Bulletin for Sunday March 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bulletin for Sunday March 12, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday March 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bulletin for Sunday March 5, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Web Version March 5, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE NEWS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ignatiusSM

Bulletin for Sunday February 26, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ignatiusSM

Bulletin for Sunday February 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ignatiusSM

Bulletin for Sunday February 12, 2017

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday February 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bulletin for Sunday February 5, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

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

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

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

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

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

Comparative State Activities 12-31-16 Adj

Comparative State of position 12-31-16 Adj

 

 

Bulletin for Sunday January 29, 2017

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

Pastor’s Corner:   Thursday, February 2nd, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in Candlemasthe Temple, also known as Candlemas. The celebration recalls the historical event when, in obedience to the precepts of the Law of Moses (Exodus 13:1-3; Leviticus 12:1-8) the Blessed Mother presented her first born son in the Temple in Jerusalem, 40 days after His birth. It also recalls the mystical fact that Christ is the final sacrifice who brings about the salvation of the world, and that He comes to us daily in every Catholic Church where Mass is celebrated.

The earliest record of this celebration comes from the 5th century, as recorded by a consecrated Virgin named Egedia in her Diary of a “Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.” The Mass celebrated in Jerusalem recalled the historical presentation of Jesus in the Temple, while the procession with lighted candles, a liturgical addition from Rome, referred to the mystical reality of the identity of the Child who was being presented, and what His life and death would mean for the history and salvation of the world. Candlemas on February 2nd links Christmas and Easter, and explains why God became a man—in order to offer His human body and life on the Cross to reconcile humankind with God.

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

The Blessed Mother presents Her Son today, not simply to observe the Old Law of Moses, but to prefigure the work of Jesus. She presents Jesus to the Eternal Father who accepted this final sacrifice of His Son on the Cross. The reason why the Eternal Son, Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, took on human flesh and a human nature in the womb of the Virgin Mother was in order to offer that human body on the Cross as the ultimate sacrifice to pay for the sins of the world. God united to Himself in the most intimate way, that which He did not have: a human heart, mind, body and nature, along with the ability to suffer and die. And, in exchange, joined to humanity what we do not have: eternal life. If Christ had not taught anything, had He not healed or fed anyone, if He had done nothing other than offer Himself on the Cross, then His work would have been perfect. Yet, in the generosity of the Father, Christ’s work also included His revealing who God is, and how we should respond to Him in our daily lives.

The Church blesses candles on February 2nd, in honor of this historic event and mystical reality. All candles used during the year are blessed February 2nd, as well as candles for the faithful to bring home. Each candle represents Christ, whose light illumines the world with the Truth about God and about humankind. We are, likewise, to imitate Our Lady in her humility, obeying the Law of God by presenting Her Son in the Temple. That obedience leads to love of God, since we humble ourselves for Someone—not just a rule or law. We humble ourselves to obey Him who loved us first in His Son. We are to imitate Mary and her Son by lives of virtue. Our Lord told His Apostles, “You are the light of the world.” The candles blessed today represent Christ in our daily lives. We should let Christ shine to the world by means of our lives of virtue, and holiness, and, especially, by our charity.

The custom has arisen through the centuries of blessing throats on the following day: February 3rd, the Feast of Saint Blaise. St. Blaise was a Catholic bishop who saved a child from choking while both were imprisoned because of their Catholic faith, during a Roman Imperial persecution in the 4th century. He is the saint to pray for healing of ailments of the throat. We bless throats using two candles that were blessed on February 2nd. The blessed candles represent Christ, the light of the World, which will be held to form a Cross, and placed on the throat of the person being blessed. The prayer recited by the priest is “Through the intercession of Saint Blaise, bishop and martyr, may you be delivered from all diseases of the throat and from every other evil, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” It is the power of Christ the Light of the World, and of His life-giving Cross, by the intercession of Saint Blaise, which is invoked to heal us from evil.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

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

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

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

Bulletin for Sunday January 22, 2017

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

Pastor’s Corner: “A few years ago there was no cross erected to cheer the heart of a poor Irish emigrant coming from New York to New Haven, but now the emblem of salvation may be seen in every little village.” These words come from an editorial published in the February 3, 1851 number of The Boston Pilot, the Catholic newspaper of the then-Diocese of Boston. You can read the entire piece if you turn to page 7 further ahead in this weekend’s parish bulletin. The article records the January 26, 1851 dedication of the first Saint John’s Catholic Church in Stamford. [I am indebted to Mr. Lawrence Bolanowski, our parish historian, for his historical newspaper selections that appear weekly in our parish bulletin in the section entitled, Saint John In The News].

The author’s reflection that prior to the 1851 dedication of the first Saint John’s Church “there was no cross erected to cheer the heart of a poor Irish emigrant. . .” was quite literal. This is attested to by a number of letters in St. John’s parish archives dating from the late 1820s and 1830s written by Mr. Patrick Walsh in Ballintaylor [Waterford], Ireland to his son, Michael Walsh, then living on Roxbury Road here in Stamford. In his letter of June 19, 1828, Pat wrote that he finally received one of Matt’s letters, and gives us an idea of the contents of his son’s letter in his answer: “You tell me you have no Roman Catholick [sic] Priest nearer to you than New York. Nevertheless, mind your duty to God and your Master, which is the only way to forward yourself, here and hereafter.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE NEWS:
DEDICATION OF THE ORIGINAL CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST, JANUARY 26, 1851.

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

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

Bulletin for Sunday January 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:

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

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

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

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

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