Bulletin for Sunday January 8, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:

155 years ago, or so:
January 11, 1861: Fast Day. “Last Friday was observed here in accordance with the proclamation of the authorities as a day of fasting and prayer. The places of business were closed. There was Mass in the Roman Catholic Church. The Rev. Father O’Neil read the Pastoral letter of the Bishop of the Diocese and made a brief address, evincing no sympathy with secession.”

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

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

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

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

Bulletin for Sunday January 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:

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

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

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

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

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

Bulletin for Sunday December 25, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:

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

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

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

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

Bulletin for Sunday December 18, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:

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

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

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

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

Bulletin for Sunday December 11, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Rorate Mass
In English with Choir

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:

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

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

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

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

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

Bulletin for Sunday December 4, 2016

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday December 4, 2016

immaculate-conception Pastor’s Corner: Thursday, December 8th, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the patronal feast day of the United States. At the end of the Sixth Provincial Council of Baltimore in 1846, the American Bishops agreed our nation should be placed under the protection of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. The American Bishops did this as their sign of support for Blessed Pope Pius IX in his efforts to define the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception. They earnestly desired to place the growing United States under the protection of Our Lady: since it was Mary whose obedience had united God to humankind in her womb, and under whose tutelage and protection was placed the salvation of the world, in the Person of Her Divine Son, Mary would prove the perfect spiritual mother for our nation. The Pope desired to define formally the ancient popular faith about the Immaculate Conception: that, while Saints Joachim and Anne had normal sexual relations as husband and wife in order that Anne might conceive, it was God’s grace that preserved Mary from the effects of
Adam’s Original Sin, from the moment she was conceived in Saint Anne’s womb. This Original Sin is that with which each human being is born, some of the effects of which are our tendency to want to sin, and our deaths.

Pope Pius IX wanted to define this as dogma because he understood quite clearly that society was developing in a way that would urge the world to forget God in favor of “progress”, while re-defining the human person. In 1848, Karl Marx had published his Communist Manifesto, which would blossom 50 years later in the Russian Revolution and the horrors of Communism; the Industrial Revolution was in full swing, and would soon enslave millions around the world in the grip of grinding poverty and endless work; Prussia, France and England were developing their individual exclusive and hawkish nationalisms, growing massive armies and military industries that would lead to two world wars. In all these movements, early in their development by the mid-19th century, the Pope was the only European world leader who spoke out warning that men and women were being re-defined by big governments and growing industry as worthy of life only by their productivity in industry, their usefulness to a political party, loyalty to the state, their nationality, or their race. This was wrong, for men and women were more than what they produce; more than their race, gene pool, or social status.

Pius saw his task as the one leader whose teachings could remind humanity about who we are: our dignity and right to exist comes from our very essence: created in the Image and Likeness of God, redeemed by God’s Eternal Son-made-man in the womb of the Virgin Mary. No government gives us dignity. So, in 1854, backed by the Catholic bishops and faithful from around the globe, Blessed Pope Pius IX showed the world the power of the Catholic Church by formally reminding the world that nothing is more important in the world than God; and that nothing is more important to God than each of us. And, by forgetting God—in our work, home or public life—we are being controlled and used for the profit of others.

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

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

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

On December 8th, let us recall Our Lady’s faith and virtues, and the fact that a Pope gave her to us Americans as our patroness and guide to remind us Americans that nothing is more important than God; and nothing is more important to God than us, through His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

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

Please pray for those who have recently died: 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.

Holy Day of Obligation: Thursday, December 8th: The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception: The Vigil Mass will be offered on Wednesday, December 7th at 5:15 pm and Masses on December 8th: 8 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

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

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

NEW BOOK: The publication of Monsignor DiGiovanni’s newest book is finally completed: Aggiornamento on the Hill of Janus: The American College in Rome, 1955-1979. It is the fascinating story of the American Bishops’ seminary in the Vatican during the turbulent years immediately before and after the Second Vatican Council. Cost is $35.00 on Amazon Books by title, or $20 in St. John’s Bookstore.

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

R.C.I.A.: Our next class will be Monday, December 5th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Topic: Holy Spirit—Part I: Chapter 6.

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

Faith on Tap: December 13th Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St., Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. “Stump the Priests”. Pose a question on the Catholic faith to our expert panel. Bring a friend or two!

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

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

Weekly Sunday collection:

Sunday November 20, 2016 $ 11,131.76
Sunday November 22, 2015 $ 11,371.96
Sunday November 27, 2016 $ 13,366.69
Sunday November 29, 2015 $ 14,623.19

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

December 11th, Sunday Readings: Is 35:1-6a, 10; Jas 5:7-10; Mt 11:2-11.

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, who is love and mercy. Please call (203) 416-1619 or projectrachel@diobpt.org.

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

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

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

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

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

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, Thursday, December 8th! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

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

Regina Pacis Academy: Don’t miss EWTN’s Patrick Coffin! Regina Pacis Academy invites you to the “Light up the Night” annual gala on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 5:30pm to 10pm at The Shore and Country Club in Norwalk, CT. Join us for dinner, dancing, and inspiration. For more information, please visit www.reginapacisacademy.com. To purchase tickets, please contact Michael Duchon at mjduchon@yahoo.com.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Saturday, December 10th: Handel’s Messiah, Part I & the Hallelujah Chorus presented by the Stamford Symphony and the Pro Arte Singers, HERE at the Basilica at 8pm – One night only!—Tickets start at $25. Limited number of tickets available.  Call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.org.

Saturday, December 17th: Candlelight Rorate Mass in honor of the Blessed Mother at 6 am in English with choir. Coffee and refreshments will be offered after Mass in the Msgr. Nagle Hall. All are welcome.

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

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

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

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

The Christmas Giving Tree: To benefit pregnant women and their families served by the Sisters of Life. A basket will be in the back of the church. The name of an item is written on each tag in the Christmas basket helpful to a woman in need. Please take a tag (or tags) and purchase the item on the tag. We will collect the unwrapped gifts after each Mass on the weekend of December 4th. DO NOT DROP OFF THE GIFT AT THE RECTORY OR LEAVE IT IN CHURCH. Any questions, please call Frank Carpanzano @ 203-975-8833 ext 3004.Thank you!

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, December 3, 2016
4:00 +Elizabeth and Thomas Daly req. Leon Taricani
Sunday, December 4, 2016
7:30 +Fernand Constant req. Geralda Constant-Berrouet
10:00 +Laura Pascale req. John Pascale
12:00 +Edna Holt and son req. Marion Morris and Family
5:00 Needs of parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, December 5, 2016
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 +Gregoria and Marcial Gloria req. Angeles Family
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
8:00 Special Intentions Monsignor Stephen M. DiGiovanni
12:10 Thanksgiving to Immaculate Heart of Mary req. Kung Family
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
8:00 +Margaret M. Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Alberico Faugno req. Giannitti Family
5:15 +Kathy Rogers req. Mary Jean Dal Molin
Thursday, December 8, 2016
8:00 +Virginia and Eileen Carr req. Marie Carr
12:10 Special Intentions Suzanne and Alex Seges
5:15 Father Terrence P. Walsh
Friday, December 9, 2016
8:00 +Aldo Iantorno req. Pasquale and Ida Carpanzano
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Maria Trivino
Saturday, December 10, 2016
8:00 Mary Spetland req. Thomas Cycon
12:10 +Anna Corbisiero req. Mary Bridget Gaine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE NEWS:

THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, DECEMBER 8TH.

New York Freeman’s Journal and Catholic Register, as quoted in The New York Times, January 5, 1855: “The glorious news has reached us that on the 8th of December, Pope Pius IX, of immortal renown, in the presence of the Cardinals and Princes of the Church, declared it an Article of Divine Faith that the Mother of God, our Most Blessed Lady, was Conceived Without Original Sin.”

The New Haven Journal, as quoted in The Stamford Advocate, January 16, 1855: “On the 8th inst., the ceremony of the declaration of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, was performed at Rome, in the presence of an immense number of Romish Prelates, assembled from every county where the Church of Rome has gained a foothold. The substance of the decree to be promulgated is, to declare that the Blessed Virgin Mary was, from her very conception and birth, as free from all taint of Original Sin as her Divine Son Himself, and therefore as little in need of a Savoir as He. To Protestants, such a thing seems, if not blasphemy, at least a solemn mockery of a bigoted Church; but to the believers in Rome it is made an occasion of universal rejoicing and festivity. Indulgences are freely granted in honor of the event, to those who say a certain number of prayers at certain times and places, and incidentally, we presume, contribute to the funds of the Church. Looking at the subject with un-Romanized eyes, it would seem that the same reason which prove the sinless conception and birth of the Virgin Mary, would prove the same exemption from worldliness, to her remotest ancestry through all the Jewish history to the fall of Adam. Perhaps this enormity is left for a future decision by the Holy Father at Rome, and another assembly of Cardinals, Bishops and Priests may be called to hear the renunciation of a race of sinless women, from the days when gates of Paradise were shut against mother Eve, and even her submission to the tempter may be explained in such a manner satisfactory to the Church, whose head assumes the power of an Immaculate decision of such points of belief.”

Bulletin for Sunday November 27, 2016

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday November 27, 2016
angelPastor’s Corner: We begin Advent today. It is a pre-festal period during which time we are reminded at each Mass to morally prepare our lives for a worthy celebration of the Feast of Christmas. But there is more. Advent is a time to further prepare ourselves for eternity by responding to God’s grace in the Eucharist we receive at Mass, by leading lives of holiness, performing good works of charity, and thus preparing ourselves to attain the goal of our lives, the sharing of eternal joy with God in heaven.

The prayers at Mass express this. For example, the prayer after Communion on Wednesday of the First Week of Advent: “Prepare our hearts, we beg you, O Lord, that, strengthened by this Eucharist, we may do your will. . .” We cooperate with God’s grace now, imitate God’s charity to us in Christ, and gain eternity. This is repeated daily in the Masses during Advent, and, especially in the individual feasts of the saints. At Mass, we are not merely handed a moral ideal, but we are given examples of real people who did respond to the real God by their daily lives of holiness. The saints loved the God who showed His love by sending His eternal Son to join Himself to our human nature in the man Jesus. Let’s look at one man’s response to God’s love: Saint Nicholas, whose feast is on December 6th.

One of the most famous question asked about Saint Nicholas—Santa Claus—was posed to the editor of The New York Sun in 1897 by a little 8 year old girl. Her friends and family told her Santa Claus did not exist, and that Christmas was, therefore, all a fraud. The editor, Francis Pharcellus Church’s response is a classic: “VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible to their little minds. . . Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.”

The real Santa Claus was Saint Nicholas, who lived in the town of Myra, Turkey and died in 350 AD. He was a Catholic bishop, and a very good and holy one. Saint Nicholas was renowned as a miracle worker, a man of impeccable Catholic faith and love for Our Lord, which spurred him on to a life of exceptional generosity, charity and courage. Three incidents have come down to us that tie him to Christmas and children. In the city of Myra lived an impoverished noble man who had three young daughters. Having no money to provide them dowries necessary to marry, he decided to sell them into slavery as prostitutes. Saint Nicholas heard of this. One night, he threw three sacks of gold into the girls’ window to provide the dowry, thus saving them from horrible lives of sin and degradation. The second story is about Saint Nicholas at an inn where he took a room during one of his frequent visits to parishes around his diocese. The innkeeper was renowned for his delicious meat pies, one of which he placed before the hungry bishop. Before eating the pie, something struck Saint Nick that there was something evil about this. The saint discovered that the innkeeper had been kidnapping children, killing, pickling and cooking them, and serving them up in his meat pies! Saint Nicholas immediately entered the inn’s storeroom and discovered the pickling vat, filled with the bodies of small children. He prayed, and the children were restored to life! The third event ties his generosity to children with Christmas, for it is the reason why we celebrate Christmas. Saint Nicholas was one of the bishops who attended the Council of Nicea in 325. The council had been called to deal with a heresy, Arianism, which taught that Jesus was not God; only a man, a very good and talented man, but only a man. This teaching is wrong because if Jesus were only a man, then he couldn’t save us from sin and death. Jesus revealed Himself to His Apostles as the Son of God, truly. The Council of Nicea not only reconfirmed the ancient faith of the Church that Jesus is fully both God and man, but formulated the creed that we still say together at every Sunday Mass. Saint Nicholas signed this creed. He returned to his diocese, and suffered because of his faith in the God who became a man, once the Roman emperor began to support the heresy and to persecute bishops and priests who taught the Catholic Faith of Nicea.

The editor of the New York Sun was as correct today as he was in 1897: “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” And parents, you can reassure your children. Just make sure, however, that they understand that he is not the elf created by Thomas Nast in his 1865 cartoon for Harper’s Weekly magazine; or the plump, red-cheeked grandpa created in 1931 by Coca Cola as part of its marketing campaign. Neither Santa nor Christmas is fraudulent. He was a holy fourth century Catholic bishop, who fervently defended the historic fact that God took on human flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem, suffered, died and rose from the grave in that human flesh: the only True God who became man so that mankind could become more Godlike, and share God’s life forever. And Saint Nicholas didn’t just believe that, but showed his faith in a life of exceptional charity and self-sacrifice for others, imitating Christ who gave Himself up for us. So parents, reassure your children that Saint Nicholas—Santa Claus—does exist, and we can see him in the generosity expressed at Christmas. Let’s make sure that we give gifts for the right reason on Christmas: not to satisfy our need to own more stuff, but as acts of generosity because we want to imitate God’s generosity to us: He gave us His Son, and the Son gave up His life so we could live forever. Imitate Christ’s generosity daily, and prove that Jesus and Saint Nicholas do exist, even if we can’t see them now. We have the example of a real person who was so moved by God’s generosity in Christ that he left everything we consider of worldly value to exercise heroic charity and virtue for Christ’s sake, and for the salvation of others. If we do one-tenth as much, at least leading lives of greater charity and virtue as our Christmas gift to God, then we will have spent our Advent well.
—Monsignor DiGiovanni

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

Please pray for those who have recently died: 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, Paolo Cavallo, Ralph Bocuzzi, Robert Ix, Carolyn Gerwick.

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

New Covenant House: Saint John’s Parish Volunteer Staff is seeking two male volunteers to cook pasta THE FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH, beginning January 4, 2017. The volunteers would be at Covenant House between 10 am and 11:15 am. Please contact Leon Taricani at 203-324-3284 or taricani@optonline.net for more info.

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

NEW BOOK: The publication of Monsignor DiGiovanni’s newest book is finally completed: Aggiornamento on the Hill of Janus: The American College in Rome, 1955-1979. It is the fascinating story of the American Bishops’ seminary in the Vatican during the turbulent years immediately before and after the Second Vatican Council. Cost is $35.00 on Amazon Books by title, or $20 in St. John’s Bookstore.

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

R.C.I.A.: Our next class will be Monday, November 28th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Cost is $25.00 for materials. Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics in preparation for First Communion or Confirmation. If you are interested, please stop by the office and pick up the materials.

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

Faith on Tap: December 13th Young adults age 21-39 are invited to join us at Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe , 97 Franklin St., Stamford’s downtown: 7pm-9pm. “Stump the Priests”. Pose a question on the Catholic faith to our expert panel. Bring a friend or two!

2018 MASS BOOK:  The 2017 Mass book is full. The 2018 Mass book is now open. In order to let more people get masses, we will be limiting people to 10 Masses and the donation will be $20 per Mass.

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

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

December 4th, Sunday Readings: Is 11:1-10; Rom 15:4-9; Mt 3:1-12.

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

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

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

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

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

Catholic Memorabilia: Do you or your family members have sacramental certificates, graduation diplomas, or devotional items used by your grandparents, parents, siblings, or by yourselves here at St. John’s? If so, we would be delighted if you would consider donating them to our parish museum and archive, where they will be preserved, indexed and put on display. Please contact Msgr. DiGiovanni: 203-324-1553, ext. 11.

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

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

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, Thursday, December 8th! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge. Next meeting: This Monday, November 28th at 7:30PM – Stamford Corners, 1455 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Walk up the stairs and past the concierge to the club room. Follow it around to the left until you hit the conference room on your right.

Handel’s Messiah, Part I & the Hallelujah Chorus
presented by the Stamford Symphony and the Pro Arte Singers, HERE at the Basilica on Saturday December 10th at 8pm – One night only!—Tickets start at $25. Limited number of tickets available.  Call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.org.

“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.

Regina Pacis Academy: Don’t miss EWTN’s Patrick Coffin! Regina Pacis Academy invites you to the “Light up the Night” annual gala on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 6 to 11 pm at The Shore and Country Club in Norwalk, CT. Join us for dinner, dancing, and inspiration. For more information, please visit www.reginapacisacademy.com. To purchase tickets, please contact Michael Duchon at mjduchon@yahoo.com.

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

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

The Christmas Giving Tree: This year is to benefit pregnant women and their families served by the Sisters of Life. For the next two weeks, a basket will be in the back of the church. The name of an item is written on each tag in the Christmas basket that would benefit the woman in need. Please take a tag (or tags) and purchase the item on the tag. We will collect the unwrapped gifts after each Mass on the weekend of December 4th. DO NOT DROP OFF THE GIFT AT THE RECTORY OR LEAVE IT IN CHURCH. Any questions, please call Frank Carpanzano @ 203-975-8833 ext 3004. Thank you!

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, November 26, 2016
4:00 +Susanne DePreta req. Virginia Gerardi
Sunday, November 27, 2016
7:30 +George Van Langen req. Joyce Patten and Lorraine Van Langen
10:00 +Alex Arthur Gorfain req. Dr. Joe McAleer
12:00 +Susanne E. and Suzanne M. DePreta req. Barbara Fidelibus
5:00 Needs of parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, November 28, 2016
8:00 In Honor of Padre Pio req. Maria Trivino
12:10 +Denis Oliveira req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
8:00 Alexandra and Gertha Laurent
12:10 Rev. Andrew A.Vill req. Millie Terenzio
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
8:00 In Honor of Saint Rita req. Maria Trivino
12:10 +Mrs. Suit Wong req. Bill Christiaanse
Thursday, December 1, 2016
8:00 +Patrick Timon req. Tom Timon
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Lucy Espinoza
Friday, December 2, 2016
8:00 Special Intentions Bishop Francis Caggiano
12:10 +William Murphy req. Diane Strain
Saturday, December 3, 2016
8:00 +Milagrina Mascarenhas req. Bento Mascarenhas
12:10 Leon Taricani req. Mary Jean

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coffee Hour: There is no Coffee Hour this Sunday, November 27th, because of Thanksgiving. Coffee Hour will resume next Sunday December 4th, after the 10a.m. Family Mass in the Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall.

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:

150 years ago, or so:
November 27, 1863: PIANO FORTE WANTED. “Wanted: A second hand piano, six or six and half octave, for which a fair cash price will be paid. Apply to Patrick O’Reilly, Organist, St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, Meadow Street, Stamford.”

125 years ago, or so:
November 28, 1890: Ancient Order of Hibernians. “Division No. 1. A.O.H., held a special meeting Monday night for the purpose of taking action in relation to the funeral of their deceased brother, James Killduff, who died Monday morning. The Division voted to attend the funeral in a body, with full regalia, at 9 o’clock Wednesday morning. Deceased has been a member of the Division for several years and is well spoken of both as a man and a citizen. At this meeting the Division voted to purchase a lot in Springdale cemetery, to be used for the burial of deceased members of this order whose friends did not wish them to be buried elsewhere. It is also proposed to erect a fine monument over the plot..”

120 Years ago, or so:
November 28, 1898: ONLY TWO CHURCHES. “Three services were held yesterday in St. Andrew’s, the only one omitted being matins, at 10 a.m. Four persons attended the low celebration. There was a congregation of nineteen at the high celebration, at 10:30, besides most of the men of the choir. St. John’s Roman Catholic Church had the largest congregation of any church in town, about a hundred being present at the 10:30 morning Mass.”

60 Years ago, or so:
December 2, 1955: Namers, Johnnies Lead CYO League. “The Holy Name and St. John’s teams of Stamford quintets have moved into the lead in the CYO Basketball League’s High School division, each having won two games. The Holy Name team defeated St. Mary’s 27—8, while the St. John’s of Stamford downed the St. Clement’s team 26—21, in games played Thursday night..”

45 Years ago, or so:
November 30, 1973: Christmas Carnival at St. John’s Center. “St. John Religious Education Center will sponsor the annual Christmas Carnival Dec. 8 and 9 in St. John’s Parish Center, 279 Atlantic St. from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Special features will be a boutique of hand-made Christmas articles; Christmas cards; home baked goods; hand-crafted jewelry; white elephant booth; refreshments and old-fashioned penny candy.”

Bulletin for Sunday November 20, 2016

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday November 20, 2016

Pastor’s Corner:  The Mayflower set sail for the British Colony of Virginia in 1620. A late departure, mayflower and a more difficult than anticipated voyage, brought them to Cape Cod, not to Virginia, on November 10, 1620. With no royal charter authorizing them to land in the north, grumblings of mutiny began among the agents of the original investors. To forestall any possible disintegration of the group, William Bradford, their leader, decided to draft a new agreement, albeit hurriedly, “that might be as firm as any patent, and in some respects more sure,” as he put it. The Mayflower Compact of November 11, 1620 began by stating their reason for having come to the New World, and the words are worth repeating:

In the name of God, Amen. . . Having undertaken, for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith and honour of our king & country, a voyage to plant the first colony. . . do by these presents solemnly & mutually in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant & combine our selves together into a civil body politick; for our better ordering, & preservation & furtherance of the ends aforetold. No one was a loner on the Mayflower.

The words are echoed 250 plus years later in the Declaration of Independence, and are worth repeating, as well:

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

Happiness is a goal and a natural right for us. But how do we find happiness? Following the stock market crash of 1929, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt made this observation, in his first inaugural address of 1933:

If I read the temper of our people correctly, we now realize as we have never realized before our interdependence on each other; that we cannot merely take, but we must give as well; that if we are to go forward, we must move as a trained and loyal army willing to sacrifice for the good of a common discipline, . . . We are, I know, ready and willing to submit our lives and property to such discipline, because it makes possible a leadership which aims at a larger good.

The primary goal of today’s American society, at least as portrayed by the media and family-thanksgiving advertising, is self-interest: being interested in getting as much of everything for oneself as possible. That is what got us into the mess of 1929, and the mess that began in 2008, as well. How many millions have been hurt, and will be hurt, by such greed and self-interest? Charity—the interest in the welfare of others first—is at the very heart of this nation, from the beginning, as well as the Christian Faith.

That’s the story of the first Thanksgiving: a feast joining with others in thanking God. Even if the details of the first Thanksgiving have been prettied up for today’s modern audience, its heart is true: charity for others, and the defense of the dignity of others in private and public, which is, likewise, at the heart of our nation. If you are looking to teach your children something about Thanksgiving, try this: that it is imperative that they always be grateful, and express their gratitude to those who are good to them: God, their parents, their teachers, their friends, and eventually, their wives or husbands. Let’s remember that this year, and truly give thanks for our great nation. Happy Thanksgiving! —Monsignor DiGiovanni

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

Please pray for those who have recently died: 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, Paolo Cavallo, Ralph Bocuzzi, Robert Ix, Carolyn Gerwick.

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

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

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

THANKSGIVING DAY MASS
Thursday, November 24 at 10 a.m.
[This is the ONLY Mass on Thanksgiving Day]

New Covenant House: Saint John’s Parish Volunteer Staff is seeking two male volunteers to cook pasta THE FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH, beginning January 4, 2017. The volunteers would be at Covenant House between 10 am and 11:15 am. Please contact Leon Taricani at 203-324-3284 or taricani@optonline.net for more info.

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

Exposition of Relics of All the Saints: Through-November 23: In honor of All Saints Day [November 1], all the Basilica’s Relics of the Saints are displayed on the High Altar for convenient veneration.

NEW BOOK: The publication of Monsignor DiGiovanni’s newest book is finally completed: Aggiornamento on the Hill of Janus: The American College in Rome, 1955-1979. It is the fascinating story of the American Bishops’ seminary in the Vatican during the turbulent years immediately before and after the Second Vatican Council. Cost is $35.00 on Amazon Books by title, or $20 in St. John’s Bookstore.

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

R.C.I.A. Our next class will be Monday, November 21st at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Cost is $25.00 for materials. Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics in preparation for First Communion or Confirmation. If you are interested, please stop by the office and pick up the materials.

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

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday November 13, 2016 $ 13,217.96
Sunday November 15, 2015 $ 14,001.72

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

November 27th, Sunday Readings: Is 2:1-5; Rom 13:11-14; Mt 24:37-44.

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

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

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

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

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

Catholic Memorabilia: Do you or your family members have sacramental certificates, graduation diplomas, or devotional items used by your grandparents, parents, siblings, or by yourselves here at St. John’s? If so, we would be delighted if you would consider donating them to our parish museum and archive, where they will be preserved, indexed and put on display. Please contact Msgr. DiGiovanni: 203-324-1553, ext. 11.

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

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

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, Thursday, December 8th! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge. Next meeting: Monday, November 28th at 7:30PM – Stamford Corners, 1455 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Walk up the stairs and past the concierge to the club room. Follow it around to the left until you hit the conference room on your right.

Handel’s Messiah, Part I & the Hallelujah Chorus
presented by the Stamford Symphony and the Pro Arte Singers, HERE at the Basilica on Saturday December 10th at 8pm – One night only!—Tickets start at $25. Limited number of tickets available.  Call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.org.

“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.

Regina Pacis Academy: Don’t miss EWTN’s Patrick Coffin! Regina Pacis Academy invites you to the “Light up the Night” annual gala on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 6 to 11 pm at The Shore and Country Club in Norwalk, CT. Join us for dinner, dancing, and inspiration. For more information, please visit www.reginapacisacademy.com. To purchase tickets, please contact Michael Duchon at mjduchon@yahoo.com.

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

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

The Christmas Giving Tree: This year is to benefit pregnant women and their families served by the Sisters of Life. For the next two weeks, a basket will be in the back of the church. The name of an item is written on each tag in the Christmas basket that would benefit the woman in need. Please take a tag (or tags) and purchase the item on the tag. We will collect the unwrapped gifts after each Mass on the weekend of December 4th. DO NOT DROP OFF THE GIFT AT THE RECTORY OR LEAVE IT IN CHURCH. Any questions, please call Frank Carpanzano @ 203-975-8833 ext 3004. Thank you!

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, November 19, 2016
4:00 +Madeline Preziosi req. Brooke Morris and John and Lindsey Ciglar
Sunday, November 20, 2016
7:30 Padre Juan Pineda req. Maria Trivino
10:00 +Michael Bacci req. Laura and Mark Yunque
NO 12:00PM MASS (Stamford Thanksgiving Parade)
5:00 Needs of Parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, November 21, 2016
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Ana Aguirre req. granddaughter
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
8:00 +Sister Caroline Marie LSJ Birthday Remembrance req. Marie Carr
12:10 +Juana Mazariegos req. Blanca Reyes
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
8:00 For peace, stability, and hope for those countries in political unrest
12:10 +James Melsente req. Lucille Lester
Thursday, November 24, 2016 – Thanksgiving Day (10AM Mass Only)
8:00 NO 8:00AM MASS
10:00 Special Intentions Andrew and Damian Birthday req. sister
12:10 NO 12:10PM MASS
Friday, November 25, 2016
8:00 +Dempster Holland req. Stephen Darst
12:10 +Gaetano and Maria Conte req. Anthony and Carolyn Conte
Saturday, November 26, 2016
8:00 +Louise Munro req. Mary Bridget Gaine
12:10 +Noemi Isidro req. daughters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:

DEDICATION OF THE BASEMENT CHAPEL OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH—NOVEMBER 25, 1875.

DEDICATION OF THE R. C. CHAPEL: The Advocate: December 3, 1875. “A memorable event—especially to the Roman Catholic people of the town—occurred on Thanksgiving day. The congregation assembled in the vicinity of the old church edifice, and marched in procession to the new church, where an audience numbering not less than sixteen hundred persons gathered to witness the dedicatory services of the new chapel, a spacious and substantially finished apartment, in the basement of the new edifice. A number of the Catholic clergy from elsewhere in this diocese and from the Archdiocese of New York took part in the ceremonies. The priests and attendant acolytes, to the number of thirty-six, walked in procession down the aisle of the chapel, and passing out, walked around the edifice, sprinkling holy water and reciting in Latin the prayers appointed to be used on such occasions. Subsequently High Mass was celebrated, followed by a sermon from one of the visiting clergymen, in which he took occasion to congratulate the pastor and people upon the superb edifice they have raised for the worship of God. “If this be the chapel,” said he, “what must the church be when it is all completed? I have no doubt it will be one of the most beautiful in the New England states.” The chapel is supplied with a new pipe organ, which, though much inferior in size to the grand organ to be used in the church, is a fine instrument, and was played in a masterly manner. The vocal part of the music was strikingly fine, and conschristmas-tree-2016tituted no inconsiderable part of the service.”
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Bulletin for Sunday November 13, 2016

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday November 13, 2016

Pastor’s Corner: Is it time to clean out your closets? Do you have mountains of old “stuff” you haven’t touched for years just cluttering up your home? If so, think of Saint John’s! Being the original parish in southwestern Connecticut, our parish history is the history of the Catholic Church in this part of the world, since everything Catholic in Stamford, Darien, Old Greenwich, Riverside, Cos Cob, Greenwich, and everywhere in between began here at Saint John’s.

That being said, if you have any Catholic memorabilia, artifacts, documents, diaries, correspondence, Catholic school uniforms, sacramental certificates—anything and everything about your life and your family’s Catholic life at Saint John’s, give me a call [203-324-1553, ext.104]. I just had a visit yesterday from a delightful gentleman, Tom Denice, who graduated from Saint John’s School in the 1950s. He is donating his report cards, diploma, and various “artifacts” to the parish.

A few years ago, I began a small Catholic museum and archive here in the rectory. Once we renovate the rectory next year, I hope to enlarge and improve it for public displays of parish artifacts, and open its now vast document collection of Catholic life in Stamford for public study. The parish historic archive now houses nearly 1,000 linear feet of documents about the history and life of the parish from the 1850s until the present; newspaper articles from the “Stamford Advocate” from the 1850s until the present; more than 200 historic books, including Catholic school text books, catechisms, prayer books, missals, and hymnals from the late 19th-mid-20th centuries; hundreds of historic photographs, diplomas from Saint John’s School [1872-1972], thousands of personal artifacts and memorabilia dating from the mid-19th century until the mid-20th century; sacramental records and original sacramental certificates for Baptism, First Communion, and Marriage from the 1840s until the present; private home devotional statues, devotional medals, Catholic school sorority, fraternity, and religious society pins; documents and records of Saint John’s Boy Scout Troop 22; the documentary archive of Saint Joseph’s Hospital, which Saint John’s built and paid for, and much more. All of it is catalogued and indexed, and bears witness to the wonderful life of Saint John’s Parish here in the downtown. Here are a few examples of the treasures given us by parishioners during the past few years:

—The solid 18 karat gold “Saint John’s School Scholarship Medal” dated
June 2, 1923, given to Jane Deregibus;
—The small devotional First Holy Communion prayer book of M. Esther Hart who received her First Holy Communion on June 15, 1924 at Saint John’s;
—Saint John’s Grammar School diploma of William Thomson, dated June 17, 1931;
—Leo P. Gallagher’s 2nd grade Saint John’s School photo dated 1935;
—Daniel Murphy’s Saint John’s Brigade uniform from 1939.

These are among the hundreds of wonderful personal items that meant so much to members of our parish since they were young, who decided to donate to us for perpetual safekeeping.

In short, I am asking parishioners to consider donating your Catholic memorabilia. I’m not asking for broken Rosaries or statues, last year’s palms from Palm Sunday, or other religious junk you don’t know what to do with. I am asking for the Catholic treasures you have from your years at Saint John’s which you might want to part with—WITH THE ASSURANCE by me that they will be preserved in our parish museum.

Just give me a call, or drop by the Rectory at your leisure. You’ll be making a great donation to our parish that will bear witness to your faith and your love for Saint John’s that will speak to future generations of Catholics in the downtown.

God bless you, and thanks, —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: 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, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Brianna Petigny, Elaine Shoztic, Joan Kronk, John Kronk, Mary Lena Cocchia, Alexandre Laurent, John Murray.

Please pray for those who have recently died: 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, Paolo Cavallo, Ralph Bocuzzi, Robert Ix, Carolyn Gerwick, Suzanne DePreta, Susanne DePreta.

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

MASS CANCELLATION: Due to the city parade on
SUNDAY, November 20th: NO 12 noon Mass.

New Covenant House: Saint John’s Parish Volunteer Staff is seeking two male volunteers to cook pasta THE FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH, beginning January 4, 2017. The volunteers would be at Covenant House between 10 am and 11:15 am. Please contact Leon Taricani at 203-324-3284 or taricani@optonline.net for more info.

Exposition of Relics of All the Saints: Through-November 23: In honor of All Saints Day [November 1], all the Basilica’s Relics of the Saints are displayed on the High Altar for convenient veneration.

NEW BOOK: The publication of Monsignor DiGiovanni’s newest book is finally completed: Aggiornamento on the Hill of Janus: The American College in Rome, 1955-1979. It is the fascinating story of the American Bishops’ seminary in the Vatican during the turbulent years immediately before and after the Second Vatican Council. You can purchase it on line: Cost is $35.00 on Amazon Books by title, or $20 in St. John’s Bookstore.

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

R.C.I.A. Our next class will be Monday, November 14th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Cost is $25.00 for materials. Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics in preparation for First Communion or Confirmation. If you are interested, please stop by the office and pick up the materials.

Canned Food Drive: The Religious Education Program is sponsoring a Can Food Drive to help the hungry in our community as Thanksgiving approaches. This weekend (November 12th and 13th), there will be boxes in the back of the church to collect canned and non-perishable food items. Please do not bring cans with expired dates or any glass items. Your generosity is much appreciated.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday November 6, 2016 $ 13,773.00
Sunday November 8, 2015 $ 13,333.17

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

November 20th, Sunday Readings: 2 Sm 5:1-3; Col 1:12-20; Lk 23:35-43.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, Thursday, December 8th! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

No Greater Love – Fr. Rob Galea in Concert: Our Lady Star of the Sea, Saturday, November 19th, 1200 Shippan Avenue. 5:30PM VIP reception; 7:00PM Showtime. $100 VIP, $50 Jr VIP (30 & under), $25 general admission. 50-50 drawing at the door! Order tickets online at ourladystaroftheseastamford.org or call the parish office at 203-324-4634.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge. Next meeting: Monday, November 28th at 7:30PM – Stamford Corners, 1455 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Walk up the stairs and past the concierge to the club room. Follow it around to the left until you hit the conference room on your right.

Handel’s Messiah, Part I & the Hallelujah Chorus
presented by the Stamford Symphony and the Pro Arte Singers, HERE at the Basilica on Saturday December 10th at 8pm – One night only!—Tickets start at $25. Limited number of tickets available.  Call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.org.

“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.

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

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

Sidewalk Advocates: Would you like to learn how to help women in unplanned, crisis pregnancies choose life at the abortion clinic? Sidewalk Advocates for Life offers a peaceful, prayerful, law-abiding sidewalk advocacy method that seeks to reach that woman’s heart and fill her needs so she can confidently choose life! Our next training will be held: Saturday, November 19th from 8AM to 12:30PM, at St. John the Evangelist rectory. The cost is $25. If you would like to learn this method and check out our program, please contact Noelle at 857-345-0808 or Noelle.gross@gmail.com. More information at www.sidewalkadvocates.org

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, November 12, 2016
4:00 +Vito and Josephine Melfi req. Joe Melfi
Sunday, November 13, 2016
7:30 Thomas Cycon req. Mary and Jef Spetland
10:00 +Alex Arthur Gorfain req. Dr. Joe McAleer
12:00 Deceased Members of the Morris Family req. Marion Morris and Family
5:00 Needs of parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, November 14, 2016
8:00 +Gaston Millien req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Ann DiGiovanni
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
8:00 Joseph and Stacey Kravar req. Fabiola
12:10 People of the Parish
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Lucy Espinoza
12:10 +Florencia Sepulbeda req. Lucy Espinoza
Thursday, November 17, 2016
8:00 +John Maloney req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Louise Munro req. Tom Cycon
Friday, November 18, 2016
8:00 +Elida and Charles Belfort req. Marie Joseph
12:10 +Hyppolene Paulemon req. daughter Carline Archer
Saturday, November 19, 2016
8:00 +Gaskov Clerge req. Marie Joseph
12:10 +Joseph and Effie Ramos req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:

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

145 years ago, or so:
November 15, 1872: Local Affairs—Meeting of the Borough Board. “RESOLUTION—By A. W. Williams “That the Borough Agent be directed to request Rev. Mr. Fagan to place the walk in front of the new R. C. Church on Atlantic street, in proper order.” Adopted.”

120 Years ago, or so:
November 20, 1897: FATHER KEENA PROMOTED. After Twelve Years of Useful Labor for His Church in Stamford—Will Be Much Missed, for He is Respected by All Classes—A Founder of Societies. “Catholic circles in this city were considerably stirred up last evening, when it was whispered abroad that Father Keena, who for the past twelve years has been assistant to Father Rogers at St. John’s Church, was to be transferred to the church of St. Lawrence O’Toole in Hartford. Many of the parishioners doubted the story, but Father Keena remarked this morning that when they see it in the papers they will believe it. Father Keena has been intimately connected not only with church matters, but with all that pertained to the advancement and betterment of those who belonged to the church. In the young his reverence took especial interest founding the St. Anne’s Ladies’ Aid Society.” EDITOR’S NOTE: The St. Anne’s Society of St. John’s parish is the oldest parish society still in existence. It was founded in 1893.)

95 Years ago, or so:
November 15, 1919: 600 CANDIDATES CONFIRMED. “The Sacrament of Confirmation was administered by Rt. Rev. Bishop Nilan to a class of approximately 600 in St. John’s Catholic church this forenoon. Approximately 75 of the candidates were adults and 200 of the candidates were boys. The boys were dressed in black suits. The girls wore white dresses and white veils. Seasonable flowers graced the altars. There were many visiting priests in the chancel. After the administration of the sacrament, Bishop Nilan preached a tender, fatherly sermon to the children and when he had concluded, the class sang “Holy God we praise The Name.” Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament followed.”

Bulletin for Sunday November 6, 2016

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday November 6, 2016
Pastor’s Corner:
flagTuesday, November 8th, is Election Day. As Americans, Catholic Americans must vote. However, we Catholics have an obligation to vote according to the moral teachings of the Catholic Church, not merely because of social or economic aspects of a political platform we agree with. We cannot vote for the political platform of any political party, or elect a woman or a man whose policies will destroy innocent children in the womb, or whose economic policies or programs would further lessen the dignity of human beings by destroying their jobs and the social fabric of families and of our society.

The best explanation about Catholics voting in this election is by Father John Lankeit, Pastor of Saints Simon and Jude Cathedral in Phoenix, AZ.

EVERY MEMBER OF SAINT JOHN’S OF VOTING AGE SHOULD LISTEN TO IT BEFORE VOTING.

Here’s the link:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=881aDDE5qFY

One of his most compelling points is this: Would you or anyone in our parish support the political party or vote for one of the candidates presently running for president of the United States, if a party or candidate actively supported your right to kill an African American, or a Latino person, or anyone else in our community, if you believed that African American, Latino or person of another race were threatening your economic security? Of course you would not. Yet, there is one major American political party and its candidate for president of the United States now supporting the right to kill African-American babies, Latino babies, or any baby in the womb, even if late term, because the birth of that child might pose an economic burden on the parents. The greatest number of abortions in this country are those by African-American and Latino mothers, because our economy and society are broken.

Abortion is a horrible tragedy. Any woman who has undergone an abortion knows that, and the subsequent emotional anguish is unassuageable. Our hearts go out to those mothers who have taken such a drastic step. Yet, if we vote for such a candidate as one now running for president this year, we actively take part in that continued horror of killing babies and destroying women who are left with little hope.

This is one of the points made by Father Lankeit in his superb homily on line, and I urge everyone to listen to it in full. As Catholics, we cannot vote for any candidate who actively supports the present law allowing abortion on demand. Other policies held by the candidates must also be taken into consideration. However, if that first and most fundamental Constitutional Right to Life is not protected by us in the voting booth, then the other Rights of Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness mean nothing—for without Life you can neither have nor enjoy any other Right, even if it is termed “inalienable.”

American Catholics must vote. But we cannot vote for another leader who will continue to lead our country deeper into moral ruin. —Monsignor DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick: 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, Joyce Simoneau Rybnick, Brianna Petigny, Elaine Shoztic, Joan Kronk, John Kronk, Mary Lena Cocchia, Alexandre Laurent, John Murray.

Please pray for those who have recently died: 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, Paolo Cavallo, Ralph Bocuzzi, Robert Ix, Carolyn Gerwick, Denny Levi, Carmine Longo, Harry Bethea, Suzanne DePreta, Susanne DePreta.

Archdiocese for Military Service Collection . . . The second collection today will be for the Catholic priest chaplains in the United States military. Your generosity is appreciated.

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

Exposition of Relics of All the Saints: Through-November 23: In honor of All Saints Day [November 1], all the Basilica’s Relics of the Saints are displayed on the High Altar for convenient veneration.

NEW BOOK: The publication of Monsignor DiGiovanni’s newest book is finally completed: Aggiornamento on the Hill of Janus: The American College in Rome, 1955-1979. It is the fascinating story of the American Bishops’ seminary in the Vatican during the turbulent years immediately before and after the Second Vatican Council. You can purchase it on line: Cost is $35.00 on Amazon Books by title, or $20 in St. John’s Bookstore. All proceeds go to the Pontifical North American College, Vatican City State.

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

R.C.I.A. Our next class will be Monday, November 7th at 7pm-8:30pm in the Rectory. Cost is $25.00 for materials. Open to anyone interested in becoming a Catholic, or adult Catholics in preparation for First Communion or Confirmation. If you are interested, please stop by the office and pick up the materials.

Can Food Drive: The Religious Education Program is sponsoring a Can Food Drive to help the hungry in our community as Thanksgiving approaches. Next weekend (November 12th and 13th), there will be boxes in the back of the church to collect canned and non-perishable food items. Please do not bring cans with expired dates or any glass items. Your generosity is much appreciated.

Weekly Sunday collection:
Sunday October 30, 2016 $ 11,520.39
Sunday November 1, 2015 $ 13,094.84

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

November 13th, Sunday Readings: Mal 3:19-20a; 2 Thes 3:7-12; Lk 21:5-19.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour: Calling all young adults! Join us for our next monthly Young Adult Mass and Holy Hour, Thursday, December 8th! Holy Hour begins at 6:30pm and Mass begins at 7:30pm. We’ll see you there!

No Greater Love – Fr. Rob Galea in Concert: Our Lady Star of the Sea, Saturday, November 19th, 1200 Shippan Avenue. 5:30PM VIP reception; 7:00PM Showtime. $100 VIP, $50 Jr VIP (30 & under), $25 general admission. 50-50 drawing at the door! Order tickets online at ourladystaroftheseastamford.org or call the parish office at 203-324-4634.

Job Seekers: Led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., a leader in helping find jobs. More info, see: www.redinc.biz or 203-866-1606: There’s no charge. Next meeting: Monday, November 28th at 7:30PM – Stamford Corners, 1455 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Walk up the stairs and past the concierge to the club room. Follow it around to the left until you hit the conference room on your right.

Handel’s Messiah, Part I & the Hallelujah Chorus presented by the
Stamford Symphony and the Pro Arte Singers, HERE at the Basilica on Saturday December 10th at 8pm – One night only!—Tickets start at $25. Limited number of tickets available.  Call today 203-325-4466 or go to www.stamfordsymphony.org.

“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.

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

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

Sidewalk Advocates: Would you like to learn how to help women in unplanned, crisis pregnancies choose life at the abortion clinic? Sidewalk Advocates for Life offers a peaceful, prayerful, law-abiding sidewalk advocacy method that seeks to reach that woman’s heart and fill her needs so she can confidently choose life! Our next training will be held: Saturday, November 19th from 8AM to 12:30PM, at St. John the Evangelist rectory. The cost is $25. If you would like to learn this method and check out our program, please contact Noelle at 857-345-0808 or Noelle.gross@gmail.com. More information at www.sidewalkadvocates.org

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

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, November 5, 2016
4:00 Deceased Members of the Curioni Family req. Leon Taricani
Sunday, November 6, 2016
7:30 Deceased Members of the Nguyen Family req. Thang Nguyen
10:00 +Stanton Parrish req. Joan and John Hagan
12:00 Deceased Members of the Preziosi Family req. Marion Morris and Family
5:00 Needs of parishioners, especially the sick
Monday, November 7, 2016
8:00 +Joseph and Margaret Curtis req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Vincent Ferrera req. Vito Varriale
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
8:00 +Patrick Kane and Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane and Family
12:10 Thanksgiving to the Blessed Trinity req. Scholastica
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
8:00 +Doris McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 All Souls req. Lilian and Alvina Ramos
Thursday, November 10, 2016
8:00 For the well-being of our military, especially our returning soldiers
12:10 +Donna Gerardi Desalle req. Catherine Longo
Friday, November 11, 2016
8:00 Deceased Veterans of the Parish
12:10 Thomas Cycon req. Jef and Mary Spetland
Saturday, November 12, 2016
8:00 +Hope and Joseph McAleer req. McAleer Family
12:10 Thomas Cycon req. Ferry G.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:

115 years ago, or so:
November 13, 1902: Football Notes. “The Altar boys of St. John’s R. C. Church will open the rugby season next Wednesday with the Tarrytowns, on King’s field. This game should be interesting, for the teams are evenly matched. Friday of next week they will play the Glenbrooks, on King’s field. The Altar Boys would like to play third King’s. The line up will be: W. Greeney, r. e.; A. Ward, r. t.; D. Troy, r. g.; J. Daly, c.; L. Conroy, l. g.; J. Condon, l. t. and r. h.; E. Mullen, l. e.; M. McDonnell, g. b; F. Houlihan, f. b.; J. Griffen, r. h. and l. t.; H. Nevins, l. h. They would like to play any team under thirteen years of age.”

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

50 Years ago, or so:
November 8, 1966: Scout News—Troop 22. “Members of Boy Scout Troop 22, sponsored by St. John’s R. C. Church, were the guests of Troop 142, sponsored by the Suffolk County Air Force Base, Westhampton, N. Y., for a weekend at the air base. The Scouts were given a tour of the base and saw demonstrations of Air Force operations. The base recently has had numerous alerts as a result of UFO sightings but there were none during their stay. Scouts and their leaders were Paul Memale, Peter and Bill Kulik, James and Dennis Moriarity, Joe Cingari, Jeff Thompson, Rick, Ken and Mike White, John Higgins, Larry and James Lynch, Jim Hayes, Jay Eagan, Shaun and Danny Malloy, Doug and Dennis Harry, Tom Malloy, Rick Jones, Bob Terenzio, Harry Lockwood, Andy Purcell, Roger Cornwell, Joe Polka, Don Memale, Jim Lynch, Bill Thompson, Courney Harry, Bill Higgins, Ed Iacovo, Dave Shaub, Bob Goldkopf and Chris Feeley, members of the eighth grade science class at St. Gabriel’s School, also attended.”