Bulletin for Sunday November 8, 2009

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Pastor’s Corner. . . During the better part of my eleven years at Saint John’s, parishioners have repeatedly asked the question, when will the church interior be repainted. They’ve also repeatedly asked why the rectory hasn’t yet been repainted. That is another story for another time, since there is much more than the simple application of paint to that venerable residence from 1850.
The church interior, however, is a different story, because we have received some funds to begin the repainting of the interior. You may have noticed that I said SOME funds; by no means have we received all of the monies needed. Having only part of the funding, we will paint only part of the church, and discuss the remainder of the job later.
The funds come from the generosity of one of our late parishioners: Mr. William Thomson. A life-long parishioner of Saint John’s, Bill attended the parish school, served as an altar boy beginning in the 1920’s, taught religious education classes for years, was an usher for decades, a member of various parish boards and committees, and served as one of the two parish trustees [“Lay Members of the Parish Corporation”, to be more precise in my legalise] until his death. Bill had been a life-long banker, and brought his financial expertise to assist the parish during Monsignor Nagle’s tenure as pastor.
Bill loved Saint John’s. He helped me greatly continuing to serve as a trustee and financial advisor for the parish during the first half of my years at Saint John’s. His love for this parish was shown in many ways during his lifetime, and he continued that expression in his generosity in his last will. His bequest to Saint John’s will pay for the restoration of the murals and the ceiling of the sanctuary, behind the high altar.
You may remember that we rediscovered the murals last year, uncovering the central mural around the central altar window of the Crucifixion. We stopped because the cost was prohibitive to continue the work: $19,000 just to remove the layers of paint that had been covering one mural since the 1960’s. Because of Bill’s generosity, we can uncover the murals on all three sanctuary walls and the ceiling AND restore them to their original beauty.
The subject in the mural around the central window of the Crucifixion is the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to the Church in the writing of the four Gospels. Above the central window is the Holy Spirit: the image is the traditional dove, with head down and wings outstretched: it appears as if the Holy Spirit is dive-bombing the altar! Extending downward from the Holy Spirit, on each side of the arch, are rich luxuriant vines of stylized acanthus leaves—in bright orange!–with touches of gold and copper leaf. Among the leaves are four medallions with the symbols of the Evangelists: on the top right side is the Eagle of Saint John, below which is the Ox of Saint Luke; on the top left side is the Angel of Saint Matthew, and below, the Lion of Saint Mark. We’ll have to wait to see what’s on the other two walls.
Painted during the 1920’s, by Mr. Thomas Magee and commissioned by the pastor, Father James O’Brien, these murals are real pieces of Catholic folk art: maybe not the quality of Michelangelo’s works, but they are purely and thoroughly Saint John’s: Created by members of our parish, commissioned by the priests of the parish and paid for by them and by the parishioners, these murals are a beautiful part of our parish heritage: they were created for the glory of God, as a gift of the people and parish priests for future generations as a sign of their love and gratitude to Our Lord. I think we should preserve them. The work will begin next week, and will be completed by Christmas. Say a prayer for Bill, in gratitude. God bless you.—-Mons. Stephen DiGiovanni

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

Please pray for those who have recently died…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.

Legion of Mary . . . meets in the Rectory on Wednesday Evenings at 7:30.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory. On Oct. 28th we’ll begin reading the Advent and Christmas homilies of the Great Church Fathers. Join us. Ho, ho, ho!

The Latin Reading Group. . . Is translating Egeria’s Diaries, a fourth century pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We meet every Wednesday in the rectory at 6:15 p.m. High School Latin is all that’s needed. Just walk in.

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Meets every Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory. All are welcome; just come in the front door. This is a beginner course. Come join us.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the rectory. Class is closed to new students, unless they have some minimal working knowledge of Biblical Greek.

Bible Study:. . .Thursdays, 7:30 pm in the rectory.

Religious Education: . . .Please call Fr. Walsh, our Director of Religious education, for further information about the program. 203-324-1553, ext 14. Classes meet each Sunday morning, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Convert classes. . .Meet Tuesday evenings 7:30PM—8:30PM in the rectory, October 2009 – May 2010.

Coffee Hour. . . After the 10:00 a.m. Mass. 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 December 1st.

Low Gluten Holy Communion. . . Any parishioner unable to receive Holy Communion because of an intolerance of high gluten content communion wafers, please speak with one of the priests. We now have low gluten hosts so you may receive Holy Communion without any fear of allergic reactions.

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

Saint John’s Christmas Fair. . .The weekend of December 5th and 6th: Wreath’s, gifts, food, ornaments and more: Mark your calendar and come join us.

Christmas Fair . . . Calling all our Super Bakers – If you are interested in joining The Saint John’s Christmas 2009 Bakers Guild and bake your special treats for the fair’s bake sale, pls. contact Tracy Banahan at 203-834-0284 or send her an email  at southold6@optonline.net.

Sunday November 1, 2009 $ 15,401.39
Sunday November 2, 2008 $ 13,476.12
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

November 15th Sunday Readings: Dn 12:1-3; Heb 10:11-14, 18; Mk 13:24-32.

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 260 (2) 216. The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.

St. John’s Children’s Choir . . . Please consider enrolling your child in the Children’s Choir which sings for the 10:00 Family Mass on Sundays, alongside the Adult Choir (see below). Rehearsals, at which children learn about singing and reading music, are held each Saturday from 1:00-1:45 pm. The choir is open to boys and girls, ages seven and above, who can match a pitch and who are willing to make a weekly commitment. Please call Scott Turkington for more information, 324-1553, ext. 18 or STurkington@optonline.net.

Calling all Singers! . . . The 10:00 AM Family Mass Adult choir is in need of singers! We rehearse 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.

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass . . . Mass Ordinary: Missa ‘Simile est regnum cælorum’ – Tomás Luis de Victoria, 1548-1611.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Intret oration mea (Let my prayer enter into your presence; incline your ear to my supplication, O Lord. O Lord, God of my salvation, day and night have I cried before you. [Ps. 88:3,2]); Alleluia Qui posuit (He has established peace in your boundaries, and he fills you with the finest wheat. [Ps. 148:3]); Offertory Gressus meos (Guide my footsteps, O Lord, according to your word, so that no iniquity may ever gain the upper hand, O Lord. [Ps. 119:133]); Communion Dominus regit me (The Lord is my shepherd and I shall want nothing; he has set me in a land of abundant pastures; he has led me to life-renewing waters. [Ps. 23:1,2]).
Offertory Motet: O Thou, the Central Orb – Sir Charles Wood, 1866-1926 (O Thou, the central orb of righteous love, Pure beam of the most High, eternal Light Of this our wintry world, Thy radiance bright Awakes new joy in faith, hope soars above. Come, quickly come, and let thy glory shine, Gilding our darksome heaven with rays Divine. Thy saints with holy lustre round Thee move, As stars about thy throne, set in the height Of God’s ordaining counsel, as Thy sight Gives measured grace to each, Thy power to prove. Let Thy bright beams disperse the gloom of sin, Our nature all shall feel eternal day In fellowship with thee, transforming day To souls erewhile unclean, now pure within. Amen. [Henry Ramsden Bramley]).
Communion Motet: O quam gloriosum – Victoria (O how glorious is the kingdom in which all the saints rejoice with Christ! Clad in robes of white, they follow the Lamb wherever he goes. [Antiphon at Vespers of All Saints’ Day]).

Holy Spirit School. . .Applications are now being accepted at Holy Spirit School for the 2009/10 academic year as well as the 2010/11 school year. We encourage you to visit their school during “Take a Look Tuesdays” where you can have the opportunity to visit the classrooms and see teachers and students interacting during regular classes. Our next “Take a Look Tuesday” is November 10th from 9:30am-11:30am. For directions and more information, please contact Mrs. Patricia Torchen, Principal at 203-329-1623, www.holyspiritschool.info.

Mass Cancellation. . . Just a head’s up: Sunday, November 22nd there will be NO 12 NOON MASS, because the UBS Parade Spectacular will be held beginning at noon, passing directly in front of the church. Parishioners who would like to see the parade are welcome to sit on the church steps and on the rectory porch: just get there early!! Coffee, hot cocoa and croissants will be served to parishioners following the 10 am Mass in preparation for the parade.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, November 7
4:00 +Members of DeRosa, Kronk, Capobianco Families & Edwin Clark req. John & Joan Kronk
Sunday, November 8
7:30 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
10:00 All Souls in Purgatory req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:00 All Souls in Purgatory req. Lilian & Alvina Ramos
6:00 +Douglas Myers req. Yolanda Roman
Monday, November 9
8:00 Special Intention Maria & Antonio Marchetti req. Badetti family
12:10 Happy Birthday Ava Reah Cala req. Parents
Tuesday, November 10
8:00 In Honor of Saint Joseph req. Anthony D’Ariano
12:10 +Raffaela Annetta req. Caterina Megale
Wednesday, November 11
8:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Sadie Gerardi req. Hackie Preti
Thursday, November 12
8:00 +William A. Gannon Sr. & William A. Gannon Jr. req. Sharon Gannon
12:10 +John Maloney req. wife Mary
Friday, November 13
8:00 In Celebration of our 14th Wedding Anniversary req. Nicholas & Theresa Troilo
12:10 Special Intention Maria Mossa req. Josephine Languedoc
Saturday, November 14
8:00 +Hope & Joseph McAleer req. Family
12:10 +Giuseppe & Antonia Siciliano req. Pugliese family

Eucharistic Adoration. . . Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 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, move 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.

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, contact Ferry Galbert 324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society. . . For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. 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 will meet on Wednesday Evenings at 7:30pm.

St. John’s in The Advocate . . .
140 years ago, or so:November 4, 1871: THIRD ANNUAL FAIR. “The ladies of St. John’s Catholic church take pleasure in announcing that their third annual Fair for the benefit of their new church, will be held in Seely’s Hall commencing on Wednesday, Nov. 15th. No pains will be spared to make the occasion one of enjoyment and pleasure for all who may see fit to visit the fair, and a cordial invitation is extended to all. Good prizes will be offered, the drawing for which will be fairly and honestly executed. As the object of the fair is one which must commend itself to our citizens, we solicit from all that generous assistance which has bee accorded us in past years, and we assure all that besides the satisfaction of having assisted in a worthy undertaking, they will have an opportunity of spending an evening in pleasant and harmless diversion.”

125 years ago, or so:
November 9, 1883: “The large stain-glass windows for the new Catholic church have been handsomely provided for by the self-sacrifice and liberality of the various temperance and benevolent associations connected with the parish. The front window will be supplied by St. John’s Benevolent society. The north window by St. John’s Temperance and Benevolent society, and the south window by St. Patrick’s Total Abstinence and Benevolent society. These gifts will aggregate in value about $1,500. The clerestory windows will also be put in shortly, and the general interior work continued through the winter.”

50 years ago, or so:November 10, 1959: Memorial Service To Begin Events Of Veterans’ Day. “Stamford will honor Veterans’ Day Wednesday with a memorial service in Central Park, at 10 a.m., a parade through Summer, River, Main and Elm streets starting at 3 p.m., and a dinner-dance at the Genevese Steak House, Shippan Ave., at 7 p.m. The Rev. Vincent P. Cleary, assistant pastor of St. John’s Church, will pronounce the benediction at the memorial service. Thomas A. Ryan will be officer of the day.”

Light in the Midst of Darkness
-Fr. Terry Walsh
Each November, as the daylight hours begin to diminish, the Church’s Liturgical year also begins to draw to a close. The darker days remind us of our own mortality and cause us to reflect on just how well we are using the time our Lord has so graciously given each of us. As we approach the Church New Year, the 1st Sunday of Advent, (November 29th) it is a good time to reflect on the state of our Spiritual Journey and have a bit of time to consider some possible resolutions. Has there been progress over these past 12 months in the areas of prayer, of greater understanding of the faith, and of a deeper, fully appreciation of the blessings and challenges that are meant to draw us closer to God? What “New Year’s Resolutions” might be considered to make greater progress beginning this Advent? Perhaps consider the foundation stones in your prayer life. Are you opening your Bible at home each day – even for just a few minutes – and allowing God to speak to you. The daily Rosary is another powerful devotion to solidify the foundation of daily prayer, even if you begin that devotion with one simple Mystery each day (there are 20 Mysteries and normally we would pray 5 each day). What a wonderful foundation of prayer: Scripture and Rosary. Then, when talking with God about all the circumstances and details of your daily life, you will know the One you are in conversation much much better. And the graces He wants to pour into your heart will be more abundant and at the same time more efficacious simply because your prayer life will have opened your heart to receive Him and so more faithfully walk in His Light.
As these November days grow darker, our hearts should continue to grow in the Light. Consider the Supernatural Virtue of Hope. It was infused in our souls at Baptism – a hope that has grown more resilient through the graces received through faithfully living out the dignity of our respective Christian vocations with an ever deepening desire to dwell in the Light of Christ as the Saints in Heaven already enjoy. Our hope is buoyed by the confidence that we are in fact called to share in that Light and that those who have gone before us are actually interceding for us – praying for us – today. Likewise, we who continue to “fight the good fight” in the Church on earth should be mindful of those who are on their way to Heaven but look for our prayerful support to speed their journey through Purgatory. We are all part of One Body, Jesus Christ, and our prayers for the dead have true efficacy. We must pray for each other. Purgatory is a great gift. The greatest attribute of God is His Mercy! Purgatory is a shining example of that Mercy. It is a state of purification so that a soul may be made worthy to enter the perfect holiness of Eternal Beatitude – the Brilliant, Radiant Light of Christ. Only Holy souls may enter there and those that do are assured of going to Heaven.
In addition to helping the holy souls who are in Purgatory through prayer, almsgiving, indulgences, and various works of penance, we may also gain the treasures of Indulgences for ourselves in such abundance that upon our own death, we may be taken straight up to Heaven. Our Lord is infinitely generous. These dim days of November do not darken our hearts when we reflect on the love and mercy of our generous Redeemer. As we are filled with the Light of Christ, we will grow in understanding of our Christian Dignity and the Life of Holiness each of us is called to live. We will draw closer to Him through the grace of the Sacraments and He will offer us many opportunities to demonstrate our love for Him as we pray for one another, beginning with those who have gone before us.

Bulletin for Sunday, November 1, 2009

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Pastor’s Corner. . The Solemnity of All Saints on November 1st and Memorial of All Souls Day on November 2nd call to mind an aspect about the reality of the Church of which many people are unaware: The Catholic Church isn’t merely an institution; it is the living Body of Christ that reaches beyond the here and now: Christ is the Head, we—both the baptized living and the dead—are the members, through which Our Lord works to save everyone. All Saints Day recalls the innumerable men, women, and children who led lives of heroic virtue and great holiness. They pray for us to Our Lord; they continue to be members of the Church, and continue to practice charity from heaven in our regard.
All Souls Day on November 2nd calls to mind those innumerable men, women, and children who have died, but whose lives were less than perfectly holy. They, hopefully, are in Purgatory, being purged of the effects of their sins. We remember them in a particular way, as our act of charity, praying for them, who continue to be members of the Church. Not everyone is in Heaven; not everyone is in Purgatory. The popular fallacy is that everyone goes to Heaven. Not so, at least not according to Our Lord’s revelation in Scripture and the Church’s consistent teachings. If we live without Christ in this life, or if we live contrary to Christ, then why should we want or expect to be with Him forever in the next life?
While our society revels in horror stories about the dead during Halloween, the Church turns our attention to the reality of life and death, and beauty of God’s mercy and love for us.
This week we recall those Saints who loved Christ so much that they formed their daily lives around Him, and those others who desired to live perfect lives, but who were less than perfect because of human weakness. These are days of great hope, because God’s mercy is stronger than our sins; stronger than the power of Satan and death. As a sign of that, the Church offers special graces for the Souls in Purgatory. By our simple prayers, acts of charity, and proper intention, united with the Church as the Body of Christ, we can gain a Plenary Indulgence for deceased members of our families, and it costs nothing. A Plenary Indulgence is the remission before God of the temporal punishment due for sins that had been already forgiven by Confession. Sin has a lasting effect on us, which can be cleansed only through penance. Hopefully, we can do these penances prior to our death; sometimes not. That is where the Church comes in: The Church, established by Our Lord as the minister of Redemption, authoritatively dispenses and applies to those in need the treasury of grace won by Christ and His Saints. One Indulgence can be had each day from November 1st through the 8th, and each can be applied by us to one of the faithful departed per day. All we have to do is this: 1) go to Confession at least once during that week, and receive Holy Communion on the day(s) you wish the Indulgence; 2) visit any cemetery; 3) and pray—one Hail Mary and one Our Father for the intention of the Pope; 4) if you can’t visit a cemetery, then visit any Catholic church, fulfilling the requirements 1 and 3, and also recite the Creed. This is Christ’s mercy through His Church. We are asked to have faith in the Church established by Christ and to demonstrate our faith in charity by doing these simple spiritual tasks and acts of charity. Let us be mindful of the goodness of Our Lord, pray to the Saints for their intercession, and pray for the faithful departed that they might one day see the God who loves us.
On Saint Joseph’s side chapel you will find the parish’s relics of the Saints displayed. Together, with the other Saints, Our Lady and Our Lord, they are part of the Church, all praying for us, while we pray for the dead: all working for the salvation of all. Happy feast days! —Mons. Stephen DiGiovanni

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

Please pray for those who have recently died…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.

Legion of Mary ….meets in the Rectory on Wednesday Evenings at 7:30.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory. On Oct. 28th we’ll begin reading the Advent and Christmas homilies of the Great Church Fathers. Join us. Ho, ho, ho!

St. Anne Society: . . . Meets Sunday, November 1st, All Saints Day. Adoration 5 to 5:30 followed by Pizza and Pasta in the Hall and a talk offered by Dr. Joan Kelly “On the Saints”. All are welcome!

The Latin Reading Group. . . Is translating Egeria’s Diaries, a fourth century pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We meet every Wednesday in the rectory at 6:15 p.m. High School Latin is all that’s needed. Just walk in.

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Meets every Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory. All are welcome; just come in the front door. This is a beginner course. Come join us.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the rectory. Class is closed to new students, unless they have some minimal working knowledge of Biblical Greek.

Bible Study:. . .Thursdays, 7:30 pm in the rectory: PLEASE NOTE NO CLASS ON NOVEMBER 5th

Religious Education: . . .Please call Fr. Walsh, our Director of Religious education, for further information about the program. 203-324-1553, ext 14.

Convert classes. . .Meet Tuesday evenings 7:30PM—8:30PM in the rectory, October 2009 – May 2010.

Coffee Hour. . . After the 10:00 a.m. Mass. 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 November 3rd.

Low Gluten Holy Communion. . . Any parishioner unable to receive Holy Communion because of an intolerance of high gluten content communion wafers, please speak with one of the priests. We now have low gluten hosts so you may receive Holy Communion without any fear of allergic reactions.

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

Saint John’s Christmas Fair. . .The weekend of December 5th and 6th: gifts, food, ornaments and more: Mark your calendar and come join us.

Saint Augustine Medal. . . Each year Bishop Lori bestows this special award to men and women from around the diocese as a sign of his appreciation for their hard work for their individual parishes. I am delighted to announce that this year’s recipient from Saint John’s is Mrs. Marion Morris. For nearly 10 years, Marion has labored thousands of hours to keep our church and sanctuary spotless, beautiful and splendidly decorated with magnificent floral displays and arrangements. In the name of the parish, I wish to thank her for her love of Saint John’s. —Mons. DiGiovanni

Ancient Order of Hibernians. . . Will host a Mass to commemorate deceased members on Sunday, November 1st a 4 pm in the Hibernain Hall at Greyrock Place. All are welcome.

Sunday October 25, 2009 $ 11,343.08
Sunday October 26, 2008 $ 10,238.66
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

November 8th Sunday Readings: 1 Kgs 17:10-16; Heb 9:24-28; Mk 12:38-44 or 12:41-44.

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 166 (2) 169. The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.

St. John’s Children’s Choir . . . Please consider enrolling your child in the Children’s Choir which sings for the 10:00 Family Mass on Sundays, alongside the Adult Choir (see below). Rehearsals, at which children learn about singing and reading music, are held each Saturday from 1:00-1:45 pm. The choir is open to boys and girls, ages seven and above, who can match a pitch and who are willing to make a weekly commitment. Please call Scott Turkington for more information, 324-1553, ext. 18 or STurkington@optonline.net.

Calling all Singers! . . . The 10:00 AM Family Mass Adult choir is in need of singers! We rehearse 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.

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass . . . Mass Ordinary: Missa ‘Simile est regnum cælorum’ – Tomás Luis de Victoria, 1548-1611.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Gaudeamus omnes in Domino (Let us all rejoice in the Lord as we celebrate this feast day in honour of all thesaints; it is a solemnity which causes the Angels to rejoice, and to praise together the Son of God. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous; praising befits those who are upright. [Ps. 33]); Alleluia Venite ad me (Come unto me, all you who labour and are heavily burdened, and I will comfort you. [Matthew 11:28]); Offertory Iustorum anime (The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God, and no malicious torment will ever touch them; in the eyes of the unwise, they seem to have died; but they are dwelling in peace, alleluia. [Wisdom 3:1,2,3]); Communion Beati mundo corde (Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God; blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God; blessed are those who suffer persecution for the sake of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [Matthew 5:8,9,10]).
Offertory Motet: O Thou, the Central Orb – Sir Charles Wood, 1866-1926 (O Thou, the central orb of righteous love, Pure beam of the most High, eternal Light Of this our wintry world, Thy radiance bright Awakes new joy in faith, hope soars above. Come, quickly come, and let thy glory shine, Gilding our darksome heaven with rays Divine. Thy saints with holy lustre round Thee move, As stars about thy throne, set in the height Of God’s ordaining counsel, as Thy sight Gives measured grace to each, Thy power to prove. Let Thy bright beams disperse the gloom of sin, Our nature all shall feel eternal day In fellowship with thee, transforming day To souls erewhile unclean, now pure within. Amen. [Henry Ramsden Bramley]).
Communion Motet: O quam gloriosum – Victoria (O how glorious is the kingdom in which all the saints rejoice with Christ! Clad in robes of white, they follow the Lamb wherever he goes. [Antiphon at Vespers of All Saints’ Day]).

Take a Look Tuesday at Holy Spirit School. . .Applications are now being accepted at Holy Spirit School for the 2009/10 academic year as well as the 2010/11 school year. We encourage you to visit their school during “Take a Look Tuesdays” where you can have the opportunity to visit the classrooms and see teachers and students interacting during regular classes. Our next “Take a Look Tuesday” is November 10th from 9:30am-11:30am. For directions and more information, please contact Mrs. Patricia Torchen, Principal at 203-329-1623, www.holyspiritschool.info.

Thank you. . . The Morris Family wishes to thank everyone for all the expressions of sympathy received on the occasion of the death of William. God bless you all. The best gift one could give is a Mass for the repose of William’s soul.

Mass Intentions+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, October 31
4:00 +Memorial remembrance of Vincent J. Freccia, Jr. req. wife Dolores
Sunday, November 1
7:30 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry Galbert
10:00 +Charles & Florence DeSilva req. Daughter
12:00 +Jorge Luis Perez req. Fernando Perez
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, November 2
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 Souls in Purgatory
Tuesday, November 3
8:00 +Reddy & Alice MacDonald & family req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Julia Rusinak req. Mary Churley
Wednesday, November 4
8:00 +Members of Do Family req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Josephine Languedoc
Thursday, November 5
8:00 +Members of Nguyen Family re. Thang Nguyen
12:10 +Vince Tummarello req. Anthony & Carolyn Conte
Friday, November 6
8:00 +Margaret Timon req. Thomas A. Timon
12:10 +Patrick & Vera Dandry req. John & Laura Pascale
Saturday, November 7
8:00 +Theodora Soon Kim req. Joseph & Mary Kim
12:10 For the 911 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G

Eucharistic Adoration: Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

Holy Name Society … For all men of the parish: In the rectory every Friday morning
for coffee, Eucharistic adoration, benediction & prayer: 7:00 – 8:00 a.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, move 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.

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

St. Dominic Savio Society…For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12th grades. Questions, contact Ferry Galbert 324-1553 ext. 22. NEXT MEETING IS NOVEMBER 1st at 1:15 in the Rectory

St. Maria Goretti Society…For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. Questions, please contact Rosa Marchetti at 348-0232. NEXT MEETING IS NOVEMBER 1st at 1:15 in the Rectory

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

St. John’s in The Advocate . . .
100 years ago, or so:

    November 4, 1907:

WELCOME TO FATHER KEENA. Former Curate Points Out the Evils of Strong Drink and the Value of Abstinence—Work Here Remembered, and He Received Warm Greeting. “St. John’s R. C. Church was crowded to the doors last night, when Rev. Thomas J. Keena of Bristol preached on temperance under the auspices of St. Joseph’s T.A.B. Society. While there is never any applause given in a Catholic Church, there are other ways in which a congregation can show its sympathy with a preacher, and these were quite in evidence, last night. It is just 10 years since Father Keena left Stamford, after a service of 11 years as a curate, which was marked by splendid work among the poor. In the ten years that have passed, this has not been forgotten, and, last night, at the conclusion of the service, nearly every one in the church went forward and shook hands with their old curate.”

75 years ago, or so:

    November 3, 1936:

Children of Mary Hear Advantages of Catholic Library. “The Children of Mary Sodality of St. John’s Church held its monthly meeting Sunday afternoon, Marion McRedmond presided. Rev. N. P. Coleman spoke to the girls and introduced Rev. Edward Rosenberger of St. Mary’s parish, who gave an instructive and interesting talk on the advantages of the Catholic Library in Stamford. The library, situated in the K. of C. Building, Elm St., is open to all, and has a wide choice of books. Father Rosenberger stressed the point of reading for the purpose of recreation, inspiration, and information.”

50 years ago, or so:

    November 5, 1963:

Catholic Scouts Attend Retreat. “Twenty-seven Boy Scouts of the Catholic faith from the Alfred W. Dater Council B.S.A. attended a pilgrimage at Manresa Retreat House, Ridgefield, Sunday. The pilgrimage is a requirement to be fulfilled by Scouts working on the third and final step of the Ad Altare Dei Religious Award. The program was under the direction of the Rev. George V. McCabe, S.J., superior of Manresa Retreat House and the Rev. Thomas P. Fay, S.J., retreat master. The group assembled in the chapel for the prayers lead by Scout Daniel Moriarty, Troop 22, St. John’s Church. Scouts in attendance were: Daniel Shaub, James Otis, Daniel Moriarty, Patrick Moriarty, Robert Gaynor, Thomas Lynam and William Boffa, all of Troop 22, St. John’s.”

The Communion of Saints… -Fr. Terry Walsh
Baptism incorporates each of us into the Mystical Body of Christ. At that sacred moment we enter into eternal life and begin our Life IN Christ here on earth. Now, provided we listen to Him and allow His voice to penetrate our hearts and minds and order our actions accordingly, we forever abide in His love – first on earth and then, one day, in Heaven. And what does it mean to abide IN Him as we walk on this earth? Well, Jesus is very clear in the Gospels. He tells us that the whole law and the prophets are summed up in this: That you love God above all else and that you love your neighbor as yourself. Of course there are trials involved, how else could we pick up our Cross and follow Him? After all, Jesus is Lord; we are mere creatures. He reminds us: “They persecuted Me, they will persecute you too”(John 15). At the same time, He tells us, “Be not afraid, I go before you.” He assures us that He will help us to carry the Cross. At times, He will take the Cross from us. He simply wants to help us to become holy – like He is holy. The Saints understood this and relied on Him to help them become who Jesus had created them to become – images of Himself – images of love. Think of your favorite Saint. What were the qualities of the Saint’s life that resonate in your heart? And when did you first realize that you, too, were called to be a Saint? Each member of the Body of Christ is called to gaze upon God in Heaven in a joy-filled, active life that grows ever deeper in the knowledge and love of God and in fellowship with all the Saints and Angels. But that life IN God actually begins right here on earth. Jesus tells us: “The Kingdom of Heaven is within.” In John’s Gospel we read: “…whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life”(John 4:14). God dwells IN us and remains IN us, provided we don’t push Him away through sin. Again, Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you”(John 14:15).
In his various Letters in the New Testament, Saint Paul calls the faithful followers of Christ on earth, saints. Indeed, the Church is One Body, that is, The Mystical Body of Christ, and yet, it is, in this present time, composed of three parts: The Church Triumphant (the Saints in Heaven who have triumphed over sin), the Church Suffering, that is, all those members of the Body of Christ who have died free of mortal sin and yet are undergoing purification in Purgatory due to the effects of sin, that is, ‘temporal punishment’ (all of these eventually go to Heaven), and finally, the Church on Earth, also known as the Church Militant – all of us who continue to battle against sin and temptation – with the graces won for us by Jesus Christ. We are called to be Saints.
All three “parts” of the Church are actively engaged in the heart of Jesus Christ – all three make up the Body. All three are Mystically present at every Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, offering thanks and praise to God and adoring Him. We are all mystically connected as members of the same family. Those who have gone before us are now interceding on our behalf – praying that we too will hear the Voice of the redeemer and humbly allow His life-giving Word to penetrate our sometimes stoney hearts so that we may respond to the graces—the Living Water—that he offers us each day and so come to join them in Heaven.
Today is All Saints Day – that Holy Day when we honor the love and fidelity of those who ‘fought the good fight’ throughout their lives and now gaze upon Beauty, Truth, and Holiness Himself in an active fellowship beyond our limited ability to comprehend. We are called to that life – if we choose Him in this life…

Bulletin for Sunday October 25, 2009

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Bulletin for Sunday October 25, 2009

Pastor’s Corner. . . During these past months, I’d asked parishioners to pray for a special intention: that intention was that the Holy Father would grant my petition that Saint John’s be named a basilica.
The petition is nearly 400 pages, composed of a parish history, detailed presentation of the present life and work of the parish, and a sizeable album of photographs of every nook and cranny of the church, catalogued to correspond with the narrative. All of this was approved by the Bishop, in whose name the petition included Bishop Lori’s personal petition to the Holy See in favor of the parish. All this was sent to Washington, D.C., seeking the apporval by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops [USCCB]. The petition was reviewed in Washington and, after obtaining the approbation or nihil obstat from Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, who is the president of the USCCB, it was sent on the Rome. The rest you know: the Holy Father named Saint John’s a Minor Basilica on July 16, 2009, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: one of only 65 Minor Basilicas out of the 22, 000 Catholic churches. in the U.S.A.
The Holy Father grants the dignity and title of Minor Basilica to certain churches throughout the world. Saint John’s received this because of our historical importance in the development of Catholicism within the southwestern portion of Fairfield County; because ours is the only original “ancient” churches in the diocese still intact, in that it retains its original 19th century altar, sanctuary and artistic treasures; because the parish has developed into a center for worship within the diocese; and for our extensive educational programs and for the social and spiritual works offered here in downtown Stamford.
Saint John’s is a “Minor” basilica, as compared to the “Major” basilicas in Rome, of which there are four: the Major Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican; the Major Basilica of Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls: both being built over the tombs of the respective Princes of the Apostles, Saints Peter and Paul; the Major Basilica of Saint John Lateran, which is the pope’s cathedral as the Bishop of Rome; and the Major Basilica of Saint Mary Major, the largest church dedicated to the Mother of God by the 4th century, when it was originally built.
The “Minor” basilicas are accorded some of the privileges of these four “Major” basilicas in the Eternal City. Our parish now has a direct link with the pope, the Successor of Saint Peter. Three symbols will make this known, and date back to the fourth century: they will be permanently displayed in the new basilica and used in important liturgical processions: the tintinabulum, which is a ceremonial bell mounted in a decorative housing and carried aloft on a pole; the conopaeum, which is a basilica umbrella made of red and yellow silk, the papal colors. Both were used in papal processions through the City of Rome: the bell called attention to the pope’s arrival, and the processional umbrella was a sign of dignity and protected the pope in inclement weather, identifying him to the crowd as he walked along in procession. An image of the red and yellow papal umbrella can be seen on the front cover of our bulletin: under it is another papal symbol granted to the basilica: the crossed gold and silver keys: they are the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven granted Saint Peter [Mt 16: 13-19]. The tintinabulum and conopaeum are the special, visible signs of our parish’s special link with the Holy Father, and stand as signs that the parish is ready to welcome the Holy Father if and when he chooses to visit downtown Stamford. The third of the basilica symbols will be coats-of-arms, those of the pope and those of our basilica, which will be displayed outside over the front door of the church and inside on the choir loft. Last, but not least, by the great generosity of two parishioners, we will soon have a life-sized bronze replica of the statue of Saint Peter in the Vatican basilica; and a hand painted icon of the Blessed Mother: Salus Populi Romani, the oldest and most venerated image of Our Lady in Rome, found in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major. All of these are presently being made. These will be on permanent display beginning with the inaugural Mass, which will be announced soon.
Our basilica now ranks above all other parish churches in our diocese, second only to the Cathedral of Saint Augustine, as the seat of Bishop Lori, our resident successor to the Apostles. Another benefit as a basilica is that numerous plenary indulgences will now be granted to parishioners and visitors, of which there should be many more than usual, since basilicas become pilgrimage sites as well as parish churches.
Our chief duty is to pray for the Pope Benedict XVI. At the end of each weekday Mass, and following the Prayers of the Faithful during Sunday Masses, we will ask everyone to pray one Hail Mary for the Holy Father. —Mons. Stephen DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick…Joseph Lasko, Peggy Pikul, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, David Lloyd, John Castellano, Janet Rodgers, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans, Margaret Romaine, Annette Mellace.

Please pray for those who have recently died…Joseph Logsdail, 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.

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

Legion of Mary ….meets in the Rectory on Wednesday Evenings at 7:30.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory. On Oct. 28th we’ll begin reading the Advent and Christmas homilies of the Great Church Fathers. Join us. Ho, ho, ho!

St. Anne Society: . . . Meets Sunday, November 1st, All Saints Day. Adoration 5 to 5:30 followed by Pizza and Pasta in the Hall and a talk offered by Dr. Joan Kelly “On the Saints”. All are welcome!

The Latin Reading Group. . . Is translating St. Augustine’s Confessions…And meets every Wednesday in the rectory at 6:15 p.m. High School Latin is all that’s needed. Just walk in.

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Meets every Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory. All are welcome; just come in the front door. This is a beginner course. Come join us.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the rectory. Class is closed to new students.

Bible Study:. . .Thursdays, 7:30 pm in the rectory: PLEASE NOTE NO CLASS ON NOVEMBER 5th

Religious Education: . . .Please call Fr. Walsh, our Director of Religious education, for further information about the program. 203-324-1553, ext 14.

R.C.I.A. . . .Will meet Tuesday evenings 7:30PM—8:30PM in the rectory, October 2009 – May 2010. Classes start October 20th. Please have Sacramental Records sent to St. John’s. Texts: Bible and the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. (available in the Basilica bookstore)

Coffee Hour. . . After the 10:00 a.m. Mass. 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 November 3rd.

Malta House. . . Benefit concert: Friday, October 30th at 8:00 pm in the Norwalk Concert Hall at the Norwalk City Hall: 125 East Avenue. For more info & tickets: 203-857-0088.

Low Gluten Holy Communion. . . Any parishioner unable to receive Holy Communion because of an intolerance of high gluten content communion wafers, please speak with one of the priests. We now have low gluten hosts so you may receive Holy Communion without any fear of allergic reactions.

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

Job Seekers. . . Will meet in the rectory on Monday, October 26th at 7:30 pm. Looking for help in your job applications? Come join us: no charge. For more information, contact Melanzie at Melanie@redink.biz

Sunday October 18, 2009 $ 10,624.81 “I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Sunday October 19, 2008 $ 11,543.98

November 1st Sunday Readings: Rv 7:2-4, 9-14; 1 Jn 3:1-3; Mt 5:1-12a.

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 258 (2) 183. The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.

St. John’s Children’s Choir . . . Please consider enrolling your child in the Children’s Choir which sings for the 10:00 Family Mass on Sundays, alongside the Adult Choir (see below). Rehearsals, at which children learn about singing and reading music, are held each Saturday from 1:00-1:45 pm. The choir is open to boys and girls, ages seven and above, who can match a pitch and who are willing to make a weekly commitment. Please call Scott Turkington for more information, 324-1553, ext. 18 or STurkington@optonline.net.

Calling all Singers! . . . The 10:00 AM Family Mass Adult choir is in need of singers! We rehearse 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.

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass . . . Mass Ordinary: Missa ‘O quam gloriosum’ – Tomás Luis de Victoria, 1548-1611.
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; see 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 Lauda, Jerusalem (Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise your God, O Zion. [Ps. 148:1]); Offertory Domine, vivifica me (O Lord, grant me life according to your word, so that I may learn your commandments. [Ps. 119:107,125]); Communion Laetabimur (We shall rejoice in your salvation; and in the name of our God shall we place our pride. [Ps. 20:6]).
Offertory Motet: Salve Regina – Victoria (Hail, O holy Queen! O Mother all merciful, our life, our sweetness, and out hope, we hail thee! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee we send our sighs while mourning and weeping in this lowly valley of tears. Turn then thine eyes, so loving and compassionate, upon us sinners. And Jesus, the most blessed fruit of thy virgin womb, show us when this earthly exile is ended. O clement, O loving, O most sweet Virgin Mary.)
Communion Motet: Domine non sum dignus – Victoria (Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed. [Text of the Mass, translated by the Congregation for Divine Worship]).

Take a Look Tuesday at Holy Spirit School. . .Applications are now being accepted at Holy Spirit School for the 2009/10 academic year as well as the 2010/11 school year. We encourage you to visit our school during “Take a Look Tuesdays” where you can have the opportunity to visit the classrooms and see teachers and students interacting during regular classes. Our next “Take a Look Tuesday” is November 10th from 9:30am-11:30am. For directions and more information, please contact Mrs. Patricia Torchen, Principal at 203-329-1623, www.holyspiritschool.info.

Thank you. . . We are grateful to Mrs. Julia Oliveira and her daughter Dionysia for their
generosity.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, October 24
4:00 +Osner, Ena, Ashley Lubin req. Maria C. Joseph
Sunday, October 25
7:30 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
10:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
12:00 +Robert Rohr req. Dawn Hartnett
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, October 26
8:00 +Hedwig Kobylenski req. John Catalano & Madeline DeGrace
12:10 +Elizabeth Daly req. Leon Taricani
Tuesday, October 27
8:00 Souls in Purgatory
12:10 +Frances & Antonio Pugliese req. Pugliese Family
Wednesday, October 28
8:00 +Hedwig Kobylenski req. Mary & John Murray
12:10 +John Buckheit req. Leon Taricani
Thursday, October 29
8:00 +John Maloney Anniversary req. wife Mary
12:10 Thanksgiving to God req. Fabiola & Joe
Friday, October 30
8:00 +Robert Browen req. Thomas Kolenberg
12:10 +Domenico & Caterina Sette req. Pugliese Family
Saturday, October 31
8:00 +Peter Jae Kim req. Joseph & Mary Kim
12:10 +William Borkowski req. wife & son

Eucharistic Adoration: Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

Holy Name Society … For all men of the parish: In the rectory every Friday morning
for coffee, Eucharistic adoration, benediction & prayer: 7:00 – 8:00 a.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, move 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.

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

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

St. Maria Goretti Society…For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. Questions, please contact Rosa Marchetti at 348-0232. NEXT MEETING IS NOVEMBER 1st at 1:15 in the Rectory

The Legion of Mary…has begun here at St. John’s. All are welcome. Please call Fr. Walsh if interested. We will meet on Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 in the Church Hall.

St. John’s in The NEWS . . .
The Connecticut catholic:
125 years ago, or so:
October 29, 1887: Stamford. “St. Augustine council, No. 41, Knights of Columbus, together with about twenty five Knights from Bridgeport council, and about forty from Greenwich council, attended high mass last Sunday in a body and presented a most creditable appearance. It was the occasion of admitting twenty-two new members of St. Augustine’s council to the third degree that brought together so many of the K of C, and the members of the Stamford council have reason to feel pleased from the great success that their efforts have accomplished here in establishing an organization which is founded on brotherly and Christian principles. District Deputy Leonard conferred the degrees at the rooms of the council. Fathers Lynch and Keena were also present.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Council 41, Knights of Columbus, was established on Sunday, May 8, 1887.)

The stamford advocate:
100 years ago, or so:
October 28, 1907: Observance of All Saints’ Day. “In St. John’s R.C. Church, yesterday, the announcement was made that next Friday will not be observed as a fast day by Catholics, as it is All Saints’ Day. This is the first time in a number of years that this distinction has been made for any holy day falling on Friday, excepting Christmas. There will be services in the church at 5, 7, 8 and 9 a.m. Saturday will be All Souls’ Day, and, aside from the usual services in the church in the morning, there will be a service at 3 p.m. in the cemetery at Springdale.”

50 years ago, or so:October 29, 1958: State’s Catholics Hail New Pontiff. “Connecticut Catholics today begin celebrating the election of Pope John XXIII with special prayers and daily masses. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s Church and dean of the Catholic clergy in the Stamford area, commenting today on the newly-elected Pope John XXIII, described him as a “man of great spirituality, of great experience in diplomatic affairs who is also kind, affable, and easy to approach.” The monsignor said he is sure the new Pope will follow “along the same lines as his predecessor—for peace throughout the world.” This was the first thought expressed by the pontiff after his election, Msgr. Coleman noted.”

The 4 Last Things
Heaven, Hell, Death, and Judgment
– Fr. Terry Walsh

As faithful Catholics, we know that God created mankind out of love and calls us to live in His love for all eternity—in Heaven. That is His will for us. But, he leaves the choice up to us. He blessed us with the gift of freedom so that we could freely choose to follow him—so that we could love. The decision to love God necessarily means that we are choosing to keep His commandments, to pick up our Cross, to Follow Him; we are choosing to live as he did: to have compassion in our hearts for all, to show mercy toward those who offend us, to go out of our way for one another. At the same time, we are freely choosing to turn away from those things that seek to draw us away from God; namely, sin. There in lies the battle. As we read in the Scriptures, “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” And yet, we have a powerful Helper—the Holy Spirit. All we need to do is ask for the help we need to become holy, to overcome sin and temptation, to “live the truth in love” and we will receive even more than we ask. But do we ask properly? St. James writes: “What causes wars, and what causes fighting among you? Is it not your passions that are at war in your member?” He goes on to say, “You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions….Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God”(James 4:1ff)? Jesus reminds us in John’s Gospel, “You are in the world but you are not of the world.” In other words, always be mindful that our true home is Heaven. Do not be caught up in the fleeting things of this world but rather order your lives according to the true end for which you were created: union with God. Once we have our true end in sight, we will then order our lives accordingly: prayer, sacraments, living the Gospel, filtering our thoughts and words, and deeds through our faith. Then there is nothing to fear. Death will come to us all. Yet, at that moment when we meet God face to face, we will be in peace for we will have already met him in our prayer. We will have already walked with him through the sacraments. He will have already done the needful things in us because we asked for his help and guidance throughout our lives in that daily conversion of heart that we call an active, ‘living’ faith. Yes, we will be at peace. But for those enamored by the things of the world, there will be a rude awakening. They will not recognize Him. St. James exhorts us: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you….Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you”(James 4:7ff).
Throughout the Scriptures we hear about the beauty of heaven and the pains of Hell. Prophets such as Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and others offer us remarkable visions of the magnificence of the Heavenly Host. Likewise, the New Testament visions of St. Paul and St. John compel us to pray earnestly about the life we are called to share in the love of the Holy Trinity. Heaven and Hell are real, and lasting. The brief time we are afforded here on earth is our opportunity to choose. The Catechism states: “Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the moment of his death, in a particular judgment that refers his life to Christ: either entrance into the blessedness of heaven—through a purification or immediately, – or immediate and everlasting damnation”(ccc1022). Again, for the faithful follower of Jesus Christ who simply strives to walk in the light of Christ (prayer, sacraments, living the Gospel) there is nothing to fear. Have a look at the Gospel of John, chapter 14. Jesus assures the Apostles that there is nothing whatsoever to fear. He has already prepared a place in the Heavenly kingdom. He will provide all that is needed to live faithfully in this life here on earth. He promised. He meets us in the Sacraments. He heals us of our sins, our faults and failings. He alone restores us and helps us grow in holiness—if we ask.
As we near the end of the Liturgical year, we will hear many readings in the Mass about the 4 last things: Heaven, Hell, Death, and Judgment. It is with great love and mercy that Jesus teaches us about these realities so that we can choose now—in this present moment—to order our lives after Him and ask Him for all that we need to stay on the “well-lit path that leads to the Father.” The 1st Sunday of Advent is approaching. It is “New Years Day” for us. We being our hopeful expectation of our Savior. We look for Him in the Manger. We look for Him in the Host. If we are faithful, we will find Him in our hearts. He is speaking to you in this moment: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled; neither let them be afraid”(John 14:27).
“At the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love.” – St. John of the Cross, Carmelite priest

Bulletin for Sunday October 18, 2009

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday October 18, 2009

Pastor’s Corner. . . Last week, the parish was greatly blessed by Pope Benedict XVI: Bishop Lori received notice from the Vatican that Saint John’s Parish was raised to the dignity of a Minor Basilica.
This honorary title is granted by the Holy Father to certain churches outside the City of Rome as special recognition of the unique historic and spiritual work of the people and priests of the Minor Basilica. Saint John’s is known as “The Mother Church of Stamford”, in that all Catholic parishes and institutions in southwestern Fairfield County have their roots in this first Catholic church. Having been solely responsible for the preaching of the Gospel, the offering of the Sacrifice of the Mass and the celebration of the sacraments for Catholics in lower Fairfield County during most of the 19th century, the parish has continued to develop its role as a center for Catholic culture and the spiritual life up to the present day. As a Minor Basilica, Saint John’s now enjoys a special relationship with the Successor of Saint Peter: in a real way, the Basilica of Saint John becomes the pope’s church and a center for the promotion of the teachings of the Holy Father and Church’s Magisterium, as well as a center for a deeper devotion to him as the Successor of Saint Peter. St. John’s already offers a wide array of classes in theology, Church history, catechetical formation, Biblical Greek and Ecclesiastical Latin, the St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies, symposia in liturgical music and Gregorian Chant, and so much more. These already set Saint John’s apart from the other churches of the diocese as an example of “the vibrant pastoral life”, as Bishop Lori said to me last week. Saint John’s was granted this dignity for another reason: because of the “particular importance for the liturgical and pastoral life” St. John’s holds within our diocese. The reverent offering of the Mass; the frequency that Confession offered to the faithful; the piety and deep faith of the parishioners; and the superb choir and liturgical music so essential to the worship of God here at Saint John’s. The parish staff has been working on this project for the past year, along with Dr. Joseph McAleer, one of our parish trustees, and Mr. John Glover, the diocesan photographer, to whom the parish owes a great debt of gratitude for their hard work and dedication. This papal honor is a great joy for us all at St. John’s.
The official Vatican apostolic brief [in Latin] explains our new dignity in these words:
“At the request of His Excellency, the Most Reverend William E. Lori, Bishop of Bridgeport, in his letter dated May 19, 2009, prompted by the prayers and requests of the clergy and the faithful, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacrament, in virtue of special faculties given by the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI, gladly bestows on the parish church dedicated to God in honor of Saint John the Evangelist in the City of Stamford, the title and dignity of a Minor Basilica, with all the laws and liturgical rites faithfully observed according to the Decree De Titulo Basilicae Minoris. Given this day, July 16, 2009, on the Memorial of The Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel.”
There are only 65 Minor Basilicas out of the nearly 22,000 parish churches and missions that exist in the U.S.A. By this grant of the Holy Father, the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist holds a certain precedence among all the parishes of our diocese, being now ranked immediately after the Cathedral of Saint Augustine in Bridgeport. This grant to the parish underscores the unique nature of the Catholic Church: personally established by Our Lord on the Apostles, whom He sent to preach the Truth and to establish the one Church wherever they went. The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist in Stamford is a dramatic sign that, while the church building was created by local Catholics more than 150 years ago, the Faith, the Gospel, the Sacraments and the life of Grace weren’t started by some “guy” from scratch here in Connecticut. Nor can we change the Church at whim. We receive our spiritual lives from Christ through His Apostles, handed down in an unbroken chain of Catholic bishops in communion with the Successor of Saint Peter, to our own Bishop Lori, who shares that priesthood with the priests of your parish, so the lives of Catholics can be enriched by the same forgiveness of sins, the same Body and Blood of Christ, the same life of Grace that Our Lord began when He first sent the 12 Apostles out to extend His work beyond the borders of Israel, 2,000 years ago.
The Basilica symbol now adorns our bulletin: a red and yellow umbrella protecting the crossed keys of Heaven—symbols of the power to forgive sins or to hold them bound—given by Christ to St. Peter and, through Peter, to the Church.
In gratitude for this great honor and as part of our unique relationship with the Successor of Saint Peter as a Minor Basilica—the pope’s church in Fairfield County—let us daily pray for Pope Benedict XVI, that he may be strengthened and protected as St. Peter continues his apostolic ministry through His Successor, the pope, in the world today. —Mons. Stephen DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick…Peggy Pikul, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, David Lloyd, John Castellano, Janet Rodgers, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans, Margaret Romaine, Annette Mellace, Charla Nash, Ruth Alexander

Please pray for those who have recently died…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, Mary Daly, Brazilia Walker, Joseph Barrone, Evelyn Bauman

World Mission Sunday Collection . . . Please drop your World Mission Sunday Collection envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory. There will only be one collection today.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies . . . Each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory. We’re studying the 4th century Ecclesiastical History by Eusebius of Caesarea. Join us.

St. Anne Society: . . . Meets Sunday, November 1st, All Saints Day. Adoration 5 to 5:30 followed by Pizza and Pasta in the Hall and a talk offered by Fr Bob Kinnally. All are welcome!

The Latin Reading Group. . . Is translating St. Augustine’s Confessions…And meets every Wednesday in the rectory at 6:15 p.m. High School Latin is all that’s needed. Just walk in.

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Meets every Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory. All are welcome; just come in the front door. This is a beginner course. Come join us.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the rectory. Class is closed to new students.

Bible Study:. . .Thursdays, 7:30 pm in the rectory: PLEASE NOTE NO CLASS ON NOVEMBER 5th

Religious Education: . . .Please call Fr. Walsh, our Director of Religious education, for further information about the program. 203-324-1553, ext 14.

R.C.I.A. . . .Will meet Tuesday evenings 7:30PM—8:30PM in the rectory, October 2009 – May 2010. Classes start October 20th. Please have Sacramental Records sent to St. John’s. Texts: Bible and the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. (available in the Basilica bookstore)

Coffee Hour. . . After the 10:00 a.m. Mass. 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 November 3rd.

Malta House. . . Benefit concert: October 30th at 8:00 pm in the Norwalk Concert Hall at the Norwalk City Hall: 125 East Avenue. For more info & tickets: 203-857-0088.

Council of Catholic Women. . . The Diocesan Council will hold Marian devotions at St. Roch’s Church, Greenwich, on Sunday, October 18th at 3:00 pm., followed by a light reception. All Catholic women from around the diocese are welcome. More info: call Marie Walsh: 203-569-2559.

The Shippan Point Garden Club. . . presents “Off to School”, a standard flower show at the University of Connecticut, Stamford Campus on Thursday, October 22nd 1PM – 5PM and Friday, October 23rd 9AM – 2PM. Free Admission. Open to the Public.

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

Sunday October 11, 2009 $ 10,989.04

Sunday October 12, 2008 $ 10,987.90 “I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

October 25th Sunday Readings: Jer 31:7-9; Heb 5:1-6; Mk 10:46-52

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 110 (2) 268. The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.

St. John’s Children’s Choir . . . Please consider enrolling your child in the Children’s Choir which sings for the 10:00 Family Mass on Sundays, alongside the Adult Choir (see below). Rehearsals, at which children learn about singing and reading music, are held each Saturday from 1:00-1:45 pm. The choir is open to boys and girls, ages seven and above, who can match a pitch and who are willing to make a weekly commitment. Please call Scott Turkington for more information, 324-1553, ext. 18 or STurkington@optonline.net.

Calling all Singers! . . . The 10:00 AM Family Mass Adult choir is in need of singers! We rehearse 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.

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass . . . Mass Ordinary: Missa brevis – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, 1525-1594.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Ego clamavi (I have called out because you answer me, O God; incline you ear and hear my words; keep me, O Lord, like the apple of your eye; protect me under the shadow of your wings. Hear my just cause, O Lord; attend to my supplication. [Ps.17:6,8,1]); Alleluia Lauda anima mea (Praise the Lord, O my soul; I will praise the Lord throughout my life; I will sing in honour of my God as long as I have being. [Psalm 146:2]); Offertory Meditabor in mandatis tuis (I shall meditate upon your commandments which I greatly love; I will extend my hands towards your commandments which I love. [Psalm 119:47,48]); Communion Domine Dominus noster (O Lord our governor, how admirable is your name in all the earth! [Psalm 9:2ab]).
Offertory motet: Cantate Domino – Girolamo Frescobaldi, 1583-1643 (Sing unto the Lord. [Ps. 96:2 ]).
Communion motet: Domine non sum dignus – Tomás Luis de Victoria, 1548-1611 (Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed. [Text of the Mass, translated by the Congregation for Divine Worship]).

Trinity Catholic High School. . . The entrance exam for 8th grade students will be on Saturday, October 24th at 8:00AM. For information, call the TCHS Admissions Office: 203-322-3401, ext. 32 or email: cmcgoldrick.tchs@juno.com.

Trinity Catholic Middle School. . . Is holding an Open House on Saturday, October 24th from 10AM to 12 Noon in their building at 948 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. The school is located on the same campus as Trinity Catholic High School. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the Administration and Teachers, tour the facility, learn about the curriculum and have all of your questions answered. Parents and students interested in a challenging academic program in a faith based school are encouraged to attend.

Mass Intentions
+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, October 17
4:00 +Sith & Van Dereedt Families req. daughter
Sunday, October 18
7:30 +John & Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Young
10:00 +Bill Pinto req. Pinto Family
12:00 +His Excellency Bishop Walter Curtis req. Cardinal Kung Foundation
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, October 19
8:00 Special Intention Marion Morris req. Diane Strain
12:10 +Lucia & Antonio Tana req. Leon Taricani
Tuesday, October 20
8:00 +John Janik req. Lucille Lester
12:10 +James Meehan req. Leon Taricani
Wednesday, October 21
8:00 +Maria Coco Margarone req. Frank Marchetti
12:10 +Taricani Family req. Leon Taricani
Thursday, October 22
8:00 +John McMahon req. Tom Timon
12:10 +Curioni Family req. Leon Taricani
Friday, October 23
8:00 +John Cullen req. John Lauro & Friends
12:10 +Fr. Leonard Feeney M.F.I.C. & Catherine Godard req. Bosilevas Family
Saturday, October 24
8:00 +Theodora Soon Kim req. Joseph & Mary Kim
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.

Eucharistic Adoration: Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

Holy Name Society … For all men of the parish: In the rectory every Friday morning
for coffee, Eucharistic adoration, benediction & prayer: 7:00 – 8:00 a.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, move 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.

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

St. Dominic Savio Society…For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12th grades. Questions, contact Ferry Galbert 324-1553 ext. 22. NEXT MEETING IS THIS SUNDAY OCTOBER 18th at 1:30pm

St. Maria Goretti Society…For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th grades. Questions, please contact Rosa Marchetti at 348-0232. NEXT MEETING IS NOVEMBER 1st at 1:15 in the Rectory

The Legion of Mary…has begun here at St. John’s. All are welcome. Please call Fr. Walsh if interested. We will meet on Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 in the Church Hall.

St. John’s in The NEWS . . .
The Connecticut catholic:
125 years ago, or so:
October 25, 1884: Stamford. “The Children of Mary will receive Holy Communion in a body at 9 o’clock Mass Sunday. The singing of the junior choir on last Sunday at 9 o’clock Mass was excellent. This choir is improving wonderfully under the tuition of Sister Evangelista. Rev. Henry T. Walsh, our worthy assistant pastor, has been elected one of the vice presidents of the Alumni Association of the Seminary of Our Lady of Angels, Niagara, the institution in which he was educated. ”

The stamford advocate:
100 years ago, or so:
October 20, 1892: IN THE CHURCHES. How the 250th Anniversary Was Inaugurated. “The first day of the celebration of Stamford’s 250th anniversary was devoted to religious services which thoroughly entered into the spirit of the occasion, and drew from the civil and ecclesiastical history of the town, lessons which will be remembered long after the anniversary has passed by. At St. John’s R.C. Church, High Mass was celebrated by Father Keena at 10:30 a.m. The music of the mass was composed by Prof. J. F. O’Brien, choirmaster of the church. Rev. W. H. Rogers began his sermon by referring to Columbus and his discoveries, of his strong belief in Catholicity, and of the difficulties and dangers he encountered in his efforts to convert the people to the Catholic religion after planting the cross on San Salvador. The efforts of his followers through the ages since, who, by their zeal and courage and strong belief in their faith, have surmounted many difficulties and sacrificed lives and fortunes, is a lesson for the members of the Catholic Church in Stamford to recall, and to be proud that their faith is established in every civilized part of the world.”

75 years ago, or so:October 19, 1935: “The Children of Mary Sodality of St. John’s Church held a successful bingo party in the school hall, last night. Miss Ann FitzGibbon, president of the society, was in charge, assisted by Esther Hart, Marion Hogan, Agnes Ludwig, Frances Delaney, Anna Butts, Helen Carr, Mary LaSalle, Florence O’Neil, Margaret Hanks, Regina Coons, George Boyle, William Thompson, John Horch, Harrison Cash, James Mitchell, Charles Alexander and Edward Ptaszyski. Door prizes were donated by Mrs. Julia Kessler and Matthew Pocograno.”

“All Members of the Same Body”
“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”
– Fr. Terry Walsh

In his Letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul writes: “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body…and all were made to drink of one Spirit”(1 Corinthians 12ff).

St. Paul teaches us that as each member of the Body grows in virtue, the whole Body benefits. Likewise, when one member of the Body falls to sin, the whole Body suffers. We are truly connected. We depend on each other to be doing our best to grow in holiness. Personal commitment to prayer, faithful reception to the Sacraments, and of course, putting the graces of our Lord into action through works of mercy and kindness serve to build up each member and lead to a healthy Body. When we allow God to mould our hearts and minds; that is, when we humbly seek His grace and freely abide in His love, we become capable of extraordinary things. We are able to reach new heights in our prayer life. We are able to forgive those who have wounded us. We are able to see the Truth more clearly and have the power to turn away from the things that hinder our fidelity to He who is Truth. In short, we are able to move mountains. The key, of course, is humility. Once we realize that we can accomplish nothing apart from our Lord, we swiftly turn to Him in thanksgiving for the blessings he has already abundantly bestowed upon us and then humbly seek the graces we need to accomplish the mission he has given each one of us as participants in His Divine plan. There’s an old saying: “It’s amazing what can be accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit.” Our life in Christ is like that. All the credit already belongs to Him. We are blessed to share in the mission: the Mission to love. And we participate in the mission most fully when we allow Him to work through us in whatever vocation we have chosen. He takes our meager offering and turns it into a masterpiece, provided we make our offering with love. It then becomes a simple matter of becoming docile to the movement of the Holy Spirit.
Consider the spirit of cooperation at work among athletes. Have you ever wondered how a team loaded with talent could be beaten by a team of “lesser” athletes? It happens all the time. A good coach seeks to make the talent on his team “greater than the sum of its parts” – to draw talent out of his players that they didn’t even know they had. When he looks at a recruit, he asks a simple question: “Is he coachable?” In other words, “Will the player (disciple) respond to my direction (grace)? Is he willing to put aside his own agenda? Will he follow my program, even when it costs him?” God asks the same questions of each of us. ‘Are you willing to allow Me to mould you into a New Creation?’ Throughout the Scriptures, God is often depicted as a Potter. Like a good coach, the Potter draws beauty and strength from his creation. As “coachable” disciples, we allow God to shape the clay of our souls by “seeking the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1). Sadly, pride, our age-old adversary, hardens the heart and closes the mind, effectively preventing the Potter from accomplishing the beauty of His work in us. The eyes of pride see only the self and seek only selfish ends. The eyes of pride prefer the image of man rather than the likeness of God.
Humility, on the other hand, breeds supple, malleable hearts and opens us to the graces that form us into New Creations; that is, into the image and likeness of the Potter. And what is the image and likeness of the Potter? It is perfect holiness. We are called to holiness. Saint Paul encourages us: “. . . you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after its Creator” (Colossians 3:10). And so, how do we realize our potential? How do we become holy? We humbly turn to our coach and simply say, “What do you ask of me Lord?” He will tell you, “Pick up your Cross and follow Me.” Through our humble fidelity, our Lord will help us carry our Cross and, through our love, He will form us into worthy sharers of Divine Life. Saint Paul teaches us, “ . . . put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.” (Colossians 3:14).
“Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things…..”(1 Corinthians 13:4ff).

Bulletin for Sunday October 11, 2009

For the entire bulletin withpictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday October 11, 2009

Pastor’s Corner. . . The heart of the church is the sanctuary. On the morning of the church’s dedication, May 30, 1886, the walls were simply whitewashed, the only color came from the stained glass. The original altar rail was carved wood, and there was no woodwork on the sanctuary walls. These were added in the 1920’s and 1930’s. But the three windows in the sanctuary and the high altar were there, along with the heavy wooden bench or sedillia for the priests, a carved wooden “throne” for the bishop and a small wooden table as a credence table, presently in the rectory. Today’s altar is original.
The altar and tabernacle formed the centerpiece of the church: everything in the building leads to this. Designed and constructed by the firm of Theis and Trueg, and costing a whopping $4,500—a small fortune in 1886—, the altar and tabernacle were marveled at by the local press and citizenry of Stamford. Periodic payments began on July 6th, and the first shipment of marble began arriving in Stamford by September. As the altar was being built, it was opined that, “when completed, the altar will be second to none in New England” [The Connecticut Catholic, September 12, 1885]. Until the church dedication in May, 1886, nearly every edition of The Advocate and The Connecticut Catholic would run articles on the progress of the church, with particular interest in the altar. The Advocate’s writers had front row seats, since the paper’s original offices were housed in the Italian neo-Renaissance building still directly across Atlantic Street from the church. By November, 1885, the interior of the church was nearly completed, and it was opened for inspection by the general public, who flocked to visit the largest stone church in the state. The Advocate noted that “Competent judges pronounce this ‘the most beautiful altar in the United States’” [November 20, 1885]. Originally the altar statues were not provided, since the parish could not afford them until years later. It has been suggested that the altar design is based upon the August 21, 1879 apparitions at Knock, Ireland.
The high altar is gothic in design, of carved white Carrara marble with columns and inlaid panels of golden Mexican onyx, rising to fill the church apse, and set off by the massive triumphal sanctuary arch. The unifying motif is of grape vines intertwined with shamrocks decorates the capitals and architraves of the altar. This motif is a sign of the power of the Eternal Love of Christ which nourishes and supports us in the Eucharist. It was, in 1886, that Love that strengthened and united the beleaguered founding Irish Catholic community of Stamford around its parish church, protecting itself from the decades of often violent intolerance by the local Protestant majority. The central image in the hear of the “table” or mensa of the altar, is the Lamb of God, as described in the Book of Revelation. Resting on the Book of the Gospels with seven seals, and bearing the banner of the Resurrection, the Lamb is Christ, triumphant over death who reveals the truth of God through His Church in Scripture. On either end of the altar are carved arches, decorated with flowers and shamrocks, that originally served as credence niches for the altar servers.
Resting on the altar is the tabernacle, in the form of a castle with decorative turrets. A central marble baldacchino rises above the tabernacle. This canopy is a splendid piece of carved marble work. Open on the front side, its sole support is provided by two lithe golden pilasters at the rear of the canopy; the baldacchino supports an elegant structure designed originally as a throne for the exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament. It now houses the magnificent cast brass altar crucifix with chiseled sterling silver corpus of Our Lord, from the original 1851 church. The marble reredos rises above the tabernacle. Raised on two steps, the reredos is composed of four niches between three towers. The niches were originally empty, but are now occupied by four marble angels, each 5 feet in height, with downcast eyes, leading the worshippers’ gaze to the tabernacle. The angels carry cruets of wine and water or an incense thurible, as if serving the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered on the altar mensa below them. The niches are gabled in marble, flanked with golden onyx pilasters and crowned by a forest of turrets, graceful finials caped by fleurs-de-lis, and crocketed roofs. Flanking the two far ends of the reredos are two fifteen foot towers, likewise of white marble with golden onyx pilasters, inlaid panels and columns, crocketed roofs, turret, finials and fleurs-de-lis. The entire altar is crowned by a central 30 foot tower, within whose niche a four foot marble state of the Archangel Gabriel sounds the trumpet of the Last Judgment. The tower is crowned by a marble cross. The sanctuary lamp dates from 1896, a gift from the Brennan Family to commemorate Fr. William Roger’s 25th ordination anniversary.
Whenever we enter our beautiful church, the Mother Church of all Catholic churches and institutions in southern Fairfield County, we should offer a little prayer for the people, religious sisters and parishioners who built this beautiful church for the glory of God and for the strengthening of the faith of subsequent Catholics of Stamford.—Mons. Stephen DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick…Peggy Pikul, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, David Lloyd, John Castellano, Janet Rodgers, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans, Margaret Romaine, Annette Mellace, Charla Nash, Ruth Alexander

Please pray for those who have recently died…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, Mary Daly, Brazilia Walker, Joseph Barrone, Evelyn Bauman

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … Each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory. We’re studying the 4th century Ecclesiastical History by Eusebius of Caesarea. Join us.

St. Anne Society: Meets Sunday, November 1st All Saints Day. Adoration 5 to 5:30 followed by Pizza and Pasta in the Hall and a talk offered by Fr Bob Kinnally. All are welcome!

The Latin Reading Group… Is translating St. Augustine’s Confessions…And meets every Wednesday in the rectory at 6:15 p.m. High School Latin is all that’s needed. Just walk in.

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Meets every Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory. All are welcome; just come in the front door. This is a beginner course. Come join us.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the rectory. Class is closed to new students.

Bible Study: Thursdays, 7:30 pm in the rectory: This year “The Gospel of Matthew.”

Religious Education: Please call Fr. Walsh, our Director of Religious education, for further information about the program. 203-324-1553, ext 14.

R.C.I.A. . . . Will meet Tuesday evenings 7:30PM—8:30PM in the rectory, October 2009 – May 2010. Classes start October 20th. Please have Sacramental Records sent to St. John’s. Texts: Bible and the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. (available in the bookstore)

Coffee Hour…After the 10:00 a.m. Mass. 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 November 3rd.

Malta House. . . Benefit concert: October 30th at 8:00 pm in the Norwalk Concert Hall at the Norwalk City Hall: 125 East Avenue. For more info & tickets: 203-857-0088.

Council of Catholic Women. . . The Diocesan Council will hold Marian devotions at St. Roch’s Church, Greenwich, on Sunday, October 18th at 3:00 pm., followed by a light reception. All Catholic women from around the diocese are welcome.
More info: call Marie Walsh: 203-569-2559.

The Shippan Point Garden Club… presents “Off to School”, a standard flower show at the University of Connecticut, Stamford Campus on Thursday, October 22nd 1PM – 5PM and Friday, October 23rd 9AM – 2PM. Free Admission. Open to the Public.

Sunday October 4, 2009 $ 12,261.37
Sunday October 5, 2008 $ 12,204.45 “I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

October 18th Sunday Readings: Is 53:10-11; Heb 4:14-16; Mk 10:35-45 or 10:42-45.

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 260 (2) 255. The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.

St. John’s Children’s Choir . . . Please consider enrolling your child in the Children’s Choir which sings for the 10:00 Family Mass on Sundays, alongside the Adult Choir (see below). Rehearsals, at which children learn about singing and reading music, are held each Saturday from 1:00-1:45 pm., begin this weekend. The choir is open to boys and girls, ages seven and above, who can match a pitch and who are willing to make a weekly commitment. Please call Scott Turkington for more information, 324-1553, ext. 18 or STurkington@optonline.net.

Calling all Singers! . . . The 10:00 AM Family Mass Adult choir is in need of singers! We rehearse 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.

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass . . . Mass Ordinary: Missa secunda – Hans Leo Hassler, 1562-1612.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit Si iniquitates (O Lord, if you were to take into account our iniquities, who would withstand the test? But forgiveness abides in you, O God of Israel. Out of the depths have I cried to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice. [Ps. 130:3,4,1,2]); Alleluia Qui timent Dominum (Let those who fear the Lord put their trust in him; he is their help and their protection. [Psalm 114:11]); Offertory Recordare mei (Remember me, O Lord, you who dominate all authority; put the right words on my lips, so that my speech may be convincing in the presence of the King. [Esther 14:12,13]); Communion Aufer a me (Remove from me all scorn and contempt, for I have kept your commandments; for your law is the object of my meditations. [Psalm 119:22,24]).
Offertory motet: De profundis – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756-1791 (Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities. [Ps. 130]).
Communion motet: Ave verum Corpus – Sir Edward Elgar, 1857-1934 (Hail true Body, born of Mary the virgin; suffering, sacrificed truly on the cross for men; from whose pierced side water flowed and blood. Be merciful to us at the judgement of death, O sweet Jesus, O merciful Jesus, O Jesus Son of Mary. [From a 14th cent. Gradual at Limoges, trans. Rev. A. Fortescue]).

Trinity Catholic High School. . . Open House at Trinity Catholic High School will be held on Thursday evening, October 15th at 7:00PM. All 8th, 7th and 6th grade students and their parents are cordially invited. The entrance exam for 8th grade students will be on Saturday, October 24th at 8:00AM. For information, call the TCHS Admissions Office: 203-322-3401, ext. 32 or email: cmcgoldrick.tchs@juno.com.

Trinity Catholic Middle School. . . Is holding an Open House on Saturday, October 24th from 10AM to 12 Noon in our building at 948 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. The school is located on the same campus as Trinity Catholic High School. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the Administration and Teachers, tour the facility, learn about the curriculum and have all of your questions answered. Parents and students interested in a challenging academic program in a faith based school are encouraged to attend.

Mass Intentions+ Denotes Deceased

Saturday, October 10
4:00 +Members of DeRosa, Kronk, Capobianco Families & Edwin Clark req. John Joan Kronk
Sunday, October 11
7:30 +Valencia
10:00 +Peggy Walsh req. Fr. Walsh
12:00 +Joseph Peter Young req. Joseph & Agnes Kung
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, October 12
8:00 Pablo & Angela Labrosciane 1st Anniversary req. Sharon Gannon
12:10 +Giuseppe & Caterina Schinella req. Pugliese Family.
Tuesday, October 13
8:00 +Elizabeth Pepe Troilo req. Nicholas Troilo, her son
12:10 Special Intention Maria Francesca Francese req. Pugliese Family
Wednesday, October 14
8:00 +Evelyn Hardart Murray req. Richard A. Foreman
12:10 +Dorothy Rusinak req. Mary Churley
Thursday, October 15
8:00 Special Intention Frank Pugliese req. Frank Pugliese
12:10 +Maureen Elaine Smith & Smith Families req. Daughter
Friday, October 16
8:00 +Special Intention Joseph Hahn Kim req. Mary Kim
12:10 Michael & Enrica Sette req. Pugliese Family
Saturday, October 17
8:00 Special Intention Young Mary Kim req. Joseph Kim
12:10 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.

Eucharistic Adoration: Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

Holy Name Society … For all men of the parish: In the rectory every Friday morning
for coffee, Eucharistic adoration, benediction & prayer: 7:00 – 8:00 a.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, move into prayer, adoration and a spiritual conference, and conclude by 11:00a.m. All ladies of the parish are welcome. Just walk in.

Religious Education: Dear Parents, if you have any old Faith and Life Series Books from previous years of Religious Ed that are no longer being used at home for study, we could use them here at the Parish. Just bring them in on Sunday and leave them at the table in the Hall. Thanks very much.

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

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

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

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

October 17, 1857: Religious Intelligence. “A new Roman Catholic Church was dedicated at Stamford, on the 6th inst. The Rev. Mr. Hart of New Haven, and Rev. Mr. Hughes, of Hartford, were the officiating priests. ” EDITOR’S NOTE: This article refers to the rededication of the expanded original church on Meadow (Hawthorne) Street.

The stamford advocate:
125 years ago, or so:

October 12, 1883: Roman Catholic Conference. “The quarterly conference of the Catholic clergymen residing in the New Haven district of this Diocese was held today at St. John’s R.C. Church in this town, Bishop McMahon presiding. The conference was opened by solemn High Mass, with Rev. T. Walsh, of Georgetown, Conn. as celebrant; Rev. T. Cronin as Deacon; Rev. J. Ryle, as Sub-Deacon; and Rev. H.T. Walsh, as Master of Ceremonies. The exercises of the conference lasted some three hours, and were attended by forty-eight priests.”

100 years ago, or so:October 13, 1910: FIRST PRIZE FOR STAMFORD. “The Knights of Columbus received the first prize after the big parade in Bridgeport, yesterday, and there was a general opinion in Bridgeport last night that they should have received the second also. The committee of three, William E. Burniham, Frank. J. Mulcahy and William Lieberum awarded the cups as follows: Largest number of men representing any one council—St. Augustine Council, Stamford, with 151 men.”

50 years ago, or so:
October 16, 1958: Stamford Native Marks 25th Year Of Priesthood. “The Rev. Walter Albert Daly, O. Carm. celebrated the silver jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood with a solemn Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Simon’s Stock Church, Bronx, N.Y. One of the ministers of the mass was Rev. William Mel Daly, brother of the celebrant. The jubilarian is a native of Stamford and was a member of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church.”

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and the Sacred Heart of Jesus– Fr. Terry Walsh

On October 16th we will celebrate the Memorial of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin (1647 – 1690). She was a Sister of the Visitation in a small town in France called Paray-le-Monial, where she experienced mystical revelations of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Margaret Mary had a great devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and through her private revelations was responsible for reviving and spreading the devotion to the Sacred Heart of our Lord. There is a magnificent Mosaic above one of the side altars in St. Peter’s Basilica depicting Jesus hovering above an altar in a sanctuary revealing his Sacred Heart to Margaret Mary who is kneeling in adoration.
In speaking about the love of Christ pouring out from His Sacred Heart, St. Margaret Mary wrote: “It seems to me that our Lord’s earnest desire to have his sacred heart honored in a special way is directed toward renewing the effects of redemption in our souls. For the sacred heart is an inexhaustible fountain and its sole desire is to pour itself out into the hearts of the humble so as to free them and prepare them to lead lives according to his good pleasure. From this divine heart three streams flow endlessly. The first is the stream of mercy for sinners; it pours into their heart sentiments of contrition and repentance. The second is the stream of charity which helps all in need and especially aids those seeking perfection to find the means of surmounting their difficulties. From the third stream flow love and light for the benefit of his friends who have attained perfection; these he wishes to unite to himself so that they may share his knowledge and commandments and, in their individual ways, devote themselves wholly to advancing his glory. This divine heart is an abyss of all blessings, and into it the poor should submerge all their needs. It is an abyss of joy in which all of us can immerse our sorrows. It is an abyss of lowliness to counteract our foolishness, an abyss of mercy for the wretched, an abyss of love to meet our every need.” Therefore, you must unite yourselves to the heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, both at the beginning of your conversion in order to obtain proper dispositions, and at its end in order to make reparation. Are you making no progress in prayer? Then you need only offer God the prayers which the Savior has poured out for us in the sacrament of the altar. Offer God his fervent love in reparation for your sluggishness. In the course of every activity pray as follows: ‘My God, I do this or I endure that in the heart of your Son and according to his holy counsels. I offer it to you in reparation for anything blameworthy or imperfect in my actions.’ Continue to do this in every circumstance of life. And every time that some punishment, affliction or injustice comes your way, say to yourself: ‘Accept this as sent to you by the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ in order to unite yourself to him.’ But above all preserve peace of heart. This is more valuable than any treasure. In order to preserve it there is nothing more useful than renouncing your own will and substituting for it the will of the divine heart. In this way his will can carry out for us whatever contributes to his glory, and we will be happy to be his subjects and to trust entirely in him.”
In reporting about the Crucifixion, St. John writes in the Gospel, “One of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water”(John 19:34). Earlier in the Gospel, Jesus speaks about these “Living Waters” that will well up from within all who are baptized into His Mystical Body and faithfully abide in His love. He offers these ‘streams’ of grace all who seek Him.

Bulletin for Sunday October 4, 2009

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Pastor’s Corner. . . The two remaining windows are those ornamenting each side chapel; both are about the Blessed Virgin Mary and her role in the work of our salvation. The window in the Saint Joseph Chapel reproduces the famous painting of the Immaculate Conception by Murillo.
The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is the ancient Church’s teaching that Our Lady was prepared to be the Mother of the Eternal Son by God Himself, from the moment of her conception in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne. God, in view of the important role of Mary, applied to her in anticipation the merits that would be had through Her Son’s sacrificial death, thereby freeing Mary from Adam’s original sin, which all of us are born with. Since she would be the Mother of God, she had to be absolutely free from all sin or stain. “Hail, full of Grace” is the salutation the Angel Gabriel gave to Mary when he announced to her that she had been chosen by God for the incredible honor of giving human flesh, mind, heart and body to the Eternal Son of God in her womb, which is the subject of the window in Our Lady’s Chapel.
How can one possibly represent this preparation of Mary by God? Murillo did a pretty good job, as seen in right side chapel of St. Joseph. In our version of Murillo’s painting of the Immaculate Conception, Our Lady appears in the center of the window. She walks out from a darkened lozenge shaped central niche: the darkness refers to the sin of Adam which has darkened or affected all humanity. Mary, as the “highest honor of our race”, as an ancient hymn describes her, stands as if she has just exited from that darkened humanity, and stands enveloped in a mandorla of light. She who has been preserved from Adam’s sin by the Eternal Father, is “Our tainted nature’s solitary boast” [The Virgin, William Wordsworth]. She is dressed in flowing white, pastel green and blue robes.. Her hands are poised in prayer, and her eyes look heavenward, as if in ecstasy. Her hair is natural, in that there is no “styling”, which symbolizes her purity from all stain of sin, and her perpetual virginity. She is crowned with stars and stands on a crescent moon, which refers to the Book of the Apocalypse, “A vision in the sky of a lady with a crown of twelve stars.” Above her are three cherubs, and at her feet, two angels, one carrying lilies, while the second bears Mary’s regal blue train.
The window across the church in Our Lady’s Chapel is the Annunciation, which compliments that of the Immaculate Conception window, since that was the spiritual preparation for the historical event portrayed in the Annunciation window. Our Lady is dressed in long flowing robes, kneeling at a richly carved pre-dieu, with a pot of lilies, symbolic of Mary’s purity. The Archangel Gabriel has just arrived, likewise with flowing, rich robes, holding a scepter, a sign of God’s kingship, of which Gabriel is the emissary. He announces God’s message inviting Mary “full of grace” to cooperate with Him in the salvation of all humankind. In our window, the invitation has just been uttered, and Mary kneels in contemplation and prayer, as the Holy Spirit descends, by whose power Mary will conceive the savior of the world. The room is richly decorated, and through the arched window can be seen a beautiful evening sky—red, with rolling clouds, reminder of the old New England adage, “red sky at night, sailors’ delight”—the promise of a better, more beautiful day for mankind through Mary’s cooperation in God’s work of our salvation in Jesus.
The room in which Gabriel appears is richly appointed with heavily carved wooden furniture, rich encaustic tiled floor and sumptuous green velvet drapery. It is framed in whimsical Flamboyant Gothic architectural motif, the details of which mimic the carved marble decorations, steeples, crockets and arches, of our church’s altars. Those who built our church planned everything out quite well, and it all matches.—Mons. Stephen DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… Rosemary Finn, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, David Lloyd, John Castellano, Janet Rodgers, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans, Margaret Romaine, Annette Mellace, Charla Nash, Ruth Alexander

Please pray for those who have recently died… 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, Mary Daly, Brazilia Walker, Joseph Barrone, Evelyn Bauman

Web Mass. . . You can now watch Saint John’s daily and Sunday Masses on-line: hook up to the parish website, which is www.stjohnsstamford.com; double click the picture at the top of the page, and watch Mass live, enjoy the homilies, and beautiful organ and choral music.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … Each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory. We’re studying the 4th century Ecclesiastical History by Eusebius of Caesarea. Join us.

The Latin Reading Group… Is translating St. Augustine’s Confessions…And meets every Wednesday in the rectory at 6:15 p.m. High School Latin is all that’s needed. Just walk in.

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Meets every Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory. All are welcome; just come in the front door. This is a beginner course. Come join us.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the rectory. Class is closed to new students.

Bible Study: Thursdays, 7:30 pm in the rectory: This year “The Gospel of Matthew.”

Religious Education: Please call Fr. Walsh, our Director of Religious education, for further information about the program. 203-324-1553, ext 14.

R.C.I.A. . . . Will meet Tuesday evenings 7:30PM—8:30PM in the rectory, October 2009 – May 2010. Classes start October 20th. Please have Sacramental Records sent to St. John’s. Texts: Bible and the Compedium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. (available in the bookstore)

Coffee Hours…After the 10:00 a.m. Mass. 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 October 6th.

Holy Spirit School. . . We encourage you to visit our school during “Take a Look Tuesdays” where you can have the opportunity to visit the classrooms and see teachers and students interacting during regular classes. Our next “Take a Look Tuesday” is October 6th from 9:30am-11:30AM. For more information, contact Mrs. Patricia Torchen, Principal at 203-329-1623, www.holyspiritschool.info.

Trinity Catholic High School. . . Open House at Trinity Catholic High School will be held on Thursday evening, October 15th at 7:00PM. All 8th, 7th and 6th grade students and their parents are cordially invited. The entrance exam for 8th grade students will be on Saturday, October 24th at 8:00AM. For information, call the TCHS Admissions Office: 203-322-3401, ext. 32 or email: cmcgoldrick.tchs@juno.com.

Sunday September 27, 2009 $ 11,810.78
Sunday September 28, 2008 $ 11,024.88 “I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

October 11th Sunday Readings: Wis 7:7-11; Heb 4:12-13; Mk 10:17-30 or 10:17-27

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 211 (2) 221. The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.

St. John’s Children’s Choir . . . Please consider enrolling your child in the Children’s Choir which sings for the 10:00 Family Mass on Sundays, alongside the Adult Choir (see below). Rehearsals, at which children learn about singing and reading music, are held each Saturday from 1:00-1:45 pm., begin this weekend. The choir is open to boys and girls, ages seven and above, who can match a pitch and who are willing to make a weekly commitment. Please call Scott Turkington for more information, 324-1553, ext. 18 or STurkington@optonline.net.

Calling all Singers! . . . The 10:00 AM Family Mass Adult choir is in need of singers, starting today. We rehearse 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.

Choral Music for the 12:00 Noon Mass . . . Mass Ordinary: Missa ‘Dixit Maria’ – Hans Leo Hassler, 1562-1612.
The Gregorian chants proper to this Sunday are: Introit In voluntate tua (All things are submitted to your will, O Lord, and no one can resist your decisions; you have made all things, heaven and earth, and all that is contained under the vault of the sky; you are the master of the universe. Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord. [Esther 13:9-11; Ps. 119:1]); Alleluia In exitu Israel (When Israel went out of Egypt; the house of Jacob from a barbarous nation … [Psalm 114:1]); Offertory Vir erat (There was a man in the land of Hus whose name was Job, a blameless, upright and God-fearing man; Satan asked to be allowed to tempt him, and the Lord gave him power over his possessions and his body; and so, he destroyed his possessions and his children, and he ravaged his flesh with horrible sores. [Job 1 and 2.7]); Communion In salutari tuo (My soul aspires after your salvation; I hope in your word; when will you judge those who persecute me? The wicked are persecuting me; come to my assistance, O Lord my God. [Psalm 119:81,84,86]).
Offertory motet: Jubilate Deo – A. Banchieri (O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness. [from Psalm 100:1,2]).
Communion motet: Ave Maria – Tomás Luis de Victoria, 1548-1611.

Life Chain. . . The Gospel of Life Society invites you and your family to participate in Stamford’s Life Chain on Sunday, October 4th, 2009, beginning at 1:30 P.M. in front of St. John’s Church. Last year over 1,200 Life Chains were linked across America and Canada, which included scores of parishioners here at St. John’s. This is a non-confrontational witness: we simply stand along Atlantic Street in front of the church with signs encouraging greater respect for human life, and we pray. For more information, please contact Frank Carpanzano: 203-975-0074.

Pies, Cakes & Missionaries. . . The Dominican Sisters from West Hartford are with us this weekend, selling homemade pies and cakes. Please help them, since your purchase will provide food, clothing, shelter and medical assistance to the lepers with whom their Order works. They will be near the church front door selling their sweets.

Malta House. . . Benefit concert: October 30th at 8:00 pm in the Norwalk Concert Hall at the Norwalk City Hall: 125 East Avenue. For more info & tickets: 203-857-0088.

Mass Intentions+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, October 3
4:00 +John Van Dereedt req. wife
Sunday, October 4
7:30 Mariana Frias req. Haggarty Family
10:00 +Ismael Vega req. Evelyn Flaharty – Daughter
12:00 In thanksgiving to the Sacred Heart of Jesus req. Fabiola C.
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, October 5
8:00 Special Intention Donna & Tom Cycon & Family
12:10 For the 911 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Tuesday, October 6
8:00 Special Intention Mary Jean DalMolin
12:10 +Abraham Cohen req. Paul A. Murphy
Wednesday, October 7
8:00 +Edward Ready req. Paul A. Murphy
12:10 For the 911 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Thursday, October 8
8:00 +Maria Vu req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 +Anezz Morris req. Paul A. Murphy
Friday, October 9
8:00 +Nancy Tannenbaum req. Thomas Banahan
12:10 +Rosetta Federici req. Marchetti Family
Saturday, October 10
8:00 +Hope & Joseph McAleer req. Family
12:10 +Michael Murray req. Angela Giannitti

Eucharistic Adoration: Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

Holy Name Society … For all men of the parish: In the rectory every Friday morning
for coffee, Eucharistic adoration, benediction & prayer: 7:00 – 8:00 a.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, move into prayer, adoration and a spiritual conference, and conclude by 11:00a.m. All ladies of the parish are welcome. Just walk in.

Religious Education: Dear Parents, if you have any old Faith and Life Series Books from previous years of Religious Ed that are no longer being used at home for study, we could use them here at the Parish. Just bring them in on Sunday and leave them at the table in the Hall. Thanks very much.

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

St. Dominic Savio Society…For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12th grades. Questions, contact Frank Marchetti at (203) 434-4734 or Ferry Galbert at (203) 324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society…For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th
grades. Questions, please contact Rosa Marchetti at (203) 348-0232.

St. John’s in The Advocate . . .
125 years ago, or so:October 10, 1884: “The annual fair of the ladies of St. John’s R.C. church will open the last of this month in the church. The steps in front of the Atlantic street stone church are massive and suitable, easy of ascent, and wide enough to be right. The massive columns in the Roman Catholic church are molded with Keene’s cement, and are as hard and as enduring as marble. The job is splendidly done by Mr. Ennis’ own hands. The contrivances to run the moulds were as unique as they were efficient. ”

100 years ago, or so:October 8, 1909: “The prizes for the euchre of the Alumni Association of St. John’s school, which have been on exhibition in Marron’s window, have attracted a good deal of favorable comment. The functions of the Alumni Association are always very pleasant social affairs and this evening’s promises to be no exception to the rule.”

75 years ago, or so:October 8, 1934: FATHER LALLY LAUDS WORK OF FIREMEN. “Commendation for the work of Fire Chief Victor Veit and members of the Stamford Fire Department at the fire which caused considerable damage to the third floor of St. John’s School on Thursday noon, was expressed by the Rev. Francis J. Lally, pastor of St. John’s Church at all masses on Sunday.”

50 years ago, or so:October 9, 1958: Pontiff Extolled By State Leaders. “News of the death of Pope Pius XII early today brought tributes to the pontiff and words of consolation to mourning Roman Catholics. The Rt. Rev. Monsignor Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church, the dean of Catholic clergy in the western area of the Bridgeport diocese, commented today on the death of Pope Pius as follows: ‘Throughout the entire Christian and non-Christian world there is a universal feeling of sorrow on the death of His Holiness Eugene Pacelli, Pope Pius XII. Personally I have always felt a special bond between him and me because we were the same age in years and studied in Rome at the same time’.”

Marriage
Did you invite Jesus to your wedding?
Fr. Terry Walsh

The Sacred Scriptures are imbued with marriage imagery, it seems, on every page. The Bible begins with the creation of Adam and Eve, who are told ‘be fruitful and multiply’ – and ‘the two shall become one flesh’. The Bible ends with the “Wedding Feast of the Lamb” in the Book of Revelation; that is, the marriage between Jesus Christ, the Lamb, and His bride, the Church. Consider the love of our Lord who empties Himself completely, laying down His life for His bride – purely out of love. He holds nothing back. It is a complete ‘self-emptying’ as St Paul describes in his Letter to the Philippians (chapter 2). Marriage is a Covenant relationship. Consider the Covenant between God and Man. God established a covenant with Adam, signified by the Tree of Life. But Adam broke the covenant.
Yet God still loved man. He made a covenant with Noah. He made a covenant with Abraham. Indeed, throughout the Old Covenant, God showered His people with every gift and blessing, yet so many turned away from Him, so many began to worship false and empty gods. They were carried away by any new teaching, forgetful of the Truth revealed to them. So many broke their covenant bond. Yet, through the prophets, we hear time and time again the call to repentance. “Return to me and I will heal you of you sins, your transgressions, your infidelities.” St John tells us that God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son to establish the New and Everlasting Covenant with man: the New Law of Grace. God became man. And now, through the Incarnation, Jesus Christ, who is, who always was, and who always will be a Divine Person, has taken on our humanity. He has redeemed it. He has glorified it. All who are baptized into His Body and remain faithful to Him will live forever with Him. He pours Himself out to His Bride, that is, to each and every member of the Church, so that we may become holy. There is no greater union between God and man than when He enters us in the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. Think of it. His Body, His Blood, His Soul, His Divinity, all of Him – nourishing us.
The Catechism teaches us that the Sacrament of Marriage is suppose to be an image of the Marriage between Christ and the Church. That husbands and wives are suppose to imitate the self-emptying love of Christ. St. Paul explains how in his familiar Letter to the Corinthians: “love is patient, love is kind, etc”. Of course, we can’t give what we don’t have. In other words, we have to receive love (most abundantly through the graces of the sacraments) in order to give love. If we receive little – we have very little to give (even if we might think we are loving ‘a lot’).
In the New Covenant, Jesus raised marriage to a Sacrament. And what is a sacrament? It is a real and deeply personal encounter with Christ. When we go to Confession, it is Christ we encounter there. It is Christ who forgives sins – even through an ‘unworthy priest’. It is Christ who baptizes. It is Christ who Confirms. It is Jesus Christ alone who unites bride and groom through a true spiritual bond that lasts until death. No mere man appointed by the State can create this sacramental bond. The bond Christ creates allows the graces that the bride and groom receive throughout their lives to pass freely from one to the other in a holy covenant that leads them to Heaven. When one receives the tiniest bit of grace, the other shares in that grace. It is utterly astounding! Think of it. Jesus manifested His Divinity for the very first time at a wedding. That was no accident. He changed water into wine. He raised marriage to a Sacrament, as it was intended to be lived from the beginning. I once heard an interesting observation about that wedding in Cana: that couple invited Jesus to their wedding (Read the Gospel of John, chapter 2). As faithful members of His Body, the Church, couples invite Jesus to their marriage when they exchange their consent in the Church and according to the norms of the Church – His Church. That bond simply does not take place at City Hall. If you were married at City Hall in a “Civil Marriage” and would like to be married in the Church, sacramentally, call the Pariah office and arrange an appointment to discuss the process of “Convalidation” so that you may return to the Sacraments and begin receiving the Eucharist in the State of Grace and be reconciled with your true Bridegroom.

Bulletin for Sunday September 27, 2009

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Pastor’s Corner. . . The final window in the sanctuary, on the right, is that of the Resurrection of Our Lord from the dead. The Resurrection of Our Lord is God’s historical triumph over sin and the power of Satan over us, which is death. As Saint Paul wrote, “If Christ is not raised from the dead, then we are the most pitiable of people, since our faith is in vain.” From the beginning, God promised salvation from the effects of Adam’s disobedience [Gen 3:15]. That salvation came by His Eternal Son becoming a man, offering Himself in the flesh on the Cross in payment for mankind’s sins, and truly rising in the flesh, defeating death.
The window, like the other two, is divided into three sections with a rose window above. Jesus is the central figure: crowned with a gold and red halo, clothed in rich robes, he steps up out of his tomb, his right foot resting on its ledge; his right hand raised in blessing, and his left hand bearing the cross with the banner of the Resurrection. His face is damaged, probably decades ago by the same over-diligent janitor who damaged Saint John’s face, trying to clean it with steel wool. The Resurrected Lord is surrounded by a mandorla of golden light rays; you can see them above his head, and extending beyond the wooden frames on the sides of the central section of the window. Below him are four guards, hastily awakened from their sleep, as the Gospels recount. Two stand on the sides; two kneel; all are thunderstruck at the unexpected appearance of this “dead” man, whose tomb they were guarding, emerges in Godlike splendor! The soldiers are heavily armored and armed with swords and spears. Above the terrified guards are two serene angels: the one on the left, with a smug smile, looks down at the guards and points upward; the one on the left, very self-assured, holds back the grave stone from Our Lord’s tomb as He steps out. The sky behind the scene is dark blue, with a few clouds that are lightening as the sun rises on the first Easter morning. Each panel is framed by whimsical Flamboyant Gothic arches, crockets and floral garlands, in the form of acanthus leaves and stylized Narcissus blossoms: in Greek mythology, Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection in pond water, and drowned while trying to embrace it. Here, the flower is a symbol of self-less Divine Love for humanity, and God’s triumph for us over death.
At the top of the window is a small six-sided rose window, matching those of the other two sanctuary windows. This is of another angel: dressed in red, the color of the Passion of Our Lord, standing against a sky blue background. The angel holds a crown, a sign of Christ’s triumph over death in His bodily resurrection. Again, a reference to Saint Paul [2 Tim, 4:8], that the Resurrection of our bodies will be the crown won by those who follow Christ perfectly in this life. That is why, for instance, the Blessed Mother and the Infant Jesus on the side altar of the Blessed Mother, are both crowned: Jesus is triumphant over death, and Mary, His first and closest disciple, has won that same crown of salvation, body and soul, after her perfectly virtuous life. Mary’s Assumption, body & soul, is Her share in Christ’s resurrection.
The three sanctuary windows, each created and put in place in time for the dedication of the church on May 30, 1886, bear the names of the three pastors responsible for the present day church of Saint John: Fr. John Fagan, who purchased the property; Fr. Michael Tierney, who completed the lower church, today’s Monsignor Nagle Hall; and Fr. William Rogers, who completed the present church, and later commissioned the present St. John’s Church in Darien.
Each of these windows plays a part in teaching the faithful the essentials of our Catholic Faith: and each tenet of that Faith has to do with God’s personal work among us, which included both saints and sinners, and which leads us, not simply to know or believe in God, but to love Him through His Son, Jesus. —Mons. DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… Rosemary Finn, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, David Lloyd, John Castellano, Janet Rodgers, Yvonne Saint Preuve, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rose Lauture, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans, William Morris, Margaret Romaine, Annette Mellace, Charla Nash, Ruth Alexander

Please pray for those who have recently died… 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, Mary Daly, Brazilia Walker, Joseph Barrone, Evelyn Bauman

Web Mass. . . You can now watch Saint John’s daily and Sunday Masses on-line: hook up to the parish website, which is www.stjohnsstamford.com; double click the picture at the top of the page, and watch Mass live, enjoy the homilies, and beautiful organ and choral music.

Parish Picnic. . . What a great picnic the parish had last Sunday!! Lots of delicious food and great fun. I want to thank those who really worked hard to make our picnic a success: Frank Carpanzano, Judy and Phil DeFelice, Salvatore Demott, Jeff Russo, Gene D’Agostino, Joe Maker, and all who brought side dishes, and donated ice and goods. Thanks!!!!! Mons. SMD

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … Each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory. We’re studying the 4th century Ecclesiastical History by Eusebius of Caesarea. Join us.

The Latin Reading Group… Is translating St. Augustine’s Confessions…And meets every Wednesday in the rectory at 6:15 p.m. High School Latin is all that’s needed. Just walk in.

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Meets every Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory. All are welcome; just come in the front door. This is a beginner course. Come join us.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the rectory. Class is closed to new students.

BIBLE STUDY: THURSDAY’S 7:30 IN THE RECTORY: This year “The Gospel of Matthew.

Religious Education: The First Class will be SEPTEMBER 27, 2009, 8:30AM.

R.C.I.A. . . . Will meet Tuesday evenings 7:30PM—8:30PM in the rectory, October 2009 – May 2010. Classes start October 20th. Please have Sacramental Records sent to St. John’s. Texts: Bible and the Compedium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. (available in the bookstore)

COFFEE HOUR…After the 10:00 a.m. Mass. 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 October 6th.

Sunday September 20, 2009 $ 10,518.51

Sunday September 21, 2008 $ 11,242.85
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

October 4th Sunday Readings: Gn 2:18-24; Heb 2:9-11; Mk 10:2-16 or 10:2-12

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 201 (2) 92. The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.

Noon Mass . . . As all popes since Pius X (1903-14) have exhorted the faithful to “sing the Mass”, please pick up a sheet containing the Kyrie, Gloria, etc., in order to participate more fully in the Noon High Mass. Thank you!

St. John’s Children’s Choir . . . Please consider enrolling your child in the Children’s Choir which sings for the 10:00 Family Mass on Sundays, alongside the Adult Choir (see below). The first rehearsal is on Saturday, October 3rd. Rehearsals, at which children learn about singing and reading music, are held each Saturday from 1:00-1:45 pm. The choir is open to boys and girls, ages seven and above, who can match a pitch and who are willing to make a weekly commitment. Please call Scott Turkington for more information, 324-1553, ext. 18 or STurkington@optonline.net.

Calling all Singers! . . . The 10:00 AM Family Mass Adult choir is in need of singers, starting on Sunday, October 4th. We rehearse 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 Noon High Mass Choir . . . will resume on Sunday, October 4th.

Life Chain. . . The Gospel of Life Society invites you and your family to participate in Stamford’s Life Chain on Sunday, October 4th, 2009, beginning at 1:30 P.M. in front of St. John’s Church. Last year over 1,200 Life Chains were linked across America and Canada, which included scores of parishioners here at St. John’s. This is a non-confrontational witness: we simply stand along Atlantic Street in front of the church with signs encouraging greater respect for human life, and we pray. For more information, please contact Frank Carpanzano: 203-975-0074.

September is the month of the Holy Cross, the solemnity of which is celebrated on September 14th. The month is a reminder of God’s mercy: He sent His Son to pay for our sins by dying on the Cross. Please visit the Shrine of the Holy Cross at the altar of St. Joseph, where the Relic of the True Cross is permanently exposed for veneration.

Job Hunters. . . Monday, September 28 at 7:30 pm in the rectory: the topic: How to effectively work with recruiters. We’ll discuss recruiter etiquette. Melanie Szlucha’s company Red Inc, helps jobseekers by writing resumes and providing job interview coaching. For more information, see:
http://www.redinc.biz. There is no charge for these sessions in the rectory.

St. Cecilia School. . . Is hosting an Open House on Saturday, October 3, 2009 from 10AM until noon. Please come to learn more about this Christ-centered school of academic excellence for children PK4 to grade 5. RSVP to 322-6505.

Holy Spirit School. . . We encourage you to visit our school during “Take a Look Tuesdays” where you can have the opportunity to visit the classrooms and see teachers and students interacting during regular classes. Our next “Take a Look Tuesday” is October 6th from 9:30am-11:30AM. For more information, contact Mrs. Patricia Torchen, Principal at 203-329-1623, www.holyspiritschool.info.

Mass Intentions+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, September 26
4:00 +John & Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Young
Sunday, September 27
7:30 +Sister Mary Rose Gallagher, SSJ req. Marie Carr
10:00 Special Intention req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:00 Barbara Schuerger Birthday req. Lilian & Alvina Ramos
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, September 28
8:00 Special Intention Tony & Linda Colon
12:10 +Fr. Ruffin req. Tom & Olga Kolenberg
Tuesday, September 29
8:00 For the 9-11 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
12:10 In Honor of the Archangels, Gabriel, Raphael, Michael req. Michelle Paul
Wednesday, September 30
8:00 In Thanksgiving to God req. Fabiola C.
12:10 +Steve Peltier req. Frank & Beth Carpanzano
Thursday, October 1
8:00 +Margaret M. Timon req. Thomas A. Timon
12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Jean-Guillaume Family
Friday, October 2
8:00 71st Religious Anniversary for Sister Ellen Mary CSJ req. Marie Carr
12:10 Special Intention Ferry Galbert & Family
Saturday, October 3
8:00 Special intention in Thanksgiving
12:10 For the 9-11 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.

Eucharistic Adoration: Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

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

Parish Ladies’ Group. . . The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Society will resume weekly Saturday meetings on October 3rd. . We meet in the Rectory, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and conversation, move into prayer, adoration and a spiritual conference, and conclude by 11:00a.m. All ladies of the parish are welcome. Just walk in!

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

St. Dominic Savio Society…For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12th
grades. At our next meeting on September 27, we will have an Altar Boy picnic in conjunction with Dominic Savio Society. For Questions, please contact Frank Marchetti at (203) 434-4734 or Ferry Galbert at (203) 324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society…For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th
grades. Questions, please contact Rosa Marchetti at (203) 348-0232.

St. John’s in The . .NEWSThe Connecticut catholic:
125 years ago, or so:
October 4, 1884: “A circular from our bishop was read and explained at all the Masses Sunday, in accordance with the encyclical letter of Pope Leo XIII. The Rosary will be said every morning during the month of October, after 7 o’clock Mass and on Sundays before Vespers, followed by Benediction. Confessions will be heard every morning before and after Mass, and on Friday and Saturday afternoons and evenings, so as to give an opportunity to all to gain the indulgences granted. ”

The Stamford advocate:
100 years ago, or so:
October 4, 1909: “Some very beautiful prizes have been donated to the Alumni Association of St. John’s parochial school, for the euchre to be given in the Assembly hall next Friday evening. The prizes will be placed on exhibition this week.”

The Stamford advocate:
75 years ago, or so:
September 27, 1932: EAGLE SCOUT RANK IS CONFERRED ON THREE. “At the September Court of Honor of the Stamford Council, Boy Scouts of America, last evening at Scout Headquarters, John P. Forbes of Troop 16, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, and Robert Herrgen and Donald Reyen, Troop 22, St. John’s R.C. Church, qualified for advancement to Eagle Scout Rank.”

The Stamford advocate:
50 years ago, or so:
October 3, 1960: Stamford Priest Receives Pastorate In Atlanta Diocese. “Bishop Francis E. Hyland of the Catholic diocese of Atlanta, Georgia, has announced the appointment of the Rev. Richard B. Morrow as pastor of the Church of St. Bernadette in Cedartown, Georgia, and also of the mission of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at Carrolton, Georgia. Father Morrow is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Morrow of Revonah Woods. He was ordained in 1954 by the Most Rev. Lawrence J. Shehan, D.D., Bishop of Bridgeport.”

“A New Creation”
The goal of Religious Education
– Fr Terry Walsh
Welcome back to the start of a new year of Religious Education. In his Second Letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul writes: “…if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.” Our goal here at St. John’s is to lead our students into a more profound understanding of what it means to become a “New Creation” in Christ. How does it actually come about? (Baptism) How is it nurtured and sustained? (Eucharist, Confession, and all the Sacraments). What is our responsibility, our duty and obligation as New Creations in Christ and how do we grow in that relationship? (Prayer, faithfully living the Gospel, seeking the Truth, that is, seeking Christ, and staying close to Him). In keeping with the 3rd Commandment, Mass Attendance is required of all our students and their parents. The most important part of the formation of our young people is to be accomplished in the home. It’s by God’s design that Parents are the first teachers of their children in the faith – by what they say and do – by their faithful example, that is, by “living the Truth in Love” as St. Paul puts it. Parents are invited to participate in the Bible Study on Thursday Evenings here at the Rectory (7:30 pm) as well as St Monica Partistic Study (Wednesdays) and/or the Parish RCIA Program, which will meet on Tuesday nights (see Website or call office for details) in order to enhance their own understanding of our faith. The fruitful formation our students receive at home is complemented here in the parish, affording the children an opportunity to grow in their knowledge and understanding of our Faith among their peers. We provide the environment to help them in their dialogue with one another. Additionally, we offer programs that enable them to work and pray together in their common goal of discipleship such as the Maria Goretti and Dominic Savio Societies.
We are truly blessed to have such generous teachers who volunteer their time and talent to teach our young people and I would just like to thank them for their sincere devotion to this parish and especially to your children: Frank Carpanzano, Anne Marie Carpanzano and Marissa Carpenzano (K and 1st grade), Maria Marchetti (2nd grade), Marie Boursiquot (3rd grade), Sisters Luiga and Maria (3rd grade), Michelle Koetke (4th grade), Mckenzie Pendergast (5th grade), Sue Kremheller (6th grade), John Pendergast, Fr. Al Audette (7th grade – “Confirmation I”), and Suzie Trotta (8th grade – Confirmation II). Jeanene McMurtry, Joe Maker, and Lisa Kotasek help as substitute teachers and in virtually any other way they can. We are likewise blessed to have several volunteers from the Maria Goretti Society who assist our teachers: Kateri Duffey, Marielle Martiney, Marialyse Martiney, Maureen Boursiqout, and Carmen Morales. Mr. Scott Turkington and his assistant, Janet Gill Gentry, spend countless hours teaching Music appreciation and the significance of Music in Liturgy. They offer important insights into the Mass and help the children grow in their appreciation for Music as prayer. Please feel free to speak with our teachers concerning any questions or comments you might have concerning our program. You may also call me directly at 324 1553 ext. 14. We have made a few changes to our program this year. We will incorporate Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament into our schedule for all students. That particular class period will include an instruction on the Vestments worn by the Priest (or Deacon) as well as an explanation of the Vessels used. Our prayer of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will include Exposition, Adoration, and Benediction, along with the appropriate hymns which the students will learn this year. Parents are most welcome to join their children for this class which will take place at scheduled times for each class in the Church. On separate occasions we will include a “Tour of the Church” directed by Msgr DiGiovanni that will enable our students to have a greater appreciation for the structure and meaning of our place of worship.
Finally, there will be a special night at the end of the year. The St. Anne Society will host the 2nd Annual (new and improved) “Celebration of the Sacraments” which will include a Holy Hour, a Banquet, and special Awards. Please see the Parish Website for more details and ongoing updates or call the parish office for a schedule of events (also available in the Church at the entrance ways). As you know, the reception of 1st Holy Communion at St. John’s is in the 3rd grade. The celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be in the 2nd grade. Our Confirmation program has expanded to include an additional year of study. Our 8th grade students will study the Bible Timeline for Teens and Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. The year will include a day retreat at the Villa Maria Guadalupe Convent in North Stamford, home to the Sisters of Life Religious Order. I will meet with each 8th grade student and their parents in the Spring semester for a brief conference concerning their progress in our program. Details of these individual meetings will be forthcoming.

Bulletin for Sunday September 20, 2009

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

Pastor’s Corner. . . The central window in the sanctuary portrays the Crucifixion of Our Lord. This is the link between the Christmas window to the left and the Resurrection window on the right. The Eternal Son of the Father took to Himself that which He did not have: a human body, soul, heart, mind and will, and the ability to die: the Creator became a creature, so that He could give to us what we did not have: a share in His divinity.
Pope Saint Leo wrote more clearly: “The birth of Christ is the source of the Christian people; the birth of the Head is the birth of the Body, the Church. Each person whom Christ calls comes at his own point in the flow of time, yet the whole body of the faithful, which comes forth from the baptismal font, was born along with Christ at his birth, just as it was crucified with him in his passion, raised up in his resurrection, and established at the Father’s side in his ascension. For every one among the faithful is reborn in Christ and becomes a new person in him who became Son of Man that we might become sons and daughters of God” [On the Lord’s Birth].
This is one of the most beautiful of the church’s windows. It is damaged, unfortunately, as can be seen in the face of Saint John the Evangelist, who stands to the right of the Crucified Lord. During the recent restoration, it was discovered that decades ago an overambitious workman may have tried to “clean” the window by using steel wool!! Despite the damage, it is still a magnificent work of art.
The central figure is Our Crucified Lord: His face is serene, crowned with thorns and a halo of gold and red. Two angels hold chalices to catch his blood flowing from his wounded hands. One drop of blood comes from his pierced side, which is the fountain of the sacramental life of Christ’s Church, the graces of which transform us daily to be more like Our Lord. The figure on the right is our patron, Saint John. Dressed in flowing robes of red, green and amber, he is portrayed as a young man with long hair, the only apostle who had not abandoned his Lord and best friend. On the left stands the Blessed Mother, dressed in a red robe with a strikingly beautiful deep blue cape with golden appliqués of her symbols: roses, fleurs-des-lis and crowns. The central figure beneath the Cross is Mary Magdalene, who kneels, arms wrapped around the base of the cross, looking up at Her Lord.
The sky behind the crucifixion is composed of various shades of dark blues with two lines of sunlight, suggesting the abnormality of the mid-day darkness, brought about, as the passion narratives of the Gospel tell us, by the death of God in the flesh. Immediately behind the Cross can be seen a building: not merely a suggestion of the ancient city of Jerusalem, but, rather, the dome and bell tower of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built originally in the 4th century by the Empress Saint Helen atop the actual site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial, which had been venerated by the faithful from the time of the crucifixion itself. Atop the window is a rose window, this time with a pelican, sitting atop a nest, piercing her breast to feed her young chicks with her own blood: an ancient symbol of Christ’s willing shedding of His blood for us .
This elegant window dominates the entire church. During this week following the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross, let it be a reminder to us of the depth of God’s love for each of us, and of His great mercy, shown by His hard work to get us to Heaven. As Saint Irenaeus of Lyons wrote, “God became man so that Man could become God.” This was affected by God becoming a man; by the Incarnate Son of the Eternal Father dying on the Cross, and His rising from the dead in the flesh for us. —Mons. Stephen DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… Rosemary Finn, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, David Lloyd, John Castellano, Janet Rodgers, Yvonne Saint Preuve, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rose Lauture, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans, Jesus Cala, William Morris, Margaret Romaine, Annette Mellace, Charla Nash, Ruth Alexander

Please pray for those who have recently died… 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, Mary Daly, Brazilia Walker, Joseph Barrone, Evelyn Bauman

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

Web Mass. . . You can now watch Saint John’s daily and Sunday Masses on-line: hook up to the parish website, which is www.stjohnsstamford.com; double click the picture at the top of the page, and watch Mass live, enjoy the homilies, and beautiful organ and choral music.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … Each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory. We’re studying the 4th century Ecclesiastical History by Eusebius of Caesarea. Join us.

The Latin Reading Group… Is translating St. Augustine’s Confessions…And meets every Wednesday in the rectory at 6:15 p.m. High School Latin is all that’s needed. Just walk in.

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Meets every Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory. All are welcome; just come in the front door. This is a beginner course. Come join us.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the rectory. Class is closed to new students.

Religious Education: All those entering our program this September for the first time must provide Baptism records which may be obtained from the Church where the child was baptized. This is a mandatory requirement for participation in Religious Education. The First Class will be SEPTEMBER 27, 2009, 8:30AM. Registration and payment can be done on the parish website, stjohnsstamford.com., or visit the parish office.

R.C.I.A. . . . Will meet Tuesday evenings 7:30PM—8:30PM in the rectory, October 2009 – May 2010. Classes start October 20th. Please have Sacramental Records sent to St. John’s. Texts: Bible and the Compedium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. (available in the bookstore)

Parish Picnic. . . Please mark your calendars: The Parish Picnic will be at Cove Island on Sunday, September 20th: 1 pm-5 pm. Food, beverages, games for kids of all ages: please plan to attend this great fun parish event. SIDE DISHES: If you would like to bring a side dish to the picnic please call Judy De Felice at 322-5331 for details. Thank you very much!

Coffee Hour…Volunteers are needed to help after the 10:00 a.m. Mass.  For more information, please contact Janet Lancaster at 203-637-3301 or email her at jmlancaster@optonline.net.

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 October 6th.

Sunday September 13, 2009 $ 10,623.12
Sunday September 14, 2008 $ 9,870.46 “I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

September 27th Sunday Readings: Nm 11:25-29; Jas 5:1-6; Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 216 (2) 65. The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.

Noon Mass . . . As all popes since Pius X (1903-14) have exhorted the faithful to “sing the Mass”, please pick up a sheet containing the Kyrie, Gloria, etc., in order to participate more fully in the Noon High Mass. Thank you!

St. John’s Children’s Choir . . . Please consider enrolling your child in the Children’s Choir which sings for the 10:00 Family Mass on Sundays, alongside the Adult Choir (see below). The first rehearsal is on Saturday, October 3rd. Rehearsals, at which children learn about singing and reading music, are held each Saturday from 1:00-1:45 pm. The choir is open to boys and girls, ages seven and above, who can match a pitch and who are willing to make a weekly commitment. Please call Scott Turkington for more information, 324-1553, ext. 18 or STurkington@optonline.net.

Calling all Singers! . . . The 10:00 AM Family Mass Adult choir is in need of singers, starting on Sunday, October 4th. We rehearse 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 Noon High Mass Choir . . . will resume on Sunday, October 4th.

Christian Foundation for Children & Aging. . . This weekend, the parish welcomes Father Gerald Flater, O.M.I., who will tell us about the work of the Christian Foundation, which is a lay Catholic ministry helping children and elderly in 24 developing countries. For more information, visit online at www.cfcausa.org

Life Chain. . . The Gospel of Life Society invites you and your family to participate in Stamford’s Life Chain on Sunday, October 4th, 2009, beginning at 1:30 P.M. in front of St. John’s Church. Last year over 1,200 Life Chains were linked across America and Canada, which included scores of parishioners here at St. John’s. This is a non-confrontational witness: we simply stand along Atlantic Street in front of the church with signs encouraging greater respect for human life, and we pray. For more information, please contact Frank Carpanzano: 203-975-0074.

September is the month of the Holy Cross, the solemnity of which is celebrated on September 14th. The month is a reminder of God’s mercy: He sent His Son to pay for our sins by dying on the Cross. Please visit the Shrine of the Holy Cross at the altar of St. Joseph, where the Relic of the True Cross is permanently exposed for veneration.

Job Hunters. . . Monday, September 28 at 7:30 pm in the rectory: the topic: How to effectively work with recruiters. We’ll discuss recruiter etiquette. Melanie Szlucha’s company Red Inc, helps jobseekers y writing resumes and providing job interview coaching. For more information, see:
http://www.redinc.biz. There is no charge for these sessions in the rectory.

St. Cecilia School. . . Is hosting an Open House on Saturday, October 3, 2009 from 10AM until noon. Please come to learn more about this Christ-centered school of academic excellence for children PK4 to grade 5. RSVP to 322-6505.

Mass Intentions+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, September 19
4:00 +Robert & Travis Hill req. Family
Sunday, September 20
7:30 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
10:00 +Richard Wargo Birthday Remembrance req. Family
12:00 Special Interntion Michael Muwanguzi & Peter Mangeni req. Scholastica & Andrew
6:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Monday, September 21
8:00 Special Intention Kathia Bailey req. Pugliese Family
12:10 +Simone Parisi req. Wife – Rose Parisi
Tuesday, September 22
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
12:10 +Mrs. Beatrice Touhey req. Ann Touhey
Wednesday, September 23
8:00 In Honor of Padre Pio req. Marion Morris & Family
12:10 +Karl Gandt req. Priests of the Parish
Thursday, September 24
8:00 +Margaret Curtis req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Theron & Lena Carr req. Marie Carr
Friday, September 25
8:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 +Fr. Michael Delia & Fr. Robert Pohley req. Bosilevas Family
Saturday, September 26
8:00 +Dan McCarthy req. Hannah & Mel Young
12:10 +Josephine D’Amico req. her son Frank

Eucharistic Adoration: Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

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

Parish Ladies’ Group. . . The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Society will resume weekly Saturday meetings on October 3rd. . We meet in the Rectory, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and conversation, move into prayer, adoration and a spiritual conference, and conclude by 11:00a.m. All ladies of the parish are welcome. Just walk in!

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

St. Dominic Savio Society…For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12th
grades. At our next meeting on September 27, we will have an Altar Boy picnic in conjunction with Dominic Savio Society. for Questions, please contact Frank Marchetti at (203) 434-4734 or Ferry Galbert at (203) 324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society…For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th
grades. Questions, please contact Rosa Marchetti at (203) 348-0232.

St. John’s in The . .NEWS
The Stamford advocate:
140 YEARS AGO, or so:
September 25, 1868: FUNERAL OF FATHER O’NEIL. “The funeral of Father O’Neil took place on Tuesday, at the Roman Catholic chapel, and was attended by a very large concourse of his late parishioners and friends. The funeral services, which were very impressive, were conducted by the Rt. Rev. F. P. McFarland, of Hartford, assisted by a large number of Catholic clergymen from different parishes of the State and elsewhere. The temperance society attended the funeral in full regalia. Father O’Neil has been in charge of the Roman Catholic congregation in Stamford for ten years previous to his death”

The Connecticut catholic:
125 years ago, or so:
September 27, 1884: “The steps at the entrance to our church are completed, and no finer piece of work can be seen in the state. Each step is one entire piece of granite. Taken altogether the work is not only beautiful but durable. ”

The Stamford advocate:
100 years ago, or so:
September 24, 1909: “The bazaar of St. John’s R.C. Church, which has been in progress since Sept. 15 in the school hall, came to a close last night. The entertainment was one of the best that was heard, the chief feature being piano selections by Miss Eileen Walsh, a talented and accomplished player. There was also a sketch in which school boys took part. The attendance during the bazaar has been very good and it has been, on the whole, a successful undertaking.”

The new york times:
50 years ago, or so:
September 25, 1966: “The first construction in a controversial $88 million downtown renewal project in Stamford, Conn., will begin early next year with the building of three 17 story oval-shaped apartment towers as low-rent units. Scheduled to be completed in 18 months, the towers project is being sponsored by St. John’s Roman Catholic Church and the Diocese of Bridgeport.”

One More Time… -Fr Terry Walsh
Has your mind ever drifted during the course of the Liturgy? Sometimes, when we do familiar things, we can fall into “autopilot” mode; indeed, it can become so routine that we might find it difficult to sort of snap out of it. For instance, have you ever found yourself standing for the Gospel and realizing you have absolutely no idea what the first 2 readings were? It would be rather embarrassing if your neighbor knew, you might think, but then, they have no idea that you drifted off to contemplate any number of other things that had been occupying your mind. But then the more important realization comes to mind: God was watching.
There is a common name for these pesky distractions – it’s called the Battle of Prayer. It takes a bit of effort to prepare for the Liturgy in our hearts and minds. And then, there’s another challenge we face. It’s the repetition of prayers. We always begin “In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” and “The Lord be with you” and “Let us call to mind our sins” and so forth…In other words, you know what the priest is going to say before he utters the first syllable. Drift, drift, drift…the Gloria, the Creed, the Our Father…we know them by heart, we’ve said them 100’s, perhaps 1000’s of times. Some might prefer to have different prayers for ‘variety sake’. And yet, upon more thoughtful reflection, we arrive at a clearer understanding of the Church’s wisdom in offering the same prayers each week in the liturgy of the Mass. The prayers are “perfect” and what is perfect can not be improved upon. No, the “change” that’s needed is to be found in our individual hearts. Each time we pray the Gloria, for instance, the Wonder of God’s incomprehensible Majesty that’s been revealed to us should effect our vision of the world and call to mind the utterly amazing gift of discipleship. If we find ourselves yawning in those moments when the “same ol Gloria” is recited, or better yet, sung, then that prayer has not scratched the surface of our heart; we haven’t contemplated it’s true meaning. And what about the Creed? It is the very anthem of our faith. So many of our brothers and sisters have been slaughtered as martyrs defending it. It encapsulates the heart of our faith in the Holy Trinity, the community of Persons that created us, sustains us, and calls us to share in their Divine love in a peace and joy that St Paul says is so great that the human mind can not even begin to conceive it. We pray the Creed after hearing the Word of God and before receiving the Holy Eucharist, affirming God’s love for us. Each time we pray the Creed with faith and devotion, we move closer to God. And, having prayed it well, we open ourselves up to a greater measure of grace when we receive our Lord’s Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. Moreover, those graces will have a greater effect in our souls. Quite naturally, we’ll have a greater influence on those around us since we will be operating with an increased measure of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, forming us into more perfect images of Christ – but only if we cooperate. When we’re attentive to the meaning of the prayers we say at Mass week in and week out we enable their meaning to truly transform the deeper regions of our hearts. We will experience His peace and consolation in our spiritual life and be more faithfully resolved to live out our Baptismal promises. Recall the words of the prophet Micah: “You have been told, O man, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do the right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.” What could be better than humble attentiveness in prayer as we walk with God in our hearts each day – particularly the highest form the Church’s prayer—the Holy Mass?

Bulletin for Sunday September 13, 2009

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link: Bulletin for Sunday September 13, 2009

Pastor’s Corner. . . Let’s turn our attention to the sanctuary and side altars, beginning with the windows. Those above the high altar present the three central historical events of our salvation: the Incarnation, Crucifixion and Resurrection, which define who we are as men and women touched by the grace of God in human history, which will lead us to the very presence of God for all eternity.
The far left window is the Incarnation, the Christmas window. In the top rose window can be seen a beautiful Star of Bethlehem in the center of an imaginary celestial flower, surrounded by five smaller stars against a light blue heaven, shedding light upon the scene below. Our Lady sits in the center with the infant Jesus on her lap. They sit on a sumptuous throne of whimsical Gothic and Victorian design, with arches, columns and exuberant floral carvings, backed by a rich tapestry of geometric designs and textured glass. The Blessed Virgin supports her child gently while, at the same time presenting Him to the Three Kings who have just arrived on the scene. The Infant Jesus holds his right hand in blessing to the Kings, all the while eyeing one of their impressive gifts. Two of the Kings kneel, one directly in front of the Mother and Child, holding a large golden vessel, with a small elegantly appareled page boy behind him, holding the king’s heavy ermine trimmed blood red cape. The second king kneels to the right, with his box-shaped gift on the ground. He is, likewise, richly appareled in darker earth tones, with a full ermine shoulder cape and heavy golden chain of office around his neck. The third king stands at the center right, eye-level with Our Lady. Vested in a deep green toga, with golden breastplate and blood red cape, he wears a golden crown and offers another elegant gift to the Child. He appears to have just alighted from an impressive camel, which stands behind the king, imperiously sneering down at all of us, as his attendant tries to bring him to heal with a bright red tether.
All around are symbols of the future for the Holy Family: behind the camel can be seen a stormy sky along with a pyramid, pointing to the Flight to Egypt soon to be made, in response to the plots of Herod to kill the Child, in fulfillment of prophet Hosea: “Out of Egypt have I called my son” [Hosea 11.1; Matt 2]. Behind Saint Joseph, on the left, is another attendant, bearing a banner—of the Resurrection, the ultimate triumph of God over the power of Satan by the Incarnation, Crucifixion and Resurrection, offering us eternity in the flesh. At the base of the window are flowers, identifying who is pictured above and what will happen: Daisies: signs of the innocence of the Christ Child; a small patch of Dandelions: a bitter herb, suggestive of the bitter suffering of Mother and Child; a Poppy: the red color of which alludes to the future Passion; Violets: symbols of the humility of God who became a creature for us, and a symbol of the humility of Mary, who gave her private life and hopes as an offering in obedience to the Father, so that both God and mankind contributed to our salvation; red Anemones: referring to the blood shed by Our Lord, and the sorrow of both Mary and Jesus. Ancient legend stated that anemones sprouted at the foot of the Cross at the Crucifixion; white Jasmine,:whose sweet fragrance symbolized the Virgin Mary for earlier Christians.
The three sanctuary windows were donated to honor the three pastors of St. John’s whose efforts had raised the present church in 1886: Father John Fagan [1868-1873], who had purchased the property and died very young; Father Michael Tierney [1874-76] who had completed the basement church, and went on to be the Bishop of Hartford; and Father William Rogers [1876-1900], who completed the upper church. —Mons. Stephen DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… Elizabeth Coughlin, Billy Therriault, Wendy Woodin, David Lloyd, John Castellano, Janet Rodgers, Yvonne Saint Preuve, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rose Lauture, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans, Jesus Cala, William Morris, Margaret Romaine, Annette Mellace, Charla Nash, Ruth Alexander

Please pray for those who have recently died… 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, Mary Daly, Brazilia Walker, Joseph Barrone, Evelyn Bauman

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

Web Mass. . . You can now watch Saint John’s daily and Sunday Masses on-line: hook up to the parish website, which is www.stjohnsstamford.com; double click the picture at the top of the page, and watch Mass, enjoy the homilies, and beautiful organ and choral music.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … Each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory. We’re studying the 4th century Ecclesiastical History by Eusebius of Caesarea. Join us.

The Latin Reading Group… Is translating St. Augustine’s Confessions…And meets every Wednesday in the rectory at 6:15 p.m. High School Latin is all that’s needed. Just walk in.

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Meets every Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory. All are welcome; just come in the front door. This is a beginner course. Come join us.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets every Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the rectory. Class is closed to new students.

Religious Education: All those entering our program this September for the first time must provide Baptism records which may be obtained from the Church where the child was baptized. This is a mandatory requirement for participation in Religious Education. The First Class will be SEPTEMBER 27, 2009, 8:30AM. Registration and payment can be done on the parish website, stjohnsstamford.com., or visit the parish office.

Parish Picnic. . . Please mark your calendars: The Parish Picnic will be at Cove Island on Sunday, September 20th: 1 pm-5 pm. Food, beverages, games for kids of all ages: please plan to attend this great fun parish event. SIDE DISHES: If you would like to bring a side dish to the picnic please call Judy De Felice at 322-5331 for details. Thank you very much!

Coffee Hour…Volunteers are needed to help after the 10:00 a.m. Mass.  For more information, please contact Janet Lancaster at 203-637-3301 or email her at jmlancaster@optonline.net.

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 October 6th.

Sunday September 6, 2009 $ 10,691.12
Sunday September 7, 2008 $ 14,466.36 “I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

September 20th Sunday Readings: Wis 2:12, 17-20; Jas 3:16-4:3; Mk 9:30-37

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 142 (Tune: St. George’s Windsor) (2) 72. The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.

Noon Mass . . . As all popes since Pius X (1903-14) have exhorted the faithful to “sing the Mass”, please pick up a sheet containing the Kyrie, Gloria, etc., in order to participate more fully in the Noon High Mass. Thank you!

St. John’s Children’s Choir . . . Please consider enrolling your child in the Children’s Choir which sings for the 10:00 Family Mass on Sundays, alongside the Adult Choir (see below). Rehearsals, at which children learn about singing and reading music, are held each Saturday from 1:00-1:45 pm. The choir is open to boys and girls, ages seven and above, who can match a pitch and who are willing to make a weekly commitment. Please call Scott Turkington for more information, 324-1553, ext. 18 or STurkington@optonline.net.

Calling all Singers! . . . The 10:00 AM Family Mass Adult choir is in need of singers, starting in September. We rehearse 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.

Christian Foundation for Children & Aging. . . Next weekend, the parish will welcome Father Gerald Flater, O.M.I., who will tell us about the work of the Christian Foundation, which is a lay Catholic ministry helping children and elderly in 24 developing countries. For more information, visit online at www.cfcausa.org

Life Chain. . . The Gospel of Life Society invites you and your family to participate in Stamford’s Life Chain on Sunday, October 4th, 2009, beginning at 1:30 P.M. in front of St. John’s Church. Last year over 1,200 Life Chains were linked across America and Canada, which included scores of parishioners here at St. John’s. This is a non-confrontational witness: we simply stand along Atlantic Street in front of the church with signs encouraging greater respect for human life, and we pray. For more information, please contact Frank Carpanzano: 203-975-0074.

Malta House in Norwalk…Provides a nurturing home to homeless pregnant women and their babies. In these difficult economic times, we are especially in need of the following items: Good Start Formula (orange can 0-12 months), diapers sizes 4 and 5, baby wipes, paper plates, paper napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, plastic spoons, forks and knives, and gift cards for any grocery stores, Wal-Mart or Home Depot. Any and all donations are gratefully accepted. If you have questions please contact Ginny Casey at GCasey@maltahouse.org or 203/857-0088. (Do not bring donations to the Parish).

September is the month of the Holy Cross, the solemnity of which is celebrated on September 14th. The month is a reminder of God’s mercy: He sent His Son to pay for our sins by dying on the Cross. Please visit the Shrine of the Holy Cross at the altar of St. Joseph, where the Relic of the True Cross is permanently exposed for veneration.

Mass Intentions+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, September 12
4:00 +Members of DeRosa, Kronk, Capobianco Families & Edwin Clark req. John & Joan Kronk
Sunday, September 13
7:30 Thanksgiving to God req. Fabiola C.
10:00 +Betsy Woolf req. Fabiola C.
12:00 Catherine Olnek’s Birthday req. Sharon Gannon
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, September 14
8:00 +Jack Walsh req. Fr. Terrence P. Walsh
12:10 +Kent Costikyan req. Luz Contreras
Tuesday, September 15
8:00 +Peggy Walsh req. Fr. Terrence P. Walsh
12:10 +Mary Ellen & Joseph Santoro req. Marie Carr
Wednesday, September 16
8:00 +Reddy & Alice Mac Donald & Family req. Mary Maloney
12:10 +Randolph Samedi req. Anne Marie Samedi
Thursday, September 17
8:00 Sister Daria req. Lancaster Family
12:10 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Friday, September 18
8:00 Special Intention Richard Paul Kim req. Joseph & Mary Kim
12:10 +Amy Reed req. Fabiola C.
Saturday, September 19
8:00 +Theodore Kim req. Joseph & Mary Kim
12:10 +Vickie Manes req. Angela Giannitti

Eucharistic Adoration: Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

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

Parish Ladies’ Group. . . The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Society will resume weekly Saturday meetings on October 3rd. . We meet in the Rectory, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and conversation, move into prayer, adoration and a spiritual conference, and conclude by 11:00a.m. All ladies of the parish are welcome. Just walk in!

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

St. Dominic Savio Society…For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12th
grades. At our next meeting on September 27, we will have an Altar Boy picnic in conjunction with Dominic Savio Society. for Questions, please contact Frank Marchetti at (203) 434-4734 or Ferry Galbert at (203) 324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society…For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th
grades. Questions, please contact Rosa Marchetti at (203) 348-0232.

St. John’s in The ADVOCATE . .
115 YEARS AGO, or so:
September 14, 1893: Blessing Two New Altars. “Sunday evening at St. John’s R.C. Church, an impressive and beautiful ceremony was witnessed and participated in by a congregation which completely filled the large edifice. It was the blessing of two new altars recently presented to the church. The young lady members of the League of the Sacred Heart, and the Children of Mary, dressed in white, with white veils and wreathes, and carrying bouquets of gold and blue, marched in procession from the basement of the church, through Bell Street, and entered the church singing the Litany of the Blessed Virgin. Vespers were then sung, after which the two new altars were blessed while the societies sang appropriate hymns. An eloquent and appropriate sermon, by the pastor, Rev. W. H. Rogers, was preached, after which Benediction was given. The altar of the Sacred Heart is the gift of members of the League of that name. The statue was presented by Miss Mary Coffey. The statue of the Blessed Virgin—Our lady of Lourdes—is a votive offering by the wife of Judge Morgan J. O’Brien, in thanksgiving for the recovery of her daughter from a serious accident she met with while the family were summering at Shippan two years ago.”

100 years ago, or so:
September 16, 1909: “The bazaar of St. John’s R.C. Church opened auspiciously in the school hall, last night. Notwithstanding the threatening weather, there was a large attendance. St. Anne’s Ladies’ Aid Society, the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the A.O.H., the Third Order of St. Francis, the Children of Mary and the Alumni Association of the school each has a table. The hall was attractively decorated, and there is the usual quantity of fancy articles. There will be entertainment and dancing evenings.”

“Seek the things that are above” Gifts and Fruits -Fr Terry Walsh

As ‘children of the Light’ we are constantly receiving the graces of the Holy Spirit throughout our daily lives. We received this Light at Baptism and provided we are faithful to the Light, it will be kept burning brightly and attract others to the Light. Staying near the Light who is Christ is a deliberate act of our will. Our Lord tells us to ask for whatever you want and He will provide it – provided it is for the good of your soul. If we ask with humility and an ardent desire for union with our Lord, the fountain of grace, the “Living Water” (Grace of the Holy Spirit flowing from the Heart of Jesus), will gush up from within us. These are the waters where our ‘soul is restored and nourished’ and ‘our cup, our soul, overflows.’ In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells us: “The Water I shall give will become in him (in everyone who receives the Living Water) a spring of water welling up to eternal life”(4:14). We receive these graces primarily and ordinarily through the Sacraments – those magnificent ‘encounters with Christ’ who nourishes and sustains us. Through our faithful cooperation, He forms us into ‘children of the Light.’ We receive the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit so that we may grow in virtue and become holy, or as St. Gregory of Nyssa put it, “The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God.” What exactly are the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit?
There are 7 Gifts and 12 Fruits. It would be helpful to review the Catechism of the Catholic Church for a more complete understanding (available Online at www.vatican.va or at your local bookstore). The Church teaches us that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are “permanent dispositions” which make us docile in following divine inspirations. They are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and Fear of the Lord. We learn in Sacred Scripture that the beginning of Wisdom is ‘Fear of the Lord,’ also called ‘Awe and Wonder’. More specifically, it means to love the things that God loves – namely purity, goodness, truth, and holiness and to hate the things that God hates – namely sin, which harms us and separates us from God. Jesus says, ‘Ask for whatever you want in My Name, I will give it to you.’ Of course, we must sanctify ourselves first – that is, we must seek to live a faithful life and to be in the state of grace. Then, Ask for the gift of Wisdom, just as Solomon did. Ask for the gift of Fortitude – courage – to do what is right even in difficult circumstances. Ask for the gift of Counsel – to know what to say – and sometimes what not to say – to those who come to you for guidance or who might be seeking a word of encouragement. Ask for whatever you want and then apply the gift of that grace to become a bright light to attract others to what is good and true and pure and holy through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In other words, receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit, cooperate with the Gift, and so bear Fruit.
“The Fruits of the Holy Spirit are perfections formed in us as the first fruits of eternal glory. The tradition of the Church lists 12: charity, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity”(ccc). St. Paul speaks about these fruits of the Holy Spirit in his letter to the Galatians (5:22). When we ‘seek the things that are above’ we ‘bare fruit that will last’ – we ‘build heavenly treasure.’ And just as the exchange of love between the three persons of the Holy Trinity overflows into all creation, so too will the effects of the graces we receive overflow into acts of kindness, generosity, and love, and all the fruits of the Holy Spirit, Who dwells within us.

Bulletin for Sunday September 6, 2009

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

Pastor’s Corner. . . The southern transept, to the left of the altars, is a duplicate of the northern, in design, size and decoration. The only difference is the theme of the large stained glass window that dominates this side of the church.
This window was created and installed at the same time as that in the northern transept and choir loft: 1926. And, likewise, was restored with a new window frame, during the 2000 restoration of all the church’s windows.
The story of the window is based on the Gospel account of Our Lord blessing children, as indicated by the Latin legend at the bottom of the window, which translates: “Let the little children come to Me” (Mt: 19:14). This is a very charming window, because of the subject and because the artists have treated the subject in such a tender and gentle manner. At the center is Our Lord, clothed as in the window across the aisle: in bright red tunic over his white toga-like robe. His luminous halo identifies Him as the Son of God and Son of Mary, the Savior. He is seated with a small child on His lap. According to tradition, this child was Saint Ignatius of Antioch: a disciple of St. Peter, whom Peter named as the first bishop in Antioch, after Peter had himself established the Church in that third largest city of the Roman Empire. It was Ignatius who called the Church Jesus personally established on the Apostles the Catholic Church—the Universal Church—the only one found in every large city, as opposed to the numerous local Christian cults started by other people. In the window, two of Jesus’ Apostles are not happy with Jesus’ decision to disregard their counsel to move on, and you can see them gathered in the shadows at the top left, chatting with one another, and visibly displeased. In contrast are the children: all over the place, skipping, walking and crawling to Jesus, being carried by their mothers, the smiling embodiment of innocence and trust, which should be the hallmark of all Jesus’ followers.
Above the main window are three angels, replicating the northern window: the lower two have censers, offering incense to Jesus who is God and Man. Between them is the image of the Pelican, which, according to legend, would pierce her breast and feed her young with her lifeblood; a perfect symbol of the sacrifice Christ made on the Cross that we might live forever. Above, the larger angel bears the logo: Ora et Labora: pray and work. Prayer is good, but must be accompanied by a life of action: one must show one’s faith in the way one lives, —preferably in virtue—as well as by performing religious actions, in order to be a true believer. On either side of the upper angels are more Greek letters we’ve seen before: the Alpha on the left and the Omega on the right: Jesus is the beginning and the end of all things. And there’s one mistake: the angel on the right has three hands!! Oops! No one’s perfect, not even artists. —Mons. Stephen DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… John Castellano, Janet Rodgers, Yvonne Saint Preuve, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rose Lauture, Paul Rittman, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans, Jesus Cala, William Morris, Margaret Romaine, Annette Mellace, Charla Nash, Ruth Alexander
Please pray for those who have recently died…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, Mary Daly, Brazilia Walker, Joseph Barrone, Evelyn Bauman

Catholic University of America Collection . . . Please drop your special envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.

Web Mass. . . You can now watch Saint John’s daily and Sunday Masses on-line: hook up to the parish website, which is www.stjohnsstamford.com; at the end of the first paragraph on the homepage is a line that says click here: watch Mass and enjoy the homilies and beautiful organ and choral music.

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … Meets each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory. We’re now studying the 4th century Ecclesiastical History by Eusebius of Caesarea. Join us.

The Latin Reading Group… Is translating St. Augustine’s Confessions…And meets every Wednesday in the rectory at 6:15 p.m. High School Latin is all that’s needed. Just walk in.

Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin . . . Meets every Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory. All are welcome; just come in the front door. This is the most basic beginner course. Come join us.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets every Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the rectory. Class is closed to new students.

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 October 6th.

Religious Education: All those entering our program this September for the first time must provide Baptism records which may be obtained from the Church where the child was baptized. This is a mandatory requirement for participation in Religious Education. The First Class will be SEPTEMBER 27, 2009. Registration and payment can be done on the parish website, stjohnsstamford.com., or visit the parish office.

Parish Picnic. . . Please mark your calendars: The Parish Picnic will be at Cove Island on Sunday, September 20th: 1 pm-5 pm. Food, beverages, games for kids of all ages: please plan to attend this great fun parish event. SIDE DISHES: If you would like to bring a side dish to the picnic please call Judy De Felice at 322-5331 for details. Thank you very much!

Coffee Hour…Volunteers are needed to help after the 10:00 a.m. Mass.  For more information, please contact Janet Lancaster at 203-637-3301 or email her at jmlancaster@optonline.net.

September is the month of the Holy Cross, the solemnity of which is celebrated on September 14th. The month is a reminder of God’s mercy: He sent His Son to pay for our sins by dying on the Cross. Please visit the Shrine of the Holy Cross at the altar of St. Joseph, where the Relic of the True Cross is permanently exposed for veneration.

Sunday August 30, 2009 $ 11,578.32
Sunday August 31, 2008 $ 9,349.07 “I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

September 13th Sunday Readings: Is 50:5-9a; Jas 2:14-18; Mk 8:27-35

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 249 (2) 239. The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.

Noon Mass . . . As all popes since Pius X (1903-14) have exhorted the faithful to “sing the Mass”, please pick up a sheet containing the Kyrie, Gloria, etc., in order to participate more fully in the Noon High Mass. Thank you!

Calling all Singers! . . . The 10:00 AM Family Mass Adult choir is in need of singers, starting in September. We rehearse at 8:15 AM, on Sundays only, in the Choir Room. If you regularly attending 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.

Home Schooling Families: A new group for home schooling families will begin meeting at Saint John’s in the Fall. This group will include supervised group activities and support, and will meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 10:00 a.m. until noon, in the Monsignor Nagle Hall, beginning in September. All ages are welcome. Anyone who is interested, or who would like more information, please contact Julianne DeMarco at (203) 966-3641, juliannedemarco@yahoo.com OR contact Janet Lancaster at (203) 637-3301, jmlancaster@optonline.net. This group is NOT a parish school, nor is it sponsored by Saint John’s Parish, but is a private initiative by home schooling parents who are parishioners. The first meeting will be Tuesday, September 22nd.

Life Chain. . . The Gospel of Life Society invites you and your family to participate in Stamford’s Life Chain on Sunday, October 4th, 2009, beginning at 1:30 P.M. here in front of St. John’s Church. Last year over 1,200 Life Chains were linked across America and Canada, which included scores of parishioners here at St. John’s. This is a non-confrontational witness: we simply stand along Atlantic Street in front of the church with signs encouraging greater respect for human life, and we pray. Please join us: free parking behind St. John’s. For more information, please contact Frank Carpanzano: 203-975-0074.

St. Maurice Church 358 Glenbrook Rd….Is holding a CASH BINGO on Friday, Sept. 18th. Doors open at 6PM. First game is at 7PM. There will also be a MULTI-VENDOR CRAFT FAIR & TAG SALE at the open air market on Saturday Sept. 19th from 9AM—5PM, rain or shine. (Refreshments available at both events) For more information call: 324-3434.

Parish Ladies’ Group. . . The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies’ Society will resume weekly Saturday meetings on October 3rd. . We meet in the Rectory, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and conversation, move into prayer, adoration and a spiritual conference, and conclude by 11:00a.m. All ladies of the parish are welcome. Just walk in!

Malta House in Norwalk…Provides a nurturing home to homeless pregnant women and their babies. In these difficult economic times, we are especially in need of the following items: Good Start Formula (orange can 0-12 months), diapers sizes 4 and 5, baby wipes, paper plates, paper napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, plastic spoons, forks and knives, and gift cards for any grocery stores, Wal-Mart or Home Depot. Any and all donations are gratefully accepted. If you have questions please contact Ginny Casey at GCasey@maltahouse.org or 203/857-0088. (Do not bring donations to the Parish).

Mass Intentions+ Denotes Deceased
Saturday, September 5
4:00 +Members of DeRosa, Kronk, Capobianco Families & Edwin Clark req. John & Joan Kronk
Sunday, September 6
7:30 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
10:00 Special Intention Winnie
12:00 +Jocelyn, Oswald & Kilda Machado req. Lilian & Alvina Ramos
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, September 7
8:00 Special Intention Fr. Albert D. Audette
12:10 Special Intention Sister Maria req. Lancaster Family
Tuesday, September 8
8:00 In honor of the Virgin Mary req. Fabiola C.
12:10 +Charles & Eva Kronk req. Mary Churley
Wednesday, September 9
8:00 +Leonard Piacenza req. Family
12:10 +Helel Carr Birthday Remembrance req. Marie Carr
Thursday, September 10
8:00 +Frank Janesch req. Cycon Family
12:10 +Ismael Vega req. Evelyn Flaharty, daughter
Friday, September 11
8:00 +Louise Wilk req. David L. Lancaster
12:10 For the 911 Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Saturday, September 12
8:00 +Hope & Joseph McAleer req. Family
12:10 +James Caputo req. The Pugliese Family

Eucharistic Adoration: Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

Holy Name Society … For all men of the parish: The rectory every Friday morning
for coffee, Eucharistic adoration benediction & prayer, from 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

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

20’s and 30’s will meet in the Rectory on September 10th to hear about the new direction of our program and the Service Opportunities. Come join us and bring a friend!

St. Dominic Savio Society…For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12th
grades. Questions, please contact Frank Marchetti at (203) 434-4734 or Ferry Galbert at
(203) 324-1553 ext. 22.

St. Maria Goretti Society…For the spiritual formation of young ladies from 8th – 12th
grades. Questions, please contact Rosa Marchetti at (203) 348-0232.

Stamford Catholic Schools … Volunteers are needed to support our Stamford Catholic Schools—Holy Spirit, Our Lady Star of the Sea, St. Cecilia, and Trinity Catholic Middle School. If you are interested in serving on our School Board and lending your time and talent, please speak to your pastor about more details.

St. John’s in The NEWS . .
125 YEARS AGO, or so:The Connecticut catholic:
September 12, 1885: Stamford. “A large number of boxes packed with the marble to build the altar of our church have arrived, which is only a portion of what is yet to come. St. Joseph’s society appointed Rev. Father Rogers and B. Lockwood as delegates to the State convention, to be held in Bridgeport on the 15th. Sunday school opens on Sunday, and there ought to be a full attendance from the beginning. The parochial school, under the charge of the Sisters of Mercy, will commence on Monday, and boys and girls should try to start well this term by being present at the opening.”

100 years ago, or so:The Stamford advocate:
September 7, 1909: Plans for a Bazaar. “There was a meeting Sunday of the societies connected with St. John’s R. C. Church, at which the plans for a bazaar to be opened next week were carried forward. Most of the societies will have tables and a good share of the management of the undertaking will devolve upon their officers.”

75 years ago, or so:The Stamford advocate:
September 11, 1934: ST. JOHN’S PAROCHIAL HAS LARGE REGISTRATION. “St. John’s Parochial School opened yesterday with an even larger registration than last year. A number of children had to be turned away to await vacancies. The Rev. James J. Wilson, assistant pastor at St. John’s R.C. Church, and principal of the school, is still recuperating from his recent serious illness. The Rev. Francis J. Lally, pastor of the church, is temporarily supervising the work of getting the school year under way.”

50 years ago, or so:The Stamford advocate:
September 8, 1959: Catholic Churches Prepare Plans For Census of Diocese. “Final plans for the house-to-house census of the Diocese of Bridgeport have been readied, according to the Rev. Bartholomew J. Skelly, diocesan director of the Holy Name Society.”

Leaving so soon? -Fr Terry Walsh

I once heard a story about a man who had received Holy Communion and then, without missing a beat, simply walked straight out the back door. The Priest saw him leave the Church and immediately stopped distributing Holy Communion in order to call over an altar server. He instructed the altar server to tell the two candle bearers to go out to the man who had left the Church and accompany him, one candle on either side of him, wherever the man went for the next 15 minutes. Evidentially, the man had been unaware – or didn’t care – that he was actually leading his very own Eucharistic Procession, as he had moments earlier received the Host which had not yet been digested. Perhaps the man simply did not know that his lack of respect for our Lord was a terrible desecration. The poor man was focused on himself and not on God or his relationship with our Lord. He had places to go, things to do. He was already on to the “next thing” in his very important schedule, completely oblivious, it would seem, of his utter selfishness. The candle bearers were sent in order to proclaim that Christ was truly walking by. The man was “carrying Him” (even though he was carrying Him with complete disregard). Furthermore, in leaving before the end of Mass, the poor man missed God’s blessing! Oh, the graces that enter the hearts of those who eagerly receive that final blessing. It comes from God Himself and it is meant for our sure help.
The moments immediately following the reception of God, the Holy Eucharist, are the most profound moments any human person could ever experience. How blessed we are that we can receive Him each week – and for many -each day. The thought of such a grace-filled meeting ought to send shivers down our spines and open our hearts to our deepest devotion; thanks and praise ought to well up from within our souls, even to the point of tears. What wondrous love! That God would give Himself so completely and so personally to each one of His children. Moreover, He makes it easy for us. We receive His Flesh and Blood, His very Soul, His Divine Life, in the simple Host.
In the spiritual classic, The Imitation of Christ, our Lord helps us understand the proper disposition we ought to have toward Him. Our Lord says these words to Thomas a’ Kempis: “When I grant you the grace of devotion, give thanks to God, not because you deserve to enjoy it, but because I have had mercy on you. And if you feel no devotion, but suffer dryness of soul, persevere in prayer, sigh, and knock (Matthew 7:7; Luke 11:9); persist until you merit to receive some crumb or drop of saving grace. You have need of Me; I have no need of you (2 Maccabees 14:35). You do not come to sanctify Me, but I come to sanctify and raise you. You come in order to be hallowed and united to Me; that you may receive fresh grace, and be inspired anew to amendment of life. Do not neglect this grace (1Timothy 4:14), but prepare yourself with all care, and invite your Beloved into your heart….Not only must you make a devout preparation before Holy Communion, but also carefully foster your devotion after receiving the Sacrament. No less vigilance is required after Communion than devout preparation beforehand. For a constant vigilance after Communion is the best preparation for receiving richer graces; and a man will be entirely undisposed to do this if he straightway turns to outward pleasures. Beware of much talk (Proverbs 10:19): remain in some quiet place, and savour the presence of God; for you possess Him whom the whole world cannot take away from you. I am He to whom you should offer your whole self, that set free from care, you may no longer live in yourself, but in Me (John 15:4, Galatians 2:20).”
One can’t help but wonder about the poor soul who didn’t return to his pew to say thanks and to contemplate the truth that the Creator of all that exists called him into being out of nothingness and actually invites him to share in His Divine Life. He left early, but, one wonders, ‘Did he ever really arrive?’

September 3, 2009

Annual Appeal:
Dear Parishioner:

Saint John’s has been the downtown parish for over 150 years.
Our Annual Collection is designed to help us maintain our buildings so we can continue to be the center of Catholic culture and life in the heart of The City that Works. We are not a museum and our efforts to restore and renovate the church and rectory are not inspired by any type of architectural or religious nostalgia. Both rectory and church are used every day: the church for Mass, the regular celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confession and Marriage, for funerals, parish retreats and devotions, as well as for private prayer. The parish hall is used most weekends for religious education classes, choir practices, and lectures, annual musical workshops, and coffee each Sunday after the 10 A.M. Mass. And the rectory is used for the parish offices; rooms for counseling, confession, and sacramental instructions for baptism, marriage and converts; weekly religious education classes, adult education classes, classes in classical languages, weekly Saint Monica lectures, Bible Study and the meetings of the Holy Name, Maria Goretti and Domenic Savio Societies; parish receptions, meetings, working dinners and special fundraising groups for diocesan institutions. They all take place in the rectory—oh, yes, and the priests live there, too!
Some of the essential repairs on church and rectory completed during 2009 are:
–replacement of the ancient rectory electrical system: cost: $69,535;
–the completion of new rectory hot water system and plumbing repairs: cost: $31,650;
–church marble repair work; the moving marble statues; rectory and church concrete replacement, waterproofing, sump replacements : cost: $23,000;
–upgrading church electrical system: cost: $13,000.
These are tough financial times for everyone, and I’m sorry to ask you even to consider helping us now. However, if you can spare something, please make a contribution to Saint John’s today by using the enclosed envelope, and mail it to the rectory, or simply drop it into the collection basket during Sunday Mass. OR, consider making a long-term pledge, payable over one or two years, if that would be more convenient for you. This is solely for the parish. Your help is essential; please give us a hand. Your priests are making their own contributions, so please join us in this charity so that the Mother Church may continue to serve the Catholics of the Stamford area for decades to come. God bless you for your help!
With prayerful best wishes, and renewed gratitude, I remain,

Sincerely,

Reverend Monsignor
Stephen M. DiGiovanni
Pastor