our Lord speaks also to us today.  Jesus is not simply another prophet or religious teacher.  He is God, the Creator of the universe, Who became a man, and He calls us to share in His divine life and glory in Heaven, by means of the graces flowing from His Cross, that come to us primarily by means of the Church’s sacraments, established by Him.  The Cross, which Jesus repeatedly referred to, and which frightened the Apostles, is the only means by which our slavery to sin and death is ended.  We come into contact with the Cross by the Church and Her Sacraments, given us by Christ as His instruments to change our lives to become more like God here on earth, and so to share in His glory in Heaven.
During this second week of Lent, meditate on Our Lord’s generosity, and the means by which He  shares His life with us.  By taking on our human nature, He is like us in everything but sin, and by offering Himself on the Cross to pay for our sins, Jesus showed His true nature and work: He is the one and eternal God who became man so that mankind could become more like God and live forever. We can share in that glory by a life of faith and virtue, heeding the Word of God in our daily lives and allowing God to transform us through His grace of the Sacraments.
So, during Lent, our additional penances, prayer and acts of charity should be entered into for the sole purpose of setting aside our sins that attract us, so that God’s Grace might work to transform us. Christ’s glory on Mount Tabor in the Transfiguration will be ours, if we are in love with the God who became man, Jesus Our Lord, and respond to Him in faith and love, manifested in acts of charity and hope.
Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Monsignor DiGiovanni, Rose Marie Clarke, Kimberly Rice, Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Rosemarie Drexel, Loretta Wallace, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, 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: Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Pasquale [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.

Banns of Marriage: II Banns: Christopher Michael Kearney and Alexis Teresa Giaquinto

Update on Msgr. DiGiovanni: 

As announced last weekend, Msgr. DiGiovanni suffered from a stroke last Thursday and was admitted to the hospital. He is now in a rehabilitation facility and still unable to receive visitors; however, his condition continues to improve each day. We assure him of the prayers of the parishioners and encourage everyone to join us in our Lenten novena for the intention of Monsignor’s healing. The novena can be found on the pink sheet in the back of the Church.
Sincerely, Fr. Vill

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.

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 of Matterport. Thanks, Jonathon!

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

Stations of the Cross: Each Friday during Lent at 4:00 pm in English in the Basilica.

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The Upper Room: For Catholics 39 years and older will next meet on March 15th at The Upper Room in Columbus Park Trattoria for “Stump the Priest Night.” Bring your questions and a friend. All are welcome.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         February 18,  2018    $ 11,319.61
Sunday         February 19, 2017     $ 13,083.32

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

March 4th Sunday Readings:  EX 20:1-17; 1 COR 1:22-25; JN 2:13-25

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 tracking your contributions by check or envelope.

Lenten Plenary Indulgence: A plenary indulgence is the remission of punishment due for sin, which the Catholic Church has the authority to offer as part of Our Lord’s concession to St. Peter in the power of the keys [Matt. 16:18] to forgive sins. On Fridays during Lent, a plenary indulgence may be obtained if, after having gone to Confession and received Holy Communion, one prays the “Prayer before the Crucifix”—copies can be found at the St. Joseph side altar—and pray one Our Father or one Hail Mary for the pope. Likewise one must be free from attachment to sin.

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart.  We  meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagle Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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 WINTER maternity clothes (all sizes). 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 203-416-1619 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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

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

Upcoming Admissions Events at Regina Caeli: www.rcahybrid.org *Spring Open House– Saturday, March 3rd, 3-5pm. Location: 254 Danbury Road, Wilton (Located inside Wilton Baptist Church); includes a tour of our facilities, a short presentation, and time for questions and answers! Refreshments served; children are welcome! * You CAN Home School High School. A High School Information Session– Sunday, March 4th, 2-4pm. Location: Saint Lawrence Church Parish Center, 505 Shelton Ave, Shelton. RSVP with Mary Grunbok, Coordinator of Education, mgrunbok.fcc@rcahybrid.org or call (203) 701-9154. Bring your questions and get answers!

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

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

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

Lenten Mission at St. Mary’s, Greenwich: St. Mary’s Lenten Mission, “Radiant in Christ,” will be led by Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P. Shortly before his Passion, Jesus leads three of his disciples up a high mountain apart by themselves and is transfigured before them. From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard: “This is my beloved Son, listen to him.” The Lenten Mission will be conducted February 26 to March 1 at 7:30PM.

FLU: During this seriously dangerous flu season, we will dispense with the sign of peace during all Masses.

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.

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. 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. Next meeting: Wednesday, February 28th. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Trinity Catholic School: Trinity Catholic High School is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. There will be a “Take A Look” open house on March 18th. Entrance examinations will be on March 3rd. Details at: www.trinitycatholic.org/admissions.

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

Our Lady Star of the Sea Lenten Mission–  Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart will be leading a Lenten mission at Our Lady Star of the Sea March 5th, 6th, and 7th at 7PM. See flyers in the back of Church.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, February 24, 2018
4:00    +Mildred/JoAnn and Felix Fiore req. Leon Taricani
Sunday, February 25, 2018
7:30    + Deb Fallacaro req. the Bottaro Family
10:00  +Esperance Phillips req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
12:00  +Emma Segovia req. Family
5:00    + Fr. Peter M. Rinaldi, S.D.B.
Monday, February 26, 2018
8:00      Special Intentions Fiona Kolaj req. Family
12:10  +Linda Price Ingram req. Mary Long
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
8:00      Healing for Msgr. DiGiovanni
12:10  +Richard Molgano 25th Anniversary req. Paula Molgano
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
8:00    +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10  +Marcial Gloria req. Angeles Family
Thursday, March 1, 2018
8:00    +Lucia and Antonio Tana req. Leon Taricani
12:10  +Phyllis Meyer req. Gail Allen
Friday, March 2, 2018
8:00      Souls in Purgatory req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10  +Maudie Alteri req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Saturday, March 3, 2018
8:00   +Marian Murray req. Michael Fetta
12:10 +Joseph Fusaro req. Frank and Beth Carpanzano

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

Weddings: Couples must contact and begin meeting with one of the parish priests for at least 6 months before a hoped for wedding date at Saint John’s. Please call the parish secretary, 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. 21, for more information.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

145 years ago, or so:
Feb. 28, 1873:  “Washington’s Birthday was not very generally or extensively observed in this vicinity. The Post Office was closed part of the day, our local banks and a few manufacturing establishments shut down for the whole or a portion of the day. The Veterans’ Association gave the stars and strips to the breeze from the window of their club room. It was found impossible to hoist the Borough flag owing to the fact that the halyards were frozen fast. In the afternoon the Cadets of St. John’s Roman Catholic Society paraded through the principal streets, headed by an efficient and apparently well disciplined drum corps. The processionists carried the American, French, German and Irish flags, and presented a neat appearance as they marched, keeping time to the beat of the drums. In the evening the drum corps and their friends crowded the floor of the school house on Meadow street, and danced till nearly midnight.”

115 years ago, or so:
Feb. 27, 1905:   “There is to be an entertainment in Miller’s Hall, tomorrow evening and Wednesday evening, for the benefit of St. John’s R. C. Church. Tomorrow evening’s will be of literary and musical character, and Wednesday evening euchre will be played. It was first intended to have the euchre tomorrow night, but later this arrangement was altered and the euchre will take place Wednesday. An interesting program has been arranged for tomorrow evening.”

110 years ago, or so:
Feb. 28, 1907:  LONGFELLOW CENTENARY.  “The centenary of Longfellow was observed with appropriate exercises in St. John’s parochial school yesterday afternoon. The pastor, Rev. James C. O’Brien and many graduates of the school were present and all had a most delightful afternoon, devoted to readings, recitations and songs, which of course were from works of Longfellow. The work of Mary Quinn was especially good while all who took part did exceedingly well. The program was entitled “An Hour with Longfellow.””

90 years ago, or so:
March 3, 1927:  WILDCATS CAPTURE GAME FROM SCOUTS.  “Troop 22 defeated the Wildcats  last night on the St. John’s court. The final score was 30—23. Kiley led in the scoring for the Wildcats with 20 points and Hushion for the Scouts with 12.”

85 years ago, or so:
Feb. 26, 1931:  CHILDREN OF MARY.  “The Children of Mary Sodality of St. John’s Church have called a special meeting for tomorrow night which will take place in the church hall following the Lenten service. Important business will be transacted and all members of the sodality are requested to be present.”

Bulletin for Sunday February 18, 2018

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

Pastor’s Corner: What do you want from life? That is the basis of another question: What is the goal of Lent? This isn’t so arcane as you might think, because, where you fit God into your life determines not just the “what” you want from life, but the “how” by which you can achieve what you want from life. Each year we go through these Lenten 40 days; but, why? The goal is to turn our minds and hearts—our desires—in a direction that is profitable. By profitable, I mean, towards that which will make us happy. Usually, when one thinks of “desire” for something that will make us happy, we imagine the immediate satisfying of some urge or fantasy. We push God out of the way, even in our thoughts, and misconstrue the immediate satisfaction of our bodily urges or fantasies for happiness. Our true happiness comes when we do that which we were designed to do: to please God and by doing that which pleases the God who loves us, rather than by merely and temporarily satisfying our every desire. Love for God urges us to do more. St. Paul reminds us of our real status as slaves to our sins [Rom 6:15 ff]. And all the time you thought you were the boss of your own life. Silly Rabbit. . . as the cereal advert once ran. Christ offers liberation from the tyranny of sin and death, and, as an extra bonus of His love, eternal life as His co-heirs of eternity. All that, just for trying to please Him now, not merely in thought, but in deed. Continuing to sin is like insisting that you love your wife, while you continue to go out with your girl friend; you can’t insist that you love God, while continuing to sin, acting as if He didn’t exist [I John 2:3-4].
One of the Church’s most famous sinner-turned-saint, Saint Augustine, was an expert at this. He sought to “scratch every itch”, as the saying goes. For him, running after women and seeking fame and fortune were the most important things in life, because he believed he was the most important person in his life and, so, he determined that was what he’d do to be happy. He believed in God, but God was not real enough for Augustine to change the way he lived, since God was an idea and not as real as Augustine’s personal urges, fantasies and ambitions. That was Augustine’s primary error: if we don’t first treat God as God, then we treat ourselves as God, and so we tend to treat others as things, so we can use anyone, hurt anyone, cheat everyone, simply because we want whatever we want in life, and that justifies whatever we do.  We are first, and everyone else is second, because God really doesn’t exist in our lives, at least not enough to affect how we live. Or, because we’ve created an idea of God, and worship that idea instead of the true God.  Here’s Saint Augustine:
“The whole life of a believing Christian is, after all, a holy desire. What you desire, you do not yet see, but your desire enables you to be filled with seeing when the time for seeing comes. A comparison: If you want to fill a bag with something very big, you stretch the mouth of it; the object is big and the mouth small, but by stretching the mouth you make it bigger. In like manner, God expands our desire by deferring fulfillment; through desire He stretches the soul and makes it able to hold more. . . What, then, are we to do in this life where we do not yet lay hold of what we desire? St. Paul wrote, ‘I forget what is behind and stretch out to what is ahead, intent on the goal of heavenly calling,’ This is our life’s purpose: to practice desire. But we can cultivate holy desire only to the extent  that we detach our desire from the world. You are to be filled with good things from God; you must first empty yourself of evil. Suppose God wanted to fill you with honey, but you were already filled with vinegar! You must empty yourself of vinegar, be cleansed, even with laborious scrubbing, so that you may be fit to be filled with something better” [Commentary on the First Letter of John, Treatise 4].
Pope Saint Gregory the Great put it this way: “Some people are so simple that they do not know what is right. But true simplicity is marked by genuine innocence, and the non-virtuous do not have it. Simplicity is a passionate enthusiasm for what is good. . . Some people are not simple in their actions, for they seek external satisfaction rather than inner spiritual rewards. We cannot go down two roads at the same time: when we outwardly do what God commands, but harbor worldly desires. A person fully avoids evil and sin when he begins, out of love for God, to sin no more. As long as he does good only out of fear, however, he does not fully avoid evil; for we sin by the very fact that we would like to sin if we could do so without punishment” [Moralia in Job, Book 1]. The point is to get rid of the desire to sin.
Lent is the annual season during which we strive to turn our desires from satisfying ourselves in sinful pursuits and desires, and work for true happiness that comes from loving God here and now.  After we stop doing evil actions, then we can move on to stop desiring to do or dreaming of doing what is morally wrong. For sin is not just doing evil actions; a sin is knowing the doing of something is evil, and nevertheless desiring to do it, and then actually doing it. This is a question of real life actions and the real life exercise of your free will for avoiding evil and doing good. The first thing we should all do is to go to Confession, to repent of our sins, turn our hearts from sin, and receive God’s forgiveness. This is the “scrubbing” out of ourselves of the bitter residue of sin [vinegar, as Augustine says, above], so that God may fill us with honey, His very life. Try it this year: you’ll be much happier by Easter, having rid yourself of bad and sinful desires and habits, and learned to want to do good, because you love God, and you desire to please Him above everything and in everything.

Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Janet Caione, Joseph Kung, Rosemarie Drexel, Loretta Wallace, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, 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: Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Pasquale [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.

Banns of Marriage:  I Banns: Christopher Michael Kearney and Alexis Teresa Giaquinto

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.

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 of Matterport. Thanks, Jonathon!

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

Stations of the Cross: Each Friday during Lent at 4:00 pm in English in the Basilica.

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.

The Upper Room: For Catholics 39 years and older will next meet on March 15th at The Upper Room in Columbus Park Trattoria for “Stump the Priest Night.” Bring your questions and a friend. All are welcome.

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

Upcoming Admissions Events at Regina Caeli: www.rcahybrid.org *Spring Open House– Saturday, March 3rd, 3-5pm. Location: 254 Danbury Road, Wilton (Located inside Wilton Baptist Church); includes a tour of our facilities, a short presentation, and time for questions and answers! Refreshments served; children are welcome! * You CAN Home School High School. A High School Information Session– Sunday, March 4th, 2-4pm. Location: Saint Lawrence Church Parish Center, 505 Shelton Ave, Shelton. RSVP with Mary Grunbok, Coordinator of Education, mgrunbok.fcc@rcahybrid.org or call (203) 701-9154. Bring your questions and get answers!

Weekly Sunday collection: 

Sunday         February 11, 2018     $ 12,420.32
Sunday         February 12, 2017      $ 9,577.57

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

February 25th Sunday Readings:  GN 22:1-2, 9A, 10-13, 15-18; Rom 8:31B—34; MK 9:2-10

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 tracking your contributions by check or envelope.

Saint Peter: The bronze statue of Saint Peter is vested in pontifical vestments in  honor of the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter celebrated throughout the Church on February 22nd. Pray for the present Successor of Saint Peter, Pope Francis.

Lenten Plenary Indulgence: A plenary indulgence is the remission of punishment due for sin, which the Catholic Church has the authority to offer as part of Our Lord’s concession to St. Peter in the power of the keys [Matt. 16:18] to forgive sins. On Fridays during Lent, a plenary indulgence may be obtained if, after having gone to Confession and received Holy Communion, one prays the “Prayer before the Crucifix”—copies can be found at the St. Joseph side altar—and pray one Our Father or one Hail Mary for the pope. Likewise one must be free from attachment to sin.

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart.  We  meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagle Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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 WINTER maternity clothes (all sizes). 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 203-416-1619 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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

DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY:  We begin on March 7th at 7:30pm in the Rectory readingthe translation of Inferno  by Anthony Esolen, The Modern Library, New York, 2002.  The parish bookstore purchased copies and will sell them at cost to those who wish to read Dante. Feel free to purchase your own copy, however, if you prefer, retrieve  your copy of Inferno at the parish office, or wait until March 7th. Interested?, phone Msgr. DiGiovanni: 203-324-1553, ext 11.

Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form: Is offered every Friday at 2pm on the Saint Joseph Altar.

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

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

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

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

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

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call the parish 203) 324-1553, and speak with either  Msgr. DiGiovanni (ext. 11) 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.

Lenten Mission at St. Mary’s, Greenwich: St. Mary’s Lenten Mission, “Radiant in Christ,” will be led by Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P. Shortly before his Passion, Jesus leads three of his disciples up a high mountain apart by themselves and is transfigured before them. From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard: “This is my beloved Son, listen to him.” The Lenten Mission will be conducted February 26 to March 1 at 7:30PM.

FLU: During this seriously dangerous flu season, we will dispense with the sign of peace during all Masses.

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.

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. 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. Next meeting: Wednesday, February 28th. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Trinity Catholic School: Trinity Catholic High School is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. There will be a “Take A Look” open house on March 18th. Entrance examinations will be on March 3rd. Details at: www.trinitycatholic.org/admissions.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, February 17, 2018
4:00   +Angelina Canitano req. Maude Hughes and Family
Sunday, February 18, 2018
7:30   +Joseph Árpád Habsburg
10:00 +Franco Russo req. Rocco and Carmela Longo
12:00 +Sylvia Ardise req. Jimmy and Michelle Sagdati
5:00   + Fr. Peter M. Rinaldi, S.D.B.
Monday, February 19, 2018
8:00     Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +George Terenzio Birthday Remembrance req. Family
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
8:00   +Angeline Kom Simo req. Heloise Nana
12:10   Frank Carpanzano
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
8:00     Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Helen McDonald req. Lucille Lester and Family
Thursday, February 22, 2018
8:00   +Edward Hamernik 1st Anniversary req. Marion Morris & Family
12:10 +Ralph A. DePanfilis req. Eleni Sotiriou
Friday, February 23, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Barbara Freehill
Saturday, February 24, 2018
8:00   +Michael and Salvatrice Fetta req. Michael Fetta
12:10 +Domenico Iorfino req. Pugliese 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 21). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Weddings: Couples must contact and begin meeting with one of the parish priests for at least 6 months before a hoped for wedding date at Saint John’s. Please call the parish secretary, 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. 21, for more information.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

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

95 years ago, or so:
           Feb. 25, 1922:  God Bless Padre Callahan.  “It is part of the routine duties of policemen and firemen to face death in the discharge of their duties. The public expects it of them and they seldom fail to live up to the expectation. During yesterday’s destructive fire at the Richards & Co. plant, firemen and policemen went about their work with a total disregard to the possibility of their being blown into kingdom come any minute. And nobody thought much of it. But when people beheld a small, clerical-looking man, encased in rubber boots and a rubber overcoat many times too large for him, poking about among the burning cotton and the tanks of killing acid, a prayer on his lips and a pleading look in the eyes that were raised frequently toward Heaven, they were filled with wonder. The little, clerical-looking man was the Rev. Henry Callahan, curate of St. John’s Catholic Church. Father Callahan is not physical a strong man nor is he a man given to heroics. He was actuated solely by a desire to do all in his power for Hogan and Taxter-both members of his church and of a society of which he is spiritual director-and the beseeching look in his eyes simply pictured the hope and prayer in his heart that he would be able to find the boys before death claimed them, and give them the consolation of their church. Father Callahan was one of the first to arrive at the fire and he was one of the last to leave the place. All day long did he poke about among the blazing buildings and the smoldering ruins hoping against hope. At nightfall, when the last of the firemen were leaving, he sadly withdrew, offering a last prayer for the repose of the souls of the young men. Here was an example of devotion to duty that ought to impress people who scoff at religion and at men of the cloth. God bless you, Padre Callahan, is the wish of every friend of Joe Hogan and Joe Taxter today.”

 

Bulletin for Sunday February 11, 2018

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

Please pray for the sick:  Joseph Kung, Rosemarie Drexel, Loretta Wallace, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Art Reynolds, Lena Cocchia, Pasquale [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.

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.

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 of Matterport. Thanks, Jonathon!

Save the Dates

ASH WEDNESDAY: February 14th. Ash Wednesday is NOT a holy day of obligation. Ashes will be given  IN THE BASILICA during the 8 am and 12:10 pm Masses that day; AND in the Basilica at 7 am, 1pm  and 7:00 pm, without any ceremony.

ASHES WILL NOT BE GIVEN OUT AT THE RECTORY.

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

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Stations of the Cross: Each Friday during Lent at 4:00 pm in English in the Basilica.

A Day with Mary:  On Saturday, February 17, 2018, 8:45AM until 3:00PM at the Basilica of St. John This is a  Marian Eucharistic Day Retreat with the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. There is no charge. Please bring a bag lunch and call 475-529-6605 if there is inclement weather.

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.

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         February 4, 2018        $ 14,061.35
Sunday         February 5, 2017        $ 14,264.75

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

February 18th Sunday Readings:  Gen 9:8-15; 1Pet 3:18-22; Mk 1:12-15

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 tracking your contributions by check or envelope.

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart.  We  meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagle Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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 WINTER maternity clothes (all sizes). 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 203-416-1619 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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

Wine Tasting Young Adult Event: On Tuesday evening, Feb 13th from 6:30PM until 7:30PM in Nagle Hall, wine authority and St. John’s parishioner, Nicholas Troilo will lead our first Wine Tasting Experience – don’t Be A Goat!  You’ll learn how to sniff, swirl, sip, and spit like a wine pro. We’ll taste six different wines and you’ll learn how to detect the aromas of honey, cloves, black olive or wet dog in the best of wines. The cost of the evening is $30 of which $20 will go directly to helping complete a water pipeline in Beliti, Ethiopia. You’ll learn more about that amazing project while tasting and learning about wine. Join us to turn wine into water! Why are we calling this Wine Tasting experience – don’t Be a Goat?  Read Matthew: 25  31-35.

DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY:  We begin on March 7th at 7:30pm in the Rectory readingthe translation of Inferno  by Anthony Esolen, The Modern Library, New York, 2002.  The parish bookstore purchased copies and will sell them at cost to those who wish to read Dante. Feel free to purchase your own copy, however, if you prefer, retrieve  your copy of Inferno at the parish office, or wait until March 7th. Interested?, please phone Msgr. DiGiovanni: 203-324-1553, ext 11.

Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form: Is offered every Friday at 2pm on the Saint Joseph Altar.

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

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

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

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

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

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call the parish 203) 324-1553, and speak with either  Msgr. DiGiovanni (ext. 11) 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.

Lenten Mission at St. Mary’s, Greenwich: St. Mary’s Lenten Mission, “Radiant in Christ,” will be led by Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P. Shortly before his Passion, Jesus leads three of his disciples up a high mountain apart by themselves and is transfigured before them. From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard: “This is my beloved Son, listen to him.” The Lenten Mission will be conducted February 26 to March 1 at 7:30PM.

FLU: During this seriously dangerous flu season, we will dispense with the sign of peace during all Masses.

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.

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. 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. Next meeting: Wednesday, February 28th. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Open House at Regina Caeli Academy – March 3rd, 2018 at 3:00 pm, Wilton Baptist Church, 254 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897.RCA is a hybrid academy, serving students in grades Preschool-12th grade in the Catholic tradition. RCA provides fully accredited academic and extracurricular classes for homeschoolers. Students attend classes using the Socratic method two days per week and are home schooled the remaining days. For more information visit www.rcahybrid.org or call Mary Grunbok, Center Coordinator of Education at (203) 701-9154. We look forward to welcoming you to RCA!

Trinity Catholic School: Trinity Catholic High School is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. There will be a “Take A Look” open house on March 18th. Entrance examinations will be on March 3rd. Details at: www.trinitycatholic.org/admissions.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, February 10, 2018
4:00     Joan Baldwin req. Jagodzinski Family
Sunday, February 11, 2108
7:30  +Rosina and Dante Spagnoli req. Family
10:00 +Feroze Aslam req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
12:00 +Aniello Preziosi Birthday Remembrance req. Marion Morris and Family
5:00   + Fr. Peter M. Rinaldi, S.D.B.
Monday, February 12, 2018
8:00      Thanksgiving to God for Blessings Received req. Dionysia Oliveira
12:10  +Stella Fox req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
8:00   +Michelle Seifert req. Dalton Family
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk families
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Homero Ribadeneira req. Family
Thursday, February 15, 2018
8:00   +Chris Sabia req. Jacqueline Wetenhall
12:10 +John Dalton req. Dalton Family
Friday, February 16, 2018
8:00   +Norma Rivera req. Evelyn and Mike Colón
12:10   Special Intentions Nicholas DeVito req. Barbara Bayne
Saturday, February 17, 2018
8:00   +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Dennis Runde req. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Irving

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 21). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Weddings: Couples must contact and begin meeting with one of the parish priests for at least 6 months before a hoped for wedding date at Saint John’s. Please call the parish secretary, 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. 21, for more information.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
145 years ago, or so:
Feb. 14, 1873: Our Schools. “Letter to the Editor: The annual enumeration of children of school age belonging to the town has just been completed, and I think the following abstract of the returns may be of interest to your readers. The number of children between the ages of four and sixteen found was 2,369. A full statement for each of the old school districts would take too much of your space, but I venture to give some data enumerating in each the number between 7 and 15, the most important period for school purposes, and the number between those ages in “no school” during the year. For the “Green” district, of the 695 total children, 443 were between the ages of 7 and 15. The Green district has the largest number enumerated of the districts. Of these, 289 have attended the public schools for a time within the year: 217 have attended that supported by the Roman Catholic church on Meadow street.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: The “Green” district was the predominant Irish Catholic district.)

100 years ago, or so:
Feb. 18, 19014:  THE OLD SINGING SCHOOL.  “One of the finest musical entertainments of the season is expected tomorrow evening, when the choir of St. John’s Catholic Church presents “A Singing School of Ye Olden Time,” in the Parochial School Hall. The entertainment will be repeated on Friday evening. The list of those who are to sing or furnish music includes a number of local celebrities, and the program is well arranged. The affair is given to defray some of the expenses of the church. Miss Margaret Kennedy, organist of the church, will direct the entertainment, and her valuable assistance in coaching the performers has materially assisted in the preparations. A pretty program has been prepared and those who obtain it are requested to pay heed to the line which reads: “People are forbidden to take naps during ye concert.”

80 years ago, or so:
Feb. 16, 1938:   “Catholic Action” Speaker’s Subject As Sodality Meets. “Miss Marteli Benziger of Stamford, author and current events commentator, was the principal speaker at the meeting of the Senior Division, Children of Mary Sodality, St. John’s Church, Monday evening. Speaking on Catholic Action, Miss Benziger revealed many interesting angles of work being done in Europe and America, especially by younger people. Due to the changing times, she recommended that all should adopt their point of view to the needs and requirements and try to keep step with modern conditions. In quoting Cardinal Hayes on this point, Miss Benziger mentioned how he found it necessary to readjust himself to new demands made on him by the quick tempo of the present day. The speaker urged the girls to group together and do something constructive as there were other duties and responsibilities beside those to oneself.”

Bulletin for Sunday February 04, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday February 04, 2018
Pastor’s Corner: The border between Spain and France is one of misty mountain heights, mystic shrines of local gothic design, and winding roads following ancient paths of shepherds and pilgrims. It is a place of rugged beauty and mystery, and it is here that the climactic battle in the Chanson de Roland takes place: that 11th century epic poetic narrative of the fabled exploits and heroic death of the greatest of Charlemagne’s knights, Roland, during the Battle of Roncevalles in 778 A.D. The battle was real; the story myth. The ideal of French manhood, Roland is the perfect warrior, possessed of the best steed, the greatest strength and courage, whose loyalty and potent sword were legendary, and who was true to his liege lord, Charlemagne, the greatest of European princes. This was pure myth, of course, but it thrilled the 11th century imagination.
The young Bernadette Soubirous knew nothing of Roland. Uneducated, impoverished and sickly, she never entered the realm of mid-19th century scholars or of the privileged, ruling classes of Third Empire of France. The movers and shakers of culture, politics, industry and society in what is today France and Germany, resurrected and propagated myths of  national heroes and heroines. Set to prose, poetry and opera, these legends became potent cultural props for growing nationalistic sentiments and industrialized arms races that would blossom in the early 20th century in World War I. God was merely another prop to their burgeoning nationalism and the making of fortunes, led by men of far-reaching and vast vision. So they said about themselves. Yet, it was their self-interest, delusions, lust for power and wealth that were epic, and led to the deaths of millions and the destruction of Europe.
But not for Bernadette, who was pressed down by the tedious worries of daily practicalities, without which there was no survival during the bitter winters of Lourdes, a nothing town in a primitive part of southern France near the border with Spain at the base of the Pyrenees where Roland had marched. In pursuit of her daily chores on February 11, 1858, Bernadette saw a small young lady. Bernadette’s sister, Toinette and a friend were there, but saw no one. Bernadette returned, carrying holy water,  just in case the vision was from the Evil One. After sprinkling the site with holy water, the lady merely smiled, yet still said nothing. During the subsequent visits, the lady told her that she was “The Immaculate Conception”, a title recently defined by Pope Pius IX, yet unknown to the illiterate peasant girl. Bernadette was also told to drink from a spring nearby. Not seeing a spring, the girl began to dig in the mud, until finally water began bubbling up—today, more than 32,000 gallons of water bubble up daily from the original spring near the Grotto. As rumors of  the visions began, people from neighboring villages arrived: 30 on February 20th, 100, the next day, 150 on February 23rd and more than 800 on February 27th.  Since the tiny village was being overrun by strangers, the local police and anti-clerical mayor became involved, pressuring the family to stop Bernadette. On March 1st, more than 1,500 people were present, and witnessed the first miraculous cure: a local woman, Catherine Latapie, suffering from a paralyzed arm from birth, bathed in the spring water and her arm was restored.  On June 8th, the mayor barricaded the Grotto, and placed armed guards around the area. Bernadette knelt and prayed outside the barricades as Our Lady appeared to her for the last time.
The message of Our Lady of Lourdes is a simple one: do not forget Her Divine Son, obey the Ten Commandments, and love God.  Not precisely the message Emperor Napoleon III wanted to hear, as he worked for Empire by the most disgraceful means of the day, along with King Victor Emmanuel and Prince Von Bismarck. If one forgets God, and everything we hold important crumbles to dust—as would be seen in the Franco-Prussian War and the unification of Italy in 1870; the outbreak of World War I in 1914; the Russian Revolution of 1917; the collapse of Europe in 1918, and the tragic aftermath and the development of Fascism, Nazism and Communism after World War I and the Cold War. An entire world swept away, the effects of which remain today, as we continue to forget God and busy ourselves with ourselves.            February 11th is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Let’s remember that day—just one more during which God reminds us that we are important only in the eyes of God; and, when we forget that, we become props to movements, governments, marketing, political parties, schemes and fads, that hold us valuable only as consumers of popular ideas and commodities. God knows we are more: His sons and daughters, and He hopes we will one day realize that, as well.
Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick:  Rosemarie Drexel, Loretta Wallace, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Mary Duffy, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Lena Cocchia, Pasquale [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.

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.

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

Save the dates

ASH WEDNESDAY: Ash Wednesday is NOT a holy day of obligation. Ashes will be given IN THE BASILICA during the 8 am and 12:10 pm Masses that day; AND in the Basilica at 7 am, 1pm  and 7:00 pm, without any ceremony.

ASHES WILL NOT BE GIVEN OUT AT THE RECTORY.

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

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Stations of the Cross: Each Friday during Lent at 4:00 pm in English in the Basilica.

Lenten Mission at St. Mary’s, Greenwich: St. Mary’s Lenten Mission, “Radiant in Christ,” will be led by Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P. Shortly before his Passion, Jesus leads three of his disciples up a high mountain apart by themselves and is transfigured before them. From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard: “This is my beloved Son, listen to him.” In this Lenten Mission, we will imitate those disciples by taking time to remain with Jesus, basking in the glow of his Divine radiance. Contemplating the mysteries of Christ’s revelation, we will recall how we have been transformed by his light and explore how we can reflect his light more clearly in our families and communities. The Lenten Mission will be conducted February 26 to March 1 at 7:30PM.

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Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         January 28, 2018                    $ 13,019.15
Sunday         January 29, 2017                    $ 12,429.87

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

February 11th Sunday Readings:  LV 13:1-2, 44-46; 1 Cor 10:31-11:1; MK 1:40-45

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 tracking your contributions by check or envelope.

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart.  We  meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagle Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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 WINTER maternity clothes (all sizes). 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 203-416-1619 or projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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

DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY:  We begin on March 7th at 7:30pm in the Rectory readingthe translation of Inferno  by Anthony Esolen, The Modern Library, New York, 2002.  The parish bookstore purchased copies and will sell them at cost to those who wish to read Dante. Feel free to purchase your own copy, however, if you prefer, retrieve  your copy of Inferno at the parish office, or wait until March 7th. If anyone is interested in joining us, please phone Msgr. DiGiovanni: 203-324-1553, ext 11.

Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form: Is offered every Friday at 2pm on the Saint Joseph Altar.

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

Trinity Catholic School: Trinity Catholic High School is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. There will be a “Take A Look” open house on March 18th. Entrance examinations will be on March 3rd. Details at: www.trinitycatholic.org/admissions.

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

Wine Tasting Young Adult Event: On Tuesday evening, Feb 13th from 6:30PM until 7:30PM in Nagle Hall, wine authority and St. John’s parishioner, Nicholas Troilo will lead our first Wine Tasting Experience – don’t Be A Goat.  You’ll learn how to sniff, swirl, sip, and spit like a wine pro. We’ll taste six different wines and you’ll learn how to detect the aromas of honey, cloves, black olive or wet dog in the best of wines. The cost of the evening is $30 of which $20 will go directly to helping complete a water pipeline in Beliti, Ethiopia. You’ll learn more about that amazing project while tasting and learning about wine. Why are we calling this Wine Tasting experience – don’t Be a Goat?  Read Matthew: 25  31-35

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

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

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

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call the parish 203) 324-1553, and speak with either  Msgr. DiGiovanni (ext. 11) 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.

A Day with Mary:  On Saturday, February 17, 2018, 8:45AM until 3:00PM at the Basilica of St. John This is a  Marian Eucharistic Day Retreat with the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. There is no charge. Please bring a bag lunch and call 475-529-6605 if there is inclement weather.

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.

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. 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. Next meeting: Wednesday, February 28th. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Men’s Night of Reflection @ 7pm, St Bridget on Tuesday, Feb 6.: Men, please join us to hear Fr. Ed McAuley present a Lenten inspiration – “Return to me with your whole heart”. 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

Open House at Regina Caeli Academy – March 3rd, 2018 at 3:00 pm, Wilton Baptist Church, 254 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897.RCA is a hybrid academy, serving students in grades Preschool-12th grade in the Catholic tradition. RCA provides fully accredited academic and extracurricular classes for homeschoolers. Students attend classes using the Socratic method two days per week and are home schooled the remaining days. For more information visit www.rcahybrid.org or call Mary Grunbok, Center Coordinator of Education at (203) 701-9154. We look forward to welcoming you to RCA!

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, February 3, 2018
4:00    +Vito and Josephine Melfi req. Joseph Melfi
Sunday, February 4, 2018
7:30    +Kevin Nadin req. Glenn and Lynda Nadin
10:00  +Edwich Joseph req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:00  +Sylvia Ardise 1st Anniversary req. Marion, Bill and Richard Morris
5:00    +Fr. Peter M. Rinaldi, S.D.B.
Monday, February 5, 2018
8:00      Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
12:10 +Betsy Doran req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
8:00      Alexandra and Gertha Laurent
12:10 +Linda Price Ingram req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Lena Cocchia req. priests of the parish
Thursday, February 8, 2018
8:00   +Patricia Amman req. Melanie Szlucha
12:10 +William F. DeLeo req. Rivera Family
Friday, February 9, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Feroze Aslam req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
Saturday, February 10, 2018
8:00   +Vito Longo Birthday Remembrance req. Millie
12:10 +Domenico Iorfino req. Pugliese 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 21). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Weddings: Couples must contact and begin meeting with one of the parish priests for at least 6 months before a hoped for wedding date at Saint John’s. Please call the parish secretary, 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. 21, for more information.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
130 years ago, or so:
Feb. 8, 1889: Wedding at St. John’s R. C. Church. “Last Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock, the Catholic church held a very large audience, assembled to witness the marriage of Miss Minnie L. McClean to Mr. Thomas F. Stark. Solemn High Nuptial Mass was celebrated by Rev. James P. Ryle, of St. Patrick’s church, New Haven. Rev. James Lawless was deacon and Rev. R. Carroll, sub-deacon. The master of ceremonies was Mr. P. H. McClean, brother of the bride; groomsman, Mr. James F. McClean, twin brother of the bride; bridesmaid, Miss Julia A. Stark, sister of the groom.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Fathers Ryle and Lawless, and Mr. Peter McClean, later Monsignor McClean, were all vocations from St. John’s)

110 years ago, or so:
Feb. 11, 1907:  “The usual Lenten devotions will be held this year in St. John’s R. C. church, commencing Ash-Wednesday, with the customary distribution of ashes, which will  be done at services held at 8 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. There will be a Mass every morning at 8 and services every Wednesday and Friday evening.”

90 years ago, or so:
Feb. 10, 1927: RECEPTION TONIGHT FOR THE REV. HENRY M. CALLAHAN. “The Rev. Henry M. Callahan, curate of St. John’s Catholic Church, will be the guest of honor tonight at a reception to be given him by the parishioners of his church on the tenth anniversary of his mission here. The reception will be held in St. John’s School hall and will start at 8 o’clock. An entertainment is planned and there will be several speakers. The Musicians’ Union will send a 20 piece orchestra, which will play for dancing and also render several concert numbers. The public is invited, admission is free.”

55 years ago, or so:
Feb. 5, 1962: Parvuli Dei Pins Presented. “Thirty Catholic Cub Scouts received the Parvuli Dei award Sunday afternoon in ceremonies at Holy Name church. The awards were presented through the Catholic Committee on Scouting of the Alfred W. Dater Council, Boy Scouts of America. Award recipients included John Y. Connolly of Troop 22, St. John’s Catholic Church.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Doctor, and Eagle Scout, John Y. Connolly is presently a practicing physician in Maine.)

45 years ago, or so:
Feb. 11, 1975:  “Observances of the 40 days of Lent will begin Wednesday when area churches hold traditional services. At. St. John’s Catholic Church, Masses will be celebrated at 7:30 a.m., noon and 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Ashes will be distributed at St. John’s after each Mass. The Lenten theme at St. John’s this year is “Fasting for Hunger” to enable the congregation to help the hungry of the world.”

 

Bulletin for Sunday January 28, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday January 28, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:  February 2nd is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, also known as Candlemas.  The celebration recalls the historical event when, in obedience to the precepts of the Law of Moses (Exodus 13:1-3; Leviticus 12:1-8) the Blessed Mother presented her first born son in the Temple in Jerusalem 40 days after His birth.  It also recalls the mystical fact that Christ is the final sacrifice who brings about the salvation of the world, and that He comes to us daily in every Catholic Church where Mass is offered and the Eucharist received.
The earliest record of this celebration comes from the 5th century, as recorded by a Spanish lady named Egeria in her Diary of a “Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.” The Mass celebrated in Jerusalem recalled the historical presentation of Jesus in the Temple, while the procession with lighted candles referred to the mystical reality of who this Child is, and what His life and death would mean for the history and salvation of the world. By the 5th century it was already a very developed ceremony, as described by Egeria, which suggests that the ceremony was already an ancient one in Jerusalem by the time Egeria visited. It is an ancient celebration by the early Church because the feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple—Candlemas—speaks of the deepest reality of Christ, which is the basis of our ancient Catholic Faith and the basis of His Catholic Church.
Throughout the Old Testament, all the prophets spoke of the coming of the Savior. And as Jesus was presented in the Temple, as recounted in the Gospel of Luke 2: 21-40, two further prophecies are fulfilled: that of the venerable Simeon, who had been promised by God not to see death until he had first seen the Savior; and that of the prophetess Anna, who recognized the Savior as the incarnation of the generous God of Israel.  The Blessed Mother presented Her Son in observance of  the Old Law of Moses, but it also prefigured the work of Jesus by joining Jesus’ future sacrifice on the Cross to the prophetic words and sacrifices of the Old Law of Israel.  She presents Jesus to the Eternal Father, who will accept the sacrifice of His Son on the Cross to pay for human sin.  This feast day is the link between Christmas—God becoming man in the flesh—and Good Friday/Easter—that same Son of God dying in the flesh as the ultimate payment for human sin, to rescue us from eternal death. The reason why the Eternal Son, Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, took human flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mother was in order to offer on the Cross the humanity that was intimately joined to His divinity as the ultimate sacrifice, to pay for the sins of the world.  He took our punishment for our wrongs. And He could do this because Jesus is both God and man. If Jesus were only a man, his death would have no more effect than that of other men. But, since He is also God, his death has power to defeat Satan and death. If Christ had not taught anything, had He not healed or fed anyone, had  He done nothing other than offer Himself on the Cross, then His work would have been perfect.  Yet, in the generosity of the Father, Christ’s work also included His deeper revelation of the identity of God and our own identity and reason for existence to know and love and serve God, and how we should respond to Him in our daily lives.
On February 2nd, then, the Church blesses candles in honor of this historical and mystical event and reality. All candles used during the year in church are blessed on February 2nd, as well as candles for the faithful to bring home.  Each candle represents Christ, whose light illumines the world with the Truth about God and about mankind. The candle is also a sign of our faith in Christ, shining in the darkness and sin of the world. We are to imitate Christ in His obedience and love for the Father, and imitate Our Lady in her humility, obeying the Law of God by co-operating with the loving plan of God by which she conceived in her womb by the power of the Holy Spirit, and then further expressed her obedience to God’s will by presenting Her Son in the Temple: the sacrifice God Himself provided for our salvation.  We are to imitate Mary and Her son in our lives of virtue.  Our Lord told His Apostles, “You are the light of the world.”  The candles blessed today represent Christ in our daily lives.  We should let Christ shine to the world by means of our lives of  virtue and holiness; especially by our charity and mutual forgiveness, striving to please God by our daily deeds.
The custom has arisen through the centuries of blessing throats on Saint Blaise day, February 3rd.  St. Blaise, a Catholic bishop, saved a child from choking while both were imprisoned because of their Catholic faith, during a persecution in the 4th century.  He is the saint to pray for healing of ailments of the throat.  We bless throats using two candles blessed on February 2nd–they represent Christ–and the candles are held to form a Cross, and placed on the throat of the person being blessed.  The prayer recited by the priest is “Through the intercession of Saint Blaise, bishop and martyr, may you be delivered from all diseases of the throat and from every other evil, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”  It is the power of Christ and His Cross, by the intercession of Saint Blaise, that is invoked to heal us from the evil of illness on February 3rd. But, Saint Blaise does exactly what all the saints do: they pray for us daily in Heaven before the throne of God, for both they and we are members of the One Church founded by Our Lord, called Catholic since the end of the 1st century. There is something so very good that we share with the Saints, the Blessed Mother: it begins with a shared faith and shared sacraments, and matures to a shared love for God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—who share their lives with us through the Church.
—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Loretta Wallace, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Mary Duffy, Louise Morello, Joanne Santarsiero, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Maria Izurieta, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung.

Please pray for those who have recently died: 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, Ralph Dante Puzzuoli, Sr., James Tarzia, Sr., Antonietta Cerone, Mary A. Gaine, Grace Steele, Benita Rebula, Sylvia Iannazzi, Anne Hieronymus, Julia Fabrizio, Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk, Susanne and Suzanne DePreta.

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

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.

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

Save the date
Faith on Tap will be Tuesday, January 30th from 7-9pm at Murphy’s Townhouse. The topic is Living Evangelical Poverty in a world of Materialism by Fr. Stephen CFR;
Upper Room will be on  Wednesday, February 7th from 7-9pm in Nagle Hall to discuss the parish Rectory project.

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.

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

LENT begins on February 14th, ASH WEDNESDAY: Ash Wednesday is NOT a holy day of obligation. Ashes will be given  IN THE BASILICA during the 8 am and 12:10 pm Masses that day; AND in the Basilica at 7 am, 1pm  and 7:00 pm, without any ceremony.

ASHES WILL NOT BE GIVEN OUT AT THE RECTORY.

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

Stations of the Cross: Each Friday during Lent at 4:00 pm in English in the Basilica.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         January 21, 2018                    $ 12,734.12
Sunday         January 22, 2017                    $ 16,272.12

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

February 4th Sunday Readings:  Dt 18:15-20, 1 Cor 7:32-35, Mk 1: 21-28

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 tracking your contributions by check or envelope.

February 2: Candles will be blessed and distributed during the 12:10 Mass. All are welcome.
February 3: Throats will be blessed on the Feast of St. Blaise after the 8 am and 12:10 pm Masses.

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart.  We  meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagle Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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 WINTER maternity clothes (all sizes). 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 203-416-1619 or  projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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

DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY:  We begin on March 7th at 7:30pm in the Rectory readingthe translation of Inferno  by Anthony Esolen, The Modern Library, New York, 2002.  The parish bookstore purchased copies and will sell them at cost to those who wish to read Dante. Feel free to purchase your own copy, however, if you prefer, retrieve  your copy of Inferno at the parish office, or wait until March 7th. If anyone is interested in joining us, please phone Msgr. DiGiovanni: 203-324-1553, ext 11.

Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form: Is offered every Friday at 2pm on the Saint Joseph Altar.

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

Trinity Catholic School: Trinity Catholic High School is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. There will be a “Take A Look” open house on Tuesday, January 30th & March 18th. Entrance examinations will be on February 2nd & March 3rd. Details at: www.trinitycatholic.org/admissions.

Greenwich Catholic School: invites families interested in Kindergarten through Grade 8 to visit their beautiful 38-acre campus at 471 North Street, Greenwich, during one of our Open Houses: Sunday, January 28th at 12 PM for families interested in grades K-5; Thursday, February 1st at 6:30 PM for families interested in grades 6-8. For more information and to RSVP please visit gcsct.org/openhouse.​

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

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

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

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call the parish 203) 324-1553, and speak with either  Msgr. DiGiovanni (ext. 11) 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.

A Day with Mary:  On Saturday, February 17, 2018, 8:45AM until 3:00PM at the Basilica of St. John This is a  Marian Eucharistic Day Retreat with the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. There is no charge. Please bring a bag lunch and call 475-529-6605 if there is inclement weather.

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.

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. 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. Next meeting: Wednesday, February 28th. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

Men’s Night of Reflection @ 7pm, St Bridget on Tuesday, Feb 6.: Men, please join us to hear Fr. Ed McAuley present a Lenten inspiration – “Return to me with your whole heart”. 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

Open House at Regina Caeli Academy – March 3rd, 2018 at 3:00 pm, Wilton Baptist Church, 254 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897.RCA is a hybrid academy, serving students in grades Preschool-12th grade in the Catholic tradition. RCA provides fully accredited academic and extracurricular classes for homeschoolers. Students attend classes using the Socratic method two days per week and are home schooled the remaining days. For more information visit www.rcahybrid.org or call Mary Grunbok, Center Coordinator of Education at (203) 701-9154. We look forward to welcoming you to RCA!

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, January 27, 2018
4:00   +Eileen O’Grady Hogan req. Family
Sunday, January 28, 2018
7:30   +Frances Moriarty Kirkland req. John and Maggie Galatro
10:00   In Thanksgiving req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:00   Deceased members of the Giannitti Family
5:00   +Louise Epting
Monday, January 29, 2018
8:00   +Mr. and Mrs. Weising & Mr. and Mrs. Monaghan
12:10   Patrick Kane & Family req. estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
8:00   +William J. Conboy II req. Pearl Moss
12:10   John Bulstra req. Scholastica Nabwire
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
8:00   +Joseph Pline req. Maude Hughes and Family
12:10 +Francis Sullivan req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Thursday, February 1, 2018
8:00   +Michael and Rose Rubino req. Jim and Lori Rubino
12:10 +William M. McLean Sr. req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Friday, February 2, 2018
8:00   +Erzulia Joseph req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Walter Sutherland req. Bill Christiaanse
Saturday, February 3, 2018
8:00     Mary Coffey req. Thomas Cycon
12:10 +Lucas Salem req. Frank and Beth Carpanzano and Family

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

Weddings: Couples must contact and begin meeting with one of the parish priests for at least 6 months before a hoped for wedding date at Saint John’s. Please call the parish secretary, 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. 21, for more information.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

105 years ago, or so:
Feb. 3, 1912: BLESSING THE THROATS. “The feast of St. Blaise was observed throughout the Catholic world  today. In the local Catholic Churches it was marked by the special ceremony of the blessing of the throats of the faithful, in keeping with traditions of the early years of the Catholic Church. According to the traditions of the church, St. Blaise was the Bishop of Sebaste, Armenia, in the early part of the Fourth Century, when under  the Roman Emperor Licinius and the Roman Governor Agricola, the Christians experienced many drastic persecutions. St. Blaise’s name is included in the roster of the 14 holy martyrs, commemorated in the calendar of the church. One story is told of his relieving a lad who was choking to death with a fish bone caught in his throat. This is the most familiar, while there are many other legends depicting the prisoner as a humane and able practitioner. He was beheaded. The Catholic Church has set apart Feb. 3 as the particular date for the feast of St. Blaise. Throats were blessed in St. John’s at the Mass at 8 a.m. This afternoon, at St. John’s at 3 and this evening at 7:30, throats will also be blessed.”

100 years ago, or so:
Feb. 4, 1919:  Stamford Boy Aboard Collier Whose Fate Remains a Mystery. “One of the mysteries of the war, the fate of the U.S. Cyclops, must remain a mystery, so far as definite information goes. The Navy Department has now decided that the collier was lost in a gale, this apparently for want of a better explanation. The Cyclops has not been heard from officially since Jan. 4, 1918, although it is apparent that the boat was safe as late as Jan 28, 1918, because a letter written by Second-Class Seaman John Henry Coulter of Stamford, on that date, is in the possession of his parents. The Cyclops was then in a warm climate, probably near the West Indies or South America. Second Class Seaman Coulter, who was aboard the Cyclops,  was 19 years of age when the Cyclops was reported as missing. He had enlisted in the Navy a year earlier. At the time he entered the Navy, he was in his senior year at St. Lawrence University, Montreal, preparing for a career in the priesthood of the Catholic Church. He was a graduate of St. John’s parochial school, Stamford.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Seaman Coulter was the only military death from St. John’s parish in World War I.)

85 years ago, or so:
Feb. 2, 1932: Card Party a Success. “The card party which was given by the members of the Children of Mary of the St. John’s R.C. Church, last evening, in the St. John’s School Social Hall, was a financial success. Upward of 400 persons played bridge, euchre or pinochle and nearly 200 prizes, donations of the members, were awarded highest scores. William Troy was in charge of the games and acted as announcer. Dancing was later enjoyed and refreshments were served during the course of the evening. Miss Margaret Cherry acted as general chairman.”

Bulletin for Sunday January 21, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday January 21, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:  For the majority of mortals residing in New England, January holds little more than gray, gloomy and frigid days, annually dreaded for the seeming eternity with which their bleak hours pass.  It was never better. For example, January 26th, 1851 was just another such miserable winter’s day for the inhabitants of Stamford. Except for a handful of impoverished Catholic Irish immigrants and one travel-wearied Catholic bishop, who gathered to dedicate the wooden  clapboard chapel of Saint John the Evangelist, then located on Meadow Street—where the Mariott Hotel  stands today on Tresser Blvd.  The area was known as “Little Ireland,” itself a miserable corner of gravel pit bounded by the canal and the railroad tracks. As in all Connecticut’s Yankee colonial towns throughout, the central area of a town, usually known as “The Green”, was restricted to Protestant churches and government buildings. The “wrong side of the tracks” was the only place the anti-Catholic Yankee governments would permit Catholics to build or settle in the 19th century. The picture to the left shows the original church and convent. Notice its proximity to the railroad tracks—then on ground level. Not a very safe place for families. The Advocate is filled with notices about poor Irish immigrants walking out of church and being run over by freight trains! The dedication of the first Catholic church in Stamford merited a few lines in the local Stamford paper—on the bottom of the page, very far below the fold: “This very neat edifice which has been recently finished, on Meadow Street, in this village, was dedicated on Sunday last by appropriate ceremonies.  The services were conducted by the Right Rev. Bernard O’Riley, of Providence, R.I.”  Another news account is on page 7 of this bulletin: St. John’s in the News.
The wooden chapel measured 60 by 40 feet, and was under the jurisdiction and care of Father John C. Brady, Rector of St. Mary’s in Norwalk, who lived on Cove Road in Stamford, mid-way between both towns. Since the Catholic Church in the USA was considered “mission territory” at the time, there were no canonical parishes and no canonical pastors—just rectors of missions. It all seemed very temporary.
In mid-19th century Yankee Connecticut, Catholics were few, and priests even fewer.  Patrick Walsh, a native of Ballintaylor in Waterford, Ireland, wrote his immigrant son Michael, then living in Rochksborough [today, Roxbury Road], Stamford. In his letter of June 19, 1828, Patrick scolded his son for  not attending Mass:  “You tell me you have no Roman Catholick [sic] Priest nearer to you than New York. Nevertheless, mind your duty to God and your Master, which is the only way to forward you, here and hereafter” [Original letters in the Basilica archives]. The parish has a number of these letters between Patrick and his son Michael.
By 1851, there were about 100 Catholics in town. They were loud and insistent, having repeatedly complained to the Bishops of Hartford to impress upon him that Stamford’s tiny Catholic community meant business. They needed a church of their own with a resident priest living in Stamford who would care for their souls, not merely an occasional visit by an itinerant priest. And they got what they needed and wanted!  Stamford Catholics have always been a feisty bunch!!
A few decades later, those same two-fisted Catholic forbearers of ours were the men and women who also built our present church, assisted by the help of hundreds of other poor Catholic immigrants, whose presence swelled the Catholic community; and they  built more than just another church. They built the largest stone church in the Connecticut at the time.  Somehow, they raised the funds, and, somehow, a few more decades later, they built one of the largest schools in the city [where the parish parking lot is today], two convents, and Saint Joseph Hospital. Not bad! Those were the decades when the Church influenced the local culture by the Gospel. Now, 167 years after the dedication of the original tiny wooden clapboard chapel on Meadow Street, the same St. John’s is a Basilica—the pope’s church in Fairfield County.
So, happy anniversary of our first church dedication in 1851!  While the anniversary on the 26th of this month in the Year of Our Lord 2018 may not make your January days less dull, it should warm your hearts knowing that earlier generations of parishioners of Saint John’s so loved and cherished the same Catholic faith that we share today that they endured much to pass that faith on to us by providing God with the most beautiful church in the state.  Let’s do the likewise: it’s time to restore  and modernize the 1850 Rectory which is so much more than the priests’ house,  so we can preserve both faith and parish church for the subsequent generations of Stamford’s Catholics.

-Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Loretta Wallace, Elma Hefferna, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Mary Duffy, Louise Morello, Joanne Santarsiero, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Maria Izurieta, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung.

Please pray for those who have recently died: 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, Ralph Dante Puzzuoli, Sr., James Tarzia, Sr., Antonietta Cerone, Mary A. Gaine, Grace Steele, Benita Rebula, Sylvia Iannazzi, Anne Hieronymus, Julia Fabrizio, Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk, Susanne and Suzanne DePreta.

Church in Latin America Collection . . . Please drop your special Church in Latin America envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.

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.

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.

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

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

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 Fr. Vill at religioused@stjohnsstamford.com.

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call the parish 203) 324-1553, and speak with either  Msgr. DiGiovanni (ext. 11) 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.

Preaching to Baby Jesus: A pious practice begun by Saint Francis of Assisi: children of the parish enter the pulpit and tell Baby Jesus their thoughts and hopes. The children of our religious education program will do this each Sunday at 9 am until early February. Parents and family are welcome to attend.

DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY:  Our evening readings will begin on March 7th at 7:30pm in the Rectory. We will read a new translation of Dante:  Inferno translated by Anthony Esolen, The Modern Library, New York, 2002.  The parish bookstore will purchase a number of copies and will sell them at cost to those who wish to read Dante. Feel free to purchase your own copy, however, if you prefer. Those who have signed up can retrieve their copy of Inferno at the parish office, or wait until March 7th. If anyone is interested in joining us, please phone Msgr. DiGiovanni: 203-324-1553, ext 11.

Save the date: The next Faith on Tap will be Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 7-9pm at Murphy’s Townhouse. The topic is Living Evangelical Poverty in a world of Materialism by Fr. Stephen CFR.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         January 14, 2018                   $ 11,562.00
Sunday         January 15, 2017                   $ 11,690.74

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 28th Sunday Readings:  DT 18:15-20; 1 COR 7:32-35; MK 1:21-28

Saints’ Relics: Until February 2nd, the Feast of the Presentation,  two gilded relic towers are displayed on the high altar:
Left Relic Tower: contains the relics of Saint Constantine, a early sixth century king and martyr who worked preaching with St. Columba and was martyred in Scotland in 574 A.D.;
Right Relic Tower: contains the relics of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parents 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 tracking your contributions by check or envelope.

Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form: Is offered every Friday at 2pm on the Saint Joseph Altar.

February 2: Candles will be blessed and distributed during the 12:10 Mass. All are welcome.

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart.  We  meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagle Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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

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

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

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

Trinity Catholic School: Trinity Catholic High School is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. There will be a “Take A Look” day on Tuesday, January 30th. Also, the Open House will be held March 18th along with entrance exams on February 2nd & March 3rd. Details at: www.trinitycatholic.org/admissions.

Greenwich Catholic School: invites families interested in Kindergarten through Grade 8 to visit their beautiful 38-acre campus in the heart of Greenwich located at 471 North Street during one of our Open Houses. Open Houses will be held on Sunday, January 28th at 12 PM for families interested in grades K-5, and Thursday, February 1st at 6:30 PM for families interested in grades 6-8. For more information and to RSVP please visit gcsct.org/openhouse.​

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group will not be meeting during November and December, but please call or email Melanie Szlucha for a free 30 minute consultation. Meetings will resume in January in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. Next meeting: Wednesday, January 24th.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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. 21).

Men’s Night of Reflection @ 7pm, St Bridget on Tuesday, Feb 6. : Men, please join us to hear Fr. Ed McAuley present a Lenten inspiration – “Return to me with your whole heart”. 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

A Day with MaryOn Saturday, February 17, 2018, the Basilica of St. John’s will be hosting a FREE Marian Eucharistic Day Retreat with the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. The retreat will be from 8:45AM until 3:00PM. Please bring a bag lunch and call 475-529-6605 if there is inclement weather.

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, January 20, 2018
4:00   +Felicitas Cody 3rd Anniversary req. Cody Family
Sunday, January 21, 2018
7:30   +Frances Delaney 10th Anniversary req. Family
10:00 +Roledonne Samedi req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:00 +John Parham req. Dr. Joe McAleer
5:00   + Louise Epting
Monday, January 22, 2018
8:00   +William Rottman req. Angela and John Paul Marchetti
12:10 +Regina L. Grier req. John Pascale
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
8:00   +Louise Epting req. Dr. Joe McAleer
12:10   President Trump and Vice President Pence req. Josephine Languedoc
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
8:00     Terese Cadet req. Family
12:10 +Pericles Jean Philippe and Germaine Merisier req. Marie Florestal
Thursday, January 25, 2018
8:00   +Saverio Ferraro req. Jim and Lori Rubino
12:10 +Stacy Perry req. Erin and Chris Fisher
Friday, January 26, 2018
8:00   +Willy DeLeo req. John and Maggie Galatro
12:10 +Ann Cody Birthday req. Cody Family
Saturday, January 27, 2018
8:00     Francis Monaghan
12:10 +Michael Calomino req. his wife Marcia

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 21). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Weddings: Couples must contact and begin meeting with one of the parish priests for at least 6 months before a hoped for wedding date at Saint John’s. Please call the parish secretary, 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. 21, for more information.

St. John’s in THE NEWS:

DEDICATION OF THE ORIGINAL CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST, JANUARY 26, 1851.

THE BOSTON PILOT: February 3rd, 1851: Connecticut STAMFORD. “Mr. Editor: From a conviction of the interest which your truly Catholic paper has always taken in communicating through its columns the progress of our holy religion, I take pleasure in informing you of the dedication of our Church in Stamford, on Sunday, January 26th, by the Rt. Rev. Bishop O’Reilly.

 

The morning was beautiful and it would appear that the cross shone with more than usual luster: From an early hour in the morning the hills and valleys were literally covered over with the sons and daughters of the Emerald Isle, whose hearts and souls were overflowing with joy that the time at length arrived when they had a church to be dedicated to the service of Almighty God. This church has been commenced and completed by the indefatigable zeal of our pious and exemplary pastor, Rev. John C. Brady, with the cooperation of the whole-souled Catholics of Stamford. The Church was dedicated to Almighty God under the patronage of St. John the Evangelist, after which Confirmation was conferred on a considerable number, who were duly prepared by their Rev. Pastor; then High Mass was sung by the Pastor, and after the first Gospel the Bishop ascended the platform and preached a very eloquent and persuasive sermon on the Gospel of the day to a crowded congregation, many of whom were not of our religion, yet they were much delighted by the mild and charitable sermon. In the afternoon at Vespers he preached one of the most powerful and practicable sermons we ever heard.
On the following Tuesday he dedicated another Church, erected by the same pastor, under the patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary “St. Mary’s, Norwalk”, and administered Confirmation to those who were prepared here; he was assisted by the Rev. Mr. Lynch of Bridgeport, and Rev. Mr. Brady of Middletown. So now Mr. Editor you must think that our holy religion is flourishing rapidly along the Sound. A few years ago there was no cross erected to cheer the heart of a poor Irish emigrant coming from New York to New Haven, but now the emblem of salvation may be seen in every little village.
Yours truly, J. T. O’R.”

Bulletin for Sunday January 14, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday January 14, 2018

Pastor’s Corner: MONEY, SEX & POWER! And anyone with a television, computer, IPhone, IPad, or who might still peruse a newspaper or magazine, is bombarded with ads & stories sex, money & power daily. Not only is sex savvy marketing, it is publicly touted that everyone must have sexual relations with some one or something on a regular basis—just like regularly brushing your teeth. Those whose lives lack regular sexual activity are judged strange, and sexual abstinence and virginity, definitely antiquated, valued only by the socially non-adroit, or by the garden variety religious fanatic. Anyone can be used for anything you want: people are only things, at least in the common wisdom of the marketplace. Many may never verbally state that as real, but many state that as true by their actions—People exist to be used as things, especially if money, sex & power are involved.  The reality is otherwise: In our world, sex has been degraded; people have been debased, and, both people and sex are now simply tools to be used, to get what we want or to sell what we have.
On January 21st the Church commemorates the martyrdom of a young girl, Saint Agnes, who died during the last persecution of the Church by the Roman Empire, under the Emperor Diocletian, in 303 A.D. This year the feast day is bumped since it is a Sunday, so much more reason to highlight this young saint.
Agnes was 12 years old [marrying age in 4th century Rome], the beautiful daughter of wealthy noble parents.  While “her beauty and riches excited the young noblemen of the first families in Rome”, as Dom Alban Butler wrote in his “Lives of the Saints”, Agnes responded repeatedly that she had one spouse already: Christ, to whom she had vowed her virginity.  Frustrated in their pursuit of the girl’s wealth and beauty, these young, wealthy, socially advanced and adept young men, angered that Agnes was unwilling to satisfy their lusts for power, money or sex, reported to the governor that she was a Christian, an enemy of Rome.  Her suitors and the governor, knowing the family and the girl, thought that the mere suggestion of a trial and torture would be sufficient to frighten and wear Agnes down so she would relent and marry herself and her fortune to one of them.  Yet, to the consternation of all, neither pleasant words, nor threats nor even the sight of instruments of torture could weaken her resolve to be faithful to her Heavenly spouse.  “You may”, she said, “stain your sword with my blood, but will never be able to profane my body consecrated to Christ.”
There was more going on here than simply a young girl protecting her virtue for Christ. Like today, sex, money & power were all too often closely linked. The Emperor Diocletian put a new spin on his persecution of Catholics: Now, if a nobleman or official of the Imperial Court was found to be a practicing Christian, his fortune, lands and all possessions could be confiscated by the state, and a cut given to the person who turned the Christian in to the authorities, unless he publicly disavowed Christ.  In Agnes’ case, that meant that her personal fortune could be confiscated by the local Imperial officials, unless she broke her vow of virginity to Christ and denied her faith in public. If her suitors could not succeed in depriving her of virtue or religion, the state officials and suitors could. It was now financially and politically worthwhile to kill Christians.
The great 4th century Church Father, Saint Ambrose, continues the story,
“Was her little body really large enough to receive the sword’s thrust? She was hardly big enough to be struck, yet was great enough to overcome—and then at an age when little girls cannot bear a mother’s stern look and think a needle’s jab a mortal wound. Agnes did not tremble when in the executioner’s bloody hand nor cringe at the harsh sound of chains. She did not know yet how to die, but was ready. Dragged to the pagan altar, she extended her hands to Christ in the flames of the pagan sacrifice, and turned the sacrilegious fire into a victor’s banner. She offered her neck and hands to the fetters, but they were too large for her tiny limbs.” [On Virgins, Book 1]
Finally, Agnes was led outside the City and beheaded: she courageously bent her head, praying for her persecutors, while the executioner, terrified and trembling, dispatched her with one stroke. From the moment of her burial, her tomb became a site of pilgrimage, embellished after the Peace of the Church in 313 by the Emperor Constantine, who built a small basilica over her tomb on the Via Nomentana.
For centuries since, there, each January 21st the pope would send an archbishop as his special emissary to bless two white lambs: each crowned with red and white roses, carried into the church by twelve young girls, likewise crowned with red and white roses.  Hundreds of people crowd the small church built above Agnes’ tomb, and join in the prayers of blessing, after which the lambs are taken away [in a Vatican Mercedes!!], to the convent of Saint Cecilia across the Tiber, where, once grown, their fleece is shorn, and is woven into a number of palia:  liturgical stoles of white wool with black crosses, which are placed within the Tomb of Saint Peter in the Vatican. The Holy Father gives these to newly-named archbishops on June 29th, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, as a sign that their authority comes from Peter through his successor the Pope, and that apostolic authority to preach and teach is linked with the virtue in personal life, both symbolized by the wool of the lambs blessed at the tomb of Saint Agnes. Virtue and Faith: essentially linked.  Saint John, our parish patron, relates how highly virginity for Christ was held in the early Church: in the Book of Revelation, virgins are the companions of the Lamb of God, following Him wherever He goes [Rev xiv, 1-5].
Sex, money & powerl! But sexual relations outside a marriage of a man and a woman lead to disastrous unhappiness: because,  if we use one another for personal pleasure, then we debase one another. All we become are things to be used, commodities to be traded, and then tossed away. By doing this, we cheapen ourselves and we cheapen sexual love. For, we are not things to be used: we are the Image of God. It was true then, in the days of St. Agnes, and still true today. Let us teach our children to value purity and to practice it in daily life: preferring, as did Saint Agnes, to please Christ by loving virtue, and find true happiness, rather than using sexuality for personal gain or pleasure.  If we try actively to please God, we will never harm anyone, because we will not use anyone as a thing or object, for all are the Image of God.Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Loretta Wallace, Elma Hefferna, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Mary Duffy, Louise Morello, Joanne Santarsiero, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Maria Izurieta, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Joanne Santarsiero, Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel, Ralph Dante Puzzuoli, Sr., James Tarzia, Sr., Antonietta Cerone, Mary A. Gaine, Grace Steele, Benita Rebula, Sylvia Iannazzi, Anne Hieronymus, Julia Fabrizio, Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk.

Banns of Marriage:  III Banns: Matthew David Almeida and Deborah Freier

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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 Fr. Vill at religioused@stjohnsstamford.com.

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call the parish 203) 324-1553, and speak with either  Msgr. DiGiovanni (ext. 11) 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.

Preaching to Baby Jesus: A pious practice begun by Saint Francis of Assisi is that children of the parish enter the pulpit and tell Baby Jesus their thoughts and hopes. The children of our religious education program will do this each Sunday at 9 am until early February. All are welcome to attend.

DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY:  Our readings will begin on March 7th at 7:30pm in the Rectory. We will read a new translation of Dante:  Inferno translated by Anthony Esolen, The Modern Library, New York, 2002.  The parish bookstore will purchase a number of copies and will sell them at cost to those who wish to read Dante beginning on March 7th at 7:30pm in the Rectory. Feel free to purchase your own copy, however. If anyone is interested in joining us, please phone Msgr. DiGiovanni: 203-324-1553, ext 11.

Weekly Sunday collection: 

Sunday         January 7, 2018                     $ 14,670.34
Sunday         January 8, 2017                     $ 10,806.15

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 21st Sunday Readings:  JON 3:1-5,10; 1COR 7:29-31; MK 1:14-20

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 sixth century king and martyr who worked preaching with St. Columba and was martyred in Scotland in 574 A.D.;
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 tracking your contributions by check or envelope.

Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form: Is offered every Friday at 2pm on the Saint Joseph Altar.

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart.  We  meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagle Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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

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

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

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

Save the date: The next Faith on Tap will be Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 7-9pm at Murphy’s Townhouse. Living Evangelical Poverty in a world of Materialism by Fr. Stephen CFR.

Lost & FoundPlease check the Lost & Found in the Rectory for any items you may have left in the church. Feel free to call Keri at the Rectory, M-F, 9AM-4:30PM, 203-324-1553 x21.

Please do not leave valuables in the pews, especially when you go to Communion. Please do not light candles during Communion.

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

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

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.

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

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group will not be meeting during November and December, but please call or email Melanie Szlucha for a free 30 minute consultation. Meetings will resume in January in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. Next meeting: Wednesday, January 24th.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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. 21).

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

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, January 13, 2018
4:00   +Thomas Diffley req. Jimmy and Michelle Sagdati
Sunday, January 14, 2018
7:30   +James F. Berger req. Family
10:00 +Catherine Morris 33rd Anniversary req. Marion Morris and Family
12:00 +Maria Preziosi 25th Anniversary req. Marion Morris and Family
5:00   + Louise Epting
Monday, January 15, 2018
8:00   +Lupangelo Vaccarella req. Lawrence and Kathleen Bolanowski
12:10 +Paul Hughes req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
8:00     Alexandra and Gertha Laurent
12:10 +Beverly DiBlasio req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
8:00   +Daniel Finley
12:10 +Regina L. Grier req. Grace and Joseph Violone
Thursday, January 18, 2018
8:00   +Mary Milano req. Angela and John Paul Marchetti
12:10 +Barend van den Brink req. Carol and Bill Christiaanse
Friday, January 19, 2018
8:00   +Helene R. Guinee req. Angela and John Paul Marchetti
12:10 +Lorraine Beldoti req. Pinto Family
Saturday, January 20, 2018
8:00    Mandy Richardson req. Mainville Family
12:10 +Vincenza and Joseph Saglimbeni req. Mary Bridget Gaine

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

Weddings: Couples must contact and begin meeting with one of the parish priests for at least 6 months before a hoped for wedding date at Saint John’s. Please call the parish secretary, 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. 21, for more information.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

145 years ago, or so:
Jan. 15, 1875:  Lecture on “The Jesuits.”  “Honorable W. C. Robinson, of New Haven, is announced to deliver a lecture on the above subject in the Town Hall Sunday evening. That the lecturer will be greeted with a good house is a foregone conclusion, for he is known as an eloquent speaker who handles an interesting subject with great ability, and the proceeds are for the benefit of the new Catholic church building on Atlantic Street, an enterprise which is being pushed forward with vigor, and which requires all the help its friends can give it.”

105 years ago, or so:
Jan. 15, 1913:  Holy Name Society Elects Officers. “At the regular meeting of the Holy Name Society of St. John’s R. C. Church, officers for the ensuing year were elected, and further arrangements were also made for the euchre which the society will hold in the Parish Hall, Jan. 31. The officers for the ensuing year are: President, Thomas Keegan; vice-president, John C. O’Connor; secretary William Hyland; treasurer, Rev. N. P. Coleman.”

95 years ago, or so:
Jan. 17, 1921: BISHOP MURRAY DEFINES MANHOOD. “At the meeting of St. John’s Holy Name Society, held last evening in the Alhambra Theatre, Rt. Rev. John G. Murray, Auxiliary Bishop of Connecticut, and David E. Fitzgerald, Mayor of New Haven, delivered addresses, the first on “The Holy Name Society and Catholic Manhood,” and the latter on “The Holy Name Society and Citizenship.” Senator Matthew H. Kenealy was chairman of the meeting. The local Catholic clergy and those from nearby towns occupied a box, and the local and out-of-town officers of the society sat upon the stage. The theatre was filled to its entire seating capacity.”

85 years ago, or so:
Jan. 21, 1932: Children of Mary to Have Social Jan. 27. “The Children of Mary of St. John’s R. C. Church will give a social on Wednesday, January 27, in St. John’s School hall, and will have as their guests the Children of Mary of the Sacred Heart Church.”

45 years ago, or so:
Jan. 18, 1974:  1,000 Expected At. Ecumenical Service Scheduled For St. John’s. “St. John’s Roman Catholic Church—one of the largest church edifices in Stamford—is to be the site of a service for Christian unity involving all the denominations of Stamford. With the joint sponsorship of the Stamford-Darien Council of Churches and Synagogues and the Roman Catholic Vicariate of Stamford, a congregation of about 1,000 persons is anticipated. Addressing the gathering will be the Very Rev. James P. Morton, Dean of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (Episcopal), New York City.”

Bulletin for Sunday January 7, 2018

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday January 7, 2018

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: Loretta Wallace, Elma Hefferna, Michael Scully, Roger Borrelli , Nyal Colies, Dorothy Keyes, Joanne Santarsiero, Joevil Basulgan DelaCruz, Mary Duffy, Louise Morello, Joanne Santarsiero, Pat Farenga, Kenyon Jimmy Valcour, Maria Izurieta, Jennifer Marciano, John Mellace, Ann Borkowski, Timothy Lyons, Gene Gavin, Richard Ridge, June Roberts, Marie Cassis, Patricia Morgan, Vittorio Faugno, Robert Strada, Dionysia Oliveira, Salvatore Piria, Mary Ellen Callahan, Louise Wiles, Frank Wruk, Isaac Lopez, Ron Frasca, Lisa Giugno, Michele Giugno, Helga Pecaric, Maria Trivino, Maria Gabriela Mossa, Diane DiNapoli, Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Carmen Colon Diaz, Kathryn Anne Marciano, Marilyn VanAuken, Joyce Patten, Katherine Kimberly, Mary Louise Wakin, David Kochosky, Jonathan Shearman, Debbie Schemmel, Ralph Dante Puzzuoli, Sr., James Tarzia, Sr., Antonietta Cerone, Mary A. Gaine, Grace Steele, Benita Rebula, Sylvia Iannazzi, Anne Hieronymus, Julia Fabrizio, Msgr. Joseph Kohut, Steven Bates, Catherine Dolan, Cesidro Piselli, John & Joan Kronk.

Banns of Marriage:  II Banns: Matthew David Almeida and Deborah Freier

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

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.

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

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

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 Fr. Vill at religioused@stjohnsstamford.com.

Not Married in the Catholic Church? Please call the parish 203) 324-1553, and speak with either  Msgr. DiGiovanni (ext. 11) 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.

Preaching to Baby Jesus: A pious practice begun by Saint Francis of Assisi is that children of the parish enter the pulpit and tell Baby Jesus their thoughts and hopes. The children of our religious education program will do this each Sunday at 9 am until early February. All are welcome to attend.

DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY:  Our readings will begin on March 7th at 7:30pm in the Rectory. We will read a new translation of Dante:  Inferno translated by Anthony Esolen, The Modern Library, New York, 2002.  The parish bookstore will purchase a number of copies and will sell them at cost to those who wish to read Dante beginning on March 7th at 7:30pm in the Rectory. Feel free to purchase your own copy, however.
If anyone is interested in joining us, please phone Msgr. DiGiovanni: 203-324-1553, ext 11.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday         December 31, 2017               $ 24,051.60
Sunday         January 1, 2017                     $ 16,143.86

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 14th Sunday Readings:  1 SM 3:3B-10, 19; 1 COR 6:13C-15A, 17-20; JN 1:35-42

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 sixth century king and martyr who worked preaching with St. Columba and was martyred in Scotland in 574 A.D.;
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 tracking your contributions by check or envelope.

Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form: Is offered every Friday at 2pm on the Saint Joseph Altar.

Walking with Purpose: Reaches out to women who desire to grow in their faith using a Scripture based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart.  We  meet Tuesday mornings in Msgr. Nagle Hall from 9:30am-11:30am. Childcare is available.  Register at: tinyurl.com/WWPTBSJ2017.  For more information, contact Rosa Federici at: wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

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

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

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

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

Save the date: The next Faith on Tap will be Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 7-9pm at Murphy’s Townhouse. Stay tuned for the speaker and topic!

Lost & FoundPlease check the Lost & Found in the Rectory for any items you may have left in the church. Feel free to call Keri at the Rectory, M-F, 9AM-4:30PM, 203-324-1553 x21.

Please do not leave valuables in the pews, especially when you go to Communion. Please do not light candles during Communion.

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

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

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.

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

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group will not be meeting during November and December, but please call or email Melanie Szlucha for a free 30 minute consultation. Meetings will resume in January in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. Next meeting: Wednesday, January 24th.  THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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. 21).

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

Mass Intentions

 +  Denotes Deceased

Saturday, January 6, 2018|
4:00   +Thomas Diffley req. Marion, Bill and Richard Morris
Sunday, January 7, 2018
7:30   +Gregory A. Armeno req. Dr. Joe McAleer
10:00 +Jesus SantaMaria 1st Anniversary req. Ines Hincapie
12:00   Marion Morris req. Kung family
5:00   +Louise Epting
Monday, January 8, 2018
8:00   + Cardinal Bernard Francis Law
12:10 +Father Joseph Amato req. Ed Nemchek Sr.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
8:00   +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10   Ferry Galbert
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
8:00   +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10   Lori Longo Birthday req. Aunt Millie
Thursday, January 11, 2018
8:00   +Karl and Louise Wilk req. Sue Kremheller
12:10 +Frank and Josephine Mancuso req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Friday, January 12, 2018
8:00   +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10   Deceased members of the Churley & Kronk families
Saturday, January 13, 2018
8:00  +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10   Ferry Galbert

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 21). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only. Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Weddings: Couples must contact and begin meeting with one of the parish priests for at least 6 months before a hoped for wedding date at Saint John’s. Please call the parish secretary, 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. 21, for more information.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

155 years ago, or so:
Jan. 11, 1861:   “There was Mass in the Roman Catholic Church. The Rev. Father O’Neil read the Pastoral letter of the Bishop of the Diocese and made a brief address, evincing no sympathy with secession.”

105 years ago, or so:
Jan. 9, 1911:  Prosperous Year For Parish. “Rev. James C. O’Brien, pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church, read his annual report at the celebrations of Mass in that church yesterday. The report showed that the past fiscal year has been a prosperous one for the parish. There has been a substantial reduction of the indebtedness and the new fiscal year is begun with a considerable balance in the treasury. Father O’Brien is in the eleventh year of service as pastor of St. John’s Church.”

100 years ago, or so:
Jan. 14, 1918:  “The annual election of the Holy Name Society of St. John’s Catholic Church was held last night. The following being elected to fill offices for the year 1918: President, William Hyland; vice-president, John Tierney; secretary, John Grambley; chaplain and treasurer, Rev. Henry M. Callahan; marshal, John Mulvey.”

85 years ago, or so:
Jan. 11, 1933: Boys Qualify As Star Scouts. “At the January Court of Honor session of the Stamford Council, Boy Scouts of America, Scouts Laurence Benz and Joel Carrier of Troop 22, qualified for promotion to Star Scout rank.”

Jan. 8, 1935: HOLY NAME SOCIETY OF ST. JOHN’S MEETS. “More than 300 men attended the first smoker and get-together of the recently reorganized Holy Name Society of St. John’s R. C. Church in the school hall, last night. After a short business meeting, during which it was voted to hold a card party on Feb. 11, the gathering was entertained with feats of magic by Ted Seaman, local magician, who won first prize in 1934 for the best trick developed during the year by a member of the Society of Magicians. Members of the society will attend the 8 a.m. Corporate Communion Mass on Sunday.”

50 years ago, or so:
Jan. 9, 1968: Frozen Pipes Close School At. St. John’s. “Frozen pipes at St. John’s Parochial School shortly after 9 this morning caused the school to close for the day. School officials called parents asking them to pick up the children. Nuns and brothers took those home who did not have transportation. Heat also was out in the church and convent, whose heating systems use the same boiler. At 7:30 a.m. Mass was held without heat as was a funeral later in the morning. Heat was restored before noon.”