Bulletin for May 21, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday May 21, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: Despite the pleas by Pope Benedict XV during the summer of 1914 that the major European powers pull back from the brink of war, which he called “the suicide of Europe,” the slaughter of millions was pursued with verve and enthusiasm in what would come to be known as World War I.
The United States reluctantly entered the war in 1917, and millions of young American men enlisted across the country. 297 parishioners of Saint John’s Church on Atlantic Street enlisted. To commemorate the patriotic participation of the Catholic men of Stamford [all of whom were members of Saint John’s, then the only Catholic church in town] , the Basilica of Saint John is hosting a small historic exhibit in the Rectory.

The creator and benefactor of this exhibit is a parishioner, Mr. Lawrence J. Bolanowski, who has been purchasing and collecting memorabilia about St. John’s World War I veterans, as well as spending hundreds of hours plowing through the Stamford Advocate archives in search of articles about these men. All come together to provide a fascinating account of all 297 parishioner-veterans of Saint John’s who served in the “Great War.” Family service flags, an exact replica of the parish service flag, bearing blue stars representing the number of family/parish members in the military service; gold stars signifying the heroic deaths of servicemen on the battlefields, medals, photographs, letters, original newspapers from 1917-1918, and religious objects from the battlefield are included in this exhibit, all purchased and provided by Larry. I am very grateful to Larry for his generosity, foresight and hard work. I am also grateful to the Stamford Historical Society for their loan of display cases. Local families have also sent in family mementoes of their fathers and grandfathers who fought: Erin Cody lent us the US Marine hat and insignia of her grandfather, John Cody; Marion Morris lent us photographs of her father and grandfather who fought.

Our exhibit runs from May 15—July 4th, Mondays through Fridays 10am-4pm in the Rectory. If these times are not convenient, please give me a call [203-324-1553, ext 11], and I’ll be delighted to let you in and give a personal tour at your convenience. The men of Saint John’s Parish did their duty, lent their strength and shed their blood to win the war. Let’s honor them by visiting this exhibit about them, and by offering a prayer for our parish heroes who are our fellow parishioners of St. John’s. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

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

Please pray for those who have recently died: Joseph Esperance, Terence Leydon, Maureen Flanders, Ann Touhey, Barbara Itri, Daniel Murphy, Bernadette Martelli, John Thompson, Francesco Russo, Lillian Jacobs, Rosalie Liguori, William DeLeo, Sylvia Ardise.

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

Annual Catholic Appeal: We have reached our goal of $112,000 for the Annual Catholic Appeal. We’re done!! Thank you for your generosity.

May 24: Day of Prayer for China: In 2007, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI asked all parishes worldwide to pray annually on this day for the Church in China, persecuted by the Chinese government. Please offer one “Hail Mary” on May 24th for the persecuted Church in China and for the Cause of Canonization of Cardinal Kung.

***Ascension Thursday: May 25h is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses are at 5:15p.m. on Wednesday, May 24th and on Thursday, May 25th at 8:00a.m., 12:10p.m.; 5:15p.m.

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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

May 15th – July 4th: [Monday-Fridays, 10 am-4 pm] St. John’s in World War I Exhibit in the Rectory.

Faith on Tap: Tuesday, May 23rd: Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St., Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. “Stump the Priests”, with your questions on the Catholic Faith & Church. Bring a friend or two!

May 29th: 10am: Special Memorial Day Mass at St. John’s Cemetery, Darien. Fr. Audette will offer this Mass for veterans of the parish at the stone altar in the Priests’ Circle, which is inside the main entrance on Hoyt Street. Everyone is welcome to attend. Cancelled if raining.

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday May 14, 2017 $ 15,288.31
Sunday May 15, 2016 $ 13,049.49

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

May 28th, Sunday Readings: Acts 1:12-14; 1 Pt 4:13-16; Jn 17:1-11a.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. Next meeting: This Wednesday, May 24th. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

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

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

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

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

The Face of Prayer: For all young Catholics of all ages [under 18 will need parental consent]: www.thefaceof prayer.org Will you join the movement of prayer? Bishop Frank Caggiano invites you to be the face of prayer. Text your picture, a prayer intention, or the word “prayer” to 55778. The follow the prompts to complete your registration and commit to being the face or prayer! Participants will receive a prayer from Bishop Frank either every day or three times a week [your choice] as well as a weekly video from our bishop, access to great resources online, and the opportunity to pray together with friends from all around the Diocese of Bridgeport. This project is a partnership between the Diocese of Bridgeport and the Mater Ecclesiae Foundation. Privacy protections are in place.

WORK:A parishioner who is a local real estate broker is looking for a dedicated person to provide part-time marketing support. This is basically secretarial work, requiring writing and computer skills, along with some knowledge of Excel spreadsheets. This is a paying position. If interested, please call Cindy at the Rectory: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

WORK:A local Catholic family with two young children is seeking part-time household help on weekday mornings. They live in downtown Greenwich, CT near the train station. If you are interested, please email Stephen Schmalhofer at stephen.schmalhofer@gmail.com.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, May 20, 2017
4:00 Agnes Kung req. Family
Sunday, May 21, 2017
7:30 +Josephine and Karl Berger
10:00 +Hedwig Jagodzinski req. Jagodzinski Family
12:00 +Frances Delaney Birthday Remembrance req. Family
5:00 +Rev James Marra, SDB
Monday, May 22, 2017
8:00 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Winnie Dunn req. Mark and Deborah Dalton
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Christopher Vill
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
8:00 +Roberto Clemente
12:10 World Day of Prayer for China
5:15 +Tole Camaj req. Age
Thursday, May 25, 2017
8:00 +Margaret Mary Cycon req. Thomas Cycon
12:10 +Susan Sjem req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
5:15 +Delia Truglia req. Lucille Lester and Family
Friday, May 26, 2017
8:00 +Roberto Clemente
12:10 +Richard Abcunas req. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Bolanowski
Saturday, May 27, 2017
8:00 Deceased members of the Marchetti and Tarantino Families req. Family
12:10 +Betty Fones req. Juanita Evans

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

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

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

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

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

Coffee Hour: Starts again in September, after the 10:00a.m. Family Mass in the Msgr. Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

125 years ago, or so:
May 21, 1892: Local Religious Affairs. “Roman Catholic: The services tomorrow will be as usual—Masses at 7:30, 9 and 10:30; vespers at 3. The sacrament of baptism will be administered at 4 p.m. On Ascension Thursday there will be Masses at 5 and 8 a.m. At the latter hour 250 children, who have been receiving special religious instruction for the last two months, will receive their first Communion.”

100 years ago, or so:
May 27, 1918: ROLL OF HONOR. Veterans of Civil War Buried in Local Cemeteries. “St. John’s R. C. Cemetery—Thomas Buckley, Patrick Harrison, Patrick Picker, Martin Kane, John Kelly, Daniel Kennedy, Henry O’Neil, James Keenan, James Warren, Thomas Lahey, Joseph P. Raferty, Martin Lane, John Birmingham, Peter Conroy, William McDonald, James Farron, P. Fitzpatrick, Morris Carroll, John Reardon, D. Dinan, John Collins, John Fitzpatrick, John H. McGill, John Conneff, Michael McGivney, Martin Cash.”

85 years ago, or so:
May 26, 1931: FLOWERS AND FLAGS PLACED ON SOLDIERS’ GRAVES BY BOY SCOUTS. “Boy Scouts representing the Stamford Council Troops, in cooperation with the Central Veterans’ Committee, placed flowers and flags on the graves of deceased soldiers in the various cemeteries last Sunday morning. Those representing the troops included James Stratton, William Burke, Joseph O’Donnell, William Wodtke, Clifford Wiltshire, Charles Clute, Robert Herrgen, Robert Graham, John Cummings, Troop 22, St. John’s R. C. Church.”

70 years ago, or so:
May 28, 1948: 8 Priests to Assist Bishop At Centennial Mass. “St. John’s Catholic Church on Atlantic Street will observe its 100th anniversary of the assignment of its first pastor on Sunday at 11 a.m. with a Solemn High Mass at which the Most Rev. Henry J. O’Brien, Bishop of Hartford will preside. In anticipation of the centennial, the church has been redecorated. The first pastor of the church, the Rev. John Brady, was named May 1848. Father Brady lived on Cove Road and in addition to Stamford, he ministered to Norwalk Catholics.”

20 years ago, or so:
May 8, 1997: Catholics Celebrate Holy Day. “Today is a Holy Day of Obligation for Roman Catholics who must attend Mass according to Rev. William A. Nagle of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church. The day, also known as Ascension Thursday, marks the day that Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven. It traditionally occurs 40 days after Easter.”

Bulletin for Sunday May 14, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday May 14, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: Saturday, May 6th, was the 143rd Running of the Roses: The Kentucky Derby. Our major parish fundraiser of the year was run simultaneously, and I am grateful to all who worked to make the event so successful, to those who donated goods, services, hard work, and funds, and to those who attended.

The Derby evening total was $42,000 for the parish! It is the most enjoyable of fundraising events I have attended in years, whether in Stamford, Greenwich or New York City. The evening did not simply materialize on its own; there were many, many people who spent hundreds of hours working to make the evening the success it was. I’d like to thank them:

Our Derby Committee was chaired by Patty Arnone who lavished her organizational skills and flare for the artistic upon the event. The Derby was Patty’s idea six years ago, and it has been wonderful fun. Her right hand assistant was Joe McAleer, our retired parish trustee, whose unflagging energy, superb graphics talents, good sense and decision-making skills made the evening work to perfection.

I am extremely grateful to Tony and Maria Marchetti and their family and staff provided the superb Italian food from their Columbus Park Trattoria here in Stamford. Sam Cingari and his family and staff from Grade A/ShopRite Market donated and served the mountains of top quality, fresh sea food for the evening. Likewise, Greg Duffey of Minuteman Press in Norwalk printed and donated all the programs and advertising for the evening. Their continued generosity for all our Derby events is overwhelming!

Michael Marchetti, Tracy Banahan, Liz Labrosciano, Juanita Evans, Lisa D’Acunto, Lisa Kotasek, and all lent their talents to the organizing committee that met for months to plan and prepare for the event, and worked the entire Derby evening. Many others worked diligently, as well. Among them were our bakers led by Tracy Banahan, who prepared more than 500 homemade sweets for our guests: Judy DeFelice, Noreen DeSoye, Joyce Gianinni, and Jennifer Marciano. Bill Arnone interfaced with the State of Connecticut for permits: a thankless yet essential job. Others made the evening possible by their dedicated time, service, hard work, and auction prizes, including: Noreen and Jack Desoye, Mary and Jef Spetland, Cindy Hulbert, Mary Jean Dalmolin, Kathy McDaniels, Steve and Kathy Tafuro, Scholastica Nabwire, Andrew Mbabaali, Jeannene McMurchy, Marion Morris, Dominic Piria, Tony Colon, Maggie & Simon Bound, Virginia Hughes, Frank Federici, the Nichani Family, Stacy and John Leydon, Carla and Barry Coutant, Jim Berger, and Fathers Audette and Vill. Matt Birk, who came from Florida with his lovely wife and directed the live auction with verve and humor, Tracy & Tom Banahan, Coromandel Cuisine, EOS Greek Cuisine, Finn II, Layla’s Falafel, Columbus Park Trattoria, Osteria Applausi, Tarantino’s, Juliska, Stamford Florist. If I have missed anyone, please forgive me: my mind occasionally slips! To all who donated, and to all who worked to make the evening a success, please accept my deepest and most sincere thanks.

God bless you all for your dedication to our wonderful Basilica parish.

THANK YOU!!!

—Monsignor DiGiovanni

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

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

Happy Mother’s Day!

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

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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

May 13th – September 4th at 5-6:30 pm: St. John’s in World War I Exhibit in the Rectory.

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

The Face of Prayer: For all young Catholics of all ages [under 18 will need parental consent]: www.thefaceof prayer.org Will you join the movement of prayer? Bishop Frank Caggiano invites you to be the face of prayer. Text your picture, a prayer intention, or the word “prayer” to 55778. The follow the prompts to complete your registration and commit to being the face or prayer! Participants will receive a prayer from Bishop Frank either every day or three times a week [your choice] as well as a weekly video from our bishop, access to great resources online, and the opportunity to pray together with friends from all around the Diocese of Bridgeport. This project is a partnership between the Diocese of Bridgeport and the Mater Ecclesiae Foundation. Privacy protections are in place.

WORK:A parishioner who is a local real estate broker is looking for a dedicated person to provide part-time marketing support. This is basically secretarial work, requiring writing and computer skills, along with some knowledge of Excel spreadsheets. This is a paying position. If interested, please call Cindy at the Rectory: 203-324-1553, ext 21.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday May 7, 2017 $ 14,467.99
Sunday May 8, 2016 $ 11,920.32

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

May 21st, Sunday Readings: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; 1 Pt 3:15-18; Jn 14:15-21.

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.

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

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

Annual Catholic Appeal: This is the annual appeal by the Diocese of Bridgeport to fund all the charitable, educational, and faith-based works of the Diocese of Bridgeport that assist thousands of people daily throughout Fairfield County. Each parish in Fairfield County is given a goal: ours is $110,000. We have collected to date: $108,567.00 or 98%. Please be generous; we need everyone’s help. Our parish Appeal leaders are John & Eileen Tarleton, who have led our efforts last year so successfully. Thank you for your generosity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies.
Next meeting: May 24th. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

Sidewalk Counselor Training: Saturday May 20th, 2017
Would you like to learn how to help women in unplanned, crisis pregnancies choose life or learn how you can support in prayer? Sidewalk Advocates for Life offers a peaceful, prayerful, law-abiding sidewalk advocacy method that seeks to reach that woman’s heart and fill her needs so she can confidently choose life! Our next training date will be Saturday, May 20 from 8am to noon in Stamford. Location TBA. The cost is $25 to cover training materials. To RSVP please contact Program Director Noelle at 857-345-0808 or noelle.gross@gmail.com. More information atwww.sidewalkadvocates.org

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

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

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

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

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

Ladies Night Out: Join the ladies of St. John’s Parish for a rosary making evening from 7-9pm on Thursday May 18th, 2017 in the Msgr. Nagle Hall. Design and make your own rosary while enjoying community and prayer, with refreshments of wine & cheese and tea & cookies. The cost is $40 per person and can be paid at the door. To register, please email keoglerstudios@gmail.com.

Faith on Tap: Tuesday, May 23rd: Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St., Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. “Stump the Priests”, with your questions on the Catholic Faith & Church. Bring a friend or two!

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, May 13, 2017
4:00 +Leo Gheringhelli req. Joan and John Kronk
Sunday, May 14, 2017
7:30 +Joan Mercia
10:00 +Mary Timlin req. Carol Cummings
12:00 Michelle Sagdati Birthday req. Family
5:00 +Rev. James Marra, SDB
Monday, May 15, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Maria
12:10 +Gregoria Gloria req. Angeles Family
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Maria
12:10 +Maureen Flanders req. Priests of the Parish
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Clarence Kelly Johnson
Thursday, May 18, 2017
8:00 Rev. Albert D. Audette, Jr.
12:10 Francis and Colleen Kung req. Family
Friday, May 19, 2017
8:00 +Clercy Millien req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +George Terenzio req. Family
Saturday, May 20, 2017
8:00 +Claudette Oddle
12:10 +Mrs. Corrie M. Evans req. Juanita Evans

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

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

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

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

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

Coffee Hour: Starts again in September, after the 10:00a.m. Family Mass in the Msgr. Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
150 years ago, or so:
May 20, 1864: Catholic School. “We paid a visit to this school, which is connected with St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, a day or two since, and were greatly pleased with the neatness and good order that prevailed—two requisites for the promotion of health and comfort. In the primary department are about 100 children, from 4 to 6 years of age, and in the higher classes are 175 scholars, all bright, healthy looking children. The school is under charge of Mr. Patrick O’Reilly.”
125 years ago, or so:
May 16, 1890: Ancient Order of Hibernians. “Fathers Keena and Carroll, of St. John’s R. C. church, went to Hartford in the early part of the week to attend the national convention of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. A large delegation of the order went also from Stamford, and St. John’s Band escorted these. The proceedings occupied Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On Monday of this week the great convention assembled at Hartford in Allyn hall—in fact some delegates arrived on Saturday. A sermon was preached in St. Joseph’s cathedral Monday morning by Rev. J. J. Quinn, of Collinsville, chaplain of the Hibernian Rifles. At 12 o’clock the convention was called to order by National Delegate M. F. Wilhere after which there was an address of welcome by John P. Murphy, State Delegate. In the procession it is said there were over three thousand Hibernians present, and when company A of New London, the color company of the Hibernian Rifles, was drawn up in front of the Allyn house, State Delegate Murphy presented them with a handsome stand of colors. This set consisted of Irish and American flags.”
110 years ago, or so:
May 17, 1909: BON VOYAGE, FATHER O’BRIEN. “Rev. James C. O’Brien, the pastor of St. John’s R. C. Church, told his people yesterday that he was going on a vacation – the first real vacation he has had in 33 years. He will sail for Europe next Thursday, with a large number of priests, whose primary object will be to attend the golden jubilee of the American College in Rome. Father O’Brien will be accompanied by his niece, Miss Flemming, and his nephew, Rev. Charles A. Leddy of Mystic. The trip will last for about 10 or 12 weeks, and, aside from Rome and other points of interest in Italy and France, will include a visit to Great Britain and Ireland. For some months several of the alumni of the college have been compiling data to incorporate in a history of the North American College. This work has been completed and copies of the book, which is illustrated, are to be given as souvenirs of the golden jubilee exercises.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Our own Monsignor DiGiovanni, himself a graduate of the North American College in Rome, has written two books on the history of the North American College: The Second Founder, published in 2013 and Aggiornamento on the Hill of Janus, published in 2017.)

Bulletin for Sunday May 7, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday May 7, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: Next Sunday, May 14th, is Mothers’ Day, and the parish will honor our mother, Our Lady, by crowning her at the 10:00 a.m. Mass. Devotion to Our Lady is not worship of her—we worship God alone! But we give honor to the saints for their perfection mirrors that of God, and pray that they will speak to God on our behalf, since we are all members of the Body of Christ, the Catholic Church, founded by Our Lord, who is the Head of the His Church.

We honor Mary, in particular, because of her moral excellence, and because of the superior way she is joined and dedicated to God. She is the most perfect disciple of Her Son; the first, after Jesus, to share in His bodily resurrection: she wears the Crown of victory, for those who remain faithful, about which St. Paul wrote in
I Corinthians 9:24, and about which St. John wrote in the Apocalypse 2:10: “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Apocalypse 12 is about Mary’s cooperation with God in bearing the Savior, and in her fidelity to God in His battle with Satan: “And a great portent appeared in the heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” Our devotion to Mary “proceeds from true faith, by which we are led to recognize the excellence of the Mother of God, and by which we are moved to filial love toward our mother and to imitation of her virtues.” [Vat II, Lumen Gentium, 67] Mary has a special role in God’s plan: by grace she is Mother of the God-made-man, and so she is exalted above angels and men. By her close association in the saving events of Christ’s life, she remains in the presence of the glorified Christ, interceding for us, as she continues participating in Christ’s saving work. Our hope is to come to her reward of sharing in Christ’s bodily resurrection: this is our salvation; the reason why God became a man, suffered, died and rose from the grave. Mary is what we hope to be: in love with God forever, in the flesh.

Devotion to Our Lady began immediately in the life of the primitive Church, as is reflected in the Gospels, early writings, and early paintings in the Catacombs in Rome. All the earliest Baptismal Creeds mention Mary. By the second century, the Church came to describe her role as that of the New Eve, contributing the best of humanity to God’s re-creation of everything in Christ, who is the New Adam. By the fifth century, the Council of Ephesus (431) granted the title of God–bearer [Theotokos] to Mary, clearly and accurately describing her role in God’s work for our salvation. While still a creature and a human being like ourselves, unequal to the perfection of Christ the Redeemer-King, Mary continues to work for the salvation of all: as mother of the King of the universe, the closest human being to Christ, Mary still influences the heart of Her Son on our behalf, while urging us to imitate her virtue and devotion to Christ. She is the mother to whom we go when in trouble or in need.

We will crown Our Lady as a sign of our filial devotion to Her, that She may lead us to Her Divine Son, Jesus. Let the mothers of the parish imitate Mary’s faith and virtues, and let their children remain truly devoted and grateful to their mothers, not just today, but every day of their lives. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

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

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

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

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

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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Saturday, May 13 at 5-6:30 pm: St. John’s in World War I Exhibit in the Rectory.

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

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

The Face of Prayer: For all young Catholics of all ages [under 18 will need parental consent]: www.thefaceof prayer.org Will you join the movement of prayer? Bishop Frank Caggiano invites you to be the face of prayer. Text your picture, a prayer intention, or the word “prayer” to 55778. The follow the prompts to complete your registration and commit to being the face or prayer! Participants will receive a prayer from Bishop Frank either every day or three times a week [your choice] as well as a weekly video from our bishop, access to great resources online, and the opportunity to pray together with friends from all around the Diocese of Bridgeport. This project is a partnership between the Diocese of Bridgeport and the Mater Ecclesiae Foundation. Privacy protections are in place.

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday April 30, 2017 $ 13,634.34
Sunday May 1, 2016 $ 13,413.43

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

May 14th, Sunday Readings: Acts 6:1-7; 1 Pt 2:4-9; Jn 14:1-12.

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.

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

Annual Catholic Appeal: This is the annual appeal by the Diocese of Bridgeport to fund all the charitable, educational, and faith-based works of the Diocese of Bridgeport that assist thousands of people daily throughout Fairfield County. Each parish in Fairfield County is given a goal: ours is $110,000. We have collected to date: $98,472.00 or 89%. Please be generous; we need everyone’s help. Our parish Appeal leaders are John & Eileen Tarleton, who have led our efforts last year so successfully. Thank you for your generosity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. Next meeting: May 24th. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ladies Night Out: Join the ladies of St. John’s Parish for a rosary making evening from 7-9pm on Thursday May 18th, 2017 in the Msgr. Nagle Hall. Design and make your own rosary while enjoying community and prayer, with refreshments of wine & cheese and tea & cookies. The cost is $40 per person and can be paid at the door. To register, please email keoglerstudios@gmail.com.

Faith on Tap: Tuesday, May 23rd: Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St., Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. “Stump the Priests”, with your questions on the Catholic Faith & Church. Bring a friend or two!

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, May 6, 2017
4:00 Erika P. Hall req. Jagodzinski Family
Sunday, May 7, 2017
7:30 Kathleen Geraci req. Joseph Geraci
10:00 Special Intentions
12:00 Jimmy & Michelle Sagdati 16th Wedding Anniversary req. Marion Morris & Family
5:00 +Rev James Marra, SDB
Monday, May 8, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 +Suzanne Wright req. Bill and Carol Christiaanse
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
8:00 +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Clarence Kelly Johnson
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
8:00 +Rev. Robert Hyl
12:10 +Jake Whitting req. Carol and Don Canfield
Thursday, May 11, 2017
8:00 +Charlene O’Brien Newland req. Hawthorn Family
12:10 +Clarence Kelly Johnson
Friday, May 12, 2017
8:00 +Virginia and Eileen Carr Birthday Remembrance req. Marie Carr
12:10 +Alma Liotta req. Mirella Liotta and Family
Saturday, May 13, 2017
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 +Joseph M. Kirkland req. Juanita Evans

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

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

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

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

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

Coffee Hour: Starts again in September, after the 10:00a.m. Family Mass in the Msgr. Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
100 years ago, or so:
May 12, 1916: Marron Stars Again. “St. John’s Parochial school nine won from West Stamford 17 to 14, yesterday, on West End ground. St. John’s were without the service of their southpaw pitcher, Bill Foley, who was sick. According to the official historian of the game, he was so overjoyed when the news reached him that he wanted to get right out of bed and go down and congratulate Long Jack Harvey and Big Gaynor Brennan on the work they did in the box. Joe Marron was the real star of the game, accepting eight fielding chances and getting four hits in five times at bat, two of them doubles. Marron’s batting average for three games is 666. Pat Sullivan caught a good game and made three hits, in five times at bat while little Terry Healey, at short, had thee put-outs and 12 assists.”

90 years ago, or so:
May 14, 1927: CONFIRMATION. “In the presence of a congregation that filled St. John’s Catholic Church at 10, Saturday morning, the Right Rev. Maurice F. McAuliffe, D. D., auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Hartford, administered the sacrament of confirmation to the largest class of adults and children that has been presented for the reception of that sacrament. The class numbered 138, consisting of 69 males and 69 females. Bishop McAuliffe very appropriately addressed the children and gave some wholesome advice to their parents present. He then administered the total abstinence pledge to the class which had been confirmed. The ceremonies concluded with benediction of the Blessed Sacrament which was given by Rev. Joseph Degnan of South Norwalk.”

80 years ago, or so:
May 10, 1937: 140 at Communion Breakfast of St. John’s Sodality. “About 140 members and guests of the Children of Mary Sodality of St. John’s R. C. Church received communion in a body yesterday morning, after which they attended their second annual communion breakfast in the Hotel Davenport. Rev. Charles Hagearty, chaplain of the Sodality and Attorney Peter J. Ryan of Stamford were the principal speakers. Miss Kathryn Leonard, president of the society, welcomed the group and introduced the chairman of the morning. Father Hagearty spoke on the obligations of the members and counseled the group in regard to the danger of losing one’s faith. Attorney Ryan spoke on Communism and the Catholic woman. He said in part: “In the doctrine of Communism, the State is supreme. It assumes all authority to itself and would exercise that authority in derogation of all other rights, even to the extent, for example, of taking the care and education of a child from its natural parents and thus from the family. Rev. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s parish, spoke briefly, after which the names of 30 girls were announced, who have had perfect attendance at meetings and Communion during the past year.”

Bulletin for Sunday April 30, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday April 30, 2017

Pastor’s Corner: May is the first of the beautiful months, when the icy grip of winter finally loosens and life returns. May is the month during which the Church celebrates the most beautiful and most worthy of all women in human history, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. From its very beginning, the Church has revered Our Lady because of her personal holiness and intimate relationship with the Divine Persons of the Trinity. The most popular prayer, the Hail Mary, is based on the words addressed to Mary by the Archangel Gabriel at the Annunciation: “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee,” recalling the wonders God was Our Lady of MercY to work in her life for the salvation of The world, by which as In the Rectory gardeN Our Lady responds, “all generations will call me blessed.” [Luke 1:46-55]

Mary was held in high esteem even during her lifetime, as was any mother in Jewish society, but especially the mother of someone famous or powerful. By the end of the first century, Mary is venerated, NOT worshiped, since alone God receives worship. Mary is venerated as the New Eve, especially described in the writings of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, who had been taught the faith by Saint Peter himself, and died a martyr in 104 AD. Mary, the most perfect representative of our human race, now makes up in her own virtuous life of faith for the sins of the first Eve. God the Father recreates all creation through Christ, the New Adam, with Mary as His human co-operator.

Saint Athanasius, one of the greatest of the Church Fathers, wrote: “O’ Virgin, your glory transcends all created things because of Christ, O Mother of God the Word. We say that cherubs are sublime, but you are more sublime than they: cherubs support the throne of God, but you support God within your arms. Seraphs are close to God, but you are closer than they: Seraphs hide their faces with their wings, unable to look at the perfect glory of God, but you not only contemplate His face, but caress and suckle Him.” [Virgin Mother of God]

The Council of Ephesus in 431 AD formally defined the role of Mary in our salvation: Mary can be called the Mother of God because she gave human form to the Eternal God. She didn’t create God. No mother creates her child, but gave birth in the flesh and human form to the Eternal God. The centuries-old popular devotion to Our Lady became even more popular at the time of the Council.

Mary was held in reverence as the mother of all believers, constantly interceding with Her Son for us while constantly pointing us toward her Son. In Northern Europe, where the winters are harsh, as in New England, May was the first month of new life, with flowers finally blooming after long winters. Mary, the greatest boast of our race, and the most perfect representative of humankind, who shared her humanity with God in Jesus, was honored in May especially with flowers that represent the new creation by God through Christ, such as the lily, the rose, the marigold, and numerous wild-flowers, lady-fern, lady’s mantel, lady’s slipper, maidenhair fern, lady’s thimble, to mention only a few. Our parish gardens reflect the beauty of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to whom they are dedicated.

Another popular prayer, “Hail Holy Queen” captures the reality of Our Lady, in her devotion to Her Son, as the embodiment of all virtue, and as our patron and mother in Heaven: “Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, Our Life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we come, poor banished children of Eve. To thee we do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. O, Clement, O, Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.”

Our Lady is the exemplar of the Christian life; of a human being totally dedicated to Our Lord. She is also our mother, the New Eve, who gave birth to a new creation in Christ, who prays constantly for our salvation. May is naturally the most beautiful of months. Let us imitate that natural beauty by dedicating ourselves to follow Our Lady, making our lives blossom in virtue in her honor and for the love of Her Son.
—Monsignor DiGiovanni

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SATURDAY, MAY 6th: 4-7 p.m., 2017 KENTUCKY DERBY: in the Rectory. Our annual fundraiser features a simulcast of the Run for the Roses, fabulous food and drink, and the chance to win some spectacular prizes, like a 70” Samsung UHD smart TV. $10 per wager per horse. Space limited to 100 guests only; tickets: $125. Ladies: Best Hat & Fascinator Contest. Gents: Dapper Dan Contest. All proceeds will fund the work on the church’s 1885 wooden frames supporting the church stained glass windows.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday April 23, 2017 $ 13,475.49
Sunday April 24, 2016 $ 12,851.60

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

May 7th, Sunday Readings: Acts 2:14a, 36-41; 1 Pt 2:20b-25; Jn 10:1-10.

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

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

Annual Catholic Appeal: This is the annual appeal by the Diocese of Bridgeport to fund all the charitable, educational, and faith-based works of the Diocese of Bridgeport that assist thousands of people daily throughout Fairfield County. Each parish in Fairfield County is given a goal: ours is $110,000. We have collected to date: $97,562.00 or 88%. Please be generous; we need everyone’s help. Our parish Appeal leaders are John & Eileen Tarleton, who have led our efforts last year so successfully. Thank you for your generosity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs. Jobseeker’s Group in the Monsignor Nagle Hall the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9PM. Topics include Job Interviewing, Resumes, Networking and Job Search Strategies. Next meeting: May 24th. THERE IS NO CHARGE, this is free job coaching. Call Melanie Szlucha at 203-866-1606, or melanie@redincllc.com.

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

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

Ladies Night Out: Join the ladies of St. John’s Parish for a rosary making evening from 7-9pm on Thursday May 18th, 2017 in the Msgr. Nagle Hall. Design and make your own rosary while enjoying community and prayer, with refreshments of wine & cheese and tea & cookies. The cost is $40 per person and can be paid at the door. To register, please email keoglerstudios@gmail.com.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, April 29, 2017
4:00 +Monsignor William A. Nagle req. Joseph Kung
Sunday, April 30, 2017
7:30 Lilly Gabrielle Skidd req. Kelsey and Patrick Skidd
10:00 +Dorothy Jagodzinski req. Jagodzinski Family
12:00 Dina Monti req. Anne Marie and Beth Carpanzano
5:00 +Hope McAleer
Monday, May 1, 2017
8:00 In thanksgiving for all our blessings
12:10 Jimmy Sagdati Birthday req. Marion Morris and Family
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
8:00 +Julie Paul Beauzil req. Eveline Lauture
12:10 +Joseph and Mary Pierni req. Diane DiNapoli & Family
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
8:00 +Margaret Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 Deceased members of the Churley and Kronk Families
Thursday, May 4, 2017
8:00 +Esther Backman req. Leon Taricani
12:10 +Salvatore Piria req. Rose Migliazza
Friday, May 5, 2017
8:00 Sr. Rosalia Babirye
12:10 Special Intentions Soimil and Yvonne Saint Preuve req. Ferry G.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
8:00 +Juana Mazariegos req. Blanca Reyes
12:10 +Joseph and Effie Ramos req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:
125 years ago, or so:
May 3, 1889: Stamford’s Centennial. “This, one of the oldest towns in the State, was not behind others in a proper observance of April 30th. A Mass was said at St. John’s R. C. Church, and taken altogether, the day was properly commemorated in accordance with the Governor’s proclamation. On Atlantic, Main, Broad and other streets, many flags were displayed, and on Monday large banners were flying on the top of Clark & Hoyt’s building, and the flag pole in the park and the Town Hall. The great holiday was variously observed. Some went to church, others to New York, and yet others sent fishing. At 9 A.M., Tuesday, High Mass was said by Father Keena at St. John’s R. C. Church, and a large congregation was present.”

100 years ago, or so:
May 3, 1917: SUPPER FOR THE CAST. “Members of the cast of “Little Jonny Jones” had a social time last evening in St. John’s Parochial School Hall. About 90 members enjoyed a chicken supper and dancing. The decorations were in green and white, the colors of St. John’s Alumni Association, and American flags. John Convery was master of ceremonies. Among the speakers were Rev. J. C. O’Brien, Rev. W. Casey and Rev. Father Callahan. Gifts were presented to Harry Smith, stage director of the play; Miss Elizabeth O’Brien, musical directress, and Miss Annette Kenna, assistant musical directress, in recognition of their work for its success. Rev. Father Casey and James Brennan, president of the association, also received appropriate remembrances. John Convery made the presentations. Each of the recipients made suitable acknowledgment.”

80 years ago, or so:
May 5, 1927: “There will be a rehearsal of the Children of Mary of St. John’s R. C. Church Thursday evening at 7:30 to practice for the reception which will take place Sunday, May 22. White or light colored dresses may be worn this year so there is no excuse for girls not joining. This meeting is for all girls that now belong and all girls that are going to join the Sodality. The Sister in charge is very anxious that a large number of girls turn out at this reception.”

40 years ago, or so:
May 2, 1979: St. John’s Women Join in Communion Breakfast. “The combined St. John rosary Altar Guild and St. Anne Society annual communion Mass at St. John’s Catholic Church will be celebrated by the Rev. William A. Nagle, pastor, Sunday at 9 a.m. The annual communion breakfast will follow at the Marriott Hotel with the Rev. Eugene C. Brissette, S.J., as featured speaker. Father Brissette is a graduate of LaSalle Academy, Providence, R.I. and played football as a Boston College freshman with the future 1941 Sugar Bowl Champions.”

Bulletin for Sunday April 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bulletin for Easter Sunday April 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bulletin for Palm Sunday April 9, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bulletin for Sunday April 2, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bulletin for Sunday March 26, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

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

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

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

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

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

Bulletin for Sunday March 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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