Bulletin for Sunday February 12, 2017

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Pastor’s Corner: Lourdes was an ancient, obscure village situated on the Gave de Pau River at the foot of the Pyrenees in southwest France. In fact, there had never been anything in the town to recommend it to anyone’s attention, with only a ramshackle “castle” to add some touch of color to an otherwise downright ugly settlement. It is still rather ugly, but the obscurity and backwater life of the village all changed when the Blessed Virgin Mary began to appear to Saint Bernadette Soubirous between February 11th and July 16th, 1858. [Today, the shrine to Our Lady attracts more pilgrims each year than any other religious shrine in the world [contrary to the media, even more than to Mecca!].

Born to an impoverished family and sickly, Bernadette was not sent to school. In February, 1858, while collecting firewood along the river Gave near the grotto called Massabielle, then used as a garbage dump, she saw a young woman dressed in white and holding a rosary. Bernadette’s account of the vision met with disbelief from the local pastor, and rebuke by her family. Considered dull-witted, apparently unintelligent, and belonging to a lower-class family, her neighbors and family thought she was inventing the story to attract Our Lady of Lourdesattention to herself in order to fill her otherwise meaningless and useless life. On February 24th, the Lady called for penance to be done by the townspeople. The next day, the Lady directed Bernadette to drink and wash at a spring, instructing her to dig in the mud. Seeing her dig and wash in the mud, the town officials and people mocked the girl. Today, the spring produces 32,000 gallons of water daily and is used for baths by pilgrims in hope of healing—and there have been thousands of scientifically unexplainable healings. The French government of mid-19th century France was anti-clerical and actively opposed the Church, even despite the crush of pilgrims—20,000 people from all over France who were present for Our Lady’s March 4th apparition.

On March 25th, 1858, the Feast of the Annunciation, the visitor identified herself in the dialect of Lourdes saying, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” For an uneducated girl to invent this theological term was impossible. The doctrine of Mary’s Immaculate Conception without the stain of Adam’s original sin had formally been defined by Blessed Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854. Since Bernadette had received no education, and minimal religious instruction, she could not have known the fancy term nor understood what it meant. From June to October 1858, the mayor of Lourdes barricaded the grotto and spring “for hygienic reasons”, finally reopening them only after immense popular pressure, including the insistence by the French emperor, whose son had been miraculously cured.

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on February 11th, while not one of the most important on the Church’s liturgical calendar, is one of the most beautiful. Our Lady visits various people, not giving any new or private revelation, but communicating her concern for the world, that all come to know Her Son, return to Him with penance, and achieve the goal for which He took on human flesh in Her womb—eternal life with God. Let us pray to Our Lady of Lourdes, and to Saint Bernadette Soubirous, for an increase of faith and a deeper desire to live lives worthy of the name Christian. Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us! —Monsignor DiGiovanni

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

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

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.

Annual Catholic Appeal: Began the weekend of January 21/22. This is the annual appeal by the Diocese of Bridgeport to fund all the charitable, educational, and faith-based works of the Diocese of Bridgeport that assist thousands of people daily throughout Fairfield County. You will be contacted directly by the Diocese. Each parish in Fairfield County is given a goal: ours is $110,000, so please be generous in your support. Our parish Appeal leaders are John & Eileen Tarleton, who have led our efforts last year so successfully. Thank you for your cooperation and generosity.

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

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

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

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

R.C.I.A.: Next class: Monday, February 13th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Topic: Introduction to Catholic Liturgy/Introduction to the Sacraments, Part III: Chapters 1-2.

Faith on Tap: February 21st: Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St. in Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. Bishop Frank Caggiano will speak about “For I Was Hungry And You Gave Me To Eat”. Bring a friend or two!

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday February 5, 2017 $ 14,264.75
Sunday February 7, 2016 $ 14,685.79

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

February 19th, Sunday Readings: Lv 19:1-2, 17-18; 1 Cor 3:16-23; Mt 5:38-48.

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

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

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

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays, 12:45 in the Rectory.  We are reading two works of St Ambrose:  De Mysteriis, on Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist [387 a.d.];  Epistula ad Sororem Marcellinam [385 a.d.], an account of Arian and Imperial Party politics to gain possession of a basilica in Milan. An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary. Information: 203-324–1553.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge. Next meeting: Monday, February 27th at 7:30PM – at Stamford Corners, 1455 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Walk up the stairs, past the concierge to the club room. Go around to the left to right side conference room.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, February 11, 2017
4:00 In Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus req. Margarita Arenas
Sunday, February 12, 2017
7:30 +James F. Berger
10:00 +Alfred Johnsen req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
12:00 +Aniello Preziosi Birthday Remembrance req. Marion Morris and Family
5:00 +Antonin Scalia
Monday, February 13, 2017
8:00 Rev. Terrence P. Walsh req. Lula Blackson
12:10 +Clifford Studley req. Ed Nemchek Sr.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
8:00 +Hien Do req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 +Helen Iello req. Bill Christiaanse
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +John Dalton req. Dalton Family
Thursday, February 16, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Maria
12:10 +Mary Carucci req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Friday, February 17, 2017
8:00 +Alfred Pinto req. Marie Pinto and Family
12:10 +Raymond and Lionise Jean-Rene req. Nadege Baptiste
Saturday, February 18, 2017
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Hobart Simpson req. Carpanzano Family

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

100 years ago, or so:
Feb. 17, 1912: St. Anne’s Cake Sale. “A successful cake and apron sale was held yesterday afternoon and evening, in St. John’s Parochial School Hall, by St. Anne’s Ladies’ Aid Society. A substantial sum was realized from the sale, which will be used for work among the poor of the city during the winter. The ladies have already performed a large amount of charitable work and held this sale to replenish the funds.”

Feb. 17, 1915: BAZAAR CLOSES WITH COMEDY AND PRIZES. “Too Many Husbands” Made a Great Hit. “A crowd that filled every nook and corner of St. John’s Parochial School hall was delighted with “Too Many Husbands,” as it was presented by the Alumni Association of the school last evening. Applause was frequent throughout the clever farce-comedy, and the various actors drew their share of the encoring with clever work in the interpretation of the play, which involved a serious family mix up. This was the last night of the bazaar, which continued for four days very successfully. All of the prizes were bestowed upon the lucky number-holders last night, and then dancing followed until midnight, Kearney’s orchestra furnishing the music. Rev. James C. O’Brien, pastor of the church, appeared before the big audience after the last act of the play, and thanked all of those who had contributed to make the bazaar a success. He said that he was delighted to see so large an attendance on the closing night, and he was particularly grateful to the ladies and others who have been working for the success of the bazaar. One of the features of the entertainment came between the acts of the play, when Willy Panaparta and Mary Delafine appeared, being announced as Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Castle, and danced, while the orchestra played furiously. The crowd thoroughly appreciated the joke, and treated the youngsters to a hearty encore. They responded with another graceful dance. “Too Many Husbands” involved several families who are living in one boarding house. Two men are playing the part of false husbands, with special purposes behind their deceit, and at the same time these men are in love with young girls in the household. Everybody is mixed up about the other man’s wife, and, to increase the confusion, there is Rudolph Bauer, a detective, looking for a man with a spot on his arm, a criminal for whom he will pay a reward of $10,000. The last act brings reconciliation to everyone concerned. Rudolph finds his man, without having to pay the reward, in Chauncey Chilton, who has been working as private secretary to the Colonel in the household, and a minister is called upon to perform a double wedding as the marriage entanglement is solved. Assisting with the play last evening were Harry Smith, who directed the cast; Mrs. M. McMahon, assistant director; Father Farrell, stage manager, and Walter Greenly, property man.”

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

Night of Unity in Christ: Come for an exciting evening of local Christian and Catholic speakers and musicians, gathering at Trinity High School in celebration of the unity we have in Christ! Hear wonderful talks on finding purpose and joy, and experience great Christian worship and rap music! The concert/revival is on Thursday, February 19 at 7pm in the Trinity High School auditorium. All are welcome, and the cost is free!

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

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

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

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

The Learning Academy: at Trinity Catholic High School, Open House Monday February 13th, 6:30PM-8:00PM, a new learning academy for 9th & 10th graders for the 2017-2018 school year. A new & innovative approach for students with specialized learning needs. For more information please contact Jon DeBenedictis, Director of Admissions, jdebenedictis@trinitycatholic.org, 203-322-3401, ext. 302.

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

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

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Bulletin for Sunday February 5, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday February 5, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: Well, we’ve made it to February. To cheer you up even more, in just three weeks, Lent begins!!! Oh, boy. How fun is it to be Catholic??

By this point, everyone should have had their fill of ice and cold. Stuck inside because it’s too cold and gruesome outside, one can become too introspective and seethe about nonsensical, humdrum and aggravating things, which are of little import in the greater scheme of things. In the Inferno, the first section of his Divine Comedy, Dante proposes that the lowest circle of Hell is a frozen wasteland—it’s perpetual February—with Satan at the very lowest point of Hell, frozen solid, stuck in ice, forever. He’s entirely paralyzed by the ice; frozen and isolated from everything and everyone, his mind seething with frustration over his defeat by God and his eternal punishment. Having refused to serve God in Heaven, Satan rules in a Hell which is its own punishment—his frozen isolation with only his perpetual hatred of God and everyone, and his frustration not being able to move, produce only a repulsive bloody froth, seeping from his tear ducts and mouth for all eternity. Talk about winter cabin fever!!

My suggestion to avoid this fate—turning in on yourself, seething in frustration, isolated from everyone because of the ice and frigid temperatures outside, even for the short 28 days of February–is to do a few things:

— Practice charity: get out of your house and help someone: a relative or neighbor who needs a little assistance. Or, you might even volunteer at a local not-for-profit charitable institution; Check out the call for homebound assistance on the next page of this bulletin;

— Volunteer at the New Covenant House of Hospitality, 90 Fairfield Avenue, behind the Yerwood Center at 964-8228. This “soup kitchen”, run by the Diocese of Bridgeport, is always looking for those who want to help;

— Volunteer at the Ferguson Public Library, the main library downtown or one of the many branches in the suburbs;

— Volunteer at the Senior Nutrition Center, run by the Diocese of Bridgeport’s Catholic Charities, located at 888 Washington Blvd [Government Center], 203-977-5151. This is also the location for the Stamford Senior Center, which could use some help;

— Read a little Scripture: try the Gospel of Luke and Saint Paul’s Letters to the Thessalonians. Both great reads that should inspire gratitude to God for His generosity to each of us.

These are a few ideas to get you out of yourself during these bleak February weeks of winter. Forget the groundhog, Valentine’s Day, the gray days of cold and ice, and concentrate on doing what you were designed to do: act more like God in charity and be grateful to Our Lord for your blessings received. So, buck up your spirits: despite the weather, God has done a lot of hard work to make sure you don’t end up in that perpetual February freeze of Hell, as Dante imagined in his Divine Comedy. Bring some warmth into someone else’s life by volunteering, and some warmth into your own life by reading about God’s love for you in Scripture.

While Ash Wednesday is not until March 1st, in anticipation, let’s consider Lent briefly.

Lent is much more than a time of increased piety. It is NOT designed for you to break bad habits or to lose weight. Lent is the Church’s annual season of struggle against Satan. That struggle began at the beginning of time when we turned our backs on God in disobedience in Eden. The final struggle began over 2,000 years ago when the eternal Son of God, creator of the universe, took on human flesh of the Virgin Mary and was born in Bethlehem. The Creator became a creature, joining humanity to Himself, in order to free the only creature made in His image and likeness-US-from the power of Satan and from the sway of his most potent weapon, death. As one of the prayers for Christmas Mass reads: “Hasten, Lord our God, do not delay, and free us by Your power from the devil’s fury.” What is “the devil’s fury”? Moviegoers might imagine a scene from The Exorcist, as Satan possesses a young girl. The devil’s fury is subtler and more boringly mundane than anything Hollywood might imagine. The devil’s fury is daily temptation, which Satan ratchets up as we seek to fight it off by the practice of virtue. By falling into sin, Satan wins, and his hatred of God bears fruit in the eternal damnation of God’s image and likeness—US. Temptation is easier for Satan than demonic possession.

Lent is the Church’s great annual spiritual exercise with its focal point on the mystery of Christ’s redemptive mercy, foretold in the Old Testament, realized in the earthly life of Jesus, especially in His passion, death, resurrection and ascension; and which is realized in us by our worthy and frequent reception of the sacraments, especially Confession and Holy Communion, and then in prayer, fasting, acts of mercy, spiritual reading, and a more intense practice of the Christian virtues in our daily lives. In other words, we open ourselves more readily to Christ’s transforming grace by living a more intense Christian life. Lent is the time to begin anew to live that more intensely Christian life. We start by repenting of our past sins, and working to avoid repeating them. Then we move on to the positive aspects: according to Saint Peter Chrysologus, “Three things sustain faith, devotion, and virtue,”. . . “prayer, fasting, and mercy to others. Prayer knocks at God’s door, fasting wins us what we need, and mercy is the hand cupped to receive . . . Let him who prays also fast; let him who fasts have pity on others; let him who wishes to be heard hear those who ask his help, for such a person alone has God’s ear whose own ear is not closed to the needs of others.” [Sermon 43]

How to begin? Don’t make crazy resolutions you’ll never keep. Decide to set sin aside, instead, and to open your heart to doing God’s will as the most important guide for all you do in your daily life. First: go to Confession and use the weeks of February as preparation. During the first week of Lent, meditate on the Passion of Christ: look at His sufferings for what they are—Jesus suffering to save you from Satan and eternal death. Another saint wrote:: “There is no greater stimulus to love our enemies [in which fraternal charity finds its perfect form] than the contemplation of the marvelous patience of Him who . . . offered His face to be spat upon and endured the other torments of His Passion . . . Did anyone hear those sweet and loving words of Christ from the Cross: ‘Father forgive them. . ?” Blessed Abbot Aelred continues, “If you are to love yourself correctly, you must not yield to carnal pleasure, by which is meant self-centeredness. If you do not to yield to carnal pleasure, center your affections on the loving person of the Lord.” [The Mirror of Charity, 3]. Express that gratitude in acts of charity, fasting, prayer and penance.

Let us prepare for Lent by using February to love God more in our lives by charity; perfect that throughout Lent, and make it the way you live throughout the rest of your lives. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

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

Please pray for those who have recently died: Rosemary Pavia Grasso, Walter Bradley, Paul Hughes, Paul Polotaye, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Cathy Itri, Oswaldo Diaz, Maria Imbrogno, James Saunders, Margaret Potolicchio, Richard Hughes, Israel Noriega.

Annual Catholic Appeal: Began the weekend of January 21/22. This is the annual appeal by the Diocese of Bridgeport to fund all the charitable, educational, and faith-based works of the Diocese of Bridgeport that assist thousands of people daily throughout Fairfield County. You will be contacted directly by the Diocese. Each parish in Fairfield County is given a goal: ours is $110,000, so please be generous in your support. Our parish Appeal leaders are John & Eileen Tarleton, who have led our efforts last year so successfully. Thank you for your cooperation and generosity.

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

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

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

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

Looking for work? Parishioners seek someone to serve as an aide for a homebound Alzeheimer patient: their mother. No medical experience or training required, since this is primarily to monitor the safety of the elderly lady, making sure she doesn’t wander off. Duties would include preparing lunch, helping her to the toilet, praying the Rosary, putting movies in the DVD, and the like. Monday, Wed, Friday, 12 noon to 6pm; Saturday from 7-11 am. Pay is $13.50 per hour, with sick days and holiday pay. The lady lives in Port Chester. Please call the rectory if interested: 203-324-1553, ext 11.
Are you a student at UCONN Stamford? in some on campus activities. Please contact Fr. Andy Vill (frvill@diobpt.org). We are looking for some help/interest.

R.C.I.A.: Next class: Monday, February 6th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Topic: The Seventh and Tenth Commandments: Social and Economic Morality/The Eight Commandment: Truth, Part II: Chapters 9-10.

Faith on Tap: February 21st: Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St. in Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. Bishop Frank Caggiano will speak about “For I Was Hungry And You Gave Me To Eat”. Bring a friend or two!

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday January 29, 2017 $ 12,429.87
Sunday January 31, 2016 $ 14,167.21

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 12th, Sunday Readings: Sir 15:15-20; 1 Cor 2:6-10; Mt 5:17-37.

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

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

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

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays, 12:45 in the Rectory.  We are reading two works of St Ambrose:  De Mysteriis, on Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist [387 a.d.];  Epistula ad Sororem Marcellinam [385 a.d.], an account of Arian and Imperial Party politics to gain possession of a basilica in Milan. An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary. Information: 203-324–1553.

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

Lauralton Hall: invites you to attend Take-a-Look Tuesday on February 7th at 8AM. Join us for coffee and a tour of Lauralton Hall. RSVP to 203-877-2786 ext.144. Lauralton Hall, 200 High Street, Milford.

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

The Learning Academy: at Trinity Catholic High School, Open House Monday February 13th, 6:30PM-8:00PM, a new learning academy for 9th & 10th graders for the 2017-2018 school year. A new & innovative approach for students with specialized learning needs. For more information please contact Jon DeBenedictis, Director of Admissions, jdebenedictis@trinitycatholic.org, 203-322-3401, ext. 302.

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

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

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

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

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

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

World Day of Prayer for the Sick: St. Aloysius Church, Saturday, February 11th. Welcome begins at 2:30pm. Mass will be celebrated at 3pm with the Sacrament of the Sick. All, especially the sick, the handicapped and the frail are invited to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of Prayer for the Sick. Sponsored by the Order of Malta.

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

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge.
Next meeting: Monday, February 27th at 7:30PM – at Stamford Corners, 1455 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Walk up the stairs, past the concierge to the club room. Go around to the left to right side conference room.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, February 4, 2017
4:00 +Vito and Josephine Melfi req. Joseph Melfi
Sunday, February 5, 2017
7:30 +Nick Lionetti req. Beth and Anne Marie Carpanzano
10:00 +Feroze Aslam req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
12:00 John Ignatius Kung req. parents
5:00 +Antonin Scalia
Monday, February 6, 2017
8:00 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Roger Taranto req. Diane Strain
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk families
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
8:00 +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 Augustine and Barbara Young
Thursday, February 9, 2017
8:00 +Mary Brennan req. Barbara Bayne
12:10 +Feroze Aslam req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
Friday, February 10, 2017
8:00 +Mary Churley req. Mary Petrizzi
12:10 +Vito Longo Birthday Remembrance req. family
Saturday, February 11, 2017
8:00 +Mr. and Mrs. George Talbot
12:10 +Frank Bongermino req. Nick and Ann Lepore

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

110 years ago, or so:
Feb. 11, 1909: In Parochial School. “The Lincoln centenary was observed with appropriate exercises in St. John’s parochial school, this afternoon. These included the reading of the Gettysburg address and various recitations suitable to the occasion. The program was as follows: Song, “Hail to Thee”; “Tribute to Lincoln,” N. Merriman; “The Story of Abraham Lincoln,” boys of Grades 8 and 9; “Little Blossom and Abraham Lincoln,” Mary Flynn; chorus, “Flag of the Free”; “Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address,” George O’Brien; “Abraham Lincoln,” class exercise; Voice, S. Synch, old gentleman, J. Convery, pupils: Lincoln’s favorite poem, “O, Why Should the Spirit of Mortal be Proud?” A. O’Neill: chorus, a medley of national airs.”

100 years ago, or so:
Feb. 10, 1917: Parochial School Alumni Dance. “Held in the beautiful ball room of the Hotel Davenport, the first dance of St. John’s Parochial School Alumni Association could be nothing else but successful last evening. Although the cold weather kept away many who would otherwise have attended, there were about 250 present before “Home, sweet home” was played, at midnight, by Smith’s orchestra, which furnished music for the dancing.”

85 years ago, or so:
Feb. 12, 1935: More Than 1,000 at St. John’s Holy Name Card Party and Dance. “More than 1,000 people attended the card party and dance, last night, at the Burdick Junior High School under the auspices of the Holy Name Society of St. John’s R. C. Church. Almost the entire number of people present played either euchre, pinochle, bridge or bingo. For the card players there was an assortment of approximately 150 prizes, donated by friends and members of the society. At the completion of card playing, dancing was enjoyed to the music of a six-piece orchestra. The affair was under the general direction of William H. Brennan, while the bridge section was supervised by Frank Creagh; pinochle and euchre by Daniel McInerney; bingo by John P. Reilly and Mathew Seller; William R. Troy acted as general announcer.”

50 years ago, or so:
Feb. 18, 1965: Bishop Curtis Gives Crosses To Boy Scouts. “The Most Rev. Walter W. Curtis, S.T.D., Bishop of Bridgeport, presented Ad Altare Dei Crosses to Boy Scouts this morning at the 12th annual Bridgeport diocesan presentation. The Cross is presented to Catholic Boy Scouts for advancement in the spiritual content of the program of Boy Scouts. Recipients of the Cross from the Alfred W. Dater Council were William Boffa, Robert Gaynor, Noel Hanrahan, Douglas Harry, Donald Memale, Dennis Moriarty, James Otis, Charles Russo, and William Thompson of Troop 22, St. John’s, Stamford.”

Below, please find the financial statements for the first six months of this Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2016. The fiscal year ended with a profit of $28,622. The parish has no debt, other than a few current normal bills. We still have much needed repairs. I am very grateful for your generosity. Msgr. DiGiovanni

Comparative State Activities 12-31-16 Adj

Comparative State of position 12-31-16 Adj

 

 

Bulletin for Sunday January 29, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday January 29, 2017

Pastor’s Corner:   Thursday, February 2nd, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in Candlemasthe 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 celebrated.

The earliest record of this celebration comes from the 5th century, as recorded by a consecrated Virgin named Egedia 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, a liturgical addition from Rome, referred to the mystical reality of the identity of the Child who was being presented, and what His life and death would mean for the history and salvation of the world. Candlemas on February 2nd links Christmas and Easter, and explains why God became a man—in order to offer His human body and life on the Cross to reconcile humankind with God.

The major prophets [Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekial] of the Old Testament spoke of the coming and work of the Savior. And the Feast day of February 2nd commemorating Jesus presented in the Temple, two further prophecies are fulfilled: that of the elderly prophet Simeon, who had been promised by God not to see death until he had first seen the Savior; and that of the aged Anna, the prophetess who recognized the generosity of God in His Son, the Savior of the world.

The Blessed Mother presents Her Son today, not simply to observe the Old Law of Moses, but to prefigure the work of Jesus. She presents Jesus to the Eternal Father who accepted this final sacrifice of His Son on the Cross. The reason why the Eternal Son, Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, took on human flesh and a human nature in the womb of the Virgin Mother was in order to offer that human body on the Cross as the ultimate sacrifice to pay for the sins of the world. God united to Himself in the most intimate way, that which He did not have: a human heart, mind, body and nature, along with the ability to suffer and die. And, in exchange, joined to humanity what we do not have: eternal life. If Christ had not taught anything, had He not healed or fed anyone, if He had 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 revealing who God is, and how we should respond to Him in our daily lives.

The Church blesses candles on February 2nd, in honor of this historic event and mystical reality. All candles used during the year are blessed 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 humankind. We are, likewise, to imitate Our Lady in her humility, obeying the Law of God by presenting Her Son in the Temple. That obedience leads to love of God, since we humble ourselves for Someone—not just a rule or law. We humble ourselves to obey Him who loved us first in His Son. We are to imitate Mary and her Son by 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, and, especially, by our charity.

The custom has arisen through the centuries of blessing throats on the following day: February 3rd, the Feast of Saint Blaise. St. Blaise was a Catholic bishop who saved a child from choking while both were imprisoned because of their Catholic faith, during a Roman Imperial persecution in the 4th century. He is the saint to pray for healing of ailments of the throat. We bless throats using two candles that were blessed on February 2nd. The blessed candles represent Christ, the light of the World, which will be 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 the Light of the World, and of His life-giving Cross, by the intercession of Saint Blaise, which is invoked to heal us from evil.

Throats will be blessed at the end of the 8 a.m. Mass on February 3rd.—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Thomas McGuire, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Ardise, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Brianna Petigny, Elaine Shoztic, Joan Kronk, John Kronk, Mary Lena Cocchia, Alexandre Laurent, John Murray.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Rosemary Pavia Grasso, Walter Bradley, Paul Hughes, Paul Polotaye, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Cathy Itri, Oswaldo Diaz, Maria Imbrogno, James Saunders, Margaret Potolicchio, Richard Hughes, Israel Noriega.

Annual Catholic Appeal: Began the weekend of January 21/22. This is the annual appeal by the Diocese of Bridgeport to fund all the charitable, educational, and faith-based works of the Diocese of Bridgeport that assist thousands of people daily throughout Fairfield County. You will be contacted directly by the Diocese. Each parish in Fairfield County is given a goal: ours is $110,000, so please be generous in your support. Our parish Appeal leaders are John & Eileen Tarleton, who have led our efforts last year so successfully. Thank you for your cooperation and generosity.

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

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

Diocesan Synod: During the past year, the Diocese of Bridgeport has asked parishes to begin implementing the Synod of the Diocese of Bridgeport. Each parish was asked to develop a pastoral plan to guide its actions in response to the Synod. The Basilica’s pastoral plan can be accessed on the diocesan website: http://www.bridgeportdiocese.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/St.-John-the-Evangelist-Basilica-Stamford-Parish-Pastoral-Plan.pdf

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

R.C.I.A.: Our next class will be Monday, January 30th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Topic: The Fifth Commandment: Moral Issues of Life and Death/The Sixth and Ninth Commandments: Sexual Morality, Part II: Chapters 7-8.

The Upper Room: January 31st: For Adults 39 and up in “The Upper Room” at Columbus Park Trattorria, 205 Main Street, in Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm for “Stump the Priests.” All are welcome. Bring a friend or two!

Faith on Tap: February 21st: Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St. in Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. Bishop Frank Caggiano will be talking about “For I Was Hungry And You Gave Me To Eat”. Bring a friend or two!

Speaking to Baby Jesus: On Sunday January 29, as on the past four Sundays, the parish religious education students are invited to speak to the Baby Jesus represented in the parish Nativity scene on the St. Joseph Altar. These little 1 minute student reflections are the children’s way of thanking the Son of God for becoming a baby in Bethlehem to give them eternal life, and will take place during the regular religious education classes on Sundays. Parents and families are invited to attend. The pious practice was begun by St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th century and continues in Rome today.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday January 22, 2017 $ 16,272.12
Sunday January 24, 2016 $ 8,195.73 (Snow)

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 5th, Sunday Readings: Is 58:7-10; 1 Cor 2:1-5; Mt 5:13-16.

Police: As policemen and women are under attack throughout the country, we ask that you Please remember the members of our Stamford Police Department in your prayers. Likewise, remember in your prayers members of Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department, and our military women and men who protect our nation.
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Thursday, FEBRUARY 2: Candlemas: The Blessing of candles and procession will take place at the beginning of the 12:10 daily Mass. Everyone is welcome.

Friday, FEBRUARY 3: St. Blaise Day: Throats will be blessed after 8am Mass.

Saturday, SEPTEMBER 22 & 23, 2017: Relics of Saint Padre Pio will visit our Basilica at 5p.m. on Friday, September 22nd, remaining all day on September 23rd, as they tour the United States. Please mark your calendar for two days of prayer and blessings. Details to follow.
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Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-416-1619 or projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays, 12:45 in the Rectory.  We are reading two works of St Ambrose:  De Mysteriis, on Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist [387 a.d.];  Epistula ad Sororem Marcellinam [385 a.d.], an account of Arian and Imperial Party politics to gain possession of a basilica in Milan. An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary. Information: 203-324–1553.

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

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

Lauralton Hall: invites you to attend Take-a-Look Tuesday on February 7th at 8AM. Join us for coffee and a tour of Lauralton Hall. RSVP to 203-877-2786 ext.144. Lauralton Hall, 200 High Street, Milford.

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

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

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

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

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

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

World Day of Prayer for the Sick: St. Aloysius Church, Saturday, February 11th. Welcome begins at 2:30pm. Mass will be celebrated at 3pm with the Sacrament of the Sick. All, especially the sick, the handicapped and the frail are invited to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of Prayer for the Sick. Sponsored by the Order of Malta.

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge. Next meeting: Monday, February 27th at 7:30PM – at Stamford Corners, 1455 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Walk up the stairs, past the concierge to the club room. Go around to the left to right side conference room.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, January 28, 2017
4:00 In Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus req. Margarita Arenas
Sunday, January 29, 2017
7:30 +Charlotte King req. Minchilli Family
10:00 Special Intentions Aljamol Jose req. Ferry G.
12:00 +Francis Delaney 9th Anniversary req. Arthur Wargo
5:00 +Bryan Washington
Monday, January 30, 2017
8:00 +Eugenia Carpanzano req. Pasquale and Ida Carpanzano
12:10 +Francis Sullivan req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
8:00 Priests of the Basilica of St. John req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +William McCabe req. Tom and Olga Kolenberg
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
8:00 +Bertholin Paul req. Michelle and Krystal Paul
12:10 +Ann Cody req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Thursday, February 2, 2017
8:00 +Edwich Joseph req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Daniel Cammarota req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Friday, February 3, 2017
8:00 Mary Coffey req. Thomas Cycon
12:10 +Cecelia Costa req. Lindsay Kennedy
Saturday, February 4, 2017
8:00 +Natale Sposato req. John and Maria Mossa
12:10 +Enrico Imbrogno, Sr. req. Dolores and Vincent Fanning

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

150 years ago, or so:
Feb. 5, 1869: The Catholic Fair. “The following list comprises some of the most prominent prizesFr O'Neildrawn at the Fair held by the ladies of St. John’s Catholic Church, with the names of those who were entitled to them: photo of Father O’Neil, by H. T. Smith, of New Hartford, Conn.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Father James O’Neil was pastor of St. John’s from 1858 to 1868. Henry T. Smith worked with his successor, Rev. John Fagan, to purchase the property on which the church now stands. In 1986, Doctor James Smith, great-grandson of Henry T. Smith, gifted the framed photo back to St. John’s. It now hangs in St. John’s rectory.)

100 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.”

75 years ago, or so:
Feb. 2, 1943: St. John’s Wins From the Center. “The St. John’s courtsters made it ten straight by beating the Jewish Center, 38-15. The Saints opened up with Delia scoring three baskets for a 9-2 lead at the quarter. In the second quarter the Saints outscored their rivals, 7-2, to lead at the half, 16-4. In the third period Cullen and Harrington tallied two baskets each with the latter getting a charity shot. The Saints got six baskets in the last quarter. St. John’s s now leading the 15 and under division with a record of four and none. The Saints are also entered in the CYO 17 and under loop.”

Bulletin for Sunday January 22, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday January 22, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: “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.” These words come from an editorial published in the February 3, 1851 number of The Boston Pilot, the Catholic newspaper of the then-Diocese of Boston. You can read the entire piece if you turn to page 7 further ahead in this weekend’s parish bulletin. The article records the January 26, 1851 dedication of the first Saint John’s Catholic Church in Stamford. [I am indebted to Mr. Lawrence Bolanowski, our parish historian, for his historical newspaper selections that appear weekly in our parish bulletin in the section entitled, Saint John In The News].

The author’s reflection that prior to the 1851 dedication of the first Saint John’s Church “there was no cross erected to cheer the heart of a poor Irish emigrant. . .” was quite literal. This is attested to by a number of letters in St. John’s parish archives dating from the late 1820s and 1830s written by Mr. Patrick Walsh in Ballintaylor [Waterford], Ireland to his son, Michael Walsh, then living on Roxbury Road here in Stamford. In his letter of June 19, 1828, Pat wrote that he finally received one of Matt’s letters, and gives us an idea of the contents of his son’s letter in his answer: “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 yourself, here and hereafter.”

When the elder Walsh wrote to his son Michael in 1828 there was no railroad, so the only methods of transportation then available to the younger Walsh to get himself from Stamford to New York would have been horse or foot—just to go to Church!!?? Today, that seems preposterous advice. Who would go to all that trouble just to go to church on a Sunday? And, yet, that is what Catholics in Stamford and other towns did then: they walked miles and miles on Sunday in order to attend Mass, so important was God in their lives. A report from the early 1840s tells the story of the Catholics of Bethel who would walk the 20 miles to Stamford when there was a visiting priest at Patrick Drew’s house offering Mass every other month. [Patrick Drew allowed his fellow Catholic immigrants to gather in his house when a priest visited. His efforts mark the beginnings of St. John’s] When the priest rode to other towns around Fairfield County to baptize children, hear confessions, marry couples, and offer Mass, they also walked to those towns. Catholics from Stamford and Norwalk walked the 14 miles to Bridgeport to attend Sunday Mass there. A contemporary witness reported that those early Catholics after,

. . . quietly removing the shoes from their feet, trudged zealously on as far east as the old Fairfield and Bridgeport division line, where, before entering the house of God [the old St. James Church], they would replace their shoes, and dust their travel-soiled wardrobe; so that no disrespect should be done the sacred place from whence, after their morning sacrifice [Mass] they would turn their faces toward their fourteen miles westward home.

As you can read in the full 1851 article about the dedication of the first St. John’s Catholic Church in Stamford on page 7 of this bulletin, the little wooden clapboard St. John’s Church, was jammed with over 200 people. For them, the miseries of January cold, wind, snow and ice were nothing compared to the graces to be had by attending the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. That is why they sacrificed their pennies to finance the purchase of the land and the construction of their little wooden church as their gift to God in gratitude that He had brought them to America.

We should take a page from the playbook of those St. John’s parishioners of an earlier century: don’t’ let the cold, gray days of January get you down. Rather, smile as you recall the blessings of Our Lord, and the innumerable graces He offers in daily Mass and the sacraments provided to you each day in the second St. John’s Church, our Basilica—built in 1875 by many of the same families who built the first wooden structure across the railroad tracks in 1851. Our Lord invites us to share His life now, and to lead others to Him and to His Catholic Church. There we can discover that lives of faith, hope, charity, and virtue are lives of joy, for we share our lives with the God who became one of us at Christmas, that we might become like Him and be with Him forever. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Thomas McGuire, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Ardise, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Brianna Petigny, Elaine Shoztic, Joan Kronk, John Kronk, Mary Lena Cocchia, Alexandre Laurent, John Murray.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Walter Bradley, Paul Hughes, Paul Polotaye, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Cathy Itri, Oswaldo Diaz, Maria Imbrogno, James Saunders, Margaret Potolicchio, Richard Hughes, Israel Noriega, Dennis Winski, Msgr. Robert McCormick, Camille Lindstrom, Catherine Olnek, Dominick J. Marciano, John D’Agostino, Carol J. Toppin, John MacLean, Muriel Rysinski, Joan Terpack, Nancy Ligouri, Jean Corcoran, Ralph Bocuzzi.

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.

Annual Catholic Appeal: Begins the weekend of January 21/22. This is the annual appeal by the Diocese of Bridgeport to fund all the charitable, educational, and faith-based works of the Diocese of Bridgeport that assist thousands of people daily throughout Fairfield County. You will be contacted directly by the Diocese. Our parish goal this year is $110,000, so please be generous in your support. Our parish Appeal leaders are John & Eileen Tarleton, who have led our efforts last year so successfully. Thank you for your cooperation and generosity.

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

Men of the Parish: Looking for a spiritual boost—with coffee? Every Friday morning, about 30 men of the parish meet in the Rectory at 7 a.m. for coffee, then join together for twenty minutes of prayer and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament: all completed in time to attend the 8 a.m. Mass or to be on time for work. All parish men are welcome: 18 years of age and up. All are welcome without charge: Just walk in the Rectory front door, go down the hall, and you’ll find the coffee.

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

R.C.I.A.: Our next class will be Monday, January 23rd at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Topic: The First Three Commandments:Duties to God/The Fourth Commandment: Family and Social Morality, Part II: Chapters 5-6.

Faith on Tap: January 24th: Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St. in Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. Patrick Donovan of the Diocesan Leadership Institute will be talking about “Ten Ways To Evangelize Every Single Day”. Bring a friend or two!

The Upper Room: January 31st: For Adults 39 and up in “The Upper Room” at Columbus Park Trattorria, 205 Main Street, in Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm for “Stump the Priests.” All are welcome. Bring a friend or two!

Speaking to Baby Jesus: On Sundays January 22 & 29, the parish religious education students are invited to speak to the Baby Jesus represented in the parish Nativity scene on the St. Joseph Altar. These little 1 minute student reflections are the children’s way of thanking the Son of God for becoming a baby in Bethlehem to give them eternal life, and will take place during the regular religious education classes on Sundays. Parents and families are invited to attend. The pious practice was begun by St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th century and continues in Rome today.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday January 15, 2017 $ 11,690.74
Sunday January 17, 2016 $ 12,369.49

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 29th, Sunday Readings: Zep 2:3; 3:12-13; 1 Cor 1:26-31; Mt 5:1-12a.

Police: As policemen and women are under attack throughout the country, we ask that you Please remember the members of our Stamford Police Department in your prayers. Likewise, remember in your prayers members of Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department, and our military women and men who protect our nation.
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Thursday, FEBRUARY 2: Candlemass: The Blessing of candles and procession will take place at the beginning of the 12:10 daily Mass. Everyone is welcome.

Friday, FEBRUARY 3: St. Blaise Day: Throats will be blessed after both 8am and 12:10 pm daily Masses.

Saturday, SEPTEMBER 22 & 23, 2017: Relics of Saint Padre Pio will visit our Basilica at 5p.m. on Friday, September 22nd, remaining all day on September 23rd, as they tour the United States. Please mark your calendar for two days of prayer and blessings. Details to follow.
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Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-416-1619 or projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays, 12:45 in the Rectory.  We are reading two works of St Ambrose:  De Mysteriis, on Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist [387 a.d.];  Epistula ad Sororem Marcellinam [385 a.d.], an account of Arian and Imperial Party politics to gain possession of a basilica in Milan. An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary. Information: 203-324–1553.

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

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

Lauralton Hall: invites you to attend Take-a-Look Tuesday on February 7th at 8AM. Join us for coffee and a tour of Lauralton Hall. RSVP to 203-877-2786 ext.144. Lauralton Hall, 200 High Street, Milford.

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

Natural Family Planning & Fertility Care: Looking for information to understand and appreciate your fertility? The Creighton Model System deals with the complete dimension of procreative ability. It can be used in conjunction with NaProTechnology to assist with infertility and sub-fertility issues in a natural way. Teachers of the Creighton Model System are trained allied health professionals and specifically trained physicians. To schedule a free introductory session: Angela Marchetti: angelamarachettifcp@gmail.com

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

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

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

World Day of Prayer for the Sick: St. Aloysius Church, Saturday, February 11th. Welcome begins at 2:30pm. Mass will be celebrated at 3pm with the Sacrament of the Sick. All, especially the sick, the handicapped and the frail are invited to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of Prayer for the Sick. Sponsored by the Order of Malta.

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

Villa Maria School: in Stamford has proudly inspired students with learning disabilities for more than 40 years, and will host a series of Open Houses on Sunday, January 22: 2-4 pm; Monday, January 23rd, 9:30-11:00am & 6:30-8:00pm. Contact Stephen Bennhoff, Assistant Head of School at Villa Maria School, at 203-322-5886 ext 104, or at sbennhoff@villamariaedu.org.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge. Next meeting: This Monday, January 23rd at 7:30PM – at Stamford Corners, 1455 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Walk up the stairs, past the concierge to the club room. Go around to the left to right side conference room.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, January 21, 2017
4:00 +Dr. Vincent and Mrs. Theresa Kung req. family
Sunday, January 22, 2017
7:30 Lillian and Anthony Merola
10:00 +Nellie Gray req. Josephine
12:00 +Marian Flannery Pearson req. Dr. Joe McAleer
5:00 +Bryan Washington
Monday, January 23, 2017
8:00 +Mary Churley req. Mary Petrizzi
12:10 +John Currie req. Pascale Family
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
8:00 +Eileen Carr req. Marie Carr
12:10 People of the Parish
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +John Dalton req. Dalton Family
Thursday, January 26, 2017
8:00 Thanksgiving req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 +Ann Cody Birthday req. Cody Family
Friday, January 27, 2017
8:00 +Norman Olivere Hamilton req. Maria Swaby-Rowe
12:10 +Michael Calomino Jr. req. Marion Morris
Saturday, January 28, 2017
8:00 +Liege Merino Demelo req. Lucy Espinoza
12:10 +Michael Calomino Jr. req. Bill and Richard Morris & Michelle and Jimmy
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 Cindy, (203-324-1553, ext 21). Baptisms are offered for parishioners only.
Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE NEWS:
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 Right Reverend Bishop O’Reilly.
Old ChurchThe First St. John’s Catholic Church, Stamford

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 , 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 15, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday January 15, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: The Church returns to Ordinary Time in the celebration of Mass and public prayer. A friend of mine once termed Ordinary Time “Boring Time”, because nothing special or exciting happens during this Ordinary Time. While a bit sarcastic, he was correct. The seasons of Advent-Christmas-Epiphany and Lent-Easter-Pentecost, obviously emphasize certain specific historical realities, events and moments of salvation history: the world expected a Messiah, He came and was born in Bethlehem, he preached and brought about our salvation by his sacrificial suffering, death and resurrection, and established the Church as the instrument through which He continues sanctifying all humanity, in every place and century, until He returns at the end of time. Ordinary Time celebrates no one event of our salvation, but it offers us the time to reflect upon the impact those historical events of Christ’s saving actions and events have for each of us now in our ordinary lives. While every moment of our ordinary lives are not earth shatteringly important or memorable, every moment of God’s ordinary life, and the Church’s ordinary life is. They change all existence for the better.

We are never separated from all of the events of Christ’s life or from all his works, even if performed nearly 2,000 years ago. In His Catholic Church, He remains present, and not just as a memory or idea. The Mass is unique in that it is a true sacrifice, whereby Christ Incarnate, Crucified and Risen is once again offered to the Father, but in a bloodless manner. But there is more to the Mass, in that every aspect of Christ’s saving life and work is present and expressed at each Mass. So, every Mass is Advent, the Immaculate Conception, Christmas, Epiphany, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, the Assumption of Mary, Christ the King, Holy Angels, All Saints, and All Souls Day.

For example, the people of Israel waited for the Messiah, as we see in the Old Testament. Each Mass recalls that waiting, and more, since He actually came at Bethlehem, and more, since He comes every day to individual souls in a sacramental way, especially during Mass. Another example, is redemption: it was made necessary by the sin of Adam and our own; it was announced and prepared for by the prophets, realized in the life, Passion, death and resurrection and ascension of Christ. But redemption, the triumph of Christ’s Cross, continues and is realized through the Church, and personally in the soul of each individual. This is achieved by the receiving God’s revelation by each of us, by the grace of the sacraments received by each of us, and by our individual cooperation with grace, which urges a turning from sin, live lives pleasing to God, and allows Christ to transform us to be more like Himself in our daily, ordinary lives. The color at Mass is green: just like spring, filled with hope that we’ll follow Christ.

The Mass is the one, single action by which all phases of the mystery of Christ are made present to us, not just symbolically, but truly and essentially, under outward signs, so we can understand them better. And, so we can incorporate them into our daily lives: what does it mean for you that God humbled Himself to become a man? –and humbled Himself further, dying as a criminal to grant you eternal life? If it means nothing, then you are a rather hard-hearted individual. Ordinary Time is that time to look at ourselves—not as we usually do, for vanity’s sake—but in humility before God. He did all this for you, how do you repay His love for you and His generosity to you? Your response in time—now–determines your future, beyond time. If you come to love Him, you will be with Him forever. If not, why WOULD you want to be with Him forever in heaven? Rather simple and ordinary: God’s love and our real response.

Get cracking on it, since Ordinary Time has begun. You might begin by reading Scripture: start with one of the Gospels, maybe a chapter each day. Get to know who Jesus, Mary, the Apostles and saints are. Then, choose on of the virtues—start with the big ones, Faith, Hope and Charity. Look them up in the Catechism of the Catholic Church or Google them [make sure you look at a CATHOLIC version, since the Protestant understanding of these is incomplete] if you don’t understand them, and then implement each in daily life. There are two parts: avoid evil, then do good, following Jesus’ advice. The invisible, unknowable God became “real” for us by becoming visible and knowable, as St. John mentions in his first letter. Now, as you grow in Faith, Hope and Charity, make your faith real—visible and knowable to others, so you can transform your ordinary daily tasks and life to be opportunities for loving God and leading others to eternity by example. God bless you. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Gayle Moore, Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Thomas McGuire, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Ardise, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Brianna Petigny, Elaine Shoztic, Joan Kronk, John Kronk, Mary Lena Cocchia, Alexandre Laurent, John Murray.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Walter Bradley, Paul Hughes, Paul Polotaye, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Cathy Itri, Oswaldo Diaz, Maria Imbrogno, James Saunders, Margaret Potolicchio, Richard Hughes, Israel Noriega, Dennis Winski, Msgr. Robert McCormick, Camille Lindstrom, Catherine Olnek, Dominick J. Marciano, John D’Agostino, Carol J. Toppin, John MacLean, Muriel Rysinski, Joan Terpack, Nancy Ligouri, Jean Corcoran, Ralph Bocuzzi.

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

Annual Catholic Appeal: Begins the weekend of January 21/22. This is the annual appeal by the Diocese of Bridgeport to fund all the charitable, educational, and faith-based works of the Diocese of Bridgeport that assist thousands of people daily throughout Fairfield County. You will be contacted directly by the Diocese. Our parish goal this year is $110,000, so please be generous in your support. Our parish Appeal leaders are John & Eileen Tarleton, who have led our efforts last year so successfully. Thank you for your cooperation and generosity.

LATIN LOW MASS: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

Men of the Parish: Looking for a spiritual boost—with coffee? Every Friday morning, about 30 men of the parish meet in the Rectory at 7 a.m. for coffee, then join together for twenty minutes of prayer and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament: all completed in time to attend the 8 a.m. Mass or to be on time for work. All parish men are welcome: 18 years of age and up. All are welcome without charge: Just walk in the Rectory front door, go down the hall, and you’ll find the coffee.

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

R.C.I.A.: Our next class will be Monday, January 16th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Topic: Some Fundamental Principles of Catholic Morality/Virtues and Vices, Part II: Chapters 3-4.

Faith on Tap: January 24th: Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St. in Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. Patrick Donovan of the Diocesan Leadership Institute will be talking about “Ten Ways To Evangelize Every Single Day”. Bring a friend or two!

The Upper Room: January 31st: For Adults 39 and up in “The Upper Room” at Columbus Park Trattorria, 205 Main Street, in Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm for “Stump the Priests.” All are welcome. Bring a friend or two!

Speaking to Baby Jesus: On Sundays January 22 & 29, the parish religious education students are invited to speak to the Baby Jesus represented in the parish Nativity scene on the St. Joseph Altar. These little 1 minute student reflections are the children’s way of thanking the Son of God for becoming a baby in Bethlehem, and will take place during the regular religious education classes on Sundays. Parents and families are invited to attend. The pious practice was begun by St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th century.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday January 8, 2017 $ 10,806.15
Sunday January 10, 2016 $ 13,797.69

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 22nd, Sunday Readings: Is 8:23—9:3; 1 Cor 1:10-13, 17; Mt 4:12-23.

Police: As policemen and women are under attack throughout the country, we ask that you Please remember the members of our Stamford Police Department in your prayers. Likewise, remember in your prayers members of Stamford’s EMS and Fire Department, and our military women and men who protect our nation.
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
FEBRUARY 2: Candlemass: The Blessing of candles and procession will take place at the beginning of the 12:10 daily Mass. Everyone is welcome.

FEBRUARY 3: St. Blaise Day: Throats will be blessed after both daily Masses.

SEPTEMBER 23, 2017: The Heart of Saint Padre Pio will visit our Basilica all day on tour through the United States. Please mark your calendar for a day of prayer and blessings. Mark your calendars early: details to follow.
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Project Rachel Ministry: Offers free and confidential help to those seeking healing after abortion. Come back to God’s love and mercy. Call 203-416-1619 or projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays, 12:45 in the Rectory.  We are reading two works of St Ambrose:  De Mysteriis, on Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist [387 a.d.];  Epistula ad Sororem Marcellinam [385 a.d.], an account of Arian and Imperial Party politics to gain possession of a basilica in Milan. An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary. Information: 203-324–1553.

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

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

Lauralton Hall: invites you to attend Take-a-Look Tuesday on February 7th at 8AM. Join us for coffee and a tour of Lauralton Hall. RSVP to 203-877-2786 ext.144. Lauralton Hall, 200 High Street, Milford.

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

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

Natural Family Planning & Fertility Care: Looking for information to understand and appreciate your fertility? The Creighton Model System deals with the complete dimension of procreative ability. It can be used in conjunction with NaProTechnology to assist with infertility and sub-fertility issues in a natural way. Teachers of the Creighton Model System are trained allied health professionals and specifically trained physicians. To schedule a free introductory session: Angela Marchetti: angelamarachettifcp@gmail.com

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

Men’s Night of Reflection: 7pm, at St. Gabriel’s church, on Wednesday, Jan 18th. Men, please join us to hear Fr. Joseph Gill present “How to Get More Out of the Mass” This Men’s Night is brought to you by the Knights of Columbus Fr. Miller Council. Please contact Bill Nagle with any questions, 203-570-2593, email: billnagle@hotmail.com.

New Girls Catholic Academy: Pre-K-High School: The religious Sisters of the Company of The Savior operate girls academies in Spain and in the United States. The mission of the Sisters is to provide faithful Catholic education to young and teen-aged girls. They hope to open a new girls’ academy in lower Fairfield County. The priests of the Basilica parish support this project, and invite parents, expectant parents, young adults, and engaged couples to meet the sisters at the Rectory on January 19th at 7:30pm to discuss their project. There is no obligation or commitment required of those who attend. The meeting is purely informational. So, please join us for the discussion. Please RSVP to the Sisters by January 14th: 203-368-1875, or bridgeport@ciasalvador.org

Our Lady Star of the Sea School: Will be having Open Houses on Sunday, January 29th, 10:00a.m.-12noon and Wednesday, February 1st, from 9:00a.m.-11:00a.m. For more information, please contact Mary Margarone, Director of Admissions, admissions.olss@gmail.com.

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

Villa Maria School: in Stamford has proudly inspired students with learning disabilities for more than 40 years, and will host a series of Open Houses on Sunday, January 22: 2-4 pm; Monday, January 23rd, 9:30-11:00am & 6:30-8:00pm. Contact Stephen Bennhoff, Assistant Head of School at Villa Maria School, at 203-322-5886 ext 104, or at sbennhoff@villamariaedu.org.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge. Next meeting: Monday, January 23rd at 7:30PM – at Stamford Corners, 1455 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Walk up the stairs, past the concierge to the club room. Go around to the left to right side conference room.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, January 14, 2017
4:00 +Eileen O’Grady Hogan req. Family
Sunday, January 15, 2017
7:30 +Mria Pjeter req. Age
10:00 +Roger O’Connor req. Elaine Knapp
12:00 +Maria Preziosi 24th Anniversary req. Marion Morris and Family
5:00 +Bryan Washington
Monday, January 16, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Deborah Fallacaro req. Melton Family
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
8:00 +Michael Siragusa req. John and Maria Mossa
12:10 +David J. Crozier req. John Pascale
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 People of the Parish
Thursday, January 19, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Maria
12:10 +Damaso Serpa req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Friday, January 20, 2017
8:00 +James Garzia req. Catherine Perry
12:10 +Evan Brookman req. Matt, Bill and Carol Christiaanse
Saturday, January 21, 2017
8:00 +Nel Rene req. Age
12:10 +Felicitas Cody req. Cody Family

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:

150 years ago, or so:
January 22, 1869: “The Catholic Fair, which commenced in Seely’s Hall on Tuesday evening is, we learn, a decided success so far. The Hall is tastefully decorated with flags, and the various tables are arranged with much neatness. An unusually large number of valuable articles are to be disposed of by lottery, the drawing to take place Saturday evening. Among these are a magnificent clock, gold watches, oil paintings, a gold mounted revolver and other articles too numerous to mention. From present appearances we have no doubt the Fair will be a success financially and otherwise.”

115 years ago, or so:
January 17, 1903: Roman Catholic. “Tomorrow will be the Feast of the Holy Name and will be specially observed by Roman Catholics. In St. John’s Church, the Holy Name Society, which has membership of about 500 men, will receive Holy Communion at the 7:30 o’clock Mass.”

75 years ago, or so:
January 18, 1939: Spiritual Retreat For Catholic Youth Of Stamford Planned. “The first annual mid-year spiritual retreat for boys and girls of high school age will be held in St. John’s Catholic Church, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 27, 28 and 29, it was announced today by the Inter-parish Council of the Stamford Catholic Youth Organization. The retreat exercises will be directed by Rev. Robert X. Sheridan, S. J., a member of the faculty of Boston College High School, who has had considerable experience with high school student retreats in New England.”

50 Years ago, or so:
January 16, 1964: Bishop Curtis Will Officiate At Scout Event. “The 11th annual Ad Altare Dei award presentation, sponsored by the Catholic Youth Organization of the Diocese of Bridgeport, will be held Feb. 1, at the Holy Name Church. The awards will be presented by the Most Rev. Walter W. Curtis, Bishop of Bridgeport. Those scouts who successfully passed the board of review include: Daniel J. Moriarity, Patrick J. Moriarity, and Daniel E. Shaub, Troop 22, St. John’s Church.”
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Daniel Shaub would go on to become an Eagle Scout on December 18, 1965)

45 Years ago, or so:
January 18, 1974: “St. John’s Roman Catholic Church is to be the site of a service for Christian unity involving all the denominations of Stamford. The service is to take place at 8:15 p.m., Jan. 25, according to the Rev. William A. Nagle, host pastor. With the joint sponsorship of the Stamford-Darien Council of Churches and Synagogues and the Stamford R. C. Vicariate, a congregation of about 1,000 persons is anticipated.”

Bulletin for Sunday January 8, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday January 8, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: Saint John’s is quite a splendid little parish, if I do say so myself. It’s had a few st-johns-church decades of practice, you know, since its establishment in 1847. In order to function, the parish has a vast crowd of people who make it work, besides the three priests. I’ve always thought many people think that after Sunday Mass we shut off the lights until the following Sunday, and the priests do whatever religious ministers in Protestant parishes do, whatever that is. Besides offering daily Masses and Confessions, Baptisms, funerals, and weddings, we do much more on a daily basis. Catholic parishes are not like non-Catholic religions: we work throughout the 7-day week. Just look at the parish bulletin for the usual weekly schedule of activities for some idea that the place stays open daily, every day and most evenings for classes, language study, prayer groups, marriage preparation, planning committees, counseling, convert instructions, and, of course, the parish office. Or, drop by any day in the Basilica between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and see the hundreds of people who stop by to make a visit to Our Lord in the tabernacle. While the priests stay occupied with hospital calls, the sacramental schedule, teaching and personal counseling, and the salaried staff remains very busy making the place run, there is, likewise, quite literally, a battalion of volunteers who work thousands of hours annually behind-the-scenes to make St. John’s the best parish in Fairfield County.

Without naming names, because they would put a hit out on my life if I did, here is a small list of some of those unseen-yet-essential volunteers and their duties: the lady who opens the church weekdays at 6:00 a.m.-originally from Stamford, she now drives from Monroe each morning early to open the church, then goes off to teach school; the lady who maintains the sanctuary, cleans and polishes the altar, statues, and sacred Mass vessels, arranges the flowers, cleans and irons the altar linens, maintains the church supplies, and keeps the church in running order—she arrives each Monday, Thursday, and Friday at about 10:30 a.m., usually staying until 4:00 p.m.—on Fridays she leaves by 9:00 p.m.–working; Christmas, Holy Week and Easter require dozens more hours for her, daily; the ladies who repairs the Mass vestments, altar linens and altar ornaments, and makes the robes for Our Lady’s altar; various tradesmen and professionals who donate their time and efforts in parish repair and construction projects; the numerous lectors, Eucharistic ministers, choir members, and altar servers who; our ushers, who maintain order and take the weekly collection; those who sort and count the collection; the religious education teachers and their assistants who teach our children the Catholic faith weekly; the parishioner who designs all our advertising and announcements; volunteers who organize our parish societies; the men and women who volunteer to make all our social and fundraising events happen; the bookstore volunteers, and those who prepare coffee and refreshments each week after the 10:00 a.m. Mass; the members of our parish Finance Council and Parish Council; our parish Trustees and legal counsel, who do their best to restrain the pastor from doing too many dumb things. And this list does NOT include paid staff, such as our secretary, business manager, custodians, organist, housekeeper, tech support people, and their assistants.

That’s a lot of people!! And too often, their efforts and dedicated service to Saint John’s go unmentioned, unnoticed or unappreciated by us all, since we take it all for granted that when we come to the doors of the Basilica, all will be unlocked, clean, and well-running. Why do they do all this, and have done so for so many years? The lady who cleans the altars clearly told me soon after I arrived in 1998. I entered the church on a Friday night while she was up on a stool cleaning the marble statues with a toothbrush. I suggested that she take care not to lose her balance, suggesting that she didn’t have to do that kind of dangerous work. Her response was classic: “Don’t worry, Father. Besides, I’m doing all this for Our Lord, not for you!” And, she was correct!!

So, this weekend, I would like to thank all our volunteers for their generous and continued hard work, which is such a sign of their love for our parish and for Our Lord, and one of the reasons why St. John’s does work so well.
—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Thomas McGuire, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Ardise, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Brianna Petigny, Elaine Shoztic, Joan Kronk, John Kronk, Mary Lena Cocchia, Alexandre Laurent, John Murray.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Walter Bradley, Paul Hughes, Paul Polotaye, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Cathy Itri, Oswaldo Diaz, Maria Imbrogno, James Saunders, Margaret Potolicchio, Richard Hughes, Israel Noriega, Dennis Winski, Msgr. Robert McCormick, Camille Lindstrom, Catherine Olnek, Dominick J. Marciano, John D’Agostino, Carol J. Toppin, John MacLean, Muriel Rysinski, Joan Terpack, Nancy Ligouri, Jean Corcoran, Ralph Bocuzzi.

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.

LATIN LOW MASS: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

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

R.C.I.A.: Our next class will be Monday, January 9th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Topic: The Essence of Catholic Morality/Human Nature as the Basis for Catholic Morality —Part II: Chapters 1-2.

Faith on Tap: January 24th: Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St., Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. Patrick Donovan of the Diocesan Leadership Institute will be talking about “Ten Ways To Evangelize Every Single Day”. Bring a friend or two!

The Upper Room: January 31: For Adults 39 and up in “The Upper Room” at Columbus Park Trattorria, 205 Main Street, Stamford. 7pm-9pm for “Stump the Priests.” All are welcome.

Preaching to Baby Jesus: On Sundays January 8, 22 & 29, the parish religious education students will be invited to preach to the Baby Jesus, represented in the parish Nativity scene on the St. Joseph Side Altar. These little 1 minute student sermons will take place during the regular religious education classes on Sundays. Parents and families are invited to attend. This pious practice began in the 13th century by Saint Francis of Assisi, and continues to be practiced in the Roman parish church of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli, near the Roman Forum. School aged children are invited to mount a small pulpit and say a few words thanking the Son of God for becoming a baby in Bethlehem so we could have eternal life. Parents and families of the children are welcome to join us.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Christmas December 25, 2016 $ 54,912.52
Christmas December 25, 2015 $ 45,717.00
Sunday January 1, 2017 $ 16,143.86
Sunday January 3, 2016 $ 12,727.84

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 15th, Sunday Readings: Is 49:3, 5-6; 1 Cor 1:1-3; Jn 1:29-34.

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

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

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

St. Monica Biblical Greek Grammar: Anyone interested in beginning to learn the basics of Biblical Greek, OR Biblical Hebrew, please phone the Rectory [203-324-1553, ext. 11]

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.  We are reading two works of St Ambrose:  De Mysteriis, a treatise on the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist cir a.d. 387;   Epistula ad Sororem Marcellinam, an account of the frustrated attempts of the Arian and of the Imperial Party to gain possession of a basilica at Milan, a.d. 385. An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.  Call the rectory for information.

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

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

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

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

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

Natural Family Planning & Fertility Care: Looking for information to understand and appreciate your fertility? The Creighton Model System deals with the complete dimension of procreative ability. It can be used in conjunction with NaProTechnology to assist with infertility and sub-fertility issues in a natural way. Teachers of the Creighton Model System are trained allied health professionals and specifically trained physicians. To schedule a free introductory session: Angela Marchetti: angelamarachettifcp@gmail.com

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

Men’s Night of Reflection: 7pm, at St. Gabriel’s church, on Wednesday, Jan 18th. Men, please join us to hear Fr. Joseph Gill present “How to Get More Out of the Mass” This Men’s Night is brought to you by the Knights of Columbus Fr. Miller Council. Please contact Bill Nagle with any questions, 203-570-2593, email: billnagle@hotmail.com.

New Girls Catholic Academy: Pre-K-High School: The religious Sisters of the Company of The Savior operate girls academies in Spain and in the United States. The mission of the Sisters is to provide faithful Catholic education to young and teen-aged girls. They hope to open a new girls’ academy in lower Fairfield County. The priests of the Basilica parish support this project, and invite parents, expectant parents, young adults, and engaged couples to meet the sisters at the Rectory on January 19th at 7:30pm to discuss their project. They are interested in speaking with Catholics of Stamford to ascertain if there is interest for such an academy. There is no obligation or commitment required of those who attend. So, please join us for the discussion. Please RSVP to the Sisters by January 14th: 203-368-1875, or bridgeport@ciasalvador.org

Our Lady Star of the Sea School: Will be having Open Houses on Sunday, January 29, 2017 10:00a.m.-12noon and Wednesday, February 01, 2017 from 9:00a.m.-11:00a.m. For more information, please contact Mary Margarone, Director of Admissions, admissions.olss@gmail.com.

Villa Maria School: located in Stamford and proud to have over 40 years of success in inspiring students with learning disabilities, will host a series of Open Houses in January. Dates and times are Sunday, January 22 from 2-4 PM, Monday, January 23 from 9:30-11:00 AM, and Monday, January 23 from 6:30-8:00 PM. To RSVP for Open House, contact Stephen Bennhoff, Assistant Head of School at Villa Maria School, at 203-322-5886 ext 104. Or email him at sbennhoff@villamariaedu.org.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge. Next meeting: Monday, January 23rd at 7:30PM – Stamford Corners, 1455 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Walk up the stairs and past the concierge to the club room. Follow it around to the left to the conference room on your right.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, January 7, 2017
4:00 Special Intentions Eric Cates Family req. Sally Mobilio
Sunday, January 8, 2017
7:30 Leila Carneiro req. Rainho Family
10:00 +Ralph F. Loglisci Jr. req. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Cucco
12:00 +Felicetta DiCarlo req. Marion Morris
5:00 +Bryan Washington
Monday, January 9, 2017
8:00 Ferry Galbert req. Andrew Mbabaali
12:10 +Catherine Pascale req. John Pascale
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
8:00 Lori Longo Birthday req. Aunt Millie
12:10 +Karl Wilk req. Sue Kremheller
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
8:00 +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Cecilia Ficko req. Patrick and Mary Walsh
Thursday, January 12, 2017
8:00 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Francesco and Josephine Mancuso req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Friday, January 13, 2017
8:00 +Mary Hays req. Stephen Darst
12:10 +Catherine Morris 32nd Anniversary req. Marion Morris and Family
Saturday, January 14, 2017
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Robert Disney req. Lucy Joyce

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

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

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

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

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies:— Introduction to Biblical Greek or Biblical Hebrew: Call Monsignor DiGiovanni for more information (203-324-1553, ext 11).

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

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

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:

155 years ago, or so:
January 11, 1861: Fast Day. “Last Friday was observed here in accordance with the proclamation of the authorities as a day of fasting and prayer. The places of business were closed. 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.”

115 years ago, or so:
January 12, 1903: CHURCH DEBT REDUCED $10,000. “In St. John’s R. C. Church, yesterday, the pastor, Rev. James C. O’Brien, made several important announcements. The most interesting one came in the annual report of the parish which was the statement that $10,500 of the debt of the church had been paid during the past year. The total debt now is $55,000. If the record for last year is kept up, it will require only five years to wipe out the entire debt. Before reading his report, Father O’Brien announced that a division had been made in the parish, whereby the Poles, Hungarians, Slavonians and other kindred nationalities would have a parish of their own. There are 126 of these families and their population is between 500 and 600. For the present they will have the use of the lower chapel. Father O’Brien also stated that within a few years it would be necessary to build a new school, as the present accommodations were entirely inadequate. There are nearly 600 children enrolled in the parochial school.”

100 years ago, or so:
January 8, 1918: “Conde B. Pallen, editor of the Catholic Encyclopedia, will give a Catholic and patriotic lecture in the lower chapel of St. John’s R. C. Church this evening, at 6:15. The subject will be “Up Against the Real Thing.” There will be no charge for admission.”

75 Years ago, or so:
January 10, 1941: St. John’s Club Is Victorious. “The St. John’s Varsity Club traveled to Port Chester to defeat the Port Chester Y.M.C.A. Juniors, 39-24, in a fast and quick scoring game. This was the fourth victory in five starts for the local team.”

50 Years ago, or so:
January 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. A 7:30 a.m. Mass was held without heat as was a funeral later in the morning. Heat was restored before Noon.”

Bulletin for Sunday January 1, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday January 1, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: Now that December 25th has passed, Christmas is all over, right? Wrong! The Church nativity does not treat one of the most important historic events in cosmic history with such frivolity as to move on so quickly. Since the reality that God the Creator of the Universe became a man in Bethlehem in order to share His Divine nature and life with us men and women is so important, the Church keeps the Divine Child of Bethlehem before our eyes until February 2nd, the Feast of the Presentation, when Jesus was dedicated to God in the Temple in Jerusalem. One means of doing this is by observing a very ancient and pious tradition, whose origin is St. Francis of Assisi. It all began in a small town outside Rome, and continues in Rome today.

Atop Rome’s Capitoline Hill, one of Rome’s original seven hills, is a graceful set of stairs, the cordonata, built by Michelangelo in 1536. Its easy ascent leads to today’s city capitol buildings, and in the center of the little square is a recent [fiberglass] copy of the ancient bronze equestrian statue of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. The original is now in the museum on the right side of the piazza. If you asked any of the thousands of tourists who mount the stairs to identify the bronze-colored fiberglass statue of the man on a horse, about 99% of them would have no clue! He was once the most powerful man in the world, despite the fact that he was the most powerful man in the world.

To the left of Michelangelo’s staircase is the rough brick Church of Santa Maria dell’ Aracoeli, which sits atop another staircase of graceless design, composed of 122 agonizingly steep steps. It is a very, very difficult ascent! Yet, thousands mount those steps daily, especially during the Christmas season.

The Aracoeli was built over the ancient pagan Altar of Heaven, built by the Emperor Caesar Augustus, the Roman Emperor who reigned when Jesus was born. Augustus’ Altar of Heaven marked the spot he had a vision of a woman with a baby, promising a new era in human history. It is recorded in Virgil’s Bucolics, in the fourth Eclogue 4-17. The early Church interpreted this to refer to a specific woman, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and to a specific infant, Jesus. The heart of the Church of the Ara Coeli is the tiny wooden statue of the Infant Jesus. Rather ugly, but wrapped in swaddling clothes and, over the centuries, it has become encrusted in jewelry, precious stones, and, in more recent times, Rolex watches, offered by the faithful asking for favors or in gratitude for prayers answered. This statue of the Baby Jesus is credited with numerous miracles, ever since its arrival in the church centuries ago. In fact, up through Mussolini’s time, the statue had its own horse-drawn carriage in which it would ride to the home of the local poor, visiting the sick or attending the deathbed of a pious, impoverished Roman citizen. The story is even told that during a public demonstration when Mussolini was haranguing the crowds, and all traffic was halted, the Duce himself stopped speaking, and the crowds parted to allow the Santo Bambino to pass by on a mission of mercy!

Each year, throughout the Christmas season, thousands of Romans eagerly mount those treacherous 122 steps to reach the ugly brick church on top. The goal of their pilgrimage is to encourage their to mount the pulpit to recite “sermons”, poems, or simply little speeches they’ve composed to the Infant Jesus, thanking Him for blessings, and especially because He—the Son of God—became a baby for them. It’s quite lovely, in a Roman way.

It presents an interesting contrast: thousands mount Michelangelo’s beautiful stairs to stare at the imposing bronze-colored fiberglass statue of a man no one remembers who once was powerful and famous; thousands more mount steeper stairs of lesser design next door to visit an ugly little wooden statue of a baby everyone knows—Jesus the Son of God and Son of Mary, who is the Emperor of the Universe who became a child so we could live in peace on earth—if we listen to Him, and live with Him forever in Heaven—if we choose to love Him.

Bring your children to our Nativity Scene at Saint John’s beginning at Christmas, but also during the subsequent weeks of the Christmas season through February 2nd, and let them give a little speech to the Infant Jesus, thanking Him and His Mother for loving us so much. The religious education children of the parish will be doing that during their classes on Sundays January 8, 22 & 29: parents are most welcome to come and watch their children speak to Our Lord in His crib—you might even thank the Infant King for the blessing of your children as they say their few words of thanks. Merry Christmas! —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Thomas McGuire, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Ardise, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Brianna Petigny, Elaine Shoztic, Joan Kronk, John Kronk, Mary Lena Cocchia, Alexandre Laurent, John Murray.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Paul Hughes, Paul Polotaye, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Cathy Itri, Oswaldo Diaz, Maria Imbrogno, James Saunders, Margaret Potolicchio, Richard Hughes, Israel Noriega, Dennis Winski, Msgr. Robert McCormick, Camille Lindstrom, Catherine Olnek, Dominick J. Marciano, John D’Agostino, Carol J. Toppin, John MacLean, Muriel Rysinski, Joan Terpack, Nancy Ligouri, Jean Corcoran, Ralph Bocuzzi.

Solemnity of Mary Collection . . . The second collection will be the for the parish. Your generosity is appreciated.

LATIN LOW MASS: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

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

R.C.I.A.: There will be no class on January 2nd. Our next class will be Monday, January 9th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Topic: The Essence of Catholic Morality/Human Nature as the Basis for Catholic Morality —Part II: Chapters 1-2.

Faith on Tap: January 24th: Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St., Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. Patrick Donovan of the Diocesan Leadership Institute will be talking about “Ten Ways To Evangelize Every Single Day”. Bring a friend or two!

Preaching to Baby Jesus: On Sundays January 8, 22 & 29, the parish religious education students will be invited to preach to the Baby Jesus, represented in the parish Nativity scene on the St. Joseph Side Altar. These little 1 minute student sermons will take place during the regular religious education classes on Sundays. Parents and families are invited to attend. This pious practice began in the 13th century by Saint Francis of Assisi, and continues to be practiced in the Roman parish church of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli, near the Roman Forum. School aged children are invited to mount a small pulpit and say a few words thanking the Son of God for becoming a baby in Bethlehem so we could have eternal life. Parents and families of the children are welcome to join us.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Not Available because of Early Bulletin Transmission Deadlines

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

January 8th, Sunday Readings: Is 60:1-6; Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6; Mt 2:1-12.

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

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

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

St. Monica Biblical Greek Grammar: Anyone interested in beginning to learn the basics of Biblical Greek, OR Biblical Hebrew, please phone the Rectory [203-324-1553, ext. 11]

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.  We are reading two works of St Ambrose:  De Mysteriis, a treatise on the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist cir a.d. 387;   Epistula ad Sororem Marcellinam, an account of the frustrated attempts of the Arian and of the Imperial Party to gain possession of a basilica at Milan, a.d. 385. An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.  Call the rectory for information.

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

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

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, Thursday, January 5th! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

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

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

Natural Family Planning & Fertility Care: Are you looking for information to help you understand and appreciate your fertility? The Creighton Model System is based on a couple’s knowledge and understanding of their naturally occurring phases of fertility and infertility. This system deals with the complete dimension of procreative ability. It can be used in conjunction with NaProTechnology to assist with infertility and sub-fertility issues in a natural way. Teachers of the Creighton Model System are trained allied health professionals and specifically trained physicians. To schedule a free introductory session: Angela Marchetti: angelamarachettifcp@gmail.com

Catholic Young Adults of Stamford: We are Catholic young adults in our 20s and 30s, committed to strengthening community ties through regular meetings to growth in our faith, social events, and community service projects. Join us for our monthly Sunday dinner following 5pm Mass. Connect with us by joining our group on Facebook or Meetup. For more information, please email catholicyastamford@gmail.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 (324-1553, ext. 21).

Our Lady Star of the Sea School: Will be having Open Houses on Sunday, January 29, 2017 10:00a.m.-12noon and Wednesday, February 01, 2017 from 9:00a.m.-11:00a.m. For more information, please contact Mary Margarone, Director of Admissions, admissions.olss@gmail.com.

Villa Maria School: located in Stamford and proud to have over 40 years of success in inspiring students with learning disabilities, will host a series of Open Houses in January. Dates and times are Sunday, January 22 from 2-4 PM, Monday, January 23 from 9:30-11:00 AM, and Monday, January 23 from 6:30-8:00 PM. To RSVP for Open House, contact Stephen Bennhoff, Assistant Head of School at Villa Maria School, at 203-322-5886 ext 104. Or email him at sbennhoff@villamariaedu.org.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge. Next meeting: Monday, January 23rd at 7:30PM – Stamford Corners, 1455 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Walk up the stairs and past the concierge to the club room. Follow it around to the left to the conference room on your right.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, December 31, 2016
4:00 +Ed & Ann Cody, Bill & Felicitas Cody and members of the Burns and Cody Family req. Cody Family
Sunday, January 1, 2017
7:30 +Charles Cycon req. Thomas Cycon
10:00 Thanksgiving to God req. Saint Preuve Family
12:00 +Suzanna Donovan 22nd Anniversary req. Marion Morris
5:00 +Bryan Washington
Monday, January 2, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 +John “Jay” O’Meara req. Tom Kolenberg
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
8:00 +Mary Ellen O’Keefe req. Oniffrey Family
12:10 +Bonnie Keyes req. Tom Kolenberg
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
8:00 +Mary Price req. Melanie Szlucha
12:10 Colleen Sharkey Kung req. parents
Thursday, January 5, 2017
8:00 +Nancy Russo req. James and Lori Rubino
12:10 In Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Friday, January 6, 2017
8:00 +Felicetta Di Carlo req. Bill and Richard Morris & Michelle Sagdati
12:10 +Beth Pesiri-Solomita req. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ingram
Saturday, January 7, 2017
8:00 +Gertrude Mullin req. Rainho Family
12:10 Special Intentions Donna Disapupil req. Ferry G.

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

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

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

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

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies:— Introduction to Biblical Greek or Biblical Hebrew: Call Monsignor DiGiovanni for more information (203-324-1553, ext 11).

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

Coffee Hour: There is no Coffee Hour this Sunday, January 1st, because of New Year’s Day. Coffee Hour will resume Sunday January 8th, after the 10a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:

155 years ago, or so:
January 4, 1860: “New Year’s day passed off quietly, so quietly that we, who have always been accustomed to the noise and gaiety and rushing about of one half the city calling upon the other half, could hardly bring ourselves to believe that this was the veritable “Happy New Year.” It being the feast of the Circumcision, there was Mass in the Roman Catholic church.”

145 years ago, or so:
January 8, 1869: “The Roman Catholic choirs are generally found to excel. This is true of the choir in the Catholic church in this town. Additional good voices and other improvements have been lately added, and though they appear to need a good organ, yet they produce very pleasing music.”

110 years ago, or so:
January 2, 1907: New Parochial School Opens. “St. John’s parochial school took up its quarters in its new building this morning. There were about 500 children present. They attended Mass in the church at 9 a.m. and then went over to their new school. There was some inconvenience in getting the session under way, because all the work on the interior was not entirely completed. By Monday, everything will be done, it is expected, and from that time on things will move along smoothly. There were a number of visitors in the school yesterday, and all were well impressed with it.“

100 Years ago, or so:
January 7, 1916: “The Holy Name societies of St. John’s Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Church of the Holy Name are to assemble in St. John’s Catholic Church, on Sunday evening, at 7:30, to listen to a lecture by Rev. Joseph Byrne of Norwalk, who is superior of the Holy Ghost school.”

65 years ago, or so:
January 8, 1948: CYO Ends Half Tonight, Johnnies Upset Holy Names. “The first round in the Catholic Youth Organization Leagues ends tonight when four more games will be put on at the Columbus Hall. Last night, the feature game of the evening provided a thriller, with the St. John’s upsetting a favored Holy Name five by the score of 43—39. It was one of the closest games played this season, with the score changing hands no less than 10 times. The South Enders gained an early lead in the first quarter and maintained a one point lead at intermission. With but two minutes to go, the Johnnies held onto a three point lead which gave them the victory.”

Bulletin for Sunday December 25, 2016

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday December 25, 2016nativity-scenePastor’s Corner: The most recognizable symbol of Christmas is the Nativity scene. Ours is displayed on the Saint Joseph side altar. Saint Francis of Assisi created the first Nativity scene in 1223 to accompany Christmas Midnight Mass in the tiny Italian town of Grecio. Saint Bonaventure, Francis’ biographer, described the scene: “… in order to excite the inhabitants of Grecio to commemorate the nativity of the Infant Jesus with great devotion, Francis determined to keep it with all possible solemnity. He prepared a manger, and brought hay, and an ox and an ass to the place appointed. Francis stood before the manger, full of devotion and piety, bathed in tears and radiant with joy; the holy Gospel was chanted by Francis. . . and then he preached about the nativity of Jesus, the poor King; being unable to utter His name for tenderness of His love, He called Him the Babe of Bethlehem.” Francis wanted to underscore the reality that God had become a man on the first Christmas night. The best way to instruct illiterate villagers was to let them see first hand what Christ’s Nativity was like. They could identify with something they could see.

The same was true elsewhere in Europe in a new form of instructional entertainment designed by the Church that came to be known as “Passion Plays.” These formed a series of plays outlining salvation history, from Genesis until the end of the world. The most famous of these was annually performed in the English village of Wakefield. Shakespeare would have seen these as a youth, and it is believed they inspired and influenced his writing. In one of the Christmas pageants called “The Second Shepherds’ Play”, local humor and customs are included to bring home the central message of the force of God’s love for us. Three poor shepherds, huddling against the cold in the field, admit a stranger to their ranks to keep warm with them. The stranger casts a sleeping spell over them, steals a young lamb without blemish, and runs home to his hungry, drunken wife. Knowing the shepherds will search for the lost sheep, the wife decides to dress the sheep as a baby. She and her “newborn” hop into bed, just as the angry shepherds arrive, ready to kill the thieving shepherd. But seeing the baby asleep with its mother, even after noticing his rather large nose, they relent and leave. Outside, they reproach themselves for not having brought the newborn baby any gifts. Here is the symbolic beginning of Christianity—remorse for sin, and a desire to be charitable. The shepherds return with simple gifts, but this time uncover the ruse and recover their lost sheep. Angrily departing from the home, they are met by angels singing: “Glory to God in the highest” for God has come among men—and the shepherds are led to a cave where a child is born—the True Lamb of God, with His poor parents. They offer the Child the gifts they’d brought to the lamb dressed as a baby: a few cherries, fresh in the middle of winter [!], suggestive of Jesus’ miraculous resurrection from the dead; a little bird, suggestive of the Holy Spirit and of Christ’s divinity; and a tennis ball—from the then newly popular royal sport, suggestive of an orb, the sign of Christ’s universal kingship as God.

St. Francis’ simple Nativity scene and the Wakefield plays were both created by the Church to instruct the poor about the real generosity of God. Today there is a whole generation of people who are truly poor—not just financially, but because they disbelieve in the reality of God’s riches. Believe, for the unseen God truly became a man so that mankind could become like God. By believing, you permit God to share His eternal riches with you. Merry Christmas!

During Christmas season through February 2nd, the parish Religious Education students of will be able to “preach” to the Baby Jesus each Sunday during class time. This hallowed tradition was also instituted by St. Francis as a means to move children to speak to Our Lord who became a baby that they might share God’s life now and forever. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Thomas McGuire, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Ardise, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Brianna Petigny, Elaine Shoztic, Joan Kronk, John Kronk, Mary Lena Cocchia, Alexandre Laurent, John Murray.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Paul Hughes, Paul Polotaye, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Cathy Itri, Oswaldo Diaz, Maria Imbrogno, James Saunders, Margaret Potolicchio, Richard Hughes, Israel Noriega, Dennis Winski, Msgr. Robert McCormick, Camille Lindstrom, Catherine Olnek, Dominick J. Marciano, John D’Agostino, Carol J. Toppin, John MacLean, Muriel Rysinski, Joan Terpack, Nancy Ligouri, Jean Corcoran, Ralph Bocuzzi.

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

LATIN LOW MASS: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

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

R.C.I.A.: There will be no class on December 26th or January 2nd. Our next class will be Monday, January 9th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Topic: The Essence of Catholic Morality/Human Nature as the Basis for Catholic Morality —Part II: Chapters 1-2.

Faith on Tap: January 24th: Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St., Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. Patrick Donovan of the Diocesan Leadership Institute will be talking about “Ten Ways To Evangelize Every Single Day”. Bring a friend or two!

Preaching to Baby Jesus: On Sundays January 8, 22 & 29, the parish religious education students will be invited to preach to the Baby Jesus, represented in the parish Nativity scene on the St. Joseph Side Altar. These little 1 minute student sermons will take place during the regular religious education classes on Sundays. Parents and families are invited to attend. This pious practice began in the 13th century by Saint Francis of Assisi, and continues to be practiced in the Roman parish church of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli, near the Roman Forum. School aged children are invited to mount a small pulpit and say a few words thanking the Son of God for becoming a baby in Bethlehem so we could have eternal life.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday December 18, 2016 $ 13,162.71
Sunday December 20, 2015 $ 14,017.48

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

January 1st, Sunday Readings: Nm 6:22-27; Gal 4:4-7; Lk 2:16-21.

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

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

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

St. Monica Biblical Greek Grammar: Anyone interested in beginning to learn the basics of Biblical Greek, OR Biblical Hebrew, please phone the Rectory [203-324-1553, ext. 11]

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.  We are reading two works of St Ambrose:  De Mysteriis, a treatise on the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist cir a.d. 387;   Epistula ad Sororem Marcellinam, an account of the frustrated attempts of the Arian and of the Imperial Party to gain possession of a basilica at Milan, a.d. 385. An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.  Call the rectory for further information.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge. Next meeting: Monday, January 23rd at 7:30PM – Stamford Corners, 1455 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Walk up the stairs and past the concierge to the club room. Follow it around to the left to the conference room on your right.

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

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

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, Thursday, January 5th! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Tuesday, December 27th
Solemn Choral Sung Vespers,
procession and Veneration
of the first class Relics of Saint John the Evangelist at 7:30pm-8:30pm on our parish patronal feast day. A light reception to follow. Everyone is welcome.
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“Walking with Purpose”: A program of prayer and Bible Study for Catholic women, Tuesday mornings beginning at 9:30 am in the parish hall. For more information, contact: Rosa Federici at wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

Natural Family Planning & Fertility Care: Are you looking for information to help you understand and appreciate your fertility? The Creighton Model System is based on a couple’s knowledge and understanding of their naturally occurring phases of fertility and infertility. This system deals with the complete dimension of procreative ability. It can be used in conjunction with NaProTechnology to assist with infertility and sub-fertility issues in a natural way. Teachers of the Creighton Model System are trained allied health professionals and specifically trained physicians. To schedule a free introductory session: Angela Marchetti: angelamarachettifcp@gmail.com

Catholic Young Adults of Stamford: We are Catholic young adults in our 20s and 30s, committed to strengthening community ties through regular meetings to growth in our faith, social events, and community service projects. Join us for our monthly Sunday dinner following 5pm Mass. Connect with us by joining our group on Facebook or Meetup. For more information, please email catholicyastamford@gmail.com.

Mass of Remembrance: A Mass of Remembrance for the loss of a child will be held on the Feast of the Holy Innocents, Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 7 p.m. at St. Ann Parish in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport. Father Perter Lynch, pastor, will celebrate the Mass. For more information, email OfficeofFaithFormation@diobpt.org.

Our Lady Star of the Sea School: Will be having Open Houses on Sunday, January 29, 2017 10:00a.m.-12noon and Wednesday, February 01, 2017 from 9:00a.m.-11:00a.m. For more information, please contact Mary Margarone, Director of Admissions, admissions.olss@gmail.com.

Villa Maria School: located in Stamford, CT and proud to have over 40 years of success in inspiring students with learning disabilities, will host a series of Open Houses in January. Dates and times are Sunday, January 22 from 2-4 PM, Monday, January 23 from 9:30-11:00 AM, and Monday, January 23 from 6:30-8:00 PM. To RSVP for Open House, contact Stephen Bennhoff, Assistant Head of School at Villa Maria School, at 203-322-5886 ext 104. Or email him at sbennhoff@villamariaedu.org.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, CHRISTMAS EVE., December 24, 2016
4:00 +Vito and Josephine Melfi req. Joe Melfi
MIDNIGHT: People of the Parish
Sunday, CHRISTMAS, December 25, 2016
7:30 People of the Parish
10:00 +Mary Audette req. her son
12:00 People of the Parish
5:00 NO MASS
Monday, December 26, 2016
8:00 Special Intentions Thomas Cycon req. Mary and Jef Spetland
12:10 +John Melfi, Sr., Mary Melfi, John Melfi, Jr. req. Joe Melfi
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
8:00 +Nang Nguyen req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 +William Borkowski req. Michael and Ann Borkowski
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
8:00 +Randolph Samedi req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Theresa Pereira req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam
Thursday, December 29, 2016
8:00 +Ana Sollesta req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
12:10 Alvina Ramos req. Maria Trivino
Friday, December 30, 2016
8:00 Barbara Schueger req. Maria Trivino
12:10 +Bryan Washington req. Dr. Joe McAleer
Saturday, December 31, 2016
8:00 +Wladek and Willemina Falek req. daughter
12:10 Padre Juan Pineda Anniversary in the Priesthood req. Maria Trivino

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

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

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

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

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies:— Introduction to Biblical Greek or Biblical Hebrew: Call Monsignor DiGiovanni for more information (203-324-1553, ext 11).

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

Coffee Hour: There is no Coffee Hour this Sunday, December 25th, because of Christmas and there will be no Coffee Hour January 1st, because of New Year’s Day. Coffee Hour will resume Sunday January 8th, after the 10a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:

125 years ago, or so:
December 25, 1891: St. John’s R. C. Church. “The feature of the Christmas decoration at this church is at the left of the Sanctuary, representing in evergreens and straw the manger at Bethlehem. The central figure is the child Jesus on the left and right of whom, kneeling, are St. Mary and St. Joseph, with the figures of two adoring angels. The idea is a happy one and happily carried out. On Christmas morning there will be High Mass at 5:30, Mass at 7:30 and 9:00 and High Mass at 10:30. At the latter, Sterns Mass in D complete, with twenty voices accompanied by organ, violin and cornet, will be rendered. In the offertory “Adeste Fideles” will be sung. At 7:30 p.m. Fiske’s grand musical Vespers will be rendered. This program will be repeated on Sunday, the 27th.”

100 years ago, or so:
December 26, 1914: CHURCHES CELEBRATE FEAST OF NATIVITY. “In the Catholic and other churches, Christmas was celebrated with the customary joy and the services were well attended. St. John’s Catholic Church was trimmed with holly and evergreens, and the “Manger Scene” also was depicted here. Mass was held at 5 a.m.; Solemn High Mass at 7:30; Masses at 9 and 9:30 and Solemn High Mass again at 10:30.”

75 years ago, or so:
December 31, 1938: Children of Mary Groups to Receive Holy Communion. “The Senior and Junior divisions of the Children of Mary Sodality of St. John’s Catholic Church will receive communion in a body at the 8 o’clock Mass, tomorrow. They will occupy seats in the center aisle on the left and right sides, respectively. The Senior division will hold the monthly meeting on Friday, Jan. 6, at 8:30, after evening devotions, in the lower chapel of the church. All members are expected to be present. Election of officers for the ensuing year will take place and plans for coming activities will be made. The sodality will give a skating party on January 17 in the skating rink on Gay Street.“

50 Years ago, or so:
December 29, 1966: Scout Troop 22. “Scout Troop 22,. Sponsored by St. John’s R. C. Church, had its annual winter camping trip to Camp Toquam at Goshen, Conn. during the weekend of Dec. 16. The troop stayed in Leland Lodge. Taking advantage of the newly fallen snow, several scouts were able to pass the stalking and trailing requirements for first and second class. Most of the cooking was done on a coal stove by the adult leaders. The scouts cooked their own Shish Kebab over the fireplace on Saturday night.”

Bulletin for Sunday December 18, 2016

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday December 18, 2016
st-augustinePastor’s Corner: Saint Augustine was one of the clearest and most prolific ofwriters in the early Church. I have chosen the reading below as a beautiful mediation for Christmas morning: I hope you will take the time to read it to understand more fully why God became man:

“God had a time for making promises and a time for fulfilling them. The time for making promise lasted from the prophets to John the Baptist, the time for fulfilling them from then to the end of time.

The faithful God made himself our debtor, not by receiving anything from us, but by his own promises. He even bound himself in writing, as though handing us a written pledge; thus, when he would begin to carry out his promises, we could determine from the Scriptures the very order of fulfillment.

God’s ultimate promise was of eternal salvation, unending blessedness with the angels, and everlasting and glorious inheritance, the sweetness of his face, his holy house in heaven, resurrection from the dead and release from fear of death. All this is the goal we seek; once there, we shall not need nor want anything more. But he also made promises and predictions about the way to that goal of happiness. Thus he promised divinity to men and women, immortality to mortals, justification to sinners, and glory to the humble.

Since all this might seem incredible to us, God not only put his promises in writing but also gave us a Mediator, his only Son, to show how he would lead us to the promised goal. More than this, he made his Son not only show us the way but himself be the very Way.

God’s Son, then, was to come among us, take manhood to himself and be a man; to die, rise up, ascend to heaven, and sit at the Father’s right hand; to carry out the various promises among the nations; and finally, to fulfill the ultimate promise to come again and bestow on the unjust what he had threatened and on the just what he had promised. All this had to be foretold so that we might not be distressed by its unexpected coming but await it with faith.” [Commentary on the Psalms: 109, 1-3]

Christmas in Bethlehem that we celebrate on December 25th is the most dramatic and visible means that God keeps his promises to us. Let us kneel at Our Lord’s Crib at the side altar of St. Joseph, and thank him for keeping his word by loving so much that he became one of us so we could be more like him here and in eternity. Merry Christmas!
—Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Thomas McGuire, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Ardise, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Brianna Petigny, Elaine Shoztic, Joan Kronk, John Kronk, Mary Lena Cocchia, Alexandre Laurent, John Murray.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Paul Hughes, Paul Polotaye, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Cathy Itri, Oswaldo Diaz, Maria Imbrogno, James Saunders, Margaret Potolicchio, Richard Hughes, Israel Noriega, Dennis Winski, Msgr. Robert McCormick, Camille Lindstrom, Catherine Olnek, Dominick J. Marciano, John D’Agostino, Carol J. Toppin, John MacLean, Muriel Rysinski, Joan Terpack, Nancy Ligouri, Jean Corcoran, Ralph Bocuzzi.

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

Our Lady’s Altar Votive Light: +Ed & Ann Cody and Bill & Felicitas Cody req. Cody Family

LATIN LOW MASS: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

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

R.C.I.A.: Our next class will be Monday, December 19th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Topic: The Forgiveness of Sins/The Resurrection of the Body/Life Everlasting —Part I: Chapters 8-10.

Advent Concert: The Diocese of Bridgeport Youth Choir—C4Y—is hosting a Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 18th at 6pm in the Klein Memorial in Bridgeport. Christmas hymns, carols, scripture readings and prayers will make up the concert. For information and to purchase tickets: www.theklein.org or (800) 424-0160.

Faith on Tap: January 24th: Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St., Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. Patrick Donovan of the Diocesan Leadership Institute will be talking about “Ten Ways To Evangelize Every Single Day”. Bring a friend or two!

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

Advent Centers of Mercy: Various parishes have been named “Centers of Mercy” by Bishop Caggiano, and will offer special confession times during Advent:
Tuesdays: 7-8:30 pm: St. Catherine, Trumbull; St. Joseph, Brookfield; Assumption, Fairfield.
Wednesdays: 7-8 pm: St. Pius X, Fairfield.
Thursdays: 7-8:30pm: St. Theresa, Trumbull; Sacred Heart, Danbury; St. Charles, Bridgeport.
Mondays-Fridays: 11:30-12 noon: St. Augustine, Bridgeport.

The Basilica of Saint John: while not a diocesan Center of Mercy, continues to offer the Sacrament of Confession every day of the week: Monday-Friday:11:30-11:55 am; Saturday: 3-4 pm; Sunday: 7-7:25am; 9:30-9:55am; 11:30-11:55am.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday December 11, 2016 $ 12,675.00
Sunday December 13, 2015 $ 14,006.49

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

December 25th, Sunday Readings: Is 52:7-10; Heb 1:1-6; Jn 1:1-18 or Jn 1:1-5, 9-14.

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

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

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

St. Monica Biblical Greek Grammar: Anyone interested in beginning to learn the basics of Biblical Greek, OR Biblical Hebrew, please phone the Rectory [203-324-1553, ext. 11]

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.  We are reading two works of St Ambrose:  De Mysteriis, a treatise on the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist cir a.d. 387;   Epistula ad Sororem Marcellinam, an account of the frustrated attempts of the Arian and of the Imperial Party to gain possession of a basilica at Milan, a.d. 385. An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.  Please call the rectory for further information.

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

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

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, Thursday, January 5th! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge. Next meeting: Monday, January 23rd at 7:30PM – Stamford Corners, 1455 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Walk up the stairs and past the concierge to the club room. Follow it around to the left to the conference room on your right.

The Christmas Giving Tree: The Sisters of Life would like to thank everyone for their generosity. This year’s event was a huge success. Merry Christmas to you and your families.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Sunday, December 25th: MIDNIGHT MASS at 12 MIDNIGHT: Our solemn Christmas Choral Mass in English. Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, December 27th: Solemn Sung Vespers, procession and veneration of the first class relics of Saint John at 7:30pm on the Feast of Saint John the Evangelist, the patron of our parish. A light reception to follow in the Msgr. Nagle Hall. Everyone is welcome.
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“Walking with Purpose”: A program of prayer and Bible Study for Catholic women, Tuesday mornings beginning at 9:30 am in the parish hall. For more information, contact: Rosa Federici at wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

Natural Family Planning & Fertility Care: Are you looking for information to help you understand and appreciate your fertility? The Creighton Model System is based on a couple’s knowledge and understanding of their naturally occurring phases of fertility and infertility. This system deals with the complete dimension of procreative ability. It can be used in conjunction with NaProTechnology to assist with infertility and sub-fertility issues in a natural way. Teachers of the Creighton Model System are trained allied health professionals and specifically trained physicians. To schedule a free introductory session: Angela Marchetti: angelamarachettifcp@gmail.com

Catholic Young Adults of Stamford: We are Catholic young adults in our 20s and 30s, committed to strengthening community ties through regular meetings to growth in our faith, social events, and community service projects. Join us for our monthly Sunday dinner following 5pm Mass. Connect with us by joining our group on Facebook or Meetup. For more information, please email catholicyastamford@gmail.com.

Mass of Remembrance: A Mass of Remembrance for the loss of a child will be held on the Feast of the Holy Innocents, Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 7 p.m. at St. Ann Parish in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport. Father Perter Lynch, pastor, will celebrate the Mass. For more information, email OfficeofFaithFormation@diobpt.org.

Our Lady Star of the Sea School: Will be having Open Houses on Sunday, January 29, 2017 10:00a.m.-12noon and Wednesday, February 01, 2017 from 9:00a.m.-11:00a.m. For more information, please contact Mary Margarone, Director of Admissions, admissions.olss@gmail.com.

Villa Maria School: located in Stamford, CT and proud to have over 40 years of success in inspiring students with learning disabilities, will host a series of Open Houses in January. Dates and times are Sunday, January 22 from 2-4 PM, Monday, January 23 from 9:30-11:00 AM, and Monday, January 23 from 6:30-8:00 PM. To RSVP for Open House, contact Stephen Bennhoff, Assistant Head of School at Villa Maria School, at 203-322-5886 ext 104. Or email him at sbennhoff@villamariaedu.org.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, December 17, 2016
4:00 +Domenic Civitillo req. Angela Giannitti
Sunday, December 18, 2016
7:30 Special Intentions Maria Trivino req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
10:00 Special Intentions Rev. Andrew A. Vill
12:00 +Allan Mitchell 6th Anniversary req. Marion Morris
5:00 Needs of parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, December 19, 2016
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 Special Intentions Lilian Ramos req. Maria Trivino
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
8:00 +Wladek and Willemina Falek req. daughter
12:10 Padre Juan Pineda req. Maria Trivino
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
8:00 Special Intentions Rev. Terrence P. Walsh
12:10 People of the Parish
Thursday, December 22, 2016
8:00 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Juana Mazariegos req. Blanca Reyes
Friday, December 23, 2016
8:00 +Andrew Borg req. Christina Gencarelli
12:10 +Heinz Ehlebracht req. Mark and Deborah Dalton
Saturday, December 24, 2016
8:00 People of the Parish
12:10 +Feroze Aslam req. Abdul and Sarah Aslam

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

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

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

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

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies:— Introduction to Biblical Greek or Biblical Hebrew: Call Monsignor DiGiovanni for more information (203-324-1553, ext 11).

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

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

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:

155 years ago, or so:
December 28, 1860: Christmas in the Churches. “There was early Mass at the Roman Catholic Church, and at the ten o’clock service a sermon appropriate to the season was preached by the Rev. Father O’Neil.”

115 years ago, or so:
December 19, 1901: St. Anne’s Society as Santa Claus. “St. Anne’s Ladies’ Aid Society of St. John’s R. C. Church will furnish Christmas dinners to about 50 poor families in town. The dinners will be prepared by members of the society and will be distributed on Christmas Day, in baskets. Any contributions of material, etc. for the dinners, will be received thankfully by the society.“

100 Years ago, or so:
December 23, 1916: Christmas Music in Catholic Churches. “Mass will be celebrated in St. John’s Catholic Church, on Christmas Day at 5, 7:30, 8, 9, 9:30 and 10:30 a. m. The Masses at 5 a. m. and at 10:30 a. m. Will be Solemn High Mass celebrations. The celebrations at 8 and 9:30 will be in the chapel [Downstairs church]. At the 9 o’clock Mass, Loesch’s Kyrie will be sung. John P. Reilly will sing “Christmas Song,” Miss Madeline Shea will sing “Star of Peace,” with violin obligato and the chorus will sing “Adeste Fidelis.” Loesch’s Mass in honor of St. Elizabeth will be sung at the 10:30 Mass, also Novello’s “Adeste Fidelis.” The soloists will be Mrs. W. R. Troy, soprano; Miss Catherine Kane, mezzo soprano; John P. Reilly, tenor, and James Murray, baritone; Herman Rheaume, bass. A stringed orchestra under Prof Metz’s direction will assist with the music. Miss M. M. Kennedy, the organist and choir director, will direct.”

75 Years ago, or so:
December 24, 1941: CATHOLIC CHORAL GROUP TO MAKE RADIO DEBUT WITH PROGRAM TONIGHT. “The initial radio appearance of a new choral group, under the direction of the Rev. Charles E. Hagearty of St. John’s Catholic Church, will be made this evening at 10. The group is comprised of voices from the Catholic churches of Stamford and vicinity and they will be heard throughout the year on the Angelus Hour, which begins on Sunday, Dec. 28 at 5:30 p. m. The Christmas Eve program will include the following numbers: “Ave Maria Stella,” (traditional Italian Melody); “Silent Night,” Gruber; “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” Mendessohn; “Jesu Redemptor Omnium,” Oreste Revanello; “Birthday of a King,” Neidlinger; “Adeste Fidelis,” Kreckel. In conjunction with the program of Christmas carols, there will be a short Christmas message delivered by the Rev. N. P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s.”

Bulletin for Sunday December 11, 2016

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday December 11, 2016

Pastor’s Corner: One of the most beautiful of all meditations about God becoming Man [the mystery we celebrate announciationat Christmas] is that written by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux [1090-1153]. The “mystery” is why God would come to rescue us from sin and death, at all!? The answer: God’s love for us; and His hope that we will learn to love Him in return. That’s what salvation is: understanding that God loves you, and deciding that you will love God in the way you live your life, thereby opening yourself to God’s grace, so you might live with Him forever. Saint Bernard’s meditation is about the response Our Lady made to the Archangel Gabriel, who was sent by God to ask Mary to co-operate with His plan to save humankind from sin and death. As we read Bernard’s meditation, think of yourself as being in Our Lady’s room when the Archangel Gabriel appears: you’re eavesdropping, hiding behind a pillar or the curtains. But, even while you’re doing something sneaky, you become caught up in the scene of the angel before Mary: and as you begin to understand the importance that Mary’s response to God had for YOU and for YOUR future, you begin to hope that Mary will say “yes” , and co-operate with God’s invitation to be the Mother of God, so that you and all humankind might benefit in eternal life—for the first time, you understand the depth of God’s love for you, and, possibly for the first time, you desire to love God in return, just as Mary does.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessed Virgin, open your heart to faith, your lips to the praise of the Lord, your body to your Creator. The One for whom the nations yearn is knocking at the door. Delay, and he will pass by, and you shall begin again in sorrow to seek Him whom your heart loves. Rise up, run, open!

She answers: “’Behold the Lord’s servant. Do with me as you say.’” [In Praise of the Virgin Mary, Sermon 4, 8-9]   —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: Paula Bennett, Mildred Beirne, Karen Hsu, Paul Hughes, Silvana Smith, Harriet Lockhart, Joseph Kung, Jacqueline Domingue, Eilish Collins Main, Thomas McGuire, Antonietta Cerone, Sylvia Ardise, Sylvia Iannazzi, A.J. Barr, William Byrnes, Jonathan Victor, Sophia Petrafesa, Donald Gerbasi, Lyn Geikie-Rice, Addison Byrne, Ruth Coyle, Brianna Petigny, Elaine Shoztic, Joan Kronk, John Kronk, Mary Lena Cocchia, Alexandre Laurent, John Murray.

Please pray for those who have recently died: Paul Polotaye, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Cathy Itri, Oswaldo Diaz, Maria Imbrogno, James Saunders, Margaret Potolicchio, Richard Hughes, Israel Noriega, Dennis Winski, Msgr. Robert McCormick, Camille Lindstrom, Catherine Olnek, Dominick J. Marciano, John D’Agostino, Carol J. Toppin, John MacLean, Muriel Rysinski, Joan Terpack, Nancy Ligouri, Jean Corcoran, Ralph Bocuzzi.

LATIN LOW MASS: In the Extraordinary Form each Friday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

December 17th: A special Advent Mass at 6:00 a.m. in the Basilica: The Solemn Sung Rorate Mass in honor of the Blessed Mother will be offered in English with choir. Light breakfast to follow in the parish hall. Everyone is welcome.

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

R.C.I.A.: Our next class will be Monday, December 12th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Topic: The Holy Catholic Church—Part I: Chapter 7.

Advent Concert: The Diocese of Bridgeport Youth Choir—C4Y—is hosting a Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 18th at 6pm in the Klein Memorial in Bridgeport. Christmas hymns, carols, scripture readings and prayers will make up the concert. For information and to purchase tickets: www.theklein.org or (800) 424-0160.

Faith on Tap: January 24th Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St., Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. Bring a friend or two!

2018 MASS BOOK:  The 2017 Mass book is full. The 2018 Mass book is now open. There will be a new limit: 10 Masses per individual/family, and the donation will be $20 per Mass. This allows more parishioners to reserve Masses for their loved ones and intentions.

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

Advent Centers of Mercy: Various parishes have been named “Centers of Mercy” by Bishop Caggiano, and will offer special confession times during Advent:
Tuesdays: 7-8:30 pm: St. Catherine, Trumbull; St. Joseph, Brookfield; Assumption, Fairfield.
Wednesdays: 7-8 pm: St. Pius X, Fairfield.
Thursdays: 7-8:30pm: St. Theresa, Trumbull; Sacred Heart, Danbury; St. Charles, Bridgeport.
Mondays-Fridays: 11:30-12 noon: St. Augustine, Bridgeport.

The Basilica of Saint John: while not a diocesan Center of Mercy, continues to offer the Sacrament of Confession every day of the week: Monday-Friday:11:30-11:55 am; Saturday: 3-4 pm; Sunday: 7-7:25am; 9:30-9:55am; 11:30-11:55am.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday December 4, 2016 $ 12,386.00
Sunday December 6, 2015 $ 14,794.38

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

December 18th, Sunday Readings: Is 7:10-14; Rom 1:1-7; Mt 1:18-24.

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

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

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

St. Monica Biblical Greek Grammar: Anyone interested in beginning to learn the basics of Biblical Greek, OR Biblical Hebrew, please phone the Rectory [203-324-1553, ext. 11]

St. Monica Latin Reading Group: Tuesdays at 12:45 in the Rectory.  We are reading two works of St Ambrose:  De Mysteriis, a treatise on the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist cir a.d. 387;   Epistula ad Sororem Marcellinam, an account of the frustrated attempts of the Arian and of the Imperial Party to gain possession of a basilica at Milan, a.d. 385. An intermediate reading ability in Latin is necessary.  Call the rectory for further information.

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

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

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, Thursday, January 5th! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge. Next meeting: Monday, January 23rd at 7:30PM – Stamford Corners, 1455 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Walk up the stairs and past the concierge to the club room. Follow it around to the left to the conference room on your right.

Successful Canned Food Drive: The Religious Education Program, Thanks you for another successful Canned Food Drive! More than 100 bags of food were packed for the St. Joseph’s Parenting Center in Stamford as well as other families in need. Thanks to all of our generous parishioners for making a difference in the lives of many families this Thanksgiving! Thank You!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Rorate Mass
In English with Choir

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Saturday, December 17th at 6 a.m.
Breakfast to follow in the Monsignor Nagle Hall
Everyone is Welcome

Sunday, December 25th: MIDNIGHT MASS at 12 MIDNIGHT:    Our solemn Christmas Choral Mass in English. Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, December 27th: Solemn Sung Vespers, procession and veneration of the first class relics of Saint John at 7:30pm on the Feast of Saint John the Evangelist, the patron of our parish. A light reception to follow in the Msgr. Nagle Hall. Everyone is welcome
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“Walking with Purpose”: A program of prayer and Bible Study for Catholic women, Tuesday mornings beginning at 9:30 am in the parish hall. For more information, contact: Rosa Federici at wwptbsj@gmail.com or 203-536-5480.

Natural Family Planning & Fertility Care: Are you looking for information to help you understand and appreciate your fertility? The Creighton Model System is based on a couple’s knowledge and understanding of their naturally occurring phases of fertility and infertility. This system deals with the complete dimension of procreative ability. It can be used in conjunction with NaProTechnology to assist with infertility and sub-fertility issues in a natural way. Teachers of the Creighton Model System are trained allied health professionals and specifically trained physicians. To schedule a free introductory session: Angela Marchetti: angelamarachettifcp@gmail.com

Catholic Young Adults of Stamford: We are Catholic young adults in our 20s and 30s, committed to strengthening community ties through regular meetings to growth in our faith, social events, and community service projects. Join us for our monthly Sunday dinner following 5pm Mass. Connect with us by joining our group on Facebook or Meetup. For more information, please email catholicyastamford@gmail.com.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, December 10, 2016
4:00 +Suzanne DePreta req. Virginia Gerardi
Sunday, December 11, 2016
7:30 In Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus req. Maria Trivino
10:00 +Rev. Joseph J. Malloy req. Carpanzano Family
12:00 Prayer for Priests req. Marion Morris
5:00 Needs of parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, December 12, 2016
8:00 +Joseph and Margaret Curtis req. Mary Maloney
12:10 Jaiden Kravar req. Fabiola
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
8:00 Special Intentions Rev. Albert D. Audette, Jr.
12:10 Alexandra and Gertha Laurent
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Noemi Isidro req. daughters
Thursday, December 15, 2016
8:00 +Rose Donahue and Mary Hynes req. Marie Carr
12:10 +Scholastica Lloyd req. Carmen Lara
Friday, December 16, 2016
8:00 +Patricia O’Connor req. Mary Bridget Gaine
12:10 +Charles and Matthew Austin req. parents
Saturday, December 17, 2016
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Nicholas Rosa Jr. req. Iris Rios and Julia Rosa

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

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

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

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

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies:— Introduction to Biblical Greek or Biblical Hebrew: Call Monsignor DiGiovanni for more information (203-324-1553, ext 11).

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

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

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:

150 years ago, or so:
December 15, 1865: “Second Annual Ball of St. John’s Roman Catholic Benevolent Association of Stamford, will be held at Hoyt’s Hall, on Friday evening, Dec. 29, 1865. Committee of Arrangements—John Kenealy, Robert Welch, Matthew Fagan, Thos. Hollarn, Jeremiah Riordan. President—Patrick McKeon: Vice President, Wm. Brennan: Treasurer, Michael Coughlin: Secretary, Nicholas Donohue. Floor Managers—Patrick Manon, Wm. Hickey, Eugene Drew.”

115 years ago, or so:
December 17, 1903: “There was a large congregation present at the opening service in the triduum for men, which commenced in St. John’s Roman Catholic Church last evening. The service was conducted by Rev. Father Fitzgerald of Greenwich. The services at 5 and 8 this morning were also well attended. The triduum will be continued this evening and tomorrow. The men of the parish are taking much interest in it. The sermon tonight will be preached by Rev. Father E. J. Beary of New York.“

100 Years ago, or so:
December 17, 1917: Service Flags for Catholic Churches. “St. John’s Catholic church will soon be among the churches of the country that fly service flags. One has been ordered, and it will be put up as soon as it arrives, which ought to be before Christmas. A roll of honor will be placed in the vestibule of the church. It will contain upwards of 225 names. A complete list of the names of the members of the parish who are in the service is now being compiled. It is estimated there are about 230 and the number will, of course, be increased later.”

65 Years ago, or so:
December 17, 1953: “The pupils of the eighth grade of St. John’s Parochial School visited the Cedar Rest Home, South St., this week, where they sang Christmas carols and distributed gifts. They also presented gifts to the patients at the Heagney Convalescent Home, Fairfield Ave.”

50 Years ago, or so:
December 18, 1965: AT THE TOP. “Daniel Shaub is the most recent Stamford Boy Scout to receive the Scout’s highest award, the Eagle Badge. He is a member of Troop 22, sponsored by St. John’s Roman Catholic Church. With him at the recent presentation were his brother, who is his assistant scoutmaster, David Shaub, his Mother, Mrs. Eugene Shaub, and his scoutmaster, Edwin Iacovo Jr.”