Bulletin for Sunday June 6, 2010

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Pastor ’s Corner. . . June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a devotion that centers on the physical human heart of Jesus Christ as a symbol of His divine love for mankind. Throughout the centuries, the human heart has been a sign of human love—what do you normally send out on Valentine’s Day, except a card with hearts all over it? Every form of devotion to Our Lord’s humanity has as its object the devotion to the entire Christ who is the Word Incarnate: the Second Person of the Trinity, the Son of the Eternal Father, who became a man so that mankind could share in God’s divine life. So our devotion to Jesus’ Sacred Heart is a devotion to much more than a blood-pumping organ. Our devotion to His human heart of flesh is as the true and natural symbol of His threefold love: His human love; His sensible and spiritual love, infused with supernatural charity; and His divine love as the Word Incarnate, the Son of God made man.
The thoughts of the early Church Fathers are based on two texts from John 7: 37-39: “Jesus said, ‘If anyone thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” And, John 19: 33-7: “But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.” These and other passages were joined to view the Sacred Heart as the fountain from which issues the Holy Spirit from the Savior’s wounded side. From this came the idea of the Church as born from the pierced Heart of Christ as the new Eve from the side of the new Adam. This was developed during the Middle Ages, as greater devotion to Our Lord’s heart became more popular. St. Bonaventure wrote, “The Church was to be formed from the side of Christ as he slept on the Cross . . . Then, as from a fountain—Christ’s innermost heart—the price of our salvation would pour out, giving to the Church’s sacraments the power of conferring grace and of being for those who live in Christ a drink of the living water ‘that gushes up for eternal life.’” [Reflections on The Tree of Life] Saint Catherine of Siena and Saint Gertrude the Great were devoted to the Sacred Heart as a means to join oneself to the mystery of the Incarnate God living in the Church and Her sacraments; the visions of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque brought public attention and devotion to Jesus and His Sacred Heart.
The Heart of Jesus, then, is the symbol of His total love for the Eternal Father, overflowing to us. Through this devotion one goes to the total love of the Word Incarnate, and also to that love by which the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit love sinful humanity—not merely as a group, but each of us individually, and desires to redeem each of us for eternity by means of Christ’s Incarnation and Suffering, Death and Resurrection, made present through the Church and the Church’s sacraments. The image of Jesus’ Heart, afire with love, crowned with thorns, and pierced, has become the symbol par excellence of the Incarnation, the passion and depth of God’s love for every human person that led the Three Divine Persons of the Trinity all to contribute to our salvation through the life and Cross of Jesus.
We should all cultivate a personal devotion to Our Lord’s Sacred Heart as a reminder of that Divine Love for each of us, and to stimulate our personal response to that Sacred Love. June is an easy month to see personal responses to Jesus’ love: it is filled with martyrs, more so than most months. The martyrs are those individuals who refused to renounce Jesus even to avoid suffering and death., either publicly because of governmental persecution, or privately, when urged to immorality. Death was preferable to denouncing love. Either way, they imitated Christ, obedient even to death. Love of God is serious stuff.—Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Angela Bonneau, Emily Turturino, George Szele, Sr., Robert Lebeau, Connie Ward, Cheryl Carucci, Joan Bachman, Nicholas Czekanski, Wilfred Baretto, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Mary Moriarty, Carmella Micik, Julie Grant, Lois Porter, Joseph Lasko, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, Janet Rodgers, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Rosemarie Gaffney, Kushtrim Elezaj, William R. Plank, Paul Jankowitz, Matthew H. Kenealy Jr., Anthony P. D’Ariano, Salvatore Piro, Jerry Pellegrino, Andrew Caruso, James R. Clements, Irene Zelinsky, Margaret L. Rekos, Mary Catherine Sheehan, Paul K. Jankowicz, James Thomas, Marjorie L. O’Kane, Lawrence Schmidt Jr., Catherine B. Pullen, Wilhelmina-Belia Falek-Roerhost, Keith Segovia, Frank L. Infante, Dolores A. Deluca Freccia, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Roshah E. DeJean, Paul Reda, Katherine Dziezyc, John Castellano, Eugene Lops, William Wolf, Alfred Gautrau, David Lloyd, Evelyn Mahan.

Banns of Marriage: First Banns:
Laura Licursi & Angelo Mazzola
Gabriela Trevino Perez Abreu & Johan Laver
Alexandra Borsicault & Jerry Perez
Wendy Monteagudio & Joseph Pellicci
Christine Cronin & Michael Mayer
Clezoy George & Wiline Zaillane

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. . . The early Church apologists will be studied through June: 7:30 pm each Wednesday in the rectory: all are welcome.

Mass On Line. . .Visit the parish website: www.stjohnsstamford.com, click the photo of the church up top, and you’ll see live all that’s going on in church, daily. (Note: Audio requires “ActiveX” which is specifically designed to work with Windows systems [i.e. Internet Explorer]. “ActiveX” by Microsoft is not supported on other operating systems such as Apple “Mac OS” or “GNU/Linux.”) 

Job Seekers. . . Meets the 4th Monday of each month in the rectory at 7:30 pm: all are welcome. Topics include job interviewing, writing of resumes, networking and job seeking strategies. The group is led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs: for more info, see: www.redinc.biz

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Our Parish goal is $85,000. Please be generous to Bishop Lori.

St. Mary’s, Elm Street. . . will be holding its 15th Annual Family Fair on 5 consecutive nights from June 16-20.  There will be a variety of rides, foods, entertainment, $10,000 Cash raffle, Silent Auction (includes Yankees & Mets tickets) and discounted wrist bands (not good for Friday or Saturday).  $5 admission for adults includes Pizza Fritta.  Hours:  Wed, Thurs, Fri. 6-10 pm; Sat. 5-10 pm; Sun. 4-9 pm.

Baby Bottle Drive. . . June 19-20 & 26-27 to help the St. Gerard Center for Life, a Hartford based Catholic agency to help young mothers. Fill a baby bottle with cash, change or checks [made out to St. Gerard Center for Life], and drop off the bottles at the church during the last weekends of June. For more information: stgerardcenter.org

Sunday May 30, 2010 $ 9,944.26
Sunday May 31, 2009 $ 12,612.88

“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

June 13th Sunday Readings: 2 Sm 12:7-10, 13; Gal 2:16, 19-21; Lk 7:36—8:3 or 7:36-50.

Hymns for this Sunday . . . (1) 126, (2)120

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass:
Mass Ordinary: Mass for four voices – William Byrd 1540-1623.
All are encouraged to sing the Creed at the Noon Mass, which may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are:
Introit Cibavit eos (He fed them with the finest of wheat, alleluia; and with honey from the rock he satisfied them, alleluia, alleluia. Rejoice in honour of God our helper; shout for joy to the God of Jacob. [Ps.81:17,2,3,11]);
Alleluia Caro mea (My Flesh is the True Food, my Blood is the True Drink; he who eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood abides in me, and I in him. [John 6:56,57])
Sequence Lauda Sion (O Zion, praise thy Saviour, thy Prince and thy Shepherd; praise him with hymns and canticles. Make bold praise to him with all thy strength; for he surpasseth all praise; thou shalt ne’er be fully equal to the task. A special theme of praise, the living and life-giving Bread, is on this day proposed. Upon the table of the Last Supper, to the group of the brethren Twelve, this bread was truly given. Behold this Bread of Angels which hath become food for us on our pilgrimage; it is truly the Bread of God’s children, let it ne’er be thrown to dos. Scripture announced it figuratively by Isaac’s sacrifice, by the Paschal Lamb and by the manna given to our forefathers. O Good Shepherd and most true Bread of life, Lord Jesus, have mercy upon us; feed us and protect us, bring us to the vision of eternal riches in the land of the living. Thou who knowest and canst accomplish all things, who dost feed us in this mortal life, make us thy chosen guests, the co-heirs and companions of thy saints in the heavenly city.)
Offertory Portas cæli (The Lord opened the doors of heaven and rained down manna upon them to eat; he gave them bread from heaven; man ate the bread of angels, alleluia. [Ps. 77:23-25])
Communion Qui manducat (He who eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood, abides in me, and I in him. [John 6:57])
Offertory Motet: O sacrum convivium – Olivier Messiaen, 1908-1992
(O sacred banquet! in which Christ is received, the memory of his Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory to us is given. Alleluia.)
Communion Motet: Ave verum corpus – William Byrd 1540-1623
(Hail the true body, born of the Virgin Mary: You who truly suffered and were sacrificed on the cross for the sake of man. From whose pierced flank flowed water and blood: Be a foretaste for us in the trial of death. [O sweet, O merciful, O Jesus, Son of Mary.] [Have mercy on me. Amen.])

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, June 5
4:00 Rev. Msgr. Stephen DiGiovanni req. Millie
Sunday, June 6
7:30 Special Intention Saverio & Margaret Ferraro req. James & Lori Rubino
10:00 +Mr. & Mrs. Bill Hurter req. Friend
12:00 Punken req. the Marchetti Family
6:00 +Eugene & Anicia C. Alexandre req. Joseph Alexandre
Monday, June 7
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Varkey Apraim req. Regi
Tuesday, June 8
8:00 Msgr. DiGiovanni-God’s Blessing req. Our Lady of Loreto Altar Guild
12:10 Special Intentions
Wednesday, June 9
8:00 William A. Gannon, Jr. req. Gannon Family
12:10 +Nicholas, Eva, Charles, Charles, Jr. & Anna, Joseph Krunk req. Mary Churley
Thursday, June 10
8:00 Special intentions Sabine Auguste
12:10 +William R. Plank req. Susie Viggiano
Friday, June 11
8:00 +Virgina & Eileen Carr req. Marie Carr
12:10 +Mr. Octavius & Mrs. Venilia Mehu req. Grandchildren
Saturday, June 12
8:00 +Hope & Joseph McAleer req. The McAleer Family
12:10 Special Intention Julianne DeMarco req. Her children

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

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Society . . .will meet May 22nd and will then resume in September.

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets each first Tuesday of every month at 10:00 a.m.

Religious Education. . . Students and Catholic parents are obliged to attend Sunday Mass. For information, please contact Fr. Walsh (203) 324-1553, ext. 14, or email at frtwalsh@catholic.org.

St. Anne Society . . .A family society which meets four times a year on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. with prayer, supper, and a lecture in the church hall. For information, please contact Fr. Walsh (203) 324-1553, ext. 14, or frtwalsh@catholic.org.

Pray to end legalized abortion . . . Weds, 7-10:30a.m., Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St.

St. Dominic Savio Society. . . . For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12th grades. Meets monthly. Questions, contact Ferry Galbert 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. Meets monthly. Questions, please contact Suzanna Bosthwick, 203-554-2004.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory.

The Legion of Mary. . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets Thursday Evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory.

Coffee Hour. . . After the 10:00 a.m. Mass. All are welcome.

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:
140 years ago, or so:
June 7, 1872: The Corner Stone. “It is definitely decided that the corner stone of the Roman Catholic Church will be laid on the 23rd. inst. Great preparations are being made to have the occasion one long to be remembered in the history of our locality.”

125 years ago, or so:
June 6, 1884: “St John’s R. C. School exhibition was witnessed by a crowded house, in the Town Hall, last Thursday evening. The stage management of such a large body of young children is by no means an easy task, but it was accomplished with a degree of success high creditable to both teachers and pupils. The proficiency in music of so many of the young folks was particularly noticeable.”

75 years ago, or so:
June 10, 1934: Father Lonergan Will Sing Mass. “The Rev. Thomas F. Lonergan, ordained to the priesthood a week ago by the Most Rev. Bishop John A. Duffy in St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Buffalo, N.Y., will sing his first solemn high Mass at St. Clement’s Church, Fairfield Ave., tomorrow morning. The son of Thomas and Katherine Gorman Lonergan, Father Lonergan completed his early education at St. John’s Parochial School in 1925, then entered St. John’s Preparatory School in Andover, Mass., under the tutelage of the Xaverian Brothers.”

June 13, 1934: COURT OF HONOR AWARD FOR SCOUT ROBERT GRAHAM. “Scout Robert Graham of Troop 22, St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, was awarded the Silver Eagle Palm at the June Court of Honor of the Stamford Council, Boy Scouts of America. The requirements for the award are that an Eagle Scout shall continue to serve in Scouting for a period of at least one and one-half years after becoming an Eagle Scout, and to earn 15 additional merit badges beyond the 21 required for the Eagle rank.”

40 years ago, or so:
June 8, 1970: St. Ann Society Final Meeting Held on Sunday. “The St. Ann Society of St. John Catholic Church held the final meeting of the season, Sunday at 3 p.m., in its rooms in St. John’s School. A rummage sale is planned for today through Friday in the church basement. Proceeds will be given to Senior Citizens of the Friendly Circle, sponsored by the Society. On July 22 a Mass, honoring St Ann’s feast day, will be celebrated at 5 p.m., and a pot-luck supper will be served in the school basement rooms. Members and friends will be invited.”

Corpus Christi
The Body of Christ -Fr. Terry Walsh

What love God has for His children. Through our faith in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharistic Host we behold the Lamb of God each day right before our very eyes when we kneel before Him at Mass and hear the words “The Body of Christ.” Our “Amen” attests to our belief that God Himself – His very Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity is actually about to enter into our being and change us forever, transforming us more perfectly into His Divine Likeness. And He invites us to receive this gift every day! Imagine if we could only receive Him once a year – or – once in a lifetime. Would we approach Him differently? Would we prepare for that intimate moment of God showering His Presence over us, in us, and through us any differently than we do today? Our preparation is integral to receiving Him worthily. After all, we prepare well for special guests that come into our homes. How much more deliberate should our preparation be to receive the author of all life, indeed, of all that is, into our interior home, that is, our individual souls? Our Lord gives us the wonderful gift of the Sacrament of Confession so that we may be purified of anything hindering us from approaching Him with a pure heart and soul. Moreover, as we anticipate His arrival into our souls, we can prepare wonderful gifts to present to Him – the gifts of our good deeds, our cheerful sacrifices, our heartfelt prayers offered throughout the week.
The gift of the Eucharist has come to us at a great price. Sacrosanctum concilium, the Vatican II document on the Sacred Liturgy, put it this way: “At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of His Body and Blood. This He did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of His death and Resurrection: a Sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us’ (SC 47).”
The Eucharist is our Life, and so the Mass, likewise, is our Life. It is through His One Perfect Sacrifice at Calvary, which we enter into at every Holy Mass, that our Lord nourishes us in the life of grace. It is the same Body and Blood that hung upon the Cross, the same Christ that was given to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, the same Jesus that has been received by countless souls in the Mystical Body who seek completeness, and, as St. Justin cautions, “…no one may take part in it unless he believes that what we teach is true, has received baptism for the forgiveness of sins and new birth, and lives in keeping with what Christ taught.” And the Church adds: “In the Eucharist the sacrifice of Christ becomes also the sacrifice of the members of His Body. The lives of the faithful, their praise, sufferings, prayer, and work, are united with those of Christ and with his total offering, and so acquire a new value. Christ’s sacrifice present on the altar makes it possible for all generations of Christians to be united with the offering”(ccc1368). Finally, St. Ambrose explains the effect of the words of Consecration: “Be convinced that this (Eucharist) is not what nature has formed, but what the blessing has consecrated. The power of the blessing prevails over that of nature, because by the blessing nature itself is changed…Could not Christ’s word, which can make from nothing what did not exist, change existing things into what they were not before? It is no less a feat to give things their original nature than to change their nature.”

Bulletin for Sunday May 30, 2010

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Pastor ’s Corner. . . “When the Lord gave his disciples divine power to regenerate men, he said: ‘Go, teach all nations, and baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.’ This was why the Spirit had descended on God’s Son-made-man, learning thereby to dwell in mankind and to find repose in God’s creatures, carrying out the Father’s will in them and making them new in Christ” [Ireneaus of Lyons, Against Heresies, Book 3].
The entire work to save mankind from sin and death is a work of the Three Divine Persons of the Blessed Trinity, and this can be seen in the Resurrection of Our Lord: the Eternal Son, who died in the flesh in absolute obedience to the Father, is awakened from among the dead by the Eternal Father [“the God of the living”, as Saint Paul calls Him in his Letter to the Romans, 4:17], as a sign of His paternal acceptance of the Son’s sacrifice. Once raised from the dead, the Eternal Son sends forth God’s Spirit into the Church upon the persons of the Twelve Apostles and Our Lady. It is this Spirit that we receive in Confirmation.
The Father, who began the work of salvation with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, forming the Chosen People of Israel, brings that work to fruition through the obedience of His Son, the sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Church, and the remaining of the Son in the Church through the work of the Holy Spirit through the sacraments, sanctifying and leading all back to the Father.
Saint John speaks of the witnesses to the truth of Christ: “This is He who came in water and in blood, Jesus Christ; not in water only, but in the water and in the blood. And it is the spirit that bears witness that Christ is the truth. For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word [who is the Son], and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, and the water, and the blood; and these three are one” [I John 5: 5-9].
What is John writing about? Water, is the water of Baptism; Blood is Christ’s shed on the Cross and given us in the Holy Communion. The Trinity continues to work through the Church and the Sacraments, created by Christ.
Even though Jesus returns to the Father in His crucifed and risen human flesh, He enters into a new kind of intimacy with mankind in the Holy Spirit, which he alluded to when He told His Apostles, “I will not leave your orphans” [John 15:18]. Jesus was speaking of His actual incarnate presence in the Church through the Church’s sacraments. It is the Holy Spirit who is Lord of the Sacraments, changing bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ in the miracle of Transubstantiation at Mass, and who empowers God’s creatures used in the sacraments, such as water in Baptism, by which Christ sanctifies us through His incarnate and risen manhood. There is one God who is a Trinity of Persons, working through His Church to save us from death.—Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Emily Turturino, George Szele, Sr., Robert Lebeau, Connie Ward, Cheryl Carucci, Joan Bachman, Nicholas Czekanski, Wilfred Baretto, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Mary Moriarty, Carmella Micik, Julie Grant, Lois Porter, Joseph Lasko, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, Janet Rodgers, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Kushtrim Elezaj, William R. Plank, Paul Jankowitz, Matthew H. Kenealy Jr., Anthony P. D’Ariano, Salvatore Piro, Jerry Pellegrino, Andrew Caruso, James R. Clements, Irene Zelinsky, Margaret L. Rekos, Mary Catherine Sheehan, Paul K. Jankowicz, James Thomas, Marjorie L. O’Kane, Lawrence Schmidt Jr., Catherine B. Pullen, Wilhelmina-Belia Falek-Roerhost, Keith Segovia, Frank L. Infante, Dolores A. Deluca Freccia, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Roshah E. DeJean, Paul Reda, Katherine Dziezyc, John Castellano, Eugene Lops, William Wolf, Alfred Gautrau, David Lloyd, Evelyn Mahan.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. . . Continues our study of Eusebius’ Life of Constantine: 7:30 pm each Wednesday in the rectory: all are welcome.

Weekday Morning Mass Time. . . Some people have asked if we would consider changing the morning Mass to 7:30 a.m., which might prove convenient for more people on their way to work. What would you think if daily Morning Mass were at 7:30 a.m. instead of
8 a.m.? Would you come?? Please let us know what you think. Thanks. —Your priests.

Mass On Line. . .Visit the parish website: www.stjohnsstamford.com, click the photo of the church up top, and you’ll see live all that’s going on in church, daily. (Note: Audio requires “ActiveX” which is specifically designed to work with Windows systems [i.e. Internet Explorer]. “ActiveX” by Microsoft is not supported on other operating systems such as Apple “Mac OS” or “GNU/Linux.”) 

Job Seekers. . . Meets the 4th Monday of each month in the rectory at 7:30 pm: all are welcome. Topics include job interviewing, writing of resumes, networking and job seeking strategies. The group is led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs: for more info, see: www.redinc.biz

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Our Parish goal is $85,000. Please be generous to Bishop Lori.
This weekend we will provide envelopes in the pews for parishioners to make a pledge.

Borrowed Books. . . This is my annual call to parishioners who have borrowed some of my books to please return them to me. It is delightful that parishioners wish to read theological works, but I would appreciate their return: it’s nothing more serious than an oversight on the part of the readers, but I would like the books back. Thanks very much. Mons. DiGiovanni

DOMINIC SAVIO and MARIA GORETTI SOCIETIES….New York City field trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty will be June 5th, Saturday. Permission slips are required. Call Fr. Walsh if you have any questions. We will board the bus at 8:45 am.

Sunday May 23, 2010 $ 10,323.83
Sunday May 24, 2009 $ 9,879.34

“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta


Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, May 29
4:00 +John & Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Young
Sunday, May 30
7:30 +Francis Heyman req. Carpanzano Family
10:00 Veterans of the Parish
12:00 +Aniello Preziosi 44th Anniversary req. Children, Grandchildren, Great grandchildren
6:00 +Gloria Beverly req. Wanda Beverly
Monday, May 31
8:00 Special Intention Maiah Rovegno
12:10 Veterans of the Parish
Tuesday, June 1
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
12:10 Special Intention Msgr. William A. Nagle req. Diane Strain
Wednesday, June 2
8:00 +Rachel Sottosanti
12:10 +Antion D’Amico req. Son-Frank
Thursday, June 3
8:00 +Margaret M. Timon req. Thomas A. Timon
12:10 +Mary D. Cuneo req. The Underhill Family
Friday, June 4
8:00 +William Morris req. Lois Gandt
12:10 +Antonio Pugliese req. The Pugliese Family
Saturday, June 5
8:00 +William Morris req. Caroline Uva
12:10 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.

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

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Society . . .will meet May 22nd and will then resume in September.

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets each first Tuesday of every month at 10:00 a.m.

Religious Education. . . Students and Catholic parents are obliged to attend Sunday Mass. For information, please contact Fr. Walsh (203) 324-1553, ext. 14, or email at frtwalsh@catholic.org.

St. Anne Society . . .A family society which meets four times a year on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. with prayer, supper, and a lecture in the church hall. For information, please contact Fr. Walsh (203) 324-1553, ext. 14, or frtwalsh@catholic.org.

Pray to end legalized abortion . . . Weds, 7-10:30a.m., Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St.

St. Dominic Savio Society. . . . For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12th grades. Meets monthly. Questions, contact Ferry Galbert 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. Meets monthly. Questions, please contact Suzanna Bosthwick, 203-554-2004.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory.

The Legion of Mary. . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets Thursday Evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory.

Coffee Hour. . . After the 10:00 a.m. Mass. All are welcome.

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:
125 years ago, or so:
June 1, 1886: The Catholic Church Dedication. “The audience assembled on Sunday morning last at 10 o’clock in the new Catholic church of Stamford, was limited only by the capacity of the building, which, spacious as it is, could not contain all who sought admission within its walls. Not less than twenty-five hundred people, however, obtained entrance, and witnessed the impressive Episcopal dedication by the Rt. Rev. Bishop McMahon and the priests chosen as his assistants for the occasion. The music was very fine; the harmonious conjunction of brass and string instruments with the organ, and the very excellent solo singers and well trained chorus all united to produce a musical effect worthy of the occasion and highly creditable to Prof. Smith and the ladies and gentlemen who so ably assisted him. Following the elaborate and imposing ceremonies as prescribed in the Roman Catholic ritual, came the sermon by the Rev. Dr. Hortsmann, of Philadelphia. He chose for his text the scripture passage: “Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only.” The text, he said, might at first sight seem a strange one in view of the magnificent example of doing which this new and noble edifice presented, but it was for that very reason he thought the text appropriate. “Rejoice in the Lord: again I say rejoice.” These words it seemed to him were most fitting to the present circumstances, for today was the crowning and dedicating of fifteen years of labor and self sacrifice for the glory of God and the honor and dignity of his chosen church. It was truly a magnificent gift, and was significant of a generous and devoted spirit on the part of the congregation, as well as an illustration of the faithful labors of the worthy, energetic and indefatigable Father Rogers, the best years of whose life may be said to have been built into these walls. Truly he had spent and not spared himself. God had inspired and sustained him in all these labors and had inspired the congregation also in carrying on the great work until its glorious culmination had been reached—the dedication of all to the glory of God and the honor of the Catholic faith. The speaker glanced briefly at the history of Catholicism in Stamford, referring to the remarkable contrast between the grand ceremonial of today and the first feeble beginnings of the church in this place scarcely more than forty years ago. Then a priest from New Rochelle paid occasional visits to the few struggling Catholics in Stamford. The church grew in numbers and strength year by year, under the care of Fathers Brady, Reynolds, Cooney and O’Neil, in regular succession until 1868, when Father Fagan came to make his pastorate forever memorable, and his name honored as long as the building should stand by originating in the year 1870 the great enterprise which this day, with pride and joy, we dedicate to the service of Almighty God.”

AMEN – Fr. Terry Walsh

“AMEN” is a Hebrew word that expresses “faith”, “it is true”, “it is so.” When we bless ourselves, we express our faith in the One God Who is Three Persons: “In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN.” We profess our belief in our relationship with God with our AMEN after praying the ‘Our Father’. And of course, we express our belief in the real and true presence of Jesus Christ made present in the Mass – Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity – with the “Great Amen.” Indeed we profess our faith in this reality with great conviction when the priest holds the Blessed Sacrament in front of us and proclaims “The Body of Christ”. “AMEN” – “I believe”.
Faith itself is a Gift. It begins as a seed in our soul – infused at our Baptism. Then, it’s up to each of us to respond to the graces our Lord offers us through the Sacraments. These encounters with Christ enable the seed to grow into a strong and vibrant Branch on the Vine, Who is Christ (Jn 15). Of course, a healthy prayer life nurtures our relationship with God Who speaks in our soul and leads us into closer union with Him. Indeed, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us (see Romans 8) – from within us – that we may grow ever closer to God. Our Gift of Faith needs nourishment and care.
Many reject Jesus – they simply choose not to believe. Perhaps they lacked that childlike humility that Jesus says is necessary – that childlike Trust in God. Many rejected the truth of His words when He said that His Flesh is Real Food and His Blood Real Drink. It was “Too hard” for them. Their hearts and their minds were closed to the Truth. That must have been a sad day for our Lord. He became man out of love for us and when He explains to the many disciples who had been following Him how they are enter into His Divine Life – by “eating His Flesh and drinking His Blood” – He is rejected. It hurts. Clearly it is a painful moment. And then, turning to the Apostles, he puts the question to them. But they believe. They may lack ‘perfect understanding’, but they do believe in Him. Indeed, they will prove their faith through the ultimate witness of Martyrdom. On the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica, Christ Triumphant is standing in the Center and He is flanked on either side by the Apostles, each one holding the instrument by which he was martyred – martyred for their “AMEN”. Their belief in Jesus, like ours, began like a seed. And as they received Grace, each seed grew strong, breaking through the surface, blossoming in the Light of Christ and bearing much fruit. They grew in knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. It began with their Amen and it grew by faithfully following the teachings of the Master, who has “the words of everlasting life.”
We likewise profess our belief in God each Sunday in the Creed just after the Liturgy of the Word and just before the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The Catechism teaches us (#1064): “To believe is to say ‘AMEN’ to God’s words, promises and commandments; to entrust oneself completely to him who is the ‘Amen’ of infinite love and perfect faithfulness. The Christian’s everyday life will then be the ‘Amen’ to the ‘I believe’ of our baptismal profession of faith.” St. Augustine put it this way, “May your Creed be for you as a mirror. Look at yourself in it, to see if you believe everything you say you believe. And rejoice in your faith each day.”

Bulletin for Sunday May 23, 2010

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Pastor ’s Corner. . . The icon in the sanctuary is the gift of a friend of the parish
who wanted to donate something “Roman” to the Basilica. My thoughts went immediately to
the most famous and venerated icon of the Mother of God in Rome: Salus Populi Romani:
Protectress of the People of Rome. It has been in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major since the Basilica’s mid-5th century rebuilding, commemorating the Council of Ephesus, countering the Nestorian heresy. The rebuilding of the 4th century Basilica, the oldest in the West dedicated to the Mother of God, and this icon, are the Church’s popular expression of the Council’s theological response to that heresy: Jesus is God who became a man in the womb of Mary: therefore, Jesus is both man and God, and Mary, His Mother, can be called the Mother of God.
The icon dates from the 5th century, and first came upon the world scene when Pope
Saint Gregory the Great led a procession in 597 through the streets of Rome with the icon,
praying for the end of the plague which had killed thousands. Originally enthroned atop the
doorway to St. Mary Major’s baptistery, by the 17th century it was “restored” and placed in its
present magnificent Borghesi chapel.
Ours is an exact, hand painted replica of the original, in oil paint and gold leaf by Grace
DeVito. Its measurements are those of the original: 5 feet by 3 1/4 feet. On either side of the
Virgin’s head are two Greek abbreviations, identifying the subject: on the left the Greek letters
for M-R; on the right, Th-U: abbreviations for Mother of God: She is stately in her bearing, yet not aloof from us. She is dressed simply yet elegantly. On her finger is a ring—she is a Roman noblewoman of late Antiquity. The golden star on her shoulder tells us that she is the
Immaculate Conception—the woman preserved by God from Adam’s Original Sin, so she
could be the sinless Virgin in whose womb the Eternal Son of the Father joined Himself to our
human nature in a human body and soul. The golden cross on her forehead tells us whose
mother she is—the Eternal Son who became man in order to die for humanity’s sins: Mary is
the virgin mother of the Incarnate and Crucified Lord. She gently holds and protects Her Son,
encircling Him with both hands. The Infant sits comfortably and securely on His Mother’s lap,
holding the Book of the Gospels, with His right hand raised to bless us. But He first looks up
to His Mother, as if asking if it’s O.K. to bless those looking at the icon. She looks out to us,
inviting us to enter into the Divine Love of God made visible in Her Son, as a sign that it
would be the polite thing to do if He would bless us who have come to visit Mother and Son.
According to legend, when Pope Saint Gregory the Great processed through the Roman streets
in 597 with this icon, a choir of angels greeted Her chanting:
“Queen of Heaven rejoice, alleluia; the Son Whom you merited to bear, alleluia; has
risen as He said, alleluia; pray for us to God, alleluia; rejoice and be glad, Oh, Virgin Mary, for
the Lord is truly risen, alleluia.” This is the prayer we recite daily before Mass during Easter.
Please pray for the donor of this magnificent icon, who has wished to remain
anonymous. Each time you look into Our Lady’s eyes, offer a Hail Mary for the donor and for
his family.
This beautiful icon of Our Mother will remain in the sanctuary through the end of May,
Mary’s month. She has arrived in time to welcome the final of our Roman images, which is on
a ship from Livorno, Italy, and should arrive next week. All we need do now is begin public
processions through the City of Stamford, which we will do in August, just as in Pope Saint
Gregory the Great did through the streets of Rome. —Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Emily Turturino, Fr. Andrew Walter, George Szele, Sr., Robert
Lebeau, Connie Ward, Cheryl Carucci, Jerry Pellegrino, Joan Bachman, Nicholas Czekanski,
Wilfred Baretto, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Mary Moriarty, Carmella Micik, Julie Grant,
Lois Porter, Joseph Lasko, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, Janet Rodgers, Kevin Sutton,
Anne Marie Brutus, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Paul Jankowitz, Matthew H. Kenealy Jr.,
Anthony P. D’Ariano, Salvatore Piro, Andrew Caruso, James R. Clements, Irene Zelinsky,
Margaret L. Rekos, Mary Catherine Sheehan, Paul K. Jankowicz, James Thomas, Marjorie L.
O’Kane, Lawrence Schmidt Jr., Catherine B. Pullen, Wilhelmina-Belia Falek-Roerhost, Keith
Segovia, Frank L. Infante, Dolores A. Deluca Freccia, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Roshah E.
DeJean, Paul Reda, Katherine Dziezyc, John Castellano, Eugene Lops, William Wolf, Alfred
Gautrau, David Lloyd, Evelyn Mahan.

Parish Mother of the Year. . . On Tuesday, May 25th at 7:00pm here at Saint John’s: the
Council of Catholic Women will host their annual Parish Mother of the Year Awards: an
evening of Marian devotion, with the Rosary and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
A light reception will follow in the Monsignor Nagle Hall. All are welcome to attend.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. . . Continues our study of Eusebius’ Life of
Constantine: 7:30 pm each Wednesday in the rectory: all are welcome.

Weekday Morning Mass Time. . . Some people have asked if we would consider changing
the morning Mass to 7:30 a.m., which might prove convenient for more people on their way to
work. What would you think if daily Morning Mass were at 7:30 a.m. instead of
8 a.m.? Would you come?? Please let us know what you think. Thanks. —Your priests.

Mass On Line. . .Visit the parish website: www.stjohnsstamford.com, click the photo of the
church up top, and you’ll see live all that’s going on in church, daily. (Note: Audio requires
“ActiveX” which is specifically designed to work with Windows systems [i.e. Internet
Explorer]. “ActiveX” by Microsoft is not supported on other operating systems such as Apple
“Mac OS” or “GNU/Linux.”)

Job Seekers. . . Meets the 4th Monday of each month in the rectory at 7:30 pm: all are
welcome. Topics include job interviewing, writing of resumes, networking and job seeking
strategies. The group is led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs: for more info, see: www.redinc.biz

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Our Parish goal is $85,000. Please be generous to Bishop Lori.
This weekend we will provide envelopes in the pews for parishioners to make a pledge.
Borrowed Books. . . This is my annual call to parishioners who have borrowed some of
my books to please return them to me. It is delightful that parishioners wish to read
theological works, but I would appreciate their return: it’s nothing more serious than an
oversight on the part of the readers, but I would like the books back. Thanks very much.
Mons. DiGiovanni

Sunday May 16, 2010 $ 13,774.75
Sunday May 17, 2009 $ 13,094.63
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

May 30th Sunday Readings: Prv 8:22-31; Rom 5:1-5; Jn 16:12-15.

Hymns for this Sunday . . . (1) 92 (2) 93

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass:
Mass Ordinary: Mass for Three Voices – William Byrd, 1539-1623.
All are encouraged to sing the Creed at the Noon Mass, which may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are:
Introit Spiritus Dominus (The Spirit of the Lord has filled the whole world, alleluia; and that which contains all things, knows every language spoken by men, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia; Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; and let those who hate him flee before his face. [Wisdom 1:7; Ps. 67]);
Alleluia Veni Sancte Spiritus (Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people, and enkindle in them the fire of your love.);
Sequence Veni Sancte Spiritus (Come, Thou Holy Spirit, come; And from Thy celestial home Shed a ray of light Divine: Come, Thou Father of the poor, Come, Thou source of all our store, Come, within our bosoms shine: Thou of comforters the best, Thou the soul’s most welcome guest, Sweet refreshment here below; In our labor rest most sweet, Grateful coolness in the heat, Solace in the midst of woe; O most blessed Light Divine, Shine within these hearts of Thine, And our inmost beings fill; Where Thou art not, man hath naught, Nothing good in deed or thought, Nothing free from taint of ill. Heal our wounds; our strength renew; On our dryness pour Thy dew; Wash the stains of guilt away: Bend the stubborn heart and will; Melt the frozen, warm the chill; Guide the steps that go astray. On the faithful, who adore And confess Thee, evermore In Thy seven-fold gifts descend: Give them virtue’s sure reward, Give them Thy salvation, Lord, Give them joys that never end. Amen, alleluia.); Offertory Confirma hoc Deus (Confirm, O God, that which you have accomplished in our midst; from your holy temple which is in Jerusalem, kings shall offer presents to you, alleluia. [Ps. 67:29-30]); Communion Factus est repente (Suddenly, a sound came from heaven like a rush of a mighty wind, in the place where they were sitting, alleluia; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and announced the great God had done, alleluia, alleluia. [Acts 2:2,4]).
Offertory Motet: Loquebantur variis linguis – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina 1525 -1594 (The apostles spoke in many tongues, alleluia, of the great works of God, alleluia. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in many tongues of the great works of God, alleluia. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Alleluia.)
Communion Motet: Veni Creator – Leo Abbott b.1950
(Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest, and in our souls take up Thy rest; come with Thy grace and heavenly aid to fill the hearts which Thou hast made. Kindle our sense from above, and make our hearts o’erflow with love; with patience firm and virtue high the weakness of our flesh supply. [attrib. Rabanus Maurus])

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, May 22
4:00 Special Intentions Fr. Terrence P. Walsh req. Millie T.
Sunday, May 23
7:30 Special Intentions Fr. Paul N. Check req. Millie T.
10:00 The Persecuted Roman Catholic Church in China req. Cardinal Kung Foundation
12:00 Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI- God’s blessings req. Our Lady of Loreto Altar Guild
6:00 +Andrew Caruso req. Msgr. Stephen DiGiovanni
Monday, May 24
8:00 Fr. Brian Gannon 13th Anniversary
12:10 The Persecuted Roman Catholic Church in China req. Cardinal Kung Foundation
Tuesday, May 25
8:00 Margaret Mary Cycon req. The Cycon Family
12:10+Maurice Saint Preuve req. Ferry G.
Wednesday, May 26
8:00 +Sara Solomone 1st Anniversary req. Peter McManus
12:10+John & Anna Petranchik req. Son-Joseph Petranchik
Thursday, May 27
8:00 Special intention Margaret Connor req. Bernadette Curran
12:10 South One Staff & Patients req. Francis Baranowski
Friday, May 28
8:00 +Francesantonio Anetta & Decemem req. Pugliese Family
12:10+Esta & Momuma Basset req. Daughter- Sylvie
Saturday, May 29
8:00 +Margaret Curtis req. Mary Maloney
12:10+Mary Balutowski req. Terry Troilo

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

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Society . . .will meet May 22nd and will then resume in September.

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets each first Tuesday of every month at 10:00 a.m.

Religious Education. . . Students and Catholic parents are obliged to attend Sunday Mass. For information, please contact Fr. Walsh (203) 324-1553, ext. 14, or email at frtwalsh@catholic.org.

St. Anne Society . . .A family society which meets four times a year on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. with prayer, supper, and a lecture in the church hall. For information, please contact Fr. Walsh (203) 324-1553, ext. 14, or frtwalsh@catholic.org.

Pray to end legalized abortion . . . Weds, 7-10:30a.m., Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St.

St. Dominic Savio Society. . . . For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12th grades. Meets monthly. Questions, contact Ferry Galbert 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. Meets monthly. Questions, please contact Suzanna Bosthwick, 203-554-2004.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory.

The Legion of Mary. . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets Thursday Evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory.

Coffee Hour. . . After the 10:00 a.m. Mass. All are welcome.

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:
100 YEARS AGO, OR SO:
May 28, 1898: OUR SCHOOLS IN PARADE.
A Brigade of Students, Headed by Their Teachers, Will Constitute the Largest Part of the Memorial Day Turnout. “Pupils of the public and parochial schools are taking a great deal of interest in the Memorial Day exercises, particularly the parade. A large majority of Stamford school children will be represented. If Memorial Day dawns clear and fair, as seems natural after all the wet weather we have had, the number will probably be nearer 1,500 than 1,000. The schools will parade in this order: High School, Center, West Stamford, Elm Street, Henry
Street, William Street, Franklin Street. The Parochial School will be in the line too. The Catholic parochial school will be a bright spot of color and a glowing exponent of patriotism in the long line of school children. If present signs do not fail, there will be a delegation of about 300 from this school. There will be two companies of boys, marines and infantry. The representatives of the navy will lead off in suits of blue adorned with silver stripes. Their ranks will be filled from the higher-grade boys. The smaller boys, representing the army, will appear in alternate uniforms of blue and red. The girls will bring up the rear. They will be gowned in white with appropriate sashes of the national colors, the blue and the red ribbons alternating with each scholar. They will bear flags and probably a banner to designate the school. The parochial school has had little time for drilling, as, besides the weather, which all the schools have had to contend with in common, the school was not informed of the arrangement for it to participate in the parade until after the other schools had been notified. The teachers will not
march in the parade as a rule, but most of them will follow it as the crowd does, within call if needed. The principals are excepted; they will march with their scholars.”

50 YEARS AGO, OR SO:
May 26, 1961: Rev. Joseph Potter To Be Honored
At K of C Program. “The Rev. Joseph D. Potter, former chaplain of St. Augustine Council 41, Knights of Columbus, will be honored at a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the K of C Building, No. State St. Born in Bridgeport, Father Potter attended parochial schools there
before attending St. Thomas seminary in Bloomfield, Conn. He completed his studies at St. Mary’s, Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland. His first appointment was at St. John’s Church in Stamford. Last year he was transferred to St. Joseph’s Church in Bridgeport. He is also an instructor in languages at Notre Dame Catholic High School. Father Potter is chaplain of the St. Francis de Sales Deaf Club of Fairfield County.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Father Potter served as an Assistant at St. John’s from 1954 to 1960.)

Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come
(Part V: Pentecost Sunday)
-Fr. Terry Walsh
The moment has arrived….‘our Lord’s Passover is fulfilled’ and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is revealed to the world on Pentecost: the Holy Spirit, promised by our Lord, ‘sanctifies the Church’ and waters the souls of all who believe in Jesus and come to follow Him. The Catechism teaches: “The gift of the Spirit ushers in a new era in the ‘dispensation of the mystery’. … during which Christ manifests, makes present, and communicates his work of salvation through the liturgy of His Church, ‘until He comes’….Christ now lives and acts in and with His Church, in a new way…He acts through the Sacraments…the communication of the fruits of Christ’s Paschal mystery”(ccc1076). Through baptism, we begin our New Life as children of God, “calling God our Father in the midst of the Church” and we begin to be nourished by the fruits of Christ’s sacrifice. We begin our formation in the spiritual life and are gently moulded into a more perfect likeness of our Lord; we become members of that perfect edifice — the Living Temple — the Mystical Body of Christ — when we freely cooperate with the promptings of the Holy Spirit, who now dwells within. St. Irenaeus wrote: “Like dry flour, which cannot become one lump of dough, one loaf of bread, without moisture, we who are many could not become one in Christ Jesus without the water that comes down from Heaven…. Through the baptism that liberates us from change and decay we have become one in body; through the Spirit we have become one in soul.” How important it is then to care for one another, to be truly concerned about the well being of all members of the Body of Christ, especially the poor.
St. Basil the Great wrote beautifully about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the work that He accomplishes in and through us. St. Basil had this to say: “The Spirit is the source of holiness, a spiritual light, and he offers his own light to every mind to help it in its search for truth. By nature the Spirit is beyond the reach of our mind, but we can know him by his goodness. The power of the Spirit fills the whole universe, but he gives himself only to those who are worthy, acting in each according to the measure of his faith.” We are infused with the supernatural gift of faith at baptism and it grows according to our response to our Lord’s call. Do we live according to the Word, the Gospel? Do we pray? More put another way, do we actually take the time to examine just how we are communicating with God? In other words, are we praying well—from the heart? Have we asked for the Grace to actually pray better? Do we receive the Sacraments with thankful hearts and praise God for His generosity? As we reflect upon our lives, are we able to recognize the effects of grace when we have approached God with humility and a sincere desire for holiness? “Simple in himself,” Basil writes, “the Spirit is manifold in his mighty works. The whole of his being is present to each individual; the whole of his being is present everywhere. Though shared in by many, he remains unchanged; his self-giving is no loss to himself. Like the sunshine, which permeates all the atmosphere, spreading over land and sea, and yet is enjoyed by each person as though it were for him alone, so the Spirit pours forth his grace in full measure, sufficient for all, and yet is present as though exclusively to everyone who can receive him….He gives a delight limited only by their own nature, not by his ability to give….The Spirit raises our hearts to heaven, guides the steps of the weak, and brings to perfection those who are making progress. He enlightens those who have been cleansed from every stain of sin and makes them spiritual by communion with himself. As clear transparent substances become very bright when sunlight falls on them and shine with a new radiance, so also souls in whom the Spirit dwells, and who are enlightened by the Spirit, become spiritual themselves and a source of grace for thers….Through the Spirit we become citizens of heaven, we are admitted to the company of the angels, we enter into eternal happiness, and abide in God. Through the Spirit we acquire a likeness to God; indeed, we attain what is beyond our most sublime aspirations – we become God.” Congratulations to our RCIA candidates who will be confirmed this Pentecost day by Bishop Lori at St. Augustine Cathedral.

Bulletin for Sunday May 16, 2010

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Pastor ’s Corner. . . The One Church established by Our Lord grew at a remarkably fast rate: after only 30 years, it could be found in all the major cities of the Roman Empire, and an impressive number of smaller ones, as well. Here are excerpts from two documents describing that growth and life in the early Church: “Christ our Lord, while on earth, manifested both what He then was and what He had been, what the Father’s will was, and what men were to do. He did this openly to the people and privately to the disciples, among whom were the Twelve chosen to be Apostles to all nations. As Jesus was departing from them, Ascending to Heaven, He bade them go and teach the peoples of the earth, consecrating them through baptism to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Apostles, on receiving the promised Holy Spirit, straightway preached faith in Christ throughout Judea, established the Church, and broadcast the same faith to the nations of the world.
“In every great city they established the Church. From the Church established personally by the Apostles [in large cities], churches in other towns then borrowed the faith and its teachings that they might become churches in turn; the process goes on even today. All are regarded as apostolic because all are offspring of Church founded by the Apostles. All these great churches are descended from the Apostolic Church; all are apostolic because all are one in their foundation. What the Apostles preached—that is, what Christ revealed to them—can be known only through these same churches which the Apostles founded and to which they preached in person and by letter” [Tertullian, Objections to the Claims of Heretics, 20-22].

A mid-2nd century description of the Christian life: The Letter to Diognetus:
“Christians do not differ from other men as to habitat, language or custom. They live among Greeks and barbarians, wherever destiny has put them. They follow local custom in garb and diet and other matters. But their way of life is nonetheless strange and unbelievable to many. They live in their native land, but as sojourners; as citizens they share everything with their fellow-men, yet they are treated as aliens; any alien country is a homeland to them, and every homeland an alien country. They marry as men and women do and beget children, but they do not practice abortion. They share tables but not beds.
“They live in the flesh but not according to the flesh. They dwell on earth but regard heaven as their city. They follow established law but in their way of life go beyond what the law requires. They love all, and everybody persecutes them. No one knows them, while all condemn them; they are put to death and still are very much alive.
“To put it all briefly: What the soul is to the body, Christians are to the world. The soul is present in all the body’s members; so are Christians in the world’s cities. The soul dwells in the body but does not originate from it; Christians live in the world but do not have their origin there. The invisible soul abides in the visible body; Christians are seen as living in the world, but their piety is invisible. On the other hand, the body, though it suffers nothing from the soul, hates it and makes war upon it because it cannot enjoy its pleasures in peace; the world suffers nothing from Christians but hates them because they reject its pleasures.
“The soul loves the flesh and members which hate it; so do Christians love those who hate them. The soul is enclosed in the body, but it contains the body; Christians must remain in the world as in a prison, but they contain the world. The immortal soul dwells in a mortal home; Christians are pilgrims in a corruptible world while they look forward to heavenly immortality. God has set them in the world as his sentinels, and they may not leave their posts.”
—Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Emily Turturino, Fr. Andrew Walter, George Szele, Sr., Robert Lebeau, Connie Ward, Cheryl Carucci, Jerry Pellegrino, Joan Bachman, Nicholas Czekanski, Wilfred Baretto, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Mary Moriarty, Carmella Micik, Julie Grant, Lois Porter, Joseph Lasko, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, Janet Rodgers, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Paul Jankowitz, Matthew H. Kenealy Jr., Anthony P. D’Ariano, Salvatore Piro, Andrew Caruso, James R. Clements, Irene Zelinsky, Margaret L. Rekos, Mary Catherine Sheehan, Paul K. Jankowicz, James Thomas, Marjorie L. O’Kane, Lawrence Schmidt Jr., Catherine B. Pullen, Wilhelmina-Belia Falek-Roerhost, Keith Segovia, Frank L. Infante, Dolores A. Deluca Freccia, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Roshah E. DeJean, Paul Reda, Katherine Dziezyc, John Castellano, Eugene Lops, William Wolf, Alfred Gautrau, David Lloyd, Evelyn Mahan.

Catholic Communication Campaign Collection . . . Please drop your Catholic Communication Campaign Collection envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory. There will only be one collection today.

Easter Duty. . . The sign that we are practicing Catholics is that we receive Holy Communion: which means we lead a moral life and hold the same faith as does our local successor of the Apostles, Bishop Lori and the Successor of Saint Peter, Pope Benedict: we are in communion with them. The Easter Duty is a precept insuring that all Catholics receive Holy Communion at least once during the year: from Palm Sunday through Trinity Sunday [May 30th]. That implies that everyone should go to confession at least once per year, especially during the Easter season. Unless prevented by illness or other serious reasons, if one does not go to Confession or receive Holy Communion at least during this time of year, then that person can’t be considered much of a practicing Catholic.

Parish Mother of the Year. . . On Tuesday, May 25th at 7:00pm here at Saint John’s: the Council of Catholic Women will host their annual Parish Mother of the Year Awards: A light reception will follow in the Monsignor Nagle Hall. All are welcome to attend.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. . . Continues our study of Eusebius’ Life of Constantine: 7:30 pm each Wednesday in the rectory: all are welcome.

Weekday Morning Mass Time. . . Some people have asked if we would consider changing the morning Mass to 7:30 a.m., which might prove convenient for more people on their way to work. What would you think if daily Morning Mass were at 7:30 a.m. instead of
8 a.m.? Would you come?? Please let us know what you think. Thanks. —Your priests.

Mass On Line. . .Visit the parish website: www.stjohnsstamford.com, click the photo of the church up top, and you’ll see live all that’s going on in church, daily. (Note: Audio requires “ActiveX” which is specifically designed to work with Windows systems [i.e. Internet Explorer]. “ActiveX” by Microsoft is not supported on other operating systems such as Apple “Mac OS” or “GNU/Linux.”) 

Sunday May 9, 2010 $ 10,842.31
Sunday May 10, 2009 $ 10,065.23

“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

May 23rd Sunday Readings: Acts 2:1-11; 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Rom 8:8-17; Jn 20:19-23 or Jn 14:15-16, 23b-26.

Hymns for this Sunday . . . (1) 87 (2) 110

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass:
Mass Ordinary: Missa brevis – Andrea Gabrieli, 1510-1586.
All are encouraged to sing the Creed at the Noon Mass, which may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are:
Introit Exaudi, Domine (Hearken, O Lord, unto my voice which has called out to you, alleluia; my heart declared to you: “Your countenance have I sought; I shall ever see your countenance, O Lord; do not turn your face from me, alleluia, alleluia.” The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? [Ps. 27:7,-9,1])
Alleluia Exivi a Patre (I came forth from the Father and have come
into the world; now I am leaving the world and going to the Father. [John 16:28]) Alleluia Non vos relinquam (I will not leave you orphans; I am going, but I will come back to you, and your hearts will be full of joy. [John 14:18]);
Offertory Ascendit Deus (God has gone up amidst shouts of joy, the Lord to the sound of the trumpet, alleluia. [Ps. 47:6]);
Communion Pater, cum essem cum eis (Father, when I was amongst them, I kept those whom you had given me, alleluia; but now I am coming to you; I do not ask you to take them out of the world, but to keep them from evil, alleluia, alleluia. [John 17:12,13,15]).
Offertory Motet: Ascendit Deus– Tomás Luis de Victoria 1548-1611 
(God has gone up amidst shouts of joy, the Lord to the sound of the trumpet, alleluia. [Ps. 47:6])
Communion Motet: Ave verum corpus – William Byrd 1540-1623
(Hail true Body, born of Mary the virgin; suffering, sacrificed truly on the cross for men; from whose pierced side water flowed and blood. Be merciful to us at the judgement of death, O sweet Jesus, O merciful Jesus, O Jesus Son of Mary. [From a 14th cent. Gradual at Limoges, trans. Rev. A. Fortescue])

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Our Parish goal is $85,000. Please be generous to Bishop Lori.
Next weekend we will provide envelopes in the pews for parishioners to make a pledge to Bishop Lori.

Job Seekers. . . Meets the 4th Monday of each month in the rectory at 7:30 pm: all are welcome. Topics include job interviewing, writing of resumes, networking and job seeking strategies. The group is led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs: for more info, see: www.redinc.biz

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, May 15
4:00 +Rosemarie & Ubal Itri req. Daughters
Sunday, May 16
7:30 +Clercy Millien req. Anne Marie Samedi
10:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
12:00 Special Intentions Agnes Kung req. Joseph Kung
6:00 Special Intentions Jean Robert Florestal
Monday, May 17
8:00 +Carmen Perez req. Pugliese Family
12:10 +Michael & Anne Yenco req. Diane & Patty Strain
Tuesday, May 18
8:00 +Ramon Jison req. Susan Burke
12:10 +Gerald Gerardi 1st Anniversary req. Longo Family
Wednesday, May 19
8:00 +Elizabeth Coughlin rev. Frank & Beth Carpanzano
12:10 +Maria Bria Fusaro req. Frank & Beth Carpanzano
Thursday, May 20
8:00 Special intention req. Olivia Rovegno
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Friday, May 21
8:00 +Alliance Sauver req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Stephen Churley req. Mary Churley
Saturday, May 22
8:00 Special Intentions Nicole Janniello
12:10 Special Intentions Fr. Terrence P. Walsh req. Josephine Languedoc

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

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Society . . .will meet May 15th and 22nd and will then resume in September.

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets each first Tuesday of every month at 10:00 a.m.

Religious Education. . . All are invited to the St Anne’s Awards Night on May 16th at 5pm

St. Anne Society’s “Celebration of the Sacraments” Come join us Sunday, May 16th beginning at 5:00pm Special awards given at the dinner by the Teachers of each class. There will be Pizza/Pasta as usual.

Pray to end legalized abortion . . . Weds, 7-10:30a.m., Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St.

St. Dominic Savio Society. . . . For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12th grades. Meets monthly. Questions, contact Ferry Galbert 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. Meets monthly. Questions, please contact Suzanna Bosthwick, 203-554-2004.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory.

The Legion of Mary. . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets Thursday Evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory.

Coffee Hour. . . After the 10:00 a.m. Mass. All are welcome.

St. John’s in the ADVOCATE:
140 years ago, or so:
May 19, 1871: Consecration of the New Roman Catholic Cemetery. “Yesterday will long be a memorable day among the Roman Catholic fraternity of Stamford. The new cemetery was solemnly consecrated by the Rt. Rev. Bishop McFarland. The Bishop was attended by the local Catholic clergy, and many other clergymen from various parts of the diocese. An immense concourse of people were present to witness the ceremonies which were of the most imposing character. The remains of the late Rev. Fathers O’Neil and Reynolds were exhumed from their resting place in the churchyard and conveyed to the new cemetery where they were re-interred with ceremonies befitting the occasion.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Fathers O’Neil and Reynolds were early Pastors of St. John’s Church.)

130 years ago, or so:
May 21, 1880: Organ Concert. “The new pipe organ recently purchased for St. John’s R. C. Church, now being placed in position, will be ready for use on Sunday, 30th inst. On Monday evening, 31st inst., a grand instrumental concert is to be given by Chas. W. Smith, Esq., assisted by a full chorus of vocalists. The programme includes some of the most classical selections, and, without doubt, the concert will be a fine one, well worth attending. Mr. N. K. Ferris is also to make the instrument speak to the soul.”

75 years ago, or so:
May 20, 1935: LARGE CLASS IS CONFIRMED IN ST JOHN’S R. C. CHURCH. “Constituting the first Confirmation class at St. John’s R. C. Church in four years, 637 persons, a few of them adults, were given the Sacrament of Confirmation by the Right Rev. Maurice F. McAuliffe, bishop of Hartford, at the church, yesterday afternoon at 3. Facing the people, and with priests on each side, the bishop anointed the foreheads of the children with chrism as they solemnly proceeded forward, two by two. The children occupied the large center portion of the church, while parents and visitors crowded the side sections.”

50 years ago, or so:
May 18, 1966: Priest Marks Anniversary Of Ordination. “Rev. Joseph J. Matutis, a Stamford native, will celebrate the silver anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood Sunday at Holy Trinity Church in Hartford, where he is the pastor. Father Matutis was born July 18, 1915, and attended St. John’s School here and was graduated from Stamford High School in 1933.”

The Living Temple -Fr. Terry Walsh
Pentecost approaches. Next Sunday, May 23rd, we celebrate that day when the Father and the Son sent the Holy Spirit upon the disciples and extraordinary things began to happen. They were filled with great wisdom and understanding, great knowledge and piety. Indeed, they overflowed with the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit and began to do great works in the Name of Jesus. Jesus’ words at the Last Supper are fulfilled; he has come to dwell with us, indeed, the Holy Trinity is in us.
In the Book of Revelation, St. John reveals the Vision of Heaven that he was granted by God for our sake. And during the course of His beautiful description of the Heavenly Jerusalem, the beloved disciple, St. John speaks eloquently about the “living water.” He said, “I saw no Temple in the city, for its Temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb…Then he showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the Throne of God and of the Lamb….also, on either side of the river, the Tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit…”(Rev. 21:22ff).
Jesus, of course, is the Lamb of God – He is the Temple. We become – as it were – “living stones” in Him, called to share in the glory of Divine Life. The “water of life” flowing through the Heavenly City is quite literally the love of God. The purpose of our existence is to share in that love! Those who respond to His call and open their hearts to God in this earthly journey receive these living waters sacramentally in “Spirit and in Truth.” This is all made possible through the One Perfect Sacrifice of Jesus upon the Tree of Life, that is, the Cross. St. Paul reminds us of the cost: “We boast in hope of the glory of God…and Hope does not disappoint – because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Prayer is the key. The Psalmist cries out: “Oh that today you would hear His voice, harden not your hearts!” But, are we listening? Or are we so caught up in worldly cares and concerns that are hearts have become attached to this world and have actually become deaf to the whispers of the Holy Spirit?
Consider the story in the Gospel (John 4) when Jesus meets the woman at the well. She was lost. She seemed so worn out, even bitter. Perhaps, over time, she had become accustomed to a gradual hardening of the heart. She had lost her true identity and took on a sort of defensive posture – imbued with “the spirit of world.” The garden of her soul had become a barren, dusty patch. And although she stood right beside ‘the well of living water,’ Jesus Christ, she did not recognize Him. How often our Lord stands beside us each day. Have we likewise become spiritually deaf to His beckoning? Do we truly recognize Him? Or, have our spiritual wounds turned off the faucet of grace?
When worldly concerns govern our hearts, our true identity becomes hazy – even to the point where we don’t recognize the call to divine life. Like the Samaritan woman, our Lord thirsts for our return to Him. He waits for our humble prayer, the fruit of a ‘repentant spirit.’ “Lord, give me a drink. Lord, heal me.” Lord, give me the grace to pray better and to see the way of living you expect from me. Water the ‘garden of my soul’ with the living waters gushing from your wounded side. Fill me with your love – that I may worship you ‘in Spirit and in Truth’ and so recognize your Presence in my soul. It all begins at the door of confession. Are we, like the Samaritan woman, willing to hand over our sins to God and leave that worldly bucket at His feet so that He may empty it through Sacramental Confession? Then, we’ll be free to take up the New Bucket – the one filled with living water.
“If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts!” The Scriptures caution us: “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit” – that is – don’t neglect reconciliation with God. Ask for forgiveness. Humbly crack open the hard exterior shell and allow true contrition to flow out – and thus enable the healing balm of the Holy Spirit to water your hearts and so direct your souls into the Living Temple. As the great Feast of Pentecost approaches, ask for the graces that will form you into a more perfect image and likeness of Christ. Anything you ask for in His Name will be given to you –through your faith.

Bulletin for Sunday May 9, 2010

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday May 9, 2010

Pastor ’s Corner. . . Last weekend’s fundraising Gala was an overwhelmingly magnificent success! The seven singers from the Metropolitan Opera, including those who will star in this season’s Met production of Tosca, opening May 8th, were outstanding. The crowd numbered around 500 persons, and the stars wowed everyone with the quality and beauty of their voices, and the artistry of their singing. Absolutely magnificent!—and the acoustics of the church interior, designed by our own John Ennis in 1885, enhanced an already unforgettable evening. The gala musical presentation was followed by an equally elegant reception and supper in the Old Town Hall. Numerous St. John’s Parish events had been hosted in the town hall—both the original one from the late 1800’s and the “new” one built in 1906, and now known as the Old Town Hall. The historic building is graceful and has been beautifully restored, accentuating its graceful, sweeping formal staircase with magnificent white marble columns and architraves, WPA murals, and detailed plaster cornices. The entire evening was superb.
There are many parishioners and others who worked tirelessly during these past months to make the evening such a success. First, I must thank Mr. Barry Tucker and the members of the Richard Tucker Foundation, which made the evening possible. They brought the best of the Metropolitan Opera stars to us, and to those stars I am equally indebted for their generosity and their talents. Chief Robert Nivakoff, whose son is Fr. Benedict, O.S.B., offered Mass here a few weeks ago, and his officers were on hand to ensure our safety. Sandy Goldstein and the downtown Ambassadors were indispensible in their kindness and assistance, as well. The staff of the Old Town Hall, and Mr. Ernie Orgera of the City of Stamford and his staff, all made our arrangements for the use of the Old Town Hall possible.
The parish committee worked tirelessly during these months to make everything possible, and I’m grateful to them. Likewise, Joseph McAleer, one of the parish trustees, designed all the invitations, announcements cards, advertisements and programs, and Greg Duffy, who printed everything at MinuteMan Printing in Norwalk, both did superb jobs. Both Joe and Greg donated their time and talents, for which I am very grateful. The parish staff, whose names I will not mention, since they always yell at your poor pastor when I do mention them by name, also did great work behind the scenes with organization, ticket sales and so much more, and without whom, there would have been no event.
The dynamic duo who were the mind, heart and muscle behind the event was Patty Arnone and Father Al Audette. These two tirelessly generous people were absolutely prodigal in their expenditure of talents, strength and time to ensure the perfection of the evening—and everyone appreciated their efforts. No one is more grateful to them both, than I.
To our donors who gave gifts, but who could not attend the evening, please accept my thanks for your continued support of our parish.
We don’t yet know the exact amount that we made for the parish that night: we’ll know this coming week once all the bills are paid. Nevertheless, I am sure we can return to painting another portion of the church interior because of the generosity of those who attended and contributed to our Night at the Opera event.
To all who worked to make the evening such a success, and to all who attended or supported the evening, please accept my thanks. Hopefully, more parishioners will attend next year’s opera gala so we might complete the painting of our beautiful church.
God bless you! —Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Emily Turturino, Fr. Andrew Walter, George Szele, Sr., Robert Lebeau, Connie Ward, Cheryl Carucci, Jerry Pellegrino, Joan Bachman, Nicholas Czekanski, Wilfred Baretto, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Mary Moriarty, Carmella Micik, Julie Grant, Lois Porter, Joseph Lasko, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, Janet Rodgers, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Matthew H. Kenealy Jr., Anthony P. D’Ariano, Salvatore Piro, Andrew Caruso, James R. Clements, Irene Zelinsky, Margaret L. Rekos, Mary Catherine Sheehan, Paul K. Jankowicz, James Thomas, Marjorie L. O’Kane, Lawrence Schmidt Jr., Catherine B. Pullen, Wilhelmina-Belia Falek-Roerhost, Keith Segovia, Frank L. Infante, Dolores A. Deluca Freccia, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Roshah E. DeJean, Paul Reda, Katherine Dziezyc, John Castellano, Eugene Lops, William Wolf, Alfred Gautrau, David Lloyd, Evelyn Mahan.

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

Ascension Thursday. . . Is May 13th, and a Holy Day of Obligation. The Vigil Mass will be offered on Wednesday, May 12 at 5:15 pm; on Thursday: 8:00am, 12:10 pm & 5:15 pm.

Easter Duty. . . The sign that we are practicing Catholics is that we receive Holy Communion: which means we lead a moral life and hold the same faith as does our local successor of the Apostles, Bishop Lori and the Successor of Saint Peter, Pope Benedict: we are in communion with them. The Easter Duty is a precept insuring that all Catholics receive Holy Communion at least once during the year: from Palm Sunday through Trinity Sunday [May 30th]. That implies that everyone should go to confession at least once per year, especially during the Easter season. Unless prevented by illness or other serious reasons, if one does not go to Confession or receive Holy Communion at least during this time of year, then that person can’t be considered much of a practicing Catholic.

Parish Mother of the Year. . . On Tuesday, May 25th at 7:00pm here at Saint John’s: the Council of Catholic Women will host their annual Parish Mother of the Year Awards: A light reception will follow in the Monsignor Nagle Hall. All are welcome to attend.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. . . Continues our study of Eusebius’ Life of Constantine: 7:30 pm each Wednesday in the rectory: all are welcome.

Weekday Morning Mass Time. . . Some people have asked if we would consider changing the morning Mass to 7:30 a.m., which might prove convenient for more people on their way to work. What would you think if daily Morning Mass were at 7:30 a.m. instead of
8 a.m.? Would you come?? Please let us know what you think. Thanks. —Your priests.

Mass On Line. . .Visit the parish website: www.stjohnsstamford.com, click the photo of the church up top, and you’ll see live all that’s going on in church, daily. (Note: Audio requires “ActiveX” which is specifically designed to work with Windows systems [i.e. Internet Explorer]. “ActiveX” by Microsoft is not supported on other operating systems such as Apple “Mac OS” or “GNU/Linux.”) 

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY. . .Let the mothers of the parish imitate Mary’s faith and virtues, and let their children remain truly devoted to their mothers, not just today, but every day of their lives.

Sunday May 2, 2010 $ 13,891.26
Sunday May 3, 2009 $ 13,018.93

“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

May 16th Sunday Readings: Acts 7:55-60; Rev 22:12-14, 16-17, 20; Jn 17:20-26.

Hymns for this Sunday . . . (1) 165 (2) 83

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass:
Mass Ordinary: Missa l’hora passa – Ludovico da Viadana, 1565-1644.
All are encouraged to sing the Creed at the Noon Mass, which may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are:
Introit Vocem iucunditatis (Spread the news with a voice of joy; let it be heard, alleluia; speak it out to the very ends of the earth; the Lord has liberated his people, alleluia, alleluia. Shout joyfully to God all the earth; sing a psalm to his name; praise him with magnificence. [Cf. Isaiah 48:20; Ps. 65]); Alleluia Ego vos elegi (I have chosen you from the world, in order that you might go, and bear fruit, and that your fruit should last. [John 15:16])
Offertory Benedicite gentes (O nations, bless the Lord our God, let the voice of his praises resound; he has restored my soul to life and he has not suffered my feet to stumble; blessed be the Lord who has neither rejected my prayer nor turned away from me, alleluia. [Ps. 67:8,9,20])
Communion Ego vos elegi (I have chosen you from the world, in order that you might go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should last. [John 15:16])
Offertory Motet: Angelus Domini – William Byrd 1540-1623
(O sing unto the Lord a new song; sing unto the Lord, all the whole earth.Sing unto the Lord, and praise his Name; be telling of his salvation from day to day. [Ps. 96:1-3, trans. M. Coverdale])
Communion Motet: Jesu nostra Redemptio – Tomás Luis de Victoria 1548-1611
(Jesus, our redemption, love and desire, God, Creator of all things, becomes man in the fullness of time. What mercy made thee bear our crimes, to suffer a cruel death that we might be saved from death! Descending into Hell’s prison, freeing thy captives, Thy noble triumph won, dwelling at the Father’s right hand. [Anon., 10th Cent.])

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Our Parish goal is $85,000. Please be generous to Bishop Lori.
Next weekend we will provide envelopes in the pews for parishioners to make a pledge to Bishop Lori.

Job Seekers. . . Meets the 4th Monday of each month in the rectory at 7:30 pm: all are welcome. Topics include job interviewing, writing of resumes, networking and job seeking strategies. The group is led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs: for more info, see: www.redinc.biz

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, May 8
4:00 +Vincent Freccia, Jr. req. Family
Sunday, May 9
7:30 +Lina DeVivo 51st Anniversary req. Munro & DeVivo Families
10:00+Scholastica Lloyd req. Carmen Lara & The Lloyd Family
12:00 Most Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
6:00 Special Intentions Marie Florestal
Monday, May 10
8:00 +William Morris, req. Cortland Mehl
12:10 +Antonio D’Amico req. His son Frank
Tuesday, May 11
8:00 +Agnes Joseph req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
Wednesday, May 12
8:00 +Virginia & Eileen Carr, Birthday Remembrance req. Marie Carr
12:10 People of the Parish
5:15 +Carmine Salvatore req. Giannitti Family
Thursday, May 13
8:00 Special Intentions James Cody
12:10 +Louise Thiel 1st Anniversary req. The McAleer Family
5:15 +Louise Thiel req. Martha M. Dombroski
Friday, May 14
8:00 +Brunilola Perez req. Pugliese Family
12:10 +Phillip Rappa req. Millie & George Terenzio
Saturday, May 15
8:00 +Hope & Joseph McAleer req. The McAleer Family
12:10 Thanksgiving to God req. Joseph Alexandre

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

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Society . . .will meet May 15th and 22nd and will then resume in September.

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets each first Tuesday of every month at 10:00 a.m.

Religious Education. . . Last Class—May 9th. All are invited to the St Annes Awards Night on May 16th at 5pm

St. Anne Society’s “Celebration of the Sacraments” Come join us Sunday, May 16th beginning at 5:00pm Special awards given at the dinner by the Teachers of each class. There will be Pizza/Pasta as usual
Pray to end legalized abortion . . . Weds, 7-10:30a.m., Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St.

St. Dominic Savio Society. . . . For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12th grades. Meets monthly. Questions, contact Ferry Galbert 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. Meets monthly. Questions, please contact Suzanna Bosthwick, 203-554-2004.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory.

The Legion of Mary. . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets Thursday Evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory.

Coffee Hour. . . After the 10:00 a.m. Mass. All are welcome.

St. John’s in the NEWS:
130 years ago, or so:
The Connecticut Catholic:

May 11, 1878: STAMFORD. “May devotions here morning and evening-Mass in the morning, instructions in the evening and singing by the choir form the chief exercises. A beautiful shrine in honor of the Blessed Virgin is erected and decked with fairest flowers. It is a very prominent feature in the church. Father Toner’s sermon was delivered last Sunday. The large church was crowded, and the eloquent preacher did ample justice to the text, “what does it profit a man if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul?” The proceeds are for the orphans, that greatest and most ennobling of charities. The congregation, always responsive to such call, in their generosity, gave liberally. Father Desmond, of Portland, is on a visit for a few days; and as the Rev. gentleman is a distinguished linguist and Irish scholar, he has kindly consented to hear the confession of any of the parishioners who would like to confess in their native Gaelic. Some there are who will certainly be very happy to embrace this opportunity. The following statistics may interest the readers of The Catholic. Whole number of births in Stamford for 1877, 266; whole number of Baptisms in the Catholic Church, 131; whole number of marriages, in Stamford, 59-whole number in Catholic church, 32. Here is a problem for some of our philosophical statisticians: Is the native element dying out?”

55 years ago, or so:
The STAMFORD ADVOCATE:

May 11, 1956: Cemetery Altar To Be Dedicated Memorial Day. “An altar-memorial, in memory of Stamford priests who are buried there, has been placed on the priests’ plot in St. John’s Cemetery in Springdale. It will be dedicated at the annual 11 a.m. services Memorial Day. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s Church and superintendent of the St. John’s Cemetery Association, will officiate at the dedication. The altar-memorial is so designed that the front of it is an altar and the rear is a monument on which will be inscribed the names of the priests buried in the priests’ plot. There are many priests buried in their family’s plots in the cemetery and there are three buried in the priests’ plot. They are the Rev. John Fagan, who was pastor of St. John’s Church, from 1868 to 1873; the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Denis L. Gleason, D.D., pastor of St. Mary’s Church for 45 years, and who died in February 1953; and the Rev. Daniel F. Golden, assistant pastor of Sacred Heart Church, who died in March 1955.”

Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come
(Part IV) -Fr. Terry Walsh
The Sacrament of Confirmation

We are in the midst of such a Holy time of the year. After having been lifted up on the Cross for the Life of the world, our Lord rose from the dead, as He said He would, and then lived among the Apostles and Disciples for 40 days. On the Glorious 40th day, He Ascended to the Father in Heaven out of love for us. It is from there that the Father and the Son send the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit, Who will lead and guide us to all Truth. Ten days after the Ascension of Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes at Pentecost to dwell in the hearts and souls of all who are baptized and live a faithful life in Christ. We receive the fullness, or the “completion” of the graces of Baptism through the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The Church teaches us that “by the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit…they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obligated to spread and defend the faith by word and deed”(ccc1285). Moreover, “this seal of the Holy Spirit marks our total belonging to Christ, our enrollment in His service for ever, as well as the promise of divine protection in the great eschatological trial” (see also Rev. 7:2-3; 9:4 and Ezek 9: 4-6)”(ccc1296).
What are the effects of the Sacrament of Confirmation? Well, clearly, there is an ‘outpouring of the Holy Spirit’ into the soul of the one confirmed. Our souls are indelibly marked with a special ‘character’ just as the Disciples souls were on the day of Pentecost, and we’re all aware of the effect it had on them. Recall that in the Garden of Gethsemane they all ran away at the moment Jesus needed them most. But upon receiving the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, they were filled with the strength and love of the Holy Spirit and all became great witnesses to Jesus by the shedding of their own blood – martyrdom – save St. John. John was the only Apostle at the foot of the Cross during our Lord’s Crucifixion and death. Tradition holds that there was an attempt to put him to death too – he was actually thrown into a vat of boiling oil – but it had no effect. He was then exiled and suffered “White” Martyrdom through daily persecutions, all for the sake of the Name of Jesus.
We, likewise, receive the graces we need to be faithful witnesses to Christ. The Catechism beautifully describes the effects of Confirmation: “(It) brings and increase and deepening of baptismal grace: it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, ‘Abba! Father!’; it unites us more firmly to Christ; it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us; it renders our bond with the Church more perfect; it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross”(ccc 1302). And St. Ambrose adds: “Recall that you have received the spiritual seal….Guard what you have received. God the Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your hearts.” We guard what we have received by “seeking the things that are above” – by faithfully living the Gospel in all that we think and say and do – by praying faithfully – and by receiving the Sacraments worthily and with thanks and praise.
Our Religious Education program moved the conferral of the Sacrament of Confirmation to the 9th grade, thus offering our young people the benefit of another year of instruction to complement what they are learning at home. It has been a wonderful addition to our program. The 8th grade year has afforded our students to enter into a deeper understanding of Sacred Scripture and at the same time enter into seminar discussions on our faith. Their efforts this year proved very fruitful.
Our Parish will have several men and women receiving Confirmation at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport on Pentecost Sunday by Bishop Lori. These have been studying the Faith throughout the year in our R.C.I.A. program. Please continue to pray for them as they approach that great day!

Bulletin for Sunday May 2, 2010

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Pastor ’s Corner. . . Here are two more patristic reflections on Our Lord’s saving work:
“Our Lord was conquered by death and then conquered it in turn. He bowed to death and took it willingly upon Him so that He might cast death out against its will. He went forth carrying His Cross, since death would have it so; but He cried out upon the Cross and led the dead forth from their world, though death protested mightily.”
“Through the body that was His, death slew Him; with the same weapon He won His victory in turn. He hid His divinity under the veil of his humanity and approached death, which slew Him and was, itself, slain. Death killed His natural human life, but His supernatural life slew death in turn.”
“Because death could not devour Him if He had no body, nor hell swallow Him up if He were not flesh and blood, He came to the Virgin and took manhood from her. In the body He entered hell and robbed it of its treasures. When death had laid hold of Him, He feared not but snatched His own life from its grasp and, with Himself, many others.”
“This noble Son of the carpenter carried His Cross over the yawning abyss of hell and transported the human race to the house of life. A tree had been mankind’s downfall [in Eden], a tree [the Cross] brought it to new life.”
“Glory to you, Lord! You made your Cross a bridge over death so that the souls of men and women might traverse it from death to life. Glory to you! YOU donned the body of mortal man and made it a fountain of life for men and women. You live because your slayers treated your life as a farmer does his seed. Your executioners sowed your life like wheat in the deep earth of death that it might rise up and bring with it a great crop” [Deacon Saint Ephrem, Discourse 3 On Our Lord].
“ ‘I die’, says the Lord, ‘for all people so that I may give them life, and redeem all flesh with my own. For when I die, death dies; and when I rise, so shall fallen human nature. I became like you, a man of Abraham’s seed, that I might in all ways be like my brothers and sisters.’ ”
“There was no other way of destroying the lord of death and, with him, death itself unless Christ had given Himself for our sake, one man as a ransom for all; for He was superior to all others [being both God and man]. That is why somewhere in the psalms He says, as He offers Himself as a spotless Victim to God the Father: ‘Sacrifice and oblation you did not want, but you fitted me with a body. Holocausts and offerings for sin you did not wish; then I said: ‘Behold, I come!’ ”
“Jesus was crucified in the place of all and for the sake of all in order that, when one man had died for all, we all might live in Him (for it could not be that His human life should remain subject to death and corruption). That Jesus did in fact offer Himself for the life of the world is clear from His own words: ‘Holy Father, guard them’; and again: ‘For their sake I sanctify myself.’ ‘Sanctify’ here means to consecrate and offer as a spotless and fragrant Victim. Christ therefore gave His body for the life of us all, and through that body He restored life to us. How this occurred I shall explain briefly as best I can.”
“Once the eternal living Word of God [the Second Person of the Trinity] had taken human flesh, He made it share in His own inalienable possession, namely life, and made it, through its marvelous union with Himself to be itself life-giving. Christ’s body therefore enlightens those who share in it, expelling death when it enters those subject to death” [St. Cyril of Alexandria, Commentary on John, Book 4] —Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Emily Turturino, Fr. Andrew Walter, George Szele, Robert Lebeau, Connie Ward, Cheryl Carucci, Jerry Pellegrino, Joan Bachman, Nicholas Czekanski, Wilfred Baretto, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Mary Moriarty, Carmella Micik, Julie Grant, Lois Porter, Joseph Lasko, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, Janet Rodgers, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Salvatore Piro, Andrew Caruso, James R. Clements, Irene Zelinsky, Margaret L. Rekos, Mary Catherine Sheehan, Paul K. Jankowicz, James Thomas, Marjorie L. O’Kane, Lawrence Schmidt Jr., Catherine B. Pullen, Wilhelmina-Belia Falek-Roerhost, Keith Segovia, Frank L. Infante, Dolores A. Deluca Freccia, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Roshah E. DeJean, Paul Reda, Katherine Dziezyc, John Castellano, Eugene Lops, William Wolf, Alfred Gautrau, David Lloyd, Evelyn Mahan.

Easter Duty. . . The sign that we are practicing Catholics is that we receive Holy Communion: which means we lead a moral life and hold the same faith as does our local successor of the Apostles, Bishop Lori and the Successor of Saint Peter, Pope Benedict: we are in communion with them. The Easter Duty is a precept insuring that all Catholics receive Holy Communion at least once during the year: from Palm Sunday through Trinity Sunday [May 30th]. That implies that everyone should go to confession at least once per year, especially during the Easter season. Unless prevented by illness or other serious reasons, if one does not go to Confession or receive Holy Communion at least during this time of year, then that person can’t be considered much of a practicing Catholic.

Jazz Concert. . .Mark your calendars: May 7th beginning at 7pm here at St. John’s in the parish hall: The Jazzzz Quintet will perform: refreshments provided. Join us for a fun evening.

Parish Mother of the Year. . . On Tuesday, May 25th at 7:00pm here at Saint John’s: the Council of Catholic Women will host their annual Parish Mother of the Year Awards: A light reception will follow in the Monsignor Nagle Hall. All are welcome to attend.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. . . Continues our study of Eusebius’ Life of Constantine: 7:30 pm each Wednesday in the rectory: all are welcome.

Weekday Morning Mass Time. . . Some people have asked if we would consider changing the morning Mass to 7:30 a.m., which might prove convenient for more people on their way to work. What would you think if daily Morning Mass were at 7:30 a.m. instead of
8 a.m.? Would you come?? Please let us know what you think. Thanks. —Your priests.

Shippan Point Garden Club. . . Annual Fundraiser and Plant Sale, Saturday, May 8th, 2010, 9:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. at O.L. Star of the Sea Parish on Shippan Avenue before Mother’s Day: Hundreds of colorful annuals, hanging baskets, herb collections and home grown perennials. The proceeds are used for environmental programs, two $2,000 scholarships and civic plantings. Event will be held rain or shine. Please join us.

Sunday April 25, 2010 $ 10,331.02
Sunday April 26, 2009 $ 11,650.75
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

May 9th Sunday Readings: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Rev 21:10-14, 22-23; Jn 14:23-29.
Hymns for this Sunday . . . (1) 73 (2) 253

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass:
Mass Ordinary: Missa quarti toni – Tomás Luis de Victoria, 1548-1611.
All are encouraged to sing the Creed at the Noon Mass, which may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are:
Introit Cantate Domino (Sing to the Lord a new song, alleluia; for the Lord has accomplished wondrous deeds, alleluia; he has revealed his justice in the sight of the Gentiles, alleluia, alleluia; His right hand and his holy arm have given him victory. [Ps. 98:1,2]); Alleluia Christus resurgens ex mortuis (Christ has been raised from the dead and will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. [Romans 6:9]);
Offertory Jubilate Deo (Sing joyfully to God all the earth; let the entire earth cry out with joy to God; sing a psalm in honor of His name. Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what the Lord has done for my soul, alleluia. [Ps. 66:1,2,16]);
Communion: Ego sum vitis vera (I am the true vine, and you are the branches; he who abides in me and I in Him, he it is who bears much fruit, alleluia, alleluia. [John 15:5])
Offertory Motet: Cantate Domino – Giovanni Croce 1557-1609
(O sing unto the Lord a new song; sing unto the Lord, all the whole earth.Sing unto the Lord, and praise his Name; be telling of his salvation from day to day. [Ps. 96:1-3, trans. M. Coverdale])
Communion Motet: Jubilate Deo – Orlandus Lassus 1532-1594
(O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness, and come before his presence with a song. Be ye sure that the Lord he is God. [Psalm 100:1,2. Trans. M. Coverdale])

Marriage Anniversaries. . . Bishop Lori will celebrate a Mass for couples observing their 15th—50th—plus wedding anniversaries this year on April 25th at 3:00 PM at St. Theresa Church, Trumbull. Please call St. John’s rectory [203-324-1553, ext 21] to register.

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Our Parish goal is $85,000. Please be generous to Bishop Lori.
Next weekend we will provide envelopes in the pews for parishioners to make a pledge to Bishop Lori.

Job Seekers. . . Meets the 4th Monday of each month in the rectory at 7:30 pm: all are welcome. Topics include job interviewing, writing of resumes, networking and job seeking strategies. The group is led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs: for more info, see: www.redinc.biz

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, May 1
4:00 +John & Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Young
Sunday, May 2
7:30 Special intention Molly Festo
10:00 +Pasquale & Viola Russo req. Anthony & Josephine Marena
12:00 Deceased members of the Marchetti & Torentino Family req. The Marchetti Family
6:00 +Virginia Gaviola req. Della Lee
Monday, May 3
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Gabriel Kitchner req. Connie Smith
Tuesday, May 4
8:00 +Margaret M. Timon req. Thomas A. Timon
12:10 In Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary req. Fabiola C.
Wednesday, May 5
8:00 Fr. Robert J. Fox req. Frank Baranowski
12:10 +Paul Rittman req. Pam Rittman
Thursday, May 6
8:00 +Marilyn McKenna req. Pugliese Family
12:10 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Friday, May 7
8:00 +Anthony & Marie DeFelice req. Phil DeFelice & Family
12:10 +Daniel Coyne req. Mark Neagle
Saturday, May 8
8:00 In Thanksgiving to God
12:10 +Terrence M. Cuneo req. The Underhill Family

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

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Society . . .meets Saturdays in the Rectory, at 9:30 a.m. for coffee, conversation, Rosary, and a spiritual conference. All ladies of the parish are welcome. Just walk in.

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets each first Tuesday of every month at 10:00 a.m.

Religious Education. . . Sundays: 8:30 a.m: Students and Catholic parents are obliged to attend Sunday Mass

Convert Class [RCIA]. . .Tuesday Evenings 7:30 pm—8:30 pm in the rectory. Call Fr. Walsh, ext. 14.

Pray to end legalized abortion . . . Weds, 7-10:30a.m., Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St.

St. Dominic Savio Society. . . . For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12th grades. Meets monthly. Questions, contact Ferry Galbert 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. Meets monthly. Questions, please contact Suzanna Bosthwick, 203-554-2004.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory.

The Legion of Mary. . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets Thursday Evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory.

Bible Study. . . Meets Thursday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory. Join us.

Coffee Hour. . . After the 10:00 a.m. Mass. All are welcome.

St. John’s in the NEWS:
135 years ago, or so:
The Connecticut catholic:
May 6, 1876: STAMFORD. “A new house of the Sisters of Mercy, has just been founded here and a great want of the people in facilities for Catholic education promises to be supplied. Three Sisters from Mt. St. Joseph’s Convent, Hartford, have arrived and are installed in the old parochial residence which has been fitted up to answer the purpose of a convent. One poor school house is all that is available now, but ere long, with the blessing of God, another and larger one will be erected.”

The Connecticut catholic:
May 4, 1878: STAMFORD “During the past week, the children of the parish assembled in the church, morning and evening, for pious instruction and preparation for quarterly Communion, and on Saturday approached the altar in large numbers and in a most edifying manner. The collection for the seminarians we make bold to state will not be discreditable to Stamford. A lecture is to be delivered on May 5th, for the benefit of the orphans, by Rev. L. Toner, of Brooklyn. The Rev. gentleman had appointed Easter Sunday, but unfortunately lost the only train on Sunday evening that left the Grand Central Depot.”

125 years ago, or so:
The NEW YORK SUN:
May 2, 1886: STAMFORD’S BIG CATHOLIC CHURCH. Copied Partly After the Milan Cathedral and Built by John Ennis. “The members of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Stamford conceived the idea sixteen years ago of erecting a new house of worship. The building which had been in use since the establishment of the church was too small to accommodate the increasing Catholic population which now has grown to 4,000. The site selected is at the junction of Atlantic and Bell streets. The earnestness with which Catholics of Stamford and vicinity entered into the plan encouraged Father Fagan, then pastor, to undertake a building larger and more beautiful than the most enthusiastic could hope for. The edifice stands today nearly completed. Father Fagan died soon after the work was begun, but his successor, Father Tierney, now of Hartford, continued it. As soon as the basement floor was finished, the old church was turned into a school house and the congregation have since worshipped in the basement of the new church. Father Rogers, who succeeded Father Tierney, began work on the upstairs chapel in the fall of 1882. The edifice is now finished with the exception of the spire and the date of dedication has been fixed for Sunday, May 30.”

Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come
(Part III) – Fr. Terry Walsh
(Pentecost is May 23rd)

“God saved us through the baptism of new birth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit he lavished on us through Jesus Christ our Savior, that we might be justified by His grace and become heirs, in hope, of eternal life.” –Titus 3: 5 – 7

When St. John writes in his first letter, “God IS love” he teaches us that we are called to abide in that love and to be a conduit for that love. The Catechism teaches: “Love is the 1st gift of God, containing all others”(ccc733). And St. Paul reminds us, “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us”(Rm 5:5). For our part, we must open our hearts to receive the graces he pours out upon us. Prayer opens the pathways of the heart thereby allowing the living waters (divine grace) to flow freely and abundantly and consequently nourishing the seeds He planted in us at our baptism. On the other hand, a lack of prayer hardens the heart and closes those same pathways. Consequently, the seeds of faith, hope, and charity (along with every other gift and virtue) dry up and produce little or no fruit. In other words, our Lord offers the graces of divine life; he does not force us to receive them.
One of the most beautiful images of this relationship is the “Allegory of the Vine and the Branches” in the Gospel of John, chapter 15. In this chapter, Jesus reveals to his disciples, all of us, that He alone is the true vine and that we who are baptized into His Mystical Body are like branches on the vine. Just as a branch receives life from the vine and is able to bear fruit, so too are we able to have life and bear “spiritual fruit” through the nourishment we receive from Christ, “the Vine.” This nourishment, this grace, is the very essence of love, God Himself. It is the Holy Spirit who dwells in us and animates us, provided we cooperate with His inspirations and are docile to His promptings: “If you love Me you will keep My commandments….Follow Me….You are children of the Light; walk in the Light.” As children of God, we are, of course, called to live IN God beginning here on earth through baptism and then, one day forever in heaven. Our brief time on earth is our time to choose our eternal destiny. And our Lord pleads, “Choose the Blessing – choose life!!!” That’s not to say, of course, that we won’t make mistakes, etc., but rather, that it is our intention to live “according to the Spirit” and that if we happen to fall, we have recourse to our Lord of Mercy, Jesus Christ, who will heal us and restore us to friendship with God. Indeed, through our humble acknowledgement of our faults and failings we may receive forgiveness and nourishment through “The Vine”; that is, through the Sacraments, and so bear abundant fruit for the Kingdom of God – in our own souls, in the Church, and in the world. What are the fruits of the Holy Spirit? In his letter to the Galatians, St. Paul teaches us that the Fruits of the Spirit are “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control”(Gal 5: 22-23). Consider the words of St. Basil: “Through the Holy Spirit we are restored to paradise, led back to the Kingdom of heaven, and adopted as children, given confidence to call God ‘Father’ and to share in Christ’s grace, called children of light and given a share in eternal glory.” Pure Gift!
In Acts of the Apostles, we see the Holy Spirit working in a powerful way in the early Church. It is a wonderful book of the New Testament to read throughout the Easter Season. Just as the Holy Spirit led the Church in the time of the Apostles, so too does He continue to lead and guide us through their successors. The Catechism teaches us: ‘The mission of Christ and the Holy Spirit is brought to completion in the Church, which is the Body of Christ and the Temple of the Holy Spirit. This joint mission henceforth brings Christ’s faithful to share in his communion with the Father in the Holy Spirit. The Spirit prepares us and goes out to us with His grace, in order to draw us to Christ. The Spirit manifests the risen Lord to us, recalls his word to us and opens our minds to the understanding of His Death and Resurrection. He makes present the mystery of Christ, supremely in the Eucharist, in order to reconcile us, to bring us into communion with God, that we may ‘bear much fruit.’’(ccc737).

Bulletin for Sunday April 25, 2010

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Pastor ’s Corner. . . Jesus established His one Church on the Apostles as His vehicle through which He, the Resurrected Lord, would remain with us until the end of time. Through His Church, the Risen Lord continues to teach us the fullness of Revelation, and shares with us His Resurrected life by means of His seven Sacraments.
Here is another patristic meditation on the reality of Jesus’ Church, and the efficacy of the Resurrected Christ transforming us through His Sacraments to be more like Him. We do not merely imitate Him, for we cannot become perfect by ourselves. Rather, it is the Resurrected Lord who works the change in us by giving us the graces in the Sacraments He instituted, without which we cannot share His divine life:

“The Son of God, beloved brethren, has taken human nature so closely to Himself that one and the same Christ consists not only of that Man Himself who is the First-born of every creature, but of all His saints as well. As the Head cannot be separated from the members of the body, neither can the members be separated from the Head.”
“Although it is said of eternal life and not of our earthly estate that God is all in all, yet He dwells even now in His temple, the Church, as He promised: ‘I am with you all days, even to the end of the world.’ All that God’s Son did and taught, therefore, to reconcile the world to the Father is not simply a fact of history, but a present and operative reality. Himself born of the Virgin by the Spirit’s power, He now makes His spotless Church fruitful through the same Spirit, and she bears countless sons and daughters to God in the birth of baptism. Of these children it is written: ‘They are born, not of flesh and blood or of human desire, but of God.’ He it is who, excluding none, forms all the nations of the earth into one holy flock and daily fulfills His promise to gather all His sheep. Though He said to blessed Peter above all others, ‘Feed my sheep,’ the Lord Himself is everyone’s Shepherd. He so strengthens them with His love that, as He did not hesitate to die for them, they do not hesitate to die for Him.”
“For, if we share the Body and Blood of Christ [in Holy Communion], we are assimilated to what we eat and drink. In all circumstances we will show forth in body and soul the image of Him in whom and with whom we died and were buried and rose to new life” [Pope Saint Leo I, Sermon 12: On the Passion].

“The heavenly sacrifice which Christ established is truly the inheritance-gift of the new covenant, left us as a pledge of His presence. It is provision for our journeying through this world until we come face to face with God.”
“He wanted His blessings to abide with us and desired that our souls, redeemed by His priceless blood, should become ever more holy and bear more fully the likeness of His Passion. Therefore He bade His Apostles, the first priests of the Church, to celebrate unceasingly these mysteries of eternal life. They and all the faithful would thus, to the end of time, have daily before their eyes the symbol of Christ’s suffering; bearing it in their hands and taking it into their mouths and hearts, they would be unable to forget the redemption wrought for them.”
“Since the bread must be made from water and many grains of wheat and then baked in the fire, it provides an image of Christ’s Body [the Church]; for here multitudes of men and women become a body and are united into a whole by the fire of the Holy Spirit. And rightly so. For Christ Himself had been born by the Spirit’s power and had entered into [John the Baptist’s] baptismal waters to consecrate them; then, filled with the Spirit, who descended on Him like a dove, He had gone forth to His ministry.”
“ Let us all with eager devotion receive this saving Passover Victim that our hearts may be sanctified by the Lord Jesus Christ, whom we believe to be present in His sacramental symbols. The power that lays hold of us will abide forever. Amen” [St. Gaudentius of Brescia, Treatise 2]. —Mons. DiGiovanni

Weekday Morning Mass Time. . . Some people have asked if we would consider changing the morning Mass to 7:30 a.m., which might prove more convenient for more people on their way to work. What would you think if daily Morning Mass were at 7:30 a.m. instead of
8 a.m.? Would you come?? Please let us know what you think. Thanks.
—Mons. DiGiovanni, Fathers Walsh & Audette.

Please pray for the sick. . . Emily Turturino, Fr. Andrew Walter, George Szele, Robert Lebeau, Connie Ward, Cheryl Carucci, Jerry Pellegrino, Joan Bachman, Nicholas Czekanski, Wilfred Baretto, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Mary Moriarty, Carmella Micik, Julie Grant, Lois Porter, Joseph Lasko, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, Janet Rodgers, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . James R. Clements, Irene Zelinsky, Margaret L. Rekos, Mary Catherine Sheehan, Paul K. Jankowicz, James Thomas, Marjorie L. O’Kane, Lawrence Schmidt Jr., Catherine B. Pullen, Wilhelmina-Belia Falek-Roerhost, Keith Segovia, Frank L. Infante, Dolores A. Deluca Freccia, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Roshah E. DeJean, Paul Reda, Katherine Dziezyc, John Castellano, Eugene Lops, William Wolf, Alfred Gautrau, David Lloyd, Evelyn Mahan.

Catholic Home Missions Appeal . . . Please drop your Catholic Home Missions envelope into the one collection. There will be only one collection today. Your generosity is appreciated.

Easter Duty. . . The sign that we are practicing Catholics is that we receive Holy Communion: which means we lead a moral life and hold the same faith as does our local successor of the Apostles, Bishop Lori and the Successor of Saint Peter, Pope Benedict: we are in communion with them. The Easter Duty is a precept insuring that all Catholics receive Holy Communion at least once during the year: from Palm Sunday through Trinity Sunday [May 30th]. That implies that everyone should go to confession at least once per year, especially during the Easter season. Unless prevented by illness or other serious reasons, if one does not go to Confession or receive Holy Communion at least during this time of year, then that person can’t be considered much of a practicing Catholic.

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA. . . Please join us Saturday May 1st at 7:00 pm in the church for a Live Performance featuring Stars of the Metropolitan Opera. Proceeds will benefit the ongoing restoration of our historic church. For ticket and sponsorship information please call 203-324-1553, ext.21 or register on the parish website www.stjohnsstamford.com. THIS CONCERT WILL NOT BE BROADCAST ON THE PARISH CAMERAS.

Benedictine Monks from Norcia, Italy will offer the 10 am Mass and offer a lecture on Benedictine Monasticism at 11:30 in the parish hall on Sunday, April 25th. All are welcome.

Saint Gabriel Church. . . Will host a concert of sacred music on Friday, April 30th at 7:30pm, with Bishop Lori. All are invited and admission is free. An offering can be made at the door. Please mark your calendar for this special event marking the end of the Year of the Priest.

Parish Mother of the Year. . . On Tuesday, May 25th at 7:00pm here at Saint John’s: the Council of Catholic Women will host their annual Parish Mother of the Year Awards: A light reception will follow in the Monsignor Nagle Hall. All are welcome to attend.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies. . . Continues its study of Eusebius’ Life of Constantine: 7:30 pm each Wednesday in the rectory: all are welcome.

Sunday April 18, 2010 $ 12,022.07
Sunday April 19, 2009 $ 11,460.51

“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

May 2nd Sunday Readings: Acts 14:21-27; Rev 21:1-5a; Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35.

Hymns for this Sunday . . . (1) 60 (2) 83

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass:
Mass Ordinary: Missa Aeterna Christi munera– Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.
All are encouraged to sing the Creed at the Noon Mass, which may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are:
Introit: Misericordia Domini: The earth is full of the mercy of the Lord, alleluia; by the word of the Lord, the heavens were established, alleluia, alleluia. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! Praising befits those who are upright [Ps.33:5,6,1];
Alleluia: Ego sum pastor bonus: I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my own know me [John 10:14];
Offertory: Deus, Deus meus: O God, my God, from daybreak do I watch for you; and in invocation of your name will I lift up my hands [Ps. 63:2,5];
Communion: Ego sum pastor bonus: I am the good shepherd, alleluia; I know my sheep and my own know me, alleluia, alleluia;
Offertory Motet: Credo quod Redemptor – Alonso Lobo: I believe that my Redeemer lives, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And in my flesh shall I see God my Savior;
Communion Motet: Ego sum Panis vivus – Juan Esquivel: I am the living bread, descended from heaven. Whosoever shall eat of this bread shall live forever, Alleluia.

Marriage Anniversaries. . . Bishop Lori will celebrate a Mass for couples observing their 15th—50th—plus wedding anniversaries this year on April 25th at 3:00 PM at St. Theresa Church, Trumbull. Please call St. John’s rectory [203-324-1553, ext 21] to register.

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Our Parish goal is $85,000. Please be generous to Bishop Lori.

Jazz Concert. . .Mark your calendars: May 7th beginning at 7pm here at St. John’s in the parish hall: The Jazzzz Quintet will perform: refreshments provided. Join us for a fun evening.

Mass On Line. . .Visit the parish website: www.stjohnsstamford.com, click the photo of the church up top, and you’ll see live all that’s going on in church, daily. (Note: Audio requires “ActiveX” which is specifically designed to work with Windows systems [i.e. Internet Explorer]. “ActiveX” by Microsoft is not supported on other operating systems such as Apple “Mac OS” or “GNU/Linux.”) 

Job Seekers. . . Meets the 4th Monday of each month in the rectory at 7:30 pm: all are welcome. Topics include job interviewing, writing of resumes, networking and job seeking strategies. The group is led by Melanie Szlucha whose company, Red Inc., is a leader in helping find jobs: for more info, see: www.redinc.biz

Coffee Hour. . .There will be No Coffee Hour This Sunday, April 25th due to the Benedictine Monks from Norcia lecture on Benedictine Monasticism at 11:30 in the parish hall. Coffee hour will resume next Sunday, May 2nd, after the 10:00 a.m. Mass. All are welcome.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, April 24
4:00 Special Intentions Millie, Matthew & Liz Terenzio
Sunday, April 25
7:30 +John Mannes 49th Anniversary req. Munro & DeVivo Families
10:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
12:00+Phil DeFelice, Sr. req. The Marchetti Family
6:00+Helen Pagnotti req. Jean Bendick
Monday, April 26
8:00 In Honor to the Sacred Heart of Jesus req. Fabiola C.
12:10+Richard Santasiero req. Terri Rizzo
Tuesday, April 27
8:00 Thang & Diep Nguyen, Wedding Anniversary
12:10+Joyce Kotzker req. John & Laura Pascale
Wednesday, April 28
8:00+John Castellano req. The Giannitti Family
12:10+Karl Gandt req. The Latinists
Thursday, April 29
8:00+Tomas D. Rosete req. Rosita A. Domdom
12:10+Vita Fazio req. Frank D’Amico, Brother
Friday, April 30
8:00 +Angie & Rocco Ganino req. Phil DeFelice & Family
12:10 +Mario Aversa req. John Pascale
Saturday, May 1
8:00 +Mario Vincenzo Margarone req. The Marchetti Family
12:10 +Robert Remy Lops req. Ferry G.

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

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Society . . .meets Saturdays in the Rectory, at 9:30 a.m. for coffee, conversation, Rosary, and a spiritual conference. All ladies of the parish are welcome. Just walk in.

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets each first Tuesday of every month at 10:00 a.m.

Religious Education. . . Sundays: 8:30 a.m: Students and Catholic parents are obliged to attend Sunday Mass

Convert Class [RCIA]. . .Tuesday Evenings 7:30 pm—8:30 pm in the rectory. Call Fr. Walsh, ext. 14.

Pray to end legalized abortion . . . Weds, 7-10:30a.m., Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St.

St. Dominic Savio Society. . . . For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12th grades. Meets monthly. Questions, contact Ferry Galbert 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. Meets monthly. Questions, please contact Suzanna Bosthwick, 203-554-2004.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory.

The Legion of Mary. . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets Thursday Evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory.

Bible Study. . . Meets Thursday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory. Join us.

Coffee Hour. . . After the 10:00 a.m. Mass. All are welcome.

St. John’s in the Advocate:
130 years ago, or so:
May 2, 1879: Burglars. “The residence of Father Rogers, pastor of the Roman Catholic Church, was entered by burglars about three o’clock, Tuesday morning, and his desk ransacked and papers disturbed. The thieves were heard walking through the house by the housekeeper, but as she thought it was some of the inmates made no alarm. It is supposed they were after a monthly collection taken in the church on the Sunday previous, but which had been, as usual, safely deposited in the Bank. Before the rascals went through the basement window where they entered, they helped themselves to what edibles they could find in the pantry.”

April 28, 1882: “The pupils of St. John’s R.C. school are busily preparing for a grand concert and exhibition to be given in the Town Hall next Thursday evening, May 4th. The previous entertainments of the same general character have always given the greatest satisfaction. It is safe to predict for next week’s exhibition, an equal or even greater success.”

120 years ago, or so:
April 26, 1889: “In St. John’s R. C. Church there were three masses Sunday, at all of which the attendance was very large, also at vespers. Sunday night, Father Downey, of Bridgeport, preached a very eloquent sermon which was listened to with great attention by a crowded audience. His subject was the resurrection.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: The Reverend John Downey, a vocation from St. John’s, was ordained in 1888.)

50 years ago, or so:
May 2, 1960: “All men of St. John’s Catholic Church have been invited to assist in the forming of a nocturnal adoration group at a meeting tonight in the lower chapel, immediately after mission services.”

May 1, 1963: Event To Promote Boys’ Interest In Becoming Priests. “A Day of Recollection for sixth, seventh and eighth grade boys to promote vocations to the priesthood will be held May 5th from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at St. Cecilia’s Church in Springdale. The Rev. Michael F. Blanchard, pastor of St. John’s Church, Noroton, will conduct the program. Father Blanchard is vocational director for the Stamford Deanery. He said the program is for all boys from Stamford, Darien, New Canaan and Greenwich who have a possible interest in becoming priests. The Rev. William A. Nagle of St. John’s, Noroton and Rev. Pierre A. Botton of Springdale, assistant vocational directors for the Deanery, also will address the group.”

Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come (Part II) -Fr. Terry Walsh
(Pentecost Sunday is May 23rd )
“Jesus said, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God…. The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit’.”(Jn3:5-8). At Baptism, we are literally born of water and the Spirit, as the Holy Spirit penetrates our hearts and souls breathing the life of Divine Grace into us and refashioning our souls, as it were, to begin our new and eternal life in the Body of Christ. As we progress in the Spiritual life by receiving nourishment that flows from the Sacrifice of Jesus, we’re able to be formed more and more into His Divine Likeness – in holiness – in love. St. John of the Cross (16th Century Spanish Carmelite Priest and Doctor of the Church) put it this way: “God communicates himself most to that soul that has progressed farthest in love; namely, that has it’s will in closest conformity with the will of God. And the soul that has attained complete conformity and likeness of will is totally united and transformed in God supernaturally.” It’s the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit that transform our wounded nature into the Divine.
So, how do we understand the 3rd Person of the Holy Trinity, how do we describe Him? The Catechism teaches us that the Holy Spirit is known by many titles in the Scriptures: the Paraclete, the Advocate, the Consoler; the Spirit of Truth, of the Promise, of Adoption, of Christ, of the Lord, of God, and of Glory. In addition, the Catechism (Article numbers 694 – 701) beautifully explains the many symbols of the Holy Spirit that signify the Spirit’s action in transforming our lives and these articles in the Catechism actually serve as a fruitful source of reading material for prayerful meditation.
Jesus – the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit – the Breath of God were “hidden” in the Old Testament and revealed in the New Testament as the Prophet Isaiah tells us (c.750B.C.): “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse (Jesus Christ), and a branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the spirit of Wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord”(Isaiah 11: 1- 2).
Later, in the Gospel of Luke, Jesus Himself reveals Who He really is when he proclaims in the synagogue in Nazareth at the beginning of His public ministry: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor”(Lk 4: 18-19).
Once baptized, we’re transformed by grace and become “living tabernacles” of the Trinity. As we grow in docility to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit and seek to “Do the Father’s Will” then, ‘the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth and will glorify Christ.’ Consider the experience of the 1st disciples. In Acts of the Apostles, we read: “On the day of Pentecost when the seven weeks of Easter had come to an end, Christ’s Passover is fulfilled in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, manifested, given, and communicated as a divine Person: of his fullness, Christ, the Lord, pours out the Spirit in abundance.” We, likewise, share in the outpouring of the gifts and fruits of the Spirit and are called to participate in the same mission.

Bulletin for Sunday April 18, 2010

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Pastor ’s Corner. . . Our Lord’s promise to His Apostles that He would remain with His Church until the end of time did not imply some symbolic presence; nor is His presence of the nature of a memory of Him that Christians might conjure up occasionally. The real effects of the Savior’s Resurrected self are to be had in the seven Sacraments He instituted in His Church. The Sacraments are the true first fruits of Christ’s Resurrection: by them He remains with His Church until the end of time, sharing His divine life with His believing people, leading to His victory over death in our resurrection at the end of time. Here are two samples of the 4th century catechetical lessons by Saint Cyril of Jerusalem on Baptism and the Eucharist:
“You have been brought to the holy font of baptism, as Christ was carried from the Cross to the tomb. Each of you was asked whether he believed in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. You uttered the saving profession of faith and were three times immersed in the water; three times you came forth. In image and sign you thus symbolized Christ’s three-day burial. When you were submerged in the water, you dwelt in unseeing night; when you came forth, you entered the light of day. Thus you were dead and reborn, and the water was both your tomb and your mother’s womb. We were not literally dead or buried or crucified or risen. Yet from the imitation of the realities salvation truly came to us. Christ was literally crucified and buried and literally rose from the dead; we symbolized in ourselves what He experienced, and thus truly shared in His salvation. What marvelous love God shows to mankind! Christ endured the tormenting nails in His innocent hands and feet; we, knowing none of His pain and suffering, receive the salvation that sprang from them.
“Let no one, therefore, think of baptism simply as forgiveness of sins and grace of adoption by God, as though it were identical with the baptism of John the Baptist, which effected only forgiveness. For our baptism not only brings forgiveness and the gifts of the Holy Spirit; it is also the symbolic expression of Christ’s sufferings. This is why Saint Paul says: ‘Do you not realize that when we were baptized into Christ Jesus, we were baptized into His death? We were therefore also buried with Him by our baptism into His death’”
[Jerusalem Catecheses 20, Mysterium 1].
Here is Cyril’s presentation on the Church’s ancient teaching about the Eucharist:
“At the Last Supper, Christ said of the bread: ‘This is my Body.’ Who can doubt the truth henceforth? He said of the wine: ‘This is my Blood,’ Who can claim that it is not His Blood? Let us then, with full conviction, receive the bread and wine as Christ’s Body and Blood. The Body is given to you in this symbolic form of bread, and the Blood in the form of wine; having received them, you are one in body and one in blood with Christ. Thus we become Christ-bearers, for His Body and Blood have been introduced into our physical bodies. Thereby too we become, according to Saint Peter, sharers in the Divine Nature.
“In the Eucharist, then, we must look beyond the everyday bread and wine, for these are in reality Christ’s Body and Blood. Whatever the senses may suggest to you, let faith make; you assured of the truth. Be certain in faith that what seems to be mere bread to the taste is not mere bread but Christ’s Body, and what seems to be mere wine to the taste is truly His Blood. This is the Bread of which David spoke: ‘The bread strengthens man’s spirit, as oil brings gladness to the face.’ Strengthen your soul, therefore, by receiving the Bread as the spiritual food it is, and your heart’s face will be glad. Let your conscience be pure and your heart contemplate the Lord’s glory.” [Jerusalem Catecheses, 22, Mysterium 4]. —Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Fr. Andrew Walter, George Szele, Robert Lebeau, Connie Ward, Cheryl Carucci, Jerry Pellegrino, Joan Bachman, Nicholas Czekanski, Wilfred Baretto, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Mary Moriarty, Carmella Micik, Julie Grant, Lois Porter, Joseph Lasko, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, Janet Rodgers, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Irene Zelinsky, Margaret L. Rekos, Mary Catherine Sheehan, Paul K. Jankowicz, James Thomas, Marjorie L. O’Kane, Lawrence Schmidt Jr., Catherine B. Pullen, Wilhelmina-Belia Falek-Roerhost, Keith Segovia, Frank L. Infante, Dolores A. Deluca Freccia, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Roshah E. DeJean, Paul Reda, Katherine Dziezyc, John Castellano, Eugene Lops, William Wolf, Alfred Gautrau, David Lloyd, Evelyn Mahan.

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

Easter Duty. . . The sign that we are practicing Catholics is that we receive Holy Communion: which means we lead a moral life and hold the same faith as does our local successor of the Apostles, Bishop Lori and the Successor of Saint Peter, Pope Benedict: we are in communion with them. The Easter Duty is a precept insuring that all Catholics receive Holy Communion at least once during the year: from Palm Sunday through Trinity Sunday [May 30th]. That implies that everyone should go to confession at least once per year, especially during the Easter season. Unless prevented by illness or other serious reasons, if one does not go to Confession or receive Holy Communion at least during this time of year, then that person can’t be considered much of a practicing Catholic.

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA. . . Please join us Saturday May 1st at 7:00 pm in the church for a Live Performance featuring Stars of the Metropolitan Opera. Proceeds will benefit the ongoing restoration of our historic church. For ticket and sponsorship information please call 203-324-1553, ext.21 or register on the parish website www.stjohnsstamford.com. THIS CONCERT WILL NOT BE BROADCAST ON THE PARISH CAMERAS.

Saint Gabriel Church. . . Will host a concert of sacred music on Friday, April 30th at 7:30pm, with Bishop Lori. All are invited and admission is free. An offering can be made at the door. Please mark your calendar for this special event marking the end of the Year of the Priest.

Parish Mother of the Year. . . On Tuesday, May 25th at 7:00pm here at Saint John’s: the Council of Catholic Women will host their annual Parish Mother of the Year Awards: a beautiful devotional ceremony during which one candidate from each Stamford parish will receive an award in recognition for services to their parishes. A light reception will follow in the Monsignor Nagle Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Haiti Benefit. . . The April 1st concert by the Stamford Symphony here at the Basilica totaled $24,607. This, plus the $24,985 which the parish sent in March, means that we have sent nearly $50,000 to Haiti for relief of earthquake victims. Thank you for your generosity!!

Sunday April 11, 2010 $ 12,517.07

Sunday April 12, 2009 $ 15,900.10
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

April 25th Sunday Readings: Acts 13:14, 43-52; Rev 7:9, 14b-17; Jn 10:27-30.

Hymns for this Sunday . . . (1) 82 (2) 76.

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass Mass Ordinary: Mass Ordinary: Missa ‘O quam gloriosum – Tomás Luis de Victoria, 1548-1611.
All are encouraged to sing the Creed at the Noon Mass, which may be found in the hymnal at No. 289. The Creed is sung alternating with the choir at each double bar line.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Jubilate Deo (Shout joyfully to God, all the earth; sing a psalm to his name, alleluia; praise him with magnificence, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Say to God: “How awesome are your deeds, O Lord! In the greatness of your power, your enemies will be convicted of lying to you.” [Ps. 65:1-3]); Alleluia Oportebat pati Christum (It was necessary that Christ should suffer and rise from the dead, and so enter into his glory. [Luke 24:46]); Offertory Lauda anima mea (Praise the Lord, O my soul; I will praise the Lord throughout my life; I will sing to my God for as long as I live, alleluia. [Ps. 146:2]); Communion Cantate Domino (Sing unto the Lord, alleluia; sing to the Lord, bless his name; proclaim his salvation day after day, alleluia, alleluia. [Ps. 96:2 ]).
Offertory Motet:Credo quod Redemptor – Alonso Lobo, 1555-1617 (I believe that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And in my flesh shall I see God my Saviour.).
Communion Motet: Ego sum Panis vivus – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, 1525-1594 (I am the living bread. Your forefathers ate manna in the desert and are dead; this is the living bread from heaven: whoever eats it shall not die. [from St. John: 6]).

Marriage Anniversaries. . . Bishop Lori will celebrate a Mass for couples observing their 15th—50th—plus wedding anniversaries this year on April 25th at 3:00 PM at St. Theresa Church, Trumbull. Please call St. John’s rectory [203-324-1553, ext 21] to register.

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Our Parish goal is $85,000. Please be generous to Bishop Lori.

Jazz Concert. . .Mark your calendars: May 7th beginning at 7pm here at St. John’s in the parish hall: The Jazzzz Quintet will perform: refreshments provided. Join us for a fun evening.

Mass On Line. . .Visit the parish website: www.stjohnsstamford.com, click the photo of the church up top, and you’ll see live all that’s going on in church, daily. (Note: Audio requires “ActiveX” which is specifically designed to work with Windows systems [i.e. Internet Explorer]. “ActiveX” by Microsoft is not supported on other operating systems such as Apple “Mac OS” or “GNU/Linux.”) 

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, April 17
4:00 +Vincent Freccia, Jr. Easter remembrance
Sunday, April 18
7:30 Special intention Rose B. Rubino req. Lori & James Rubino
10:00 +Millien Family req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:00 +Maria Magnifico req. The Marchetti Family
6:00 Special Intention Jean Robert Florestal
Monday, April 19
8:00 +Lois Ceretta req. Priests of the Parish
12:10 +James & Adele Henson req. John Pascale
Tuesday, April 20
8:00 Jane Gannon’s Birthday req. Sharon Gannon
12:10 +Marie Burke req. Tom & Olga Kolenberg
Wednesday, April 21
8:00 +Mary Bozek req. Deborah Bozek
12:10 Special Intention req. The Latin Reading Group
Thursday, April 22
8:00 +Josephine Henson req. John Pascale
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Friday, April 23
8:00 +Phil & Louise DeFelice req. Phil DeFelice & Family
12:10 Special Intention req. The Latin Reading Group
Saturday, April 24
8:00 +Elizabeth Coughlin req. Debra Pond
12:10 +Carmella Faubel req. Joseph Melfi

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

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Society . . .meets Saturdays in the Rectory, at 9:30 a.m. for coffee, conversation, Rosary, and a spiritual conference. All ladies of the parish are welcome. Just walk in.

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m.

Religious Education. . . Sundays: 8:30 a.m:Sstudents and Catholic parents are obliged to attend Sunday Mass

Convert Class [RCIA]. . .Tuesday Evenings 7:30 pm—8:30 pm in the rectory. Call Fr. Walsh, ext. 14.

Pray to end legalized abortion . . . Weds, 7-10:30a.m., Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St.

St. Dominic Savio Society. . . . For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12th grades. Will meet this Sunday after the 12 PM Mass. Questions, contact Ferry Galbert 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. Meets monthly. Questions, please contact Suzanna Bosthwick, 203-554-2004.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory.

The Legion of Mary. . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets Thursday Evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory.

Bible Study. . . Meets Thursday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory. Join us.

Coffee Hour. . . After the 10:00 a.m. Mass. All are welcome.

St. John’s in the Advocate:
140 years ago, or so:
April 22, 1870: “The old house standing on the lot purchased by the Roman Catholic society, is being taken down. This we suppose is the first step towards the great work of building the new church. The house above referred to was one of the oldest in the village. The notorious relic hunter, Charley Alphonas, found behind the wainscoting several copper coins, some of which were nearly two hundred years old.”

100 years ago, or so:
April 20, 1908: CROWDS IN CHURCHES. Beautiful Flowers, Sweet Music and Eloquent Sermons. HOW EASTER WAS OBSERVED. “It was not as warm an Easter Day as many would desire, but it was pleasant enough for people to be outdoors, and the April shower came at the least objectionable time. Rain fell during the hour of the principal church service, and it was over before the congregations were dismissed. All the services in St. John’s R.C. Church were attended by large congregations yesterday. The principal service was at 10:30, and consisted of a solemn high mass. The sermon was preached by the rector, Rev. James C. O’Brien, who dwelt upon the historical facts relating to the resurrection and the spiritual lessons to be taken there from. The sanctuary was beautifully decorated. Easter lilies predominated, and were effectively set forth from a background of palms. When the altar lights were burning, the sanctuary made a brilliant spectacle. The singing was quite in keeping with the general high character of the services. The soloists, Miss Kennedy, Miss Hogan, Mr. Reilly, and Mr. Smith, doing especially good work. In the evening vespers were solemnized.”

65 years ago, or so:
April 23, 1946: Prizes Awarded To St. John’s. “The St. John’s Holy Name League brought to a close one of the most successful bowling seasons since the organization was started a good many years ago, when a banquet was held, last night, at the Davenport Hotel. Although they were not champs, they did end up with a second place tie with St. Mary’s. Joe Poultney, presiding chairman for the last eleven years, finally retired and Lou Nick will take over for the 1946-47 season, attempting to fill the shoes of a man who did a splendid job throughout these eleven years. Ed Connell acted as toastmaster for last night’s banquet, and a number of men from the different teams got up and said a few words. In all, it was a gala affair, with Pat Tartell giving out with the notes from his accordion.”

Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come
(Part I) – Revisited – Fr. Terry Walsh
“I Believe in the Holy Spirit”

God has revealed Himself to as a personal God. He is not simply some unknowable distant force. He has revealed Himself as the essence of love, of purity, of holiness, and He is knowable to all who seek Him. He has revealed Himself as One God, but Three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Holy Trinity is of course the greatest Mystery of our faith and through our assent of faith, that is, through our ‘yes’ to God, we are given bountiful graces to grow in our understanding. This gift of faith is sustained and nourished most especially through our personal encounters with Jesus in the each of the seven Sacraments.
Each Sunday, just after hearing the Word of God, we proclaim our ‘yes’ when we stand and assert our Catholic Faith. During the course of our prayer, we say the words: “I believe in the Holy Spirit” – a distinct and equal Person of the Trinity. “The One whom the Father has sent into our hearts, the Spirit of his Son, is truly God”(Gal. 4:6). “When the Father sends his Word, he always sends his Breath. In their joint mission, it is Christ who is seen, the visible image of the invisible God, but it is the Spirit who reveals Him”(Catechism, Article 689).
The Holy Spirit unites the faithful into the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ as He gives and sustains supernatural Divine life. St. Gregory of Nyssa describes this holy “anointing” in this way: “The notion of anointing suggests…that there is no distance between the Son and the Spirit. Indeed, just as between the surface of the body and the anointing with oil neither reason nor sensation recognizes any intermediary, so the contact of the Son with the Spirit is immediate, so that anyone who would make contact with the Son by faith must first encounter the oil by contact. In fact there is no part that is not covered by the Holy Spirit. That is why the confession of the Son’s Lordship is made in the Holy Spirit by those who receive him, the Spirit coming from all sides to those who approach the Son in faith.” At Baptism, we are anointed with the Sacred Chrism (Holy Oil specially blessed by the Bishop at the Chrism Mass) on the crown of our heads and we hear the words: “God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has freed you from sin, given you a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and welcomed you into His holy people. He now anoints you with the chrism of salvation. As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as a member of His Body, sharing everlasting life.” In the Sacrament of Confirmation, which completes Christian Initiation, we are anointed by the Holy Spirit when the Bishop traces the sign of the Cross on our foreheads, once again with the Sacred Chrism, and says: “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.” Recall the words of St. Paul, “…those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit…to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace…But you are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God really dwells in you. Any one who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him. But if Christ is in you, although your bodies are dead because of sin, your spirits are alive because of righteousness. If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through His Spirit who dwells in you”(Romans 8:5ff).
Pentecost is May 23, 2010. Please pray for those members of our parish in our RCIA program who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Augustine Cathedral on that day.

Bulletin for Sunday April 11, 2010

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Pastor ’s Corner. . .God’s work to save mankind from death and to reconcile all creation to Himself began at the moment when Mary pledged her life to the announcement of God’s plan by the Archangel Gabriel. The Eternal God became fully man, except free from sin, in order to pay the price of all human sin by offering that human body, soul and life on the Cross, and rise in that flesh on the third day to overcome death for us all. This is the primary reason why God became man. As the means to extend the effects of Christ’s Cross and Resurrection from the dead throughout the world and through every century, He sent the Holy Spirit to begin His one Church. The following excerpts from two homilies by Pope Saint Leo the Great express this great reality of God’s hard work to save us to live with Him forever in the flesh:

“Majesty humbled itself, power became weak, and eternity mortal. To pay the debt inherent in our [human] estate, the unchangeable nature of God was united to our changeable human nature so that, as our healing required, the one Mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ, might be both subject to death because he was a man and yet free of death because he was God.
“The true and eternal God was thus born a full and complete man, wholly divine and wholly human. By ‘human’ we mean what the Creator made in the beginning with Adam, and what He made His own in order to redeem it. Whatever the deceiver [Satan] introduced into us and deceived man accepted, had no place in the Savior. He shared our weaknesses but not our sins.
“He took the status of a servant, therefore, but of a sinless one, exalting the humanity without lessening the divinity. For this self-emptying in which the invisible God became visible, and the Creator and Lord of all things willed to become a mortal creature, was the stooping of pity, not the failing of power. Thus He who as God created man became a man Himself in the form of a servant [Jesus].
“The Son of God enters our lowly world, descending from His heavenly throne but not putting off the glory that He has from the Father. He is reborn in a new way—new, because though invisible of Himself as God, He became visible as man; though incomprehensible, He willed to be comprehended; existing before all time, He began to exist in time; the Lord of the universe hid His majesty and took the estate of a servant; the impassible God did not disdain to become a suffering man, and though immortal, to subject Himself to the Law of death” [Letter 28, To Flavian].

“The Son of God, has taken human nature so closely to Himself that one and the same Christ consists not only of that Man himself who is the First-born of every creature, but of all His saints as well. As our head cannot be separated from the members of the body without doing damage to the body, neither can the members [of the Church] be separated from its Head [Christ].
“Although it is said of eternal life and not of our earthly estate that God is all in all, yet He dwells even now in His temple, the Church, as He promised: ‘I am with you all days, even to the end of the world.’ All that God’s Son did and taught, therefore, to reconcile the world to the Father is not simply a fact of past history, but a present and operative reality now. Himself born of the Virgin by the Spirit’s power, He now makes His spotless church fruitful through the same Spirit, and she bears countless children to God in the birth of Baptism. Of these children it is written: ‘They are born, not of flesh and blood or of human desire, but of God,’ He it is who, excluding none, forms all the nations of the earth into one holy flock and daily fulfills His promise to gather all His sheep. Though He said to blessed Peter, above all others, ‘Feed my sheep,’ the Lord Himself is everyone’s Shepherd. He so strengthens them with His love that, as He did not hesitate to die for them, they do not hesitate to die for Him.
“For, if we share the Body and Blood of Christ [in the Eucharist], we are assimilated to what we eat and drink [to Christ, Himself]. In all circumstances we will show forth in body and soul the image of Him in whom and with whom we died and were buried and rose to new life [in Baptism]” [Sermon 12, On the Passion].

Such is God’s love for us that He would go to such lengths to give us a share in His Divine Life: now through the Sacraments of His Church, leading to eternity in the flesh. —Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . George Szele, Robert Lebeau, Connie Ward, Cheryl Carucci, Jerry Pellegrino, Joan Bachman, Irene Zelinsky, Nicholas Czekanski, Wilfred Baretto, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Mary Moriarty, Carmella Micik, Julie Grant, Lois Porter, Joseph Lasko, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, Janet Rodgers, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Margaret L. Rekos, Mary Catherine Sheehan, Paul K.Jankowicz, James Thomas, Marjorie L. O’Kane, Lawrence Schmidt Jr., Catherine B. Pullen, Wilhelmina-Belia Falek-Roerhost, Keith Segovia, Frank L. Infante, Dolores A. Deluca Freccia, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Roshah E. DeJean, Paul Reda, Katherine Dziezyc, John Castellano, Eugene Lops, Msgr. Lawrence McMahon, Rev. Al Russo, George “Bud” Ayers, William Wolf, Alfred Gautrau, David Lloyd, Evelyn Mahan, Joseph Logsdail, Peggy Pikul, Monsignor John Horgan Kung, Theodore Pikul, Rosemary Hynes Finn, George T. Murphy, William Morris, Jesus Cala, Liliane Joelle Tsemo, Elizabeth A. Coughlin, Hector Jance, Paul Rittman.

Mass On Line. . .Visit the parish website: www.stjohnsstamford.com, click the photo of the church up top, and you’ll see live all that’s going on in church, daily. (Note: Audio requires “ActiveX” which is specifically designed to work with Windows systems [i.e. Internet Explorer]. “ActiveX” by Microsoft is not supported on other operating systems such as Apple “Mac OS” or “GNU/Linux.”) 

Divine Mercy Devotions. . . April 11th: Will not take place this year because of the Stamford Symphony/Basilica Choir benefit presentation of Mozart’s Requiem.

GRAND CONCERT to BENEFIT HAITI . . .Sunday, April 11, the Stamford Symphony and the Choir of the Basilica of St. John will present the famous Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at 7:30 PM. A benefit concert for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti, 100% of the proceeds will go to Haitian relief efforts. The concert will be conducted by Maestro Eckart Preu, the chorus prepared by Scott Turkington. While no entrance fee will be required, a suggested donation of $25.00 will go far toward raising needed funds to aid those now suffering in Haiti. Donors wishing to contribute $50.00 or more will be listed in the Donors’ Circle section of the printed program and will have reserved seating. Please see the St. John’s website for more information: stjohnsstamford.com. THIS CONCERT WILL NOT BE BROADCAST ON THE PARISH CAMERAS.

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA. . . Please join us Saturday May 1st at 7:00 pm in the church for a Live Performance featuring Stars of the Metropolitan Opera. Proceeds will benefit the ongoing restoration of our historic church. For ticket and sponsorship information please call 203-324-1553, ext.21 or register on the parish website www.stjohnsstamford.com. THIS CONCERT WILL NOT BE BROADCAST ON THE PARISH CAMERAS.

Saint Gabriel Church. . . Will host a concert of sacred music on Friday, April 30th at 7:30 pm, with Bishop Lori. All are invited and admission is free. An offering can be made at the door. Please mark your calendar for this special event marking the end of the Year of the Priest.

Easter Sunday 2010 $ 21,288.20
Easter Sunday 2009 $ 17,443.71

“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

April 18th Sunday Readings: Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41; Rev 5:11-14; Jn 21:1-19 or 21:1-14.

Hymns for this Sunday . . . (1) 79 (2) 83.

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass
Mass Ordinary: Mass for Four Voices – William Byrd, 1540-1623
All are encouraged to sing the Creed at the Noon Mass, which may be found in the hymnal at No. 289. The Creed is sung alternating with the choir at each double bar line.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Quasi modo (As newborn babes, alleluia, long for pure spiritual milk, alleluia, alleluia. Rejoice in honour of God our helper; shout for joy to the God of Jacob. [I Peter 2:2]); Sequence Victimæ paschali laudes (To the Paschal Victim, Christians, offer a sacrifice of praise. The Lamb has ransomed his sheep; the innocent Christ has reconciled sinners with the Father. Death and life confronted each other in a prodigious battle; the Prince of life who died, now lives and reigns. “Tell us, Mary, what did you see upon the way?” “I saw sepulchre of the living Christ; I saw the glory of the Risen One. I saw the angels, his witnesses, the shroud and the garments. Christ, my Hope, is risen. He will go before his own into Galilee.” We know that Christ is truly risen from the dead; O Victorious King, have mercy upon us.); Alleluia Post dies octo (Eight days later, while all the doors were shut, Jesus came out and stood in the midst of his disciples and said: “Peace be with you.” [John 20:26]); Offertory Angelus Domini (The angel of the Lord came down from heaven and said to the women: “The One whom you seek has risen, as he said he would”, alleluia. [Matthew 28:2,5,6]); Communion Mitte manum (Stretch forth your hand, and feel the place where the nails were, alleluia; and be not doubtful but believing, alleluia, alleluia. [I Corinthians 5:7,8]).
Offertory Motet: Haec Dies – Marc’Antonio Ingegneri, 1547-1592 (This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. [Ps. 118:24,1]).
Communion Motets: Surrexit Christus Dominus – M. Praetorius (Christ the Lord is risen, the world’s sole Redeemer; this we know, taught by the angels who announced it to the women. Alleluia. He is risen in triumph, the power of death being broken; examine the cave of the tomb, you will see only thy shroud. Alleluia. For us He reigns forever, Judge eternal of our life, giver of light and righteousness, salvation and purity. Alleluia.). This joyful Eastertide – David’s Psalmen, 1685, arr. Charles Wood, 1866-1926 (The text may be found in the hymnal at No. 84.).

Marriage Anniversaries. . . Bishop Lori will celebrate a Mass for couples observing their 15th—50th—plus wedding anniversaries this year on April 25th at 3:00 PM at St. Theresa Church, Trumbull. Please call St. John’s rectory [203-324-1553, ext 21] to register.

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Our Parish goal is $85,000. Please be generous to Bishop Lori.

20’s and 30’s . . . Meets next Wednesday April 14th, in the Rectory.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, April 10
4:00 + John E. Hogan req. Terenzio Family, Donald F. Reid req. Friends of the Reed Family
Sunday, April 11
7:30 + Michael A. Rubino, Sr. req. Lori & James Rubino
10:00 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
12:00 Our Lady of Loretto Altar Guild req. Msgr. DiGiovanni
7:00 No 6:00 PM Mass. Mozart Requiem Concert for Haiti at 7 P.M
Monday, April 12
8:00 God’s Blessings for Diane Strain req. Marion Morris
12:10 +Rose & Vito Longo req. Daughter-Millie
Tuesday, April 13
8:00 Thanksgiving to the Holy Family
12:10 Birgitta O’Brien-Costantino Birthday
Wednesday, April 14
8:00 +Tin Nguyen req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 +Mr. Arthur & Anna Jean-Guillaume req. Children & Grand Children
Thursday, April 15
8:00 +William F. McNamara req. Daughters
12:10 +Eugene Lope req. Ferry G.
Friday, April 16
8:00 +Paul Rittman req. Mary Jean DalMolin
12:10 +Lynn Hayes req. Tom & Olga Kolenberg
Saturday, April 17
8:00 +Bonfelio & Yolanda Preli req. Phil DeFelice & Family
12:10 + Karl Gandt req. St. Monica’s Study Group

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

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Society . . .meets Saturdays in the Rectory, at 9:30 a.m. for coffee, conversation, Rosary, and a spiritual conference. All ladies of the parish are welcome. Just walk in.

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m..

Religious Education. . . Sundays: 8:30 a.m. Sunday Mass attendance is a duty for all students and Catholic parents.

Convert Class [RCIA]. . .Tuesday Evenings 7:30 pm—8:30 pm in the rectory. Call Fr. Walsh, ext. 14.

Pray to end legalized abortion . . . Weds, 7-10:30a.m., Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St.

St. Dominic Savio Society. . . . For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12th grades. Meets monthly. Questions, contact Ferry Galbert 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. Meets monthly. Questions, please contact Suzanna Bosthwick, 203-554-2004.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory.

The Legion of Mary. . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets Thursday Evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory.

Bible Study. . . Meets Thursday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory. Join us.

Coffee Hour. . . After the 10:00 a.m. Mass. All are welcome.

St. John’s in the Advocate:
115 years ago, or so:
April 13, 1897: “May 7 next will be the tenth anniversary of the organization of St. Augustine council, K. of C. The celebration, however, will probably be held on a later date, and a live committee is now busy making elaborate arrangements for the event.”

100 years ago, or so:
April 18, 1904: PASTOR AT WHITE HOUSE. “Rev. James C. O’Brien, pastor of St. John’s R.C. Church, together with a few other priests from this State, had an audience with President Roosevelt at the White House, last week. Father O’Brien made the trip for the purpose of attending the ceremonies marking the endowment of the Catholic University with a charter in secular history by the Knights of Columbus. The audience with the President was arranged by Congressman at Large Lilley of Waterbury and Congressman Hill of Norwalk. Father O’Brien spent several minutes with Mr. Roosevelt, and was much impressed with the striking personality of the man. “The President received our party most cordially,” said Father O’Brien this morning “and we were of course delighted with our reception. He impresses the visitor as being a vigorous, strong and energetic man, with great enthusiasm. He has a most interesting personality, and is a very pleasant conversationalist.” Father O’Brien also speaks highly of the way the Knights of Columbus were received generally in Washington. He says that Congressmen Lilley, Hill and Brandegee were especially attentive to the Connecticut delegation. Rev. Father Clyne, who was in Virginia for a couple of weeks, returned with Father O’Brien.”

35 years ago, or so:
April 16, 1964: Religious Authors Educational Work; Parents In Stamford. “A new literary work in the field of Catholic education has been completed by Mother Marie Aimee Carey, O.S.U., a Stamford resident who entered the Ursuline Novitiate at New Rochelle, N.Y. nearly 15 years ago. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward V. Carey, of 20 Broadwood Dr., Mother Marie Aimee is author of “A Bibliography for Christian Formation In the Family,” published by the Paulist Press of Glen Rock, N.J. Distribution of the work is being aided by several Stamford Catholic Churches. It was prepared as a treatise by the religious in pursuit of her educational advancement. Now in Rome for a year of religious and cultural studies, Mother Marie Aimee is a graduate of St. John’s Parochial School, Sacred Heart Academy, College of New Rochelle, and received her master’s degree from Catholic University, Washington, D.C.”

Divine Mercy Sunday
The Elevation
– Fr. Terry Walsh

What thoughts run through your heart and mind at that extraordinary moment of grace when the Consecrated Host is raised to the Father in sacrifice? What greater example of mercy could there possibly be? Jesus offers His very Body and Blood, laying down His very life for sinful humanity. It is truly the supreme act of love and mercy.

What inspirations flow into the depths of your soul at that extraordinary moment? One faithful communicant once shared with me his response at that extraordinary moment of the Holy Mass: “My Lord and My God” echoing the words of the Apostle Thomas who probed the open wound in the side of Christ, piercing the veil, as it were, moving from doubt to true knowledge of our Lord’s Perfect Sacrifice. Thomas fell to his knees in thankful adoration – just as we utter those faithful words upon our knees and contemplate His love. In those few brief moments, we gaze upon mercy and love himself and see with the eyes of faith the vision Isaiah had been granted when he came to serve God: extraordinary Light emanating from the very Heart of God, exploding out to all the Universe, stamping out darkness, crushing all impurity, restoring Light, Happiness, and Peace.

In those holy moments when I look up at our Lord resting in my hands I pray the prayer of St. Faustina: “O Blood and Water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a font of Mercy for us, I Trust in You.” He has revealed Himself as our Merciful Redeemer. He has offered Himself in sacrifice for our salvation; we are offered the gift of life in the Eucharist. Our Patron, St. John, uses the images of Light and Water in his Gospel, as well as his letters, to describe the flow of grace, that is, the flow of mercy and love from the Temple, the Body of the Risen Christ. The vision of this glorious flow of grace described by John and seen by St. Faustina draws our eyes back to the tiny host wherein our Lord resides – for us. Thoughts drift back to that still moment when the Centurion thrust the lance into the dead Body of Christ Crucified, opening up the gates of life, never to be closed again. Let us not forget that that same Sword pierced the Immaculate Heart of His Most Pure Virgin Mother through whom the gift of eternal life came to us. Like St. Thomas, the Centurion recognized in an instant that he was in the Presence of God. That Roman soldier, St. Longenius, dropped to his knees and believed and was washed clean in His Blood.

What thoughts run through your heart and mind at that extraordinary moment of grace when you likewise find yourself at the foot of the Cross – at every Holy Mass and the consecrated host is raised to the Father in the most extraordinary act of love and mercy – for you? After all, we, too, have pierced Him. Yet, He forgives. He turns His Merciful gaze toward each one of us from the tiny host and He calls each one of us by name: “Come to Me…I will give you ‘Living Water’… ‘I will fill you with Divine Light’… ‘I will feed your thirsty soul with the Bread of Angels and streams of Living Water will forever well up from within you!’ How can our reaction be anything other than “My Lord and My God!”

Bulletin for Easter Sunday April 4, 2010

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Easter Sunday April 4, 2010

Pastor ’s Corner. . .This is a third century homily for Holy Saturday, a meditation on Christ’s descent into Hell: God had become man to redeem all aspects of human existence, even the eternal effects of mankind’s abandonment of God through sin—Hell, in which were all the dead since Adam. Christ, “who knew no sin, became sin”, as St. Paul wrote, took on the guilt of all human sin, and experienced even that final abandonment—allowing Himself to become repugnant to the Father, as the means to pay for mankind’s abandonment of God. His descent into Hell extended the power of the Cross to the dead—on Satan’s home court, granting them a share in His triumph over death by His bodily Resurrection:
“What is happening? Today there is a great silence over the earth, a great silence and stillness, a silence because the King sleeps; the earth was in terror and had fallen still, for God slept in the flesh and raised up those who were sleeping in death from the ages. God is dead in the flesh, and the underworld has trembled. Truly, He goes to seek our first parent like a lost sheep. He wills to visit those who sit in the dark shadows of death. He goes to free the prisoner Adam and his wife Eve from their grievous captivity, He who is God, and Adam’s son.”
“The Lord goes in to them holding his victorious weapon, the Cross. When Adam, the first created man, sees Him, he strikes his breast in terror and calls out to all: ‘My Lord be with you all.’ And Christ in reply says to Adam: ‘And with your spirit.’ And grasping Adam’s hand raises him up, saying: “Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.”
“I am your God, who for your sake became your son, who for you and your descendants now speak and command with authority those in prison [Hades, cf I Pet 3:19]: Come forth, and to those in darkness: have light, and to those who sleep: Rise.”
“I command you: Awake, sleeper! I did not create you to lie bound in Hell. Arise from the dead, for I am life to those who have died. Rise up, work of my hands, my likeness, made in my image. Rise, let us go hence; for you in me and I in you, together we are one undivided person.”
“For your sake I your God became your son; for you, I the Master took on your form, that of slave; for you, I who am above the heavens came on earth and under the earth; for you, man, I became as a man without help, free among the dead; for you, who left a garden [Eden], I was handed over from the garden [of Olives] and crucified in a garden [Golgotha].”
“See the spittle on my face—it was for you, that you might have the breath of life again. See my cheeks reddened by the blows—it was for you, that you might be remade in my image. See my torn back—it was for you, that I might take the load of sin from your shoulders. See the nail-marks in my hands—it was for you, because you once put your hand to the fruit of the forbidden tree.”
“I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side, for you, who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side healed the pain of your side; my sleep will release you from your sleep of death in Hades; my sword has checked the sword [of the angel guarding Eden] which was turned against you.”
“Arise, let us go hence. Satan, the enemy, brought you out of the land of paradise; I will reinstate you, no longer in paradise, but I have a heavenly throne prepared for you. I denied you the tree of life, which was only a symbol, but now I myself am united to you, I who am life itself. I posted the cherubim to guard you as they would slaves; now, the cherubim shall bow down before you” [Patrologia Greca, 43: 439]. —Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick. . . Robert Lebeau, Connie Ward, Cheryl Carucci, Jerry Pellegrino, Joan Bachman, Irene Zelinsky, Nicholas Czekanski, Wilfred Baretto, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Mary Moriarty, Carmella Micik, Julie Grant, Lois Porter, Joseph Lasko, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, Janet Rodgers, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans, Margaret Romaine.

Please pray for those who have recently died. . . Paul Jankowicz, James Thomas, Marjorie L. O’Kane, Lawrence Schmidt Jr., Catherine B. Pullen, Wilhelmina-Belia Falek-Roerhost, Keith Segovia, Frank L. Infante, Dolores A. Deluca Freccia, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Roshah E. DeJean, Paul Reda, Katherine Dziezyc, John Castellano, Eugene Lops, Msgr. Lawrence McMahon, Rev. Al Russo, George “Bud” Ayers, William Wolf, Alfred Gautrau, David Lloyd, Evelyn Mahan, Joseph Logsdail, Peggy Pikul, Monsignor John Horgan Kung, Theodore Pikul, Rosemary Hynes Finn, George T. Murphy, William Morris, Jesus Cala, Liliane Joelle Tsemo, Elizabeth A. Coughlin, Hector Jance, Paul Rittman.

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

Mass On Line. . .Visit the parish website: www.stjohnsstamford.com, click the photo of the church up top, and you’ll see live all that’s going on in church, daily. (Note: Audio requires “ActiveX” which is specifically designed to work with Windows systems [i.e. Internet Explorer]. “ActiveX” by Microsoft is not supported on other operating systems such as Apple “Mac OS” or “GNU/Linux.”) 

The Eagle. . .A new parish publication, edited by our own Dr. Joseph McAleer, will provide a variety of interesting articles each month on theology, the spiritual life, Catholic cultural life and even reviews of local restaurants, bakeries and other neighborhood emporia.

Divine Mercy Devotions. . . April 11th: Will not take place this year because of the Stamford Symphony/Basilica Choir benefit presentation of Mozart’s Requiem.

GRAND CONCERT to BENEFIT HAITI . . . Next Sunday, April 11, the Stamford Symphony and the Choir of the Basilica of St. John will present the famous Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at 7:30 PM. A benefit concert for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti, 100% of the proceeds will go to Haitian relief efforts. The concert will be conducted by Maestro Eckart Preu, the chorus prepared by Scott Turkington. While no entrance fee will be required, a suggested donation of $25.00 will go far toward raising needed funds to aid those now suffering in Haiti. Donors wishing to contribute $50.00 or more will be listed in the Donors’ Circle section of the printed program and will have reserved seating. Please see the St. John’s website for more information: stjohnsstamford.com. THIS CONCERT WILL NOT BE BROADCAST ON THE PARISH CAMERAS.

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA. . . Please join us Saturday May 1st at 7:00 pm in the church for a Live Performance featuring Stars of the Metropolitan Opera. Proceeds will benefit the ongoing restoration of our historic church. For ticket and sponsorship information please call 203-324-1553, ext.21 or register on the parish website www.stjohnsstamford.com.
THIS CONCERT WILL NOT BE BROADCAST ON THE PARISH CAMERAS.

Coffee Hour. . .There will be No Coffee Hour Easter Sunday, April 4th. Coffee hour will resume next Sunday, April 11th, after the 10:00 a.m. Mass. All are welcome.

Sunday March 28, 2010 $ 12,374.45
Sunday March 29, 2009 $ 11,644.84

“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

April 11th Sunday Readings: Acts 5:12-16; Rev 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19; Jn 20:19-31.

Hymns for this Sunday . . . (1) 79 (2) 83.

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass
Mass Ordinary: Missa brevis in C, K. 229 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756-1791.
All are encouraged to sing the Creed at the Noon Mass, which may be found in the hymnal at No. 289. The Creed is sung alternating with the choir at each double bar line.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Resurrexi (I am risen, and I am always with you, alleluia; you have placed your hand upon me, alleluia; your wisdom has been shown to be most wonderful, alleluia, alleluia. O Lord, you have searched me and known me; you know when I sit down and when I rise up. [Ps. 139:18,5,6,1,2]); Alleluia Pascha nostrum (Christ, our Paschal Lamb, has been sacrificed. [I Corinthians 5:7]); Sequence Victimæ paschali laudes (The text may be found in the hymnal at No. 315); Offertory Terra tremuit (The earth trembled and was still, when God arose in judgment, alleluia. [Ps.75]); Communion Pascha nostrum (Christ, our Paschal Lamb, has been sacrificed, alleluia; therefore, let us keep the feast by sharing the unleavened bread of uprightness and truth, alleluia, alleluia. [I Corinthians 5:7,8]).
Offertory Motet: Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem – Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, 1852-1924 (The text may be found in the hymnal at No. 85).
Communion Motets: Laudate Dominum – W. A. Mozart (O praise the Lord, all ye heathen. Praise him all ye nations. For his merciful kindness is ever more and more towards us, and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise the Lord. [Psalm 117]); Ave verum – Mozart (The tx may be found in the hymnal at No. 296); Most glorious Lord of life – Sir William Harris, 1883-1973 (Most glorious Lord of life, that on this day Didst make Thy triumph over death and sin, And having harrowed hell, didst bring away Captivity thence captive, us to win. This joyous day, dear Lord, with joy begin, And grant that we for whom Thou didest die, Being with Thy dear blood clean washed from sin, May live for ever in felicity : And that Thy love we weighing worthily, May likewise love Thee for the same again; And for Thy sake, that all like dear didst buy, With love may one another entertain. So let us love, dear Love, like as we ought; Love is the lesson which the Lord us taught. [Edmund Spencer 1522-99]).

Marriage Anniversaries. . . Bishop Lori will celebrate a Mass for couples observing their 15th—50th—plus wedding anniversaries this year on April 25th at 3:00 PM at St. Theresa Church, Trumbull. Please call St. John’s rectory [203-324-1553, ext 21] to register.

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . .Our Parish goal is $85,000. Please be generous to Bishop Lori.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

HOLY SATURDAY, April 3
8:00PM Easter Vigil: People of the Parish
Easter Sunday, April 4
7:30 People of the Parish
10:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
12:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
6:00 +The Cenatus Family req. Eugena Miejlan
Monday, April 5
8:00 +Wilhelmina-Belia Falek-Roerhoso req. Priests of the Parish
12:10 + John & Angelina Pascale req. John Pascale
Tuesday, April 6
8:00 +Virginia Carr req. Marie Carr
12:10 +Eva, Charles, Sr., Nicholas Kronk, Mary Fedonchuk req. Mary Churley
Wednesday, April 7
8:00 +Margaret M. Timon req. Thomas A. Timon
12:10 +Joan O’Brien req. Ann Armstrong
Thursday, April 8
8:00 Special Intentions Ms. Mary Callahan
12:10 +Bryan Alva req. Ferry G
Friday, April 9
8:00 +Deceased relatives of Joseph W. Callahan
12:10 +Catherine Pascale req. John Pascale
Saturday, April 10
8:00 +Joseph & Hope McAleer req. The McAleer Family
12:10 Deborah & Brazlia Walker req. Betty McDonald

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

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Society . . .meets Saturdays in the Rectory, at 9:30 a.m. for coffee, conversation, Rosary, and a spiritual conference. All ladies of the parish are welcome. Just walk in.

Moms & Tots . . . Moms and their kids meets each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. Please join us.

Religious Education. . . Sundays at 8:30 a.m. Sunday Mass attendance is a duty for all students and Catholic parents.

Convert class [RCIA]. . .Tuesday Evenings 7:30 pm—8:30 pm in the rectory. Call Fr. Walsh, ext. 14.

Pray to end legalized abortion . . . Wednesdays, 7-10:30a.m., Stamford’s Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St.

St. Dominic Savio Society. . . . For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12th grades. Meets monthly. Questions, contact Ferry Galbert 203-324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. Meets monthly. Questions, please contact Suzanna Bosthwick, 203-554-2004.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 6:15 pm in the rectory.

The Legion of Mary. . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30pm in the rectory. All are welcome.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory All are welcome.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets Thursday Evenings at 6:30 pm in the rectory.

Bible Study. . . Meets Thursday Evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory. Join us.

Coffee Hour. . . After the 10:00 a.m. Mass. All are welcome.

St. John’s in the Advocate:
100 years ago, or so:
April 11, 1911: Father O’Brien in Norwalk. “Rev. J.C. O’Brien will be the preacher at vespers in St. Joseph’s, Norwalk, tomorrow evening. The Norwalk Hour says: “Father O’Brien is perhaps the best known priest in Fairfield County, having labored in Stamford, Bridgeport, and New Milford for the past twenty-five years. Wherever he has preached, he has invariably drawn large congregations because of his zeal, earnestness, and the practical and convincing way he treats his subject. South Norwalk is to be congratulated in securing the services of Father O’Brien and his many friends as well as those who wish to hear him should fill the church to its capacity on Sunday evening.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: The Rev. James C. O’Brien was pastor of St. John’s from 1900 to 1928.)

75 years ago, or so:
April 6, 1934: Former Local Girl Now a Nun, to Speak Here on Sunday at 3. “The Children of Mary of St. John’s R.C. Church will sponsor an illustrated lecture given by the Sisters from Maryknoll, New York, in the school hall, Sunday afternoon, at 3. One of the Sisters, who is expected to take part in the lecture, will be Sister Mary Corieta, formerly Miss Rita Herrgen of Garden St. All members of the Sodality are invited to bring their relatives and friends. A musical program will follow.”

April 11, 1936: EASTER MUSIC TO FEATURE CHURCH SERVICES TOMORROW. “Happy Easter, most joyous day in the Christian calendar, when the bunnies will bring good things to children and m’lady will don finery for the fashion parade, will be observed, tomorrow, with special music and sermons in Roman Catholic churches. The boys’ sanctuary choir will sing at the 10 o’clock Mass at St. John’s R.C. Church. Music will include “Regina Caeli,” anon; “In this Sacrament sweet Jesus,” ancient Irish melody; “Landa Jerusalem Dominum,” special arrangement; “Alleluia, let the Holy anthem Rise,” Tombelli. Music at the High Mass at 11 will include Kyrie from “Missa de Angelis,” Gregorian XV Century; “Gloria,” Gregorian: credo, “Gregorian Interpolated,” Tassi; offertory, “O Sacrum Convivium,” Roberts-Remondi; sanctus, “Missa Brevia,” “Benedictus and Agnus Dei,” Nicola Montoni; recessional, “Regina Coeli Jubila,” Michaele Praetorius. Accompaniests will be Rudolph Svec, cello: Thomas Collis, bass viol and Frank Smith, violin..”

Christ our Light– Fr. Terry Walsh
“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (Jn 10:10)
My first year of Theology in Major Seminary was the Jubilee Year, 2000. Naturally, the Church offered many special graces for the faithful throughout the world. One of those graces was the chance to view the Shroud of Turin, the burial garment of our Lord. On our first free weekend, 15 of my classmates and I took the overnight train from Rome to Turin so that we might have a glimpse of the Holy Shroud. It was an amazing experience, a grace filled moment. One of the most startling things I learned about the Shroud was that the Image left upon the cloth was the result of a “Radiant Light” characteristic of a Nuclear Blast. It was the immediate image left at the moment of His Resurrection. He has Risen! He is God! And he has come to rescue his sheep and to put His enemies beneath His feet. The Light will not be extinguished. He has triumphed over death and offers life to all who follow Him.
Light shines on the darkness and reveals the Truth. Darkness, on the other hand, reminds us of falsehood, of sin, and ultimately of death. In John’s Gospel we hear these words: “In Him [the Word, Jesus Christ] was life, and the life was the light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it…. The True Light that enlightens every man was coming into the world.”
Consider Jesus’ miraculous birth in the Stable. Indeed, throughout His public Ministry, He enlightened all his witnesses by miracle after miracle, teaching after teaching, enlightening all who followed Him. At His Transfiguration, His glory was revealed once again in blinding light. How is it then that so many remained in the dark?
As Jesus’ “Hour” approached, the true intentions of the hearts of all were made manifest. Many preferred the “cozy cave of ignorance” rather than the “Light of Christ.” In order to receive the Light, the human heart must be willing to let go of false teachings that may seem “comfortable” and instead freely choose to walk in the Light – even when that walk requires some extra effort. To leave what is comfortable can be difficult. Contemplating Jesus words requires humility and a desire for Truth. Putting those words into action requires some work, perhaps even some manner of purification, which would naturally involve some measure of suffering. In the end, it becomes a decision to love. There is no love without sacrifice.
Sadly, many looked upon Jesus as one who simply drew attention to Himself for some selfish reason. They accused Him of bringing division to the so-called “community.” Their hearts were in the dark and their lack of humility revealed their own selfish desires. Their refusal to be transformed by the Light ultimately led to shouts of “Crucify Him!” They sought to extinguish the Light. They missed the point entirely. Jesus came to give life. But they “had not the love of God within them”(John 5:42).
As they mocked him while he suffered His frightful agony upon the Cross, their pride punctuated a false victory over He who exposed their deceit, their contempt for God. Opening His side with the lance, the final blow of hate, would instead reveal the Light of Truth. The Blood and Water that flowed from His Wounded Sacred Heart became the very Light of divine grace that would wash away the darkness. In His Glorified Body, streams of Healing Light beam from His Merciful Heart and all who seek Him with humility and love are filled with this Light. “I am the Light of the world; he who follows me will have the Light of Life”(John 8:12). “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
We receive this Light most abundantly through the Sacraments. It is precisely sacramental grace that transforms our souls making us holy; sacrament grace imparts wisdom, knowledge, understanding, counsel, piety, fortitude, as well as awe and wonder. As we grow in grace, we walk more and more in the Light. It’s that simple. It is the “well lit path” that leads to Heaven. When we walk in the Light we will not fall into the snags and potholes of falsehoods, lies, deceits, and spiritual laziness that try to derail us from union with God. We just need to take that 1st step – that act of faith in our heart. Open the door just a crack and let the Radiant Light of Christ lead you from the darkness into the warmth and peace and joy and happiness of life IN HIM. He has Risen! He has come to give life…
HAPPY EASTER