Bulletin for Sunday February 7, 2010

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Bulletin for Sunday February 7, 2010

Pastor ’s Corner. . . February began with the commemoration two commemorations of martyrs: Saint Agatha and Saint Paul Mike and his companions.
Saint Agatha was martyred in 250/51 a.d. during the persecution of the Church by the Roman Emperor Decius. Clergy were first targeted; next the members of the propertied and ruling classes, under pain of exile and confiscation of property by the imperial treasure. Agatha was of a noble and wealthy Sicilian family, and her arrest by the Consul Quintinianus was motivated by his plot to take advantage of a young girl in order to obtain her property for himself, not by any desire to change her religious allegiance. He offered to rescue her life and fortune from the Empire: marry him, and she could live to enjoy her fortune, even though it would pass to Quintinianus at marriage. The Consul was surprised when Agatha refused his advances, showing she was made of stronger stuff: for her, this was not a question of fortune, but of her faith, since she had dedicated herself to Christ in perpetual virginity. Arrested, she was incarcerated in a brothel for thirty days to take care of her virtue. Having failed to break, she was beaten, tortured on the rack, her flesh torn with hooks and her breasts cut off. Appearing once again before the Consul, she repeated her dedication to Christ. She was strapped on a bed of coals, then rolled over broken potsherds. The Acta of her martyrdom recall her final prayer asking pardon for her persecutors, and continued, “Lord, my Creator, you have ever protected me from the cradle. You have taken from me the love of the world, and given me patience to suffer; receive now my soul.” She was only a teenager.
During the persecutions in Japan between 1587 and 1715 a.d., some estimate the total number of Christian martyrs to be as high as 35,000 persons. Paul Miki and his 25 companions died on February 5, 1597. Paul was born in Japan, baptized as a child, and entered the Society of Jesus, which, along with the Franciscans, were the first missionaries whose efforts were successful. He was renowned for his preaching and charity. To break down the Church’s influence, the government required Christians to desecrate a copper image of the Crucified Lord. Twenty-six priests, lay catechists and children—altar servers—were crucified on a hillside in Nagasaki because they refused to comply. Here is part of an eyewitness account of the martyrs as they hung from their crosses: “When Paul Miki saw himself set at the head of the band of martyrs, he openly proclaimed that he was a Japanese and a member of the Society of Jesus, and that he was dying for having preached the gospel, a reward for which he thanked God. Then he added, ’In such a moment as this, none of you, I suppose, will think that I want to say less than the truth. I tell you, therefore, that there is no way to salvation but the Christian way. It teaches me to pardon my enemies and all who have harmed me. I therefore willingly pardon the emperor and all who are putting me to death, and I ask them to accept Christian baptism.’ Then he turned to his companions and began to hearten them for the final struggle.
“The faces of all were filled with joy, but it shone especially in the face of Louis. . . Anthony, at Louis’ side, kept his eyes to heaven, called upon the holy names of Jesus and Mary.
Still others of the martyrs kept repeating serenely: ‘Jesus, Mary.’ Some exhorted the bystanders to a worthy Christian life. In all these ways they showed how ready they were to die.
“The four executioners then unsheathed their lances; it was a grisly sight and all the believers present cried, ‘Jesus, Mary’. Their cries of distress filled the air as the executioners thrust their lances into the sides of the crucified men and boys, slaying the martyrs in short order.” [Acta Sanctorum, Feb. 1, 1769]. Loving Christ is serious business, and these martyrs are inspirations for us as we draw near to Lent. —Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… Wilfred Baretto, Haitian EarthquaeVictims, Mary Moriarty, Carmella Micik, Julie Grant, Kay Pullen, 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…Frank L. Infante, Dolores A. Deluca Freccia, Haitian Earthquake Victims, Roshah E. DeJean, Paul Reda, Katherine Dziezyc, Mary Halbert, 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.

The Board of Representatives. . .of the City of Stamford has bestowed a great honor on Saint John’s: On Monday evening, a resolution was passed unanimously by the Board congratulating Saint John’s on our new dignity as a Minor Basilica. I am very grateful to the Board of Representatives; and in particular, I am grateful to Representative Mary Savage for having initiated this resolution on behalf of our beloved parish.

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. ALSO, a light now burns all night in church, illuminating the tabernacle, so you can make a home visit to the Blessed Sacrament. Note: Internet Explorer required for audio. Audio will not work on Apple Computer’s Safari browser nor on Firefox.

Basilica Inauguration. . . Mark your calendar: Bishop Lori will formally inaugurate the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist on Monday February 22nd at 7 pm with Solemn Evening Prayer and Benediction celebrating the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter. All are invited.

Metropolitan Opera at Saint John’s. . . Mark your calendar- May 1st, sponsored by the Richard Tucker Foundation and in honor of His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan, to begin our fundraising efforts to repaint the church interior. Details forthcoming.

Saint Patrick’s Parade. . . The Annual Parade Dinner will be held at the Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall on Greyrock Place, on Friday, March 6th at 7 pm. Monsignor DiGiovanni has been named the Grand Marshall of this year’s parade. If you’d like to attend the dinner, please contact: Tim McGuinness [203-327-1866; 646-728-3466; tmcguinness@icsc.org] The evening is great fun: a cocktail hour, superb food with wine and beer, a cash bar and Irish dancing and music. Please join us for Stamford’s Annual Saint Patrick’s Parade on Saturday, March 13th. The parade steps off at 12 noon from lower Summer Street, and proceeds around the center of town. Great marching band, Irish dancers and bagpipers show off their talents in honor of Saint Patrick. Join us and be proud to be Irish—even if only for the day.

Upcoming Parish Events. . . This Spring will be filled with special parish activities:
May 1st: The Metropolitan Opera at Saint Johns, to benefit the parish;
May 7th: Clark Eno Jazz Orchestra will provide an evening of Jazz favorites;
May 13th: The Manhattan String Quartet will perform classical favorites;
May 29th: The Lumina String Quintet will perform chamber music favorites;
June 3rd, 4th & 5th: Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap, presented by The Parish Rectory Players;
June 6th: The Corpus Christi procession through the streets of Stamford.
Mark your calendars and plan to join us—and bring along a friend or two.

Sunday January 31, 2010 $ 10,489.50

Sunday February 1, 2009 $ 12,542.45 “I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

February 14th Sunday Readings: Jer 17:5-8; 1 Cor 15:12, 16-20; Lk 6:17, 20-26.

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 96 (2) 225.

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass
Mass Ordinary: Missa ‘Simile est regnum cælorum’ – 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 Venite adoremus Deum (Come, let us worship God and bow down before the Lord; let us shed tears before the Lord who made us, for he is the Lord our God. Come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise unto God our Saviour. [Ps. 95: 6,7,1]); Alleluia Laudate Dominum (Praise the Lord all nations; praise him in unison, all peoples. [Psalm 117:1]); Offertory Perfice gressus meos (Render secure my footsteps in your paths so that my feet do not slip; incline your ear and hear my words; display your wonderful mercies, O Lord, Saviour of those who place their hope in you. [Psalm 17:5,6,7]); Communion Introibo ad altare Dei (I will go in to the altar of God, to the God who gives joy to my youth. [Psalm 43:4]).
Offertory Motet: Like as the hart – Herbert Howells, 1892-1983 (Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks, so longeth my soul after thee, O God. My soul is athirst for God, yea, even for the living God. When shall I come to appear before the presence of God? My tears have been my meat day and night, when they daily say unto me, Where is now thy God? [Ps. 42:1-3, trans. M. Coverdale]).
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]).

Singers are needed for the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass! . . . Our volunteer choir raises hearts and voices in praise of God for the 10:00 AM Family Mass each Sunday. The choir rehearses at 8:15 AM on Sundays only, in the Choir Room. Would you consider lending your voice to our choir? Please call Scott Turkington for more information: 324-1553, ext. 18 or email at STurkington@optonline.net.

Shroud of Turin. . . An in-depth presentation about the Shroud, which is the burial cloth of Our Lord, will be offered in our parish hall on Tuesday, February 16th, at 7:30 pm. Full-sized photographic displays of the shroud and instruments of Our Lord’s Passion, along with the relics of various saints, will be available for close-up inspection . A great preparation for Lent. All are welcome; please join us.

Mass Intentions+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, February 6
4:00 Special Intention Nicki Carpenter req. Jeannene & Ryan McMurchy
Sunday, February 7
7:30 +Alexander Finlay Munro 32nd Anniversary req. Munro & De Vivo Families
10:00 +Vincenzo Giannitti req. Giannitti Family
12:00 Special Intention John Kung req. Joseph & Agnes Kung
6:00 In Honor of Our Lady of Fatima req. Gina Uva
Monday, February 8
8:00 People of the Parish
12:10 +Eva, Charles, Anna & Joseph Kronk and Irene Churley req. Mary Churley
Tuesday, February 9
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
12:10 +Catherine Wellington req. Thomas Kolenberg
Wednesday, February 10
8:00 Special Intention Brian Fuhro req. Jeannene & Ryan McMurchy
12:10 +Dorothy C.F. Bergeson req. Anthony & Josephine Marena
Thursday, February 11
8:00 Special Intention George Paulemon req. Mother
12:10 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Friday, February 12
8:00 +John & Rose Gaine req. Mary Bridget Gains
12:10 Tal Talentino – Millie
Saturday, February 13
8:00 +Hope & Joseph McAleer req. the McAleer Family
12:10 +Cyril Lloyd req. Carmen Lara

Holy Name Society . . . meets Fridays in the Rectory, 7-7:50 a.m. for coffee, Eucharistic adoration& Benediction. All men of the parish are welcome. 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 to 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 Boswick, 203-554-2004.

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Meets Wednesday Evenings at 6pm in the rectory.

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 NEWS:
The CONNECTICUT CATHOLIC:
120 years ago, or so:
February 11, 1888: STAMFORD. “Mr. John White, who has been engaged in the coal and wood business many years with Mr. Theodore Davenport, has started business for himself with Mr. Patrick Hanrahan, having bought out the interest of Mr. Davenport. The new firm of John White & Co. starts out with a practical knowledge of the business and has before it a bright field for success. Their many friends wish for them every success in their new enterprise.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Mr. & Mrs. John White were the donors on a stained glass window in the church, Bell Street side, second from front.)

The stamford advocate:
100 years ago, or so:
February 11, 1916: CAST OF “MIKADO” FEAST AND FROLIC. “After weeks of rigorous training and discipline, after faithful attendance upon the endless detail in rehearsal for the big event, after a matinee and an evening performance on Feb. 2, which elicited high praise from competent judges of opera values, the local “Mikado” company assembled, last evening, to relax, to frolic, to feast and dance—in short, to enjoy its own sweet will. The entertainment hall of St. John’s Parochial School was most tastefully decorated in keeping with the dominant idea of the evening. The affair was in charge of Committee Chairman A.F. Tynes, Miss Madeleine Shea and E. C. Regan, who are to be congratulated upon both the conception and execution of their plans. Ably assisting the committee, a delegation from St. Anne’s Ladies’ Aid Society performed the indispensable part of arranging the tables and the good things upon them. At the close of the program, Rev. Father O’Brien was called upon, and he responded in a happy vein with an “open confession” of his love for opera since his student days. In well-chosen words, he conveyed to the company his thankful appreciation of their work.”

The stamford advocate:
50 years ago, or so:
February 13 1961: CYO Quintets Continue Play In Round-Robin. “St. Cecilia’s turned back Holy Name, 44-35, in the high school division of the CYO round-robin second half playoff series, at the St. Mary High School Gym Sunday afternoon. In the grammar school division, St. John’s of Stamford was a 25-18 victor over St. Mary. Kem Clark and Brian Malloy led the winners with eight points each. Bob Trout’s seven points was tops for the losers.”

Clear Understanding
-Fr. Terry Walsh
The first Catholic school I attended was St. Anselm College. And it was there that I began to understand that among my fellow Catholics, there existed a wide range of opinions on just about every aspect of our faith. Previously, I simply presumed that everyone was more or less on the same page. I began to wonder – what if I asked 10 friends the same question concerning some teaching of our faith or some question concerning the moral teachings of the Church, would I be given the same answer? After all, it’s the same Church right? But I began to see that the answers were a little different in some cases. Indeed, it was not merely the slight nuances that began to concern me; it was the answers that seemed to oppose one another. I knew that something couldn’t be true and not true at the same time. Why indeed were there differences? Who was right and who was wrong? Where did the ultimate authority rest?
Thankfully, our Lord provided. He gave the keys to Peter and he promised that he would send the Holy Spirit to lead and guide the Church through St. Peter. The authority ultimately rests with Peter (and his successors – today – Pope Benedict XVI) and the College of Bishops, also known as the Magesterium. Through the teaching office of the Church, the Magesterium, we have been given the Catechism of the Catholic Church. In it, we find a wonderfully written explanation of the teachings of the Church regarding faith and morals. Moreover, there are 100’s and 100’s of footnotes that direct our attention to the Scriptures, the Writings of the Saints, the Documents of Church Councils and the like. Indeed, the Church offers us a treasure of information that helps to clarify our understanding of our faith and leads us into a deeper appreciation of gift of the Magisterium, guided by the Holy Spirit. The Compendium of the Catechism is a shorter, more succinct reference tool written in question format that is easy to read and at the same time enormously helpful. Both the Catechism and the Compendium are divided into 4 parts: Part I: The Creed. The Creed is after all the most important section. It is the outline of our faith: Who is God? Who are we in relation to Him? What is our response to Him? And so on. Part II: The Sacraments How does God nourish and heal us? How is He acting in our soul? How is He forming us – with our cooperation of course – into a more perfect image and likeness of Himself? Part III: The Moral Life (The 10 Commandments, more clearly understood), The Beatitudes, Virtue and Vice, Grace at work, and so on. And, finally, Part IV: Prayer. It is the shortest section in the Catechism, yet it is beautifully written and answers common questions concerning distractions in prayer, the battle of prayer, the various levels of prayer, and so on. In fact, when someone asks me where to begin, I normally recommend that they begin with Part 4. Start with a deeper understanding of Prayer.
We have so many resources available to us. But do we avail ourselves of these treasures? They are meant to be read. They’re written for everyone, not just for scholars or theologians or those with religious vocations. Our faith is the most important thing we have! Do we honor God by devoting time to the study of our faith and the moral teachings of the Church? As we read and ponder the Catechism, we will quite naturally become more deeply rooted in a clear understanding of the path we are called to walk and at the same time we will better lead our neighbor as well. The documents are readily available online for free and in any bookstore for a nominal fee. What wonderful respect we show our Lord when we seek to understand the true message the Church gives us through the Magisterium. It is and act of love for God. Our clearer understanding will likewise enable us to help one another on the true path to holiness.

Bulletin for Sunday January 31, 2009

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Pastor ’s Corner. . .
Tuesday, February 2nd, is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, also known as Candlemas. The celebration recalls the obedience of the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph to the Law of Moses (Exodus 13:1-3; Leviticus 12:1-8) when they presented Our Lord in the Temple in Jerusalem, 40 days after His birth. It also recalls the mystical fact that Christ is the final sacrifice who brings about the salvation of the world, and that He comes to us daily in every Catholic Church where Mass is celebrated.
The earliest written record of this then long-established celebration comes from the 5th century Diary of a “Pilgrimage to the Holy Land,” by a pilgrim to the Holy Land named Egeria. The Mass celebrated in Jerusalem recalled the historical presentation of Jesus in the Temple, while the procession with lighted candles, a liturgical addition from Rome, referred to the mystical reality of the identity of the Child presented, and to the meaning His life and death would have for the history and salvation of the world. Candlemas on February 2nd links Christmas and Easter, and explains why God became a man: so that Mankind could become God by Christ’s sacrificial death and bodily resurrection.
Throughout the Old Testament, all the prophets spoke of the coming of the Savior. And, as Jesus was presented in the Temple, two further prophecies were fulfilled: that of Simeon, who had been promised by God not to see death until he had first seen the Savior; and that of Anna, the prophetess, who recognized Jesus as the Savior. At the Temple, the Blessed Mother presented Her Son to the Eternal Father as the final sacrifice for the salvation of the world. The reason why the Eternal Son, Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, took on human flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mother was in order to offer that human body on the Cross as the ultimate sacrifice to pay for the sins of the world. If Christ had not taught anything, had He not healed or fed anyone, if He had done nothing other than offer Himself on the Cross and rise from the dead, then His work would have been perfect. Yet, in the generosity of the Father, Christ’s work also included His full revelation God, and our response to Him in our daily lives.
The Church blesses candles in honor of this mystical reality to be used in church during the year, and in the homes of the faithful. Each candle represents Christ, the Light of the World. Jesus also told His Apostles, “You are the light of the world”, in that we share in Christ’s work to enlighten the world. The candles blessed today represent Christ in our daily lives. We should let Christ shine in the world by means of our lives of extraordinary virtue and holiness; especially by our charity. The example of the perfect disciple is Our Lady in her humility and obedience to the Law of God.
The custom of blessing throats has arisen through the centuries on Saint Blaise Day, February 3rd. St. Blaise was a Catholic bishop, who saved a child from choking while both were imprisoned during a 4th century persecution of the Church. He is the saint to pray for healing of ailments of the throat. We bless throats using two candles blessed on February 2nd, that are held to form a Cross, and placed on the throat of the person being blessed. The candles represent Christ, the light of the world, and His saving power from His Cross. The prayer recited by the priest is “Through the intercession of Saint Blaise, bishop and martyr, may you be delivered from all diseases of the throat and from every other evil, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” It is the power of Christ and His Cross, by the intercession of Saint Blaise, which is invoked to heal us from evil. Happy Candlemas.-Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… Wilfred Baretto, Victims of the earthquake in Haiti, Mary Moriarty, Carmella Micik, Julie Grant, Kay Pullen, Juanita Evans, 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…Dolores A. Deluca Freccia, Victims of the earthquake in Haiti, Roshah E. DeJean, Paul Reda, Katherine Dziezyc, Mary Halbert, 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, Gerard P. Albert, Sheila Kilcoyne.

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. ALSO, a light now burns all night in church, illuminating the tabernacle, so you can make a home visit to the Blessed Sacrament.

Basilica Inauguration. . . Mark your calendar: Bishop Lori will formally inaugurate the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist on Monday February 22nd at 7 pm with Solemn Evening Prayer and Benediction celebrating the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter. All are invited.

Metropolitan Opera. . .at Saint John’s. Mark your calendar: May 1st, sponsored by the Richard Tucker Foundation and in honor of His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan, to begin our fundraising efforts to repaint the church interior. Ticket prices and information will be forthcoming.

Convert class. . .Tuesday evenings 7:30 pm—8:30 pm in the rectory. Call Fr. Walsh, ext. 14.

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Meets Wednesdays at 6pm in the rectory.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesdays at 6:15 pm in the rectory. We’re translating Egeria’s Diary of a Pilgrimage. High school Latin is sufficient. Please join us.

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

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

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

Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Group. . . Meets Saturdays at 9:30 am in the rectory.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Will meet on February 3rd at 7:30 pm in the rectory.

Moms & Tots . . . A group of moms and their children meets with Fr. Walsh each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. Please join us.

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

Pray the Rosary. . . Pray the Rosary with us after the 12:10 PM Mass, Monday through Saturday.

Sunday January 24, 2010 $ 12,141.00
Sunday January 25, 2009 $ 11,858.85

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

February 7th Sunday Readings: Is 6:1-2a, 3-8; 1 Cor 15:1-11 or 15:3-8, 11; Lk 5:1-11.

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 216 (2) 110.

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass
Mass Ordinary: Missa ad fugam – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, 1525-1594.
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 Laetetur cor (Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice; seek the Lord and be strengthened; seek his face for evermore. Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his name; declare his deeds among the gentiles. [Ps. 105:3,4,1]); Alleluia Adorabo ad templum (I will bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name. [Psalm 138:2]); Offertory Bonum est confiteri Domino (It is good to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing in honour of your name, O Most High. [Psalm 92:2]); Communion Illumina faciem tuam (Let your face shine down upon your servant, deliver me in your mercy. Lord, let me not be confounded, for I have called upon you. [Psalm 31:17,18]).
Offertory Motet: Cantique de Jean Racine – Gabriel-Urbain Fauré, 1845-1924 (Word of God the most high, our sole hope, eternal day of the earth and heavens as we break the silence of the peaceful night divine saviour, look down upon us. Imbue us with the fire of thy great mercy so that hell itself will flee at the sound of your voice disperse the sleep which leads our languishing souls to stray from the path of righteousness. O Christ show your favour to your faithful people who have come together to worship you receive the praises that they offer up to your immortal glory and may they come back laden with the gift of your grace.).
Communion Motet: Dear Lord and Father of Mankind – Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, 1848-1918, arr. D. Willcocks, b. 1919 (Dear Lord and Father of mankind, Forgive our foolish ways! Re-clothe us in our rightful mind, In purer lives thy service find, In deeper reverence praise. In simple trust like theirs who heard, Beside the Syrian sea, The gracious calling of the Lord, Let us, like them, without a word Rise up and follow thee. O Sabbath rest by Galilee! O calm of hills above, Where Jesus knelt to share with thee The silence of eternity, Interpreted by love! [John Greenleaf Whittier]).

Singers are needed for the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass! . . . Our volunteer choir raises hearts and voices in praise of God for the 10:00 AM Family Mass each Sunday. The choir rehearses at 8:15 AM on Sundays only, in the Choir Room. Would you consider lending your voice to our choir? Please call Scott Turkington for more information: 324-1553, ext. 18 or email at STurkington@optonline.net.

Shroud of Turin. . . An in-depth presentation about the Shroud, which is the burial cloth of Our Lord, will be offered in our parish hall on Tuesday, February 16th, at 7:30 pm. Full-sized photographic displays of the shroud and instruments of Our Lord’s Passion, along with the relics of various saints, will be available for close-up inspection . This is provided us by the Confraternity of the Passion International, which is a lay organization of the Passionist Order: a great preparation for Lent. All are welcome; please join us.

Holy Spirit School. . . Open House, February 3rd from 9:30-11:30 a.m. For more information: Mrs. Patricia Torchen: 203-329-1623; www.holyspiritschool.info.

Our Lady Star of the Sea School. . . Open House, January 31st: 12 noon –2pm. For more information: Sr. Anne M. Landry, CND: 203-348-1155. Take-a-Look-Tuesdays: January 12, 19 & 26: 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, January 30
4:00 +Vincent De Vivo 52nd Anniversary req. Munro & De Vivo Families
Sunday, January 31
7:30 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
10:00 +Frank Russo req. Frank & Beth Carpanzano
12:00 Special Intention Maria & Tony Marchetti req. The Marchetti Family
6:00 People of the Parish
Monday, February 1
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 Special Intention Christopher Flynn
Tuesday, February 2
8:00 Lillian Janesch req. Cycon Family
12:10 +William J. Cuneo req. The Underhill Family
Wednesday, February 3
8:00 Mary Coffey req. Cycon Family
12:10 +Merinda Pompa req. Teresa Canneto
Thursday, February 4
8:00 +Margaret M. Timon req. Thomas A. Timon
12:10 +Vincenzo Giannitti req. Giannitti Family
Friday, February 5
8:00 +Rev. Georges Mathelier 1st Anniversary Remembrance
12:10 +Rosanne Fazio req. her uncle Frank D’Amico
Saturday, February 6
8:00 In Thanksgiving to God
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.

Eucharistic Adoration. . . Each Friday morning, from 8:30 am until noon.

Holy Name Society . . . For all men of the parish: In the rectory every Friday morning for coffee, Eucharistic adoration, benediction & prayer: 7:00 – 8:00a.m. All men of the parish welcome. Just walk in!

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

Religious Education. . . Sunday classes at 8:30 a.m. Mass attendance is, of course, required of all our students, and it is hoped that all parents will attend Sunday Mass with their children.

Pray for an end to legalized abortion . . . Every Wednesday, 7:00 -10:30a.m., Planned Parenthood,
1039 East Main St, Stamford.

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

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. Will meet this Sunday in the rectory after the 12 PM Mass. Questions, contact Suzanna Boswick, 203-554-2004.

The Legion of Mary. . . . We meet on Wednesday Evenings at 7:30pm in the rectory. All are welcome. Please call Fr. Walsh, ext.14, if interested.

St. John’s in THE NEWS:. . .
The Hartford courant:
160 years ago, or so:

February 7, 1851: RELIGIOUS ITEMS. “The Roman Catholic Church at Norwalk was consecrated by the Rt. Rev. Bishop O’Reilly of Hartford, on Tuesday of last week. The Church at Stamford was also consecrated by the same Bishop on Sunday last.”

The Connecticut catholic:
130 years ago, or so:

February 7, 1880: STAMFORD. “On last Thursday night a mass meeting was held in the Opera House on behalf of the sufferers in Ireland. Father Rogers was chairman and Father Walsh secretary of the meeting. Several clergymen of different denominations addressed the audience and begged them to contribute a mite of their abundance to those poor people who so sadly need it.”

The stamford advocate:
50 years ago, or so:

February 3 1960: Priests Ordained In Stamford Rites. “In the first Roman Catholic ordination ever performed in Stamford, the Most Rev. Lawrence J. Shehan, D.D., bishop of Bridgeport, conferred the Sacrament of Holy Orders on two Stamford area candidates Tuesday at St. John’s Church. Ordained were the Rev. Charles R. Richter of Stamford and the Rev. John B. Giuliani of Greenwich. Father Richter is the son of the late Mrs. Regina N. Richter. He is the brother of Harry J. Richter, Jr., Francis E. Richter, Mrs. Raymond Downing, Mrs. John McGrath and Mrs. James Andrews, all of Stamford; and Mrs. Donald Vigliotti of Yonkers. He was born Sept. 27, 1930 in Stamford and is a graduate of Stamford High School. Father Giuliani is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Giuliani, of 353 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich. He was born in Greenwich, Jan. 4, 1932, and received his early education in the public schools of the town. The newly ordained priests will celebrate their first Solemn High Masses Sunday. Father Richter will sing the 11:30 Mass at St. Mary’s Church, Stamford, and Father Giuliani will sing the Mass at 12:15 p.m. at St. Mary’s, Greenwich. Assisting in the ordination service were the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s, archdeacon; Rt. Rev. Msgr. George B. Curtiss, chancellor of the diocese, and Very Rev. Msgr. John J. Toomey, secretary to the Bishop; both of Bridgeport, masters of ceremonies; Rev. William A. Genuario of Bridgeport, and the Rev. Vincent P. Cleary and the Rev. Joseph D. Potter, both assistant pastors of St. John’s, assistant masters of ceremonies. The church filled to capacity for the ordination rites.”

The Culture of Life Banquet
-Fr. Terry Walsh
When I was in Junior High, I remember asking a priest to help me better understand Heaven and Hell. I knew that Heaven was good and Hell was bad. I had an image of Heaven as being a place of happiness and an image of Hell as being a sort of firey darkness. I suppose my overall understanding was pretty poor; after all, I didn’t really understand the relationship of the Three Persons of the Trinity and the explosive love They shared among Themselves. I didn’t realize that Heaven was being “caught up into the love of the Holy Trinity” in a life we can not even begin to comprehend and seeing God as He is. I didn’t really grasp the incomprehensible beauty, majesty, peace, and joy of Heaven and the active life the Saints enjoy eternally. No, I just knew I wanted to go to Heaven, but I didn’t really understand much about it. So the priest began to tell me a popular metaphor about Heaven that I was hearing for the first time. He said, “Imagine for a moment that in both Heaven and Hell there were huge banquets. In fact, in each place the banquets looked quite similar – even identical. In both places, the tables went on for miles and miles to accommodate so many people. Now, set upon both tables were the most delicious delights – every good food prepared to perfection. One could almost taste the food through its pleasant aroma. Nothing was missing. It was just amazing. Now, there was only one little problem. At both banquets, the utensils were “super-sized”. And, because there were so many people at the table—all were quite literally shoulder to shoulder – the people in both Heaven and hell were unable to raise their utensils to their mouths. The scene in hell was tragic, really. The people there would come pretty close to getting the food into their mouths, but because their neighbors were trying to do likewise, each would cause the other to drop the food from their forks. The harder they might try to feed themselves, the more frustrated and angry they would become. Now, remember, the people in Heaven had the very same dilemma. The forks and spoons were simply too big to raise any food to their mouths. But, in Heaven, the people chose a better path. They picked up food with their forks and simply fed the person across from them. They fed each other and all were happily satisfied. They laughed and told stories and just had a wonderful time of fellowship and enjoyed a wonderful meal together. Sadly, the people in hell only grew angrier and angrier with each passing moment, filled with hate and envy and bitterness for their neighbor who “prevented” them from eating.
Last Friday, January 22, there were an estimated 300,000 people gathered in a relatively small area, the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Often times, that sort of crowd can become easily annoyed. After all, there really wasn’t much room to walk on the street—all were quite literally shoulder to shoulder. Indeed, it took a couple of hours to walk from the gathering on the Green to the steps of the Capitol, a mere 8 blocks distance. Yet, there were no angry shouts about the slow pace, the limited space, the cold weather—rather—all you could hear were people praying the Rosary or perhaps the Divine Mercy Chaplet; you could hear people singing or just having a pleasant conversation; you would hear quite frequently, “Hey, where are you from” or “Pleased to meet you” or “Isn’t it wonderful to see so many here today to say thanks to God for the gift of life, the dignity of the human person, the hope of eternal happiness and so on.” Indeed, the 300,000 were feeding each other – quite literally, passing out water, sharing snacks, acting with kindness and love – essentially feeding one another spiritually. There was a tremendous spirit of peace. And yet, those who oppose life by supporting the culture of death only grow more bitter with each attempt at feeding their own selfish interests. What a shame.

Bulletin for Sunday January 24, 2009

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday January 24, 2010

Pastor ’s Corner. . . Haiti continues to be in the world’s headlines. This past calamitous week has brought us images of unimaginable suffering, as well as reports of truly heroic generosity, courage and charity.
Since the first reports of the earthquake, members of our parish have responded with deep concern for the victims in Haiti, as well as for their family and friends here in Stamford. We have received numerous calls from people asking direction so they might lend a hand. The first and most immediate of the practical answers we have given was that we should pray for those who have died, for those who are injured, and for those members of the Haitian community in Stamford who are anxious about those who endured the earthquake in their island homeland. The second answer was an appeal that people donate money: not food, not clothing, since we have no way to transport those commodities to Haiti. Money is the most direct and effective way to help, since it can be transferred so quickly to Catholic and other agencies already on the ground in Haiti.
Parishioners have been exceptionally generous in their response to both instructions. Hundreds have come to church during this past week to pray for those in need, while hundreds more made donations. The second collection this past Sunday, which included all the funds in the blue envelopes for our usual parish Monthly Collection, as well as all the loose cash and checks donated, plus the donations given during Monday evening’s Mass for the deceased victims of the earthquake, so far has totaled $19,573.00. All of that has been given to Catholic Relief Services with the instructions that all of it be used immediately for Haitian earthquake relief, exclusively. Fathers Audette and Walsh and I are very grateful to all who have given to help our Haitian brothers and sisters so desperately in need of the basics of life. If anyone has not yet made a donation, please feel free to give us a call at the rectory, or mail in a donation, or speak with one of the priests or the parish office staff during the next few days. Whatever is given will be sent to the Catholic Relief Services for use in Haiti.
I ask that you continue to pray for the victims of the earthquake, and to consider assisting in the local efforts to provide continued, long-term assistance to Haiti, by joining the efforts being organized by our Mayor, Mike Pavia, and by the various city agencies. Stamford is looking to develop a long-term plan to assist in the rebuilding of Haiti, and the long-term, on-going relief of those in need. Please consider lending a hand and helping Haiti. We have the opportunity to help so many of our brothers and sisters of the Faith in Haiti. It is important for us at Saint John’s to continue extending our hands, as urged on by the basic requirements of Christian charity, and since our Haitian community is the largest southwestern Fairfield County. God bless you all, and God bless Haiti. -Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… Victims of the earthquake in Haiti, Mary Moriarty, Carmella Micik, Julie Grant, Kay Pullen, Juanita Evans, 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…Victims of the earthquake in Haiti, Roshah E. DeJean, Paul Reda, Katherine Dziezyc, Mary Halbert, 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, Gerard P. Albert, Sheila Kilcoyne.

Church of Latin America Collection . . . Please drop your Church of Latin America Collection envelope into the first basket that will be passed at the Offertory.

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. ALSO, a light now burns all night in church, illuminating the tabernacle, so you can make a home visit to the Blessed Sacrament.

Basilica Inauguration. . . Mark your calendar: Bishop Lori will formally inaugurate the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist on Monday February 22nd at 7 pm with Solemn Evening Prayer and Benediction celebrating the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter. All are invited.

Convert class. . .Tuesday evenings 7:30 pm—8:30 pm in the rectory. Call Fr. Walsh, ext. 14.

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Meets Wednesdays at 6pm in the rectory.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesdays at 6:15 pm in the rectory. We’re translating Egeria’s Diary of a Pilgrimage. High school Latin is sufficient. Please join us.

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

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

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

Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Group. . . Meets Saturdays at 9:30 am in the rectory.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Will meet on February 3rd at 7:30 pm in the rectory.

Moms & Tots . . . A group of moms and their children meets with Fr. Walsh each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. Please join us.

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

Pray the Rosary. . . Pray the Rosary with us after the 12:10 PM Mass, Monday through Saturday.

Jobseekers. . . Group will meet in the rectory on Monday Jan. 25th at 7:30 pm.

Sunday January 17, 2010 $ 11,894.50
Sunday January 18, 2009 $ 10,152.52

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

January 31st Sunday Readings: Jer 1:4-5, 17-19; 1 Cor 12:31—13:13 or 13:4-13; Lk 4:21-30

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 223 (2) 259.

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass
Mass Ordinary: Missa Emmanuel – Theodore Marier, 1912-2001.
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 Adorate Deum (Bow down before God, all you Angels of his. Zion has heard and is glad; and the daughters of Juda have rejoiced. The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let all the isles be glad. [Ps. 97:7,8,1]); Alleluia Dominus regnavit (The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let all the isles be glad! [Ps. 97:1]); Offertory Dextera Domini (The Lord’s right hand has shown strength, the Lord’s right hand has exalted me. I shall not die, but live; and I shall declare the works of the Lord. [Ps. 118:16,17]); Communion Cemedite pinguia (Go, eat rich meat, and drink sweet wine, and send portions to those who have prepared nothing for themselves; this is a holy day in honour of the Lord; do not be sad; for the joy of the Lord is our strength. [2 Esdras 8:10]).
Offertory Motet: In pace (world premiere) – Terrence B. Fay, b. 1977 (In peace, in true peace I shall sleep and rest. If I give slumber to my eyes and to my eyelids drowsiness, I shall sleep and rest. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. In peace…).
Communion Motet: Dixi: Confitebor – Orlando di Lasso, 1532-1594 (I said, I will confess my sins unto the Lord : and so thou forgavest the wickedness of my sin. [Ps. 32:5]).

Singers are needed for the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass! . . . Our volunteer choir raises hearts and voices in praise of God for the 10:00 AM Family Mass each Sunday. The choir rehearses at 8:15 AM on Sundays only, in the Choir Room. Would you consider lending your voice to our choir? Please call Scott Turkington for more information: 324-1553, ext. 18 or email at STurkington@optonline.net.

Shroud of Turin. . . An in-depth presentation about the Shroud, which is the burial cloth of Our Lord, will be offered in our parish hall on Tuesday, February 16th, at 7:30 pm. Full-sized displays of the shroud and instruments of Our Lord’s Passion, along with the relics of various saints, will be available for close-up inspection and veneration. This is provided us by the Confraternity of the Passion International, which is a lay organization of the Passionist Order. This will be a great preparation for Lent, on the Shrove Tuesday evening. All are welcome; please join us.

Holy Spirit School. . . Open House, February 3rd from 9:30-11:30 a.m. For more information: Mrs. Patricia Torchen: 203-329-1623; www.holyspiritschool.info.

Our Lady Star of the Sea School. . . Open House, January 31st: 12 noon –2pm. For more information: Sr. Anne M. Landry, CND: 203-348-1155. Take-a-Look-Tuesdays: January 12, 19 & 26: 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, January 23
4:00 +Eileen Carr req. Marie Carr
Sunday, January 24
7:30 +Betsy Woolf req. Fabiola C.
10:00 +Victoria & Marcello Santagata req. Angela Giannitti
12:00 +Vincent & Teresa Kung req. Joseph & Agnes Kung
6:00 +Marie Barry Sanon req. Daughters
Monday, January 25
8:00 +Achille Paulemon & Micilia Millie req. daughter
12:10 Victim Souls of Haiti’s Earthquake req. Ferry G.
Tuesday, January 26
8:00 +Helen Weber req. Robert & Johanna Ivero
12:10 +Bridget Ryan req. Joanne & Charlie Crawley
Wednesday, January 27
8:00 +Palmerina Conte req. Teresa Canneto
12:10 +Anthony Bacarella req. John Catalano
Thursday, January 28
8:00 +Eugene & Anicia C. Alexandre req. Joseph Alexandre
12:10 +Frank Daniele req. Anthony & Josephine Marena
Friday, January 29
8:00 +Eddie & Anna Curtin req. Mary Bridget Gaine
12:10 +Attracta Wallin req. John Catalano
Saturday, January 30
8:00 +Mr. & Mrs. Beaublum req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Jacqueline Wood & Hedi Kobylenski req. Janne Crawley

Eucharistic Adoration. . . Each Friday morning, from 8:30 am until noon.

Holy Name Society . . . For all men of the parish: In the rectory every Friday morning for coffee, Eucharistic adoration, benediction & prayer: 7:00 – 8:00a.m. All men of the parish are welcome. Just walk in!

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

Religious Education. . . Sunday classes at 8:30 a.m. Mass attendance is, of course, required of all our students, and it is hoped that all parents will attend Sunday Mass with their children.

Pray for an end to legalized abortion . . . Every Wednesday, 7:00 -10:30a.m., Planned Parenthood,
1039 East Main St, Stamford.

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

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. Will meet this Sunday in the rectory after the 12 PM Mass. Questions, contact Suzanna Boswick, 203-554-2004.

The Legion of Mary. . . . We meet on Wednesday Evenings at 7:30pm in the rectory. All are welcome. Please call Fr. Walsh, ext.14, if interested.

St. John’s in THE ADVOCATE:. . .
100 years ago, or so:
January 25, 1910: ST. AUGUSTINE GROWING. NEW OFFICERS INSTALLED. James Gleason Takes the Chair as Grand Knight. “With a membership close to 350, and 32 applications received last evening, St. Augustine Council, Knights of Columbus, seems to be doing very well these days. The Council had installation of officers last evening, and then a smoker and entertainment in its rooms at Atlantic Street and Park Row. There was a large attendance of members, and the entertainment was enjoyed. It disclosed the fact that there is a good deal of talent in the Council.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: St. Augustine Council, founded at St. John’s in 1887, is Council 41. Today there are nearly 15,000 councils worldwide.)

85 years ago, or so:
January 25 1926: GIRL SCOUT TROOP NO. 18 ORGANIZED. “Girl Scout Troop, No. 18, Stamford’s newest troop recently organized in St. John’s Parochial School, had a very interesting meeting on Friday evening when Girl Scout Commissioner Mrs. William E. Stark was present and presented the captain, Miss Elizabeth Hart and 18 girls, with their tenderfoot pins. Mrs. Stark first spoke to the troop on the significance of the badge, and the world-wide sisterhood of the organization of which they were becoming members. She also spoke of the seriousness of the promise and the importance of the laws to every true Girl Scout. The meeting was held in the Girl Scout room on Franklin Street, at the close of the song practice for which girls from the different troops in Stamford gathered at 7. The singing was lead by Miss Jeanette Alexander of New Canaan, while Mrs. William McKenzie accompanied on the piano.”

50 years ago, or so:
January 26, 1963: ’The Cardinal’ To Be Featured As Benefit Show. “Several scenes in the Otto Preminger production of “The Cardinal” will be filmed at St. John’s Church on Atlantic St., during the week of Feb. 6. Mr. Preminger, Hollywood producer and director, announced the details of the film, based on the novel by Henry Robinson, at a luncheon at Hugo’s, Friday. Present also at the luncheon was Tom Tryon, who will play the lead role, and the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, PA, VF, pastor of St. John’s Church, who will appear in the film. Mr. Preminger announced that a special showing or premiere of the film will be held in Stamford for the benefit of St. Joseph’s Hospital. Msgr. Coleman is treasurer of the hospital and was instrumental in its founding.”

The Psalms
-Fr. Terry Walsh

“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work”(2Tim 3:16-17)

It’s been said that the Old Testament is revealed in the New and the New Testament is hidden in the Old.
Consider the PSALMS, the collection of 150 inspired songs that reveal to us Who God is. At the same time, the psalms help us to understand our own human condition as children of God, seen through the eyes of the gift of faith.
St. Ambrose wrote: “A psalm is the prayer of praise of the people of God…the cry of all humanity, the applause of the universe, the voice of the Church, the sweet-sounding confession of faith, entire surrender to divine power, blessed freedom, a cry of happiness, an echo of joy…”
The Psalms look to the Messiah, Jesus, and tell us about His life – His sufferings, His joys, His Kingship. The Psalms offer thanks and praise; they cry out to God in sorrow and in petition; they reveal His Wisdom and tell of the extraordinary history of the people He calls His own. They sing of the greatness of God in our liturgical celebrations. Each day, the Psalms are prayed in the “Prayer of the Church” known as the “Liturgy of the Hours” as well as in every Holy Mass offered throughout the world. Indeed, we see our own joys and sorrows, our heartfelt thanks, our wonder and awe burst forth in the psalms.
Consider the “Penitential Psalms” (6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143). Meditating on these Psalms before receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation will help us to make a heartfelt examination of conscience and enter into the proper disposition before encountering the Merciful Christ:
“Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness; in your abundant compassion blot out my offense. Wash away all my guilt; from my sin cleanse me….A pure heart create for me, O God, put a steadfast spirit within me….A humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn”(ps51).
Perhaps one of the most familiar Psalms is the Psalm of the Good Shepherd (23) sung of often in times of suffering and trials throughout our lives. We identify with the psalmist’s meditation and simply call upon the Lord. He is always near to help us and strengthen us through His grace.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd who loves His sheep and takes pity on them. Indeed, He lays down His life in order that they may have life, “and have it abundantly.” We eagerly come to His Table, that is the Altar, and He pours His life-giving grace into our hearts through Holy Eucharist so abundantly that our cup, our soul, runs over – provided, of course, that we receive Him with a pure and open heart – that is, in the State of Grace – made possible through Baptism (and, if necessary, through the Sacrament of Reconciliation). And, through His Grace poured out to us through the Sacraments, we will one day rejoice in the verdant pastures of Heaven – boundless and everlasting joy.

Bulletin for Sunday January 17, 2010

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday January 17, 2010

Pastor ’s Corner. . . Haiti has been hit by the largest and most powerful earthquake in its recorded history. Nearly the entire capital city of Port-au-Prince and outlaying areas has been devastated, with unknown numbers dead and injured. As I write this on Wednesday morning, only the first images and news reports have come into our area via the mainstream television news channels. Even though preliminary, they reveal an unimaginable horror for those in the island nation who survived the first quake and the numerous powerful aftershocks. For them, however, the horrors have just begun, the least of which will be the reconstruction of buildings. The terrors of the earthquake and the agony of seeing loved ones suffer and die before their eyes will make the recovery terribly painful for years for the citizens of Haiti; it will be equally horrific and tormenting for the Haitian members of our own Stamford community in general, and for those members of our parish in particular.

At this point, I am asking everyone in the parish to pray for the victims of the earthquake, both those who have died, and those who survived the tragedy, and for those members of our parish whose families and friends are on the island.

Likewise, I ask all members of our parish to be generous in offering financial assistance: the parish is scheduled to take up its Monthly Collection on Sunday. This is usually for parish needs. Fathers Walsh, Audette and I can think of no greater parish need than to use that collection to help the victims of the quake in Haiti. The entire second Monthly Collection this weekend, usually about $4,000—both the funds in the Monthly Collection envelopes and any loose cash and checks you may put in the basket as it is passed—all of it— will be used exclusively to aid the victims of the earthquake. I ask you to be generous.

Pope Benedict XVI, late yesterday, ordered the Church’s worldwide charitable organization, Catholic Relief Services, to come to the rescue and aid of Haiti and its people. Following the Holy Father’s lead, then, let us be generous with our prayers and with our money to help the people of Haiti recover and heal. Likewise, let us pray for the Haitian members of our parish as they struggle with fear and anxiety about their families and friends still in Haiti.

A special Mass for the victims of the earthquake will be offered on Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the church. Please plan to attend and to pray with our Haitian brothers and sisters, members of our parish community and their families. -Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… Victims of the earthquake in Haiti, Mary Moriarty, Carmella Micik, Julie Grant, Kay Pullen, Juanita Evans, 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…Victims of the earthquake in Haiti, Paul Reda, Katherine Dziezyc, Mary Halbert, 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, Gerard P. Albert, Sheila Kilcoyne.

Monthly Collection for Haitian Earthquake Victims. . . The second collection today will be used exclusively to assist the victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti. Your generosity is appreciated. Please pray for the victims of the earthquake that shook Haiti earlier this week. Saint John’s is especially moved by this tragedy because of the anguish of so many of our own Haitian parishioners, whose families and friends are in Haiti. We must reach out to assist those whom we can. On Monday, January 18th at 7:30 p.m., a special Mass will be offered for the victims of the earthquake and for their families. Please join the priests of the parish and our parish Haitian brothers and sisters at this Mass to pray and comfort them in their need.

Basilica Inauguration. . . Mark your calendar: Bishop Lori will formally inaugurate the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist on Monday February 22nd
at 7 pm with Solemn Evening Prayer and Benediction celebrating the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter. All are invited.

Convert class. . .Tuesday evenings 7:30 pm—8:30 pm in the rectory. Call Fr. Walsh, ext. 14.

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Meets Wednesdays at 6pm in the rectory.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesdays at 6:15 pm in the rectory. We’re translating Egeria’s Diary of a Pilgrimage. High school Latin is sufficient. Please join us.

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

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

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

Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Group. . . Meets Saturdays at 9:30 am in the rectory.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Will meet on February 3rd at 7:30 pm in the rectory.

Moms & Tots . . . A group of moms and their children meets with Fr. Walsh each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. Please join us.

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

Pray the Rosary. . . Pray the Rosary with us after the 12:10 PM Mass, Monday through Saturday.

Sunday January 10, 2010 $11,833.27
Sunday January 11, 2009 $ 8,884.10 (Snowstorm)

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

January 24th Sunday Readings: Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10; 1 Cor 12:12-30 or 12:12-14, 27; Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 260 (2) 103.
Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass Mass Ordinary: Missa octavi toni – Orlandus Lassus, 1532-1594.
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 Omnis terra (Let all the earth adore you, O God, and sing unto you: let it sing a psalm to your name, O Most High. Shout with joy to God, all the earth, sing a psalm to His Name: give glory to His praise. [Ps.66. 1, 2]); Alleluia Laudate Deum (Praise God, all his Angels; praise him, all his host. [Ps. 149:2]);
Offertory Jubilate Deo (Sing joyfully to God all the earth; let the entire earth cry out with joy to God; sing a psalm in honour 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 Dicit Dominus (The Lord said: “Fill the jars with water and bring some to the master of the feast.” When the master of the feast tasted the water, which had now become wine, he declared to the bridegroom: “You have kept the good wine until now”. This was the first sign which Jesus accomplished before his disciples. [John 2:7,8,9 and 10-11]).
Offertory Motet: Jubilate Deo – O. Lassus (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])
Communion Motet: Benedictus es Domine – O. Lassus (Blessed are you, O Lord, teach me your commandments. O Lord, you are blessed, teach me your commandments. With my lips have I declared all the judgments spoken by your mouth. (Psalm 119:12,13)

Singers needed for the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass! Our volunteer choir rehearses at 8:15 AM, on Sundays only, in the Choir Room. If you regularly attend the 10:00 AM Mass, would you consider lending your voice to our choir? Please call Scott Turkington for more information: 324-1553, ext. 18 or STurkington@optonline.net.

FIRST MEETING: JANUARY 20, 7 PM IN THE RECTORY: The Love of Christ compels us to be charitable to others. The parish’s newest good work, under the guidance of Emilio Funicella, will be to lend a hand on a regular basis to clean up Stamford neighborhoods, plant trees and shrubs, plant and maintain various flower beds throughout the city, including those in parks, on various traffic islands and crossroads throughout Stamford. Why do this? When I was a kid, there were great public programs to teach people not to litter: “Don’t be a Litterbug” was the slogan. Behind that effort, and ours, is the goal to instill greater civic pride in people to respect themselves and their neighbors by not dumping garbage, throwing out trash on public streets, sidewalks and parks. At the heart of this is a real spiritual problem: a lack of charity for others, which permits people to think only of themselves. If you have respect to keep your city clean, you’ll develop greater respect for your neighbor. So, join us.
—Mons. DiGiovanni, Father Walsh, and Father Audette.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, January 16
4:00 +Felice DeFelice req. Thomas & Patrice Banahan
Sunday, January 17
7:30 Thanksgiving to God req. Thang Nguyen
10:00 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
12:00 +Maria Preziosi 17th Anniversary req. children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren
6:00 Souls in Purgatory
Monday, January 18
8:00 +Agnes Cakouros req. Joan Fitzgerald
12:10 +Mary Valitutteo req. Maude & Paul Hughes & Family
Tuesday, January 19
8:00 +Eileen Mary Davis req. Elizabeth V. Chabalik
12:10 +Ceriaco Mayola, Rufina Malasa, Semporiano & Rocando M. Gates, Saturnina Soriano, req. Rosario M. Gates
Wednesday, January 20
8:00 +Joan Mercia req. Eileen & Robert
12:10 +Stephen, Irene & Nicholas Churley & Anne C. Yaworski req. Mary Churley
Thursday, January 21
8:00 +Bridget Ryan req. John Catalano
12:10 Victims of the Haitian earthquake req. Ferry G. & Saint John’s Parish
Friday, January 22
8:00 +Alverta Sahd req. Thomas Banahan
12:10 +Alverta Sahd req. Angela Giannitti
Saturday, January 23
8:00 +Alverta Sahd req. Mary Bridget Gaine
12:10 +Sue Dachtera 1st Anniversary req. Frank & Beth Carpanzano

Eucharistic Adoration. . . Each Friday morning, from 8:30 am until noon.

Holy Name Society . . . For all men of the parish: In the rectory every Friday morning for coffee, Eucharistic adoration, benediction & prayer: 7:00 – 8:00a.m. All men of the parish are welcome. Just walk in!

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

Religious Education. . . Sunday classes at 8:30 a.m. Mass attendance is, of course, required of all our students, and it is hoped that all parents will attend Sunday Mass with their children.

Pray for an end to legalized abortion . . . Every Wednesday, 7:00 -10:30a.m., Planned Parenthood,
1039 East Main St, Stamford.

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

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. Will meet this Sunday in the rectory after the 12 PM Mass. Questions, contact Suzanna Boswick, 203-554-2004.

The Legion of Mary. . . . We meet on Wednesday Evenings at 7:30pm in the rectory. All are welcome. Please call Fr. Walsh, ext.14, if interested.

St. John’s in the NEWS:. . .
125 years ago, or so:
The Connecticut catholic:
January 24, 1885: STAMFORD. “Rev. Bernard Kelly arrived last week in town, and is spending a short vacation here among his friends. Every one was pleased to see him looking so well, and we hope he may find his short visit a pleasant one. He leaves town, to resume his labors again about next week.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Father Kelly was a vocation from St. John’s who served in the then Diocese of the Dakotas.)

115 years ago, or so:
The Hartford courant:
January 19 1894: BISHOP OF HARTFORD. “The Rev. Father Michael Tierney of New Britain received from Rome yesterday the papal bulls announcing his appointment and confirmation as bishop of the Hartford diocese to succeed the late Lawrence S. McMahon.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Father Tierney was Pastor of St. John’s from 1874 to 1877.)

100 years ago, or so:
The STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
January 18, 1905: PATRICK HANRAHAN IS DEAD. “Councilman Patrick Hanrahan was stricken with an attack of apoplexy at 9:30 this morning, while at breakfast at his home on Hawthorn Street. He died without having regained consciousness. Mr. Hanrahan was born in County Kerry, Ireland, 59 years ago. He came to this country at the age of 27, and settled in Stamford. He was prominent in the affairs of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and was an active member of the local council of the Catholic Benevolent Legion. He held important offices in both. He was also actively identified with the affairs of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Patrick Hanrahan was the donor of the stained glass window, 1st on Bell St. side of the church.)

50 years ago, or so:
The STAMFORD ADVOCATE:
January 24, 1959: Scouts Honored At Annual Court. “Four Eagle Scouts were honored Monday during the largest recognition ceremony ever conducted here by the Alfred W. Dater Council, B.S.A. The Mothers of the Scouts pinned on their son’s badges. Those receiving the award were Joseph P. Connolly, Jr., Troop 22, St. John’s R.C. Church.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Doctor Joseph Connolly, still residing in Connecticut, was the second to last Scout to receive the Eagle award before the St. John’s Troop was disbanded.)

As
-Fr. Terry Walsh

It’s a small word but it carries a big meaning. Consider the Our Father, the prayer our Lord Jesus Himself taught us to pray. In that beautiful prayer, our Lord is inviting us to address Almighty God, Creator of all things, giver of life and peace, as Abba, Dad. In the Our Father, Jesus is identifying Himself, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, as our Brother. After all, He doesn’t say “My Father” – He says “Our Father.” And after telling us over and over again that God loves us and sustains us in every way, if we but humbly follow Him and faithfully adhere to His Commandments, He promises us that He will remain with us and be in us. All we need to do is ask for whatever we want, and, provided it is for the good of our soul, and we are asking with a pure heart, it will be done. He even explains how we are to ask and what to ask for. What could be better? Ok, so what’s the catch? I mean, after all, Jesus is saying He will provide all things for us both in this life, and, even better, in the life to come, in Heaven, provided we are faithful. What does it mean to be faithful? In the Lord’s prayer, there is that little word, As. Thy will be done on earth As it is in Heaven. Forgive us our trespasses As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Are we willing to allow the Will of God to replace our own self-will? Are we willing to forgive those who have sinned against us; those who have caused us grief? Humility is the key. If we recognize that it is actually in our best interest to allow God to direct our path, according to His Will, then we will more easily walk the path of God rather than the path of the world; we will more eagerly seek the grace of God (especially in Confession and Eucharist), recognizing that it is the means of our spiritual growth and formation and a total gift of love. We will prefer it to worldly “treasure” and we will receive it most abundantly through a deep and abiding life of prayerful dialogue with our Lord. And what is His Will? Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments. If you love me, pick up your Cross and follow me. If you love me, love your neighbor” – even those who cause you grief – “As yourself.” We see this quite clearly in the Our Father. St. Theresa of Avila, the great 16th century Carmelite mystic, put it this way. She said, “Yes, that person has sinned against you. But, haven’t you sinned even worse against God? And He forgave you. Shouldn’t you likewise forgive those who sin against you?”
It can be a real difficult test, especially when the offense has caused a great deal of pain. But Jesus said He would help. He will indeed provide the necessary grace. If we take but a small courageous step; if we explain to Jesus that we hate the sin but not the sinner; if we forgive 1st from the heart, then He will provide the graces we need to say a kind word, perhaps even to say, “I forgive you.” What sweet words. How wonderful it is to hear our Lord say those same words to us: “I absolve you from your sins” – “I forgive you.” Graces are then flowing all over the place. The grace of fortitude, the grace of peace and generosity, the grace of wisdom and understanding—that is, the recognition that the one who sinned against you actually harmed himself far greater than the wound he inflicted upon you and that by your act of forgiveness, you actually helped him to heal both from the damage of sinning as well as the initial wound that caused him to sin in the first place – succumbing to self-will rather than praying for the grace to do the will of God (to love). It’s simply the Golden Rule: ‘Do unto others AS you would have them do unto you.’ (Please pray for Conversion of Hearts – that the Culture of Death will be replaced by the Culture of Life – especially this Friday, January 22.)

Bulletin for Sunday January 10, 2010

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday January 10, 2010

Pastor ’s Corner. . .As this Christmas season progresses, the Church celebrates three events of great importance: the veneration of the Christ Child by the Three Kings; the baptism of Our Lord by John the Baptist; and the miracle of the Wedding Feast at Cana. Each of these events is important, because each explains precisely who this child is and why He was born.
The Three Kings came, having followed a star rising in the east. In reality, they saw a rare eclipse of Jupiter by the moon. The movement of Jupiter, the “king” of planets, was interpreted in the ancient world as a portent of a royal birth. The Three Kings, or Magi, observed this, and understood that the baby they found in Bethlehem was no mere child, but a king; but they did not know the child was greater than any other earthly monarch. Following the then common understanding of the stars and planets, the Three Kings believed that such a birth had been the result of the movements of heavenly bodies. How many today follow astrology in the same way? St. Augustine made this observation to clarify why the Kings followed the star to the birth of Christ:
“. . . that star which the Magi saw did not have power over Christ, the New-Born according to the flesh, but rather obeyed Him as witnesses to His birth. If we must speak of fate, then rather let us say, not that the star was Christ’s destiny, but that Christ was the destiny of the star, since He caused it to exist and rise in the east for the Three Kings.” [Contra Faustinum, II, 5]
Their gifts bore witness to the reality of Jesus’ identity: gold for a king; frankincense for a god; and myrrh, both a medicine and a burial herb in the ancient world, for one who was to cure humanity of sin and death by his own saving death on the Cross.
St. John Chrysostom described it this way: “The Son of God, Who is the God of all things, is born a Man in a human body. He permits Himself to be placed in a crib, Who holds the heavens in His Hand. He is confined in a Manger whom the world cannot contain; He is heard in the voice of a wailing Infant, at Whose voice in the hour of His passion on the cross the whole earth trembled. The Magi, beholding a Child, profess that this is the Lord of Glory, the Lord of Majesty” [Sermon for the Epiphany].
The Baptism of Our Lord, which feast we celebrate this weekend, signifies who the man Jesus is: the voice from Heaven tells us “This is my beloved Son, on whom my favor rests; listen to him.” The baptism Jesus received at the hands of Saint John the Baptist was a preparatory penitential rite: it could not forgive sins; as John would say, his work only prepared for the greater work of the greater one who would follow him: only that Baptism Jesus would institute as a sacrament could forgive sins. Jesus submits to John’s ritual as a sign to all sinful mankind that we must submit to the will of the Father to receive forgiveness through Christ.
And, finally, the Wedding Feast at Cana: the first of Jesus’ public miracles as he began his ministry. At the prompting of His Mother, Jesus came to the aid of a newly-married couple. Sparing them the embarrassment of having no wine for their guests, He changed hundreds of gallons of water into the best wine anyone had ever tasted. An act of miraculous charity.
Who is this? These three events tell us: Jesus is the Creator of the universe, whose word created everything from nothing, and is obeyed even by the basic elements of nature. The child born in the manger is no mere child: He is the only God, eternally existing, through whom everything was created in the universe; who, for love of mankind ,created in His image and likeness, humbled Himself to be born in the image and likeness of sinful man,. Taking on human flesh of the Virgin Mary; He entered His creation to recreate everything by His presence and sacrifice on the cross. He especially comes to recreate every human being, wounded by the sin of Adam and subject to death, whom He frees by His life-giving death on the Cross. This is He, born in Bethlehem, revealed at the Jordan at His baptism, manifested in his power at Cana: God who became a man so that mankind can share His divine life. -Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… Julie Grant, Kay Pullen, Louise Munro, Juanita Evans, 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…Mary Halbert, John Castellano, Mr. 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, Gerard P. Albert, Sheila Kilcoyne.

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

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. ALSO, a light now burns all night, illuminating the tabernacle, so you can make a home visit to the Blessed Sacrament.

Convert class. . .Tuesday evenings 7:30 pm—8:30 pm in the rectory. Call Fr. Walsh, ext. 14.

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Meets Wednesdays at 6pm in the rectory.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets Wednesdays at 6:15 pm in the rectory. We’re translating Egeria’s Diary of a Pilgrimage. High school Latin is sufficient. Please join us.

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

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

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

Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Group. . . Meets Saturdays at 9:30 am in the rectory.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Will meet on February 3rd at 7:30 pm in the rectory.

Thomas More College. . . Is hosting its annual Winter Open House on Monday, February 15th. High school seniors, juniors, their friends and family are encouraged to visit, attend classes, have lunch and speak with students and faculty. Located in Merrimack, New Hampshire, Thomas More offers a Great books education, firmly rooted in the Catholic tradition. For more information: visit their website: www.ThomasMoreCollege.edu , or call
1-800-880-8308; or email: admissions@ThomasMoreCollege.edu.

Moms & Tots . . . A group of moms and their children meets with Fr. Walsh each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. Please join us.

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

Basilica Inauguration. . . Mark your calendar: Bishop Lori will formally inaugurate the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist on Monday February 22nd at 7 pm with Solemn Evening Prayer and Benediction celebrating the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter. All are invited.

Sunday January 3, 2010 $ 11,201.00
Sunday January 4, 2009 $ 12,178.12
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

January 17th Sunday Readings: Is 62:1-5; 1 Cor 12:4-11; Jn 2:1-11.
Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 47 (2) 187.

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass 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 Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Dilexisti justitiam (You have loved justice and hated iniquity; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your companions. My heart overflows with a goodly theme; I address my works to the King. [Ps. 45:8, 2]); Alleluia Inveni David (I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him. [Ps. 89:21]); Offertory Benedictus qui venit (Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord; the Lord God is our light, alleluia, alleluia. [Ps. 118:26,27]); Communion Omnes qui in Christo (As for all of you who have been baptised in Christ, you have put on Christ, alleluia. [Galatians 3:27]).
Offertory Motet: Inveni David – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, 1525-1594 (I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him. My hand shall hold him fast and my arms shall strengthen him. [Ps. 89:21-22]).
Communion Motet: O esca viatorum – Heinrich Isaac, c. 1445 – 1517 (O Food of men wayfaring, The bread of Angels sharing, O Manna from on high! We hunger; Lord, supply us, Nor thy delights deny us, Whose hearts to thee draw nigh. O Jesu, by thee bidden, We here adore thee, hidden ‘Neath froms of bread and wine. Grant when the veil is riven, We may behold, in heaven, Thy countenance divine. [Anon. 17th Cent., trans. Athelstan Riley]).

Singers, men and women, for the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass are needed! This volunteer choir rehearses at 8:15 AM, on Sundays only, in the Choir Room. If you regularly attend the 10:00 AM Mass, would you consider lending your voice to our choir? Please call Scott Turkington for more information: 324-1553, ext. 18 or STurkington@optonline.net.

The Love of Christ compels us to be charitable to others. The parish’s newest good work, under the guidance of Emilio Funicella, will be to lend a hand on a regular basis to clean up Stamford neighborhoods, plant trees and shrubs, plant and maintain various flower beds throughout the city, including those in parks, on various traffic islands and crossroads throughout Stamford. Why do this? When I was a kid, there were great public programs to teach people not to litter: “Don’t be a Litterbug” was the slogan. Behind that effort, and ours, is the goal to instill greater civic pride in people to respect themselves and their neighbors by not dumping garbage, throwing out trash on public streets, sidewalks and parks. At the heart of this is a real spiritual problem: a lack of charity for others, which permits people to think only of themselves. If you have respect to keep your city clean, you’ll develop greater respect for your neighbor. So, join us. Our first meeting will be announced in next week’s bulletin. Mons. DiGiovanni, Father Walsh, and Father Audette.

Mass Intentions+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, January 9
4:00 +James, Jennie, Joe & Vinnie Freccia, Jr. req. Delores Freccia
Sunday, January 10
7:30 +Frances Delaney 2nd Anniversary req. Family
10:00 Thanksgiving to God req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
6:00 +Carlos Maldonado
Monday, January 11
8:00 People of the Parish
12:10 +Mary Ellen Nemchek req. Ed Nemchek
Tuesday, January 12
8:00 +John Maloney req. wife-Mary
12:10 +Cecilia Maguire req. Maude & Paul Hughes
Wednesday, January 13
8:00 +Phil DeFelice, Sr. req. Thomas A. Timon
12:10 +Frank Aiello req. Frank Carpanzano
Thursday, January 14
8:00 +Margaret M. Timon req. Thomas Timon
12:10 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry Galbert
Friday, January 15
8:00 +Phil DeFelice, Sr. req. Beth & Frank Carpanzano
12:10 +Benito & Alberto Mayola, Maria L. Gupio, Rosita Dingding req. Rosario M. Gales
Saturday, January 16
8:00 In Thanksgiving
12:10 John J. Gannon & John J. Gannon, Jr. req. Sharon Gannon

Pray the Rosary. . . Pray the Rosary with us after the 12:10PM Mass, Monday through Saturday.

Eucharistic Adoration. . . Each Friday morning, from 8:30 am until noon.

Holy Name Society . . . For all men of the parish: In the rectory every Friday morning for coffee, Eucharistic adoration, benediction & prayer: 7:00 – 8:00a.m. All men of the parish are welcome. Just walk in!

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

Religious Education. . . Sunday classes at 8:30 a.m. Mass attendance is, of course, required of all our students, and it is hoped that all parents will attend Sunday Mass with their children.

Pray for an end to legalized abortion . . . Every Wednesday, 7:00 -10:30a.m., Planned Parenthood,
1039 East Main St, Stamford.

St. Dominic Savio Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12th grades. The next meeting will be Sunday the 17th after the 12 Noon Mass, in the rectory. Questions, please contact Ferry Galbert 324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. The next meeting will be this Sunday after the 12 Noon Mass, in the rectory . Questions, please contact Rosa Marchetti at 348-0232.

The Legion of Mary. . . . We meet on Wednesday Evenings at 7:30pm in the rectory. All are welcome. Please call Fr. Walsh, ext.14, if interested.

St. John’s in the NEWS:. . .
115 years ago, or so:
The Connecticut catholic:
January 13, 1894: STAMFORD. “Seldom has there been such a large crowd in the town hall as was present Wednesday night on the occasion of the sociable and dance of the St. Ann’s Ladies Aid Society for the benefit of the poor of Stamford. It was the first affair of the kind given in Stamford for the relief of the needy this winter, and the way the appeal was responded to was both significant and gratifying. The hall was tastefully trimmed with flags and bunting, and on either side were stretched two long tables loaded down with sandwiches, cakes, and fruit and decorated with flowers. One of the most interesting programmes was rendered by local talent began at 8 o’clock with an overture by St. John’s orchestra, and the following persons went to make up the programme: Recitation, Misses Nellie and Jennie Murphy and Mamie Tierney; vocal solo Kathleen Mavournean, Miss May Foley; duet, the Upper Ten and the Lower Five by Messrs. C. Niel and Smith; baritone solo, T. F. Collins; recitation, The Inquisitive Dog, Phillip Curran; quartette, “We Have All Got a Very Bad Cold,” Messrs. O’Brien, O’Neil, Smith and Hogan; sand jig, James Devine; vocal duet, Misses McCoy and McCallion. The Stamford favorite, John F. Matthews, gave a stump speech in which he showed he knew something about the workings of our local politicians. The entertainment closed with a laughable farce called “The Statue.” St. John’s orchestra furnished the music for dancing. Much praise is due to the ladies of St. Ann’s Aid Society for the grand success of the affair and also for settling the ball rolling in the line of public entertainments as a means for furnishing the necessaries of life to the poor of the town during the present winter. This society has a membership of 250 and has done much good. Started under the leadership of Mrs. James Plunkett who is an energetic worker which was shown by the management of the affair on Wednesday evening.”

50 years ago, or so:
The Stamford Advocate:
January 13 1960: St. John’s Church Holy Name Society Names New Officers. “James E. Lynch has been elected president of St. John’s Church Holy Name Society. Others elected for 1960 are: James C. Elsken and Jesse J. Seabrooks, vice presidents; Charles A. Gilbert, secretary; Edward Kerrigan, assistant secretary; the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, treasurer and spiritual advisor; and William E. Thomson, assistant treasurer.”

The Baptism of the Lord
-Fr. Terry Walsh
St. Hippolytus was a Martyr (+ c.235) who had written some very important works in an effort to refute heresies and to teach and defend the faith. Among his writings, he wrote a beautiful Sermon filled with beautiful images concerning the Baptism of our Lord and the outpouring of love and mercy that allow us to become children of God. I have reprinted it for your meditation on this Feast of the Baptism of our Lord.

From a sermon on the Epiphany attributed to Saint Hippolytus, priest:

“That Jesus should come and be baptized by John is surely cause for amazement. To think of the infinite river that gladdens the city of God being bathed in a poor little stream of the eternal; the unfathomable fountainhead that gives life to all men being immersed in the shallow waters of this transient world! He who fills all creation, leaving no place devoid of his presence, he who is incomprehensible to the angels and hidden from the sight of man, came to be baptized because it was his will. And behold, the heavens opened and a voice said: ‘This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.’
The beloved Father begets love, and spiritual light generates light inaccessible. In his divine nature he is my only Son, though he was known as the son of Joseph. This is my beloved Son. Though hungry himself, he feeds thousands; though weary, he refreshes those who labor. He has no place to lay his head yet holds all creation in his hand. By his passion [inflicted on him by others], he frees us from the passions [unleashed by our disobedience]; by receiving a blow on the cheek he gives the world its liberty; by being pierced in the side he heals the wound of Adam.
I ask you now to pay close attention, for I want to return to that fountain of life and contemplate its healing waters at their source.
The Father of immortality sent his immortal Son and Word into the world; he came to us men to cleanse us with water and the Spirit. To give us a new birth that would make our bodies and souls immortal, he breathed into us the spirit of life and armed us with incorruptibility. Now if we become immortal, we shall also be divine; and if we become divine after rebirth in baptism through water and the Holy Spirit, we shall also be coheirs with Christ after the resurrection of the dead.
Therefore, in a herald’s voice I cry: Let peoples of every nation come and receive the immortality that flows from baptism. This is the water that is linked to the Spirit, the water that irrigates Paradise, makes the earth fertile, gives growth to plants, and brings forth living creatures. In short, this is the water by which a man receives new birth and life, the water in which even Christ was baptized, the water into which the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove.
Whoever goes down into these waters of rebirth with faith renounces the devil and pledges himself to Christ. He repudiates the enemy and confesses that Christ is God, throws off servitude, and is raised to filial status. He comes up from baptism resplendent as the sun, radiant in his purity, but above all, he comes as a son of God and a coheir with Christ. To him and to his most holy and life-giving Spirit be glory and power now and for ever. Amen.”

Bulletin for Sunday January 3, 2010

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Pastor ’s Corner. . . The Coat-of-Armsof the
Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist
As a Minor Basilica, Saint John’s has an official coat-of-arms, displayed on the front cover of the bulletin and, soon, over the church front door. Ours was prepared by Father Matthew R. Mauriello, who, prior to ordination was a professional graphic artist and heraldic expert. He is now the Pastor of Saint Roch’s Parish in Greenwich, I am grateful to him for his kindness. Below is the meaning of the symbols on our basilica coat-of-arms:
BLAZON
Quarterly gules and azure, a cross or, between I and IV: I: a shell or; II: a lion’s head couped and crowned or; III: a fess wavy argent, below a crescent of the same; IV: an eagle of Saint John or, carrying a scroll argent.

SIGNIFICANCE
The Cross in gold, dividing the coat-of-arms into quarters, represents the Cross of Our Lord, by which our Redemption was won for us.

The Shell in gold in the left top quarter on a red field is taken from the coat-of-arms of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, who raised our parish to the dignity of a Minor Basilica on July 16, 2009.

The Crowned Lion in gold in the right top quarter on a blue field is taken from the coat-or-arms of Blessed Pope Pius IX, during whose pontificate the parish of Saint John the Evangelist was established in 1854.

The Crescent Moon in silver in the left bottom quarter on a blue field represents the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: this dogma was defined by Blessed Pius IX in 1854, the same year Saint John’s became an independent parish.

The Wavy Bar in silver also in the left bottom quarter represents water: it is found in the coat-of-arms of the Archdiocese of Hartford, whose bishop established Saint John’s in 1854, and in the coat-of-arms of the Diocese of Bridgeport, and also is a symbol of the Port of Stamford, the Mill River, and the ancient canal that ran close by the church and helped develop the City.

The Eagle in gold holding a Scroll in silver in the bottom right quarter on a red field is the traditional symbol of Saint John the Evangelist, patron of the parish, and is taken from
Ezekiel 10:14.

The motto, Behold your Mother [John 19:27], was spoken to Saint John by Our Lord on the Cross, entrusting His mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary to the care of the Beloved Disciple. The motto is also reminiscent of the popular traditional title of Saint John’s Parish as the Mother Church of Stamford. The position of the Crescent Moon, symbol of Our Lady, and of the Eagle of Saint John, are those traditionally assigned to the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint John at the foot of the Cross, as seen in the central sanctuary window of the Crucifixion.-Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… Louise Munro, Juanita Evans, Lois Porter, Joseph Lasko, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, John Castellano, Janet Rodgers, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans, Margaret Romaine.

Please pray for those who have recently died… 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, Gerard P. Albert, Sheila Kilcoyne.

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.

Convert class. . .Tuesday evenings 7:30 pm—8:30 pm in the rectory. Next class Jan 5 Call Fr. Walsh, ext. 14.

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Will next meet on January 6th at 6pm in the rectory.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Will next meet on January 6th at 6:30 pm in the rectory.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Will next meet on January 7th at 6:30 pm in the rectory.

Bible Study. . . Will next meet on January 7th at 7:30 pm in the rectory.

The Legion of Mary. . . Will next meet on January 7th at 7:30 pm in the rectory

Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Group. . . Will next meet on January 9th at 9:30 am in the rectory.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Will next meet on February 3rd.

Thomas More College. . . Is hosting its annual Winter Open House on Monday, February 15th. High school seniors, juniors, their friends and family are encouraged to visit, attend classes, have lunch and speak with students and faculty. Located in Merrimack, New Hampshire, Thomas More offers a Great books education, firmly rooted in the Catholic tradition. For more information: visit their website: www.ThomasMoreCollege.edu , or call
1-800-880-8308; or email: admissions@ThomasMoreCollege.edu.

Moms & Tots . . . A group of moms and their children meet with Fr. Walsh each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. Please join us. Our next meeting: Tuesday January 5th.

Basilica Inauguration. . . Mark your calendar: Bishop Lori will formally inaugurate the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist on Monday February 22nd at 7 pm with Solemn Evening Prayer and Benediction celebrating the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter. All are invited.

Saint Gabriel Church. . .Epiphany Celebrations—Please join us at St. Gabriel’s Church for two special liturgies for the Epiphany of the Lord. Solemn Vespers and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Sunday Jan. 3rd at 4PM followed by wine and cheese. Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Latin Mass according to the 1962 Missal), Wednesday Jan. 6th at 7:30PM.

Christmas December 25, 2009 $ 33,217.00
Christmas December 25, 2008 $ 34,956.99

Sunday December 27, 2009 $ 10,454.00
Sunday December 28, 2008 $ 15,223.90
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

January 10th Sunday Readings: Is 42:1-4, 6-7; Acts 10:34-38; Lk 3:15-16, 21-22
Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 37 (2) 41.
Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass Mass Ordinary: Missa Æterna Christi munera – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, 1525-1594.
The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Ecce advenit (Behold, the Sovereign Lord is coming; kingship, government and power are in his hands. Endow the King with your judgement, O God, and the King’s son with your righteousness. [Cf. Mal. 3:1; I Chron. 29: 12; Ps. 72: 1,10,11]); Alleluia Vidimus stellam (We have seen his star in the East, and we have come with our gifts, to worship the Lord. [Cf. Matthew 2:2]); Offertory Reges Tharsis (The kings of Tarshish and the islands shall offer presents; the kings of the Arabians and of Sheba shall bring gifts; all the kings of the earth shall adore the him, all nations shall serve him. [Psalm 72:10,11]); Communion Vidimus stellam (We have seen his star in the East, and we have come with our gifts, to worship the Lord. [Cf. Matthew 2:2]).
Offertory Motet: Magi videntes stellam – Jacob Clemens non Papa, c. 1510-1555 ((The magi, having seen the star, said, each in turn: “This is the sign of a great king! Let us go and look for him and offer him gifts, gold, frankincense and myrrh.”).
Communion Motets: Coventry Carol – Kenneth Leighton, 1929-1988 (Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child, By by, lully, lullay. O sisters too, How may we do For to preserve this day? This poor youngling, For whom we sing, By, by, lully, lullay! Herod the king, In his raging, Charged he hath this day His men of might, In his own sight, All children young to slay. That woe is me, Poor child for thee! And ever morn and day, For thy parting Nor say nor sing, By, by, lully, lullay. (Anonymous, 15th century); The Three Kings – Peter Cornelius, 1824-1874 (Three kings from Persian lands afar To Jordan follow the pointing star: And this the quest of the travellers three, Where the newborn King of the Jews may be. Full royal gifts they bear for the King; Gold, incense, myrrh are their offering. The star sines out with a steadfast ray; The kings to Bethlehem make their way, And there in worship bend the knee, As Mary’s child in her lap they see; Their royal gifts they show to the King; Gold, incense, myrrh are their offering. Thou child of man, lo, to Bethlehem The kings are trav’lling, travel with them! The star of mercy, the star of grace, Shall lead thy heart to its resting-place. Gold, incense, myrrh thou canst not bring; Offer thy heart to the infant King, Offer thy heart!).

Singers, men and women, for the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass are needed! This volunteer choir rehearses at 8:15 AM, on Sundays only, in the Choir Room. If you regularly attend the 10:00 AM Mass, would you consider lending your voice to our choir? Please call Scott Turkington for more information: 324-1553, ext. 18 or STurkington@optonline.net.

Caritas Christi Urget Nos. . . The Love of Christ compels us—to be charitable to others. The parish’s newest good work: under the guidance of Emilio Funicella, the young adults of the parish and others are invited to lend a hand on a regular basis to clean up Stamford neighborhoods. Stay tuned for more information.

Mass Intentions+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, January 2
4:00 +Col. Robert Bourcy req. Gabriel Natarelli
Sunday, January 3
7:30 +Marion Hogan req. Elizabeth Hogan
10:00 The Boiteau Family req. Maude & Paul Hughes & Family
12:00 +Suzanna Donovan 15th Anniversary req. Marion Morris & Family
6:00 +Paige req. Natasha & Scott O’Donnell
Monday, January 4
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Anna Milenea G. req. Fabiola C.
Tuesday, January 5
8:00 +Lauren Boiteau req. Maude & Paul Hughes & Family
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Wednesday, January 6
8:00 The Least Remembered Souls in Purgatory req. Tom & Olga Kolenberg
12:10 Thanksgiving to St. Jude & Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception req. Pablo Coello
Thursday, January 7
8:00 +Ronald Malinowski req. Tom & Olga Kolenberg
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Amanda Puerta
Friday, January 8
8:00 Honor to the Sacred Heart of Jesus req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Juan Vargas req. Fabiola C.
Saturday, January 9
8:00 +Hope & Joseph McAleer req. the McAleer Family
12:10 +Marie Greet req. Maude & Paul Hughes

Eucharistic Adoration. . . Each Friday morning, from 8:30 am until noon.

Holy Name Society . . . For all men of the parish: In the rectory every Friday morning for coffee, Eucharistic adoration, benediction & prayer: 7:00 – 8:00a.m. All men of the parish are welcome. Just walk in!

Parish Ladies’ Group. . . The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Society meets each Saturday in the Rectory, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and conversation, it moves into prayer, adoration and a spiritual conference, and concludes by 11:00 a.m. All ladies of the parish are welcome. Just walk in.

Religious Education. . . Mass attendance is, of course, required of all our students and it is hoped that all parents will attend Sunday Mass with their children. Classes meet each Sunday morning at 8:30.

Pray for an end to legalized abortion . . . Every Wednesday, 7:00 -10:30a.m., Planned Parenthood,
1039 East Main St, Stamford.

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

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades.

The Legion of Mary. . . has begun here at St. John’s. All are welcome. Please call Fr. Walsh, ext.14, if interested. We meet on Wednesday Evenings at 7:30pm in the rectory.

St. John’s in the advocate:. . .140 years ago, or so:January 8, 1869: “The Roman Catholic choirs are generally found to excel. This is true of the choir in the Catholic church in this town. Additional good voices and other improvements have been lately added, and though they appear to need a good organ, yet they produce very pleasing music.”

120 years ago, or so:January 4, 1889: “A very enjoyable musical entertainment was that given by St. John’s R. C. choir in the Town Hall Friday evening. Among other agreeable things, it revealed the fact that to the list of fine tenor voices in town must be added that of Mr. J. F. O’Brien. His duet with Mrs. O’Connor was the vocal gem of the programme. Mr. T. F. Collins’ baritone solo was smooth and pleasing, but was somewhat lacking in the force necessary in so large an auditorium. Little Fannie Nangeli’s piano playing and recitations were well received, and Mr. T. F. Doughty’s flute solos exhibited a high degree of skill. All, or nearly all the performers received hearty encores.”

100 years ago, or so:January 7, 1907: Solemn High Mass to be Sung at the Schoolhouse Dedication. “A solemn high mass will be celebrated in St. John’s R. C. Church at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, when the dedication of the new school and convent will take place. Miss Margaret Kennedy, the organist and choir director, is preparing a special musical program for the occasion, which, if it is carried out without any abridgement, is sure to be of great interest. The choir of this church, including the soloists, is a volunteer organization, and it is doing excellent work, which really deserves much more appreciation than it at all times receives. Any one having a knowledge of musical composition knows that Catholic music is far more difficult than that of other churches, but, when it is properly sung, it is very beautiful. St. John’s choir has shown continued improvement during the past year and the soloists, Mrs. McMahon, Miss Hickey, John P. Reilly and Joseph Greeney, are doing especially creditable work, and the only thing they can expect for it is appreciation.”

50 years ago, or so:January 9, 1960: “Members of the Holy Name Society of St. John’s Church will receive corporate Communion at the 8 a.m. Mass Sunday. At 8 p.m. Monday, they will meet in the lower chapel for the annual election of officers.”

Come, Let Us Adore Him-Fr. Terry Walsh
“Adoration is the first act of the virtue of religion. To adore God is to acknowledge him as God, as the Creator and Savior, the Lord and Master of everything that exists, as infinite and merciful Love. ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve’ says Jesus, citing Deuteronomy 6:4-5.” – Catechism 2096
I remember vividly the words of Msgr. Charlie Elmer, spiritual director at the North American College, when he was speaking with my class about Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. He said quite simply: “Adoration is the perfect prayer.” While his words were clear and succinct, it was really the way he said them that struck me. The expression on his 80 year old face—the face of a man who had been a priest for 50 years—the face of a man who had landed on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day – the face of a man who had remained faithful throughout all the turbulent years of the Church. His words hung in the air for a few moments. We 30 seminarians just sort of gazed at him and considered how Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament had formed this faithful priest. As he gazed back at us, his countenance almost suggested that there was nothing else he wanted to say. His elderly gaunt face told the tale. It was as if he were saying to us, without words, that there simply were no words to describe that “Perfect Prayer”. At the same time, it was as if he were giving us a word to the wise: “You men who are to be ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ must stay close to the Master at all times. You must sit with Him. You must stay awake. Allow him to strengthen you, to nourish you, to teach you – simply by placing yourselves in the Presence of the Blessed Sacrament.” It was as if he spoke these words with his eyes. Adoration is necessary for all of God’s children, how much more necessary for those called to bring our Lord to His children in the Mass, in Viaticum, in Adoration. Msgr. Elmer really didn’t need to say anymore than he did: “Adoration is the perfect prayer.” After all, he was merely echoing the words of all the Saints who shared his understanding. St. John Vianney (1786-1859), the Patron Saint of Priests, spent hour upon hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament and he encouraged his congregation to do the same. He frequently told the story of one of his parishioners who had come to understand the wisdom of the Saint’s call to the perfect prayer. In speaking about this villager of Ars, St. John Vianney said, “A few years ago there died a man of this parish, who, entering the Church in the morning to pray before setting out for the fields, left his hoe at the door and then became wholly lost in God. A neighbor who worked not far from him, and thus used to see him in the fields, wondered at his absence. On his way home he bethought himself of looking into the Church, thinking that the man might be there. As a matter of fact, he did find him in the Church. ‘What are you doing here all this time? He asked. And the other man replied, ‘I look at the good God, and he looks at me’. Whenever St. John Vianney told this anecdote—and he did so frequently and never without tears—the Cure’ used to add: ‘He looked at the good God, and the good God looked at him. Everything is in that, my children”(The Cure’ D’Ars, St. Jean-Marie Baptiste Vianney, by Abbe’ Francis Trochu, p.184).
Msgr. Charlie Elmer was essentially saying the same thing to us that evening at the seminary: “Everything is in that, my children.” He knew – he knew because he spent a lifetime practicing that perfect prayer. Do you come to Adore our Lord? Do you enter into that ‘perfect prayer’? Come, join us. You will see the likes of that anonymous villager from Ars right here at St. John’s on Friday mornings at the Holy Name Society for men (7am every Friday in our parish rectory); you will see him at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Society (Saturday mornings 9:30 in our parish Rectory) as well as the Moms and Tots meetings; you will see him at our Dominic Savior and Maria Goretti Society meetings. You will see him on Friday mornings in the Basilica between the 8:00 am and the 12:10 pm Masses. That villager will be there – in the pew – with you – entering into that perfect prayer of adoring our Lord. Come, join us. When we come to Adore our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, we are making a great act of faith and love. We are being spiritually enriched in a Mysterious way. And while we are offering our prayer – the “Perfect Prayer” – we are actually “receiving” – he have come to give thanks and praise, yet, in His infinite generosity, we are actually receiving grace upon grace! We are fulfilling the words of our Lord who beckons us to union with him in a living faith: “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:6).
(The Seminary Residence at St. John Fisher is always in need of Adorers at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel located just inside the front door. You can call for more information and ask for Judy DeFelice at 203 322 5331
894 Newfield Avenue, Stamford.)

Bulletin for December 27, 2009

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday December 27, 2009   For an additional picture of the restored sanctuary click here

Pastor ’s Corner. . . The sanctuary is too important a place for mere pretty decoration. In 1927 when it was created by Thomas D. McGee, a parishioner, commissioned by the pastor, Father James O’Brien, its design was to be a portrait of God’s recreating of His creation, marred by Adam’s sin, and restored by the obedience of the Second Adam, Jesus Christ.
“I am the True vine and my Father is the husbandman. . . I am the vine; you the branches: He that abides in me and I in him, bears much fruit; for without me you can do nothing” [John 15: 1; 5-6]. This is what the completely restored sanctuary murals are all about: our sharing of the very life of the Trinity because God entered human history by becoming one of us, to be sacrificed on the Cross, and raised from the dead.
Jesus’ statement about our union with Him: “I am the vine, you the branches”, describes more than a mere unity with Christ through shared ideas, ideology or even faith. It describes our truly sharing God’s life. How? Let’s look first at the sanctuary windows, for the decorative murals are joined to them: the windows are the three most important actions of God in restoring all creation: the Incarnation: God becomes a man; the Crucifixion: the obedient sacrifice of the Son that reconciles creation to the Father; the Resurrection: Jesus, God and man, raised from the dead, body and soul: the full human person restored to intimate and eternal life with God.
The vines around the windows suggest God’s initial creation: the Garden of Eden. It is symbolic of the perfect relationship between us and God, ruined by Adam’s first, or original sin, and by our own sins. The vines are also symbolic of God’s new creation by Christ, and His sharing His divine life in every time and place through His Bride, the Church. This whole creative and re-creative process involves the Three Persons of the Trinity, symbolized by images atop each of the three windows: The creative Hand of God the Father on the left; The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, on the right; the Holy Spirit who sanctifies, in the center. It is through the Church that we share the very life of the Trinity, and this is symbolized around the central window. The Church’s life flows from the pierced side of the Crucified Lord, which is the fountain of Sacramental Life. Christ sent the Holy Spirit to create the Church, by which He could continue to sanctify every person throughout the ages and in all places. The Dove of the Holy Spirit above the central Crucifixion window gives us Divine Revelation in the Gospels, represented by the four roundels, each with a sign of the Gospel authors:
–top left: the Ox of Saint Luke;
–bottom left: the Angel of Saint Matthew;
–top right: the Eagle of Saint John the Evangelist, our patron;
–bottom right: the Lion of Saint Mark.
But the Holy Spirit give us more: Revelation leads us to God, but God shares with us His life through the Sacraments in the Church: “I am the Vine, you are the branches.”
I am grateful to the late William E. Thomson, who left funds in his estate sufficient to complete this work. Please pray for him, who served this parish generously for decades. I am also grateful to John Canning and his crew of artisans who restored this mural. Likewise to Lou Blanco and his men who labored with the scaffolding. All worked very hard to make sure this was completed in time for Christmas. I also must thank Marion Morris and all the staff, whose behind-the-scenes work makes so much happen here. We have a great team here at Saint John’s, and I thank God every day for them and for this parish. -Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… Lois Porter, Joseph Lasko, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, John Castellano, Janet Rodgers, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans, Margaret Romaine.

Please pray for those who have recently died… 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, Gerard P. Albert, Sheila Kilcoyne.

January 1st, New Years. . . IS A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION. The schedule is:
NEW YEAR’S CONFESSION SCHEDULE:January 1st: 7:30 am-7:50 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

NEW YEAR’S MASS SCHEDULE:New Year’s Eve: 5:15 pm.
New Year’s Day: 8:00 a.m., 12:10 pm, 5:15 pm.

A Plenary Indulgence is offered on December 31st: for those who visit a church and recite the hymn, Te Deum, in gratitude for the blessings of 2009. One must also be in the state of grace, or go to confession, and receive Holy Communion on December 31st for the Indulgence.

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.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Group. . . Will next meet on January 6th.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Will next meet on February 3rd.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Will meet January 6th.

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Will meet January 6th.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Will meet December 31st, New Year’s Eve, at 6:30 pm.

Bible Study. . . Will next meet January 7th.

Convert class. . .Tuesday evenings 7:30 pm—8:30 pm in the rectory. Next class Jan 5 Call Fr. Walsh, ext. 14.

Legion of Mary . . . Meets each Wednesday at 7:30 pm in the rectory. Next meeting will be January 6th.

Holy Name Society. . . Will NOT meet on Christmas or New Year’s Day.

Thomas More College. . . Is hosting its annual Winter Open House on Monday, February 15th. High school seniors, juniors, their friends and family are encouraged to visit, attend classes, have lunch and speak with students and faculty. Located in Merrimack, New Hampshire, Thomas More offers a Great books education, firmly rooted in the Catholic tradition. For more information call 1-800-880-8308; or email: admissions@ThomasMoreCollege.edu; or visit their website: www.ThomasMoreCollege.edu

Sunday December 20, 2009 $ 7,921.00 (Snow Storm)
Sunday December 21, 2008 $ 15,223.90
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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

Banns of Marriage. . . 2nd Banns: Rosa Marchetti & Frank A. Federici

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 13 (2) 21.

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass Mass Ordinary: Missa brevis – Andrea Gabrieli, 1532-1585.
The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Deus in loco sancto suo (God is in his holy dwelling place; the God who causes us to dwell together, one at heart, in his house; he himself will give power and strength to his people. Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; and let those who hate him flee before his face. [Ps. 68:6,7,36&2]); Alleluia Gaudete iusti in Domino (Rejoice in the Lord, O you just. It is fitting that loyal hearts should praise him. [Psalm 33:1]); Offertory In te speravi, Domine (In you have I put my trust, O Lord; I said: “You are my God, my destiny is in your hands.” [Psalm 31:15,16]); Communion Fili, quid fecisti nobis sic? (My son, why have you treated us so? Your father and I have been anxiously looking for you. – How is it that you were seeking me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business? [Luke 2:48,49]).
Offertory Motet: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear – Arranged by Sir David Willcocks, b. 1919. (The text may be found in the hymnal at No. 25.)
Communion Motet: Adam lay ybounden – Boris Ord, 1897-1961 (Adam lay ybounden, Bounden in a bond; Four thousand winter, Thought he not too long. And all was for an apple, An apple that he took. As clerkes finden, Written in their book. Ne had the apple taken been, The apple taken been, Ne had never our ladie, Abeen heav’ne queen. Blessed be the time That apple taken was, Therefore we moun singen. Deo gracias! [Suggested by Genesis, Chap. 3]).

Singers, men and women, for the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass are needed. This volunteer choir rehearses at 8:15 AM, on Sundays only, in the Choir Room. If you regularly attend the 10:00 AM Mass, would you consider lending your voice to our choir? Please call Scott Turkington for more information: 324-1553, ext. 18 or STurkington@optonline.net.

Caritas Christi Urget Nos. . . The Love of Christ compels us—to be charitable to others. The parish’s newest good work: under the guidance of Emilio Funicella, the young adults of the parish and others are invited to lend a hand on a regular basis to clean up Stamford neighborhoods. Stay tuned for more information.

Saint Gabriel Church. . .Epiphany Celebrations—Please join us at St. Gabriel’s Church for two special liturgies for the Epiphany of the Lord. Solemn Vespers and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Sunday Jan. 3rd at 4PM followed by wine and cheese. Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Latin Mass according to the 1962 Missal), Wednesday Jan. 6th at 7:30PM.

Coffee Hour. . . Please note, there will not be any coffee hour on Sunday, December 27th. Coffee hour will resume January 3rd after the 10:00 a.m. Mass in the parish hall. All are welcome.

Moms & Tots . . . A group of moms and their children meet with Fr. Walsh each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. Please join us. Our next meeting: Tuesday January 5th.

Basilica Inauguration. . . Mark your calendar: Bishop Lori will formally inaugurate the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist on Monday February 22nd at 7 pm with Solemn Evening Prayer and Benediction celebrating the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter. All are invited.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, December 26
4:00: +Stephen & Nicholas Churley & Eva, Charles, Nicholas, Ann, Joseph, Charles Kronk, Charles Kronk, Jr., req. by Mary Churley.
Sunday, December 27
7:30: +Nang Nguyen, req. by Thang Nguyen
10:00: +Randolph Samedi, req. by Anne Marie Samedi
12:00: +William Borkowski, req. by Michael & Ann Borkowski
6:00: Maria Trivino, Birthday req. by Lilian & Alvina Ramos
Monday, December 28
8:00: +Anne Augustine Penta, 14th year remembrance, req. by Armelle Penta
12:10: +John & Angelina Pascale, req. by John & Laura Pascale
Tuesday, December 29
8:00: Barbara Schuerger, req. by Maria
12:10: +John Conte, req. by Anthony & Carolyn Conte
Wednesday, December 30
8:00: +Ella C. Palumba, req. by Gigi Pohl
12:10: +Souls in Purgatory, req. by Ferry G.
Thursday, December 31
8:00: Special intentions of the Joseph & Mary Kim Family, req. by Joseph & Mary Kim
12:10: +Deceased members of the D’Amico, Schepis & Fazio Families, req. by Frank D’Amico
5:15: New Year’s Eve: Vigil Mass: People of the Parish
Friday, January 1: NEW YEARS: Holy Day of Obligation: “Mary, Mother of God”
8:00: Charles Cycon, req. by the Cycon family
12:10: +William Morris, req. by the priests of the parish
5:15: +Eugenia Carpanzano, req. by the Carpanzano Family
Saturday, January 2
8:00: +Alverta Sahd, req. by Nick & Terry Troilo
12:10: Forgotten Souls in Purgatory, req. by Ferry G.

Eucharistic Adoration. . . Each Friday morning, from 8:30 am until noon.

Holy Name Society . . . For all men of the parish: In the rectory every Friday morning for coffee, Eucharistic adoration, benediction & prayer: 7:00 – 8:00a.m. All men of the parish are welcome. Just walk in!

Parish Ladies’ Group. . . The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Society meets each Saturday in the Rectory, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and conversation, it moves into prayer, adoration and a spiritual conference, and concludes by 11:00 a.m. All ladies of the parish are welcome. Just walk in.

Religious Education. . . Mass attendance is, of course, required of all our students and it is hoped that all parents will attend Sunday Mass with their children. Classes meet each Sunday morning at 8:30.

Pray for an end to legalized abortion . . . Every Wednesday, 7:00 -10:30a.m., Planned Parenthood,
1039 East Main St, Stamford.

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

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades.

The Legion of Mary. . . has begun here at St. John’s. All are welcome. Please call Fr. Walsh, ext.14, if interested. We meet on Wednesday Evenings at 7:30pm in the rectory.

St. John’s in the NEWS:. . .
150 years ago, or so:The stamford advocate:
December 29, 1865: Christmas. “A heavy rain on Sunday night washed away all the snow that had fallen, and Christmas morning broke in sunshine as lovely as a day in Spring. In the Roman Catholic Church, High Mass was celebrated at 5 A.M., low mass at 6 and 8 and High Mass at 10:30 A.M. Father O’Neil officiated at 10:30 and delivered a short address to his people. In the afternoon, there was Vespers and an eloquent sermon on the birth of our Savior.”

125 years ago, or so:The Connecticut catholic:
January 3, 1885: STAMFORD. “An event took place at 9 o’clock Mass on last Sunday, which was most appropriate for the feast that was celebrated by the Church. It was the receiving of Holy Communion for the first time by at least one hundred and twenty-five of the children of the parish who were preparing during the past week for a worthy reception of our Blessed Lord. These little children who heard related during the Mass by Father Walsh, in a few fitting remarks, how the innocent children at the birth of Christ were killed by King Herod, should continue in the path of virtue and innocence by keeping the good resolutions already made.”

120 years ago, or so:The stamford advocate:
December 26, 1899: The Father Mathew Ball. “The ball given by the Father Mathew Society at Town Hall, on New Year’s Eve, was a grand success. The floor was crowded all the evening, and dancing kept up until the small hours of New Year’s morning. The committee of arrangements were Thomas Bourke, Thomas Farrell, John Lynch, Patrick Gill, John McGill. Stephen Herbert, Jr. won the prize of a ten dollar gold piece. St. John’s Band furnished the music.”

85 years ago, or so:The Hartford courant:
December 29, 1926: Tower Adds Beauty to St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Stamford. “With the completion of the new tower of the St. John’s R.C. Church, of this city, the edifice becomes one of the handsomest church buildings in the state. The tower is the result of years of planning by Rev. James C. O’Brien, pastor of the church, and forms a splendid memorial to his work as leader of the parish. The edifice may now be seen from practically all parts of Stamford.”

The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (January 1st)-Fr. Terry Walsh

“The One whom Mary conceived as man by the Holy Spirit, who truly became her Son according to the flesh, was none other than the Father’s eternal Son, the second Person of the Holy Trinity. Hence the Church
confesses that Mary is truly ‘Mother of God.’”
– Catechism of the Catholic Church, #495

In the first two chapters of the Gospel of Luke we see the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary unfold, and we’re given a wonderful glimpse into the extraordinary circumstances of the Incarnation and Nativity of the God-man, Jesus, born of the Virgin Mary. Saint Augustine once said, “The world being unworthy to receive the Son of God directly from the hands of the Father, He gave His Son to Mary for the world to receive Him from her.” As we listen to the beautiful account in Luke’s Gospel, our Lady’s “fiat,” that is, her unequivocal “Yes! I will be His Mother,” fills our hearts with pure happiness. Her motherly love blossoms immediately as she humbly travels to the aid of her cousin, Elizabeth, who is pregnant with John the Baptist. What great comfort Mary bestowed upon her, traveling out of her way to care for her! Next, we witness the courage and strength of Mary as she prepared to give birth to the Prince of Peace, the long-awaited Messiah, in the humblest of circumstances. What awesome miracles surrounded the young Virgin Mother. All of Heaven rejoiced with her! “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!’” Later, at the time of the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple, the prophets Simeon and Anna warmly greet the Holy Family and the heart of the Queen of Peace overflowed with joy. And yet, moments later, the Blessed Mother would feel the sting of Simeon’s chilling prophesy: “A sword shall pierce through your soul,” and the sacrificial love of her motherhood would flood her heart.
As the Gospel unfolds, we peer into Mary’s unique role in Salvation History and contemplate the immensity of her love. We begin to see that Mary’s “Fiat!” meant that she would share in the Passion of her Son, spiritually, with unshakable faith and undying love – all for the love of God and the salvation of a multitude of souls.
Saint Paul, in his letter to the Galatians, celebrates humanity’s “liberation from slavery to the elemental spirits of the universe” when, in the fullness of time, “God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (4:4). Yet, Paul is perplexed by the confusion in those hearts who are easily distracted by false teachings and don’t seem to grasp the significance of the gift. He laments, “My little children, with whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you!” (4:19).
And what is our best path to Jesus? Saint Louis De Montfort points to our spiritual mother, Mary: “The more the Holy Spirit finds Mary, His dear and inseparable spouse, in a soul, the more powerful and effective He becomes in producing Jesus Christ in that soul and that soul in Jesus Christ.” He adds, “God the Son imparted to His mother all that He gained by His life and death, namely, His infinite merits and His eminent virtues. He made her the treasurer of all his Father had given Him as heritage. Through her He applies His merits and, through her, He transmits His virtues and distributes His graces. She is His mystic channel, His aqueduct, through which He causes His mercies to flow gently and abundantly.”
Through our love and obedience, our mother will expertly guide us into the very Heart of her Son. And just as Mary stood by her Son in His sorrow, so, too, does our mother stand by us in our sorrow. Her hope is our salvation. Saint John writes in his gospel (19:26) that from the Cross, Jesus gave His beloved mother to be our mother: “Woman, behold your Son.” “Even at His death,” De Montfort writes, “She had to be present so that He might be united with her in one sacrifice and be immolated with her consent to the eternal Father . . . It was Mary who nursed Him, fed Him, cared for Him, reared Him, and sacrificed Him for us.” Jesus gave Mary to us so that we could receive the mother’s love in our pursuit of Heaven. She is the best of mothers. Are we truly devoted to our Spiritual Mother? This great Solemnity is a wonderful time to renew our devotion to Jesus Christ through the Immaculate Heart of His holy Mother, Mary. What a great day to renew our meditation of the mysteries of His life, death, and Resurrection through the great devotion of the Holy Rosary…..

Bulletin for Sunday December 20, 2009

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday December 20, 2009

Pastor’s Corner. . .Everyone knows that we celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25th.  But, who is He? For a variety of Christian and non-Christian groups and organizations, the answer to that question varies: was he a philosopher, or a prophet, or just another religious man, like Buddha, Mohammed or the Dalai Lama? Those answers are not even close. Jesus is much more, and His real identity is revealed to us by the Church later this week.
Beginning on December 17th, the Church gathers together some of the Old Testament prophecies about the Savior’s birth. At each daily Mass, these give us hints about the identity and nature of the child born of the Virgin in Bethlehem, celebrated on December 25th. These are biblical prophecies, placed in verse form in the 7th century, each beginning with the exclamation, O! These daily O’ Antiphons, as they’ve come to be known, addressed to Jesus, continue through December 23rd, and tell us that Jesus is not just another prophet, but more:
Dec. 17th: “O, Wisdom of the Most High, ordering all things with strength and gentleness, come and teach us the way of truth.”
Dec. 18th: “O, Ruler of the House of Israel, who gave the law to Moses on Sinai, come and save us with outstretched arm.” on the Cross]
Dec. 19th: “O, Root of Jesse [Father of King David], sent as a sign to the peoples, come to save us and delay no more.”
Dec. 20th: “O, Key of David, who opens the gates of the eternal kingdom, come to liberate from prison the captive [Adam] who lives in darkness.”
Dec. 21st: “O, Morning Star, radiance of eternal light, sun of justice, come and enlighten those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death.”
Dec. 22nd: “O, King of the peoples and corner-stone of the Church, come and save mankind whom you made from the dust of the earth.”
Dec. 23rd: “O, Emmanuel, our king and lawgiver, come and save us, Lord our God.”
Saint Augustine described the effect of the birth of God in the flesh: “The faithful God made himself our debtor, not by receiving from us, but by his own promises. He even bound himself in writing, as though handing us a written pledge; thus, when he would begin to carry out his promises, we could determine from the Scriptures the very order of fulfillment.
“God’s ultimate promise was of eternal salvation, unending blessedness with the angels, an everlasting and glorious inheritance, the sweetness of his face, his holy house in heaven, resurrection from the dead, and release from fear of death. . . Thus, he promised divinity to men, immortality to mortals, justification to sinners, and glory to the humble.
“Since all this might seem incredible to us, God not only put his promises in writing in Scripture, but also gave us a Mediator, his only Son, to show how he would lead us to the promised goal. More than this, he made his Son not only show the way but himself be the very Way” [St. Augustine, Commentary on the Psalms; Psalm 109: 1-3].
On December 25th, Our Lord, the Eternal Son of the Father, Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, the Creator of the entire universe, will be born in the flesh of the Virgin Mary, coming to rescue us from the power of sin and death. The great Easter Hymn, the Exsultet describes God’s saving work for us in Jesus: “To ransom a slave, you gave away your Son.” Our response should be one of immense awe and gratitude before this divine charity. He began this great work, as the ancient Roman Martyrology described it, by “leaping down from His eternal throne in the fullness of time”: God became a man in order to raise us up to share His divine life forever, in the flesh. Merry Christmas. -Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… Lois Porter, Joseph Lasko, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, John Castellano, Janet Rodgers, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans, Margaret Romaine.

Please pray for those who have recently died… Msgr. Lawrence McMahon, Rev. Al Russo, 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, Gerard P. Albert, Sheila Kilcoyne.

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

2010 Calendars . . . 2010 St. John’s Catholic calendars are available free and can be picked up at all the entrances and exits of the church. Please take one home per household.

CHRISTMAS CONFESSION SCHEDULE:
December 24th: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.;
December 25th: 7:00 am-7:30 a.m.; 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE:
Christmas Eve: 4:00 p.m. and MIDNIGHT Solemn Mass with Choir[11:30pm: choir concert];
Christmas Day: 7:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m. celebrated by Bishop William E. Lori with Christmas Carols, 12:00 noon Solemn Choir Mass; 6:00 p.m. in Creole.

Christmas Day Collection…The Christmas second collection will be for painting the Basilica.

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.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Group. . . Will NOT meet on December 26th or January 2nd.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Will NOT meet until February 3rd.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets each Wednesday at 6:15 pm in the rectory. We’re translating Egeria’s early fifth century Diary of a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Join us.

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Meets each Wednesday at 6:00 pm in the rectory.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Will NOT meet on Christmas or New Year’s Day.

Bible Study:. . .Will NOT meet on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve.

Convert class. . .Tuesday evenings 7:30 pm—8:30 pm in the rectory. Call Fr. Walsh, ext. 14.

Legion of Mary . . . Meets each Wednesday at 7:30 pm in the rectory.

Holy Name Society. . . Will NOT meet on Christmas or New Year’s Day.

Caritas Christi urget nos. . . The Love of Christ compels us—to be charitable to others. The parish will soon begin a new work: under the leadership of a parishioner Emilio Funicella, the young adults of the parish and others will be asked to lend a hand on a regular basis to clean up Stamford neighborhoods. Emilio has been doing this for five years with hundreds of volunteers and the help of the City of Stamford. Now, he’s asked that the Basilica sponsor this work, which I am happy to do. While Emilio is an executive on Wall Street, his true love is on other streets, in Stamford, helping others recover their souls by beautifying their city. Watch the bulletin for more details as we urge more parishioners to allow the love of Christ to urge them to use their Catholic Faith to form the culture of Stamford in a hands-on, very practical way.—Mons. DiGiovanni & Fr. Walsh & Fr. Audette.

Sunday December 13, 2009 $ 13,173.00
Sunday December 14, 2008 $ 12,507.10
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

December 27th Sunday Readings:Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 or 1Sm 1:20-22, 24-28; Col 3:12-21 or 3:12-17 or 1 Jn 3:1-2, 21-24; Lk 2:41-52

Banns of Marriage. . . 1st Banns: Rosa Marchetti & Frank A. Federici
Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 8 (2) 161.
Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass
Mass Ordinary: Kyrie XVII A – Graduale Romanum; Sanctus & Agnus Dei from Missa sexti toni – Giovanni Croce, 1557-1609.
The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Rorate coeli (Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness. Let the earth open and bring forth a Saviour. [Is. 45] The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows his handywork. [Ps. 19]); Alleluia Veni, Domine (Come Lord! do not delay. Pardon the sins of your people.); Offertory Ave Maria (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. [Luke 1:28]); Communion Ecce virgo concipiet (Behold, a Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and His Name shall be called Emmanuel. [Isaiah 7:14]).
Offertory Motet: Adam lay ybounden – Boris Ord, 1897-1961 (Adam lay ybounden, Bounden in a bond; Four thousand winter, Thought he not too long. And all was for an apple, An apple that he took. As clerkes finden, Written in their book. Ne had the apple taken been, The apple taken been, Ne had never our ladie, Abeen heav’ne queen. Blessed be the time That apple taken was, Therefore we moun singen. Deo gracias! [Suggested by Genesis, Chap. 3]).
Communion Motet: There is no Rose – Anon., ca. 1420 (There is no rose of such virtue as is the rose that bare Jesu; Alleluia. For in this rose containèd was heaven and earth in little space; Resmiranda. By that rose we may well see that he is God in persons three; Pari forma. The angels sungen, the shepherds to: Gloria in excelsis Deo: Gaudeamus. Leave we all this worldly mirth, and follow we this joyful birth; Transeamus.).
Postlude: Rorate cœli (The Advent Prose – Traditional Roman Chant [The text may be found in the hymnal at No. 305.]).

Basilica Inauguration. . . Mark your calendar: Bishop Lori will formally inaugurate the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist on Monday February 22nd at 7 pm with Solemn Evening Prayer and Benediction celebrating the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, followed by a light refreshments. All are invited.

Job Seekers. . . Next meeting: December 21, 7:30pm in the rectory.

Moms & Tots . . . A group of moms and their children meet with Fr. Walsh each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. in church for Eucharistic adoration, followed by snacks in the Church Hall. Please join us. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday January 5th.

Coffee Hour. . . Each Sunday after the 10:00 a.m. Mass in the parish hall. All are welcome. Please note, there will not be any coffee hour on Christmas Day or on Sunday, December 27th.

Saint Gabriel Church. . .Epiphany Celebrations—Please join us at St. Gabriel’s Church for two special liturgies for the Epiphany of the Lord. Solemn Vespers and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Sunday Jan. 3rd at 4PM followed by wine and cheese. Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Latin Mass according to the 1962 Missal), Wednesday Jan. 6th at 7:30PM.

Mass Intentions+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, December 19
4:00 +Members of DeRosa, Kronk, Capobianco & Edwin Clark req. John & Joan Kronk
Sunday, December 20
7:30 Special Intention Joseph & Mary Kim’s Family req. Joseph & Mary Kim
10:00 +Randolph Samedi req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:00 Alfredo Escobedo req. wife & daughter
6:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Sophie Pastore
Monday, December 21
8:00 +Rita Saraniero req. Sharon Gannon
12:10 +James & Adele Henson req. John & Laura Pascale
Tuesday, December 22
8:00 Father Juan G. Pineda req. Maria
12:10 Terenzio Family req. Millie & George Terenzio
Wednesday, December 23
8:00 +Rosa Osorio req. Maria
12:10 +Rose Sobieski, Birthday Remembrance req. Claire Betz, daughter
Thursday, December 24
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
12:10 Special Intention Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. Pugliese Family
4:00 +John, Mary & Vito Melfi req. Joseph Melfi
12:00 Midnight: People of the Parish
Friday, December 25
7:30 +Charles & Florence DeSilva req. Daughter & Family
10:00 People of the Parish
12:00 Members of the Altar Guild
6:00 +Albert & Amila Carriera, parents & Louisa Carriera, sister req. Gerard J. Carriera
Saturday, December 26
8:00 +Anne Augustine Penta req. Armelle Penta
12:10 Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni req. Alessandro Marchetti

Eucharistic Adoration. . . Will be postponed until completion of the church mural restoration.

Holy Name Society . . . For all men of the parish: In the rectory every Friday morning for coffee, Eucharistic adoration, benediction & prayer: 7:00 – 8:00a.m. All men of the parish are welcome. Just walk in!

Parish Ladies’ Group. . . The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Society meets each Saturday in the Rectory, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and conversation, it moves into prayer, adoration and a spiritual conference, and concludes by 11:00 a.m. All ladies of the parish are welcome. Just walk in.

Religious Education. . . Mass attendance is, of course, required of all our students and it is hoped that all parents will attend Sunday Mass with their children. Classes meet each Sunday morning at 8:30.

Pray for an end to abortion every Wednesday. . . 7:00 -10:30a.m., Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St, Stamford.

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

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. The next meeting will be at the rectory this Sunday December 20th after the 12 pm Questions, please contact Rosa Marchetti at 203-348-0232.

The Legion of Mary. . . has begun here at St. John’s. All are welcome. Please call Fr. Walsh, ext.14, if interested. We meet on Wednesday Evenings at 7:30pm in the rectory.

St. John’s in the advocate:. . .150 years ago, or so:
December 25, 1863: CHURCH SERVICES. “In the Roman Catholic Church there will be Mass at quarter to six A. M., and the usual Christmas services at 11.”

120 years ago, or so:
December 21, 1888: A Fine Entertainment. “We need scarcely do more than call special attention to the programme printed elsewhere in order to convince our readers that a public entertainment of unusual attractiveness and variety is assured for Friday evening, December 28th, in the Town Hall. The affair is under the auspices of the choir of St. John’s R.C. Church, and it is plain the managers have been fortunate in the amount and variety of talent they have been able to enlist in aid of their enterprise. A specialty of the programme, which it is prophesied will attract uncommon attention, is the piano performance of little Fannie Naegeli, whose precocious genius as a musician and a recitationist is said to be something wonderful for one of her years. It is easy to predict a full house and a well pleased house on this occasion.”

100 years ago, or so:December 26, 1899: CHURCH CROWDED AT 5 A.M. “Roman Catholics turned out in larger numbers yesterday to observe Christmas, than did any other denomination in town, and many of them had to get up very early in order to do so. There were four services held, but the one at 5 a.m. was attended by the largest congregation of the day. Not a seat in the entire church was vacant, and there were many who had to stand. Most of those who attended had to be up soon after four. That’s pretty early, and at that time yesterday it was very cold.”

50 years ago, or so:December 22, 1960: Stamford Churches List Christmas Music. “Stamford churches will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with Masses and Services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Traditional carols and other Christmas music will be performed. St. John’s—Solemn Midnight Mass will be celebrated in the Upper Church with the Senior Choir singing “Adeste Fidelis.” The Boys’ Choir will sing “Angels We Have Heard on High,”, “Adeste Fidelis,” “Ave Verum,” “O Holy Night,” “Lo How a Rose is Blooming.” The Girls’ Choir, under the direction of Sister Matthew, will sing at the Midnight Mass in the upper church. The Missa Brevis will be sung in its entirety.”

Super-abundance via Self-Emptying
(Revisited)

-Fr. Terry Walsh

“Jesus, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” – Phillipians 2: 6-7

As we prepare for the Birth of our Savior into the world and into our souls, consider the Manifestation of the Divinity of Christ at the Wedding Feast in Cana (John 2: 1-11) and contemplate the relationship it has with the miracle in Bethlehem on that cold, dark night 2000 years ago. Both mysteries involve a super abundance flowing from a complete self-emptying – and ultimately pour out the Radiant Light of Jesus Christ in the hearts and minds of all who enter into these Mysteries. In order for us to have access to the Light of Christ, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity had to leave His rightful Throne of Glory and take upon Himself our lowly human nature – all out of love for us. He emptied Himself in order to bathe us in His Light in a super-abundant way. Yet, before we can receive His abundant Light, His gift of Divine Life, we too must undergo a “self-emptying” – a purification of our “inner-man” so that we might become “children of the Light.” And this illumination is beautifully demonstrated at the Marriage Feast in Cana.
When Jesus and His disciples arrive at the scene in Cana, we notice that Mary is already there. While She is indeed the Great Mother of God, She is nevertheless deeply concerned about the smallest details of every single one of her Children – that includes you and me. Just as She interceded at the Marriage Feast, so too does She intercede for us at the Throne of the Holy Trinity with a Mother’s love. Mary is intimately and mysteriously involved in the Salvific Mission of her Son. Through her warm and tender love, She gave birth to Jesus in a dark and troubled world. Through the humility of Mary and through her faithful obedience to the Father, Jesus came into the world to dispel the darkness of Sin and all who come to believe in Him are baptized into His Mystical Body and receive His indescribable Light. DeMontfort reminds us, “Jesus comes to us through Mary and we return to Him through her.”
Our Lord listens to His Mother with the same love and affection today as He did at that wedding so many centuries ago. St. Louis de Montfort underscores her role: “Mary is his mystic channel, his aqueduct, through which he causes his mercies to flow gently and abundantly.” His grace flows to the married couple in Cana through her humble plea. As faithful children of so loving a Mother, we too must listen to our Mother as she beckons us: “Do whatever He tells you!” Some have suggested that the 6 Purification Jars actually represent our hearts and minds, our bodies and souls, our wills and intellects. We fill these jars with the waters of His Divine Grace. But, here’s the catch: before we can fill the jars with His pure and refreshing water, we must first EMPTY our jars of all the impurities caked up inside them. We must clean them out by 1st humbly acknowledging our sins and allowing our Lord to purify us through Sacramental Confession. Once emptied of impurities, we’re then prepared to receive the super-abundant gift of His Divine Light – to the brim! And, through our humble response to his grace, these refreshing waters are turned into the fine wine of Divine love. It’s all made possible through his humble self-emptying – and the humble YES of the Virgin. Jesus is born in our souls – and His Light shines out to a world in darkness – through us. Our “inner-man” is filled with Divine Life and we truly become “children of the Light.”

Bulletin for Sunday December 13, 2009

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Pastor’s Corner. . .During these final two weeks of Advent, let’s read from works by some of the Church’s great saints about the upcoming Feast of Christmas. So, here is the first installment explaining why the Eternal, invisible God became a man, born in Bethlehem:

“God’s Son, existing before time, invisible, bodiless, light flowing from light, fountain of immortal life, expression of the archetypal Godhead, God’s perfect image. God’s Son bestowed himself on us as His images; became flesh for the sake of mankind’s flesh; and took an intellectual soul for the sake of mankind’s soul, so that like may cleanse like; in a word, He takes to Himself all that is human except sin, in order to share what He has, His divine life, with us.
“He who enriches others becomes poor, for He suffers the poverty of my fleshly condition so that I may win the riches of His Godhead. He who is everything becomes nothing, for His glory [as God] is hidden a brief while so that I may become a sharer in His divine riches.
“What are these riches of God’s goodness? What is this mystery which relates to me? I had received the divine image [when I was conceived] but threw it away [by sin]. He takes my flesh in order to bring salvation to His image [us] and immortality to my flesh; He thus enters into a new fellowship with us, far more marvelous than that with the first Adam. Through the manhood He made His own, God would sanctify all men and women. He would overcome the tyrant, Satan, by force [the Cross]. He would liberate us and bring us back to Himself through His Son, the Mediator—all this to glory of the Father to whom the Son bows in all things. The Good Shepherd came to the straying sheep, found us, set us on those shoulders that bore the Cross, and bore us into eternal life. God had to become man and to die that we might live.”
[St. Gregory Nazianzen, Sermon 45]

“Lord, You dwell in inaccessible light? Indeed, but where is it, and how shall I approach the unapproachable? Who shall guide me and lead me into hat light that I may see you in it? What signs shall help me find you? For I have never seen you, Lord God, and do not know your face.
“Exalted Lord, what am I, this wretched exile of yours to do, your servant tormented by love of you but banished far from you? I yearn to see you, but your face is too far off. . . For, though you are my Lord and God, I have never seen you. You made me to see you, but I have never yet done what I was made for.” [St. Anselm, Proslogion, 1].

“Something which has existed since the beginning, that we have heard, and we have seen with our own eyes; that we have watched and touched with our hands: The Word, who is life—That life was made visible; we saw it and we are giving our testimony.” [I John 1:1-3]

“I adore one God in Three Persons: God the Father, God the Son made flesh, and God the Holy Spirit—one God. I do not adore the creation rather than the Creator, but I adore the One who became a creature [the Second Person of the Trinity, whom we call Jesus], who was formed as I was, who clothed Himself in creation without weakening or departing from His divinity, that He might raise our mortal nature in glory and make us partakers of His divine nature. . . Therefore, I can draw an image of the invisible God, not as invisible, but as having become visible for our sakes by partaking of flesh and blood. I. . . [can] draw a picture of God who became visible in the flesh.” [St. John the Damascene, On Divine Images, 4]. -Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… Lois Porter, Joseph Lasko, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, John Castellano, Janet Rodgers, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans, Margaret Romaine.

Please pray for those who have recently died… 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, Gerard P. Albert, Louis Michael Ceretta, John DiNero, Paul Lorusso, Martinez Boursiquot, Karl Gandt, Tesse Kerelits, Jenny Danchaster, Leynor P. Iballa, Claire Gormley Collier, Michael William Greaney, Solange Exumer, Rose Leonowitz, Monika LoBaidi, Sheila Kilcoyne.

Retirement Fund for Religious Collection . . . Please drop your special envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory. There will only be one collection today.

Parish Advent Retreat. . . THIS WEEKEND: December 11, 12 & 13th: PATRICK MADRID, world renowned author and speaker will deliver a variety of lectures on aspects of our Catholic faith and life. Check the parish website www.stjohnsstamford.com for full details and times. These lectures are without charge and open to everyone who would like to attend—parishioners and non-parishioners; Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Eucharistic adoration and confession during each evening session. Even if you can only attend one or two lectures, come, join us.

Basilica Inauguration. . . Mark your calendar: Bishop Lori will formally inaugurate the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist on Monday February 22nd at 7 pm with Solemn Evening Prayer and Benediction celebrating the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, followed by a light reception. All are invited.

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.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Group. . . All ladies of the parish are welcome to join us each Saturday in the rectory beginning at 9:30 a.m. for coffee, conversation and prayer.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Will NOT meet until January: date to be announced.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets each Wednesday at 6:15 pm in the rectory. We’re translating Egeria’s early fifth century Diary of a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Join us.

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Meets each Wednesday at 6:00 pm in the rectory.

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

Bible Study:. . .Meets each Thursday at 7:30 pm in the rectory.

Convert class. . .Tuesday evenings 7:30 pm—8:30 pm in the rectory. Call Fr. Walsh, ext. 14.

Legion of Mary . . . Meets each Wednesday at 7:30 pm in the rectory.

Coffee Hour. . . Each Sunday after the 10:00 a.m. Mass in the parish hall. All are welcome.

Moms & Tots . . . A group of moms and their children meet with Fr. Walsh each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. in church for Eucharistic adoration, followed by snacks in the rectory. Please join us. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday January 5th.

Sunday December 6, 2009 $ 12,422.03
Sunday December 7, 2008 $ 11,985.49

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

December 20th Sunday Readings: Mi 5:1-4a; Heb 10:5-10; Lk 1:39-45.

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 4 (2) 9.

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass
Mass Ordinary: Kyrie XVII A – Graduale Romanum; Sanctus & Agnus Dei from
Missa ‘La la maistre Pierre’ – Orlando di Lasso, 1532-1594.
The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Gaudete in Domino (Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your modesty be known to all men, for the Lord is nigh. Be nothing solicitous, but in every thing by prayer let your requests be made known to God. Lord, you have blessed your land; you have turned away the captivity of Jacob. [Phil 4:4-6; Ps. 85:2]); Alleluia Excita, Domine (Stir up your might, O Lord, and come to save us. [Psalm 80:3]); Offertory Benedixisti, Domine (O Lord, you have blessed your land, you have put an end to Jacob’s captivity; you have forgiven the guilt of your people. [Psalm 85:2]); Communion Dicite: Pusillanimes (Say: “Take courage, you who are fainthearted, and do not fear; behold, our God will come and he will save us.” [Cf. Isaiah 35:4]).
Offertory Motet: Rejoice in the Lord Alway – attributed to John Redford, d. 1547 (Rejoice in the Lord alway, and again I say rejoice. Let your softness be known unto all men : the Lord is e’en at hand. Be careful for nothing : but in all prayer and supplication let your petitions be manifest unto God with giving of thanks. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesu. Amen. [Philippians IV:4-7]).
Communion Motet: I look from afar – adapted from Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, 1525-1594 (I look from afar: And lo, I see the power of God coming,and a cloud covering the whole earth. Go ye out to meet him and say: Tell us, art thou he that should come to reign over thy people Israel? High and low, rich and poor, one with another, Go ye out to meet him and say: Hear, O thou Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep, Tell us, art thou he that should come? Stir up thy strength, O Lord, and come to reign over thy people Israel. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. I look from afar: And lo, I see the power of God coming, and a cloud covering the whole earth. Go ye out to meet him and say: Tell us, art thou he that should come to reign over thy people Israel? [Matin Responsory for Advent]).
Postlude: Rorate cœli (The Advent Prose – Traditional Roman Chant [The text may be found in the hymnal at No. 305.]).

Singers, men and women, for the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass are needed. This volunteer choir rehearses at 8:15 AM, on Sundays only, in the Choir Room. If you regularly attend the 10:00 AM Mass, would you consider lending your voice to our choir? Please call Scott Turkington for more information: 324-1553, ext. 18 or STurkington@optonline.net.

Christmas Fair. . . Was a great success. Our thanks are due to the ladies who worked so hard during these past months: Marjan Falek, Mirella Badetti, Tracy Banahan, Landa Leute, Maude Hughes, Lisa D’Acunto, Nancy Finlay, Scholastica Nabwire, Angela Marchetti, Maria Mossa, Josephine Marena, Maureen Capiello, Jane Marie Raiteri, Eileen Tarleton, Noreen DeSoye, Betty Czarnecki, Beth Brucker, Sue DePreta, Monica O’Brien, Janet Allister, Mickey, Jackie and Rosemary, Vera Viola, Alice Campofranco, Diane Jackson, Catherine Olnek, Jennifer Marciano, Sharon Gannon, Noreen DeSoye, Judy DeFelice, Donna Cycon, Mary Cycon, Christine O’Brien Costantino, Juanita Evans, the Maria Goretti Society Young Ladies, and the many other ladies who donated their time and provided baked goods, prizes or their time. There were, also a few men who helped: Jeff Spetland, Paul Hughes, Tony Colon, Andrew Nabwire, Dan Murphy, Ferry Galbert, Phil DeFelice, Tom Banahan, and Tom Kolenberg. Thank you all for your devotion to our parish.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, December 12
4:00 +John & Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Young
Sunday, December 13
7:30 Souls in Purgatory
10:00 +Theodora Kim req. Joseph & Mary Kim
12:00 Antonio & Maria Marchetti req. Donna Sticho
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, December 14
8:00 +Wendy Fandre req. Paul Murphy
12:10 +Marie Wenthen req. McAleer Family
Tuesday, December 15
8:00 +Carmen Trivino req. Maria, Daughter
12:10 Rose Donahue req. Marie Carr
Wednesday, December 16
8:00 +John Maloney req. wife Mary
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Thursday, December 17
8:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Vincent J. Freccia, Jr. Christmas Remembrance req. Dolores – wife
Friday, December 18
8:00 +John Janik req. Lucille Lester
12:10 +Benjamin & Caroline Dzioba Family req. Bosilevas Family
Saturday, December 19
8:00 +John Kim req. Joseph & Mary Kim
12:10 +Josephine Henson req. John & Laura Pascale

Eucharistic Adoration. . . Will be postponed until completion of the church mural restoration.

Holy Name Society . . . For all men of the parish: In the rectory every Friday morning for coffee, Eucharistic adoration, benediction & prayer: 7:00 – 8:00a.m. All men of the parish are welcome. Just walk in!

Parish Ladies’ Group. . . The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Society meets each Saturday in the Rectory, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and conversation, it moves into prayer, adoration and a spiritual conference, and concludes by 11:00 a.m. All ladies of the parish are welcome. Just walk in.

Religious Education. . . Mass attendance is, of course, required of all our students and it is hoped that all parents will attend Sunday Mass with their children. Classes meet each Sunday morning at 8:30.

Pray for an end to abortion every Wednesday. . . 7:00 -10:30a.m., Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St, Stamford.

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

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. The next meeting will be at the rectory on Sunday December 20th after the 12 noon Mass. Questions, please contact Rosa Marchetti at 348-0232.

The Legion of Mary. . . has begun here at St. John’s. All are welcome. Please call Fr. Walsh, ext.14, if interested. We meet on Wednesday Evenings at 7:30pm in the rectory.

St. John’s in the advocate:. . .
100 years ago, or so:
December 20, 1902: FR. O’BRIEN’S ANNIVERSARY. “Rev. James C. O’Brien, pastor of St. John’s R. C. Church, will have been ordained 25 years next Monday. Ordinarily the celebration of a priest’s silver jubilee is attended with considerable ceremony, and this one would be so observed by the members of the church were it not for the expressed desire of Father O’Brien that the anniversary be allowed to pass by without general observance. Early last summer, Father O’Brien announced that he would be 25 years a priest in December, and made a special request that the parishioners refrain from taking any special action regarding it. At the same time, he said that he wished that every effort be made to reduce the debt of the church and would take anything done in that direction as indicative of a feeling of personal esteem for him.”

70 years ago, or so:
December 15, 1937: His Parishioners Fete Fr. Downey In Hartford, Today. “The Rev. John J. Downey, native of Stamford, was feted, today, by the parishioners of St. Peter’s Church, Hartford, on the golden jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood. The parish will hold a reception in his honor tonight. Born in Stamford, April 17, 1861, Father Downey attended the old St. John’s Parochial School when it was on the site of the former church property at what is now State and Hawthorne streets. The priest is a son of the late John and Eliza Hanlon Downey. The family lived during Father Downey’s boyhood on Finney Ave., now known as Finney Lane. Father Downey’s 50 years of service as a priest will be observed tomorrow at 10 a. m. when he will celebrate a solemn Mass of Thanksgiving.”

50 years ago, or so:
December 17, 1957: Parishioners Honor Assistant Pastor at St. John’s Church. “The parishioners of St. John’s Church have paid tribute to a priest who was an assistant pastor at St. John’s for five years until he was appointed pastor of St. Matthew’s Parish, West Norwalk. He is the Rev. James F. McGrath who came to Stamford in 1952 and was appointed pastor of the new parish in West Norwalk by the Most Rev. Lawrence D. Shehan, D.D., bishop of Bridgeport, Nov. 14. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s , was master of ceremonies at the reception for Father McGrath attended by about 200 Monday night in the church basement. The assistant pastors, the Rev. Joseph Potter and the Rev. Edward Scull, spoke briefly in tribute to the former associate.”

Advent Mission: We welcome Patrick Madrid
Friday, December 11
7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
“Search and Rescue: How You can help people come home to the Church”

Saturday, December 12
9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
“Answer me this: How to Respond to Common Questions About Catholicism.”
11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
“Is Everything up for grabs? A Catholic Critique of Moral Relativism”
2:15 to 4:00 p.m.
“Where is that in the Bible?”
7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
“Any Friend of God’s Is a Friend of Mine: Mary and the Communion of Saints”

Sunday, December 13
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
“The Case for Christ”
2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
“Pope Fiction: Answers to Myths and Misconceptions About the Papacy”
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
“Answers to Lies Society Tells You,” such as, “If it feels good, do it.”

-AND-

St Anne Society
Sunday, December 13th
5 pm – Adoration
5:30 pm – Dinner
Pizza & Pasta
6 pm – Patrick Madrid
We will provide the pizza and pasta. We would appreciate it if families could bring salads, drinks and desserts.

Last names beginning with:
A – G: please bring dessert
H – 0: please bring a salad
P – Z: please bring drinks in individual containers
Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, the 13th.

Bulletin for Sunday December 6, 2009

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday December 6, 2009

Pastor’s Corner. . .On December 8th, Pope Benedict XVI will visit the Piazza della Propaganda Fide, near the Spanish Steps in Rome, to lay a wreath at the foot of the statue of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, which soars atop a 75-foot pillar. The monument was raised in 1858 by Pope Blessed Pius IX to commemorate his official recognition of the miracle that Mary, at the moment of her conception in her mother’s womb [which was a normal, human conception], in view of her important role in Christ’s work of salvation, was prepared by God and freed from the Original Sin of Adam that all of us are born with, so that she would be a worthy and totally stainless Mother of God. All of us are born with Adam’s Original Sin and its effects; and freed from that sin by Baptism: the power of Christ’s Cross is applied to us in that Sacrament. Mary was freed from even being conceived with Adam’s sin from the moment of her conception in St. Anne’s womb, by God—who sees how all will end: the merits of Christ were applied to Mary in advance, as it were, by the omniscient Father, so that Mary was freed from Adam’s sin by Her Son, just as we are. Mary had to be totally free of all sin, in order to give the best of human nature to be joined to the Eternal Son of God. December 8th is so important a day that all Catholics are required to attend Mass. While a belief held from the early centuries of the Church’s life, the Immaculate Conception of Mary was only defined solemnly in 1854 by Pope Blessed Pius IX.—the same year that Saint John’s became an independent parish. It was defined because of a popular, worldwide groundswell, requesting such a formal pronouncement.
Devotion to Our Lady and to her Immaculate Conception had been gaining in popularity for centuries, and received a strong stimulus in a working-class district of Paris, on the Rue de Bac, in 1830. Saint Catherine Laboure received a number of apparitions of Our Lady, which is the beginning of the devotion to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, one that includes the prayer, “Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.” Today, that shrine on the Rue de Bac is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in the world, even though to the untrained visitor, it is hidden away in a bustling neighborhood of shops, cafes and humble apartments.
In June, 1846, the Catholic bishops of the United States petitioned the pope to solemnly define the Immaculate Conception, and to place the Church in the United States under Her patronage. On February 2, 1848, the pope wrote asking the bishops around the world to give their opinion about formally defining the doctrine. The universally positive response, reflecting the grass roots devotion to Our Lady, impressed the pope to solemnly define the Immaculate Conception as doctrine on December 8, 1854. The doctrine became even more popular following the 1858 apparitions of Our Lady to a near-illiterate peasant girl, Saint Bernadette Soubirous, in the backwater town of Lourdes, France, in which the apparition told Bernadette, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” Bernadette knew nothing of the doctrine, since the anti-clerical French government prohibited publication of the pope’s encyclical defining the Immaculate Conception for years.
The Immaculate Conception is God’s preparatory work for the most important event in human history: the eternal Son of God became a man in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary, so that mankind could share in His divine life. Since our country is dedicated to Mary Immaculate, let us take advantage of the spiritual treasures of Christ’s Catholic Church, and turn our minds and hearts to Our Lady in a particular way, especially during these weeks of Advent, as we prepare to celebrate God’s incarnate appearance at Christmas. -Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick…Courtney Harry, Joseph Lasko, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, John Castellano, Janet Rodgers, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans, Margaret Romaine.

Please pray for those who have recently died…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, Gerard P. Albert, Louis Michael Ceretta, John DiNero, Paul Lorusso, Martinez Boursiquot, Karl Gandt, Tesse Kerelits, Jenny Danchaster, Leynor P. Iballa, Claire Gormley Collier, Michael William Greaney, Solange Exumer, Rose Leonowitz, Monika LoBaidi, Sheila Kilcoyne.

December 8th, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, IS a holy day of obligation; Mass will be offered on Monday, Dec. 7th, at 5:15p.m. and on Tuesday Dec. 8th at 8:00a.m., 12:10p.m. and 5:15p.m.

Parish Advent Retreat. . . December 11, 12 & 13th: PATRICK MADRID, world renowned author and speaker will deliver a variety of lectures on aspects of our Catholic faith and life. Check the parish website www.stjohnsstamford.com for full details and times. These lectures are without charge and open to everyone who would like to attend—parishioners and non-parishioners; Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Even if you can only attend one or two lectures, come, join us.

Basilica Inauguration. . . Mark your calendar: Bishop Lori will formally inaugurate the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist on Monday February 22nd at
7 pm with Solemn Evening Prayer and Benediction celebrating the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, followed by a light reception. All are invited.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Group. . . All ladies of the parish are welcome to join us each Saturday in the rectory beginning at 9:30 a.m. for coffee, conversation and prayer.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Will NOT meet until January: date to be announced.

The Latin Reading Group. . . Meets each Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the rectory. We’re translating Egeria’s fourth century Diary of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Join us.

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Meets each Wednesday at 6:00 pm in the rectory.

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

Bible Study:. . .Meets each Thursday at 7:30 pm in the rectory.

Religious Education: Classes will resume Sunday, Dec. 13th.

Convert class. . .Tuesday evenings 7:30PM—8:30PM in the rectory. Call Fr. Walsh, ext. 14.

Legion of Mary . . . Meets each Wednesday at 7:30 pm in the rectory.

Coffee Hour. . . PLEASE NOTE: NO Coffee Hour Sunday, Dec. 6th due to the Christmas Fair .

Sunday November 29, 2009 $ 11,928.20

Sunday November 30, 2008 $ 10,551.12“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

December 13th Sunday Readings: Zep 3:14-18a; Phil 4:4-7; Lk 3:10-18.

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 9 (2) 1.
Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass Mass Ordinary: Kyrie XVII A – Graduale Romanum; Sanctus & Agnus Dei from Mass for Four Voices – William Byrd, 1540-1623.
The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Populus Sion (O People of Sion, behold, the Lord is nigh at hand to redeem the nations: and in the gladness of your heart. The Lord shall cause his glorious voice to be heard. Hear, O thou Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep. [Ps. 80]); Alleluia Lætatus sum (I rejoiced when they said unto me: “Let us go up to the house of the Lord!” [Ps. 122:1]); Offertory Deus tu convertens (You will turn toward us, O God, and restore our life again, and your people will rejoice in you. Show us, Lord, your mercy and grant us your salvation [Ps. 85:7-8]); Communion Ierusalem surge (Arise, O Jerusalem, and stand on high; and behold the joy that shall come to you from your God. [Baruch 5:5;4:36]).
Offertory Motet: Call to Remembrance – Richard Farrant, c. 1530-1580 (Call to remembrance, O Lord, thy tender mercy and thy loving kindness which hath been ever of old. O remember not the sins and offences of my youth: but according to thy mercy think thou on me, O Lord, for thy goodness. [Psalm 25:5,6]).
Communion Motet: Conditor alme siderum – Guillaume Dufay, 1397-1474 (O generous creator of the stars, everlasting light of believers, O Christ, redeemer of us all, hear now our prayers. Though you suffer the decay of death, the perishing of all, you have saved the suffering world, bringing us your healing balm. As the world turned to evening, like a bridegroom from his chamber you came forth from the most pure cloister of the Virgin mother. Before your mighty power all creatures kneel down – in heaven and on earth, all accept your command. So we pray, O holy judge of all the world to come, that you will keep us safe when we face the armed enemy. Praise, honour, might and glory be to God the Father, the Son and the Holy Comforter, for all eternity. Amen.).
Postlude: Rorate cœli (The Advent Prose – Traditional Roman Chant [The text may be found in the hymnal at No. 305.]).

Singers, men and women, for the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass are needed. This volunteer choir rehearses at 8:15 AM, on Sundays only, in the Choir Room. If you regularly attend the 10:00 AM Mass, would you consider lending your voice to our choir? Please call Scott Turkington for more information: 324-1553, ext. 18 or STurkington@optonline.net.

Saint John’s Christmas Fair. . .THIS WEEKEND: December 5th and 6th: Wreaths, gifts, food, ornaments and more: Mark your calendar and come join us. Start your Christmas shopping with us: help your parish by purchasing beautiful Christmas gifts and decorative items in our own Monsignor Nagle Parish Hall after the Masses.

Sign of Peace. . . Due to the Swine Flu, H1N1 virus, we will discontinue this practice at all Masses.

Moms & Tots . . . A group of moms and their children meet with Fr. Walsh each first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. in church for Eucharistic adoration, followed by snacks in the rectory. Please join us. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday January 5th.

Mural work. . . Please excuse the mess in the sanctuary. The scaffolding covers everything, as you can see. But it’s only until Christmas. The Blessed Sacrament has been moved from the center tabernacle to the tabernacle on the Blessed Mother altar. This, too, is only until the work is completed by Christmas. Thanks for your patience.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, December 5
4:00 +Members of DeRosa, Kronk, Capobianco & Edwin Clark req. John & Joan Kronk
Sunday, December 6 7:30 In Honor to Virgin Mary req. Fabiola C.
10:00 In Honor to Virgin Mary req. Fabiola C.
12:00 Thanksgiving to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, req. Fabiola C.
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, December 7 8:00 +Gerald & Cecilia Olivo req. Tom Kolenberg
12:10 +Fr. Rufin Kuveikis 1st Anniversary req. McAleer Family
5:15 People of the Parish: Vigil Mass for the Immaculate Conception
Tuesday, December 8: IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: Holy Day of Obligation
8:00 +Virginia & Eileen Carr req. Marie Carr
12:10 Special Intentions Anna Thannical req. Fr. Walsh
5:15 Special Intentions Rev. Mathew Wamada req. Scholastica & Andrew
Wednesday, December 9
8:00 +Marion Clark req. Sharon Gannon
12:10 +Betsy Woolf req. Fabiola C.
Thursday, December 10
8:00 +Frances Lorusso req. Canio & Angela Lorusso
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Friday, December 11 8:00 Special Intention of Eleanore Theresa Kim req. Joseph & Mary Kim
12:10 Thanksgiving to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, req. Fabiola C.
Saturday, December 12 8:00 +Hope & Joseph McAleer req. Family
12:10 +In Loving Memory of The Unborn req. Jimmy & Michelle Sagdati & Morris Families

Eucharistic Adoration. . . Will be postponed until completion of the church mural restoration.

Holy Name Society . . . For all men of the parish: In the rectory every Friday morning for coffee, Eucharistic adoration, benediction & prayer: 7:00 – 8:00a.m. All men of the parish are welcome. Just walk in!

Parish Ladies’ Group. . . The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Society meets each Saturday in the Rectory, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and conversation, it moves into prayer, adoration and a spiritual conference, and concludes by 11:00 a.m. All ladies of the parish are welcome. Just walk in.

Religious Education. . . Mass attendance is, of course, required of all our students and it is hoped that all parents will attend Sunday Mass with their children. Classes meet each Sunday morning at 8:30.

Pray for an end to abortion every Wednesday. . . 7:00 -10:30a.m., Planned Parenthood, 1039 East Main St, Stamford.

St. Dominic Savio Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12th grades. Will meet at the rectory this Sunday the 6th after the 12 pm. Mass. Questions, contact Ferry Galbert 324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. The next meeting will be at the rectory on Sunday December 20th after the 12 pm. Mass. Questions, please contact Rosa Marchetti at 348-0232.

The Legion of Mary. . . has begun here at St. John’s. All are welcome. Please call Fr. Walsh, ext.14, if interested. We meet on Wednesday Evenings at 7:30pm in the rectory.

St. John’s in The NEWS . . .
The CONNECTICUT CATHOLIC:
120 years ago, or so:
December 8, 1888: STAMFORD. “Right Rev. Bishop McMahon administered the sacrament of confirmation on Thanksgiving morning to about two hundred persons of this parish. Rev. Father Lynch of Hartford, formerly assistant pastor here, celebrated the mass. The Right Rev. Bishop, before administering confirmation, spoke in reference to the sacrament which they were about to receive, how in a special manner they had great reasons to thank God that day for the many blessings and gifts derived from that sacrament.”

80 years ago, or so:
The stamford advocate:
December 9, 1931: MERCY ORDER TO HAVE ANNIVERSARY OBSERVANCE HERE. “The local community of the Order of the Sisters of Mercy will celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the founding of the order on Saturday, Dec. 12, in conjunction with a similar celebration by all of the convents throughout the country. The order was founded in Dublin, Ireland, on Dec. 12, 1831, by Mother Catherine McAuley. On Friday, the day before the actual founding date, there will be a special anniversary mass in St. John’s R. C. Church at 9. To this, the children of the parochial school, their parents and friends are bidden. The Rev. Francis J. Lally, pastor of the church, will celebrate the Mass and preach the sermon. The Sisters of Mercy have labored for the last 55 years in Stamford, having come here in 1876 at the request of the Rev. Michael Tierney then pastor of St. John’s Parish, and later Bishop of Hartford.”

50 years ago, or so:
The stamford advocate:
December 10, 1959: Papal Honors Announced For Area Priests. “Papal Honors for 17 priests were announced today by the Most Rev. Lawrence J. Shehan, Bishop of Bridgeport. The bishop said Pope John XXIII had named 11 new monsignors, advanced six monsignors in rank, and conferred Knighthood in the Order of St. Gregory the Great on 13 Fairfield County men. The appointments were made by the Vatican, Bishop Shehan said, in recognition of outstanding service to the church on the part of priests and laymen. Advanced to the rank of Protontary Apostolic, highest order of prelates in the Roman Curia, the official Roman ecclesiastical court, were: Rt. Rev. Nicholas P. Coleman, VF, Stamford, Pastor of St. John’s Church.” (Editor’s note: Monsignor Coleman was Pastor of St. John’s from 1936 to 1963.)

Advent Mission: We welcome Patrick MadridFriday, December 11
7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
“Search and Rescue: How You can help people come home to the Church”
Saturday, December 12
9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
“Answer me this: How to Respond to Common Questions About Catholicism.”
11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
“Is Everything up for grabs? A Catholic Critique of Moral Relativism”
2:15 to 4:00 p.m.
“Where is that in the Bible?”
7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
“Any Friend of God’s Is a Friend of Mine: Mary and the Communion of Saints”
Sunday, December 13
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
“The Case for Christ”
2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
“Pope Fiction: Answers to Myths and Misconceptions About the Papacy”
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
“Answers to Lies Society Tells You,” such as, “If it feels good, do it.”

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St Anne Society
Sunday, December 13th
5 pm – Adoration
5:30 pm – Dinner
Pizza & Pasta
6 pm – Patrick Madrid
We will provide the pizza and pasta. We would appreciate it if families could bring salads, drinks and desserts.

Last names beginning with:
A – G: please bring dessert
H – 0: please bring a salad
P – Z: please bring drinks in individual containers
Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, the 13th.