Bulletin for Sunday September 6, 2009

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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

Buletin for Sunday August 30, 2009

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Pastor’s Corner. . . Continuing our walking tour of the church, we are now at the crossing of the main aisle and transepts. The space seems immense, with the side walls opening to form the crossing, moving beyond the 68 foot width of the nave down which we’ve just walked, to measure 92 feet across, from the Bell Street side wall to rectory side wall. The height at the crossing is 50 feet, directly beneath the central round ceiling boss, with IHS [the first Greek three letters of Jesus] and plaster ornamentation of gilded acanthus fronds and shamrocks.
Let’s look at the northern transept windows [on your right as you face the altar]. The Lower windows date from the dedication of the church in 1886. There are nine lovely windows in groupings of three, formed of simple geometric designs, bold colors, and slight grisse foliage patterned borders, and crowned with stars of geometric shaped glass. Each trio is crowned by a stained glass rose window composed of sculpted geometric patterns of heavy Victorian bullet glass. The two side roses have simple stars in their centers; the central rose window has a Sacred Heart of Jesus, surrounded by a Crown of Thorns, suggestive of the larger window of the transept.
The masterpiece of each transept is the large upper window. Dominating the northern and southern transept walls, each is a modern replacement for the 1886 originals, which, like those in the lower course of windows, were simple designs of Victorian glass. The present windows date from 1926, and were commissioned by Father James O’Brien from the DaPrato Studio of Chicago, for a total cost of $5,940.00. These were recently restored, with new steel reinforced mahogany window frames, at a cost of $150,000. Prices have gone up since 1926!
The southern window is of Christ healing the Sick. Our Lord stands in the center, blessing an infirmed child, carried by her mother. Impoverished cripples and lepers approach from the left, a young man is carried from behind, and a husband points to his suffering wife, as he calls for Our Lord’s attention. Those who are ill are clothed in muted colors, in sharp contrast to Jesus’ brilliant red robes and shinning halo, suggesting Himself as the source of all life and vitality. The motto below the window, “And there came to Him great multitudes and He healed them” [Mt 15:30], narrates exactly that the Creator of the universe returns in human flesh to destroy the power of evil, embodied here in illness, and to restore all things to the Father in Himself, the Redeemer. The scene is framed by gothic architectural designs, bright floral decorations and a whimsical cityscape of Jerusalem in the background.
Above Our Lord is a window with His Sacred Heart, encircled by the Crown of Thorns, symbols of the depth of His Incarnate love for mankind, illustrated below as He comes to the aid of the sick and needy. On either side is an angel, each bearing a censer offering incense to Him who is both God and Man, and at the very top is a third angel, bearing the motto, “Have Mercy on Us.” On each side of the topmost angel are two further symbols telling us that He who is pictured below is Jesus [IHS, the three Greek letters of His Holy Name] who is the Christ [XP, the first two Greek letters of the title, Christ], the anointed of God, the savior.
All these windows form part of one of the largest collections of Victorian and early 20th century American ecclesiastical stained glass in the area. Since so much was lost following the Second World War, when the craze among ecclesiastical architects, priests and designers was to simply get rid of all that was “old”, our windows are a real treasure in southwestern Connecticut, of which we should be proud and grateful.—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…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

Air Conditioning Collection . . . The second collection today will be the Air Conditioning 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; 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 … Will next meet on Wednesday, September 2nd, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory to study the 4th century Ecclesiastical History by Eusebius of Caesarea.

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.

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 September 1st.

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.

Parish Picnic. . . Please mark your calendars: Will be at Cove Island on Sunday, September 20th: Food, beverages, games for kids of all ages: please plan to attend this great fun parish event.

Coffee Hour…Volunteers are needed to help with snacks, set up and/or serving for coffee hour 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.

Thefts in Church. . . Please do not leave valuables in the pews, especially when you go to Communion or to light a candle. While the vast majority of parishioners and visitors are honest, there are a few who are not, and we have had a few incidents lately that prove that.

Sunday August 23, 2009 $ 12,780.19

Sunday August 24, 2008 $ 11,290.16
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

September 6th Sunday Readings: Is 35:4-7a; Jas 2:1-5; Mk 7:31-37.

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 183  (2) 165 (Tune: Regent Square). 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! . . . Are you planning your Fall? 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 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.

 Year of the Priest. . . Pope Benedict XVI  has named this year [June 19, 2009-June 19, 2010] The Year of the Priest  in order to foster vocations to the priesthood and to fortify the devotion of priests to the Church. Please encourage your sons, grandsons, brothers, nephews, friends and neighbors to consider God’s calling to be priests. Every single Catholic young man HAS THE MORAL OBLIGATION to consider the priesthood. Our diocese is blessed with our own local seminary for young men to consider the priesthood without cost or obligation: St. John Fisher Residence, on Newfield Avenue. Speak to one of the parish priests, or call Fisher: 322-5331.

 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, and begin 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

Saturday, August 29
  4:00  +Charles Kronk, Charles Kronk, Jr. & Nicholas Churley req. Mary Churley 
Sunday, August 30
 7:30     Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
10:00 +Jennifer Tomasello 1st Anniversary req. Pinto Family
12:00 +James & Ismalia Machado req Lilian & Alvina Ramos
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, August 31
 8:00 +Patrick Solimando req. William & Ann Dee
12:10   Sister Gesuina req. Lancaster Family
Tuesday, September 1
 8:00   Thanksgiving req. Thang Nguyen
12:10 +Carol Somody 1st Anniversary req. Pinto Family
Wednesday, September 2
 8:00 +Margaret M. Timon req. Thomas A. Timon
12:10   Sister Jesse req. Lancaster Family
Thursday, September 3
 8:00   Special Intention Fr. Terrence P. Walsh
12:10 +Jennifer Tomasello 1st Anniversary req. Terenzio Family
Friday, September 4
 8:00   Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
12:10 +John Kim req. Joseph & Mary Kim
Saturday, September 5
 8:00   Special Intention Young Mary Kim req. Joseph & Mary Kim
12:10 +Frank Skehan req. Maureen & Rick Carpiniello

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.

St. Dominic Savio Society…For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12thgrades.  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 – 12thgrades.  Questions, please contact Rosa Marchetti at (203) 348-0232.

St. Leo’s Parish:. . . 29th Annual Parish Fair.  Join us Tuesday Sept. 1st thru Saturday Sept. 5th.  Ride bracelets are available from 2PM—6PM for $20.  Sample international foods, enjoy live entertainment, and try your luck in the Bingo Parlor, or the $10 raffle with a first prize 2009 Mercedes-Benz C350 W4 sedan.  For more information, call Denise Esposito at 322-1669 x227.

St. John’s in The  NEWS . .
125 YEARS AGO, or so:

The Connecticut catholic:
September 6, 1884:  Stamford. “Our parochial school opened last Monday with a large attendance. The children, after hearing Mass, marched from the church to the school on Meadow Street. The people of this parish were surprised and grieved to learn on last Sunday the death of Rev. Eugene Gaffney of Thomaston. Father Gaffney, after his ordination, came to Stamford in 1867 and remained here about four years, acting as assistant pastor under Father O’Neil and Father Fagan. He was largely instrumental in organizing St. Patrick’s Temperance society, which today is in a good and prosperous condition. By his death the diocese loses a good and faithful worker in God’s service.”

 100 years ago, or so:
The Stamford advocate:
September 3, 1914:  DELLA CHIESA IS POPE—Takes Name Benedict XV.  “Less than four months after he had been elevated to the Cardinalate , Cardinal Giacomo Della Chiesa, Archbishop of Bologna, Italy, was today elected to the papacy, succeeding Pope Pius X, who died on August 20. The election of Cardinal Giacomo Della Chiesa, who was made a Cardinal on May 23 last, at the last Consistory, came as a surprise, as his name had not been mentioned among the list of prominent candidates.”

50 years ago, or so:
The  Hartford courant
September 3, 1953:  New Archdiocese Unites State and Rhode Island.  “Catholics of Connecticut and Rhode Island have been joined under a new archdiocesan province with its metropolitan see at Hartford, according to an announcement Wednesday in Washington, D.C., by Archbishop Almeto Giovanni Cigognani, papal delegate to the U.S. Two New Dioceses Formed. Establishment of the two new Connecticut dioceses involved the following changes: The Most Rev. Lawrence J. Shehan, auxiliary to the archbishop of Baltimore, will become bishop of the Bridgeport Diocese, which includes all of Fairfield County. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Bernard J. Flanagan, chancellor of Burlington, Vermont, becomes bishop of the Norwich diocese.”

“Peter, do you love Me?”                                                                                   -Fr Terry Walsh

      The most important journey we take in this life begins at the threshold of what can be an unfamiliar road – a road that can only be traveled with the help of God’s grace – it is that spiritual journey that leads to union with God. If we ask Him, our Lord will take us along the most beautiful roads. If we ask Him, He’ll bring us to spiritual heights that we simply haven’t even begun to imagine. The journey begins with the firm conviction that Jesus is truly present – in our midst – in all the most ordinary circumstances of our lives. As we begin to seek the path of holiness, we might begin to wonder exactly how it is our Lord will lead us along this unfamiliar road. The answer begins with a question: “Do you love Me?”
 Jesus asks each one of us the same question He put to Peter on the shores of Galilee. “Do you love Me?” It’s a question that demands thoughtful reflection. We ought to take care not to respond impetuously. If we take the leap – if we take that 1st step into the Heart of Jesus – everything will change! We’ll begin to see through the eyes of God. Our values will necessarily change. It all begins with that 1st step – that “I believe” – that sincere desire for fulfillment that can only be found in Christ – that pure gift of faith which is given when we ask for it. If we let Him, our Lord will astound us with incomprehensible graces and boundless love. If we let Him, He’ll captivate our hearts and minds and open to us the way to everlasting peace and happiness. He’ll reveal Himself to us – deep in our hearts – so that we will abide in His love. Perhaps, at this very moment, you find yourself at this crossroad in your spiritual journey to God. The world tugs away at your heart – it tries to pull you away from what is truly good and pure and beautiful with what is fleeting. Yet, your heart searches for something more – something you somehow know the world cannot provide. There’s a spark for what is real and true and holy. Perhaps, as you stand at that crossroad, you gaze down the trail blazed by Jesus and consider – for a moment – the cost. What will it take to travel that road? Do you ponder with wonder and awe – and with confidence? Or, has fear clouded your vision? What if I get lost along the road? What if I meet with unexpected difficulties? What will it cost me? While contemplating your path, imagine, for a moment, Jesus standing beside you. You don’t see Him – but He sees you. His gaze waits to see what you’ll choose, hoping you’ll choose Him. He’s almost begging with His eyes – pleading with your soul: “Follow Me – My yoke is easy, My burden Light.” ‘Let Me show you the wonders of my love. Please. Come on…If you only knew the gifts and fruits that await you. If you’d just try – take that first step. Turn off the TV – put aside the internet. Come, spend time with Me. Sit with me for 10 minutes and ask for whatever you want – I’ll give it to you.’ Is it wisdom you want – so that you can help your children negotiate the snares of this world – you’ll have it. Is it an understanding heart you desire – so that you’ll have compassion for those poor, forgotten souls suffering all around you – consider it done. Perhaps you seek the gift of fortitude – so that you can muster the strength to forgive a wound suffered at the hands of a friend – or, to ask forgiveness for a wound you’ve inflicted on another. I can help. Ask Me. Walk with ME. I am really and truly present. I’ll lead you – if you let Me. Trust ME. Peter did. He traveled the road of holiness. It wasn’t without suffering and trial. In Jesus’ greatest hour of need, Peter stared down the path of holiness and ran the other way. It cost too much. In the worst night of Jesus’ life, when He needed Peter the most, he denied Him – 3 times! That hurt. Yes, Peter fell. He struggled. He failed. He suffered the crushing agony of denying Jesus. He knew Him and still, He denied Him. But Peter did not despair. How many times have we been in Peter’s shoes? How many times have we turned away from Jesus at home, at school, at work? How many times have we calculated the cost and said ‘I’m not going to pay that price!’ It’s too hard. I can’t forgive. I won’t forgive. Peter, “Do you love Me?” Peter answered Jesus by emptying Himself of his self-will. He stood up for Jesus and proclaimed His Name to the world – he no longer counted the cost – so that everyone could share in the same gift of love that he discovered when he took up his Cross and followed Jesus. He was ridiculed, thrown into prison, endured persecution – YEAH – it cost Him – and through each and every trial, Peter entered deeper and deeper into the abode of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He was filled with the Holy Spirit. He forgot himself and so discovered himself. He fed the lambs; he tended the sheep with the deepest humility – the greatest love – ultimately stretching out his hands – it cost him his life. If today you find yourself at that Crossroads, standing at the threshold – peering out at path of holiness that lies before you – considering the cost – listen for that gentle plea – “Be not afraid. Follow Me – I’ll provide all the necessary things – just say yes.”  Can you hear the echo of His voice in your soul: “Do you love Me?” I will fill your heart with every grace and blessing and like Peter, you too will be able to say with all your heart and soul, “Yes, Lord, I love you!”

Buletin for Sunday August 23, 2009

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:
Bulletin for Sunday August 23, 2009
Pastor’s Corner. . . Last Friday, when Fr. Walsh opened the church at 6:30 a.m., he was met by a flood in the sacristy: an ancient water pipe had burst sometime during the night, and the entire floor was covered with about three inches of water. That wasn’t the worst of it: since hundreds of gallons of water flowed freely all night, the water had poured through the sacristy floor, into the ceiling of the kitchen in the parish hall, penetrating the walls, electrical fixtures and junction boxes downstairs. The result was catastrophic. The pipe has been repaired, and the 1970’s vintage indoor-outdoor sacristy rug ripped out [revealing the original 1900 floor of beat up linoleum—interesting from an historical point of view, but quite ugly and worn]. We will seek insurance money to help with that.
Other repair work will be seen by in a few weeks: the unused confessional next to the Saint Joseph altar will be modified. It hasn’t been used since the late 1960’s, when it was boarded up by Father Parent, then the pastor, and filled with air conditioning duct work by Father Nagle in the 1990’s. The carved wooden ornaments have all been preserved, which were finished in the 1932 renovation of the church, while Father Lally was pastor. These will be incorporated in a few small projects in the church: one will be the construction of a proper shrine for Saint Rita, near the entrance of the church.
The only other repair work has been on the rectory: window panes have been falling out, because the ancient putty is dried up. The second floor window frames along the front of the rectory have been stripped of 150 years of layered paint and repainted, and new putty applied to secure all the original 1850’s vintage
window panes.
Many parishioners have asked during the past years about repainting the rectory: some insisting that it’s present state is an eyesore, which it is; others suggesting fundraising activities to pay for a new painting; others have offered to volunteer to repaint it. If the question were simply one of repainting the rectory, I would have had it done soon after I arrived in the summer of 1998. However, even the casual observer can notice that there is much rot and repair work needed first. Likewise, since the rectory is not insulated, I would rather wait to see if we can’t insulate the house and secure new storm windows, before repainting. It will be an enormous and costly job, made even more difficult and expensive by the needed preliminary repair work.
I think there are other projects more urgently needed, especially in the church, before we tackle the rectory repairs. In the meantime, please pray that the chewing gum used to keep our beautiful and venerable buildings together continue to hold until we can afford the needed capital repair work. God bless you.
—Mons. Stephen DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… 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… 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; 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 … Will next meet on Wednesday, September 2nd, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory to study the 4th century Ecclesiastical History by Eusebius of Caesarea.

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.

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 September 1st.

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.

Parish Picnic. . . Please mark your calendars: Will be at Cove Island on Sunday, September 20th: Food, beverages, games for kids of all ages: please plan to attend this great fun parish event.

Coffee Hour…Volunteers are needed to help with snacks, set up and/or serving for coffee hour 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.

Job Seekers. . . Will meet in the Rectory on Monday, August 24th at 7:30 pm with Melanie Szluzca. All welcome. More info?: Melanie@redinc.biz or 203-866-1606; 860-235-4558.

Sunday August 16, 2009 $ 10,447.20

Sunday August 17, 2008 $ 10,371.08
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

August 30th Sunday Readings: Dt 4:1-2, 6-8; Jas 1: 17-18, 21-27; Mk 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23 .

Bann of Marriage: 2nd Edvard Fiefie & Cathie Joseph

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 96 (2) 242. 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! . . . Are you planning your Fall? Here’s an idea: 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. Are 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.

Year of the Priest. . . Pope Benedict XVI has named this year [June 19, 2009-June 19, 2010] The Year of the Priest in order to foster vocations to the priesthood and to fortify the devotion of priests to the Church. Please encourage your sons, grandsons, brothers, nephews, friends and neighbors to consider God’s calling to be priests. Every single Catholic young man HAS THE MORAL OBLIGATION to consider the priesthood. Our diocese is blessed with our own local seminary for young men to consider the priesthood without cost or obligation: St. John Fisher Residence, on Newfield Avenue. Speak to one of the parish priests, or call Fisher: 322-5331.

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.

Holy Spirit School. . . Catholic education plays a key role in helping today’s children grow in faith. If you are a parent with children between the age of three and Grade 5, consider Holy Spirit School in North Stamford. Visit our website at www.holyspiritschool.info, then call (203) 329-1623 to meet our
principal, tour the school, and learn how our nurturing learning environment and Christian values can launch your children’s life-long academic and spiritual growth!

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
Saturday, August 22
4:00 Mr. Jason Ward & Family req. Dominic Savio Society
Sunday, August 23
7:30 +John & Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Young
10:00 Dorothy Wargo 23rd Anniversary req. Family
12:00 +Rev. Joseph C. Lincke req. Lois Gandt
6:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
Monday, August24
8:00 +Ricky Galloway req. Paul A. Murphy
12:10 +Gloria Bartolomeo req. Mr. & Mrs. Franco Didemetrio
Tuesday, August 25
8:00 +William Kirwin req. Hannah Young
12:10 +Rudy & Carla Monte req. Tom & Olga Kolenberg
Wednesday, August 26
8:00 Special Intention Stephen M. DiGiovanni
12:10 +Stephanie Christiannson req. Tom & Olga Kolenberg
Thursday, August 27
8:00 + Robert E. Troilo req. Son, Nicholas Troilo
12:10 Special Intention Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni, Rev. Terrence P. Walsh, Rev. Albert
D. Audette & Rev. Paul N. Check
Friday, August 28
8:00 +John Kolenberg req. Tom & Olga Kolenberg
12:10 +Fr. John P. O’Connor O.P. & Fr. Bertrand Parent req. Bosilevas family
Saturday, August 29
8:00 Special Intention Amanda & Rebeca Woods req. Pugliese Family
12:10 +Mary & Joseph DeGuardia req. Millie & George Terenzio

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.

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.

St. Leo’s Parish:. . . 29th Annual Parish Fair. Join us Tuesday Sept. 1st thru Saturday Sept. 5th. Ride bracelets are available from 2PM—6PM for $20. Sample international foods, enjoy live entertainment, and try your luck in the Bingo Parlor, or the $10 raffle with a first prize 2009 Mercedes-Benz C350 W4 sedan. For more information, call Denise Esposito at 322-1669 x227.

St. John’s in The Advocate . .

100 YEARS AGO:
August 29, 1910: Preparing for Parish Fair. “Societies of St. John’s Catholic Church are holding meetings to perfect arrangements to assist in the coming parish fair which will be in charge of the ladies of the church. The fair is to be held this year in the Parish Hall. It will open Oct. 3, and continue to Oct. 8. Season tickets entitling the holders to admission each night, and to other privileges, are out, and they are meeting with such good sale that past records of success seem likely to be equaled, if not bettered. Every effort will be made to make the fair more entertaining and successful than in the past, and the committees in charge realize that this means the hardest kind of work.”

August 30, 1919: GOLDEN JUBILEE IN 1921. “The Rev. William H. Rogers, formerly of St. John’s Catholic Church, Stamford, now pastor of St. Patrick’s Church, Hartford, is the dean of the American-born Catholic clergy of the diocese of Hartford. He was ordained to the priesthood forty eight years ago, and two years hence he will celebrate his golden jubilee. There is only one priest in the diocese who has been ordained longer than Father Rogers, and he is the Rev. John Russell of New Haven. Father Russell was born in Ireland, while Father Rogers is a native of the United States.”

50 years ago, or so:
August 30, 1962: St. John’s CYO Team Rewarded At Dinner Event. “About 150 well wishers attended a dinner for the St. John’s CYO Baseball Team which won the New England Grammar School championship in the Knights of Columbus Hall Tuesday night. Coach Bob Lynch, of the Stamford Catholic High football team, was the speaker, and he gave an inspirational as well as amusing talk on sports. St. John’s defeated the Providence champions 9-8 in 14 innings to win the title. Coach Frank J. Jerabek Jr. presented awards to the members of the team, including the “most valuable Player” award to Anthony Esposito. Other members of the team were Bill Longo, Chet Wisniewski, Gene Gerardi, Bill Smith, Stanley Esposito, Richard O’Connor, Peter Murray, John Duffy, James Pastore, Serafino Docimo and James Gallagher. ”

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Our Lady of Knock -Fr Terry Walsh

The Perpetual Novena to our Lady of Knock is prayed as a National Public Novena in Ireland each year beginning on the Vigil of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 14th and ending on the Memorial of the Queenship of Mary, August 22nd. Of course, the novena may be prayed anytime.
On August 21, 1879 in the little town of Knock in the West of Ireland there were 15 people who witnessed an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary who appeared just outside the Church for 2 hours on a rainy Thursday Summer evening. The “silent” message was one of encouragement and hope. The people simply prayed the Rosary. How wonderful it is that today the Novena is prayed between the Feasts celebrating the final 2 Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary, the Assumption and the Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth: “She who,” as St. Padre Pio put it, “stood at the foot of the Cross at Calvary now stands beside the Altar at the Mystical Calvary at every Holy Mass throughout the world.” St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared next to the Blessed Mother throughout the time of the apparition at Knock. St. John was holding the open Bible. St. John wrote the final Book of the Bible, “The Book of Revelation” which is about the “Wedding Feast of the Lamb” – that is – the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the very subject of the Knock Apparition. The three stood beside an altar with a Cross and a Lamb upon the Altar. Around the Altar hovered Angels. The apparition took place at a time of great suffering in Ireland. The people endured famine, starvation, and persecution, yet they remained faithful to the Mass and to their Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. They prayed.
The Church approved the apparition and today Knock receives pilgrims from around the world. Four Popes have visited the Shrine over the years. The most recent visit was on September 30, 1979 by Pope John Paul II. Our parish here in Stamford was founded by Irish immigrants around the time of the apparition; perhaps there is a connection.

The Novena Prayer:

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Give praise to the Father Almighty, To His Son, Jesus Christ the Lord, To the Spirit who lives in our hearts, Both now and forever. Amen.

Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland, you gave hope to your people in time of distress, and comforted them in sorrow. You have inspired countless pilgrims to pray with confidence to your divine Son, remembering His promise, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find.”
Help me to remember that we are all pilgrims on the road to Heaven. Fill me with love and concern for my brothers and sisters in Christ, especially those who live with me. Comfort me when I am sick, lonely or depressed. Teach me how to take part ever more reverently in the Holy Mass. Give me a greater love of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Pray for me now, and at the hour of my death. Amen. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Have mercy on us. (Repeat 3 times)
ST JOSEPH, Chosen by God to be the husband of Mary, the Protector of the Holy Family, the Guardian of the Church. Protect all families in their work and recreation and guard us on our journey through life. (Repeat ‘Lamb of God’ 3x.)
ST JOHN, Beloved Disciple of the Lord, faithful priest. Teacher of the Word of God. Help us to hunger for the Word, to be loyal to the Mass and to love one another. (‘Lamb of God’ 3x’s). LITANY: Our Lady of Knock, Pray for us…. Refuge of Sinners, Pray for us… Queen Assumed into Heaven, Pray for us… Queen of the Rosary, Pray for us… Mother of Nazareth, Pray for us… Queen of Virgins, Pray for us… Help of Christians, Pray for us… Health of the Sick, Pray for us… Queen of Peace, Pray for us… Our Lady, Queen and Mother, Pray for us… Our Lady, Mother of the Church, Pray for us… (Mention your own intention here)
WITH THE ANGELS AND THE SAINTS LET US PRAY: Give praise to the Father Almighty, to His Son, Jesus Christ the Lord, to the Spirit who lives in our hearts, both now and forever. Amen. (The Rosary or Mass and Holy Communion is recommended each day throughout the 9 days).
The Novena may be prayed anytime.

Bulletin for Sunday August 16, 2009

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday August 16, 2009

Pastor’s Corner. . . We turn our attention to the southern aisle windows [on the left as you enter], which repeat the decorative style and underscore the reality of Him who was born in Bethlehem—just in case you missed it in the windows of the northern aisle. Jesus is much more than a prophet; He is the Creator and Redeemer of all creation.
First [southeast] window on the left as you enter the main door:
Center Panel: The Lamb of God: Jesus, is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, is also the Creator: all existence centers on Him;
Left: Alpha and Omega: Jesus tells us in the Gospels that He is the “Beginning and the End” of all things—and uses the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet as signs of that: He is creation’s beginning/end.
Right: IHS: Re-emphasizes the reality that the Lamb of God who is the Creator of all, and who keeps everything in existence because He exists, is Jesus—IHS are the first three Greek letters of the name Jesus;
Central window:
Center Panel: A Red Cross with the Crown of Thorns: God became man in the womb of the Virgin Mary, to offer Himself as the final sacrifice on the Cross for the sins of humankind;
Left: A Monstrance: used for Adoration of Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament: Jesus is not only a man, but fully God, who is worthy of worship, remaining with us until the end of time in the Eucharist ;
Right: A Thurible: used at Mass to offer incense to God: Incense is a symbol of our prayers before God; Jesus, the Eternal Son who enters history by uniting Himself to the humanity of Jesus, brings our prayers to the Father;
Third [southwest] window:
Center Panel: Star of David and Cross: Jesus is Lord and Messiah, born of God’s Chosen people, who fulfills all Old Testament prophets;
Left: Cross, Crown & Palm Branches, refers to the sacrifice of Christ, which wins salvation for all humanity;
Right: Cross & Anchor, Sacred Heart and Scroll, reading, “Faith, Hope, Charity”, Salvation comes through Christ’s sacrifice, which is the basis of our Faith, our Hope in eternal life through Jesus, which we express in our daily self-sacrifice of charity.
Above these can be seen smaller “clerestory” windows of the same period, with similar geometric and floral decorative designs. All these windows, including the three original choir loft and transept windows, were produced by the P.F. McMahon Company, delivered and installed in time for the 1886 dedication of the church, at a total cost of $4,460.00. More next week—Mons. Stephen DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… 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… 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; 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 … Will next meet on Wednesday, September 2nd, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory to study the 4th century Ecclesiastical History by Eusebius of Caesarea.

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.

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 September 1st.

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.

Parish Picnic. . . Please mark your calendars: Will be at Cove Island on Sunday, September 20th: Food, beverages, games for kids of all ages: please plan to attend this great fun parish event.

Coffee Hour…Volunteers are needed to help with snacks, set up and/or serving for coffee hour 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.

Sunday August 9, 2009 $ 11,820.59

Sunday August 10, 2008 $ 10,780.10
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

August 16th Sunday Readings: Prv. 9 1-6; Eph. 5:15-2; Jn. 6:51-58

Bann of Marriage: 2nd Edvard Fiefie & Cathie Joseph

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 222 (2) 113.

Calling all Singers! . . . Are you planning your Fall? Here’s an idea: 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. Are you regularly attending the 10:00 AM Mass and would you consider lending your voice to our choir? Please call Scott Turkington for more information: 324-1553, ext. 18.

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. The first meeting will be Tuesday, September 22nd.

Year of the Priest. . . Pope Benedict XVI has named this year [June 19, 2009-June 19, 2010] The Year of the Priest in order to foster vocations to the priesthood and to fortify the devotion of priests to the Church. Please encourage your sons, grandsons, brothers, nephews, friends and neighbors to consider God’s calling to be priests. Every single Catholic young man HAS THE MORAL OBLIGATION to consider the priesthood. Our diocese is blessed with our own local seminary for young men to consider the priesthood without cost or obligation: St. John Fisher Residence, on Newfield Avenue. Speak to one of the parish priests, or call Fisher: 322-5331.

St. Maurice Church 358 Glenbrook Rd….Is looking for crafters and vendors who are interested in renting a table at their Annual Multi-Vendor Craft Fair and Tag Sale on Saturday, September 19, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For information and/or to reserve a table, contact Maryann (by: August 24t) at (203) 357-8059.  The Fair will take place under the BIG TOP, so, it’s Rain or Shine.

Holy Spirit School. . . Catholic education plays a key role in helping today’s children grow in faith. If you are a parent with children between the age of three and Grade 5, consider Holy Spirit School in North Stamford. Visit our website at www.holyspiritschool.info, then call (203) 329-1623 to meet our
principal, tour the school, and learn how our nurturing learning environment and Christian values can launch your children’s life-long academic and spiritual growth!

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

Saturday, August 15
4:00 +Members of DeRosa, Kronk, Capobianco families, & Edwin Clark
req. Joan & John Kronk
Sunday, August 16
7:30 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
10:00 +Robert Rohr req. Dawn Hartnett
12:00 +Joseph & Effie Ramos req. Lilian & Alvina Ramos
6:00 +Paul Carriera U.S. Marine, Son req. Gerard J. Carriera
Monday, August 17
8:00 +Patrick Kane & Family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & Family
12:10 Special Intention Msgr. Stephen DiGiovanni req. Josephine Languedoc
Tuesday, August 18
8:00 +JoAnne Fiori req. Parents
12:10 +Henry Saraniero req. Ann & Jo Corcione
Wednesday, August 19
8:00 +Angelo Velez req. Anne Marie Samedi
12:10 +Alexander Balutowski req. Therese Troilo daughter
Thursday, August 20
8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
12:10 Special Intention Fr. Terrence P. Walsh req. Josephine Languedoc
Friday, August 21
8:00 Special Intention Fr. Albert D. Audette req. Josephine Languedoc
12:10 Special Intention Providencia Rodriguez req. Josephine Languedoc
Saturday, August 22
8:00 In Honor to the Blessed Virgin Mary
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: 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.

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.

St. John’s in The Advocate . .

100 YEARS AGO:

August 17, 1903: CANE FOR FATHER FLYNN. “Rev. William H. Flynn, who has been curate at St. John’s R. C. Church for about a year, and has recently been appointed a member of the diocesan mission band by Bishop Tierney, was presented yesterday with a gold-headed cane by the Holy Name Society, in which he has taken much interest since it was organized. The presentation was made at a meeting held at 3:30 yesterday afternoon. The President of the Society, James T. Brennan, presented the cane, and Father Flynn made a cordial address to the society in accepting it. Father O’Brien was present and he also made some remarks pointing out the splendid work that Father Flynn has done in Stamford. The inscription on the cane reads as follows: ‘Presented by the Holy Name Society of St. John’s R. C. Church, Stamford, Conn., to Rev. W. H. Flynn, Aug. 16, 1903’.”

60 years ago, or so:
August 16, 1952: Priest Returning To Baghdad In New Teaching Duties. “The Rev. Robert J. Sullivan, S.J., son of Jeremiah F. Sullivan of 70 Quintard Terr., left yesterday for Baghdad, Iraq, where he will teach at the Jesuit School. Father Sullivan has been studying Arabic at Georgetown University during the past year. Born in Stamford, he attended St. John’s Parochial School, Regis High School, New York, and the Jesuit Novitiate, Lenox, Mass. He did field work in Alaska for his Master’s Degree in anthropology and completed work at the Catholic University in Washington, D.C., where he received his Ph.D. Father Sullivan was ordained in June, 1940. Upon completion of his studies, he went to Baghdad in 1943, where for eight years he acted as athletic coach, photography instructor and taught other classes at Baghdad College. He expects to be in Baghdad another eight to ten years.”

50 years ago, or so:
August 21, 1958: “Members of St. John’s Parochial School, Class of 1953, have been invited to an “open house” at 8 p.m. Friday at 58 Cottage St. Miss Virginia Pastore and Miss Betty Flemming are in charge of arrangements.”

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Our Prayerful Preparation : -Fr Terry Walsh
Jesus greets us at the Door
Do you remember those times when you had been away from home for some period of time and there was a joyful expectation of finally pulling into your driveway and being with all those you loved? Maybe that 1st trip home from College? Or perhaps after that 1st week of Summer camp spent on your own? And at the same time, there was a great eagerness on the part of the ones at home anticipating your arrival, looking forward to celebrating your return, catching up on all that went on while you were away. It seems to me that we ought to have that feeling about coming to Church: an eagerness to be with God in a particular way that He has designated for our spiritual growth and edification AND a recognition of His eagerness to see us “arrive home.” Sure, in the beginning, in the early stages, we may get to the Church out of a feeling of duty and obligation (which it is). But, as we begin to grow in our understanding and develop a relationship with God through prayer and fidelity, something changes—in us. We are freely entering into a transformation by grace. In short, we are getting to know God. And of course, it is only by getting to know Him that we can ever begin to truly know ourselves (our gifts and talents, our faults and failings, the purpose and meaning of our existence, indeed, the very mystery of our Salvation). We gradually (and sometimes with difficulty) move from a sense of “unknowing” to a sense of simple Awe and Wonder, a sense of understanding, even one simple glimpse at a time.
Silent preparation in those moments when we’ve entered the Sacred Space, His Home, the Church, and taken our place in our familiar pew, helps us prepare properly for the Mass. When we still the heart and brush aside the various distractions that seem to percolate endlessly in our minds, our many “to do” lists, it’s then that we’ll be better able to thoughtfully enter into the prayer of the Mass. And for that one hour, we’ll actively engage in the highest form of the Church’s prayer, the Offering of the Mass. The endless list of activities that await us after Mass will receive their due attention, after our Lord has received His. And so, what is the best way to “prepare”? Does it seem odd or uncomfortable to sit still for 15 or 20 minutes before Mass begins? If it does, that might be a signal that it’s time to think about how well the prayer life is at home. Quiet time is part of prayer. Indeed, quite often, it’s in those quiet moments in front of the Tabernacle that we gain the greatest insights into our lives. How especially beneficial that time is for us as we are preparing to enter into what should be the greatest hour of our week, sharing in a sacrifice, and at the same time a banquet, surrounded by all the Saints and Angels. What thoughts rise to the surface of your heart and mind in that “quiet, reflective time before the Bell rings and the music begins? How about the specific offering you would like to present to our Heavenly Father on this particular day at this Mass? The offering of Thanks for gifts received, the offering of Praise for His boundless love and mercy; the hope for healing for someone you love that is sick or for someone away from the Sacraments. The list is endless really. And it is in those quiet 15 or 20 minutes in the silence of the Church, in the stillness of your heart, that these holy thoughts rise to the surface. What a wonderful way to enter into the Prayer of the Church. It will take some measure of persistence. The distractions won’t simply go away at first. But being here “early” allows you the necessary time and proper environment. You’ll have to train a little bit. The laundry list of things to do will inevitably crop up while you’re trying to “get focused”. Don’t be discouraged. Just press on. Persistence and a little help from the Holy Spirit (when he is called upon) will easily win that battle of prayer.
When the Bell rings your prayer will be joined with the prayers of every one else in Thanks and Praise. But, not just those gathered together in St. John’s. Rather, all the saints in Heaven, all the Souls in Purgatory, and all our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the whole world, in a mysterious, supernatural, sacramental union are truly entering into the same prayer, the One Offering. Isn’t that amazing? Indeed, the very same prayers we hear at St. John’s are the same prayers (The Opening Prayer, the Prayer over the Gifts, the Closing Prayer, and so on) that are heard in every Catholic Church throughout the world on any given day. (There are too many of us to fit under one roof, so we’re spread out in smaller groups throughout the world—we’re billions strong!) Additionally, we hear the very same Readings, the same Psalm, the same Gospel. Jesus speaks to all of us with the same lessons each day, and if we are attentive, if we have taken the time to prepare and are seeking to understand the word and meditate on it, then our hearts will break open and we will certainly receive the graces of the Eucharist in a most efficacious manner. In other words, we will grow in holiness and be filled with all the gifts we need to carry out our mission when we leave the Church and go about our daily business. We will have grown in Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding and so on. We’ll also discover, through our prayer, some things we recognize we need to work on and through the graces of the Holy Spirit, we will be formed into a more faithful likeness of Christ. Come early in order to be on time. And then, “Go in peace…..”

Bulletin for Sunday August 9, 2009

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday August 9, 2009
Pastor’s Corner. . . Let’s begin looking at the windows along the main aisle, starting with the right [north] windows, as you enter the body of the church. These three windows, along with the matching three along the south wall, were installed by September 1884, in time for the first fair inside the new church to raise funds to pay for the construction [The Connecticut Catholic, September 20, 1884].
Each of these windows is divided into three sections. These are decorated with colorful geometric patterns and floral designs painted along the borders, with a cartouche bearing a religious symbol in the center panels. Each window is crowned by a floral rose window with a star composed of geometric pieces of colored glass. Let’s read these windows, beginning from right to left, walking down the side aisle towards the front of the church. They describe in symbols how God saves us from eternal death: by the Incarnation, Death and Resurrection of His Son, and how the Son communicates His eternal life to us down the centuries: through the Sacraments He instituted and the Revelation He gives through His Catholic Church.. Here we go:
The three symbols in the right [or northeastern] windows refer to the Incarnation: God taking on human flesh to become a man; from right to left:
Lilies, symbol of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A “lily among thorns” is a symbol of the Immaculate Conception: Mary was the only human being born without Adam’s original sin, in order that she could provide the Savior a sinless human nature;
Sheaf of Wheat, symbol of the human nature of Christ, which was united to the Divine Nature of the Eternal Son of God in the womb of the Virgin Mary;
Daisies, symbols of the innocence of the Christ Child: likewise, born without the sin of Adam, Jesus is both God and man, whose total obedience to the Father wins us eternal life;
The three symbols in the central northern windows are the three Sacraments of Initiation into Jesus’ Church; from right to left:
Baptismal Font, by which we begin the life of Grace in the Sacrament of Baptism. The parish baptismal font is found below this window;
Holy Spirit, sent following Jesus’ Ascension, to begin His Church by giving us His Seven Gifts, symbolized here by seven flames of fire, which we receive in Confirmation;
Chalice with grape vines, symbol of the Eucharist, by which we share in the Divine Life of Our Lord by eating His Resurrected Body and Blood in Holy Communion;
The three symbols in the far left [northwestern], describe the greatest sacrament, the Eucharist, by which we receive God’s grace to strengthen us to lead a life pleasing to God, as outlined in the Bible and teachings of the Church; the symbols are:
Holy Spirit above the Eucharist, by the power of the Holy Spirit, bread and wine become the Risen Body and Blood of Jesus;
Lamb of God, as described in the Book of Revelation: Jesus is the true Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world by dying on the Cross and rising in the body born of the Virgin Mary;
Bible, Cross and Crosiers, God reveals Himself and His works through Scripture and Tradition, especially through the Holy Father and the bishops in communion with him.
Great stuff! More next week. —Mons. Stephen DiGiovanni
Please pray for the sick… Janet Rodgers, Yvonne Saint Preuve, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rose Lauture, Paul Rittman, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans, Joseph Kirkland, Jesus Cala, William Morris, Margaret Romaine, Annette Mellace, Charla Nash, Ruth Alexander

Please pray for those who have recently died… 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; 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 … Will next meet on Wednesday, September 2nd, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory to study the 4th century Ecclesiastical History by Eusebius of Caesarea.

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.

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 September 1st.

Are You a registered parishioner? …If not, please visit the parish office Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or call the office for more information [ext 21 or 17] or Register On-Line at our Website: www.stjohnsstamford.com.

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).

Parish Picnic. . . Please mark your calendars: Will be at Cove Island on Sunday, September 20th: Food, beverages, games for kids of all ages: please plan to attend this great fun parish event.

Coffee Hour…Volunteers are needed to help with snacks, set up and/or serving for coffee hour 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.

Sunday August 2, 2009 $ 11,300.61

Sunday August 3, 2008 $ 12,630.57
“I ask you one thing: do not tire of giving to God, but do not give your leftovers.”
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
August 16th Sunday Readings: Prv. 9 1-6; Eph. 5:15-2; Jn. 6:51-58

Bann of Marriage: 2nd Edvard Fiefie & Cathie Joseph

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 112 (2) 116.

Calling all Singers! . . . Are you planning your Fall? Here’s an idea: 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. Are you regularly attending the 10:00 AM Mass and would you consider lending your voice to our choir? Please call Scott Turkington for more information: 324-1553, ext. 18.

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Please accept my thanks for your generosity to Bishop Lori: our goal was $85,000; you gave $92,0000. Both the bishop and I are very grateful. If you have not made any donation for this year’s Appeal, please consider making it to Saint John’s instead.

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. The first meeting will be Tuesday, September 22nd.

Year of the Priest. . . This year [June 19, 2009-June 19, 2010] has been named the Year of the Priest by Pope Benedict XVI in order to foster vocations to the priesthood and to fortify the devotion of priests to the Church. Plenary Indulgences are offered throughout the year: An Indulgence is the remission of temporal punishment due to sins. The usual conditions apply: sacramental Confession, reception of the Eucharist, prayers for the Pope’s intentions, and total detachment from all sin, including venial sin. The faithful may obtain an Indulgence on August 4th, the feast of Saint John Vianney, patron of parish priests, and on the first Thursday of each month, by fulfilling the above conditions and by devoutly attending Holy Mass and offering prayers to Jesus, the Eternal High Priest, for the priests of the Church, or by performing any good work to sanctify and mold them to His Sacred Heart.

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 webstite, stjohnsstamford.com.

St. Maurice Church 358 Glenbrook Rd….Is looking for crafters and vendors who are interested in renting a table at their Annual Multi-Vendor Craft Fair and Tag Sale on Saturday, September 19, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For information and/or to reserve a table, contact Maryann (by: August 24t) at (203) 357-8059.  The Fair will take place under the BIG TOP, so, it’s Rain or Shine.

August 15th . . . The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary IS NOT a holy day obligation this year, because it falls on a Saturday. The usual Saturday Mass schedule will be observed.

Mass Intentions
Saturday, August 8
4:00 +Joan Mercia req. Eileen & Robert
Sunday, August 9
7:30 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.
10:00 +Ralph Strain Jr. req. Edward, Christina, Ashley, & Eric Strain
12:00 +Vincent Dangi req. Marion Morris & family
6:00 +Patrick Kane & family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & family
Monday, August 10
8:00 +Gary Luker req. Michelle & Michaela Koetke & Maryanne Catucci
12:10 +Francis Tenywa, May his Soul rest in Peace req. Scholastica Nabwire
Tuesday, August 11
8:00 Caitlin McEntre req. Kristin Cassidy
12:10 +Ralph Sette req. Pugliese Family
Wednesday, August 12
8:00 Special Intention Eleanor Theresa Kim req. Joseph & Mary Kim
12:10 +James Caputo req. Pugliese Family
Thursday, August 13
8:00 Special Intention Maria Zajak
12:10 Special Intention A.J. Larobina req. Pugliese Family
Friday, August 14
8:00 +Jerry Allen req. Janet Lancaster
12:10 Forgotten Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.
Saturday, August 15
8:00 +John Maloney birthday remembrance req. wife Mary
12:10 Yanick Bonny & Family req. Families

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.

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.

St. John’s in The news. . .
125 YEARS AGO:
The Connecticut Catholic:
August 16, 1884: Stamford. “Rev. Father Ryle was in town the past week. St. Patrick’s Temperance Society and the Sacred Heart Sodality are expected to receive Holy Communion in a body tomorrow, at 9 o’clock mass. The feast of the forty-hours devotion, as was announced on last Sunday, commenced yesterday and will terminate tomorrow at High Mass. Two Masses were to be celebrated yesterday and today. A number of priests from out of town are expected to assist in hearing confessions.”

100 years ago:
The Stamford Advocate:
August 10, 1909: HIBERNIANS CELEBRATE. “The second division, Ancient Order of Hibernians, celebrated the eighteenth anniversary of its organization night, at its headquarters in Pitt’s Block. The birthday was celebrated with speech and song and music, and there was a supper. Among the guests were Rev. James C. O’Brien, pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church; Rev. Dennis L. Gleason, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church; Rev. Father Rizzo, Rev. Eugene L. Sullivan and Thomas F. Spiers of Bridgeport, county president of the order William J. Feeney, president of the society, was presiding officer. The music was by Mulvey’s orchestra. The birthday party began with prayer, offered by Father Gleason. Supper was then served, and there followed speeches by Father O’Brien, Father Gleason, Father Sullivan, Dr. J.J. Ryle, Michael A. Boyle, C. O. Leary, Thomas F. Spiers, Philip Kiernan and Dennis Sweeney. The presiding officer also spoke. The closing selection was “God Save Ireland”.”

50 years ago, or so:
The Stamford Advocate:
August 14, 1958: “The Feast of The Assumption, a holy day of obligation for Catholics, will be observed at St. John’s Church, with Masses at 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 a.m. 12:10 and 5:15 p.m., it was announced today by the pastor, the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman.”

Seeking the Truth: Jesus Christ
– Fr. Terry Walsh
The greatest mystery of our faith is the Holy Trinity: One God, yet 3 distinct Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God so loved us that He sent “His only begotten Son” to rescue us from destruction. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14). In other words, in order to know God and fulfill the purpose of our very existence (eternal life in God) we need to follow Him; that is, as St. Paul reminds us’ we need to “live the truth in love”(Ephesians 4:15). And yet, so often he is taken for granted. It’s almost as if people believe that just because they are baptized they automatically go to heaven; that they are somehow free to adopt other paths in exploring so called ‘enlightened’ ideas in the name of ‘openness’ and without consequence. Indeed some suggest that they can reject Catholicism all together in favor of whatever other path appeals to their current way of thinking. The problem is obvious. The Truth cannot contradict itself. Something can not be true and false at the same time. Either God is a Holy Trinity or He is not. We believe He is. Indeed, we believe everything He has revealed about Himself (Divine Revelation) and must necessarily reject everything contrary to it. It seems that many reject the Truth, Jesus Christ, without so much as taking the time to even get to know him. They have never really opened their heart to the Scriptures. They have not taken the time to get to know him through a faithful and persistent relationship of prayer, nor have they encountered Him in a meaningful way in the Sacraments (knowledge of the sacraments, proper preparation, etc.). In other words, they have put little or no effort into seeking Him who is Truth. Instead, they prefer to adopt whatever flavor “religion” fits their way of life. It’s all backwards. There is no contradiction in Jesus Christ. He has come to lead all who would listen to him; that is, all who seek what is true, and good, and pure, and beautiful into the fullness of truth. The Scriptures urge us to seek holiness: “Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God; consider the outcome of their life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings; for it is well that the heart be strengthened by grace…” (Hebrews 13:7-9). One of the greatest “Leaders” of the Church is St. Augustine (August 28th is his Memorial—he is the Patron Saint of our Diocese). He struggled mightily for years in his search for the truth. In his writings (The Confessions, The City of God, and many others), Augustine shares with us his interior struggle as he discovered the love God had for him, his profound conversion, and finally, the amazing insights that were the fruit of his faithful discipleship. No longer would he travel the road of self-indulgence. He opened his heart to the truth and God flooded his soul with grace and peace. There was no turning back. He lived now for Christ. He confesses: “Urged to reflect upon myself, I entered under your guidance into the inmost depth of my soul. I was able to do so because you were my helper. On entering into myself I saw, as it were with the eye of the soul, what was beyond the eye of the soul, beyond my spirit: your immutable light…this light was above me because it had made me; I was below it because I was created by it. He who has come to know the truth knows this light….you overcame the weakness of my vision, sending forth most strongly the beams of your light, and I trembled at once with love and dread. I learned that I was in a region unlike yours and far distant from you, and I thought I heard your voice from on high: ‘I am the food (Eucharist) of grown men; grow then, and you will feed on me. Nor will you change me into yourself like bodily food, but you will be changed into me…
Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you…You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.”
Our Lord ‘calls and shouts and breaks through our deafness’ that we may abide in Him and He in us.“God is present to our inmost being: ‘In Him we live and move and have our being.’ In the words of St. Augustine, God is ‘higher than my highest and more inward than my innermost self’”(ccc300). As we come to understand that God calls us to share in a life of unimaginable happiness we begin to understand what this relationship entails. It’s an active, meaningful journey unto spiritual perfection that begins at the very moment of our Baptism. This path to Christian Perfection is paved with our active and sacrificial love. This path is groomed and prepared by identifying and sifting away vice. The surface is paved with the moral virtues and traveled well as these virtues are informed by and strengthened through the supernatural graces provided by God Himself. When we are docile to the Holy Spirit and develop the habit of virtuous living we travel through every bend and pothole guided by the Light of Christ. And yet, if we ignore God, if we put Him aside as we delve into “false teachings,” we would be shutting out the one true Light that leads to perfect happiness. from within our own engine can cause a breakdown and perhaps even end our journey. Vice leads us away from God. The great prophet Isaiah urges us to consider wisely the relationship we are called to share with God and reveals the necessity of sincerity: “This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me…” Like any relationship, our relationship with God requires effort—that is—we necessarily have to invest our heart and soul. We’ll meet him in our prayer, in our reading the Scriptures, and in our fidelity to the Gospels in what we think and say and do, or, as St. Paul put it: “Faith working through love.”

Mass Schedule
Saturday: 8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. (Vigil)
Sunday: 7:30 a.m.
10:00 a.m. (Family Mass)
12:00 Noon (Sung Choir Mass)
6:00 p.m. Haitian Mass
(French and Creole)

Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. & 12:10 p.m.

Holy Days of Obligation:
– Vigil Masses (evening before): 5:15 p.m.
– Holy Days: 8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. & 5:15 p.m.

Confessions: (English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano)
Monday – Friday, Sunday 30 minutes prior to each Mass
Saturday: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Anytime by appointment

Baptism
Parents must make arrangements for the date of Baptism, preferably before the birth of their child, by calling the office at (203) 324-1553 ext. 22. Baptisms are usually performed Saturdays.

First Communion and Confirmation
For information on Religious Education, please call Fr. Walsh at (203) 324-1553 ext. 14. Confirmation is a two-year program. For records, call Ferry Galbert at ext. 22.

Marriage
Engaged couples who hoped to be married at St. John’s must contact one of the parish priests at least 6 months prior to their wedding. Engaged couples who plan to have their wedding elsewhere, but would like to receive marriage preparation at St. John’s are likewise asked to contact one of the parish priests 6 months in advance. Marriages are not performed on Sunday’s at St. John’s.. At least one member of the engaged couple will have been a regular and registered parishioner at St. John’s for at least six months, prior to requesting marriage preparation.

Sick Calls, First Friday Communion Calls, and the Anointing of the Sick
If you know someone who is seriously ill at home or in the hospital, or cannot come to Mass, please call the rectory (ext. 22). One of the priests will be happy to bring Communion and administer the Sacrament of the Sick.

Devotions
– Miraculous Medal Novena: Monday at 8:20 a.m.
– Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Friday, following the 8:00 a.m. Mass until 12:00 p.m.

St John’s Bookstore Hours
Sunday: 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 Noon
Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Closed during Mass)

Bulletin for Sunday August 2, 2009

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday August 2, 2009

Pastor’s Corner. . . Let’s return to the center aisle and, with your back to the doors, look down the aisle, and take in the immense space of the church interior: the nave is 165 feet in length and 36 feet wide; the transept is 48 feet wide and 94 feet across, and the height at the crossing is 50 feet. The church interior is wide open, lofty,  graceful and filled with light, and it is a remarkable creation of one of our early parishioners, John Ennis.  The original architects and contractors refused to continue, fearing that the proposed dimensions of the church were too large to remain standing. From 1876-1882, work stopped, and the church enclosed by a flat roof, rising just above the height of the lower windows along the aisle. John Ennis proposed returning to the original plans in wood and plaster, and the pastor, Father William H. Rogers, agreed. The result is magnificent, if somewhat irregular in its vaulting. Nevertheless, at the dedication, the press marveled at the beauty of the then largest stone church in the state—right here in Stamford: “The [church plans] have been modified, especially as to the interior finish by Mr. John Ennis, who deserves the credit of what is really the finest architectural feature of the building, and that is the symmetrical and noble gothic finish of the interior.” [The Stamford Advocate, June 1, 1886]

The Gothic style of architecture developed first in France. It embodies the belief that beauty is at the service of God, and helps to lead us beyond ourselves toward the Divine, so that our lives might be filled with moral virtue, which is our participation in God’s perfection. The Gothic, while having its roots in earlier church architectural experiments, can first be seen in the construction of the Benedictine Abbey church of Saint-Denis in Paris, France. Its superior, Abbot Suger [1080-1151 A.D.], a brilliant churchman and adviser to popes, to two kings of France, a diplomat, and Regent of France himself, personally commissioned and directed the entire design and construction of the church, which is regarded as the first truly Gothic church.. Though of peasant stock and short of height, his energies were immense. [his epitaph reads in part, “Though a man of small stature, he was no small man.”] The story is told that his workmen judged his designs impractical: the plans were too wide, since no tree was sufficiently tall to form the roof rafters. Suger led them into the local forest, recalling that “they smiled, and would have laughed if they had dared”. He showed them twelve trees measuring the exact size required: they never dared laugh at him or his ideas again.

Suger was driven to create the beautiful by his love for God: “The dull mind rises to Divine truth through that which is material and beautiful.” It was he who invented the lofty pointed arch and painted windows, for light is the essence of the Gothic: “Bright’, he wrote, “is the noble edifice that is pervaded by new light” [Suger, Scriptum consecrationis, xxviii]. St. John, our patron,  wrote of the Divine Light of the Eternal Son: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” [John 1: 3-5]. The pointed arches lead the eye and mind heavenward, to the light of God. Suger’s inscription plaque at the front door of Saint Denis urges the visitor to take advantage of the beauty of the church building, “to illuminate the mind so that it might travel through the true lights to the True Light, where Christ is the true Door to the Heavenly Jerusalem,” of which the church building is only an image [Suger, Scriptum consecrationis, xxvii].

Our church was built according to the same inspirations. Possibly, John Ennis never heard of Suger, but I doubt that, since he, too, was a man of great culture and faith. And because his design of St. John’s shows the universality of that which inspired both men: all that is true, good and beautiful leads to God. —Mons. Stephen DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… Yvonne Saint Preuve, Kevin Sutton, Anne Marie Brutus, Rose Lauture, Paul Rittman, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans, Joseph Kirkland, Jesus Cala, William Morris, Margaret Romaine, Annette Mellace, Charla Nash, Ruth Alexander

Please pray for those who have recently died… 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; 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 … Will next meet on  Wednesday, September 2nd, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory to study the 4th century Ecclesiastical History by Eusebius of Caesarea. 

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 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory.   All are welcome; just come in the front door.  This is the most basic  beginner course.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Meets every Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the rectory. Meeting.  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 August 4th.  

Are You a registered parishioner? …If not, please visit the parish office Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or call the office for more information [ext 21 or 17] or Register On-Line at our Website:  www.stjohnsstamford.com.

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).

Parish Picnic. . . Please mark your calendars:  Will be at Cove Island on Sunday, September 20th:   Food, beverages, games for kids of all ages:  please plan to attend this great fun parish event.

Sisters of Life. . . Will make their solemn profession on Thursday, August 6th, here at Saint John’s, at 11:00 a.m..: all are welcome to attend the Mass. PLEASE NOTE:  There will be NO 12:10 p.m. Mass on Thursday,  August 6th, since the Sister’s Mass begins at 11 A.M.

Sunday July 26, 2009   $ 10,280.53

 Sunday July 27, 2008   $ 11,883.38

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

                                                   —Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

August 9th Sunday Readings:   1 Kgs. 19 4-8; Eph. 4:30-5:2; Jn. 6:41-51 (116)

Bann of Marriage:  1st Edvard Fiefie & Cathie Joseph

                                    3rd Kevin Thomas Coughlin & Denise Lynne Cole

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 126  (2) 122.

Calling all Singers! . . . Are you planning your Fall? Here’s an idea: the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass Adult choir is in need of singers! We rehearse at 8:15 AM, on Sundays only, in the Choir Room. Are you regularly attending the 10:00 AM Mass and would you consider lending your voice to our choir? Please call Scott Turkington for more information: 324-1553, ext. 18.

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Please accept my thanks for your generosity to Bishop Lori: our goal was $85,000; you gave $92,0000.  Both the bishop and I are very grateful.  If you  have not made any donation for this year’s Appeal, please consider making it to Saint John’s instead.

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.

How do you dress for Mass?. . . It was reported that in the late 1840’s and early 1850’s, Irish immigrants from neighboring towns used to walk to Stamford every Sunday for Mass. They wore their best clothes and carried their shoes, since they didn’t want them to wear out or be dirty when they entered into God’s presence.  As we move towards midsummer, permit me to suggest that we look around at each other and ourselves, and ask whether we are appropriately dressed for Mass. Would you go to meet the President of the United States or the Pope dressed like you are now?  When we come into church for Mass, we should dress not only decently but well, since we are coming into the presence of God, present in the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the Tabernacle—someone even more important than the president or the pope. Shorts, T-shirts, flip-flops, beachwear, halters, tight revealing clothing should not be worn in church. I am no prude, but even I think we could show greater respect for God, and for each other, if we dressed more respectably and well for Mass. Also, there are some times when I have to stifle a laugh at some of the outfits; please, dress properly and respectfully for God.—Mons. DiGiovanni

Year of the Priest. . . This year [June 19, 2009-June 19, 2010] has been named the Year of the Priest by Pope Benedict XVI  in order to foster vocations to the priesthood and to fortify the devotion of priests to the Church.  Plenary Indulgences are offered throughout the year:  An Indulgence is the remission of temporal punishment due to sins.  The usual conditions apply:  sacramental Confession, reception of the Eucharist, prayers for the Pope’s intentions, and total detachment from all sin, including venial sin.  The faithful may obtain an Indulgence on August 4th, the feast of Saint John Vianney, patron of parish priests, and on the first Thursday of each month, by fulfilling the above conditions and by devoutly attending Holy Mass and offering prayers to Jesus, the Eternal High Priest, for the priests of the Church, or by performing any good work to sanctify and mold them to His Sacred Heart.

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.

Mass Intentions

Saturday, August 1

  4:00 + Members of DeRosa, Kronk, Copobianco families and Edwin Clark

               req. John & Joan Kronk

Sunday, August 2

  7:30   Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.

10:00 +Yole Gemignani req. Nancy Brennan

12:00    In Honor of the Eternal Father for a Feast Day in Thanksgiving for His Great

   Creativity and giving us His Son Jesus req. Josephine Lanquedoc

6:00 + Albert & Emila Carriera, Parents req. Gerard J. Carriera

Monday, August 3

  8:00 + Margret M. Timon req. Thomas A. Timon

12:10    James Cody

Tuesday, August 4

  8:00 + Patrick Kane & family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & family

12:10    Priests of St. John the Evangelist past & present req. Pugliese family

Wednesday, August 5

  8:00   Special Intention Anthony Alvarez req. Pugliese family

12:10    Forgotton Souls in Purgatory req. Ferry G.

Thursday, August 6

  8:00    Olivia Rovegno

12:10    NO MASS: Sisters of Life Solemn Profession Mass begins at 11:00 a.m.

Friday, August 7

  8:00    Maich Rovegno

12:10 + Carmen Vega req. Evelyn Flaharty – daughter

Saturday, August 8

  8:00 + Hope & Joseph McAleer req. family

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:  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.

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.

Sisters of Life. . . Will make their solemn profession on Thursday, August 6th, here at Saint John’s, at 11:00 a.m..: all are welcome to attend the Mass. PLEASE NOTE:  There will be NO 12:10 p.m. Mass on Thursday,  August 6th, since the Sister’s Mass begins at 11 A.M.

St. John’s in The news. . .

125 YEARS AGO:

The Connecticut Catholic:  August 2, 1884:  Stamford. “Our new church, which presents such an attractive appearance from the exterior, is not in the least found wanting to particularly interest the visitor. From what one beholds when within, work has been going on inside for sometime by Mr. Ennis, and something today is to be seen as the result of the labor, the scaffolding has been removed. The huge walls are covered with their coats of ermine intermingled with the splendid moldings of exquisite style. The magnificent windows with complimentary shades and designs have been put in and all seem to act in unison, as if nothing was wanting to add to its architectural appearance. One of the many moldings in the church measures 8 feet wide by 60 feet long, the largest, it is supposed, in the country.”

 

100 years ago:

The Stamford Advocate:  August 9, 1909: FATHER O’BRIEN GETS A HEARTY WELCOME. “Rev. James C. O’Brien, pastor of St. John’s Church, was the recipient of a very pleasing surprise last evening, upon his return from a European tour. Father O’Brien arrived in New York yesterday afternoon, and in this city a couple of hours later. During his absence, his parishioners arranged for a reception accompanied by a cash donation, as a way of showing their appreciation and love for their pastor. It was his first real vacation, and his parishioners were only sorry in one way, it could not have been longer, and glad to have him with them again, safe and sound.”                                                               

 

75 years ago, or so:

The Stamford Advocate:  August 8, 1933:   “The St. Ann’s Ladies’ Aid Society of St. John’s R. C. Church is sponsoring a card and bingo party at the Cleary homestead on Church Street in Glenbrook on Thursday evening, August 10, and the committee in charge is making every effort to make it an enjoyable affair, hoping for liberal patronage, as the entire proceeds are to be used in work of relief among the poor and needy. Homemade cakes and candy will be on sale at an attractive booth, also ice cream and cake.”

Mass Schedule

Saturday:          8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. (Vigil)

Sunday:            7:30 a.m.

                          10:00 a.m.  (Family Mass)

                          12:00 Noon  (Sung Choir Mass)

                          6:00 p.m.  Haitian Mass

                          (French and Creole)

Monday through Friday:  8:00 a.m. & 12:10 p.m.

Holy Days of Obligation:

– Vigil Masses (evening before):  5:15 p.m.

– Holy Days:  8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. & 5:15 p.m.

Confessions: (English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano)

Monday – Friday, Sunday 30 minutes prior to each Mass

Saturday:  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Anytime by appointment

Baptism:  Parents must make arrangements for the date of Baptism, preferably before the birth of their child, by calling the office at (203) 324-1553 ext. 22.  Baptisms are usually performed Saturdays.

 First Communion and Confirmation:  For information on Religious Education, please call Fr. Walsh at (203) 324-1553 ext. 14.   Confirmation is a two-year program.  For records, call Ferry Galbert at ext. 22.

Marriage:  Engaged couples who hoped to be married at St. John’s must contact one of the parish priests at least 6 months prior to their wedding.  Engaged couples who plan to have their wedding elsewhere, but would like to receive marriage preparation at St. John’s are likewise asked to contact one of the parish priests 6 months in advance.  Marriages are not performed on Sunday’s at St. John’s..  At least one member of the engaged couple will have been a regular and registered parishioner at St. John’s for at least six months, prior to requesting marriage preparation.

Sick Calls, First Friday Communion Calls, and the Anointing of the Sick

If you know someone who is seriously ill at home or in the hospital, or cannot come to Mass, please call the rectory (ext. 22).  One of the priests will be happy to bring Communion and administer the Sacrament of the Sick.

Devotions:

– Miraculous Medal Novena:  Monday at 8:20 a.m.

– Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Friday, following the 8:00 a.m. Mass until 12:00 p.m.

St John’s Bookstore Hours:  Sunday:  10:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Thursday:  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  (Closed during Mass)

     Why must I confess my sins to a Priest?

(Revisited)                                                                                                                                              – Fr. Terry Walsh

                 Well, the short answer of course is that our Lord requires it. After all, Jesus Himself instituted each of the 7 Sacraments – those supernatural realities where we encounter our Lord in a mysterious and efficacious way. Sacramental Confession takes place through the Priest who says: “I absolve you” – yet it is Christ working and speaking through His priest. Spiritual grace flows from God through the priest – even when the priest himself is not in the state of grace because the grace comes from God who is always Holy. St. Augustine once said: “As for the proud minister, he is to be ranked with the devil. Christ’s gift is not thereby profaned: what flows through him keeps its purity, and what passes through him remains clear and reaches fertile earth…The spiritual power of the sacrament is indeed comparable to light: those to be enlightened receive it in its purity, and if it should pass through defiled beings, it is not itself defiled.”

It’s been said that we cannot climb the Spiritual Mountain except through the door of confession. It is there that our Lord Himself prepares us to receive Him in the Eucharist so that we have all we need to make the journey: Wisdom, Understanding, Strength, and all the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Impurity, that is, sin of any kind, blocks the soul from receiving the necessary graces. And St Paul warns us (1 Corinthians11: 23-33) that “….Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the Body and Blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself…” I once heard an image involving our Guardian Angels that seems to give a clear perspective. When we approach the Altar to receive the Eucharist and we are properly prepared, our Guardian Angel accompanies us and just as we are about to receive the Host, the Angel turns toward us and bows down in adoration—not of us but of He who is entering into us to give us Life. On the other hand, the one who approaches in an unworthy manner (one who has not been purified and healed through the grace of Confession for sins committed) causes his Guardian Angel to flee far away rather than witness a desecration of the Sacrament of Love, the Eucharist. It is NOT enough to say a simple act of contrition before approaching the Altar to receive the Eucharist if one is aware that he has those sins that require “Sacramental Confession” for forgiveness. The Act of Contrition is of course a necessary part of that process. True sorrow is always necessary, as is a faithful effort to “sin no more”. But it is the prayer of absolution given BY CHRIST through His unworthy priest that removes sin and brings an increase of grace.

We truly meet Christ when we enter into the Sacrament of Confession. Recall that through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, Jesus configured the souls of his Apostles, that is, His priests, in such a manner that He would, in effect, “take over” in the administration of the Sacraments. Like Baptism and Confirmation, the Sacrament of Holy Orders leaves and indelible mark on the soul for the purpose of acting “in the Person of Christ.” After the Resurrection, Jesus went to the Apostles – who were His priests and said to them: “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive men’s sins, they are forgiven them; if you hold them bound, they are held bound” (Gospel of John 20:22-23). “Jesus entrusted the exercise of the power of absolution to the apostolic ministry which he charged with the ‘ministry of Reconciliation’(2Cor 5:18)”(ccc1442). “The confessor (priest) is not the master of God’s forgiveness, but its servant”(CCC1466). It is Jesus who pours new and plentiful graces into our souls so that we might cooperate with Him in overcoming the temptations that confront us each day – and He accomplishes this through His priests. Speaking to Peter, Jesus says: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Mt 16:19). The Catechism reminds us: “The Lord Jesus Christ, physician of our souls and bodies, who forgave the sins of the paralytic and restored him to bodily health, has willed that his Church continue, in the power of the Holy Spirit, his work of healing and salvation, even among her own members” (ccc 1421). Citing the Scripture passages Psalm 51:17; John 6:44 and 12:32; as well as 1 John 4:10, the Catechism goes on to say: “This endeavor of conversion is not just a human work. It is the movement of a ‘contrite heart,’ drawn and moved by grace to respond to the merciful love of God who loved us first”(ccc1428). The penitent therefore must have true sorrow for sins committed, confess them to the priest, receive absolution and be willing to do penance in order for sins to be forgiven and to be reconciled with the Church. There are many resources that will help clarify understanding of this Sacrament beginning with the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Article numbers 1420-1498), along with many other Church documents such as Pope John Paul’s “Reconciliation and Penance”. John Paul wrote that it would be “foolish…to disregard the means of grace and salvation which the Lord has provided and…to claim to receive forgiveness while doing without the sacrament which was instituted by Christ precisely for forgiveness.”

Bulletin for Sunday, July 26, 2009

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday, June 26, 2009

Pastor’s Corner. . . Continuing our tour of the church, let’s take a look at the eastern choir loft window. Breathtakingly beautiful, isn’t it? This, and all the church windows, were fully restored in 2000. This window and the two transept windows also have new mahogany frames.

The window dates from the 1920’s, installed by the then pastor Father James O’Brien, along with the other two enormous windows in the transepts, replacing the original 1886 windows that had geometric patterns. Father O’Brien was a man of immense energy. His largest projects were the construction of the school and convents, refurbishing of the church and rectory. His are the murals above the altar, side altars & statues, and the bell tower.

The choir loft window’s theme as music, essential to the worship of God. The central figure is identified by the title around His halo: Rex Davidicus: the Davidic King. Since He is playing a harp, one might suppose this to be the Old Testament King David. But it is not: it is Our Lord, as predicted by the Archangel Gabriel to Our Lady at the Annunciation: “And behold, you shall conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of David His father, and He shall be king over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end” [Luke 1, 31-33]. The harp in Our Lord’s hands identifies Him as that Son of David, who had been renowned as the author of the Psalms. He is dressed in priestly vestments, but not those of the Old Testament. He wears priestly vestments of the New Testament: the alb, amice, chasuble and stole worn by Catholic priests to offer the Sacrifice of the Mass. Jesus is the only High Priest of the Church, who offered the final perfect sacrifice of Himself on the Cross, which He offers every hour of every day in every Catholic Church through His priests as they offer Mass. Jesus does not die repeatedly; just once. But He offers Himself to the Father through His Church, sanctifying all people of all places and times, making His sacrifice of the Cross present until the end of time.

On either side of Our Lord stand three angels. Two kneel in adoration beside Our Lord, two play elaborate trombones, and two hold musical scrolls. Each angel and Our Lord is framed in individual niches, the sides formed by the window frame and the base and roof by elaborate geometrical patterns in glass. Directly above Our Lord is a harp, symbolic of the music from the choir loft. On either side is another angel: the one on the left strums a mandolin; the angel on the right plays a trumpet. Above them is another angel, holding a banner Ego Sum Via, identifying the Davidic King as Jesus, who said “I am the Way”.  Around this uppermost angel are ten cherubim, in adoration of Christ, whose mere name or reference to His name, Ego Sum Via, demands adoration, as St. Paul wrote, “At the name of Jesus, every knee must bend.” [Phil 2”10-11]. 

All the angels sport hairdos typically post-World War I-ish: they all look like flappers from the roaring 20’s!—which makes sense since the window was made in the 1920’s.  Each figure is set in a background of dark clouds of rich blue tones, and their robes are reminiscent of the rich fabrics portrayed in the best 15th and 16th century Flemish religious paintings. The last two decorative elements are two trefoils, one on either side of the angel with the “I am the Way” banner: they complete this heavenly scene, in which the choirs of angels worship God with hymns, song and music. Who is God? He is that Trinity of Divine Persons, symbolized by the trefoil: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. , we hope to gain Heaven through Our Lord, the Second Person of the Trinity, that Davidic King, and so join this choir in heaven perpetually worshipping the God who loves us so much. More next week..  —Mons. Stephen DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… Yvonne Saint Preuve, Anne Marie Brutus, Rose Lauture, Kevin Sutton, Paul Rittman, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans, , Joseph Kirkland, Jesus Cala, William Morris, Margaret Romaine, Annette Mellace, Charla Nash, Ruth Alexander, Anthony P. D’Ariano, Matthew Kenealy, Millie Demillo

Please pray for those who have recently died…  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, Phil DeFelice Sr., Alice Banning

Air Conditioning Collection . . . The second collection today will be the Air Conditioning 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; at the end of the first paragraph on the homepage is a line that says click here. Click, and you’ll have a view of the church interior.  We’ve installed a camera in the choir loft to provide that view, along with sound, so you can hear  the Mass, homily and beautiful organ and choral music for all Masses.  Mons. DiGiovanni

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … Will next meet on  Wednesday, September 2nd. at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory to study the acts of the ancient Church martyrs. 

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 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory.   All are welcome; just come in the front door.  The next meeting will be on Wednesday, July 29th.

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

Parish Women’s Society… Will NOT meet during the summer. We’ll resume Saturday morning meetings in September.  Stay tuned for the date. 

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 August 4th.  

Are You a registered parishioner? …If not, please visit the parish office Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or call the office for more information [ext 21 or 17] or Register On-Line at our Website:  www.stjohnsstamford.com.

Malta House in Norwalk…Provides a nurturing home to homeless pregnant women and their babies, with a commitment to return our young mothers to the community with skills for self sufficient parenting.  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.or or 203/857-0088. (Do not bring donations to the Parish).

Bring Your Job Search Challenge Night!… Monday, July 27th at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory.  Need some advice on a problem you keep running into in your job search, or just some new ideas?   This open-ended forum will give you the opportunity to ask questions from a career coach and tap into the collective experience of the group.  Melanie Szlucha’s company, Red Inc. has helped jobseekers better prepare for job interviews and write clear and concise resumes that get jobs.  Find out more about her at http://www.redinc.biz.

Sunday July 19, 2009   $ 12,344.05

 Sunday July 20, 2008   $ 11,116.30

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

                                                   —Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

August 2nd Sunday Readings:   Ex. 16:2-4, 12-15; Eph. 4:17, 20-24; Jn. 6:24-35 (113)

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 275  (2) 120.

Calling all Singers! . . . Are you planning your Fall?  Here’s an idea:  the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass Adult choir is in need of singers! We rehearse at 8:15 a.m., on Sundays only, in the Choir Room.  Are you regularly attending the 10:00 a.m. Mass and would you consider lending your voice to our choir?  Please call Scott Turkington for more information: 324-1553, ext. 18.

Bann of Marriage:  2nd Kevin Thomas Coughlin & Denise Lynne Cole

Annual Bishop’s Appeal. . . Please accept my thanks for your generosity to Bishop Lori: our goal was $85,000; you gave $91,0000. Both the bishop and I are very grateful.  If you  have not made any donation for this year’s Appeal, please consider making it to Saint John’s instead.

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.

Parish Picnic. . . Please mark your calendars:  Will be at Cove Island on Sunday, September 20th:   Food, beverages, games for kids of all ages:  please plan to attend this great fun parish event.

How do you dress at Mass?. . . In the late 1840’s and early 1850’s, Irish immigrants from Bethel used to walk to Stamford every Sunday for Mass. They wore their best clothes and carried their shoes, since they didn’t want them to wear out or be dirty when they entered into God’s presence.  As we move towards midsummer, permit me to suggest that we look around at each other and ourselves, and ask whether we are appropriately dressed for Mass. Would you go to meet the President of the United States or the Pope dressed like you are now?  When we come into church for Mass, we should dress not only decently but well, since we are coming into the presence of God, present in the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the Tabernacle—someone even more important than the president or the pope. Shorts, T-shirts, flip-flops, beachwear, halters, tight revealing clothing should not be worn in church. I am no prude, but even I think we could show greater respect for God, and for each other, if we dressed more respectably and well for Mass. Also, there are some times when I have to stifle a laugh at some of the outfits; please, dress properly and respectfully for God.—Mons. DiGiovanni

Year of the Priest. . . This year [June 19, 2009-June 19, 2010] has been named the Year of the Priest by Pope Benedict XVI  in order to foster vocations to the priesthood and to fortify the devotion of priests to the Church.  Plenary Indulgences are offered throughout the year:  An Indulgence is the remission of temporal punishment due to sins.  The usual conditions apply:  sacramental Confession, reception of the Eucharist, prayers for the Pope’s intentions, and total detachment from all sin, including venial sin.  The faithful may obtain an Indulgence on August 4th, the feast of Saint John Vianney, patron of parish priests, and on the first Thursday of each month, by fulfilling the above conditions and by devoutly attending Holy Mass and offering prayers to Jesus, the Eternal High Priest, for the priests of the Church, or by performing any good work to sanctify and mold them to His Sacred Heart.

Gone to Confession lately??. . . We hear Confessions Monday through Friday and Sundays, 30 minutes prior to each Mass, and on Saturday 3-4 P.M.  If that’s not convenient, give us a call and we’ll make a private appointment. Confession is the sacrament instituted by Christ Himself as the ordinary means of receiving God’s forgiveness for our sins. If you haven’t been to Confession in a while, then you should NOT be receiving Holy Communion, since Saint Paul says “you eat your own condemnation when you receive the Body and Blood of Christ unworthily.”

Mass Intentions

Saturday, July 25

  4:00   +Members of DeRosa, Kronk, Capobianco families & Edwin Clark req. John & Joan Kronk

Sunday, July 26

  7:30 +Anthony & Derrick Ramos req. Lilian & Alvina Ramos

10:00 +Estelle Burke req. Mary Churley

12:00   Special Intention Mary Kung req. Joseph & Agnes Kung

  6:00 +Patrick Kane & family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & family

Monday, July 27

  8:00 +Anna Do req. Thang Nguyen

12:10    Special Intention St. John’s the Evangelist Parish

Tuesday, July 28

  8:00 +Gary Luker req. Michele & Michaela Koethe & Maryanne Catucci

12:10 +Helen Pope req. Mary Churley

Wednesday, July 29

  8:00   Michael Cole

12:10 +Robert J. Christenson req. Mary Churley

Thursday, July 30

  8:00 +Bobby Morea – Michele & Michaela Koethe & Maryann Catucci

12:10 +Evelyn J. Kevin req. Mary Churley

Friday, July 31

  8:00 +Members of the Gannon & Saraniero families req. S. Gannon

12:10 +Stephen Piatt

Saturday, August 1

  8:00 +Rose Astrid Jean-Guillaune by her Parents

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:  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.

St. Dominic Savio Society…For the spiritual formation of young men from 8th – 12thgrades.  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 – 12thgrades.  Questions, please contact Rosa Marchetti at (203) 348-0232.

The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, 2009 Collegiate Summer Program for High School Students…Invites High School Students to participate in the second session of the 34th Collegiate Summer Program. Students will study Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, and Apologetics as well as make day trips to Mt. Monadnock, York Beach, and Boston. There will also be Mass and daily rosary.  Sessions run from July 12th – 25th and July 26th — August 8th. Call (800) 880-8308, e-mail admission@thomasmorecollege.edu, or visit our website at www.thomasmorecollege.edu for more information.

St. John’s in  The  Advocate. 50 years ago, . . or so:

July 27, 1963:  Hospital Termed Enduring Memorial To Msgr. Coleman. “The passing of the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, PA, VF, was marked with sadness among the staff and the nuns of the Sisters of St. Joseph, at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Msgr. Coleman, who founded the hospital, died Monday at the age of 87. During his funeral, held Friday, the Most Rev. Walter W. Curtis, STD, Bishop of Bridgeport, described the hospital as Msgr. Coleman’s “enduring memorial.” “One wing of the hospital is named for Msgr. Coleman. But in very truth, the entire structure might well bear his name,” Bishop Curtis said during a eulogy he offered Friday at the Pontifical Requiem Mass in St. John’s Church.”

August 1, 1963: St. John Cemetery To Repair Building Burned Last Week. “St. John’s Cemetery Association has been granted a building permit to make repairs to a combination office-garage building on the cemetery grounds, Camp Ave., Darien. Damage was caused by a fire last week.”                                                               

August 2, 1963:  Scouts of Troop 22 Spend Week At Camp “Twenty-three members of Boy Scout Troop 22, sponsored by St. John’s Catholic Church, have completed a week in the Mianus campsite at Camp Toquam, Goshen. The group was led by Scoutmaster Edwin D. Iacovo, Jr., aided by Assistant Scoutmasters Michael Kaelin, Cornelius W. Lehane, and David G. Shaub. The campers were: William Boffa, James Gallagher, Robert Gaynor, William Gaynor, Arthur Gleason, Noel Hanrahan, Richard Johnson, Robert Johnson, Frederick Jones, Ronal Lewis. Also, Thomas Lynam, Lawrence Lynch, Donald Memale, James Otis, Steven Rank, Anthony Rapaglia, Arthur Remy, Charles Russo, Daniel Shaub, Mark Sileo, William Thompson, and Christopher Veremakis. In addition, John Connolly has been serving on the camp staff as scoutcraft director, and Douglas Harry has spent a week with the Commanos, a provisional troop.”

Mass Schedule

Saturday:          8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. (Vigil)

Sunday:            7:30 a.m.

                          10:00 a.m.  (Family Mass)

                          12:00 Noon  (Sung Mass)

                          6:00 p.m.  Haitian Mass

                          (French and Creole)

Monday through Friday:  8:00 a.m. & 12:10 p.m.

Holy Days of Obligation:

Vigil Masses (evening before):  5:15 p.m.

Holy Days:  8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. & 5:15 p.m.

Confessions: (English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano)

Monday – Friday, Sunday 30 minutes prior to each Mass

Saturday:  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Anytime by appointment

Baptism…Parents must make arrangements for the date of Baptism, preferably before the birth of their child, by calling the office at (203) 324-1553 ext 21.  Baptisms are usually performed Saturdays.

First Communion and Confirmation…For information on Religious Education , please call the office at (203) 324-1553 ext. 21.   Confirmation is a two-year program.

Marriage…Engaged couples who hoped to be married at St. John’s must contact one of the parish priests at least 6 months prior to their wedding.  Engaged couples who plan to have their wedding elsewhere, but would like to receive marriage preparation at St. John’s are likewise asked to contact one of the parish priests 6 months in advance.  Marriages are not performed on Sunday’s at St. John’s..  At least one member of the engaged couple will have been a regular and registered parishioner at St. John’s for at least six months, prior to requesting marriage preparation.

Sick Calls, First Friday Communion Calls, and the Anointing of the Sick

If you know someone who is seriously ill at home or in the hospital, or cannot come to Mass, please call the rectory (ext. 21).  One of the priests will be happy to bring Communion and administer the Sacrament of the Sick.

Devotions

Miraculous Medal Novena:  Monday at 8:20 a.m.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Friday, following the 8:00 a.m. Mass until 12:00 p.m.

St John’s Bookstore Hours

Sunday:  10:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon  (Closed during Mass)

Thursday:  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  (Closed during Mass)

 The Christian Moral Life

“The Moral Conscience”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           – Fr. Terry Walsh

“Return to your conscience, question it….Turn inward, brethren, and in everything you do, see God as your witness” – St. Augustine

 The Catechism teaches: “Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey (1776) ….In all he says and does, man is obligated to follow faithfully what he knows to be just and right (1778).” God created us in His Image. We have intelligence and freedom and an immortal soul.  He has written the Truth on our Hearts and beckons us to “live the Truth in Love” (Eph. 4:15).  We can only accomplish that call through the grace of God. As we grow in grace, we are effectively allowing the Voice of God to grow loud and clear in our hearts.  Then, our decisions and the examination of our lives will be made through the assistance of the Holy Spirit.  In Letter to the Duke of Norfolk, John Henry Cardinal Newman wrote: “Conscience is a law of the mind; yet Christians would not grant that it is nothing more; I mean that it was not a dictate, nor conveyed the notion of responsibility, of duty, of a threat and a promise…Conscience is a messenger of Him, who, both in nature and in grace, speaks to us behind a veil…. Conscience is the aboriginal Vicar of Christ.”

Formation of one’s conscience is essential.  It is a duty.  In order to faithfully walk in the Light of Christ, we have to understand what that means.  We discover the answer through the Scriptures, the Catechism, and of course through our prayer, our conversations with God.  The world would have you believe that conscience is nothing more than “whatever feels right to me” – basically giving license to act without regard to the Gospel.  But in his letter to the Romans, St. Paul explains that this relativistic way of thinking is utter folly and will meet a bad end.  We are able to know and understand Truth and are in fact called to adhere to it.  “Ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature, namely, His eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse; for although they knew God they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools….they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator” (Rm1:20ff).  It’s the age old battle between Pride and Humility. Humility seeks the Truth; Pride denies it. Humility recognizes weakness; pride denies it. Humility opens the heart to love; pride thrives on selfishness and effectively denies love.  Humility honors God; Pride denies Him.

How do we “honor” God? How do we give Him thanks and praise? Are our hearts in union with His will? Jesus said,  “If you love Me, keep my commandments…pick up your Cross and follow me…love one another as I have loved you.”  The examination of conscience is crucial.  If we ask Him, our Lord will reveal just how we’re doing. Jesus said, “When you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”  It may be on a park bench, or during a summer stroll, or perhaps as you kneel before the Tabernacle – whenever and wherever you “sit with God” – in a quiet moment, welcome God into your “inner room” – your heart – and bring him your thoughts, your concerns, your questions, your joys and sorrows.  Take time to examine how you’re doing in light of the Commandments and Beatitudes. Listen, quietly, to his response in your heart.  This faithful “dialogue” is an act of love and it honors him.  Bring him the faults and failings in the Sacrament of Confession with complete trust in his mercy and love and be renewed by his healing grace. Then, press on. This honors him. “Live the Truth in Love” (St. Paul).

Bulletin for Sunday, July 19, 2009

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday, July 19, 2009

Pastor’s Corner. . . This is the second installment in our walking tour of the church. As you pass through the church front door you enter into the vestibule or narthex. The two stained glass windows date from the 1886 opening of the church and are some of the most elegant in the building. Tall and thin, these lancet windows are members of a trio, the third near the present bookstore. Like the Three Graces of ancient classical literature, they welcome the visitor into the dark vestibule, offering colorful geometric patterns of light. All three bear the legend of the donors at the bottom: The Holy Infant Sodality, which was the parish grammar school children’s society.  The dark wood paneling dates from the 1932 restoration of the church by the pastor, Father Francis Lally. It is dark English oak, in keeping with the English Gothic design of the church itself. It’s elegant tracery reveals a decorative element introduced throughout the church: a crown of thorns motif, which can be seen on each of the doors, on the tops of the confessionals, in the arches of the vestibule wall, and on the top of the paneling in the sanctuary around the high altar. This theme, along with gilded grapes and vines, reinforces the reality that the Church and Her sacraments receive their power to forgive sins and to transform us to be more like Our Lord because of the power of Christ’s Precious Blood, offered on the Cross for humanity’s salvation.

As we move to enter the  main body of the church, we pass through doors of a large interior wall: a type of screen, separating the vestibule from the nave and aisles. The walls are formed of heavy carved oak tracery, with four doorways, and eight windows between them, with thirty-two leaded windows above of frosted glass. Today, we’re interested in the eight stained glass roundels in the bottom windows between the doors. While they can be seen while entering the church from the vestibule, they are designed to be seen as one leaves the church, since they, too, remind us that Christ saves us by His Cross, which is extended through all time by means of His Catholic Church.. Each window is framed in tracery with that Crown of Thorns motif.

Standing inside the church, with your back to the altar, let’s read the windows in the screen wall, from left to right: 

The first four are signs of Christ’s gifts in His Church: The dove of the Holy Spirit, sent after Jesus’ Death, Resurrection, and Ascension to begin His Church; an Easter lily, sign of the virtue of chastity and purity, fruits of that Holy Spirit, as exemplified in the life of Mary, the Mother of the Church; a Crown, Saint Paul’s symbol of the Resurrection, an image of the eternal reward awaiting all those faithful to Christ; a Chalice with a Host marked IHS, the first three Greek letters of Jesus, which is a sign of the Eucharist, Our Lord’s greatest Sacrament of His Body and Blood, given His Church that we might be transformed and more like Him daily;

These last four are signs of Christ’s Passion and Death, by which salvation is offered to the world: the Crown of Thorns, with the inscription placed above His Cross: INRI, a Latin abbreviation for Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews;  Pliers, a hammer and three nails, used to crucify Jesus; the Column at which Jesus was beaten, and the Roman scourges used; the Ladder used to take Jesus’ body from the Cross, along with the Spear that pierced His side, and the Sponge on the end of a reed, dipped in vinegar offered Him to drink.

Take a few minutes to study each window, since the craftsmanship, design, color and quality are exceptional. Each time you leave church, take a moment to glance at these windows, and thank God for His generosity, having sent His Son to redeem us by His Cross and through His Church.  More next week. —Mons. Stephen DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… Paul Rittman, Rene Villard, Corrie Evans, Kevin Sutton, Joseph Kirkland, Jesus Cala, William Morris, Margaret Romaine, Annette Mellace, Charla Nash, Ruth Alexander, Anthony P. D’Ariano, Matthew Kenealy, Millie Demillo, Anthony & Mary Ellen Sansone, Mons. John Horgan-Kung, Mike McNamee

 Please pray for those who have recently died…  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, Phil DeFelice Sr., Alice Banning

 Mission Co-operative Plan Collection . . . Please drop your Mission Co-operative Plan Collection envelope into the ONE basket that will be passed at the Offertory.  There will only be one collection today.

Pope Benedict. . . Sent Saint John’s a little gift: one of the small white “beanies” [zucchetto] which he himself wore during recent papal Masses at Saint Peter’s. This practice dates back centuries, whereby the popes send these small tokens to parishes expressing their special blessings to the parishioners and priests of the parish, and the parish’s close link with the Successor of Saint Peter.  I am grateful to His Holiness for this simple yet beautiful gesture.  His zucchetto is on display in the rectory.

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. Click, and you’ll have a view of the church interior.  We’ve installed a camera in the choir loft to provide that view, along with sound, so you can hear  the Mass, homily and beautiful organ and choral music for all Masses.  Mons. DiGiovanni

 St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … Will next meet on  Wednesday, September 2nd. at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory to study the acts of the ancient Church martyrs. 

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 on Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory.   All are welcome; just come in the front door.  The next meeting will be on Wednesday, July 22nd.

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Will  change the meeting days because of the Alive at Five Concerts on Thursday evenings.  We will begin meeting on Tuesdays, starting July 21st, at 7:30 pm in the rectory.  Class is closed to new students.

Parish Women’s Society… Will NOT meet during the summer. We’ll resume Saturday morning meetings in September.  Stay tuned for the date. 

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 August 4th.  

Are you a registered parishioner? …If not, please visit the parish office Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or call the office for more information [ext 21 or 17] or Register On-Line at our Website:  www.stjohnsstamford.com.

Malta House in Norwalk…Provides a nurturing home to homeless pregnant women and their babies, with a commitment to return our young mothers to the community with skills for self sufficient parenting.  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.or or 203/857-0088. (Do not bring donations to the Parish).

Bring Your Job Search Challenge Night!… Monday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory.  Need some advice on a problem you keep running into in your job search, or just some new ideas?   This open-ended forum will give you the opportunity to ask questions from a career coach and tap into the collective experience of the group.  Melanie Szlucha’s company, Red Inc. has helped jobseekers better prepare for job interviews and write clear and concise resumes that get jobs.  Find out more about her at http://www.redinc.biz.

Sunday July 12, 2009   $ 10,711.50

                                                                  Sunday July 13, 2008   $ 11,793.09

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

                                                   —Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

July 26 Sunday Readings:   Jer. 23:1-6/Eph. 2:13-18; Mk. 6:30-34 (107)

 Bann of Marriage:  1st Kevin Thomas Coughlin & Denise Lynne Cole

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 110  (2) 265.

Calling all Singers! . . . Are you planning your Fall? Here’s an idea: the 10:00 a.m. Family Mass Adult choir is in need of singers! We rehearse at 8:15 a.m., on Sundays only, in the Choir Room. Are you regularly attending the 10:00 a.m. Mass and would you consider lending your voice to our choir?  Please call Scott Turkington for more information: 324-1553, ext. 18.

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.

Parish Picnic. . . Please mark your calendars:  Will be at Cove Island on Sunday, September 20th:   Food, beverages, games for kids of all ages:  please plan to attend this great fun parish event.

Parish Special Intention. . . I ask your prayers for a special intention concerning Saint John’s:  besides the hoped-for commencement of construction on our Tresser Square project in the parking lot, there is one more major project that is in the works, and that will be a great boost to our parish and to the downtown.  I’ll let you know what it is in a few weeks:  so, please keep this special intention in your daily prayers. Thanks.  —Mons. DiGiovanni.

Parking Tickets. . . To avoid parking tickets for those using the parish parking lot, please be sure that you have some type of sign on your dashboard informing the parking attendants that you are at Saint John’s for Mass, devotions, a lecture, a class or other parish events.  You may pick up a parking sheet at the rectory.  However, if you park in the lot for activities other than those of the parish, you must pay the parking fee:  we have free use of the lot ONLY for parish activities.  The parish will not take responsibility for anyone’s parking ticket, especially for those received simply because you decided to park in the lot and go to the movies.  ALSO:  the parish is NOT responsible for anyone who decides to park on Atlantic Street or Bell Street for Mass or for any parish activity:  if you park on the street, you are responsible to pay the parking fee or pay for your ticket yourself.  While the parking lot is the parish’s, the streets belong to the City of Stamford.

Year of the Priest. . . This year [June 19, 2009-June 19, 2010] has been named the Year of the Priest by Pope Benedict XVI  in order to foster vocations to the priesthood and to fortify the devotion of priests to the Church.  Plenary Indulgences are offered throughout the year:  An Indulgence is the remission of temporal punishment due to sins.  The usual conditions apply:  sacramental Confession, reception of the Eucharist, prayers for the Pope’s intentions, and total detachment from all sin, including venial sin.  The faithful may obtain an Indulgence on August 4th, the feast of Saint John Vianney, patron of parish priests, and on the first Thursday of each month, by fulfilling the above conditions and by devoutly attending Holy Mass and offering prayers to Jesus, the Eternal High Priest, for the priests of the Church, or by performing any good work to sanctify and mold them to His Sacred Heart.

The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, 2009 Collegiate Summer Program for High School Students…Invites High School Students to participate in the second session of the 34th Collegiate Summer Program. Students will study Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, and Apologetics as well as make day trips to Mt. Monadnock, York Beach, and Boston. There will also be Mass and daily rosary.  Sessions run from July 12th – 25th and July 26th — August 8th. Call (800) 880-8308, e-mail admission@thomasmorecollege.edu, or visit our website at www,thomasmorecollege.edu for more information.

Mass Intentions

Saturday, July 18

  4:00 +Members of DeRosa, Kronk, Capobianco families & Edwin Clark req. John & Joan Kronk

Sunday, July 19

  7:30 +Margretta De Vivo req. De Vivo & Munro families

10:00 +Jayson Jarrett req. Norma Jarrett

12:00 +Jerome Allen req. Marchetti family

  6:00 +Louis Carriera req. Gerard J. Carriera

Monday, July 20

  8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.

12:10 +Anna Fedorika req. Mary Churley

Tuesday, July 21

  8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.

12:10 Special Intention Krinka Underhill req. Kristen Cassidy

Wednesday, July 22

  8:00 +Patrick Kane & family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & family

12:10 Anthony Renella req. Joan & Jim Renella

Thursday, July 23

  8:00 Christopher Flynn

12:10 All Souls req. Bosilevas family

Friday, July 24

  8:00 Molly Festo

12:10 +Archbishop Thomas Dolinsy req. Mary Churley

Saturday, July 25

  8:00 William Bow

12:10 +Members of the Atlantic Senior Housing req. Diane Strain

 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.

 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.

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

             July 21, 1908:  New Statuary in Catholic Church. “J. H. Scofield & Son have presented to St. John’s R. C. Church a beautiful baptismal statue, which has been placed on the baptismal font. The principal figure is that of St. John the Baptist, who is shown in the act of baptizing Christ, the whole thus being symbolic of the sacrament of baptism. The statue comes from Carrara, Italy, and is made from a splendid specimen of the marble of that place. It adds greatly to the statuary of the church, and gives a finish to the font, which is probably not equaled by that in any church in the diocese.”

75 years ago, or so:

July 20, 1935: Two Churches, House Hit By Lightning. “A terrific thunderstorm, breaking here last night shortly after 8, brought temporary relief from the heat but did property damage estimated at upwards of $10,000. There was no loss of life and no personal injuries reported as due to the storm. A spire on the top of St. John’s Catholic Church was shattered and a great hunk of stone from the spire hurtled through the skylight atop of the Frankel shop across the street. The Bethel A.M.E. Church was hit, a house in Myrtle Ave. was set on fire by a bolt: the Gas and Electric Co., Southern New England Co. and Hew Haven Railroad reported considerable property damage.”                                                               

50 years ago, or so:

July 23, 1963:   “The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, P.A., V.F., pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church and, at 87, the oldest priest in the Bridgeport Diocese, died Monday in the rectory of St. Raphael’s Church, Bridgeport. He was attending a luncheon celebrating the 60th anniversary of the ordination of the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Emilio Iasiello, pastor of St. Raphael’s, when he was stricken. Just a little over a year ago, Msgr. Coleman had celebrated the 60th anniversary of his own ordination and, on Saturday, completed his 53rd year as a priest in the Stamford area. Pastor of St. John’s Church since 1936, he had been, since 1958, dean of the Stamford area and carried limited supervisory responsibilities for the parishes in Greenwich and Stamford.”

Mass Schedule

Saturday:  8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. (Vigil)

Sunday:      7:30 a.m.

                         10:00 a.m.  (Family Mass)

                        12:00 Noon  (Sung Mass)

                          6:00 p.m.  Haitian Mass

                          (French and Creole)

Monday through Friday:  8:00 a.m. & 12:10 p.m.

 Holy Days of Obligation:

Vigil Masses (evening before):  5:15 p.m.

Holy Days:  8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. & 5:15 p.m.

 Confessions: (English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano)

Monday – Friday, Sunday 30 minutes prior to each Mass

Saturday:  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Anytime by appointment

Baptism:  Parents must make arrangements for the date of Baptism, preferably before the birth of their child, by calling the office at (203) 324-1553 ext 21.  Baptisms are usually performed Saturdays.

 First Communion and Confirmation:  For information on Religious Education , please call the office at (203) 324-1553 ext. 21.   Confirmation is a two-year program.

Marriage:  Engaged couples who hoped to be married at St. John’s must contact one of the parish priests at least 6 months prior to their wedding.  Engaged couples who plan to have their wedding elsewhere, but would like to receive marriage preparation at St. John’s are likewise asked to contact one of the parish priests 6 months in advance.  Marriages are not performed on Sunday’s at St. John’s..  At least one member of the engaged couple will have been a regular and registered parishioner at St. John’s for at least six months, prior to requesting marriage preparation.

Sick Calls, First Friday Communion Calls, and the Anointing of the Sick:  If you know someone who is seriously ill at home or in the hospital, or cannot come to Mass, please call the rectory (ext. 21).  One of the priests will be happy to bring Communion and administer the Sacrament of the Sick.

 Devotions

Miraculous Medal Novena:  Monday at 8:20 a.m.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Friday, following the 8:00 a.m. Mass until 12:00 p.m.

St John’s Bookstore Hours: 

Sunday:  10:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon  (Closed during Mass)

 Thursday:  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  (Closed during Mass)

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Our faithful preparation: Confession

                                                                                 Revisited                                                    -Fr. Terry Walsh

 “I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy Grace, to sin no more, and to avoid the near occasion of sin.”

Perhaps one of the most comforting chapters in all of Sacred Scripture is found in St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, Chapter 8: “If God is for us, who can be against us?…Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?….. [Nothing/No one] in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Only sin can rupture our relationship with God – only by our own free choice can we be separated from Him. Yet, even in those occasions when we have rejected Him by sinning, He yearns for our conversion of heart. He calls us by name and invites us back to Himself. He calls and He waits.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation instituted by our Lord makes it possible for us to be restored to the grace of our Baptism – to the Body of Christ, the Church, when we have fallen off the Vine.

Yet, it is essential that we hold to our promise to avoid sin – to employ practical ways to overcome those hurdles in our lives that may lead to sin. In addition to the obvious ways, such as avoiding situations that assail our desire for purity in thought, word, or deed, we may also ask for the grace, through prayer, to remain faithful to our Baptismal Promises. We may also make some small sacrifices to demonstrate ‘good faith’ in our effort to overcome a particular hurdle – perhaps giving up something we like to do – or maybe offering up a particular food or drink for a period of time.  Our Lord will certainly help us in our effort to grow in holiness – in purity of heart and mind – if we make this effort.

Each time we approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we prepare by undergoing a good examination of conscience, ‘made in the Light of the Word of God.’ (What has God asked of me? How have I done in light of the 10 Commandments, the Gospel precepts, the Beatitudes, the Apostolic Exhortations?) After confessing our sins to God through His representative, the Priest, we offer to God our Act of Contrition, that is, our expression of sorrow along with our statement of intention NOT to sin again. Recall the words of our Lord to St. Peter when the Apostle asked Him how many times he should forgive the same sin. Our Merciful Lord told him to forgive it every time – that is, every time the person is truly sorry – every time the person is resolved to live a holy life. Every single time. But we would only be adding to our sins if we were to approach this Magnificent Sacrament of Love with presumption in our heart – ‘O, I’ll just go to confession…’ And how firm would our resolution to sin no more really be if we didn’t take some practical steps to overcome those things that lead us into sin? Are we truly giving our best effort?

Our Lord became man in order to redeem us – to heal us – and to restore us to the Divine Life of Grace. What will our response be?

 Indeed you love truth in the heart; then in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom. O purify me, then I shall be made clean; O wash me, I shall be whiter than snow…..A pure heart create for me, O God, put a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, nor deprive me of your holy spirit.” (Psalm 51)

Bulletin for Sunday, July 12, 2009

For the entire bulletin with pictures please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday, July 12, 2009

Pastor’s Corner. . .During these [hopefully] warmer months, I thought I’d offer some lighter, summer fare for your weekly consideration, rather than the more heady stuff of past articles. Let’s do a type of walking tour of the church. We have the largest and oldest church building in the area. But I think few parishioners or visitors really notice the quality of construction or detail of artwork that makes Saint John’s so unique a treasure in the Diocese of Bridgeport. Here we go.

Let’s start from the outside and work our way in for the next weeks. The property had been excavated by Michael Coghlan, whose firm also laid the footings for the new church, free of charge.  The church is built of granite, quarried from a nearby quarry and from Leetes Island, off the New Haven coast, the quarry which supplied the granite used in the contemporary construction of the plinth for the Statue of Liberty. The exterior was the design of James Murphy, one of the leading church architects in New England.  When the church was completed in 1886, the press trumpeted the building as the largest stone church and “undoubtedly one of the very finest ecclesiastical edifices in the state” [The Stamford Advocate, June 1, 1886], and “In general style the new edifice is said to resemble the cathedral at Milan” [The New York Times, May 31, 1886]. Obviously, the reporter had never been to Milan! Nevertheless, the church exterior is imposing and impressive; and, set in our magnificent gardens, provides a true oasis in a downtown of high rises.

The church is in a Latin Cross design: the central aisle and sanctuary run on an east-west axis [the front door faces east, just like Saint Peter’s in Rome!], and the transept crosses in a north-south axis. The design allows the altars to be illuminated by the rising sun through the choir loft window. When Mass was offered with the priest facing the altar, the rising sun would give him the light sufficient to read the Missal.  Likewise, it shines through the choir window with the image of Christ, the light of the world, literally.

The front of the church is entered by three doorways, before which are granite stairs and pink granite stoops, rising on either side of each stairway. Each is formed by a single 8-ton block of pink granite, which the press judged “not only beautiful, but durable” [The Connecticut Catholic, September 27, 1884]

When first completed, the bell tower was planned to be the tallest in the state, rising 250 feet to form a pointed wooden steeple. Never completed because of a lack of funds, the tower was merely capped in 1886, slightly above the height of the first window.  Then, the most imposing element of the façade was the choir window, rising above the central door. To its left [south] are two smaller turrets: that nearest the door is decorative; the larger, closer to the rectory, houses the original circular brick staircase, leading to the choir loft.  At the base of this southern-most turret is a granite block caved with a Greek Cross. The lower course of the façade is pierced by three small lancet windows, and, above, between the turrets, a quatrefoil window:  the gift of Fanny Meredith: a parishioner who was a washer woman, who saved her pennies to give the best she had to God in the form of a beautiful window.  Each early morning, this window lights up the Blessed Mother altar.

The bell tower was finally completed by Fr. James O’Brien in the 1920’s, in English Perpendicular Gothic. You can see eight carved angels: two on each side of the tower. The smaller angels, each hold an open Bible with the Chi Rho, Greek letters for Christ; four larger angels, nearer the top, pray with folded hands.  More next week. —Mons. Stephen DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… Corrie Evans, Joseph Kirkland, Jesus Cala, Kevin Sutton, Rosie Dsouza,, William Morris, Margaret Romaine, Annette Mellace, Charla Nash, Ruth Alexander, Anthony P. D’Ariano, Matthew Kenealy, Millie Demillo, Anthony & Mary Ellen Sansone, Mons. John Horgan-Kung, Mike McNamee

 

Please pray for those who have recently died…  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, Phil DeFelice Sr., Alice Banning

 

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

 

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … Will next meet on  Wednesday, September 2nd. at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory to study the acts of the ancient Church martyrs. 

 

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 on Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory.  All are welcome; just come in the front door.  The next meeting will be July 22nd due to the public concerts downtown.

 

Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Will  change the meeting days because of the Alive at Five Concerts on Thursday evenings.  Please stay tuned for the next meeting.  Class is closed to new students.

 

Parish Women’s Society… Will NOT meet during the summer. We’ll resume Saturday morning meetings in September.  Stay tuned for the date. 

 

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 August 4th.  

 

Birthright… Needs volunteers to help with mothers.  Volunteers provide pregnancy tests, listen to client concerns and connect women with needed resources.  Schedules are flexible. Please call (203) 348-4355 or www.birthright.org for more info.

 

Sponsor Certificates for Baptism or Confirmation…Are happily given to parishioners of St. John’s, i.e.  those who are registered members; who regularly attend Sunday Mass; who lead a virtuous life worthy of imitation by those whom they will sponsor in Baptism or Confirmation.

 

Are you a registered parishioner? …If not, please visit the parish office Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or call the office for more information [ext 21 or 17] or Register On-Line at our Website:  www.stjohnsstamford.com.

 

Senior Services. . . One of the truly helpful agencies in town that actually assists people.  If you would be interested in making a donation—no matter how small—to help truly needy seniors meet daily living expenses in Stamford, then this is the place to make your donation:  call Marie Johnson at (203) 324-6584.  If you’d rather donate a shopping card for groceries, just purchase one and drop it off at the rectory or at the Senior Services office on Summer Street—next door to Dairy Queen.  Give them a call.  Mons. DiGiovanni

 

Malta House in Norwalk…Provides a nurturing home to homeless pregnant women and their babies, with a commitment to return our young mothers to the community with skills for self sufficient parenting.  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.or or 203/857-0088. (Do not bring donations to the Parish).

Sunday July 5, 2009   $ 10,800.81

                                                                   Sunday July 6, 2008   $ 11,726.46

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

                                                   —Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

July 19 Sunday Readings:   Jer. 23:1-6/Eph. 2:13-18; Mk. 6:30-34 (107)

 

Hymns for this weekend . . . (1) 260  (2) 262. The Creed for the Noon Mass may be found in the hymnal at No. 289.

 

Calling all Singers! . . . The 10:00 a.m. Family Mass Adult choir is in need of singers!  We rehearse at 8:15 a.m. on Sundays only, in the Choir Room.  Are you regularly attending the 10:00 a.m. Mass and would you consider lending your voice to our choir?  Please call Scott Turkington for more information: (203) 324-1553. ext. 18.

 

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.

 

Parish Picnic. . . Please mark your calendars:  Will be at Cove Island on Sunday, September 20th:  Food, beverages, games for kids of all ages: please plan to attend this great fun parish event.

 

Parish Special Intention. . . I ask your prayers for a special intention concerning Saint John’s: besides the hoped-for commencement of construction on our Tresser Square project in the parking lot, there is one more major project that is in the works, and that will be a great boost to our parish and to the downtown.  I’ll let you know what it is in a few weeks:  so, please keep this special intention in your daily prayers. Thanks.  —Mons. DiGiovanni.

 

Parking Tickets. . . To avoid parking tickets for those using the parish parking lot, please be sure that you have some type of sign on your dashboard informing the parking attendants that you are at Saint John’s for Mass, devotions, a lecture, a class or other parish events.  You may pick up a parking sheet at the rectory.  However, if you park in the lot for activities other than those of the parish, you must pay the parking fee:  we have free use of the lot ONLY for parish activities.  The parish will not take responsibility for anyone’s parking ticket, especially for those received simply because you decided to park in the lot and go to the movies.  ALSO:  the parish is NOT responsible for anyone who decides to park on Atlantic Street or Bell Street for Mass or for any parish activity:  if you park on the street, you are responsible to pay the parking fee or pay for your ticket yourself.  While the parking lot is the parish’s, the streets belong to the City of Stamford.

 

Year of the Priest. . . This year [June 19, 2009-June 19, 2010] has been named the Year of the Priest by Pope Benedict XVI  in order to foster vocations to the priesthood and to fortify the devotion of priests to the Church.  Plenary Indulgences are offered throughout the year:  An Indulgence is the remission of temporal punishment due to sins.  The usual conditions apply:  sacramental Confession, reception of the Eucharist, prayers for the Pope’s intentions, and total detachment from all sin, including venial sin.  The faithful may obtain an Indulgence on August 4th, the feast of Saint John Vianney, patron of parish priests, and on the first Thursday of each month, by fulfilling the above conditions and by devoutly attending Holy Mass and offering prayers to Jesus, the Eternal High Priest, for the priests of the Church, or by performing any good work to sanctify and mold them to His Sacred Heart.

 

The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, 2009 Collegiate Summer Program for High School Students…Invites High School Students to participate in the second session of the 34th Collegiate Summer Program. Students will study Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, and Apologetics as well as make day trips to Mt. Monadnock, York Beach, and Boston. There will also be Mass and daily rosary.  Sessions run from July 12th – 25th and July 26th — August 8th. Call (800) 880-8308, e-mail admission@thomasmorecollege.edu, or visit our website at www,thomasmorecollege.edu for more information.

Mass Intentions

 

Saturday, July 11

  4:00  +Irene Medwed 5th Anniversary req. De Vivo & Munro families

Sunday, July 12

  7:30 +John & Evelyn Sexton req. Hannah Young

10:00 +Marcello Santagata req. Giannitti family

12:00 +Gloria Bartolomeo req. Ms. Susan Scheinhaus

6:00 +Patrick Kane & family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & family

Monday, July 13

  8:00 +Betsy Woolf req. Fabiola C.

12:10 +Henry Saraniero req. John & Eileen Tarleton

Tuesday, July 14

  8:00 Special Intention

12:10 Thanksgiving to God req. Anthony D’ Ariano

Wednesday, July 15

  8:00 +Margaret Curtis req. Mary Maloney

12:10 +Stephen, Irene & Nicholas Churley & Anne C. Yaworski req. Mary Churley

Thursday, July 16

  8:00 +Patricia Keough req. Mr. & Mrs. William Dee

12:10 +Theron & Lena Carr req.  Marie Carr

Friday, July 17

  8:00 Birgitta O’Brian-Costantino

12:10 In Honor to the Sacred Heart of Jesus req. Fabiola C.

Saturday, July 18

  8:00 Special Intention Richard Paul Kim req. Joseph & Mary Kim

12:10 +James Toughy req. Toughy 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.

 

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 X22.

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. . . 50 years ago, or so:

 

July 15, 1954: Elevated To Rank Of Monsignor. “The Rev. Nicholas P. Coleman, pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church, a priest of the archdiocese of Hartford for 52 years, today was raised to the status of a domestic prelate with the title of Right Reverend Monsignor. He will have the office also of diocesan consultor. Father Coleman observed the golden jubilee of his ordination of June 15, 1952. Father Coleman said today that he has been notified of the Vatican appointment, but that he has no plans or information as yet as to any investiture or formal ceremony in connection with assuming his new priestly rank.”

 

July 19, 1960: Scouts Attending Colorado Jubilee.  “Stamford and Darien Boy Scouts who are attending the Golden Jubilee Jamboree in Colorado Springs, Colorado are: John Y. Connolly from St. John’s Catholic Church Troop 22; Thomas Goscienski and John Schnorr from Holy Name of Jesus Church Troop 27; and Thomas Lento from St. Cecilia’s Church Troop 47. The local planning committee for the Jamboree consisted of Carleton E. Hammond of Darien, chairman; Robert Abbott and Arnold Wehmann, both of Darien; and Harry McKeon, James A. Weir, and Robert E. Critchell, all of Stamford.”

                             

July 12, 1962: Vicar, Chaplain Duties Assigned Two Area Priests.  “The Rev. Francis X. McGuire, pastor of St. Aloysius Church, New Canaan, has been appointed Vicar for Religious in the Diocese of Bridgeport and the Rev. Robert C. Franklin, assistant pastor of St. John’s Church, Stamford, has been granted a leave of absence to return to active duty as a Navy Chaplain. Father Franklin, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., who was ordained three years ago by Bishop Shehan in Bridgeport, served at St. Edward the Confessor Parish, New Fairfield, and at St. Charles Parish, Bridgeport, before his assignment as an assistant at St. John’s in Stamford. Before entering Christ the King Seminary, St. Bonaventure, N.Y., for his theological studies, Father Franklin served four years in the Navy, achieving the rank of lieutenant. He graduated from the Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., and was assigned to communications work.”  

Mass Schedule

Saturday:          8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. (Vigil)

Sunday:            7:30 a.m.

                          10:00 a.m.  (Family Mass)

                          12:00 Noon  (Sung Mass)

                          6:00 p.m.  Haitian Mass

                          (French and Creole)

 

Monday through Friday:  8:00 a.m. & 12:10 p.m.

 

Holy Days of Obligation:

– Vigil Masses (evening before):  5:15 p.m.

– Holy Days:  8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. & 5:15 p.m.

 

Confessions: (English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano)

Monday – Friday, Sunday 30 minutes prior to each Mass

Saturday:  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Anytime by appointment

 

Baptism

Parents must make arrangements for the date of Baptism, preferably before the birth of their child, by calling the office at (203) 324-1553 ext 21.  Baptisms are usually performed Saturdays.

 

First Communion and Confirmation

For information on Religious Education , please call the office at (203) 324-1553 ext. 21.   Confirmation is a two-year program.

 

Marriage

Engaged couples who hoped to be married at St. John’s must contact one of the parish priests at least 6 months prior to their wedding.  Engaged couples who plan to have their wedding elsewhere, but would like to receive marriage preparation at St. John’s are likewise asked to contact one of the parish priests 6 months in advance.  Marriages are not performed on Sunday’s at St. John’s..  At least one member of the engaged couple will have been a regular and registered parishioner at St. John’s for at least six months, prior to requesting marriage preparation.

Sick Calls, First Friday Communion Calls, and the Anointing of the Sick

If you know someone who is seriously ill at home or in the hospital, or cannot come to Mass, please call the rectory (ext. 21).  One of the priests will be happy to bring Communion and administer the Sacrament of the Sick.

Devotions

– Miraculous Medal Novena:  Monday at 8:20 a.m.

– Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Friday, following the 8:00 a.m. Mass until 12:00 p.m.

 St John’s Bookstore Hours

Sunday:  10:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon  (Closed during Mass)

Thursday:  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  (Closed during Mass)

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

One Perfect Sacrifice

                                                                                      Part 3—Revisited                                                                -Fr. Terry Walsh

 

Elijah recognized the Presence of God in the peaceful, gentle, whispering sound. We, likewise, meet our Lord in the quiet of our daily prayer, even when we’re in the midst of some particular “storm.” When we seek God, He reveals Himself to us, very often in the “tiny whispering sound.” Commenting on this Old Testament scene, St. Irenaeus wrote:“…the sweet rest and peace of the reign of Christ is foreshadowed [in the cave scene] as well. After the wind that moves mountains, after earthquake and fire, the calm and peaceful age of his reign will come, in which the Spirit of God will revitalize and gently encourage the growth of all mankind.”  The One Perfect Sacrifice of Jesus Christ opens the door to the life of grace – the coming of the Holy Spirit – Pentecost. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit draw us into holiness through our faithful cooperation with Him and are manifested in all that we think and say and do. St. Augustine drew several interesting parallels between Elijah and our Lord. He wrote, “Elijah prayed and offered sacrifice, and Christ offered himself as a perfect sacrifice for the whole world. Elijah prayed that rain might fall on the earth; Christ (prayed) that divine grace might flow into human hearts. Elijah’s command to his servant: ‘Go up and look out 7 times’, is a foreshadowing of the seven-fold grace of the Holy Spirit to be given to the Church. And the small cloud rising up out of the sea that the servant saw is a symbol of the Incarnate Christ born in the sea of this world” Sermons). Through their prayerful discernment, the Early Church Fathers peered into the Scriptures in a spiritual way and so offer us many wonderful insights. In the Book of Kings, for example, they suggest that the “Little Cloud” that Elijah’s servant points out is actually a figure of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The abundant rains pouring out of the Cloud that serve to nourish the dry earth are like the abundant graces that flow through our Lady – through Her humble “yes” to the Incarnation, the Source of all grace. The Early Fathers also suggest that the food that the angel gives to Elijah actually points to the spiritual food that will come to us through the One Perfect Sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches: “by the grace of (the Eucharist) we enjoy the greatest peace and tranquility of conscience during the present life; and, when the hour of departing from this world shall arrive, like Elijah, who in the strength of the bread baked on the hearth, walked to HOREB, the mountain of God, we, too, invigorated by the strengthening influence of this heavenly food, will ascend to unfading glory and bliss.” The Catechism is filled with beautiful insights such as this and is a wonderful source for prayer. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the highest form of prayer. Therefore, it is important that we prepare well. All week long we are preparing, as it were, for the Sunday Liturgy. Every prayer we utter, every kind deed, every suffering borne for love of Christ, works to till the soil of our soul and so allow the graces we receive through the sacraments to penetrate more deeply into our souls, transforming us into ever truer likenesses of our Lord. In the same manner, it is important to arrive a little early for Mass so that we can prepare our offering and be recollected and so “assist” well throughout the Mass.

 St. Basil teaches, “The Power of the Spirit fills the whole universe, but he gives himself only to those who are worthy, acting in each according to the measure of his faith.” In other words, our relationship with God must be nurtured; it must be kept pure; it must be the true treasure of our hearts. St. Basil adds, “To all creatures that share in Him he gives a delight limited only by their own nature, not by his ability to give.” Perhaps, in our prayer, when we hear the Holy Spirit whisper in our ear, we might hear Him ask us the same question that He asked Elijah: “Why are you here?” We’re here because we love Him. We’re here to praise Him for His Sacrifice – the One Perfect Sacrifice that enabled us to eat from the Tree of Life and dwell forever in the Heavenly Jerusalem. We’ve come to encounter Him in the Confessional – where He whispers to us – “I ABSOLVE you from your sins.” He alone transforms our sufferings into Redemptive Grace, allowing us to participate in saving souls, beginning with our own. He enters our hearts and souls to nourish and strengthen us in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Let us ask Him to repair the Altar of our Heart, to increase our faith, and to fill our souls with an ardent desire to imitate Him in Word and Deed.

Bulletin for Sunday, July 5, 2009

For the entire bulletin with pictures, please click the following link:Bulletin for Sunday, July 5, 2009

Pastor’s Corner. . . July is traditionally dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus. The reason why the Son of God became a man, the Creator humbling Himself to become a creature, was that He could offer a sacrifice that would free mankind from sin and death. In the Old Testament, the primary sacrifices were blood sacrifices: blood being the bearer of life in his contemporary thought, so blood needed to be offered in order to appease an angry God.

The first important blood sacrifice of the Old Testament is recorded in the Book of Exodus: each Jewish family was to procure a lamb or goat without blemish—only an unblemished offering could be offered to God—and on the night of the Passover, the lambs or goats were sacrificed and the blood of the lamb smeared over the door lintels of each house. When the angel of death saw the blood of the lamb, he passed over the home. It was the blood of the lamb that saved those inside from death. 

The law of Moses proscribed a variety of animal sacrifices offered at the Temple in Jerusalem. But none of these could forgive sins. As Saint Paul wrote, “For it is impossible that sins should be taken away with blood of bulls and of goats. Therefore in coming into the world, Jesus says, ‘Sacrifice and oblation you desired not, but a body you have given to me; Then I said, ‘Behold, I come to do your will, Oh God. . .’  “He annuls the first covenant [of Moses] in order to establish the second. It is in this ‘will’ that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” [Heb 10: 4-7] The strength of human sin and the power of death was so strong that only the death of the Son of God in the flesh could destroy them.

Those who built and decorated our church understood well the importance of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord, shed that we might be saved from death. It’s in the decoration: in the central window above the altar is the crucifixion:, and angels hold chalices to catch the Most Precious Blood as it pours from Christ’s wounds. Along the woodwork in the sanctuary, you’ll notice carved woven thorns, reminding us of the Crown of Thorns that made Jesus suffer and bleed so profusely. These carved thorns are all around the church: on the sanctuary walls around the altar; on the sanctuary doors to the sacristy; in all the door windows, above the doors of the three confessionals; along the interior stained glass wall near the front entrance, and along the choir loft. Likewise, golden grapevines, a symbol of the Blood of Christ in the Eucharist that we receive in Holy Communion, and the mercy in confession, can be seen above the sanctuary walls, confessionals, stations of the Cross and on the choir loft.

The common phrase “life blood”, which describes the power of blood in sustaining life, is true also when concerning the life blood of God, shed to wash us clean of the power of sin. The image is there in the Book of Revelation: the martyrs are those who imitated Christ even to the point of death; “and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” [Rev. 7: 14] For us, the power of Christ’s blood poured out for us is made present in the sacraments, and in particular, both the Eucharist, the Sacrament par excellence in which we receive His resurrected Body and Blood; and in Confession, when the power of that Blood relieves the penitent of the wait and guilt of sins.  Charles Dickens once wrote in Nicholas Nicolby: “There are  some who define a family as those with whom one shares blood. Others define family as those for whom we would shed blood.” We are God’s family, for whom He thought fit to shed His own blood.—Mons. Stephen DiGiovanni

Please pray for the sick… William Morris, Margaret Romaine, Kevin Sutton, Annette Mellace, Charla Nash, Ruth Alexander, Anthony P. D’Ariano, Matthew Kenealy, Millie Demillo, Anthony & Mary Ellen Sansone, Mons. John Horgan-Kung, Mike McNamee, Paul Rittman, Sal Sciazza, Ed Koplos, John Castellano, Lily Rice

Please pray for those who have recently died…  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, Phil DeFelice Sr., Alice Banning

St. Monica Institute for Patristic Studies … Meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory to study the acts of the ancient Church martyrs.  Due to the Live at Five Concerts, which makes parking impossible, Saint Monica will NOT meet on July 8th, and will not resume until September 2nd.

 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 on Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory.  All are welcome; just come in the front door.  The next meeting will be July 22nd due to the public concerts downtown.

 Introduction to Biblical Greek . . . Will  change the meeting days because of the Alive at Five Concerts on Thursday evenings.  Please stay tuned for the next meeting.  Class is closed to new students.

Parish Women’s Society… Will NOT meet during the summer. We’ll resume Saturday morning meetings in September.  Stay tuned for the date. 

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 July 7th.  

Birthright… Needs volunteers to help with mothers.  Volunteers provide pregnancy tests, listen to client concerns and connect women with needed resources. Schedules are flexible. Please call (203) 348-4355 or www.birthright.org for more info.

Sponsor Certificates for Baptism or Confirmation…Are happily given to parishioners of St. John’s, i.e.  those who are registered members; who regularly attend Sunday Mass; who lead a virtuous life worthy of imitation by those whom they will sponsor in Baptism or Confirmation.

Are you a registered parishioner? …If not, please visit the parish office Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or call the office for more information [ext 21 or 17] or Register On-Line at our Website:  www.stjohnsstamford.com.

Senior Services. . . One of the truly helpful agencies in town that actually assists people.  If you would be interested in making a donation—no matter how small—to help truly needy seniors meet daily living expenses in Stamford, then this is the place to make your donation:  call Marie Johnson at (203) 324-6584.  If you’d rather donate a shopping card for groceries, just purchase one and drop it off at the rectory or at the Senior Services office on Summer Street—next door to Dairy Queen.  Give them a call.  Mons. DiGiovanni

Sunday June 28, 2009   $  12,512.00

                                                                     Sunday June 29, 2008   $ 11,836.46

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

                                                                  —Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

July 12 Sunday Readings:   Am. 7:12-15; Eph. 1:3-14 or 1:3-10; Mk. 6:7-13 (104)

Calling all Singers! . . . The 10:00 a.m. Family Mass Adult choir is in need of singers!  We rehearse at 8:15 a.m. on Sundays only, in the Choir Room.  Are you regularly attending the 10:00 a.m. Mass and would you consider lending your voice to our choir?  Please call Scott Turkington for more information: (203) 324-1553. ext. 18.

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.

Parish Picnic. . . Please mark your calendars:  Will be at Cove Island on Sunday, September 20th:  Food, beverages, games for kids of all ages: please plan to attend this great fun parish event.

Parish Special Intention. . . I ask your prayers for a special intention concerning Saint John’s: besides the hoped-for commencement of construction on our Tresser Square project in the parking lot, there is one more major project that is in the works, and that will be a great boost to our parish and to the downtown.  I’ll let you know what it is in a few weeks:  so, please keep this special intention in your daily prayers. Thanks.  —Mons. DiGiovanni.

Parking Tickets. . . To avoid parking tickets for those using the parish parking lot, please be sure that you have some type of sign on your dashboard informing the parking attendants that you are at Saint John’s for Mass, devotions, a lecture, a class or other parish events.  You may pick up a parking sheet at the rectory.  However, if you park in the lot for activities other than those of the parish, you must pay the parking fee:  we have free use of the lot ONLY for parish activities.  The parish will not take responsibility for anyone’s parking ticket, especially for those received simply because you decided to park in the lot and go to the movies. ALSO:  the parish is NOT responsible for anyone who decides to park on Atlantic Street or Bell Street for Mass or for any parish activity:  if you park on the street, you are responsible to pay the parking fee or pay for your ticket yourself.  While the parking lot is the parish’s, the streets belong to the City of Stamford.

Year of the Priest. . . This year [June 19, 2009-June 19, 2010] has been named the Year of the Priest by Pope Benedict XVI  in order to foster vocations to the priesthood and to fortify the devotion of priests to the Church. Plenary Indulgences are offered throughout the year: An Indulgence is the remission of temporal punishment due to sins. The usual conditions apply: sacramental Confession, reception of the Eucharist, prayers for the Pope’s intentions, and total detachment from all sin, including venial sin.  The faithful may obtain an Indulgence on August 4th, the feast of Saint John Vianney, patron of parish priests, and on the first Thursday of each month, by fulfilling the above conditions and by devoutly attending Holy Mass and offering prayers to Jesus, the Eternal High Priest, for the priests of the Church, or by performing any good work to sanctify and mold them to His Sacred Heart.

Mass Intentions

 Saturday, July 4

 4:00 + Robert Hill & Travis req. family

Sunday, July 5

  7:30  +Anthony Ramos req. Lilian & Alvina Ramos.

10:00 Gavin Samedi Birthday req. Anne Marie Samedi

12:00 Special Intention Terese Kung req. Joseph & Agnes Kung

6:00 +Patrick Kane & family req. Estate of Catherine Kane & family

Monday, July 6

  8:00 Special Intention

12:10 Special Intention

Tuesday, July 7

  8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.

12:10 +Rev. William J. Hilliard req. Joseph McAleer

Wednesday, July 8

  8:00 Souls in Purgatory req. Fabiola C.

12:10 +Varkey Apraim req. Baby Apraim

Thursday, July 9

  8:00 Special Intention

12:10 +Jayson Jarrett req. Norma Jarrett

Friday, July 10

  8:00 Special Intention

12:10 Souls in Purgatory req. Antony D’Ariano

Saturday, July 11

  8:00 +Hope & Joseph McAleer req. family

12:10 +Louis Bonny & Emmanuel Ethart req. 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.

 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 X22.

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. . . 50 years ago, or so:

 July 6, 1961: St. John’s Seniors Win City Laurels. “The St. John’s Senior CYO team out-hit and out-scored the Sacred Heart nine Wednesday at Stamford High School Field by the score of 6-2 to win the city championship. Carl Lehane pitched the victory for the St. John’s club, aiding his own cause with a tremendous triple to center-field and a single in three trips to the plate. Pete McConologue also had a triple for the winners, knocking in two runs. St. John’s will compete in the New England Regional Tournament against a team and time to be announced at a later date.”

July 9, 1962: Msgr. Coleman On 86th Birthday On Duty As Usual.  “The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Nicholas P. Coleman, P.A., V.F., pastor of St. John’s Church, today marks his 86th birthday. Msgr Coleman, who observed the 60th anniversary of his ordination June 15, told the Advocate he plans no special observance. “I celebrated Mass as usual this morning at 7:30, and I am going about my ordinary duties as usual,” he said, sounding vigorous and chipper. Msgr. Coleman planned to participate at Cheshire today in a reception for four priests marking their Golden Jubilee in the priesthood. He said they are special friends of his. Born in New Haven, Msgr. Coleman was ordained in Rome, June 15, 1902. He was assigned to St. John’s as an assistant in 1910 and three years later was appointed first pastor of the newly established parish of St. Catherine of Siena, in Riverside. Msgr. Coleman remained there until Oct. 9, 1936, when he became pastor of St. John’s.”

July 9, 1962: St. John’s Wins CYO Title As Esposito, Longo, Shine.  “The St. John’s CYO baseball team gave up five runs in the top half of the 14th inning and then rallied to score six of its own to down the Holy Name CYO from Providence, 9-8, and capture the New England Catholic Youth Organization Grammar School Championship at Dillon Field, Hartford Sunday.  Tony Esposito worked the first 13 1/3 innings for Stamford before Bill Longo took over as Holy Name made its drive in the top of the 14th. The pair bested Bill Blifford who went the route and took the loss as the Saints made the amazing comeback after falling behind.”      

Mass Schedule

Saturday:          8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. (Vigil)

Sunday:             7:30 a.m.

                           10:00 a.m.  (Family Mass)

                           12:00 Noon  (Sung Mass)

                           6:00 p.m.  Haitian Mass

                           (French and Creole)

 Monday through Friday:  8:00 a.m. & 12:10 p.m.

 Holy Days of Obligation:

– Vigil Masses (evening before):  5:15 p.m.

– Holy Days:  8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. & 5:15 p.m.

Confessions: (English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano)

Monday – Friday, Sunday 30 minutes prior to each Mass

Saturday:  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Anytime by appointment

 Baptism

Parents must make arrangements for the date of Baptism, preferably before the birth of their child, by calling the office at (203) 324-1553 ext 21.  Baptisms are usually performed Saturdays.

First Communion and Confirmation

For information on Religious Education , please call the office at (203) 324-1553 ext. 21.   Confirmation is a two-year program.

 Marriage

Engaged couples who hoped to be married at St. John’s must contact one of the parish priests at least 6 months prior to their wedding.  Engaged couples who plan to have their wedding elsewhere, but would like to receive marriage preparation at St. John’s are likewise asked to contact one of the parish priests 6 months in advance.  Marriages are not performed on Sunday’s at St. John’s..  At least one member of the engaged couple will have been a regular and registered parishioner at St. John’s for at least six months, prior to requesting marriage preparation.

Sick Calls, First Friday Communion Calls, and the Anointing of the Sick

If you know someone who is seriously ill at home or in the hospital, or cannot come to Mass, please call the rectory (ext. 21).  One of the priests will be happy to bring Communion and administer the Sacrament of the Sick.

Devotions

– Miraculous Medal Novena:  Monday at 8:20 a.m.

– Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Friday, following the 8:00 a.m. Mass until 12:00 p.m.

St John’s Bookstore Hours

Sunday:  10:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon  (Closed during Mass)

Thursday:  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  (Closed during Mass)

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

One Perfect Sacrifice

                                                                                  Part 2—Revisited                                                               -Fr. Terry Walsh

In 1st Kings, chapters 18 and 19, Elijah calls the people to come near him. And when they approached him, he repaired the altar of the Lord which had been destroyed. He took the 12 stones and built an altar in honor of the Lord with these stones. Notice how this Old Testament sacrificial event actually prefigures the sacrificial Holy Mass and the Sacrament of Confession. Elijah calls the people near him in order to offer the Sacrifice. Likewise, all who come to Mass must draw near the Priest and cry out with Him. The priest is in the very heart of Jesus during the Holy Mass – JESUS TAKES OVER – Jesus is the only One Who can make the sinless offering – there is no sin in Him. Jesus alone offers the perfect and acceptable sacrifice to God the Father. He is both the priest and the victim; the One offering and the One being offered. And he accomplishes this through the priest who stands at the Altar of Sacrifice.

The Altar upon which Elijah offers the sacrifice is built on 12 stones. I’ve heard it suggested that these stones may  represent the commandments – the 10 commandments given to Moses in the Old Testament as well as the 2 Commandments Jesus gives us in the New Testament. It’s a beautiful image, really, and calls attention to the importance of knowing and reflecting upon the Commandments in light of our daily lives. It also points to the Beatitudes, the perfection of the Christian Life. Now, when we purify our sacrifice through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we are offering our confession in Light of these commandments – and the altar of our heart is rebuilt. It is restored, healed, perfected. We rebuild the Altar in our hearts which has been destroyed by sin with the “stones” our Lord has provided in order to honor our Heavenly Father. The sin is rooted out. The Altar is rebuilt.

Three times Elijah drenches the sacrifice with water which fills the Trench and flows around the altar. The Water of course represents our tears – the tears of heartfelt sorrow for having offended our Heavenly Father, Who loves us beyond measure. As we begin to understand more deeply the love God has for us—He knows every hair on our head—we begin to feel the weight our sin has on the altar of our heart. We see how our sin effects the whole Mystical Body and we seek healing. That healing is made possible through the Sacrifice of Christ upon the Cross at Calvary and we enter into that supreme act of love at each and every Holy Mass.

As we continue reading the story in the Book of Kings, we see that Elijah cries out on behalf of the People who have fallen away, those that have strayed from the Truth and have wandered down the path of poor teaching and false prophets. He cries out in faith to God: ‘Let it be known this day that you are God…Answer me Lord! Answer me, that this people may know that you, Lord, are God and that you have brought them back to their senses.” Elijah reveals a compassionate, forgiving God – One Who is constantly calling us to return to Him – to purify our hearts and minds and be sanctified by His Grace.

And, just as the fire consumes the Sacrifice of Elijah, so too, does the fire of God’s love receive our cries for forgiveness. He purifies us and makes us holy: Prayer, Sacraments, and a heart oriented to Him in thought, word, and deed.

After dispatching the false prophets, Elijah fears for his life and flees into the desert where he experiences the “dark night’ – deep suffering of the soul. But God teaches Elijah, and us, that we are not suppose to fear – fear does not come from God. Indeed, throughout the Gospels, Jesus tells us: ‘Be Not Afraid!’ In John 14, Jesus comforts us: ‘Let not your hearts be troubled!’ And Paul reminds us in his letter to the Romans (8): ‘Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus!’

Elijah flees to the Mountain and hides in a cave. There, in the cave, Elijah’s soul experiences much turmoil. He is going through so much interior suffering. And his suffering is represented in nature – the Heavy Wind, the Earthquake, and the Fire. In all these events he doesn’t see God anywhere. Likewise, we don’t always recognize God in the midst of the storms of our lives – but He is near, He is in our midst. After the storms passed, Elijah heard a tiny, whispering sound and when he heard it, “Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave.” He was fully aware that HE was in the Presence of God.

Part 3 Next Week